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Carleton downs StFX in double-OT thriller to win 4th straight men’s basketball national title



The Carleton Ravens won their 17th W.P. McGee Trophy since 2003 with a thrilling 109-104 double overtime victory over the St. Francis Xavier X-Men in the final game of the 2023 U Sports men’s Final 8 basketball championship on Sunday in Halifax.

The win came in front of over 9,000 fans at the Scotiabank Centre, part of the contingent of a tournament record-breaking attendance of 40,092 over the three-day event.

With 213 total points, Sunday’s game was the highest-scoring Final 8 game of all time, beating the previous record of 210 set in 2016, when Ryerson (as it then was) defeated UBC 109-101 in overtime.

The Ravens pulled off a double championship day as their women’s team also won the U Sports banner with a 71-59 win over Queen’s, marking the first time the same school has won both basketball banners since Victoria accomplished the feat in 1985.

X-Men guard Avan Nava had four of the first six points for his team, and the Nova Scotians led by a point after the first three minutes. Both teams came out to play, and the loud Halifax crowd helped push the action in the X-Men’s favour. The Ravens went 4-10 on 3-pointers in the first quarter while StFX was solid on defence, creating 10 points on turnovers, giving themselves a 27-17 lead after the first 10 minutes.


Dondre Reddick gave the home fans something to cheer about with a big dunk off a steal early in the second quarter, igniting an impressive run for the hosts, who took a 23-point lead — their largest of the night — with 3:22 left in the half. Carleton, which has never lost in a national championship game, did not fold under the pressure though, and cut the lead to 13 points at 48-35 as the half ended with a last-second three-pointer from Wazir Latiff.


Carleton secures 4th straight national basketball title with double overtime win


Carleton Ravens defeated St. Francis Xavier X-Men 109-104 in double overtime to claim a fourth straight men’s basketball national title.

The Ravens went on an impressive 11-1 run early in the third quarter, cutting the X-Men lead to three points in the first four minutes. Defensive player of the year and second-team all-Canadian David Muenkat had a big dunk off an alley-oop from Nava which brought the crowd back to life. On the other end, Aiden Warnholtz made a jumper to put Carleton up 56-55 with 3:04 left in the third, their first lead since being up 5-2 in the game’s early stages.

STFX started the fourth quarter leading 60-58 and increased it to six in the first four minutes. Warnholtz drained a pair of free throws with 3:36 to go to make tie the game up at 72 apiece. The teams traded scores late, and the tie remained until the last minute, with Nava’s layup giving the hosts an 80-78 lead with 41 seconds left.

An ill-advised X-Men foul put Warnholtz to the line for one shot, which he made to cut the lead to 80-79. After Nava drained a pair of free-throws to put the X-Men up 82-79 with 22 seconds left, it was Warnholtz, the first-team all-Canadian and player of the game for the Ravens, who had the last word in regulation as he hit a clutch three-pointer with just three seconds left.

The Ravens went up by five in the first minute of the extra session, but the X-Men cut the margin to one at 90-89 with two minutes left. With the Ravens up 93-91 and ten seconds left, Warnholtz had a chance to put the game away, but only made one of his two free throws. Seven seconds later, Nava nailed a triple to tie the game at 94-94, sending the U Sports championship game to double overtime for the first time ever.

Three-pointers by Warnholtz and Vreeken put Carleton up 103-99 with a minute left in the second overtime, and Vreeken made three free throws in the final minute to put the game away.

For the X-Men, Muenkat finished with 31 points and 11 rebounds, while Nava had 30 points. Reddick chipped in 14, and Michael Utsale added 10.

All five of Carleton’s starters were in double figures, with Warnholtz, Vreeken and Wazir Latiff each netting 23, while Elliot Bailey had 21 and Grant Shephard added 17. Sheppard finished with a double-double, as he grabbed 12 rebounds, while Warnholtz also had a double-double as he made 11 assists.

For StFX, this is their first national medal since 2012, when they won bronze. They last won silver in 2004, when they also lost to Carleton in Halifax.

For Carleton, this marks their fourth title in a row and their 12th in the past 13 tournaments. Only the Calgary Dinos in 2018 and COVID-19 in 2021 have broken the Carleton run of dominance since 2011.

The 2024 men’s Final 8 will be held in Quebec City, with Universite Laval acting as tournament host.


U Sports Men’s Basketball National Championship Gold: StFX vs. Carleton


Watch St. Francis Xavier University take on Carleton University in the men’s basketball national championship final game.


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Jays Lose to Cardinals



Blue Jays 1 Cardinals 4

Yesterday the Jays had 19 hits. Today 3.

It was one of those games turned on a defensive play not made. Runners on first and second, two out, and a ground ball hit at Matt Chapman. Pretty hard hit, 97.7 mph according to GameDay, but what should have been a pretty easy play. But Matt bobbled it when he took it out of his glove, changed his target from the force at second base to first base, and threw wide of first. The runner on second scored, and the Cardinals had runners on second and third.

A softly hit ground ball down the third base line (65.6 mph) singled two more runs home. Suddenly it was 3-0.


The Cardinals got their fourth run on a hard-hit ground ball to second that Biggio knocked down but then threw into the dirt at first. Not called an error but a play that should have been made.

Not that it should have mattered, but we should have scored many runs. Cardinals’ starter, Jack Flaherty, had a lot of trouble with the strike zone.

  • In the first, with two out, he walked 3 straight batters, but Brandon Belt struck out to end the inning.
  • The second inning started with a walk to Danny Jansen, and Cavan Biggio was hit by pitch. But a fly-out and a double play ended the fun.
  • The third inning started with walks two Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero (he had three walks on the day), but fly out, ground out, strikeout and we stranded more batters.

We’d get another walk in the fourth but, again, didn’t score.

Flaherty went 5 innings (he should have been out of the game sooner) with no hits, 7 walks and a hit batter. But no runs.

We did score in the eighth. Vlad and Daulton Varsho started the inning off with walks. A force at second and a wild pitch scored Vlad. Belt walked to put the, then, tying run on base. But the Cardinals took Jordan Hicks out of the game, and groundouts from Jansen and Biggio ended the inning.

There was another chance in the ninth. Singles from Kevin Kiermaier and Bichette, on either side of a George Springer strikeout, brought the tying run to the plate. But Vlad struck out, chasing, and Varsho popped out.

When you get 10 walks and a hit batter, you should score more than one run.

Kevin Gausman deserved better. He went 6 innings, giving up 8 hits (all singles), 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. But the 3 unearned runs were enough to get him the L. It could have been worse. In the sixth inning, with runners on the corners with no outs, Jordan Walker hit a ground ball to third. Chapman threw to Biggio, and we figured he’d go to first for the double play, but he saw that Nolan Gorman got a slow start going home from third. Biggio double (triple) clutched and threw home. Called safe on the field, but it was changed to an out on the replay challenge. Nice play by Biggio (though if he threw home quicker, we wouldn’t have needed the replay).

Adam Cimber pitched a scoreless seventh. Erik Swanson gave up a run on 3 hits in the eighth (helped along by Biggio’s misplay).

Not JoDs today. Vlad had the high mark (.074 WPA) but that strikeout in the eighth hurt.

The Other Awards go to: Chapman (-.091, plus the costly error), Springer (-.191 WPA, 0 for 5, 2 k. This after 5 hits yesterday) and Belt (-.082). Gausman had the number (-.133) but most of that was from Chapman’s error.

Tomorrow there is another afternoon game. It almost has to be better than today’s.

In the GameThread, we learned that the Jays had been no-hit six times (we didn’t have our first hit until the 7th today):

  1. Len Barker, Cleveland. May 1981.
  2. Dave Stewart, A’s. June 1990.
  3. Nolan Ryan, Rangers. May 1991.
  4. Justin Verlander, Tigers. May 2011.
  5. James Paxton, Mariners. May 2018.
  6. Verlander (again), Astros. September 2019.



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Summer McIntosh sets another world record at Canadian swimming trials, this time in 400m individual medley



Summer McIntosh has broken another world record at the national swimming trials.

It’s her second world record this week at the place they call the fastest pool in Canada.

She is the first Canadian woman since Elaine Tanner in 1967 to hold two long course world records.

With her family in the crowd and many more fans cheering wildly inside the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, McIntosh powered her way to a time of 4:25.87 in the 400-metre individual medley to break Katinka Hosszú’s seven-year record.


Hosszú’s time of 4:26:36 was set in August 2016.


Summer McIntosh breaks 2nd world record at Canadian swimming trials


16-year-old Summer McIntosh of Toronto sets a new world record in the women’s 400-metre individual medley with a time of 4:25.87 at the national swimming trials. On Tuesday, the Canadian swimming sensation broke the world record in the 400m freestyle.

“It’s obviously really amazing and I’m happy to get another world record. Right now I’m just thinking about my legs. The 400m IM is one of the toughest events out there so going into tonight, whatever the time was, the time would be,” McIntosh told CBC Sports.

“Just tried to do my best and whatever that is I would be happy with it.”

McIntosh is the first swimmer in history to hold both the 400m freestyle and 400m individual medley long course world records at the same time.

Before Saturday night’s world record swim, her previous best time and national record was 4:28.61. That was set in December of last year.

What the 16-year-old swimming phenom is doing this week at trials is shocking the swimming world.

Throughout the majority of the race on Saturday night McIntosh was under world record pace but fell behind it after the breaststroke.

After 350m she was half a second behind the record and finished half a second ahead of the world record. Her closing freestyle split was 29.69.

“Breaststroke is definitely my weakest stroke and I knew that. I know in training I need to improve on that. In the freestyle I always like to look at the clock and I think I saw 26.1 or something and I thought, just go, go crazy,” she said.

“I just gave it everything I got and I knew it would be close.”

Greg, Jill and Summer’s sister Brooke were jumping up and down and hugging each other as she touched the wall.

“For them to all be in the stands, I think this is the first time my sister has watched me compete in so long and I’m so grateful for her to witness this moment with me and enjoy it together. I can’t wait to see her later,” McIntosh said.


A man sits in between two women with his arms around their shoulders.
Brooke, Greg and Jill McIntosh wait in the stands before witnessing Summer set another world record at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre on Saturday. (John Grant/CBC Sports)


It was the largest crowd so far on day five of the trials. McIntosh says it helped her get this world record time.

“I could definitely hear the crowd on the breaststroke. I just needed to go, go, go. I didn’t think about anything else, just get my hand on the wall as fast as I could,” she said.

‘I left it all in the pool’

As she soaked up the moment on the pool deck, McIntosh was wincing in pain after the race.

“I’m so numb. The pain is so bad I can’t even process it yet. I just wanted to get through that race. I left it all in the pool,” McIntosh said.


Experience Summer McIntosh’s 2nd world record poolside, with her family in the stands


Canadian Summer McIntosh broke the world record in the 400m IM at the swim trials in Toronto, her second world record of the week.

A night earlier, McIntosh set a world junior and Canadian record in the 200m butterfly.

Her time of 2:04.70 took down her previous record time (2:05.05) set earlier this month. McIntosh’s smooth, powerful strokes helped her surge to the wall in a blistering time, once again electrifying the crowd.

She has been called a once in a generation talent and is certainly living up to that billing right now.


Another Canadian record for Summer McIntosh, this time in 200 metre butterfly


Toronto’s Summer McIntosh broke the Canadian record in the 200 metre butterfly Friday setting the new time of 2:04.70 at the Canadian Swimming Trials.

On Tuesday, opening night of trials, the swimming sensation broke the world record in the 400m freestyle. McIntosh stopped the clock in a time of 3:56.08, breaking the world record held by Ariarne Titmus of Australia.

On Thursday night, McIntosh broke her own world junior record in the 200m individual medley. Her time of 2:06.89 yesterday would have won gold at worlds last summer.

And her time also would have won gold at the Tokyo Olympics by more than a second.

She’ll finish the trials competition by swimming the 200m freestyle on Sunday night.

Live the moment poolside, when Summer McIntosh broke the 400m freestyle world record


Feel as though you are right next to Summer McIntosh as she breaks her first world record at 16 years old, at the Canadian national swimming trials.



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After wild opener, Cardinals, Blue Jays out to restore order



The St. Louis Cardinals are banking on starting pitcher Jack Flaherty to make a strong rebound from two injury-marred seasons.

They hope that process starts Saturday when Flaherty draws the start at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.

“At the end of the day, we are counting on him to be a dude,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “And he has prepared in a way to do exactly that.”

Flaherty was 2-1 with 4.25 ERA last season in nine appearances (eight starts), after recovering from a shoulder injury. He was 9-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 2021, but he was limited to 17 appearances (15 starts) by an oblique strain that season.


Back in 2019, Flaherty was 11-8 with 2.75 ERA and could become a difference-maker for the Cardinals if he can regain his previous top-of-the-rotation form.

Flaherty has never pitched against the Blue Jays. He will need to deal with the high-octane Toronto offence that opened the season with a 10-9 victory over the Cardinals on Thursday.

The Blue Jays’ offensive attack sported plenty of standouts from George Springer (5-for-6, four runs) to Bo Bichette (4-for-6, two runs scored), Matt Chapman (3-for-5) and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (2-for-4, three RBIs).

Toronto erased 6-5, 7-6 and 9-8 deficits to outlast the Cardinals.

“Normally, when you go through that situation and you respond every time the other team scores, it shows courage and what we can do as a team overall,” said Blue Jays outfielder Daulton Varsho, who drove in the team’s first run of the season on a first-inning double in his first at-bat with the franchise. “It’s just a lot of fun playing that type of baseball, because we can do a lot of things other teams can’t.”

The Blue Jays manufactured the game-winning run when Kevin Kiermaier went from first to third on Springer’s game-tying single in the ninth inning and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Guerrero.

Kevin Gausman, who was 12-10 with a 3.35 ERA last season, will draw the start for Toronto. He went 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA in two starts against the Cardinals last season and is 1-4 with a 4.05 ERA in nine career games against St. Louis, including five starts.



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