Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ontario will be in the Canadian sports spotlight this weekend as he will be playing his third round match in Wimbledon (TSN4, 5 a.m. PT) against Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain. Even though Raonic is the sixth seed and Ramos-Vinolas is the 25th seed, Raonic has difficulty against crafty Spaniards in majors. Raonic will also be seeking redemption against Ramos-Vinolas as he lost to him in straight sets in the fourth round of the 2016 French Open.
Other interesting third round matches on Saturday have former Wimbledon finalist and ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland versus 19th seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland (a two-time French Open semi-finalist), former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic against former French Open finalist David Ferrer of Spain and former Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France versus American Sam Querrey.
Here are the other events I will be keeping track of this weekend:
Saturday—ATCO Queen Elizabeth II North American Cup—CBC—1pm PT—The second of three major annual equestrian competitions at Spruce Meadows (south Calgary) takes place this weekend. Team Canada will be led by two-time Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze of Montreal, Quebec. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist will be challenged the most by Americans Kent Farrington and Beezie Madden.
Saturday & Sunday—World Volleyball League Finals—www.cbc.ca—5pm PT—For the first time ever, Canada is playing for a medal at the World Volleyball League Finals. Team Canada is playing for bronze and their opponent on Saturday night will be the United States. In pool play, Canada finished in second place after an impressive three set win over Russia. The Canadians then lost in four sets to France on Friday in the semi-finals. The French will play the host Brazilian squad in the championship game of the World Volleyball League Finals immediately after Canada’s game. The approximate time of the gold medal game is 7pm PT.
Saturday—CFL—Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Saskatchewan Roughriders—Two teams looking for their first win in the 2017 CFL season will be playing this weekend at the New Mosaic Stadium in Regina. Last week, the Roughriders took the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to overtime before losing 43-40. Hamilton meanwhile will look to rebound after a horrendous 32-15 loss to the Toronto Argonauts in week one. The Tiger-Cats and Roughriders both need to do a lot better with their pass defense to be successful in 2017.
Sunday—Diamond League Track & Field—www.cbc.ca—6am PT—Some of the world’s best track and field athletes will be participating this weekend in London, England. Canada will be represented by two athletes—Elizabeth Gleadle of Vancouver, British Columbia in the women’s javelin and Christabel Nettey of Brampton, Ontario in the women’s long jump. Both Gleadle and Nettey won a gold medal for Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.