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Deal brewing to give arena Labatt name
The Labatt name -- and not Canadian cable TV giant Rogers Communications -- will likely be on London's new downtown arena when it opens in October.

Torontonians capture bodybuilding titles
Two Toronto competitors stole the show at the Ontario Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships at Centennial Hall.

Western adds new coaches
The face of Western sports will look vastly different this year with the addition of eight new coaches.

Falcons peaking in time for run at Varsity championship
The London Falcons have a tendency to start out slowly, but they are coming together just in time to make a serious run for their second Ontario Varsity Football League Championship.

City wants to hose inline hockey worlds
London is lining up to play host to the world inline hockey championships next July.

City loses triathlon to Lakeside over water
London's lack of dependable lake water has cost the city a large triathlon event that lands in Lakeside, an Oxford County hamlet north of Thamesford, this weekend.

Yzerman checking into Fowler clinic
Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman has turned to local world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Peter Fowler in the hope of restoring order in his wonky right knee.

Metras entering hoops hall of fame
Western's John Metras will be inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame this fall.

Got an idea for a logo?
As we see the London Sports Hall of Fame inch toward a reality, the next step is upon us.

Bucks and pucks
Blame the coach and general manager if you must.

Soccer league bans 3 for a year
The manager, coach and a player of the London Serbs men's soccer team have been suspended for a year following disciplinary hearings.

ON THE PITCH: Volunteers are key to growth
For soccer to thrive in this city and country, thousands of volunteers are needed.

Patrick Jarrett at NHL camp less than four months after heart surgery
There is absolutely no doubt in Patrick Jarrett's mind that he's going to be an NHL player someday soon.

B.C. field hockey victories a family affair
A golden goal in the gold-medal game put the finishing touches on a golden day for British Columbia teams at the Canadian senior field hockey championships at TD Waterhouse Stadium.

Columbus team boss credits year in London
It's a long way from student lodgings on Platts Lane in London to operating a National League Hockey franchise and a $150-million arena facility.

Canadian men's eight wins Grand Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta
The Canadian men's eight won the Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta on Sunday, edging a strong German crew by half a boat length.

Boyd proud parent of would-be Jackets
He looks down on the ice like the proud parent of a kid who is accomplishing something in life.

Ted Williams, last batter to hit .400 in baseball, dies at 83
Ted Williams, Beantown's ever cranky but much beloved "Splendid Splinter" and baseball's last .400 hitter, died.

Canadian dollar's resurgence could save millions for sports franchises
Paul Godfrey is eyeing an improving prospect that could save the Toronto Blue Jays millions of dollars.

No. 1 pick Rick Nash is showing confidence beyond his 18 years
Don't be fooled by Rick Nash's youthful appearance, which looks more suited for a neighbourhood rink than an NHL arena.

Maple Leafs couldn't offer what Cujo wanted most: The Stanley Cup
It's tough to say what will sting the most for fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, losing Curtis Joseph to Detroit or the reason why the star goaltender left.

ON THE PITCH: ' If I can do it, so can you'
Canada's best-known soccer player stood in front of a spanking-new pitch and urged kids to dream.

Raptors eye Kwiatkowski at NBA pre-draft workout
Former Western Mustang men's basketball star Andy Kwiatkowski took part in a pre-draft workout with the Toronto Raptors last weekend.

Sports columns
Young triathlete tangled in doping net
You hope, sometimes against hope itself, it's all a big mistake.

Van Horne leaving NewPL for teaching post
It would be easy to assume Jim Van Horne's resignation from the NewPL is closely associated with turmoil within the television station's newsroom.

Knights' site takes quick, nasty hits
The London Knights took their first hit and the season is two months away.

Little to quibble about
It's three months to the opening of the London Entertainment and Sports Centre.

Getting onside with new arena
I have not been a strong supporter of the new entertainment/ sports complex being constructed on the former Talbot block.

Nash looking good to make the jump
Columbus Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean jokes that when he comes back to London next season, he'll be wearing one of those hats that covers his face, the kind people wear when it's minus 30 outside or they don't want to be recognized.

'Overload' wearing on Nash
It was a dead giveaway that this development camp is doing exactly what it was supposed to do.

Lamenting 'Major' woes
On May 28, The London Free Press published what is probably the most recognized London Majors Baseball Club photograph: Russ Evon, Tommy White and Ken McFadden celebrating victory at the 1948 North American Sandlot Championship.

Smith insists Mustangs on right track
During a recent segment of Stupid Human Tricks on David Letterman's Late Show, a University of Toronto student had big trouble recalling the nickname of his school's sports teams.

Nash No. 1 with Jacket fans
There was a clear favourite during the Columbus Blue Jackets open scrimmage at their development camp.

Rookie camp a big deal in Columbus
The next seven days won't determine whether Rick Nash will begin the next National Hockey League season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

A gem among diamonds
It's a hot, sunny day, one of those days you know is going to turn into a perfect summer night for baseball at Labatt Park.

Harness racing
Youngsters get harness race lowdown at camp
Twelve-year-old Londoner Tyler Campbell pauses only slightly when asked why he wanted to participate in a harness racing camp.

Spill has likely ended Rob Campbell's driving career
Rob Campbell says he'll probably never drive again.

High school and minor sports
Novice team earns a nats berth
London Lightning's novice team placed third in Chatham in the provincial girls' fastball championship on the weekend, qualifying the team for the national championships.

Lightning fast
What do the women and girls in the local sports scene have that the men and boys don't?

Under-10 girls Eclipse soccer opponents
The North London Eclipse under-10 competitive girls soccer team won the Heritage Tournament in Cambridge, Ont.

Lucas girls' soccer team captures Ontario bronze
The Lucas girls' soccer team took home a bronze medal at the Ontario high school championship tournament, beating St. Joan of Arc from Maple 6-1 in the third-place game.

Minor Sports columns by Morris Dalla Costa

PHOTO GALLERY: 2000-01 Athletes of the Year
Local secondary school winners

Intercounty Major Baseball League
Majors need help to get into playoffs
The London Majors have to win back-to-back games against the St. Thomas Storm and even then a chance to grab the Intercounty Major Baseball league's final playoff spot is out of their hands.

Majors playoff hopes slim
The London Majors' slim hopes for a playoff berth in the Intercounty Major Baseball League will hinge on this weekend's final two regular season games -- a home-and-home series with the St. Thomas Storm.

Majors scrambling to gain playoff spot
The London Majors will be finishing their regular season in the same manner they started.

Majors fighting for playoffs
Just a few weeks ago, the London Majors were two games under .500 and had their sights set on second place in the Intercounty Major Baseball League.

Majors set to lose 4 players to tourney
With a playoff spot on the line, the London Majors will lose four players to an international tournament in Ottawa for the last three games of the Intercounty Major baseball schedule.

Majors slugger credits elite team with exposure
Funny thing about Tim Hinchliffe. He's not thinking about baseball right now, he says.

Londoner has standing offer for Majors
A London resident fronting for a New York City holding company says he has a standing offer of $50,000 for the London Majors of the Intercounty Major Baseball League.

'Lethargic' Majors tripped up by Tigers
The fireworks didn't get started last night for the London Majors at Labatt Park, losing 3-2 to the Waterloo Tigers.

New Majors beat up on ex-London players
The new blood beat the old blood twice at Labatt Park last night when the London Majors took a doubleheader from the Brantford Red Sox.

Majors begin five-game homestand
A mid-season five-game homestand for the London Majors begins tonight at Labatt Park when the Intercounty Majors take on the Guelph Royals.

Majors hope for fireworks at home
All things considered, the London Majors are looking pretty good going into this weekend's four-game home stand.

Intercounty league boss stresses marketing
With the Intercounty Major Baseball League a the halfway point in its schedule, new commissioner Jim Rooney calls the circuit "baseball's best-kept secret."

More in our Intercounty baseball guide

In the Pits
ON TRACK: It's the price of doing business
Variety is the spice of life, and auto racing.

ON THE CIRCUIT: Top gun shooting to be top dog at hot rod reunion
Don Jackson prides himself on moving real estate in quick order in the St. Thomas area, but none of his sales can match the speed at which he covers the real estate at St. Thomas Dragway.

ON TRACK: By George, he's running strong at 61
George Wall has been going around in circles for the better part of his 61 years.

ON THE CIRCUIT: Robblee chasing series three-peat
The CASCAR Carquest Sportsman Series returns to Delaware Speedway with a 100-lap event.


Bid online to play with Weir
Want to tee it up with Mike Weir? Caddy for him?

RiverBend for everyday golfers
Renowned course architect Doug Carrick designed RiverBend Golf Club not to be a monster -- and it isn't.

TRUNK SLAMMING: Mitchell hits golf map
There's something special that has put almost every small town in Southwestern Ontario on the map.

THE TEACHER: Time out on the range will be well spent
Sheryl Russell isn't expecting much when she golfs.

FORE THE RECORD: Feeling good about golf
Next time you worry about fundamentals such as grip, stance or swing, pause and give thought to how it must feel for eight special needs children from the Thames Valley Children's Centre when they golf.

TRUNK SLAMMING: More here than just golf
Looking for a golf getaway this summer in cottage country?

THE TEACHER: 'Batting drill' helps take tension out of swing
Peter Marks wasn't expecting RiverBend golf professional Matt Simmons to work instant wonders when they met for a lesson at the new Sifton golf course and housing development west of Byron.

More Golf...
FYI London's Par Fore the Course guide

London City CPSL pro soccer
City, Shooters play to 0-0 tie
London City was fit to be tied -- again -- last night as they drew 0-0 with the York Region Shooters in a Canadian Professional Soccer League game at Cove Road Field.

After six draws, London City wants a win
That six-game undefeated stretch was great while it lasted but now London City manager Harry Gauss feels it's time to revisit the win column.

Hitmen slam City
London City was snuffed out of Canadian Professional Soccer League Cup action when the home-town Brampton Hitmen beat London City 4-1.

Thunder snaps City's unbeaten streak
London City's unbeaten streak has ended at six games.

CPSL THIS WEEK: City goes for seven
Six and counting.

City ties Durham and keeps a streak alive
London City extended its undefeated streak to six games after coming back to tie the Durham Flames 1-1 in Canadian Professional Soccer League action in Oshawa.

More London City pro soccer in the FYI London CPSL guide

Western Mustangs photo gallery

Mustang Football
Mustangs pick up the ball and move on
It may be as obvious as believing dogs don't like cats, or that Elvis didn't like TV sets, but former Western football player Philippe Beaudry's verbal abuse claim against head coach Larry Haylor didn't help the Mustangs rookie recruiting season.

Mustangs season tickets hot
The Western Mustangs football team is well on its way to surpassing last season's season ticket sales of 2,156.

FYI London's Western Mustangs university football page

London Knights photo gallery

London Knights
Knights rolls out new armour
The new castle is still being built but the London Knights' new armour has already arrived.

Knights unveil new uniform
The London Knights will introduce their new uniform\.

Knights affiliate with Jets
The London Knights have turned their affiliations to Petrolia and Wallaceburg after a long-standing relationship with the junior B London Nationals was severed by current Nats owner Rene Vilon.

FYI London's London Knights Ontario Hockey League page.

Coverage of the 2001 Canada Games including schedule, videos and slide show

Canada Games
Sports endowment fund established with money left from Summer Games
The final numbers are in and the 2001 Canada Summer Games will hand over $286,000 for amateur sports.

FYI London's Canada Summer Games retrospective guide

News and features
Chatham hopeful out to try her luck in U.S. teen pageant
She'll carefully pack the dress resembling a Canadian flag and the lilac gown donated by the local bridal shop.

Daily horoscope
Guys gotta look good
Far different from the shaggy bed-heads who once sneered at even basic hygiene, today's teen boys are becoming grooming gurus, spending nearly as much time in front of the mirror as their sisters.

Great blue heron's death saddens angler.
A familiar fisher will be missed in the coves.

Wildlife deaths not due to West Nile, health unit says
The Middlesex-London Heath Unit and received reports of at least four dead birds and two dead squirrels last weekend, from north London residents concerned about the West Nile virus.

Injured black squirrel stole rescuers' hearts
Good luck, Bandit.

Mammoth Asian carp threaten Great Lakes, IJC says
A species of mammoth carp posing a bigger risk than zebra mussels will enter the Great Lakes in less than a year if steps aren't taken to contain it, an international agency warned.

Health Unit warns of rabid bats
Bats are toothy creatures and unfortunately might carry a virus that can be fatal to people.

Ministry looks to capture threatened badger on film
The provincial Natural Resources Ministry is focusing its surveillance cameras on one of Southwestern Ontario's most elusive residents.

DEET the only way to effectively combat mosquitoes for long periods: study
Hate bug bites?

Ticks can spread combo of nasty diseases and threaten summer fun
It's time to talk about the lowly tick.

Uncomfortably hot conditions dangerous for some
Ferocious heat and stifling smog tainted Canada Day enthusiasm with discomfort.

Pools open for summer
The city's 11 outdoor swimming pools opened up just in time for thousands of Londoners to beat the first heat wave of the summer.

Crow had W. Nile virus
The potentially deadly West Nile virus is back in London and Middlesex.

Not everyone takes a shine to the scorching sun
It may have felt like a record breaker, but yesterday's temperature came nowhere near what Londoners experienced in 1988.

Nuisance fishing is causing a big stink in Lake Erie community
The Ministry of Natural Resources wants anglers to throw their gobies back.

Silvia Pecota: More than just a pretty face
Members share tips, tricks at Web-based photography club
After buying his first digital camera, Rob McPhee found he had no place to share his photos.

Buried Treasures
Unusual cabinet the real family heirloom
This phonograph came to me through my family.

Moorcroft vase a beauty
This vase is about 46 centimetres high and appears to have a real signature, rather than one that is stamped on.

Footed vases made of 'satin glass'
Enclosed is a picture of two vases that I believe came from England.

Zookeeper snaps back at call to close Lickety-Split
Kavou is a momma's boy.

Senior saves treasured pet
A London woman will know this afternoon if her pet Shih Tzu will be put to sleep because of injuries from a vicious attack by two greyhounds.

Can you canoe?
It's been 60 years since Bill Chipperfield first paddled a canoe and 30 years since he helped found the London Canoe Club.

Sailors welcome visitors aboard
Anne McEwen is cool about her position as the first female commodore in the almost 50-year history of the Fanshawe Yacht Club.

Anchors aweigh
Dick DesRosiers grew up on the water’s edge at Lac St. Louis in Lachine, Que.

Reel fun
Ian James is as adept at raising eyebrows as he is at raising fish to take his flies.

On the run
The calendar says it's spring, so all the fair weather runners are coming out of hibernation.

Image makers
Marilyn Sweetland put photography into a much sharper focus when she returned to her hobby seven years ago.

Crush on grapes
For Terry Rayner, the proof of the challenge of winemaking is in the numbers.

Pool party
The Music Man talks about trouble "right here in River City."

Stage struck
John Turner just can't drag himself off that stage.

Winning ways
Three local racing shell manufacturers are riding a wave of international interest in rowing.

Spare moments
Ian Cameron chose bowling over hockey about four decades ago.

Snowbody's business
Harry Smith and Irish Ferguson carve their way down a run at London Ski Club with the grace that comes with experience.

Rocks on a roll
Television is often accused of turning us into couch potatoes.

Getting in stride
Don't tell John Russell this is the first good winter for cross-country skiing in years.

Dating and Mating
Is boyfriend a probable soulmate?
Q: My boyfriend is usually very attentive and supportive but recently he has started to ask me to make some difficult choices about the amount of time I am spending with my family and friends.

SHRINK RAP: Why are moral standards falling?
DEAR DR. GOLDEN: Why do people these days have such low moral standards?

Summer getaways involve ideas, energy
Summer is the season for stepping out of our regular 9-to-5 routines to plan a getaway.

Relationships all need ABCs
When a couple arrives at my office to work on a problem, one of the first things I evaluate is how well they know their relationship ABCs, that is, how well Assertion Balances with Compromise.

Striking a match
The only experience most Canadians have with a matchmaker is watching Fiddler on the Roof.

Minidating mixes interview, follow-through
A modern-day matchmaking scheme with an efficient twist is coming to London.

Looking for love in all the wrong places? Try Alberta, census data suggests
If the search for a soul mate seems slow, Statistics Canada might have some advice for the lovelorn: try a tryst in Taber, some romance in Red Deer or a little wooing in Whitecourt.

Gap in numbers between men, women in Canada narrowing, census says
At first blush, it might be heartening news for the single woman in search of Mr. Right: a long-standing shortage of men in Canada is starting to disappear.

Hot dates or soul mates -- mini-dating may help find both
If you've been looking for love in all the wrong places, a couple of matchmakers from Guelph, Ont. may have just the thing for you.

SHRINK RAP: Is it erotica or pornography?
DEAR DR. GOLDEN: What is the difference between erotica and pornography? -- Curious

Sticking to the subject, watching body language helps end conflict
Keeping an argument on track will reduce the amount of time spent in conflict.

Common-law unions becoming increasingly popular, stats suggest
Sovereignty-association isn't just a political option for Quebecers, new numbers from Statistics Canada indicate. About 70 per cent of people in the province say they expect their first conjugal union to be a common-law relationship.

Arguing respectfully can help resolve problems with less hurt
Fighting and arguing with your partner, if done 'properly' can help to resolve issues quickly and with less emotional upset.

FYI London's Dating and Mating guide

Long-distance kayaker credits London facility
After suffering a heart attack 10 years ago at the age of 39, former Londoner Robert Morrissette was afraid to do anything physical.

Running programs help shed the pounds
If you are looking for a surefire way to shed a few pounds and get into shape there are few things more effective than running.

SHRINK RAP: High responsibility, low power recipe for classic case of burnout
DEAR DR. GOLDEN: I work in a social service agency looking after people with all kinds of difficult problems.

KEEP FIT: When it comes to summer drinks, water's best at keeping us cool and hydrated
The only thing better than a long bike ride on a hot summer's day is a cool refreshing beer.

Cutting sleep time may fight depression
You're depressed, but don't like the idea of taking anti-depressants?

FYI London's health and wellness guide

Summer theatre packages hot ticket
Summer theatre is an even hotter ticket this year, thanks to a provincially supported program called Just the Ticket.

Airline sued by woman who was forced to pull humming sex toy from her luggage
A woman who says she was pulled off an airplane and asked to take a sex toy out of her luggage after it started vibrating is suing Delta Air Lines, saying she was publicly humiliated.

Britain on a budget takes sleuthing
Britain is expensive, by Canadian standards, and the American dollar's recent weakness hasn't helped.

Endless street theatre of New Orleans best seen on foot
If an army marches on its stomach, so, surely, do tourists bent on seeing New Orleans' French Quarter the way it should be seen -- on foot.

YOUTHBEAT: Youth on adventure quests explore their world and place in it
For almost three months, Brenna Kelly climbed rocks, crawled through caves, clung to an ocean dingy on stormy waters and lived primarily on pasta while meandering the country alone.

Tourist bus delivery still weeks away
Miss the bus?

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Knights' site takes quick, nasty hits

The London Knights took their first hit yesterday and the season is two months away.

Many hits, actually. Dirty ones.

The team's new Web site -- -- was unveiled in conjunction with their new uniform design and it wasn't long before the site's chat room got a stream of profanity-laden hits.

"It started right at 11:30 when we opened the site," said Deepal Peiris, vice-president of Cyberteks Design, which designed the site. "The f-word was used a lot. We know who it was. We brought somebody in to investigate and found through the IP address it was a competitor. It's a terrible thing for young people to see that."

Peiris couldn't say yet whether he would have the firm, which he said lost a couple of contracts to Cyberteks, charged.

Cyberteks is a London company that actually was founded by Peiris's son, Keith, a 14-year-old computer whiz whose list of achievements is becoming phenomenal. His client portfolio includes Rogers Cable, radio stations in New York and Connecticut, a Florida trucking firm, a Rhode Island grist mill, a Vancouver steamship company, an MP, the University of Western Ontario, a jeweller, race wear manufacturer and various other concerns.

Wise beyond his years, the soon-to-be high school student dismissed the attacks.

"Personally, I think it's extremely low," he said. "They're just wasting their time and mostly looking like jerks on a chat line."

By late afternoon, of the hundred or so chat room hits, more than 40 were profane ones from the same source, using various pseudonyms.

But Keith Peiris is more interested in speaking of his passions, goaltending and computers. A member of the Junior Knights bantam team, he's currently playing hockey in a summer league where he faces a lot of shots.

"It's one of the reasons goaltenders from Quebec are so good," said one of Patrick Roy's staunchest fans. "They face a lot of shots."

For Peiris, the Knights site is special. It's the convergence of his passions, for one thing, and he knows it will lead to more hockey-related Web assignments. It was through hockey the deal was struck.

A chance meeting between Keith and Knights assistant general manager Jim McKellar during spring evaluation started it. When McKellar was making suggestions on how young Peiris could break in new pads, the kid noted the team logo on McKellar's jacket and a conversation ensued over Peiris's area of Web design expertise.

"The following day was the perfect day to make a pitch (to create the Web site) because of their new logo and jerseys," he said. "The timing was excellent."

The result is an interactive site with e-commerce, puzzles, memory games and all the usual stuff associated with a team Web site but with bells and whistles being added faster than decals on a race car.

"It's evolving," said Peiris, his hands flashing over his keyboard like the hands of a goalie facing a barrage of pucks. "Things will be changing every day as we go through the next phases. There'll be more games, more desktops, more everything. By Phase 3 (September), we think we'll have set the benchmark for all hockey sites in North America. No, I might as well say world."

Among them, he promises, will be National Hockey League teams with whom he is negotiating, bringing up an interesting situation. In his way, Peiris could make the NHL before any other 14-year-old in the country.

Nearby, as the Knights were unveiling their new jerseys, Peiris illustrated how on-line memorabilia shoppers can customize a replica sweater with the name of a particular player or even their own name, place an order and get it and other team souvenirs by delivery.

As the hands danced across his computer keyboard, it was obvious. The kid who hopes to make the big leagues one day as a goalie has already made it as a computer programmer.

And he can take the hits.

To discuss the opinions of columnist Jim Kernaghan, call 667-4557 or 1-800-265-4167, ext. 4557. E-mail


by Jim Kernaghan
The London Free Press
Keith Peiris


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