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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 9 (August 14th)

    Juan del Potro bounces off whatever that green substance is at the Olympic diving venue. Just kidding. He falls to the court in glee after defeating Rafael Nadal in the Olympic men's tennis semi-final. (Getty Images)Juan del Potro bounces off whatever that green substance is at the Olympic diving venue. Just kidding. He falls to the court in glee after defeating Rafael Nadal in the Olympic men's tennis semi-final. (Getty Images)
    Towel off, everyone. The swim meet is over.

    Not you, divers. You've still got some work to do. But, seriously, I'd towel off vigorously after each dunk in that pool if I were you. Really get all that water off you. Then, burn the towel in the Olympic flame, just to be sure. I know it's less green than it has been and officials say they have that giant petrie dish also known as a dive pool cleaned up to acceptable levels but I wouldn't chance it. I'd also have some independent testing done on those hot tubs and showers they've provided for you.

    Alright, on to the Bolt Show.

    Day 9 (Sunday, August 14th)

    There will be lightning sighted in the area but no need to adhere to an inclement weather postponement policy. That's just Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, the man on the verge of some kind of sensational history making. Bolt takes on all comers - including Canada's Andre De Grasse - in the 100 metres as he attempts to make it three consecutive Olympic sprint championships. De Grasse and Bolt

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 8 (August 13th)

    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 7: Silver medalist Penny Oleksiak of Canada poses during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Butterfly Final during the swimming competition of the 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 7: Silver medalist Penny Oleksiak of Canada poses during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Butterfly Final during the swimming competition of the 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
    Maybe I should just shorten this feature down to one sentence. What to watch? Anything Canadian women are taking part in. Particularly in the pool. There. I'm done.

    Well, here are some more details.

    Day 8 (August 13th):

    Pen - NEE! Pen - NEE! Pen - NEE! The young legend hits the pool again on Day 8, trying to add to her total of four medals when she swims for Canada in the 4 x 100 medley. The team swims out of lane 5, scheduled for about 9:49 pm ET on Saturday night, on CBC. I understand that the hashtag #GetPennyDrakeTickets is trending. Personally, I think it ought to be #GetDrakePennyTickets. Heard this one the other day: What's Penny Oleksiak's favourite movie? Glengarry Glen Ross Why? She believes in the "ABC" credo. "Always be closing." Thanks to radio host Tom McConnell for that one. Penny ain't interested in no steak knives.

    Ryan Cochrane - who's won silver and bronze in the 1,500 metre freestyle at previous Olympics, tries to complete the set when he competes in this event on

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 7 (August 12th)

    What's ahead on Day 7 (August 12th):

    Canada's flag bearer Rosie MacClennan looks to repeat as Olympic gold medallist in the trampoline event. CBC, 1 pm ET. Jump, Rosie, jump! The backyard trampoline manufacturing sector is counting on you!

    We've reached the elimination stage in women's soccer and Canada takes on France in quarter-final action at 6 pm ET, on Sportsnet. Canada's unbeaten so far, at 3 and oh. But the third-ranked French will not be a pushover of any sort for the tenth-ranked Canadians. "Look, as a coach at this point, you've just got to make sure you don't mess things up," said Canada's boss John Herdman. Okaaaay. Not exactly "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" kinda stuff but he's got a few more hours to come up with something.

    Know who else has been making noise? No, not my neighbour who cuts his grass way too early in the morning, although that's a valid point. No, I'm talking about the Canadian women's basketball team. Like their soccer cousins, they are 3 and oh

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 6 (August 11th)

    Hey, man. You see Matthew McConaughey sittin' in the crowd for the swimmin' on Wednesday night? I was shocked that he didn't rip his shirt off and go for a strut along the deck. Was positive, absolutely positive that he wouldn't be able to hold back. Jus' goes to show, man. Life confounds and amazes, bro. Confounds and amazes. 

    (CBC screen cap)(CBC screen cap)

    Day 6 (Thursday August 11):

    Speaking of amazing, Canada's Penny Oleksiak will swim in the final of the 100 metre freestyle after a superb Wednesday night. She anchored Canada to bronze in the 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay shortly after she qualified for the 100 final with the second-fastest time in the semi's, 1/100th of a second behind Australia's Cate Campbell. Can Canada's darling of the games win a fourth medal? Can she add gold to her silver and two bronze? Medal swims, including Oleksiak's bid for gold, begin at 9 pm ET, on CBC. There are also swim heats in other events earlier in the day, at noon ET, also on CBC.

    Fore! Golf returns the the Olympics for

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  • Get ready for her to go viral again, perhaps. The 'dancing hurdler' has made it to the 2016 Rio Games.

    Australia's Michelle Jenneke, who rose to fame back in 2012 when video of her dancing before her 100 metre hurdles event at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, will be back in the spotlight next Tuesday when the women's hurdles heats are contested.

    Limbering up before settling into the blocks is not new as we see hurdlers and sprinters and long distance runners bouncing with pent up energy just before the start is called. Channelling that energy into a little dancing is another thing, though and Jenneke got her share of YouTube hits because of it.

