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Former Lakeshore and John Rennie soccer star Osa Iyare wins scholarship to University of Memphis

Egbert Gaye Expressions of congratulations and joy were in free-flow at the Catalonga Lounge of the Soccerplexe in Lachine where friends and relatives gathered for the send-off party for Osamede Iyare on her way to the University of Memphis where she earned a full scholarship. Iyare was recruited out of John Rennie High School and Lakeshore Soccer Club where she had standout careers as a star midfield player. She also played for Quebec’s Regional team from 2014-16. Last year, the 17-year-old was part of the Lakeshore team that won the 2016 Canadian National Championship, scoring the two goals that earned …

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Shakeel wins again

Local favorite takes down tough Mexican opponent Contact Staff For local fighter Shakeel Phinn the boxing world is unfolding the way it should after he scored yet another big win on March 30 at the Montreal Casino over Mexican Josue Aguilar to take his record to an impressive 13-1 with eight knockouts. The referee disqualified the Mexican at 1:45 of the 10th and final round after he was warned repeatedly for holding. Phinn told the CONTACT that it wasn’t the kind of finish he was aiming for, but his fight plans were disrupted by his opponent’s continuous holding. “Once I …

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Red Socks take the Jean Cambridge Netball Championships

For years the Montreal Red Socks Netball Team has maintained their place as one of the top teams in Quebec. On Sunday, November 20, they again proved their worth by dominating the Jean Cambridge Netball tournament which was staged  at Ecole Lavoie in Cote des Neiges. The annual tournament is held in memory of one of  founders of  netball in the province who was also  a lifelong member of the Quebec Amateur Netball Federation. As usual, the Jean Cambridge tournament brought out the best in Quebec netball with  four teams vying  for the championship trophy and for bragging rights. Red …

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Stars are born at this B-Ball Summer Camp

  Young Anthony Maxwell is a phenom with lots of potential Egbert Gaye Down at the third floor gym of James Lyng High School, a group of young, aspiring ballplayers are going through their drills, first conditioning then working with the ball: dribbling, control and techniques. For the young players it’s the usual course of action at this summer basketball camp, as they eagerly go through their paces following the urgings of the athletic therapists, trainers and coaches that are in their midst, looking at their every move. Even to the untrained eyes it seems obvious that the campers know …

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Summer 7 vs. 7 Soccer League opens on July 23

Contact Staff X-Men United Soccer Academy is on a recruitment drive. The community-based club that travels regularly across North America and the Caribbean is looking for a few good men to join their ranks and share in their fun experience and they are hoping to find them among players participating in the soon to be launched Summer 7 vs. 7 Soccer League. The outdoor league will be made up of  five teams from around the Montreal area including EarthLove, X-Men, Lucia, All Caribbean and Noel Nord and games will be played for the remainder of the Gilbert-Layton Park  at the …

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Local boy Shakeel Phinn wins again

The Jamaican Juggernaut ups his record to 8-1 With a loud and supportive crop of family, friends and supporters in the audience, hometown boxing star Shakeel Phinn showed them what he got by easily defeating Jaudiel Zapeda (12-14-1) a Mexican fighting out of California in an eight round encounter at the Montreal Casino on Tuesday, May 24. Shakeel won the Canada Professional Boxing Council Super Middleweight title, when he easily defeated hometown favorite Paul Bzdel (5-7-1) at the Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. The May 24th win ups his record to 8-1. Speaking to the CONTACT after the bout the man …

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All winners at Montreal Classic Hoops

On the weekend of April 15-16, over 400 players from across Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New York State participated in the annual Montreal Classic Hoops tournament organized by the NDG YMCA and West End Sports Association. Now in its 18th year, the tournament that started as March Madness is now being staged in April at six venues across the city and includes teams playing juvenile, midget, bantam and mini divisions for boys and girls. By the time it ended, dozens of hard-fought games, and later the winning teams and standout players took turns receiving prizes and accolades. Durham Bulldogs …

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West Indies ‘ah’ champion…men and women

Champion… Champion… Champion… Champion… Champion… Egbert Gaye At least two million US dollars flowed into the Caribbean after both men and women teams of West Indies won the Cricket World T20 2016 title on April 3, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, India. Both teams did it in spectacular fashion with the women team trouncing world champions Australia by eight wickets, ending the Aussies four-year domination of the tournament. It was the WIndies women’s first hold on the championship. The game, which was played in the morning, saw Australia batting first and amassing a 148 for five, the team’s highest total in …

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Sean Frederick is the new coach for CDNBCA’s b-ball program

The Cote des Neiges Black Community Association (CDNBCA), a leading provider of services to the community, today announced that they have contracted Sean Frederick as their new head coach for their Falcon’s youth basketball program. The organization is pleased with Frederick coming on board to lead the successful program as they believe his contribution will help to elevate the program to new heights. The Falcons basketball program, operating from the Lavoie High School gym, has become a hub for developing young basketball players in Cote des Neiges for over 10 years, while even attracting players from other parts of the …

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Spotlight Athletes deliver speed and power

Andre De Grasse: brightest hopes for Canadian sprinting It was just three years ago when Andre De Grasse decided to take running track seriously. He was a 17-year-old high school student with NBA dreams, but entered a track meet at the behest of a friend. Tony Sharpe, a former Olympic medallist turned coach, was in the stands when De Grasse finished the race in second place. Since then, De Grasse has become one of the brightest hopes for Canadian sprinting in a long time, inching closer to breaking a longstanding record set by Canadian sprinting legends Donovan Bailey and Bruny …

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