If you have, or someone you know has, ever wanted to curl but have been unable to due to budgetary concerns or problems, you now have the chance to get financial assistance that will enable you to get your broom on.

The LGBT–based Pacific Rim Curling League and Queer Active, which seeks to empower queer youth through sports and fitness, have joined forces to offer a bursary for first-time curlers (aged 16 to 25 years old).

Recipients will only have to pay $68 for six months of curling. If interested, email Queer Active treasurer Aaron Thompson.

The following information is required:

• full name

The National Hockey League and a lawyer representing hockey player Todd Bertuzzi have claimed that there's been resolution to a 10-year-old act of retaliation at Rogers Arena.

However, TSN has quoted Steve Moore's brother Mark saying there's no deal between the former Colorado Avalanche hockey player and Bertuzzi.

"I got a text message from Steve last night and he's very concerned," Mark Moore told TSN. "He says there is no deal yet and isn't sure what to do about all the media speculation."

On March 8, 2004, Moore suffered three broken vertebrae after Bertuzzi chased him and jumped on top of him at Rogers Arena.

After seeing this postgame speech by baseball manager David Belisle, it's easy to understand how his team, the Cumberland Americans, made it to the Little League World Series.

His squad, which represented New England, was knocked out of the tournament after losing 8-7 to a Chicago team, Jackie Robinson West.

American supermodel Kate Upton is best known for appearing on the cover of many magazines, including the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

That has led to other opportunities in the media, including filling in for Kelly Ripa on Friday (August 8) on Live with Kelly and Michael.

Upton's boyfriend, Justin Verlander, is a star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.

As a New Yorker, she confessed on the show, "I'm sleeping with the enemy."

But things got a little surreal when one of the New York baseball teams imposed a dress code on her when she attends the games.

"The Yankees told me, 'You're not allowed to wear a Tigers hat, you're not allowed to wear any Tigers gear'," Upton said.

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.

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

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.

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