Tokyo Paralympics, Women's Hockey Worlds, NWSL & WNBA Playoff Pushes
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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
It’s OFFICIALLY time for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games! Throughout the 10 days, 500 events across 22 sports will see athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze medals and of course, a lifetime of memories.
To no one’s surprise, the Canadian women are off to a great start in Tokyo. Track cyclist Keely Shaw became the first Canadian to reach the podium, winning a bronze medal in the women’s C4 3,000m individual pursuit event. Swimming star Aurélie Rivard was not far behind, taking home a bronze on Day 1 in the women’s S10 50m freestyle. AND Canada’s flag-bearer Priscilla Gagné won silver in the women’s 52kg judo!
Rivard is one of Canada’s most decorated female Paralympic athletes. AND after medaling in the 50m free, she has a chance to win ANOTHER medal in the 100m freestyle swim on Saturday so that’s definitely something you’ll want to tune in to.
See a detailed streaming schedule with links to watch live events here.
You can watch the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics on the CBC TV network from 2-4pm ET, 6-7pm ET and 11:30-12:30am ET. You can also tune in to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Friday, Saturday and Sunday on CBC Sports, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports app!
IIHF Women’s World Championships
Women’s hockey action continues this weekend at the IIHF Women’s World Championships in Calgary. And last night Canada defeated the U.S. in the final game of the preliminary round!
This was a big win for the Canadians, who hadn’t beaten the Americans for over a decade at the world championship. The Canadians were also missing captain Marie-Phillip Poulin after taking a puck to the neck. So this was a HUGE win for Canada.
If Canada carries this momentum into the next stage of the tournament, I think they’ll take the gold. I’m excited to see how this weekend plays out!
This weekends schedule:
Russian Olympic Committee vs. Switzerland - Saturday at 12pm ET
USA vs. Japan - Saturday at 3:30pm ET
Canada vs. Germany - Saturday at 7pm ET
Finland vs. Czech Republic - Saturday at 10:30pm ET
PL1 vs. PL1 - Sunday at 3pm ET
PL2 vs. PL2 - Sunday at 7pm ET
The NWSL regular season is BACK and the Canadian and U.S. women’s national team players have returned to their clubs just in time for a playoff push.
The Portland Thorns have had an amazing season and are on a 10-game unbeaten streak, including the games they played en route to winning the Women’s International Champions Cup last weekend. I’ll definitely be watching to see if they can continue their dominance this weekend against OL Reign.
This season, the top six teams will advance to the playoffs and the top two seeds receive byes into the semifinals. The fifth and sixth ranked teams (Gotham FC and Orlando Pride) will be battling for their playoff positioning on Sunday evening! Don’t miss it!
NWSL games the weekend:
Chicago Red Stars vs. Kansas City - Saturday at 8pm ET
Washington Spirit vs. North Carolina Courage - Sunday at 5pm ET
Gotham FC vs. Orlando Pride - Sunday at 5:30pm ET
OL Reign vs. Portland Thorns - Sunday at 7pm ET
Houston Dash vs. Racing Louisville - Sunday at 7:30pm ET
Check out this weekend’s lineup of NWSL games, Saturday and Sunday on Twitch!
There’s just under a month left in the WNBA seasons and teams are trying to make one last playoff push. AND the playoff race this year (especially the last three spots) are separated by one game.
At the moment, two teams - the Mystics and the Wings - are on the outside looking in, but are so SO close to a spot in the playoffs. This last bit of the season really matters and I’m excited to see how teams move throughout the rankings as the playoffs quickly approach.
WNBA games the weekend:
Mercury vs. Liberty - Friday at 8pm ET
Sky vs. Storm - Friday at 10pm ET
Aces vs. Fever - Saturday at 1pm ET
Sparks vs. Sun - Saturday at 7pm ET
Wings vs. Mystics - Saturday at 7pm ET
Sky vs. Storm - Sunday at 6pm ET
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