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Chris Cochrane

Chris Cochrane is a longtime columnist focusing on the Nova Scotia sports scene.

CHRIS COCHRANE: Legitimacy of Halifax pro soccer plan gets a boost

CHRIS COCHRANE: Legitimacy of Halifax pro soccer plan gets a boost

The weekend announcement that Canada Soccer has officially endorsed the proposed Canadian Premier League is good news for the Halifax group attempting to gain a franchise in the league scheduled to begin play in 2018.
CHRIS COCHRANE: NHL blows another opportunity to be tough on head shots

CHRIS COCHRANE: NHL blows another opportunity to be tough on head shots

'The NHL talks a great game about protecting players,' says Cochrane, 'but at some point it has to back up that tough talk with meaningful penalties.'
CHRIS COCHRANE: Why N.S. boxer Custio Clayton was wise to move to Montreal

CHRIS COCHRANE: Why N.S. boxer Custio Clayton was wise to move to Montreal

When young amateur boxers are looking to make the jump to the pro ranks, they are often vulnerable to the advice of various insiders all too willing to offer up self-serving guidance. But 2012 Olympic star Custio Clayton, unlike many boxers, had options.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Hockey Nova Scotia all about the growth of opportunities

CHRIS COCHRANE: Hockey Nova Scotia all about the growth of opportunities

By any measurement, Hockey Nova Scotia can look back over the past few months with a sense of accomplishment.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Starters the key to Jays playoff return

CHRIS COCHRANE: Starters the key to Jays playoff return

The Toronto Blue Jays organization and its fans, after the team endured an agonizingly long stint as a baseball also-ran, became accustomed over the past couple of years to the status of regular-season powerhouse and playoff contender.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Stadium with no public financial risk ideal for Halifax

CHRIS COCHRANE: Stadium with no public financial risk ideal for Halifax

Think back over recent decades to the various points in time when a sports stadium was a hot topic of debate for Halifax. The first was tied to the Atlantic Schooners bid to start play in the Canadian Football League for the 1984 season.
CHRIS COCHRANE: N.S. amateur boxing veterans high on emerging young talent

CHRIS COCHRANE: N.S. amateur boxing veterans high on emerging young talent

Amateur boxing was once — and not that many years ago — one of the most positively recognized and applauded sports in the province. That high standing has diminished somewhat over time, but efforts are afoot to try to pique more interest.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Halifax again proves it’s best host for Final 8 competition

CHRIS COCHRANE: Halifax again proves it’s best host for Final 8 competition

The men's university basketball championship came home to appreciative crowds at Scotiabank Centre. Tournament hosts Dalhousie and Sports & Entertainment Atlantic had to be pleased with the attendance numbers. The overall count was 24,720. That’s near what the organizers had planned for. They were hoping for a total attendance of 25,000 had either Dalhousie or Saint Mary’s advanced to the tournament final.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Weekend AUS basketball tourney a huge winner in many ways

CHRIS COCHRANE: Weekend AUS basketball tourney a huge winner in many ways

The bottom line is that this was a tournament that not only met but again exceeded expectations. The Final 8 committee has its work cut out to top the AUS regional show when nationals open at Scotiabank Centre on Thursday.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Will Final 8 return hurt or help AUS championship?

CHRIS COCHRANE: Will Final 8 return hurt or help AUS championship?

While the bulk of the early attention will be directed at handicapping the respective fields, there’s also plenty of off-court basketball questions about the Atlantic University Sport men’s and women’s championships and the national U Sports men’s Final 8.