All Canadian Weekend Sports Preview

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Team Canada will look to continue their excellence in women’s rugby on Sunday when they face Wales in Ireland (TSN3, 9am PT). Just don’t expect the Canadians to win 98-0 like they did against Hong Kong on Wednesday in their opening match. The Canadian squad had a remarkable game this past week from Magali Harvey of Quebec City. Harvey had five tries in the Canadian romp.

Here are the other events I will be watching this weekend:

Saturday—2017 IAAF World Championships—men’s decathlon—www.cbcsports.ca—2:24am PT—Damian Warner of London, Ontario will be competing in his sixth event in the men’s decathlon at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England. The Canadian Olympic bronze medalist and two-time World Championship decathlon medalist will need a strong men’s 100m hurdles if he hopes to get on to the podium for the third straight worlds. He is currently in fourth place with 4347 points. The leader is Kevin Mayer of France with 4478 points, followed by Germans Kai Kazmirek (4421 points) and Rico Freimuth at 4361 points. The discus goes at 4:20 am PT and the pole vault is at 6:15 am PT.

Saturday—Rogers Cup—Sportsnet 360—8am PT—The women’s quarterfinals of the 2017 Rogers Cup will conclude Saturday morning from Toronto with Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain taking on Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine. Muguruza currently leads 6-4 as the match started Friday night but was suspended because of rain.

Saturday—Rogers Cup—Sportsnet—10am PT—The first of two women’s semifinals takes place from Toronto as Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark takes on Sloane Stephens of the United States. The other semi-final for the women will take place Saturday at 3pm PT on Sportsnet with the final being on Sunday at 10:30am PT on Sportsnet.

Saturday & Sunday—PGA Championship—CBS—11am PT—Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Saskatchewan has made the cut at the 2017 PGA Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kevin Kisner of the United States is tied with World Golf Champion Hideki Matsuyama of Japan at -8. Jason Day of Australia is at -6. There is a three way tie for fourth place between Francesco Molinari of Italy, Chris Stroud of the United States and Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa at -5.

Saturday—2017 IAAF World Championships—CBC—12pm PT—Three Canadians are guaranteed to be competing in the finals on the second final day of the World Track and Field Championships. In addition to Warner who will be in the men’s 1500m (12:45 pm PT) to close out the decathlon, Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ontario and Justyn Knight of Toronto, Ontario will be competing in the men’s 5000m (12:20pm PT).

Saturday—Rogers Cup—Sportsnet—12pm—The first of two men’s semi-finals will take place from Montreal, Quebec as Switzerland’s Roger Federer takes on the Netherlands’ Robin Haase. Federer has won two Rogers Cups in the past, but his last one was not since 2006. Haase meanwhile has a Canadian connection as he qualified for the final in a men’s doubles tournament with Milos Raonic in Halle, Germany in 2011.

Saturday—CFL—Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats—TSN—4:30pm PT—When the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will win a game is a question everybody is asking at the moment. A win could happen this weekend against an inconsistent Blue Bombers squad that has a record of four wins and two losses despite being a -7 in runs for and against differential. This past week the Tiger-Cats fired defensive co-ordinator Jeff Reinebold.

Saturday—Rogers Cup—Sportsnet—5pm PT—In one of the best Canadian sports stories of the year, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ontario has become the youngest player ever to qualify for the semifinals of an ATP Masters 1000 series event. So far this week he has beaten grand slam champions Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina and the great Rafael Nadal of Spain. On Friday, Shapovalov beat Adrian Mannarino of France and in the quarterfinals and will now face the red hot Alexander Zverev of Germany. Zverev has won four times on the ATP Tour this year including the Italian Open and the Citi Open in Washington last week.

Saturday—2017 IAAF World Championships—men’s 50 km walk—www.cbcsports.ca—11:45pm PT—One of the most dramatic events from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was the 50 kilometre walk. Evan Dunfee of Richmond, British Columbia finished in fourth place but could have easily finished in third. The bronze medal position went to Hirooki Arai of Japan, who was almost disqualified for bumping Dunfee with his elbow. After a series of appeals on both sides, Arai kept his bronze medal. The 20km walk is on Sunday on www.cbcsports.ca at 6:20 am PT.

Sunday—2017 IAAF World Championships—women’s 800m–CBC—12:10pm PT—Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ontario will be looking to win her second consecutive medal at the IAAF World Championships in London. Two years ago in Beijing, she finished second behind Maryna Arzamasava of Belarus.

Sunday—CFL—British Columbia Lions @ Saskatchewan Roughriders—TSN—5pm PT—For the second straight week, the B.C. Lions play the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a Western Division rivalry. Last week at B.C. Place Stadium, the Lions easily beat the Roughriders 30-15 to improve to five wins and two losses. The Roughriders are currently last in the West at two wins and four losses.

 

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