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MP FRASER OPENING SATELLITE OFFICES NEXT MONTH
Friday 20th April 2018

Central Nova MP Sean Fraser is opening three new satellite offices to better serve his large constituency. Beginning next month, Fraser's staff will be available from 10:00am to 3pm on Fridays outside of New Glasgow and Antigonish. They will be in Middle Musquodoboit at the Musquodoboit Valley Family Resource Centre on the second Friday of the month. On the third Friday, the office at the Musquodoboit Harbour Library will be open. The fourth Friday of the month will see Fraser's satellite office open at the Sheet Harbour Chamber of Commerce. Fraser says there was a very good response to 14 traveling clinics held throughout Central Nova in the summer of 2016, and he looks forward to providing ongoing service in these areas. Walk-ins are welcome, but constituents can make appointments by calling 1-844-641-5886, or by emailing sean.fraser@parl.gc.ca,

SPORTS APRIL 17
Tuesday 17th April 2018

Desiree Linden won this year's Boston Marathon to become the first American woman to win Boston since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach. On the men's side, Japan's Yuki Kawauchi earned his first major marathon title in 2:15:54. The conditions were less than ideal, as runners had to deal with a lot of wind and rain. Results from local runners: Dave Hood of Stellarton completed the race in 3:18:44, while Eric Gillis of Antigonish did not finish. Holly MacLean, originally from New Glasgow, ran a time of 3:07:48, while her sister Emily did not finish.
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Pictou County Challenger baseball will be holding registration for players and Buddies for the 2018 season on April 22,23,25,26,30 and May 1,3 from 6-8pm at the Autism Pictou County office located at Bridgeview Square, New Glasgow above H&R Music. A buddy is someone who would like to volunteer with our program to help assist players on the field. Should you need any more information please contact Trevor Kearley at 902-695-2148 or by email at twfkearley@hotmail.com
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton from 6pm-9pm. The online registration is open now at www.nnusc.com. You can also find program details on the website. Check out Facebook @ "Northern Nova United" as well.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please visit Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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Pictou County Tier 1 Wolves' next games are April 28th at the New Glasgow Wellness Center vs the Bedford Bengals @ 11:15 and the Acadia Coyotes at 4:15.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs (First Round)
Don't count the Leafs out just yet. Auston Matthews scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as Toronto defeated Boston 4-2. (Boston leads series 2-1)
Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists, setting up Stefan Noesen's game-winner with 7:05 play, and the New Jersey Devils scored four times in the third to claw their way back into their first-round series with Tampa Bay on Monday night, beating the Lightning 5-2. (Tampa Bay leads series 2-1)
Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, including one as part of a three-goal first period and another to chase Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne from the game, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Predators 5-3. (Nashville leads series 2-1)
Joonas Donskoi scored one goal and set up another to start a four-goal barrage in the second period and the San Jose Sharks raced past Anaheim for the third straight game, beating the Ducks 8-1. (San Jose leads series 3-0)
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NBA Playoffs (First Round)
Golden State 113 San Antonio 92 (Warriors lead series 2-0)
Miami 113 Philadelphia 103 (Series tied 1-1)
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MLB
American League
Tampa Bay 8 Texas 4
Oakland 8 Chicago White Sox 1
Seattle 2 Houston 1
Baltimore at Boston, ppd.
Kansas City at Toronto, ppd.
National League
Colorado 6 Pittsburgh 2
Washington 8 N.Y. Mets 6
Atlanta 2 Philadelphia 1
Cincinnati 10 Milwaukee 4
L.A. Dodgers 10 San Diego 3
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs, ppd.
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 12 Miami 1

TOURISM AWARDS HANDED OUT IN NG
Friday 13th April 2018

The annual tourism awards ceremony in New Glasgow was a sell-out for the organizers at Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores last night, and major awards went to some well-known and even some lesser-known names. The Tourism group has bragging rights to 3-thousand jobs and 25-million in tax contbributions for the 2017 calendar year, which brought in record visitors. Winners included:
2017 Marketing Award – NS Spirit Company of Trenton, (with plans for a new tasting room and brewery in Stellarton)
Rising Star Award – Norse Cove Camping on the Eastern Shore
Festivals and Events Award – Pictou Tall Ships Canada Day Weekend (for producing Half-a-million dollars in tourism spending)
2017 Flavour Award – Tony's Meats of Antigonish
The Fleur Mainville Ambassador Award - “The Kilted Chef” Alain Bosse
The CEO Award – “Lost Shores Grand Fondo” on the Eastern Shore, for Creating a “World Class Draw for NS Cyclists”.
Local M-P Sean Fraser told the DEANS members he plans to go the distance to keep the local tourism industry growing, using federal policies that create “incentives for growth.”


ST F-X UNIVERSITY ACCEPTS LARGEST DONATION IN ITS HISTORY
Saturday 7th April 2018

St. Francis Xavier University has received its largest gift its 165 year history.
The Saputo family, of the Saputo dairy empire, announced last night that they are donating 10-million dollars to the Antigonish school.
The money will go toward improving campus facilities. University President Dr. Kent MacDonald says the improvements will benefit not only students, but all residents of northern Nova Scotia.
He says one part of the work will be done with the upcoming Special Olympics in mind.
This is part of a 30-million dollar total project to improve facilities throughout the St-FX campus.

ANNUAL QUEEN'S COUNCIL LIST ANNOUNCED
Thursday 5th April 2018

Fourteen of the province's top lawyers are being awarded the prestigious Queen's Counsel designation today, including two in Northern Nova Scotia. This year's list includes Allen Murray of Antigonish and Aleta C. Cromwell of Truro. The Queen's Counsel designation is awarded annually to members of the legal profession to recognize exceptional merit and outstanding contributions to the legal community.

LOCAL GAS PRICES TAKE AN EASTER WEEKEND JUMP
Friday 30th March 2018

A major price increase at the pumps this long weekend. <
Gasoline prices increased by 5.7 cents per litre as of midnight Thursday across our region.
Self serve regular is 124.5 in the Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester and Guysborough County pricing zone and diesel prices are now 120-point-2 per litre. That means diesel prices up by just over a penny.


PROVINCE LOOKING AT PRIVATE SECTOR HELP FOR HWY 104 TWINNING
Wednesday 28th March 2018

The province is exploring greater private sector participation to help twin Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish. The project will see 38 kilometres twinned as well as the construction of new interchanges and bridges. The department is exploring the use of a model, used in other provinces like Ontario and Saskatchewan, in which the responsibilities for designing, building, financing operating and maintaining the highway is given to a single firm through a bidding process. The province says while government would hand over annual service payments to the winning firm for the operation and maintenance of the highway for the duration of an agreement, they are not considering tolls to finance the project. The province says the main advantage to this process is that it allows one firm to control the schedule of the project, and will lead to a faster completion.

SPORTS MARCH 23
Friday 23rd March 2018

The Weeks Junior A Crushers current season is over, but they will be back for at least one more. Team president Wade Sullivan confirmed to NG News that the Crushers will be in Pictou County on a year-to-year basis. Sullivan said he was approached during the season by someone interested in purchasing the team, once rumours had started to surface that the Weeks organization were thinking about cutting their losses and selling the team. Other than that, he says the Weeks organization have not sought out potential buyers. The Crushers have been in Pictou County since 2004.
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The girls hockey team at North Nova Education Centre head to the Annapolis Valley this weekend for the NSSAF provincials. The Gryphons are scheduled to start the tournament at 11 a.m. on Friday, against the C.P. Allen Cheetahs. Their second game is at 6 p.m. versus Park View, while Saturday morning will see them take on the Sir John A. Macdonald Flames at 10 a.m. Other teams taking part at provincials include Halifax West, Avon View, Lockview and Auburn Drive/Citadel. The teams that survive the round robin will play in crossovers starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with the winners of those two games meeting for a Nova Scotia banner on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.).
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The Fundy Highland PeeWee AAs will be hosting provincials this weekend at Hector Arena in Pictou, and the team is looking to continue their outstanding play: they have lost only one game this season. Comprised of players from Pictou, Colchester and Antigonish counties, the team is hoping to get some good fan support this weekend. Their first game is Friday at 11 a.m. against Metro West Inferno.
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The Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers will compete in the Bantam AA Mainland League playoffs this weekend in Antigonish. The eight-team league will play a tournament-style finish to the season, which will see the top two teams moving on to provincials. Pictou County will play Friday at 1 p.m. versus Yarmouth and 4:30 p.m. against Acadia. On Saturday, the Crushers play Truro at 2:30 p.m. and Western Valley at 7 p.m. Sunday will have semifinals at 9 a.m. and the championship game at noon. Bantam AA provincials will be held in April in Cumberland County.
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16 year-old Matt Fraser is heading to the Canadian boxing championships for the second time. The Albion Boxing Club fighter from Antigonish is competing next week in the 49 kg weight class in Edmonton. The national championships begin on March 28.
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Spots are filling up quickly for the Miss Miles Mothers Day 5K Classic. It's recommended that you register before April 1st to guarantee your Shirt Size & Personalized Custom Bib. Only $30.00 to Participate! This event is quickly becoming a tradition for many families where multiple generations participate together. You will enjoy a fun, interactive route, an uplifting high-energy finish line, quality race kit and lots of treats when you finish including flowers, mimosa and chocolate delights. And there are finishing medals for all participants. Register at: raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Edmonton 6 Ottawa 2
Toronto 5 Nashville 2
Vancouver 5 Chicago 2
Philadelphia 4 N.Y. Rangers 3
Carolina 6 Arizona 5
Columbus 4 Florida 0
Tampa Bay 7 N.Y. Islanders 6
Washington 1 Detroit 0
Los Angeles 7 Colorado 1
San Jose 2 Vegas 1 (OT)
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NBA
Charlotte 140 Memphis 79
Philadelphia 118 Orlando 98
Houston 100 Detroit 96 (OT)
New Orleans 128 L.A. Lakers 125
Utah 119 Dallas 112
Sacramento 105 Atlanta 90
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NCAA Basketball
Men's Sweet 16
Loyola Chicago 69 Nevada 68
Michigan 99 Texas A&M 72
Kansas St. 61 Kentucky 58
Florida State 75 Gonzaga 60

SPORTS MARCH 22
Thursday 22nd March 2018

The Northern Subway Selects PeeWee AAs will be hosting provincials this weekend at Hector Arena in Pictou, and the team is looking to continue their outstanding play: they have lost only one game this season. Comprised of players from Pictou, Colchester and Antigonish counties, the team is hoping to get some good fan support this weekend. Their first game is Friday at 11 a.m. against Metro West Inferno.
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The Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers will compete in the Bantam AA Mainland League playoffs this weekend in Antigonish. The eight-team league will play a tournament-style finish to the season, which will see the top two teams moving on to provincials. Pictou County will play Friday at 1 p.m. versus Yarmouth and 4:30 p.m. against Acadia. On Saturday, the Crushers play Truro at 2:30 p.m. and Western Valley at 7 p.m. Sunday will have semifinals at 9 a.m. and the championship game at noon. Bantam AA provincials will be held in April in Cumberland County.
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16 year-old Matt Fraser is heading to the Canadian boxing championships for the second time. The Albion Boxing Club fighter from Antigonish is competing next week in the 49 kg weight class in Edmonton. The national championships begin on March 28.
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Spots are filling up quickly for the Miss Miles Mothers Day 5K Classic. It's recommended that you register before April 1st to guarantee your Shirt Size & Personalized Custom Bib. Only $30.00 to Participate! This event is quickly becoming a tradition for many families where multiple generations participate together. You will enjoy a fun, interactive route, an uplifting high-energy finish line, quality race kit and lots of treats when you finish including flowers, mimosa and chocolate delights. And there are finishing medals for all participants. Register at: raceroster.com
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After just one season of college basketball in the United States, Nova Scotia star Lindell Wigginton is contemplating entering this year's NBA draft. The Dartmouth native will turn 20 next week and he recently completed his rookie season at Iowa State – leading the University's basketball team in scoring.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Arizona 4 Buffalo 1
Pittsburgh 5 Montreal 3
St. Louis 2 Boston 1 (OT)
Anaheim 4 Calgary 0
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NBA
LeBron James scored 35 points and added 17 assists, his last setting up a late a 3-pointer by Kevin Love, and the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers ended Toronto's nine-game road winning streak with a 132-129 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors.
Philadelphia 119 Memphis 105
Charlotte 111 Brooklyn 105
Miami 119 New York 98
Denver 135 Chicago 102
New Orleans 96 Indiana 92
L.A. Clippers 127 Milwaukee 120
San Antonio 98 Washington 90
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Curling The Canadian women continue their undefeated streak at the Women's World Curling Championship. Jennifer Jones knocked off the Pyeongchang silver medalists from South Korea 8-4 and then topped Olympic champion Anna Hasselborg of Sweden 8-4 in the evening.


PROVINCE TABLES NEW BUDGET
Wednesday 21st March 2018

The province has tabled a balanced budget for the third straight year, projecting a surplus of $29.4 million. Revenue is projected to be $10.81 billion, with expenses of $10.781 billion. A large part of the surplus, however, relies on the sale of cannabis and an anticipated legalization date of July 1st. The budget documents outline plans by the NSLC to purchase 12 million kilograms of marijuana in 2018-19, but expectations to break even due to startup costs. A two-year tax framework with the federal government has set duties at $1 per gram, of which the province will collect $0.75, leading to an estimated $10.4 million collected. That's in addition to another $10.4 million estimated in new taxes. When it comes to health care, the budget includes new investments announced Monday to increase wages for family doctors and incentives for them to take on new patients. There's $2.9 million more for mental health care, including more support for youth mental health, $8 million more for new and expanded collaborative care teams across the province, and $8.8 million to provide 350 more hip and knee surgeries, create a central booking process, and hire more surgeons. Investments in education include a $10 million increase to implement new recommendations from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, and $15 million to begin implementing recommendations of the Commission on Inclusive Education. The budget also contains the final forecast for the 2017-18 fiscal year, with a surplus of $133.5 million forecasted and a net position to $23.2 million; up $1.9 million from the original budget estimates. Tuesday's budget includes the 2018-19 Capital Plan, which invests $605 million in roads, schools, health care facilities, and other public infrastructure. Finance Minister Karen Casey says this budget supports government's goal of giving all Nova Scotians the opportunity to grow and succeed.
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Highlights in Budget 2018-19 for northern Nova Scotia include:
-- road improvements projects including, twinning of Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish, improvements to Highway 104 Taylor Road to Monastery-Paq'tnkek Interchange and bridge rehabilitation to Tittle Bridge and Sutherland River Bridge
-- funding for new skilled trades centre at Amherst High School
-- renovations to Frank H. MacDonald Elementary School
-- pharmacy redevelopment in Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow
-- funding for new child-care centres in Colchester and Pictou county.
More information about the 2018-2019 provincial budget can be found online.

ARREST MADE IN INCIDENT OF RACIST GRAFFITI
Friday 9th March 2018

RCMP in Antigonish have arrested a 17-year old youth on a charge of Public Incitement of Hatred and four counts of Mischief in relation to the incidents of racist graffiti at East Antigonish Education Centre. Police were investigating the incidents which led to the closure of the school in Monastery earlier this week. The young man has been released from custody pending an appearance in Antigonish Youth Court at a later date. Antigonish District RCMP continues to investigate these incidents and is asking anyone who has information about this incident to call them at 902-447-2525, or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. 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 MARCH 8
Thursday 8th March 2018

The Weeks Junior A Crushers' final home game of the season is on Thursday, as they host the Truro Bearcats at the Wellness Centre. Game time 7 pm. And it will be minor hockey night. Any youth hockey player who wears his/her jersey to the rink will get free admission to the game. Their final game will be on Saturday in Amherst, which will be broadcast on 94.1 East Coast FM beginning at 6:45.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for the upcoming Spring session. There are fun classes available for children 18 months and up. No experience necessary. The new 13 week session begins after March Break. Registration will take place on Saturday March 10th from 2-6pm and Wednesday March 14th from 4:30-8:30pm, at the club's front deck, 558 South Frederick St. New Glasgow.  For more information on gymnastics classes, trampoline, parkour or fitness classes for teens and adults, check our new website or facebook page.
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Active Pictou County and the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library are pleased to announce the new Fun Fit Pass – a fitness and activity membership card that can be signed out of the library, just like a book. There are 3 pass cards available for the YMCA of Pictou County, plus a card for the Pictou Fisheries Pool, and one for True Potential Fitness in Pictou. The cards are valid for either an individual or a family, and give the user full access to the facility, including most programming, for a two week period. Fun Fit Passes for the YMCA of Pictou County will be available at New Glasgow, Westville and Stellarton Libraries.  Passes for the Pictou Fisheries Pool and True Potential Fitness will be at the Pictou Library. Any adult with a Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library card can borrow the pass for up to two weeks. A hold for the pass can be placed online through the library catalogue or by calling any of the library branches. The program is made possible by the Facility Access program of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The Fun Fit passes should be available for borrowing starting Friday. More information about the program may be found online at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library’s website, www.parl.ns.ca, and at your local library.
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Level 1 And 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic returns to the Westville Town Office gymnasium April 21st. Registration at 8:30AM, Clinic begins at 9. Level 1 & 2 Clinic is $70, Level 3 is $100. This 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 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. Any questions or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers – Email Joel.Rodgers@Sobeys.Com Or Phone – 752-6575 (Home After 6pm) 752-8371 Ext. 8027 (work)       
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Calgary 5 Buffalo 1
Pittsburgh 5 Philadelphia 2
Arizona 2 Vancouver 1
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points, then fed Fred VanVleet for the tiebreaking jumper from the left corner with 1.1 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 121-119 victory over the Detroit Pistons. With the win, the Raptors are the first team to guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs.
Utah 104 Indiana 84
Houston 110 Milwaukee 99
Chicago 119 Memphis 110
New Orleans 114 Sacramento 101
Cleveland 113 Denver 108
L.A. Lakers 108 Orlando 107


SCHOOL CLOSED FOR STUDENT SAFETY FOLLOWING RACIST THREATS
Wednesday 7th March 2018

A school in Antigonish County remained closed today after threats were made to the facility where the majority of the student body is of first nations descent. RCMP say East Antigonish Education Centre in Monastery was subjected to verbal threats after being the site of racist and crude graffiti earlier this week. Police consulted with the Strait Regional School Board and the decision was made to shut down the facility as the RCMP continue their investigation.

RURAL NS SCHOOL CLOSED AS RCMP INVESTIGATE RACIST GRAFFITI *UPDATED 8:55 AM*
Wednesday 7th March 2018

East Antigonish Education Centre near Monastery is closed today due to an unspecified threat posted on social media. This follows the discovery of racist graffiti on a school bus and a sign near the Primary to Grade 12 school Monday evening. RCMP said the vandalism was racially and culturally insensitive and included profanity and derogatory comments about Indigenous people and African-Nova Scotians. Parents were informed about the closure last night. RCMP are investigating and are asking for public assistance. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Antigonish district RCMP at 902-447-2525, or 1-800-803-7267. Anonymous tips can be sent to Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers.

SPORTS MARCH 7
Wednesday 7th March 2018

The Crushers picked up a win on Tuesday night, with a 3-2 victory over the St. Stephen Aces. The Crushers' final home game of the season is on Thursday, as they host the Truro Bearcats on Thursday at the Wellness Centre. Game time 7 pm.
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On Saturday March 3 the Peewee AA Crushers took on the Truro Bearcats in Truro winning 5-2 at the Colchester Legion Stadium. Scoring for the Crushers were John K Martin with 2, Mac Wallace, Walst and Zachary MacInnis, assists went to Clint MacLaughlin, Caden Campbell, Nichol, Thompson and Spence all with singles.
On Sunday March 4th in Antigonish the Crushers played two games winning the first contest 6-1. Scoring for the Crushers was Wallace and MacInnis each with 2, singles coming from MacLaughlin and Martin with assists from Nichol, Thompson, and Wallace.
In the second contest of the day the Crushers edged the Bulldogs 6-5. Scoring for the winners was Spence 2, Nichol, Hood and MacLaughlin with singles. Assists going to Gage Connors with 2, Kaden Moulasion, Gage Connors, Blake MacLennan, Martin, Thompson, Hood and Steele.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for the upcoming Spring session. There are fun classes available for children 18 months and up. No experience necessary. The new 13 week session begins after March Break. Registration will take place on Saturday March 10th from 2-6pm and Wednesday March 14th from 4:30-8:30pm, at the club's front deck, 558 South Frederick St. New Glasgow.  For more information on gymnastics classes, trampoline, parkour or fitness classes for teens and adults, check our new website or facebook page.
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Active Pictou County and the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library are pleased to announce the new Fun Fit Pass – a fitness and activity membership card that can be signed out of the library, just like a book. There are 3 pass cards available for the YMCA of Pictou County, plus a card for the Pictou Fisheries Pool, and one for True Potential Fitness in Pictou. The cards are valid for either an individual or a family, and give the user full access to the facility, including most programming, for a two week period. Fun Fit Passes for the YMCA of Pictou County will be available at New Glasgow, Westville and Stellarton Libraries.  Passes for the Pictou Fisheries Pool and True Potential Fitness will be at the Pictou Library. Any adult with a Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library card can borrow the pass for up to two weeks. A hold for the pass can be placed online through the library catalogue or by calling any of the library branches. The program is made possible by the Facility Access program of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The Fun Fit passes should be available for borrowing starting Friday. More information about the program may be found online at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library’s website, www.parl.ns.ca, and at your local library.
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Level 1 And 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic returns to the Westville Town Office gymnasium April 21st. Registration at 8:30AM, Clinic begins at 9. Level 1 & 2 Clinic is $70, Level 3 is $100. This 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 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. Any questions or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers – Email Joel.Rodgers@Sobeys.Com Or Phone – 752-6575 (Home After 6pm) 752-8371 Ext. 8027 (work)       
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Taylor Hall extended his unofficial point-scoring streak to 26 games, Travis Zajac scored two power-play goals and the New Jersey Devils snapped a three-game skid with a 6-4 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Patrik Laine got his fourth hat trick and set a career high with his 38th goal, lifting the Winnipeg Jets over the New York Rangers 3-0.
Columbus 4 Vegas 1
Boston 6 Detroit 5 (OT)
Tampa Bay 5 Florida 4 (OT)
Minnesota 6 Carolina 2
Nashville 2 Dallas 0
Chicago 2 Colorado 1 (OT)
Anaheim 4 Washington 0
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan had 25 points as the Toronto Raptors rode a late fourth-quarter surge in a 106-90 win over the lowly Atlanta Hawks.
Philadelphia 128 Charlotte 114
Washington 117 Miami 113 (OT)
Houston 122 Oklahoma City 112
Dallas 118 Denver 107
Portland 111 New York 87
Golden State 114 Brooklyn 101
New Orleans 121 L.A. Clippers 116


SPORTS MARCH 6 *UPDATED 7:40 AM*
Tuesday 6th March 2018

The Northern AAA Subway Selects captured the NSFMHL regular season title after winning all five games at the recent league championship tournament held this past weekend in Moncton. Although the Selects finished in first place through the regular season, the league title was decided in a seven team tournament format involving all teams in the league. The Selects opened their weekend on Friday with a 6-0 win over Pro Cresting Penguins before defeating Moncton by the same score later that evening. On Saturday the Selects took on the Northern Lightening from the Miramichi and walked off with a 10-2 victory. In the semi final Sunday morning the Subways had a rematch with Moncton and came out on top with a 5-0 win. The final saw the Selects take on Cape Breton, the second place team in the regular season. The game went two scoreless periods before the Selects scored midway through the third period to take a 1-0 lead, a lead they would not relinquish in capturing the first ever league title in Northern Selects history. The Northern Selects return to Provincial Playoff action this coming weekend, hosting Cape Breton for games 1 and 2 in a best of five series at the Wellness center this coming weekend. Game 1 on Saturday is at 1230pm with game 2 going Sunday at 1130am. The winner of this series will be declared Provincial Champion and will advance to the Atlantic Championships In St. John's, NL over the Easter weekend.
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Level 1 And 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic returns to the Westville Town Office gymnasium April 21st. Registration at 8:30AM, Clinic begins at 9. Level 1 & 2 Clinic is $70, Level 3 is $100. This 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 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 and is appreciated as there is limited space available. Any questions or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers – Email Joel.Rodgers@Sobeys.Com Or Phone – 752-6575 (Home After 6pm) 752-8371 Ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for the upcoming Spring session. There are fun classes available for children 18 months and up. No experience necessary. The new 13 week session begins after March Break. Registration will take place on Saturday March 10th from 2-6pm and Wednesday March 14th from 4:30-8:30pm, at the club's front deck, 558 South Frederick St. New Glasgow.  For more information on gymnastics classes, trampoline, parkour or fitness classes for teens and adults, check our new website or facebook page.
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Active Pictou County and the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library are pleased to announce the new Fun Fit Pass – a fitness and activity membership card that can be signed out of the library, just like a book. There are 3 pass cards available for the YMCA of Pictou County, plus a card for the Pictou Fisheries Pool, and one for True Potential Fitness in Pictou. The cards are valid for either an individual or a family, and give the user full access to the facility, including most programming, for a two week period. Fun Fit Passes for the YMCA of Pictou County will be available at New Glasgow, Westville and Stellarton Libraries.  Passes for the Pictou Fisheries Pool and True Potential Fitness will be at the Pictou Library. Any adult with a Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library card can borrow the pass for up to two weeks. A hold for the pass can be placed online through the library catalogue or by calling any of the library branches. The program is made possible by the Facility Access program of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The Fun Fit passes should be available for borrowing starting Friday. More information about the program may be found online at the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library’s website, www.parl.ns.ca, and at your local library.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Justin Schultz was the hero and Evgeni Malkin netted one goal and two assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 in overtime at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Ryan O'Reilly and Zemgus Girgensons scored 2:05 apart in the second period in the Buffalo Sabres' 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who lost their fourth straight.
Brendan Leipsic scored twice, including the overtime winner, as the Vancouver Canucks beat the New York Islanders 4-3.
Ottawa 3 Dallas 2 (OT)
Edmonton 4 Arizona 3 (OT)
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NBA
Cleveland 112 Detroit 90
Indiana 92 Milwaukee 89
Miami 125 Phoenix 103
Boston 105 Chicago 89
San Antonio 100 Memphis 98
Utah 94 Orlando 80
Portland 108 L.A. Lakers 103

SPORTS MARCH 5
Monday 5th March 2018

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians were eliminated from the playoffs after a 4-1 loss to the Antigonish Bulldogs in Game 6 on Friday. The Bulldogs move on to face the Glace Bay Jr. Miners.
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers lost the first match of their playoff series against Bedford 2-1 on Saturday. The Bombers look to even the series on Saturday night at 6 at the BMO Centre in Bedford.
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The Pictou County Crushers Peewee A Red Team wins the Highland/ Fundy Peewee A League Title with  a 6-2 win over the Peewee A White Team Saturday at the Westville Rink. They advance to the Northern Conference where they will face the Sydney Steelers.
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The Atom AA Fundy Highland Subway Selects earned a playoff point this past weekend in a 3-3 tie against Metro West Force Blue. Scoring for the Selects was Avery Henderson with an assist from Reese Murray and a pair of goals for Karlee Rose with a pair of assists by Murray and a single assist by Hailey Taylor. It is a tight race for the 5 team league. The final play off game for the Selects will be held in Halifax on March 24th.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects defeated the Cape Breton West Islanders by a score of 4-2 to capture the North Conference Championship. Selects struck first in the first period with a goal from Rory Thompson assisted by Haley Burke to take a 1-0 lead into the second period. The Islanders would respond by scoring two unanswered goals in the second period to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. The Selects came out in the third and stuck early to tie the game on a goal by Maddie MacIntyre assisted by Emma MacKeil. The Selects thought the had the go ahead market when Rory Thompson scored on a shot just outside the blueline but the play was ruled offside. Shortly after Emma MacKeil would put the Selects up 3-2 with an assist from Rory Thompson at the halfway point of the third period. Hayley Burke would score the insurance marker on a feed from Mia Coolen at the 1:38 mark of the third period to seal the victory. Kelly Harnett earned the win in nets turning away all but two Islander shots, the only two goals she gave up in three playoff games. The Selects will face the South Conference winner at the Day of Champions the first weekend of April at the RECC in Truro, Nova Scotia.
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Level 1 And 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic returns to the Westville Town Office gymnasium April 21st. Registration at 8:30AM, Clinic begins at 9. Level 1 & 2 Clinic is $70, Level 3 is $100. This 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 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 and is appreciated as there is limited space available. Any questions or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers – Email Joel.Rodgers@Sobeys.Com Or Phone – 752-6575 (Home After 6pm) 752-8371 Ext. 8027 (work)
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Pictou County’s roller Derby team, the Kickin’ Vixens, are currently looking for a practice space to prepare for the upcoming season. The wheels on the team's skates are soft non-marking rubber and will not damage flooring. The team is looking for a space to use until they can move into their summer home at the Trenton Rink, once the ice comes out. Anyone that has a space or can help obtain a practice space can contact the team via Facebook by searching “Highland District Derby- Team Kickin' Vixens”, email hddolls@hotmail.com or find the team on twitter at @hddvixens.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Patrik Laine scored twice for the second straight game and extended his points streak to eight in the Winnipeg Jets' 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Nashville 4 Colorado 3 (OT)
Florida 4 Philadelphia 1
Anaheim 6 Chicago 3
Vegas 3 New Jersey 2
Minnesota 4 Detroit 1
Columbus 4 San Jose 2
NBA
DeMar DeRozan had a team-high 19 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Charlotte Hornets 103-98.
Atlanta 113 Phoenix 112
Indiana 98 Washington 95
New Orleans 126 Dallas 109
Milwaukee 118 Philadelphia 110
L.A. Clippers 123 Brooklyn 120
Sacramento 102 New York 99

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 2 MARCH
Friday 2nd March 2018

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers had a strong start to the game against South Shore last night at the Wellness Centre, trailing just 1-0 after the first 20 minutes. However, the Lumberjacks picked up the pace in the second and third periods, on their way to a 9-3 victory over the host Crushers. For Pictou County, they have four more games this season – two at home and two on the road. Up next is a home game against another non-playoff team, the Woodstock Slammers on Saturday at 7pm from the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have their backs to the wall yet again in their series with the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Scotians have won two straight elimination games to force game 6 in the best-of-7 series, which will take place tonight at the Antigonish Arena. If the Scotians can stave off elimination for a third straight time, game 7 will be in Trenton Arena, Sunday night at 7pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers begin their playoff series with the Brookfield Elks this weekend. Game one goes at noon on Saturday at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex in Brookfield, while game two is scheduled for Sunday morning at 10:45am at the Pictou County Wellness Center. If necessary game three will be played at  7:00pm in Brookfield. 
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers will be hosting a playoff game tomorrow afternoon at 12:30pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. During the game, tickets will be available to enter into a draw for a New York Islander experience, courtesy of Bomber coach and former New York Islander Jon Sim. The draw will take place during the game tomorrow afternoon.
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Wednesday night, the Pictou Council of Knights of Columbus held their annual Basketball Freethrow event, with record numbers in attendance! Winners in the 12 categories, who will go on to Provincials in Truro next month, were:
  8 Boys – Silas Meier (Scotsburn)
9 Girls – Brooke Smith (New Glasgow)
9 Boys – Ryan Hislop (New Glasgow)
10 Girls – Gina Ingram (Westville)
10 Boys – Brody Bonvie (New Glasgow)
11 Girls – Lacey MacKay (Westville)
11 Boys – Daniel Walsh (Trenton)
12 Girls – Jillian Jota (New Glasgow)
12 Boys – Hudson MacGregor (Churchville)
13 Girls – Jenna MacLeod (Pictou)
13 Boys – Nathan Walsh (Trenton)
14 Boys – Gavin Green (Merigomish)

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The NSSAF D1 Girls Basketball tournament got rolling yesterday at North Nova Education Centre, and the host Gryphons dropped their quarter-final match against the top ranked team in the province, the Horton Griffins. North Nova will now play a consolation semi-final against the Dr. JH Gillis Royals from Antigonish. Games today are scheduled for 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm. Tomorrow games will begin at 9am with the Championship scheduled for a 3pm tip-off.
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 The East Pictou Silver Blades “Get Animated” with their annual ice show. This will be held Saturday March 3rd doors open @330. Admission for adults $5, students and Seniors $3, under 5 are free. Come enjoy performances from our canskaters, special olympians, pre star skaters and many provincial competitors.
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Tonight at 5pm, Hockey Canada will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to honour Ava Foote of the Subway Selects novice team. She's been selected as one of Hockey Canada's Ambassadors. Ava has bounced back from an accident last June that led to multiple surgeries and cost her most of her right hand. She continues to do the activities she did before the accident, including horse-back riding, swimming, gymnastics and hockey. The Subway Selects Novice team invites everyone to celebrate Ava’s award, and cheer them on when they play the Trenton Steelers.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Blue Nova hockey, the play -offs start Friday night with three games at the Stellarton Rink. With C.F.contraction finishing first place in the regular season, they get a bye into Sat. play-off games.
First game 5:20 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Cornova Contracting
Second game 6:50 - Wrangler's Bar & Grill   vs  Connor's Transfer LTD.
Third game 8:15 - Elks Club   vs   Durham Bucks.
All winners of their games , moves on to Sat. play-offs.
Sat. games are at the Stellarton Rink.
12:00 - C.F. contraction  vs    ??????
1:20 -  ??????    vs  ??????
3:30 - Champion Game
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Pictou County’s roller Derby team, the Kickin’ Vixens, are currently looking for a practice space to prepare for the upcoming season. The wheels on the team's skates are soft non-marking rubber and will not damage flooring. The team is looking for a space to use until they can move into their summer home at the Trenton Rink, once the ice comes out. Anyone that has a space or can help obtain a practice space can contact the team via Facebook by searching “Highland District Derby- Team Kickin' Vixens”, email hddolls@hotmail.com or find the team on twitter at @hddvixens.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Nashville 4 Edmonton 2
Boston 8 Pittsburgh 4
Carolina 4 Philadelphia 1
Florida 3 New Jersey 2
Tampa Bay 5 Dallas 4 (OT)
Arizona 5 Minnesota 3
San Jose 7 Chicago 2
Los Angeles 5 Columbus 2
NBA
LA Lakers 131 Miami 113
Philadelphia 108 Cleveland 97
Sacramento 116 Brooklyn 111 (OT)
Portland 108 Minnesota 99


SPORTS MARCH 1
Thursday 1st March 2018

There are still five games left in the regular season for the Weeks Jr. A Crushers, three of them at the Wellness Centre. Tonight the team hosts South Shore.
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If you didn't get a change to see Olympian Blayre Turnbull at the Crushers/Bearcats matchup at the Wellness Centre...you'll have the chance tonight in Antigonish...Blayre will be at the StFX Keating Centre to drop the puck and sign autographs as the X-men take on the Acadia Axemen in the AUS Semifinal Game 5 at 7 pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have another day to prepare for yet another must-win game in their series with the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Scotians have won two straight elimination games to force game 6 in the best-of-7 series, which will take place Friday night at the Antigonish Arena. If the Scotians can stave off elimination for a third straight time, game 7 will be in Trenton Arena, Sunday night at 7pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers begin their playoff series with the Brookfield Elks this weekend. Game one goes at noon on Saturday at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex in Brookfield, while game two is scheduled for Sunday morning at 10:45am at the Pictou County Wellness Center. If necessary game three will be played at  7:00pm in Brookfield. 
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Last night, the Pictou Council of Knights of Columbus held their annual Basketball Freethrow event, with record numbers in attendance! Winners in the 12 categories, who will go on to Provincials in Truro next month, were:
8 Boys – Silas Meier (Scotsburn)
9 Girls – Brooke Smith (New Glasgow)
9 Boys – Ryan Hislop (New Glasgow)
10 Girls – Gina Ingram (Westville)
10 Boys – Brody Bonvie (New Glasgow)
11 Girls – Lacey MacKay (Westville)
11 Boys – Daniel Walsh (Trenton)
12 Girls – Jillian Jota (New Glasgow)
12 Boys – Hudson MacGregor (Churchville)
13 Girls – Jenna MacLeod (Pictou)
13 Boys – Nathan Walsh (Trenton)
14 Boys – Gavin Green (Merigomish)

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NNEC Varsity Girls Basketball Team will be hosting D1 Provincials starting Thursday.
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On Friday, March 2nd, Hockey Canada will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to honour Ava Foote of the Subway Selects novice team. She's been selected as one of Hockey Canada's Ambassadors. Ava has bounced back from an accident last June that led to multiple surgeries and cost her most of her right hand. She continues to do the activities she did before the accident, including horse-back riding, swimming, gymnastics and hockey. The Subway Selects Novice team invites everyone to celebrate Ava’s award, and cheer them on when they play the Trenton Steelers at 5pm this Friday.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Blue Nova hockey, the play -offs start Friday night with three games at the Stellarton Rink. With C.F.contraction finishing first place in the regular season, they get a bye into Sat. play-off games.
First game 5:20 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Cornova Contracting
Second game 6:50 - Wrangler's Bar & Grill   vs  Connor's Transfer LTD.
Third game 8:15 - Elks Club   vs   Durham Bucks.
All winners of their games , moves on to Sat. play-offs.
Sat. games are at the Stellarton Rink.
12:00 - C.F. contraction  vs    ??????
1:20 -  ??????    vs  ??????
3:30 - Champion Game
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Pictou County’s roller Derby team, the Kickin’ Vixens, are currently looking for a practice space to prepare for the upcoming season. The wheels on the team's skates are soft non-marking rubber and will not damage flooring. The team is looking for a space to use until they can move into their summer home at the Trenton Rink, once the ice comes out. Anyone that has a space or can help obtain a practice space can contact the team via Facebook by searching “Highland District Derby- Team Kickin' Vixens”, email hddolls@hotmail.com or find the team on twitter at @hddvixens.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Buffalo 2 Tampa Bay 1 (OT)
Montreal 3 N.Y. Islanders 1
St. Louis 2 Detroit 1
Colorado 5 Calgary 2
N.Y. Rangers 6 Vancouver 5 (OT)

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NBA
Detroit 110 Milwaukee 87
Toronto 117 Orlando 104
Atlanta 107 Indiana 102
Boston 134 Charlotte 106
Golden State 109 Washington 101
Phoenix 110 Memphis 102
New Orleans 121 San Antonio 116
Oklahoma City 111 Dallas 110 (OT)
Houston 105 L.A. Clippers 92

TEEN CHARGED IN CAR THEFT
Wednesday 28th February 2018

RCMP have arrested a 19-year old man accused of vehicle theft in Antigonish County. Police say a car was stolen from Monastery on Sunday morning after the man allegedly took it while it was running unattended. The car was found, rolled over and suffering from significant damage off Highway 104 in the Monastery area a short time later. Antigonish RCMP, working with a K-9 unit, tracked down the man less than an hour later. The teen, who faces a count of possession of stolen property, has been released from custody on a promise to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on 9 May.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 28 FEBRUARY
Wednesday 28th February 2018

For the first time since the franchise moved to New Glasgow prior to the 2004-05 season, the Weeks Jr A Crushers will not be playing in the playoffs. The Crushers fell 4-2 last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to the Truro Bearcats. There were a couple of highlights for the Crushers, as prior to the game they were able to honour Blayre Turnbull for her silver medal performance with Team Canada in women's hockey in Pyeongchang. Also last night, Michael Dill set the new franchise record for career regular season assists, getting his 117th assist on the Crushers first goal of the game. There are still five games left in the regular season for the Crushers, three of them at the Wellness Centre, with the next game Thursday against South Shore.
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The season came to a close for the Weeks Major Midgets last night, as they dropped game 5 of the best-of-7 series to Dartmouth Steele Subaru, 5-2. Dartmouth moves on to face the Cape Breton West Islanders one league semi-final, while the other semi-final features Cole Harbour against Halifax.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have a few more days to prepare for yet another must-win game in their series with the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Scotians have won two straight elimination games to force game 6 in the best-of-7 series, which will take place Friday night at the Antigonish Arena. If the Scotians can stave off elimination for a third straight time, game 7 will be in Trenton Arena, Sunday night at 7pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers closed out their regular season with a win and a loss in their final two games last weekend. At home on Saturday morning against the Brookfield Elks the Crushers took a four to two win with two goals from Dawson MacKay and single goals from Isaac Willison and Kirk Turnbull. On Sunday afternoon in Brookfield the score was the same but this time the Crushers were on the losing end. The two goals came from Ian Reynolds and Aiden Hahn. The loss dropped them to third place in their division and cost the Crushers home ice advantage going into playoffs this weekend.  Their opponent in the two out of three series was already determined to be Brookfield but home ice was up for grabs. Game one goes at noon on Saturday at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex in Brookfield, while game two is scheduled for Sunday morning at 10:45am at the Pictou County Wellness Center. If necessary game three will be played at  7:00pm in Brookfield. 
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The Knights of Columbus are holding their annual Free Throw Contest Wednesday night at 6:30 at McCulloch Educational Center Gymnasium (former Pictou Elementary School). The event is open to boys and girls 8-14 years old. All entries receive a participation certificate and a sports-drink, and awards will go to the various winners in each category. Winners will go on to compete in the Provincials Championships next month. You can register at the event, or pre-register by contacting Brian MacKinnon 902-759-5029.
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NNEC Varsity Girls Basketball Team will be hosting D1 Provincials starting Thursday.
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On Friday, March 2nd, Hockey Canada will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to honour Ava Foote of the Subway Selects novice team. She's been selected as one of Hockey Canada's Ambassadors. Ava has bounced back from an accident last June that led to multiple surgeries and cost her most of her right hand. She continues to do the activities she did before the accident, including horse-back riding, swimming, gymnastics and hockey. The Subway Selects Novice team invites everyone to celebrate Ava’s award, and cheer them on when they play the Trenton Steelers at 5pm this Friday.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Blue Nova hockey, the play -offs start Friday night with three games at the Stellarton Rink. With C.F.contraction finishing first place in the regular season, they get a bye into Sat. play-off games.
First game 5:20 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Cornova Contracting
Second game 6:50 - Wrangler's Bar & Grill   vs  Connor's Transfer LTD.
Third game 8:15 - Elks Club   vs   Durham Bucks.
All winners of their games , moves on to Sat. play-offs.
Sat. games are at the Stellarton Rink.
12:00 - C.F. contraction  vs    ??????
1:20 -  ??????    vs  ??????
3:30 - Champion Game
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Pictou County’s roller Derby team, the Kickin’ Vixens, are currently looking for a practice space to prepare for the upcoming season. The wheels on the team's skates are soft non-marking rubber and will not damage flooring. The team is looking for a space to use until they can move into their summer home at the Trenton Rink, once the ice comes out. Anyone that has a space or can help obtain a practice space can contact the team via Facebook by searching “Highland District Derby- Team Kickin' Vixens”, email hddolls@hotmail.com or find the team on twitter at @hddvixens.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Washington 3 Ottawa 2
New Jersey 3 Pittsburgh 2
Boston 4 Carolina 3 (OT)
Florida 3 Toronto 2 (OT)
Nashville 6 Winnipeg 5
Minnesota 8 St. Louis 3
Dallas 2 Calgary 0
San Jose 5  Edmonton 2
Los Angeles 4  Vegas 1
NBA
Charlotte 118 Chicago 103
Cleveland 129 Brooklyn 123
Miami 102 Philadelphia 101
Washington 107 Milwaukee 104
Portland 116 Sacramento 100
L.A. Clippers 122 Denver 120


SPORTS FEBRUARY 27
Tuesday 27th February 2018

It is do or die tonight for the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers. The Crushers will face the Truro Bearcats tonight at the Wellness Centre at 7:30p.m. This is a game that was rescheduled from early January. If the Bearcats win tonight in regulation, the Crushers will be eliminated from playoff contention. Michael Dill comes into the game with 116 career regular season assists, tied for first with Mitchell Deruelle, and can take over sole possession of the record with an assist tonight. It is the first of three home games this week, as the Crushers also host South Shore on Thursday and Woodstock on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have held back the Bulldogs again with a 5-3 win over Antigonish at the Trenton Arena Sunday night. The Bulldogs still hold the 3-2 advantage in the series, and will try to close it up on Friday at the Antigonish Arena, game time 7:30.
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Bantam AA Crushers won 8-1 over South Shore, Saturday.  Goals by Ross Martin(2), hat trick by Dylan Kontuk, singles by Tanner Steele, Cam MacKinnon and Ryan Denny.  Assist by Denny, Myles Farnsworth and Adam Fraser.  Xander Vohs was in nets. Sunday the Crushers only had 2 lines on the roster to play first place Truro for their final seasonal game.  Crushers played strong from start to finish but could not buy a goal.  Crushers fell 2-0.  Jacob Fraser played stellar between the pipes. Next weekend Crusher will have an exhibition home an home with Truro.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects are headed to the Nova Scotia Provincial female Midget AAA final after sweeping their best for five semi final series three games to none over the East Hants Penguins. The Selects took  a 2-0 series lead into the East Hants Spotsplex on Saturday night. The Pens came out strong and pushed the Selects hard in the first period, getting a number of quality scoring chances. After a scoreless first period, the Subways got out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Kara MacLean early in the second period. Ella MacLean made it 2-0 shortly after followed by a goal by KJ emery making it 3-0 after two periods of play. Camryn Halliday made it 4-0 late in the third and that was how the game would end, giving the Selects the series sweep. Lily Currie earned the shutout with a stellar performance in goal for the Selects. The win pits the Selects against the Cape Breton Chevy Panthers in the Provincial final. The Panthers won a hard fought five game series over Metro Boston Pizza, hot of the upcoming National Esso cup Championships. The Series will open with two games at the Wellness Center on Saturday March 10th and Sunday March 11th. Game times to be determined.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets are in a must-win situation after back to back 3-0 losses to the Steele Subaru Major Midgets on Friday and Sunday. The teams are in Dartmouth for Game 5 in the Best of Seven series on Tuesday night.
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The Knights of Columbus are holding their annual Free Throw Contest Wednesday night at 6:30 at McCulloch Educational Center Gymnasium (former Pictou Elementary School). The event is open to boys and girls 8-14 years old. All entries receive a participation certificate and a sports-drink, and awards will go to the various winners in each category. Winners will go on to compete in the Provincials Championships next month. You can register at the event, or pre-register by contacting Brian MacKinnon 902-759-5029.
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On Friday, March 2nd, Hockey Canada will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to honour Ava Foote of the Subway Selects novice team. She's been selected as one of Hockey Canada's Ambassadors. Ava has bounced back from an accident last June that led to multiple surgeries and cost her most of her right hand. She continues to do the activities she did before the accident, including horse-back riding, swimming, gymnastics and hockey. The Subway Selects Novice team invites everyone to celebrate Ava’s award, and cheer them on when they play the Trenton Steelers at 5pm this Friday.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Blue Nova hockey, there is one regular season game remaining, tonight at Stellarton Rink at 8pm as C.F. Contraction  vs  Elks Club.
Play -offs start Friday night with three games at the Stellarton Rink. With C.F.contraction finishing first place in the regular season, they get a bye into Sat. play-off games.
First game 5:20 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Cornova Contracting
Second game 6:50 - Wrangler's Bar & Grill   vs  Connor's Transfer LTD.
Third game 8:15 - Elks Club   vs   Durham Bucks.
All winners of their games , moves on to Sat. play-offs.
Sat. games are at the Stellarton Rink.
12:00 - C.F. contraction  vs    ??????
1:20 -  ??????    vs  ??????
3:30 - Champion Game
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Pictou County’s roller Derby team, the Kickin’ Vixens, are currently looking for a practice space to prepare for the upcoming season. The wheels on the team's skates are soft non-marking rubber and will not damage flooring. The team is looking for a space to use until they can move into their summer home at the Trenton Rink, once the ice comes out. Anyone that has a space or can help obtain a practice space can contact the team via Facebook by searching “Highland District Derby- Team Kickin' Vixens”, email hddolls@hotmail.com or find the team on twitter at @hddvixens.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers will be hosting tryouts next month. The U-14 Subway Stingers Rep Team will have tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on Sunday March 18th 3 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday March 20th 7 pm - 8 pm, and Sunday March 27th 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $40.00, and is open to girls born in 2004 or 2005. Further information and to register, contact Lisa White: lisawhite00@outlook.com. Spring Training Sessions for the U-16 Subway Stingers will be at Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on March 5th, March 19th and March 26th from 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $30.00, and is open to girls born in 2002 or 2003. The sessions are an opportunity for eligible athletes to prepare for U-16 Subway Stingers Rep team Tryouts. For more information and to register, contact Rob Hayes at 902-759-0181 or email robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Tampa Bay 4 Toronto 3 (SO)
Philadelphia 1 Montreal 0 (SO)
Colorado 3 Vancouver 1
Columbus 5 Washington 1
Los Angeles 3 Vegas 2 (OT)
NBA
Toronto 123 Detroit 94
Boston 109 Memphis 98
Brooklyn 104 Chicago 87
Golden State 125 New York 111
L.A. Lakers 123 Atlanta 104
New Orleans 125 Phoenix 116
Oklahoma City 112 Orlando 105
Dallas 109 Indiana 103
Houston 96 Utah 85
Minnesota 118 Sacramento 100


SPORTS FEBRUARY 26 *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Monday 26th February 2018

It was a win and a pair of losses for the Weeks Junior A Crushers last week. After tough losses to Amherst and Woodstock, the team regrouped and soundly beat the St. Stephen Aces 6-1. In the win, Michael Dill reigstered a goal and four assists, becoming the all-time leader for the Crushers in regular season points, passing Danny Morgan. He also tied Mitchell Deruelle for the all-time regular season assists record. The Crushers are now eight points behind the Truro Bearcats, with six games left in the season. On Tuesday night, it's a crucial match-up, as the Crushers host Truro at the Wellness Centre for a rare Tuesday night game at 7:30. This is a make-up for the game originally scheduled for early January.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have held back the Bulldogs again with a 5-3 win over Antigonish at the Trenton Arena Sunday night. The Bulldogs still hold the 3-2 advantage in the series, and will try to close it up on Friday at the Antigonish Arena, game time 7:30.
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The Atom AA Fundy Highland Subway Selects evenly split the first two play off games this weekend beating Metro West Force White 2-1 in Pictou on Saturday before facing a tough 2-1 loss against the league’s top team Metro East Inferno on Sunday in Dartmouth.  Scoring for the win on Saturday were Reese Murray with an assist from Karlee Rose and Ella Fitt with an assist from Alexis Buchanan.  Kenli Ross had the win in nets.  The lone goal in the loss came from Ada White with an assist from Avery Henderson.  The third playoff game will occur this coming Saturday at the Wellness Centre. 
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects are headed to the Nova Scotia Provincial female Midget AAA final after sweeping their best for five semi final series three games to none over the East Hants Penguins. The Selects took  a 2-0 series lead into the East Hants Spotsplex on Saturday night. The Pens came out strong and pushed the Selects hard in the first period, getting a number of quality scoring chances. After a scoreless first period, the Subways got out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Kara MacLean early in the second period. Ella MacLean made it 2-0 shortly after followed by a goal by KJ emery making it 3-0 after two periods of play. Camryn Halliday made it 4-0 late in the third and that was how the game would end, giving the Selects the series sweep. Lily Currie earned the shutout with a stellar performance in goal for the Selects. The win pits the Selects against the Cape Breton Chevy Panthers in the Provincial final. The Panthers won a hard fought five game series over Metro Boston Pizza, hot of the upcoming National Esso cup Championships. The Series will open with two games at the Wellness Center on Saturday March 10th and Sunday March 11th. Game times to be determined.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets are in a must-win situation after back to back 3-0 losses to the Steele Subaru Major Midgets on Friday and Sunday. The teams are in Dartmouth for Game 5 in the Best of Seven series on Tuesday night.
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The Knights of Columbus are holding their annual Free Throw Contest Wednesday night at 6:30 at McCulloch Educational Center Gymnasium (former Pictou Elementary School). The event is open to boys and girls 8-14 years old. All entries receive a participation certificate and a sports-drink, and awards will go to the various winners in each category. Winners will go on to compete in the Provincials Championships in March. You can register at the event, or pre-register by contacting Brian MacKinnon 902-759-5029.
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On Friday, March 2nd, Hockey Canada will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to honour Ava Foote of the Subway Selects novice team. She's been selected as one of Hockey Canada's Ambassadors. Ava has bounced back from an accident last June that led to multiple surgeries and cost her most of her right hand. She continues to do the activities she did before the accident, including horse-back riding, swimming, gymnastics and hockey. The Subway Selects Novice team invites everyone to celebrate Ava’s award, and cheer them on when they play the Trenton Steelers at 5pm this Friday.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers will be hosting tryouts next month. The U-14 Subway Stingers Rep Team will have tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on Sunday March 18th 3 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday March 20th 7 pm - 8 pm, and Sunday March 27th 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $40.00, and is open to girls born in 2004 or 2005. Further information and to register, contact Lisa White: lisawhite00@outlook.com. Spring Training Sessions for the U-16 Subway Stingers will be at Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on March 5th, March 19th and March 26th from 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $30.00, and is open to girls born in 2002 or 2003. The sessions are an opportunity for eligible athletes to prepare for U-16 Subway Stingers Rep team Tryouts. For more information and to register, contact Rob Hayes at 902-759-0181 or email robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Daniel Sedin broke a tie with 9:17 to play with his second goal of the game and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1.
Ryan Strome scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers recovered to beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-5 in a shootout after giving up two goals in the final 21 seconds of regulation.
Washington 4 St. Louis 0
Buffalo 4 Boston 1
Detroit 3 NY Rangers 2 (OT)
Minnesota 3 San Jose 2 (OT)
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In a trade announced Sunday, the Maple Leafs have acquired Tomas Plekanec and forward Kyle Baun from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Toronto's 2018 second-round pick as well as prospects Rinat Valiev and Kerby Rychel.
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NBA
Charlotte 114 Detroit 98
New Orleans 123 Milwaukee 121
San Antonio 110 Cleveland 94
Houston 119 Denver 114
Washington 109 Philadelphia 94


SPORTS FEBRUARY 25
Sunday 25th February 2018

It's a win and a loss for the Weeks Junior A Crushers this weekend. Following Friday night's 4-3 defeat against the Woodstock Slammers, the team regrouped and soundly beat the St. Stephen Aces 6-1. That moves the Crushers to within eight points of the Truro Bearcats, with six games left in the season. On Tuesday night, it's a crucial match-up, as the Crushers host Truro at the Wellness Centre for a rare Tuesday night game at 7:30.
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Mariposa East Skating Centre is proud to be the host club for the 2018 Provincial STARSkate and Synchro Championships at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, which continue today from 9am-3:20pm. Over 250 skaters from Nova Scotia, including many from Pictou County. The club would like to welcome their families, coaches and Skate Nova Scotia Officials to the county.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will try and hold off elimination again in their playoff series with the Antigonish Bulldogs this weekend. Game 5 is at the Trenton Arena tonight at 7pm.
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The Bantam AA Crushers will finish off their regular season today on the road against Truro.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets continue their playoff series against Dartmouth with a Sunday night match at 8pm at the Wellness Centre.
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On Friday, March 2nd, Hockey Canada will be at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to honour Ava Foote of the Subway Selects novice team. She's been selected as one of Hockey Canada's Ambassadors. Ava has bounced back from an accident last June that led to multiple surgeries and cost her most of her right hand. She continues to do the activities she did before the accident, including horse-back riding, swimming, gymnastics and hockey. The Subway Selects Novice team invites everyone to celebrate Ava’s award, and cheer them on when they play the Trenton Steelers at 5pm this Friday.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers will be hosting tryouts next month. The U-14 Subway Stingers Rep Team will have tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on Sunday March 18th 3 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday March 20th 7 pm - 8 pm, and Sunday March 27th 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $40.00, and is open to girls born in 2004 or 2005. Further information and to register, contact Lisa White: lisawhite00@outlook.com. Spring Training Sessions for the U-16 Subway Stingers will be at Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on March 5th, March 19th and March 26th from 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $30.00, and is open to girls born in 2002 or 2003. The sessions are an opportunity for eligible athletes to prepare for U-16 Subway Stingers Rep team Tryouts. For more information and to register, contact Rob Hayes at 902-759-0181 or email robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Ryan Strome's empty-net goal at 19:01 and a successful coach's challenge with less than 10 seconds left gave the Edmonton Oilers a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Winnipeg 5 Dallas 3
Toronto 4 Boston 3
Philadelphia 5 Ottawa 3
Tampa Bay 4 Montreal 3 (SO)
Calgary 5 Colorado 1
Florida 6 Pittsburgh 5
New Jersey 2 N.Y. Islanders 1
Detroit 3 Carolina 1
Columbus 3 Chicago 2
Washington 5 Buffalo 1
Arizona 2 Anaheim 0
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NBA
Philadelphia 116 Orlando 105
Boston 121 New York 112
Miami 115 Memphis 89
Golden State 112 Oklahoma City 80
Minnesota 122 Chicago 104
Portland 106 Phoenix 104
Utah 97 Dallas 90
L.A. Lakers 113 Sacramento 108


SPORTS FEBRUARY 23
Friday 23rd February 2018

It's crunch time for the Weeks Junior A Crushers. Following last night's 4-2 loss to Amherst at the Wellness Centre, there are still 10 points between them and the Truro Bearcats - currently fourth in the division – with eight games left in the season. The Crushers are on the road this weekend: tonight in Woodstock at 7:30, and on Saturday in St. Stephen. That game will be broadcast on East Coast FM, with the pre-game at 6:45.
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The Elementary Grammar School Hockey season has come to a close, with the championship game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre between New Glasgow Academy Panthers and the AG Baillie Bears. The game was a 3-3 tie after 45 minutes of regular play. NGA scored in overtime to secure the 4-3 victory and take home the championship trophy. Congrats to the players and coaches for an outstanding season!
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will try and hold off elimination again in their playoff series with the Antigonish Bulldogs this weekend. Game 5 is at the Trenton Arena this Sunday at 7pm.
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The Bantam AA Crushers will play South Shore Saturday and Sunday will finish off their regular season on the road against Truro.
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Playoffs for the Atom AA Fundy Highland Subway Selects begin on Saturday with the first game of 4 being held at the Hector Arena.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects need only one more win to secure a birth in the Provincial final against the winner of the other semi final between the Chevy Panthers from Cape Breton and Metro Boston Pizza. That series is tied at one game each. The Selects will travel to East Hants for game three on Saturday at the Keith Miller Sportplex. Puck drops at 7pm.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets continue their playoff series against Dartmouth with a pair of home games this week. Both teams have one victory in the best of 5 series. On Friday, the teams will play at the Wellness Centre at 7pm, followed by a Sunday night match at 8pm in the Sobeys Arena.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers will be hosting tryouts next month. The U-14 Subway Stingers Rep Team will have tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on Sunday March 18th 3 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday March 20th 7 pm - 8 pm, and Sunday March 27th 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $40.00, and is open to girls born in 2004 or 2005. Further information and to register, contact Lisa White: lisawhite00@outlook.com. Spring Training Sessions for the U-16 Subway Stingers will be at Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on March 5th, March 19th and March 26th from 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $30.00, and is open to girls born in 2002 or 2003. The sessions are an opportunity for eligible athletes to prepare for U-16 Subway Stingers Rep team Tryouts. For more information and to register, contact Rob Hayes at 902-759-0181 or email robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Tyler Bozak scored the shootout winner as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the New York Islanders 4-3 at Air Canada Centre.
Antti Niemi made 31 saves as the Montreal Canadiens beat the struggling New York Rangers 3-1 to snap their six-game losing skid.
Nikita Kucherov picked up two assists to hit the 80-point mark as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3.
Connor McDavid scored at 2:19 of overtime and added an assist as the Edmonton Oilers came away with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Jon Gillies rebounded from a first-minute goal to make 35 saves in his first NHL start of the season, helping the Calgary Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2.
Philadelphia 2 Columbus 1
Minnesota 4 New Jersey 2
Florida 3 Washington 2
Buffalo 3 Detroit 2 (OT)
Nashville 7 San Jose 1
Dallas 2 Los Angeles 0

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NBA
Charlotte 111 Brooklyn 96
New York 120 Orlando 113
Philadelphia 116 Chicago 115
Washington 110 Cleveland 103
Oklahoma City 110 Sacramento 107
Golden State 134 L.A. Clippers 127

SPORTS FEBRUARY 22
Thursday 22nd February 2018

The Weeks Junior A Crushers host the Amherst Ramblers at the Wellness Centre tonight at 7. While you're there, learn about Habitat for Humanity’s new Pictou County chapter – they'll have a display in the lobby.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are still alive in the opening round of the playoffs. The Scotians defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs in Game 4 at the Antigonish Arena. The Bulldogs still lead the series 3 games to 1, with Game 5 at the Trenton Arena this Sunday at 7pm.
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Next weekend the Bantam AA Crushers will play South Shore Saturday and Sunday will finish off their regular season on the road against Truro.
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Playoffs for the Atom AA Fundy Highland Subway Selects begin on Saturday with the first game of 4 being held at the Hector Arena.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects need only one more win to secure a birth in the Provincial final against the winner of the other semi final between the Chevy Panthers from Cape Breton and Metro Boston Pizza. That series is tied at one game each. The Selects will travel to East Hants for game three on Saturday at the Keith Miller Sportplex. Puck drops at 7pm.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets continue their playoff series against Dartmouth with a pair of home games this week. Both teams have one victory in the best of 5 series. On Friday, the teams will play at the Wellness Centre at 7pm, followed by a Sunday night match at 8pm in the Sobeys Arena.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers will be hosting tryouts next month. The U-14 Subway Stingers Rep Team will have tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on Sunday March 18th 3 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday March 20th 7 pm - 8 pm, and Sunday March 27th 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $40.00, and is open to girls born in 2004 or 2005. Further information and to register, contact Lisa White: lisawhite00@outlook.com. Spring Training Sessions for the U-16 Subway Stingers will be at Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on March 5th, March 19th and March 26th from 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $30.00, and is open to girls born in 2002 or 2003. The sessions are an opportunity for eligible athletes to prepare for U-16 Subway Stingers Rep team Tryouts. For more information and to register, contact Rob Hayes at 902-759-0181 or email robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Nick Schmaltz scored the deciding goal of the shootout to give Chicago a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Alex Tuch scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and the Vegas Golden Knights pulled away for a 7-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Anaheim 2 Dallas 0

SPORTS FEBRUARY 21
Wednesday 21st February 2018

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are still alive in the opening round of the playoffs. The Scotians defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 7-5 last night at the Antigonish Arena. The Bulldogs still lead the series 3 games to 1, with Game 5 at the Trenton Arena this Sunday at 7pm.
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Last night the Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers won their final home game of the regular season against the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-4 with a full team effort. Goals by Covey Cameron, Ryan Denny, Cam MacKinnon, Ross Martin, Myles Farnsworth and Chris Avery.  Assist by Martin(2), Brent Chapman, Dylan Kontuk, Farnsworth, Jacoby Beadle, Tanner Steele and Adam Fraser. Jacob Fraser was between the pipes. Next weekend the Bantam AA Crushers will play South Shore Saturday and Sunday will finish off their regular season on the road against Truro.
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Playoffs for the Atom AA Fundy Highland Subway Selects begin on Saturday with the first game of 4 being held at the Hector Arena.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects need only one more win to secure a birth in the Provincial final against the winner of the other semi final between the Chevy Panthers from Cape Breton and Metro Boston Pizza. That series is tied at one game each. The Selects will travel to East Hants for game three on Saturday at the Keith Miller Sportplex. Puck drops at 7pm.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets continue their playoff series against Dartmouth with a pair of home games this week. Both teams have one victory in the best of 5 series. On Friday, the teams will play at the Wellness Centre at 7pm, followed by a Sunday night match at 8pm in the Sobeys Arena.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers will be hosting tryouts next month. The U-14 Subway Stingers Rep Team will have tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on Sunday March 18th 3 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday March 20th 7 pm - 8 pm, and Sunday March 27th 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $40.00, and is open to girls born in 2004 or 2005. Further information and to register, contact Lisa White: lisawhite00@outlook.com. Spring Training Sessions for the U-16 Subway Stingers will be at Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on March 5th, March 19th and March 26th from 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $30.00, and is open to girls born in 2002 or 2003. The sessions are an opportunity for eligible athletes to prepare for U-16 Subway Stingers Rep team Tryouts. For more information and to register, contact Rob Hayes at 902-759-0181 or email robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Frederik Andersen made 40 saves and James van Riemsdyk had the lone goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Florida Panthers 1-0.
Philadelphia 3 Montreal 2 (OT)
Tampa Bay 4 Washington 2
Columbus 2 New Jersey 1
Nashville 3 Detroit 2
San Jose 3 St. Louis 2
Los Angeles 4 Winnipeg 3
Boston 3 Edmonton 2
Colorado 5 Vancouver 4 (OT)


SPORTS FEBRUARY 20 *UPDATED 10:50 AM*
Tuesday 20th February 2018

The Atom AA Fundy Highland Subway Selects ended their regular season on Saturday with a 1-1 tie against Metro West Force Red. Scoring the lone goal for the Selects was Ella Fitt unassisted. Playoffs begin for the Selects this coming Saturday with the first game of 4 being held at the Hector Arena.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects took a commanding 2-0 lead in their best of five first round playoff series against the East Hants Penguins in the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League. The Selects were strong on Sunday at the Wellness Center in a 7-4 victory over the Pens. The second win followed a 12-2 blowout on Saturday. The Selects need only one more win to secure a birth in the Provincial final against the winner of the other semi final between the Chevy Panthers from Cape Breton and Metro Boston Pizza. That series is tied at one game each. The Selects will travel to East Hants for game three on Saturday at the Keith Miller Sportplex. Puck drops at 7pm.
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Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers had a hard fought weekend with a home an home with Cumberland. The Crushers came up short both days with final scores of 4-3 and 5-4. Crusher goals by Ross Martin(3), Cam MacKinnon(2), singles by Adam Farrell and Myles Farnsworth. Assist by Chris Avery(2), and singles by Ryan Denny, Covey Cameron, Martin and Farrell. Jacob Fraser and Xander Vohs played a game each. Bantam AA Crushers will take on Antigonish Bulldogs Tuesday night 6:30 at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Peewee A Crushers (White) defeated the Truro Bearcats 6-1 in their best of three matchup eliminating the Bearcats from the playoffs. Scoring for Crushers was Jake Henderson 2, Garrett Williams 2, with Kaleb Malonson and Harley Clark adding singles. Assists came from Carter Dauphinee 2, Evan Stewart 2, Henderson 2, Porter McNamara, Ethan MacKay, Cameron Pitts and Clarke all with 1. Truro's goal came from Braden Cornelius assisted by Tyler Mackenzie and Callum Macpherson. Winning goalie was Aiden Turnbull. The Two Crusher teams will now face each other in a two out of three battle to see who advances to take on Cape Breton.
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The Pictou County Weeks Major Midgets continue their playoff series against Dartmouth with a pair of home games this week. Both teams have one victory in the best of 5 series. On Friday, the teams will play in the Bell Arena at the Wellness Centre at 7:30pm, followed by a Sunday night match at 8pm in the Sobeys Arena.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association Home of the Subway Stingers will be hosting tryouts next month. The U-14 Subway Stingers Rep Team will have tryouts at the Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on Sunday March 18th 3 pm - 4 pm, Tuesday March 20th 7 pm - 8 pm, and Sunday March 27th 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $40.00, and is open to girls born in 2004 or 2005. Further information and to register, contact Lisa White: lisawhite00@outlook.com.
Spring Training Sessions for the U-16 Subway Stingers will be at Sobeys Complex in Stellarton on March 5th, March 19th and March 26th from 6 pm - 7 pm. The cost is $30.00, and is open to girls born in 2002 or 2003. The sessions are an opportunity for eligible athletes to prepare for U-16 Subway Stingers Rep team Tryouts. For more information and to register, contact Rob Hayes at 902-759-0181 or email robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
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NHL
Viktor Arvidsson scored twice to reach 20 goals this season, and the Nashville Predators beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2.
Brad Marchand scored his 22nd goal in overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Minnesota 5 N.Y. Islanders 3
Washington 3 Buffalo 2
Los Angeles 3 Chicago 1
Anaheim 2 Vegas 0

SPORTS FEBRUARY 16
Friday 16th February 2018

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers picked up a win, and a little ground on Truro. With last night's 3-1 victory over the Lumberjacks, they trail the Bearcats by 6 points in the standings. The Crushers will be keeping one eye on the RECC tonight, as Amherst plays Truro while the Crushers are in Lunenberg for the other half of the home and home series with the Lumberjacks. Tonight's game will be available on East Coast FM, starting with the pregame show at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are down 1-0 in their opening playoff series following last night's 5-2 loss to the Antigonish Bulldogs in Trenton. The Scotians will try and tie it up Friday night at 7:30 at the Antigonish Arena.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers host the league leading Antigonish Bulldogs at the Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm and follow up at noon on Sunday at the Keating Millennium Center in Antigonish to complete the home and home series.
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The Northern AAA Midget Subway Selects open their first round of the playoffs at home this weekend against the East Hants Penguins. The Selects lead the Female Midget AAA league with an 18-2-3 record. The Pens finished 6th in the seven team league. The Northern Selects are looking to defend their Provincial title which would earn them the right to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic female Midget AAA Championships to be held in late March in St. John's, NL. The winner of the Atlantics will head to the Esso Cup National Championships being held in Bridgewater at the end of April. Puck drops at the Wellness Center on Saturday at 1230pm and on Sunday at 1130am.
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is hosting another provincial tournament this weekend. It's the NSCA Women's Travelers Championship, and a local team is trying again to reach the title. The foursome of Courtney Buchanan, Kerri Denny, Shauna Collier and Donalda Buckingham have come in second the last two years. The winner of the six-team championship will attend nationals sometime in the fall. To prepare, Buchanan’s rink has been holding regular practices and played against other Bluenose teams. Games begin 2:30 Friday afternoon. Team Buchanan plays twice on Friday: 2:30 and 7pm. The round robin continues on Saturday, with tiebreakers and playoffs on Sunday.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Martin Jones led the way with 43 saves as the San Jose Sharks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 for their third win in four games.
Mike Hoffman scored 1:13 into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Matthew Tkachuk and Dougie Hamilton each had a goal and an assist in the Calgary Flames' 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Vegas 4 Edmonton 1
Arizona 5 Montreal 2
Pittsburgh 3 Los Angeles 1
N.Y. Islanders 3 N.Y. Rangers 0
New Jersey 5 Carolina 2
Tampa Bay 4 Detroit 1
Washington 5 Minnesota 2
Anaheim 3 Chicago 2
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NBA
Denver 134 Milwaukee 123
Minnesota 119 L.A. Lakers 111

SPORTS FEBRUARY 15 *UPDATED 9:55 AM*
Thursday 15th February 2018

It's crunch time for The Pictou County Weeks Crushers – they are 8 points behind Truro with just 11 games remaining. The Crushers do have one game in hand on the Bearcats, and there are still two head-to-head matchups on the schedule. Up next for the Crushers is a home and home set with the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight and Friday. Friday's game will be available on East Coast FM, starting with the pregame show at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are down 1-0 in their opening playoff series following last night's 5-2 loss to the Antigonish Bulldogs in Trenton. The Scotians will try and tie it up Friday night at 7:30 at the Antigonish Arena.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers host the league leading Antigonish Bulldogs at the Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm and follow up at noon on Sunday at the Keating Millennium Center in Antigonish to complete the home and home series.
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The Northern AAA Midget Subway Selects open their first round of the playoffs at home this weekend against the East Hants Penguins. The Selects lead the Female Midget AAA league with an 18-2-3 record. The Pens finished 6th in the seven team league. The Northern Selects are looking to defend their Provincial title which would earn them the right to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic female Midget AAA Championships to be held in late March in St. John's, NL. The winner of the Atlantics will head to the Esso Cup National Championships being held in Bridgewater at the end of April. Puck drops at the Wellness Center on Saturday at 1230pm and on Sunday at 1130am.
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is hosting another provincial tournament this weekend. It's the NSCA Women's Travelers Championship, and a local team is trying again to reach the title. The foursome of Courtney Buchanan, Kerri Denny, Shauna Collier and Donalda Buckingham have come in second the last two years. The winner of the six-team championship will attend nationals sometime in the fall. To prepare, Buchanan’s rink has been holding regular practices and played against other Bluenose teams. Games begin 2:30 Friday afternoon. Team Buchanan plays twice on Friday: 2:30 and 7pm. The round robin continues on Saturday, with tiebreakers and playoffs on Sunday.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Nazem Kadri scored a hat trick and Frederik Andersen made a career-high 54 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3.
Semyon Varlamov made 44 saves for his first victory in more than a month and the Colorado Avalanche matched the franchise record of 10 straight home wins, beating the Montreal Canadiens 2-0.
Nick Bjugstad scored a goal and added an assist as the Florida Panthers overcame a shaky start to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3.
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NBA
Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka also scored 20 points and the Toronto Raptors cruised into the All-Star break with their seventh straight victory, 122-98 over the Chicago Bulls.
Charlotte 104 Orlando 102
Detroit 104 Atlanta 98
Philadelphia 104 Miami 102
Indiana 108 Brooklyn 103
Washington 118 New York 113
Houston 100 Sacramento 91
L.A. Clippers 129 Boston 119
New Orleans 139 L.A. Lakers 117
Oklahoma City 121 Memphis 114
Utah 107 Phoenix 97
Portland 123 Golden State 117


SPORTS FEBRUARY 14
Wednesday 14th February 2018

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers extended their league game winning streak to six games with a three nothing shutout of the Brookfield Elks at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Saturday morning. The Crushers win came as a result of goals by Kirk Turnbull, Willem Fraser and Will Woolcock along with shutout goaltending by Ethan Trowell. The winning streak came to an end however on Sunday afternoon at the Don Henderson Sportsplex in Brookfield where the Elks handed the Crushers a three to one loss. Lone goal for the Crushers was by Ian Reynolds. This weekend the Bantam A Crushers host the league leading Antigonish Bulldogs at the Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm and follow up at noon on Sunday at the Keating Millennium Center in Antigonish to complete the home and home series.
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It's crunch time for The Pictou County Weeks Crushers – they are 8 points behind Truro with just 11 games remaining. The Crushers do have one game in hand on the Bearcats, and there are still two head-to-head matchups on the schedule. Up next for the Crushers is a home and home set with the South Shore Lumberjacks this Thursday and Friday. Friday's game will be available on East Coast FM, starting with the pregame show at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians face Antigonish in the opening round of the playoffs, starting tonight in Trenton at 7:30pm.
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With two wins, Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull and the Canadian women's hockey team will face their toughest challenge so far - the Americans.  And if you want to watch Blayre on the ice for that game on Wednesday with a bunch of other fans, you can head out to the Wellness Centre.  Activities will start at 8:30, including face painting, poster making, a special skills competition, and much more, then watch the big game with everyone else on big screens at the Wellness Centre starting around 11 pm.
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To kickoff the start of the new Baseball season there will be Spring Training Indoor Baseball sessions located at the Sobeys Soccer Complex. Sessions will be eight weeks long, starting Monday March 5th and running until Monday April 23rd. Corey Dewtie and Stanton Clements will be running the sessions. Clinics are open to all baseball and softball players born in 2003 and 2004. Cost will be $75 per player. To register, please contact Corey or Stanton at PCspringball@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Jake Guentzel scored twice, Zach Aston-Reese scored his first two NHL goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3.
Defenceman Tyler Myers scored 3:35 into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3.
Patrice Bergeron and Riley Nash scored two goals apiece, helping the Boston Bruins beat the Calgary Flames 5-2.
Carolina 7 Los Angeles 3
Columbus 4 N.Y. Islanders 1
Buffalo 5 Tampa Bay 3
New Jersey 5 Philadelphia 4 (SO)
Detroit 2 Anaheim 1
Nashville 4 St. Louis 3 (OT)
Minnesota 3 N.Y. Rangers 2
Vegas 5 Chicago 2
Arizona 2 San Jose 1
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NBA
Toronto 115 Miami 112
Cleveland 120 Oklahoma City 112
Houston 126 Minnesota 108
Milwaukee 97 Atlanta 92
Sacramento 114 Dallas 109
Denver 117 San Antonio 109

SPORTS FEBRUARY 13 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Tuesday 13th February 2018

It's crunch time for The Pictou County Weeks Crushers – they are 8 points behind Truro with just 11 games remaining. The Crushers do have one game in hand on the Bearcats, and there are still two head-to-head matchups on the schedule. Up next for the Crushers is a home and home set with the South Shore Lumberjacks this Thursday and Friday. Friday's game will be available on East Coast FM, starting with the pregame show at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians face Antigonish in the opening round of the playoffs, starting Wednesday night in Trenton at 7:30pm.
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To kickoff the start of the new Baseball season there will be Spring Training Indoor Baseball sessions located at the Sobeys Soccer Complex. Sessions will be eight weeks long, starting Monday March 5th and running until Monday April 23rd. Corey Dewtie and Stanton Clements will be running the sessions. Clinics are open to all baseball and softball players born in 2003 and 2004. Cost will be $75 per player. To register, please contact Corey or Stanton at PCspringball@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Blayre Turnbull and the Canadian Women's Hockey team are two for two following a 4-1 victory over Finland. Meghan Agosta, Marie-Philip Poulin, Melodie Daoust and Jillian Saulnier scored for Canada, while Shannon Szabados made 22 saves in the win. Tomorrow night...things get underway at 8:30 in the Wellness Centre ahead of the 11 pm contest between Team Canada and the Americans.

John Morris and Kaitlin Lawes have won the first gold medal in mixed doubles curling after a 10-3 crushing of Switzerland. Olympic Athletes from Russia won bronze after defeating Norway 8-4.

Kim Bouton won bronze in the women's 500 metre short track speed-skating. Veteran Canadian skater Marianne St-Gelais was a podium hopeful in the same event, but was disqualified in an earlier heat after it was deemed she interfered with another skater.

Calgary's Alex Gough won bronze in the women's singles luge event.

Canada currently has 10 medals, (three gold, four silver, three bronze), tied for second with the Netherlands, and one behind Norway.
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NHL
William Nylander and Auston Matthews combined for six points to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. The Leafs are now just a few points behind the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division.
Vincent Trocheck had three goals and Evgenii Dadonov added two as the Florida Panthers emerged with a 7-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Arizona 6 Chicago 1
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NBA
New Orleans 118 Detroit 103
Philadelphia 108 New York 92
L.A. Clippers 114 Brooklyn 101
Chicago 105 Orlando 101
Utah 101 San Antonio 99
Golden State 129 Phoenix 83

SPORTS FEBRUARY 12 *UPDATED 10:00 AM*
Monday 12th February 2018

The hole for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers got a little deeper on Saturday, as the team they are chasing for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastlink South Division, the Truro Bearcats, defeated Campbellton 9-1 at the RECC. This puts the Crushers 8 points behind Truro with just 11 games remaining. The Crushers do have one game in hand on Truro, and there are still two head-to-head matchups on the schedule. Up next for the Crushers is a home and home set with the South Shore Lumberjacks this Thursday and Friday. Friday's game will be available on East Coast FM, starting with the pregame show at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians' final regular season home game was a 6-4 win over the Strait Pirates, in what was essentially a warm-up game for the playoffs. The Scotians will face Antigonish in the opening round, starting Wednesday night in Trenton at 7:30pm.
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It was a rough weekend for the Weeks Major Midgets – Saturday night they lost to the league leading Halifax MacDonalds by a score of 10-1. They did better on Sunday, defeating the defending national champions, the Cape Breton West Islanders 3-2 in a shootout. The Weeks finish 7th in the 8-team NSMMHL, and will likely face the Steele Subaru Major Midgets from Dartmouth in the opening round of the playoffs.
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Win one win already under their belts, Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull and the Canadian women's hockey team will be hitting the ice this week for more games – they face the Finns Tuesday at 3:40am, and the Americans at 11:10pm on Wednesday.  And if you want to watch Blayre on the ice for that game on Wednesday with a bunch of other fans, you can head out to the Wellness Centre.  Activities will start at 8:30, including face painting, poster making, a special skills competition, and much more, then watch the big game with everyone else on big screens at the Wellness Centre that night.  Playoff rounds will begin on Saturday.
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To kickoff the start of the new Baseball season there will be Spring Training Indoor Baseball sessions located at the Sobeys Soccer Complex. Sessions will be eight weeks long, starting Monday March 5th and running until Monday April 23rd. Corey Dewtie and Stanton Clements will be running the sessions. Clinics are open to all baseball and softball players born in 2003 and 2004. Cost will be $75 per player. To register, please contact Corey or Stanton at PCspringball@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Vancouver 6 Dallas 0
Calgary 3 N.Y. Islanders 2
N.Y. Rangers 3 Winnipeg 1
Detroit 5 Washington 4 (OT)
Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 1
Boston 5 New Jersey 3
Colorado 5 Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 Vegas 1
San Jose 3 Anaheim 2 (SO)
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan had 25 points and eight assists and C.J. Miles had 24 points and the Toronto Raptors routed the Charlotte Hornets 123-103.
Atlanta 118 Detroit 115
Cleveland 121 Boston 99
Indiana 121 New York 113
Houston 104 Dallas 97
Minnesota 111 Sacramento 106
Oklahoma City 110 Memphis 92
Utah 115 Portland 96
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Winter Games *UPDATE*
Canada has won its second gold in Pyongchang, as Mikael Kingsbury took first place in the men's freestyle moguls. Marc Antoine Gagnon placed fourth.
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Canada took Gold in team figure skating thanks to brilliant performances by Patrick Chan and Gabrielle Daleman. Olympic Athletes from Russia, with a stunning free skate by 15-year-old Alina Zagitova, the European champion, took silver. The Americans had to settle for bronze.
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It will be Canada vs Switzerland for the gold in mixed doubles curling. The Swiss pair of Jenny Perret and Martin Rios defeated Russia 7-5 to advance to the final tomorrow. Canadianas John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes overcame a number of missed opportunities early in their semifinal game against Norway to win 8-4.
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Canadian Laurie Blouin won silver in the women's snowboard slopestyle final amid extremely windy conditions, just three days after a hard fall in training that put her participation in the final in jeopardy.
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Currently, the Canadians have won 7 medals – two gold, one bronze and four silver.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 11 FEBRUARY
Sunday 11th February 2018

The hole for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers got a little deeper last night, as the team they are chasing for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastlink South Division, the Truro Bearcats, defeated the Campbellton Tigers 9-1 at the RECC. This puts the Crushers 8 points back of Truro with just 11games remaining. The Crushers do hold one game in hand on Truro, and there are still two head-to-head matchups on the schedule. Up next for the Crushers is a home and home set with the South Shore Lumberjacks this Thursday and Friday. Friday's game will be available on East Coast FM, starting with the pregame show at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians' final regular season home game goes tonight at 7pm at Trenton Arena. The Scotians will host the Strait Pirates in what is essentially a warm-up game for the playoffs. The Scotians will face Antigonish in the opening round, dates and times still to be announced.
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It was a rough night for the Weeks Major Midgets last night at the Wellness Centre, as they lost to the league leading Halifax MacDonalds by a score of 10-1. It does not get much easier today at noon, as they host the defending national champions, the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Weeks will finish 7th in the 8-team NSMMHL, and will likely face the Steele Subaru Major Midgets from Dartmouth in the opening round of the playoffs.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers won by a score of 3-0 against the Brookfield Elks yesterday at the Wellness Centre.
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Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull and the rest of the Canadian women will be hitting the ice this week for their games against the Russians on Sunday at 8:10am, the Finns Tuesday at 3:40am, and the Americans at 11:10pm on Wednesday.  And if you want to watch Blayre on the ice for that game on Wednesday with a bunch of other fans, you can head out to the Wellness Centre.  Activities will start at 8:30, including face painting, poster making, a special skills competition, and much more, then watch the big game with everyone else on big screens at the Wellness Centre that night.  Playoff rounds will begin on Saturday, 17 February.
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To kickoff the start of the new Baseball season there will be Spring Training Indoor Baseball sessions located at the Sobeys Soccer Complex. Sessions will be eight weeks long, starting Monday March 5th and running until Monday April 23rd. Corey Dewtie and Stanton Clements will be running the sessions. Clinics are open to all baseball and softball players born in 2003 and 2004. Cost will be $75 per player. To register, please contact Corey or Stanton at PCspringball@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It was a four-medal day on Sunday for Canada in Pyeongchang. Max Parrot and Mark McMorris won silver and bronze respectively in the Men's Slopestyle snowboarding competition, while Ted-Jan Bloemen took silver in the Men's 5000m speed skating. Justine Dufour-Lapointe won silver Ladies Moguls, and the Women's hockey team beat the Olympic Athletes from Russia, 5-0. Sam Edney entered the final two runs of the Men's Singles Luge in fifth place, but slipped slightly to 6th.

SPORTS FEBRUARY 9
Friday 9th February 2018

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers picked up a win at the Wellness Centre, defeating the Campbellton Tigers 4-1. That puts them four points behind the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers can gain more ground tonight, as they head over Mount Thom to face Truro. Game time at the RECC is 7pm - you can also catch the game with Alex Theriault and Michael Petter on East Coast FM starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians' next game is at Trenton Arena Sunday night against the Strait Pirates. This is the final game of the regular season. The Scotians will finish second in the Sid Rowe Division, and face either Antigonish or Strait, as they both could still end up the third seed in the division.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of home games this weekend. Saturday night at 6:30pm, the Weeks host the Halifax MacDonalds. Then Sunday at noon it will be the Cape Breton West Islanders coming to town. Both games are going on at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers resume their regular season play this Saturday with a home game against the Brookfield Elks at 11:30am at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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Set your DVR: Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull and the Canadian Women's Hockey team begin their march to the medal podium in Pyongchang on Sunday morning as they face the Olympic Athletes from Russia at 8:10. Tuesday morning (Feb 13) at 3:40am it's Canada vs Finland, and on Wednesday night (Feb 14) at 11:10 it's the highlight match between Team Canada and Team USA. Or, you can come to a special viewing party Valentine's night at the Wellness Centre. There's face painting, poster-making, family skating and an Olympic Skills competition starting at 8:30, followed by the big game against the Americans at 11:10. Playoff rounds begin next Saturday, February 17th.
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To kickoff the start of the new Baseball season there will be Spring Training Indoor Baseball sessions located at the Sobeys Soccer Complex. Sessions will be eight weeks long, starting Monday March 5th and running until Monday April 23rd. Corey Dewtie and Stanton Clements will be running the sessions. Clinics are open to all baseball and softball players born in 2003 and 2004. Cost will be $75 per player. To register, please contact Corey or Stanton at PCspringball@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mike Hoffman scored 3:01 into overtime, lifting the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators.
Calgary 3 New Jersey 2
Philadelphia 5 Montreal 3
Tampa Bay 5 Vancouver 2
Buffalo 4 N.Y. Islanders 3
Arizona 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)
St. Louis 6 Colorado 1
Dallas 4 Chicago 2
Vegas 5 San Jose 3
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NBA
Jonas Valanciunas led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors thumped the struggling New York Knicks 113-88 at Air Canada Centre.
Orlando 100 Atlanta 98
Boston 110 Washington 104 (OT)
Portland 109 Charlotte 103 (OT)
Golden State 121 Dallas 103
L.A. Lakers 106 Oklahoma City 81
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Winter Games
Russia's desperate attempt to get 45 banned athletes — including several medal favourites — into the Winter Olympics failed just hours before Friday's opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The International Olympic Committee had banned Russia because of a massive doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games, but gave individual athletes the chance to apply for admission to compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia." There were 168 Russians who passed the vetting process. Dozens more filed appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. On Friday, the court upheld the IOC's right to decide who can compete.
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Kaitlyn Lawes put the exclamation point in an 8-2 win over Finland Friday in South Korea, rolling her last rock of the sixth end to score five. The shot was enough for Finland's Oona Kauste and Tomi Rantamaeki to shake hands, as Lawes and fellow Winnipegger John Morris improved to 3-1 in mixed doubles round-robin play.
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Canada jumped into first place in the figure skating team event following a strong performance in the pairs short program from Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. The efforts of the two-time world champs, plus a third-place skate from Patrick Chan in the men's short program, gave Canada 17 points in the overall standings. The United States sits second with 14, followed by Japan with 13.
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Canadian slopestyle snowboarder Laurie Blouin went down hard when her board got stuck in a crack after landing the final jump of her training run on Friday. The defending world champion was then taken off the hill on a sled. There was no immediate word on the extent of Blouin's injuries, however Snowboard Canada said a medical team was assessing her condition. The 21-year-old from Stoneham, Que., is a first-time Olympian.

LOCAL FRANCHISE WIN NATIONAL AWARDS
Wednesday 7th February 2018

The Pictou County Chamber of Commerce is planning to recognize two of Pictou County's female entrepreneurs as recent winners of four national awards. Mallory Whitty owns the PropertyGuys.com franchise serving Pictou, Antigonish & Guysborough Counties. She's just back from Mexico with four awards from Property Guys national office, presented at the company’s annual meeting. Those awards include the top honours as Franchise of the Year for Canada. Whitty’s associate is Kristian Hawboldt, who has been awarded the national MVP Award as top PropertyGuys.com Team Member in the entire country. The team also won ‘Top Net Promoter Score’ in Canada for their excellent customer service skills and Top Franchise in Eastern Canada. Jack Kyte is Executive Director of the Chamber and has high praise for the women. He says it's proof that entrepreneurs in rural Nova Scotia can compete on a national level, against competition from towns and cities across Canada, to be the best of the best.


ANTIGONISH WATCHING WATER LEVELS AS RAIN CONTINUES
Monday 5th February 2018

Town officials in Antigonish say two dozen vehicles stranded by floodwaters last week are an area of concern with today's heavy rain. It happened on Creighton Lane. Today, the town in offering free parking in a municipal lot so that people won't have to park on lower ground, which is more susceptible to floodwaters.

SPORTS FEBRUARY 5
Monday 5th February 2018

The Pictou County Junior Scotians are looking to bounce back from their 8-5 loss to the Liverpool Privateers Saturday night - they play a Monday night game in Sackville against the Blazers.
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In a thrilling finish to the Harding Medical Wheelchair Curling Championship, the Trendal Hubley-Bolivar team, of the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville, weathered a strong effort by the Devin Forbes team from Bluenose to repeat as Nova Scotia champions. The final score was 9 - 7.  
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The Atom AA Subway Selects skated away with from the weekend with 3 points.  Both the win and the tie occurred at the BMO Centre on Saturday facing, currently second place, Metro West Blue.  Kenli Ross was strong between the pipes in both games.  Scoring for the Selects in the 4-2 win were Avery Henderson with a pair of goals, and Sidney Keay and Reese Murray with singles.  Assists were achieved by Mya MacDonald with a pair, Ella Fitt, Delaney Dean, Brooke Greene, and Alyssa Lowther.  In the 2-2 tie, goals were scored by Keay unassisted and Murray with assists by Greene and Hailey Taylor.
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Bantam Memorial Tournament:
All Star Lineup  A division:  Goalie- Chloe Stroud -Pictou County; Forwards: Owen Schulz -Dartmouth,Dawson MacKay- Pictou County, Josh Jackman- Sackville; Defence: Dayton Randall - Sackville, Adam Myers – Halifax
All Star Lineup AA division:  Goalie- Dean MacFadgen-Cape Breton County; Forwards: Jake Stewart-Truro, Caleb Mailman- Antigonish, Adam Farrell- Pictou County; Defence: Gavin O’Connell- Yarmouth, Adam Fraser- Pictou County
Sunday morning the Bantam A division crossovers saw Dartmouth out score TASA and Halifax beat Sackville to line up a championship game between Dartmouth and Halifax.  Halifax Hawks won the championship 3-1.
Bantam A
Most Valuable Player - Owen Flemming from Halifax
Best Goaltender- The Gladwin Trophy donated by the Gladwin Family in memory of Donald Gladwin - Destin Martin from Dartmouth
Top Scorer - The MacDonald Trophy donated in memory of John MacDonald - Sean Flemming from Halifax
Best Defenseman - The McKay Trophy donated by the McKay Family in memory of Lee Marie & Shawn - Adam Myers from Halifax
Scotsburn I.C.E. Award - Pictou County Player who shows Intensity, Contribution, Effort - Isaac Willison
The AA division crossovers had Antigonish out score the Pictou County Crushers.  The NB East Phantoms beat Cape Breton County.   The AA final championship went to double overtime before NB East Phantoms scored to take the championship 2-1 over Antigonish.
Bantam AA
Most Valuable Player - Jonathan LeBlanc from NB East Phantoms
Best Goaltender - The Gladwin Trophy donated by the Gladwin Family in memory of Donald Gladwin - Sam Ouellette from NB East Phantoms
Top Scorer - The MacDonald Trophy donated in memory of John MacDonald - Tyson Greencorn from Antigonish
Best Defenseman - The McKay Trophy donated by the McKay Family in memory of Lee Marie & Shawn - Julien LeBlanc from NB East Phantoms
Scotsburn I.C.E. Award - Pictou County Player who shows Intensity, Contribution, Effort - Cameron MacKinnon
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Manitoba's Jennifer Jones has won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts for the sixth time in her career, tying her with Colleen Jones of Nova Scotia for the all-time record. Jones and her Manitoba rink beat Wild Card Kerri Einarson 8-6 on Sunday in the title draw at the Canadian women's curling championship at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The victory was sealed on Einarson's last rock in the 10th end when she was unable to get it to slide to the button after hitting another rock. Jones didn't need to throw her last rock. Jones, the Olympic champion from the Sochi 2014 Games, won her first national title in 2005 and says it's a thrill to be compared to Nova Scotia's Jones, who last won a Scotties in 2004.
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A lot was made of the lopsided Tom Brady vs. Nick Foles matchup in the lead-up to Super Bowl 52. But the numbers on paper didn't matter once the quarterbacks took to the field for the championship game on Sunday, and Foles gave fans a reason to believe he's not to be underestimated. Foles became the first QB to both throw and catch a TD pass in the Super Bowl, and the Eagles went on to claim their first Super Bowl title with a 41-33 victory over the Patriots. Foles, who threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns, was also crowned the game's MVP. 

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 30TH EAST COAST MUSIC AWARDS
Monday 29th January 2018

As they prepare to celebrate their milestone 30th anniversary, the East Coast Music Association has officially announced the 2018 ECMA nominees. Rose Cousins leads the pack with eight nominations, while Jenn Grant follows with six. Ria Mae, KINLEY, and Joel Plaskett each garner four. The band Alert the Medic, which has members who are originally from Pictou County, are up Rock Recording of the Year for "Let Them Have Their Fun". Antigonish's Cassie and Maggie are up for Group Recording of the Year & Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year for their album, "The Willow Collection", which was recorded and co-produced by Dave Gunning at his studio in Lyons Brook. Gabrielle Papillon who has family in the local area, is up for Song of the Year for “Keep the Fire”. On the Industry side, Jon Landry, who originally hails from the County is up for Producer of the Year. The 2018 East Coast Music Awards Show will be hosted by comedian Jonathan Torrens on Thursday, May 3rd at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.


SPORTS JANUARY 24
Wednesday 24th January 2018

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers grabbed a pair of wins against the league leading Antigonish Bulldogs last weekend, winning three to one at home at the Pictou County Wellness Center on Saturday and again on Sunday afternoon at the Antigonish Arena. Scoring for the Crushers in their home game were Reilly Grant, Ethan MacKenzie and Aiden Hahn. Sundays goal scorers were Dawson MacKay, Isaac Willison and Ian Reynolds. The Bantam A Crushers have a busy weekend upcoming with three games in two days versus the Truro Bearcats. Game one goes Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm at the Wellness Center. Game two is Sunday morning at 9:15 am also at the Wellness Center while the third game is at 3:30pm Sunday at the Rath Eastlink Center in Truro. 
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The Peewee AAA Crushers had two away games this past weekend.  Saturday, the Crushers were defeated 4-2 by the Bearcats at the RECC.  Kaden Smith looked after both goals.  The AAA’s traveled to East Hants on Sunday to match up with the Penguins which ended in a 3-3 tie.  Crusher goals were scored by Ben Wallace, Reese Smith assisted by Lane Lochead and Jayden Duplessis and Logan Crosby assisted by defencemen Cameron Boulter and Jax Graham.  This weekend the Peewee AAA’s will be attending The 43rd Annual Spud Tournament in PEI which hosts 23 teams in their division.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan World Team Handball League
Game 1: Britain 5 vs France 3
Scorers:
Britain: Owen Conrad 3, Mikey Gaudeaur 2
France: Cameron Ivey 2, Colton Cormier-MacNeil 1
Game 2: Brazil 6 vs Canada 3
Brazil: Kingsley Austin 4, Hunter MacDonald 2
Canada: Briac Cameron 1, Lane Colburne 1, Bishop Chennell 1
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers are four points ahead of the Valley Wildcats, and just one point behind Truro for that last playoff spot. Next game for the Crushers is Thursday at the Wellness Centre to host Yarmouth.
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The Peewee AA Crushers remain in first place in the Mainland League and are back at it this weekend with a home and home series with the second place Cumberland Ramblers. They travel to Amherst for a 12:35 pm game Saturday and are home at the PCWC on Sunday at 2:15 PM
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The Bantam AA Crushers have a home game 11:30am Saturday at the PCWC against Truro. They'll take Sunday off for a study day with high school exams taking place. Pictou County Bantam teams are preparing for the 34th PCMHA Bantam Memorial Tournament taking place February 2-4 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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This Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 will be the last Winter registration time for all three Pictou County Athletics teams. Trailblazer ages 9 to 12, 13+ team, and Masters program for adults ages 35 and above. This registration will be at the indoor soccer facility in Stellarton. For more registration information see their website at pictoucountyathletics.com or contact Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com. Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program for ages 5 to 8 will begin after March Break in New Glasgow and Pictou.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Jonathan Drouin scored and added two assists as the Montreal Canadiens ended the Colorado Avalanche's 10-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory.
Carter Hutton made 25 saves for his 10th career shutout and the St. Louis Blues got goals from Vladimir Sobotka and Vladimir Tarasenko in a 3-0 victory over the struggling Ottawa Senators.
Jack Eichel had a goal and three assists and Ryan O'Reilly scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres earned an easy 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Bryan Little scored his second goal of the game 18 seconds into overtime, lifting the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
Loui Eriksson led Vancouver's early offensive explosion with two goals and an assist before the game was six minutes old, Brock Boeser scored twice in the second period, and the Canucks cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Pittsburgh 3 Carolina 1
Boston 3 New Jersey 2
Philadelphia 3 Detroit 2 (OT)
Tampa Bay 4 Nashville 3 (OT)
Dallas 6 Florida 1
Vegas 6 Columbus 3
Anaheim 6 N.Y. Rangers 3
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NBA
Sacramento 105 Orlando 99
Oklahoma City 109 Brooklyn 108
San Antonio 114 Cleveland 102
Golden State 123 New York 112
L.A. Lakers 108 Boston 107

53-YEAR-OLD MAN MISSING IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY
Tuesday 23rd January 2018

RCMP are asking for help to find a missing 53-year-old man in Antigonish County.
Police say Patrick MacDonald was last seen on Sunday afternoon in Ballantynes Cove.
Mounties say they're concerned for his well-being and so is his family.
MacDonald's truck was found near Ballantyne's Cove wharf last night, and a search team is in the area this afternoon.
He is described as being white, standing around 5'8" tall, and weighing 140 pounds with brown eyes, short black hair, and a clean-shaven face. MacDonald was last seen wearing navy blue coveralls, green rubber boots, a black toque, and a hoody.

SPORTS JANUARY 23 *UPDATED 7:40 AM*
Tuesday 23rd January 2018

The Weeks Junior A Crushers are four points ahead of the Valley Wildcats, and just one point behind Truro for that last playoff spot. Next game for the Crushers is Thursday at the Wellness Centre to host Yarmouth.
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The Peewee AA Crushers had a home and home series with the Antigonish Bulldogs this past weekend splitting the series. On Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center the Crushers faced a very hot Bulldog goalie in Alex MacNeil who could only be beat with 17 seconds remaining in the game. The Crushers dominated the play but Lost 3-1 with an empty netter. Scoring the Crushers lone goal was Landon Steele with the assist going to Mac Wallace. On Sunday at the Keating Center the Crushers refused to be swept in a high scoring affair beating the Bulldogs 8-5. Zach MacInnis and Steele had two goals apiece with singles coming from Wallace, Gage Connors, Levon Walst and Ben Marchand assists came off the sticks of Steele with 3, Wallace 2, Walst 2, Marchand 2 and Blake MacLennan with 2. Singles came from Kayden Moulasion and Caden Campbell. The Crushers remain in first place in the Mainland League and are back at it this coming weekend with a home and home series with the second place Cumberland Ramblers. They travel to Amherst for a 12:35 pm game Saturday and are home at the PCWC on Sunday at 2:15 PM
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The Bantam AA Crushers had a loss against Acadia on Saturday but the team regrouped on Sunday playing the Bulldogs. The fast paced, close-checking game ended in a tie. Ryan Denny and Ross Martin scored for the Crushers and Tanner Steele added an assist. Next weekend Bantam AA will have a home game 11:30 Saturday at the PCWC against Truro. They'll take Sunday off for a study day with high school exams taking place. Pictou County Bantam teams are preparing for the 34th PCMHA Bantam Memorial Tournament taking place February 2-4 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Leafs and Bruins played to a 3-3 tie in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center last night. Stephanie Heighton, Bethany Martin and Julie Anderson tallied for the Leafs. Samantha Williams, Debbie MacLean and Kelly Lee replied for the Bruins.
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This Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 will be the last Winter registration time for all three Pictou County Athletics teams. Trailblazer ages 9 to 12, 13+ team, and Masters program for adults ages 35 and above. This registration will be at the indoor soccer facility in Stellarton. For more registration information see their website at pictoucountyathletics.com or contact Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com. Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program for ages 5 to 8 will begin after March Break in New Glasgow and Pictou.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Blake Comeau scored the go-ahead goal with 7:43 to play as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 to extend their win streak to 10 games.
Jason Zucker scored for the fourth straight game and Alex Stalock made 37 saves to help the Minnesota Wild beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1.
Jack Eichel's overtime goal gave the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Detroit 3 New Jersey 0
Tampa Bay 2 Chicago 0
Arizona 3 N.Y. Islanders 2 (OT)
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NBA
Charlotte 112 Sacramento 107
Atlanta 104 Utah 90
Houston 99 Miami 90
Memphis 105 Philadelphia 101
Milwaukee 109 Phoenix 105
New Orleans 132 Chicago 128 (2OT)
Dallas 98 Washington 75
Denver 104 Portland 101
Minnesota 126 L.A. Clippers 118


SPORTS JANUARY 22
Monday 22nd January 2018

The Weeks Junior A Crushers begin the week four points ahead of the Valley Wildcats, and just one point behind Truro for that last playoff spot. Next game for the Crushers is Thursday at the Wellness Centre to host Yarmouth.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians played strong, but lost twice in overtime over the weekend. The league-leading Junior Miners got the 3-2 win on Saturday, then the Antigonish Bulldogs scored in extra time to win 5-4 at Trenton Arena Sunday night.
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At the Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge on Saturday, the Westside Community Center ended the North End Rec’s 2 year reign, with a 5 - 0 shutout at the Wellness Center. Despite stellar goaltending by North End net minder Jeremy Walker, the Westside would not be denied as they fired 42 shots for the win. Ian Brushett turned aside 19 shots for the shut out. The real winners were the 2 recreation centres, as players raised over $7000.
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The Atom AA Selects came away from this weekend with a point tying a game with Metro East Inferno on Sunday evening at the Hector Arena.  After a solid first period with nothing on the scoreboard, the Selects found themselves down 2-0 after the 2nd.  They rallied back in the third to end the game 3-3 getting that much needed point as the regular season quickly comes to and end.  Scoring for the Selects were Avery Henderson assisted by Mya MacDonald and a pair of goals by Reese Murray with an assist each by Hailey Taylor and Alyssa Lowther.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL Playoffs
The New England Patriots beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC championship game, advancing to the eighth Super Bowl for coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles made big play after big play Sunday night, winning the NFC title in a stunning 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings.
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NHL
Connor Hellebuyck made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Winnipeg Jets extended their home winning streak to six games with a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault scored to help the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1, giving the first-year franchise the best record in the NHL.
Philadelphia 2 Washington 1 (OT)
San Jose 6 Anaheim 2
Los Angeles 4 N.Y. Rangers 2
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NBA
Orlando 103 Boston 95
L.A. Lakers 127 New York 107
Brooklyn 101 Detroit 100
Indiana 94 San Antonio 86

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Team Nova Scotia won gold in the women's division Sunday at the 2018 New Holland Canadian Juniors curling championship. Nova Scotia won 5-3 in the match, thanks largely to an eighth-end steal that netted one point, which allowed the team to go up 5-2. Quebec added a point in the ninth to cut the lead to 5-3, but in doing so turned the hammer over to Nova Scotia for the 10th end. Team Nova Scotia was led by skip Kaitlyn Jones and rounded out by Kristin Clarke, Karlee Burgess and Lindsay Burgess. With the win, Team Nova Scotia will represent Canada at the 2018 World Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland, in March.

SPORTS JANUARY 21 *UPDATED 9:35 AM*
Sunday 21st January 2018

After Friday's 5-1 victory over the Wildcats, the Weeks Junior A Crushers are now four points ahead of Valley, and just one point behind Truro for that last playoff spot. Next game for the Crushers is Thursday at the Wellness Centre to host Yarmouth.
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At last night's Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge, the Westside Community Center ended the North End Rec’s 2 year reign, with a 5 - 0 shutout at the Wellness Center. Despite stellar goaltending by North End net minder Jeremy Walker, the Westside would not be denied as they fired 42 shots for the win. Ian Brushett turned aside 19 shots for the shut out. The real winners were the 2 recreation centres, as players raised over $7000.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians lost in overtime 3-2 to the league-leading Junior Miners on Saturday. The Scotians host the Antigonish Bulldogs tonight at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Peewee AA Crushers conclude their home and home series with the Antigonish Bulldogs in Antigonish this morning at 10:30 at the Keating Centre.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers continue their road trip with a visit to East Hants to play the Penguins today.
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Pictou County Bantam AA plays Antigonish today.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects finished strong at home with a 9-3 romp over the Pro Cresting Penguins at the Wellness Centre. The Selects are comfortably in the lead in the standings, and play their remaining regular season games on the road. Today, the girls play Metro Boston Pizza in Bedford at the BMO Centre at Noon.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Connor Carrick scored the winner as the Toronto Maple Leafs erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat the Ottawa Senators 4-3.
David Pastrnak scored two goals and set up another as the Boston Bruins defeated Montreal 4-1 to sweep a set of three games in an eight-day period over the Canadiens.
Jesse Puljujarvi had a goal and two assists and Patrick Maroon scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers had a strong showing in their return from a week-long break, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 5-2.
Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler scored in the shootout as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Flames 2-1, snapping Calgary's seven-game winning streak.
Dallas 7 Buffalo 1
Philadelphia 3 New Jersey 1
Colorado 3 NY Rangers 1
Carolina 3 Detroit 1
Arizona 5 St. Louis 2
Nashville 4 Florida 3
San Jose 2 Pittsburgh 1
NY Islanders 7 Chicago 3
Minnesota 5 Tampa Bay 2
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NBA
Andrew Wiggins scored 29 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had all 22 of his points in the second half as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 115-109.
Oklahoma 148 Cleveland 124
Chicago 113 Atlanta 97
New Orleans 111 Memphis 104
Miami 106 Charlotte 105
Philadelphia 116 Milwaukee 94
Houston 116 Golden State 108
Utah 125 LA Clippers 113
Portland 117 Dallas 108

SPORTS JANUARY 19
Friday 19th January 2018

The Weeks Junior A Crushers gained no ground on the Bearcats last night, defeating the Yarmouth Mariners 4-3, the same score as last Friday's game in Yarmouth. Truro needed a shoot-out to beat South Shore 2-1. Tonight, the Crushers have a key matchup with the Valley Wildcats. You can hear that game on ECFM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians defeated the Brookfield Elks 7-5 in the first of three games in four days. The Scotians will be in Cape Breton to play the Miners on Saturday before hosting Antigonish on Sunday, 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Peewee AA Crushers return to Mainland league play this Saturday for a home and home series with the Antigonish Bulldogs at the PCWC at 2:30 PM. They then travel to Antigonish on Sunday morning for a 10:30 AM game at the Keating Centre to cap off their weekend.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers will be traveling to Truro to tangle with the Bearcats on Saturday and back on the road Sunday to pay the East Hants Penguins a visit.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers square off against the Antigonish Bulldogs in a pair of games this weekend with their home game on Saturday at four o'clock at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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This weekend Pictou County Bantam AA will play Acadia on Saturday and Antigonish on Sunday.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects remain atop the league standings with 36 points, with Cape Breton in second with 24 points and Boston Pizza in third with 23. The Selects will host East Hants Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 12:30 in their final home game of the regular season.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is Saturday at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Sean Couturier scored 18 seconds into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 after retiring the No. 88 jersey of Hall of Fame center Eric Lindros.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves, David Perron had a goal and an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in a matchup of conference leaders.
St. Louis 4 Ottawa 1
New Jersey 4 Washington 3 (OT)
Columbus 2 Dallas 1 (SO)
Boston 5 N.Y. Islanders 2
N.Y. Rangers 4 Buffalo 3
Nashville 3 Arizona 2 (SO)
Colorado 5 San Jose 3
Pittsburgh 3 Los Angeles 1
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NBA
Cleveland 104 Orlando 103
Philadelphia 89 Boston 80
Houston 116 Minnesota 98
Portland 100 Indiana 86


SPORTS JANUARY 18
Thursday 18th January 2018

The Peewee AA Crushers took silver at the Dieppe Memramcook Hockey Tournament January 12-14th in Dieppe, NB. On Friday the 12th, the Crushers opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over the Acadia Axemen. The Crushers second game of the day on Friday saw them defeat the KV Thunder 4-1. On Saturday the Crushers played the Moncton Hawks with a big 4-0 win. With the win the Crushers advanced to the semi-finals against the home team, the Dieppe Memramcook Eagles, beating them 5-2. In the Championship game the Crushers took on the other undefeated team in the tournament the Cumberland Ramblers. The boys played a great game but lost 3-2 in overtime. It's their third silver medal of the year to go along with a gold medal in the four tournaments they have played. The Peewee AA Crushers next see action when they return to Mainland league play this Saturday for a home and home series with the Antigonish Bulldogs at the PCWC at 2:30 PM. They then travel to Antigonish on Sunday morning for a 10:30 AM game at the Keating Centre to cap off their weekend.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers play twice this week. Tonight at 7pm at the Wellness Centre, the Yarmouth Mariners will be in town to try to avenge the Crushers 4-3 comeback win from last Friday. Then on Friday the Crushers will have a key matchup with Valley. You can hear that game on ECFM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have three games this week, visiting Brookfield tonight and the Miners on Saturday before hosting Antigonish next Sunday, 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers will be traveling to Truro to tangle with the Bearcats on Saturday and back on the road Sunday to pay the East Hants Penguins a visit.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers square off against the Antigonish Bulldogs in a pair of games this weekend with their home game on Saturday at four o'clock at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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This weekend Pictou County Bantam AA will play Acadia on Saturday and Antigonish on Sunday.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects remain atop the league standings with 36 points, with Cape Breton in second with 24 points and Boston Pizza in third with 23. The Selects will host East Hants next Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 12:30 in their final home game of the regular season.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner each scored an early goal, Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and the Bruins beat Montreal 4-1 in Canadiens coach Claude Julien's return to Boston.
Anaheim 5 Pittsburgh 3
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NBA
C.J. Miles had 21 points as the Toronto Raptors pulled away for a 96-91 home win over the Detroit Pistons.
Charlotte 133 Washington 109
Atlanta 94 New Orleans 93
San Antonio 100 Brooklyn 95
Golden State 119 Chicago 112
Memphis 105 New York 99
Miami 106 Milwaukee 101
Oklahoma City 114 L.A. Lakers 90
Utah 120 Sacramento 105
L.A. Clippers 109 Denver 104

SPORTS JANUARY 17
Wednesday 17th January 2018

The Peewee AAA Crushers hosted a pair of tight matches with the League leader, Acadia, on Sunday, Jan 14, at the PCWC.   Sadly, Acadia narrowly came out with both wins with 3-2 and 4-3 decisions.  Scoring for the Crushers in the first game were Jayden Duplessis, assisted by Ben Manos & Dominic MacKenzie; and Reese Smith, assisted by MacKenzie.  Goals in the second game went to Cory MacGilliviray with help from Duplessis; Lane Lochead; and Ben Wallace each had singles. The AAA’s will be traveling to Truro to tangle with the Bearcats on Saturday and back on the road Sunday to pay the East Hants Penguins a visit.  
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers  played a home and home series against the Brookfield Elks last weekend that resulted in two tie games. On Saturday afternoon in Trenton they played to a four all tie then on Sunday in Brookfield the Crushers were finally able break a scoreless game with a goal half way through the third period but couldn't hold off Brookfield on a powerplay and empty net with 30 seconds left and had to settle for a one  all draw. Goal scorers for the Crushers were Will Woolcock, Dawson MacKay, Isaac Willison, Reilly Grant and Dawson MacDonald. This weekend the Bantam A Crushers square off against the Antigonish Bulldogs in a pair of games with their home game on Saturday at four o'clock at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers play twice this week. On Thursday at 7pm at the Wellness Centre, the Yarmouth Mariners will be in town to try to avenge the Crushers 4-3 comeback win from last Friday. Then on Friday the Crushers will have a key matchup with Valley. You can hear that game on ECFM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have three games this week, visiting Brookfield on Thursday and the Miners on Saturday before hosting Antigonish next Sunday, 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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This weekend Pictou County Bantam AA will play Acadia on Saturday and Antigonish on Sunday. 
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects remain atop the league standings with 36 points, with Cape Breton in second with 24 points and Boston Pizza in third with 23. The Selects will host East Hants next Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 12:30 in their final home game of the regular season.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Vince Dunn scored 1:43 into overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1.
New Jersey 4 N.Y. Islanders 1
N.Y. Rangers 5 Philadelphia 1
Dallas 4 Detroit 2
Nashville 1 Vegas 0
San Jose 3 Arizona 2 (SO)
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NBA
Orlando 108 Minnesota 102
New Orleans 116 Boston 113 (OT)
Denver 105 Dallas 102
Portland 118 Phoenix 111

CONDITIONAL SENTENCE FOR WOMAN PLEADING GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING FIRST NATION
Tuesday 16th January 2018

A woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding the Paqtnkek First Nation of over 350-thousand dollars has been given an 18-month conditional sentence, 12 months of probation, and must participate in a healing circle after her setencing hearing yesterday in Antigonish Supreme Court. Forty-one year old Dawn Marie Johnson, who was employed by the band at the time of the offenses, must also repay over 111-thousand dollars. The investigation against Johnson had begun when RCMP received a complaint about misappropriation of funds in December, 2013. She was charged in the fall of that year, related to over 350-thousand dollars going missing between 2010 and 2013.


SPORTS JANUARY 16
Tuesday 16th January 2018

Pictou County Bantam AA travelled to Cape Breton to play in the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup. Pictou County won their first game Friday against Strait Richmond 6-2. Jacoby Beadle and Myles Farnsworth scored a pair of goals and singles were added by Chris Avery and Tanner Steele.  Assist by Ross Martin and Brent Chapman with 2, Dylan Kontuk, Adam Farrell, Adam Fraser, Cam MacKinnon, Noah MacDonald and Beadle added singles.  Player of the game was Jacoby Beadle.  Crushers had the game against Antigonish get out of hand early ending in a 6-0 loss. Saturday Bantam AA took on CB County Islanders losing 5-3. Scoring for the Crushers was Farnsworth with 2 and 1 from Farrell.  Assist from Ryan Denny and Covey Cameron.  Player of the game was Myles Farnsworth.  Later that day Pictou County beat CB West 3-2.  Goals by MacKinnon, Martin and Denny.  Assist by Avery(2), Camden Kelly, Steele, Farnsworth and Cameron.  Player of the game was Cam MacKinnon. Jacob Fraser and Xander Vohs had 1 win and 1 loss each. Next weekend Bantam AA Crushers will be in Acadia on Saturday and Antigonish on Sunday. 
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Congratulations to the Peewee A Red Team winning the Peewee Competitive Tournament in Dieppe - Memramcook NB. The team went undefeated in all five games this weekend. This is the third tournament the Peewee A Red Team has participated in and its their third gold medal win.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League tonight at the Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Cornova Contracting  vs  Connor's Transfer LTD. Second game Hector Area Pictou 9:00 - Wranglers Pub & Grill  vs  Durham Bucks
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers play twice this week. On Thursday at 7pm at the Wellness Centre, the Yarmouth Mariners will be in town to try to avenge the Crushers 4-3 comeback win from last Friday. Then on Friday the Crushers will have a key matchup with Valley. You can hear that game on ECFM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have three games this week, visiting Brookfield on Thursday and the Miners on Saturday before hosting Antigonish next Sunday, 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects remain atop the league standings with 36 points, with Cape Breton in second with 24 points and Boston Pizza in third with 23. Each team has four league games remaining before the playoffs begin. The Selects have all but assured themselves of a first round playoff match up against East Hants who are currently sixth in the seven team league. The Selects will host East Hants next Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 12:30 in their final home game of the regular season.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
John Tavares scored in regulation time and got the game-winner 1:51 into overtime as the New York Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4.
Dallas 3 Boston 2 (OT)
Colorado 3 Anaheim 1
San Jose 4 Los Angeles 1
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NBA
Philadelphia 117 Toronto 111
Charlotte 118 Detroit 107
Milwaukee 104 Washington 95
Atlanta 102 San Antonio 99
New York 119 Brooklyn 104
Chicago 119 Miami 111
Memphis 123 L.A. Lakers 114
Golden State 118 Cleveland 108
Oklahoma City 95 Sacramento 88
Indiana 109 Utah 94
L.A. Clippers 113 Houston 102

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 15 JANUARY
Monday 15th January 2018

The Weeks Junior A Crushers were doing some scoreboard watching yesterday afternoon, as one of the teams they are battling with for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastlink South Division of the MHL was in action. The Valley Wildcats were taking on the Amherst Ramblers, and the Rams did the Crushers a favour by defeating Valley 7-2. The loss keeps Valley tied with Pictou County, one point back of Truro for fourth. However, the Crushers and Bearcats both have three games in hand on Valley. Elsewher in the MHL yesterday, a depleted South Shore Lumberjacks team battle off food poisoning, and a third game in three days as they held on to force overtime against the league leading Edmundston Blizzard. The Blizzard won 5-4, but the Jacks picked up a valuable point in the standings. Finally, Summerside snuck past Yarmouth 7-5. The Crushers play twice this week. On Thursday at 7pm at the Wellness Centre, the Yarmouth Mariners will be in town to try to avenge the Crushers 4-3 comeback win from last Friday. Then on Friday the Crushers will have a key matchup with Valley. You can hear that game on ECFM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians game dominated the top team in the Fred Fox Division last night at Trenton Arena, winning 8-3 over the Cole Harbour Colts. Lucas Rushton, Ryan MacDonald, and newest Scotian Morgan Timmons each scored twice. Jacob Pentz and Kirklin Murray also scored for the Scotians, while Blake Meech stopped 32 of 35 shots for the win. One other game last night in the NSJHL was a wild one in Antigonish. The Bulldogs put up double digits on the Pirates, but it was almost not enough, as Strait scored 8 of their own in a 10-8 decision for the home team. With last night's results, the Scotians are 6 points back of the Kameron Jr. Miners for first in the Sid Rowe Division with 9 games remaining. The Scotians have three games this week, visiting Brookfield on Thursday and the Miners on Saturday before hosting Antigonish next Sunday, 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects put their Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League league leading undefeated streak on the line on Saturday at the Wellness Center against Metro Boston Pizza. The Selects came out on the losing end of a 5-3 score for the first time in the regular season. Despite two losses at the recent DQ tournament in Moncton, where they took the silver medal, the Selects had yet to lose a regular season game in league play. Boston Pizza scored two power play goals and added an empty net goal enroute to the win. The Selects had scored early to tie the game at one goal apiece midway through the first and then got the go ahead goal with just 25 seconds left in the period. The Selects then got into penalty trouble and were down 3-2 going into the final frame. The Subways capitalized on a power play of their own just 40 seconds into the third period to knot it up at three. The Northern Selects again allowed penalties to swing momentum and they gave up another goal while on the penalty kill, faling behind 4-3. They pulled their netminder in favor of an extra attacker with just over a minute to play and gave up the empty netter making the final 5-3. Kara MacLean, Maddie Quinn and Sophia Wornell scored for the Selects while Jenna Landry took her first loss between the pipes. The Selects outshot Boston Pizza 32-24 in the game but took six of nine penalties assessed in the game. Following the game Coach Troy Reid said " we weren't outplayed but we certainly took more than our share of penalties. We simply couldn't get any flow going. The minute we had momentum, we were back in the box and allowed the opposition to capitalize. There's a couple of things we need to correct and frankly this is the time get it done." The Northern Selects remain atop the league standings with 36 points with Cape Breton in second with 24 points and Boston Pizza in third with 23. Each team has four league games remaining before the playoffs begin. The Selects have all but assured themselves of a first round playoff match up against East Hants who are currently sixth in the seven team league. The Selects will host East Hants next Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 1230 in their final home game of the regular season.
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The Weeks Major Midgets finished in 7th in the round robin portion of the 2018 Ice Jam and faced the Steele Subaru Major Midgets in the Round of 16. The Weeks dropped that game by a score of 3-1.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers are also at the 2018 Ice Jam, and finished 3rd in the round robin, but could not get past the Gulls in the Round of 16, losing 2-0.
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The Atom AA Selects ended this weekend with a huge win over Metro West Force White.  Having lost 2 home games to Metro East Inferno on Saturday, the Selects were primed for a victory.  The Selects took an early lead in the first with a quick goal by Ada White assisted by Hailey Taylor and Mya MacDonald.  Follow up goals were gained by Reese Murray, with an assist by Alexis Buchanan, and Karlee Rose, assisted by Brooke Greene and Sidney Keay.  The final goal leading to a 4-1 victory was scored by Avery Henderson with an assist by Murray.  Kenli Ross had the win in nets.
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In Peewee C action, the Trenton Steelers defeated the Westville Miners 6-3. Scoring for Steelers was Derrick Mackay with 2 goals, Evan Charlton 2, and Fox Irving 2. Assists came from Conner Geddes and Dylan Fraser. Westville goals came by Luke Casey who had a hat trick. Assists came from Logan Mackenzie and Halle Hillier. Winning goalie was Austin Earle.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
The Conference Championships are set after a couple of dramatic finishes yesterday in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings scored a last second touchdown to sneak past the visiting New Orleans Saints 29-24 in the NFC Divisional Round. The Vikings will visit Philadelphia next weekend in the NFC Championship game.
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Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars upset the host Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional 45-42, to advance to the AFC Championship game in New England next weekend. NHL
Good news for the Montreal Canadiens. Phillip Danault was released from hospital yesterday and is said to be recovering comfortably after taking a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the side of the head on Saturday. Danualt's father reported through social media that all tests done at the hospital came back normal. The Canadiens have given no indication of a timeline for Danault's return to the ice.
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In game action yesterday, both Canadian teams in action were victorious. The Calgary Flames won for the 7th time in a row, 4-1 over the Carolina Hurricanes, while the Vancouvr Canucks needed overtime to get past Minnesota 3-2. Elsewhere, Pittsburgh beat the Rangers 5-2 and Detroit shut out Chicago 4-0.

ANTIGONISH RCMP INVESTIGATING PAIR OF FIRES IN ABANDONED HOMES
Friday 12th January 2018

Antigonish RCMP continue to investigate a pair of fires at abandoned houses earlier this month. In the early hours of January 8 and January 12, the Mounties, along with Tracadie and Havre Boucher Volunteer Fire Departments, responded. Neither home had power or a heat source. Both homes were fully engulfed when fire fighters arrived on scene and were complete losses. No-one was injured in either instance. Property owners are asked to regularly check abandoned properties to ensure they are secure, and to report suspicious activity to police. Antigonish District RCMP is investigating, with assistance from the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal's Office. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Antigonish District RCMP at 902 863-6500. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. 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 - 12 JANUARY
Friday 12th January 2018

After back to back losses, the Crushers will try to get back into the win column tonight as they head to the Fishtank in Yarmouth to face the Mariners. The Crushers gave up four goals in the first 5:37 of the game last night against the Amherst Ramblers, eventually losing by a score of 8-3. Michael Dill scored twice for the Crushers, while Evan MacLennan also scored. Tonight's game from Yarmouth will be available on 94.1 East Coast FM starting with the pregame show at 7:15pm.
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One other game last night in the MHL saw the Summerside Western Capitals dismantle the Valley Wildcats 8-1. TJ Shea extended his league lead in points with a goal and 2 assists for the Caps. There are a total of five games in the MHL tonight. Along with the game between the Crushers and Mariners, Valley will look to bounce back with a game in Truro, the Lumberjacks are in St. Stephen to visit the Aces, Campbellton takes on Woodstock, and Miramichi visits Edmundston.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are in Halifax this week for the 2018 Ice Jam. Wednesday, they opened with a 4-3 win over Kensington, PEI, then yesterday lost 2-1 to the Northern Moose from Bathurst. They wrap up pool play tonight at 7:30pm with a game against the Saint John Vitos.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers are also at the 2018 Ice Jam, and have also split their first two games of the tournament. Wednesday they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Kennebecasis Valley Kings, before earning a 4-3 win yesterday over another New Brunswick team, the Northern Blackhawks. They wrap up the round robin with a game against the Charlottetown based Central Attack at 12:45 this afternoon.
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The Rangers defeated the Bruins 4-3 in this week’s Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action held at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Debbie MacLean, Samantha Williams , Kelly Lee and Stephanie Heighton scored for the Rangers . Tallying for the Bruins were Bethany Martin, Christa Webber and Julie Anderson.
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One game last night in the NSJHL saw the Strait Pirates defeat the Elks in Brookfield 2-1. There are five games tonight, including the Kameron Jr. Miners visiting the Pirates in Port Hawkesbury. Elsewhere, Antigonish visits Cumberland County, Brookfield is at Valley, Sackville takes on Cole Harbour and Liverpool visits East Hants. The Aecon Atlantic Scotians have two games this weekend – Saturday they will visit the Miners in Membertou, then on Sunday at 7pm at Trenton Arena they will host the Cole Harbour Colts.
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The Pictou County Peewee AAA’s host Acadia on Sunday at the PCWC for a double header at 10 am and 2 pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers face the Brookfield Elks in a pair of games this weekend with their home game taking place at Trenton Arena on Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm.
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This weekend the Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers will take part in the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup in Sydney.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Carolina 3 Washington 1
Buffalo 3 Columbus 1
Calgary 5 Tampa Bay 1
NBA
Boston 114 Philadelphia 103
Toronto 133 Cleveland 99
L.A. Clippers 121 Sacramento 115
L.A. Lakers 93 San Antonio 81


LOCAL SPORTS - 7 JANUARY
Sunday 7th January 2018

The Weeks Jr A Crushers held the lead four different times over the Edmundston Blizzard last night, but the league's top team showed why they are ranked 14th in the country, as the Blizzard scored twice in the final 5:06 to win 6-4 last night at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers remain four points back of the Truro Bearcats for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South, and now only have one game in hand. Up next for the Crushers is a make-up of a game that was postponed last month, as they visit the Woodstock Slammers on Wednesday. Then on Thursday they will be back home to host the Amherst Ramblers.
There were three other games last night in the MHL:
Amherst 2 South Shore 1
Miramichi 6 St. Stephen 2
Campbellton 6 Woodstock 4
As well, there are two games today as Truro is in Summerside, while Edmundston continue their road trip in Berwick against Valley. During a special pre-game ceremony, World Junior Gold Medalist Drake Batherson will be in Berwick. Batherson played 32 regular season games with the Wildcats before heading up to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are home tonight at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, as they will host the Brookfield Elks. The Scotians are now six points back of the Kameron Jr Miners, after the Miners won 6-4 last night at home to the Strait Pirates. One other game last night saw the Scotians' opponent tonight, the Brookfield Elks, fall tothe Liverpool Privateers 9-6. Along with the Scotians' game, there is one other game today in the NSJHL, as Antigonish visits the Miners in Membertou.
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The Weeks Major Midgets were shut out 6-0 last night at the Wellness Centre by the league leading Halifax MacDonalds. The Macs now lead Dartmouth Steele Subaru by 6 points for top spot. The Weeks are in 6th place in the NSMMHL, 6 points back of the Valley Wildcats, and 3 ahead of the Cape Breton Tradesmen.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers' first game of 2018 will be in Port Hawkesbury against the Novas Sunday afternoon at 12:30.
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The Subway Cup A division tournament wraps up today with two semi-final games and then the championship games in female divisions from atom to midget at the Wellness Centre. Two Pictou County teams will be in the finals – in Pee Wee against Antigonish and in Bantam against the winners of the semi-final between Metro West Force Red and Metro West Force White. The Midget A Selects finished with a 1-1-1 record. The Atom A Selects finished with a 2-2 record.
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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 10th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. Space is limited, so register early. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 01 JANUARY
Monday 1st January 2018

The Weeks Jr A Crushers ended 2017 on a high note, beating the Amherst Ramblers 5-2 yesterday afternoon in the Jungle. Jacob Hickey led the way with a pair of goals, while Michael Dill and Dylan Riley each had a goal and an assist. Luke Melanson ws stellar in goal, stopping 37 of 39 shots in the victory. The win moves the Crushers back out of the basement in the Eastlink South, and to within 4 points of the Truro Bearcats in the race for the final playoff spot. The Crushers also still hold two games in hand on the Bearcats and the Valley Wildcats who dropped back into 6th. Up next for the Crushers is a pair of home games this week – Thursday against Truro, and Saturday against Edmundston.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers captured the silver medal at the Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament held in Truro on December 29th and 30th where 6 teams competed in the Peewee AAA division.  The boys had a big win in their first game against East Hants Penguins who currently sit in 4th position in the CMHF. The Crushers dominated the play during their second and third games with Strait Richmond Pirates and Cape Breton West Islanders, winning both handily.  These three wins gave them a GO Pass straight into the championship game on Saturday which ended in a 5-3 decision with a familiar foe, the Antigonish Bulldogs.  The AAA’s finished the tournament with a 3 and 1 record with 29 goals for and 9 against. They travel to the Valley this weekend to face Acadia for two league games and will host Chebucto Atlantics for an exhibition game at 2 pm on Sunday, January 7th at the PCWC.
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On Saturday at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro the Pictou County Crushers Peewee A Red Team won gold at the Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament. The team went undefeated over the two days of play coming away with 23 goals for and 6 goals against. The Crushers beat the South Shore Sharks 3-1 to clinch the gold medal. They weren't the only big success at the tournament, as the Peewee Crushers AA also took home gold.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada has won the Spengler Cup for the third consecutive year. Yesterday in Davos, Switzerland, the Canadians beat the Swiss National Team 3-0 to win the annual holiday tournament for the 15th time overall. Kevin Poulin of Montreal earned player of the game for Team Canada, earning the shut out in goal.
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Canada's national junior team will face Switzerland in the quarter-finals at the World Juniors in Buffalo. The Swiss fell to the Czech Republic 6-3 yesterday to guarantee that they would finish fourth in Group B and get a game with Canada who won Group A. Yesterday's other games saw the USA beat Finland 5-4, Slovakia eliminated Denmark with a 5-1 win, and Sweden defeated Russia in a shootout by a score of 4-3. These results mean that Canada, assuming they win over Switzerland in the quarter-finals, will face the winner of a quarter-final between the Czechs and Finland. The other quarter-finals feature Sweden against Slovakia, and the host Americans against Russia. All four quarter-finals go tomorrow, with the semi-finals on Thursday, and the medal games on Friday.
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NHL
Vegas 6 Toronto 3
Anaheim 5 Arizona 2
Tampa Bay 5 Columbus 0
Detroit 4 Pittsburgh 1
Winnipeg 5 Edmonton 0
Dallas 6 San Jose 0
Colorado 6 N.Y. Islanders 1
Calgary 4 Chicago 3 (OT)
NFL
N.Y. Giants 18 Washington 10
Pittsburgh 28 Cleveland 24
San Francisco 34 L.A. Rams 13
Detroit 35 Green Bay 11
Dallas 6 Philadelphia 0
New England 26 N.Y. Jets 6
Atlanta 22 Carolina 10
Minnesota 23 Chicago 10
Arizona 26 Seattle 24
Buffalo 22 Miami 16
Tennessee 15 Jacksonville 10
Kansas City 27 Denver 24
Cincinnati 31 Baltimore 27
Indianapolis 22 Houston 13
Tampa Bay 31 New Orleans 24
L.A. Chargers 30 Oakland 10
NBA
Washington 114 Chicago 110
Minnesota 107 Indiana 90
Boston 108 Brooklyn 105
Dallas 116 Oklahoma City 113
Houston 148 L.A. Lakers 142 (2OT)
L.A. Clippers 106 Charlotte 98
Memphis 114 Sacramento 96
Philadelphia 123 Phoenix 110


LIFE FLIGHT HELICOPTERS CLEARED FOR LOCAL SERVICE
Thursday 21st December 2017

The province's two new life-saving helicopters have been given the all-clear and will begin operations as of midnight tonight after months of delays. Besides being cleared for landing near the hospitals in Truro, New Glasgow and Antigonish, the aircraft have also been cleared for landing on the roofs of Halifax hospitals — which hasn't been allowed for 18 months. LifeFlight Tango and LifeFlight November are equipped with a weather feed, more powerful engines, a cockpit that works with night vision goggles and backup life-saving equipment. Health officials say the upgrades will save precious minutes and lives.

SPORTS DECEMBER 19 *UPDATED 9:55 AM*
Tuesday 19th December 2017

The Peewee AA Crushers had a home and home series with the always tough Antigonish Bulldogs, soundly defeating the Bulldogs in both games to take over first place in the eight team NS Mainland League. On Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center the Crushers won 9-3. Scoring for the Crushers were Zachery MacInnis with a Hatrick, Wyatt Spence with a Pair, Brennan Hood, John K Martin, Colby Nichol and Landon Steele had singles. Assists going to Cole Thompson with 3, Martin and Steele with 2 apiece, singles coming from Mac Wallace, Spence, Nichol and Hood. On Sunday at the Antigonish Arena the Crushers where back at their winning ways scoring often and early. Final score: 7-1 Crushers. Clint MacLaughlin lead the Crushers with 2 goals, Ben Marchand, Wallace, Martin, Steele and MacInnis had singles with assists coming from Blake MacLennan with three, Levon Walst 2 and singles coming from MacLaughlin, Spence, Wallace, Hood and MacInnis The Crushers goaltending team of Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod again showed why they hold down the lowest goals against record in the league with very stingy play allowing the Bulldogs only four goals in two games. The pair have only allowed 27 goals in 13 league games so far this season. With the wins the Crushers have improved to 10-1-2 tallying for 22 points in Mainland League action. The Crushers have a break from league action but are back at in Truro on December 29th participating in the Mike Schmitt Tournament Truro.
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A former player in the MHL will be playing at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo. Drake Batherson, who spent part of 2014-15 with the Valley Wildcats before being called up by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, has been named to Team Canada for the tournament that starts on Boxing Day. Batherson is also a draft pick of the Ottawa Senators.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have one more game before Christmas, hosting the Cape Breton West Islanders at the Wellness Centre Friday night at 7:30.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey, One game Tuesday night at the Stellarton Rink: 8:00 – C.F. Construction   vs  Elks Club. Wednesday night, one game Stellarton Rink: 9:00 - Connors Transfer LTD.  vs   Wranglers Bar & Grill
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Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels. (Keep on list until December 20)
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The 8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming up Thursday with games scheduled at Trenton Rink from 10am - 1pm. They will also be hosting a free skate on Friday from 7-9pm at the Trenton Rink.Just bring skates and a helmet and you're ready to hop on the ice! Oliver's Express shirts and raffle tickets on some fantastic prizes, will be sold on both days during the hours of each respective event. For more information, search out "8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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There's a Holiday Hoop Clinic Thursday, December 28 from 9 AM - 1 PM. This basketball clinic is open for girls & boys ages 7-11. Hosted by the NNEC JV girls basketball team, children will receive coaching on the basics of basketball (individual skill development & team play). Cost is $40 per child. To register your child email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca All proceeds go to the JV Girls team to help them cover officials, travel, tournament entry, & equipment costs. (Keep on list until December 20)
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Devonta Freeman rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown to help the Atlanta Falcons stay close in the tight NFC South race with a 24-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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NHL
Ryan Strome had a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers won their second game in a row with a 5-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.
New Jersey 5 Anaheim 3
Boston 7 Columbus 2
Los Angeles 4 Philadelphia 1
Colorado 4 Pittsburgh 2
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  NBA
Boston 112 Indiana 111
Charlotte 109 New York 91
Atlanta 110 Miami 104
Chicago 117 Philadelphia 115
Houston 120 Utah 99
Minnesota 108 Portland 107
Oklahoma City 95 Denver 94
Phoenix 97 Dallas 91
San Antonio 109 L.A. Clippers 91
Golden State 116 L.A. Lakers 114 (OT)

SPORTS DECEMBER 15
Friday 15th December 2017

The Weeks Jr A Crushers suffered a loss 4-1 to the Valley Wildcats. That keeps the Crushers 5 points behind the Truro Bearcats for the final playoff spot in the division, with a gamer in hand. Tonight is the final game before the Christmas break as the Crushers host the Yarmouth Mariners. Game time is 7pm at the Wellness Centre.
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It's going to be Team USA vs Canada West for the Gold on Saturday following semi-final wins at the World Junior A Challenge in Truro. The US shut out Russia 5-0, while Canada West outscored the Czech Republic 5-1. In today's matches, Canada East plays Switzerland for 5th place at 3:30, and Russia plays the Czechs for Bronze. All games are at the RECC, or can be watched on hockeycanada.ca.
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North Nova's boys hockey team are playing at 7PM on Friday at the Trenton Rink. They encourage everyone to go out and cheer on the boys, and bring a food bank item or a cash donation to support a great cause.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers have a home and home series with the Antigonish Bulldogs this weekend. The Crushers' home game goes Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Peewee AA Crushers have improved to 8-1-2, tallying 18 points in Mainland League action. The Crushers have a home and home series this coming weekend with the Antigonish Bulldogs. They will be at home Saturday at 2:30 PM at the PCWC and in Antigonish on Sunday at 12:00 PM at the Antigonish Arena.
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Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers will head to Truro on Sunday to take on the Bearcats.
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Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels. (Keep on list until December 20)
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The Wearwell Bantam Bombers are hosting the Bedford Barons in a game aimed at raising money for the Childrens' Wish Foundation on Saturday afternoon. The game starts at 5:30 Saturday at the Wellness Centre. Head coach John Simm says all the admission fees and the profit on the 50-50 draw will go to the Childrens' Wish Foundation.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are 6 points behind the Jr. Miners for first place in the Sid Rowe Division, but 8 points ahead of Antigonish. The Scotians have one more game before the Christmas break, when they go to Springhill to play the Cumberland County Blues on Friday.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects put their 15-0-2 record on the line against second place Cape Breton this coming weekend. It should be an exciting series between the top two teams in the league who meet for the very first time this season. The Northern Selects will celebrate nine years in the NSFMAAAHL with a special anniversary game on Saturday at 1230 at the wellness center. The game will feature a number of special events including a female novice game at the intermission, giveaways and other special promotions throughout the game.
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The 8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming up Thursday Dec. 21st with games scheduled at Trenton Rink from 10am - 1pm. They will also be hosting a free skate on Friday, Dec. 22 from 7-9pm at the Trenton Rink.Just bring skates and a helmet and you're ready to hop on the ice! Oliver's Express shirts and raffle tickets on some fantastic prizes, will be sold on both days during the hours of each respective event. For more information, search out "8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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Registration is now open for the 2018 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend on June 16 and 17. Johnny Miles Running Event Director Terry Curley says due to the ongoing, loyal support of sponsors, municipal partners and the running community, organizers are pleased to announce that registration fees are bring reduced by nearly 35% while still offering the same great, quality event that has always been offered in the past. Participants can now run the 5km for $35, the 10km for $40 and the Johnny Miles Half Marathon & Full Marathon for $45.00 each. This represents an approximate saving of 35% from the 2017 race day pricing. (Keep on the list until 15 December)
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There's a Holiday Hoop Clinic Thursday, December 28 from 9 AM - 1 PM. This basketball clinic is open for girls & boys ages 7-11. Hosted by the NNEC JV girls basketball team, children will receive coaching on the basics of basketball (individual skill development & team play). Cost is $40 per child. To register your child email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca All proceeds go to the JV Girls team to help them cover officials, travel, tournament entry, & equipment costs. (Keep on list until December 20)
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Denver 25 Indianapolis 13
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NHL
Juuse Saros made 46 saves for his second career shutout and Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators continued their torrid pace of late with a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Jon Merrill's first goal of the season snapped a third-period tie, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 shots against his former team and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1.
Joonas Donskoi scored the winner late in third and had an assist to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames.
Alex Stalock stopped 28 shots to complete his first NHL shutout in three seasons, steering the Minnesota Wild past the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 for their fourth straight victory.
Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz each had a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks extended their season-high winning streak to four games with a 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Tomas Plekanec scored in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens beat the visiting New Jersey Devils 2-1 to snap a three-game losing skid.
Philadelphia 2 Buffalo 1
Washington 5 Boston 3
Columbus 6 N.Y. Islanders 4
Anaheim 3 St. Louis 1
Colorado 2 Florida 1
Tampa Bay 4 Arizona 1
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NBA
Detroit 105 Atlanta 91
New York 111 Brooklyn 104
Cleveland 121 L.A. Lakers 112
Minnesota 119 Sacramento 96
Golden State 112 Dallas 97


SPORTS DECEMBER 14
Thursday 14th December 2017

Team USA and Canada West have advanced in the Quarterfinals at the World Junior A Challenge in Truro. The Americans beat the Swiss 3-1, while Canada West squeaked past Canada East 4-3 in overtime. In today's semi-finals, it's the US vs Russia at 3:30, and Canada West vs the Czech Republic at 7:30. All games are at the RECC, or can be watched on hockeycanada.ca.
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In Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, one game tonight at the Thorburn Rink 7:10 - Connor's Transfer LTD.  vs   C.F. construction.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers have a home and home series with the Antigonish Bulldogs this weekend. The Crushers' home game goes Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Peewee AA Crushers have improved to 8-1-2, tallying 18 points in Mainland League action. The Crushers have a home and home series this coming weekend with the Antigonish Bulldogs. They will be at home Saturday September 16 at 2:30 PM at the PCWC and in Antigonish on Sunday at 12:00 PM at the Antigonish Arena.
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Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers will head to Truro on Sunday to take on the Bearcats.
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Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels. (Keep on list until December 20)
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The Wearwell Bantam Bombers are hosting the Bedford Barons in a game aimed at raising money for the Childrens' Wish Foundation on Saturday afternoon. The game starts at 5:30 Saturday at the Wellness Centre. Head coach John Simm says all the admission fees and the profit on the 50-50 draw will go to the Childrens' Wish Foundation.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are 6 points behind the Jr. Miners for first place in the Sid Rowe Division, but 8 points ahead of Antigonish. The Scotians have one more game before the Christmas break, when they go to Springhill to play the Cumberland County Blues on Friday.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers are just 5 points behind the Truro Bearcats for the final playoff spot in the division, with two games in hand. The Crushers have a pair of home games this week. On Thursday they welcome the Valley Wildcats to the Wellness Centre, then on Friday, the final game before the Christmas break will see the Crushers host the Yarmouth Mariners. Both games are at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects put their 15-0-2 record on the line against second place Cape Breton this coming weekend. It should be an exciting series between the top two teams in the league who meet for the very first time this season. The Northern Selects will celebrate nine years in the NSFMAAAHL with a special anniversary game on Saturday at 1230 at the wellness center. The game will feature a number of special events including a female novice game at the intermission, giveaways and other special promotions throughout the game.
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The 8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming up Thursday Dec. 21st with games scheduled at Trenton Rink from 10am - 1pm. They will also be hosting a free skate on Friday, Dec. 22 from 7-9pm at the Trenton Rink.Just bring skates and a helmet and you're ready to hop on the ice! Oliver's Express shirts and raffle tickets on some fantastic prizes, will be sold on both days during the hours of each respective event. For more information, search out "8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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Registration is now open for the 2018 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend on June 16 and 17. Johnny Miles Running Event Director Terry Curley says due to the ongoing, loyal support of sponsors, municipal partners and the running community, organizers are pleased to announce that registration fees are bring reduced by nearly 35% while still offering the same great, quality event that has always been offered in the past. Participants can now run the 5km for $35, the 10km for $40 and the Johnny Miles Half Marathon & Full Marathon for $45.00 each. This represents an approximate saving of 35% from the 2017 race day pricing. (Keep on the list until 15 December)
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There's a Holiday Hoop Clinic Thursday, December 28 from 9 AM - 1 PM. This basketball clinic is open for girls & boys ages 7-11. Hosted by the NNEC JV girls basketball team, children will receive coaching on the basics of basketball (individual skill development & team play). Cost is $40 per child. To register your child email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca All proceeds go to the JV Girls team to help them cover officials, travel, tournament entry, & equipment costs. (Keep on list until December 20)
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
P.K. Subban scored two strange goals, including one from centre ice, as the Nashville Predators dismantled the Vancouver Canucks 7-1.
The Ottawa Senators snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.
Dallas 5 N.Y. Islanders 2
Boston 3 Detroit 2
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan matched his season high with 37 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Phoenix Suns 115-109 for their seventh victory in eight games.
L.A. Clippers 106 Orlando 95
Oklahoma City 100 Indiana 95
Washington 93 Memphis 87
Boston 124 Denver 118
Portland 102 Miami 95
New Orleans 115 Milwaukee 108
Chicago 103 Utah 100
Houston 108 Charlotte 96

SPORTS DECEMBER 13
Wednesday 13th December 2017

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers hosted the Cole Harbour Red Wings in an exhibition game at the Stellarton Memorial Arena last weekend and fought back from a two nothing  deficit after the first period to defeat the Red Wings 4 to 2. All four Crushers goals came in the second period and scorers were Aidan Hahn, Ian Reynolds, Gavin Bourque and Will Woolcock. This weekend the Bantam A Crushers have a home and home series with the Antigonish  Bulldogs with their home game going Saturday afternoon at 2:30 at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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In day three of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge, Russia edged Switzerland 3-2, while Canada West fell to 0-2 after a 2-1 loss to the US. Quarterfinal matches today will see Switzerland play the US at 3:30, with both Canadian teams fighting to advance at 7:30. All games are at the RECC, or can be watched on hockeycanada.ca.
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One game tonight in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League - Stellarton Rink 9:00 - Wranglers Bar & Grill   vs   Cornova Contracting.
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The Peewee AA Crushers have improved to 8-1-2, tallying 18 points in Mainland League action. The Crushers have a home and home series this coming weekend with the Antigonish Bulldogs. They will be at home Saturday September 16 at 2:30 PM at the PCWC and in Antigonish on Sunday at 12:00 PM at the Antigonish Arena.
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Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers will head to Truro on Sunday to take on the Bearcats.
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The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens alumni who will be in town tonight for a game at the Wellness Centre will also be on the ice for a free public skate. This afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30 YOUTH in the community will have a chance to skate with the legends of the game. The event is free and is for YOUTH who want to have the chance to skate with these former NHL greats.
----
Also on Wednesday, from 6pm to 8pm at the YMCA in the Wellness Centre, there will be an opportunity to sign up for a multi-sport program: Basketball, Karate, Swimming, Softball, Tennis, Gymnastics, PC Athletics. Multisport participation leads to: Better overall skills and ability; Smarter and more creative players; Less burnout and overuse injuries; More lifelong enjoyment in sport; and most importantly, IT’S MORE FUN! All sessions will be facilitated by recreation program coordinators and delivered by community sport organizations. Each lesson focuses on developing physical literacy through skill development and fun, setting the ground work for a love of sport and an ‘I can play anything!’ attitude.
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Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels. (Keep on list until December 20)
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The Wearwell Bantam Bombers are hosting the Bedford Barons in a game aimed at raising money for the Childrens' Wish Foundation on Saturday afternoon. The game starts at 5:30 Saturday at the Wellness Centre. Head coach John Simm says all the admission fees and the profit on the 50-50 draw will go to the Childrens' Wish Foundation.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are 6 points behind the Jr. Miners for first place in the Sid Rowe Division, but 8 points ahead of Antigonish. The Scotians have one more game before the Christmas break, when they go to Springhill to play the Cumberland County Blues on Friday.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers are just 5 points behind the Truro Bearcats for the final playoff spot in the division, with two games in hand. The Crushers have a pair of home games this week. On Thursday they welcome the Valley Wildcats to the Wellness Centre, then on Friday, the final game before the Christmas break will see the Crushers host the Yarmouth Mariners. Both games are at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects put their 15-0-2 record on the line against second place Cape Breton this coming weekend. It should be an exciting series between the top two teams in the league who meet for the very first time this season. The Northern Selects will celebrate nine years in the NSFMAAAHL with a special anniversary game on Saturday at 1230 at the wellness center. The game will feature a number of special events including a female novice game at the intermission, giveaways and other special promotions throughout the game.
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The 8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming up Thursday Dec. 21st with games scheduled at Trenton Rink from 10am - 1pm. They will also be hosting a free skate on Friday, Dec. 22 from 7-9pm at the Trenton Rink.Just bring skates and a helmet and you're ready to hop on the ice! Oliver's Express shirts and raffle tickets on some fantastic prizes, will be sold on both days during the hours of each respective event. For more information, search out "8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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Registration is now open for the 2018 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend on June 16 and 17. Johnny Miles Running Event Director Terry Curley says due to the ongoing, loyal support of sponsors, municipal partners and the running community, organizers are pleased to announce that registration fees are bring reduced by nearly 35% while still offering the same great, quality event that has always been offered in the past. Participants can now run the 5km for $35, the 10km for $40 and the Johnny Miles Half Marathon & Full Marathon for $45.00 each. This represents an approximate saving of 35% from the 2017 race day pricing. (Keep on the list until 15 December)
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There's a Holiday Hoop Clinic Thursday, December 28 from 9 AM - 1 PM. This basketball clinic is open for girls & boys ages 7-11. Hosted by the NNEC JV girls basketball team, children will receive coaching on the basics of basketball (individual skill development & team play). Cost is $40 per child. To register your child email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca All proceeds go to the JV Girls team to help them cover officials, travel, tournament entry, & equipment costs. (Keep on list until December 20)
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Sean Couturier scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:55 left and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 for their fourth straight victory.
Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists, and Laurent Brossoit stopped 28 shots as the Edmonton Oilers routed the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-2.
Buffalo 3 Ottawa 2
Washington 5 Colorado 2
New Jersey 5 Los Angeles 1
Minnesota 2 Calgary 1 (SO)
Tampa Bay 3 St. Louis 0
Chicago 3 Florida 2 (OT)
Carolina 3 Vegas 2 (SO)
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   NBA
Cleveland 123 Atlanta 114
Denver 103 Detroit 84
New York 113 L.A. Lakers 109 (OT)
Brooklyn 103 Washington 98
Dallas 95 San Antonio 89
Philadelphia 118 Minnesota 112 (OT)
Sacramento 99 Phoenix 92

DRIVER CAUGHT GOING AT EXCESSIVE SPEED WITH CHILDREN IN CAR
Tuesday 12th December 2017

RCMP in Antigonish County today issued another reminder to drivers about the consequences of stunting. Police issued a report today about another drive caught driving more than 50 km/h over the limit over the weekend, as a 32-year old Dartmouth man was caught driving 157 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone on Highway 104. A possible aggravating factor is that the man had two young children with him in the vehicle at the time. The man is facing charges of Stunting and Driving while Revoked, under the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act. His license has been suspended for 7 days and his vehicle was seized. The fine for stunting in Nova Scotia is $2,422.50. Nova Scotia RCMP want to remind the public that speed is one of the major causes of serious injury and fatal collisions on our roads. Road Safety is a priority for the RCMP, and drivers are reminded to make it their priority as well. If you see someone driving unsafely on our roads, report it by calling RCMP at 800 803 RCMP (7267) or 911.


SPORTS DECEMBER 12
Tuesday 12th December 2017

Day two of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge in Truro saw the USA lose 4-2 to the Czech Republic, while Canada East picked up their first win, 4-3 against Switzerland. Today, Russia plays Switzerland at 3:30, and Canada West takes on the US at 7:30. All games are at the RECC, or can be watched on hockeycanada.ca.
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The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens alumni who will be in town this week for a game at the Wellness Centre will also be on the ice for a free public skate the same day. Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 to 4:30 YOUTH in the community will have a chance to skate with the legends of the game. The event is free and is for YOUTH who want to have the chance to skate with these former NHL greats.
----
Also on Wednesday, from 6pm to 8pm at the YMCA in the Wellness Centre, there will be an opportunity to sign up for a multi-sport program: Basketball, Karate, Swimming, Softball, Tennis, Gymnastics, PC Athletics. Multisport participation leads to: Better overall skills and ability; Smarter and more creative players; Less burnout and overuse injuries; More lifelong enjoyment in sport; and most importantly, IT’S MORE FUN! All sessions will be facilitated by recreation program coordinators and delivered by community sport organizations. Each lesson focuses on developing physical literacy through skill development and fun, setting the ground work for a love of sport and an ‘I can play anything!’ attitude.
----
Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels.
----
The Wearwell Bantam Bombers are hosting the Bedford Barons in a game aimed at raising money for the Childrens' Wish Foundation on Saturday afternoon. The game starts at 5:30 Saturday at the Wellness Centre. Head coach John Simm says all the admission fees and the profit on the 50-50 draw will go to the Childrens' Wish Foundation.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are 6 points behind the Jr. Miners for first place in the Sid Rowe Division, but 8 points ahead of Antigonish. The Scotians have one more game before the Christmas break, when they go to Springhill to play the Cumberland County Blues on Friday.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers are just 5 points behind the Truro Bearcats for the final playoff spot in the division, with two games in hand. The Crushers have a pair of home games this week. On Thursday they welcome the Valley Wildcats to the Wellness Centre, then on Friday, the final game before the Christmas break will see the Crushers host the Yarmouth Mariners. Both games are at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects put their 15-0-2 record on the line against second place Cape Breton this coming weekend. It should be an exciting series between the top two teams in the league who meet for the very first time this season. The Northern Selects will celebrate nine years in the NSFMAAAHL with a special anniversary game on Saturday at 1230 at the wellness center. The game will feature a number of special events including a female novice game at the intermission, giveaways and other special promotions throughout the game.
----
The 8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming up Thursday Dec. 21st with games scheduled at Trenton Rink from 10am - 1pm. They will also be hosting a free skate on Friday, Dec. 22 from 7-9pm at the Trenton Rink.Just bring skates and a helmet and you're ready to hop on the ice! Oliver's Express shirts and raffle tickets on some fantastic prizes, will be sold on both days during the hours of each respective event. For more information, search out "8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
----
Registration is now open for the 2018 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend on June 16 and 17. Johnny Miles Running Event Director Terry Curley says due to the ongoing, loyal support of sponsors, municipal partners and the running community, organizers are pleased to announce that registration fees are bring reduced by nearly 35% while still offering the same great, quality event that has always been offered in the past. Participants can now run the 5km for $35, the 10km for $40 and the Johnny Miles Half Marathon & Full Marathon for $45.00 each. This represents an approximate saving of 35% from the 2017 race day pricing.
----
There's a Holiday Hoop Clinic Thursday, December 28 from 9 AM - 1 PM. This basketball clinic is open for girls & boys ages 7-11. Hosted by the NNEC JV girls basketball team, children will receive coaching on the basics of basketball (individual skill development & team play). Cost is $40 per child. To register your child email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca All proceeds go to the JV Girls team to help them cover officials, travel, tournament entry, & equipment costs. (Keep on list until December 20)
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mathieu Perreault scored two goals and added one assist to help the Winnipeg Jets halt a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Colorado 2 Pittsburgh 1
Dallas 2 N.Y. Rangers 1 (SO)
N.Y. Islanders 3 Washington 1
Florida 2 Detroit 1 (OT)
Anaheim 3 Carolina 2
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NFL
Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion as the Miami Dolphins snapped the New England Patriots' eight-game winning streak with a surprising 27-20 victory.
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NBA
Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied over the final 3:21 to beat Toronto 96-91 and snap the Raptors' six-game winning streak.
Charlotte 116 Oklahoma City 103
Chicago 108 Boston 85
Houston 130 New Orleans 123
Miami 107 Memphis 82
Golden State 111 Portland 104

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 11 DECEMBER
Monday 11th December 2017

It was a rough weekend for the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians, as they drop both of their games. On Friday, the Scotians lost 4-1 in Antigonish to the Bulldogs, with Colin Holmes logging the only goal for the visitors. Then last night at Trenton Arena, the Liverpool Privateers avenged their loss in last year's championship series, beating the Scotians 4-3. James Murphy scored twice in the loss, while Matthew Fougere had the other Scotians goal. Pictou County now sits 6 points back of the Miners for first place in the Sid Rowe Division, but 8 points ahead of Antigonish. The Scotians have one final game before the Christmas break, on Friday when they go to Springhill to play the Cumberland County Blues.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers earned a huge two points in the standings with a 3-2 win in overtime over the league-leading Edmunston Blizzard yesterday afternoon. Dylan Riley scored twice in regulation for the Crushers, while Jacob Hickey netted the overtime winner. Luke Melanson stopped 36 of 38 shots to get the win in net. The win moves Pictou County to just 5 points back of the Truro Bearcats, with two games in hand. The Crushers have a pair of home games this week. On Thursday they welcome the Valley Wildcats to the Wellness Centre, then on Friday, the final game before the Christmas break will see the Crushers host the Yarmouth Mariners. Both games are at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.
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Day one of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge was not kind to the Canadian teams in Truro, as the tournament started off with the Czech Republic beating Canada West 5-2. In the nightcap, Team Canada East fared no better, falling 5-1 to Russia. Today's schedule has the United States facing the Czech Republic at 3:30pm, followed by Canada East against Switzerland at 7:30pm. All games are at the RECC, or can be watched on hockeycanada.ca.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects continue to dominate the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League (NSFMAAAHL) with two more victories over the Moncton Rockets on the weekend. On Saturday the Selects had the "Sister Act" lead them to  6-1 win over the Rockets. Eva and Sophia Wornell had a pair of goals each while Kara and Ella MacLean  each had singles in the victory. Jenna Landry earned the win between the pipes. On Sunday it was special teams leading the way for the Selects. Kara McLean, Ella MacLean and Maddie Quinn each scored power play markers to lead the Northern crew to a 3-1 victory. Lily Currie was strong in goal stopping 28 of 29 shots fired her way, earning her player of the game honors. The Selects have top spot in the seven team league with 32 points after 17 straight games without a loss. They put their 15-0-2 record on the line against second place Cape Breton next weekend. It should be an exciting series between the top two teams in the league who meet for the very firs time this season. The Northern Selects will celebrate nine years in the NSFMAAAHL with a special anniversary game on Saturday at 1230 at the wellness center. The game will feature a number of special events including a female novice game at the intermission, giveaways and other special promotions throughout the game. The Selects are looking forward to a good crowd to  help them celebrate nine years in the league.
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The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens alumni who will be in town next week for a game at the Wellness Centre will also be on the ice for a free public skate earlier that same day. Wednesday, 13 December, from 3:30 to 4:30 YOUTH in the community will have a chance to skate with the legends of the game. The event is free and is for YOUTH who want to have the chance to skate with these former NHL greats.
----
That same night, 13 December, from 6pm to 8pm at the YMCA in the Wellness Centre, there will be an opportunity to sign up for a multi-sport program: Basketball, Karate, Swimming, Softball, Tennis, Gymnastics, PC Athletics. Multisport participation leads to: Better overall skills and ability; Smarter and more creative players; Less burnout and overuse injuries; More lifelong enjoyment in sport; and most importantly, IT’S MORE FUN! All sessions will be facilitated by recreation program coordinators and delivered by community sport organizations. Each lesson focuses on developing physical literacy through skill development and fun, setting the ground work for a love of sport and an ‘I can play anything!’ attitude.
----
Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels.
----
The 8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming up Thursday Dec. 21st with games scheduled at Trenton Rink from 10am - 1pm. They will also be hosting a free skate on Friday, Dec. 22 from 7-9pm at the Trenton Rink.Just bring skates and a helmet and you're ready to hop on the ice! Oliver's Express shirts and raffle tickets on some fantastic prizes, will be sold on both days during the hours of each respective event. For more information, search out "8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
----
Registration is now open for the 2018 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend on June 16 and 17. Johnny Miles Running Event Director Terry Curley says due to the ongoing, loyal support of sponsors, municipal partners and the running community, organizers are pleased to announce that registration fees are bring reduced by nearly 35% while still offering the same great, quality event that has always been offered in the past. Participants can now run the 5km for $35, the 10km for $40 and the Johnny Miles Half Marathon & Full Marathon for $45.00 each. This represents an approximate saving of 35% from the 2017 race day pricing.
----
There's a Holiday Hoop Clinic Thursday, December 28 from 9 AM - 1 PM. This basketball clinic is open for girls & boys ages 7-11. Hosted by the NNEC JV girls basketball team, children will receive coaching on the basics of basketball (individual skill development & team play). Cost is $40 per child. To register your child email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca All proceeds go to the JV Girls team to help them cover officials, travel, tournament entry, & equipment costs.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Curtis McElhinney stopped 41 shots to earn his first shutout of the season, and 6th in his career, as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Edmonton Oilers 1-0 last night at the Air Canada Centre.
Elsewhere in the NHL:
Chicago 3 Arizona 1
St. Louis 3 Buffalo 2 (OT)
Minnesota 4 San Jose 3(OT)
NFL
The two Pennsylvania teams clinched their respective divisions with victories yesterday in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles locked up the NFC East with a 43-35 win over the LA Rams, but have lost their quarterback Carson Wentz, possible for the rest of the season, with a suspected torn ACL. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers locked up the AFC North with a 39-38 thriller over the Baltimore Ravens.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
Buffalo 13 Indianapolis 7
Carolina 31 Minnesota 24
Chicago 33 Cincinnati 7
Green Bay 27 Cleveland 21 (OT)
San Francisco 26 Houston 16
Kansas City 26 Oakland 15
Detroit 24 Tampa Bay 21
Dallas 30 New York Giants 10
Arizona 12 Tennessee 7
Denver 23 New York Jets 0
LA Chargers 30 Washington 13
Jacksonville 30 Seattle 24
NBA
The Toronto Raptors got 25 points and 9 assists from Demar DeRozan in a 102-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings yesterday afternoon as they continue their west coast road trip. The Raptors improve to 17-7, 4 games back of Boston for top spot in the Eastern Conference. Speaking of the Celtics, they also won 91-81 in Detroit. The Celtics limited the Pistons to a paltry 33.3 percent shooting.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
Indiana 126 Denver 116 (OT)
Minnesota 97 Dallas 92
New Orleans 131 Philadelphia 124
New York 111 Atlanta Hawks 107

SPORTS DECEMBER 8
Friday 8th December 2017

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are 3 points behind the division leading Kameron Jr. Miners. Tonight they face the Antigonish Bulldogs, who are coming off a win against Brookfield. Sunday night's game is a rematch of last spring's championships where the Scotians beat the Liverpool Privateers. Game time in Trenton on Sunday is 7pm.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers play just once this week, and it will be a Sunday afternoon game on the road. The Crushers will be in Edmundston to take on the Blizzard at 3pm that day. This game will not be on East Coast FM, but you can still catch the action on hockeytv-dot-com.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers host an exhibition match against the Cole Harbour Red Wings at the Stellarton Memorial Arena at 9:30am Sunday.
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The Bantam AA Crushers travel to Amherst this weekend to play Cumberland.
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The Peewee AA Crushers are sitting in second place in the standings with a record of 6-1-2. The Crushers travel to Yarmouth to battle for top spot in the eight team Mainland League with two games this weekend against the first place Yarmouth Mariners.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers face the East Hants Penguins Saturday at 4:30 pm in Trenton.
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The Northern AAA Selects continue their hold on first place in their league with 14 wins this season. The Selects will play a two game home stand against the Moncton Rockets this Saturday and Sunday at 1pm at the Wellness Center.
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The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens alumni who will be in town next week for a game at the Wellness Centre will also be on the ice for a free public skate earlier that same day. Wednesday, 13 December, from 3:30 to 4:30 YOUTH in the community will have a chance to skate with the legends of the game. The event is free and is for YOUTH who want to have the chance to skate with these former NHL greats.
----
That same night, 13 December, from 6pm to 8pm at the YMCA in the Wellness Centre, there will be an opportunity to sign up for a multi-sport program: Basketball, Karate, Swimming, Softball, Tennis, Gymnastics, PC Athletics. Multisport participation leads to: Better overall skills and ability; Smarter and more creative players; Less burnout and overuse injuries; More lifelong enjoyment in sport; and most importantly, IT’S MORE FUN! All sessions will be facilitated by recreation program coordinators and delivered by community sport organizations. Each lesson focuses on developing physical literacy through skill development and fun, setting the ground work for a love of sport and an ‘I can play anything!’ attitude.
----
Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels.
----
The 8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming up Thursday Dec. 21st with games scheduled at Trenton Rink from 10am - 1pm. They will also be hosting a free skate on Friday, Dec. 22 from 7-9pm at the Trenton Rink.Just bring skates and a helmet and you're ready to hop on the ice! Oliver's Express shirts and raffle tickets on some fantastic prizes, will be sold on both days during the hours of each respective event. For more information, search out "8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
----
Registration is now open for the 2018 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend on June 16 and 17. Johnny Miles Running Event Director Terry Curley says due to the ongoing, loyal support of sponsors, municipal partners and the running community, organizers are pleased to announce that registration fees are bring reduced by nearly 35% while still offering the same great, quality event that has always been offered in the past. Participants can now run the 5km for $35, the 10km for $40 and the Johnny Miles Half Marathon & Full Marathon for $45.00 each. This represents an approximate saving of 35% from the 2017 race day pricing.
----
There's a Holiday Hoop Clinic Thursday, December 28 from 9 AM - 1 PM. This basketball clinic is open for girls & boys ages 7-11. Hosted by the NNEC JV girls basketball team, children will receive coaching on the basics of basketball (individual skill development & team play). Cost is $40 per child. To register your child email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca All proceeds go to the JV Girls team to help them cover officials, travel, tournament entry, & equipment costs.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Drew Doughty scored 32 seconds into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 for their seventh consecutive victory.
Shayne Gostisbehere and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Sean Monahan's second goal of the game 1:14 into overtime gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Pittsburgh 4 N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)
Boston 6 Arizona 1
Tampa Bay 5 Colorado 2
Florida 6 Winnipeg 4
St. Louis 3 Dallas 0
San Jose 5 Carolina 4 (OT)
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NFL
Atlanta 20 New Orleans 17
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NBA
L.A. Lakers 107 Philadelphia 104
Washington 109 Phoenix 99
Brooklyn 11 Oklahoma City 95
Houston 112 Utah 101


SPORTS DECEMBER 7
Thursday 7th December 2017

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are 3 points behind the division leading Kameron Jr. Miners. The Scotians play twice on the weekend. They're in Antigonish on Friday against the Bulldogs, while Sunday night's game which is a rematch of last spring's championships where they beat the Liverpool Privateers. Game time in Trenton on Sunday is 7pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers host an exhibition match against the Cole Harbour Red Wings at the Stellarton Memorial Arena at 9:30am Sunday.
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The Bantam AA Crushers travel to Amherst this weekend to play Cumberland.
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The Peewee AA Crushers are sitting in second place in the standings with a record of 6-1-2. The Crushers travel to Yarmouth to battle for top spot in the eight team Mainland League with two games this weekend against the first place Yarmouth Mariners.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers face the East Hants Penguins Saturday at 4:30 pm in Trenton.
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The Northern AAA Selects continue their hold on first place in their league with 14 wins this season. The Selects will play a two game home stand against the Moncton Rockets this Saturday and Sunday at 1pm at the Wellness Center.
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Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels.
----
The 8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming up Thursday Dec. 21st with games scheduled at Trenton Rink from 10am - 1pm. They will also be hosting a free skate on Friday, Dec. 22 from 7-9pm at the Trenton Rink.Just bring skates and a helmet and you're ready to hop on the ice! Oliver's Express shirts and raffle tickets on some fantastic prizes, will be sold on both days during the hours of each respective event. For more information, search out "8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
----
Registration is now open for the 2018 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend on June 16 and 17. Johnny Miles Running Event Director Terry Curley says due to the ongoing, loyal support of sponsors, municipal partners and the running community, organizers are pleased to announce that registration fees are bring reduced by nearly 35% while still offering the same great, quality event that has always been offered in the past. Participants can now run the 5km for $35, the 10km for $40 and the Johnny Miles Half Marathon & Full Marathon for $45.00 each. This represents an approximate saving of 35% from the 2017 race day pricing.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Frederik Andersen stopped 47 shots through regulation and overtime, and three more in the shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Calgary 2-1 for their second win over the Flames in eight days.
Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 for their second straight victory after losing 10 in a row.
Anaheim 3 Ottawa 0
Washington 6 Chicago 2
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  NBA
Cleveland 101 Sacramento 95
Indiana 98 Chicago 96
Orlando 110 Atlanta 106 (OT)
Boston 97 Dallas 90
New York 99 Memphis 88
Golden State 101 Charlotte 87
Milwaukee 104 Detroit 100
New Orleans 123 Denver 114
San Antonio 117 Miami 105
Minnesota 113 L.A. Clippers 107

SPORTS DECEMBER 6
Wednesday 6th December 2017

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are now just 3 points back of the division leading Kameron Jr. Miners with 14 games left in the regular season. They play twice this coming week – in Antigonish on Friday against the Bulldogs, before their Sunday night home game which is a rematch of last spring's championships where they beat the Liverpool Privateers. Game time in Trenton on Sunday is 7pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers completed a three game series versus the Truro Bearcats this past weekend that saw them come away with a win, a loss and a tie. In the first game at the Pictou County Wellness Center on Saturday morning the Crushers dominated the Bearcats with an 8 to 1 victory. Scoring for the Crushers were Dawson MacKay, Cailan MacLellan and Reilly Grant with two goals each while Willem Fraser and Ian Reynolds had goals apiece. Ethan Trowell got the win in goal. In the second game of the day played at West Colchester Arena in Debert on Saturday night the Crushers couldn't maintain their momentum and despite goals from Aidan Hahn and Kirk Turnbull gave up a 3 to 2 loss to the Bearcats. The teams met for the third time in two days at 10am Sunday Morning at the Pictou County Wellness Center and played to a one all tie. Gavin Bourque had the lone Crushers goal. The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers have no league games this coming weekend but will host an exhibition match against the Cole Harbour Red Wings at the Stellarton Memorial Arena at 9:30am Sunday.
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The Bantam AA Crushers travel to Amherst this weekend to play Cumberland.
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The Peewee AA Crushers are sitting in second place in the standings with a record of 6-1-2. The Crushers travel to Yarmouth this weekend to battle for top spot in the eight team Mainland League with two games against the first place Yarmouth Mariners.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers face the East Hants Penguins next Saturday at 4:30 pm in Trenton.
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The Northern AAA Selects continue their hold on first place in their league with 14 wins this season. The Selects will play a two game home stand against the Moncton Rockets next weekend at the Wellness Center. Game time on both Saturday and Sunday is at 1:00pm.
----
Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels.
----
The 8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming up Thursday Dec. 21st with games scheduled at Trenton Rink from 10am - 1pm. They will also be hosting a free skate on Friday, Dec. 22 from 7-9pm at the Trenton Rink.Just bring skates and a helmet and you're ready to hop on the ice! Oliver's Express shirts and raffle tickets on some fantastic prizes, will be sold on both days during the hours of each respective event. For more information, search out "8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
----
Registration is now open for the 2018 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend on June 16 and 17. Johnny Miles Running Event Director Terry Curley says due to the ongoing, loyal support of sponsors, municipal partners and the running community, organizers are pleased to announce that registration fees are bring reduced by nearly 35% while still offering the same great, quality event that has always been offered in the past. Participants can now run the 5km for $35, the 10km for $40 and the Johnny Miles Half Marathon & Full Marathon for $45.00 each. This represents an approximate saving of 35% from the 2017 race day pricing.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
New Jersey 4 Columbus 1
Tampa Bay 6 N.Y. Islanders 2
N.Y. Rangers 4 Pittsburgh 3
Detroit 5 Winnipeg 1
St. Louis 4 Montreal 3
Nashville 5 Dallas 2
Buffalo 4 Colorado 2
Los Angeles 5 Minnesota 2
Vancouver 3 Carolina 0
Vegas 4 Anaheim 3 (SO)
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  NBA
Toronto 126 Phoenix 113
Oklahoma City 100 Utah 94
Washington 106 Portland 92

DRIVERS CHARGED WITH STUNTING IN TWO INCIDENTS
Tuesday 5th December 2017

Two drivers were arrested and charged with stunting in less than 24 hours. Around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, RCMP Eastern Traffic Services arrested a 48 year-old man after clocking a vehicle on Hwy 337 in Antigonish travelling 132 km/h in an 80 km/hr zone. Then late Monday morning, a 19 year-old man was charged with stunting after driving 159 km/h in an 100 km/hr zone on Highway 104 near Monastery. Both men had their licenses suspended for seven days, their vehicles seized, and they both face a fine of over $2,400.


MORE FREE WIFI COMING TO PICTOU, THANKS TO LIBRARY
Tuesday 5th December 2017

The Pictou Antigonish Regional Library is expanding access to free wifi in the downtown core of Pictou and along the waterfront in the town. The library, through a grant from the province, has acquired the infrastructure necessary to expand free wifi availability. The town will be required to assist with installation of the infrastructure. No exact date of installation has been announced.

SPORTS DECEMBER 5
Tuesday 5th December 2017

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are now just 3 points back of the division leading Kameron Jr. Miners with 14 games left in the regular season. They play twice this coming week – in Antigonish on Friday against the Bulldogs, before their Sunday night home game which is a rematch of last spring's championships where they beat the Liverpool Privateers. Game time in Trenton on Sunday is 7pm.
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The Bantam AA Crushers played a pair of home games at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on the weekend.  On Saturday against Cumberland, the Crushers fell short by a score of 3-1.  Jacoby Beadle capitalized on a rebound from a point shot by Dylan Kontuk.  On Sunday against a strong Acadia team, the Crushers fell 7-1.  The Crushers created a number of scoring chances in the third but the lone Crusher goal went to Ryan Denny.  Assisted from Ross Martin and Brent Chapman. Next weekend the Bantam AA Crushers travel to Amherst to play Cumberland.
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Madrid and Britain played to a 6-6 tie yesterday in Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League action. Scoring: Madrid: Nicholas Duff 2, Patrick Mac Neil 2, Nathaniel Horne 1, Lacey MacKay 1 Britain: Logan MacKenzie 2, Teirin Morrison 1, Adam Brezinski 2, Mason MacIntosh 1
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The Peewee AAA Crushers face the East Hants Penguins next Saturday at 4:30 pm in Trenton.
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The Northern AAA Selects continue their hold on first place in their league with 14 wins this season. The Selects will play a two game home stand against the Moncton Rockets next weekend at the Wellness Center. Game time on both Saturday and Sunday is at 1:00pm.
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There are two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League. Stellarton Rink ,8:00 - Elks Club  vs  Connor's Transfer LTD. Hector Area Pictou  9:00 - C.F. Construction  vs Durham Bucks.
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Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels.
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The 8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming up Thursday Dec. 21st with games scheduled at Trenton Rink from 10am - 1pm. They will also be hosting a free skate on Friday, Dec. 22 from 7-9pm at the Trenton Rink.Just bring skates and a helmet and you're ready to hop on the ice! Oliver's Express shirts and raffle tickets on some fantastic prizes, will be sold on both days during the hours of each respective event. For more information, search out "8th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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Registration is now open for the 2018 Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend on June 16 and 17. Johnny Miles Running Event Director Terry Curley says due to the ongoing, loyal support of sponsors, municipal partners and the running community, organizers are pleased to announce that registration fees are bring reduced by nearly 35% while still offering the same great, quality event that has always been offered in the past. Participants can now run the 5km for $35, the 10km for $40 and the Johnny Miles Half Marathon & Full Marathon for $45.00 each. This represents an approximate saving of 35% from the 2017 race day pricing.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Chris Boswell kicked a field goal on the final play shortly after Antonio Brown caught a six-yard touchdown pass -- taking a hit to the head while landing in the end zone -- and the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off another improbable comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals, rallying for a 23-20 victory.
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NHL
Scott Laughton scored twice and Brian Elliott made 43 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped a 10-game losing skid with a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.
Washington 4 San Jose 1
N.Y. Islanders 5 Florida 4 (SO)
Nashville 5 Boston 3
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NBA
Charlotte 104 Orlando 94
Indiana 115 New York 97
Phoenix 115 Philadelphia 101
Boston 111 Milwaukee 100
Brooklyn 110 Atlanta 90
Cleveland 113 Chicago 91
Golden State 125 New Orleans 115
Memphis 95 Minnesota 92
Dallas 122 Denver 105
San Antonio 96 Detroit 93
Utah 116 Washington 69

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER UNIVERSITY LEADER TO TAKE SENATE SEAT IN OTTAWA
Monday 4th December 2017

A woman who has long been a member of the leadership at St. Francis Xavier University will now be a member of the upper chamber in Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named Mary Coyle as a new Independent senator today, one of two women who will join the Senate, along with Mary Jane McCallum who will represent Manitoba. Coyle has worked with St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish for the last 20 years in a number of roles, including as executive director of the Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership, a group devoted to developing student leadership. She also brings a strong financial background to the role, having helped with the creation of the world's first micro financing bank, BancoSol, in Bolivia, and the establishment of the First Peoples Fund, which provides micro loans to First Nations and Métis communities in Canada. McCallum, who is of Cree descent and a survivor of the Indian residential school system, is believed to be the first female Indigenous dentist accredited in Canada.


ST. FX FOOTBALL PLAYERS CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
Monday 4th December 2017

Two varsity football players at St FX have been charged with sexual assault. Police say both have been released with conditions and are set to appear in provincial court in January. The allegations first came to light after an 18-year-old woman reported an alleged sexual assault to Antigonish RCMP on November 22nd. She said the incident took place over the previous weekend. During their investigation a 19-year-old woman also came forward and alleged that one of the accused had sexually assaulted her. She says the assaults happened on two separate occasions on campus, once in September and again in November. RCMP say Jonah Williams, 19, has been charged with three counts of sexual assault, while Tyler Ball, 18, is charged with one count of sexual assault. Both men played defensive back for the X-Men varsity football team, but their online profiles have since been removed. The university administration says one of the accused has been denied access to campus. The other has been granted restricted access to campus, and is only permitted to be on campus property to attend classes.

