Canada women's national soccer team pose for a group photo before their women's Group F football match against South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the City of Coventry Stadium July 28, 2012. Canada forward Sidney Crosby scores a goal on Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist during the second period of the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. Norway's Chris Andre Jespersen skis sleeveless during the men's 15K classical-style cross-country race at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb.
Goalkeeper Charline Labonte of Canada bats the the puck away during the 2014 Winter Olympics women's ice hockey game against the United States at Shayba Arena, Wednesday, Feb. Members of the Canadian women's soccer team pose for a pre-game photo before an exhibition game against the United States in September. More from Signa ButlerLessons learned ahead of London Olympics Canadian centre backs to play key role vs. The quest for one of two Olympic berths begins Thursday night in Vancouver for the Canadian women's soccer team. Led by captain Christine Sinclair and new coach John Herdman, Canada plays Haiti at BC Place in their tournament opener before finishing group play against Cuba on Saturday and Costa Rica on Monday.
The top two teams from each group in the eight-team North American, Central American and Caribbean (CONCACAF) event will advance to the semifinals on Jan. Canada's biggest challengers for the two coveted Olympic spots figure to come from Group B, which features powerhouse United States - runners-up at last summer's FIFA Women's World Cup - and Mexico. This will be Canada's first time playing in front of a home crowd at a major tournament in almost a decade. The crucial test comes in the semifinal, where they'll play the second-place team in Group B, which will be either the U.S.
Canada has looked impressive since Herdman took over the squad at the beginning of September and have beaten Mexico in the past, but upsets can happen. A winless World Cup followed by their coach Carolina Morace's resignation left the team reeling. Playing against some of the lower-ranked CONCACAF teams is enough to pull your ponytail out. Presumably Las Tricolores will finish second in Group B, putting them in line for a semifinal date with Team Canada. You can't mention the Canadian women's national team without breathing the name Christine Sinclair. Matheson's leadership and experience (third all-time in appearances with 130) will be missed.
The only player who wasn't part of the team that lost to Japan in penalty kicks in that memorable final last summer is a Canadian. Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse struggled in his first major test of the season, finishing last in the Eugene Diamond League meet.
Russell Martin hit an RBI double to tie the game in the ninth inning and Devon Travis drove him in to give the Toronto Blue Jays a wild 10-9 walkoff win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. The Russian Olympic Committee said on Saturday that re-tests of A samples from eight Russian sports people at the 2012 Olympics in London had tested positive for doping. Mitch Marner was named Canadian Hockey League player of the year on Saturday a€” a trophy so big in size that two people had to carry it for Marner when it was time for him to take pictures with it.
The Canadian women's soccer team, led by Burnaby's Christine Sinclair, open their Olympic tournament Wednesday against Japan in Coventry. Canada's Tara Whitten competes in the women's omnium flying lap event, during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. Canada’s Emilie Heymans and Jennifer Abel celebrate their bronze medals for the women’s synchronized three-metre springboard at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Carol Huynh won Canada's first gold medal of the Beijing Olympics when she defeated Chiharu Icho of Japan in the women's 48 kg freestyle wrestling match.
He craved gold, he settled for silver, but he was so gracious in his disappointment that he deserves gold for sportsmanship. 11 Olympic medals (three gold, five silver, three bronze).The women’s eight have been enhancing the brand, too.

With no medals in Athens or Beijing, Canada’s Brent Hayden capped off his career with a bronze in the 100-metre freestyle.
Canada's Rosannagh Maclennan performs during the women's trampoline qualification at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, in London.
Gold, trampoline She burst from relative obscurity to capture Canada’s first and only gold medal.
Canada's Christine Girard competes on the women's 63Kg weightlifting competition at the ExCel venue at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 31, 2012. If Diana Matheson is the Paul Henderson of Canada’s bronze-medal winning women’s soccer team, then Christine Sinclair is Phil Esposito.Seen through the prism of our national sport, Matheson’s cool rolling in of Canada’s winning goal against France is Henderson scoring on Vladislav Tretiak in 1972. Team Canada's Christine Sinclair signs autographs for young soccer fans as FIFA unveils the official emblem for the 2015 Women's World Cup soccer tournament during a ceremony in downtown Vancouver, B.C. Canada's national women's soccer team will face France for the first time since downing the French 1-0 in last summer's Olympic bronze medal game in London. From top row L-R: Melissa Tancredi, Carmelina Moscato, Robyn Gayle , goalkeeper Karina Leblanc, Sophie Schmidt, Lauren Sesselmann. Going into the CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the Americans and Canadians were the odds-on favourites to snap up the two automatic berths to Germany.
They beat a decent Brazil squad en route to gold at the Pan American Games, defeated Sweden in an exhibition, and were very competitive in a two-game set with the U.S. Herdman and his staff, including renowned New Zealand sports psychologist Ceri Evans (who has worked with the All Blacks rugby team) have helped rebuild the players physically and mentally. Mexico boasts some experienced talent in striker Maribel Dominguez and is well coached by Leonardo Cuellar.
The team's all-time leader in caps (168) and goals (120) has been a fixture with the senior side since she was a teenager.
The team has what Herdman calls two 'world-class goalkeepers' in Karina LeBlanc and Erin McLeod. The midfield maestro hasn't recovered from off-season knee surgery in time for the tournament and was replaced by former U-17 team member Alyscha Mottershead. Look to Sophie Schmidt, arguably Canada's best player at the 2011 World Cup, and Saskatchewan natives Kelly Parker and Kaylyn Kyle to pick up the slack in midfield.
Signa Butlera€™s childhood dream was to one day wear the glamourous orange and powder blue sports coats at CBC. But Canadian distance runners Mohammed Ahmed and Genevieve Lalonde ran the races of their lives.
But less than 24 hours after the Toronto Raptors' finest season in franchise history came to an emotional close, DeRozan said he's committed to this team and the city of Toronto. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, and please keep your comments relevant and respectful.
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But Mexico pulled off a stunning upset over the Americans in the semifinals, forcing the two-time World Cup champions to play Italy in a playoff for the final spot in Germany. Forgetting mistakes and moving on will be crucial to keep those unwanted memories of World Cup disappointment at bay.
Calm and confident defender Candace Chapman (97 caps) will play her 100th game for Canada during the tournament.
Nineteen of the team's 20 players on the Olympic roster were members of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup team in Germany. A Torontonian by nature, but Haligonian at heart, shea€™s our Jill-of-all-trades and resident bionic woman. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the comment box to report spam or abuse.

He was a sprinter.After failing to qualify for the Canadian team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, de Jonge, who is from Halifax, had pretty much decided to hang up his paddle. He had won gold in Athens in the 500-metre version of the same event, since banished from Olympic competition, and trained like a madman to take a second gold in London. Some players had long been familiar to Canadians, first coming to the country’s attention when they were just juniors. Matheson, a 28-year-old product of Oakville’s minor soccer program, started the play in midfield and finishes it, giving the most popular sport in our country – in terms of participation – a signature moment. 41 Costa Rica is a main challenger for top spot in Group A, while Haiti (62) and Cuba (96) are just happy to be there. Since then, she's become a prolific scorer with the Under-20 program and just this month, she was drafted first overall by Women's Professional Soccer's Atlanta Beat.
61 South Africa, the real minnow in the pool and the lowest ranked team in the 12-team tournament. When the game plan came up a little short, he smiled then congratulated his worthy golden rival, Eirik Veras Larsen of Norway.“He’s a classy guy and I respect him so much and trust him implicitly,” van Koeverden said, his silver medal dangling from his neck. Sinclair was Esposito: the emotional core, the person who spoke up when it needed to be done, except instead of pleading for support from Canadian fans she called out an out-classed Norwegian referee. She had qualified in second place.“It’s going to haunt me for a long, long time,” said the Montreal native with a ready smile.
The former All-Canadian soccer player with the SMU Huskies has been toiling the web at since 2000 and occasionally graces the air waves at the network. Olympic sports, soccer, hockey are her passions a€¦ and dona€™t get her started on Fantasy Football.
It was all about individualism, me, me, me, having little empathy for the loser and resenting the winner. Where Sinclair stepped over the line is suggesting the referee had determined the result ahead of time.
Thankfully, that era is either dying or dead, as shown by the Canadian paddlers at London 2012.
If he had been one-tenth of a second faster, he would have taken silver, but pronounced himself delighted with the result.Bronze was all the more special because he broke his index finger in a weight-training accident in mid-April.
Some sports, especially, the smaller ones, are tight-knit global fraternities, where rivals can be great friends.
But in a sport rife with gambling scandals, such matters are not to be taken lightly.There is a backstory to this medal, of course. He missed a few races, but kept going, training in pain, bent on making the London Games.“I am so happy to get on the podium,” he said. The core of the team captured the country’s attention in Edmonton in 2002 at the FIFA U-19 Word Cup, rekindled its interest with a solid showing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and then crashed out of the 2011 World Cup. Just back slapping, sincere expressions of congratulations, a few tears and a lot of smiles.
There is reason to be worried: as Canadian head coach John Herdman said, we have fallen behind in developing 12 to 17-year-old soccer players. If that’s the beginning of a trend, the women’s program will fall into the same netherworld as the men’s program, where Canada is Plan B for players of dual citizenship.At a news conference on the day after their bronze-medal win, Herdman sat on a platform with Sinclair, Matheson, Marie-Eve Nault and Rhian Wilkinson. Later, in an aside, he essentially predicted that one of the four will eventually take his job.“My job is to do myself out of a job, in that way,” Herdman said, chuckling.
Women’s professional soccer has never taken off in North America, and not all of these players finds jobs in Europe. Matheson – who went to Princeton – was pretty much telling the truth when she told reporters in the mixed zone that “soccer is pretty much all I’ve got on my resume.” Sinclair has been linked with a move to Frankfurt’s women’s team, and based on how she wowed the soccer cynics in this country, she could probably waltz in and play for any women’s team.

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