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It is crunch time for the Canadian males’s baseball crew
Canada took care of enterprise within the group stage of its regional Olympic qualifying match in Florida, going 2-1 to advance to the four-team “tremendous spherical.” The first purpose now could be to win the match and the ticket to the Tokyo Olympics that comes with it. However a second- or third-place end is OK too. These groups will get one other likelihood on the closing Olympic qualifier in Mexico later this month. What you do not wish to do is end final within the tremendous spherical. That eliminates you from Olympic competition.
Sadly, Canada is behind within the depend earlier than the primary super-round pitch has even been thrown. That is as a result of yesterday’s 5-0 loss to Venezuela, which gave the unbeaten Venezuelans first place within the group, carries over. So Canada begins the tremendous spherical with an 0-1 file. Venezuela is 1-0, and so is the US by advantage of its group-stage win over the Dominican Republic — the opposite crew that superior from the Individuals’ group.
What occurs subsequent is everybody performs the 2 groups that superior from the opposite group. When that is over, the crew with the most effective super-round file will get the ticket to Tokyo, and the second- and third-place finishers head to Mexico June 22-26 to face Australia and the Netherlands for the ultimate spot within the six-team Olympic match. Initially, the ultimate Olympic qualifier was alleged to have six groups too. However China pulled out final month and Taiwan adopted go well with yesterday (each over COVID-19 considerations), making it a four-team occasion. That clearly boosts Canada’s possibilities of reaching the Olympics, assuming it does not full the duty this weekend in Florida.
That process seems like a tall one. To have an opportunity at successful this match, Canada must win each its super-round video games — in opposition to the US (Friday at 7 p.m. ET) and the Dominican Republic (Saturday at 1 p.m. ET).
The Individuals are ranked second on the earth, they’re enjoying on house turf, they usually went unbeaten within the group stage. They’re managed by two-time American League Supervisor of the 12 months Mike Scioscia, and their roster is sprinkled with former big-leaguers chances are you’ll acknowledge. Edwin Jackson and Homer Bailey pitched a mixed 31 years within the majors, Todd Frazier was a two-time all-star third baseman, and Matt Kemp was the Nationwide League MVP runner-up a decade in the past. The Tenth-ranked Dominican crew has some guys you would possibly keep in mind too: former Blue Jays star Jose Bautista, former Blue Jays scrub Emilio Bonifacio, and Melky Cabrera, who had one unhealthy and one good 12 months with the Jays after they signed him coming off an all-star season with San Francisco. Canada is ranked thirteenth, and its most recognizable gamers are in all probability John Axford (led the NL in saves in 2011, pitched for Toronto in ’18) and Scott Richmond (a Jays starter in ’08 and ’09).
You’ll be able to stream Canada’s video games, and each different super-round contest, on CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports activities app. Read more about the Canadian team’s quest to qualify for the Olympics here.
Mark Scheifele’s hit was “clear,” based on Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice. Most individuals appear to disagree, and the NHL was holding an over-the-phone listening to with Scheifele at this time earlier than deciding whether or not to punish him for working Montreal’s Jake Evans late in final night time’s 5-3 Canadiens win. Sheifele acquired 5 minutes and a recreation misconduct for charging. Evans left on a stretcher. Maurice conceded at this time that it was a “heavy, heavy” hit, however not soiled. Montreal coach Dominique Ducharme referred to as it “vicious” and “ineffective.” Whereas we wait to seek out out whether or not Scheifele will likely be suspended for Sport 2 (and perhaps longer), you may watch the hit here and decide for your self.
The highest two ladies are actually out of the French Open. World No. 1 Ash Barty stop her second-round match at this time due to a hip damage that hampered her within the first spherical. No. 2 Naomi Osaka, you could have heard, withdrew after her opening-round win as she clashed with organizers over her refusal to do press conferences. Pre-tournament favorite Iga Swiatek now seems like a good higher guess to win her second consecutive French Open title. She superior to the third spherical at this time with a 6-1, 6-1 win. On the boys’s aspect, the highest three seeds stay intact. No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Daniil Medvedev have superior to the third spherical, and No. 3 Rafael Nadal was enjoying his second-round match at our publish time. Read more about today’s French Open results here.
The U.S. Ladies’s Open teed off at this time. It is happening on the Olympic Membership in San Francisco. The highest Canadian, world No. 5 Brooke Henderson, had but to get began at our publish time. She’s on the lookout for her second main win and first because the 2016 Ladies’s PGA Championship. Henderson and the remainder of the Canadian golf world acquired some unhealthy information yesterday when the nation’s lone LPGA occasion, the CP Ladies’s Open, was cancelled for the second 12 months because of the pandemic. It had been scheduled for late August in Vancouver. Learn extra concerning the cancellation here and see the up to date U.S. Ladies’s Open leaderboard here.
The couple that competes within the Olympics collectively, stays collectively. That point-honoured saying (that I simply made up) is embodied in Canadian athletes Georgia Simmerling and Stephanie Labbé. They met 5 years in the past, on the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the place Simmerling was competing as a observe bike owner and Labbé because the beginning goalie for the Canadian ladies’s soccer crew. Each gained bronze medals. Now they’re serving to one another put together for what they anticipate to be their closing Olympic look. With Pleasure month underway, they’re additionally reflecting on the challenges confronted by LGBTQ Olympians whereas on the identical time feeling grateful to be competing at a time when, as CBC Sports activities’ Devin Heroux writes, “it has by no means been simpler to be out, proud and genuine within the subject of play.” Read Devin’s story on Simmerling and Labbé and what it means to be an LGBTQ Olympic athlete in 2021 here.
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