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Argentina’s Lionel Messi, right on the pitch, celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal on a penalty kick during the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Hassan Ammar
Argentina’s Lionel Messi, right on the pitch, celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal on a penalty kick during the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Hassan Ammar
A Hockey Canada logo is seen on the door to a meeting room at the organizations head office in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Hockey Canada’s provincial and territorial members will vote today on whether to approve a slate of nominees to fill the organization’s nine vacancies on its board of directors.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A Hockey Canada logo is seen on the door to a meeting room at the organizations head office in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Hockey Canada’s provincial and territorial members will vote today on whether to approve a slate of nominees to fill the organization’s nine vacancies on its board of directors.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts after winning the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Argentina won 4-2 in a penalty shootout after the match ended tied 3-3. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Argentina’s Lionel Messi reacts after winning the World Cup final soccer match between Argentina and France at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Argentina won 4-2 in a penalty shootout after the match ended tied 3-3. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Vancouver Canucks’ Luke Schenn, back right, shoves Winnipeg Jets’ David Gustafsson, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Connor extends streak, Winnipeg Jets hand Vancouver Canucks lopsided 5-1 loss

B.C. side continues 3-game homestand Monday against St. Louis Blues

Vancouver Canucks’ Luke Schenn, back right, shoves Winnipeg Jets’ David Gustafsson, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Alumni of Royal Bay Secondary School’s lacrosse academy gather for a group photo after a friendly white versus purple scrimmage Wednesday (Dec. 14) during the program’s first-ever alumni event. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Royal Bay lacrosse alumni come home for the holidays

The academy held its first-ever alumni scrimmage and social Wednesday (Dec. 14)

Alumni of Royal Bay Secondary School’s lacrosse academy gather for a group photo after a friendly white versus purple scrimmage Wednesday (Dec. 14) during the program’s first-ever alumni event. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Kelowna Rockets captain Colton Dach is playing for Team Canada at the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championships. (Hockey Canada/Twitter)

“I’m really thankful I get this chance”: Kelowna Rockets captain ready for World Juniors

Colton Dach is one of two Kelowna Rockets getting the chance to play in the tournament

Kelowna Rockets captain Colton Dach is playing for Team Canada at the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championships. (Hockey Canada/Twitter)
Vancouver Canucks’ Andrei Kuzmenko, left, of Russia, and Bo Horvat talk before a faceoff against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Canuck free agents, pricey pitchers and the value of irrelevance

‘What is Kuzmenko going to cost?’ in a Friday sports potpourri

Vancouver Canucks’ Andrei Kuzmenko, left, of Russia, and Bo Horvat talk before a faceoff against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Eric Lajeunesse won the U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship in his first-year at University of British Columbia. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)

Pacific FC drafts two young defenders

Eric Lajeunesse and Brandon Torresan both spent time with the Vancouver Whitecaps academy

Eric Lajeunesse won the U SPORTS Men’s Soccer Championship in his first-year at University of British Columbia. (Courtesy of Pacific FC)
Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje perform their ice dance free dance during the ISU World Team Trophy Figure Skating competition Friday, April 12, 2019, in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Toru Hanai
Canada’s Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje perform their ice dance free dance during the ISU World Team Trophy Figure Skating competition Friday, April 12, 2019, in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Toru Hanai
Erin Haluschak and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)

PODCAST: NFL’s ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ suddenly very relevant for San Francisco 49ers

NFL REPORT: Black Press insiders Haluschak, Wolf discuss NFL playoff race

Erin Haluschak and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)
Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin, left, and forward Conor Garland celebrate defeating the Calgary Flames in a shootout during NHL hockey action in Calgary, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Kuzmenko, Martin lead Canucks to 4-3 shootout win over Calgary Flames

Vancouver opens a 3-game homestand against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday

Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin, left, and forward Conor Garland celebrate defeating the Calgary Flames in a shootout during NHL hockey action in Calgary, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin holds his 798, 799, and 800th career goal pucks in the locker room after an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ovechkin at 800 now chasing Howe for 2nd on NHL goals list

Ovechkin is just two goals behind Howe, 94 behind first-placed Gretzky

Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin holds his 798, 799, and 800th career goal pucks in the locker room after an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
France’s Ibrahima Konate, left, challenges for the ball with Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Griezmann gives his all, France advances to World Cup final

France will now try to deny Argentina star Lionel Messi a first World Cup title on Sunday

France’s Ibrahima Konate, left, challenges for the ball with Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between France and Morocco at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
B.C. Lions head coach Rick Campbell watches from the sideline during the second half of a CFL football game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Vancouver on Saturday, October 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions head coach Rick Campbell watches from the sideline during the second half of a CFL football game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Vancouver on Saturday, October 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver FC announced the signing of free agent goalkeeper Callum Irving on Wednesday, Dec. 14, making the native of Vancouver the first player to ink a deal in club history (Vancouver FC)

Vancouver FC sign first player

Goalie Callum Irving is coming home to play for Langley-based team

  • Dec 14, 2022
Vancouver FC announced the signing of free agent goalkeeper Callum Irving on Wednesday, Dec. 14, making the native of Vancouver the first player to ink a deal in club history (Vancouver FC)
FILE - Moroccans celebrate in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday Dec. 10, 2022, after defeating Portugal in the quarterfinal soccer match of the World Cup played in Qatar. Every meeting of Morocco and France, the North African country’s former colonial ruler, meet in an international tournament, emotions run high among players and their supporters. Family tales of colonial past emerge among the Moroccans and stories of harsh life of immigrants in France bubble up with questions of national loyalty pop up to French players with immigrant roots. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy, File)

Morocco faces France in politically charged World Cup semifinal

More than soccer on people’s minds as winner moves on to face Argentina in the final

FILE - Moroccans celebrate in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday Dec. 10, 2022, after defeating Portugal in the quarterfinal soccer match of the World Cup played in Qatar. Every meeting of Morocco and France, the North African country’s former colonial ruler, meet in an international tournament, emotions run high among players and their supporters. Family tales of colonial past emerge among the Moroccans and stories of harsh life of immigrants in France bubble up with questions of national loyalty pop up to French players with immigrant roots. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy, File)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat waits to take a faceoff against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat says he’s focused on playing hockey as talk picks up about his future with the team.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks’ captain Bo Horvat trying to focus on hockey as trade talk swirls

Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat says he’s focused on playing hockey as…

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat waits to take a faceoff against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat says he’s focused on playing hockey as talk picks up about his future with the team.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Argentina’s Julian Alvarez, centre, celebrates with teammate Lionel Messi after scoring his team’s second goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Argentina and Croatia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Álvarez surges, scores, carries Argentina to World Cup final

Victory over Croatia vaults nation into winner-take-all match versus France or Morocco

Argentina’s Julian Alvarez, centre, celebrates with teammate Lionel Messi after scoring his team’s second goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Argentina and Croatia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat waits to take a faceoff against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: If it wasn’t for bad luck, we wouldn’t have any Canuck luck at all

Horvat and Miller contract timing typical of what we’ve come to expect from this franchise

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat waits to take a faceoff against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame has found storage for all of its artifacts after its home at the Western Speedway was lost when the track shut down in September. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame saves all artifacts for future location

The museum lost its home when the Western Speedway closed in September

The Victoria Auto Racing Hall of Fame has found storage for all of its artifacts after its home at the Western Speedway was lost when the track shut down in September. (Black Press Media file photo)
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