VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – There’s plenty of action for the local sports fan this weekend.


A share of first place is on the line tonight when the BC Lions host the Edmonton Eskimos at BC Place. The Lions will also honour one of the team’s all-time greats at the game.

The winner of this game moves into a tie for first place in the CFL’s Western Conference with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Lions (2-1) look to get back in the win column after losing to Saskatchewan 23-20 last weekend in Regina. The Eskimos (2-1) come into the game after crushing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 42-10 last Friday night.

Receiver Geroy Simon will be in the lineup tonight despite dislocating his ringer finger in the game against the Roughriders last weekend, but receiver Kierrie Johnson is out for as much as eight weeks after fracturing his arm in the game. Nick Moore is expected to slot in at receiver with Johnson out.

The Lions will also honour former defensive lineman Brent Johnson, adding the team’s all-time sacks leader to the Ring of Honour. Johnson capped his career last November with his second Grey Cup victory with the Lions.  

He holds the Lions’ record for most career sacks with 89, is a five-time West Division all-star, a three-time CFL All-Canadian and was the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2006 as well as the Most Outstanding Canadian in 2005.

The Lions players will wear decals on their helmets to honour Johnson while the coaches will wear crests, both emblazoned with BJ 97.

With an improving forecast for tonight, BC Lions president and CEO Dennis Skulsky officially announced this week that the roof will be open for this key West Division matchup.

Game time is 7 p.m.


The Vancouver Whitecaps don’t have long to recover from their 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy on Wednesday, as they are right back on the field against the conference-leading San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.

The Earthquakes (13-4-4) beat the Whitecaps (8-6-7) in California in April but Vancouver was a 2-1 winner in the BC Place rematch in May.

May’s victory was one of the most exciting comebacks of the season for Vancouver as they fell behind 1-0 early before rallying to win on goals by Gershon Koffie and Eric Hassli. Hassli’s winner came in stoppage time.  

San Jose enters the game on a two-game win streak, shutting out Real Salt Lake 5-0 last Saturday and beating FC Dallas 2-1 on Wednesday.

Game time on Sunday is 4 p.m.

The Whitecaps trading another veteran player today, shipping striker Eric Hassli to Toronto FC for a first round pick in the 2014 MLS Super Draft and an international spot through the 2013 season.

BC Summer Games

The 2012 BC Summer Games are being held this weekend in Surrey.

Three thousand community volunteers have welcomed over 2,300 athletes, 475 coaches, and 300 techical officials in 20 different sports for competition at venues throughout Surrey and the Lower Mainland.

The closing ceremony will be held on Sunday at 1:30 pm at Holland Park on Old Yale Road.