England soccer leaders criticized for ‘sham’ diversity plan

The FA also plans to guarantee three places for women on its board and restrict members to three terms of three years. If we go out of our way to annoy them and they want some payback they could cut up rough.”Clarke described his blueprint as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to fundamentally change the way football works” and urged the FA Council to pass the changes next month.“I’ve had that conversation from someone saying, ‘you can’t force me,’" Clarke said. “I said, ‘Try me. … Take me on. But ministers must tread a cautious path to avoid FIFA sanctioning England if there is deemed to be government interference.“If (the government) say ‘This is unacceptable,’ I don’t know who is going to do better and if you trust government to come in and run football, yabadabadoo, let them have a go,” Clarke said. “Whether FIFA can do anything, you’d have to ask a lawyer. England soccer leaders were criticized Monday for introducing diversity reforms that campaigners say still fail to ensure minority groups are adequately represented in the decision-making process.Kick It Out, English soccer’s anti-discrimination group, said the Football Association’s planned overhaul of its board and council appears to be “sham” and “won’t satisfy minority groups.”

The FA has been threatened with the loss of public funding unless more woman and ethnic minorities are brought into the decision-making process. The House of Commons has already declared it has “no confidence” in the FA over its failure to reflect modern society in England.The FA Council will add 11 members to ensure it “better reflects the inclusive and diverse nature of English football,” the governing body said. And the council, which FA chairman Greg Clarke is pushing to hold sessions in public in future, has to approve the proposed changes. In the court of public opinion if you think you can keep stuffing the council with grey-haired white men.’" I know that all minority groups will feel aggravated at the hands of the football authorities.”In the council’s current 122 members, 114 are men, 92 are aged over 60 and only four are from ethnic minorities. But there will not be “proper representation of minority groups” even after the board is redesigned, Kick It Out chairman Herman Ouseley said.“I would not trust these bodies to fully deliver transparent practices and the changes are likely to be a sham,” Ouseley added in a statement. It also has to comply with the government’s new code for sports bodies. “All the historical evidence suggests this, so I have no confidence in the proposals.

Barcelona goes for miracle win against PSG in Champions League

The Gabon striker leads the Bundesliga scoring chart with 21 goals.“We’re unpredictable at the moment, difficult for any opponent,” midfielder Gonzalo Castro said. “It’s a game that gives us confidence. But they’ll be facing PSG and it will be difficult against us.”PSG has made it to the quarterfinals the last four seasons, being eliminated by Barcelona in 2013 and 2015.“I don’t think we have any pressure,” midfielder Marco Verratti said. “I think all the pressure is on Barcelona.”Barcelona, which has reached the quarterfinals the last nine seasons, has outscored opponents by four goals or more at least 10 times this season. It is boosted by a 5-0 rout of Celta Vigo in the Spanish league.“It was one of our best games this season and one of the best in the past few months,” Luis Enrique said. There is still hope for Barcelona in the Champions League.With Lionel Messi at his best and leading an attack that has been scoring at will, Barcelona takes on Paris Saint-Germain with reason to believe it can reverse the 4-0 loss in the first leg of the competition’s Round of 16.Barcelona has scored at least five goals in its last two matches, and Messi has been virtually unstoppable since the defeat in Paris, scoring six goals in four games. We will have our chances against PSG.”Napoli-Real MadridReal Madrid is making the trip to Italy with Cristiano Ronaldo at full strength after he was rested in the team’s Spanish league match at Eibar on Saturday.Ronaldo, who is two goals short of becoming the first player to score 100 times in European competitions, has scored four goals in his last three games.Napoli will hope forward Dries Mertens doesn’t wilt again on the biggest stage.Mertens had scored 14 goals in his last 11 matches leading up to the first leg in Madrid and was expected to again lead the Napoli attack, but he was largely anonymous in the game in Madrid.He was back to his best at the weekend, though, scoring both goals as Napoli won 2-1 at second-placed Roma, a victory that boosted the team’s confidence for Tuesday’s game at a sold-out San Paolo.Arsenal-BayernWith 14 goals scored and none conceded in its last three games, Bayern appears to have struck form at just the right time in the season.Carlo Ancelotti’s team faces Arsenal on Tuesday defending a 16-game unbeaten streak.“We have to be concentrated going into the game and show especially in the first quarter-hour that Arsenal can forget about the next round,” captain Philipp Lahm said.Arsenal is coming off a loss to Liverpool, which left the club out of the top four in the Premier League.“We need to push harder, to start the games with a better attitude and just go for it, because we showed that when we go for it and want something we can do it,” defender Hector Bellerin said. “It doesn’t matter about the other team, when we have the ball and push hard, we can score goals.”Dortmund-BenficaDortmund will have to overturn its one-goal deficit without inspirational midfielder Marco Reus, who has been ruled out of Wednesday’s match with a thigh injury.Still, Dortmund is boosted by three consecutive Bundesliga wins since the defeat in Portugal, including a 6-2 rout of Bayer Leverkusen at home on Saturday.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who missed a penalty against Benfica, scored twice against Leverkusen. “If there is one team capable of doing this kind of thing, it’s Barcelona. The Spanish club needs at least four goals at Camp Nou to avoid being eliminated in the last 16 for the first time in nearly a decade.“It will be difficult, but I have unwavering belief that we can play a great game and get right back into contention,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said.Another team needing to overcome a big defeat will be Arsenal, which lost 5-1 at Bayern Munich. The English club has been eliminated in the Round of 16 the last six seasons, and another setback on Tuesday will add even more pressure on coach Arsene Wenger.No team has reversed a four-goal deficit since the new Champions League format was introduced in 1992-93.Defending champion Real Madrid takes a 3-1 lead into the second leg against Napoli in Italy, while Borussia Dortmund hosts Benfica looking to overcome a 1-0 loss in Portugal.Here’s a look at the four games this week:Barcelona-PSGBacked by a 16-game unbeaten streak, Paris Saint-Germain heads to Spain confident it will be able to withstand Barcelona’s pressure at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.“It will be one hell of a game, we know that Barcelona believe in their comeback,” PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi said.

