Let’s face it, nobody outside of the U.K. is paying all that much attention to the Commonwealth Games—which are taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, currently, by the way.

And of the 17 sports that are part of the competition, table tennis is probably low on your radar. (Lawn bowling is likely also low on the excite-o-metre.)

Therefore, we all missed this rather epic little bit of ping-pong when Singapore faced Nigeria in the men’s team semi-finals on July 27.

In the first round, Singapore’s Gao Ning—the 12th best ping-ponger in the world—played Segun Toriola, ranked somewhere past the 150th mark. Looks like confidence got the best of Ning because Toriola managed to give him a little scare.

Hastings Racecourse held its annual wiener dog races on the weekend.

The final race on July 13 saw Roger (dog #8), owned by Nancy Spikula, take the trophy.

If you grew up in Vancouver and were even remotely interested in skateboarding around the turn of the millennium, there’s a pretty good chance you hold fond memories of Slam City Jam.

The vert and street competition at the Pacific Coliseum became the longest-running skateboarding event in North America before it left the city in 2006.

Since then, there hasn’t been a skate contest in Vancouver anywhere near as big.

Vans Pro Skate is hoping to change that beginning tomorrow (July 11) with the Van Doren Invitational at Hastings Park.

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Tonight, the cobblestone streets of Gastown will host one of the most exciting road races on the North American circuit.

About 20,000 fans are expected to be on hand for the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. It's part of the USA CRITS Championship Series.

The best part of the event is that it's free to watch.

Tonight's opening ceremonies take place at 5:45 p.m. and the pro women's race starts at 6:15 p.m.

The pro men's race begins at 7:30 p.m.

This year, the starting and finishing lines are at the intersection of Cambie and Water streets near the Gastown steam clock.

Riders go west along Water before making the hairpin turn onto West Cordova opposite the Landing building.

One of the main organizers of the eighth annual MEC Paddlefest event, Matt Armstrong, was in a cheerful mood today at Jericho Beach.

In an interview with the Straight, he explained that this year's festival was more well-rounded than in past years.

There were kayaking clinics for kids, standup-paddleboarding lessons, and participation from many environmental groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation and Greenpeace.

"The cool thing this year is we've got a lot more advocacy," Armstrong said.

The Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society table featured skulls and jaws of numerous creatures native to B.C., including a grizzly bear.

But the centrepiece of the event is still the water craft.

It doesn't matter what Montreal tennis star Eugenie Bouchard does for the rest of the year.

With today's victory in the women's semi-final at Wimbledon, she's already certain to repeat as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award.

It's given to Canada's female athlete of the year based on the votes of Canadian Press sportswriters.

Bouchard won her first Bobbie Rosenfeld Award last year.

This year, Bouchard made the semi-finals in the Australian Open and French Open. She also won her first professional singles competition in May in Nuremberg, Germany.  

In the past, winners of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award have included Nancy Green Raine, Joannie Rochette, Catriona Le May Doan, Jennifer Heil, and Christine Sinclair. 

The Richmond Country Club hosted an international men's tennis tournament from June 21 to 29.

Vancouver photographer Andrew Chin was there for the final singles match, which saw Dennis Novikov of the U.S. defeat Filip Peliwo of Canada.

The score was 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

One of the most popular players in Vancouver Canucks history, Gino Odjick, made a surprise appearance today.

He emerged from Vancouver General Hospital in a wheelchair to greet hundreds of fans who had gathered outside to send him well wishes.

Odjick, 43, is suffering from a terminal heart condition and has been told he may only have weeks to live.

An Algonquin from Quebec, he has inspired First Nations youth across the country by visiting many aboriginal communities.

In a recent open letter to friends, teammates, and fans, Odjick declared that he would like to hear the chant "Gino! Gino!" one more time.

Today, his wish came true.

The top Canucks draft pick, power forward Jake Virtanen, is only 17 years old.

But already the team's general manager is predicting that the Abbotsford native will become a major presence in the Canucks lineup in the future.

Jim Benning described both Virtanen and Jared McCann, another first-round Canucks draft pick, as "Top 6 NHL guys".

In an interview on Canucks TV, Benning also revealed that he has already seen the team's third pick, goalie Thatcher Demko, play 10 games for Boston College.

"He's 6'4", he's calm, he's got quick feet, he's hard to beat down low," Benning said.

He also described the next pick, Nikita Tryamkin, as a 6'7.5" 265-pound defensive defenceman with a hard shot.

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