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World juniors roundup: Czechs stun Russia to delight home crowd in tournament opener –



Jan Jenik had a goal and an assist as the host Czech Republic opened the world junior hockey championship with a 4-3 win over Russia on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Jenik — an Arizona Coyotes prospect playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs — scored what turned into the winner with just under three minutes to go in the second while on a 5-on-3 power play.

Simon Kubicek, Jan Mysak and Matej Blumel also found the back of the net for the Czech Republic (1-0-0), which finished seventh in 2019 after bowing out in the quarterfinals against the United States.

Lukas Dostal made 33 saves for the win in the Group B matchup.

Yego Zamula had a pair of goals and Vasili Podkolzin also scored for Russia (0-1-0), last year’s bronze medallists.

Yaroslav Askarov allowed four goals in two periods of work to take the loss for the Russians. Amir Miftakhov came in to play the third.

Boston Bruins prospect Jakub Lauko of the Czech Republic injured his knee in the opening minute of the game and didn’t return.

Later, Canada plays its first Group B game against the United States, and Finland faces Sweden in a Group A tilt.

Swiss topple Kazakhstan 

Matthew Verboon scored twice while Gian-Marco Wetter potted the eventual winner midway through the third as Switzerland toppled Kazakhstan.

Jeremi Gerber and Joel Salzberger also scored for the Swiss (1-0-0) in the Group A matchup.

Maxim Musorov struck twice and Ruslan Demin added the other for Kazakhstan (0-1-0).

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Habs draft pick Logan Mailloux’s sharing of intimate photo raises questions about accountability, experts say – The Globe and Mail



With the 31st pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the Montreal Canadiens selected Logan Mailloux on July 23, 2021.

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The decision by the Montreal Canadiens to select a junior hockey player who shared explicit images without his sexual partner’s consent – and had asked not to be picked while he works on improving his character – has provoked a backlash inside and outside the hockey world.

The Canadiens used their first pick from among dozens of National Hockey League prospects to take Logan Mailloux, an Ontario defenceman who played in Sweden last season on loan from his Canadian junior team, the London Knights.

Mr. Mailloux, who has turned 18 since the 2020 incident, was playing with SK Lejon in Sweden’s third division last fall when he sent images to teammates of the sexual encounter, along with information that identified his female partner.

He was charged with distributing a sexual photo without consent in Sweden and paid fines amounting to $5,300. When news of the incident broke in North America last week on sports site Daily Faceoff, Mr. Mailloux released a statement asking NHL teams to avoid drafting him. “I don’t feel I have demonstrated strong enough maturity or character to earn that privilege in the 2021 draft,” he said.

The NHL has no mechanism for players to withdraw their candidacy. Mr. Mailloux was passed over by all other NHL teams with picks in the first round before the Canadiens made their choice.

Tara Slone, co-host of the weekly Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sportsnet, said she was disappointed and disgusted by the Canadiens and team general manager Marc Bergevin.

“It’s sort of jaw-dropping. You start thinking things are improving and the needle is moving a little bit, and we take a bunch of steps backward,” Ms. Slone said in an interview. “I quite frankly found it baffling and heartbreaking at the same time. As a woman who works in hockey, I could not comprehend the decision.”

Ms. Slone said many of the men who run hockey “know they can get away with it and hockey trumps everything. It’s consequence-free.”

Elliotte Friedman, Ms. Slone’s Sportsnet colleague, said she was far from alone in her dismay. People around the hockey world, including him, “felt sick to their stomachs” after the pick, he said. “It put a stain on what was a really good week for the sport,” Mr. Friedman said on his podcast. Hockey media stalwarts from TSN, including Craig Button and Bob McKenzie, also expressed shock and dismay.

Farrah Khan, manager of Consent Comes First, a support organization against sexual and gender violence at Ryerson University in Toronto, said the Canadiens showed a complete misunderstanding of the meaning of consent in brushing aside the incident and the player’s wish to be left alone to sort out his issues.

She questioned what the Canadiens have in place to help the player. “We know there’s a problem with misogyny in sports. He is one player of many across sports teams that have caused sexual harm. What are the Canadiens doing concretely to address the issue?” Ms. Khan said.

The Canadiens did not respond to the question Sunday.

Mr. Bergevin, the general manager, justified the choice on the weekend, saying the team would be able to “provide [Mailloux] the tools” to address his behaviour. Assistant general manager Trevor Timmins said Mr. Mailloux meets with “a lady psychiatrist a couple times a week” and will be welcomed to training camp before the next season. The team has a plan, he said.

“We feel he is sincere in his redemption quest,” Mr. Timmins said. “We believe in giving people second chances.”

Mr. Mailloux told reporters Saturday he will try to take advantage of resources offered by the Canadiens. He also said he has apologized several times to his victim. “At this point I hope she knows I am sincere about this. I am really sorry,” he said.

The victim in the case wrote to The Athletic site last week to say Mr. Mailloux’s apology was a three-line text, and she didn’t believe it was sincere. “I do not think that Logan has understood the seriousness of his behaviour,” she said. “All I wanted was a heartfelt apology for his behaviour.”

Ms. Slone of Sportsnet said the Canadiens failed to take the victim into account in their selection. “There isn’t much attention paid to her side.”

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Mac Neil wins Canada's first gold in Tokyo Games first in women's 100 butterfly – CTV News



Margaret Mac Neil shrugged off the bull’s-eye she felt on her to win Canada’s first gold medal of Tokyo’s Olympic Games.

The reigning world champion in the women’s 100-metre butterfly blitzed the back half of that race Monday at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre.

Seventh at the 50-metre turn, Mac Neil mowed through the pack to win in 55.59 seconds, which is the third-fastest time in the history of the event.

“It was more than I was hoping for at this point,” said the 21-year-old from London, Ont. “I was really just trying to enjoy the experience and just have fun, which I think I did today.

“So I’m really proud of that and just trying to not be so nervous and just try to loosen up, which is when I really swim at my best.”

The Canadian out-touched silver medallist Zhang Yufei of China by five hundredths of a second. Australia’s Emma McKeon took bronze.

Mac Neil is the seventh Canadian to win Olympic swimming gold. She joins teammate Penny Oleksiak (2016), Mark Tewksbury (1992), Alex Baumann, Victor Davis, Anne Ottenbrite (1984) and George Hodgson (1912).

She’s also Canada’s first multi-medallist in Tokyo after combining with Oleksiak, Kayla Sanchez and Rebecca Smith to win freestyle relay silver on the opening day of finals.

Mac Neil didn’t know she’d captured butterfly gold when she touched the wall. She wears glasses outside the pool, but not contact lenses when swimming.

Mac Neil squinted hard at the scoreboard to read her result before exclaiming “oh my god.”

The London Aquatic Club product possesses a strong underwater kick off the blocks, but is no stranger to swimming a negative split to win.

“I’m not usually out as fast,” she explained. “I need a little bit more time to get going. The second 50 is always my sweet spot and where I feel the most comfortable.”

Mac Neil was a surprise winner of a world title two years ago in Gwangju, South Korea, where she bested 2016 Olympic champion Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden.

“Coming in with a target on your back is hard in so many ways that I wasn’t really expecting” Mac Neil said. “Going into worlds, I was relatively unknown, so I had that to my advantage.

“Going in with an expectation that I wanted to do well for myself and my family and friends and teammates that are home, I think that added pressure just makes it a little bit more challenging.”

World-record holder Sjoestroem, who broke her elbow in February in a fall on ice, finished seventh Monday.

Canada’s swim team opened the Olympic Games with two medals in as many days, and nearly claimed a couple more Monday

Toronto’s Summer McIntosh, who at 14 is the youngest athlete on Canada’s Olympic team, was fourth in the women’s 400-metre freestyle.

“It’s definitely just the beginning for me,” the teen said. “It’s amazing that I can have this experience under my belt for the coming years.”

Standing in the media interview room watching McIntosh race on television, Mac Neil urged her athletes’ village roommate with repeated “Go Summs.”

The men’s 4 x 100 freestyle relay team of Brent Hayden, Josh Liendo, Yuri Kisil and Markus Thormeyer was also fourth.

World champion backstroker Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., advanced to the 100-metre final with the second-fastest time in the semifinals. The final is Tuesday morning local time, but late Monday evening in Canada.

A two-time NCAA champion who trains under Rick Bishop at the University of Michigan, Mac Neil returned to Canada in early April and served her mandatory two-week isolation under COVID-19 restrictions.

She then joined Ben Titley’s training group at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

“I was really kind of quite nervous about how it was going to turn out, switching so close to the Olympics and trials, but it worked out for the best and I’m really happy with that decision,” she said.

Mac Neil placed sixth in 100 butterfly in the 2016 Olympic trials for Rio. She watched a 16-year-old Oleksiak win silver in her event, as well as freestyle gold, and thought to herself “I’m the same age as her.”

“I kind of forget where I was but I remember when Penny won her gold,” Mac Neil said. “That was the first gold that Swimming Canada has had for a very long time. I’m really honoured to add to that legacy.”

She looks forward to getting inked with an Olympic rings tattoo when she returns to Canada. Mac Neil suspects her mother Susan McNair will drop her previous reservations about it.

“She’s not a fan of it, but as a physician she’s emailed every doctor to find out the cleanest spots in London,” Mac Neil said. “You can bet I’ll be getting one when I go home.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.

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Canada at the Tokyo Olympics: Here’s who’s competing Sunday night, Monday morning – Global News



Canadian athletes will be busy competing in several events at the Tokyo Olympics Monday, including the men’s triathlon and the debut of the men’s rugby sevens team in back-to-back matches.

For Canadian fans, events will begin Sunday evening and continue overnight into Monday.

Here’s when you can see Canada compete in several sports (all times Eastern). Events with multiple showings for Canada will be marked with starting times.

Read more:
Olympics medal count: Here’s who won the most medals during the Tokyo Games

Triathlon – 5:30 p.m. ET

Tyler Mislawchuk and Matthew Sharpe will compete against 54 other athletes in the men’s triathlon, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

Athletes will be tested by swimming 1,500 kilometres in two laps, biking 40 kilometres in eight laps, and running 10 kilometres in four laps.

Rugby Sevens – 8:30 p.m. ET

Canada kicks off its quest for a medal in the rugby sevens when its men’s team faces Great Britain at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

The team will then play its second match of the day against Fiji at 4 a.m. ET Monday.

Judo – 10 p.m. ET

Jessica Klimkait will compete in the women’s under-57 kg elimination round, which kicks off at 10 p.m. ET Sunday.

The men’s under-73 kilogram elimination round will start at the same time, where Canada’s Arthur Margelidon will face off with Saudi Arabia’s Hamad Ksa.

Hockey – 10:45 p.m. ET

The men’s team faces off against Great Britain in its second match of the Games starting at 10:45 p.m. ET Sunday.

Beach Volleyball – 11 p.m. ET

The women’s beach volleyball team of Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes will seek a win against Germany at 11 p.m. ET Sunday.

The pair won their first match against the Netherlands 2-0 on Saturday.

Weightlifting – 12:50 p.m. ET

Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet will lift in the second group of the women’s 55 kg competition, which starts at 12:50 p.m. ET.

Boxing – 1:12 a.m. ET

Caroline Veyre will face off with Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic in the women’s featherweight preliminaries at 1:12 a.m. ET Monday.

Softball – 1:30 a.m. ET

Team Canada will meet Italy in the final match of the round-robin tournament at 1:30 a.m. ET Monday. The game will likely determine Canada’s position in the medal games, which will take place Tuesday.

Mountain Bike Cycling – 2 a.m. ET

Mountain bike cycling will kick off at 2 a.m. ET Monday with the men’s cross-country event, with Peter Disera representing Canada.

Basketball – 4:20 a.m. ET

The women’s team will kick off their Games by facing Serbia in the first preliminary round match at 4:20 a.m. ET Monday.

Volleyball – 6:40 a.m. ET

After falling to Italy in their Olympic opener Saturday, Canada’s men’s team will seek to bounce back when it faces Japan in indoor volleyball at 6:40 a.m. ET Monday.

Swimming – 6:05 a.m. ET

Several Canadians will compete Monday morning in women’s swimming events.

At 6:05 a.m. ET, Penny Oleksiak will swim in the second heat of the 200-metre freestyle, followed by Summer McIntosh in the fourth heat at 6:12 a.m. ET.

In the 200-metre individual medley, Bailey Andison will swim in the second heat at 6:38 a.m. ET, and Sydney Pickrem will compete in the third heat at 6:42 a.m. ET.

Finally, Katrina Bellio will take part in the first heat of the 1,500-metre freestyle at 6:49 a.m. ET.

Water Polo – 6:50 a.m. ET

Canada’s women’s team will take on Spain in the latest preliminary round match-up, which starts at 6:50 a.m. ET Monday.

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