Alex Morgan scored her first goal for Tottenham in a 3-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday as the London club won its first match of the Women’s Super League season.
The American World Cup winner, who made her Tottenham debut last month after giving birth in May, scored her team’s third goal from a penalty in the 84th minute.
“Alex has been building up her time on the pitch over the course of the last couple of months,” Rehanne Skinner said after her first game as Tottenham manager. “For her, she’s getting more and more back to where she would probably want to be.”
Tottenham opened the scoring when Morgan was fouled and Kerys Harrop swung the free kick into the top left-hand corner of the goal in the 11th minute.
WATCH | Alex Morgan records 1st goal for Tottenham:
American World Cup winner Alex Morgan scores on a penalty in the 84th minute as her Tottenham Hotspur club went on to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1. 0:31
Brighton levelled from a 33rd-minute penalty after Allana Kennedy’s high foot caught Brighton’s Aileen Whelan. Inessa Kaagman fired powerfully inside the right post to make it 1-1.
In the 63rd minute, Angela Addison took the ball past two Brighton players and the goalkeeper to slot into the bottom right-hand corner and brilliantly restore Spurs’ lead.
Morgan is among a group of American players to have moved to English soccer for this season, with Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis at Manchester City, and Tobin Heath and Christen Press at Manchester United.
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Alex Trebek and sports are intertwined
The legendary Jeopardy! host died Sunday at 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, and a predictable outpouring of love followed — including from many corners of the sports world.
Trebek was born in Sudbury, Ont., and worked as a CBC radio host and broadcaster before moving to the U.S. and eventually taking the Jeopardy! job in 1984.
The Canadian icon insisted the show be known as a quiz show as opposed to a game show, but it’s apparent the competitive nature of Jeopardy! resonated with athletes across the continent. Sports figures from Gary Bettman to P.K. Subban to Aaron Rodgers made their affection for Trebek known on Sunday, and a Philadelphia Eagles coach said he plays along with the show to prepare his instincts for calling plays during games.
At the NHL draft in October, Trebek, a University of Ottawa graduate, announced the Senators’ first-round draft pick: “Who is Tim Stuetzle?” The German forward took to Instagram to express his condolences, writing, “He shared this unforgettable moment with me and I am very thankful for that.” Watch the draft pick here, and read more reaction from the NHL here.
Trebek himself was a known sports fan, and wasn’t afraid to show his contempt when contestants missed questions on the subject. In 2014, a contestant answered Magic Johnson to a clue about who had the most 100+ assist seasons in NHL history. Trebek replied with a simple, “Oh, no” before the next contestant got the obvious answer: Wayne Gretzky. Watch that clip here.
More recently, in 2018, the category was football and all three contestants failed to answer each of the five questions. “I can tell you guys are big football fans,” Trebek said before adding he’d have to “have a talk” with them at the commercial break. You can watch that segment here.
One former contestant recalled an instance during taping when Trebek muttered to himself that they needed to wrap quickly because he had tickets to see Pau Gasol and the Lakers. Trebek was also a noted Dodgers fan, and got to see them end their 32-year World Series drought on Oct. 27 — two days before his final Jeopardy! taping.
The category is sports:
He’s the Cal Ripken Jr., of hosts, holding the world record for most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter at 8,174, according to iMDB. Jeopardy! says his final episode will air on Christmas.
Gordie Howe made him a hockey and Red Wings fan, but after Howe’s retirement he switched allegiances to the Canadiens. Later, he helped cover the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 1967 Stanley Cup victory for CBC. Watch him narrate the finals and ensuing parade below.
Prior to Jeopardy!, he hosted curling and Commonwealth Games coverage for CBC Sports.
He played some hockey growing up, but his time on ice became more regular when he joined a celebrity league in Los Angeles.
Unlike many athletes, he had no superstitions about facial hair. When fans were upset that he shaved his famous mustache, he simply said it could grow back.
All five answers: Who is Alex Trebek?
Alex Trebek narrates a recap of the 1967 Stanley Cup playoffs, won by the Toronto Maple Leafs, with Hockey Night in Canada commentators Danny Gallivan and Bill Hewitt providing the play-by-play. 27:22
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Howie Meeker, another Canadian icon, also passed away this weekend. The beloved Hockey Night in Canada personality and oldest living Toronto Maple Leaf died Sunday at 97 years old. Meeker played eight seasons in the NHL, all as a Maple Leaf. He won rookie of the year in 1947 and was part of four Stanley Cup champions. In 1951, he tallied the assist on Bill Barilko’s Cup-winning goal that’s immortalized by the Tragically Hip song “Fifty-Mission Cap.”
But Meeker is best known for his post-playing career, where he spent 30 years as a broadcaster with TSN and CBC and popularized phrases like “Jiminy Cricket” and “Golly gee willikers” along the way. Meeker was credited for moving broadcast analysis forward — he drew criticism early in his career for pointing out player mistakes during games. Read more about Meeker’s life here.
Some important 2021 bonspiels are likely headed to bubbles. CBC Sports’ Devin Heroux reports the Brier, Scotties and men’s world championships — originally scheduled for Kelowna, B.C., Thunder Bay, Ont., and Ottawa, respectively — are likely to be played without fans at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Curling Canada must still gain approval on the plan from all levels of government. The Public Health Agency of Canada said it is open to reviewing proposals, while a survey of curlers revealed overwhelming support. Read more about curling’s bubble idea here.
The Blue Jays made the first free-agent signing of the MLB off-season. The team brought back starter Robbie Ray, who was acquired from Arizona at the trade deadline, on a one-year, $ 8 million US contract. The timing was more notable than the signing itself, though. Free agency negotiations began Nov. 1, with deals officially allowed five days later. The Ray contract, signed Saturday, remains the only one. While owners cry poor following the lost revenues of the 2020 season, the status of 2021 is also up in the air due to the changing nature of the virus. The NHL’s free-agent “frenzy” didn’t quite live up to its billing, but most top players found homes relatively quickly. NBA free agency could get crazy in its expected window between the Nov. 18 draft and the likely Dec. 1 start of training camp. Baseball, though, promises to be a long, drawn-out process. Go figure.
Felix Auger-Aliassime won his first ATP doubles title, then made Canadian history. Along with partner Hubert Hurkacz, the unseeded duo went on a surprising run through the Paris Masters, eventually downing the second seed in the championship match. It was just the second tournament Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz have played together. For the Canadian, the win came at a good time following two straight early exits and a parting with his long-time coach. Auger-Aliassime will play the Sofia Open this week, where he (No. 2) and Denis Shapovalov (No. 1) combine to become the first Canadians to ever make up the top two seeds of an ATP tournament. Read more about Auger-Aliassime’s Paris Masters win here.
You already know that Manon Rheaume was the first woman to play in an NHL game. But there’s even more to the story. Her exhibition appearance with the Tampa Bay Lightning was earned after posting a one-period shutout on 14 shots during a team tournament at practice. Lightning head coach Terry Crisp was against the idea of putting her in a game at the time, but years later admitted she deserved the shot, which stuck with Rheaume. And when Rheaume appeared on late night TV with David Letterman, she didn’t even know who Letterman was. Watch Rheaume reminisce on her NHL shot with CBC Sports’ Rob Pizzo here.
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Alex Pietrangelo is Vegas bound, and the Golden Knights are shuffling the deck to fit him in.
Pietrangelo signed a $ 61.6 million, seven-year deal with Vegas on Monday that carries an $ 8.8 million annual salary cap hit through 2027. It’s the fifth-biggest cap hit for a defenceman in the NHL.
Adding the top free agent available gives Vegas another big-money talent, but the team needed to make another move to shed salary just to add him. General manager Kelly McCrimmon said the front office knew that going in and committed to making it happen to sign Pietrangelo.
“When we looked at opportunities to improve our team, we had what we believed was an incredible rare opportunity to add a defenceman, an elite player, like Alex to our team,” McCrimmon said. “We projected what a contract would be for Alex and then at the end of that process asked ourselves, `Does this make us a better team? Does it improve our chances of winning?’ We believe quite strongly that it does.”
Vegas sheds salary by trading Schmidt
Before finalizing Pietrangelo’s contract, the Golden Knights traded defenceman Nate Schmidt to the Vancouver Canucks for a 2022 third-round pick, clearing his $ 5.95 million cap hit off the books. McCrimmon said this was the only scenario in which Vegas would have considered trading Schmidt, and Vancouver became the beneficiary.
“Nate has been one of the top defencemen in our division in recent years,” Canucks GM Jim Benning said. “He’s a dynamic player who competes hard all over the ice. I think he will be a really good fit in our group.”
After already sending centre Paul Stastny to Winnipeg, the team likely needs to make some other trade to become cap compliant, which McCrimmon assured will be the case come opening day. That move will not be a trade of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, even after committing long term to Robin Lehner, who is expected to be ready for training camp after undergoing clean-up shoulder surgery this week.
“We see the goaltending position being incredibly important this year,” McCrimmon said. “Marc and Robin are going to be our goaltenders as we go into the off-season, into training camp and into the season.”
After signing Pietrangelo and trading Nate Schmidt the Golden Knights have $ 81,624,105 in cap committed to 2020-21 according to <a href=”https://twitter.com/CapFriendly?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@CapFriendly</a> (Not counting Carl Dahlstrom who I believe will start in AHL). <br><br>That means they are still $ 124,105 over the cap.
Goaltending wasn’t the Golden Knights’ issue in losing to Dallas in the Western Conference final. Scoring was, as they had just eight goals in five games.
Pietrangelo, 30, is coming off posting a career-high 16 goals despite the season being cut short at 70 games. He finished fourth in Norris Trophy voting and is one of the best right-shooting defencemen in the league, so adding him does make Vegas better, even at the expense of trading a popular teammate in Schmidt.
“He’s one of the top four or five defenceman in the game,” McCrimmon said of Pietrangelo. “He’s the first over the boards in every situation for his team.
Pietrangelo leaves the St. Louis Blues after serving as captain of their 2019 Stanley Cup championship team. He has 109 goals and 341 assists for 450 points in 758 regular-season NHL games and had a post-season-best 16 assists and averaged almost 26 minutes of ice time during the Blues’ Cup run.
‘One of the best Blues ever’
“He has been a stalwart player for us, for this team for a number of years,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Friday night. “A huge part of a championship-calibre team. He’s going to go down so far as one of the best Blues ever.”
St. Louis moved on from Pietrangelo, a homegrown prospect who was the No. 4 pick in the 2008 draft, before he did. The Blues signed former Boston Bruins defenceman Torey Krug to a $ 45.5 million, seven-year contract Friday, essentially ruling them out of keeping Pietrangelo after more than a year’s worth of negotiations couldn’t amount to an agreement.
“We couldn’t find something that made everyone comfortable,” Armstrong said. “It’s not the first time, it won’t be the last time this happens in the NHL. You just wish it didn’t happen because of the respect and the desire we had to keep Alex here.”
Pietrangelo became the last of the top-tier free agents to find a landing spot, after Taylor Hall signed an $ 8 million, one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. Krug was the other, and winger Mike Hoffman is the top player left on the market after a 29-goal, 59-point season with the Florida Panthers.
Hall took the opposite approach of Pietrangelo and Krug with the cap staying flat amid pandemic-ravaged revenues.
“We knew it was going to be a unique marketplace coming into free agency,” Hall said Tuesday. “Once free agency started, I think we were made aware pretty quickly at how much things had changed and how COVID had affected a lot of different things. So, it kind of changed our decision-making from there.”
Pietrangelo had wanted to stay with St. Louis, but the signing of Krug altered his decision-making. The Toronto area native flew to Las Vegas on Saturday to meet with the Golden Knights brass and owner Bill Foley, a visit that paved the way for this contract.
“It was clear to see how anxious he is to continue to win,” McCrimmon said. “He made the comment that winning a Stanley Cup has made him even hungrier to do it again, so the commitment to winning is certainly a really big factor in his choosing to come here for the next stage of his career.”
Alex Morgan, who helped the United States women’s soccer team to World Cup and Olympic titles, has become the newest mom in the national squad after giving birth to her first child.
Morgan, who is married to former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Servando Carrasco, announced on Twitter on Saturday that their daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco was born on Thursday.
At 1130am on May 7 weighing 8lbs5oz, Charlie Elena Carrasco made her grand entrance into the world. She made us wait longer than expected, but I should have known she would do it her way and her way only. My super moon baby. <a href=”https://t.co/dDbIXW6INr”>pic.twitter.com/dDbIXW6INr</a>
“She made us wait longer than expected, but I should have known she would do it her way and her way only. My super moon baby,” tweeted the national team forward, who was part of the U.S. 2019 and 2015 World Cup winning teams and 2012 Olympic gold medal squad.
Morgan had planned to represent the U.S. at the 2020 Tokyo Games and would have faced a time crunch to get back to full fitness by July but with the Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak, she will no longer face the same pressure.
There have been only a handful of mothers who have played for the U.S. national team.
Jessica McDonald was the only mom on the U.S. 2019 World Cup winning squad, while Christie Pearce Rampone and Kate Markgraf were part of the 2008 Olympic team.
Pearce Rampone was also a member of the 2012 Olympic squad.
Alex Bilodeau was prepared to win a medal at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. What he hadn’t planned for was the celebrity status he earned by being the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal on home soil.
“I was prepared [for the race] but not prepared for what came afterwards,” said Bilodeau, who is now 32 and works in private investment in Montreal. “I often described it as living the life of Sidney Crosby for two weeks. It was really crazy.”
Bilodeau’s victory in the freestyle skiing moguls event came on the second day of competition and allowed the country to exhale. No Canadian reached the top of the podium at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal or the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics
The medal gave a nation starving for success something to feed on. It also provided some sunshine to a Games under a dark shadow following the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili during a training accident in Whistler hours before the opening ceremony.
“Him winning that gold was a real shot of adrenaline to everything,” said John Furlong, head of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
“It was almost like somebody shoved a plug into the wall and the lights all came on. People were celebrating and we were over that hurdle of never winning at home. Suddenly all this confidence started to show, and we were on our way to becoming the team to beat.”
Canada would win 26 medals in Vancouver, 14 of them gold, which at the time was a record for a country in a single Winter Olympics.
Bilodeau said there wasn’t much talk among athletes over who would win the first gold.
“We never really spent too much energy on that,” he said. “It was more of a media thing. Within the athletes we were laughing about it.”
WATCH | Alex Bilodeau on being 1st Canadian to win gold at home:
In an interview with CBC Sports’ Anastasia Bucsis before his induction into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, Alex Bilodeau recalls his memories from becoming the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal on home soil at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. 3:08
In the days leading up to Vancouver Games there was plenty of speculation who could end Canada’s Olympic jinx.
The men’s downhill ski race was scheduled for the opening Saturday with both Whistler native Manuel Osborne-Paradis and Erik Guay considered contenders. Poor weather conditions forced the race to Monday, where Guay finished fifth and Osborne-Paradis 17th.
The women’s moguls were held Saturday night. Jennifer Heil, the gold medallist from the 2006 Turin Games and winner of the previous four World Cup events she entered leading up to the Olympics was the favourite. But she watched American Hannah Kearney battle through rain, sleet, and slushy conditions to snatch away the victory on the final run.
Bilodeau had won the overall World Cup title in 2009. He came into the Olympics ranked fourth in the World Cup standings after recovering from a broken foot suffered in November.
On the evening of his race Bilodeau didn’t feel any extra pressure.
“I was just focused on my race,” he said. “I wasn’t looking forward to being the first Olympic gold medallist in Canada. It was more about my performance, what I could do. I wouldn’t have been less or more focused if Jenn had won the night before.”
Bilodeau led the competition after his final run but then had to wait for French skier Guilbaut Colas, the last man down the hill, to make a mistake.
“In my mind I did what I could with the kind of ski conditions that were in place that night,” he said. “I was really happy with what I delivered in a really precise moment.”
When Colas made a mistake early in his run Bilodeau knew the medal was his.
“Nobody could really predict how big the Olympics we’re going to be in Vancouver and how big a deal it was going to be for all Canadians,” he said.
