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Colorado Mammoth forward Brett McIntyre, front left, scores a goal against Buffalo Bandits goalie Matt Vinc, back, on June 11, 2022, in Denver. Injured players working in the US are typically eligible for workers’ compensation, but not in Canada. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Pro athletes chasing workers’ compensation for their injuries

Canadian athletes not eligible if they’re injured in a game or practice, B.C. asked to change that

Colorado Mammoth forward Brett McIntyre, front left, scores a goal against Buffalo Bandits goalie Matt Vinc, back, on June 11, 2022, in Denver. Injured players working in the US are typically eligible for workers’ compensation, but not in Canada. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with defenseman Zach Bogosian (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with defenseman Zach Bogosian (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Giovanni Manu helped bring the Thunderbirds to a winning record of 6-5 for the 2022 season. (Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)

2023 CFL Draft loses star UBC linemen Giovanni Manu and Theo Benedet

The top-ranked Thunderbirds opted out of the upcoming spring draft in hopes of title shot

Giovanni Manu helped bring the Thunderbirds to a winning record of 6-5 for the 2022 season. (Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)
Gracie Graham (right) has two points in three games as Canada is undefeated at the U18 women’s world championships in Sweden. (@HockeyCanada/Twitter)

Kelowna hockey player helps Canada reach U18 women’s world championship semis

Gracie Graham has two points in three games at the tournament through three games

Gracie Graham (right) has two points in three games as Canada is undefeated at the U18 women’s world championships in Sweden. (@HockeyCanada/Twitter)
Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the Championship Cup after the team’s overtime win against Czechia in the title game of the IIHF world junior hockey championships Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

After banner world juniors, Connor Bedard not focusing on NHL draft

Phenom showed how wide the gulf is between himself and the rest of his contemporaries

Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the Championship Cup after the team’s overtime win against Czechia in the title game of the IIHF world junior hockey championships Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)
(L-R) Ellie Kermode, Payton Fowler, Anastasia Verigin, Sara Hurd and Anaya Molitwenik all brought home medals from the 2022 West Kootenay Invitational. Photo: Jennifer Small

Castlegar and Rossland skaters bring home 10 medals

Castlegar and Rossland skaters worked together at the 2022 West Kootenay Invitational

(L-R) Ellie Kermode, Payton Fowler, Anastasia Verigin, Sara Hurd and Anaya Molitwenik all brought home medals from the 2022 West Kootenay Invitational. Photo: Jennifer Small
Briar McNaney has been hired as the Nelson Leafs’ interim head coach. Photo: Submitted

Following line brawl and suspensions Nelson Leafs hire new interim head coach

Briar McNaney arrives after several years coaching Columbia Valley

Briar McNaney has been hired as the Nelson Leafs’ interim head coach. Photo: Submitted
FILE - Naomi Osaka of Japan smiles during her first round match against Camila Osorio of Colombia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Naomi Osaka is pregnant and plans to return to competition in 2024, the tennis star announced Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. The former world No. 1 posted a life update Wednesday on social media, including a picture of an ultrasound. (AP Photo/Simon Baker, File)

Naomi Osaka says she’s pregnant, plans tennis return in 2024

Osaka hasn’t played a competitive match since September

FILE - Naomi Osaka of Japan smiles during her first round match against Camila Osorio of Colombia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Naomi Osaka is pregnant and plans to return to competition in 2024, the tennis star announced Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. The former world No. 1 posted a life update Wednesday on social media, including a picture of an ultrasound. (AP Photo/Simon Baker, File)
Vancouver Whitecaps defenders Mathias Laborda, front left, and Karifa Yao participate in a drill during the opening day of the MLS soccer team’s training camp, in Vancouver, on Monday, January 9, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Personnel questions linger as Vancouver Whitecaps kick off training camp

Vancouver looks to avoid repeat of last year’s bad start after narrowly missing playoffs

Vancouver Whitecaps defenders Mathias Laborda, front left, and Karifa Yao participate in a drill during the opening day of the MLS soccer team’s training camp, in Vancouver, on Monday, January 9, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed they hosted 24-year-old, Victoria native CFL star quarterback Nathan Rourke for a workout Monday. Rourke passes during the first half of a pre-season CFL football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Vancouver, on June 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Kansas City Chiefs latest NFL team to take a look at B.C. Lions quarterback Rourke

CFL’s top Canadian has worked out with 10 teams south of the border

The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed they hosted 24-year-old, Victoria native CFL star quarterback Nathan Rourke for a workout Monday. Rourke passes during the first half of a pre-season CFL football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Vancouver, on June 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Adam Marshall

