Canada & World

Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, left, of Sweden, and Ilya Mikheyev, of Russia, celebrate Pettersson’s goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, left, of Sweden, and Ilya Mikheyev, of Russia, celebrate Pettersson’s goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - Bottles of Budweiser beer are on display in a shop window in London on Oct. 13, 2015. World Cup organizers reportedly have made another late change in alcohol policy only two days before games start in Qatar by banning beer sales at the eight soccer stadiums in and around Doha. Media reports say Qatari authorities are pressing FIFA to ban all sales of long-time World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser at the eight venues. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Qatar bans sale of beer at World Cup stadiums in about-face

Major sponsor Budweiser’s Twitter account tweeted: “Well, this is awkward…”

FILE - Bottles of Budweiser beer are on display in a shop window in London on Oct. 13, 2015. World Cup organizers reportedly have made another late change in alcohol policy only two days before games start in Qatar by banning beer sales at the eight soccer stadiums in and around Doha. Media reports say Qatari authorities are pressing FIFA to ban all sales of long-time World Cup beer sponsor Budweiser at the eight venues. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
Qatar’s Alrawi, left, tries tp stop Canada’s Liam Millar during the international friendly soccer match between Qatar and Canada, at the Viola Park stadium in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Florian Schroetter)

Next-level opposition awaits Canada’s World Cup team in Qatar

No. 3 Belgium, No. 12 Croatia and No. 22 Morocco await the 41st-ranked Canadians in Group F

Qatar’s Alrawi, left, tries tp stop Canada’s Liam Millar during the international friendly soccer match between Qatar and Canada, at the Viola Park stadium in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Florian Schroetter)
Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates his penalty kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match, in Vancouver, on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Davies has come a long way in a short time. Now the 22-year-old from Edmonton is set to shine on the world stage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

After eventful year, Canada’s Alphonso Davies set to shine on soccer’s biggest stage

The face of Canada’s national soccer program ready to step into the spotlight in Qatar

Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates his penalty kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match, in Vancouver, on Thursday, June 9, 2022. Davies has come a long way in a short time. Now the 22-year-old from Edmonton is set to shine on the world stage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Buffalo Sabres defenceman Jacob Bryson (78) and Vancouver Canucks centre Nils Aman (88) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Captain Horvat has 3 points, leading Canucks to 5-4 triumph over Sabres

Vancouver closes out 5-game road swing with win in Buffalo

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Jacob Bryson (78) and Vancouver Canucks centre Nils Aman (88) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Eden Hazard, left, and Tessa Wullaert, captains of the Belgian men’s and women’s national soccer teams, hold a globe during a farewell ceremony for the Red Devils, the men’s soccer team, at the airport in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. The Belgian team leaves for Kuwait where it will play a friendly match on Friday against Egypt and then fly onto Qatar to participate in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Gambling group estimates US will bet $1.8B on World Cup

Survey: Less than 3 in 10 Americans who plan to watch the tournament say they will bet on it

Eden Hazard, left, and Tessa Wullaert, captains of the Belgian men’s and women’s national soccer teams, hold a globe during a farewell ceremony for the Red Devils, the men’s soccer team, at the airport in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. The Belgian team leaves for Kuwait where it will play a friendly match on Friday against Egypt and then fly onto Qatar to participate in the World Cup. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
CEO and Vice-Chair, Oilers Entertainment Group, Bob Nicholson makes an announcement in Edmonton, Alta., on Wednesday January 23, 2019. Nicholson is scheduled to speak before members of Parliament today as the federal government continues its examination of Hockey Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Former CEO ‘sorry’ for how Hockey Canada handled sexual assault claims under his watch

Bob Nicholson regrets no written guidelines in place on how to should handle sexual assault claims

CEO and Vice-Chair, Oilers Entertainment Group, Bob Nicholson makes an announcement in Edmonton, Alta., on Wednesday January 23, 2019. Nicholson is scheduled to speak before members of Parliament today as the federal government continues its examination of Hockey Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Daniel Sedin, left to right, Roberto Luongo, Herb Carnegie’s daughter Bernice Carnegie, and Daniel Alfredsson pose with sticks during a ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Sedins, Luongo, Alfredsson enshrined in Hockey Hall of Fame

Celebrated Canuck trio amoung the hall’s class of 2022

Daniel Sedin, left to right, Roberto Luongo, Herb Carnegie’s daughter Bernice Carnegie, and Daniel Alfredsson pose with sticks during a ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Canada’s Sophie De Goede prepares to take a shot at goal during the women’s rugby World Cup semifinal between Canada and England at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov.5, 2022. De Goede is up for World Rugby’s Women’s 15s Player of the Year award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photosport, Andrew Cornaga
Canada’s Sophie De Goede prepares to take a shot at goal during the women’s rugby World Cup semifinal between Canada and England at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov.5, 2022. De Goede is up for World Rugby’s Women’s 15s Player of the Year award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photosport, Andrew Cornaga
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller, right, scores against Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Bergeron, Boston Bruins beat Canucks 5-2 for 11th win in 12 games