Bertrand Charest used sex, threats and guilt to manipulate skiers, alleged victim testifies

Ex-national ski coach Bertrand Charest used sex, threats and guilt to manipulate the athletes under his control, an alleged victim told his sex-assault trial Monday.She said she realized when she landed on the national team in 1996 that Charest had alternating favourites.Charest is facing 57 charges, including sexual assault and breach of trust, with 12 alleged victims between the ages of 12 and 19 at the time. Charest, 51, worked with Alpine Canada’s women’s development team between 1996 and 1998.The woman testified that when she found out Charest was having a relationship with a teammate of hers, he convinced her he was actually in love with her and needed her help to leave the other girl.The alleged victim, the fifth to testify since the trial began last Thursday, told the court they had their first sexual encounter in the toilet of a European hotel.She testified Charest was going out with other girls and that he told her one was depressed and that another needed sex to ski faster.“I was trapped,” said the woman, who added Charest allegedly threatened to kill himself or to stop coaching her if she ended the relationship.She also testified that skiing authorities did nothing to help her when the allegations erupted in 1998, advising her to stay silent in order to not lose sponsors.Earlier in the day, the trial heard from another alleged victim who was coached by Charest when she was 13 and 14.Although she failed to make Charest’s elite skiing team, she said she stayed in contact with him after that because she viewed him as a confidant.She testified Charest kissed her on the lips when she was 16 and told her everything would be different if she were 18.The woman also said Charest told her more than once he wished he could be her first lover and that it would be a memorable experience.

Oakland Raiders find new financing for Las Vegas stadium: source

The Raiders had been seeking a new partner for the proposed $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed stadium after casino magnate Sheldon Adelson withdrew a $650 million pledge last month.The state of Nevada has committed $750 million to the project, while the Raiders and NFL would pay the remaining $500 million if three-quarters of the league’s owners approve a move. A vote could come at the owners meetings later this month.Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf also made a presentation to the committees on Monday in hopes of persuading owners to prevent the Raiders from moving. Louis. The Raiders have options to play at the Coliseum for two more years, but could need to find a temporary home in 2019 if they move. The Oakland Raiders told the NFL on Monday they have found a new partner to finance their proposed stadium in Las Vegas: Bank of America.A person familiar with the Raiders’ plans said the team presented the new proposal with financing backed by Bank of America to the NFL’s stadium and finance committees. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the plan was not made public. The Chargers will join the Rams in the Los Angeles area this season and the teams will share a stadium in Inglewood, which is expected to open in 2019.That left the Raiders looking for another option, which became Las Vegas when the state of Nevada voted last fall to commit the money to the project.Even if a move is approved later this month, the stadium is not expected to be built before 2020. Schaaf offered no new plans to satisfy concerns from the league about a proposed new stadium near the site of the Coliseum, the person said.The Raiders have been looking for a new stadium for years as they seek to move out of the outdated Coliseum, which is the only current stadium used by an NFL and Major League Baseball team and is unable to generate the revenue for the team the way more modern stadiums around the league can.The Raiders applied to move to the Los Angeles area last year, but the league turned that request in favour of the Rams moving from St.

Mikaël Kingsbury looks to cap dominant moguls season at freestyle World Championship

