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Diego Ferreira, right, fights Kyle (The Monster) Nelson, left, during the UFC Lightweight bout in Toronto on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. Nelson fought (The Korean Superboy) Doo-ho Choi to a majority draw Sunday on a UFC Fight Night card. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canadian Kyle Nelson fights to a controversial draw on UFC Fight Night card

The judges scored the bout 29-27, 28-28 and 28-28, resulting in the majority draw

A shot from Central Division’s Seth Jones, of the Chicago Blackhawks (4) gets past Pacific Division’s goaltender Logan Thompson, of the Las Vegas Knights (36) during the NHL All Star hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Rivals Crosby and Ovechkin relish being All-Star teammates

‘I think we have fun to play together, not against each other’

Janet Pacey from Yellowknife poses with some of the Arctic Winter Games pins that she has collected over the years in this Friday, February 3, 2023 handout photo. New and seasoned pin traders, affectionately known as “pinheads” can often be found at the biennial sporting event swapping pins from across the circumpolar north or on the hunt for rare ones to add to their trove. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Janet Pacey *MANDATORY CREDIT*

‘Thrill of the chase’: Pin swapping a sport of its own at the Arctic Winter Games

‘I always say it’s the raven effect. Everything’s quite shiny’

Olympic medalist in swimming and former world record holder Elaine Tanner nicknamed “Mighty Mouse”, was awarded the Service Medal in 1969. The government renamed the medal to the Order of Canada medal in 1972. She’s photographed in Saanich, B.C., on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Elaine Tanner, 1960s swimming superstar, cherishes rare medal that Canada wanted back

In 1970, Tanner became the youngest Canadian to be awarded the Medal of Service

Olympic medalist in swimming and former world record holder Elaine Tanner nicknamed “Mighty Mouse”, was awarded the Service Medal in 1969. The government renamed the medal to the Order of Canada medal in 1972. She’s photographed in Saanich, B.C., on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Luca Di Pasquo’s 21-save, shutout effort lifted the Penticton Vees to their fifth straight victory Friday night, Feb. 3. (Photo- Penticton Vees/Twitter)

Penticton Vees blank Surrey Eagles on Lower Mainland, collect 5th straight victory

The Vees are one of two teams in the BCHL to clinch a playoff berth, as of Feb. 4

Luca Di Pasquo’s 21-save, shutout effort lifted the Penticton Vees to their fifth straight victory Friday night, Feb. 3. (Photo- Penticton Vees/Twitter)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, left, and Elias Pettersson celebrate Horvat’s goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday September 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, left, and Elias Pettersson celebrate Horvat’s goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday September 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vernon’s Steel Quiring is now a teammate of projected first overall NHL draft pick Connor Bedard. Quiring was traded from the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips to the Regina Pats Jan. 10. (Everettsilvertips.com Photo)

Vernon player now teammates with Connor Bedard

Steel Quiring traded in January by WHL’s Everett Silvertips to join Bedard and Regina Pats

Vernon’s Steel Quiring is now a teammate of projected first overall NHL draft pick Connor Bedard. Quiring was traded from the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips to the Regina Pats Jan. 10. (Everettsilvertips.com Photo)
Rich Harden's 949 strikeouts and 17.9 WAR rank sixth all-time among Canadian big league pitchers. (Courtesy of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame)

B.C.-born major-league pitcher Rich Harden headed to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Oakland Athletic ranks sixth all-time among Canadian big league pitchers

Rich Harden's 949 strikeouts and 17.9 WAR rank sixth all-time among Canadian big league pitchers. (Courtesy of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame)
The Western Canadian Championships, the biggest event the Kimberley Nordic Club has ever hosted, officially got underway on Friday, Feb. 3. Paul Rodgers photo.

Western Canadian Championships underway at Kimberley Nordic Club

Over 400 athletes registered at biggest event KNC has ever hosted

The Western Canadian Championships, the biggest event the Kimberley Nordic Club has ever hosted, officially got underway on Friday, Feb. 3. Paul Rodgers photo.
Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet, back, stands behind Ilya Mikheyev, from left to right, Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Playing out the string should give the Canucks plenty of time for evaluation

Situation offers new coach Rick Tocchet a chance to give himself an extended training camp

Vancouver Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet, back, stands behind Ilya Mikheyev, from left to right, Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Andrea Neil (5) jogs off the field after the international friendly soccer match against Germany in Burnaby, B.C. Thursday Sept. 1, 2005. A former captain of Canada’s women’s soccer team is calling for the federal government to launch a full judicial inquiry into abuse in sports across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody

Soccer star Andrea Neil calls for judicial inquiry into sports abuse in Canada

Nothing can change until we turn the lights on and reckon with where we are

Canada’s Andrea Neil (5) jogs off the field after the international friendly soccer match against Germany in Burnaby, B.C. Thursday Sept. 1, 2005. A former captain of Canada’s women’s soccer team is calling for the federal government to launch a full judicial inquiry into abuse in sports across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Alexandra Luxmoore and Maeve Macleod of the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club taking home gold in the U16-18 Girls Team Sprint event at the Cross-Country Ski Nationals in Whistler last year. (Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club)

Revelstoke Nordic skiers impress on Day 5 of Junior World Ski Championships

Alexandra Luxmoore, Maeve MacLeod and Marlie Molinaro are representing Canada at the event

Alexandra Luxmoore and Maeve Macleod of the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club taking home gold in the U16-18 Girls Team Sprint event at the Cross-Country Ski Nationals in Whistler last year. (Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club)
The 2022 U18 Prep Champions Burnaby Winter Club after winning the title in Penticton last March. (Submitted)

Penticton to host 86 hockey teams across North America for CSSHL Championships

This year’s tournament marks the seventh time Penticton has hosted the event

The 2022 U18 Prep Champions Burnaby Winter Club after winning the title in Penticton last March. (Submitted)
The Penticton Heat U11 field lacrosse team is off to Maple Ridge to play in the 2023 provincial championships. (Photo- Michael Hodges)

Penticton U11 field lacrosse team advances to provincial championships in Maple Ridge

The team finished the season 13-1, becoming the first U11 Penticton squad to advance to provincials

The Penticton Heat U11 field lacrosse team is off to Maple Ridge to play in the 2023 provincial championships. (Photo- Michael Hodges)
Ukrainian peewee hockey player Zahar Kovalenko carries his bag as head coach Evgheniy Pysarenko walks behind as they arrive, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City. The Ukraine team will compete at the Quebec international peewee tournament. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Hockey team of preteen Ukrainian refugees arrives in Quebec City for tournament

Their coach described the team’s presence at noted peewee tourney as ‘almost a miracle’

Ukrainian peewee hockey player Zahar Kovalenko carries his bag as head coach Evgheniy Pysarenko walks behind as they arrive, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City. The Ukraine team will compete at the Quebec international peewee tournament. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
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Major high school basketball tournament tips off in Kelowna

The eight team tournament features five B.C. teams, one Alberta team, and two Manitoba teams

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Penticton Vees forward Bradly Nadeau has been named the B.C. Hockey League’s first star of the month for January. (Photo- Cherie Morgan)

Penticton Vees’ top scorer named B.C. Hockey League’s 1st star of the month

Bradly Nadeau scored 12 points in seven games during the month of January

Penticton Vees forward Bradly Nadeau has been named the B.C. Hockey League’s first star of the month for January. (Photo- Cherie Morgan)
This image released by Paramount shows Glynn Turman, left, and Rita Moreno in a scene from “80 for Brady.” (Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures via AP)

Review: ‘80 for Brady’ is a sports film fumble for the ages

Talents of Tomlin, Fonda, Moreno and Field sacrificed for cheap laughs and unearned poignancy

This image released by Paramount shows Glynn Turman, left, and Rita Moreno in a scene from “80 for Brady.” (Scott Garfield/Paramount Pictures via AP)
Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the IIHF Championship Cup while celebrating winning over Czechia at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game in Halifax on Thursday, January 5, 2023. Connor Bedard keeps packing arenas in Western Canada after his electrifying performance at the world junior men’s hockey championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Junior star Connor Bedard filling hockey arenas in Western Canada

16,700 tickets had been sold by mid-afternoon for Wednesday’s game in Calgary

Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the IIHF Championship Cup while celebrating winning over Czechia at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game in Halifax on Thursday, January 5, 2023. Connor Bedard keeps packing arenas in Western Canada after his electrifying performance at the world junior men’s hockey championship. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
The VSS Panthers junior girls team celebrate with their plaque after winning the Immaculata Sweet 16 tournament over the Jan 28-29 weekend in Kelowna (Contributed)

Vernon Panthers roar to first in Kelowna’s Sweet 16 tourney

The junior girls team has their sights set on attending the provincial championships in Langley

The VSS Panthers junior girls team celebrate with their plaque after winning the Immaculata Sweet 16 tournament over the Jan 28-29 weekend in Kelowna (Contributed)