Canada & World

Croatia’s Bruno Petkovic, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Croatia and Brazil, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Croatia shocks Brazil on penalties in World Cup quarterfinals

Perennial favourite and 5-time champion out of the tourney after losing in shootout

Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair autographs a fan’s ball at a World Cup watch party in Toronto on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. Sinclair is serving as an adviser to Project 8 Sports Inc., a new pro women’s soccer league planned to kick off in Canada in 2025. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey

Countdown to Kickoff: Matheson outlines plans for new pro women’s soccer league

Vancouver Whitecaps and Calgary Foothills 2 of the founding clubs in the 8-team league

FILE - New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge gestures as he runs the bases after hitting a solo home run, his 62nd of the season, during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. With the home run, Judge set the AL record for home runs in a season, passing Roger Maris. Judge won the American League MVP Award on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in voting by a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Record-breaking slugger Aaron Judge, Yankees reach $360M, 9-year deal

Judge will earn $40 million per season, the highest average annual payout for a position player

FILE - New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge gestures as he runs the bases after hitting a solo home run, his 62nd of the season, during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. With the home run, Judge set the AL record for home runs in a season, passing Roger Maris. Judge won the American League MVP Award on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in voting by a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
B.C. Lions receiver Bryan Burnham, right, goes up for a pass as Calgary Stampeders defensive back Dionte Ruffin blocks him during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Burnham has announced his retirement, ending an eight-year career with the CFL franchise. Burnham, a four-time CFL all-star, had 476 receptions and 7,212 receiving yards wit the Lions. Both marks rank fourth in franchise history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. Lions receiver Bryan Burnham, right, goes up for a pass as Calgary Stampeders defensive back Dionte Ruffin blocks him during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. Burnham has announced his retirement, ending an eight-year career with the CFL franchise. Burnham, a four-time CFL all-star, had 476 receptions and 7,212 receiving yards wit the Lions. Both marks rank fourth in franchise history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Vancouver Whitecaps general manager of women’s soccer Stephanie Labbe, former Canadian women’s national soccer team goalkeeper, attends a news conference after she was named to the position, in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Monday that it will be home to one of two founding teams when a new professional women’s soccer eight-team league begins in 2025. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver, Calgary first teams announced in new women’s pro soccer league

League will operate countrywide across two conferences, with four teams in each conference

Vancouver Whitecaps general manager of women’s soccer Stephanie Labbe, former Canadian women’s national soccer team goalkeeper, attends a news conference after she was named to the position, in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Monday that it will be home to one of two founding teams when a new professional women’s soccer eight-team league begins in 2025. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault (35) stops Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Aman (88), of Sweden, as Montreal’s Arber Xhekaj (72) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault (35) stops Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Aman (88), of Sweden, as Montreal’s Arber Xhekaj (72) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, front, and Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, celebrate Horvat’s goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Horvat scores OT winner, Canucks earn 3-2 victory over Arizona Coyotes

Vancouver’s Luke Schenn registers 2,947th career hit, an NHL record for defencemen

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, front, and Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, celebrate Horvat’s goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Team Canada logo is shown on a player during the warm-up prior to Rivalry Series hockey action against the United States in Kamloops, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. Hockey Canada says there were more than 900 documented or alleged incidents of on-ice discrimination — verbal taunts, insults and intimidation — across all levels and age groups during the 2021-22 season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jesse Johnston

Hockey Canada recorded more than 900 reports of on-ice discrimination last season

Organization introduced a new section to its rulebook in August 2021 to address maltreatment

A Team Canada logo is shown on a player during the warm-up prior to Rivalry Series hockey action against the United States in Kamloops, B.C., Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. Hockey Canada says there were more than 900 documented or alleged incidents of on-ice discrimination — verbal taunts, insults and intimidation — across all levels and age groups during the 2021-22 season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jesse Johnston
Vancouver Canucks’ Ethan Bear, left, and Florida Panthers’ Ryan Lomberg vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Ethan Bear, left, and Florida Panthers’ Ryan Lomberg vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Former Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin, left, of Sweden, goalie Roberto Luongo, centre, and Daniel Sedin, right, of Sweden, stand after being wrapped in First Nations blankets during a ceremony honouring their recent inductions into the Hockey Hall of Fame, before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Canucks honour newly minted Hall of Famers Luongo, Sedins