“Compare that to other competitors, who will just crank up the stress and you wonder if they’re going to freeze or choke. It’s play for him – while at the same time, he’s outworking everybody on the team. I had to work hard to beat him because he was bigger and taller back then.“Right now, the way it’s been going the last two years, the biggest point of why I’ve done so well is I’ve been skiing with so much confidence. In fact, he is on such a roll, you have to ask: Is there anything he hasn’t won this year?“My hockey pool,” he replied in a long-distance interview from Spain. I know what to do. We get on the ice quite a bit in the winter, so after we won the Nations Cup we had a pretty fun celebration. I usually go with the players I like, and this year I didn’t end up with the players I want. By the numbers, he’s the hardest-working guy on our team.”Kober competed for years on the circuit and says Kingsbury has the right body type to succeed in moguls skiing.“Our sport is more about absorbing than creating energy, about feathering the breaks than creating power,” Kober said. Being able to face down that fear and still perform in the face of some pretty severe consequences is a big part of what they deal with on a daily basis.”After Canada clinched the Nations Cup this season, the team got together for a party in which they mimicked NHL players celebrating a Stanley Cup championship – but with beer, not champagne.“These guys are big hockey fans,” Kober said. “But he’s dominated our sport the last few years like nobody has ever done before. “I thought I had a good team, but it’s not going so well. At least I’m not last.”Freestyle skiing wraps up its season with the semi-annual world championships, which begin Wednesday in Sierra Nevada, Spain. “To be honest, I don’t know if we’re ever going to see another athlete reach that level again.” With Mik, it’s the opposite. The world championships will act as a kind of dress rehearsal for Pyeongchang, site of the next Winter Games, where Kingsbury will carry the weight of heavy expectations.But pressure is something Kingsbury thrives on, according to Marc-André Moreau, the high-performance director of the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association.“You see Mik at the top of the course, with the pressure on, where he’s almost always the last guy to go – and he stays so focused,” said Moreau, who coached Kingsbury as a 14-year-old. Just over a beer making the comparison between the Nations Cup and the Stanley Cup, having beers out of the Cup, and Mik, out of nowhere saying, ‘Next year, we should have a captain that wears a C on the team jacket, but that would go to Phil [teammate Philippe Marquis of Quebec City], not to me.’ That’s what Mik is like. Courage is a big thing for our guys on a daily basis. “This is his eighth year on the team, and every day he’s smiling. I look at his training stats and the volume he puts in. Prior to Mik, our sport was notoriously difficult to be consistent at. I made too many decisions from my heart. He’s not afraid of anyone in the gate, but he doesn’t put himself above anyone either.”As for the future and where Kingsbury will ultimately stand in the pantheon of the sport, Kober and Moreau both believe he can still get to a higher level.“It’s dangerous ground to draw comparisons to other sports because we’re a small, relatively obscure sport, and I get that,” Kober said. But he always performs super well under pressure. It just seems a natural thing for him.”Others who’ve known Kingsbury since his early teens say he possessed the burning competitiveness shared by all elite athletes. I’m not in last place – that’s how I’m going to look at it. Consider that, at 24, Mikaël Kingsbury is already the most decorated athlete in the history of the sport, having won a record 42 World Cup races.This season, Kingsbury has been particularly strong. And I’m having fun.”Rob Kober, head coach of the Canadian men’s freestyle skiing team, says the latter point – having fun – should not be underestimated as a factor in Kingsbury’s success.“He is level-headed and grounded, and even a bit innocent, but mostly he loves to compete and he loves to ski,” Kober said. The second-place guy, if you look at consistency, is way off the back of Mik now.”“He’s breaking all these records and he’s still so young that he’s created a massive gap between himself and the rest of the world,” Moreau added. I don’t know if it’s a nature thing – he’s just born like this – or if he learned it along the way. Kingsbury says that part of his personality was inherited from his father, who was “super-competitive, no matter what we were doing – and I was a bit like that, too. They are separate from the World Cup and represent the high point of the season.Kingsbury will try to extend his seven-race winning streak with two more victories in the final events of the year – singles and dual moguls.He grew up idolizing Jean-Luc Brassard and Alexandre Bilodeau. I know how my body is going to react. Strength and power is a huge part, but you also have to be talented on the acrobatic side.“And it is a fear-based sport. But I learned how to lose when I was young because I had an older brother, and when we were playing he would win a lot. Canada’s most dominant winter sports athlete largely flies under the radar outside of Quebec – unless you follow moguls skiing. Bilodeau is the two-time reigning Olympic champion, having edged Kingsbury, his protégé, in the 2014 men’s final in Sochi.With Bilodeau now retired, Kingsbury will go into the 2018 Olympics as the heavy favourite, trying to give Canada three consecutive gold medals in men’s moguls. So we don’t like a ton of muscle mass on our guys, but you have to be fantastically agile. He clinched the overall World Cup title even before the final event of the season (in Thaiwoo, China), treated the race like a training run – and won anyway. “It’s just a lot easier to stop a Toyota Tercel than a Mack Truck. “They’re always talking about hockey.

