Despite protests leading up to the first whistle, when the game started there were no cars on the roads. Buses stopped running. Even the riot police and military sat back in their vehicles and turned up the match on the radio to follow the first World Cup game live.
Last night we were on our flight to Sao Paulo. But let’s get real: this tournament of the Cup of Cups may not be a dream. As the doors open on the aircraft Tuesday, we will be stepping into a powder keg.
It was the most important assignment of Jeff Widener’s life and the odds felt stacked against him. "I still get shivers when I realize how close I was to losing it."
Widener is referring to is one of the most iconic images of the century, of a lone protestor staring down a column of Chinese army tanks near Tiananmen Square.
Gao Yu’s arrest is only the latest in a string of detentions ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown, and it is difficult to understate the sensitivity here. Few moments in modern history have so sharply defined ‘the new China’ and fewer still are capable of stirring the sort of tension currently brewing in Beijing.
Past and present players weighed in on NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life and hit him with a $2.5 million fine. Here's a look at what they had to say about the decision on Twitter.
It is with great pride, and perhaps a certain measure of arrogance, that we count universal healthcare as one of the finest benefits of being Canadian. Doesn’t every modern country in the world look after its people in the same way? Well, no.
Getting into Crimea was easy. Getting out, not so easy. Picture this: three grown men, 20 pieces of luggage, and a train compartment straight out of a 1950’s Agatha Christie mystery, except there was no murder, no mystery and this was not the Orient Express. But it was an adventure, so come along for the ride.
As a child, goaltending legend Vladislav Tretiak happened to meet a local hockey hero. The man gave him a piece of gum, just a regular stick of chewing gum. He says he was in awe. He took a tiny piece of gum everyday, making it last for over a week. He was savouring the chance encounter that he says helped shape his hockey dreams.
Just like all of the other men’s hockey teams here at the Games, the Russians held a press conference in the Main Press Centre. While the Canadians and Americans had four or five players sit and answer questions, the Russians decided to make a statement. They marched in the entire Olympic hockey team.
People work their entire lives, thousands of hours in the gym, in the pool, on the ice to become masters of their sport. They make very little money for the most part and struggle to become the best. And then, when the moment counts, it comes down to judging.
When it comes to security, nothing is left to chance in Sochi, especially along the torch run route. And this meant we almost couldn't make it in time to broadcast last night's National News, until the police came by.
Sochi is a city still under major construction on Monday. Unfinished work projects were further complicated when a water main burst, knocking out water for a whole chunk of the city – including the hotel where the CTV News team is staying.
CTV's Joy Malbon spent the day in Sochi checking out preparations for the Winter Games. The weather is still wet and mild, and crews continue to put the finishing touches on facilities. Here's what she saw Wednesday: