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Venues with capacities above 1,000 people, like Rogers Arena, will be under restrictions until the end of January.

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The provincial government announced Friday a 50 per cent capacity limit for venues that can host more that 1,000 people.

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That would include Rogers Arena, where the Vancouver Canucks and Vancouver Warriors play, and the Abbotsford Centre, where the Abbotsford Canucks play, as well as the Langley Events Centre, home of the Vancouver Giants.

With the Omicron variant set to wash over the province and greatly increase COVID-19 infection rates and possibly hammer hospital services, the province’s health authorities imposed the new limit as one of a series of health measure that will be in force until the end of January in an effort to blunt the rate of infection.

All facilities will be required to conduct digital checks of vaccine cards; the previous policy which allowed for simple visual scans of vaccine cards will no longer be allowed. Fans entering Rogers Arena, for instance, had mostly been subject only to a visual scan of their vaccine card.

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In a statement, Canucks Sports and Entertainment president of business operations Michael Doyle said the team recognized the need to bring in capacity restrictions, similar to what has been brought into place in Ontario. (The Quebec government asked the Montreal Canadiens to have no fans at all at the Bell Centre until the new year.)

“With the rising COVID-19 cases in our community, we continue to work closely with the local health authorities as we support each other to keep the community safe as the pandemic continues to evolve,” Doyle said.

Before the season, the Canucks had announced a tentative plan for being limited to 50 per cent capacity — they were only approved to move to 100 per cent capacity in the days before their Oct. 26 home opener — which would have re-distributed tickets first to their pool of season-ticket holders and multi-game ticket-package holders. If there were still tickets available to be allocated to any games at that point, they’d be handed out to single-game ticket holders using a priority list.

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Anyone who had tickets that the Canucks weren’t going to be allowed to honour at that time would be offered either a refund or a credit to a future game.

In the meantime, the Canucks do have home games Saturday and Sunday vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes respectively, while the Vancouver Warriors lacrosse team, who the Canucks also own, have their home opener Friday night.

All three are without capacity restrictions.

“Our ticketing team is currently working through the logistics of this change and will communicate with our ticket holders directly as soon as possible. In the meantime, fans should hold onto their tickets,” Doyle added. “The health and safety of our fans, employees, players and community has always been a top priority and we will continue to enforce safety protocols for our Warriors game tonight and Canucks home games this weekend, including strict mask wearing protocols. We also encourage all fans to get vaccinated and to follow provincial health orders in the coming days and weeks to help us all manage through this latest COVID-19 challenge.”

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Youth sports tournaments have also been banned during the window, as well as gatherings in private residences that feature more than 10 guests.

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Canada's Denis Shapovalov is on to the fourth round of the Australian Open – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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Published Friday, January 21, 2022 7:28AM EST


Last Updated Friday, January 21, 2022 6:40PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada’s Denis Shapovalov has a spot in the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career.

He beat Reilly Opelka 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday to set up a showdown with third-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany.

The Canadian has been pushed hard at Melbourne Park, averaging three hours 37 minutes of court time per win so far.

“I’ve gotten very familiar with the ice baths the last week,” Shapovalov said with a smile in an on-court interview. “We’ve become very good friends.”

At six foot 11 and 225 pounds, Opelka is an imposing force on the court. He had a 17-10 edge in aces on the 14th-seeded Shapovalov but made 46 unforced errors.

“Early on I actually found a rhythm on his serve,” Shapovalov said. “I was able to chip quite a lot back, so I was happy with that. I think I did a really good of just taking the chances today.

“Obviously it’s really tough to get the rhythm against a guy like that so I’m super happy.”

It was the first career meeting between Shapovalov and the 23rd-seeded American. Zverev, meanwhile, has a 4-2 edge in head-to-head matchups against the Canadian.

“Hopefully I can win,” Zverev said. “It’s going to be a great match.”

Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., previously reached the third round at Melbourne Park in 2019 and 2021. The 22-year-old’s best Grand Slam performance was a semifinal showing last year at Wimbledon.

Zverev defeated Maldova’s Radu Albot 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in third-round play.

“Radu is in great form right now … 1/8I’m 3/8 happy to be through in three sets,” Zverev said.

Ninth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal was scheduled to play Britain’s Daniel Evans in third-round play Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 21, 2022.

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Defense trade targets for the Maple Leafs, Sheldon Keefe's "soft" comment, and how many games should Petr Mrazek start the rest of the way? – MLHS Podcast Episode 38 – Maple Leafs Hot Stove

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Tennis-‘I’m not God! Can’t win every match’ – Osaka proud despite early exit

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Naomi Osaka was at peace with herself after yet another failed attempt at defending a Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and the former world number one was especially proud of the way she has managed to mould her mindset to deal with tough losses.

The former world number one crashed out from Melbourne Park after a third round loss in the deciding set tiebreaker to American Amanda Anisimova — the same stage the four-times major winner exited the U.S. Open four months back.

Following the Flushing Meadows defeat, a tearful Osaka told a news conference that she was taking a break from the sport, raising more concern about her mental health struggles that forced her to miss parts of the tennis season.

The soft spoken and self-confessed introvert declared at the start of the 2022 season that she was looking to have more fun on court and enjoy playing the sport.

“I would definitely say I’m proud of myself for this,” the Japanese player told reporters on Friday. “Though to me it didn’t feel like a short amount of time. It felt like ages ago.

“This for me is the biggest step. Even though I lost. I was really focused throughout the entire match, and I didn’t have a dip. So that’s really good. Hopefully as the season continues, I’ll be able to keep this up, and get even better at it.”

It was the fourth time that Osaka had failed to defend a Grand Slam title but on Friday she held two matchpoints against the American – something that also made her proud.

Osaka felt her defeat by 60th-ranked Anisimova showed the depth of women’s tennis.

“I fought for every point. I can’t be sad about that,” Osaka said, adding that she was yet to decide on her schedule before the WTA 1000 event in Indian Wells in March.

“I’m not God! I can’t win every match. The last match that I played in New York I think I had a completely different attitude.

“Of course I lost, but I’m happy with how it went. I just want to go into this year knowing that I’ll play the whole year and I’ll just have the greatest attitude ever.”

 

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Christian Radnedge)

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