Other Sports News

  • Lance Stroll turned his Formula One rookie season around in a big way at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, finishing third on Sunday for his first podium finish in his eighth career race. The 18-year-old Canadian is the second-youngest F1 driver to reach the podium, and he came very close to finishing second in a crazy race that featured numerous safety cars and a red flag stoppage.
  • The most prestigious race of the Formula One calendar will be without one of the series’ biggest names this weekend due to a scheduling conflict, and the conflicting interests of Fernando Alonso. The two-time F1 champion will miss Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix for the first time in his 16-season career in order to race at the Indianapolis 500, which is also on Sunday.
  • The 143rd annual Kentucky Derby on Saturday marks the start of Triple Crown season, with a field of 20 horses racing to take the first step towards becoming the next American Pharoah. This year’s field offers plenty of speed and racing pedigree, headlined by odds leader Classic Empire.
  • The thing about legacies is they can be shattered in the blink of an eye.  After winning one of the world’s most anticipated superfights – that failed to deliver on expectations – Floyd Mayweather Jr. has lost the WBO welterweight title he claimed from Manny Pacquiao.
  • UFC President Dana White is proudly awaiting UFC 183 when his former middleweight champion Anderson Silva returns to the octagon to battle Nick Diaz.  But White is also optimistic that former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will be back in the UFC before too long.
  • Canada’s Amaya Gaming made a huge bet on the online poker market by buying the rights to PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.  The purchase increased the Canadian online gambling provider’s reputation on the global map, and the new managers bet they can repair the reputation of the online poker rooms in certain markets – particularly in the US.
  • People around the world are still grasping with the news that renowned actor and comedian Robin Williams is no longer among us.  Williams, who made no secret of his struggle with depression, appears to have lost the battle after reports out of California suggested the comedian committed suicide.
  • Jockeys and horse trainers vie for the Canadian Triple Crown when competing in Canadian races.  After spending years trying to win all three legs of the competition, jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva can finally say he has the full Triple Crown.

    The Triple Crown occurs every summer at two Ontario racetracks, but divided into three separate races.  The competition begins at Woodbine Racetrack near Toronto with the Queen’s Plate, which was won this year by three year old filly Lexie Lou.
  • Honda Indy Toronto, the second longest street race in the IndyCar Series, returns to rev up the engines alongside Lake Ontario this weekend.  The racetrack runs south of the Gardiner Expressway along Lakeshore Boulevard, turning north and west along Princes Boulevard, arching up to Manitoba Drive before shifting south down Ontario Drive back to Lakeshore.
  • Poker fanatics will remember the year 2013 as the Year of Canada as an unprecedented number of Canadian poker players successfully won live cash tournaments on world poker tours.  Canada is home to a pool of growing poker champions and businesspeople, who are quickly becoming integral members of the global poker industry.

    The country’s latest limp into the global poker pot involves the Montreal based company Amaya Gaming, whose President and CEO David Baazov negotiated a $4.9 billion (C$5.2 billion) deal to acquire the PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker brands.
  • The Canadian Triple Crown is one of the most popular horseracing events in North America, and was off to the 2014 races this weekend.  The Triple Crown always begins with the Queen’s Plate, a 1 ¼ mile race on polytrack at Woodbine Racetrack where racers compete for a $1 million prize.
  • It had to happen eventually.  After dominating the 2014 F1 motor racing season for the first six Grand Prixs, the Mercedes racing team was finally dethroned from a 1-2 finish at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal this weekend due to car malfunctions and a surprise challenge from the Red Bull team.
  • The world’s top racers come to Canada this weekend for the Canadian Grand Prix, the latest stop on the Formula One World Tour.  Drivers will make their pit stops in Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, located on a stretch of land running along the St Lawrence River.
  • The Masters tournament teed off in Augusta Georgia today to the delight of golf betting fans around the world. The Masters is the first of four major tournaments that are played by only an exclusive group of golfers who are invited to play in the event.
  • Graham DeLaet is making his mark on becoming one of Canada’s finest professional golfers in what many Canadian fans consider as a rightful succession to Mike Weir, who by all accounts appears past his prime. The 32 year old emerged as one of the top golfers in 2013, and earned a starting spot at the Masters next week – the first major golf championship of 2014.