Manroop Clair (right) of the UBC Thunderbirds has always been known for his ability to hoist. Now, however, his foes have to tend to an equally dangerous floor game. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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The flair of UBC’s Manroop Clair: More than just a deep threat, new freedom give ‘Birds veteran guard room to prosper

VANCOUVER — Manroop Clair doesn’t care if his reputation precedes him, because let’s face it, the UBC Thunderbirds’ fourth-year transfer guard has always embraced the fact that he is known to all as a shooter’s shooter.

Abbotsford Christian's Cole Brandsma, the 2018 B.C. AA championship's Most Outstanding Player, has been selected Varsity Letters' B.C. High School boys Player of the Year by our panel of U Sports head coaches. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC Athletics 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Cole Brandsma: High-flying & cerebral, Abby Christian’s UBC-bound star is Varsity Letters’ 2018 BC high school volleyball Player of the Year

LANGLEY — Cole Brandsma can’t quantify how close he and his Abbotsford Christian teammates came to falling short of their dream goal, unless of course, you can put a measure on the skin of his teeth.

UBC head men's basketball coach got his start as both a player and a coach at Lanagara College. Now the Falcons are honouring his excellence with a scholarship endowment in his name. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athleitcs 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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Kevin Hanson Scholarship: Langara founds endowment fund in name of former Falcons, current UBC hoops coach

VANCOUVER  — It was the place that gave him his first chance as a basketball player coming out of high school. It’s the place that gave him the opportunity to establish himself in what has become a lifelong occupation as a basketball coach.

Vernon quarterback Thomas Hyett (right, 3) commands the huddle like the veteran he is after making a positional switch in 10th grade for the good of the team. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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The Ben Hladik Effect: Bar of excellence set by UBC’s brilliant linebacker resonates as Vernon Panthers return to Subway Bowl final

Two seasons after he left on a journey to become one of the elite defensive players in all of Canadian university football, his lasting impact continues to reverberate through the football program Vernon Secondary. So much so that the best way to describe its impact on his high school alma mater is to simply call it […]

UBC Thunderbirds freshman Thomas Gardner in the first player in the history of Canada West men's soccer to win Top Rookie and Player of the Year in the same season. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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As UBC hosts U Sports 2018 Soccer Nationals, rookie sensation Gardner embraces his new Thunderbird life on a road less traveled

VANCOUVER — Maybe the highest compliment you can pay Thomas Gardner is to say that, whether your soccer eye is completely untrained or of connoisseur class, you simply have to watch him play to love his game.

UBC's All-Canadian safety Stavros Katsantonis played his usual hard-hitting game, here tackling Saskatchewan's Tyler Chow. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Football ‘Birds unravel late in Hardy Cup semi final loss, coach Nill knows UBC “…is going to be a totally different team next year”

VANCOUVER — When it comes to advancing to the Canada West’s Hardy Cup conference championship, it’s almost felt like the UBC Thunderbirds have been protected by some sort of invisible force field since head coach Blake Nill rolled into town back in 2015.And with just over a minute left in the conference semifinal Saturday, with […]

NCAA coaches taking part in the inaugural Vancouver Showcase are not only excited about visiting the city, but about its prospects as a home base for the top level of collegiate and university competition. (Graphic courtesy Vancouver Showcase)
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Vancouver Showcase ’18: NCAA coaches Pitino, Hopkins, Fortier bullish on B.C.’s future as an NBA and NCAA Div. 1 region

VANCOUVER — Vancouver’s roots in the mainstream basketball world at-large haven’t always been the deepest or the most tradition-laden. 

Latest 'Birds recruit Olivia Morgan-Cherchas came together with UBC head coach Deb Huband after the South Kam product signed up for university career Saturday with the Blue and Gold. (Photo by Jeff Sargeant property of UBC athletics)
UBC Thunderbirds quarterback Michael O'Connor hands the ball off agains the Manitoba Bisons', Saturday, October 27, 2018. (Trevor Hagan / Manitoba Bisons)
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UBC football: After falling behind by 21 on two occasions, miracle comeback carries ‘Birds past Bisons and to home playoff date

The only way the football gods could have spelled things out any simpler for the UBC Thunderbirds on the final weekend of the Canada West regular season would have been for them to grab a crayon and write the three key words in big, bold lettering.‘Just Win, Baby’Just win and their rise from last place […]

UBC's second-year forward Madison Legault and the rest of the improving Thunderbirds open the 2018-19 Canada West regular season Friday at home to the Saskatchewan Huskies. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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UBC women’s basketball: On eve of 2018-19 season-opener, ‘Birds head coach Huband see a talented core set for “a coming of age”

VANCOUVER — The best way to describe just how close last season’s youthful UBC Thunderbirds’ women’s basketball team came to achieving a breakthrough campaign would be to imagine longtime head coach Deb Huband holding up a hand with her thumb and index finger about an inch apart.