Jason Botchford: Ten key Canucks questions to kick off a new season

Anton Rodin: You could see him putting up 20 goals. Or … none. 1. What prospect or rookie are you most excited about watching this year? Does Ben Hutton count? His season looks like it could be like hanging out with Shane O’Brien at Bonnaroo. Nothing but good times. If not Hutton, then it has to be Anton Rodin. He just may be the most fascinating rookie since the Sedins. You could see Rodin scoring 20 goals, almost as vividly as you could see him scoring none. Loui Eriksson: If he can’t kick-start the Canucks’ power play … 2. What off-season addition will have the biggest impact? Here’s the thing about Loui Eriksson: He loves the net. He loves the crease, and rebounds, tips and screening goalies. Fans will …

National sepak takraw squad suspended for evading drug testing KUALA LUMPUR: The national sepak takraw squad have found themselves in trouble for failing to submit their urine samples for drug testing at the King's Cup World Sepak Takraw Championships in Bangkok last month. The National Anti-Doping Agency of Malaysia (Adamas) today confirmed that a total of six players and three officials have been indefinitely suspended by the International Sepak Takraw Federation (Istaf) for their oversight and have been given 14 days to appeal. The squad had boycotted the second match in their team event final against hosts Thailand at the tournament, in protest over what they claimed was bias judging in the opening match. Thailand were subsequently awarded a 2-0 victory. Evading drug testing is a serious offence under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations and is ...

Don’t expect to see Christian Hackenberg this season The Jets are giving you Bryce Petty over the final four games, but don’t count on seeing Christian Hackenberg. Jets coach Todd Bowles basically ruled out the rookie second-round pick from playing this season. “Not unless Bryce gets hurt,” Bowles said. “Right now, I do not see him getting any playing time.” Ryan Fitzpatrick will serve as the backup quarterback in San Francisco. Bowles said Hackenberg could be in uniform later in the year. Right now, he feels the rookie is not ready. “He hasn’t taken the reps,” Bowles said. “The other guys have taken all the reps. To just throw him in there right now would be a disservice to the kid.” Bowles said he decided 2-3 weeks ago that Petty would ...

India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 3: Visitors squander momentum to concede 298-run lead at ... Skipper Virat Kohli struck a dominant half-century Saturday to help India tighten their grip on the second Test after England's pacers rattled the Indian top order on the third day of a thrilling game. India, who dismissed England for 255 in the first innings, were 98 for three at stumps with Kohli (56) and Ajinkya Rahane (22) at the crease. File photo of England bowler James Anderson. AFP With the hosts having stretched their second innings lead to a formidable 298, it will be an uphill battle for England from here on. It was off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's five-wicket haul that helped India bowl out England shortly before tea and gain a crucial 200-run lead. England seamers came back roaring as Stuart Broad, who underwent a ...

China denies rejecting visa to India’s Aruncahal Pradesh-based badminton manager Beijing: China refuted allegations that it denied a visa to the manager of the Indian badminton team on the grounds that he is a resident of Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as Southern Tibet, saying he himself cancelled his visa application. Representational image. Reuters Bamang Tago, who is also the secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Badminton Association, had applied for a Chinese visa at its embassy in New Delhi to travel to Fuzhou for the ongoing China Super Series Premier badminton tournament. "What you said does not comply with the facts," a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Geng Shuang, told reporters while commenting on the Tago's visa issue. "According to what we learnt, the person you have mentioned had previously gone to the Chinese embassy in ...

Europa League: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho criticises ‘very hard and icy’ ... Odessa: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho blasted the "rock" hard surface at Chernomorets Stadium ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with Ukraine's Zorya Luhansk, insisting it may take a "miracle" for the game to go-ahead. Manchester UNited manager Jose Morinho in training ahead of his side's Europa League clash against Zorya Luhansk. AP United need just a point to reach the knockout stages but with temperatures expected to plunge to minus nine Celsius overnight, Mourinho was furious over the game being scheduled for December. "The pitch is very hard, very icy," Mourinho told the Manchester Evening News. "I think UEFA know the conditions of the pitch and everyone knows that in mid-December the conditions in Ukraine and Eastern Europe are more difficult. "So if ...

‘More India-Pakistan matches will boost hockey’ Dubai: Pakistan hockey legend Hassan Sardar believes that India-Pakistan matches may happen more regularly in near future. Speaking to Gulf News soon after Hockey India chief Dr Narinder Batra was elected as International Hockey Federation (FIH) President, Sardar said: “Batra’s election to the top post is good for hockey. Hopefully, one can expect more India-Pakistan matches. If there are any problems in matches being played in India or in Pakistan, they can be held in a neutral venue like Dubai.” Sardar, who won the gold medal with the Pakistan national team at the 1984 Olympics at Los Angeles, is hoping for the renaissance of Asian hockey. “Batra taking up the top post is not only a great day for India but also all Asian countries...

Area bowl roundup: Destinations for Maryland, No. 22 Virginia Tech, No. 25 Navy Maryland — Quick Lane Bowl vs. Boston College in Detroit, Dec. 26, 2:30 p.m., ESPN Maryland will meet former ACC rival Boston College at Ford Field. While Maryland was low on the pecking order among the eight eligible Big Ten teams in the bowl selection process, Sunday’s news nonetheless ended any suspense over its postseason destination just eight days after the Terrapins beat Rutgers, 31-14, to reach a 6-6 record and clinch its first bowl berth under first-year head coach DJ Durkin. While Durkin’s contract stipulates a $25,000 bonus for taking his team to a bowl during his first season in College Park — he would receive another $25,000 should the Terrapins win — he has also trumpeted the non-cash incentives his players will receive over the next...