The matchups for this weekend’s Davis Cup matches between Canada and Spain are now set. With the Spanish side missing the likes of Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro, Canada’s chances to pull an upset in the best-of-5 series just got better. Here is the breakdown in matchups (via TEAM 1040): Friday, February 1st – starting at 1:00pm PT
1st Singles Rubber – Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Albert Ramos (ESP)
2nd Singles Rubber – Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP) Saturday, February 2nd – starting at 1:00pm PT
Doubles Rubber – Daniel Nestor/Vasek Pospisil (CAN) vs Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP) Sunday, February 3rd – starting at 11:00am PT
3rd Singles Rubber – Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)
4th Singles Rubber – Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs Albert Ramos (ESP)
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Call it a blessing in disguise. Next week’s Davis Cup tie between team Canada and team Spain out at the University of British Columbia will be missing some of the biggest names in tennis, but the odds of the home side advancing over the top-ranked Spaniards just got a lot better.
Rosters for the two teams were announced today. No. 1-ranked Spain will be missing Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco, sending a team comprising of Nicolas Almagro Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Marcel Granollers, Marc Lopez and Albert Ramos. Representing the home side will be world #15 Milos Raonic, Vancouver’s own Vasek Pospisil, doubles specialist Daniel Nestor and Frank Dancevic.
While spectators will be missing the star power that Nadal and Ferrer would have brought to the UBC court, what would likely have been a one-sided affair has suddenly gotten a lot more interesting. Missing their two top stars, the Spanish squad is suddenly in tough against a Canadian squad that will have the crowd on their side.
This Davis Cup tie between Spain and Canada promises to be a barn-burner of an event, with two talented teams going shot-for-shot for the right to advance to the Davis Cup. Get your Davis Cup Tickets today to witness world-class tennis in front of a raucous UBC crowd!
If you needed more proof that boy bands are on the comeback trail, The Package tour combining New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men should be pretty solid evidence. New Kids on the Block is scheduled to release a brand-new album, 10, in April and their new single Remix (I Like The) will debut at the end of January.
The shiny new tour includes concerts in 28 cities this summer, kicking off May 31, 2013 in Uncasville, Connecticut. Canadian dates include stops in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto (sorry Vancouver). Tickets are set to go on sale to the general public starting in February.
Oprah Winfrey has been back in the news these past few days, fresh off her revealing interview with disgraced cyclist and newly-confessed doper Lance Armstrong. The Oprah Winfrey Show ended its run nearly two years ago, but the former talk show host certainly still commands an audience.
Fans of her show and of Oprah’s unique brand of self-help will get to see their idol live this week as Winfrey is set to do a series of live arena shows this week. She begins her mini-tour tonight with a date at Edmonton‘s Rexall Place, before moving on to Calgary‘s Scotiabank Saddledome (Tuesday, January 22) and Vancouver‘s Rogers Arena (Thursday, January 24) later this week.
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In a few weeks’ time, some of the best tennis players in the world touch down in Vancouver for the 2013 Davis Cup. This year’s tournament matches up the world #1-ranked Spanish team against team Canada in the first round of play. While rosters likely won’t be announced until 10-day deadline prior to the start of the tournament, it’s already been confirmed that Spanish superstars Rafael Nadal and Davis Ferrer will miss the Vancouver (Nadal due to stomach ailments and Ferrer to scheduling conflicts).
The absence of Nadal and Ferrer means a better chance for Canada. Likely included on the team from the host nation will be world #13-ranked Milo Raonic in men’s singles, doubles specialist Daniel Nestor and Vancouver’s own Vasek Pospisil. It’s hoped that the intimate and raucous atmosphere from last year’s Davis Cup event against France will return to UBC, giving a boost to the home team facing a still-strong Spanish squad. The 2013 Davis Cup takes place at the University of British Columbia’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre from February 1-3. Don’t miss out on this world-class tennis event – get your Davis Cup tickets today!
It’s about 3 months late, but the start of the National Hockey League season is finally set for January 19th. With both the NHL owners and players wrapping up the ratification process on Saturday morning, the long-awaited 2013 schedule was released later that evening.
While fans are probably more than a little excited about the return of NHL hockey to our arenas and televisions, they are likely disappointed with the fact that the schedule features in-conference games only. This means fans looking for a renewal of the Canucks-Bruins rivalry or for Sid the Kid to come out West will either have to hope for a match-up in the Stanley Cup Finals, or wait til next year. Does the in-conference only schedule affect whether you’ll be going back to NHL hockey this year? Or are you excited for hockey anyway?
Out with the old, in with the new – the beginning of a new year means a fresh start and a chance to venture into the unexpected.
For those who believe that the only way to appropriately commence 2013 is by diving in headfirst, than there’s no one up to the task more than Lady Gaga. Pop’s reigning glam diva – known for her progressive views and often-outlandish, envelope-pushing style – kicks off the North American concert year in style with her Born This Way Ball.
After a successful 2012 leg that took her around the globe to sold-out arenas, the North American portion of Gaga’s tour will take her to over 30 cities from January through March. It all begins in just over 24 hours, as Lady Gaga is primed to perform a pair of shows at Vancouver, B.C.’s Rogers Arena on January 11th & 12th.
Well, it took 113 days, cancelled 625 games and put a bad taste in just about everyone’s mouths, but the NHL lockout is over. The hockey world and its fans woke up on Sunday morning to the news that a tentative 10-year CBA deal had been reached. While the deal still has to be ratified by both the owners and players, it looks like the league could finally be back on the ice come Saturday, January 19th.
As of now, no schedule has been released. However, it’s expected that it will include 48-50 games, and rumors are circulating that it could comprise entirely of in-conference games. If true, that means we likely won’t see matchups between Western and Eastern conference teams until the Stanley Cup Finals. Now that the lockout is over, talk now turns to whether an embittered fan base will return the rinks: Will you be watching the NHL when players hit the ice again? Or has the lockout turned you off the NHL for good?
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