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Canada faces a 0-2 deficit after Saturday’s singles of its Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group II tie against Romania in Cluj-Napoca. Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, ON), Canada’s no. 1 singles player this weekend, fell 6-2, 6-2 to Sorana Cirstea while Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) was defeated 6-3, 6-7(4) et 6-2 by Irina-Camelia Begu.

Cirstea needed 54 minutes to defeat Zhao, earning five breaks of serve in the match compared to the Canadian’s one. The Romanian, ranked no. 38 in the world, also hit 16 winners while Zhao had just five. The 22-year-old Canadian was playing in her first Fed Cup singles match.

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Canada had to have a perfect day on Sunday in Osijek if they were going to beat Croatia and advance to the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarter-finals, but Borna Coric sealed the tie for the home country thanks to a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Shapovalov in the fourth match.

Shapovalov sees his three match win streak in Davis Cup ended by the no. 47 ranked Croat. Coric, who opened the tie with victory over Vasek Pospisil, was the star of the weekend for Croatia. He played a virtually flawless match from start to finish, committing very few unforced errors and earning one break of serve in each set.

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Air Canada announced today that it has renewed its sponsorship as the Official Airline of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee. The four-year agreement extends through the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

“As Canada’s official airline, we believe our country deserves to be celebrated,” says Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams represent the best of Canada, showing off the ambition and drive of our people. We’re proud to be a piece of home connecting those athletes to their country while they’re abroad, and helping to make sure they arrive ready to perform at their very best.”

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Team Canada artistic gymnasts had a successful weekend in Japan, winning four bronze medals in the apparatus finals at the 2017 Tokyo International Competition.

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Two of Canada’s top bobsleighs ploughed through heavy snow and a deep international field to finish in the top-five on Sunday in Winterberg, Germany on Sunday.

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Canada Soccer has invited 27 players to the final U-17 women’s camp of 2017 being held from 22 – 29 November, as it continues to prepare for next April’s CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Nicaragua, which serves as the qualification tournament for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018.

The camp will continue to focus on the development of this age group through Canada Soccer’s National EXCEL Curriculum and provide National EXCEL Director Bev Priestman a final opportunity to assess the players before heading into the qualification tournament for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

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Canada’s Alex Gough slid into the Olympic year with a solid fourth-place finish at the Luge World Cup opener in Igls, Austria on Saturday. The 30-year-old Calgarian had the fourth-fastest starts to begin each of her two trips down the 10-corner track where she clocked a two-run time of 1:20.705. 

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