Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett is an award-winning Canadian journalist and four-time published author. He is a Jack Webster Fellowship winner and a British Columbia bestselling novelist. His work has been published in The Guardian, Reader's Digest, The Globe & Mail, Business Insider, MSN and his commentary has appeared on the BBC and the CBC.

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The Takedown | Israel Adesanya closing in on Jon Jones, Khabib in UFC’s pound-for-pound top tier

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has a huge chance to cement his legacy as a premier MMA fighter by beating Yoel Romero at UFC 248.

25 Feb 2020 - 2:30PM

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has a huge chance to cement his legacy as a premier MMA fighter by beating Yoel Romero at UFC 248.

Israel Adesanya closing in on Jon Jones, Khabib in UFC’s pound-for-pound top tier
Hong Kong men’s rugby finish second in Challenger Series and await World Rugby decision

The squad lost to Uruguay in the semi-finals but salvaged third place by downing Chile 12-7.

24 Feb 2020 - 10:31PM

The squad lost to Uruguay in the semi-finals but salvaged third place by downing Chile 12-7.

Hong Kong men’s rugby finish second in Challenger Series and await World Rugby decision
Opinion | Tia-Clair Toomey’s Wodapalooza win shows Sara Sigmundsdottir’s CrossFit comeback is no match for her

The Fittest on Earth bests the Icelandic star who headed into the Miami Sactional looking unbeatable, as CrossFit Mayhem dominate team competition

24 Feb 2020 - 4:01PM

The Fittest on Earth bests the Icelandic star who headed into the Miami Sactional looking unbeatable, as CrossFit Mayhem dominate team competition

Tia-Clair Toomey’s Wodapalooza win shows Sara Sigmundsdottir’s CrossFit comeback is no match for her
Opinion | What will a Hong Kong Sevens in October look like? Tournament will now end World Rugby Sevens Series season and feature Olympic champions

The city’s most iconic tournament has been postponed for seven months because of the coronavirus outbreak, presenting both challenges and opportunities.

21 Feb 2020 - 9:52PM

The city’s most iconic tournament has been postponed for seven months because of the coronavirus outbreak, presenting both challenges and opportunities.

What will a Hong Kong Sevens in October look like? Tournament will now end World Rugby Sevens Series season and feature Olympic champions
How former heavyweight boxer Ed Latimore found himself, sobriety and a new way of life as a writer

The 35-year-old former pugilist recounts his time in the projects of Pittsburgh, the ring and beyond.

20 Feb 2020 - 11:21AM

The 35-year-old former pugilist recounts his time in the projects of Pittsburgh, the ring and beyond.

How former heavyweight boxer Ed Latimore found himself, sobriety and a new way of life as a writer
‘Women can do anything that men can do’: Filipino CrossFit champion readies for first Games appearance

The 26-year-old registered nurse will represent the Philippines at the 2020 CrossFit Games

19 Feb 2020 - 9:41PM

The 26-year-old registered nurse will represent the Philippines at the 2020 CrossFit Games

‘Women can do anything that men can do’: Filipino CrossFit champion readies for first Games appearance
Hong Kong men’s sevens rugby team bow to Germany in Challenger Series first leg final

The squad will now head to Uruguay for the second leg of the series, which determines placings for the qualifying portion of the 2020 Hong Kong Sevens

17 Feb 2020 - 10:31PM

The squad will now head to Uruguay for the second leg of the series, which determines placings for the qualifying portion of the 2020 Hong Kong Sevens

Hong Kong men’s sevens rugby team bow to Germany in Challenger Series first leg final
First fitness apparel brand in Asia to target CrossFit followers, Earned Athletic, and the Hong Kong trio behind its launch

Hong Kong’s Earned Athletic is a performance wear brand looking to capitalise on two of the least tapped markets in fashion: CrossFit and China’s growing love for workout clothes.

16 Feb 2020 - 3:30PM

Hong Kong’s Earned Athletic is a performance wear brand looking to capitalise on two of the least tapped markets in fashion: CrossFit and China’s growing love for workout clothes.

First fitness apparel brand in Asia to target CrossFit followers, Earned Athletic, and the Hong Kong trio behind its launch
Coronavirus: Hong Kong Sevens organisers relieved to avoid cancellation after taking decision to postpone showpiece

Chief executive Robbie McRobbie says World Rugby first presented the option of moving the tournament to October 11 days ago.

14 Feb 2020 - 11:00AM

Chief executive Robbie McRobbie says World Rugby first presented the option of moving the tournament to October 11 days ago.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong Sevens organisers relieved to avoid cancellation after taking decision to postpone showpiece
Coronavirus: World Rugby moves Hong Kong Sevens to October along with Singapore Sevens

The tournament will be pushed back, along with the Singapore Sevens, to the end of the Sevens Series schedule in October.

25 Feb 2020 - 2:58PM

The tournament will be pushed back, along with the Singapore Sevens, to the end of the Sevens Series schedule in October.

Coronavirus: World Rugby moves Hong Kong Sevens to October along with Singapore Sevens
North Korea has an ice hockey team? Documentary showcases hermit kingdom’s difficulties meshing with other cultures

The documentary follows the men’s team as they head to New Zealand for the world championships.

7 Feb 2020 - 10:30AM

The documentary follows the men’s team as they head to New Zealand for the world championships.

North Korea has an ice hockey team? Documentary showcases hermit kingdom’s difficulties meshing with other cultures
Taking off, again: Irish Olympian Caitriona Jennings talks 2012 London let-down to ultramarathon running

The Hong Kong expat recounts her journey from elite junior triathlete to qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics in the marathon.

5 Feb 2020 - 9:27PM

The Hong Kong expat recounts her journey from elite junior triathlete to qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics in the marathon.

Taking off, again: Irish Olympian Caitriona Jennings talks 2012 London let-down to ultramarathon running
The Takedown | UFC 249: should Conor McGregor stay at 170 pounds or gear up for Khabib vs Ferguson winner?

Dana White says a potential McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov/Tony Ferguson rematch won’t happen until autumn

4 Feb 2020 - 9:25PM

Dana White says a potential McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov/Tony Ferguson rematch won’t happen until autumn

UFC 249: should Conor McGregor stay at 170 pounds or gear up for Khabib vs Ferguson winner?
‘We are just scratching the surface on the road to recovery’: Hurricane Dorian gets help from Bahamas’ first CrossFit gym

The hurricane-ravaged island nation, still recovering from the impact, has relied largely on local businesses to help rebuild.

30 Jan 2020 - 9:34AM

The hurricane-ravaged island nation, still recovering from the impact, has relied largely on local businesses to help rebuild.

‘We are just scratching the surface on the road to recovery’: Hurricane Dorian gets help from Bahamas’ first CrossFit gym
The Takedown | UFC 247: what happens to Jon Jones if he loses to Dominick Reyes?

Heavily favoured to dispatch the relative unknown, Jon Jones needs to be careful with Dominick Reyes, who is unbeaten in 12 fights.

30 Jan 2020 - 10:53AM

Heavily favoured to dispatch the relative unknown, Jon Jones needs to be careful with Dominick Reyes, who is unbeaten in 12 fights.

UFC 247: what happens to Jon Jones if he loses to Dominick Reyes?
Hong Kong Sevens to go ahead despite China coronavirus outbreak: ‘There are no plans to cancel’

The Hong Kong Rugby Union addresses the outbreak, which has claimed the Hong Kong Marathon and a number of sporting events

29 Jan 2020 - 10:49PM

The Hong Kong Rugby Union addresses the outbreak, which has claimed the Hong Kong Marathon and a number of sporting events

Hong Kong Sevens to go ahead despite China coronavirus outbreak: ‘There are no plans to cancel’
Kobe Bryant: watch the Los Angeles Lakers icon’s top basketball plays throughout his career

The ‘Black Mamba’ was arguably the greatest NBA player of all time, winning five championships with the Lakers

28 Jan 2020 - 3:21PM

The ‘Black Mamba’ was arguably the greatest NBA player of all time, winning five championships with the Lakers

Kobe Bryant: watch the Los Angeles Lakers icon’s top basketball plays throughout his career
‘Frustrating, but understandable’: runners react to Hong Kong Marathon cancellation due to coronavirus

Local and international racers offer their thoughts as some 70,000 people deal with the fallout and lost training time

26 Jan 2020 - 10:57PM

Local and international racers offer their thoughts as some 70,000 people deal with the fallout and lost training time

‘Frustrating, but understandable’: runners react to Hong Kong Marathon cancellation due to coronavirus
Hong Kong Marathon: the best tips and tricks from local runners to crush your race

Local runners share their advice on how to run your best this coming February 9

25 Jan 2020 - 8:00AM

Local runners share their advice on how to run your best this coming February 9

Hong Kong Marathon: the best tips and tricks from local runners to crush your race
2020 Hong Kong Sevens: Golden Eagles booster club is money in the bank for developing rugby in US

A group of rugby loving businessmen has helped a start-up sevens programme grow into perennial contenders in a matter of years

24 Jan 2020 - 10:00AM

A group of rugby loving businessmen has helped a start-up sevens programme grow into perennial contenders in a matter of years

2020 Hong Kong Sevens: Golden Eagles booster club is money in the bank for developing rugby in US
IOC bans protesting during anthems for Tokyo 2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released an expanded version of Rule 50, which specifically bans athletes from raising a fist or taking a knee during the playing of national anthems. Competitors who break the rule will be subject to disciplinary measures, in what was seen as an attempt by Games officials to keep politics out of the events.

23 Jan 2020 - 6:16PM

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released an expanded version of Rule 50, which specifically bans athletes from raising a fist or taking a knee during the playing of national anthems. Competitors who break the rule will be subject to disciplinary measures, in what was seen as an attempt by Games officials to keep politics out of the events.

IOC bans protesting during anthems for Tokyo 2020
Australian Open: Priscilla Hon goes down to Angelique Kerber in second round clash

The 21-year-old wild card entrant’s grandparents are from Hong Kong but moved to Brisbane, where she was born, in 1996.

23 Jan 2020 - 2:46PM

The 21-year-old wild card entrant’s grandparents are from Hong Kong but moved to Brisbane, where she was born, in 1996.

Australian Open: Priscilla Hon goes down to Angelique Kerber in second round clash
The Takedown | UFC: Dana White needs to hit pause on Khabib vs Conor McGregor rematch

While a venomous rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov is definitely on the cards for the UFC, there’s no harm in Conor McGregor notching a few more TKO wins in 2020.

22 Jan 2020 - 11:37AM

While a venomous rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov is definitely on the cards for the UFC, there’s no harm in Conor McGregor notching a few more TKO wins in 2020.

UFC: Dana White needs to hit pause on Khabib vs Conor McGregor rematch
The Takedown | UFC 246: Conor McGregor breaks Donald Cerrone’s nose and breaks out the whiskey – he’s back

Conor McGregor returns to UFC with decisive win, setting up a number of potential mouth-watering matches for 2020 – and everyone will be watching.

19 Jan 2020 - 2:55PM

Conor McGregor returns to UFC with decisive win, setting up a number of potential mouth-watering matches for 2020 – and everyone will be watching.

UFC 246: Conor McGregor breaks Donald Cerrone’s nose and breaks out the whiskey – he’s back
Opinion | Kailer Yamamoto and the spirit of ‘Taro Tsujimoto’ lives on as the NHL readies for its first Asian superstar

Kailer Yamamoto and Nick Suzuki are part of a first wave showcasing the growing diversity of North America and its accompanying sports leagues.

19 Jan 2020 - 2:20PM

Kailer Yamamoto and Nick Suzuki are part of a first wave showcasing the growing diversity of North America and its accompanying sports leagues.

Kailer Yamamoto and the spirit of ‘Taro Tsujimoto’ lives on as the NHL readies for its first Asian superstar
HK100: China dominates as You Peiquan and Xiang Fuzhao take titles

Mainland Chinese runners dominate the field on both the men’s and women’s side

20 Jan 2020 - 6:02PM

Mainland Chinese runners dominate the field on both the men’s and women’s side

HK100: China dominates as You Peiquan and Xiang Fuzhao take titles
HKFC hang on to beat Valley to take men’s rugby premiership for second straight season

The Hong Kong Football Club downed Valley in a nail-biting game as the only try came in the 78th minute

18 Jan 2020 - 10:54PM

The Hong Kong Football Club downed Valley in a nail-biting game as the only try came in the 78th minute

HKFC hang on to beat Valley to take men’s rugby premiership for second straight season
Japanese-Canadian Nick Suzuki having stellar rookie campaign for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens

The speedy centreman is fast making a name for himself as a fan favourite for the Quebec-based team

18 Jan 2020 - 9:18PM

The speedy centreman is fast making a name for himself as a fan favourite for the Quebec-based team

Japanese-Canadian Nick Suzuki having stellar rookie campaign for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens
Watch the Hong Kong 100 live as Jared Hazen and Ragna Debats look to end China’s dominance

The UTWT 2020 season kicks off in Hong Kong with some of the best runners in the world and a host of incredible mainland Chinese runners doing battle

18 Jan 2020 - 12:26PM

The UTWT 2020 season kicks off in Hong Kong with some of the best runners in the world and a host of incredible mainland Chinese runners doing battle

Watch the Hong Kong 100 live as Jared Hazen and Ragna Debats look to end China’s dominance
Asian ice hockey players are making their mark in the ‘whitest sport on Earth’

Korean-Canadian Jim Paek helped blaze a trail in the NHL for new talent with Asian heritage, including Jett Woo, Matt Dumba and Kailer Yamamoto. With the league keen to build a fan base in Asia, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will be the sport’s moment in the spotlight.

18 Jan 2020 - 4:31PM

Korean-Canadian Jim Paek helped blaze a trail in the NHL for new talent with Asian heritage, including Jett Woo, Matt Dumba and Kailer Yamamoto. With the league keen to build a fan base in Asia, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will be the sport’s moment in the spotlight.

Asian ice hockey players are making their mark in the ‘whitest sport on Earth’