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SPORTS ROUNDUP - 20 APRIL
Friday 20th April 2018

Hockey Canada got off to a winning start at the World U18 Hockey Championships in Magnetogorsk, Russia, yesterday, and there was a definite Nova Scotia flavour to the victory. Colton Ellis from Wycocomagh made 31 saves on 35 shots, while Jared MacIsaac from Truro had an assist on the game winning goal as Canada beat the USA 6-4. Raphael Lavoie led the way with two goals for Canada, including the third-period winner. Liam Foudy and Kevin Bahl added a goal and an assist apiece, and Alexis Lafreniere and Akil Thomas also scored. Today in Pool A, the U.S. faces Switzerland and Canada takes on Belarus.
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For the second time in the series, the MHL finals went to double overtime last night. Gabriel Vanier scored 6:15 into the second extra period to give the Edmundston Blizzard a 2-1 series lead at the Fishtank in Yarmouth. The Mariners will look to even up the Best-of-7 series tonight in Game 4.
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Boxing night in Canada takes place Saturday night at the Wellness Centre. The first round gets underway at 7 o'clock. Tickets are available at the Wellness Centre. Close to 700 tickets have already been sold for that event and all ringside tables are sold out as well, so it'll be a popular event.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects are in their final preparations for their first ever trip to the Esso Cup, the National Female Midget Hockey Championships being held April 22-28th. This year the Selects earned the right to represent Atlantic Canada by winning the Provincial title followed by a sweep of the Atlantic championships in St. John's, NL in early April. The Selects have been working hard with three practices a week over the past two weeks and had an opportunity to work out with the St. FX X-women hockey team. The Selects have one more workout at 6pm at the Wellness Center on Friday before heading to Bridgewater, this year's host for the National Championship. On Sunday, the Selects open the tourney against host Metro Boston Pizza at 7pm. The Selects will play the Ontario winner, The Brampton Canadettes on Monday at 3pm and then the Pionnieres de Lanaudiere from Quebec Tuesday at noon. On Wednesday the Selects will go up against the defending Champion St. Albert Slash, the Pacific reps at noon and finally the Saskatoon Stars from Western region on Thursday at 3pm. The Subways will need at least two wins to get to the medal round. Tune in to ECFM and Classic Rock 97.9 all next week for daily updates from the Esso Cup. All games will be broadcast live on the Hockey Canada livestream with the final going live on TSN on Saturday April 28th. 
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is offering a free fun hour of Soccer today from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Sports Complex in Stellarton. The session is open to players in u4, u6 and u8. Find out more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2090656127846851/
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The Commune in New Glasgow is hosting its first annual plogging event in celebration of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22. Plogging is the act of picking up litter as you run. To register please visit www.raceroster.com/letsgoplogging
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The last try-out for the Highland Soccer Club will be held at the Stellarton Indoor  Soccer Complex this Sunday, April 22 at 3 pm .  Please visit our facebook page at HFC Soccer for details. 
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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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The 54th Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races is coming May 21 to the Scotia Ball Field in Trenton. The deadline to enter is May 18. To register please contact Vernon Earle at joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com , 902-755-4426 or mail to: Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, PO Box 684, Trenton, NS B0K 1X0. Entries must include Name, Age, Gender, Town, School and Event(s) you wish to take part in. A list of all the events can be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/joeearleroadrace
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
The numbers 3 and 1 are the theme in Toronto, after the Boston Bruins moved to within one win of advancing to the second round after beating Toronto 3-1 last night at Air Canada Centre. The Bruins were led by Tuuka Rask and his 31 save effort to push the Leafs to the brink of elimination. Boston leads the series 3 games to 1. Game 5 goes Saturday in Boston.
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Washington can't win at home so far this year in the playoffs, but the good news for them is that the Blue Jackets can't either. The Capitals have evened up their Best-of-7 series at 2-2 with a 4-1 win in Columbus last night. Alex Ovechkin has a goal and an assist, with Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists. The Caps will try to buck the trend and earn the first home win of the series by either team in Game 5 on Saturday.
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NBA
Two teams have been pushed to the brink of elimination in the NBA after a trio of games last night. The 6th seed in the west, the New Orleans Pelicans, have gone up 3 games to 0 on the 3rd seeded Portland Trailblazers after a 119-102 win at home last night. Meanwhile the heavily favoured Golden State Warriors also went up 3-0 with a 110-97 win over the San Antonio Spurs. For San Antonio, the result of the game was overshadowed by the loss of the wife of their head coach. Erin Popovich, who had been married to head coach Greg Popovich for over forty years, passed away Wednesday after a lengthy illness. In the only other game last night, Philadelphia took a 2-1 series lead on Miami with a convincing 128-108 win in South Beach.
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MLB
American League
Detroit 13 Baltimore 8
Houston 9 Seattle 2
N.Y. Yankees 4 Toronto 3
Boston 8 L.A. Angels 2
National League
Chicago Cubs 8 St. Louis 5
Philadelphia 7 Pittsburgh 0
Atlanta 12 N.Y. Mets 4
Milwaukee 12 Miami 3
Arizona 3 San Francisco 1


SPORTS APRIL 19
Thursday 19th April 2018

Boxing night in Canada takes place Saturday night at the Wellness Centre. The first round gets underway at 7 o'clock. Advance tickets are available at all local Subway Restaurants and the Wellness Centre until 5 o'clock this afternoon. There is one more chance to grab advance tickets at the Holiday Inn Express during the weigh ins tomorrow afternoon.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects are in their final preparations for their first ever trip to the Esso Cup, the National Female Midget Hockey Championships being held April 22-28th. This year the Selects earned the right to represent Atlantic Canada by winning the Provincial title followed by a sweep of the Atlantic championships in St. John's, NL in early April. The Selects have been working hard with three practices a week over the past two weeks and had an opportunity to work out with the St. FX X-women hockey team. The Selects have one more workout at 6pm at the Wellness Center on Friday before heading to Bridgewater, this year's host for the National Championship. On Sunday, the Selects open the tourney against host Metro Boston Pizza at 7pm. The Selects will play the Ontario winner, The Brampton Canadettes on Monday at 3pm and then the Quebec representative Tuesday at noon. On Wednesday the Selects will go up against the defending Champion St. Albert Slash, the pacific reps at noon and finally the Saskatoon Stars from Western region on Thursday at 3pm. The Subways will need at least two wins to get to the medal round. All games will be broadcast live on the Hockey Canada livestream with the final going live on TSN on Saturday April 28th. 
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is offering a free fun hour of Soccer this Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Sports Complex in Stellarton. The session is open to players in u4, u6 and u8. Find out more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2090656127846851/
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The Commune in New Glasgow is hosting its first annual plogging event in celebration of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22. Plogging is the act of picking up litter as you run. To register please visit www.raceroster.com/letsgoplogging
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The last try-out for the Highland Soccer Club will be held at the Stellarton Indoor  Soccer Complex this Sunday, April 22 at 3 pm .  Please visit our facebook page at HFC Soccer for details. 
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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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The 54th Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races is coming May 21 to the Scotia Ball Field in Trenton. The deadline to enter is May 18. To register please contact Vernon Earle at joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com , 902-755-4426 or mail to: Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, PO Box 684, Trenton, NS B0K 1X0. Entries must include Name, Age, Gender, Town, School and Event(s) you wish to take part in. A list of all the events can be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/joeearleroadrace
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs (First Round)
Sidney Crosby scored his fifth goal of the series and became the Pittsburgh Penguins' career post-season points leader in a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. (Pittsburgh leads series 3-1)
A feisty Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, set up another and knocked New Jersey's top defenceman out of the game with a big hit, and the Tampa Bay Lightning moved within a game of making the Devils' first trip to the playoffs in six years a short one with a 3-1 victory. (Tampa Bay leads series 3-1)
Filip Forsberg scored another creative goal, Pekka Rinne rebounded from a rocky performance with 31 saves, and the Nashville Predators withstood a furious rally by the Colorado Avalanche for a 3-2 win. (Nashville leads series 3-1)
Tomas Hertl scored the tiebreaking goal 9:09 into the third period, Martin Jones was spectacular in goal yet again, and the San Jose Sharks completed a first-round sweep of the rival Anaheim Ducks with a 2-1 victory.
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NBA Playoffs (First Round)
Cleveland 100 Indiana 97 (Series tied 1-1)
Utah 102 Oklahoma City 95 (Series tied 1-1)
Houston 102 Minnesota 82 (Houston leads series 2-0)
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MLB
American League
Detroit 6 Baltimore 5
Tampa Bay 4 Texas 2
Oakland 12 Chicago White Sox 11 (14 innings)
Toronto 15 Kansas City 5
Minnesota 2 Cleveland 1 (16 innings)
Boston 9 L.A. Angels 0
Houston 7 Seattle 1
National League
St. Louis at Chicago Cubs ppd.
Pittsburgh 10 Colorado 2
Milwaukee 2 Cincinnati 0
N.Y. Mets 11 Washington 5
Atlanta 7 Philadelphia 3
San Francisco 4 Arizona 3 (10 innings)
L.A. Dodgers 13 San Diego 4

SPORTS APRIL 18
Wednesday 18th April 2018

NNU is offering a free fun hour of Soccer this Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Sports Complex in Stellarton. The session is open to players in u4, u6 and u8. Find out more on Facebook.
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The Commune in New Glasgow is hosting its first annual plogging event in celebration of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22. Plogging is the act of picking up litter as you run. To register please visit www.raceroster.com/letsgoplogging 
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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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The 54th Annual Joe Earle Memorial Road Races is coming May 21 to the Scotia Ball Field in Trenton. The deadline to enter is May 18. To register please contact Vernon Earle at joeearleroadrace@hotmail.com , 902-755-4426 or mail to: Joe Earle Road Races, c/o Mr. V. J. Earle, PO Box 684, Trenton, NS B0K 1X0. Entries must include Name, Age, Gender, Town, School and Event(s) you wish to take part in. A list of all the events can be found on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs (First Round)
The Washington Capitals needed a lucky bounce to finally get an overtime win in Game 3 of their series with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Lars Eller got the last stick on a puck that bounced off him and Columbus defenceman Zach Werenski before rolling past Sergei Bobrovsky, and Washington got the 3-2 victory nine minutes into the second overtime. (Columbus leads series 2-1)
Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his first career playoff shutout and Mark Scheifele scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0. (Winnipeg leads series 3-1)
Brayden McNabb scored against his former team in the second period, lifting Vegas to a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings that made the Golden Knights the first expansion team in NHL history to sweep its first playoff series.
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NBA Playoffs (First Round)
DeMar DeRozan poured in 37 points to match his playoff high, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119. (Toronto leads series 2-0)
Boston 120 Milwaukee 106 (Boston leads series 2-0)
New Orleans 111 Portland 102 (New Orleans leads series 2-0)
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MLB
American League
Toronto 11 Kansas City 3 (1st game)
Toronto 5 Kansas City 4 (2nd game, 10 innings)
Detroit 4 Baltimore 2
Cleveland 6 Minnesota 1
Texas 7 Tampa Bay 2
Oakland 10 Chicago White Sox 2
Boston 10 L.A. Angels 1
Houston 4 Seattle 1
National League
Colorado 2 Pittsburgh 0
Washington 5 N.Y. Mets 2
Philadelphia 5 Atlanta 1 (10 innings)
Milwaukee 2 Cincinnati 0
St. Louis 5 Chicago Cubs 3
Arizona 1 San Francisco 0
L.A. Dodgers 7  San Diego 3 (10 innings)
Interleague
Miami 9 N.Y. Yankees 1


PICTOU COUNTY BUILDING NEW SIDEWALKS
Tuesday 17th April 2018

Three areas in Pictou County are getting new sidewalks. The county's finance committee has approved C-F Construction to build new sidewalks in Riverton, Alma and along the Westville Road near the Wellness Centre. Riverton and the Westville Road sidewalks will take close to 8 weeks to construct, with a retaining wall included in the Westville Road section. The sidewalk construction in Alma will last about 12 weeks, and won't begin until school lets out for the summer to reduce the risk for students.

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

SPORTS APRIL 16
Monday 16th April 2018

Pictou County Tier 1 Wolves improved their record to 4-0 this weekend in Sydney where they defeated the Cape Breton Hawks 8-1 in both games. Goal scorers in the first game were Zach Macinnis 2, Daniel Seymour, Ethan maclean, Kaiden Moulasison, Garrett Williams, jake Henderson, and Carter Dauphinee all adding singles. Assists came from Derrick Mackay , Ethan MacKay, Owen Chabassol, Macinnis, Kaleb Melanson 2, Luc Baillie, maclean, Dauphinee 2, Henderson and Williams.  2 nd game scorers were Owen Chabassol with a hat trick, Macinnis 2, Seymour 2, Williams adding a single. Assists went to Seymour 3, Melanson 2, Macinnis 2, Dauphinee, Chabassol,  Henderson and Kenzie Batherson all with 1. Winnie goalie for both games was Ethan MacLaren. The 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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Pictou County Challenger baseball will be holding registration for players and Buddies for the 2018 season on April 16,22,23,25,26,30 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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Level 1 And 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic returns to the Westville Town Office gymnasium next Saturday, 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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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Maritime Hockey League Playoffs (Championship Final)
Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners 1 Edmundston Blizzard 0 (Series tied 1-1)
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NHL Playoffs (First Round)
Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a four-goal second to roar back in the first-round playoff series with a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. (Jets lead series 2-1)
Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves, Matt Calvert scored the winner 12:22 into overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets overcame two goals from Alex Ovechkin to beat the Washington Capitals 5-4. (Blue Jackets lead series 2-0)
Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists and Matt Murray stopped 26 shots to help the Pittsburgh Penguins silence a raucous Philadelphia crowd and beat the Flyers 5-1. (Penguins lead 2-1)
James Neal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:37 to play, and the Vegas Golden Knights rallied from a third-period deficit to move to the brink of the expansion franchise's first playoff series victory with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. (Golden Knights lead series 3-0)
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NBA Playoffs (First Round)
Boston 113 Milwaukee 107 (Celtics lead the series 1-0)
Indiana 98 Cleveland 80 (Pacers lead the series 1-0)
Oklahoma City 116 Utah 108 (Thunder lead series 1-0)
Houston 104 Minnesota 101 (Rockets lead series 1-0)
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MLB
American League
N.Y. Yankees at Detroit ppd.
Toronto at Cleveland ppd.
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota ppd.
L.A. Angels at Kansas City ppd.
N.Y. Yankees at Detroit ppd.
Boston 3 Baltimore 1
Oakland 2 Seattle 1
Texas 3 Houston 1 (10 innings)
National League
Atlanta at Chicago Cubs ppd.
N.Y. Mets 3 Milwaukee 2
Pittsburgh 7 Miami 3
St. Louis 3 Cincinnati 2
Colorado 6 Washington 5
L.A. Dodgers 7 Arizona 2
San Diego 10 San Francisco 1
Interleague
Philadelphia 10 Tampa Bay 4


SPORTS APRIL 13
Friday 13th April 2018

There are still some spaces for the BRONZE STAR CLASS at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. The course runs Friday nights 6-7:30 from April 13 to May 25. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Level 1 And 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic returns to the Westville Town Office gymnasium next Saturday, 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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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs - First Round
Brad Marchand, David Backes and David Krejci each scored a power-play goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 26 shots to lead the Boston Bruins to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Bruins lead 1-0)
Artemi Panarin scored 6:02 into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. (Blue Jackets lead 1-0)
Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference series. (Predators lead 1-0)
Tampa Bay 5 New Jersey 2 (Lightning leads 1-0)
San Jose 3 Anaheim 0 (Sharks lead series 1-0)
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MLB
American League
Cleveland 9 Detroit 3
Boston 6 N.Y. Yankees 3
Minnesota 4 Chicago White Sox 0
L.A. Angels 7 Kansas City 1
National League
Pittsburgh 6 Chicago Cubs 1
St. Louis 13 Cincinnati 4
Colorado 5 Washington 1
San Francisco 7 San Diego 0

SPORTS APRIL 12
Thursday 12th April 2018

Online registration is still open at pictoucountylacrosse.ca but the last day for in person registration is tonight from 6pm to 9 pm at the Trenton annex.
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Level 1 And 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic returns to the Westville Town Office gymnasium next Saturday, 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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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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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session is underway. You can drop in today to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office 8:30-4:00, or the Pictou Youth Centre on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins provided proof of why they won last year's Cup in Pittsburgh's 7-0 dismantling of the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening game of their first-round series. Crosby performed more stick wizardry on his way to his third post-season hat trick, Evgeni Malkin added a highlight-reel goal of his own and the Penguins overwhelmed their seemingly overmatched cross-state rivals. (Penguins lead series 1-0)
Defenceman Joe Morrow scored at 12:47 of the third period to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their first-round NHL playoff series. (Jets lead series 1-0)
Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves for his 11th career playoff shutout, Shea Theodore scored in the first period and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 to win the franchise's first playoff game. (Golden Knights lead series 1-0)
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NBA
Wayne Ellington scored a career-high 32 points and set Miami's single-season record for 3-pointers, helping the Heat wrap up the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs by beating the Toronto Raptors 116-109 in overtime.
Boston 110 Brooklyn 97
Detroit 119 Chicago 87
Minnesota 112 Denver 106 (OT)
New Orleans 122 San Antonio 98
New York 110 Cleveland 98
Oklahoma City 137 Memphis 123
Orlando 101 Washington 92
Philadelphia 130 Milwaukee 95
Sacramento 96 Houston 83
L.A. Lakers 115 L.A. Clippers 100
Portland 102 Utah 93
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MLB
American League
Jonathan Schoop drove in two runs, Kevin Gausman pitched six effective innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 to avoid a three-game sweep.
Minnesota 9 Houston 8
Chicago White Sox 2 Tampa Bay 1
Seattle 4 Kansas City 2
Cleveland 5 Detroit 1
N.Y. Yankees 10 Boston 7
L.A. Angels 7 Texas 2
National League
Atlanta 5 Washington 3 (12 innings)
Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 2
Colorado 6 San Diego 4
Arizona 7 San Francisco 3
Philadelphia 4 Cincinnati 3 (12 innings)
N.Y. Mets 4 Miami 1
Chicago Cubs 13 Pittsburgh 5
Interleague
Oakland 16 L.A. Dodgers 6

SPORTS APRIL 11
Wednesday 11th April 2018

Online registration is still open at pictoucountylacrosse.ca but the last day for in person registration in April 12 from 6pm to 9 pm at the Trenton annex.
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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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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session is underway. You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th, or the Pictou Youth Centre on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid when Baltimore's Tim Beckham led off the eighth inning with a sharp grounder through the legs of third baseman Josh Donaldson, and Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to carry the Toronto Blue Jays over the Orioles 2-1.
Tampa Bay 6 Chicago White Sox 5
Cleveland 2 Detroit 1
Boston 14 N.Y. Yankees 1
L.A. Angels 11 Texas 1
Minnesota 4 Houston 1
Seattle 8 Kansas City 3
National League
Pittsburgh 8 Chicago Cubs 5
Philadelphia 6 Cincinnati 1
Washington 4 Atlanta 1
N.Y. Mets 8 Miami 6
St. Louis 5 Milwaukee 3 (11 innings)
San Diego 5 Colorado 2
San Francisco 5 Arizona 4
Interleague
L.A. Dodgers 4 Oakland 0
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NBA
Charlotte 119 Indiana 93
Philadelphia 121 Atlanta 113
Washington 113 Boston 101
Phoenix 124 Dallas 97
Utah 119 Golden State 79
Houston 105 L.A. Lakers 99


PROVINCIAL VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED
Tuesday 10th April 2018

Volunteers from across Nova Scotia were honoured at the province's 44th annual Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony. This is the first time the award program includes volunteers from First Nations. 15-year old Nina Davey of Pictou is the recipient of the 2018 Youth Volunteer award while the Family Volunteer award recipients are the seven-member Johnson family from Eskasoni for their many years of contributions to the culture and well-being of their community.

Locally, the other recipients are:
Pictou Landing First Nation -Katie Paul
Town of Trenton -Vania MacMillan
Town of Pictou -Brian Kellock
Town of New Glasgow -Lorraine MacLean
Town of Stellarton -Allan Murray
Town of Westville -Alfred and Mary Lou White
Municipality of Pictou County- Pat Christensen

In addition to yesterday's provincial ceremony, local ceremonies will be held next week, during National Volunteer Week.

SPORTS APRIL 10
Tuesday 10th April 2018

Pictou County Lacrosse registration continues for all age levels. The season runs from April through June. Cost is $100 for mini lacrosse, and $225 for Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Intermediate. More details online at pictoucountylacrosse.ca, where you can also register. You can also register in person at the Trenton Rink Annex Thursday night from 6-9 pm.
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th both 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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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session is underway. You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th, or the Pictou Youth Centre on Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
Jonas Valanciunas scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter before holding on for a 108-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Brooklyn 114 Chicago 105
Cleveland 123 New York 109
Oklahoma City 115 Miami 93
Milwaukee 102 Orlando 86
Minnesota 113 Memphis 94
San Antonio 98 Sacramento 85
Denver 88 Portland 82
New Orleans 113 L.A. Clippers 100
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MLB
American League
Steve Pearce homered in a third successive game, Josh Donaldson tacked on a ninth-inning grand slam and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 before 7,915 fans, the lowest paid crowd in Camden Yards history.
Tampa Bay 5 Chicago White Sox 4
Cleveland 2 Detroit 0
L.A. Angels 8 Texas 3
Houston 2 Minnesota 0
Kansas City 10 Seattle 0
National League
Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 4 (10 innings)
Philadelphia 6 Cincinnati 5
Washington 2 Atlanta 0
N.Y. Mets 4 Miami 2
San Diego 7 Colorado 6
Arizona 2 San Francisco 1
Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, ppd.

SPORTS APRIL 9 *UPDATED 10:25 AM*
Monday 9th April 2018

Congratulations to the Pictou County Subway Selects on a 3-0 win over the Metro West Force White to capture the provincial Female Bantam A crown.
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Pictou county Tier 1 Wolves started their spring season with 2 victories over the weekend at the Wellness Center. First the Wolves defeated the Bedford Bengals 6-0. Scoring for Wolves was  Zach MacInnis with 2, Derrick Mackay had the winning goal , Owen Chabassol, Carter Dauphinee, and Brayden Mackinnon all adding singles. Assists came from Braden MacKinnon 2, Ethan Maclean, Danial Seymour, Dauphinee, Jake Henderson, Jack Hidgon, and Chabassol all with 1. Shutout went to Jeff Quinn.  Later the same afternoon the Wolves defeated the Acadia Coyotes by a score of 3-1. Wolves found themselves down 1-0 due to Matthew Churchill. With 6:50 remaining in the 3rd Wolves Kenzie Batherson tied the game with a blast from the point. With 4:01 remaining Garrett Williams gave the Wolves the winning goal with an assist from derrick mackay and Ethan maclean. Jake Henderson would add another goal late in the 3rd with Derrick mackay getting the assist. Ethan MacLaren picked up the Wolves win in nets.
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th both 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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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session has started. You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th, or the Pictou Youth Centre tonight from 7 pm - 9 pm and April 14th 10 am - 2 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please vist Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Roberto Luongo came off the bench to shut down Boston in the third period, and the Florida Panthers dashed the Bruins' hopes of getting the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-2 win.
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NBA
C.J. Miles scored 22 points, while OG Anunoby added 21, and the undermanned Toronto Raptors beat Orlando 112-101 in their final home game of the regular season.
Atlanta 112 Boston 106
Indiana 123 Charlotte 117
Philadelphia 109 Dallas 97
Memphis 130 Detroit 117
Utah 112 L.A. Lakers 97
Golden State 117 Phoenix 100
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MLB
American League
Steve Pearce homered on Cole Hamels' first pitch of the game, Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-4.
Baltimore 8 N.Y. Yankees 7 (12 innings)
Boston 8 Tampa Bay 7
Cleveland 3 Kansas City 1
Detroit 1 Chicago White Sox 0
L.A. Angels 6 Oakland 1
Seattle at Minnesota, ppd.
National League
Miami 6 Philadelphia 3
Pittsburgh 5 Cincinnati 0
Chicago Cubs 3 Milwaukee 0
Arizona 4 St. Louis 1
Atlanta 4 Colorado 0
L.A. Dodgers 2 San Francisco 1 (10 innings)
N.Y. Mets 6 Washington 5 (12 innings)
Interleague
Houston 4 San Diego 1
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Curling
Canada’s Brad Gushue and his team from St. John's fell short in its quest for back-to-back gold medals at this year's World Men’s Curling Championship, falling 7-3 to Sweden’s Niklas Edin in a rematch of the last year's final in Edmonton. It was Edin’s third world men’s championship; he won in 2013 at Victoria and again two years later in Halifax.
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Golf
Patrick Reed held off several challengers at Augusta National to become a Masters champion. Clinging to a one-shot lead, his 25-foot putt down the slippery slope on the 18th green ran 3 feet by the hole as Reed pressed down both hands, begging it to stop. From there, the 27-year-old Texan calmly rolled in the par putt for a 1-under 71 and a one-shot victory.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 8 APRIL
Sunday 8th April 2018

The Kameron Jr Miners are champions of the NSJHL. The Miners completed a sweep of the East Hants Penguins with a 6-4 victory last night. Both teams have advanced to the Atlantic Canadian Junior B Championship Don Johnson Cup to be played in Membertou later this month.
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The Edmundston Blizzard needed double overtime, but they were able to take a 3-2 series lead in the North Division final of the MHL playoffs last night. The Blizzard beat the Summerside Western Capitals 5-4, and can now advance to the finals with a win in Game 6 on Monday.
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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is hosting an in person registration on April 26th and 27th both 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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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session has started. You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th, or the Pictou Youth Centre April 7th & 14th 10 am - 2 pm and April 9th 7 pm - 9 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Tryouts for the Highland Soccer Club starts Sunday, from 12 noon to 3 pm for both boys and girls ages 11-16. Please visit their Facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please vist Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Winnipeg 4 Chicago 1
Edmonton 3 Vancouver 2 (SO)
Calgary 7 Vegas 1
Boston 5 Ottawa 2
Toronto 4 Montreal 2
Philadelphia 5 N.Y. Rangers 0
N.Y. Islanders 4 Detroit 3 (OT)
Washington 5 New Jersey 3
Carolina 3 Tampa Bay 2 (OT)
Florida 4 Buffalo 3
Nashville 4 Columbus 2
Colorado 5 St. Louis 2
Anaheim 3 Arizona 0
Dallas 4 Los Angeles 2
Minnesota 6 San Jose 3
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NBA
Denver 134 L.A. Clippers 115
Milwaukee 115 New York 102
Brooklyn 124 Chicago 96
New Orleans 126 Golden State 120
Oklahoma City 108 Houston 102
San Antonio 116 Portland 105
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MLB
American League
Texas 5 Toronto 1
N.Y. Yankees 8 Baltimore 3
Boston 10 Tampa Bay 3
Detroit 6 Chicago White Sox 1
Seattle 11 Minnesota 4
Kansas City 1 Cleveland 0
Oakland 7 L.A. Angels 3
National League
N.Y. Mets 3 Washington 2
St. Louis 5 Arizona 3
Chicago Cubs 5 Milwaukee 2
Philadelphia 20 Miami 1
San Francisco 7 L.A. Dodgers 5 (14 innings)
Cincinnati 7 Pittsburgh 4
Colorado 3 Atlanta 2 (10 innings)
Interleague
Houston 1 San Diego 0 (10 innings)
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CURLING
Brad Gushue was able to pick up a pair of wins at the World Men's Curling Championships in Las Vegas yesterday to advance to the gold Medal Game tonight. Gushue got past the USA 6-4 in the quarterfinals in the morning draw, then was back on the ice last night for a 9-5 win over Scotland in the semi-finals. Gushue and the rest of his Team Canada rink will be going for back-to-back world titles when they face Nicholas Edin and Team Sweden tonight at 9pm AT. Edin defeated Gushue 6-5 on Friday when they met in the Round Robin.

SPORTS APRIL 6
Friday 6th April 2018

There will be a big display of pugilism at the Wellness Centre on April 21. Brody Blair will be boxing in his third professional bout, after winning his first two by knockout. He will be taking on Juan Gregosa of Mexico. Gregosa is a veteran of 26 pro fights. It will be a co-main event of a six fight card, including Blair's sparring partner Justin Blades against Steve Rainford of Ontario. Another bout will feature Joey Laviolette, a four time national amateur champion against Mexican Ricardo Rojas. The co-main event will see Ryan "Thunder" Rozicki against Calgary boxer Markhaile “Showtime” Wedderburn.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a Women's Self Defense Course tomorrow morning at 10:30 at the Pictou Academy Gym. The course is FREE for ladies 12 years and up. Please register at 902-485-4372. Details found on the website at www.townofpictou.ca
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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session has started. You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th, or the Pictou Youth Centre April 7th & 14th 10 am - 2 pm and April 9th 7 pm - 9 pm. See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Tryouts for the Highland Soccer Club starts Sunday, from 12 noon to 3 pm for both boys and girls ages 11-16. Please visit their Facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please vist Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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Pictou County Athletics (track and field) is having spring registration for three age groups - Trailblazers ( ages 9 to 12 ), 13+ team and Masters (ages 35+). Registration is Friday from 4:30 to 6pm, at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Practice for the Trailblazer and Masters will be on Friday at 5pm to 6:30 and 13+ from 5:30 to 7:30. Our other practice day is Sunday afternoons.
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The 101st Memorial Cup will be played in Halifax next spring. The Mooseheads were announced as the host team for the event on Thursday. The tournament will take place May 17-26, 2019, at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre featuring the host Mooseheads along with the champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League competing in the traditional round-robin format. The event coincides with the 25th anniversary season of the Halifax Mooseheads Hockey Club which has claimed the Mastercard Memorial Cup trophy once in 2013 and previously hosted the tournament in 2000.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Daniel Sedin scored on a power play 2:33 into overtime with his brother Henrik Sedin earning an assist as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. It was the final game at home for the Sedins who were mobbed by their teammates after the goal.
Craig Smith scored twice and Ryan Johansen had the go-ahead goal late in the third period to help the Nashville Predators beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 to clinch first place in the Central Division, the top seed in the Western Conference and the best record in the NHL.
Blake Wheeler scored once to pick up his 90th point of the season and help the Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday for Winnipeg's fourth-straight win.
The New Jersey Devils are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012, clinching a spot following their 2-1 victory over Toronto.
Edmonton 4 Vegas 3
Montreal 4 Detroit 3
Pittsburgh 5 Columbus 4 (OT)
Philadelphia 4 Carolina 3
N.Y. Islanders 2 N.Y. Rangers 1
Florida 3 Boston 2
Los Angeles 5 Minnesota 4 (SO)
San Jose 4 Colorado 2
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NBA
Indiana 126 Golden State 106
Brooklyn 119 Milwaukee 111
Cleveland 119 Washington 115
Houston 96 Portland 94
Utah 117 L.A. Clippers 95
Denver 100 Minnesota 96
MLB
American League
Boston 3 Tampa Bay 2 (12 innings)
Texas 6 Oakland 3
Detroit 9 Chicago White Sox 7 (10 innings)
Minnesota 4 Seattle 2
Baltimore 5 N.Y. Yankees 2
National League
N.Y. Mets 8 Washington 2
Philadelphia 5 Miami 0
Colorado 3 San Diego 1
Pittsburgh 5 Cincinnati 2
Arizona 3 St. Louis 1
Chicago Cubs 8 Milwaukee 0
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Curling
Despite a second loss, Team Canada has secured a spot in the playoffs at the men's world curling championship. With former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper watching in the Orleans Arena, Brad Gushue's rink lost 6-5 to Greg Persinger of the U.S. Canada, Scotland, Sweden and Norway are assured of four of the six playoff berths. Those teams will jockey for playoff seedings today when the preliminary round concludes. Gushue faces Norway in the morning draw before wrapping up against Germany tonight.

LIGHTNING STRIKE CAUSES DAMAGE IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 5th April 2018

Wednesday's thunderstorm that came through Pictou County likely ended up causing some damage in Westville. Westville Fire-Rescue responded to a suspected lightning strike that destroyed a shed in the southwest end of town yesterday. The heat also buckled some siding on a nearby car garage. Students in a school bus that was near the building when the strike occurred described being able to feel the impact. The bus was not hit, and no children were hurt.


SPORTS APRIL 5
Thursday 5th April 2018

There will be a big display of pugilism at the Wellness Centre on April 21. Brody Blair will be boxing in his third professional bout, after winning his first two by knockout. He will be taking on Juan Gregosa of Mexico. Gregosa is a veteran of 26 pro fights. It will be a co-main event of a six fight card, including Blair's sparring partner Justin Blades against Steve Rainford of Ontario. Another bout will feature Joey Laviolette, a four time national amateur champion against Mexican Ricardo Rojas. The co-main event will see Ryan "Thunder" Rozicki against Calgary boxer Markhaile “Showtime” Wedderburn.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a Women's Self Defense Course on Saturday at 10:30 am at the Pictou Academy Gym. The course is FREE for ladies 12 years and up. Please register at 902-485-4372. Details found on the website at www.townofpictou.ca  
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Pictou Soccer Registration for their upcoming 2018 Spring Session has started.  You can drop in to the Town of Pictou Recreation Office Monday to Friday 8:30-4:00 until April 12th or the Pictou Youth Centre April 7th & 14th 10 am - 2 pm and April 9th 7 pm - 9 pm.  See the Pictou Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.
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Tryouts for the Highland Soccer Club starts Sunday, from 12 noon to 3 pm for both boys and girls ages 11-16.  Please visit their Facebook page 'HFC Soccer' for details.
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Westville Minor Ball will hold registration on April 11 and 25 at the Westville Rec Center from 6-8 p.m. Please vist Westville Minor Ball on Facebook for further details.
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Pictou County Athletics (track and field) is having spring registration for three age groups - Trailblazers ( ages 9 to 12 ), 13+ team and Masters (ages 35+). Registration is Friday from 4:30 to 6pm, at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Practice for the Trailblazer and Masters will be on Friday at 5pm to 6:30 and 13+ from 5:30 to 7:30. Our other practice day is Sunday afternoons.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Matt Duchene scored his team-leading 27th goal in the Ottawa Senators' 4-2 victory over Buffalo, and assured the Sabres of finishing last in the NHL standings.
Chicago 4 St. Louis 3
Anaheim 3 Minnesota 1
NBA
DeMar DeRozan led with 16 points as the Toronto Raptors cruised to a crucial 96-78 win over the Boston Celtics.
Orlando 105 Dallas 100
Philadelphia 115 Detroit 108
Miami 115 Atlanta 86
New Orleans 103 Memphis 95
L.A. Lakers 122 San Antonio 112
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MLB
American League
Jose Abreu belted a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning to help the Chicago White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, and avoid the sweep.
N.Y. Yankees 7 Tampa Bay 2
Houston 3 Baltimore 2
L.A. Angels 3 Cleveland 2 (13 innings)
Oakland 6 Texas 2
Kansas City at Detroit (postponed)
National League
Washington 7 Atlanta 1
N.Y. Mets 4 Philadelphia 2
Arizona 3 L.A. Dodgers 0
St. Louis 6 Milwaukee 0
Colorado 5 San Diego 2
Interleague
Minnesota 7 Pittsburgh 3
San Francisco 10 Seattle 1
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Curling
In Las Vegas, Team Canada is in a three-way tie at the top at the World Men’s Curling Championship. Brad Gushue's rink racked up their sixth consecutive victory, an 8-5 win over the Netherlands. The win left Canada with a 7-1 record, deadlocked with Sweden and Scotland. Canada plays twice today, taking on China in the early evening match, followed by the United States. The 2017 gold-medal game rematch between Canada and Sweden goes Friday at 12:30 pm Atlantic time.

LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE CHANGES ADDRESS, AS BOARD GETS NEW NAME
Tuesday 3rd April 2018

One of the first changes at the Chignecto Central Regional School Board is their name, along with their local address. Following the passing of the Education Reform Act, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is now the Chignecto-Centre Regional Centre for Education. Board Superintendent Gary Adams has become the regional executive director of education. The Education Reform Act dissolved the province's seven regional school boards, replacing them with a 15-member provincial advisory council, while keeping local school advisory councils in place along with board administrations. The change in names will also be reflected on the CCRSB website, Facebook Page and Twitter account, although the logo will remain in place for now. There will be no changes to email addresses or phone numbers for staff at this time. In addition, the Celtic Family of Schools office has moved from Westville Road to 37 Dickie Street in Trenton. The Celtic Family of Schools consists of 20 schools in Pictou County: 10 elementary schools, two elementary/middle schools, three middle/junior high schools, three high schools and one consolidated Grade Primary-Grade 12 school.

ANNUAL MD BOOT DRIVE BEGINS TODAY
Thursday 29th March 2018

Keep an eye out for local firefighters this weekend with boots in hand, to fundraise for Muscular Dystrophy Canada during the Annual Pictou County Firefighters Association’s Easter Boot Drive. Firefighters will be out today from 2pm-9pm at Sobeys in Pictou and NSLC locations in Stellarton, Westville, and Aberdeen Business Centre, Walmart, and Canadian Tire. On Saturday, you can help "Fill A Boot" from 9am-6pm at all Sobeys & NSLC locations, Superstore, Canadian Tire, Kent, and Walmart. To learn more about Muscular Dystrophy Canada, visit www.muscle.ca


SPORTS MARCH 20 *UPDATED 7:40 AM*
Tuesday 20th March 2018

Congratulations to the Pictou Maripacs Bantam hockey team, they came home with gold on Sunday from the TMBFT tournament in Truro. They went undefeated through 5 games in the tournament, winning the final 3-2 in overtime.
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Blayre Turnbull and the Calgary Inferno fell just one goal short of making it to the Clarkson Cup Final after a thrilling triple overtime game against the Kunlun Red Star in game 3 of the Best-of-3 semi-final series on Sunday evening. The Inferno and Red Star played over 114 minutes of scoreless hockey before Alexandra Carpenter scored to send Kunlun to the Clarkson Cup final in their inaugural season. Kunlun, whose roster includes Baddeck' Jessica Wong, will take on Markham in the Championship next Sunday afternoon.
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The Northumberland Nighthawks boys hockey team has been given a second chance. Dalbrae has dropped out of the playoffs, so it's NRHS vs West Kings this afternoon at 4 in Westville. The winner moves on to the provincials.
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Pictou County Athletics' Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program begins this week. It's an eight week program for kids 5 to 9 years of age, held Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6pm at the North Nova Gym. Registration begins at 4:45 this Wednesday night at the gym entrance. For more information, check the PCA website - pictoucountyathletics.com  
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Aaron Ekblad scored in the first period and the Florida Panthers inched closer to a playoff spot with a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored twice late in the third period to lead the Arizona Coyotes to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames.
Columbus 5 Boston 4 (OT)
Nashville 4 Buffalo 0
Los Angeles 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)
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NBA
Cleveland 124 Milwaukee 117
Indiana 110, L.A. Lakers 100
Philadelphia 108, Charlotte 94
Brooklyn 118 Memphis 115
Miami 149 Denver 141 (3OT)
New York 110 Chicago 92
San Antonio 89 Golden State 75
Detroit 106 Sacramento 90
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Curling
Skip Jennifer Jones and her Canadian team fought through a few uncharacteristic mistakes Monday before pulling out a 9-5 win over China at the world women's curling championship. Third Kaitlyn Lawes threw a stone through the house in the fourth end, Jones had a flash in the eighth and second Jill Officer had a miss of her own in the 10th end. Canada was still able to regain the lead with a deuce in the ninth and stole two more points in the 10th to remain unbeaten in round-robin play. The win moved Canada into a first-place tie with Anna Hasselborg of Sweden at 4-0. Round robin play continues through Friday.
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NCAA Basketball
Women's Tournament (second round)
UConn 71 Quinnipiac 46
Duke 66 Georgia 40
Buffalo 86 Florida State 65
Central Michigan 95 Ohio State 73
Mississippi State 71 Oklahoma State 56
UCLA 86 Creighton 64
Texas 85 Arizona State 65
Stanford 90 Florida Gulf Coast 70

SPORTS MARCH 16
Friday 16th March 2018

The Northern AAA Subway Selects have a 2-0 lead in the best of five Provincial Final of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League over the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers. Game three goes Friday night at the Membertou Center in Cape Breton. Game four, if necessary, will go Saturday in Cape Breton. The winner of the series will be Provincial Champions and will earn a spot at the Atlantic Championships in St. John's, NL over the Easter Weekend.
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The Spring Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons will begin next week at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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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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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA  baseball team will be holding workouts/tryouts beginning this Sunday. Workouts are open to all midget aged players wishing to play triple a baseball. As well second year bantam aged players are welcome to get a head start on their season. Workouts will be under the direction of Chris Hatchard and John Russell. Players are asked to have indoor shoes workout gear gloves and water. Cost per session is $10. All sessions will take place at Wm Sobey soccer complex. For further info contact John Russell at russellathletic@eastlink.ca  or Chris Hatchard at hatchard75@gmail.com
Times are as follows:
March 18 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
March 25 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 7 saturday 9:00 to 11:00
April 15 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 22 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 29 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
May 12 saturday 9:00 to 11:00
May 20 Sunday 9:00 to 11:00
May 26 Saturday 9:00 to 11:00
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
James van Riemsdyk had two goals and an assist to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Winnipeg 6 Chicago 2
Pittsburgh 5 Montreal 3
Washington 7 N.Y. Islanders 3
Columbus 5 Philadelphia 3
Florida 3 Boston 0
Colorado 4 St. Louis 1
Los Angeles 4 Detroit 1
Nashville 3 Arizona 2
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NBA
Toronto 106 Indiana 99
Charlotte 129 Atlanta 117
Philadelphia 118 New York 110
Chicago 111 Memphis 110
Houston 101 L.A. Clippers 96
San Antonio 98 New Orleans 93
Denver 120 Detroit 113
Utah 116 Phoenix 88
Portland 113 Cleveland 105
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Paralympics
Canada's Mark Arendz claimed the first Paralympic biathlon gold of his career by winning the men's 15-kilometre standing race at the Winter Games in South Korea. The medal was the fourth of the Games for the 28-year-old from Hartsville, P.E.I., after earning silver and bronze in earlier biathlon events and a cross-country sprint bronze. Arendz now owns six career Paralympic medals. Arendz's medal, combined with Collin Cameron and Brittany Hudak both winning bronze, brings Canada's total to 19 at these Games, tying a national record set in Vancouver in 2010. Canada will surpass that total by virtue of the para ice hockey team reaching the gold-medal game; the team is guaranteed either a gold or silver in that game, which will bring the total to 20.
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NCAA Basketball
At Pittsburgh
Rhode Island 83 Oklahoma 73
Duke 89 Iona 67
Villanova 87 Radford 61
Alabama 86 Virginia Tech 83
At Dallas
Tennessee 73 Wright State 47
Loyola of Chicago 64 Miami 62
Texas Tech 70 Stephen F. Austin 60
Florida 77 St. Bonaventure 62
At Wichita, Kansas
Kansas 76 Pennsylvania 60
Seton Hall 94 N.C. State 83
Houston 67 San Diego State 65
Michigan 61 Montana 47
At Boise, Idaho
Gonzaga 68 UNC Greensboro 64
Ohio State 81 South Dakota State 73
Kentucky 78 Davidson 73
Buffalo 89 Arizona 68

FRASER ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR SENIORS PROGRAMS IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 15th March 2018

Seniors in Westville will now have more opportunities to participate in an art program, and also be able to enjoy improved fitness classes and activities thanks to a $2,110 grant through the New Horizons for Seniors Program. Local MP Sean Fraser made the announcement today, just prior to a weekly fitness class, which at times has seen over 60 people taking part. The funding for the Heritage Group, which is based out of the municipal building in Westville, includes the purchase of an amp for the instructor to use during fitness classes and activities. Over the last couple of years, the group has grown so large, they have had to borrow an amp from a staff member, but are now able to buy their own. Additionally, funds are being used to buy basic supplies for a growing art group. The Heritage Group is open to seniors aged 55+, who use the space in Westville for their monthly meetings, painting, line dancing, fitness classes and various activities.


SPORTS MARCH 15
Thursday 15th March 2018

Thorburn Golden Hawks PeeWee team went undefeated in round robin action at the “Birthplace of Hockey” tournament in Windsor. Thorburn’s only loss came at the hands of the TASA Ducks in the championship game. Most valuable players selected from each game were Cole Bryden, Cole Miller, Kyla Jobe and Dylan Gunn. It was a total team effort with all three lines scoring goals. Goal scorers for Thorburn were: Cole Bryden (10), Cale Cormier Cameron (3), Gage Wolf/ Dylan Gunn with 2 each, and Marcus Coady/ Duncan Bannerman/ Kyla Jobe and Karson Coady with 1 each. John Mason put in a solid performance in nets.
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The Thorburn Midget Hawks C1 team captured Gold in the 2nd Annual Nick Merrill and Corey Bates Friendship Tournament over the weekend in Amherst. The first game's conclusion was delayed by a power outage, but was resumed on Saturday before their final round robin match. Final Score was 2-0 for Thorburn. In the 2nd game played Saturday morning in Oxford the Hawks defeated Sydney Steelers 4 to 2. In the 3rd game Thorburn seen the 2nd Midget C team from Amherst and in a very competitive game the hawks won 5-3. In going 3-0 in the round robin the Hawks advanced automatically to the Championship game, where they defeated the Sydney Steelers 5-4.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects have a 2-0 lead in the best of five Provincial Final of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League over the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers. Game three goes Friday night at the Membertou Center in Cape Breton. Game four, if necessary, will go Saturday in Cape Breton. The winner of the series will be Provincial Champions and will earn a spot at the Atlantic Championships in St. John's, NL over the Easter Weekend.
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The Spring Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons will begin next week at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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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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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA  baseball team will be holding workouts/tryouts beginning this coming Sunday March 18. Workouts are open to all midget aged players wishing to play triple a baseball. As well second year bantam aged players are welcome to get a head start on their season. Workouts will be under the direction of Chris Hatchard and John Russell. Players are asked to have indoor shoes workout gear gloves and water. Cost per session is $10. All sessions will take place at Wm Sobey soccer complex. For further info contact John Russell at russellathletic@eastlink.ca  or Chris Hatchard at hatchard75@gmail.com
Times are as follows:
March 18 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
March 25 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 7 saturday 9:00 to 11:00
April 15 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 22 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 29 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
May 12 saturday 9:00 to 11:00
May 20 Sunday 9:00 to 11:00
May 26 Saturday 9:00 to 11:00
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Jason Chimera got his first goal and assist with Anaheim, and defenceman Brandon Montour scored twice to lead the Ducks over slumping Vancouver 3-0, extending the Canucks' scoreless streak to 10 periods.
Tomas Hertl had a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, as the San Jose Sharks pulled out a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Toronto 6 Dallas 5 (SO)
N.Y. Rangers 4 Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
New Jersey 8 Vegas 3
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NBA
Orlando 126 Milwaukee 117
Washington 125 Boston 124 (2OT)
Sacramento 123 Miami 119 (OT)
Golden State 117 L.A. Lakers 106
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Paralympics
Canada's wheelchair curling team guaranteed a spot in the semifinals at the Winter Paralympics in South Korea. The rink, led by skip Mark Ideson, secured a berth with a 6-2 victory over Germany and closed out round-robin play with a 8-4 comeback win against Finland. The Canadians finished with a 9-2 record, and join South Korea, China and Norway in the semifinals.
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Canada's para ice hockey team advanced to the gold-medal game at the 2018 Winter Paralympics with a convincing 7-0 win over host South Korea. Tyler McGregor and Billy Bridges both scored twice, with Liam Hickey, Dom Cozzolino and captain Greg Westlake rounding out the score sheet. Canada hasn't won Paralympic gold since the 2006 Games in Torino.

SPORTS MARCH 14 *UPDATED 11:50*
Wednesday 14th March 2018

The Thorburn Midget Hawks C1 team captured Gold in the 2nd Annual Nick Merrill and Corey Bates Friendship Tournament over the weekend in Amherst. The first game's conclusion was delayed by a power outage, but was resumed obn Saturday before their final round robin match. Final Score was 2-0 for Thorburn. Wesley Kelly got the shut out and player of the game award...scoring for the Hawks was Skyler Coady and Logan Butler. In the 2nd game played Saturday morning in Oxford the Hawks defeated Sydney Steelers 4 to 2 with Bryce Thomsen getting player of the game honors and Tanner MacIvor playing a strong solid game in nets to secure the win.  Scoring for the hawks were Thomsen with two and Tyler Foote and Matt Munroe with singles. In the 3rd game Thorburn seen the 2nd Midget C team from Amherst and in a very competitive game the hawks won 5-3 with Kelly getting the win in nets again.  Scoring for the Hawks were Foote with 2 Charlie MacLean Skyler Coady and Thomsen with singles. In going 3-0 in the round robin the Hawks advanced automatically to the Championship game. And due to a forfeit and unsportsmanlike play by one of the hosting teams the Sydney Steelers advanced to the semi finals eliminating Riverview Blues 3-2 pinning Sydney against Thorburn in a rematch of the previous game. In the 1st period Thorburn's Tyler Foote opened the scoring with Charlie MacLean adding a 2nd goal to lead after 1...2 to 0..Steelers replied early in the 2nd to bring them within 1 to tie it but not for long as Hawks Keegan Martin scored to bring the lead to two again but the Steelers didn't give up and replied with 2 goals and tied the game making the game a real nail biter for all spectators. The Hawks came hard in the 3rd and put two goals on the board from Charlie MacLean and Matt Munroe before the Steelers replied with a power play goal.  With only 2mins to go and behind by 1 the Steelers pulled the goalie but it wasn't enough the Hawk's Matt Munroe's goal would hold up to be the winning goal as they  won 5-4 to capture the friendship banner.  Player of the game was Charlie MacLean with two goals Macivor and Kelly shared the net win.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects have a 2-0 lead in the best of five Provincial Final of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League over the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers. Game three goes Friday night at the Membertou Center in Cape Breton. Game four, if necessary, will go Saturday in Cape Breton. The winner of the series will be Provincial Champions and will earn a spot at the Atlantic Championships in St. John's, NL over the Easter Weekend.
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The Spring Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons will begin next week at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. THERE IS STILL TIME TO REGISTER. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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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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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA  baseball team will be holding workouts/tryouts beginning this coming Sunday March 18. Workouts are open to all midget aged players wishing to play triple a baseball. As well second year bantam aged players are welcome to get a head start on their season. Workouts will be under the direction of Chris Hatchard and John Russell. Players are asked to have indoor shoes workout gear gloves and water. Cost per session is $10. All sessions will take place at Wm Sobey soccer complex. For further info contact John Russell at russellathletic@eastlink.ca  or Chris Hatchard at hatchard75@gmail.com
Times are as follows:
March 18 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
March 25 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 7 saturday 9:00 to 11:00
April 15 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 22 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 29 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
May 12 saturday 9:00 to 11:00
May 20 Sunday 9:00 to 11:00
May 26 Saturday 9:00 to 11:00
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Artturi Lehkonen scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens snapped their five-game losing skid with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars.
Mike Hoffman scored two goals and six other Ottawa players had multipoint games as the Senators beat Tampa Bay 7-4, ending the Lightning's 10-game streak without a regulation loss.
Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 32 of 33 shots, and the Predators pulled away for a 3-1 win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets.
Mike Smith made 28 saves and Johnny Gaudreau had the winner as the Calgary Flames edged the Edmonton Oilers 1-0, ending a seven-game losing streak against their provincial rival.
Colorado 5 Minnesota 1
Boston 6 Carolina 4
Arizona 4 Los Angeles 3 (SO)
NBA
Jonas Valanciunas carried Eastern Conference-leading Toronto on an off night for stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry as the Raptors earned their ninth straight win with a 116-102 victory over the Nets.
Indiana 101 Philadelphia 98
Minnesota 116 Washington 111
Dallas 110 New York 97
Oklahoma City 119 Atlanta 107
L.A. Clippers 112 Chicago 106
New Orleans 119 Charlotte 115
San Antonio 108 Orlando 72
Utah 110 Detroit 79
Cleveland 129 Phoenix 107
L.A. Lakers 112 Denver 103

SPORTS MARCH 13
Tuesday 13th March 2018

The Northern AAA Subway Selects have a 2-0 lead in the best of five Provincial Final of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League over the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers. Game three goes Friday night at the Membertou Center in Cape Breton. Game four, if necessary, will go Saturday in Cape Breton. The winner of the series will be Provincial Champions and will earn a spot at 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 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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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA  baseball team will be holding workouts/tryouts beginning this coming Sunday March 18. Workouts are open to all midget aged players wishing to play triple a baseball. As well second year bantam aged players are welcome to get a head start on their season. Workouts will be under the direction of Chris Hatchard and John Russell. Players are asked to have indoor shoes workout gear gloves and water. Cost per session is $10. All sessions will take place at Wm Sobey soccer complex. For further info contact John Russell at russellathletic@eastlink.ca  or Chris Hatchard at hatchard75@gmail.com
Times are as follows:
March 18 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
March 25 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 7 saturday 9:00 to 11:00
April 15 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 22 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
April 29 sunday 12:00 to 2:00
May 12 saturday 9:00 to 11:00
May 20 Sunday 9:00 to 11:00
May 26 Saturday 9:00 to 11:00
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Seth Jones scored a pair of power-play goals and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 38 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets claimed a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Columbus.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach 600 goals and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the overtime winner as the Washington Capitals returned to first place by beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.
Vegas 3 Philadelphia 2
N.Y. Rangers 6 Carolina 3
Ottawa 5 Florida 3
St. Louis 4 Anaheim 2
San Jose 5 Detroit 3
Los Angeles 3 Vancouver 0
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NBA
Houston 109 San Antonio 93
Milwaukee 121 Memphis 103
Oklahoma City 106 Sacramento 101
Portland 115 Miami 99


SPORTS MARCH 12
Monday 12th March 2018

The Northern AAA Subway Selects took a 2-0 lead in the best of five Provincial Final of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League over the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers. The Selects took game one with a 4-1 win on Saturday at the Wellness Center. Maddie Quinn with a pair and singles to Camryn Halliday and KJ Emery lead the attack for the Selects in the tight checking affair. Lily Currie was strong in goal for the Subways. On Sunday morning it was a much different team for Cape Breton who came out strong early. Despite the push the Selects got out to a 3-1 lead midway through the second. Cape Breton came back strong and scored twice to knot things at three at the second intermission. It was a tight checking third period with the Selects having a slight edge in play. With 9:26 to go in the game, Ella MacLean walked in over the blue line and ripped a slapshot to the short side to give the Selects a 4-3 lead. The Subways defensive game kicked in and they held on for the 4-3 to take the 2-0 series lead. Other goals were scored by Eva Wornell, Kara Maclean and KJ Emery.  Currie was strong again for the win between the pipes. Game three goes Friday night at the Membertou Center in Cape Breton. Game four, if necessary, will go Saturday in Cape Breton. The winner of the series will be Provincial Champions and will earn a spot at the Atlantic Championships in St. John's, NL over the Easter Weekend.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers finished the season strong defeating the Ramblers Saturday night in Amherst by a score of 7-2. Michael Dill picked up two assists to finish his junior career with 203 points as a Crusher.
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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
Rookie goalie Christopher Gibson made 50 saves as the New York Islanders beat the Calgary Flames 5-2 to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Arizona 1 Vancouver 0
Chicago 3 Boston 1
Pittsburgh 3 Dallas 1
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NBA
Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 and the Toronto Raptors kept right on rolling after a big win two nights earlier, beating the New York Knicks 132-106 for their season-high eighth-straight victory.
Chicago 129 Atlanta 122
Minnesota 109 Golden State 103
Utah 116 New Orleans 99
Denver 130 Sacramento 104
Houston 105 Dallas 82
Indiana 99 Boston 97
Philadelphia 120 Brooklyn 97
L.A. Lakers 127 Cleveland 113
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Curling
Brad Gushue downed Alberta's Brendan Bottcher 6-4 in Sunday's final of the Tim Hortons Brier for a second straight Canadian title. Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker will represent Canada at the men's world championship in Las Vegas from March 31 to April 8. Up 5-4 coming home with hammer and an Alberta stone on the four-foot rings, Gushue drew the button with just his second draw of the entire game for the victory. They're the first team to win back-to-back Briers since Kevin Martin in 2008 and 2009. Gushue's win in the final was his 123rd all-time at the Brier. Earlier in the tournament, the 37-year-old passed Russ Howard and Martin tied at 113.

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES MORE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
Friday 9th March 2018

More Nova Scotians will have access to primary health care with the addition of 39 health professionals across the province. Nurse practitioners, family practice nurses, social workers and a physiotherapist will join 23 collaborative family practice teams in 17 communities. In Pictou County, the Health Clinic in Westville is adding a Nurse Practitioner and a Family Practice Nurse, while two Nurse Practitioners are coming to Pictou and a Family Practice Nurse to New Glasgow. Nova Scotians who need a family practice can still register online at this link or by calling 811.

SPORTS MARCH 9
Friday 9th March 2018

It was a fight to the finish, but the Weeks Junior A Crushers' final home game of the season was a loss to the Truro Bearcats, 4-3 in Overtime. Their final game will be tomorrow in Amherst, which will be broadcast on 94.1 East Coast FM beginning at 6:45.
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The Northern AAA Midget Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League will open their best of five provincial final series against the Cape Breton Panthers on Saturday at 6pm at the wellness Center. The Selects are the defending provincial midget AAA champions and will be looking to retain that title beginning this weekend. Game 2 will go Sunday morning at 1130am, also at the Wellness Center. The Selects will be looking for a good crowd to spur them on as one of the last major teams standing in Pictou county hockey.
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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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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
Columbus 5 Colorado 4 (OT)
Winnipeg 3 New Jersey 2
Boston 3 Philadelphia 2
Buffalo 4 Ottawa 3 (SO)
Florida 5 Montreal 0
Vegas 4 Detroit 0
Tampa Bay 5 N.Y. Rangers 3
Nashville 4 Anaheim 2
Carolina 3 Chicago 2
Edmonton 2 N.Y. Islanders 1 (SO)
Los Angeles 3 Washington 1
San Jose 2 St. Louis 0
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NBA
Brooklyn 125 Charlotte 111
Miami 108 Philadelphia 99
Boston 117 Minnesota 109
Oklahoma City 115 Phoenix 87
Golden State 110 San Antonio 107


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

PROVINCE ANNOUNCES LOCATIONS FOR PRE-PRIMARY EXPANSION
Wednesday 7th March 2018

The province will add 130 new pre-primary classes this fall, in 87 communities across Nova Scotia. There will be 13 new locations across the Chignecto Central Regional Board, including 3 in Pictou County: Walter Duggan Consolidated in Westville, Frank H. MacDonald Elementary in Thorburn, and Thorburn Consolidated. Premier Stephen McNeil says the first year of the Pre-primary Program has been a success and that the program will ensure children across the province have a strong foundation for school regardless of where they live or their socio-economic background. The program will be expanded each year until it's available to all four year-olds by September 2020. More information about the program, a list of locations and how to register is available on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development website.

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


STELLARTON ROUNDUP: NEW POWER OUTAGE PLAN, FUNDS FOR NEW BRIDGE?
Tuesday 6th March 2018

The town of Stellarton is working to update its power outage contingency plan. There is already a plan in place for an outage that lasts more than 72 hours, as per the provincial EMO. The update, being worked on by the fire chief, deputy chief, and councillor Simon Lewand, would cover outages that are expected to last only a few hours. Lewand and Chief Dwight Campbell said the plan should be available to present to council next month.
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Stellarton town council is going to look to other levels of government to help pay for a possible project to replace the bridge over Bear Brook between Stellarton and Westville. Recreation Director Paul Corbin told council that based on other projects of that size, a new bridge that would be more accessible and safer to use would cost in the neighborhood of $160-200 thousand dollars. Corbin says he can apply for some funding through the provincial Connect2 Grant, as well as other possible provincial and federal grants. Mayor Danny MacGillivray said that before council would look at approving such a project, knowing what other funding sources would be available is crucial.

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


WESTVILLE FAMILY OF FOUR DISPLACED BY FIRE
Saturday 3rd March 2018

A family of four was forced from their home after a fire heavily damaged the two-story property in Westville early Saturday morning. The Canadian Red Cross says no one was injured in the Church Street house fire, which was reported around 6 a.m. Saturday. Red Cross volunteers are helping to provide emergency lodging and food to the family of four, including the couple, their four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. The organization says new clothing and other essentials are also being purchased for the family.

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


WESTVILLE ROUNDUP: PIPELINE PRESENTATION, PLASTIC
Tuesday 27th February 2018

The group Friends of the Northumberland Strait made a presentation to Westville Town council last night about Northern Pulp’s proposed effluent pipe, and why they are against it. Jill Graham Scanlan and Krista Fulton, both local businesspeople and married to fishermen, outlined their concerns over the plan. They say Northern Pulp’s study of how the treated effluent would affect local waters is incomplete, and that the scientists and engineers hired to model how the effluent would spread were not told that there were fishing grounds within one hundred meters of the discharge area. The group asked Westville council to write a letter to Environment Minister Iain Rankin asking for an Environmental Assessment Report as part of the province’s assessment of the mill’s plan. Councillors noted that a motion to do that has already been tabled, and that they are waiting to hear from all sides before making a decision.
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Westville is adding its voice those asking the province to consider a ban on plastic shopping bags. Since China announced that they are no longer accepting plastic film from other countries for processing, municipalities are having to stockpile plastic collected for recycling as they search for other markets. Westville CAO Kelly Rice said that while deciding what to do with recycling is a municipal matter, it would be impractical for the various municipalities to draft their own rules over plastic disposal. Westville joins 28 other municipalities that have already voiced their support for a province-wide ban on plastic bags.

COMMUNITY DRUG TALK IN NEW GLASGOW ON WEDNESDAY
Monday 26th February 2018

To celebrate Crime Stoppers Awareness programs, Law Enforcement Agencies in Pictou County will be hosting a community drug talk this week that will focus on the different types of drugs in Pictou County and prevention methods and resources. The community talk is at the UCT building behind Summer Street Industries on Wednesday night at 7pm. Pictou County Crime Stoppers, along with New Glasgow Regional Police, Stellarton Police Service, RCMP Pictou County and Westville Police Service will be on hand to answer any questions that parents may have.

COLLABORATIVE CARE TEAMS DISCUSSED LAST NIGHT AT THE WELLNESS CENTRE
Thursday 22nd February 2018

Having other professionals share a doctor's workload cuts down on burn-out for all members of a collaborative care team and the province wants patient input. That started at the Wellness Centre last night. Diedre Taylor speaks for the health authority's plan to implement more of the teams and says they result in fewer E-R visits and make the province more attractive to young doctors who want to know they have a back-up team when they need time off. Pictou County currently has 4 collaborative practice teams, with one each in Pictou West, New Glasgow's East and West sides and the newest one in Westville. The province is spending 8-million dollars to set up collaborative teams province-wide this year, with several more currently in the works for Pictou County later this year.


STAFF CHANGES IN STELLARTON
Tuesday 6th February 2018

There are new faces and new positions at Stellarton Town Hall. Last night, council officially approved the hiring of Rachel MacLean as the town’s new Planning and Development Officer, as well as By-Law Enforcement Officer. MacLean shares these duties amoung the towns of Stellarton, Trenton and Westville. Recreation Director Paul Corbin has also been appointed as Stellarton’s communication officer. He has been overseeing the relaunch of the town’s website, which Mayor Danny MacGillivray says will be one of the most open and transparent municipal sites in the province.

WESTVILLE COUNCIL ADJUSTING POLICY ON UNSIGHTLY PREMISES
Tuesday 30th January 2018

Westville Town Council unanimously voted in a change to the policy that covers dangerous and unsightly properties in the town. The change will make the language of the policy identical with Trenton and Stellarton, all of whom have the same by-law enforcement officer. CAO Kelly Rice informed the council that there were very few substantive changes to the actual meaning of the by-law, with one key exception. A clause in the bylaw that does not currently exist for Westville, would require that the complainant would have to be identified, and could not be the mayor or a member or council.

TRENTON PARK GROUP ASKS WESTVILLE COUNCIL FOR FUNDING
Tuesday 30th January 2018

The group working to acquire funding for the revitalisation of the Trenton Park made a presentation to Westville Town Council last night in the hopes of receiving funding from the municipal unit. Hemlock Group Chair Jen Bethell presented the group’s business plan and case for why supporting this endeavour would be good for the whole county. Bethell says the group is looking to generate 2.68 million dollars in funding, with the federal and provincial governments each supplying one-third of the funds. They are asking for the final third to come from municipalities, corporate and private donations. Bethell says they have already secured funding from Trenton, New Glasgow, Stellarton, and Pictou, and have made their presentation to the County Council. The discussion turned to the definition of a regional asset, but Town Council did choose to bring the subject up in their 2018-19 budget deliberations.


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

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

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.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 14 JANUARY
Sunday 14th January 2018

The Weeks Junior A Crushers picked up a huge come from behind win, 4-3, over the Yarmouth Mariners on Friday. Jaden Mason scored twice for the Crushers, with singles from Michael Dill and Nicholas Jessome. Matt Normore turned aside 25 shots for the win. With the Bearcats 2-0 loss to Valley, both the Crushers and Wildcats are one point shy of Truro for the final playoff position. The Mariners were back in action last night, and won 3-2 over the Amherst Ramblers in overtime. Two other games last night, as Summerside beat St. Stephen 6-1, and South Shore downed Woodstock 41. There are three games today. The one the Crushers will be watching most closely has Valley at home to the Ramblers, while South Shore is in Edmundston and Yarmouth visits Summerside.
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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 Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians game in Membertou against the Miners was postponed last night, but they will be in action tonight at 7pm at Trenton Arena when will host the Cole Harbour Colts. One game from last night in the NSJHL, Liverpool beat Valley 5-2.
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The Pictou County Peewee AAA’s host Acadia on Sunday at the Wellness Centre for a double header at 10 am and 2 pm.
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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
Both number one seeds in the NFL won their Divisional Round matches yesterday. The Philadelphia Eagles were underdogs after losing their starting quarterback – but don't tell Nick Foles that. Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards in a 15-10 win over Atlanta. The Eagles now await the winner of today's game between New Orleans and Minnesota. The New England Patriots dismantled the Tennessee Titans, 35-14, to advance to their 7th consecutive AFC Championship game, where they will play the winner of today's game between Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.
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NHL
The long season continues for the Montreal Canadiens, as Phillip Danault had to be taken off of the ice on a stretcher late in the second period last night. Danault was hit in the head by a slapshot from Zdeno Chara, and had to spend the night in the hospital. He will be re-evaluated today. Adding insult to injury, the Habs lost in a shootout 4-3 to the Bruins.
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The Edmonton Oilers got an overtime goal from Darnell Nurse, while Connor McDavid earned his 200th career point on his 21st birthday, and the Oilers beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2.
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The Winnipeg Jets missed out on a chance to extend their lead in the Central Division, as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Minnesota Wild.
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Elsewhere in the NHL:
NY Islanders 7 NY Rangers 2
Pittsburgh 4 Detroit 1
Philadlephia 5 New Jersey 3
Colorado 4 Dallas 1
Anaheim 4 Los Angeles 2
San Jose 6 Arizona 5(OT)


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


COUNCILS TO FUND PART OF HOMELESS SHELTER PROJECT
Tuesday 19th December 2017

Both New Glasgow and Pictou County Councils made commitments to give financial support to Viola’s Place in their ongoing efforts to buy a building to launch a shelter for the homeless. The group working to launch the facility made a presentation to the Mayors and Warden Committee last week, asking for assistance in raising the funds that would go toward the purchase of the building. At their respective committee meetings last night, County committed to giving 8-thousand dollars, while New Glasgow approved 75-hundred in funding. New Glasgow’s money, however, came with some conditions. Council expressed concern over the possible lack of an appraisal of the property, a lack of a solid business plan over a 3-5 year term to keep the facility running, and a possible lack of the remainder of the funding. They determined that if those items were addressed, then the funds would be forthcoming. Westville town council moved to have their funding considered by the finance committee as part of next fiscal year’s budget.


WESTVILLE COUNCIL EXPRESS CONCERN OVER NORTHERN PULP PLANS
Tuesday 28th November 2017

Westville Town Council is working to ensure fisheries and the tourism industry do not get unduly impacted by changes to the way Northern Pulp treats its effluent. Following a motion by Deputy Mayor Lynn MacDonald, Council will be penning a letter to the provincial and federal ministers of Environment and Fisheries. In the letter, council will express their concerns over the proposed plan for Northern Pulp to create a system to remove effluent into the Northumberland Strait. MacDonald says if this plan is allowed to go forward, the impact that it will have on the tourism and fishing industries would be devastating. She says the council needs to get out ahead of the issue and ensure that they are on record before any plan gets finalized.

MURPHY NEXT DEPUTY MAYOR IN WESTVILLE
Tuesday 28th November 2017

Westville Town Council has voted unanimously for Bernie Murphy to be their next Deputy Mayor. Similar to many other municipalities, the role of Deputy Mayor is routinely rotated throughout members of council. Current Deputy Mayor Lynn MacDonald will see her term at the post end as of 31 December, with Murphy taking over as of 1 January.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 28
Tuesday 28th November 2017

On Sunday the Bantam AA Crushers had an exhibition game against the Sackville Flyers, the top team from their league.  The Flyers scored early in the game but Myles Farnsworth scored an unassisted goal to tie the game at 1 near the end of the first.  In the second the Crushers picked up the pace and fired three unanswered goals scored by Cam MacKinnon, Ross Martin and Ryan Denny.  Assist went went to Denny, Farnsworth, Martin and Camden Kelly to make it 4-1 after two periods.  Sackville attacked the Crushers net early in the third and was able to make it 4-2.  The Bantam AA continued to play hard and the defense did a good job keeping the Flyers to the outside. Martin added another goal for a 5-2 final.  Net duties were shared between Xander Vohs and Jacob Fraser. Next weekend the Bantam AA Crushers will 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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Coming up this weekend, the Pictou County Scotians have a home and home set with the Strait Pirates.
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Last night at the Westville Miners Sports Center the Rangers and Leafs played to a 4-4 tie in Leo Fahey twilight Hockey league action. Julie Anderson Led the Leafs with 2 goals with singles going to Debbie Maclean and Charlene Conrad. Samantha Williams, Carla Dumeresq, Chrissie MacKay and Jana Shawn tallied for the Rangers.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League
Game 1: Madrid 2 vs Britain 2
Madrid: Austin Swain 1, Michael King 1
Britain: Patrick MacNeil 1, Jake Luddington 1
Game 2: Yugoslavia 3 vs Brazil 3
Yugoslavia: Mason Fraser 1, Luke Avery 1, Tearin Morrison 1
Brazil: Keinon Bourque-DeCoste 1, Dylan Kelly 1, Ethan Johnstone 1
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Carey Price made 37 saves as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1.
Linemates Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor each had a goal and two assists as the Winnipeg Jets scored seven straight goals to rebound from a two-goal deficit and defeat the Minnesota Wild 7-2.
Chicago 7 Anaheim 3
Florida 3 New Jersey 2
Pittsburgh 5 Philadelphia 4 (OT)
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NFL
Terrell Suggs led an aggressive Baltimore defense that kept Houston out of the end zone for the final 51 minutes, and the Ravens went deep in the playbook on offense to squeeze out a 23-16 victory.
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NBA
Cleveland 113 Philadelphia 91
Indiana 121 Orlando 109
Detroit 118 Boston 108
Portland 103 New York 91
Houston 117 Brooklyn 103
San Antonio 115 Dallas 108
L.A. Clippers 120 L.A. Lakers 115
Sacramento 110 Golden State 106


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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SPORTS ROUNDUP - 22 NOVEMBER
Wednesday 22nd November 2017

The Peewee AA Crushers are showing their might early in the season in NS Mainland League play with a record of 5 Wins, 1 Loss and 2 ties. November 11th and 12th they completed a home and home match up with the Cumberland County Ramblers. On Saturday the 11th, the Crushers tied 3-3 with the Ramblers at the Oxford Arena. The Crushers were leading 3-0 after 2 period only to have the Ramblers come back with 3 unanswered goals in the 3rd to pull off a tie. Scoring for the Crushers were Levon Walst, Cole Thompson & Wyatt Spence with singles, assists coming off the sticks of Spence and Colby Nichol. On the Sunday the 12th the Crushers soundly defeated the Ramblers 5-3 at the Westville Sports Centre. Scoring for the home squad were Walst with 2, Spence, Thompson and Steele with singles and assists coming from Zachary MacInnis with 2 and singles helpers from Steele and Walst. The Crushers next faced the Acadian Axemen in Kentville for a game Saturday afternoon November 18th. The game seen the Pictou County offence explode for 7 goals in a 7-0 win. Scoring for the home squad was Mac Wallace, Blake MacLennan, Clint MacLaughlin, John K Martin, Levon Walst, Colby Nichol and Landon Steele. Assists going to Walst, Wallace & Wyatt Spence with 2 each and singles helpers coming from, MacLennan, MacLaughlin and Zachery MacInnis. The Crushers defense all played a tight game while being backed up with solid goaltending from Jacob MacLeod earning the shutout. The second game of the weekend saw the Crushers faceoff again the West Hants Warriors for a battle for 2nd place in the Mainland Peewee AA League at the Brooklyn Arena. The Crushers won the contest 4-1. Scoring for the Crushers were Blake MacLennan, Wyatt Spence, Levon Walst and Colby Nichol with assists coming from Spence, Mac Wallace, Nichol, and John K Martin. Cole Battist was solid between the pipes for the Crushers in the win. The Peewee AA Crushers next see action this weekend when they participate in the Riverview Minor Hockey Fall Classic Tournament in Riverview, NB from November 24th-27th.
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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.
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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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There is one games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League 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
Vancouver 5 Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 8 Edmonton 3
Dallas 3 Montreal 1

NBA
L.A. Lakers 103 Chicago 94

Major League Soccer
Eastern Conference Final

First leg
Toronto 0 Columbus 0
Western Conference Final
First leg
Seattle 2 Houston 0

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 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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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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.

CAR THIEF WHO ELUDED POLICE, DOWNED A POWER LINE FINALLY CAPTURED *UPDATED 10:45 AM*
Wednesday 15th November 2017

Westville Police have an update on the man they say led them and Stellarton Police on a chase Monday night and early yesterday, stealing two trucks and wrecking one in the process. A 28-year old Westville man was arrested in Dartmouth last night while in possession of a 2010 GMC truck that was stolen from A.W. Leil Cranes. The man is in custody and will appear in court today. Both Westville and Stellarton police are continuing to investigate.

LOCAL POLICE SEARCHING FOR STOLEN TRUCK FOLLOWING HIT AND RUN
Tuesday 14th November 2017

Westville & Stellarton police are asking the public to be on the lookout for a 2010 grey GMC Sierra, licence plate FDW 898. The truck was stolen from A.W. Leil Cranes early this morning, and has the company name on the side. Police believe the person who stole the GMC also stole a Ford F150 in Westville last night which was involved in a hit and run in New Glasgow after evading police and causing considerable property damage. The F150 was in an accident around 3:20 am in Westville, which is likely the accident that cut power to over 2,100 customers for several hours. Police called off the pursuit of the GMC around 8 this morning as it headed west towards Alma on Highway 4. Anyone with information is asked to contact Westville or Stellarton police (902-752-6160), or Crime Stoppers.


REMEMBRANCE DAY EXPECTED TO DRAW MORE YOUNG PEOPLE
Friday 10th November 2017

Local Member of Parliament Sean Fraser says the Remembrance Day services here in Pictou County provide an important pause, and a reason for people to think about what this country stands for. Fraser says what our soldiers fought for isn't just a thing of the past, because protecting and promoting human justice is something that should never come to an end. There are Remembrance Day services across Pictou County tomorrow (Saturday) and Fraser says he's heartened by the fact that polls show more people under the age of 35 intend to take part this year.

There will be a Remembrance Day Service on Saturday, November 11th at Carmichael Park in New Glasgow at 11am. The Service is under the direction of Branch #34 of the Royal Canadian Legion, New Glasgow. This service will be broadcast on 94.1 and is presented by Branch 34 of the Royal Canadian Legion, The Town of New Glasgow and 94.1 East Coast FM.

Trenton's Annual Remembrance Day Service will be held Saturday at 11am at the Cenotaph on High Street. Reception to follow at Br. #29, RCL, Trenton.

Pictou Landing First Nation Service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 10:30 a.m. Smudging of Wreaths at 10:45am followed by Grand March to the graveyard. Lunch to follow at the Michael Wayne Memorial Gymnasium.

Remembrance Day Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, Hopewell, Nov 11th at 10.45am.

Westville's annual Remembrance Day Service will be held at the cenotaph on North Main Street, 11 a.m., with guest speaker Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane. Reception to follow at the legion.

Thorburn's annual Remembrance Day Service will be at Union Presbyterian Church (across from the fire hall) at 11am.

Stellarton Service at the cenotaph on North Foord Street, 11 a.m. Reception to follow at the legion.

Glencoe Community Hall Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Glencoe Hall on East River East Side Road at 2:30pm on Saturday, November 11th.

Pictou Remembrance Day Service, organized by Branch #16 RCL in Pictou, will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Pictou at 11 a.m.

Sunny Brae Remembrance Day Service will be held 2pm at the Sunny Brae Veteran's Memorial. Guest speaker, former Premier Dr. John Hamm. An interpretive panel “East River Valley Military Service History” will be unveiled afterward. Reception to follow at IOOF Hall.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 8
Wednesday 8th November 2017

Two games were played in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League yesterday.
Game 1 - Mexico 7 vs Argentina 4
Scoring: 
Mexico: Avery Henderson 3, Gina Ingram 2, Melody Wadden 2
Argentina: Katie Tucker 1 Ava MacLaughlin 1, Samantha Hughes 1, Olivia Holiday 1

Game 2 - Italy 7 vs Barcelona 7
Scoring:
Italy: Josie Ingram 3, Riley Murphy 2, Arly MacFarlene 1, Annie Chisholm 1
Barcelona: Reese Murray 3, Mackenzie Fulton 2, Mya Cook-Young 1, Laila MacInnis 1
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The Bruins defeated the Leafs 6-5 in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action on Monday evening at the Westville Sports Center. Stephanie led the Bruins with two goals while Julie Anderson, Rachael Mattison, Chrissie MacKay and Carla Dumaresq had a tally apiece. Debbie MacLean with two goals and single tallies by Angela Anderson, Dawn MacKay and Karen Koch took care of the Leafs attack.
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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 one game this week, and it will be on home ice this Thursday. The Crushers will host the Summerside Western Capitals. It will be the second meeting of the regular season between these two teams, after the Caps won in Summerside last month. The Crushers will enter the game in fifth place in the South Division, 3 points back of Truro for fourth.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have a pair of games against the Sid Rowe Division leading Kameron Jr Miners this weekend. Friday night they will face off in Membertou, before the return match at Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm. The Scotians come into the weekend in second place in the Sid Rowe Division, six points back with one game in hand, so a sweep could move the Scotians to within two points, and still with that game in hand on the Miners.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Connor McDavid scored 38 seconds into overtime to lead the Edmonton Oilers over the New York Islanders 2-1.
Brendan Gallagher and Jamie Benn scored in the first period as the Montreal Canadiens posted a third straight win with a 3-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Bo Horvat and Henrik Sedin scored 38 seconds apart in the third period as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Calgary Flames 5-3. Horvat put the visitors in front at 4:12 on the power play when he swatted in a centring pass from Ben Hutton.
Buffalo 3 Washington 1
St. Louis 3 New Jersey 1
Carolina 3 Florida 1
Nashville 3 Columbus 1
Pittsburgh 3 Arizona 1
Los Angeles 4 Anaheim 3 (OT)
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    NBA
Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds — and just the second three-point shot of his NBA career — as the Toronto Raptors held on to beat the Chicago Bulls 119-114.
Cleveland 124 Milwaukee 119
Dallas 113 Washington 99
New Orleans 117 Indiana 112
New York 118 Charlotte 113
San Antonio 120 L.A. Clippers 107
Denver 112 Brooklyn 104
Philadelphia 104 Utah 97
Memphis 98 Portland 97

SPORTS NOVEMBER 7
Tuesday 7th November 2017

The Saint Mary's Huskies are scheduled to play in the conference football championships on Saturday, but an investigation into player eligibility could mean another team would square off against the Acadia Axemen. Atlantic University Sport has been told about the national investigation into wide receiver Archelaus Jack. The issue relates to the CFL rule, which dictates that any former CFL player, or a player who remains on a CFL team's practice roster after Aug. 15th, has to wait 365 days before playing for a Canadian university team. Five of the games he played for the Huskies this season came before that deadline.
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The Northumberland Archery Club will be holding an open house tonight 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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In the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova League, two games tonight: Stellarton Rink 8:00- Pictou Landing Falcons vs Elks Club. Hector Area Pictou 9:00- Durham Bucks vs Wranglers Bar & Grill
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Mark Scheifele scored in the opening minute and final seconds, and Blake Wheeler had four assists to help the Winnipeg Jets beat the Dallas Stars 4-1.
Toronto 4 Vegas 3 (SO)
Detroit 3 Vancouver 2
Washington 3 Arizona 2 (OT)
N.Y. Rangers 5 Columbus 3
Boston 5 Minnesota 3
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NFL
Detroit 30 Green Bay 17
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NBA
Boston 110 Atlanta 107
Brooklyn 98 Phoenix 92
Golden State 97 Miami 80


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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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

SPORTS NOVEMBER 3
Friday 3rd November 2017

The Crushers suffered a 6-4 loss to the Amherst Ramblers at the Pictou County Wellness Centre Thursday night. Scoring for the Crushers were Alec Tiley, Donovan Rehill, and Jacob Hickey with 2. Tonight, the Crushers head to the South Shore to face the Lumberjacks. Game time at the LCLC is 7pm, with the pregame show on ECFM starting at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Scotians have a couple of games this weekend: tonight they visit the Valley Maple Leafs, and face Cumberland County at Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have one game to play this weekend: on Sunday, they host the Cape Breton Tradesmen at the Wellness Centre at 2 pm.
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The WearWell Major Bantam Bombers are on the road for a pair of games, starting with the Western Hurricanes Saturday at 5, then on Sunday it's Kings Mutual in Berwick at 1:30.
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The league-leading Northern Subway Selects are in New Brunswick for a pair of games against the Fundy Nationals at Lord Beaverbrook Rink in Saint John.
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Three members of the Weeks Jr. A Crushers will be part of Team MHL at the Eastern Canada Challenge beginning 13 November in Trenton, Ontario. Michael Dill, Dylan Riley, and Jacob Hickey will all be making the trip as part of the roster to represent the league at the 10-team Showcase Event. The event runs until 15 November, and they should be back in time for the Crushers home game on Thursday, 16 November against Miramichi.
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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
Tyler Toffoli scored two goals, Michael Amadio got his first NHL goal and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 for their eighth victory in 10 games.
Mark Giordano scored at 2:19 of overtime and Mike Smith made 43 saves as the Calgary Flames beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1.
Matt Cullen scored his first goal of the season on his 41st birthday and added an assist during Minnesota's three-goal first period, giving the sputtering Wild a welcome spark on the way to a 6-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Mark Scheifele had a hat trick and Patrik Laine scored his first goal in five games as the Winnipeg Jets extended their point streak to six games with a 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.
Mark Stone had a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Boston 2 Vegas 1
Washington 4 N.Y. Islanders 3
N.Y. Rangers 2 Tampa Bay 1 (OT)
Columbus 7 Florida 3
Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 0
Colorado 5 Carolina 3
Buffalo 5 Arizona 4
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NBA
Golden State 112 San Antonio 92
Portland 113 L.A. Lakers 110
NFL
New York Jets 34 Buffalo 21
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MLS
Seattle 2 Vancouver 0 (Seattle wins series 2-0 on aggregate)

SPORTS NOVEMBER 2
Thursday 2nd November 2017

A former member of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers has joined the Pictou County Scotians. Nick Fewer recently left the Jr. A team to allow himself more time to focus on his studies at St. Francis Xavier University. The Liverpool Privateers picked up his Jr. B rights, and subsequently traded them in a three team deal – also involving the Brookfield Elks – to the Scotians. The Scotians had to give up Ethan Shantz, Jagger Statton, and a player to be named later in the deal. Fewer is expected to be in the lineup for the Scotians on Friday when they visit the Valley Maple Leafs, and will make his home debut against Cumberland County at Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm.
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Three members of the Weeks Jr. A Crushers will be part of Team MHL at the Eastern Canada Challenge beginning 13 November in Trenton, Ontario. Michael Dill, Dylan Riley, and Jacob Hickey will all be making the trip as part of the roster to represent the league at the 10-team Showcase Event. The event runs until 15 November, and they should be back in time for the Crushers home game on Thursday, 16 November against Miramichi.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey: One game played Wed. night at the Stellarton Rink. Cornova Contracting over Durham Bucks. Thursday night will have one game at the Thorburn Rink , 8:15 - C.F. Construction vs Connor's Transfer LTD.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan Division 2 section of the World Indoor Soccer League.
1st game: Italy 5 vs Argentina 3
Scorers Italy: Hayden Rogers 4, Anna Malloy 1 Argentina: Katie Tucker 1, Ava MacLaughlin 1, Josie Ingram 1
2nd game: Mexico 5 vs Barcelona 3
Scorers Mexico: Avery Henderson 3, Hailey Taylor 1, Gina Ingram 1 Barcelona: Reese Murray 3
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On Monday evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center, the Rangers downed the Canadians 6-5 in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action
Rangers scoring: Samantha Williams , Rachael Mattison, Dawn MacKay, Karen Koch , Stephanie Heighton , Bethany Martin (one each)
Canadians scoring: Chelsea Deagle, Julie Anderson, Chrissie MacKay , Jennifer MacDonald , Charlene Conrad (one each)
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers opened their regular season last weekend with a four all tie versus the Truro Bearcats at Colchester Legion Stadium. Scoring for the Crushers were Ian Reynolds with two goals and Dawson MacDonald and Reilly Grant with goals apiece. Chloe Stroud had a strong game in goal for the Crushers holding off a late game breakaway to preserve the tie.
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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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MLB - World Series
George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy, winning their first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.
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NHL
Evgeni Malkin scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the third period as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a two-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Patrick Marleau scored early in the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 to end a three-game losing streak.
Cory Schneider made 37 saves for his first shutout of the season and the 24th of his career as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-0.
San Jose 4 Nashville 1
Chicago 3 Philadelphia 0
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NBA
Jamal Murray scored 16 of his 24 points in a decisive third-quarter spurt, big man Nikola Jokic added 16 rebounds and 10 assists to narrowly miss a triple-double and the Denver Nuggets beat the Toronto Raptors 129-111.
Charlotte 126 Milwaukee 121
Indiana 124 Cleveland 107
Philadelphia 119 Atlanta 109
Phoenix 122 Washington 116
Boston 113 Sacramento 86
Miami 97 Chicago 91
Houston 119 New York 97
Minnesota 104 New Orleans 98
Orlando 101 Memphis 99
Utah 112 Portland 103 (OT)
L.A. Clippers 119 Dallas 98


WESTVILLE DELAYS COWAN ST WORK TO TRY SAVING MONEY
Tuesday 31st October 2017

The flurry of infrastructure builds around the province means that Westville is putting off one of its own. At last night’s town council meeting, CAO Kelly Rice noted that due to the volume of construction work, many tendered projects are coming in 20-40% above similar quotes in the past. Council passed Rice’s recommendation that tenders for the project at the end of Cowan Street - to create a return loop in the water line and then to repave the area - be delayed until the spring so that council can try to obtain some savings by tendering both projects as one.

TICKETS HANDED OUT AND SOME VEHICLES TOWED IN RCMP INSPECTION BLITZ
Thursday 26th October 2017

Members of Pictou County RCMP, Northern RCMP Traffic Services and Vehicle Compliance officers set up a day long checkpoint on Westville Rd, in Mount William yesterday. Officers were checking for seatbelt compliance, impaired driving, and the mechanical condition of vehicles including inspections, cracked windshields and tires. While the vast majority of the over 900 vehicles checked were OK, 30 tickets and 9 warnings for various offences were issued, and 7 vehicles were towed as they were found to be unsafe. 

SPORTS OCTOBER 24
Tuesday 24th October 2017

The Rangers edged the Bruins 6-5 in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center last night. Chrissie MacKay led the Rangers with 4 goals. Jennifer MacDonald and Carla Dumarsque chipped in with a goal apiece. Bethany Martin and Kelly Lee had two each for the Bruins. Debbie MacLean had a single tally. Action continues next Monday evening with The Canadians hosting the Rangers at 8:15 PM.
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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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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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NHL
Frederik Andersen made 36 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Los Angeles Kings their first regulation-time loss of the season with a 3-2 victory.
San Jose 4 N.Y. Rangers 1
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    NFL
Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over Washington.
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NBA
San Antonio 101 Toronto 97
Philadelphia 97 Detroit 86
Miami 104 Atlanta 93
Memphis 98 Houston 90
Milwaukee 103 Charlotte 94
Golden State 133 Dallas 103
Washington 109 Denver 104
Phoenix 117 Sacramento 115


WESTVILLE MAN MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE ON CHILD PORN CHARGES
Thursday 19th October 2017

A Westville man facing several sex-related charges involving childrren is back behind bars this morning following a court appearance in Windsor.
19-year-old Brett Andrew MacBeth is facing with two counts of making child pornography; two counts of sexual touching involving a person under age 16 and two counts of sexual assault.
It’s alleged he committed the offences in Kempt Shore, Hants County between July 6th and 19th of last year, and between July 11th and 17th of this year.
MacBeth appeared in Windsor provincial court this week, but waived having the charges against him read.
The court has ordered publication bans to protect the identities of two alleged victims.
MacBeth has been ordered to have no direct or indirect communication with two individuals.
MacBeth stays in custody until Nov. 14th. That's the date he returns for a bail hearing and election and plea. The RCMP Internet Child Exploitation or (ICE) Unit searched a home in Westville last week with help from other local police agencies.
MacBeth was arrested at the home without incident. RCMP are worried there might be other victims.
People are being asked to contact the Provincial ICE Unit at 902-720-5340 if they have any information. In Nova Scotia, it’s mandatory to report suspected child pornography. Canada’s National tip line for reporting online sexual exploitation of children can be found at cybertip.ca.

SPORTS OCTOBER 19
Thursday 19th October 2017

The Canadians edged the Leafs 5-4 in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action held earlier this week at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Debbie Maclean tallied twice for the Canadians with single goals notched by Samantha Williams, Dawn MacKay and Angela Anderson. Replying for Leafs were Juanita MacQuigan, Christa Webber, Julie Anderson and Bethany Martin.
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There is no home game tonight for the Weeks Junior A Crushers – their 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. They will also play in Berwick Saturday night against the Valley Jr A Wildcats. You can catch that game on hockeytv.com.
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This weekend the Rhinos Minor Triple-A hockey squad travels to the Valley on Saturday and returns to the Pictou County Wellness Center for their home game at 5:00 pm on Sunday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a busy weekend, as they host two teams at the Wellness Centre. Saturday night at 8, the Valley Wildcats are in town, and then the Halifax McDonalds play onn Sunday at Noon.
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Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow continues Open House Week 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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The East Pictou Silver Blades skating club in Thorburn begin their winter training this week. Canskate, the nationally recognized learn to skate program, will run Friday nights from 6:10-7pm. Registration is still being accepted. For more information please contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Adrian Kempe had his first career hat trick to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Michael Cammalleri scored the other two goals for the Kings, who have opened their season with their best six-game start (5-0-1) in franchise history.
Curtis McElhinney wasn't sharp in his season debut, but he was there when it counted as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-3.
St. Louis 5 Chicago 2
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MLB
Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.
Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.
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NBA
Detroit 102 Charlotte 90
Indiana 140 Brooklyn 131
Orlando 116 Miami 109
Washington 120 Philadelphia 115
Milwaukee 108 Boston 100
Memphis 103 New Orleans 91
Atlanta 117 Dallas 111
Utah 106 Denver 96
San Antonio 107 Minnesota 99
Houston 105 Sacramento 100
Portland 124 Phoenix 76

WESTVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH PRODUCING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
Friday 13th October 2017

RCMP in Pictou County are reporting that a 19-year old Westville man was arrested earlier this week on charges related to the production of child pornography. Brett MacBeth is facing charges of Sexual Assault, Sexual Interference, Make Child Pornography and 3 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. He appeared in Pictou Provincial Court on October 12 where he was remanded until his next appearance in Kentville on October 17, and Pictou on October 23. Police say a search of the home by the RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit with assistance from the RCMP Technological Crime Unit, Westville Police Service, Pictou District RCMP, the RCMP Special Operations Tactical Search Team, and the RCMP North East Nova Major Crime Unit resulted in the charges. Police are concerned that there may be other victims, and are asking citizens to please contact the RCMP Provincial ICE Unit at 902 720-5340 if they have any information. The investigation remains ongoing.


SPORTS OCTOBER 12
Thursday 12th October 2017

More good news for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers in Summerside. Last night the team got the 3-2 win over Miramichi, while their rivals, the Truro Bearcats, lost 4-2 to the Blizzard. The MHL showcase has wrapped up, but the Crushers will stay to play the Western Capitals on Saturday. That game will be on East Coast FM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Coming up this weekend in NSJHL action, the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be on the road Friday night to take on the East Hants Penguins, before returning home to face the Cumberland County Blues. Game time, as usual, will be Sunday night at 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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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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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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NHL
Miles Wood and Pavel Zacha each scored twice and New Jersey added a rare 3-on-5 goal as the unbeaten Devils defeated Toronto 6-3 to end the Maple Leafs' perfect start to the NHL season.
Sean Monahan scored 1:02 into overtime and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in Jaromir Jagr's season debut.
Pittsburgh 3 Washington 2
Colorado 6 Boston 3
Anaheim 3 N.Y. Islanders 2
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MLB Post-season
Stephen Strasburg shook off an illness and all doubts about his mettle while pitching seven dominant innings, Michael A. Taylor hit a late grand slam and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-0 to send their NL Division Series to a decisive Game 5.
In the American League, the New York Yankees beat Cleveland 5-2 in Game 5, and advance to face Houston Astros in the Championship Series.
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NBA Pre-season
Boston 108 Charlotte 100
Miami 117 Washington 115
Philadelphia 133 Brooklyn 114
Houston 101 Memphis 89
Portland 113 Phoenix 104
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MLS
Houston 2 Sporting Kansas City 1

VANDALISM IN PICTOU COUNTY ***UPDATED***
Wednesday 11th October 2017

New Glasgow police are asking for the public's help to find out who vandalized the community piano located across from Glasgow Square. New Glasgow Recreation is disappointed to learn the piano was destroyed. The musical instrument had been a popular fixture since it was placed there early in the summer. If anyone has information on who the vandals are, please contact New Glasgow Regional police at 902-752-1941. Director of Community Economic Development, Geralyn MacDonald, says five offers have already come in to replace the piano, although two of them are not feasible as shipping a piano from Calgary is cost-prohibitive. The other three will all be accepted, and will be place throughout the community next summer.
Meanwhile, the Chase the Ace sign put up in Westville by the Rink Commission and the Legion has been vandalized by somebody using some silver spray paint. It happened over the long weekend and Westville Police are investigating. The good news is the organizers say it won't stop Chase the Ace from taking place this year.

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


LOCAL SPORTS FOR OCTOBER 8TH
Sunday 8th October 2017

Registration is now open for the 1st Annual Pictou County Transplant Trot Friday, 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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The first Annual Turkey Trott is taking place this weekend in New Glasgow. It's a free, non-competitive trail run this coming Sunday morning. The event starts at 9:00 am departing from the Kinsmen Look off on the Samson Trail. Participants are asked to bring an item of donation for the Pictou County Food Bank. All abilities are encouraged to attend, 4 legged friends are also welcome! It's being hosted by New Glasgow Recreation.
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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.

SPORTS OCTOBER 7
Saturday 7th October 2017

It seems nobody can stop the Edmundston Blizzard. Hot off their 4-3 win against the Crushers on Thursday, the Blizzard edged out the Bearcats in Truro 3-2. The MHL showcase will be next week in Summerside PEI.
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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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Rosters for the annual Atlantic Challenge Cup were announced recently, and Pictou County is well represented. On the U14 Male roster, Landon Sim of Trenton has been named an assistant captain, while Lucas Canning of Stellarton also made the team. The Female U16 roster includes Cassie Clarke of Pictou, while Eva Wornell of New Glasgow made the U18 Female team. The Atlantic Challenge Cup is a four team tournament bringing together the best players from each province in Atlantic Canada to Moncton for a Round Robin followed by a Gold and Bronze Medal Game. Last year, Nova Scotia won gold in three of the four age groups, earning silver in Male U15.
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The first Annual Turkey Trott is taking place this weekend in New Glasgow. It's a free, non-competitive trail run this coming Sunday morning. The event starts at 9:00 am departing from the Kinsmen Look off on the Samson Trail. Participants are asked to bring an item of donation for the Pictou County Food Bank. All abilities are encouraged to attend, 4 legged friends are also welcome! It's being hosted by New Glasgow Recreation.
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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
Hamilton 30 Winnipeg 13
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NHL
James Neal scored twice in the third period, rallying the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars in the debut of the first major pro sports franchise in Las Vegas.
Columbus 5 N.Y. Islanders 0
Tampa Bay 5 Florida 3
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MLB Post-season
American League Division Series

Carlos Correa homered, doubled and drove in four runs, Jose Altuve got two more hits and the Houston Astros hammered the Boston Red Sox 8-2 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.
Yan Gomes singled home Austin Jackson from second base with noone out in the 13th inning as the Cleveland Indians rallied from five runs down to stun the New York Yankees 9-8 and snatch a 2-0 lead in their AL Division Series.
National League Division Series
Kyle Hendricks outpitched Stephen Strasburg as the Chicago Cubs opened their World Series title defence by beating the Washington Nationals 3-0.
Los Angeles 9 Arizona 5 (Dodgers lead series 1-0)
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NBA Pre-season
Boston 110 Philadelphia 102
Detroit 109 Atlanta 87
Washington 104 New York 100
Indiana 106 Cleveland 102
Chicago 114 Milwaukee 101
Oklahoma City 102 New Orleans 91
Utah 112 Phoenix 101
San Antonio 113 Sacramento 93


SPORTS OCTOBER 6
Friday 6th October 2017

They are called the Blizzard, but their hot streak continues. Edmundston remains undefeated after a 4-3 victory over the Weeks Junior A Crushers at the Wellness Centre Thursday night. Jacob Hickey, Jake Martin and Kevin Mason scored for the home squad. The Crushers will cross the strait to take part in the MHL showcase in Summerside next Tuesday and Wednesday.
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The St-FX X-women will be at the University of Ottawa for an exhibition rugby game tonight.
University Hockey has the X-men in Wolfville to face off against Acadia Friday night at 7.
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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 M.U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA will be hosting the Dartmouth Voyageurs in their home opener at the Wellness Centre tonight at 7. Door prizes will be drawn from all paid entries. Cost is $5 /17 age and above and free for 16 and under. Come out and cheer on the M.U. Rhinos to victory in the new elite league. It's your first chance to see the best players from across northern mainland Nova Scotia begin their season.
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Rosters for the annual Atlantic Challenge Cup were announced recently, and Pictou County is well represented. On the U14 Male roster, Landon Sim of Trenton has been named an assistant captain, while Lucas Canning of Stellarton also made the team. The Female U16 roster includes Cassie Clarke of Pictou, while Eva Wornell of New Glasgow made the U18 Female team. The Atlantic Challenge Cup is a four team tournament bringing together the best players from each province in Atlantic Canada to Moncton for a Round Robin followed by a Gold and Bronze Medal Game. Last year, Nova Scotia won gold in three of the four age groups, earning silver in Male U15.
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The first Annual Turkey Trott is taking place this weekend in New Glasgow. It's a free, non-competitive trail run this coming Sunday morning. The event starts at 9:00 am departing from the Kinsmen Look off on the Samson Trail. Participants are asked to bring an item of donation for the Pictou County Food Bank. All abilities are encouraged to attend, 4 legged friends are also welcome! It's being hosted by New Glasgow Recreation.
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB Post-season
American League Division Series

Houston 8 Boston 2 (Astros lead series 1-0)
Cleveland 4 New York 0 (Indians lead series 1-0)
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  NHL
Jonathan Drouin scored the lone shootout goal in rallying the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the season opener for both teams.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the shootout winner and Alex Ovechkin had a hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals past the Ottawa Senators 5-4 in their season opener.
Colorado 4 N.Y. Rangers 2
Boston 4 Nashville 3
Detroit 4 Minnesota 2
Chicago 10 Pittsburgh 1
Anaheim 5 Arizona 4
Los Angeles 2 Philadelphia 0
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  NFL
Tom Brady threw for 303 yards and one touchdown, and New England's porous defence showed signs of improvement in a 19-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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NBA Pre-season
Portland 106 Toronto 101
Minnesota 111 Golden State 97
Orlando 112 Dallas 89
Brooklyn 107 Miami 88
Houston 144 Shanghai Sharks 82

POT DISPENSARY RAIDED BY POLICE IN WESTVILLE
Saturday 9th September 2017

Another day, and another local pot dispensary has been raided in the Central part of Pictou County.
Westville Police Chief Don Hussher says police are taking a zero tolerance approach to marijuana dispensaries and the public safety issues they represent.
A dispensary on Main Street in Westville is the latest one to be raided by police. A Pictou County man was processed into jail late yesterday and is now facing charges of possession and trafficking in a controlled substance.
The man, from the community of Mountville will face a local judge in the days ahead.

