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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett leaves the field after an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio J. Sanchez)

Denver Broncos fire rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett

Team stumbled to 4-11 record with struggling QB Wilson

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett leaves the field after an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio J. Sanchez)
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) waves as he continues to celebrate his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. It was Ovechkin’s 802nd NHL goal. Ovechkin, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev and Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson have been named the NHL’s three stars of the week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Nick Wass

Ovechkin, Georgiev, Pettersson named NHL’s three stars of the week

Ovechkin had two goals and four assists as the Capitals won all three of their games on the week

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) waves as he continues to celebrate his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. It was Ovechkin’s 802nd NHL goal. Ovechkin, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev and Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson have been named the NHL’s three stars of the week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Nick Wass
Canada skip Brad Gushue, right, discusses a shot with third Mark Nichols during their bronze medal curling match against the United States Friday, February 18, 2022 at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Curling Canada is hoping an ongoing high-performance review will help put the federation on track for success after a disappointing showing on the international stage last season.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

A look at Curling Canada’s hopes in 2023

Dates for the Olympic trials and mixed doubles trials have yet to be announced

Canada skip Brad Gushue, right, discusses a shot with third Mark Nichols during their bronze medal curling match against the United States Friday, February 18, 2022 at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Curling Canada is hoping an ongoing high-performance review will help put the federation on track for success after a disappointing showing on the international stage last season.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Ethan Bear, right, is tripped by Edmonton Oilers forward Dylan Holloway during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Ethan Bear, right, is tripped by Edmonton Oilers forward Dylan Holloway during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Washington. This was Ovechkin’s 801st NHL goal. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ovechkin nets 2, passes Gordie Howe for 2nd in NHL career goals

Washington winger now has 802 tallies, behind only Wayne Gretzky

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Washington. This was Ovechkin’s 801st NHL goal. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Canada’s Mason McTavish (23) celebrates the win over Finland during IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game action in Edmonton, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Canada set to begin quest for 20th gold medal at world juniors

Star-studded roster set to open play in the Maritimes on Boxing Day

Canada’s Mason McTavish (23) celebrates the win over Finland during IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game action in Edmonton, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A Pavel Bure mascot wearing a face mask walks through the crowd as fans wait to enter Rogers Arena for the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: For many Canuck fans, the hope candle has stopped burning

After nine years of disappointment, fingers are pointing at ownership for franchise troubles

A Pavel Bure mascot wearing a face mask walks through the crowd as fans wait to enter Rogers Arena for the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Kyle Burroughs (44) and Seattle Kraken’s Brandon Tanev (13) fight during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Kyle Burroughs (44) and Seattle Kraken’s Brandon Tanev (13) fight during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kelowna's Isiah McDonald won the Florida Complex League's strength and conditioning coach of the year in his first season with the New York Yankees organization. (Contributed)

Kelowna man earns pinstripes in first year with New York Yankees organization

After winning a championship and award in first year, McDonald moving up to High-A for 2023

Kelowna's Isiah McDonald won the Florida Complex League's strength and conditioning coach of the year in his first season with the New York Yankees organization. (Contributed)
FILE -NFL CommissionerRoger Goodell answers questions from reporters at a press conference following the close of the NFL owner’s meeting, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 he isn’t ready to oust Daniel Snyder as owner of the Washington Commanders and wants to discuss the possibility with other NFL owners.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

NFL ‘Sunday Ticket’ headed to YouTube beginning next season

Paid service currently averages 2 million subscribers.

FILE -NFL CommissionerRoger Goodell answers questions from reporters at a press conference following the close of the NFL owner’s meeting, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 he isn’t ready to oust Daniel Snyder as owner of the Washington Commanders and wants to discuss the possibility with other NFL owners.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
John McKinley and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)

PODCAST: Canucks at a crossroads, plus memories of old-time road hockey

NHL UPDATE: Black Press insiders McKinley, Wolf discuss 2022-23 NHL season

John McKinley and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)
The Abbotsford Canucks posted a 6-3 win over San Jose on Wednesday and continue to play impressive hockey on home ice. (San Jose Barracuda photo)

Abbotsford Canucks sweep San Jose Barracuda after 6-3 win

Canucks have won seven of last eight at Abbotsford Centre, now rank third in Pacific Division

The Abbotsford Canucks posted a 6-3 win over San Jose on Wednesday and continue to play impressive hockey on home ice. (San Jose Barracuda photo)
Victoria Feige is carried out of the surf and onto the podium by Team Canada coaches Albie Sears, left, and Shannon Brown after winning her fourth women’s kneel world title on Dec. 10. (ISA Pablo Franco photo)

Historic win for Canadian para surfer Victoria Feige

Feige is a para surfing GOAT after winning her fourth world title in women’s kneel

Victoria Feige is carried out of the surf and onto the podium by Team Canada coaches Albie Sears, left, and Shannon Brown after winning her fourth women’s kneel world title on Dec. 10. (ISA Pablo Franco photo)
Andrew Hammond in net for Ottawa Senators in 2015. (File photo: Andre Ringuette)

Surrey’s ‘Hamburglar’ retires from hockey after 10-year pro career that almost never happened

Back in junior, Andrew Hammond thought about quitting the game that took him to the NHL

Andrew Hammond in net for Ottawa Senators in 2015. (File photo: Andre Ringuette)
UFV student Sarah Parker has gone from the pitch to behind the lens for a practicum role with the Abbotsford Canucks. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

From striker to shooter: Surrey’s Sarah Parker impresses behind the lens with Abbotsford Canucks

UFV student has worked with Soccer Canada and Abbotsford Canucks, still chasing soccer dreams

UFV student Sarah Parker has gone from the pitch to behind the lens for a practicum role with the Abbotsford Canucks. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Tristen Nielsen and the Abbotsford Canucks earned a 6-2 win over the San Jose Barracuda on Tuesday (Dec. 20). (Abbotsford Canucks photo)

Abbotsford Canucks post dominant 6-2 win over San Jose Barracuda

Canucks power play explodes for two goals as club continues hot play in cold December

Tristen Nielsen and the Abbotsford Canucks earned a 6-2 win over the San Jose Barracuda on Tuesday (Dec. 20). (Abbotsford Canucks photo)
Fans kiss while waiting for the arrival of the Argentine soccer team that won the World Cup outside the AFA training grounds in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Sea of people try to catch glimpse of Argentina soccer team

Thousands lined the highway, many waving Argentine flags as team headed to dowtown Buenos Aires

Fans kiss while waiting for the arrival of the Argentine soccer team that won the World Cup outside the AFA training grounds in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)
Nils Hoglander attacks the net against the Edmonton Oilers from a game in 2021. The forward was assigned to the Abbotsford Canucks on Monday (Dec. 19) night. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Canucks forward Nils Hoglander assigned to Abbotsford

Second round pick may dress in tonight’s game against the San Jose Barracuda

Nils Hoglander attacks the net against the Edmonton Oilers from a game in 2021. The forward was assigned to the Abbotsford Canucks on Monday (Dec. 19) night. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Soccer fans descend on the capital’s downtown for a homecoming parade for the Argentine soccer team that won the World Cup tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)

THE MOJ: That was a weekend to remind us of why we love sports

NFL piled up the big plays and big stories while the World Cup gave us a final for the ages

Soccer fans descend on the capital’s downtown for a homecoming parade for the Argentine soccer team that won the World Cup tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Gustavo Garello)
St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas (18) stickhandles past Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes (43) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Monday, December 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Kyrou leads visiting St. Louis Blues to 5-1 triumph over Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver wraps up 3-game home stand Thursday against Seattle

St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas (18) stickhandles past Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes (43) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Monday, December 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck