Serge Ibaka, Raptors, surge past Wizards to take game one

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The Toronto Raptors are playing like a team with something to prove, beating the Washington Wizards in their first playoff game this year.

Serge Ibaka led his squad to their 114-106 win, contributing 23 points, and an impressive 12 rebounds.

The Wizards’ point guard John Wall equaled Ibaka in points, but his team just couldn’t make enough magic happen to get past a solid looking Raptors team.

Lowry and DeRozan made some noise, but they certainly didn’t hog the spotlight combining for only 28 points. No doubt the rest of the team will expect more from the dynamic duo in the rest of the series.

Looking ahead, the Raptors need to have a solid bench as they did in game one, and keep the defense tight to stop a potentially threatening Wizards offense.

The second contest of the series is Tuesday night, back in the Six.

-Danny Seymour

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3 Things the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs have shown us so far

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs always seem to electrify the sports world every April through June, and the 2018 installment has been no different. Here are 3 things we’ve learned after just 1 week of playoff hockey.

1: Vegas is for real.

It’s fair to say the Vegas Golden Knights had proven all the doubters wrong in the regular season by winning the Pacific Division as an expansion team, (something never done in NHL history), but come playoff time many people took L.A. over Vegas. Well in classic Golden Knight fashion they did what they did all season, just kept winning, and swept the Kings.

Even more fitting was that the Knights’ pick from the Kings (Brayden McNab) was the one who scored the goal that ended L.A.’s season.

Oh and also Marc Andre-Fleury has looked almost unbeatable allowing just 3 goals in 4 games. Good luck to anyone who has to face these guys down the road.

 

2: The Jets are just too good for the Wild.

Currently the Jets hold a 3-1 lead over the Minnesota Wild, heading back to the Bell MTS Center for game 5. The Jets won both games 1 and 2 at home and have just looked to be too much for the Wild to handle.

While yes, the Wild won game 3 in pretty convincing fashion, they have been unable to get anything going since then. Connor Hellebuyck has looked unreal and earned the Jets/Thrashers organization not only their first ever playoff win but also the franchises first ever playoff shutout.

Dustin Byfuglien has also been an absolute machine, and has just been a force all series  for Winnipeg. Even with the loss of Myers, the Jets still looked dominant over Minnesota in game 4. With game five in Winnipeg it might be curtains for the Wild, and another early playoff exit for them.

 

3: Boston’s first line is one of the best in the NHL.

Patrice Bergeron centering David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand is arguably the best first line in the entire league right now, and they’re having fun. Pastrnak leads the entire league in terms of playoff scoring with 9 points after just three games, including 4 goals.

Brad Marchand has been the agitator he always is and is driving the Leafs crazy. Oh yeah, he also has 6 points. Not to bad for “the rat”.

Patrice Bergeron continues to solidify himself as one of the best shutdown centers in the league and has 5 points in three games, so I think it’s fair to say they’re playing alright.

Interestingly enough,  Boston’s first line was held pointless in Toronto in game 3, and with game 4 tomorrow night, we’ll have to wait and see if they bounce back.

Jordan Bay

Calgary to decide whether to proceed with Olympic bid.

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The City of Calgary has spent months pursuing a bid for the 2026 winter Olympics games, but city council has been unable to agree on whether or not to proceed.

City council met on Tuesday and agreed that they need to vote on whether or not to invest any more time into the bidding process.  Councilors have been arguing about the implications of hosting the games and have been exploring all outcomes.

Several councilors have expressed their frustration with the lack of transparency in the process and believe Calgarians need to know what is going on. Councilor George Chahal expressed his concerns at Tuesdays meeting.

“Well I think we should be concerned with the level of transparency because if the public doesn’t know and doesn’t have the information which is what I was advocating for, how can you make a decision.”

The city has appointed a subcommittee tasked with public outreach to allow Calgarians to weigh in on the issue, but many councilors have been arguing about the overall effectiveness of the committee, seeing as the subcommittee is filled with people who could benefit if Calgary hosted the games.

George Chahal argued for the subcommittee and  believes the subcommittee is important to the process, but agrees that maybe some members of the public should be added to the committee.

“I think it’s important to have that subcommittee and maybe tinker with it and add some members of the public to add some additional oversight but that’s the point of going to a Bidco so we have that independent oversight with all partners involved in making a decision.”

-Storrm Lennie

 

Hopes of hosting the 2026 Olympics are rapidly dwindling

pexels-photo-720456.jpegA city council committee has agreed to vote on whether or not to pursue the 2026 Olympics and a lack of progress in the bid process has left many Calgarians with a host of questions.

” I think we should be concerned about the level of transparency” George Chahal, ward 5 councillor

The city’s Olympic project team is under scrutiny after many missteps and failing to provide information to the public.

A subcommittee compromised of members of the public that will benefit from the Olympics is also raising concern among councillors.

Even if the bid goes through, hosting the Olympics will be no walk in the park due to the  price tag associated with it. The city will have to renovate older sports facilities and build new ones, costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

  • Husham Tahir

 

 

2026 Olympics: to bid or not to bid

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The battle over the Olympic bid has been ongoing for the past few month. Calgary’s City Councillors are struggling to see eye to eye on the issue, but an agreement was made to vote on Tuesday about whether to continue further investment or not took place.

Some Councillor brought the raising concern that Calgarian’s are being left in the dark and aren’t aware of all of the missteps and the absence of neutrality on the city’s Olympic project team.

Another concern was the city’s choice to have a subcommittee tasked with public outreach with those who would benefit from having the Olympics come back to Calgary.

“We should be concerned with the level of transparency” 

Calgary Ward 5 Councillor George Chaha, is advocating for the what the may not public know “Well I think we should be concerned with the level of transparency because if the public doesn’t know and doesn’t have the information, which I was advocating for, how can you make a decision?”

But some councillors found the subcommittee to be a more impactful way to connect with the public.

“A lot of public ask the same question”

Calgary Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu had a different take on the issue saying “Well as you heard yesterday and you saw, a lot of public ask the same question is that many of you on the subcommittee are ‘cheerleader’ as I heard on the council floor of Olympic.”

There is a clear issue in regards to transparency but with the some councillors members already seeing the bid as dead, it makes it difficult to believe Calgary will be partying like 1988 and hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

-Vanessa Arrate

 

Calgary’s Olympic bid trapped under ice after city council vote.

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After arguments and disagreements between city council, Calgary’s 2026 winter Olympic bid may be on its last legs.

City Council agreed Tuesday that a vote on whether to continue the bid will be necessary in order to move forward.

The bid has been a hot topic in Calgary, as city council has argued for months on whether to actually pursue the bid.

One of the key issues raised is the cost of the Olympics, which is expected to be billions,  including upgrades to current sports facilities and building new ones.

However, the main topic of concern at this meeting was not the money, but rather concerns about transparency and lack of communication with the public over the bid.

Councillor George Chahal made his opinion clear saying “If the public doesn’t have the information, how can you make a decision?”

“If the public doesnt know and doesn’t have the information, how can you make a decision?”

Another major concern is the creation of a subcommittee tasked with public outreach over the bid that currently has no members of the public on it.

While several oppose the planned committee, there are some councilors who think its a vital and important part of the bid, including councilor George Chahal who says “The whole point of going to a Bidco is so we have the independent oversight with all partners involved in making a decision.”

Councilor Sean Chu also showed his support for the committee saying “A lot of the public ask the same question is that many of you on the subcommittee are.”

“A lot of the public ask the same question is that many of you on the subcomitte are.”

The lack of communication, financial security, and solidarity between council are huge threats for the bid, and while some Calgarians are hopeful that a solution to these problems can be found, many council members are convinced that once the vote is counted on Monday the Olympic dream in Calgary will be over.

-Ryan O’Donnell

Calgary 2026 Olympic bid hangs in the balance

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The potential 2026 Winter Olympic bid for Calgary remains in contention amongst city council.

City council agreed Tuesday morning, that a vote is needed to determine if any further pursuit in a bid is warranted.

“We should be concerned with the level of transparency”

A 2026 Olympics could mean funding for new sports facilities and upgrades for old ones, such as the Olympic Oval or Canada Olympic Park.

There are some councillors like George Chahal, that have expressed concern about an absence in transparency that comes with the city’s Olympic project.

“Well, I think we should be concerned with the level of transparency because if the public doesn’t know and doesn’t have the information… how can you make a decision?”

Transparency is not the only dividing concern, as the task to fill a subcommittee with members of the public who may benefit from the Games, left Sean Chu, city councilor, suggesting that citizens on this committee are “cheerleaders” in favour of a bid.

Chahal believes that the subcommittee “add[s] some additional oversight”, but says that the point of a subcommittee is to be involved with every relevant party, when making a decision on 2026.

-Max Sturley