Football

Team president Craig Briere at the podium during the introductory press conference for the BCFC's seventh squad, the Prince George Kodiaks. (Facebook photo)

BC Football Conference conditionally approves new team in Prince George

The Kodiaks would begin play in 2022 and be the junior football league’s seventh franchise

 

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2020, file photo, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. Nassib on Monday, June 21, 2021, became the first active NFL player to come out as gay. Nassib announced the news on Instagram, saying he was not doing it for the attention but because “I just think that representation and visibility are so important.” (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Nassib becomes first active NFL player to come out as gay

More than a dozen NFL players have come out as gay after their careers were over

 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler pushes away Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Cariel Brooks during the second half of the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, November 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

CFL approves 14-game 2021 season beginning Aug. 5

‘We’ve all been waiting for this for a very long time,’ said commissioner Randy Ambrosie

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler pushes away Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ Cariel Brooks during the second half of the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, November 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Odell Willis of the then-Edmonton Eskimos hoists the Grey Cup during a fan rally for the Grey Cup champions, in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday December 1, 2015. The club has changed it’s name to the Elks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

Edmonton CFL franchise changes its team name to Elks

Team livestreams announcement after previously deciding to no longer be the ‘Eskimos’

Odell Willis of the then-Edmonton Eskimos hoists the Grey Cup during a fan rally for the Grey Cup champions, in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday December 1, 2015. The club has changed it’s name to the Elks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.
Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (right, in action against the Alberta Golden Bears) is expected to be chosen in Tuesday’s Canadian Football League draft. (Bob Frid - UBC Thunderbirds photo)

Canadian Football League clubs high on Vernon player

Former Vernon Panthers provincial MVP Ben Hladik of UBC expected to be chosen in CFL draft Tuesday, May 4

Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (right, in action against the Alberta Golden Bears) is expected to be chosen in Tuesday’s Canadian Football League draft. (Bob Frid - UBC Thunderbirds photo)
Bernie Pascall visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

Podcast: Hall of Fame broadcaster Bernie Pascall shares some unique CFL tales

Podcast: Legend looks back on career covering football in Canada

Bernie Pascall visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against Ohio State during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, in this Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, file photo. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against Ohio State during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, in this Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, file photo. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
NFL rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool spoke with the Langley Advance Times on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 to talk about his rookie season, plans for the offseason, and his predictions for the Super Bowl. (screen shot)
NFL rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool spoke with the Langley Advance Times on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 to talk about his rookie season, plans for the offseason, and his predictions for the Super Bowl. (screen shot)
Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (top<ins>,</ins><ins> in a game against the Manitoba Bisons, making one of his 38 Canada West solo tackles in </ins><ins>2019</ins>), is one of seven players selected from Canadian university football programs to attend the College Gridiron Showcase in Fort Worth, Texas Jan. 17-21. (Rich Lam - UBC Thunderbirds photo)

Vernon football star to showcase talent in front of scouts

Ben Hladik of UBC selected among 104 players to attend College Gridiron Showcase in Texas

Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (top<ins>,</ins><ins> in a game against the Manitoba Bisons, making one of his 38 Canada West solo tackles in </ins><ins>2019</ins>), is one of seven players selected from Canadian university football programs to attend the College Gridiron Showcase in Fort Worth, Texas Jan. 17-21. (Rich Lam - UBC Thunderbirds photo)
Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes a catch against the Cleveland Browns during NFL Wildcard round action on Sunday. (Jared Wickerham/Pittsburgh Steelers)

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool catches 2 touchdowns in Steelers’ playoff loss

Pittsburgh Steelers eliminated from postseason after losing 48-37 to the Cleveland Browns

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes a catch against the Cleveland Browns during NFL Wildcard round action on Sunday. (Jared Wickerham/Pittsburgh Steelers)
B.C. Lions general manager Ed Hervey, left, introduces Rick Campbell during a news conference at the team’s training facility in Surrey, B.C., Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Campbell and football-operations director Neil McEvoy will be taking over as co-GM’s from Hervey, who stepped down from the post in October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Lions general manager Ed Hervey, left, introduces Rick Campbell during a news conference at the team’s training facility in Surrey, B.C., Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. Campbell and football-operations director Neil McEvoy will be taking over as co-GM’s from Hervey, who stepped down from the post in October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Vanderbilt K Fuller becomes first woman to play in NCAA’s Power 5 football conference

Soccer goalie joined gridiron team after kicker shortage due to COVID-19

Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller, right, kicks off as Ryan McCord (27) holds to start the second half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. With the kick, Fuller became the first female to play in a Southeastern Conference football game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
The Southern Interior Football Conference’s Peewee division title game between the Vernon Magnums and Kelowna Greys has been postponed to Dec. 9, 2020 due to new COVID restrictions announced by the provincial health officer Thursday, Nov. 19. (Submitted photo)

Vernon Magnums’ shot at football title postponed by new COVID-19 restrictions

Southern Interior Peewee championship game now set for Dec. 9, pending changes to the PHO order

The Southern Interior Football Conference’s Peewee division title game between the Vernon Magnums and Kelowna Greys has been postponed to Dec. 9, 2020 due to new COVID restrictions announced by the provincial health officer Thursday, Nov. 19. (Submitted photo)
Vernon Magnums quarterback Brock Warner (second from right) prepares to hand off the football to Boston Ciccone (4) in the Southern Interior Football Conference semifinal against West Kelowna Junior Sun Green Saturday, Nov.14, in West Kelowna. The Magnums routed West Kelowna 40-6 to advance to the championship final. (Photo submitted)

Vernon Magnums romp to Peewee football final

Vernon crushes West Kelowna Junior Sun Green 40-6 in semifinal play on a snow-covered West K field

Vernon Magnums quarterback Brock Warner (second from right) prepares to hand off the football to Boston Ciccone (4) in the Southern Interior Football Conference semifinal against West Kelowna Junior Sun Green Saturday, Nov.14, in West Kelowna. The Magnums routed West Kelowna 40-6 to advance to the championship final. (Photo submitted)
Vernon Magnums’ Boston Ciccone carries a Kelowna Junior Sun Grey defender with him into the endzone during Vernon’s 24-6 Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division clash in West Kelowna Saturday, Nov. 7. The win clinched first place in the division for the Magnums. (Photo submitted)

Vernon Magnums lock up first place

A 24-6 road win in Kelowna gives Peewee football squad first place in the SIFC

Vernon Magnums’ Boston Ciccone carries a Kelowna Junior Sun Grey defender with him into the endzone during Vernon’s 24-6 Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division clash in West Kelowna Saturday, Nov. 7. The win clinched first place in the division for the Magnums. (Photo submitted)
Vernon Magnums player Dylan Wapple (33) is brought down by a pair of Kamloops Broncos defender in exhibition Midget Division football play at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. The two cities started a community program for high school players unable to play at that level due to COVID-19 protocols. (Lisa Mazurek photo)

Vernon high school football players see action amid COVID-19

Vernon and Kamloops form community midget-aged teams to allow high schoolers chance to play in 2020

Vernon Magnums player Dylan Wapple (33) is brought down by a pair of Kamloops Broncos defender in exhibition Midget Division football play at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. The two cities started a community program for high school players unable to play at that level due to COVID-19 protocols. (Lisa Mazurek photo)
The Vernon Magnums (light blue, left) rolled to a 33-12 win over the visiting Kamloops Broncos in Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division action Sunday, Nov. 1, at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. (Facebook photo)

Vernon Magnums reel in Broncos

Vernon Peewee footballers dump visitors 33-12 in Southern Interior Conference first-place showdown

The Vernon Magnums (light blue, left) rolled to a 33-12 win over the visiting Kamloops Broncos in Southern Interior Football Conference Peewee Division action Sunday, Nov. 1, at Greater Vernon Athletics Park. (Facebook photo)
The  Vernon Magnums fell to the Kamloops Broncos 18-6 in Southern Interior Football Conference Atom  Division play Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Devin Rodger photo)

Vernon Magnums slide against Kamloops in slippery football Sunday

Vernon put in a strong defensive effort but fell 18-6 to Kamloops over the weekend

The  Vernon Magnums fell to the Kamloops Broncos 18-6 in Southern Interior Football Conference Atom  Division play Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Devin Rodger photo)