STELLARTON AND WESTVILLE POLICE TO STUDY POSSIBLE SHARED COST SAVING
Thursday 7th September 2017

The towns of Stellarton & Westville are taking a long, hard look at policing. Currently the two towns share a Police Chief, dispatching duties and lock-up facilities. But with both towns spending over a million dollars a year, the mayors are concerned about the long term costs. To that end, Mayors Danny MacGillivray and Roger MacKay announced that a committee is to be formed with representation from Westville and Stellarton to look at ways of increasing cooperation between the two forces. There is no set goal or timeline as yet for the committee, which will hold its first meeting later this month. Both MacKay and MacGillivray stress that no changes will go forward without public consultations.


WESTVILLE AND STELLARTON AGREE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FROM NOW-DEFUNCT AGENCY
Wednesday 30th August 2017

Westville town council is in full support of sharing leftover money from the former Pictou Regional Development Agency to fund a new Regional Enterprise Network, or REN.
Council accepted a recommendation from the Town of Stellarton that surplus funds from the now defunct PRDA, which was shut down under the Darrel Dexter NDP government, be used to fund the financial commitments for the Pictou County Regional Economic Network.
The plan would be to use the almost $220-thousand dollars for the first year of the operation of the REN. <
The PRDA officially closed back in 2011. The REN is a collaboration that's in the works, among the local towns and Pictou County.


GREAT TURNOUT FOR WEEKEND EVENTS ACROSS PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 28th August 2017

Some good crowds were out enjoying the nice weather at Pictou County events the weekend.
Roughly 1500 people took part in the linking up of 7 Pictou County sections of the Great Trail.
Healthy crowds were also reported at Saturday's opening of the new splash pad in Westville.
And New Glasgow's River Days event went well, with 150 people taking advantage of the free kayaking and bicycles that were paid for by the federal government's Canada 150 fund.

CELEBRATE THE GREAT TRAIL TODAY!
Saturday 26th August 2017

The day has arrived to celebrate that the entirety of The Great Trail, formerly the Trans Canada Trail being connected across the country, from Coast, to Coast, to Coast. The Trans Canada Trail consists of a series of trail systems that span the provinces and territories of Canada. A county-wide celebration hosted by Active Pictou County is taking place today, with CHAD Bus Service providing 2 bus transportation loops for today's events. You can catch some, or all of the fun, even bring your bike on the bus!

Events are happening in seven different places, on all the Trans Canada Trail sections in Pictou County.

The Great Trail Celebration: Passport Pictou County involves a passport sheet that participants can get stamped at each community they visit. People who have all their passport stamps are entered to win a weekend getaway at Pictou Lodge. More info available through "Active Pictou County"

Where are the celebrations happening Aug. 26th?

Jitney Trail, Pictou
9:30-11 a.m.
Grand opening ceremony, ribbon cutting, learn to paddle, group paddle/row, free use of bikes and pedometers – all followed by a healthy snack.

Jitney Trail, Scotsburn
11 a.m. – 1p.m.
Picnic at the pond, followed by a bike/walk on the trail.

Samson Trail, New Glasgow
noon – 3 p.m.
Free kayak and bike rentals, music at the marina by the Kitchen Criminals, children’s events (including a bouncy house) and a barbecue.

Acadia Park Trail, Westville
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Yoga by Jen Sims and Rebecca Smith of Be Still Coffee House and Yoga Room, and a guided walk/meditation with Fhinn Timmons of the Pictou County Mindfulness Group.

Old Foster Trail, Stellarton
2 – 4 p.m.
The grand opening of the new trail.

Pictou Landing Harbour, Marina Blue Way Launch
2 – 4 p.m.
A grand opening ceremony and a barbecue.

Founder’s Trail, Trenton
4 – 6 p.m.
A pool party.

Samson Trail, New Glasgow Marina
6 – 10 p.m.


WESTVILLE WOMAN BEGINS ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION
Wednesday 23rd August 2017

A local woman is once again collecting school supplies to help students in Pictou County.  Megan Hartling of Westville has been doing this for four years, and hopes to keep this back to school fundraiser on the go for many years to come, with the goal of helping every elementary school once before starting over again. The supplies this year will be donated to A.G. aillie and North Nova Education Centre. Donations can be dropped off at Cakes and Things in downtown New Glasgow as well as the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce office or you can arrange pick-up by emailing Hartling at meghartling19@gmail.com 

PICTOU COUNTY'S TOURISM NUMBERS POSITIVE - ECHOING PROVINCIAL TREND
Friday 18th August 2017

The good news about provincial tourism is equally positive in the Pictou County area.
The new numbers show 4-thousand people have stopped at local tourist bureaus in Westville and the Pictou Rotary.
That's up by a whopping 25 per cent over 2012. <
In addition, four cruise ships have been earmarked to visit Pictou Harbour this fall.
They're all from the Pearl Seas line, and the tentative arrival dates for those ships are September 24th, Oct 6th, 14th and 26th.

WESTVILLE POLICE UPDATE CRIME STATISTICS
Thursday 17th August 2017

Westville Police have released some numbers showing that criminal investigations have been a mainstay on their list of duties this summer.
The month of July produced 32 criminal investigations for the Westville Force and 10 motor vehicle infractions.
A number of those involved drivers colliding with deer.
Police say there’ve also been too many speeders in residential zones and some vandalism calls this summer, with spray paint used on several public buildings and on properties near Acadia Park.


PICTOU COUNTY IS FLUSHING HYDRANTS THURSDAY & FRIDAY
Wednesday 16th August 2017

There's going to be flushing of hydrants in the County on Thursday and Friday. The areas affected include Hillside, Priestville/Walkerville, Riverton, Plymouth, Merigomish Road, Westville Road, Munroe Avenue Extension, Mount William and Alma. There may loss of water pressure and discoloration. Residents in those areas are advised to draw water necessary to meet requirements for their needs, and to disconnect power to their water heaters. The flushing will begin at 8am both days.

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.

SPORTS JULY 25
Tuesday 25th July 2017

The rally for the 16 Pictou County athletes heading to the Canada Games was held last night at the Wellness Centre. Stay tuned to ECFM and Classic Rock 97.9 for up to date information on their results during the event which takes place from July 28 to August 13.
The Pictou County contingent of athletes:
Athletics:
Heather Beaton, Stellarton, 400m and 4x400m Relay
Logan Coulet, Westville, High Jump
Megan Graham, Trenton, 400m Hurdles and 4x400m Relay
Jenna MacDonald, Linacy, 5000m
Tatum McLean, Greenhill, Hammer Throw
Lauren Quann, Pictou, Heptathlon
Breanna Sandluck, Pictou, 3000m Steeplechase
Kaelan Schmidt, Sutherlands River, High Jump
Jake Temple, Pictou, Javelin
Basketball:
Jaren Johnson, New Glasgow
Lucia MacKay, New Glasgow
Cycling and Mountain Biking:
Tim Shea, Pictou
Softball:
Kelyn Palmer, Thorburn
Courtney Smith, New Glasgow
Hilary Taylor, New Glasgow
Triathlon:
Peter Corbin, Linacy
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Shoot-outs were a big part of the success of the Northern Nova United Falcons at the Gunn Baldursson Memorial Soccer Tournament on the weekend. Three of four NNU teams participating in the 30th annual tournament in the Annapolis Valley ended up having games decided by penalty kicks. The U17 team advanced to the gold medal game on Sunday morning after Jenna Burrows and Emily MacKenzie both scored in a shoot-out in the crossover match, giving the team a 1-0 win over West Nova Fuels. Unfortunately, the short-handed team wasn’t able to pull out a win in the championship game, receiving the silver medal after being defeated by the Yarmouth PetValu Clippers 1-0. The Falcons placed first in their division with four wins to advance to the cross-overs, with a 5-0 win over Halifax County United Soccer, a 6-2 win against Valley District East Kings and a 5-0 victory over West Hants. The senior women’s team won the bronze medal at the tournament based on a shoot-out. Veronica Deno, Kaileigh Langille and Kara Power all scored in penalty kicks after regulation play ended in a 1-1 tie. The team finished in first place in their division to advance to crossovers, with a 2-1 win versus East Kings McGills, a 1-0 victory over Halifax Dunbrack and a 2-0 win over East Kings Rebels. In the semi-final game NNU was defeated by Halifax City Soccer Club 2-0. The U15 Falcons also finished first in their division, with wins over Upper County, West Hants and Somerset. The team lost to Fundy United 1-0 in the crossover game, and then was defeated by Kingston/Greenwood 3-2 in the bronze medal game, which was decided by penalty kicks. The U12 NNU team participated in the tournament as well, but no scores are kept in that division. The Gunn Baldursson is the largest all-female tournament in Eastern Canada, with about 130 teams participating this year.
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The Northumberland Challenge Race and Rally continues today with the second of 4 legs, starting in Summerside and finishing in Charlottetown. Racers will have a layover on Wed, with the 3rd leg starting Thursday Morning and heading 30 nautical miles across the Strait to Cape John, NS. The final leg of the event will start in Cape John on Friday Morning with the finish in Pictou later in the day. The Race / Rally is open to all boats both racers and cruiser. Pictou Yacht Club is represented by Titan, skipper Bill Stright and crew Shaun MacDonald, Jim Worden. For more information and up to date results go to the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association's Facebook page.
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Eagles Chance Par 3 Golf Course will be hosting the Annual Keigan Lucas Memorial Event on Saturday from 10-2. A fun day for the whole family: BBQ, bounce house, petting farm, games and more. $20/person to play in the 9 hole event. Contact Charlotte Affleck at charaffleck@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Lirim Hajrullahu's 34-yard field goal gave the Toronto Argonauts a wild 27-24 home win over the Ottawa Redblacks.

SPORTS JULY 24 *UPDATED 9:10 AM*
Monday 24th July 2017

Some very close competition at this year's Melmerby Triathlon. Six seconds separated Halifax’s Micheline McWhirter and Christa Hynes of New Glasgow for first female finisher in the Olympic distance. McWhirter, who was competing in the local event for the first time, crossed the finish line with a time of 2:29:38, with Hynes on her heels at a time of 2:29:44. Ryan MacDonald of Greenhill was the first man to cross the finish line in the Olympic distance – 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run – with a time of 2:08:57. This was his second time competing in the local event, only starting triathlon last summer. MacDonald told New Glasgow News he plans to enter an Ironman competition later this summer in Maine. The event saw its most participants ever with 170 people.
Olympic distance
1. Ryan MacDonald, Greenhill, 2:08:57
2. Alex Russell, Halifax , 2:13:59
3. Alan White, Joggins, 2:16:37
4. Bryan Hipson, Yarmouth, 2:16:58
5. Tim Brooks, Baddeck, 2:17:00
6. Shawn Noftall, Abercrombie, 2:17:03
7. Ed Parker, New Glasgow, 2:22:49
8. Clint Snell, Westville, 2:24:32
9. Micheline McWhirter , Halifax, 2:29:38
10. Christa Hynes, New Glasgow, 2:29:44

Sprint distance
1. Giorno D' Allenamento, Florence, 1:03:04
2. Robert Langille, Halifax, 1:05:59
3. Andre Pollmann, Hubley, 1:09:53
4. Kevin Duffy, Bible Hill, 1:12:39
5. Mike Field, Valley, 1:13:25
6. Jason Lawton, Bedford, 1:14:08
7. Clint Cummings, Halifax, 1:16:09
8. Derek White, Amherst, 1:16:46
9. Jody Mattie, Truro, 1:17:19
10. Bronwyn Duffy, Bible Hill, 1:17:23

Super sprint distance
1. Dara Pelkey-Field, Valley, 41:51
2. Mathew Lawton, Bedford, 42:25
3. Conrad Robertson, New Glasgow, 42:46
4. Joseph Duffy, Bible Hill, 43:29
5. Hali Bauld, New Glasgow, 43:40
6. Simon Rostis, New Glasgow, 43:40
7. Jack Noftall, Abercrombie, 45:03
8. Madison Baudoux, Kenzieville, 45:40
9. Dean Robertson, Halifax, 46:10
10. Colin Aikman, Whitby, 47:25
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The Northumberland Challenge Race and Rally is a 4 leg, 130 nautical mile race covering the beautiful Northumberland Strait. The Race is sanctioned by the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association and starts today in Shediac, New Brunswick. The first leg is 30nm from Shediac to Summerside, PEI. The second and longest leg of the event starts in Summerside on Tuesday with the racers covering the 45nm leg to Ch-town. Racers will have a layover on Wed, with the 3rd leg starting Thursday Morning and heading 30 nm across the Strait to Cape John, NS. The final leg of the event will start in Cape John on Friday Morning with the finish in Pictou later in the day. The Race / Rally is open to all boats both racers and cruiser. Pictou Yacht Club is represented by Titan, skipper Bill Stright and crew Shaun MacDonald, Jim Worden. For more information and up to date results go to the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association's Facebook page.
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A send-off is planned for the 17 Pictou County athletes heading to the 2017 Canada Games in Manitoba later this summer. The event will take place at the Wellness Centre tonight from 7pm to 9pm. All are welcome to come out and show support for the local athletes who will be part of Team Nova Scotia.
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Eagles Chance Par 3 Golf Course will be hosting the Annual Keigan Lucas Memorial Event on Saturday from 10-2. A fun day for the whole family: BBQ, bounce house, petting farm, games and more. $20/person to play in the 9 hole event. Contact Charlotte Affleck at charaffleck@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 14 over 7 2/3 innings as Cleveland beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 to complete a three-game sweep.
Texas 6 Tampa Bay 5
Baltimore 9 Houston 7
Detroit 9 Minnesota 6
Kansas City 5 Chicago White Sox 4
L.A. Angels 3 Boston 2
N.Y. Yankees 6 Seattle 4
National League
Cincinnati 6 Miami 3
Philadelphia 6 Milwaukee 3
Colorado 13 Pittsburgh 3
San Diego 5 San Francisco 2
L.A. Dodgers 5 Atlanta 4 (10 innings)
Washington 6 Arizona 2
Chicago Cubs 5 St. Louis 3
Interleague
Oakland 3 N.Y. Mets 2
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Jordan Spieth is the British Open champion. On the verge of another meltdown in a major, so wild off the tee that he played one shot from the driving range at Royal Birkdale and lost the lead for the first time all weekend, Spieth bounced back with a collection of clutch shots, delivering a rally that ranks among the best. Spieth played the final five holes in 5 under and closed with a 1-under 69 for a three-shot victory over Matt Kuchar, giving him the third leg of the career Grand Slam and a chance to be the youngest to win them all next month at the PGA Championship. Canada's Austin Connelly shot a 3-over 73 to finish at 2-under and a tie for 14th place overall.


CANADA 150 CELEBRATIONS IN WESTVILLE-WRAP UP
Monday 3rd July 2017

Canada Day events in Westville were well attended over the weekend, despite the rain. The parade route was lined with several thousand people, many sporting red and white and maple leafs aplenty. The rain also didn't stop the RCAF Salute flyover for the 150th Celebration and the fireworks also went ahead, as did the Parade Award presentations and crowning of the 2017 Canada Day Queen at Victoria Park.

Congratulations to Westville Canada Parade winners: Best commercial entry was won by Scott's Pizza, Individual award winner was Karen Deagle, Canada Day Theme entry was won by the Westville Legion, Fire Department entry award went to the Eureka Fire Dept., Antique Entry was the Blue Ford Truck, Horse entry was McLennan Mountain Sleigh Rides, Band Entry award went to Pictou County Pipes and Drums, Humorous award was won by Cecil Cameron, Organization entry award was won by Red Knights Motorcycle Club, and Youth award went to Northumberland Regional High School.

Westville Canada Day Queen for 2017 is Abagail Ryan, 1st lady is Bailey Hendsbee, 2nd Lady is Taylor Reim, Evening Wear is Kaitlyn Maloney, Congeniality is Emma Van Every. Little Miss is Hadley Deon, and Ushers are Trent Cosh and Damon MacKenzie.

CANADA DAY HAS HIGHS AND LOWS
Sunday 2nd July 2017

While yesterday was a day of celebration for Canada, the sesquicentennial did not go quite as planned for many in the nation's capital. Thousands of people who were trying to get onto Parliament Hill to join in one of the largest of the parties across the country were left waiting for hours in lines before being told that they could not get into the grounds.
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Meanwhile, Canada Day celebrations in Halifax were also taken as an opportunity for members of the First Nations community to express their displeasure with their treatment by European settlers of the past. A small group gathered at the foot of an Edward Cornwallis statue to try to call attention to darker chapters of the country's past. Cornwallis was a British military officer who founded Halifax in 1749. Later that year, he issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaq people. Chief Grizzly Mamma, who is originally from British Columbia but now lives in Halifax, shaved her head and then placed her hair — which had been braided in two sections — at the foot of the statue.
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There was a strong sense of Canadian pride locally, as foul weather did not prevent a strong crowd from attending the parade in Westville yesterday. The parade route was lined with several thousand people, many sporting red and white and maple leafs aplenty.

FORMER WESTVILLE DOCTOR NEW PRESIDENT OF DOCTORS NOVA SCOTIA
Tuesday 6th June 2017

A family physician who used to practice in Westville is the new President of Doctors Nova Scotia. Dr. Manoj Vohra was installed to the position over the weekend at the association's annual conference. Dr. Vohra worked in Pictou County in the early 2000's, including holding leadership positions at the Aberdeen Hospital, such as president and vice-president of medical staff and head of family practice. Between leaving Pictou County and the present he spent time in Ontario, then returned to work in Truro before moving to his current practice in Kennetcook. The association also chose the president-elect, Dr. Tim Holland, who practices family medicine in Indian Brook and Halifax, and emergency medicine in Truro, who will take over the presidency in 2018-19.


THOUSANDS RAISED FOR LOCAL CHARITIES
Monday 5th June 2017

The people of Pictou County dug deep in their pockets as several charities held big fundraisers this weekend. The Relay for Life, held Saturday at the Glasgow Square, raised $61,417 to fight cancer. In addition, $6,600 was raised by the Radio for Relay. The Gutsy Walk at Carmichael Park raised over $12,000 for Chron's and Colitis Canada. In Westville, the ALS Walk Strong for Pictou County raised $6,400. And many Pictou County residents donated to the annual IWK Telethon, which across Atlantic Canada raised $6.46 million.

WESTVILLE TAXES STEADY
Wednesday 31st May 2017

Westville is holding the line on its tax rates. Council agreed to hold the rate at $2.08 for residential properties and $3.69 for commercial. It will also be holding its sewer levy rates the same as the prior year. The town presented a balanced budget for 2017-2018 with total expenditures of $4.8 million, an increase of less than one per cent over the previous year’s budget. Its water utility will operate with an approved budget of just over $1 million with a view to ending this coming fiscal year with a $30,000 surplus. Westville council also approved a five-year capital plan that includes $2.4 million in projects to be completed by the end of the current fiscal year. The capital plan includes replacement on the heating system boiler in the town’s police/public works building, paving of Foxbrook Road and Cowan Street, replacement of a public works vehicle, replacement of the police vehicle and upgrades to the water main on Cowan.

SPORTS MAY 28
Sunday 28th May 2017

A former member of the Weeks Crushers will be playing for a World Championship next month, but he needs some help in getting there. Former Captain Nick Parker has been selected to be a part of Team Canada in the 2017 World Ball Hockey Championship in Czech Republic in June. He is currently fundraising to help cover the cost of travel and accommodations, and you can help him out by going to his GoFundMe page linked here.
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Westville Minor Baseball is holding registration today at the Pioneer Field from 6:30 to 8pm.
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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 countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Jose Bautista's three-run homer was all the offence the Toronto Blue Jays would need as they extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre.
N.Y. Yankees 3 Oakland 2
Chicago White Sox 3 Detroit 0, 1st game
Minnesota 5 Tampa Bay 3
Boston 6 Seattle 0
Kansas City 5 Cleveland 2
Detroit 4 Chicago White Sox 3, 2nd game
Houston 5 Baltimore 2
National League
Philadelphia 4 Cincinnati 3
Washington 3 San Diego 0
Milwaukee 6 Arizona 1
L.A. Dodgers 5 Chicago Cubs 0
Pittsburgh 5 N.Y. Mets 4, 10 innings
St. Louis 3 Colorado 0
San Francisco 6 Atlanta 3
Interleague
L.A. Angels 5 Miami 2


SPORTS MAY 26
Friday 26th May 2017

A former member of the Weeks Crushers will be playing for a World Championship next month, but he needs some help in getting there. Former Captain Nick Parker has been selected to be a part of Team Canada in the 2017 World Ball Hockey Championship in Czech Republic in June. He is currently fundraising to help cover the cost of travel and accommodations, and you can help him out by going to his GoFundMe page linked here.
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Westville Minor Baseball is holding registration this weekend at the Pioneer Field from 10 am until Noon Saturday, and 6:30 to 8pm Sunday.
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The next Subway Stingers Female Fastball Registration will be held on Saturday from 9am to 12pm upstairs at the Dorrington field clubhouse on 175B North Foord Street Stellarton (behind RCMP detachment). For additional registration information go to the Stinger website and click on the document section tab under 2017 registration - www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/
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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 countdown is on to the free annual Johnny Walk, in association with the Johnny Miles Running event weekend. Everyone is welcome, and children can complete their walk and get their finishing medal in time to register for the youth running races that follow. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with giveaways at various milestones. And there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk. The Johnny Walk begins at 8:30am on June 17th at Glasgow Square. Registration is at 8.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz scored in the second overtime period, bringing the Ottawa Senators' storybook spring to an end after a 3-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.
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NBA Playoffs
LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 in Game 5 to advance to the NBA Finals where they will meet the Golden State Warriors.
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MLB
American League

Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, ppd.
Tampa Bay 4 L.A. Angels 0
Boston 6 Texas 2
Houston 7 Detroit 6
National League
Pittsburgh 9 Atlanta 4
Philadelphia 2 Colorado 1 (11 innings)
Chicago Cubs 5 San Francisco 1
San Diego 4 N.Y. Mets 3
Arizona 4 Milwaukee 0
L.A. Dodgers 7 St. Louis 3
Interleague
Cincinnati at Cleveland, ppd.
Seattle 4 Washington 2

SCHOOL BOARD HANDS OUT LONG SERVICE AWARDS
Wednesday 24th May 2017

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board paid tribute to its dedicated employees at the annual 25-Year Service Awards Ceremony. Gary Adams, CCRSB Superintendent and CEO, thanked the employees for their dedicated service and commitment to students. This year 26 employees were recognized for 25 years of service. Those honored included Rose O’Hagan of Dr. W A MacLeod Elementary, Allan MacQueen of G R Saunders, Andrew Bell of North Nova Education Centre, Angela Gagnon and Kathleen Reid from Northumberland Regional High, Ethel Slaunwhite of Pictou Elementary, Elizabeth Craig from Scotsburn Elementary, Heather Arbuckle of Walter Duggan Consolidated, and Erin Cormier, who works at the Westville Road Office.

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


MADD FLAG FLIES AHEAD OF NATIONAL IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT DAY
Wednesday 17th May 2017

This coming Saturday will mark National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day. In recognition of that day, the Town Of Westville raised the flag of MADD Pictou County earlier this afternoon. Crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs are the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. On average, approximately 4 people are killed each day in crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs. For information on how you can get involved email maddpictou@gmail.com.

LOCAL CANDIDATES PART OF MEET & GREETS THIS WEEK
Monday 15th May 2017

Pulse Pictou County are hosting Meet and Greet events this week where you can ask questions of the candidates in the three Pictou ridings. Tuesday night, the Pictou Centre candidates will be at Summer Street Industries. On Wednesday, the Pictou West candidates will be at Fat Tony's in Pictou. And in Westville, the Pictou East candidates will be at the White Tail on Thursday. All sessions are from 6-8pm.

SPORTS MAY 8 *UPDATED 8:00 AM*
Monday 8th May 2017

Fighters with the Albion Boxing Club showed their stuff on Saturday night at Summer Street Industries. 13 year old Tyvor Stewart won a unanimous decision over Braydon Collins in his first amateur bout. Jonathan Hay was stopped in his match against Aiden Callaghan of Hubtown Boxing Club in Truro, but did make it a tough fight. Cameron MacDonald lost a split decision to Josh Prince of Tri-Town, Ben Minehan defeated Jeremiah Mosher of Hubtown, Riley Sheehan defeated Mason MacKeigan of Tri-Town, while Westville’s Norma Marshall lost in a split decision against Charlie Cavanugh, a two-time national champion from New Brunswick. The Albion club will next travel for a card in late May, and will finish up the season with a busy month of June, when they are scheduled to participate in three cards.
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The Pictou County Atom Wolves took 3 of 4 points with a win and a tie in Halifax past weekend vs Halifax Jaguars. In game 1, the Wolves defeated the Jaguars 7-2. Scoring for Wolves was Ethan Mackay(3), Cole Bryden (2), and Cameron Pitts and Landon Martin. Assists came from Derrick Mackay (2), Ethan Barker, Brett Butler and Thomas Hillier. John Mason was the winning goalie. In the 2nd game the Wolves and Jaguars fought to a 3-3 tie. Scoring for the Wolves were Cole Bryden and Cameron Pitts, Derrick Mackay firing the tying goal with 3 mins left in the match with a pass from his brother Ethan Mackay . Cole Bryden got an assist as well.
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Pictou County Peewee Stars went 2-0 this weekend in Sydney. In the first game they defeated the Cape Breton Bruins 8-1. Dawson Mackay led the Stars with 5 goals. Jarad Langille, Kaleb Malonson and Bauer Brophy all added singles. Assists came from Langille (2), Malonson (2), Frankie Hayman (2), Luke Hayman and Jake Henderson. Ethan MacLaren got the win in nets for the wolves. Game 2 saw the Stars defeated the Sackville Maple Leafs 7-2. Dawson Mackay had 4 goals, Carter Dauphine 2 and Jarad Langille 1. Assists from Garrett Williams (2), Daniel Seymour (2), Jarad Langille (2), Nick Macmullin (2), Frankie Hayman and Kaleb Malonson. Winning goalie was Jeffery Quinn.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association – Home of the Subway Stingers – is pleased to announce tryouts for the U-12 and U-14 Rep teams for the upcoming 2017 Competitive Fast Pitch Season. The Subway Stingers U-14 team will be having tryouts on Saturday and Sunday at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Tryouts are from 10 am - 11:30 am on both days. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.  The Subway Stingers U-12 team will be having tryouts on Monday May 15th and Wednesday May 17th from 7 pm - 8 pm at the Sobeys indoor sports complex in Stellarton. Players are asked to be at the facility 15 minutes prior to start time.
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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 Edmonton Oilers are forcing the Anaheim Ducks to face their Game 7 playoff demons. Their Western Conference semifinal is going the distance after Edmonton's decisive 7-1 victory Sunday.
Ryan Johansen scored the game-winning goal 3:15 into the third period, and the Nashville Predators advanced to their first Western Conference final in franchise history Sunday by beating the St. Louis Blues 3-1 to take the series in six games.
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IIHF World Hockey Championship
Nathan Mackinnon had a hat-trick and an assist as Canada routed Slovenia 7-2. on Sunday in Paris, improving Canada's record to 2-0.
Russia 10 Italy 1
USA 7 Denmark 2
France 5 Finland 1
Latvia 3 Slovakia 1
Switzerland 3 Norway 0
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NBA Playoffs
The Toronto Raptors' season has come to an end — but they didn't go down without a fight. Serge Ibaka scored 23 points, while DeMar DeRozan added 22 and the Raptors took Cleveland to the last few couple of minutes before dropping a 109-102 decision to the Cavaliers.
Washington 121 Boston 102 (Series tied 2-2)
Houston 125 San Antonio 104 (Series tied 2-2)
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MLB
American League

Joe Biagini and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, Darwin Barney hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1.
Baltimore 4 Chicago White Sox 0
Boston 17 Minnesota 6
Cleveland 1 Kansas City 0
Houston 5 L.A. Angels 3
Seattle 4 Texas 3
Oakland 8 Detroit 6
National League
Miami 7 N.Y. Mets 0
L.A. Dodgers at San Diego, ppd.
Miami 7 N.Y. Mets 0
Milwaukee 6 Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 6 Atlanta 4 (14 innings)
Philadelphia 6 Washington 5 (10 innings)
Colorado 5 Arizona 2
Cincinnati 4 San Francisco 0
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 5 Chicago Cubs 4 (18 innings)


SPORTS MAY 5
Friday 5th May 2017

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 Friday May 5 from 6-7:30. Tryouts for PeeWee - players born in 2004/2005 – will be 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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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
Oscar Lindberg scored two goals, Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves and the New York Rangers beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece.
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NBA Playoffs
Washington 116 Boston 89 (Celtics lead series 2-1)
Golden State 115 Utah 104 (Warriors lead series 2-0)
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MLB
American League

Cleveland at Detroit, ppd.
Oakland 8 Minnesota 5
Texas 10 Houston 4
Chicago White Sox 8 Kansas City 3
Baltimore 8 Boston 3
Seattle 11 L.A. Angels 3
National League
N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, ppd.
Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 4
Cincinnati 4 Pittsburgh 2
Washington 4 Arizona 2
Chicago Cubs 5 Philadelphia 4 (13 innings)
Colorado 3 San Diego 2 (11 innings)
Interleague
Tampa Bay 5 Miami 1

SPORTS MAY 4
Thursday 4th May 2017

The Albion Boxing Club will be hosting their final event of the season on Saturday at Summer Street Industries. Local talent such as Norma Marshall will be heading up the main event. Doors open at 6, the event starts at 7. Tickets available at Big Al's or through any member of the Albion Boxing Club.
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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 Friday May 5 from 6-7:30. Tryouts for PeeWee - players born in 2004/2005 – will be 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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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
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 36 shots and rookie Jake Guentzel took advantage of a fortunate bounce to earn his league-leading eighth goal of the playoffs and the defending Stanley Cup champions held off the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Penguins lead the series 3-1.
Jakob Silfverberg scored the overtime winner for the Anaheim Ducks in a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers to even their playoff series 2-2.
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NBA Playoffs
A rattled DeMar DeRozan, another sizzling three-point shooting night from Cleveland, and the Toronto Raptors dropped a 125-103 decision to the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers. The Cavs lead 2-0 in the series.
San Antonio 121 Houston 96 (Series tied 1-1)
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MLB
American League

Aaron Judge hit another long drive for his major league-leading 13th home run, singled to start the go-ahead rally and had the first three-hit game of his big league career, helping the New York Yankees rally from an early deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6.
Boston 4 Baltimore 2
Cleveland 3 Detroit 2
Houston 10 Texas 1
Minnesota 7 Oakland 4
Kansas City 6 Chicago White Sox 1
Seattle 8 L.A. Angels 7
National League
Arizona 6 Washington 3
Pittsburgh 12 Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 9 N.Y. Mets 7
Chicago Cubs 8 Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 2 Milwaukee 1
San Diego 6 Colorado 2
L.A. Dodgers 13 San Francisco 5
Interleague
Tampa Bay 3 Miami 1

SPORTS MAY 3
Wednesday 3rd May 2017

More accolades are coming out for Crushers' rookie sensation Dylan Riley. Riley was named the MHL rookie of the Year, and is one of the five finalists for the CJHL National Rookie of the Year Award. The 18-year-old from Falmouth, N.S., scored 25 times and registered 69 points leading all MHL rookies in both categories. The winner will be announced next week.
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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 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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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
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa leads the series 2-1.
James Neal scored the game-winning goal with 6:57 left, and the Nashville Predators beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.
Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says captain Sidney Crosby has a concussion and has been ruled out of tonight's Game 4 against Washington.
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NBA Playoffs
Boston 129 Washington 119 (OT) (Celtics lead series 2-0)
Golden State 106 Utah 94 (Warriors lead series 1-0)
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MLB
American League

Aaron Judge hit two more home runs after destroying a flat-screen television with a long drive during batting practice, and Brett Gardner also went deep twice to power the New York Yankees past the Toronto Blue Jays 11-5.
Boston 5 Baltimore 2
Detroit 5 Cleveland 2
Houston 8 Texas 7
Minnesota 9 Oakland 1
Chicago White Sox 6 Kansas City 0
L.A. Angels 6 Seattle 4 (11 innings)
National League
Arizona 6 Washington 3
Pittsburgh 12 Cincinnati 3
Atlanta 9 N.Y. Mets 7
Chicago Cubs 8 Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 2 Milwaukee 1
San Diego 6 Colorado 2
L.A. Dodgers 13 San Francisco 5
Interleague
Tampa Bay 3 Miami 1


SPORTS MAY 2 *UPDATED 9:10 AM*
Tuesday 2nd May 2017

More accolades are coming out for Crushers' rookie sensation Dylan Riley. Riley was named the MHL rookie of the Year, and as such was one of ten semi-finalists for the CJHL National Rookie of the Year Award. Yesterday, the CJHL announced the five finalists for their awards, and Riley made the top five. The 18-year-old from Falmouth, N.S., scored 25 times and registered 69 points leading all MHL rookies in both categories. A back-to-back winner of the MHL Rookie of the Month Award in January & February, Riley recorded points in nine of his first 11 MHL games add added on from there. His 21 multi-point outings, including a six-point effort on Feb. 26, helped drive the Crushers to the top of the MHL regular season standings. The winner will be announced next week.
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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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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
Kevin Shattenkirk scored 3:13 into overtime and the Washington Capitals overcame a late collapse in regulation to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Pittsburgh leads the series 2-1. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby left the game after taking a hit to the head from Capitals defenceman Matt Niskanen.
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NBA Playoffs
Cleveland 116 Toronto 105 (Cleveland leads series 1-0)
Houston 126 San Antonio 99 (Houston leads series 1-0)
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MLB
American

Ryan Goins hit a two-run sacrifice fly, the first in Toronto's 40-year history, to go along with a two-run homer that led Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 7-1 for their season-high third straight win.
Baltimore 5 Boston 2
Detroit 7 Cleveland 1
Houston 6 Texas 2
Kansas City 6 Chicago White Sox 1
National League
Cincinnati 4, Pittsburgh 3, 10 innings
N.Y. Mets 7 Atlanta 5
Philadelphia 10 Chicago Cubs 2
Milwaukee 7 St. Louis 5, 10 innings
San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 3
Interleague
Tampa Bay 4 Miami 2

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

SPORTS APRIL 30
Sunday 30th April 2017

The Pictou County Junior Scotians did not advance to the semi-finals at the Don Johnson Memorial Cup in Fredericton, managing a 1-3 record in the round robin. Today's final will see both of the New Brunswick teams battle for the Cup, as the host Fredericton Caps play the Cap Pele Predators.
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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 Sunday April 30 from 11 am -1pm, 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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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is holding its annual general meeting on Sunday at 6pm at the Sobey Sports Complex in Stellarton. The meeting is open to all who wish to volunteer with the club. Election of the volunteer board of directors will take place during the meeting.
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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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The M. U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA will be having registration for their upcoming spring ID camp and to answer questions about team and league. Registration is today from 2-5 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Players who are 15 and 16 years old during the 2017/18 hockey season are welcome to try out.
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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
Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored four goals, including the double overtime winner, as the Ottawa Senators beat the New York Rangers 6-5 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal.
Phil Kessel scored twice, Sidney Crosby set up more goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins chased Braden Holtby on the way to a 6-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 2 that gave them a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.
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MLB
American League

Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer and Toronto's bullpen kept the Rays scoreless over the last four innings as the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 4-1.
N.Y. Yankees 12 Baltimore 4
Chicago White Sox 6 Detroit 4 (10 innings)
Cleveland 4 Seattle 3
Oakland 2 Houston 1
Texas 6 L.A. Angels 3
Minnesota at Kansas City, postponed
National League
N.Y. Mets 5 Washington 3
Atlanta 11 Milwaukee 3
Pittsburgh 4 Miami 0
Colorado 7 Arizona 6
San Diego 12 San Francisco 4
L.A. Dodgers 6 Philadelphia 5
Cincinnati at St. Louis, postponed
Interleague
Chicago Cubs 7 Boston 4


SPORTS APRIL 28
Friday 28th April 2017

No wins yet for the Pictou County Junior Scotians at the Don Johnson Memorial Cup in Fredericton. The Scotians were defeated by the Southern Shore Breakers of Newfoundland 8 to 5 on Thursday afternoon. The Scotians will play the Western Red Wings from PEI at noon today.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball will be holding Registration for players 15 years old and under Friday April 28th, Saturday April 29th and 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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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is holding its annual general meeting on Sunday at 6pm at the Sobey Sports Complex in Stellarton. The meeting is open to all who wish to volunteer with the club. Election of the volunteer board of directors will take place during the meeting.
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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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The M. U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA will be having registration for their upcoming spring ID camp and to answer questions about team and league. Registration is Saturday April 29 from 12-3 at the RECC in Truro, and Sunday April 30 from 2-5 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Players who are 15 and 16 years old during the 2017/18 hockey season are welcome to try out.
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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
Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson's shot from the corner banked off New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and into the net to give the Ottawa Senators a 2-1 win in Game 1.
Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.
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NBA Playoffs
The Toronto Raptors have advanced to the second round of the NBA's playoffs. Toronto beat the Milwaukee Bucks 92-89 in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarter-final.
Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 103-96 to take the series 4-2.
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MLB
American League

Seattle 2 Detroit 1
Cleveland 4 Houston 3
N.Y. Yankees 3 Boston 1
L.A. Angels 2 Oakland 1
National League
Philadelphia 3 Miami 2
Atlanta 7 N.Y. Mets 5
Washington 16 Colorado 5
L.A. Dodgers 5 San Francisco 1 (10 innings)
Arizona 6 San Diego 2
Interleague
After rallying late to win the first game 8-4, backed by Randal Grichuk's ninth-inning homer and Matt Carpenter's 11th inning grand slam, the Cardinals scored early and often in the nightcap to beat the Blue Jays 6-4 and sweep the double-header.

SCOTIANS DEFEATED IN FREDERICTON, PLAYOFF SCHEDULE AND LOCAL TEAMS TRYOUTS, ETC
Thursday 27th April 2017

The Pictou County Junior Scotians have not had a great Thursday on the ice against Newfoundland's Southern Shore Breakers in the Don Johnson Memorial Cup up in Fredericton.
The Scotians were defeated by the Newfoundland squad 8 to 5 Thursday afternoon.
NHL Playoffs
Second Round
N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa, 8 p.m. (First game of series)
Pittsburgh at Washington, 8:30 p.m.
(First game of series)
NBA Playoffs Toronto at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. (Raptors lead series 3-2)
San Antonio at Memphis, 10:30 p.m. (Spurs lead series 3-2)
Westville and Area Minor Baseball will be holding Registration for players 15 years old FRIDAY and Saturday as well as NEXT Friday, May 5th.
Those sessions go 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.
Northern Nova United Soccer Club is holding its annual general meeting on Sunday at 6pm at the Sobey Sports Complex in Stellarton. The meeting is open to all who wish to volunteer with the club. Election of the volunteer board of directors will take place during the meeting.
The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association will be hosting Tryouts for the 2017 U-16 Stingers Monday evening at the W.M Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton: The Fee for that evening try-out and others that follow is $30.00 which includes Softball NS insurance. Players will need to attend at least 2 out of the three sessions to be considered. For further information and to register please contact Rob using this e-mail address....It's robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
The M. U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA will be having registration for their upcoming spring ID camp and to answer questions about team and league. Registration is this Saturday from noon until 3 at the RECC in Truro, and this Sunday from 2-5 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Players who are 15 and 16 years old during the 2017/18 hockey season are welcome to come and try out. Pictou County Minor Hockey Association is looking for 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.

SPORTS APRIL 27
Thursday 27th April 2017

The Pictou County Junior Scotians lost their opening game at the Don Johnson Memorial Cup. After power play goals from Jacob Pentz and Ryan Dunfield, the Scotians never scored again as the Cap-Pele Predators from New Brunswick scored six goals in the second period and won 6-2. The Scotians play Thursday against Newfoundland's Southern Shore Breakers at noon.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball will be holding Registration for players 15 years old and under Friday April 28th, Saturday April 29th and 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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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is holding its annual general meeting on Sunday at 6pm at the Sobey Sports Complex in Stellarton. The meeting is open to all who wish to volunteer with the club. Election of the volunteer board of directors will take place during the meeting.
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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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The M. U. Rhino Renovations Midget AAA will be having registration for their upcoming spring ID camp and to answer questions about team and league. Registration is Saturday April 29 from 12-3 at the RECC in Truro, and Sunday April 30 from 2-5 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Players who are 15 and 16 years old during the 2017/18 hockey season are welcome to try out.
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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
Adam Larsson scored his second goal with 4:40 remaining, Mark Letestu had two power-play goals and the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in Game 1 of the second round.
P.K. Subban had a goal and two assists and Vernon Fiddler scored with 5:05 left, sending the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.
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NBA Playoffs
Washington 103 Atlanta 99 (Wizards lead series 3-2)
Boston 108 Chicago 97 (Celtics lead series 3-2)
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MLB
American League

Chicago White Sox 5 Kansas City 2
Cleveland 7 Houston 6
Baltimore 5 Tampa Bay 4 (11 innings)
N.Y. Yankees 3 Boston 1
Seattle 8 Detroit 0
Texas 14 Minnesota 3
L.A. Angels 8 Oakland 5
National League
Milwaukee 9 Cincinnati 4
Philadelphia 7 Miami 4
Pittsburgh 6 Chicago Cubs 5
Atlanta 8 N.Y. Mets 2
Washington 11 Colorado 4
San Diego 8 Arizona 5
San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 3 (10 innings)
Interleague
Toronto at St. Louis, postponed


SPORTS APRIL 26
Wednesday 26th April 2017

Westville and Area Minor Baseball will be holding Registration for players 15 years old and under Friday April 28th, Saturday April 29th and 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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Northern Nova United Soccer Club is holding its annual general meeting on Sunday at 6pm at the Sobey Sports Complex in Stellarton. The meeting is open to all who wish to volunteer with the club. Election of the volunteer board of directors will take place during the meeting.
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA Playoffs
Houston 105 Oklahoma City 99 (Rockets wins series 4-1)
San Antonio 116 Memphis 103 (Spurs lead series 3-2)
Utah 96 L.A. Clippers 92 (Jazz lead series 3-2)
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MLB
Interleague

Chris Coghlan made an acrobatic, run-scoring leap over St. Louis All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, and Marcus Stroman came across with the go-ahead run after pinch hitting in the 11th inning and doubling for his first major league hit in the Toronto Blue Jays' 6-5 win over the Cardinals.
American League
Houston 4 Cleveland 2
Tampa Bay 2 Baltimore 0
N.Y. Yankees at Boston, ppd.
Detroit 19 Seattle 9
Minnesota 8 Texas 1
Chicago White Sox 10 Kansas City 5
L.A. Angels 2 Oakland 1 (11 innings)
National League
Chicago Cubs 1 Pittsburgh 0
Miami at Philadelphia, ppd.
Atlanta at N.Y. Mets, ppd.
Milwaukee 9 Cincinnati 1
Washington 15 Colorado 12
Arizona 9 San Diego 3
L.A. Dodgers 2 San Francisco 1

NEW ABERDEEN ER WON'T OPEN UNTIL AUTUMN: PARKER
Thursday 20th April 2017

According to County Warden Robert Parker, the new Aberdeen Hospital ER won’t be completed until the fall. Parker told council at their Tuesday meeting that he was told the delay was due to the need to complete a generator room for the new wing. Parker questioned the reason for the delay since the generator building is essential to the hospital operations and must have been in the plans all along.
In Westville yesterday, Health Minister Leo Glavine would not confirm the delay, but did mention that improvements to the Aberdeen include two emergency beds dedicated for patients who present with mental health issues and require observation.

WESTVILLE CLINIC EXPANDING ITS PRACTICE WITH ADDITION OF NURSE PRACTITIONER
Thursday 20th April 2017

The province is investing $3.6 Million dollars to give primary care access to thousands more people. In Westville yesterday, Health Minister Leo Glavine announced the hiring of 13 nurse practitioners and 10 family practice nurses, who are joining existing collaborative care teams across the province and will allow 14,000 more Nova Scotians to access a family practice. Glavine admits that the new system is different from single doctor practices, and it will take time to close the health care gap. Glavine says in addition to hiring more nurses, the province continues to search for doctors, and will soon be recruiting in the UK and overseas. In Westville, Nurse Practitioner Marla MacDonald has been recently hired by the Westville Medical Clinic, where over the next few weeks they will be contacting those who are on the provincial waiting list. They expect to add another 500 to 800 people to the practice.


SPORTS APRIL 18
Tuesday 18th April 2017

Two local runners competed in one of the most prestigious marathons in the world on Monday. Dave Hood and Donald Sexton, both from Stellarton, were two of the 114 runners from Nova Scotia, and roughly 30,000 entrants at this year's Boston Marathon. Hood finished with a time of 3:19:10 while Sexton did not finish due to a torn hamstring. Overall, Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat, both from Kenya and making their Boston debuts, ran to victory in the 121st running of the race.
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Now that the Aecon Atlantic Scotians are the provincial Junior B Hockey Champions, the next step is Fredericton and the Don Johnson Memorial Cup beginning 25 April. The Atlantic Canadian Junior B Championship will feature the host Fredericton Caps, the Southern Shore Breakers of Newfoundland, Cap Pele Predators as New Brunswick Champs, the PEI Champions who are still to be determined, and the Scotians.
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Lucia MacKay will be the sole Pictou County representative on Nova Scotia's U17 Women's Basketball team at the Canada Games in Winnipeg this summer. MacKay tells NG News that the Canada Games, which are only held every four years, is something she's had in the back of her mind for a while. In addition to the Games, which begin July 28, the team will have the chance to take part in tournaments as preparation including one in Chicago and another in New Brunswick. She will also be taking part in practices every weekend leading up to the Games.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 2 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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The sixth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit is coming to Tatamagouche April 28 to 30. The Summit is a celebration of Nova Scotia's hiking culture, and includes sharing best practices, stories and networking. Attendees include avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others. The deadline to register is April 24th, with a cost $30 for paid Hike Nova Scotia members and $40 for non-members. Events include nine guided hikes in the area. The program, directions and other details can be found here. 
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Tickets are now on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro this December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be a well-rounded group of future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages are the only way to secure reserved seating and they're priced at $175. They're available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the Rath Eastlink Centre or by calling 1-888-311-9090.
Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Time is running out to sign up for the Miss Miles 5K on May 14th. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Bobby Ryan scored the winner on a power play 5:43 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 4-3. (Senators lead series 2-1)
Tyler Bozak scored the overtime winner and Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist as the Leafs defeated Washington 4-3. (Maple Leafs lead series 2-1)
Kevin Fiala scored on a backhander 16:44 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to push the Blackhawks to the brink of elimination with a 3-2 victory. (Predators lead series 3-0)
Corey Perry scored the overtime winner for the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-4 playoff win over the Calgary Flames. Perry's sharp-angled shot at 1:30 in the extra period deflected off bodies and by Flames goaltender Brian Elliott. (Ducks lead series 3-0)
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NBA Playoffs
Cleveland 117 Indiana 111 (Cavaliers lead series 2-0)
San Antonio 96 Memphis 82 (Spurs lead the series 2-0)
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MLB
American League

Boston 4 Tampa Bay 3
N.Y. Yankees 7 Chicago White Sox 4
Houston 3 L.A. Angels 0
Cleveland 3 Minnesota 1
Texas 7 Oakland 0
National League
St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 1
Atlanta 5 San Diego 4
Milwaukee 6 Chicago Cubs 3
Arizona 4 L.A. Dodgers 2
Interleague
Seattle 6 Miami 1

SPORTS APRIL 17 ***UPDATED 9:05am***
Monday 17th April 2017

Two local runners are participating in one of the most prestigious marathons in the world today. Dave Hood and Donald Sexton, both from Stellarton, are two of the 114 runners from Nova Scotia, and roughly 30,000 entrants total. Both Hood and Sexton are in Wave 2 of the starters, which means they will cross the start line with the group that departs at 11:25am AT.
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Now that the Aecon Atlantic Scotians are the provincial Junior B Hockey Champions, the next step is Fredericton and the Don Johnson Memorial Cup beginning 25 April. The Atlantic Canadian Junior B Championship will feature the host Fredericton Caps, the Southern Shore Breakers of Newfoundland, Cap Pele Predators as New Brunswick Champs, the PEI Champions who are still to be determined, and the Scotians.
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Lucia MacKay will be the sole Pictou County representative on Nova Scotia's U17 Women's Basketball team at the Canada Games in Winnipeg this summer. MacKay tells NG News that the Canada Games, which are only held every four years, is something she's had in the back of her mind for a while. In addition to the Games, which begin July 28, the team will have the chance to take part in tournaments as preparation including one in Chicago and another in New Brunswick. She will also be taking part in practices every weekend leading up to the Games.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 2 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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Tickets are now on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro this December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be a well-rounded group of future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages are the only way to secure reserved seating and they're priced at $175. They're available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the Rath Eastlink Centre or by calling 1-888-311-9090.
Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Time is running out to sign up for the Miss Miles 5K on May 14th. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Zack Kassian scored midway through the third period, Cam Talbot made 23 saves in his second straight shutout and the Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 1-0 in Game 3. (Oilers lead series 2-1)
Carey Price made 20 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers. (Canadiens lead series 2-1)
Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jake Allen made 40 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. (Blues lead series 3-0)
Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Penguins lead series 3-0)
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NBA Playoffs
Washington 114 Atlanta 107 (Wizards lead series 1-0)
Golden State 121 Portland 109 (Warriors lead series 1-0)
Chicago 106 Boston 102 (Bulls lead series 1-0)
Houston 118 Oklahoma City 87 (Rockets lead series 1-0)
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MLB
American League

Baltimore 11 Toronto 4
Detroit 4 Cleveland 1
Boston 7 Tampa Bay 5
Kansas City 1 L.A. Angels 0
Houston at Oakland, ppd.
Chicago White Sox 3 Minnesota 1 (10 innings)
Seattle 8 Texas 7
National League
Miami 4 N.Y. Mets 2
Milwaukee 4 Cincinnati 2
Atlanta 9 San Diego 2
Washington 6 Philadelphia 4
Pittsburgh 6 Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 4 San Francisco 3
Arizona 3 L.A. Dodgers 1
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 9 St. Louis 3

SPORTS APRIL 16 *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Sunday 16th April 2017

The Pictou County Invasion Volleyball team won Bronze this weekend in the Armview Storm U14 Invitational Tournament in Spryfield. Congrats to the girls Katie Crawford, Emily Giles,Keeley Stevenson,Georgie Gunn, Rory Thompson , Maddie MacIntyre, Taylar Austin, Maddie MacDonald and Meg Maxner and coach Leonard Thompson.
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For the first time since 1973, the provincial Junior B Hockey Champions come from Pictou County. In a game played before one of the largest crowds ever to see a game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the Aecon Atlantic Scotians defeated the Liverpool Privateers 8-5 on Friday to win the NSJHL Championship Series 4 games to 2. It is the first title in the 23 year history of the Scotians organization. Along with being the NSJHL and provincial Junior B Champions, the Scotians will now advance to the Don Johnson Memorial Cup in Fredericton beginning 25 April. The Atlantic Canadian Junior B Championship will feature the host Fredericton Caps, the Southern Shore Breakers of Newfoundland, Cap Pele Predators as New Brunswick Champs, the PEI Champions who are still to be determined, and the Scotians.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 2 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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Tickets are now on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro this December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be a well-rounded group of future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages are the only way to secure reserved seating and they're priced at $175. They're available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the Rath Eastlink Centre or by calling 1-888-311-9090.
Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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There are less than 100 spots left for Miss Miles 5k running event on May 14th and those will likely sell out very quickly so don’t wait, register today and join the other 600 participants who have already signed up! You won’t want to miss all the fun. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Ryan Getzlaf was credited with the winning power-play goal with 4:46 remaining, John Gibson made 35 saves and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2. (Ducks lead series 2-0)
Dion Phaneuf scored the overtime winner as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 4-3. (Series tied 1-1)
Kasperi Kapanen scored two goals, including the winner 12 minutes into double overtime as The Toronto Maple Leafs evened up their series with The Washington Capitals with a 4-3 victory. (Series tied 1-1)
Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in his second straight shutout and picked up two assists, helping the Nashville Predators pound the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0. (Predators lead series 2-0)
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NBA Playoffs
The Toronto Raptors' Game 1 curse lives on. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and eight rebounds to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a shocking 97-83 victory over the Raptors. (Bucks lead series 1-0)
Cleveland 109 Indiana 108 (Cavaliers lead series 1-0)
San Antonio 111 Memphis 82 (Spurs lead series 1-0)
Utah 97 L.A. Clippers 95 (Jazz lead series 1-0)
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MLB
American League

Toronto 2 Baltimore 1
Minnesota 6 Chicago White Sox 0
Boston 2 Tampa Bay 1
Houston 10 Oakland 6
Cleveland 13 Detroit 6
Kansas City 3 L.A. Angels 2
Seattle 5 Texas 0
National League
Philadelphia 4 Washington 2
Cincinnati 7 Milwaukee 5
Pittsburgh 8 Chicago Cubs 7
Colorado 5 San Francisco 0
Atlanta 4 San Diego 2
Miami 5 N.Y. Mets 4
L.A. Dodgers 8 Arizona 4
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 3 St. Louis 2


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 15 APRIL
Saturday 15th April 2017

For the first time since 1973, the provincial Junior B Hockey Champions come from Pictou County. In a game played before one of the largest crowds ever to see a game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the Aecon Atlantic Scotians defeated the Liverpool Privateers 8-5 to win the NSJHL Championship Series 4 games to 2. Riley Cameron led the way for the Scotians with a hat trick and an assist, finishing the playoffs with 26 points, and was named the playoff MVP. It is the first title in the 23 year history of the Scotians organization. Along with being the NSJHL and provincial Junior B Champions, the Scotians will now advance to the Don Johnson Memorial Cup in Fredericton beginning 25 April. The Atlantic Canadian Junior B Championship will feature the host Fredericton Caps, the Southern Shore Breakers of Newfoundland, Cap Pele Predators as New Brunswick Champs, the PEI Champions who are still to be determined, and the Scotians.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 2 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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Tickets are now on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro this December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be a well-rounded group of future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages are the only way to secure reserved seating and they're priced at $175. They're now available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the Rath Eastlink Centre or by calling 1-888-311-9090. Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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SPORTS APRIL 13
Thursday 13th April 2017

The Pictou County Scotians lead 3-2 in the NS Junior Hockey league finals. The Scotians could wrap it up on Friday night at 7:00 at the Wellness Centre – if not, they'll get another chance Saturday night in Liverpool. The Scotians are looking to FILL the rink on Friday night as they have a chance to win the title on home ice. To help make that happen, they will allow anyone 14 and under to come to the game free, if accompanied by an adult and a small donation of a non-perishable food item or cash for the local food banks. The Scotians will also be donating $500 to the Food Banks to add their support. They are also guaranteeing the 50/50 will be worth at least $1000.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 2 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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Tickets are on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the RECC in Truro in December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be many future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages, the only way to secure reserved seating, are $175. They're available beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the RECC, or by calling 1-888-311-9090. Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is at the Westville Town Office Gym 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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There are less than 100 spots left for Miss Miles 5k running event on May 14th and those will likely sell out very quickly so don’t wait, register today and join the other 600 participants who have already signed up! You won’t want to miss all the fun. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Tanner Glass scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 in the opening game of their NHL playoff series.
Brad Marchand broke a tie with 2:33 left and the Boston Bruins held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots in a surprise start in place of injured Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins opened their Stanley Cup title defence with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Jake Allen made a career-high 51 saves, Joel Edmundson scored for St. Louis at 17:48 of overtime and the Blues sneaked into Minnesota to steal Game 1 of their first-round series from the Wild with a 2-1 victory.
The San Jose Sharks came back to beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in Game 1 of their series.
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NBA
Boston 112 Milwaukee 94
Chicago 112 Brooklyn 73
Dallas 100 Memphis 93
Denver 111 Oklahoma City 105
Houston 123 Minnesota 118
Indiana 104 Atlanta 86
Miami 110 Washington 102
New York 114 Philadelphia 113
Orlando 113 Detroit 109
Toronto 98 Cleveland 83
Utah 101 San Antonio 97
Golden State 109 L.A. Lakers 94
L.A. Clippers 115 Sacramento 95
New Orleans 103 Portland 100
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MLB
Interleague

Chase Anderson gave up just three hits in seven innings as the Milwaukee Brewers blanked Toronto 2-0, handing the Blue Jays their seventh loss in eight games this season.
American League
N.Y. Yankees 8 Tampa Bay 4
Detroit 5 Minnesota 3
Chicago White Sox 2 Cleveland 1
Baltimore 12 Boston 5
Oakland 8 Kansas City 3
Texas 8 L.A. Angels 3
Houston 10 Seattle 5
National League
San Diego 6 Colorado 0
St. Louis 6 Washington 1
Cincinnati 9 Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Mets 5 Philadelphia 4
Atlanta 5 Miami 4
L.A. Dodgers 2 Chicago Cubs 0
San Francisco 6 Arizona 2

SPORTS APRIL 12 *CORRECTION 6:45 AM*
Wednesday 12th April 2017

The Pictou County Scotians now lead 3-2 in the NS Junior Hockey league finals after a 5-4 win in Liverpool, holding off a late surge by the Privateers in the dying minutes of the game. The Scotians could wrap it up on Friday night at 7:00 at the Wellness Centre – if not, they'll get another chance Saturday night in Liverpool.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 3 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 12, 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is at the Westville Town Office Gym 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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Ladies, only about 100 spots left for Miss Miles 5k running event on May 14th and those will likely sell out very quickly so don’t wait, register today and join the other 600 participants who have already signed up! You won’t want to miss all the fun. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
The Toronto Raptors will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Raptors, locked into the third seed in the Eastern Conference, were assured of the matchup with the sixth-place Bucks after Atlanta secured the fifth seed with a 103-76 win.
Oklahoma City 100 Minnesota 98
Denver 109 Dallas 91
L.A. Lakers 108 New Orleans 96
Sacramento 129 Phoenix 104
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MLB
Interleague

Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana homered as the Milwaukee Brewers edged Toronto 4-3 to spoil the Blue Jays' home opener and extend their early-season misery. At 1-6, Toronto is off to its worst start ever.
American League
Detroit 2 Minnesota 1
Cleveland 2 Chicago White Sox 1 (10 innings)
Boston 8 Baltimore 1
L.A. Angels 6 Texas 5 (10 innings)
Houston 7 Seattle 5
National League
Cincinnati 6 Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Mets 14 Philadelphia 4
Washington 8 St. Louis 3
Miami 8 Atlanta 4
Colorado 3 San Diego 2
Arizona 4 San Francisco 3


SPORTS APRIL 11
Tuesday 11th April 2017

The NS Junior Hockey league finals are even after 4 games.
Game 5 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Tue 7:30 PM
Game 6 Liverpool Privateers  @ Pictou County Scotians - Pictou County Wellness Centre, Fri 7:00 PM
If necessary:
Game 7 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Sat 7:30 PM
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The New Glasgow Panthers Girls volleyball 18U team traveled to Bedford this past weekend and came away with the Bronze medal. They defeated the Halifax Hurricanes in three sets to finish third in what was their final club tournament before provincials. Team members include Victoria Robertson, Lydia Tobin, Olivia Murray, Abby MacLean, Roshan Ghafari, Danielle Farrell, Janelle Young, McKayla Symons, and Lauren Kellock. They are coached by Tracy Kellock and Crystal Young.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park. For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is at the Westville Town Office Gym 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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NBA
Indiana 120 Philadelphia 111
Boston 114 Brooklyn 105
Miami 124 Cleveland 121 (OT)
Chicago 122 Orlando 75
Milwaukee 89 Charlotte 79
Washington 105 Detroit 101
Portland 99 San Antonio 98
L.A. Clippers 125 Houston 96
Utah 105 Golden State 99
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MLB
American League

N.Y. Yankees 8 Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 2 Boston 1
Oakland 2 Kansas City 0
Seattle 6 Houston 0
National League
San Francisco 4 Arizona 1
Cincinnati 7 Pittsburgh 1
N.Y. Mets 4 Philadelphia 3
Washington 14 St. Louis 6
Chicago Cubs 3 L.A. Dodgers 2
San Diego 5 Colorado 3
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Canada and Mexico will only get a slice of soccer's biggest prize if the joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup is successful. The proposed blueprint calls for 60 of the 80 games in the new expanded tournament format to be held in the U.S. with 10 going to Canada and 10 to Mexico. The agreement calls for all games from the quarter-finals on to be held in the U.S. But the good news for Canada, which has qualified just once for the men's World Cup, is the push to maintain the tradition of having the tournament hosts automatically qualify. Canada is currently ranked No. 109 in the world, compared to No. 16 for Mexico and No. 23 for the U.S. The 2026 tournament, whose host is due to be decided by FIFA in 2020, will be the first using FIFA's expanded format. The current tournament structure, which will be used in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, involves 32 teams and 64 matches. The new format will feature 16 groups of three with the top two from each pool advancing to a 32-team knockout. The tournament time period will remain at 32 days. FIFA has said bidders from Europe and Asia will be barred from hosting the 2026 tournament because Russia is staging the World Cup in 2018 and Qatar has the showpiece in 2022.

WEST RIVER WOMAN IDENTIFIED AS SET FOR LIFE WINNER
Thursday 6th April 2017

Ericka Rauh of West River is more than likely the happiest person in Pictou County today. Of course, being handed a check for 675-thousand dollars with your name on it will do that. Rauh won the top prize on the Set for Life scratch game, and today was given her winnings at a ceremony at the Nova Truck Centre, where she works, in Westville. With the option of receiving one-thousand dollars per week for 25 years, or a single lump sum payment, Rauh opted for the lump sum. She says she does not plan to retire, yet, but will be retiring her truck, and getting a new one.

BIG LOTTERY WIN PRESENTATION IN WESTVILLE TODAY
Thursday 6th April 2017

Today is going to be a very good day for one Pictou County woman. We do not know her name at this time, but we do know that she is going to be presented with a cheque for $675,000 after winning the Scratch 'N Win game Set for Life. The presentation is being made this afternoon at the Nova Truck Centres, just off Exit 21 in Westville.


SPORTS APRIL 3
Monday 3rd April 2017

The Northern Subway Selects Midget AAA team earned silver at the Atlantic championship, following a hard-fought 2-0 loss to Team P.E.I. in the final. It was the team’s first time at the Atlantics, winning the provincial Female Midget AAA Hockey League championship over Metro Boston Pizza on March 18 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. During the tournament, the Selects went 4-0 in the round robin.
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No win yet for the home team, as the Liverpool Privateers evened the championship after edging out the Pictou County Scotians 5-4 at the Wellness Centre last night. Games 3 & 4 are this coming weekend, first in Liverpool Saturday night at 7:30, then back 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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A good weekend for Pictou County Lightning Basketball, as four U16 and two U18 Teams started out this weekend at various provincial tournaments. The U18 AA Boys team won their Consolation game 77-73...  big congrats to coaches Stinson and Wright, Team Manager Neilsen and the Players of course. The U16 D5 Boys came 4th to Sackville in the Bronze Medal Game 54-40...  Noah Wilkinson was named a Tournament All Star.  Great job Coach Taylor and his dedicated players. The U18 D4 Girls team won gold in a nailbiting 52-51 final. Danielle Farrell was named Tournamnet MVP and Tournament All-Star. A great weekend for Coach Douthwright, Team Manager MacDougall and the players. The U16 D2 Girls team also won gold with a last second 3-point buzzer beater. Karielle Floyd was named Tournament MVP and Raegan MacDonald was named Tournament All-Star. Awesome job Coaches MacLean, MacPhail...  and the little engine that could...  this very young group of athletes.
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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
Logan Shaw scored with 3:06 left in the third period to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames.
San Jose 3 Vancouver 1
Boston 3 Chicago 2
N.Y. Islanders 4 Buffalo 2
St. Louis 4 Nashville 1
Pittsburgh 3 Carolina 2
Washington 3 Columbus 2
Minnesota 5 Colorado 2
Tampa Bay 6 Dallas 3
N.Y. Rangers 4 Philadelphia 3
Arizona 2 Los Angeles 1
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NBA
Serge Ibaka scored 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 17 to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the injury-riddled Philadelphia 76ers 113-105.
Boston 110 New York 94
Charlotte 113 Oklahoma City 101
Dallas 109 Milwaukee 105
L.A. Lakers 108 Memphis 103
San Antonio 109 Utah 103
Brooklyn 91 Atlanta 82
Chicago 117 New Orleans 110
Cleveland 135 Indiana 130 (2OT)
Denver 116 Miami 113
Golden State 139 Washington 115
Houston 123 Phoenix 116
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MLB (First Day of Baseball Season)
Tampa Bay 7 N.Y. Yankees 3
Arizona 6 San Francisco 5
St. Louis 4 Chicago Cubs 3

SPORTS APRIL 2
Sunday 2nd April 2017

The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA s will be playing the PEI Wildcats at the East Hants sportsplex at 1pm. They captured the Provincial title in mid March and now are one win away from the Atlantic title. If successful, the Selects will represent Atlantic at Nationals the end of April in Morden, Manitoba.
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The Pictou County Scotians took the first match 6-3 against the Liverpool Privateers in the best of 7 NS Junior Hockey League championship. Game two will be tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre.
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This weekend there's a ton of basketball going on. 4 Pictou County Lightning U16 boys and Girls Teams and 2 Lightning U18 Boys and girls teams are on their way to provincials. Pictou County Lightning are hosting the D3 U16 Girls out of Northumberland. Volunteers are also hosting the U18 AA Girls Provincials out of NNEC and New Glasgow Academy. This is a great chance to watch some great ball locally. Please come out and show our teams the fantastic support that only the Lightning club can for the following teams:
U16 D3 Boys McInnis/Sabean
U16 D5 Boys Taylor/Sabean
U16 D2 Girls MacLean/MacPhail
U16 D3 Girls Stinson/Mattinson
U18 DAA Boys Stinson/Wright
U18 D4 Girls Douthwright

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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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Men's Curling
Canada's Brad Gushue opened the Ford world men's curling championship with a 7-5 victory over Peter de Cruz of Switzerland at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. Gushue took control of the back-and-forth game when Swiss fourth Benoit Schwarz missed his final shot in the seventh end. The St. John's skip had hammer and delivered a draw to score three. This is the first appearance at this event for Gushue's team of vice-skip Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker. They earned the berth by beating Kevin Koe last month in the Tim Hortons Brier final.
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Women's Hockey World Championship at Plymouth, Michigan
Finland beat Canada in women's hockey for the first time with a 4-3 win Saturday at the world hockey championship. The closest Finland had come previously was a 6-6 tie in an exhibition game in 1999. Team Canada is 0-2, and concludes the preliminary round in Pool A on Monday against Russia (1-1). Canada must beat the Russians to still have a chance at a bye to the semifinals.
Germany 2 Czech Republic 1
United States 7 Russia 0
Sweden 2 Switzerland 1
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NHL
Leon Draisaitl scored the overtime winner as the Edmonton Oilers vaulted into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with Anaheim with a 3-2 victory over the Ducks.
Auston Matthews scored twice to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the Detroit Red Wings 5-4. Matthews' second goal of the night at 18:51 of the third period gave Toronto a 5-3 lead, but proved to be the winner when Detroit's Mike Green tallied with 44.2 seconds left in regulation.
The Winnipeg Jets have their first four-game win streak of the season after a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Alexander Radulov scored 51 seconds into overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Boston 5 Florida 2
Nashville 3 Minnesota 0
Philadelphia 3 New Jersey 0
Dallas 3 Carolina 0
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NBA
L.A. Clippers 115 L.A. Lakers 104
Chicago 106 Atlanta 104
Brooklyn 121 Orlando 111
Sacramento 123 Minnesota 117
Portland 130 Phoenix 117
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MLB Pre-Season Toronto 6 Pittsburgh 4
Miami 3 Detroit 2
Cincinnati 5 CIF 1
Boston 4 Washington 4
Texas 5 Kansas City 3
Milwaukee 5 Chicago White Sox 4
San Francisco 6 Oakland 3
Seattle 1 Colorado 1
L.A. Angels 4 L.A. Dodgers 4

SPORTS MARCH 31
Friday 31st March 2017

The Pictou County Scotians will play the Liverpool Privateers for the NS Junior Hockey League championship. The schedule is as follows:
Game 1 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Sat Apr 01 7:30 PM
Game 2 Liverpool Privateers  @ Pictou County Scotians- Pictou County Wellness Centre, Sun Apr 02 7:00 PM
Game 3 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Sat Apr 08 7:30 PM
Game 4 Liverpool Privateers  @ Pictou County Scotians - Pictou County Wellness Centre, Sun Apr 09 7:00 PM
If necessary:
Game 5 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Tue Apr 11 7:30 PM
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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This weekend there's a ton of basketball going on. 4 Pictou County Lightning U16 boys and Girls Teams and 2 Lightning U18 Boys and girls teams are on their way to provincials. Pictou County Lightning are hosting the D3 U16 Girls out of Northumberland. Volunteers are also hosting the U18 AA Girls Provincials out of NNEC and New Glasgow Academy. This is a great chance to watch some great ball locally. Please come out and show our teams the fantastic support that only the Lightning club can for the following teams:
U16 D3 Boys McInnis/Sabean
U16 D5 Boys Taylor/Sabean
U16 D2 Girls MacLean/MacPhail
U16 D3 Girls Stinson/Mattinson
U18 DAA Boys Stinson/Wright
U18 D4 Girls Douthwright

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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 had two goals and Brendan Gallagher scored and added three assists as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the visiting Florida Panthers 6-2 to clinch a playoff spot with five games remaining in their regular season.
James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews each scored a power-play goal, and Frederik Andersen made 29 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Nashville Predators 3-1.
Philadelphia 6 N.Y. Islanders 3
Carolina 2 Columbus 1 (OT)
Boston 2 Dallas 0
Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 3
Winnipeg 4 Anaheim 3 (OT)
Minnesota 5 Ottawa 1
Edmonton 3 San Jose 2
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NBA
Detroit 90 Brooklyn 89
Chicago 99 Cleveland 93
Minnesota 119 L.A. Lakers 104
L.A. Clippers 124 Phoenix 118
Portland 117 Houston 107
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MLB Pre-Season
N.Y. Mets 5 Las Vegas 4
Detroit 7 Baltimore 3
Minnesota 6 Tampa Bay 6
N.Y. Yankees 14 Philadelphia 1
Boston 8 Washington 1
Colorado 10 San Diego 5
St. Louis 9 Memphis 3
Houston 8 Chicago Cubs 6
Arizona 6 Cleveland 3
L.A. Angels 3 L.A. Dodgers 2
San Francisco 3 Oakland 0


SPORTS MARCH 30 *UPDATED 9:10 AM*
Thursday 30th March 2017

The Pictou County Scotians will play the Liverpool Privateers for the NS Junior Hockey League championship. The schedule is as follows:
Game 1 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Sat Apr 01 7:30 PM
Game 2 Liverpool Privateers  @ Pictou County Scotians- Pictou County Wellness Centre, Sun Apr 02 7:00 PM
Game 3 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Sat Apr 08 7:30 PM
Game 4 Liverpool Privateers  @ Pictou County Scotians - Pictou County Wellness Centre, Sun Apr 09 7:00 PM
If necessary:
Game 5 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Tue Apr 11 7:30 PM
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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The East Pictou Silver Blades are presenting their annual ice show "Skating Across the Decades" on Friday at 6 pm at Ivor MacDonald Arena in Thorburn.
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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
Jarome Iginla scored his 100th career game-winning goal and added an assist against his former team as the Los Angeles Kings kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames.
Artemi Panarin and Richard Panik started a four-goal first period for Chicago, and the Blackhawks moved closer to locking up the Central Division title with a 5-1 victory over the short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins.
Washington 5 Colorado 3
St. Louis 3 Arizona 1
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NBA
Charlotte 110 Toronto 106
Atlanta 99 Philadelphia 92
Oklahoma City 114 Orlando 106 (OT)
Miami 105 New York 88
Milwaukee 103 Boston 100
Memphis 110 Indiana 97
New Orleans 121 Dallas 118
Golden State 110 San Antonio 98
L.A. Clippers 133 Washington 124
Utah 112 Sacramento 82
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MLB Pre-Season
N.Y. Yankees 3 Toronto 1
St. Louis 6 Washington 2
Tampa Bay 15 Baltimore 6
Miami 5 Houston 5
Minnesota 5 Boston 3
N.Y. Mets 2 Atlanta 2
Philadelphia (ss) 8 Detroit 2
Philadelphia (ss) 8 Pittsburgh 2
Cleveland 9 Cincinnati 6
L.A. Angels 8 Milwaukee 6
San Diego 9 Chicago White Sox 9
Texas 0 Kansas City 0
Chicago Cubs 15 Oakland 11
L.A. Dodgers 3 Seattle 3

SPORTS MARCH 29
Wednesday 29th March 2017

A big upset at the Wellness Centre last night, as the Amherst Ramblers eliminated the Crushers in a 6-5 overtime win in game 7. Crushers' goals were scored by Bradley Kennedy with 2, Alexis Roy, Dylan Riley, and Jacob Hickey. The teams were focused on scoring, as only two penalties were called during the game, both to the Ramblers. Amherst will now take on the Truro Bearcats, who eliminated Yarmouth on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Scotians will play the Liverpool Privateers for the NS Junior Hockey League championship. Dates for the series will be determined soon.
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At the Special Olympics Provincial Championship this past weekend, the top 3 spots in Rhythmic Gymnastics for the Ribbon event were occupied by members of Team Pictou County Dragonflies. Jackie Sarson was third, Molly Caldwell second, and Kara Scott first.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre presents its annual ice show "When You Wish Upon a Star" tonight at 6:30pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This Disney themed show features young Canskaters all the way up to the Mariposa East Provincial and National Competitors. Tickets are available at the door - $10 for adults, children get free admission.
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The East Pictou Silver Blades are presenting their annual ice show "Skating Across the Decades" on Friday at 6 pm at Ivor MacDonald Arena in Thorburn.
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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 34 saves as the Edmonton Oilers officially qualified for the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 season with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Brendan Gallagher broke a tie 3:31 into the third period as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1.
Jordan Weal scored the only shootout goal after tying the game late in the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Auston Matthews continued his record-setting ways Tuesday night by setting a Leafs franchise record for goals by a rookie with his 35th, as Toronto defeated Florida 3-2.
Columbus 3 Buffalo 1
Boston 4 Nashville 1
Carolina 4 Detroit 1
Winnipeg 4 New Jersey 3 (SO)
Washington 5 Minnesota 4 (OT)
Anaheim 4 Vancouver 1
San Jose 5 N.Y. Rangers 4 (OT)
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NBA
Milwaukee 118 Charlotte 108
Minnesota 115 Indiana 114
Atlanta 95 Phoenix 91
Miami 97 Detroit 96
Philadelphia 106 Brooklyn 101
Golden State 113 Houston 106
Portland 122 Denver 113
Washington 119 L.A. Lakers 108
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MLB Pre-Season
Baltimore 5 Atlanta 4
Houston 7 Miami (ss) 3
Minnesota 1 Tampa Bay 0
St. Louis 3 N.Y. Mets 3
Texas 4 Colorado 3
Kansas City 7 Chicago White Sox 4
Milwaukee 13 Cleveland 12
Cincinnati 9 L.A. Dodgers (ss) 3
L.A. Dodgers (ss) 3 San Diego 1
San Francisco 10 Chicago Cubs 7
Arizona 15 Seattle 6
L.A. Angels 14 Oakland 3
Boston 9 Pittsburgh 2
Detroit 6 N.Y. Yankees 3
Miami (ss) 4 Washington 2
Toronto 10 Philadelphia 4

SPORTS MARCH 28
Tuesday 28th March 2017

The Crushers and Ramblers have battled back and forth to make it to game 7 in their opening round playoff series. The deciding match will be tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The winner will face the Truro Bearcats, who eliminated Yarmouth on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Scotians are waiting to meet their next opponents after defeating Glace Bay in game 7 of their series Sunday night. The Scotians will take on the winner of the Liverpool/Valley series, which is also going to a seventh game after Liverpool shut out Valley 5-0 last night.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers won the provincial banner on home ice Sunday afternoon, beating the TASA Ducks 3-2 in front of a packed rink, as Captain Landon Sim scored the winner with less than 4 seconds in regulation. Keifer Avery and Blaise MacDonald also scored for Pictou County. The Atlantic Peewee AAA championships are in two weeks time in Conception Bay, NL.
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Daniel Martin was a double medal winner last week at the Special Olympics World Winter Games last week in Austria, placing 6th in the men's 800m snowshoe, getting silver as part of the men's 4x400m Relay and GOLD in the 1600 m. Special Olympics Pictou County is hosting a welcome back party tonight at the UCT Building of Summer Street Industries from 6:30-7:30. Everyone is invited to come and congratulate Daniel on his success.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre presents its annual ice show "When You Wish Upon a Star" on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This Disney themed show features young Canskaters all the way up to the Mariposa East Provincial and National Competitors. Tickets are available at the door - $10 for adults, children get free admission.
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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
Buffalo 4 Florida 2
Nashville 3 N.Y. Islanders 1
Detroit 4 Carolina 3 (OT)
Tampa Bay 5 Chicago 4 (OT)
St. Louis 4 Arizona 1
Calgary 4 Colorado 2
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points to lead the Toronto Raptors in a 131-112 rout of the Orlando Magic.
New York 109 Detroit 95
San Antonio 103 Cleveland 74
Oklahoma City 92 Dallas 91
Sacramento 91 Memphis 90
Utah 108 New Orleans 100
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MLB Pre-Season
Boston 11 Baltimore 9
N.Y. Mets (ss) 5 Miami 0
Washington 6 N.Y. Mets (ss) 0
Chicago White Sox 5 L.A. Dodgers 2
San Francisco 14 Cincinnati 2
Texas 6 Colorado 5
Kansas City 10 Oakland 3
L.A. Angels 4 Arizona 2
San Diego 12 Seattle 2
Atlanta 11 Detroit 3
Pittsburgh 4 Minnesota 1
St. Louis 3 Houston 2
Philadelphia 7 Toronto 1
Cleveland 4 Chicago Cubs 3


PROVINCE RELEASES LATEST FINANCIAL "REPORT CARD" FOR MUNCIPALITIES
Monday 27th March 2017

The Department of Municipal Affairs has released data for the 2015-16 fiscal year which shows how municipalities set and manage their budgets and capital priorities. The Financial Condition Index (FCI) has fifteen indicators, including revenue, budget deficits and capital assets. The figures work as a snapshot for towns and counties to see where improvements can be made. In the latest report, Stellarton only had one FCI indicator in the red, scoring below the threshold for undepreciated assets. Pictou County had two indicators in the red, with four reds for New Glasgow and Trenton, five for the town of Pictou, and seven for Westville. The full report is available on the Department of Municipal Affairs website.

SPORTS MARCH 27
Monday 27th March 2017

The Crushers and Ramblers have battled back and forth to make it to game 7 in their opening round playoff series. The deciding match will be tomorrow night at 7 at the Wellness Centre. The winner will face the Truro Bearcats, who eliminated Yarmouth on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Scotians are moving on after defeating Glace Bay in game 7 of their series Sunday night 4-3. The Scotians will take on the winner of the Liverpool/Valley series, with the Valley Maple Leafs leading 3 games to 2.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers won the provincial banner on home ice Sunday afternoon, beating the TASA Ducks 3-2 in front of a packed rink, as Captain Landon Sim scored the winner with less than 4 seconds in regulation. Keifer Avery and Blaise MacDonald also scored for Pictou County. The Atlantic Peewee AAA championships are in two weeks time in Conception Bay, NL.
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Daniel Martin was a double medal winner last week at the Special Olympics World Winter Games last week in Austria, placing 6th in the men's 800m snowshoe, getting silver as part of the men's 4x400m Relay and GOLD in the 1600 m. Special Olympics Pictou County is hosting a welcome back party Tuesday night at the UCT Building of Summer Street Industries from 6:30-7:30. Everyone is invited to come and congratulate Daniel on his success.
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Once again, Pictou County Lightning Basketball outperformed expectations, with 7 teams competing over the weekend in a field of 124, winning 3 gold and 1 silver. In the U12 and U14 divisions, the Lightning won 6 out of 28 gold and 2 silver. In Female DIVISION 2, team Mackay/Arbuckle won SILVER. In Female Division 5, team MacLeod /MacKay won GOLD, as did team Smith/King in Male Division 4 and team Smith in Male Division 8. The U18 AA Pictou County Lightning team Stinson won SILVER.
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Shout out to Noah Dignan has just returned from Vancouver where he was part of the Nova Scotia Provincial Soccer team. Noah did very well, scoring the winning goals in games against Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre presents its annual ice show "When You Wish Upon a Star" on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. This Disney themed show features young Canskaters all the way up to the Mariposa East Provincial and National Competitors. Tickets are available at the door $10 for adults, children get free admission.
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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
Michael Hutchinson made 28 saves and Adam Lowry scored a third-period power-play goal to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Detroit 3 Minnesota 2 (OT)
Dallas 2 New Jersey 1 (OT)
Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 2
Anaheim 6 N.Y. Rangers 3
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NBA
Brooklyn 107 Atlanta 92
Charlotte 120 Phoenix 106
Chicago 109 Milwaukee 94
Houston 137 Oklahoma City 125
Sacramento 98 L.A. Clippers 97
Boston 112 Miami 108
Indiana 107 Philadelphia 94
Golden State 106 Memphis 94
New Orleans 115 Denver 90
Portland 97 L.A. Lakers 81
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MLB Pre-Season
Toronto (ss) 4 Detroit 3
Baltimore 2 Toronto (ss) 1
Boston 7 Minnesota 2
Houston 5 Washington 1
St. Louis 3 Miami 0
Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 3
N.Y. Yankees 7 Tampa Bay 4
N.Y. Mets 8 Atlanta 2
Chicago Cubs 22 Cincinnati (ss) 4
Texas 3 L.A. Dodgers 2
Oakland 11 Milwaukee 1
San Diego (ss) 9 Chicago Cubs 4
Chicago White Sox 4 San Francisco 3
Seattle 7 Cincinnati (ss) 6
Cleveland 6 Arizona 5
Colorado 4 San Diego (ss) 1
Kansas City 8 L.A. Angels 7

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 22
Wednesday 22nd March 2017

In the MHL playoffs:
The Dieppe Commandos are tied 2-2 with Summerside following a 5-3 victory last night. Tonight, the Crushers look to even up their series with the Ramblers in Amherst. The Truro Bearcats are ahead 2-1 as they play the Mariners in Yarmouth. And St. Stephen is looking for a win as they face the Timberwolves in Game 3 of their series in Miramichi.
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Daniel Martin put in a personal best to finish 6th in the men's 800m snowshoe final at the Special Olympics World Games. Daniel qualified for the 1600m final, which he will race on Friday. Daniel is a distance athlete. Another proud moment in Austria this week was Nova Scotia's Kaylee Stewart and Robert Fougere taking the gold medal in Pairs Figure Skating. We are told Daniel is having a blast touring the sites of Austria and hanging out in the Athletes Village, home to 3000 athletes from 110 countries. TSN broadcasts coverage daily 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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NHL
Anthony Mantha scored at 4:10 of overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
Kyle Turris scored twice and Craig Anderson made 33 saves as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to end a four-game losing streak.
Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, T.J. Oshie scored his 30th of the season and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals defeated the surging Calgary Flames 4-2.
Pittsburgh 3 Buffalo 1
New Jersey 3 N.Y. Rangers 2 (OT)
Arizona 5 Tampa Bay 3
Carolina 4 Florida 3
Winnipeg 3 Philadelphia 2
Vancouver 5 Chicago 4 (OT)
Minnesota 3 San Jose 2
St. Louis 4 Colorado 2
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan poured in 42 points as the Toronto Raptors rallied on a night marred by fists to beat Chicago 122-120 in overtime.
Brooklyn 98 Detroit 96
Miami 112 Phoenix 97
New Orleans 95 Memphis 82
Golden State 112 Dallas 87
San Antonio 100 Minnesota 93
Milwaukee 93 Portland 90
L.A. Clippers 133 L.A. Lakers 109
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MLB Pre-Season
Washington 3 Atlanta 1
Houston 2 Miami 1
Philadelphia 9 Minnesota 5
Pittsburgh 5 Tampa Bay 4
Toronto 5 Baltimore 2
L.A. Angels 9 Cincinnati 1
Milwaukee 5 L.A. Dodgers 4
San Francisco 5 San Diego 3
Arizona 4 Kansas City 2
Boston 4 N.Y. Yankees 2
Texas 4 Chicago White Sox 3
Oakland 8 Seattle 5

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


SPORTS MARCH 20
Monday 20th March 2017

In the MHL playoffs:
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers and Amherst Ramblers are now tied in their series at 1 game each. The Ramblers defeated the Crushers 4-1 Saturday night. The Crushers are back home for game 3 tonight at the Wellness Centre. Puck drops at 7pm. Elsewhere in Maritime Hockey League Playoff action on the weekend...Truro 2 Yarmouth 1 (Truro leads series 2-0) Miramichi defeated St. Stephen 10-1 (Miramichi leads series 1-0), Summerside 5 Dieppe 1 (Summerside leads 2-1)
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The Crushers picked up three MHL awards this season. Michael Dill was named top scorer, finishing the regular season with 90 points. Dylan Riley was named rookie of the year, while Daniel Vautour and Luke Melanson shared goaltending duo of the year with Leif Hertz and Justin Ritcey of the Yarmouth Mariners.
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The Pee Wee A Pictou County Subway Selects won Gold over the weekend at the 3rd Annual Spring Thaw Female Hockey Tournament in Colchester.  In the first game at the Debert Arena on Thursday they won 5-0 against the Halifax Metro West girls.  Scoring for the Selects were Camryn Wright and Olivia Marks with 2 goals each and singles went to Anna Stewart.  Assists to Taylor Decoste, Frankie Hayman and Lucia Mason.  Player of the game was Camryn Wright. On Friday, they played 2 games at the Brookfield Arena.  The first game they were defeated 2-0 by the Truro Cyclones.  Player of the game was Jana Cameron.  In an exciting 2nd game of the day , they were trailing 1-0 against the Queens County Western Riptide.  With 52 seconds left in the game, Taylor Toole tied the game with an assist by Jessa MacKeil.  The winning goal was scored by Olivia Marks assisted by Camryn Wright with only 23 seconds remaining in the game resulting with a final score of 2-1 for the Selects.  The player of the game was Olivia Marks. On Sunday, the Selects earned their spot to face off against the Truro Cyclones in the Championship game at the Debert Arena.  The Selects defeated the host Truro team 4-1 to earn the Gold Medal.  Scoring for the Selects were Olivia Marks with 2 goals and singles went to Frankie Hayman and Lucia Mason.  Assists to  Anna Stewart, Jessa MacKeil and Raleigh MacDonald.  Player of the game was goalie Kylee Alexander.
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Congratulations to the Northern AAA Midget Subway Selects who are the Nova Scotia Provincial Champs, for the first time in franchise history! The Selects defeated Metro Boston Pizza 1-0 in Game 4 of Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League playoff action. By claiming the Provincial title, the Selects will now represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championships in two weeks.
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Trenton Atom B fell short losing to Port Hood 7-4 and missing the chance of becoming the north conference champs. It was a tough fought game and both teams left everything out on the ice. Trentons goals came from Ethan Mackay 3 and Derrick Mackay 1. Assists came from Nicholas Duff, Brody Mackenzie, Lochlan Macdonald and Ethan Foote. Port Hood will go on to provincials on April 7th in Bridgewater.
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Trenton Peewee B Steelers are now the North Conference Champs with a big 10-2 win Sunday afternoon over Sydney Steelers. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 4 goals, Zachary Macinnis 2, Aiden Tonin 2, Jake Henderson and Olan Deyoung adding singles. Assists came from Mackay 3, Keegan Fournier 2, Caden Macdonald 1, Danial Cameron 1, Henderson 1, Carter Dauphinee 1, Macinnis 1, Michael Sponagle 1 and Ethan Elms 1. This win sends Trenton to the provincials on April 8th in Bridgewater. 
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The Weeks Major Midgets were eliminated in their best of 5 series after a 6-3 loss on Saturday to the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Islanders advance to play Steele Subaru in the next round.
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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 event, and will 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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Rachel Homan and Team Canada are still undefeated at the 2017 world women's curling championship. Homan and her Ottawa foursome downed the United States 7-5 on Monday in their fourth draw of the 12-nation tournament, improving to 4-0 in round-robin action. Later today Canada takes on Switzerland (3-0). The 27-year-old Homan is joined by third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle, along with alternate Cheryl Kreviazuk. Homan has yet to win a world title after taking bronze and silver in two previous appearances.
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NHL
Johnny Gaudreau showed off a little bit of everything in his arsenal to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Carey Price made 30 saves for his 33rd win of the season as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the visiting Ottawa Senators 4-1 in the second game of a home-and-home series.
Sidney Crosby earned his 10th career hat trick against the Panthers, as the Penguins blanked Florida 4-0. Crosby's three goals tied him with Connor McDavid for the NHL points leader with 80.
Pittsburgh 4 Florida 0
Columbus 4 New Jersey 1
Winnipeg 5 Minnesota 4
Chicago 6 Colorado 3
Philadelphia 4 Carolina 3 (OT)
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 116-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
Dallas 111 Brooklyn 104
Philadelphia 105 Boston 99
Detroit 112 Phoenix 95
New Orleans 123 Minnesota 109
Portland 115 Miami 104
San Antonio 118 Sacramento 102
Cleveland 125 L.A. Lakers 120
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MLB Pre-Season
Detroit 7 Baltimore 1
Minnesota 13 Boston 8
N.Y. Yankees 6 Houston 4
Tampa Bay 8 Philadelphia 0
St. Louis 5 Atlanta 2
Toronto 11 Pittsburgh 11
Washington 10 Miami (ss) 4
Miami (ss) 7 N.Y. Mets 5
L.A. Dodgers 3 Japan 2
Arizona 4 Cleveland 4
Milwaukee 6 San Francisco 4
Texas 3 Seattle 2
Chicago White Sox 11 L.A. Angels 2
Cincinnati 9 San Diego 4
Colorado 9 Oakland 2
Kansas City 6 Chicago Cubs 2

SPORTS MARCH 18
Saturday 18th March 2017

The Crushers picked up three MHL awards this season. Michael Dill was named top scorer, finishing the regular season with 90 points. Dylan Riley was named rookie of the year, while Daniel Vautour and Luke Melanson shared goaltending duo of the year with Leif Hertz and Justin Ritcey of the Yarmouth Mariners.
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In the MHL playoffs: The Crushers play the Ramblers at 7 in Amherst for Game 2 of their series. The Crushers currently lead 1-0. In the other North Division Semi-Final, the Bearcats are in Yarmouth looking to build a 2 game lead on the Mariners. In the South division, the Aces and Timberwolves begin their series in Miramichi, while Summerside and Dieppe play game 3 of their series in Dieppe tomorrow, each team with one win so far.
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The Atom A Crushers advanced out of the Red division at the Cole Harbour Joe Lamontagne Tournament to face the undefeated and eventual Tournament champion TASA Ducks, in a cross over match up. The TASA Ducks averaged over six goals a game in their round robin division and came out flying,scoring two early goals on the Crushers. The Crushers quickly regrouped with strong back checking by the forwards, a strong defensive presence in front of the net by the defence, and timely saves by both goaltenders, which kept the mighty ducks off the score board for the remainder of the game. The Crushers battled back with a total team effort and finally beat the TASA goaltender, five minutes into the third period. The Crushers threw everything they had at the Ducks, even pulled their goal tender in the last minute, and had numerous shots at the net but the final buzzer sounded to end the contest, 2 – 1. TASA went on to win the Championship title over Sackville, 4 – 2. It was a testament to the total defensive minded system the whole Crusher team bought into, that they held the high scoring TASA Ducks to the fewest goals scored in the entire tournament.
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be looking to take a huge lead in their Best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Final when they visit the Glace Bay Jr. Miners. The Scotians currently hold a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is today in Membertou, with the next game in Trenton set for Sunday at 7pm .
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After a split of the opening two games of the Best-of-5 semi-final last weekend, the Weeks Major Midgets ran into a defensive wall Friday night at the Wellness Centre. The Cape Breton West Islanders have a 2-1 lead in the series after shutting out the Weeks team 9-0. Game four is tonight at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. If a fifth game is needed, it will be played Sunday at 6pm in Port Hood.
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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 event beginning Saturday. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday March 25th, 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).

