Time out November 29

Christine Nesbitt isn’t getting too caught up in her run of dominance to open the long-track speedskating season. Instead, she’s just enjoying it, and that approach seems to be working out just fine

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HAMAR, Norway — Christine Nesbitt isn’t getting too caught up in her run of dominance to open the long-track speedskating season. Instead, she’s just enjoying it, and that approach seems to be working out just fine.Nesbitt raced her way to a third straight 1,500-metre victory and then joined forces with Brittany Schussler and Cindy Klassen to win the team pursuit Sunday at the Hamar World Cup. The native of London, Ont., posted a time of one minute 58.00 seconds to remain unbeaten in the 1,500 so far. The Olympic champion in the 1,000 metres is 2-for-2 at that distance, too, giving her six gold medals already this World Cup campaign. The three Canadians regrouped after the 1,500 and were decisive winners in the team pursuit in a time of 3:00.90. The Russians were second, exactly a whopping three seconds behind, while the Dutch team was third in 3:04.62. “I think we were surprised by the finishing time, for sure,” said Nesbitt. “To win by that big of a margin — I didn’t expect us to go that fast.”


Athlete of the week

University of Montana’s senior middle blocker, Jaimie Thibeault of Red Deer, has been named first-team All-Big Sky Conference for the third time in her career. She was also selected the Big Sky Conference’s volleyball player of the week. The six-foot-two Thibeault averaged a .400 hitting percentage with 2.71 blocks, 4.43 kills and 6.21 points per set as Montana beat Weber State and Idaho State to advance to the conference playoffs ranked No. 4. Thibeault’s 19 overall blocks added to her 535 career blocks, which broke a school record set in 1987. Thibeault is ranked ninth in the conference in career blocks and is the only active player with over 500 blocks, She is also ranked fifth in the nation with 1.47 blocks per set. Montana lost to Portland State in the conference semifinals.


Today

• Women’s basketball: Funk vs. The Bank, Collins Barrow Storm vs. Wild Bill’s, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Lindsay Thurber; Spartans vs. Triple Threat, Ligers vs. Lacombe, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Central Alberta Christian; North Star vs. Hot Shots, RDC vs. Big Ballers, 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Hunting Hills.

Friday

• WHL: Prince Albert at Red Deer, 7:30 p.m., Centirum.

• AJHL: Fort McMurray at Olds, 7:30 p.m.

• Midget AAA hockey: Calgary Flames at Red Deer, 8 p.m., Arena.

• Heritage junior B hockey: Rimbey at Three Hills, 8 p.m.

• Chinook senior hockey: Sylvan Lake at Innisfail, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday

• Minor midget AAA hockey: Cochrane/Airdrie at Red Deer North Star, 11:15 a.m., Arena.

• Peewee AA hockey: Okotoks at Red Deer TBS, 12:30 p.m., Kin City A.

• Major bantam hockey: Lloydminster at Red Deer White, 2 p.m., Arena.

• Major bantam female hockey: Sherwood Park at Red Deer, 2:15 p.m., Kin City B.

• Major midget female hockey: Edmonton Thunder at Red Deer, 4:30 p.m., Kin City B.

• Midget AA hockey: Calgary SW Gold at Red Deer ProStitch, 4:45 p.m., Arena.

• College volleyball: SAIT at RDC, women at 6 p.m., men to follow.

• WHL: Brandon at Red Deer, 7:30 p.m., Centrium.

• Heritage junior B hockey: Coaldale at Stettler, 7:30 p.m.; High River at Red Deer, 8 p.m., Arena; Airdrie at Three Hills, 8 p.m.; Ponoka at Rimbey, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday

• Major bantam female hockey: Grande Prairie at Red Deer, 10:30 a.m., Kin City B.

• Peewee AA hockey: Bow Valley at Red Deer TBS, 10:45 a.m., Collicutt Centre.

• Minor midget AAA hockey: Keystone at Red Deer IROC, noon, Arena.

• Bantam AA hockey: Brooks at Red Deer Ramada, 1:30 p.m., Kinex.

• Midget AAA hockey: Edmonton Southside at Red Deer, 3 p.m., Arena.