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Charles Hamelin, Marianne St-Gelais strike gold again


A day after winning the 1,000-metre events, Canada's short track power couple struck gold again at a World Cup event in Dresden, Germany on Sunday, winning gold in the women's and men's 500m finals.


Lindsey Vonn doesn't win World Cup super-G, still sets new record

Germany Alpine Skiing World Cup

Lara Gut of Switzerland won her first super-G race of the season on Sunday to cut into Lindsey Vonn's overall World Cup lead. Still, Vonn set an all-time high with a bronze medal, earning her 42nd podium finish in a super-G.


Owls repeat at own tourney

Make it two in a row for the KSS Owls at the Interior Savings Western Canada Boys Basketball Tournament.

The Owls, ranked number one in the province, defeated number two Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs 84-71 before an overflow crowd at the KSS gymnasium.

After going 33 years between wins the Owls have now captured their own tournament twice in a row.

Parker Simson saved his best for the final, falling three assists short of a triple double. Simson finished the night with 18 point, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

Matt Lafontaine had 16 including a pair of crucial three-pointers down the stretch in the fourth quarter.

Grant Shephard added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Harry Liu had a triple-triple in a losing cause. One of the top players in the province, Liu had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

His teammate Karn Virk had 19 points and 10 boards.

The Owls trailed 22-21 after one quarter and, after giving up a free throw, went on a 7-0 run to forge ahead by six. They never trailed again.

It was those long runs that allowed the Owls to stay in front while, at the same time, holding the Bulldogs to shorter runs.

"That always is (key). And we were close to making those runs bigger which I think would have really polished them off but we were missing layups," said Owls coach Harry Parmar.

"I think our intensity would have picked up as well."

KSS led by nine at the break and, with the Bulldogs chipping into the lead, grade 12 guard Nav Sandhu made what may have been the game-saving play. Sandhu battled with two Bulldog players on the floor for a loose ball.

Sandhu won the battle, and threw the ball to a teammate while still on the floor. The play led to a bucket by Shephard which keyed another six point run to put KSS up by a dozen again.

Parmar said it's hard to compare the two wins, both he said are special.

"Last year was unexpected, this year's expectation was, oh they're going to win," said Parmar.

"I don't think we played our best tonight but we found a way to win. We're going to miss shots but if our defence is good, we'll always be fine."

Simson and Mason Bourcier were both named to the tournament first all-star team while Colin McGrath was named to the second team.

Shephard was named both top Owl and game MVP.

"I can't take all the credit," said Shephard of his MVP selection.

"It was a lot of my teammates helping me out. All the practice before this really paid off."

Bourcier, who won the championship for the first time as a grade 11 said it was an incredible experience.

"I've never really had such an atmosphere, especially for us," said Bourcier.

"The crowd was really unbelievable. For my first year it was tough to cope with but, it's a learning experience and a lot of fun."

He said it was probably the most fun he's ever had a a basketball tournament.

The Owls will now get ready for the valley championships at the end of the month and the provincial championships in Langley in early March.

How Canadian NHL teams fared yesterday


All seven Canadian teams were in action on Saturday, including three head-to-head battles. Here's a quick look at how they fared.


Flames burn Canucks 4-1

Jonas Hiller made 34 saves as the Calgary Flames downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Saturday.

Michael Frolik, Mikael Backlund and Sam Bennett each had a goal and an assist, while Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary (23-25-3), which rebounded from a 2-1 home loss to Columbus a night earlier. T.J. Brodie added two assists.

Emerson Etem replied for Vancouver (20-20-12), while Ryan Miller stopped 26 shots as the Canucks dropped their fourth straight.

The Flames beat the Canucks in a tight six-game series in the first round of last year's post-season, but both clubs currently sit outside of the Western Conference playoff picture.

Frolik finished off a nice passing play with Backlund and Brodie on a 3-on-2 rush for his ninth of the season 6:25 into the second period to give the Flames the lead.

Vancouver started to come to life later in the period, with Etem trying Hiller on a wraparound before Henrik Sedin fired just wide from a sharp angle on the power play.

Dan Hamhuis had another chance moments after the man advantage expired, and Hiller made another stop on Sven Baertschi on the rebound.

Hamhuis returned to the lineup after missing 21 games with facial fractures. The veteran defenceman, who wore a modified cage against Calgary, took a slapshot to the mouth in a scary incident on Dec. 9 and had his jaw wired shut until early January.

After the Flames had a goal waved off because of a hand pass eight minutes into the third, Monahan put the game to bed with his 16th of the season at 15:07 on a one-timer from the slot that beat Miller over the blocker.

The Canucks, who lost 2-1 to Columbus in a shootout on Thursday, pulled Miller for an extra attacker, but Backlund scored his sixth into an empty net with 2:15 left.

Etem, with his first of the season, got a consolation goal at 18:26, but Vancouver fell to 1-3-2 over its last six.

Bennett scored another empty-net goal, his 14th, with 35.9 seconds left.

The shots were just 7-5 in favour of the Flames after a scoreless and sleepy first. Calgary's best chance came about five minutes in when Miller stopped Matt Stajan's backhand effort on a breakaway, while Alexandre Burrows came closest for Vancouver when his shot hit the post and stayed out near the midway mark of the period.

Justine Dufour-Lapointe dominates course for 2nd moguls title in 3 days

Justine Dufour-Lapointe

Canada's Justine Dufour-Lapointe won a World Cup moguls event in Deer Valley, Utah, for her second moguls triumph in three days at the American ski resort.



Super Bowl ads: The best of the last 50 years


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl and with that means a new crop of commercials. Here are some of our favourite commercials from the past 50 years.


Canada wins opener of Americas Rugby Championship


Dan Moor scored two tries as Canada opened the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship with a 33-17 victory over Uruguay on Saturday.


Sidney Crosby hits, passes milestone in OT win


Sidney Crosby put his talent on full display for his 900th, 901st and 902nd career NHL points to fuel a 3-2 OT comeback victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night in a matter of minutes.


Curtis Lazar has pair as Senators trounce Leafs


Curtis Lazar had the first two-goal game of his career and Erik Karlsson had four assists as the Ottawa Senators embarrassed the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 on Saturday.


Cam Newton chosen as NFL's MVP, top offensive player


Cam Newton is now a Super Bowl quarterback with an NFL award. The Carolina Panthers star won The Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year honour on Saturday night.


Michelle Li's mastery on display at Canadian badminton nationals

Michelle Li

Michelle Li showed why she's Canada's highest-ranked badminton player - currently No. 15 in the world - as she won her sixth national title in singles and combined with Rachel Honderich, whom she defeated in singles, to take the doubles crown as well.


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