Roller Derby Tournament Doing it Differently

 

Iron Woman Tournament

The weekend of September 14 & 15, 2013, Crossfields Alberta will be inundated with Roller Derby players from across the province. The tournament is being hosted by the Rocky View Roller Derby Association, in partnership with the CWRDA.

This is an ALL Alberta, ALL Womens, 18+ Tournament.  This is a time for travel teams to show their skills in a non-traditional derby tournament setting. So what makes this tournament unique, from the dozens of other Roller Derby tournaments that occur in Alberta annually? What is this non-traditional derby you are talking about? Well, on Saturday, how about 30 minutes with NO LEAD JAMMER! Anti-derby for 30 minutes – what is that you are thinking? CLOCK WISE!!! And how do you think a team will do when you are only allowed to switch out two players per jam, and the other three must remain?! Hence being named the Iron Woman Tournament!

Not only will this challenge the skills and endurance of these players, it will also somewhat level the playing ground between the participants. Plus, it will be a whole lot of fun to watch!!

Teams confirmed for this tournament are; Oil City Derby Girls and E-Ville Roller Derby from Edmonton, Central Alberta Roller Derby Association, from Wetaskiwin, Grande Prairie Roller Derby Association and Red Deer Roller Derby Association. There is also an Iron Woman mixed team that is composed of all-star players from across that province, whose leagues did not have enough players to roster a full team themselves.

It will be a great weekend of Roller Derby!

For more information on the event, click here. Advanced ticket sales are also available online, here.

Hope to see you there!

Much derby love.

 

 

 

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Canada Day Weekend Sports Preview–June 29-July 1–Volleyball, LPGA, Wimbledon, CFL & MLB

The Edmonton Eskimos will start their 2013 Canadian Football League season Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium against the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Saturday, TSN, 1:30 p.m.).

The Eskimos will enter the 2013 season with Mike Reilly at quarterback, who backed up Travis Lulay last season, and won the job when Matt Nichols tore his ACL against the Roughriders in the preseason. According to the Canadian Press, Eskimos General Manager Ed Hervey was very excited in the offseason of the acquisitions of backup running back John White from Utah and offensive lineman Carson Rockhill, who was acquired from Hamilton.

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Historic night for Canadian basketball

Thursday was a remarkable evening in Canadian basketball history. For the first time ever a Canadian was drafted first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett of Toronto, a freshman forward from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels.

The fact that Bennett was drafted first overall was a surprise to many because the consensus first overall pick was Nerlens Noel, a center out of Kentucky, who dropped to number six to the New Orleans Pelicans. Bennett will join Canadian Tristan Thompson of Brampton, Ontario in Cleveland.

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Flames make significant deal with Avalanche

The Calgary Flames have traded Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich to the Colorado Avalanche for David Jones and Shane O’Brien on Thursday. The trade happened three days before the NHL draft.

This will be Tanguay’s second time with the Avalanche. He was with Colorado from 1999-2006 to start his NHL career and was on the Colorado team that defeated the New Jersey Devils to win the 2001 Stanley Cup. In 2006, his last season with Colorado, Tanguay had a career high 29 goals.

Last season, Tanguay, a left winger from Ste-Justine, Quebec, had 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points, but was a career worst -13.

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NLL moves Stealth to Vancouver

The National Lacrosse League has decided to return to Vancouver. According to the National Lacrosse League website, the Washington Stealth  have decided to move to British Columbia for the 2014 season.

The Stealth will move to Langley, British Columbia, just outside of Vancouver, and become the fourth NLL team in Canada, joining the Edmonton Rush, the Calgary Roughnecks and Toronto Rock.

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Wacky Wednesday at Wimbledon

 

Roger Federer (Wikimedia Commons)

Wednesday was one of the most remarkable days in the history of grand slam tennis.

A total of seven players either retired or withdrew even before their match began, and seven former  world number ones were knocked out.

And there are some big names no longer in the draw. They include seven time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer of Switzerland, world number two Maria Sharapova of Russia and world number three Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

As far as the Canadians went, Eugenie Bouchard of  Westmount, Quebec was one of those players to knock out a former world number when she beat Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. As for Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil, he was up a break in the fifth and deciding set, but could not hang on against 20th seed Russian Mikhail Youzhny and lost, 6-2, 6-7, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.

Tomorrow Thornhill’s Milos Raonic will play Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands, while Nepean, Ontario’s Jesse Levine takes on former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina on center court.

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Fifth seeds eliminated while Canadians perfect at Wimbledon

Monica Puig (Wikimedia Commons)

A pair of fifth seeds have been eliminated after round one of Wimbledon, which concluded on Tuesday.

French Open champion Rafael Nadal of Spain shockingly lost in straight sets to 135th ranked Steve Darcis of Belgium yesterday 7-6, 7-6, 6-4, while 2012 French Open finalist Sara Errani of Italy lost to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-3, 6-2.

As for the Canadians, they have been perfect over the first two days. On Monday, Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B.C. defeated Marc Gicquel of France 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 and Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Quebec defeated Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. Then today, Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ontario defeated Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 and Jesse Levine of Nepean, Ontario defeated Guido Pella of Argentina 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 4-3.

The road will be tough for Pospisil, Bouchard and Levine in round two however. Pospisil will face 20th seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia Wednesday, Bouchard will face former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia Wednesday and Levine will face former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro Thursday.

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Canucks name Tortorella head coach

John Tortorella (Robert Kowal, Wikimedia Commons)

One can basically say the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers have just traded coaches. A week after the New York Rangers named former Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault as ther new bench boss, the Canucks named former Rangers head coach John Tortorella to take the helm.

If Tortorella was thinking there was pressure in New York to win, he basically has not seen anything yet. The pressure for him to win this upcoming season in Vancouver will be extremely immense.

The Canucks have gone out in the first round the last two seasons, and yes, it was not surprising that Vigneault lost his job, but the seat for Tortorella is smoking hot.

The bottom line is the Canucks need to win now, and Tortorella will have to deliver the same success he had in Tampa Bay nine years ago for him to meet expectations. In Vancouver, it’s Stanley Cup or bust. Will Tortorella be ready? Time will tell.

 

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Blackhawks win 2013 Stanley Cup

For the second time in four years the Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions.

Trailing 2-1 late in the third period, the Blackhawks got a game tying goal from Bryan Bickell with 1:16 left and then a game winning goal from David Bolland with 59 seconds left in the game.

With the 3-2 victory, Chicago defeated Boston 4-2 in the best out of seven final series.

Blackhawks sniper Patrick Kane was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, becoming the third American in a row to win the award following Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins in 2011 and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings in 2012.

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Hinchcliffe wins third Indycar race of his career

James Hinchcliffe (Chuck Carroll, Wikimedia Commons)

The inconsistent IndyCar season for Canadian auto racing great James Hinchcliffe is continuing.

Hinchcliffe, who has struggled mightily ever since the Indianapolis 500 a month ago, won his third race of the season on Sunday in capturing the Iowa Indy Corn 250.

Hinchcliffe won earlier this year in St. Petersburg, Florida and Brazil. But with his three victories, this season has also seen Hinchcliffe finish 15th or worse five times. Thus is the reason why is he is only fourth in the standings on the IndyCar circuit after nine races.

On Sunday, Hinchcliffe, from Oakville, Ontario, was the clear leader throughout Sunday’s race. He passed pole leader Will Power of Australia on the second lap and was the dominant driver the rest of the day. Hinchcliffe also executed some terrific driving at one point of the race from preventing a pass by Graham Rahal.

The next IndyCar race will be in Pocono, Pennsylvania on July 7.

 

 

 

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Maple Leafs acquire Bernier from Kings

Jonathan Bernier (Wikimedia Commons)

An interesting trade materialized in the National Hockey League on Sunday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings for Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a second round draft pick, either in 2014 or 2015.

Bernier is considered one of the very best backup goaltenders in the NHL. This past season he was 9-3-1, a shutout, a .922 save percentage and a 1.88 goals against average. He was a major reason why the Kings finished in 5th place in the Western Conference as Jonathan Quick struggled throughout the regular season at times.

Bernier was heading into the season as a restricted free agent and rumoured in many deals, including going to Edmonton.

Frattin, meanwhile a right winger, had seven goals and six assists in 25 games for the Maple Leafs this season, while Scrivens was 7-9 with two shutouts. Interestingly both Scrivens and Frattin are from the Edmonton region–Frattin from Edmonton and Scrivens from Spruce Grove.

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Blackhawks take lead in 2013 Stanley Cup Finals

The Chicago Blackhawks are two victories away from winning the Stanley Cup.

On Saturday night, Patrick Kane scored twice from Jonathan Toews as Chicago defeated Boston 3-1 to take a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.

It was an outstanding bounce back game for Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who despite winning game four, gave up five goals to the Bruins on Wednesday. Crawford made 24 saves.

The Blackhawks are also looking for their second Stanley Cup victory in the last four years. They defeated the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup in 2010.

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DeLaet tied for the lead at the Travelers Championship

For the second time this season, Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Saskatchewan is in the lead deep into a PGA Tour event.

This time however at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, DeLaet would like nothing more than to see his name at the top of the leaderboard. It would be a different result than his tenth place finish a month ago in Dallas after leading the Byron Nelson Championship on day three.

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Blue Jays have now won ten straight

Jose Bautista (Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons)

The Toronto Blue Jays have all of a sudden found themselves  back into playoff contention. A major reason why Toronto is back in the hunt is because of a double digit winning streak.

On Saturday, Jose Bautista hit a two run home run as Toronto defeated Baltimore 4-2. With the win, the Blue Jays have now won ten straight and are only four games back of the Orioles in the American League wildcard chase.

The Blue Jays winning streak started with a 7-5 win in Chicago on June 11. Since then they have swept the Texas Rangers in a four game series on the road and the Colorado Rockies in a three game interleague series at home. With a win today against Baltimore, the Blue Jays will have recorded a  remarkable three consecutive sweeps.

The Blue Jays longest winning streak in franchise history is 11 straight wins, accomplished once in 1987 and another in 1998. Both those years however the Blue Jays failed to make the playoffs.

 

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