Legendary curler Kevin Martin returns to Brier as son’s coach

“I think the biggest thing he brings though is just the experience factor.“He’s the solid ground to come back to.”Bottcher’s team of Karrick at lead, third Darren Moulding and second Brad Thiessen had the unenviable task of playing local favourite Gushue in the round-robin opener Saturday before a rabid capacity crowd.The Alberta rink played well in a losing effort before dropping two more games Sunday. “He has not qualified, he’s qualified, he’s obviously won it. He gives you a lot of confidence coming into things.”During timeouts, the players also feel comfortable knowing they can draw on Martin’s many years of elite-level experience.“For the rest of us it’s a new experience but he’s been (there) at every point in the Brier,” Bottcher said. You can excuse curling fans for doing a double-take at the Tim Hortons Brier.Legendary skip Kevin Martin is sporting familiar Alberta colours at the national men’s curling championship this week at Mile One Centre. Jacobs (4-1) moved into second place with a 7-2 win over Howard.Gushue beat Casey 10-5 to move into a third-place tie with Kevin Koe, who dropped a 5-4 decision to Morris (3-2). Now they can relax and play.”Notes: Longtime Curling Canada chief statistician Brian Cassidy and Reg Caughie — who has served as the Brier Bear mascot since 1981 — will be inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame this week. … Bottcher finally got into the win column Monday afternoon with a 7-2 victory over New Brunswick’s Mike Kennedy.In other early games, Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs defeated Jamie Koe of the Northwest Territories 9-5, Quebec’s Jean-Michel Menard beat Saskatchewan’s Adam Casey 8-3 and Morris edged Nova Scotia’s Jamie Murphy 4-3.Manitoba’s Mike McEwen remained unbeaten at 4-0 after a 10-6 victory over Bottcher in the evening draw. They’ve played a lot of big games before in front of big crowds, it’s just a little different.“So it’s nice to get that first W for sure. it’s neat. Menard and Murphy were next at 2-2 after seven draws.Casey was 2-3, Kennedy and Howard were 1-3 and Bottcher was 1-4. Jamie Koe was the lone winless rink at 0-4.Martin said most of his coaching work is done before and after Bottcher’s team is on the ice. “So enjoy it and then learn a whole bunch from it because the emotions are different. “I think we all felt ready when we came to the provincials and just as ready when we came to the Brier. During the game, he’ll chart shots, take notes for the post-game debrief and check stones on other sheets.Karrick added his father has also helped take the team’s practice routine to a higher level.“We put a lot of work in,” Karrick said. Instead of standing at the end of the sheet and throwing last stones, the former skip — who retired in 2014 — watches the action from his seat on the back bench.“I hadn’t been back to a Brier in any way since I retired,” Martin said Monday. It’s just a different way of looking at it. Canada (4-1) will play China and South Korea on Tuesday. The 2010 Olympic champion is back at the Brier to coach his son Karrick and the provincial team skipped by Brendan Bottcher. The medal games are scheduled for Sunday.“It’s their first one,” Martin said of the young team. It’s good to get back into it.”The event is a reunion of sorts for Martin, who has played with and against many of the curlers in the field. Canada defeated Germany 8-2 on Monday in round-robin play at the world wheelchair curling championship in Gangneung, South Korea. I don’t think there’s anything we can run into this week that will be new for him and I think that’s big for us.”Round-robin play continues through Friday morning. “To have the opportunity, you know coaching my son is a big deal … The four-time Brier champion won gold at the Vancouver Games with John Morris (now with B.C.), Ben Hebert and Marc Kennedy (now with Canada skip Kevin Koe).Longtime opponents like Richard Hart and Glenn Howard of Ontario are also on hand along with veteran skip Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador.Martin, who has stayed involved in the game with his curling broadcasting work, started coaching Bottcher’s rink before the provincial playdowns and helped them earn their first Brier berth.“He’s been working with us quite a bit technically and tactically trying to get a few small tweaks here and there,” Bottcher said.

Babcock says Fehr, Boyle bring playoff experience to rookie Leafs

“Those guys both played a ton of games. Not that Babcock is counting on anything against his former employer.“We’ve got to put this one away because we’ve got to get back in it,” he said of Tuesday’s game. On the plus side, 10 of those games are at home and nine of them are against teams that are essentially out of the playoff hunt, such as the Red Wings. They had to have his faceoff and penalty-killing skills. Blowing leads and losing one-goal games have long been the mark of young teams. Learning how to keep your head and clamp down as the pressure mounts is just as important as learning how to drill a one-timer to the top corner.Boyle, 32, was needed because centre is the Leafs’ weakest position through the whole organization. If Mike Babcock is to be believed, a fourth-liner and someone who will be fortunate to play more than a handful of times in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ final games of the regular season might have the most influence on their chances of making the NHL playoffs.“What him and Fehr bring off the ice and as people is more important or as important as what they bring on the ice,” the Leafs head coach said Monday of fourth-line centre Brian Boyle and forward Eric Fehr, who arrived on the March 1 NHL trade deadline. But they also need him to pass on the wisdom he has gleaned from playing 100 playoff games.Fehr, 31, does not have as many playoff games (60) under his belt, but 23 of them came last year when he was a useful forward for the Pittsburgh Penguins as they won the Stanley Cup.Given that there is precious little postseason experience among the Leafs’ holdover veterans – and why would there be, considering they have one playoff appearance in the past 11 years – Boyle and even Fehr become important additions.As well as winning some important faceoffs for the Leafs, perhaps Boyle can help the line of Mitch Marner, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk learn how to avoid the defensive mistakes that handed the Anaheim Ducks two goals in their 5-2 win over the Leafs last Friday.Yes, Marner is the only rookie on that line. And they have a dreadful 10-7-14 record in one-goal games this season. Before Monday’s games, the Leafs had 70 points and sat four behind the third-place Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division and one point out of the fight for the second and final Eastern Conference wild-card playoff berth.There are two glaring weak spots that have been there all season, sometimes lurking in the background – as the young, go-go Leafs were able to score their way to wins – but back now that a lot of NHL teams are playing no-nonsense hockey down the stretch and not giving opponents any room to skate. The Leafs have now lost five consecutive games.All those games in hand they had a month ago, when they were in a playoff position, are pretty much gone. Combine that with their league-worst 1-8 record in shootouts and you have a lot of points left on the table – enough to put them comfortably in a playoff spot.That is where Babcock has a point about Boyle and Fehr. It’s so important that you learn what it takes to be a great pro.“The more of those players you have in your room, the better the chance you have for success.”The evidence shows that Babcock has a point. Fehrsie just won the [Stanley] Cup. “What you do is learn how to be a pro, learn how to do it right, learn respect for the game,” Babcock said. He moved Connor Brown back to right wing on Auston Matthews’ line, with William Nylander returning to the right side of Nazem Kadri’s line at Monday’s practice. Once again, the Baby Leafs are not much good at holding a lead, especially in the third period. The Leafs’ road trip through California last week was a disaster, with one point gained of a possible six. As Babcock has taken to stressing of late, it is Leaf veterans such as defenceman Jake Gardiner, van Riemsdyk and Bozak who are every bit as inconsistent as their bumper crop of rookies.Starting with Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, the Leafs have 18 games left in the regular season. And there lies another of the Leafs’ problems. “I’ll guarantee you their players are coming here with the idea of crawling back in [the playoff race].”Babcock made one potential change for Tuesday’s lineup.

Milos Raonic withdraws from BNP Paribas Open with hamstring injury

The two players have split their two previous meetings.Bouchard will be looking to rebound after an opening-round loss in Acapulco last week. Canada’s Milos Raonic withdrew from the men’s singles tournament at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday with a hamstring injury.It’s the same injury that kept the product of Thornhill, Ont., out of the Delray Beach final.Raonic made it to the BNP Paribas Open final last year where he lost to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. There are still several Canadians competing in the event.Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., will face Germany’s Annika Beck in the first round on Wednesday. 4 on the ATP Tour’s standings. He’s currently ranked No. Last year she was defeated in the third round by Timea Bacsinszky.Montreal’s Francoise Abanda was eliminated in the first round of Indian Wells qualifying 7-6(2), 6-3 to Evgenyia Rodina of Russia on Monday.Toronto’s Peter Polansky and Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil will compete in men’s qualifying beginning on Tuesday.

Indigenous basketball player Josiah Wilson wins human-rights case

Josiah also couldn’t play in the 2017 tournament last month. Human Rights Tribunal in Vancouver, starting on Monday, but it was settled last week. He has loved basketball since he was a boy.“I am frustrated. Haugan also apologized for “ignoring” the support behind Josiah Wilson, including Heiltsuk Tribal Council and the Heiltsuk Hereditary Chiefs. The adopted son of an indigenous family has won a human-rights case after he had been barred from the annual All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.Josiah Wilson, now 21, had been disallowed to play in the All Native before last year’s tournament. Mr. “He said he always thought we were going to win,” said his father, “and they couldn’t say he wasn’t Heiltsuk.”Don Wilson said the blood quantum concept wasn’t compatible with indigenous thinking and said there is a long and strong tradition of adoption among the Heiltsuk.“We get to decide who we adopt into our communities,” said Don Wilson.Josiah works with children at the University of Calgary, teaching gymnastics. … I am not sure why I was only excluded this year, but I can only assume someone saw a black guy on the court and protested my participation.”Don Wilson said the family never found out why or how Josiah was barred in 2016. Related: Basketball is my life: Why was I barred from playing in a First Nations tournament?Read more: Basketball player Josiah Wilson surprised by spotlight on his identityRelated: Player considers human rights complaint after exclusion from First Nations basketball tournamentAs an infant, he was adopted from Haiti by his Heiltsuk Nation father and white mother. Tournament organizers will allow Mr. Wilson found out in January, 2016, that he wasn’t able to play in the February tournament.The Wilson family originally tried to plead their case directly to organizers but didn’t make headway. “I am proud to embrace these multiple identities at the same time.”Mr. Wilson, a status member of the Heiltsuk Nation, previously played in the tournament twice before without problems. Wilson to play in the future, make a public apology and amend eligibility rules, eliminating blood quantum and instead using a status card or other written information on heritage.Mr. He plans to play next year.There will be a washing ceremony for Josiah at next year’s tournament and an official will read the apology.In a written apology dated last Friday, tournament chairman Peter Haugan said: “We acknowledge and affirm that Josiah is native under Heiltsuk and Canadian Law.” Mr. I am angry,” wrote Josiah Wilson in The Globe in 2016.“I feel I’ve been singled out because of my race and adoptive status, which is unfair and discriminatory. Organizers had ruled that he did not have sufficient Indigenous ancestry, as measured by so-called blood quantum. Don Wilson, Josiah’s father, then saw potential in a human-rights case.“I felt it was necessary to increase the pressure,” said Don Wilson, a Calgary doctor.He said the settlement of the case was satisfying and he was happy that it also changed the rules of a tournament that has been run each year since 1960.“We’ve been vindicated in pursuit of justice for my son,” said Don Wilson, who grew up in Bella Bella, B.C., where the Heiltsuk First Nation is located.Josiah received word of the settlement with quiet satisfaction. Wilson’s case against the organizers was set to be heard at the B.C. Wilson wrote in an essay in The Globe and Mail after he was barred from playing. “I identify myself as Haitian, Canadian, First Nations, francophone and black,” Mr.

