May 10, 2015 |
The list of Canadian singer-songwriters making their own brand of heartfelt American roots music (at least early in their careers) starts with Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, and Leonard Cohen. Blank, hilly lands; cussed winds and worse relationships - these artists know such things as well as any Heartland U.S. musician. And so do the Manitoba-based Bros. Landreth, who held court at Chestnut Street's Milkboy on Thursday night. Make no mistake. Their principal singer and songwriter, Joey Landreth, is no Young, Cohen, or Cockburn.
February 19, 2015 |
ON A VISIT to Philadelphia in November, Colleen Hanycz did what most visitors do when in our midst: She ate her first cheesesteak. The Canadian native isn't sure which locale she consumed said sandwich, only remembering that the eatery was inside the Reading Terminal Market and featured a "Best of" sign. The sandwich "alone is reason to move to Philadelphia," Hanycz said yesterday. In fact, a much higher calling has attracted the married mother of three here: Hanycz was named president of La Salle University yesterday by the school's Board of Trustees.
January 25, 2015 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - With each cent the Canadian dollar drops in relation to its American counterpart, so too may Ron Hextall's chances to hasten the Flyers' rebuild. At the NHL's Board of Governors meetings in Florida in early December, commissioner Gary Bettman suggested next season's salary cap might rise to $73 million from this year's $69 million limit. When he made that prediction, the Canadian loonie was trading at 89 cents to one American dollar. Yesterday, it closed at 80 cents on the market.
July 21, 2014 |
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Unfortunately for the United States, history did not repeat itself against Canada in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships. The United States took the opening game of the tournament, beating Canada by 10-7. But the Canadians learned from that loss and defeated the United States, 8-5, to win the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The upset loss was the first of the tournament for the Americans (6-1), and it marks just the third time in the tournament's history - this was the 12th world championship - that the United States didn't come out on top. This was Canada's third championship, as it also beat the United States in the finals in 2006 and 1978.
July 10, 2014 |
A SOCCER DIVE, known as a Robben in the Netherlands, is annoying even to the soccer purist, but to the narrow-minded haters of the sport who emerge like cicadas every 4 years during the World Cup, it comes up in conversation even more than the word nil. "What's the score, nil-nil," they cackle. Uh, it usually is, but that doesn't mean it's a bad game. Americans didn't invent futbol, and thus become unbelievably haughty about its presence on TVs everywhere recently. Yet, if they were honest and looked at it as an alien might view some sports they appreciate, the world might be a better place.
February 22, 2014 |
SOCHI - The game was so captivating, the play so intense, the result so dramatic and emotionally charged that the ho-hum aspect of yet another Canada-United States Olympic women's hockey final was, on this night anyway, transcended. Less than four minutes from their first gold medal in 16 years, the U.S. women blew a 2-0 lead in regulation, then fell in overtime, 3-2, to the team that now has won the last four Olympic gold medals. "It's the worst feeling in the world," U.S. forward Kelli Stack said.
February 21, 2014 |
Shea Weber scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 6 minutes, 54 seconds to play, and Canada survived a scare from Latvia to advance to the Olympic men's hockey semifinals with a 2-1 win Wednesday night. Carey Price made 15 saves for the Canadians, who were stretched to the limit by Latvia goalie Kristers Gudlevskis. The 21-year-old Tampa Bay prospect, who has played mostly for the Lightning's AHL affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., made 55 saves in a spectacular performance, nearly pulling off one of the biggest upsets in hockey history largely by himself.
February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI - They are natural geographic and competitive rivals. But they are unnaturally bitter ones, too. And it was the bitterness as much as the competitiveness that made Wednesday's United States-Canada women's hockey game a must-see Olympic event. Shayba Arena was packed with 7,000 spectators who buzzed excitedly from long before the late-afternoon game began until well after it ended in a 3-2 Canadian victory. Chris Chelios was there, in undoubtedly the worst seat a hockey Hall of Famer has ever occupied.
February 7, 2014 |
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos will not make the trip to the Sochi Olympics to represent Canada, potentially opening a spot for Flyers captain Claude Giroux. Stamkos has not been cleared to return from a broken leg. He was one of 14 forwards selected for the Canadian team ahead of Giroux last month by executive director Steve Yzerman, who is also Tampa Bay's general manager. Giroux reiterated on Wednesday that he was "disappointed" by the decision but that he had moved past the snub.
January 23, 2014 |
WHAT IS UP with all these serious Canadian players? Steve Nash, who played at Santa Clara for those who only know him as a two-time NBA MVP, helped start the invasion. It is now a full-scale assault. The leading scorers at Kansas, Michigan, Boston College, Iowa State and Gonzaga are all Canadians. They would be Andrew Wiggins, Nik Stauskas, Olivier Hanlan, Melvin Ejim and Kevin Pangos, respectively. Canadian Khem Birch is averaging nearly a double-double for UNLV this season.