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Sooke Celtic is looking forward to the Vancouver Island Soccer League Divison 3 playoffs at the end of February. (courtesy of Sooke Celtic)

Sooke Celtic soccer gears up for playoffs

There’s a youth movement afoot with Sooke Celtic that bodes well for…

Sooke Celtic is looking forward to the Vancouver Island Soccer League Divison 3 playoffs at the end of February. (courtesy of Sooke Celtic)
Fans sitting in a section behind the field goals during an NFL football game between Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Football Team, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington football team to reveal new name on Feb. 2; won’t be RedWolves

‘We are on the brink of starting a new chapter, but our legacy cannot be lost along the way’

Fans sitting in a section behind the field goals during an NFL football game between Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Football Team, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, is shown in Calgary, Thursday, March 12, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Flames owners say agreement with Calgary on new arena officially terminated

Premier Jason Kenney said during a news conference later in the day that he was ‘disappointed’

The Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, is shown in Calgary, Thursday, March 12, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
BCHL statement about COVID cancellations. (Screenshot from cowichancapitals.com)

Cowichan Valley Capitals have two games postponed due to COVID-19

Caps are one of three BCHL teams sidelined for five days

BCHL statement about COVID cancellations. (Screenshot from cowichancapitals.com)
Mark McMorris, of Canada, comes to a halt following his run in the slopestyle finals, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, during the Dew Tour snowboarding event at Copper Mountain, Colo. (AP Photo/Hugh Carey)

Olympic snowboarder Mark McMorris expects Beijing Olympics to go ahead as planned

McMorris “laying incredibly low” until the 2022 Olympic games begin in early February

Mark McMorris, of Canada, comes to a halt following his run in the slopestyle finals, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, during the Dew Tour snowboarding event at Copper Mountain, Colo. (AP Photo/Hugh Carey)
Victoria Royals left-winger Bailey Peach scored two goals Wednesday, including a jaw-dropping lacrosse-style wrap-around — called the Michigan. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals)

Peach scores franchise, record-breaking seven-point night in Royals win over Giants

Royals defeat Vancouver Giants for the third straight night

  • Jan 3, 2022
Victoria Royals left-winger Bailey Peach scored two goals Wednesday, including a jaw-dropping lacrosse-style wrap-around — called the Michigan. (Photo courtesy of the Victoria Royals)
Quebec Nordiques fans wait outside the Videotron Centre where the first-ever hockey game, a QMJHL game between the Quebec Remparts and the Rimouski Oceanic ,will be played, Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Quebec City. Quebec politicians are meeting with National Hockey League brass in January, but it’s unclear what influence the government can have on the league or whether team owners have any interest in bringing the Nordiques back to the provincial capital.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Quebec government wants to bring an NHL team to the capital, but fans skeptical

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed a January meeting with ‘someone high up’ from Quebec

Quebec Nordiques fans wait outside the Videotron Centre where the first-ever hockey game, a QMJHL game between the Quebec Remparts and the Rimouski Oceanic ,will be played, Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Quebec City. Quebec politicians are meeting with National Hockey League brass in January, but it’s unclear what influence the government can have on the league or whether team owners have any interest in bringing the Nordiques back to the provincial capital.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
United States’ John Isner hits a forehand to Canada’s Brayden Schnur match at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Sydney, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

U.S. over Canada easily, Russia beats France at ATP Cup

John Isner and Taylor Fritz beat their Canadian singles opponents and clinched match in doubles for 3-0 win

United States’ John Isner hits a forehand to Canada’s Brayden Schnur match at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Sydney, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Pickleball players enjoy a game at Tolmie Park in mid-October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Pickleball players compete in holiday tournament in Saanich

Teams competed for gold, silver and bronze honours

Pickleball players enjoy a game at Tolmie Park in mid-October. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer, right, makes a stop as Kraken defenceman Adam Larsson (6) and Vancouver Canucks centre Matthew Highmore (15) crash against him during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Red-hot Canucks score 3 in third period to topple Seattle Kraken 5-2

Vancouver improves to 8-0-1 since Bruce Boudreau took over as coach

Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer, right, makes a stop as Kraken defenceman Adam Larsson (6) and Vancouver Canucks centre Matthew Highmore (15) crash against him during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Brian ‘Red’ Hamilton, Vancouver Canucks assistant equipment manager. (Vancouver Canucks Instagram photo)
Brian ‘Red’ Hamilton, Vancouver Canucks assistant equipment manager. (Vancouver Canucks Instagram photo)
Alex Edwards, right, has been signed to the Victoria Royals. The 16-year-old from Grand Forks has been playing with the Kelowna Chiefs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. (Photo Courtesy of Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals sign 16-year-old Alex Edwards

Edwards comes from the Kelowna Chiefs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League

Alex Edwards, right, has been signed to the Victoria Royals. The 16-year-old from Grand Forks has been playing with the Kelowna Chiefs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. (Photo Courtesy of Victoria Royals)
Vancouver Canucks’ Tucker Poolman, left, and Los Angeles Kings’ Brendan Lemieux chase the puck during second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

L.A. Kings edge Canucks 2-1 in shootout as Vancouver’s 7-game win streak ends

B.C. squad has points in 8 straight games under new coach Bruce Boudreau

Vancouver Canucks’ Tucker Poolman, left, and Los Angeles Kings’ Brendan Lemieux chase the puck during second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
The Grizzlies face the Powell River Kings. (Facebook/Victoria Grizzlies)

Travel woes lead to game day changes for Victoria Grizzlies hockey club

Grizz hit the ice New Year’s Day, Jan. 2 game rescheduled for Jan. 18

The Grizzlies face the Powell River Kings. (Facebook/Victoria Grizzlies)
Royals goaltender Tyler Palmer earned his first WHL shutout in style, with a 50-save performance. (Photo by Christopher Kelsall)

Victoria Royals goaltender stunning in 50-save shutout performance

Game 3 against the Vancouver Giants is Thursday in Victoria

  • Dec 30, 2021
Royals goaltender Tyler Palmer earned his first WHL shutout in style, with a 50-save performance. (Photo by Christopher Kelsall)
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, left, moves the puck past Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, left, moves the puck past Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Canada’s Lukas Cormier (6) and Austria’s Fin van Ee (15) battle for the puck during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

IIHF cancels remainder of 2022 world juniors due to COVID-19 spread

Omicron has led to multiple forfeited games and teams placed under quarantine

Canada’s Lukas Cormier (6) and Austria’s Fin van Ee (15) battle for the puck during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates with center William Karlsson (71) after scoring during the first period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates with center William Karlsson (71) after scoring during the first period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Damian Warner, of Canada, celebrates after he won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David J. Phillip

Decathlete Damian Warner wins Lionel Conacher Award as CP’s male athlete of the year

He set an Olympic record and a Canadian record, and became just the 4th man to top the 9,000-point barrier

Damian Warner, of Canada, celebrates after he won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David J. Phillip
Canada celebrates a goal against Austria during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

World juniors: Bedard nets 4 to enter record book as Canada thrashes Austria 11-2

Regina forward just the seventh 16-year-old ever named to national men’s junior team

Canada celebrates a goal against Austria during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson