Other Sports

This is the section for all Other Sports. (Theoretically, we can make the switch to add a Soccer, Olympics, Curling section as easy as the other ones.)

Other Sports

End Game: When there’s nowhere to go but soccer practice

The snow-soaked streets of Hamilton, Ontario are miserable enough this time of year, colder still without the luxury of a consistent address to call home. Sadly, life on the streets – or the looming threat thereof – is a distinct reality for far too many. One organization, the local branch of Street Soccer Canada, has joined the fight, using the power of sport to heal a community.

Other Sports

The Good Point’s best athletes of 2011

Great teams are made up of great players. 2011 saw many of them rise up to the challenge and give us memories that will last a lifetime. Whether that greatness was due to a stat sheet or in incredible story, TheGP’s top writers and editors believe that these athletes deserve to be honored as the best of the year.

Hall of Fame

A Marathon of Hope: Jay Triano remembers Terry Fox

On April 12, 1980, Terrance Stanley Fox filled two bottles with ocean water from the Atlantic and headed west from St. John’s, Newfoundland. And so began his marathon. This, however, was no ordinary marathon. This was something far more special. This, was a Marathon of Hope. While an ordinary marathon runs a distance of 42.2 kilometres (26 miles, 385 yards), Fox’s destination stood monumentally further: Victoria, BC. This would require him to run the length…

Hall of Fame

Putting Shaun White and Travis Pastrana in perspective

Over the past weekend, Shaun White and Travis Pastrana were busy adding to their own legends at the 17th annual X-Games in Los Angeles, California. The popularity of the X-Games has grown steadily since they began in 1995. Sponsorship for and attention towards the ESPN-owned mega-event has skyrocketed, throwing once-called “extreme” sports into the mainstream and making household names out of the X-Games’ biggest athletes. This year the X-Games took over the Staples Center in…

Other Sports

The revolutionary reign of Novak Djokovic

Almost four years ago, Novak Djokovic began his ascent to the zenith of the men’s tour in earnest, in a few short days climbing over each player above him in the rankings like rungs on a ladder. Showing the magnificent force and dominance of a future No. 1 player, he beat the world’s top three players of the year in three consecutive matches to win the 2007 Rogers Cup in Montreal. Third-ranked Andy Roddick, bridesmaid…

Other Sports

The impact of relegation and promotion in European football

At the end of May on the final day of the 2010-11 season, Blackpool FC traveled to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. The game meant nothing to United, who had clinched the Premier League title a week earlier. The game meant everything to Blackpool, one of five teams trying to stave off relegation to England’s second tier. Blackpool sat with 39 points, well above the average number needed to safely avoid the degradation…

Other Sports

A North American guide to the 2011 Cricket World Cup

A major global sporting event begins this Saturday in South Asia. Co-hosted by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, the 2011 Cricket World will captivate millions of people across five continents for the next six weeks. Historically, Canada versus the United States is the oldest fixture in international cricket. The first match between two opposing countries took place in September, 1844 at St. George’s Cricket Club in New York City. A stereotypical complaint about cricket is that…