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The B.C. Lionsofficially announced the long-rumoured hiring of Jeff Tedford Friday, so now the question is how he'll remake the team. Tedford has CFL experience (and experience with B.C. general manager Wally Buono) from his time with the Calgary Stampeders from 1989-91, but he's been south of the border since then with Fresno State, Oregon, Cal and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His most recent jobs include being the head coach at Cal from 2002-2012 and being the offensive coordinator for the Buccaneers this year (although he missed most of the season thanks to a recovery from heart surgery and a decision not to go back and disrupt them). What sort of changes is Tedford likely to make to the Lions? Well, according toLowell Ullrich of The Province , one could be a reunion with recently-fired Saskatchewan offensive coordinator George Cortez:
Report of Brazil pulling out of Pan Am Games and potentially Women's World Cup jumps the gun, but it may indicate there are more turf concernsAndrew Bucholtz at Eh Game 3 days ago
Canadian artificial turf soccer fields have sparked a lawsuit from international women's players ahead of the 2015 Women's World Cup, and they've apparently given pause to some men's teams too. Brazilian media outlet Globo reported late Wednesday night that the Brazilian Football Commission (CBF) and the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) had agreed not to send a men's soccer team to the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, and would make a decision in March about whether to send a women's team to both the Women's World Cup and the Pan Am Games. That report was primarily based on quotes from Marcus Vinicius Freire, a former Olympic volleyball player who's currently the executive director of sport for the BOC.
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The Manitoba High Schools Athletics Association appears set to take a bold step forward on the equality front, bringing forward a proposed policy that would officially recognize transgender athletes and allow them to pick the gender in which they would compete. The policy goes before the association Feb. 3, and could come into effect as early as next fall. Association director Morris Glimcher told Nick Martin of The Winnipeg Free Press this policy isn't about an existing case, but is rather about trying to be proactive and inclusive:
Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line 10 days ago
Reports of the Saskatchewan Roughriders staying patient (unlike fellow first-round playoff losers B.C.) following a disappointing season turned out to be exaggerated. The Roughriders didn't go full Lions and fire their head coach, but they axed offensive coordinator George Cortez shortly after the Grey Cup, and they also announced this week that defensive coordinator Richie Hall won't return in that role (he's been offered a lower yet-to-be-determined position). In fact, head coach Corey Chamblin said he took over defensive play-calling responsibilities from Hall before the team's playoff game. It's not clear if it will be Chamblin or someone else acting as a DC next year (Chamblin said he'd prefer the latter, but is willing to do the former), but it won't be Hall. Chamblin's cited reasons? He said that the team's 10-8 record wasn't good enough, and that he wants the Riders' defence to be "more aggressive."
Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line 12 days ago
When the 2015 CFL free agency period begins February 10, it could be a feeding frenzy. Some notable players change teams every year, but this year is looking like a particularly strong one in terms of potential free agents. The CFL released the official list of pending free agents Tuesday, and there are nine players on there who were selected to this season's 26-member league all-star team. Here's a breakdown of each:
Tyron Brackenridge, safety, Saskatchewan Roughriders: The versatile Brackenridge has been a valuable part of Saskatchewan's defence for the last four years, playing multiple positions, but he really shone this season, flying around the field and recording 64 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks. The Washington State alum also proved to be an important part of the Roughriders' coverage teams, notching 10 special-teams tackles. At 30, he should have some good years left ahead of him; the question is if they'll be in Saskatchewan or elsewhere.
Andrew Bucholtz at Eh Game 13 days ago
The International Olympic Committee has taken a ton of deserved criticism for its bidding process after four out of the six bidders for the 2022 Winter Olympics dropped out by October, leaving only the options of Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan, and it appears IOC executives have been listening. IOC president Thomas Bach, who took over that role from Jacques Rogge last September, persuaded the committee to vote in favour of his entire 40-point "Olympic Agenda 2020" reform package Monday. That will lead to some major changes, perhaps most notably making it easier and cheaper for cities to bid for the Olympics and allowing certain events to be held in different cities or countries to avoid building white-elephant facilities.
Dr. Charles Tator and Leo Ezerins, Bruce lawsuit defendants, take public shots at BU concussion research group: a battle of the border?Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line 14 days ago
While Arland Bruce III's concussion lawsuit against the CFL's teams and a variety of other defendants is still playing out in court, a couple of those defendants have come out with rather notable recent public statements on concussions. TSN's Rick Westhead spoke to Dr. Charles Tator and CFL Alumni Association executive director Leo Ezerins, both defendants in the Bruce case, for a piece published this week (viaTerry Ott at The Concussion Blog ), and both had some interesting comments on the case and concussions in general. Perhaps most intriguingly, both have made harsh criticisms of the Boston University group of researchers that's led much of the discussion on concussions. Does that indicate that concussion research is going in different directions in the U.S. and Canada? Let's examine their comments and find out.
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Thursday's news that the Saskatchewan Roughriders had officially parted ways with offensive coordinator George Cortez was hardly unexpected, as Sportsnet's Arash Madani reported they were moving on during Grey Cup week. What's going to be interesting to see is where Cortez lands though, as well as who replaces him in Saskatchewan. Some surprising names are already circulating.
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Canadian figure skater Eric Radford publicly announced he's gay in an interview with Outsports Thursday, and he became part of a small group in the process. Very few figure skaters (or top-level athletes in most sports, for that matter) have come out while still actively competing, something Radford's very much still doing. He won an Olympic silver medal in the team event in Sochi this February, and he and skating partner Meagan Duhamel won the pairs in Japan last week to advance to the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona later this month. In an interview with Eh Game Thursday afternoon, he said his sights are firmly still on his skating.
"Immediately, my life will remain mostly the same," Radford said. "It doesn't feel like a big deal to me."
He said his key message to young athletes would be that sexual orientation doesn't limit what you can achieve.
Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line 16 days ago
The CFL will have a new commissioner a little sooner than many had expected. Mark Cohon, who's been in that role since 2007, had previously announced this August that he wouldn't be seeking a new term when his contract expired in April 2015, but Dan Ralph of The Canadian Press reported Thursday that Cohon will be exiting stage left (hey, he's a Rush fan!) in January. He'll be replaced on an interim basis by Jim Lawson, the chair of the league's board of governors. Here are the key details from Ralph's piece: