Canada v USA RIVALRY REMATCH, final Paralympic weekend, Leylah Fernandez at Indian Wells + MORE!
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Canada vs. USA Hockey 🏒 Rivalry Rematch
This is a big one! In a historic first, the Canadian and U.S. women’s hockey teams will play a post-Olympics “rematch” on Saturday afternoon after clashing for Olympic gold in Beijing.
The rivalry game has been organized by the PWHPA and will be hosted by the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.
Last month, Canada defeated the U.S. 3-2 at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games to win a fifth overall gold medal in women’s hockey. It was the perfect cherry on top of a successful Olympics for Team Canada and I’m excited to see what happens when these teams cross paths again over the weekend.
Captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored twice in the 3-2 win over the U.S. in the Olympics final, tournament MVP Brianne Jenner, top scorer, Sarah Nurse and Natalie Spooner are among players on Canada’s roster for the game.
Captain Kendall Coyne Schofield, Hilary Knight, Amanda Kessel and goaltender Alex Cavallini headline the U.S. roster.
The Canada-U.S. women’s hockey gold medal game in Beijing averaged 3.54 million viewers on NBC and drew over 1.3 million viewers on CBC, making it the second most-watched hockey game in the U.S. since 2019 - behind the 2021 Stanley Cup Final.
It was HUGE so it makes sense we’re seeing these teams compete again so soon. GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!
Tune in to the unofficial “rematch” between the Canadian and U.S. women’s hockey teams! Saturday at 4pm ET on Sportsnet One!
Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games 🚨
The Winter Paralympics in Beijing are reaching their end with almost 600 athletes from 46 delegations competing. And Sunday’s closing ceremony will end a long run of sports in the Chinese capital.
The women will have their turn on the hill in Alpine skiing on Friday, where they will be competing for silverware in the sitting, standing and visually impaired categories. I’m really looking forward to it!
Japanese superstar Momoka Muraoka will be the favourite in the giant slalom sitting event as she eyes back-to-back gold. Muraoka won five medals four years ago in PyeongChang.
French standing skier Marie Bochet will take to the snow looking to further cement her legendary status with a third straight gold medal in the giant slalom.
Henrieta Farkasova of Slovakia is also aiming to make history, chasing an unprecedented fourth consecutive crown in the vision-impaired giant slalom.
WTA 🎾 BNP Paribas Open
The 2022 WTA Tour continues as the tennis superstars of the world head to the BNP Paribas Open. If you want to catch a match this weekend, there are a few familiar faces hitting the courts.
Canadian Leylah Fernandez is seeded at No. 18 (No. 21 in WTA rankings) and will be paired up with French up and comer Alize Cornet – who you may remember from her incredible run at the Australian Open in January – as doubles partners.
Other well known superstars to catch over the weekend include Naomi Osaka – who was eliminated earlier than expected at the Australian Open after winning it all the previous year. U.S. Open winner from 2021, Emma Raducanu, will also be in action over the weekend.
Maria Sakkari, another player who is competing well and expected to go far in the events scheduled for this year, will be back this weekend as well. Sakkari is ranked No. 6 after an impressive, and similar to Osaka, too short run in Australia earlier this year.
We’re in for a treat this weekend as ALL SIX TEAMS in the PHF will be playing in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday! Our hometown team, the Toronto Six, will be looking to defend their top spot in two games against the Boston Pride. You can catch both of these games on Twitch, Saturday at 2pm ET and Sunday at 1pm ET.
The Connecticut Whale is creeping up to Toronto, only three points behind the Six in the standings. Lucky for Connecticut, they have two games against last place Buffalo Beauts to try and close the gap. BOTH of these games will be featured on TSN.ca and the TSN App, Saturday at 3pm ET and Sunday at 2pm ET.
Lastly, the “middle children” of the PHF standings will be facing each other in two games as well. The Metropolitan Riveters and the Minnesota Whitecaps will play Saturday at 2pm ET on TSN.ca and the TSN App, and then again Sunday at 2pm ET on Twitch.
FA WSL ⚽️
It’s another exciting weekend in the FA WSL, as there are SIX games to look forward to on Saturday and Sunday morning. Early in the day on Saturday, catch Reading vs. Manchester United followed by Leicester City vs. Everton, for a perfect afternoon of women’s football!
Sunday is definitely the bigger day, featuring games that will have affect on the overall standings of the league. First, at 8:30am ET is Tottenham vs. Manchester City, who sit right beside each other in the standings, with Man City just FIVE points behind the Spurs. At 9am ET, number two seed Chelsea will face Aston Villa.
At 10am ET, Birmingham will face West Ham, and while this game won’t affect much in the standings for last place Birmingham City, West Ham will be fighting for a few extra points.
Finally, at 2:45pm ET, first place Arsenal will kick off against Brighton, who will be looking to catch up to Reading in points, as they sit just ONE behind.
TV Guide 📺
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