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Canada goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe announces retirement

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One of the key contributors to leading the Canadian women’s national soccer team to a Gold Medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is calling it quits.

Stephanie Labbe, who recently finished second for the 2021 Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper Award, has abruptly announced her decision to retire from soccer.

The 35-year old Alberta native admitted she made up her mind in November, but knows for certain this is the right move.

“Honestly I woke up one day and it just hit me – I just knew in my heart that it was time. I feel so confident in that, I feel so ready for what’s next.” said Labbe.

“I really truly feel at this point that I’ve given everything to the game and I’ve invested my heart and soul into it and I just don’t feel that I have anything left. And I feel so great about that. I really feel like I’ve left everything out there. I couldn’t have asked for a better moment than to have finished my career on an Olympic gold medal and signing for one of the top clubs in the world.”

Labbe has represented Canada on the International stage since 2008, making 84 combined appearances for the national team during that span.

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Award-winning rapper J. Cole will be playing basketball in Canada this summer

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J-Cole wants to prove to everybody that he is more than just a rapper. He is also an aspiring basketball player and will get to play professionally north of the border.

The Grammy-winning artist has reportedly signed a contract to play for Canadian basketball team Scarborough Shooting Stars of the
Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).

The 37-year old previously played basketball in Africa last May with
Patriots Basketball Club of the Basketball Africa League, but left after just three games due to “family obligations”.

The Shooting Stars will open their season against the Guelph Nighthawks on May 26.

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WATCH: Lightning score in final seconds of regulation to take 2-0 series lead

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are unstoppable.

Fresh off a come-from-behind series win in round 1, the Lightning have picked up right where they left off in the second round against the Florida Panthers.

They cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1, and appeared to be headed to overtime as the clock was running down in Game 2, but Lightning forward Ross Colton had other plans!

After corralling a beautiful no-look pass from behind-the-net by Nikita Kucherov, Colton fired it past Sergei Bobrovsky with 3.8 seconds remaining in the third period to secure the win.

The Lightning will head back home to Amalie Arena with a 2-0 series lead.

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Predators sticking with John Hynes as head coach after successful season

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The Nashville Predators are rewarding their head coach with a brand new contract!

The team announced that they are keeping John Hynes as their bench boss, and have inked to a two-year extension.

“I think our coaches have done a fantastic job,” said general manager David Poile.

“John is a young coach who has a lot more experience than probably we give him credit for. He has not been dealt with a perfect hand. I’m responsible for that. John deserves this. We’re growing together. I am totally comfortable with John and our coaching staff to lead us to bigger and better things moving forward.”

Since replacing Peter Laviolette behind the bench on January 7, 2020. the 47-year-old has led the team to a combined 92-64-10 record and three consecutive postseason appearances over three seasons.

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