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Canada’s Connor Bedard (16) lines up for the faceoff against Latvia during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Bedard shines, host Canada downs Latvia 5-2 at world junior hockey championship

Canadians continue round-robin action Thursday against Slovakia

Manny Aparicio (left) and Alejandro Diaz celebrate a goal as Josh Heard jumps on their shoulders during Pacific FC’s 6-0 win over Waterhouse FC in CONCACAF League action in Langford on Aug. 2. The game would turn out to be Diaz’s last for the team, as he has been sold to a Norwegian pro league club. (Simon Fearn/Black Press Media)

Adios Wero: Langford-based Pacific FC sells record goalscorer Diaz to Norwegian team

Alejandro Diaz heading to Europe after record-breaking goal scoring exploits

Canada’s National Junior Team assistant coach Michael Dyck, left, gives instructions during a training camp practice in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Team Canada prepares for unusual world junior hockey championship

Criticism of Hockey Canada loomed large as the 10-team tournament began Tuesday

Canada’s National Junior Team assistant coach Michael Dyck, left, gives instructions during a training camp practice in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Kaleb Toth, middle, recently announced as part of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame’s class of 2022, participates in a ceremonial faceoff with Nanaimo Timbermen captain Nate Wade and Coquitlam Adanacs captain Vinny Ricci at a WLA playoff game at Frank Crane Arena on Monday, Aug. 8. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Lacrosse champion and Ladysmith resident headed for hall of fame

Kaleb Toth will be inducted into Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame this autumn

Kaleb Toth, middle, recently announced as part of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame’s class of 2022, participates in a ceremonial faceoff with Nanaimo Timbermen captain Nate Wade and Coquitlam Adanacs captain Vinny Ricci at a WLA playoff game at Frank Crane Arena on Monday, Aug. 8. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Toronto lawyer Andrea Skinner, shown in a handout photo, has been appointed interim chair of Hockey Canada’s board of directors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Hockey Canada **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Beleaguered Hockey Canada names Toronto lawyer interim chair

Andrea Skinner first woman to hold the position in the history of the organization

Toronto lawyer Andrea Skinner, shown in a handout photo, has been appointed interim chair of Hockey Canada’s board of directors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Hockey Canada **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Bella competing with Alicia Gadban. The pair's performances this year earned Bella a national award for best Canadian bred horse of the year. (Courtesy of Paula Leweke)

Metchosin horse heroine celebrates Canadian equestrian breeding award

Breeder Paula Leweke knew ‘Bella’ was special from an early age

Bella competing with Alicia Gadban. The pair's performances this year earned Bella a national award for best Canadian bred horse of the year. (Courtesy of Paula Leweke)
Nanaimo’s Tianna Kehler has been selected to Volleyball Canada’s national excellence program and is the first Mariners Volleyball Club athlete to be part of that program. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo volleyball player selected to national high-performance program

Tianna Kehler has been a standout with the NDSS Islanders and Mariners Volleyball Club

Nanaimo’s Tianna Kehler has been selected to Volleyball Canada’s national excellence program and is the first Mariners Volleyball Club athlete to be part of that program. (Photo submitted)
A big screen has been installed by the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at Weyerhaeuser Arena in the Alberni Valley Multiplex. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs add new LED screen to Dawg Pound arsenal

Screen will enhance viewer experience with player stats, video, says club president

A big screen has been installed by the Alberni Valley Bulldogs at Weyerhaeuser Arena in the Alberni Valley Multiplex. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
South Island team members Penny Baziuk (from left) and Jackie Hellard, golf historian Mike Riste, and Greater Vancouver team members Diane McFarlane, Elaine Blatchford and Kathryn McGarvey gather holding vintage clubs on the first tee at Gorge Vale Golf Club before the start of the 100th anniversary Huntting Cup competition Monday. The competition alternates between the mainland and Island. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Historic return to cup play for Greater Victoria, Vancouver golfers

Gorge Vale hosts 100th anniversary of the Huntting Cup competition

South Island team members Penny Baziuk (from left) and Jackie Hellard, golf historian Mike Riste, and Greater Vancouver team members Diane McFarlane, Elaine Blatchford and Kathryn McGarvey gather holding vintage clubs on the first tee at Gorge Vale Golf Club before the start of the 100th anniversary Huntting Cup competition Monday. The competition alternates between the mainland and Island. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Serena Williams, of the U.S.A celebrates after defeating Nuria Parrizas-Diaz of Spain, during the National Bank Open women’s tennis tournament in Toronto, on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Serena Williams says she will retire after U.S. Open

Tennis icon: ‘I’m turning 41 this month, and something’s got to give’

Serena Williams, of the U.S.A celebrates after defeating Nuria Parrizas-Diaz of Spain, during the National Bank Open women’s tennis tournament in Toronto, on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Alberni Valley Hill Climbers ATV Club is one of five to sign an access agreement with Mosaic Forest Management to access the backcountry. (AV HILL CLIMBERS CLUB PHOTO)

Vancouver Island ATV clubs reach back-country agreement with Mosaic

Forest management company grants access with certain restrictions; ATV clubs agree

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Alberni Valley Hill Climbers ATV Club is one of five to sign an access agreement with Mosaic Forest Management to access the backcountry. (AV HILL CLIMBERS CLUB PHOTO)
Nanaimo NightOwls baserunner Kobe Sandstrom, left, gets congratulated by teammate Xander Sielken after scoring a run in the eighth inning of a game against the Port Angeles Lefties on Sunday, Aug. 7, at Serauxmen Stadium. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo NightOwls end baseball season on a winning note

NightOwls sweep series against Port Angeles Lefties to finish schedule on five-game win streak

Nanaimo NightOwls baserunner Kobe Sandstrom, left, gets congratulated by teammate Xander Sielken after scoring a run in the eighth inning of a game against the Port Angeles Lefties on Sunday, Aug. 7, at Serauxmen Stadium. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)
Odd summer timing and an ongoing sexual assault scandal at Hockey Canada could be the reason thousands of tickets to the World Junior Hockey Championship are still available on the eve of the tournament, says an Edmonton professor. Fans take a selfie as they watch United States take on Finland during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship exhibition action in Edmonton on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Odd summer timing and an ongoing sexual assault scandal at Hockey Canada could be the reason thousands of tickets to the World Junior Hockey Championship are still available on the eve of the tournament, says an Edmonton professor. Fans take a selfie as they watch United States take on Finland during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship exhibition action in Edmonton on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Nanaimo’s Ethan Katzberg celebrates after finishing second in the hammer throw at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (Athletics Canada photo)

Vancouver Island hammer thrower wins silver at Commonwealth Games

Ethan Katzberg’s personal-best throw puts him on the podium in Birmingham, England

Nanaimo’s Ethan Katzberg celebrates after finishing second in the hammer throw at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. (Athletics Canada photo)
Sophia Jensen, of Canada, reacts after winning silver in the C1 women’s 500m during the ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships in Dartmouth, N.S. on Sunday, August 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Sophia Jensen, of Canada, reacts after winning silver in the C1 women’s 500m during the ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships in Dartmouth, N.S. on Sunday, August 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Evan Dunfee of Canada reacts after winning the men’s 10,000 meters walk during the athletics in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRE$SS/AP/Manish Swarup
Evan Dunfee of Canada reacts after winning the men’s 10,000 meters walk during the athletics in the Alexander Stadium at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRE$SS/AP/Manish Swarup
Shelly Stouffer lifts the trophy after the she won the US Senior Women’s Amateur Championships at Anchorage Golf Course in Alaska. (Steven Gibbons photo, USGA)

Vancouver Island golfer captures US Senior Women’s Amateur crown

Stouffer, from Nanoose Bay, wins title in dominating fashion

Shelly Stouffer lifts the trophy after the she won the US Senior Women’s Amateur Championships at Anchorage Golf Course in Alaska. (Steven Gibbons photo, USGA)
Duncan Watson learns the basics of pickleball provided by OPC Pickleball Club’s pilot program to help people with Parkinson’s disease. (Maire Watson photo)
Duncan Watson learns the basics of pickleball provided by OPC Pickleball Club’s pilot program to help people with Parkinson’s disease. (Maire Watson photo)
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke looks to pass during the first half of CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Saturday, August 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke looks to pass during the first half of CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Saturday, August 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck