The Olympics and Paralympics are over, but sports never sleeps

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When the flame went out on the closing ceremony for the Paralympic Winter Video games in Beijing yesterday, it marked the tip of a whirlwind eight months that noticed Canadian athletes compete in two Olympics and two Paralympics. They received a mixed 96 medals in these 4 Video games — together with 25 on the Beijing Paras, which featured a number of memorable victories. 

OK, so time to sit back and take it straightforward for a bit, proper? Nope. Sport by no means stops — as illustrated by the flurry of exercise yesterday involving everybody from Canadian Olympians to U.S. faculty basketball gamers to the best quarterback on the planet. This is a have a look at the most important issues that occurred and what’s subsequent in these sports activities:

Soccer: Tom Brady un-retired

One thing all the time felt a bit off concerning the best quarterback of all time — and one of the vital aggressive athletes ever — deciding to stroll away with no fanfare whereas he was nonetheless wholesome and nonetheless taking part in at an MVP stage. The seven-time Tremendous Bowl winner led the NFL in passing yards and passing TDs final season and almost beat the eventual-champion Rams within the playoffs with an unimaginable comeback effort earlier than inexplicably retiring on Feb. 1.

Forty days later, the world is sensible once more. Brady introduced on social media yesterday that he is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his twenty third NFL season. With Brady again within the fold, the Bucs are immediately favoured to return to the Tremendous Bowl subsequent yr. In the meantime, their rivals are scrambling to maintain up because the NFL’s free-agent negotiating window opened right now.

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Curling: Brad Gushue received his fourth (and weirdest) Brier title

After trusty teammate Mark Nichols examined constructive for COVID-19 on Friday, Gushue’s hopes for a record-tying fourth Canadian males’s curling title gave the impression to be dashed. Enjoying as a three-man crew, Gushue, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker promptly suffered their first lack of the match, to defending champion Brendan Bottcher’s Workforce Canada, to fall into the three vs. 4 Web page Playoff sport. However the b’ys from St John’s then rattled off three straight short-handed wins, together with victories over Bottcher within the semifinal and four-time Brier champ Kevin Koe’s rink in final evening’s ultimate, to pull off an unbelievable championship. 

Gushue’s fourth Brier title in six years places him right into a tie with Koe, Kevin Martin, Randy Ferbey and Ernie Richardson for probably the most ever as a skip. Although Gushue fell quick in his bid for a second Olympic gold medal final month in Beijing, the place he took bronze, he’ll now go for his second world championship April 2-10 in Las Vegas. Within the meantime, back-to-back-to-back Scotties winner Kerri Einarson tries for her first world title when the ladies’s world championship opens this Saturday in Prince George, B.C.

Pace skating: Laurent Dubreuil captured his first World Cup title

The Canadian completed second and fourth within the two males’s 500m races on the World Cup Last within the Netherlands over the weekend to carry onto his lead within the standings and safe the season-long crown. Dubreuil missed the rostrum in solely two of his 500m races this season — first on the Olympics, the place he positioned a disappointing fourth earlier than rebounding for a silver within the 1,000m, after which within the World Cup nearer on Sunday, the place he was fourth once more. However that was greater than sufficient to carry off Japan’s Tatsuya Shinhama, who received each races on the Last, for the World Cup title. It was a terrific conclusion to a season that would have ended on a low be aware after Dubreuil examined constructive for COVID-19 the earlier weekend, forcing him out of the dash world championships when he was main on the midway level of the competitors.

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Although the lengthy observe pace skating season is now achieved, the quick observe world championships are developing April 8-10 in Montreal. That would be the farewell occasion for Canadian legend Charles Hamelin, who received a relay gold in his ultimate Olympic race in Beijing.

Basketball: The highest March Insanity groups function key Canadians

Gonzaga and Arizona head into the NCAA males’s basketball match at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in each the general rankings and within the betting markets. They have been positioned in reverse halves of the bracket yesterday, so they may meet within the championship sport. If that occurs, it’s going to be partly because of the play of an essential Canadian on every crew.

Gonzaga senior level guard Andrew Nembhard, from Aurora, Ont., led faculty basketball’s No. 1 crew in minutes, assists and steals per sport. After shedding to Baylor in final yr’s title sport, the Bulldogs (26-3) have appeared hell-bent on ending the job, spending a lot of the season atop the rankings.

Arizona’s main scorer is Bennedict Mathurin, a 6-foot-6 sophomore guard from Montreal who averaged 17.4 factors and a pair of.6 assists this season. Mathruin was named the Pac-12 convention’s participant of the yr after serving to the stunning Wildcats, who have been unranked earlier than the season, to a 31-3 file that earned them the No. 1 seed within the South area of the bracket. After some play-in video games on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 64-team males’s match ideas off Thursday.

Canadians additionally determine prominently on a number of the high groups within the ladies’s March Insanity match. South Carolina has spent your complete season ranked No. 1 with the assistance of junior ahead Laeticia Amihere, from Mississauga, Ont., who averaged seven factors, 4 rebounds and a block per sport. Perennial powerhouse UConn, which is seeded No. 2 in its area however seems extra harmful than that with star guard Paige Bueckers again from damage, additionally includes a dependable Canadian. Sophomore ahead Aaliyah Edwards, from Kingston, Ont., is averaging about eight factors and 5 rebounds.

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Canadian Andrew Nembhard is the highest playmaker on the highest males’s faculty basketball crew. (Ethan Miller/Getty Photos)

Shortly…

A Canadian put himself within the combine at golf’s much-delayed “fifth main.” The profitable Gamers Championship at TPC Sawgrass is understood for the Florida course’s iconic island inexperienced, however this yr it was greater than the tee photographs on 17 that acquired moist. Heavy rain washed out a lot of the opening rounds on Thursday and Friday, and brutal winds made circumstances solely barely much less depressing after that. The hope is to finish the ultimate spherical this night. Canadian Adam Hadwin put himself within the hunt for the file $3.6-million US winner’s cheque with a blistering 5-under spherical right now to complete at 7-under for the match. That positioned him within reach of the leaders, who nonetheless had a number of holes to play at our publish time however have been unlikely to fall again to Hadwin. Canadian Taylor Pendrith additionally earned himself an excellent payday, ending at 6-under for the match. See an up to date leaderboard right here. 

Two Canadian singles gamers are left in tennis’ “fifth main.” Leylah Fernandez and Denis Shapovalov each loved a first-round bye earlier than profitable their opening matches to advance to the third spherical of the distinguished Indian Wells occasion in California. The Thirteenth-seeded Shapovalov was set to play No. 19 Reilly Opelka of the US within the males’s match later this afternoon. Fernandez, seeded 18th within the ladies’s occasion, will face unseeded American Shelby Rogers someday after 11 p.m. ET tonight. The best-ranked Canada, males’s No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime, misplaced his opening match yesterday to unseeded Botic van De Zandschulp.

And eventually…

She did it once more. Marie-Philip Poulin’s knack for scoring game-winning targets in opposition to the US is past creepy at this level. Over the past dozen years, the Canadian ladies’s hockey captain has: scored each targets in a 2-0 win within the Olympic gold-medal sport in 2010, potted the late tying purpose and the extra time winner within the basic 2014 Olympic ultimate, netted the OT winner in final summer season’s world-championship ultimate, and scored the final two Canadian targets in a 3-2 win within the gold-medal sport on the Beijing Olympics final month. Poulin has additionally buried Canada’s archivals a number of instances in exhibition video games — the most recent coming Saturday in Pittsburgh, the place she scored in OT to provide the Canadians a 3-2 win of their first assembly for the reason that Olympics. Learn extra about Poulin’s newest OT magic trick and watch highlights right here.

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