April 24th, 2018

National Sports

Predators beat Avs 5-0 in Game 6 to win first-round series

By Pat Graham, The Associated Press on April 22nd, 2018

DENVER – Mattias Ekholm ignited the offence early with the first goal by a Nashville defenceman in the series, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots and the top-seeded Predators advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 on Sunday night. Austin Watson, Filip Forsberg, Nick Bonino and Viktor ... Read More »

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Raptors’ series lead disappears after 106-98 Game 4 loss to Wizards

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Toronto Raptors saw their playoff series lead disappear on Sunday. Bradley Beal scored 31 points, while John Wall had 27, and the Washington Wizards beat Toronto 106-98 to tie their opening-round Eastern Conference series at two games apiece. DeMar DeRozan had 35 points to top Toronto, but it wasn’t be enough. Kyle ... Read More »

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Canada downs Japan for 11th-place finish at Rugby Sevens Series

By The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2018

KITAKYUSHU, Japan – Megan Lukan scored a try and added a conversion in the 10th minute as Canada downed host Japan 33-14 on Sunday to finish the Kitakyushu stop of women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in 11th place. Hannah Darling, Charity Williams, Natasha Watcham-Roy and Bianca Farella also had tries for Canada, which was ... Read More »

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Canada overcomes injuries to top Ukraine in Fed Cup playoff 3-2

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2018

MONTREAL – Even with a rash of injuries, Canada’s Fed Cup squad found a way to defeat Ukraine. A closing 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory by the doubles team of Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., over Olga Savchuk and Kateryna Bondarenko gave Canada a 3-2 win in the best-of-five World Group ... Read More »

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Fresh off Commonwealth Games gold, Canadian beach volleyballers win in China

By The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2018

XIAMEN, China – Fresh off their gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes defeated Americans Brittany Hochevar and Kelly Claes 21-19, 21-14 Sunday to win the 2018 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Xiamen Open. Pavan, from Kitchener, Ont., and Toronto’s Melissa Humana-Paredes are currently ranked No. 1 by the FIVB. ... Read More »

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Ginobili, Aldridge help Spurs beat Warriors to avoid sweep

By Raul Dominguez, The Associated Press on April 22nd, 2018

SAN ANTONIO – Manu Ginobili scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter of what could have been his final home game with the Spurs, and San Antonio beat the Golden State Warriors 103-90 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep as coach Gregg Popovich remained out following the death of his wife. ... Read More »

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Canadian rider Michael Woods makes history at Liege-Bastogne-Liege race

By The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2018

ANS, Belgium – Michael Woods became the first Canadian to finish on the podium at the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, cycling’s oldest classic, when he sprinted to second place Sunday. The 31-year-old from Ottawa, riding for the EF Education First-Drapac powered by Cannondale team, was 37 seconds behind Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels of the Quick-Step team. France’s ... Read More »

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Connor Hellebuyck emerging as elite goalie at right time for Winnipeg Jets

By Darrin Bauming, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2018

WINNIPEG – Connor Hellebuyck’s back-to-back shutouts in Games 4 and 5 highlighted the Winnipeg Jets’ impressive opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in which they eliminated the Minnesota Wild in five games. Now, as the Jets take some time to rest and prepare for the second round, Hellebuyck’s emergence as an elite goaltender has ... Read More »

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Guentzel scores 4 goals to lead Penguins to Game 6 clinch

By Dan Gelston, The Associated Press on April 22nd, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Jake Guentzel scored four straight goals to help send the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins into the next round with an 8-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 on Sunday. The Penguins play the winner of the Washington-Columbus series in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Washington leads that series 3-2. ... Read More »

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Raptors’ guard VanVleet sits Game 4, doesn’t sound like a return is imminent

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2018

WASHINGTON – Fred VanVleet doesn’t sound like he’ll be ready to return to the Toronto Raptors’ lineup any time soon. The backup guard reportedly suffered a sprained AC joint – or separated shoulder – in the Raptors’ season finale against Miami, when he ran into Bam Adebayo when the Heat’s big man was setting a ... Read More »

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Bouchard outlasts Tsurenko in Fed Cup; Canada, Ukraine tied 2-2

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press on April 22nd, 2018

MONTREAL – Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., outlasted Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (5) but Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski fell to Kateryna Bondarenko to leave Canada and Ukraine even at 2-2 after singles play in a Fed Cup World Group II playoff on Sunday. The best-of-five series is to be decided in a doubles match later ... Read More »

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