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Chris Cochrane

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

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.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Blue Jays smart about their latest retooling

CHRIS COCHRANE: Blue Jays smart about their latest retooling

The bottom line is that despite predictions about the Jays being unable to keep up with the AL East elite in the upcoming season, this team still has a strong core. The areas that haven’t yet been adequately addressed are ones that can be easily fixed. Just as the baseball media overplayed the Blue Jays' potential so often when they really weren’t contenders, this time I believe the team is not being given credit for the minor rebuilding job that’s been done on the fly.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Dalhousie athletic director Tim Maloney can’t hide Final 8 passion

CHRIS COCHRANE: Dalhousie athletic director Tim Maloney can’t hide Final 8 passion

Tigers hosting this year's Final 8 in March. Acadia will host event in 2018
CHRIS COCHRANE: Kicking around the idea of a Halifax pro soccer franchise

CHRIS COCHRANE: Kicking around the idea of a Halifax pro soccer franchise

Sports & Entertainment Atlantic president Derek Martin answers questions on how the proposal for a team, stadium site is going.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Next time, use common sense to fix weak attendance at world juniors

CHRIS COCHRANE: Next time, use common sense to fix weak attendance at world juniors

Plenty of study and examination has already been promised to uncover the reasons why so many fans in two of Canada’s largest populated areas didn’t turn out as expected for Canadian-hosted world junior tournaments in 2015 and 2017. But, really, is any such study needed? Perhaps Hockey Canada should stop acting like a pro sports machine.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Potential positives for N.S. sports in 2017

CHRIS COCHRANE: Potential positives for N.S. sports in 2017

Here are a few of the possible positive developments I’d like to see for Nova Scotia sports in the new year.
CHRIS COCHRANE: Sidney Crosby takes top spot in excellent year for N.S. athletes

CHRIS COCHRANE: Sidney Crosby takes top spot in excellent year for N.S. athletes

In the eyes of many, Crosby was already the best player in the NHL, but in 2016 he shoved his game to an even higher level. His achievements topped the list of excellent performances by Nova Scotia athletes this year.