Casse not giving up on Classic Empire running in Kentucky Derby

Mark Casse hasn’t given up on Classic Empire taking a run at the Kentucky Derby.The champion three-year-old colt was treated last weekend for a back problem Casse figures came about after the horse developed a foot abscess following a third-place finish in the Grade 2 US$350,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes on Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park. “We’ve had everything go wrong so far but if we can have everything go right from this point on we can still win the Kentucky Derby, there’s no doubt in my mind.“I haven’t given up and honestly not once have I said, ‘We’re beat, we’re not going to make it.’ ”Classic Empire could run in the Grade 2 $1-million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes slated for Keeneland on April 8. Good luck at your next race. But the eight-time winner as Canada’s top trainer feels there’s still plenty of time for Classic Empire to reach peak condition for the Derby on May 6.“We deal with issues like this all the time,” said Casse, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. “But he’s such a tough son of a gun that he didn’t give us any indication his foot was bothering him.“But if you saw it two days after the race, you would’ve seen how badly it was and you’ve got to know it was there in the race and that’s probably why he acted and performed the way he did. “Classic Empire probably was having some type of back spasms but unfortunately for a horse like him, when he does everybody in the racing world sees it.“Every little thing he does is under such focus.”Casse also offered an update on Tepin, last year’s Grade 1 $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile champion and North American racing’s top female turf horse in 2015-16. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner missed last month’s Grade 3 $150,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes with a stomach ailment but Casse said no decisions have been made regarding when the six-year-old will breeze.“She’s very happy right now but as I was telling someone recently, ‘This is Tepin’s world, we just live in it,“’ Casse said with a chuckle. He capped the ‘16 season beating 5-2 favourite Not This Time by a neck in the $2-million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.But the back ailment left Casse wondering if he somehow missed a sign Classic Empire was hurting.“I feel like I let him down a little bit,” Casse said. The son of Pioneerof the Nile was treated by an equine therapist Saturday then examined Sunday by Casse’s vet. “There’s a picture of (Tepin) running on the front and on the inside were four peppermints.“And she wrote, ‘Dear Tepin, hope you feel better. Unfortunately, they can’t talk… But Casse cautioned Classic Empire’s next race will come when he’s fully healthy.“Until we feel he’s at his best we’re not going to run,” Casse said. Hope you like the bag of peppermints.’ That’s really quite cute.” See you hopefully soon. On Monday, Casse was hopeful Classic Empire, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and North American thoroughbred racing’s top two-year-old last year, would resume training later this week.“He’s looking good,” Casse said in a telephone interview. I think a normal horse would’ve given us enough indications that we wouldn’t have run him but like I said, he’s tough.”Ideally, Casse would’ve preferred to run Classic Empire in three prep events before heading to Churchill Downs in Lousville, Ky. “There’s no rush.“This will be her last year, for sure, and we’re not going to give her as hard a campaign as we did last year, probably three, four races and hopefully ending in at the Breeders’ Cup.”And Tepin, affectionately dubbed “Queen of The Turf,” has her share of fans.“I got a very nice card from a young lady,” Casse said. “The only promise I’m going to make is when he comes back, you’ll see the real Classic Empire.“If it takes a month, if it takes two months, if it takes a year, when you see him you’ll see the real Classic Empire because he has shown how truly talented he is.”The American-owned and bred Classic Empire won four-of-five races last year and amassed earnings over $1.4-million.

Mike Hoffman’s power-play winner lifts Senators over Bruins

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand scored for the Bruins (34-25-6) as Tuukka Rask made 25 saves.Ottawa now has a four-point lead on the Bruins in the Atlantic Division.With just six remaining home games, the Senators gave the 17,046 at Canadian Tire Centre something to remember in what could be a preview of a first round playoff match-up should the standings remain as they are.Ottawa took a 3-1 lead early in the third as Hoffman scored his 20th on the power play. The Bruins defenceman needed over 20 stitches Saturday after taking a skate blade to the neck. The Senators remain without Bobby Ryan and Chris Neil, who both have broken fingers. Adam McQuaid was back in the lineup Monday. It was Ottawa’s first goal with the man advantage in three games.The lead was short lived as less than two minutes later the Bruins scored on the power play as Marchand picked up a David Pastrnak rebound to score his 30th, giving him back-to-back 30-goal seasons.There were no goals in the second, but the Senators clearly held the edge outshooting the Bruins 16-5.Ottawa had a number of chances as the Bruins turned the puck over several times, but Rask was solid and got a little help when Dion Phaneuf rang a shot off the post.The Senators got a perfect start as they held a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.Trailing 2-0, the Bruins cut the lead in half as Bergeron took a pass from Torey Krug in the slot and quickly turned and beat Anderson with a wrist shot in the final minutes of the period.Brassard opened the scoring at 1:21 as he managed to beat Rask with a turnaround shot through traffic and Ottawa took a 2-0 lead just three minutes into the game as Pageau redirected Phaneuf’s point shot.The Senators now hold a 2-0 series lead as the two teams meet again March 21 and April 6.Notes: Ottawa D Fredrik Claesson, D Jyrki Jokipakka and C Christopher DiDomenico were a healthy scratch. The Bruins RW Jimmy Hayes, D John-Michael Liles, D Joe Morrow and LW Matt Meleskey were a healthy scratch. Craig Anderson made 25 saves. Mike Hoffman had the power-play winner early in the third period as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday night in a potential playoff preview.Derick Brassard, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Alex Burrows also scored as the Senators (36-22-6) extended their winning streak to three games.

