Canada & World

Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews poses with the Hart Trophy, left, and Ted Lindsay Award after the NHL hockey awards Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. The Hart Trophy is presented annually to the leagues’ most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay award is giving the the most outstanding player. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Auston Matthews wins Hart Trophy as NHL’s most valuable player

Toronto star finishes well ahead of Edmonton’s Connor McDavid

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Anthony Cirelli (71) scores past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Tampa Bay Lightning centre Anthony Cirelli (71) scores past Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 20, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) high fives Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II (0) during the second quarter of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Warriors beat Boston Celtics 103-90 to win 4th NBA title in 8 years

Finals MVP Stephen Curry leads Golden State with 34 points

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) high fives Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II (0) during the second quarter of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) deflects a shot next to Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher during the second period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Avalanche edge Lightning 4-3 in OT to open Stanley Cup Final

Burakovsky nets winner for Colorado 1:23 into extra frame

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) deflects a shot next to Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher during the second period of Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke knows that taking over the starter spot isn't going to be easy. Not only is the 24-year-old Ohio product under the spotlight as a rare Canadian QB, he's also stepping into a role vacated by Michael Reilly, the man who led the league in passing last season. Rourke passes during the first half of a pre-season CFL football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, June 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. Lions look to capitalize on continuity heading into 2022 campaign

Nathan Rourke steps in at QB after Michael Reilly retired in January after 11 CFL seasons

B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke knows that taking over the starter spot isn't going to be easy. Not only is the 24-year-old Ohio product under the spotlight as a rare Canadian QB, he's also stepping into a role vacated by Michael Reilly, the man who led the league in passing last season. Rourke passes during the first half of a pre-season CFL football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, June 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates his penalty kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match, in Vancouver, on Thursday, June 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Davies scores 2, Canada tops Curaçao 4-0 in CONCACAF Nations League play

Steven Vitoria and Lucas Cavallini each added a goal for winners

Canada’s Alphonso Davies celebrates his penalty kick goal against Curacao during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match, in Vancouver, on Thursday, June 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canadian national men’s soccer team forward Alphonso Davies, centre, stands with his teammates during a training session for a CONCACAF Nations League match against Curacao in Vancouver on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. After a drama-filled week away from the field, Canada’s men’s soccer team will finally take the field in front of hometown fans again tonight. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada national soccer team takes on Curaçao today as contract talks continue

B.C. Place hosts CONCACAF Nations League match as sides attempt to address concerns

Canadian national men’s soccer team forward Alphonso Davies, centre, stands with his teammates during a training session for a CONCACAF Nations League match against Curacao in Vancouver on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. After a drama-filled week away from the field, Canada’s men’s soccer team will finally take the field in front of hometown fans again tonight. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Team Canada forward Marie-Philip Poulin (29) celebrates with her gold medal after defeating the United States in women's hockey gold medal game action at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. The National Hockey League club announced Tuesday that Poulin, a four-time Olympic medallist with Canada’s national women’s hockey team, is joining the team as a part-time player development consultant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canadiens hire Olympic hero Marie-Philip Poulin as player development consultant

Women’s hockey star will hold the job while continuing to play with Canada’s national team

Team Canada forward Marie-Philip Poulin (29) celebrates with her gold medal after defeating the United States in women's hockey gold medal game action at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. The National Hockey League club announced Tuesday that Poulin, a four-time Olympic medallist with Canada’s national women’s hockey team, is joining the team as a part-time player development consultant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. A planned training session for Canada’s men’s soccer team was scrapped Friday amid ongoing discussions about player compensation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada men back at practice after meeting with soccer federation

Canada set to play Thursday a week after refusing to play scheduled match due to a labour dispute

A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. A planned training session for Canada’s men’s soccer team was scrapped Friday amid ongoing discussions about player compensation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog (92), Artturi Lehkonen (62), Kurtis MacDermid (56) and Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during third period NHL conference finals action in Edmonton on Monday, June 6, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Colorado Avalanche’s Gabriel Landeskog (92), Artturi Lehkonen (62), Kurtis MacDermid (56) and Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during third period NHL conference finals action in Edmonton on Monday, June 6, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. A planned training session for Canada’s men’s soccer team was scrapped Friday amid ongoing discussions about player compensation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada men’s soccer training session scrapped amid compensation talks

Dispute in part over how much the athletes will get for playing in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

A Canada soccer logo is seen on Alphonso Davies in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, March 24, 2019. A planned training session for Canada’s men’s soccer team was scrapped Friday amid ongoing discussions about player compensation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Colorado Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson (6) and Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (29) battle for the puck during second period NHL conference finals action in Edmonton on Saturday, June 4, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Colorado Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson (6) and Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (29) battle for the puck during second period NHL conference finals action in Edmonton on Saturday, June 4, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz (39) clears the puck during the second period in Game 2 of the team’s NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz (39) clears the puck during the second period in Game 2 of the team’s NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates a goal against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith, rear, during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals Tuesday, May, 31, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates a goal against Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith, rear, during the first period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals Tuesday, May, 31, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Bayern's Alphonso Davies, front, duels for the ball with Stuttgart's Omar Marmoush during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Probst )

Panama replaces Iran as Canada opponent in World Cup warmup

61st-ranked country will be opponent now for Sunday match in Vancouver

Bayern's Alphonso Davies, front, duels for the ball with Stuttgart's Omar Marmoush during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Stuttgart, at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, Germany, Sunday, May 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Probst )
Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) ties up Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon (29) during third period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, March 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan
Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) ties up Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon (29) during third period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, March 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan
Finland’s Sakari Manninen reacts to his game-winning goal during the Hockey World Championship final match between Finland and Canada, Sunday May 29, 2022, in Tampere, Finland. Finland won 4-3 in overtime. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Martin Meissner

Finland defeats Canada in overtime 4-3 to win world hockey championship

Canada took Finland into overtime with 2 last-minute goals, before losing

Finland’s Sakari Manninen reacts to his game-winning goal during the Hockey World Championship final match between Finland and Canada, Sunday May 29, 2022, in Tampere, Finland. Finland won 4-3 in overtime. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Martin Meissner
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza speaks to the media after being eliminated in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs during a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Spezza announced his retirement Sunday after a 19-season NHL career. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Veteran forward Jason Spezza announces retirement, will join Maple Leafs front office

Spezza played with the Senators and Dallas Stars before joing the Leafs in 2019

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza speaks to the media after being eliminated in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs during a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Spezza announced his retirement Sunday after a 19-season NHL career. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette