Doug Harrison

Doug Harrison has covered the professional and amateur scene as a senior writer for CBC Sports since 2003. Previously, the Burlington, Ont., native covered the NHL and other leagues for Follow the award-winning journalist @harrisoncbc

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Diamond League

Late charge propels De Grasse to 200-metre win in season-best time

Andre De Grasse delivered an early first birthday gift to daughter Yuri on Father's Day Sunday, outrunning world champion Ramil Guliyev to win the men's 200 metres for his first victory on the Diamond League circuit in two years.

Canadian marathon record holder Cam Levins 5th in Toronto 10K

Cam Levins of Black Creek, B.C., finished fifth in the men's race of the Toronto 10K on Saturday, the first time he has competed in the big city since breaking Jerome Drayton's national marathon mark at the Toronto Waterfront event last Oct. 21.
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Andre De Grasse eyes another podium finish in Rabat

Canada's Andre De Grasse, appearing more confident following a couple of injury-marred seasons, will attempt a fifth individual podium finish of 2019 on Sunday in the 200 metres at a Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Morocco (CBC,, 2 p.m. ET).
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Crystal Emmanuel targets sprint double for 2019 world championships

Two days after clocking a world championship qualifying time in the women's 100 metres, Canada's Crystal Emmanuel will try to do the same in the 200 at the Diamond League's Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, on Thursday (, 2 p.m. ET).

Alysha Newman sets new Canadian record in women's pole vault

Alysha Newman returned to record-breaking form Friday night, setting a new Canadian mark in women's pole vault with a clearance of 4.76 metres at the Speed River Inferno track and field meet in Guelph, Ont.

Toronto's Justyn Knight wants strong finish in Diamond League debut

World championship-bound Justyn Knight will set out to accomplish his next goal of setting a personal-best time in the 5,000 metres, starting Thursday when the 22-year-old makes his Diamond League debut at the Golden Gala in Rome (, 2 p.m. ET).
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Brittany Crew carries 'nothing-to-lose' attitude into Stockholm meet

Canadian shot putter Brittany Crew wants to have fun again while competing and in recent weeks has turned to meditation to improve her mental strength. She makes her Diamond League season debut in Stockholm on Thursday (, 2 p.m. ET).

'Good communicator' Dave Tippett hired to coach rebuilding Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers, with explosive forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, have opted for a head coach known as a defence-first kind of guy, but also a man with a winning record in the NHL and ability to get the most out of his players.

Damian Warner captures 5th Hypo Meeting decathlon title

Damian Warner began his Sunday running a season-best time in the 110-metre hurdles on the way to a 2019 world-leading total of 8,711 points to prevail in the men's decathlon for a fifth time at the Hypo Meeting in Gö​​​​​​​tzis, Austria.

Mike Mason hopes Diamond League season debut sets tone for possible 4th Olympics

Fit and healthy, Canadian high jumper Mike Mason will continue working on his mental strength and try to carry momentum from a recent world-leading jump of 2.31 metres into his Diamond League season debut Saturday in Shanghai (, 7 a.m. ET).

A Canadian track and field athlete's route to Tokyo Olympics, explained

The 2020 Olympic standards, which drew criticism from many upon release by the International Association of Athletics Federations in March, have proven to be a challenge early in the outdoor season.

COC can 'play important role' in keeping athletes safe from sexual abuse: CEO

In a wide-ranging interview with CBC Sports, Canadian Olympic Committee CEO David Shoemaker says a solution must be found to keep athletes in Canada safe from sexual abuse and other mistreatment.

'Key building blocks are here': Ken Holland aims to provide stability to Oilers

Ken Holland's passion for hockey and plan to build a winning team convinced Bob Nicholson, CEO and vice-chair of Oilers Entertainment Group, why the former Detroit Red Wings executive was needed in Edmonton.

Ken Holland expected to be named Oilers new GM on Tuesday

Ken Holland, the architect of multiple Stanley Cup championship teams in Detroit, is expected to become the next general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, according to media reports. A news conference has been scheduled for 12 p.m. ET.

Sprinter Aaron Brown eases into season, plans to peak at world championships

Aaron Brown envisions running sub-19.90 seconds over 200 metres this season, though it was probably a stretch to have expected such a result in the first Diamond League race of 2019 in Doha, Qatar, on Friday.