February 18th, 2019

National Sports

P.E.I.’s Birt upsets defending champion Jones at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

SYDNEY, N.S. – Prince Edward Island’s Suzanne Birt upset Team Canada’s Jennifer Jones 8-6 on Monday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Birt, who’s making her 10th career appearance at the national women’s curling championship, scored a single in the 10th end when Jones’s final stone overcurled. Jones scored a pair in the opening end ... Read More »

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Canadian men’s rink wins second in a row at world junior curling championships

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

LIVERPOOL, N.S. – Canada’s Tyler Tardi is 2-1 at the world junior curling championships after an 8-3 win over Switzerland’s Marco Hoesli. It was the second win in a row for the reigning champion skip from B.C., who is at the worlds for the third consecutive year. Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Matthew Hall and ... Read More »

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Canada Winter Games using new gender inclusion policy at 2019 event

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

Athletes at the 2019 Canada Winter Games can live and compete as the gender they identify with. It’s another groundbreaking initiative for a Canadian multi-sport event that prides itself on being ahead of the curve. “Inclusiveness is something we’ve done since Day 1, and so this is an extension of that,” said David Patterson, president ... Read More »

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Don Cherry blasts Hurricanes as ‘jerks’; team responds with his words on T-shirt

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

TORONTO – Don Cherry’s latest rant about the Carolina Hurricanes and their victory celebrations didn’t go unnoticed by the NHL club. The Hurricanes even decided to embrace his words. Cherry blasted the Hurricanes on Saturday during his weekly Coach’s Corner television segment for the team going beyond the traditional raised-stick salute to their fans after ... Read More »

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Barkov’s hat trick lifts Panthers over Canadiens, 6-3

By Paul Gereffi, The Associated Press on February 17th, 2019

SUNRISE, Fla. – Aleksander Barkov got his second career hat trick and the Florida Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 on Sunday night. Barkov also had an assist to give him his third four-point game of his career. Riley Sheahan, Frank Vatrano and Denis Malgin also scored for the Panthers, and Keith Yandle had two ... Read More »

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Canada’s Mark Arendz wins second medal at World Para-Nordic Ski Championships

By The Canadian Press on February 17th, 2019

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Canada’s Mark Arendz skied to his 10th career World Para-Nordic Ski Championship podium finish after winning the silver medal in the 10-kilometre cross-country skate-ski race on Sunday. Arendz, of Springton, P.E.I., battled through the chilly, hard packed conditions to post a second-place time of 27 minutes 52.5 seconds. It’s his second ... Read More »

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Canadian Brayden Schnur’s run at New York Open falls one win short

By The Canadian Press on February 17th, 2019

UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Brayden Schnur’s improbable run at the New York Open has fallen one victory short of a championship. The Canadian tennis player lost 6-1, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (7) to American Reilly Opelka in the final of the ATP Tour 250 event on Sunday. The 23-year-old Schnur, who had not won a tour level ... Read More »

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Sharpe could laugh about ‘brain-dead moment’ after getting first win at Scotties

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on February 17th, 2019

SYDNEY, N.S. – Some surprising results and a couple eyebrow-raising moments made for an interesting opening weekend at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Second-ranked Kerri Einarson shot just 56 per cent in a wild-card game loss to open the competition at Centre 200. Fifth-ranked Manitoba skip Tracy Fleury dropped her first two games and curling ... Read More »

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Canada’s Brittany Phelan edges teammate Serwa to win World Cup bronze

By The Canadian Press on February 17th, 2019

FELDBERG, Germany – Canada’s Brittany Phelan edged teammate Kelsey Serwa off the podium to capture a bronze medal in a World Cup ski cross event Sunday, the second day of a double-header. Sandra Naeslund of Sweden won the gold in a dramatic photo finish, while Andrea Limbacher of Austria was second. Teammates and friends Phelan, ... Read More »

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Justin Thomas opens up a 4-shot lead at Riviera

By Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press on February 17th, 2019

LOS ANGELES – Justin Thomas, playing so well that even a shank turned into a par, finished off his third round Sunday morning with a 6-under 65 to build a four-shot lead over Adam Scott and J.B. Holmes going straight into the final round of the Genesis Open. The tournament, delayed seven hours by rain ... Read More »

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