Pavelski leads Sharks past Jets; Thornton gets 1,000th career assist

It was a good win.”Aaron Dell stopped 31 shots in his 14th game for the Sharks (39-19-7), who were coming off a 3-1 loss Sunday in Minnesota.Pavelski scored his team’s first and last goals, while Mikkel Boedker netted a key short-handed goal for the 2-1 lead at 7:26 of the third period. Louis, which holds the second wild-card berth. There’s an irony that Joe Thornton, best known for dishing out assists on the ice, ended his night with a puck being handed back to him.Thornton picked up his 1,000 career assist when he got a helper in the San Jose Sharks’ 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday. Winnipeg remains tied with idle Los Angeles Kings and one point behind St. “It’s going to be a tough test again.”Winnipeg hosts the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, while the Sharks travel home to host Washington.Dell said his biggest stop was in the final minute, when he denied Laine a goal off his usual wicked one-timer.“I’ve seen him make that play a lot,” Dell said. Mark Scheifele netted his 28th of the season with seven seconds left in game.Hellebuyck made 27 saves in his 11th straight start for Winnipeg (30-31-6).“There’s no sense dwelling on this, we have to move onto the next one,” Morrissey said. “I know they were looking for it. It’s pretty cool to get there,” said the 37-year-old Thornton. Joe Pavelski had scored an empty-net goal with 26 seconds left for a 3-1 lead, with Marc-Edouard Vlasic picking up the first assist and Thornton the second. The netminder had stretched out to make a stop, started falling and the rebound went underneath him to Pavelski at the front of the crease.Winnipeg outshot San Jose 13-7 in the first period, but the Sharks flipped the edge to 23-20 in their favour after two.The loss kept the Jets at 66 points as they failed to move up in the hunt for an NHL Western Conference wild-card spot. “Unfortunate break there at the end that they get the short-handed goal to kind of take the lead, but I think we fought hard till the end.”Josh Morrissey scored for the Jets in the first period with a laser-beam slapshot into the corner above Dell’s glove. Tomas Hertl hustled to pick up the souvenir puck for Thornton, a veteran of 19 NHL seasons, so that he’d have a keepsake from the milestone point.“What can I say? I kind of kept it in the back of my mind that whole time. I was pretty prepared to get there when they made the play.”Winnipeg had also pulled Hellebuyck for the extra man.“Given the time on the clock and being six-on-five, I’d say that’s the most important one I made,” Dell said of the save.Hellebuyck also had some big saves, but fell victim to a bad bounce on Pavelski’s 22nd goal at 9:45 of the first period. “I’ve been waiting a while now, but to get it over with it’s kind of nice, but good game for the guys overall tonight. Jets rookie Patrik Laine had a pass attempt knocked down by San Jose centre Logan Couture. Boedker picked up the puck and went on a breakaway, firing a high shot past Connor Hellebuyck.Boedker’s ninth goal of the season came when there was only six seconds left in a tripping penalty to Sharks defenceman Paul Martin.“There were stretches of play where we controlled and they had stretches where they controlled,” Jets forward Adam Lowry said.

Head of 2024 Olympic bid committee steps down amid ethics investigation

Paris will be evaluated by an IOC team on May 14-16.“(I)t is essential that the important work my colleagues are doing is seen as being carried out in a truthful and fair manner,” Fredericks said, adding he will waive his right to vote in the September hosting contest.Fredericks also will not take part in July meetings in Lausanne, Switzerland, that are a key stage in the voting contest. IOC members will hear from city campaign leaders and about the evaluation visits.Fredericks has denied wrongdoing after his integrity — and the 2016 Olympic hosting vote — was questioned by French daily Le Monde last Friday.Fredericks previously said he contacted the IOC Ethics Commission ahead of Le Monde revealing that a company linked to him was paid $299,300 on Oct. IOC member Frank Fredericks has stepped down from his role overseeing the 2024 Olympic bidding process after a $300,000 payment from a banned track official was revealed.“Paris and Los Angeles are presenting two fantastic candidatures and I do not wish to become a distraction,” the four-time Olympic silver medallist from Namibia said Tuesday in a statement. 2, 2009, the day Rio de Janeiro won 2016 Olympic hosting rights.The money was transferred by Papa Massata Diack, the son of Lamine Diack, a disgraced former IAAF president and former long-time IOC member.The elder Diack is in France where state prosecutors are investigating alleged corruption in the IAAF. “This is why I have been and am still actively co-operating with the IOC Ethics Commission in order for them to conduct a proper and independent investigation.” Fredericks, a senior IAAF official, has said he had a marketing contract with Papa Massata Diack’s agency, Pamodzi Sports Consulting, from 2007-11.“I reiterate that I was never involved with any vote manipulation or for that matter any other inappropriate or illegal practice,” said Fredericks, who joined the IOC in 2004 as an athlete representative and was a member of the IOC executive board at the time of the Rio vote.“The articles do not only target me, they target the integrity of the International Olympic Committee bidding and elections process for host cities altogether,” he said. Stepping aside as IOC evaluation chairman was “in the best interests” of the bidding process, the former sprinter said.Fredericks, who won his Olympic medals in the 1990s, would have led an April 23-25 visit to Los Angeles. His son, who has been banned for life by the IAAF, is evading questioning and thought to be in his native Senegal.Le Monde reported that Papa Massata Diack’s marketing company received $1.5 million from a Brazilian businessman days before Rio’s victory in a four-city contest.

Corey Chamblin, Marcus Brady join Argonauts coaching staff

“These two men have not only established themselves as premier coaches in our league, their character and integrity as fathers, husbands, leaders and teachers makes this even more exciting for our entire organization, and of course, our players.”Chamblin, 39, has previous CFL experience as a defensive backs coach (Winnipeg, Calgary 2007-2010), defensive co-ordinator (Hamilton 2011) and head coach (Saskatchewan 2012-15), leading the Riders to the 2013 Grey Cup title.Chamblin was also named the CFL’s coach of the year following Saskatchewan’s championship run. “Marc was instrumental to my early development as a coach.“And now to have another opportunity to work with him and a Hall of Fame-calibre quarterback like Ricky Ray, while returning to the city of Toronto and the Argos, is truly a blessing. He was fired as Roughriders head coach in August 2015.“The opportunity to work with Marc for an organization with such a storied tradition like the Argonauts is an honour,” said Chamblin. One that plays fast, plays hard, and plays smart. “I could not be more excited and grateful to have Corey and Marcus join our staff in their respective positions,” Trestman said in a statement. Our familiarity with each other will only help as we prepare our offence for the upcoming season.”Under Brady, Toronto’s offence has led the CFL in passing TDs three times and passing yards twice. “I look forward to getting know the entire staff and our players over the coming months as we prepare for the season.“Together, we will build a defence that our fans will be proud of. Toronto did retain Marcus Brady as its offensive co-ordinator. I can’t wait to get started.”Chamblin earned his first coaching Grey Cup with Calgary in 2008.Brady, 37, returns as Toronto’s offensive co-ordinator, a position he’s held since 2013 under previous head coach Scott Milanovich. He’ll serve as the club’s assistant head coach under Marc Trestman as well its defensive co-ordinator and defensive backs coach.Chamblin replaces Rich Stubler, who was relieved of his duties as the Argos’ defensive co-ordinator. Brady reunites with Trestman, having served as Montreal’s receivers coach (2009-11) and offensive co-ordinator (2012) when Trestman was the Alouettes head coach from 2008 through 2012.Brady helped Montreal win consecutive Grey Cup titles in 2009-10.“Working for Marc in Montreal for four years was one of the most rewarding times of my career,” said Brady. Corey Chamblin is back coaching in the CFL.The former Grey Cup-winning head coach was named to the Toronto Argonauts’ staff Tuesday.

Andre De Grasse pays for sprinters’ trip to prestigious New York meet

On virtually zero formal training, Smith raced to gold in the junior 400 metres last year at OFSAA (Ontario high school championships), while Berry was third in the junior 100. Andre De Grasse can’t help but see a bit of himself in teenagers Daquan Berry and Ethan Smith.They’re young and fast, and brimming with promise. The coach likes to remind Berry and Smith of the Canadian star’s inauspicious beginning and swift ascension in the sport.“That’s our dream, to get where Andre is, on the world stage,” Smith said. I just want to ensure these kids have similar opportunities because that’s where it all started for me.”De Grasse signed an US$11.25-million deal with Puma when he turned pro, and went on to win three medals — silver in the 200 metres, bronze in the 100 and 4×100 relay — at last summer’s Rio Olympics.Like De Grasse, the six-foot-four Berry was a talented basketball player — he’s featured in several YouTube highlight videos — with dreams of playing in the NBA. And like it was for De Grasse in his teen years, money is tight.So when Berry and Smith qualified for this weekend’s prestigious U.S. “Four years, and look where he is now.”They said De Grasse set a great example with his generosity.“It’s an honour for him to really recognize us and take his time to actually do something like this,” Berry said. And these two boys probably wouldn’t be making this trip if it wasn’t for (De Grasse’s) help,” Sharpe said. Smith’s sport was football.But their natural speed led the 17-year-olds to sprinting. De Grasse was fifth in OFSAA in Grade 12 before his meteoric risk up the ranks.The Grade 11 students now train with Sharpe and his Speed Academy club.“These circumstances come along and the guy who came to mind was ’Well, this sounds a lot like Andre.’ These two boys are the mirror image of Andre. I brought back a silver and bronze medal in the 100 and 200 metres, and that experience gave me the confidence to continue on with track and qualify for other international teams. high school indoor track championships, known as the New Balance Nationals, there was concern about how the two Speed Academy sprinters would get to New York. “It’s very welcoming.Said Smith: “He’s showing us young athletes that we can achieve big as long as we set our minds to it and work hard.” They’re through the roof (happy).”Sharpe was De Grasse’s first track coach, famously spotting the young athlete racing in baggy basketball shorts at a high school track meet. “I heard the story about these talented kids and thought about myself in 2013 when I qualified for the Pan American junior championships in Colombia,” De Grasse said from Phoenix, where he lives and trains.“Tony (Sharpe, his former coach) and the club found the support to help me get to that meet. In stepped De Grasse, who wrote a cheque to his former track club for the trip. “My concern immediately was: how are we going to get them there? “(Sharpe) always talks about how I can be the next Andre De Grasse because I was a late bloomer and have achieved a lot very quickly, and that I work hard like Andre did.”Berry and Smith both watched the 22-year-old De Grasse race in Rio with keen interest.Smith’s favourite moment was the 200 semifinal when De Grasse “was racing Bolt and he was smiling at him.”“It made me think that anything is possible,” Berry added.