Andrew McKay

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Andrew McKay is a blogger for Yahoo! Sports

  • Canada reacts to gold medal win

    On social media across the world, players, politicians and admirers shared their passion for Canada's gold medal-winning hockey team - and some jokes. Here's how Twitter reacted to Canada's repeat gold medal win.

  • Canada-Sweden: the Olympic gold medal men's hockey game, live-blogged from a bar

     

    Fans in a sports bar. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

    There's been a lot of talk about Canadians getting up at the crack of dawn to watch the Canada-Sweden gold medal game in men's hockey. Most bars and establishments in Canada are either closed or forbidden from serving alcohol for the 7 a.m. Eastern puckdrop. Not so in Toronto. We may have a crack-smoking mayor, but we also have a city council that appreciates national pride and the intricacies of of an all-nighter. so the bars will be open, and suds will flow, and either way, Toronto will be a very ugly scene by 10 a.m.

    So I'm going out to share it with you. I'm off to RealSports, Toronto's hottest sports bar.

    Here's what it's like to go to a bar at 6 a.m.to watch Canada play for Olympic gold, as it happens.

     

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  • Lucky Loonie found in Sochi - by Yahoo

    If you’ve been wondering if there’s a more Canadian place to hide a Lucky Loonie than under centre ice, the answer is yes. The 2014 version of the Lucky Loonie, Yahoo has discovered, is hidden away inside Canada House - in a beer fridge.


    During a tour of Canada House on Thursday to check out the Molson Canadian beer fridge that has taken the world by storm, Tonia Hammer, Digital and Social Media Marketing at Molson Coors Canada, revealed a little secret: there’s a loonie taped to the bottom of one of the beer bottles inside the fridge.

    The 2014 Lucky Loonie


    “One of the fathers on Team Canada’s women’s team brought some loonies that he wanted to hide here in Canada House for every time the women won, an he asked us if we could keep them in the fridge,” Hammer told Yahoo’s Mike Pearce.

    “We expect another one soon.”

    The Canadian Olympic Committee confirmed Hammer’s account to Yahoo Canada.

    Since 2002, it’s been a tradition for Canada to hide a “Lucky Loonie” somewhere at the Olympics. Ever since ice maker’s

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  • So What? February 11

    Today: Quebec's Olympic success raises questions anew, up close with Jennifer Jones' curling rink; who is Kaetlyn Osmond, anyway? plus Sochi Social and Sochi Today.

  • Canada's secret role in the 2014 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

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    Canada’s presence at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi won’t be limited to the rinks and hills. Before the games even begin, Quebec’s world-famous circus arts community will be on display as part of the Opening Ceremony gala on Friday evening.

    Sébastien Soldevila , the co-founder of Les 7 Doigts de la Main, a troupe with previous Olympic experience, will mount a 10-minute performance immediately after the athletes’ entrance into the Fisht Olympic Stadium, according to a report in La Presse. The scene is part of a 35-minute theatre and dance production that will also include American and Russian segments.

    The 7 Doigts production has been 18 months in the making, including secret rehearsals at a hangar in Montreal beginning last summer. The scene will include almost 500 participants, including 30 circus artists, 50 gymnasts, and, if the influence of famed puppeteer Michael Curry is any indication, marionettes. In all, La Presse said over 1000 people have worked on the scene since its

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  • Rick Rayman’s running streak continues at 300th marathon Sunday

    Rick RaymanWhen Rick Rayman toes the starting line at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, he’ll be continuing a streak that quietly has to count as one of the more amazing in any form of athletics.

    Rayman, a 67 year-old professor at the University of Toronto School of Dentistry, will be running Sunday in his 300th marathon. He ran his first in August 1978, and has run an average of over 8 per year since. In the last three weeks alone, Rayman ran marathons in Corning, NY and Ottawa in the lead-up to the Toronto jaunt.

    But the marathon tally isn’t Rayman’s most impressive accomplishment. Rayman has run every single day for 34 years, 10 months and 9 days. It’s a streak that started when his friend, broadcaster Brian Williams, pointed out that Rayman hadn’t missed a run in 270 days, back in 1979. Rayman’s been running ever since.

    And we’re not talking a quick jog around the block; unlike some other streak runners who consider a mile a day a worthy accomplishment, Rayman runs at least 30

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  • 2013 NLL Entry Draft: Canadians’ experience in America rules the day

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    Oakville, ON - For the National Lacrosse League, it's a day without cynicism. For all the NLL's troubles, none mattered Monday. On the night of the league's annual entry draft, held here Monday night at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre, there was only hope - from the players being selected, from the team hoping to find a hidden gem. The smile on a kid's face when he pulls on a jersey doesn't change, hasn't changed in all the years of the league that wouldn't die.

    It's been 16 years since the NLL became the NLL, and maybe more importantly, it's been three years since a team folded. One team moved this season, but it was most certainly a good move: from a non-lacrosse market (Everett, WA) to one of the hearts of box lacrosse (BC), from a market with no future to one that must certainly play a part of this league is to have a significant future.

    Perhaps the greatest reason for hope is the pedigree of the players who were chosen on Monday night. The NLL Entry Draft used to be comprised of

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  • Boston Marathon bombing strikes at the very heart of individual achievement

    The immediate aftrmath of the Boston Marathon bombingEvery Wednesday evening and Sunday morning, we gather to run.

    Its a varied group: people learning how to run again, others getting in shape for a 10k or a half-marathon, and some of us training for a full marathon. We gather in the back of the room, alongside those who have something of a hallowed status: the Boston group.

    The Boston group is made up of runners who are training for the Boston Marathon, or those who have already run it, and even some for whom the race is old hat, an annual tradition. We look upon them with a certain awe; we can only dream of being fast enough to qualify for Boston.

    Each time the Boston Marathon comes around, a select few elevate to join the ranks of the veterans. I spent Monday morning with one eye on a spreadsheet, and one eye on the Boston Marathon tracker, as eight of my running partners and coaches conquered the streets of Massachusetts. I followed them throughout the day, and one by one, it seemed a coronation was in order. Some flew through the finish line, others struggled near the end, but one by one, they completed the grand-daddy of marathons, some for the first time.

    In the end, only one of the group didn't finish; she was held up less than 2 km from the finish line after the bombings struck the finish line in one of the most unfathomable acts of terrorism one could even imagine. Now, they're all left, not to celebrate, but to mourn, and we mourn with them. When they return for our weekly Wednesday session, once the hugs and "glad you're OK"'s have been handed out, what then?

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  • Going Deep: the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays season gets underway

    It's the moment tens of thousands have been waiting for. After an off-season of intrigue and seemingly constant upheaval, the Toronto Blue Jays enter the 2013 season as,if not favourites, then definite contenders for their first championship in 20 years.

    R.A. Dickey takes to the mound as a symbol of a new Blue Jays identity. The 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner hopes to work his magic on an unfamiliar American League batting crew, while Jose Reyes leads an overhauled Jays fielding unit.

    Join Yahoo! Sports live from the Rogers Centre in Toronto at 6 p.m. Eastern for all the pomp and circumstance from the Blue Jays home opener against the Cleveland Indians. We'll bring you the sights and sounds, and you can share your thoughts about the Blue Jays for tonight and beyond before the game gets underway at 7:07 p.m.

    The 2013 baseball season's almost here. Join us!

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  • MLB 2013 preview: live from the Thunderdome, Thursday March 27 at 10 am Eastern

    Baseball season's just around the corner, and Yahoo! Canada's got a lot of plans in the hopper! We're going to keep some of them secret for now, but we're happy to get things started a little early with a season preview of the 2013 MLB season, coming Thursday at 10 am Eastern.

    Our friends at Digital First Media have been gracious enough to share a liveblog with their beat writers and experts as they discuss the stories and themes that will shape the upcoming season.

    Digital First Media's Thunderdome combines the best of local reporting to create a true wide-scope storytelling experience. That breadth of coverage should make for an exciting viewpoint on the teams that will compete with the Jays for October glory in 2013.

    Let us know what you think in the comments underneath the liveblog window.

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