Pro sports

LUSA Technical Director Mark Parker (left), Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese and LUSA Executive Director Marcel Horn were at the April 13 announcement of a new pro soccer team coming to Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley United Soccer Association welcomes new pro soccer team

Announcement that CPL franchise will launch in Langley a dream come true, director says

LUSA Technical Director Mark Parker (left), Langley Township Mayor Jack Froese and LUSA Executive Director Marcel Horn were at the April 13 announcement of a new pro soccer team coming to Langley. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Former hockey player Ed Jovanovski met fans and signed autographs (for a fee) at a sports collectors convention, held at the Langley Events Centre. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Hockey greats like Bobby Hull sign autographs in Langley

Thousands attend collectibles show at Langley Events Centre in hopes of hitting the jackpot

Former hockey player Ed Jovanovski met fans and signed autographs (for a fee) at a sports collectors convention, held at the Langley Events Centre. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
Tigers was one of the Langley fastball teams present at the opening ceremony organized by Langley Fastball Association. The season was kicked off on April 9. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)

Langley fastball players back for a new season

Acting mayor, Steve Ferguson threw the first pitch on the opening day

Tigers was one of the Langley fastball teams present at the opening ceremony organized by Langley Fastball Association. The season was kicked off on April 9. (Tanmay Ahluwalia/Langley Advance Times)
Rob Friend, a Canadian former professional soccer player, was named president of the new Langley-based Canadian Premier League franchise announced on Wednesday, April 13. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Rob Friend, a Canadian former professional soccer player, was named president of the new Langley-based Canadian Premier League franchise announced on Wednesday, April 13. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley's Avery Heppell has been named the Canada West Volleyball Players of the Week by the conference on Tuesday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

TWU’s Heppell named Player of the Week

Alberta’s Jordan Canham, too earned the award

Langley's Avery Heppell has been named the Canada West Volleyball Players of the Week by the conference on Tuesday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Both men and women volleyball teams of Trinity Western University won their respective quarterfinal matches on Friday, March 25. (TWU/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley University men and women volleyball team into win quarterfinals

Trinity Western University teams will play next championship match on Saturday

Both men and women volleyball teams of Trinity Western University won their respective quarterfinal matches on Friday, March 25. (TWU/Special to Langley Advance Times)
The Shooting Eagles entered the game averaging 13.75 goals per game, but the Grizzlies and goaltender Brandon Humphrey were up to the challenge, holding their opponent well below their season average. (Gary Ahuja/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Grizzlies beat Shooting Eagles 11-7

They entered Sunday’s semi-final game on a five-game losing streak

The Shooting Eagles entered the game averaging 13.75 goals per game, but the Grizzlies and goaltender Brandon Humphrey were up to the challenge, holding their opponent well below their season average. (Gary Ahuja/Special to Langley Advance Times)
With the final two penalties successfully killed, Nicco Camazzola tied the score at 1-1 for the Giants and Adam Hall converted on Vancouver power play to make it 2-1 heading into second intermission. (Gary Ahuja/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants down Silvertips 5-3

Team sits sixth in the WHL’s Western Conference standings with 50 points

With the final two penalties successfully killed, Nicco Camazzola tied the score at 1-1 for the Giants and Adam Hall converted on Vancouver power play to make it 2-1 heading into second intermission. (Gary Ahuja/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Sea Spray Lacrosse Club defeat the Grizzlies Lacrosse Club 15-11. The game took place Monday night at the Langley Events Centre. (Gary Ahuja/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Sea spray defeat Grizzlies 15-11 at Langley Events Centre

The result of Shooting Eagles and Black Fish match will determine Grizzlies’ final position

Sea Spray Lacrosse Club defeat the Grizzlies Lacrosse Club 15-11. The game took place Monday night at the Langley Events Centre. (Gary Ahuja/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford passes the ball during a playoff football game in January. Stafford and the Rams will play in the Super Bowl game Sunday (Feb. 13) against Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)

Sports-bet pilot kicks off at 6 Fraser Valley pubs starting Super Bowl weekend

Live odds and related promos flashed across digital, TV-type screens

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford passes the ball during a playoff football game in January. Stafford and the Rams will play in the Super Bowl game Sunday (Feb. 13) against Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)
New Bandits head coach Mike Taylor has experience with FIBA Basketball World Cup and EuroBasket tournaments, the Basketball Bundesliga (first division of German professional basketball) and the NBA Development League All-Star Game. (Photo by Dennis Fischer, Hamburg Towers)

Fraser Valley Bandits name new head coach

New leader of Langley-based pro basketball team has years of success in Europe and the U.S.

New Bandits head coach Mike Taylor has experience with FIBA Basketball World Cup and EuroBasket tournaments, the Basketball Bundesliga (first division of German professional basketball) and the NBA Development League All-Star Game. (Photo by Dennis Fischer, Hamburg Towers)
Bandits general manager Kyle Julius will return for the team’s upcoming Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season at Langley Events Centre, the CEBL franchise announced Thursday, Oct. 7. (Fraser Valley Bandits (Canadian Elite Basketball League)/special to Langley Advance Times)
Bandits general manager Kyle Julius will return for the team’s upcoming Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season at Langley Events Centre, the CEBL franchise announced Thursday, Oct. 7. (Fraser Valley Bandits (Canadian Elite Basketball League)/special to Langley Advance Times)
Canada’s Haley Smith makes a jump during the women’s cross-country race at the Nerrang mountain bike trails during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, April 12, 2018. When COVID-19 swept across the country last spring, forcing lockdowns and cancelling sporting events, Canadian mountain biker Haley Smith’s response was swift — train harder. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft
Canada’s Haley Smith makes a jump during the women’s cross-country race at the Nerrang mountain bike trails during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, April 12, 2018. When COVID-19 swept across the country last spring, forcing lockdowns and cancelling sporting events, Canadian mountain biker Haley Smith’s response was swift — train harder. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft
Chase Claypool carries the ball during a regular season game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov 22, 2020 (Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers)

VIDEO: Chase Claypool wins Joe Greene award

Former Abbotsford player and Langley resident declared best Pittsburgh Steelers rookie of the season

Chase Claypool carries the ball during a regular season game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov 22, 2020 (Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers)
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Professional athletes the main beneficiary of national interest exemptions at border

Several ministers and senior public health officials can authorize exemptions

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Toronto Blue Jays play an MLB intersquad baseball action in Toronto on Friday, July 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Blue Jays play an MLB intersquad baseball action in Toronto on Friday, July 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas. The chance that there will be no Major League Baseball season increased substantially Monday, June 15, 2020, when the commissioner’s office told the players’ association it will not proceed with a schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic unless the union waives its right to claim management violated a March agreement between the feuding sides. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Commissioner says there might not be an MLB season this year

Issues include union-league talks and COVID-19

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas. The chance that there will be no Major League Baseball season increased substantially Monday, June 15, 2020, when the commissioner’s office told the players’ association it will not proceed with a schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic unless the union waives its right to claim management violated a March agreement between the feuding sides. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)