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  • Champion Kearney heads moguls qualifiers

    February 6, 2014 7:14 PM 12

    ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Defending champion Hannah Kearney underlined her status as favourite for the women's freestyle moguls by leading the first 10 qualifiers into the final in the evening twilight at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Thursday. The 27-year-old American plunged around the bumps and down the 247-metre slope in 30.14 seconds to earn 23.05 points

  • Sweeting storms to early lead, claims 10-3 Scotties win over Quebec

    February 6, 2014 6:54 PM 2

    MONTREAL - Alberta's Val Sweeting earned a 10-3 win in eight ends over Quebec's Allison Ross on Thursday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Ross (1-9) opened the match with the hammer but Sweeting (7-3) had steals of two, three and two points over the first three ends for a commanding 7-0 lead before Quebec scored one in the fourth. With the win, Alberta

  • Thomas Vanek wants out of Long Island; Islanders happy to oblige

    February 6, 2014 6:38 PM 3

    LONG ISLAND - NY Islanders’ coach Jack Capuano is determined not to let the Thomas Vanek soap opera drag his group down. The want-away Vanek, determined to shun the Isles and test unrestricted free agency after spurning a $50 million, seven-year offer, will almost certainly be dealt by the March 5 trade deadline. "I’m sure people will look at it and say, ‘Wow, that’s

  • Plushenko jumps with aplomb, stands 4th after 4 skaters compete short programs in Olympic team figure-skating event

    February 6, 2014 5:48 PM 1

    Of the 10 men performing their short programs in Thursday’s figure skating team event, eight planned a quadruple jump. Three-time Olympic medalist Evgeni Plushenko, U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott and three-time world champion Patrick Chan planned the same combination to open their programs — a quad toe-triple toe. Plushenko, 31, was the fourth skater up, taking

  • Montreal, Quebec City to fly rainbow flag during Olympic Games

    February 6, 2014 4:57 PM 10

    Instead of flying the Olympic flag at city hall when the Olympic games begin in Sochi, Mayor Denis Coderre says the city will hoist a rainbow flag. "I will raise the rainbow flag at City Hall as a protest against Russian homophobia," tweeted Coderre on Thursday morning. Quebec City and the Olympic Board confirmed that rainbow flags would also fly outside

  • Canada looks to shed underdogs tag

    February 6, 2014 4:28 PM 10

    SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Canada's women's ice hockey team have triumphed at the last three Olympics but are being considered underdogs by many going into the Sochi Games given recent struggles against the rival United States. After losing the last four of six pre-Olympic exhibition games against the U.S., the Canadian squad has plenty to prove when they start

  • Virtue and Moir say they’ll peak at right time

    February 6, 2014 3:23 PM 7

    They might use the six days between the Olympic figure skating team event and the ice dance competition to tweak their performances based on the reaction of the judges and the crowd. Since their programs have always evolved over the course of a season, they warn not to make predictions for the Sochi Games based on their recent marks. In other words

  • Look who’s back: Paopao rejoins Leos

    February 6, 2014 3:22 PM 5

    Joe Paopao’s path has brought him back to the Lions as receivers coach, the team announced Thursday (CBC) There was only one reaction when news came Thursday that the Lions have welcomed Joe Paopao back in the fold as receivers coach: Will there be Aloha shirts on the sidelines this year? To those with longer than microwave memories, that was the last CFL sighting

  • Team Canada's home advantage gone, pressure remains

    February 6, 2014 2:42 PM 17

    SOCHI, Russia -- Denny Morrison thought about the Vancouver Olympics every day for months before the 2010 Games. The long-track speedskater saw the Olympic Oval almost everywhere he looked. "I could literally see it out my window -- my living room, dining room, kitchen, it all lined up to the Oval," said Morrison, who took up residence in suburban Richmond

  • Kevin Reynolds figure skates his way to the Olympics

    February 6, 2014 2:04 PM 2

    The first only figure skater to land five quadruple jumps in one competition is hoping to win Canada gold at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Kevin Reynolds, 23, from North Vancouver, B.C., will be competing in the new Olympic team figure skating event before the opening ceremonies even begin. He will also skate in the men's figure skating