Smoke Eaters forwards commit to NCAA

Trail Smoke Eaters forwards Mathieu Cobetto-Roy and Adam Marshall committ to RIT and Army

Adam Marshall
Buffalo Bills running back Taiwan Jones (25) kneels in prayer for safety Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic on-field collapse in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Stable Hamlin released from Cincinnati hospital, continues recovery in Buffalo

Fallen Bill safety has been walking since having a breathing tube removed on Friday

Buffalo Bills running back Taiwan Jones (25) kneels in prayer for safety Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic on-field collapse in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
Winnipeg Jets’ Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (71) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with Sam Gagner (89) and Kevin Stenlund (28) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday January 8, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade

Jets beat Canucks 7-4, with hat trick by Kyle Connor

Canucks set to play Pittsburgh Penguins next on Tuesday

Winnipeg Jets’ Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (71) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with Sam Gagner (89) and Kevin Stenlund (28) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday January 8, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade
The Trail Smoke Eaters carried the play on Saturday in Langley, but suffered a 3-1 loss to the Rivermen. Photo: Steve Piccolo

Trail Smoke Eaters salvage a point, fall to Warriors and Rivermen

Trail Smoke Eaters suffer two tough road losses against West Kelowna and Langley

The Trail Smoke Eaters carried the play on Saturday in Langley, but suffered a 3-1 loss to the Rivermen. Photo: Steve Piccolo
A rock slides down the sheet at the Men’s World Curling Championships in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Melvin Lee’s first invitation to curl with a diverse team of law students came more than two decades ago. Now, the avid curler has a wealth of experience under his belt. And he is trying to give a similar welcome to others who are underrepresented in the sport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

This Korean-Canadian curler wants to make the sport more diverse. Here’s how.

‘It’s not just enough to have that open door in your facility. You need to be vulnerable and reach out to those communities.’

A rock slides down the sheet at the Men’s World Curling Championships in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Melvin Lee’s first invitation to curl with a diverse team of law students came more than two decades ago. Now, the avid curler has a wealth of experience under his belt. And he is trying to give a similar welcome to others who are underrepresented in the sport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Langford Mayor Scott Goodmanson speaks outside Langford City Hall on Jan. 6. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Victoria area pushing to attract the BC Lions for a regular-season home game

Similar one-off games have been held in Halifax last year, CFL team ‘intrigued’

Langford Mayor Scott Goodmanson speaks outside Langford City Hall on Jan. 6. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
FILE - Gov. Jim Justice, center, speaks to Merl Wooten, owner of Wooten Machine Co., left, and Dr. Matthew Rohrbach while visiting community members on May 9, 2022, in Huntington, W.Va. . (Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP, File)

West Virginia can keep transgender sports ban, judge says

‘This is not only about simple biology, but fairness for women’s sports’

FILE - Gov. Jim Justice, center, speaks to Merl Wooten, owner of Wooten Machine Co., left, and Dr. Matthew Rohrbach while visiting community members on May 9, 2022, in Huntington, W.Va. . (Ryan Fischer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP, File)
Buffalo Bills players and staff pray for Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel)

Football fans grapple with violent side of a beloved sport

‘People sometimes look at players like they’re in a video game’

Buffalo Bills players and staff pray for Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel)
An artist’s portrait of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is displayed outside UC Medical Center, where Hamlin remains hospitalized, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. Hamlin has shown what physicians treating him are calling “remarkable improvement over the last 24 hours,” the team announced on Thursday, three days after the player went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the field. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel)

THE MOJ: Hamlin collapse another hard reminder athletes are as human as any of us

Forget about football, all anyone wishes is that the young man will go on to lead a full life

An artist’s portrait of Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin is displayed outside UC Medical Center, where Hamlin remains hospitalized, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. Hamlin has shown what physicians treating him are calling “remarkable improvement over the last 24 hours,” the team announced on Thursday, three days after the player went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated on the field. (AP Photo/Joshua A. Bickel)
Nelson head coach Adam DiBella addresses Leafs players during a training camp skate. DiBella has resigned after he was suspended for the remainder of the KIJHL season. Photo: Tyler Harper

UPDATE: Nelson Leafs head coach resigns after league suspension for line brawl

Adam DiBella stepped down after being suspended for the remainder of the season

Nelson head coach Adam DiBella addresses Leafs players during a training camp skate. DiBella has resigned after he was suspended for the remainder of the KIJHL season. Photo: Tyler Harper