Vancouver wraps up five-game road swing Tuesday in Buffalo

Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller, right, scores against Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Desmond Lawrence (46) knocks down a pass intended for BC Lions’ Dominique Rhymes (19) during the first half of CFL western final action in Winnipeg, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Blue Bombers win CFL West final by beating B.C. Lions 28-20

Winnipeg one victory away from third straight Grey Cup title

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Desmond Lawrence (46) knocks down a pass intended for BC Lions’ Dominique Rhymes (19) during the first half of CFL western final action in Winnipeg, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Canada’s Alysha Corrigan, second right, is supported by teammate Maddy Grant as France’s Maelle Filopon, second left, comes in to help in the tackle in the bronze medal game of the women’s rugby World Cup at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov.12, 2022. The Canadian women return home from the Rugby World Cup proud but disappointed after a tournament that saw them impress prior to running into a classy French side in the bronze-medal match.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Photosport, Andrew Cornaga

Canadian women find themselves at a crossroads after 4th place at Rugby World Cup

Captain Sophie de Goede says Canada could be a powerhouse if it’s invested in

Canada’s Alysha Corrigan, second right, is supported by teammate Maddy Grant as France’s Maelle Filopon, second left, comes in to help in the tackle in the bronze medal game of the women’s rugby World Cup at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov.12, 2022. The Canadian women return home from the Rugby World Cup proud but disappointed after a tournament that saw them impress prior to running into a classy French side in the bronze-medal match.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Photosport, Andrew Cornaga
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Spencer Martin (30) defends against an attack on net by centre Calle Jarnkrok (19) and left wing Michael Bunting (58) during second period NHL hockey action, in Toronto on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Spencer Martin (30) defends against an attack on net by centre Calle Jarnkrok (19) and left wing Michael Bunting (58) during second period NHL hockey action, in Toronto on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Canada celebrates a goal by Christine Sinclair during second half soccer action against Nigeria during the national team celebration tour in Langford, B.C., on April 11, 2022. Canadians face Brazil Nov. 11 for an international friendly series. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canada celebrates a goal by Christine Sinclair during second half soccer action against Nigeria during the national team celebration tour in Langford, B.C., on April 11, 2022. Canadians face Brazil Nov. 11 for an international friendly series. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis speaks during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis predicts the ongoing labour talks with the Canadian men’s and women’s teams will produce “an epic historical deal for pay equity.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis speaks during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis predicts the ongoing labour talks with the Canadian men’s and women’s teams will produce “an epic historical deal for pay equity.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Montreal Canadiens’ Mike Hoffman (68) scores against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Wednesday, November 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Montreal Canadiens’ Mike Hoffman (68) scores against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Wednesday, November 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Spencer Martin (30) watches the puck after losing his helmet as defenceman Jack Rathbone (3) defends against Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7), behind, during second period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Spencer Martin (30) watches the puck after losing his helmet as defenceman Jack Rathbone (3) defends against Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7), behind, during second period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
FILE - Canada’s Christine Sinclair reacts during a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer semifinal match against Jamaica in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Sinclair has played for the Portland Thorns since 2013, at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League. Now the Thorns are preparing for Saturday’s NWSL championship game in Washington D.C. against the Kansas City Current, in a match broadcast in primetime on CBS.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

Canada captain Christine Sinclair challenges Canada Soccer to step up in new memoir

‘My fear is that we will soon be surpassed by countries that support their youth programs’

FILE - Canada’s Christine Sinclair reacts during a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer semifinal match against Jamaica in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Sinclair has played for the Portland Thorns since 2013, at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League. Now the Thorns are preparing for Saturday’s NWSL championship game in Washington D.C. against the Kansas City Current, in a match broadcast in primetime on CBS.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros celebrate their 4-1 World Series win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

World Series champion Astros’ offseason involves Baker contract, free agents

73-year-old Baker won his first title in his 25th season as a major league manager Saturday

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros celebrate their 4-1 World Series win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Sarah Bern of England runs at the defense during the women’s rugby World Cup semifinal between Canada and England at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov.5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photosport, Andrew Cornaga

Canadian women push top-ranked England to the limit in Rugby World Cup semifinal

Third-ranked Canada gave No. 1 England all it could handle in a hard-hitting, physical affair

Sarah Bern of England runs at the defense during the women’s rugby World Cup semifinal between Canada and England at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov.5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photosport, Andrew Cornaga