Bianca Andreescu is one of the top 5 female tennis players in the world in terms of results so far this year. Tom Tebbutt explains the significance that has on her potential, and what players he'd compare her to.
Kaillie Humphries is breaking her silence about why she isn't competing in bobsleigh this year.
Speaking exclusively to CBC, Humphries revealed she has filed a harassment complaint with Bobsleigh Canada.
"I found myself in a position where my workplace environment was impaired and I couldn't compete. I filed it before the season and so I can't talk too much about all of the details and how it goes. Currently the investigation is still going on."
Humphries did not reveal what type of harassment she is alleging.
CBC Sports reached out to Bobsleigh Canada for comment, but the organization did not immediately respond.
At the beginning of October, Humphries took to Twitter, saying she was stepping away from bobsleigh competition for the year. At that time, the three-time Olympic medallist did not provide any details why — she now says it's directly because of the harassment investigation.
"It definitely it took months for me to build up the courage, for me to have that strength, that internal strength to come forward. I'm a strong person," Humphries said.
"But until you've been challenged with this scenario, such as the one that I have found myself in, you never really know how you're going react to it. It took months to build up the courage to be able to talk about it."
This is the first time in Humphries's career she's not competing. She's a two-time Olympic champion and was named the 2014 Lou Marsh Award winner as the top athlete in Canada. She says after every season she takes time to evaluate how the year went. When she started to critically look at last season, she realized something went really wrong.
"I worked very closely with a sports psychologist, somebody who I personally had sought out and who has helped me. I talked to a psychologist every single week [and] we broke down last season," she said.
"I can no longer be silenced because of other people's actions. And I spent all last year doing that without knowing that that's what I was doing. It feels really bad. It feels really wrong. You're not truthful."
Humphries says this has been one of the most challenging times in her life, as she continues to train, wondering when she might return to competition at the completion of the investigation. There is no timeline for that to happen at this point. She says she will not return if changes aren't made.
"I will not go back to the same way that it was last year. So if I can build my own team and function independently, still a part of Canada, I will, " she said. "A lot depends on how the case settles. But I can guarantee you I will not go back to the same way that it was, working with the same people in the same capacity, and open myself up to situations like I faced in the past."
Above all, Humphries says she needed to come forward with this, not only to help rectify her situation, but make it easier for others to come forward as well.
"It can happen to anybody. And that's true. And that was part of my decision for bringing this claim forward," Humphries said. "I'm strong enough to go through this process. I'm strong enough to stand up for what's right."
She's under no illusions about just how big of a step it is to move forward with this harassment case.
"A lot is at stake. For me personally. My entire career is at stake, who I am personally. I'm risking everything to be in this position," she said. "It's not something I take lightly. So yeah, for me personally there's a lot at stake."
The legendary singer stopped by the ET stage for an interview with Nancy O’Dell on Tuesday, where she revealed that it’s always been her dream to work with the “My Heart Will Go On” singer.
“One of my dreams has always been that she would record one of my songs. So yeah, I’d love her to sing one of my songs,” Twain shared. “I’m going to write one for her! I love her, she’s extraordinary.”
While the brunette beauty is totally committed to writing for Dion, she’s less sure about a duet. “I could write the song, she could sing it,” she insisted.
Twain is all about creating change in the music industry and opened up to ET about expanding country music with her singing competition series, Real Country, which she hopes will allow the genre to sound — and look — a little bit different.
“I love the difference in the fact that it is genre specific, it’s about country, we’ve got so many great artists out there that need to be discovered,” said Twain, who serves as executive producer and panelist on the show. “We need to make room for them, especially for diversity. We need to make room for diversity. We need more women, stylistically, we have to take advantage of all the different styles that fall under country music. So this is my passion, Real Country.”
Diversity is definitely being rewarded in the industry, with black artists like Kane Brown and Jimmie Allen seeing success on the charts with Brown’s sophomore album, Experiment, and Allen’s single, “Best Shot.”
Joining Twain to find that next superstar on the USA series are Jake Owen and Travis Tritt. The 53-year-old singer says Real Country also honors longstanding country roots.
“Just the history of country music alone, we forget so many of our great music legends were country music artists,” the “You’re Still the One” singer noted — but explained that her recent appearances on American Idol and The Voice may have been the inspiration behind her forming her own singing competition.
“It gave me the bug,” she confessed, “We’ve never seen Blake [Shelton] angry yet, but we are. He’s going to get mad… I’m taking him on, of course!”
Real Country isn’t the only thing Twain has on her plate. The GRAMMY winner is gearing up for the last leg of her tour, Now.
“I’m going to Australia and New Zealand, and I’ll make it home on [December] 24th, just in time [for Christmas],” she revealed.
“I do love to cook. My specialty is gravy. You can never have enough gravy,” Twain added of her traditions, before dishing on how she manages to keep her figure throughout the holidays. “There’s no trick — I guess Spanx.”
Real Country airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA.
ET’s Katie Krause sat down with the Dancing With the Starspro and her partner, Juan Pablo Di Pace, on Friday, where Burke revealed that she’s not planning to teach Lawrence to dance for their wedding day.
“We may never get married if I teach him how to dance!” she confessed with a laugh. “He might run away!”
“I just turn into a different person when I’m teaching, so I’m a lot harder,” Burke explained. “I’m not mean, I’m just like… that’s how I was coached, and it was just the reality of it. Everything, it’s like, ‘This is how it is, and if you want to be better, you know, this is what you need to do.’ So it was tough love.”
Lawrence proposed to Burke on her 34th birthday in May, with a stunning and sentimental ring incorporating the diamond that Burke’s late father gave to her mother. Nearly six months later, the couple has amped up wedding planning, but Burke admitted that her busy career has gotten in the way of doing everything just as she’d like.
“For the most part, [I’ve picked my bridal party],” she said. “It’s just about like, I don’t want to do it over text message, because that’s my schedule right now.”
While she wanted to wait to ask her bridesmaids to part of her special day in person — “I have a little gift set for everybody,” she shared — she just couldn’t wait for one DWTS alum (who happened to host her engagement party!).
“Kym Herjavec, she’s going to be one of my bridesmaids. It was through text message, but I was like, ‘I gotta do it,” Burke recalled. “I’m like, ‘Sorry, but there’s no time.’ I have no time to even get a chance to see her. So she was like, ‘Just tell me.’ I’m like, ‘OK fine.’ So I said, ‘Will you be my bridesmaid? And I said, ‘I’ll give you the official gift when I see you.'”
Herjavec of course accepted, and now, Burke is focused on winning this season of DWTS with Di Pace, starting with their upcoming Halloween-themed performance next week.
“[The biggest challenge for me is] obviously the jive, because I haven’t done it before,” Di Pace admitted. “So it just feels like baby steps, learning how to walk again. Every Tuesday you learn how to walk again!”
Burke said she just finalized the routine on Thursday, but she has high hopes. “We have like, this section where it explains, basically through movement, who we are. And where are and why we’re here. But it’s definitely not just ballroom,” she noted, as Di Pace gave the dance his stamp of approval.
“It’s really good,” he teased.
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Kaley Cuoco would like haters to keep their comments to themselves.
The Big Bang Theory star took to her Instagram Story on Tuesday to slam fans for saying she looked pregnant during a recent outing with her sister, Briana Cuoco.
“So, because I’m in traffic I thought I’d take this time to comment on some Instagram trolls,” she said. “I posted a picture this morning of my sister and I from an event last night and people said I looked pregnant.”
“Now, would you ever walk up to someone on the street or at an event where they’re obviously dressed up and say, ‘Are you pregnant?'” Cuoco asked her fans. “It’s just so comedic and shocking that people would ask that.”
The 32-year-old actress concluded her message by setting the record straight: “I’m not pregnant. I guess it was a pregnant angle. Seriously, shut up.”
Cuoco opened up about having kids while speaking with ET earlier this month, but admitted that she wasn’t quite ready to become a mom quite yet.
“I’m definitely — I’m not there yet,” said the actress, who married Karl Cook in June. “I’m not quite there yet, but I know that I will be ’cause I love kids.”
“But I’m a worker bee right now — kind of my career is my focus, and my husband. But, we love kids and we love animals so we’re meant to have children.”
See more on Cuoco in the video below.
In 2014, Michelle Di Tomaso was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. It came as a shock to her because she had undergone four clear mammograms.
She was devastated to learn that the tumour in her left breast had been growing for two to three years.
She believes she might have caught it earlier if she knew one thing: she has dense breasts.
But Di Tomaso didn't discover that until after undergoing an ultrasound and a biopsy.
"It was a camouflage effect, and they missed it. I said, 'They missed it for three f–king years?' And [the medical oncologist]'s like, 'It happens,'" Di Tomaso recalled to White Coat, Black Art's Dr. Brian Goldman.
Following the discovery, she underwent rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, a double mastectomy and a raft of complications.
Breast density has been known in the medical community for decades, but it's still a relatively unknown issue to family doctors and patients, in part because physicians aren't instructed to tell their patients about it.
While fatty tissue appears as dark grey in a mammogram, dense tissue shows up as mostly white — just like cancers.
In 2016, Di Tomaso co-founded Dense Breasts Canada, a non-profit group which raises awareness about breast density and lobbies to make it easier for patients to find out if they have dense breasts.
"I want a woman to be told her breast density when she has a mammogram … If that woman has dense breasts, I want her to have an ultrasound," she said.
Despite the name, dense breasts don't feel any different to the touch. Only a mammogram can identify whether someone's breast tissue is denser than average.
Over 40 per cent of women, aged 40 to 74, have some degree of dense breast tissue, according to a 2014 U.S. study.
It's like somebody having high blood pressure and not telling them. No family doctor would do that.– Dr. Paula Gordon
Dr. Paula Gordon, Dense Breasts Canada's medical adviser, says she often sees women with dense breasts who have had their cancer missed by a mammogram.
"This is where the anger comes from," she said. "They were never told they had dense tissue, and so they didn't realize there was this huge difference in the sensitivity of mammography depending on how dense the breast tissue is."
Gordon, who is the medical director of the Sadie Diamond Breast Program at B.C. Women's Hospital, added that cancer is "four to six times more common" in women with the highest breast tissue density, but researchers don't know why.
In 1986, the BC Cancer Agency became the first provincial agency to do screening mammograms. From the very beginning, radiologists were asked to indicate on each mammogram if the woman had dense breasts and so they did.
But there wasn't a directive to tell patients.
"It's like somebody having high blood pressure and not telling them. No family doctor would do that," Gordon said.
"When I raised it at a committee and said, 'Why aren't we telling them?' they said, 'We don't want to make women anxious.'"
I will take that little bit of anxiety to find out it's OK, than not knowing and then being told I have cancer.– Michelle Di Tomaso
Di Tomaso was "very insulted" when she first heard that reasoning.
"I will take that little bit of anxiety to find out it's OK, than not knowing and then being told I have cancer — just because you guys don't want to tell us. Because of 'anxiety.'"
Gordon wants women to start going for mammograms closer to the age of 40, which she calls "the ideal age to start screening."
That way women can find out sooner whether they have dense breasts. If they do, they can be screened with an alternative method, such as an ultrasound or MRI to check for potential cancers.
Currently, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends women have a mammogram every two years starting at age 50.
Quebec is the only province that requires a woman's breast density information be given to her family doctor.
In other provinces, doctors might be given the info from a mammogram report, but they aren't required to inform patients.
In New Brunswick, where an election campaign is currently underway, both Liberal and Progressive Conservative leaders pledged to ensure women are notified of their breast density.
The discussion there has been spearheaded by breast cancer survivor Kathy Kaufield, who has been promoting breast density awareness with her #TellMe social media campaign.
In Prince Edward Island, Health PEI is planning to look at how and when patients are given breast density information as part of an upcoming review of their breast cancer screening program.
Meanwhile, in the U.S., more than 30 states require doctors to tell women their breast density.
Di Tomaso is encouraged by these small signs of change in Canada.
To her, it may begin with a simple line of text on a mammogram report, but it can make the difference between life or death.
"I just want women to know. I just didn't want it to happen to anybody else," she said.
Written by Jonathan Ore. Produced by Jeff Goodes.
It's been nearly six months since Taya first asked her mother to find her a friend with three thumbs.
To find a friend who is unique — and yet also just like her.
"And we managed to find somebody, didn't we?" Alicia Oakes says, nudging her daughter.
Taya, 6, smiles so hard you hear it in her voice she says yes.
In 10 days it will be her birthday but, before then, the Dartmouth, N.S., girl hopes to meet the little boy who shares the same condition: being born with an extra thumb.
About one in 3,000 children are born with thumb duplication, according to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. Many will have reconstructive surgery before age two, making the condition more rare in older children — and less likely that Taya and her family would find someone who shares what she calls her natural advantage at Mario Kart.
But Oakes expanded her search by posting Taya's request to Facebook.
"She is so strong and confident, but often I wonder how her school years might play out," Oakes wrote in her post.
She said they were looking for "someone we could sit down with, have a play date, grab an ice cream and go for a walk. It doesn't matter to us; she would just like to have that connection."
And then Wyatt's mother got in touch. The pair are about the same age, Oakes says, and their homes are within a 30-minute drive.
When she learned that her mother had found someone like her, Taya "hugged me really tight and burst into tears," Oakes says.
The first thing Taya plans to tell her new friend is: "I really like your double thumbs."
Taya's parents didn't learn about her double thumbs until she was born. When it came time to make a decision about surgery — a complex procedure that sometimes involves fusing parts of the two digits — Oakes says she didn't want to make a choice without her daughter's consent.
"She chose to keep it," Oakes says. "We had the discussion many times and I like to keep an open mind and communication for her to always let me know if it's bothering her, but it doesn't hold her back."
She plays soccer and takes martial arts classes. She's collecting colouring books, toys and other items for kids who are patients at Halifax's IWK Health Centre. And she plans to be a vet when she grows up.
There are people who ask her questions about her hand and there have been a few instances of bullying at school. But Taya is aglow at the thought of having a friend who understands why she loves her "special thumb."
"I always want to keep it, because I'm always special," she says.
"And I can text quicker when I'm, like, 18."