Canada & World

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
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke passes during the first half of the CFL western semifinal football game against the Calgary Stampeders in Vancouver on Sunday, November 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke passes during the first half of the CFL western semifinal football game against the Calgary Stampeders in Vancouver on Sunday, November 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke looks downfield during second half CFL football action against the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Saturday Aug. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

QB Rourke ready as Lions prepare to host Stampeders in western semifinal

B.C. will make its first post-season appearance since 2018 on Sunday

B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke looks downfield during second half CFL football action against the Calgary Stampeders in Calgary, Saturday Aug. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
The Canadian Tire Centre is seen as the Ottawa Senators participate in a scrimmage during the team’s training camp in Ottawa, on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. The board of directors of Senators Sports & Entertainment says a process has been initiated for the sale of the NHL club. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ottawa Senators for sale, report says Ryan Reynolds interested

Senators Sports Entertainment say process is underway to sell NHL team

The Canadian Tire Centre is seen as the Ottawa Senators participate in a scrimmage during the team’s training camp in Ottawa, on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. The board of directors of Senators Sports & Entertainment says a process has been initiated for the sale of the NHL club. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa, who signed a one-day contract with the NHL hockey team to officially retire, takes a break as he skates with the team at the start of practice, in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022. Bieksa will be honoured by the team with a retirement celebration prior to their game against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘I always considered myself a Canuck:’ Bieksa officially retires in Vancouver

Former Canuck signed a one-day contract in order to close his career with Vancouver

Former Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa, who signed a one-day contract with the NHL hockey team to officially retire, takes a break as he skates with the team at the start of practice, in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022. Bieksa will be honoured by the team with a retirement celebration prior to their game against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrate their Grey Cup win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at a Grey Cup celebration at their stadium in Winnipeg on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Vancouver, B.C. Lions to host 2024 Grey Cup

Vancouver last hosted the Grey Cup in 2014 when Calgary downed Hamilton

Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrate their Grey Cup win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at a Grey Cup celebration at their stadium in Winnipeg on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
BC Lions quarterback Vernon Adams, right, throws the ball as Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Shawn Lemon closes in during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary Stampeders prep for B.C. Lions, West semifinal

‘This is going to be one of the best matchups of the year’

BC Lions quarterback Vernon Adams, right, throws the ball as Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Shawn Lemon closes in during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Houston Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier throws during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier throws during the first inning in Game 4 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Vancouver Canucks’ Ethan Bear (74) skates with the puck in front of New Jersey Devils’ Nathan Bastian (14) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Ethan Bear (74) skates with the puck in front of New Jersey Devils’ Nathan Bastian (14) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper hits two-run home run during the first inning in Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper hits two-run home run during the first inning in Game 3 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A worker sweeps the Rogers Arena floor where the ice has been removed for the summer as the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team’s home rink undergoes renovations and improvements to the off-ice areas, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Sportsnet will continue to broadcast Vancouver Canucks games on TV and radio for another decade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Canucks, Rogers Communications sign 10-year broadcast rights deal

Sportsnet will continue to broadcast Canucks games on radio and TV

A worker sweeps the Rogers Arena floor where the ice has been removed for the summer as the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team’s home rink undergoes renovations and improvements to the off-ice areas, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Sportsnet will continue to broadcast Vancouver Canucks games on TV and radio for another decade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE- Young boys play soccer on a dusty field in Duduza, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, June 23, 2021. Soccer has embarked on probably its most ambitious global youth development program, an ultimate goal of delivering millions of soccer balls and a coaching program to 700 million children aged between 4 and 14 across the world. The Football For Schools project was launched in 2019 but came to a grinding halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been relaunched. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, file)

Soccer’s ‘most important project’ begins, and it’s not the World Cup

Project aims to get soccer balls to 700 million children in poor and remote corners of the world

FILE- Young boys play soccer on a dusty field in Duduza, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, June 23, 2021. Soccer has embarked on probably its most ambitious global youth development program, an ultimate goal of delivering millions of soccer balls and a coaching program to 700 million children aged between 4 and 14 across the world. The Football For Schools project was launched in 2019 but came to a grinding halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been relaunched. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, file)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez throws during the first inning in Game 2 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Astros burst ahead, beat Phillies 5-2, tie World Series at a game apiece

Pitcher Framber Valdez made a five-run lead stand up for Houston

Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez throws during the first inning in Game 2 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Philadelphia Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto hits a home run during the 10th inning in Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Realmuto, Phillies rally past Astros in 10 innings to open World Series

Phils were down 5-0 early against Houston ace Justin Verlander

Philadelphia Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto hits a home run during the 10th inning in Game 1 of baseball’s World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
The puck deflects over Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin’s shoulder and stays out of the goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Vancouver, on Friday, October 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The puck deflects over Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin’s shoulder and stays out of the goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Vancouver, on Friday, October 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Seabus passenger ferry, right, travels across Burrard Inlet at sunset as downtown Vancouver and the port are seen from Burnaby Mountain, on Monday, July 11, 2022. Chief Jen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation says an Indigenous-led bid to host the 2030 Olympics in British Columbia is over after the province declined its support. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

2030 Olympic bid not quite dead, but B.C. government must join talks: First Nations

Leaders have since requested a meeting with incoming premier, say they have been turned down

A Seabus passenger ferry, right, travels across Burrard Inlet at sunset as downtown Vancouver and the port are seen from Burnaby Mountain, on Monday, July 11, 2022. Chief Jen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation says an Indigenous-led bid to host the 2030 Olympics in British Columbia is over after the province declined its support. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson speaks to the media ahead of Game 1 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Houston. Game 1 of the series starts Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Verlander, seeking 1st World Series win, opens for Astros

Aaron Nola starts for the Phillies, the first third-place team to reach a Series

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson speaks to the media ahead of Game 1 of the baseball World Series between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Houston. Game 1 of the series starts Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke runs for a touchdown during the second half of CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Saturday, August 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke nominated for two CFL individual awards

Victoria native was named the B.C. Lions’ nominee as top Canadian and outstanding player

B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke runs for a touchdown during the second half of CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Saturday, August 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks left wing Nils Hoglander (21) collides with Seattle Kraken defenceman Vince Dunn (29) as they battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Canucks snap season-opening winless skid at 7, beat Seattle Kraken 5-4

Vancouver coach Boudreau becomes fifth active coach to reach 600 wins

Vancouver Canucks left wing Nils Hoglander (21) collides with Seattle Kraken defenceman Vince Dunn (29) as they battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)