Category: Sports

Hoopla over bracketology part of hype making March Madness a slam dunk

Bulls of the Week “Best bracket wins $1 million.” So it goes for several of the big bracket contests for the NCAA College Basketball Championship, popularly known as March Madness. The evolution from the quest for perfect brackets to best brackets is, of course, a natural response to how this passage of spring has become synonymous with upsets, especially early…

Dressed to thrill, soak up energy of Rugby Sevens action at B.C. Place

Vancouver ditched its flannel and yoga pants Saturday for spandex, fur and face paint at B.C. Place Stadium. Moments before Canada’s 11 a.m. game against Samoa at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, a parade of pink bunnies, mad scientists, cows, unicorns, astronauts and Mounties gathered at the stadium’s Terry Fox Plaza. A few dozen came dressed as the late…

Goalball Grand Slam brings blind athletes from U.S., Israel, Alberta to Surrey

They call it the toughest sport you’ve never heard of. But hearing is an integral part of goalball, a Paralympic team sport played on a volleyball-sized court. Unlike every other Paralympic sport, goalball has no able-bodied equivalent. “It’s the only Paralympic sport not derived from a traditional sport,” Lisa Odland of the Vancouver Goalball Club said. “That’s why so many…

Cannabis trial for post-concussion problems offers hope to former NHL players

Former Vancouver Canuck Andrew Alberts says NHL alumni are hopeful a new clinical study will find cannabinoids can help treat post-concussion neurological problems. The double-blind study will include about 100 former players from all different eras of the game — including those who played with and without helmets — and will try to determine the medicinal value of marijuana among…