Tennis star Andreescu wins Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year
TORONTO — Tennis star Bianca Andreescu has won the 2019 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's athlete of the year. She is the first tennis player to win the award. The winner of the Toronto Star award is selected annually by a panel of sports journalists from across the country. Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title when she defeated American star Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open. ThatShe is the first tennis player to win the award.
— Jennifer Jones did it again sweeping through the BOOST National to capture her second consecutive Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling The reigning Olympic champion Jones is supported by third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwen and the foursome are now just a
The Grand Slam Of Curling is owned and operated by Sportsnet, a Rogers Media company, the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling is MARIE, Ont. — Jennifer Jones did it again sweeping through the BOOST National to capture her second consecutive Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling championship this season.
Brad Jacobs, Marc Kennedy, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden just weren't going to be beat this week.
In a clinical curling performance Sunday afternoon inside the Conception Bay South Arena, Jacobs and his team held reigning world champion Niklas Edin to just one point all game, winning the Boost National Grand Slam title 3-1.
That's back-to-back Slam wins for a team brimming with confidence right now.
"I would say it's exceeded expectations," Jacobs said after the win. "What else can I say? It's been a while since we've won this much."
It was a cautious start to the championship game with both teams trying to find room in the house to hides rocks early. But their skill and strategy led to three consecutive blanks to begin the men's final.
Silvernagle slips by Homan to remain in contention at GSOC National
Robyn Silvernagle is still in the mix at the GSOC’s Boost National after edging Rachel Homan 7-6 Friday morning to finish pool play early with a 2-2 record. The post How undersized Devon Toews beat the odds to thrive with Islanders appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Silvernagle’s squad from North Battleford, Sask., wrapped up round-robin play with a 2-2 record and await the results of the remaining draws on the day to determine their fate.
— Jennifer Jones has done it again sweeping through the BOOST National to capture her second consecutive Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling championship this season. The reigning Olympic champion Jones is supported by third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer and lead Dawn McEwen.
The Grand Slam of Curling (currently known as the Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling) is a series of curling bonspiels that are a part of the annual World Curling Tour.
Finally, Jacobs scored the first point of the game with a steal in the fourth end.
They'd steal another single in the fifth end after Edin missed a double takeout on his last rock to make it 2-0 heading to the sixth end.
Edin then had a delicate tap for two, a nearly impossible shot, and played it perfectly, but his thrown stone rolled too far. He'd have to settle for a single, cutting Jacobs' lead to 2-1.
Jacobs played a double takeout on his last throw with hammer in the seventh end to score a single point and make it 3-1 heading to the eighth and final end. That's as close as Edin would get to the Jacobs' Rink – the northern Ontario skip made a takeout with his last stone to run the Swedes out of rocks and secure the victory.
"We've been disciplined and have a lot of good habits as a team which is paying off. We're hoping to make winning more of a habit," Jacobs said.
No need to panic, Brad Gushue says, Canadian curling is just fine
It's approaching two years since there was all that panic, look yourself in the mirror moments and hyperbolic talk about Canada needing a curling summit in the wake of last Olympics. Time for a reality check.For the first time since curling returned to the Olympics in 1998, both the Canadian men's team and women's team failed to win a medal. And though the mixed doubles team won gold in the event's debut in the Games, many were saying Canadian curling was in a tailspin.
Martin captured the National title for the second straight season with a 5-2 victory over Kevin Koe in Sunday’s all-Edmonton final. Team Martin won the National , Canadian Open and Players’ Championship titles last season and kicked off the four-leg 2007-08 Grand Slam of Curling season
Team Edin celebrate its first Grand Slam title win at the WFG Masters. Team Flaxey celebrate after winning the WFG Masters. (Anil Mungal). 2 nd End: Tour Challenge The final eight saw seven teams who had won Grand Slam titles within the past two seasons and Jacobs emerged just sharper than
"You have to be near perfect out here if you want to win championships in men's curling now."
Marc Kennedy provides spark
During the offseason Jacobs made a change at third, bringing in Marc Kennedy in place of long-time teammate Ryan Fry. The lineup shakeup has provided the team with new energy – and a lot of victories.
"I'd say Marc has brought excitement and energy. A new perspective," Jacobs said. "We needed those things and he's brought that. He's also reignited a love of the sport for the three of us."
In the final two games of the Slam this week, Kennedy curled 100 per cent.
"It felt good this week. I got comfortable with the ice. I just love being out here and don't take any of these finals for granted," he said.
The newly formed team has now won four of eight events they've played in.
Koe beats Gushue to lock up playoff berth at Grand Slam of Curling National
CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — Calgary's Kevin Koe clinched a playoff berth at the National with a 6-3 victory over Brad Gushue of St. John's, N.L., on Friday night in the final round-robin game for both teams. Gushue had already qualified for the weekend's playoffs. He and Koe finished the preliminary round of the Grand Slam of Curling tournament with 3-1 records. Brad Jacobs, Niklas Edin and Brendan Bottcher also qualified for the playoffs with 3-1 records. Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., topped Yuta Matsumura of Japan 4-3 to cap his round-robin schedule while Sweden's Edin beat Edmonton's Bottcher 6-1.
In rugby union, a Grand Slam (Irish: Caithréim Mhór. Welsh: Y Gamp Lawn. French: Grand Chelem) occurs when one team in the Six Nations Championship (or its Five Nations predecessor) manages to beat all the others during one year's competition.
Team Brad Jacobs has certainly come a long way since the previous time they played in a Grand Marie hosts the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling National , running Nov. 19-23 at the Essar Centre. “We were just happy to be in the Grand Slam at that point in time. We had a little bit of a taste of it but
"Four good curlers. Great chemistry. And we're having a lot of fun," Kennedy said. "We played great. We had a game plan coming in and executed it pretty well. What a season so far."
Kennedy took a year off from the sport after playing with Kevin Koe for years. He stepped away from curling after the Olympics, partly due to a nagging hip injury. That time away from the sport has provided Kennedy with a new appreciation for being on the ice.
"The year off was wonderful for so many reasons. I found a way to love this game again. I coached some kids last year and remembered why I love this sport," Kennedy said.
It's reignited four curlers who continue to grow and learn on the ice together – which means trouble for their opposition as this season rolls along.
"We've been doing a great job of being critical of ourselves and being open-minded too. Not only for the sport of curling but as people too" Jacobs said.
Serena Williams aces AP Female Athlete of the Decade honours .
Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the celebrity status that transcended tennis, making everything she did and said newsworthy, whether it was the triumphs and trophies and fashion statements or the disputes with tournament officials, the magazine covers or the Super Bowl ad with a message about women's power, the birth of her daughter or the health scare that followed.