Pro sports

FILE - The Iron Sheik arrives at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on July 15, 2009. The Iron Sheik, born Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, died Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at age 81. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

The Iron Sheik, charismatic former pro wrestling villain and Twitter personality, dies at 81

The Iron Sheik, a former pro wrestler who relished playing a burly,…

 

Have some thoughts about my thoughts? Email editor@northislandgazette.com

OPINION: Will I be attending UFC in Vancouver? Thanks but no thanks, I can’t justify it

‘This card would honestly make for a solid Fight Night airing on TSN’

 

PODCAST: Tatupu was a Pro Bowl Linebacker for the Seahawks

MOJ on Sports: A member of the two-time national champion USC Trojans

 

Bruce Hamilton hands the Memorial Cup to team captain Josh Gorges after the host Kelowna Rockets won the Canadian Hockey League championship in 2004. (Capital News)

PODCAST: Kelowna’s Josh Gorges played 13 NHL seasons

MOJ on Sports: He was captain of the Memorial Cup winning Kelowna Rockets

Bruce Hamilton hands the Memorial Cup to team captain Josh Gorges after the host Kelowna Rockets won the Canadian Hockey League championship in 2004. (Capital News)
Brent Johnson after the 2011 Grey Cup win. (Canadian Football Hall of Fame photo)

PODCAST: Brent Johnson was twice named CFL’s most Outstanding Canadian

MOJ on Sports: Former B.C. Lion is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Brent Johnson after the 2011 Grey Cup win. (Canadian Football Hall of Fame photo)
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli (71) celebrates his goal with left wing Brandon Hagel (38) as Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan O’Reilly (90) skates past during first period NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Toronto, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. O’Reilly stepped in front of the cameras and microphones to face the music following a disastrous playoff opener. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

‘This is his time’: O’Reilly demonstrating priceless playoff value for Maple Leafs

Ryan O’Reilly stepped in front of the cameras and microphones to face…

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli (71) celebrates his goal with left wing Brandon Hagel (38) as Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan O’Reilly (90) skates past during first period NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Toronto, on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. O’Reilly stepped in front of the cameras and microphones to face the music following a disastrous playoff opener. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones looks on while playing Team Canada during the final at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, in Kamloops, B.C., on Sunday, February 26, 2023. Jones and Brent Laing suffered their first loss of the world mixed doubles curling championship on Sunday in South Korea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones looks on while playing Team Canada during the final at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, in Kamloops, B.C., on Sunday, February 26, 2023. Jones and Brent Laing suffered their first loss of the world mixed doubles curling championship on Sunday in South Korea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Bayern’s Alphonso Davies leaves the pitch after an injury during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Bayern Munich at the Mewa Arena in Mainz, Germany, Saturday, April 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Bayern’s Alphonso Davies leaves the pitch after an injury during the German Bundesliga soccer match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Bayern Munich at the Mewa Arena in Mainz, Germany, Saturday, April 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Saskatchewan kicker Dave Ridgway (36) kicks the winning field goal as Mike Anderson (66) and Glen Suitor (27) watch the ball go through the uprights during Grey Cup final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Toronto on Nov 26, 1989. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

PODCAST: CFL Hall of Famer and Broadcaster Glen Suitor

MOJ on Sports: A graduate of the Simon Fraser University Football Program

Saskatchewan kicker Dave Ridgway (36) kicks the winning field goal as Mike Anderson (66) and Glen Suitor (27) watch the ball go through the uprights during Grey Cup final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Toronto on Nov 26, 1989. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a media availability at the NFL football meetings, Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

YouTube TV sets early prices, features for ‘Sunday Ticket’

With five months until kickoff, YouTube TV announced on Tuesday prices and…

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a media availability at the NFL football meetings, Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Nashville Predators centre Ryan Johansen (92) and Vancouver Canucks defenceman Troy Stecher (51) chase after the puck Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

PODCAST: Port Moody’s Ryan Johansen an NHL All-Star

MOJ on Sports: Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round in 2010

Nashville Predators centre Ryan Johansen (92) and Vancouver Canucks defenceman Troy Stecher (51) chase after the puck Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
New Jersey Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek (41) and Damon Severson celebrate after defeating the Edmonton Oilers. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

PODCAST: Damon Severson on the Devils’ blueline for 8+ seasons

MOJ on Sports: A former all-star for the Kelowna Rockets

New Jersey Devils goaltender Vitek Vanecek (41) and Damon Severson celebrate after defeating the Edmonton Oilers. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
B.C. Lions head coach Rick Campbell watches from the sideline during the second half of a CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Thursday August 19, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

PODCAST: Rick Campbell, coach of the B.C. Lions

MOJ on Sports: A member of 3 Grey Cup winning teams

B.C. Lions head coach Rick Campbell watches from the sideline during the second half of a CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Thursday August 19, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Bronze medalists, Canadian Kerri Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard, Briane Harris and Krysten Karwacki show their medals after the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship at Goransson Arena in Sandviken, Sweden, Sunday, March 26, 2023. Canada defeated Sweden 8-5. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-TT, Jonas Ekstromer
Bronze medalists, Canadian Kerri Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard, Briane Harris and Krysten Karwacki show their medals after the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship at Goransson Arena in Sandviken, Sweden, Sunday, March 26, 2023. Canada defeated Sweden 8-5. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-TT, Jonas Ekstromer
Canada’s Sophie de Goede lines up for a penalty kick in Langford, B.C., July 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canada’s Sophie de Goede lines up for a penalty kick in Langford, B.C., July 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canadian national men’s soccer team forward Alphonso Davies, centre, stands with his teammates during a training session for a CONCACAF Nations League match against Curacao, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Canada, taking the field for the first time since the World Cup in Qatar, faces No. 86 Curacao in CONCACAF Nations League play Saturday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canadian national men’s soccer team forward Alphonso Davies, centre, stands with his teammates during a training session for a CONCACAF Nations League match against Curacao, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Canada, taking the field for the first time since the World Cup in Qatar, faces No. 86 Curacao in CONCACAF Nations League play Saturday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - New England Patriots backup quarterback Tom Brady warms up on the sidelines before the game against the Detroit Lions at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Tom Brady becomes minority owner of WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces

Seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady has acquired an ownership stake…

FILE - New England Patriots backup quarterback Tom Brady warms up on the sidelines before the game against the Detroit Lions at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich., Friday, Aug. 4, 2000. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Linesman Lonnie Cameron, who was honoured before the game for working his 1,500th NHL game laughs as the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks play during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, on Monday February 25, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

PODCAST: Lonnie Cameron officiated more than 1500 NHL games

MOJ on Sports: Islander worked the Olympics and 19 Stanley Cup Finals

Linesman Lonnie Cameron, who was honoured before the game for working his 1,500th NHL game laughs as the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks play during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, on Monday February 25, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Tyler O’Neill previously played for Team Canada at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. (Jeffrey Sze - Baseball Canada/Special to The News)

B.C. baseball star leads Team Canada to World Baseball Classic record

The 18-8 win for Team Canada is the highest-scoring game in WBC history

Tyler O’Neill previously played for Team Canada at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. (Jeffrey Sze - Baseball Canada/Special to The News)
Larissa Franklin won a bronze medal in women’s softball at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as part of Team Canada. (Larissa Franklin/Special to The News)

Softball Canada 2023 Women’s National Team features overwhelming number of B.C. athletes

11 of the 22 athletes named to the roster hail from B.C.

Larissa Franklin won a bronze medal in women’s softball at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo as part of Team Canada. (Larissa Franklin/Special to The News)