“I could barely even walk around the city without a police escort. It was weird, it felt like a dream. At the end of the two weeks I was a little bit overwhelmed. I wanted a little quiet.”
The triumph took on a very personal note when Bilodeau dedicated the win to his brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy.
WATCH | Alex Bilodeau wins Canada’s first ever gold medal at home:
Alex Bilodeau becomes the first ever Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal on home soil, doing so in the men’s mogul event. 0:38
“I have received so many letters and messages from across Canada and even the world,” Bilodeau said. “It’s too bad that we need to have a moment like this to understand what cerebral palsy is and to educate people.”
Bilodeau thought about retirement after Vancouver. He decided to compete through to the 2014 Sochi Games where he became the first freestyle skiing gold medallist to defend his Olympic title.
“The next four years were the hardest years of my career,” he said. “I understand now why it’s hard to defend a gold medal.
“It was hard, but I’m glad I went for the challenge.”
It’s been 10 years since Bilodeau wrote his chapter in Canadian history, but for him it seems like yesterday.
“A lot of water went under the bridge since,” he said. “There are great memories I will keep from my whole career but especially from the Vancouver Games.”
The Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after baseball commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport’s sign-stealing scandal.
Cora was the bench coach for the Houston Astros when they won the 2017 World Series and led Boston to the title the following year in his first season as manager. Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired on Monday, an hour after Manfred suspended them for the 2020 season for their role in the cheating scheme.
Manfred’s nine-page report mentioned Cora 11 times, describing him as a key person in the planning and execution of the cheating scheme.
Cora met Tuesday with Red Sox management.
“Given the findings and the commissioner’s ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward and we mutually agreed to part ways,” the team said in a statement attributed to owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, CEO Sam Kennedy and Cora.
Manfred said Cora was among those who “originated and executed” aspects of the cheating scheme, in which the team used a centre-field camera to decode catchers’ signals to pitchers and banged on a trash can with a bat or massage gun near the dugout to let hitters know which pitch was coming.
Statement from the Boston <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RedSox?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#RedSox</a> and Alex Cora: <a href=”https://t.co/qXsUhSobSy”>pic.twitter.com/qXsUhSobSy</a>
Manfred announced he was withholding punishment of Cora until completing a separate investigation of accusations the Red Sox stole signs in 2018. Indications were the penalty would be equal or greater than what Hinch and Luhnow received.
“We agreed today that parting ways was the best thing for the organization,” Cora said in a statement released by the Red Sox. “I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward.”
No comment on manager Beltran’s status with Mets
New Mets manager Carlos Beltran also was implicated by Manfred in his report Monday, the only player mentioned. Manfred decided that no players would be disciplined for breaking rules prohibiting the use of electronics to steal catcher’s signs.
The Mets have not commented on Beltran’s status.
A member of Boston’s 2007 championship club, Cora was hired in November to take over a Red Sox team that won back-to-back AL East titles in 2016-17 but failed to advance in the post-season under John Farrell.
Cora guided the team to a franchise-record 108 regular-season victories in 2018 and its fourth World Series title in 15 years. The Red Sox beat a pair of 100-win teams in the Yankees and Astros in the AL playoffs, then defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a five-game World Series to make Cora the first Puerto Rican manager to win a championship and the fifth manager to guide a team to a title in his first season.
He was rewarded by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski with a new contract adding an extra guaranteed season in 2021, a deal that included a club option for 2022.
Dombrowski was fired in September after the Red Sox stumbled toward an 84-78 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2015. He was replaced this off-season by former Tampa Bay Rays executive Chaim Bloom, who will lead the search for a new manager.
“This is a sad day for us,” Henry, Werner and Kennedy said in a statement. “Alex is a special person and a beloved member of the Red Sox. We are grateful for his impact on our franchise. We will miss his passion, his energy and his significant contributions to the communities of New England and Puerto Rico.”
The scandal — but not the severity of the punishment — is reminiscent of the New England Patriots’ sign-stealing scheme in 2007, in which the team videotaped opposing coaches to decipher their signals. The NFL fined the Patriots $ 250,000 US and docked them a first-round draft pick, and also fined coach Bill Belichick $ 500,000.