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Just before leaving his final news conference at the Sochi Olympics, Canadian hockey coach Mike Babcock made one final statement to reporters about the team’s methodical run to gold. “Does anybody know who won the scoring race? Does anybody care?” Babcock asked. “Does anybody know who won the gold medal?”
Rick Nash’s bounce-back season continued Tuesday night, along with the New York Rangers winning streak. Nash scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames for their fourth-straight win.
You could say everything is going just ‘Jim Dandy’ for Jake Vold in his debut appearance at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. The Ponoka raised bareback rider was matched up with a horse by that very name Sunday night at the Thomas and Mack arena, and for the fourth straight night, he cashed in at the $6.3 million slot machine.
Dave Dickenson says he doesn’t mind waiting another year to get his first opportunity as a CFL head coach. John Hufnagel announced Wednesday he will be back on the sidelines next season as he tries to guide the Calgary Stampeders to a second straight Grey Cup title, but he said he will hand the reins over to Dickenson, the team’s offensive co-ordinator, in 2016.
The Olds Grizzlys have swung another big trade, bringing in Grande Prairie Storm leading scorer Jade McMullen. Heading north in the trade are a trio of Grizzlys, Dustin Gorgi, Josh Zablocki and Alex Brewer.
A record-setting season earned Solomon Elimimian a piece of CFL history Thursday night. The B.C. Lions linebacker was named the league’s outstanding player, the first pure defensive performer to receive its highest individual accolade. The six-foot, 227-pound Elimimian also captured top defensive player honours during the CFL awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The Calgary Stampeders are a win away from capping a stellar season with a Grey Cup. After matching the franchise’s best record of 15-3, Calgary will play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL’s championship game Nov. 30 in Vancouver.
All for one and one for all. There were no passengers on the Red Deer Rebels bench as the home side skated to a 6-3 WHL win over the Prince George Cougars in front of 4,669 fans Friday night at the Enmax Centrium. “It was nice to see. I thought that was probably our best 60-minute effort of the whole season and hopefully just a sign of things to come,” said Rebels captain Conner Bleackley, who assisted on three goals.
After a costly giveaway the night before that cost his team the game, Tampa Bay left-winger Ondrej Palat felt he owed his team. He didn’t wait long to make good on it. Palat scored the winning goal three minutes into overtime on Tuesday night as the Lightning salvaged a split of back-to-back games in Alberta with a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
The Edmonton Oilers are no longer the only team in the Western Conference without a win. Taylor Hall had a penalty-shot goal and added an assist and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the game winner in the final minutes as the Oilers finally found their way into the win column, defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Monday.
The Red Deer College Kings pulled off the upset of the Lakeland Rustlers on Saturday, but it still was not enough to keep their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s soccer season going. The Kings crushed the previously undefeated Lakeland Rustlers 7-4 on Saturday at Red Deer College, but due to a tie between the SAIT Trojan and the Medicine Hat College Rattlers, RDC will miss provincials due to a head-to head tie breaker.
Central Alberta golfers dominated the 2014 high school provincial championships at Bragg Creek on Monday and Tuesday. Hunting Hills won their fourth 3A/4A boys’ team title while H.J. Cody’s Jaxon Lynn won the boys individual title.
The Red Deer Rebels looked like the total package Saturday night at the Enmax Centrium, a package complete with fancy wrap and tied with bows. All facets of the Rebels game were clicking as the host club romped to a 7-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice before a recorded gathering of 5,056. The home club dominated all but the first 10 minutes of the middle frame while improving to 2-1-0-0 just over a week into the Western Hockey League season.
Kolton Dixon represents a nice problem for the Red Deer Rebels. The 19-year-old was projected as a forward this season, but his play on the blueline this fall has impressed the coaching staff to the point where the Red Deer native has played both Western Hockey League regular-season games at his natural position.
If this hockey thing doesn’t pan out for Mark Louis, he could be a paid ambassador for Canadian university hockey. The Ponoka native and former Red Deer Rebels defenceman is a huge proponent of the university game, insisting that playing at that level paved the way to a professional career that is now entering its fourth year.
Those lobbying for better health care in Sylvan Lake reacted with relief to news that proposed family care clinics will not be abandoned. New Health Minister Stephen Mandel confirmed on Tuesday that nine family care clinics working their way through the approval process will not be scrapped.
Nick Foles threw a tying touchdown pass with 3:25 to go, and then set up Cody Parkey for the winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Philadelphia to a 30-27 win at Indianapolis on Monday night. Darren Sproles had seven receptions for 152 yards to go along with a touchdown run as the Eagles (2-0) won their first game on the road for the sixth consecutive season.
It was a tough week for quarterbacks in the CFL because two starters went down with season-ending injuries last weekend. The future looks very cloudy for B.C. Lions starter Travis Lulay after he re-injured his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder and now the Kevin Glenn trade looks very smart for the Leos.
Cut and paste. Red Deer Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter reduced his Western Hockey League club’s roster to 31 players Thursday by reassigning 16-year-old forwards Tyler Kirkup and Josh Logel, both of whom will rejoin their midget AAA teams. Kirkup will suit up with the Southwest Cougars, based in Souris, Man., while Logel will be back with the Calgary Northstars.
Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open. And, yes, even a 17-time major champion such as Williams can lose in the early going at the sport’s biggest tournaments, as she has repeatedly in 2014.