SPORTS MARCH 17
Friday 17th March 2017

It took a second overtime to settle Game One, as the Crushers defeated the Amherst Ramblers 5-4. The winning goal was scored by Dylan Riley 16 minutes into the second extra period. Also scoring were Ethan Marsh with 2, Michael Dill and Bradley Kennedy. The series switches to Amherst Saturday night for game 2.
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Also in the MHL, Dieppe evened their series with Summerside following a 2-1 victory, and the Truro Bearcats won the first game of their series, 5-2 over Yarmouth. The series between Miramichi and St. Stephen starts on Saturday.
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With 2 wins and a tie, Pictou Atom B Maripacs moved on to the gold medal game in the March Break Tournament versus their arch rivals, the Trenton Atom B Steelers Thursday afternoon at the Trenton arena. With Leland Tobin netting a goal in the first period, the Maripacs Hung onto the narrow lead In a battle of goaltending. Ryan Chapman scored an empty net goal in the dying seconds of the game to make it a 2-0 victory for the Maripacs. Sharing goalkeeping duties for the shutout were Noah Boudreau and Justin Kelly. The two Pictou goalies allowed only two goals over the entire four games of the tournament.
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be looking to take a huge lead in their Best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Final when they visit the Glace Bay Jr. Miners on Saturday. The Scotians currently hold a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 is on Saturday in Membertou, with the next game in Trenton set for Sunday at 7pm .
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The Northern AAA Midget Subway Selects are one win away from a Provincial Championship and a a trip to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championships in two weeks. The Selects have a 2-0 lead over Metro Boston Pizza in the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League and play host to game three in the best of five series Friday in Pictou. A win would give them the series and claim to a Provincial title, the first in franchise history.  The Selects are looking for a big crowd to give them the home ice edge. Puck drops at 7pm at the Hector Arena in Pictou.
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After a split of the opening two games of the Best-of-5 NSMMHL semi-finals this past weekend, the Weeks Major Midgets will host games 3 and 4 this Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. If the Cape Breton West Islanders and the Weeks split those two games, the fifth and deciding game would be Sunday at 6pm from Port Hood.
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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 event beginning Saturday. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday March 25th, 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 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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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
Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists and Connor McDavid added three assists as the Edmonton Oilers won their second game in a row, beating up on the Boston Bruins 7-4.
Richard Panik scored the go-ahead goal as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Panik scored the winner on the power play at 16:59 of the third period as he deposited a shot to the back of the net on a one-timer off a feed from Patrick Kane.
Morgan Rielly and Matt Martin scored 15 seconds apart during Toronto's four-goal second period as the Maple Leafs moved into the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0.
Dallas 4 Vancouver 2
Winnipeg 4 N.Y. Islanders 2
Carolina 3 Minnesota 1
Nashville 2 Washington 1 (OT)
New Jersey 6 Philadelphia 2
Columbus 2 Florida 1
Detroit 5 Arizona 4 (SO)
St. Louis 4 San Jose 1
Los Angeles 2 Buffalo 0
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NBA
Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds for his 34th triple double of the season, as the Thunder roared past the Raptors 123-102 for their fourth straight win.
Cleveland 91 Utah 83
Brooklyn 121 New York 110
Memphis 103 Atlanta 91
Denver 129 L.A. Clippers 114
Golden State 122 Orlando 92
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MLB Pre-Season
N.Y. Yankees 11 Toronto 5
Detroit 5 Atlanta 3
St. Louis 2 Minnesota 1
Washington 3 N.Y. Mets 1
Milwaukee 8 Arizona 5
Chicago Cubs 4 L.A. Dodgers 0
Cleveland 6 Oakland 5
Seattle 9 Kansas City (ss) 2
Kansas City (ss) 13 San Diego 3
L.A. Angels 8 Colorado 7
Philadelphia 2 Baltimore 2
Boston 4 Pittsburgh 3


SPORTS MARCH 16
Thursday 16th March 2017

Game one of the Eastlink South Division Semi-Finals goes Thursday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers face the Amherst Ramblers in the opening round best-of-7. The Crushers won 5 of the 6 regular season meetings between these two teams, although the Ramblers only victory was in the final meeting of the year last month. The Crushers boast the league leader in points, Michael Dill, who finished with 32 goals and 58 assists for 90 points. They also have the rookie scoring champion, Dylan Riley, who led the league for rookies in goals with 25, assists with 44, and points with 69.
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The first game of the Eastlink North Semi-Final took two overtime periods to settle. Summerside took the first match 3-2 over Dieppe. The Commandos are looking for their fourth consecutive division championship. The series between Truro and Yarmouth in the South Division begins tonight, while the other North Division series between Miramichi and St. Stephen starts on Saturday.
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be looking to take a strangle hold on their Best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Final when they visit the Glace Bay Jr. Miners on Saturday. The Scotians currently hold a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 will be on Saturday in Membertou, with the next game in Trenton set for Sunday at 7pm .
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The Northern Selects are one win away from capturing the Provincial Title in the NSFMHL after taking a 2-0 series lead in the best of five against Metro Boston Pizza over the weekend. The Selects have a chance to capture the title in Game three of the series which goes Friday at the Hector Arena in Pictou. Game time is 7 pm.
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After a split of the opening two games of the Best-of-5 NSMMHL semi-finals this past weekend, the Weeks Major Midgets will host games 3 and 4 this Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. If the Cape Breton West Islanders and the Weeks split those two games, the fifth and deciding game would go next Sunday at 6pm from Port Hood. The other semi-final between Dartmouth and Halifax is also tied 1-1 ,with game 3 on Wednesday.
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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 event beginning Saturday. She will also be curling with an all-star lineup on Saturday March 25th, 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 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 today & tomorrow from 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
Brad Marchand scored his league-leading 36th goal of the season as the Boston Bruins defeated Calgary 5-2 to end the Flames' 10-game winning streak.
Philadelphia 4 Pittsburgh 0
Colorado 3 Detroit 1
Anaheim 2 St. Louis 1
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NBA
Dallas 112 Washington 107
Indiana 98 Charlotte 77
Boston 117 Minnesota 104
Miami 120 New Orleans 112
Utah 97 Detroit 83
Houston 139 L.A. Lakers 100
Memphis 98 Chicago 91
Portland 110 San Antonio 106
Sacramento 107 Phoenix 101
Milwaukee 97 L.A. Clippers 96
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MLB Pre-Season
Detroit 8 Atlanta 6
Pittsburgh 6 Baltimore 5
Boston 3 Tampa Bay 3
Miami 6 N.Y. Mets 2
Minnesota 8 St. Louis 0
Houston 8 Washington 2
Texas 12 Cleveland 11
Chicago White Sox 7 Kansas City 3
San Francisco 7 L.A. Angels 4
Cincinnati 8 San Diego 7
L.A. Dodgers 12 Seattle 7
Colorado 5 Milwaukee 4
N.Y. Yankees 3 Philadelphia 1
Arizona 7 Chicago Cubs 3

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 15
Wednesday 15th March 2017

Sports March 15 There is just one more day to wait before the playoffs begin for the Weeks Jr A Crushers. Game one of the Eastlink South Division Semi-Finals goes Thursday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers face the Amherst Ramblers in the opening round best-of-7. The Crushers won 5 of the 6 regular season meetings between these two teams, although the Ramblers only victory was in the final meeting of the year last month. The Crushers boast the league leader in points, Michael Dill, who finished with 32 goals and 58 assists for 90 points. They also have the rookie scoring champion, Dylan Riley, who led the league for rookies in goals with 25, assists with 44, and points with 69.
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One MHL playoff series gets underway tonight when the Eastlink North Semi-Final between Summerside and Dieppe begins at the Arthur J LeBlanc Arena. The Commandos are looking for their fourth consecutive division championship. The series between Truro and Yarmouth in the South Division begins tomorrow, while the other North Division series between Miramichi and St. Stephen starts on Saturday.
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be looking to take a strangle hold on their Best-of-7 Sid Rowe Division Final when they visit the Glace Bay Jr. Miners on Saturday. The Scotians currently hold a 2-0 series lead. Game 3 will be on Saturday in Membertou, with the next game in Trenton set for Sunday at 7pm .
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The Northern Selects are one win away from capturing the Provincial Title in the NSFMHL after taking a 2-0 series lead in the best of five against Metro Boston Pizza over the weekend. The Selects have a chance to capture the title in Game three of the series which goes Friday at the Hector Arena in Pictou. Game time is 7 pm.
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After a split of the opening two games of the Best-of-5 NSMMHL semi-finals this past weekend, the Weeks Major Midgets will host games 3 and 4 this Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. If the Cape Breton West Islanders and the Weeks split those two games, the fifth and deciding game would go next Sunday at 6pm from Port Hood. The other semi-final between Dartmouth and Halifax is also tied 1-1 ,with game 3 on Wednesday.
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The Pictou County Pee Wee A Subway Selects travel to Brookfield at the end of the month to compete in a Playoff weekend for a chance to compete in the Day of Champions being held in Lunenburg.
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The Pictou County PeeWee AA Crushers claimed the Nova Scotia Mainland League Championship title. This win gives the Crushers a spot in the Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions where they will take on the winner of the Central Minor League for the provincial title on the weekend of April 7-9.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Subway Selects playoff action continues this weekend.
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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 Trenton Atom B Steelers play Port Hood in a best of 3 series to see who will go to the Day Of Champions.
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In Peewee B, the Trenton Steelers face Sydney – the winner of that series will advance to the Day Of Champions.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers will represent the Mainland League at the North Conference game against the Cape Breton League Champion.  The winner of this single game knock out will advance to the HNS Provincial Day of Champions to be held in Bridgewater next month.
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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 today & tomorrow from 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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SPORTS MARCH 14
Tuesday 14th March 2017

Trenton Peewee B's took home silver medals, going 2-2 in the BOH tournament in Windsor. Their first game was against South Shore Sharks. Steelers found themselves down 6-1 half way threw the game but fought back to tie the game 6-6. Sharks then added 3 more goals to give them the 9-6 win. Scoring for Steelers was Dawson Mackay with 3, Carter Dauphinee and Olan Deyoung. Assists came from Evan Charlton, Will Macmillan and Dauphinee. In the second game the Steelers defeated Straight Richmond 13-0. Scoring for Steelers was Aiden Tobin with 4 goals, Jake Henderson 3, Dawson Mackay 2, Carter Dauphinee 2, Zack Macinnis and Ethan Elms. Assists from Mackay 3, Caden Macdonald 2, Dauphinee 2, Jack Higgins, Danial Cameron, Tobin and Henderson. In game 3, the Steelers defeated the West Hants Warriors 4-2. Scoring for Steelers were Jake Henderson 2, Dawson Mackay and Zack Macinnis, with assists from Aiden Tobin, Olan Deyoung, Jack Hudson, Macinnis and Mackay. That was enough to put the Steelers into the gold medal game to face the South Shore Sharks where the Steelers fell short and were defeated 3-2. Steelers goals came from Dawson Mackay and Olan Deyoung. Assists from Mitchael Sponagle, Will Macmillan and Jack Hudson.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers took their league championship final into the last seconds of the final game, but were eliminated by the Brookfield Elks on Sunday afternoon at the Don Henderson Sportsplex in Brookfield. After dropping game one in Brookfield last Thursday the series returned to the Pictou County Wellness Center on Saturday where the Crushers battled back twice from one goal deficits to tie the game at 2 with less than three minutes to play. After a scoreless five minute overtime period the game went to a shootout where the Crushers prevailed on goals by Nolan MacDonald, Lucas Bernard and Caleb Clarke combined with outstanding saves by goaltender Xander Vohs. The deciding game was played in Brookfield on Sunday afternoon and was every bit as exciting as a championship game should be with a fast pace, hard hitting and a bunch of penalties. Aiden Hahn gave the Crushers a one nothing lead midway through the first period but Brookfield came back to tie just minutes later. On a power play just thirty seconds into the third period Nolan MacDonald put the Crushers up 2 to 1 but again Brookfield answered back just seconds later to tie and shortly after to take the lead. With an empty net and just under a minute to play MacDonald lifted a backhand shot into the back of the net to tie the game at three. The celebration was shortlived however and the Crushers hopes of sending the game into overtime were dashed with just 5 seconds left on the clock as Brookfield scored the winner on the power play in a mad scramble in front of the Crushers net.
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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. Games three and four will be Saturday in Membertou and Sunday in Trenton.
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The Northern Selects are one win away from capturing the Provincial Title in the NSFMHL after taking a 2-0 series lead in the best of five against Metro Boston Pizza over the weekend. The Selects held on for a  3-2 win on Saturday with Heath Miller scoring the winner mid-way through the second period. On Sunday The Selects won by a score of 4-1 on goals by Sophia Wornell, Mariah Linehan, Maddie Quinn and Patti-Anne Tracey. Great goaltending by both Jenna Landry and Lily Currie backstopped the wins. The Selects have a chance to capture the title in Game three of the series which goes Friday at the Hector Arena in Pictou. Game time is 7 pm.
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After a split of the opening two games of the Best-of-5 NSMMHL semi-finals this past weekend, the Weeks Major Midgets will host games 3 and 4 this Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. If the Cape Breton West Islanders and the Weeks split those two games, the fifth and deciding game would go next Sunday at 6pm from Port Hood. The other semi-final between Dartmouth and Halifax is also tied 1-1 ,with game 3 on Wednesday.
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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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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 today & tomorrow from 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
Brad Marchand had a hat trick in the third period, including the winning goal with under eight minutes to go, as the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 6-3.
Kris Versteeg scored the shootout winner as the Calgary Flames beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 to equal a franchise record with their 10th straight victory.
Columbus 5 Philadelphia 3
Tampa Bay 3 N.Y. Rangers 2
Carolina 8 N.Y. Islanders 4
Nashville 5 Winnipeg 4 (OT)
Arizona 1 Colorado 0
St. Louis 3 Los Angeles 1
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points to lift Toronto 100-78 over the Dallas Mavericks, a much-needed win in the Raptors' battle for playoff positioning.
Chicago 115 Charlotte 109
Memphis 113 Milwaukee 93
Minnesota 119 Washington 104
San Antonio 107 Atlanta 99
Utah 114 L.A. Clippers 108
Denver 129 L.A. Lakers 101
Sacramento 120 Orlando 115
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MLB Pre-Season
Detroit 3 Washington 3 (10 innings)
St. Louis 6 Houston 3
Baltimore 6 Philadelphia 4
Atlanta 7 Pittsburgh 6
Minnesota 9 Tampa Bay 4
Toronto 4 Boston 3
N.Y. Mets 6 Miami 4
Chicago White Sox 9 Cleveland 5
Cincinnati 3 Oakland 1
Milwaukee 24 Seattle 3
Chicago Cubs 3 San Diego 1
Kansas City 4 Colorado 2
L.A. Dodgers 3 L.A. Angels 1
Texas 7 San Francisco 1


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

SPORTS MARCH 10
Friday 10th March 2017

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers final regular season home game was a 5-1 win over the Truro Bearcats. The season wraps up with a road game against the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight, with the Crushers having clinched first place in the Eastlink South division.
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The schedule for the Sid Rowe Division Final is mostly in place as the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians prepare to face the Glace Bay Jr Miners in the second round series. Play gets underway on Saturday in Membertou with game 1 before game 2 of the series goes at Trenton Arena this Sunday night. Games three and four will be the following Saturday in Membertou and Sunday in Trenton.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers will face the Brookfield Elks for the Highland League Championship in a best of three series beginning tonight in Brookfield. Game two will be at the Wellness Center at four o’clock Saturday afternoon.
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The Pictou County Pee Wee A Subway Selects travel to Brookfield at the end of the month to compete in a Playoff weekend for a chance to compete in the Day of Champions being held in Lunenburg.
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The Pictou County PeeWee AA Crushers claimed the Nova Scotia Mainland League Championship title. This win gives the Crushers a spot in the Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions where they will take on the winner of the Central Minor League for the provincial title on the weekend of April 7-9.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League - Two games played last night at the Thorburn Rink. Whitey's Vikings  wins over the Elks, Durham Bucks  wins over Cornova Contracting. Play-off final all set , one team will be 2017 Champs! Stellarton Rink  Friday night  8:00: Whitey's Vikings   vs   Durham Bucks.
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The Weeks Major Midgets next playoff opponents are the Cape Breton West Islanders: game one is in Port Hood Saturday night.
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The Trenton Atom B Steelers defeated the Pictou Maripacs in two straight games over the weekend and move on to play Port Hood in a best of 3 series to see who will go to the Day Of Champions.
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In Peewee B, the Trenton Steelers face Sydney – the winner of that series will advance to the Day Of Champions.
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The Atom AA Red Crushers will represent the Mainland League at the North Conference game against the Cape Breton League Champion.  The winner of this single game knock out will advance to the HNS Provincial Day of Champions to be held in Bridgewater next month.
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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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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
Erik Karlsson scored twice, including 40 seconds into overtime, and the Ottawa Senators edged the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 for their fifth straight victory.
Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and three assists and Brian Elliott had 24 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Calgary Flames shut out the Montreal Canadiens 5-0.
The Toronto Maple Leafs playoff push got a big boost, as Frederik Andersen made 36 saves and Tyler Bozak had a goal and an assist. The Leafs jumped back into the final wild-card spot with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
N.Y. Islanders 4 Vancouver 3 (OT)
Carolina 4 N.Y. Rangers 3
Tampa Bay 4 Minnesota 1
Anaheim 1 Chicago 0
Colorado 3 New Jersey 2
Los Angeles 3 Nashville 2 (OT)
San Jose 4 Washington 2
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NBA
Detroit 106 Cleveland 101
L.A. Clippers 114 Memphis 98
Oklahoma City 102 San Antonio 92
Portland 114 Philadelphia 108 (OT)
L.A. Lakers 122 Phoenix 110
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MLB Pre-Season
Toronto 6 Philadelphia 4
Minnesota 10 Colombia 7
Houston 3 St. Louis 0
Miami 2 Washington 2
N.Y. Yankees 8 Atlanta 7
Pittsburgh 10 Tampa Bay 8
Boston 7 United States 5
Detroit 5 N.Y. Mets 5
Chicago White Sox 4 Arizona 2
Oakland 12 Cincinnati 5
L.A. Angels 5 Cleveland 4
Seattle 8 Chicago Cubs 6
Venezuela 6 Texas 4
Milwaukee 8 San Diego 2
Colorado 10 Puerto Rico 2

SPORTS MARCH 9
Thursday 9th March 2017

The schedule for the Sid Rowe Division Final is mostly in place as the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians prepare to face the Glace Bay Jr Miners in the second round series. Play gets underway on Saturday in Membertou with game 1 before game 2 of the series goes at Trenton Arena this Sunday night. Games three and four will be the following Saturday in Membertou and Sunday in Trenton.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers will face the Brookfield Elks for the Highland League Championship in a best of three series beginning tonight in Brookfield. Game two will be at the Wellness Center at four o’clock Saturday afternoon.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers final regular season home game is tonight at 7, as the Crushers host the Truro Bearcats, who still trail the Crushers by three points for the lead in the Eastlink South division.
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The Weeks Major Midgets accomplished the near impossible, coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to eliminate the Cole Harbour Wolfpack, getting another 3-2 overtime win. G Blackmore scored twice, with Gavin Hart potting the winner in OT. Alexander MacDonald stopped 40 shots for the win. Their next opponents are the Cape Breton West Islanders: game one is in Port Hood Saturday night.
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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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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
Nick Bonino had a hat trick and Evgeni Malkin scored a pair of goals, an assist and a fight as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their third straight game with a 7-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Defenceman Fredrik Claesson scored his first NHL goal and added an assist to help the Ottawa Senators win their fourth straight game, 5-2 over the Dallas Stars.
Boston 6 Detroit 1
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NBA
Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors emerged with a 94-87 victory over a New Orleans Pelicans squad that played without all-star forward Anthony Davis during the second half.
Orlando 98 Chicago 91
Atlanta 110 Brooklyn 105
Miami 108 Charlotte 101
Indiana 115 Detroit 98
Milwaukee 104 New York 93
Minnesota 107 L.A. Clippers 91
Utah 115 Houston 108
San Antonio 114 Sacramento 104
Washington 123 Denver 113
Boston 99 Golden State 86
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MLB Pre-Season
Baltimore 6 Toronto 4
N.Y. Yankees 10 Canada 4
Dominican Republic 10 Pittsburgh 6
Houston 12 N.Y. Mets (ss) 2
Atlanta 3 Philadelphia 2
St. Louis 9 Washington 3
N.Y. Mets (ss) 8 Boston 7
Oakland 7 Italy 0
L.A. Angels 9 Cincinnati 0
Milwaukee (ss) 7 L.A. Dodgers 2
Milwaukee (ss) 5 Chicago White Sox 4
San Francisco 6 Puerto Rico 5
Venezuela 11 Kansas City 0
Arizona 10 Mexico 4
Columbia 9 Tampa Bay 7
Minnesota 3 United States 2
Cleveland 14 Seattle 6


HOUSE FIRE IN WESTVILLE
Wednesday 8th March 2017

A house in Westville caught fire last night around 9:30pm. The Westville Fire Department responded with assistance from Stellarton and Alma fire departments. Westville Fire Chief Kenny Dunn tells NG News it was an electrical fire and there was some smoke and water damage.

SPORTS MARCH 8 *UPDATED 8:10 AM*
Wednesday 8th March 2017

The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers opened their playoffs with a two game sweep of the Truro Bearcats last weekend. The Crushers had home ice advantage in the best of three series and in game one skated to a commanding 4 to 1 win at the Trenton Arena. Ryan Denny had two goals and Nolan MacDonald and Ben MacGillivray had a goal each while Jacob Fraser got the win in goal. In a much tighter second game in Truro the Crushers got solid goaltending from Xander Vohs and a pair of goals from Lucas Bernard to hold on for a 2 to 1 win and eliminate the Bearcats. The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers will face the Brookfield Elks for the Highland League Championship in a best of three series beginning Thursday night in Brookfield. Game two will be at the Wellness Center at four o’clock Saturday afternoon.
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In Peewee B, the Trenton Steelers and Stellarton Royals continued a best of 3 in Stellarton. The Royals were eliminated as Trenton won a close fought 3-2 game. The Steelers move on to face Sydney – the winner of that series will advance to the Day Of Champions.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers final regular season home game is Thursday night at 7, as the Crushers host the Truro Bearcats, who still trail the Crushers by three points for the lead in the Eastlink South division.
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You can't keep a good team down. The Weeks Major Midgets have forced a seventh game in their series with the Cole Harbour Wolfpack, getting their third straight win in overtime 3-2. Scoring for the Weeks team were Gavin Hart, Jaden Mason, and Riley MacInnis with the OT winner. Game 7 in the series goes in Cole Harbour tonight at 7:15.
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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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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 in overtime as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vancouver Canucks for the second time this season, 2-1 at Rogers Arena.
James van Riemsdyk broke out of a scoring slump, and the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings.
Columbus 2 New Jersey 0
N.Y. Rangers 5 Florida 2
Philadelphia 6 Buffalo 3
St. Louis 2 Minnesota 1
Colorado 3 Carolina 1
N.Y. Islanders 4 Edmonton 1
Anaheim 4 Nashville 3 (SO)
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NBA
Portland 126 Oklahoma City 121
Dallas 122 L.A. Lakers 111
Washington 131 Phoenix 127
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MLB Pre-Season
Pittsburgh 6 Atlanta 3
Boston 5 Washington 3
Baltimore 5 Dominican Republic 4
St. Louis 9 Miami 2
Philadelphia 11 Detroit 6
N.Y. Yankees 7 Tampa Bay 6 (10 innings)
Canada 7 Toronto 1
Colorado 3 Texas 2
Italy 8 Chicago Cubs 7
Cincinnati 7 Kansas City 3
San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 2
San Diego 7 Mexico 3
Oakland 21 Arizona 13

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


POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK IN AT WESTVILLE BUSINESS
Tuesday 21st February 2017

Westville Police are investigating a break and enter and theft into a business on Barker Lane in the early morning hours this morning. Police say the incident occurred shortly after 4:30 this morning at Air Liquide. Police say the glass in the front door was smashed, allowing the suspect or suspects entry into the building. Police say two welding machines and two power cutters were taken. Westville Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact them or Crimestoppers.

MINIMAL DAMAGE TO GARAGE AFTER SNOWBLOWER CATCHES FIRE
Wednesday 8th February 2017

Pictou, Westville, Caribou, and Abercrombie Fire Departments responded to a structure fire this afternoon. Pictou Fire Chief Paul Janes says the fire, which is fully extinguished, appears to have started as a result of a snowblower overheating when it was put back in a garage after a person finished clearing a driveway. Janes says there was minimal damage to the garage itself, and no one was injured in the incident.

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 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 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

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.


STELLARTON SEEKS TO CUT RED TAPE FOR TAXI DRIVERS
Thursday 19th January 2017

The six municipalities in Pictou County share common rules on land-use, solid waste and planning strategies. Now, the town of Stellarton is taking steps to establish a standard for one particular business sector. Stellarton is asking the other five councils to start talks to streamline the bylaws for taxis, which have many differences between the five towns. There are no taxi bylaws on the books in the county. Pictou CAO Scott Conrod says that council is very interested in working on a common standard for taxis. Pictou and New Glasgow's councils have agreed to discuss the issue while Trenton and Westville will bring it up at their next meetings. Pictou County council has tabled it for information purposes so far.

SPORTS JANUARY 13 *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Friday 13th January 2017

The Crushers are still tops in the Eastlink South division following a 6-5 win against the Yarmouth Mariners at the Wellness Centre. Scoring for the Crushers were Alexis Roy and Bradley Kennedy with 2, Mack Derraugh, and Dylan Riley. The Crushers travel to Dieppe Sunday to face the Commandos.
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In the NS Junior Hockey league, the Pictou County Scotians have a home and home set with the Strait Pirates, beginning tonight at 7:30 in Port Hawkesbury, followed by a match Sunday at the Trenton Arena at 7.
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The Northern Female Midget AAA Selects host Metro Boston Pizza Saturday afternoon at 12:30 at the Wellness Centre. The Selects currently trail the 1st place Metro team by 4 points.
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The recreation group Let Abilities Work meets monthly to organize sporting events and other activities for adults with physical disbilities. Their next meeting is Friday at 1:00 PM in the basement of the Christian Fellowship Church, Abercrombie Road, New Glasgow.  All are welcome. Learn more by searching ”Let Abilities Work” on Facebook.
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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
Leon Draisaitl scored in overtime and added two assists as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a two-game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Eric Staal and Jordan Schroeder scored 39 seconds apart in the second period, Nino Niederreiter had two goals, and the Minnesota Wild overwhelmed Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens on their way to a 7-1 victory.
Mike Condon made 29 saves as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1. Condon, who was making his eighth consecutive start, had offensive support as Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman, Tom Pyatt and Mark Stone all scored for the Senators.
Claude Giroux scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Tampa Bay 4 Buffalo 2
Nashville 2 Boston 1
Dallas 5 Detroit 2
Anaheim 4 Colorado 1
Los Angeles 5 St. Louis 1
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NBA
Denver 140 Indiana 112
New Orleans 104 Brooklyn 95
New York 104 Chicago 89
San Antonio 134 L.A. Lakers 94
Dallas 113 Phoenix 108
Golden State 127 Detroit 107

SPORTS JANUARY 12
Thursday 12th January 2017

Last night in Peewee C Action, Pictou defeated Trenton 6-5. Scoring for Pictou was Martin Choffman 2, Theron Scothorn 2, Liam Maclean 1, Cameron Clish 1. Assists Came From Clish 2, Peyton Fergeson, and Scothorn. Trenton goals came from Derrick Mackay 4, Micheal Derowin 1. Assists from Landon Martin, Braden Macdonald & Jordan Malverson. 
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Now that the trade deadline in the MHL has passed, the rosters are set for the push to the playoffs. For the Crushers, that push on the ice continues tonight at home when they take on the Yarmouth Mariners. It is the battle for first place in the Eastlink South Division, as the Crushers come into the game with a slim one point lead on the Mariners. It is also a battle of the two nationally ranked teams in the MHL. In the most recent rankings which came out yesterday, the Crushers were listed as 18th in Canada, while the Mariners came in at 19th. The Crushers have one other game this weekend. On Sunday they will visit Dieppe to face the Commandos.
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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
Dougie Hamilton scored at 17:41 of the third period to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen each scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens dominated the Winnipeg Jets in a 7-4 victory.
Alex Ovechkin wasted no time hitting another milestone — and he did it in style. Ovechkin scored 35 seconds into the Washington Capitals' 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins to become the 84th player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points.
Florida 2 N.Y. Islanders 1
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NBA
Philadelphia 98 New York 97
Boston 117 Washington 108
Minnesota 119 Houston 105
Oklahoma City 103 Memphis 95
Portland 102 Cleveland 86
L.A. Clippers 105 Orlando 96


SPORTS JANUARY 11
Wednesday 11th January 2017

Now that the trade deadline in the MHL has passed, the rosters are set for the push to the playoffs. For the Crushers, that push on the ice continues on Thursday at home when they take on the Yarmouth Mariners. It is the battle for first place in the Eastlink South Division, as the Crushers come into the game with a slim one point lead on the Mariners. The Crushers have one other game this weekend. On Sunday they will visit Dieppe to face the Commandos.
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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
Mikkel Boedker recorded a hat trick as the San Jose Sharks won their second game in a row, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 5-3.
Calle Jarnkrok scored a short-handed goal with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Carolina 5 Columbus 3
Buffalo 4 Philadelphia 1
Boston 5 St. Louis 3
Chicago 4 Detroit 3 (OT)
Anaheim 2 Dallas 0
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 41 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points and 23 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors came back for a 114-106 win over the Boston Celtics at Air Canada Centre.
Washington 101 Chicago 99
Atlanta 117 Brooklyn 97
Houston 121 Charlotte 114
Milwaukee 109 San Antonio 107
Utah 100 Cleveland 92
Golden State 107 Miami 95
Portland 108 L.A. Lakers 87
Sacramento 100 Detroit 94

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

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


LOCAL BUSINESS SEVERELY DAMAGED IN BLAZE
Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Ideal Car Care on Westville Road was extensively damaged by fire last night. Six fire departments responded to the scene of the fire around 7:15 yesterday evening. Alma Fire Chief Roger MacLeod reported to New Glasgow News that the fire started in a vehicle that was inside the shop. Although the specific cause has yet to be determined, MacLeod says he believes that someone was working on the vehicle at the time. There is no indication that there were any injuries as a result of the blaze.

MINOR INJURIES IN TWO VEHICLE COLLISION
Thursday 29th December 2016

One person suffered minor injuries after a collision at the intersection of Westville Road and MacGregor Avenue. RCMP responded to the collision between a Chevrolet Truck and a Chrysler Sebring at approximately 12:22 p.m. Wednesday. RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said the male driver of the car was transported to hospital.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS IN NEW GLASGOW TODAY
Friday 9th December 2016

Today, New Glasgow Regional Police are reminding everyone not to drink and drive this holiday season. The Police will host Pictou County Operation Christmas in conjunction with partners from Stellarton, Westville Police and Pictou County RCMP along with Fire Departments, EHS, MADD, and Crime Prevention Crime Stoppers. All partners will be set up on Westville Road today from 11am to Noon as an information checkpoint passing out Operation Christmas cards that point out the dangers of impaired driving by drugs and or alcohol.  


SPORTS DECEMBER 5
Monday 5th December 2016

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

SPORTS NOVEMBER 25
Friday 25th November 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers continued their perfect record against the Amherst Ramblers this season with a 4 – 2 victory at the Wellness Centre. Alexis Roy scored twice for the Crushers, with singles from Benji Curtis and Ethan Marsh, both on the power play. The win keeps the Crushers three points ahead of Yarmouth at the top of the Eastlink South division standings. Tomorrow the Crushers head to Summerside to take on the Western Capitals.
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Tonight, Sobeys will host the Food Bank Cup at the Wellness Centre to raise funds for the Pictou County Food Bank. Game time is 7pm, and admission is a donation of food or money.
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It is not too late to register for Westville's Power Skating program. The program takes place from 3:20-4:20 on Sundays at the Westville Rink. Ages 4 and up. Contact Clare at the Recreation Office to register. 902-396-1059
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Getting a win at home against one of the hottest teams in the N-H-L was big for the Canadiens before they head out on a five-game western road trip. Max Pacioretty's goal 14 seconds into the third period broke a tie and lifted Montreal to a 2-1 victory over Carolina — ending the close-checking Hurricanes' five-game winning streak. The Habs travel to Detroit to open their road swing.
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Ottawa's offence is slowing coming to life. Mark Stone, Chris Wideman and Kyle Turris all scored as the Senators beat the Bruins 3-1. Ottawa has seven goals in its last two games after producing only 12 in their previous nine. The Sens have sparked their offence against two of the best goalies in the league — Boston's Tuukka Rask and Montreal's Carey Price.
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Antonio Brown has a history of making big plays against Indianapolis, and Thursday night was no different. Brown hauled in three touchdown catches of more than 20 yards to give the Steelers a 28-7 victory over a depleted Colts team that was missing star quarterback Andrew Luck.
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Won't be easy catching the red-hot Cowboys. Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns as Dallas beat Washington 31-26 to extend its win streak to 10 games. The 10-and-1 Cowboys swept their N-F-C East rival and dropped them 3-and-a-half games back in the division with five games to go.
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Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian and kicker Justin Medlock of the Blue Bombers were the only players that don't play for the Stampeders to take home the big hardware at the C-F-L's awards banquet. Elimimian was named defensive player of the year while Medlock got the special-teams player award. Calgary Q-B Bo-Levi Mitchell was named outstanding player.
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David "Boo" Ferriss, a Boston Red Sox pitcher who helped lead the team to the 1946 World Series, has died. He was 94. Ferriss pitched six years for the Red Sox from 1945-50. He had his best season in 1946, when he finished with a 25-and-6 and was named an American League All-Star. The Shaw, Mississippi, native's career was shortened by a shoulder injury in 1947.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 24
Thursday 24th November 2016

The Canadians downed the Bruins 4-3 in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center on Monday evening. Meredith Roosinick, Amy Cameron, Jukie Anderson and Debbie MacLean tallied for the Canadians. Chrissie MacKay led the way for the Bruins with two goals .Carla Dumaresq chipped in with a single marker.
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On Friday, Sobeys will host the Food Bank Cup at the Wellness Centre to raise funds for the Pictou County Food Bank. Game time is 7pm, and admission is a donation of food or money.
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Blayre Turnbull is back for another tour with the Canadian National Women's Hockey Team. This time, the Stellarton native will be participating in a two-game exhibition series against the United States next month in Sarnia, Ontario and Plymouth, Michigan. Tunbull has been part of Team Canada on several occasions in the past few years, including as part of the silver medal winning team at the IIHF World Championships earlier this year in Kamloops, BC.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers are back in action tonight at home against the Amherst Ramblers. The Crushers have won the three previous meetings with Amherst this season. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 7pm. It is the first of two games this week for the Crushers, as they head to Summerside on Saturday to take on the Western Capitals.
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Connor McDavid is heating up. McDavid had a goal and two assists as the Oilers beat the Avalanche 6-3 in Colorado. McDavid has four goals and eight points during Edmonton's current three-game win streak. Milan Lucic added a goal and three helpers of his own.
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Ryan Miller sure likes seeing the Coyotes on the schedule. Miller had 35 saves as the Canucks beat the Coyotes 4-1. He's now 10-and-1 in his career against Arizona. Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi each had a goal and two assists to pace Vancouver's offence.
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Alex Ovechkin at it again. Ovechkin scored his first hat trick this season and the 16th of his 10-year N-H-L career to lead the Capitals over the Blues 4-3. Ovechkin had a goal in each period to move one hat trick ahead of Florida's Jaromir Jagr for the most among active players.
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A strong third quarter from DeMar DeRozan helped Toronto snap a two-game skid. DeRozan scored 21 of his 24 points in the third as the Raptors beat the Rockets 115-102 in Houston. Kyle Lowry had 17 points and nine assists while big man Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 16 rebounds.
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Steph Curry had 31 points with seven 3-pointers and nine assists, Kevin Durant scored 28 and Golden State beat the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers 149-106. The Warriors set a franchise-record with 47 assists — on 53 baskets — which are the most in the N-B-A this season and their most in more than 22 years.
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The Colts say quarterback Andrew Luck has been ruled out of tonight's game against Pittsburgh. Luck has been in the league's mandated concussion protocol since Sunday when he complained of concussion-like symptoms following a win over Tennessee. Coach Chuck Pagano has not said who will replace Luck for the 5-and-5 Colts, though it is likely to be backup Scott Tolzien.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 17
Thursday 17th November 2016

Both MHL teams at the Eastern Canada Challenge Cup were eliminated in the quarter-finals in Cornwall on Wednesday. The MHL South squad fell 3 – 1 to OJHL Hawerchuck, while MHL North lost 4 – 1 against the QJHL.
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In Peewee B action Wednesday night Trenton shut out Westville 10-0 at the Wellness Center. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson MacKay with 6 goals, Jake Henderson, Aiden Tobin, Ethan Elms and Olan Deyoung all adding singles. Assists came from Dawson MacKay 2, Zack MacInnis 2, Danial Cameron 2, Aiden Tobin 2, Mike Sponagle 2, Ethan Elms 1, Jake Henderson 1. Winning goalie was Carter MacLean.
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Another win for Chad Johnson. Michael Frolik scored 49 seconds into overtime and Johnson made 20 saves as Calgary beat Arizona 2-1. Johnson got the start again over Brian Elliott, 24 hours after a 27-save shutout in Minnesota. He improved to 4-2-and-1. Elliott is 3-and-8. 
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Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were too much to handle for the Raptors. Curry scored 35 points and Durant added 30 as Golden State beat Toronto 127-121 at Air Canada Centre. The Warriors have beateb the Raptors five straight times. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 34.
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Marc Gasol hit a go-ahead 3-pointer from the left corner with 14 seconds left, and the Grizzlies hung on to beat the Clippers 111-107, snapping Los Angeles' seven-game winning streak. Mike Conley scored 30 points, Gasol added a season-high 26 and Memphis equalled a season high with 15 3-pointers, including a career high-tying seven by Conley.
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Pau Gasol had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead the Spurs to a 110-105 victory over the Kings. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and Kawhi Leonard added 20 for the Spurs, who won their fourth straight and improved to 6-and-0 on the road this season.
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Steven Stamkos, Taylor Hall and Johnny Gaudreau will be spending significant time in the press box following recent injuries. Stamkos has a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and will be sidelined indefinitely. Hall could be out for up to a month following surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee. And the Flames will know how long they'll be without Gaudreau once he undergoes surgery for a fractured finger.
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Cleveland quarterback Robert Griffin the Third has been cleared for non-contact drills and could play again this season. He's been out since the first game of the season when he broke a bone in his left shoulder while making his debut with the Browns. It's not clear when Griffin will be back on the field for the 0-and-10 Browns.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 13 NOVEMBER
Sunday 13th November 2016

Two games yesterday in the MHL, both invoving Eastlink North Division Teams. The Summerside Western Capitals improved to 8-1 at home with a 3-2 win over the St. Stephen Aces. And the Campbellton Tigers handed the Miramichi Timberwolves their fifth consecutive loss, a 3-1 decision in Miramichi. The league is now 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 Monday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets took the home half of their home and home set against the Valley Wildcats, 7-5, in NSMMHL action last night at the Wellness Centre. The return match goes this afternoon at the Apple Dome in Berwick.
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A rough night last night for the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians in Membertou, as they fell to the Glace Bay Jr. Miners 9-0. The Scotians will have a chance for revenge, as they host the Miners at the Trenton Arena at 7pm tonight.
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The Wear Well Major Bantam Bombers lost to the Western Hurricanes yesterday afternoon at the Queen's Place Emera Centre 6-1. They are back home this afternoon at the Wellness Centre to take on the Novas. Puck drops at 12:15.
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In the Female Midget AAA League, the Northern Subway Selects went to Bedford and defeated the Metro Boston Pizza 4-2 yesterday. This Sunday morning they continue their road trip against the ProCresting Penguins.
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The New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou is hosting their Open House and registration on today from 2-4pm.
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There will be registration for the Town of Westville's Power Skating program today at 2:45pm followed by a free skate. Cost of the 15 week program is $45. A CSA approved helmet is required for everyone on the ice. 
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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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The Flames are sliding quickly. Four different Rangers scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves as New York beat Calgary 4-1. That's four losses in a row, including back-to-back at home for Calgary. Michael Ferland scored on the power play after it was already 4-0.
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Shea Weber is making an impact on the power play. Weber scored his fifth power-play goal of the season and Carey Price made 24 saves as the Canadiens shut out the Red Wings 5-0. Weber now has half of the team's 10 power-play goals this season.  
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Frederik Andersen could only do so much for the Maple Leafs. Andersen made 45 saves, but still allowed four goals as Toronto dropped a 4-1 road decision to the Penguins. Sidney Crosby scored his 10th goal in just his ninth game of the season and added an assist.
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Chalk up another 30-plus night for DeMar DeRozan, and another victory for the Raptors. DeRozan scored 33 points to lift the Raptors to a 118-107 victory over the Knicks at Air Canada Centre. DeRozan has had at least 30 points in eight of this season's nine games. Kyle Lowry added 16 points.
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Conor McGregor knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round to win the U-F-C lightweight title and become the first two-class champion in the promotion's history. McGregor dominated from the opening bell of the main event of U-F-C 205 at Madison Square Garden. McGregor is now the reigning featherweight and lightweight champ.
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Lewis Hamilton has earned the pole position for the Brazilian Grand Prix ahead of championship leader Nico Rosberg. That sets the stage for today's critical showdown between the Mercedes teammates for the season title. Rosberg wins the title if he wins this race. If Hamilton wins, the drivers' title will be decided in the final race of the season in two weeks in Abu Dhabi.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 12 NOVEMBER
Saturday 12th November 2016

Three games yesterday in the MHL. The Valley Wildcats won their third in a row, a 4-3 victory over the Lumberjacks. The Amherst Ramblers shutout the Truro Bearcats 2-0. Another shutout involving Eastlink North Division teams, as the St. Stephen Aces beat the Woodstock Slammers 4-0. Two games today have the Aced hitting the road to play the Summerside Western Capitals, and the Campbellton Tigers visit the Miramichi Timberwolves.
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On the ice this weekend: The Weeks Major Midgets play a home and home series with the Valley Wildcats, starting at the Wellness Centre Saturday night at 6:30 followed by a match in Berwick Sunday afternoon.
The Pictou County Junior Scotians also play a home and home series against the Cape Breton Junior Miners, beginning in Membertou Saturday night and then in Trenton Sunday night at 7.
The Wear Well Major Bantam Bombers face off with the Western Hurricanes Saturday afternoon, then on Sunday at the Wellness Centre they take on the Novas. Puck drops at 12:15.
In the Female Midget AAA League, the Northern Subway Selects play a pair on the road, first in Bedford against Metro Boston Pizza on Saturday, then on Sunday morning against the ProCresting Penguins.
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The New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou is hosting their Open House and registration on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm.
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There will be registration for the Town of Westville's Power Skating program on Sunday November 13 at 2:45pm followed by a free skate. Cost of the 15 week program is $45. A CSA approved helmet is required for everyone on the ice. 
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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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The Canadiens will try to set a new franchise mark for wins at home to start a season tonight. Montreal hosts Detroit in 1 of 11 N-H-L games. The Canadiens have won nine in a row at Bell Centre to start the year. That ties the record set by the 1953 team. Montreal is also a league-best 12-1-and-1 overall. 
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The Flames will try to turn things around when they host the Rangers tonight. Calgary has lost three in a row and has just two wins in seven games on home ice. Meanwhile, New York is coming off a loss against Vancouver that snapped its five-game win streak. Also, the Leafs are in Pittsburgh. Toronto beat Philadelphia 6-3 last night.
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The Raptors have a quick turnaround after pulling out a 113-111 victory against the Hornets last night. Toronto host the Knicks at Air Canada Centre in an Atlantic Division matchup. DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points in Charlotte -- going over the 30-point mark for the seventh time in eight games this season.
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Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B-C, enters the third round of the P-G-A's O-H-L Classic at Mayakoba this morning four shots off the lead. American Gary Woodland is atop the leaderboard at 13 under. Taylor is packed in a group of six golfers at 9 under. Fellow Abbotsford golfer Nick Taylor is 8 under.
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The top two ranked programs in Canadian university football meet today in U Sports playoff action. Number 1 Laval faces number 2 Montreal in the R-S-E-Q final. Also, number 10 St-F-X plays Mount Allison in the A-U-S final. Number 3 Western plays number 5 Laurier in the 109th Yates Cup. And number 6 Calgary plays U-B-C in the 80th Hardy Cup.
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Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque will play defending champion Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland this morning in a tie-breaker draw at the Tour Challenge in Cranbrook, B-C. The winner will move on to the quarter-finals of the second stop on the Grand Slam of Curling schedule. Alison Flaxey of Caldeon, Ontario and Ottawa's Rachel Homan finished round-robin play with 4-and-0 records.
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SPORTS NOVEMBER 11
Friday 11th November 2016

A home defeat for the Weeks Jr A Crushers as they were doubled 4 – 2 by the the Campbellton Tigers. Scoring for the Crushers were Alexis Roy and Jacob Hickey. With the loss, the Crushers are three points behind Yarmouth for the Eastlink South Division lead. Tonight the Crushers look to get some payback as they play the Tigers tonight in Campbellton, then face the Miramichi Timberwolves on Saturday.
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On the ice this weekend: The Weeks Major Midgets play a home and home series with the Valley Wildcats, starting at the Wellness Centre Saturday night at 6:30 followed by a match in Berwick Sunday afternoon.
The Pictou County Junior Scotians also play a home and home series against the Cape Breton Junior Miners, beginning in Membertou Saturday night and then in Trenton Sunday night at 7.
The Wear Well Major Bantam Bombers face off with the Western Hurricanes Saturday afternoon, then on Sunday at the Wellness Centre they take on the Novas. Puck drops at 12:15.
In the Female Midget AAA League, the Northern Subway Selects play a pair on the road, first in Bedford against Metro Boston Pizza on Saturday, then on Sunday morning against the ProCresting Penguins.
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Trenton Parks & Recreation will be holding a free Remembrance Day Family Skate this afternoon at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided for participants. Please note, helmets are mandatory. This event is sponsored by Active Pictou County. Donations will be accepted on site for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29 Trenton.
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The New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou is hosting their Open House and registration on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm.
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There will be registration for the Town of Westville's Power Skating program on Sunday November 13 at 2:45pm followed by a free skate. Cost of the 15 week program is $45. A CSA approved helmet is required for everyone on the ice. 
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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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Jamie Benn is back to being himself. Benn scored twice to snap a nine-game goal drought as Dallas beat the Flames 4-2. Benn had 41 goals last year but started this season with just two in 13 games. Johnny Gaudreau had both goals for Calgary.
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The Jets are starting to roll. Nikolaj Ehlers's goal at 16:46 of the third period gave Winnipeg a 3-2 win over Arizona and at least a point in four of its last five games. Mark Scheifele picked up his 10th assist and 19th point in 15 games this season for the Jets.
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The Canadiens are showing no signs of slowing down on home ice. Carey Price made 24 saves and four different skaters scored as Montreal beat the Kings 4-1 to improve to 9-0-and-0 at Bell Centre. The Habs are now 12-1-and-1 to start the season, which puts them atop the N-H-L.
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It keeps getting worse for the Cleveland Browns. Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes, and the Ravens beat Cleveland 28-7 to leave the winless Browns at a historic low point in franchise history. Cleveland has opened a season with 10 straight losses for the first time since joining the N-F-L in 1950.
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It's a rough start for the defending champion at the Tour Challenge. Calgary's Kevin Koe was pummelled by Scotland's David Murdoch 11-5 and now stands at 1-and-2 at the second stop on the Grand Slam of Curling circuit.
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The Final Four is headed back to New Orleans. The N-C-double-A has announced that the 2022 men's basketball Final Four will be held in the Superdome. New Orleans last hosted the Final Four in 2012. This will be the sixth time the city has hosted the national semifinals and championship game.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 10
Thursday 10th November 2016

There will be registration for the Town of Westville's Power Skating program on Sunday November 13 at 2:45pm followed by a free skate. Cost of the 15 week program is $45. A CSA approved helmet is required for everyone on the ice. 
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Trenton Parks & Recreation will be holding a free Remembrance Day Family Skate on Friday at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be provided for participants. Please note, helmets are mandatory. This event is sponsored by Active Pictou County. Donations will be accepted on site for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 29 Trenton.
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The New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou is hosting their Open House and registration on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm.
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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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Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris scored in the shootout and Mike Condon shut the door as the Ottawa Senators beat the Sabres 2-1 in Buffalo. Condon stopped Brian Gionta on the Sabres' final shootout attempt after Ryan put Ottawa ahead in the second round.
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The Chicago Blackhawks have run their winning streak to seven games by knocking off a long-time rival.  Artemi Panarin scored 25 seconds into overtime and Corey Crawford made 27 saves, leading Chicago past St. Louis 2-1.  Also, Zach Werenski scored in overtime to help Columbus top Anaheim 3-2.
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DeMar DeRozan put on another offensive show after failing to score at least 32 points for the first time in six games.  DeRozan dropped in 37 points on 13 of 22 shooting as the Raptors knocked off the Thunder, 112-102 in Oklahoma City. He scored 22 points while Toronto was building a 62-55 halftime lead. 
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Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry each had at least 20 points and Draymond Green added 16 in Golden State's 116-95 pounding of Dallas. Durant led the way with 28 points and 10 boards, Curry contributed 24 points and six assists and Thompson poured in 18 of his 20 in the opening quarter.
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Jose Fernandez has been posthumously honoured by his peers. The Marlins pitcher was voted the N-L comeback player of the year in the annual Players Choice Awards of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Fernandez returned from Tommy John surgery to go 16-8 with a 2.86 E-R-A this year before he and two friends were killed in a boating accident in September.
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A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the baseball players' union has fired arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.  The players' association made the decision after Horowitz ruled against it in an injury assignment case involving Dodgers pitcher Charlie Culberson.

SPORTS NOVEMBER 4
Friday 4th November 2016

The rosters for the two teams representing the MHL at the Eastern Canada Cup beginning November 14 in Cornwall, Ontario have been announced. The MHL South Division team will have a strong Pictou County contingent, with five players representing the Crushers. Daniel Vautour is one of two goalies on the team, while Mark Kennedy will man the blue line. As well, the entire forward line of Michael Dill, Dylan Riley, and Alexis Roy will be in the lineup for the MHL South. The tournament runs over three days, so players are not likely to miss any game time. The Crushers do not have a home game on the Thursday immediately after the tournament ends.
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A very defensive match at the Wellness Centre, as the Crushers lost 1-0 to the Yarmouth Mariners Thursday night. A third-period power play goal was the difference, although the Crushers managed one more shot on goal than Yarmouth. With the win, the Mariners are now two points ahead of the Crushers in the Eastlink South Division standings. The Crushers are in Amherst Saturday to face the Ramblers, and play Sunday night at home against the Miramichi Timberwolves.
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The Westville Curling Club Open House continues: tonight the club is hosting a fund spiel in support of the Pictou County food bank. Come as a team or a single and bring a donation for the food bank. Curling registration is from 6:00 to 6:30, with curling to start at 7.
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The Albion Boxing Club is hosting a card at Summer Street Industries on Saturday. There will be 12 bouts featuring 7 of the Albion's local boxers competing against boxers from Nfld , NB, and PEI. Headlining the event is 4 time Canadian champion Norma Marshall. Doors open at 6, event starts at 7. Tickets available at Big Al's for general admission - ringside tables for sale by contacting a member of the club at: albionboxing@hotmail.com
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The twenty-fourth annual Vince MacDonald 10K Fun Run will be at Trenton Steeltown Park on Sunday. Same-day registration begins at 9AM with the run at 10. The fee is $10.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Eighteen-year-old Matthew Tkachuk recorded his first two-goal game, including the game-winner with 4:21 to play, and the Calgary Flames handed the San Jose Sharks their first home loss of the season, 3-2. San Jose forward Joe Thornton recorded his 1,350th point with an assist to take over sole possession of 27th place on the all-time list.
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The suddenly struggling Edmonton Oilers have dropped their third straight game. Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:21 remaining to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-3 victory over the Western Conference-leading Oilers. Edmonton is 0-2-and-1 after starting the season 7-1-and-0.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs snapped an eight-game losing streak in Buffalo with a 2-1 win over the Sabres. Mitch Marner scored both Toronto goals while Frederik Andersen stopped 42 shots. Elsewhere, the Vancouver Canucks dropped their seventh straight, falling 1-0 to Ottawa. And the Washington Capitals edged Winnipeg in overtime 4-3.
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This rematch of the Western Conference Finals quickly turned into the Kevin Durant show at sold-out Oracle Arena. Durant matched his career high with seven 3-pointers and scored 39 points, coolly knocking down long jumpers while thoroughly embarrassing Russell Westbrook and his old Oklahoma City team in Golden State's 122-96 rout of the Thunder.
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The Atlanta Falcons tightened their grip on first place in the N-F-C South with a 43-28 win over the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Matt Ryan threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns and Julio Jones had eight receptions for 111 yards and a T-D.
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Ecstatic Chicago Cubs fans are expected to amass downtown today for a parade and rally to honour the new World Series champions. The celebration of the Cubs' first title in 108 years will kick off when team buses leave Wrigley Field in the morning for an official launch of the parade. The procession will begin at the intersection of famed Michigan Avenue and Oak Street.


