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ANNOUNCEMENT ON TWINNING AND POTENTIAL TOLL HIGHWAYS EXPECTED THIS WEEK
Sunday 23rd April 2017

The Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Geoff MacLellan says a government announcement on using tolls to twin highways will happen this week. MacLellan says the magnitude of the decision is great with the cost of eight sections of 100-series highway under consideration for twinning coming in at an estimated cost of $2-billion dollars. MacLellan says the discussions have spanned two years, including public consultation. Approximately 7,400 people provided feedback to government and that feedback was released earlier this month by MQO Research. Most people consulted say they want safer highways but don't want to pay a toll to get them. The dangerous section of highway between Sutherland's River and Antigonish is one of the eight sections under consideration for twinning and possible tolling.

ANTIGONISH COUNTY MAN CHARGED AFTER DRIVING MORE THAN DOUBLE THE SPEED LIMIT
Tuesday 18th April 2017

A man from Antigonish County is facing a multitude of charges after RCMP observed him speeding on a motorcycle last week. The 48-year old, whose name has not been disclosed, fled from police last Wednesday afternoon, and increased his speed as police pursued, topping out at 150 kph in a 70 kph zone. The man eventually stopped, and police determined that he did not have a valid driver's license, the motorcycle was not registered and it did not have liability insurance. As a result, the driver faces the following charges: Flight from Police Operating a Motor Vehicle While License is Revoked Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Liability Insurance Operating an Unregistered Vehicle The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

SPORTS UPDATE SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017
Saturday 8th April 2017

Maritime Hockey League Playoffs Miramichi 5 Summerside 1 (Miramichi wins series 4-0)
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World Women's Hockey Championship Gold-medal game United States 3 Canada 2 (OT) Bronze-medal game Finland 8 Germany 0 Relegation game Switzerland 3 Czech Republic 1
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NHL Tampa Bay 4 Montreal 2
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The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey league playoffs continue this weekend with the Scotians-Privateers series even 1-1. Game 3 is in Liverpool Saturday night at 7:30, then Game 4 at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 7.
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The Pictou County Subway Selects are hosting the Hockey Nova Scotia Female Midget AA Provincial Championship, today at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The top four teams after the regular season and league playdowns, along with the host Subway Selects, continue to compete in a round robin format tournament today, with the top two teams advancing to Sunday’s final. The Antigonish Bulldogs, Cape Breton West Islanders, Wilson’s Home Heating Colchester Cyclones and Metro West FORCE Black teams are the other teams that will vie for the Nova Scotia title.
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Pictou County Midget AA Subway Selects provincial schedule The Pictou County Subway Selectstake on Metro West FORCE Black at 8:30 The Pictou County Subway Selects face off vs Wilson’s Home Heating Colchester Cyclones at 12:30 p.m. And the Championship Game takes place Sunday at 11 am.
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ANTIGONISH CHOCOLATIER RECOGNIZED AT DEANS DINNER
Friday 7th April 2017

The Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores Gala Award Dinner was held last evening, recognizing people and businesses for their work on the Northumberland Shore. The highlight of the evening was the acceptance speech by Tareq Hadhad of Peace By Chocolate, who accepted the newly renamed Rising Star award in memory of Mike Broomfield. In his acceptance speech, Hadhad spoke of how he and his family fled war-torn Syria and settled in Antigonish. Since then the company has received international attention, including accolades from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an address to the United Nations last year.

Complete list of winners:

Mike Broomfield Rising Star Award
~Peace by Chocolate

Fleur Mainville Ambassador Award
~Kimberly Dickson

Chief Experience Opportunity (CEO) Award
~Northumberland Fisheries Museum

Festival and Events Award (2 winners)
~Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre
~Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas

Flavour Award
~Main Street Café – Maritime Inn Antigonish

Marketing Award
~Sober Island Brewing Company

~DEANS Chairman's Awards presented to Anne Emmett and Sobeys.

SPORTS APRIL 7
Friday 7th April 2017

The Pictou County Subway Selects are hosting the Hockey Nova Scotia Female Midget AA Provincial Championship, beginning today at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The top four teams after the regular season and league playdowns, along with the host Subway Selects, compete in a round robin format tournament Friday and Saturday, with the top two teams advancing to Sunday’s final. The Antigonish Bulldogs, Cape Breton West Islanders, Wilson’s Home Heating Colchester Cyclones and Metro West FORCE Black teams are the other teams that will vie for the Nova Scotia title.
Pictou County Midget AA Subway Selects provincial schedule
Friday, April 7, 11 a.m. vs Antigonish Bulldogs
Friday, April 7, 5 p.m. vs Cape Breton West Islanders
Saturday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. vs Metro West FORCE Black
Saturday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. vs Wilson’s Home Heating Colchester Cyclones
Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m. Championship Game
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Pictou County Athletics – Spring/Summer Registration for Trailblazers ( ages 10 – 12 ) , ages 13+ and Masters (ages 35 and up). PCA is gearing up to host the Atlantic Outdoor Track and Field Championships this July and new members are welcome to come and be part of our PCA programs. Registration will take place at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, 482 Auburn Ave. in Stellarton on Friday from 5 to 6:30 and Sunday from 3 to 5pm. Please bring health card information with you. Visit our website for further information pictoucountyathletics.com. For further information contact Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com or Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring Registration Saturday April 8 at Pictou Youth Center 10 am -2 pm. More information at pictousoccerclub@hotmail.com
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A final In-Person Registration for the Pictou County Lacrosse Association will be held on Monday from 6:00 until 7:30 at the Trenton Community Rink Annex.  Any players wishing to register, or any parents having questions regarding lacrosse this season can attend this registration or forward questions to info@pictoucountylacrosse.ca .  You may also register online at pictoucountylacrosse.ca. The PC Lacrosse Association is also looking for any volunteers who may want to help coach at the Midget Level.  Prior experience not necessary. If you have coached hockey, basketball, soccer or baseball and would like to try something new...  all coaching courses, supplies and help for the season will be provided.  If interested, please contact info@pictoucountylacrosse.ca for further information.
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The NS Junior Hockey league playoffs continue this weekend with the Scotians-Privateers series even 1-1. Game 3 is in Liverpool Saturday night at 7:30, then Game 4 at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 7.
Game 5 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Tue Apr 11 7:30 PM
If necessary:
Game 6 Liverpool Privateers  @ Pictou County Scotians - Pictou County Wellness Centre, Fri Apr 14 7:00 PM
Game 7 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Sat Apr 15 7:30 PM
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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World Women's Hockey Championship
Semifinals

Canada 4 Finland 0
United States 11 Germany 0
Relegation Round
Switzerland 3 Czech Republic 2
Placement Game
Russia 4 Sweden 3
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NHL
Milan Lucic scored three goals in the third period and the Edmonton Oilers took a big step toward claiming home-ice advantage in the first round of the post-season by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-2 in a possible playoff preview.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will have to wait a little longer to try and clinch a playoff berth. The Leafs couldn't secure their first trip to the post-season in four years, downed 4-1 by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots in regulation and overtime and three more in the shootout to help the Ottawa Senators beat Boston 2-1, snapping the Bruins' six-game winning streak and pulling ahead of them in the Atlantic Division standings.
Arizona 4 Vancouver 3
Calgary 4 Los Angeles 1
Winnipeg 5 Columbus 4
N.Y. Islanders 3 Carolina 0
Pittsburgh 7 New Jersey 4
St. Louis 6 Florida 3
Nashville 7 Dallas 3
Minnesota 4 Colorado 3
Anaheim 4 Chicago 0
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NBA
Chicago 102 Philadelphia 90
Indiana 104 Milwaukee 89
Orlando 115 Brooklyn 107
Washington 106 New York 103
Atlanta 123 Boston 116
Portland 105 Minnesota 98
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MLB
American League

Toronto 5 Tampa Bay 2
Minnesota 5 Kansas City 3
Chicago White Sox 11 Detroit 2
Oakland 5 L.A. Angels 1
Seattle 4 Houston 2
National League
Cincinnati 7 Philadelphia 4
Colorado 2 Milwaukee 1
Chicago Cubs 6 St. Louis 4
L.A. Dodgers 10 San Diego 2
Miami 4 Washington 3 (10 innings)
N.Y. Mets 6 Atlanta 2
Arizona 9 San Francisco 3
Interleague
Pittsburgh at Boston, postponed

SPORTS MARCH 24 *UPDATED 10:50 AM*
Friday 24th March 2017

Game 5 between the Crushers and the Amherst Ramblers is tonight at 7 at the Keating Millenium Centre in Antigonish: while technically a Crushers home game, the location has changed because of the Pictou County Home Show. Last night, the Timberwolves swept St. Stephen out of the playoffs with a 4-0 shutout of the Aces.
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It's do or die for the Pictou County Scotians, as they play the 7th game in their series with the Glace Bay Junior Miners. The Scotians will advance with a win in Membertou on Sunday night.
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Pictou County's Daniel Martin is a gold medalist. He finished first in the 1600m men's snowshoe final at the Special Olympics World Games in Austria. He won silver earlier this week as part of the men's 4x400m relay. Great work Daniel!
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The Fundy Highland Peewee AA female Subway Selects are hosting 4 other provincial Peewee AA female teams at the Hector Arena this weekend. Come on out and cheer these young players on in their fight for the provincial prize. The first game is 11 am on Friday, with opening ceremonies at 6:30pm Friday night.
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The Pictou County Under 18 Boys Basketball Team is hosting a tournament this weekend at New Glasgow Academy. The boys play this afternoon at 4pm, and Saturday at 11am & 5pm. Come on out and cheer them on!
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Baseball tryouts for the Kinsmen MacGregor Midgets will begin on Saturday from 9am to 11am at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex.  All midget aged players as well as any bantam looking to get a head start on their season are welcome to attend. This is gearing up to be a busy season for the Macs as they have a trip planned to the Okotoks Baseball program in Alberta  as well as their regular season play.  All players attending tryouts are required to have workout clothing as well as indoor footwear and plenty of water. Workouts will be under the direction of head coach Johnnie Russell and his coaching staff. Fees are $10 per session. For further information please contact Johnnie at 902 755 4775 or via email Russelllathletic@eastlink.ca. Dates for additional workouts are March 26 1:30 -2:30 pm,  April 1 3-5 pm,  April 2 9-10:30 am,  April 15 10 am – noon, April 16 1:30 pm -3:30 pm, April 23 8:30- 10:30 pm, April 30 8:30- 10:30, May 06 10:00 am- noon, and May 13 10:00- noon.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Drake Caggiula and Jordan Eberle scored 1:10 apart to break a tie late in the third period, and the Edmonton Oilers rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 7-4.
Pekka Rinne made 24 saves to lead the Nashville Predators over the Calgary Flames 3-1.
Auston Matthews and William Nylander had two points apiece as the Toronto Maple Leafs picked up their seventh win in the last nine games, a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Lee Stempniak scored twice as the visiting Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 to extend their point streak to nine games and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan scored in the shootout as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in a game marred by a gruesome finger injury to Ottawa's Marc Methot.
Los Angeles 5 Winnipeg 2
St. Louis 4 Vancouver 1
Washington 2 Columbus 1 (SO)
Tampa Bay 6 Boston 3
Florida 3 Arizona 1
Philadelphia 3 Minnesota 1
Chicago 3 Dallas 2 (SO)
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points, marking the first time he's had that many in consecutive games, and the Toronto Raptors pulled off their 19th double-digit comeback of the season to beat the Miami Heat 101-84.
Brooklyn 126 Phoenix 98
Dallas 97 L.A. Clippers 95
San Antonio 97 Memphis 90
Portland 110 New York 95
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MLB Pre-Season
St. Louis 5 Miami 3
Minnesota 4 Philadelphia 2
Washington 1 N.Y. Mets 0
N.Y. Yankees 5 Tampa Bay 5
Boston 10 Pittsburgh 7
Chicago White Sox 4 Cincinnati 2
Cleveland 8 Colorado 3
Oakland 15 Milwaukee 5
Chicago Cubs 5 Arizona 5
San Diego 6 L.A. Angels 2
Atlanta 2 Detroit 1
L.A. Dodgers 10 Texas 2
Seattle 9 San Francisco 2


SPORTS MARCH 23 *UPDATED 8:50 AM*
Thursday 23rd March 2017

The Crushers defeated the Amherst Ramblers 5-3 to even the series at two games a piece. Game 5 will be Friday night at 7 at the Keating Millenium Centre in Antigonish: while technically a Crushers home game, the location has changed because of the Pictou County Home Show. Elsewhere in the MHL, the Truro Bearcats are one win from advancing, after beating the Yarmouth Mariners last night 2-1.
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The Pictou County Scotians are one win away from advancing in their best with the Glace Bay Junior Miners, following a decisive 6-2 victory in Trenton last night. The Scotians can seal the deal with a win in game 7 Sunday night in Membertou.
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Pictou County's Daniel Martin captured his first medal at the Special Olympics World Games in Austria. He was part of the Men’s 4x400m snowshoe relay, who won silver, less than a second behind the gold medalists. Brianna Harris from Truro captured Gold as part of the women’s 4x400m relay this morning, and Aimee Gordon from Cape Breton captured Gold in the women's 500m Speed Skating. Martin will be in the 1600m men's snowshoe final tomorrow. Follow along on TSN as well as the Special Olympics Canada website.
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The Fundy Highland Peewee AA female Subway Selects are hosting 4 other provincial Peewee AA female teams at the Hector Arena this weekend. Come on out and cheer these young players on in their fight for the provincial prize. The first game is 11 am on Friday, with opening ceremonies at 6:30pm Friday night.
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Baseball tryouts for the Kinsmen MacGregor Midgets will begin on Saturday from 9am to 11am at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex.  All midget aged players as well as any bantam looking to get a head start on their season are welcome to attend. This is gearing up to be a busy season for the Macs as they have a trip planned to the Okotoks Baseball program in Alberta  as well as their regular season play.  All players attending tryouts are required to have workout clothing as well as indoor footwear and plenty of water. Workouts will be under the direction of head coach Johnnie Russell and his coaching staff. Fees are $10 per session. For further information please contact Johnnie at 902 755 4775 or via email Russelllathletic@eastlink.ca. Dates for additional workouts are March 26 1:30 -2:30 pm,  April 1 3-5 pm,  April 2 9-10:30 am,  April 15 10 am – noon, April 16 1:30 pm -3:30 pm, April 23 8:30- 10:30 pm, April 30 8:30- 10:30, May 06 10:00 am- noon, and May 13 10:00- noon.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda received a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors event. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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At the women's world curling championships, Rachel Homan ran her win streak to double digits, defeating Italy's Diana Gaspari 8-5.
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NHL
William Nylander and Leo Komarov each had a goal and an assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2.
N.Y. Islanders 3 N.Y. Rangers 2
Anaheim 4 Edmonton at 3
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NBA
Charlotte 109 Orlando 102
Boston 109 Indiana 100
Chicago 117 Detroit 95
Oklahoma City 122 Philadelphia 97
Washington 104 Atlanta 100
Denver 126 Cleveland 113
Milwaukee 116 Sacramento 98
Utah 108 New York 101
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MLB Pre-Season
Houston 8 Minnesota 4
N.Y. Yankees 7 Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 6 Washington 1
Toronto 5 Detroit 4
Miami 15 N.Y. Mets 9
Oakland 5 Chicago White Sox 3
Kansas City 6 San Diego 2
San Francisco 6 Milwaukee 4
Colorado 10 Cleveland 2
L.A. Angels (ss) 9 Seattle 8
Texas 7 L.A. Angels (ss) 4
Baltimore 7 Tampa Bay 4
Cincinnati 5 Chicago Cubs 2

SPORTS MARCH 21
Tuesday 21st March 2017

In the MHL playoffs: The Amherst Ramblers now lead 2 games to 1 over the Crushers following a 4-3 win at the Wellness Centre last night. Game 4 will be Wednesday night in Amherst. In other series, Yarmouth defeated Truro 6-5, but the Bearcats still lead the series 2-1. The Miramichi Timberwolves lead 2-0 over St. Stephen after last night's 7-3 win.
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On Monday, the province announced support for the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games with an investment at one of the main venues at St. Francis Xavier University. A one-million dollar contribution for seating improvements will provide greater accessibility for athletes and their families at the university's Oland Centre. Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince, says the province and local organizers want to create the best national games experience ever for the 4,000 participants and their families when they arrive in Antigonish. The centre's existing bleachers were built in the 1960s and will be replaced by a new high-standard seating area for 1,500 people.
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Baseball tryouts for the Kinsmen MacGregor Midgets will begin on Saturday from 9am to 11am at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex.  All midget aged players as well as any bantam looking to get a head start on their season are welcome to attend. This is gearing up to be a busy season for the Macs as they have a trip planned to the Okotoks Baseball program in Alberta  as well as their regular season play.  All players attending tryouts are required to have workout clothing as well as indoor footwear and plenty of water. Workouts will be under the direction of head coach Johnnie Russell and his coaching staff. Fees are $10 per session. For further information please contact Johnnie at 902 755 4775 or via email Russelllathletic@eastlink.ca. Dates for additional workouts are March 26 1:30 -2:30 pm,  April 1 3-5 pm,  April 2 9-10:30 am,  April 15 10 am – noon, April 16 1:30 pm -3:30 pm, April 23 8:30- 10:30 pm, April 30 8:30- 10:30, May 06 10:00 am- noon, and May 13 10:00- noon.
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda received a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors event. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Cam Talbot made 35 saves to record his second shutout in as many games and seventh of the season as the Edmonton Oilers closed out an eight-game homestand with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Brad Marchand could become the first Bruin to win the NHL scoring race since Bobby Orr ruled the league. He scored his 80th point in a 4-2 loss to the Leafs.
Buffalo 2 Detroit 1
Nashville 3 Arizona 1
Dallas 1 San Jose 0
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NBA
Charlotte 105 Atlanta 90
Indiana 107 Utah 100
Orlando 112 Philadelphia 109 (OT)
Boston 110 Washington 102
Golden State 111 Oklahoma City 95
Houston 125 Denver 124
L.A. Clippers 114 New York 105
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MLB Pre-Season
Boston 7 Baltimore 4
Miami 9 Atlanta 3
Detroit 5 N.Y. Mets 1
N.Y. Yankees 9 Washington 3
Pittsburgh 5 Tampa Bay 4
Minnesota 8 Toronto 2
Cincinnati 10 Kansas City 6
Cleveland 14 L.A. Dodgers 5
San Francisco 3 Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 9 Colorado 6
St. Louis 12 Houston 6
Arizona 10 Oakland 6
San Diego 3 Texas 2

GLOBAL TEACHING AWARD GOES TO A BLUENOSER WORKING UP NORTH
Monday 20th March 2017

A Nova Scotia-born teacher has won a one-million-dollar award for excellence in her field. Maggie MacDonnell, who grew up in Afton, Antigonish County, received the highly-coveted Global Teacher Prize for her work at a remote schoolhouse in Quebec. MacDonnell beat out thousands of applicants from around the world. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a former teacher himself, offered his congratulations in a video message that was broadcast at a ceremony in the United Arab Emirates.


SPORTS MARCH 13
Monday 13th March 2017

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers' playoff schedule has been set. Their first opponents are the Amherst Ramblers, with game one Thursday night at 7:30 at the Wellness Centre. Game 2 is set for Saturday in Amherst, with Game Three at the Wellness Centre next Monday and Game 4 in Amherst on Wednesday the 22nd.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians hold a two game lead over the Glace Bay Jr Miners in the second playoff round. In Trenton last night, the Scotians took a 3-1 win, on top of Saturday's 3-2 victory. Games three and four will be Saturday in Membertou and Sunday in Trenton.
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Trenton Atom B will be adding a new banner to the Trenton rink. Trenton steelers went 4-0 this weekend winning the Port Hawkesbury Paper hockey tournament. They started out defeating Cheticamp Trail Riders 6-2. Scoring for steelers was Derrick mackay with 2 goals, Ethan mackay 2, Jake Maloney and Gavin Wong adding singles. Assist sets came from Hollywood 2, Thai macdonald 2, Mahoney 2, Landon Martin, Ethan foote and both mackay boys. MVP of the game went to Derrick Mackay. Then Steelers went on to defeat Strait Richmond 7-2. Scoring was Ethan mackay with 2, Jake Maloney with 2, Derrick mackay, Landon Martin and Nicholas Duff adding singles. Assists came from Ethan mackay 2, Derrick mackay 1 and Martin 1. MVP of the game went to Jake Maloney. 3rd game steelers defeated Antigonish 8-2. Scoring for steelers was jake Maloney with 3, Derrick mackay 2, Ethan mackay , Landon Martin and Gavin Wong all adding singles. Assists came from Ethan mackay 3, Derrick mackay 3, Robbie wilkinson, Thomas hillier and Mahoney all with 1. MVP of that game went to Ethan mackay. That led steelers to face Pictou Maripacs for the gold medal. With under 8 mins left in the 3rd Pictou scored the go a head goal giving them a 3-2 lead. Steelers answered back to once again tie the game at the 3:22 mark.  Just under 2 mins remaining the steelers fired another goal and went a head 4-3. Then 38 seconds later the steelers popped one more goal in making it 5-3 to give the the gold medal. MVP of that game went to Jesse Arbuckle. The tournament MVP was awarded to Derrick Mackay.
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A contingent of 43 athletes travelled to Moncton on Saturday to take part in the Atlantic Indoor Championships for track and field. It is the 5th year the team participated and after coming second the past two seasons, the team came away with their first Championship Banner this weekend. Results are as follows:
Cara MacDonald- 3rd 200m, 2nd 800m. U14
Allie Sandluck- 4th 1200m, 7th 2000m mixed. 14/15
Eilidh Cameron- 14/15- 2nd high jump, 6th 1200 m, 9 th 2000m mixed
Nell Cameron 14/15-3rd 800 m, 7th 1200 m, 10th 2000m mixed
Jordyn Ferguson U14- 2nd 60m hurdles, 5th 60m, 5th 150m
Kelley McKay u14- 3rd 60m hurdles, 4th long jump, 7th 60m
Charlotte Stroud 14/15-4th 200m, 5th 60m, 5th long jump
Kristen Ross 14/15-2nd 60m hurdles, 4th long jump, 6th 60m
Gabrielle Smith 14/15-2nd shot put, 3rd long jump, 7th 60m
Megan Graham 18/19-1st 400m, 2nd 60m
Carla Moore 50-54-1st 60m Danielle McKay 16/17-2nd 800m, 3rd 1500 m, 7th 200m
Emma Cameron 16/17-1st 3000m, 4th 800m, 4th 1500m
Breanna Sandluck 18/19-1st 3000m, 3rd 1500m
Girls U14 4x200m relay 3rd
Deelle Hines 35+- 1st high jump, 1st long jump
Keighan DeCoff 14/15-1st shot put, 1st weight throw
Tatum McLean 18/19-1st shot put, 1st weight throw
Chloe Ferguson U10 tetrathlon -1st overall, 2nd 60m, 1st 400m, 5th long jump, 5th shot put
Kate Stroud 10/11 tetrathlon-7th overall, 2nd 60m, 9th 600m, 5th long jump, 5th shot put
Amelia MacCallum 10/11 tetrathlon-12th overall, 3rd 60m, 11th long jump, 13th shot put
Amelia Boudreau 10-11 tetrathlon -10th overall, 12th 60m, 10th 600m, 10th long jump, 9th shot put
Lauren Quann 18/19 1st overall pentathlon, 1st 800m, 1st 60m hurdles, 1st high jump, 1st long jump, 1st shot put
Conrad Robertson U14-2nd 1200m, 2nd 150m, 2nd 800m
Ethan MacDonald 14/15-2nd 2000m, 4th 1200m
Youssef Dedekhani U14-3rd 150m, 3rd shot put, 5th 60m, 5th shot put
Dennis Moore 14/15-2nd weight throw, 2nd shot put, 5th 60m
Cole Joudrie 14/15-1st long jump, 4th 200m, 7th 60m
Alex Moore 16/17-1st 400m, 6th 60m, 7th 200m
Eric Hughes 16/17-1st 60m hurdles, 4th shot put, 5th long jump, 8th 60m, 10th 200m
Jake Temple 16/17-3rd weight throw, 3rd shot put, 11th 60 m
Tom MacKenzie 16/17-16th 60m
Logan Coulet 20-34-2nd 60m, 2nd high jump
Tony Corbin 35+-2nd 60m
Daniel Stewart 16/15-1st 800m, 3rd 400m
Ross Bennett 16/17-4th 800m, 5th shot put, 7th 400m, 7th long jump
Peter Corbin 18/19-1st 3000m, 2nd 400m
Aiden Sims U14-2nd shot put, 4th 800m, 4th long jump
David MacLennan 35+-1st 800m, 1st 1500m, 1st 3000m
4x200m relay 35+ 1st
Parker Swain 14/15-1st high jump, 1st shot put, 1st weight throw
Kaelan Schmidt 18/19-1st high jump
Kelly Joudrie 50-54-1st shot put, 1st weight throw
Isaac Boudreau U10 Tetrathlon-2nd overall, 2nd 60m, 3rd 400m, 3rd long jump, 1st shot put
Broden DeCoff 16/17 Pentathlon-3rd overall, 3rd 1000m, 3rd 60m hurdles, 3rd high jump, 1st long jump, 3rd shot put
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A local curler is getting a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play with the pros. Donalda Buckingham from Bluenose Curling Club is one of four winners of the Everest-Ferbey National Pro Am contest. Donalda will receive a VIP trip to Fredericton to watch the Everest Canadian Seniors finals beginning Saturday. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup, including Randy Ferbey, Jennifer Jones, Brad Jacobs, Brent Laing and Al Hackner.
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NNU (which represents all towns in Pictou County) is currently seeking volunteers to help with their upcoming soccer season as well as accepting coaching applications for Tier 2 and Academy programming. For more information email Joanne at sandjreynolds@hotmail.com.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are 1-1 in their playoff series with the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Islanders took game one Saturday night 8-1, but the Weeks team responded on Sunday with a 4-3 win. Games three and four will be Friday and Saturday nights at the Wellness Centre.
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Pictou County Athletics will be starting their Spring - Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program for children ages 5 to 9. There will be two locations, each with an 8 week program. Cost is $60, including a $35/child Athletics NS fee for insurance. For families, it's $50 for a second child and $45 for a third child. This program was developed by Athletics Canada and it will provide your child with (Fun) and basic development in balance; coordination; agility; strength and speed. The Pictou program will be in the Pictou Academy gym beginning on Tuesday, March 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 Registration will begin at 6pm. Lead instructor is Gena Henderson – hendersong@ccrsb.ca. The New Glasgow program will be in the North Nova gym beginning on Monday, March 20 from 5pm to 6pm. Registration will begin at 4:30. Lead instructors are Ann Findlay – findlayal@ccrsb.ca and Deelle Hines – motherandfitness@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Athletics program for ages 10 to 12 is a competitive opportunity for young boys and girls. The team is called the Trail Blazers and they work out twice a week and compete in both indoor and outdoor track meets, this includes PCA hosting the Atlantic Outdoor Championships this summer. Inquires in this program – email Trevor Boudreau at boudreauT@ccrsb.ca. Registration inquiries email Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com and other PCA inquiries can be sent to Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is proudly hosting our third annual Spring League for Boys and Girls in Grades 2-3, and 4-6. The League runs eight Saturdays from April 15th to June 3rd at three locations: NSCC Stellarton Campus, Pictou Academy & GR Saunders. Teams are formed at the beginning and stay together for following sessions and games. Skills followed by Team Game Play in each session. Non-members $80/player – includes BNS Registration & Insurance.  Members $60/player, (Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included). Register at the Wellness Center Table March 14th and 15th 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All skill levels welcome! This is about learning skills and having fun.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Paul Byron scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Montreal Canadiens rallied a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Chicago 4 Minnesota 2
N.Y. Rangers 4 Detroit 1
Anaheim 5 Washington 2
San Jose 5 Dallas 1
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NBA
Boston 100 Chicago 80
Brooklyn 120 New York 112
Indiana 102 Miami 98
Houston 117 Cleveland 112
Portland 110 Phoenix 101
Philadelphia 118 L.A. Lakers 116
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MLB Pre-Season
Tampa Bay 8 Toronto 2
Atlanta 10 N.Y. Yankees 2
Baltimore 8 Minnesota (ss) 6
Washington 5 Houston 4
Pittsburgh 4 Minnesota (ss) 3
Detroit 4 N.Y. Mets 3
St. Louis 9 Miami 9
Philadelphia 6 Boston 5
Texas 10 Chicago White Sox (ss) 8
San Francisco 12 Arizona 4
Oakland 9 Chicago Cubs 8
L.A. Dodgers (ss) 5 Kansas City 4
Cincinnati (ss) 4 Milwaukee 2
Cincinnati (ss) 9 Colorado 8
Cleveland 11 San Diego 3
L.A. Angels 9 Seattle 2
Chicago White Sox (ss) 15 L.A. Dodgers 5

CALLS GROW TO REMOVE JUDGE FOR HIS REMARKS IN SEX ASSAULT CASE
Saturday 4th March 2017

A dozen sexual-assault centres, centres for women and therapists are calling on Nova Scotia's chief judge to recommend removing Judge Gregory Lenehan from the provincial bench over comments he made in acquitting a taxi driver of sexual assault this week. Lenehan said a police officer was right to arrest Bassam Al-Rawi when she found him in his taxi with an unconscious woman whose clothing he had removed. But the judge believed that "clearly a drunk can consent" and that the Crown provided no evidence she had not consented, so he let Al-Rawi go free. A spokesperson for the Nova Scotia Judiciary said they've already received at least one formal complaint against Lenehan. The Antigonish Women's Research Centre Sexual Assault Services is preparing a letter to the chief judge on behalf of 12 organizations including the Pictou County Women's Resource and Sexual Assault Centre and the Central Nova Women's Resource Centre. The letter notes that reporting rates for sexual assaults are alarmingly low, and that decisions like Lenehan's discourage women from coming forward in the future. The group also called on Halifax Regional Municipality's taxi commission to permanently revoke Al-Rawi's licence. HRM said his licence has been in a "non-operation state" since September 2015 and it is looking at revoking or granting him a licence now that the criminal case is done.

SPORTS MARCH 4
Saturday 4th March 2017

A rare loss for the Weeks Jr A Crushers last night, 4-3 at the hands of the Summerside Western Capitals. Scoring for the Crushers were Alex Bonaparte, Mack Derraugh and Evan MacLennan. Tonight, the Crushers visit St. Stephen to play the Aces.
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Friday evening Trenton Peewee C's took on the Pictou Maripacs. Trenton came away with a 4-1 win. Michael Derouin led the Steelers with a pair of goals, Mason Macintosh and Harper Fraser both fired singles. Assists came from Nathan Greencorn, Lauren Roper and Fraser. Pictou's goal came from Wil Macmillan and Tanner Heighton getting the assist. Winning goalie was Michael Francis.
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The Atom A Crushers dropped the first game of their playoff series against the Antigonish Bulldogs earlier this week. Game 2 is in Antigonish Saturday at one o’clock.    
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The Atom AA Red Crushers narrowly beat the Atom AA White Crushers to claim the Northern Title of the Mainland League.  The Red Crushers will face the south winner at the Mainland League Day of Champions to be held the weekend of March 24th and 25th. The team travels to Cumberland County this weekend for the North NSMHL Atom AA Provincial Tournament.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers closed out their regular season last weekend clinching second place in their league. They face the Truro Bearcats in a best of three playoff series with game 1 being played at noon on Saturday at the Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have wrapped up their devision semi-final with a 7-0 shutout of the Antigonish Bulldogs.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped game the first two games of their opening playoff round against the Wolfpack last weekend in Cole Harbour. Games three and four go Saturday night at 7:30pm and Sunday at 12:00 noon at the Wellness Centre.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League – playoffs this weekend... Three games at the Stellarton Rink , Sunday. 5:20 - Whitey"s Vikings  vs   Wranglers 6:50 - C.F. Construction   vs   Elks Club 8:20 - Cornova Contracting  vs  Connors Transfer LTD. Fourth game, Tuesday night at the Hector Area Pictou 9:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons   vs   Durham Bucks. Winners move onto March 9  at the Thorburn Rink , first game starting at 7:15 March 10 Champion Game , Stellarton Rink  8:00
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be holding a National Lifeguard Certification Course over the March Break. If you are 16 and have a Bronze Cross Certification now is the time to go to the next level. Course Dates are March 12 to March 19. There will also be a NLS Re-certification on March 18 & 19 - please note, you must attend both days. Pre-register for these courses by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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Baseball spring training clinics for Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin Tuesday March 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30PM, registration starts at 6 PM. All sessions will be held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. The cost will be $150 which will include 24 hours of indoor training until the end of April. This is open to all players born between and including 2004 and 2008. Softball players are also welcome to sign up. Players are required to have a baseball glove, baseball hat and indoor shoes. If you have your own bat or helmet please bring along as well. Due to the complexity, cheques cannot be accepted. Any questions please contact Stanton Clements at stantonclements@eastlink.ca or Bill MacKenzie at w.mackenzie7@icloud.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Rickard Rakell scored twice, Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves and the Anaheim Ducks returned from their bye week with a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Connor Hellebuyck turned away all 29 shots he faced to earn his fourth shutout of the season in the Winnipeg Jets' 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
Calgary 3 Detroit 2 (OT)
Pittsburgh 5 Tampa Bay 2
Arizona 4 Carolina 2
Chicago 2 N.Y. Islanders 1 (SO)

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     NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, including a key 3-pointer late, and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 114-106 despite giving back a 19-point first-half lead.
Cleveland 135 Atlanta 130
Orlando 110 Miami 99
Philadelphia 105 New York 102
Milwaukee 112 L.A. Clippers 101
Dallas 104 Memphis 100
Phoenix 118 Oklahoma City 111
Utah 112 Brooklyn 97
San Antonio 101 New Orleans 98 (OT)
Boston 115 L.A. Lakers 95
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MLB Pre-Season
Toronto 3 N.Y. Yankees 2
Pittsburgh 5 Baltimore 2
Boston 9 Atlanta 1
Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 2
Minnesota 4 Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 2 Washington (ss) 1, 10 innings
Washington (ss) 8 Miami 5
N.Y. Mets 11 Houston 3
Cincinnati 8 Chicago Cubs 4
Colorado 16 Cleveland 7
Kansas City 7 L.A. Dodgers (ss) 2
Oakland 6 San Francisco 1
Texas 8 Seattle 2
Arizona 15 L.A. Dodgers (ss) 3
L.A. Angels 6 Milwaukee 5
Chicago White Sox 3 San Diego 1


SPORTS MARCH 3
Friday 3rd March 2017

Another day, another win as the Weeks Jr A Crushers beat the Valley Wildcats 5-1. Scoring for the Crushers were Benji Curtis (2), Michael Dill, Bradley Kennedy, and Mack Derraugh. Tonight the Summerside Western Capitals will come to the Wellness Centre in a rescheduled game from earlier this season. Another day, another win as the Weeks Jr A Crushers beat the Valley Wildcats 5-1. Scoring for the Croushers were Benji Curtis (2), Michael Dill, Bradley Kennedy, and Mack Derraugh. Tonight the Summerside Western Capitals will come to the Wellness Centre in a rescheduled game from earlier this season. Game time is 7:30pm. If minor hockey players wear their jerseys to the game, they get free admission! On Saturday, in another game that was rescheduled from earlier this season, the Crushers will visit St. Stephen to play the Aces.
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The Atom A Crushers dropped the first game of their playoff series against the Antigonish Bulldogs earlier this week. Game 2 is in Antigonish Saturday at one o’clock.    
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The Atom AA Red Crushers narrowly beat the Atom AA White Crushers to claim the Northern Title of the Mainland League.  The Red Crushers will face the south winner at the Mainland League Day of Champions to be held the weekend of March 24th and 25th. The team travels to Cumberland County this weekend for the North NSMHL Atom AA Provincial Tournament.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers closed out their regular season last weekend clinching second place in their league. They face the Truro Bearcats in a best of three playoff series with game 1 being played at noon on Saturday at the Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians can wrap up their series against the Bulldogs with a win tonight in Trenton. Game time 7:30. Game 7, if necessary, will be played Sunday night in Antigonish.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped game the first two games of their opening playoff round against the Wolfpack last weekend in Cole Harbour. Games three and four go Saturday night at 7:30pm and Sunday at 12:00 noon at the Wellness Centre.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League – playoffs this weekend... Three games at the Stellarton Rink , Sunday. 5:20 - Whitey"s Vikings  vs   Wranglers 6:50 - C.F. Construction   vs   Elks Club 8:20 - Cornova Contracting  vs  Connors Transfer LTD. Fourth game, Tuesday night at the Hector Area Pictou 9:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons   vs   Durham Bucks. Winners move onto March 9  at the Thorburn Rink , first game starting at 7:15 March 10 Champion Game , Stellarton Rink  8:00
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be holding a National Lifeguard Certification Course over the March Break. If you are 16 and have a Bronze Cross Certification now is the time to go to the next level. Course Dates are March 12 to March 19. There will also be a NLS Re-certification on March 18 & 19 - please note, you must attend both days. Pre-register for these courses by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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Baseball spring training clinics for Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin Tuesday March 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30PM, registration starts at 6 PM. All sessions will be held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. The cost will be $150 which will include 24 hours of indoor training until the end of April. This is open to all players born between and including 2004 and 2008. Softball players are also welcome to sign up. Players are required to have a baseball glove, baseball hat and indoor shoes. If you have your own bat or helmet please bring along as well. Due to the complexity, cheques cannot be accepted. Any questions please contact Stanton Clements at stantonclements@eastlink.ca or Bill MacKenzie at w.mackenzie7@icloud.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Kings captain Anze Kopitar snapped a 13-game goal drought in regulation and scored again in the shootout, leading Los Angeles back from a two-goal deficit in the third period for a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Alex Burrows scored twice in his debut with the Ottawa Senators and led his new club to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche.
The tears came even as P.K. Subban smiled and waved to the Bell Centre fans. The former Canadiens defenceman got a long standing ovation before his first game back in Montreal as a Nashville Predator on Thursday night. But the Habs would not be put off - Paul Byron scored with 9 seconds remaining to give the Canadiens the 2-1 victory.
San Jose 3 Vancouver 1
Buffalo 6 Arizona 3
Washington 1 New Jersey 0
N.Y. Rangers 2 Boston 1
Philadelphia 2 Florida 1 (SO)
Columbus 1 Minnesota 0
N.Y. Islanders 5 Dallas 4
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NBA
Chicago 94 Golden State 87
Phoenix 120 Charlotte 103
Portland 114 Oklahoma City 109
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MLB Pre-Season
Philadelphia 8 Toronto 8
St. Louis 9 Atlanta 4
Minnesota 6 Baltimore (ss) 6 (10 innings)
Pittsburgh 11 Detroit 1
Boston 19 Tampa Bay 2
Washington 13 Houston 1
N.Y. Mets 11 Miami 6
Cincinnati 6 Chicago Cubs (ss) 2
Chicago White Sox 8 San Francisco (ss) 6
L.A. Dodgers 4 Cleveland 2
Kansas City 3 Colorado 1
Oakland 5 Texas 1
Seattle 6 Milwaukee 2
San Diego 9 Arizona (ss) 6
L.A. Angels 5 San Francisco (ss) 4
N.Y. Yankees 8 Baltimore (ss) 1
Arizona 3 Chicago Cubs (ss) 1

SPORTS MARCH 2
Thursday 2nd March 2017

There will be a send off party tonight for local Special Olympics Athlete Daniel Martin, who is headed to Austria for the World Games March 14-25. Everyone is welcome to drop by for some food and good cheer from 5:30-7pm at the Wellness Centre, Tim Hortons Room on the 2nd level.  Rumour has it some of the Crushers will be in attendance before their game. This is the first time in 30 years an athlete from Pictou County has been named to Team Canada (previous was swimmer Susan Bailey, who medals at the 1987 World Games in Indiana). Daniel will be competing in snow shoeing – best of luck Daniel! Follow his progress online at www.specialolympics.ca.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers have three games in three nights this week. Thursday they host the Valley Wildcats. Friday the Summerside Western Capitals will come to the Wellness Centre in a rescheduled game from earlier this season. The Friday game will start at 7:30pm. Then on Saturday, in another game that was rescheduled from earlier this season, the Crushers will visit St. Stephen to play the Aces.
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The Atom A Crushers dropped the first game of their playoff series against the Antigonish Bulldogs earlier this week. Game 2 is in Antigonish Saturday at one o’clock.    
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The Atom AA Red Crushers narrowly beat the Atom AA White Crushers to claim the Northern Title of the Mainland League.  The Red Crushers will face the south winner at the Mainland League Day of Champions to be held the weekend of March 24th and 25th. The team travels to Cumberland County this weekend for the North NSMHL Atom AA Provincial Tournament.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers closed out their regular season last weekend with three games in two days against the first place Brookfield Elks. The Crushers took two out of three games to clinch second place in their league. Playing two home games on Saturday to make up for an earlier storm cancellation the Crushers played to a solid 5 to 2 win in the first game. Kaleb Clarke led the scoring with a hat trick in the first period while Myles Farnsworth and Kenyon Green added goals in the second period on route to the win. Xander Vohs was the winning goaltender. In the second game of the day at the Pictou County Wellness Center Ryan Denny, Kaleb Clarke and Brody Bowering scored while Jacob Fraser backstopped the Crushers in a 3 to 2 win. On Sunday afternoon at the Don Henderson Arena in Brookfield the Crushers fell short of the sweep and came away with a 3 to 2 loss. Nolan MacDonald and Kenyon Green were the goal scorers for the Crushers. The Bantam A Red Crushers will face the Truro Bearcats in a best of three playoff series next weekend with game 1 being played at noon on Saturday at the Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians lead their Division Semi-Final after defeating Antigonish 5-1 in game 5. The Scotians can wrap it up with a win Friday night in Trenton. Game 7, if necessary, will be played Sunday night in Antigonish.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped game the first two games of their opening playoff round against the Wolfpack last weekend in Cole Harbour. Games three and four go Saturday night at 7:30pm and Sunday at 12:00 noon at the Wellness Centre.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova League, the final games of the regular seasonare tonight, both played at Thorburn Rink. 7:10 - C.F. Construction   vs   Cornova Contracting, 8:20 - Whitey's Vikings   vs   Connor's Transfer LTD. Playoffs begin Sunday.
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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Baseball spring training clinics for Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin Tuesday March 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30PM, registration starts at 6 PM. All sessions will be held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. The cost will be $150 which will include 24 hours of indoor training until the end of April. This is open to all players born between and including 2004 and 2008. Softball players are also welcome to sign up. Players are required to have a baseball glove, baseball hat and indoor shoes. If you have your own bat or helmet please bring along as well. Due to the complexity, cheques cannot be accepted. Any questions please contact Stanton Clements at stantonclements@eastlink.ca or Bill MacKenzie at w.mackenzie7@icloud.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Patrick Kane had his second hat trick in three games, Scott Darling made 36 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 for their fifth straight victory and 10th in 11 games.
Tampa Bay 4 Carolina 3 (OT)
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NBA
There would be no thrilling fourth-quarter comeback for the Toronto Raptors. Playing their fourth game without all-star guard Kyle Lowry, the Raptors dropped a 105-96 decision to Eastern Conference rival Washington Wizards to end a four-game winning streak.
New York 101 Orlando 90
Atlanta 100 Dallas 95
Miami 125 Philadelphia 98
Boston 103 Cleveland 99
Denver 110 Milwaukee 98
New Orleans 109 Detroit 86
San Antonio 100 Indiana 99
Minnesota 107 Utah 80
Brooklyn 109 Sacramento 100
Houston 122 L.A. Clippers 103
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MLB Pre-Season
Baltimore 12 Boston 5
Miami 9 Houston 5
St. Louis 6 N.Y. Mets 1
Philadelphia 5 Tampa Bay 5
Pittsburgh 3 Minnesota 1
Washington 9 Detroit (ss) 1
Detroit (ss) 5 Toronto 4
Chicago White Sox 3 Arizona 2
Chicago Cubs 7 Kansas City 3
Milwaukee 3 Cincinnati 2
Seattle 7 Cleveland 4
San Diego (ss) 5 Oakland 0
Colorado 3 San Diego (ss) 1
L.A. Angels 3 Texas 2
Atlanta 8 N.Y. Yankees 7
L.A. Dodgers 7 San Francisco 6

SPORTS MARCH 1
Wednesday 1st March 2017

With four wins last week, the Weeks Jr A Crushers have been rewarded by a jump of three places in the National Rankings. The most recent rankings have the Crushers at 16th, remaining the only MHL team in the Top 20. Coming up this week, the Crushers play three games in three nights, two of which are make-up games from postponements earlier this season. On Thursday, the Crushers host the Valley Wildcats, then Fridaty they welcome the Summerside Western Capitals to the Wellness Centre. On Saturday, the Crushers head to St. Stephen to face the Aces.
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Trenton Steelers defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs in a "Best two out of three" by winning two straight games this weekend. Trenton will play the winner of the Pictou and Thorburn series. Pictou leads 1-0. 
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219 athletes from across the province competed in this year's Nova Scotia Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games this past weekend at Camp Aldershot, Kentville. Twenty-four talented and determined athletes from Pictou County competed and took home a total of 11 medals. Pictou County had athletes competed in four of six sports: floor hockey, snow shoeing, figure skating, and curling. The weekend showcases high level competition, athletic ability, and true sportsmanship.
For Pictou County...  Curling: Gold Medal Jones Division - 3 wins in round robin play and overcame Annapolis to take the final match. Team Members: Chris Atkinson, Evan Sharpe, Adam Smith, Jane Foance, and Lucy Rogers. Coaches Tracy Sharpe and Ryan Sharpe.
Floor Hockey: Gold Medal Hayden Division - 2 wins and one lose in round robin play and defeated Yarmouth 6-4 in the final. Team members: Craig Boyd, Allister MacLean, Darrel Williams, Harry Haroutunian, Dwayne Saunders, Stacey Saunders, Ian Smith, Rodney Bond, Darryl Smith, Dwayne Saunders, Justin Barnett, and Chase Cameron. Coaches Henry Heighton, Derek Borden, and Bryden Cameron.
Figure Skating: Greg Massaro: Gold, Mens Level 2; Jessica Kearly: Silver, Ladies Level 1; Molly Caldwell: Bronze, Ladies Level 1; Loretta Levangie: Fourth, Ladies Level 1.
Snow Shoeing: Daniel Martin: Gold Mens 400M, 800M, 1600M, and Bronze 200M; Sherri Wolfenden: Bronze Ladies 200M and 400M
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The Atom A Crushers displayed another entertaining and exciting playoff performance on Sunday against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The first period saw the Crushers relentlessly fore check the Bulldogs, earning them a three to two lead. The Bulldogs battled back in the second period to tie the game at four goals apiece. In a very tight checking third period the Crusher defense only allowed three scoring opportunities but unfortunately the Bulldogs capitalized and earned a seven to four hard fought victory. Scoring for the Crushers were Chris Jordan, Kaleb MacEachern, Jack MacNeil, and Lucas MacDonald. Providing assists were Josh McDonald (2), Owen Chisholm, and Jack MacNeil. Game 2 will be played in Antigonish on March 4th at one o’clock.    
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It was a major showdown Tuesday night at the PCWC where the Atom AA Red Crushers narrowly beat the Atom AA White Crushers with a score of 4-3. With the win, the Red Crushers claim the Northern Title of the Mainland League.  The Red Crushers will face the south winner at the Mainland League Day of Champions to be held the weekend of March 24th and 25th. Scoring for the Red Crushers were Cade Moser, Lane Sim with two and Owen Conrad. Assists went to Sim, Levon Walst, Ben Manos, Cole Miller and Moser added three. The team travels to Cumberland County this weekend for the North NSMHL Atom AA Provincial Tournament.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers closed out their regular season last weekend with three games in two days against the first place Brookfield Elks. The Crushers took two out of three games to clinch second place in their league. Playing two home games on Saturday to make up for an earlier storm cancellation the Crushers played to a solid 5 to 2 win in the first game. Kaleb Clarke led the scoring with a hat trick in the first period while Myles Farnsworth and Kenyon Green added goals in the second period on route to the win. Xander Vohs was the winning goaltender. In the second game of the day at the Pictou County Wellness Center Ryan Denny, Kaleb Clarke and Brody Bowering scored while Jacob Fraser backstopped the Crushers in a 3 to 2 win. On Sunday afternoon at the Don Henderson Arena in Brookfield the Crushers fell short of the sweep and came away with a 3 to 2 loss. Nolan MacDonald and Kenyon Green were the goal scorers for the Crushers. The Bantam A Red Crushers will face the Truro Bearcats in a best of three playoff series next weekend with game 1 being played at noon on Saturday at the Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final is tied at two, with game 5 on Wednesday night in Antigonish and Game 6 Friday night in Trenton. Game 7, if necessary will be played Sunday night in Antigonish.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped game the first two games of their opening playoff round against the Wolfpack last weekend in Cole Harbour. Games three and four go Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Wellness Centre.
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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Baseball spring training clinics for Mosquito and PeeWee players will begin Tuesday March 7, 6:30 PM- 8:30PM, registration starts at 6 PM. All sessions will be held at the indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. The cost will be $150 which will include 24 hours of indoor training until the end of April. This is open to all players born between and including 2004 and 2008. Softball players are also welcome to sign up. Players are required to have a baseball glove, baseball hat and indoor shoes. If you have your own bat or helmet please bring along as well. Due to the complexity, cheques cannot be accepted. Any questions please contact Stanton Clements at stantonclements@eastlink.ca or Bill MacKenzie at w.mackenzie7@icloud.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Detroit 3 Vancouver 2 (OT)
Calgary 2 Los Angeles 1 (OT)
Tomas Hertl scored the tie-breaking goal with 1:24 remaining and the San Jose Sharks beat the Toronto Maple Leafs for the ninth straight time, 3-1.
Alex Galchenyuk scored in overtime and Carey Price made 26 saves for the shutout as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0 to extend their winning streak to three games.
Edmonton 2 St. Louis 1
Minnesota 6 Winnipeg 5
Washington 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
Boston 4 Arizona 1 - Arizona Coyotes centre Alexander Burmistrov was wheeled off on a stretcher after being hit by Boston Bruins defenceman Colin Miller during the game. Miller was ejected and given a game misconduct for charging.
Philadelphia 4 Colorado 0
Nashville 5 Buffalo 4 (OT)
Florida 3 Carolina 2 (SO)
Dallas 3 Pittsburgh 2
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NBA
Washington 112 Golden State 108
Detroit 120 Portland 113 (OT)
Denver 125 Chicago 107
Memphis 130 Phoenix 112
Oklahoma City 109 Utah 106
Charlotte 109 L.A. Lakers 104
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MLB Pre-Season
Toronto 12 Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 7 Baltimore 5
N.Y. Yankees (ss) 9 Detroit 5
Washington 4 Houston 3
Tampa Bay 14 Minnesota 0
N.Y. Mets 3 Miami 1
N.Y. Yankees (ss) 5 Boston 4
Atlanta 2 St. Louis 0
Arizona 8 Texas 4
Chicago White Sox (ss) 10 Cincinnati 9
Oakland 5 Cleveland 4
Kansas City 6 Milwaukee 3
L.A. Angels 7 Chicago Cubs 5
Seattle 8 Chicago White Sox (ss) 1
L.A. Dodgers 14 Colorado 3
San Diego 9 San Francisco 5


SPORTS FEBRUARY 28 *UPDATED 7:55 AM*
Tuesday 28th February 2017

Trenton Steelers defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs in a "Best two out of three" by winning two straight games this weekend. Trenton will play the winner of the Pictou and Thorburn series. Pictou leads 1-0. 
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219 athletes from across the province competed in this year's Nova Scotia Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games this past weekend at Camp Aldershot, Kentville. Twenty-four talented and determined athletes from Pictou County competed and took home a total of 11 medals. Pictou County had athletes competed in four of six sports: floor hockey, snow shoeing, figure skating, and curling. The weekend showcases high level competition, athletic ability, and true sportsmanship.
For Pictou County...  Curling: Gold Medal Jones Division - 3 wins in round robin play and overcame Annapolis to take the final match. Team Members: Chris Atkinson, Evan Sharpe, Adam Smith, Jane Foance, and Lucy Rogers. Coaches Tracy Sharpe and Ryan Sharpe.
Floor Hockey: Gold Medal Hayden Division - 2 wins and one lose in round robin play and defeated Yarmouth 6-4 in the final. Team members: Craig Boyd, Allister MacLean, Darrel Williams, Harry Haroutunian, Dwayne Saunders, Stacey Saunders, Ian Smith, Rodney Bond, Darryl Smith, Dwayne Saunders, Justin Barnett, and Chase Cameron. Coaches Henry Heighton, Derek Borden, and Bryden Cameron.
Figure Skating: Greg Massaro: Gold, Mens Level 2; Jessica Kearly: Silver, Ladies Level 1; Molly Caldwell: Bronze, Ladies Level 1; Loretta Levangie: Fourth, Ladies Level 1.
Snow Shoeing: Daniel Martin: Gold Mens 400M, 800M, 1600M, and Bronze 200M; Sherri Wolfenden: Bronze Ladies 200M and 400M
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The Atom A Crushers displayed another entertaining and exciting playoff performance on Sunday against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The first period saw the Crushers relentlessly fore check the Bulldogs, earning them a three to two lead. The Bulldogs battled back in the second period to tie the game at four goals apiece. In a very tight checking third period the Crusher defense only allowed three scoring opportunities but unfortunately the Bulldogs capitalized and earned a seven to four hard fought victory. Scoring for the Crushers were Chris Jordan, Kaleb MacEachern, Jack MacNeil, and Lucas MacDonald. Providing assists were Josh McDonald (2), Owen Chisholm, and Jack MacNeil. Game 2 will be played in Antigonish on March 4th at one o’clock.    
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects hosted the Antigonish Bulldogs on Saturday. The Selects came from behind to win 4-3 over the Bulldogs. Scoring for the Selects were Natasha Hahn, Olivia Marks, Camryn Wright and Jessa MacKeil with an unassisted goal. Assist went to Ashlyn Bona, Mallory Sangster and Frankie Hayman. On Sunday they travelled to Antigonish short handed. They pulled off a 3-3 tie. Scoring for the Selects were Lucia Mason with 2 goals and an unassisted goal from Jessa MacKeil. Assist went to Alyssa Ells and Mallory Sangster.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers host the White Team 6:15 pm Tuesday evening at the Wellness Centre with the winner taking the Northern Conference Title of the NSMHL.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final is tied at two, with game 5 on Wednesday night in Antigonish and Game 6 Friday night in Trenton. Game 7, if necessary will be played Sunday night in Antigonish.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped game one of their opening playoff round against the Wolfpack last weekend in Cole Harbour. Game two is Saturday night at the Wellness Centre.
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Pictou County Athletics are starting the Spring Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program next month for children 5 to 9 years of age. The program is eight weeks long and will be offered in two locations: Pictou Academy Gym beginning March 21 and North Nova Gym beginning March 20. Cost is $60 per child, with a family rate for additional children. For registration information contact Stacey McLean slmclean22@gmail.com. PCA is also offering a Trail Blazer program twice a week for those 10 to 12 years old. Contact Trevor Boudreau for more information: boudreauT@ccrsb.ca.
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomidate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Alex Galchenyuk scored on a power play at 2:54 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3.
Nikita Kucherov scored three power-play goals in the second period and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Minnesota 5 Los Angeles 4 (OT)
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan made a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, finishing with 37 points and leading the Toronto Raptors to a 92-91 victory over the New York Knicks.
Cleveland 102 Milwaukee 95
Golden State 119 Philadelphia 108
Atlanta 114 Boston 98
Dallas 96 Miami 89
Indiana 117 Houston 108
Minnesota 102 Sacramento 88
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MLB Pre-Season
Detroit 10 Atlanta 7
Minnesota 9 Miami 6
N.Y. Yankees 4 Baltimore 1
St. Louis (ss) 7 Boston 2
Tampa Bay 7 Philadelphia 2
St. Louis (ss) 5 Washington 4
Pittsburgh 2 Toronto 1
Houston 5 N.Y. Mets 2
Kansas City 14 Seattle 3
Chicago White Sox 4 Chicago Cubs 4
Colorado 7 L.A. Dodgers 1
Milwaukee 5 Texas (ss) 0
Oakland 5 San Francisco 4
Cleveland 3 Texas (ss) 2
Arizona 6 Cincinnati 1
L.A. Angels 5 San Diego 3

SEARCH RESUMES FOR AFTON MAN
Monday 27th February 2017

Antigonish District RCMP has resumed the search for a missing Afton man, a week after it was suspended. 23-year-old Craig Joseph Perry was last seen February 18th after leaving a home in Linwood, and his vehicle was found abandoned on East Tracadie Rd. at Barrios Beach. An exhaustive search for Perry was suspended on February 20th, but RCMP now say the weather and ice flow conditions are favorable. The Strait Area Ground Search and Rescue, Larry's River and District Volunteer Fire Department, Pomquet Fire and Emergency Services Department, and a helicopter from Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources are all involved. Perry is described as a white man with short black hair and a long black beard. He is 6'5" and 165 pounds, and was wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie with pink writing on it, and a black winter jacket with leather sleeves.

SPORTS FEBRUARY 27 *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Monday 27th February 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers had a win on the road, defeating the Valley Wildcats 6-2. Scoring for the Crushers were Evan MacLennan, Michael Dill, Nathan Sanderson (2), Jacob Hickey(2). The Crushers are still atop the Eastlink South division, 3 points ahead of Truro.
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Trenton Steelers defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs in a "Best two out of three" by winning two straight games this weekend. First game was played in Antigonish and the Steelers won 13-2. Scoring for Steelers were Ethan Mackay (5), Derrick Mackay 2, Nicholas Duff 2, Robbie Wilkinson, Thomas Hillier, Gavin Wong and Brody Mackenzie. Assists went to Duff 2, Ethan Mackay 2, Derrick Mackay 2, Hillier, lane Macfarlane,  Lochlon Hollywood Macdonald, Ethan Foote, and Thai Macdonald. Antigonish goals came from Tanner Doiron and Dallas Boyle. Assist from Abby Pino. 2nd game was played Sunday and Trenton won 12-1. Scoring for Trenton was Ethan Mackay once again with 5 goals, Derrick Mackay with 3, Gavin Wong with 2, Brody Mackenzie and Robbie Wilkinson. Assists came from Wilkinson with 4, Nicholas Duff 3, Mackenzie 3, Derrick Mackay 2, Ethan Mackay 1, Thomas Hillier 1 and Hollywood 1. Antigonish goal came from Alex Green and assisted by Barrett Macdonald. Winning goalies were Caden Macdonald and Austin Earle. Trenton advances to the next round. They will play the winner of Pictou and Thorburn. Pictou is leading that series 1-0. 
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The Atom AA Red Crushers grabbed their fourth consecutive league playoff win Sunday afternoon at the Colchester Legion Stadium. The Crushers came out with a 2-1 win over the Truro Bearcats. Scoring for the Crushers were Cade Mosher and Levon Walst. Assists went to Lane Sim and Ben Manos.  Alex Palmer was solid between the pipes. The Atom AA Red Team host the White Team 6:15 pm Tuesday evening at PCWC with the winner taking the Northern Conference Title of the NSMHL.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final is now a best of three. The Scotians won 4-3 on Friday night, with Antigonish winning 3-2 at the Trenton Arena Sunday night. The series is tied at two, with game 5 on Wednesday night in Antigonish and Game 6 Friday night in Trenton. Game 7, if necessary, will be played Sunday night in Antigonish.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped game one of their opening playoff round 4-2 against the Wolfpack Saturday night in Cole Harbour. Game two is Saturday night at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Lightning teams did very well at the provincial tournament this weekend. 3 teams won gold in their divisions: Smith/Smith/MacGregor   in Boys Division 3, Lemmon/Desmond in Boys Division 7, and George  -   Girls Division 5, Team Stroud/Bryce won Silver in Division 6 Boys U12. Team Geddes placed 4th in Division 5 U12 Girls. This is the team that will be playing in Halifax on Saturday as part of the AUS tournament.
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Pictou County Athletics are starting the Spring Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program next month for children 5 to 9 years of age. The program is eight weeks long and will be offered in two locations: Pictou Academy Gym beginning March 21 and North Nova Gym beginning March 20. Cost is $60 per child, with a family rate for additional children. For registration information contact Stacey McLean slmclean22@gmail.com. PCA is also offering a Trail Blazer program twice a week for those 10 to 12 years old. Contact Trevor Boudreau for more information: boudreauT@ccrsb.ca.
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There will be a spring training ID Camp for anyone interested in trying out for the U12 U14 U16 Subway Stingers fastpitch team for the upcoming 2017 season, Anyone interested could please forward their information to subwaystingersidcamp2017@gmail.com or text 902-301-3511. The Stingers are in talks with the indoor sport complex, and currently trying to accomodate everyone's busy schedule, they should know more in the next few days depending on availability. Please indicate “Stingers ID camp” in the subject line as well as the following information: Player's name, age, last team played for, and position.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and an assist to help the Calgary Flames beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. The team has earned at least one point in six straight games, going 5-0-1 in that stretch to move into playoff position in the Western Conference.
Kyle Turris scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and Craig Anderson stopped 37 shots to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Florida Panthers 2-1.
Nashville 5 Edmonton 4
Boston 6 Dallas 3
Columbus 5 N.Y. Rangers 2
Chicago 4 St. Louis 2
Arizona 3 Buffalo 2
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NBA
Toronto 112 Portland 106
Milwaukee 100 Phoenix 96
San Antonio 119 L.A. Lakers 98
Memphis 105 Denver 98
Utah 102 Washington 92
Boston 104 Detroit 98
Oklahoma City 118 New Orleans 110
L.A. Clippers 124 Charlotte 121 (OT)
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MLB Pre-Season
N.Y. Yankees 7 Toronto (ss) 2
Philadelphia 10 Toronto (ss) 3
Tampa Bay 7 Boston 3
Houston 3 Atlanta 2
St. Louis 7 Miami 4
Baltimore 8 Pittsburgh 3
Minnesota 5 Washington 2
N.Y. Mets 5 Detroit 2
Cleveland 1 Chicago Cubs 1
Chicago White Sox 7 Colorado (ss) 3
L.A. Angels 5 Oakland 3
L.A. Dodgers 10 Milwaukee 8
San Francisco 9 Cincinnati 5
Texas 6 Kansas City 4
Colorado (ss) 6 Arizona 1
Seattle 13 San Diego 2
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Ontario's Rachel Homan refused to lose a third time to one team at the Canadian women's curling championship. Homan reclaimed the Canadian title with an 8-6 win in an extra end over Manitoba's Michelle Englot on Sunday. At 27, Homan is the youngest skip, male or female, to win three Canadian championships. Homan, third Emma Miskew and lead Lisa Weagle out of the Ottawa Curling Club won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2013 and 2014. It was the first Hearts win for second Joanne Courtney. They'll represent Canada at the women's world championship March 18-26 in Beijing. Homan has yet to win a world title after bronze and silver in two previous appearances.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 24
Friday 24th February 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers continue to win at home, doubling the South Shore Lumberjacks 8-4 last night. Scoring for the Crushers were Alex Bonaparte (2), Bradley Kennedy (2), Michael Dill (2), Dylan Riley, and Drew Packman. Tonight the team hosts the Woodstock Slammers at 7:30.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers continue their playoff push Sunday afternoon in Truro as they face the Bearcats.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final with the Antigonish Bulldogs is even at one game each. Game three goes Friday in Antigonish, with game 4 Sunday night at 7 at the Trenton Arena.
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The Weeks Major Midgets wrapped up the regular season in 5th place and will play the 4th place Wolfpack in the opening round beginning Saturday night in Cole Harbour.
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The Mini Girls Basketball Team won 1st place in the Wilson's Security BringUsToAUS contest. The girls are slotted to play next Saturday March 4th at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax during the men's game at 6:30.
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Pictou County Athletics are starting the Spring Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program next month for children 5 to 9 years of age. The program is eight weeks long and will be offered in two locations: Pictou Academy Gym beginning March 21 and North Nova Gym beginning March 20. Cost is $60 per child, with a family rate for additional children. For registration information contact Stacey McLean slmclean22@gmail.com. PCA is also offering a Trail Blazer program twice a week for those 10 to 12 years old. Contact Trevor Boudreau for more information: boudreauT@ccrsb.ca.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Rookie Anthony Beauvillier scored in the first period and Thomas Greiss made 24 saves as the New York Islanders spoiled Montreal coach Claude Julien's 1,000th NHL game with a 3-0 victory over the Canadiens.
Sean Monahan scored his 100th NHL goal, Brian Elliott made 23 saves, and the Calgary Flames beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2.
Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner as the New York Rangers continued a scorching February with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Nashville 4 Colorado 2
Chicago 6 Arizona 3
Boston 4 Los Angeles 1
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NBA
Portland 112 Orlando 103
Detroit 114 Charlotte 108 (OT)
Cleveland 119 New York 104
Houston 129 New Orleans 99
Golden State 123 L.A. Clippers 113
Sacramento 116 Denver 100

WELLNESS GRANTS AWARDED IN PICTOU COUNTY
Thursday 23rd February 2017

The provincial Health Authority’s community health boards in Pictou County were on hand to present $51,000 in wellness grants and the 7th Annual Ed Bowden Community Wellness Award on Wednesday in New Glasgow. Wellness funds are provided by the Department of Health and Wellness to support community initiatives that encourage healthy living. Among the 29 groups whose projects were funded this year: Piktuk Elders' Circle, District One Meals on Wheels, Pictou Antigonish Regional Library, Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Association, John Howard Society of Nova Scotia, New Glasgow Farmers Market and Pictou County Active Transportation Committee. The Ed Bowden Community Wellness Award went to Highland Community Residential Services in New Glasgow for their program, Weekend Respite Program for Children and Youth with Varying Abilities.

SPORTS FEBRUARY 23 *UPDATED 7:55 AM*
Thursday 23rd February 2017

Six school sports have had their championships cancelled. The Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation says its Board of Governors met to determine next steps following the interruption in school sport, which ended on Tuesday with passing of Bill 75. The federation said the limited time left in the school year forced the cancellation of regional and provincial championships in basketball, wrestling, snowboarding, skiing, curling, and hockey. Board Chair Robert Carreau says the remaining NSSAF sports will resume regular programming effective immediately.
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club U18 girls team travelled to Antigonish this weekend for the Soirm Volleyball club tournament, and came away with the gold medal. This is the first medal in the club's 4 year history. They defeated Halifax, Cheticamp, Cape Breton County and Fall River in the championship game in two sets. Team members are : Lydia Tobin, Janelle Young, Mckayla Symons, Roshan Ghafari, Victoria Robertson, Danielle Farrell, Lauren Kellock, Abygail Morrissey, Abby MacLean, Olivia Murray and are coached by Tracy Kellock and Crystal Young.
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The Canadians and Leafs played  to a 5-5 tie in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sportsplex on Monday evening. Scoring for the Canadians were: Debbie MacLean, Judith Rogers, Amy Cameron, Julie Anderson and Christa Webber. The Leafs goals were tallied by: Jana Shaw, Bethany Martin, Samantha Williams, Dawn MacKay and Carla Dumaresq.
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Last night in Atom B action Trenton defeated Pictou 5-3. Scoring for Trenton was Ethan Mackay (3), Derrick Mackay and Jake Maloney. Assists came from Landon Martin (2) and Tomas Hillier. Pictou's goals came from Leland Tobin, Shawn Rushton and Nathaniel Horne. Winning goalies were Austin Earle and Caden Macdonald. With the season completed, the playoff picture is: 1st place Trenton Steelers will take on the 4th place Antigonish Bulldogs. 2nd place Pictou Maripacks will play 3rd place Thorburn Golden Hawks. Teams will play best 2 out of 3 and two winners will face off in their own 2 out of 3 battle. Winner of that will play winner of Cape Breton to see who gets to go to "Day of Champions".
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The Atom AA Red Crushers continue their playoff push Sunday afternoon in Truro as they face the Bearcats.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final with the Antigonish Bulldogs is even at one game each. Game three goes Friday in Antigonish, with game 4 next Sunday at Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have back to back home games this week, playing the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight at 7, followed by the Woodstock Slammers on Friday at 7:30.
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The Weeks Major Midgets wrapped up the regular season with a 4-3 loss to Halifax. But the loss didn't affect their position in the standings: they are in 5th place in the 8-team NSMMHL and will play the 4th place Wolfpack in the opening round beginning Saturday night in Cole Harbour.
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Pictou County Athletics are starting the Spring Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program next month for children 5 to 9 years of age. The program is eight weeks long and will be offered in two locations: Pictou Academy Gym beginning March 21 and North Nova Gym beginning March 20. Cost is $60 per child, with a family rate for additional children. For registration information contact Stacey McLean slmclean22@gmail.com. PCA is also offering a Trail Blazer program twice a week for those 10 to 12 years old. Contact Trevor Boudreau for more information: boudreauT@ccrsb.ca.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Kris Russell scored the third goal of the night by Edmonton's defencemen with 7:58 left, lifting the Oilers over Florida 4-3 to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.
Washington 4 Philadelphia 1
Anaheim 5 Boston 3


SPORTS FEBRUARY 22 *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Wednesday 22nd February 2017

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers lost two of their double round robin playoff games this weekend to Truro, both in overtime. Saturday in Truro the boys battled hard only to see Truro poke the winner into the net from under the Crusher goaltender’s glove to win 5-4. On Sunday the boys played an excellent defensive game and held onto a 1-0 lead into the final minute of the third period. Truro pulled their goaltender and with 26 seconds left they scored to send the game into overtime. In an exciting OT finish, Crusher goalie, Noah MacDonald had the puck pinned between the post and his foot only to have Truro once again jam the puck from under him, into the net for the victory. Noah MacDonald put in a great performance, stopping numerous scoring chances. Scoring for the Crushers this weekend were Josh McDonald, Lucas MacDonald, Brett Butler, Chris Jordan, & Caden Hawes. Contributing assists were Caden Hawes (2) and Cole A. Miller (2), singles went to Chris Jordan, Kaleb MacEachern, Brett Butler, Ethan Barker, Lucas MacDonald and Cameron Pitts.
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club U18 girls team travelled to Antigonish this weekend for the Soirm Volleyball club tournament, and came away with the gold medal. This is the first medal in the club's 4 year history. They defeated Halifax, Cheticamp, Cape Breton County and Fall River in the championship game in two sets. Team members are : Lydia Tobin, Janelle Young, Mckayla Symons, Roshan Ghafari, Victoria Robertson, Danielle Farrell, Lauren Kellock, Abygail Morrissey, Abby MacLean, Olivia Murray and are coached by Tracy Kellock and Crystal Young.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers continued their round robin league playoff run with their third win. The Atom AA Red Crushers hosted Cumberland Tuesday evening at the Wellness Centre and came out with a 6-3 win. Lane Sim scored two goals for the Crushers while single goals went to Landon Steele, Cade Moser, Mac Wallace and Keagan Dalton. The Crushers continue their playoff push Sunday afternoon in Truro as they face the Bearcats.
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In Peewee C action last night, the Trenton Steelers defeated the Pictou Maripacks 8-4.  Landon Martin lead the way with 4 goals, Derrick Mackay with 3 and Harper Fraser with one. Assists came from Ethan Mackay (2), Halle Hillier, and Fraser. Pictou's goals came from Keenan Murray (2), Kale Shipley and Tanner Heighton. Assists came from Payton Fergeson (2), and Shipley. Winning goalies were Luke Avery and Michael Francis. 
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final with the Antigonish Bulldogs is even at one game each. Game three goes Friday in Antigonish, with game 4 next Sunday at Trenton Arena.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have back to back home games this week, playing the South Shore Lumberjacks on Thursday at 7, followed by the Woodstock Slammers on Friday at 7:30. In the new weekly national rankings, the Crushers fell 5 spots to 19th in the list, after beating the Tigers and losing to the Timberwolves in overtime.
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The Weeks Major Midgets wrap up the regular season in Halifax on Wednesday before starting their playoff run this coming weekend. Regardless of the outcome of tonight's game, the Weeks will finish the regular season in 5th place in the 8-team NSMMHL and will face the 4th place Cole Harbour Wolfpack in the opening round.
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Pictou County Athletics are starting the Spring Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program next month for children 5 to 9 years of age. The program is eight weeks long and will be offered in two locations: Pictou Academy Gym beginning March 21 and North Nova Gym beginning March 20. Cost is $60 per child, with a family rate for additional children. For registration information contact Stacey McLean slmclean22@gmail.com. PCA is also offering a Trail Blazer program twice a week for those 10 to 12 years old. Contact Trevor Boudreau for more information: boudreauT@ccrsb.ca.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mark Giordano scored 43 seconds into overtime, and the Calgary Flames edged the Nashville Predators 6-5 in a crucial game between teams holding the Western Conference's wild cards.
Ondrej Palat scored twice and Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Jake Gardiner scored in overtime Tuesday night as Auston Matthews' Toronto Maple Leafs prevailed 5-4 over Patrik Laine's Winnipeg Jets.
Paul Byron scored in the fifth round of the shootout as Montreal beat the New York Rangers to give coach Claude Julien his first win in his second stint with the Canadiens.
Craig Anderson made 29 saves and the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 despite playing without three of their top forwards.
Pittsburgh 3 Carolina 1
N.Y. Islanders 3 Detroit 1
Chicago 5 Minnesota 3
Los Angeles 2 Colorado 1

SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN IN ANTIGONISH SUSPENDED
Tuesday 21st February 2017

A search for a missing 23-year-old Afton man has been suspended. Craig Joseph Perry was last seen in the early morning hours on Saturday, 18 February leaving a home in Linwood. Antigonish RCMP say his vehicle was found abandoned on East Tracadie Road at Barrios Beach. The search for Perry was suspended late last night, and will be resumed once conditions improve. Police say they are still investigating his disappearance, and ask anyone with information as to Perry's whereabouts to contact them. They describe him as 6-foot-5 and 165 pounds, and was wearing blue jeans, black hoodie with pink writing on it, white shoes or boots, and a black winter jacket with leather sleeves.

SPORTS FEBRUARY 21
Tuesday 21st February 2017

The Atom AA Red Crushers continued their round robin league playoff run with another win. The Atom AA Red Crushers travelled to Brookfield Sunday afternoon to take on the Brookfield Elks. The Crushers came out with a dominant 5-0 win with goaltender Alex Palmer standing tall in the nets for the Crushers. Mac Wallace  scored two goals for the Crushers while single goals went to Keagan Dalton, Ben Manos and Cade Moser. Assists went to Levon Walst and Lane Sim. The Crushers will continue their playoff push Tuesday evening at the Wellness Centre as they host the Amherst Ramblers.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians lost 4-3 in double overtime Sunday night at Trenton Arena to the Antigonish Bulldogs. That brings their best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final even at one game each. Game three goes Friday in Antigonish, with game 4 next Sunday at Trenton Arena. The game winning goal came just 42 seconds into the second extra period off the stick of Brian MacDougall. Scotians goals came from Robert Burrows, Riley Cameron and Jacob Pentz.
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In the MHL, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers defeated the South Shore Lumberjacks 7-3 on Monday afternoon. Alexis Roy and Ethan Marsh each scored a Hat Trick, with Keven Larouche getting the other Crusher goal. The two teams meet again at the Wellness Centre on Thursday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets beat the Cape Breton Tradesmen 6-2 Sunday in their second-to-last game of the regular season. They wrap up the regular season in Halifax on Wednesday before starting their playoff run this coming weekend. Regardless of the outcome of Wednesday's game, the Weeks will finish the regular season in 5th place in the 8-team NSMMHL and will face the 4th place Cole Harbour Wolfpack in the opening round.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Florida 2 St. Louis 1
Arizona 3 Anaheim 2
The Calgary Flames have acquired defenceman Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes for two draft picks. Stone had a goal and eight assists in 45 games with the Coyotes this season and will be counted on to help shore up Calgary's defence as it makes a playoff push. The Flames entered Monday's games a point up on Winnipeg for the second Western Conference wild-card spot. The 26-year-old Winnipeg native has 24 goals and 96 assists in 324 games with Arizona.


SPORTS FEBRUARY 19
Sunday 19th February 2017

The Pictou County Scotians defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-1 Friday night in Antigonish to open their playoff series.The best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final continues in Trenton at 7pm tonight.
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In the MHL, the Crushers are on the road in New Brunswick. First the Crushers tamed the Campbellton Tigers 12-2 on Friday, then lost in overtime 4-3 to Miramichi on Saturday. Scoring for the Crushers Saturday were Michael Dill, Ethan Marsh and Quinten Johnson. Tomorrow the Crushers have a rare Monday home game, with a Heritage Day matinee at 1:30 against the Lumberjacks.
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The Weeks Major Midgets were shut out 6-0 by the Cape Breton West Islanders in Port Hood Saturday night. Their next match is this afternoon as they host the Cape Breton Tradesmen at Noon at the Wellness Centre.
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In Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Squad plays the Procresting Penguins in one of their final regular season games at the Wellness Centre today at 5:45.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League - Two games tonight at the Stellarton Rink. 5:20 - Whitey's Vikings vs Cornova Contracting, 6:50 - Durham Bucks vs Connor's Transfer LTD.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Chris Tanev's goal 34 seconds into overtime gave the Vancouver a Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
The Ottawa Senators inched closer to the Atlantic Division lead with a hearty 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Montreal lost 3-1 to the Winnipeg Jets, and Nikita Nesterov lost a skate blade. Nesterov clumsily got himself back to the bench after sliding feet first into the boards.
Cam Talbot made 38 saves, Connor McDavid scored his 20th goal and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 for their third straight win.
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Kerry Galusha has played in a lot of big games over the years at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts but Saturday afternoon's win to clinch a berth in this year's championship in St. Catharines, Ont., seemed to carry a different level of importance. The 39-year-old skip from Yellowknife was locked in a back-and-forth game with New Brunswick to determine what team would move on. Galusha had to make a difficult last shot to secure a 5-3 victory.

SATURDAY LOCAL SPORTS
Saturday 18th February 2017

The Pictou County Scotians defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-1 last night in Antigonish to open their playoff series.
Game 2 at the Trenton Arena is Sunday night at 7 o'clock. Maritime Hockey League Results
Pictou County Weeks Crushers 12 Campbellton 2
Truro Bearcats 8 Amherst Ramblers 1

SPORTS FEBRUARY 17
Friday 17th February 2017

The schedule for most of the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians opening round playoff series is set. The best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final against the Antigonish Bulldogs begins Friday in Antigonish, with the first game in Trenton going at 7pm Sunday night.
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The Crushers game against Summerside at the Wellness Centre last night will be re-scheduled.
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Goaltending Level 1 Coach Clinic - Open for all Coaches on Sunday, March 5th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 8:30am-4:30pm. Cost: $100.00 Includes:  Ice Session (2 hrs)  Coach Materials  Hockey Canada Network Card  Presentations  Resources  Networking with other coaches... for more information visit www.hockeynovascotia.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists to regain the NHL scoring lead as the Edmonton Oilers came away with a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Mike Condon made 21 saves in recording his fifth shutout of the season, Dion Phaneuf scored on a power play and the Ottawa Senators beat the New Jersey Devils 3-0.
Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby scored his 1,000th career point and followed that up with the game-winning goal in OT as the Penguins defeated Winnipeg 4-3.
St. Louis 4 Vancouver 3
N.Y. Islanders 4 N.Y. Rangers 2
Buffalo 2 Colorado 0
Minnesota 3 Dallas 1
Arizona 5 Los Angeles 3
The NHL suspended Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette for 10 games without pay Thursday for abuse of an official. He slashed a linesman after losing a faceoff in Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
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NBA
Washington 111 Indiana 98
Chicago 104 Boston 103


SPORTS FEBRUARY 16
Thursday 16th February 2017

The schedule for most of the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians opening round playoff series is set. The best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final against the Antigonish Bulldogs begins Friday in Antigonish, with the first game in Trenton going at 7pm Sunday night.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers took advantage of a bye week in league play to invite the the South Shore Ice Sharks to the Wellness Center for a Saturday afternoon exhibition game. The Crushers fell behind‎ 2-0 in the first period and despite goals by Nolan MacDonald and Myles Farnsworth in the second still found themselves down two goals starting the third period. Lucas Bernard got them within a goal with five minutes to play and later with an empty net and extra attacker Nolan MacDonald was able to get the tying goal with just 13 seconds remaining. The game ended in a 4-4 tie. 
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner each scored a goal, backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2.
Rookie Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist and Brian Elliott made 33 stops to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
St. Louis 2 Detroit 0
Florida 6 San Jose 5 (OT)
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NBA Kyle Lowry scored 21 points as the Raptors roared back in the fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Hornets 100-95.
Cleveland 113 Indiana 104
San Antonio 107 Orlando 79
Boston 116 Philadelphia 108
Detroit 98 Dallas 91
Milwaukee 129 Brooklyn 125
Miami 117 Houston 109
New Orleans 95 Memphis 91
Minnesota 112 Denver 99
Phoenix 137 L.A. Lakers 101
Utah 111 Portland 88
Oklahoma City 116 New York 105
Golden State 109 Sacramento 86
L.A. Clippers 99 Atlanta 84

SPORTS FEBRUARY 15
Wednesday 15th February 2017

The schedule for most of the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians opening round playoff series is set. The best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Semi-Final against the Antigonish Bulldogs begins Friday in Antigonish, with the first game in Trenton going at 7pm Sunday night.
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Peewee C action Tuesday night New Glasgow defeated Trenton 6-4. Scoring for New Glasgow were Kyle McCumber with 3, Connor Chennel 2, and Cullen Park. Assists came from Park (3) and Conrad Robertson (2). Steeler's goals came from Nathan Greencorn with a hat trick and Ethan Mackay adding a single. Assists came from Ethan Mackay (3), Dylan Fraser, and Greencorn. 
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The Northern Subway Selects Midget AAA team brought home gold from the 11th annual Sweetheart Female Hockey Tournament in Prince Edward Island this weekend. Playing against a P.E.I. team in the championship game, Kings County got out to a 1-0 lead on a short-handed goal early in the second period. A point shot from Lindsey Smith of the Selects tied it late in the second, and then Heath Miller got the go-ahead goal and what proved to be the winner midway through the third period. Assistant coach Steve Halliday says great goaltending by both Jenna Landry and Lily Currie was instrumental in the team’s success as was the great defensive play and offence by committee throughout the tournament. The team’s first game of the tournament – a 5-1 win over Kings County – was shortened due to the snowstorm overnight on Thursday. On Saturday morning the Selects played against the Northern Miramichi Panthers, and although it was a chippy game with a lot of penalties, they defeated them 6-0. In the afternoon match, the Selects took on the Mid-Isle Wildcats of Summerside. After falling behind 1-0, the girls managed to come back to win by a final score of 3-2. The three win record left the Selects in first place in their pool, and set up a match with the Central Storm in the crossover game on Sunday morning. The game was close early on, but the Selects dominated the back half, winning 5-1. Captain Julia Scammell was named tournament MVP for the Selects.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Leon Draisaitl and Oscar Klefbom each had a goal and two assists as the Edmonton Oilers overcame a slow start to come away with a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
Evgeni Malkin scored and picked up an assist in his return from a lower-body injury, Sidney Crosby got his 999th career point with an assist and the Pittsburgh Penguins rolled by the Vancouver Canucks 4-0.
Auston Matthews scored twice and Frederik Andersen won his 100th career game as the Toronto Maple Leafs emerged with a 7-1 win and two key points over the surging New York Islanders.
Former Senators goalie Robin Lehner made 39 saves as the Buffalo Sabres rallied past Ottawa 3-2.
Anaheim scored the only goal to beat the Minnesota Wild 1-0, but Ducks centre Antoine Vermette could be facing a suspension after being ejected from the game for abuse of an official. Vermette slashed linesman Shandor Alphonso in the back of the leg after losing a faceoff against Wild captain Mikko Koivu in the third period to earn a 10-minute game misconduct. 
Winnipeg 5 Dallas 2
New Jersey 3 Colorado 2
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NBA
Chicago 105 Toronto 94
Cleveland 116 Minnesota 108
Sacramento 97 L.A. Lakers 96

SPORTS FEBRUARY 13 *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Monday 13th February 2017

The Crushers dropped the other half of their home and home against Amherst in a 4-3 loss last night at the Wellness Centre. Scoring for the Crushers were Nathan Sanderson, Alexis Roy and Dylan Riley.
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The Pictou Scotians avenged Friday night's narrow loss to Cumberland County with a 5-3 victory last night at the Trenton Arena. This is the last game of the regular season. With the win, the Scotians advance to the playoffs.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers hosted the Antigonish Bulldogs late Saturday afternoon in an exciting back and forth playoff battle at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers came out with a close 4-3 win with goaltender Alex Palmer providing a stellar performance. Single goals scored by the Crushers were delivered by Cade Moser, Keagan Dalton, Mac Wallace and Ben Marchand. Lane Sim tallied up two assists, while single assists went to Landon Steele and Mac Wallace. The Crushers will continue their playoff push as they visit the Brookfield Elks this coming weekend.
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In Peewee C action Friday, Trenton's Nathan Greencorn opened up the scoring under 5 minutes into the first period. 2 minutes later, Pictou's Payton Fergeston tied it up. Ethan Mackay then had the go-ahead goal giving the Steelers a 2-1 lead. The game would remain 2-1 until shortly into the 3rd when Pictou's Keenan Murray once again brought the Maripacs to a tie game. 20 seconds after that Kale Shipley gave Pictou their first lead of the game. The Steelers kept fighting back and with 3:42 left Trenton's Landon Martin tied it up. With 35 seconds remaining Derrick Mackay scored giving the Steelers a 4-3 lead. Derrick added another goal with 3 seconds left to give the Steelers the 5-3 victory. Trentons assists came from Ethan Mackay, Derrick Mackay and Braden MacDonald. Pictou's assists came from Martin Hoffman, Theron Scothorn, Murray and Fergeston. Both goalies turned away many shots but Michael Francais went away with the victory.
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The Atom AA Pictou County Subway Selects were one of several Pictou County teams at the Sweetheart Tournament in Charlottetown PEI this past weekend. The girls played with skill and stamina during all three games. They took on teams from PEI and Halifax, coming away with a win, a tie and a loss in the crossover game. The scores were tight and the competition was fierce!
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects participated in the 11th Annual Sweetheart Tournament in PEI from February 10-12. They were undefeated all weekend guaranteeing them a spot in the Championship Game. In an intense Championship Match up against SEFHA Stars from New Brunswick they were defeated 1-0 bringing home the Silver Medal.
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Atom B action, Trenton and Antigonish played a home and home game Saturday and Sunday. First game, Steelers won decisively 13-2. Leading the way was Ethan Mackay with an 8 point game (4 goals, 4 assists),  Derrick Mackay with 3 goals, Landon Martin 3, and singles from Nicholas Duff, Tom Hillier, and Jake Mahoney. Other assists came from Gavin Wong 2, Mahoney 2, Jesse Arbuckle, Ethan Foote, Derrick Mackay, Hillier and Martin all adding 1. Both Antigonish goals came from Nakhil Fergeson.
In game 2, Trenton came away with a 14-0 victory. Goal scorers were Derrick Mackay 3, Landon Martin 3, Jake Mahoney 2, Ethan Foote 2, Ethan Mackay, Robbie Wilkinson, Nicholas Duff and Gavin Wong. Assists came from Ethan Mackay 3, Derrick Mackay 2, Foote, Mahoney and Wong. Winning goalies were Caden Macdonald and Austin Earle.
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15 runners from Pictou County Athletics participated in the Saint Mary's Open at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax on February 11, 2017. Results are listed below.
Eric Hughes- 1st 60m hurdles 16/17 age category, 4th 60 m
Cara MacDonald- 1st 1200m 12/13, 1st 60m, 1st 300 m
Allie Sandluck- 1st 1200m 14/15, 1st 2000m
Breanna Sandluck- 4th 1500m 18/19, 2nd 3000 m
Dave MacLennan- 1st 1500 m  34/99, 1st 3000m
Jordyn Ferguson- 2nd 60m 12/13, 2nd 300m
Gabby Smith- 3rd long jump 14/15, 8th 60m
Abbey Stroud- 4th long jump 14/15, 9th 60m
Alexander Bates- 3rd 60m 12/13
Alex Moore- 3rd 60m 16/17, 3rd 300m
Dylan Perry- 2nd 60 m 18/19, 3rd high jump, 2nd long jump
Logan Coulet- 1st high jump 20-34, 18th 60 m
Peter Corbin- 2nd 2000m 18/19, 4th 3000m
Brett Corbin-Claveau- 2nd high jump 16/17, 1st long jump
Matthew Fraser- 8th 1500 m 20/34, 11th 3000m
If you are interested in keeping fit and learning some more about track and field, PCA practices three times a week and is accepting new members. Please contact cartyab@hotmail.com for more information. 
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering March Break Camp for school age children, from Monday - Friday (March 13th - 17th), 8:30 - 4:30.  Providing a variety of fun games, crafts and activities, as well as gymnastics. Cost: $150 per child. They will also be offering Preschool Camp on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (March 14th-16th), 8:30 - 12:00. Cost: $45 per child. Drop in to their location at 558 South Frederick St. to register.  For more information and hours of operation find their official facebook page at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" or call 902-695-3699.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Tuukka Rask posted his first career regular-season home win over Montreal by making 25 saves for his sixth shutout, beating the Canadiens 4-0.
Alexandre Burrows scored a goal and got under the Buffalo Sabres' skin with his pesky play, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-2 win.
San Jose 4 New Jersey 1
Minnesota 6 Detroit 3
N.Y. Islanders 5 Colorado 1
Nashville 5 Dallas 3
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NBA
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 21 points, including a game-winning three-pointer with 13.2 seconds left to lift the Detroit Pistons over the Toronto Raptors 102-101.
Minnesota 117 Chicago 89
New York 94 San Antonio 90
Sacramento 105 New Orleans 99


SPORTS FEBRUARY 7
Tuesday 7th February 2017

Dylan Riley of the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers was named the league's rookie of the month for January. In eight games during the month, the 18 year old from Falmouth scored five goals and added four assists, helping the Crushers maintain their hold on first overall in the league. Among the highlights of Riley’s month were a two point game versus the Yarmouth Mariners on January 12th, a two goal effort against the Woodstock Slammers on January 19th and a three point effort during a January 25thvictory over the South Shore Lumberjacks. Through the month of January, Riley leads all MHL rookies with 45 points in 35 games. Riley comes to the MHL from the Valley Wildcats major midget program, where last season he took home NSMMHL MVP honors after leading the circuit in goals (30) and points (53).
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians were held scoreless by the Antigonish Bulldogs until Brendon Duff scored on the Power Play in overtime to get the 1-0 win. Next game for the Scotians is in Springhill Friday against the Cumberland County Blues.
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In Saturday Peewee B action, Trenton Steelers defeated the Stellarton Royals 7-1. Scoring for the Steelers were Dawson Mackay with 3, Zack MacInnis 2, Carter Dauphinee and Jake Henderson. Assists came from Aiden Tobin and Mackay. Stellarton's goal came from Archie Meier, assisted by Luc Casey and Zack Maclean. Winning goalie was Carter Maclean.
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Last night, Trenton Steelers defeated Westville Miners 5-0. Trenton's goals came from Aiden Tobin 2, Jake Henderson 2 and Dawson Mackay. Assists from Tanner Murphy, Olan Deyoung and Tobin . Winning goalie was Carter Maclean.
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Curl for Cancer is being held at the New Caledonian curling club in Pictou February 24th, starting at 5:30 pm. It is a fun filled event to raise funds to fight cancer. They still have room for a couple of teams but it is filling up fast. To enter a team call Alta Munroe at 902-485-4913. Throw a rock at cancer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Brock Nelson's second goal of the game at 2:42 of overtime lifted the New York Islanders to a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
St. Louis 2 Philadelphia 0
New Jersey 2 Buffalo 1
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan returned from an ankle injury to lift the Toronto Raptors to 118-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Cleveland 140 Washington 135 (OT)
Indiana 93 Oklahoma City 90
L.A. Lakers 121 New York 107
Detroit 113 Philadelphia 96
Utah 120 Atlanta 95
Miami 115 Minnesota 113
New Orleans 111 Phoenix 106
Denver 110 Dallas 87
Memphis 89 San Antonio 74
Chicago 112 Sacramento 107

SPORTS FEBRUARY 6 *updated 10:55 am*
Monday 6th February 2017

In the NSJHL, the Aecon Atlantic Scotians host the Antigonish Bulldogs at 7:30 pm at Trenton Arena. With a win, the Scotians can tie the Bulldogs for second place in the sid Rowe division.
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Pictou County Basketball Association's U16 Girls won the silver medal at the First Annual Lightning Bolt tournament at New Glasgow Academy this weekend featuring six teams from around the province, as well as one from New Brunswick. Play was intense with 10 of the 16 games being decided by 7 points or less. The Pictou County Lightning began play with a 49-43 defeat of the Dartmouth Lakers.  Lead Scorers for Lightning were Raegan MacDonald with 11, Cailey Russell and Kassi Brightman both with 7. The next game was a victory 62 to 45 victory over Sackville NB.  Lead Scorers for the team were Karielle Floyd with 20 and Madelyn MacMillan with 12. The third game in the round robin was very close, with the Lightning pulling out a 59-57 victory over Shelburne.  Leading scorers for Lightning were Karielle Floyd with 24 and Jade Butler with 8. In the crossovers the Lightning faced the Halifax Hurricanes in a defensive match that saw Pictou County win 36-33. Top scorers in the game were Karielle Floyd with 9 and Madelyn MacMillan with 7. The Final was against the North Cabot Blazers. Lighting got off to an early lead, however most of the game was back and forth. The game ended with a 59 to 58 loss for the Lightning giving them silver.  Scorers for the final game were Karielle Floyd with 17 and Raegan MacDonald and Danielle Crosby both contributing 8 while Kassi Brightman pitched in with 7.
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects hosted Truro Cyclones on Wednesday February 1 at the Hector Arena in Pictou. They defeated the Cyclones 4-3 . Scoring for the Selects were Lucia Mason, Alyssa Ells, Taylor Toole and Mallory Sangster. Assist went to Emma MacLeod, Ashlyn Bona, Alyssa Ells and Frankie Hayman. On Sunday February 5 they once again hosted the Truro Cyclones at the Hector Arena. The game ended in a tie match 2-2. Scoring for the Selects were Frankie Hayman and an unassisted goal by Olivia Marks. Assist went to Raleigh MacDonald.
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In the championship game of the NS Wheelchair Curling Championship, Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville defeated Bluenose Curling Club's Devin Forbes 8 to 5 in a very exciting game.   Hubley-Bolivar will represent Nova Scotia at the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in April in Quebec.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Leon Draisaitl was the lone scorer in a shootout as the Edmonton Oilers ended a three-game losing run with a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
N.Y. Rangers 4 Calgary 3
Washington 5 Los Angeles 0
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NBA
Kyle Lowry played through illness and injury to finish with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth career triple-double, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-95.
Boston 107 L.A. Clippers 102
Oklahoma City 105 Portland 99
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NFL
The New England Patriots completed a historic comeback to win the Super Bowl 34-28 against the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. It's the fifth win for both Brady and the Patriots.

SPORTS FEBRUARY 3
Friday 3rd February 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers suffered a rare loss at the Wellness Centre last night, falling 3-1 to the Yarmouth Mariners in a physical match that saw several Misconducts handed out to both teams in a scoreless third period. Scoring for the Crushers was Dylan Riley. The Crushers, still five points ahead of the second place Mariners, will play the Amherst Ramblers on Wednesday.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians return to Trenton on the 6th as host to the Antigonish Bulldogs. Depending upon the outcome of a few other games this weekend, a win on Monday could possibly move the Scotians into second place in the Sid Rowe Division.
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In Atom B action last night, Trenton shut out Thorburn 7-0. Scoring for Trenton was Ethan Mackay with 3, Derrick Mackay, Jake Mahoney, Landon Martin and Robbie Wilkinson. Assists came from Ethan Foote, Wilkinson, Ethan Mackay, Derrick Mackay and Mahoney. Winning goalie was Caden MacDonald and Austin Earle.
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The Bantam Memorial Tournament starts today, running through Sunday. There are three local teams: Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers, Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers, and Pictou County Bantam A White Crushers. In all, there are 24 teams from New Brunswick, Cape Breton, Yarmouth, South Shore, Metro region, Truro, and Antigonish. Admission prices: Weekend pass - $10, Day pass - $5, Students - $2, 12 & under free.
Local teams in action Friday: 
8:45 AM PC Red vs Truro
9:00 AM PC White vs Antigonish 
10:10 AM Wonder Auto AA vs Strait Richmond
5:15 PM Wonder Auto AA vs Cape Breton West
6:40 PM Opening Ceremony with Brian Haines 
7:05 PM PC Red vs Cape Breton County 
7:10 PM PC White vs Bedford 
There will also be a Silent auction for Two tickets to a hockey game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, March 25th. Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens!
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The local roller derby club is looking for a temporary practice space for the next few weeks. The Highland Derby Dolls Kickin' Vixens says that they need a new space until end of March. If you have any suggestions, contact them via their Facebook Page, “Highland Derby Dolls – Team Kickin' Vixens”.
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The Bluenose Curling Club is hosting this year's Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship. This is the second time that the event has been held outside the HRM. Three teams will compete for the title, and a spot in the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec in April. The local team, who play out of the Bluenose Curling Club, is skipped by Devin Forbes, with Third Bill MacKenzie, Second Philip Sutherland and Lead Kathy McIsaac. Their opponents will be the defending Nova Scotia champions, skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville and a former Nova Scotia Champion, Laughie Rutt, also from Lakeshore. Opening Ceremonies at the Bluenose Curling Club are at 6:30PM, on Friday with the first game beginning at 7:30PM featuring Team Forbes and Team Rutt. Draws will be played on Saturday at 9AM, 1PM and 7PM , with the final games Sunday at 9AM and Noon, with a 3rd game at 5PM, if necessary. The public is invited and welcome to come and watch this unique version of “the roaring game”.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers are seeking coaches for the 2017 Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team. Interested person(s) can forward their name to Dan Richards at danrichards901@msn.com 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Patrick Marleau scored his 500th NHL career goal against Vancouver, as the Sharks defeated the Canucks 4-1.
Paul Stastny scored twice and Jake Allen stopped 26 shots for his first victory in more than a month to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Mark Stone had two goals and an assist, Mike Condon made 19 saves and the Ottawa Senators beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2.
Matt Read scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period to end his long drought and lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
N.Y. Rangers 2 Buffalo 1 (OT)
Nashville 2 Edmonton 0
Winnipeg 4 Dallas 3
Chicago 4 Arizona 3
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NBA
Washington 116 L.A. Lakers 108
Atlanta 113 Houston 108
San Antonio 102 Philadelphia 86
Golden State 133 L.A. Clippers 120


SPORTS FEBRUARY 2
Thursday 2nd February 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers, currently ranked 13th nationally, host the Yarmouth Mariners tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The Mariners are in second place in the Eastlink South after a pair of wins this past weekend.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians return to Trenton on the 6th as host to the Antigonish Bulldogs. Depending upon the outcome of a few other games this weekend, a win on Monday could possibly move the Scotians into second place in the Sid Rowe Division.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers recovered from a two game slide by sweeping a two game series versus the Pictou County Bantam A White Team this past weekend. On Saturday afternoon at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Rink in Thorburn the Red Crushers fell behind 3 to 1 early but rebounded with 4 goals in the second period on route to a 6 to 3 win. Scoring for the Red Crushers were Kaleb Clarke, Thomas Devine and Lucas Bernard with a goal apiece while Nolan MacDonald had a hat trick. Dominic Bond with two and Noah MacDonald with one were the scorers for the White Team. On Sunday afternoon at the Wellness Center the Red Crushers played to a hard fought 4 to 2 victory. Ben MacGillivray opened the scoring followed by Kaleb Clarke and a pair from Lucas Bernard. Dominic Bond had both goals for the White Crushers. Both teams will be participating in the Bantam Memorial Tournament being held at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Friday.
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The Bantam Memorial Tournament starts on Friday, running through Sunday. There are three local teams: Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers, Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers, and Pictou County Bantam A White Crushers. In all, there are 24 teams from New Brunswick, Cape Breton, Yarmouth, South Shore, Metro region, Truro, and Antigonish. Admission prices: Weekend pass - $10, Day pass - $5, Students - $2, 12 & under free.
Local teams in action Friday: 
8:45 AM PC Red vs Truro
9:00 AM PC White vs Antigonish 
10:10 AM Wonder Auto AA vs Strait Richmond
5:15 PM Wonder Auto AA vs Cape Breton West
6:40 PM Opening Ceremony with Brian Haines 
7:05 PM PC Red vs Cape Breton County 
7:10 PM PC White vs Bedford 
There will also be a Silent auction for Two tickets to a hockey game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, March 25th. Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens!
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The local roller derby club is looking for a temporary practice space for the next few weeks. The Highland Derby Dolls Kickin' Vixens says that they need a new space until end of March. If you have any suggestions, contact them via their Facebook Page, “Highland Derby Dolls – Team Kickin' Vixens”.
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The Bluenose Curling Club is hosting this year's Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship. This is the second time that the event has been held outside the HRM. Three teams will compete for the title, and a spot in the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec in April. The local team, who play out of the Bluenose Curling Club, is skipped by Devin Forbes, with Third Bill MacKenzie, Second Philip Sutherland and Lead Kathy McIsaac. Their opponents will be the defending Nova Scotia champions, skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville and a former Nova Scotia Champion, Laughie Rutt, also from Lakeshore. Opening Ceremonies at the Bluenose Curling Club are at 6:30PM, on Friday, Feb 3rd with the first game beginning at 7:30PM featuring Team Forbes and Team Rutt. Draws will be played on Saturday at 9AM, 1PM and 7PM , with the final games Sunday at 9AM and Noon, with a 3rd game at 5PM, if necessary. The public is invited and welcome to come and watch this unique version of “the roaring game”.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers are seeking coaches for the 2017 Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team. Interested person(s) can forward their name to Dan Richards at danrichards901@msn.com 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Sean Monahan scored twice to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Washington 5 Boston 3
Los Angeles 5 Colorado 0
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NBA
Isaiah Thomas scored 19 of his 44 points in the final quarter to lift the Boston Celtics over the Toronto Raptors 109-104 in a showdown for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Cleveland 125 Minnesota 97
Indiana 98 Orlando 88
Detroit 118 New Orleans 98
Miami 116 Atlanta 93
New York 95 Brooklyn 90
Dallas 113 Philadelphia 95
L.A. Clippers 124 Phoenix 114
Memphis 119 Denver 99
Utah 104 Milwaukee 88
Chicago 128 Oklahoma City 100
Golden State 126 Charlotte 111

SPORTS FEBRUARY 1 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Wednesday 1st February 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers have moved up another spot in the most recent national rankings. The ranking of the top Jr A teams in the country now have the Crushers at 13th, moving ahead of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL. The Crushers are off until Thursday night, when they host the Yarmouth Mariners, who come into the game in second place in the Eastlink South after a pair of wins this past weekend.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians shut out the Bulldogs in Antigonish 4-0 last night. Goals scored by Riley Cameron with 2, Luke Spicer, and Robert Burrows. The Scotians return to Trenton on the 6th as host to the Bulldogs.
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The Weeks Major Midgets lost a squeaker just over a minute into overtime 5-4 to Halifax at the Wellness Centre last night. The Weeks team will be on the road Saturday night in Berwick to play the Valley Wildcats.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, Wednesday night one game Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Cornova Contracting   vs  Wranglers bar.
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The local roller derby club is looking for a temporary practice space for the next few weeks. The Highland Derby Dolls Kickin' Vixens says that they need a new space until end of March. If you have any suggestions, contact them via their Facebook Page, “Highland Derby Dolls – Team Kickin' Vixens”.
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The Bluenose Curling Club is hosting this year's Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship. This is the second time that the event has been held outside the HRM. Three teams will compete for the title, and a spot in the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec in April. The local team, who play out of the Bluenose Curling Club, is skipped by Devin Forbes, with Third Bill MacKenzie, Second Philip Sutherland and Lead Kathy McIsaac. Their opponents will be the defending Nova Scotia champions, skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville and a former Nova Scotia Champion, Laughie Rutt, also from Lakeshore. Opening Ceremonies at the Bluenose Curling Club are at 6:30PM, on Friday, Feb 3rd with the first game beginning at 7:30PM featuring Team Forbes and Team Rutt. Draws will be played on Saturday at 9AM, 1PM and 7PM , with the final games Sunday at 9AM and Noon, with a 3rd game at 5PM, if necessary. The public is invited and welcome to come and watch this unique version of “the roaring game”.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers are seeking coaches for the 2017 Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team. Interested person(s) can forward their name to Dan Richards at danrichards901@msn.com 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves and five Dallas players scored in the first period to send the Stars past the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3.
Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty scored his sixth career hat trick in a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Jonathan Marchessault scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to lift the Florida Panthers over the Ottawa Senators 6-5.
Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist, Jacob Trouba scored a key third-period goal, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 5-3.
Boston 4 Tampa Bay 3
Columbus 6 N.Y. Rangers 4
Carolina 5 Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 4 Nashville 2
N.Y. Islanders 3 Washington 2
New Jersey 4 Detroit 3
Minnesota 5 Edmonton 2
Los Angeles 3 Arizona 2
Anaheim 5 Colorado 1
San Jose 3 Chicago 1
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NBA
Kyle Lowry scored 33 points, including a huge basket with four seconds left in overtime, to lift the Toronto Raptors over the New Orleans Pelicans 108-106.
Washington 117 New York 101
Houston 105 Sacramento 83
San Antonio 108 Oklahoma City 94
Portland 115 Charlotte 98
L.A. Lakers 120 Denver 116

MAJOR SUPPORT FOR HIGHWAY TWINNING AT PUBLIC MEETING
Tuesday 31st January 2017

A capacity crowd showed their support for highway twinning, while debating the details of how to pay for it. The first public consultation session drew over 200 people to the Wellness Centre. A large majority said they favored tolls to fund twinning, particularly Highway 104 from Sutherland River to Antigonish, which has been the site of dozens of fatal accidents in the past few years. As the discussion progressed, questions arose about how much the toll would be, and whether there should be a discounted rate for frequent users. There were even suggestions of paying for twinning with a dedicated 2 cent per litre fuel tax, or using tolls from the Cobequid Pass once it’s been paid off. Feedback from all of the public sessions are being collected for a report to the province. Feedback on twinning can be also be sent online.


SPORTS JANUARY 31
Tuesday 31st January 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers have moved up another spot in the most recent national rankings. The ranking of the top Jr A teams in the country now have the Crushers at 13th, moving ahead of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL. The Crushers are off until Thursday night, when they host the Yarmouth Mariners, who come into the game in second place in the Eastlink South after a pair of wins this past weekend.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are in Antigonish tonight.
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The Weeks Major Midgets host Halifax at the Wellness Centre tonight at 7pm.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, two games tonight: Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Elk's Club   Vs   Wranglers bar, Hector Area Pictou 9 00 - Pictou Landing Falcons  Vs  Durham Bucks. Wednesday night one game Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Cornova Contracting   vs  Wranglers bar.
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The Bluenose Curling Club is hosting this year's Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship. This is the second time that the event has been held outside the HRM. Three teams will compete for the title, and a spot in the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec in April. The local team, who play out of the Bluenose Curling Club, is skipped by Devin Forbes, with Third Bill MacKenzie, Second Philip Sutherland and Lead Kathy McIsaac. Their opponents will be the defending Nova Scotia champions, skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville and a former Nova Scotia Champion, Laughie Rutt, also from Lakeshore. Opening Ceremonies at the Bluenose Curling Club are at 6:30PM, on Friday, Feb 3rd with the first game beginning at 7:30PM featuring Team Forbes and Team Rutt. Draws will be played on Saturday at 9AM, 1PM and 7PM , with the final games Sunday at 9AM and Noon, with a 3rd game at 5PM, if necessary. The public is invited and welcome to come and watch this unique version of “the roaring game”.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers are seeking coaches for the 2017 Subway Stingers U-16 Rep Team. Interested person(s) can forward their name to Dan Richards at danrichards901@msn.com 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
Philadelphia 122 Sacramento 119
Miami 104 Brooklyn 96
Boston 113 Detroit 109
Minnesota 111 Orlando 105 (OT)
Dallas 104 Cleveland 97
Memphis 115 Phoenix 96

DELAYED TWINNING SESSION GOES TONIGHT
Monday 30th January 2017

There will be much debate at tonight's public consultation session on highway twinning at the Wellness Centre. Earlier this month, the province released the results of a study on the costs of twinning and how much Nova Scotians are willing to pay out of pocket. The study said that twinning the 8 proposed sections of provincial highway would be $2.4 billion, more than six times the Department's annual budget for all roads. Therefore, the study says tolls are necessary to complete the work over a much shorter time frame. For example, the possible toll for the stretch of Highway 104 between Sutherland’s River to Antigonish could range from $2.27 to $3.78. Tonight's meeting at 6:30 at the Wellness Centre is the first of 12 public consultations to be held around the province.

SPORTS JANUARY 30
Monday 30th January 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers have extended their winning streak to 8 games after Saturday's 5-2 defeat of the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers have not only been winning, but they have been winning most of those games handily, with an average margin of victory of more than 3 goals over that streak. Scoring for the Crushers were Bradley Kennedy, Oliver Trachsel, Ethan Marsh, Michael Dill and Jacob Hickey. The Crushers can take a breather before they play on Thursday night, hosting the Yarmouth Mariners.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians had two games in hand on both the Strait Pirates and Cumberland County Blues who are both just one point ahead of the Scotians who right now sit in fifth place in the Sid Rowe Division. But this weekend, the Scotians lost two close matches against the league leading Glace Bay Jr Miners. Saturday night in Glace Bay the Jr. Miners narrowly defeated the Scotians 3-2. The Scotians played hard, but were edged out 5-4 on Sunday at the Trenton Arena. Next up for the Scotians is a Tuesday night tilt in Antigonish.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped two games in two nights. The Cape Breton West Islanders improved their record to 25-5-2 with a 6-4 win over the Weeks Friday night. Saturday night, the team were edged out 7-6 by Dartmouth Steele Subaru. The Weeks Major Midgets have a couple of days to prepare for their next match at the Wellness Centre, Tuesday at 7pm against Halifax.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the NSFMHL are solidly in second place in the league after a 6-2 win against the Cape Breton Panthers. The Selects are now 11 points ahead of the third place Penguins and are closing the gap with Metro Boston Pizza, just four points ahead in the top spot.
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects hosted Truro Cyclones on Saturday at the Trenton Arena. They defeated the Cyclones 2-0. Scoring for the Selects were Natasha Hahn and Lucia Mason. Assist to Alyssa Ells and Ashlyn Bona. Chloe Stroud got the shut out for the Selects.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Subway Selects had a competitive weekend with two away games against Halifax teams. The first game saw them facing off against Metro East in Cole Harbour. Lily Perrin had the single goal for the Selects, with an assist from Ella Fitt. The girls fought hard all three periods and came away with a 1-1 tie game. Game two against Metro West Green resulted in a 1-0 win for the Selects. Namara Clarke scored the winning goal for the team, assisted by Lily LeBlanc and Anna Kennaley. More hockey action continues on home ice at 4pm in Pictou this Saturday.
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The Bluenose Curling Club is hosting this year's Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Championship. This is the second time that the event has been held outside the HRM. Three teams will compete for the title, and a spot in the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec in April. The local team, who play out of the Bluenose Curling Club, is skipped by Devin Forbes, with Third Bill MacKenzie, Second Philip Sutherland and Lead Kathy McIsaac. Their opponents will be the defending Nova Scotia champions, skipped by Trendal Hubley-Bolivar of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville and a former Nova Scotia Champion, Laughie Rutt, also from Lakeshore. Opening Ceremonies at the Bluenose Curling Club are at 6:30PM, on Friday, Feb 3rd with the first game beginning at 7:30PM featuring Team Forbes and Team Rutt. Draws will be played on Saturday at 9AM, 1PM and 7PM , with the final games Sunday at 9AM and Noon, with a 3rd game at 5PM, if necessary. The public is invited and welcome to come and watch this unique version of “the roaring game”.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL ALL STAR GAME
Central 3 Pacific 10
Atlantic 6 Metropolitan 10
Final: Metropolitan 4 Pacific 3
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Andy Dalton completed 10 of 12 passes for 100 yards and engineered two scoring drives to help lead the AFC to a 20-13 victory over the NFC in the NFL Pro Bowl.
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NBA
Atlanta 142 New York 139 (4OT)
Cleveland 107 Oklahoma City 91
Indiana 120 Houston 101
Orlando 114 Toronto 113
Washington 107 New Orleans 94
Chicago 121 Philadelphia 108
Dallas 105 San Antonio 101
Golden State 113 Portland 111


SPORTS JANUARY 29
Sunday 29th January 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers have extended their winning streak to 8 games after last night's 5-2 defeat of the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers have not only been winning, but they have been winning most of those games handily, with an average margin of victory of 3.3 goals over that streak. Scoring for the Crushers were Bradley Kennedy, Oliver Trachsel, Ethan Marsh, Michael Dill and Jacob Hickey. The Crushers can take a breather before they play on Thursday night, hosting the Yarmouth Mariners.
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A huge weekend coming up for the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians as they head to the stretch run of the NSJHL season. The Scotians hold two games in hand on both the Strait Pirates and Cumberland County Blues who are both just one point ahead of the Scotians who right now sit in fifth place in the Sid Rowe Division. Those two games in hand will not be easy, however, as the Scotians have a home and home set with the league leading Glace Bay Jr Miners. Last night in Glace Bay the Jr. Miners narrowly defeated the Scotians 3-2. The Scotians hope to turn things around tonight at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped two games in two nights. The Cape Breton West Islanders improved their record to 25-5-2 with a 6-4 win over the Weeks Friday night. Last night, the team were edged out 7-6 by Dartmouth Steele Subaru. The Weeks Major Midgets have a couple of days to prepare for their next match at the Wellness Centre, Tuesday at 7pm against Halifax.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the NSFMHL are solidly in second place in the league after a 6-2 win against the Cape Breton Panthers. The Selects are now 11 points ahead of the third place Penguins and are closing the gap with Metro Boston Pizza, just four points ahead in the top spot.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says Carolina Hurricanes fans shouldn't worry about losing their team to Quebec City. Bettman swiftly knocked down speculation about a possible relocation of the Hurricanes on Saturday during All-Star weekend, saying the league is committed to keeping the team in Raleigh, North Carolina. Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. has been publicly seeking a local buyer to purchase part of the team for at least three years, but has yet to make a deal. Karmanos recently acknowledged he has given consideration to selling the entire franchise, which could theoretically open it up to relocation. Quebec City has an NHL-ready rink — the $370 million Videotron Centre — in a small but vibrant hockey market. Quebecor, a communications conglomerate, made a recent bid for an NHL expansion team, but the league decided only to add the Vegas Golden Knights last summer. Despite a decent amount of young talent, the Hurricanes are tied for last place in the Metropolitan Division at the All-Star break, mired in a seven-year playoff drought. The former Hartford Whalers have made the playoffs just once since winning their only Stanley Cup title in 2006, and they ranked last in the NHL in attendance last season. NHL participation in the next Olympics is looking grim. That was the picture painted by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly at all-star weekend in Los Angeles. The league's board of governors met on Saturday with Bettman saying the Olympic conversation lasted all of 10 seconds. Nothing had changed from December, he told the board. NHL owners have expressed strong distaste to returning to a sixth straight Olympics in Pyeongchang, sentiment that was expressed most strongly when the governors last met previously in Palm Beach, Fla. in early December. Bettman suggested the International Olympic Committee had unwillingly sparked fury when it said, under the direction of president Thomas Bach, that out-of-pocket expenses would no longer be covered for NHL players to attend the Games. The NHL has begun contemplating two schedules for the 2017-18 season, one that includes the Olympics and one that doesn't.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 28 JANUARY
Saturday 28th January 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers will be looking to extend their winning streak to 8 games tonight when they travel over Mount Thom to visit the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers have not only been winning, but they have been winning most of those games handily, with an average margin of victory of 3.3 goals over that streak. The Bearcats, meanwhile, have won 8 of their last 10, although they lost last night at home against the Amherst Ramblers 4-3. Two other games last night saw the South Shore Lumberjacks double-up the Campbellton Tigers 6-3 at home, while the Valley Wildcats won on the road, 5-4 over the Woodstock Slammers. Along with the Crushers game tonight, there are three other games. Valley continue their road trip in St. Stephen. Campbellton continue their road trip in Yarmouth, and the Ramblers return home to face Dieppe. A game with Summerside and Miramichi has been postponed while the arena in Miramichi remains unable to host a game as they clean up from the ice storm earlier this week.
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A huge weekend coming up for the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians as they head to the stretch run of the NSJHL season. The Scotians hold two games in hand on both the Strait Pirates and Cumberland County Blues who are both just one point ahead of the Scotians who right now sit in fifth place in the Sid Rowe Division. Those two games in hand will not be easy, however, as the Scotians start a home and home set with the league leading Glace Bay Jr Miners tonight in Glace Bay and tomorrow night at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped the first of a stretch of three games in five nights, although the loss came against the top team in the league last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Cape Breton West Islanders improved their record to 25-5-2 with a 6-4 win over the Weeks last night. The Weeks currently sit fifth in the 8 team league, just 2 points back of Halifax in the battle for home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. The Weeks are right back in action tonight at 6:30 when they host the second place Dartmouth Steel Subaru, then on Tuesday at 7pm they will host Halifax.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the NSFMHL look to solidify their grasp on second place in the league with a home game this afternoon at 12:30pm at the Wellness Centre against the Panthers out of Cape Breton. The Selects can open up an 11 point margin over the third place Penguins and close the gap with the top Metro Boston Pizza to just 4 points with the win.
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Hike Nova Scotia, Scotsburn Recreation and the Cape to Cape Trail are holding a guided snowshoe hike on the Fitzpatrick Trail in Scotsburn on February  4 at 1 pm. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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There is a Canadian Champion at the Australian Open. Bianca Vanessa Andreescu of Thornhill, Ontario and her Junior Girls Doubles partner Carson Branstine of the United States defeated Polish pair Maja Chwalinska and Iga Swiatek to win the event yesterday in Melbourne.
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A busy night last night in the NBA, with 10 games on the schedule, including a convincing 102-86 win by the Toronto Raptors over the Milwaukee Bucks. But the story of the night in the league was James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Harden had his second 50-point triple double of the season, finishing with 51 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists as Houston beat Philadelphia 123-118.
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It was a dark night in the NHL as players are making their way to Los Angeles for the All-Star festivities beginning today. The Skills Competition goes at 8pm today, with the All-Star game tomorrow at 4:30pm.

SPORTS JANUARY 27
Friday 27th January 2017

A world-class hockey event is coming back to the Maritimes. The Truro Bearcats formally announced today that the World Junior A Hockey Challenge will be held at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre from December 10-17. This event features two teams of Canadian Jr A hockey players representing Canada East and West, as well as four national teams from the United States and throughout Europe. The host organizing committee is also looking for over 100 volunteers in all areas from game operations to ticket sales to ensure all teams and fans visiting Truro have a memorable experience. Three former Crushers have been involved in the event through the years. In 2013, John Mullally and Evan MacEachern were both on Team Canada East, while Sean Hoyt was part of the team in 2009, but could not play because of an injury sustained just before the tournament started. As well, former Crusher equipment manager Harley Palmer was with Team Canada West when the tournament was in Summerside in 2009, and returned to the event in Penticton, BC in 2010 with Team Canada East.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers continue to dominate following a 5-2 victory over the St. Stephen Aces at the Wellness Centre. Crusher goals came from Ethan Marsh, Bradley Kennedy, Alex Bonaparte, Dylan Riley and Benji Curtis. The Crushers have a challenge coming tomorrow, as they visit the Truro Bearcats on Saturday night for a 7PM start. The Bearcats are second in the Eastlink South Division, 8 points behind the Crushers.
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The Weeks Major Midgets also have a busy schedule coming up – first it's the League leading Cape Breton West Islanders on Friday at 7:30, then Dartmouth Saturday at 6:30, followed by Halifax next Tuesday at 7. All games are at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers found themselves in a bit of a slump last weekend dropping both of their games against the Antigonish Bulldogs. On Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center the Crushers outshot their opponents 34 to 21 in a fast paced game but still found themselves with a 3 to 2 loss. On Sunday afternoon at the Antigonish Arena a slow start led to a four goal deficit and despite a strong effort in the third period the Crushers were only able to get within two goals of the Bulldogs and took a 4 to 2 loss. Scoring for the Crushers on Saturday were Nolan MacDonald and Brody Bowering, while Kaleb Clarke and Nolan MacDonald had the two goals on Sunday. The two losses leave Pictou County Red Crushers just one point up on the Antigonish Bulldogs for second place in the Highland Fundy Bantam A League, while Brookfield Elks continue to lead. This weekends Bantam A League action sees Pictou County Red versus Pictou County White in a two game series at Ivor MacDonald Memorial Arena in Thorburn on Saturday and at Pictou County Wellness Center on Sunday.
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Hike Nova Scotia, Scotsburn Recreation and the Cape to Cape Trail are holding a guided snowshoe hike on the Fitzpatrick Trail in Scotsburn on February  4 at 1 pm. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Andrej Sekera scored two goals and the surging Edmonton Oilers extended their point streak to eight games by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-1.
Andrew Copp and Bryan Little scored in a 32-second span in the third period, and the Winnipeg Jets beat Chicago 5-3 for their fourth straight victory against the Blackhawks this season.
Johnny Gaudreau scored the winner in overtime as Calgary edged the Ottawa Senators 3-2.
Andrew Ladd scored twice to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-1 victory over Montreal on Thursday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Canadiens.
Roman Lyubimov scored late in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to their third straight win, 2-1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Boston 4 Pittsburgh 3
Los Angeles 3 Carolina 0
Washington 5 New Jersey 2
Florida 2 Tampa Bay 1 (OT)
Minnesota 5 St. Louis 1
Nashville 4 Columbus 3
Dallas 4 Buffalo 3
Arizona 3 Vancouver 0
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NBA
Indiana 109 Minnesota 103
Oklahoma City 109 Dallas 98
Denver 127 Phoenix 120
Utah 96 L.A. Lakers 88


SPORTS JANUARY 26
Thursday 26th January 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers began the first of a three game series this week by roundly defeating the South Shore Lumberjacks 9-4 in Bridgewater. Michael Dill scored a hat trickm, with 2 from Alexis Roy and one each from Jacob Hickey, Dylan Riley, Jean-Marc Evans Renaud, and Nick Fewer. The Crushers are back home tonight for a battle with the St. Stephen Aces at 7PM. The club round out their week by visiting their closest rivals the Truro Bearcats on Saturday night for a 7PM start.
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The Weeks Major Midgets also have a busy schedule coming up – first it's the League leading Cape Breton West Islanders on Friday at 7:30, then Dartmouth Saturday at 6:30, followed by Halifax next Tuesday at 7. All games are at the Wellness Centre.
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In Peewee C action last night in Westville, the Trenton Steelers defeated New Glasgow Bombers 6-5. Scoring for the Steelers were Derrick Mackay and Ethan Mackay each with 2, along with Halie Hilier and Michael Derouin adding singles. Assists came from Braden MacDonald & Nathan Spears. New Glasgow's goals came from Conrad Roberta with 3, and one each from Kyle Mccabe and Connor Clary, with assists from Ashton Rogers, Mccabe and Clary. Winning goalie was Luke Avery.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers brought home a Silver medal from the Antigonish tournament over the weekend.  In Game 1, they defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs, 4-2.  Scorers for the game were Raymond Chisholm, Jayden Hatchard, Keegan Murray, and Sam Hickey.  Assists came from Braydon Killen, Ross Martin, Landen MacDonald and Cal Maxner.  Tyler Matchem played well in nets.  Brycen MacDonald earned player of the game.  Game 2 was a close win as they went up against the Sydney Steelers. L. MacDonald scored the first goal early in the game, unassisted.  Martin scored again for a 2-0 lead with Hickey and Murray providing the assists.  Brycen MacDonald made the advance for a score of 3-0, unassisted before the Steelers scored 2 goals for the final to end up at 3-2.  Keegan Walker was strong in nets and Martin earned player of the game.  Wonder Auto Bantam players headed into the championship game facing the Steelers once again.  The Wonder Auto hockey team had been defeated, 3-2.  Scorers were Kyle Reim and Evan Shea.  Martin, Luke Young and Chisholm provided the assists. Matchem played in nets and Murray was named player of the game. The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers will be playing in the upcoming Bantam Memorial Tournament being held Feb 3-5th at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held at the Pictou Training Pool on January 29, February 5, 12, & 19 2017 from 9AM TO 2 PM each day. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com.
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Hike Nova Scotia, Scotsburn Recreation and the Cape to Cape Trail are holding a guided snowshoe hike on the Fitzpatrick Trail in Scotsburn on February  4 at 1 pm. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 12 at 11 am. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Leon Draisaitl scored two goals and Cam Talbot made 26 saves in his 15th career shutout, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Auston Matthews scored early in the first period and Frederik Andersen made 22 saves for his third shutout of the season, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Philadelphia 2 N.Y. Rangers 0
Vancouver 3 Colorado 2

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NBA
Marc Gasol scored a career-high 42 points, including the deciding two free throws with 36 seconds left, as the Memphis Grizzlies sent Toronto to its fifth straight loss with a 101-99 victory over the Raptors.
Sacramento 116 Cleveland 112 (OT)
Boston 120 Houston 109
Miami 109 Brooklyn 106
Atlanta 119 Chicago 114
Golden State 113 Charlotte 103
Oklahoma City 114 New Orleans 105
Philadelphia 114 Milwaukee 109
Dallas 103 New York 95
Portland 105 L.A. Lakers 98

SPORTS JANUARY 25
Wednesday 25th January 2017

The latest edition of the CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings finds the Pictou County Weeks Crushers as the lone MHL representative on the list. The Crushers vaulted three spots in the rankings to #14 thanks to a 2-0 week. Pictou County remains in first place overall in the MHL with a record of 25-6-1-1. Their 52 points place then four ahead of the Truro Bearcats for top spot. Doug Doull’s club hits the ice three times this week. Tonight, the Crushers are in Bridgewater to face the South Shore Lumberjacks at 7PM before returning home on Thursday night for a battle with the St. Stephen Aces at 7PM. The club round out their week by visiting the Truro Bearcats on Saturday night in another 7PM start.
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It was a 3 game shut out by Caitlyn Cleary of the Atom AA Subway Selects, with tough competition from three Halifax teams. The girls hosted a home game on Friday night, and captured a 1-0 win against Metro East. Lily Leblanc scored the unassisted one goal for her team. Saturday’s game brought the girls a 3-0 win over Metro West Force (Green). Mya MacDonald captured two goals, assisted by Sidney Keay, Hayden Rogers and Ella Ross. The third goal was scored by Lily LeBlanc. The next game saw the Subway Selects facing off against Metro West Force (Blue) in an away game. A 2-0 win was made possible through aggressive teamwork and two points earned by Mya MacDonald and Lily Leblanc, with assists from Sidney Keay. The girls play again this weekend with two games scheduled at the BMO centre in Bedford.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held at the Pictou Training Pool on January 29, February 5, 12, & 19 2017 from 9AM TO 2 PM each day. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com.
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Hike Nova Scotia, Scotsburn Recreation and the Cape to Cape Trail are holding a guided snowshoe hike on the Fitzpatrick Trail in Scotsburn on February  4 at 1 pm. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 10 at 7 pm. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mike Condon made 31 saves to pick up his fourth shutout of the season as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Washington Capitals 3-0.
Alexander Radulov scored twice to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Flames to extend Calgary's losing skid to four games.
Patrick Marleau scored the game-winner with 4:33 left in the third period as the San Jose Sharks extended their win streak to six games with a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
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NBA
Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, but it wasn't enough to lift the undermanned Toronto Raptors over the San Antonio Spurs, who won a 108-106 squeaker.

ANTIGONISH MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Tuesday 24th January 2017

An Antigonish man has been charged with possessing and accessing child pornography. RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke says officers discovered child pornography while searching a home in Antigonish on Friday. Clarke says a 69-year-old man was arrested by officers without incident and released on conditions. John Robert MacIsaac is due in court on February 22nd to face charges of possession of child pornography and accessing child pornography.


SPORTS JANUARY 24 *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Tuesday 24th January 2017

It was a 3 game shut out by Caitlyn Cleary of the Atom AA Subway Selects, with tough competition from three Halifax teams. The girls hosted a home game on Friday night, and captured a 1-0 win against Metro East. Lily Leblanc scored the unassisted one goal for her team. Saturday’s game brought the girls a 3-0 win over Metro West Force (Green). Mya MacDonald captured two goals, assisted by Sidney Keay, Hayden Rogers and Ella Ross. The third goal was scored by Lily LeBlanc. The next game saw the Subway Selects facing off against Metro West Force (Blue) in an away game. A 2-0 win was made possible through aggressive teamwork and two points earned by Mya MacDonald and Lily Leblanc, with assists from Sidney Keay. The girls play again this weekend with two games scheduled at the BMO centre in Bedford.
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The Bruins skated to a 5-4 win over the Canadians in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey action at the Westville Miners Sports Center last night. Amy Cameron’s two goal effort paved the way for the Bruins with singles coming off the sticks of Jenna Shaw, Christa Webber and Carla Dumaresq. Judith Rogers Led the Canadians with two goals followed by single tallies from Kelly Lee and Debbie MacLean. League action continues on Monday, Jan 30th with The Leafs hosting The Rangers.
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Pictou County Athletics sent a strong contingent to the first Athletics Nova Scotia meet of the winter season this weekend and finished fourth in points for the team competition. Results are on our website.
Breanna Sandluck- 2nd 3000m 18/19 age category, 2nd  1500m
Ethan MacDonald- 1st 3000m 14/15, 1st 1500m
Raymond Simpson- 1st 1500 m  16/17
Matthew Fraser- 3rd 1500m 20-34
Lauren Quinn- 1st 60m hurdles. 18/19, 1st 400m, 1st high jump
Eric Hughes- 1st 60m hurdles 16/17, 2nd 60 m, 7th 200 m
Charlotte Stroud- 4th 60m 14/15, 4th long jump, 7th 200m
Lauren MacLeod- 1st long jump 16/17, 4th 200m, 5th 60m
Maddie Campbell- 2nd high jump 16/17, 2nd long jump, 10th 200m
Broden DeCoff- 3rd long jump 16/17, 5th 60m
Daniel Stewart- 2nd 800 m 16/17, 3rd 400m
Ross Bennett- 4th 1500m 16/17, 10th 800m
Duncan Cameron- 4th long jump 16/17, 4th 800m, 12th 1500m
Scott Langille- 3rd 1500m 18/19
Tom MacKenzie- 1st high jump 16/17
Brett Corbin- 1st high jump 16/17, 1st long jump, 1st triple jump
Amelia MacCallum-1st overall in Tetrathlon 10/11 (total points of four events), 1st in 60m, 3rd in shot put, 3rd in long jump, 2nd in 600m
Amelia Boudreau -3rd overall in tetrathlon 10/11, 3rd in 60m, 4th in shot put, 5th in long jump, 5th in 600m
Cara MacDonald- 1st overall in Tetrathlon 12/13, 1st in 60m, 1st in shot put, 2nd in long jump, 1st in 600m
Jordyn Ferguson- 3rd overall in tetrathlon 12/13, 3rd in 60m, 2nd in shot put, 6th in long jump, 5th in 600m
Isaac Boudreau- 2nd overall in Tetrathlon 8/9, 1st in 60 m, 1st in shot put, 2nd in long jump, 2nd in 600 m
Conrad Robertson- 2nd overall in Tetrathlon 12/13, 2 nd in 60m, 3rd in shot put, 2nd in long jump, 2nd in 600m
Keighan DeCoff- 1st in shot put  12/13, 1st in weight throw
Jaden MacEachern- 2nd in shot put. 14/15
Maddie Campbell- 1st in shot put 16/17
Tatum McLean- 1st in weight throw  16/17, 3rd in shot put
Lauren Quann- 1st in shot put  18/19
Parker Swain- 1st in shot put  14/15, 1st in weight throw
Jacob Temple- 1st in shot put. 16/17
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held at the Pictou Training Pool on January 29, February 5, 12, & 19 2017 from 9AM TO 2 PM each day. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com.
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Hike Nova Scotia, Scotsburn Recreation and the Cape to Cape Trail are holding a guided snowshoe hike on the Fitzpatrick Trail in Scotsburn on February  4 at 1 pm. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 10 at 7 pm. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Ryan Getzlaf's third-period goal came on the power play and was the game-winner as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.
Nazem Kadri scored a pair of goals to match a career-high and Frederik Andersen pitched a 26-save shutout as the Toronto Maple Leafs ended a brief two-game winless streak with a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames.
Washington 6 Carolina 1
N.Y. Rangers 3 Los Angeles 2
Arizona 3 Florida 2 (OT)
San Jose 5 Colorado 2
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NBA
Washington 109 Charlotte 99
L.A. Clippers 115 Atlanta 105
Miami 105 Golden State 102
Sacramento 109 Detroit 104
San Antonio 112 Brooklyn 86
Milwaukee 127 Houston 114
New Orleans 124 Cleveland 122
New York 109 Indiana 103
Oklahoma City 97 Utah 95

STUDY SAYS TOLLS NECESSARY, AS PROPOSED TWINNING PROJECT WOULD BE LARGEST EVER
Monday 23rd January 2017

Ahead of the public consultations on highway twinning which start tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre, the province released the results of a study on the costs of twinning and how much Nova Scotians are willing to pay. Bruce Fitzner, executive director of infrastructure programs for the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, said in a technical briefing on Monday that the cost of twinning 8 sections of provincial highway, 300 kilometres in all, would be $2.4 billion, far more than the annual budget for all roads of $397 million. If all were to be done, it would be the largest highway expansion project in the province's history. Therefore, the province is looking at tolls in order to speed up the process. According to a survey, the median amount Nova Scotians would pay as a toll would be about six cents per kilometre. As an example, the possible toll range for the nearly 38 kilometres on Highway 104 between Sutherland’s River to Antigonish would be between $2.27 to $3.78. The next step in the process is the 12 public consultations, which start tomorrow at the Wellness Centre at 6:30 and continue through March.

SPORTS JANUARY 23
Monday 23rd January 2017

Michael Dill scored 47 seconds into overtime to give the Crushers the 6-5 win over the Yarmouth Mariners on Saturday. Also scoring were Keven Larouche, Ethan Marsh with 2, Bradley Kennedy and Jacob Hickey. The Crushers' next game is in Bridgewater on Wednesday against the Lumberjacks, followed by a match at the Wellness Centre against the St. Stephen Aces Thursday night at 7.
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The Weeks Major Midgets made it look easy defeating the Valley Wildcats 6-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Scotians got another win in Trenton on Sunday night, a 5-2 victory over Cumberland County.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers came close, but lost in Overtime 3-2 against the Cougars Sunday.
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects travelled to Truro to match up against the Cyclones on Saturday morning . They were defeated in a close game 2-1. Scoring for the Selects was Frankie Hayman with an unassisted goal. They then hosted the Antigonish Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at the Trenton  Arena. It was a 3-3 tie game. Scoring for the Selects were Lucia Mason, Mallory Sangster and Camryn Wright. Assist to Frankie Hayman. On Sunday they travelled to Antigonish to play against the Bulldogs once again.   The match up brought about another tie game, 2-2. Scoring for the Selects were Olivia Marks and Jana Cameron, both netting unassisted goals. 
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Pictou County Athletics sent a strong contingent to the first Athletics Nova Scotia meet of the winter season this weekend and finished fourth in points for the team competition. Here are the results for the PCA team.
Breanna Sandluck- 2nd 3000m 18/19 age category, 2nd  1500m
Ethan MacDonald- 1st 3000m 14/15, 1st 1500m
Raymond Simpson- 1st 1500 m  16/17
Matthew Fraser- 3rd 1500m 20-34
Lauren Quinn- 1st 60m hurdles. 18/19, 1st 400m, 1st high jump
Eric Hughes- 1st 60m hurdles 16/17, 2nd 60 m, 7th 200 m
Charlotte Stroud- 4th 60m 14/15, 4th long jump, 7th 200m
Lauren MacLeod- 1st long jump 16/17, 4th 200m, 5th 60m
Maddie Campbell- 2nd high jump 16/17, 2nd long jump, 10th 200m
Broden DeCoff- 3rd long jump 16/17, 5th 60m
Daniel Stewart- 2nd 800 m 16/17, 3rd 400m
Ross Bennett- 4th 1500m 16/17, 10th 800m
Duncan Cameron- 4th long jump 16/17, 4th 800m, 12th 1500m
Scott Langille- 3rd 1500m 18/19
Tom MacKenzie- 1st high jump 16/17
Brett Corbin- 1st high jump 16/17, 1st long jump, 1st triple jump
Amelia MacCallum-1st overall in Tetrathlon 10/11 (total points of four events), 1st in 60m, 3rd in shot put, 3rd in long jump, 2nd in 600m
Amelia Boudreau -3rd overall in tetrathlon 10/11, 3rd in 60m, 4th in shot put, 5th in long jump, 5th in 600m
Cara MacDonald- 1st overall in Tetrathlon 12/13, 1st in 60m, 1st in shot put, 2nd in long jump, 1st in 600m
Jordyn Ferguson- 3rd overall in tetrathlon 12/13, 3rd in 60m, 2nd in shot put, 6th in long jump, 5th in 600m
Isaac Boudreau- 2nd overall in Tetrathlon 8/9, 1st in 60 m, 1st in shot put, 2nd in long jump, 2nd in 600 m
Conrad Robertson- 2nd overall in Tetrathlon 12/13, 2 nd in 60m, 3rd in shot put, 2nd in long jump, 2nd in 600m
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held at the Pictou Training Pool on January 29, February 5, 12, & 19 2017 from 9AM TO 2 PM each day. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com.
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Hike Nova Scotia, Scotsburn Recreation and the Cape to Cape Trail are holding a guided snowshoe hike on the Fitzpatrick Trail in Scotsburn on February  4 at 1 pm. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Positive Action for Keppoch (PAK) Society present a guided snowshoe hike on the Keppoch Summit Loop trail in  Antigonish on February 10 at 7 pm. Bring your own snowshoes. Qualify to  win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL Playoffs
NFC Championship

Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for a dominant playoff performance, as Atlanta crushed Green Bay 44-2 21.
AFC Championship
The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl. After beginning the season suspended for four games for his role in the "Deflategate" scandal, the New England quarterback brought the Patriots to an unprecedented ninth appearance in the title game, and his seventh, as New England defeated Pittsburgh 36-17.
NHL
Cam Atkinson's second goal of the game at 1:09 of overtime gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 7-6 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Chicago 4 Vancouver 2
N.Y. Rangers 1 Detroit 0 (OT)
Pittsburgh 5 Boston 1
Philadelphia 3 N.Y. Islanders 2 (OT)
Nashville 4 Minnesota 2
NBA
Eric Bledsoe poured in 40 points and Devin Booker added 20 more as the Phoenix Suns beat Toronto 115-103 to hand the Raptors their first three-game losing skid in over a year.
Golden State 118 Orlando 98
Dallas 122 L.A. Lakers 73
Minnesota 111 Denver 108


SPORTS JANUARY 20
Friday 20th January 2017

After getting their Kent Cup championship rings, the Weeks Junior A Crushers hit the ice and kept on winning. After only five minutes of play, the Crushers were up 3-0 against the Woodstock Slammers, and finished with a 6-2 victory. Dylan Riley and Oliver Trachsel each scored twice, with singles from Benji Curtis and Nick Fewer. The Crushers will be in Yarmouth on Saturday to face the Mariners.
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The Nova Scotia Midget X Winter Hockey League kicks off play this week, with 33 teams in 4 regional leagues across the province. Hockey Nova Scotia launched the league last month to allow players who were signed up to play high school hockey through the NSSAF a chance to continue to play despite suspension of NSSAF activities through the NSTU work-to-rule. There are two Pictou County teams that will compete in the North Midget X league with teams from Cumberland, Antigonish, Truro, and East Hants. The teams will play an abbreviated schedule of 10-12 regular season games against teams from their respective regional leagues. The teams will also have an opportunity to compete for a provincial championship as part of the 2017 SEDMHA Minor Hockey Tournament.
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The Leafs and  Bruins played to a 5-5 tie in  Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center this week. Carla Dumaresq led the Bruins with 3 goals while Debbie MacLean and Samantha Williams tallied single markers. Jana Shaw, Christa Webber, Juanita MacQuigan, Kelly Lee and Amy Cameron took care of the Leafs scoring. Action continues Monday evening as the Canadians host the Bruins.
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Skating at the Hector Arena has been cancelled for Friday & Sunday this week due to the Adam Larade / Theresa Gallant Memorial Hockey tournament.
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Registration is open for upcoming winter programs offered through Pictou Recreation and Parks. Programs include photography, Tai Chi, ringette, indoor tennis, girls self defense, Tot Yoga, and more. More details can be found on the Pictou website at www.townofpictou.ca or call Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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The 7th annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, February 11th at the Wellness Centre.  The game will feature the defending champion North End Recreation Centre and 5 time champion Westside Community Centre All Stars. Everyone's encouraged to come out and cheer your favourite side. Dance with live band and bar to follow at North End Rec Centre 9 pm - 1 am (19+). This will be the 7th game between the 2 sides with the North End winning for the first time last year. It's the main fundraiser for both the WSCC and NERC with over $110,000 raised over the last 6 years. This year both the NERC and the WSCC plan to use their funds to upgrade their playground equipment
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Ryan Ellis had his first career two-goal game as the Nashville Predators held off a late rally to beat the Calgary Flames 4-3.
The rising Toronto Maple Leafs were cooled off by Michael Grabner and the New York Rangers, winning 5-2 at the Air Canada Centre.
Kyle Turris and Ryan Dzingel scored goals and Mike Condon made 42 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators past the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0.

SPORTS JANUARY 19 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Thursday 19th January 2017

Tonight the Weeks Jr A Crushers not only play the Woodstock Slammers, but the team, including last year's players, will recieve their Kent Cup championship rings in a pre-game ceremony. The Crushers have won three in a row in the new year, and are the league leaders in goals scored, goals against, penalty kill efficiency and power play efficiency. Game time is 7pm. The Crushers will also be in Yarmouth on Saturday to face the Mariners.
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The Nova Scotia Midget X Winter Hockey League kicks off play this week, with 33 teams in 4 regional leagues across the province. Hockey Nova Scotia launched the league last month to allow players who were signed up to play high school hockey through the NSSAF a chance to continue to play despite suspension of NSSAF activities through the NSTU work-to-rule. There are two Pictou County teams that will compete in the North Midget X league with teams from Cumberland, Antigonish, Truro, and East Hants. The teams will play an abbreviated schedule of 10-12 regular season games against teams from their respective regional leagues. The teams will also have an opportunity to compete for a provincial championship as part of the 2017 SEDMHA Minor Hockey Tournament.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, two games tonight at the Thorburn Rink: 7:00 - Elks Club   vs   Whitey's Vikings 8:20 - Cornova Contracting  vs  C.F. Construction. In Wednesday night's game in Stellarton, Connors over Pictou Landing Falcons in a 1-0 shut out, winning goal by Derek MacLean.
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Registration is open for upcoming winter programs offered through Pictou Recreation and Parks. Programs include photography, Tai Chi, ringette, indoor tennis, girls self defense, Tot Yoga, and more. More details can be found on the Pictou website at www.townofpictou.ca or call Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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The 7th annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, February 11th at the Wellness Centre.  The game will feature the defending champion North End Recreation Centre and 5 time champion Westside Community Centre All Stars. Everyone's encouraged to come out and cheer your favourite side. Dance with live band and bar to follow at North End Rec Centre 9 pm - 1 am (19+). This will be the 7th game between the 2 sides with the North End winning for the first time last year. It's the main fundraiser for both the WSCC and NERC with over $110,000 raised over the last 6 years. This year both the NERC and the WSCC plan to use their funds to upgrade their playground equipment
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Connor McDavid scored the overtime winner and added two assists as the Edmonton Oilers won their fourth game in a row with a 4-3 decision over the Florida Panthers.
Eric Fehr and Jake Guentzel scored in the second period as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1.
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NBA
Joel Embiid scored 26 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 18 and the resurgent Philadelphia 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 94-89 for their seventh win in nine games.

VETERANS WATCHDOG TO LOOK INTO LEVELS OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE ACROSS COUNTRY
Friday 13th January 2017

Canada's veterans ombudsman says the gap between Ottawa and the provinces when it comes to delivering services to troubled ex-soldiers in rural areas deserves more examination. The remarks from Guy Parent come in the wake of last week's triple murder and suicide in Upper Big Tracadie involving an Afghan war vet. Lionel Desmond's family has said he "succumbed to the tortures" of post traumatic stress disorder following his service in Afghanistan in 2007. They have also said that Desmond was turned away when he tried to check himself into St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish. But Dr. Minoli Amit, a senior official at the hospital, has denied the claim, saying staff routinely work through bed shortages to provide care to anyone seeking help. Nonetheless, Parent said he is aware of discrepancies and uneven levels of service across the country. Soldiers are able to access medical care within the military, but they are at the mercy of provincial health care systems once they are out, and service levels vary. He said he intends to refocus an ongoing review of long-term care for veterans towards mental health, an assessment that could see him tap into existing relationships with provincial ombudsmen. Parent said tough questions need to be asked about how much local and regional hospitals know about the complex federal support system that's been set up to serve both existing military members and veterans.


MIRACULOUS RECOVERY FOR GIRL HIT BY DUMP TRUCK
Tuesday 10th January 2017

A 5-year old girl hit by a dump truck in Antigonish County is making a recovery that can only be described as miraculous. Cathy Green's daughter Maddie MacDonald was hit while walking to her bus stop last October, causing multiple serious injuries. Green says Maddie is now back at school, once again speaking in complete sentences, and is undergoing rehabilitation to get feeling and mobility back in her right leg, which may have suffered some nerve damage. The dump truck driver has not yet been charged, although police say they are still investigating and awaiting a final mechanical inspection of the truck before a decision on charges will be made.

DOCTOR DISPUTES CLAIM THAT VETERAN WAS DENIED HELP AT ANTIGONISH HOSPITAL *UPDATED 9:30 AM*
Tuesday 10th January 2017

A doctor at St. Martha's Regional in Antigonish disputes that the hospital turned away a military veteran who ended up killing his family and himself. While not speaking specifically about Lionel Desmond's case, Dr. Minoli Amit said in an e-mail that no one was ever refused services or turned away from care at St. Martha's. The bodies of Desmond, his wife, daughter and mother were found Jan. 3 in a home in Upper Big Tracadie. Multiple members of Desmond's family have said the retired corporal was sent away after seeking help - one family member said he was turned away because there were no beds, another because the hospital didn't have his file. And another person has told of her experience at St. Martha's. Sheila Chisholm tells our newsroom that three years ago, her husband was turned away from St. Martha's after being brought there by ambulance. Health Minister Leo Glavine said last week the province would look into what happened at St. Martha's.

SPORTS JANUARY 10
Tuesday 10th January 2017

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have announced the acquisition of a forward with QMJHL experience, and he should feel right at home, since he'll be playing with family. Brad Kennedy, older brother of Crushers defenseman Mark Kennedy, will be joining the Crushers for the remainder of the season. The 20-year old from Antigonish brings to the Crushers 258 games of major junior experience with the Charlottetown Islanders and Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. Brad compiled 66 goals and 99 assists for 165 points while amassing 279 penalty minutes
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In Pee Wee B action Friday night, the Steelers defeated Westville 7-1. Dawson MacKay and Jake Henderson had two goals each for the Steelers, with singles from Zack MacInnis, Carter Dauphinee and Olan DeYoung. Caden MacDonald had three assists, while Jack Higdon, Ethan Elms, Michael Sponagle, Aiden Tobin, Evan Charleton, Dawson MacKay and Zack MacInnis had one assist each. Westville's goal came from Bauer Brophy, assisted by Lowell Wilson and Dylan Kelly. Carter MacLean earned the win in goal for the Steelers.
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In Atom B action on Friday, the Steelers were down 5-2, but came back to tie the game 5-5 with Pictou. Nicholas Duff had a pair of goals for the Steelers, while Derrick MacKay, Jake Maloney and Landon Martin added one each. Derrick MacKay and Ethan MacKay notched assists. Scoring for Pictou were Ryan Chapman, Leland Tobin, Patrick MacNeil, Aiden Tingley, and Ryan Galway. Blake Hensbee added an assist.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0.
Alexander Ovechkin tied Canadiens legend Maurice "Rocket" Richard with his 544th career goal as the Washington Capitals extended it's wining streak to six games with a 4-1 victory over Montreal.
Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for his 73rd career shutout, leading the Florida Panthers to a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Devils and moving past Terry Sawchuk for fifth in career wins.
Dallas 6 Los Angeles 4
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NBA New Orleans 110 New York 96
Minnesota 101 Dallas 92
Oklahoma City 109 Chicago 94


ACCESS NS OFFER MORE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE WRITTEN DRIVER'S TEST
Monday 9th January 2017

Eight Access Nova Scotia Centres have expanded the hours they will offer the written driver's test. Effective today, Bridgewater, Yarmouth, Sydney and Truro Access Centres will offer the test Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., while Stellarton, Amherst, Antigonish and Port Hawkesbury Access Centres will offer the test Monday to Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. For a full listing of Registry of Motor Vehicle locations and hours, click here.

SPORTS JANUARY 9 *UPDATED 7:40 AM*
Monday 9th January 2017

The Subway Selects faced the Metro West Force Black team in the Bantam A Subway Cup final. The Selects defeated the Black team by a score of 1-0 to capture the Bantam A Subway Cup. Hayley Burke scored the lone goal and game winner for the Selects. The Black team outshot the Selects by 16-11. Kelly Harnett posted her fourth shutout in five games and was outstanding in nets posting a 0.986 save percentage on the weekend. Harnett earned her second Player of the Game Award on the weekend for her play.
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects were back in action after the Christmas break. They travelled to Truro to face the Cyclones. They were defeated in a close battle 2-1. Scoring for the Selects were Raleigh MacDonald and assist to Frankie Hayman. On Saturday they travelled to Antigonish to face the Bulldogs in an exhibition game. They defeated the Bulldogs 6-5. Scoring for the Selects were Alyssa Ells and Olivia Marks with 2 goals each, singles went to Lucia Mason, Jess's MacKeil. Assists to Jana Cameron,Ashlyn Bona,Natasha Hahn,Emma MacLeod,Camryn Wright and Olivia Marks. Sharing the nets for both games were Chloe Stroud and Kylee Alexander.
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The game between the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians and the Antigonish Bulldogs scheduled for Friday night at the Antigonish Arena was postponed due to the road conditions. Sunday night the two teams played at Trenton Arena, where the Scotians won 3-2. Scoring for the Scotians were Jacob Pentz, Gaetan Tremblay and Ryan Dunfield.
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Despite the snow and wind, the Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers did get to play the Novas at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon. The Novas won the game 4-3.
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The weather forced a rescheduling of Sunday's game between the Weeks Major Midgets and Halifax.
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In Pee Wee B action Friday night, the Steelers defeated Westville 7-1. Dawson MacKay and Jake Henderson had two goals each for the Steelers, with singles from Zack MacInnis, Carter Dauphinee and Olan DeYoung. Caden MacDonald had three assists, while Jack Higdon, Ethan Elms, Michael Sponagle, Aiden Tobin, Evan Charleton, Dawson MacKay and Zack MacInnis had one assist each. Westville's goal came from Bauer Brophy, assisted by Lowell Wilson and Dylan Kelly. Carter MacLean earned the win in goal for the Steelers.
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In Atom B action on Friday, the Steelers were down 5-2, but came back to tie the game 5-5 with Pictou. Nicholas Duff had a pair of goals for the Steelers, while Derrick MacKay, Jake Maloney and Landon Martin added one each. Derrick MacKay and Ethan MacKay notched assists. Scoring for Pictou were Ryan Chapman, Leland Tobin, Patrick MacNeil, Aiden Tingley, and Ryan Galway. Blake Hensbee added an assist.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 11th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL Playoffs
Pittsburgh 30 Miami 12
Green Bay 38 N.Y. Giants 13
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NHL
Mark Stone had a goal and two assists, Mike Condon stopped 35 shots and the Ottawa Senators beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3.
Pittsburgh 6 Tampa Bay 2
Carolina 4 Boston 3 (OT)
Columbus 2 Philadelphia 1 (OT)
Chicago 5 Nashville 2
Minnesota 2 Anaheim 1

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NBA
James Harden had 40 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his 10th triple-double of the season, and the Houston Rockets beat the Toronto Raptors 129-122 for their eighth straight victory.
Philadelphia 105 Brooklyn 95
Washington 107 Milwaukee 101
L.A. Clippers 98 Miami 86
Memphis 88 Utah 79
Cleveland 120 Phoenix 116
Golden State 117 Sacramento 106
Detroit 125 Portland 124 (2OT)
L.A. Lakers 111 Orlando 95

SPORTS JANUARY 8
Sunday 8th January 2017

Last night's MHL game between the Crushers and the Ramblers in Amherst will be rescheduled.
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The game between the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians and the Antigonish Bulldogs scheduled for Friday night at the Antigonish Arena was postponed due to the road conditions. It was due to be the first half of a home and home series. The back half of the set scheduled for tonight at Trenton Arena is still set to take place. A new date for Friday's game will be announced in the coming days.
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The weather also forced a rescheduling of Saturday's game between the Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers and the Landworks Gulls. The Bombers are scheduled to play the Novas at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 12:15.
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When the Weeks Major Midgets play Halifax at the Wellness Centre on Sunday at Noon, there will be a new uniform with the big C on it. The Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League have signed G Blackmore. Blackmore, from Millbrook, has 19 goals and 30 assists for the midgets this year, and 104 penalty minutes.
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In Pee Wee B action Friday night, the Steelers defeated Westville 7-1. Dawson MacKay and Jake Henderson had two goals each for the Steelers, with singles from Zack MacInnis, Carter Dauphinee and Olan DeYoung. Caden MacDonald had three assists, while Jack Higdon, Ethan Elms, Michael Sponagle, Aiden Tobin, Evan Charleton, Dawson MacKay and Zack MacInnis had one assist each. Westville's goal came from Bauer Brophy, assisted by Lowell Wilson and Dylan Kelly. Carter MacLean earned the win in goal for the Steelers.
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In Atom B action on Friday, the Steelers were down 5-2, but came back to tie the game 5-5 with Pictou. Nicholas Duff had a pair of goals for the Steelers, while Derrick MacKay, Jake Maloney and Landon Martin added one each. Derrick MacKay and Ethan MacKay notched assists. Scoring for Pictou were Ryan Chapman, Leland Tobin, Patrick MacNeil, Aiden Tingley, and Ryan Galway. Blake Hensbee added an assist.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each. All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit. To sign up your team, contact Devan 902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 11th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NFL Playoffs
Houston 27 Oakland 14
Seattle 26 Detroit 6
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NHL
Brendan Shanahan was still a few months from being hired as team president the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs losing streak against the Habs hit 13 games at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night, as the Habs defeated Toronto 5-3.
Brian Gionta scored midway in the third period and the Buffalo Sabres rallied to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
Philadelphia 4 Tampa Bay 2
Los Angeles 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)
Edmonton 2 New Jersey 1 (OT)
Boston 4 Florida 0
N.Y. Rangers 5 Columbus 4
Washington 1 Ottawa 0
Arizona 2 N.Y. Islanders 1 (SO)
St. Louis 4 Dallas 3
Calgary 3 Vancouver 1
San Jose 6 Detroit 3
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NBA
Jimmy Butler scored 42 points, and the Chicago Bulls overcame a 19-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 123-118 in overtime.
Indiana 123 New York 109
Boston 117 New Orleans 108
Oklahoma City 121 Denver 106
Utah 94 Minnesota 92
Atlanta 97 Dallas 82
San Antonio 102 Charlotte 85
Detroit at Portland, ppd.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 7 JANUARY
Saturday 7th January 2017

There were three games last night in the MHL, including a key Eastlink South Division matchup. The Truro Bearcats shut out the Yarmouth Mariners 6-0 at the Fishtank. Cameron MacLeod had 3 goals and an assist to lead the Bearcats, who have pulled to within 3 points of the Mariners for second place in the Division. The Crushers remain three points ahead of the Mariners in first place in the Division. In another battle of 2nd vs 3rd place in the Eastlink North, the third place team was victorious there as well, as Summerside beat the Miramichi Timberwolves 6-4 in Miramichi. And in Bridgewater, the South Shore Lumberjacks beat the Campbellton Tigers 4-3. The Crushers are on the road tonight, as they are scheduled to play in Amherst against the Ramblers.
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When the Weeks Major Midgets play Halifax at the Wellness Centre on Sunday at Noon, there will be a new uniform with the big C on it.  The Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League have signed G Blackmore.  He is expected to join the lineup when the Wildcats are in Halifax tonight to play the Mooseheads. Blackmore, from Millbrook, has 19 goals and 30 assists for the midgets this year, and 104 penalty minutes.
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The game between the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians and the Antigonish Bulldogs scheduled for last night at the Antigonish Arena was postponed due to the road conditions. It was due to be the first half of a home and home series. The back half of the set scheduled for tomorrow night at Trenton Arena is still set to take place. A new date for last night's game will be announced in the coming days.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers have a pair of games this weekend, starting with a road match against the Landworks Gulls Saturday night, followed by a game against the Novas at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 12:15.
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In Pee Wee B action last night, the Steelers defeated Westville 7-1. Dawson MacKay and Jake Henderson had two goals each for the Steelers, with singles from Zack MacInnis, Carter Dauphinee and Olan DeYoung. Caden MacDonald had three assists, while Jack Higdon, Ethan Elms, Michael Sponagle, Aiden Tobin, Evan Charleton, Dawson MacKay and Zack MacInnis had one assist each. Westville's goal came from Bauer Brophy, assisted by Lowell Wilson and Dylan Kelly. Carter MacLean earned the win in goal for the Steelers.
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In Atom B action yesterday, the Steelers were down 5-2, but came back to tie the game 5-5 with Pictou. Nicholas Duff had a pair of goals for the Steelers, while Derrick MacKay, Jake Maloney and Landon Martin added one each. Derrick MacKay and Ethan MacKay notched assists. Scoring for Pictou were Ryan Chapman, Leland Tobin, Patrick MacNeil, Aiden Tingley, and Ryan Galway. Blake Hensbee added an assist.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 11th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Two of Canada's National Women's Hockey Teams are in action in Europe today, as one tournament wraps up, and another is set to begin. The National Women's Development Team, which is made up mostly of players under 22-year old, with some players from the senior team added to get them extra international experience, are in the Gold Medal Game of the Nations Cup in Fussen, Germany. The team is being led by Captain Jillian Saulnier of Halifax. That game will go this morning at 10:30am AT, as Canada faces Finland. Meanwhile, our National U18 Women's Team, coached by former Crushers' Head Coach Troy Ryan, opens the World U18 Women's Championships in Zlin, Czech Republic. Canada starts the tournament with a game against Sweden at 2:30pm AT.
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Toronto continued its strong play of late with a 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils in one of six games on the schedule last night. The Leafs have now won six of their last seven, and earned a point in all 7 of those games. They are right back into action tonight at home against the Montreal Canadiens. One other game last night involving Canadian teams saw the Vancouver Canucks defeat the Calgary Flames 4-2. It was the first half of a home-and0home set, with the return match at the Saddledome tonight. Also today, Winnipeg will visit Buffalo, Edmonton is in New Jersey, and Ottawa hosts Washington as all seven Canadian teams are in action.
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Golden State dropped just its 6th game of the season, falling to 31-6 in a 128-119 overtime loss to Memphis at home last night. The top team in the East won again, as Cleveland beat Brooklyn 116-108 to go to 27-8, 3 games ahead of the Raptors for top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors are on the road tonight in Chicago to face the Bulls.
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The Road to the Super Bowl begins today as the playoffs begin on two fronts. In an AFC Wildcard match up the Houston Texans host the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders will be starting their third-string quarterback, after a season ending injury to starter David Carr in Week 16, and back-up Matt McGloin going down with a trapezius injury in the regular season finale. Connor Cook will be under centre for his first career NFL start. In an NFC matchup later tonight, the Detroit Lions visit the Seattle Seahawks. Detroit backed into the playoffs last week, earning their spot after Washington lost to the New York Giants.
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SPORTS JANUARY 6 *UPDATED 10:35 AM*
Friday 6th January 2017

The Weeks Junior A Crushers got back to work staying at the top of the Eastlink South division. They scored the first six goals at the Wellness Centre on the way to an 8-1 thrashing of the Valley Wildcats. Scoring for the Crushers were Jacob Hickey with 2, with singles from Nick Fewer, Alex Bonaparte, Alexis Roy, Benji Curtis, Keven Larouche, and Nathan Sanderson. The Crushers head to Amherst to play the Ramblers Saturday night.
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When the Weeks Major Midgets play Halifax at the Wellness Centre on Sunday at Noon, there will be a new uniform with the big C on it.  The Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League have signed G Blackmore.  He is expected to join the lineup when the Wildcats are in Halifax tonight to play the Mooseheads. Blackmore, from Millbrook, has 19 goals and 30 assists for the midgets this year, and 104 penalty minutes.
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In the NSJHL, the Pictou County Scotians are in Antigonish tonight at 7:30pm for the start of a home and home with the Bulldogs. The Scotians' half of the series will be in Trenton Sunday night at 7.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers have a pair of games this weekend, starting with a road match against the Landworks Gulls Saturday night, followed by a game against the Novas at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 12:15.
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If you've made a resolution to get in more running this year, here's another opportunity. The annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is coming March 5th in support of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. A new event has been added - the DQ 10K Blizzard. Both events will be at the Little Harbour Community Centre. The cost to sign up for either the 10K or the Half Marathon is $25, which includes a post-race pot luck. Find out more by searching Pictou County Hypothermic Marathon on Facebook.
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Curl for Cancer at the Westville Curling Club will take place February 10th, beginning at 6pm. Teams will curl for an hour each.  All money raised will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Entertainment from Allan O’Brien and Rockin’ Country, Jug In Hand, and Next Exit.  To sign up your team, contact Devan  902-331-1139 or email: devanworthen@gmail.com
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Pictou County Athletics Trailblazers program begins today at the Indoor Soccer Facility from 4pm to 5:30. This is the second year for this program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This is a competitive program that competes in indoor and outdoor competitions throughout the Maritime provinces. See the website for team registration details - pictoucountyathletics.com  Any questions email Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 11th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca

WITH NEW PROGRAM, LIBRARIES OPENING DOORS TO NEWCOMERS
Thursday 5th January 2017

Local libraries have long been known for more than books, and next week they'll be officially recognized for another important role in the community. Libraries in Pictou and Antigonish counties will also become Newcomer Welcome Centres. The initiative is a partnership between the Pictou County and Antigonish Chambers of Commerce as well as the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library, with support from numerous community groups and businesses. Welcome packages will be available in various languages, encouraging newcomers to visit their nearest library for referral to local community services. There is also an online language training tool and a website that provides community information and resources to newcomers, accessed through PARL’s website. Inspiration for the program came following a visit and presentation from Immigration Minister Lena Diab. The official launch of Newcomer Welcome Centres will be this Tuesday at 1:00pm in the New Glasgow Library.


FAMILY SAYS TRACADIE MAN SOUGHT HELP FOR PTSD
Thursday 5th January 2017

A Guysborough County community is in mourning after the discovery of four family members dead in a home in Upper Big Tracadie. A National Defence source identified the husband as 33 year old retired corporal Lionel Desmond who served with the Second Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment in CFB Gagetown, and who family members said suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. The other victims were his wife, 31 year old Shanna Desmond, their 10-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, and Lionel Desmond’s mother, 52 year old Brenda Desmond. RCMP Major Crimes Unit has taken over the investigation of the deaths. Two weapons were found in the home and a search of the residence continues. Family members have told Canadian Press that Lionel was diagnosed with PTSD after returning home from Afghanistan, and had recently tried to check himself into a mental health unit at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish and was told there were no beds. Autopsies are expected to take place this week.

VETERAN AND HIS FAMILY DEAD IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE UPPER BIG TRACADIE *UPDATED 2:45 PM*
Wednesday 4th January 2017

RCMP held a press-conference in Antigonish this afternoon to provide an update on the ongoing investigation in to the deaths of four people in Upper Big Tracadie last night. Citing privacy concerns, police would not identify the four people killed. Police have confirmed that the 33-year old man, identified by family members as Lionel Desmond, died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The other three victims have been identified as his 31-year old wife Shanna Desmond, their 10-year-old daughter, Aaliyah, and 52-year old Brenda Desmond, who was Lionel's mother. An autopsy is scheduled to take place to confirm cause of death, although preliminary indications are that all four people suffered guunshot wounds. Shanna Desmond's aunt, Catherine Hartling, told CBC News that Lionel Desmond served with the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan and had been seeking treatment for PTSD since leaving the military in 2015.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 03 JANUARY
Tuesday 3rd January 2017

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers came home with Silver at the recent Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament held December 28-29th.  Game MVPs were Chris Jordan, Carson Moore, Lucas MacDonald, and Brett Butler. Scoring points for the Crushers were Lucas MacDonald (5), Caden Hawes/Jack MacNeil/Kaleb MacEachern/Josh McDonald, Cameron Pitts/Carson Moore and Cole A. Miller with two points each, and Cale Cameron (1). John Mason and Josh MacDonald stood tall in nets for the Crushers.
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The Maritime Hockey League resumes play after the Christmas Break this Thursday with the Weeks Jr. A Crushers hosting the Valley Wildcats. Game time at the Wellness Centre on Thursday night, as usual, will be 7pm. The Crushers will have a new look to the lineup, as a pair of trades were announced yesterday. The Crushers acquired defenseman Nick Phillips from Campbellton for a pair of draft picks. They also sent the rights to Alex Bishop to Summerside for the rights to Nathan Sanderson.
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Other news involving the Crushers, the MHL announced the 3 stars for December yesterday, and Michael Dill was named third star of the month. In four games, Dill scored four goals and six assists, helping propel the Crushers to top spot in the MHL overall standings. The second year MHLer ended 2016 on an eight game point streak, including a four point effort against the Commandos in Dieppe on December 4th and a three point game at home against the Truro Bearcats on the 8th. Last year’s MHL Rookie of the Year, Dill currently sits third in league scoring with 48 points in 28 games.
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There are two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League., starting at 8pm in Stellarton, where C.F. Construction plays against Connor's Transfer, meanwhile at 9pm in Pictou, it will be CorNova Contracting  vs  Durham Bucks. The game scheduled for Wednesday in Stellarton has been cancelled.
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The NSJHL resumed last night with one game involving a pair of Fred Fox Division Rivals. The Sackville Blazers hosted the Brookfield Elks, and took advantage of the home ice, skating to an 8-5 victory. The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are back in action Friday in Antigonish.
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After a 6-4 win over Cape Breton last Friday, the Weeks Major Midgets are off until Sunday afternoon when they host the Halifax McDonalds.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a number of fundraisers on the go.
A Nathan MacKinnon Team North America young guns Jersey, signed by Nathan, is being raffled once all 60 tickets on the jersey are sold. Tickets are $20 each. For tickets contact 902-396-7929 or Anthony_conway@ajg.com.
On January 20th at 7PM, a local Pictou County Theatre Group is performing the comedy "It's Not Just a Game: The Hockey Monologues” Tickets $20 and are available at 902-396-7929 or by e-mailing Anthony_conway@ajg.com or from any Weeks Player.
Super 50/50 tickets are on sale from any Crusher or Major Midget players, call 902-396-7929 or e-mail anthony_conway@ajg.com. Tickets are 1 for $5 , 3 for $10, or 10 for $20. Draw will take place on January 20th during the intermission at the play.
Weeks Hockey On Line silent auction: items are on display at the Weeks Major Midget auction page on Facebook. There will also be a booth at Crusher home games to take bids. Auction concludes January 19th at 10 PM.
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Pictou County Athletics' Masters Team begins training next month. The program is open to anyone 35 or older. The cost for registration is $175.00 for the year., including Athletics Nova Scotia membership and a Pictou County Athletics team singlet. You can register and pay your fee on the first day, Friday 6 January.  Masters athletes can compete at any indoor and outdoor track and field meet they want. The hope is they will choose to compete at the Atlantic Outdoor Championships in the summer, hosted by Pictou County Athletics. Training days are Fridays from 3:15pm - 5:30pm at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex, and Sundays from 2:00pm - 3:30pm at the North Nova Education Center Gymnasium. For more information, contact Deelle Hines at motherandfitness@hotmail.com. Pictou County Athletics 13+ program begins their 2017 season on Wednesday, Jan. 4th at the Wellness Centre from 7:30 to 9:30( come ready for a workout ) . Registration for the season begins at on that same night from 7pm to 8:30. This is the sixth season for the team which is has won Provincial and Atlantic Team titles  the past two seasons. The team will also host the 2017 Atlantic Championships this summer. Please view the website for team registration details - pictoucountyathletics.com Also the PCA Trailblazers program begins Friday, jan. 6th at the Indoor Soccer Facility from 4pm to 5:30. This is the second year for this program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This is a competitive program that competes in indoor and outdoor competitions throughout the Maritime provinces. See the website for team registration details - pictoucountyathletics.com  Any questions email Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It will be some familiar faces in the semi-finals of the World Junior Hockey Championships in Montreal tomorrow, after yesterday's quarter-finals. Canada did not overwhelm, but did enough to earn the 5-3 win over the Czech Republic. They will face Sweden after the Swedes dominated Slovakia 8-3. The other semi-final will feature Russia and the United States, as Russia beat Denmark 4-0, and the Americans eked past the Swiss 3-2. In the last ten World Junior Championships, these four countries have a combined 27 of the 30 medals.
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St. Louis sent their home fans home cold, but happy at the NHL Winter Classic yesterday at Busch Stadium. The Blues beat Chicago 4-1 on the ice outside at the home of Major League Baseball's Cardinals. There were two other NHL games yesterday as well. New Jersey shut out Boston 3-0, and Vancouver got past Colorado 3-2.
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The Rose Bowl Classic lived up to its name yesterday, as the USC Trojans and Penn State Nitanny Lions combined for over 100 points and over 1000 total yards of offense in a thriller that was eventually won by USC 52-49, including the game winning field goal as time expired to complete the comeback. Penn State entered the fourth quarter up by two touchdowns, but 17 unanswered points allowed the Trojans to win.
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Also in college football yesterday, at the Outback Bowl, Florida dominated Iowa 30-3, Wisconsin won the Cotton Bowl 24-16 over Western Michigan, and the Sugar Bowl saw Oklahoma beat Auburn 35-19.
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ONE DEAD IN TWO VEHICLE COLLISION: TRAFFIC ON 104 NEAR HEATHERTON IS ONE LANE ONLY
Wednesday 21st December 2016

One man is dead following a two-vehicle collision in the Heatherton area this morning. A preliminary investigation has revealed the two vehicles collided head-on along Highway 104. A 52–year-old Antigonish man was pronounced dead at the scene. The 30-year-old male driver of the other vehicle was not injured. There were no passengers in either vehicle. Road conditions at the time of the collision were slippery. A subsequent collision a short time afterward involving two other vehicles occurred without injury. Traffic is down to one lane and expected to remain so until 6 p.m. this evening. Antigonish RCMP continue to investigate the cause of the collision.

SPORTS DECEMBER 19
Monday 19th December 2016

The Atom AA Red Team  had a home and home series with the Bulldogs this past weekend earning two wins. On Saturday at the Wellness Centre, Goaltender Alex Palmer dominated Antigonish between the pipes with a 4-3 win.  Scoring for the crushers were Amias Crossman, Cade Moser with 2 and Landon Steele.  Assists went to Keagon Dalton, Evan Stewart, Ben Manos, Lane Sim, Owen Conrad and Ben Marchand. On Sunday they visited the Bulldogs and came out with a 6-3 win.  Ben Verge worked hard in net. Goals were added by Levon Walst, Crossman, Manos, Mac Wallace, Dalton and Kingsley Austin.  Assists, went to Wallace, Porter McNamara, Austin, Blake Misener and Cole Miller. The Red Crushers are participating in the Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament in Truro over the Christmas break.  
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On Saturday, the Pictou County Pee Wee A Subway Selects hosted the Antigonish Bulldogs.  They defeated the Bulldogs 2-0.  Scoring for the Selects were Raleigh Mac Donald and Alyssa Ells.  Assists went to Olivia Marks and Lucia Mason.  Chloe Stroud and Kylee Alexander shared the net. On Sunday the Selects travelled to Antigonish to face the Bulldogs once again. The Selects fall short as they were defeated 4-1. Scoring for the Selects were Olivia Marks and assist went to Jessa MacKeil.  Kylee Alexander was in nets on Sunday's matchup.
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Pictou Peewee C defeated Trenton Peewee C 10-9 Friday Night in Pictou. Scoring for Pictou was Cameron Clash with 4, Keegan Murray 2, Kale Shipley 2, Daylene Tooke & Tanner Heighton adding singles. Assists came from Theron Scothorn 2, Martin Hottman 2, Levi Mackinnon 1, Payton Ferguson 1, Shipley & Tooke with 1.  Trenton's Goals came from Derrick Mackay With 6, Ethan Mackay, Braden Macdonald & Hallie Hillier all adding singles. Assists came from Hillier with 2, Ethan Mackay, Nathan Spears, Nathan Greencorn, Harper Fraser & Dylan Fraser all with 1.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is looking for volunteer coaches for the winter Learn to Skate program beginning 9 January. Contact 902-752-1019 or visit Trenton.ca for more info.
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Hockey Nova Scotia is helping to get high school hockey players who have been sidelined by a labour dispute back on the ice. Hundreds of high school athletes across the province have been unable to play durng the Teachers Union’s work-to-rule job action. Hockey Nova Scotia said in a statement it believes part of its mandate is to offer hockey to everyone within our province who wishes to participate. Therefore, Hockey Nova Scotia is sanctioning the formation and registration of teams to participate in a newly formed league for currently registered high school players and play an abbreviated schedule of 10-12 regular season games as well as playoffs. These teams will also have an opportunity to compete for a provincial championship within the Hockey Nova Scotia structure. The new league will be designed for high school players who are currently only playing high school hockey and have no other place to play. The registration deadline is January 12, 2017. League play will begin shortly after this date.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mark Stone had a goal and two assists, Zack Smith scored twice and the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Islanders 6-2.
Seth Jones scored 46 seconds into overtime, and John Tortorella picked up his 500th victory as an NHL head coach as the Blue Jackets defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.
Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets topped the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 Sunday afternoon at MTS Centre.
Boston 1 Los Angeles 0
Chicago 4 San Jose 1
N.Y. Rangers 3 New Jersey 2 (SO)

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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Toronto Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 109-79.
Washington 117 L.A. Clippers 110
Dallas 99 Sacramento 79
Boston 105 Miami 95
Philadelphia 108 Brooklyn 107
Utah 82 Memphis 73
San Antonio 113 New Orleans 100
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NFL
Ezekiel Elliott celebrated a short touchdown run by jumping into an oversized Salvation Army red kettle and the Dallas Cowboys closed in on home-field advantage in the playoffs with a 26-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have fired Gus Bradley, ending the least successful coaching tenure in NFL history. Owner Shad Khan announced the decision following a 21-20 loss at Houston, a game in which the Jaguars (2-12) blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Indianapolis 34 Minnesota 6
N.Y. Giants 17 Detroit 6
Buffalo 33 Cleveland 13
Tennessee 19 Kansas City 17
Baltimore 27 Philadelphia 26
Green Bay 30 Chicago 27
Pittsburgh 24 Cincinnati 20
Atlanta 41 San Francisco 13
New England 16 Denver 3
New Orleans 48 Arizona 41
Oakland 19 San Diego 16

SPORTS DECEMBER 15 *UPDATED 12:10 PM*
Thursday 15th December 2016

Due to expected road conditions, tonight's match between between the Weeks Jr A Crushers and the South Shore Lumberjacks at the Wellness Centre has been postponed.
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Hockey Nova Scotia is helping to get high school hockey players who have been sidelined by a labour dispute back on the ice. Hundreds of high school athletes across the province have been unable to play durng the Teachers Union’s work-to-rule job action. Hockey Nova Scotia said in a statement it believes part of its mandate is to offer hockey to everyone within our province who wishes to participate. Therefore, Hockey Nova Scotia is sanctioning the formation and registration of teams to participate in a newly formed league for currently registered high school players and play an abbreviated schedule of 10-12 regular season games as well as playoffs. These teams will also have an opportunity to compete for a provincial championship within the Hockey Nova Scotia structure. The new league will be designed for high school players who are currently only playing high school hockey and have no other place to play. The registration deadline is January 12, 2017. League play will begin shortly after this date.
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This past weekend the Atom AA White Crushers travelled to Antigonish, they earned Silver in the Leroy MacDonald Memorial Tournament hosted by the Antigonish Bulldogs. Friday's tournament opener was against the host team, after a hard fought battle the Crushers came out on top with a 6-4 win over the Bulldogs, Wyatt Spence was named player of the game. On Saturday the boys went to work and defeated Strait Richmond 8-2, player of the game was Maddux MacKenzie. Their second game of the day was against Cape Breton West, the Crushers winning that one by a score of 4-2, Caden Campbell was named player of the game. Sunday morning the Crushers faced Cole Harbour in the crossover and would not be denied, they came out strong and earned a 4-2 victory, player of the game was Austin Swain. In the Championship game they faced Glace Bays Miners, both team had gone undefeated in the tournament, the Crushers battled hard against the tough Miners and came away as Silver Medalist with a final score of 4-0, Cole Thompson was named player of the game. This week-end the Crushers play a home and home against the Truro Bearcats with their home game taking place on Saturday at 1130am at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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In Atom B Action Wednesday Night the Pictou County Steelers defeated the Pictou County Golden Hawks 6-4. Scoring for the Steelers were Derrick Mackay with 2, Ethan Mackay with 2, Jake Maloney & Robbie Wilkinson. Assists came from Landon Martin  2, Ethan Foote, Derrick Mackay, Brody Mackenzie, and Thai Mcdonald. Thorburn goals came from Liam Carter, Kaleb Parker, Cole Sartoris and Cole Bryden. Assists came from Logan Mackenzie. The winning goalies were Austin Earle and Caden Macdonald.
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In Peewee B Action Wednesday Night the Pictou County Steelers defeated the Pictou County Royals 8-1. Steelers goals came from Jake Henderson with a Hat Trick, Dawson Mackay 2, Keagan Fournier, Zack Macinnis & Nick Macmillan adding singles. Assists came from Mackay with 2, Ethan Elms, Tanner Murphy & Macinnis. Stellarton's goal came from Noah Connors, assisted by Andrew Webster. Winning goalie was Carter Maclean.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is looking for volunteer coaches for the winter Learn to Skate program beginning 9 January. Contact 902-752-1019 or visit Trenton.ca for more info.
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Pictou County Athletics have secured the indoor soccer facility and 5 experienced coaches to put on a Christmas camp to get a jump on their winter program or learn a new aspect of track and field. It is a two day camp - Thursday December 22 and Thursday December 29th - from 1 to 4 pm. The cost will be $20 each day and if two from the same family the second sibling will $15 each day. There will be space for newcomers. Amoung the sports offered - sprints, middle distance, hurdles, high jump, long and triple jump, shot put, discus, hammer and javelin. Open to ages 9 and up. Email  cartyab@hotmail.com . to confirm participation.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Roman Lyubimov and Brayden Schenn scored 1:46 apart in the third period to help the Philadelphia Flyers to their 10th straight victory, 4-3 over the Colorado Avalanche.
Brian Boyle's two first-period goals propelled the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-3 win over the Flames, snapping Calgary's six-game winning streak.
Bryan Rust flipped a backhander past Tuukka Rask 1:24 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins.
Kevin Labanc scored the shootout winner as the San Jose Sharks beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3.
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and Kyle Lowry added 20 to help the Toronto Raptors win their fourth straight game, 123-114 over the Philadelphia 76ers.
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World Junior Hockey
With final cuts looming, Canada stormed out of the gate and overwhelmed the Czech Republic 8-0 on Wednesday night in a preparation game for the world junior hockey championship. Mitchell Stephens and Taylor Raddysh each scored twice while Julien Gauthier, Dillon Dube, Anthony Cirelli and Mathew Barzal also had goals for Canada, which played a third game in three days after a pair of wins against the U Sports all-stars. Canada outshot the Czechs 33-17. Canada wrapped up a four-day selection camp for the world juniors Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Montreal and Toronto.


FATAL HOUSE FIRE IN ANTIGONISH
Sunday 11th December 2016

A fatal house fire in Antigonish on Thursday evening is under investigation by the RCMP. The blaze, reported by neighbours on Glenda Crescent just after 8pm, has resulted in the death of A 76-year old resident. The RCMP is working with the Office of the Fire Marshall and the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service to continue the investigation.

SPORTS DECEMBER 8
Thursday 8th December 2016

The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers continued their rivalry with the Antigonish Bulldogs in Highland Bantam A League play last weekend. In their home game at the Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon the Crushers fell behind by three goals early and despite a strong third period of play gave up the loss 6 to 3. Scoring were Ben MacGillivray, Lucas Bernard and Brody Bowering. On Sunday at the Antigonish Arena the Crushers got some revenge shutting out the Bulldogs three to nothing.  Aidan Hahn opened the scoring followed by a pair of goals from Ryan Denny. Xander Vohs recorded the shutout in goal for the Crushers.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers are back in action tonight, when they host the Truro Bearcats in the first half of a home-and-home set. The return match will go Saturday at the RECC.
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The Weeks Major Midgets fell behind early, as the Halifax MacDonalds scored the first three goals of the game last night at the Halifax Civic Centre. The team battled back, but couldn't seal the deal and lost 3 – 2. G Blackmore scored both goals for Weeks unassisted.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have one more game before they break for University exams and the Christmas season. On Friday they will visit the Cumberland County Blues in Springhill. The Scotians are currently 3 points back on the Blues for the final playoff spot. However, the NSJHL uses the IIHF 3 point system for games, so a regulation win on Friday would pull the Scotians into a tie with the Blues going into the break.
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Another female Nova Scotia hockey player has drawn the attention of Hockey Canada, and will get the chance to play for a World Championship next month.  Brette Pettet of Kentville is the lone Nova Scotian on the 23-player roster for Team Canada at next month's IIHF Under-18 World Women Hockey Championships in Czech Republic. The team has a Crusher connection, as well: the head coach is former Crusher coach Troy Ryan.
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The YMCA of Pictou County's Ugly Sweater 4K Run is on Saturday. Run, walk or jingle into the holiday spirit with your friends, family and dogs. The event will start at the YMCA at 10am. $10.00 entrance. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign accepted. 
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Active Pictou County is offering an Afterschool Soccer program with a Grades 3-4 Division and a Grades 5-6 Division.  Program will run Mondays & Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm at the Sobeys Sports Complex in Stellarton, program fully funded by Active Pictou County.  Pre-season starts Dec 12 & 13 while league play begins in January.  For more info or to Register please contact Shawn George at georgeshawn@hotmail.com
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The 7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is will be Thursday Dec. 22 and Fri. Dec. 23 at the Trenton Rink. Again this year, donations will be collected, either monetary, or of toys (Wipeable, NON-Stuffed, and suitable for newborns to age 16). All monetary donations will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards that will be given to families of sick children on the 6-Link floor of the IWK and at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Oliver's Express t-shirts will also be on sale leading up to and during the tournament. For more information, search: "7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Chris Kelly scored the go-ahead goal with just over one minute left on the clock and Jean-Gabriel Pageau added an empty-net goal as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Sharks 4-2 in San Jose. Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson also scored for the Senators, who have won three straight in San Jose for the first time ever.
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Eric Staal can't stop scoring against the Maple Leafs. Staal scored the eventual winner to lead the visiting Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over Toronto. Staal has 47 points in 43 career games against the Leafs, and three of his six goals this season have come against Toronto.
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Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Draymond Green added 22 points and the Golden State Warriors routed the Clippers 115-98 for their seventh straight win over Los Angeles. Stephen Curry had 19 points for Golden State and failed to make a 3-pointer for just the second time this season.
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Aroldis Chapman is reportedly heading back to New York. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the free agent closer and the Yankees have reached agreement on an 86-million dollar, five-year deal. Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last off-season, then was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July.
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A good day for Canada at the world short-course swimming championships in Windsor, Ontario. Kylie Masse raced to a silver medal in the women's 100-metre backstroke. She won bronze in that distance at the Rio Olympics. Canada also earned bronze in the mixed 4-by-50 freestyle relay.
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China's highest court has ruled in favour of basketball legend Michael Jordan at the culmination of a years-long case over use of the Chinese rendering of his globally-known name and trademark. The former N-B-A star has been in dispute with a sportswear company based in southern China since 2012.

SPORTS DECEMBER 5
Monday 5th December 2016

It was a win and a loss on the road for the Weeks Junior A Crushers over the weekend. On Friday, the Crushers were topped 3 – 1 by the Yarmouth Mariners, but came back big on Sunday with an 8 – 1 victory over Dieppe. Scoring on Sunday for the Crushers were Michael Dill and Dylan Riley with 2 each, Andrew Murphy, Ethan Marsh, Benji Curtis and Nick Fewer. The Crushers still hold the lead in the Eastlink South Division, one point ahead of Yarmouth.
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The Weeks Major Midgets also had a win and loss over the weekend, defeating the Halifax MacDonald's 4 – 3 Saturday night, then losing by the same score (4 – 3) to Cole Harbour on Sunday.
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In Junior B Hockey, the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians lost a 3 – 2 squeaker to Antigonish at the Trenton Arena Sunday night. Gaetan Tremblay and Blair Dewtie scored for the Scotians.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers were held to only one goal over the weekend. After getting shut out 3 – 0 by Bedford on Saturday at the Wellness Centre, the team was defeated 4 – 1 by the Cole Harbour Storm Sunday morning.
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In the NS Female Midget AAA League, the Northern Subway Selects thumped the Panthers 6 – 2 at the Rath Eastlink Centre. Scoring for the Selects were Mariah Linehan, K. J. Emery, Maddie Quinn with 2, Patti-Ann Tracey, and Taylor MacKenzie.
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Sunday in Trenton the Pictou County Peewee B Steelers defeated East Hants 5-1. Scoring for the Steelers were Dawson MacKay with 2, Carter Dauphinee, Aidan Tobin, and Olan DeYoung all adding singles. Assists came from Tanner Murphy, Dauphinee and Tobin. East Hants goal came from Jacob Ross. Winning goalie was Carter MacLean.
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In Atom B, the Pictou County Steelers and Antigonish Bulldogs skated to a 6-6 tie on Saturday in Trenton. Scoring for Steelers was Ethan MacKay with 2, Derrick MacKay with 2 , Gavin Wong and Nicholas Duff both added singles. Antigonish goals came from Dallas Boyle 3, Charlie Gillis 2, and Zach Kelly 1.
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Recreation New Glasgow's  Multi Sport after school program held Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm at New Glasgow Academy is cancelled due to the current labour situation. The after school Cross Fit programming will continue as usual at the Clan Cross Fit Gym on Westville Road.
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Pictou County Gymnastics club is offering day camp child care for families needing a fun, safe place for their children during days the public schools are closed to students.  Bring lunches, snacks and comfy clothes.  The Gymnastics Club, at 558 South Frederick St, will be open for registration and drop off from 8:30 - 4:00, beginning Monday.  $35/day.  No experience necessary.  A variety of games and activities will be provided.
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The YMCA of Pictou County's Ugly Sweater 4K Run is coming Saturday, December 10. Run, walk or jingle into the holiday spirit with your friends, family and dogs. The event will start at the YMCA at 10am. $10.00 entrance. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign accepted. 
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The 7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is will be Thursday Dec. 22 and Fri. Dec. 23 at the Trenton Rink. Again this year, donations will be collected, either monetary, or of toys (Wipeable, NON-Stuffed, and suitable for newborns to age 16). All monetary donations will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards that will be given to families of sick children on the 6-Link floor of the IWK and at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Oliver's Express t-shirts will also be on sale leading up to and during the tournament. For more information, search: "7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Johnny Gaudreau didn't miss a beat. Gaudreau had a goal and an assist in his return from a broken finger and the Flames scored five goals in a six-minute span in the second period to beat Anaheim 8-3. Gaudreau missed 10 games with the injury. Sam Bennett, Matt Stajan and Alex Chiasson also had big nights offensively with a goal and two assists apiece.
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Mikko Koivu did a lot of stuff right for Minnesota. The 33-year-old Finn capped a fine outing by scoring 3:11 into overtime as the Wild emerged with a 2-1 victory over the Oilers — improving to 12-and-1 in their last 13 games in Edmonton. Koivu also won an impressive 21-of-23 faceoffs. Patrick Maroon had Edmonton's goal.
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Connor Hellebuyck came up big for the Winnipeg Jets. The goaltender finished with 25 saves in his team's 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Andrew Copp had the winner late in the third period. In Los Angeles, Paul Byron scored the clinching goal in the fourth round of the shootout as Montreal edged the Kings 5-4.
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A missing necktie led to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton getting benched for the opening series tonight against the Seahawks. Carolina's miserable night was capped by a 40-7 loss to Seattle following the most awkward of starts. With Newton being punished for not having a necktie for the team flight to Seattle, the Panthers' starting Q-B watched backup Derek Anderson throw an interception on the first play of the game.
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Thaddeus Young scored 17 points and the Pacers rallied from 15 points down to beat the Clippers 111-102. Indiana swept the season series for the first time since 2013-14 with just its second road win of the season. Pacers all-star Paul George scored 16 points in his return after missing four of the last five games with a sore left ankle and back.
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Reid Carruthers is the men's 2016 Canada Cup champion. The Winnipeg skip made scored three in the ninth end to defeat the Brad Gushue team from St. John's, Newfoundland — skipped by Mark Nichols — 8-5 to capture the title. Earlier in the day, Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones beat Ottawa's Rachel Homan for the women's crown. It's the third time Jones has won the Canada Cup.


SPORTS DECEMBER 2 *UPDATED 10:35 AM*
Friday 2nd December 2016

After last night's postponement, the Weeks Junior A Crushers hope the weather is better as they travel for two games – tonight against the Yarmouth Mariners, then on Sunday afternoon it's the Commandos in Dieppe.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of games at the Wellness Centre this weekend: Saturday night at 8 they host the Halifax MacDonald's, followed by Cole Harbour Sunday at Noon.
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In Junior Hockey, the Pictou County Scotians host Antigonish at the Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers have one home game and one away this weekend. It starts at the Wellness Centre Saturday at 5:30 against Bedford, then it's off to Cole Harbour to play the Storm Sunday morning.
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In the NS Female Midget AAA League, the Northern Subway Selects are in Truro to face the Panthers Sunday at 11am.
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The YMCA of Pictou County's Ugly Sweater 4K Run is coming Saturday, December 10. Run, walk or jingle into the holiday spirit with your friends, family and dogs. The event will start at the YMCA at 10am. $10.00 entrance. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign accepted. 
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The 7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is will be Thursday Dec. 22 and Fri. Dec. 23 at the Trenton Rink. Again this year, donations will be collected, either monetary, or of toys (Wipeable, NON-Stuffed, and suitable for newborns to age 16). All monetary donations will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards that will be given to families of sick children on the 6-Link floor of the IWK and at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Oliver's Express t-shirts will also be on sale leading up to and during the tournament. For more information, search: "7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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Active Pictou County is again offering free and low cost skating events at each rink in the county through March. Many rinks have also set aside their own times for senior skates, family skates, adult skates and more. Visit www.activepictoucounty.ca or ‘Like’ the Active Pictou County Facebook page for a full schedule. Active Pictou County and “Thrive” Nova Scotia have also set up free swim times at the Fisheries Training Pool in Pictou on Saturdays from 12:00-1:00pm and at the YMCA pool at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sundays from 3:00-4:00pm. This program will run until the end of March and is open to everyone.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Montreal Canadiens continue their west coast road trip with a stop in San Jose to play the Sharks tonight. Montreal has lost six of its last 10 games but still sits atop the Atlantic Division with a 16-5-and-2 record. The Sharks top the Pacific at 14-5-and-1 and have won back-to-back games.
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The Calgary Flames host Minnesota in the only other game on the N-H-L schedule tonight. Calgary is coming off a 3-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. The Wild are coming off a tough 5-4 loss to Vancouver, also on Wednesday.
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The Toronto Raptors will look to extend their winning streak to a season-best five games tonight as they welcome the L-A Lakers to Air Canada Centre. The Raptors are 12-and-6 to start the year, trailing Cleveland for the lead in the Eastern Conference by just one-and-a-half games. The Lakers, meanwhile, are 10-and-10, good for ninth place in the West.
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Canada's Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves aim to halt a three-game slide as they take on the Knicks in New York. Around the hardcourts, Boston is home to Sacramento, Cleveland visits the Chicago Bulls, the Clippers are in New Orleans and San Antonio entertains the Washington Wizards.
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Olympic champion Jennifer Jones gets the morning off before taking on Kelsey Rocque in round-robin play at the Canada Cup in Brandon, Manitoba. Jones leads the women's standings with a perfect 4-and-0 record through the first two days of competition. Jones will play Ottawa's Rachel Homan in the night draw.

HUNDREDS STILL WITHOUT POWER *UPDATED 12:25 PM*
Monday 28th November 2016

Thousands of people are without power in parts of the Maritimes due to high winds and snow. Nova Scotia is reporting affected customers in an area stretching from the northeastern shore through to Cape Breton. Many of the outages are concentrated in and around Pictou County and Antigonish. Spokeswoman Bev Ware says much of that was due to high winds that gusted to up to about 100 kilometres in some areas, and snow that built up on trees causing them to fall on power lines. Power restoration is estimated between 4 pm and 11pm today.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 28 *UPDATED 11:50 AM*
Monday 28th November 2016

Another win for the Weeks Jr A Crushers, defeating the Summerside Western Capitals 4 – 2 on Saturday. Scoring for the Crushers were Michael Dill, Kevin LaRouche, Dylan Riley and Jacob Hickey. The Crushers are back at home on Thursday to host the Woodstock Slammers.
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The Weeks Major Midgets defeated Cole Harbour 3 – 1 at the Wellness Centre on Saturday. The teams face off again in Cole Harbour Wednesday night.
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Last night's game between the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians and the Antigonish Bulldogs was cancelled because of the weather. A make-up date will be announced soon.
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Two losses for the Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers on the weekend, 5 – 0 to the Rangers on Saturday , then a 5 – 3 loss to the Bearcats in Truro on Sunday.
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Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects win the Consolidated Credit Union Bantam A Tournament in Summerside, PEI. The Selects went 5-0-1 in the tournament defeating the East Prince Wildcats 2-0 in the semi finals before defeating the Colchester Cyclones 1-0 for the tournament championship. Tournament goals by Allie Sandluck (3), Hayley Burke (2), Jean Craig (2), Emma MacKeil, Taya MacLean, Katie Crawford, Mia Coolen, Lani Coolen, Megan Petipas and Maddie MacIntyre with the gamewinner in the championship game. Assists were earned by Lani Coolen (4), Hayley Burke (2), Allie Sandluck (2), Rory Thompson, Emma MacKeil, Ashley MacDonald, Taya MacLean, Katie Crawford and Mia Coolen. Kelly Harnett was exceptional in nets only allowing 4 goals in 6 games while posting 4 shutouts. Player of the game awards went to Emma MacKeil, Katie Crawford, Kelly Hartnett, Hayley Burke, Jean Craig, and Maddie MacIntyre. Hayley Burke was named a tournament all star and Jean Craig was named tournament MVP.
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In Peewee B action on Saturday, the Trenton steelers played the Halifax Hawks and came from behind to tie the game 5-5. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson MacKay with 3 goals, Nick MacMillan and Zachary MacInnis both adding singles. Assists came from Jake Henderson 2, Jack Higdon, Michael Sponagle, Danial Cameron, and Dawson MacKay. Winning goalie was Carter MacLean.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The 104th Grey Cup is heading to the nation's capital. It only took three years for the expansion Redblacks to bring a Grey Cup title back to Ottawa after beating Calgary 39-33 in overtime. The 1976 Rough Riders were the last team to win a C-F-L championship for Ottawa.
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Ottawa quarterback Henry Burris can call himself a two-time Grey Cup M-V-P. Burris threw for 461 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran in two others as the Redblacks won their first title in franchise history. The 41-year-old Burris also was the Grey Cup M-V-P with the Stampeders in 2008 in their victory over Montreal at Olympic Stadium.
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Connor Hellebuyck made 42 saves as Winnipeg snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 win over Nashville. Meanwhile, Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots in Ottawa's 2-0 win over the Rangers. Milan Lucic scored his team's only goal in Edmonton's 2-1 loss to Arizona. And Calgary dropped a 5-3 decision to Philadelphia.
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The Raptors recalled first round draft pick Jakob Poeltl from their N-B-A development league. Bruno Caboclo and Fred VanVleet were also recalled from Raptors 905. Poeltl was drafted ninth overall in the 2016 draft and has played in eight N-B-A games this season. He had 21 points and 15 boards in Raptors 905's 100-91 loss to Maine on Saturday.
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Tom Brady has moved into a tie with Peyton Manning for the most wins by a quarterback in N-F-L history. Brady earned his 200th victory by hitting Malcolm Mitchell for an eight-yard T-D with 1:56 remaining in New England's 22-17 comeback over the Jets. Brady was 30 of 50 for 286 yards and no interceptions, with both scoring strikes going to Mitchell.
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Jordan Morris scored in the 56th minute and the Seattle Sounders advanced to their first M-L-S Cup, beating the Colorado Rapids 1-0 in the second leg of the Western Conference final. Seattle took the series 3-1 in aggregate scoring. The Sounders will play Toronto or Montreal on December 10th for the league title.


DEAD WHALE NEAR TRACADIE ISLAND HAS BEEN BURIED *UPDATED 11:25 AM*
Thursday 24th November 2016

The Nova Scotia Natural Resources Department has relented and buried a foul-smelling whale carcass that beached on Tracadie Island. Gary Mattie, a councillor in Antigonish County, has been trying to get the whale removed -- saying he feared the rotting remains would explode on unsuspecting passersby. He says officials with the department originally told him the carcass couldn't be removed because it's in a protected area and machinery couldn't be brought onto the beach. But the department now says disposal was appropriate and the whale was buried.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 23
Wednesday 23rd November 2016

The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers travelled to Sydney last weekend to take part in the annual Ossie Fraser Memorial Tournament but fell short of their attempt to qualify for crossovers going one for three in the round robin. On Friday afternoon at the Coxheath Arena the Crushers narrowly lost a 2 to 1 game to the Glace Bay Miners. In their second game of the day the Crushers defeated New Waterford 7 to 2. Their final game was played Saturday afternoon and despite a great effort they were shut out three to nothing by the Antigonish Bulldogs. Player of the game awards for the Crushers went to Brody Bowering, Lucas Bernard and Kaleb Clarke. Upcoming this weekend in addition to their regularly scheduled league games the Bantam A Red Crushers have been invited to play an exhibition game versus East Hants. The game is part of a charity fundraising event being held by the East Hants Penguins in support of Crohn’s & Colitis Canada and will be played at 5:00pm Saturday at the East Hants Sportsplex.
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Trenton Steelers Peewee B took both games over the weekend against Port Hawksbury. First game was 12-4. Scoring for Steelers: Jake Henderson with 4, Dawson MacKay 3, Olan Deyoung, Ethan Elms, Tanner Murphy, Keegan Fournier, and Carter Dauphinee. Assists came from MacKay 2, MacInnis 2, Aiden Tobin 2, Jack Higdon 1. In the second game, the Steelers won 9-2. Scoring for the Steelers were Dawson MacKay with 3, Keegan Fournier 2, Jake Henderson, Carter Dauphinee, Tanner Murphy and Aiden Tobin all adding singles. Assists from Ethan Elms 4, Mike Sponagle 3, Dauphinee 2, MacKay, Evan Charlton, Tobin, and MacInnis all with one. Winning goalie was Carter Maclean.
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Trenton defeated Thorburn 6-4 in Atom B action Tuesday night. Scoring for Trenton was Derrick Mackay with 2, Nicholas Duff 2, Ethan Mackay and Robbie Wilkinson adding singles. Assists came from Thomas Hilier Ethan Mackay, Wilkinson, and Duff. Thorburn goals came from Cole Bryden 2, Evan Tucker 2, Assists came from Logan Mackenzie and Gage Wolfe. Winning goalies were Austin Earle and Caden MacDonald.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Vegas Golden Knights are the newest team in the N-H-L.  Owner Bill Foley and commissioner Gary Bettman announced the Golden Knights name and logo in a ceremony outside the team's new arena. The Golden Knights' simple logo is the front view of a knight's helmet with a conspicuous "V'' in the middle. Their colours are steel grey, gold, red and black.
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The Ottawa Senators finally got their offence going.  Erik Karlsson had the winner as Ottawa downed the Canadiens 4-3 in Montreal. The Senators scored more than twice in regulation time for the first time in their last 13 games.
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Viktor Stalberg scored the tie-breaking, short-handed goal against his former team as the Carolina Hurricanes edged Toronto 2-1 for their fifth straight victory. Jeff Skinner also scored and Cam Ward stopped 25 shots to help the Hurricanes send the Maple Leafs to just their third loss in 10 home games.
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Nick Leddy scored the winner in a marathon 14-round shootout, lifting the New York Islanders over the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.  Each team had four goals in the shootout through 13 rounds. After Kevin Bieksa missed on a slap shot to start Round 14, Leddy waited out Jonathan Bernier before snapping in the winner.
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The first leg of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference final was a wild one.  The Montreal Impact built a three-goal lead and then hung on for a 3-2 victory over Toronto F-C in front of a sold-out crowd at Olympic Stadium. The match was delayed 30 minutes by a groundskeeping error made the penalty boxes too small.
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Nick Young hit a three-pointer with five seconds to play, and the Los Angeles Lakers blew a 14-point lead in the final minutes before rallying for a 111-109 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.  O-K-C all-star Russell Westbrook scored 17 points in a five-minute span to trim the Lakers' big lead to one point, Steven Adams scored on a go-ahead putback of Westbrook's miss with 13.9 seconds to play.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 22
Tuesday 22nd November 2016

North Nova's Varsity boys basketball team won the Avon View Invitational six-team tournament over the weekend in a series of close games. On Friday, the Gryphons defeated Yarmouth High School 72-70. Bailey MacDonald led the team with 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Gillan added 19 points and a dozen boards. MacDonald was named player of the game. In the second Friday match, NNEC edged Parkview High School 70-68. MacDonald netted 28 points and added 13 rebounds, Gillan had 11 points and 11 boards, and Austin Williams scored 10. Player of the game was Gillan. In the championship game, the Gryphons defeated Millwood 84-80. MacDonald was top scorer with 27 points, with Williams adding 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Jace Goodwin netting 16 points. Gillan had a strong defensive game with 14 rebounds and 13 points. Williams was player of the game.  North Nova plays next on Wednesday, traveling to Dr. J.H. Gillis in Antigonish for a league game.
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Four people from Pictou County were recognized at the Athletics Nova Scotia 2016 annual general meeting. Amelia MacCallum won for Run Jump Throw Participation, Parker Swain received the Midget Male of the Year Award, and Lauren Quann was named Junior Female of the Year. Marjorie Schmidt received the Dave Hoskin Volunteer of the Year award for her years of service.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club has spaces available for preschool and school age children for their upcoming, 12 week, winter session.  Open registration will take place tonight from 6-9pm at their location on South Frederick St. No previous experience necessary. For more information, find their official "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" facebook page.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, two games tonight: Stellarton Rink,  8:00 - C.F. Construction   vs   Cornova  Contracting, Hector Arena Pictou, 9:00 - Elks Club   vs   Durham Bucks
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Cam Talbot stopped all 31 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Western Conference-leading Chicago Blackhawks 5-0. Leon Draisaitl scored twice to lead Edmonton's offence. Corey Crawford made 22 saves in the loss as the Blackhawks had a two-game winning streak snapped.
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Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist but it wasn't enough as the Calgary Flames fell to the Sabres in Buffalo 4-2.  Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary and Brian Elliott stopped 28 shots in net for the Flames.  Kyle Okposo had a goal and an assist to lead the Sabres.
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Left-winger Joseph Labate was recalled by the Vancouver Canucks from their minor-league club. Labate has 12 goals and 14 assists in 80 games with the Utica Comets over three seasons in the American Hockey League. The 23-year-old has never played in the NHL and was drafted by Vancouver in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL draft.  The Canucks next play on Wednesday in Phoenix against the Arizona Coyotes.
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Derek Carr fired two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as the Oakland Raiders rallied past the Houston Texans 27-20 in Mexico City. The Texans led 20-13 until Carr hit Jamize Olwawale for a 75-yard T-D and found Amari Cooper on a 35-yard touchdown.
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It's back-to-back losses for the Toronto Raptors.  Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 27 points but the Raptors still lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 123-115 last night.  DeMar DeRozan, averaging 31.4 points per game for Toronto, added 25. Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 for the Raptors. Chris Paul had 26 points and 12 assists for L-A.
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The Golden State Warriors had an easy time stretching their winning streak to eight games.  Klay Thompson dropped in 25 points and two-time MVP Stephen Curry added 22 before the Warriors' starters were able to sit out the fourth quarter of a 120-83 pounding of the Pacers at Indiana.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 21
Monday 21st November 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers are back on top of the Eastlink South division after a pair of wins on the road. The Crushers defeated the Campbellton Tigers 4 – 1 on Friday, then trounced the Miramichi Timberwolves 7 – 2 on Saturday. The Crushers are now one point ahead of second-place Yarmouth in the division standings.
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In Junior Hockey, the Pictou County Scotians got the win 6 – 5 over the Sackville Blazers in Trenton Sunday night. Scoring for the Scotians were Brendon Duff with 3, including the overtime winner, Blair Dewtie, Jacob Pentz and Gaetan Tremblay. On Friday the team will be in Antigonish to play the Bulldogs.
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The Northern Subway Selects split their games on the weekend, defeating the ProCresting Penguins 6 – 3 on Saturday, but getting shut out 2 – 0 by the Metro Boston Pizza squad on Sunday.
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In their last 4 games, 2 regular season and 2 exhibition, the Atom A Crushers stand with a 1-3 record. Last weekend in exhibition play the Crushers met up with the Dartmouth Whalers Saturday at the Scotiabank Center in Halifax and came away with a 4-1 win. Single goals from Lucas MacDonald and Cameron Pitts and a pair from Josh McDonald. A pair of assists from Jake MacNeil and singles from Chris Jorden, Cole Miller and Cameron Pitts. On Sunday, the Crushers travelled to East Hants to take on the East Hants Penguins. The Crushers fell to the Penguins in a 5-1 loss. Single goal from Cameron Pitts on a breakaway. This past weekend in regular season play, the Crushers fell to Truro Bearcats 5-4 and 3-2. Goals came from Cameron Pitts (3), Lucas MacDonald (2) and Josh McDonald (1). A pair of assists from Carson Moore and Cameron Pitts and singles from Brett Butler, Owen Chisholm, Lucas MacDonald, Cole Miller and Jack MacNeil. Next weekend the Crushers will meet up with the Antigonish Bulldogs in a home and home series.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club has spaces available for preschool and school age children for their upcoming, 12 week, winter session.  Open registration will take place Tuesday November 22nd from 6-9pm at their location on South Frederick St. No previous experience necessary. For more information, find their official "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" facebook page.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, two games Tuesday night: Stellarton Rink,  8:00 - C.F. Contraction   vs   Cornova  Contracting, Hector Area Pictou, 9:00 - Elks Club   vs   Durham Bucks
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Next week's Grey Cup in Toronto is set: the Calgary Stampeders will face the Ottawa Redblacks.  Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw three touchdown passes as Calgary beat the B-C Lions 42-15 win the C-F-L's West Division final. Earlier, Henry Burris threw two T-D passes as Ottawa held on for a wild 35-23 win over the Edmonton Eskimos in a snowy East Division final.
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Kirk Cousins passed for 375 yards and three T-Ds in leading Washington past Green Bay 42-24 in the late N-F-L game. Washington is in the thick of the N-F-C wild card hunt at 6-3-1 while the Pack lost their fourth in a row to fall to 4-6.
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The Dallas Cowboys just keep on rolling. They won their ninth straight game with a 27-17 win over the visiting Ravens. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott threw three touchdown passes, two to Dez Bryant, as the Cowboys improved to 9-1. The nine-game winning streak is a franchise record.
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Mikael Backlund scored the winner to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over slumping Detroit.  Also, Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves but it wasn't enough as the Jets fell 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes.
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The Toronto Raptors are leaving Sacramento angry.  Terrence Ross hit a buzzer-beating three but it was overturned because the play clock started late as the Raptors fell to the Kings 102-99.  Ross grabbed a deflected pass, dribbled and made a 33-footer, but officials ruled time had expired because they should have started the clock when the inbound pass was tipped, not when he first handled the ball.

ANTIGONISH RCMP ASK FOR ASSISTANCE FINDING TEEN GIRL
Thursday 17th November 2016

Antigonish District RCMP is asking for the public's assistance to locate a missing 16-year-old youth. Gabriel "Gabby" Bridget Basque was last seen on November 16 shortly before 11 p.m. at a gas station in Paq'tnkek, entering a dark grey newer model Ford Focus sedan with a temporary licence in the back window. The vehicle was occupied by a woman and two men. Gabby Basque is an Indigenous 16-year-old female, 4-foot-11 and 100 pounds, with long brown hair and brown eyes. Antigonish District RCMP is asking anyone with information to contact them at 902-863-6500 or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Should callers wish to remain anonymous, they can call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to CRIMES (274637) or by secure online tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 15
Tuesday 15th November 2016

Mixed results for the MHL teams at the Eastern Canada Challenge Monday in Cornwall, Ontario. Team MHL North was victorious 4-2 over the NOJHL, but the MHL South team, which includes five members of the Crushers, fell to the LHJQ 3-1, which included an empty net goal in the dying seconds. Daniel Vautour stopped 21 of 23 shots in the loss. Later in the day, the North lost 4-3 to OJHL Hawerchuk and the South lost 3-2 to OJHL Oates. Later this morning, the MHL South team faces OJHL Hawerchuk.
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The Leafs defeated the Bruins 5-2 last night in Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action at the Miners Sports Center. Scoring for the Leafs: Meredith Roosinick, Judith Rogers, Carla Dumaresq, Christa Webber and Lisa Green. Scoring for the Bruins: Julie Anderson and Debbie MacLean.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, two games Tuesday night: First game Stellarton Rink , 8:00 - Elks Club  vs  Connor's Transfer LTD. Second game Hector Area Pictou , 9:00 - Durham Bucks   vs   Maltese Sports. On Wednesday, there is a time change - Stellarton Rink , 8:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons   vs   Maltese Sports.
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The Pictou County Pee Wee A Subway Selects hosted the Antigonish Bulldogs in Trenton on Saturday. It was a nail-biter game that ended with a 3-3 tie game. Scoring for the Selects were Mallory Sangster , Olivia Marks and Camryn Wright. Assists went to Frankie Hayman, Lucia Mason, Taylor Toole and Jessa MacKeil. On Sunday the girls travelled to Antigonish to meet up with the Bulldogs once again. The Selects were defeated by the Bulldogs 5-3. Scoring for the Selects were Olivia Marks with 2 goals and singles went to Alyssa Ells. Chloe Stroud and Kylee Alexander shared the nets for both games on the weekend.
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the YMCA Bubble Soccer Tournament has been postponed until 27 December. The tournament has been modified and will now be a event only for those 19 and over from 6 pm - 9 pm.  A social will be held after the tournament upstairs in the PC Wellness Centre from 9 pm - 11 pm. Non-players are invited to the social for only $10/person.  More information will be coming.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Chris Paul had 21 points and nine assists, Blake Griffin added 20 points and the Los Angeles Clippers blitzed the Brooklyn Nets 127-95 to improve to an N-B-A-best 10-and-1 with their seventh straight victory. The Clippers shot 53 per cent from the floor while extending the best start in franchise history. Their 127 points are a season high.
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Around the N-B-A, Detroit is 5-and-0 at home after Tobias Harris dropped in 22 points in a 104-88 win over Oklahoma City. C-J Miles scored 16 points as the Pacers spoiled coach Frank Vogel's return to Indiana by ripping Orlando, 88-69. And James Harden scored 23 of his 33 points in the first quarter of Houston's 115-88 win over Philadelphia.
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The New York Giants are on a four-game win streak for the first time since 2013. Eli Manning threw three touchdowns, including one on a fourth-down gamble in the fourth quarter, as New York topped the Cincinnati Bengals 21-20. Jerrell Adams and Odell Beckham caught Manning's other T-D strikes.
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The New York Mets are keeping their best-hitting infielder. Second baseman Neil Walker has accepted New York's 17.2 million dollar qualifying offer. Jeremy Hellickson also accepted the same qualifying offer from Philadelphia. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion rejected their qualifying offers from the Blue Jays.
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Bad news for the Colorado Rapids. They'll be without goalkeeper Tim Howard as they take on Seattle in the M-L-S Western Conference championship. Howard has a right adductor injury and will be sidelined for four months. He sustained the injury in the United States' World Cup qualifier last week and will undergo season-ending surgery.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 14
Monday 14th November 2016

The MHL is off for a few days for the Eastern Canadian Challenge. Five members of the Crushers are part of Team MHL South – Daniel Vautour, Mark Kennedy, Michael Dill, Alexis Roy, and Dylan Riley will all be in Cornwall, Ontario for the tournament which starts today.
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The Weeks Major Midgets took the home half of their home and home set against the Valley Wildcats 7-5, Saturday night at the Wellness Centre. The Wildcats returned the favor in Berwick on Sunday, defeating the Major Midgets 5-1.
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A rough weekend for the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians, as they fell to the Jr. Miners 9-0 on Saturday in Membertou, then were doubled 6-3 by the Miners at the Trenton Arena Sunday night.
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A pair of losses for the Wear Well Major Bantam Bombers on the weekend – a 6-1 defeat by the Western Hurricanes Saturday afternoon at the Queen's Place Emera Centre, followed by a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Novas at the Wellness Centre.
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In the Female Midget AAA League, the Northern Subway Selects split their weekend games, defeating Metro Boston Pizza 4-2 in Bedford on Saturday, then falling 4-3 to the ProCresting Penguins in East Hants.
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Pictou County Atom B Steelers defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 9-1 on Saturday in Trenton. Scoring for the Steelers were Ethan MacKay with 3 goals, Nicholas Duff 2, Robbie Wilkinson 2, Jake Maloney 1, and Landon Martin 1. Assists came from Ethan Mackay 2, Derrick Mackay 1, Wilkinson 1. Antigonish goal came from Nakhil Ferguson. On Sunday the Steelers went to Antigonish and came away with another 9-1 victory. Scoring for the Steelers were Ethan Mackay 2, Jake Maloney 2, Robbie Wilkinson 2, Derrick MacKay 1, Landon Martin 1, Nicholas Duff 1. Assists came from Ethan Mackay 2, Locky MacDonald, Derrick MacKay, Martin, and Wilkinson. Antigonish goal came from Charlie Gillis, assisted by Tucker Poiron. Winning goalies for both games were Austin Earle and Caden MacDonald.
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The "LM Computers" Pictou County Midget A Crushers White Team Split games on the weekend, falling 3-1 to West Colchester Cobras at home. Out shooting the opposition 39-29. Lone Goal Scored by Christian MacLeod, assisted by Connor Gladney. The team got the win 4-3 on the road against the Cumberland Ramblers. 2 Goals from Bailey Pye, Singles from Matt Martin, and Connor Gladney. Assists to Connor Gladney, Justin Sinnis and Dyllan Niles. Ryan Royles recorded the win in Goal.
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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the YMCA Bubble Soccer Tournament has been postponed until 27 December. The tournament has been modified and will now be a event only for those 19 and over from 6 pm - 9 pm.  A social will be held after the tournament upstairs in the PC Wellness Centre from 9 pm - 11 pm. Non-players are invited to the social for only $10/person.  More information will be coming.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Mark Scheifele and rookie Patrik Laine were unable to add to their NHL scoring leads on Sunday, but they still provided huge goals to send the Winnipeg Jets to their third victory in four games. Scheifele and Laine scored in a shootout as the Jets knocked off Los Angeles, 3-2. The linemates came through after Kings defenceman Tom Gilbert tied it with 7:02 left in regulation. Scheifele still has a league-high 20 points, while Laine tops the NHL with 11 goals.
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Michael Grabner scored his team-leading ninth and 10th goals of the season to send the New York Rangers past Edmonton, 3-1. Antti Raanta turned back 38 shots as the Rangers won for the ninth time in 11 games while dropping the Oilers to 2-5-1 since their 7-1 start.
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Montreal had suffered just one regulation loss all season until Patrick Kane scored a spectacular, tiebreaking goal in the second period of Chicago's 3-2 victory over the Canadiens. Marian Hossa notched his team-high ninth goal and Gustav Forsling scored the first of his career to help the Blackhawks improve to 9-0-2 in their last 11 contests.
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Tuukka Rask picked up his 33rd career shutout and improved to 7-0 on the road this season by making 21 saves in Boston's 2-0 verdict over Colorado. Semyon Varlamov stopped a season-high 43 shots and surrendered only David Krejci's first-period goal. Goals by Troy Stecher and Markus Granlund rallied Vancouver to a 5-4 overtime win against Dallas. Stecher tied it with 1:40 left in regulation and Granlund ended it 87 seconds into OT to send the Canucks to just the second win in their last 12 games.
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Minnesota pulled out a 2-1 win at Ottawa on Matt Dumba's goal late in overtime. Ryan Suter provided a short-handed tally and Darcy Kuemper handled 35 shots for the Wild.
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It was about two years too late, but the Seattle Seahawks will take it. The Seahawks used a goal-line stand to secure a 31-24 win over the Patriots. It was a role-reversal for Seattle, two years after they lost the Super Bowl to New England on Malcolm Butler's interception of Russell Wilson at the goal line. This time, Tom Brady failed to connect with Rob Gronkowski on a fade route on fourth down after the Pats had first-and-goal from inside the Seattle 2. LeGarrette Blount couldn't cross the goal line on the drive after rushing for three touchdowns.
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It's now an eight-game winning streak for the Dallas Cowboys since their season-opening loss to the Giants. Ezekiel Elliott ran for two touchdowns in the final two minutes to lead a 35-30 triumph at Pittsburgh. Elliott ran for 114 yards and also had an 83-yard catch-and-run for a score to help the Cowboys match the longest single-season win streak in club history.
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Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each hit five 3-pointers and scored 30 points apiece as Golden State outscored Phoenix, 133-120. Thompson delivered 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 4:31 left and another with 3:13 remaining. Kevin Durant chipped in 29 points and a team-high nine boards in the Warriors' fourth consecutive win.
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Knicks guard Brandon Jennings has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate language toward an official and failed to leave the court in a timely manner. The incident came with 3:20 remaining in a 115-87 loss in Boston on Friday. The Knicks were called for six technical fouls, with Carmelo Anthony also getting ejected

PROVINCIAL NDP INTRODUCING BILL TO ALLOW ONLINE PETITIONS
Thursday 10th November 2016

The NDP introduced a bill in the Legislature yesterday to allow online petitions to be submitted to a website managed by the House of Assembly. Under the proposed bill, petitions could be tabled as long as they are sponsored by an MLA and receive at least 500 signatures. The proposal is modelled on a system proposed by the federal NDP and implemented in Ottawa last year. Earlier this month Barneys River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald had his paper petition regarding twinning of Highway 104 turned down because it didn’t follow the correct format. The petition will be accepted this morning by Antigonish MLA and Finance Minister Randy Delorey and Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan on behalf of the province at One Government Place.

FRASER HOSTING PRE-BUDGET CONSULTATIONS
Monday 7th November 2016

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser is hosting a series of in-person pre-budget consultations. Last February, Fraser took part in a similar process, engaging in conversations about what priorities matter most to them, and what they believe should be reflected in Budget 2016. Tomorrow, Fraser will be in Antigonish and New Glasgow: in Antigonish, the consultations will begin at 1pm at the Antigonish Library, with New Glasgow's meetings beginning at 5:30 at the Bridgeview Square Boardroom on MacLean Street. Full details are available at Sean Fraser's website.


ALMOST 15,000 SIGN TWINNING PETITIONS
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Barney's River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says they've gathered nearly 15,000 signatures calling for the twinning of Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish. He says the paper petition has over 6,500 signatures, and he hopes to take it to the Nova Scotia Legislature soon. The online petition has over 8,200 signatures and MacDonald says it will continue until the highway stretch is twinned. The province released a feasibility study in July on twinning eight sections of highway in the province, which included the possibility of tolls. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan said that no decisions would be made until after public consultations, but so far none have been scheduled.

SPORTS OCTOBER 31 *UPDATED 9:10 AM*
Monday 31st October 2016

Two road wins this weekend for the Weeks Junior A Crushers. On Friday the team doubled Yarmouth 4-2. On Sunday the Crushers handily defeated the Valley Jr. A Wildcats 7-1. Scoring for the Crushers were Michael Dill with 2, Benji Curtis, Evan MacLennan, Jacob Hickey, MacK Derraugh and Alex Bonaparte. The Crushers are at the Wellness Centre on Thursday hosting the Yarmouth Mariners.
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The Weeks Major Midgets won against the Kensington Wilds 6-4 Saturday night, then on Sunday thumped the Charlottetown Pride 7-2. On Friday the Major Midgets are at the Wellness Centre to face Cape Breton West.
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In the Nova Scotia Jr. Hockey League, the Pictou County Scotians defeated the Cumberland County Blues 6-5 in a shootout at the Trenton arena. The team raised at least $6,000 at last night's game for Luke Spicer, who is recovering from a severe head injury.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers were beaten by the ACCEL Hawks 5-1 on Sunday at the Halifax Forum.
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The Atom AA Red Pictou County Crushers played their fifth league game Sunday at the Antigonish Arena against the Antigonish Bulldogs. They came through with a crushing 9-3 win, improving their record to 4-1. Cade Moser was huge for the Crushers burying four goals. Singles went to Landon Steele, Keagan Dalton, Cole Miller, Mac Wallace and Ben Manos. Evan Stewart delivered two assists, while others went to Amias Crossman, Manos, Kingsley Austin and Miller. The game was split between two goaltenders, Ben Verge and Alex Palmer.
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Bantam A League play this past weekend saw the two Pictou County teams square off in a pair of games. On Saturday afternoon at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Arena in Thorburn the teams battled to a 3 all tie. Goals for Team Red were scored by Myles Farnsworth, Kaleb Clarke and Gavin Bourque. Sundays game was played at the Trenton Arena and saw Team Red skate to a 5 to 1 win. Scoring were Thomas Devine, Lucas Bernard, Myles Farnsworth, Kaleb Clarke and Nolan MacDonald. Xander Vohs had the win in goal while Noah MacDonald had the lone goal for Team White.
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The Pictou County Subway Selects Bantam A team captured the Bantam A championship this weekend at the Chicks With Sticks tournament in Yarmouth.  The Selects went 4-0 in the round robin while outscoring their opponents, Metro East Inferno Gold and Metro West Force Orange, 9-1 to earn a bye to the championship game on Sunday.  The Selects would meet Metro West Force Orange in the final game.  The Selects defeated Metro West Force Orange 2-0 to capture the Chick With Sticks Tournament title.  Tournament scorers for the Selects were Emily Hayes (3), Ashley MacDonald (2), Rory Thompson (2), Emma MacKeil (2), Mia Coolen and Megan Petipas. Tournament assists were earned by Emma MacKeil (2), Jean Craig (2), Maddie MacIntyre, Katie Crawford, Ashley MacDonald, Abby Vint, Allie Sandluck and Taya MacLean.  Kelly Harnett played 14 periods of shutout hockey only allowing 1 goal over 5 tournament games.  Tournament player of the game awards went to Ashley MacDonald, Emily Hayes, Mia Coolen, Kelly Harnett and Rory Thompson.  This is the third Chicks With Sticks tournament championship for the Selects after winning the PeeWee A division in back to back years.
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects were back in action on the weekend. On Saturday they travelled to Truro to face the Colchester Cyclones. The Selects came away with a 7-1 win. Scoring with 2 goals each were Frankie Hayman and Olivia Marks, singles going to Camryn Wright, Ashlyn Bona and Natasha Hahn. Assist going to Anna Stewart, Mallory Sangster,Olivia Marks, Natasha Hahn and Taylor Decoste. Chloe Stroud and Kylee Alexander were strong in nets. In Sunday’s home game, the Selects battled Cape Brenton West Islanders. In a tight game, the Selects pulled the goalie in the final minutes of the game however lost 2-0 to the Islanders. Kylee Alexander and Chloe Stroud shared the game in nets.
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In Peewee B action, Trenton defeated Westville Saturday morning in Westville with a score of 9-2. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 3 goals, Ethan Elms, Zack MacInnis, Olan Deyoung, Jake Henderson, Keegan Fournier and Carter Duplessis all adding singles. Assists came from Henderson 2, Mike Sponagle 2, Tanner Murphy 2, Jack Midgen 1, Mackay 1 , and MacInnis 1. Westville goals came from JD Mackenzie and Robbie Cameron. Assists from Lowell Wilson and Kaleb Malonson. Winning goalie was Carter MacLean.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers took on the Antigonish Bulldogs this past weekend with a home and away game. Saturday night in Thorburn, the Crushers hosted the Bulldogs. The team played hard and goaltender Noah MacDonald played outstanding in nets, however they fell to the Bulldogs in a 4-0 loss Sunday in Antigonish, The Crushers came out to win and defeated the Bulldogs in a 7-2 win. The Crushers capitalized on turnovers, battles at the boards and an excellent team effort both offensively and defensively. Goaltenders Noah MacDonald and John Mason split the duties and stood tall in nets making some outstanding saves. Goals came from Ethan Barker, Cameron Pitts and Jack MacNeil with one each and Caden Hawes and Josh McDonald with a pair each. Assists came from Caden Hawes, Chris Jorden, Jack MacNeil, Josh McDonald, Kaleb MacEachern, Cole A. Miller, Lucus MacDonald, Marshall Brown, Cale Cameron and Carson Moore. The Crushers will travel to Halifax to take on the Dartmouth Whalers at the Scotiabank Center on November 12 in exhibition action
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In High School soccer, the Pictou Academy Pitbulls girls team defeated Inverness 2-0 in qualifiers on Saturday to earn a trip to provincials for the sixth straight year. Scoring for PA was Olivia Pretty and Thea Waller, while Karri Waller picked up the shutout in nets. The boys' playoff run came to an end with a loss 2-1 to Halifax Grammar. Tim Shea scored for Pictou Academy. The Pitbull girls will travel to Highland Academy Nov. 4-5 for the provincial championships.
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FATAL COLLISION IN AFTON STATION
Thursday 27th October 2016

A single vehicle accident in the early morning hours this morning in Afton Station resulted in the death of a 30-year old woman from Antigonish. RCMP say the woman, who was alone in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene after her car left Highway 4, rolled, and struck a light pole. Highway 4 was closed for approximately six hours while an RCMP Traffic Analyst was called to examine the scene. The investigation is ongoing.


SPORTS OCTOBER 24
Monday 24th October 2016

In the Major Midget league, The Weeks Major Midgets beat out the defending league champion Steele Subaru Major Midgets in a close one on Saturday, 3-2. This coming weekend, the Weeks will be hosting Pink in the Rink. Saturday night's home game at 8pm against Kensington will be a fundraiser in support of Breast Cancer Research. Donations in support of breast cancer will be welcomed at the door. On Sunday the Weeks Major midgets host another interleague game vs the Charlottown Pride. Game time is 12 Noon. Any minor hockey players wearing their favorite hockey jersey will be admitted free on either day.
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In the Nova Scotia Junior League, The Valley Maple Leafs doubled the Pictou County Scotians 6-3 at the Trenton Arena Sunday night. The Scotians head to the Maple Leafs territory on Friday night. Then on Sunday next weekend, the Scotians will host the Cumberland County Blues. Proceeds from that game, including a donation box at the door, will be going to support Luke Spicer as he continues his recovery efforts from the severe head injury suffered earlier this month.
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In the Female Major Midget AAA League the Nothern Subway Selects took two from the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers, winning 2-0 Saturday night and 5-1 Sunday morning.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers had a successful road trip to Cape Breton holding on to first place after a 5-2 win over Northside and a 3-3 tie with the Glace Bay Miners. The game against Cape Breton County was cancelled due to fog on the rink. The Midget AA Crushers are now 2-1-2 in their first 5 games.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers Bantam A “Red” team opened their season by splitting a home and home series with the Antigonish Bulldogs. On Saturday in Antigonish the Crushers came out on top winning 8 to 5. Nolan Macdonald led the way with a hat trick, Lucas Bernard had a goal and Kaleb Clarke and Thomas Devine each had two goals apiece. On Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Center Antigonish came away with a 3 to 1 win. Kaleb Clarke had the lone goal for the Crushers.
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The Pee Wee A Subway Selects began their league season on the weekend. In Saturday's home game against Cape Breton West Islanders, the Selects got the win 2-1. Scoring were Ashlyn Bona and unassisted goal by Jana Cameron.  Assist went to Olivia Marks.  Chloe Stroud earned the win in nets. On Sunday, Selects travelled to Antigonish and tied the Antigonish Bulldogs 3-3.  Scoring for the Selects were Camryn Wright, Alyssa Ellis and Lucia Mason.  Assist went to Frankie Hayman, Ashlyn Bona and Olivia Marks.  Kylee Alexander and Chloe Stroud shared the game in nets. The team's next action is in Truro on Saturday against Colchester.
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The Wear Well Bombers played their best game of the season but were not rewarded when the first place Valley team scored with 29 seconds left to win 6-5. The Bombers ran into penalty trouble the last 8 minutes and gave up 3 goals to allow for the Valley comeback. Matt Carsen had a game to remember scoring four goals for the local squad. Ryan Green scored  his first goal as the other Bomber goal on a great feed from Scott Long (2 assists). Nole Chapman and Dave Matthews both had perfect passes on two of Carsen's goals. Blake Kontuk recorded two assists, Connor Mac Leod,Thomas Schnare and Evan Reynolds also had assists. Cody Mac Dougall was outstanding with 37 saves in the game. On Saturday the Bombers traveled to Dartmouth and lost 3-0. Brayden Leblanc stopped 33 shots. The Bombers hit posts and missed several good chances recording 23 shots. Next weekend they host the Gulls Sat at 5:30 and then travel to Halifax to play the ACCEL Hawks.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers have added more size and strength to the blue line, with the acquisition of Keven Larouche from the Longueuil College Francais of the LHJQ. Larouche also brings 57 games of QMJHL experience over parts of two seasons with the Val D'Or Foreurs, including a Memorial Cup victory in 2014. Larouche is expected to make his debut this week when the Crushers host the Dieppe Commandos.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Anaheim Ducks seem to have turned the page on their poor start to the season. Nick Ritchie scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 8:36 to play, captain Ryan Getzlaf had three assists and the Ducks beat Vancouver 4-2. Anaheim has now won two straight after a four-game winless start.
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Not the showing the Jets were hoping for at Investors Group Field. They were shut out 3-0 by Edmonton this afternoon in the Heritage Classic. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 of 32 shots for Winnipeg. The league delayed the start of the game almost two hours saying that the sun shining on the ice could have jeopardized the players' safety.
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Dan Girardi scored 1:55 into the third period and the New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. The Coyotes have lost their first four games on a six-game trip since beating Philadelphia in overtime at home to start the season.
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The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals had to settle for a 6-6 tie in the Sunday Night Football game. Both teams' kickers missed short field goals in overtime that would have won the game for either side. Seattle's kicker saw his 27-yard attempt sail wide with seven seconds left after Arizona's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.
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Two Canadian M-L-S teams ended their regular season with wins while the other took a loss. Toronto F-C beat Chicago 3-2 at BMO Field, the Whitecaps downed the Portland Timbers 4-1 at home and the Montreal Impact dropped a 3-nil decision to the Revolution in New England. Toronto and Montreal both play playoff games next week. Vancouver is out.
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The P-G-A Tour will play an official event in South Korea next year. The tour and the C-J Corporation say that The C-J Cup at Nine Bridges will be played on October 19-22 as part of the 2016-17 season. Nine Bridges is on Jeju Island off South Korea's southern coast. The tournament will have a 9.25 million dollar purse.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 22 OCTOBER
Saturday 22nd October 2016

The Yarmouth Mariners are no longer undefeated in MHL play. The Mariners are on a western New Brunswick road trip this weekend, and last night lost to the Campbellton Tigers 3-2. The Mariners will look to bounce back tonight in Miramichi against the Timberwolves in a battle of division leaders. One other game last night saw the South Shore Lumberjacks break out offensively in a big way, scoring 6 first period goals on the way to an 8-1 win over the Valley Wildcats. The Crushers are off until next Thursday when they host the Dieppe Commandos in a rematch of last year's Kent Cup Final.
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It was a busy night in the NSJHL with a total of four games on the schedule. The Cumberland County Blues continue to struggle, as they lost 3-2 at home to the Liverpool Privateers. The Antigonish Bulldogs also fell short, 4-3 on the road to the East Hants Penguins. The Glace Bay Jr Miners lost for just the second time in 11 games, 2-1 to the Valley Maple Leafs. The only team in the Sid Rowe Division to pick up points in the standings were the Strait Pirates, who won 5-4 at home to the Cole Harbour Colts. The Aecon Atlantic Scotians were idle last night, but will be back in action tomorrow night at 7pm at Trenton Arena when they host Valley.
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The Weeks Major Midgets hit the road tonight to take on Steele Subaru in Dartmouth. Game time at the Sportsplex is 7:15pm.
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The Wear Well Bombers of the NSMBHL are also at the Sportsplex for a game against Dartmouth today. It is the first game of the double-header, scheduled to start at 5pm. The Bombers will have a home game tomorrow at 12 noon against Kings Mutual from the Valley in the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Subway Northern Selects are on the road this weekend with a pair of games in Cape Breton against the Panthers.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Davaris Daniels caught a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell to lead the Calgary Stampeders to a 31-13 win over the Toronto Argonauts. The victory makes the Stampeders just the seventh team in C-F-L history to win all nine regular season games at home. Calgary also finished 9-and-0 at McMahon Stadium in 1993 and 1994.
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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are playoff bound. They clinched a post-season spot and a home playoff game with a 39-36 double-overtime victory over the Redblacks in Ottawa. Brett Maher kicked the winning field goal from 38 yards out. The Hamilton win also knocks Toronto and Montreal out of playoff contention.
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Shannon Szabados  came on in relief to stop 13-of-15 shots in her debut with the Peoria Rivermen of the Souther Professional Hockey League. Szabados played 24:55 of the Rivermen's 6-1 loss to Huntsville in their home opener. She helped guide Canada to gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and 2010 Vancouver Games.
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DeMar DeRozan poured in 34 points but it wasn't enough to give the Raptors a victory in their final pre-season game. John Wall had 15 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds as the Wizards cruised past Toronto 119-82. DeRozan was the only Toronto player to score in double digits. The Raptors open the regular season at home against Detroit on Wednesday.
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Cleveland rookie Ryan Merritt has been overwhelmed by the generous outpouring from some Indians fans sending wedding gifts to him and his fiancee, Sarah, after the 24-year-old pitched so well in the A-L pennant-clinching victory over Toronto this week. Fans found the couple's wedding registry online and have been flooding them with gifts.

OPENING CEREMONY FOR TWINNED SECTION OF HIGHWAY 104 SET FOR SATURDAY
Friday 21st October 2016

The most recent section of Highway 104 to be twinned, a section just east of the town of Antigonish, will be formally opened with a ceremony tomorrow morning at the Department of Natural Resources building in Beech Hill. Randy Delorey, provincial Finance Minister and MLA for Antigonish, and Sean Fraser, MP for Central Nova, will be in attendance on behalf of the provincial and federal Infrastructure Ministers. The opening will take place as discussions continue about further twinning of Highway 104, particularly the section between Sutherland's River and Antigonish, following a feasibility report released earlier this year.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 21 OCTOBER
Friday 21st October 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers had a close, hard-fought 5-3 win last night over the St. Stephen Aces in MHL action at the Wellness Centre. The power play continued to prove one of the big strengths of the Crushers, as they went 2-for-4 with the man advantage. Jake Hickey and Mack Derraugh had a goal and an assist each to lead the Crushers offensively. Also of note from last night's game, the Crushers donated 664 dollars, the proceeds from the 50/50 draw, to the fund to help Aces player Scottie Greene who suffered severe injuries last month in a motor vehicle accident. The Crushers are now off until next Thursday when they host the Dieppe Commandos. It will be their first meeting since the Crushers won Game 6 of the Kent Cup Final last spring.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians lost to the Brookfield Elks 8-3 last night in Brookfield. Details on the scoring are not available at this time. The Scotians will be back in action on Sunday when they host the Valley Maple Leafs. And a quick reminder, the game the following Sunday, 30 October against Cumberland, will see the proceeds from that game go to Luke Spicer as he continues to recover from the head injury he suffered in a game earlier this season.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers begin a 3 day road trip today when they travel to Antigonish to face the Bulldogs. This is their second meeting of the season, after a 2-2 tie in the Crushers home opener. That will be followed up with a trip to North Sydney to take on the Vikings in an early afternoon match up tomorrow, before facing Cape Breton County Saturday night. Finally, on Sunday afternoon they'll visit Glace Bay before heading home. Next weekend the Midget AA Crushers host the Cape Breton West Islanders.
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The Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is hosting Curling for Our Community on Saturday 22 October. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, come on out to support the United Way of Pictou County. The cost to sign up is $40 per team, with 24 team slots available. Pledge sheets provided. All donations accepted. The deadline to register is 21 October. Contact Susan Muirhead: suemuirhead24@icloud.com
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a Girls Self Defense course on Saturday October 22nd at 11am. The program is intended to educate, promote awareness, build self esteem and give young women the physical and mental tools they need to detect and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for more information and to register at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Chicago Cubs are one win away from their first World Series appearance in 71 years. Jon Lester pitched seven sharp innings and Addison Russell hit a tiebreaking homer as the Cubs downed the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 to take a 3-2 lead in the N-L Championship Series. Chicago will have two chances to wrap up the elusive pennant at Wrigley Field this weekend.
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Auston Matthews found the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season but it wasn't enough to lift the Maple Leafs over Minnesota. Eric Staal scored twice as the Wild topped the visiting Leafs 3-2. Roman Polak had the other Toronto goal. Jhonas Enroth made 24 saves in his Leafs debut.
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The Vancouver Canucks are on a roll. Daniel Sedin's third-period goal stood as the winner as Vancouver topped the visiting Buffalo Sabres 2-1 to improve to 4-0-and-0 on the season. Jannik Hansen also scored for the Canucks.
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The Canadiens gave Carey Price plenty of offensive support in his first N-H-L game since last November. Five different skaters found the net to back a 27-save outing from Price in Montreal's 5-2 win over Arizona. Shea Weber scored his first goal for Montreal. Price is healed from the knee injury he suffered last year but he missed the first three games of this season with the flu.
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A two-point night from Connor McDavid spoiled Nail Yakupov's return to Edmonton. McDavid had a goal and an assist to lead the Oilers to a 3-1 victory over Yakupov and the Blues. It was Yakupov's first game back in Edmonton since he was traded earlier this month. Elsewhere, the Calgary Flames dropped a 4-2 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes.
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Aaron Rodgers set a franchise record for completions in a game with 39 of 56 to lead the Green Bay Packers to a 26-10 victory over Chicago in the N-F-L's Thursday Nighter. Rodgers threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns. It was the Packers' first contest without injured running back Eddie Lacy.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - 19 OCTOBER
Wednesday 19th October 2016

The Pictou Academy Pitbulls boys soccer team are off to the Division 3 NSSAF regional finals. The Pitbulls hosted a qualifying tournament yesterday, and earned a win and a loss to finish second. The hosts beat Parrsboro 2-1 before falling to the team that finished first from Pugwash 2-0. The boys will play the regionals in Guysborough starting on Saturday.
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The Pitbull girls soccer team also went 1-1 yesterday, beating East Antigonish 1-0 in Oxford before falling to the hosts 2-1. They have also advanced to the regionals in Division 3 NSSAF play, and will also begin their tournament on Saturday.
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The news was not as good for the North Nova Gryphons as both the boys and girls saw their seasons come to an end with losses in Division 1 NSSAF play.
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Two Nova Scotia hockey players will be donning the Maple Leaf to represent Canada at the World U17 Hockey Challenge later this month in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, and now they know what colour it will me. The tournament features three Canadian teams, Canada Black, Canada Red, and Canada White, against national teams from the United States, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Czech Republic. Jared MacIsaac of Truro, a defenseman with the Halifax Mooseheads, was yesterday named to Team Canada White, while Bedford's Andrew Coxhead of the Quebec Remparts will be a forward on Team Canada Black. Pre-tournament games begin one week from tomorrow.
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The Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is hosting Curling for Our Community on Saturday 22 October. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, come on out to support the United Way of Pictou County. The cost to sign up is $40 per team, with 24 team slots available. Pledge sheets provided. All donations accepted. The deadline to register is 21 October. Contact Susan Muirhead: suemuirhead24@icloud.com
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a Girls Self Defense course on Saturday October 22nd at 11am. The program is intended to educate, promote awareness, build self esteem and give young women the physical and mental tools they need to detect and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for more information and to register at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Blue Jays gave their fans a reason to keep the faith. Josh Donaldson homered for Toronto and Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kar-nah-see-OHN') drove in a pair of runs before a sellout of over 49-thousand under the roof at the Rogers Centre as the Blue Jays beat Cleveland 5-1 in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Indians still lead the best-of-seven set 3-1, with Game 5 today (Wednesday) in Toronto.
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Fourteen months removed from independent ball on Long Island, Rich Hill pitched the Dodgers into a 2-1 National League Championship Series lead. Hill allowed two hits in six innings to beat Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta as L-A beat the Cubs 6-0. Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning for the Dodgers.
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Third-period deficits don't seem to phase this year's Canucks team. Henrik Sedin scored in overtime as Vancouver beat St. Louis 2-1 for its third straight come-from-behind victory. The Canucks trailed both of their previous games heading into the third, and tied things up with 2:55 left in regulation when Bo Horvat banged home a rebound past Jake Allen.
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Cam Talbot had a big night in net for the Oilers before an even bigger morning. Talbot stopped 31 shots as Edmonton beat Carolina 3-2 — this despite his wife being scheduled to give birth to twins early this morning.
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In pre-game introductions for Montreal's home opener, former coach Jacques Demers, who is recovering from a stroke, brought out a torch in his wheelchair to pass to captain Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty then scored the game's first goal just 23 seconds in. The Canadiens went on to beat the Penguins 4-0.
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Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has become the 44th N-H-L player to reach 500 career goals. The 37-year-old Hossa slid a backhander through Philadelphia goalie Michal Neuvirth last night to reach the mark. The crowd of 21-thousand-plus at the United Center roared when the milestone goal was announced, and Hossa waved his stick to acknowledge the ovation.
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Goaltender Shannon Szabados should know today if she has earned a roster spot with the Southern Professional Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen. Peoria has until midnight tonight to finalize its 18-man roster for the up-coming season. The Canadian women's national team member is one of three goalies still on the roster, with one final cut remaining. 
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The World Golf Hall of Fame is adding five new members this year. The class of 2016 includes golfers Ian Woosnam, Davis Love the Third, Meg Mallon and Lorena Ochoa along with longtime British reporter Henry Longhurst. The induction will be September 26th in New York.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - 17 OCTOBER
Monday 17th October 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers fell behind early on Saturday night in Truro, going down 4-0 in the first 6:39, but fought back to make a game of it, eventually losing 6-5 to the Bearcats. Alex Bonaparte led the way for the Crushers with a three point night in a losing effort. Bearcat captain Kyle Tibbo was the Crusher killer, with 2 goals and 2 assists. It is another week with just a single game for the Crushers coming up this week, as they host the St. Stephen Aces Thursday night at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians split their two games this weekend in the NSJHL, falling 5-0 to the Glace Bay Miners in Cape Breton on Saturday before bouncing back with a 5-3 win over the East Hants Penguins last night at Trenton Arena. Newly acquired goaltender Blake Meech earned the win, stopping 45 of 48 shots. Will Kelly had a three point night with a goal and two assists to lead the charge offensively for the Scotians. This coming week the Scotians play twice, visiting Brookfield on Thursday before hosting the Valley Maple Leafs on Sunday. Then on the following Sunday, 30 October, all proceeds from the game will go to Luke Spicer to help with his recovery after the injury suffered in a game a week ago.
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The NNEC girls varsity volleyball team travelled to Pomquet this weekend and came away with the silver medal. They defeated East Antigonish, Richmond, Cheticamp, and Dr. JH Gillis to advance to the semifinal. The Gryphons defeated the host team Pomquet to advance to the final, but were defeated by SAERC two sets to one. Roshan Ghafari was named team MVP for the Gryphons. Team members include: Danielle Farrell, Emma Harnett, Janelle Young, Roshan Ghafari, Courtney Smith, Victoria Robertson, Emma Holle, Lauren Kellock, Breanna Greise, Breanna Lodge, Abby MacLean and Maddy Byrne. They are coached by Tracy Kellock and Crystal Young.
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The Weeks Major Midgets earned a split of their two games against the South Shore Mustangs at the Wellness Centre this weekend, starting with a 7-3 victory Saturday night, however the Mustangs bounced back with a win of their own, 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Weeks have just one game this coming weekend in Dartmouth against Steele Subaru before returning home the following weekend for a Pink in the Rink game raising money for Breast Cancer Research on Saturday, 29 October against Kensington Wild. Game time that night is 8pm.
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The Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is hosting Curling for Our Community on Saturday 22 October. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, come on out to support the United Way of Pictou County. The cost to sign up is $40 per team, with 24 team slots available. Pledge sheets provided. All donations accepted. The deadline to register is 19 October. Contact Susan Muirhead: suemuirhead24@icloud.com
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a Girls Self Defense course on Saturday October 22nd at 11am. The program is intended to educate, promote awareness, build self esteem and give young women the physical and mental tools they need to detect and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for more information and to register at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Clayton Kershaw retired his first 14 batters and allowed just two hits as the Dodgers blanked the Cubs 1-0. The win evens the best-of-seven N-L-C-S at a game apiece. He struck out six and walked one in the best playoff start of his illustrious career. It was his first outing since he pitched three times in the N-L Division Series. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
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This year's Canucks squad already seems to have a flare for the dramatic. Brandon Sutter scored 32 seconds into overtime as Vancouver erased a three-goal deficit to down the Hurricanes 4-3. It was their second straight comeback win after beating Calgary in a shootout on Saturday. Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves for the win in net.
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The Oilers were hit with a reality check tonight at Rogers Place. Ryan O'Reilly had two goals and two assists as the Sabres pounded Edmonton 6-2. The Oilers had won back-to-back games before the loss. Benoit Pouliot and Milan Lucic replied for Edmonton. Cam Talbot allowed six goals on 23 shots.
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A big comeback victory for the Texans. They erased a 14-point deficit to tie it at 23 with 54 seconds left and then got past the Colts 26-23 in O-T. Nick Novak made a 33-yard field goal in extra time after Brock Osweiler threw a 36-yard pass to Jaelen Strong to get Houston to the 12. Novak's field goal came two plays later.
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Paolo Tornaghi had a clean sheet in his first M-L-S start and the Vancouver Whitecaps tied the San Jose Earthquakes nil-nil in M-L-S action. Both teams had already seen their post-season hopes vanish. Earlier, Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 87th minute to lift Toronto F-C to a 2-2 draw with the Impact in Montreal.
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Brendan Steele earned redemption at Silverado and won the Safeway Open for his first P-G-A Tour victory in more than five years. Steele rallied from four shots behind in the rain and finished with three straight birdies for a 7-under 65 and a one-shot victory. Canadian Mackenzie Hughes finished tied for 13th at 13-under.


SPORTS OCTOBER 12
Wednesday 12th October 2016

The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers will be kicking off their season at home when they play host to the visiting Antigonish Bulldogs tonight at 8pm at the Wellness Centre.
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This weekend the Weeks Major Midgets are hosting the South Shore Mustangs-Game times are Saturday October 15th at 8 PM and Sunday October 16th at Noon. Later this month, on 29 October, in support of Breast Cancer month the Weeks Major Midgets will be having a Pink in the Rink game in support of Breast Cancer-Game is against the Kensington Wild and starts at 8 PM- That game will be broadcast on Eastlink as well. On Sunday October 30th the Weeks Major Midgets will host the Charlottown Islanders-Game time is 12 Noon
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Registration for the New Glasgow Kinsmen Power Skating & Learn to Sledge Programs will take place on Sunday October 16 from 3:45pm to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. More information on the program can be found on The New Glasgow Kinsmen Club Facebook page or by contacting Steve Dunbar at sdunbar@eastlink.ca
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The Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is hosting Curling for Our Community on Saturday 22 October. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, come on out to support the United Way of Pictou County. The cost to sign up is $40 per team, with 24 team slots available. Pledge sheets provided. All donations accepted. The deadline to register is 19 October. Contact Susan Muirhead: suemuirhead24@icloud.com
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a Girls Self Defense course on Saturday October 22nd at 11am. The program is intended to educate, promote awareness, build self esteem and give young women the physical and mental tools they need to detect and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for more information and to register at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A four-run ninth inning has the Cubs moving on to the National League Championship Series for the second year in a row. Javier Baez's tie-breaking single capped the ninth as Chicago beat San Francisco 6-5 to take the N-L Division Series in four games.
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The Dodgers have earned themselves a return trip to Washington. L-A has forced a fifth and deciding game in the N-L Division Series by downing the Nationals 6-5 at Dodger Stadium. L-A coughed up a three-run lead in the seventh before Chase Utley hit an R-B-I single in the bottom of the eighth to extend the series.
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The Blue Jays say Marco Estrada will start Game 1 of the American League Championship Series Friday in Cleveland. Estrada came within two outs of a complete-game victory in Toronto's 10-1 rout of Texas in the opener of the A-L-D-S, holding the Rangers to a run and four hits. He is 3-and-1 with a 2-point-6-8 E-R-A in eight career post-season games.
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Canada's Milos Raonic is in action this morning at the Shanghai Masters. Raonic is up against Italy's Paulo Lorenzi in the Round of 32. Raonic is ranked sixth in the world after the most recent A-T-P rankings were released yesterday. Fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil is also in action today against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
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It's that time of year when baseball players start to deal with injuries from the regular season. Yankees' pitcher C-C Sabathia has undergone surgery on his troublesome right knee. Royals pitcher Chris Young had surgery on his abdominal area. Meanwhile, Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun will undergo surgery on a bilateral core muscle injury next Tuesday.
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An already outstanding year of golf by Dustin Johnson has been topped off with him winning the major post-season awards. The P-G-A Tour has announced that he has won the Jack Nicklaus Award for being player of the year as well as the Arnold Palmer Award for leading the money list and the Byron Nelson Award for having the lowest adjusted scoring average.

SPORTS SEPTEMBER 13 *UPDATED 12:05 PM*
Tuesday 13th September 2016

The Pictou County Scotians are in Antigonish tonight for a pre-season tilt with the Bulldogs at the Keating Millenium Centre at 8pm.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are coming off a very successful early bird tournament, winning against defending league champions Dartmouth Steele Subaru 5-2, losing a shoot out vs regular season champion Cole Harbour Wolfpack 4-3, and two other 4-3 losses against Halifax McDonalds and Cape Breton West Islanders who are both early favorites to vie for top spot in the league. Coach Kyle MacLennan says the team is a very talented young group and will be very exciting to watch this year. The Weeks home opener is Saturday at 6:30 vs the regular season Champions Cole Harbour Wolfpack.
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Tryout times for female hockey in Pictou County and the Fundy Highland zone have been posted on the Pictou County Minor Hockey website under the female tab. AA tryouts will take place first followed by A if necessary. Tryout fee for AA is $50 and all participants must be registered and paid before taking part in the evaluations.  No late registrations will be accepted after the first tryout in each division begins unless there is room for placements on A teams after evaluations are complete. Anyone wanting more information about the female program can contact female@pcmha.ca.
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North Nova Education Centre’s Athletic Department is currently accepting applications of interest for the position of head coach for the boys’ hockey program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. NNEC has a successful and proud tradition of excellence in boys’ hockey dating back to their first year in 2003 and the successful candidate will be expected to build on this tradition. Head coaching duties and responsibilities, as outlined by the school’s administration and the Athletic Director, include but are not limited to the following:
Understand and implement all ethics and coaching morals as outlined by the school’s Athletic Council and Nova School Athletic Federation (NSSAF)
Develop and implement an appropriate training program, practice schedule; as well as, game and tournament scheduling.
Meet with student-athletes and their parents/guardians to clearly communicate and discuss team goals, rules and expectations for both on and off the ice.
Oversee finances and team fundraising
Encourage, support and follow through on maintaining academic standards for those student-athletes.
Applications can be dropped off at the school or emailed to the Athletic Director at hamptons@ccrsb.ca Deadline: September 14th, 2016 Successful applicants will be notified by the Athletic Director on or before September 16th.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is searching for a new Head Coach for the 2016/2017 Learn to Skate program. Group lessons run for two 8-week long sessions: FALL 2016: October 17 - December 12, 2016 *No lessons on Halloween - Oct.31, 2016* WINTER 2017: January 9 - March 6, 2017 *No lessons on Heritage Day - Feb.20, 2017 * Program Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre * Offering Paid Honorarium * Please contact Trenton Parks & Recreation at: Phone: 902-752-1019 or Email: robyn.meyer@trenton.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Righty Marcus Stroman will start as the Blue Jays continue their three-game set against the Rays at Rogers Centre tonight. Lefty Drew Smyly will go for the Rays. Toronto took the opener last night 3-2 thanks to a tiebreaking, pinch-hit home run from Ezequiel Carrera in the eighth inning.
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The Red Sox and Orioles continue their series at Fenway Park with A-L East implications on the line. Boston is two games up on Toronto for first in the division. The Orioles are three games back after being hammered 12-2 in last night's opener. David Ortiz hit his 536th career homer to tie Mickey Mantle for 17th on baseball's all-time list in the win.
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Team U-S-A welcomes Team Finland tonight for their final World Cup of Hockey tune-up game. The Americans and Finns will play in Washington's Verizon Centre. Team Canada's final exhibition game will be tomorrow in Pittsburgh against Team Russia. The official tournament begins Saturday.
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Vancouver takes a perfect 2-0-and-0 record into tonight's road game against Sporting Kansas City in CONCACAF Champions League competition. With a win, the Whitecaps can advance beyond C-C-L group play for the first time. Sporting K-C has an 0-1-and-1 record in C-C-L play and needs a win to remain in contention for first place in Group C.
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Canada's Stephanie Chan will be going for bronze medal today at the Rio Paralympics in women's singles Class 7 table tennis. Six-time Paralympian Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Quebec is in the final in the women's T-54 15-hundred metres. And Canada's women's wheelchair basketball team has a quarter-final matchup against the Netherlands.

SPORTS SEPTEMBER 12
Monday 12th September 2016

Connor MacLeod scored his second goal of the game in the final seconds to put the Bombers ahead 4-3 and manage a split for the Wear Well Bombers Major Bantams in their opening weekend. MacLeod finished the game with a total of 2 goals and 2 assists in a dominating performance. With 3 players at soccer provincials and an injury the local squad iced only 8 forwards and played extremely hard to manage their first 2 points of the season. Other scorers were Thomas Schnare assisted by MacLeod and Mac Lean Tobin. Colin Mac Gillivray tied the game only three two minutes into the third. Cody MacDougall was excellent in goal facing 24 shots and recording his first major bantam victory. On Saturday the team lost 6-0 to the Western Hurricanes in what coach Jeff Green described as a lackluster performance - in fairness to the team six players drove to the Bridgewater area played Provincial Championship soccer and drove home just in time to play hockey. Brayden LeBlanc was the losing goaltender facing 25 shots. Next weekend the team plays in East Hants Saturday evening and in Port Hawkesbury Sunday morning to face the Novas.
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For the Kickin' Vixens, their final match of the season was a nailbiter, as they edged the Cape Breton Tar City Rollers in the final seconds 151 – 146. MVP Jammer for the Vixens was Rocken Roller/Char Pentz, while Thread Wrong/Lynnette MacKay was MVP Blocker.
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Pictou County Scotians took it to an extra period, but lost 7-6 in a preseason match against the Strait Pirates. The regular season starts at home on Sunday against Cole Harbour at 7pm.
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Back behind the wheel, Rollie MacDonald of Pictou finished fourth in the Lucas Oil 150 at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday. Donald Chisholm of Antigonish captured his second win of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. The defending series champ battled late with current point leader Cole Butcher of Porter’s Lake for the win. Butcher was second and was joined on the podium by Greg Proude of Springvale, PEI. Two-time series titlist Shawn Turple of Enfield completed the top five. Before the feature races, there was an altercation in the pits, which resulted in Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro and Pictou County’s George Koszkulics being suspended from racing for the night. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour season finishes next Saturday at Scotia Speedworld. 
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL kick off their exhibition schedule this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre when they host the Strait Pirates at 7pm on Sunday. The Scotians finished last season just two wins shy of their first NSJHL Final since 2009, as they took the Glace Bay Miners to 6 games in the Sid Rowe Division Final. The Scotians first regular season home game, also at the Wellness Centre, will take place the following Sunday against the Cole Harbour Colts.
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North Nova Education Centre’s Athletic Department is currently accepting applications of interest for the position of head coach for the boys’ hockey program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. NNEC has a successful and proud tradition of excellence in boys’ hockey dating back to their first year in 2003 and the successful candidate will be expected to build on this tradition. Head coaching duties and responsibilities, as outlined by the school’s administration and the Athletic Director, include but are not limited to the following:
Understand and implement all ethics and coaching morals as outlined by the school’s Athletic Council and Nova School Athletic Federation (NSSAF)
Develop and implement an appropriate training program, practice schedule; as well as, game and tournament scheduling.
Meet with student-athletes and their parents/guardians to clearly communicate and discuss team goals, rules and expectations for both on and off the ice.
Oversee finances and team fundraising
Encourage, support and follow through on maintaining academic standards for those student-athletes.
Applications can be dropped off at the school or emailed to the Athletic Director at hamptons@ccrsb.ca Deadline: September 14th, 2016 Successful applicants will be notified by the Athletic Director on or before September 16th.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is searching for a new Head Coach for the 2016/2017 Learn to Skate program. Group lessons run for two 8-week long sessions: FALL 2016: October 17 - December 12, 2016 *No lessons on Halloween - Oct.31, 2016* WINTER 2017: January 9 - March 6, 2017 *No lessons on Heritage Day - Feb.20, 2017 * Program Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre * Offering Paid Honorarium * Please contact Trenton Parks & Recreation at: Phone: 902-752-1019 or Email: robyn.meyer@trenton.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The race for the American League East division has gotten that much tighter. Jackie Bradley Junior, David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez all hit home runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 11-8. In Detroit, the Orioles got past the Tigers 3-1. Boston now leads the division by two games with Toronto and Baltimore tied for second.
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Dan LeFevour gave the Argonauts a much-needed boost in perhaps his only start with Toronto. LeFevour threw for 329 yards and a touchdown in Toronto's 33-21 win over the Tiger-Cats. The start was LeFevour's first in the C-F-L in more than two years. After the game the Argos acquired Q-B Drew Willy from Winnipeg. Starter Ricky Ray is out with an injury.
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New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees had another outstanding day despite a 35-34 loss to the Raiders. Breese passed for 424 yards and four touchdowns. It's the 14th time he has had a 400-yard passing game, tying Peyton Manning for the most in league history.
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Starting in place of suspended Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 264 yards and a touchdown to lead the Patriots to a 23-21 victory over the favoured Cardinals. And Carson Wentz threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in his N-F-L debut as Philadelphia whipped Cleveland 29-10.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 12
Monday 12th September 2016

Connor MacLeod scored his second goal of the game in the final seconds to put the Bombers ahead 4-3 and manage a split for the Wear Well Bombers Major Bantams in their opening weekend. MacLeod finished the game with a total of 2 goals and 2 assists in a dominating performance. With 3 players at soccer provincials and an injury the local squad iced only 8 forwards and played extremely hard to manage their first 2 points of the season. Other scorers were Thomas Schnare assisted by MacLeod and Mac Lean Tobin. Colin Mac Gillivray tied the game only three two minutes into the third. Cody MacDougall was excellent in goal facing 24 shots and recording his first major bantam victory. On Saturday the team lost 6-0 to the Western Hurricanes in what coach Jeff Green described as a lackluster performance - in fairness to the team six players drove to the Bridgewater area played Provincial Championship soccer and drove home just in time to play hockey. Brayden LeBlanc was the losing goaltender facing 25 shots. Next weekend the team plays in East Hants Saturday evening and in Port Hawkesbury Sunday morning to face the Novas.
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For the Kickin' Vixens, their final match of the season was a nailbiter, as they edged the Cape Breton Tar City Rollers in the final seconds 151 – 146. MVP Jammer for the Vixens was Rocken Roller/Char Pentz, while Thread Wrong/Lynnette MacKay was MVP Blocker.
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In intercollegiate baseball St.FX had its home opener on Saturday against Holland College.  X played hard but lost the first game 9-0. John Mitchell took the loss.  In the second game Kieran MacGillvray pitched a gem and St.FX took Holland College into extra innings before eventually losing 12-5.  Next up for St.FX are two away game against Acadia on Sunday.  Next home game for X will be on Saturday Sept 17 against UNB.
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Back behind the wheel, Pictou's Rollie MacDonald of Pictou finished fourth in the Lucas Oil 150 at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday. Donald Chisholm of Antigonish captured his second win of the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. The defending series champ battled late with current point leader Cole Butcher of Porter’s Lake for the win. Butcher was second and was joined on the podium by Greg Proude of Springvale, PEI. Two-time series titlist Shawn Turple of Enfield completed the top five. Before the feature races, there was an altercation in the pits, which resulted in Dylan Blenkhorn of Truro and Pictou County’s George Koszkulics being suspended from racing for the night. The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour season finishes next Saturday at Scotia Speedworld. 
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL kick off their exhibition schedule this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre when they host the Strait Pirates at 7pm on Sunday. The Scotians finished last season just two wins shy of their first NSJHL Final since 2009, as they took the Glace Bay Miners to 6 games in the Sid Rowe Division Final. The Scotians first regular season home game, also at the Wellness Centre, will take place the following Sunday against the Cole Harbour Colts.
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North Nova Education Centre’s Athletic Department is currently accepting applications of interest for the position of head coach for the boys’ hockey program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. NNEC has a successful and proud tradition of excellence in boys’ hockey dating back to their first year in 2003 and the successful candidate will be expected to build on this tradition. Head coaching duties and responsibilities, as outlined by the school’s administration and the Athletic Director, include but are not limited to the following:
Understand and implement all ethics and coaching morals as outlined by the school’s Athletic Council and Nova School Athletic Federation (NSSAF)
Develop and implement an appropriate training program, practice schedule; as well as, game and tournament scheduling.
Meet with student-athletes and their parents/guardians to clearly communicate and discuss team goals, rules and expectations for both on and off the ice.
Oversee finances and team fundraising
Encourage, support and follow through on maintaining academic standards for those student-athletes.
Applications can be dropped off at the school or emailed to the Athletic Director at hamptons@ccrsb.ca Deadline: September 14th, 2016 Successful applicants will be notified by the Athletic Director on or before September 16th.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation is searching for a new Head Coach for the 2016/2017 Learn to Skate program. Group lessons run for two 8-week long sessions: FALL 2016: October 17 - December 12, 2016 *No lessons on Halloween - Oct.31, 2016* WINTER 2017: January 9 - March 6, 2017 *No lessons on Heritage Day - Feb.20, 2017 * Program Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00pm Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre * Offering Paid Honorarium * Please contact Trenton Parks & Recreation at: Phone: 902-752-1019 or Email: robyn.meyer@trenton.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The race for the American League East division has gotten that much tighter. Jackie Bradley Junior, David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez all hit home runs as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 11-8. In Detroit, the Orioles got past the Tigers 3-1. Boston now leads the division by two games with Toronto and Baltimore tied for second.
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Dan LeFevour gave the Argonauts a much-needed boost in perhaps his only start with Toronto. LeFevour threw for 329 yards and a touchdown in Toronto's 33-21 win over the Tiger-Cats. The start was LeFevour's first in the C-F-L in more than two years. After the game the Argos acquired Q-B Drew Willy from Winnipeg. Starter Ricky Ray is out with an injury.
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New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees had another outstanding day despite a 35-34 loss to the Raiders. Breese passed for 424 yards and four touchdowns. It's the 14th time he has had a 400-yard passing game, tying Peyton Manning for the most in league history.
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Starting in place of suspended Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 264 yards and a touchdown to lead the Patriots to a 23-21 victory over the favoured Cardinals. And Carson Wentz threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns in his N-F-L debut as Philadelphia whipped Cleveland 29-10.

SPORTS SEPTEMBER 3
Saturday 3rd September 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers are wrapping up the preseason with a game in Truro against the Bearcats. The Crushers' Kent Cup title defence begins Thursday at home against the Amherst Ramblers.
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Forty years of road racing will be celebrated on Labour Day in Westville with a five-mile fun run starting Monday at 10 am. It's also a chance to honour those who have been part of the event, including perennial one-mile and five-mile champion Dave MacLennan and the late Joe Horne for his strong support for the day’s events. The five-mile run is replacing the one and five-mile races of the past. There will be Kids races as usual.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next week. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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Northumberland Regional High School are holding tryouts for its varsity soccer teams next week. For Varsity girls, tryout times are Sept. 6 – 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 7 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm. Varsity boys tryout times are Sept. 6 – 2:30-4 pm, Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 12 – 3:30-5 pm. Players in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to the evaluation sessions, and are asked to be prepared with gear and water. 
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Second-seeded Angelique Kerber ended 17-year-old American qualifier CiCi Bellis' stay at the U-S Open in the third round. The German beat Bellis 6-1, 6-1 in the last match of the day at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Kerber will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Sunday for a quarter-final berth.
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The offence was a little harder to come by for the Blue Jays. Edwin Encarnacion had an R-B-I double as Toronto fell 8-3 to the Rays. Alex Cobb went five solid innings in his first start in two years. He was coming back from Tommy John surgery last year. Marcus Stroman shouldered the loss after giving up three earned runs over six innings.
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David Ortiz singled twice and drove in three runs, David Price won his fifth consecutive start and the Red Sox beat the Athletics 16-2 in Oakland. The win moves Boston just a game back of the A-L East leading Blue Jays. Over his last five starts Price is 5-and-0 with a 2-point-0-6 E-R-A.
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The union for police officers who work San Francisco home games says its members may boycott policing the stadium if the 49ers don't discipline Colin Kaepernick . The quarterback made headlines over the last week for refusing to stand during the national anthem. A letter was sent to the 49ers from the Santa Clara Police Officers Association. It says that the union leadership has a duty to protect its members from harassment.
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Canada's chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia aren't looking good after a 2-1 loss in Honduras. The Canadians need a win on Tuesday and Honduras to lose in Mexico by enough goals for Canada to move ahead on goal difference. Canada hasn't qualified for the final round of World Cup qualifying since the cycle for the 1998 World Cup.

SPORTS SEPTEMBER 2
Friday 2nd September 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers are wrapping up the preseason with two against the Truro Bearcats. Last night, the Crushers got a 4-3 win over the Bearcats. Goals were scored by Michael Dill, Jake Martin, Alexis Roy, and Andrew Murphy. The teams play in Truro on Saturday.
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The New Glasgow Kinsmen Cubs Mosquito AAA team are playing in the 11U AAA Provincial Championships this weekend in Hantsport. It's the first time New Glasgow has fielded a AAA team at the Mosquito level. The winner of the provincial tournament will advance to Atlantics, being hosted by the Tri County Rangers in the Halifax area. 
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Forty years of road racing will be celebrated on Labour Day in Westville with a five-mile fun run starting Monday at 10 am. It's also a chance to honour those who have been part of the event, including perennial one-mile and five-mile champion Dave MacLennan and the late Joe Horne for his strong support for the day’s events. The five-mile run is replacing the one and five-mile races of the past. There will be Kids races as usual.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next week. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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Northumberland Regional High School are holding tryouts for its varsity soccer teams next week. For Varsity girls, tryout times are Sept. 6 – 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 7 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm. Varsity boys tryout times are Sept. 6 – 2:30-4 pm, Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 12 – 3:30-5 pm. Players in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to the evaluation sessions, and are asked to be prepared with gear and water. 
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Chris Milo kicked four field goals, including two in the fourth quarter, to lift the Redblacks over the Alouettes in Montreal 19-14. The Als are in last place in the East Division after suffering their league-worst fifth loss at home. Ottawa snapped a two-game skid.
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The Blue Jays are bringing back catcher Josh Thole. The club announced that Thole has been signed to a major-league contract with the Jays. Thole elected to become a free agent on Tuesday night after clearing waivers. The 29-year-old was designated for assignment by Toronto on Monday to make room for catcher Dioner Navarro.
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Colin Kaepernick and 49ers safety Eric Reid kneeled during the national anthem in San Diego, continuing the quarterback's pre-season protest of American racial injustice and minority oppression. In Oakland, Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane also sat on the bench behind his standing teammates as the national anthem was performed before Seattle's game against the Raiders.
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South Korea's Chella Choi was the only one ready for the wind. Choi shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the L-P-G-A Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ontario. Hamilton's Alena Sharp and Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Quebec were the top Canadians at 3 under at a windy Whistle Bear Golf Club.
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A former player with the O-H-L Windsor Spitfires has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in the washroom of a Windsor, Ontario bar in March 2013. Justice Kirk Munroe delivered the guilty verdict against 22-year-old Ben Johnson in a nearly three-hour ruling. Johnson was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 2012. 


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 1
Thursday 1st September 2016

In Preseason action Wednesday night the Wear Well Bombers lost a hard fought game to the Truro Bearcats 4-3. Truro scored one goal in the first,two in the second and one early in the third to take a 4-0 lead. The Bombers got a power play marker from Evan Reynolds seven minutes into the third,assisted by Cole Green and Iain Horton. Connor MacLeod scored with assists to Lucas Fraser and Reynolds. Then Scott Long scored late to make  it 4-3 with seconds remaining. MacLeod asssited on that goal. Tyler Machum and Cody MacDougall shared the goaltending duties. The Wearwell team continues to try and make roster reductions prior to their League starting next weekend. They currently have 22 players and must cut it down to 19.
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After losing a pair to Summerside this past weekend, the Weeks Junior A Crushers have a pair of games left in the preseason, both against the Truro Bearcats – at home tonight, then in Truro on Saturday. Following the second game against Summerside, the Crushers let go of four forwards, leaving them with 18 forwards in camp. James Murphy, Colin Holmes, Kevin Mason, and Jaden Mason have all been reassigned.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting continues until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next week. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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Northumberland Regional High School are holding tryouts for its varsity soccer teams next week. For Varsity girls, tryout times are Sept. 6 – 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 7 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm. Varsity boys tryout times are Sept. 6 – 2:30-4 pm, Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 12 – 3:30-5 pm. Players in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to the evaluation sessions, and are asked to be prepared with gear and water. 
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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With Milos Raonic's unexpected early exit, there are no Canadians left in the singles draws of the U-S Open. The fifth-seeded Raonic was ousted in four sets by American Ryan Harrison in the second round at Flushing Meadows. Also, Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil was eliminated after a three-set loss to Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
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Aaron Sanchez came up from the minors to earn his 13th win of the season with the Blue Jays. Sanchez allowed just five hits and no earned runs in six innings as Toronto beat Baltimore 5-3. Jose Bautista and Russell Martin helped out Sanchez with first-inning home runs. Michael Saunders added another solo shot in the eighth.
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The Red Sox will add hyped prospect Yoan Moncada to the major league roster prior to a game at Oakland Friday as Boston tries to keep pace with Toronto in the A-L East. The Cuban infielder signed with Boston in February 2015 in a deal that cost the Red Sox $63 million dollars U-S due to a tax penalty on international amateur free agents. Boston is two games back of the Jays.
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B-C keeps getting it done on the road while the Argos can't seem to win at home. Richie Leone hit a 30-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Lions over the Argonauts 16-13 at BMO Field. B-C is 5-and-1 on the road while Toronto is 1-and-5 on home soil.
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Tom Brady has found at least one thing to do during his suspension. The Patriots quarterback will return to his alma mater to be Michigan's honorary captain September 17th when it hosts Colorado. Brady will sit out the first four games of the N-F-L season, serving a suspension because of "Deflategate." The Patriots drafted Brady out of Michigan in the sixth round in 2000.

SPORTS AUGUST 31
Wednesday 31st August 2016

Tonight at 6:30 at the Wellness Center, the Wear Well Bombers Major Bantams will play an exhibition game versus the Truro Bearcats. The League Openers are on the weekend of the 10th when they host the Western Hurricanes at 5:30 on the 10th and the Bearcats at 12:15 on the 11th.
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After losing a pair to Summerside this past weekend, the Weeks Junior A Crushers have a pair of games left in the preseason, both against the Truro Bearcats – at home on Thursday, then in Truro on Saturday. Following the second game against Summerside, the Crushers let go of four forwards, leaving them with 18 forwards in camp. James Murphy, Colin Holmes, Kevin Mason, and Jaden Mason have all been reassigned.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting is now open, continuing until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next month. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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Northumberland Regional High School are holding tryouts for its varsity soccer teams next month. For Varsity girls, tryout times are Sept. 6 – 4-5:30 pm, Sept. 7 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm. Varsity boys tryout times are Sept. 6 – 2:30-4 pm, Sept. 9 – 3:30-5 pm and Sept. 12 – 3:30-5 pm. Players in Grades 9 to 12 are invited to the evaluation sessions, and are asked to be prepared with gear and water. 
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The 5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is coming up for the Pictou County SPCA. Format is Best Ball, Shotgun Start. Teams of 4, includes 18 holes w/ Power Cart & gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner. There will also be a silent & bidding auction. Putting Competiton: 4 closest to the hole can win Cash Prizes ($360/team or $90/person) Register by calling 902-759-9277 or 902-396-3595 or email wvangst@hotmail.com. Deadline to register is September 10.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The U-S Open continues to not be kind to Canada's Eugenie Bouchard. She was ousted in the first round of the tournament in New York after a three-set loss to Katerina Siniakova. Bouchard won her first three matches at Flushing Meadows last year before falling and suffering a concussion.
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Andy Murray cruised into the second round of the U-S Open, beating Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Murray is attempting to become the fourth man in the Open era to reach all four Grand Slam finals in a single season. He's won 23 of his past 24 matches, including an unprecedented second consecutive Olympic singles gold medal at the Rio Games this month.
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Serena Williams didn't need long to cruise into the second round of the U-S Open. She downed Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3 in just 63 minutes at Flushing Meadows. It was a potentially tricky draw for Williams as she opened her bid for a record 23rd major title. Makarova is a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist who just missed a seed.
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The Orioles were able to gain some ground on the Blue Jays in the A-L East standings. Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the eighth to push Baltimore past Toronto 5-3. The Orioles pulled within three games of the first-place Blue Jays, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
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Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole elected free agency after clearing waivers. He's now able to joining any M-L-B club — including re-signing with Toronto. Should he sign with an M-L-B club today, he would be eligible for that team's post-season roster. Thole was designated for assignment by the Jays on Monday.
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Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Yankees held on for a 5-4 victory over the Royals. Dellin Betances tossed two scoreless innings of relief for New York. Chasen Shreve picked up his first career major league save.

SPORTS AUGUST 30
Tuesday 30th August 2016

Wednesday night at 6:30 at the Wellness Center, the Wear Well Bombers Major Bantams will play an exhibition game versus the Truro Bearcats. The League Openers are on the weekend of the 10th when they host the Western Hurricanes at 5:30 on the 10th and the Bearcats at 12:15 on the 11th.
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After losing a pair to Summerside this past weekend, the Weeks Junior A Crushers have a pair of games left in the preseason, both against the Truro Bearcats – at home on Thursday, then in Truro on Saturday. Following the second game against Summerside, the Crushers let go of four forwards, leaving them with 18 forwards in camp. James Murphy, Colin Holmes, Kevin Mason, and Jaden Mason have all been reassigned.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting is now open, continuing until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at www.growyourgame.ca.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next month. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Josh Donaldson hit his fourth homer in two days and Marco Estrada returned to form as the Blue Jays downed the Baltimore Orioles 5-1. Jose Bautista also went deep for Toronto. Estrada allowed one run and four hits with four strikeouts over seven-plus innings. It was his first time going more than five innings since August 3rd.
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Red Sox righty Rick Porcello has surpassed Toronto's J.A. Happ in wins. Porcello allowed three runs and six hits while striking out seven to become the major league's first 18-game winner of the season in Boston's 9-4 win over Tampa Bay. Porcello is now 18-and-3 while Happ lost his last outing to fall to 17-and-4.
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Jon Gray pitched six scoreless innings, Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer and the Colorado Rockies beat the N-L West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1. Grey surrendered four hits and struck out eight for his first win since August 2nd. He was helped out by center-fielder Charlie Blackmon, who made a sliding catch in the fifth to thwart a big inning.
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Miguel Montero hit a game-ending R-B-I single in the 13th inning, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a wild 8-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo set the stage for Montero's clutch swing with consecutive singles against Jeff Locke to plate the tying run.
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A good day for Canadians at the U-S Open. Thornhill, Ontario's Milos Raonic and Vancouver's Vasek Pospisl both advanced to the second round with straight-sets wins over their respective opponents at Flushing Meadows.
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Madison Keys won the latest women's singles match in U-S Open history. Keys beat fellow American Alison Riske in a three-set match that ended at nearly 2 a-m Eastern time. And World Number-1 Novak Djokovic advanced to Round 2 despite dealing with some arm pain throughout his four-set victory.


SPORTS AUGUST 29 *UPDATED 10:30 AM*
Monday 29th August 2016

DeMont’s scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the 2016 Stellarton Minor Baseball Rookie League championship on Sunday afternoon. DeMont’s defeated Stellarton Yellow 15-14 at the Sample Ball Field Complex. Owen Walker drove in the winning run with an RBI double that scored Luke Burns from first base. DeMont’s opened the tournament with 17-16 loss to the Yellow team on Friday night then reeled off five straight wins to claim the title. They came into the championship round having to defeat the Yellow team twice on the basis of their head-to-head record. The Yellow team went 4-0 in the round-robin portion of the tournament and DeMont’s had a 3-1 record.
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The Wear Well Bombers Major Bantams just completed four games in a Mini Tournament hosted in Antigonish over the weekend. Three teams played a series of four games each and the local squad did quite well finishing with a win, a loss and two ties. Game one was a 7-0 loss to the  host Novas with Keegan Walker and Cody Mac Dougall sharing the goaltending duties. in game two Friday the Bombers played to a 2-2 tie verses the Cape Breton Cougars. Chris Avery scored both goals, while Matt Carson picked up the only assist. Brayden LeBlanc and Tyler Machum shared the netminding duties for that game. Saturday the Bombers scored four third period goals to defeat Cape Breton 5-3. Scott Long scored a hat trick and added an assist , while Connor MacLeod added a goal and two assists to lead the way. Cale MacLaughlin scored the other goal. Raymond Lowe-Chisholm picked up an assist. Cody Mac Dougall played goal and recorded the win. In game two Saturday the local team surrendered a goal with only 36 seconds remaining to tie the Novas 3-3. MacLaughlin Long and MacLeod all scored goals again in that game. Colin Mac Gillivary, Evan Reynolds MacLaughlin and MacLeod all added assists. Machum played well in goal to earn the tie. Wednesday night at 6:30 at the Wellness Center the Wear Well team will play an exhibition game verses the Truro Bearcats. The League Openers are on the weekend of the 10th when they host the Western Hurricanes at 5:30 on the 10th and the Bearcats at 12:15 on the 11th.
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In Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight League softball action last week at the Albion Field, the Yankees defeated the Cardinals 8-7 followed by the Blue Jays edging the Orioles 12-9. The League will conclude their season this evening at the Albion Field by playing the final two games of the Charlie Hafey Memorial round-robin tournament. The first game goes at 6:30 with the Cardinals hosting the Orioles. 2nd game goes at 7:30 with the Blue Jays hosting the Yankees.
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Special Olympics Pictou County is looking for aid from the Pictou County voting machine. Special Olympics is one of the ten finalists in the "Grow Your Game Support4sport" contest. The top vote getter wins $10,000 for their organization. Voting is now open, continuing until midnight 12 September. You can vote once per day, per device at this link.
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Congratulations to the Kicken Vixens Roller Derby Team for another win. Playing on PEI, the Vixens trounced the Bootleg Betties 217-181. Vixens MVP blocker was Marla Cameron while the MVP jammer was Angela Hackett aka Goldie LaTush. The team thanks Billy the Shiv for coaching them to victory!
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In the Championship Game in the AGR Fastpitch League, the Guysbrough Broadhorns shut out the Pomquet Acadians 5-0. Broadhorns Pitcher Cory Avery struck out 13 for the win. Guysborough Coach John Cleary received the Ernie Jack Chisholm Memorial for Coach of the year. Aaron Long of the Broadhorns won the Jerry Broussard Memorial as Top Hitter for the year. The Harold MacPherson Memorial for Rookie of the year went to Logan Kennedy of the St.Andrews Flyers, while the Hughie Smith Memorial Award for Sportsmanship and athletic Ability went to Steven Arsenault of the Heatherton Warriors.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers pre-season has begun. The team was edged out 4-3 in overtime by Summerside last night. The teams play again tonight at the Wellness Centre, game time 6 p.m.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding an Open House and Open Registration for Fall classes on Tuesday from 6-9pm.  The club offers fun pre-school programs, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills, as well as competitive training and support. Bring the kids and take a tour through their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow. Fall Term Registration – 10 Weeks starting September 12th Cost (1 hr. Rec classes): $120 + $35 GNS annual insurance. For more information, visit their official Facebook page - Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Blue Jays ended their six-game home stand on a winning note. Josh Donaldson hit three home runs as Toronto downed the Minnesota Twins 9-6 to complete a three-game series sweep. The Blue Jays start a nine-game road trip starting today in Baltimore. They finished their home stand 4-and-2.
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The Kansas City Royals helped give Toronto some breathing room atop the A-L East division. The defending World Series champions topped Boston 10-4 to hand the Red Sox their fourth loss in five games. That extends the Blue Jays' lead in the division to two games. 
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Three touchdown passes from Zach Collaros weren't enough as the Tiger-Cats fell 30-24 to the Stampeders in Calgary. Rookie receiver DaVaris Daniels caught the first C-F-L touchdown pass of his career from Bo Levi Mitchell as the Stamps won their sixth straight. They also extended their unbeaten streak to eight games.
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Kyle Larson took the lead on a restart with nine laps to go and went on to win at Michigan for his first Sprint Cup victory. The 24-year old held off Chase Elliott to win by 1.48 seconds. Brad Keselowski was third. Larson's victory snapped a 99-race losing streak for Chip Ganassi Racing. It also secured a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with two races left in the regular season.

SPORTS AUGUST 26
Friday 26th August 2016

The AGR Fastpitch League Finals continue tonight at the Pomquet Field with Pomquet vs Heatherton at 7pm, followed by Guysborough vs Heatherton at 9. At the St. Andrews Field, Guysborough plays Arisaig at 7, followed by Pomquet vs St. Andrews at 9 pm.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is on Saturday, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding an Open House and Open Registration for Fall classes on Tuesday August 30th from 6-9pm.  The club offers fun pre-school programs, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills, as well as competitive training and support. Bring the kids and take a tour through their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow. Fall Term Registration – 10 Weeks starting September 12th Cost (1 hr. Rec classes): $120 + $35 GNS annual insurance. For more information, visit their official Facebook page - Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next month. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Not even Jose Bautista's return to the lineup could spark the Blue Jays to victory. Mike Trout drove in four runs as the Angels got past Toronto 6-3 at Rogers Centre. Bautista was reinstated off the D-L earlier in the day after missing time with a knee injury. He drove in two runs in the defeat.
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So close for Matt Moore. The San Francisco lefty lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning on a soft, clean single by Corey Seager, as the Giants beat the Dodgers 4-0. Moore's try ended on his 133rd and final pitch. He struck out seven.
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The Redblacks woes continue to pile up. Travis Lulay rushed for two touchdowns as the B-C Lions beat Ottawa 29-23. The Redblacks have lost four of their last five games and have only won once at home this season. Trevor Harris started at Q-B for Ottawa and threw for 352 yards and a touchdown.
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Dallas quarterback Tony Romo appeared to injure his back on the third play of tonight's pre-season game against the Seahawks, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says it was just a scare. Romo was pulled down from behind by Cliff Avril after being forced from the pocket by a blitz. Dallas coach Jason Garrett opted to play it safe and Romo donned a baseball hat as a spectator the rest of the night.
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Fifty-two golfers will have to complete their first round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open this morning after play was suspended due to darkness at Priddis Greens. South Korea's Chella Choi leads at 7 under but has only completed 14 holes. Northern Ireland's Stephanie Meadow is the clubhouse leader with a 6-under 66. Hamilton's Alena Sharp is the top Canadian at 4 under.
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Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defence in Brazil. Lochte initially said that he and teammates were robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Games.

PROVINCE SEEKS ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK ON TOLLS AND HIGHWAY TWINNING
Thursday 25th August 2016

Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan is looking for more residents of the province to say if they are willing to pay a toll to get a stretch of highway twinned sooner. A study released last month by the province looked at the potential to twin four stretches of highway, including Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish, and using tolls to make it happen sooner. MacLellan, in a conversation with CBC News, said that while most of the province is split on the issue, the overwhelming majority of residents in the Antigonish area would be willing to pay a toll to see that area twinned. The minister said plans are in the works for 12 community meetings around the province as soon as possible.


SPORTS AUGUST 25
Thursday 25th August 2016

The AGR Fastpitch League Finals began Wednesday night with four games. In Game # 1, the Pomquet Acadians edged out the Guysbrough Broadhorns 2-1 in 10 innings. In Game 2, the Heatherton Warriors defeated the Arisaig Blues 3-1. Game # 3 saw the St. Andrews Flyers defeat Arisaig  8-7. And in Game # 4, Guysbrough defeated St.Andrews 12 -2 in 5 innings. Play continues Friday at the Pomquet Field with Pomquet vs Heatherton at 7pm, followed by Guysborough vs Heatherton at 9. At the St. Andrews Field, Guysborough plays Arisaig at 7, followed by Pomquet vs St. Andrews at 9 pm.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is on Saturday, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding an Open House and Open Registration for Fall classes on Tuesday August 30th from 6-9pm.  The club offers fun pre-school programs, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills, as well as competitive training and support. Bring the kids and take a tour through their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow. Fall Term Registration – 10 Weeks starting September 12th Cost (1 hr. Rec classes): $120 + $35 GNS annual insurance. For more information, visit their official Facebook page - Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next month. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Boston and Toronto remain tied atop the AL East as both teams lost. The Red Sox fell 4-3 in 11 innings to the Tampa Bay Rays. Luke Maile doubled with two out in the 11th and scored after Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree dropped a throw to first base on a grounder.
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Meanwhile, the Blue Jays were getting trounced by the last-place L.A. Angels, 8-2. Albert Pujols moved into sole possession of 10th place on baseball's all-time list by hitting his 584th home run
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The Miami Marlins have acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur from Atlanta in a three-team trade. Miami is contending for an NL wild-card spot and isn't sure whether star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will return this season from a severe groin strain. Francoeur was hitting .249 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 99 games for the Braves. The 32-year-old plays left field and right field and is known for a strong arm.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by doctors to return to racing and will miss at least two more races as he recovers from a concussion. Hendrick Motorsports has announced Earnhardt is out of the races at Michigan and Darlington Alex Bowman, who drove for Earnhardt at New Hampshire, will return to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet at Michigan this weekend. Jeff Gordon will fill in at Darlington. He has driven the past four races for Earnhardt.
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Free agent right wing Jiri Hudler has signed a $2 million, one-year deal with the Dallas Stars. A veteran of 11 NHL seasons, he had 46 points in 72 games combined for Calgary and Florida last season. Hudler has appeared in 83 career playoff games and went to consecutive Stanley Cup Finals with Detroit in 2008 and 2009.
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The Arizona Coyotes have hired Dawn Braid as skating coach and say she is believed to be the first full-time female coach in NHL history. Braid has a long association with the NHL. She worked part-time for the Coyotes last year and has served as a skating consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames.

ACCIDENT CLOSES PART OF HWY 316 *UPDATED 1:15 PM*
Wednesday 24th August 2016

A section of Highway 316 was closed earlier today as RCMP investigate a single-vehicle collision in St. Andrews. Police say a transport truck jackknifed and took down a power pole at the intersection of Highway 316 and Antigonish/Guysborough Rd around 7am. Nova Scotia Power, Transportation workers and the RCMP attended the scene, and so far there are no reports of injuries.The highway was expected to be closed for about three hours.

SPORTS AUGUST 24
Wednesday 24th August 2016

The AGR Fastpitch League Finals begin tonight with four games. At the Pomquet Field, it's Pomquet vs Guysborough at 7pm, followed by Heatherton vs Arisiag at 9. Tonight at the St. Andrews Field, Arisaig plays St. Andrews at 7, followed by St. Andrews vs Guysbourough at 9 pm. Playoffs continue on Friday at both fields.
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SG Sports Club is offering a 3 day Multisport camp at the West Side Community Center Aug 29, 30, 31 (9am-12pm) The camp will include Road Hockey, Soccer, Handball and Dodgeball activities- for more info or to register contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@@Hotmail.com
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is on Saturday, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next month. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Russell Martin had three hits and two RBIs, R.A. Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2.
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The Boston Red Sox remained tied with Toronto atop the American League East by edging Tampa Bay 2-1. Clay Buchholz pitched into the seventh inning to improve to 5-9. David Ortiz had a run-scoring single.
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Jake Arrieta is the first 16-game winner in the National League. Arrieta allowed just two hits in eight shutout innings and the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs beat Seattle 5-3. The Cubs had a shutout until closer Aroldis Chapman gave up three runs in the ninth. Kris Bryant swatted his 33rd home run and Addison Russell also went deep for the Cubs.
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The Major League Baseball post season will open with the American League wild-card game on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and could run through Nov. 2 if the World Series goes to a seventh and deciding game. The American League champ will host the first game of the Fall Classic on Tuesday Oct. 25. The National League wildcard game is Wednesday, Oct. 5. The AL division series begins Thursday, Oct. 6 with the opening game of the NL division series beginning the next day. The AL championship series is scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 14 with the NLCS starting on the 15th.
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The Olympic flag has arrived in Tokyo, host of the next Summer Games. Preparations are underway for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike held the flag aloft as she got off an airplane and walked down a stairway to the tarmac at Tokyo's Haneda airport Wednesday. Koike received the flag at Sunday's closing ceremonies of the Rio Games.


SPORTS AUGUST 23
Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies softball during the past week. Both games ended with identical 6-3 scores as the Yankees defeated the Orioles and the Cardinals defeated the Blue Jays. Leading batsmen were Gina Markie, Britanny Heighton, Vanessa Heighton, Sherry Whytewwod, Carol Hartling, Stacy Ferguson and Sherry MacLeod with 3 singles each, Debbie D’entremont and Lisa James with a triple and 2 singles each.
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Tonight the Pictou County Rugby Club Women have a playoff game vs The Valley Bulldogs. Kick off is 6:45 at Parkdale Field.
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SG Sports Club is offering a 3 day Multisport camp at the West Side Community Center Aug 29, 30, 31 (9am-12pm) The camp will include Road Hockey, Soccer, Handball and Dodgeball activities- for more info or to register contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@Hotmail.com
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is coming soon, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. An earlier amalgamation several years ago involved the competitive divisions, not the recreational levels. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on Sunday. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell by e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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Tryouts for North Nova sports teams begin next month. Soccer team tryouts take place Sept. 7, 9 and 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both junior varsity and varsity teams will be selected from these sessions. The cross country team will hold evaluations Sept. 8 and 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Girls varsity volleyball tryouts will be held Sept. 12 and 13 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All girls in Grades 9 to 12 are welcome.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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Some of Canada's Olympic athletes have touched down on home soil. The returning athletes, including flag bearer Penny Oleksiak, are scheduled to arrive at Toronto's Pearson Airport at about 5:30 a.m. Eastern time. A second round of athletes will be arriving early tomorrow morning.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have some company atop the A-L East. David Price pitched eight scoreless innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 to pull even with the idle Blue Jays for the division lead.  Price limited his old team to two hits while walking two and striking out eight. Toronto begins a three-game home series against the Angels tonight.
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Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-8 walk-off win over the Atlanta Braves. Elsewhere, the visiting Cubs topped the San Diego Padres 5-1. And in Seattle, the Mariners held off the New York Yankees 7-5. 
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Retired N-B-A star Kobe Bryant has announced the formation of a $100 million-dollar venture capital fund to invest in media, technology and data companies. The fund, known as Bryant Stibel, is being co-managed by investor Jeff Stibel. Bryant Stibel has already made investments in 15 companies, including LegalZoom and home juicing company Juicero, according to their website.

SPORTS AUGUST 22
Monday 22nd August 2016

Local curlers helped Team Nova Scotia take home the gold medal at the national 55+ games held in Brampton Ontario last week. Bluenose Curling Club members Jim Nix and Marc Essiambre along with Truro Curling Club members James Barr and Peter Nealy went 7 and 0 for the tournament defeating Alberta in the finals 6 - 5 to capture the gold. On the ladies side Colleen Pinkney and her team representing the Truro Curling Club repeated their gold medal performance from 2014 with a perfect 6 -0 record defeating BC 8 - 5 in the finals. Picture left to right: Jim Nix, James Barr, Peter Nealy and Marc Essiambre
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Tuesday night the Pictou County Rugby Club (Women) have a playoff game vs The Valley Bulldogs. Kick off is 6:45 at Parkdale Field.
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SG Sports Club is offering a 3 day Multisport camp at the West Side Community Center Aug 29, 30, 31 (9am-12pm) The camp will include Road Hockey, Soccer, Handball and Dodgeball activities- for more info or to register contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@@Hotmail.com
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is coming soon, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. An earlier amalgamation several years ago involved the competitive divisions, not the recreational levels. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on Sunday. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell by e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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It's all over in Rio. The Olympic flame was extinguished last night and the Olympic flag was formally handed over to the governor of Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Summer Games. Canadian athletes did well in Rio, winning 22 medals -- including four gold -- to put us 10th in the overall medal standings. Sixteen-year-old Toronto swimmer Penny Oleksiak, who won four medals, capped her inaugural Olympic experience by carrying the Canadian flag into Maracana Stadium for the closing ceremony. The U-S dominated the overall medal count with 121, followed by China with 70.
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The Canadian Olympic Committee is pleased with the country's performance in Rio after reaching its goal of a top-12 finish in the medal standings. Canadian athletes brought home 22 medals, including four gold, to finish 10th. Canada was most dominant in the pool and track, winning six medals in each.
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Police are blocking Ireland's top four Olympic executives from leaving Brazil as their ticket scalping investigation expanded with a raid on the team on the final day of the Rio Games. The Rio police force said it executed search warrants to seize passports and evidence from Ireland team leader Kevin Kilty, chief executive Stephen Martin and secretary general Dermot Henihan. The new development in the investigation came as Olympic Council of Ireland president Patrick Hickey, who is also a top Olympic official, remained in jail following his arrest on Wednesday.
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The Blue Jays took just one of three on the road against Cleveland after a 3-2 loss. Toronto held a 2-1 lead in the eighth before reliever Brett Cecil gave up a two-run home run to Jose Ramirez. Cecil has four blown saves and is just 1-and-7 this season. Josh Donaldson went 1 for 3 with an R-B-I in his first game back from a thumb injury.
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Toronto maintained a half-game lead on Boston for top spot in the A-L East after the Red Sox dropped a 10-5 decision to the Tigers. The Indians are seven games up on Detroit in the A-L Central while Texas is six up on Seattle in the West. The Red Sox and Baltimore hold down the wild card positions.
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Kevin Harvick passed Denny Hamlin for the lead with 70 laps to go and stayed in front until he saw the checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway. Harvick led 128 laps for his second Sprint Cup victory of the season. Ricky Stenhouse Junior was second, followed by Hamlin. The race was finished a day behind schedule following bad weather on Saturday night.

ANTIGONISH MAN GETS TOP TEN OLYMPIC FINISH
Sunday 21st August 2016

Eric Gillis of Antigonish finished 10th in the Men's Marathon in Rio this morning, completing the race in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 19 seconds. Gillis improved on his 22nd place finish in the London Olympics in 2012, and becomes the highest placed Canadian man in an Olympic marathon since Jerome Drayton finished 6th in Montreal in 1976. Fellow Canadian Reid Coolsaet finished 23rd. Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the race in a time of 2:08:44, in front of silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia and Amercian Galen Rupp who earned the bronze.


SPORTS ROUNDUP 21 AUGUST
Sunday 21st August 2016

The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance until September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is coming soon, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. An earlier amalgamation several years ago involved the competitive divisions, not the recreational levels. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday 27 August at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell by e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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Catharine Pendrel hardly looked like a medal contender early in the women's mountain bike event at the Rio Olympics after crashing, but the Kamloops, B-C native was able to bounce back for a bronze medal finish. Pendrel won the bronze in a time of one hour 31 minutes 41 seconds, just ahead of teammate Emily Batty of Brooklin, Ontario, in fourth.
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Toronto's 6-5 win at Cleveland will keep the Blue Jays atop the A-L East at least one more day. The Jays blew a 5-0 lead before Edwin Encarnacion launched his 35th homer of the season. Russell Martin and Melvin Upton Junior also went deep for the Jays.
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The Tiger-Cats had it finished by halftime. Zach Collaros threw five touchdown passes as Hamilton hammered the visiting Roughriders 53-7. The Ticats were up 27-4 at the break and didn't let up in the second half.
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The Argonauts are hurting without quarterback Ricky Ray. Toronto starter Logan Kilgore struggled again in a 46-23 loss against the Eskimos. He completed 7-of-14 passes for 41 yards and two interceptions before being replaced by rookie Cody Fajardo in the third. Kilgore also threw five interceptions in a loss to Winnipeg last week.
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Conor McGregor avenged his only loss in the U-F-C with a majority decision victory over Nate Diaz at U-F-C 202. In a highly anticipated rematch of their two-round welterweight thriller in March, the two put on an action-packed fight, with each taking control at different moments. The judges scored it 48-47, 47-47, 48-47 for McGregor.

SPORTS AUGUST 19
Friday 19th August 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have shored up their goaltending situation just ahead of training camp, acquiring Luke Melanson from the Truro Bearcats in a trade. Going to Truro will be Caelan Blaikie and a 3rd round draft pick in 2018. Melanson had indicated his intention to attend St. Francis Xavier University, and the Bearcats accommodated moving him closer to the campus. Melanson will back up Daniel Vautour. Blaikie is a 1998 forward from Truro who scored 25 points in 38 games last season with the Weeks Major Midgets.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance August 20 to September 5, however, they have started taking registrations for fall Red Cross swim lessons. Lessons will be begin September 14 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Stellarton Albions will take part in Baseball Nova Scotia’s 13U AAA Provincial Tournament this weekend in Hammonds Plains. The top two teams will represent Nova Scotia at the 13U AAA Atlantic Championships in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland next month. The Albions have had such a strong season that they were bumped up from AA to AAA. Their first match is today against the defending Atlantic champion Dartmouth Arrows, at 4 p.m. Their second game is at noon Saturday against the Tri County Rangers.
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is coming soon, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. An earlier amalgamation several years ago involved the competitive divisions, not the recreational levels. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday 27 August at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell by e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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Canada's Andre De Grasse is a double medallist in Rio. The Markham, Ontario native added to his 100 metre bronze by earning silver in the 200-metre event. He ran a time of 20-point-0-2 seconds. De Grasse was runner up to Jamaica's Usain Bolt, who ran a time of 19-point-7-8 for gold.  
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Erica Wiebe led the charge for Canada on Day 13 of the Rio Games. The Ottawa-area native won gold in women's wrestling, taking the 75-kilogram division with four wins in one day. Also, Damian Warner of London, Ontario won bronze in decathlon while Meaghan Benfeito of Laval, Quebec claimed bronze on the 10-metre platform.
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Canada's cracked the top-10 in total medals at the Rio Games. A four-medal day gives Canada 18 medals. They include, four goals and three silver and leaves Canada tied for 10th with South Korea. The U-S leads the way with 100, including 35 gold. China is next with 58. Britain is right behind with 56. 
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Seattle was unable to make up any ground in the wild card chase. Albert Pujols drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Angels held off a late rally to beat the Mariners 6-4. Seattle remains 2-and-a-half games behind Boston for the second A-L wild card.
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Major League Baseball is considering a facelift that could change the face of the game. Limiting pitching changes, restricting defensive shifts, altering the strike zone and installing pitch clocks are among the ideas that the Majors may consider as it undertakes a multiyear review. If implemented, it would be the sport's most radical changes in decades.

SPORTS AUGUST 18
Thursday 18th August 2016

There are some changes to the schedule in the New Glasgow Tennis Jamboree due to the weather. Wednesday’s U12 tournament has been rescheduled until Friday Morning. Thursday’s  U18 tournament has been postponed until 1:00 pm to allow time for the courts to dry up. To date there are no revisions have been made to the adults program on Saturday.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool wishes to inform the public that the pool will be closed for regular scheduled maintenance August 20 to September 5.
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The YMCA is offering Standard First Aid Recertification on Wednesday, August 24, from 9-5 pm. Cost is $74.75 for Members, $86.25 for Non-Members. There is also a Standard First Aid Course on Tuesday August 23 & 30 from 9-5pm. Cost is $92 for Members, $103.50 for Non-Members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association’s annual general meeting is coming soon, with a proposed new structure to vote on. Hockey Nova Scotia mandated that all hockey associations within the county consolidate for the upcoming season. An earlier amalgamation several years ago involved the competitive divisions, not the recreational levels. PCMHA president John Coffin tells NG News the process has been challenging because each division operates differently, and everyone will see some changes to the way hockey operates. The AGM will take place Saturday 27 August at 9 a.m. at the Trenton Rink Annex.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell by e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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Two medal opportunities on the track for Canada today after an impressive Day 12. Star sprinter Andre De Grasse advanced to the men's 200 metre final after a neck-and-neck finish with reigning champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Meanwhile, Damian Warner is third in the decathlon. Both events wrap up tonight.
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The U-S Olympic Committee says the two American swimmers who were detained by Brazilian authorities before their U-S-bound flight departed have been released with the understanding they will continue to co-operate with police. The U-S-O-C also says a third swimmer who was involved in a supposed robbery along with Ryan Lochte also plans to speak to the police later today.
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Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst have won the beach volleyball gold medal over Brazil. It's the host nation's second straight medal-round setback on the Copacabana sand. The victory was Germany's first medal in women's beach volleyball. The bronze medal match had an American duo beat Brazil's other women's team.
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Another series win for the Blue Jays. They took two of three in New York against the Yankees after a 7-4 victory yesterday. Toronto leads the American League East division by one game. They have the day off today before starting another three-game series in Cleveland tomorrow.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have made some changes to their scouting department. They fired director of amateur scouting Brian Parker and national crosschecker Blake Davis. Parker had been with the team since 2009, first as a scout and then as a crosschecker. He was promoted to the amateur scouting director role in July 2012.
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There was no shortage of fireworks at a news conference to promote Saturday night's U-F-C 202. Conor McGregor showed up about 30 minutes late, then tossed expletive comments and bottles at his opponent, Nate Diaz. It will be a rematch of U-F-C 196 in March when Diaz beat McGregor by submission in the second round of a welterweight bout.


SPORTS AUGUST 17
Wednesday 17th August 2016

Scotsburn Recreation be hosting a community Baseball game on Thursday at 6:30 at the Ball Field. This event is for all ages and abilities. 
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The YMCA is offering Standard First Aid Recertification on Wednesday, August 24, from 9-5 pm. Cost is $74.75 for Members, $86.25 for Non-Members. There is also a Standard First Aid Course on Tuesday August 23 & 30 from 9-5pm. Cost is $92 for Members, $103.50 for Non-Members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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A historic gold medal for Canadian Derek Drouin. The Corunna, Ontario native won gold in men's high jump, becoming the first Canadian to win the Olympic title in the event since 1932. Drouin's medal brings Canada's tally to 14 overall. The Canadian track and field team has three of them.
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The Canadian women's basketball team won't be playing for a medal at the Rio Games. Sandrine Gruda scored 14 points to help France beat Canada 68-63 in the quarter-finals. The victory sets up a rematch of the 2012 gold medal game with the U-S, a game France lost by 36 points.
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Brazil beat the Americans in the women's beach volleyball semifinals to end the gold medal run of three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings.  Agatha and Barbara won 22-20, 21-18 to earn a matchup in the final against Germany. Walsh Jennings and her partner, April Ross, play Brazil's other women's team for bronze.
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The Toronto Blue Jays rebounded from a shutout loss in a big way. Toronto scored eight runs in the eighth inning to turn a six-run deficit into a 12-6 victory over the New York Yankees in the Bronx. Russell Martin hit two home runs, Troy Tulowitzki had four hits, including a homer, and Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for the A-L East leaders.
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The Boston Red Sox kept pace with the Blue Jays in the A-L East with a 5-3 win over division rival Baltimore. Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in five runs as Boston earned its fifth straight win. The Red Sox are now tied with the Orioles for second place in the division, one game back of Toronto.
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Noah Syndergaard hit a two-run homer to help himself earn his first victory in seven starts as the New York Mets beat Arizona 7-5. That ends a string of four consecutive losses to the Diamondbacks in the past week. Kelly Johnson also homered for New York.

SPORTS AUGUST 16
Tuesday 16th August 2016

Scotsburn Recreation be hosting a community Baseball game on Thursday at 6:30 at the Ball Field. This event is for all ages and abilities. 
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The YMCA is offering Standard First Aid Recertification on Wednesday, August 24, from 9-5 pm. Cost is $74.75 for Members, $86.25 for Non-Members. There is also a Standard First Aid Course on Tuesday August 23 & 30 from 9-5pm. Cost is $92 for Members, $103.50 for Non-Members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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Chad Green combined with three relievers on a three-hitter as the New York Yankees silenced the Blue Jays 1-0. Green struck out 11 while limiting Toronto to a pair of hits over six innings. Aaron Judge doubled home the lone run in the fourth inning as the Yankees dropped the Jays into a first-place tie with Baltimore in the AL East.
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Boston picked up its fourth straight win as David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered during a three-run sixth that lifted the Red Sox over the Indians 3-2 in Cleveland. Winning pitcher Drew Pomeranz was reached for just two runs and five hits over 7 2/3s after entering the game with a 5.26 ERA since joining the Bosox from San Diego last month. The outcome gets the Red Sox within one game of first place in the AL East.
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The San Francisco Giants' ever-shrinking division lead just got a little smaller. The Giants top the NL West by just a half-game over the Dodgers following the Pirates' 8-5 victory in San Francisco. Placido Polanco crushed a two-run homer off Matt Moore, who was reached for five runs over six innings. Moore was pitching in San Francisco for the first time since being acquired from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline.
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Alex Rodriguez is scuttling any thought of a comeback attempt this season. A-Rod said through a spokesman that he will not play again this year, dispelling rumours that he might join the Miami Marlins. The 41-year-old Rodriguez was released by the New York Yankees on Saturday after hitting just .200 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs this season.
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The NFL says the four linebackers being investigated for an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs will be suspended unless they agree to be interviewed by the league in the next 10 days. The linebackers are James Harrison of the Steelers, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of the Packers and free agent Mike Neal. A league vice-president sent a letter to the NFL Players Association detailing the plan to suspend the four if they don't speak with the league by Aug. 25.
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Antoine Vermette has joined the Anaheim Ducks by agreeing to a two-year, $3.5 million contract. Vermette's previous contract was bought out by the Coyotes after he scored 17 goals and 38 points last season. The Coyotes bought out the remaining $3.75 million on his contract earlier this month, making him a free agent. The veteran centre has scored 471 points in 910 NHL games while playing for Arizona, the Blackhawks and Senators.

SPORTS AUGUST 15
Monday 15th August 2016

The two best games of the season were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League during the past week. The first game saw the Blue Jays score two runs in the bottom of the sixth to edge the Yankees 8-7. Stephanie Heighton and Carol Hartling had a double and two singles each to pace the Yankees while Heather Doubleday and Jackie Morrisey each had 3 singles apiece for the Blue Jays. In the second game the Orioles rallied to score two runs in the top of the sixth to earn an 8-8 tie with the league leading Cardinals. The Cardinals Dawn Cleary and the Orioles Christa Webber each had two home  runs and a double each to pace their respective teams.  This evening at the Albion Field the Yankees host the Orioles at 6:30 followed at 7:30 by the Cardinals hosting the Blue Jays.
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The YMCA is offering Standard First Aid Recertification on Wednesday, August 24, from 9-5 pm. Cost is $74.75 for Members, $86.25 for Non-Members. There is also a Standard First Aid Course on Tuesday August 23 & 30 from 9-5pm. Cost is $92 for Members, $103.50 for Non-Members. Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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Pictou County Cycle is holding the second annual Cycling Criterium “Critz of Fury” in downtown New Glasgow on 28 August. Regstration is free for kids under 10, $20 for the U13 to U19 divisions, and $30 for Adults who register online. ($40 on the day.) Registration starts at 7:30 am and closes 30 minutes prior to race start. For more information, contact Clint Snell b y e-mail info@pictoucountycycle.com
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The U12 Stellarton Stinger Girls Softball team are holding a bottle drive at the Dorrington Ball Field on Saturday September 3rd from 9-3pm. Funds raised will go towards traveling expenses to Charlottetown to play in the Atlantics.  All donations can be dropped off at that time.  If you have a donation that can be picked up please call 759-5369.
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The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMHL) have announced their tryout dates for the fall. The Selects are part of the four team NS AAA league which begins its season on September 17th. This year the league will welcome two AAA teams from New Brunswick into an interlocking schedule. In preparation for this season, the Selects will be hosting tryouts at the Pictou County Wellness Center beginning Saturday, September 3rd with registration at 9:00am and the first of two ice sessions at 10:00am. Ice sessions continue on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00am and 1:00pm. A registration fee will apply and will be announced at a later date. Female midget age players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001 from Antigonish, Guysborough, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties are eligible to tryout. Any players who are interested in attending can contact Troy Reid at reid4@staff.ednet.ns.ca or Stephanie Scammell at the scammells@eastlink.ca or Steve Halliday at 902 755 6331.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will be holding their Season Registration at the Wellness Centre on Saturday August 20th and Sunday the 21st. All sessions are from 1-5 pm. It's open to ages 7 to 17. Registration is $50. The club is also interested in volunteers - Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Team Managers and more. The Club is 100% volunteer run.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Markham, Ontario's Andre De Grasse earned Canada its first medal in the men's 100 metres in 20 years. DeGrasse won bronze at the Rio Olympics with a personal best time of 9-point-9-1 seconds. Donovan Bailey was the last Canadian to reach the podium in the event, when he won gold in 1996. Usain Bolt became the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles. American Justin Gatlin took silver.
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Britain's Andy Murray did it again. Murray beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina for his second straight Olympic singles gold medal. Murray's the first man or woman with two Olympic singles titles, let alone two in a row. At London in 2012, Murray won a singles gold and mixed doubles silver.
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Edwin Encarnacion is keeping pace for the A-L home run crown. He hit his 33rd home run of the season as the Blue Jays beat the Astros 9-2. He's just one home run behind A-L leader Mark Trumbo of Baltimore. Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin also went deep for Toronto and Marcus Stroman pitched into the seventh inning to get the win.
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Mookie Betts has joined Hall of Famer Ted Williams as the only players in Red Sox history to produce a pair of three-homer games in the same season. Betts did it while collecting a career-high eight R-B-Is in the Boston's 16-2 win over Arizona. Betts also had a three-homer game on May 31st against the Orioles. The pair of three-homer games comes 59 years after Williams did it at age 38.
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Brock Osweiler didn't fare so well in his Texans debut, but Houston still came away with a 24-13 win over San Francisco in N-F-L pre-season action. Osweiler signed a $72 million dollar, four-year contract with Houston in the off-season after winning the Super Bowl with Denver. He went 4 for 7 for 27 yards and took one sack on three possessions. 


SERIOUS INJURIES IN HEAD-ON COLLISION ON 104 *UPDATED 6:50 AM*
Friday 5th August 2016

Two people have been taken to hospital after a tractor-trailer and a car collided on Highway 104 in Marshy Hope yesterday afternoon. Police say the vehicles were travelling in opposite directions when they collided. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured, while the driver and passenger of the car were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, one by helicopter, the other by ambulance. Joe MacDonald, chief of the Barney's River Fire Department, tells our newsroom this makes 348 accidents on the untwinned stretch from Sutherlands River to Antigonish over the years.

MEETING TONIGHT ON HIGHWAY TWINNING
Thursday 28th July 2016

Citizens concerned about the twinning of Highway 104 are meeting tonight at The Beech Hill Station of the Antigonish County Fire Department. The meeting, beginning at 7pm, will discuss the report on highway twinning and tolls released by the province earlier this month.

PAROLE GRANTED TO MAN CONVICTED OF IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH
Wednesday 27th July 2016

An Antigonish man convicted in a car crash that killed two teens has been released from prison. Thirty-five-year-old William Byron Fogarty of was sentenced to six years after being convicted of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving in the 2011 accident. Sixteen-year-old Kory Mattie and 17-year-old Nico Landry were killed in the crash. The Parole Board of Canada gave Fogarty six months of day parole in a community based facility.


SPORTS JULY 27
Wednesday 27th July 2016

Coed Volleyball is being played at Outdoor Grass Court Monday Evenings from 6pm to 8pm at Albion Ball Field Grass Parking Lot, Stellarton. It's free, but some team experience required. Drop-ins welcomed. Teams made from those who show up.
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Baseball Nova Scotia will be offering the following coaching courses at the West Side Community Centre: Strategies Aug 2, Pitching and Catching Aug 3, Initiation Aug 4, Teaching and Learning Aug 5. All courses are from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Cost of each course is $50.00. Registration and information can be found on the Baseball Nova Scotia and NCCP websites. Coaches can also register the evening of each course.
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YMCA is holding a Standard First Aid Course on Wednesday, July 27th and Wednesday, Aug 3rd from 9 - 5 p.m. Cost: Members: $86.25, Non-Members: $97.75. You must pre-register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross: Friday, Aug 5th 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th 12 - 4 p.m., Monday, Aug 8th 12 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 9th 12 - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 10th 12 - 4 p.m., Extra day if needed Thursday Aug 11th, 12 - 4 p.m., Exam Friday, Aug 12th 12 - 4 p.m. Cost: Members $140.00, Non-Members $160.00 Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
National Lifeguard Course: Thursday, Aug 4th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 5th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th  10 - 4 p.m., Monday Aug 8th 1 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug 11th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 12th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 13th 10 - 5 p.m. Standard First Aid and Bronze Cross are a pre-requisite for the National Lifeguard Course. Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
Babysitting Course: Saturday, July 30th 9-5 p.m. Cost:  $40.00 Member, $45.00 Non-member Bring a lunch and a doll (if possible) Pre-register and pay by July 28th 2016 at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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Fundy Highland Female Hockey is now accepting coaching applications for the coming season. Anyone interested in coaching female hockey in Pictou County at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam or Midget levels can obtain application forms at www.pcmha.com by clicking on the forms and policies tab on the left. Fundy Highland Female Hockey oversees the administration of female hockey programs for the Pictou County Female Hockey Association (Subway Selects), Colchester Female Minor Hockey (Wilsons Fuels Cyclones) and the Antigonish Bulldogs. Deadline to apply this Friday. Application forms can be sent to coaching coordinator Lesley Heighton at Lesley.heighton@nshealth.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Devon Travis scored the winning run on a wild pitch, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for three runs in the 12th inning to beat the San Diego Padres 7-6. Matt Kemp put the Padres in front with a two-run homer off Jesse Chavez in the top of the 12th, but San Diego's bullpen couldn't hold the lead. After the game the Jays announced they had traded Drew Storen to Seattle for Joaquin Benoit.
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Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Tyler Collins each had a pair of R-B-I's and the Detroit Tigers roughed up knuckleballer Steven Wright to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-8. Boston is now in third place in the A-L East, a half-game behind Toronto and two-and-a-half back of the Orioles, who lost 6-3 to Colorado tonight.
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The drought continues for Canada's horse racing Triple Crown. Amis Gizmo cruised to victory at the 500,000-dollar Prince of Wales Stakes in Fort Erie, Ontario. Queen's Plate champion Sir Dudley Digges was sixth in the eight-horse field, leaving Wando as the last Triple Crown winner in 2003.
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Anquan Boldin is joining the Detroit Lions, according to messages on the free-agent receiver's Twitter account. Boldin tweeted that he's excited to reunite with Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, and he hopes he can help the Lions reach the post-season. Boldin played the past three seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and was with Baltimore for three seasons before that.
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While Rio Olympic organizers are under immense pressure to finish preparations before Aug. 5, their Tokyo counterparts are already facing skyrocketing costs for an event four years away. Tokyo 2020 organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori acknowledged at an executive board meeting this week the cost of building seven temporary venues for the Olympics has surged to an estimated $2.6 billion, up from an initial estimate of $690 million. Mori said the original figures were the result of sloppy calculations which he blamed on the Tokyo metropolitan government and the Japanese Olympic Committee. The organizing committee hasn't disclosed an official estimate of the overall costs but has acknowledged it will be considerably higher than the $3.5 billion that was forecast in the bid.

SPORTS JULY 26 *UPDATED 7:55 AM*
Tuesday 26th July 2016

Big congratulations to Pictou County Athletics, winning the Atlantic Championships for the second straight year. The meet was held in Saint John, NB. 43 athletes competed with many achieving personal bests. Click the link for full results.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Summer Day Camp Week 4 will discounted to $115 for those who register today. Week 5 - August 2nd to 5th will be $115. Road to Rio Olympics theme. Come learn about Ellie Black and Canada's Olympic Gymnastics Team (all crafts and activities will be gymnastics themed! No previous gymnastics experience required)
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YMCA is holding a Standard First Aid Course on Wednesday, July 27th and Wednesday, Aug 3rd from 9 - 5 p.m. Cost: Members: $86.25, Non-Members: $97.75. You must pre-register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross: Friday, Aug 5th 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th 12 - 4 p.m., Monday, Aug 8th 12 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 9th 12 - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 10th 12 - 4 p.m., Extra day if needed Thursday Aug 11th, 12 - 4 p.m., Exam Friday, Aug 12th 12 - 4 p.m. Cost: Members $140.00, Non-Members $160.00 Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
National Lifeguard Course: Thursday, Aug 4th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 5th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th  10 - 4 p.m., Monday Aug 8th 1 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug 11th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 12th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 13th 10 - 5 p.m. Standard First Aid and Bronze Cross are a pre-requisite for the National Lifeguard Course. Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
Babysitting Course: Saturday, July 30th 9-5 p.m. Cost:  $40.00 Member, $45.00 Non-member Bring a lunch and a doll (if possible) Pre-register and pay by July 28th 2016 at the YMCA Welcome Desk
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Fundy Highland Female Hockey is now accepting coaching applications for the coming season. Anyone interested in coaching female hockey in Pictou County at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam or Midget levels can obtain application forms at www.pcmha.com by clicking on the forms and policies tab on the left. Fundy Highland Female Hockey oversees the administration of female hockey programs for the Pictou County Female Hockey Association (Subway Selects), Colchester Female Minor Hockey (Wilsons Fuels Cyclones) and the Antigonish Bulldogs. Deadline to apply this Friday. Application forms can be sent to coaching coordinator Lesley Heighton at Lesley.heighton@nshealth.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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There's word this morning that five Russian canoeists, including Olympic gold medallist Alexander Dyachenko, have been banned from next month's Rio Olympic Games over doping. The International Canoe Federation says they were all in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's report last week, which detailed how Russian state officials allegedly intervened to cover up hundreds of failed drug tests. Separately, World Rowing said today that three Russian rowers would be barred from competing. The decisions come just days after the International Olympic Committee decided against a complete ban on Russians in Rio and left the matter up to individual federations for each sport.
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The Olympic team of Belarus has branded the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil unsanitary, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in yet over concerns about water leaks and electrical problems. It has complained about having no hot water and a failing sewage system. Alongside pictures on its website of dirty windows and a filthy shower, the Belarus Olympic Committee says "there remains much for the Rio organizing committee to do" to ensure the living conditions meet sanitary requirements.
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The Toronto Argonauts have their first regular-season win on home soil.  Ricky Ray threw three touchdown strikes as the Argos downed the Montreal Alouettes 30-17 at BMO Field.  Toronto had dropped its first two games at its new stadium. The Argos became the first East Division team to win at home this season and moved into a second-place tie with Hamilton.
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Aaron Sanchez is in elite company.  Sanchez pitched seven shutout innings to win his 10th consecutive decision as Toronto topped the San Diego Padres 4-2 at Rogers Centre. Sanchez became the first Blue Jays pitcher to win 10 straight since Roy Halladay won 15 decisions in a row in 2003.
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The N-F-L and the players association have announced a new policy regarding game-day concussion protocol and discipline for clubs that violate the procedure.  Under the new policy, the league and N-F-L-P-A "will follow a strict and fair process to investigate incidents and determine appropriate discipline, including club fines and possible forfeiture of draft picks."

SPORTS - JULY 25 *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Monday 25th July 2016

Big congratulations to Pictou County Athletics, winning the Atlantic Championships for the second straight year. The meet was held in Saint John, NB. 43 athletes competed with many achieving personal bests. Click the link for full results.
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Cape Breton's Corey Deveaux was the winner in his distance at the Melmerby Triathlon on Sunday at a time of 2:03:22. Shawn Noftall of New Glasgow came in second with a time of 2:16:28. Approximately 140 triathletes took part in the event, with more than 60 from Pictou County.
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In weekend action in the AGR league, the Guysborough Broadhorns defeated the Arisaig Blues in both games of a doubleheader. Game 1 was an 8-4 victory for the Broadhorns, with Cory Avery getting the win and Pat Laffin taking the loss for Arisaig. Guysborough's Geoff Cook hit a 3 run homer and a double, while Aaron & Shawn Long each hit a single, double and triple. In Game 2, Rene D'Entremont pitched a shutout as Guyborough triumphed 12-0. Aaron Long had 4 RBI's with a single, two doubles and a solo home run.
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Fundy Highland Female Hockey is now accepting coaching applications for the coming season. Anyone interested in coaching female hockey in Pictou County at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam or Midget levels can obtain application forms at www.pcmha.com by clicking on the forms and policies tab on the left. Fundy Highland Female Hockey oversees the administration of female hockey programs for the Pictou County Female Hockey Association (Subway Selects), Colchester Female Minor Hockey (Wilsons Fuels Cyclones) and the Antigonish Bulldogs. Deadline to apply this Friday. Application forms can be sent to coaching coordinator Lesley Heighton at Lesley.heighton@nshealth.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Jhonattan Vegas earned his second career P-G-A Tour win at the 2016 R-B-C Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club. The Venezuelan had nine birdies en route to a final round 8-under 64 and a one stroke victory. Amateur Jared du Toit of Kimberly, B-C. was the top Canadian. He finished in ninth place. 
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In the 99th game of the season, Toronto's J.A. Happ reached a career high in wins. Happ and three relievers combined on a one-hitter, and the Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 to avoid a three-game sweep. Happ won his seventh straight decision and surpassed the 12 wins he had for Philadelphia in 2009. He's 13-and-3.
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Toronto finds itself in third place and three games back of the A-L East-leading Orioles after Baltimore beat Cleveland 5-3 for a three-game sweep. Baltimore maintained its game and a-half lead over second-place Boston in the closest division race in baseball. The Red Sox beat the Twins 8-7.
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New York is discussing a trade that would send closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs as part of a swap that would bring 19-year-old shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres to the Yankees, a source told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the A-P on condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing and New York owner Hal Steinbrenner had not made any final decision.
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Canadian hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser said the International Olympic Committee missed an opportunity to take a stand against corruption in sport by delegating the decision on banning Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics to individual sport federations. Wickenheiser, a six-time Olympian and a member of the I-O-C Athletes' Commission, expressed her disappointment with the decision on her Twitter account.
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Serena Williams had to pull out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal because of shoulder inflammation. The three-time Rogers Cup champion was seeded first in the hard-court tournament and was set to have a bye in the first round. Williams is coming off her seventh Wimbledon title earlier this month. The win tied Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam titles.


SPORTS - JULY 22
Friday 22nd July 2016

The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 7-6 and the Orioles defeated the Cardinals 9-8 in games played this week in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League at the Albion Field in Stellarton. Top hitters included  Claudette Wolfe and Vanessa Heighton each hitting   a double and two singles: Laura Turner and Christa Webber both connected  for a triple and single: while  Stacey Ferguson and Samantha Williams stroked  three singles each.
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A total of 43 athletes with the Pictou County Athletics program – some of them part of the coaching staff – are travelling to Moncton tomorrow for the Atlantic track and field championships. The group will be looking to defend its 2015 club championship.
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For the first time since 2002, the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals returns to the Truro area at Pleasant Valley Raceway this weekend. There are a handful of local connections this year, with Tyler Medaglia, Mitchell Cooke on their home track and Logan Gallant to race in MX1, along with Halifax’s Davey Fraser competing in MX2. The action kicks off Saturday with the amateur races, while the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley on Sunday.
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Fundy Highland Female Hockey is now accepting coaching applications for the coming season. Anyone interested in coaching female hockey in Pictou County at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam or Midget levels can obtain application forms at www.pcmha.com by clicking on the forms and policies tab on the left. Fundy Highland Female Hockey oversees the administration of female hockey programs for the Pictou County Female Hockey Association (Subway Selects), Colchester Female Minor Hockey (Wilsons Fuels Cyclones) and the Antigonish Bulldogs. Deadline to apply is 29 July. Application forms can be sent to coaching coordinator Lesley Heighton at Lesley.heighton@nshealth.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Calgary sure takes advantage of its time off. Bo Levi Mitchell threw three touchdown passes as the Stampeders beat the host Blue Bombers 33-18. That's Calgary's 14th win in a row after a bye week. The Stamps have also won eight straight in Winnipeg.
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Dustin Johnson waited until the final hole to make his move. Johnson eagled the 18th to jump into a tie with fellow American Luke List in first-round play at the Canadian Open. Both players finished the day 6-under 66 at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario. Amateur Jared du Toit of Kimberly, B-C shot a 5 under.
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Another victory for the Red Sox. They once took sole possession of first place in the A-L East with a 13-2 win over the visiting Twins. The Orioles had pulled even with the Red Sox earlier in the day when they beat the Yankees 4-1. Boston's win put the Red Sox back on top by a half-game.
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A person familiar with J-J Watt's condition said the Houston Texans' star defensive end has had back surgery and will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. A source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't confirmed the surgery or Watts' roster status. Watts is the two-time reigning defensive player of the year.
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A lawyer for Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green says a misdemeanour assault-and-battery charge from a confrontation near the Michigan State campus could be resolved before the U-S basketball team competes in the Rio Olympics. The U-S team starts play in Rio on August 6th.
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The Spanish basketball federation says that centre Marc Gasol will miss the Olympics in Rio after failing to recover from a broken foot in time. Gasol has not played since he broke his right foot in February while playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. Spain won silver medals in men's basketball at the last two Olympics, losing the finals to the United States.

PROVINCE HAS ELIMINATED HOME CARE WAITLISTS IN MANY AREAS: GLAVINE
Thursday 21st July 2016

The province says that government and its partners have eliminated home care waitlists in many communities. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says Nova Scotians want, and are getting, faster access to home care. Glavine says the waitlist eliminations, in places like the Annapolis Valley, Pictou, Shelburne, Digby, Clare, and Antigonish, are due to the province working with home support agencies, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and the N-S-G-E-U to improve communication and scheduling. On any given day, more than 14 thousand Nova Scotians receive home care services such as personal care, meal preparation, respite care, housekeeping and nursing. 

