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Bob Lenarduzzi came close in Canada’s final Group C game at Estadio Sergio Leon Chavez in Irapuato. (The Canadian Press)

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Bob Lenarduzzi came close in Canada’s final Group C game at Estadio Sergio Leon Chavez in Irapuato

Bob Lenarduzzi came close in Canada’s final Group C game at Estadio Sergio Leon Chavez in Irapuato. (The Canadian Press)
Former Vancouver Canucks linemates Todd Bertuzzi, from left, Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund, of Sweden, are honoured during a ceremony before the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres play an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday December 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: B.C. still has a special place in the heart of Brendan Morrison

Former Canuck centre has stayed busy since his NHL career came to a close in 2012

Former Vancouver Canucks linemates Todd Bertuzzi, from left, Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund, of Sweden, are honoured during a ceremony before the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres play an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday December 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Aging out of community football, #79 Shammie Mahon being applauded by his teammates. (Jennifer Laver photo)

Cowichan Bulldogs bow to White Rock, keep North Surrey in their sights

Final home game for six Bulldogs players as they’re aging out of community football

Aging out of community football, #79 Shammie Mahon being applauded by his teammates. (Jennifer Laver photo)
Canada celebrates a goal by Christine Sinclair during second half soccer action against Nigeria during the national team celebration tour in Langford, B.C., on April 11, 2022. Canadians face Brazil Nov. 11 for an international friendly series. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canada celebrates a goal by Christine Sinclair during second half soccer action against Nigeria during the national team celebration tour in Langford, B.C., on April 11, 2022. Canadians face Brazil Nov. 11 for an international friendly series. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis speaks during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis predicts the ongoing labour talks with the Canadian men’s and women’s teams will produce “an epic historical deal for pay equity.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis speaks during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Sunday, June 5, 2022. Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis predicts the ongoing labour talks with the Canadian men’s and women’s teams will produce “an epic historical deal for pay equity.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
John McKinley and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)

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John McKinley and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)
Montreal Canadiens’ Mike Hoffman (68) scores against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Wednesday, November 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Montreal Canadiens’ Mike Hoffman (68) scores against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko during second period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Wednesday, November 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The Cowichan JB Bulldogs line up against Nanaimo on the weekend. (Jennifer Laver photo)

4th place JB Bulldogs are bound for playoffs

Cowichan will play first place Saanich Wolverines in the semi-final

The Cowichan JB Bulldogs line up against Nanaimo on the weekend. (Jennifer Laver photo)
Cowichan Valley forward Cole Melady skates through a hook during Cowichan’s OT victory over Coquitlam Oct. 30 (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Cowichan Valley forward Cole Melady skates through a hook during Cowichan’s OT victory over Coquitlam Oct. 30 (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Spencer Martin (30) watches the puck after losing his helmet as defenceman Jack Rathbone (3) defends against Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7), behind, during second period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Spencer Martin (30) watches the puck after losing his helmet as defenceman Jack Rathbone (3) defends against Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7), behind, during second period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
FILE - Canada’s Christine Sinclair reacts during a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer semifinal match against Jamaica in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Sinclair has played for the Portland Thorns since 2013, at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League. Now the Thorns are preparing for Saturday’s NWSL championship game in Washington D.C. against the Kansas City Current, in a match broadcast in primetime on CBS.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

Canada captain Christine Sinclair challenges Canada Soccer to step up in new memoir

‘My fear is that we will soon be surpassed by countries that support their youth programs’

FILE - Canada’s Christine Sinclair reacts during a CONCACAF Women’s Championship soccer semifinal match against Jamaica in Monterrey, Mexico, Thursday, July 14, 2022. Sinclair has played for the Portland Thorns since 2013, at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League. Now the Thorns are preparing for Saturday’s NWSL championship game in Washington D.C. against the Kansas City Current, in a match broadcast in primetime on CBS.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)
The torch-lighting ceremony at the 55-Plus B.C. Games in Victoria earlier this year. (B.C. Games photo)

Nanaimo to host 55-Plus B.C. Games in 2025

City of Nanaimo and Tourism Nanaimo partner on successful bid

The torch-lighting ceremony at the 55-Plus B.C. Games in Victoria earlier this year. (B.C. Games photo)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) reacts toward fans after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt York)

THE MOJ: These are interesting times to be a B.C. sports fan

Lions, Seahawks riding high as the Canucks roil in despair

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith (7) reacts toward fans after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Ryan Reynolds attends the premiere of Netflix’s “6 Underground” at The Shed at Hudson Yards on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in New York. Reynolds has confirmed the rumours — he is interested in buying the Ottawa Senators. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Charles Sykes

B.C. actor Ryan Reynolds confirms interest in buying Ottawa Senators

Reynolds is already co-owner of the Welsh soccer club Wrexham

Ryan Reynolds attends the premiere of Netflix’s “6 Underground” at The Shed at Hudson Yards on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in New York. Reynolds has confirmed the rumours — he is interested in buying the Ottawa Senators. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Invision - Charles Sykes
The Cowichan 49ers’ Yuta Yamato in a previous contest. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen file)

8 straight for streaking Cowichan 49ers

Other Cowichan squads battle for draws

The Cowichan 49ers’ Yuta Yamato in a previous contest. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen file)
Jake Virtanen has signed a two-year deal with a club in the Swiss League. (EHC Visp photo)

Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen signs two-year deal with Swiss League hockey team

Former Vancouver Canucks draft pick inks deal with EHC Visp

Jake Virtanen has signed a two-year deal with a club in the Swiss League. (EHC Visp photo)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros celebrate their 4-1 World Series win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

World Series champion Astros’ offseason involves Baker contract, free agents

73-year-old Baker won his first title in his 25th season as a major league manager Saturday

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros celebrate their 4-1 World Series win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
The Duncan Christian School senior girls volleyball team is heading to the Island Championship being hosted at Nanaimo Christian School Nov. 16-17. (Submitted by Tom Veenstra)

Duncan Christian School hosted volleyball championship over the weekend

Chargers, Lakers advance to Island volleyball championships

The Duncan Christian School senior girls volleyball team is heading to the Island Championship being hosted at Nanaimo Christian School Nov. 16-17. (Submitted by Tom Veenstra)
Sarah Bern of England runs at the defense during the women’s rugby World Cup semifinal between Canada and England at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov.5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photosport, Andrew Cornaga

Canadian women push top-ranked England to the limit in Rugby World Cup semifinal

Third-ranked Canada gave No. 1 England all it could handle in a hard-hitting, physical affair

Sarah Bern of England runs at the defense during the women’s rugby World Cup semifinal between Canada and England at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov.5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Photosport, Andrew Cornaga
Racers in the junior boys event set off in a mass start Saturday (Nov. 5) during the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships, held at Royal Roads University. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: High School cross country champions crowned in Greater Victoria

Royal Roads University provided scenic setting for B.C. High School Cross Country Championships

Racers in the junior boys event set off in a mass start Saturday (Nov. 5) during the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships, held at Royal Roads University. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)