    Most competitors don't really exhibit a carefree attitude at the beginning of a race like that, usually opting for stony-faced seriousness. Jamaica's Usain Bolt is a fun-loving guy but even he reserves his dancing for pre-competition media conferences as opposed to the starting line.

    Some think Jenneke might be

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 5 (August 10th)

    Phelps Face is a thing, is it? If you weren't aware of that, get into your Twitter account and hit #PhelpsFace and you'll see. American swimmer Michael Phelps really locked in and meant business before his performance on Monday night, pulling a Star Wars Sith Lord thing. Yikes, buddy. Dark side much? If you'd like to watch as the internet memes the hell out of this, click here. Happy Phelpsing. Here's mine, with the IKEA Monkey coming out of the store and thinking "Oh my God! Is that Michael Phelps? What's he doing at my IKEA store? And why is he so angry? Did they forget to include an Allen key?

    #PhelpsFace#PhelpsFace

    Now, on to the action at hand. Here's what's coming up.

    Day 5 (Wednesday, August 10th):

    Daniel freaking Nestor. Don't you just love this guy? 43-years-old and in his sixth Olympic Games. Won gold in doubles back in 2000 along with Sebastien Lareau. Now, he and his current partner, 26-year-old Vasek Pospisil are into the semi-finals on Day 5 and that means they will have the chance to play

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 4 (Tuesday, August 9th)

    No, Penny Oleksiak does not swim on Day 4. I figure that might be the first question on your mind. I don't blame you. Meet me back here for Day 5 when I will tell you more about that. Right now, though...

    Day 4 (Tuesday August 9th):

    The Canadian women's soccer team (two wins, no losses) gets back on the pitch on Day 4, meeting Germany for first place in their pool. It is highly debatable, however, just how important a win would be. Victory over the Germans would likely mean a playoff match against a good team from France. Finish second and you get a weaker opponent - on paper, anyway - in the next round. How will Canada play it? Never before in the history of soccer has a team actually tried not to win, though, right? Right? TSN, 3 pm ET

    The Canadian men's volleyball team provided one of the highlights of opening weekend when they rolled to a straight sets win over the 5th-ranked United States on Sunday night. That has caused excitement over this team to, er, spike and we're about to

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  • Monday Musings: Okay, that's enough, Sunday. You're cut off

    Hank wasn't smilin' on Saturday night. (CFL on TSN screen cap)Hank wasn't smilin' on Saturday night. (CFL on TSN screen cap)
    Insanity. Just pure, unbridled insanity.

    One day? All this happened in one day? 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak wins silver for Canada in the Olympic pool. Jim Furyk shoots a round of 58 to set a PGA record. Alex Rodriguez announces his retirement. Ichiro collects his 3,000th major league hit. The NFL cancels a game because of paint. Novak Djokovic is knocked out of the Olympics by the world's 141st-ranked men's player, while the top-ranked Williams sisters are punted in the first round in doubles. A Sunday in sports so frenetic, it must have been scripted by Aaron Sorkin or whoever it is that wrote Gilmore Girls. Cut back on the caffeine, Sunday. Or at least stop spiking your coffee with so much gin.

    THE LITTLE THINGS

    Well done, Penny Oleksiak. You too, Taylor Ruck. Olympic medals for Canada at the age of 16. My greatest accomplishment at age 16? I parallel parked perfectly - and I mean perfectly - on the first try during my driver's exam. It was in a car with a standard transmission,

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 3 (Monday August 8th)

    Man, I enjoyed that synchronized diving on Sunday. The diving was great, sure. But it's the synchronization part that really soars for me. I think the IOC ought to add that element to so many more events. Synchronized javelin. Synchronized weightlifting. Synchronized pole vault. All winners. Oooh!! Synchronized rowing! Wait, I guess we already have that.

    Here's what's up on Day 3 (Monday, August 8th):

    Genie Bouchard takes on Germany's Angelique Kerber in second round singles action. Bouchard really impressed in her opening round, straight sets win over American Sloane Stevens on Saturday and that has the Genie Army on the march again, hopeful that she is regaining the form that saw her get to a Wimbledon final in 2014. Tennis coverage is on Sportsnet One beginning at 11 am ET. Bouchard is scheduled to hit the court at around 11:15. Be aware; it is possible that her match gets moved to CBC.

    Virtual reality boxing. That's a thing you can enjoy now. If you've got the technology available

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  • Rio 2016: What to watch, Day 2 (August 7th)

    Well, we're finally rolling now. I thought that opening ceremony would never ever end. Highlight: CBC's Peter Mansbridge telling us that the South Korean team was wearing "pants infused with insect repellant." Lowlight: Disappointed when Mansbridge did not then tell us that the Olympic cauldron was being fuelled by citronella. Also disappointed that the Russians didn't enter shirtless, on horseback.

    Here comes Day 2 (Sunday, August 7th):

    Canada's Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware are medal contenders in the synchronized diving competition, three metre springboard edition. Can they pike, twist and splash in perfect unison? They need to in order to have a shot at gold as China is considered the favourite in this event. CBC, 3 pm ET. Side note: I've always thought that if they ever decided to combine events at the Olympics in order to invent something new, my vote would go to marrying diving with dressage. Synchronized Dive Dressage. Make it happen in 2024, IOC.

    The Canadian women's Rugby

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