SPORTS NOVEMBER 3
Thursday 3rd November 2016

Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League. Game 1 - BRAZIL 1 vs YUGOSLAVIA 0 Scoring Brazil: Brendan Avery Game 2 - Germany 1 vs Britain 0 Scoring Germany: Kale Behie
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The rosters for the two teams representing the MHL at the Eastern Canada Cup beginning November 14 in Cornwall, Ontario have been announced. The All-Star teams for the MHL North and MHL South will compete against four teams from the OJHL, two from the CCHL, and one each from the NOJHL and LHJQ. The MHL South Division team will have a strong Pictou County contingent, with five players representing the Crushers. Daniel Vautour is one of two goalies on the team, while Mark Kennedy will man the blue line. As well, the entire forward line of Michael Dill, Dylan Riley, and Alexis Roy will be in the lineup for the MHL South. They are in a division with OJHL Oates, OJHL Nieuwendyk, LHJQ, and CCHL Yzerman. The MHL North team is in a division with the NOJHL, CCHL Robinson, OJHL Coffey, and OJHL Hawerchuck. The tournament runs over three days, so players are not likely to miss any game time. The Crushers do not have a home game on the Thursday immediately after the tournament ends.
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Tonight the Weeks Junior A Crushers face off against the Yarmouth Mariners at 7pm. Both teams top the Eastlink South Division with 26 points. As they are doing all season, the New Glasgow Kinsmen are donating $100 for every power-play goal that the Crushers make during their home games to the Food Bank.
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The Westville Curling Club Open House continues... drop in Thursday and Friday nights 7-9 PM for curling. On Friday the club is hosting a fund spiel in support of the Pictou County food bank. Come as a team or a single and bring a donation for the food bank. Curling registration is from 6:00 to 6:30, with curling to start at 7.
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The Albion Boxing Club is hosting a card at Summer Street Industries on Saturday. There will be 12 bouts featuring 7 of the Albion's local boxers competing against boxers from Nfld , NB, and PEI. Headlining the event is 4 time Canadian champion Norma Marshall. Doors open at 6, event starts at 7. Tickets available at Big Al's for general admission - ringside tables for sale by contacting a member of the club at: albionboxing@hotmail.com
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The twenty-fourth annual Vince MacDonald 10K Fun Run will be at Trenton Steeltown Park on Sunday. Same-day registration begins at 9AM with the run at 10. The fee is $10.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Baseball's lengthiest drought has ended. The Chicago Cubs are World Series champions for the first time since 1908 after beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings in a rain-delayed Game 7. Ben Zobrist drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th and the Cubs staved off a Cleveland comeback in the bottom of the frame for the win. Zobrist was named the Series M-V-P.
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The Vancouver Canucks couldn't solve Carey Price. The Montreal goaltender stopped 42 shots as the Habs blanked the Canucks 3-0 for their eighth straight win. It was Price's first shutout of the season. Elsewhere, Pittsburgh topped the Ducks 5-1 in Anaheim and the Flyers edged the Red Wings 4-3 in overtime.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are still undefeated. Russell Westbrook hit a jumper with 18.7 seconds left and finished with 35 points as O-K-C topped the L-A Clippers 85-83. Westbrook added six rebounds and five assists for the Thunder. Westbrook had triple-doubles in Oklahoma City's last two games.
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DeMar DeRozan is on fire. DeRozan poured in 40 points as the Toronto Raptors thumped the winless Washington Wizards 113-103. DeRozan has scored at least 32 points in each of the Raptors' first four games. He is averaging over 36 points a game and 55 per cent from the field.
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Vern Handrahan, the only pitcher from Prince Edward Island to reach the major leagues, has died at 79. Handrahan signed his first pro contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1959 and made his M-L-B debut with the Kansas City Athletics in 1964. Two other P-E-I natives, a left-fielder and a catcher, played for National League teams in the late 1800's.

WESTVILLE POLICE ASKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT CANDY TAMPERING
Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Westville Police are asking for the public's help following a report of tampered halloween candy. Tuesday morning, Sheri MacDonald says her daughter Victoria Horton opened a Kit Kat bar and discovered a razor blade sitting between the two pieces of chocolate. Police are asking anyone with information on this or similar incidents to contact them at 902-396-4911.

BLADE FOUND IN HALLOWEEN CANDY IN WESTVILLE
Tuesday 1st November 2016

The parent of a local trick-or-treater is facing one of the biggest fears of the season this afternoon, after her daughter discovered a razor blade in a piece of Halloween candy. Sheri MacDonald says her daughter, Victoria Horton, opened a Kit Kat bar and discovered the blade sitting between the two pieces of the chocolate. MacDonald says her daughter was trick-or-treating in Westville last night. RCMP have been notified of the incident, while police in Halifax are investigating a similar incident, also involving a Kit Kat bar.


TWO ARRESTED AFTER RV THEFTS
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Pictou District RCMP arrested two people and recovered a stolen television set during an investigation into recent thefts from RVs. On October 27, multiple thefts were reported from RVs at a business on Westville Road. As a result of their investigation, police have arrested a 44 year old man and 32 year old woman from Pictou County.  Both face charges of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court in January to answer to the charges. The investigation is ongoing. The RCMP asks anyone with information about this incident to call police at 902-893-6820 or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Should callers wish to remain anonymous, they can also call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to CRIMES (274637) or secure online tips by clicking here. 

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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TELEVISIONS STOLEN FROM RVs AT LOCAL BUSINESS
Friday 28th October 2016

In what seems to be becoming a common occurrance, another local business is reporting a break-in and theft, this time in the Municipality of Pictou County on Westville Road. Pictou District RCMP responded to a complaint of theft from numerous recreational vehicles which occurred at Stone’s RV & Home Centre. A total of 13 RVs were entered by unknown persons, and in many cases, televisions were stolen. The value of the damage caused and of the items stolen is estimated to be more than $20,000. The RCMP is continuing its investigation and is asking anyone who has information about this incident to call police at 902-893-6820 or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267). Should callers wish to remain anonymous, they can also 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.


FIRST RESPONDER ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE FUNDING FOR NEW EQUIPMENT
Friday 28th October 2016

The province is providing 77 first responder organizations across the province with nearly one-million dollars in funding to help keep their people safe. The funding will go toward the purchase of new equipment for firefighters, hazardous materials teams, and ground search and rescue volunteers. The equipment includes personal protective equipment, self-contained breathing apparatus, and rescue tools. Included in the list of 77 groups across the province are nine within Pictou County, who will receive a total of just under 124-thousand dollars. The breakdown of Pictou County groups to receive funding is as follows:
Alma Volunteer Fire Department - $4,650.00
Barney's River & District Volunteer Fire Department - $13,022.50
Blue Mountain & District Volunteer Fire Department - $3,217.00
East River St. Mary's Fire Department - $11,648.50
East River Valley Fire Department - $16,390.66
Eureka & District Volunteer Fire Department - $20,000.00
Merigomish & District Fire Department - $20,000.00
Town of Trenton Volunteer Fire Department - $16,558.57
Westville Fire & Rescue Department - $18,456.49


SPORTS OCTOBER 26
Wednesday 26th October 2016

In Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey action on Monday evening at the Westville Sports Center, Judith Rogers and Carla Dumaresq each scored two goals while Tracy Latremouille notched a single as the Bruins defeated the Rangers 5-3. Kelly Lee, Juanita MacQuigan and Stacy Fergurson replied for the Rangers.
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There are a pair of significant fundraising events at hockey games in Pictou County coming up this weekend. On Saturday night, the Weeks Major Midgets host the Kensington Wild, and in that game they will be holding their Pink in the Rink event to raise money for breast cancer. Game time on Saturday is 8pm at the Wellness Centre. The next night the Scotians will host the Cumberland County Blues. Proceeds from that game will go to support Luke Spicer in his recovery effort from a head injury suffered earlier this month. Game time at Trenton Arena is 7pm Sunday.
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The United Way and YMCA of Pictou County have teamed up for the first ever Pictou County 3 on 3 Bubble Soccer tournament on Saturday, November 12th at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex, Stellarton. The event is open to anyone 12 years and older and everyone is invited to come out and cheer on their favourite team. There are three levels to enter: Youth 12-15, High School & Post-Secondary Students, and Adults 18+. Learn more and register at the United Way of Pictou County or the Pictou County YMCA.
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An eight week learn to run 5K program will take place Tuesdays & Thursdays  beginning 1 November 1 at 7:00pm at the West Side Community Centre. Program registration is $40.00, please contact emily.morton@newglasgow.ca for more information.
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Children / Youth Trick or Tennis Tournament will be taking place on Thursday at the New Glasgow Tennis Courts located at the West Side Community Centre. Tournament begins at 4:00pm and is free to existing members, 10.00 charge for non members. Register by contacting emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Pictou County Ultimate will be starting their indoor season on the turf at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex this Tuesday, November 1. Registration for the season, from November to April is $100, $70 for students, with games on Tuesday nights at 8:30pm starting next week, running from November to April. All levels of experience are welcome, so come try Ultimate Frisbee!
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Corey Kluber came up big, and so did his offence. The Indians ace pitched six innings of shutout ball and Roberto Perez hit two home runs as Cleveland downed the Chicago Cubs 6-0 in Game 1 of the World Series. A-L-C-S M-V-P Andrew Miller pitched out a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the seventh inning. He hasn't given up a run in 22 post-season innings.
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The Vancouver Canucks are on a three-game losing streak after starting the season with four straight wins. Ryan Dzingel scored twice and Craig Anderson made 22 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Canucks 3-0 in Vancouver. It was the first loss for the Canucks on home ice this season.
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Steven Stamkos scored twice and added two helpers as the Tampa Bay Lightning topped Toronto 7-3. Elsewhere, Brian Elliott stopped 23 shots in his return to St. Louis as the Calgary Flames beat the Blues 4-1 on the road, and the Winnipeg Jets dropped a 3-2 decision to the Stars in Dallas.
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Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 35 points and the Spurs spoiled Kevin Durant's Warriors debut with a 129-100 rout that sent Golden State fans for the exits early on opening night.  LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and 14 rebounds. Durant had 27 points and 10 boards.
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Lebron James picked up right where he left off last season. James had his 43rd career triple-double with 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 14 assists as Cleveland beat the New York Knicks 117-88 in the N-B-A season opener. Before the game the Cavs raised their N-B-A Championship banner from last season.
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Authorities say a fan has died after falling 60 feet at the Denver Broncos' stadium after a game on Monday night.  Stadium Management Co., which operates Sports Authority Field at Mile High, said the fan fell over a railing. The medical examiner's office said the 34-year-old man was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.

LOCAL CONSTABLE RECEIVES POLICE LONG SERVICE AWARD
Tuesday 25th October 2016

Const. Anthony Thomas grew up in East Preston and dreamed of becoming a police officer just like his uncle. On Monday, Thomas was awarded a Police Long Service Award for his 27 years on the force — 26 of them in New Glasgow. He was among 68 police officers from across the province who received long service awards from Justice Minister Diana Whalen in a ceremony in Halifax. Thomas made news in 2013 when he received a bravery award after saving a Westville man from the East River. Looking back on his nearly three decades in law enforcement, Thomas says his dream started out just wanting to help people, and that’s always been the best part of the job.


SPORTS OCTOBER 25 *UPDATED 12:05 PM*
Tuesday 25th October 2016

Trenton Peewee B got off to a good start this season, defeating Westville 6-2 Sunday night. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 4 goals, Zachary MacInnis and Aiden Tobin. Assists came from Jake Henderson with 2, Carter MacDougall 1, Danial Cameron 1. Westville goals came from Bouyer Brophy and Kaleb Malanson. Assists from Robbie Cameron. Winning goalie was Carter MacLean.
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Atom AA White Crushers travelled to Yarmouth this past weekend for a two game tilt with the Mariners. The first encounter resulted in a 7-3 win for the Crushers. Scoring were Kaden Smith, Wyatt Spence (2), Martin MacArthur, Griffin Horton and Dominic MacKenzie (2). Assists went to Clint MacLaughlin, Brennan Archibald, Corbin MacDonnell, MacArthur (3), Horton (2) and Spence. In the second game the defense lead by Cole Thompson, Scott MacDonald and Caden Campbell stood tall as the offence filled the net in another win, 9-3. Crushers goals went to Brady Croft (2), Harley Clark, Smith, Spence (4), and MacLaughlin. Assist went to Logan Canning, MacLaughlin (2), MacKenzie (4), MacDonnell (2), Croft (4), Archibald, Spence and MacArthur. Goalies Austin Swain and Maddux MacKenzie split each game, and were solid between the pipes. The team is on the road again next weekend as they face off with Acadia and West Hants.
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Sports organizations are warning parents about the dangers of early specialization in sport. Carolyn Townsend of Sport Nova Scotia, says kids who focus too much on one sport risk an increase in repetitive injuries, can stunt their athletic development, and are at risk of dropping out by the age of 14 or older because of burnout. The "Get More from Sport" campaign is aimed at impressing those concerns on parents of athletes 12 and under. Queen's University professor Jean Cote says research clearly shows many professional athletes and adults who continue to play sports for fun, played many different sports in their development.
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Children / Youth Trick or Tennis Tournament will be taking place on Thursday at the New Glasgow Tennis Courts located at the West Side Community Centre. Tournament begins at 4:00pm and is free to existing members, 10.00 charge for non members. Register by contacting emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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The United Way and YMCA of Pictou County have teamed up for the first ever Pictou County 3 on 3 Bubble Soccer tournament on Saturday, November 12th at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex, Stellarton. The event is open to anyone 12 years and older and everyone is invited to come out and cheer on their favourite team. There are three levels to enter: Youth 12-15, High School & Post-Secondary Students, and Adults 18+. Learn more and register at the United Way of Pictou County or the Pictou County YMCA.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Game 1 of the World Series is tonight, with two hard-luck teams squaring off. Jon Lester gets the start for Chicago as the Cubs travel to Cleveland. Corey Kluber will go for the Indians. The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1907. Cleveland hasn't won a Major League Baseball title since 1948.
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There's a full slate of games in the N-H-L tonight, with five Canadian teams hitting the ice. First up, Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs host Tampa Bay. Later, the Calgary Flames are in St. Louis, the Winnipeg Jets visit Dallas and out west the Ottawa Senators travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks.
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The N-B-A is back! Three games kick off professional basketball's regular season, starting with the N-B-A champion Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the New York Knicks. Later, Utah visits Portland. And Kevin Durant suits up for the Warriors for the first time as Golden State welcomes San Antonio.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 20 OCTOBER
Thursday 20th October 2016

The Atom AA White Crushers began their league season this past weekend hosting Brookfield and Yarmouth. In Saturday's matchup against the Brookfield Elks the Crushers came away with a 4-3 win. Scoring singles were Brennan Archibald and Kayden Smith, with Wyatt Spence netting two. Assist went to Smith, Harley Clarke, John-Kay Martin and Griffin Horton. Maddux MacKenzie earned the win in nets. On Sunday Yarmouth was in town, in a back and forth battle the score was 2-2 after the first with Spence scoring both goals. Smith scored the lone goal in the second and with no scoring in the 3rd the final was a 3-2 win for the Crushers. Clint MacLaughlin, Cole Thompson and Clarke all coming away with assists. Austin Swain was strong between the pipes. The team's next action is a road trip to Yarmouth this weekend.
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The Canadians and Leafs played to a 1-1 tie in Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Hockey League action played at the Westville Miners Sports Center on Monday evening. Jana Cleary tallied for the Canadians: Debbie MacLean replied for the Leafs in a game which featured great goaltending from Cindy Osmond and Kelly MacInnis. Action continues this coming Monday with the Bruins hosting the Rangers.
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The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers are back in action tonight as they host the St. Stephen Aces at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers come into the game having suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season, while the Aces are also on a 2 game losing streak since their first win of the season during the Showcase Weekend. There was one game last night in the MHL, as the Woodstock Slammers earned a 4-1 win at home against the Campbellton Tigers.
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The Aecon Atlantic Scotians of the NSJHL are also in action tonight, as they head to Brookfield to take on the Elks. It is the first of two games for the Scotians this weekend, as they will have their regular Sunday night home game at Trenton Arena. This week the Scotians will welcome the Valley Maple Leafs.
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Another Nova Scotian will be given the honour of representing Canada on the international hockey stage early next month when Andrew Gordon of Porter's Lake plays in the Deutschland Cup beginning on 4 November. Yesterday, Hockey Canada announced the 23-man roster made up of Canadians who play professional hockey in Europe, and Gordon, who plays for Linköping HC of the Swedish Hockey League, was the lone Atlantic Canadian to make the team. The Deutschland Cup pits Canada against the national teams of Slovakia, Germany, and Switzerland in a straight round robin format.
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The Bluenose Curling Club in New Glasgow is hosting Curling for Our Community on Saturday 22 October. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, come on out to support the United Way of Pictou County. The cost to sign up is $40 per team, with 24 team slots available. Pledge sheets provided. All donations accepted. The deadline to register is 21 October. Contact Susan Muirhead: suemuirhead24@icloud.com
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering a Girls Self Defense course on Saturday October 22nd at 11am. The program is intended to educate, promote awareness, build self esteem and give young women the physical and mental tools they need to detect and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Call Pictou Recreation and Parks for more information and to register at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Another Blue Jays season is in the books. Toronto was eliminated in the A-L-C-S by the Cleveland Indians in five games yesterday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Cleveland took the best-of-seven series 4-1. Toronto starter Marco Estrada pitched well but the Indians took advantage of his mistakes. The Jays were also eliminated in the A-L-C-S last year.
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Andrew Miller was selected A-L Championship Series M-V-P after his latest spotless outing sent the Cleveland Indians to their first pennant since 1997. Miller tossed 2-and-two-thirds innings in a 3-0 victory over Toronto in Game 5. It capped a series in which the lanky left-hander overpowered the dangerous Blue Jays.
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Offence wasn't hard to come by for the Cubs last night. Addison Russell's two-run drive highlighted a four-run fourth as Chicago routed the Dodgers 10-2 to even the N-L-C-S at 2-all. It also stopped Chicago's 21-inning scoreless streak. Anthony Rizzo homered and ended a post-season slump with three R-B-Is.
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Patrik Laine won this matchup between the Number 1 and Number 2 picks from the 2016 N-H-L draft. The Finnish forward scored a hat trick, including the O-T winner, as the Jets came back to beat the Maple Leafs 5-4. Winnipeg trailed 4-0 before rallying to get even with 55 seconds left on the power play.
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The Raptors continued their pre-season schedule with a 103-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Toronto guard Kyle Lowry had 27 points and DeMar DeRozan added 26. The Raptors visit Washington on Friday and host Detroit in their regular season home opener next Wednesday.
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Jurors have cleared NBA star Derrick Rose and two friends in a lawsuit that accused them of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol. Neither side denied the three men had sex with the woman in August 2013, but the issue was whether she consented or was too intoxicated to do so.
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ELECTION NIGHT ROUNDUP IN THE TOWNS
Sunday 16th October 2016

There will be many new names to put on the letterheads of the six Pictou County municipalities.
In a very close race, former councillor Nancy Dicks narrowly defeated former councillor Henderson Paris to be the next mayor of New Glasgow. She will have a mix of old and new faces on council. Incumbents Troy McCulloch, Jack Lewis and Clyde Fraser have returned, along with newcomers John Guthro, Joe MacDonald and Frank Proudfoot. Dicks says there are two big priorities she wants to work on for the town: young people and economic development.
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A big upset in the Mayor's Race in Stellarton, where Danny MacGillivray unseated the incumbent Joe Gennoe by just 35 votes. MacGillivray says the priorities will be the town's water system and getting more business into the Albion Park. MacGillivray says wearing two hats as mayor of Stellarton and director of CHAD Transit shouldn't be too difficult. On council, Ward One's Simon Lawand was the only incumbent who ran again, and was voted back in. Lawand will be joined by Bryan Knight in Ward One, and Susan Campbell and Garry Pentz in Ward Two.
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The Town of Trenton has a new mayor, who is in fact a previous mayor. Shannon MacInnis had previously been defeated by Glen MacKinnon, the mayor who just stepped aside. MacInnis says the race was close, which made it a bit tense. MacInnis says thank you to MacKinnon for doing a great job during his time as mayor, and says this time round he's better prepared. Donald Hussher was re-elected to council, with Steven Stewart, Alec Dove and VJ Earle beginning their first term.
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There are five new faces in the Town of Pictou at the next Council meeting, and one of them is former Pictou Academy Principal Jim Ryan. Ryan praised the work of outgoing incumbent Joe Hawes, and says one of the big priorities for council will be economic development. Ryan hopes to be active in the current School Review discussions in the town. Joining Ryan on council will be Dan Currie, Eric Daley, Malcolm Houser and Nadine LeBlanc.
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In Westville, there will be no need for new nameplates, as all four councillors were acclaimed, and incumbent mayor Roger MacKay handily defeated his two opponents for a third term.


WHERE DO I CAST MY BALLOT TODAY
Saturday 15th October 2016

Here are the polling locations for Saturday - 8am to 7pm
TOWN OF NEW GLASGOW: Ward 1 – Social & Rec. Centre – 487 Brother St; Ward 2 – Royal Canadian Legion Br. 34 – 39 Provost St. Ward 3 – West Side Community Centre – 181 Lavinia St.
MUNICIPALITY OF THE COUNTY OF PICTOU: DISTRICT 1 - 1A Merigomish Community Hall - 1B Kenzieville Community Hall DISTRICT 2 - 2A Little Harbour Fire Hall - 2B Pictou Landing Fire Hall DISTRICT 3 - 3A Caribou Fire Hall - 3B Bayview Community Hall DISTRICT 4 - 4A Royal Canadian Legion Br#108 - 4B St. George’s Pres. Chruch Hall DISTRICT 5 - 5A Lyons Brook Community Hall - 5B Scotsburn Fire Hall DISTRICT 6 - 6A Central West River Fire Hall - 6B Durham Community Hall DISTRICT 7 - 7A Union Center Community Hall - 7B Millbrook Community Hall DISTRICT 8 - 8A Abercrombie Community Hall - 8B Alma Fire Hall DISTRICT 9 - 9A Linacy Fire Hall - 9B Linacy Fire Hall DISTRICT 10 - 10A Thorburn Fire Hall - 10B MacLellan’s Brook Hall DISTRICT 11 - 11A Plymouth Fire Hall - 11B Springville Church Hall - 11C Garden of Eden Community Hall DISTRICT 12 - 12A Eureka Fire Hall - 12B Hopewell Pres. Church Hall
TOWN OF PICTOU: All voters - Royal Canadian Legion - Veterans Drive
TOWN OF STELLARTON: All voters - Royal Canadian Legion, MacKay Street
TOWN OF TRENTON: All voters - Trenton Minor Sports Complex (Trenton Arena), Park Road
TOWN OF WESTVILLE: All voters - Westville Civic Centre, Queen Street

POLL LOCATIONS TOMORROW
Friday 14th October 2016

Tomorrow is election day for municipalities across the province, and polls will be open from 8am to 7pm. Depending on where you live, here is where you need to go to vote:
TOWN OF NEW GLASGOW:
Ward 1 – Social & Rec. Centre – 487 Brother St
Ward 2 – Royal Canadian Legion Br. 34 – 39 Provost St.
Ward 3 – West Side Community Centre – 181 Lavinia St.

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MUNICIPALITY OF THE COUNTY OF PICTOU:
DISTRICT 1 - 1A Merigomish Community Hall
- 1B Kenzieville Community Hall
DISTRICT 2 - 2A Little Harbour Fire Hall
- 2B Pictou Landing Fire Hall
DISTRICT 3 - 3A Caribou Fire Hall
- 3B Bayview Community Hall
DISTRICT 4 - 4A Royal Canadian Legion Br#108
- 4B St. George’s Pres. Chruch Hall
DISTRICT 5 - 5A Lyons Brook Community Hall
- 5B Scotsburn Fire Hall
DISTRICT 6 - 6A Central West River Fire Hall
- 6B Durham Community Hall
DISTRICT 7 - 7A Union Center Community Hall
- 7B Millbrook Community Hall
DISTRICT 8 - 8A Abercrombie Community Hall
- 8B Alma Fire Hall
DISTRICT 9 - 9A Linacy Fire Hall
- 9B Linacy Fire Hall
DISTRICT 10 - 10A Thorburn Fire Hall
- 10B MacLellan’s Brook Hall
DISTRICT 11 - 11A Plymouth Fire Hall
- 11B Springville Church Hall
- 11C Garden of Eden Community Hall
DISTRICT 12 - 12A Eureka Fire Hall
- 12B Hopewell Pres. Church Hall

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TOWN OF PICTOU:
All voters - Royal Canadian Legion - Veterans Drive

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TOWN OF STELLARTON:
All voters - Royal Canadian Legion, MacKay Street

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TOWN OF TRENTON:
All voters - Trenton Minor Sports Complex (Trenton Arena), Park Road

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TOWN OF WESTVILLE:
All voters - Westville Civic Centre, Queen Street

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LOCAL ELECTIONS TOMORROW
Friday 14th October 2016

Tomorrow is the elections for municipal councils and school boards. If you're unsure where to vote, get in touch with your local returning office. In Trenton and Westville, call the town hall. For New Glasgow, Pictou, Stellarton and Pictou County, call the offices of the Municipality of Pictou County. Tune in to East Coast FM and Classic Rock 97.9 tomorrow night, as we'll have the results from Pictou County's elections starting around 7:30pm.


FIREFIGHTERS KICK OFF FIRE PREVENTION WEEK WITH A PARADE
Saturday 8th October 2016

If you hear sirens tonight between 6:15 and 8pm...Stay Calm! It isn't an emergency; it's a parade! The Pictou County Firefighters Association is holding the parade to kick off Fire Prevention Week in the county. Bright and shiny fire trucks will leave Pictou at 6:15, proceed toward Trenton, on to New Glasgow, Stellarton and then Westville. So, when you hear the sirens, take the opportunity to observe Fire Prevention Week by replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors and talking to your family about your fire escape plans.

NURSE PRACTITIONERS TO BE HIRED FOR PICTOU AND COLCHESTER COUNTIES
Wednesday 28th September 2016

Twenty-four-hundred more people in the New Glasgow, Westville, Stellarton and Truro areas will soon have access to primary health care. The province is giving Nova Scotia Health Authority three-point-six million dollars to hire a total of 22 new nurse practitioners and family practice nurses across the province, four of which will serve the New Glasgow, Westville, Stellarton, and the Truro areas. Nurse practitioners can diagnose patients, order tests and interpret them, and prescribe medication. Family practice nurses assess patients, make referrals, plan care and evaluate how people are responding to treatment.  

WESTVILLE, BIBLE HILL AMONG FIVE LOCATIONS TO DEAL WITH BOMB HOAXES ON TUESDAY
Wednesday 28th September 2016

The Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill was the site of the latest bomb hoax. The university says in a statement that police received a "non-specific bomb threat" for the campus around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, and after staff at the campus were notified, students were evacuated to the Bible Hill Fire Hall. RCMP and Dalhousie Security completed a sweep of campus buildings, nothing suspicious was found, and the campus has reopened. The bomb threat at the Dal AC was one of five across the province on Tuesday, with others received in Westville, Kentville, Bridgewater and Annapolis Royal. There has been a rash of bomb threats in the Maritimes over the past week, and so far, no explosives have been found.


ELECTRONIC VOTING INFO FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTION BEING MAILED OUT THIS WEEK
Monday 26th September 2016

Voters in Pictou County, Stellarton, Pictou and New Glasgow should check their mailbox for information on electronic voting in the upcoming municipal elections. Josephine MacDonald, the returning officer for the County and the three towns, says the mail-out will include an individual PIN number and a web address voters can use if they want to cast their ballot electronically ahead of the 15 October election date.  MacDonald says to contact their returning office if they don't receive a mail-out by October 1st. The towns of Trenton and Westville don't have electronic voting, but will have traditional advance polls before election day.

OVER EIGHTY NAMES IN PICTOU COUNTY MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS *UPDATED SEPT 14 6:00 AM*
Wednesday 14th September 2016

There's going to be a lot of choice in the municipal elections this October. For the county and town races, eighty-three people have put their name forward, and for most voters, there will be a broad selection of people to choose from. There are a few candidates who are in by acclamation: Robert Parker in District 6, Chester Dewar in District 12, and the town councillors in Westville. The elections will be held October 15.
Election Candidates
New Glasgow
Mayor – Nancy Dicks – Mark Firth – Henderson Paris – Ken Langille
Ward 1 – Wayne Borden – John Guthro – Troy MacCulloch – Sharon MacLean
Ward 2 – Rita Billington – Clyde Fraser – Jack Lewis – David MacIvor - Pierre Tannous
Ward 3 – Fred El-Haddad – Joe MacDonald – Lloyd MacKay – Frank Proudfoot – Paul Quinn – Trudy Vince – Karen MacPhee

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Stellarton
Mayor – Joe Gennoe – Danny MacGillivray
Ward 1 – Mary Lou Field – Bryan Knight – Simon Lawand
Ward 2 – Susan Campbell – Jake Chisholm – Garry Pentz

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Pictou
Mayor – Cam Beaton – Shawn MacNamara – Jim Ryan
Council – Dan Currie – Eric Daley – Malcolm Houser – Nadine LeBlanc – Alta Munro – Gary Nowlan – David Porter

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Trenton
Mayor – Fred Charlton – Shannon MacInnis - Francis MacMillan
Council at large - Jennifer Austen - Steven Cotter - Alec Dove - V.J Earle - Donald Hussher - Betsy MacKenzie-Cameron - Jaclyn Polley - Steven Stewart

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Westville
Mayor - Roger MacKay – Alvah Mayo – Pat Ryan
Council at large - Lynn MacDonald, Bernie Murphy, Charlie Sutherland, Lennie White (all Acclaimed)

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Pictou County
District 1 – Don Butler – Don Stewart
District 2 – Debora Wadden – Matt Weir
District 3 – Kent Corbett – Tom Hahn – Darla MacKeil
District 4 – Ron Baillie – Mae MacKenzie – Harvey Henderson
District 5 – Wayne Murray – Mike Sangster – Debbie Weatherbie
District 6 – Robert Parker (Acclaimed)
District 7 – Leonard Fraser – David Parker
District 8 – Ben MacLean – Larry Turner
District 9 – Peter Boyles – Jamie Davidson – Barbara Weir
District 10 – Randy Palmer – Brenda Scully
District 11 – Cathy Kenny – Scott Johnson – Andy Thompson
District 12 – Chester Dewar (Acclaimed)

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School Board
District 11 – Scott Adamson – Gordon Anderson
District 12 – Anne Beaver (Acclaimed)
District 13 – Vivian Farrell (Accliamed)
District 14 – Ron Marks – Kevin Waller
District 15 – Marilyn Murray (Acclaimed)
African Nova Scotian Candidates – Tamara Tines Powell – Glenda Talbot-Richards
CSAP Candidate – Alfred Benoit (Acclaimed)

RYAN IS SECOND MAYORAL CANDIDATE IN WESTVILLE
Tuesday 13th September 2016

In Westville, incumbent Mayor Roger MacKay will face a challenge in this October's election from retired broadcast journalist Pat Ryan. Ryan, who declared his candidacy today, says the town needs better land-use management and has been left out of many announcements of federal capital funding projects recently.


NEW GLASGOW'S KORI CHERVERIE FIRST WOMAN TO COACH MEN'S UNIVERSITY HOCKEY IN CANADA
Saturday 10th September 2016

Former New Glasgow resident Kori Cheverie has made history in the Canadian university hockey world...she has been named assistant coach of the Ryerson Rams men's hockey team. Team coach Johnny Duco confirms she's the first woman to be named a coach for a men's university hockey team in Canada. Cheverie is no stranger to Ryerson, having spent the past three years there coaching both minor and university hockey players as a skate-training specialist. Cheverie started playing hockey with the New Glasgow Bombers at the age of 10; she played on various teams in minor, junior and university leagues and played six seasons for the Toronto Furies in the Canadian Women's Hockey League. A cool little twist in this story is that her former university hockey coach Lisa Haley is the women's hockey coach at Ryerson; many people in Pictou County might remember her as Lisa Jordan, an outstanding athlete from Westville. Coach Duco says Kori Cheverie is already an exceptional coach.

SPORTS SEPTEMBER 5
Monday 5th September 2016

Forty years of road racing will be celebrated today in Westville with a five-mile fun run starting 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 this 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 this 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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A late comeback attempt by Saskatchewan wasn't enough at Mosaic Stadium. Justin Medlock's 43-yard field goal with two seconds left in the fourth quarter gave the Blue Bombers a 28-25 victory over the Roughriders. Saskatchewan tied the game less than a minute before Medlock's kick but missed on the extra-point convert.
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Not the start the Blue Jays were looking for out of J-A Happ. Happ failed to make it through the third inning but it didn't matter as Toronto beat the Rays 5-3. The victory avoided a three-game sweep for the Jays. Happ was up to 85 pitches when he was pulled after an R-B-I single put Tampa Bay up 3-1 with two outs in the third.
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The Red Sox lost some ground in the American League East division standings after a 1-0 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Khris Davis hit a game-ending double in the ninth as Oakland averted a three-game sweep. Boston is now a full game behind the Blue Jays for top spot in the division.
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Hamilton's Alena Sharp was the low Canadian at this weekend's L-P-G-A Manulife Classic finishing in a tie for 26th. Germany's Caroline Masson fired a 5-under 67 to win the event in Cambridge, Ontario. Meanwhile on the P-G-A Tour, Paul Casey made a birdie and eagle over the last three holes for a 5-under 66 and a three-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
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Martin Truex Junior took the lead with 28 laps to go and held off Kevin Harvick on the final restart to win the Southern 500. Truex closed the season by outracing Harvick on Labour Day weekend for his second crown jewel win of the season. Harvick led 214 of 367 laps but his run was cut short by slow pit stops.

SPORTS SEPTEMBER 4
Sunday 4th September 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers wrapped up the preseason by thumping the Bearcats 7-2 in Truro. Michael Dill scored a hat trick for the Crushers, also scoring were Mack Derraugh with 2, Jake Martin and Benji Curtis. 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 this 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 this 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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Former C-F-L player and front-office manager Norman Kwong died today. He was 86. Kwong was the first Chinese Canadian to play in the C-F-L and later served as Alberta's lieutenant governor. He was also part-owner of his hometown hockey squad, the Calgary Flames. Kwong was the youngest player to win the Grey Cup at the age of 18.
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The Blue Jays made things interesting at Tropicana Field but couldn't come all the way back. Toronto scored four runs in the ninth inning before Alex Colome got the final out for his 30th save as the Rays beat the Jays 7-5. Matt Duffy's three-run double highlighted a five-run sixth inning for Tampa Bay. The finale of the three-game set goes this afternoon.
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Play is underway in South Korea where Canada is taking on India in the women's baseball World Cup. The Canadians opened their tournament yesterday with an 8-2 loss against Japan. Niki Boyd paced the Canadian offence with two R-B-I's. Canada is ranked fourth in the world and finished fourth at the last World Cup in 2014.
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South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee shot a 6-under 66 in the third round of the L-P-G-A Manulife Classic in Cambridge, Ontario to take the top spot on the leaderboard. Meanwhile on the P-G-A Tour in Boston, Kevin Chappell shot a 7-under 64 to gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
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The Whitecaps have a tough road ahead if they're going to make the post-season. Vancouver fell 1-nil to the New York Red Bulls and are now winless in eight-straight games. The Whitecaps have six games left in the M-L-S regular season and trail the Portland Timbers by four points.


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. 

WESTVILLE GOING TO COURT OVER REJECTED SEWER BID
Thursday 1st September 2016

The Town of Westville is being sued by a local construction firm after it was turned down for work. C.F. Construction alleges they suffered a loss when Westville turned down their bid for work on sanitary sewer system upgrades, even though they say it was the lowest bid that complied with the terms of the tender. The Town of Westville denies that C.F. Construction was compliant, denies they had the lowest bid, and denies C.F. Construction suffered any loss. NG News says the company and the town are scheduled to appear before a Supreme Court justice for three days later this month to hear the case.


WESTVILLE'S COUNCILLORS ARE ALL RE-OFFERING
Wednesday 31st August 2016

It could be deja vu in Westville after the October election. At Monday's town meeting, all the current councillors announced that they are running for re-election, while Mayor Roger MacKay has already said he would re-offer. So far, there are no challengers announcing their intentions to run, but the deadline to file is still two weeks away.

MARKS RUNNING ONCE AGAIN FOR SCHOOL BOARD
Wednesday 31st August 2016

With all the talk about municipal candidates, there hasn't been much said about the election for the regional school board. Ron Marks has announced he is re-offering for District 14 of the board, which covers Stellarton, Westville and Pictou County District 8. Marks has served on the school board since it was founded more than 20 years ago, and is currently the chair of the finance committee.

BEN MACLEAN TO MAKE A SECOND RUN FOR PICTOU COUNTY COUNCIL
Monday 29th August 2016

An Abercrombie resident is running in October's municipal elections. Ben MacLean announced this morning that he is running in Pictou County's District 8, which includes Abercrombie, Alma, Granton, Mount William & Westville Road. This is MacLean's second campaign, as he also ran in 2012. He says that the county needs a fresh approach to the issues facing those who live and work here. There are still two and a half weeks left to enter your name as a candidate in this fall's elections for local government and the school board.


MACKAY SEEKING ANOTHER WESTVILLE TERM; RYAN SEEKING FIRST TERM IN PICTOU *UPDATED 12:15 PM*
Monday 22nd August 2016

Roger MacKay announced on his Twitter feed this morning that he is running for a third term as Mayor of Westville. MacKay and Stellarton Mayor Joe Gennoe are the only sitting Pictou County mayors to re-offer in this October's elections, and so far, neither is facing a challenger. Meanwhile, a third name has been added to the race for mayor of Pictou. Retired principal of Pictou Academy and Dr. Thomas McCulloch School Jim Ryan has announced that he is seeking the position.

MORE MUNICIPAL NOMINEES COMING FORWARD
Wednesday 17th August 2016

A second name is in the Trenton mayoral race. Fred Charlton announced his candidacy today. He will be running against town councillor Fergie MacKay. So far, Westville is the only town to not have a candidate formally declared for mayor. As well, two more people have confirmed that they will be on the ballot for seats on councils. In New Glasgow, Ward 3 Councilor Trudy Vince has announced her intention to return for a second term, while in Trenton, Steven Stewart will be looking to fill one of the four at-large seats. The deadline to apply is 13 September.

FIRE AT OLD HIGHLAND CONSOLIDATED UNDER INVESTIGATION
Monday 15th August 2016

The Westville Fire Department is investigating a fire at the old Highland Consolidated School. Chief Kenny Dunn tells NG News that crews found several small fires in the hallways when they arrived around 6:30 Saturday night. Crews managed to bring the fires under control within a half hour. The former school was purchased by a New Brunswick developer, who plans on converting the site into an apartment building.


MUNICIPAL VOTERS WILL HAVE AN ELECTRONIC OPTION THIS FALL
Wednesday 10th August 2016

Electronic voting will be an option for many in this fall's muncipal election. Josephine MacDonald, returning officer for New Glasgow, Pictou, Stellarton and Pictou County, tells NG News that residents of those four units will be able to cast a vote electronically from 3 October until 11 October, or with paper ballot on election day. There won't be advance polls. However, the towns of Trenton and Westville have their own returning officers, and will have traditional advance polls and election-day polls with paper ballots, without an electronic vote. MacDonald said electronic voting worked well during the amalgamation plebiscite in May. The final day to declare a candidacy for this October's election is 13 September.

WESTVILLE CONSOLIDATED SURPLUS APPROACHES 600-THOUSAND DOLLARS
Tuesday 26th July 2016

The Town of Westville finished the 2015-16 fiscal year with a consolidated surplus of just under 580-thousand dollars. This comes from the audited financial statements received at Monday night's council meeting. The numbers come in roughly 330-thousand better than budgeted. The General Operating and Water Utility funds both ended up in the black. At the same time, the town was able to reduce net debt to 1.5 million dollars, and increase reserves by 683-thousand.

SPORTS JULY 8 *UPDATED 11:50 AM*
Friday 8th July 2016

Best of luck to Kaelan Schmidt, who is in Edmonton at the Canadian Juniors this weekend to compete in the high jump.
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Special Olympics Nova Scotia are holding their annual Provincial Games this weekend in the Annapolis Valley, with opening ceremonies on Friday at 5pm at Acadia University in Wolfville. With more than 850 athletes and coaches attending, it is definitely going to be an action packed weekend. For the full schedule of events, click here.
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Eastern Canadian Under 18 Rugby tournament is being held in Truro this weekend. Half of Team Nova Scotia is made of Pictou County athletes. They won their first match 7-5 over Eastern Ontario, and they play Newfoundland and Labrador at 2 this afternoon.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool will be hosting themed day camps every Friday throughout the summer, beginning next Friday, 15 July. The camps run from 9am to 4pm each Friday. To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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The 15th annual Walter MacDonald charity Golf Tournament is being held Sunday 14 August at the Glen Lovat Golf and Country Club. This tournament is in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in the the summer of 2000. This year’s tournament will be a 4-person scramble with space for 18 teams. Entry fee is $400 per 4-person team and includes 18 holes of championship golf, power carts, full BBQ steak dinner, and prizes. All proceeds will be donated in Walter's name to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society. Funny Man Jimmy Flynn will be golfing at this years MacDonald Cup, and will also be putting on a live show Saturday, 13 August at the White Tail Tavern in Westville. Tickets go on sale Friday 9 July. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. For registration and more information please contact tournament coordinator, Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's Milos Raonic is facing Swiss star Roger Federer at Wimbledon. The winner advances to the men's final. Raonic has dropped nine of 11 career matches against Federer but won in the final of the Brisbane International in January, the last time the two met.
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Canadian Brooke Henderson has some ground to make up at the U-S Women's Open in California. The 18-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario carded an opening-round 4-over 76 yesterday and stands 12 shots behind leader Mirim Kim. Hamilton's Alena Sharp is the top Canadian at 2 under.
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The Toronto Blue Jays look for a seventh straight win when they face the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre. Lefty J-A Happ goes to the mound for Toronto. Detroit counters with right-hander Mike Pelfrey.
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The Ottawa Redblacks face the Calgary Stampeders in their home opener. Ottawa quarterback Trevor Harris leads the C-F-L with 687 passing yards and six touchdowns. Also, Edmonton hosts Saskatchewan in former Eskimos' head coach Chris Jones's return to Alberta.
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Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva will be Jon Jones' replacement at U-F-C 200. He'll face Daniel Cormier, the U-F-C's 205-pound champion, in a light heavyweight bout. Cormier's rematch with Jones was cancelled after Jones failed a doping test.
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It's France versus Portugal in the final of the European soccer championship. France beat world champion Germany 2-0 yesterday to advance to Sunday's championship game. Antoine Griezmann scored both goals for the French.


SPORTS JULY 7
Thursday 7th July 2016

Special Olympics Nova Scotia are holding their annual Provincial Games this weekend in the Annapolis Valley, with opening ceremonies on Friday at 5pm at Acadia University in Wolfville. With more than 850 athletes and coaches attending, it is definitely going to be an action packed weekend. For the full schedule of events, click here.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool will be hosting themed day camps every Friday throughout the summer, beginning next Friday, 15 July. The camps run from 9am to 4pm each Friday. To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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The 15th annual Walter MacDonald charity Golf Tournament is being held Sunday 14 August at the Glen Lovat Golf and Country Club. This tournament is in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in the the summer of 2000. This year’s tournament will be a 4-person scramble with space for 18 teams. Entry fee is $400 per 4-person team and includes 18 holes of championship golf, power carts, full BBQ steak dinner, and prizes. All proceeds will be donated in Walter's name to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society. Funny Man Jimmy Flynn will be golfing at this years MacDonald Cup, and will also be putting on a live show Saturday, 13 August at the White Tail Tavern in Westville. Tickets go on sale Friday 9 July. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. For registration and more information please contact tournament coordinator, Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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For the first time since 2009, Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Cole Harbour. Crosby's hockey school tweeted yesterday that Pittsburgh Penguins captain would be bringing Lord Stanley's cup on July 16th, as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy. The 28-year-old was named post-season M-V-P after scoring six goals and 13 assists in 24 games.
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For the second time in three years, it will be Canada's Milos Raonic against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semifinals. Raonic advanced to the semis after a four-set victory over American Sam Querrey at the All England Club. Federer beat Raonic in 2014.
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The Blue Jays are rolling. They won their fifth straight and completed a series sweep of the defending World Series champs with a 4-2 win over Kansas City at Rogers Centre. Marcus Stroman pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out six. Michael Saunders paced the offence with a solo homer and tiebreaking R-B-I double.
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The Giants have bumped the Cubs from the top. Johnny Cueto pitched a five-hitter to become the N-L's first 13-game winner, and San Francisco beat the Rockies 5-1 to move atop the major league standings. The Giants are 54-and-33. The Cubs are 52-and-32 after losing to Cincinnati earlier in the day.
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Chicago has added to its back court at Miami's expense. The Bulls have agreed to a two-year deal worth about 47 million U-S dollars with 12-time all-star Dwyane Wade. Wade is leaving the Heat after 13 seasons. Shortly after the 34-year-old Wade informed the Bulls that he was leaving Miami to return to play in his hometown, Chicago traded Mike Dunleavy to Cleveland to make room.
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Steve Kerr went with a familiar face when selecting his new assistant coach. The Warriors have hired former Cleveland and Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown to join Kerr's staff. Brown was an assistant in San Antonio when Kerr played for the Spurs. He replaces Luke Walton, who took the head coaching job with the Lakers.
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Another possible failed drug test for Jon Jones. The U-F-C interim light heavyweight champion has been notified of a potential doping violation, ruling him out of his bout with Daniel Cormier in the main event of U-F-C 200. Jones has failed drug tests around two of his past three scheduled fights. He tested positive for apparent cocaine use before his first fight with Cormier at U-F-C 182 in January 2015.

SPORTS JULY 6 *UPDATED 11:00 AM*
Wednesday 6th July 2016

Special Olympics Nova Scotia are holding their annual Provincial Games this weekend in the Annapolis Valley, with opening ceremonies on Friday at 5pm at Acadia University in Wolfville. With more than 850 athletes and coaches attending, it is definitely going to be an action packed weekend. For the full schedule of events, click here.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool will be hosting themed day camps every Friday throughout the summer, beginning next Friday, 15 July. The camps run from 9am to 4pm each Friday. To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting free Ultimate Frisbee clinics for ages 12-15, they are co-ed and no experience is necessary. A great chance for youth to learn more about this fun and growing sport! Starting Wednesday, July 6 at Parkdale from 6:30-8pm, register by showing up to the field, at New Glasgow Recreation, or emailing ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club is offering summer programs for a variety of ages and skill levels. The Preschool Programs, running 3 mornings a week (Tue-Thurs) from 9am-12pm. Summer day Camp for school agers, running weekly from 9am-3pm. And hourly Summer Rec Classes, for school age children (Tues, Wed and Thurs) from 4pm -8pm. Open registration is being held on Wednesday, July 6th from 4 to 8pm  For more information, find us on facebook at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club", drop in to our location at 558 South Frederick St. (old Y building), or call 902-695-3699.
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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The 15th annual Walter MacDonald charity Golf Tournament is being held Sunday 14 August at the Glen Lovat Golf and Country Club. This tournament is in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in the the summer of 2000. This year’s tournament will be a 4-person scramble with space for 18 teams. Entry fee is $400 per 4-person team and includes 18 holes of championship golf, power carts, full BBQ steak dinner, and prizes. All proceeds will be donated in Walter's name to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society. Funny Man Jimmy Flynn will be golfing at this years MacDonald Cup, and will also be putting on a live show Saturday, 13 August at the White Tail Tavern in Westville. Tickets go on sale Friday 9 July. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. For registration and more information please contact tournament coordinator, Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's Milos Raonic will aim to book his ticket into the semifinals at Wimbledon today when he faces 28th-seeded Sam Querrey. The sixth-seeded Raonic recovered from two sets down in his fourth round match to reach the quarter-finals. Querrey beat Raonic at Wimbledon in 2012. The American also beat Novak Djokovic earlier in the tournament.
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Roger Federer will try to put his last match against Marin Cilic behind him today at Wimbledon when the pair face each other in quarter-final action. Cilic routed Federer in straight sets during their last match at the U-S Open semifinals in 2014. Also, Andy Murray plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And, Tomas Berdych goes up against Lucas Pouille.
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Cristiano Ronaldo against Gareth Bale -- that's the marquee matchup set for this afternoon at Euro 2016 when Portugal plays Wales in semifinal action. The duo are teammates in Spain with club team Real Madrid. Bale has three goals so far in the tournament, while Ronaldo has two. A win for either country would set up a final against Germany or host France.
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Marcus Stroman gets the ball for the Blue Jays tonight in the finale of a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals at the Rogers Centre. Toronto is going for the series sweep after an 8-3 win last night. Ian Kennedy will toe the rubber for K-C. Stroman had a strong outing his last time out, but it resulted in a no-decision during the Jays' 19-inning marathon loss to Cleveland on Canada Day.
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Reigning American League M-V-P Josh Donaldson was among three Blue Jays named to the M-L-B all-star game roster yesterday. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and right-hander Marco Estrada were also named as reserves. Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders was one of five finalists for the all-star game final vote. That winner gets announced Friday.

LOCAL POLICE ISSUE BEAR WARNING
Thursday 16th June 2016

A collision between a motorist and a bear yesterday in Three Brooks has prompted RCMP to issue a warning about the animals. Police say a Westville man suffered minor injuries after his vehicle hit the 350 pound adult black bear on Highway 6. The bear had been rummaging through green bins near the roadside before the collision. Department of Natural Resources and RCMP found the bear nearby suffering from injuries sustained in the incident, and it was put down. Police are also reminding residents to reduce food smells that attract bears. If you see a bear, call your local Department of Natural Resources office.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE LOOKING FOR SHOPLIFTER
Tuesday 7th June 2016

The New Glasgow Regional Police are looking for the public's assistance in identifying an alleged shoplifter. On Sunday afternoon around 2:45pm a man entered the Atlantic Superstore on Westville Road, and placed a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer in the cart and proceeded to exit the store without paying. The mixer is valued at about 460 dollars. Anyone with information on the man's identity is asked to call the New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1941, or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers. There is a picture of the man on our Facebook page.

LONG-TERM E-H-S EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED
Tuesday 24th May 2016

The province took the opportunity today to recognize 63 Emergency Health Services staff members for their years of service, including three from here in Pictou County. Honoured for 20 years of work were Perry Sidney Maxwell Kaiser of Westville and Derrick McNeil of Stellarton. Meanwhile, William Mackeigan of Pictou was recognized for spending 35 years working in Emergency Health Services. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says Emergency Health Services staff provide expert care in  emergencies, and are working in teams across the province to enhance health care.  

EIGHTEEN WHEELER HITS HOUSE
Monday 9th May 2016

A woman sitting in her living room was in for a bit of a shock this afternoon when an 18-wheeler crashed into her house. Westville Police Chief Don Hussher says the woman was shaken up when the truck went through a guard rail, ran over a hydrant and ended up hitting her home at the intersection of North Main and Cowan Streets around 1:30pm today. She was treated at the scene by EHS personnel. Hussher says the driver of the rig was not injured in the collision, but was showing signs of needing medical assistance, and was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital by EHS. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.


WESTVILLE WOMAN HITS TRACTOR TRAILER
Monday 2nd May 2016

A Westville woman was taken to hospital after she struck a parked tractor-trailer on Main Street with her car Sunday morning. Police said the woman suffered no apparent injuries, but was taken to the Aberdeen for observation. The investigation continues.

SECOND CAR DEALERSHIP BROKEN INTO OVER WEEKEND
Monday 25th April 2016

New Glasgow Regional Police say that they are investigating a second break-in to an auto dealership from this past weekend. Police received a call this morning that Atlantic Dodge on Westville Road was the victim of a break-and-enter sometime between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. This was the second break and enter into a car dealership during the same time period. The other break and enter was at the Target Mazda dealership also on Westville Road New Glasgow. New Glasgow Regional Police continue to investigate and are asking for the public’s assistance. If you believe you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the New Glasgow Regional Police or you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously anytime at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by their 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 from $50 - $2000.

BAR BRAWL LEADS TO DAMAGE, ARRESTS
Monday 25th April 2016

Police have arrested two people following a bar brawl at the Glasgow Pub early Sunday. New Glasgow Regional Police, along with Stellarton and Westville Police, Pictou RCMP, and EHS responded to a call around 1:45 am of several patrons fighting inside the pub. Several people suffered minor injuries, and the pub was damaged. Police arrested a 27 year old man and a 27 year old woman. The investigation continues.


SPORTS - APRIL 22
Friday 22nd April 2016

The Dieppe Commandos aren't giving up: they defeated the Pictou County Weeks Crushers 3-1 Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, with the series even at 2 wins apiece. Benji Curtis opened the scoring to give the hometown Crushers a 1-0 lead after the first period. But it would be the only goal scored by the home team. Game 5 is back in Dieppe Saturday night, with all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 7:15. Game 6 is Monday night at the Wellness Centre at 7pm, with a 7th game if needed back in New Brunswick next Wednesday at 7:30. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May.
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Everything old is new again.  The Yarmouth Mariners recently announced that TJ Smith would no longer be coach and GM of the MHL franchise, and the man replacing him behind the bench is no stranger to the Fishtank.  Laurie Barron will take over the reigns, effective immediately.  Barron had previously spent 11 seasons with the Mariners, including four years as Head Coach until he was let go in April 2014.  Barron was with the South Shore Lumberjacks for the first 40 games of the season this year, before being replaced.  Barron's first task will be to prepare for the MHL draft, which takes place in Amherst on 11 June.
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The Pictou County Lightning is running a Boys Basketball Spring League during the month of April and May at New Glasgow Academy. Boys in grades 7-8 are welcome to sign up. Cost of registration is $40 for BBNS/Pictou County Lightning Members and $60 for non members.  All participants will receive a t-shirt, and are guaranteed 8 games. Games are played Tuesday and Friday nights at 7:00 or 8:00pm. The league starts on Tuesday April 26th. Space is limited to the first 40 players to register and submit payment.  Please email pclightning@eastlink.ca for more details.
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Pictou County Lightning will be providing Basketball skill sessions for boys in current grades 9-11 on Sunday afternoons out of Northumberland Regional High from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, starting this Sunday. There is no cost to current members.  Non Members there is a $20 BBNS insurance fee. Depending on the number of regular participants, players could be broken into to teams a couple of times over the next 3-4 months and play some games with referees. Providing players with a chance to employ their learning in a fully competitive atmosphere. Members or non Members please e-mail pclightning@eastlink.ca to book your spot.
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Registration for the upcoming season of Stellarton Minor Baseball will take place at the Wellness Centre on the Following Dates:
Friday, April 22 6pm-7pm; Saturday, April 23 10:30am-12pm; Thursday, April 28 6pm-7pm
Fees are: Pre-Rookie (Born 2010, 2011, 2012) $60; Rookie (Born 2007, 2008, 2009) $75; Mosquito (Born 2005, 2006) $120; Pee Wee (Born 2003, 2004) $150; Bantam (Born 2001, 2002) $150
Family Discount: First Sibling is Full Price. Each Additional Sibling gets a $25 Reduction off their Fee
Fundraising: Each player will receive 10 SportSweep Tickets to sell, at a Cost of $2/Ticket for a total of $20. Tickets MUST be picked up at Registration and Signed for.
Registration Numbers will determine the number of teams fielded, Field Schedules and Designations of Teams. Players attempting to Register Late may find themselves unable to play within the Stellarton Minor Baseball System this year.
For more information, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stellarton.minorball
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be Saturday at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering a Standard First Aid CPR “C & AED Recertification Course on Friday at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. Pre-registration required by calling 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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Miss Miles coming up Mother's Day, May 8th, 9:00 am start at Glasgow Square, This is a 5km All female fun run, all ages are welcome as well as strollers and pets, participants will receive T-shirts, Buffs, Medals, Chocolate, Flowers, Candy and be pampered with Live Jazz Music and Free Massages and all for only $30. Spots are limited, less than 100 spots remaining so register today online at johnnymiles.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The defending Stanley Cup champions are still alive thanks to their leading scorer. Patrick Kane scored at 3:07 of the second overtime to lift the Blackhawks over St. Louis 4-3 in Game 5 of their series. The Blues still lead the set 3-2, with Game 6 going in Chicago on Saturday. Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith logged a game-high 42 minutes of ice time. 
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The Detroit Red Wings are heading home. Alex Killorn scored the winner and Ben Bishop made 34 saves as Tampa topped the Red Wings 1-0 to take the series 4-1. Elsewhere, the Pittsburgh Penguins took a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers with a 5-0 victory. And the Anaheim Ducks tied their series at two games apiece with a 4-1 win over Nashville.
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DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry turned in a solid performance as the Raptors took control of their first-round playoff series. DeRozan and Lowry poured in 21 points each to lead Toronto to a 101-85 win over the Pacers in Indiana. That gives the Raptors back-to-back playoff wins and a 2-1 series lead.
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James Harden hit the game-winner with 2-point-7 seconds left to lift the Rockets over Golden State 97-96 in Game 3. Harden finished with 35 points for Houston, which still trails the series 2-1. The Warriors played again without Steph Curry because of a sore ankle. Also, Kevin Durant had 34 points as Oklahoma City took a 2-1 lead in their first-round series with a 131-102 victory over Dallas.
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The Toronto Blue Jays ended their road trip on a sour note. Manny Machado drove in the winning run with a double in the eighth inning as Baltimore rallied for a 3-2 victory over Toronto. The Jays start a six-game homestand tonight by welcoming the Oakland Athletics to Rogers Centre.
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N-B-A commissioner Adam Silver is cranking up the economic pressure on North Carolina officials to change a new law that directs transgender people to use public toilets corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificate. The NBA boss says the league has been "crystal clear" that the 2017 All-Star Game only stays in Charlotte if that controversial North Carolina law goes.

SPORTS - APRIL 21 *UPDATED 10:20 AM*
Thursday 21st April 2016

Sports April 21 The Pictou County Weeks Crushers dumped the Dieppe Commandos 7-0 Wednesday night in Dieppe to take a 2-1 series lead in a penalty-filled Kent Cup final match. Mike Lyle led the Crushers with 1 goal and 3 assists while Cole Murphy added 1 goal and 2 assists. Regan Spears collected 2 goals, and Drew Packman, Michael Dill and Benji Curtis also added to the Crushers' total. Daniel Vautour stopped 31 shots for the shutout. Game 4 is tonight beginning at 7 at the Wellness Centre, while Game 5 is back in Dieppe Saturday night, with all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 7:15. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The rest of the schedule can be found below.
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)

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The Pictou County Lightning is running a Boys Basketball Spring League during the month of April and May at New Glasgow Academy. Boys in grades 7-8 are welcome to sign up. Cost of registration is $40 for BBNS/Pictou County Lightning Members and $60 for non members.  All participants will receive a t-shirt, and are guaranteed 8 games. Games are played Tuesday and Friday nights at 7:00 or 8:00pm. The league starts on Tuesday April 26th. Space is limited to the first 40 players to register and submit payment.  Please email pclightning@eastlink.ca for more details.
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Registration for the upcoming season of Stellarton Minor Baseball will take place at the Wellness Centre on the Following Dates:
Friday, April 22 6pm-7pm; Saturday, April 23 10:30am-12pm; Thursday, April 28 6pm-7pm
Fees are: Pre-Rookie (Born 2010, 2011, 2012) $60; Rookie (Born 2007, 2008, 2009) $75; Mosquito (Born 2005, 2006) $120; Pee Wee (Born 2003, 2004) $150; Bantam (Born 2001, 2002) $150
Family Discount: First Sibling is Full Price. Each Additional Sibling gets a $25 Reduction off their Fee
Fundraising: Each player will receive 10 SportSweep Tickets to sell, at a Cost of $2/Ticket for a total of $20. Tickets MUST be picked up at Registration and Signed for.
Registration Numbers will determine the number of teams fielded, Field Schedules and Designations of Teams. Players attempting to Register Late may find themselves unable to play within the Stellarton Minor Baseball System this year.
For more information, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stellarton.minorball
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be Saturday at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering a Standard First Aid CPR “C & AED Recertification Course on Friday at the Pictou Fisheries Pool. Pre-registration required by calling 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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Miss Miles coming up Mother's Day, May 8th, 9:00 am start at Glasgow Square, This is a 5km All female fun run, all ages are welcome as well as strollers and pets, participants will receive T-shirts, Buffs, Medals, Chocolate, Flowers, Candy and be pampered with Live Jazz Music and Free Massages and all for only $30. Spots are limited, less than 100 spots remaining so register today online at johnnymiles.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Two first-round N-H-L playoff series can end tonight. The Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues head into their respective Game 5's with 3-1 series leads. Tampa Bay is hosting Detroit while St. Louis is home to the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
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Anaheim visits Nashville for Game 4. The Predators lead that series 2-1. And the Penguins are in New York taking on the Rangers with a 2-1 series lead.
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Canada's under-18 men's hockey team takes the ice tonight against Switzerland in quarter-final action at the under-18 world championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Canada finished first in Group B with a 4-and-0 record through round-robin play. The Swiss were 0-3-and-1.
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The Toronto Raptors' playoff series against the Pacers shifts to Indiana for Game 3 tonight. That best-of-seven Eastern Conference series is knotted at a game apiece after the Raptors took Game 2 on Monday in Toronto.  Game 4 will also be in Indiana on Saturday before returning to Toronto for Game 5 on Tuesday.
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Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry is still questionable to play in tonight's Game 3 against the Rockets in Houston due to a right ankle injury. Curry was injured during Game 1 of the N-B-A playoff series and sat out Game 2. He has no serious structural damage to the ankle. Golden State leads the series 2-0.
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The Toronto Blue Jays will look to shake off a tough loss as they close out their three-game series in Baltimore tonight. Toronto lost 4-3 to the Orioles in 10 innings last night when Caleb Joseph scored from third on a passed ball. The Blue Jays send Marco Estrada to the hill against Baltimore's Chris Tillman.
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Chyna, the W-W-E star who in the 1990's became one of the best-known and most-popular female professional wrestlers in history, has died at the age of 45.  Chyna, whose real name was Joan Marie Laurer, was found dead in Redondo Beach, California last night.  Authorities have not yet released any information on a cause of death.

SPORTS - APRIL 20
Wednesday 20th April 2016

Game 3 between the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and the Dieppe Commandos returns to New Brunswick tonight, with the series even. Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 7:15pm. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The rest of the schedule can be found below.
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)

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Registration for the upcoming season of Stellarton Minor Baseball will take place at the Wellness Centre on the Following Dates:
Friday, April 22 6pm-7pm; Saturday, April 23 10:30am-12pm; Thursday, April 28 6pm-7pm
Fees are: Pre-Rookie (Born 2010, 2011, 2012) $60; Rookie (Born 2007, 2008, 2009) $75; Mosquito (Born 2005, 2006) $120; Pee Wee (Born 2003, 2004) $150; Bantam (Born 2001, 2002) $150
Family Discount: First Sibling is Full Price. Each Additional Sibling gets a $25 Reduction off their Fee
Fundraising: Each player will receive 10 SportSweep Tickets to sell, at a Cost of $2/Ticket for a total of $20. Tickets MUST be picked up at Registration and Signed for.
Registration Numbers will determine the number of teams fielded, Field Schedules and Designations of Teams. Players attempting to Register Late may find themselves unable to play within the Stellarton Minor Baseball System this year.
For more information, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stellarton.minorball
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be Saturday at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details.
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Miss Miles coming up Mother's Day, May 8th, 9:00 am start at Glasgow Square, This is a 5km All female fun run, all ages are welcome as well as strollers and pets, participants will receive T-shirts, Buffs, Medals, Chocolate, Flowers, Candy and be pampered with Live Jazz Music and Free Massages and all for only $30. Spots are limited, less than 100 spots remaining so register today online at johnnymiles.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Two goals from Vladimir Tarasenko and a 39-save outing from Brian Elliott gave the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks and a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference quarter-final series. In the West's other game, Frederik Andersen made 27 saves as the Anaheim Ducks shut out the Nashville Predators 3-0. Nashville still has a 2-1 series edge. 
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The Tampa Bay Lightning are within one win of advancing to the second round of the N-H-L playoffs. They beat Detroit 3-2 in Game 4 for a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. And the Pittsburgh Penguins inched closer to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.
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Another dominating win for the San Antonio Spurs. They're up 2-0 in their best-of-seven playoff series over Memphis after downing the Grizzlies 94-68. Earlier, the Atlanta Hawks took a 2-0 series lead over Boston by downing the Celtics 89-72.
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The Toronto Blue Jays are on a roll now. Marcus Stroman allowed three runs over seven innings and Troy Tulowitzki drove in two as Toronto topped the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 at Camden Yards for the Blue Jays' first three-game winning streak of the season. The win also puts them above .500 for the first time since April 5th.
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Jason Hammel worked six strong innings and had both R-B-I's for the Chicago Cubs in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. St Louis stranded two runners against the Cubs bullpen in the seventh and eighth.


SPORTS - APRIL 19
Tuesday 19th April 2016

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

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

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

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

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

LOCAL SPORTS APRIL 17
Sunday 17th April 2016

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

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


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

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

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


SPORTS - APRIL 16
Saturday 16th April 2016

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

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

MCLELLANS BROOK ROAD FIRE
Friday 15th April 2016

A structure fire on McLellans Brook Road destroyed a building Thursday afternoon. Firefighters from Thorburn, New Glasgow, Plymouth, Linacy and Westville were on scene, but were unable to save the building. Neighbours say it was being used as a shop.

SPORTS - APRIL 15
Friday 15th April 2016

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

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


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 14 APRIL
Thursday 14th April 2016

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The schedule is set for the Kent Cup Final. The Best-of-7 Maritime Hockey League Championship series between the Weeks Jr A Crushers and Dieppe Commandos will begin tomorrow night in Dieppe, with Game 2 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sunday. All of the games from Dieppe will be available on Classic Rock 97.9, beginning with the pregame shows at 7:15pm each of those nights. The winner of this series will join the Woodstock Slammers (HOSTS), and the champions of the LHJQ and CCHL at the Fred Page Cup beginning 4 May. The full schedule is as follows:
Game 1 - Friday, 15 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 2 - Sunday, 17 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 3 - Wednesday, 20 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 4 - Thursday, 21 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 5 - Saturday, 23 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
Game 6 - Monday, 25 April - Dieppe @ Crushers 7pm Wellness Centre
Game 7 - Wednesday, 27 April - Crushers @ Dieppe 7:30pm (7:15 pregame on Classic Rock)
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The Weeks Hockey Organization has hired a new manager for the Scotsburn Major Bantam program, and if the players have any doubt about his ability to be a winner, they only have to look at his Stanley Cup ring. Jon Sim, who won the Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999, will be taking over effective immediately. Head Coach Jeff Green will remain with the team. Sim's first responsibility will be to prepare for the Spring Camp which runs 4-6 May at the Wellness Centre.
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Atom Pictou County Nova North Stars went 2-1 this past weekend. The weekend started with a loss to Sackville Maple Leafs 3-1. The North Stars then rebounded with wins over the Tasa Chebucto Flames 5-0, and the Liverpool Sharks 11-2. Stars next games are April 24th at the Halifax Civic Center to take on the Avalanche and the Wild.
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The final roster for the U18 World Hockey Championship for Team Canada has been set, and Lower Sackville's Evan Fitzpatrick will be donning the maple leaf when the tournament starts tonight in Grand Forks, ND. Fitzpatrick is the only player from Atlantic Canada to make the team, and will be sharing the goaltending duties with Michael DiPietro and Stuart Skinner. The tournament gets rolling today, but Canada's first game is not until tomorrow when they face Denmarmk at 9pm AT.
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Please be advised that the Tartan Field in New Glasgow is closed until the damage from last week's high wind conditions can be repaired.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 14th and Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm each night at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 15th.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field Thursday from 7 to 9pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering Red Cross First Aid courses. Emergency First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be on April 16 from 8:30-4:30. Standard First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be a two day course, April 16 & April 17 from 8:30-4:30 both days. Pre-registration required. Register by call Pictou Recreation at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association will be hosting an open house for female atom age players on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:15 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  The open house will include skill based drills for the girls.   Girls eligible to attend must have a  2006 or 2007 birth date.  The Pictou County Female Hockey Association hosted eight female teams this past season, including a AA and A at the atom level.  These teams play in the north conference against female teams in Cape Breton West, Antigonish and Colchester while the AA team played teams from Metro Halifax.   A parents meeting will take place following the open house for anyone wanting to find out more about the atom female program. There is no fee or pre-registration for the open house.  Full hockey gear is required  For more information, contact female@pchma.com
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 13
Wednesday 13th April 2016

LOCAL SPORTS
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers have their opponent for the Kent Cup Final. The Dieppe Commandos finished off the Eastlink North Division Championship with a 3-2 victory over the Summerside Western Capitals in double overtime last night at the Arthur J LeBlanc Arena. The Crushers and Commandos will face off in the Best-of-7 Final for the Kent Cup, with the series starting in Dieppe on a date to be determined. The winner of that series will advance to the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Championships in Woodstock beginning 4 May.
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Please be advised that the Tartan Field in New Glasgow is closed until the damage from last week's high wind conditions can be repaired.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Thursday April 14th and Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm each night at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 15th.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field Thursday from 7 to 9pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering Red Cross First Aid courses. Emergency First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be on April 16 from 8:30-4:30. Standard First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be a two day course, April 16 & April 17 from 8:30-4:30 both days. Pre-registration required. Register by call Pictou Recreation at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Aaron Sanchez pitched well in his second start of the season, but he didn't leave with the victory. Jacoby Ellsbury drove in the go-ahead run off reliever Brett Cecil and the New York Yankees slipped past the Blue Jays 3-2 at Rogers Centre. The Yankees held Toronto to just three hits. Jose Bautista drove in both Blue Jays runs with a double.
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Adrian Beltre drove in five runs and Derek Holland pitched scoreless ball into the seventh inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 8-0.  Holland gave up four hits and two walks while striking out four in six and two-thirds innings for his first win of the season.
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Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros.  Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive singles to start the game before Cain homered to make it 3-0.
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An encouraging outing from DeMarre Carroll. He poured in eight points in 21 minutes as the Toronto Raptors closed their regular-season home schedule with a 122-98 win over Philadelphia. Carroll's 22 minutes were the most he has played since his return from knee surgery.
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A win by the Pacers and a loss from the Pistons means Toronto will face Indiana in the first round of the N-B-A playoffs. Paul George and George Hill each scored 19 points as Indiana beat the New York Knicks 102-90. The Pacers secured the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference when Miami beat Detroit 99-93. 
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The Memphis Grizzlies continue to stumble as the N-B-A regular season draws to a close. Chris Paul had 12 points and 13 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Memphis 110-84.  That's the Grizzlies' ninth loss in 10 games, dropping them into a tie with the Dallas Mavericks for sixth place in the Western Conference. Each team has one game remaining.
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SPORTS - APRIL 12
Tuesday 12th April 2016

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


SPORTS - APRIL 11 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Monday 11th April 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers dominated the South Shore Lumberjacks Sunday night at the Wellness Centre, winning 9-0 and taking the division final in five games. Mike Lyle and Cole Murphy led the Crushers with 3 goals and 2 assists each while Benji Curtis added 1 goal and 2 assists. Also scoring for the Crushers were Michael Dill and Mike Kennedy. The Crushers advance to the Kent Cup final, but have to wait to see who their opponents will be. The Summerside Western Capitals edged the Dieppe Commandos 4-3 Sunday night to cut the Commandos lead in the series to 3-2. Dieppe defeated Summerside on Saturday 5-1. Game 6 will be in Dieppe on Tuesday.
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Registration for Westville & Area Minor Baseball is Monday night from 6 to 8pm at Westville town Hall Gym. Open to players 15 and under.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Please be advised that the Tartan Field in New Glasgow is closed until the damage from last week's high wind conditions can be repaired.
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Northern Nova United Soccer club will hold in-person registration Tuesday from 6pm-8pm, Thursday April 14th and Thursday April 28th from 6pm-8pm each night at the William M. Sobey Indoor Sports Complex. Online registration is also open and is easy, convenient and highly encouraged!  Visit www.nnusc.com for more details. Early registration fees will be in effect until April 15th.
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring registration at the McCulloch Field Thursday from 7 to 9pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $50 for ages 5-10 and $25 for pre-school.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering Red Cross First Aid courses. Emergency First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be on April 16 from 8:30-4:30. Standard First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be a two day course, April 16 & April 17 from 8:30-4:30 both days. Pre-registration required. Register by call Pictou Recreation at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Blue Jays head into an off day on a positive note. Marco Estrada threw seven shutout innings yesterday as the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0 at Rogers Centre. The win helped Toronto avoid a series sweep and snapped a four-game losing skid. The Blue Jays are back in action tomorrow when they host the New York Yankees for a three-game series.
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Former Blue Jay David Price will start his second game of the season this afternoon when the Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles. It's a rematch of Game 1 starters from last year's A-L-D-S with former Texas Rangers pitcher Yovani Gallardo getting the ball for Baltimore.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to gain some ground on the idle Raptors when they host Atlanta in one of nine games on tonight's N-B-A schedule. Toronto beat the New York Knicks 93-89 last night to climb within two games of Cleveland for top spot in the East. Both teams have two games to play and the Raptors won the season series to hold the tiebreaker.
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Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic takes the court this morning in first-round action at the Monte Carlo Masters. The Thornhill, Ontario product is seeded 10th at the tournament. He'll be facing undeeded Italian Marco Cecchinato.

SPORTS - APRIL 8 *UPDATED 8:00 AM*
Friday 8th April 2016

The Crushers are in the driver's seat again, with a 3-1 series lead over the South Shore Lumberjacks following last night's 6-3 win in Bridgewater. Scoring for the Crushers were Mark Kennedy, Ethan Marsh, Drew Packman, Lucas Zwaagstra, Michael Dill and Mike Lyle. With a win on Sunday at the Wellness Centre, the Crushers can advance to the league finals. Game time is 7:30. In the North Division, the Dieppe Commandos have a 2-1 series lead over the Summerside Western Capitals, with Game 4 Saturday night in Dieppe.  
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The Wellness Centre will see plenty of hockey this weekend, as it hosts the RBC Day of Champions. Over three days, 15 provincial titles will be given to minor and female hockey teams. All games will feature three 15-minute stop-time periods. The ice will be resurfaced between the second and third periods. In the event of a tie, there will be a five-minute 4-on-4 overtime period followed by a three-round shootout. If a winner is not determined after three rounds, "sudden-death" shots will be taken to reach a decision. RBC Olympian and national women's team member Jill Saulnier is a special guest at the weekend hockey fest, while fellow national women's team member and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull serves as the honorary chair on Sunday during the women's games while Stanley Cup winner and New Glasgow's Jon Sim will be the honorary chair on Friday and Saturday during the minor hockey portion.
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Registration for Westville & Area Minor Baseball is Monday night from 6 to 8pm at Westville town Hall Gym. Open to players 15 and under.
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Pictou County Basketball Association has four teams taking part in provincials this weekend. Two are hosting their tournaments: the Midget D2 Boys are at Northumberland under Coach Bill Findlay and Marcus MacLean, while Midget D2 Girls will be at North Nova and the NSCC in Stellarton under Coach Peggy MacLean. The Juvenile AA Boys will be in Amherst under Coach Mark Stinson and Tony Wright, and the Midget D3 Girls are playing in Metro under Coach Gene Mills and Peter Douthwright. Below are the games involving home teams and the games at home.
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Friday Northumberland 6:00 PM Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) Team 6 - Fall Rivers Rebels (Fulmore) U16 Boys - Division 2 Friday Amherst Regional High School 6:00 PM Team 2 - Yarmouth Vikings (Smith) Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) U18 Boys - Division AA Friday St. Agnes Junior High 7:45 PM Team 2 - West End Steelers (Kennedy) Team 2 - PC Lightning (Mills) U16 Girls - Division 3 Saturday Northumberland 10:45 AM Team 2 - Cole Harbour Rockets (Cox) Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) U16 Boys - Division 2 Saturday NNEC 12:00 PM Team 2 - PC Lightning (MacLean) Team 3 - Halifax Hurricanes (Ingraham) U16 Girls - Division 2 Saturday Amherst Regional High School 1:00 PM Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) Team 6 - Cumberland Sonics (Morse) U18 Boys - Division AA Saturday St. Agnes Junior High 3:15 PM Team 3 - Northside Junior Marauders (Whalen) Team 2 - PC Lightning (Mills) U16 Girls - Division 3 Saturday NNEC 4:00 PM Team 2 - PC Lightning (MacLean) Team 5 - Fall Rivers (White) U16 Girls - Division 2 Saturday Northumberland 4:00 PM Team 3 - CBA Tigers (Dahr) Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) U16 Boys - Division 2 Saturday Amherst Regional High School 5:00 PM Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) Team 5 - Cumberland Blazers (Maddison) U18 Boys - Division AA
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering Red Cross First Aid courses. Emergency First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be on April 16 from 8:30-4:30. Standard First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be a two day course, April 16 & April 17 from 8:30-4:30 both days. Pre-registration required. Register by call Pictou Recreation at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Milan Lucic and Kris Versteeg scored 93 seconds apart, and the Kings closed in on just their second division title in franchise history with a 2−1 victory over the Ducks. L−A opened a two−point lead on Anaheim atop the Pacific Division. Anaheim still has a game in hand, but the Kings can clinch the division with a home victory over Winnipeg on Saturday in their regular−season finale.
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The N−H−L’s Eastern Conference playoff picture won’t be decided until the weekend. Boston beat Detroit 5−3 to move into a tie with the Red Wings at 93 points. Meanwhile, Philadelphia lost 4−3 to Toronto in overtime, which leaves the Flyers one point back of the Bruins and Wings. Only two of those three teams can qualify. All three play Saturday.
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Vladimir Tarasenko scored his second goal of the game at 3:37 of overtime, and the Blues beat the Blackhawks 2−1 in a possible playoff preview.  St. Louis won for the eighth time in nine games to remain tied with Dallas for the Central Division lead. The Stars beat Colorado 4−2.
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Charlie Lindberg stopped 26 shots in his N−H−L debut as Montreal beat Carolina 4−2. Buddy Robinson scored his first NHL goal in Ottawa’s 3−1 win over Florida. Mikael Backlund had his first career hat trick as Calgary beat Vancouver 5−3. And Dustin Byfuglien scored the winner at 19:50 of the third as Winnipeg edged San Jose 5−4.
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Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll was back in the lineup after missing 41 games from right knee surgery, but Toronto fell 95−87 to Atlanta. He had five points in 13 minutes. That leaves the Raptors 3−and−a−half games behind Cleveland for first in the East. And Golden State joined the 95−96 Bulls as the only team with a 70−win season by beating San Antonio 112−101.
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Hunter Pence hit a grand slam in the eighth inning, Joe Panik drove in three runs to key San Francisco’s comeback, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 12−6 in their home opener. The Dodgers’ 31−inning shutout streak ended in the fifth — one inning shy of the record to begin a season set by the 1963 St. Louis Cardinals.

NO CHARGES AGAINST POLICE IN WESTVILLE ARREST
Friday 8th April 2016

The provincial police watchdog has released its report of a November arrest of a 22-year-old man outside of a Westville Pub. During the arrest by Westville and Stellarton police officers, the man suffered a fractured wrist. According to the report from the Serious Incident Response Team, the man and his friends were at Westville pub shortly before midnight when a fight broke out inside the business. As he was moved to another police vehicle, the man became very upset and aggressive, and spit blood into an officer’s face. The wrist fracture apparently resulted from attempts by the officers to get the man under control as his hands were cuffed behind his back. SIRT says video taken by a civilian on their phone showed that the actions of the officers were measured and appropriate throughout.


SPORTS - APRIL 7
Thursday 7th April 2016

In the MHL division finals, the Dieppe Commandos edged the Summerside Western Capitals 5-4 in overtime Wednesday night to lead the series 2-1. The Pictou County Weeks Crushers look to take a two game lead in their series tonight over the South Shore Lumberjacks. Michael Petter will have the action live from Bridgewater tonight on Classic Rock 97.9 starting at 6:45.
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Registration for Westville & Area Minor Baseball is tonight and Monday night from 6 to 8pm at Westville town Hall Gym. Open to players 15 and under.
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Pictou County Basketball Association has four teams taking part in provincials this weekend. Two are hosting their tournaments: the Midget D2 Boys are at Northumberland under Coach Bill Findlay and Marcus MacLean, while Midget D2 Girls will be at North Nova and the NSCC in Stellarton under Coach Peggy MacLean. The Juvenile AA Boys will be in Amherst under Coach Mark Stinson and Tony Wright, and the Midget D3 Girls are playing in Metro under Coach Gene Mills and Peter Douthwright. Below are the games involving home teams and the games at home are highlighted.   Friday Northumberland 6:00 PM Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) Team 6 - Fall Rivers Rebels (Fulmore) U16 Boys - Division 2 Friday Amherst Regional High School 6:00 PM Team 2 - Yarmouth Vikings (Smith) Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) U18 Boys - Division AA Friday St. Agnes Junior High 7:45 PM Team 2 - West End Steelers (Kennedy) Team 2 - PC Lightning (Mills) U16 Girls - Division 3 Saturday Northumberland 10:45 AM Team 2 - Cole Harbour Rockets (Cox) Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) U16 Boys - Division 2 Saturday NNEC 12:00 PM Team 2 - PC Lightning (MacLean) Team 3 - Halifax Hurricanes (Ingraham) U16 Girls - Division 2 Saturday Amherst Regional High School 1:00 PM Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) Team 6 - Cumberland Sonics (Morse) U18 Boys - Division AA Saturday St. Agnes Junior High 3:15 PM Team 3 - Northside Junior Marauders (Whalen) Team 2 - PC Lightning (Mills) U16 Girls - Division 3 Saturday NNEC 4:00 PM Team 2 - PC Lightning (MacLean) Team 5 - Fall Rivers (White) U16 Girls - Division 2 Saturday Northumberland 4:00 PM Team 3 - CBA Tigers (Dahr) Team 5 - Pictou County Lightning (Findlay) U16 Boys - Division 2 Saturday Amherst Regional High School 5:00 PM Team 3 - PC Lightning (Stinson) Team 5 - Cumberland Blazers (Maddison) U18 Boys - Division AA
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering Red Cross First Aid courses. Emergency First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be on April 16 from 8:30-4:30. Standard First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be a two day course, April 16 & April 17 from 8:30-4:30 both days. Pre-registration required. Register by call Pictou Recreation at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Edmonton won at Rexall Place for the final time, beating Vancouver 6-2. It was the final N-H-L game to be played at Rexall, with the Oilers moving into a new downtown arena in the fall. More than 150 Oilers alumni were there for the farewell game and lengthy post-game ceremony, including the likes of Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr.
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Jimmy Howard made 30 saves as Detroit shut out Philadelphia 3-0. The Red Wings are close to clinching their 25th straight playoff appearance now that they have a two point lead on Boston in the Atlantic. And Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals as Columbus beat Toronto 5-1 at Air Canada Centre. Morgan Rielly scored for the Leafs. They can now finish no better than 29th place overall in the league.
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San Diego has set the new major league record with 27 straight scoreless innings to start a season. The Padres surpassed the mark set by the 1943 St. Louis Cardinals when they failed to score a run in a 7-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres were outscored 25-0 in the opening three-game series.
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A-L M-V-P Josh Donaldson is day to day after straining his calf this afternoon in Toronto's 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays and Rays split the four-game set. Also, Robinson Cano's major league-leading fourth homer of the season capped a five-run ninth inning and gave Seattle a 9-5 win over Texas.
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J-J Barea scored 27 points and the Mavericks kept a slim lead over Utah and Houston in the race for the last two Western Conference playoff spots with an 88-86 victory over the Rockets. Dallas is a game up on the Jazz and two up on the Rockets.
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Austin Collie told the B-C Lions he plans to retire. The 30-year-old receiver spent his only C-F-L season with the club in 2015, making 43 receptions for 439 yards and seven touchdowns. Collie was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2009, where he became a preferred target of star quarterback Peyton Manning.

SPORTS - APRIL 6 *UPDATED 10:15 AM*
Wednesday 6th April 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are in the lead again after a tough 3-0 win over the South Shore Lumberjacks on Tuesday. Garrett Lambke, Ethan Marsh and Taylor Davis scored for the Crushers. Daniel Vautour only needed to make 16 saves for the shutout. In the other division final, the Dieppe Commandos and the Summerside Western Capitals play Game 3 tonight in Summerside.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is offering Red Cross First Aid courses. Emergency First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be on April 16 from 8:30-4:30. Standard First Aid CPR “C” & AED will be a two day course, April 16 & April 17 from 8:30-4:30 both days. Pre-registration required. Register by call Pictou Recreation at 902-485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Good bye Rexall Place.  The Edmonton Oilers host Vancouver tonight and will bid farewell to the arena where they won all five of their Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s and 1990.  The Oilers move to a new downtown arena next season called Rogers Place.  Also tonight, Columbus visits the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia travels to Detroit.
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Canada is alone in the lead of the 12-team men's curling world championship in Basel, Switzerland. Kevin Koe and his Calgary team stand at 7-and-0 in the round-robin entering games today against South Korea, then against reigning world champ Niklas Edin of Sweden.
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Wearable technology is coming to Major League Baseball. Sources say the sport's playing rules committee has approved two devices for use during games this season. The Motus Baseball Sleeve measures stress on elbows, and the Zephyr Bioharness monitors heart and breathing rates.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 5 *UPDATED 10:20 AM*
Tuesday 5th April 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers look to move ahead in their series with the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. In the other division final, the Dieppe Commandos evened their series at one win each after doubling Summerside 4-2. Game 3 will be played on Wednesday in Summerside.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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With playoffs out of sight, Canadian teams will look to play spoiler tonight in the N-H-L. Montreal hosts the Atlantic-Division leading Panthers. Red-hot Pittsburgh has a stop in Ottawa and is going for seven straight wins. Calgary entertains L-A while Winnipeg is in Anaheim. The Kings and Ducks are battling it out for top spot in the Pacific.
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The Raptors host the Charlotte Hornets in one of 11 N-B-A games tonight. A Toronto win would guarantee the Raptors no worse than the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland leads Toronto by 3-and-a-half games for first in the East with six regular-season games to go.
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The Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays continue their four-game series in Florida tonight. Righty Aaron Sanchez will make his first start of the season for Toronto after earning a spot in the starting rotation out of training camp. Righty Jake Odorizzi is expected to be on the hill for Tampa Bay. Last night the Jays went deep three times in a 5-3 win over the Rays.
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Kevin Koe's Calgary rink sits alone atop the round-robin standings at the men's world curling championships. Canada plays Germany and Russia as the tournament continues in Basel, Switzerland this morning. Koe improved to 5-and-0 with a pair of convincing wins yesterday over Scotland and Japan. Glenn Howard won Canada's last title in 2012.


SPORTS - APRIL 4 *UPDATED 10:20 AM*
Monday 4th April 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers are even with the South Shore Lumberjacks after a 4-1 defeat in Bridgewater. Ethan Marsh scored for the Crushers. Game 3 will be at the Wellness Centre Tuesday night at 7. In the other series, the Summerside Western Capitals took the first game of the Eastlink North Division final at home on Saturday over the Dieppe Commandos by a score of 3-2. Game 2 in that series will be played on Monday in Dieppe.
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The North Nova Gryphons Boys hockey team is the best in the province. The Gryphons shut out Halifax West 4-0 in the final of the provincial championship, capping a perfect run of 5 wins and no losses.
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The North Nova Girls did not fair quite as well, as they lost their last Round Robin game yesterday, 3-2 to Citadel. The Gryphons finished with a 1-2 record, and missed out on the semi-finals.
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The Pictou Academy Pitbulls Girls Hockey Team wrapped up the Division 2 NSSAF Championship with a 6-2 loss to Glace Bay in the semi-finals yesterday, after going 1-1 in the round robin portion on Friday. Glace Bay will now face Horton in the final.
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Shout out to the Pictou Midget A hockey team on winning the SEDMHA hockey tournament this weekend.
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The Pictou County Lightning basketball teams did extremely well at provincials. Team MacInnis won Gold in Bantam Boys Division 3B in a close 39-38  win over the Valley Blue Devils. In Bantam Girls Division 5 it was Gold for Team Johnson/Fast in a OVERTIME 44-35 win over Kentville, and Bantam Boys Division 5 won Gold for Team Smith/MacGregor in a runaway 51-29 win over SLAM. Overall, of 10 Pictou County Lightning teams that have gone to provincials, 4 have won Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A good start to the 2016 M-L-B season for the Toronto Blue Jays. Marcus Stroman allowed three runs and six hits over eight-plus innings for the Blue Jays as they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 yesterday. The four-game series resumes tonight with knuckleballer R-A Dickey starting for Toronto. Drew Smyly will counter for the Rays.
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A busy day around Major League Baseball with most of the league celebrating Opening Days. Last year's A-L Cy Young award winner Dallas Keuchel gets the ball for Houston when the Astros visit the New York Yankees. Jake Arrieta, the 2015 N-L Cy Young winner, will start for the Chicago Cubs when they face the Los Angeles Angels.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs host the playoff-bound Florida Panthers tonight in N-H-L action at Air Canada Centre. On the West Coast, the L-A Kings face the Canucks in Vancouver. The Steven Stamkos-less Tampa Bay Lightning are also in action against the New York Islanders. Stamkos is scheduled to have surgery to repair a blood clot in his right arm which will keep him out for 1-to-3 months.
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Canada and the U-S will battle again tonight for gold at the women's world hockey championships in Kamloops, B-C. Canada won the first eight world championships starting in 1990, but the Americans have dominated lately winning six of the last eight, including the last two. The archrivals have played each other 17 times for gold at the tournament.
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Roy Williams is one victory away from joining coaching royalty. The North Carolina head coach needs a win to capture another N-C-double-A national championship. He'll get that chance tonight when his Tar Heels face Villanova for college basketball supremacy. Williams has previously won titles in 2005 and 2009. Only five men have won more than two national championships.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 3
Sunday 3rd April 2016

The Weeks Jr A Crushers look to go up 2-0 in their best-of-7 Eastlink South Division Final against the South Shore Lumberjacks tonight in Bridgewater. The Crushers took game 1 back on Friday night with a 4-1 victory. Game time tonight is 7:30, and you can catch all of the action live on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 7:15. In the other series, the Summerside Western Capitals took the first game of the Eastlink North Division final at home over the Dieppe Commandos by a score of 3-2. Game 2 in that series will be played on Monday in Deippe.
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The North Nova Gryphons Boys hockey team is one win away from being declared the best in the province. The Gryphons wrapped up their round robin portion of the Division 1 NSSAF Championship tournament with a 6-1 win over Glace Bay yesterday, before heading back on the ice for a semi-final game later in the day, which they also won, 5-2 over Parkview. The final will go this afternoon at 1pm when the Gryphons face Halifax West.
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The North Nova Girls did not fair quite as well, as they lost their last Round Robin game yesterday, 3-2 to Citadel. The Gryphons finished with a 1-2 record, and missed out on the semi-finals.
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The Pictou Academy Pitbulls Girls Hockey Team wrapped up the Division 2 NSSAF Championship with a 6-2 loss to Glace Bay in the semi-finals yesterday, after going 1-1 in the round robin portion on Friday. Glace Bay will now face Horton in the final.
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The Dartmouth Steele Subaru Major Midgets are one win away from becoming the Atlantic Champions. The tournament in St. John's has seen the NSMMHL Champions sweep their way through the round-robin portion of the tournament, and advance to the finals against the Saint John Vito's of the NBPEIMMHL. Both teams have already clinched places in the National Championship Tournament, the Telus Cup. The Vitos are hosting the tournament, so Dartmouth earns the Atlantic berth regardless of the outcome of today's game.
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Another Nova Scotia team is one win away from attending a National Championship tournament. Metro Boston Pizza of the NSFMMHL is in the Atlantic Championship game today against the Moncton Rockets in Charlottetown. The winner will head to Weyburn, Saskatchewan for the Esso Cup later this month.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Bad news for Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team announced that their captain has a blood clot in his right arm and will have surgery on Monday to repair it. Stamkos is expected to miss one to three months as he recovers.
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Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund each scored twice and goalie Joni Ortio made 28 saves for the shutout as the Calgary Flames snapped a two-game losing skid with a 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.  Joe Colborne also scored for the Flames, who played their final game against their Alberta rivals at Rexall Place in Edmonton.
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The Montreal Canadiens couldn't hold on the a three-goal lead. Aleksander Barkov scored the winning goal with 28.1 seconds left as Florida rallied for a 4-3 win over Montreal. In other action, the Detroit Red Wings edged Toronto 3-2 to jump into a playoff spot. And Wayne Simmonds scored twice as Philadelphia topped Ottawa 3-2.
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The Toronto Raptors ran into a tough opponent in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard had a career-high 33 points and LaMarcus Aldrige poured in 31 points and added 15 rebounds as the Spurs beat Toronto 102-95 for their franchise-record 64th victory. San Antonio has yet to lose on home court this season.
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Former Raptor Rudy Gay had 25 points and nine rebounds and Seth Curry scored 17 points as the Sacramento Kings beat the Denver Nuggets 115-106 to sweep the three-game season series. Darren Collison had 14 points and eight assists for Sacramento, which played without DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo.
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The Seattle Sounders finally earned a point. Clint Dempsey scored off a header in the 79th minute as Seattle beat the Montreal Impact 1-nil. Elsewhere, the Vancouver Whitecaps held on for nil-nil draw with the L-A Galaxy despite losing Matias Laba to a red card early in the game. And Colorado topped Toronto F-C 1-nil.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 2
Saturday 2nd April 2016

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


SPORTS ROUNDUP - APRIL 1 *UPDATED 9:30 AM*
Friday 1st April 2016

Round two of the MHL playoffs begin tonight, as the South Shore Lumberjacks take on the Weeks Crushers at the Wellness Centre at 7pm. Game 2 is Sunday night in Lunenberg – Michael Petter will call all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game at 7:15. Tomorrow night, the other division final begins as the Dieppe Commandos travel to PEI to play Summerside.
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The Pioneer Track in Stellarton is now open for the season. The track is open to the public for walking/running from 8:00am until dusk every day.
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Congratulations to Norma Marshall of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club, who won her match by unanimous decision against an Ontario fighter at the Canadian boxing championships in Quebec City in the women’s Elite division yesterday.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Vancouver Canucks are one of two Canadian teams in action in the N-H-L tonight. They'll look to carry their momentum from last night's 4-2 win over San Jose when they visit the Anaheim Ducks. In the other game, the Winnipeg Jets host Chicago.
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The Toronto Raptors will look to build on their winningest season in franchise history when they play the Grizzlies in Memphis tonight. Toronto notched win number 50 on Wednesday, a milestone they hadn't reached since joining the league in 1995. The Raptors open play two-and-a-half games back of Cleveland for top spot in the Eastern Conference. They clinched the Atlantic Division with Boston's 116-109 loss to Portland last night.
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The Golden State Warriors continue their historic season by hosting the Boston Celtics. Golden State enters the game with 68 wins, four less than Chicago's record-setting 72-win season set in 1996. The Warriors need to go 5-and-2 over their last seven regular-season games to break that record.
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The Blue Jays are back on Canadian soil. They're in Montreal to take on Boston at Exhibition Stadium tonight in the first of a two-game series to close out spring training. It's the third straight year that Montreal has hosted the Jays in exhibition play. Toronto opens the regular season Sunday afternoon in Tampa Bay.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 31 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Thursday 31st March 2016

A big upset in the MHL, as the South Shore Lumberjacks defeated the Truro Bearcats in the 7th game of their division semi-final last night. The Lumberjacks won the match 5-2, even though they were 0 for 6 on the powerplay. The Crushers will begin their series with the Lumberjacks at the Wellness Centre.
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Kanokai Judo Club joined athletes from across the Atlantic Provinces in Summerside, PEI over the weekend for the Atlantic Judo Championships. Kanokai's Rob Falconer took Silver, while Landon MacPherson & Kyle Sutherland won bronze. Kudos as well going out to Mya Cameron as well for her excellent showing at her first Atlantic Championships.  Next up for Kanokai athletes are the NUMA Cup taking place April 30th in Spryfield and the Amherst Invitational on May 28th.
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New Glasgow boxer Zack Vaughan won a gold medal this week at the Canadian boxing championships in Quebec City without having to step into the ring.  The Albion Amateur Boxing Club member received gold as he was the only boxer in his weight class. Stellarton’s Kage MacDonald dropped his bout on Tuesday to a Quebec fighter. Norma Marshall, the third Albion Amateur Boxing Club competitor at nationals, fights in the women’s Elite division today.
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Final registration for the Run Jump Throw Wheel program will be held on Thursday at New Glasgow Academy at 5:30. For more information please contact Trevor Boudreau at trevorboudreau@hotmail.com
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The Pioneer Track in Stellarton will open for the season on Friday at 8:00am. The track is open to the public for walking/running from 8:00am until dusk every day.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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The Pictou County Mixed Lob Ball League is looking for individuals or submitted teams interested in playing in the upcoming 2016 season. All players must be 18 years of age or older. No prior ball experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcomed. The league runs for 15 weeks beginning the first week of June with an end of the year tournament scheduled for the middle of September. Any interested can be sent to pccoedball@gmail.com or by visiting our Facebook page and sending a message. Additional information and any new details can be found on our Facebook page.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Montreal will try and play spoiler tonight on the road against Tampa Bay in one of 10 N-H-L games. Montreal is out of the playoff picture, but Tampa Bay is in a fight for first in the Atlantic Division. Also, Toronto is in Buffalo, Minnesota hosts Ottawa, Calgary is in L-A while San Jose entertains Vancouver in the second half of a home-and-home.
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Canada will play its final round-robin game tonight at the women's world hockey championship against Finland. Both countries are 1-and-1 after close losses to the United States in Group A play. The winner will join the Americans with a spot in the semifinals while the loser will have to go through the quarters. Canada beat the Finns 6-2 at last year's worlds.
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Canadian Milos Raonic is in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open tonight. The Thornhill, Ontario native is up against Australia's Nick Kyrgios. Raonic and Kyrgios have met three times before in their career, with the Canadian taking two of those matches.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 29 *UPDATED 10:00 AM*
Tuesday 29th March 2016

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers are moving on. The Crushers downed the Valley Wildcats 5-1 Monday night at the Wellness Centre in New Glasgow in Game 6 of their division semi-final. With the win, the Crushers win the series 4-2. Benji Curtis led the Crushers with 2 goals while Garrett Lambke, Luc Poirier and Mark Kennedy added 1 goal and 1 assist each. Daniel Vautour stopped 29 of 30 shots for the win. The Crushers will face the winner of the Lumberjacks/Bearcats series, which wraps up with Game 7 on Wednesday.
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have little time to rebound from last night's loss to Tampa. They continue their road trip tonight against the Florida Panthers tonight. That's one of nine games on the N-H-L schedule. Elsewhere, Montreal is home to Detroit, and the Vancouver Canucks host San Jose.
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Canada will face Russia today at the women's world hockey championship in Kamloops, B-C. The Canadians opened the tournament last night with a 3-1 loss to the United States, the defending champs.  Laura Fortino scored the lone Canadian goal. Russia also opened with a loss, falling 5-3 to Finland. The Americans play the Finns today.
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The hunt for 73 wins continue as the Golden State Warriors host Washington in one of six games on the N-B-A schedule. Golden State is seven victories away from beating the Chicago Bulls' record of 72 wins in a single season set in 1995-96. The Warriors have nine games remaining on their regular-season schedule.
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Toronto gets another look at its Opening Day opponent this afternoon as the Blue Jays host the Tampa Bay Rays in one of two split-squad spring training games for the Jays. Toronto visits Detroit in the other one. Yesterday, manager John Gibbons confirmed that right-hander Aaron Sanchez will start the regular season in the rotation.
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The Canadian men's soccer team continues its road to World Cup qualifying when it plays Mexico in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium tonight. Canada lost 3-nil to Mexico in Vancouver Friday night but still stands second in Group A in the penultimate round of the regional qualifier. The top two advance to the final round.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 28 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Monday 28th March 2016

The Valley Wildcats secured the chance to play another night after a 4-1 win over the Crushers Saturday. Down 3-1 in the series, the Valley team was looking for a home ice series victory when Pictou County visited the Apple Dome. With the win, the first-round MHL series stands at 3-2 in favour of the Crushers. The Weeks Jr. A Crushers face off against the Valley Wildcats in Game 6 of the Eastlink South Division semi-final series tonight at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Subway Selects Female Midget AAs defeated the Halifax Hawks on Sunday to solidify their place at the Provincial Championships which will be held in Kingston April 8, 9, and 10. The Selects won the final two games in the best of 3 series to move past the Hawks. Despite facing a strong offensive Halifax team the Selects held them to just one goal in the first until Caitlin Taylor tied it up on an end to end solo effort. The Selects struck again in the second when Chloe MacDonald tipped in a beautiful tic-tac-toe play from Rhea Young and Selena Denny. The Selects sealed the game late in the third frame when Sarah MacNeil found the back of the net on a pass from Eva Wornell. The final score 3-1. Brittany Duff provided an amazing performance between the pipes to fuel the Selects’ defense.
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In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action, the Pictou County Scotians ended their season in a 5-2 loss to Glace Bay Saturday at the Wellness Centre. Jordan Yochoff and Ryan Dunfield scored for Pictou County, but it wasn't enough to power past the Miners. Glace Bay will now face off against the Valley Maple Leafs.
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Two Peewee hockey teams made history over the weekend, after what's thought to have been the longest hockey game played in Nova Scotia. The 10- and 11-year-old girls faced off Saturday morning, and the game was declared a tie more than four hours later. The Pictou County Subway Selects and TASA Ducks were declared co-provincial Peewee AA champions after the epic 1-1 battle. The game started at 11 a.m., and was finally called at about 3:30 p.m., after the seventh overtime period.
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Congratulations to the Nighthawks Girls Volleyball team who went undefeated at the Viola Desmond championship at New Glasgow Academy over the weekend. After going 4-0 in pool play, the girls defeated Bedford in the semifinals, then Truro in the final, both in two straight sets. Special thanks to Henderson Paris, the honorary chair of the tournament.
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31 Pictou County athletes took part in the Atlantic Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday in Moncton . The team finished second in points and many athletes had personal bests, with more than a dozen athletes Atlantic Indoor Champions. Results can be found on Trackiereg or Athletics NB website. Tatum McLean our 16 year old thrower (discus, shot,weight and hammer) won the weight throw yesterday with a throw of 14.66 which ranks her 4th in under 18 category called Youth in Canada. Kaelan Schmidt our 18 year old jumper ( high, long and triple ) won the high jump yesterday with a jump of 2.01m. This ranks Kaelan 3rd in Canada in the Junior Category ( Under 20 years of age). Lauren Quann our 17 year old Multi Event Athlete ( high jump, hurdles, shot put, 800m and long jump ) won the Multi event yesteday with a point total 2981 which ranks her 3rd in Canada in the Junior Category and only 10pts behind the 2nd place position. Canadian Rankings can be found on the Athletics Canada Website. ( Youth Category and up )
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Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex tonight from 7:30-9:00. There will also be try-outs Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball Spring Training will take place at the Town hall Gym beginning today. Rookie at 5:30, Mosquito at 6:30 and Pee Wee at 8:00. Indoor running shoes and a ball glove are necessary. Cost is $20 for ten sessions. Contact Allan at allanwbest@eastlink.ca for more info.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The defending Stanley Cup champions are heading back to the playoffs. Chicago downed Vancouver 3-2 last night to secure its eighth straight post-season appearance. Andrew Ladd scored the winner with 2:27 to play in the third period, handing the Canucks their eighth loss in a row. 
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It's a busy night in the N-H-L with four Canadian teams in action. The Winnipeg Jets are in Philadelphia to take on the playoff-seeking Flyers. The Flyers currently hold the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Elsewhere, the Maple Leafs are on the road against Tampa Bay, the Ducks visit the Oilers in Edmonton and the Calgary Flames are in the desert against the Coyotes.
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Canada begins its quest for a gold medal tonight in Kamloops, B-C when it takes on the United States at the women's world hockey championship. The Canadians have won four straight Olympic golds, beating the U-S in three of them, but have fallen to the Americans in five of the last six world titles. The U-S defeated Canada 7-5 in last year's final in Malmo, Sweden.
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The Raptors have a tough task ahead of them tonight when they welcome Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder to Air Canada Centre. Toronto is two and a half games back of the Cavaliers for first place in the Eastern Conference. Oklahoma City is riding a seven game winning streak and are third in the West standings.
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Marcus Stroman will likely get his last start of the spring this afternoon when the Blue Jays host the Philadelphia Phillies in Dunedin, Florida. Stroman will pitch in Toronto's season opener on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Vince Velasquez gets the ball for the Phillies. The Jays beat Tampa Bay 7-3 yesterday.

LOCAL SPORTS UPDATE - MARCH 27
Sunday 27th March 2016

The Wildcats have secured the chance to play another night after a 4-1 win over the Crushers yesterday. Down 3-1 in the series, the Valley team was looking for a home ice series victory when Pictou County visited the Apple Dome. With the win, the first-round MHL series stands at 3-2 in favour of the Crushers. The Weeks Jr. A Crushers face off against the Valley Wildcats in Game 6 of the Eastlink South Division semi-final series Monday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action, the Pictou County Scotians ended their season in a 5-2 loss to Glace Bay Saturday at the Wellness Centre. Jordan Yochoff and Ryan Dunfield scored for Pictou County, but it wasn't enough to power past the Miners. Glace Bay will now face off against the Valley Maple Leafs.

Bantam AAA baseball identification camps will be held at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex coming up this Monday March 28—7:30-9:00. There will also be try-outs Sunday April 10 and Sunday April 17—1:30-3:00, Sunday April 24—11:00-12:00, and Monday April 25—8:00-9:00. Each session will cost $10.00. Please register by emailing Chris Hatchard: hatchard75@gmail.com

Westville and Area Minor Baseball Spring Training will take place at the Town hall Gym beginning Monday March 28th. Rookie at 5:30, Mosquito at 6:30 and Pee Wee at 8:00. Indoor running shoes and a ball glove are necessary. Cost is $20 for ten sessions. Contact Allan at allanwbest@eastlink.ca for more info.

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

Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com

With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 25
Friday 25th March 2016

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers could not finish off the Valley Wildcats in Game 4 of the Eastlink South Division semi-final series last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. John Deacon scored twice and added an assist as the Wildcats stayed alive with a 6-2 win to close the gap in the Best-of-7 series to 3-1. The Crushers will get another chance to wrap things up and move on to the second round tomorrow night when they travel to Berwick for Game 5. Alex Theriault will have the call for that game, beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 on Classic Rock 97.9. Elsewhere last night in the MHL playoffs:
Truro 1 @ South Shore 4 (Best-of-7 series tied 2-2, Game 5 Saturday in Truro)
Woodstock 4 @ Dieppe 3 (2OT) (Best-of-7 series tied 2-2, Game 5 Saturday in Woodstock)
Campbellton 4 @ Summerside 6 (Campbellton Tigers lead Best-of-7 series 3-2, Game 6 Saturday in Campbellton)

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The Pictou County Subway Select Midget AAs will play their third and deciding game of their Provincial playdown series with Halifax tomorrow night in Halifax. The Selects lost the first game of the series, but won game 2 on Tuesday night to keep their season alive.
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Shout-out to Kara Mason and Hayley Foote who are both members of the Holland College Hurricanes Women's Hockey team. The Hurricanes captured the Eastern Canadian Women's Hockey League title by defeating UNB 3-2 this past weekend at Acadia University. Foote served as an Assistant Captain while Mason finished the season as Top Goaltender and was named to the First All-Star team.
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The Nighthawks Girls U15 Volleyball team is hosting the Viola Desmond Memorial Tournament today and tomorrow. Action begins this afternoon at 3pm, going until 7pm this evening, then continues throughout the day tomorrow at New Glasgow Academy. Medal games begin at 4:30pm tomorrow, to be followed by the medal presentations by Honorary Chair Henderson Paris.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball Spring Training will take place at the Town hall Gym beginning Monday March 28th. Rookie at 5:30, Mosquito at 6:30 and Pee Wee at 8:00. Indoor running shoes and a ball glove are necessary. Cost is $20 for ten sessions. Contact Allan at allanwbest@eastlink.ca for more info.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A productive night for Patrick Maroon. He scored the eventual winner in the second period and added two assists to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 6-3 victory over the Sharks in San Jose. Taylor Hall scored twice while Jordan Eberle, Lauri Korpokoski, and Adam Clendening rounded out the offence for the Oilers.
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Craig Smith scored the shootout winner as the Nashville Predators beat Vancouver 3-2. Nashville scored twice to tie the game in the third period. And the Wild spoiled Niklas Backstrom's return to Minnesota with a 6-2 victory over the visiting Calgary Flames. Zach Parise (pah-REE'-zay) scored three times for his third hat trick of the season.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs recovered from letting a three-goal lead slip. Nazem Kadri had four points, including the winning goal in overtime, as Toronto slipped past the Anaheim Ducks 6-5. Around the ice, Montreal dropped a 4-3 decision to the Detroit Red Wings and Dustin Byfuglien (BUFF'-lin) and Paul Postma scored less than three minutes apart early in the third as Winnipeg beat L-A 4-1.
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Kevin Durant had 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 113-91 for their sixth straight victory. Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak ended at three games. He had 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter.
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A big game from Canada's Dillon Brooks put Oregon into the Elite 8 at the N-C-double-A men's basketball tournament. The Mississauga, Ontario native had 22 points and Montreal's Chris Boucher added 11 more to lift the Ducks over defending champion Duke 82-68. Oregon will next play Oklahoma, which rolled to a 77-63 win over Texas A-and-M earlier in the evening. 
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Canada's Chelsea Carey has advanced to the 3-4 Page playoff at the women's world curling championship. Carey beat Scotland's Eve Muirhead 9-4 in nine ends in the evening draw in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The game served as a virtual tiebreaker with the teams sharing identical 7-and-3 records heading into the match.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 24 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Thursday 24th March 2016

Three boxers from the Albion Amateur Club will be competing for National Titles next week in Quebec City. Norma Marshall, Zach Vaughn and Kage MacDonald will compete as part of team Nova Scotia. They will be joined on their trip by head coach Al Archibald and club president Jim Worthen. Marshall will be looking for her fifth national title as she continues an in-ring comeback. The group will get home just in time to prepare for the Albion's next host card, set for April 9th.
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Pictou County Lightning Midget Boys won four straight games, trouncing Colchester Tigers twice last weekend to win the two-day Harbour Hoops tournament in East Preston. The Lightning started off with an 89-76 win over Colchester, following that up with a 74-73 win over Fall River Rebels. On the second day, they opened with a 97-51 win over the Dartmouth Lakers, before the rematch against Colchester in the championship game, which ended 70-48 for the Lightning.
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Get the brooms ready: The Weeks Junior A Crushers are one win away from sweeping the Valley Wildcats in their opening playoff series. Game 4 is at the Wellness Centre tonight. If the Wildcats do get the win, game 5 is in Berwick on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Subway Select Midget AAs tied up their Provincial playdown series with Halifax Tuesday night routing the Halifax Hawks 5-1 at the BMO Centre. Sarah MacNeil opened the scoring for the Selects in the first with a solo effort. Hayley MacDougall and Kassidy MacKinnon added 2 more later in the first assisted by Taylor MacKenzie and Eva Wornell. The Selects continued to outplay the Hawks and added a forth in the second period when MacNeil found the back of the net on a pass from Wornell. The Hawks got on the board late in the second. The third period seen strong play from the Selects and Rhea Young sealed the win with a final blow late in the frame. Brittany Chisholm provided the assist. Jenna Landry provided an extraordinary effort in nets to shut down Halifax. The third and decisive game will be played Saturday in Halifax.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball Spring Training will take place at the Town hall Gym beginning Monday March 28th. Rookie at 5:30, Mosquito at 6:30 and Pee Wee at 8:00. Indoor running shoes and a ball glove are necessary. Cost is $20 for ten sessions. Contact Allan at allanwbest@eastlink.ca for more info.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins tonight. The Spring program includes 8 sessions every Thursday evening from March 24 - May 12 at New Glasgow Academy from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session will culminate in a track meet at Pioneer Coal Athletics Field on Thursday May 19th @ 6pm (weather permitting). Each session includes games and activities that explore movement and develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. It is a program designed for children aged 5-9 years of age. The cost is $75 per athlete with family rates available as well. Please email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It's a busy Thursday in the N-H-L with 11 games on tap. The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of six Canadian teams in action. They host the Anaheim Ducks at Air Canada Centre. Elsewhere, Montreal visits Detroit, Vancouver is in Nashville, Calgary takes on the Wild in Minnesota, Winnipeg is home to the L-A Kings and Edmonton tangles with the Sharks in San Jose.
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The Toronto Raptors clinched a spot in the playoffs last night and they didn't even need to win to do it. Toronto locked up its third straight post-season berth when the New York Knicks beat Chicago 115-107. That victory came moments after the Raptors fell 91-79 to the Celtics in Boston. Toronto sits two-and-a-half games back of Cleveland for first place in the Eastern Conference.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers can extend their two-and-a-half-game lead over Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings with a win tonight against the Brooklyn Nets. That's one of five games around the N-B-A schedule. Elsewhere, Indiana hosts New Orleans, Chicago visits the Knicks, Oklahoma City is home to Utah and Portland plays the Clippers in L-A.
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The Oregon Ducks and their trio of Canadian players hit the court tonight as the Sweet 16 round of the N-C-double-A's men's basketball tournament begins. Oregon plays Duke in the late start on the four-game schedule. Mississauga, Ontario's Dillon Brooks, Brampton, Ontario's Dylan Ennis and Montreal's Chris Boucher all play for Oregon.  
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The Toronto Blue Jays continue their spring training schedule by hosting the Detroit Tigers at Dunedin's Florida Auto Exchange Stadium this afternoon. Veteran knuckleballer R-A Dickey takes the hill for Toronto while the Tigers counter with former Blue Jays prospect Matt Boyd. Boyd was part of the deal that sent ace David Price from Detroit to Toronto last season.
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Canada's Chelsea Carey gets the morning off at the women's world curling championship before taking on Japan in the afternoon draw and Scotland in the evening in their final round-robin game. Carey improved to 7-and-2 through preliminary play in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, with a 7-1 victory over Finland last night.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 23 *UPDATED 11:00 AM*
Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Get the brooms ready: The Weeks Junior A Crushers are one win away from sweeping the Valley Wildcats in their opening playoff series after a 4-1 victory in Berwick. Scoring for the Crushers were Brett Tidman, Drew Packman, Garrett Lambke and Mike Lyle. Game 4 is at the Wellness Centre tomorrow night. If the Wildcats do get the win, game 5 is in Berwick on Saturday.
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Home Ice proved to be very good for Nick Walsh, as he was able to handle all 33 Pictou County Scotians shots on his goal at the BayPlex, and give his Jr. Miners a 3 game to 2 lead in their playoffs. Game 6 goes Saturday night at 7:00pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Subway Select Midget AAs tied up their Provincial playdown series with Halifax Tuesday night routing the Halifax Hawks 5-1 at the BMO Centre. Sarah MacNeil opened the scoring for the Selects in the first with a solo effort. Hayley MacDougall and Kassidy MacKinnon added 2 more later in the first assisted by Taylor MacKenzie and Eva Wornell. The Selects continued to outplay the Hawks and added a forth in the second period when MacNeil found the back of the net on a pass from Wornell. The Hawks got on the board late in the second. The third period seen strong play from the Selects and Rhea Young sealed the win with a final blow late in the frame. Brittany Chisholm provided the assist. Jenna Landry provided an extraordinary effort in nets to shut down Halifax. The third and decisive game will be played Saturday in Halifax.
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Westville and Area Minor Baseball Spring Training will take place at the Town hall Gym beginning Monday March 28th. Rookie at 5:30, Mosquito at 6:30 and Pee Wee at 8:00. Indoor running shoes and a ball glove are necessary. Cost is $20 for ten sessions. Contact Allan at allanwbest@eastlink.ca for more info.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins Thursday March 24th. The Spring program includes 8 sessions every Thursday evening from March 24 - May 12 at New Glasgow Academy from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session will culminate in a track meet at Pioneer Coal Athletics Field on Thursday May 19th @ 6pm (weather permitting). Each session includes games and activities that explore movement and develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. It is a program designed for children aged 5-9 years of age. The cost is $75 per athlete with family rates available as well. Please email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It's a light N-H-L schedule tonight with just two games, including Ottawa in Brooklyn to face the Islanders. It's the Senator's second of back-to-back games after last night's 4-2 loss against the Capitals in Ottawa. Also, the Bruins will try and snap a three-game skid on Broadway against the Rangers.
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The Raptors ride a four-game win streak into Boston tonight to face the Celtics. Toronto can match its franchise-best mark for single-season victories at 49 with a win over Boston. The Raptors are just a game-and-a-half back of Cleveland for first in the East. The Cavaliers host Milwaukee.
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Canada's Eugenie Bouchard hits the court this afternoon for first-round action at the Miami Open. The Westmount, Quebec native is up against Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic. Thornhill, Ontario's Milos Raonic has a bye to the second round on the men's side.
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Toronto manager John Gibbons will have another look at Aaron Sanchez as a potential starter this afternoon when the Blue Jays host the Mets in Dunedin, Florida. Veteran Bartolo Colon is expected to be on the hill for New York. 
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Canada's Chelsea Carey heads into Draw 12 this morning at the women's world curling championships sitting atop the standings. Canada won both of its draws yesterday to move to 6-and-1, good for a first-place tie in round-robin play with Switzerland and Scotland. Carey's Calgary rink plays Korea and Finland today.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 22 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Tuesday 22nd March 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers look to take a commanding lead in their opening playoff series against the Valley Wildcats in Berwick tonight. The Crushers have already won the first two games. Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game at 6:45 tonight.
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The Pictou County Scotians have evened up their series 2-2 with Glace Bay after a 4-3 win over the Miners in Trenton Sunday night. Game 5 is in Glace Bay tonight.
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Wednesday from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins Thursday March 24th. The Spring program includes 8 sessions every Thursday evening from March 24 - May 12 at New Glasgow Academy from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session will culminate in a track meet at Pioneer Coal Athletics Field on Thursday May 19th @ 6pm (weather permitting). Each session includes games and activities that explore movement and develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. It is a program designed for children aged 5-9 years of age. The cost is $75 per athlete with family rates available as well. Please email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Senators have their work cut out for them tonight as they try to stay in playoff contention. Ottawa will host the league-best Washington Capitals at the Canadian Tire Centre in one of 10 N-H-L games. The Senators are seven points out of the playoffs with nine games to go in their regular season.
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It's an all-Canadian match-up in Winnipeg tonight as the Jets host the Canucks. Vancouver has lost four straight and will drop to the Western Conference basement with a loss. The Montreal Canadiens will host the Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers are in Arizona to battle the Coyotes.
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The Blue Jays will see a familiar face on the mound this afternoon in Lakeland, Florida. Toronto resumes its spring season schedule against lefty Daniel Norris and the Detroit Tigers. Norris was shipped to Detroit last season in the deal that brought David Price to Toronto. Righty Drew Hutchison is expected to go for the Jays.
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Calgary skip Chelsea Carey is back at it this morning at the women's world curling championships in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. The Canadians face Germany in the morning, then Italy in the afternoon. Carey is 4-and-1 after a win and a loss yesterday.  Four other teams also sit at 4-and-1.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 21 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Monday 21st March 2016

The Pictou County Weeks Crushers defeated the Valley Wildcats 3-2 Sunday night in New Glasgow in Game #2 of their division Semi-Final. With the win, the Crushers lead the series 2-0. Taylor Davis led the Crushers with 1 goal and 1 assist while Garrett Lambke added 2 assists. Benji Curtis and Ethan Marsh also scored. Daniel Vautour stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win while Ryan Huestis stopped 34 of 37 shots in the loss. Game 3 in the series is tomorrow night in Berwick – Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game at 6:45.
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The Pictou County Scotians have evened up their series 2-2 with Glace Bay after a 4-3 win over the Miners in Trenton last night. Game 5 is back in Glace Bay Tuesday night.
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The UNB Varsity Reds returned to the 2016 CIS championship and defeated St. FX 3-1 on Sunday for the school's sixth national championship in Halifax. Earlier this month, the X-Men swept the Varsity Reds in two games for the AUS conference crown. The Maritimes were well represented at this year's finals, as the Saint Mary's Huskies toppled the No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies 5-2 to claim CIS bronze.
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Wednesday from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. All Bantam aged players are also invited to attend. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12, beginning April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 4pm to 5:30. The program is a stepping stone to develop young athletes who have a desire to one day compete for the PCA 13+ team and beyond. The program aims to increase the overall endurance, strength, speed and coordination of all athletes who want to stay active and competitive. School competitions are in the month of June and there are three Athletics NS competitions in July. Our season finishes August 10th. Spring and summer combined registration fee is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 8th at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Join our practice on April 8th from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30pm.These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins Thursday March 24th. The Spring program includes 8 sessions every Thursday evening from March 24 - May 12 at New Glasgow Academy from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session will culminate in a track meet at Pioneer Coal Athletics Field on Thursday May 19th @ 6pm (weather permitting). Each session includes games and activities that explore movement and develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. It is a program designed for children aged 5-9 years of age. The cost is $75 per athlete with family rates available as well. Please email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It's a quiet night in the N-H-L with four games on the schedule and only one involving Canadian teams. The Calgary Flames will look to build on last night's 4-1 victory over Montreal as they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Toronto is coming off a 4-1 victory over the Sabres on Saturday night.
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The Golden State Warriors will look to rebound from a rare loss when they take on Canada's Andrew Wiggins and the Timberwolves in Minnesota tonight. Golden State star Steph Curry was held to just 14 points in an 87-79 loss at San Antonio on Saturday. The Spurs, meanwhile, aim to extend their six-game winning streak when they travel to Charlotte tonight.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers need a victory against the Denver Nuggets if they hope to keep some distance between themselves and the surging Raptors. Cleveland is just one game up on Toronto entering tonight's game. Elsewhere, Atlanta puts its five-game winning streak on the line as it hosts Washington and Boston will hope to end a five-game slide as the Celtics welcome Orlando. 
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The women's world curling championship continues today with round-robin play in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Chelsea Carey leads Canada's team into action against Russia in the morning draw before playing Sweden in the evening match. Canada is 3-and-0 after beating the United States in last night's draw.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 18
Friday 18th March 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers post-season begins tonight in Berwick as the team faces the Valley Wildcats in the opening playoff round. Michael Petter will call the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45. Game 2 is Sunday at 7 at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers are at home vs the Glace Bay Miners at the Wellness Centre at 1:30 pm today. The Midget AA Crushers are the only local minor hockey team still in the running for an official provincial title - they are asking all minor hockey players' parents and regular fans to show up and support pictou county pride and cheer on your home team.
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The Pictou County Scotians look to even up their series with the Glace Bay Miners Sunday night in Trenton in Game 4 of their playoff series. The Miners lead 2 games to 1. Puck drops at 7 o'clock. Game 5 will be in Glace Bay Tuesday night.
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The three Pictou County Lightning Jr. Mini boys teams will join efforts for a Food Bank drive. There will be three games on Saturday March 19 at GR Saunders. Admission is free, but please consider bringing an item to donate to the Food Bank. Game 1: 12:00 PM - PCL (Mackay) vs PCL (Carruthers), Game 2: 1:45 PM - PCL (Bonvie) vs PCL (MacKay), Game 3: 3:15 PM - PCL (Carruthers) vs PCL (Bonvie)
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SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. All Bantam aged players are also invited to attend. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Friday March 18 7:00 to 9:00, Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club Saturday March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 to 111! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This begins April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Facility on Old Foxbrook St., Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 2:00pm to 3:30 at the NNEC gym. The team will begin practices at the track facility when weather permits. Registration cost is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. PCA spring session begins April 1st. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Complex located on Old Foxbrook st, Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Our first practice will be on April 1st from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 3 pm to 5pm at NNEC gym. Middle distance runners come prepared to run outside each practice. The team will move to the track facility when weather conditions permits. These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins Thursday March 24th. The Spring program includes 8 sessions every Thursday evening from March 24 - May 12 at New Glasgow Academy from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session will culminate in a track meet at Pioneer Coal Athletics Field on Thursday May 19th @ 6pm (weather permitting). Each session includes games and activities that explore movement and develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. It is a program designed for children aged 5-9 years of age. The cost is $75 per athlete with family rates available as well. Please email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Dwane Casey liked what he saw in his 200th win as coach of the Toronto Raptors. Toronto got it done on both ends of the floor in a 101-94 overtime win over host Indiana. Bismack Biyombo cleaned up the glass with a franchise-record 25 rebounds, while star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both poured in 28 points.
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You normally don't need a lot of luck to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nevertheless, Jussi Jokinen opened the scoring with flukey two goals that deflected off Toronto sticks, and the visiting Florida Panthers cruised to a 4-1 win over the Leafs. Last-place Toronto saw a two-game winning streak come to an end.
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Anze Kopitar scored the tying goal with 4:10 to play and tipped home the winner at 1:34 of overtime, propelling the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. Jeff Carter had three assists for the Pacific Division-leading Kings, who pulled six points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks.
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Canada's Jamal Murray made up for a brutal first half, scoring 19 points in Kentucky's 85-57 rout of Stony Brook at the N-C-A-A men's basketball tournament. Murray shot just 1-for-9 in the opening half, but made up for it buy pouring in 15 points over a 10-minute span in the second half.
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General manager John Elway bolstered both his offensive line by luring former Seattle Seahawks left tackle Russell Okung to the Denver Broncos. Okung's choice of Denver shows Elway can still attract a marquee free agent even without recently retired star quarterback Peyton Manning as a selling point. The former Oklahoma State star was a Pro Bowler in 2012.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 17
Thursday 17th March 2016

The Pictou County Scotians proved too much for the Glace Bay Miners last night at the BayPlex, winning 4 – 3 and putting the series at 2 games to 1 for Glace Bay. Troy Disiplo started the scoring for the Scotians with a Power Play goal in the first period. Also scoring were Josh Hartley, Jordon Yochoff and Matthew Papineau. Scotians goaltender Brandon MacDonald turned aside 51 shots for the win. Game 4 in the series is Sunday night at 7 p.m.
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The three Pictou County Lightning Jr. Mini boys teams will join efforts for a Food Bank drive. There will be three games on Saturday March 19 at GR Saunders. Admission is free, but please consider bringing an item to donate to the Food Bank. Game 1: 12:00 PM - PCL (Mackay) vs PCL (Carruthers), Game 2: 1:45 PM - PCL (Bonvie) vs PCL (MacKay), Game 3: 3:15 PM - PCL (Carruthers) vs PCL (Bonvie)
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SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. All Bantam aged players are also invited to attend. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Friday March 18 7:00 to 9:00, Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club Saturday March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 to 111! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This begins April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Facility on Old Foxbrook St., Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 2:00pm to 3:30 at the NNEC gym. The team will begin practices at the track facility when weather permits. Registration cost is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. PCA spring session begins April 1st. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Complex located on Old Foxbrook st, Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Our first practice will be on April 1st from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 3 pm to 5pm at NNEC gym. Middle distance runners come prepared to run outside each practice. The team will move to the track facility when weather conditions permits. These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins Thursday March 24th. The Spring program includes 8 sessions every Thursday evening from March 24 - May 12 at New Glasgow Academy from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session will culminate in a track meet at Pioneer Coal Athletics Field on Thursday May 19th @ 6pm (weather permitting). Each session includes games and activities that explore movement and develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. It is a program designed for children aged 5-9 years of age. The cost is $75 per athlete with family rates available as well. Please email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Mark Letestu each scored a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers beat the St. Louis Blues 6-4 in N-H-L action last night. Around the league, Mikkel Boedker scored twice as the Avalanche beat the Canucks 3-1, the Flames downed the Jets 4-1 and the Canadiens edged Buffalo 3-2 in O-T.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are the only Canadian N-H-L team in action tonight. They host the Florida Panthers at Air Canada Centre. The Leafs are in the basement of the league standings, but have won three of their last four games. Florida is first in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic division.
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DeMar DeRozan is expected to be back in the Raptors lineup tonight when they visit the Indiana Pacers. DeRozan sat out Toronto's 107-89 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. All-star guard Kyle Lowry was dominant in that game, scoring 25 points and adding 11 assists.
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Canadian Brooke Henderson will tee off this afternoon (12:45 p.m. Eastern) at the J-T-B-C Founders Cup in Phoenix. The Smiths Falls, Ontario native is paired with fellow young stars Ha Na Jang and Alison Lee. It's Henderson's first L-P-G-A tournament where she's in the Rolex world top 10 rankings. The 18-year-old is ranked 10th.
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  The Blue Jays will have a pair of split-squad games this afternoon in M-L-B spring training action. Off-season signing Brad Penny gets the start for Toronto against Mike Fiers and the Houston Astros. Meanwhile in Dunedin, Florida, Canadian Scott Diamond will get the nod as the Jays face Canada's junior national team.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 16
Wednesday 16th March 2016

Don't call it a must-win, call it a need-to-win. The Pictou County Junior Scotians are down 2-0 in their series against the Glace Bay Miners, and play Game 3 tonight in Glace Bay. Game 4 in the series is Sunday night at 7 p.m.
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The three Pictou County Lightning Jr. Mini boys teams will join efforts for a Food Bank drive. There will be three games on Saturday March 19 at GR Saunders. Admission is free, but please consider bringing an item to donate to the Food Bank. Game 1: 12:00 PM - PCL (Mackay) vs PCL (Carruthers), Game 2: 1:45 PM - PCL (Bonvie) vs PCL (MacKay), Game 3: 3:15 PM - PCL (Carruthers) vs PCL (Bonvie)
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SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. All Bantam aged players are also invited to attend. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Friday March 18 7:00 to 9:00, Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club Saturday March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 to 111! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This begins April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Facility on Old Foxbrook St., Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 2:00pm to 3:30 at the NNEC gym. The team will begin practices at the track facility when weather permits. Registration cost is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. PCA spring session begins April 1st. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Complex located on Old Foxbrook st, Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Our first practice will be on April 1st from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 3 pm to 5pm at NNEC gym. Middle distance runners come prepared to run outside each practice. The team will move to the track facility when weather conditions permits. These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins Thursday March 24th. The Spring program includes 8 sessions every Thursday evening from March 24 - May 12 at New Glasgow Academy from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session will culminate in a track meet at Pioneer Coal Athletics Field on Thursday May 19th @ 6pm (weather permitting). Each session includes games and activities that explore movement and develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. It is a program designed for children aged 5-9 years of age. The cost is $75 per athlete with family rates available as well. Please email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The newcomers got the job done for the Maple Leafs. Connor Carrick and Ben Smith both scored their first goals with Toronto in a 4-1 win over the Lightning. Jonathan Bernier put together his second straight solid outing, stopping 26 shots for the win. He has turned away 64 of 65 shots in those two games, both wins.
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The Senators kept their slim playoff hopes alive thanks to their captain. Erik Karlsson scored in overtime and set up two more as Ottawa edged Minnesota 3-2. Mika Zibanejad tied the game with 7-point-1 seconds remaining in regulation. The Sens are five points behinD Detroit for a playoff spot.
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Alex Galchenyuk is a positive in a disastrous season for the Canadiens. Montreal dropped a 4-1 decision to Florida, with Galchenyuk supplying the only offence for the Habs. Galchenyuk has 12 goals in his last 10 games and 26 on the season.
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Toronto moved within two games of idle Cleveland for best record in the Eastern Conference after beating Milwaukee 107-89. Kyle Lowry scored 25 and dished out 11 assists. Norman Powell got the start so that DeMar DeRozan could sit out and rest and he didn't disappoint, finishing with 17 points.
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Defending champion Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of Philipp Kohlschreiber, winning 7-5, 7-5 in the third round of the B-N-P Paribas Open. Also, two-time champion Serena Williams fired seven aces in a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko in the fourth round.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 15 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Tuesday 15th March 2016

The MHL handed out its end of season hardware, and one of the Crushers was the recipient of one of the major awards. Michael Dill was named Rookie of the Year. Dill led all rookies in goals with 25, and points with 51, while playing 47 games. Dill's stats were also enough to lead the Crushers in both of those categories. Dill, and the rest of the Crushers will face the Valley Wildcats in the Best-of-7 Eastlink South Division Semi-final which begins in Berwick on Friday. Game 1 will be on ClassicRock 97.9, beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club is holding open registration for their upcoming Spring session tonight from 5-7pm at 558 South Frederick St, New Glasgow (the old YMCA building). There are spaces available in Kindergym, Preschool and Recreational Gymnastics. The new session of classes, for all ages and levels, begins the week following March Break.  Funding is available through Kidsport and Jumpstart programs.
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The three Pictou County Lightning Jr. Mini boys teams will join efforts for a Food Bank drive. There will be three games on Saturday March 19 at GR Saunders. Admission is free, but please consider bringing an item to donate to the Food Bank. Game 1: 12:00 PM - PCL (Mackay) vs PCL (Carruthers), Game 2: 1:45 PM - PCL (Bonvie) vs PCL (MacKay), Game 3: 3:15 PM - PCL (Carruthers) vs PCL (Bonvie)
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SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. All Bantam aged players are also invited to attend. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Friday March 18 7:00 to 9:00, Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club Saturday March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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Pictou County Athletics is excited to announce the Spring/Summer competitive program for athletes ages 10 to 12. This begins April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Facility on Old Foxbrook St., Stellarton. Registration will be from 4pm to 5pm and practice from 4:30pm to 6:00. Registration is at the same location. The other practice day is Sundays from 2:00pm to 3:30 at the NNEC gym. The team will begin practices at the track facility when weather permits. Registration cost is $125 which includes a $35 ANS fee, other info please go to - pictoucountyathletics.com For further information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or Liya Robertson at liyarobertson@yahoo.com
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With middle and high school track season fast approaching Pictou County Athletics invites school athletes to come and get extra practices with coaches from the Pictou County Athletics. PCA spring session begins April 1st. Registration will be from 5:00 to 6:00 on Friday, April 1st at the Indoor Soccer Complex located on Old Foxbrook st, Stellarton. Cost is $80 for the spring session which goes to June 30th. Summer season/registration starts July 3rd. Our first practice will be on April 1st from 5:30 to 7pm and our other practice day is Sundays from 3 pm to 5pm at NNEC gym. Middle distance runners come prepared to run outside each practice. The team will move to the track facility when weather conditions permits. These extra practices are not to interfere with the school programs, schools usually practice during week days, but to enhance their abilities and to help them succeed in school track and beyond. For further information contact Pat Carty at - cartyab@hotmail.com or Stacey McLean ( team registrar) at - slmclean22@gmail.com
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Run jump throw wheel's Spring Session begins Thursday March 24th. The Spring program includes 8 sessions every Thursday evening from March 24 - May 12 at New Glasgow Academy from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The session will culminate in a track meet at Pioneer Coal Athletics Field on Thursday May 19th @ 6pm (weather permitting). Each session includes games and activities that explore movement and develop skills of running, jumping and throwing. It is a program designed for children aged 5-9 years of age. The cost is $75 per athlete with family rates available as well. Please email trevorboudreau@hotmail.com or visit www.pictoucountyathletics.com for more information.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Senators will try to keep the post-season in sight when they welcome the Wild in one of eight N-H-L games tonight. Ottawa is seven points behind Detroit for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Minnesota holds down the second wild card in the West.
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Around the N-H-L, there are two Atlantic Division battles tonight that could impact playoff seeding. Tampa Bay is in Toronto to face the last-place Maple Leafs and Florida hosts a depleted Canadiens lineup. The Lightning and Panthers are tied for second in the division, one point behind Boston.
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The Raptors have a quick turnover after their close loss against Chicago last night at home. Toronto is on the road tonight to face the Bucks. Milwaukee has won three in a row but still sits five games out of the final playoff spot n the Eastern Conference.
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Golden State isn't the only team in the N-B-A dominating its home court. San Antonio will try and push its unbeaten streak at the A-T and T Centre to 42 games when it hosts the L-A Clippers tonight. The Spurs' mark is the third longest in N-B-A history, behind the '96 Bulls and this year's Warriors, who beat New Orleans last night for their N-B-A record 49th straight home win.
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The Blue Jays host the Orioles this afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Off-season acquisition Jesse Chavez is expected to be on the hill for Toronto in Dunedin, Florida. Chris Tillman is expected to start for Baltimore.

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

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


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 13
Sunday 13th March 2016

Canada downed the United States 7−4 to take the women’s gold medal at the world junior curling championships in Denmark. The Canadians, led by skip Mary Fay of Chester, Nova Scotia scored two in the eighth end and another in the ninth to seal the win.

In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff action this weekend, the Pictou County Junior B Scotians were in Cape Breton last night and opened the series with a loss to the Glace Bay Miners 4-2. Game 2 is tonight at Trenton arena, puck drops at 7pm. The third game in that series is Wednesday back in Glace Bay.

The Crushers dropped a 4-2 decision to the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Community Cente in Truro last night. While the Crushers have completed their regular season, they await the outcome of the Truro vs South Shore game this afternoon. A Truro win will result in the Crushers facing the Valley Wildcats in the first round of the playoffs. A loss will result in a Bearcats vs Crushers series in the first round.

SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com

Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Monday March 14 and Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.

Pictou County Basketball Association's Spring League is taking registrations for Boys and Girls in Grades: 2-3 and 4-6. It's eight weeks long, starting April 16th. Cost is $60 for current PCBA members, and $80 for non-members (cost includes BNS Registration & Insurance). Games will be played at NSCC Pictou Campus, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders. Register at the Wellness Center Table March 12th & 13th 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or to Pre-register: E-mail pclightning @eastlink.ca with Name, Age, Grade, School, Gender, Address, and State “Spring League”. Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included. For more info, visit http://pictoucountylightning.com

The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. All Bantam aged players are also invited to attend. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Sunday March 13 6:30 to 8:30, Friday March 18 7:00 to 9:00, Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.

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

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

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

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

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 10 *UPDATED 9:20 AM*
Thursday 10th March 2016

Congratulations to the New Glasgow Academy Junior Boys Downhill Ski Team for taking home gold and winning the Provincial banner.  Nick Manos, Cale MacLaughlin, Matt Allen and Isaac Willison were fast and fierce down the course.  And Cale MacLaughlin also won the title of fastest junior boy when he won the gold medal as an individual racer.
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Fresh off a 3-0 win last night over Yarmouth in a make-up match on the road, the Weeks Junior A Crushers host Woodstock at the Wellness Centre tonight at 7pm. Scoring last night for the Crushers were Ethan Marsh with 2 and Cole Murphy. Daniel Vautour only needed to turn aside 24 shots for the shutout.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers host the first game of their best of 3 series against the Truro Bearcats Friday night at 7:15 at the Wellness Centre. Game two is at Colchester Legion Stadium in Truro Saturday at 3:30. If a third game is needed, it will be at the Wellness Centre Sunday afternoon at 2:15.
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SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Monday March 14 and Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Basketball Association's Spring League is taking registrations for Boys and Girls in Grades: 2-3 and 4-6. It's eight weeks long, starting April 16th. Cost is $60 for current PCBA members, and $80 for non-members (cost includes BNS Registration & Insurance). Games will be played at NSCC Pictou Campus, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders. Register at the Wellness Center Table March 12th & 13th 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or to Pre-register: E-mail pclightning @eastlink.ca with Name, Age, Grade, School, Gender, Address, and State “Spring League”. Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included. For more info, visit http://pictoucountylightning.com
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball Association are excited to announce the arrival of spring training. The MacGregors will be conducting the training sessions at the Sobeys Indoor Soccer Complex in Stellarton. Head Coach John Russell will be conducting the sessions with help from guest instructors. All players will need to have plenty of water and indoor workout clothing and shoes. Cost is $10 per session and each player will need to have a waiver signed before taking part. For further information please contact coach John Russell via email  russellathletic@eastlink.ca Dates are as follows: Sunday March 13 6:30 to 8:30, Friday March 18 7:00 to 9:00, Sunday March 27 4:30 to 6:30, Saturday April 2 10:00 to 12:00, Sunday April 10 5:00 to 7:00, Saturday April 16 1:00 to 3:00, Saturday April 23 10:00 to 12:00, and Sunday May 1 2:00 to 4:00.
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Maple Leafs' rookies got the job done. William Nylander scored the tying goal late in the third, Nikita Soshnikov had the winner in the shootout and Zach Hyman also scored as Toronto slipped past the Islanders 4-3 last night to snap a six-game losing skid. Elsewhere, Mikael Backlund scored in overtime as Calgary edged Nashville 3-2 and Markus Granlund scored in the extra period as Vancouver beat Nashville 3-2.
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There are six games on the N-H-L schedule tonight with half of them involving Canadian teams, including Montreal hosting the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre. The Habs upset Dallas on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Elsewhere, the Ottawa Senators visit Florida and the Edmonton Oilers play the Wild in Minnesota.
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The Toronto Raptors continue their push for top spot in the Eastern Conference standings as they host the Atlanta Hawks at Air Canada Centre tonight. Toronto opens play 2-and-a-half games back of Cleveland for top spot in the East after the Cavaliers beat Sacramento 120-111 last night. Cleveland plays the Lakers in L-A tonight.
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Around the hard courts, the San Antonio Spurs host a Chicago Bulls team that will be missing all-star Jimmy Butler. He's getting a second opinion on his injured left knee from renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Later, the Denver Nuggets are home to Phoenix.
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The Tim Horton's Brier continues today in Ottawa with round-robin play. The only remaining undefeated skip, Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs, gets the morning off before putting his perfect 8-and-0 record on the line in the afternoon draw. Jacobs will be up against Manitoba's Mike McEwen, who's 6-and-2.
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The Toronto Blue Jays make the short drive from Dunedin to Tampa this afternoon to take on a split-squad Yankees team in spring training action. Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is expected to be in the lineup for the first time this pre-season. He sat out Toronto's first nine games to ease into the spring schedule. Drew Hutchison will start for the Jays.


AMALGAMATION HEARINGS WRAP UP IN STELLARTON
Thursday 10th March 2016

The third and final day of hearings into the proposed amalgamation revolved around the issue of shared services. The current six municipalities have agreements covering such things as collection of residential solid waste, organics and recycling, and wastewater collection and processing for the upriver Towns and parts of the County. The debate was whether the amalgamated units should be treated as one, which would see the number of seats held on various Boards and Commissions reduced from four to one. The applicants say the New Municipality should retain the number of seats to ensure equitable representation and as a reflection of their financial contributions. The four units represent 86% of the population and 92% of the property assessment. But the towns of Westville and Trenton have intervened on this issue, arguing that this would represent an imbalance, in which the new Municipality would have a built-in majority and more power. The Utility and Review Board are accepting further written submissions on the amalgamation proposal until March 29th, and will issue a preliminary decision at the end of April. There are several community meetings planned to discuss the proposal ahead of the May 28 plebicite.

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ON ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES TONIGHT IN WESTVILLE
Thursday 10th March 2016

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board are meeting in Westville tonight as part of the board's review of school boundaries and board electoral districts. The meeting is one of four giving the public the opportunity for input into how the boundaries and number of electoral districts could be determined for the future. The Board has to apply to the Utility and Review Board every eight years to confirm or change the number and boundaries of electoral districts for the elected members of the school board. Tonight's meeting is at the Westville Office of the School Board on Westville Road at 7pm.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 9 *UPDATED 12:25 PM*
Wednesday 9th March 2016

The North Shore Recreation Centre in Tatamagouche has made it into the top 10 of this year's Kraft Hockeyville competition. The winning community will get $100,000 in arena upgrades, and will have the chance to host an NHL Pre-Season game.  Voting for the top 2 opens Sunday morning at 10 am and closes early Tuesday morning at 12:59 am. The two communities that receive the most votes, will move on to the final round for a chance to win the grand prize.  Ahead of the upcoming vote, there is an event tonight at 6:30 at the North Shore Recreation Centre. Everyone is invited to come out and show your community spirit, especially all those who use the facility whatever sport you play.
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SG Sports Club will be offering a Spring Futsal program for High School Students at Pictou Elementary as well as a Spring Futsal program for players born 2006-2009 at New Glasgow Academy. Futsal is a version of soccer adapted for indoor play. Both programs start after March Break. For more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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Registration for Pictou County Lacrosse will be held Monday March 14 and Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm @ Trenton Rink Annex. Cost – Mini Lacrosse (Grades 1-6) Fee:  $100.00 All other divisions (Bantam/Midget/Intermediate):  $225.00 per player. Season runs April – June. If you are unable to attend registration please contact Pictou County Lacrosse Registry at 902-695-5138 or by email at pclacrosse@hotmail.com.
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Pictou County Basketball Association's Spring League is taking registrations for Boys and Girls in Grades: 2-3 and 4-6. It's eight weeks long, starting April 16th. Cost is $60 for current PCBA members, and $80 for non-members (cost includes BNS Registration & Insurance). Games will be played at NSCC Pictou Campus, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders. Register at the Wellness Center Table March 12th & 13th 6:00 to 8:00 pm, or to Pre-register: E-mail pclightning @eastlink.ca with Name, Age, Grade, School, Gender, Address, and State “Spring League”. Ball & Jersey Top Provided to Each Player and Included. For more info, visit http://pictoucountylightning.com
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Blayre Turnbull will be wearing the Maple Leaf of Team Canada at the IIHF 2016 Women's World Championships in Kamloops, BC at the end of March.  Turnbull has represented Canada at a pair of 4 Nations Cups, and at the U18 and U22 levels, but this will be her first appearance at a senior World Championships.  Turnbull will be joined by fellow Nova Scotian, Jillian Saulnier of Halifax.  The tournament begins on 28 March when Canada plays the USA, and will conclude, likely with those same two teams in the Gold Medal Game, on 4 April.
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Try Curling for FREE at the Bluenose Curling Club March 19th. Two sessions: 10am-noon and 1-3pm. For ages 11 and up! Wear comfortable pants & indoor rubber soled sneakers. There is also an instructor and equipment available for wheelchair curlers. For more information contact New Glasgow Recreation (902) 755-8363.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Clinic will be April 23rd at the Westville Town Office Gym. Registration is at 8:30am, with the clinic from 9am to 5pm. The cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. That includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to umpire in Pictou County must attend. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there are limited spaces. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers by Email: joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or by phone: 752-6575 (home after 6pm) 752-8371 ext. 8027 (work)       
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to halt a six-game slide when they welcome the New York Islanders to Air Canada Centre tonight. Five of those six Toronto losses have been by one goal, including Monday night's 4-3 shootout loss to Buffalo. Elsewhere, Calgary hosts the Nashville Predators and Vancouver is home to the Arizona Coyotes.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to keep their distance from the surging Raptors as they visit the Sacramento Kings in one of nine games on the N-B-A schedule tonight. In other action, the Golden State Warriors go for their 46th straight regular-season home win as they host the Utah Jazz.
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The Tim Horton's Brier continues today in Ottawa with round-robin play. Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs remains the only unbeaten skip at 6-and-0. He's off this morning before facing Ontario's Glenn Howard in the afternoon draw. Newfoundland and Labrador's Brad Gushue is in second place at 5-and-1 while Manitoba's Mike McEwen is alone in third at 4-and-2.
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Left-hander J.A. Happ takes the hill this afternoon as the Toronto Blue Jays travel to Port Charlotte, Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in spring training action. It'll be Happ's second exhibition outing. He went two scoreless innings his last time out. Chris Archer is expected to start for the Rays.