March 3rd, 2015

National Sports

Northern Ontario’s Jacobs stays out front at Brier with sixth victory

By The Canadian Press on March 3rd, 2015

CALGARY – Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs remains unbeaten after six games to top the standings at the Canadian men’s curling championship. The reigning Olympic champions hammered Prince Edward Island’s Adam Casey 11-1 in the Tuesday afternoon draw. Saskatchewan’s Steve Laycock is alone in second place at 4-1. Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador is next ... Read More »

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Southampton, Villa grab late winners in Premier League; managers clash in Hull-Sunderland draw

By Steve Douglas, The Associated Press on March 3rd, 2015

Southampton and Aston Villa scored late winners in matches affecting opposite ends of the Premier League on Tuesday, while a touchline spat between the managers marred Sunderland’s 1-1 draw at Hull. Southampton revived its unlikely tilt at Champions League qualification thanks to Sadio Mane’s 83rd-minute goal in a 1-0 home victory over Crystal Palace. The ... Read More »

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Canada’s basketball women hope to nail down Olympic berth in Edmonton tournament

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on March 3rd, 2015

Canada’s women’s basketball team didn’t qualify for the 2012 London Olympics until literally the last possible day, less than a month before the Games opened. Coach Lisa Thomaidis is hoping that home-court advantage and some control in Tuesday’s qualifying draw will help her team avoid that happening again. “It was crazy,” Thomaidis said. “I think ... Read More »

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Team Jacobs say broom tap to opponent was not done to intimidate Team Kean

By The Canadian Press on March 3rd, 2015

CALGARY – Curling took a page from hockey’s playbook at the Tim Hortons Brier. It wasn’t a slash or a trip, but rather a curling version of a friendly lovetap – and naturally with a broom instead of a hockey stick. The Brad Jacobs team from Northern Ontario said tapping the foot of an opponent ... Read More »

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Leafs not raising ticket prices as Shanahan says rebuild will require patience

By Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press on March 3rd, 2015

TORONTO – Brendan Shanahan wants fans to know the Toronto Maple Leafs are committed to a long-term rebuilding project, and that they won’t have to pay more to see it unfold next season. In a letter to season-ticket holders that will go out Wednesday morning, the team president outlines the expectation for short-term pain with ... Read More »

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Quarterback Mitchell signs contract extension with Calgary Stampeders

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on March 3rd, 2015

He grew up dreaming of playing in the NFL, but three years with the Stampeders have convinced Bo Levi Mitchell that Calgary is where he wants to be. Mitchell celebrated his 25th birthday Tuesday by signing a contract extension that will keep him with the Stampeders through the 2018 season. Mitchell will be 29 before ... Read More »

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Aaron Sanchez struggles in Toronto Blue Jays’ spring training opener

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on March 3rd, 2015

DUNEDIN, Fla. – Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez ran into trouble early Tuesday as the Blue Jays opened their Grapefruit League schedule with an 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pedro Alvarez, Jung Ho Kang and Elias Diaz homered for the Pirates, who led 6-0 early. Kevin Pillar homered for Toronto, which made it close on ... Read More »

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No ‘floating rubbish’ collection for 2016 Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro

By The Associated Press on March 3rd, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO – A program has been halted to retrieve floating rubbish from the sailing venue of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to Brazilian media. A report Tuesday in the newspaper O Globo comes just three days after top International Olympic Committee officials ended week-long meetings in Rio, saying they had ... Read More »

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Herdman: Cyprus Cup is final chance to test tournament strategies ahead of WCup

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on March 3rd, 2015

TORONTO – Call it a dress rehearsal for this summer’s Women’s World Cup. Canada’s women’s soccer team plays Scotland on Wednesday to open the Cyprus Cup, the final tournament before this summer’s World Cup in Canada, and one last opportunity, says coach John Herdman, to test out tournament strategies. “It’s a pretty serious time and ... Read More »

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Star teammates see goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury as the Penguins’ MVP

By Shelly Anderson, The Canadian Press on March 3rd, 2015

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Evgeni Malkin started it a little more than a week ago. Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang chimed in Tuesday. The three stars, arguably in contention for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ team MVP award, pointed to another player as deserving the honour three-quarters of the way through the season: goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Centres Malkin ... Read More »

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