Submitted Oro-Medonte’s Peter Disera celebrates after winning the elite men’s division at the 2017 Canadian Mountain Bike Championship in Canmore, Alta. Disera hopes to make Canada’s Olympic team for 2018.

Cyclist wins elite title

Horseshoe Valley's Peter Disera won the elite men's division at the 2017 Canadian Mountain Bike Championship in Canmore, Alta., on the weekend.

Nesbitt qualifies for Canadian Open

Shanty Bay native Drew Nesbitt has qualified for the Canadian Open after finishing in a tie for first place at the final qualifier at Heron Point Golf Links.

Ryan Crowther, shown with his wife, Sarah, and children, Ryley and Kylyn, died in November. He was 37. His friends and family members have organized the first annual Ryan Crowther Memorial Golf Tournament, slated for Aug. 11 at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club. Proceeds will go to an education fund for his children, to help raise awareness about concussions and to help support a local minor hockey, minor lacrosse and AAA hockey player. (Submitted)

Teeing off for a friend

Jeff Hopkins and Ryan Crowther were long-time teammates, first while playing minor hockey in Orillia and later while playing junior hockey with the Couchiching Terriers.

Dave Dawson The Packet & Times An Orillia Lady Kings midfielder tries to get her stick on a loose ball during first-half action against Toronto Beaches in U15 division action Saturday at the West Orillia Sports Complex. The Lady Kings won 9-2 to continue their strong season in the A division.

Orillia hosts league tournament

Orillia was the centre of the universe for Ontario Women's Field Lacrosse on the weekend as the West Orillia Sports Complex became the headquarters for league action on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, 13 teams competed in the U15 age group - six in the A division (including the Orillia Lady Kings) and seven in the B division. On Sunday, team

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during a promotional event in Tokyo on June 22, 2017. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo)

Brady is N.Y. Jets owner?

Tom Brady has had a lot of success over the years against the New York Jets, but he doesn’t technically own the AFC rival, despite a Google search glitch that listed him as the Jets owner.

Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of this season because of an injured right elbow. The 12-time major champion will skip the U.S. Open. (AELTC/Joe Toth/File via AP)

Djokovic will sit out rest of season

For more than a year, Novak Djokovic's right elbow hurt when he hit serves or forehands. The pain kept getting worse, and now he's going to give his arm a chance to heal by sitting out the rest of 2017.

Former Romanian tennis ace Ilie Nastase has been banned from the Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019 because of his foul-mouthed comments and bad behaviour as Romania’s captain during a Fed Cup match against Britain in April. (Alastair Grant/AP Photo/Files)

Coach banned for nasty comments

Ilie Nastase has been banned from the Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019 because of his foul-mouthed comments and bad behaviour as Romania’s captain during a Fed Cup tie in April.

IAN MCINROY/Postmedia Network Huronia Stallions bantam defensive back Tyler Tulino pulls off an interception against the Toronto Jr. Argos on Sunday during Ontario Football Conference action at the Barrie Community Sports Complex in Midhurst. The Stallions went on to win 15-6.

JV, bantam Stallions advance in playoffs

The Huronia Stallions varsity football team is rested off a first-round playoff bye and will play the Sault St. Marie Sabrecats on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Barrie Community Sports Complex in Midhurst.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Pat Morris addresses members of the Orillia Parry Automotive U19 Lady Kings team during a timeout at this week's contest against Oshawa. Morris said he feels the Lady Kings, buoyed by tournament success in Pennsylvania and a return to form in league play, are rounding into shape as they prepare to defend their provincial championship in August.

Lady Kings look ahead

In the golden glow of an undefeated season that was capped by a provincial championship, expectations were sky high for the Orillia Parry Automotive Lady Kings U19 team as it entered this year's Ontario Women's Field Lacrosse (OWFL) season.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times The largest-ever contingent of Orillia athletes to compete at a provincial Special Olympics competition brought home a bevy of medals from last weekend’s event. Orilliaís soccer team won a silver medal, two local athletes helped Barrie’s baseball team win a bronze medal and four others shone in athletics and golf. Among the medal winners are, back row, from left, Brad Sears, Dennis Chamberlain, Cody Kerr and Mackenzee Doucet. Front row: Ashley Doucet, Carlea Wilkie-Ellis, Allison Taylor, Douglas Walli, Meghan Anca and Adam Dowdall.

Medals and memories

The suitcases were a little heavier for the local athletes who returned home after last weekend’s Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games in Peel Region. That’s because the Orillia contingent of competitors brought home dozens of medals from the multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri speaks at a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press)

No wholesale revamp to Raps roster

After the Toronto Raptors found themselves on the receiving end of a four-game thumping from the Cleveland Cavaliers in May, the looming question was whether Masai Ujiri would keep his core together or whether he would blow it up.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia Lady King Jordan Kummer chases an Oshawa Lady Blue Knight forward during second-half action Monday night at the West Orillia Sports Complex. The Lady Kings, playing at home for the only time this season, enjoyed raucous support from the packed bleachers and earned an 8-7 decision.

Orillia gives Oshawa the blues

In an intense battle that could be a preview of the provincial championship, the Parry Automotive Orillia Lady Kings U19 squad eked out a nail-biting 8-7 decision over the Oshawa Lady Blue Knights in a spirited Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse (OWFL) contest Monday night.

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