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Curling teams for Olympic trials announced

Defending Brier champion Kevin Martin leads a trio of Edmonton-based men’s teams that have earned a direct berth into the Canadian Olympic curling trials. The Canadian Curling Association named four men’s and four women’s teams Wednesday that have earned automatic spots in the Olympic trials, which will take place Dec. 6-13 in Edmonton.

Louis earns berth on Team Alberta

Meghan Louis of the Red Deer Exelta Gymnastics Club earned a berth on Team Alberta for the third year in a row to compete in the Canadian artistic gymnastic championships.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) collects his NBA Rookie of the Year award (insert).

Rose NBA Rookie of Year

Derrick Rose, who led his hometown Bulls to the playoffs and restored hope to a franchise in disarray, is the NBA’s rookie of the year. The announcement was made Wednesday.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) collects his NBA Rookie of the Year award (insert).
Calgary Flames' Olli Jokinen

Jokinen, Iginla lead Flames back to even ground

Calgary 6 Chicago 4 CALGARY — Flames head coach Mike Keenan had said Olli Jokinen must develop an understanding of what playoff hockey means.

Calgary Flames' Olli Jokinen
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist blocks a shot in the second period against the Washington Capitals during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday

Lundqvist makes 38 saves as Rangers take a 3-1 series lead

Rangers 2 Capitals 1 NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist had his teammates digging deep to describe his performance that put the New York Rangers on the verge of advancing in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the third straight year.

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist blocks a shot in the second period against the Washington Capitals during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday
Montreal Canadiens  Michael Komisarek falls to the ice as he fights with Boston Bruins Milan Lucic during second period of Game Four NHL playoff  hockey action in Montreal Wednesday.

Boston beats Montreal 4-1 to sweep the Canadiens out of the playoffs

Bruins 4 Canadiens 1 MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens 100th anniversary season ended in boos and disappointment.

Montreal Canadiens  Michael Komisarek falls to the ice as he fights with Boston Bruins Milan Lucic during second period of Game Four NHL playoff  hockey action in Montreal Wednesday.

Mason among Calder Cup finalists

NEW YORK — Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason and Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg are the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year, the league announced Wednesday.

Crowd quiet for U.S. anthem

MONTREAL — The Bell Centre crowd remained almost silent for the U.S. national anthem prior to Game 4 of the Montreal Canadiens playoff series after booing the anthem in the previous game.

Penguins look to finish Flyers

No matter how many shots they take, how many hits they throw, how many chances they get against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers must find themselves wondering if they’re replaying last season’s playoff series all over again.

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Sports briefs – April 22

The Red Deer Titans men’s and women’s teams are training at Titans Rugby Park, with the next session set for 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Detroit Pistons' Richard Hamilton (32) walks away as the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate a play in the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game Tuesday.

Cleveland Cavaliers hold off Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons couldn’t contain LeBron James again. And this time, they didn’t stop his teammates until it was too late.

Detroit Pistons' Richard Hamilton (32) walks away as the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate a play in the second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game Tuesday.
RDC volleyball Kings head coach Aaron Schulha

Coach for FISU

RDC volleyball Kings head coach Aaron Schulha has been named as one of the assistant coaches with Team Canada for the 2009 World Universiade (FISU) Games, which is slated for July 2-12 in Belgrade, Serbia.

RDC volleyball Kings head coach Aaron Schulha

Canada draws Honduras in U-17 soccer championship

The Canadian men’s under-17 soccer team scored drew 1-1 against Honduras on Tuesday at the CONCACAF U-17 soccer championship.

Marleau gets winner as San Jose Sharks trim Ducks’ lead

Sharks 4 Ducks 3 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Patrick Marleau scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 9:27 left, and the San Jose Sharks evaded a daunting playoff deficit with a 4-3 victory over Anaheim in Game 3 on Tuesday night, trimming the Ducks’ series lead to 2-1.

Vancouver Canucks' Steve Bernier (18) keeps his eye on the puck as St. Louis Blues goalie Chris Mason stops the puck during the first period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday

Burrows, Luongo lead Canucks’ sweep of Blues

Canucks 3 Blues 2 (OT) ST. LOUIS — As overtime wound down Tuesday night, the Vancouver Canucks finally rewarded their star goalie’s heroic efforts. Alex Burrows scored his second goal of the game 19:41 into overtime and Roberto Luongo finished with 47 saves to help the Canucks complete a first-round sweep of the St. Louis Blues with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

Vancouver Canucks' Steve Bernier (18) keeps his eye on the puck as St. Louis Blues goalie Chris Mason stops the puck during the first period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Tuesday
Carolina Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu (15)

Jokinen scores for ’Canes with 0.2 seconds left

Hurricanes 4 Devils 3 RALEIGH, N.C. — Jussi Jokinen deflected in Dennis Seidenberg’s slap shot with 0.2 seconds remaining and the Carolina Hurricanes evened their series with New Jersey at two games apiece by beating the Devils 4-3 Tuesday night.

Carolina Hurricanes' Tuomo Ruutu (15)
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby

Crosby lifts Pens to 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers

Pittsburgh 3 Philadelphia 1 PHILADELPHIA — Sidney Crosby and the Penguins can finish off the Flyers back on home ice.

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby
Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood (30) and teammate Brian Rafalski (28) stop the puck in front of Columbus Blue Jackets' Rick Nash during the first period of a first-round NHL hockey playoff game Tuesday

Red Wings take 3-0 series lead over Columbus Blue Jackets with 4-1 win

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals and the Detroit Red Wings dominated from start to finish Tuesday night to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 and grab a 3-0 lead in their first-round series.

Detroit Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood (30) and teammate Brian Rafalski (28) stop the puck in front of Columbus Blue Jackets' Rick Nash during the first period of a first-round NHL hockey playoff game Tuesday
Boston Celtics’ Kendrick Perkins

Boston evens series

Ray Allen landed the final blow in a memorable duel with Ben Gordon on Monday night, shooting the Boston Celtics back into their first-round series.

Boston Celtics’ Kendrick Perkins
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown

Brown NBA coach of year

Like his first year in Cleveland, LeBron James’ second NBA season ended without a trip to the playoffs

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown
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