In a new feature for the Independent Sports News, we will take a look at some of the sporting events involving Canadian athletes and Canadian teams.
In the Canadian Football League on Saturday, there will be an all-Western Division matchup featuring the Saskatchewan Roughriders and British Columbia Lions (TSN, 4pm PT). The Lions are currently at four wins and two losses, while the Roughriders are at two wins and three losses. This will be the first of back-to-back games for Saskatchewan and B.C. They play this weekend at B.C. Place Stadium and then next Sunday in Regina.
Saturday’s game could be a battle of elite CFL running backs. Jeremiah Johnson of the Lions is currently second in the CFL with 343 yards and Cameron Marshall of the Roughriders is currently third in the CFL with 316 yards.
Here are the other events I will be focused on with Canadian content:
Saturday—2017 World Beach Volleyball Championships—men’s quarterfinals—Canada vs. Brazil–1am PT-www.beachvienna.com/–Canada’s Ben Saxton of Balzac, Alberta and Chaim Schalk of Red Deer, Alberta are in the quarterfinals of the 2017 World Beach Volleyball Championships in Vienna, Austria. They are up against the fourth ranked Brazilian squad of Evandro and Andre Loyola. If you think that Schalk and Saxton are in tough, think again. The 13th seeds shocked the beach volleyball world when they knocked off Alison and Bruno, the reigning Olympic champions, 21-19, 19-21, 15-13 in the round of 16 on Friday. If Schalk and Saxton win their quarterfinal game Saturday, they will play the semi-finals and finals on Sunday.
Saturday—2017 World Beach Volleyball Championships—women’s bronze medal game—Canada vs. Brazil—4:15 am PT–www.beachvienna.com/–For the first time ever, a Canadian team will be playing for a medal at the World Beach Volleyball Championships. Kitchener’s Sarah Pavan and Toronto’s Melissa Humana-Paredes will be going for bronze against the Brazilian duo of Larissa and Talita. Pavan and Humana-Paredes are playing with each other for the very first time after playing with Heather Bansley and Taylor Pischke respectively last year. Pavan and Humana-Paredes upset the German team of Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude in the quarterfinals before losing to April Ross and Lauren Fendrick of the United States in the semi-finals.
Saturday & Sunday—2017 Women’s British Open—Golf Channel & NBC—4:35am PT—Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario has made the cut for the women’s fourth golf major of the year at Fife, Scotland. However, she has some catching up to do as she is tied for 21st at -4 and seven strokes back of leader In-Kyung Kim of South Korea, who is at -11. Kim has a two stroke lead on American Lexi Thompson and England’s Georgia Hall and a three stroke lead on American Ally McDonald.
Saturday & Sunday—World Golf Championship—CBS—11am PT—Adam Hadwin of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is in contention at the very prestigious World Golf Championship in Akron, Ohio. Hadwin is currently tied for fifth place with four-time major champion Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Charley Hoffman of the United States and Russell Knox of Scotland. Reigning PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker of the United States and Belgium’s Thomas Pieters are tied for the lead at -6. Two-time major champion Zach Johnson of the United States and 2015 PGA Championship winner Jason Day of Australia are tied for third at -5.
Saturday—IAAF World Athletics Championships—women’s 10000m—CBC–11:10am PT—Natasha Wodak of Surrey, British Columbia and Rachel Cliff of Vancouver, British Columbia are representing Canada in the final of the women’s 10000m at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in Athletics from London. The favourite is Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, the reigning world champion, Olympic champion, and world record holder. On Friday in the men’s 10000m, the legendary Mo Farah of Great Britain won the gold medal with Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ontario finishing in eighth place.
Sunday—Women’s World Cup Mountain Biking—www.cbcsports.ca—10am PT—The women’s elite cross country final will take place Sunday from Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec. Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Catharine Pendrel of Fredericton, New Brunswick is fifth in the world in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup standings. The World Cup leader is Yana Belomoina of the Ukraine.
Sunday—IAAF World Athletics Championships—women’s pole vault final—CBC—11am PT—Two Canadians have qualified for the final in women’s pole vault at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in London. They are reigning Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Alysha Newman of London, Ontario and Anicka Newell of Scarborough, Ontario. The favourite is reigning Olympic gold medalist Katerina Stefanidi of Greece.
Sunday—MLB—Toronto Blue Jays @ Houston Astros—Sportsnet—11am—The Toronto Blue Jays will have their hands full this weekend as they face the best team in the American League. The Houston Astros are 30 games above .500 at 69 wins and 39 losses. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has a legitimate chance of winning the American League Most Valuable Player award. He leads Major League Baseball with a .365 batting average.