07/27/2012 02:44 EDT | Updated 09/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Thursday recap: Let the Games begin

English director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) has prepared a $42.3-million opening ceremony that is expected to surprise thousands at London’s Olympic Stadium and will officially kick off the Summer Games Friday at 4 p.m. ET. – Don’t forget to join CBC’s live blog and chat for full coverage of the event.

The 200+ Canadian athletes, led by flag bearer Simon Whitfield, will look to improve from the 18 medals earned at the 2008 Beijing Games. Can they do it?

Olympic soccer continued Thursday with the men’s tournament, and the first day of competition was full of surprises. Spain got shocked by Japan, Britain could not defeat Senegal and Brazil barely held on to beat Egypt.

In other sports … Canadian Adam Hadwin looked sharp at the RBC Canadian Open, shooting 4-under 66 during the first round and positioning himself in a great place heading into the weekend. The native of Abbotsford, B.C., is only four shots behind leader Scott Piercy.

While the labour negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA continued in Toronto with both sides discussing players’ pensions, training camp and ice conditions, Tim Thomas became a trending topic among social media... again.

The Boston Bruins goalie sparked controversy after giving support to Chick-fil-A restaurants, an organization whose president has widely published statements about gay marriage.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers snapped a four-game losing streak after defeating the Edmonton Eskimos at home 23-22. The Toronto Blue Jays also got back on the winning track; and the Raptors will try to look as scary as they can this Halloween when they host the Indiana Pacers to open the 2012-13 NBA regular season.