Sports briefs – July 9

Team Canada finished second in the Women’s World Inline Hockey Championship.

Silver for Canada at Inline Worlds

BEROUN, Czech Republic — Team Canada finished second in the Women’s World Inline Hockey Championship.

The Canadian squad, which included backup goaltender Amanda Squires of Red Deer, dropped a 3-1 decision to the Czechs in the final. Earlier the Canadians beat France 5-4 in overtime in the semifinals.

Indians edge Athletics

The Olds Athletics downed the Innisfail Indians 10-8 in Parkland Baseball League action Wednesday.

Scott Murphy recorded the win while also adding a pair of singles and three RBIs. Mark Smyth picked up the save.

Corey Tibble had a home run for the Indians, who host the Lacombe Dodgers Friday.

The Athletics host the Rocky Mountain House Red Dogs in a twin bill Saturday.

Midget AAA Braves split

OKOTOKS — The Red Deer Carstar Braves split a pair of Norwest Midget AAA Baseball League games against the Okotoks Dawgs Red Wednesday, winning 5-1 and losing 9-2.

Blair Mulder started on the mound in the opener, allowing just one hit and two walks while fanning four in four innings. Corbyn Shields went the final three innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks.

Calvin Ireland had a pair of hits.

Ireland also had two hits in the nightcap, including a triple, while Drew Hamilton added a double.

Scott Trapp started on the mound and took the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings. Wyle Cunningham went the final 3 1/3 innings, giving up two runs — one earned — on four hits. He fanned four.

The Braves play a pair of doubleheaders at Great Chief Park this weekend, hosting Sherwood Park Saturday and Spruce Grove Sunday. Action begins both days at noon.

Bantam AAA Braves fall

OKOTOKS — The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves dropped an 8-2 decision to the Okotoks Dawgs Red in bantam AAA baseball league play Wednesday.

Ty Elliott led the Braves at the plate with a pair of hits in three trips to the plate while Joel Mazurkewich was two-for-four and Jason Garrett added an RBI double.

Garrett started on the mound and took the loss, allowing three runs on two hits and five walks in two innings. Mitchell Vanson, who allowed five runs on four hits, finished the game.

The Braves return to action Saturday when they host Sherwood Park in a doubleheader, at noon at Great Chief Park.

Shea Weber named captain of Predators

NASHVILLLE, Tenn. — Defenceman Shea Weber will wear the C for the Nashville Predators next season.

Weber is the fifth captain in franchise history and first Predators draftee to receive the honour.

“In addition to being one of the top young defenceman in the NHL today, Shea is a natural leader, and we are confident he has the respect of his teammates, opponents, the Predators organization and its fans,” said Nashville GM David Poile in a release Thursday.

Weber succeeds Jason Arnott, who served as Predators captain from September 12, 2007 until he was traded to New Jersey last month.

Weber, 24, is regarded as one of the top blue-liners in the game today. His 62 goals is the second-most by a defenceman since the start of the 2006-07 season. Washington’s Mike Green has 70.

The Sicamous, B.C., native has a lengthy international resume, and most recently won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Weber was also named to the Olympic all-star Team.

Buffalo Sabres re-sign Patrick Lalime

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed veteran free agent goalie Patrick Lalime to a one-year contract.

The 36-year-old has spent the past two seasons with the Sabres as Ryan Miller’s backup. He went 4-8-2 for the Sabres last season, posting a 2.81 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. Over 12 seasons, he is 200-169-48 with a 2.57 GAA, and he became the 66th goaltender in NHL history to record 200 career wins last season in a victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in March.

Caps sign Fehr to $4.4 million, 2-year deal

WASHINGTON — Right-winger Eric Fehr has signed a US$4.4-million, two-year contract to stay with the Washington Capitals.

The 24-year-old Fehr set career highs with 21 goals and 18 assists last season for the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals, despite averaging a little more than 12 minutes of ice time. He also scored three goals in the playoffs. Washington lost to Montreal in the first round.

Fehr was a first-round draft choice in 2003, and has 36 goals and 37 assists in 178 games with the Capitals.

Lee scores big deal in sign and trade

NEW YORK — The agent for David Lee says the all-star forward is heading from the New York Knicks to the Golden State Warriors in a sign-and-trade deal.

Mark Bartelstein says Lee will get a six-year, US$80 million contract. The Knicks will receive forwards Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf.

Lee has been the Knicks’ most popular and productive player under coach Mike D’Antoni, but the team wouldn’t commit to signing him so it could preserve enough salary cap room to afford two maximum salary players.

The Knicks gave one of those contracts to Amare Stoudemire, who plays the same position as Lee.

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