REPORT RELEASED ON HIGHWAY TWINNING FEASIBILITY
Thursday 14th July 2016

The much anticipated report out of the study on the feasibility of twinning eight sections of 100-series highways was released this afternoon by the province. The independent study was completed by engineering firm CBCL Limited, and can be read in its entirety here. One of the eight sections is the stretch of Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish, which has claimed 15 lives since 2009. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan says twinning is expensive but Nova Scotians have told government they want better, safer highways. He says no decisions have been made and the report will be the foundation for further discussion and consultation with Nova Scotians. Government plans to consult widely with Nova Scotians about their views on tolling.


FIRST PHASE OF HIGHWAY TWINNING STUDY TO BE RELEASED TODAY
Thursday 14th July 2016

A study commisioned by the province into the feasibility of highway twinning will be released later today in Halifax. The province will release the first phase of the study, commissioned back in September. The $900,000 study, done by engineering firm CBCL Limited, looked at tolling eight sections of provincial highways, including the Trans Canada between Sutherlands River & Antigonish. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says the province hopes to start the public consultation process by the end of the summer.

SPORTS - JULY 14
Thursday 14th July 2016

As N-H-L star Sidney Crosby prepares to carry the Stanley Cup through his hometown for the second time this weekend, he says he’s appreciating it more. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain is in Halifax this week overseeing his annual hockey camp and will bring the Cup to Cole Harbour for a parade on Saturday. After the previous 2009 victory tour through the city, Crosby said he imagined winning seasons might be an annual affair. Instead, it took the team seven years to reclaim the Cup, with their defeat of the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 6.
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The first of the Friday Full Day Fun Camps at the Pictou Fisheries Pool is coming this week. This week's theme is boats – learn how to build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape! To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Citing rising costs, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers are raising single-game ticket prices. Starting this fall, children 8-12 years of age will need to pay $5 for a single game ticket, while students and seniors will pay $10 and adults $12. Children seven and under will be able to attend games free of charge. However, the Crushers are not raising the prices for season tickets. There is also an early bird special for those who purchase their season tickets before 5 August.
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The Wear Well Major Bantams have announced their try out schedule for the upcoming season. The Fall Camp will run on August 18 from 3-5 pm and then on August 22, 23, and 24 from 5-6:30. The team will then compete in a three team mini tournament in Antigonish on Aug 29th and 30th. All players must preregister. If you attended the Spring Camp, no form is necessary, but if you did not please email Jeff Green for a form. The cost of the camp is $65 which includes a mandatory checking clinic for any players coming up from Peewee. The Wear Well team will host a checking clinic on Monday August 15th. The clinic is mandatory for any player moving up from Peewee into Bantam who wants to try out for the Major Bantam Team. The clinic involves an off ice component which will begin at 4:30. The on ice component will start at 6:00 pm and run until 7:30. if you are trying out for the Wear Well team the cost is included in your try out fee--otherwise there is a $20 fee to be paid that day.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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For National Drowning Prevention week, the YMCA is offering a free Swim To Survive Program for families (Members and Non-members). This is a one-hour session. Register now at the Welcome desk. There are three sessions available, July 19, 20 & 21 - all from 6 to 7 pm
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A rough start for the Argos at their new home. Ottawa beat Toronto 30-20 and the Argos fell to 0-and-2 at BMO Field before a disappointing gathering of 12,373. That's less than half the 24,812 who watched the Argos drop a 42-20 decision to Hamilton in last month's regular-season opener.
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Toronto veteran Ricky Ray keeps adding to his numbers. The Argos quarterback passed Danny McManus for fourth in all-time C-F-L passing yardage with a seven-yard pass to Brandon Whitaker on his second throw of the night. Ray's 53,486 career yards trails only Henry Burris, Damon Allen and Anthony Cavillo in the league record book.
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The Whitecaps have finally picked up a win at home. Cristian Techera scored on a stunning strike in the first half as Vancouver picked up a 2-nil victory over Real Salt Lake. It was Vancouver's first M-L-S win at B-C Place in over two months. Also, Toronto F-C earned a point on the road with a 1-1 draw against Columbus. And Montreal tied the Timbers in Portland 1-1.
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A police report says Warriors star Draymond Green was over the legal limit for alcohol when he struck a Michigan State football player in the jaw during a confrontation near campus last weekend. The report also says Green tried to apologize and then had to sit in jail for a while until he could sober up.
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The first players are off the tee at the 145th edition of the British Open (1:35 a-m Eastern). Defending champion Zach Johnson begins his first round at Royal Troon Golf Course in Scotland later today (9:15 a-m Eastern). Americans have won the claret jug the last six times at Royal Troon.
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Canadian rugby sevens coach Liam Middleton has paid the price for missing out on the goal of Olympic qualification. In the wake of a review of the men's sevens program, Rugby Canada says it will not renew Middleton's contract and will launch a global search for a new head coach immediately. Middleton, a Zimbabwe native, was named coach in September 2014.

SPORTS - JULY 13 *UPDATED 12:15 PM*
Wednesday 13th July 2016

A major national event will be coming to Antigonish. Special Olympics Canada has announced that the Town of Antigonish, working with St. Francis Xavier University, will be hosting the 2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games. Antigonish and Halifax were the two finalists for the hosting duties.
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The first of the Friday Full Day Fun Camps at the Pictou Fisheries Pool is coming this week. This week's theme is boats – learn how to build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape! To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Citing rising costs, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers are raising single-game ticket prices. Starting this fall, children 8-12 years of age will need to pay $5 for a single game ticket, while students and seniors will pay $10 and adults $12. Children seven and under will be able to attend games free of charge. However, the Crushers are not raising the prices for season tickets. There is also an early bird special for those who purchase their season tickets before 5 August.
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The Wear Well Major Bantams have announced their try out schedule for the upcoming season. The Fall Camp will run on August 18 from 3-5 pm and then on August 22, 23, and 24 from 5-6:30. The team will then compete in a three team mini tournament in Antigonish on Aug 29th and 30th. All players must preregister. If you attended the Spring Camp, no form is necessary, but if you did not please email Jeff Green for a form. The cost of the camp is $65 which includes a mandatory checking clinic for any players coming up from Peewee. The Wear Well team will host a checking clinic on Monday August 15th. The clinic is mandatory for any player moving up from Peewee into Bantam who wants to try out for the Major Bantam Team. The clinic involves an off ice component which will begin at 4:30. The on ice component will start at 6:00 pm and run until 7:30. if you are trying out for the Wear Well team the cost is included in your try out fee--otherwise there is a $20 fee to be paid that day.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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For National Drowning Prevention week, the YMCA is offering a free Swim To Survive Program for families (Members and Non-members). This is a one-hour session. Register now at the Welcome desk. There are three sessions available, July 19, 20 & 21 - all from 6 to 7 pm
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Quarterback Trevor Harris leads unbeaten Ottawa in his first game against his former team tonight as the Redblacks visit the Toronto Argos.  Harris spent four years with the Argos and last season posted a 9-and-7 record as the starter while Ricky Ray recovered from off-season shoulder surgery.
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A federal appeals court has rejected Tom Brady's attempt to get a new hearing on his "Deflategate" suspension.  In April, a three-judge panel said that N-F-L commissioner Roger Goodell was within his powers when he suspended the star quarterback four games for his role in a scheme to doctor the footballs.  Today's decision affirms the wide-ranging powers given to the commissioner by the league's collective bargaining agreement.
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The major league all-stars are headed back home after the American League's 4-2 win in San Diego last night assured home-field advantage in the World Series this fall.  The teams have a couple more days off before the season resumes with a full 15-game schedule on Friday.
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Italy's Francesco Molinari is among the latest to pull out of golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1902. He cited family reasons without giving specifics. In all, 20 golfers have taken a pass on competing in the Rio Games next month, mostly due to concerns over the Zika virus.
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Justin Rose is not only planning on competing in the Olympic golf competition, he plans to immerse himself in the experience. England's 2013 U-S Open champ says he'll walk in the opening ceremonies, stay a few days in the Olympic village and attend some events.
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The clock is ticking for the N-B-A to make a call on whether to hold next year's all-star game in Charlotte.  The league's Board of Governors debated the issue at length yesterday, but didn't take a vote on moving the game due to North Carolina's law limiting protection for L-G-B-T people. Commissioner Adam Silver admits a call is going to have to be made soon.


NEW NURSING HOME TO BE BUILT IN ANTIGONISH
Tuesday 12th July 2016

The Nova Scotia government says a new 25-bed nursing home will replace a facility presently used by the Sisters of St. Martha in Antigonish. The province says the current Bethany facility has a number of safety concerns, including the lack of a sprinkler system. It says the new modern building will be funded by nursing services provider Shannex and that when the nursing home beds are no longer needed by the sisters, they will become available for community use. The new facility will include licensed long-term care beds, assisted living and retirement living suites and it's expected to be completed by the winter of 2018.

ANTIGONISH TO HOST NATIONAL SUMMER SPECIAL OLYMPIC GAMES
Tuesday 12th July 2016

A major national event will be coming to Antigonish in 2018. Special Olympics Canada has announced that the Town of Antigonish, working with St. Francis Xavier University, will be hosting the 2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games. Antigonish and Halifax were the two finalists for the hosting duties.

SPORTS - JULY 12
Tuesday 12th July 2016

The Wear Well Major Bantams have announced their try out schedule for the upcoming season. The Fall Camp will run on August 18 from 3-5 pm and then on August 22, 23, and 24 from 5-6:30. The team will then compete in a three team mini tournament in Antigonish on Aug 29th and 30th. All players must preregister. If you attended the Spring Camp, no form is necessary, but if you did not please email Jeff Green for a form. The cost of the camp is $65 which includes a mandatory checking clinic for any players coming up from Peewee. The Wear Well team will host a checking clinic on Monday August 15th. The clinic is mandatory for any player moving up from Peewee into Bantam who wants to try out for the Major Bantam Team. The clinic involves an off ice component which will begin at 4:30. The on ice component will start at 6:00 pm and run until 7:30. if you are trying out for the Wear Well team the cost is included in your try out fee--otherwise there is a $20 fee to be paid that day.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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For National Drowning Prevention week, the YMCA is offering a free Swim To Survive Program for families (Members and Non-members). This is a one-hour session. Register now at the Welcome desk. There are three sessions available, July 19, 20 & 21 - all from 6 to 7 pm
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Giancarlo Stanton is this year's home run derby champion. The Miami Marlins slugger downed defending champ Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox with an impressive display of power, including a shot estimated at 497 feet. Stanton hit 20 homers in the final and a record 61 total in the three rounds at Petco Park. The three-time All-Star will not play in tonight's Midsummer Classic.
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A sweep for Canada's women's basketball team in Edmonton. Nirra Fields poured in a game-high 16 points as Canada topped China 71-59 to sweep the three-game Edmonton Grads International Classic series. Miranda Ayim and Tamara Tatham added 10 points apiece while Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe had eight rebounds for the Canadians.
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Calgary Dinos receiver Rashaun Simonise held his pro day yesterday in preparation for the N-F-L supplemental draft on Thursday. The six-foot-five, 190-pound Vancouver native hopes to earn an opportunity south of the border, either as a draftee or undrafted free agent. Six N-F-L teams were in attendance to watch him.
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Ron Allbright, a former Calgary Stampeders offensive linebacker, has died. He was 81. The team said Allbright died in his hometown of Calgary on Saturday. He played 12 seasons with the Stampeders from 1956 to 1967.


SPCA INVESTIGATE ABANDONED PUPPIES IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY
Monday 4th July 2016

Over the weekend a woman found a box full of abandoned puppies on the side of the road in Heatherton, and the SPCA is now investigating a possible case of animal cruelty. The woman found the 7 newborn puppies, still with their umbilical cords attached, in a vacuum box near the Heatherton Elementary School. The puppies were taken to the Antigonish SPCA where they were given milk replacement formula and were later transported by volunteers to be fostered by Pick of the Litter Rescue where they will receive around the clock care and feeding. The investigation team representing the SPCA is looking for anyone who may have any information as to who may have placed the puppies on the side of the road or with any other information regarding a black dog that has recently given birth with no puppies to call their confidential cruelty line at: 1-888-703-7722 or e-mail @ animals@spcans.ca.

THOUSANDS PETITION PROVINCE TO TWIN THE 104 IN ANTIGONISH & PICTOU COUNTIES
Monday 4th July 2016

Support for twinning a section of the Trans Canada Highway in northern Nova Scotia continues to build. Barney's River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says over 8,000 people have signed an online petition and more than 5,000 have signed the paper petition. The petitions ask the province to twin Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish. MacDonald says there have been over 347 accidents and 15 deaths on that stretch of road since 2009. The results of the province's highway twinning study are expected to be released later this summer.

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN ATTEMPTS TO LINK ANTIGONISH GIRL WITH LOST STUFFED BUNNY
Friday 1st July 2016

A young Antigonish girl has lost a very special friend, but the world of social media is working to reunite the pair. The youngster, Maeve, had her stuffed bunny, Bunsy, with her for a trip to Halifax last weekend. However, when the family returned to Antigonish, they discovered that Bunsy was missing. The call went out on social media for help looking for the stuffed animal, with information including the various locations the family went to while in the city. Now Hector Broadcasting is joining the efforts to reunite Maeve and Bunsy. Please go to our Facebook page and read the post if you plan on heading to Halifax in the coming days, so that you might aid in the search.


PAIR BUSTED FOR DRUGS AFTER BEING STOPPED FOR INSECURE CARGO
Thursday 30th June 2016

Two people are facing drug charges after they were pulled over for not having their cargo secured properly on a truck. Police in Antigonish County say they spotted the truck on Highway 4 near Bayfield. They say they found 28 marijuana plants amongst the other cargo on board the truck. They also searched a home and seized more marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia and arrested a 43-year-old woman and 57-year-old man.

TWINNING MEETING DRAWS ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD
Friday 24th June 2016

Concerned citizens pushing for the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway between Sutherland's River and Antigonish say a meeting yesterday was a major step in the right direction for the possible project. Barney's River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says there was a good crowd at the Beech Hill Fire Station, and several ideas were generated as to calling people to action on this stretch of highway that has seen 15 deaths since 2009. This comes as the government is planning public consultations related to this and other potential twinning projects. MacDonald is inviting people to visit their new website, or to visit their Facebook page.

HIGHWAY TWINNING SUPPORTERS MEETING TONIGHT
Thursday 23rd June 2016

Supporters of twinning the Trans Canada Highway are meeting tonight ahead of proposed public consultations with the province. The meeting will take place at the Antigonish County Fire Department's Beech Hill Station at 7 pm. 


MP SEAN FRASER TAKING HIS OFFICE ON THE ROAD
Wednesday 15th June 2016

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser will be doing a lot of travelling this summer, as his team have scheduled a series of travelling clinics and Community Town Halls throughout the riding. Fraser says the idea behind the clinics is to help more constituents across Central Nova by bringing the constituency office to them. All meetings during the clinics will be scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis, and further meeting times can be scheduled outside of the travelling clinic schedule. If applicable, Frasier's team asks that constituents bring pertinent documents and information, which can be photocopied at the clinic if needed. The Town Hall Community meetings will include a question & answer forum. The clinics are scheduled from 11:00am to 6:00pm, with Town Hall Community sessions scheduled for 6:00-7:30 pm. For more information, visit Sean's website.
The schedule is as follows:
July 7: Scotsburn Fire Hall
July 14: River John H.U.B.
July 21: Sheet Harbour Wildlife Association
July 28: Eastern Shore Community Centre, Musquodoboit Harbour
August 3: Pictou Landing First Nations Band Office
August 4: District of St. Mary's Lions Club, Sherbrooke
August 10: Lismore Community Centre
August 11: Moser River Community Centre
August 18: Ship Harbour Community Centre
August 24: Pictou County Wellness Centre (Town Hall only)
August 25: Bicentennial Theatre, Middle Musquodoboit
August 31: St. James United Church, Antigonish (Town Hall only)
September 13: NSCC Cafeteria, Stellarton
September 16: Room 110, Gerald Schwartz School of Business, St. FX Campus, Antigonish

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT AT HOUSE PARTY
Wednesday 8th June 2016

A 19-year-old Nova Scotia man is facing several charges after a woman said she was sexually assaulted at a house party late last month. RCMP in Antigonish say they were called last week to investigate an alleged assault on May 25. Police say the woman told them she had been sexually assaulted by a man she knew while at a house party with friends. They arrested a man from Paq'tnkek First Nation Reserve the same day. He has been charged with several offences, including aggravated sexual assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats The teen was taken into custody and is due back in Antigonish provincial court on July 13.

SPORTS - JUNE 2
Thursday 2nd June 2016

The Pomquet Acadians took both games of last night's doubleheader with the St. Andrew's Flyers to open the season for the Antigonish Guysborough Regional League. In the first match it was 8-1 for Pomquet, with Murray MacNeil pitching a two hitter and striking out 8. Bryden Boudreau hit a solo home run for the Acadians. Game two was a closer contest, with the Acadians winning 6-4. Richie Connors struck out 16 batters to get the win. Alex Mills, Andrew MacIssac, Gerard Kell each had a solo homer for St. Andrew's.       
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Kanokai Judo Club was well represented at the Amherst Invitational Tournament over the weekend. This was the final event on the Judo NS Calendar for the season. LTAD Athletes - Ralph Baldwin, Liam MacPherson, Paige Landru, Sophie Landry Cohen Ponikau, James Ponikau, and Mekhi Reddick. Gold - Landon MacPherson & Kyle Sutherland. Congratulations from everyone at Kanokai
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This year, for the first time, the Pioneer Coal Track in Stellarton is hosting the NSSAF Track and Field Provincial Championships. The meet takes place on Friday and Saturday. Come out to see over 1,000 junior and senior high school athletes from around the province take part. Competitions start at 10:00am Friday and 9:00am Saturday, continuing throughout the day. Please note that because of provincials, the track will be closed to walkers Friday and Saturday. 
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Registration for the Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association (Home of the Subway Stingers) will be held on Saturday from 9am to Noon upstairs at the Clubhouse 175B North Foord Street Stellarton. A copy of the registration form is available by checking the document section of the Stingers Website. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. There will also be a spring workout for U-10 (birth date 2006-2007) and U-12 (birth date 2004-2005) players on Saturday from 10 am-11:30 pm on Dorrington Field-1, next to the clubhouse. Players need to be at the field at least 15 minutes prior to start.
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Swim, bike and run on Sunday at the YMCA Triathlon. Spaces are still available in adult and youth divisions. Plus new divisions have been added. To register and to learn more about the event, visit RaceRoster.ca.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club 5th Annual Fun Meet takes place June 10th and 11th at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Admission is $2 (12 and under free). During this two-day event we raise money by selling 50/50 tickets, Lottery Tree Raffle, BBQ and Canteen refreshments. This is an opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills in front of their families and the general public, earning ribbons and medals.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends: individuals will be placed on teams. The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Rookie Conor Sheary is carrying his weight this post-season.  He scored in overtime to give the Penguins a 2-1 victory over San Jose and Pittsburgh a 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup final. Phil Kessel's 10th post-season goal gave the Penguins an early 1-0 lead. But the Sharks tied it on Justin Braun's goal with 4:05 left in regulation.
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Aaron Sanchez and the Blue Jays bullpen held off the Yankees long enough for Toronto's bats to come alive.  Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak drove in two runs and Michael Saunders plated another over the Blue Jays' five-run seventh inning as Toronto rocked New York 7-0.
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Alexei Ramirez homered twice and matched his career high with five R-B-Is as the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 14-6 several hours after executive chairman Ron Fowler strongly criticized the team's poor recent play.  Ramirez had a pair of two-run homers and an R-B-I single.
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Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 25 games with a sixth-inning single for the Boston Red Sox in their 13-9 loss in Baltimore. Bogaerts was hitless in three at-bats before lining a single to centre field off reliever Brad Brach.
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Cleveland outfielder Marlon Byrd has been suspended 162 games for a second violation of baseball's drug policy. Byrd tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone releasing peptide. Byrd was first suspended for 50 games in 2012.
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There's been a surprising upset in the Amway Canadian Championship semifinal as the Ottawa Fury of the second-tier North American Soccer League stunned the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0.  Also, Jonathan Osorio and Jordan Hamilton each scored twice as Toronto F-C beat the Montreal Impact 4-2 in their semifinal.


SPORTS - JUNE 1 *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Wednesday 1st June 2016

The Antigonish Guysborough Regional League begins its season tonight with a doubleheader, as the St.Andrew's Flyers play the Pomquet Acadians beginning at 7pm at the Pomquet ball field.
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This year, for the first time, the Pioneer Coal Track in Stellarton is hosting the NSSAF Track and Field Provincial Championships. The meet takes place on Friday and Saturday. Come out to see over 1,000 junior and senior high school athletes from around the province take part. Competitions start at 10:00am Friday and 9:00am Saturday, continuing throughout the day. Please note that because of provincials, the track will be closed to walkers Friday and Saturday. 
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Registration for the Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association (Home of the Subway Stingers) will be held on Saturday from 9am to Noon upstairs at the Clubhouse 175B North Foord Street Stellarton. A copy of the registration form is available by checking the document section of the Stingers Website. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers. There will also be a spring workout for U-10 (birth date 2006-2007) and U-12 (birth date 2004-2005) players on Saturday from 10 am-11:30 pm on Dorrington Field-1, next to the clubhouse. Players need to be at the field at least 15 minutes prior to start.
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Swim, bike and run on Sunday at the YMCA Triathlon. Spaces are still available in adult and youth divisions. Plus new divisions have been added. To register and to learn more about the event, visit RaceRoster.ca.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club 5th Annual Fun Meet takes place June 10th and 11th at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Admission is $2 (12 and under free). During this two-day event we raise money by selling 50/50 tickets, Lottery Tree Raffle, BBQ and Canteen refreshments. This is an opportunity for our athletes to showcase their skills in front of their families and the general public, earning ribbons and medals.
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The Female Hockey Central Registry is open for players who plan to play female hockey next season. Players are asked to sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players in Pictou County register with the Fundy Highland region. The registry closes on 15 June, after which committees across the province will use the numbers to determine how many teams of each level will be created in the different zones. In Pictou County, players have the option to sign up for either AA or A-level hockey. This year, the Midget overage player policy (players in Grade 12 born between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31) has been removed. However, a new option is available for players aged 18-21, as they are able to sign up for Female Junior Hockey. Plans are being made to create a junior league for the 2016-2017 season. Any interested players must also sign up through the central online registry at registration.hockeycanada.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup final as they host the San Jose Sharks tonight. Pittsburgh took Game 1, 3-2 at home on Monday night. The Sharks are appearing in a Cup final for the first time in franchise history. They'll need a win to even the series before it moves to San Jose for Game 3 on Saturday.
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The Toronto Blue Jays go for a third straight victory tonight as they cap their home stand against the New York Yankees. Right-hander Aaron Sanchez gets the start for the Blue Jays, who have won six of their last seven games. Masahiro Tanaka counters for New York. Toronto topped the Yankees 4-1 last night.
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Felix Hernandez will try for his fifth win of the season as the Seattle Mariners take on the Padres in San Diego in one of three interleague games on the M-L-B schedule today. In the others, the New York Mets host the White Sox in a matinee and Houston is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Colorado Rockies shortstop and former Blue Jay Jose Reyes reports to Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab assignment today. Reyes was suspended through May 31st for violating M-L-B's new domestic violence policy. He was charged for an altercation with his wife in Hawaii last October. Prosecutors dropped the charge, saying Reyes' wife was not co-operating.

PLAN TO BE RELEASED ON HIGHWAY TWINNING "SOON"
Thursday 26th May 2016

The province says it will be releasing a draft plan to twin eight stretches of 100-series highways in the next several weeks. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan made the announcement today, under renewed pressure following another fatal accident in Broadway over the Victoria Day weekend. MacLellan said the plan, which will have a price tag in the hundreds of millions, will include information on the possible inclusion of tolls. He says the upgrades are needed to save lives. MacLellan says there will be public consultations on the plan underway by the end of this summer. One of the eight stretches of road under consideration by the Transportation Department is the highway between Sutherlands River and Antigonish. A previous study by CBCL suggests that the price tag for twinning that area alone, a distance of just under 38 kilometres, could range between 240 and 250 million dollars.

MACDONALD CONTINUES CAMPAIGN TO TWIN HIGHWAY 104
Tuesday 24th May 2016

The chief of a small rural fire department in northeastern Nova Scotia is repeating a call to twin a section of Highway 104 and reduce the number of high-speed head-on collisions. Barneys River Fire Department chief Joe MacDonald is speaking out again after a crash Monday claimed the life of a 35-year-old Halifax woman near Broadway in Pictou County. It was the 15th fatal collision on the untwinned 37-kilometre portion of the highway between New Glasgow and Antigonish since 2009. MacDonald says he and others in nearby communities are pushing for a twinning solution - as they have for years. He says an online petition has gathered close to 6,000 names while a Facebook group has another 1,700 supporters. Last June the province announced a feasibility study to examine the use of tolls to help pay for the twinning of up to eight sections of 100 series highways, although no decisions have been made.


JOHN BROPHY PASSES AWAY
Monday 23rd May 2016

Antigonish native, hockey legend, and former Toronto Maple Leafs coach John Brophy passed away Monday morning after battling health issues, according to his family. Brophy spent 19 seasons playing in the Eastern Hockey League before hanging up his skates as a player, and picking up the coach's whistle. He had several stops in the minors before taking over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the start of the 1986-87 season. After nearly three seasons with the Leafs, Brophy continued coaching, spending the next 11 seasons as head coach of the Hampton Roads Admirals, where he won 3 Kelly Cups. John Brophy was 83.

EVOLVE MOVES TO NEW BRUNSWICK
Wednesday 11th May 2016

The Evolve Music Festival will still take place in 2016, even though the former site in Antigonish County is no longer available. Festival organizers announced on their website recently that a new site has been secured, just north of Moncton, New Brunswick, in the community of Beersville. The festival is scheduled to run 8-10 July, and several artists have also been confirmed for the event. It was moved out of Antigonish County after the Municipality revoked their permit for missing deadlines filing key paperwork, including medical emergency plans.

EVOLVE FESTIVAL CHANGING LOCATIONS
Sunday 8th May 2016

The Evolve Music Festival is moving. In a post on their Facebook page, Evolve says this year's festival will be held in July on a 495-acre farm between Clairville and Beersville, about a half hour north of Moncton. Evolve had been in Antigonish County since its founding in 2000, but in April the Municipality of the County of Antigonish revoked the event's special permit. County officials said that head organizer Jonas Colter never submitted a medical plan for the festival, even after the February 1 deadline. Officials expressed concern in the past over the possible use of illegal drugs at the festival.


MOUNTIES WARN HIGH RISK OFFENDER MAY BE COMING TO NORTHERN NOVA SCOTIA
Thursday 5th May 2016

RCMP in Nova Scotia are warning people about the release of a high-risk offender dubbed the "pants puller." They say 29-year-old Gavin Sean Griffiths has served a sentence for sexual assaults and has convictions dating back to 2005 for sexual assault and other offences. Police say he did not have relationships with the women he assaulted and has been assessed as being at a high risk to reoffend. Police say Griffiths is being monitored by the Ottawa Centre for Probation and Parole and recently indicated he was heading to Nova Scotia, possibly to Antigonish. He is on probation for two years and is restricted from having contact with certain people or possessing weapons, and must undergo counselling.

SPORTS - MAY 3
Tuesday 3rd May 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers are ready for the start of the Fred Page Cup in Woodstock, NB. The Kent Cup Champions are leaving for the Eastern Canadian Championship today, then play their first game Wednesday afternoon at 4pm against the winners of the LHJQ, Longueuil College Francais. On Thursday at 4pm they will face the CCHL Champions, and defending Fred Page Cup winners, Carleton Place Canadians. The round robin wraps up Friday at 7:30 when the Crushers play the host Woodstock Slammers. The 2nd place and 3rd place teams will face off in the semi-final on Saturday, while the top team in the round robin goes directly to Sunday's final. Catch every Crusher game through the tournament on Classic Rock 97.9.
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Northumberland Nighthawks U13 girls volleyball team took home the bronze medal at provincials this past weekend in Bedford, Congratulations to Maddie MacDonald, Rory Thompson, Meg Maxner, and Skye MacDonald, Keeley Stevenson, Emily Giles,Katie Crawford, Georgie Gunn, coaches Harold Williams and Leonard Thompson and manager Hayley MacDonald.
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Atom Nova North Stars improved their record this weekend in Halifax with another win and a tie placing them in first place overall. First, they got the best of Chebecto Avalanche with a score of 6-2. Scoring for Stars was Cameron Pitts with 2 goals, Ethan Maclean, Landon Martin, Garrette Williams and Ethan Mackay all adding singles. Assists came from Williams 2, Brett Butler 1, Derrick Mackay 1, Pitts 1. Later that afternoon the Stars fought to a 4-4 tie against the Glace Bay Bruins. Stars goals came from Amias Crossman, Ethan Maclean, Derrick Mackay, Cameron Pitts. Assists came from Ethan Mackay. Winning goalies were Maddux Mackenzie and Ben Verge. Stars' next game is on the 7th in Halifax vs the Valley Wild.
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Congratulations to the Northumberland Nighthawks Varsity Ultimate Frisbee team for capturing the Northern Nova Scotia High School Championship this weekend, hosted by Pictou County Ultimate. It was an exciting final, with NRHS winning 10-8 over NNEC.  The NRHS Varsity and Junior Varsity teams, North Nova, Pictou Academy, and Dr JH Gillis of Antigonish had a great tournament which showed the strong growth and development of Ultimate Frisbee in Northern Nova Scotia. Good luck to the teams heading to provincials in Halifax on May 14.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets will hold their spring identification camp later this month. The ID camp will be held the Pictou County Wellness Center from Saturday May 21 to Tuesday May 24. All players wishing to attend are asked to email weeksmajormidgets@gmail.com by May 10 and provide contact information, including name, age, health card, email, etc. Spaces are limited and players are urged to register as soon as possible. Attendance in the spring ID camp is mandatory for regional players in order to be considered for the summer tryout roster. A full camp schedule can be emailed upon request. For more information, email Kyle MacLennan at kyle.maclennan28@gmail.com or  Lou Lanceleve at lanceleve.lou@halifaxshipyard.com.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A pair of early goals and a great performance by Matt Murray have the Pittsburgh Penguins up two games to one in their Stanley Cup second-round series against Washington.  Patric Hornqvist and Tom Kuhnhackl scored a minute apart in Pittsburgh's 3-2 triumph over the Capitals. Game 4 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh, but the Pens could be without their top defenceman. Kris Letang levelled Marcus Johansson with a hit that likely will be reviewed by the N-H-L.
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Kevin Pillar had three hits and scored a run but the Toronto Blue Jays still fell to the visiting Texas Rangers 2-1.  Nomar Mazara broke a tie with a solo home run as Texas won a rematch of last year's American League Division Series. 
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Matt Kemp hit a two-run double in the first inning to help James Shields earn his first victory of the season, and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 2-1.  Shields  struck out five and walked two.
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Russell Westbrook had 29 points and 10 assists to lead the the Oklahoma City Thunder past San Antonio 98-97. Their playoff series is now tied 1-1. Earlier,  LeBron James scored 25 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood an Atlanta comeback in a 104-93 victory in the opening game of their second-round series.
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Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, Philadelphia defenceman Shayne Gostisbehere and Chicago forward Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the N-H-L's top rookie.  McDavid had 16 goals and 32 assists despite missing much of the season due to a broken collarbone. Gostisbehere led rookie defencemen with 17 goals and 29 assists, and Panarin led all rookies with 30 goals and 47 assists.
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The Thai owners of Premier League champion Leicester City aim to keep the victorious squad together despite expectations that many players will be lured away by big-money offers from richer clubs. Leicester were 5000-1 outsiders at the start of the season and the owners said that when they invested in the club six years ago, winning the title "was not what we dared to dream."

LEGALIZATION ARGUMENTS DIDN'T PREVENT SENTENCE FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION
Friday 29th April 2016

A Nova Scotia man has been sentenced to 18 months' house arrest on marijuana charges after his lawyer vainly argued for leniency ahead of its expected legalization next year. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge in Antigonish sentenced 65-year-old William Leigh Brady earlier this week for trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana. Defence lawyer Adam Rodgers says he questions attempts to deter an activity that will soon not be a criminal act. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced on April 20th that legislation would be coming in 2017 to legalize the drug.


EVOLVE ORGANIZERS SAY 2016 EVENT WILL GO AHEAD - ELSEWHERE
Friday 22nd April 2016

A statement released by Jonas Colter, the organizer of the Evolve Music Festival that saw its permit revoked by the Municipality of Antigonish County today, says the event will still happen this summer. Colter's statement says that "Evolve has always been committed to safety, wellness, and harm reduction." He says details for the new location will be released in the coming weeks, and that they are excited about a new chapter moving forward.

ANTIGONISH COUNTY PULLS PLUG ON THIS YEAR'S EVOLVE FESTIVAL
Friday 22nd April 2016

There will not be an Evolve festival in Heatherton this summer. The County of Antigonish has revoked the special event permit that was issued for July, saying organizers of the electronic music festival did not file a medical plan overseen by a licenced doctor. Evolve has clashed with municipal officials in the past over concerns with illegal and underage drug use, but Glenn Horne, the municipal clerk and treasurer for Antigonish County, says the revocation only applies to this year's permit.

NEW BUDGET, NEW SHOES FOR DELOREY
Tuesday 19th April 2016

Finance Minister Randy Delorey has new shoes as the Liberal government prepares to unveil its first budget. The Antigonish member of the legislature carried on the tradition of federal and provincial finance ministers by buying new footwear yesterday prior to delivering his financial blueprint today. Delorey decided to shop at home for his pair of shoes, stopping by Oak Manor Men's Wear in Antigonish. The finance minister says this budget is consistent with the fiscal direction the Liberal government has been taking.


SPORTS - APRIL 19
Tuesday 19th April 2016

The Boston Marathon was run yesterday. Walter Linthorne of Stellarton, Vernon MacIntosh from Hopewell, and Michelle Sutherland of Pictou all ran the famous race. Linthorne finished in a time of 3:22:12, MacIntosh finished 35th among 70-74 year old men, with a time of 4:25:39, and Sutherland crossed the line in 4:33:57. Both the men's and women's elite divisions were won by runners from Ethiopia, the first time in the 120 year history of the event that the African nation has taken both titles.
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Game 3 between the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and the Dieppe Commandos returns to New Brunswick tomorrow night, with the series even. Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 7:15pm. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The rest of the schedule can be found below.
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)

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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Fundy Highland Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players tonight at 6:15 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  The open house will include skill based drills for the girls. The Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   There will be a public meeting for all female atom age parents at 7:15 p.m. in the Advocate Room of the Wellness Centre.  The meeting will include information on the upcoming season for girls interested in playing either AA or A female Atom hockey in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Raptors snapped a seven-game playoff losing streak dating back two seasons and evened their series against Indiana at the same time. Jonas Valanciunas led the way with 23 points and 15 rebounds as Toronto took Game 2 against the Pacers 98-87.
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Golden State got it done without Steph Curry. Klay Thompson had 34 points to lead the way as the Warriors beat the Rockets 115-106 for a 2-0 series lead. Curry started warmup but left early and sat out because of a sore ankle. And Raymond Felton had 21 points and 11 rebounds and the Mavericks evened their series against the Thunder at a game each with an 85-84 win.
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The L-A Kings aren't out of it yet. Tanner Pearson scored in overtime as the Kings beat the Sharks 2-1 in Game 3. San Jose still leads the series 2-1. No team has won a game in the series on home ice yet. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves for L-A. Joe Thornton scored 30 seconds into the game for the Sharks, but San Jose couldn't get anything else by Quick.
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The Capitals put the Flyers on the ropes with a 6-1 win in Philadelphia. Washington now leads that series 3-0 and can wrap it up Wednesday. And Jason Pominville scored twice as the Wild beat the Stars 5-3, cutting Dallas's series lead to 2-1.
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The Minnesota Twins have hired former manager Ron Gardenhire as a special assistant to general manager Terry Ryan. His responsibilities include travelling to all minor league affiliates as an instructor and evaluator. The Twins fired Gardenhire in 2014 after Minnesota finished that season 70-and-92. He spent 27 years in the Twins organization, including 13 years as manager.
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The Chiefs' appeal of anti-tampering violations has been denied by N-F-L commissioner Roger Goodell, meaning Kansas City will forfeit its third-round draft pick this year and sixth-round pick next year. The violations stem from the Chiefs contacting then-free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin when prohibited by NFL rules. Maclin, who had been drafted by Reid in Philadelphia, eventually signed with Kansas City.

SPORTS - APRIL 18 *UPDATED 10:20 AM*
Monday 18th April 2016

The Boston Marathon is officially underway with the mobility-impaired athletes setting off. About 50 participants with visual impairments and other disabilities are in Monday's race. They're being guided by able-bodied runners accompanying them along the 26.2-mile course. Three Pictou County runners are competing in the Boston Marathon today.  Walter Linthorne of Stellarton, Vernon MacIntosh from Hopewell, and Michelle Sutherland of Pictou will all run the famous race.  Just over 24-hundred Canadians are part of the over 30-thousand participants in the event.  Stay tuned to ECFM and Classic Rock 97.9 throughout the day for updates on the progress of our local athletes. 
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers turned up the offence, outshooting Dieppe 3-1 last night, and evening the series after downing the Commandos 4-1 at the Wellness Centre. Benji Curtis led the Crushers with 3 goals while Mike Lyle and Cole Murphy added 2 assists each. Michael Dill scored the other Crushers goal. Daniel Vautour only had to stop 10 shots for the win. Game 3 is back in Dieppe on Wednesday, and Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 7:15pm. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The rest of the schedule can be found below.
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)

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The Northumberland Nighthawks U-15 Girls Volleyball team won the U-16 PEI Invitational over the weekend. The girls went undefeated in their pool play 3 & 0. They beat Summerside in the quarterfinals, defeated Kinkora in the semi-final, and won against host Kensington 25-18 and 25-8. Volleyball Nova Scotia has released the provincial rankings for the championship at the end of this month and the Nighthawks are ranked number one in the province. Provincials will take place in Halifax at the Canada Games Centre April 29th and 30th.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Fundy Highland Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  The open house will include skill based drills for the girls. The Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   There will be a public meeting for all female atom age parents at 7:15 p.m. in the Advocate Room of the Wellness Centre.  The meeting will include information on the upcoming season for girls interested in playing either AA or A female Atom hockey in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Three teams will be looking to put strangleholds on their first-round playoff series tonight in the N-H-L. Washington, Dallas and San Jose all lead their series 2-0. The Capitals head to Philadelphia to face the Flyers, the Stars are in Saint Paul, Minnesota against the Wild and the Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings.
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Canada will try to stay undefeated when it hosts Slovakia tonight at the under-18 world hockey championship. The Canadians are coming off a 3-1 victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday night. Goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick was solid in that game, finishing with 38 saves. Slovakia has one win and one loss so far while Canada is 2-and-0 in Group B.
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The Toronto Raptors will aim to even their first-round playoff series at 1 tonight when they host the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 at Air Canada Centre. The Pacers beat Toronto 100-90 in Game 1 on Saturday. The Raptors had 20 turnovers and shot 38 per cent in the loss. Indiana scored 25 points off of those turnovers.
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A Patriots' Day special this morning at Fenway Park. Clay Buchholz gets the ball for the Red Sox when they host the Toronto Blue Jays this morning in the final game of a four-game set. J.A. Happ will counter for Toronto. The Jays are coming off a 5-3 victory over Boston yesterday.

LOCAL SPORTS APRIL 17
Sunday 17th April 2016

The Northumberland Nighthawks U-15 Girls Volleyball team won the U-16 PEI Invitational over the weekend. The girls went undefeated in their pool play 3 & 0. They beat Summerside in the quarterfinals, defeated Kinkora in the semi-final, and won against host Kensington 25-18 and 25-8. Volleyball Nova Scotia has released the provincial rankings for the championship at the end of this month and the Nighthawks are ranked number one in the province. Provincials will take place in Halifax at the Canada Games Centre April 29th and 30th.

The Dieppe Commandos downed the Pictou County Weeks Crushers 4-1 in Dieppe Friday to take the first game of the Kent Cup Final. Shane Dallaire led the Commandos with 2 goals while Michael Poirier and Cody Drover added 2 assists each. Taylor Davis scored unassisted on the power play in the third period to get the Crushers on the scoreboard. The Crushers look to get a win of their own tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The rest of the schedule can be found below.
Game 3 - Wednesday, 20 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)


Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.

Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:15 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  The open house will include skill based drills for the girls.   Girls eligible to attend must have a  2006 or 2007 birth date.  The Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   A parents meeting will take place following the open house for anyone wanting to find out more about the atom female program. There is no fee or pre-registration for the open house.  Full hockey gear is required  For more information, contact female@pchma.com


SPORTS - APRIL 16
Saturday 16th April 2016

The Dieppe Commandos downed the Pictou County Weeks Crushers 4-1 in Dieppe to take the first game of the Kent Cup Final. Shane Dallaire led the Commandos with 2 goals while Michael Poirier and Cody Drover added 2 assists each. Taylor Davis scored unassisted on the power play in the third period to get the Crushers on the scoreboard. The Crushers look to get a win of their own tomorrow night at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The rest of the schedule can be found below.
Game 3 - Wednesday, 20 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)

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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field today from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:15 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  The open house will include skill based drills for the girls.   Girls eligible to attend must have a  2006 or 2007 birth date.  The Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   A parents meeting will take place following the open house for anyone wanting to find out more about the atom female program. There is no fee or pre-registration for the open house.  Full hockey gear is required  For more information, contact female@pchma.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Nashville Predators have taken a 1-0 lead over Anaheim in their Western Conference playoff series. Filip Forsberg scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period as Nashville beat the Ducks 3-2.
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The defending Stanley Cup champions have knotted their first-round series at a game apiece. Andrew Shaw scored a tiebreaking, power-play goal with 4:19 left and Artemi Panarin added a huge insurance goal as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Blues 3-2 in St. Louis.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will head to Detroit with a 2-0 lead in their first-round series with the Red Wings. Tyler Johnson scored twice in the third period and had two assists as the Lightning downed the Wings 5-2. Also in Florida, the Panthers knotted their opening-round series 1-1 by outlasting the New York Islanders 3-1.
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Travis Shaw laced a two-run double and David Ortiz had two R-B-I's as the Boston Red Sox downed Toronto 5-3. Winning pitcher Rick Porcello fanned eight while giving up three runs and just two hits in six and one-third innings. Edwin Encarnacion supplied all the offence for the Blue Jays with his first two homers of the year.
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Kike Hernandez homered his first two times up against Madison Bumgarner, drove in four runs and prevented two more with a diving catch in left field as the L-A Dodgers topped the San Francisco Giants 7-3. Clayton Kershaw got the win for Los Angeles.
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All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season.  The Rangers announced the extension after their 11-5 loss to Baltimore. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the extension is worth $36 million dollars.
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Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson is seven shots back of leader Katie Burnett after three rounds at the L-P-G-A Lotte Championship. She shot a 1-under 71. And top-ranked Jason Day shot a 2-under 69 in the R-B-C Heritage for a share of the second-round lead with Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman.

SPORTS - APRIL 15
Friday 15th April 2016

The schedule is set for the Kent Cup Final. The Best-of-7 Maritime Hockey League Championship series between the Weeks Jr A Crushers and Dieppe Commandos will begin tonight in Dieppe, with Game 2 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sunday. All of the games from Dieppe will be available on Classic Rock 97.9, beginning with the pregame shows at 7:15pm each of those nights. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The full schedule can be found below.
Game 1 - Friday, 15 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 2 - Sunday, 17 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 3 - Wednesday, 20 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)

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The Weeks Hockey Organization has hired a new manager for the Scotsburn Major Bantam program, and if the players have any doubt about his ability to be a winner, they only have to look at his Stanley Cup ring. Jon Sim, who won the Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999, will be taking over effective immediately. Head Coach Jeff Green will remain with the team. Sim's first responsibility will be to prepare for the Spring Camp which runs 4-6 May at the Wellness Centre.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:15 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  The open house will include skill based drills for the girls.   Girls eligible to attend must have a  2006 or 2007 birth date.  The Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   A parents meeting will take place following the open house for anyone wanting to find out more about the atom female program. There is no fee or pre-registration for the open house.  Full hockey gear is required  For more information, contact female@pchma.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Joe Pavelski broke a tie with his second goal early in the third period, and the San Jose Sharks opened their playoff return with a 4-3 victory over the Kings. It was San Jose's first post-season game since losing four straight to L-A in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. San Jose's Martin Jones made 19 saves against his former Kings teammates in his first career playoff start.
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The Dallas Stars opened their post-season run with a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Jamie Benn scored one goal and set up two more and Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 22 shots for his second career playoff shutout.
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John Tavares scored one goal and assisted on two more to power the New York Islanders to a 5-4 win over Florida in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final. And the Presidents' Trophy-winning Washington Capitals have a 1-0 lead over Philadelphia in their series. Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots as Washington blanked the Flyers 2-0.
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The Toronto Blue Jays head into a road trip on a high note. Marcus Stroman pitched eight effective innings and Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer to power Toronto to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre. Troy Tulowitzki added a solo homer for the Jays, who start a series with the Red Sox in Boston tonight.
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Kike Hernandez hit a two-run double during a five-run seventh inning to back another solid outing from Dodgers rookie Ross Stripling, and Los Angeles beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2. Stripling allowed two runs on five hits but trailed 2-0 when he exited after six innings.
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Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson is five shots back of Minjee Lee after two rounds at the L-P-G-A Lotte Championship in Hawaii. Henderson shot a 2-under 70 for a 5-under total. Lee shot a 66. Hamilton's Alena Sharp is tied for 18th after a 1-over 73 day.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 14 APRIL
Thursday 14th April 2016

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The schedule is set for the Kent Cup Final. The Best-of-7 Maritime Hockey League Championship series between the Weeks Jr A Crushers and Dieppe Commandos will begin tomorrow night in Dieppe, with Game 2 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sunday. All of the games from Dieppe will be available on Classic Rock 97.9, beginning with the pregame shows at 7:15pm each of those nights. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The full schedule is as follows:
Game 1 - Friday, 15 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 2 - Sunday, 17 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 3 - Wednesday, 20 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
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The Weeks Hockey Organization has hired a new manager for the Scotsburn Major Bantam program, and if the players have any doubt about his ability to be a winner, they only have to look at his Stanley Cup ring. Jon Sim, who won the Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999, will be taking over effective immediately. Head Coach Jeff Green will remain with the team. Sim's first responsibility will be to prepare for the Spring Camp which runs 4-6 May at the Wellness Centre.
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Atom Pictou County Nova North Stars went 2-1 this past weekend. The weekend started with a loss to Sackville Maple Leafs 3-1. The North Stars then rebounded with wins over the Tasa Chebucto Flames 5-0, and the Liverpool Sharks 11-2. Stars next games are April 24th at the Halifax Civic Center to take on the Avalanche and the Wild.
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The final roster for the U18 World Hockey Championship for Team Canada has been set, and Lower Sackville's Evan Fitzpatrick will be donning the maple leaf when the tournament starts tonight in Grand Forks, ND. Fitzpatrick is the only player from Atlantic Canada to make the team, and will be sharing the goaltending duties with Michael DiPietro and Stuart Skinner. The tournament gets rolling today, but Canada's first game is not until tomorrow when they face Denmarmk at 9pm AT.
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Please be advised that the Tartan Field in New Glasgow is closed until the damage from last week's high wind conditions can be repaired.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 14th and Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm each night at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 15th.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field Thursday from 7 to 9pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering Red Cross First Aid courses. Emergency First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be on April 16 from 8:30-4:30. Standard First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be a two day course, April 16 & April 17 from 8:30-4:30 both days. Pre-registration required. Register by call Pictou Recreation at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:15 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  The open house will include skill based drills for the girls.   Girls eligible to attend must have a  2006 or 2007 birth date.  The Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   A parents meeting will take place following the open house for anyone wanting to find out more about the atom female program. There is no fee or pre-registration for the open house.  Full hockey gear is required  For more information, contact female@pchma.com
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SPORTS - APRIL 12
Tuesday 12th April 2016

The Subway Selects Midget AAs travelled to Kingston this weekend for Provincials, playing 4 games before being eliminated from play. On Friday the Selects played Antigonish to a 3 all tie. Kassidy MacKinnon opened the scoring for the Selects while Sarah MacNeil and Caitlin Taylor added 2 more before Antigonish came back to tie it up. In the second game the Selects faced Cape Breton West and took the game 3-1 with goals by Taylor, MacNeil and Gena Cyr. On Saturday the Selects faced the eventual Provincial champs, the Valley Wild, dropping the game 6-1. Cyr had the lone goal for the Selects. The Selects’ final game against Colchester would have guaranteed a birth in the championship game but it was not meant to be as the Selects fell 2-0 to Colchester. MacNeil was named Forward MVP for the tourney while Brittany Duff won the goaltending skills competition. The Selects also celebrated their 4 graduating players: Brittany Chisholm, Brittany Duff, Gena Cyr, and Selena Denny.
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Pictou County teams picked up quite a bit of hardware at the RBC Day of Champions this weekend at the Wellness Centre. The Pictou County Subway Selects won gold in the Female Pee Wee A division with a 1-0 victory over the South Shore Ice Sharks on Sunday. Jean Craig scored for the Selects. Kenzie O’Donnell got the shutout. Also on Sunday the Female Atom Subway Selects won silver after a 2-1 loss to the Halifax Hawks. Erin MacNeil scored Pictou County's goal, while Jorja Burrows made several key saves to keep the score close. Also winning silver were the Pictou Maripacs Atom B, the Pictou Maripacs Midget A, the Thorburn Golden Hawks Pee Wee B and the Thorburn Golden Hawks Bantam B. Each of the teams were the North Conference Champions.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Please be advised that the Tartan Field in New Glasgow is closed until the damage from last week's high wind conditions can be repaired.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Tuesday from 6pm-8pm, Thursday April 14th and Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm each night at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 15th.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field Thursday from 7 to 9pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering Red Cross First Aid courses. Emergency First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be on April 16 from 8:30-4:30. Standard First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be a two day course, April 16 & April 17 from 8:30-4:30 both days. Pre-registration required. Register by call Pictou Recreation at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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LeBron James scored 34 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving added 35 and the Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 109-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks.  James scored 19 in the third quarter and only sat for four of the first 36 minutes as the Cavs ensured they'll have home-court advantage until the N-B-A Finals.
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Dirk Nowitzki hit four three-pointers and finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the Mavericks' 101-92 triumph at Utah as Dallas wrapped up the seventh seed in the West and put Utah's playoff hopes in serious jeopardy. The Jazz will grab the final West playoff berth if they beat the Lakers on Wednesday and the Rockets lose to the Kings.
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It's a sad day for the Philadelphia Flyers.  Team founder Ed Snider has died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 83.  His Flyers became the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup in 1974. Snider was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.
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The Arizona Coyotes have fired general manager Don Maloney after they missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season.  The team said an interim general manager wouldn't be named at this time, and that the search for a new G-M will begin immediately.  Maloney spent the past nine seasons as executive vice-president and G-M.
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Rougned Odor drove in three runs to lead the Texas Rangers to a 7-3 victory over the Mariners.  Starting pitcher Colby Lewis allowed a first-inning run on Nelson Cruz's two-out R-B-I double, then retired 13 straight before allowing an infield single to open the sixth when he failed to cover on Leonys Martin's bouncer to first.
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Mike Trout hit his first home run of the season, Nick Tropeano pitched five scoreless innings in his season debut and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics and ace Sonny Gray 4-1.  The Angels won their second straight following a 1-4 start.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 2
Saturday 2nd April 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers downed the South Shore Lumberjacks 4-1 Friday night in the first game of the EastLink South division Final. With the win, the Crushers lead the series 1-0. Mike Lyle led the Crushers with 2 goals. Also scoring for the Crushers were Regan Spears and Cole Murphy. Daniel Vautour stopped 28 shots for the win. Game 2 is Sunday night in Bridgewater – Michael Petter will call all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game at 7:15. Tonight, the other division final begins as the Dieppe Commandos travel to PEI to play Summerside.
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Provincial hockey tournaments are underway around the province. In Division 1 Boys hockey, North Nova defeated Lockview 2-1 in overtime. Kirklin Murray scored the winning goal in double-overtime for NNEC, while Campbell Burrows had the other goal. The boys are currently leading in their pool. The Gryphon girls defeated Avonview 3-2 at provincials in Antigonish, but lost 4-1 to CPA. And in Division 3 provincials, Megan MacCarthy had the only goal of the game and Leigha MacDonald got the shutout in goal as the Pictou Academy Pitbulls won their opener 1-0 Friday afternoon against Par-en-bas. The tournaments continue today.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Emerson Etem scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with 6:37 to play, and the Vancouver Canucks rallied from a third-period deficit for a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Dan Hamhuis scored the tying goal shortly after Nate Thompson put the Ducks ahead in the third period. Bo Horvat also scored for Vancouver.
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Brent Seabrook scored in overtime and Rookie Artemi Panarin picked up four points as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Winnipeg Jets 5-4. Chicago defenceman Duncan Keith sat out after being suspended earlier in the day for six games for high-sticking Minnesota's Charlie Coyle.
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The Toronto Raptors continue to build on their most winningest season in franchise history. They earned victory Number 51 on the year, beating the Grizzlies 99-95 in Memphis. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points, 14 rebounds and a career-best seven blocks.
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Steph Curry missed a long 3-pointer to tie it with 5-point-3 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors suffered their first home defeat in more than 14 months, losing 109-106 to the Boston Celtics. The loss snaps an N-B-A-record 54-game winning streak in the regular season at Oracle Arena. That included 36 straight home wins to start this season. Golden State hadn't lost at home since a 113-111 overtime defeat to the Bulls on January 27th, 2015.
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A loss for the Toronto Blue Jays at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.  Ryan LaMarre drove in two runs in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium. Toronto is back at the Big O this afternoon for their final spring training game. The regular season begins Sunday in Tampa Bay.
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Canadian figure skating star Patrick Chan is leaving Boston without a medal. The 25-year-old from Toronto finished fifth at the world championships with 266-point-7-5 points. Chan was third after the short program but struggled with his free skate to drop out of podium position.

LOCAL LIBRARIES COULD CUT BACK HOURS IF FUNDING DOESN'T INCREASE
Friday 1st April 2016

Because of a funding freeze, the chief librarian at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library isn't ruling out cutting back on hours. Eric Stackhouse tells CBC News that library funding has been frozen for six years, and it's unlikely that April 19th's provincial budget will have any new money. Stackhouse says they've already cut back on book budgets and literacy programs, which leaves staff as the next area to try and control costs. He says despite the funding shortfalls, the need for libraries as community hubs is as acute as ever.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 14 (UPDATED 9:25 AM)
Monday 14th March 2016

In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff action this weekend, the Pictou County Junior B Scotians were in Cape Breton Saturday night and opened the series with a loss to the Glace Bay Miners 4-2. Game 2 was another loss, this time 3-2 at the Trenton arena. The third game in the series is Wednesday back in Glace Bay.
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The Crushers dropped a 4-2 decision to the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Community Cente in Truro Saturday night to end the regular season. With South Shore defeating Truro in a shootout yesterday afternoon, it's the Valley Wildcats vs the Crushers in the first round.
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Trenton Peewee C's defeated Truro Sunday morning in Truro by a score of 10-4. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 7 goals, Colby Niles 2, and Owen Brophy 1. Assist came from Nathan Roper. Truro's goals came from Avery Maclean 2, Connor Williams 1, Keegan Cameron 1. Assist from Nathan Williams . Winning goalie Michael Francis. 
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Thorburn defeated Trenton 3-2 in Overtime Saturday to advance in Atom B play. Scoring for Thorburn was Garrett Williams with 2, Aiden Simms with 1. Assists came from Evan Stewart 2, Cole T Miller 3, Cole A Miller and Braden Mackinnon . Trenton's goals came from Derrick Mackay and Ethan Mackay, assists came from Ethan Mackay, Gage Conners, Evan Charlton. Winning goalie was John Mason. Thorburn now moves on to play Westville and Antigonish plays top seed Pictou.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey, Championship game played Friday night at the Stellarton Rink. Shenanigans 6 over  Dewtie's Excavating 1 Playoff M.V.P.  Chris Denny
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The three Pictou County Lightning Jr. Mini boys teams will join efforts for a Food Bank drive. There will be three games on Saturday March 19 at GR Saunders. Admission is free, but please consider bringing an item to donate to the Food Bank. Game 1: 12:00 PM - PCL (Mackay) vs PCL (Carruthers), Game 2: 1:45 PM - PCL (Bonvie) vs PCL (MacKay), Game 3: 3:15 PM - PCL (Carruthers) vs PCL (Bonvie)
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SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Monday March 14 and Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. All Bantam aged players are also invited to attend. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Friday March 18 7:00 to 9:00, Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club Saturday March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This begins April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Facility on Old Foxbrook St., Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 2:00pm to 3:30 at the NNEC gym. The team will begin practices at the track facility when weather permits. Registration cost is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. PCA spring session begins April 1st. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Complex located on Old Foxbrook st, Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Our first practice will be on April 1st from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 3 pm to 5pm at NNEC gym. Middle distance runners come prepared to run outside each practice. The team will move to the track facility when weather conditions permits. These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins Thursday March 24th. The Spring program includes 8 sessions every Thursday evening from March 24 - May 12 at New Glasgow Academy from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session will culminate in a track meet at Pioneer Coal Athletics Field on Thursday May 19th @ 6pm (weather permitting). Each session includes games and activities that explore movement and develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. It is a program designed for children aged 5-9 years of age. The cost is $75 per athlete with family rates available as well. Please email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Canucks welcome the Jets in one of six N-H-L games tonight. Both teams are coming off wins and trying to keep their slim playoff chances alive. Vancouver is eight points behind Minnesota for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Winnipeg is 13 points out of the post-season.
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Around the N-H-L today, the Blues are in Calgary to face the Flames. St. Louis has won six in a row to move into a tie for the Central Division lead with Dallas. Also, the Oilers host the Nashville Predators. Edmonton and Calgary are tied for last in the Western Conference. Elsewhere L-A is in Chicago, the Islanders entertain Florida and New Jersey is in Anaheim.
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The Raptors will attempt to use their home court to their advantage tonight against the Bulls. Toronto has won 15 of its past 16 games at Air Canada Centre, which could be key considering it's lost eight in a row to Chicago. All-star Jimmy Butler is expected to be in the lineup for the Bulls.
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Also, the Golden State Warriors will try to extend their N-B-A record home win streak to 49 games when they welcome the New Orleans Pelicans. Last night the Cavaliers beat the Clippers 114-90 to add some space between them and the Raptors for top spot in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James had 27 points as Cleveland extended its lead to 2-and-a-half games over Toronto.
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Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard are both in third-round action today at Indian Wells. Raonic will play Australian Bernard Tomic and Bouchard is up against Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky. The P-N-B Paribas Open is Raonic's first competitive singles tournament since falling to Andy Murray in the Australian Open semifinals in January.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 11 *UPDATED 12:10 PM*
Friday 11th March 2016

Regan Spears scored the OT winner 2:55 in to give the Weeks Junior A Crushers the 2-1 victory over Woodstock at the Wellness Centre Thursday night. The other Crusher goal was scored by Mike Lyle. The Crushers will wrap up the regular season on the road Saturday against the Truro Bearcats.
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Trenton Atom B tied the series up with one game a piece last night in Trenton. Thorburn took the first game 6-3 Wednesday evening in Thorburn. Trenton won the second game 5-2. Scoring for Trenton was Ethan Mackay with 3 goals, Derrick Mackay and Brett Butler both adding singles. Assists came from Ethan Mackay, Braden Macdonald and Butler. Thorburn's two goals came from Cole T Miller. Assist from Evan Stewart. Winning goalie was Austin Earle. Final game to see who moves on takes place Saturday morning in Thorburn.
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Congratulations to New Glasgow Academy's Junior Girls basketball team on placing 3rd and capturing the bronze medal at the 2016 NSSAF Regional Jr. Girls Basketball Championships on Tuesday at New Glasgow Academy. Leading up to the Bronze medal win, the host team NGA Panthers get narrowly edged out buy Truro Jr. High 40-39 in game 1. This placed NGA in the consolation game where they met Saint Andrew Junior School. From the first tip off to the final buzzer, NGA took control of the consolation final and handed the Antigonish team there 2nd loss of the day with the final score being 55 to 24 in favour of The NGA PANTHERS.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey Playoffs, Shenanigans and Dewtie's Excavating advanced to the final match after wins last night in Thorburn. The championship is 7:10 tonight at the Stellarton rink.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers host the first game of their best of 3 series against the Truro Bearcats Friday night at 7:15 at the Wellness Centre. Game two is at Colchester Legion Stadium in Truro Saturday at 3:30. If a third game is needed, it will be at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 2:15.
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SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Monday March 14 and Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Basketball Association's Spring League is taking registrations for Boys and Girls in Grades: 2-3 and 4-6. It's eight weeks long, starting April 16th. Cost is $60 for current PCBA members, and $80 for non-members (cost includes BNS Registration & Insurance). Games will be played at NSCC Pictou Campus, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders. Register at the Wellness Center Table March 12th & 13th 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or to Pre-register: E-mail pclightning @eastlink.ca with Name, Age, Grade, School, Gender, Address, and State “Spring League”. Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included. For more info, visit http://pictoucountylightning.com
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. All Bantam aged players are also invited to attend. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Sunday March 13 6:30 to 8:30, Friday March 18 7:00 to 9:00, Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Montreal Canadiens say P.K. Subban suffered a non-serious neck injury in Thursday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Canadiens defenceman had to be stretchered off the ice near the end of the third period after falling and being struck by teammate Alexei Emelin, who accidentally ran into him, knocking him on the side of the head. The team announced on its Twitter account today that Subban was released from Montreal General Hospital late last night. They described it as a "non-serious neck injury."
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It's a light night in the N-H-L with only five games. The Calgary Flames are the only Canadian team in action. They'll host the Arizona Coyotes at the Saddledome. Also, Columbus is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia visits Tampa Bay, the Blues welcome the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago takes on the Stars in Dallas. 
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The Golden State Warriors go for their 47th straight regular-season home win when they entertain the Portland Trail Blazers in one of 10 games on the N-B-A shedule tonight. The Toronto Raptors have the night off before hosting the Miami Heat tomorrow. Toronto downed the visiting Atlanta Hawks 104-96 last night.
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Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario and Brad Gushue of Newfoundland will meet twice today at the Tim Horton's Brier. They'll close out the round-robin portion of the tournament in the morning, then play each other in the Page Playoff 1-2 game later tonight. The winner advances straight to Sunday's final.
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The Toronto Blue Jays continue their spring schedule this afternoon when they welcome the Boston Red Sox to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. Young right-hander Marcus Stroman gets the start for Toronto while the Red Sox counter with knuckleballer Steven Wright. The Blue Jays are 8-1-and-1 so far this spring.

STEERING COMMITTEE DEFENDS AMALGAMATION PROPOSAL AT SECOND DAY OF HEARINGS
Wednesday 9th March 2016

Utility and Review Board hearings for the voluntary and conditional application for amalgamation continued Tuesday morning in Stellarton. Responding to one view submitted in the public presentations that economic development could be addressed through a Regional Enterprise Network (REN) and that amalgamation is not necessary, Town of New Glasgow CAO Lisa MacDonald clarified that the province intends each of these networks to be structured as a group of counties working together. She detailed the history of the six local municipalities in attempting to form a REN, first with Antigonish and Guysborough and subsequently with Truro, East Hants, Cumberland and others. Both efforts fell through. Cross-examination of the panel proceeded with a question springing from public submissions. Several people stated that Stellarton is in a strong financial position and does not need to amalgamate and yet the applicants have asserted in their submission that Stellarton’s growth is not likely to be sustained. Citing a table in the evidence that has been filed, Town of Pictou CAO Scott Conrod noted that Stellarton’s assessments have declined from 2015 to 2016.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 8 *UPDATED 11:45 AM*
Tuesday 8th March 2016

Westville Miners Atom B faced the New Glasgow Bombers last evening in the playoff games at the Wellness Center. These two evenly matched teams battled it out with Westville winning 5-1. The Bombers stopped a shutout in the third with only 2:25 remaining with a goal by Conrad Robertson. Daniel Seymour performed his best finding the back of the net with three goals. Austin Petipas and Luke Casey scored one each - ending the game with a total of five goals. The two teams face each other again in Westville Thursday evening.
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The North Nova Boys High School Hockey Team advances to Division 1 Provincials after defeating Dr. J. H. Gillis 2 straight games in the best of 2 out of 3 series. The first game was held this past Friday night in Trenton before a packed crowd. Jared Livingstone had the lone hat trick in the 3-0 game.  Assisting on the goals were Evan Callaghan,  Colin Holmes and Kale Mason.  Matt Murray recorded the shut out. The Gryphons travelled to Antigonish Sunday night and sealed their spot at Provincials defeating Gillis 3-1. Jacob Pentz led the team with 2 goals before Robert Burrows secured the win with an empty net gosl with 18 seconds left in the game. Assists went to Kirklin Murray,  Jared Livingstone and Jacob Pentz. Matt Murray was in nets for the win. The Gryphons have won the Regional Banner and advanced to Provincials their last 3 seasons. Provincials will be held in Bridgewater/ Liverpool April 1-3. 
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The Atlantic Police Association All Stars will take on the Nova Scotia Correctional Officers team in this year’s benefit hockey game at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre tonight at 7:00pm. Constable Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police says the annual hockey game is one of their major fundraisers for local charities. This year, APA will be using game proceeds to support the Shepherd's Lunch Room, Pictou County Early Intervention and The Children’s Wish Foundation. Featured on the All Stars team are members of the New Glasgow Regional, Stellarton and Westville, Truro and other police departments throughout Nova Scotia. The hockey game will also feature on-ice skits, giveaways and prize draws. Tickets are available at the door or at the front desk of the New Glasgow Regional Police Department. The game starts at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre will feature Olympic Silver Maedalist Kaetlyn Osmond in their annual ice show on Wednesday evening at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 6:30pm. "Lights, Camera, Action” will be the theme and the show will present National and Provincial Competitive Skaters as well as Mariposa's Canskaters. Tickets are available at the front desk of the YMCA and at Big Al's.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatts Hockey League with the regular season done, Whitey's Vikings finished first in the standing. Now it's playoffs. Three games being played Tuesday night. Two games at the Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Whitey's Vikings  vs  Pictou Landing Falcons , 9:20 - Dewtie's Excavating  vs  Connor's Tansfer Ltd.  Third game in Pictou at the Hector Area 9:00 - Nat Pro Gas  vs  Maltese Sports .  And fourth game Wed. night at the Stellarton Rink 9:00 - Shenanigan's   vs   Elk's Club . All winning teams move on to the next round of the Play-offs. Thurs. night two games Thorburn Rink 7:10 and 8:20. Then it comes down to Friday night Championship game at Stellarton Rink 7:00 start.
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Pictou County Basketball Association's Spring League is taking registrations for Boys and Girls in Grades: 2-3 and 4-6. It's eight weeks long, starting April 16th. Cost is $60 for current PCBA members, and $80 for non-members (cost includes BNS Registration & Insurance). Games will be played at NSCC Pictou Campus, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders. Register at the Wellness Center Table March 12th & 13th 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or to Pre-register: E-mail pclightning @eastlink.ca with Name, Age, Grade, School, Gender, Address, and State “Spring League”. Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included. For more info, visit http://pictoucountylightning.com
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Three of Maria Sharapova's sponsors have dropped their affiliation with the tennis star in the wake of the news that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open. Sportswear giant Nike, Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer and German luxury car company Porsche are distancing themselves from the five-time Grand Slam winner. Sharapova says she has been taking the drug meldonium for ten years and was not aware it was recently made illegal.
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The Ottawa Senators kick off a two-game road trip tonight at Carolina. The Hurricanes are one of the teams Ottawa needs to pass in the standings in order to claim the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sens enter today six points behind Detroit for the last playoff spot, with three teams in between.
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A banged-up Montreal Canadiens squad will be on the ice when the Dallas Stars visit Bell Centre. The Habs will be without injured forward Brendan Gallagher for tonight's game, while forwards Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk are questionable. Also tonight, Winnipeg hosts Nashville and Edmonton welcomes San Jose.
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The Toronto Raptors return to the hardcourt tonight with a home game against the Brooklyn Nets. The Raptors had their 12-game home winning streak ended Sunday night in a 113-107 loss to Houston. Brooklyn has lost three of its last four games.
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Agents for running back DeMarco Murray confirm he has been traded by the Eagles to the Titans. Murray joined the Eagles this past season and rushed for just 702 yards after leading the N-F-L the year before while playing for Dallas when he carried the ball for 1,845 yards.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 7 *UPDATED 12:45 PM*
Monday 7th March 2016

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers took the first round of playoffs against Antigonish in a two game sweep.  After winning the first game 6-0, they won the second game Sunday 7-1. Scoring for the Crushers on Sunday was Jayden Hatchard with two, and singles from Spencer Murray, Kyle Reim, Nole Chapman, Sam Hickey and Brycen MacDonald.  Raymond Chisholm, Hatchard, Reim, Murray, Chapman and Hickey all had assists.  Vaughn MacEachern was solid between the pipes.  
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club returned to action in their best of 5 semi-final series against the defending Provincial champs Metro Boston Pizza over the weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre with the task of overcoming a two game deficit and send the teams back to Metro for a 5th and deciding game on Sunday. With everything on the line the host selects overcame some late penalty problems and held on to defeat the Metro squad 2-0 and take game three of the Best of 5 Semi-final series. Goal scorers for the Selects were Katie Pentz and Annika Mason with assists from Sophia Wornell, Katie dunn and Megan Stewart. Player of the game Katie Henderson played an outstanding game in nets for the Subway Crew stopping all 28 shots in earning the shutout and forcing a game 4 on Saturday morning at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Undaunted by the winter storm on Saturday the teams were back at again for game 4. The Selects opened the scoring in the first period on a short handed effort by Katie Dunn with assists from Katelyn Pentz and Josie Chisholm. The Metro squad tied the game in the second and took the lead later in the period to send the teams into intermission with the host Selects trailing 2-1. Midway in the third Subway forward Kaila Reid tied the game at two assisted by Josie Chisholm. The teams traded chances in the third before The Metro squad scored what turned out to be the winner and take the game 3-2 and the best of 5 series 3-1 to move on to play the Procresting Penguins in the Provincial Championship series. Katie Henderson played another strong game in goal for the Selects in taking the loss. Josie Chisholm received player of the game honors for the Selects. The Selects organization would like to extend a thankyou to everyone who has supported the team throughout the 2015-16 season and wish the 11 graduating players the best of luck in their future endeavours.
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In Major Bantam action, the Scotsburn Crushers' season has ended following a 9-0 loss to the ACCEL Hawks. The Hawks take the best of three in a two game sweep.
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The Pictou County Subway Selects ended up with silver at this weekend’s Bantam AA provincials, losing 3-1 in the championship game to the Cole Harbour Wings. Mariah Linehan scored for the Selects, assisted by Eva Wornell. Goaltender Victoria Dunn was named the Selects’ player of the game. Dunn shared tending duties in the tournament with Eric Sullivan.
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Congratulations to Pictou County’s Daniel Martin, who captured 2 gold medals for Team Nova Scotia at the Special Olympics National Games in Corner Brook, Newfoundland on Saturday. Daniel won gold in the 800 meter and 1600 meter snowshoeing races. Team Nova Scotia had 35 athletes competing at the National Games and took home a total of 27 medals in snowshoeing, curling, figure skating, cross country skiing and speed skating.
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The Atlantic Police Association All Stars will take on the Nova Scotia Correctional Officers team in this year’s benefit hockey game at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre on Tuesday at 7:00pm. Constable Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police says the annual hockey game is one of their major fundraisers for local charities. This year, APA will be using game proceeds to support the Shepherd's Lunch Room, Pictou County Early Intervention and The Children’s Wish Foundation. Featured on the All Stars team are members of the New Glasgow Regional, Stellarton and Westville, Truro and other police departments throughout Nova Scotia. The hockey game will also feature on-ice skits, giveaways and prize draws. Tickets are available at the door or at the front desk of the New Glasgow Regional Police Department. The game starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with doors opening at 6 p.m.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre will feature Olympic Silver Maedalist Kaetlyn Osmond in their annual ice show on Wednesday evening at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 6:30pm. "Lights, Camera, Action” will be the theme and the show will present National and Provincial Competitive Skaters as well as Mariposa's Canskaters. Tickets are available at the front desk of the YMCA and at Big Al's.
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Pictou County Basketball Association's Spring League is taking registrations for Boys and Girls in Grades: 2-3 and 4-6. It's eight weeks long, starting April 16th. Cost is $60 for current PCBA members, and $80 for non-members (cost includes BNS Registration & Insurance). Games will be played at NSCC Pictou Campus, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders. Register at the Wellness Center Table March 12th & 13th 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or to Pre-register: E-mail pclightning @eastlink.ca with Name, Age, Grade, School, Gender, Address, and State “Spring League”. Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included. For more info, visit http://pictoucountylightning.com
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March. Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Jaromir Jagr looks to move up on two career lists when Florida hosts Boston tonight in N-H-L play.  The 44-year old forward is tied with Gordie Howe for third on the all-time points list with 1,850 and is tied with Ray Bourque for ninth all-time with 1,612 career games played.
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Golden State is back in action tonight against Orlando after its stunning loss to the Lakers yesterday.  The league-leading Warriors will be trying to establish a new NBA record with the 45th consecutive regular season home win.
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Canada has been drawn in Pool B with Australia, Russia and Wales for this weekend's Vancouver stop on the H-S-B-C World Rugby Sevens Series.  The tournament at B-C Place Stadium marks the first time the men's World Series has come to Canada.  The Canadian men are coming off a 14th-place finish yesterday in Las Vegas.

JOB STUDY PAINTS POSITIVE PICTURE FOR PICTOU, COLCHESTER & ANTIGONISH COUNTIES
Sunday 6th March 2016

A federal government study of how jobs are moving around shows more than 9-thousand new jobs were created in Pictou, Colchester, Antigonish, Cumberland and Guysborough Counties between October and December of last year.
And Stats-Canada says that puts these local counties ahead of the rest of the province when it comes to a year-over-year analysis of job creation.
The only other region of the province to gain new jobs in the 3 month period was the Annapolis Valley, which gained 700 jobs.
The same study shows the Halifax region lost 3400 jobs, with much of the blame for that being given to the provincial government's cuts to the provincial film tax credit.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 5
Saturday 5th March 2016

The Bantam AA Female Hockey Provincials are on the go this weekend in Pictou. The Selects won their opening game Friday 2-1, with both goals scored by Eva Wornell. Play continues today with the Selects hitting the ice at 8:30 a.m. taking on Glace Bay and 12:30 p.m. they face Cole Harbour. The championship game is Sunday at 11am.

The Pictou County Junior Scotians played game 6 of their opening round playoff with the Strait Pirates last night in Port Hawkesbury, and the Scotians took the win 5-3.

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers convincingly won the first game of a three game play-off series against the Antigonish Bulldogs last night in Antigonish.   Final score was 6-0 with Keegan Walker earning the shut-out in goal.  Scoring for the Crushers was Nole Chapman and Brayden Killen with two each.  Jayden Hatchard and Evan Reynolds added singles.  Game two  takes place today at 2:30 pm, at the Pictou County Wellness Center.

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are on the road to Yarmouth today, to take on the last-place Mariners. Puck drops tonight at 7:30pm at the Mariners Centre. This road trip follows the Crushers 7-1 win Thursday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Northern Nova United Soccer Club U4/6 programs are cancelled today due to inclement weather.

Exhibition Wheelchair Curling game on Sunday, March 6 at the Bluenose Curling Club is cancelled.

The Atlantic Police Association All Stars will take on the Nova Scotia Correctional Officers team in this year’s benefit hockey game at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre on Tuesday March 8th at 7:00pm. Constable Ken Macdonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police says the annual hockey game is one of their major fundraisers for local charities. APA will be using game proceeds to support local charities, including the Shepards Lunch Room, Pictou County Early Intervention and The Children’s Wish Foundation. The APA and the local police associations have donated tens of thousands of dollars to local charities over the years, greatly benefiting the Pictou County community. Featured on the All Stars team are members of the New Glasgow Regional, Stellarton and Westville, Truro and other police departments throughout Nova Scotia. The hockey game will also feature on-ice skits, giveaways and prize draws. Tickets are available at the door or at the front desk of the New Glasgow Regional Police Department. The game starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday with doors opening at 6 p.m.

Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.

Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.

Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 4 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Friday 4th March 2016

The Pictou County Junior A Crushers beat the Valley Wildcats 7-1 last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. There was a bit of drama in the first period, when Luc Poirier was hit in the face with a high stick. The referees delayed calling the penalty, and play continued as Poirier skated off the ice. The Wildcats scored soon after, but following a review, officials waved off the goal and gave Wildcats defenseman Vytal Cote a pair of two-minute penalties. Poirier received five stitches to close the wound but he expects to play on Saturday against the Yarmouth Mariners.
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The Pictou County Junior Scotians play game 6 of their opening round playoff with the Strait Pirates tonight in Port Hawkesbury, hoping to get the win to wrap up the series.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA plays Metro Boston Pizza in the best of 5 series which Metro currently leads 2-0. Game 3 is Friday at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game 4 if necessary will be played on Saturday at 11am. The Northern Subway Selects would like to extend congratulations and best of luck to Selects Alumnus and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull for being selected to play for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship.
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On Sunday afternoon there will be an exhibition wheelchair curling game between a local team of wheelchair curlers from the Bluenose and New Caledonian curling clubs and a team from the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville.  The game is at 2pm at the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow, there is no admission fee and the public is welcome to come and see this unique version of the popular game.
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The Bantam AA Female Hockey Provincials are this weekend in Pictou. The top five teams that qualified were only separated by 8 points in the season standings. The local teams are playing Friday at 11 and 5, and 8:30 & 12:30 on Saturday. The championship game is Sunday at 11am.
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The North Nova Gryphons Boys hockey team begin their best of 3 Playoff series with the Antigonish Royals Friday night at Trenton Rink beginning at 7pm.
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Oilers are on the road to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in one of three N-H-L games tonight. Edmonton is gunning for its fourth win in a row after downing Philadelphia last night 4-0.  Also tonight, Washington welcomes the Rangers and New Jersey is in Dallas.  Two of the hottest teams in the N-B-A meet tonight at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors will try and stretch their franchise-best win streak at home to 12 games when they welcome the Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, the Blazers have lost just three times in their last 17 games, one being a 110-103 home defeat to Toronto on February 4th.
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Pre-qualification round-robin play continues this morning at the Canadian men's curling championship in Ottawa. Nova Scotia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut are duelling it out for a spot in the Tim Hortons Brier main draw that begins on Saturday.  
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Canada kicks off Davis Cup World Group first-round match play today against France with some singles action. Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ontario against Gael Monfils in Guadeloupe. And Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil faces Gilles Simon. Milos Raonic isn't participating because of injury.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 3 *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Thursday 3rd March 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers have another home game tonight, as they welcome the division leaders the Valley Wildcats. Game time 7:00.
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The Pictou County Junior Scotians now lead 3-2 in the best of seven series with the Strait Pirates following a dominant 7-1 win in Trenton last night. Scoring for the Scotians were Troy Disipio with 2, and singles from Joshua Hartley, Liam Murphy, Adam Downey, James Murphy and Matthew Oldfield. Brandon MacDonald stopped 29 shots for the win. The Scotians can wrap it up with a win tomorrow in Port Hawkesbury.
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 The Trenton Trojans defeated New Glasgow Academy 46-38 last night in Trenton to capture the Pictou County Middle School Boys Basketball championship. Kevin Rankin hooped 12 points to lead the Trojans in scoring; Ben Turnbull scored 11; James Rankin with 8, Nick MacInnis with 7 and Brady Campbell added 6 .  Leading scorers for NGA were Joe MacCarron and Matt Margeson with 11 each.   The Trojans finished off an undefeated regular season and playoffs. Congratulations to all players.           
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA plays Metro Boston Pizza in the best of 5 series which Metro currently leads 2-0. Game 3 is Friday at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game 4 if necessary will be played on Saturday at 11am. The Northern Subway Selects would like to extend congratulations and best of luck to Selects Alumnus and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull for being selected to play for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship.
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On Sunday afternoon there will be an exhibition wheelchair curling game between a local team of wheelchair curlers from the Bluenose and New Caledonian curling clubs and a team from the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville.  The game is at 2pm at the Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow, there is no admission fee and the public is welcome to come and see this unique version of the popular game.
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The Bantam AA Female Hockey Provincials are this weekend in Pictou. The top five teams that qualified were only separated by 8 points in the season standings. The local teams are playing are Friday at 11 and 5, and 8:30 & 12:30 on Saturday. The championship game is Sunday at 11am.
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The North Nova Gryphons Boys hockey team begin their best of 3 Playoff series with the Antigonish Royals Friday night at Trenton Rink beginning at 7pm.
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Hockey Canada is turning to some familiar faces for the upcoming World Cup. Two-time Olympic champions Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber are just three of the 12 players returning from Canada's Olympic gold-medal winning team from the 2014 Sochi Games.
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All seven Canadian N-H-L teams are in action tonight.  Calgary visits Buffalo and the Edmonton Oilers are in Philadelphia. Later, the Toronto Maple Leafs host Minnesota and the Ottawa Senators welcome Tampa Bay. The New York Islanders travel to Winnipeg to play the Jets, and in the late games, Vancouver hosts San Jose and Montreal is in Los Angeles.
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Gavin Floyd will take the mound this afternoon in Bradenton, Florida, as the Toronto Blue Jays face the Pittsburgh Pirates in pre-season action. Floyd will be making his debut in a Blue Jays after signing with the club on February 6th.
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N-F-L union lawyers who want New England quarterback Tom Brady to put "Deflategate" behind him for good appear in a New York court this morning.  They will ask the 2nd U-S Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate the league's four-game suspension of Brady. They say a lower-court was wrong to rule that the league bungled a probe of deflated footballs at the A-F-C Championship game in January 2015.  If the league wins, Brady may have to sit out the start of the upcoming season. If the union wins, it is likely he will play.
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An 11-year-old from Corpus Christi, Texas had a day he'll never forget on the golf course -- and it happened with Tiger Woods watching. Woods was on hand for yesterday's opening of The Playgrounds at Bluejack National, which he helped design. Taylor Crozier stepped up to the first tee and aced the inaugural shot on the 81-yard, par 3. The crowd, and Tiger, went wild.


ANTIGONISH RCMP SEARCHING FOR MISSING TEEN
Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Antigonish RCMP is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing Linwood teenager. Fifteen-year-old John Devan MacDonnell was last seen in the Antigonish area Thursday February 25. He goes by Devan and is described as 5'7' tall, medium build, with dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing an orange hoodie, orange sneakers, and grey sweat pants. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of John Devan MacDonnell is asked to call Antigonish RCMP at (902) 863-6500 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477), or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by Secure Web Tips. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 29 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Monday 29th February 2016

Pictou County Weeks Junior A Crushers won 6-4 Saturday night against the County Aces. Scoring for the Crushers were Garrett Lambke, Taylor Davis with 3, Benji Curtis, and Ethan Marsh. The Crushers welcome the Valley Wildcats to the Wellness Centre on Thursday.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers wrapped up their regular season on Sunday managing a tie against the Truro Bearcats.  The Crushers came out strong taking a commanding 3-0 lead on goals from Connor Dewar, Ben Callaghan and Munro Mackay but the legs took a break midway through the second period and the Bearcats took advantage with 2 goals late in the 2nd period.  After the break Truro found the twine on the first shift of the 3rd and while the Crushers regained the momentum and carried the play the game ended in a 3-3 tie.  Also contributing on the day were Spencer Creed with two assists and Connnor Boudreau with another helper.  The Crushers will be attending the league tournament  being hosted by Cumberland from March 4th to March 7th where it will be determined who will move on to Provincials.
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The Westville Miners Atom B team travelled to Antigonish looking for a win over the Bulldogs Saturday. The action started only two minutes into the game with a goal by Logan MacKenzie for the Miners. The Bulldogs made a quick come back with a goal by Colin Teasdale thirty seconds later. Luke MacPherson scored in the first for the Bulldogs with Daniel Seymour and Nicholas Duff scoring for the Miners. In the second Fox Irving of the Miners and Luke MacPherson of the Bulldogs scored his second goal. The Bulldogs scored two more in the third by Gregory Kelly and Nakhil Ferguson but wasn't enough to win as Daniel Seymour found the back of the Bulldog net -  and with only 1:14 left in the game Fox Irving slid the winning goal past the Bulldog goalie. Final score 6-5 for the Miners.
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The Pictou County Junior Scotians got a shutout on Sunday night. Riley Cameron and Adam Downey had two goals each with a single from Troy Disipio as the Scotians beat the Strait Pirates 5-0 at Trenton arena to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 of the best of 7 will be in Port Hawkesbury on Tuesday and Game 5 Wednesday night in Trenton.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers lost 7-0 to the ACCEL Hawks on Sunday in Game 1 of their best-of-three playoff series. The series resumes next week in Halifax.
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In Female Midget AAA Hockey, the Northern Subway Selects were shutout 3-0 by Metro Boston Pizza. Metro also got the win on Saturday 3-2 over the Selects. The two teams begin their playoff series on Friday at the Wellness Centre.
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Congratulations to the GR Saunders Boys Basketball team on their gold medal win at the Elementary Boys Basketball Tournament this weekend in New Glasgow.  The Stellarton team went undefeated in their three games to take home the top prize.  Team members include Dawson Mason, Ryan MacFarlane, Robert McPherson, Blayse Stevenson, and Kalan Sharpe.  Player of the game awards went to Lucas Canning, Justin Skinner, Johnathon Waller, Alex Brown, Jack Skelton, and Nathaniel King with King taking home tournament MVP honours.
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The clock is ticking for N-H-L general managers to bolster their lineups for a post-season run. Today is the N-H-L trade deadline with teams having until 3 p-m Eastern to make transactions. The Maple Leafs and Oilers were busy over the weekend with both teams making multiple trades. Last night Toronto sent forward Daniel Winnik to Washington for a package, including a 2016 second-round draft pick.
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Three Canadian teams are in action tonight around the N-H-L. The Calgary Flames are in Philadelphia to face the Flyers. Calgary has just one win in its last eight games. In Toronto, the Maple Leafs host the surging Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa has won five in a row. And in San Jose, the Sharks welcome the Montreal Canadiens.
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Alberta's Chelsea Carey claimed this year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts last night with a 7-6 win over Northern Ontario's Krista McCarville. Carey drew the eight-foot rings with her last shot of the game for the title. Carey, third Amy Nixon, second Jocelyn Peterman and lead Laine Peters will represent Canada at the women's world curling championship next month in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
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LeBron James is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Indiana Pacers. James was given a day of rest yesterday as Cleveland fell 113-99 to the Washington Wizards. Elsewhere around the N-B-A, the Wizards welcome the 76ers, Houston is in Milwaukee, Oklahoma City visits the Sacramento Kings and the Nets take on the Clippers in L-A.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 25 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Thursday 25th February 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Junior A Crushers have three games in as many nights. Having already clinched a playoff berth, it's going to be a fight for position, as the team is currently tied for third place with the South Shore Lumberjacks. The Crushers play the Amherst Ramblers tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre. Tomorrow, the Crushers play in Woodstock, and Saturday night the team plays the County Aces. Listen to Classic Rock 97.9 Saturday night as Michael Petter calls the action from St. Stephen, New Brunswick beginning at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Peewee A crushers met the Antigonish Bulldogs for two games in league play this past weekend. In Antigonish on Saturday, the Crushers fought back to tie the game in the third period, but with a little over a minute left on the clock the Bulldogs scored with the home team taking the 8-7 win. Scoring for the Crushers was Isaac Willison (2), Aidan Hahn (2), Dylan Kontuk, Reilly Grant, and Nikos Bonvie. Assists went to Ty Briand, Peyton Clements and Grant. Carter MacLean was the net minder. On Sunday morning at the Wellness Center, once again the Crushers found themselves down by two goals going into the third period. The Crushers managed to tie the game with four minutes left with a final score of 4 all. Scoring for Crushers was Kirk Turnbull, Kontuk, Covey Cameron and Hahn. Ethan Tibbets, Cameron, Bonvie and Andrew Webster tallied assists. Alec Bates was between the pipes. The Peewee A’s wrap up league play this week-end with a home and home against the Truro Bearcats. Their home game is at 1:00 pm at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League tonight, there are two games at the Thorburn Rink. 7:05 - Pictou Landing  Falcons vs Dewtie's Excavating, 8:25 - Maltese Sports vs Whitey's Vikings.
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Portugal defeated Ireland 5-3 yesterday in Division 3 action in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Handball League. Scoring for Portugal: Ethan Johnson 2, Jesse Fulton 1, Landon MacDonald 1, Michael King 1. Ireland: Keinon Bourque 1, Luke Avery 1, Archer Godbout 1
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It's a busy night in the N-H-L with 10 games on the schedule with six Canadian teams in action.  Up first, the Toronto Maple Leafs host Carolina.  Later, the Winnipeg Jets visit Dallas,  the Calgary Flames welcome the New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators are in Vancouver against the Canucks. In the late game, the Edmonton Oilers make a stop in Los Angeles.
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The Golden State Warriors quest for the best season in N-B-A history continues tonight in Orlando.  Reigning M-V-P Steph Curry scored 42 points and made the go-ahead three-pointer with 38 seconds left and the Warriors beat the Miami Heat 118-112 last night. That puts Golden State's record at 51-5. There are five other games around the N-B-A. Toronto has the night off.
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The race for playoff berths at the Canadian women's curling championship is still wide open as the preliminary round's finish line appeared on the horizon.  Alberta's Chelsea Carey is atop the standings at 7-2 despite, but the host province was among nine teams still chasing four playoff berths. The round robin continues today.
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A Formula One car driven by Quebec's Jacques Villeneuve in the Spanish and German Grand Prix races in 2001 will be sold at auction in Los Angeles tonight.  The website of the auctioneer, Nate D. Sanders Auctions, shows the bidding will begin at 100-thousand dollars.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 20
Saturday 20th February 2016

The Midget AA Crushers play back to back games at the Wellness Centre tonight – at 4 pm the Crushers host Cape Breton County, then at 7 pm it's Antigonish.
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The schedule for the opening round of the playoffs for the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians has been announced by the NSJHL. The Scotians finished second in the Sid Rowe Division, and will face the Strait Pirates in the opening round for the third consecutive year. The Scotians have home ice advantage and will open at home this Sunday at 7pm. The full series schedule is as follows:
Game 1 – Sunday, 21 February, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 2 – Friday, 26 February, 7:30pm @ Port Hawkesbury
Game 3 – Sunday, 28 February, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 4 – Tuesday, 1 March, 7:30pm @ Port Hawkesbury
Game 5 – Wednesday, 2 March, 7:30pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 6 – Friday, 4 March, 7:30pm @ Port Hawkesbury
Game 7 – Sunday, 6 March, 7pm @ Trenton Arena

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The Weeks Major Midgets opening round playoff series against the Steele Subaru Major Midgets from Dartmouth will begin this weekend at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Games 1 and 2 will be played Saturday at 7:15pm and Sunday at 1:15pm. Games 3 and 4 will be back at the Wellness Centre next weekend (February 26 and 27) at 9pm Friday and 6pm Saturday. Game five of the best of seven, if needed, will return to Dartmouth on Sunday, 28 February at 1:15pm.
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The Canucks are staying consistent. Vancouver dropped a 5-2 decision to the Flames, its fourth straight loss of the same identical score. Joe Colborne, Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik each had a goal and an assist for Calgary while T-J Brodie tacked on three helpers.
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P-K Subban set up both goals in regulation and Paul Byron won it in the fifth round of the shootout as the Canadiens edged the Fyers 3-2. Montreal ended a three-game skid as Max Pacioretty scored the tying goal before netting a shootout tally of his own.
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Chicago's five-game losing streak is over after Doug McDermott had a career-high 30 points off the bench to lead the Bulls to a 116-106 win over the Raptors. Derrick Rose scored 26 and Pau Gasol added 18 and 11 rebounds for the injury-depleted Bulls. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 27 points.
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The Golden State Warriors have seen their 11-game winning come to a crashing halt. The Portland Trail Blazers are back over .500 for the first time since early November following a convincing 137-105 win over the Warriors. Damian Lillard had the hot hand for the Blazers, setting career highs with nine 3-pointers and 51 points.
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Tony Parker scored 25 points in the San Antonio Spurs' 119-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant had 25 points in 29 minutes for L-A. The Spurs are three games behind defending champion Golden State in the race for the league's best record.
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The Canadian women's soccer team is heading back to the Olympic Games. Christine Sinclair scored twice as Canada beat Costa Rica 3-1 in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament to guarantee its spot at this summer's Rio Games. Canada will play top-ranked United States Sunday in the tournament final. Both countries will advance regardless of outcome. 

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 16 *UPDATED 10:25 AM*
Tuesday 16th February 2016

The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club capped a 5-0 weekend by defeating the Moncton Hawks 4-1 in the championship game to capture the 10th Anniversary Sweetheart Cup in PEI this past weekend. The Selects used a total team effort during the weekend with strong goaltending from Katie Henderson and Adi Small and a balanced offensive attack led by the line of Katie Pentz (tournament MVP), Kaitlyn Dunn and Camryn Halliday. With two games remaining in the regular season this coming weekend against defending provincial champions Metro Boston Pizza the Selects hope to use this momentum as they prepare for the first round of the playoffs. The Selects play the Metro squad at the BMO Centre in Bedford on Saturday at 1:30pm and return home on Sunday to face Boston Pizza at 12:15 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers won silver in last weekend's Bantam Memorial tournament. In the championship game, the undefeated Crushers battled a tough Dartmouth Whalers team and lost 8-4. Scoring for the Crushers in that match were Jayden Hatchard, Kyle Reim, Brycen MacDonald and Luke Young. After Friday wins over the Antigonish Bulldogs and Sydney Steelers, the Crushers earned their third straight win against the Strait Richmond Pirates on Saturday. The Crushers made it to the final with a dramatic overtime win over the Sydney Steelers in the crossover round on Sunday morning. The Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers lost in their Sunday morning crossover 5-2 to the South Shore IceSharks. They had gone 3-0 in the round robin earlier in the tournament. South Shore lost to the Cape Breton County in the Bantam AA title game. At the closing ceremonies for the Bantam A division, Sam Hickey was named to the tournament all-star ream, Vaughn MacEachern received the Gladwin Trophy for Best Goaltender, and Nole Chapman received the I.C.E. Award for the Pictou County Player who best exemplifies intensity, contribution and effort throughout the tournament.    
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Last night in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center, goals by Bethany Martin and Debbie MacLean propelled the Rangers to a hard fought 2-1 win over the Canadians. Gina Markie replied for the Canadians.
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The Atom B Westville Miners faced the New Glasgow Bombers last evening at the Wellness Center. Conrad Robertson started the scoring for the Bombers early in the first period. Conrad Robertson  and Amias Crossman continued the scoring with two goals each in the second period. Kayden Moulaison started scoring for the Miners in the first quickly followed by Fox Irving. Nathaniel Horne scored two in the second with Logan MacKenzie scoring the lone goal in the third - Ending in a 5-5 tie. These two teams face each other again in Westville this Thursday evening.
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Trenton Peewee defeated Tatamagouche Titans 10-2 last night in Trenton. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 4 goals, Colby Niles 2, with Danial Cameron, Austin Fraser, Barrette Baker, and Meagan Fournier all adding singles. Assists came from Mackay, Cameron, Nathan Roper, and Ashlyn Bona. Titans goals came from Kaidan Johnson and Josh Heitkemper. Assist from Hayden Mathewson . Winning goalie was Michael Francis.
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At the end of the month, Special Olympics Nova Scotia will be bringing a team of 35 athletes, 11 coaches, three mission staff, one team manager and one chef de mission to Newfoundland for the 2016 National Winter Games. There is one athlete from Pictou County - Daniel Martin is competing in snowshoeing this will be his first National Games.  Also attending the games from here are Andrew Heighton (Mission Staff), Carla Dumaresq (Snowshoe coach), and Cathy Mason (Mission staff). 
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There are eight games on the N-H-L schedule tonight. Among them, the Winnipeg Jets travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes, Ottawa hosts the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers are home to the Anaheim Ducks.
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Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil takes the court this afternoon in first-round singles action at the Open 13 tournament in Marseille, France. The 42nd-ranked Pospisil is up against Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who's ranked just above the Canadian as the 41st seed.
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The Canadian women's soccer team takes on Guatemala tonight in their third group-B match of the CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying tournament in Houston. Canada clinched a spot in the semifinals after downing Trinidad and Tobago 6-nil on Sunday afternoon. Christine Sinclair scored her 159th career goal during that game to surpass American Mia Hamm for second place on the all-time international scoring list.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 12 *UPDATED 9:55 AM*
Friday 12th February 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers were all over the South Shore Lumberjacks, winning 6-3 at the Wellness Centre. Benji Curtis scored a hat trick for the Crushers, with singles from Alex Taylor, Regan Spears, and Alex Annecchiarico netting his first goal as a Crusher. The Crushers next game is on Thursday Feb 18 against the Dieppe Commandos.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are on the road to play a pair against the Cape Breton Tradesman Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
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In Junior Hockey, the Pictou County Scotians are in Port Hawkesbury to play the Strait Pirates tonight at 7:30, then face Glace Bay Junior Miners in Trenton Sunday night.
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is hosting the 32nd Annual Bantam Memorial Tournament this weekend at the Wellness Centre. The Pictou County Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers are representing the host organization with the support of the Bantam A Crushers Team. This year's tournament includes 16 Bantam AA teams and 10 Bantam A teams. Tournament schedule will be available on the PCMHA Website. Play starts this morning when the Pictou County Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers face off against the Strait Richmond Pirates at 09:15 and Pictou County Bantam A Crushers play at 09:30 against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The opening ceremonies take place tonight at 6:15 p.m. following the Crusher Bantam A game against the Sydney Steelers at 4:45 p.m. The Bantam AA’s see action against the Northside Vikings at 6:45 p.m. On Saturday our local teams see action at 10:55 a.m. against the TASA Ducks in the AA division and at 5:50 with the Bantam A’s playing Strait Richmond. Tournament passes are $10 and daily passes are $5.  There is no charge for students. All proceeds go directly back to PCMHA.
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At the end of the month, Special Olympics Nova Scotia will be bringing a team of 35 athletes, 11 coaches, three mission staff, one team manager and one chef de mission to Newfoundland for the 2016 National Winter Games. There is one athlete from Pictou County - Daniel Martin is competing in snowshoeing this will be his first National Games.  Also attending the games from here are Andrew Heighton (Mission Staff), Carla Dumaresq (Snowshoe coach), and Cathy Mason (Mission staff). 
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There are seven games around the N-H-L tonight but only two feature Canadian teams.  First up, the Montreal Canadiens visit Buffalo. In the late game, the Calgary Flames are in Arizona visiting the Coyotes. Canadian Andrew Wiggins will lead the World team on to the court tonight (9 pm ET) as they face the United States at the Rising Stars game at the N-B-A all-star weekend in Toronto.  The two teams are made up of rookie and sophmore players from around the league. Earlier in the night, rapper-singer Drake will coach Canada against comedian Kevin Hart's American team in the celebrity game (7 pm ET).
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Chez Reavie enjoyed the pure weather almost as much as watching putts go in yesterday. He opened with an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula to take the lead after one round of the A-T-and-T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Jordan Spieth struggled with his short game to open with a 71. Jason Day also had a 71, while Bubba Watson opened with a 73.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 11 *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Thursday 11th February 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers face the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers are fighting for every point, as they are currently in third place in the South Division, just two points behind Valley.
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The Bantam A Crushers had a home and home this past weekend with the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers lost 5-1 on Saturday in Truro with the Brycen MacDonald getting the lone goal assisted by Sam Hickey. Keegan Walker was in the nets. On Sunday, at home, the Crushers dominated for most of the game but the Bearcats fought back and tied it up with two goals in the last few minutes of the game. Final score was 2-2 with MacDonald scoring the first goal on a quick pass from Nole Chapman who received it from Sam Hickey. Evan Shea netted the second goal, unassisted. Vaughn MacEachern was solid between the pipes. The Bantam A Crushers will participate in the Bantam Memorial Tournament this week-end at the Pictou County Wellness Center with their first game scheduled for Friday morning at 9:30.
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The Peewee A Crushers had a busy schedule this past week-end with a home and home against the Antigonish Bulldogs on Saturday and a game on Sunday against the West Colchester Cobras. The Crushers won their first game in Antigonish on Saturday with a final score of 4-2. Scoring for the Crushers was Covey Cameron with two; Isaac Willison and Dylan Kontuk with singles. Assist went to Ethan Tibbetts, Reilly Grant and Ty Briand. Alec Bates was solid between the pipes. At home in the afternoon, the teams went into the third period tied at one, but the Bulldogs added 4 more with the Crushers only adding one for a 5-2 final. Cameron and Willison scored for the Crushers with Josh MacDonald, Grant, and Jake Baird tallying assists. Carter MacLean was strong in net. On Sunday, the Crushers faced the strong offense of the Cobras and were on the wrong end of an 8-4 final. Scoring for the Crushers was Kirk Turnbull, Cameron (2) and Brent Chapman. Assists went to Cameron, Briand and Tibbetts. Alec Bates was once again minding the net. The Peewee A’s will take this weekend off to observe the Bantam Memorial Tournament being held at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is hosting the 32nd Annual Bantam Memorial Tournament this weekend at the Wellness Centre. The Pictou County Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers are representing the host organization with the support of the Bantam A Crushers Team. This year's tournament includes 16 Bantam AA teams and 10 Bantam A teams. Tournament schedule will be available on the PCMHA Website. Play starts on Friday morning when the Pictou County Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers face off against the Strait Richmond Pirates at 09:15 and Pictou County Bantam A Crushers play at 09:30 against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The opening ceremonies take place on Friday evening at 6:15 p.m. following the Crusher Bantam A game against the Sydney Steelers at 4:45 p.m. The Bantam AA’s see action against the Northside Vikings at 6:45 p.m. On Saturday our local teams see action at 10:55 a.m. against the TASA Ducks in the AA division and at 5:50 with the Bantam A’s playing Strait Richmond. Tournament passes are $10 and daily passes are $5.  There is no charge for students. All proceeds go directly back to PCMHA.
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At the end of the month, Special Olympics Nova Scotia will be bringing a team of 35 athletes, 11 coaches, three mission staff, one team manager and one chef de mission to Newfoundland for the 2016 National Winter Games. There is one athlete from Pictou County - Daniel Martin is competing in snowshoeing this will be his first National Games.  Also attending the games from here are Andrew Heighton (Mission Staff), Carla Dumaresq (Snowshoe coach), and Cathy Mason (Mission staff). 
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Athletes from PCA competed in track meets over the past month and came away with very positive results. Tatum McLean participated at the Moncton Open on January 16 and came away with a first place finish in the weight throw and a 2nd place finish in the shot put. Eric Hughes competed in the Indoor Open Jump Meet at the Canada Games Centre on January 22 and placed second in the Long Jump. On February 7th, the Dalhousie Tigers hosted the Tiger Track Classic at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax and 17 athletes from Pictou County Athletics participated. Results are as follows:
Rachel Walton- 14/15.  1st- 1500 m, 600m , 1000m, 3rd 300m, and 7th in Long Jump
Breanna Sandluck- 16/17. 1st- 1500 m, 3000m
Ethan MacDonald- 12/13. 1st- 1500m, 3000m
Raymond Simpson- 14/15. 1st- 1500m, 3000m
Ross Bennett- 14/15. 2nd- 1500m, 3000m
Scott Langille 18/19. 2nd- 1000m, 5th- 1500
Lauren Quann 16/17. 2nd 600m, 3rd 300 m, 4th long jump
Jocelyn Gratto 12/13. 1st 60 m, 1st 300m, 8 th long jump
Jordan Landry 16/17. 2 nd 60 m, 300m
Meghan Graham  18/19. 3rd 60m , 300 m
Borden DeCoff 14/15. 1st 60m, 2 nd 300m
Eric Hughes 14/15. 2nd 60 m, 3rd 300m, 6th long jump
Alex Moore 14/15. 3rd 60m, 1st 300m
Logan Coulet 18/19. 5th 60m, 5th 300m
Allie Sandluck 12/13. 1st 1000m, 1st 3000m
Amelia MacCallum 7/8. 1st 60m, 600m, long jump, shot put (tetrathlon)
Cara MacDonald 9/10. 1st 60m, 600m, long jump, shot put (tetrathlon )
Pictou County Athletics holds practices throughout the week through the winter season. If you are interested in joining our club, please contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Edmonton Oilers will try and halt a three-game slide when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in one of nine N-H-L games tonight. The two clubs are tied with 47 points apiece. Tonight's loser will sink to the bottom of the league standings.
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Calgary's lineup will get a boost tonight when the Flames battle the San Jose Sharks. Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan and Lance Bouma are expected back in uniform after being healthy scratches on Tuesday for disciplinary reasons. Also, Winnipeg hosts the Boston Bruins and Colorado is in Ottawa. 
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The Golden State Warriors made history last night with their 48th win of the season. Steph Curry had 26 points before sitting out the fourth quarter as Golden State cruised to a 112-104 victory over Phoenix. The Warriors are now 48-and-4, the best record through 52 games in N-B-A history. It's a light night on the courts today with only two games. Oklahoma City hosts New Orleans and Milwaukee is home to Washington.
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Abbotsford, B-C's Nick Taylor was the first Canadian to tee off this morning at the A-T-and-T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Three other Canadians are in the field, including Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ontario.  

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 10 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Wednesday 10th February 2016

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects won two games on the weekend. The Bantam A Selects defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-1 Saturday with Kenzie Ells netting two and singles went to Megan MacCarthy and Hannah Fraser. On Sunday, the Bantam A girls travelled to Brookfield for a win against the Colchester Cyclones. MacCarthy had two goals and Shalyn Bona scored a single.
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The NNEC Gryphons junior varsity boys basketball team won bronze at a tournament in River Hebert this past weekend. The boys lost their first game 78-74 in overtime to Oxford, but rebounded to defeat Harrison Tremble 66-63. The Gryphons won the bronze game 59-51 against Amherst JV. Players of the game were Caleb Archibald, Kaelan Schmidt and Dwaine Mills. The team will take part in regionals this coming weekend at CEC, while the Gryphon girls have regionals at NRHS, hosted by the Nighthawks.
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At the end of this month, Special Olympics Nova Scotia will be bringing a team of 35 athletes, 11 coaches, three mission staff, one team manager and one chef de mission to Newfoundland for the 2016 National Winter Games. There is one athlete from Pictou County - Daniel Martin is competing in snowshoeing this will be his first National Games.  Also attending the games from here are Andrew Heighton (Mission Staff), Carla Dumaresq (Snowshoe coach), and Cathy Mason (Mission staff). 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Dion Phaneuf is expected to make his Senators debut tonight when Ottawa takes on the Red Wings in Detroit. Head coach Dave Cameron says Phaneuf will pair up with Cody Ceci on the blue line. The Senators acquired the veteran defenceman from Toronto yesterday in a nine-player deal.
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The Canucks continue their quest for a playoff spot with an important matchup tonight against division foe Arizona. Vancouver snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche last night. Both teams have 54 points in the Western Conference wild-card race. 
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Dennis Wideman will have a hearing with N-H-L commissioner Gary Bettman today in New York. The suspended Calgary Flames defenceman and the Players' Association appealed his 20-game suspension for cross-checking a linesman in late January. Wideman is forfeiting more than 564-thousand dollars in salary to the players' emergency assistance fund.
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The Raptors visit Andrew Wiggins and the Timberwolves tonight in 1-of-12 N-B-A games. Toronto has won 14 of its past 15 outings and is just two games behind Cleveland for top spot in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Minnesota has just three wins in its last 10 and are dead last in the Northwest Division.

ABOUT 1,200 STILL WITHOUT POWER - NSP SAYS IT COULD TAKE ALL DAY
Monday 1st February 2016

Nova Scotia Power says some customers may be in the dark until tomorrow after heavy snow knocked out electricity to about 67,000 customers over the weekend. The utility says crews are tackling smaller areas and individual outages with the goal of having power restored by the end of the day. However, the utility says outages in the hardest hit areas of the province could take longer. It says ice-encased equipment and trees entangled in power lines are creating a challenge for crews. It says crews from New Brunswick helped reconnect power to more than 5,500 customers overnight in the Antigonish, Stellarton and Port Hawkesbury areas. Nova Scotia Power says it contacted customers directly by phone when it became clear that some of the estimated restoration times would not be met.

Click here for the NS Power outage map.


THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER IN PICTOU, ANTIGONISH COUNTIES
Saturday 30th January 2016

While Pictou and Antigonish are dealing with up to a dozen separate power outages in the wake of Friday night's snowstorm, people in Colchester County escaped with only about 10 to 15 cms on the ground. The weather office says Pictou County picked up almost 30 cms from the big storm, and Nova Scotia Power crews say restoration times for all areas of Pictou and Antigonish Counties range from 11pm Saturday to 7am on Sunday. The Little Harbour Fire Hall is opening its doors as a warming centre for people who have no heat. You can contact them at (902) 752-0409.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 29 *UPDATED 9:35 AM*
Friday 29th January 2016

A four-goal third period made the difference as the Crushers lost to the Miramichi Timberwolves 5-4 last night at the Wellness Centre. Scoring for the Crushers were Benji Curtis, Garrett Lambke, Alex Bonaparte and Mike Lyle. It was a penalty filled affair, with 21 different penalties handed out, including 10 minute misconducts to the Crushers' Mark Kennedy and Miramichi's Jon Cloutier for fighting.
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In Atom B action last night, the Westville Miners suffered a 4-0 loss to the Pictou Maripacs. Archie Meier started the scoring for the Maripacs with only three minutes left in the first period. No scoring in the second, but the Maripacs continued the scoring in the third with three more goals scored by Zachery MacInnis, Kale Shipley and a second goal for Archie Meier. The game scheduled for this evening between Westville Miners and the Antigonish Bulldogs has been cancelled due to the impending storm
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The NRHS Girl's Nighthawks basketball team lost a close game to Pugwash in basketball action last night 61-49. Danielle McKay led the Nighthawks pouring in 22 points.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of games at the Wellness Centre on the weekend – they first take on Halifax Saturday night at 8pm, followed by the Cape Breton Tradesmen Sunday afternoon at 1.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers are also at the Wellness Centre for two games, playing the Bedford Barons Saturday at 5:30, then hosting the Joneljim Cougars Sunday at 12:15.
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The Pictou County Scotians will be well-rested after their four game run last weekend to play the Strait Pirates Sunday night at 7 in Trenton.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA team plays a pair this weekend, starting with the Panthers Saturday at 12:30 at the Wellness Centre, followed a trip to East Hants to play the Penguins Sunday morning at 11.
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The Kanokai Judo Club is taking new participants for the February to June term. The Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street in the Pictou County Gymnastics building (formerly Pictou County Y) on the second floor. Classes are held Monday and Thursday nights and everyone is welcome to try it out a couple of times before deciding if they'd like to join. Drop in any time and watch as well.  For further information contact Cindy Fraser at kanokaijudoclub@hotmail.com or 902-759-0700.
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The Pictou Fisheries Training Pool is closed today due to mechanical repairs, and will remain closed until at least Monday. Updates will be provided on the town's Facebook page and on the town website.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan can add two-time all star to his accomplishments. DeRozan was voted into the N-B-A all-star game last night by coaches to represent the Eastern Conference. The 26-year-old is averaging 23 points a game. He also represented Toronto at the 2014 festivities. 
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LeBron James and his Cavaliers are in Auburn Hills tonight to take on the Detroit Pistons in one of nine N-B-A games. Cleveland is the top team in the East, with a two-game advantage over second-place Toronto. And Houston welcomes Oklahoma City in a Western Conference battle.
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Canada's Milos Raonic is out at the Australian Open. Second-seed Andy Murrary ended Raonic's bid to compete in the first Grand Slam tennis final of his career in a five-set battle that lasted four hours and three minutes. Murray broke Raonic's serve to open the fifth set, and when Raonic walked back to his chair, he angrily smashed his racket on the hard court surface twice, breaking it. Raonic received treatment for an upper right leg ailment after the ninth game of the fourth set, and seemed to hobble at times for the remainder of the match.
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Pistons owner Tom Gores is pledging to raise $10 million dollars to address the short- and long-term needs of his hometown of Flint, Michigan where the drinking water is contaminated with lead. Gores says he has appointed two associates to raise money from other business leaders and identify priorities in Flint. Gore says he will be contributing to the fund as well.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 27 *UPDATED 10:40 AM*
Wednesday 27th January 2016

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians picked up another road win, defeating Antigonish 4-1. Scoring for the Scotians were Bradley MacEachen, Jordon Yochoff, James Murphy, and Liam Murphy with an empty netter. This completes a run of four games in five nights for the Scotians – the team next plays in Trenton Sunday night against the Strait Pirates.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects had a tie and a loss this past weekend. Megan MacCarthy scored twice for the Selects on Saturday and Kenzie Ells netted a single in a 3-3 tie against the Antigonish Bulldogs. On Sunday,  Bantam A girls lost 4-0 to the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Bantam A Subway Selects are in a tournament in Antigonish this weekend. 
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The Pictou Fisheries Training Pool is closed today due to mechanical repairs. Updates will be provided on the town's Facebook page and on the town website.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Thornhill, Ontario tennis star Milos Raonic has become the first Canadian male singles player to ever make it to the semifinal of the Australian Open. He advanced to the final four of the Grand Slam event by beating France's Gael Monfils this morning in four sets. The tourney's 13th seed will next face second-seed Andy Murray of Britain on Friday. The other semifinal pits Novak Djokovic against Roger Federer tomorrow.
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It's a quiet night in the N-H-L with only four games before the league breaks for all-star weekend. Toronto gets one more shot at heading into the break on a winning note when they play the Lightning in Tampa Bay.  Calgary hosts Nashville, Washington is home to Philadelphia and the L-A Kings welcome Colorado.
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The San Antonio Spurs will look to start a new win streak tonight as they host the Houston Rockets. San Antonio saw it's 13-game winning run snapped on Monday night in a 120-90 defeat at Golden State. There are eight games in total around the hard courts tonight. Among them, Cleveland hosts Phoenix, Minnesota is home to Oklahoma City and the Warriors welcome Dallas.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 26 *UPDATED 10:25 AM*
Tuesday 26th January 2016

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians continued their string of four games in five nights by defeating the Cumberland County Blues 8-5 in Trenton last night in a make-up game that was postponed in December. The string of games started on Friday with a 3-2 win for the Scotians in overtime against these same Blues in Springhill. Sunday night the Scotians fell 3-1 to the Strait Pirates at home. Tonight the Scotians visit the Antigonish Bulldogs.
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The Pictou Fisheries Training Pool is closed Tuesday and Wednesday this week due to mechanical repairs. Updates will be provided on the town's Facebook page and on the town website.
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The Pictou County Bantam Boys Lightning A team captured the Bronze Medal this past weekend in the Antigonish Jr. X-Men tournament defeating the X-Men 46-33 . The Lightning lost to the Cape Breton Magic 48-27 to open the tournament , player of the game was Brandon Campbell , while Rhys Stevenson won the Defensive player award. In their second game the Lightning defeated St. Margret's Bay Slam 60-37. The player of the game was Cody Leblanc, while Marcus MacLeod captured the defensive award. In the cross-over game the Lightning were defeated by the tournament champs, the Northside Marauders 68-36. MacLeod was named the player of the game and Nick MacInnis took home the defensive player of the game prize. In the Bronze Medal game the Lightning were led by player of the game Ben Turnbull and Defensive star Cody MacDougall. Rhys Stevenson was named a tournament All-Star.
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Pictou County Bantam “A” Crushers played three league games this past week-end against the Cumberland Ramblers and came away with three more wins. The Bantam A’s continue to sit in first place of their league standings. Two games were played at home on Saturday. In the first game, the Crushers found themselves down 1-0 at the end of the second period, but they came out strong in the third, scoring 5 goals to take the 5-1 win. Jayden Hatchard scored twice with Nole Chapman, Kyle Reim, and Evan Shea adding singles. Assists went to Reim and Jansen Langille with two each. Vaughn MacEachern was solid in nets. In the second game on Saturday, the Crushers also found themselves down by one goal at the end of the second, but with three goals in the last four minutes of the game, they squeaked out the win with a final score of 5-4. Ian MacDonald recorded a hat trick, with singles from Raymond Chisholm and Reim. Langille had three assists with others going to Brycen MacDonald, Spencer Murray, Luke Young and Hatchard. Keegan Walker got the win between the pipes. On Sunday, the Crushers travelled to Springhill for the third game. The Crushers came out on top again, 5-2, over the Ramblers. Shea had two goals, with Murray, B. MacDonald, and I. MacDonald adding singles. Assist went to Young, Hatchard, Reim, Murray and Logan DeCoste. Vaughn MacEachern recorded the win in goal. The Bantam A’s play two games at home this week-end against Antigonish. Game times are 2:30 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am on Sunday, both at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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Tracy Dart, Jayne Murphy and Amy Cameron notched a goal apiece last night in Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center to pace the Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Rangers. Gena Henderson replied for the Rangers
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The Montreal Canadiens are back at it again tonight as they host Columbus in the back half of a home-and-home series. That's one of nine games on a busy night in the N-H-L. Elsewhere, Ottawa hosts the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto visits the Florida Panthers, Winnipeg hosts Arizona and Vancouver entertains the Nashville Predators.
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Serena Williams is one step closer to another Australian Open title. She knocked off Maria Sharapova in straight sets in quarter-final action last night for her 18th consecutive victory over the Russian. Williams is looking for her seventh Australian Open championship.
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Canada's Milos Raonic is back in action tonight at the Australian Open. The Thornhill, Ontario native faces Gael Monfils of France in quarter-final play at the grand slam in Melbourne. Raonic is seeded 13th at the Open while Monfils is 23rd. The Canadian is coming off a big fourth-round victory over fourth-seed Stan Wawrinka two days ago.  
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The Toronto Raptors put their eight-game winning streak on the line as they host the Washington Wizards at Air Canada Centre tonight. Toronto is on it's longest winning run of coach Dwane Casey's tenure with the team. And it's the franchise's longest string of victories since a nine-game streak in 2002.
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There are seven other games around the hard courts tonight. Among them, the Orlando Magic aim to halt a six-game slide as they visit the Bucks in Milwaukee, the New York Knicks will try to rebound from back-to-back losses as they host Oklahoma City. And the Lakers welcome the Dallas Mavericks in the late game.

GLASGOW SQUARE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Monday 25th January 2016

Glasgow Square Theatre has updated its on-line presence with a new website that launched today in partnership with the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library. Carlton Munroe, Manager of Glasgow Square Theatre, says the site will improve promotion and marketing of upcoming events. The venue, which was named 2015 winner of Music Nova Scotia’s Community Presenter of the Year Award, hosts a wide variety of events over the course of the year, including musical, theatrical, and comedy performances. It is also a central venue for a number of other events throughout the year such as the Dragon Boat Festival, and this year will host the Relay for Life. The launch of the new, more user friendly site is the culmination of a project which had been ongoing for a few months.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 25 *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Monday 25th January 2016

The Truro Bearcats won in a 2-1 victory against the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on Saturday night. Garrett Lambke scored for the Crushers on the power play early in the second period.
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The Cape Breton Tradesmen lost to the Weeks Major Midgets 4-3 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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Matthew Papineau scored 2:14 into overtime to give the Pictou County Junior Scotians a 4-3 win over the Cumberland County Blues on Friday. Riley Cameron, Bradley MacEachen and Blair Dewtie also had goals for the Scotians. The Scotians then lost 3-1 in Trenton Sunday night to the Strait Pirates. Tonight at 7:30 in Trenton they play a make up game with Cumberland County.
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The struggling Wonder Auto Bantam AA lost a pair of games this past weekend to rival Truro to continue a prolonged slump.  Saturday in Truro the Bearcats stymied the Crusher offence time and again and while the Crushers held the edge in play at times were unable to score and fell by a score of 2-1.  The lone goal on the day was scored by Broden Decoff with assists to Logan MacKay and Spencer Creed.  The story was similar on Sunday morning as the Bearcats pulled away with a 5-1 victory while being outshot by the Crushers. Scoring a late goal to break the shutout was Connor Dewar unassisted. With only three league games left the Crushers need to bear down to try to turn things around leading up to the league Championship tournament.
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In Major Bantam Action, The Scotsburn Crushers didn't have much luck on the road. On Saturday, they were shut out by the Landworks Gulls 7-0, then were defeated by the Western Hurricanes 3-1 Sunday, with Blake Kontuk scoring the lone goal.
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Two very close games between the Westville Miners and Thorburn Golden Hawks Atom B teams over the weekend. The Thorburn Golden Hawks managed a 7-6 win over the Westville Miners Friday evening. Scoring three goals for Thorburn was Cole T Miller, two goals for Cole Bryden and one apiece for Evan Stewart and Garrett Williams. Scoring one apiece for Westville were Luke Casey, Patrick MacNeil, Kayden Moulaison, Nicholas Duff, Fox Irving and Nathaniel Horne. The two teams met again in Thorburn Saturday morning to see the Westville Miners win 2-1. Scoring the lone goal for Thorburn was Cole Bryden. Scoring for the Miners was Logan MacKenzie and Kayden Moulaison. The Westville Miners will face Pictou Maripacs and Antigonish Bulldogs this coming weekend. The Pictou Maripacs are hosting the Adam Larade Tournament beginning Friday.
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The Pictou County Subway Selects Atom AA squad dropped a 3-2 decision to the Bedford Blues on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Erin MacNeil and Jose Dunn scored for Pictou County.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Super Bowl 50 is set. Payton Manning has his defence to thank as the Denver Broncos earned a spot on the big stage with a 20-18 win over Tom Brady's New England Patriots in the A-F-C Championship. Meanwhile, Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others as the Carolina Panthers hammered the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in the N-F-C title game. The Super Bowl will go February 7th at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
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The Canadiens are in Columbus tonight to face the Blue Jackets in one of six N-H-L games. Montreal beat Toronto Saturday in a shootout to halt a five-game winless streak. Calgary has a quick turn around as it heads to Dallas to face the Stars. Also, the Islanders welcome Detroit, Boston's in Philly, the Rangers entertain Buffalo and Minnesota hosts Arizona.
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Kyle Lowry was one of seven Raptors to score in double digits last night as Toronto extended its win streak to eight games with a 112-94 victory over the L-A Clippers. It's the longest run the Raps have made under coach Dwane Casey and is one win off their franchise best of nine set in 2002. 
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There are nine games on the hardwood tonight, including a key matchup between the last two N-B-A title winners. Golden State hosts San Antonio in a battle between the league's top two teams. The Warriors are 4-and-4 but have just a two-game lead on the Spurs for top spot. Golden State is expecting head coach Steve Kerr back after a lengthy leave of absence following back surgery in the off season. 


SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 19 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Tuesday 19th January 2016

The Pictou County Lightning Bantam A Girls Basketball Team returned from the Fall River Rebels "Rebel Run Basketball Tournament" as Gold Medal Winners. In the Lightning's quest for top honors saw them defeat the host team The Fall River Rebels in GAME 1 by a score of 40 to 27 with Jaden MacEachern earning Player of the Game and Emily Arbuckle with Hustler of Game. GAME 2 saw the Lightning victorious again as the defeated the Antigonish X-Women by a score of 41 to 23. Raegan MacDonald  earned Player of the Game while Isa MacKay to Hustler of the game. Game 3 took a different turn for the Girls Lightning team as they were handed their first Loss from the hands of a very strong Metro League Team, the Bedford Eagles by a score of 40 to 30. Player of the Game went to Sarah Allard while Kaitlyn Jota was handed the Hustler of the Game. The loss to Bedford did not sit well with the Pictou team and it showed as they once again met that same Bedford Eagles team for the Championship Sunday Afternoon. In the final game The Mighty Lightning took the lead early and never looked back. The final score in the Championship Game saw the Pictou County Lightning defeat the Bedford Eagles by a convincing score of 53 to 35. Top awards were given to, Madelyn MacMillan for Player of the game. Alexander Morrison earned The Hustler award and Raegan MacDonald earned Tournament MVP for the Lightning. Next action for the Lightning will be this weekend here in New Glasgow as they host their Home Tournament at NGA. This will be a 6 team tournament with teams from Antigonish, the city, and valley travelling to New Glasgow for this event.
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The Pictou County Lightning Bantam B Kirby team won silver at the Rebel Run Basketball Tournament this past weekend in Fall River. For the championship game, the PC Lightning team faced the West End Steelers. They played hard, but lost 50-30. Tommy Clark was player of the game and Aiden MacPhee was awarded the Hustler Award. Pierre Aucoin was named MVP for the Pictou County Lightning team for the whole tournament.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers lost 3-2 in overtime to the Dartmouth Whalers on Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers trailed 2-0 after 40 minutes of play, but goals from Connor MacLeod and Blake Kontuk – the latter coming with just 37 seconds left in the game – forced the extra session. Bruen Fisher won it for Dartmouth with a goal 25 seconds into overtime.
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Two games tonight in Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League: Stellarton Rink 8:00 -  Elk's Club   Vs   Connor's. Hector Area in Pictou 9: 00 - Pictou Landing Falcons Vs Nat Pro Gas 
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is now taking registration for Ringette and Tumblebugs for the winter sessions. If you would like to try these programs first, there will be a FREE try it day for Ringette on January 23rd and for Tumblebugs on January 30th. If interested please register your child at 902-485-4372. For more details visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Fifth-seed Rafael Nadal lost to unseeded fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco today in the first round of the Australian Open. Verdasco, ranked 45th in the world, rallied for a five-set victory to send the 2009 Australian Open champion to the showers. Seven-time major winner Venus Williams also went out in a first-round loss to Johanna Konta.
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More Canadians are in action at the Australian Open tonight. Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Quebec, faces Agnieszka Radwanska early Wednesday (2 a-m Eastern). Also, Gabriela Dabrowski, Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor are all in doubles action as well.
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A busy night around the N-H-L sees eight games with five Canadian teams in action.  The Calgary Flames visit New Jersey, the Vancouver Canucks are in New York against the Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs travel to Philadelphia. A classic Original Six rivalry sees Montreal host Boston and Edmonton continuing its swing through Florida with a stop in Tampa Bay.
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It's a quiet night in the N-B-A with just four games on tap.  Milwaukee visits Miami, Minnesota travels to New Orleans, Oklahoma City is at Denver and Phoenix hosts Indiana.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HAS BIG PLANS FOR 2016
Monday 18th January 2016

Pictou County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jack Kyte say 2016 will be a busy one. Kyte says the evolving role of the Chamber will create challenges and opportunities for the group of business leaders in the community. He says one of the key projects for the early part of 2016 is continuing to assist in support of efforts to bring Syrian refugees to the county. Kyte says it is an exciting time for Maritime businesses, as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island work to streamline regulations, and the Chamber can play a role in that process. He says the newly created advocacy group that was formed in conjunction with the Strait area and Antigonish Chambers will work to show that rural communities can influence positive change.

STORM DUMPS 35 CMS OF SNOW ON CENTRAL MARITIMES
Sunday 17th January 2016

Snowplow operators have literally been moving tonnes of snow since the snowstorm eased off just after midnight on Saturday, and the weekend weather is still the major story affecting life here in the Central Maritimes.
RCMP report a number of accidents overnight and roads are still touch and go.
Up to 35 cms is on the ground in Pictou, Antigonish and Colchester Counties – Environment Canada has measured 37 cms at the Halifax Airport and 20-25 cms fell on parts of PEI.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 14 *UPDATED 10:00 AM*
Thursday 14th January 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have made another significant acquisition prior to tonight's game against the Truro Bearcats. The Summerside Western Capitals released defenseman Alex Annecchiarico because they had too many 20 year olds on their roster. As a result, the Crushers were able to pick up the former OHL defenseman in exchange for a draft pick, adding some much needed depth to the blue line.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects earned four points on the weekend with two wins over the Glace Bay Miners. The Selects travelled to Cape Breton for the two games with the first one resulting in a 2-0 win for the Pictou County girls.  Kenzie Ells scored both goals and the shutout went to Ashley Niven. During the second game,  the Bantam  A Selects  had a 2-1 victory.  Goals were scored by Shalyn Bona and Megan MacCarthy. The Selects have a home game Saturday in Trenton at 2 p.m. against the Colchester Wilson Fuels Cyclones and are on the road Sunday to Antigonish. 
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers' new lineup which includes some recent trades, will make its debut tonight at the Wellness Centre against the Truro Bearcats. It's a crucial game, as the Crushers sit just two points out of first behind the Valley Wildcats, with Truro in between them in the standings.
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Two games in Thorburn tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova  Hockey League - 7:10 - Whitey's Vikings  Vs Dewtie's Excavating, then 8:20- Pictou Landing Falcons   Vs  Elks Club.  
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There is an Afterschool Sports program being offered at GR Saunders on Tuesdays for Grades 1-4, Thursdays at Pictou Elementary for Grades 1-4 and on Fridays at GR Saunders for Grades 5-6, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com or 902-616-5374 .
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Some upcoming skate times at the Hector Arena in Pictou. On Monday and Wednesdays from 10am to 11:30 there is an Adult and tot skate. Fridays from 12:00 to 1pm there is an adult only skate, and Sundays between 11:30 and 12:30 there is an open skate.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Montreal Canadiens return from a four-day break tonight when they host the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at the Bell Centre. Mike Condon is expected to start in nets for the Canadiens. They've won only five of their last 18 games. In Washington, the Vancouver Canucks will try and slow down Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals.
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Todd McLellan will be back in familiar territory tonight when his Edmonton Oilers travel to San Jose to face the Sharks. McLellan spent seven seasons coaching the Sharks before parting ways with the team in the off-season. Edmonton hired him in May. San Jose has won three in a row.
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Tyler Myers and the Winnipeg Jets will try and get back on the winning track tonight when they host the Nashville Predators at M-T-S Centre. The Jets have lost two straight, including a 4-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Myers was fined $5,000 last night for a cross check on Sharks forward Tommy Wingels in the third period.
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A unique road game for the Toronto Raptors this afternoon (3 p-m Eastern). They're in London, England taking on the Orlando Magic at a sold-out O-2 Arena. Toronto is second in the N-B-A's Eastern Conference and have won three in a row. The Magic are 8-and-0 against Atlantic Division opponents this season but come into today's game having lost five of six.
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Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry tip off against each other tonight as the Los Angeles Lakers head to Oakland to face the Warriors. The two teams are heading in opposite directions with the Lakers winning only nine games so far this season. Meanwhile, Golden State has a league-best 36-3 record.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 9 JANUARY
Saturday 9th January 2016

Team Canada opened the World U18 Womens Hockey Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario, with a 5-2 win over Russia last night. Balanced scoring was the name of the game for Canada, as they got goals from five different players, and eight different players recorded at least one point. Westville native Lisa Haley, Head Coach of Team Canada, says “The level of competition continues to rise, and it’s because the parity is there, and so there are no guarantees. Every time you step on the ice, it’s important to play well and to your potential, or there would be upsets in this tournament. I think there’s a possibility for Russia to beat us if we don’t perform well.” . Canada faces the Czech Republic tonight.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers have added more depth up front with a trade yesterday with the Yarmouth Mariners. Coming to the Crushers is Chad Cullen, a 20-year old forward from Glace Bay with 16 points in 24 games so far this season, while the Crushers send Tyler Brown to the Mariners. Brown is an 18-year old playing High School hockey this season, after spending last year with the Newbridge Gladiators. Cullen's first game with his new team will be next Thursday when the Crushers host Truro, and Cullen will face a former teammate in Josh Worthen, who was traded from Yarmouth to Truro on Thursday.
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There was just one game in the MHL last night, and the Yarmouth Mariners did the Weeks Crushers a bit of a favor, beating the Valley Wildcats 5-4 in overtime in the Fishtank. With the single point for the overtime loss, the Wildcats move into a tie with the Crushers for first place in the Eastlink Division, although Valley still holds three games in hand.
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It was a busy night in the NSJHL last night, with 5 games, including the Pictou County Scotians earning a 5-2 win in Antigonish over the Bulldogs. Adam Downey had two goals, Josh Hartley had three assists, and Joel MacLean stopped 21 of 23 shots in the win. Other NSJHL games last night:
Cole Harbour Colts 3 @ Valley Maple Leafs 8
Strait Pirates 5 @ Cumberland County Blues 4
Glace Bay Jr. Miners 2 @ Sackville Blazers 4
Brookfield Elks 4 @ East Hants Penguins 1
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers won 5-3 over the Central Attack and lost 2-1 overtime to the Miramichi Senators on Thursday, before losing their final round robin game 7-1 to the Northwest Bulls Fridayday at the 2016 Ice Jam tournament. The team awaits the remainder of the round robin to be complete to see if they advance to the play off round of 16  teams. A total of 28 took part in the bantam division.
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The Midget AA Crushers have a home and home set with Glace Bay this weekend. They hit the road today for a game at 1:30, then return home for a game tomorrow at 12:00 noon at the Wellness Centre.
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The Edmonton Oilers coughed up a two-goal lead as they fell 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning scored three times in the third period, including Steven Stamkos' eventual winner with five minutes to go. Victor Hedman scored a goal and added a pair of assists and Nikita Kucherov also scored for Tampa Bay.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have added to their bullpen by acquiring right-handed pitcher Drew Storen from the Washington Nationals.  Toronto sent outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later back to Washington to complete the deal. Storen appeared in 58 games for the Nationals last season, recording 29 saves with a 3.44 earned-run-average and 67 strikeouts in 55 innings.
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The Toronto Raptors have back-to-back wins on the road. DeMar DeRozan poured in a season-high 35 points to lead Toronto to a 97-88 win over the Wizards in Washington. Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 10 assists as the Raptors overcame a season-high 23 turnovers.
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Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder barely survived Lou Williams' 44-point performance for a 117-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Williams, the former Raptor, scored 23 of his career-high output in the fourth quarter.
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Canadian Milos Raonic will get another shot at the Brisbane International championship.  The 25-year-old from Thornhill, Ontario toppled Australian Bernard Tomic in semifinal action to earn his place in the championship match for the second year in a row. He will play Roger Federer, who beat Raonic in last year's final. 
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 4 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Monday 4th January 2016

Peewee C - Trenton defeated New Glasgow 6-5 Sunday afternoon. Scoring for Trenton was Owen Brophy with 4 goals, Zander Jones, Colby Niles each adding 1. Assists came from Rory Anderson and Ashlyn Bona. New Glasgow's goals came from Nick Manis with 4, Nicholas Purvis 1. Assists came from Austin White, Brady White, Kyle McCumber. Winning goalie was Michael Francis.
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Trenton Atom B's were in Antigonish Sunday afternoon and skated to a 9-9 tie. Scoring for Trenton was Ethan Mackay with 4 goals, Derrick Mackay with 3 goals, and Landon Martin with a pair. Assists came from Martin (2), Brett Butler and Matthew MacDonald. Antigonish goals came from Colin Teasdale 3, Gregory Kelly 3, Caylum Maclean, Luke Macpherson, Bauer MacNeil all with 1, assists came from Teasdale and MacLean.
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The Subway Cup remains with the Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects. The team defeated the Halifax Hawks 2-1 in the final on Sunday afternoon, making it the second straight year the Subway Selects have captured the cup. Selects goals were scored by MacKenzie Ells and Hannah Fraser. The Bantam team was one of two local groups to make it to the finals, with the Pee Wee A team winning 2-0 Sunday morning against Antigonish. Both goals were scored by Hayley Burke, with an assist from Mia Coolen. Going into the final, the Bantam team had two wins and a loss after prevailing over the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-1 and the Chester Flurries 5-0, but falling to the Halifax Hawks 2-1. The Pee Wee A Selects got a 6-2 win over the East Hants Gold Penguins as well as a 2-1 win against the Antigonish Bulldogs and a 5-2 win against the Bedford Blues over the course of the weekend. In the Atom division, the Pictou County team finished third with a 5-1 win over the Sackville Flyers and two losses – 1-0 to the Antigonish Bulldogs and 7-2 against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Selects came third in the Midget A division after a 1-1 tie against Antigonish, a 3-1 loss versus Glace Bay and a 2-1 win against the Sackville Flyers.
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The Weeks Major Midget squad suffered a pair of losses against the Cape Breton Tradesmen on the weekend – first a 4-2 loss on Saturday, then an overtime loss 5-4 on Sunday. The team is off for a week, then takes on the Valley Wildcats in Berwick on Saturday the 16th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Auston Matthews and the United States take on Russia this afternoon (1 p.m. ET) in one of two semifinals at the world junior hockey championship in Helsinki, Finland. Matthews is tied for third in tournament scoring with 11 points. In the other semi, Finland hosts Sweden. The Finns eliminated Canada in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
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Three Canadian teams are in action tonight around the N-H-L. The Ottawa Senators will try to rebound when they face the St. Louis Blues. Later, the Edmonton Oilers will host the Carolina Hurricanes. And, the Arizona Coyotes are in Vancouver to face the Canucks.
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Carolina and Denver clinched Number 1 playoff seeds in each conference by winning at home on the final day of the N-F-L regular season. The Broncos turned to Peyton Manning to defeat San Diego 27-20 and take advantage of New England's upset loss to Miami in the A-F-C. Cam Newton ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more to beat the Buccaneers 38-10, giving his 15-and-1 Panthers home-field advantage in the N-F-C playoffs.
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The N-F-L's wild-card matchups are set. After starting the season 6-0, the Green Bay Packers will head to Washington to face the Redskins. The Minnesota Vikings will have a home matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. In the A-F-C, the Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cincinnati. And, the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Houston Texans. Arizona and Carolina will get a bye in the N-F-C, while New England and Denver get byes in the A-F-C.
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DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors open a five-game road trip tonight in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. The Raptors are coming off a 115-113 loss to the Chicago Bulls at home yesterday. LeBron James and the Cavs have been hot lately, going 8-2 in their last 10 games. Cleveland is 14-1 at home this season.


LOCAL SPORTS - DECEMBER 31
Thursday 31st December 2015

The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers doubled up the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-3 last night in front of a large crowd with Ryan MacNeil earning the win for the Crushers in nets and Brandon Benjamin  contributing with 2 goals and 2 assists.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association is hosting a Junior NBA program for boys and girls 5 to 7 years of age. This is a second year pilot program between NBA Canada, Basketball Nova Scotia and the PCBA. The Program consists of 45-minute sessions – 12 sessions in total – starting in early January. The program will be in four gyms across the county. There are few spaces left with the Trenton and G.R. Saunders programs, but there are many slots available for Pictou Academy and Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated. The cost is $60 for new kids to the club and it is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Players receive a basketball and NBA t-shirt. For further information, email: pclightning@eastlink.ca.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will start the new year with a pair of home games. The Crushers play the Western Hurricanes Saturday night at 7:30, followed by a Sunday afternoon match at 12:15 against Kings Mutual. Both games are at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Winter Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 13 and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 30 *UPDATED 12:10 PM*
Wednesday 30th December 2015

The Pictou County Basketball Association is hosting a Junior NBA program for boys and girls 5 to 7 years of age. This is a second year pilot program between NBA Canada, Basketball Nova Scotia and the PCBA. The Program consists of 45-minute sessions – 12 sessions in total – starting in early January. The program will be in four gyms across the county. There are few spaces left with the Trenton and G.R. Saunders programs, but there are many slots available for Pictou Academy and Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated. The cost is $60 for new kids to the club and it is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Players receive a basketball and NBA t-shirt. For further information, email: pclightning@eastlink.ca.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will start the new year with a pair of home games. The Crushers play the Western Hurricanes Saturday night at 7:30, followed by a Sunday afternoon match at 12:15 against Kings Mutual. Both games are at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Midget AA Crushers are in action tonight, playing Antigonish at the Wellness Centre at 8pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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James Reimer is expected back in goal for Toronto tonight when the Maple Leafs visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. He returned to action for the first time on over a month last night, replacing the ineffective Jonathan Bernier in Toronto's 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders. Reimer had been out since November 24th with an injured groin.
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The Ottawa Senators look to bounce back tonight when they host New Jersey. The Senators were thumped 7-3 last night by the Bruins in Boston. Despite the loss, the Senators enter tonight's game just four points out of first place in the tight Atlantic Division.
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It's a day off for Canada at the world junior hockey championship after posting a 3-2 shootout win yesterday over the Swiss. The defending champion Canadians have a regulation win, an overtime win and a loss so far at the tournament, putting them in second place in Group A with five points. Canada plays group Sweden tomorrow. Today's Group A games will see the United States face Switzerland and Sweden take on Denmark.
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The Toronto Raptors return to Air Canada Centre tonight for a game against the Washington Wizards. Toronto split a recent two-game road trip, winning in Milwaukee and losing in Chicago. The Wizards have won four of their last five games.

THREE YOUTHS ARRESTED IN ANTIGONISH FOR STEALING A CAR
Monday 28th December 2015

Antigonish District RCMP arrested three youths after they fled from police in a stolen vehicle early Sunday morning. At approximately 2:25 a.m., RCMP observed a vehicle parked along am Antigonish roadway in an unusual manner. Once police approached the vehicle, it immediately fled. The vehicle was located a short time and distance later, unoccupied and in the ditch near the traffic circle at exit 31, Addington Forks. A preliminary investigation has revealed that when the vehicle entered the traffic circle at exit 31, the driver lost control and struck a light pole. All occupants then exited the vehicle and fled to the woods. With assistance from an RCMP Police Service Dog, three youths were successfully tracked and arrested a short time later. A further investigation has also revealed that the suspect vehicle was determined to be stolen from the Halifax area. Two 17-year-old males from the Halifax area and one 15 year-old female from Antigonish County remain in custody. The youth are expected to be charged with fleeing from police, possession of property obtained by crime, and other violations under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. There were no injuries, and the event remains under investigation.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 23 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Wednesday 23rd December 2015

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects split a pair of games this past weekend. The Bantam A girls lost 4-0 to the Cape Breton West Islanders Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre but rebounded for a 3-0 win against the Antigonish Bulldogs. Lily Wright scored twice for the Selects and Shalyn Bona netted a single.
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The Pictou Maripacs Midget C boys collected two points against the Thorburn Goldenhawks on the weekend. The Maripacs lost 4-3 to the Goldenhawks during a league game in Pictou. Justin Mansour-Gillis scored twice for the Maripacs and Dylan Rafuse netted a single. Aaron Webb scored twice for the Goldenhawks and singles went to Bailey Piccini and Riley Cameron. On Sunday, the two teams returned the ice and the Maripacs came out on top for this game with an 8-2 victory. Mansour-Gillis had another double for the Maripacs as did Cody Battist and singles were scored by Sawyer Buchanan, Dylan Rafuse and Nathan Gormley, Evan MacCarthy. Cameron MacKay scored both goals for the Goldenhawks.
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Pee Wee Rec: Trenton defeated Thorburn 10-5 in Thorburn on Monday evening. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 5 goals and singles from Danial Cameron, Harper Fraser, Owen Brophy, Nathan Roper and Ashlyn Bono. Assists came from Mackay, Barrett Baker and Roper. Thorburn goals came from Robert Walsh with 4 and George Leil with 1. Winning goalie was Derrick Mackay.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are taking on the Weeks Major Midgets Alumni in a charity match Saturday afternoon at the Wellness Centre. Warm up is at 12:30pm, Game time is 1pm. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family, with funds going to support six local baseball players who are attending the Canada-Cuba Goodwill Tour in February. Amoung the alumni taking part are former NHLers Colin White and Jon Sim, and QMJHL players Brent Turnbull, Lane Cormier and Matt Sartoris.
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The West Side and Northend Rec Centers are sponsoring an OPEN HOUSE  at the Pictou County Wellness Center for people to come out and view an exhibition game of broomball between Tatamagouche and Windsor and also to try the game itself --- this Sunday at 7 pm.
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Canada's world junior hockey team wraps up exhibition play in Finland today with a game against Sweden. The Canadians won their last pre-tournament match, 1-0 over the Czech Republic on Sunday. The world junior hockey championship begins Saturday with Canada facing the United States in the preliminary round.
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The hottest team in the N-B-A will look to add to their winning streak when San Antonio visits the Minnesota Timberwolves in one of 13 games on a busy schedule tonight. The Spurs have won a league-best six straight games and are 9-and-1 in their last 10. Minnesota, meanwhile, has dropped seven of its last 10 games.
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Around the N-B-A, Cleveland looks for a sixth win in a row as it hosts the Knicks. Indiana is home to the Sacramento Kings. Boston visits the Hornets in Charlotte. Dallas takes on the Nets in Brooklyn. Atlanta welcomes the Detroit Pistons, the Golden State Warriors entertain Utah and the L-A Lakers can earn back-to-back victories on back-to-back nights with a win over Oklahoma City.
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New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Junior is going to have his appeal of his one-game suspension heard today. The N-F-L suspended Beckham earlier this week for his conduct against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties. The league cited "multiple violations of safety-related playing rules."

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 21
Monday 21st December 2015

There were three games Saturday night in the Maritime Hockey League, including a key Eastlink Division matchup between the Valley Wilcats and the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Centre. The Wildcats won 3-2 in regulation to pull into a tie with Truro for second place in the Division, three points back of the Crushers. However, both teams still have four games in hand on Pictou County.
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The Weeks Major Midgets earned a big 5-4 win at home Saturday over the Cape Breton West Islanders. Evan MacLennan led the way with two goals and an assist, while recent Crusher call up Andrew MacLeod stopped 38 of 42 shots to earn the win between the pipes. The next day, the Weeks Major Midgets lost to the Cape Breton Tradesmen 5-1. Ryan Bakker scored the only goal for Weeks.
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Katelyn Pentz and Megan Stewart scored for the Subway Northern Selects Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre as they beat Metro Boston Pizza, 2-1. Adi Small stopped 21 of 22 shots to get the win in goal. The Selects picked up another two points with a 3-0 blanking of the Panthers on Sunday. Katelyn Dunn, Annika Mason and Kaila Reid scored for the Selects. Katie Henderson stopped 19 shots for the shutout.
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The Pictou County Wonder Auto Bantam “AA” Crusher struggles continued this past weekend as they managed only a single point against the last place Cumberland Ramblers.  In Springhill on Saturday afternoon the Crushers were dominated to the tune of 5-1 with only Logan Mackay able to break the goose egg late in the third with assist going to Munro Mackay.  The return matchup on Sunday at the Wellness Centre saw the Crushers play an improved game but needing to pull goalie Wesley Kelly late in order to get the tie against the Ramblers 2-2. Scorers on the the day were linemates Connor Dewar and Nick Horne who also assisted on each others goal and Lucas Fraser adding another assist.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers played a home and home this weekend against the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Crushers came out on the winning end at home on Saturday with a final score of 3-1. Scoring for the Crushers was Spencer Murray, Nole Chapman, and Brycen MacDonald. Chapman, Murray, Ian MacDonald, Brayden Killen and Jayden Hatchard earned assists. Vaughn MacEachern earned the win between the pipes. On Sunday in Antigonish, the Crushers spent some time killing penalties and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. Scoring for the Crushers was Brycen MacDonald and Luke Young with Young, MacDonald and Thomas Devine earning assists. Keegan Walker was strong between the pipes. The Bantam A Crushers head to Truro after Christmas to participate in the Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament.
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For the fourth time in the tournament’s 10-year history, Team Canada West has won the gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge, defeating Russia 2-1 in Saturday’s gold-medal game at the Cobourg Community Centre. On Friday night, the United States defeated Team Canada East 7-1 in the bronze-medal game in Whitby, Ont. Former Amherst Rambler Lucas Batt scored the lone Canadian goal late in the second period, but the Americans won a medal for the ninth year in a row.
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Petr Mrazek made 26 saves while Dylan Larkin and Brad Richards scored 45 seconds apart as Detroit beat Calgary 4-2. The Flames have dropped back-to-back outings after winning seven in a row. Dennis Wideman and Dougie Hamilton scored for Calgary.
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Jaromir Jagr has passed Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne for fourth place on the N-H-L scoring list. Jagr scored his 732nd goal to help Florida knock off Vancouver 5-4 in a shootout. And, Tampa Bay won for the third time in four games as Steven Stamkos scored twice in a 5-2 win against Ottawa.
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Hockey Canada finalized its world junior hockey championship roster by making its final four cuts. Defencemen Noah Juulsen and Jeremy Lauzon, along with forwards Jayce Hawryluk and Nick Merkley were all released from the team. The Canadians open the world juniors on Boxing Day against the United States. They have one more exhibition tune-up on Wednesday against Sweden.
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The Raptors played much of the second half without Kyle Lowry and went on to drop a 104-94 loss to Sacramento. Lowry was ejected with 7:22 left in the third quarter, picking up two quick technicals when he persisted in speaking to official Scott Wall about a call. Toronto stumbled out to another horrible start with a 22-point deficit before the first quarter was even over.
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The Giants threw a scare into the Panthers, but Carolina answered the challenge and remains unbeaten at 14-and-0. Cam Newton led the Panthers on a game-winning drive in the final minutes and Graham Gano booted a 43-yard field goal as time expired to give Carolina the 38-35 win over New York.
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Seattle picked up its fifth straight win and wrapped up its fourth consecutive playoff berth by whipping Cleveland 30-13. Green Bay kept their lead in the N-F-C North, staying one game ahead of Minnesota with a 30-20 victory against Oakland. And Arizona beat Philadelphia 40-17 in the Sunday nighter to clinch the N-F-C West title.
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In a stunning takedown of international soccer's most powerful leaders, FIFA's ethics committee today banned president Sepp Blatter and his one-time protege Michel Platini from all soccer-related activities for eight years. Ethics judges said Blatter broke FIFA Code of Ethics rules on conflicts of interest, breach of loyalty and offering gifts, while Platini broke rules on conflict of interest and loyalty. Both denied wrongdoing in 2011 when Platini took two-million dollars of FIFA money approved by Blatter as uncontracted salary for work as a presidential adviser from 1999-2002.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 16
Wednesday 16th December 2015

The Weeks Junior A Crushers have one more game before the Christmas break. Tomorrow night, the Truro Bearcats visit the Wellness Centre at 7pm. Truro is currently seven points behind the Crushers in a tight 3 way race for second place in the Eastlink Division with the Wildcats and the Lumberjacks.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers played the Cumberland Ramblers at home on Saturday. The Crushers earned 2 more points in league play with an 8-1 victory. Luke Young and Jayden Hatchard fired two goals each, with singles added by Evan Shea, Ian MacDonald, Nole Chapman, and Thomas Devine. Assists went to Evan Reynolds, Jansen Langille, Brycen MacDonald (2), Ian MacDonald, Devine, Kyle Reim, Young and Logan Decoste. The Bantam A Crushers will play a home and home with the Antigonish Bulldogs with their home game scheduled on Saturday, 4:00pm, at the Wellness Center.
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Another close game between the Atom B Westville Miners and the Trenton Steelers. Kayden Moulaison scored the winning goal in the third to land the Miners a 5-4 win. Also scoring for Westville with two goals was Daniel Seymour. Fox Irving and Nathaniel Horne scored with one each. Scoring two each for the Steelers were Ethan MacKay and Derrick MacKay. The Westville Miners face New Glasgow this Friday evening in Westville
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In High School Hockey, the North Nova Gryphons defeated Hants East 5-0 in regular season play. After a scoreless first period, Kale Mason, assisted by Jared Livingstone put the Gryphons on the score board 43 seconds into the 2nd period. Gryphons second goal came 5 minutes later scored by Robert Burrows and assisted by Kirklin Murray. Intermission only seemed to fuel the Gryphons with 3 unanswered goals. Scoring were Robert Burrows,  Campbell Burrows and Noah Teed with assists from Mason,  Jacob Pentz,  Evan Callaghan and Ethan Snell. The Gryphons will host Amherst this Friday evening at 7: 00 pm in Trenton.  The team will be accepting donations for the local food bank at the door. Local rivals, Gryphons and Northumberland Nighthawks, will meet Saturday night at 6:00 p.m in Westville. 
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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On Tuesday, December 29th, the North Nova JV girls basketball team will host their second annual Holiday Hoop Clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-6. The clinic will run from 9am-2pm and costs $40 per person. Each participant will receive a clinic t-shirt! To register your child or find out more information, email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.  Only 40 spots available...
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One Canadian hockey team saw their lengthy winning streak come to an end while another extended theirs. The New York Rangers beat Edmonton 4-2 at Madison Square Garden to snap the Oilers' six-game run. And the Calgary Flames got an overtime-goal from Kris Russell to top Nashville 2-1 for their sixth straight victory.
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The Vancouver Canucks continue to stumble. Ryan Miller gave up six goals on 36 shots through two periods before being pulled at the second intermission, and Vancouver dropped a 6-2 road decision to the Minnesota Wild. Thomas Vanek scored for Minnesota and added three assists to hand the Canucks their seventh loss in their last 10 games.
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San Jose snapped a six-game losing skid with a 3-1 road victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski led the way with a goal and an assist and Patrick Marleau and Dainius Zubrus also scored.  Dustin Tokarski stopped 9-of-12 shots in his third consecutive start before being pulled midway through the second period. Mike Condon stopped all six shots he faced he relief.
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Jonathan Bernier gave up more than four or more goals for the fifth straight start, and the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender remains winless on the season. Bernier allowed two goals in quick succession and then one to Vladislav Namestnikov in overtime as the Leafs lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4. Elsewhere, St. Louis beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
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Kobe Bryant had 22 points and six assists as the Los Angeles Lakers topped the Bucks 113-95 in Milwaukee's first game since ending Golden State's 24-and-0 start to the season.  D'Angelo Russell had 19 points and seven assists as the Lakers took a 22-point lead in the third quarter and cruised to their second victory in 15 games.
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In other N-B-A action, Randy Foye scored 19 points, and the Denver Nuggets picked up their sixth win in seven games with a 112-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kenneth Faried added 19 points and 10 rebounds. And LeBron James scored 24 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 89-77 victory over the Boston Celtics.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 15 *UPDATED 1:10 PM*
Tuesday 15th December 2015

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers played the Cumberland Ramblers at home on Saturday. The Crushers earned 2 more points in league play with an 8-1 victory. Luke Young and Jayden Hatchard fired two goals each, with singles added by Evan Shea, Ian MacDonald, Nole Chapman, and Thomas Devine. Assists went to Evan Reynolds, Jansen Langille, Brycen MacDonald (2), Ian MacDonald, Devine, Kyle Reim, Young and Logan Decoste. The Bantam A Crushers will play a home and home with the Antigonish Bulldogs with their home game scheduled on Saturday, 4:00pm, at the Wellness Center.
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On Sunday the Pictou County Peewee AA Crushers defeated the first place Cumberland Ramblers in regular season action at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Ryan Denny opened the scoring early in the first period with assists going to Chris Avery and Cameron MacKinnon.  The Ramblers answered with two goals in the first and another goal in the second period.  The Crushers came out strong in the third period with goals Joseph Mason and Liam Berthiaume.  Blaise MacDonald assisted on both goals.  Adam Farrell scored the game winner late in the third period with assists from Tanner Steele and Myles Farnsworth. Xander Vohs had a strong game in goal. The Pictou County Peewee AA Crushers play two games next weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre  - on Saturday, December 19 at 2:30 pm vs. the Antigonish Bulldogs and Sunday, December 20 at 10:30 am vs. the Truro Bearcats.
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Last night at the Westville Miners Sports Center, the Bruins defeated the Leafs 5-3 in Leo Fahey 4 0n 4 Twilight Hockey League action. Julie Anderson led the Bruins with a hat trick with singles being tallied by Christa Webber and Jana Cleary. Britany Martin notched two goals for the Bruins with Debbie MacLean adding a single tally.
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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On Tuesday, December 29th, the North Nova JV girls basketball team will host their second annual Holiday Hoop Clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-6. The clinic will run from 9am-2pm and costs $40 per person. Each participant will receive a clinic t-shirt! To register your child or find out more information, email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.  Only 40 spots available...
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Goaltender Jonathan Bernier is back with the Maple Leafs as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Air Canada Centre. Bernier was sent to Toronto's A-H-L club on December 2nd and went 3-0-and-1 in four starts with the Marlies. He was 0-8-and-1 with the Leafs before his A-H-L stint. Toronto heads into tonight's game on a two-game win streak.
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The Edmonton Oilers go for their seventh straight victory as they play the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Edmonton has won seven of its last 10 games to climb out of the Pacific Division basement. Around the ice, the Montreal Canadiens host San Jose, Calgary visits Nashville, Vancouver travels to Minnesota and Winnipeg welcomes the St. Louis Blues.
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It's a light night in N-B-A action with only four games on schedule. Among them, the Los Angeles Lakers will look to snap a six-game losing streak as they host the Milwaukee Bucks. Elsewhere, Boston is home to the Cavaliers, Denver visits Minnesota and the Sacramento Kings welcome the Houston Rockets.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 12
Saturday 12th December 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers fell to the Amherst Ramblers 3-2 in MHL action last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. It was the second of three games in three nights for the Crushers, who are right back at it tonight as they travel to Berwick to take on the Valley Wildcats. That game will be live on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm. There were four other games in the MHL last night as well:
Valley 5 Campbellton 4
Summerside 3 Truro 1
Dieppe 3 Yarmouth 2
South Shore 4 Woodstock 2
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There were four games played last night in the NSJHL, and one game rescheduled. The game that did not get played was to have involved the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians, as they were to begin a home and home series with the Cumberland County Blues. Both of those games have been moved to January, with exact dates to be determined. As such, there will not be a Scotians game tomorrow night at Trenton Arena. The games that did get played last night:
Liverpool 4 Valley 3
Sackville 3 Cole Harbour 2
Glace Bay 5 Antigonish 1
Brookfield 4 East Hants 2
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Come out to the Wellness Centre to see a Sledge Hockey exhibition match between teams from Halifax and Cape Breton tonight at 7:30. Admission is free, with a chance to win a pass to the World Sledge Hockey Challenge tournament taking place in Bridgewater in January.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA club travels to Truro to play Metro Boston Pizza Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts for their 17U girls team. This is for those born September 1, 1998 to Dec 31 1999. (or younger) The tryouts will take place at New Glasgow Academy gym today from 5:30-7:30PM and Wednesday Dec 16th 8PM-10PM. There will be a $10 tryout fee that will cover both gym times. Any inquiries can be directed  at panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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PROVINCE HAS NO PLAN TO DEAL WITH ER CLOSURES RISING: NDP
Thursday 10th December 2015

The NDP says the MacNeil government has no plans to deal with the rising number of emergency room closures. Health Critic Dave Wilson says that figures from the Annual Accountability Report on Emergency Departments shows that emergency room closures have risen by 30 percent, or more than 6,000 hours in the past year. Closures in Cape Breton and along the South Shore have doubled, while Guysborough-Antigonish-Strait area ER closures have increased by a factor of almost ten. There were no ER closures reported at the Aberdeen Hospital. Wilson says the government has no plans to fix the situation, not even opening new Collaborative Emergency Centres, which the report shows had practically no increase in hours closed from the past year.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 9
Wednesday 9th December 2015

The Pictou Academy Pitbulls girls hockey team were shut out 4-0 by the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals of Antigonish on Sunday. The Pitbulls returned to the ice Monday night in Lantz and this time dealt the shut out to the Hants East Tigers 12-0. The Pitbulls return to the Hector Arena in Pictou next Monday for a 4 p.m. game against the North Nova Gryphons.
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts for their 17U girls team. This is for those born September 1, 1998 to Dec 31 1999. (or younger) The tryouts will take place at New Glasgow Academy gym on Saturday Dec 12th 5:30-7:30PM and Wednesday Dec 16th 8PM-10PM. There will be a $10 tryout fee that will cover both gym times. Any inquiries can be directed  at panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Home sweet home for the Calgary Flames. They earned their seventh straight victory at the Saddledome by doubling up the San Jose Sharks 4-2. Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist and Markus Granlund, Sean Monahan and Michael Frolik also scored for the Flames.
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Another win for rookie Garret Sparks. The Maple Leafs' goaltender turned aside 25 shots in regulation and overtime, then added four more saves in a shootout as Toronto topped the New Jersey Devils 3-2 at Air Canada Centre. Sparks improves to 3-1-and-0 in four N-H-L starts. Nazem Kadri scored the winner for the Leafs in the tiebreaker.
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The Ottawa Senators used a three-goal third period to top the Florida Panthers 4-2. Kyle Turris tied the game on a power play, Mike Hoffman scored the go-ahead goal and Jean-Gabriel Pageau found the back of the net while shorthanded, all in the last 20 minutes. Zach Smith had a second-period goal for the Senators.  
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The Golden State Warriors can't be stopped. They improved to 23-and-0 with a 131-123 win at Indiana. Klay Thompson scored a season-high 39 points and Steph Curry added 29 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists. Golden State had a commanding lead throughout the game before allowing the Pacers to get within six points in the final 25 seconds.
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Around the hard courts, LeBron James had 33 points and 10 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to beat Portland 105-100. And Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Joe Johnson added 22 as Brooklyn beat the Houston Rockets 110-105 to sweep the season series for the first time in 14 years.
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A person familiar with the deal says the Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves for overall Number-1 draft pick Dansby Swanson, outfielder Ender Inciarte and pitching prospect Aaron Blair.  The Diamondbacks also get minor league left-hander Gabe Speier in the trade.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 7
Monday 7th December 2015

Matt Barron’s overtime goal gave the Yarmouth Mariners a 3-2 win over the Pictou County Weeks Crushers on Friday night. Cole Murphy scored his team-leading 18th of the season for Pictou County and Regan Spears collected his 16th goal. Over the weekend, the Valley Wildcats had a shootout loss while the Truro Bearcats got a pair of wins, but the Crushers still hold first place in the Eastlink Division – four ahead of Truro, and six ahead of Valley. The team plays at home on Thursday against the Campbellton Tigers, then the Amherst Ramblers in a rare Friday night home game for the Crushers.
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The Pictou County Scotians didn't let a shortened bench of only 10 skaters stop them, using a Hat Trick of both goals and assists from Troy Disipio to lead them to the 9-3 win over Antigonish at the Trenton Arena Sunday night. Austin Donlevey also marked a Hat Trick for the Scotians, as well as adding an assist to the score sheet. Single goals were added by Ryan MacDonald, Matt Papineau and Nathaniel Leger. Brandon MacDonald held the fort for Pictou County, stopping 30 shots for the win.
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Thorburn Atom B team played against Trenton Saturday morning. Thorburn won 8-5. Goals scored for Thorburn were Evan Stewart (x3), Cole Miller (x2), Garrett Williams , Cale Cameron, and Cole Bryden. Winning goalie is John Mason. Goals scored for Trenton were Ethan MacKay, Derrick MacKay (x3), and Landon Martin.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA team had no luck against the ProCresting Penguins in a home and home series on the weekend, losing at the Wellness Centre 4-2, then taking a 4-1 loss in East Hants on Sunday. That puts the Selects eight points behind Metro Boston Pizza in the standings.
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Congrats to the NRHS Nighthawks girls basketball team who won silver over the weekend in Pugwash. Emily Mertin and Hannah MacDonald were top scorers for the Nighthawks.
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The Pictou County Lightning Bantam boys 'A' team defeated Northside in a nailbiter Sunday 45-44.  The Lightning trailed the entire game and took their first lead with under a minute left with their final basket.   Matt Margeson and Nick MacInnis hit clutch jumpshots with two minutes left to bring the Lightning to within 1 point; then Rhys Stevenson hooped 2 of his game high 16 points to steal the victory.   Brandon Campbell with 11 and James Rankin with 10 helped provide offence for the Lightning. 
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts for their 17U girls team. This is for those born September 1, 1998 to Dec 31 1999. (or younger) The tryouts will take place at New Glasgow Academy gym on Saturday Dec 12th 5:30-7:30PM and Wednesday Dec 16th 8PM-10PM. There will be a $10 tryout fee that will cover both gym times. Any inquiries can be directed  at panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Edmonton Oilers are on the rise. They beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 for their third straight victory. Earlier in N-H-L action, Derek Brassard scored twice as the New York Rangers topped Ottawa 4-1. And Teuvo Teravainen had the go-ahead goal in the third as Chicago beat Winnipeg 3-1.
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Ben Roethlisberger wishes he could play the Colts more often. The Pittsburgh Q-B threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns and the Steelers hammered Indianapolis 45-10 in the N-F-L Sunday nighter. Roethlisberger has 886 yards passing and 10 touchdowns in his last two starts against Indianapolis.
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Chris Jones may be moving to Regina. Multiple media reports say the Saskatchewan Roughriders have hired the Eskimos' coach to be their new head coach and general manager. Jones led Edmonton to its first Grey Cup championship in 10 years with a 26-20 win over the Ottawa Redblacks last week.
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Calgary skip Kevin Koe scored three in the ninth end to topple Winnipeg's Mike McEwen at the Canada Cup men's final. On the women's side, Ottawa's Rachel Homan needed an extra end to dispatch Edmonton's Val Sweeting 8-7. Both winning skips earn spots in the Canadian curling trials to determine who will represent Canada in the 2018 Olympics.
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The Golden State Warriors keep on rolling. Superstar Steph Curry poured in 28 points to lead Golden State to a 114-98 victory over the Brooklyn nets, extending the Warriors' N-B-A record start to the season to 22-and-0. Draymond Green added 22 points and Klay Thompson scored 21 for the Warriors.
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Around the N-B-A, Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder came from behind to beat Sacramento 98-95.  And Wesley Matthews scored 28 of his season-high 36 points in the second half and Dallas beat the Washington Wizards 116-104.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 2 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Wednesday 2nd December 2015

The North Nova Education Centre Gryphons won every game to take the 16th annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament over the weekend. NNEC won the championship game against the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars with a 3-0 shutout. Scoring for the Gryphons were Jacob Pentz, Colin Holmes and Robert Burrows. Matt Murray got the shutout in nets, while Campbell Burrows was named game MVP. NNEC defeated Hants East Rural High School in the semi-final game by a score of 3-2. The Gryphons won all three round robin games as well.
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The Peewee AAA Ballantyne Fuel Crushers took part in the Hockeyville stopover in Wolfville, capping it off with a 7-4 win over the host Acadia Peewee AAA team.  Lucas Canning led the high scoring effort with a hat-trick, while singles went to Landon MacDonald, Kiefer Avery, Skyler Earle and Ryan Greene. Helpers went to MacLean Tobin, Thomas Schnare, Matt Carson, Canning and Avery. The Crushers continue to hold down first place in the Nova Scotia Mainland Hockey League with upcoming games this weekend vs. South Shore and Truro.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers played a home and home with the Truro Bearcats this past week-end and earned 3 points in league play. The Crushers faced–off in Truro on Saturday and came away with the 3-2 win with the help of a productive power-play. Scoring for the Crushers was Evan Shea, Ian MacDonald and Jansen Langille. Spencer Murray (2), Brycen MacDonald, Nole Chapman, Evan Reynolds and Luke Young tallied assists. Keigan Walker earned the win in nets. On Sunday, the Bearcats scored twice in the first to take an early lead and they held that lead until the end of the second. The Crushers managed to rally in the third and finished with a final score of 3-3. Scoring for the Crushers was Sam Hickey, Shea, and Braydon Killen. Assists went to Young, Murray, Ian MacDonald and Thomas Devine. Vaughn MacEachern was strong between the pipes. The Bantam A Crushers travel to Moncton this weekend to participate in the Moncton Challenge Cup tournament.
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The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers played the Cumberland Ramblers in Oxford on Saturday, and met the Antigonish Bulldogs at home on Sunday. The Crushers dominated the Ramblers with a final score of 7-3. Scoring for the Crushers was Nikos Bonvie (2), Peyton Clements, Ethan Tibbets, Isaac Willison, Kirk Turnbull and Covey Cameron. Clements (2), Reilly Grant, Ty Briand, Andrew Webster, Aidan Hahn, Cameron, and Bonvie tallied assists. On Sunday, the Crushers took an early lead in a close battle with the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs rallied, scoring three in the third period to take the 4-3 win. Scoring for the Crushers was Willison, Cameron and Tibbets, with Turnbull, Cameron (2), and Dylan Kontuk earning assists. Goalies Alec Bates and Carter MacLean shared both games between the pipes. The Peewee A Crushers travel to Amherst this weekend to participate in the Bluenose Tournament. (added Tuesday Noon)
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The Northern Subway Selects next see action on Saturday December 5th at 12:30pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre against the ProCresting Penguins. The Teams return to Lantz on Sunday for a 11am game which will be streamed Live on Bell Community One.
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Boston Red Sox are making a statement that they expect to contend next season and beyond. Sources say the team has signed free-agent left-hander and former Blue Jay David Price to a seven-year contract worth a whopping 217-million dollars. Boston finished last in the A-L East last year, 15 games back of the division-champion Blue Jays.
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Rookie goaltender Garret Sparks will hope for a repeat of his N-H-L debut tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the Jets in Winnipeg. Sparks is expected to start for Toronto, two nights after posting a shutout in his first N-H-L game on Monday night. Around the league, the Islanders host the Rangers, Edmonton is home to Boston and Tampa Bay visits Anaheim. 
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DeMarre Carroll returns to the city he spent two seasons in tonight as the Toronto Raptors take on the Hawks in Atlanta. Carroll was a Hawk from 2013 to 2014-2015 before signing a deal with the Raptors in the off-season. Toronto is coming off a 107-102 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Air Canada Centre on Sunday night.
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The Golden State Warriors will go for their 20th straight victory to open the season as they play the Hornets in Charlotte. Golden State improved to 19-and-0 to start the year by rallying for a 106-103 road win at Utah on Monday. They have won nine straight regular-season road games, one shy of the franchise record set last season.
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Around the N-B-A, the New York Knicks will try to snap a four-game losing streak as they host Philadelphia. The 76ers earned their first win of the season last night, 103-91 over the L-A Lakers. Elsewhere, the Denver Nuggets take a seven-game winning streak into their matchup against the Bulls in Chicago.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 25
Wednesday 25th November 2015

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The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers participated in the Bobby Jo Ryan Memorial Tournament in North Sydney this past weekend. The team finished the tournament with a 1-2-1 record. In the first game on Friday, the Crushers faced the Glace Bay Miners. The Crushers squeaked out a 3-2 win. Scoring for the Crushers was Kirk Turnbull, Dylan Kontuk, and Covey Cameron. Aiden Hahn, Peyton Clements, and Brent Chapman earned assists. Kirk Turnbull received Player of the Game. Early Saturday morning the Crushers met their neighbors, the Antigonish Bulldogs, and earned one point for a 3-3 tie. Chapman opened the scoring in the first, unassisted. Cameron scored in the second, assisted by Chapman. Kontuk, assisted by Isaac Willison, scored the Crushers third goal. Player of the Game went to goaltender, Alec Bates. The Crushers met the strong host team, Northside Vikings, and struggled offensively, losing 8-0. Player of the Game was Brennan Dalton. The Crushers faced the Strait Richmond Pirates Sunday morning, and with a win they would advance to the final Championship Game. The Pirates had other ideas though. At the end of the second, the game was tied at four. Clements, Cameron, Turnbull, and Tibetts scored for the Crushers with assists from Ty Briand, Riley Grant, and Bonvie. The Crushers went scoreless in the third and could not answer two more goals from the Pirates, with a final score of 6-4. Riley Grant received Player of the Game. Goaltenders Alex Bates and Carter MacLean shared net-minding duties for each of the four games.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers participated in the Ossie Fraser Memorial Tournament in Coxheath, NS this past weekend. The team had a competitive showing, despite the team coping with illness and injuries, but they came up one goal short of making it into the cross-over round. In the first game on Friday, the Crushers faced the Glace Bay Miners. The Crushers’ generated a lot of offense, winning the game 8-3. Scoring for the Crushers was Brycen MacDonald with two, and Evan Shea, Jayden Hatchard, Ian MacDonald, Luke Young, Nole Chapman and Kyle Reim, all with singles. Assists when to Ian MacDonald, Shea (2), Young and Chapman. Brycen Mac Donald was named Player of the Game. Keegan Walker earned the win in nets. Later the same day, the Crushers met their neighboring rivals, the Antigonish Bulldogs and tallied their second win with a final score of 5-1. Hatchard opened the scoring with assists from Sam Hickey and Reim. Ian MacDonald, assisted by Shea, Thomas Devine, assisted by Chapman, Reim from Hatchard, and Hatchard from Reim rounded out the scoring. Nole Chapman received Player of the Game. Vaughn MacEachern was solid between the pipes. The Crushers played the Cole Harbour Red Wings in their first game on Saturday, with both teams having two wins under the belts. Sam Hickey scored the first goal of the game at the end of the first period, assisted by Kyle Reim. Cole Harbour scored in the middle of the second to tie and then scored the go-ahead goal in the third. Crushers were unable to tally another, with a final score of 2-1 in favor of Cole Harbour. Player of the Game went to Keegan Walker who had a stellar game in goal. In order to advance to the cross-over round, the Crushers had to at least tie with the host team, Cape Breton County Islanders. When the Crushers were down by three goals in the third, Jansen Langille fired one from the point that made it through traffic and found the back of the net. The assist went to Devine. With four minutes left in the third, Hickey scored, assisted by Hatchard and Young. The Crushers put the pressure on in the final minutes, but ended up losing 3-2, one goal short of putting them through to the semi-finals. Evan Reynolds received Player of the Game. Vaughn MacEachern was strong in nets.
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Argentina defeated France 4-3 in Division 1 action in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League yesterday at the Walter Duggan gymnasium.
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One game last night in the NSJHL was a battle of Fred Fox Division rivals. The Liverpool Privateers went into Brookfield and defeated the hometown Elks by a score of 7-3. The next action for the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians is on Friday when they visit the Strait Pirates, before hosting the Valley Maple Leafs on Sunday at 7pm in Trenton Arena.
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Last night in exhibition Junior High Girls Basketball action the New Glasgow Academy Panthers defeated the Trenton Trojans by a score of 35-18. The Panthers will have another home game on Wednesday, 2 December at 5:30pm
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The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers will be back in action tomorrow night when they host the 12th ranked team in the nation, the Summerside Western Capitals. This will be the final regular season meeting of the season between these two teams, and the Caps only trip to the Wellness Centre. The Crushers have been to the Island twice, falling 5-3 back in September, and 3-1 this past Saturday, so they will be looking to avenge those losses. Game time is 7:00pm, and the Chase the Ace game continues, with an estimated jackpot of $4000.
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The 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament begins on Friday at the Trenton Arena, hosted by the North Nova Gryphons. Six teams will be participating, including the Northumberland Nighthawks. Games take place throughout the day Friday and Saturday, with the Semi-Finals on Saturday evening and the Championship game Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
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Stellar Curling Club, Foord St. Stellarton, will hold their Open House for recreational curling at 7:00pm every night this week until Friday. No experience necessary. A great way to pass the winter months.
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Calgary Flames still can't win in Anaheim.  Rickard Rakell and Corey Perry scored two goals apiece, and the Ducks rallied for their 21st straight home victory over Calgary, 5-3.  Anaheim hasn't lost a regular-season game to Calgary at home since January 19, 2004.
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The Dallas Stars had a chance to stretch their lead in the N-H-L's Western Conference on Tuesday, but the Ottawa Senators wouldn't comply.  Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mike Hoffman provided two goals apiece and the Senators scored seven times on just 20 shots to beat the Stars 7-4.
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The Golden State Warriors can't be stopped.  They are off to the best start in N-B-A history at 16-0, as Stephen Curry had 24 points and nine assists in a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors surpassed the 15-0 starts by the Washington Capitols of 1948-49 and 1993-94 Houston Rockets. 

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 24
Tuesday 24th November 2015

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The Wonder Auto Bantam “AA” boys split a pair of games this past weekend on home ice against Western Valley. The Spartans won the first game 4-2, with the Crushers responding to the tune of 4-1 on Sunday morning. The opening game saw a number of defensive miscues and bad penalties cost the Crushers. Wesley Kelley stopped over 30 shots in the loss, while the Crushers got goals from Ben Turnbull with an unassisted tally and Munro Mackay from Blake Fraser and Cal Maxner. Coach Turnbulls’ prayers for a better effort were answered on Sunday morning as the Crushers played a much better game with a late goal the only blemish for Goaltender Cody MacDougall in a 4-1 victory.  Ben Turnbull once again lead the offence, scoring 2 goals.  Joe MacCarron and Connor Dewar added singles with assists going to Blake Fraser, Munro Mackay, Connor Boudreau and Logan Mackay.  The Bantam”AA” squad take a breather from league play next weekend to participate in the annual Bluenose Tournament hosted by the Cumberland Ramblers.
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There was one game last night in the NSJHL. The Sackville Blazers dominated the visiting Antigonish Bulldogs 8-1, including a 4-goal effort from Brett Arthur. The Pictou County Scotians are off until Friday when they visit the Strait Pirates.
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The most recent national rankings for Jr A hockey were released yesterday, and the Summerside Western Capitals of the MHL continue to climb up the ladder. The Caps used 3 wins in 3 nights to move up 5 places to 12th in the country. One of those wins was a 3-1 victory over the Crushers in Summerside on Saturday. The Crushers will have a chance to avenge that loss this Thursday when the Western Capitals visit the Wellness Centre. Game time is 7pm, and the ongoing Chase the Ace game is expected to have a jackpot of approximately $4000.
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The Canadians and Rangers played to a 3-3 tie in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action held at the Westville Miners Sports Center last night. Bethany Martin tallied twice for the Canadians with Debbie MacLean added a single. Chrissie Mackey potted two goals for the Rangers while Jana Murphy added a single.
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In World Indoor Soccer League action at the Westville gymnasium yesterday, Michael King notched the only goal as Portugal defeated Mexico 1-0.
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Two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League. At 8pm at the Stellarton Rink, Connors Transfer takes on the Elks Club, while at 9pm at Hector Arena, Dewtie's Excavating faces off against Nat Pro Gas.
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Stellar Curling Club, Foord St Stellarton will hold their Open House Tuesday to Friday at 7 o\'clock....Recreational Curling.....No experience necessary ! A great way to pass the winter months !
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The New England Patriots remain one of the N-F-L's two unbeaten teams, keeping pace with the Carolina Panthers.  James White scored two touchdowns in New England's 20-13 win over Buffalo. White put the Pats ahead to stay with a six-yard scoring run with 5:55 left in the third quarter. He also grabbed a 20-yard TD pass from Tom Brady as the Patriots improved to 10-0.
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David Krejci scored the lone shootout goal in Boston's 4-3 verdict over Toronto. Joffrey Lupul, Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak scored for the Maple Leafs.  Brad Marchand contributed a pair of go-ahead goals in the Bruins' third straight win.
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Cody McLeod and Blake Comeau each had a goal and an assist in the third period as Colorado beat the Jets 4-1 in to halt a three-game losing streak. McLeod snapped a 1-1 deadlock with 13:15 remaining before Matt Duchene added an insurance goal. Toby Enstrom had the lone goal for the Jets.
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Braden Holtby and Dmitry Orlov were all the Washington Capitals needed against the Edmonton Oilers.  Holtby made 33 saves as Washington shut out Edmonton 1-0. Orlov was the lone scorer. Anders Nilsson stopped 29 shots for the Oilers.
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LeBron James had 15 points and 13 assists as Cleveland beat Orlando 117-103. James joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in N-B-A history to rank in the top 25 in career points and assists, passing Norm Nixon for 25th in assists with his fifth of the night. Kevin Love scored a season-high 35 points.
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Kevin Durant returned from his hamstring injury and delivered 27 points and six rebounds in Oklahoma City's 111-89 rout of the Jazz in Utah. Russell Westbrook narrowly missed his third triple-double of the season, contributing 20 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

MOST POWER RESTORED AS RAIN, WIND AND COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH
Monday 23rd November 2015

The rain and high winds have Nova Scotia Power crews doing double duty. More than 6-thousand homes and businesses in Pictou and Antigonish Counties had been without power in the early part of this afternoon. (Monday)
But Nova Scotia Power report most people have their power back on this hour.
If you're one of a tiny minority that's still without power, the outage number for Nova Scotia Power is as follows - 1-877-428-6004.
Also, the Ferries to PEI are still not running as winds gusts are still close to 95 km/h this hour (4pm) on the waters of the Northumberland Strait.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 23
Monday 23rd November 2015

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The Pictou County Scotians finished off a perfect weekend with a 3-1 win at home last night over the East Hants Penguins. The win came on the heels of a huge 5-4 win over the Sid Rowe Division leading Glace Bay Miners on the road the night before. The Scotians improve to 9-7 on the season, good for second place in the Sid Rowe, and a 7 point lead on the third place Strait Pirates, who lost last night at Valley, 5-4. Up next for the Scotians is a game in Port Hawkesbury against those Pirates on Friday, before they face the Valley Maple Leafs at home in Trenton on Sunday at 7pm.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost a tough one on the Island on Saturday night, falling by a score of 3-1 to the Summerside Western Capitals. Regan Spears scored his 13th of the season in the first period, but it was not enough. These same two teams will meet at the Wellness Centre this Thursday, when the Chase the Ace jackpot is expected to be approximately $4000.
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The Weeks Major Midgets lost their only game over the weekend, 4-1 to the Halifax McDonald's. The Weeks have 7 wins in 19 games this season, and sit in last place in the 8 team NSMMHL. However, there is a huge log-jam in the standings with third place and eighth separated by just 4 points.
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The Subway Northern Selects of the NSFMHL split their weekend games, winning at home against the Cape Breton Panthers 4-0 on Saturday before falling to Metro Boston Pizza 2-1 in Berwick yesterday. The Selects currently sit in third place in the four team NSFMHL, one point back of the Penguins, but with one game in hand.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers continue to struggle, dropping both of their games this weekend, losing to the Storm 6-1 at home on Saturday, then travelling to St. Margaret's Bay and getting shut out by the Gulls 10-0 yesterday. The Major Bantam Crushers have just one win in 16 games this season, and are last place in the 12 team NSMBHL.
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After a 2-2 tie Friday night in Westville – the Westville Atom B Miners and Antigonish faced off against each other in Antigonish on Sunday with Antigonish Bulldogs winning 4-2. Scoring for the Bulldogs was Caylum MacLean scoring two goals and Bauer MacNeil and Lochlan Kearns scoring one each. Scoring for the Miners was Fox Irving and Patrick MacNeil. Westville Miners face the Thorburn Golden Hawks this weekend.
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Volleyball Nova Scotia is holding an Open House for the Fundy region at Truro Junior High Monday night from 6-9 pm. The Open House is an opportunity for new members to learn about clubs in their area, and for all members to learn about training programs, club competitions and other events during the volleyball season.
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Stellar Curling Club, Foord St Stellarton will hold their Open House Tuesday to Friday at 7 o\'clock....Recreational Curling.....No experience necessary! A great way to pass the winter months!
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Edmonton and Ottawa will meet in a Grey Cup game for the first time in 34 years. The Edmonton Eskimos advanced to the C-F-L Championship game with a 45-31 victory over defending champs Calgary in the West final, while the Redblacks topped Hamilton 35-28 in the East. Edmonton beat the then Ottawa Rough Riders for the 1981 Grey Cup title.
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Carson Palmer overcame two early interceptions to throw four touchdown passes as Arizona beat Cincinnati 34-31 on a last-second field goal in the N-F-L Sunday night matchup. Earlier, the Green Bay Packers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 30-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. 
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Cory Schneider made 36 saves against his former team as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. The 29-year-old Schneider picked up his first victory at Rogers Arena as a member of the opposition after going winless in his first two starts in Vancouver with the Devils. Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists for Jersey.
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The Montreal Canadiens have back-to-back wins against the New York Islanders. Carey Price made 21 saves and Alex Galchenyuk scored late in the third period to give Montreal a 4-2 victory over the visiting Islanders. The Canadiens beat New York 5-3 in Brooklyn on Friday night. 
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The Toronto Raptors have concluded their five-game Western road trip with back-to-back victories. DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll each poured in 21 points to lift Toronto to a 91-80 victory over the L-A Clippers. Toronto returns home to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
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Golden State matched the best start in N-B-A history, beating the Denver Nuggets 118-105 to move to 15-and-0. Klay Thompson scored 21 points to lead the Warriors. Elsewhere, Russell Westbrook had 31 points and 11 assists as Oklahoma City rallied from a double-digit third-quarter deficit to beat Dallas 117-114.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 18 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Wednesday 18th November 2015

In Atom B, Westville Miners won over the Stellarton Royals in Stellarton 1-0. Scoring the only goal for Westville was Nicholas Duff. This is the second win for Westville against Stellarton this season after a 7-3 win last Friday. Westville Miners face off against the Antigonish Bulldogs Friday night in Westville.
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Italy defeated Canada 5-4 yesterday in World Indoor Soccer League at the Walter Duggan gymnasium.
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RBC Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport. And Pictou Recreation Aquatics is hosting a full day of activities at the Fisheries Training Pool including fitness circuits, water polo, H2O basketball, adult and open swims plus a cannon ball challenge, all for free! The events are planned to help people discover their favourite water sports as part of RBC Sports Day in Canada. It all takes place this Saturday, November 21st. For more information, visit www.townofpictou.ca
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Kids football has a new time slot at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton: Sundays from 3:00 to 4:00pm
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The N-H-L all-star game will have a new look in January.   A mini three-on-three tournament will replace the traditional game for the 2016 event in Nashville. Two teams from the Eastern Conference will face off and two teams from the West will face off with the winners meeting for the championship.
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There are just three games in the N-H-L tonight, but two of them feature Canadian teams.  First up, the Vancouver Canucks continue their longest road trip of the season with a stop in Winnipeg against the Jets. The Edmonton Oilers will host Chicago while Detroit is on home ice against Washington.
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The Toronto Raptors continue their west-coast road trip tonight as they visit the Utah Jazz. Toronto has lost five of seven following a 5-and-0 start to the season. Utah is 5-and-5.

TRAFFIC UPDATE FOR HIGHWAY 104
Tuesday 17th November 2015

Motorists on Highway 104 should plan for some slow downs over the next week, as sections of the road are being reduced to one lane. The lane closures will happen between Exit 27 at Sutherlands River and the Pictou/Antigonish County line, and will be in place between 7a.m. and 5p.m. each day until next Wednesday, 25 November. This is being done to allow for the installation of shoulder rumble strips.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 16 *UPDATED 9:40 AM*
Monday 16th November 2015

Sports November 16 The Weeks Jr A Crushers split a pair of road games that took extra time. The Crushers won 3-2 in a shootout on Friday against Campbellton, but lost in overtime 4-3 to Miramichi. The Crushers' next game is Thursday at the Wellness Centre against the Valley Wildcats. Staying with the Crushers, two more members of the squad have been added to Team MHL for the Eastern Canada Challenge Cup which begins today in Cornwall, Ontario. Mike Lyle and Michael Dill have been added to the roster to replace Blaize Bridges of Summerside and Eddie Bainville of Campbellton, both of whom had to be removed from the team due to injuries sustained recently. Lyle and Dill join defenceman Matt Morgan as Crushers representatives on Team MHL.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam “AA” boys hit the road on Sunday visiting the Western Valley Spartans in Bridgetown for their only league game this past weekend.  After a shaky start being down 2-0 after the first period the gang shook off the rust from the long drive and  rattled off three straight goals to take the game 3-2.  Leading the comeback for the Crushers was 2nd year power forward Blake Fraser with two and big man Connor Dewar on a nice feed from Broden Decoff. Assisting on Fraser’s goals were Spencer Creed (2), Ben Callaghan and Ryan Alexander. The Spartans will be looking for payback next weekend as they visit the not so friendly confines of the Wellness Centre for a pair of games against the Wonder Auto Bantam squad.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Female Subway Selects earned five points over the weekend during league play.  The Bantam A Selects tied the Glace Bay Miners 4-4 Saturday morning with two goals by MacKenzie Ells and singles by Shalyn Bona and Megan MacCarthy.   In the afternoon, the Selects defeated the Miners 2-1 with goals by Bona and Carly Smith. On Sunday, the Bantam A Selects travelled to Brookfield to defeat the Wilson Fuels Cyclones 6-3.  Ells netted two for the Selects as did Emily Hayes.  Charlotte Musick and Lily Wright added singles.  The Bantam A Selects are currently leading in league points. 
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The NNEC Varsity Girls Volleyball team made history this weekend by taking home a gold medal , the first in the school’s history in that sport. The team topped off its successful season by winning the Memorial High School girls volleyball tournament in North Sydney this past weekend. Team Members Catherine Purvis, Jordan Landry, Megan Graham, Okyu Subasi, Victoria Robertson, Danielle Farrell, Lauren Kellock, Roshan Ghafari, Maddy Byrne and Courtney Smith  won all games and lost only 3 sets the entire weekend. Danielle Farrell was named all star and Megan Graham won tournament MVP. The team recently took home Silver in Pomquet and Bronze at the SMU tournament. The girls, under coach Tracy Kellock are preparing to host NSSAF Division 1 volleyball regionals to be held at the NNEC gym on Nov 21st.
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In Junior Hockey, The Pictou County Scotians have edged up to second-place in the Sid Rowe division following a 3-2 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs Sunday night in Trenton. The Scotians lost to the Valley Maple Leafs 5-2 on Friday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers were shut out by Joneljim Construction 6-0 on Sunday. Next up, Scotsburn is at the Wellness Centre on Saturday against the Storm.
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RBC Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport. And Pictou Recreation Aquatics is hosting a full day of activities at the Fisheries Training Pool including fitness circuits, water polo, H2O basketball, adult and open swims plus a cannon ball challenge, all for free! The events are planned to help people discover their favourite water sports as part of RBC Sports Day in Canada. It all takes place this Saturday, November 21st. For more information, visit www.townofpictou.ca
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Kids football has a new time slot at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton: Sundays from 3:00 to 4:00pm
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Cincinnati Bengals will try to extend their record to 9-and-0 as they host the Houston Texans tonight. Quarterback Andy Dalton has led Cincinnati to the best start in franchise history and a commanding lead in the A-F-C North. The Texans, meanwhile, are 3-and-5 and in second place in the A-F-C South.
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There are six N-H-L games tonight, including three involving Canadian teams. The Montreal Canadiens will look to rebound from a tough 6-1 loss to Colorado on Saturday when they host the Vancouver Canucks. Ottawa is home to the Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg visits the Blues in St. Louis.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 13 *UPDATED 12:15 PM*
Friday 13th November 2015

The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers had another high-scoring shutout at home. Jacob Hickey had a hat trick, Regan Spears scored twice, Mike Lyle had a single and Justin Ritcey made 25 saves in goal as the Crushers blanked the County Aces 6-0, improving their home record to 6-2. The Crushers travel to Campbellton tonight, then head to Miramichi for a Saturday match.
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The Pictou County Junior Scotians are looking to build on a three-game winning streak. The second-place Scotians play in Windsor tonight against the Valley Maple Leafs, and have a Sunday night game in Trenton against the Antigonish Bulldogs at 7 p.m. While Antigonish has only posted two wins this season, the Maple Leafs have only lost twice in 14 games this season.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers are on the road this weekend, playing the Joneljim Cougars Sunday morning.
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In the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League, two games were played last night in Thorburn. In Game one, Dewtie's Excavating won in a shoot - out over the Elks Club 6  -  5. In Game two, Whitey's Vikings defeated Maltese Sports  9 - 3. On Sunday, three games will be played in Stellarton. At 5:20, it's Shenanigan's vs Pictou Landing Falcons, followed by Dewtie's Excvating vs Connors at 6:50, then at 8:20, Elks Club vs Maltese Sports.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on Tuesday November 17 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Calgary Flames are the lone Canadian N-H-L team in action tonight as the league presents a four-game schedule.  The Flames will visit Washington.  Calgary has lost two straight and is in last place in the Western Conference standings.
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Toronto's DeMarre Carroll is questionable for tonight's game against New Orleans due to a sore right heel.  The Raptors won't have Terrence Ross in the lineup.  He's out indefinitely with a thumb injury.  Toronto is off to a 6-and-3 start while the Pelicans are 1-and-7.
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The next round of World Cup qualifying for the Canadian men's soccer team kicks off tonight in Vancouver.  Canada will play Honduras in the penultimate qualifying round ahead of the 2018 tournament.  Canada's lone World Cup appearance came in 1986.
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Russia is offering broad co-operation on doping reforms, including the creation of a new anti-doping agency.  It's part of an effort to avoid a ban from track and field.  Track's governing body is to decide today on whether to suspend Russia following allegations of a vast state-sponsored doping program.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing the German soccer federation to get to the bottom of allegations surrounding the 2006 World Cup.  Questions have swirled over a suspect payment to FIFA in connection with the tournament.  The payment has led to a tax-evasion probe against former three former federation officials.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 12 *UPDATED 12:30 PM*
Thursday 12th November 2015

The North Nova Education Centre Gryphons girls hockey team began the season with a 3 – 1 loss to the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals at the Ivor MacDonald Memorial Rink on Monday. Heath Miller was the lone goal scorer for NNEC, with assists going to Briana Francis and MacKenzie Bell. Goaltending duties were shared amongst the team’s three goalies – Carlin Purvis, Jordan Archibald and Jenna Landry. The team travels to Cole Harbour to take part in the Ultramar Hockey Classic Tournament, which begins today.
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The Pictou County Crushers meet the County Aces tonight at the Wellness Centre. The Aces have a record of 4-12-1 so far, but have won three of their past five, including a 6-2 victory over the Crushers October 24 in St. Stephen, N.B. The Crushers, meanwhile, haven’t lost at home since a 1-0 defeat against the Truro Bearcats on October 8. Game time is 7:00 pm.
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The North Nova Gryphons are participating in the Antigonish High School Tournament this week. Game times are 7:00 pm tonight and 9:00 am and 3:30 pm on Friday. Games are being played at the Millennium Center.  The team's next regular season game will be played on the road, in Amherst,on November 20th,  game time 8:00 pm. The Gryphons will host the 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament November 27th - 29th at the Trenton Rink. 
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Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey features two games tonight at the Thorburn rink. At 7:00 - Dewtie's Excavation  vs  Elks Club, then at 8:15 - Whitey's vs Maltese.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Six of Canada's N-H-L teams are in action tonight.  Vancouver visits Ottawa, the Calgary Flames travel to Tampa Bay, Nashville welcomes the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Winnipeg Jets are in Dallas and the Edmonton Oilers visit Arizona.
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The Jets and Bills are squaring off in the N-F-L game tonight. A year ago Rex Ryan was calling the shots for the Jets while this year he's in charge of the Bills. New York is 5-and-3 while Buffalo is 4-and-4.
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The unbeaten Golden State Warriors are looking to start their season at 10-and-0. They can achieve that with a win tonight in Minneapolis as last night they upped their mark to 9-and-0 with a 16-point win over the Grizzlies in Memphis.
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There's bad news for the Oklahoma City Thunder and their fans. Forward Kevin Durant will miss at least a week with a strained left hamstring, suffered in Tuesday's win over the Wizards in Washington. Durant, who willl be re-evaluated in seven to 10 days, has averaged 28.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.25 blocks a game this season.
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This could be a big day in the history of the Olympic movement. Officials from the governing body of track and field may rule today on whether or not to ban Russia from next year's Summer Olympics for doping. One Russian official says there would not be a boycott of the Games if the track team is banned, while a member of the Russian track federation says it will partially admit to the charges levelled against it by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
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Sepp Blatter's adviser says the suspended FIFA president has left a Swiss hospital.  The 79-year-old Blatter spent about a week having his health assessed, about a month after he was suspended for 90 days by the FIFA ethics committee.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 11
Wednesday 11th November 2015

The Northern Subway Selects Female AAA team are scheduled to attend the Remembrance Service in Pictou on Wednesday followed by an exhibition game at 1pm at the Hector Arena in Pictou against Charlottetown. The two teams will play a second game in Pownal PEI on Saturday November 14th.
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The North Nova Gryphons are participating in the Antigonish High School Tournament this week. Game times are 7:00 pm Thursday night and 9:00 am and 3:30 pm on Friday. Games are being played at the Millennium Center.  The team's next regular season game will be played on the road, in Amherst,on November 20th,  game time 8:00 pm. The Gryphons will host the 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament November 27th - 29th at the Trenton Rink. 
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Brandon Sutter scored the tie-breaking goal with 5:08 and the Vancouver Canucks posted a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jannik Hansen had a career high four points with a goal and three assists.
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Thomas Vanek scored twice during a four-goal frenzy in the second period by Minnesota on its way to a 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Austin Watson had a goal and two assists to lead Nashville past the Ottawa Senators 7-5. And Jaromir Jagr scored in the third period as Florida edged the visiting Calgary Flames 4-3.
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A missed call with less than 30 seconds to play effectively ended a Toronto Raptors' rally.  Kyle Lowry had 23 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in Toronto's 111-109 loss to the New York Knicks. Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony stepped out of bounds in the dying seconds of the game with the ball in his hands but it was not called, costing the Raptors a valuable possession.
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LeBron James tied a season high with 31 points, including 17 to spark a fourth-quarter comeback, and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their seventh straight, 118-114 over the Utah Jazz. Cleveland trailed 95-86 deficit midway through the fourth before James took over.
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A pair of Toronto Blue Jays are finalists for two of baseball's biggest honours.  Third baseman Josh Donaldson is one of three finalists for the American League M-V-P.  Ace pitcher David Price is one of three nominees for the Cy Young Award as the A-L's best pitcher. He was traded to Toronto from Detroit in late July. 

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 10 *UPDATED 11:30 AM*
Tuesday 10th November 2015

Last night in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Centre, the Rangers defeated the Red Wings 2-1. Chrissie MacKay and Julie Anderson tallied for the Rangers  while Bethany Martin took care of the Red Wings scoring.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female AAA team are scheduled to attend the Remembrance Service in Pictou on Wednesday followed by an exhibition game at 1pm at the Hector Arena in Pictou against Charlottetown. The two teams will play a second game in Pownal PEI on Saturday November 14th.
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The North Nova Gryphons are participating in the Antigonish High School Tournament this week. Game times are 7:00 pm Thursday night and 9:00 am and 3:30 pm on Friday. Games are being played at the Millennium Center.  The team's next regular season game will be played on the road, in Amherst,on November 20th,  game time 8:00 pm. The Gryphons will host the 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament November 27th - 29th at the Trenton Rink. 
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It's a busy night in the National Hockey League with 12 games on the schedule.  There are five Canadian teams in action and they're all on the road.  Vancouver faces Columbus and Calgary meets Florida.  Ottawa takes on Nashville, Toronto plays Dallas and Winnipeg skates at Minnesota.
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There's just one unbeaten team left in the N-B-A and it's the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. They improved to 8-and-0 last night with a 109-95 victory over Detroit.  The Toronto Raptors are back home this evening after a four-game road trip.  They will take a 5-and-2 record into their game against New York.
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Another Grand Slam of Curling event kicks off tonight in Oshawa, Ontario.  The National will include a women's division for the first time this year.  Rachel Homan, Mike McEwen, Brad Gushue and Val Sweeting are some of the top skips at the event.  It's the second of four curling majors on the season.
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Key players for the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians could miss the start of the 2016 season.  Angels slugger Albert Pujols has undergone right foot surgery while Michael Brantley of the Indians needed surgery to repair a torn right labrum.  Each team hopes to have its star player back by the start of the campaign.
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The Russian government is fighting back after charges were made that the country operated a vast state-sponsored doping program.  A spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin says the allegations from a World Anti-Doping Agency commission are not supported by evidence. 

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 9 *UPDATED 11:55 AM*
Monday 9th November 2015

Another win for the Weeks Junior A Crushers, with a 5 -3 victory over the South Shore Lumberjacks in Bridgewater Friday night. Scoring for the Crushers were Michael Dill and Cole Murphy with 2 each, and Lucas Zwaagstra.
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On Friday the North Nova Gryphons met the Amherst Vikings for the first time this season. The Gryphons posted a 6-0 win. Goal scorers were Austin Mason (2 ),  Jacob Pentz (2), Campbell Burrows and Ryan Chabassol. Assists went to Pentz,  Burrows, Mason, Chabassol, Kirklin Murray and Jared Livingstone. Thomas Baudoux recorded the shut out.  This weekend, the Gryphons faced the CEC Cougars in a rematch. The Cougars had been the only team to defeat the Gryphons so far this season. The Gryphons redeemed themselves by defeating CEC 4-1. Goals scored by Jacob Pentz ( 2), Ryan Chabassol and Robert Burrows.  Assisted by Livingstone, Chabassol, Mason, Sean Duggan,  Robert and Campbell Burrows.  Truro's lone goal was scored with 15 seconds left in the 3rd period by Connor Miller. The Gryphon's played on the road Saturday night in East Hants, defeating the Tigers 7-4. The Tigers kept the game close with a 1 goal deficit heading into the 3rd period. Robert Burrows led the Gryphon's with a hat trick. Single markers were awarded to Matt Chediac,  Ethan Snell,  Colin Holmes and Ryan Chabassol. Assisting were Noah Teed,  Jared Livingstone and Jacob Pentz.  The Gryphon's are participating in the Antigonish High School Tournament this week. Game times are 7:00 pm Thursday night and 9:00 am and 3:30 pm on Friday. Games are being played at the Millennium Center.  The team's next regular season game will be played on the road, in Amherst,on November 20th,  game time 8:00 pm. The Gryphon's will host the 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament November 27th - 29th at the Trenton Rink. 
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The Weeks Major Midgets picked up a pair of losses on the road. Saturday in Cole Harbour, the team was defeated by the Wolf Pack 10 – 2. Scoring for the Weeks squad were Kevin Mason and G Blackmore. Sunday in Dartmouth, Steele Subaru won 7 – 1. Scoring for the Weeks squad was Chad Tucker.
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The Pictou County Scotians routed Cumberland County 11 – 2 at the Trenton Arena last night. The Scotians were 5 – 3 winners against the Strait Pirates on Friday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers were 3 – 1 winners against the Joneljim Cougars at the Wellness Centre. Scoring for the Crushers were Wayne Denny, Luke MacLeod and Benjamin MacDonald.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA squad split a pair of games at the Wellness Centre over the weekend, losing 7 – 4 to the ProCresting Penguins Saturday, then shutting out Metro Boston Pizza 2 – 0 on Sunday.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The I-double-A-F says it will consider sanctions against Russia, including possible suspension of the national athletics federation.  Such a move would result in the ban of Russian track and field athletes from international competition, including the Olympics.  I-double-A-F president Sebastian Coe announced the decision after the release of a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel that accused Russia of state-sponsored doping in athletics.
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It's a quiet night in the National Hockey League with just one game on the schedule.  The Arizona Coyotes are in Anaheim.  The Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 will be celebrated tonight in Toronto.  The induction weekend kicked off last Friday.
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San Diego hosts the Chicago Bears in a meeting of two-win teams in the Monday Night Football matchup.  The 2-and-6 Chargers have lost four straight.  The 2-and-5 Bears will be without running back Matt Forte (for-TAY') and receiver Eddie Royal, who are sidelined with knee injuries.
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The Golden State Warriors put the N-B-A's only remaining unbeaten record on the line when they host the Pistons tonight.  Golden State's 7-and-oh start is two wins short of the franchise record to start the season.  Detroit enters the game with their first 4-and-1 record to start the season since 2008.  Toronto is idle.
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The Atlanta Hawks have run off seven straight wins after a season-opening loss heading into tonight's home game against Minnesota.  The Hawks handed out a season-high 37 assists in Saturday's win over Washington and have at least 20 assists in all eight of their games this season. 


POLICE INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUS DEATH IN ANTIGONISH
Thursday 5th November 2015

The Mounties are investigating a suspicious death in Antigonish after finding the body of a 38-year-old man at a local residence. Police say they went to a home on Braemore Avenue at 9 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a 911 call. Investigators say the man had died by the time they arrived. In a news release, the Mounties say the investigation is in its early stages and no additional details were being released.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 5 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Thursday 5th November 2015

Sports November 5 Weeks Jr A Crusher Michael Dill has been named Rookie of the Month for the Maritime Hockey League for October. In 10 games during the month, the 18 year old from Windsor, Nova Scotia scored seven goals and added eight assists. Tonight the Crushers welcome the Miramichi Tiberwolves to the Wellness Centre, but they'll be without some players. Leading scorer Luc Poirier and Regan Spears are out after getting injured in Dieppe on Sunday, while Garrett Lambke and Rory Graham have both missed a couple of weeks because of injuries and are game time decisions.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 2-0 last night at the Wellness Centre. The team is off this weekend for Development Week, next week it's a 3 day road trip to New Brunswick.
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Canada won the opening game of the Four Nations Cup in Sweden Wednesday by a score of 2-0 over Finland. Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull did not figure in on any of the scoring. The Canadians are back on the ice today against the USA, in what is likely to be a preview of Saturday's gold medal game.
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Denmark defeated Britain 3-1 yesterday in Division 2 World Indoor Soccer League action at the Walter Duggan Gymnasium. Action continues today in Division 3 with Portugal hosting Barcelona.
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Shawn George is holding registration for an Afterschool sports program on Nov 5th at the West Side Community Center from 6 to 7:30pm. The program starts 16 November. For more information, click here.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Star Course November 8, 9, 15th. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. A Bronze Medallion Course will be held on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Learn tows, carries and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. These are the first steps to becoming a National Lifeguard. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton will be starting up Golf Driving Range – running November 6 to December 19, 8 to 9 pm. Cost is $80 for the eight sessions. Only eight mats available - call 902-752-3793 to book your mat.
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A busy night throughout the N-H-L with nine games scheduled. The Montreal Canadiens will aim to get back into the win column when they host the New York Islanders. The Habs fell 2-1 in overtime to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. The Sens are also in action, hosting the Winnipeg Jets at Canadian Tire Centre.
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The lowly Calgary Flames will try and improve on their home record tonight when they host the Philadelphia Flyers. Calgary is just 1-5 at Scotiabank Saddledome this season and have only won once in its last six games. The Flyers haven't fared much better, losing their last five in a row. They've also only won once on the road this season.
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Quarterback Johnny Manziel has a tough task ahead of him tonight when the Cleveland Browns visit the Bengals in Cincinnati. He'll be trying to help the Browns be the first team to beat Cincinnati this season. The Bengals are one of the N-F-L's four remaining unbeaten teams at 7-0. Regular Cleveland Q-B Josh McCown is out with a sore shoulder and injured ribs.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 4 *UPDATED 10:00 AM*
Wednesday 4th November 2015

Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull is once again wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada. The 4 Nations Cup features the national teams of Canada, the USA, Sweden, and Finland in a Round Robin tournament. Canada opens the tournament against Finland today. The Canadians are two time defending champions, and have won 14 of the previous 19 events. Turnbull was part of the 2014 gold medal winning team in Kamloops, BC.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers travelled to Springhill this past Sunday to play the Cumberland Ramblers. Brycen MacDonald opened the scoring with an assist from Sam Hickey. Jayden Hatchard scored the second goal, assisted by Kyle Reim and Nole Chapman. Thomas Devine scored on the power play with assists going to Spencer Murray and Ian MacDonald. To round out the scoring, Luke Young assisted on a short-handed goal by Hatchard. Final score was 4-0 for the Crushers with Vaughan MacEachern earning the shut-out. The Bantam A Crushers have no games scheduled this weekend as they will participate in Hockey Nova Scotia’s Development Weekend.
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The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers played the Antigonish Bulldogs this weekend at the Keating Millennium Center in Antigonish. Ty Briand opened the scoring for the Crushers in the first period, assisted by Ethan Tibbetts and Nikos Bonvie. Tibbetts scored the next two, with assists from Bonvie, Peyton Clements, Brennan Dalton and Brent Chapman. Briand scored the fourth and final goal assisted by Isaac Willison and Covey Cameron. Crushers took the win, 4-3, over the Bulldogs. Alex Bates and Carter MacLean shared the game between the pipes.There are no scheduled games this up-coming week-end as the Peewee A Crushers will participate in Hockey Nova Scotia’s Development Weekend.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers host the Antigonish Bulldogs tonight at 8pm at the Wellness Centre.
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Yesterday in World Indoor Soccer Division 1 action at the Walter Duggan Gymnasium, Italy and Canada played to a 6-6 tie.
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Shawn George is holding registration for an Afterschool sports program on Nov 4 & 5th at the West Side Community Center from 6 to 7:30pm. The program starts 16 November. For more information, click here.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Star Course November 8, 9, 15th. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. A Bronze Medallion Course will be held on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Learn tows, carries and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. These are the first steps to becoming a National Lifeguard. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton will be starting up Golf Driving Range – running November 6 to December 19, 8 to 9 pm. Cost is $80 for the eight sessions. Only eight mats available - call 902-752-3793 to book your mat.
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Connor McDavid is out with an injured shoulder. He slid into the boards awkwardly in the second period of the Edmonton Oilers' 4-2 win over Philadelphia last night. Several media reports say the top pick in last summer's draft broke his collarbone on the play. Oilers coach Todd McLellan says McDavid will be out "long term."
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There are four games in the N-H-L with two of them in Canada. Toronto hosts the Winnipeg Jets (7 pm ET), with the Maple Leafs looking for back-to-back wins. Later, Pittsburgh visits the Vancouver Canucks (10 pm ET). Vancouver has won its last two games.
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Hockey Canada will announce its coaching staff for next year's World Cup of Hockey today in Toronto. Maple Leafs bench boss Mike Babcock is expected to be named head coach after bringing home two Olympic gold medals in the same role. Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks and Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins will likely be on Babcock's staff.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 3 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

The Pictou County Atom AA Subway Selects were victorious at the Subway Cup over the weekend, shutting out the Halifax Hawks 4-0 on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Atom team was the only local team to advance to the championship game at the tournament, with the Pictou County Pee Wee AA squad not making it to the semi-finals and the other three – the Bantam AA, Midget AA and Northern Subway Selects Midget AAA teams -- falling in the cross-overs. The tournament was hosted by the Pictou County Female Hockey Association at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and the Hector Arena, and featured 30 female teams from across the Maritimes. In January, Pictou County will host a second Subway Cup tournament, this time featuring A-level teams.
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Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull is once again wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada. Turnbull scored twice in the exhibition game against the hosts in Sweden ahead of the Four Nations Cup which begins Wednesday. Hockey Canada announced that Turnbull was added to the roster to replace the injured Rebecca Johnston. The 4 Nations Cup features the national teams of Canada, the USA, Sweden, and Finland in a Round Robin tournament, followed by a Bronze Medal game for the 3rd and 4th place finishers and Gold Medal game for the top two teams in the standings. Canada opens the tournament against Finland on Wednesday. The Canadians are two time defending champions, and have won 14 of the previous 19 events. Turnbull was part of the 2014 gold medal winning team in Kamloops, BC.
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The Canadians and Leafs played to a 2-2 tie in Leo Fahey Twilight 4 on 4 Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Centre last night. Gina Markie and Chrissie MacKay scored for the Canadians. Tracy Dart and Amy Cameron replied for the Leafs.
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Russia defeated Sweden 5-2 in the Walter Duggan Division 2 World Indoor Soccer League yesterday at the Maverick Gymnasium. Play continues today in Division 1.
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The Pictou County Lightning Bantam A Girls Basketball team traveled to Antigonish Monday night where they matched up against the Antigonish X-Women. The game was an up and down battle as the X-Women held the lead pretty much the whole game. With 5:23 left in the 4th and final quarter the Lightning battled from a 29-23 deficit to a 36-31 victory. Scoring for the Pictou County Lightning were Madelyn MacMillan – 13pts, Jade Butler – 6pts, Isa MacKay, Kaitlyn Jota, Raegan MacDonald – all with 4pts, Sarah Allard – 3pts, and Kassi Brightman – 2pts. The Lightnings next game will be this upcoming weekend as the girls travel to Fredericton where they participate in the NMBA annual basketball tournament.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Star Course November 8, 9, 15th. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. A Bronze Medallion Course will be held on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Learn tows, carries and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. These are the first steps to becoming a National Lifeguard. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton will be starting up Golf Driving Range – running November 6 to December 19, 8 to 9 pm. Cost is $80 for the eight sessions. Only eight mats available - call 902-752-3793 to book your mat.
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It's a busy night in the N-H-L with nine games scheduled. Three of those games feature Canadian teams. First up, the Ottawa Senators visit the Montreal Canadiens in an all-Canadian showdown. Later, the Calgary Flames are in Colorado and the Edmonton Oilers host Philadelphia.
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The Toronto Raptors see Terrence Ross as a key part of their future. Ross signed a multi-year contract with the Raptors last night. The 24-year-old Ross had until midnight to sign a deal, or he would have become a restricted free agent on July 1st. Ross is averaging 12.3 points per game this season.
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The newly re-signed Terrence Ross and the Toronto Raptors are on the road tonight, visiting the Dallas Mavericks. Toronto is off to a fast start in the N-B-A season, earning a 3-and-0 record. The Mavericks are 2-and-1.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 2 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Monday 2nd November 2015

Despite going 0 for 4 on the power play, The Weeks Jr A Crushers doubled Dieppe 4 – 2 at the Arthur J. LeBlanc arena on Sunday. Scoring for the Crushers were Regan Spears, Lucas Zwaagstra, Mike Lyle and Ethan Marsh. The Crushers are back at the Wellness Centre Thursday night to play Miramichi.
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Also on Sunday, The Weeks Major Midget team blanked Miramichi on the road 3 – 0. Mason Hawley, Kevin Mason and Caelan Blaikie scored, while Andrew MacLeod stopped 38 shots for the shoutout.
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The Pictou County Scotians picked up a win and a loss over the weekend: on Friday, the Scotians were edged out 6 – 5 by the East Hants Penguins, but triumphed 9 – 2 over the Cumberland County Blues in Trenton. The Scotians travel across the Causeway to play the Strait Pirates on Friday.
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Colby Mackay had a big night for the Pictou County Midget AA Crushers with a goal and an assist as they defeated the Northside Vikings 2-1 in Sydney mines on Sunday.
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In weekend Mainland Bantam AA hockey league action the hometown Crushers took both ends of a home and home against the Antigonish Bulldogs in hotly contested action. Saturday’s game saw a gutsy effort from the Crushers as they managed to hold off the dogs 2-1 in Antigonish. Scorers were Nick Horne and Joseph McCarron with assists going to Connor Dewar and Logan Mackay. Sunday’s game was a different affair as the hometown boys powered their way past the Bulldogs to the tune of a 7-1 victory. Again, it was Nick Horne with 2 leading the attack with linemates Logan Mackay and Connor Dewar adding singles. Also scoring on the day were Joseph McCarron, Munro Mackay and Ben Callaghan with his first since coming back from injury. Adding assists for the Crushers were Horne, MacKay,Dewar, Callaghan, Max Mackinnon, Cal Maxner, Lucas Fraser and Broden Decoff.
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Star Course November 8, 9, 15th. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. A Bronze Medallion Course will be held on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Learn tows, carries and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. These are the first steps to becoming a National Lifeguard. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton will be starting up Golf Driving Range – running November 6 to December 19, 8 to 9 pm. Cost is $80 for the eight sessions. Only eight mats available - call 902-752-3793 to book your mat.
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Week 8 of the N-F-L season continues tonight as the Carolina Panthers host the Indianapolis Colts. Indy heads into the game with back-to-back losses for just the third time in head coach Chuck Pagano's 3-and-a-half seasons with the team. Indianapolis is 17-and-17 outside the A-F-C South since Pagano took over, but they're 0-and-4 outside the division this season.
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Jonathan Bernier is still looking for his first win of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs play host to the Dallas Stars. Toronto has struggled so far this season, going 1-7-and-2 through their first 10 games. Dallas, meanwhile, is 9-2-and-0 and in first place in the Central Division. Around the N-H-L, Chicago is home to Los Angeles and the Canucks welcome Philadelphia.
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The Toronto Raptors have won three straight games to open their season, including last night's 106-87 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks. Toronto is off tonight before beginning a four-game road trip tomorrow. Around the league this evening, there are seven games on tap, including Golden State hosting Memphis and the Clippers entertaining Phoenix.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 27 *UPDATED 10:45 AM*
Tuesday 27th October 2015

The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers had a busy weekend with two league games against the Cumberland Ramblers and an exhibition game against West Colchester. The Crushers squeaked out a win on Saturday against the Ramblers with Ty Briand scoring the only goal with less than a minute left on the clock for the 1-0 win. Isaac Willison and Covey Cameron assisted. West Colchester beat the Crushers 5-2 on Sunday in Debert. Scoring for the Crushers was Ethan Tibbetts assisted by Peyton Clements and Brennan Dalton assisted by Briand. At home at the Wellness Center on Sunday evening, the Crushers met the Ramblers again. At the end of the second period, Ramblers were ahead 5-4. The Crushers came out and scored two in the third period to take the 6-5 lead, but the Ramblers answered with two more at the end of the third to win 7-6. Scoring for the Crushers was Nikos Bonvie with a hat trick, Briand, Andrew Webster, and Cameron with singles. Assisting was Willison (3), Clements (2), Kirk Turnbull, Tibbetts and Briand. Carter MacLean and Alec Bates shared all the games between the pipes. The Peewee A’s play this weekend in Antigonish on Sunday.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers split their games this week-end against the Truro Bearcats. Vaughan MacEachern earned the shutout in nets Friday night in Truro, when the Crushers out played the Bearcats 4-0. Scoring for the Crushers was Raymond Chisholm, Bryson MacDonald, Nole Chapman and Sam Hickey. Braydon Killen, Kyle Reim and Thomas Devine earned assists. On Sunday, it was the Bearcats turn to travel over the mountain and they returned home with a 4-2 victory. Scoring for the Crushers was Hickey and Chapman with assists from MacDonald, Reim and Jayden Hatchard. Keegan Walker was strong between the pipes. The Bantam A Crushers will play Cumberland in Springhill on Sunday.
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Congratulations to the Pictou County Lightning Bantam “A” Girls Basketball Team on winning Gold at the recent “3rd Annual Sackville Storm Tip off Tournament” this past Weekend in Sackville, NS. The girls were undefeated with a 3-0 record going into the 4th and final game Sunday afternoon where they defeated the Bedford Eagles 30-21 in the championship game, winning top honors and completing their perfect 4-0 record.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female AAA Hockey Club will be participating in the Subway Cup this coming weekend with round robin games scheduled for Friday at 11:45am and 7:15pm at the PC Wellness Centre. Saturday the Selects play their final round robin game at 2:45pm again at the Wellness Centre. Playoff round is set to begin on Sunday morning at 9:30am 1 vs 4 at the Wellness Centre and 10:30am 2 vs 3 at the Hector Arena in Pictou. The championship game will be at the Wellness Centre at 3:30pm
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Pictou County Ultimate is once again having a co-ed indoor winter league, open to players aged 15 and up with all experience levels welcome. Games are Tuesdays at 8:30 at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex starting November 17th going until the end of April. The cost is $100 per player, with a $70 student rate and drop-in fees available. Register tonight at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex from 7:30 to 8:30, or contact ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com for more information.
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Registration for the 2016 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend is Now Open and in an effort to make the event more affordable for everyone, for a limited time registration is now 25% off! For details and to register go www.raceroster.com. Registration for all other Johnny miles events are also open including the New Year's Eve Resolution Fun Run, Mother's Day Miss Miles 5 km, the Run for the Lobster and the Melmerby Triathlon. Again for details and to register visit www.raceroster.com.
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Pictou Aquatics is hosting a Bronze Star Course November 8, 9, 15th. Participants develop problem solving and decision making skills individually and in partners. Candidates learn CPR and develop lifesaving skills needed to be their own lifeguard. Participants must be at least 11 years of age. A Bronze Medallion Course will be held on November 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23. Participants must be at least 13 years of age before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Learn tows, carries and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. These are the first steps to becoming a National Lifeguard. Pre-Registration is required. For further information OR to register, please call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The World Series begins tonight in Kansas City, Missouri. Matt Harvey gets the start for the National League champion New York Mets. Edinson Volquez goes for the Royals, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays in six games to be American League champions.
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Don Mattingly might not be on the sideline for long. Mattingly interviewed for the Miami Marlins' managerial job yesterday, four days after he parted with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers and Mattingly agreed to part ways on Thursday. L-A won the N-L West each of the past three years under Mattingly, but he went 8-11 in the post-season.
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There are 10 games around the N-H-L tonight, with four Canadian teams hitting the ice. First up, rookie sensation Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers visit Minnesota (8 p.m. ET). At the same time, the L-A Kings are in Winnipeg taking on the Jets. Later, the Vancouver Canucks host the Montreal Canadiens (10 pm ET).
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The president of the International Olympic Committee has announced that highly qualified athletes who are refugees will be allowed to compete in the Olympics for the first time. I-O-C president Thomas Bach made the announcement to the U-N General Assembly, which adopted a resolution yesterday urging all countries to observe a truce during the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 23
Friday 23rd October 2015

The Weeks Junior A Crushers rolled right over the Dieppe Commandos 9 - 4 at the Wellness Centre last night. The Crushers were most effective in killing penalties, as Dieppe was only 1 for 6 on the power play, while the Crushers were 3 for 9. Scoring for the Crushers were Michael Dill with 3, Ryan Spears with a pair, and singles from Taylor Davis, Cole Murphy, Drew Packman and Ethan Marsh. The Crushers are off until next Friday, when they play in Woodstock.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers are in Cole Harbour tonight to play the Storm. Game time is 7 pm.
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The Multicultural Association of Pictou County & WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton are working together to bring Cricket to the Complex this winter. The program, which begins tonight from 7 to 9pm, will be open for men women and children of all ages. There will be two games, on each half of the stadium. On one side, those who have played before will be split into two teams on the spot to play a match or two. The other side will be for new players including children. There will be a 30 minute introduction of rules, and a demo of basic techniques, followed by an actual game. Playing equipment is provided, and the recommended clothing is full pants, full sleeve shirts and sneakers. At the end they will register names and contacts of those who would like to play again more often.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers are in action Saturday afternoon at the Wellness Centre at 4pm, when they take on Cape Breton County. Later that night, the Antigonish Bulldogs visit for a 7:15 game time
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA team plays the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers Saturday afternoon at 12:30 at the Wellness Centre.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a match at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon, as they take on Cole Harbour at 1.
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Another flag football session has been scheduled for this coming Sunday from 3-4pm at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Any child between the ages of 7 and 14 is welcome to attend. You do not have to have attended the previous session.
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David Price will go for his first post-season win as a starter tonight when the Blue Jays face the Kansas City Royals in Game 6 of the A-L-C-S at Kauffman Stadium. It's the fifth elimination game for Toronto in this year's playoffs. Yordano Ventura will start for Kansas City. The Royals lead the series 3-2.
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It hasn't been the start at home that the Vancouver Canucks were looking for. Alex Ovechkin scored the winner as the Washington Capitals downed the Canucks 3-2. It was the fourth straight loss at Rogers Arena for Vancouver. Henrik Sedin and Radim Vrbata (vur-BAH'-tuh) each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks.
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Andrew Hammond was aiming for a better result to start his season. The Senators goaltender let in four regulation goals in his season debut as the New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa 5-4 in a shootout. Lee Stempniak scored twice, including the shootout winner for New Jersey. The Sens have now lost three in a row.
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Add another victory for the Seahawks in their rivalry against the 49ers. Russell Wilson threw for 235 yards and a touchdown as Seattle got past San Francisco 20-3. It's the fourth straight win for the Seahawks in the N-F-C West rivalry. Marshawn Lynch added a 1-yard score. Lynch also ran for 122 yards after vomiting on the sideline in the first half.

POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING NEW GLASGOW MAN IN EAST HANTS
Tuesday 20th October 2015

East Hants RCMP are asking for help from the public in finding a missing New Glasgow man. Corey Trevor Parker was last seen on Saturday in the Enfield area. The 35-year old man is described as roughly 5'9" tall, 200 lbs, with thinning brown hair, brown eyes, and a goatee. Parker has a tattoo on his left forearm that reads 'Matheo'. Police have received conflicting reports that Parker may have been on his way to Antigonish, or may in the Halifax area. Police and family are concerned for his well-being, as he requires medical care. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Corey Trevor Parker is asked to call Enfield RCMP at 902-883-7077 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477), or text TIP202 +your message to `CRIMES`(274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 20
Tuesday 20th October 2015

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers opened league play this weekend with a home and home against the Antigonish Bulldogs. On Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center, the Crushers defeated the Bulldogs 5-1. Scoring for the Crushers was Raymond Chisholm with two and Brycen MacDonald, Luke Young and Nole Chapman with singles. Chapman, Ian MacDonald (3), Jansen Langille, and Chisholm all tallied assists. The Crushers travelled to Antigonish on Sunday and came home with a 4-2 win. Spencer Murray, Chapman, Kyle Reim, and Ian MacDonald scored for the Crushers. Assists went to Evan Reynolds and Ian MacDonald. The Bantam A Crushers will travel to Truro on Friday to play the Bearcats. The Crushers meet them again on Sunday at home at the Wellness Center.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam “AA” hockey team garnered a split of weekend games to open their season in the Mainland Bantam “AA” league. In the first game held on Saturday afternoon the visiting South Shore Sharks, who skated to a convincing 4-1 victory. The Crushers did show some spark on the day controlling the play at times but mental mistakes and defensive breakdowns cost them their home opener. Scoring the lone goal on Saturday was Connor Dewar. Things were much better on Sunday when the West Hants Warriors entered the Wellness Centre and came up against a Crusher squad that was able to put arguably their best effort to date on the table, skating to a convincing 4-2 victory. Scoring for the “Car Crew” were Munro Mackay with a sensational effort down the right side, again Connor Dewar with a pair in tight and Logan Mackay with a redirect off a Connor Boudreau point shot; also contributing on the day were Ryan Alexander, Max MacKinnon and Nick Horne with assists.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hosting an Open Gym Night at New Glasgow Academy every Tuesday night between 6 and 7:30pm, from now until April 26.
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The Multicultural Association of Pictou County & WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton are working together trying bring Cricket to the Complex this winter.The program, which begins October 23 from 7 to 9pm, will be open for men women and children of all ages. There will be two games, on each half of the stadium. On one side, those who have played before will be split into two teams on the spot to play a match or two. The other side will be for new players including children. There will be a 30 minute introduction of rules, and a demo of basic techniques, followed by an actual game. Playing equipment is provided, and the recommended clothing is full pants, full sleeve shirts and sneakers. At the end they will register names and contacts of those who would like to play again more often.
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Colchester Basketball Association will have registration Tuesday, Oct 20, 6-8pm at Truro Elementary School, and Wednesday, October 21, 6-8pm at Redcliff Middle School. Anyone aged 5-18 interested in playing basketball this winter is welcome to register. Cost per player is $100.
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Another flag football session has been scheduled for this coming Sunday, 25 October, from 3-4pm at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Any child between the ages of 7 and 14 is welcome to attend. You do not have to have attended the previous session.
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Troy Tulowitzki, Josh Donaldson and Ryan Goins homered as the Blue Jays bats woke up, battering Royals ace Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) in an 11-8 Toronto win that cut Kansas City's lead to 2-1 in the American League Championship Series. The 11 runs set a Toronto franchise record for most runs scored in a post-season game at home.
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Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris says he kept pitching this year despite learning he had a cancerous growth on his thyroid. The 22-year-old Norris said the growth was deemed malignant, but he was told by a doctor that he could wait until the end of the season to have it removed. Norris went 3-and-2 with a 3-point-7-5 E-R-A in 13 starts for Toronto and Detroit.
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Antti Raanta (ANN'-tee RAHN'-tuh) made 22 saves for his fourth career shutout in his Rangers debut to lead New York to a 4-nothing victory over the San Jose Sharks. Raanta was playing for the first time since being acquired from Chicago in a draft-day trade in June. Marc Staal had a goal and an assist for New York.
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The N-F-C East standings are jamming up after the Eagles downed the Giants 27-7 in the N-F-L Monday nighter. Both clubs are now 3-and-3, which leaves them tied for first in the division. Dallas is right behind at 2-and-3. New York's Eli Manning tossed two picks, including one that Nolan Carroll returned for a touchdown.
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Kemba Walker scored 22 points, Jeremy Lin added 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Chicago Bulls 94-86 to remain undefeated in the pre-season. The Hornets are now 6-and-oh.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, the injured Lionel Messi and Neymar lead FIFA's (FEE'-fuhz) 23-player list of nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or Award for the men's player of the year. The list of nominees will be shortened to the final three contenders for the Award on November 30th with Barcelona's Messi and Real Madrid's Ronaldo almost certain to make the cut.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 16
Friday 16th October 2015

Pictou Academy Girls and Boys soccer teams both won their NSSAF Division Four District play-down games on Wednesday in Pictou. The girls defeated Guysborough 3-0. Scoring for PA were Olivia Pretty, Paytan Ruiz and Kenzie Ells. Alex Canam picked up the shut-out. In boys action PA boys were victorious over Canso 4-0. Sawyer Buchanan scored twice with singles going to Keegan Malloy & Josh Temple. Tim Shea recorded the shutout. Both boys and girls will play again Monday in Pictou against yet to be determined teams to try and qualify for Northumberland Regional Championship Oct 23 & 24.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers look to break out of a scoring slump tonight when they hit the road, but it may be the perfect opponent for them. After having not scored a goal in nearly 7 periods, the Crushers will face a team they have scored on 14 times in two previous meetings this season – that being the Yarmouth Mariners. They will be in the Fishtank tonight, starting at 7:00pm, and you can catch the game on Classic Rock 97.9, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Midget AA hockey has returned to Pictou County and the Midget AA Crushers invite you to join them as they welcome the Antigonish Bulldogs to town for their regular season home opener tonight at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is 8pm.
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Registration for the Kinsmen Power Skating Program will take place this Sunday October 18 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 3:45pm to 5:15pm. New this year, the Kinsmen will be offering a Learn to Sledge program in partnership with Active Pictou County. More info on both programs can be found on the New Glasgow Kinsmen facebook page or by contacting Steve Dunbar at sdunbar@eastlink.ca.
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Football Nova Scotia (FNS) and the  W M Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton are hosting a series of Try & Learn Flag Football clinics for ages 6 to 14. The clinics will give you a chance to try the sport of flag football for FREE. The first clinic will take place this Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30pm. In this program, boys & girls will be introduced to the fundamental skills required in flag football by participating in various drills, relays and games. Kids may come to one session or come to all four! This program is open to all abilities, beginners to experienced and is 100% FREE! Flag Football is a non-contact game that promotes skill development, cardio training and mental strategy. Flag Football is a sport easily adapted any age, any ability and both males and females. It is one of the fastest growing sports being played in Canada with competition extending internationally.
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Westville minor hockey tryouts will begin tomorrow and regular scheduled times begin on Oct 24th. This is also to remind everyone that Midget "A" tryouts are only for those who have completed the Checking Clinics. If you are not receiving their emails and wish to be added to the 2015-2016 list of contacts, please email westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com . Anyone looking for extra info or just have a quick question check them out on Facebook.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun tomorrow at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The National League Championship Series is set.  Daniel Murphy stole an uncovered third base and went on to score the tying run, then hit a go-ahead homer to lead the New York Mets over the L-A Dodgers 3-2 in Game 5 of their Division Series.  The Mets will now face the Chicago Cubs in the N-L-C-S.
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The American League Championship Series kicks off (Friday night) as the Toronto Blue Jays face the Royals in Kansas City, Missouri.  Marco Estrada will start for Toronto. The Royals will counter with Edinson Volquez (VOHL'-kehz).
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Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen scored in the third period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 win over Edmonton, spoiling the Oilers' home opener.  Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, who beat Edmonton for the eighth straight time. Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots.
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Carey Price has taken the Montreal Canadiens into unchartered territory.  Price made 25 saves and Montreal improved to 5-and-0 on the season with a 3-0 win over the New York Rangers.  The Canadians have never started a season with five straight wins.
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Rookie Daniel Sprong picked up the first goal of his career for Pittsburgh and the Penguins shut out the Ottawa Senators 2-0.  Evgeni Malkin scored his first goal in nearly seven months and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 22 shots for his 39th career shutout.
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Ben Watson racked up a career-high 127 yards receiving to go with a fourth-down touchdown catch, and the New Orleans Saints handed the Atlanta Falcons their first loss of the season with a 31-21 win. Drew Brees passed for 312 yards to lead New Orleans. Devonta Freeman rushed for 100 yards, including a 25-yard T-D, for Atlanta. Matt Ryan passed for 295 yards and two T-Ds.
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WOMAN ATTACKED IN TRURO HOTEL
Thursday 15th October 2015

R-C-M-P are investigating after a female hotel guest was assaulted in what they are calling a "crime of opportunity." The Mounties say a man entered the Comfort Inn in Lower Truro early Saturday morning through an unlocked outside door. When he was confronted by the woman inside, police say he struck her in the face and fled with some money. The 58-year-old victim from Antigonish suffered minor injuries to her face and foot.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 15
Thursday 15th October 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers do not have a home game this week, but the one game that they do play may be just what the doctor ordered. After having been shut out in their last two games, the Crushers will face a team they have scored on 14 times so far this season when they visit the Yarmouth Mariners. They will be in the Fishtank on Friday night, starting at 7:00pm, and you can catch the game on Classic Rock 97.9, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Midget AA hockey has returned to Pictou County and the Midget AA Crushers invite you to join them as they welcome the Antigonish Bulldogs to town for their regular season home opener on Friday, October 16 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is 8pm.
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Registration for the Kinsmen Power Skating Program will take place this Sunday October 18 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 3:45pm to 5:15pm. New this year, the Kinsmen will be offering a Learn to Sledge program in partnership with Active Pictou County. More info on both programs can be found on the New Glasgow Kinsmen facebook page or by contacting Steve Dunbar at sdunbar@eastlink.ca.
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Football Nova Scotia (FNS) and the  W M Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton are hosting a series of Try & Learn Flag Football clinics for ages 6 to 14. The clinics will give you a chance to try the sport of flag football for FREE. The first clinic will take place this Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30pm. In this program, boys & girls will be introduced to the fundamental skills required in flag football by participating in various drills, relays and games. Kids may come to one session or come to all four! This program is open to all abilities, beginners to experienced and is 100% FREE! Flag Football is a non-contact game that promotes skill development, cardio training and mental strategy. Flag Football is a sport easily adapted any age, any ability and both males and females. It is one of the fastest growing sports being played in Canada with competition extending internationally.
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Westville minor hockey tryouts will begin on Oct 17th and regular scheduled times begin on Oct 24th. This is also to remind everyone that Midget "A" tryouts are only for those who have completed the Checking Clinics. If you are not receiving their emails and wish to be added to the 2015-2016 list of contacts, please email westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com . Anyone looking for extra info or just have a quick question check them out on Facebook.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun on October 17th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Jose Bautista's big bat powered the Toronto Blue Jays to the American League Championship Series. Bautista hit a three-run blast in the seventh inning as Toronto advanced with a 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers. Bautista's home run came after the Blue Jays gave up a run on a bizarre throwing error by catcher Russell Martin in the top of the seventh.  Toronto faces the Royals in Kansas City on Friday.
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The Royals are back in the A-L-C-S for the second straight year following a 7-2 win over Houston in Game 5 of their division series. Alex Rios had a tie-breaking, two-run double in the fifth, Kendrys Morales added a three-run homer and Johnny Cueto limited the Astros to a pair of runs and two hits in seven innings.
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Toronto F-C is in the Major League Soccer playoffs for the first-time ever.  Sebastian Giovinco and Herculez Gomez scored as T-F-C clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 over the New York Red Bulls. Toronto has not seen the post-season since joining Major League Soccer in 2006. Later, Mauro Diaz had a goal and an assist, and F-C Dallas beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-nil to grab sole possession of first in the Western Conference.
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Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad each had a goal and two assists, Erik Karlsson added a career-high four assists, and the Ottawa Senators beat the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3.  Craig Anderson made 37 saves.
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Anthony Duclair scored his first career hat trick and Mike Smith made 37 saves for his 28th career shutout, leading the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.  Rookie Max Domi had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2003. Elsewhere, Philadelphia shut out Chicago 3-0, and Boston beat Colorado 6-2.
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James Johnson and Delon Wright each scored 11 points as the Toronto Raptors fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves 89-87 in pre-season action in Ottawa.  Toronto led for most of the game, but coughed up the lead in the fourth quarter.
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Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is suing the United States Tennis Association for negligence after she slipped and fell in a locker-room during the U-S Open. Bouchard, who was a runner-up at Wimbledon last year, says she has suffered severe pain and economic loss after the September 4th incident. She is seeking unspecified monetary damages.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 14
Wednesday 14th October 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers do not have a home game this week, but the one game that they do play may be just what the doctor ordered. After having been shut out in their last two games, the Crushers will face a team they have scored on 14 times so far this season when they visit the Yarmouth Mariners. They will be in the Fishtank on Friday night, starting at 7:00pm, and you can catch the game on Classic Rock 97.9, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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There was one game last night in the NSJHL. The Valley Maple Leafs got past the hometown Brookfield Elks 4-3 in a matchup of Fred Fox Division rivals. The Leafs improve to 3-1 on the season, while Brookfield falls to 2-4.
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Midget AA hockey has returned to Pictou County and the Midget AA Crushers invite you to join them as they welcome the Antigonish Bulldogs to town for their regular season home opener on Friday, October 16 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is 8pm.
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Registration for the Kinsmen Power Skating Program will take place this Sunday October 18 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 3:45pm to 5:15pm. New this year, the Kinsmen will be offering a Learn to Sledge program in partnership with Active Pictou County. More info on both programs can be found on the New Glasgow Kinsmen facebook page or by contacting Steve Dunbar at sdunbar@eastlink.ca.
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Westville minor hockey tryouts will begin on Oct 17th and regular scheduled times begin on Oct 24th. This is also to remind everyone that Midget "A" tryouts are only for those who have completed the Checking Clinics. If you are not receiving their emails and wish to be added to the 2015-2016 list of contacts, please email westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com . Anyone looking for extra info or just have a quick question check them out on Facebook.
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The Pictou County Lightning Basketball program is looking for help in finding coaches for the upcoming season. They currently need a coach for the MiniBoys B team, and one of the Bantam B teams. They will be hosting coach training sessions over three weekends starting October 16 for those who may be interested, so prior experience is not needed. For more information, contact Allan Floyd by email at pclightning@EastLink.ca.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun on October 17th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Marcus Stroman will aim to keep his post-season success going this afternoon (Wednesday) when the Blue Jays host the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of their American League Division Series. Stroman pitched in Game 2 of the best-of-five series and went seven innings but earned a no-decision. Texas left-handed ace Cole Hamels will counter.
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Clayton Kershaw finally came through with the season on the line to help save the Dodgers season with a 3-1 Game 4 victory over the New York Mets. The win forced their N-L Division Series to a deciding Game 5 on Thursday. Earlier, the Cubs beat the Cardinals in Game 4 of their series to advance to the N-L-C-S which starts Saturday.
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The Canucks couldn't help but take advantage of a struggling Los Angeles Kings squad. Ryan Miller made 15 saves in his 36th career shutout as Vancouver blanked the Kings 3-0. L-A is 0-3 to start the season and have been outscored 11-2 in the process. Adam Cracknell, Alexander Edler and Derek Dorsett scored for the Canucks.
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A big night for phenom Connor McDavid. He scored his first N-H-L goal during the second period in the Edmonton Oilers' 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. Jason Spezza happened to steal the show, scoring a hat trick, including the tiebreaker late in the third period for the Stars. Dallas had 52 shots, its most since getting 55 in 1995.
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Calgary couldn't take advantage of four power plays in the first period tonight. Blues rookie defenceman Colton Parayko scored twice — including the winner — as St. Louis edged the Flames 4-3. The loss drops Calgary to 0-2 to start the season on home ice. Mason Raymond, Jiri Hudler and David Jones scored for the Flames.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 12
Monday 12th October 2015

A shorthanded Pictou County Scotians lineup could not handle a full Glace Bay Miners squad last night at Trenton Arena. Missing Brandon Duff and Austin Donlevy to injury, and four other players who were away with family commitments, the Scotians fell 7-2 to the Jr Miners in NSJHL action. Things started strong for the Scotians, with early goals from Jordon Yochoff and Riley Cameron posting them to a 2-0 lead before the short bench caught up with them. The Scotians should have most of the missing players back tonight when they visit the Sackville Blazers. One other NSJHL game last night saw the Cumberland County Blues win on the road, 3-1, over the Antigonish Bulldogs.
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One game yesterday in the MHL saw the defending Kent Cup Champion Dieppe Commandos win in overtime over the visiting Campbellton Tigers 4-3. The Commandos currently sit 9th in the National Jr A rankings. The Weeks Jr A Crushers have just one game coming up this week, on the road against the Yarmouth Mariners this Friday.
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The Pictou County Lightning Basketball program is looking for help in finding coaches for the upcoming season. They currently need a coach for the MiniBoys B team, and one of the Bantam B teams. They will be hosting coach training sessions over three weekends starting October 16 for those who may be interested, so prior experience is not needed. For more information, contact Allan Floyd by email at pclightning@EastLink.ca.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun on October 17th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca NATIONAL SPORTS
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Marco Estrada and Troy Tulowitzki threw Toronto a lifeline as the Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers 5-1 to stay alive in their American League Division Series. Estrada limited the Rangers to one run over 6-and-a-third innings and Tulowitzki, who had been hitless in the series, drove in four runs including a three-run homer in the sixth to cut Texas' lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five series.
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Dallas Keuchel remained perfect at home with seven gutsy innings and Chris Carter homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 4-2 win over the Kansas City Royals to take a 2-1 lead in their A-L Division Series. The Astros could wrap up the best-of-five set with a win over the defending A-L champions in Game 4 on Monday.
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Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley was suspended two playoff games by Major League Baseball for his late takeout slide that broke New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's right leg. Utley's agent called the penalty "outrageous and completely unacceptable" and said there would be an appeal. The Mets and Dodgers are tied at 1-all in the best-of-five National League Division Series. Game 3 is scheduled for Monday night at Citi Field.
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Mike Condon made 20 saves to pick up his first N-H-L victory as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1. The 25-year-old was making his NHL debut and spoiled the Senators home opener Tomas Plekanec scored twice for the Canadiens, who remain undefeated to start the season.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 9
Friday 9th October 2015

Only one goal was scored at last night's Weeks Jr A Crushers game at the Wellness Centre. Unfortunately, it was the Truro Bearcats who scored it, despite the Crushers outshooting Truro 34 – 13. The Crushers hope for better luck tonight in Bridgewater – Michael Petter will broadcast tonight's game against the South Shore Lumberjacks on Classic Rock 97.9. The pre-game show starts at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Crushers Midget AA are hosting the Antigonish Bulldogs in their last home exhibition game prior to the regular season tonight at 730pm at the Wellness Centre
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The Weeks Major Midgets are preparing to play tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre, where they face the South Shore Mustangs at 8pm.
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In the NSJHL, the Pictou County Scotians face off with Glace Bay at the Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm, then travel to Sackville Thanksgiving Monday to play the Blazers.
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The Pictou County Lightning Basketball program is looking for help in finding coaches for the upcoming season. They currently need a coach for the MiniBoys B team, and one of the Bantam B teams. They will be hosting coach training sessions over three weekends starting October 16 for those who may be interested, so prior experience is not needed. For more information, contact Allan Floyd by email at pclightning@EastLink.ca.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun on October 17th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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There are a few spots remaining for this year's Canskate at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Learn to skate for as young as 3 years, teenagers and adults too! Register Friday, Oct 9 and Sat Oct 10 at the Wellness Centre from 4 to 6pm.
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The Northern Nova Soccer Club is holding an in-person registration on Saturday at the soccer fields in Stellarton from 10am until 2pm. This registration session will be for the indoor soccer winter training session set to begin November 7th. Online registration is also available. For more details on programming or to register online please visit www.nnusc.com.
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Six teams will compete in a High School Regional Baseball tournament beginning Friday: North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, Amherst Regional, CEC, and Hants North. Games will be at the Albion Ball Field and the Kinsmen Field in New Glasgow. The top 2 teams will meet Saturday in the regional championship game, with the winner moving on to provincials.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Blue Jays dropped Game 1 of their American League Division Series 5-3 to the Texas Rangers. Toronto also lost two key players in sluggers Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista to injury. Donaldson passed concussion tests and will be re-evaluated today, while Bautista isn't expected to miss any time with a tight hamstring.
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Collin McHugh pitched six strong innings and former Blue Jay Colby Rasmus went deep as the Astros took Games 1 of their A-L Division Series against the Royals 5-2. Game 2 is this afternoon, with lefty Scott Kazmir on the mound for Houston against right-hander Johnny Cueto in a matchup of pitchers traded during the season.
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Top draft pick Connor McDavid made his N-H-L debut in a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. The 18-year-old centre set up two scoring chances in 18 minutes of ice time with Edmonton, but was held pointless. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring for the Oilers before St. Louis came back with three straight goals — including Robby Fabbri's winner midway through the third.
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Elsewhere, Drew Stafford had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg beat the Bruins 6-2. Rookie Nicolas Petan scored his first career goal for the Jets. And Kyle Turris had a pair of goals as Ottawa beat Buffalo 3-1. Second-overall pick Jack Eichel scored his first for the Sabres.
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Andre Johnson had two touchdowns against his former team to help the Colts beat the Texans 27-20 to open Week 5 of the N-F-L season. Johnson, who spent his first 12 NFL seasons in Houston before he was released in March, finished with six catches for 77 yards. Matt Hasselbeck was filling in for Andrew Luck, who missed his second straight game with a shoulder injury.
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Kyle Lowry had 25 points while Cory Joseph and DeMarre (duh-MAR'-ay) Carroll each poured in 18 as the Raptors beat the L-A Lakers 105-97 in N-B-A pre-season play. Former Raptor Lou Williams led L-A with 19 points off the bench. Kobe Bryant added 16.


POSSIBLE CASE OF TB AT ST. FX
Tuesday 6th October 2015

The Nova Scotia Health Authority is investigating a suspected case of tuberculosis at St. FX. The authority says the case involves a student in Antigonish and it is following up with anyone who may have been in close contact with that person. In a statement, the authority says there is minimal risk to staff and students. That's because the disease is spread after a prolonged period of close contact with an infected person. Tuberculosis typically attacks the lungs but can affect any part of the body with symptoms including weakness, fever and coughing. It is spread from person to person through bacteria in the air.

TWO MEN HOSPITALIZED IN POMQUET CRASH
Wednesday 30th September 2015

R-C-M-P in Antigonish County are investigating a single-vehicle crash that injured two men. First responders were called to Evangeline Lane in Pomquet just before 8 o'clock last night. Police say two men, aged 38 and 43, were in the vehicle when it crashed. One was airlifted to hospital while another was taken to St. Martha's by ambulance. Police say both men are from Antigonish County.

CENTRAL NOVA CANDIDATES TO DEBATE AT ST. FX TONIGHT
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

The candidates in Central Nova will face each other in a debate in Antigonish tonight. The debate, sponsored by the St. FX Students Union, will feature Conservative Fred Delorey, Liberal Sean Fraser, New Democrat Ross Landry and the Green Party’s David Hachey. The event begins at 7 o’clock at the Charles V. Keating Centre. The debate will take questions from the audience, along with questions submitted by email. At a candidate forum in Arisaig last week, Delorey sent regrets that he couldn't attend due to other commitments.


COMPANY TO BEGIN FEASIBILITY STUDY ON PROVINCIAL TOLL ROADS
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

CBCL Limited has won the tender to conduct a feasibility study on tolling. The study will look at eight sections of series 100 highways to determine the feasibility of constructing toll highways, a total of 301.2 kilometres. This includes four sections of Highway 104: Sutherlands River to Antigonish, Taylors Road to Aulds Cove, Port Hastings to Port Hawkesbury, and St. Peter's to Sydney. Once the study is completed, the information will be brought to the public through a series of consultations, both in person and online. The feasibility study will be completed by end of April.

CENTRAL NOVA TORY CANDIDATE SKIPS ARISAIG FORUM
Friday 18th September 2015

Residents along the north shore got an opportunity to meet the people who are vying for votes in next month's federal election last night, with one notable exception. After previously committing to attend yesterday's event in Arisaig, Conservative candidate Fred Delorey sent his apologies that he could not attend due to another commitment.
The event in Arisaig last night was more of a meet and greet after brief speeches. Two more formal debates are scheduled in the weeks ahead, next week in Antigonish, and 30 September in Stellarton.

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER UNIVERSITY NAMES FIRST LAY-PERSON CHANCELLOR
Thursday 3rd September 2015

St. Francis Xavier University made history today as it introduced its new chancellor, the first lay person and woman to hold the position. Susan Crocker is a former member of the Nova Scotia university's board of governors and chairs the Coady International Institute's advisory board. Crocker also received an honorary degree from the school in Antigonish in 2012, recognizing her business leadership and philanthropy. Until Crocker's appointment, the bishop of Antigonish had automatically been appointed the university's chancellor. University president Kent MacDonald says the role of chancellor is expanded with Crocker's appointment and will be more than ceremonial. The appointment of a lay person as chancellor was made possible by the passage of a bill in the legislature last year. The bill removed the requirement of appointing the bishop as chancellor Bishop Brian Dunn has been appointed to a new role with the university and will serve as vicar of the founder.


BERGENGREN CREDIT UNION TO CONSIDER MERGER
Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Three Credit Unions in the province are contemplating a merger, including the Bergengren Credit Union in New Glasgow, Antigonish and St. Andrew's. The merger would see Bergengren join up with East Coast and Sydney Credit Unions effective this fall. If it meets with the approval of the members , the new credit union will be the largest in Nova Scotia with 23 branches, 280 employees, over 56,000 members and $800 million in assets post-merger. Meetings are scheduled for late October to vote on the proposed amalgamation, which would result in the new East Coast Credit Union Limited. The new board would have equal representation from each of the current boards. The amalgamation committee has recommended Ken Shea as the CEO and the new Board will finalize the selection process following the membership vote.

SHELLFISH CLOSURE LIFTED
Tuesday 1st September 2015

A shellfish closure has been lifted in parts of Nova Scotia. The closure earlier this month affected all clam species, mussels, oysters, bay scallops, quahogs and whelks. It was ordered for all waters within three kilometres of the coastline in Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond counties. It also took in Victoria and Cape Breton counties due to contaminated fish. Fisheries officials say the closure order has been lifted in all areas except West Bay to Cape George.

ANTIGONISH GYNECOLOGIST REPRIMANDED
Tuesday 1st September 2015

The governing body for Nova Scotia's doctors has reprimanded a gynecologist in Antigonish, after investigating complaints of alleged substandard care. The province's College of Physicians and Surgeons says Dr. Erin MacLean-Fraser's poor organizational skills and personal problems led to a series of deficiencies. The college issued a statement saying MacLean-Fraser has accepted the reprimand, and several conditions have been placed on her licence to practise. It says MacLean-Fraser agreed to participate in a followup audit, receive supervision from the college and complete a record-keeping course.


ARCHITECTS SELECTED FOR DESIGN PHASE OF NEW PICTOU LIBRARY
Monday 17th August 2015

The Pictou Public Library Project Committee have selected the firm which will complete the first design phase of the new library, which will be joined to the deCoste Centre. Archibald and Fraser Architects Limited have experience designing libraries, having worked on The People’s Place, the Antigonish town and county's branch of the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library. Town Councilor Cam Beaton, Project Committee Chair, says they received 10 proposals, and the decision to go with this firm was in part because of their award winning experience on the Antigonish project, as well as several other positive factors. The first step will be an onsite assessment of the deCoste Centre to explore options for locating a library on the property. This will be followed by public consultations to gather ideas from the general public and county and town groups, led by Regional Library Staff and lead Architect Dale Archibald.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 11 ***UPDATED
Tuesday 11th August 2015


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The Legion National Track and Field Meet was held this past weekend (Aug7-9) in Ste Therese/Blainville, Quebec. Many Pictou County athletes had personal bests and the following athletes had an excellent showing. Raymond Simpson won a gold medal in the U16 1500m Steeplechase in 4:32. He led from start to finish. Alex Moore won the silver in the U16 medley relay. Kaelan Schmidt placed 4th in men's U18 high jump- a season best. Rachel Walton placed 4th in the U16 1500 m Steeplechase. Lauren Quann placed 5th in the U18 Heptathlon and Tatum McLean placed 5th in the U18 Hammer throw. Head coach Pat Carty was very pleased with the results from our local athletes. He can be reached at cartyab@hotmail.com for further comment. Full results are available on the Legion website at www.legion.ca/youth/youth-track-and-field
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KJ Emery's four shutout games earned her MVP honors as the Northern Nova United Falcons win gold at the Bruce Wagner Memorial Tournament on Sunday. The U16 girls won the rain-soaked championship game 1-0 over the host Sackville United Soccer Association. Emery earned four shut-outs during weekend play. The Falcons finished in first place in round robin play with two wins and one tie. In their first game, NNU defeated Porters Lake 1-0 on a goal from Alyssa McKay. Player of the game Kaitlin Kelly scored two goals en route to NNU’s 3-0 victory over Grand-Digue of Dieppe. Marleigh Harroun scored the team’s first goal in that game on a cross from U14 player Victoria Dunn. The Falcons’ third round robin game ended in a scoreless tie with Sackville. Player of the game was Emery. The NNU U12 boys came home with a bronze from the tournament, after defeating the Highland CC Riders 2-1. Keifer Avery and Cody McKay scored for the Falcons, while Thomas Schnare played in nets. Tyler Matchem received player of the game honours. The squad advanced to the bronze medal game with a 2-1 win over the Halifax City Soccer Club in the semi-final. In round robin play, the team had a record of two wins and one loss, including a 4-0 win over Highland CC Riders, a 6-3 loss to Sackville United and a 4-1 decision against Antigonish. The NNU U14 boys also competed in the tournament, finishing round robin play with two wins and a tie, but it wasn’t enough to secure a spot in the semi-finals. The team scored a total of 15 goals over three games, defeating SUSA 7-1, tying the Dartmouth Storm 1-1 and beating Porters Lake 7-1. Goals were scored by Blake Kontuk, Connor MacLeod, Brayden LeBlanc, Lucas LeBlanc, Colin MacGillivray, Cal Maxner and Evan Reynolds. Leading goal scorer was Blake Kontuk. Players of the game were Lucas LeBlanc, Colin MacGillivray and Morgan Bryant.
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The Second Annual Garrett Holmes Swing for Tourettes Lob-ball Tournament & Fundraiser is this weekend at the Trenton Ball Field. Everyone is invited to come see the action Friday night and all day Saturday & Sunday. There's also a dance Saturday night at 9pm at the New Glasgow Legion.
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The Women's hockey division of the NS 55 Plus Games is looking for some players. Two of the four teams registered are in need of 1-2 players or they will not be permitted to compete. Rules require a team to ice a minimum of 10 skaters and a goaltender. The games are hosted here in Pictou County from September 17-19th 2015. All hockey will take place at the Wellness Center. Any females over the age of 55 who are interested in playing can contact Jeff Green at greenj8@staff.ednet.ns.ca or call 902-301-5793. Deadline is August 15th.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Weeks Major Midget Summer Training Camp gets underway next week, with practices beginning next Tuesday. Players looking to register can do so by contacting Tony Conway through email at tconway@fraserhoyt.com. Players are asked to wear their sweaters from the spring camp. Registration begins on Tuesday from 4:45to 5:30, followed by a team meeting at 5:30 to 5:45. Then there will be an on ice session at 6:30 sharp. Cost for the Summer Camp is $140 and must be paid prior to attending the sessions.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration starting August 15. Registration will also take place Aug. 16, as well as Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (all days) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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The New Glasgow Peewee AA Blizzards baseball team are holding a bottle drive on Saturday from 9:30-1:30. The team is hosting the Peewee AA Atlantic Championships in September. Players will be going door to door in New Glasgow, or bottles can be dropped off at the Kinsmen Ball Field on Saturday from 9:30-1:30.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Next Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 7 *UPDATED 8:45 AM*
Friday 7th August 2015

The Stellarton Albions Mosquito AA Baseball team are holding a bottle drive on Saturday from 9am-1pm. The kids are hosting Provincials on September 4th,5th and 6th at the Sample Fields in Stellarton and are raising money to go to the different expenses involved for the tournament. They are currently in 1st place in the Nova Scotia Bluenose League and look forward to representing the community!
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The North Nova United Falcons are going to Sackville to play in the Sackville United Bruce Wagner Tournament this weekend. The U16 team is second in the league with a 6-3 record and this week they picked up two wins, defeating Eastern Northern United 6-2 and Fundy United 5-1. The U16 squad won a silver medal last month at the Gunn Baldursson Tournament.
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Scotia Speedworld near Halifax is hosting the Atlantic Cat 250 this weekend. On Friday night it's the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100, then on Saturday at 5, it's the Atlantic Cat 250. Local racers George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm, and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou entry driven by Cassius Clark will be on the track.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 6
Thursday 6th August 2015

The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched this afternoon at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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Scotia Speedworld near Halifax is hosting the Atlantic Cat 250 this weekend. On Friday night it's the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100, then on Saturday at 5, it's the Atlantic Cat 250. Local racers George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm, and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou entry driven by Cassius Clark will be on the track.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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ANTIGONISH GROUP LOOKS TO HELP SYRIAN FAMILY
Tuesday 4th August 2015

Members of a newly-formed group in Antigonish say they hope residents can come together to help members of a Syrian family escape the conflict in their country. Tanya Felix with Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace says the group has been watching coverage of the humanitarian crisis unfold and they want to help. She says they need to raise 20-thousand dollars for relocation costs. Felix says officials with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia will help them connect with a family.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 4
Tuesday 4th August 2015

The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards won the Peewee AA Tubby Melanson baseball tournament in Moncton over the weekend. The Blizzards went 6-0 in the tournament, defeating Amherst 12-1 in the finals. The Blizzards cruised through the preliminary round with wins over Elispogtog 16-6, Charlottetown 15-1, and Riverview 25-3. In the quarter finals they once again defeated Elispogtog 15-1 and then defeated Dartmouth 5-3 in a very exciting semi finals.
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The Pictou County Albions picked up four wins on the weekend after sweeping a pair of doubleheaders. On Saturday in Kennetcook, the Albions beat the Braves 15-0, with Wes Moser firing a complete game shutout on the mound. Craig Murray had three hits and Brent Turnbull had a three-run double. In game two, the teams went into extra innings; the first nine batters for the Albions in the top of the eighth all came around to score and the Albions won 11-2. Trevor Whynott got the win, pitching a complete game for Pictou County. Whynott and Tommy Hayman each had three hits in the victory. On Sunday at Albion Field, the Albions defeated the Pictou County Royals 8-2 in the opener, with Lucas Gulliver getting the win and Matt Noiles picking up four hits. Ryan Kamp had two hits for the Royals. The Albions fell behind in the second game against the Royals, before racking up 15 unanswered runs in a 15-5 final. Turnbull again doubled with the bases jammed to drive in three runs, Cory Baird pitched a complete game for the victory, while Lucas MacDonald and Timmy MacKinnon both had a pair of hits for the Royals. The two teams play again tomorrow night in Stellarton.
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Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League at the Albion Field Monday night. In Game 1: Cardinals 11 Giants 7. Game 2: Yankees 8 Blue Jays 7.
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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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SPORTS ROUNDUP AUGUST 3
Monday 3rd August 2015


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The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards won the Peewee AA Tubby Melanson baseball tournament in Moncton over the weekend.  The Blizzards went 6-0 in the tournament, defeating Amherst 12-1 in the finals.  The Blizzards cruised through the preliminary round with wins over Elispogtog 16-6,  Charlottetown 15-1,  and Riverview 25-3.   In the quarter finals they once again defeated Elispogtog 15-1 and then defeated Dartmouth 5-3 in a very exciting semi finals.
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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday, August 6 at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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LOCAL SPORTS August 2
Sunday 2nd August 2015

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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday, August 6 at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 31
Friday 31st July 2015

The Subway Stingers U-14 and U-16 Female FastPitch Rep teams will be hosting the 2015 Softball Nova Scotia Provincial Championships this weekend at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Action begins on Friday night at 6pm on Field-1 in the U-14 division with the host Stingers taking on the defending Provincial Champions Cole Harbour. Comets. The second U-14 game of the evening starts at 8pm and features the Sackville Surge against the Highland Park Heat also on field-1 Round robin play in the U-14 division continues starting at 9am Saturday morning with the host Subway Stingers facing Highland Park Heat on field-1. The Stingers final round robin game is at 3pm on Field-1. In the U-16 division the Cole Harbour Comets and Subway Stingers will be playing a best of three final with the first game scheduled for 10am on Field -2 followed by game 2 at 12pm and game three (if necessary) at 3pm Sunday 's action sees the championship round of the U-14 division. Play continues on Sunday in the U-14 division. At 11am on field-1 the 2nd and 3rd place finishers in the round robin will face each other to determine who advances to the championship game against the first place team from the round robin. The Championship game begins at 1pm on field-1
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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday, August 6 at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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Coaching applications are now being accepted for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone. Anyone interested in coaching the regionalized teams in Pictou County for Pee Wee AA and Bantam AA can send their applications to Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca. Applications are also being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. Applications can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey website at www.pcmha.com. In Antigonish, coaching applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. Contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com for more information about applications. In Colchester applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. For application details contact Jackie Fahey at jackief0521@hotmail.com. Deadline for all applications is August 7.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 30
Thursday 30th July 2015

Northern Nova Falcons U 16 boys tied 2-2 with top of the league Truro on Wednesday. The boys fought back in the second half to come from 2-0 down to tie it up. Scoring for NNU was Sam McDow and Billy Hoare. Big congratulations to all players on a good result.
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The Kickin' Vixens roller derby team will be hosting an open house tonight at 6:30 at Trenton Rink, for anyone interested in joining the league. They are looking for referees, skaters, and off-skate help. Come and meet the team and try on some gear. Ladies over the age of 19, they will teach you how to skate. Check it out! Like them on facebook!
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a basketball camp, August 3-7. This is a 5 day skills camp for basketball players entering grades 4, to 7. At the camp players will develop crucial skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense while also getting in-game experience. Free basketball included. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for details at 485-4372.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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Coaching applications are now being accepted for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone. Anyone interested in coaching the regionalized teams in Pictou County for Pee Wee AA and Bantam AA can send their applications to Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca. Applications are also being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. Applications can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey website at www.pcmha.com. In Antigonish, coaching applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. Contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com for more information about applications. In Colchester applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget. For application details contact Jackie Fahey at jackief0521@hotmail.com. Deadline for all applications is August 7.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 28
Tuesday 28th July 2015

Two games were played last night at the Albion Field in The Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League.
Game 1 Blue Jays 8 vs Cardinals 4
Game 2 Giants 14 vs Yankees 10

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The Pictou County Athletics team won the Atlantic Championships this past weekend in Charlottetown PEI. This comes behind their provincial championship win earlier this month at their home track in Stellarton. Full results can be found at trackie.com.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a basketball camp, August 3-7. This is a 5 day skills camp for basketball players entering grades 4, to 7. At the camp players will develop crucial skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense while also getting in-game experience. Free basketball included. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for details at 485-4372.
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The Kickin' Vixens roller derby team will be hosting an open house Thursday at 6:30 at Trenton Rink, for anyone interested in joining the league. They are looking for referees, skaters, and off-skate help. Come and meet the team and try on some gear. Ladies over the age of 19, they will teach you how to skate. Check it out! Like them on facebook!
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Coaching applications are now being accepted for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone. Anyone interested in coaching the regionalized teams in Pictou County for Pee Wee AA and Bantam AA can send their applications to Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca. Applications are also being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget.  Applications can be found on the Pictou County Minor Hockey website at www.pcmha.com. In Antigonish, coaching applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget.  Contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com for more information about applications. In Colchester applications are being accepted for Atom, Pee Wee A, Bantam A and Midget.  For application details contact Jackie Fahey at jackief0521@hotmail.com. Deadline for all applications is August 7.
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The date for the Stanley Cup visit to Antigonish this summer has been confirmed. Al MacIsaac, Chicago Blackhawks Vice-President and Antigonish native, will be bringing the Cup to St. Francis Xavier Univiersity for a public event on 3 September from 2pm to 5pm. MacIsaac has been with the 'Hawks throughout their incredible run that has included three Cup wins in the last six seasons, and has brought “Hockey's Holy Grail” to Antigonish in 2010 and 2013.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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STELLARTON CHURCH TO CLOSE IN FALL
Tuesday 28th July 2015

Our Lady of Lourdes in Stellarton will close in the fall. In May, a Pastoral Planning Committee for the Pictou Deanery outlined a proposal that would see St. Ann Parish in Thorburn and Christ the King Parish in Trenton close by the end of October and said a third would be chosen from among three churches in Westville, Stellarton and New Glasgow. Father Donald MacGillivray, director of pastoral planning for the Diocese of Antigonish says they chose Lourdes because it is in the poorest shape. Along with the closures of the three churches, Stella Maris in Pictou and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Pictou Landing will operate under reduced hours and the Pictou Deanery will be served by two priests instead of four.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 27
Monday 27th July 2015

The Dragon Boat Festival in New Glasgow was another success, raising almost $90,000. Pictou County’s Abreast-a-River team was the top team pledge earner, raising more than $11,000. Congratulations to the Medical Misfits team, which won the Bruce F. Murray Memorial Cup.
Cup Winners:
Town of New Glasgow Cup: Medical Misfits
ECFM 94.1 Cup: Reef Knots
Scotiabank Cup: Grant Thornton Chartered Waters
Michelin Cup: Cobequid Fire Eaters
Sobeys Cup: NSP Power Paddlers
Race on the River Cup: Dartmouth Dragon Beast
Bruce F. Murray Memorial Cup: Medical Misfits
Advocate Cup: Breast a Mix

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The annual Melmerby Triathlon was held on Sunday, and while the water was colder than usual, the competition was hot. Terese Chisholm of Antigonish was the top female with a time of 2:30:02. New Glasgow's Ryan MacDonald won his fifth Merb, posting a time of 2:10:14.
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The Pictou County Albions won the annual Stellarton Homecoming baseball tournament, beating the Halifax Outlaws 7-2 in the championship game Sunday. The Albions went a perfect 4-0 over the weekend and were solid in every facet of the game, especially the work they received from Albions’ pitchers. The Albions will travel to Kennetcook next weekend to play the Braves in Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League action and return home next Sunday to face the Pictou County Royals in a doubleheader at Albion Field in Stellarton.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a basketball camp, August 3-7. This is a 5 day skills camp for basketball players entering grades 4, to 7. At the camp players will develop crucial skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense while also getting in-game experience. Free basketball included. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for details at 485-4372.
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The Kickin' Vixens roller derby team will be hosting an open house Thursday at 6:30 at Trenton Rink, for anyone interested in joining the league. They are looking for referees, skaters, and off-skate help. Come and meet the team and try on some gear. Ladies over the age of 19, they will teach you how to skate. Check it out! Like them on facebook!
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The date for the Stanley Cup visit to Antigonish this summer has been confirmed. Al MacIsaac, Chicago Blackhawks Vice-President and Antigonish native, will be bringing the Cup to St. Francis Xavier Univiersity for a public event on 3 September from 2pm to 5pm. MacIsaac has been with the 'Hawks throughout their incredible run that has included three Cup wins in the last six seasons, and has brought “Hockey's Holy Grail” to Antigonish in 2010 and 2013.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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DELOREY WINS CENTRAL NOVA CONSERVATIVE NOD
Sunday 26th July 2015

The Conservative Party have selected their man to defend the seat on the ballot in the 2015 Federal Election. Fred Delorey beat out Jim Ryan for the right to take up the torch from Peter MacKay. Delorey, a 36-year-old Antigonish native and father of three, says the work will begin immediately to prepare for the vote which will likely take place in the fall. Roughly 350 Conservative supporters cast their votes in the nomination process between Delorey and Ryan.

CENTRAL NOVA LIBERALS AND NEW DEMOCRATS TO CHOOSE NEW CANDIDATE TODAY
Sunday 26th July 2015

For the second time in preparation for the 2015 Federal Election, Central Nova Liberals plan to select their candidate. Following the withdrawal of David MacLeod earlier this year, two candidates have stepped forward to fill the void. Liberal supporters will choose between Janet Becigneul, a communications specialist and longtime Liberal volunteer and Sean Fraser, a Calgary-based lawyer originally from Pictou County. The NDP are also choosing their candidate today, with two options on the ballot. They will be selecting between Katherine Reed, a longtime Antigonish volunteer and social activist, and former Nova Scotia attorney general and justice minister Ross Landry. Graham Murray, an Ottawa-based defence lawyer, had indicated he would be seeking the NDP nomination earlier this month, but has since withdrawn himself from consideration.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 24
Friday 24th July 2015

The Pictou County Albions and Pictou County Royals are looking for more wins as the Albions host the annual Homecoming Tournament this weekend at Albion Field. Both county teams have had somewhat of a struggle this season in the Nova Scotia Intermediate Baseball League. The Albions, who won this tournament a year ago, are 5-8 and on average are scoring less than three runs per game, the Royals have a 2-14 mark and are last in the eight-team league. The Albions open the tournament Friday with a 7:30 p.m. game against the Eastern Passage Pirates. On Saturday at 10 a.m., the Pirates play the Royals, a 1 p.m. game has the Albions against the Halifax Outlaws followed by an all-county collision, when the Royals and Albions hook up at 3:30 p.m. Easter n Passage plays Halifax at 5: 30 p.m. to end Saturday’s action. Sunday morning will see the Royals play Halifax at noon. The top two teams from the round robin will play the tournament championship game Sunday at 4 p.m. All games are at Albion Field.
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All the best to Abercrombie Golf Club's Julia Henderson, who's travelling to Saskatoon to play in the Canadian women’s amateur championship. The New Glasgow golfer won provincial amateur titles in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. earlier this month – in fact, she's won every tournament she’s entered so far this year. Henderson says that her main goal is to make the cut for the first time in her fourth appearance at the nationals.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a basketball camp, August 3-7. This is a 5 day skills camp for basketball players entering grades 4, to 7. At the camp players will develop crucial skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense while also getting in-game experience. Free basketball included. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for details at 485-4372.
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The Kickin' Vixens roller derby team will be hosting an open house Thursday July 30 at 6:30 at Trenton Rink, for anyone interested in joining the league. They are looking for referees, skaters, and off-skate help. Come and meet the team and try on some gear. Ladies over the age of 19, they will teach you how to skate. Check it out! Like them on facebook!
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The date for the Stanley Cup visit to Antigonish this summer has been confirmed. Al MacIsaac, Chicago Blackhawks Vice-President and Antigonish native, will be bringing the Cup to St. Francis Xavier Univiersity for a public event on 3 September from 2pm to 5pm. MacIsaac has been with the 'Hawks throughout their incredible run that has included three Cup wins in the last six seasons, and has brought “Hockey's Holy Grail” to Antigonish in 2010 and 2013.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 23
Thursday 23rd July 2015

The date for the Stanley Cup visit to Antigonish this summer has been confirmed. Al MacIsaac, Chicago Blackhawks Vice-President and Antigonish native, will be bringing the Cup to St. Francis Xavier Univiersity for a public event on 3 September from 2pm to 5pm. MacIsaac has been with the 'Hawks throughout their incredible run that has included three Cup wins in the last six seasons, and has brought “Hockey's Holy Grail” to Antigonish in 2010 and 2013.
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse capped another big day for Canada's track and field team with a victory in the men's 100 metres. The 20-year-old Markham, Ontario native ran it in 10-point-zero-five seconds. meanwhile, Canada will play Mexico on Friday for the women's soccer bronze medal after losing one-nil to Colombia in semifinal action.
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Canada earned 13 medals on Day 11 of the Pan Ams, but the United States is still pulling away. The Canadians sit second with 64 gold and 173 total medals. Meanwhile the Americans have surpassed the 200-medal mark, with 201, including 76 golds. Brazil is a distant third with 114 medals.
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The Toronto Blue Jays dropped a 4-3, 10-inning decision in Oakland. Ike Davis drove in the winning run for the A's with an infield single that held up in a video review. Danny Valencia homered for the Jays while starter Felix Doubront failed to make it through the fifth inning. The Jays wrap up the series Thursday afternoon before moving on to Seattle.
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N-B-A commissioner Adam Silver says the league is leaning toward not guaranteeing a playoff spot to a team that wins its division. Silver says no decision has been made, but he believes it's likely that teams will qualify for the post-season only if they have one of the top eight records in their conference. Being a division winner would not assure a team of a playoff spot.

ANTIGONISH ARENA TO GET UPGRADE OVER THE SUMMER
Tuesday 21st July 2015

Some major improvements are coming to the Antigonish Arena this summer. A project expecting to cost over 1-million dollars will result in the replacement of the arena floor and installation of new dasher boards and glass to meet current safety standards. Funding for the work is coming mostly from the Town and County municipalities, although earlier today Central Nova MP Peter MacKay announced roughly 250-thousand dollars in funding through ACOA to assist in the project. The work is expected to be completed in time for the hockey and figure skating season to begin this fall.


BARNEY'S RIVER FIRE CHIEF ASKS CANDIDATES TO SUPPORT HIGHWAY TWINNING
Tuesday 21st July 2015

With the federal election less than three months away, the Barney's River fire chief wants all candidates to join him in asking for the Trans Canada to be twinned. Joe MacDonald says there have been too many deaths on Highway 104 between Sutherland's River and Antigonish, and he's looking for unanimous support from all the federal parties running in Central Nova and support from their leaders.

DURHAM'S GOLDEN BOY - AND THE LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
Sunday 19th July 2015

It's been a golden summer for Jason Sanford and the Canadian Men's Softball Team. After taking the ISF World Championship in Saskatoon earlier this month, the Canadians ran roughshod over their competition in the Pan Am Games in Toronto, going undefeated in 7 games to earn the Gold Medal. They wrapped it up with a 2-1 win over Venezuela yesterday. Sanford got to watch the Gold Medal Game from the dugout, but was an important part of both tournament victories, sharing duties behind the plate with Ryan Boland of St. John's, Newfoundland.
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Kent Vincent of PEI took the checkered flag at the IWK 250 last night at the Riverside International Speedway in James River. Vincent took the lead on Lap 230 from Rookie DJ Casey of Prospect, NS who had his best career finish of second in the biggest show of the season. Prior to the main event fans had a chance to witness the unveiling of the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup, announced a few weeks ago as the new perpetual trophy for the IWK 250. The Cup is named for the late John W. Chisholm, founder and builder of Riverside International Speedway. On Friday night, Russell Smith Jr. successfully defended his Highland Home Building Centres 100 title Friday night when he won the Napa Sportsman Series championship points-scoring race in front of a huge crowd at Riverside International Speedway. Darren Wallage finished second and Dale Richardson third.
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The next Johnny Miles event is the Kids Triathlon on 25 July and Melmerby Triathlon on 26 July. Both events will take place at Melmerby Beach & Provincial Park. The kids triathlon is free for kids 12 and under, with registration beginning at 8am the day of the event. Parents are allowed to swim, ride or run with the kids. The Melmerby Triathlon offers three distances, along with a Post Race lunch and BBQ. Registration is Saturday the 25th at Pictou County Cycle, or Sunday the 26th at the Beach starting at 6:30am. For more information, visit http://www.johnnymiles.ca.
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Fundy Highland female hockey is in need of a coaching coordinator by the end of the month. The co-ordinator oversees the coaching selection for AA female teams in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. It would involve overseeing a selection committee made up of representatives from each area. The person selected would ensure the selection is done fairly in all areas for all teams. Anyone interested can contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 18
Saturday 18th July 2015

Durham's Jason Sanford and the men's Softball Team at the Pan Am Games cannot be stopped. They shut out Argentina 2-0 in the semifinal, and will take on the winner of the Venezeula – Argentina game today for gold.
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Riverside Speedway hosts the IWK 250 Pro Stock Race today. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszulics and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou racer driven by Jeff Fultz will be there.
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The next Johnny Miles event is the Kids Triathlon on 25 July and Melmerby Triathlon on 26 July. Both events will take place at Melmerby Beach & Provincial Park. The kids triathlon is free for kids 12 and under, with registration beginning at 8am the day of the event. Parents are allowed to swim, ride or run with the kids. The Melmerby Triathlon offers three distances, along with a Post Race lunch and BBQ. Registration is Saturday the 25th at Pictou County Cycle, or Sunday the 26th at the Beach starting at 6:30am. For more information, visit http://www.johnnymiles.ca.
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Fundy Highland female hockey is in need of a coaching coordinator by the end of the month. The co-ordinator oversees the coaching selection for AA female teams in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. It would involve overseeing a selection committee made up of representatives from each area. The person selected would ensure the selection is done fairly in all areas for all teams. Anyone interested can contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 17
Friday 17th July 2015

The Men's Softball Team at the Pan Am Games are undefeated after beating Venezeula 4-1. Durham's Jason Sanford got one hit as part of the winning effort. Canada takes on Argentina in the semifinals, and are guaranteed to win at least bronze.
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The folks at Wolseley - right across from Summer Street Industries - are holding a BBQ today in support of Special Olympic athlete Matthew Hunter who will be travelling to LA as part of Team Canada at the Special Olympic World Games. $2 for either a hotdog or hamburger and pop, from 11am to 2pm.
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Riverside Speedway will hold a weekend of racing, with the Highland Sportsman 100 on Friday, and the IWK 250 Pro Stock Race Saturday. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszulics and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou racer driven by Jeff Fultz will be there.
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The next Johnny Miles event is the Kids Triathlon on 25 July and Melmerby Triathlon on 26 July. Both events will take place at Melmerby Beach & Provincial Park. The kids triathlon is free for kids 12 and under, with registration beginning at 8am the day of the event. Parents are allowed to swim, ride or run with the kids. The Melmerby Triathlon offers three distances, along with a Post Race lunch and BBQ. Registration is Saturday the 25th at Pictou County Cycle, or Sunday the 26th at the Beach starting at 6:30am. For more information, visit http://www.johnnymiles.ca.
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Looking for something to do for your children this summer... they could learn to sail. There are still a couple of spots open in the Mobile Sailing School being offered on the Pictou Waterfront. You can choose the week of July 20th or July 27th or both! Open to ages 8 to 14 years. To find out more information or register please contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 485-4372 or visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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There's still time to register for Red Cross Summer Swimming Lessons at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Lessons begin Monday and run Monday to Thursday for two weeks. To register or for more information, please call the Pool at 902-485-5301
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Fundy Highland female hockey is in need of a coaching coordinator by the end of the month. The co-ordinator oversees the coaching selection for AA female teams in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. It would involve overseeing a selection committee made up of representatives from each area. The person selected would ensure the selection is done fairly in all areas for all teams. Anyone interested can contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca.
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MAN DIES IN HOSPITAL AFTER EVOLVE FESTIVAL
Thursday 16th July 2015

A man died earlier this week in a Halifax hospital after first being taken to St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish following the Evolve Music Festival in the town. RCMP say the 21-year old man's death is under investigation, and that an autopsy is scheduled to take place today. Investigators are currently trying to piece together the events leading up to his being transported to the hospital. Police have not released the man's name, although CBC is identifying him as Dylan Jonathan Avery Champion of Summerside, P.E.I.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 16
Thursday 16th July 2015

The unbeaten streak for the Men's Softball Team at the Pan Am Games continues, as Canada defeated the Domenican Republic 7-2. Durham's Jason Sanford struck out in his one at bat for the squad. The final round robin match for the Canadians is against Venezeula tonight, with the semifinals tomorrow.
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Pictou County athletes had a terrific performance at the Provincial Special Olympic Games held last weekend in Halifax. There were gold medals for the rythmic gymnastics, bocce, and basketball teams, plus an assortment of medals in track, bowling, swimming and golf. A big congratulations to all the competitors! The list of medalists is on the website. Track & Field
3000m - Adam Smith – Bronze
100m Male - Mike Edwards – Bronze
100m Male - Shaun Bennett – Bronze
800m Male - Adam Smith – Bronze
200m Female - Lucy Rogers – Bronze
Shot Put Male - Adam Smith – Silver
Shot Put Male - Mike Edwards – Silver
Standing Long Jump Male - Darryl Smith – Gold
Standing Long Jump Female - Blanche Bonvie – Silver
Standing Long Jump Female - Lucy Rogers – Silver

Bowling
Sherry Sanders, Amanda Smith, Justin Savage, Steven Trainor, David Wakely – Bronze
Alison Reeves, Joe Dort – Silver

Bocce
Cecil Lawrence, Rodney Bond, David Hughes, Harry Haroutunian – Gold

Basketball
Craig Boyd, Chase Cameron, Kyle Petroff, Stacey Saunders, Shey MacDonald, Justin Barnett, Lorretta Levangie, Derek Saunders, Adam Chandler, Norma Paris, Joey Rodenizer – Gold

Golf
Chris Atkinson – Silver

Rhythmic Gymnastics
Kara Scott, Amy Schmidt, Molly Caldwell, Emily Rondelet – Gold

Swimming
Boys 100 SC meter freestyle Evan Sharpe Silver
Boys 50 SC meter backstroke Jimmy Hefler Gold
Boys 50 SC meter backstroke Kendell Snell Bronze
Boys 100 SC meter breaststroke Evan Sharpe Gold
Boys 100 SC meter breaststroke Daniel Martin Bronze
Girls 25 SC meter freestyle Stacey Cunningham Silver
Girls 25 SC meter breaststroke Stacey Cunningham Silver
Girls 25 SC meter breaststroke Michelle Zuethoff Silver
Boys 50 SC meter freestyle Evan Sharpe Silver
Boys 50 SC meter freestyle Daniel Martin Bronze
Boys 100 SC meter backstroke Daniel Martin Gold
Boys 100 SC meter backstroke Evan Sharpe Gold
Boys 25 SC meter backstroke Kendell Snell Bronze
Boys 50 SC meter breaststroke Evan Sharpe Silver

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The deadline to register for female hockey for next season has been extended in the Fundy-Highland zone. All girls who wish to play female hockey must sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in the new central registry before Friday. This includes Female Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget, but does not include Novice or Female Midget AAA. Players who live in Pictou County will register at http://www.hockeynovascotia.ca/hns_13982.html. Registration is free.
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Riverside Speedway will hold a weekend of racing, with the Highland Sportsman 100 on Friday, and the IWK 250 Pro Stock Race Saturday. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszulics and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou racer driven by Jeff Fultz will be there.
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The next Johnny Miles event is the Kids Triathlon on 25 July and Melmerby Triathlon on 26 July. Both events will take place at Melmerby Beach & Provincial Park. The kids triathlon is free for kids 12 and under, with registration beginning at 8am the day of the event. Parents are allowed to swim, ride or run with the kids. The Melmerby Triathlon offers three distances, along with a Post Race lunch and BBQ. Registration is Saturday the 25th at Pictou County Cycle, or Sunday the 26th at the Beach starting at 6:30am. For more information, visit http://www.johnnymiles.ca.
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Looking for something to do for your children this summer... they could learn to sail. There are still a couple of spots open in the Mobile Sailing School being offered on the Pictou Waterfront. You can choose the week of July 20th or July 27th or both! Open to ages 8 to 14 years. To find out more information or register please contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 485-4372 or visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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There's still time to register for Red Cross Summer Swimming Lessons at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Lessons begin Monday and run Monday to Thursday for two weeks. To register or for more information, please call the Pool at 902-485-5301
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Fundy Highland female hockey is in need of a coaching coordinator by the end of the month. The co-ordinator oversees the coaching selection for AA female teams in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. It would involve overseeing a selection committee made up of representatives from each area. The person selected would ensure the selection is done fairly in all areas for all teams. Anyone interested can contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JULY 15 ***UPDATED 1:00 PM***
Wednesday 15th July 2015

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The Kilted Golf Tournament, part of the Festival of the Tartans, has been cancelled for this year, due to an insufficient number of entrants.
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It was a highly successful Special Olympic Summer Games in Halifax this past weekend, as Pictou County athletes brought home an impressive medal haul. The full list is available below:
Track & Field (coached by Debby Willett and Jenna Thomson)
3000m - Adam Smith - Bronze
100m Male - Mike Edwards - Bronze
100m Male - Shaun Bennett - Bronze
800m Male - Adam Smith - Bronze
200m Female - Lucy Rogers - Bronze
Shot Put Male - Adam Smith - Silver
Shot Put Male - Mike Edwards - Silver
Standing Long Jump Male - Darryl Smith - Gold
Standing Long Jump Female - Blanche Bonvie - Silver
Standing Long Jump Female - Lucy Rogers - Silver
Bowling (coached by Cristie Beck)
Sherry Sanders - Bronze
Amanda Smith - Bronze
Alison Reeves - Silver
Justin Savage - Bronze
Steven Trainor - Bronze
David Wakely - Bronze
Joe Dort - Silver
Bocce (coached by Henry Heighton and Derek Borden)
Cecil Lawrence - Gold
Rodney Bond - Gold
David Hughes - Gold
Harry Haroutunian - Gold
Basketball (coached by John Kirby and Andrew Morash)
Craig Boyd - Gold
Chase Cameron - Gold
Kyle Petroff - Gold
Stacey Saunders - Gold
Shey MacDonald - Gold
Justin Barnett - Gold
Lorretta Levangie - Gold
Derek Saunders - Gold
Adam Chandler - Gold
Norma Paris - Gold
Joey Rodenizer - Gold
Golf (coached by Carla Dumaresq) Chris Atkinson - Silver
Rhythmic Gymnastics (coached by Sheri Scott and Lesley Sobey)
Kara Scott - Gold
Amy Schmidt - Gold
Molly Caldwell - Gold
Emily Rondelet - Gold
Swimming (coached by Aaron Smith and Ryan Sharpe)
Boys 100 SC meter freestyle - Evan Sharpe - Silver
Boys 50 SC meter backstroke - Jimmy Hefler - Gold
Boys 50 SC meter backstroke - Kendell Snell - Bronze
Boys 100 SC meter breaststroke - Evan Sharpe - Gold
Boys 100 SC meter breaststroke - Daniel Martin - Bronze
Girls 25 SC meter freestyle - Stacey Cunningham - Silver
Girls 25 SC meter breaststroke - Stacey Cunningham - Silver
Girls 25 SC meter breaststroke - Michelle Zuethoff - Silver
Boys 50 SC meter freestyle - Evan Sharpe - Silver
Boys 50 SC meter freestyle - Daniel Martin - Bronze
Boys 100 SC meter backstroke - Daniel Martin - Gold
Boys 100 SC meter backstroke - Evan Sharpe - Gold
Boys 25 SC meter backstroke - Kendell Snell - Bronze
Boys 50 SC meter breaststroke - Evan Sharpe - Silver
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Brittany Fraser has finished her Pan Am games experience in Toronto with a silver medal and a fourth place finish. Fraser, and her horse All In, wrapped up the individual dressage competition in a tie for fourth place today, but will not be coming home to Pictou County empty handed, after winning the silver medal in the Team Competition with the rest of her Canadian teammates back on Sunday.
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Make it 3 for 3 so far for the Men's Softball Team at the Pan Am Games. Canada defeated Argentina 9-3. Durham's Jason Sanford will likely be on the mound for their next round robin match against the Domenican Republic tonight.
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The deadline to register for female hockey for next season has been extended in the Fundy-Highland zone. All girls who wish to play female hockey must sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in the new central registry before Friday. This includes Female Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget, but does not include Novice or Female Midget AAA. Players who live in Pictou County will register at http://www.hockeynovascotia.ca/hns_13982.html. Registration is free.
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The next Johnny Miles event is the Kids Triathlon on 25 July and Melmerby Triathlon on 26 July. Both events will take place at Melmerby Beach & Provincial Park. The kids triathlon is free for kids 12 and under, with registration beginning at 8am the day of the event. Parents are allowed to swim, ride or run with the kids. The Melmerby Triathlon offers three distances, along with a Post Race lunch and BBQ. Registration is Saturday the 25th at Pictou County Cycle, or Sunday the 26th at the Beach starting at 6:30am. For more information, visit http://www.johnnymiles.ca.
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Looking for something to do for your children this summer... they could learn to sail. There are still a couple of spots open in the Mobile Sailing School being offered on the Pictou Waterfront. You can choose the week of July 20th or July 27th or both! Open to ages 8 to 14 years. To find out more information or register please contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 485-4372 or visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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There's still time to register for Red Cross Summer Swimming Lessons at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Lessons begin Monday and run Monday to Thursday for two weeks. To register or for more information, please call the Pool at 902-485-5301
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Fundy Highland female hockey is in need of a coaching coordinator by the end of the month. The co-ordinator oversees the coaching selection for AA female teams in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland counties. It would involve overseeing a selection committee made up of representatives from each area. The person selected would ensure the selection is done fairly in all areas for all teams. Anyone interested can contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca.
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FORMER MLA SEEKS NDP CENTRAL NOVA NOMINATION
Monday 13th July 2015

A familiar political face has now stepped forward to throw his hat into the ring to chase after the NDP nomination for the Central Nova candidacy on the Central Nova ballot this fall. Former Pictou Centre MLA, and Provincial Justice Minister, Ross Landry, announced that he intends to seek the nomination at the meeting in Plymouth on 26 June. Landry says he believes Tom Mulcair and the NDP have the potential to form government in Ottawa, and he is eager to help the people of Central Nova. Two other candidates have already stepped forward to seek the NDP nomination, community activist Katherine Reed of Antigonish, and defense lawyer Graham Murray from Ottawa.

MURRAY SEEKS CENTRAL NOVA NDP NOMINATION
Saturday 11th July 2015

There's another name in the race for the seat in Central Nova. Defence lawyer and film maker Graham Murray is seeking the NDP nomination for the riding. Murray will be campaigning against Antigonish community activist Katherine Reed ahead of the nomination meeting July 26 at the Plymouth Firehall.


PROVINCE WORKING ON SHORTAGE OF OB/GYNS
Thursday 9th July 2015

Nova Scotia's health minister says the government is working on a solution to a shortage of obstetricians and gynecologists that is being experienced in some parts of the province. But Leo Glavine says it could take a year or more for a solution as the province recruits more doctors. The province is looking at a successful program used by the IWK Health Centre in Halifax as a model for the province. Glavine says there needs to be a better system of backing up doctors when they are sick or away for professional development or other reasons. In the meantime, Glavine says the province has been able to recruit a new obstetrician for Antigonish to replace a doctor who is retiring

OTTAWA TO HELP EXPAND HIGH SPEED NET IN RURAL NS
Wednesday 8th July 2015

High-speed Internet service is expanding in Nova Scotia. The federal government has announced six-million-dollars in funding to expand Internet service in areas including Pictou, Antigonish and Cape Breton. The service is expected to reach about 14-thousand homes and businesses. The government says the expansion will deliver average speeds of five megabits per second and should be completed by August 2018.

FUNDING FROM OTTAWA TO IMPROVE RURAL HIGH SPEED INTERNET
Tuesday 7th July 2015

The federal government has announced $6 million in funding for high-speed Internet in Nova Scotia. The Industry Canada grant will allow Seaside Wireless Communications to expand Internet services to about 14,000 homes and businesses. The funding will be directed to residents in Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester, Guysborough, Inverness, Cape Breton, Cumberland, Richmond, and Victoria. The government says the expansion is expected to be completed by August 2018, delivering average Internet speeds of five megabits per second.


PROVINCE ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO PROMOTE ACTIVE LIVING IN PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 29th June 2015

Upgrades to the Hector Arena, the Shoreline-Jitney hiking trail, and the Westville Curling Club are amoung 10 recreation projects in the Highland region receiving grants to support physical activity for Nova Scotians. The region's grants, totalling $195-thousand, were announced today through the Recreation Facility Development Program. Environment Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Health and wellness Minister Leo Glavine, says recreation facilities are important to help Nova Scotians, especially children, to develop a habit of daily physical activity. The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation.
The following is a list of Highland region grants:
-- Hector Arena Commission, Pictou, upgrades to mechanical plant, $30,000 (year two of $60,000 funding commitment announced in 2014)
-- Pictou County Trails Association, continue work on Shoreline-Jitney trail, $22,500
-- Westville Curling Club, repair foundation and upgrades to basement and facility, $8,000
-- Antigonish Arena Commission, upgrades including a new floor, $25,000
-- Heatherton Development Culture and Wellness Association, Antigonish Co., upgrade school to serve as community recreation centre, $22,000
-- St. Andrews Consolidated School, Antigonish Co., natural play and learning, $22,000
-- Antigonish Education Centre, accessible playground, $23,000
-- Town of Mulgrave, improved accessibility, heaters, solar blanket, fencing, deck upgrade for community pool, $10,000
-- Positive Action For Keppoch Society, Beaver Meadow, Angitonish Co., trail construction, privy and change rooms, and skills park for Canada Cup Race, $17,500
-- Fanning Education Centre, Hazel Hill, Guysborough Co., trail construction and multipurpose outdoor learning centre, $15,000

MV MINER CLEAN UP FINISHED
Monday 22nd June 2015

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan says the final piece of the wreck of the MV Miner has been removed from the coast of Scaterie Island. MacLellan says the 11.9 million-dollar contract, which was awarded to an Antigonish-based contractor, concluded today with an additional 32 tonnes of asbestos and 26-thousand litres of diesel fuel above original estimates. He says the additional cost has yet to be determined, although he reiterated hopes that the federal government might help cover the additional cost of removing contaminants. The next step will be to tear down the temporary camp and structures, including the jetty, which was established during the project. The MV Miner was a bulk carrier that ran aground ago off the coast of Scaterie Island.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 22
Monday 22nd June 2015

For the first time in 40 years, the Johnny Miles Marathon weekend had a tie finish. Ray Moorehead of Hubley finished just 3/100ths of a second ahead of Summerside's Scott Clark in the men’s marathon, so close that Moorehead declared it a tie. Both finished with a time of 2:50:13, while the top woman was Leah Jabbour of Halifax, at 3:22:55, 17 seconds ahead of Glace Bay’s Kim Scattalon. Janet Fraser was the top local woman, coming in at 4:18.33. Dave MacLennan of Scotsburn was top local man, finishing with a time of 2:56:59. Other results:
Half Marathon
Top 3 Males
1. Mike Tate, Heatherton, NS – 1:12:20
2. Samuel Mason, Halifax, NS -1:19:06
3. Patrick White, Halifax, NS – 1:19:39
Top Local Male
Hugh Munroe, Merigomish, NS- 1:25:46
Top 3 Females
1. Kelly MacDonald, Northside East, NS -1:29:36
2. Abby Shaw, New Glasgow, NS- 1:31:03
3. Samantha MacKenzie, Hammonds Plains, NS- 1:36:13
10K
Top 3 Males
1. Bryden Tate, Heatherton, NS- 34:03
2. Scott Langille, New Glasgow, NS – 38:07
3. Mike MacKinnon, Upper Tantallon, NS – 38:30
Top 3 Females
1. Linda MacDonald, Bedford, NS- 42:05
2. Stacy Chesnutt, Dartmouth, NS- 42:39
3. Jessica Zentner, Woodburn, NS – 44:54
5K
Top 3 Males
1. Raymond Simpson, New Glasgow, NS- 17:34
2. Petere Corbin, New Glasgow, NS – 17:59
3. Ethan MacDonald, New Glasgow, NS- 18:50
Top 3 Females
1. Hana Marmura, Antigonish, NS- 19:29
2. Kendra MacNeil, Antigonish, NS – 19:59
3. Victoria Sandre, Greely, ON – 20:21
Top Local Female
Jenna MacDonald, New Glasgow, NS - 20:57

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Congratulations to the Kicken Vixens Roller Derby team, who travelled to PEI this past weekend to take on the Twisted Sisters and took another win 290 to 156! Voo Doo McQ was named MVP blocker & DC Comicazi was named MVP jammer.
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Seven local teens went undefeated at Hockey Night in Canada's "PlayOn!" street hockey tournament in Halifax this weekend. Team members Ryan MacLennan, Oliver Schnare, Jake Martin, Evan Callaghan, Brayden Ross, Mason Hawley, and goalie Andrew MacLeod went by the team name "Nation of Domination" and lived up to their name by dominating in the Snipers Male 15 and Under "Gretzky" division and winning seven games in a row to capture gold medals.
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL will have a new head coach for the 2015-16 season, however it will be a familiar face. Al Whidden, who was an assistant coach under Chris Stewart, will take over the reins of the team starting this fall. The team made the announcement of Whidden's promotion earlier today after Stewart announced his resignation back in April.
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The Subway Stingers Girls Fastball organization is having their final registration for this season tonight from 6-8pm at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse.
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The first season of Hector Arena Ball Hockey wrapped up Saturday night with 16 kids across the two divisions. On behalf of the Hector Arena Commission, thanks everyone for coming out over the last 6 weeks and helping to generate a sum of $1450 for the rink. In appreciation of that, there's an event this coming Saturday (June 27th) which will be free to play for everyone, as well as to launch the summer programs for the town of Pictou. There will be free Hotdogs & Smoothies, and the Canteen will be open, with a full slate of games (soccer, ball hockey and more).
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club (pictoucountygymnasticsclub@outlook.com) will be having an Open Registration for Summer Rec Classes on Saturday, June 27th from 2:00 - 6:00pm. The classes take place every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4 - 5pm and 5 - 6pm during July and August. The cost for these classes is $10 per hour (if you are a non-member you will have to pay a $30 GNS insurance fee). Summer rec is a great opportunity for children of all ages and experience levels to try gymnastics without committing to weekly classes. * If you are a non-member, and you sign up for summer Rec, you will have the opportunity to skip the Open Registration for Fall Classes!*
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Matt Spencer, assistant coach with the University of Calgary Dinos women’s basketball team, will be holding a number of clinics at the NSCC this week. There will be separate sessions for both Girls and Boys – Grades 7-11 only. The topic is : Creating and exploiting and offensive advantage. The sessions will be Friday June 26th from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm, then Saturday June 27th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Cost is $15 per player. For more information, and to book your slot, you can reach out to Matt directly at mdspence@ucalgary.ca or phone 403-863-9435.
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Registrations are now open for the annual Pictou County Roots for Youth Golf Tournament. The tournament will be on Aug 8 at 1pm at the Glen Lovat Golf Course on Fraser's Mountain. To register your team of 4, please go to www.pictoucountyrootsforyouth.com or call (902) 695 3241.
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LIBERAL STEPS UP FOR CENTRAL NOVA NOMINATION
Saturday 20th June 2015

Janet Becigneul, one-time parliamentary staffer and long-time Liberal Party volunteer, is seeking the Liberal nomination in Central Nova. Becigneul is a freelance consultant and community volunteer in Antigonish. She says she believes in Justin Trudeau's vision for Canada. Becigneul is looking to replace David MacLeod, who stepped down last month as the Liberal candidate over the party's support of Bill C-51 in Parliament.

PROVINCE ASKING FOR INPUT ON NEW TOLL HIGHWAYS
Friday 19th June 2015

The province issued a request for proposals today to conduct a provincewide tolling feasibility study to twin 100 series highways, including the section of the 104 between Sutherland's River and Antigonish. Once the study is completed, the information will be brought to the public through a series of consultations, both in person and online, to allow all Nova Scotians to have their say. The report will be completed by end of April 2016. This will include public consultation and final report.

KATHERINE REED SEEKS FEDERAL NDP NOD FOR CENTRAL NOVA
Friday 19th June 2015

Another person is entering the race for Central Nova. Antigonish resident Katherine Reed is seeking the NDP nomination for the fall election. Reed says her background in community development and social issues will make her a good fit with the federal NDP's policies. A nomination meeting is set for July 26th.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 16
Tuesday 16th June 2015

Results from XFC Soccer over the weekend:
U14 XFC boys lost 3-0 vs Dartmouth United
U14 XFC girls lost 3-0 to Suburban
U18 XFC girls tied 1-1 to Halifax City
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The Northern Nova United Falcon U12 Boys opened their 2015 season with a 5-5 draw on Monday night against the defending Highland Soccer League and Provincial champion Antigonish Celtics. The Falcons struck early in the first half on a penalty kick from Cody McKay. After the Celtics tied the score, the Falcons once again notched another tally off the boot of Thomas Schnare, and led 2-1 at the half. The lead changed hands a few times in the second half, with goals coming from Liam Berthiaume, Logan Bennett, and a second goal from Schnare. The home team tied the score late, and the match ended in a draw. The Falcons played a great game, and had several chances to move ahead only to be thwarted by stellar saves by the Celtics goalkeeper.
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Congratulations to the NRHS Nighthawks co-ed Ultimate Frisbee team who had a very strong showing at the Nova Scotia provincial tournament this past weekend. Their teams finished 7th and 9th out of 16 teams, and also earned the Spirit banner for outstanding sportsmanship. Pictou County Ultimate co-ed summer league begins this Tuesday, June 16, at 6:30 at Parkdale. Still accepting late registration by emailing ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club (pictoucountygymnasticsclub@outlook.com) will be having an Open Registration for Summer Rec Classes on Saturday, June 27th from 2:00 - 6:00pm. The classes take place every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 4 - 5pm and 5 - 6pm during July and August. The cost for these classes is $10 per hour (if you are a non-member you will have to pay a $30 GNS insurance fee). Summer rec is a great opportunity for children of all ages and experience levels to try gymnastics without committing to weekly classes. * If you are a non-member, and you sign up for summer Rec, you will have the opportunity to skip the Open Registration for Fall Classes!*
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Thursday will be a day of great pro wrestling in Pictou as skilled athletes put it all on the line in the second annual Lobster Cup at the Hector Arena. All funds raised go toward the Pictou Lobster Carnival. The event starts at 7pm. Advance tickets are $12 adults, $10 for seniors and kids 12 and under.
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The MHL has made a major change in play for next season. At the league's Annual General Meeting, it was decided that to go to a 5 minute 3-on-3 overtime for games tied at the end of regulation. League President Dave Ritcey says the goal is to see more offense in the overtime period, resulting in fewer games going to the shootout.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 12
Friday 12th June 2015

Today, New Glasgow Regional Police will play for the 6th Annual DARE Tim Hortons Challenge Cup, an annual event that that allows police and Drug Abuse Resistance Education students to play floor hockey against the police. Last year students from Trenton Middle School hammered the police 6 to 3 and in past years AG Baillie School remains undefeated The main goal is to foster police-student relationships and to have a good time. The game will take place this morning.
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This Saturday is the season opener at Riverside Speedway in James River. Action begins at 6pm with the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick 150 and the Legends Sportsmen 50. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszkulics, and Pictou's Rollie MacDonald (driven by Brad Eddy) will be on the track.
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The Annual General Meeting for the New Glasgow Minor Hockey Association will be held on Monday June 15th at 6:30 pm at the Westside Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout Saturday night with 28 kids out across the two divisions through week four. Only two weeks left! Note: for this week ONLY Ball Hockey will be on Friday night with the 5-9 age group @ 6pm, the 10-14 year olds will play at 7pm. Check them out on Facebook @ Hector Arena and stay tuned: more big news to come...
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In AGR League Action, St.Andrew’s plays Arisiag on Friday at 6:30, while Heatherton takes on Guysbrough at 7:30. Sunday afternoon, it's Guysbrough versus Arisiag at 1:30.
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June 18 will be a day of great pro wrestling in Pictou as skilled athletes put it all on the line in the second annual Lobster Cup at the Hector Arena. All funds raised go toward the Pictou Lobster Carnival. The event starts at 7pm. Advance tickets are $12 adults, $10 for seniors and kids 12 and under.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 11 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Thursday 11th June 2015

The Northern Nova Falcons Under 12 and Under 14 Girls soccer teams were busy this week. The U 14 Girls defeated Truro 3 to 1 , with local goal scorers being Cassie Clarke, Jillian Matlock and Eva Wornell. The Under 12 Girls won two games , defeating Amherst 4 to 3. Two goals from Geogie Gunn, 1 from Victoria Robertson and 1 from Isa MacKay. They also defeated Antigonish 6 to 0. Goal scorers there were Georgie Gunn with 3, Tess Murray, Isa Mackay and Megan MacKenzie with one goal each.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is at the Pioneer Coal Track on Thursday. The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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This Saturday is the season opener at Riverside Speedway in James River. Action begins at 6pm with the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick 150 and the Legends Sportsmen 50. Local drivers Donald Chisholm, George Koszkulics, and Pictou's Rollie MacDonald (driven by Brad Eddy) will be on the track.
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The Annual General Meeting for the New Glasgow Minor Hockey Association will be held on Monday June 15th at 6:30 pm at the Westside Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout Saturday night with 28 kids out across the two divisions through week four. Only two weeks left! Note: for this week ONLY Ball Hockey will be on Friday night with the 5-9 age group @ 6pm, the 10-14 year olds will play at 7pm. Check them out on Facebook @ Hector Arena and stay tuned: more big news to come...
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In AGR League Action, St.Andrew’s plays Arisiag on Friday at 6:30, while Heatherton takes on Guysbrough at 7:30. Sunday afternoon, it's Guysbrough versus Arisiag at 1:30.
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June 18 will be a day of great pro wrestling in Pictou as skilled athletes put it all on the line in the second annual Lobster Cup at the Hector Arena. All funds raised go toward the Pictou Lobster Carnival. The event starts at 7pm. Advance tickets are $12 adults, $10 for seniors and kids 12 and under.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 10
Wednesday 10th June 2015

Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is at the Pioneer Coal Track on Thursday. The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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The Subway Stingers Girls Fastball organization will be having a registration for the 2015 season tonight from 6-8pm at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse. For further information check the website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers or contact danrichards901@msn.com
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The Annual General Meeting for the New Glasgow Minor Hockey Association will be held on Monday June 15th at 6:30 pm at the Westside Community Centre. All are welcome to attend.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout Saturday night with 28 kids out across the two divisions through week four. Only two weeks left! Note: for this week ONLY Ball Hockey will be on Friday night with the 5-9 age group @ 6pm, the 10-14 year olds will play at 7pm. Check them out on Facebook @ Hector Arena and stay tuned: more big news to come...
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 9
Tuesday 9th June 2015

With the MHL draft coming this weekend, the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers have selected as their territorial pick Weeks Major Midget forward Grant Fraser. The 5’ 9” forward from Stellarton collected 6 goals and added 6 assists in his rookie season with the Weeks Major Midgets. Before making the jump to Major Midget, Grant was Team Captain of the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers. The territorial selection is a start of a busy week for the Crushers as team staff heads to Campbellton, New Brunswick on Thursday for the 2015 MHL Entry Draft.
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The North Nova Education Centre girls fast pitch team finished an undefeated season with the NSSAF Division 1 Championship on Sunday. In their first game of the tournament, North Nova defeated Cole Harbour 12-3 in five innings. Top batters included Hilary Taylor, Taylor Perry, Hailey Fahie and Kelyn Palmer, who was the winning pitcher. The second game was an 11-7 victory over Cobequid Education Centre. Hannah Williams started on the mound with relief from Palmer. Leading batters were Sophia Wornell, Meghan Fox, Williams, Camryn Halliday and Rylee Forsyth, with strong defence from Emily Livingstone and Courtney Smith. In the third game, NNEC won 9-2 over Avonview in five innings. Winning pitcher Hannah Williams had only three hits against her, and the top batters were Bailey Koehoorn, Wornell, Jill MacDonald and Williams. The championship game against Cole Harbour capped off the perfect season – winning 13-3 in five innings. Pitcher Palmer had a two-hitter, and the leading batters included Fox, Palmer, Williams, Perry and Wornell.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is coming at the Pioneer Coal Track on Tuesday and Thursday (June 9th and 11th) The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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Pictou County Ultimate welcomes everyone to a pick-up game Tuesday at 6:30 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex at Parkdale. Registration will be taken for their upcoming co-ed summer league, held Tuesday nights from next week until the end of August. Registration fee is $30 including jersey; email ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com or follow Pictou County Ultimate on facebook for more information.
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The Subway Stingers Girls Fastball organization will be having a registration for the 2015 season on Wednesday from 6-8pm at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse. For further information check the website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers or contact danrichards901@msn.com
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout Saturday night with 28 kids out across the two divisions through week four. Only two weeks left! Note: for this week ONLY Ball Hockey will be on Friday night with the 5-9 age group @ 6pm, the 10-14 year olds will play at 7pm. Check them out on Facebook @ Hector Arena and stay tuned: more big news to come...
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LOCAL BUSINESSES RECEIVE FUNDING FROM MICHELIN PROGRAM
Monday 8th June 2015

Eighteen small businesses in northern Nova Scotia are getting a boost. The Michelin Development community loan program is providing $1.2 million in funding for these companies this year. The program, a partnership between Bergengren Credit Union, Northern Opportunities For Business Limited, Guysborough CBDC and Michelin Development, is entering its second year. New and existing small business owners interested in submitting a business proposal to Michelin Development are invited to visit michelindevelopment.ca for more information.
Michelin Development community loan program recipients:
Ron’s Small Engine, Thorburn
Chelsea's Hair Salon, New Glasgow
South Main Car Care, Westville
Hunt Outdoors Shooting Range, Truro
TKM Trucking (2 loans), Loch Broom
Whack it Down Yer Neck, New Glasgow
Baini Development Ltd. (Convenience Store), Brookfield
MacPherson’s Trailer Service, Westville
3D Auto Parts, Stellarton
McKay Fuels, New Glasgow
TruLeaf/GoodLeaf, Truro
Pete's Pizza, Thorburn
Noremac Tires Ltd, Antigonish
TNB Plumbing & Heating, Westville
Bennett's Market, Antigonish
Forever Memories Equestrian, Bible Hill
Nature's Nook and Kranny, West Branch


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 8 *UPDATED 12:10 PM*
Monday 8th June 2015

A face familiar to CFL fans will be patrolling the sidelines in Antigonish this fall, as the X-Men Football program has added Jim Daley as Special Team Coordinator. Daley served as CFL head coach with Winnipeg (2004-05) and Saskatchewan (1996-98), guiding the Roughriders to the 1997 Grey Cup game. His Roughriders appointment marked the first time a former CIS or CJFL head coach earned a CFL head coaching position, after coaching at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and with the CJFL Ottawa Sooners.
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The New Glasgow Kinsmen DQ Blizzards peewee AA baseball team took both ends of a double header on Sunday over the Hants North Jays. The Blizzards soared past the Jays in game 1 by a score of 14-1. Cody Leblanc pitched a complete game 1 hitter, striking out 10 batters along the way. Leading the offence was Ray Lowe-Chisholm with 3 hits while Jayden Hatchard added 2. Sam Hickey, Scott Long, Cody MacDougall, Luke Young and Skyler Earle helped out with 1 hit each. The Blizzards rolled to an 11-1 win in game 2, behind a solid pitching performance by Chisholm and Hatchard. Chisholm allowed only 2 hits while striking out 6 over 5 innings, Hatchard struck out all three batters he faced in the 6th. Hickey and Hatchard had 2 hits each to lead the Blizzards offence; while Thomas Devine, Nick MacInnis, Chris Avery, Braydon Killen, MacDougall and Chisholm cracked one hit each. The Blizzards travel to Truro Friday night for a game and then return home on Sunday for a double-header vs. Dartmouth at 1:00 & 3:30
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The North Nova Gryphons’ boys rugby team suffered their first loss of the year, in the provincial high school finals. The Gryphons were shut out 10-0 by the Citadel Phoenix on Saturday afternoon. North Nova was 3-0 in the round robin portion of the tournament, and had a 28-10 win over King’s-Edgehill in a Saturday morning crossover. Kale Mason, J.C. MacRae, Ryan MacDonald and Jacob Pentz had tries for NNEC against King’s-Edgehill, while Mark Leemberg kicked four converts. On the girls' side, the Gryphons lost to CEC 12-8 in a crossover match. Lindsay Feit scored a try, while Caroline Straub kicked a field goal. The Northumberland Nighthawks boys’ team did not make it into Saturday’s games.
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Tough weekend for the XFC boys and girls teams: U12 XFC girls lost 1-0 to Suburban, U14 XFC girls lost 3-2to Halifax Dunbrack, U16 XFC girls lost 4-2 to Halifax Dunbrack, and U18 XFC girls lost 3-0 to Halifax Dunbrack. The U12 XFC boys lost 3-1 to Dartmouth United, and U14 XFC boys lost 3-2 to Halifax County.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is coming at the Pioneer Coal Track on Tuesday and Thursday (June 9th and 11th) The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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Pictou County Ultimate welcomes everyone to a pick-up game Tuesday at 6:30 at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex at Parkdale. Registration will be taken for their upcoming co-ed summer league, held Tuesday nights from next week until the end of August. Registration fee is $30 including jersey; email ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com or follow Pictou County Ultimate on facebook for more information.
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The Subway Stingers Girls Fastball organization will be having a registration for the 2015 season on Wednesday from 6-8pm at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse. For further information check the website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers or contact danrichards901@msn.com
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 The committees will create teams based on the geographic location of the players and the player's preference when it comes to level of play. These committees will then place the teams back with the Minor Hockey Associations that make up the new female hockey zones. Players will then pay their registration fee to the Minor Hockey Association that they will play with. When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout Saturday night with 28 kids out across the two divisions through week four. Only two weeks left! Note: for this week ONLY Ball Hockey will be on Friday night with the 5-9 age group @ 6pm, the 10-14 year olds will play at 7pm. Check them out on Facebook @ Hector Arena and stay tuned: more big news to come...
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 6
Saturday 6th June 2015

The Guysborough Broadhorns took both ends of a doubleheader over the St. Andrew's Flyers yesterday in AGR League action. Game 1 saw Rene D'Entremont pitch a shutout as the Broadhorns won 7-0 in five innings. Game 2 was a much closer match-up, as the 'Horns needed 8 innings to earn a 10-9 win. D'Entremont earned his second win on the mound, after coming in to relieve Andrew Connolly.
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A face familiar to CFL fans will be patrolling the sidelines in Antigonish this fall, as the X-Men Football program has added Jim Daley as Special Team Coordinator. Daley served as CFL head coach with Winnipeg (2004-05) and Saskatchewan (1996-98), guiding the Roughriders to the 1997 Grey Cup game. His Roughriders appointment marked the first time a former CIS or CJFL head coach earned a CFL head coaching position, after coaching at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and with the CJFL Ottawa Sooners.
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The Birch Hill MX Team took part in the first round of the CMRC Atlantic Motocross Series at Riverglade MX in Salisbury, New Brunswick on May 30th. Many of the riders were sporting bigger bikes and/or riding in new classes. Brent Chapman finished 6th and 5th in the 65 cc class for a 6th overall and rode his 65 cc bike in the 85 cc (7-11 year old) class to two 8th place finishes. Sammy Daling finished 4th overall in the young ladies class with 3rd and 4th place finishes in her motos. Nole Chapman finished 8th overall in the 85 cc (12-16 year old class) and 9th overall in Supermini. Brandon Daling finished 13th in the Schoolboy class and 14th in the MX2 Junior class. Adam Hilling finished 7th overall in Schoolboy with 5th and 7th place finishes and 5th overall in the MX2 Junior class with a 3rd and a 6th place finish. Colin Holmes rode to finish 6th and 5th in his two motos for 5th overall in Beginner GP. In the Intermediate MX2 Class, David Butler finished 6th overall (5th and 6th). Butler also finished 7th overall in the Under 30 class. The Birch Hill MX team riders will compete again at Strang’s MX Park in Malden, New Brunswick on June 14.
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The Pictou County Thorne’s Burner Kinsmen AAA Bantam baseball team will open the home portion of their season with two doubleheaders on the weekend. The Bantams, who are 2-1 after three road games, will host the Dartmouth Arrows for two games today and then host two tomorrow against the Halifax Mets. Both doubleheaders begin at 11 a.m. at the Kinsmen Field in New Glasgow.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is coming at the Pioneer Coal Track next Tuesday and Thursday (June 9th and 11th) The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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People are encouraged to try their hand at catching a fish this weekend. During the annual Sportfishing Weekend, residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence. Although a licence is not required this weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found online at novascotia.ca/fish.
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The Kickin' Vixens start their roller derby season this afternoon with a match at home against the Valley Avengers. Game time at the Trenton Rink is 3pm, doors open at 2:30. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under. Learn more online at kickinvixens.com
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event tomorrow from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 The committees will create teams based on the geographic location of the players and the player's preference when it comes to level of play. These committees will then place the teams back with the Minor Hockey Associations that make up the new female hockey zones. Players will then pay their registration fee to the Minor Hockey Association that they will play with. When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto will get underway tonight at 6pm with the 5-9 age group while the 10-14 will hit the floor at 7pm, and the 15 & over will play at 8pm. It's $10 per player and there's only three weeks left.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 5 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Friday 5th June 2015

The Birch Hill MX Team took part in the first round of the CMRC Atlantic Motocross Series at Riverglade MX in Salisbury, New Brunswick on May 30th. Many of the riders were sporting bigger bikes and/or riding in new classes. Brent Chapman finished 6th and 5th in the 65 cc class for a 6th overall and rode his 65 cc bike in the 85 cc (7-11 year old) class to two 8th place finishes. Sammy Daling finished 4th overall in the young ladies class with 3rd and 4th place finishes in her motos. Nole Chapman finished 8th overall in the 85 cc (12-16 year old class) and 9th overall in Supermini. Brandon Daling finished 13th in the Schoolboy class and 14th in the MX2 Junior class. Adam Hilling finished 7th overall in Schoolboy with 5th and 7th place finishes and 5th overall in the MX2 Junior class with a 3rd and a 6th place finish. Colin Holmes rode to finish 6th and 5th in his two motos for 5th overall in Beginner GP. In the Intermediate MX2 Class, David Butler finished 6th overall (5th and 6th). Butler also finished 7th overall in the Under 30 class. The Birch Hill MX team riders will compete again at Strang’s MX Park in Malden, New Brunswick on June 14.
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The Pictou County Thorne’s Burner Kinsmen AAA Bantam baseball team will open the home portion of their season with two doubleheaders on the weekend. The Bantams, who are 2-1 after three road games, will host the Dartmouth Arrows for two games on Saturday and then host two on Sunday against the Halifax Mets. Both doubleheaders begin at 11 a.m. at the Kinsmen Field in New Glasgow.
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Another Pictou County athlete is preparing to make a name for himself on the world stage later this month. Durham's Jason Sanford is part of Team Canada at the Men's World Softball Championships in Saskatoon from June 26 to July 5. This isn't Sanford's first time representing Canada, having been a part of the team on several occasions since 2008. You can follow Sanford and all of Team Canada's progress through the tournament at the tournament website.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is coming at the Pioneer Coal Track next Tuesday and Thursday (June 9th and 11th) The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club invites you to join them for their 4th Annual Fun Meet Friday & Saturday. It's a chance for families, friends and the general public to come to the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive, athletes are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on during the year. Admission $2, children under 12 free. All proceeds help provide gymnastics and related programs that are accessible for all community club members.
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People are encouraged to try their hand at catching a fish this weekend. During the annual Sportfishing Weekend, residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence. Although a licence is not required this weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found online at novascotia.ca/fish.
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The Kickin' Vixens start their roller derby season on Saturday with a match at home against the Valley Avengers. Game time at the Trenton Rink is 3pm Saturday, doors open at 2:30. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under. Learn more online at kickinvixens.com
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event on Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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In the AGR League, with Sunday's doubleheader in Heatherton cancelled due to repairs being done to the field, there will be a make-up game tonight between Arisaig and Heatherton in Heatherton at 6:40. The doubleheader between St.Andrew's and Guysbrough begins at 7.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 The committees will create teams based on the geographic location of the players and the player's preference when it comes to level of play. These committees will then place the teams back with the Minor Hockey Associations that make up the new female hockey zones. Players will then pay their registration fee to the Minor Hockey Association that they will play with. When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Hector Arena Ball hockey sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto will get underway Saturday night at 6pm with the 5-9 age group while the 10-14 will hit the floor at 7pm, and the 15 & over will play at 8pm. It's $10 per player and there's only three weeks left.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 4 *UPDATED 9:35 AM*
Thursday 4th June 2015


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Another Pictou County athlete is preparing to make a name for himself on the world stage later this month. Yesterday, Softball Canada announced the 17 players named to the roster for the Men's World Softball Championships taking place in Saskatoon from June 26 to July 5. Included on the roster is Durham's Jason Sanford. This is not Sanford's first time representing Canada, having been a part of the team on several occasions since 2008. You can follow Sanford and all of Team Canada's progress through the tournament at the tournament website.
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Pictou County Athletics 13+ team registration is coming at the Pioneer Coal Track next Tuesday and Thursday (June 9th and 11th) The program is held during June, July and August with practices every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm until 8pm. PCA fees are as follows: June/July/Aug – $80; July/Aug – $80; Uniform singlet – $ 25; ANS fee – ask about this during registration For more information, contact Ryan Washburn at athleticspc@gmail.com or call the track at 755 – 3501
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club invites you to join them for their 4th Annual Fun Meet Friday & Saturday. It's a chance for families, friends and the general public to come to the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive, athletes are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on during the year. Admission $2, children under 12 free. All proceeds help provide gymnastics and related programs that are accessible for all community club members.
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People are encouraged to try their hand at catching a fish this weekend. During the annual Sportfishing Weekend, residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence. Although a licence is not required this weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found online at novascotia.ca/fish.
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The Kickin' Vixens start their roller derby season on Saturday with a match at home against the Valley Avengers. Game time at the Trenton Rink is 3pm Saturday, doors open at 2:30. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under. Learn more online at kickinvixens.com
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event on Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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In Wednesday AGR League action, the season opener saw the Pomquet Acadians down the Heatherton Warriors 5-4. Winning Pitcher was Richie Connors in relief of Murray MacNeil, while the losing Pitcher was Paul Purcell. Top Hitters for Pomquet were: Mark Dort (2/3, Double, Single, 2 RBI’s), Chad O’Connor & Blair Van Orischot each with Solo Homers. For Heatherton: Burton Chisholm Sr (2 Run Homer, 2 RBI’s) and Ricky Bowie (2 RBI’s). On Friday, there's a doubleheader between St.Andrew’s and Guysbrough starting at 7pm, while Sunday’s doubleheader between Arisaig Blues & Heatherton Warriors is cancelled due to work being done on the Heatherton Ball Field.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 The committees will create teams based on the geographic location of the players and the player's preference when it comes to level of play. These committees will then place the teams back with the Minor Hockey Associations that make up the new female hockey zones. Players will then pay their registration fee to the Minor Hockey Association that they will play with. When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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FOUR DRIVERS CHARGED WITH STUNTING
Wednesday 3rd June 2015

The warmer weather might be leading to cases of lead foot, as RCMP have charged four people with stunting in the last week. On May 28, a 17-year-old female from Antigonish County was charged after being clocked at 143 km/h in a 90 km/h zone on Highway 7. Two days later, a 17-year-old Pictou County male was charged with stunting on Hwy 104 near Westville. The driver was allegedly travelling 165 km/h in a posted 110 km/h zone.

On Saturday, two adult males, one from Pictou County and the other from P.E.I., were charged for stunting following a suspected road rage incident in Telford, Pictou County. According to police, one was attempting to pass the other at 172 km/h and the other sped up to 158 km/h to try and prevent the passing.

All four drivers charged face a seven-day suspension of driving privileges. Their vehicles were also towed and seized, and they each face fines of over $2,418.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - JUNE 3
Wednesday 3rd June 2015


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The summer Pictou County Athletics 13 plus team registration is Tuesday, June 9th at the Pioneer Coal Track Facility from 5:30 to 6:30. Practices are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 6 to 8 pm with the first practice starts on Tuesday, June 9th. For further information, please contact Pat Carty at cartab@hotmail.com or check the website at www.pictoucountyathletics.com
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club invites you to join them for their 4th Annual Fun Meet Friday & Saturday. It's a chance for families, friends and the general public to come to the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive, athletes are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on during the year. Admission $2, children under 12 free. All proceeds help provide gymnastics and related programs that are accessible for all community club members.
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People are encouraged to try their hand at catching a fish this weekend. During the annual Sportfishing Weekend, residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence. Although a licence is not required this weekend, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. Regulations and more information on sport fishing in Nova Scotia can be found online at novascotia.ca/fish.
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The Kickin' Vixens start their roller derby season on Saturday with a match at home against the Valley Avengers. Game time at the Trenton Rink is 3pm Saturday, doors open at 2:30. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under. Learn more online at kickinvixens.com
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event on Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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The AGR League begins this week. On Wednesday, Pomquet plays Heatherton at 6:30 pm. Friday it's St.Andrew’s vs Guysborough at 7:00.
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Changes are being made to female hockey to streamline administration and governance of the game. As of June 15, all female hockey players who plan to play female hockey -- Female Atom, Female Peewee, Female Bantam and Female Midget – next season will be required to sign up with Hockey Nova Scotia in a new central registry. This does not apply to Novice or Female Midget AAA. 

Signing up is completely free, running from June 15 to June 30. Players will sign up online with one of six geographical zones based on where they live. Players who live within the counties of Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland belong to the Female Fundy-Highland zone. Entering the central registry early will help ensure that Hockey Nova Scotia is able to pass information along to the newly created Female Hockey Committees, which will act as representatives and administrators of female hockey in each of the six new geographical zones.

 The committees will create teams based on the geographic location of the players and the player's preference when it comes to level of play. These committees will then place the teams back with the Minor Hockey Associations that make up the new female hockey zones. Players will then pay their registration fee to the Minor Hockey Association that they will play with. When completing the online registration, it’s not necessary for returning players to know their hockey account number – just their name and birthdate. Registrants will also choose the level of hockey they wish to try out for – A or AA. For more information: In Antigonish, contact Blake Beaton at blake.j.beaton@gmail.com In Colchester, contact Margaret Hearn at robmarg@eastlink.ca or John Daigle at johndaigle65@gmail.com In Pictou County, contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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One of the biggest names in hockey is coming to play in the Scott Weeks Charity Golf Tournament next month. Habs legend Guy Lafleur will be this year’s marquee guest. The event is held each year to generate funds for the Scott Weeks Bursary Program, which so far has supported 72 alumni of the Weeks Major Midget and Junior hockey programs.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 30
Saturday 30th May 2015

The Subway Stingers will be holding their next registration for the 2015 season today from 9am-1pm upstairs at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse on Foord Street Stellarton. In other news there will be an identification session for the U-10 and U-12 Subway Stingers Rep teams on Monday June 1st. at 6pm on Field-1. The purpose of this session is to evaluate player(s) availability and skill level moving forward with the U-10 and U-12 programs at the competitive levels. Stinger Registration is required to participate If you are not able to attend or require further information please contact Dan Richards at danrichards901@msn.com
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The Subway Stingers U-14 Rep team will be hosting the Cole Harbour Comets today for a pair of games beginning at 2pm on Dorrington Field-1. The Subway Stingers organization will be playing host tomorrow to Team NS's Female U-18 team as they host Team New Brunswick in a pair of games scheduled to begin at 12pm on Dorrington Field-1. Stingers alumni Hilary Taylor and Kelyn Palmer are part of a strong NS team which is preparing to compete at the Softball Canada U-18 Championship later this summer.
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The NSSAF Regional Track meet continues today at the Pioneer Coal Track Facility. The top 8 finishers from the District Track Meet from Pictou and Cumberland Counties will be competing against the top 8 finishers from the Colchester/Antigonish District Meet. Competition will begin at 9:00 am. The top 8 finishers in each event will qualify for provincials June 5 & 6 at Acadia University.
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Week two of Ball Hockey at the Hector Arena, sponsored by Shiretown Home and Auto, saw another good turnout in the 5-9 & 10-14 divisions seeing 36 kids out while the 15 & Over division had just a couple of people and is in need of more players to have a game. This week's schedule will see 5-9 yrs playing @6pm while the 10-14 will play @7pm & the 15-over division @8pm. All games are on Saturday.
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The Youth Skate Park Committee of Westville was scheduled to hold a Fundraising Ball Hockey Tournament on May 31, however, that tournament has now been postponed to the fall.
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The United Way of Pictou County invites you join them for their 2nd Annual Golf Fore Change scramble tournament at the Glen Lovat Golf Club on Saturday, June 6th (12 noon shotgun start). Registration is only $320 per foursome and includes green fees, a steak dinner, a cart, contests, prizes and lots of fun & fellowship. Call 902-755-1754 or email info@pictoucountyunitedway.ca
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The YMCA is having a Healthy Kids Make Strong Kids event on Sunday, June 7 th from 1 to 3 pm. Local organizations, such as United Way Bikes, Active Pictou County, the Library, Early Intervention, and others will be in attendance for this free event. There will also be Zumba, swims, story time and more.
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The AGR League begins next week. On Wednesday, June 3, Pomquet plays Heatherton at 6:30 pm. Friday, June 5, it's St.Andrew’s vs Guysborough at 7:00.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MAY 29
Friday 29th May 2015

The Subway Stingers will be holding their next registration for the 2015 season on Saturday May 30th from 9am-1pm upstairs at the Dorrington Field Clubhouse on Foord Street Stellarton. In other news there will be an identification session for the U-10 and U-12 Subway Stingers Rep teams on Monday June 1st. at 6pm on Field-1. The purpose of this session is to evaluate player(s