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Canada women's national soccer team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe poses for photographs with her gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics after an announcement in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Soccer Canada announced that the women's team will play Nigeria on April 8 in Vancouver and on April 11 in Langford, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Whitecaps name longtime national team goalie GM of women’s soccer

Stephanie Labbe retired this year after a lengthy playing career capped with gold in Tokyo

Canada women's national soccer team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe poses for photographs with her gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics after an announcement in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Soccer Canada announced that the women's team will play Nigeria on April 8 in Vancouver and on April 11 in Langford, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Hockey Canada logo is shown on the jersey of a player with Canada’s National Junior Team during a training camp practice in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Sponsorship boycott of Hockey Canada’s men’s programs grows amid calls for change

A growing list of top-tier corporate sponsors are pulling their support for…

A Hockey Canada logo is shown on the jersey of a player with Canada’s National Junior Team during a training camp practice in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Hoglander (21), of Sweden, scores against Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Hoglander (21), of Sweden, scores against Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe talks to the team during the first day of training camp in Toronto, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Bench bosses on the bubble: Keefe, Boudreau among NHL coaches at risk this season

As expectations mount in demanding hockey markets, so does job insecurity

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe talks to the team during the first day of training camp in Toronto, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, left, watches his solo home, his 62nd of the season, with Texas Rangers catcher Sam Huff during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader 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. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Fan who caught Judge’s 62nd homer unsure what he’ll do with it

Cory Youmans made the catch of a lifetime Tuesday night

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, left, watches his solo home, his 62nd of the season, with Texas Rangers catcher Sam Huff during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader 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. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits 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. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits 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. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Axel Schuster is seen during a news conference, in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, November 15, 2019. The Vancouver Whitecaps have given the CEO and sporting director a four-year contract extension.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver Whitecaps hand CEO Axel Schuster four-year contract extension

Club still fighting for a playoff berth with a single game left in regular-season play

Axel Schuster is seen during a news conference, in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, November 15, 2019. The Vancouver Whitecaps have given the CEO and sporting director a four-year contract extension.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver Canucks goalie Collin Delia (60) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers’ Tyson Barrie (22) as Dylan Holloway (55) watches the puck go in the net during second period preseason action in Edmonton on Monday, October 3, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks goalie Collin Delia (60) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers’ Tyson Barrie (22) as Dylan Holloway (55) watches the puck go in the net during second period preseason action in Edmonton on Monday, October 3, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Nashville Predators forward Yakov Trenin (13) and Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn (14) react after being called for penalties by referee Garrett Rank (48) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Behind the stripes: What 3 NHL officials enjoy off the ice

Referees, linesman say sharing other aspects of lives helps humanize them

Nashville Predators forward Yakov Trenin (13) and Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn (14) react after being called for penalties by referee Garrett Rank (48) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
B.C. Lions’ James Butler, left, tries to fend off Ottawa Redblacks’ Alonzo Addae as he carries the ball during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ James Butler, left, tries to fend off Ottawa Redblacks’ Alonzo Addae as he carries the ball during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes, left, and J.T. Miller talk during a stoppage in play during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game against the Seattle Kraken in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes, left, and J.T. Miller talk during a stoppage in play during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game against the Seattle Kraken in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) celebrates his RBI sacrifice fly against the New York Yankees during sixth inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) celebrates his RBI sacrifice fly against the New York Yankees during sixth inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam speaks to reporters at the Raptors media day availability, in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam speaks to reporters at the Raptors media day availability, in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher answers questions from a reporter during the Raptors training camp at the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Raptors coach Nick Nurse says<strong> </strong>Boucher is one of the most unique players in the NBA.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher answers questions from a reporter during the Raptors training camp at the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Raptors coach Nick Nurse says<strong> </strong>Boucher is one of the most unique players in the NBA.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) hits his 61st home run of the season, a two-run shot, against the Toronto Blue Jays during seventh inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
New York Yankees designated hitter Aaron Judge (99) hits his 61st home run of the season, a two-run shot, against the Toronto Blue Jays during seventh inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Kunlun Red Star’s Ethan Werek, center, fights for the puck with Amur’s Alexander Gorshkov, left, and Amur’s Alexander Sharov, right, during the Kontinental Hockey League ice hockey match between Kunlun Red Star Beijing and Amur Khabarovsk in Mytishchi, just outside Moscow, Russia, on November 15, 2021. Canadians continue to play hockey for Kontinental Hockey League teams in Russia and Belarus despite the Canadian government’s warning to get out of those countries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alexander Zemlianichenko

Feds tell Canadian hockey players with KHL teams in Russia, Belarus to get out

48 Canadian players are on KHL club rosters this season, the most from any country outside Russia

Kunlun Red Star’s Ethan Werek, center, fights for the puck with Amur’s Alexander Gorshkov, left, and Amur’s Alexander Sharov, right, during the Kontinental Hockey League ice hockey match between Kunlun Red Star Beijing and Amur Khabarovsk in Mytishchi, just outside Moscow, Russia, on November 15, 2021. Canadians continue to play hockey for Kontinental Hockey League teams in Russia and Belarus despite the Canadian government’s warning to get out of those countries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alexander Zemlianichenko
Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac Etchemin, Que., races down the course in the women's FIS World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alta., on December 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Donor gives seven-figure sum to help Canadian skiers paying out of own pockets

Financier says athletes spending about $30,000 to represent Canada at the highest level

Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac Etchemin, Que., races down the course in the women's FIS World Cup downhill ski race in Lake Louise, Alta., on December 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Travis Dermott, left, checks Calgary Flames forward Sonny Milano during first period NHL pre-season hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Despite putting up 14 goals and 34 points in 66 games with the Anaheim Ducks in 2021-22, Milano was surprisingly cut loose and hit the open market after not receiving a qualifying offer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Travis Dermott, left, checks Calgary Flames forward Sonny Milano during first period NHL pre-season hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Despite putting up 14 goals and 34 points in 66 games with the Anaheim Ducks in 2021-22, Milano was surprisingly cut loose and hit the open market after not receiving a qualifying offer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Toronto Argonauts' DaVaris Daniels (80) makes a reception as Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Les Maruo tries to defend during the first half of CFL football action in Toronto on July 4, 2022. The Blue Bombers and Argonauts can both secure home playoff games this weekend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
Toronto Argonauts' DaVaris Daniels (80) makes a reception as Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Les Maruo tries to defend during the first half of CFL football action in Toronto on July 4, 2022. The Blue Bombers and Argonauts can both secure home playoff games this weekend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) tosses his bat as he gets walked by Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) during third inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on Monday, September 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Fans pack outfield seating for a chance at catching a piece of baseball history

Aaron Judge on the cusp of tying the American League single-season home run record of 61

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) tosses his bat as he gets walked by Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) during third inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on Monday, September 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette