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Canada won the team show jumping competition at the Longines Nations' Cup in Coapexpan, Mexico on Sunday. The Nations' Cup in Coapexpan was the second of three qualifying events in the North and Central America and Caribbean League for the Longines Nations' Cup final.
Mattias Ekholm ignited the offence early with the first goal by a Nashville defenseman in the series, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots and the top-seeded Predators advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 on Sunday night.
Mohamed Salah has been voted player of the year by his fellow professionals in English football in recognition of an incredible scoring return to the Premier League with Liverpool.
The Toronto Raptors saw their playoff series lead disappear on Sunday. Bradley Beal scored 31 points, while John Wall had 27, and the Washington Wizards beat Toronto 106-98 to tie their opening-round Eastern Conference series at two games apiece.
Connor Hellebuyck's back-to-back shutouts in Games 4 and 5 highlighted the Winnipeg Jets' impressive opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in which they eliminated the Minnesota Wild in five games.
LeBron James scored 32 points and combined with Kyle Korver for all but two of Cleveland's final 13 points as the Cavaliers escaped with a 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday to even the first-round series at two games apiece.
Jake Guentzel scored four straight goals to help send the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins into the next round with an 8-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 on Sunday.
Vancouver Canucks right-winger Brock Boeser, New York Islanders centre Mathew Barzal and Arizona Coyotes centre Clayton Keller were named the three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy on Sunday by the NHL.
Luis Severino pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, prized prospect Gleyber Torres went 0 for 4 in his big league debut and the youthful New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Sunday.
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final series on Saturday. Toronto held a 4-1 lead 11:55 into the second period and hung on to cut Boston's advantage in the series to 3-2, and force Game 6 on Monday at the Air Canada Centre.
Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes won gold at the Xiamen Open, defeating USA’s Brittany Hochevar and Kelly Claes, 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) on Sunday.
Even with a rash of injuries, Canada's Fed Cup squad found a way to defeat Ukraine.
Marc-Andre Fleury never believed the expansion Vegas Golden Knights were a team built just for the future, and that losing would be acceptable because it was the inaugural season.
Nick Rawsthorne scored the go-ahead try and the Toronto Wolfpack survived a furious comeback from the Barrow Raiders to win 16-12 in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Sunday.
Rafael Nadal won a record 31st Masters title after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in the Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday.
The hottest-ever London Marathon featured a Kenyan double as Eliud Kipchoge swept to a third victory in front of Buckingham Palace joining Vivian Cheruiyot who won the women's race on Sunday.
WRONG MOVE, ALBERTA
Where did the NDP get the idea that holding B.C. hostage, would help, or endear them to the Albertans? Alberta is under fire by the world and those locally. We, as Albertans, would never tolerate being treated this way. Why do we think it’s alright to treat others in this manner. I have been born and raised Albertan and am ashamed. They say jobs and I say wrong industry to invest the future. The pipelines are not the future. How do persons feel knowing that the oil industry controls our government? We have become wimps. They are the bullies and we let it happen. That they are able to bully governments in other provinces and pin federal government down, too. The oil industry has us held hostage. Albertans should not be paying what we do. They punish us, saying that B.C. is the cause. The oil industry is the creator of the issue and should be dealt with like a disobedient child. Sometimes a good spanking is what is needed with a long-term discipline plan. I will never agree with the plan of the pipelines. We are short sighted in this way and have put up with it. Have we asked, “Where is our clean water coming from, and what is in it”. Cancer on the rise and so is diabetes. Why?
APRIL VAN BUUL
(We need oil every single day.)
JUST GET ALONG
I worked for a large Alberta company with head offices in Calgary. At that time, our company worked in many Canadian provinces, and I would like to recall projects in B.C. in which I was personally involved. As a new employee, I started to work on Nechako River dam project,which supplies electrical power for aluminium smelters in Kitimat. In 1972, we moved to building natural gas pipelines from Ft. Nelson to Abbotsford, where lines are crossing to the U.S.A. Involved B.C. people liked this pipeline and income from it so much we have to build a parallel pipeline. Then we moved to build the Mica Dam on the Columbia River. After we rebuilt the Great Eastern railroad. We worked in different coal mines as well. I can name only these projects, in which I was personally involved, in seven years working for this company. I don’t know what projects were built before or after my time. At that time, it never crossed my mind that the people from an Alberta company should be treated differently from all other citizens of Canada. Anybody can see huge benefits for people of B.C. and Canada just from projects I mentioned and I was involved in. I cannot understand why people force their politics of division between Canadians and robbing us all of tremendous opportunity to take responsible managing of our resources.
(Building nations is a lot of work.)
THAT’S NOT ALL B.C.
Elizabeth May thinks she is Theresa May. Unfortunately, the unholy alliance that she has forged with the accidental NDP minority government in B.C. gives her the power to bring down a nation. Is that what Canadians want? Where are the B.C.ers that want the pipeline? They are not on the coast. They are not pretending to be California. Supporters of the pipeline are in the beautiful interior of the province and need to voice their concern. Albertans have invested money, not to speculate but to enjoy the beauty of that part of the province and pay their fair share of land transfer tax, property tax, HST, grocery, liquor and fuel sales, support of local business — marine sales, moorage, services, local trades for improvements, maintenance/ management services and so on. Get real and ask those places, Sicamous, Revelstoke, Golden, Sorrento, Salmon Arm, etc., if they want to do without Alberta spending in their economies. When I first went to B.C., they were happy to take my money but had resentment for me being there, much like my first visit to Quebec decades ago. When I kept going back and showing genuine respect and a sense of community, I was accepted. That is the way I treat Canadians no matter where I go. That is the way Albertans need to be treated now. I think if I went back to B.C., it would feel like going to Quebec the first time and the same today!
(Annexation of all parts east of Kamloops might be a good start.)
WE NEED IT!
People should stop and think for a moment where our lives would be without hydrocarbons. Yes, I’m talking about oil. Without a reliable, affordable energy source, we would not have the quality of life we all enjoy today (that includes you, Dr. David Suzuki and all the rest of the environmentalists). We all have what I call F3, Fossil Fuel Footprint. Now some of us might have a smaller F3, ie: you drive a Prius while I drive a diesel pick-up truck, but you still have an F3. Which makes you somewhat of a hypocrite because there are hydrocarbons used to make your Prius and they can be traced all the way back to the ore mined to get the materials to make your car (the same goes for a bicycle, by the way). What about electricity? Even a solar panel or wind turbine has F3. Could you imagine if you or a loved one needed urgent life-saving surgery and the hospital says “we’re sorry we can’t operate because it’s cloudy and calm”? Wouldn’t that be a game changer for you environmentalists! Look, we should take environmental stewardship seriously. We shouldn’t pollute for the sake of polluting, got it. But our lives would be a lot sorrier if it wasn’t for gas and oil. A smart environmentalist would use hydrocarbons as a means to an end. We need that reliable and affordable energy source to research and develop a more green way to continue to enjoy what we have today.
(There are no grey areas for a lot of people.)
Megan Lukan scored a try and added a conversion in the 10th minute as Canada downed host Japan 33-14 on Sunday to finish the Kitakyushu stop of women's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in 11th place.
For me, there will only be one Nanny.
Her warm smile, her encouraging words, her gentle soft touch of her hand, and that ever chuckle she enjoyed sharing when she knew she fooled you, yet again, with her practical jokes.
Nanny. She loved people, and loved seeing them become the best they could, as she stood on the sidelines, cheering them on and offering her trademark wink.
Her real name was Evelyn Meier, and she was my mother-in-law. But more importantly, she was a wonderful friend.
We gathered Saturday afternoon at the Royal Glenora Club to share stories and remember what a wonderful person she was.
Last Dec. 18, Nanny passed away at the age of 88.
But she never showed her age and kept an inquisitive curiousity in everything.
Nanny also loved watching The Young and Restless, the afternoon soap opera which my wife also enjoyed. Nanny called Joan after every episode to dissect the storylines and offered her creative ideas of what might be in the next show.
Nanny mentioned to Joan Eric Braeden, the gentleman who played tycoon Victor Newman in the show was coming to the Edmonton’s Women Show in the spring of 2010.
“Would you ever be intereesteed in interviewing Victor?” Nanny asked.
Truthfully, I wasn’t interested. But, the tone of Nanny’s request was crystal clear: she wanted to meet Victor.
I am so very blessed to have the job I have as a columnist. I called the organizers for the event and asked to interview Mr. Braeden.
They gave me an hour. And, of course, I needed to bring along my editorial assistants who could provide thought-provoking questions about the show.
And guess who they were?
Nanny and Joan, of course.
We had a wonderful hour, the four of us, in a small banquet room off the Expo Centre at Northlands.
When Mr. Braeden left the room, Nanny in the sweetest voice ever, said: “By Victor. We love you.”
I share that story many times: not because of meeting the one and only Victor Newman, but because a lady I loved, who just turned 80, still had the zest, the incentive and the courage to reach for her dreams.
She loved kids. When our grandson Nicholas was born, Nanny became a great grandmother.
To see Nanny around Nic was something I’ll never forget.
And she encouraged me, too, in everything I did — especially writing.
When I was finishing my first book four years ago, she’d phone me daily and asked me how things were going.
“Take you time, but, on the other hand, could you hurry?” she said, and then breaking into laughter.
“Because I can’t wait to read it.”
Nanny will always be a big part of our family. There is, for certain, a void right now. But it will be filled up in time with memories; warm memories of a lady who loved her family and showed us how to embrace life.
There will only be one Nanny. I am blessed to have known her.
LAS VEGAS – One of the 85 hopefuls attending the Edmonton Eskimos open tryout Saturday may have had an inside track.
That’s because former San Diego State wide receiver Curtis Anderson has some pedigree to him, though you wouldn’t recognize it by his name.
The 25-year-old already has a family member on the Eskimos roster, being cousins with starting running back C.J. Gable.
“I used to watch him play football back at Sylmar, (Calif.), that’s where he went (to high school),” said Anderson, a six-foot-three, 200-pound native of Palmdale, Calif. “And from there, USC. I used to always watch his games on live TV.
“And then, when he went to the (Canadian Football League) and came to the Edmonton Eskimos, I thought that was the perfect opportunity because (we’re a) football family. Stay in it, see if I could get a shot.”
If it was a longshot, Anderson said it was a worthwhile one.
His number wasn’t called at the end of Saturday’s drills, but that won’t stop him from trying out for another team.
“I’ve loved football since I was a little kid, so being able to come and compete and show my talents, that’s what it’s about. Pursuing my dream,” said Anderson, who also attended a recent Saskatchewan Roughriders tryout.
In fact, while he has yet to be noticed by the right coach on the right team, Anderson’s exploits haven’t gone unnoticed.
He is currently involved in a project being developed by the production company Clickz (www.clickz.website/clickz-tv) called Underdogs.
“It’s just a show that’s following me around on my path,” Anderson said. “I was overlooked at San Diego State, so being able to come and really show the grind of what it is, the whole process, that’s kind of what it’s doing.”
Out of high school, Anderson – like a lot of football players looking to continue their playing career – didn’t receive any offers from NCAA Div. 1 schools.
“So I went the junior college route,” he said. “I went to Antelope Valley College, and even after that, I had to grind to get to San Diego State. I walked on and I earned a scholarship within a year.
“And that’s kind of something unheard of because most ju-co (products) you either get the scholarship straight out or you just walk on for two years.
“I got the scholarship. Now I’m here (looking to) take that next step.”
And having a pro in the family certainly doesn’t hurt his cause.
“We’ve had a couple workouts together back home,” Anderson said of Gable’s off-season training. “And he was just telling me how it is and what to expect, what to do, certain routes to run. All of that.
“It’s just kind of given me a guidance.”
Gable made headlines as the first Southern California running back to ever open the season as a starting freshman in 2006. In 2013, he became the CFL’s East Division nominee for most outstanding rookie.
“I knew about (the CFL), but obviously it grew once he went there,” Anderson said.
Of course, if it was easy everyone would be a pro football player.
“It’s not. This road is so hard. It’s extremely hard,” he said. “If you’re not focused, if you don’t have that dedication, you’re not going to make it. And you’re not going to keep going forward because it’s such a numbers game at one point. It gets so tiring.”
And even to American-born players with National Football League dreams from childhood don’t take long to view the CFL as a viable option.
“I kind of set my eyes on it right when I was graduating. Right after, I started looking at tryouts,” he said. “You start seeing that the NFL is kind of a longshot, so you want to take a different route to maybe get some more film.”
Game film, that is. The undisputed currency of players looking to get noticed by someone, somewhere. Anyone, anywhere.
But with Underdogs, Anderson’s journey could end up reaching another audience altogether.
Time will tell.
Until then, Anderson will keep his nose to the grindstone.
“It’s really the love of football that keeps you going,” he said. “And I want to kind of carry on the legacy of my family. I mean, C.J. Gable, he’s really big to look up to.”
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