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Former Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey player Jake Virtanen arrives at B.C. Supreme Court for the third day of his sexual assault trial, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Defence lawyer argues former Canuck Jake Virtanen, accuser had consensual sex

Virtanen charged with one count of sexual assault in January after Vancouver police investigation

Former Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey player Jake Virtanen arrives at B.C. Supreme Court for the third day of his sexual assault trial, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Tricia Smith, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee, takes part in a joint press conference between the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Four Host First Nations, and the cities of Vancouver and Whistler where the “hosting concept” for the 2030 Winter Olympics bid was unveiled in Whistler, B.C., on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Vinnick

Canadian Olympic Committee sees ‘ample time’ for 2030 bid as BC cities discuss doubts

Report by the Vancouver city manager says proposed timeline for the bid is ‘not achievable’

Tricia Smith, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee, takes part in a joint press conference between the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Four Host First Nations, and the cities of Vancouver and Whistler where the “hosting concept” for the 2030 Winter Olympics bid was unveiled in Whistler, B.C., on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Vinnick
Yushiroh Hirano waves goodbye to Canucks fans at his final game last season. He will be back in green, white and blue in 2022-23. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Canucks sign forward Yushiroh Hirano

First Japanese-born player to score in the AHL returning to Abbotsford Canucks

Yushiroh Hirano waves goodbye to Canucks fans at his final game last season. He will be back in green, white and blue in 2022-23. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Former Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) sits in the penalty box as seats normally filled with fans remain empty during first period NHL action against the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. A defence lawyer is expected to cross-examine a woman today who claims she was sexually assaulted by Virtanen in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Former Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) sits in the penalty box as seats normally filled with fans remain empty during first period NHL action against the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. A defence lawyer is expected to cross-examine a woman today who claims she was sexually assaulted by Virtanen in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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Bodybuilding champions crowned at Abbotsford IFBB event

Pro division titles awarded on Sunday, pro cards earned on Saturday at Vancouver Pro/Am event

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Canada’s Rebecca Quinn, left, and United States’ Sophia Smith fight for the ball during the CONCACAF Women’s Championship final soccer match in Monterrey, Mexico, Monday, July 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Fernando Llano

US beats Canada for women’s soccer title, ‘24 Olympic berth

The U.S. got a measure of revenge for their Olympic semifinal loss…

Canada’s Rebecca Quinn, left, and United States’ Sophia Smith fight for the ball during the CONCACAF Women’s Championship final soccer match in Monterrey, Mexico, Monday, July 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Fernando Llano
Shane Gibson had 25 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Fraser Valley Bandits ended a season-high three game losing streak with a 95-88 victory over the visiting Ottawa BlackJacks at Langley Events Centre on Sunday, July 17. (CEBL)

VIDEO: Fraser Valley Bandits clinch playoff berth with win over Ottawa Blackjacks

Record now 10-7 on the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season

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Shane Gibson had 25 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Fraser Valley Bandits ended a season-high three game losing streak with a 95-88 victory over the visiting Ottawa BlackJacks at Langley Events Centre on Sunday, July 17. (CEBL)
Fusion 06 Pitcher Jordyn Ruppel in action. Fraser Valley Fusion 06 battled back from an injury-plagued season to take gold at the provincial U17A championship in Langley on Sunday, July 17. (Jennifer Reimer/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Fusion 06 Pitcher Jordyn Ruppel in action. Fraser Valley Fusion 06 battled back from an injury-plagued season to take gold at the provincial U17A championship in Langley on Sunday, July 17. (Jennifer Reimer/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen (18) falls in front of Edmonton Oilers’ Ethan Bear (74) as he reaches for the puck while Jesse Puljujarvi, right, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trial begins for Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen, former Canuck charged with sexual assault

Charge tied to a police investigation into an incident that took place on Sept. 26, 2017

Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen (18) falls in front of Edmonton Oilers’ Ethan Bear (74) as he reaches for the puck while Jesse Puljujarvi, right, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
North Otter Elementary students did portraits of BC Lions players. (BC Lions)

BC Lions fans roar with delight at Langley children’s player portraits

Football team posted student art on its social media channels

North Otter Elementary students did portraits of BC Lions players. (BC Lions)
Galen Rupp, of the United States, and Cam Levins of Canada (right) compete during the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Patrick Smith/Pool Photo via AP

B.C. marathoner Cam Levins finishes historic 4th at world championships

Black Creek-born runner beat his previous Canadian record by about 2 minutes

Galen Rupp, of the United States, and Cam Levins of Canada (right) compete during the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Patrick Smith/Pool Photo via AP
After pulling 1,170 pounds of cinder blocks along a rail track in the weight pull competition, this pup and owner took a moment to share some hugs and love. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Dogs demo athletic abilities

Langley hosts competition that tests canine’s strength, confirmation, climbing ability, and speed

After pulling 1,170 pounds of cinder blocks along a rail track in the weight pull competition, this pup and owner took a moment to share some hugs and love. (Roxanne Hooper/Langley Advance Times)
Shane Gibson led Fraser Valley with 16 points as the Bandits fell 87-89 to the visiting Guelph Nighthawks Friday, July 15 at Langley Events Centre. (Canadian Elite Basketball League CEBL)

Nighthawks down Fraser Valley Bandits

Team now in third place

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Shane Gibson led Fraser Valley with 16 points as the Bandits fell 87-89 to the visiting Guelph Nighthawks Friday, July 15 at Langley Events Centre. (Canadian Elite Basketball League CEBL)
Team Canada makes their entrance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast for the opening ceremony (DetailsGroup photo).

61 B.C. athletes to represent Team Canada at 2022 Commonwealth games in Birmingham

2022 Commonwealth games have B.C. born athletes gearing up for competition

Team Canada makes their entrance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast for the opening ceremony (DetailsGroup photo).
How popular did the Abbotsford Canucks get after one year? The Abbotsford News has compared the team through Google Trends to a number of other teams.

CHARTS: How popular did the Abbotsford Canucks become after one year?

Google Trends results compare the team year over year with other professional sports teams

How popular did the Abbotsford Canucks get after one year? The Abbotsford News has compared the team through Google Trends to a number of other teams.
Former Langley Olympians Swim Club (LOSC) member Hillary Metcalfe was inducted into the club’s hall of fame, with dad Brian Metcalfe, the club head coach, sharing the moment. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Hilary Metcalfe inducted into Langley Olympians Swim Club Hall of Fame

Swimming for UBC, her team finished as national champions every year

Former Langley Olympians Swim Club (LOSC) member Hillary Metcalfe was inducted into the club’s hall of fame, with dad Brian Metcalfe, the club head coach, sharing the moment. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley’s Changbeen Choi, 11, won the MJT Boys 11-12 title at Guildford Golf Club in Surrey on July 11. (MJT)

Langley golfer Changbeen Choi, 11, wins division title at Guildford competition

Langley’s Changbeen Choi, 11, won the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT)…

Langley’s Changbeen Choi, 11, won the MJT Boys 11-12 title at Guildford Golf Club in Surrey on July 11. (MJT)
Tiger Woods of the US reacts to dust after playing a shot on the 1st hole during the first round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 14 2022. The Open Championship returns to the home of golf on July 14-17, 2022, to celebrate the 150th edition of the sport’s oldest championship, which dates to 1860 and was first played at St. Andrews in 1873. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Tiger Woods of the US reacts to dust after playing a shot on the 1st hole during the first round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 14 2022. The Open Championship returns to the home of golf on July 14-17, 2022, to celebrate the 150th edition of the sport’s oldest championship, which dates to 1860 and was first played at St. Andrews in 1873. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
The Vancouver Pro/Am Show and Expo bodybuilding event comes to Abbotsford on Saturday (July 16) and Sunday (July 17).

Vancouver Pro/Am and Expo bodybuilding show coming to Abbotsford

Abbotsford Arts Centre hosts two-day event on Saturday (July 16) and Sunday (July 17)

The Vancouver Pro/Am Show and Expo bodybuilding event comes to Abbotsford on Saturday (July 16) and Sunday (July 17).
Bandits Malcolm Duvivier battles a Montreal rival for possession Monday, July 11 in Montreal. The Alliance won 89-72. (Reuben Polansky-Shapiro,CEBL/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Bandits Malcolm Duvivier battles a Montreal rival for possession Monday, July 11 in Montreal. The Alliance won 89-72. (Reuben Polansky-Shapiro,CEBL/Special to Langley Advance Times)