SPORTS DECEMBER 4
Monday 4th December 2017

The Pictou County Scotians won both sides of the home and home set with the Strait Pirates, with a 4-1 victory in Port Hawkesbury on Friday, followed by a 5-2 win in Trenton Sunday night. The Scotians' next game is in Antigonish on Friday.
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This past weekend saw the Atom AA Selects play a pair of away games in Halifax. The first game was held on Saturday at 3:00 facing Metro West Force Red at the BMO Centre. The Selects won 1-0 with a single goal scored by Brooke Green with assists from Karlee Rose and Mya MacDonald. Kenli Ross had the shut-out. The second game was held on Sunday at 5:00 facing Metro West Force White at the Sackville Sports Stadium. The game ended with a 1-1 tie with the single unassisted goal scored by MacDonald.
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Six different goal scorers propelled the Northern AAA Selects to a 6-3 win over the East Hants Penguins in Nova Scotia Female AAA Midget Hockey League action on Sunday at East Hants. The Selects continue their hold on first place in the seven team league with their 14th win of the season. Ashley Livingston, Maddie Quinn, Kara MacLean, Ella MacLean, K.J. Emery and Camryn Halliday each had single markers in the win. Lily Currie had a strong game between the pipes for the Selects. The Northern squad out shot their opponent 42-19. The Selects will play a two game home stand against the Moncton Rockets next weekend at the Wellness Center. Game time on both Saturday and Sunday is at 1:00pm.
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Congratulations to the New Glasgow Bombers Peewee C team, winners of the Pictou County Minor Hockey Assoc. Steelers Invitational Peewee C tournament held at the Trenton Rink on the weekend.
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Womens 7 Aside Soccer is being held Wednesday evenings from 8-9pm at the Stellarton Indoor Complex. Drop-ins are welcome (5$ fee) and is open to all skill levels.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Connor Hellebuyck made 21 saves for his first shutout of the season and captain Blake Wheeler had a goal and three assists as the Winnipeg Jets crushed the Ottawa Senators 5-0.
Los Angeles 3 Chicago 1
Vegas 3 Arizona 2 (OT)
Dallas 7 Colorado 2
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NFL
Minnesota 14 Atlanta 9
San Francisco 15 Chicago 14
New England 23 Buffalo 3
Green Bay 26 Tampa Bay 20 (OT)
Jacksonville 30 Indianapolis 10
Baltimore 44 Detroit 20
N.Y. Jets 38 Kansas City 31
Miami 35 Denver 9
Tennessee 24 Houston 13
L.A. Chargers 19 Cleveland 10
New Orleans 31 Carolina 21
Oakland 24 N.Y. Giants 17
L.A. Rams 32 Arizona 16
Seattle 24 Philadelphia 10
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NBA
Orlando 105 New York 100
Golden State 123 Miami 95
Minnesota 112 L.A. Clippers 106
Oklahoma City 90 San Antonio 87
Houston 118 L.A. Lakers 95

PEACE BY CHOCOLATE ADDED TO SOBEYS SHELVES
Thursday 30th November 2017

One local business is supporting another. Sobeys grocery stores across the Maritimes are now carrying products from Peace by Chocolate, the much celebrated new business started by the Hadhad family in Antigonish. Delivery will expand to include Newfoundland as of next week. Paul MacLeod, Vice President, Atlantic Store Operations, says the company is thrilled to add Peace by Chocolate to the shelves. Just one year ago the Hadhad family was producing chocolates in a small, converted shed next to their residence.  A meeting with Steve Read, a Sobeys local business development manager, led to support from Sobeys to upgrade and expand Peace By Chocolate’s production in a large, unused building Sobeys had acquired in Cloverville. Chocolate production has been underway in the new facility since September 2017 and has risen 400 per cent since moving into the new facility. Peace By Chocolate now employs 20 people from Antigonish.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 29
Wednesday 29th November 2017

The Peewee AA Crushers next see action when they return to league play this Saturday when they host the West Hants Warriors at the PCWC at 1:00 PM and will be seeking revenge for the late game defeat in Riverview. They then faceoff against the Acadia Axemen on Sunday December 3rd at 1:00 PM at the PCWC to cap off their weekend.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers hosted a pair of games last weekend with Antigonish and Truro at the WC.  The Crushers lost to the Bulldogs 6-4 on Saturday.  Scoring for the Crushers were Kaden Smith, Seth Gallant with two and Dominic MacKenzie.  Assists went to Reese Smith, Keagan Dalton, Logan Crosby, Gallant, Cade Moser, Jayden Duplessis and Cory MacGillivray. The Crushers came out on top of the Bearcats Sunday with 6-3 victory.  Scoring for the triples were Ben Manos, MacGillivray with two, Dalton, R Smith and K Smith.   Assists went to Dalton with three, K Smith with two, Jax Graham and R Smith with two. The team will have two home games at the Wellness Centre this weekend hosting Truro at 2:30 pm Saturday and Acadia at 5:00 pm Sunday.
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Willem Fraser had the lone goal for the Pictou County Bantam A Crushers in a three to one loss to the Antigonish Bulldogs at the Wellness Center on Saturday morning. On Sunday at the Antigonish Arena the teams battled to a two all tie. Scoring for the Crushers were Josh MacDonald and Reilly Grant. Upcoming for the Bantam A Crushers is a three game series versus the Truro Bearcats beginning Saturday at 11:30 at the Wellness Center.
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This weekend the Bantam AA Crushers have a pair of league games at the Wellness Centre.  Saturday they take on Cumberland at 2:30 and Acadia on Sunday at 10:45.
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The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers are in action just once this week. Thursday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre they will host the Truro Bearcats. The Bearcats will be coming off of a home game against Yarmouth that is scheduled tonight. The Crushers currently sit 7 points back of Amherst for the final playoff spot in the Eastlink South Division.
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Coming up this weekend, the Pictou County Scotians have a home and home set with the Strait Pirates.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Calvin de Haan and Jordan Eberle scored goals one minute apart in the first period to spark the New York Islanders to a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored 4:20 into overtime as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 for their second win in a row.
Roman Polak scored his first of the season and Frederik Andersen made 19 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Calgary Flames 4-1.
Tampa Bay 2 Buffalo 0
Columbus 3 Carolina 2 (SO)
Florida 5 N.Y. Rangers 4
San Jose 3 Philadelphia 1
Los Angeles 4 Detroit 1
Nashville 3 Chicago 2
Dallas 3 Vegas 0
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    NBA
Cleveland 108 Miami 97
Phoenix 104 Chicago 99
Washington 92 Minnesota 89
Milwaukee 112 Sacramento 87
Utah 106 Denver 77


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 26 NOVEMBER
Sunday 26th November 2017

Pictou County Peewee A  Crushers  defeated Antigonish  Bulldogs 7-2 Friday night in the Westville Arena. Scoring for the Crushers was Ethan Mackay with 3 goals, Danial Seymour 2, Archie Meier and Carter Dauphinee both adding singles. Assists came from Garrett Williams, Luke Hayman and Mackay. Antigonish goals came from Marcus Macdonald and Colin Teasdale. Assist from Luke Decoast . Winning goalie was Ben Verge.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers continue to struggle, getting just one of a possible four points this weekend, dropping a 4-3 decision to Yarmouth on Friday after a 3-2 overtime loss to the Miramichi Timberwolves at home on Thursday. The Crushers only play once in the coming week when they host the Truro Bearcats Thursday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. There were five games last night in the MHL:
Miramichi 5 Valley 1
Summerside 6 Woodstock 0
South Shore 3 Truro 2
Edmundston 2 Campbellton 1
Yarmouth 4 St. Stephen 3
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians continue to put up wins in NSJHL play, as they beat the Cole Harbour Colts 9-5 on Friday night. Blair Dewtie and Jacob Pentz each had five point nights to lead the way, while eight other players contributed on the scoresheet as well. Tongiht, the Scotians look to continue their hot play against another Fred Fox opponent as they host the Valley Maple Leafs at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped the first of two home games this weekend against the South Shore Mustangs, 4-3 in overtime last night at the Wellness Centre. The second game will be played today at noon, also at the Wellness Centre.
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Three games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, all at the Stellarton Rink.
5:30 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Elks Club
6:50 - Durham Bucks  vs  Wranglers Bar & Grill
8:10 - C.F. Construction  vs  Cornova Contracting
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WINDS CREATE POWER OUTAGES IN PICTOU COUNTY, CLOSE FERRY SERVICE AND PROBLEMS ON CONFEDERATION BRIDGE (***updated 7 am)
Thursday 23rd November 2017

More than a thousand homes and businesses are without power in Pictou County this morning in the area around Tony River, River John and the Three Brooks area. Police and our listeners are reporting trees down on roadways, so watch for those. The power in those areas along the Sunrise Trail should be back on by 8:45 this morning. Across the rest of the province, there are smaller outages in Antigonish, Colchester, Cumberland and Halifax Counties. In addition, ferry crossings from here to PEI are cancelled because of the high winds.


POLICE SEEK MISSING MAN FROM ANTIGONISH COUNTY
Tuesday 21st November 2017

Antigonish RCMP are searching for a 24-year-old Monastery man. Jacob Spin was last seen just before 10 o'clock Sunday when he left his home on the Old Mulgrave Rd. in Monastery. He's described as white, standing 5'10" and 160 lbs, with short brown hair, blue eyes and wears black eye glasses. Spin was wearing a black t-shirt with a picture of the original Nintendo controller on the front and blue jeans. RCMP Police Dog Services and RCMP Air Services are assisting with that investigation.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 21 NOVEMBER
Tuesday 21st November 2017

This week the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will have two games against teams from the Fred Fox Division. On Friday they head to Cole Harbour to face the Colts, then on Sunday they wrap up November with a home game at Trenton Arena against the Valley Maple Leafs. There was one game last night in the NSJHL – Valley defeated Sackville 5-2.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will host the Miramichi Timberwolves for the second consecutive week this Thursday at the Wellness Centre. It is the final meeting of the season between these two teams, after the Crushers won the first two and Miramichi took the third meeting just last Friday. After that game, the Crushers head to Yarmouth on Friday for their first meeting of the season with the Mariners. The game from the Fishtank will not be available on East Coast FM this Friday night.
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Staying with the MHL, five players from the league have been named as pasrt of the 40 who will attend the selection camp for Team Canada East at this year's World Junior A Hockey Challenge to be played in Truro next month. Players from the MHL that have been named to the selection camp roster include goaltender Jacob Stewart of the Valley Wildcats, defenseman Francis Thibeault of the Campbellton Tigers and forwards Logan Johnston of the Edmundston Blizzard, Logan O'Neil of the South Shore Lumberjacks and Ben Reid of the St. Stephen Aces. ​Additionally, Truro Bearcats Head Coach Shawn Evans will be an Assistant Coach for Team Canada East, Steve Lindsay (Truro Bearcats) and Mark Francisco (Valley Wildcats) have been named as Equipment Managers and William Marr (Yarmouth Mariners) will join the squad as its Athletic Therapist. The team's Director of Operations is former MHL Coach and Executive Paul Currie.
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Angela Anderson’s two goal output led the Leafs to a 5-4 win over the Rangers in Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports center last night. Other Leaf goalscorers were Samantha Wiliams, Rachael Mattison and Dawn MacKay. Replying for the Rangers were Stephanie Heighton, Bethany Martin, Julie Anderson and Charlene Conrad.
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Bantam AA Crushers lost both games this weekend, 5-4 against Strait Richmond and 5-2 versus Antigonish.  Goals were by Ross Martin, Cam MacKinnon(4), Covey Cameron.  Assisted by Tanner Steele(2), Myles Farnsworth(2) and Brent Chapman.  Next weekend the Bantam AA travel to Acadia for their first meeting this year and Sunday they will be home for an exhibition game against Sackville.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers took part in the Ossie Fraser Memorial Tournament in Sydney last weekend and played three games at the Cape Breton County Arena. The Crushers got off to a strong start on Friday with a four nothing shutout win over the Cape Breton West Islanders in game one followed by a three all tie versus Halifax Black in game two. Saturday however saw the Crushers hopes of advancing past the round robin portion of the ten team tournament end with a six to nothing loss to eventual tournament champion East Hants Penguins. Chloe Stroud had the shutout in game one and goal scorers for the Crushers included Reilly Grant, Gavin Bourque, Cailan MacLellan, Dawson MacKay, Kirk Turnbull and Will Woolcock. Player of the game awards were given to Gavin Bourque, Dawson MacKay and Chloe Stroud. The Bantam A Crushers resume their league play next weekend with a home and home series versus the first place Antigonish Bulldogs. Their home game goes at 11:30 Saturday morning at the Wellness Center.   
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The Peewee AAA Crushers had three games over the weekend that ended with two losses and a tie.  The team traveled to Canning on Saturday to play Acadia at the Glooscap District Arena.  The Crushers lost 5-2.  Kaden Smith and Reese Smith had singles while assists went out to Dominic MacKenzie, Reese Smith and Logan Crosby. Sunday the triples hosted the South Shore Sharks for a pair of games at the PCWC.  The first game ended with a 4-1 loss.  Kaden Smith had the Crushers lone goal assisted by Reese Smith and Keagan Dalton.  The second game ended with a 4-4 tie.  Goals went to Seth Gallant, Ben Wallace, Eastyn Cameron and Reese Smith.  Helpers went to Jayden Duplessis with two, Brendan Avery and pair for Lane Lochead. The team will host Antigonish and Truro this weekend.
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There are two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League. At Stellarton Rink at 8:00 - Wranglers Bar & Grill  vs  Connor's Transfer LTD. Then, at Hector Area Pictou 9:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Durham Bucks. There is also one game tomorrow night at Stellarton Rink 9:00 - Cornova Contracting  vs  Durham Bucks.
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4th Annual Jingle Walk/Run with 5km & 10km options takes place on Sunday, November 26 beginning at 9:30 am.  This event is for the whole family. No matter if you are a competitive runner, a family looking to get active or just want to have a bit of Christmas fun.  They have packages for families (up to three members),  youth, 5 & 10k options as well as a new “No Frills” option this year that just allows you to go for a run, without any of the add-ons! Atlantic Chip will be on site again this year with bib chips! The first 100 registered will get a free, custom made Jingle Walk/Run Toque! Call Kerri Penney at 902-522-2598 for more information. Register online at www.raceroster.ca. Just Fun, Family & Individual rates available. Timed by Atlantic Chip. Register online at http://raceroster.com/ It's part of Sherbrooke Village's Old Fashion Christmas.
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Pictou County Gymnastics club will be holding open registration for their second term, for new members.  Classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up.  No experience necessary.  The registration desk will be open Monday November 20 from 6-9, Wednesday November 22 from 4:30-8:30 and Friday November 24 from 4-8, at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow.  Term two begins the following week.  For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Arizona 4 Toronto 1
Calgary 4 Washington 1
Columbus 3 Buffalo 2
Nashville 5 Winnipeg 3
New Jersey 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)
Anaheim 3 San Jose 2 (SO)
  
NFL
Atlanta 34 Seattle 31
   NBA
Charlotte 118 Minnesota 102
Cleveland 116 Detroit 88
Indiana 105 Orlando 97
Philadelphia 107 Utah 86
New York 107 L.A. Clippers 85
New Orleans 114 Oklahoma City 107
Portland 100 Memphis 92
Washington 99 Milwaukee 88
Boston 110 Dallas 102 (OT)
San Antonio 96 Atlanta 85
Denver 114 Sacramento 98


SPORTS NOVEMBER 17
Friday 17th November 2017

The Canadian Football League confirms that talks are underway to bring a team to Halifax, but says talks are in their early stages. The league said in its statement that talk of adding a 10th CFL franchise in Atlantic Canada has been long discussed before this present bid, with a handful of preseason games played in The Maritimes since 1986.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are back in action tonight, as they host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Tomorrow, the Crushers are back in Summerside PEI to play the Western Capitals, and that game will be broadcast live on 94.1 East Coast FM. Pre-game with Michael Petter begins at 6:45.
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The Bantam AA Crushers will be home with an exhibition game against  Strait Richmond  Saturday and a league game versus Antigonish on Sunday. 
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Two games were played in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League yesterday.
Game 1 - Brazil 2 vs Canada 1
Brazil: Kingsley Austin 1, Lane Colburne 1
Canada: Landon Gladney

Game 2 - France 2 vs Britain 1
France: Colton Cameron-MacNeil 1, Griffin Farrell 1
Britain: Mikey Gaudaur 1
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Pictou County Gymnastics club will be holding open registration for their second term, for new members.  Classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up.  No experience necessary.  The registration desk will be open Monday November 20 from 6-9, Wednesday November 22 from 4:30-8:30 and Friday November 24 from 4-8, at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow.  Term two begins the following week.  For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
William Nylander scored with 2.2 seconds to play in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the New Jersey Devils 1-0 for their fifth straight win.
Patric Hornqvist and Jake Guentzel scored second-period goals Thursday as the Pittsburgh Penguins hung on for a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Derek Stepan and Christian Fischer scored power-play goals in the third period as the visiting Arizona Coyotes came from behind to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 to earn their first regulation victory of the season.
Brayden Schenn had two goals and an assist as the St. Louis Blues snapped a rare two-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Bryan Little scored the deciding goal in a shootout as the Winnipeg Jets rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2.
Erik Haula scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as part of a two-point night in the Vegas Golden Knights' 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
N.Y. Islanders 6 Carolina 4
Tampa Bay 6 Dallas 1
Minnesota 6 Nashville 4
Colorado 6 Washington 2
Florida 2 San Jose 0
Boston 2 Los Angeles 1

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  NBA
Boston 92 Golden State 88
Houston 142 Phoenix 116
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  NFL
Pittsburgh 40 Tennessee 17


SPORTS NOVEMBER 16
Thursday 16th November 2017

In Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports center on Monday evening, the Canadians and Bruins played to a 2-2-tie. Debbie MacLean and Dawn MacKay tallied for the Canadians while Carla Dumeresq scored twice for the Bruins.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League at the Maverick Gymnasium.
First Game - Brazil  3 vs Britain 2
Scoring
Brazil :  Elara Ehler1, Logan Walker 1,   Nick Duff 1
Britain: Patrick MacNeil 1, Lily LeBlanc 1
Game 2 - Germany 3 vs Yugoslavia 1
Scoring:
Germany: Mason MacIntosh 1, Jacob Murray 1, Ayden Brezinski 1
Yugoslavia: Leland Kontuk 1
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are back in action Friday, as they host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Note the date change – this week's home game will be on Friday night at the Wellness Centre.
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The Bantam AA Crushers will be home with an exhibition game against  Strait Richmond  Saturday and a league game versus Antigonish on Sunday. 
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Pictou County Gymnastics club will be holding open registration for their second term, for new members.  Classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up.  No experience necessary.  The registration desk will be open Monday November 20 from 6-9, Wednesday November 22 from 4:30-8:30 and Friday November 24 from 4-8, at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow.  Term two begins the following week.  For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NHL
Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou each scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings routed the Calgary Flames 8-2.
Chicago 6 N.Y. Rangers 3
Anaheim 4 Boston 2
NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors kept hitting 3s to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-116. The Raptors shot 16 for 34 on 3-pointers, with C.J. Miles going 5 for 9.
Atlanta 126 Sacramento 80
New York 106 Utah 101
Washington 102 Miami 93
Cleveland 115 Charlotte 107
Indiana 116 Memphis 113
Milwaukee 99 Detroit 95
Minnesota 98 San Antonio 86
Oklahoma City 92 Chicago 79
Portland 99 Orlando 94
Philadelphia 115 L.A. Lakers 109
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The World Anti-Doping Agency hurt Russia's hopes of competing at next year's Winter Olympics by refusing to reinstate the country's suspended anti-doping operation. At its meeting Thursday in South Korea, WADA said two key requirements for reinstatement had still not been fulfilled: That Russia publicly accept results of an investigation that detailed state-sponsored doping, and that the country allow access to urine samples collected during the time of the cheating. Russia has depicted the doping program that marred the Sochi Games in 2014 as the work of individuals, not the government. The IOC has ultimate say on Russia's status at next year's Olympics. Before last year's Summer Olympics, the IOC refused to issue a blanket ban on the Russian team, instead allowing individual sports federations to determine eligibility of the athletes. In the case of the Winter Games, the IOC has already vacated results of six Russian athletes from the Sochi Olympics and banned them from next year's Pyeongchang Games, with several more cases still to be decided.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 15
Wednesday 15th November 2017

Acadia University won the Loney Bowl, upending Saint Mary's 45-38 in overtime. The game was played Tuesday after it had initially been cancelled by Atlantic University Sport over concerns about the eligibility of a Saint Mary's player. Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Deborah Smith ruled on Sunday that the game should go ahead. The Axemen play Western in the Uteck Bowl on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have added to their roster, picking up Nick Jessome from the Edmundston Blizzard. The Crushers also get a sixth round pick in the draft next summer, in exchange for a pick in the 2019 draft and future considerations. Jessome brings 100 games of MHL experience to the Crushers, with 45 points and 191 PIMS. The Crushers will have Jessome in the lineup when they are back in action Friday, as they host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Note the date change – this week's home game will be on Friday night at the Wellness Centre.
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Several Crushers are part of the MHL squad at the Eastern Canada Cup. The team is 1 and 2 after a 2-1 victory against an LJHQ squad and a 4-2 loss over the OJHL. They must win their game this morning for a chance to make the semi-finals.
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Over the weekend, The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers split a pair of games with the Brookfield Elks. On Saturday afternoon at the Wellness Center the Crushers battled back from one goal deficits three times before falling 5 to 3 to the Elks. Scoring twice for the Crushers was Dawson MacKay while Willem Fraser added the third. On Sunday afternoon at the Don Henderson Sportsplex in Brookfield the Crushers came out with a much better effort and shut out the Elks 4 to nothing. Ethan Trowell had the shutout in goal while Gavin Bourque had all four goals in the win. This weekend the Bantam A Crushers will be competing in the Ossie Fraser Memorial Tournament in Sydney.
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The Bantam AA Crushers will be home with an exhibition game against  Strait Richmond  Saturday and a league game versus Antigonish on Sunday. 
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, there's one game at the Stellarton Rink Wednesday at 9:00 - Wranglers Bar & Grill   vs   Cornova Contracting
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Zach Werenski scored in overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 for the second time in four nights.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid each had a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers exploded for an 8-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Sven Baertschi scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play early in the third period and the Vancouver Canucks wrapped up a four-game road trip by sending the Los Angeles Kings to their third consecutive loss, 3-2.
Sidney Crosby ended a long goal drought and assisted on Conor Sheary's game-winner 16 seconds into overtime as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4.
Florida 4 Dallas 3 (SO)
Minnesota 3 Philadelphia 0
Nashville 6 Washington 3
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and the Toronto Raptors built a big lead in the first half and held on for a 129-113 win over the Houston Rockets.
Boston 109 Brooklyn 102
San Antonio 97 Dallas 91

SPORTS NOVEMBER 14
Tuesday 14th November 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have added to their roster, picking up Nick Jessome from the Edmundston Blizzard. The Crushers also get a sixth round pick in the draft next summer, in exchange for a pick in the 2019 draft and future considerations. Jessome brings 100 games of MHL experience to the Crushers, with 45 points and 191 PIMS. The Crushers will have Jessome in the lineup when they are back in action Friday, as they host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Note the date change – this week's home game will be on Friday night at the Wellness Centre.
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Several Crushers are part of the MHL squad at the Eastern Canada Cup. The team dropped their first match 5-1 to CCHL White. They play two games today against the LJHQ this morning, followed by the OJHL this afternoon.
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The Bantam AA Crushers had a weekend at home. Saturday they played South Shore, where Jacob Fraser make some big saves to help the Crushers win 6-3. Goals scored by Myles Farnsworth(2), Covey Cameron, Cam MacKinnon, Ross Martin(2). Assist went to Adam Farrell, Ryan Denny(2), Chris Avery(2), Dylan Kontuk, MacKinnon, Tanner Steele, Jacoby Beadle and Cameron.  Sunday the Bantam AA lost to Yarmouth 3-0. Next weekend the Bantam AA  Crushers will be home with an exhibition game against  Strait Richmond  Saturday and a league game versus Antigonish on Sunday. 
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The Atom AA Subway Selects played one game this weekend, Sunday at 2:00 at the Hector Arena.  It was a close game all the way, but the Selects fell 3-2 to the visiting Metro Force Blue in the final minutes.  Scoring for the Selects were Sarah Chapman and Avery Henderson - both unassisted. 
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, there are two games Tuesday night.
At the Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Connor's Transfer LTD., followed by Elks Club  vs Durham Bucks.
One game at the Stellarton Rink Wednesday at 9:00 - Wranglers Bar & Grill   vs   Cornova Contracting
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mark Jankowski had two goals and an assist and Kris Versteeg scored the winner as the Calgary Flames beat the St. Louis Blues 7-4.
Carolina 5 Dallas 1
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  NFL
Cam Newton threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns, rookie Christian McCaffrey scored touchdowns rushing and receiving, and the Carolina Panthers crushed the Miami Dolphins 45-21 for their third straight victory.
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NBA
Washington 110 Sacramento 92
Cleveland 104 New York 101
Milwaukee 110 Memphis 103
New Orleans 106 Atlanta 105
L.A. Lakers 100 Phoenix 93
Minnesota 109 Utah 98
Portland 99 Denver 82
Golden State 110 Orlando 100
Philadelphia 109 L.A. Clippers 105


SPORTS NOVEMBER 13 *UPDATED 10:30 AM*
Monday 13th November 2017

The Loney Bowl is back on. The Saint Mary's Huskies will face off against the Acadia Axemen Tuesday after a Halifax court ruled the football game must go ahead. The outcome will determine which team will take on Western at the Uteck Bowl next Saturday. The Atlantic championship football game was caught up in a complex legal battle over the weekend. The Saint Mary's Huskies were put on the sidelines last week amid concerns about the eligibility of the Huskies' wide receiver. The governing body for university athletics in Atlantic Canada called off the quarter-final game and awarded the championship title to Acadia. Atlantic University Sport executive director Phil Currie says the organization respects Sunday's ruling, but will continue to pursue the matter in court. Saint Mary's Associate Vice-President Margaret Murphy says the Huskies are eager to prove their mettle on the football field.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation will be holding a free Remembrance Day Family Skate on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided. Helmets are mandatory for participants. This event is sponsored by Active Pictou County & the Province of Nova Scotia. Donations will be accepted on site for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #29 Trenton.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have just added to their roster, picking up Nick Jessome from the Edmundston Blizzard. The Crushers also get a sixth round pick in the draft next summer, in exchange for a pick in the 2019 draft and future considerations. Jessome brings 100 games of MHL experience to the Crushers, with 45 points and 191 PIMS. The Crushers will have Jessome in the lineup when they are back in action next Friday, as they host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Note the date change – next week's home game will be on Friday night at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians split their pair of games against the Sid Rowe Division leading Kameron Jr Miners on the weekend. Friday night in Membertou was a 3-2 victory, but the Scotians lost at home 3-1 on Sunday. The Scotians remain six points behind the Miners in second place.
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers also had a win and loss over the weekend, defeating the Novas 3-1 in Antigonish on Saturday, but falling 6-4 to the Cougars on Sunday.
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Two losses for the Weeks Major Midgets over the weekend: 6-2 to the Cape Breton West Islanders, followed by a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Cole Harbour.
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M. U. Rhino Renovations Minor Midget AAA tallied 2 points this week-end with their first regular season league win in overtime against the Admirals Friday night at the Pictou County Wellness Center.   Daniel Gillis scored ten seconds after opening face-off, assisted by Calem MacAndrew.    The Rhinos held the lead until the end of the second, when the Admirals netted their first.  Third period was scoreless forcing a 4 on 4 overtime.  With less than two minutes left in OT, Gillis found the back of the net yet again, also assisted by MacAndrew.   Matthew MacEachern was solid between the pipes to record the 2-1 win in nets. On Sunday at home, the Rhinos were shut-out by the ChiroCare Kings with a score of 2-0 in a penalty-filled game.  Brayden LeBlanc was in nets, stopping 20 of 22 shots.  The Rhinos travel to the BMO center in Bedford this week-end to face-off against the Basin Armada.
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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League, three games were played Sunday.
First game - C.F. Construction  wins in shoot-out over Elks Club.
Second game - Durham Bucks  over  Connor's Transfer LTD.
Third game - Cornova Contracting  over  Wrangler's Bar & Grill
There are two games Tuesday night. At the Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Pictou Landing Falcons  vs  Connor's Transfer LTD., followed by Elks Club  vs Durham Bucks. One game at the Stellarton Rink Wednesday at 9:00 - Wranglers Bar & Grill   vs   Cornova Contracting
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
T. J. Oshie scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
New Jersey 7 Chicago 5
Tampa Bay 2 Anaheim 1
San Jose 2 Los Angeles 1
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CFL
Kevin Glenn threw a TD pass and ran for another to lead the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a record-setting 31-20 East Division semifinal win over the Ottawa Redblacks.
Adarius Bowman caught two touchdown passes and C.J. Gable added a pair on the ground as the Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 39-32 in Sunday's CFL West Division semifinal.
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NFL
New Orleans 47 Buffalo 10
Green Bay 23 Chicago 16
Tampa Bay 15 N.Y. Jets 10
Detroit 38 Cleveland 24
Pittsburgh 20 Indianapolis 17
Minnesota 38 Washington 30
Tennessee 24 Cincinnati 20
Jacksonville 20 L.A. Chargers 17 (OT)
L.A. Rams 33 Houston 7
Atlanta 27 Dallas 7
San Francisco 31 N.Y. Giants 21
New England 41 Denver 16
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NBA
Al Horford had 21 points and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat the Toronto Raptors 95-94 on Sunday for their 12th straight victory.
Detroit 112 Miami 103
Houston 118 Indiana 95
Oklahoma City 112 Dallas 99

SOLAR POWER TO BE SOLD BACK TO UTILITY THROUGH PILOT PROJECT
Friday 10th November 2017

More solar panels will be popping up in Northern Nova Scotia through the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Pilot Program announced today. Through the solar program, the Town of Antigonish, St. Francis Xavier University and the Parrsboro Band Association will sell their solar generated electricity back to their utility through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement. Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey, on behalf of Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan, says the program is about helping more community groups participate in a cleaner energy future. To see a complete list of all successful applicants, and to learn more about the program visit NOVA SCOTIA-DOT-C-A-SLASH-SOLAR.

MAN DIES AFTER HAVRE BOUCHER ACCIDENT
Thursday 9th November 2017

RCMP have released few details after a man died in an accident in Antigonish County. Police say the vehicle accident occurred yesterday in Havre Boucher. Mounties say they were alerted to a vehicle that was in the water with a person inside. Reports say that the accident happened near the wharf in the area.


PROVINCE TO ELIMINATE WAITLIST FOR OPIOID TREATMENT WITH HUNDREDS OF NEW SPOTS
Wednesday 8th November 2017

Nova Scotians currently waiting for treatment for opioid use will be able to enter a publicly funded program within the next six months. The province is investing 800-thousand-dollars to create 470 new spots in the program. This will eliminate the current waitlist and add 250 more spaces across the province, including three new sites in Antigonish, New Glasgow and on the South Shore. Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey says that making treatment available to more people in more communities will give more Nova Scotians the support they need to live well.

PORT CITIES WIN BIG AT NS MUSIC AWARDS IN TRURO
Monday 6th November 2017

Nova Scotia Music Week wrapped up last night with the Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn Truro. Port Cities were the big winners, picking up five awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Digital Artist of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year, and Recording of the Year. Jules Bangsworth and Rose Cousins walked away with two awards each. Rose Cousins won Americana Recording of the Year and Solo Recording of the Year, and Jules Bangsworth won DJ of the Year and Electronic Artist of the Year. Quake Matthews also received two awards which, include SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and Hip Hop Recording of the Year for his project “The Search” with Kayo. Antigonish's Cassie and Maggie picked up Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year for their album "The Willow Collection", which was recorded and Co-produced by Dave Gunning at his Lyons Brook studio.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 6
Monday 6th November 2017

The Northern AAA Subway Selects earned two more wins this past weekend after 4-2 and 6-0 wins over the Fundy National in Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League action. The Selects traveled to Saint John on Saturday where they took on the Nationals in an afternoon tilt. Eva Wornell lead the Selects, scoring a pair of goals. KJ Emery and Lindsey Smith each added a single. Lily Currie got the win between the pipes. On Sunday morning, the Subways got off to a very quick start, scoring thee goals in the opening seven minutes of the first period. They would add one in the second and two more in the third to make the final 6-0. Sarah MacNeil had a pair of goals as did Wornell. Singles went to Taylor MacKenzie and Maddie Quin. Jenna Landry got the shutout. The Selects continue to sit in first place in league standings. The team is off next weekend for Remembrance Day and will resume action as they play a home and home series against Boston Pizza. The Selects will host on Saturday November 18th at 1230pm at the Wellness Center.
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The Pictou County Scotians picked up a pair of victories - on Friday, they edged out the Valley Maple Leafs 5-4. At the Wellness Centre last night, the Scotians went to town on the Cumberland County Blues, scoring 5 unanswered goals in the first period alone. Final score: 11-3 for the Scotians.
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The Weeks Major Midgets had a relatively easy time of it, winning 7-2 over the Cape Breton Tradesmen at the Wellness Centre. The team will be in Port Hood on Saturday to take on the Cape Breton West Islanders.
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers picked up two wins on the road. On Saturday, the team defeated the Western Hurricanes 4-1. Sunday afternoon, they doubled Kings Mutual in Berwick 4-2. The Bombers' next match is in Antigonish against the Novas on Saturday.
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The Northumberland Archery Club will be holding an open house Tuesday November 7 from 6-7pm at the Westville Civic Building.  This will be followed by 3 weeks of basic archery instruction, there is no cost to participate.  For more information contact Mike MacKinnon at 902-752-4497.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Petr Mrazek made 36 saves and Martin Frk and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0.
Montreal 2 Chicago 0
Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist and Matthew Tkachuk scored the shootout winner to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
N.Y. Islanders 6 Colorado 4
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   NFL
Jacksonville 23 Cincinnati 7
L.A. Rams 51 N.Y. Giants 17
New Orleans 30 Tampa Bay 10
Carolina 20 Atlanta 17
Tennessee 23 Baltimore 20
Indianapolis 20 Houston 14
Philadelphia 51 Denver 23
Dallas 28 Kansas City 17
Arizona 20 San Francisco 10
Washington 17 Seattle 14
Oakland 27 Miami 24
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NBA
Bradley Beal scored a game-high 38 points and the Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-96 at Air Canada Centre.
Atlanta 117 Cleveland 115
Miami 104 L.A. Clippers 101
Boston 104 Orlando 88
Houston 137 Utah 110
San Antonio 112 Phoenix 95
New York 108 Indiana 101
Minnesota 112 Charlotte 94
Portland 103 Oklahoma City 99
L.A. Lakers 107 Memphis 102


PROVINCE HOLDING CONSULTATIONS ON SPORTFISHING
Thursday 2nd November 2017

Nova Scotians are invited to discuss angling regulations at a series of meetings on sportfishing throughout the province beginning next week. The meetings are an opportunity to share information on research, fish stocking programs, and promotion and development. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell says the fishery is an important contributor to the economic and social life of the province and the department wants to ensure it is being regulated properly. There will be six meetings throughout the province from November 7th to 14th. The meeting for Area 2, which includes Pictou, Antigonish, and Guysborough Counties, will be Wednesday 8 November at 6:30 pm at the Claymore Inn in Antigonish. Information on all meeting times and locations is on the department's webpage.

SPORTS OCTOBER 31
Tuesday 31st October 2017

The M.U. Rhino Renovations Minor Midget AAA had one home game this weekend against the Basin Armada.   The Armada got out on top early with three goals in the first period, but with 5 minutes left in third Cameron Britten scored on a pass from Jayden Hatchard.   With a scoreless second period, Britten opened the third period with a quick goal from Brant Timmons and Hatchard to get the home team back in the game.   Armada answered with another goal quickly after, but the Rhinos continued to generate shots on net.  Morgan MacPhee slid the puck across to  Moe MacKay who found the back of the net to bring them within one.   The Rhinos pulled the goalie in the last few minutes of the game, but despite the extra attacker and shots coming close to the net, the game ended 4-3 in favor of Basin Armada. The M.U. Rhino Renovations Minor Midgets are on the road this weekend with games in St. Margaret's Bay and Dartmouth.
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Pictou County Bantam AA travelled to South Shore where they played strong with a team effort resulting in a 5-2 win with Jacob Fraser in nets.  Goals scored by: Noah MacDonald, Covey Cameron(2), Adam Farrell and Cam MacKinnon.  Assisted by Myles Farnsworth(3), Ross Martin, Dylan Kontuk(2), Brent Chapman and Ryan Denny.  Sunday Bantam AA tied Antigonish  4-4 with Xander Vohs in nets.  Goals scored by: Farrell, Chris Avery, Farnsworth and Denny.  Assisted by Jack Noftall, Denny(2) and Cameron.  The 3 point weekend puts Crushers tied for second in the Nova Scotia Mainland Hockey League. 
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The Peewee A White Crushers started their regular season off Sunday earning a 6-0 victory over the Truro Bearcats. Scoring for the Crushers was Jake Henderson with 2, Danial Seymour, Cameron Pitts, Ethan Mackay and Garrett Williams, all with 1 each. Assists came from Archie Meier 2, Henderson 1, and Brayden MacKinnon with 1. Shut out went to Ben Verge.
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The Atlantic CMRC Motocross Banquet was held Saturday night at the Delta Beausejour in Moncton. Three local Pictou County racers brought home awards for this year's season. Joshua Anderson, of Trenton, was third overall for the series in the 50 cc (7-8 year old) class. Broadway resident Nole Chapman received third overall for the 85 cc (12-16 year old) class as well as third for the series in the Supermini class. In the Junior Ladies class, Jenna Burge, of Mount Thom, was first overall.
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Brody Blair of Lyons Brook will be competing in his second professional boxing match next month in Sydney. The bout, against a Mexican opponent, will take place in Centre 200 on 25 November. Ticket are on sale now through  www.tickets.capebreton.ca or by calling the ticket box office at 902-564-2200. If interested in ringside or table seating please call 902-304-6493 or 902-656-2025. Use promo code "Brody" when purchasing.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Charles Hudon scored his first two National Hockey League goals and added an assist as the Montreal Canadiens routed the Ottawa Senators 8-3.
Rookie defenceman Tim Heed scored a tiebreaking goal on the power play early in the third period to spoil Patrick Marleau's return to San Jose by leading the Sharks to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
John Tavares kept up his scoring surge with two more goals and the New York Islanders handed the expansion Vegas Golden Knights their second loss of the season, 6-3.
Dallas 2 Vancouver 1 (OT)
Arizona 4 Philadelphia 3 (OT)
Columbus 4 Boston 3 (SO)
Tampa Bay 8 Florida 5
St. Louis 4 Los Angeles 2

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NFL
Kansas City 29 Denver 19
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan had 25 points and the shorthanded Toronto Raptors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 99-85.
Boston 108 San Antonio 94
Minnesota 125 Miami 122 (OT)
New York 116 Denver 110
Charlotte 104 Memphis 99
Orlando 115 New Orleans 99
Philadelphia 115 Houston 107
Utah 104 Dallas 89
Golden State 141 L.A. Clippers 113
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MLS Playoffs
Eastern Conference semifinals
Toronto 2 New York 1 (first leg)
Western Conference semifinals
Portland 0 Houston 0 (first leg)

SPORTS OCTOBER 30 *UPDATED 10:00 AM*
Monday 30th October 2017

The Weeks Jr A Crushers went one for two in New Brunswick. On Saturday, they were defeated 4-1 by the Campbellton Tigers, but regrouped to edge Miramichi 2-1 on Sunday. The Crushers are back at home on Thursday to host the Amherst Ramblers.
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It took a shootout to separate the Scotians from the Strait Pirates at the Trenton Arena – unfortunately, it was the Pirates who picked up the 4-3 win.
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The Weeks Major Midgets dropped two in the Valley on the weekend, losing 5-3 Saturday night and 2-0 Sunday afternoon. Their next game is at the Wellness Centre Sunday 5 November against the Cape Breton Unionized Tradesmen.
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers' had a narrow loss in Bedford, 2-1 against the Barons. They fared much better at home, crushing the Cougars 6-1 at Hector Arena on Sunday.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-1 on Sunday at the KMC.  Scoring for the Crushers were Keagan Dalton, Lane Lochead, and Kaden Smith with two .  Assists went to Jayden Duplessis, Lochead and Cade Moser. 
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Five local teams participated in the Subway Cup, which featured 32 teams in five divisions — Atom AA, Pee Wee AA, Bantam AA, Midget AA and Midget AAA. For the first time in the AA tournament’s five-year history, more than one host Subway Selects team won gold. The Fundy Highland Pee Wee AA Subway Selects, the Fundy Highland Bantam AA Subway Selects, the Pictou County Midget AA Subway Selects and the Northern Subway Selects Midget AAA teams all won the Cup in their divisions. The Pee Wee Subway Selects claimed the Cup in a closely contested 2-0 final over the Metro West Force Blue.  The Bantam AA Subway Selects defeated Metro West Blue 2-1 in a great final.  The Midget AA Subway Selects squad claimed the 2017 Subway Cup title with an exciting 1-0 victory over the Metro West Force. The Northern Subway Selects went undefeated through all six games, finishing with a 6-0 win over Moncton in the final. Central Storm defeated the Metro West Force Blue 4-0 in the Atom AA final to claim the 2017 Cup. The Atom AA Subway Selects didn’t advance to the playoff game. Another Subway Cup tournament will take place in January for A-level teams.
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The Atlantic CMRC Motocross Banquet was held Saturday night at the Delta Beausejour in Moncton. Three local Pictou County racers brought home awards for this year's season. Joshua Anderson, of Trenton, was third overall for the series in the 50 cc (7-8 year old) class. Broadway resident Nole Chapman received third overall for the 85 cc (12-16 year old) class as well as third for the series in the Supermini class. In the Junior Ladies class, Jenna Burge, of Mount Thom, was first overall.
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Brody Blair of Lyons Brook will be competing in his second professional boxing match next month in Sydney. The bout, against a Mexican opponent, will take place in Centre 200 on 25 November. Ticket are on sale now through  www.tickets.capebreton.ca or by calling the ticket box office at 902-564-2200. If interested in ringside or table seating please call 902-304-6493 or 902-656-2025. Use promo code "Brody" when purchasing.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Curling
Brad Gushue defeated Niklas Edin 8-4 to win the curling Masters event in Lloydminster, Sask., on Sunday. On the women's side, Jennifer Jones edged provincial Manitoba rival Kerri Einarson 6-5.
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MLB - World Series
Alex Bregman hit a walk-off single off Kenley Jansen with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Houston Astros outslugged the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-12 to take a 3-2 World Series lead.
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NHL
Captain Blake Wheeler scored three of Winnipeg's five first-period goals and the Jets went on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1.
Sean Monahan scored the winner 9:09 into the third period as the Calgary Flames broke a four-game home losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
Anaheim 4 Carolina 3 (SO)
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NFL
Minnesota 33 Cleveland 16
Carolina 17 Tampa Bay 3
New England 21 L.A. Chargers 13
Buffalo 34 Oakland 14
Atlanta 25 N.Y. Jets 20
Philadelphia 33 San Francisco 10
New Orleans 20 Chicago 12
Cincinnati 24 Indianapolis 23
Seattle 41 Houston 38
Dallas 33 Washington 19
Pittsburgh 20 Detroit 15
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NBA
Milwaukee 117 Atlanta 106
Indiana 97 San Antonio 94
Charlotte 120 Orlando 113
Denver 124 Brooklyn 111
Washington 110 Sacramento 83
New York 114 Cleveland 95
Detroit 115 Golden State 107

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MLS Playoffs - Western Conference semifinals
Seattle 0 Vancouver 0 (first leg)


SPORTS OCTOBER 27
Friday 27th October 2017

The Weeks Jr A Crushers began a stretch of three games in three nights with a 4-3 loss to the Lumberjacks at the Wellness Centre. Dylan Riley scored twice for the Crushers, with the other from Jacob Hickey. All three goals were on the power play. The Crushers are now in New Brunswick, where they play the Campbellton Tigers tonight, and the Miramichi Timberwolves on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians only have one game coming up this weekend, when they will host the Strait Pirates, Sunday night at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are in the Valley for a pair of games against the Wildcats on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers' next game is on Saturday in Bedford against the Barons.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers travel to Antigonish on Sunday to face the Bulldogs.
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With three games under their belt, this weekend the Bantam AA Crushers will travel to South Shore on Saturday and Antigonish on Sunday.
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The Peewee AA Crushers will be in Amherst this weekend for the Bluenose Invitational Tournament, which begins on Friday.
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Brody Blair of Lyons Brook will be competing in his second professional boxing match next month in Sydney. The bout, against a Mexican opponent, will take place in Centre 200 on 25 November. Ticket are on sale now through  www.tickets.capebreton.ca or by calling the ticket box office at 902-564-2200. If interested in ringside or table seating please call 902-304-6493 or 902-656-2025. Use promo code "Brody" when purchasing.
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The 36th season of the Chediac Furniture Labatt Nova Hockey League is underway - on Sunday there will be three games played in Stellarton, CF Construction vs Durham Bucks, Wrangler's Bar and Grill vs Pictou Landing Falcons and Connor's Transfer LTD vs Elks Club.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Grey Cup is still a month away, but organizers say the game in Ottawa is already sold out. Capacity at TD Place for the Nov. 26th CFL championship will be increased from 24,000 to 36,000 with the addition of temporary stands in both end zones. Regular season play wraps up next week with the playoffs slated to kick off Nov. 12. The Ottawa Redblacks are the defending Grey Cup champions.
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NHL
Adrian Kempe and Tyler Toffoli scored 11 seconds apart in the first period and Jonathan Quick got a shutout in his 500th career game as the Los Angeles Kings downed the Montreal Canadiens 4-0.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a goal and two assists and Erik Karlsson had two assists as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4.
Josh Jooris scored twice and Teuvo Teravainen had a three-point night as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3.
Phil Kessel's 300th career goal at 1:07 of overtime lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers finally found their offensive touch, defeating the Dallas Stars 5-4.
Sven Baertschi had two goals and an assist as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Washington Capitals 6-2 for their fourth straight victory.
Boston 2 San Jose 1
N.Y. Rangers 5 Arizona 2
Tampa Bay 3 Detroit 2
Florida 8 Anaheim 3
Minnesota 6 N.Y. Islanders 4
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NFL
Baltimore 40 Miami 0
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NBA
Boston 96 Milwaukee 89
Chicago 91 Atlanta 86
Memphis 96 Dallas 91
L.A. Clippers 104 Portland 103
New Orleans 114 Sacramento 106
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MLS Post-season - Knockout Round
Columbus 0 Atlanta 0 (Columbus advances 3-1 on penalties)
Houston 1 Sporting Kansas City 0 (OT)

McNEIL SAYS FEDS SHOULD LOOK INTO DESMOND DEATH
Thursday 26th October 2017

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil says he believes the responsibility for an inquiry into the death of Afghan war veteran Lionel Desmond and three of his family members rests with Ottawa. McNeil made the comment in the legislature Wednesday in response to a question from Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie, who noted that Ottawa doesn't seem interested in carrying one out. Desmond shot and killed his mother, wife and daughter before taking his own life earlier this year in a rural community near Antigonish, N.S. Desmond's sisters, Cassandra and Diane Desmond, journeyed to Ottawa last week to get answers from federal officials but say they were largely ignored. Federal officials insisted the decision on whether to call an inquiry rests solely with the Nova Scotia medical examiner's office. McNeil says the province is weighing its options, including it's role with Ottawa in a potential inquiry, but he wouldn't commit to calling one.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 26 OCTOBER
Thursday 26th October 2017

It was a strong bounce back performance for the Canadian Women's Hockey Team, beating the USA 5-1 last night in Boston. The six game exhibition series to prepare for February's Olympics is now tied at 1-1, after opening with a 5-2 win for the Americans back on Sunday. Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull did not show up on the scoresheet with any points, but had a strong game for the Canadians. Jillian Saulnier of Halifax had one assist. The series takes a break until December, while in the meantime these teams will both participate in the Four Nations Cup next month in Tampa.
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It is going to be a very different look for the Weeks Jr A Crushers tonight as they begin a stretch of three games in three nights. The Crushers come into tonight without Jaden Mason, who is out on a three-game suspension for being involved in a staged fight in the game in Berwick last Saturday. Also missing from the lineup will be Jake Martin, who could miss up to four weeks with an upper body injury, and defenseman Marc Gagnon, who is out six to eight weeks – also due to an upper body injury. There will also be a new face in the lineup for the Crushers, as they acquired Alex Saunders in a trade with the South Shore Lumberjacks, who happen to be tonight's opponents. It will also be the first home game for Crusher defenseman Alec Tiley, who was picked up in a trade earlier this month from Wellington of the OJHL.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians only have one game coming up this weekend, when they will host the Strait Pirates, Sunday night at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are in the Valley for a pair of games against the Wildcats on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers' next game is on Saturday in Bedford against the Barons.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers travel to Antigonish on Sunday to face the Bulldogs.
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With three games under their belt, this weekend the Bantam AA Crushers will travel to South Shore on Saturday and Antigonish on Sunday.
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The Peewee AA Crushers will be in Amherst this weekend for the Bluenose Invitational Tournament, which begins on Friday.
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Brody Blair of Lyons Brook will be competing in his second professional boxing match next month in Sydney. The bout, against a Mexican opponent, will take place in Centre 200 on 25 November. Ticket are on sale now through  www.tickets.capebreton.ca or by calling the ticket box office at 902-564-2200. If interested in ringside or table seating please call 902-304-6493 or 902-656-2025. Use promo code "Brody" when purchasing.
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The 36th season of the Chediac Furniture Labatt Nova Hockey League begins tonight at Thorburn rink when CF Construction faces Cornova Contracting. On Sunday there will be three games played in Stellarton, CF Construction vs Durham Bucks, Wrangler's Bar and Grill vs Pictou Landing Falcons and Connor's Transfer LTD vs Elks Club.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB - World Series
It took 11 innings, but the Houston Astros evened up the World Series with a 7-6 win against the LA Dodgers in Chavez Ravine last night. Marwin Gonzalez, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer all went deep to lead the Astros to their first ever win in the World Series. The Astros are appearing in the Series for just the second time in franchise history, and were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005. The series takes a travel day today before shifting to Minute Maid Park in Houston for games 3, 4, and 5 Friday through Sunday.
NHL
Just two games last night in the NHL. The Calgary Flames were looking for their fifth consecutive road win, but came up short, losing 5-2 to the Blues in St. Louis. The Blues are now 3-0-1 in their last four and sit atop the Central Division. The only other game last night saw the Columbus Blue Jackets beat Buffalo 5-1. The win moved Columbus up to a tie for second with New Jersey in the Atlantic Division, one point back of Division leading Pittsburgh.
NBA
Ten games last night in the NBA, including the Toronto Raptors on the road to visit the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The Raptors dropped to 2-2 with a 117-112 loss, improving the Warriors to 3-2. The defending Eastern Conference champions, Cleveland continued their relatively slow start with another loss 112-107 to the Brooklyn Nets. The Cavaliers fall to 3-2, while the Nets improve to the same 3-2 record.
In other action:
Charlotte 110 Denver 93
Detroit 122 Minnesota 101
Houston 105 Philadelphia 104
San Antonio 117 Miami 100
Oklahoma City 114 Indiana 96
Dallas 103 Memphis 94
Phoenix 97 Utah 88
LA Lakers 102 Washington 99


PRIVATE MEMBERS BILL DEALING WITH CATHOLIC CHURCH PUT ON HOLD
Wednesday 25th October 2017

A provincial legislature committee has shelved a private members bill that would reorganize the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth amid concerns from a lawyer representing sexual abuse victims. Premier Stephen McNeil said the local bills committee acted properly when it voted Tuesday to hold the bill after a presentation by John McKiggan, who represents hundreds of sexual assault victims who were abused by priests. The Halifax lawyer told the committee he believes the bill would allow the archdiocese to divest itself of assets and place them into sub-corporations held by individual parishes. McKiggan suggests the intent for the proposed change was to make it more difficult for survivors of priest sexual abuse to be able to get compensation. In 2012, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish in Nova Scotia agreed to a $16-million compensation settlement for 125 confirmed and alleged victims of sexual abuse. The diocese put about 150 properties up for sale. More than 100 parishes were drained of their savings.

SPORTS OCTOBER 25
Wednesday 25th October 2017

Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers have played three games in their 2017-18 Nova Scotia Mainland Hockey league.  They started their season off strong in Western Valley but fell short losing 4-3.  Goals were by Ross Martin, Cam MacKinnion and Dylan Kontuk.  Jacob Fraser was in goal.  The Bantam AA then travelled to Yarmouth for a game on Sunday Oct 15 where they jumped out to an early 4-1 lead.  With strong penalty kill in the third and Xander Vohs making some big saves the Crushers held on for a 4-3 win.  Goal scores were Dylan Kontuk, Ross Martin, Jack Noftall and Adam Farrell.  Assisted by Adam Fraser, Myles Farnsworth(2), Ryan Denny, Adam Farrell and Jack Noftall.  Last weekend Western Valley visited the PCWC which proved to be a very balanced game with great end to end action.  Chris Avery tied the score at 1 half way through the third period.  Adam Farrell passed the puck up to Ross Martin who put the puck in the net with 18 seconds left in the game for a 2-2 tie.  Jacob Fraser and Xander Vohs shared net duties.  This weekend the Bantam AA Crushers will travel to South Shore on Saturday and Antigonish on Sunday.
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The Peewee AA Crushers opened their season in the NS Mainland League with home and home match up with the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers went 2-0 against the Truro Bearcats on the weekend of October 14th & 15th in the mainland Peewee AA action. On Saturday the 14th, the Crushers won 4-1 over the Bearcats at the Colchester Legion Stadium. Leading the Crushers offence were Brennan Hood, Cole Thompson, Zachary MacInnis and John Kay Martin each with a goal. Assists going to MacInnis, Martin, Hood, Colby Nichol and Blake MacLennan. On Sunday the 15th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the Crushers beat the Bearcats again this time 4-0. Scoring for the Crushers were Levon Walst, Zachary MacInnis, Mac Wallace and Landon Steele, Assists going to Clint MacLaughlin with two and single assists going to Cole Thompson and Ben Marchand. The Crushers faced a tough Western Valley opponent for two games on Saturday October 21. The first game played at the Pictou County Wellness Centre ended in a hard fought draw at 4-4. Scoring for the home squad was Colby Nichol with 2 helpers and singles from Mac Wallace and Levon Walst. Assists going to Clint MacLaughlin, Zachery MacInnis and Landon Steele with two each and a single assist going to Wallace. The second game was played later on Saturday at Trenton Arena. The Crushers lost the second contest 3-2. Scoring for the Crushers were Zach MacInnis and Clint MacLaughlin each with singles and lone assist going to Mac Wallace. The Peewee AA Crushers next see action this weekend when they participate in the Bluenose Invitational Tournament in Amherst from Friday October 27 -29.
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Brody Blair of Lyons Brook will be competing in his second professional boxing match next month in Sydney. The bout, against a Mexican opponent, will take place in Centre 200 on 25 November. Ticket are on sale now through  www.tickets.capebreton.ca or by calling the ticket box office at 902-564-2200. If interested in ringside or table seating please call 902-304-6493 or 902-656-2025. Use promo code "Brody" when purchasing.
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The 36th season of the Chediac Furniture Labatt Nova Hockey League begins Thursday at Thorburn rink when CF Construction faces Cornova Contracting. On the Sunday of that week, there will be three games played in Stellarton, CF Construction vs Durham Bucks, Wrangler's Bar and Grill vs Pictou Landing Falcons and Connor's Transfer LTD vs Elks Club.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB - World Series
Clayton Kershaw struck out 11, the most by a pitcher in a World Series opener since 1968, Chris Taylor and Justin Turner homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1.
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NHL
Phil Kessel raced down the slot and beat goalie Cam Talbot 42 seconds into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Shea Weber scored twice, helping the Montreal Canadiens end their seven-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Florida Panthers.
Jake Virtanen broke a scoreless tie midway through the third period, Anders Nilsson made 29 saves for his fourth career shutout and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 1-0.
Adrian Kempe scored the shootout winner as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2.
Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk scored in the shootout to give the Calgary Flames a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators.
Tampa Bay 5 Carolina 1
Anaheim 6 Philadelphia 2
N.Y. Islanders 5 Arizona 3
Buffalo 1 Detroit 0
Colorado 5 Dallas 3
Vegas 4 Chicago 2
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NBA
Cleveland 119 Chicago 112
Orlando 125 Brooklyn 121
Boston 110 New York 89
Indiana 130 Minnesota 107
Portland 103 New Orleans 93
L.A. Clippers 102 Utah 84

SPORTS OCTOBER 23
Monday 23rd October 2017

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians started their weekend with a penalty-filled 8-3 loss to the Strait Pirates. Jeremy McFarlane scored twice for the Scotians, while Ian Keating had the other goal. Sunday night, the Scotians battled back and forth, but ultimately fell 3-2 in OT to the Sid Rowe Division leaders, the Glace Bay Jr. Miners. Ryan Dunfield and Blair Dewtie scored for the Scotians.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers could not carry the momentum of their first road win of the season into Saturday's game in Berwick. Just 24 hours after beating the Truro Bearcats 4-1, the Crushers were shut out for the first time this season, 5-0, by the Valley Wildcats. The Crushers are off until Thursday, when they start a stretch of three games in three nights with a home game against the South Shore Lumberjacks.
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The goal scoring drought for Pictou County teams in the Valley was not exclusive to the Crushers. The MU Rhinos were also in Berwick for a game Saturday against the Minor Midget Wildcats, and also got shutout, by a score of 3-0. The Rhinos then dropped a 7-2 match against the Dartmouth Voyageurs at the Wellness Centre.
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The Weeks Major Midgets took on the Major Midget Valley Wildcats Saturday at the Wellness Centre, and fell by a score of 2-1 in a shootout. The top ranked Halifax MacDonald played at the Wellness Centre Sunday, and shut out the home team 6-0. With 14 points, the Weeks Major Midgets are in 5th place.
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This past weekend saw the Atom AA Subway Selects play a pair of home games on Saturday facing Metro West Force White in both games. The first game took place at noon Saturday at the Trenton Arena with a 2-0 shut out for Kenli Ross in nets and Selects goals scored by Avery Henderson with assists by Brooke Green and Alyssa Lowther in the first to take the lead, then Hailey Taylor with assists by Alyssa Lowther and Reese Murray in the third to seal the win. The second game was Saturday afternoon at the Hector Arena in Pictou where the Selects fell 4-3 in the final minutes of the game.  Although, Kenli Ross had a solid game in nets, the Selects saw themselves down 3-0 in the 2nd, but battled back to tie it up 3-3 in the third only to lose in the final minutes of the game when Metro West Force White was on a 5 on 3 power play.  Selects goals scored by Brooke Green with assists by Mya MacDonald and Karlee Rose and Karlee Rose with assists by Brooke Green and Mya MacDonald -- both in the second, and the third period tying goal scored by Ada White with a single assist by Reese Murray. There was also a third game this weekend in Dartmouth at 1:30 facing Metro East Inferno.  Kenli Ross kept them in the game in nets, but the final score was 3-1 for Metro East with the third goal being an empty netter.  The lone goal by the Selects was scored unassisted by Reese Murray.
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The WearWell Bombers split a pair of games on the weekend in Major Bantam Hockey League action. On Saturday night at the Wellness Centre the Bombers came from behind to tie the Western Hurricanes at 3 all before falling 4-3 in a shootout. Sunday afternoon the Bombers played host to the Novas at the Wellness Centre, and trounced the visitors 7-0. The Bombers scored 2 goals in the first, 3 in the second, and 2 in the third to rout their arch rivals from Antigonish. Matthew Carson led the Bombers with a hat trick and 2 assists, and Thomas Gariepy recorded the shutout. The WearWell Bombers' next game is this coming Saturday in Bedford against the Barons.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers grabbed a win and a tie against the South Shore Ice Sharks this past Saturday and won handily against Cape Breton West Islanders on Sunday. Saturday, the Crushers travelled to Bridgewater to face the Ice Sharks for two games at the LCLC. The first game was a 4-3 victory. Scoring for the Crushers, Lane Lochead, Reese Smith, Kaden Smith and Seth Gallant. Assists went to Cade Moser, Ben Wallace and Lochead. The second game was a close back and forth battle that ended in a 0-0 tie. Evan Ramsey stood tall in the nets for the Crushers earning the shutout. On Sunday afternoon the Crushers hosted Cape Breton West Islanders at the PCWC earning a dominant 12-2 win in exhibition play. The Crushers will travel to Antigonish next Sunday to face the Bulldogs.
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The 36th season of the Chediac Furniture Labatt Nova Hockey League begins on Thursday at Thorburn rink when CF Construction faces Cornova Contracting. On the Sunday of that week, there will be three games played in Stellarton, CF Construction vs Durham Bucks, Wrangler's Bar and Grill vs Pictou Landing Falcons and Connor's Transfer LTD vs Elks Club.
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The East Pictou Silver Blades skating club in Thorburn will continue to accept registration into their canskate and introduction to figure skating programs. Anyone interested in joining can contact: eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Hamilton 43 Montreal 16
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NFL
Chicago 17 Carolina 3
Minnesota 24 Baltimore 16
Jacksonville 27 Indianapolis 0
New Orleans 26 Green Bay 17
L.A. Rams 33 Arizona 0
Buffalo 30 Tampa Bay 27
Tennessee 12 Cleveland 9 (OT)
Miami 31 N.Y. Jets 28
Dallas 40 San Francisco 10
Seattle 24 N.Y. Giants 7
Pittsburgh 29 Cincinnati 14
L.A. Chargers 21 Denver 0
New England 23 Atlanta 7
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NHL
Sven Baertschi scored twice, and the Vancouver Canucks used a dominant second period to pull away for a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
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NBA
Brooklyn 116 Atlanta 104
Minnesota 115 Oklahoma City 113
New Orleans 119 L.A. Lakers 112
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    MLS
Toronto FC 2 Atlanta United FC 2
New England 3 Montreal 2
Portland 2 Vancouver 1
Columbus 2 New York City FC 2
FC Dallas 5 Los Angeles 1
Houston 3 Chicago 0
New York 2 D.C. United 1
Philadelphia 6 Orlando City 1
Real Salt Lake 2 Sporting Kansas City 1
San Jose 3 Minnesota United 2
Seattle 3 Colorado 0


SPORTS OCTOBER 16
Monday 16th October 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers were defeated Saturday night by the Western Capitals 5-2 in Summerside. Kevin Mason and Jake Martin scored for the Crushers. There is no Thursday night home game this week – the Crushers' next game is in Truro against the Bearcats on Friday. You can hear all the action on East Coast FM beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45.
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In NSJHL action, the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians got a pair of wins, beating the East Hants Penguins 6-4 on Friday, then defeating the Cumberland County Blues 4-2 in Trenton Sunday night. The Scotians play the Strait Pirates in Port Hawkesbury on Friday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets picked up four points in Lunenberg, defeating the South Shore Mustangs 3-0 and 5-2. The team will host the Valley Wildcats on Saturday night, then Halifax Sunday afternoon at the Wellness Centre.
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The Wear Well Major Bantam Bombers picked up a point in two games on the weekend. On Saturday, the team lost to Kings Mutual 5-4, but came back on Sunday to edge out the Harbour Storm 2-1 in a shootout. The Bombers remain at home, taking on the Western Hurricanes at the Wellness Centre on Saturday at 5:30.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers went 1-1 against the Cole Harbour Wings this past weekend in exhibition play and took their first league loss to the Antigonish Bulldogs. On Saturday, the Crushers hosted the Wings at the Wellness Centre with a 7-4 loss. Scoring for the Crushers were Cade Moser and Ben Wallace each with two goals. Assists went to Lane Lochead, Eastyn Cameron and Keagan Dalton. Later on Saturday afternoon at the Trenton Rink the Crushers were defeated by the Antigonish Bulldogs 3-1. Scoring for the Crushers was Kaden Smith assisted by Seth Gallant. On Sunday, the Crushers travelled to Dartmouth to play the Wings again with revenge on their minds. The Peewee AAA’s didn’t disappoint with a dominant 6-2 win at the Gray Arena. Scoring for the Crushers were Jayden Duplessis with a hat trick, while single goals went to Lane Lochead, Seth Gallant and Ben Wallace. Assists were delivered by Kaden Smith, Brendan Avery, Logan Crosby, Keagan Dalton and Cory MacGillivary. The Crushers will spend the week preparing for another busy upcoming weekend as they travel to Bridgewater for two games on Saturday and host Cape Breton West on Sunday.
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Pictou County Subway Selects AA had their season opener on Saturday at 3:30 in Pictou with a 4-0 loss to Metro West Force Blue.
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Morning skating for Adults and tots at Hector Arena in Pictou will start for the season on Monday at 10AM. Please see the schedule at the rink for other days and times. There is no charge but donations are welcome. Walking at the Hector Arena also begins Monday.
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning Tuesday at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Vegas 3 Boston 1
Buffalo 3 Anaheim 1
Los Angeles 3 N.Y. Islanders 2
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MLB
Justin Turner hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.
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NFL
Tom Brady set the NFL record for regular-season victories by a quarterback, getting his 187th as the New England Patriots held on for a 24-17 win over the New York Jets on Sunday to claim first place in the AFC East.
Minnesota 23 Green Bay 10 
Houston 33 Cleveland 17 
New Orleans 52 Detroit 38  
Miami 20 Atlanta 17 
Chicago 27 Baltimore 24
Washington 26 San Francisco 24
Arizona 38 Tampa Bay 33
L.A. Rams 27 Jacksonville 17
L.A. Chargers 17 Oakland 16
Pittsburgh 19 Kansas City 13
N.Y. Giants 23 Denver 10

Colin Kaepernick has filed a lawsuit against NFL team owners he believes are conspiring not to hire him because of his protests against racial injustice. 29 year-old Kaepernick has been without a team since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March. He first protested by sitting during the national anthem in August 2016, before opting to kneel instead. Other players followed suit, and criticism from President Donald Trump this September saw the protests spread.

WARM WEATHER TO CONTINUE
Tuesday 10th October 2017

If you thought it was hot yesterday, you were right. Temperatures in several Nova Scotia locations posted humidex readings in the mid-30's at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and that included Antigonish, Tatamagouche and CFB Greewood. The weather office continues to say that's the kind of warn fall we're going to have – for the most part. There will be a noticable drop in temperatures tonight and tomorrow as strong north winds push this tropical moisture out to sea. However, the forecast for Thursday, Friday and next weekend is calling for another period with temperatures near the 20-degree mark – which is about 6 degrees above normal.

SPORTS OCTOBER 10
Tuesday 10th October 2017

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians had a short bench, but that did not stop them from earning a 5-1 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs Sunday night at Trenton Arena. Jacob Pentz led the way for the Scotians with three goals and an assist, while James Murphy had a goal and three assists, and Jared Livingstone added three helpers. The Scotians ended the weekend with three of a possible four points, as they lost in a shootout on Friday in Antigonish. This week the Scotians are in East Hants on Friday to face the Penguins before hosting the Cumberland County Blues next Sunday.
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The M. U. Rhinos Renovations Minor Midget AAA team of the new Nova Scotia Minor Midget AAA league opened regular season play at home Friday night against the Dartmouth Voyageurs. Dartmouth scored one in the each of the first two periods to give them the advantage going into the third. The Rhinos had a strong third period with Bryson Chapman finding the back of the net bringing the Rhinos within striking distance. Blake Hadley had the assist. But Dartmouth got lucky with a third goal and despite an extra attacker in the last few minutes of the game, the Rhinos weren't able to tally the win for their home opener. Final score was 3-1. Brayden LeBlanc was between the pipes. The Rhinos travelled to Sackville on Saturday and suffered a 4-0 loss to the ChiroCare Kings. Matthew MacEachern was the net minder. Rhinos next home game is Friday, Oct. 13th, 7:00 pm, at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will be heading to Summerside for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as the Western Capitals play host to the MHL Showcase. All 12 teams in the league will be there, and the Crushers are scheduled to face the league leading Edmundston Blizzard tonight, followed by the Miramichi Timberwolves on Wednesday. The Crushers will then go back to the Island on Saturday to face the Caps, and that game will be on East Coast FM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Jeff Green and Rick Cameron's Peewee AAA newly minted team hit the road and recorded an overtime shootout win and 3 losses on the thanksgiving weekend at the BMO Centre, Bedford. On Friday, the Crushers defeated South Shore Ice Sharks with a 3-2 shootout win. Scoring for the Crushers were Lane Lochead and Logan Crosby with the shootout goal going to Cory MacGillivray. Assists went to Reese Smith and Cameron Boulter. Game two was a loss to the Northwest Bulls with Ben Wallace tallying the only goal. On Saturday, the Crushers were defeated by the East Hants Penguins 2-1. Wallace scored the lone goal with the assist going to Eastyn Cameron. Their final game was a 5-0 loss to Halifax Hawks. There were a lot of positives that came out of the first games of the season. However, one thing to take note of was the amount of penalties minutes the team endured which sealed their fate in two of the games.
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Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Pictou County Transplant Trot October 13th! Help shine a light on organ donation in Nova Scotia and raise money for the Canadian Transplant Association! The fun starts at 5:30pm at Victoria Park, Westville with a 1km kids fun walk/run followed by a 5km and 10km fun walk/run at 6:00pm. For more information check out www.transplanttrot.ca
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The Westville Gentlemens Hockey League is looking for more players. Anybody 35 years and older interested in playing hockey this season can call Mike at 902-456-8795 for more information.
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The coaches of the East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club will be holding an information session for anyone interested in joining the Canskate, Pre-star or Figure Skating programs. There will be a registration table set up for those wanting to sign up. The session is Tuesday October 10th at 6:45pm in the Thorburn School. For more information contact epsbcoach.1@outlook.com
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating registration and family skate will take place Sunday October 15 from 3:45 to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Kinsmen will also be partnering with Active Pictou County to offer the Learn to Sledge program again this season. For More information on both programs go to the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow Facebook page.
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning Tuesday October 17th at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Edmonton 42 Montreal 24
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NFL Minnesota 20 Chicago 17 NHL
Auston Matthews scored in overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs came from behind to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3.
Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets captured their first win of the young season by defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2.
Mike Smith made 43 saves and the Calgary Flames ended a 25-game skid at Honda Center with a 2-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
St. Louis 3 N.Y. Islanders 2 (SO)
Colorado 4 Boston 0
New Jersey 6 Buffalo 2
Tampa Bay 4 Washington 3 (OT)
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MLB Post-season
Justin Verlander outpitched Chris Sale in a relief role reversal of aces, and the Houston Astros advanced to their first AL Championship Series, rallying past the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in Game 4 of their playoff matchup.
Luis Severino bounced back from his playoff debacle, slumping Aaron Judge delivered a big hit and the New York Yankees took advantage of shoddy defence by Cleveland to beat the Indians 7-3 and push their AL Division Series to a decisive Game 5.
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Cody Bellinger homered, drove in two runs and flipped over a dugout railing to steal an out for a dominant Yu Darvish, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 to finish a three-game sweep in their NL Division Series.
Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs overcame Max Scherzer's brilliant performance to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Monday for a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series.
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NBA Pre-season
Detroit 107 Indiana 97
Atlanta 100 Memphis 88
Boston 113 Philadelphia 96
Houston 117 New York 95
Miami 109 Charlotte 106
Dallas 99 Orlando 96
Portland 97 Sacramento 83
Utah 120 Phoenix 102


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 9 OCTOBER
Monday 9th October 2017

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians had a short bench, but that did not stop them from earning a 5-1 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs last night at Trenton Arena. Jacob Pentz led the way for the Scotians with three goals and an assist, while James Murphy had a goal and three assists, and Jared Livingstone added three helpers. The Scotians ended the weekend with three of a possible four points, as they lost in a shootout on Friday in Antigonish. This week the Scotians are in East Hants on Friday to face the Penguins before hosting the Cumberland County Blues next Sunday.
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The M. U. Rhinos Renovations Minor Midget AAA team of the new Nova Scotia Minor Midget AAA league opened regular season play at home Friday night against the Dartmouth Voyageurs. Dartmouth scored one in the each of the first two periods to give them the advantage going into the third. The Rhinos had a strong third period with Bryson Chapman finding the back of the net bringing the Rhinos within striking distance. Blake Hadley had the assist. But Dartmouth got lucky with a third goal and despite an extra attacker in the last few minutes of the game, the Rhinos weren't able to tally the win for their home opener. Final score was 3-1. Brayden LeBlanc was between the pipes. The Rhinos travelled to Sackville on Saturday and suffered a 4-0 loss to the ChiroCare Kings.  Matthew MacEachern was the net minder. Rhinos next home game is Friday, Oct. 13th, 7:00 pm, at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will be heading to Summerside for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as the Western Capitals play host to the MHL Showcase. All 12 teams in the league will be there, and the Crushers are scheduled to face the league leading Edmundston Blizzard tomorrow, followed by the Miramichi Timberwolves on Wednesday. The Crushers will then go back to the Island on Saturday to face the Caps, and that game will be on East Coast FM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Jeff Green and Rick Cameron's Peewee AAA newly minted team hit the road and recorded an overtime shootout win and 3 losses this past thanksgiving weekend at the BMO Centre, Bedford. On Friday, October 6 the Crushers defeated South Shore Ice Sharks with a 3-2 shootout win. Scoring for the Crushers were Lane Lochead and Logan Crosby with the shootout goal going to Cory MacGillivray. Assists went to Reese Smith and Cameron Boulter. Game two was a loss to the Northwest Bulls with Ben Wallace tallying the only goal. On Saturday, October 7 the Crushers were defeated by the East Hants Penguins 2-1. Wallace scored the lone goal with the assist going to Eastyn Cameron. Their final game was a 5-0 loss to Halifax Hawks. There were a lot of positives that came out of the first games of the season. However, one thing to take note of was the amount of penalties minutes the team endured which sealed their fate in two of the games.
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Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Pictou County Transplant Trot October 13th! Help shine a light on organ donation in Nova Scotia and raise money for the Canadian Transplant Association! The fun starts at 5:30pm at Victoria Park, Westville with a 1km kids fun walk/run followed by a 5km and 10km fun walk/run at 6:00pm. For more information check out www.transplanttrot.ca
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The Westville Gentlemens Hockey League is looking for more players. Anybody 35 years and older interested in playing hockey this season can call Mike at 902-456-8795 for more information.
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The coaches of the East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club will be holding an information session for anyone interested in joining the Canskate, Pre-star or Figure Skating programs. There will be a registration table set up for those wanting to sign up. The session is Tuesday October 10th at 6:45pm in the Thorburn School. For more information contact epsbcoach.1@outlook.com
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating registration and family skate will take place Sunday October 15 from 3:45 to 5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Kinsmen will also be partnering with Active Pictou County to offer the Learn to Sledge program again this season.  For More information  on both programs go to the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow Facebook page. 
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is holding an Open House Week beginning Tuesday October 17th at 6:30PM. Come check out the club and sign up for the Fall leagues, running Mondays through Thursdays. No experience necessary, there are options for all ages and skill levels. For more information, log on to bluenosecurling.ca, email membership@bluenosecurling.ca or call 902-755-CURL (2875) and leave a message.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees both avoided sweeps in their respective American League Divisional Series last night, but did so in significantly different ways. The Sox got 15 hits and scored 10 runs, including a six-run seventh inning to rout the Astros 10-3. The Yankees, meanwhile, used a solo home run from Greg Bird in the 7th inning, and a five out save from Aroldis Chapman to hang on for the 1-0 win. Game 4 in each best-of-5 series will be played today. Also today will be Game 3 in each of the NLDS as the Cubs host Washington – that series is tied at 1-1, and Arizona welcomes the Dodgers with LA looking for the sweep.
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Just one game last night in the NHL, as the Rangers shut out the Montreal Canadiens 2-0. It was Henrik Lundqvist's 62nd career shutout, and 3rd all-time against the Habs.
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Injuries were the story of the day in Week 5 of the NFL. JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus, both of the Houston Texans, are out for the season after suffering injuries in a loss to Kansas City. Watt broke his leg, while Mercilus tore his pectoral muscle. Meanwhile, the Giants woes got worse, as they dropped to 0-5 with a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, and Odell Beckham, Jr. broke his ankle.
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SCOREBOARD
N.Y. Jets 17 Cleveland 14
Philadelphia 34 Arizona 7
Cincinnati 20 Buffalo 16
Jacksonville 30 Pittsburgh 9
Carolina 27 Detroit 24
Miami 16 Tennessee 10
L.A. Chargers 27 N.Y. Giants 22
Indianapolis 26 San Francisco 23 (OT)
Baltimore 30 Oakland 17
Seattle 16 L.A. Rams 10
Green Bay 35 Dallas 31
Kansas City 42 Houston 34


OTTAWA TO ANNOUNCE MORE HELP FOR VETERANS
Friday 6th October 2017

The federal government is promising to improve the services and support available to members of the military and veterans. The plan is to cut down on the number of military suicides. Those initiatives are outlined in Ottawa's new suicide prevention strategy. It comes amid concerns about the number of service members and veterans who have killed themselves in recent years. That includes retired corporal Lionel Desmond, the Afghan war veteran who was looking for treatment before shooting and killing three family members in Antigonish County, and then taking his own life back in January.

SPORTS OCTOBER 2
Monday 2nd October 2017

The Weeks Major Midgets split their weekend series with the Cape Breton Tradesmen at the Wellness Centre. On Saturday the Weeks got goals from Mason Hawley and Carson Lanceleve to go along with a 21-save shutout performance from Andrew MacLeod to win 2-0. The Tradesman got the win on Sunday, 5-3. Benjamin Williams, Marc Aucoin and Caallum Bouma scored for the home team. The Weeks Major Midgets next game is at the Wellness Centre Saturday at 6:30 when Steele Subaru comes to visit.
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The Pictou County Scotians of the NSJHL picked up two wins over the weekend. On Friday night, they doubled the Cumberland County Blues 6-3 in Springhill. Logan Vandemeerakker led the way with 2 goals, while Will Kelly had three assists. Blake Meech picked up the win in goal with a 23 save performance. On Sunday night the Scotians held on for a 6-5 win over the Sackville Blazers. Jeremy McFarlane, Blair Dewtie, Jacob Pentz, David Culberson, Gaetan Tremblay, and Ryan Dunfield all scored for the Scotians. Next up for the team is a Friday night match in Antigonish against the Junior Bulldogs.
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The Northern Subway Selects got two wins in a home and home series against the Pro Cresting Penguins. The Selects won the Saturday match 3-2, then dominated in a 6-2 victory on Sunday morning at the East Hants Sportsplex.
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Coming up this week, the Weeks Junior A Crushers host the league-leading Edmundston Blizzard, the only team in the MHL to still have a perfect record at 5-0. As usual, they will play at home Thursday night at 7pm in the Wellness Centre. That is the only Crushers game until they go to the MHL showcase in Summerside the following Tuesday and Wednesday.
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The Kickin' Vixens will be hosting two open house nights on October 4 and 11 at the Trenton Middle School Gym, 37 Dickie Street, Trenton. The open house nights will run 6:30 to 8 p.m. welcoming anyone that is interested in learning about roller derby, trying on gear or anyone that would like to join. The team is also recruiting Non-Skating Officials and referees, both positions are open to men as well.
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Hike Nova Scotia, the Pictou County Trails Association and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on Fitzpatrick Mountain, Scotsburn on October 15 at 1 pm. Meet at Deb's Hidden Cafe in downtown Scotsburn. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Toronto 2 N.Y. Yankees 1
Oakland 5 Texas 2
L.A. Angels 6 Seattle 2
Tampa Bay 6 Baltimore 0
Houston 4 Boston 3
Cleveland 3 Chicago White Sox 1
Minnesota 5 Detroit 1
National League
Milwaukee 6 St. Louis 1
Philadelphia 11 N.Y. Mets 0
Pittsburgh 11 Washington 8
San Francisco 5 San Diego 4
Atlanta 8 Miami 5
L.A. Dodgers 6 Colorado 3
Cincinnati 3 Chicago Cubs 1
Interleague
Arizona 14 Kansas City 2
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NFL
New Orleans 20 Miami 0
Cincinnati 31 Cleveland 7
Houston 57 Tennessee 14
Buffalo 23 Atlanta 17
Carolina 33 New England 30
Detroit 14 Minnesota 7
Pittsburgh 26 Baltimore 9
L.A. Rams 35 Dallas 30
N.Y. Jets 23 Jacksonville 20 (OT)
Arizona 18 San Francisco 15 (OT)
Philadelphia 26 L.A. Chargers 24
Tampa Bay 25 N.Y. Giants 23
Denver 16 Oakland 10
Seattle 46 Indianapolis 18

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   NHL pre-season
Washington 4 St. Louis 3
N.Y. Islanders 5 Philadelphia 2
San Jose 5 Vegas 3

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  NBA Pre-season
Toronto 121 L.A. Clippers 113, at Honolulu
Miami 96 Atlanta 90
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MLS
Philadelphia 2 Seattle 0


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 28 SEPTEMBER
Thursday 28th September 2017

Special Olympics Pictou County held their year-end banquet last  evening at Summer Street to celebrate our local athletes.  Daniel  Martin, who won both a gold and silver medal last Spring at the  Special Olympic World Games in Austria, was also recognized at the  event.  Cathy Mason, regional co-ordinator for Special Olympics Pictou  County, told the crowd that Martin has been named Male Athelete of the  Year for Special Olympics Nova Scotia.  During the banquet, Mason also  recognized six local athletes-Evan Sharpe, Kara Scott, Melissa Rogers,  Joey and Stacey Rhodenizer, and Amanda Smith who are preparing to  compete in the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games,  which wil be held in Antigonish from July 29 to Aug. 5.  Local coaches  and Mission Staff were also announced.  Mason was also surprised at  the end of the night for her 25 years of dedication with the  organization. 
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The Kickin' Vixens will be hosting two open house nights on October 4 and 11 at the Trenton Middle School Gym, 37 Dickie Street, Trenton. The open house nights will run 6:30 to 8 p.m. welcoming anyone that is interested in learning about roller derby, trying on gear or anyone that would like to join. The team is also recruiting Non-Skating Officials and referees, both positions are open to men as well.
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The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers are back in action tonight when they host Campbellton, before travelling to Bridgewater to face the South Shore Lumberjacks on Friday. The Friday night game will be available on East Coast FM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail are presenting a guided hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Scotsburn. It takes place October 1st at 1:30 pm. You'll need to pre-register at gordon.young@gmail.com. You can also qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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There will be a meeting for any males over 18 interested in playing fastball in 2018 Friday Sept 29 at 7pm at Scotia Park. Trenton and Area Minor Softball Association is hosting the meeting to gauge interest in bringing back a male fastball team to Trenton next season.  For more information contact Mike MacKinnon at trentonminorball@gmail.com 
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The playoff picture in the National League is getting clearer, as the Chicago Cubs clinched the NL Central last night with a 5-1 win in St. Louis. We now know that the Cubs and Nationals will meet in one NLDS, while the LA Dodgers will face the winner of the wildcard game in the other NLDS. That wildcard game will be hosted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and their opponent is likely to be the Colorado Rockies, after the Rockies won a wild 15-9 decision over Miami yesterday. With St. Louis and Milwaukee both losing last night, the Rockies magic number to clinch a postseason berth is just 2.
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Some things came into clearer focus in the American League as well, as the Los Angeles Angels allowed the Minnesota Twins to clinch a spot in the AL wildcard game when the Angels lost 6-4 in 10 innings to the White Sox last night. The Twins will visit either the Red Sox or Yankees in the wildcard game. Boston beat Toronto 10-7, while New York beat Tampa Bay 6-1, so the Red Sox still lead by 3 games with 4 to play. Cleveland still holds a one game lead over Houston for the race for the top spot overall in the AL after both were victorious last night Cleveland beat the Twins 4-2, while Houston finished a sweep of Texas with a 12-2 win. The Astros combined score over the Rangers in that 3-game set was an astonishing 37-7. Whoever ends up with the better record between Houston and Cleveland will face the wildcard winner in the ALDS, while the other team will get whoever wins the AL East.

LIQUIFIED GAS PROJECTS EXPECTED TO BOOST PICTOU AND ANTIGONISH COUNTIES TOO
Tuesday 26th September 2017

Two liquefied natural gas mega-projects slated for the local area are moving ahead, despite investors cancelling similar plans on the West Coast.
Bear Head LNG and Goldboro LNG could be the country's first natural gas export facilities, with spin-off spending expected to boost cash registers in Antigonish and Pictou Counties.
Bear Head, a subsidiary of Australia-based Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, is planning a $5-billion project on the Strait of Canso in Point Tupper.
Meanwhile, Pieridae Energy's Goldboro-LNG is also steaming ahead.
Mark Brown is director of project development in Guysborough County. He says the company has already signed up its first major customer.
German energy giant Uniper-SE has agreed to buy half of Goldboro's output for the next 20 years. The Goldboro project is expected to pump $7 to $10 billion dollars into the Guyborough County economy, with spending on construction materials and jobs expected to benefit both Antigonish and Pictou Counties.

BRIAN MULRONEY BREAKS GROUND ON NAMESAKE BUILDING AT X
Thursday 21st September 2017

Brian Mulroney was back at his alma mater, St. F-X University for the official groundbreaking of a $100-million project for which he raised the money. The new on-campus facility will also share his name. The Brian Mulroney Institute of Government will be dedicated to the study of government, Canada-U.S. relations, and global affairs for undergraduate students. It will open in May 2019, a few years later than first expected because the project kept expanding as the former Prime Minister raised additional money. Mulroney told the Antigonish crowd yesterday that he raised $65 million from the private sector and $35 million from various government. Mulroney says he travelled to Europe, the U-S and the Middle East to raise that cash. Mulroney says his fundraising includes $10 million for scholarships and bursaries, including a million for African-Nova Scotians and Indigenous people. Canada's 18th prime minister was joined at St. F-X by his daughter Caroline Mulroney Lapham and his wife, Mila.


SPORTS SEPTEMBER 19
Tuesday 19th September 2017

The captain of the Weeks Junior A Crushers has made plans for after this season. The team has announced that Michael Dill has committed to the UMass Lowell River Hawks in 2018/19. The team is a strong contender in NCAA Division I hockey, winning the championship three of the last five years.
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The Northern Subway Selects began the season at home on Saturday against the Fundy Nationals of Saint John, NB. The Selects, the defending Midget AAA Provincial Champions, return with a very strong team set to take on the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League in hopes of a repeat. The Selects have added three new players to their roster from last year, including sisters Ella and Kara MacLean of Antigonish and Cassie Clarke of Pictou.  The three join a strong core of veteran 3rd year players led by Camryn Halliday, Maddie Quinn and Sophia Wornell.  Returning 3rd year players in their second year with the Selects include Jensen Arsenault, Taylor MacKenzie and Heath Miller. Sophmores,  KJ Emery, Ashley Livingston,  Mariah Linehan, Jenna Reid, Lindsey Smith and Eva Wornell round out the skaters. The team is backstopped by the all-star netminding duo of Lily Currie and Jenna Landry who are both in the second year with the Selects but will graduate this year. On Saturday the Selects defeated the Nationals by a convincing score of 11-0. Kara MacLean led the offence with five points on three goals and two assists. Mariah Linehan had a pair as did Lindsey Smith and KJ Emery. Singles went to Camryn Halliday and Cassie Clarke. Jenna Landry got the shut out. The Selects travel to Moncton next weekend where they will take on the Rockets in a weekend series at the Superior Propane Center.
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East Pictou Silver Blades Skating Club is holding registration for their CanSkate "Learn to Skate" program and Figure Skating programs tonight from 6 to 8 pm at the Thorburn rink. Programs are open to kids three and up – please bring your child's health card. To learn more, email eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or search East Pictou Silver Blades on Facebook.
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Winter Canskate Registration at the Wellness Centre will be held in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Monday, Sept 25 and Wednesday, Sept 27 from 5 to 7pm. For more information, please email info@skatemariposaeast.com 
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This year's Learn to Skate Program is looking for new Volunteer Coaches. Helping kids begin a lifelong passion of being on the ice only takes one hour per week. You don't have to be a hockey star or trained figure skater to help out, you just need to offer your time and support. Coaching is a great option for young volunteers looking to fill their resumes or college applications, adults wanting to stay active and those just wanting to help in the community. The fall session runs from October 16 to December 04, with the winter session running January 8 to March 5. For more information, contact Trenton Parks & Recreation Office at (902) 752-1019, or email robyn.meyer@trenton.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Kinsmen Power Skating holding Registration and Family Skate Sunday, Oct 15 3:45-5:15pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Season Cost: $20/child; $30/Family. Lessons begin Oct 22: Ages 4,5,6 3:45-4:15 PM; Ages 7,8,9 4:15-4:45 PM; Ages 10,11,12 4:45-5:15 PM. CSA approved helmets with full face protection are mandatory.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Detroit 24 N.Y. Giants 10
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MLB
American League

N.Y. Yankees 2 Minnesota 1
Oakland 8 Detroit 3
Boston 10 Baltimore 8 (11 innings)
National League
Milwaukee 3 Pittsburgh 0
Philadelphia 4 L.A. Dodgers 3
Miami 13 N.Y. Mets 1
San Diego 4 Arizona 2
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NHL Pre-season
New Jersey 4 Washington 1
Carolina 3 Buffalo 2 (OT)
Boston 3 Montreal 2
N.Y. Rangers 1 N.Y. Islanders 0 (OT)
Ottawa 6 Toronto 2
Minnesota 3 Winnipeg 2 (SO)
Edmonton 5 Calgary 4 (ss)
Edmonton 5 Calgary 2 (ss)


MEMORIAL PLANNED FOR FORMER MP AND SENATOR ALLAN J. MacEACHEN
Friday 15th September 2017

A celebration of the life of Allan J. MacEachen will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Charles V. Keating Centre on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish. MacEachen, a native of Inverness, died at the age of 96 earlier this week. The longtime Nova Scotia MP, cabinet minister and senator was also Canada's first deputy prime minister. Those attending the service, which is open to the public, are asked to be in their seats by 1:30 p.m.

NSMW AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
Tuesday 12th September 2017

Jenn Grant leads the way with seven Music Nova Scotia award nominations with Rose Cousins close behind with six. Both received nominations in major categories such as Entertainer of the Year and Recording of the Year. The Music Nova Scotia awards will be presented this Fall during Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) in Truro. Other nominees include Antigonish's Cassie and Maggie who are up for Entertainer of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, and Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year for their album "The Willow Collection" which was recorded and co-produced by Pictou native Dave Gunning. Industry Award nominees include the Glasgow Square Theatre in the category for Community Presenter of the Year and the syndicated East Coast Countdown which airs weekends on 94.1 is nominated for Radio Program of the Year. Juno Award winners Wintersleep, with Loel Campbell who originally hails from Stellarton on drums, have been added to the festival line-up. They will perform on Thursday, November 2nd at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 26 - Truro. Individual tickets for this show will go on sale Friday, September 15th. The Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration and Closing Party will take place on Sunday, November 5th at the Holiday Inn Truro. All awards will be presented at the celebration which will begin at 7:00 PM. More info and a full list of nominees can be found at: nsmw.ca


WOMAN POSSIBLY INVOLVED IN SACKVILLE SHOOTING ARRESTED IN ANTIGONISH
Friday 8th September 2017

RCMP responded to a report of a shot being fired in the early morning hours yesterday in Sackville, New Brunswick. Several hours later, a 21-year old woman was arrested in Antigonish and taken back to New Brunswick for a scheduled court appearance in Moncton today. Police say the woman, who is from Berwick, has been charged with being an accessory after the fact to the careless use of a firearm and possession of a prohibited weapon. Police say they are still searching for 33-year old Morris James Lanceleve of no fixed address in relation to the matter.

SPORTS ROUNDUP – 1 SEPTEMBER
Friday 1st September 2017

In one respect it was not the start to the pre-season that the Weeks Jr A Crushers were looking for last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Crushers were defeated 6-2 by the visiting Summerside Western Capitals in the first half of a home-and-home set. The return match will go Saturday in Summerside. However, if the objective of the first game of the preseason is to evaluate talent that may be on the roster come opening day, then mission accomplished. The Crushers dressed only two players from last year's roster – Jake Martin who missed most of the season with a lower body injury, and Robert Burrows, who spent the latter half of the season with the Jr. B Scotians. The rest were players new to Pictou County or midget hopefuls looking to crack the lineup.
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The Wednesday morning Housewives Bowling League will start next Wednesday, September 6th, at 9:00am. New bowlers are welcome.
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Registration for Pictou County Subway Selects female novice hockey will take place on Monday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This is for girls born in the years 2009 and 2010.
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Anyone with used hockey equipment that they are looking to sell can do so at the Kinsmen Hockey Equipment Buy and Sell taking place next week at the Westside Community Centre. Everyone is invited to drop off used children’s /adult’s hockey equipment and skates which they will sell on your behalf without commission. For those needing new hockey gear, it’s a great way to buy quality equipment at affordable prices.
September 5, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 6, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 8, 2017 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
September 9, 2017 - 10:00am-4:00pm
Remember to pick up your money from sold items or pick up any unsold gear by 4:00pm on Saturday September 9, 2017. Any gear that is not picked up will be donated.
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The Butter Trail Run is back in Tatamagouche on Sept 30th. Four distances: 10K,5K,3K, and one mile for children. The Runs begin at the North Shore Rec Center in Tatamagouche. Register online or at the event. The children's 1 miler starts at 8:30 with the 3,5,and 10K starting at 9:30. Find out more by searching Butter Trail Run on Facebook.
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North Nova team tryouts have lined up their dates and times. NNEC varsity boys & girls soccer tryouts September 5th, 6th, & 7th from 3:30-5pm. Meet at the school field.
NNEC baseball tryouts are Friday Sept 8th @ 7pm and Saturday Sept 9th @ 2pm. All tryouts are at the Kinsmen Field.
NNEC cross-country team training Sept 8th, Sept. 11th, & Sept 12th. All practices will be at NNEC. Meet in the gym @ 3:30.
NNEC varsity girls volleyball tryouts Monday Sept 11th & Tuesday Sept 12th - 3:30-5pm both days.
NNEC golf team tryouts start the week of Sept 11th. Specific dates and locations will be announced at school.
NNEC boys & girls hockey tryouts will take place the week of Sept 11th. Specific dates will be announced at school.
NNEC junior varsity (JV) soccer and volleyball team tryouts will take place once the varsity teams have been selected. If numbers warrant, a grade 9 girls volleyball team may be put together too.
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For Northumberland Regional High School Boys Hockey tryout information, please contact Evan Murray at murraye@ccrsb.ca
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail present a guided hike on the Green Hill Trail in Green Hill Provincial Park, Scotsburn on September 24 at 1:30 pm. You must pre-register at fran.wyman@gmail.com. Qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Annual Trap Stright Memorial Regatta is taking place this weekend.   Racing start tonight at 6:30 off the Pictou Yacht Club.   Gull Rock  Race start tomorrow at noon and Two races on Sunday starting at 11 am.    Boats from Antigonish, Charlottetown, Shediac and Pictou taking part. 

POLICE INVESTIGATE CARJACKING
Thursday 31st August 2017

Antigonish District RCMP are investigating a carjacking that took place in the early morning hours this morning on Highway 4. Police say they recieved a call just before 3:00am in which the dis­patcher heard a woman screaming, and tir­es squealing. When police officers arrived at the scene, they found two victims, a man and a woman, who described having their car taken at knife point. Both were taken to hospital and were treated for injuries described as minor in the woman's case, and serious for the man. Police found the car abandoned in the Pomquet area, and also located the knife alleged to have been used in the incident. Two men have been ar­rested, and the RCMP is attempting to lo­cate the third. Antigonish District RCMP is conducting the investigation with the assistance of RCMP Northeast Nova Major Crimes Unit, as well as RCMP membe­rs from the Antigoni­sh/ Guysborough Stre­et Crime Enforcement Unit and Northeast Nova Traffic Service­s. The RCMP is asking anyone with informati­on about this incide­nt to contact them at 902 863 6500, or should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also conta­ct Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2­22-TIPS(8477) or text TIP202 + your mess­age to ‘CRIMES’ ( 27­4637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns­.ca. Calls to Crime Sto­ppers are not tapped or traced and if po­lice make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


TEN ARRESTED AS RCMP BREAK UP ALLEGED MARIJUANA DISPENSARY DRUG RING
Friday 25th August 2017

An eight-month RCMP investigation has led to nearly seventy charges involving ten people. Yesterday, the RCMP Halifax District Street Crime Enforcement Unit (SCEU) with involvement from Antigonish and Windsor SCEU, executed nine search warrants at four homes and five marijuana dispensaries. Most of the searches were conducted in HRM, with one each in Antigonish and in Windsor. Police say the individuals arrested were using the storefronts to traffic cocaine and marijuana, often selling in quantities well over what was prescribed in order to re-sell for a profit, and without knowing what may have been laced in the drugs. During the searches the RCMP seized a loaded handgun, a shot gun, significant quantities of marijuana, shatter and hash, cannabis oil, cannabis edibles, cocaine, large amounts of cash along with drug paraphernalia, three ATMs and storefront signage. 31 year old Jarrett Randall Shrum of Bedford will appear in court today facing 17 charges. 35 year old Malachy Nathaniel McMeekin, of Cole Harbour; Norman Arthur Lawrence, 46, of Westphal; Josh Robert Byers, 42, of Halifax; Connor Brian Haryett, 26, of Dartmouth; and Brandon Richard Lively, 29, of Beaver Bank will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court October 25. Justin Wade Wile, 31 of Windsor and Bryan Jacob Canavan, 25 of MacKay Settlement will appear at Windsor Provincial Court on October 17, while Gillian Sarah Sampson, 28 of Antigonish was released and is scheduled to appear at Antigonish Provincial Court on October 25. The investigation is ongoing, and more charges are expected.

SPORTS AUGUST 24
Thursday 24th August 2017

Coach Zach and Coach Jodi would like to give a big congratulations to the Under 15 Girls Soccer team for winning the league championships last night 1-0 versus Strait United. The goal was scored by Georgie Gunn and KJ Emery got the shutout. They will now be traveling to provincials in 3 weeks time in Antigonish. 
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As part of its 40th Anniversary celebrations, Highland Community Residential Services (HCRS) staff and friends will take on the Pictou County Bulldogs, the Special Olympics team that was inducted into the Pictou County Sports Hall of Fame after winning Silver at the Nationals in 1998. The baseball game will take place at the Kinsmen Ball Field in New Glasgow at 2 pm on Sunday. To learn more about HCRS and its 40th Anniversary celebrations visit hcrsweb.ca.
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PC Lightning Basketball Registration for boys and girls 7 to 17 years old continues at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Saturday and Sunday from 1-5pm. There will be a final registration session on September 13 from 5-8 pm. Cost to register is $50 to cover both Skills Sessions and the Season. For those who continue on with the season, a $50 refundable deposit will be required for Jersey at time of team start up and handled by respective team manager/coach.  Skills sessions will run on five consecutive Saturdays beginning September 16.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 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 aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Kevin Pillar hit Toronto's sixth home run of the game in the eighth inning, lifting the Blue Jays over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6.
Baltimore 8 Oakland 7 (12 innings)
Boston 6 Cleveland 1
N.Y. Yankees 10 Detroit 2
Chicago White Sox 4 Minnesota 3
Texas 7 L.A. Angels 5
National League
San Francisco 4 Milwaukee 2
Philadelphia 8 Miami 0
Pittsburgh 1 L.A. Dodgers 0 (10 innings)
Chicago Cubs 9 Cincinnati 3
N.Y. Mets 4 Arizona 2
St. Louis 6 San Diego 2
Interleague
Seattle 9 Atlanta 6
Houston 6 Washington 1
Kansas City 6 Colorado 4
MLS
Toronto FC 3 Philadelphia 0
Seattle 1 Vancouver 1
Real Salt Lake 4 San Jose 0
Columbus 2 Los Angeles 0
D.C. United 1 Atlanta United FC 0
Houston 3 FC Dallas 3
Portland 2 Colorado 1

MURDER SUSPECT TO RETURN TO COURT IN FALL
Friday 18th August 2017

The case of a suspect arrested following an attempted murder in Antigonish County is scheduled to return to court this fall. RCMP say they were first told about the attempted murder in November, 2015, although the actual incident took place early in the morning one week prior to that. Police found a variety of weapons, including a machete, knives and nun chucks, when they searched a home on the Paq'tnkek First Nation in Afton the day after the incident was reported. Police say 20-year old Issiah Thomas Julian of Paq'tnkek faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, possession of dangerous weapons and several breaches.


SPORTS AUGUST 16
Wednesday 16th August 2017

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have added a pair of big defensemen from the Quebec Junior A league, both in trades with the St. Lazare Revolution. Leo Mihalochristas, a 1999 blueliner, is listed as 6'3", 183 lbs, while Domenico Argento, a 1998 defenseman, comes in at 6'3", 203lbs. Argento brings 35 games of experience from the QMJHL with Halifax, while Mihalocristas has one season of Jr A experience under his belt. These additions, along with the earlier acquisitions by trade over the off season of Jordan Ribbink, Donovan Rehill, and Alex Olschewske, and free agent signing of Marc-Antoine Gagnon and Jon Vandermolen mean the Crushers will be coming into 2017-18 with plenty of size both up front and on the blue line.
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The Garrett Holmes 4th Annual Tourettes Syndrome Lobball Tournament Fundraiser is at the Trenton Ballfield this Friday through Sunday. There will also be a dance Saturday night at the New Glasgow Legion from 9pm to 1am.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca.
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 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 aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Marco Estrada has had all kinds of trouble against the Tampa Bay Rays this season. Estrada allowed two homers among 10 hits and walked back-to-back batters with the bases loaded in Toronto's 6-4 loss to its division rivals — Estrada's fourth against the Rays in four starts this year.
Texas 10 Detroit 4
Cleveland 8 Minnesota 1
Oakland 10 Kansas City 8
Seattle 3 Baltimore 1
National League
San Francisco 9 Miami 4
Milwaukee 3 Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 2 Chicago Cubs 1
Atlanta 4 Colorado 3
San Diego 8 Philadelphia 4
Interleague
Houston 9 Arizona 4
N.Y. Yankees 5 N.Y. Mets 4
Washington 3 L.A. Angels 1
Boston 10 St. Louis 4
L.A. Dodgers 6 Chicago White Sox 1

SPORTS AUGUST 15
Tuesday 15th August 2017

Pictou County Ultimate's competitive touring team came 3rd at the Red Island Beach Ultimate Tournament at Basin Head beach in PEI this past weekend. The local team, named "Brown Sauce" representing Pictou County's famous pizza, went 5 and 1 at the ultimate frisbee tournament, which included 16 competitive teams from across the Maritimes. This is the best tournament finish for Brown Sauce to date. Pictou County Ultimate's local co-ed summer league playoffs begins tonight at Parkdale.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca.
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 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 aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Josh Donaldson hit an early home run, Nick Tepesch pitched six-plus innings and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to edge the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 in the opener of a four-game series between the division rivals.
Cleveland 7 Boston 3
Texas 6 Detroit 2
Kansas City 6 Oakland 2
Baltimore 11 Seattle 3
National League
Miami 8 San Francisco 3
Chicago Cubs 15 Cincinnati 5
Colorado 3 Atlanta 0
San Diego 7 Philadelphia 4
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 4 N.Y. Mets 2
Arizona 2 Houston 0

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The Toronto Raptors will make their earliest regular-season start in club history this fall. The NBA released its full schedule Monday, and Toronto will start its 23rd season at home against Chicago on Oct. 19 — a week earlier than last season's start.

SPORTS AUGUST 14 *UPDATED 8:40 AM*
Monday 14th August 2017

Pictou County Ultimate's competitive touring team came 3rd at the Red Island Beach Ultimate Tournament at Basin Head beach in PEI this past weekend. Our local team, named "Brown Sauce" representing Pictou County's famous pizza, went 5 and 1 at the ultimate frisbee tournament, which included 16 competitive teams from across the Maritimes. This is the best tournament finish for Brown Sauce to date. Pictou County Ultimate's local co-ed summer league playoffs begin Tuesday night at Parkdale.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca.
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 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 aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The closing ceremony of the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg were held last night at the Investors Group Field, which is home to the CFL's Blue Bombers. A group of nearly 200 members of Team Nova Scotia were led onto the field by flagbearer Zane Clarke, the winner of one gold and three silver medals at the Canada Games. In total, the team finished with 49 medals: 13 gold, 21 silver, and 15 bronze.
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CFL
Saskatchewan 41 B.C. 8
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MLB
Interleague

Josh Donaldson hit a two-run home run and Ryan Goins doubled to score a pair of first-inning runs as the Toronto Blue Jays cruised to a 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
American League
Cleveland 4 Tampa Bay 3
Minnesota 6 Detroit 4
Kansas City 14 Chicago White Sox 6
Houston 2 Texas 1
Oakland 9 Baltimore 3
L.A. Angels 4 Seattle 2
Boston 3 N.Y. Yankees 2 (10 innings)
National League
Miami 5 Colorado 3
N.Y. Mets 6 Philadelphia 2
Milwaukee 7 Cincinnati 4
Atlanta 6 St. Louis 3
Chicago Cubs 7 Arizona 2
L.A. Dodgers 6 San Diego 4
San Francisco 4 Washington 2 (1st game)
Washington 6 San Francisco 2 (2nd game)
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MLS
Real Salt Lake 1 D.C. United 0
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Basketball
Kia Nurse was there when Canada needed her most. Nurse put the Canadian squad ahead for good with just 1:27 to play en route to winning the FIBA women's AmeriCup with a 67-65 victory over Argentina on Sunday. She finished with a team-high 12 points on just 4-of-11 shooting, but hit her biggest shot as Canada trailed 65-64 with the tournament on the line.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 13 AUGUST
Sunday 13th August 2017

Nova Scotia finished the 2017 Canada Games with 49 medals and the province’s third-best medal count. Athletes collected 13 gold, 21 silver, and 15 bronze. In final-day competition, it was a thrilling finale for the Nova Scotia men’s soccer team. The Bluenosers led 2–1 before B.C. tied it in the 64th minute. Nova Scotia prevailed in penalty kicks for the victory and captured seventh place. In cycling criterium, Ben Hewins, Kentville, was 22nd, Colin Ward, Mahone Bay, was 23rd, Matt Kamermans, Halifax, was 24th, Ian Hinks was 25th and Tim Shea, Pictou, was 26th. The Female Softball team ended their tournament in 9th place, dropping an 8-5 decision to Prince Edward Island. Kelyn Palmer of Thorburn ended the tournament as the winning pitcher for both of Nova Scotia's wins, Hilary Taylor was a star at the plate, finishing with a .391 batting average, second best on the team, and Courtney Smith played error-free defense for the entire week.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca. 
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Fall Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 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 aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding open registration for their upcoming fall session. There will be fun classes available for all ages and skill levels, 18 months and up. They offer fun preschool classes, recreational programs for school age children, training for Special Olympics, classes for advanced skills and training and support for competitive athletes. This fall, the gymnastics club is pleased to introduce new class times for teens and adults, as well as trampoline on Friday evenings; from 5-6 & 6-7 for 12 and under, and 7-8 for 13 and older. To avoid long line ups of previous years, open registration for Fall programs will take place over 3 evenings; Aug 22, 23 and 24 from 4-8pm at their location at 558 South Frederick st, New Glasgow. Cash, debit, Visa and Master Card accepted. For more information find Pictou County Gymnastics Club on facebook.
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SPORTS AUGUST 12
Saturday 12th August 2017

At the Canada Games in Winnipeg:
Team Nova Scotia continues to rule with a paddle. Bluenosers picked up eight more medals in the final day of canoe and kayak events, winning another 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze.

The women's softball team, featuring Kelyn Palmer of Thorburn and Courtney Smith & Hilary Taylor of New Glasgow finished in 9th place. In the final round robin match, Palmer pitched a 1 hitter and Taylor drove in two runs to start the scoring as Nova Scotia shut out PEI 4-0. The teams played again in the placement round, and this time PEI was the winner 8-5.

The volleyball teams picked up two more wins, as the women defeated Saskatchewan and the men beat Newfoundland and Labrador, then losing to New Brunswick.

Tim Shea of Pictou will compete in one more Cycling event today, the Men's Criterium.
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Parker Swain of Stellarton won gold at the Legion National Championships being held in Manitoba. Swain had a personal best, throwing for a distance of 56.14m in the midget male 1kg discus. That makes 3 gold so far for Pictou County athletes at the games.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association are hosting this year's Softball Nova Scotia U-12 Provincial Championship at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Play continues today with the host Subway Stingers taking on Cole Harbour at 9am, and Highland Park this afternoon at three. The full schedule can be found by visiting the Stingers Website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour returns to Scotia Speedworld near Halifax with the Atlantic Cat 250 Saturday night at 6. Local racers Cassius Clark, George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm will be amoung the drivers on the track.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca. 
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Darian Durant threw touchdown passes to Ernest Jackson and George Johnson as the Montreal Alouettes downed the visiting Toronto Argonauts 21-9 to snap their two-game losing skid.
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MLB
American League

N.Y. Yankees 5 Boston 4
Cleveland 5 Tampa Bay 0
Minnesota 9 Detroit 4
Texas 6 Houston 4
Chicago White Sox 6 Kansas City 3
Oakland 5 Baltimore 4
L.A. Angels 6 Seattle 5
National League
N.Y. Mets 7 Philadelphia 6
Miami 6 Colorado 3
St. Louis 8 Atlanta 5
Cincinnati 11 Milwaukee 10
Chicago Cubs 8 Arizona 3
San Diego 4 L.A. Dodgers 3
San Francisco at Washington, postponed
Interleague
Right-hander Jameson Taillon went six innings and struck out seven as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored four unearned runs in the third inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 at Rogers Centre.

SPORTS AUGUST 11
Friday 11th August 2017

At the Canada Games in Winnipeg:

Team Nova Scotia took home another eight paddling medals on Thursday. The team reached the podium in eight out of ten paddling races in the day's competitions, with three gold, four silver and one bronze. So far, Bluenose athletes have made the podium in 23 out of 26 paddling races. Thursday's haul included a gold for Connor Fitzpatrick, Bret Himmelman, James MacPhee and Matt Peachey in the C-4 1000 metre event, as well as a gold for Olivia Denman, Jessica Hogg, Grace Webby and Anna Negulic in the K-4 200-metre. Webby also earned gold in the women's K-1 200-metre. Paul LaPierre and Mark Marschalko brought home the silver in men's K-2 200-metre as did Ashley Card paddling with Denman, Negulic and Webby in the K-4 500-metre. Robert Laureijs and Jacob Steele were able to hold off Team Ontario to clinch the silver in the the K-2 500-metre and Fitzpatrick won silver in the men's 200m C-1. Ava Carew and Nicole Jessop finished third in the women's C-2 500-metre. On Tuesday, Nova Scotia's paddlers team took home eight medals, adding to a seven-medal haul from Monday.

Tim Shea of Pictou finished 11th out of 49 competitors at the Male Cycling Road Race. Shea's time of 2:50:33 was the best of the four Nova Scotians, and had him just over 2 minutes off of the podium.

Courtney Smith and Hilary Taylor, both from New Glasgow, along with Kelyn Palmer of Thorburn, helped bring Nova Scotia's female softball team its first win of the tournament. Nova Scotia was 0-6, but they beat Newfoundland and Labrador 8-3. Taylor went 3 for 4 at the plate, while Palmer was the winning pitcher for Team Nova Scotia. The team later fell to Quebec 11-3. This morning they wrap up the round-robin against PEI before going into placement games.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association home of the Subway Stingers will be hosting the 2017 Softball Nova Scotia U-12 Provincial Championship this weekend at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Action begins Friday evening at 5 pm on Dorrington Field -1 with the host Stingers facing the Eastern Shore Golddiggers. Full schedule details can be found by visiting the Stingers Website at www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour returns to Scotia Speedworld near Halifax this weekend with two days of racing Friday and Saturday, capped off with the Atlantic Cat 250 Saturday night at 6. Local racers Cassius Clark, George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm and King Racing from Pictou will be amoung the drivers on the track.
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In conjunction with Special Olympics Pictou County, Michelin, New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, Westville Police and the Pictou County RCMP present the 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run Friday August 18th from 9 am until 12:15 pm. The run will be followed by a BBQ at the New Glasgow Police Station at 225 Park Street. This event is to promote next year's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. It's a fun run and no experience is necessary, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Molly Kampen at NGRPS.Student1@newglasgow.ca. 
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The Kathy Skoke-Fortin Memorial Golf Tournament for the Pictou County SPCA will be held at Glen Lovat Golf Course on Sunday, August 27 at 1:00 pm. Four-player teams play Best Ball format, with a Shotgun start. Cost is $360 per team or $90 per person, and includes 18 holes with Power Cart, a Gourmet BBQ Steak Dinner, Silent and Bidding Auctions, a Putting Competition and several Prize Holes. The deadline to register is August 20. Call 902-754-2433, 902-396-3595, or email wvangst@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club is currently seeking volunteer positions for Equipment Manager. The team is based out of Pictou County and plays out of the Wellness Centre. Persons applying must be able to travel by bus with team and have knowledge of hockey equipment and repair. The Equipment Manager's travel and accommodations as well as meals will be covered by the team. The team is also seeking a media relation manager, and a fundraising coordinator and manager. Interested applicants can contact Head Coach and GM Scott joudrey at 902-890-8344 or email scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com.
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The M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA hockey club are hosting their Phase 1 tryouts Aug 25, 26, 28, and 30 at the Wellness Centre. Their first home exhibition game will be vs Cape Breton on Sept 10 at 3pm. For more information contact Scott Joudrey at scottjoudrey1970@hotmail.com
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The two-time defending AUS Champions in Men's Hockey will be playing an exhibition game in the Wellness Centre this fall. The St. Francis Xavier X-Men, with a roster that includes former Crusher Regan Spears and Stellarton native Brent Turnbull, will play host to the UQTR Patriotes on Friday, 22 September, at 7pm. Tickets are available now through the Wellness Centre Box Office.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Marco Estrada tossed seven scoreless innings leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-0 shutout of the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre.
Tampa Bay 4 Cleveland 1
Chicago White Sox 3 Houston 2 (11 innings)
Baltimore 7 Oakland 2
L.A. Angels 6 Seattle 3
National League
Cincinnati 10 San Diego 3
N.Y. Mets 10 Philadelphia 0
Washington 3 Miami 2
L.A. Dodgers 8 Arizona 6
Interleague
Pittsburgh 7 Detroit 5
St. Louis 8 Kansas City 6
Minnesota 7 Milwaukee 2
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CFL
Quarterback Mike Reilly was 27-for-38 passing for 384 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Ottawa Redblacks 27-20 to stay undefeated.


WOMAN DEAD AFTER FOUR VEHICLE CRASH IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY
Friday 4th August 2017

Antigonish RCMP say one woman has died following a four-vehicle collision on Highway 245 near North Grant in Antigonish County.  Police responded to the accident around 5 p.m. Thursday night and determined that four vehicles, three cars and a tractor trailer, had collided.  RCMP say the woman, who was a passenger in one vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.  They say the driver of the same vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the drivers of the three other vehicles, who were the only occupants, were not injured.  The road was closed for several hours while an RCMP Collision Analyst investigated the scene. 

PHOTOS TAKEN BY MISSING KAYAKER POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA
Thursday 20th July 2017

RCMP have called off the search for a missing man who disappeared while kayaking off the shore of Antigonish County on 9 July. Jason McGrath left Cape George around noon that day, and two days later his kayak, camera, and lifejacket were all found on the western shore of Inverness County in Judique Interval. Now, McGrath's brother, Kevin McGrath, has posted some of the photos from the camera to Facebook, in the hopes that they will provide clues as to where they were taken, and where Jason McGrath may have run into trouble. Kevin told CTV that he has no intention of stopping the search for his brother. Jason is roughly five-foot-six inches tall and 120 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police.

NOVA SCOTIA POSTS STRONG HOME SALES NUMBERS
Tuesday 18th July 2017

The realtors’ association is out with new numbers from across the province today. They show Maritimers are enjoying a better year for housing sales than the rest of Canada. Home sales in Cumberland, Pictou, Colchester and Antigonish Counties were the third-highest in the province last month, with 121 homes changing hands during the 30-day period.  As usual, Halifax led the way, because of its larger population.  And the numbers also put Halifax in the lead nationally when it comes to home sales, with 669 real estate closings in HRM during June. While sales were down nationally because of government moves to slow the big markets in Toronto and Vancouver, it was just the opposite in Nova Scotia. Province-wide, home sales were up by 8.5 per cent last month.  In Halifax, it looks like the beginning of a housing boom, with sales up by 15 per cent over June of last year. The average sale price for a Nova Scotia home last month was 139-thousand dollars – pushing more Ontarians and Vancouverites to buy here and get more bang for their buck. 


PAQ'TNKEK APPROVES LAND TRANSFER TO BEGIN HWY INTERCHANGE
Friday 14th July 2017

A $15.3-million highway interchange project near Antigonish has cleared another hurdle, as residents of the Paq'tnkek First Nation voted in favour of surrendering land for the project. Ninety-six per cent of those who cast ballots supported the project. Voter turnout was 67.4 per cent, with 277 of 411 eligible voters participating. Highway 104 divides the reserve into two pieces. Ever since the highway was built in the 1960s, residents have not been able to easily access about 200 hectares to the south of the highway. Advocates say the project will change that, hoping the interchange, bridges and new connector roads will pave the way for more homes and commercial and retail development. The band will surrender about 27 hectares for the province to build the interchange on, receiving $2.3 million in compensation for the land and the relocation of several houses. The project required community approval to transfer land from the reserve to the federal government.

ANTIGONISH MAN MISSING AFTER KAYAK TRIP
Wednesday 12th July 2017

RCMP are asking for the public's help to find a missing 32-year-old man from Antigonish. Police say Jason William MacGrath left the Cape George area in a Kayak around noon on Sunday. The kayak was found last night around 5:30 p.m. on the Western shore of Inverness County near Gillis Pond in Judique Interval. MacGrath is described as a white man, standing 5'8" tall and weighing 155 pounds, with light brown hair and hazel eyes. Officers say he was wearing a black t-shirt and beige shorts. Antigonish RCMP, along with the military's Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, ground search and rescue, RCMP police dogs and a helicopter will continue the search this morning. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the police or Crime Stoppers.

ANOTHER INCIDENT OF STUNTING IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY
Wednesday 28th June 2017

Yet another incident of stunting has been reported on Highway 104 in Antigonish County. RCMP Eastern Traffic Services says a man was driving a Mini Cooper through Lower South River when he was clocked driving 167 kilometres per hour, 57 kph over the posted speed limit. The 25-year old man from Halifax was charged for Stunting under the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act. In addition, his licence was suspended for 7 days and his vehicle was seized. The fine for stunting in Nova Scotia is $2,422.50. Nova Scotia RCMP want to remind the public that speed is one of the major causes of serious injury and fatal collisions on our roads. Road Safety is a priority for the RCMP, and drivers are reminded to make it their priority as well. If you see someone driving unsafely on our roads, report it by calling RCMP at 800 803 RCMP (7267) or 911.


RESULTS OF REVIEW BEING SHARED WITH DESMOND FAMILY **UPDATED**
Wednesday 28th June 2017

A meeting between the family of a former Canadian soldier who took his own life after killing his mother, wife, and daughter and the province's Health Authority finally took place today in Antigonish. Members of Lionel Desmond's family heard the findings and recommendations of a review today of how the province's health-care system dealt with his case before the killings in January. Speaking to media after the meeting at a hospital in Antigonish, N.S., Desmond's relative Albert MacLellan would not reveal the contents of the confidential review. But MacLellan did say that Desmond was not turned away from St. Martha's Regional Hospital's mental health unit in the days before the shootings, and could not say why Desmond would have told his sisters that. MacLellan says the family is also meeting today with the province's medical examiner Dr. Matt Bowes. Desmond was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder related to his time in the war in Afghanistan.

SPORTS JUNE 27 *UPDATED 11:35 AM*
Tuesday 27th June 2017

The Northern Subway Selects will face new competition next season, as the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League (NSFMHL) is expanding into New Brunswick. A news release from the league says the Moncton Rockets, Northern Panthers, Fundy Hurricanes, and a EDZA West Midget AAA franchise will be added. The new teams will also compete for a provincial title and an opportunity to represent Hockey New Brunswick at the annual Atlantic Midget Female Hockey Championship. This announcement doubles the numbers of teams in the NSFMHL, currently comprised of the Selects and teams based in Lantz, Membertou, and Bedford.
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St. FX says a former star running back with the school's football team has been killed in a shooting in Ottawa. The athletics department tweeted condolences on Monday to Ashton Dickson's family and friends. Ottawa police say Dickson, 25, died at the scene of a shooting early Monday. Investigators say officers were called to Rideau Street around 1 a.m. to investigate reports of a shooting. They say patrol officers found Dickson injured at the scene. Dickson, an Ottawa native, was nominated for the Hec Crighton Trophy, awarded to the most outstanding player in Canadian university football, in 2015.
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The Weeks Crushers Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Willie MacDonald will be joining the team as an assistant coach for the upcoming season. The 23 year old Baddeck, NS native played for the Crushers during the 2014-2015 season and is a 4 year veteran of The MHL. After playing, MacDonald transitioned right into coaching and was an assistant coach for the Antigonish Nova Major Bantams in 2015-16. Last season he joined the Cape Breton West Islanders of the NSMMHL as an assistant coach and helped lead the Islanders to a National Midget Championship. “It’s tough to leave Cape Breton West, that entire organization will always hold a special place in my heart” says MacDonald. “With being said, I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to rejoin the Crushers Organization. I was lucky enough to play here as a player, and to come back as a member of the coaching staff is something special. I’m looking forward to getting things going with a great group, helping win hockey games and hopefully championships.” MacDonald will replace outgoing assistant coach James Cooley who has decided not to return to the bench. “James has spent a great deal of time both as a player and coach with our organization and has contributed tremendously to the success of our program” says Crushers GM Chad McDavid. “Willie is a competitor and a National Champion as a coach. He was a very good defenseman in this league and his relatability to it will be beneficial for our players” says McDavid. “When alumni return to the program I think it speaks to their experience the first time around. We’ve been fortunate to have two former players in James and now Willie return as coaches.”
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The Pictou County Scotians are searching for a new head coach. Al Whidden has stepped down after five years with the team as both assistant coach and then head coach. Whidden guided the Scotians to two playoff appearances, culminating with the Scotians’ first-ever league title this past April, in a six-game league final against the Liverpool Privateers. Those interested in the volunteer position can email their application to Wallysworld1@msn.com. The deadline to apply is July 10.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2017 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 27th 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 with a Shot Gun Start at 1:00 pm. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $40). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked when you call the WING to register with an additional cost of $20 per person. The Tournament is sponsored by Archway Insurance Hayman and the winning foursome will be awarded the Dave Hayman Trophy. Lisa Parsons of Archway stated “Archway is very pleased to continue with this 27 year tradition and the trophy will remain in the memory of Mr. Hayman”. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee time is 1:00 PM sharp. Please be there by 12:30. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the RCAF 110 Wing of the RCAF in Stellarton upon the completion of the event. Archway representatives will be present to award trophies and individual prizes.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Boston 4 Minnesota 1
Cleveland 15 Texas 9
N.Y. Yankees 6 Chicago White Sox 5
National League
Arizona 6 Philadelphia 1
St. Louis 8 Cincinnati 2
Chicago Cubs 5 Washington 4
San Francisco 9 Colorado 2
Interleague
L.A. Angels 4 L.A. Dodgers 0

SPORTS JUNE 23
Friday 23rd June 2017

The Pictou County Scotians are searching for a new head coach. The reigning Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League champions are now accepting applications for the coming season. In a release, team governor Walter Smith thanked outgoing coach Al Whidden, who has resigned after five years with the team as both assistant coach and then head coach. Whidden guided the Scotians to two playoff appearances, culminating with the Scotians’ first-ever league title this past April, in a six-game league final against the Liverpool Privateers. Those interested in the volunteer position can email their application to Wallysworld1@msn.com. The deadline to apply is July 10.
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour continues this weekend at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax. The Nova Truck Centres 150 is Saturday night at 6pm, featuring local drivers Rollie MacDonald, Cassius Clark, George Koskulics and Donald Chisholm.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering Summer Rec classes, Gymnastics Day Camps and Preschool Camps.  The Club will be open for registration for all summer programs: Friday 4-8 and Saturday 2-6.  No experience necessary. For more information on times and dates please call 902-695-3699 or search "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" on Facebook.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Carlos Gomez homered twice to drive in five runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 for a split of the four-game series.
Chicago White Sox 9 Minnesota 0
Houston 12 Oakland 9
Cleveland 6 Baltimore 3
L.A. Angels 10 N.Y. Yankees 5
Seattle 9 Detroit 6
National League
Philadelphia 5 St. Louis 1
Milwaukee 4 Pittsburgh 2
Arizona 10 Colorado 3
Chicago Cubs 11 Miami 1
Atlanta 12 San Francisco 11
L.A. Dodgers 6 N.Y. Mets 3
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CFL
Darian Durant threw touchdown passes to B.J. Cunningham and Ernest Jackson in his Alouettes debut as Montreal defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 17-16.


SPORTS JUNE 22 *CORRECTION*
Thursday 22nd June 2017

The Weeks Junior A Crushers have picked up a new sponsor, or is that an old sponsor? The Town of New Glasgow will be featured on players' jerseys this fall, at a cost of $7,500. Crushers team president Wade Sullivan tells NG News the Maritime Hockey League will approach Pictou County’s six other municipal units about funding opportunities. Sullivan said that while the Crushers are in no danger of relocating the franchise, the organization wants to be on sounder financial footing and that moving the team could be a necessity at some point. New Glasgow had been a sponsor of the Crushers prior to the team moving from John Brother MacDonald Stadium to the Pictou County Wellness Centre at the end of 2012.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering Summer Rec classes, Gymnastics Day Camps and Preschool Camps.  The Club will be open for registration for all summer programs: Thursday 4:30-8-30, Friday 4-8 and Saturday 2-6.  No experience necessary. For more information on times and dates please call 902-695-3699 or search "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" on Facebook.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Darwin Barney's two-run homer capped a six-run first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays held on for a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers.
Kansas City 6 Boston 4
Cleveland 5 Baltimore 1
N.Y. Yankees 8 L.A. Angels 4
Minnesota 4 Chicago White Sox 2
Houston 5 Oakland 1
Seattle 7 Detroit 5
National League
Miami 2 Washington 1
San Diego 3 Chicago Cubs 2
St. Louis 7 Philadelphia 6 (10 innings)
Milwaukee 4 Pittsburgh 3
Atlanta 5 San Francisco 3 (11 innings)
Arizona 16 Colorado 5
L.A. Dodgers 8 N.Y. Mets 2
Interleague
Tampa Bay 8 Cincinnati 3
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Major League Soccer
D.C. United 2 Atlanta United FC 1
Minnesota United 3 Portland 2
Los Angeles 3 Colorado 1
Orlando City 1 Seattle 1

SPORTS JUNE 21
Wednesday 21st June 2017

Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering Summer Rec classes, Gymnastics Day Camps and Preschool Camps.  The Club will be open for registration for all summer programs: Monday 4-9, Thursday 4:30-8-30, Friday 4-8 and Saturday 2-6.  No experience necessary. For more information on times and dates please call 902-695-3699 or search "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" on Facebook.
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Halifax council has signed off on a pop-up downtown soccer stadium, bringing the city closer to capturing a coveted new FIFA-sanctioned professional soccer team franchise. Councillors unanimously approved a motion on Tuesday that gives municipal staff the green light to draw up a rental agreement with Sports Entertainment Atlantic. The company has pitched a temporary soccer facility with up to 7,000 seats for a team that would be part of the new Canadian Premier League. Sports Entertainment Atlantic president Derek Martin says the team, which might be called the Halifax Football Club, would host 10 regular season games during the league's first season in 2018. The team's home field would be at the Wanderers Grounds, a four-hectare natural turf sports field on the Halifax Commons. The fledgling professional soccer league has awarded franchises to Hamilton and Winnipeg and is expected to have six to eight teams confirmed before the first season kicks off.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Carlos Gomez homered in a four-run first inning, Nick Martinez allowed two hits while taking a shutout into the 7th and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1.
Baltimore 6 Cleveland 5
L.A. Angels 8 N.Y. Yankees 3
Minnesota 9 Chicago White Sox 7
Boston 8 Kansas City 3
Houston 8 Oakland 4
Seattle 5 Detroit 4 (10 innings)
National League
St. Louis 8 Philadelphia 1 (11 innings)
Washington 12 Miami 3
San Francisco 6 Atlanta 3
Pittsburgh 7 Milwaukee 3
Chicago Cubs 4 San Diego 0
Colorado 4 Arizona 3
L.A. Dodgers 12 N.Y. Mets 0
Interleague
Tampa Bay 6 Cincinnati 5
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The PGA Tour is beefing up its anti-doping policy by adding blood testing and bringing its list of banned substances in line with the World Anti-Doping Association. The revised policy takes effect in October, at the start of next season. Blood testing will allow the tour to detect any use of human growth hormone, which is on the list of banned substances but cannot be detected through urine. However, the tour still plans to use urine samples for the majority of its drug testing next season. Under the revised policy, the tour is adding to its banned list three categories of substances that WADA already prohibits — asthma medications, allergy and anti-inflammatory medications, and pseudoephedrine over a certain threshold. He said the process for therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) involving some of those additional substances would be adjusted to make the response time quicker. And in a slight move toward more transparency, the tour would start reporting suspensions for drugs of abuse.

FORMER ASSOCIATE PASTOR TO GO TO COURT ON SEX ASSAULT CHARGE
Tuesday 20th June 2017

A former associate Pastor is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court next month to answer to allegations of sexual exploitation and sexual assault dating back nearly a decade. Michael Oliver Fisher of Antigonish was an associate Pastor in Upper Hammonds Plains when the offenses are said to have occurred in 2008. RCMP say the victim in the case was a 17-year old girl, who brought the complaint forward in August 2016 to the Sexual Assault Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. The 38-year old accused has continued to work with youth throughout other parts of the province since the alleged offense.


HEALTH AUTHORITY WILL MEET WITH DESMOND FAMILY
Tuesday 20th June 2017

The provincial health authority has agreed to meet with Lionel Desmond's immediate family next week, almost six months after the former Canadian soldier fatally shot his mother, wife, daughter and himself in a murder-suicide that attracted national attention. One of Desmond's sisters, Chantel, confirmed that the authority has scheduled a June 28 meeting at St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish, a half-hour drive from Lionel Desmond's home in Upper Big Tracadie. The meeting will be important to the family because it will focus on the authority's confidential review of how the health-care system dealt with Desmond before the killings on or about Jan. 3. Chantel Desmond and her sister Cassandra recently joined a growing list of advocacy groups in calling for a broader fatality inquiry, saying they have yet to receive any useful information from public officials, including the Defence Department, Veterans Affairs Canada and the provincial government. Chantel Desmond has said the family's priority is to have the province's medical examiner, Dr. Matthew Bowes, order a judicial fatality inquiry, though the provincial justice minister also has the power to do so.

SPORTS JUNE 20 *UPDATED 8:10 AM*
Tuesday 20th June 2017

Pictou County Ultimate's summer league starts tonight, and is still welcoming players for registration. Only $30 to play in the 10-week co-ed league, including your jersey, or $40 including an official frisbee. All are welcome, tonight at 6:30 at Parkdale field. 
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering Summer Rec classes, Gymnastics Day Camps and Preschool Camps.  The Club will be open for registration for all summer programs: Monday 4-9, Thursday 4:30-8-30, Friday 4-8 and Saturday 2-6.  No experience necessary. For more information on times and dates please call 902-695-3699 or search "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" on Facebook.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Kendrys Morales hit a go-ahead single after a tying single by Josh Donaldson in the ninth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 in a matchup of AL Division Series opponents the past two seasons.
Cleveland 12 Baltimore 0
Kansas City 4 Boston 2
Houston 4 Oakland 1
Seattle 6 Detroit 2
National League
Miami 8 Washington 7
Atlanta 9 San Francisco 0
Pittsburgh 8 Milwaukee 1
Chicago Cubs 3 San Diego 2
L.A. Dodgers 10 N.Y. Mets 6
Interleague
Cincinnati 7 Tampa Bay 3
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David Griffin's run with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over after one championship and three straight trips to the NBA Finals. The general manager and team mutually parted ways on Monday when owner Dan Gilbert said Griffin's contract will not be extended once it expires June 30. Griffin's departure comes on the anniversary of the Cavs' dramatic Game 7 win over Golden State, capping a historic comeback that gave Cleveland its first major professional sports championship since 1964. He's also leaving three days before the draft — the Cavs are currently without a pick — and on the eve of free agency. Cleveland could have a busy summer as it looks to revamp its roster after losing to the Warriors in five games in this year's Finals.
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It isn't written in stone that all new curlers at clubs in Canada have to wear helmets, but Curling Canada is certainly recommending it. Following its annual meeting on the weekend, Curling Canada announced its policy encouraging curling clubs to ask new players to wear a helmet in their house. The groups says its also "strongly" recommending that curlers under 12 wear protective headgear. So far, many clubs have been quick to embrace the the new recommendations, several having already implemented similar policies.

SPORTS JUNE 19
Monday 19th June 2017

Dave MacLennan came up just short of winning his 12th Johnny Miles Marathon. The Scotsburn runner recorded a time of 2:53.03 on Sunday, just 27 seconds slower than Yarmouth’s Bryan Hipson. MacLennan told NG News that Hipson passed him somewhere along Stellarton Road and he was unable to catch up, but he had no regrets. Other locals with strong finishes included Dave Hood, who finished fourth and Scott Langille, who was seventh. Here are the winners and top locals from Sunday's events:
MEN'S MARATHON:
1. Brian Hipson (Yarmouth)
2. Dave MacLennan (Scotsburn)
4. Dave Hood (Stellarton)
7. Scott Langille (New Glasgow)
WOMEN'S MARATHON:
1. Nancy Alexander (Timberlea)
HALF MARATHON
1. Donald Rasmusssen (Antigonish)
3. Matt Fraser (New Glasgow)
8. Kevin Tulloch (New Glasgow)
10. Darrell Spears (New Glasgow)
10K CLASSIC
1. James Van De Sande (Antigonish)
9. Mac Murray (Pictou)
11. Allister Mason (New Glasgow)
12. Brian MacDouall (New Glasgow)
5K
1. Raymond Simpson (Pictou County)
2. Joseph McCarron (New Glasgow)
3. Jonah MacEachern (Caribou River)
STUDENT CHALLENGE 5K
1. Maximilian Van Syl (New Glasgow)
2. Ross Bennett (Riverton)
3. Liam Berthiaume (Stellarton)
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The salary cap is going up after all in the National Hockey League. The NHL and NHLPA announced an upper limit of $75 million US for the 2017-18 season — up from $73 million last season. Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning thought the establishment of the cap would help clubs prepare to make moves ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft. Protection lists were submitted to the NHL and NHLPA on Saturday and released to the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday morning. Rosters are frozen for trade until Thursday morning — unless the trade is with the Knights. Vegas has expressed a willingness to deal with clubs that want to keep those players that couldn't be protected. Teams could only safeguard seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender or eight skaters and a goalie. First and second-year pros were exempt. The lower limit for the salary cap will be $55.4 million.
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Baseball
American League

Russell Martin hit a fluky two-run homer to tie the game and Kendrys Morales followed that up with a two-run blast as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied past the Chicago White Sox 7-3.
Tampa Bay 9 Detroit 1
Cleveland 5 Minnesota 2
Seattle 7 Texas 3
Kansas City 7 L.A. Angels 3
Oakland 4 N.Y. Yankees 3
Boston 6 Houston 5
National League
L.A. Dodgers 8 Cincinnati 7
N.Y. Mets 5 Washington 1
Arizona 5 Philadelphia 4 (10 innings)
Atlanta 5 Miami 4
Chicago Cubs 7 Pittsburgh 1
Milwaukee 2 San Diego 1
Colorado 7 San Francisco 5
Interleague
Baltimore 8 St. Louis 5

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Major League Soccer
New York 2 Philadelphia 0


SPORTS JUNE 16
Friday 16th June 2017

Congratulations to the AG Baillie Bears Girls Softball team. They are the champions of the Pictou County Grammar School Softball Tournament. Great work by the team and their coaches: Stephen Alexander and Jason MacKinnon.
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Thirty Pictou County athletes will be in Antigonish this weekend competing in the Nova Scotia Special Olympics Summer Games. Pictou County will look for personal bests and medal hopefuls in swimming, track, bocce, golf, and  rhythmic gymnastics. This summer's Games are a trial run in preparation  for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games, as Antigonish was selected as the host town.
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As New Glasgow gets ready to host the Johnny Miles Weekend, awards were handed out Thursday night at Glasgow Square. Matt Fraser, Mike Brown and Trevor Redmond received the Danny MacLeod Inspiration Award, while the Glenn Chenell “Big Dog” Hall of Fame welcomed five new inductees: Tom Hahn, Henderson Paris, Jim Lays, and Cheryl & Fred Lays.
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Saturday Soccer is postponed in Stellarton this weekend, so players, parents and volunteer coaches can participate in the Johnny Miles Weekend Running Events. A make-up day will be announced for July.
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The first race of the Season at Riverside Speed World in James River will be on Saturday. The Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 will be held at 6pm, preceded by the Sportsman 75. Local racers Donald Chisholm, George Koszkulics and King Freight Lines – driven by Cassius Clark, will be part of the pack.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Johnathan Drouin. In exchange, the Tampa Bay Lightning get big, mobile Windsor Spitfires defenceman Mikhail Sergachev — and a conditional 2018 draft pick for Drouin and a conditional pick. The deal had been in the works for some time. No sooner had Drouin arrived at a Bell Centre news conference and donned a Canadiens jersey than it was announced the potential restricted free agent had agreed to a six-year contract extension, reportedly worth US$5.5 million per season. The deal allows the Lightning to protect one more player ahead of next Wednesday's expansion draft. Protection lists are due for submission on Saturday.
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MLB
American League

Minnesota 6 Seattle 2
Chicago White Sox 5 Baltimore 2
Detroit 5 Tampa Bay 3
Oakland 8 N.Y. Yankees 7 (10 innings)
Kansas City 7 L.A. Angels 2
National League
Washington 8 N.Y. Mets 3
Milwaukee 6 St. Louis 4
Colorado 10 San Francisco 9
Interleague
Cleveland 12 L.A. Dodgers 5
Philadelphia 1 Boston 0

SPORTS JUNE 15
Thursday 15th June 2017

Thirty Pictou County athletes will be in Antigonish this weekend competing in the Nova Scotia Special Olympics Summer Games. Pictou County will look for personal bests and medal hopefuls in swimming, track, bocce, golf, and  rhythmic gymnastics. This summer's Games are a trial run in preparation  for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games, as Antigonish was selected as the host town.
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Ahead of the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, Glasgow Square is hosting the annual Special Recognition Awards and Glenn "Big Dog" Chenell Hall of Fame inductees tonight at 7.
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The first race of the Season at Riverside Speed World in James River will be on Saturday. The Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 will be held at 6pm, preceded by the Sportsman 75. Local racers Donald Chisholm, George Koszkulics and King Freight Lines – driven by Cassius Clark, will be part of the pack.
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A Pictou County athlete will be representing Canada at the Junior Pan-American Games in Argentina this summer. Maddox Fields of the New Glasgow Karate Club will be competing in the Age 12-13 category this August. He participated in a selection training camp recently, and was announced as a member of the 2017 National Team this past weekend. 
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. will come out of retirement to meet UFC star Conor McGregor in an Aug. 26 boxing match that will feature two of the top fighters in the world. The two fighters announced the bout Wednesday, after months of speculation about whether Mayweather would be lured back to the ring at the age of 40 to face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never had a pro boxing fight. Oddsmakers immediately made Mayweather an 11-1 favourite in a fight that will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. The cost of tickets and the price of the pay-per-view has not been decided, though the pay-per-view is expected to be at or near the $99.95 US charged for Mayweather's 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao that drew a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys.

SPORTS JUNE 14
Wednesday 14th June 2017

Ahead of the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, Glasgow Square is hosting the annual Special Recognition Awards and Glenn "Big Dog" Chenell Hall of Fame inductees tomorrow night at 7.
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A Pictou County athlete will be representing Canada at the Junior Pan-American Games in Argentina this summer. Maddox Fields of the New Glasgow Karate Club will be competing in the Age 12-13 category this August. He participated in a selection training camp recently, and was announced as a member of the 2017 National Team this past weekend. 
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Tampa Bay rookie Jacob Faria handcuffed the Blue Jays over 6 1/3 innings and the Rays tormented Toronto starter Marco Estrada early en route to an 8-1 victory.
Chicago White Sox 6 Baltimore 1
Minnesota 20 Seattle 7
Texas 4 Houston 2
L.A. Angels 3 N.Y. Yankees 2 (11 innings)
National League
St. Louis 6 Milwaukee 0 (1st game)
Milwaukee 8 St. Louis 5 (2nd game)
Washington 10 Atlanta 5
Pittsburgh 5 Colorado 2
Chicago Cubs 14 N.Y. Mets 3
San Diego 6 Cincinnati 2
Interleague
Miami 8 Oakland 1
Arizona 7 Detroit 6
L.A. Dodgers 7 Cleveland 5
Boston 4 Philadelphia 3 (12 innings)
Kansas City 8 San Francisco 1
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The Golden State Warriors say no decision has been made regarding a potential White House visit to celebrate their NBA title. The Warriors issued a statement Tuesday saying that "today is all about celebrating our championship" and that they have not received an invitation to the White House. The statement added the organization would make those decisions when and if necessary." The team issued the statement following multiple reports that the Warriors had voted unanimously against making a White House trip.


SPORTS JUNE 13
Tuesday 13th June 2017

A Pictou County athlete will be representing Canada at the Junior Pan-American Games in Argentina this summer. Maddox Fields of the New Glasgow Karate Club will be competing in the Age 12-13 category this August. He participated in a selection training camp recently, and was announced as a member of the 2017 National Team this past weekend.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting a meet and greet and registration session for this year's summer league tonight at 411 Mountain Road at 6:30pm; more details at Pictou County Ultimate's facebook page.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
LeBron James scored 41 points and Kyrie Irving added 26 but the Cleveland Cavaliers could never dig out of a hole created by a second-quarter barrage in a 129-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors won their second NBA title in 3 years.
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MLB
American League

Chicago White Sox 10 Baltimore 7
Seattle 14 Minnesota 3
Texas 6 Houston 1
N.Y. Yankees 5 L.A. Angels 3
National League
Atlanta 11 Washington 10
Pittsburgh 7 Colorado 2
N.Y. Mets 6 Chicago Cubs 1
San Diego 9 Cincinnati 3
Interleague
Boston 6 Philadelphia 5 (11 innings)

SPORTS JUNE 12
Monday 12th June 2017

The New Glasgow Atom C Bombers have a special treat today. Olympic Gold Medallist Tessa Bonhomme, and McDonald’s New Glasgow Owner Operator, Larry Swenson, are hosting a ball hockey game and team party to celebrate the Bombers' win of the atoMc Hockey Golden Moments contest. The team will have their ball hockey game at the Trenton Sports Centre at 5 tonight, followed by a team meal at the East River Road McD's.
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There will definitely be a Crushers feel with one of the teams in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam League this season - besides the team based out of Pictou County. The ACA Rangers, who play out of Berwick, have named their coaching staff for the upcoming season, and two of the men behind the bench played their junior hockey in Pictou County. Ryan Fortune, who played for the Crushers from 2008-11, and captained the 2010-11 team, is the Head Coach and GM of the squad. One of Fortune's assistants on the bench will be Trent MacDonald, who was a Crusher from 2006-11, and one of Fortune's assistant captains in 2010-11.
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The MHL conducted its 2017 Entry Draft in Miramichi, New Brunswick on Saturday. The Pictou County Weeks Crushers made their first selection at pick number 24, the final one of the second round. They used it to select defenseman Aiden Hickey of the Halifax Macs. In 38 regular season games, Hickey, a native of Bedford, recorded 32 points. He also added a pair of assists in five playoff games during what was his final season of midget hockey. In total, the Crushers picked up eight players to add to their 45 player protected list.
Jaden Mason (Territorial Pick) - Forward - Weeks Major Midgets (NSMMHL)
Mason Hawley (Territorial Pick) - Forward - Weeks Major Midgets (NSMMHL)
Aiden Hickey (Rd 2, 24 overall) - Defense - Halifax MacDonalds (NSMMHL)
Matthew Normore (Rd 3, 36 overall) - Goalie - Rothesay Netherwood Varsity U18 (HS)
Isaac Chapman (Rd 5, 60 overall) - Forward - Valley Wildcats (NSMMHL)
Brayden Ryan (Rd 6, 69 overall) - Forward - Western Kings (NLMMHL)
Andrew MacLeod (Rd 8, 93 overall) - Goalie - Weeks Major Midgets (NSMMHL)
Chad Wilson (Rd 8, 96 overall) - Forward - Millwood (HS)
The Crushers also made a few trades on draft day, the most significant being the trading of Drew Packman to Valley for Donovan Rehill. Future draft picks and future considerations were also moved in the deal. Other trades saw the team trade players off of their protected list who had not played any games as Crushers.
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Maritime Hockey League President Brian Whitehead says he's pleased with the board's decision to retain the MHL's Showcase Event for another year. The two-day event will feature all 12 teams participating in two games each. The games will be based on two, 25-minute periods and will count towards the regular season standings. No word yet on where or when the event will take place. The league also announced it will once again take part in the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge. The Ontario Junior A Hockey League is hosting in November, but the host city has yet to be determined. Next year's AGM and Entry Draft weekend will be hosted by the Valley Wildcats.
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting a meet and greet and registration session for this year's summer league on Tuesday, June 13 at 411 Mountain Road at 6:30pm; more details at Pictou County Ultimate's Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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SPORTS JUNE 9
Friday 9th June 2017

As part of Pictou County Bike Week, all are invited to join in a pair of bike rides. On Friday at 6pm, meet at Glasgow Square for a ride to Trenton Park where you can feed the ducks, before returning via the same route. 10K total. The Braeshore Ride is on Saturday, meeting at the RCMP parking lot in Pictou at 10 am, riding out to Caribou Beach via Braeshore, before returning via Bayview Road.  A scenic ride on quiet roads, 16 km total.
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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The Subway Stingers will be holding their final registration on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm upstairs at the field clubhouse. Registration form and additional information can be found on the Stingers website in the document section. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/ 
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Try-outs for the male and female 18 and under Nova Scotia provincial junior ultimate frisbee teams are this Sunday from 10am-noon at the Northumberland Regional High School field in Alma. All high school Ultimate players are encouraged to attend for the chance to attend Nationals this summer. Email ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com for more information.
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Sidney Crosby set up three goals as Pittsburgh stomped Nashville 6-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel were among the six different goal-scorers for the Penguins, who are now one win away from becoming the first repeat Cup winner in almost 20 years.
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MLB
American League

L.A. Angels 11 Detroit 4
N.Y. Yankees 9 Boston 1
Tampa Bay 7 Chicago White Sox 5
Houston 6 Kansas City 1
Minnesota 2 Seattle 1
National League
Cincinnati 5 St. Louis 2
San Francisco 9 Milwaukee 5 (10 innings)
Arizona 15 San Diego 3
Miami 7 Pittsburgh 1
Atlanta 3 Philadelphia 1
Colorado 4 Chicago Cubs 1
Interleague
Washington 6 Baltimore 1


POLICE SAY BODY OF MISSING ANTIGONISH MAN FOUND
Thursday 8th June 2017

The body of a 23-year old Antigonish-area man reported missing in February has been found. Antigonish RCMP received a report on the morning of 18 February that the vehicle of Craig Joseph Perry was found abandoned on a road in Monastery. After some investigation, police learned that Perry had last been seen leaving a residence in Linwood in the early hours of that morning. An extensive but unsuccessful search was launched in the area, with a K9 unit, ground search and rescue, an underwater dive team, and a Department of Natural Resources helicopter assisting the RCMP. Police say a family member found Perry’s body near East Tracadie Road earlier this week. A cause of death has not been released, but police say foul play is not suspected.

SPORTS JUNE 8
Thursday 8th June 2017

As part of Pictou County Bike Week, all are invited to join in a pair of bike rides. On Friday at 6pm, meet at Glasgow Square for a ride to Trenton Park where you can feed the ducks, before returning via the same route. 10K total. The Braeshore Ride is on Saturday, meeting at the RCMP parking lot in Pictou at 10 am, riding out to Caribou Beach via Braeshore, before returning via Bayview Road.  A scenic ride on quiet roads, 16 km total.
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2017.
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The Subway Stingers will be holding their final registration on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm upstairs at the field clubhouse. Registration form and additional information can be found on the Stingers website in the document section. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/ 
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
Kevin Durant made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113.
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MLB
American League

Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning against his former club, Justin Smoak also homered in the inning for his second long ball of the day, and the Toronto Blue Jays avoided a sweep by beating the Oakland Athletics 7-5.
N.Y. Yankees 8 Boston 0
Detroit 4 L.A. Angels 0
Tampa Bay 3 Chicago White Sox 1
Kansas City 7 Houston 5
Seattle 6 Minnesota 5
National League
L.A. Dodgers 2 Washington 1
Cincinnati 6 St. Louis 4
Atlanta 14 Philadelphia 1
Miami 6 Chicago Cubs 5
Milwaukee 6 San Francisco 3
Arizona 7 San Diego 4
Interleague
Colorado 8 Cleveland 1
Baltimore 9 Pittsburgh 6 (11 innings)
N.Y. Mets 4 Texas 3
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FRENCH OPEN
For the first time in history, a Canadian woman has won a title at a Grand Slam tennis event. Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa partnered with Rohan Bopanna of India to win the Mixed Doubles at the French Open this morning 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 over Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Columbia.

SPORTS JUNE 7
Wednesday 7th June 2017

As part of Pictou County Bike Week, all are invited to join in a pair of bike rides. On Friday at 6pm, meet at Glasgow Square for a ride to Trenton Park where you can feed the ducks, before returning via the same route. 10K total. The Braeshore Ride is on Saturday, meeting at the RCMP parking lot in Pictou at 10 am, riding out to Caribou Beach via Braeshore, before returning via Bayview Road.  A scenic ride on quiet roads, 16 km total.
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The Subway Stingers will be holding their final registration on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm upstairs at the field clubhouse. Registration form and additional information can be found on the Stingers website in the document section. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/ 
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
Jesse Hahn allowed an unearned run over six innings in his return from the disabled list, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1.


SPORTS JUNE 6
Tuesday 6th June 2017

Three members of the Weeks Major Midgets have been selected in the QMJHL draft held in Saint John this past weekend. Hunter Martin from Millbrook was taken in the 7th round by the Sherbrooke Phoenix, while Jaden Mason from Stellarton went to the Moncton Wildcats in the 8th round. Gavin Hart of Truro was a 12th round selection for the Halifax Mooseheads. 
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Maritime Hockey League teams announced their territorial selections yesterday, ahead of the draft this weekend in Miramichi. And for Jaden Mason, it was more good news. Just days after being selected by the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL draft, Mason was named as one of two territorial selections for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers. The Crushers also took Mason Hawley of Egerton.
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Pictou County Ultimate is holding registration tonight for their co-ed summer league that runs from mid-June to mid-August. Come by Parkdale field this evening at 6:30 to play in a pick-up game and sign up for the summer session. Check out Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook for more information. 
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Registration for Pictou County Athletics Track and Field program (ages 13+), Trailblazers Track and Field program (ages 10-12) and the Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel program (ages 5-9) on Tuesday from 9am-6pm at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field. 
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As part of Pictou County Bike Week, all are invited to join in a pair of bike rides. On Friday at 6pm, meet at Glasgow Square for a ride to Trenton Park where you can feed the ducks, before returning via the same route. 10K total. The Braeshore Ride is on Saturday, meeting at the RCMP parking lot in Pictou at 10 am, riding out to Caribou Beach via Braeshore, before returning via Bayview Road.  A scenic ride on quiet roads, 16 km total.
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The Subway Stingers will be holding their final registration on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm upstairs at the field clubhouse. Registration form and additional information can be found on the Stingers website in the document section. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/ 
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Pekka Rinne was spectacular, Frederick Gaudreau scored a tiebreaking goal early in the second period and the Nashville Predators handed Pittsburgh a 4-1 loss to even the Stanley Cup final at two games apiece.

The Wayne Gretzky-led 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers have been chosen by fans as the greatest NHL team of all time. The league said in a statement that more than 3.6 million votes for the greatest team cast were over a six-week period beginning at the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs as part of the NHL's centennial celebration. The NHL's 96 Cup winners since the League's inaugural season in 1917-18 competed in head-to-head voting. The 1984-85 Oilers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup final to win their second straight championship. Along with Gretzky, the team's roster was stacked with Hall of Famers including Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey and Grant Fuhr. The other teams in the top 10 were the 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins, 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, 1987-88 Oilers, 1986-87 Oilers, 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings, 1982-83 New York Islanders, 1977-78 Canadiens, 1983-84 Oilers and 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings.
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MLB
American League

Ryon Healy homered twice to drive in a career-high five runs, single-handedly backing Sean Manaea's fourth straight winning start as the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3.
Houston 7 Kansas City 3
National League
Cincinnati 4 St. Louis 2
Philadelphia 11 Atlanta 4
San Francisco 7 Milwaukee 2
Chicago Cubs 3 Miami 1
Washington 4 L.A. Dodgers 2

PAQTNKEK FIRST NATION MAY REGAIN ACCESS TO LAND
Monday 5th June 2017

A vote next month will determine whether a First Nation near Antigonish gains access to reserve land that's sat unused for decades. The construction of the Trans-Canada Highway in the mid-60s split the Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation in half, isolating about 200 hectares on the south side. But a recent agreement between Paqtnkek and the federal and provincial governments could change that. The three parties have agreed to an estimated $15.3 million interchange project that band council hopes paves the way for a new era of economic growth. Band members will vote on July 13 to determine whether the Department of Transportation can begin work this fall. The vote requires a "double majority," which means 207 of the band's 413 registered members must cast a ballot, and 104 must vote yes for the project to proceed. If a double majority is reached, work could begin as early as the fall. It's expected to take about two and half years to build the overpass, connector roads, off-ramps and bridges.

SPORTS JUNE 5 ***UPDATED***
Monday 5th June 2017

Three members of the Weeks Major Midgets have been selected in the QMJHL draft held in Saint John this past weekend. Hunter Martin from Millbrook was taken in the 7th round by the Sherbrooke Phoenix, while Jaden Mason from Stellarton went to the Moncton Wildcats in the 8th round. Gavin Hart of Truro was a 12th round selection for the Halifax Mooseheads. 
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The Provincial Track and Field NSSAF Championships were held over the weekend, and Pictou County athletes performed incredibly well. The following students from Pictou County all came home with medals:
Myla Briand (PA) – Junior Girls 80m Hurdles – Gold
Brett Corbin (NRHS) – Intermediate Boys High Jump – Silver, Intermediate Boys Long Jump – Gold
Broaden Decoff (NNEC) – Intermediate Boys 400m – Silver
Eric Hughes (NRHS) – Senior Boys 100m Hurdles – Silver
Ryan MacLennan (NNEC) – Senior Boys 100m – Bronze
Tatum McLean (NRHS) – Senior Girls Shot Put – Gold; Senior Girls Discus – Silver
Heath Miller (NNEC) – Senior Girls Javelin – Bronze
Alex Moore (NNEC) – Senior Boys 400m – Bronze
Lauren Quann (PA) – Senior Girls 80m Hurdles – Silver; Senior Girls High Jump – Gold; Senior Girls Javelin – Silver
Jenna Reid (PA) – Intermediate Girls Javelin – Gold
Breanna Sandluck (NNEC) – Senior Girls 3000m – Bronze
Raymond Simpson (NNEC) – Senior Boys 3000m – Bronze
Parker Swain (NRHS) – Intermediate Boys Shot Put – Silver
Jake Temple (PA) – Senior Boys Javelin – Bronze
Boys Intermediate 4x400 Relay Team (NRHS – participants not listed) – Gold
Several other Pictou County athletes also performed well at the meet. The full results for the entire meet can be found HERE.
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Congratulations to the North Nova girls varsity fastball team, who captured their third straight provincial championship banner on the weekend in Windsor. The girls went undefeated in the 5 team round robin beating CEC in the final game. 
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Registration for Pictou County Athletics Track and Field program (ages 13+), Trailblazers Track and Field program (ages 10-12) and the Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel program (ages 5-9) on Tuesday from 9am-6pm at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field. 
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The Subway Stingers will be holding their final registration on Saturday June 10th from 9 am - 1 pm upstairs at the field clubhouse. Registration form and additional information can be found on the Stingers website in the document section. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/ 
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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SPORTS JUNE 2 ***CORRECTION***
Friday 2nd June 2017

Nova Scotia Keltics U23 and Pictou County RFC are kicking off their summer seasons with an exhibition match this Saturday in memory of the late Kale Mason, who played rugby for North Nova Education Centre. Donations will be taken in support of the Mason family.  Kick off will be at 5PM at the North Nova Education Centre (note Correction). Please come show your support for this great cause.
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The best high school rugby teams in Nova Scotia will converge on Pictou County this weekend to decide provincial champions in both the boys and girls divisions. The NRHS Nighthawks will host the boys provincial tournament, while the girls team at North Nova will hope to capture a title on their home turf.
Schedule for the 2017 Nova Scotia Boys High School Rugby Championship, being held this weekend at Northumberland Regional High School:
Pool A  NRHS, Sir John A, Dartmouth
Pool B King’s-Edgehill, NNEC, CP Allen
 FRIDAY
10 a.m.: NRHS vs. Avon View
11 a.m. King’s-Edgehill vs. CP Allen
12:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies
2 p.m.: NRHS vs. Sir John A
3 p.m.: NNEC vs. CP Allen
4 p.m.: Sir John A vs. Dartmouth
5 p.m.: King’s-Edgehill vs. NNEC
SATURDAY
10 a.m.: Pool A #1 vs. Pool B #2        
11 a.m.: Pool B #1 vs. Pool A #2
2 p.m.: Championship game
Schedule for the 2017 Nova Scotia Girls High School Rugby Championship, being held this weekend at Northumberland Regional High School:
Pool A King's-Edgehill, Citadel,SJA
Pool B North Nova, Avon View, Halifax West
FRIDAY
10 a.m.:  King’s-Edgehill vs. Sir John A
11 a.m.: NNEC vs. Halifax West
12:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies
2 p.m.:  Citadel vs. Sir John A
3 p.m.: Avon View vs. Halifax West
4 p.m.: King’s Edgehill vs. Citadel
5 p.m.: NNEC vs. Avon View
SATURDAY
10 a.m.: Pool A #1 vs. Pool B #2         
11 a.m.: Pool B #1 vs. Pool A #2
2 p.m.: Championship Game
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It's the annual Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. The licence-free weekend will also include 20 fishing derbies. A list of those and other derbies happening this season can be found at www.novascotia.ca/fish/activities-and-events/. Information on sportfishing can be found at http://novascotia.ca/fish. All anglers are reminded to put safety first and to use flotation devices when on the water.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks time and again, finishing with 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in his first NBA Finals for Golden State and leading the Warriors past LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-91.
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MLB
American

CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Gary Sanchez hit two home runs as the New York Yankees roughed up Marco Estrada early in a 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cleveland 8 Oakland 0
Baltimore 7 Boston 5
Minnesota 4 L.A. Angels 2
National
Milwaukee 2 N.Y. Mets 1
St. Louis 2 L.A. Dodgers 0
Arizona 3 Miami 2
Interleague
Colorado 6 Seattle 3

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER PERSON CAUGHT STUNTING
Thursday 1st June 2017

Halifax District RCMP have charged a 22-year-old man with stunting after he was seen driving 70 kilometres per hour above the speed limit. RCMP say they saw a car on Highway 102 going 170 km/h in a 100 zone at about noon on Thursday. The 22-year-old driver has been charged with stunting, his licence is suspended for seven days, his vehicle has been seized, and he’ll have to pay a $2,422.50 fine. This is the third case in roughly 24 hours, after a man was caught yesterday just before noon in Antigonish County, and another man was caught last night on the Cabot Trail.

SPORTS JUNE 1
Thursday 1st June 2017

A local sport group was a big winner at the Support4Sport Awards last Saturday. The Pictou County Recreation and Athletic Society shared Association of the Year honours with the Wentworth Ski Race Club. The Pioneer Coal Track and Field facility is slated to host the Atlantic championships in late July. All age groups, from the Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program, all the way up to the Masters (35 and over) division, will be represented at Atlantics.
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The Westside Community Centre is looking for a few more teams to enter their 4-on-4 Ball Hockey Tournament which will take place June 10 and 11. Teams compete within their age group from Novice IP up to Bantam. There will be a registration session Thursday, 1 June from 6-7pm at the Westside Community Centre. 
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It's the annual Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend on Saturday and Sunday June 3 and 4. Residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. The licence-free weekend will also include 20 fishing derbies. A list of those and other derbies happening this season can be found here. Information on sportfishing can be found at http://novascotia.ca/fish. All anglers are reminded to put safety first and to use flotation devices when on the water.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets for the card go on sale 2 July. 
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Jake Guentzel scored twice, including the eventual winner, as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.
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MLB
Interleague

Devon Travis and Luke Maile hit two-run homers as the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
L.A. Angels 2 Atlanta 1
Seattle 5 Colorado 0
American League
Houston 17 Minnesota 6
Oakland 3 Cleveland 1
Baltimore 10 N.Y. Yankees 4
Tampa Bay 7 Texas 5 (10 innings)
Boston 4 Chicago White Sox 1
Detroit 6 Kansas City 5
National League
Arizona 6 Pittsburgh 5 (14 innings)
Miami 10 Philadelphia 2
San Diego 2 Chicago Cubs 1
Milwaukee 7 N.Y. Mets 1
St. Louis 2 L.A. Dodgers 1
Washington 3 San Francisco 1


MORE STUNTING REPORTED ON HIGHWAY 104
Wednesday 31st May 2017

Another case of stunting is being reported by RCMP on Highway 104. Eastern Traffic Services says an Alberta man was heading west and passing other vehicles at a high rate of speed when police clocked him going 154 km/hr in a 100 zone shortly before noon today in Antigonish County. The 57-year old had his vehicle seized, was immediately suspended from driving for seven days and is facing a fine of over 24-hundred dollars. Nova Scotia RCMP want to remind the public that speed is one of the major causes of serious injury and fatal collisions on our roads. Road Safety is a priority for the RCMP, and drivers are reminded to make it their priority as well. If you see someone driving unsafely on our roads, report it by calling RCMP at 800 803 RCMP (7267) or 911.

SPORTS MAY 31
Wednesday 31st May 2017

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have made their first move of the off-season, announcing the acquisition of defenseman Alex Olschewske from the Valley Wildcats in exchange for a draft pick in the 2018 draft and future considerations. Olschewske, a 6'0" 190 lbs defenseman, adds size and depth to the blue line that lost Keven Larouche, Mack Derraugh, and Nick Phillips who all aged out at the end of last season.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets for the card go on sale 2 July.
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Brody Blair of Lyons Brook won his professional boxing debut last weekend. He earned a second round TKO over Tim Valdez at the Aitken Centre in Fredericton.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The Westside Community Centre is looking for a few more teams to enter their 4-on-4 Ball Hockey Tournament which will take place June 10 and 11. Teams compete within their age group from Novice IP up to Bantam. There will be a registration session Thursday, 1 June from 6-7pm at the Westside Community Centre.
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old 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 required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
Interleague

Kendrys Morales hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Rogers Centre.
Seattle 10 Colorado 4
L.A. Angels 9 Atlanta 3
American League
Cleveland 9 Oakland 4
N.Y. Yankees 8 Baltimore 3
Texas 9 Tampa Bay 5
Houston 7 Minnesota 2
Kansas City 1 Detroit 0
Boston 13 Chicago White Sox 7
National League
Arizona 3 Pittsburgh 0
L.A. Dodgers 9 St. Louis 4
Miami 7 Philadelphia 2
N.Y. Mets 5 Milwaukee 4 (12 innings)
San Diego 6 Chicago Cubs 2
Washington 6 San Francisco 3

SPORTS MAY 30
Tuesday 30th May 2017

The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Jake Guentzel scored with 3:17 left to play in the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins held off a late Nashville Predators rally for a 5-3 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.
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MLB
Interleague

Troy Tulowitzki hit a grand slam, Justin Smoak belted a three-run shot and Russell Martin had a two-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Cincinnati Reds 17-2.
Seattle 6 Colorado 5
Atlanta 6 L.A. Angels 3
American League
Baltimore 3 N.Y. Yankees 2
Chicago White Sox 5 Boston 4
Houston 16 Minnesota 8
Cleveland 5 Oakland 3
Detroit 10 Kansas City 7
Tampa Bay 10 Texas 8
National League
L.A. Dodgers 5 St. Louis 1
Pittsburgh 4 Arizona 3
Washington 3 San Francisco 0
N.Y. Mets 4 Milwaukee 2
San Diego 5 Chicago Cubs 2
Miami 4 Philadelphia 1


GUNS AND CASH INVOLVED IN CRIMES AT TATAMAGOUCHE, NEW GLASGOW, BIBLE HILL AND ANTIGONISH - LOCAL CRIME REPORT
Saturday 27th May 2017

Local police say a New Glasgow woman is facing charges in connection with an armed robbery and a truck theft.
New Glasgow Regional Police say a Dodge Ram was stolen from an home on Acadia Street in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Officers spotted the vehicle on Abercrombie Road about 40 minutes later and tried to stop it, but ended the chase for safety reasons.
Just before 6 a.m., Mounties say it appears a woman driving that truck stopped to get gas at a service station on Main Street in Tatamagouche.
They say the woman entered the store, told the female employee she had a gun, and then took off with some cash.
About an hour later, police located her and the stolen vehicle on Merigomish Road after receiving a 911 call. Investigators say the 32-year-old woman is facing 12 charges, including robbery, wearing a disguise, theft under $5,000, theft of a motor vehicle, flight from police, and assault with a weapon.
She's due in front of a Pictou County judge on Monday.


_ Cape Breton Regional Police say four Glace Bay men are facing charges in connection with five armed robberies throughout the province over the last month, including one in Bible Hill and another in Antigonish.
Mounties say a man entered Fraser's Guardian Pharmacy in Bible Hill last Saturday, showed the employee a gun tucked into the waistband of his shorts and demanded narcotics.
The suspect fled the scene on foot with a quantity of prescription drugs.
Police say two of the men – Bryan Joseph Conron, 32, and George Thomas MacIsaac, 55 – are charged in connection with the incident.
Both are also charged in relation to a robbery at the Haliburton Pharma-Choice in Antigonish, while Conron is also accused of robbing the Circle K Irving in Sydney, Jack's Place in Glace Bay, and Lawton's Drugs in Lower Sackville.
If that's not enough, Glenn Thomas Perry, 39, is charged in connection with the robberies at Jack's Place and the Circle K Irving, while Allen Herman Brown, 50, is charged in relation to the robbery at Lawton's.
The judges who hear their cases will also have to consider that Conron and Perry are charged in the theft of golf clubs from the Lingan Golf Course earlier in May.
Police say they've seized the weapon believed to have been used in the robberies, as well as several sets of stolen golf clubs.

RESULTS FROM THE JOE EARLE MEMORIAL ROAD RACES
Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Baxter MacArthur Memorial One Mile Men 16 & over
1.    Peter Corbin, Linacy, 4:56
2.    Scott Langille, New Glasgow, 5:19
3.    Matthew Fraser, New Glasgow, 5:41
Hartling Family Memorial One Mile Girls 10-15 years
1.    Siera Chisholm, Antigonish, 5:43
2.    Emma Cameron, Antigonish, 5:44
3.    Allie Sandluck, MacPhersons Mills, 5:55
Gloria Clark Memorial One Mile Women 16 & over
1.    Brenna Sandluck, MacPhersons Mills, 5:46
2.    Kali Caulier, Bedford, 6:20
3.    Amanda Earle, Trenton, 8:16
Carl MacDougall Memorial One Mile Boys 10-15 years
1.    Ethan MacDonald, New Glasgow, 5:53
2.    Lagan Horton, Little Harbour, 6:08
3.    Conrad Robertson, New Glasgow, 6:10
Jessie Smith Memorial 1/8 Mile Boys/Girls 2 & under
1.    Connor Hale, Westville
2.    Ella Fanning, Trenton
3.    Ashton Sylliboy, Stellarton
The Boyles Memorial 1/8 Mile Boys 3-4 years
1.    Euan Lawson, Trenton
2.    Connor Warren, New Glasgow
3.    Carson Atwater, New Glasgow
The Elda Earle Memorial 1/8 Mile Girls 3-4 years
1.    Clara Walsh, New Glasgow
2.    Mylie Hale, Westville
3.    Ava Anderson, Trenton
Donald Gabby MacDonald Mem. 1/4 Mile Boys 5-6 years
1.    Gavin MacCallum, Thorburn, 1:48
2.    Spencer Anderson, Abercrombie, 1:51
3.    Jaxon MacDonald, Thorburn, 1:53
Mackie Jenkins Memorial 1/4 Mile Girls 5-6 years
1.    Caley Jo Lafferty, Trenton, 1:49
2.    Piper Findlay, Eureka, 1:51
3.    Madeleine Hendsbee, Abercrombie, 1:52
Doug McInnis Memorial ½ Mile Girls 13-14 years
1.    Mairim Canning, Antigonish, 2:38
2.    Malia Astibell, Antigonish, 2:40
3.    Siona Chisholm, Antigonish, 2:51
Jim MacArthur Memorial ½ Mile Boys 13-14 years
1.    Ethan MacDonald, New Glasgow, 2:38
2.    Lagan Horton, Little Harbour, 2:56
Bobby Gill Memorial ½ Mile Boys 7 years
1.    Gavin MacDonald, Lyons Brook, 3:12
2.    Tanner Hayden, New Glasgow, 3:26
3.    Wyatt MacDonald, Thorburn, 3:36
The Cromwell Memorial ½ Mile Girls 7 years
1.    Ashtyn MacHattie, Coalburn, 3:47
2.    Isabelle Fraser, MacPhersons Mills, 3:57
3.    Danika Gillis, Kenzieville, 4:06
Paul MacDonald Memorial ½ Mile Boys 8 years
1.    Silas Meier, Scotsburn, 3:09
2.    Issac Cameron, Antigonish, 3:20
3.    Carter Anderson, Abercrombie, 3:24
William Tanner Memorial ½ Mile Girls 8 years
1.    Chloe Ferguson, Westville, 3:34
2.    Katelyn Haynes, Greenhill, 3:37
3.    Gabrielle MacDonald, Stellarton, 3:45
The MacNeil Family Memorial ½ Girls 9 years
1.    Amelia MacCallum, Thorburn, 3:18
2.    Mya MacDonald, Pictou, 3:33
3.    Milly Kyle, New Glasgow, 3:47
Johnny Cooke Memorial ½ Mile Boys 9 years
1.    Neal MacFarlane, New Glasgow, 3:15
2.    Braydon Linthorne, Stellarton, 3:36
3.    Jacob Gillis, Kenzieville, 3:42
Burton Luddington Memorial ½ Mile Girls 10 years
1.    Hayden Rogers, Westville, 3:28
2.    Lily Perrin, New Glasgow, 3:35
3.    Anna Kennedy, Bridgeville, 3:36
Charlie Stevens Memorial ½ Mile Boys 10 years
1.    Kysac MacDonald, Hammonds Plains, 2:56
2.    Austin Earle, New Glasgow, 3:10
3.    Braydon Johnson, Pictou, 3:11
Andre Roussy Memorial ½ Mile Girls 11-12 years
1.    Cara MacDonald, New Glasgow, 2:42
2.    Emma Cameron, Antigonish, 2:44
3.    Mya Artibell, Antigonish, 3:03
Jock Wilson Memorial ½ Boys 11-12 years
1.    Conrad Robertson, New Glasgow, 2:53
2.    Lucas MacDonald, Stellarton, 2:56
3.    Jake Henderson, Braeshore, 3:01
Five Mile – Joan Carrigan Memorial Women 14-25 years
1.    Breanna Sandluck, MacPhersons Mills, 34:13
2.    Allie Sandluck, MacPhersons Mills, 35:42
3.    Jessica Zentner, Woodburn, 35:42
Five Mile – Raymond Pentz Memorial Women 36 & over Masters
1.    Melanie MacCara, New Glasgow, 38:48
2.    Angela Fogarty, Westville, 42:24
3.    Cindy Fraser, Merigomish, 42:46
Five Mile – Nonnie Morgan Memorial Men 14-35 years
1.    Peter Corbin, Linacy, 28:36
2.    Ryan MacDonald, Greenhill, 28:41
3.    Aiden Canning, Antigonish, 30:42
Five Mile – Doucette Family Memorial Men 36-49 Jr. Masters
1.    Walter Linthorne, Stellarton, 31:17
2.    Kevin Waller, Stellarton, 35:22
3.    Tony Corbin, 39:44
Five Mile - Dennis Lawless Memorial Men 50 & over Sr. Masters
1.    Daev MacLennan, Scotsburn, 31:21
2.    Darrell Spears, New Glasgow, 35:45
3.    Greg Zentner, Woodburn, 36:19
Five Mile – Douglas V. MacDonald Mem. Canadian Armed Forces Award
Harvey Stiles, Abercrombie, 39:09

NDP PLEDGE MORE SUPPORT FOR MIDWIVES
Monday 15th May 2017

NDP Leader Gary Burrill says his government will invest $6 million over four years to give more expectant mothers access to midwives. The investment would allow the province to double its number of practicing midwives and create a training program for people who want to become midwives. Currently, there are 10 working midwives in the province, according to the NDP: six in the Halifax area, two on the South Shore and two in Antigonish. A 2011 external report prepared for the then-NDP government on the state of Nova Scotia's midwifery program recommended that the province have 20 full-time midwives by the end of the 2017 fiscal year. Stephen McNeil told reporters on Sunday that midwifery would be part of an overall health service plan under his government, but he could not provide details.


JUBILEE LINEUP RELEASED
Friday 12th May 2017

We've got the full line-up for this year's Jubilee, straight from the source! Friday night’s lineup has filled out nicely, with the addition of Haywire headlining the night. Haywire formed three decades ago in Charlottetown, PEI. They are an award-winning band that has sold more than half a million records, and spawned a dozen hit songs. In 2006, Haywire received the Music P.E.I. Lifetime Achievement Award and again in April 2011 when the band was honoured by the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown with the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award. Friday night will have Pictou County Pop Classic’s will have the best of the 60’s and 70’s rock, and Haywire will bring their hits of the 80’s and 90’s! Friday night Grooveback will break in the 2017 stage, kicking off the August 4, 5, 6th weekend for the Riverfront Jubilee. A group of close friends, raised in rural mainland, Nova Scotia, Grooveback shares a love for music as strong as our Atlantic winters. The band shares their personal experiences in life and music with those who listen, including those who attended the Jubilee late night stage in 2016 where Grooveback performed. Friday night also features local favourites, Andrea Pettipas & the Giants. This three-piece rock band raised in Antigonish Nova Scotia, brothers Andre and Travis have been playing together for roughly six years. The band also welcomes Pictou County drummer Marcus Cosh. From folk rock to 90s alternative rock to catchy pop songs, this versatile band is ready to let their hair down and leave it all on the stage. Saturday night kicks off with The Town Heroes, a 4-piece alternative-rock band known for crafting catchy, thoughtful songs. They've toured the world, released three critically acclaimed albums and won an array of industry awards. On stage they move like intense caricatures – soaked in sweat, pushing every chord, note and beat to the limit. A structured wall of sound emerges; familiar yet distinctive. Their music is a perfect soundtrack for contemplating life with a bounce in your step. The Town Heroes will be joining Saturday night co-headliners, Wintersleep and Matt Mays. Closing out the weekend, as previously announced is Fortunate Ones, Matt Anderson & The Bona Fide and Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Gypsies. Tickets for the show are available online at jubilee.ns.ca or ticketpro.ca and any TicketPro Outlet. Ticket price for an Adult Advance Weekend pass are now on sale for $85, Youth (13-18) Advanced Weekend passes are $40, and VIP Advanced Weekend passes are on for $150 prices in effect until June 15th. For more information on tickets, sponsorship, full band bios and event details, please visit jubilee.ns.ca.

HIGHWAY 104 ACCIDENT AT BARNEY"S RIVER CAUSES CLOSURE, TRAFFIC DIVERTED
Saturday 6th May 2017

A note to motorists as we kick off this newscast – Corporal Shannon Fear of the Antigonish RCMP says a section of Highway 104 at Barney's River has been closed due to an accident. Traffic is being diverted through Highway 245 at Exit 27 Eastbound and at Exite 32 Westbound. Corporal Fear couldn't release any details on the accident this morning but indicates the RCMP will issue a news release about the incident later today. So, if you're travelling around Barney's River, expect delays due to diverted traffic.

PC PARTY PROMISE TO TWIN HIGHWAYS INCLUDING 104
Friday 5th May 2017

Details regarding some of the projects to take place under the Progressive Conservative REbuild Nova Scotia Fund were announced this morning by Party Leader Jamie Baillie. Baillie says that three sections of 100-series highway, including the 104 from Sutherland's River to Antigonish, will be twinned with a total cost of 729-million dollars over a 7-year period. An additional 30-million would be spent to increase safety measures on other untwinned sections of highway. Baillie used the announcement to accuse Premier Stephen McNeil and the Liberals of using trickery to try to get tolls included in the construction projects.


SPORTS MAY 1
Monday 1st May 2017

At its annual Hiking Summit held in Tatamagouche on the weekend, Hike NS presented Dr. Gordon Young and the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society with Summit Awards. The Summit Award is presented to an organization or individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the growth and development of hiking in Nova Scotia. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Young has logged countless hours providing leadership to and nurturing the development of trails and growing a hiking movement throughout the Pictou County region. He helped to create the Cape to Cape Trail concept, a long distance trail now under construction with the aim to link Cape Chignecto and Cape George. The Cobequid Eco-Trails Society (CE-TS) was formed in 2007 and focuses on the development and promotion of non-motorized trails in Colchester County. It has an emphasis on environmental appreciation and stewardship.  CE-TS and community volunteers have designed and developed the Gully Lake Trail system creating over 30 kilometres of hiking trails. The Awards were part of the annual Hiking Summit, a celebration of Nova Scotia's hiking culture. 
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Pictou county Atom Wolves went one and one this weekend at the Wellness Centre. The Sackville bulldogs defeated the Wolves 3-2 in the opening game. Goal scorers for were Landon Martin and Ethan Barker, Ethan MacKay getting the lone assist. In the 2nd game the Wolves defeated the Bulldogs 7-4. Scoring for the Wolves were Cole Bryden with a hat trick, Ethan Mackay with 2 goals, Derrick Mackay & Gage Conners adding singles. Assists came from Ethan MacKay 2, Derrick Mackay 2, and Cameron Pitts and Braden Mackinnon with 1 each. Winning goalie was John Mason.
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Pictou county Peewee Stars went 1-1 this weekend at the Wellness Center. First they faced the Bedford Oilers and defeated them 5-1. Scoring for Stars was Dawson Mackay with 2, Luke Hayman, Bauer Brophy and Jake Henderson all adding singles. Assists from Garrett Williams, Kaleb Melanson, Daniel Seymour and Henderson. Winning goalie was Jeffry Quinn. In the 2nd game Stars fell short to the Dartmouth Canadians 4-3. Stars' goal scorers were Dawson Mackay with 2, Garrett Williams adding a single. Assists came from Brennan Dalton 2 and Kaleb Melanson.
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For the first time in the history of the event, the Canadian Major Midget hockey champion is from Atlantic Canada. The Cape Breton West Islanders won the  2017 Telus Cup with a 5-4 come from behind overtime win over the St. Francois Blizzard in Prince George, BC. And the team has a pair of Crusher connections. One of the assistant coaches, Willie MacDonald, is a former Crusher player, while defenseman Keenan Gillis is a possibility to be part of the Crusher lineup next season as Pictou County owns his Jr. A rights. 
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball 18U team recently finished their season with a silver medal at the Volleyball Nova Scotia championships. The tier two team defeated Dartmouth, West Hants, Highland CB, and Cape Breton Attackers. They faced the Middleton Magic team in the championship game.  The team, coached by Tracy Kellock and Crystal Young, had their most successful season thus far, winning their first gold medal at the Antigonish Storm tournament, bronze at the Bedford Blizzard tournament and finishing with provincial Silver. The team consists of Lydia Tobin, Janelle Young, Lauren Kellock, Roshan Ghafari, Victoria Robertson, Danielle Farrell, Mckayla Symons, Olivia Murray, and Abby MacLean. Farrell and Ghafari were named tournament all stars.
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New Glasgow Kinsmen Baseball are holding Mosquito and Pee Wee tryouts for the rep teams at the Kinsmen field. Tryouts for Mosquito- for players born in 2006 or after – will be Wednesday May 3 from 6-7:30, and Friday May 5 from 6-7:30. Tryouts for PeeWee - players born in 2004/2005 – will be Tuesday May 2 from 6-8, Thursday May 4 from 6-8, and Monday May 8 from 6-8. Please check the Kinsmen Baseball website for more details.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball will be holding Registration for players 15 years old and under Friday, May 5th From 6pm until 9pm at the Westville town gym. The gym is located at the Town Office Building on Queen Street. If you're interested, contact Rob Snell at rob.snell@ns.sympatico.ca with any questions.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association – Home of the Subway Stingers – will be hosting Tryouts for the 2017 U-16 team on the following dates and times at the W.M Sobey Indoor Sports Complex 120 Old FoxBrook Road, Stellarton: Monday May 1st 8 pm - 9 pm; Wednesday May 3rd 8 pm - 9 pm; Sunday May 8th 7 pm - 8 pm. Tryouts are open to women born in 2001, 2002 interested in playing competitive fast pitch softball. Fee is $30.00 which includes Softball NS insurance. Players must attend at least 2 out of the three sessions to be considered. For further information and to register please contact Rob at robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is seeking head coaches for competitive level teams for the 2017-2018 season. They are also looking to create a pool of coaches/volunteers for IP, Novice and Recreational level “C” teams at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget level. Please refer to the PCMHA website or Facebook page for details on applying. All submissions must be received by May 26th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
The Anaheim Ducks wrested some momentum back in their playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers with a 6-3 win. Edmonton still leads the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series two games to one.
Cody McLeod scored the game-winner early in the second period, and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 to grab a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
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NBA Playoffs
Utah 104 L.A. Clippers 91 (Utah wins first round series 4-3)
Boston 123 Washington 111 (Boston leads series 1-0)
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MLB
American League

Russell Martin drove in the winning run with a single in the eighth as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday after losing starter Aaron Sanchez to a finger injury in the first inning. It's the Jays first back-to-back wins of the season.
Baltimore 7 N.Y. Yankees 4 (11 innings)
Detroit 7 Chicago White Sox 3
Cleveland 12 Seattle 4
Houston 7 Oakland 2
Minnesota 7 Kansas City 5
L.A. Angels 5 Texas 2
National League
Miami 10 Pittsburgh 3
Washington 23 N.Y. Mets 5
Milwaukee 4 Atlanta 3
Cincinnati 5 St. Louis 4
San Diego 5 San Francisco 2
Arizona 2 Colorado 0
L.A. Dodgers 5 Philadelphia 3
Interleague
Boston 6 Chicago Cubs 2

ANTIGONISH RCMP LOOKING TO RETURN STOLEN PROPERTY
Thursday 27th April 2017

Antigonish RCMP say they are investigating some recent break and enters into abandoned properties and are requesting help from the public to return the stolen property to its rightful owners. Police say in the past two weeks, they have responded to two break-and-enters into abandoned properties. They say sereval household items have been taken from these properties and have been appearing for sale online in local buy-and-sell groups. The missing items include a wooden vintage pulley, a gun-safe locker, a hardwood kitchen table with three chairs, a free standing pink metal frame mirror with matching mirror and shelf, a vintage milk jug, a white army helmet with a red cross on the front, a birch table with wolf hide on the top, a horse riding helmet, and a live animal trap.  Many of these have sentimental value to the owners, and police say they would like to see them returned. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact the police.  

HIGHWAY 104 TWINNING WILL BE COMPLETED WITHIN SEVEN YEARS, WITHOUT TOLLS: MACLELLAN
Wednesday 26th April 2017

The province is going to twin Highway 104 Sutherlands River to Antigonish, without using tolls. Transport Minister Geoff MacLellan said this morning he didn't hear overwhelming support for using tolls to pay for twinning, but did hear during public consultations that roads needed to be improved. MacLellan says the province is investing 390-million dollars in additional capital funding to not only twin the 104 in the Barney's River area, but also sections of the 101 and 103, as well as constructing a four-lane, divided highway from Burnside to Bedford. It's expected to take seven years to complete all the work. MacLellan also said that tolls on the Cobequid Pass will be removed for Nova Scotians once the bonds are paid off, before the end of 2019.


TWINNING ANNOUNCEMENT TO COME TODAY
Wednesday 26th April 2017

An announcement on twinning and tolls is expected later this morning from Transport Minister Geoff MacLellan. The province sought feedback from the public on whether to use tolls to speed up the expected $2 Billion twinning of eight stretches of 100-series roads. Barney's River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says that with 15 fatalities between Sutherlands River and Antigonish in the last eight years, he hopes that that section of Highway 104 will be on the twinning list.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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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