THIS WEEKEND: Summer Hockey, Beach Volleyball, Track and Soccer
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IIHF Women’s World Championships
FINALLY! The 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championships start TODAY in Calgary and it’s been over two years since the women hit the ice... I couldn’t be more excited!
Team Canada is ready to dominate. They beat Finland the other night in a pre-tournament warm-up game and I’m willing to bet that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Canada plays their first official game of the tournament tonight at 6pm ET against Finland.
This won’t be an easy ride for the Canadians. The U.S. is aiming for its sixth consecutive championship BUT with national pride on the line, the battle for gold will be fierce! Big goals, big saves and even bigger wins lie ahead.
This weekend’s schedule:
Czech Republic vs. Denmark - Friday at 2pm ET
Canada vs. Finland - Friday at 6pm ET
Switzerland vs. USA - Friday at 9:30pm ET
Germany vs. Hungary - Saturday at 2pm ET
ROC vs. Switzerland - Saturday at 6pm ET
Denmark vs. Japan - Saturday at 9:30pm ET
Hungary vs. Czech Republic - Sunday at 2pm ET
Canada vs. ROC - Sunday at 6pm ET
Finland vs. USA - Sunday at 9:30pm ET
King of the Court Beach Volleyball
Some of the world’s best beach volleyball athletes will be descending on Hamburg this weekend for its first King of the Court tournament! 20 German and 20 international teams will be contesting to become the “Queen’s of Hamburg” and I’m looking forward to some strong competition.
This is a new era in beach volleyball. Basically, multiple teams will be competing on one court.
Here are the rules:
Five teams play in three rounds for the title “King (or Queen) of the Court.”
First round lasts 15 minutes and the team with the fewest points is out.
Second round lasts 15 minutes and the team with the fewest points is out.
Final round: first team to 15 points is the winner!
Check out the King of the Court beach volleyball tournament on Friday at 1:40pm ET and Saturday at 6am ET on CBC Sports!
Wanda Diamond League: Eugene
Track fans are in for a smorgasbord of treats as the Prefontaine Classic will have no shortage of stars from the recent Tokyo Olympic Games.
Triple gold medalist in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, Elaine Thompson-Herah will be competing in this weekend's events. BUT I think she’ll be challenged in the 100m by American champion Sha’Carri Richardson, who missed Tokyo.
I’m also looking forward to watching Allyson Felix (the most decorated American in Olympic history), Sifan Hassan (aiming to conquer the world record in the 5000m), teenage sensation Athing Mu, AND Canadian Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (finished fifth in 1500m in Tokyo).
With all the fields set, Tokyo medalists will be back in their first major competition since the Olympics as the Wanda Diamond League kicks back into action. The competition starts on Saturday at 4pm so make sure to tune in on CBC Sports!
UEFA Women’s Champions League
The new-look UEFA Women’s Champions League has officially begun - and this weekend there are basically 15 FINALS!.
Friday and Saturday will see the first of two rounds before the new 16-team group stage beginning in October. It will be split into two paths: champions and league. In both paths, round one will consist of two stages of one-off matches (semis and finals/third place playoffs). The winner of each final will progress to the second round taking place on Sunday.
Check out the plethora of Champions League games Friday and Saturday on the DAZN YouTube channel!
NWSL & Women’s International Champions Cup
With Europe and the U.S. both considered powerhouses in women’s football, we finally have a competition that pits the best teams from each region against each other… the Women’s International Champions Cup!
FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais are representing Europe while the Portland Thorns and Houston Dash represent the U.S. and the NWSL. So far, Lyon defeated Barcelona 3-2 in their clash. Portland Thorns and Houston Dash tied 2-2 in regular time with the Thorns winning it in penalties (AND Olivia Moutrie scored her first goal!).
Houston Dash and Barcelona are going to be competing for third while Lyon and the Portland Thorns battle it out for gold. I’m looking forward to seeing how the European-American matches pan out!
WICC games this weekend:
Houston Dash vs. Barcelona - Saturday at 7:30pm ET
Portland Thorns vs. Lyon - Saturday at 10:30pm ET
NWSL games scheduled for the weekend:
North Carolina Courage vs. Kansas City - Saturday at 7pm ET
OL Reign vs. Gotham FC - Saturday at 10pm ET
Washington Spirit vs. Orlando Pride - Sunday at 4pm ET
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