After a decade in the Canadian Football League, Hamilton Tiger-Cats centre Marwan Hage is hanging up his cleats."I am incredibly thankful to have the chance to play 10 years in the Canadian Football League,” said Hage. “My career has provided me with a lifetime full of memories and relationships that I will cherish for the rest of my life."“I look forward to beginning another exciting chapter of my life while continuing to work with the Hamilton community.”Hage made the announcement at the Sheraton Monday, leaving the Ottawa Redblacks without the veteran presence they thought they would have when they scooped up his rights in December’s CFL Expansion Draft.A Lebanon native who grew up in Montreal, Hage was Hamilton’s third-round draft pick in 2004, and will expected to retire as a Ticat, in a city where he’s fondly referred to as “The Sultan.”In his playing career, Hage was a two-time East Division All-Star, and a CFL All-Star in 2010, the same year he was named the East's top offensive lineman.Off the field, his charity “Hage’s Heroes” has brought more than 5,000 underprivileged youth to Tiger-Cat games since 2007, as well as helping out in food and toy drives around the holidays. Those efforts were recognized by the CFL when Hage was given the Tom Pate award for excellence in the community in 2009.“Marwan has been a true professional and an exceptional representative of the Tiger-Cats since his arrival in Hamilton,” added Ticats CEO Scott Mitchell. “He has been a tremendous presence on the field, in the locker room and in our community. We look forward to working with Marwan for years to come and congratulate him on an outstanding playing career.”He won’t be leaving football entirely – Hage remains with the CFL Player’s Association’s executive staff as one of three vice presidents.
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Riverdale's teen everyman Archie Andrews, the comic world's good-hearted small-town hero, will sacrifice his own life to save a friend at the conclusion of the series Life with Archie.The shocking news about the iconic pop culture character was announced Tuesday by Archie Comics publisher Jon Goldwater.Archie Andrews will die in Life with Archie #36, a forthcoming issue of the 'flash-forward' series exploring the character's life after high school and college. The issue will be released in July 2014. (Courtesy Archie Comics)Archie will die in July's Life with Archie #36, a forthcoming issue of the "flash-forward" series exploring the character's life after high school and college."We've been building up to this moment since we launched Life with Archie five years ago and knew that any book that was telling the story of Archie's life as an adult had to also show his final moment, Goldwater said in a statement."This story is going to inspire a wide range of reactions because we all feel so close to Archie. Fans will laugh, cry, jump off the edge of their seats and hopefully understand why this comic will go down as one of the most important moments in Archie’s entire history. It's the biggest story we've ever done, and we're supremely proud of it."The subsequent issue (#37) will jump forward a year and look at how the rest of the Riverdale crew — including his love interests Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge, best friend Jughead Jones and friend/nemesis Reggie Mantle — dealt with his death.In recent years, Archie Comics has branched out into more contemporary story lines, including those involving its first gay characters, and nontraditional spinoff series.For instance, the publisher teamed up with TV's high school music show Glee for a crossover project, called on controversial Girls creator Lena Dunham to pen a four-issue story and waded into the horror comic genre with the series Afterlife with Archie, which features the Riverdale gang encountering things like zombies, other undead creatures and magical incantations.
Headingall men must watchTitleNews Briefs: Everyone Watched Game of ThronesBy Tim SurettestaffAn hour ago8 Comments0
0WINTER IS COMING, BUT HUGE RATINGS ARE ALREADY HERE... OMG everyone loves Game of Thrones and they should! Season 4 debuted last night and I reviewed it here with all types of complimentary verbiage, but the news today is that the first episode of Season 4 was the most-watched HBO program since the 2007 series finale of The Sopranos (11.9 million viewers watched that cut to black). About 6.6 million viewers watched "Two Swords," a 50-percent increase from last year's premiere, making it the biggest audience for Game of Thrones to date. Following Game of Thrones was the series premiere of Silicon Valley, the new comedy from Mike Judge, which had an audience of almost 2 million. It's awesome, and you should drop what you're doing (unless you're holding a baby) and watch it right now because it's free on YouTube. Veep's third-season premiere, which Cory reviewed, drew 955,000 viewers after Silicon Valley. [Variety]BUSINESS TIME... Netflix has announced the Season 2 premiere date for Derek, Ricky Gervais' comedy about a simple man who works in a retirement home. The six-episode second season will begin streaming on Netflix as soon as the calendar turns to May 30. In the UK, the series will air on Channel 4 starting April 23. [Netflix via press release]... Fox has ordered the game show Boom! (don't forget the tone-setting exclamation mark) to series, I'm guessing to fill out its summer of "fun." The series is based on an Israeli format, as all new shows are these days, in which contestants "defuse" "bombs" by partaking in trivia. Multiple choice answers will be tied to various wires coming out of bombs, and players will cut the wire that corresponds to what they think the right answer is. Cut the correct wire and the cash prize balloons up and it's on to the next bomb, cut the wrong wire and everyone dies. Or maybe the contestant just loses their chance at the prize, Fox is still tinkering with the show. [Fox via press release]... Barbara Walters will make her final scheduled television appearance on Friday, May 16, when she says goodbye to her job as co-host of ABC's The View. To celebrate the television personality, The View will honor her during her final week and ABC will air a two-hour special recounting Walters' career from 9pm-11pm on May 16. [ABC via press release]... Only celebrities can save us from cooking to death on our increasingly warming rock! Showtime's documentary series Years of Living Dangerously follows stars as they get first-person accounts of the alleged damage the Earth is taking from climate change (if the Earth really is getting warmer then why are my feet so cold, EH SCIENTISTS?). And now you can watch the first episode for free on YouTube, Showtime On Demand, and Showtime Anytime (the network's version of HBOGO). [Showtime via press release]... Food Network has renewed Beat Bobby Flay for a 26-episode second season. Unfortunately, the title is slightly deceiving and it's actually a cooking show. [Variety]... The Americans is well known for its authentic kickass '80s soundtrack, but the FX series is going to try something a little more contemporary. Sort of. The Who's Pete Townshend has composed an original song called "It Must Be Done" for the April 30 episode of the spy drama. [FX via press release]CASTING ROUNDUP... Samuel L. Jackson will be back on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before the season ends. Just barely before the season ends! Jackson, who played S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury in the Marvel movies, will reprise his role in the season finale. Details of his appearance aren't known, because Marvel kills secret spillers. [Vulture]... The Pink Power Ranger is getting involved in some Covert Affairs. Amy Jo Johnson (Flashpoint) will join USA's Covert Affairs on a recurring basis for the spy drama's fifth season when it returns this summer. She'll play Hayley, an investigator with the National Counter Terrorism Center who gets tangled up with Auggie. [USA via press release]
Headinghitting the campaign trailTitleVeep Season 3 Premiere Review: The Worst WingmanBy Cory Barkerstaff57 minutes ago1 Comment0
0Veep S03E01: "Some New Beginnings"We didn't devote much coverage to Veep's second season around these parts, but during that time, Armando Iannucci's political satire grew into one of the best comedies on television. While Season 1 had its moments, Season 2 found another groove as Selena Meyer became a little less of a joke and the rest of the cast experienced some disappointment and made poor choices, too. Veep never lost sight of its political focus, but it figured out how to poke at the whole system as opposed to just a few people within that system, and it's been pretty great ever since. The improvements came to a head in the Season 2 finale, where indecision in the Oval Office convinced Selena and the team that she'd have a chance to run for president, then convinced them they wouldn't, but then ultimately convinced them they would. Hey, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert don't call the process "Indecision [Insert Year Here]" for nothing, right?The Season 3 premiere, "Some New Beginnings," picked up two months after the still-secret news that POTUS would not seek reelection, which was just enough time for Selena to hustle into position for a campaign without the satisfaction of announcing her intentions. She (well, Dan) took the obvious contemporary politician route and penned a memoir with a title that tries to be deep but makes no sense—Some New Beginnings: Our Next American Journey—and the premiere found her stuck in the middle of a book tour in Iowa in hopes of drumming up some caucus support. Veep loves to illustrate how boring and soul-sucking the political machine can be, and Selena's time at the book tour showcased it well, with plenty of weird people, dumb questions, and the like. And of course it didn't help that Gary wasn't around to assist, that Selena wasn't remotely interested in being there, and that she's kind of not a people person (future president!). Whatever ultimately happens, I'm hopeful that Veep will indeed allow Selena to run for president, because I can't stop imagining how awesome (read: uncomfortable) it would be to see her out in the world, kissing babies.Meanwhile, the rest of the team spent the episode at Mike's wedding to a reporter played by Kathy Najimy. They were all surprisingly enthusiastic! Gary managed everyone's experience as if he were still standing beside Selena, Dan and Amy bickered over who Selena might choose for her campaign manager, and Jonah showed up to act like creepy douche and plug his gossip and entertainment blog, White House Wingman. By the way, I checked to see whether White House Wingman was a real site, and it's not! For shame, HBO. You'll spend a ton of money on Game of Thrones transmedia content, but you won't give me a few fake gossip blog posts in Jonah's voice? Boo.But as things tend to go on Veep, a news leak sent everyone into a tizzy, and ramped up the comedy a bit. A probable campaign announcement from the Secretary of Defense forced Selena and Ben to attend the crummy funeral of a dead politician they didn't really care about just so they could hunt down their desired campaign manager, while Dan and Amy were forced to run damage control once Jonah took a photo of the staff "scrambling" for his blog. By the way, Jonah took the photo with his iPad mini. If that's not an indictment of his true character, I don't know what is. Don't be that person.Veep's brand of comedy is rarely gut-busting—it's generally quieter and character-based—and with this being a season premiere, the show seemed more interested in getting the story moving than in delivering a slew of jokes. Selena encountered a former presidential candidate at the funeral who was destroyed in 49 of the 50 states, and listening to him depressingly explain his misery served up the uncomfortable humor that Veep does so well. Similarly charming was Dan and Amy's back-up phone debate, which culminated with her pulling one out from between her legs and underneath her dress. She can also text behind her back! As Dan noted, she's the Jimi Hendrix of texting.The best part of the episode, though? Jonah getting fired. Veep has realized that it's funnier when multiple people make really stupid decisions, in "Some New Beginnings," that was readily apparent as the villainous Jonah focused too much on his stupid blog instead of doing his job for POTUS. Dan smartly used Jonah's cocksure attitude against him, resulting in one heck of a scene where Gary Cole's Kent laid into Jonah and then fired him. Jonah didn't take it so well; he threatened to announced the White House's wifi password to the world! That's high stakes. There's no doubt that Jonah will be back—heck, it's possible that he'll be hanging around more now that he's untethered from the Oval Office—but watching him get canned is about as satisfying as Veep gets.By the end of the half-hour, Jonah's mistake had forced the president to finally make his announcement, which means Selena can soon make hers. So really we have Jonah to thank for both a tremendous comedic moment and for kicking off the season's campaign storyline. If Veep is as successful with the pay-off as it's been with the lead-up, we're in for a quite a treat over the next nine weeks.SUE'S NOTES– Not much Sue in this episode. That's such a bummer. She's the third most important in the world!– It was nice to see Mike (somewhat) happy for an episode. You have to guess that this marriage, like all the rest, will fail, but Matt Walsh displayed a fun chemistry with Najimy. It'll be great when she stabs in him in the back for some stupid reason and he starts crying about the boat again.– I appreciate Selena eked out a bit of a win with her really strong eulogy at the funeral, only for her to attempt to deliver the same speech, almost word-for-word, during a call into Mike's wedding. She's not entirely incompetent, she just pushes her luck too far, too often. Funny how the eulogy for a dead man basically worked as a celebration of Mike's life, though.– Some of the brief jokes I enjoyed in this episode: Selena unzipping her dress after immediately escaping to the hotel room; Gary crying during his speech at the wedding because Selena was calling him and he knew he couldn't answer; Gary immediately calling Selena back only for her to ignore it (Tony Hale is the best); Ben revealing all the White House gossip to the Iowa assistant in a speech meant to keep a lid on the secrets; and Ben taking a weird amount of time to forge Selena's signature in one of her books.– Isiah Whitlock Jr. sighting! Playing a political figure no less. What would it take to get a nice, long "sheeeeeeeeee-it" this season?– We won't be covering Veep week to week, but if you haven't been watching the show, you should start. It's really, really great.What'd you think of Veep's Season 3 premiere? Does Selena actually have a chance on the campaign trail?
At an art museum in New Jersey, haunting self-portraits taken decades ago are a mystery to photo historians.LISTEN: Photobooth Mystery Man
The collection of 445 selfies — all featuring the same man — is entitled Four Hundred and Forty-Five Portraits of a Man. The photographs were purchased at an auction in New York and put on display at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.The catch? Nobody has any clue who the man is.According to Donna Gustafson, the curator of the exhibition, the mystery man appears to be in his 30s in the earliest photographs, and likely in his mid-60s in the last portraits."He's always dressed as if he's going to work. He's wearing business attire: a white button shirt and a tie, or a bow tie, and very often he's wearing a jacket. So he looks like a travelling salesman, basically," Gustafson told Carol Off, host of CBC's As It Happens."I think that people are fascinated by something that seems to be very ordinary and then sort of takes a leap into the extraordinary — the fact that we have 445 photos of this same man, and we know nothing about him or where they came from. We don't even know how they came to be for sale at the auction in New York," said Gustafson.Two theoriesThe portraits were all likely taken in a Photomatic Photobooth, a contraption invented in the 1920s that remained popular throughout the 1940s that allowed people to take some of the earliest selfies.The fact that they all appear to be taken in a Photomatic has spawned two prominent theories about the man and how the photos came to be, Gustafson said."One theory is that he owned a photo shop, so he would take a photo every so often to ensure the machine was working. The second is that perhaps he was a sort of travelling salesman who sold these kind of machines, so he would take photos of himself to demonstrate the machine."Shortly after the collection went on display in New Jersey, museum officials got word from a collector in Michigan that other photos of the man existed and were purchased at an auction in that state. In some of those photographs, the man appears with children.Gustafson is confident that eventually the man's identity will surface, and that perhaps there are hundreds more photographs in existence."The odds are pretty good, I think. I'm expecting that someone is going to tell us who he is and eventually tell us his whole story."
Brad Richardson scored with 1:23 left in regulation Saturday as the Vancouver Canucks kept their playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Kings.Richardson took a feed from linemate Zack Kassian at the side of Jonathan Quick's goal and ripped home his 11th of the season to keep the Canucks in the playoff chase, at least mathematically.Alexander Edler had the other goal for Vancouver (35-32-11), which got 25 saves from Eddie Lack in his 18th straight start since the Olympic break.Slava Voynov scored for Los Angeles (45-28-6). Quick stopped 38 shots for Kings, who are locked into the third seed in the Pacific Division.Down 1-0 after two periods, the Canucks tied the score on the power play after Edler's seventh of the season just 66 seconds into the third stood up after a video review.The Vancouver defenceman pinched down to Quick's crease and saw Daniel Sedin's saucer pass deflect in off his skate without a distinct motion.The Canucks had another power play moments later, but some good puck movement failed to create a clear-cut chance on Quick.The game was played after a controversial few days in Vancouver that included Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis seeming to criticize the style employed by first-year head coach John Tortorella in a live radio interview.Gillis said he wanted the club to get back to the high-tempo, puck-possession game that got it to within one victory of the 2011 Stanley Cup under former head coach Alain Vigneault, who was fired in the off-season after a first-round playoff exit.On same pageTortorella responded to Gillis's comments by saying that both he and his boss were on the same page in terms of systems coming out of training camp, but added that he was slow to respond to injuries that forced the Canucks into a more conservative style by mid-season.On the ice, the Kings snapped a scoreless tie on a power play with 28 seconds left in the second period on Voynov's fourth goal of the season on a massive breakdown by the Canucks' penalty-killing unit.All four Vancouver players on the ice inexplicably wound up in the corner below the goal-line, leaving Voynov wide open in front to bury a feed from Jeff Carter. The goal was Voynov's first goal since Nov. 14, a span of 59 games.Vancouver had a couple of chances to grab the lead earlier in the period, with rookie forward Nicklas Jensen chipping a puck into the netting over the Kings' net after being left alone in front.The Canucks also had a 4-on-3 power play for 34 seconds that they failed to capitalize on, as well as a great chance for Richardson that the Vancouver forward couldn't get up and over Quick.At the other end, Lack made a huge pad stop in the period's opening minute when he came across to stone Kings forward Tyler Toffoli on a 2-on-1.The Kings and Canucks have played some physical games in past playoffs and this season, but the opening 20 minutes felt more like an exhibition game.Vancouver forward Shawn Matthias had the game's first scoring chance with eight minutes gone in the first when he found himself alone in front the L.A. net but couldn't beat Quick from in close.Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown had the best opportunity to break the scoreless deadlock with 30 seconds remaining, but his shot from the faceoff circle rang off the post behind Lack.
Sam Gagner got the tying goal with 40.4 seconds to play in regulation, then scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night.Gagner's tying goal came when Phoenix goalie Thomas Greiss went behind the net to play a puck and couldn't get back to his crease in time."It's nice to get rewarded there," Gagner said of the tying goal. "You have to learn to find ways to win, especially for us down the stretch here."
'The way we gave up the second goal, that's demoralizing, but it's no time to hang your head.'- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett
It was a tough loss for the Coyotes, who are vying for the last wild-card spot in the West. Phoenix moved one point ahead of ninth-place Dallas, but the Stars have two games in hand."It's not about being so much the spoiler. It's fun to be a part of a game that means something," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "We're playing teams that these games are huge for them and we understand. It's fun and it's challenging to be in games that really mean something to the other team and I was very interested in how our guys were going to respond."Coyotes coach Dave Tippett compared the loss to an overtime playoff defeat."The way we gave up the second goal, that's demoralizing, but it's no time to hang your head," he said.Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz also scored and Ben Scrivens stopped 24 shots through overtime.Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the tying goal for the Coyotes in the second period, and Kyle Chipchura put them ahead with 7:18 left in the third. Thomas Greiss also stopped 24 shots for Phoenix.Gagner scored on a deflection, backhanding the puck into the net after a shot from behind the goal by teammate Jordan Eberle to force overtime. Eberle had two assists.Schultz gave his team the early lead in the final minute of the first period. He took a centreing pass from Eberle and fired a wrist shot that bounced on the ice and over Greiss' outstretched glove hand.The offensive struggles continued for the Coyotes, who have three goals in the past four games, all losses with two overtime shootout defeats."First period, I thought out execution was poor. Just couldn't get a handle on anything. Didn't pass the puck well," Tippett said. "Our intentions were good, we just couldn't get anything done. Right now we don't have a lot of that in our lineup, the pure execution at high speed."Just 13 seconds into the Coyotes' first power play of the game, Ekman-Larsson held the puck for a bit, then shot high to the far corner and found the net with 5:28 left in the second period to even the score at 1-all.The goal ended the Coyotes' scoring drought of more than 139 minutes.Greiss kept the Oilers from taking another lead, knocking away a quality shot from Eberle with 2:44 to play in the second.The Coyotes had a chance to add to their lead on a late third-period power play, but Mike Ribeiro's shot hit the post.Scrivens went to the bench with a little over a minute to play to give the Oilers an extra attacker, and Edmonton took advantage with the late goal."An unfortunate mixup, and we let a point slip away again," Chipchura said.The Coyotes lost in a shootout Tuesday to Winnipeg, another non-playoff team.
The Toronto Blue Jays had their home opener Friday night against the New York Yankees in front of a sold out Rogers Centre crowd.Before the game the Jays honoured several Sochi Olympians and Paralympians. Famed now retired Jays pitcher Roy 'Doc' Halladay threw out the opening pitch.Several politicians attended the game, including Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and mayoral candidate John Tory.Click through the photos to see all the action from the game.The Jays continue their home stand against the Yankees on Saturday at 1 p.m.