Canadian teenager upsets at Indian Wells

Tennis

Canadian tennis player, Bianca Andreescu, has won her first Women’s Tennis Association title in Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open.

Andreescu, an 18-year-old Ontario native, went into the tournament unseeded and went all the way to the final match against the eighth seeded Angelique Kerber from Germany.

“I’m the effing champion of the Indian Wells.”

Andreescu beat Kerber in their first match 6-4, lost in the second 3-6 and won the final 6-4 in their best of three series.

During her post match interview, Andreescu was overcome with excitement saying “I’m the effing champion of the Indian Wells. It’s crazy. Crazy is the word of the tournament for me. Just crazy.”

With the win, Andreescu became the first wild card player to win at the Indian Wells and the first Canadian to win a title in a WTA Premier Tournament. Her next major tournament begins today at the Miami Open.

 

-Sean Marks

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Calgary Flames smoke the New York Rangers 5-1

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The Calgary Flames were on fire last night earning a 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers.  Matthew Tkachuk got his 31st and 32nd goal. All three of his assists managed to be what put them into the lead and it was his 100th  assist in the NHL.

 “I don’t think of myself as a shooter or a passer, I’m just somebody trying to read the play and make the best play possible.”

Matthew Tkachuk

The American-born professional hockey player is currently an alternate captain for the Flames and was a top-rated prospect who was sixth overall in the 2016 NHL entry draft. Tkachuk was showcasing his smart plays, impressing spectators at the Saddledome. Now the flames move one point ahead of the sharks with 11 games to go. Flames goalie David Rittch made an impressive 24 saves. Next, the Flames will go head to head with the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS place

-Raynaldo Suarez

 

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu wins at Indian Wells

Canada’s very own rising tennis star, Bianca Andreescu has won her first Woman’s Tennis Association title with a huge win in Indian Wells.

The 18-year-old who was ranked 152nd at the start of the year has now become the 24th ranked women’s tennis player in the world. Her match-up was against German tennis player Angelique Kerber who was seeded 8th in the tournament while Andreescu was unseeded.


“I want this so bad,”

Bianca Andreescu to her coach Sylvain Bruneau

This was Andreescu’s first finals appearance in the start of her young career.

“I want this so bad,” were the memorable words said by Andreescu to her coach Sylvain Bruneau after calling for a break during the third set. She eventually beat Kerber in the finals of the BNP Paribas Open 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to take home the trophy and her earnings of $1,354,010 million US.

Mackenna Jamieson

The Winter X Games are coming to Calgary

Calgary has been granted the exclusive Canadian rights to host the Winter X Games for a minimum of three years.


“We’re looking to create a city-stopping and uniquely Canadian annual event in Alberta”

This will be the first time the event is hosted by a Canadian city since the Winter X Games began back in 1997.

It is estimated that the X Games could bring in around 75,000 spectators a year and could contribute around $75 million in economic activity for the city.

Calgary-based companies Manifesto Sport Management and Insight Productions Ltd. are currently working with Tourism Calgary to organize the event.

“With the incredible support of our sport, community, tourism and government partners, and, of course, Canada’s athletes, we’re looking to create a city-stopping and uniquely Canadian annual event in Alberta,” said Russell Reimer, president of Manifesto Sport Management.

Organizers say the games will likely get under way in late February or early March of 2020, 2021, and 2022.

-Austin Lee

Overtime magic pushes Trojans pass Vikings

The SAIT Trojans are moving one to the next round of the Alberta College Athletics Conference Playoffs.

After dropping their last two regular season games to the Augustana Vikings, the Trojans were looking to bounce back as the two teams met up in the opening round. The Vikings took the first game at home leaving the Trojans in a do or die situation heading home for game two.

Trojans pregame warm-up.

Parker Evans-Campbell on the faceoff, wins it back to Krienke. Krienke wires it SCORES!

The Trojans were back at home for game two of the series. In a back and fourth game led by highlight reel goaltending at both ends of the ice, and heavy domination by the Trojans, the game remained even after 60 minutes. The game would remain tied 3-3 until the eleven minute mark when Eric Krienke ended the game.

2nd overtime goal call from Trojans vs. Vikings game

The Trojans led by Krienke, took their momentum from game two into game three against the Vikings. Krienke scored a hat trick, including the game winner in overtime to end the series, completing the come back for the Trojans. The Trojans will look ahead to the second round of playoffs, where they’ll be taking on the NAIT Ooks.

  • Game 1: SAIT @ NAIT (March 15, 7pm)
  • Game 2: NAIT @ SAIT (March 16, 7pm)
  • Game 3: SAIT @ NAIT (March 17, 7pm)

Cole Fortner

Raptors trounce Heat and tie record in the process

For the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, they put their best up for show on the road when they dominated the Miami Heat 125-104. The Raptors also tied a franchise-high 21 3-pointers to help with the win.

Point guard Kyle Lowry put up 24 points to go along with 10 assists and forward Pascal Siakam scored 20 points to help push the lead.

The Raptors bench players chipped in there two cents as Jeremy Lin and OG Anunoby each recorded 11 points while guard Norman Powell added 15 points.

“The body was warm. It definitely helps.”

After the game, Lowry commented on why the team was to successful, he said “Good weather. The body was warm. It definitely helps… but we just came out with a composed mentality. We knew who we’re going up against, and those guys are hard to play.”

After two tough losses to Houston and Detroit the Raptors bounced back as they start their road trip with a win in south beach.

-Connor Gunn

It’s magic number 3 for Trojans

3 is the magic number for the Trojans Men’s basketball team. Not only did the team three-peat as ACAC champions after a title win against Concordia University. John Smith,Charlie Connor and Ian Tevis all have been named to conference all star teams.

The three players were rewarded for their fine seasons and recognized by the league as among the best who suited up this year. John Smith and Charlie Connor took home South Division first team all star selections while Ian Tevis was named to the second team. Both Smith and Connor are eligible to return next season while Tevis will move onto the next chapter of his life.

I’m always smiling and having fun, but I didn’t have that today, I was focused like I have never been before. . . I worked so hard for this.”

Tevis led the Trojans on Saturday night with a game-high 35 points. Not only was he named the Player of the Game for his team, he also walked away with the Tournament MVP award. Tevis said ” I’m always smiling and having fun, but I didn’t have that today, I was focused like I have never been before… I worked so hard for this. I came to SAIT for these games,” finished Tevis. “For me to come out here, and get the job done with this group of guys is really special.”

Up next for the team, they head out to Langley BC for the national tournament where they will aim to have similar success and hopefully be crowned champions once again.

Ryder McKay