Goalie remains the Canucks’ franchise leader in wins (252) and shutouts (38)

Former Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin, left, of Sweden, goalie Roberto Luongo, centre, and Daniel Sedin, right, of Sweden, stand after being wrapped in First Nations blankets during a ceremony honouring their recent inductions into the Hockey Hall of Fame, before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - Gaylord Perry greets fans at the All-Star FanFest in Washington, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry, a master of the spitball, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at his home in Gaffney, S.C. He was 88. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Gaylord Perry, two-time baseball Cy Young winner, dies at 84

Perry was a five-time All-Star who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991

FILE - Gaylord Perry greets fans at the All-Star FanFest in Washington, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Baseball Hall of Famer and two-time Cy Young winner Gaylord Perry, a master of the spitball, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at his home in Gaffney, S.C. He was 88. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin (30) reaches for the puck with his stick after stopping Washington Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway (21) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ovechkin scores 2, makes history as Capitals down Vancouver Canucks 5-1

Winger now has 403 road goals, passing Wayne Gretzky for most in NHL history

Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin (30) reaches for the puck with his stick after stopping Washington Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway (21) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - Players from Germany pose for the team photo as they cover their mouth during the World Cup group E soccer match between Germany and Japan, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Analysis: As Qatar World Cup unfolds, planet keeps spinning

Tourney has shown keeping the world out of sport is well nigh impossible

FILE - Players from Germany pose for the team photo as they cover their mouth during the World Cup group E soccer match between Germany and Japan, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Canada’s Alphonso Davies scores his side’s opening goal during the World Cup group F soccer match between Croatia and Canada, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Themba Hadebe

Having scored at the World Cup, Canadian men now look to get one final result

Davies tally removed Canada from the list of World Cup participants yet to score

Canada’s Alphonso Davies scores his side’s opening goal during the World Cup group F soccer match between Croatia and Canada, at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Themba Hadebe
Vancouver Canucks left wing Andrei Kuzmenko celebrates after scoring during overtime in the team’s NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Canucks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Vancouver Canucks left wing Andrei Kuzmenko celebrates after scoring during overtime in the team’s NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Canucks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Canada fans cheer ahead of Group F World Cup soccer action between Canada and Belgium at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. Watch parties are planned across the country today as soccer fans gear up to watch Canada’s second World Cup matchup against Croatia — a do-or-die game for the team in its first tournament appearance in 36 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canada fans cheer ahead of Group F World Cup soccer action between Canada and Belgium at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. Watch parties are planned across the country today as soccer fans gear up to watch Canada’s second World Cup matchup against Croatia — a do-or-die game for the team in its first tournament appearance in 36 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canada defender Kamal Miller (4) dives to defend as Croatia defender Josip Juranovic (22) plays the ball during first half group F World Cup soccer action at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on Sunday, November 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canada defender Kamal Miller (4) dives to defend as Croatia defender Josip Juranovic (22) plays the ball during first half group F World Cup soccer action at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on Sunday, November 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime reacts as he plays Australia’s Alex de Minaur during the final Davis Cup tennis match between Australia and Canada in Malaga, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Joan Monfort

Canada beats Australia to claim its first Davis Cup tennis championship

Canada has automically qualified for the 2023 Davis Cup Finals

Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime reacts as he plays Australia’s Alex de Minaur during the final Davis Cup tennis match between Australia and Canada in Malaga, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Joan Monfort
Canada forward Alphonso Davies, left, celebrates his goal against Croatia with teammates during first half group F World Cup soccer action at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on Sunday, November 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canada forward Alphonso Davies, left, celebrates his goal against Croatia with teammates during first half group F World Cup soccer action at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on Sunday, November 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette