Benjamin Blum

Benjamin Blum is a senior writer with CBC News and has also worked with CBC Sports in the same capacity. He holds a master's of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax.

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NBA FINALS

Understanding Kawhi Leonard is easy — just watch him play basketball

Kawhi Leonard made it clear from his first news conference as a member of the Toronto Raptors that he would let his on-court play do the talking. Given that Toronto is one win away from its first-ever NBA championship, what more does he need to say?
NBA FINALS

A bandwagon fan's guide to the Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are playing for a championship for the first time and it's got many new Canadian fans tuning in. So if you count yourself among the bandwagoners, this handy guide should get you get up to speed just in time for the NBA Finals.
Analysis

Threatening to ban rugby punishes players for reporting concussions, officials say

Despite the Nova Scotia education minister's ordering the provincial school federation to reinstate rugby after it was banned on Thursday, the manner in which the initial decision was made alarmed Rugby Canada officials as well as devotees of the sport

Canadian men's rugby 7s team fires head coach Damian McGrath

Damian McGrath is out as Canada's men's rugby sevens coach after nearly three seasons in charge that saw the team win its first-ever tournament on the World Rugby Sevens Series.
The National

How a Canadian brought curling to Kosovo — and a spot at its 1st world championship

Canadian Peter Andersen wanted to bring curling to Kosovo when he moved to the small, tumultuous country in 2016. Three years later, he's representing Kosovo at the world mixed doubles curling championship and hoping his beloved sport keeps growing in the country.
The National

Bob Cole, the soundtrack of Saturday night, prepares final sign-off

Every hockey fan seemingly has a favourite call from broadcaster Bob Cole, who will sign off from Hockey Night in Canada for a final time on April 6 after 50 years in the booth. True to form, Cole just hopes everyone at home enjoys the game as much as he does.
The Buzzer

It's never too early to talk baseball, right?

Opening Day is less than two weeks away — sort of. And while it may still be chilly (read: bitterly cold) wherever you're reading this, hopefully these early predictions for the 2019 MLB season will get you in the summer spirit.
The Buzzer

The Whalers are (sort of) back (again)

You'll want to strike up the Brass Bonanza for this edition of The Buzzer. The Carolina Hurricanes will wear Hartford Whalers jerseys for the second time this season, so here's a look back at the Whalers, the WHA and one of hockey's most iconic logos.
Analysis

Canadian women's rugby 7s Olympic pursuit goes beyond the physical challenges

Canadian rugby's most successful team needed a bounce-back season and so far the women's sevens squad has delivered. But veterans like Britt Benn and Bianca Farella know that qualifying for the Olympics requires more than the physical aspect of the sport.

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir named CBC Sports Canadian Athletes of the Year

Naming ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir as CBC Sports Canadian Athletes of the Year for 2018 offers not only one last opportunity to celebrate the duo’s accomplishments, but also to revisit a moment in sports history that captivated a nation.
Analysis

Canadian men's soccer needs more than just Alphonso Davies to be relevant

If Canada's men’s national soccer team hopes to become a meaningful player on the international stage, it can’t just be Alphonso Davies carrying the burden. Fortunately for Canadian soccer fans and executives alike, there's hope that some other promising youngsters will emerge.
Recap

Canada earns bronze at women's rugby 7s season opener

Bianca Farella scored two tries, including a short-handed effort, as Canada defeated France 28-0 to win bronze at the HSBC Women's World Rugby Sevens Series season-opening tournament on Sunday in Glendale, Colo.
Analysis

Rugby's successful San Francisco weekend comes to a close

It was as much a competition as it was an exhibition. The battles on the pitch at the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens were intense, but the unconventionally cordial enthusiasm of the crowd highlighted the best aspects of the sport.
Recap

New Zealand wins back-to-back men's Rugby World Cup Sevens titles

New Zealand's men's rugby sevens team retained its Rugby World Cup Sevens title and completed a Kiwi sweep in San Francisco after defeating England 33-12 on Sunday.
Analysis

World Cup showcases Canadian rugby's potential — and its challenges

The Rugby World Cup Sevens is undoubtedly a massive platform for the game, but several key members of the Canadian rugby community know that there are significant challenges facing the sport in their country.