Canada & World

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)
Winnipeg Jets’ Sam Gagner (right) celebrates his goal against the St. Louis Blues with teammate Kyle Connor during the third period of NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, October 24, 2022. NHL players choosing their own goal songs is trending in a sport that’s historically emphasized team and downplayed the individual. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade

NHL players tooting their own horn with personalized goal songs

The Buffalo Sabres introduced signature songs last season following San Jose and Washington in 2020

Winnipeg Jets’ Sam Gagner (right) celebrates his goal against the St. Louis Blues with teammate Kyle Connor during the third period of NHL action in Winnipeg on Monday, October 24, 2022. NHL players choosing their own goal songs is trending in a sport that’s historically emphasized team and downplayed the individual. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade
FILE - Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates his penalty-kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match Thursday, June 9. 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Canada prepares for its 1st World Cup in 36 years

In 2021, the team went from No. 72 in the world rankings to No. 40

FILE - Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates his penalty-kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match Thursday, June 9. 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
Arizona Cardinals running back Keaontay Ingram (30) celebrate his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Nielsen, Amazon Prime spar over who really watches football

Amazon has reported higher ratings for its broadcast than the ratings service has every week

Arizona Cardinals running back Keaontay Ingram (30) celebrate his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Aman (88), of Sweden, leaps over Carolina Hurricanes’ Brady Skjei (76) during second period NHL action in Vancouver on Monday, October 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks still searching for first win after 3-2 loss to Carolina Hurricanes

Vancouver (0-5-2) is the lone NHL team without a victory this season

Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Aman (88), of Sweden, leaps over Carolina Hurricanes’ Brady Skjei (76) during second period NHL action in Vancouver on Monday, October 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Buffalo Sabres goalie Craig Anderson (41) stops Vancouver Canucks’ Andrei Kuzmenko (96), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Buffalo Sabres goalie Craig Anderson (41) stops Vancouver Canucks’ Andrei Kuzmenko (96), of Russia, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions players celebrate a touchdown against the Edmonton Elks during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday October 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
B.C. Lions players celebrate a touchdown against the Edmonton Elks during first half CFL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday October 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko skates off after breaking his stick following the team’s overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. On their season-opening road swing, the Canucks became the first team in NHL history to lose their first four games of the season while blowing multi-goal leads, and after five straight losses (0-3-2), Vancouver is the only team in the league that has yet to record a win. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andy Clayton-King

Struggling Canucks return to Vancouver seeking first win of the season

‘It’s not like we’re going out and playing and losing 6-1 every night and getting outplayed’

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko skates off after breaking his stick following the team’s overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. On their season-opening road swing, the Canucks became the first team in NHL history to lose their first four games of the season while blowing multi-goal leads, and after five straight losses (0-3-2), Vancouver is the only team in the league that has yet to record a win. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andy Clayton-King
Canada captain Sophie de Goede holds the ball during a Women’s Rugby World Cup game against Japan in Whangarei, New Zealand on Oct.8, 2022. Canada may have already booked its spot in the quarterfinals but it still has plenty to play for Saturday when it wraps up Pool B action at the Rugby World Cup. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rugby Canada **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Canadian women hurting but still winning at Rugby World Cup in New Zealand

Third-ranked undefeated Canadian women wrap up Pool B play Saturday versus USA

Canada captain Sophie de Goede holds the ball during a Women’s Rugby World Cup game against Japan in Whangarei, New Zealand on Oct.8, 2022. Canada may have already booked its spot in the quarterfinals but it still has plenty to play for Saturday when it wraps up Pool B action at the Rugby World Cup. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rugby Canada **MANDATORY CREDIT**
FILE - Toronto Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider looks on from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Blue Jays rewarded Schneider for his strong performance as their interim manager, agreeing to terms with him Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, on a new contract. Schneider agreed to a three-year deal as manager with a team option for 2026, the Blue Jays said. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)
FILE - Toronto Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider looks on from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Blue Jays rewarded Schneider for his strong performance as their interim manager, agreeing to terms with him Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, on a new contract. Schneider agreed to a three-year deal as manager with a team option for 2026, the Blue Jays said. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)
Vancouver Canucks right wing Vasily Podkolzin (92) and Minnesota Wild defenceman Calen Addison (2) compete for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
Vancouver Canucks right wing Vasily Podkolzin (92) and Minnesota Wild defenceman Calen Addison (2) compete for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)