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The Red Deer Public School District board is going to wade into the great Alberta math debate. At its board meeting last week, trustees were presented a report that detailed the changes that have been made in teaching math to pupils in recent years. The changes de-emphasize rote solving of problems in favour of more flexible methods.
The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves opened their bantam AAA baseball season with a doubleheader sweep of the host Calgary Cubs during the weekend. Darin Fodor cracked a single, double and triple, drove in a run and scored three in the series opener, a 10-4 win. Austin Hammond and Hunter Leslie each stroked a run-scoring single and Jack Henley and Brady Steeves had two hits apiece.
Sitting in another jubilant dressing room deep inside another dazed road arena, Anze Kopitar simply stopped trying to explain the Los Angeles Kings’ big-game brilliance. In nearly every tight playoff spot over the last three years, his Kings have emerged and advanced — even when they end the career of hockey icon Teemu Selanne along the way.
That didn’t last long. Just a month after hitting the unemployment line, Mike Williamson returned to the WHL Tuesday as head coach of the Tri-City Americans. Williamson, who was fired by the Calgary Hitmen in mid-April after five seasons as head coach, replaces Jim Hiller as the Tri-City bench boss. Hiller was canned by the Americans last Friday, and coincidentally held that post for five years.
The tight games and nastiness between old rivals Montreal and Boston is coming to a Game 7 climax. The best-of-seven NHL Eastern Conference semifinal has the Canadiens and Bruins tied 3-3 going into a final showdown in Boston on Wednesday night.
P.K. Subban has picked the right time of the year to go on an offensive tear. The 2013 Norris Trophy winner had his third straight two-point game with a goal and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens held off the Boston Bruins for a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night to take the lead in their NHL Eastern Conference playoff series.
Dwane Casey has been carrying around a contract in his briefcase for the past few months, signed by all the Toronto Raptors and the team’s staff. The contract, just two or three lines long and something that “wouldn’t hold up in court,” Casey said laughing, was a pledge of commitment. Its headline: “I’m all in.”
It just so happened that Jake Leschyshyn had set his sights on the Red Deer Rebels prior to Thursday’s Western Hockey League bantam draft. “Before the draft my dad and I both talked to Red Deer a bit. My dad said it’s a great organization and his first choice was Red Deer. It worked out well,” said the Saskatoon native, who was selected by the Rebels sixth overall in the draft conducted in Calgary. “It feels like Christmas.”
TORONTO — R.A. Dickey, his knuckleball moving like the noggin on his bobblehead giveaway, gave the Toronto Blue Jays a sorely needed quality start Sunday. And the rest of the team also stepped up, with Brett Lawrie and Edwin Encarnacion combining to drive in four runs in a 7-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
DETROIT — If what the Boston Bruins showed in coming back to beat the Detroit Red Wings was the resolve of a champion, it certainly wasn’t obvious to goaltender Tuukka Rask. The Bruins erased a two-goal deficit in Game 4 to win 3-2 in overtime Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena and set up a chance to eliminate the Red Wings on Saturday. When they were behind and struggling, Rask didn’t expect a switch to flip.
CHICAGO — Corey Crawford was there every time. Slap shots, wristers, backhands and tips, he stopped each one of them. The Chicago Blackhawks needed a rebound game from their goaltender, and he delivered in a big way.
NEW YORK — The Knicks lingered on the court, soaking in the cheers from the fans wearing those giveaway orange shirts that were probably meant for the playoffs. And once they left, that was it. Hard as it still is for them to believe, there is no more basketball for the Knicks this season.
NEWARK, N.J. — For seven years, Miikka Kiprusoff was a constant in net for the Calgary Flames. Karri Ramo might be the next in line. Ramo made 31 saves to record his second NHL shutout and Mark Giordano scored the only goal as the Flames topped the New Jersey Devils 1-0 on Monday night.
Sydney Daines is one of the bright young soccer players in Central Alberta. The Innisfail native is highly recruited and will attend RDC in the fall to play with the Queens. But that’s not the only thing the Grade 12 student will be looking at. Daines is also interested in playing basketball at the college and has caught the attention of RDC Queens head coach Mike Woollard, who was on hand to watch her during the 37th annual 3A-4A Senior Bowl at Lindsay Thurber Tuesday.
BEIJING — Four-time world champion and six-time national champion Randy Ferbey was inducted into the World Curling Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Joining him in this year’s class were Switzerland’s Patrick Huerlimann and Norway’s Eigil Ramsfjell. The announcement was made at the world men’s curling championship at Capital Indoor Stadium in China.
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Canada’s Rachel Homan had ideal preparation for the playoffs at the Ford World Curling Championships with a pair of hard-fought wins over tenacious opponents Thursday. The Canadians defeated Sweden 9-6 and China 6-4 to finish atop the preliminary-round standings at 10-1. Their execution Thursday was the sharpest of the tournament so far.
As the captain of the Red Deer Rebels ship that sunk with Tuesday’s 5-3 WHL tie-breaker loss to the Prince Albert Raiders, Conner Bleackley feels like he’s more than partly to blame. The 18-year-old, however, was the club’s best forward during the majority of the season and along with the likes of goaltender Patrik Bartosak and defenceman Haydn Fleury, was a big reason the Rebels even got close to a playoff berth.
The difference between the Lindsay Thurber Raiders and Hunting Hills Lightning has been minimal this season, so it’s no surprise the Central Alberta High School boys’ 4A zone basketball final is going the distance. The Raiders forced the third and deciding game tonight at 6 p.m. at Hunting Hills with an 80-70 victory over the Lightning at Hunting Hills Thursday.
CALGARY — Red Deer Optimist Chiefs head coach Doug Quinn couldn’t have been happier with the effort he got from his team Wednesday. The Chiefs ended up playing the third period with three of their regular forwards missing, but pulled out a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Buffaloes to grab a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Alberta Midget Hockey League South Division final.
BOCA RATON, Fla. — NHL general managers think the game is all right, so they don’t want to go shaking things up. So when it came time Tuesday to debate rule changes at their annual meeting, the consensus was to start small with minor alterations to overtime and faceoffs. Bigger things like expanded video review and three-on-three will require more discussion down the road.