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It is a large week for Canadian soccer too
As we speak is American Thanksgiving, which suggests dangerously excessive ranges of FOMO up right here in Canada. Whereas we slog by one other non-descript workday, they get to feast on their deep-fried Turduckens, extravagant parades and (this is the place the jealousy actually kicks in for us sports activities nuts) back-to-back-to-back NFL video games.
And but, on this most plentiful of U.S. vacation weekends, we’ll have one thing they do not — playoff soccer. Collegiate and professional. Here is what’s taking place:
Saturday: Canadian college semifinals
This yr’s Vanier Cup combatants might be determined when Western hosts StFX within the Mitchell Bowl at midday ET and Montreal hosts Saskatchewan within the Uteck Bowl at 3 p.m. ET. Each video games might be streamed dwell on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports activities app and CBC Gem. Some data on every workforce:
Western has seemed dominant this yr, outsourcing its opponents 266-68 within the common season earlier than avenging its lone loss, to Guelph, by beating the Gryphons 33-12 within the second spherical of the Ontario playoffs. The Mustangs then routed Queen’s 29-0 in final Saturday’s Yates Cup. Keon Edwards, who led the nation in dashing yards per sport and dashing touchdowns this season, ran for 158 yards and three TDs in that one.
StFX is the lone unbeaten workforce within the ultimate 4, topping the Atlantic convention with a 6-0 file earlier than profitable its two playoff video games. X-Males rookie Malcolm Bussey was held to 66 yards dashing in final week’s 25-17 win over Bishop’s within the Loney Bowl, however he ran for 258 (!) the earlier week vs. Acadia.
Montreal is attempting for its second consecutive journey to the Vanier Cup. The Carabins misplaced in 2019 to Calgary earlier than the 2020 season was misplaced to the pandemic. Montreal’s defence was one of many stingier within the nation this yr, notably towards the run. They held Laval to 56 dashing yards of their 28-19 Dunsmore Cup win.
Saskatchewan will put that run D to the take a look at. The Huskies averaged 8.3 yards per carry this yr — simply probably the most within the nation — and Adam Machart racked up 223 yards and three TDs of their 45-17 Hardy Cup rout of Manitoba. Saskatchewan can assault by the air too. Mason Nyhus ranked third within the nation in passing yards and second in passing TDs.
The winners of the Mitchell and Uteck Bowls will play within the Vanier Cup — the primary in two years — subsequent Saturday in Quebec Metropolis.
Sunday: CFL playoffs first spherical
These have been a very long time coming too. The final CFL post-season sport occurred nearly precisely two years in the past — on Nov. 24, 2019 — when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers snapped their 29-year championship drought by beating Hamilton within the Gray Cup.
The complete 2020 season was worn out by the pandemic, however the Bombers picked up proper the place they left off this yr. They completed the shortened common season with the most effective file (11-3), most factors scored (361) and fewest factors allowed (188). To place these numbers in perspective, the common ultimate rating of a Winnipeg sport was 26-13 in favour of the Bombers. Clearly, they’re nonetheless the workforce to beat.
Winnipeg is having fun with a bye this week earlier than internet hosting the West ultimate subsequent Sunday. Toronto (9-5) can be off earlier than internet hosting the East ultimate. The Argos will face the winner of Sunday’s East semifinal between Montreal and Hamilton (1 p.m. ET), whereas the Bombers await the winner of the West semi between Calgary and Saskatchewan (4:30 p.m. ET). Some notes on every semifinal workforce:
Montreal (7-7) is a 4.5-point underdog on the highway. However they’ve the East Division finalist for the CFL’s Most Excellent Participant award in William Stanback, who ran away with the dashing title this yr. The Alouettes even have the East nominee for Most Excellent Canadian in defensive lineman David Ménard, who recorded eight sacks for an Als workforce that led the league with 49.
Hamilton (8-6) has what it takes to cease Stanback. Its defence allowed the fewest dashing yards within the league, and the Ticats ranked second in factors allowed (17.4 per sport). The D is led by linebacker Simoni Lawrence, who had 4 sacks, three interceptions and a pair of touchdowns this season. That earned him his third nomination for Most Excellent Defensive Participant.
Calgary (8-6) is only a 1.5-point underdog on the highway, so the Dickenson Bowl seems to be like a tossup. Stampeders head coach Dave (the youthful brother of Saskatchewan head coach Craig) will attempt to rating the gentle upset behind quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. He owns a pair of Gray Cup MVP awards however is coming off a bumpy season that noticed him tie for the league lead in interceptions.
Saskatchewan (9-5) will attempt to drive Mitchell into extra errors with its sturdy move rush. A.C. Leonard and Jonathan Woodward completed 1-2 in sacks, with Leonard piling up a league-high 11 in simply 11 video games.
Tracy Fleury is on a roll on the Canadian curling trials. The one unbeaten skip in both the ladies’s or males’s match improved to 6-0 and clinched a playoff spot immediately by beating Laura Walker (2-4). With Jennifer Jones dropping to 5-2 with a loss to Rachel Homan (2-4), Fleury has the within monitor on profitable a direct ticket to the ultimate, which matches to the first-place workforce after the spherical robin. But it surely might come all the way down to her showdown with Jones within the ultimate draw tomorrow afternoon. The race for the third and ultimate playoff berth is messy. Six groups are both 4-3, 3-3 or 2-4. We’ll study extra in tonight’s 8 p.m. ET draw, the place the marquee matchup pits Homan vs. reigning Scotties champ Kerri Einarson (3-3). The lone males’s draw immediately began at 3 p.m. ET and featured Kevin Koe vs. Brad Jacobs in a battle of groups tied for second place at 4-1. Brad Gushue (5-1), who suffered his first defeat last night to Jason Gunnlaugson, ought to be capable of bounce again vs. Tanner Horgan (1-4). Test the dwell males’s scoreboard here. Comply with CBC curling reporter Devin Heroux’s Twitter updates from Saskatoon here. Watch a brand new episode of That Curling Present with Devin and Colleen Jones tonight at 7 p.m. ET on the CBC Sports YouTube channel.
Jonathan David is on hearth. Alphonso Davies nonetheless will get probably the most consideration, however the “different” 21-year-old star on the Canadian males’s soccer workforce is placing up large numbers this season for his membership. David leads France’s Ligue 1 with 10 objectives in seven matches, and his objective in Lille’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Crimson Bull Salzburg on Tuesday gave him 12 throughout all competitors this season. Amongst gamers within the “large 5” European leagues who have been born in 2000 or later, solely Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland (13) has scored extra. David helped Lille unseat highly effective Paris Saint-Germain to win the French league title final season. However with the membership now languishing in twelfth place, it’d look to promote him. England’s Liverpool and Italy’s Inter Milan are among the many golf equipment reportedly . Lille’s subsequent Champions League match is on Dec. 8, when it could safe a spot within the spherical of 16. David and the Canadian nationwide workforce play their subsequent World Cup qualifier on Jan. 27 in Honduras. Three days later, they’re going to host the US. That match might be performed in Hamilton, Ont., it was announced today.
Arising on CBC Sports activities
Listed here are the dwell sports activities you’ll be able to stream Friday on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports activities app and CBC Gem:
Skeleton: Watch males’s and ladies’s World Cup races from Austria, beginning at 4 a.m. ET.
Determine skating: Watch the opening rounds of the boys’s, ladies’s, pairs and dance competitions on the Grand Prix cease in Russia, beginning at 5:30 a.m. ET.
Swimming: Watch the most recent match within the Worldwide Swimming League playoffs at 1 p.m. ET.
You are up to the mark. Speak to you tomorrow.