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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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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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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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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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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Montreal Canadiens say P.K. Subban suffered a non-serious neck injury in Thursday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Canadiens defenceman had to be stretchered off the ice near the end of the third period after falling and being struck by teammate Alexei Emelin, who accidentally ran into him, knocking him on the side of the head. The team announced on its Twitter account today that Subban was released from Montreal General Hospital late last night. They described it as a "non-serious neck injury."
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It's a light night in the N-H-L with only five games. The Calgary Flames are the only Canadian team in action. They'll host the Arizona Coyotes at the Saddledome. Also, Columbus is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia visits Tampa Bay, the Blues welcome the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago takes on the Stars in Dallas. 
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The Golden State Warriors go for their 47th straight regular-season home win when they entertain the Portland Trail Blazers in one of 10 games on the N-B-A shedule tonight. The Toronto Raptors have the night off before hosting the Miami Heat tomorrow. Toronto downed the visiting Atlanta Hawks 104-96 last night.
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Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario and Brad Gushue of Newfoundland will meet twice today at the Tim Horton's Brier. They'll close out the round-robin portion of the tournament in the morning, then play each other in the Page Playoff 1-2 game later tonight. The winner advances straight to Sunday's final.
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The Toronto Blue Jays continue their spring schedule this afternoon when they welcome the Boston Red Sox to Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin. Young right-hander Marcus Stroman gets the start for Toronto while the Red Sox counter with knuckleballer Steven Wright. The Blue Jays are 8-1-and-1 so far this spring.

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.

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

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


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

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

CHARITY HOCKEY GAME PLANNED FOR TUESDAY
Saturday 5th March 2016

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

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 5
Saturday 5th March 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 3 *UPDATED 11:45 AM*
Wednesday 2nd March 2016

The Strait Pirates have evened their playoff series with the Pictou County Junior Scotians at 2-2 after a 4-3 Overtime win in Port Hawkesbury. Scoring for the Scotians were Ryan Dunfield with 2 and Joshua Hartley. Game 5 is tonight at 7:30 in Trenton.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club opened their best of 5 semi-final playoff series against the defending Provincial Champions Metro Boston Pizza with a pair of games in Bedford this past weekend. Game one saw the teams battle to a scoreless tie through two periods. Jessica O'Malley opened the score for Boston Pizza early in the third. The Selects responded with a pair of power play goals from Josie Chisholm and Annika Mason assisted by Katelyn Dunn and Sophia Wornell to take 2-1 lead. Boston Pizza tied the game with a powerplay goal from Ainsley Lloyd to send the game into sudden death overtime.  The teams began the extra period 4 on 4 and exchanged chances at both ends until Carly Colbourne scored the winner with a little more than two mintes remaining to give the Metro squad a hard fought 3-2 victory and game one of the best of 5 series. Katie Henderson faced 30 shots in the Selects goal in taking the loss. The teams returned to action Sunday at the BMO Centre with the Selects hoping to even the series and avoid going down two games to none in the best of 5. Unlike Saturday's game when the teams remained scoreless through 2 the Metro squad scored two early goals to lead 2-0 after one. Despite the Selects registering 20 shots in the second they were unable to beat goaltender Jose Thibeau and trailed 3-0 going onto the third. There was no scoring in the third as Metro Boston Pizza took a 2-0 lead in the best of 5 series. Adi Small took the loss in goal for the Selects facing 37 shots. The teams return to action for game 3 this Friday night March 4th at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game 4 if necessary will be played on Saturday March 5th at 11am. The Northern Subway Selects would like to extend congratulations and best of luck to Selects Alumnus and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull for being selected to play for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championship.
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The Rangers and Bruins played to a 1-1 tie in Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action Monday evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Debbie MacLean tallied for the Bruins with Tracy Latremouille replied for the Rangers.
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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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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It's best-versus-worst tonight in the N-H-L as the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Washington. The Leafs featured a lineup filled with rookies on Monday when they lost at home to Tampa Bay. Tonight also marks the return of Brooks Laich to Washington where he played over 12 seasons with the Capitals. The Leafs acquired him on Sunday.
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The Montreal Canadiens will hope for some better luck in the second game of a four-game Western swing tonight when they face the Anaheim Ducks. The Habs were routed 6-2 by the San Jose Sharks on Monday. They'll have a tough task on hand with Anaheim. The Ducks have won eight in a row.
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Preliminary rosters for this fall's World Cup of Hockey have already started trickling out. Russia and Finland have already released part of their rosters, which contain 16 players. Team North America, Canada and the United States are due to release their rosters later today. Canadian general manager Doug Armstrong and head coach Mike Babcock will have plenty of talent to chose from.
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Kyle Lowry is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when the Toronto Raptors open a seven-game homestand against the Utah Jazz at Air Canada Centre. Lowry was given a night of rest on Sunday when Toronto fell 114-101 to the Detroit Pistons. The Raps are two-and-a-half games out of first place in the Eastern Conference.
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Knuckleballer R-A Dickey is due to get the start this afternoon when the Blue Jays face the Phillies in spring training action in Dunedin, Florida. Righty David Buchanan will counter for Philadelphia. Toronto beat the Phillies 5-3 yesterday in the first spring action for both teams.

ALLEGED AX WIELDER GOING TO TRIAL IN JULY
Tuesday 1st March 2016

A 56-year old man arrested after an incident involving an axe at the Dragon Bowl Restaurant has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault. Ding Gou Fang of Westville is charged with threatening a co-worker with an axe last Wednesday night. No one was injured. Fang was accompanied by a Cantonese translator during his brief appearance in court. His trial is set for July 5.


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

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

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 23 *UPDATED 9:35 AM*
Tuesday 23rd February 2016

The Bruins and Leafs played to a 2-2 tie in Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center last night. Debbie MacLean and Bethany Martin scored for the Bruins. Chrissie MacKay and Christa Webber tallied for the Leafs.
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Brody Blair will be starting a boxing fitness class called Brody Blair's Boxer-Fit beginning next Monday, 29 February. Youth (ages 10-15) will be from 6pm-7pm, followed by Adults (ages 16 and up) from 7pm-8pm. The class will be a 6 week boxing fitness course on Monday evenings. Brody has 15 years in the sport of boxing, having over 110 amateur fights in 17 different countries. The course will be held in the studio room of the Pictou County YMCA. Training will consist of boxing exercises, cardio, strength and conditioning, and calisthenics. Brody will also be taking clients for personal 1 hour, one on one boxing fitness training Monday-Saturday. If Interested call or text Brody at (902) 574-6701 or e-mail brody_blair@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Montreal Canadiens suffered another blow to their season last night. Defenceman Tom Gilbert will miss the rest of the N-H-L campaign with a left knee injury that will need surgery.  Gilbert was expected to be on the trade market if the Habs decided to be sellers ahead of the N-H-L's trade deadline on February 29th.  Defenceman Victor Bartley was called up from the American Hockey League to replace Gilbert.
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It's a busy night in the N-H-L with nine games on tap. There are five Canadian teams hitting the ice, starting with the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting Nashville. Later, the Winnipeg Jets welcome Dallas, the Ottawa Senators visit the Edmonton Oilers and in the last game of the night the Calgary Flames are in Los Angeles.
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The Scotties Tournament of Heats -- Canada's women's curling championship -- rolls on today in Grand Prairie, Alberta.  The morning draw sees Ontario take on B-C, Manitoba faces Quebec, Northern Ontario plays P-E-I and New Brunswick meets Canada. Alberta's Chelsea Carey remains the only undefeated rink at 5-and-0. Krista McCarville's Northern Ontario team is next at 3-and-1.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 19
Friday 19th February 2016

It was a rout at the Wellness Centre as the Weeks Junior A Crushers lost 7-2 to the Dieppe Commandos. Scoring for the Crushers were Regan Spears and Michael Dill. Some good news for Crushers fans – the public is invited to skate with the Crushers at the Wellness Centre on Sunday from 6 to 7 pm.
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Russia and Britain played  to an 8-8 tie in Walter Duggan Division 2  World Handball action yesterday. Scoring for Russia: Caleb Janes 3, Daniel Seymour 2, Patrick MacNeil 1, Nathaniel Horne 1, Nathan Greencoen 1. Britain: Aiden Turnbull 2, Sam LeBlanc 2, Joe walsh 2, Gavin Hayes 1, Braden Janes 1
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A tense game last night in Westville as the Westville Miners faced the New Glasgow Bombers. Forty two seconds into the first period Kayden Moulaison started the scoring for Westville with a break away goal. Conrad Robertson scored in the first for the Bombers only to be immediately followed with a goal by Patrick MacNeil of the Miners. In the second Logan MacKenzie scored for the Miners only to see Taylor Robertson score for the Bombers six seconds later. Early in the third Conrad Robertson scored his second goal of the game tying the score three to three. With only fifteen seconds remaining in the game, Daniel Seymour of the Miners found the perfect opportunity to find the back of the Bombers net leading to a 4-3 win for the Miners over the Bombers.
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The schedule for the opening round of the playoffs for the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians has been announced by the NSJHL. The Scotians finished second in the Sid Rowe Division, and will face the Strait Pirates in the opening round for the third consecutive year. The Scotians have home ice advantage and will open at home this Sunday at 7pm. The full series schedule is as follows:
Game 1 – Sunday, 21 February, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 2 – Friday, 26 February, 7:30pm @ Port Hawkesbury
Game 3 – Sunday, 28 February, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 4 – Tuesday, 1 March, 7:30pm @ Port Hawkesbury
Game 5 – Wednesday, 2 March, 7:30pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 6 – Friday, 4 March, 7:30pm @ Port Hawkesbury
Game 7 – Sunday, 6 March, 7pm @ Trenton Arena

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The Weeks Major Midgets opening round playoff series against the Steele Subaru Major Midgets from Dartmouth will begin this weekend at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Games 1 and 2 will be played Saturday at 7:15pm and Sunday at 1:15pm. Games 3 and 4 will be back at the Wellness Centre next weekend (February 26 and 27) at 9pm Friday and 6pm Saturday. Game five of the best of seven, if needed, will return to Dartmouth on Sunday, 28 February at 1:15pm.
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The Knights of Columbus are preparing to hold their annual Free Throw Contest, for children ages 8-14 as of January 1, 2016. It will take place this coming Saturday at the Pictou Academy Gymnasium, starting at 10:00am. You do not have to be a basketball player to enter. All entries will receive a participation certificate and a sports-drink, and awards will go to the various winners in each category. As well, the various age group winners in each gender will go on to the provincial championships. Contact Brian MacKinnon at 902-759-5029 for more information, or to register. You can also register on the day of the event.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The red-hot Ducks continue to roll. Anaheim beat the Canucks 5-2 to end its seven-game road trip with 11 of a possible 14 points. Ryan Getzlaf had the eventual winner early in the third for the Ducks, who are now just two points behind the Kings for top spot in the Pacific Division. Meanwhile, Vancouver has dropped three in a row.
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The Minnesota Wild continue to win under interim head coach John Torchetti. Matt Dumba and Thomas Vanek each recorded a goal and an assist as the Wild ran their winning streak under Torchetti to three games with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Minnesota had lost 13 of its previous 14 games before firing Mike Yeo on Saturday.
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The losses keep piling up for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Derick Brassard scored twice as the New York Rangers topped the Leafs 4-2 to hand them their 14th defeat in 18 games. Elsewhere, Cody Ceci had the winner as the Senators topped Carolina 4-2. And Steven Stamkos scored in the shootout as Tampa Bay slipped past Winning 6-5 after blowing a three-goal lead.
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Chris Paul had 28 points and 12 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way to beat San Antonio 105-86, snapping the Spurs' six-game winning streak coming out of the All-Star break. Paul scored 18 points in the fourth quarter alone as San Antonio trimmed a 20-point deficit down to five before L-A regained control.
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Around the hardcourts, LeBron James poured in 25 points as the Cavaliers started the second half of their season with a 106-95 victory over the Chicago Bulls.  And Marcin Gortat had 22 points and 10 rebounds and John Wall added 17 points and 11 assists to give the Wizards a 103-89 win over Utah.


WESTVILLE POLICE DETERMINE RIDE OFFER WAS NOT SUSPICIOUS *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Thursday 18th February 2016

As a result of the Westville Police Service investigation, a man has come forward stating that he was the person responsible for offering the child a drive to school. He was driving his own children to school at the time because of weather conditions. This matter has been concluded by the Westville Police and is no longer deemed suspicious. Westville Police Service would like to thank everyone who shared the post as it was helful to this matter.

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

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

NEW DISPATCH SYSTEM DEPLOYED IN ROCKLIN FIRE
Thursday 4th February 2016

Fire departments were called out to a structure fire in Rocklin Wednesday afternoon. Westville Fire Chief Kenny Dunn told NG News his department responded to assist Alma. Dunn said he thought there were two people in the home at the time of the fire, but they both got out safely. This is the first time that Automatic Aid was used since it was put into effect on Monday. The new system automatically dispatches fire departments to assist in situations such as a structure fire or motor vehicle accident. Dunn says Automatic Aid worked well, with plenty of manpower deployed to deal with the fire.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - FEBRUARY 2 *UPDATED 11:10 AM*
Tuesday 2nd February 2016

The Bluenose Curling Club will be hosting the 2016 Nova Scotia Wheelchair Curling Provincial Championship starting Friday through Sunday. This is the first time that the event will be held outside the Halifax area and also the first time that there will be 3 teams competing for the provincial title. The winner will advance to the National Wheelchair Curling Championship in Regina in April. The local team is skipped by Devin Forbes, who curls out of the New Caledonian Curling Club in Pictou, with teammates Bill MacKenzie, Philip Sutherland and Kathy McIsaac, all members of the Bluenose club in New Glasgow. Jane Marshall, who is the chairperson of the event, says that the club members are very excited to be hosting this provincial and they are able to do it because of a generous donation from the local Investor's Group Financial office for the purchase of a portable ramp that allows the wheelchairs access to the ice surface. The host team is hoping ,with both the Bluenose and New Caledonian clubs being accessible and bringing a provincial event to the area, that other wheelchair users will be encouraged to give the game a try. Everyone is welcome to come and see this unique version of “the roaring game”.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers are in Halifax tonight to play the Hawks.
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The Pictou County Scotians were roughly equal with the opposition in shots on goal, but couldn't get past Pierrick Heudes as they were shut out 5-0 by Cumberland County last night in Springhill. The Scotians next game is in Glace Bay on Saturday against the Junior Miners.
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Kelly MacInnis stopped 41 shots as the Rangers deafeated the Canadians 3-2 last night in Leo fahey twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Jana Shaw paced the Rangers with two goals with Katie Bray chipping in with a single tally. Julie Anderson and Gena Henderson replied for the Canadians.
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Canada won the 1st Division World Indoor Handball Tournament yesterday at the Walter Duggan Gymnasium by defeating Italy 10-9 and Argentina 10-3.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Rookie sensation Connor McDavid returns to the ice tonight. McDavid skated with his Oilers teammates in practice yesterday after breaking his clavicle in a game against Philadelphia on November 3rd. Edmonton hosts the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.
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The N-H-L's all-star break is over, with a packed schedule of 12 games.  They include the Toronto Maple Leafs visiting Boston, Montreal in Philadelphia and the Ottawa Senators in Pittsburgh.  Later, the Winnipeg Jets host Dallas and the Edmonton Oilers welcome Columbus.
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The Phoenix Suns will have a new head coach when they take on the Toronto Raptors tonight. The team fired coach Jeff Hornacek yesterday with the Suns in the midst of a 2-and-19 skid that leaves them 14-and-35. He has been replaced by 13-year veteran point guard Earl Watson, who was in his first season as a Suns assistant.

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

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

INFO SESSION ON REFUGEES IN WESTVILLE TONIGHT
Thursday 28th January 2016

With stories about Syrian refugees much in the news, there are many in Pictou County who want to help. To that end, there's a Refugee Resettlement Information meeting tonight at 7 at Westville Town Gym. Speakers from CaiRN, Safe Harbour, and the Multi Cultural Association of Pictou County will be on hand to answer questions and show how best to offer aid to arriving newcomers.


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

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

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

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

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 22 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Friday 22nd January 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers lived up to their name, crushing the Yarmouth Mariners 6-1 at the Wellness Centre last night. Michael Dill had 2 goals for the Crushers, with singles from Lucas Zwaggstra, Luc Poirier, Cole Murphy and Regan Spears. Daniel Vautour stopped two dozen shots for the win. The Crushers are now tied for the division lead with the Valley Wildcats. The Crushers' next match is at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre tomorrow against the Bearcats, who are three points behind in the division. Michael Petter will have the play by play on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pre-game show beginning Saturday night at 6:45.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are at the Wellness Centre this weekend, as they tangle with the Cape Breton Tradesmen Saturday night at 6.
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In the Junior B League, the Pictou County Scotians have three games, starting in Springhill Friday against Cumberland County. The Scotians play in Trenton Sunday night at 7 against the Strait Pirates, and Monday at home against Cumberland in a make up game from December that was postponed.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers travel to the St. Margaret's Bay arena Saturday night to play the Landworks Gulls, then on Sunday it's a road match against the Western Hurricanes.
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The 2016 Curl For Cancer in Westville is set for Friday, February 12th at 6pm.  This is a fun-filled event where teams of four hit the ice, have fun, and raise funds to fight back against cancer. There will also be live music with Jug in Hand,  Next Exit, & more! For more info on the event or to sign up your team, contact: Devan 902-331-1139.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's Daniel Nestor and doubles partner Radek Stepanek will try again tonight at the Australian Open. Their matchup against Poland's Marcin Matkowski and Lukasz Kubot was postponed due to rain early this morning. Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil advanced to the third round with a doubles win by walkover.
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Fans will get to see one of their own later this month when the N-B-A all-star game is played in Toronto. Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was named an Eastern Conference starter last night by the Association. Kobe Bryant was the leading vote-getter for his final all-star game. He racked in 1.9 million votes, which earned him his 18th all-star game selection.
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The Raptors will aim to keep the good times rolling tonight when they host the Miami Heat at Air Canada Centre. Toronto enters the matchup with a six-game winning streak. The Heat are treading in the opposite direction, having lost their last three in a row and seven of their last 10. The two teams have split the season series so far this year.
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The Ottawa Senators will try for a better start to their matchup tonight when they host the New York Islanders. The Sens gave up five first-period goals last night in a 6-3 road loss to the New Jersey Devils. The Islanders sit in third place in the Metropolitan division with 54 points.
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Patrick Chan is the talk of Halifax this weekend. He's returning to the men's short program tonight at the Canadian figure skating championships. Canada's three-time world champion is back after taking last season off to ponder his competitive future. He'll be gunning for his eighth title at the event.
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Canada is off to the final of the world sledge hockey challenge in Bridgewater. Billy Bridges scores twice and added three assists as the Canadians rolled past South Korea 10-0 in the semifinals. Canada will play the United States tomorrow in the four-team tournament's final.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 21 *UPDATED 9:30 AM*
Thursday 21st January 2016

The Weeks Junior A Crushers are looking to pick up a couple of points at the Wellness Centre tonight, as they face the last-place Yarmouth Mariners at 7pm. The Crushers sit just two points behind the division-leading Valley Wildcats, with Truro nipping at their heels. Speaking of Truro, the Crushers will be at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre Saturday to take on the Bearcats, and Michael Petter will have the play by play on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pre-game show beginning Saturday night at 6:45.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are at the Wellness Centre this weekend, as they tangle with the Cape Breton Tradesmen Saturday night at 6.
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In the Junior B League, the Pictou County Scotians have a pair of games, starting in Springhill Friday against Cumberland County. The Scotians play in Trenton Sunday night at 7 against the Strait Pirates.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers travel to the St. Margaret's Bay arena Saturday night to play the Landworks Gulls, then on Sunday it's a road match against the Western Hurricanes.
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The 2016 Curl For Cancer in Westville is set for Friday, February 12th at 6pm.  This is a fun-filled event where teams of four hit the ice, have fun, and raise funds to fight back against cancer. There will also be live music with Jug in Hand,  Next Exit, & more! For more info on the event or to sign up your team, contact: Devan 902-331-1139.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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No Canadians play at the Australian Open tonight, but there will still be plenty of big tennis names on the court. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska are all scheduled to play in the women's bracket. Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori will see action in men's play.
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The saga of Tampa Bay forward Jonathan Drouin took another turn last night.  The 20-year-old was suspended indefinitely without pay by the Lightning after his failure to report for an A-H-L game between the Syracuse Crunch and the Toronto Marlies.  Drouin was assigned to Tampa's minor-league affiliate in Syracuse, New York, on January 2nd. He asked for a trade from the Lightning back in November.
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It's a busy night in the N-H-L with 10 games on tap, with six Canadian teams hitting the ice. The Vancouver Canucks visit Boston, the Ottawa Senators travel to New Jersey, and the Calgary Flames are in Columbus. The Toronto Maple Leafs host Carolina, the Winnipeg Jets welcome Nashville and the Edmonton Oilers visit Dallas.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 16 JANUARY
Saturday 16th January 2016

Justin Ritcey was the first star of the game, and was the story of the game as the Weeks Jr A Crushers went down to Bridgewater and beat the South Shore Lumberjacks 3-1 last night in MHL action. Ritcey stopped 39 of 40 shots, while the Crushers got all three of their goals in a 4:08 span of the third period to come back from the 1-0 deficit. With the win, the Crushers climb back into a tie for first place in the Eastlink Division with the Valley Wildcats, however Valley holds three games in hand. Elsewhere last night, Amherst got past Yarmouth 1-0, and Woodstock beat Campbellton 6-5 in OT. Next up for the Crushers is a home game against Yarmouth on Thursday.
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The Pictou County Scotians earned a 5-2 victory last night in Springhill against the Cumberland County Blues in NSJHL action to continue to close the gap between themselves and the Glace Bay Miners in the Sid Rowe Division. Josh Hartley led the way for the Scotians with a hat trick and an assist. The Scotians are within 10 points, and still hold a game in hand on the Miners, and the NSJHL uses the 3 point system that is used in the IIHF, so 3 wins would put them within 1 point. The Scotians and Miners will face off against each other tomorrow night in Trenton.
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The 10th Annual Danny Dorrington Hockey Tournament continues today at the Westville Arena. The round robin wraps up with North Nova hitting the ice in the 11:00am game against SAERC, Norhumberland facing Bridgewater at 12:45pm, and St. Malachy's facing off with Dalbrae at 2:30pm. After that, the semi-finals go at 6:00 and 7:45pm tonight. Then the championship game is tomorrow afternoon at 1pm. Admission is $15 for a tournament pass or $5 per game for adults and $2 for students/seniors. 
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The Weeks Major Midgets are on the road, taking on the Valley Wildcats in Berwick for a pair of games Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
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The Scotsburn Crushers are also in Berwick Saturday afternoon at 1 to play Kings Mutual, then at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 12:15 hosting Dartmouth.
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The Female Midget AAA Subway Selects have a home and home series against Metro Boston Pizza, starting at the BMO Centre Saturday afternoon, followed by a tilt at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 12:30.
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There is an Afterschool Sports program being offered at GR Saunders on Tuesdays for Grades 1-4, Thursdays at Pictou Elementary for Grades 1-4 and on Fridays at GR Saunders for Grades 5-6, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com or 902-616-5374 .
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Some upcoming skate times at the Hector Arena in Pictou. On Monday and Wednesdays from 10am to 11:30 there is an Adult and tot skate. Fridays from 12:00 to 1pm there is an adult only skate, and Sundays between 11:30 and 12:30 there is an open skate.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is now taking registration for Ringette and Tumblebugs for the winter sessions. If you would like to try these programs first, there will be a FREE try it day for Ringette on January 23rd and for Tumblebugs on January 30th. If interested please register your child at 902-485-4372. For more details visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS Jets rookie Connor Hellebuyck earned his second shutout of the season as the Minnesota Wild were held without a goal for the first time all year. Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots and Winnipeg got an early goal from Blake Wheeler to edge the Wild 1-0 in Minnesota.
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The Chicago Blackhawks extended their win streak to 10 games with a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Patrick Kane scored three times, giving him his first career regular-season hat trick. And in Carolina, Bo Horvat scored his second of the game in overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.
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The Anaheim Ducks scored all their goals in the first period, then held on for a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars. Jakob Silfverberg, Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm and Corey Perry all scored within 12 minutes in the first. Mattias Janmark scored shorthanded for the Stars in the second period and Jamie Benn added a power-play goal in the third.
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Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, LeBron James added 19 and the Cleveland Cavaliers wrapped up their longest road trip of the season with a 91-77 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Cavaliers capped six games away from home and were playing for the second straight night.
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Around the N-B-A, Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points to lead Dallas past Chicago 83-77.  Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2:15 to play to put the Mavericks up 79-72. Jimmy Butler missed two 3-pointers in the final 12 seconds as the Bulls tried to rally.
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Eugenie Bouchard's strong run at the Hobart International ended with a straight-sets loss in the final. The tennis star from Westmount, Quebec fell 6-1, 6-2 to Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in the title match of the Australian Open warm-up event. The Grand Slam tournament begins on Monday. ---

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 15 *UPDATED 9:15 AM*
Friday 15th January 2016

Even with new players on the roster, familiar names appeared on the scoreboard as the Weeks Junior A Crushers defeated Truro 3-1 last night at the Wellness Centre. Garrett Lambke, Michael Dill and Taylor Davis all scored while Daniel Vautour turned aside 23 shots for the win. The Valley Wildcats also posted a victory last night over Amherst, so the Crushers are in second place, two points out of the division lead. Next up for the Crushers is a road match in Bridgewater tonight – Michael Petter will have all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 starting at 6:45.
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The 10th Annual Danny Dorrington Hockey Tournament starts today and runs through Sunday at the Westville Arena. The first game today has hosts Northumberland Regional High School taking on SAERC,  at 11 am. Opening ceremonies are at 6pm. Additional teams are North Nova Education Centre, Dalbrae, Bridgewater, and St. Malachy's. Admission is $15 for a tournament pass or $5 per game for adults and $2 for students/seniors. 
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The Weeks Major Midgets are on the road, taking on the Valley Wildcats in Berwick for a pair of games Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
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The Scotsburn Crushers are also in Berwick Saturday afternoon at 1 to play Kings Mutual, then at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 12:15 hosting Dartmouth.
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The Pictou County Scotians begin a home and home with Cumberland County tonight in Springhill. The Scotians' home game is Sunday night at 7 in Trenton.
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The Female Midget AAA Subway Selects have a home and home series against Metro Boston Pizza, starting at the BMO Centre Saturday afternoon, followed by a tilt at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 12:30.
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There is an Afterschool Sports program being offered at GR Saunders on Tuesdays for Grades 1-4, Thursdays at Pictou Elementary for Grades 1-4 and on Fridays at GR Saunders for Grades 5-6, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com or 902-616-5374 .
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Some upcoming skate times at the Hector Arena in Pictou. On Monday and Wednesdays from 10am to 11:30 there is an Adult and tot skate. Fridays from 12:00 to 1pm there is an adult only skate, and Sundays between 11:30 and 12:30 there is an open skate.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is now taking registration for Ringette and Tumblebugs for the winter sessions. If you would like to try these programs first, there will be a FREE try it day for Ringette on January 23rd and for Tumblebugs on January 30th. If interested please register your child at 902-485-4372. For more details visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's Eugenie Bouchard has earned a spot in the final of the Hobart International tennis tournament in Australia. She advanced today with a three-set victory Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova and face seventh-seed Alize Cornet of France in Saturday's final. Cornet defeated Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-1, 6-1 in their semifinal. Bouchard is playing her best stretch of tennis since suffering a concussion at the U-S Open last September.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to turn things around tonight when they host red-hot Chicago in one of six N-H-L games. The Leafs have lost three in a row and have only scored twice in those outings. The Blackhawks, fresh off a 2-1 win in Montreal last night, are gunning for their 10th straight win.
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Winnipeg will host Minnesota tonight for the fourth of five meetings this season. The Jets have taken two of three against the Wild.  Vancouver in Carolina to face the Hurricanes. It's the Canucks second of a six-game road trip. Also, Boston is in Buffalo, Tampa Bay hosts Pittsburgh and Anaheim entertains Dallas.
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Two of the N-B-A's top scorers meet tonight in Houston. LeBron James and his Cavaliers tip off against James Harden and the surging Rockets in one of nine games. James is fifth in the league with 25-point-7 points per game while Harden is second with 28 per outing. Houston has won five straight.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 13
Wednesday 13th January 2016

In Atom B action, Pictou defeated Trenton Tuesday evening 5-4. Scoring for Pictou was Archie Meier 2, Ryan Chapman 2, Luc Baillie 1. Assists came from Liam Maclean, Zachary Macinnis , Brayden Johnston , and Chapman . Trenton goals came from Derrick Mackay with 2, Gage Conners 1, Landon Martin 1, assists came from Braden Macdonald and Derrick Mackay.
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Plenty of excitement last night in Atom B hockey as the Stellarton Royals won 3-1 over the Westville Miners. Nicholas Duff scored the first and lone goal for Westville early in the first. Zack MacLean quickly scored for Stellarton tying the game. Stellarton continued the scoring in the second by Ethan Barker and in the third by Owen MacCormick.
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There is an Afterschool Sports program being offered at GR Saunders on Tuesdays for Grades 1-4, Thursdays at Pictou Elementary for Grades 1-4 and on Fridays at GR Saunders for Grades 5-6, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com or 902-616-5374 .
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Some upcoming skate times at the Hector Arena in Pictou. On Monday and Wednesdays from 10am to 11:30 there is an Adult and tot skate. Fridays from 12:00 to 1pm there is an adult only skate, and Sundays between 11:30 and 12:30 there is an open skate.
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Make it four straight wins for the Arizona Coyotes. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with nine seconds left in overtime and Max Domi had a hat trick to lead Arizona to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night. Arizona forced overtime with two power-play goals from Domi in the third period.
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The Winnipeg Jets are on a three-game losing streak. Joe Pavelski and Chris Tierney had a goal and an assist apiece to lift the San Jose Sharks to a 4-1 victory over the Jets at M-T-S Centre last night. Winnipeg was the latest Canadian team to fall victim to the Sharks. They beat Toronto and Calgary earlier this week. 
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are back in action tonight after three days off. They're in Toronto hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets following a west-coast road trip that saw them lose two of three games in California. The Blue Jackets head into the matchup with an 8-15-and-0 record when playing on the road. Toronto is 7-6-and-5 at Air Canada Centre.
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Around the N-H-L, the Calgary Flames will look to bounce back from a loss to San Jose on Monday when they host the Florida Panthers. Florida had its 12-game win streak snapped during its last game, a 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks in Vancouver. Elsewhere, Boston visits Philadelphia and the Ottawa Senators take on the Ducks in Anaheim.
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A pair of N-B-A teams extended their winning streaks last night. LeBron James had 27 points and the go-ahead layup in overtime as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their eighth straight game, 110-107 over Dallas. And Tony Parker scored 31 points to lead San Antonio to its ninth straight victory, 109-99 over Detroit.
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There are 10 games on the N-B-A schedule tonight. The Brooklyn Nets aim to reverse a 10-game losing skid at home when they host Minnesota. On the other end of the spectrum, the L-A Clippers hope to extend their win streak to 10 games as they welcome Miami to Staples Centre. The Raptors are off tonight before playing the Orlando Magic in London, England tomorrow.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 11 *UPDATED 11:20 AM*
Monday 11th January 2016

Team Canada dominated in their second contest in the World U18 Womens Hockey Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario on Saturday. Lindsay Agnew, Amy Potomak and Kristin O’Neill each had two goals and an assist – and 13 players in total put up points – as Canada shut out the Czech Republic 11-0. Canada opened the tournament with a 5-2 win over Russia. Next up, Canada faces the US on Monday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers made it to the round of 16 at the 2016 Ice Jam tournament, but lost to the Northwest Bulls 4-2. Scotsburn goals were scored by Kade Mason and Ethan MacDougall, with Blake Kontuk assisting on both goals. A total of 28 teams took part in the bantam division.
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The Pictou County Scotians picked up a crucial two points with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Liverpool Privateers at the Trenton Arena last night.  Troy Disipio received a long lead pass from Liam Murphy 1:36 into the extra session to go in on a breakaway and score 5-hole on Jacob Dempsey.  Brad MacEachen had the other goal for the Scotians while Brandon MacDonald stopped 44 of 45 shots to earn the win.  The Scotians are comfortably in second place in the Sid Rowe division.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers were once again active as the trade deadline passed in the MHL at 10pm last night.  The Crushers added another forward, Benji Curtis, from the Dieppe Commandos, in exchange for a pair of draft picks in 2017 and the rights to Brock MacLeod.  Curtis is a 19-year old forward from Fredericton, and will add even more scoring depth to the second most potent offense in the Eastlink Division.  The first game for the new-look Crushers will be on Thursday when they host the Truro Bearcats.
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In Atom B action, Kayden Moulaison started the scoring only three minutes into the game as Westville Miners faced the Stellarton Royals over the weekend. Westville continued with three more goals in the first period scored by Nathaniel Horne, Daniel Seymour and Dylan Kelly. Fox Irving of Westville continued with a goal in the second. Brett Stroud came on strong for Stellarton scoring two goals in the second and third. Caden Hawes scored one goal in the third ending the game with Westville winning 5-3 over Stellarton. These two teams face each other Tuesday evening in Stellarton.
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Trenton Peewee C defeated Tatamagouche Saturday afternoon 10-1. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 5 goals, Colby Niles with 2, with singles from Nathan Roper, Owen Brophy, and Zander Jones. Assists came from Dawson Mackay, Ethan Elms, and Lauren Roper. Tatamagouche's goal came from Emery Sinclair. Winning goalie was Michael Francis. On Sunday evening Tatamagouche visited Trenton and got outscored 7-1. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 2, Barrett Baker 2, and 1 each from Colby Niles, Keagen Fournier, and Owen Brophy. Assists came from Zander Jones (2) and Baker. Tatamagouche goal came from Josh Heitkemper. Winning goalie was Michael Francis.
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There are four games on today's N-H-L schedule and two of them involve Canadian teams.  The red-hot Florida Panthers continue their western road trip with a stop in Vancouver to play the Canucks. Florida has won 12 straight, while the Canucks are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
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The Calgary Flames host a San Jose team that  beat Toronto 7-nothing on Saturday. They'll try to ride that momentum into the Saddledome, where Calgary is 13-8-and-0 on the season. In the other games, the New York Rangers are home to Boston and Detroit visits L-A.
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The N-F-C divisional round playoff teams are set. Green Bay will play the Cardinals in Arizona next Saturday after toppling Washington 35-18 in one of yesterday's wild-card games. In the early game, the Seahawks slipped past Minnesota 10-9 when Vikings kicker Blair Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal attempt with 26 seconds remaining. Seattle will play Carolina next week.
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Tony Brown will coach the Brooklyn Nets tonight as they host the San Antonio Spurs. Brown was the Nets assistant coach but he was promoted to interim head coach yesterday after the team fired Lionel Hollins. The Nets are on a four-game losing skid and are winless in their last nine home games.
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In other N-B-A action tonight, the Chicago Bulls will aim for their eighth win in 10 outings as they welcome the Washington Wizards to United Center. And the Golden State Warriors can extend their winning streak to seven games with a victory over the visiting Miami Heat. Golden State is 35-and-2 on the season.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 9 JANUARY
Saturday 9th January 2016

Team Canada opened the World U18 Womens Hockey Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario, with a 5-2 win over Russia last night. Balanced scoring was the name of the game for Canada, as they got goals from five different players, and eight different players recorded at least one point. Westville native Lisa Haley, Head Coach of Team Canada, says “The level of competition continues to rise, and it’s because the parity is there, and so there are no guarantees. Every time you step on the ice, it’s important to play well and to your potential, or there would be upsets in this tournament. I think there’s a possibility for Russia to beat us if we don’t perform well.” . Canada faces the Czech Republic tonight.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers have added more depth up front with a trade yesterday with the Yarmouth Mariners. Coming to the Crushers is Chad Cullen, a 20-year old forward from Glace Bay with 16 points in 24 games so far this season, while the Crushers send Tyler Brown to the Mariners. Brown is an 18-year old playing High School hockey this season, after spending last year with the Newbridge Gladiators. Cullen's first game with his new team will be next Thursday when the Crushers host Truro, and Cullen will face a former teammate in Josh Worthen, who was traded from Yarmouth to Truro on Thursday.
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There was just one game in the MHL last night, and the Yarmouth Mariners did the Weeks Crushers a bit of a favor, beating the Valley Wildcats 5-4 in overtime in the Fishtank. With the single point for the overtime loss, the Wildcats move into a tie with the Crushers for first place in the Eastlink Division, although Valley still holds three games in hand.
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It was a busy night in the NSJHL last night, with 5 games, including the Pictou County Scotians earning a 5-2 win in Antigonish over the Bulldogs. Adam Downey had two goals, Josh Hartley had three assists, and Joel MacLean stopped 21 of 23 shots in the win. Other NSJHL games last night:
Cole Harbour Colts 3 @ Valley Maple Leafs 8
Strait Pirates 5 @ Cumberland County Blues 4
Glace Bay Jr. Miners 2 @ Sackville Blazers 4
Brookfield Elks 4 @ East Hants Penguins 1
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers won 5-3 over the Central Attack and lost 2-1 overtime to the Miramichi Senators on Thursday, before losing their final round robin game 7-1 to the Northwest Bulls Fridayday at the 2016 Ice Jam tournament. The team awaits the remainder of the round robin to be complete to see if they advance to the play off round of 16  teams. A total of 28 took part in the bantam division.
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The Midget AA Crushers have a home and home set with Glace Bay this weekend. They hit the road today for a game at 1:30, then return home for a game tomorrow at 12:00 noon at the Wellness Centre.
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The Edmonton Oilers coughed up a two-goal lead as they fell 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning scored three times in the third period, including Steven Stamkos' eventual winner with five minutes to go. Victor Hedman scored a goal and added a pair of assists and Nikita Kucherov also scored for Tampa Bay.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have added to their bullpen by acquiring right-handed pitcher Drew Storen from the Washington Nationals.  Toronto sent outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later back to Washington to complete the deal. Storen appeared in 58 games for the Nationals last season, recording 29 saves with a 3.44 earned-run-average and 67 strikeouts in 55 innings.
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The Toronto Raptors have back-to-back wins on the road. DeMar DeRozan poured in a season-high 35 points to lead Toronto to a 97-88 win over the Wizards in Washington. Kyle Lowry had 21 points and 10 assists as the Raptors overcame a season-high 23 turnovers.
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Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder barely survived Lou Williams' 44-point performance for a 117-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Williams, the former Raptor, scored 23 of his career-high output in the fourth quarter.
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Canadian Milos Raonic will get another shot at the Brisbane International championship.  The 25-year-old from Thornhill, Ontario toppled Australian Bernard Tomic in semifinal action to earn his place in the championship match for the second year in a row. He will play Roger Federer, who beat Raonic in last year's final. 
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - JANUARY 6 *UPDATED 11:35 AM*
Wednesday 6th January 2016

The Bruins defeated the Canadians 3-1 on Monday night in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sportscenter. Gina Markie, Julie Anderson and Meredith Roossinck tallied for the Bruins while Jayne Murphy scored for the Canadians.
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Looking for some winter activity? Pictou Recreation and Parks is now accepting registration for winter programs, including Learn to Skate, Ringette, Futsal, Badminton, Youth and Adult Floor Hockey, Tumblebugs, Babysitting Courses, Tai Chi, Nutrition and Chair Yoga, Aquafit, Aqua Turbo, youth and adult swim lessons and more. Most programs begin this month. Call for details at 902-485-4372 or visit www.townofpictou.ca.
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Former Canucks netminder Eddie Lack returns to Vancouver tonight for the first time since he was dealt to Carolina last June.  It's one of five N-H-L games on the schedule.  Montreal welcomes New Jersey and Toronto visits Anaheim.
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The Toronto Raptors are one of four Eastern Conference teams at the 21-win mark entering tonight's game at Brooklyn.  Chicago, Miami and Atlanta are the other clubs just behind first-place Cleveland in the East.  The Raptors have lost two games in a row.
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The Spurs will try to keep their perfect home record intact when they host Utah tonight.  San Antonio is unbeaten in 20 home games, including a 31-point win over the Jazz last month.  The Southwest Division-leading Spurs have won five in a row.
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Ken Griffey Junior seems assured of election to the baseball Hall of Fame when results of the balloting are announced today.  He's expected to get a record vote of close to 100 per cent.  Former Expos star Tim Raines is also a strong candidate. 
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N-F-L executives and owner committee members are poring over applications from the Chargers, Raiders and Rams to relocate to Los Angeles for the coming season.  Owners are expected to vote next week on whether to allow any of the teams to move.  A team wanting to move needs 24 of 32 votes.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 24
Thursday 24th December 2015

In Peewee C action, Trenton defeated New Glasgow 8-4. Scoring for Trenton was Colby Niles with 2, and singles from Ethan Elms, Barrett Baker, Dawson Mackay, Ashlyn Bona, Derrick Mackay, and Keegan Fournier. Assists came from Dawson Mackay 2, Austin Fraser 1, Owen Brophy 1. New Glasgow's goals came from Conner Chennell, Zachariah Robertson, Landon McGibbon, Breton MacDonald, with assists from McGibbon and Brady White. Winning goalie was Ethan Mackay.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are taking on the Weeks Major Midgets Alumni in a charity match Saturday afternoon at the Wellness Centre. Warm up is at 12:30pm, Game time is 1pm. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family, with funds going to support six local baseball players who are attending the Canada-Cuba Goodwill Tour in February. Amoung the alumni taking part are former NHLers Colin White and Jon Sim, and QMJHL players Brent Turnbull, Lane Cormier and Matt Sartoris.
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The West Side and Northend Rec Centers are sponsoring an OPEN HOUSE  at the Pictou County Wellness Center for people to come out and view an exhibition game of broomball between Tatamagouche and Windsor and also to try the game itself --- this Sunday at 7 pm.
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The Westville Christmas Minor Hockey Tournament begins on Sunday, running until December 30th. The annual tournament will feature Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget teams. Teams from Westville, Stellarton, New Glasgow, Pictou, Trenton, and Truro are entered. Championship games in all divisions will take place on Dec. 30, with all tournament games being played at the Westville rink.
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Golden State downed Utah 103-85 last night in its final tuneup before an N-B-A Finals rematch against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas.. Klay Thompson had 20 points and Steph Curry added 16 points for the Warriors, who are a perfect 14-and-0 at home and 27-and-1 overall. 
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Elsewhere in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki passed Shaquille O'Neal for sixth place on the league's all-time scoring list while delivering 22 points in Dallas' 119-118 win at Brooklyn. And Philadelphia fell to an astonishing 1-and-30, including 0-and-18 on the road, with a 113-100 loss to Milwaukee. The Raptors are idle until Saturday, when they take on the Bucks in Milwaukee.
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The Oakland Raiders welcome the San Diego Chargers in an N-F-L Christmas Eve matchup. Both clubs sit in the basement of the A-F-C West standings. Oakland is 6-and-8 after falling to Green Bay last week. Meanwhile, San Diego is just 4-and-10 after beating Miami in Week 15.
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The N-H-L is on day two of its three-day break for the holiday. Dallas leads the league with 54 points, while Washington tops the Eastern Conference with 52. Chicago's Patrick Kane heads into the break with 50 points to top the league in scoring, while Dallas' Jamie Benn and St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko league the league with 22 goals.
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Canada will have three returning players this year as it chases its first Spengler Cup championship since 2012. Goaltender Drew MacIntyre and forwards Alexandre Giroux and Chris DiDomenico were named to Canada's roster yesterday. They were part of Canada's 2014 squad that lost in the tournament semifinal. Canada opens the tournament on Saturday against a Russian club in Davos, Switzerland.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 16
Wednesday 16th December 2015

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


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

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

SPORTS ROUNDUP - DECEMBER 8
Tuesday 8th December 2015

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA boys took to the ice for two league games this past weekend offering up a win and a loss against stiff competition.   Saturday  was retribution against the West Hants Warriors as Ben Callaghan and Logan MacKay provided enough offense for Cody MacDougall to record the seasons first shutout in a 2-0 victory.  Assists were recorded by Spencer Creed and Munro MacKay.  Sunday morning’s game was also a goaltenders duel  with Wesley Kelley holding the Acadia Axemen to a 2-2 draw until late in the third when bad luck and an empty net spoiled the day with Acadia ultimately coming out on top 5-2.  Scoring for the home team were Connor Dewar form Nick Horne and Duncan Cameron and Spencer Creed on a nice high shot from Ben Callaghan and Joe McCarron.  The Bantam AA boys travel to Yarmouth against the league leading Mariners next weekend.
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Last night at the Westville Miners Sports Center, the Bruins and Rangers played to a 2-2 tie in Leo Fahey 4 on 4 Twilight Hockey League action. Bethany Martin and Debbie MacLean scored for the Bruins while Chrissie MacKay and Tracy Dart replied for the Rangers.
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In Peewee Rec, Trenton defeated Thorburn 6-5 last night in Thorburn. Scoring for Trenton was Dawson Mackay with 3 goals, Colby Niles 2, and Austin Fraser 1. Assists came from Danial Cameron and Niles. Thorburn's goals came from Robert Walsh 3, George Leil 1, Keegan Norris 1. Winning goalie was Michael Francis.
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There are two games in two locations tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League. At 8 pm at the Stellarton rink, it's Connors vs Shenanigans. And at 9 pm at the Hector Arena in Pictou, it's Maltese Sports vs Nat Pro Gas.
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The New Glasgow Panthers Volleyball Club will be holding tryouts for their 17U girls team. This is for those born September 1, 1998 to Dec 31 1999. (or younger) The tryouts will take place at New Glasgow Academy gym on Saturday Dec 12th 5:30-7:30PM and Wednesday Dec 16th 8PM-10PM. There will be a $10 tryout fee that will cover both gym times. Any inquiries can be directed  at panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com
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The 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is coming to the Trenton Rink Saturday 19 December. Donations collected through this event are used to purchase gas cards given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link (Oncology) floor of the IWK Hospital. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages newborns to 16 years) are also collected. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need to be easily cleaned. To find out more about this event, search: 6th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup on Facebook.
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There are nine games in the N-H-L tonight, including Toronto hosting New Jersey with rookie goaltender Garret Sparks expected to get his fourth career start. Sparks is 2-1-and-0 for the Leafs since being called up from the A-H-L's Marlies over a week ago. Elsewhere, the Senators play the Panthers in Florida and Calgary hosts San Jose.  
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The Golden State Warriors will look to improve to 23-and-0 when they visit the Indiana Pacers tonight. The Warriors earned their 26th consecutive regular-season victory on Sunday when they beat the Brooklyn Nets 114-98. That overall win streak in one behind the 2012-13 Miami Heat for the second-longest in N-B-A history.
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There are five other games on the N-B-A schedule, including the Cavaliers hosting Portland and Oklahoma City visiting Memphis. The Raptors have the night off after topping Kobe Bryant and the L-A Lakers 102-93 last night. Toronto will be back in action tomorrow when they host the red-hot San Antonio Spurs.
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M-L-B's winter meetings continue today in Nashville, where baseball executives are discussing everything from trades to free agents. A big trade sending Reds closer Aroldis Chapman to the Dodgers was put on hold late last night after Yahoo Sports reported that police have investigated a domestic violence accusation from October 30th involving the pitcher. 

YOUNG DRIVER CHARGED IN WESTVILLE AFTER TRYING TO OUTRUN POLICE
Monday 30th November 2015

A young Pictou County man learned last night that outrunning the police is harder than it looks. The young driver was stopped after 9pm last night on the Westville Road, and was charged with dangerous driving.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 30 *UPDATED 9:55 AM*
Monday 30th November 2015

It was a battle of the top two teams in the Eastlink Division at the apple Dome in Berwick Saturday night, and while the Weeks Jr A Crushers were never able to create distance between themselves and the Valley Wildcats, they were able to come away with the incredibly valuable two points, as they earned the 5-4 victory on the road. Cole Murphy led the way for the Crushers with a 4 point effort, earning 2 goals and 2 assists, while Justin Ritcey was great in net, stopping 39 of 43 shots. The Crushers also got some help in the standings as the third place Truro Bearcats lost to Miramichi in overtime, 3-2, so with those results the Crushers were able to extend their lead over the Wildcats to 4 points, and their lead over the Bearcats has increased to 5 points.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians dropped a 3-2 decision on the road Friday night to the Strait Pirates in Port Hawkesbury. Brad MacEachen and Josh Hartley scored for the Scotians in a losing effort. The Scotians won in a shootout 5-4 over the Valley Maple Leafs in Trenton on Sunday.
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A split weekend for the Weeks Major Midgets at the Wellness Centre. On Sunday, they were defeated 6-2 by the Saint John Vitos. Scoring for the Weeks Major Midgets were Grant Fraser and Chad Tucker. On Saturday, the home team earned a 6-5 win in overtime over the Fredericton Canadiens in crossover league play. Evan MacLennan led the way for the Weeks with a hat trick and an assist, one of his goals being the overtime winner.
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Luke Pelton had 3 goals and 2 assists as the Pictou County Midget AA Crushers skated to an 8-5 win over the New Waterford Sharks Sunday in Cape Breton. Adding to the scoring was Isaac Koehoorn with 2 and Kyle Walsh, Brandon Benjamin and Dan Molyneux each adding 1 marker. The Crushers, although playing with a short bench due to recent injuries, showcased their talent and determination  to control the game for most of the 60 minutes. The Midget AA Crushers are in action this Saturday at 2:30 when the New Waterford sharks visit the Wellness Centre for a rematch.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers spotted the Truro Bearcats a 4-0 lead before mounting a comeback, but ended up falling just short, losing 4-3 Saturday at the Rath Eastlink Centre. The Crushers scored twice in the final 1:16 of the game to make it close, but could not find the equalizer. The same two teams played again Sunday at the Wellness Centre, which the Bearcats won 4-1 in a game where all the scoring was in the final period.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA played a pair of games on the weekend... on Saturday the team edged the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers 5-4 at the Wellness, then on the road Sunday they were edged out 2-1 by the ProCresting Penguins.
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Great turnout in Westville Friday night as the Westville Miners faced the Thorburn Golden Hawks for a tie game 3-3. Scoring for the Miners was Kayden Moulaison followed by Nathaniel Horne and Patrick MacNeil. Scoring two goals for the Golden Hawks was Cole T Miller with Evan Stewart scoring one. This weekend, the Westville Miners face the Pictou Maripacs.
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Kanokai Judo Club hosted the 2015 Provincial Judo Championships at North Nova Education Center over the weekend. Approximately 200 athletes from across the maritimes were in attendance. Kanokai Medalists included: In the LTAD Division: Ralph Baldwin, Seth Cormier, Paige Landru, John MacEachern, Liam MacPherson, and Mekhi Reddick.
Gold Rylan Hislop, Landon MacPherson, Luke Perrin, and Rob Falconer
Silver Grayson Hislop, Ari Hislop, and Marshall Fitt
Bronze Adrian Stuart, Kaden MacDonald, Omar Alsaidan, Keagon MacDonald, Mya Cameron, Brady Robinson, Brittany Lodge, Mason Dakin, and Kyle Sutherland (with double bronze).
Congratulations to all the Kanokai participants! 
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The Pioneer Coal Track has now closed for the winter, and will reopen in April. They want to thank all of the patrons who used the track over this past season, and a special thanks goes out to the volunteer gatekeepers – Charlie, Alden, and Bob!
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Edmonton Eskimos have their 14th Grey Cup title. Jordan Lynch ran in a touchdown from one yard out with 3:22 left to rally the Eskimos to a 26-20 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks in Winnipeg. It's Edmonton's first C-F-L championship since 2005. Eskimos Q-B Mike Reilly was named M-V-P of the game while receiver Shamawd Chambers took home the Most Outstanding Canadian honours.
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The Ravens will play their first game in eight years without starting quarterback Joe Flacco tonight as the Cleveland Browns host Baltimore in the Monday Night N-F-L game. Flacco tore his A-C-L and M-C-L in a win over St. Louis last week. Cleveland, meanwhile, will start Josh McCown after relegating Johnny Manziel to third string.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs will turn to rookie netminder Garret Sparks when they host the Edmonton Oilers at Air Canada Centre tonight. Toronto has lost three straight, including a 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday that saw Jonathan Bernier fall to 0-8-and-1 on the season. James Reimer is still out with a lower-body injury.
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It's a quiet night in the N-H-L with only three other games scheduled. The New York Islanders host the Colorado Avalanche, the Rangers are hoping to reverse a three-game slide as they entertain the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Vancouver Canucks are in Anaheim taking on the Ducks.
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Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors can improve to 19-and-0 to start the season with a win tonight against the Utah Jazz. Golden State beat Sacramento Saturday night for their N-B-A-record 18th straight win to begin the year. The Raptors are off for two nights before taking on the Hawks in Atlanta on Wednesday. Toronto dropped a 107-102 decision to Phoenix last night.  

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 27 *UPDATED 10:05 AM*
Friday 27th November 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost again to Summerside, but they fought hard. It was a back and forth match that the Western Capitals needed overtime to win 4-3. Scoring for the Crushers were Luc Poirier, Cole Murphy and Drew Packman. The Crushers head on the road to play the Valley Wildcats tomorrow, and we'll have the action on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pre-game show at 6:45.
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Very close game last night in Thorburn as Westville Miners faced the Thorburn Golden Hawks with a 3-2 win. Scoring for the Golden Hawks was Joe Walsh and Cole T. Miller - both in the second period. Patrick MacNeil scored the lone goal in the second period for the Miners followed by Fox Irving and Daniel Seymour clinching the win in  the third period. These closely matched teams face each other again in Westville tonight at 6pm.
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The 16th Annual Allan Cameron Memorial Hockey Tournament begins today at the Trenton Arena, hosted by the North Nova Gryphons. Six teams will be participating, including the Northumberland Nighthawks. Games take place throughout Friday and Saturday, with the Semi-Finals on Saturday evening and the Championship game Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
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This is the final night for the Stellar Curling Club, Foord St. Stellarton, Open House. 7:00pm. No experience necessary. A great way to pass the winter months.
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The Kanokai Judo Club will be hosting the Provincial Judo Championships this weekend at North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow . Everyone is invited to come out and watch - it's FREE for spectators. The opening ceremonies will take place at 10:00 am, with competition immediately following and running throughout the day.
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Grey Cup week continues in Winnipeg as C-F-L commissioner Jeffrey Orridge addresses media to review the past season and look ahead to the league's future.  Both the Ottawa Redblacks and Edmonton Eskimos will be on the fields as they prepare for Sunday's Grey Cup.
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It's a busy day in the N-H-L with 12 games on the ice.  The Winnipeg Jets visit Minnesota while the Montreal Canadiens travel to New Jersey and the Edmonton Oilers play in Detroit. The later games will see Dallas host Vancouver and Calgary continuing a road trip with a stop in Arizona.
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Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors look to keep rolling tonight as they visit the Phoenix Suns. Curry has led the Warriors to a perfect 16-and-0 start to the season, setting the N-B-A's record for best start to a season.  There are 11 other games around the league but the Toronto Raptors have the night off.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 24
Tuesday 24th November 2015

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


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 23
Monday 23rd November 2015

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The Pictou County Scotians finished off a perfect weekend with a 3-1 win at home last night over the East Hants Penguins. The win came on the heels of a huge 5-4 win over the Sid Rowe Division leading Glace Bay Miners on the road the night before. The Scotians improve to 9-7 on the season, good for second place in the Sid Rowe, and a 7 point lead on the third place Strait Pirates, who lost last night at Valley, 5-4. Up next for the Scotians is a game in Port Hawkesbury against those Pirates on Friday, before they face the Valley Maple Leafs at home in Trenton on Sunday at 7pm.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost a tough one on the Island on Saturday night, falling by a score of 3-1 to the Summerside Western Capitals. Regan Spears scored his 13th of the season in the first period, but it was not enough. These same two teams will meet at the Wellness Centre this Thursday, when the Chase the Ace jackpot is expected to be approximately $4000.
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The Weeks Major Midgets lost their only game over the weekend, 4-1 to the Halifax McDonald's. The Weeks have 7 wins in 19 games this season, and sit in last place in the 8 team NSMMHL. However, there is a huge log-jam in the standings with third place and eighth separated by just 4 points.
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The Subway Northern Selects of the NSFMHL split their weekend games, winning at home against the Cape Breton Panthers 4-0 on Saturday before falling to Metro Boston Pizza 2-1 in Berwick yesterday. The Selects currently sit in third place in the four team NSFMHL, one point back of the Penguins, but with one game in hand.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers continue to struggle, dropping both of their games this weekend, losing to the Storm 6-1 at home on Saturday, then travelling to St. Margaret's Bay and getting shut out by the Gulls 10-0 yesterday. The Major Bantam Crushers have just one win in 16 games this season, and are last place in the 12 team NSMBHL.
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After a 2-2 tie Friday night in Westville – the Westville Atom B Miners and Antigonish faced off against each other in Antigonish on Sunday with Antigonish Bulldogs winning 4-2. Scoring for the Bulldogs was Caylum MacLean scoring two goals and Bauer MacNeil and Lochlan Kearns scoring one each. Scoring for the Miners was Fox Irving and Patrick MacNeil. Westville Miners face the Thorburn Golden Hawks this weekend.
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Volleyball Nova Scotia is holding an Open House for the Fundy region at Truro Junior High Monday night from 6-9 pm. The Open House is an opportunity for new members to learn about clubs in their area, and for all members to learn about training programs, club competitions and other events during the volleyball season.
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Stellar Curling Club, Foord St Stellarton will hold their Open House Tuesday to Friday at 7 o\'clock....Recreational Curling.....No experience necessary! A great way to pass the winter months!
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Edmonton and Ottawa will meet in a Grey Cup game for the first time in 34 years. The Edmonton Eskimos advanced to the C-F-L Championship game with a 45-31 victory over defending champs Calgary in the West final, while the Redblacks topped Hamilton 35-28 in the East. Edmonton beat the then Ottawa Rough Riders for the 1981 Grey Cup title.
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Carson Palmer overcame two early interceptions to throw four touchdown passes as Arizona beat Cincinnati 34-31 on a last-second field goal in the N-F-L Sunday night matchup. Earlier, the Green Bay Packers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 30-13 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. 
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Cory Schneider made 36 saves against his former team as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. The 29-year-old Schneider picked up his first victory at Rogers Arena as a member of the opposition after going winless in his first two starts in Vancouver with the Devils. Mike Cammalleri had a goal and two assists for Jersey.
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The Montreal Canadiens have back-to-back wins against the New York Islanders. Carey Price made 21 saves and Alex Galchenyuk scored late in the third period to give Montreal a 4-2 victory over the visiting Islanders. The Canadiens beat New York 5-3 in Brooklyn on Friday night. 
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The Toronto Raptors have concluded their five-game Western road trip with back-to-back victories. DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll each poured in 21 points to lift Toronto to a 91-80 victory over the L-A Clippers. Toronto returns home to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
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Golden State matched the best start in N-B-A history, beating the Denver Nuggets 118-105 to move to 15-and-0. Klay Thompson scored 21 points to lead the Warriors. Elsewhere, Russell Westbrook had 31 points and 11 assists as Oklahoma City rallied from a double-digit third-quarter deficit to beat Dallas 117-114.
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WESTVILLE ARREST BEING INVESTIGATED: MAN MAY HAVE BROKEN WRIST AS A RESULT OF POLICE ACTIONS
Friday 20th November 2015

The provincial police watchdog is investigating an arrest of a 22-year old man in Westville. The Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) is looking into the incident, which occurred outside of Acropole Pizza on Main St. just before midnight, 10 November. Stellarton and Westville police were called to an altercation involving several people outside the business, and a man was arrested at the scene and placed into a police vehicle. There was an alteraction as the man was moved to another vehicle, and it was later determined he sustained a broken wrist at some point in the evening. The matter was reported to SiRT, as the injury may have happened due to the actions of police. They're asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - 20 NOVEMBER
Friday 20th November 2015

For the first time this season, the Weeks Jr A Crushers went to overtime on home ice. The Crushers and Valley Wildcats played an incredibly close game all night long, tied 1-1 after 1 period; 2-2 after 2, and 3-3 after 3 periods. The 5 minute 3-on-3 overtime decided nothing, but rookie sensation Michael Dill and Cole Murphy both scored in the shootout while Daniel Vautour stopped both shooters he faced to give the Crushers the 4-3 victory. The Crushers now have a 2 point lead on both Valley and Truro for first place in the Eastlink Division. The next action for the Crushers will be Saturday night across the Strait, when they visit the Summerside Western Capitals, and we will be there. Join the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:15, puck drop is set for 6:30.
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Barcelona defeated Ireland 6-5 yesterday in World Indoor Soccer League action at the Walter Duggan Gymnasium. Today, Mexico plays host to Portugal
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Westville Power Skating still has registration spots left. Cost is $45 or $90 for a family of two or more. Ages 4-12. Session is 17 weeks. Lessons are Sundays from 3:30 to 4:20 at the Westville Arena. For more info call 902-396-1059, visit the Town of Westville Facebook Page, or register on the spot Sunday at 3:30 at Westville Miners Arena.
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RBC Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport. And Pictou Recreation Aquatics is hosting a full day of activities at the Fisheries Training Pool including fitness circuits, water polo, H2O basketball, adult and open swims plus a cannon ball challenge, all for free! The events are planned to help people discover their favourite water sports as part of RBC Sports Day in Canada. It all takes place this Saturday, November 21st. For more information, visit www.townofpictou.ca
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Kids football has a new time slot at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton: Sundays from 3:00 to 4:00pm
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Volleyball Nova Scotia is holding an Open House for the Fundy region at Truro Junior High Monday night from 6-9 pm. The Open House is an opportunity for new members to learn about clubs in their area, and for all members to learn about training programs, club competitions and other events during the volleyball season.
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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Pictou County Athletics starts up its 2016 season on Wednesday, January 6th at the YMCA. Registration begins at 7pm to 8:15 and the team practices from 7:40 to 9:25. Other practice days are Fridays at the Indoor Soccer Facility (from 4 to 5:30) and Goodlife Fitness Center ( 6:30 to 8:30 ) and Sundays from 3pm to 5pm at NNEC. Full season(Jan. To Aug 20th) cost is $275 and this includes ANS fee and team warm up shorts. Winter( Jan. To April 1st) is $155 and this includes ANS fee of $75. Second registration is at the Indoor Soccer complex on Friday, Jan.8th from 3:30 to 4:30. We have family rates. If you require more information contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com and if you have questions concerning registration contact Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Josh Donaldson continues to be rewarded for his stellar 2015 season. The Blue Jays third baseman was named the American League M-V-P, edging out Angels outfielder Mike Trout for the honour. In the National League, Bryce Harper became the youngest unanimous M-V-P in baseball history, taking N-L honours after leading the majors with a .649 slugging percentage and a .460 on-base average.
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Alexander Steen scored the shoutout winner and Jake Allen made 32 saves to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.  St. Louis has won seven straight games and 17 of its last 19 against Buffalo since 1999.  Kevin Shattenkirk and Vladimir Tarasenko scored in regulation for the Blues, who had lost three of four.
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Around the N-H-L, the Montreal Canadiens dropped a 3-2 decision to the Arizona Coyotes at Bell Centre. Early goals from Shane Doan and Martin Hanzal helped Arizona snap a two-game losing skid. And the Ottawa Senators got a 25-save outing from Craig Anderson en route to a 3-0 win over Columbus. Captain Erik Karlsson scored twice for the Sens.
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Another loss for the Tennessee Titans. Rashad Greene returned a punt 63 yards to set up a touchdown with 3:30 remaining, and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat Tennessee 19-13, handing the Titans their eighth loss in nine games. The Jaguars improved to 4-and-6 with their second win in a row. It's the first time they've won consecutive games in more than two years.
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Stephen (STEF'-ihn) Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a 23-point, first-half deficit to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 124-117 for their 13th consecutive victory to start the season. Golden State is one of four teams in N-B-A history to open 13-0.
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In other N-B-A action, LeBron James scored 27 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Milwaukee Bucks 115-100, and Chris Bosh had 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Miami Heat beat Sacramento 116-109. In the Development League, Raptors 905 lost its inaugural home opener in Mississauga, Ontario, 109-104 to the Maine Red Claws.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 19 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Thursday 19th November 2015

The Pictou County Weeks Jr. A Crushers face a division rival tonight, playing the Valley Wildcats at the Wellness Centre tonight. The Crushers currently lead the division with 24 points, with Valley just two points behind, and the Truro Bearcats one point behind.
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Westville Power Skating still has registration spots left. Cost is $45 or $90 for a family of two or more. Ages 4-12. Session is 17 weeks. Lessons are Sundays from 3:30 to 4:20 at the Westville Arena. For more info call 902-396-1059, visit the Town of Westville Facebook Page, or register on the spot Sunday at 3:30 at Westville Miners Arena.
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RBC Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport. And Pictou Recreation Aquatics is hosting a full day of activities at the Fisheries Training Pool including fitness circuits, water polo, H2O basketball, adult and open swims plus a cannon ball challenge, all for free! The events are planned to help people discover their favourite water sports as part of RBC Sports Day in Canada. It all takes place this Saturday, November 21st. For more information, visit www.townofpictou.ca
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Kids football has a new time slot at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton: Sundays from 3:00 to 4:00pm
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Mike Condon will once again start for the Montreal Canadiens tonight when they host the Arizona Coyotes at Bell Centre. Condon made 23 saves in the Canadiens come-from-behind win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night. Goaltender Carey Price is back practising with Montreal but doesn't know yet when he'll be ready to play.
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Just like that the Columbus Blue Jackets are on a roll. After a disastrous start to the season, Columbus will be looking for its fourth-straight win tonight in Ottawa when they take on the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre. The Sens are enjoying a good start to the season and are in second place in the Atlantic division.
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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has a chance to win some hardware tonight when Major League Baseball announces its M-V-Ps for the American and National Leagues. Donaldson is one of three finalists for the A-L, joining Lorenzo Cain of the Royals and Mike Trout of the Angels. Canadian Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt and Bryce Harper are finalists in the N-L.
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Marcus Mariota will be without his top receiver tonight when the Tennessee Titans play in Jacksonville against the Jaguars in N-F-L action. Titans veteran receiver Kendall Wright will miss his third consecutive week with a sprained ligament in his left knee. The Jaguars are ahead of Tennessee in the A-F-C South standings with a 3-6 record. The Titans are 2-7.
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A light schedule around the N-B-A tonight with only three games scheduled. The 12-0 Golden State Warriors will try and remain perfect when they visit the L-A Clippers. The Raptors are off today after a 93-89 loss to the Utah Jazz last night. Toronto continues its road trip tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 18 *UPDATED 10:10 AM*
Wednesday 18th November 2015

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

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 17 *UPDATED 9:45 AM*
Tuesday 17th November 2015

It's a good news/bad news day for the Weeks Jr A Crushers. The bad news is that they have lost Jacob Hickey, likely for the remainder of the season. The good news is the reason he will no longer be with the Crushers is because he has been called up by the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL. General Manager Chad McDavid says the team is happy for Hickey and wish him all the best in the next chapter of hockey career. Hickey received the call yesterday, and is leaving today to join the Armada, whose next game is on Saturday at home against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
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Last night in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Miners Sports Center , Amy Cameron’s two goals led the Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Rangers.Tracy Dart and Nadine leBlanc also scored for the Bruins while the Rangers were led by Bethany Martin’s two goals and a single by Debbie MacLean.
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Pictou County Ultimate's touring team, named "Brown Sauce" after our famous Pictou County Pizza, had an outstanding showing at the Halifax Ultimate C4P indoor ultimate tournament last weekend in Halifax. There were 24 teams from across Atlantic Canada, and Brown Sauce entered ranked as the 22nd seed, and had a strong showing by finishing in 12th place. This is the best result for the club to date. Pictou County Ultimate's indoor season begins tonight at 8:30pm at the Sobeys Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. The league is co-ed, and all experience levels are encouraged. Games are on Tuesdays, going from now until April and is 100$ for members, with a 70$ student rate, and drop-in players are also welcome.
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RBC Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport. And Pictou Recreation Aquatics is hosting a full day of activities at the Fisheries Training Pool including fitness circuits, water polo, H2O basketball, adult and open swims plus a cannon ball challenge, all for free! The events are planned to help people discover their favourite water sports as part of RBC Sports Day in Canada. It all takes place this Saturday, November 21st. For more information, visit www.townofpictou.ca
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Kids football has a new time slot at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton: Sundays from 3:00 to 4:00pm
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Get into the holiday spirit with the YMCA of Pictou County's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run. It's a 5K event, starting at the Wellness Centre at 10am December 5. Cost to register is a minimum $10 donation to the YMCA Strong Kids campaign. For more information, call 902-752-0202.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It's a busy day in the N-H-L with eight games lined up including two in Canada.  Colorado visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto has won three of its last four games, but the Avalanche are on a three-game win streak.  Later, the Calgary Flames host New Jersey.
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The Toronto Raptors continue their west coast road trip with a stop in Oakland against the N-B-A champion Golden State Warriors. Toronto sits atop the Atlantic division with a 7-and-4 record.  However, Golden State hasn't let up since it won the league title, with the Warriors winning the first 11 games of the season.
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Newly re-signed Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada will address Toronto media today.  The right-hander came to terms with the Blue Jays on a two-year deal worth 26-million dollars U-S for two years on Friday. Estrada had a career year with 13 wins, eight losses, a 3.13 E-R-A and 131 strikeouts.
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Canada's quest for a World Cup berth in soccer continues as they visit El Salvador in a qualifying match. Captain Julian de Guzman is set to surpass Paul Stalteri's men's record of 84 caps for Canada.


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

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

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

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

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 11
Wednesday 11th November 2015

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


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

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

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

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

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 8
Sunday 8th November 2015

The Weeks Major Midgets fell in Cole Harbour to the Wolf Pack 10 – 2 last night. Scoring for the Weeks squad were Kevin Mason and G Blackmore. This afternoon, the team is in Darmouth taking on Steele Subaru.
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The Pictou County Scotians are in Trenton tonight to play Cumberland County at 7pm. The Scotians were 5 – 3 winners against the Strait Pirates on Friday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will tangle with the Joneljim Cougars at the Wellness Centre this afternoon at 1:15.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA squad is at the Wellness Centre at 12:15 to play Metro Boston Pizza.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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It took 19 weeks but the C-F-L East division is finally sorted out. Henry Burris threw six touchdown strikes and the Ottawa Redblacks locked up first place in the division with a 44-28 win over Hamilton in the final game of the regular season. In other C-F-L action, Calgary toppled the B-C Lions 28-7 in a preview of next week's West semifinal.
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Johnny Gaudreau scored twice and added an assist as Calgary snapped a nine-game losing streak against Pittsburgh with a 5-2 win. The Flames last victory against the Penguins was on December 3rd, 2005.  Phil Kessel scored his team-leading sixth goal of the year for the Pens.
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In other N-H-L action, Alex Ovechkin scored in a shootout to give Washington a 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs. David Desharnais (DAY'-har-nay) had the winner as Montreal doubled up the Bruins 4-2. Michal Neuvirth (NOY'-virth) was perfect on 28 shots as Philadelphia blanked the Jets 3-0, and the Sabres spoiled Ryan Miller's return to Buffalo with a 3-2 win over the Canucks. 
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Trey Burke scored 24 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and the Utah Jazz held off the struggling Memphis Grizzlies for an 89-79 victory. The Jazz improved to 4-and-2 for their best start to a season since 2008-09.  Utah's Gordon Hayward had his best game of the season, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.
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Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half, and the undefeated Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 103-94. Golden State is off to its best start since moving to the West Coast. The defending N-B-A champions are two wins away from matching the Philadelphia Warriors' 9-and-oh franchise-best start in 1960-61.
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Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy tweeted "regret" on Saturday night after photos of his bruised ex-girlfriend from his domestic violence case were released by Deadspin a day earlier. Hardy said on Twitter that he "had to say I express my regret 4 what happened in past." Hardy missed 14 games last season while with Carolina due to the domestic case and served a four-game suspension from the N-F-L to begin this year.


WESTVILLE LATEST TOWN TO CHASE THE ACE
Friday 6th November 2015

Westville is joining the “Chase the Ace” craze. Westville Fire Rescue, along with Westville & Area Recreation & Planning Commission, will begin a "Chase the Ace" fundraiser on Sunday from 2-4pm at the Westville Fire Hall. The idea of doing some type of fundraiser was first suggested by Westville Business owners Rhonda and Andre Kougias. The Fire Dept will use proceeds from the event to ratchet up the annual Canada Day Celebration, plus purchase fire/rescue equipment. The Commission will use the funds to enhance day to day operations at the Westville Miners Rink. Both groups agreed to contribute to the Grand Prize: a guaranteed four thousand dollars if the Ace of Spades is drawn on Sunday. For full information and house rules, go to their Facebook page.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - NOVEMBER 6 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Friday 6th November 2015

With several players out due to injuries, the Weeks Jr. A Crushers stepped up their game and routed Miramichi 7 – 1 last night at the Wellness Centre. Taylor Davis had a hat trick, with singles from Mike Lyle, Michael Dill, Mack Darragh and Lucas Zwaagstra. Daniel Vautour turned aside 26 shots for the win. The Crushers head to Bridgewater tonight, and Michael Petter will have all the action on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning at 6:45.
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Canada has fallen to 1-1 at the Four Nations Cup in Sweden after a 3-0 loss to the United States. Today is an off day before the Canadians wrap up the Round Robin against the host Swedes on Saturday. With a win, they will get the chance to avenge the loss in the Gold Medal game on Sunday.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan  Division 3 World  Indoor Soccer League: Game 1 Barcelona 6 vs Portugal 2, Game 2 Mexico 4 vs Ireland 4
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The YMCA will be having an Open House at the Squash Courts at the William M. Sobeys Indoor Complex on Saturday from Noon to 2pm. Come out to see the courts and learn how the game of Squash is played.
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Northumberland Strait Shooters Archery Club will be holding an Open House and registration for a beginning archery course on November 17, 2015 at the Westville Town Hall Gym on Queen Street. Cost of the course is $40 per person for ages 12 and up. The course will continue the following three weeks and end on December 8 from 6:00-7:30pm and if required a second session will take place from 7:30-9:00pm. For further information please contact Club President Michael MacKinnon at 902-752-4497 or email jakemac@eastlink.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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There are six games around the N-H-L tonight with two Canadian teams in action.  First up, it's an Original Six matchup as the Detroit Red Wings visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Later, the Edmonton Oilers host the Pittsburgh Penguins without rookie sensation Connor McDavid, who broke his collarbone on Tuesday night.
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The class of 2015 will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame today in Toronto.  Legendary N-H-L defencemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Phil Housley will be enshrined, as will forward Sergei Fedorov. Women's hockey star Angela Ruggiero as well as executives Peter Karmanos junior and Bill Hay will also be inducted.
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Two struggling C-F-L teams meet in Toronto tonight as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visit the Argonauts.  Winnipeg has lost back-to-back games, while Toronto has dropped three straight.  The Argonauts have clinched a playoff spot, however, while the Bombers are missing the post-season.
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Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors hope to continue their franchise-best start to the season.  Toronto faces the Orlando Magic tonight in Florida, with a perfect 5-and-0 record. It's the best start in Raptors history and ties Toronto with the N-B-A champion Golden State Warriors as the only perfect teams in the league.

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

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


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

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

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

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

NS PARAMEDICS RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR SERVICE
Friday 30th October 2015

Fourteen Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Exemplary Service Medal for their work. Lieutenant-Governor J-J Grant presented the medals Thursday during a ceremony at Government House in Halifax. It is a federal award and paramedics must have shown exemplary service for at least 20 years, with at least 10 years in a position that could put them at risk. Amoung the recipients were Perry Kaiser of Westville and Dwayne Semple of Tatamagouche.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 22
Thursday 22nd October 2015

Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Hockey League on Monday evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center. In Game 1, Canadians defeated the Red Wings 4 – 2. Game 2 saw the Maple Leafs edge the Rangers 6 – 5.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers are at the Wellness Centre tonight, taking on the Dieppe Commandos at 7pm. Dieppe is second in the Roger Meek division, while the Crushers are currently fourth in the Eastlink division.
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The Multicultural Association of Pictou County & WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton are working together to bring Cricket to the Complex this winter. The program, which begins Friday from 7 to 9pm, will be open for men women and children of all ages. There will be two games, on each half of the stadium. On one side, those who have played before will be split into two teams on the spot to play a match or two. The other side will be for new players including children. There will be a 30 minute introduction of rules, and a demo of basic techniques, followed by an actual game. Playing equipment is provided, and the recommended clothing is full pants, full sleeve shirts and sneakers. At the end they will register names and contacts of those who would like to play again more often.
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In Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League action there's two games in Thorburn tonight, as Dewtie's Excavating plays the Pictou Landing Falcons at 7, followed by Whitey's Vikings against Shenanigans.
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Another flag football session has been scheduled for this coming Sunday from 3-4pm at the WM Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. Any child between the ages of 7 and 14 is welcome to attend. You do not have to have attended the previous session.
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The Blue Jays are still alive in the American League Championship Series. Marco Estrada was brilliant on the mound as Toronto beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Game 5. Estrada allowed just one run on three hits over 7-and-two-thirds innings for the Jays who were coming off a 14-2 humiliation in Game 4. Troy Tulowitzki drove in three runs.
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It's an off-day for the Blue Jays as they take a brief break from the American League Championship Series. With their victory over the Kansas City Royals earlier today, Toronto forced a Game 6 on Friday at Kauffman Stadium. David Price will start on the mound for Toronto. Yordano Ventura counters for the Royals.
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Daniel Murphy has almost single handedly got the New York Mets back to the World Series. He homered in his record sixth straight post-season game as the Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3. The victory completed a four-game sweep of the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. It's the first time the Mets are in the World Series in 15 years.
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Another goal for hockey phenom Connor McDavid. He scored his fourth of the season in the second period as the Edmonton Oilers got past the Detroit Red Wings 3-1. It was the third-straight win for the Oilers, who started the year with four-straight losses. Teddy Purcell added another quick goal in the second for Edmonton.
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Around the N-H-L, Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson scored in the shootout as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1. Claude Giroux (zhih-ROO') had a goal in the third period and the overtime winner as the Flyers rallied to beat the Bruins in Boston 5-4. And, Victor Rask scored in O-T as the Hurricanes blanked Colorado 1-0.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 19
Monday 19th October 2015

The Crushers took it to overtime, but lost 7-6 against the Yarmouth Mariners on Friday. Scoring for the Crushers were Luc Poirier and Cole Murphy with 2 each, Regan Spears, and Mike Lyle. The Crushers are back at the Wellness Centre Thursday night against Dieppe.
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The Weeks Major Midgets were shut out 6-0 by the Steele Subaru squad on Sunday at the Wellness Centre. The team's next game is in Halifax on Saturday.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers dropped one against the Western Hurricanes 4-1 on Sunday. Colin MacGillivary scored for Scotsburn. Next up for the team is a trip to Cole Harbour on Friday.
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NNEC Gryphons boys hockey team posted 2 wins this weekend. Friday night saw the Gryphons defeat East Hants 8-0. Goal scorers were Robert Burrows (2), Jared Livingstone (2), Matt Chediac, Colin Holmes, Ryan MacDonald and Noah Teed. Assisting on the goals were Ryan Chabassol, Evan Callaghan (3), Livingstone (2), Holmes (2), Teed, Braydon Ross, Austin Mason, Sean Duggan and Ryan MacDonald. Thomas Baudoux recorded the shut out. On Saturday, in Westville, the Gryphons defeated their local rivals the Northumberland Nighthawks 7-2. Jared Livingstone had a hat trick, Robert Burrows added 2 and singles went to Matt Chediac and Sean Duggan. Assists went to Duggan (2), Kirklin Murray (3), Evan Callaghan (3), and Campbell Burrows. Matt Murray recorded the win in nets. Northumberland goal scorers were Briden Hawes, Justin Walsh with assists coming from Ryan Dykstra, Reed MacDonald and Tyler Swain. The Gryphons will travel to Truro on Thursday night to play CEC at 630 pm, and will host Dalbrae Friday night in Trenton, game time 700 pm.
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The Northern Subway Selects Female AAA hockey Club returned to league action with an afternoon tilt against the ProCresting Penguins at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Saturday. The Selects started well with a goal from Siena Forance assisted by first year player Maddie Quinn late in the first period. The lead was short lived as the Penguins tied it minutes later just before the period ended. The teams played a fast paced second period but neither team had anything to show for it. Going into the third it looked like the next goal by either team would win it. The Penguins forward broke in alone on Selects goaltender Adi Small and scored what turned out to be the winner at 13:35 of the third. The Penguins added an empty net goal to make the final 3-1. The Subway Crew next see action on Saturday October 24th at 12:30pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre when they host the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers. The two teams meet again on Sunday the 25th at the Emera Centre in North Sydney. Game time is 11am.
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The Maritime Hockey League has announced the roster for the 2015 Eastern Canada Cup Tournament, which will be played in Cornwall, Ontario next month. The tournament pits all-star teams from each of the five easternmost Jr A leagues across the country against each other. One member of the Weeks Jr A Crushers has been selected to the team. Defenseman Matt Morgan will be on the roster that heads to Cornwall for the tournament November 16-18.
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On Saturday night in Truro, at the 2015 Atlantic CMRC Series Motocross Banquet, two Birch Hill MX Park Team Riders received awards. Samantha Daling of Scotsburn placed third overall for the Atlantic Championship in the Junior Ladies class. Third overall for the Atlantic Championship in the 65 cc class went to Brent Chapman of Broadway. Samantha and Brent participated in 10 races this season at different tracks across the Atlantic Region. Congrats to both of them!
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The Pictou County Lightning Basketball program is looking for help in finding coaches for the upcoming season. They currently need a coach for the MiniBoys B team, and one of the Bantam B teams. They will be hosting coach training sessions over three weekends starting October 16 for those who may be interested, so prior experience is not needed. For more information, contact Allan Floyd by email at pclightning@EastLink.ca.
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The Mets are up 2-oh in the N-L Championship Series. Former Blue Jays pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard went 5-and-2-thirds innings, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out nine as New York beat the Cubs 4-1 in Game 2 of the N-L Championship Series. Game 3 returns to Chicago on Tuesday.
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The Oilers have back-to-back wins thanks to Lauri Korpikoski. The Finnish winger scored in overtime to lift Edmonton over the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. Also, Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and Brian Elliott made 27 saves as the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2.
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Elsewhere, Adam Henrique scored once and then set up Lee Stempniak's overtime winner as New Jersey beat the Rangers 2-1, Anaheim got its first win of the season by downing Minnesota 4-1, and the L-A Kings edged Colorado 2-1 thanks to Tyler Toffoli's (TAW'-foh-leez) go-ahead goal in the second period.
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Andrew Luck's return wasn't enough for the Colts to beat the Pats. Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes as New England beat Indianapolis 34-27. Luck was 30 of 50 for 312 yards and three touchdowns in his first game back from an injured right shoulder.
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The Carolina Panthers maintained their perfect record as Cam Newton threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen with 32 seconds left to rally the 5-and-oh Panthers to a 27-23 win at Seattle. The defending N-F-C champs are 2-and-4 following their second straight fourth-quarter meltdown.
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Peyton Manning drove Denver 72 yards to set up Brandon McManus' 34-yard field goal with 4:56 to go in overtime, giving Denver a 26-23 win at Cleveland. Manning overcame three interceptions to help the Broncos improve to 6-and-oh for the seventh time in team history. He went 4 for 4 for 39 yards on the winning drive.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 16
Friday 16th October 2015

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

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

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 14
Wednesday 14th October 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers do not have a home game this week, but the one game that they do play may be just what the doctor ordered. After having been shut out in their last two games, the Crushers will face a team they have scored on 14 times so far this season when they visit the Yarmouth Mariners. They will be in the Fishtank on Friday night, starting at 7:00pm, and you can catch the game on Classic Rock 97.9, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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There was one game last night in the NSJHL. The Valley Maple Leafs got past the hometown Brookfield Elks 4-3 in a matchup of Fred Fox Division rivals. The Leafs improve to 3-1 on the season, while Brookfield falls to 2-4.
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Midget AA hockey has returned to Pictou County and the Midget AA Crushers invite you to join them as they welcome the Antigonish Bulldogs to town for their regular season home opener on Friday, October 16 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is 8pm.
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Registration for the Kinsmen Power Skating Program will take place this Sunday October 18 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 3:45pm to 5:15pm. New this year, the Kinsmen will be offering a Learn to Sledge program in partnership with Active Pictou County. More info on both programs can be found on the New Glasgow Kinsmen facebook page or by contacting Steve Dunbar at sdunbar@eastlink.ca.
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Westville minor hockey tryouts will begin on Oct 17th and regular scheduled times begin on Oct 24th. This is also to remind everyone that Midget "A" tryouts are only for those who have completed the Checking Clinics. If you are not receiving their emails and wish to be added to the 2015-2016 list of contacts, please email westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com . Anyone looking for extra info or just have a quick question check them out on Facebook.
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The Pictou County Lightning Basketball program is looking for help in finding coaches for the upcoming season. They currently need a coach for the MiniBoys B team, and one of the Bantam B teams. They will be hosting coach training sessions over three weekends starting October 16 for those who may be interested, so prior experience is not needed. For more information, contact Allan Floyd by email at pclightning@EastLink.ca.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun on October 17th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Marcus Stroman will aim to keep his post-season success going this afternoon (Wednesday) when the Blue Jays host the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of their American League Division Series. Stroman pitched in Game 2 of the best-of-five series and went seven innings but earned a no-decision. Texas left-handed ace Cole Hamels will counter.
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Clayton Kershaw finally came through with the season on the line to help save the Dodgers season with a 3-1 Game 4 victory over the New York Mets. The win forced their N-L Division Series to a deciding Game 5 on Thursday. Earlier, the Cubs beat the Cardinals in Game 4 of their series to advance to the N-L-C-S which starts Saturday.
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The Canucks couldn't help but take advantage of a struggling Los Angeles Kings squad. Ryan Miller made 15 saves in his 36th career shutout as Vancouver blanked the Kings 3-0. L-A is 0-3 to start the season and have been outscored 11-2 in the process. Adam Cracknell, Alexander Edler and Derek Dorsett scored for the Canucks.
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A big night for phenom Connor McDavid. He scored his first N-H-L goal during the second period in the Edmonton Oilers' 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. Jason Spezza happened to steal the show, scoring a hat trick, including the tiebreaker late in the third period for the Stars. Dallas had 52 shots, its most since getting 55 in 1995.
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Calgary couldn't take advantage of four power plays in the first period tonight. Blues rookie defenceman Colton Parayko scored twice — including the winner — as St. Louis edged the Flames 4-3. The loss drops Calgary to 0-2 to start the season on home ice. Mason Raymond, Jiri Hudler and David Jones scored for the Flames.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 13
Tuesday 13th October 2015

The Pictou County Scotians bounced back from a 7-2 loss at home on Sunday to the Glace Bay Jr Miners with a 4-3 win on the road last night against the Sackville Blazers. Matt Oldfield scored the game winner with 1:45 remaining in the third period with an assist going to Brad MacEachen, improving the Scotians record to 2-4 on the season. Troy Disipio, Jordon Yochoff, and Chris Brooker with his first of the season also scored for the Scotians.
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On Friday, October 9th, the North Nova Gryphons Boys Hockey Team opened their season with an 8-0 decision over Northumberland Nighthawks.  After a scoreless 1st period, Austin Mason put the Gryphons on the score board 6 minutes into the 2nd period.  Other goal scores were Jared Livingston, Ryan MacDonald, Colin Holmes, Robert Burrows (2) and Matt Chediac (2).  Assists went to Kirklin Murray, Ethan Snell, Robert Burrows (2), Sean Duggan and Braydon Ross.  Matt Murray recorded the shut out.  On Sunday, the Gryphons travelled  to Port Hood to play the Dalbrae Dragons and recorded the win defeating Dalbrae 4-1.  Colin Holmes scored a hat trick, while Matt Chediac  picked up the single goal.  Assisting on the goals were Ryan MacDonald (2), Robert Burrows, Kale Mason and Evan Callahan.  Net minder Thomas Baudoux picked up the win.  Dalbrae's lone goal was scored by Shaun Cameron.  NNEC Gryphon's upcoming games are Friday, October 16th at 7:00pm at the Trenton Rink against East Hants and a rematch against the Northumberland Nighthawks on Saturday, October 17th at 6:00pm at the Westville Rink.
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The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers began their season with exhibition games against the Cumberland County Ramblers. The teams met in Springhill on Saturday with the Crushers coming out on top, dominating the Ramblers 8-2. Scoring for the Crushers was Covey Cameron (2), Aidan Hahn (2), Isaac Willison, Peyton Clements, Andrew Webster, and Ethan Tibbets. Assists went to Ty Briand, Hahn, Clements (2), Webster, Kirk Turnbull (2), and Brennan Dalton. On Sunday, the Ramblers travelled to Pictou County with the Crushers winning once again with a score of 3-2. Scoring for the Crushers was Cameron, Brent Chapman and Reilly Grant. Josh MacDonald, Jake Baird, Briand, Willison, Hahn, and Clements all earned assists. The Peewee A Crushers will have a Home and Home against the Strait Richmond Pirates this coming weekend.
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The Pictou County Lightning Basketball program is looking for help in finding coaches for the upcoming season. They currently need a coach for the MiniBoys B team, and one of the Bantam B teams. They will be hosting coach training sessions over three weekends starting October 16 for those who may be interested, so prior experience is not needed. For more information, contact Allan Floyd by email at pclightning@EastLink.ca.
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Come Try Ringette and have some fun on October 17th at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 5:30pm PLUS it`s FREE! All you need is a pair of skates, helmet, gloves (winter gloves will do). Please arrive at the rink 30 minutes before ice time. Advance registration is required for this event. For more information contact the Come Try Ringette Coordinator at ctr-activestart@ringette.ns.ca. or contact Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Blue Jays are headed back to Toronto, alive and most certainly kicking after a second straight win in Texas. Backed by three early home runs, R-A Dickey and David Price combined for 7-and-2-thirds innings as Toronto defeated the Texas Rangers 8-4 to tie their American League Division Series at two games apiece. The rubber match goes Wednesday at the Rogers Centre.
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The Royals have stretched their respective A-L Division Series to a fifth and deciding game by beating the Astros 9-6 in Houston. Kansas City scored five times in the eighth with help from shortstop Carlos Correa's two-run error on a potential double-play grounder. The deciding game goes Wednesday.
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Curtis Granderson drove in five runs with two doubles off the wall, Travis d'Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes homered, and New York's dangerous bats busted loose for a 13-7 victory Monday that gave the Mets a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five N-L playoff. And the Cubs set a post-season mark with six home runs and beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-6 for a 2-1 lead in their N-L Division Series.
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Le'Veon Bell scored on a 1-yard wildcat run as time expired as the Pittsburgh Steelers stunned the San Diego Chargers 24-20 in the N-F-L Monday nighter. Earlier in C-F-L action, the Argonauts beat the Alouettes 25-17 to move into a first-place tie with the Tiger-Cats in the East Division.
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Radim Vrbata and Alex Burrows scored in the shootout, and the Vancouver Canucks spoiled the Anaheim Ducks' home opener with a 2-1. Kevin Bieksa played nearly 25 minutes in his second game with the Ducks. Anaheim acquired the veteran defenceman from Vancouver last summer after he played 10 years with the Canucks.
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TWENTY YEAR OLD WESTVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR STABBING
Saturday 10th October 2015

A 20-year-old Westville man has been sentenced to 2 years less a day in prison after a conviction in the Pictou Courts for stabbing another man in Stellarton.
Court heard yesterday that it resulted from what was a drug deal gone bad back in January. Justice Patrick Murray told Alexander Logan MacLeod, who was 19 when the crime was committed, that “he has the ability to succeed, but the rest of his life is up to him.”
The 16-year-old victim was wounded in the stomach area, upper back and chin, and court heard that one of those knife wounds came very close to the victim's heart. After serving his time, MacLeod will be placed on probation for 2 years.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 7 *UPDATED 9:35 AM**
Wednesday 7th October 2015

Ahead of tomorrow night's home game against the Truro Bearcats, the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers have made a couple of significant trades which should amount to an upgrade between the pipes. The Crushers have sent Christofer Langlais to the Campbellton Tigers for future considerations. This comes just days after acquiring goalie Daniel Vautour from the Dieppe Commandos for the rights to Alex Elsliger, a third round pick in the draft next year, and future considerations. In three starts with the Crushers, Langlais went 2-1 with a solid 3.34 GAA and a .902 SV%. Vautour was released by the Acadie Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL after appearing in 3 games for them earlier this season. His last appearance was September 25 in a loss at Cape Breton.
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The Pictou County Midget AA Crushers will be hosting the Truro Bearcats tonight at 8pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Bluenose Curling Club will be hosting a Open House through Thursday this week. The goal is to expose the sport to new potential curlers, and give them an opportunity to try it out before making a commitment. Registration for the season will be taking place throughout these planned events. Wednesday will feature the Little Rocks and Juniors, while Thursday is the final Open House night.
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Trenton Learn to Skate Program Registration today at the Trenton Park Office from 11:00am - 7:00pm. Cash/cheque only. More info available at www.trenton.ca or call 902-752-1019
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There are a few spots remaining for this year's Canskate at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Learn to skate for as young as 3 years, teenagers and adults too! Register Friday, Oct 9 and Sat Oct 10 at the Wellness Centre from 4 to 6pm.
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Westville Minor Hockey will hold a final hockey registration at the Westville Fire Hall (not at the annex) tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm.
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East Pictou Silver Blades is holding registration for learn to skate programs tonight from 6:30 pm -8:00 pm at the Thorburn Rink. You can contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or epsbcoach.1@outlook.com. with any questions.
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The YMCA and Y-Tri Club are hosting an Open House tonight at 6:30pm at the Wellness Centre. All tri-club members NEW AND OLD and anyone who may be interested in learning about doing a triathlon are welcome to attend. There is no commitment by attending, just come and learn what they are all about and what it takes to complete a Triathlon and how they can help you acheive that goal.
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Six teams will compete in a High School Regional Baseball beginning Friday: North Nova, Northumberland, Pictou Academy, Amherst Regional, CEC, and Hants North. Games will be at the Albion Ball Field and the Kinsmen Field in New Glasgow. The top 2 teams will meet Saturday in the regional championship game, with the winner moving on to provincials.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Mike Babcock era officially begins in Toronto tonight as the puck drops on the N-H-L regular season. The Maple Leafs will host the Montreal Canadiens at the Air Canada Centre. Montreal has its sights set on contending for the Stanley Cup after three straight playoff appearances. Toronto hopes to reach the post-season after missing out last season.
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There are three other games on the N-H-L's opening night. In Calgary, the Flames begin their season with a game against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver will be looking for some revenge after losing to the Flames in the first round of the playoffs last season. Chicago hosts the Rangers and San Jose visits Los Angeles.
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It'll be Houston versus the defending American League champion Kansas City Royals in the A-L-D-S. Dallas Keuchel (KYE'-kull) pitched six stellar innings of three-hit ball as the Astros blanked the New York Yankees 3-0 in the A-L wild-card game last night. Former Blue Jay Colby Rasmus hit a solo homer for Houston.
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The St. Louis Cardinals will know their National League Division Series opponent by the end of the night. The Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates square off in the wild-card game at P-N-C Park, for the right to challenge the N-L best Cardinals. Cy Young contender Jake Arrieta gets the ball for the Cubs. Pittsburgh counters with Gerrit Cole.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have another day off before hosting Texas to open their American League Division Series. Meanwhile, the latest issue of Sports Illustrated out today features several Jays stars and manager John Gibbons on the cover. Some consider being on the magazine cover a jinx. Cleveland, Seattle, Kansas City and Washington were featured on S-I's baseball season preview issue and only the Royals made it to the post-season.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - OCTOBER 6
Tuesday 6th October 2015

The Bluenose Curling Club will be hosting a Open House from Tuesday through Thursday this week. The goal is to expose the sport to new potential curlers, and give them an opportunity to try it out before making a commitment. Registration for the season will be taking place throughout these planned events. On Tuesday, they will be “Going to Bat for Autism”, as an initial fundraiser for Autism Nova Scotia, Pictou County Chapter. Participants can try out curling as a “batter” or “pitcher” with different skills shots for each position. Wednesday will feature the Little Rocks and Juniors, while Thursday is the final Open House night.
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Are you looking for someting to do on Saturday afternoons, how about floor hockey? Drop by the Pictou Academy Gym from 1-3pm every Saturday. Pictou Recreation and Parks is offering a Youth Drop In Floor Hockey program, You must be at least 13 years old. Only $2, bring a friend. Bring your own stick and gear, goalie equipment provided if needed. Nets available. For more information call Pictou Recreation and Parks at 902-485-4372.
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Trenton Learn to Skate Program Registration on Wednesday at the Trenton Park Office from 11:00am - 7:00pm. Cash/cheque only. More info available at www.trenton.ca or call 902-752-1019
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Westville Minor Hockey will hold a final hockey registration at the Westville Fire Hall (not at the annex) on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm.
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East Pictou Silver Blades is holding registration for learn to skate programs on Wednesday from 6:30 pm -8:00 pm at the Thorburn Rink. You can contact eastpictousilverblades@hotmail.com or epsbcoach.1@outlook.com. with any questions.
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The Chediac Furniture Labatt's Hockey League is starting another season of hockey, any teams that would like to join, call Vernon: 902-752-2491.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed again due to unforeseen installation delays. The opening date is set for Wednesday, which will also be the beginning of the Fall Swim Lessons session. Thank You for your patience and continued support.
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The YMCA and Y-Tri Club are hosting an Open House Wednesday at 6:30pm. All tri-club members NEW AND OLD and anyone who may be interested in learning about doing a triathlon are welcome to attend. There is no commitment by attending, just come and learn what they are all about and what it takes to complete a Triathlon and how they can help you acheive that goal.
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NATIONAL SPORTS A goal-line stand saved the day for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Kam Chancellor punched the ball free from Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson at the one-yard line when it appeared the Lions were going to take the lead. Seattle held on to win 13-10 and improved to 2-and-2 on the season.
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Raffi Torres will be missing the first 41 games of the San Jose Sharks' season. He's been suspended and will lose more than $440-thousand in salary after being suspended by the N-H-L for a hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg (SIHL'-vur-burg) in a pre-season game on Sunday in Anaheim, California. It is the fifth suspension of Torres's N-H-L career.
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Newly-acquired Canadiens forward Zack Kassian is off to a rough start in Montreal. He has entered a substance abuse program after being involved in a motor vehicle accident Sunday morning. He is suspended without pay until he is cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators. Kassian broke his nose and left foot in the crash in Montreal.
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It didn't take long for the Washington Nationals to begin their housecleaning following a disappointing season. The Nationals have fired manager Matt Williams and his coaching staff after a season in which the team went from World Series favourite to missing the playoffs. Washington finished second in the National League East at 83-79, seven games behind the division-winning New York Mets.
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The Toronto Raptors had a hard time handling the N-B-A champions. DeMarre (duh-MAR'-ay) Carroll scored 15 points for the Raptors as Toronto fell to the Golden State Warriors 95-87 in pre-season play. Leandro Barbosa scored 15 points and Klay Thompson added 14 for Golden State.


PROVINCE TO HELP FUND TRAIL UPGRADES
Tuesday 6th October 2015

A pair of community projects in Pictou County will receive funding from the province through its sustainable transportation grant program. The Town of Trenton is getting $28,550 to build a trail connector between Trenton Park and Smelt Brook, along the Trenton Airport corridor. The trail and the road signs that show people how to get to it make up the third phase of the town's plan to close the Trans Canada Trail gap from Pictou to New Glasgow. The Town of Westville is set to receive $4,850 for a signage project called Connecting the Dots to lead visitors and residents in and out of the town along existing trails.

TRENTON AND WESTVILLE TO TAKE PART IN MOU HEARINGS NEXT YEAR
Wednesday 30th September 2015

The two towns not involved in the MOU are getting involved in public hearings. The News reports that both Trenton and Westville want to be interveners at the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board's hearings in February on the memorandum of understanding between Pictou County and the towns of Pictou, New Glasgow and Stellarton. Westville and Trenton state in letters to the Review Board that they are applying to be interveners because of services they currently share with the four units involved in the MOU, including policing, libraries, solid waste management and water agreements. As an intervener, a group or person can speak or cross-examine other parties, provide evidence, and have access to all the information provided. Public consultations and a formal plebiscite to gauge the views of the residents will take place before the Board's final decision next June.

WESTVILLE WOMAN WINS INVERNESS DRAW, BUT STILL NO ACE: ONE MORE RAFFLE ON SATURDAY
Monday 28th September 2015

A Westville woman was the big winner in Inverness on Saturday, but the Ace is still out there. Carol Hartling's ticket was worth over $235,000. She wasn't sure what she might spend the money on when asked by reporters. Saturday's ticket sales totalled nearly $1.2 Million. The legion will take 50 per cent of those winnings and split it with the Inverness Cottage Workshop, which provides vocational and skill development for adults with intellectual disabilities. With five cards still left in the deck, organizers say Chase the Ace will end next week. Next Saturday, if the first winning ticket holder doesn't draw the ace, organizers will continue to pull raffle tickets until it's picked.


FUNERAL PROMPTS STREET CLOSURES
Sunday 20th September 2015

A large crowd is expected Monday for the funeral of police officer Catherine Campbell. As a result, there are street closures to tell you about. The services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church with internment afterward. As a result, the funeral procession will be taking place through New Glasgow, Stellarton, and Westville starting about 1:30 PM. EXPECT DELAYS on East River Road, Bridge Avenue, and Foord Street during the afternoon. Also, FOORD STREET will be CLOSED from Jubilee Avenue to Bridge Avenue from about 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM, while JUBILEE AVENUE will be closed to traffic most of the day. Drivers are asked to avoid the area during this time-frame.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 18
Friday 18th September 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost to the Summerside Western Capitals 5-3 Thursday night in Summerside. Scoring for the Crushers were Cole Murphy, Regan Spears and Luc Poirier. Christofer Langlais stopped 30 of 34 shots in the loss. Tomorrow, join us on Classic Rock 97.9 as we join the Crushers as they face the Truro Bearcats for the first time in the regular season at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Michael Petter will bring you all of the action, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm on Saturday night.
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The NSMMHL regular season is getting underway, and the Weeks Major Midgets are getting their season rolling with a trip down to the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre for a pair of games Saturday & Sunday against the South Shore Mustangs. The Weeks home opener will be this Tuesday when they host the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Weeks are also looking for some help operating the videocamera for them during home games, which will possibly double up with doing some online broadcasting. This would be ideal for a student looking for some experience or who has an interest in this area. Please contact Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com for more information.
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The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards host the Peewee AA Atlantics tournament this weekend. Coming to compete will be teams from Summerside, P.E.I., Grand Falls, N.L., the Halifax Mets and Western Valley in New Brunswick. The Blizzards' first game is Friday at 1 p.m. against the Mets, then under the lights at 7:30 p.m. against Grand Falls. All games are at Kinsmen Field.
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This weekend the Springville Lob Ball Tournament will take place. There will also be a skills competition tonight at 5:45. There will be prizes, Chase the Ace, a full canteen, basketball court, and washer toss! Lots to do for both young and old. All proceeds go to the upgrades planned for the Springville Ball Field and East River Valley Recreation in Springville.
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Tatamagouche Skate Club is holding registration 29 Sept from 5 – 7 pm at the North Shore Recreation Center.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey would like to notify all parents and players that the Rep Division of PCMHA is the only division that will be offering competitive hockey at the A, AA, and AAA levels for the 2015/16 season. Any player who is interested in playing checking hockey at the Bantam or Midget level this season will have to register with the Rep Division of PCMHA. There will be no other checking hockey in the Pictou County Minor Hockey System. The six divisions of PCMHA will have teams registered under the B and C level classifications of hockey, which restricts body contact. Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association begins its tryout selection today at the Wellness Centre. Tryouts for the AA teams in Atom, Peewee, Midget and Bantam will be held this weekend. A $60 tryout fee must be paid on the first day of the tryout. Anyone interested in playing AA must attend the first session, as no new registrations will be accepted after tryouts begin. Following the end of AA tryouts, evaluations for the A division will begin, and more information will be posted. A complete list of tryout times will be posted at www.pcmha.com under the female tab on the side of the screen. More information on the tryout process and the regular season will be available at parent meetings prior to the first tryout session for each division.
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It's the last race of the season at Scotia Speedworld on Saturday. The Dartmouth Dodge 200 will feature local racers George Koskulics, Donald Chisholm and Cassius Clark – riding Rollie MacDonald's entry from Pictou – in the pack.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool says that due to unforeseen delays, the Pool re-opening has been further postponed. The projected opening is now Monday, September 28th. The projected start date for swim lessons is Wednesday, September 30th. To our patrons, Thank You for your patience. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Blue Jays are heading home on a winning note. M-V-P candidate Josh Donaldson hit his 39th home run to help lift Toronto to a 5-0 win over the Atlanta Braves. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-car-nah-see-OHN')and Cliff Pennington also homered. The Jays return to Rogers Centre for a three-game series against the Red Sox.
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Emmanuel Sanders had a game-tying touchdown with 36 seconds left and cornerback Bradley Roby returned a fumble for a T-D nine seconds later as the Denver Broncos stunned Kansas City 31-24. Peyton Manning threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns.
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Rafael Palmeiro has signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League and plans to play alongside his son Patrick for the remainder of this season. The 50-year-old Palmeiro was a four-time All-Star who played for the Chicago Cubs, Texas and Baltimore. His career was tarnished by a 10-day suspension in 2005 for a positive steroids test.
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Former Pistons bad boy Bill Laimbeer was named the W-N-B-A's coach of the year. He guided New York to a franchise record 23 wins and the Number 1 overall seed in the playoffs for the first time. It's the second time in his career that he's earned the award, also winning it in 2003 when he was coaching Detroit.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 17
Thursday 17th September 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers hit the road for a pair of games this week, starting tonight in Summerside against the Western Capitals. On Saturday, join us on Classic Rock 97.9 as we join the Crushers on their trip across Mount Thom to face the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Michael Petter will bring you all of the action, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm on Saturday night.
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The NSMMHL regular season is getting underway, and the Weeks Major Midgets are getting their season rolling with a trip down to the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre for a pair of games against the South Shore Mustangs. The Weeks home opener will be next Tuesday, 22 September when they host the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Weeks are also looking for some help operating the videocamera for them during home games, which will possibly double up with doing some online broadcasting. This would be ideal for a student looking for some experience or who has an interest in this area. Please contact Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com for more information.
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The Nova Scotia 55+ Games take place this week, co-hosted by the Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County. There are a record 755 athletes registered to participate, including more athletes from Pictou County than ever before. The games begin today and run through until Saturday at a number of venues throughout the area.
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The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards host the Peewee AA Atlantics tournament this weekend. Coming to compete will be teams from Summerside, P.E.I., Grand Falls, N.L., the Halifax Mets and Western Valley in New Brunswick. The Blizzards' first game is Friday at 1 p.m. against the Mets, then under the lights at 7:30 p.m. against Grand Falls. All games are at Kinsmen Field.
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This weekend, September 19 and 20, the Springville Lob Ball Tournament will take place, and they still have room for one more team to register. There will also be a skills competition Friday night at 5:45. Five teams have already confirmed entry. The cost is $150 for a team of 13 players. Contact tournament organizer Barry Coady to reserve your spot. There will be prizes, Chase the Ace, a full canteen, basketball court, and washer toss! Lots to do for both young and old. All proceeds go to the upgrades planned for the Springville Ball Field and East River Valley Recreation in Springville.
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Tatamagouche Skate Club is holding registration 29 Sept from 5 – 7 pm at the North Shore Recreation Center.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey would like to notify all parents and players that the Rep Division of PCMHA is the only division that will be offering competitive hockey at the A, AA, and AAA levels for the 2015/16 season. Any player who is interested in playing checking hockey at the Bantam or Midget level this season will have to register with the Rep Division of PCMHA. There will be no other checking hockey in the Pictou County Minor Hockey System. The six divisions of PCMHA will have teams registered under the B and C level classifications of hockey, which restricts body contact. Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association begins its tryout selection Friday at the Wellness Centre. Tryouts for the AA teams in Atom, Peewee, Midget and Bantam will be held this weekend. A $60 tryout fee must be paid on the first day of the tryout. Anyone interested in playing AA must attend the first session, as no new registrations will be accepted after tryouts begin. Following the end of AA tryouts, evaluations for the A division will begin, and more information will be posted. A complete list of tryout times will be posted at www.pcmha.com under the female tab on the side of the screen. More information on the tryout process and the regular season will be available at parent meetings prior to the first tryout session for each division.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool says that due to unforeseen delays, the Pool re-opening has been further postponed. The projected opening is now Monday, September 28th. The projected start date for swim lessons is Wednesday, September 30th. To our patrons, Thank You for your patience. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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David Price gave up six hits and had nine strikeouts as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 9-1. He improved to 7-1 since coming to Toronto in a trade with Detroit. The Blue Jays maintained their three game lead in the American League East as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1.
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Slava Voynov is ending his N-H-L career in the wake of ongoing legal troubles. The L-A Kings defenceman is returning home to Russia after pleading no contest in July to a misdemeanour charge of domestic violence against his wife, Marta Varlamova. Voynov made the announcement in a statement released by his lawyer.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 16
Wednesday 16th September 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers hit the road for a pair of games this week, starting tomorrow night in Summerside to face the Western Capitals. Then on Saturday, join us on Classic Rock 97.9 as we join the Crushers on their trip across Mount Thom to face the Truro Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Michael Petter will bring you all of the action, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm on Saturday night.
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The NSMMHL regular season is getting underway, and the Weeks Major Midgets are getting their season rolling with a trip down to the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre for a pair of games against the South Shore Mustangs. The Weeks home opener will be next Tuesday, 22 September when they host the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Weeks are also looking for some help operating the videocamera for them during home games, which will possibly double up with doing some online broadcasting. This would be ideal for a student looking for some experience or who has an interest in this area. Please contact Anthony Conway at tconway@fraserhoyt.com for more information.
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The Nova Scotia 55+ Games take place this week, co-hosted by the Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County. There are a record 755 athletes registered to participate, including more athletes from Pictou County than ever before. The games begin on Thursday and run through until Saturday at a number of venues throughout the area.
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This weekend, September 19 and 20, the Springville Lob Ball Tournament will take place, and they still have room for one more team to register. There will also be a skills competition Friday night at 5:45. Five teams have already confirmed entry. The cost is $150 for a team of 13 players. Contact tournament organizer Barry Coady to reserve your spot. There will be prizes, Chase the Ace, a full canteen, basketball court, and washer toss!  Lots to do for both young and old.  All proceeds go to the upgrades planned for the Springville Ball Field and East River Valley Recreation in Springville.
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Tatamagouche Skate Club is holding registration 29 Sept from 5 – 7 pm at the North Shore Recreation Center.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey would like to notify all parents and players that the Rep Division of PCMHA is the only division that will be offering competitive hockey at the A, AA, and AAA levels for the 2015/16 season. Any player who is interested in playing checking hockey at the Bantam or Midget level this season will have to register with the Rep Division of PCMHA. There will be no other checking hockey in the Pictou County Minor Hockey System. The six divisions of PCMHA will have teams registered under the B and C level classifications of hockey, which restricts body contact. Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association begins its tryout selection Friday at the Wellness Centre. Tryouts for the AA teams in Atom, Peewee, Midget and Bantam will be held this weekend. A $60 tryout fee must be paid on the first day of the tryout. Anyone interested in playing AA must attend the first session, as no new registrations will be accepted after tryouts begin. Following the end of AA tryouts, evaluations for the A division will begin, and more information will be posted. A complete list of tryout times will be posted at www.pcmha.com under the female tab on the side of the screen. More information on the tryout process and the regular season will be available at parent meetings prior to the first tryout session for each division.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool says that due to unforeseen delays, the Pool re-opening has been further postponed. The projected opening is now Monday, September 28th. The projected start date for swim lessons is Wednesday, September 30th. To our patrons, Thank You for your patience. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Blue Jays still have a three-game lead in the American League East, despite losing. Andrelton Simmons' tie-breaking R-B-I single in the ninth inning lifted Atlanta Braves over the Blue Jays 3-2. Toronto maintained its lead in the A-L East thanks to the New York Yankees losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3.
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It's official -- five cities are in the running to host the 2024 Olympics. The I-O-C announced the final list of bidders today -- Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome. Toronto decided against a last-minute bid yesterday, as did the Azerbaijan capital of Baku. The I-O-C will select the host city in September 2017.
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There will be a new name on N-H-L sweaters in 2017. Adidas will be producing uniforms for the league for seven years beginning with the 2017-18 season. Adidas replaces Reebok.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 15 ***UPDATED***
Tuesday 15th September 2015

The Nova Scotia 55+ Games take place this week, co-hosted by the Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of Pictou County. There are a record 755 athletes registered to participate, including more athletes from Pictou County than ever before. The games begin on Thursday and run through until Saturday at a number of venues throughout the area.
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The Northern Nova Falcons Under 14 Girls took Gold in Tier 2 B Soccer Nova Scotia provincials over the weekend in New Minas. The girls won all three games in their division and defeated New Waterford in the final 2 – 0 in an exciting overtime match. Abby Lou MacDonald had the 2 points for the Falcons win. The U 12 Falcon girls also went to provincials this past weekend in Chester and ended up second in their division and fourth overall.
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Tatamagouche Skate Club is holding registrations 15 and 29 Sept from 5 – 7 pm at the North Shore Recreation Center.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association begins its tryout selection Friday at the Wellness Centre. Tryouts for the AA teams in Atom, Peewee, Midget and Bantam will be held this weekend. A $60 tryout fee must be paid on the first day of the tryout. Anyone interested in playing AA must attend the first session, as no new registrations will be accepted after tryouts begin. Following the end of AA tryouts, evaluations for the A division will begin, and more information will be posted. A complete list of tryout times will be posted at www.pcmha.com under the female tab on the side of the screen. More information on the tryout process and the regular season will be available at parent meetings prior to the first tryout session for each division.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Toronto has had its fill of multi-sport events for the time being. A source tells The Canadian Press that Toronto Mayor John Tory will not bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics after he received a lack of firm support from the provincial government and a lukewarm response from potential sponsors. Mayor Tory looked into a bid after Toronto hosted the Pan American Games this summer.
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Carlos Hyde scored two touchdowns to lead the host San Francisco 49ers past the Minnesota Vikings 20-3. Minnesota's Adrian Peterson carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards playing his first game in more than a year following paid leave and then a suspension in the fallout from a child-abuse case.
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Julio (HOO'-lee-oh) Jones had nine receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons held off the Philadelphia Eagles 26-24. Jones reached the end zone twice in the second quarter, including a 22-yard grab that put the Falcons ahead 20-3 with 45 seconds left in the first half.
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Slade Heathcott's three-run homer in the ninth inning gave the New York Yankees a 4-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The victory moved the Yankees within three-games of A-L East-leading Toronto. The Blue Jays had the night off.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 14 (UPDATED 9:45 AM)
Monday 14th September 2015

The Pictou County Scotians have a win and a loss in exhibition play with the Strait Pirates. Saturday night in Port Hawkesbury the Scotians earned a 5-4 victory. The Pirates got payback on Sunday night, defeating the Scotians 7-2 at the Wellness Centre.
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In Roller Derby: the Kicken Vixens were across the Strait playing the Bootleg Betties on PEI. The Vixens were triumphant 250-167. Patina LaRoche was named MVP Blocker and DC Comicazi was MVP Jammer.
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Saturday was an exciting night in the MHL, with four games all decided by a single goal. The County Aces earned a 2-1 win at home against the Campbellton Tigers, while the other 3 games all ended 4-3 in favour of the road team. Truro snuck past Amherst, South Shore got by Miramichi, and Summerside used overtime to beat Woodstock.
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The Weeks Major Midgets played to a 1-1 tie against the Cape Breton Tradesmen. In Early Bird play so far, the team has 3 losses and a tie.
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In University Soccer, UNB visited St. FX on Sunday. The women played to a 1-1 draw, while the X-men blanked UNB 3-nil.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Second place in the C-F-L's East Division belongs to the Redblacks. Jeremiah Johnson rushed for two second-half touchdowns and Chris Milo kicked five field goals as Ottawa came back to beat the B-C Lions 31-18. The Redblacks have a 6-4 record and a game in hand on the Toronto Argonauts in the standings.
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A thriller at A-T-and-T Stadium. Tony Romo threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten with 7 seconds left, and the Dallas Cowboys overcame three turnovers that led to easy New York points to beat the Giants 27-26. It was the fifth straight win for the defending N-F-C East champion Cowboys over their division rival.
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The Blue Jays are leaving New York with three-and-a-half game lead in the division. Toronto was shutout 5-nothing by the Yankees this afternoon but still took three of four in the series. Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kuh) went seven innings allowing just four hits for New York. The Jays are off today (Monday) before starting a three-game set on Tuesday in Atlanta against the Braves.
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Roger Federer made it interesting, but he didn't have enough to win the U-S Open final. Federer fell to Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) in four sets at Flushing Meadows. It was Djokovic's 10th Grand Slam title. He also topped Federer to win Wimbledon earlier this year. Djokovic had been just 1-and-4 in U-S Open title matches.


WESTVILLE POLICE TRACK STOLEN TRUCK WITH DANGEROUS CARGO
Monday 14th September 2015

Westville Police are asking for the public's assistance as they investigate the theft of a tractor-trailer carrying a potentially fatal cargo. A 2007 Freightliner was stolen from Nova Truck Centre on Barker Lane in Westville. The liner is green with New Brunswick plate PTW 079. Also taken was a white trailer containing over 40,000 pounds of snow crab that has been treated with a preservative for shipping to Japan. The chemical is not for human consumption, and eating the snow crab while treated with the preservative can be fatal. The trailer has the letters NYK in blue on the sides, with Nova Scotia licence PT 58845. Anyone with information is asked to call Westville Police (902-396-4911) or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477).

SPORTS ROUNDUP - SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13
Sunday 13th September 2015

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The Pictou County Scotians played their first exhibition game of the NSJHL season last night in Port Hawkesbury, and earned a 5-4 victory over the Strait Pirates. Darryl Wheadon led the way with a pair of goals, while Brendan Duff and Josh Hartley added a goal and an assist each. These same two teams will meet again tonight in another exhibtion game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is set for 7pm.
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The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women soccer teams had a successful double header at home yesterday, earning a win and a tie over the Universite de Moncton. The X-Women dominated in a 6-2 decision, while the X-Men played to a 1-1 tie.
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It was an entertaining night in the MHL last night, with four games all decided by a single goal. The County Aces earned a 2-1 win at home against the Campbellton Tigers, while the other 3 games all ended 4-3 in favour of the road team. Truro snuck past Amherst, South Shore got by Miramichi, and Summerside used overtime to beat Woodstock.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
Mike Reilly threw for 352 yards and three touchdown as the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Calgary Stampeders 27-16. It's Edmonton's first victory over Calgary in 13 games dating back four seasons. Earlier, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers topped Saskatchewan 27-7 to halt a four-game losing streak. Julian Feoli-Gudino had a 37-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter.
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The Toronto Blue Jays opened a season-high four-and-a-half-game lead in the A-L East, sweeping a doubleheader from the sagging New York Yankees 9-5 in 11 innings, and 10-7 on a rainy night in the Bronx. Marcus Stroman won in his return from a spring training A-C-L tear. The right-hander went five innings and gave up three runs. The Jays have also very quietly pulled to within 2 ½ games of Kansas City for the best record in the American League.
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The Blue Jays could be without all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki over the next little while. Tulowitzki sustained a small crack in his shoulder blade after colliding with Kevin Pillar on a catch during the first game of the doubleheader. He left the game and an M-R-I revealed the damage. The team says they'll watch him closely over the next week. 
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Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz homered to lead the Seattle Mariners in a 7-2 win against the Colorado Rockies. Cano's deep homer set a milestone. It was the 50th extra-base hit of the season for Cano, who is one of five players to have least 50 extra base hits in each of his first 11 seasons. Cruz's two-run homer was his 41st, tying Baltimore's Chris Davis for the major league lead.
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Canada's men's basketball team had to settle for third place at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City. Cory Joseph hit the winning bucket with no time left on the clock as the Canada beat host Mexico 87-86.  Andrew Nicholson led the Canadian squad with 20 points.
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The Montreal Impact began a two-game West Coast road trip with a nil-nil draw against the L-A Galaxy.  With this draw, the Impact remains sixth in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Philadelphia Union with four games in hand.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 12
Saturday 12th September 2015

Call it sweet revenge. Making up for their opening night loss, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers downed the Valley Wildcats 7-4 Friday night in Berwick. Cole Murphy led the Crushers with 1 goal and 3 assists while Mike Lyle added 2 goals. Grant Janes led the Wildats with 2 goals. Also scoring for the Crushers were Regan Spears, Michael Dill, Taylor Davis, and Mark Kennedy. Christofer Langlais stopped 48 of 52 shots for the win. The Crushers were 3 for 6 on the power play. Next up for the Crushers is a game in Summerside on Thursday.
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In University Women's Rugby, it wasn't even a contest at St. FX blanked SMU 83-0.
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Due to the rain the Washer Toss Tournament at the Churchville Community Hall has been cancelled today.
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Weather permitting, there's racing today at the Riverside Speedway, with the Highland Sportsmen Building 75 and the Prostock Lucas Oil 150.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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THREE PEOPLE DISPLACED, NONE INJURED, IN WESTVILLE FIRE
Friday 11th September 2015

Three people have been displaced after a mid-morning fire damaged their two-storey, wood-frame house in Westville. Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency lodging, food , clothing purchases and other support for a couple in their 70s and their son. There were no injuries from the fire, reported around 10 a.m. today on Elmwood Street.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 11
Friday 11th September 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers started their season with a 3-1 loss to the Valley Wildcats at the Wellness Centre. Regan Spears scored on the powerplay for the Crushers. Justin Ritcey stopped 16 of 18 shots in the loss. Hector Broadcasting will be there for the return match in Berwick tonight. Join Michael Petter on Classic Rock 97.9 for the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.
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On Saturday there will be a washer toss tournament at the Churchville Community Hall. Registration takes place from 10am to 11am, with the tournament itself starting at 11am. There will be cash prizes, door prizes, and 50/50 draws available. For more info contact Donna at 902-759-1734 or ervcda@live.ca
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There's racing on Saturday at the Riverside Speedway, with the Highland Sportsmen Building 75 and the Prostock Lucas Oil 150.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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Hockey Nova Scotia will be conducting a Hockey Canada Officiating Program Referee Certification Clinic at the NSCC in Stellarton, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. All new and returning officials can register online at https://ehockey.hockeycanada.ca. All new officials must be 14 by Dec. 31 to register. Anyone with any questions regarding the upcoming season can contact PCMH Referee in Chief Dave Lochead at davelochead@eastlink.ca or by phone at 902 301-2984.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 10
Thursday 10th September 2015

Tonight marks the start of the MHL regular season, and the Weeks Jr A Crushers will get things rolling with a home-and-home set against the Valley Wildcats. Tonight's game is at the Wellness Centre beginning at 7pm, followed on Friday by the Wildcats home opener at the Apple Dome in Berwick. Hector Broadcasting will be there for the return match in Berwick. Join Michael Petter on Classic Rock 97.9 for this and 14 other Crushers broadcasts throughout the 2015-16 season. Puck drop on Friday will be 7pm, with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.
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This coming Saturday there will be a washer toss tournament at the Churchville Community Hall. Registration takes place from 10am to 11am, with the tournament itself starting at 11am. There will be cash prizes, door prizes, and 50/50 draws available. For more info contact Donna at 902-759-1734 or ervcda@live.ca
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 9
Wednesday 9th September 2015

Wednesday Morning Housewives Bowling League will start bowling on today at 9am. New bowlers welcome.
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Hockey Registration will be held at the NSCC Cafeteria in Stellarton on Thursday Sept 17 from 6:30pm to 9pm and Saturday Sept 19 from 9am to noon. This is registration for all players from 6 Divisions of PCMHA including Thorburn Minor Hockey, Stellarton Minor Hockey, New Glasgow Minor Hockey, Pictou Minor Hockey, Westville Minor Hockey and Trenton Minor Hockey.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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NATIONAL SPORTS
The Toronto Blue Jays' bats came alive in the 10th inning. Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-kee) singled in the go-ahead run off Alexi Ogando to trigger a four-run inning and the A-L East-leading Blue Jays beat Boston 5-1. Toronto increases its lead in the East to one-and-a-half games over the New York Yankees, who lost 2-1 to Baltimore.
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Another big game for Andrews on Canada's men's basketball team. Andrew Wiggins had a game-high 17 points and Andrew Nicholson added 15 off the bench as Canada downed host Mexico 94-73 in second-round action at the FIBA (FEE'-bah) Americas Championship. Canada closes out the second round with a game against the Dominican Republic tonight.
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Canada is on to the fourth round of FIFA (FEE'-fah) World Cup qualifying. Will Johnson scored as Canada drew 1-1 in the second leg of their qualifying tie against Belize. Canada downed Belize 3-nil in the first leg last week in Toronto to win the two-game series 4-1 on aggregate.

SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 8
Tuesday 8th September 2015

The New Glasgow Kinsmen DQ Blizzards Captured the Nova Scotia Provincial 13U 'AA' Baseball Championship over the weekend in Bedford. The Blizzards went 4-0 defeating Halifax 14-4 in the finals. The Blizzards will host the Atlantic Championships September 18th-20th
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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NATIONAL SPORTS
The Calgary Stampeders have a bit of breathing room in the West Division stadings following a 16-7 win over Edmonton at McMahon Stadium. The victory gives Calgary an 8-and-2 record, four points ahead of the 6-and-4 Eskimos. Earlier, the Tiger-Cats took sole possession of first place in the East with a 42-12 rout of the Toronto Argonauts.
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The Toronto Blue Jays didn't begin their road trip the way they wanted to. Veteran Mark Buehrle (BURR'-lee) couldn't get out of the fourth inning en route to an ugly 11-4 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Buehrle gave up five runs on nine hits through three and a third innings as the Blue Jays saw their lead in the A-L East slip to just half a game following New York's 8-6 win over Baltimore.
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It was the Andrew show at the FIBA (FEE'-bah) Americas Championship. Andrew Wiggins had 18 points and Andrew Nicholson added 15 more to go with his 10 rebounds as Canada downed Uruguay 109-82 in second-round action. The victory was Canada's fifth straight at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Mexico City.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 7
Monday 7th September 2015

The New Glasgow Kinsmen DQ Blizzards Captured the Nova Scotia Provincial 13U 'AA' Baseball Championship over the weekend in Bedford. The Blizzards went 4-0 defeating Halifax 14-4 in the finals. The Blizzards will host the Atlantic Championships September 18th-20th
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers have another exhibition game at the Wellness Center, where they will play the Port Hawkesbury Novas at 2:30.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 5
Saturday 5th September 2015

The Weeks Junior ‘A’ Crushers finished the pre-season with another 4-2 win over the Amherst Ramblers at the Jungle in Amherst. Scoring for the Crushers were Drew Packman, Brook Hiddink, Cole Murphy and Ethan Marsh. The Crushers' regular season opener is Thursday at home against the Valley Wildcats.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Team has a series of exhibition games through the weekend. Today they will play the Novas in Port Hawkesbury at 5:00. The remaining games are at the Wellness Center. Truro visit Sunday at 2:30 while the Novas visit Monday at the same time.
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The Stellarton Albions are hosting U11 baseball provincials at the Sample Field complex this weekend. The Albions opened their tournament with a pair of wins, 11-1 over the Dartmouth Arrows, and 16-3 over the Glace Bay Colonels. The tournament continues today.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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Bridgewater, N.S., has been selected to host some of the world’s best high-performance sledge hockey players for the 2016 World Sledge Hockey Challenge. The annual event, which has become a staple of the international sledge hockey calendar, runs Jan. 17-23 at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre. Canada’s National Sledge Team will face off against three countries in a battle for gold. In the tournament’s eight-year history, Canada has won five gold medals, two silver and one bronze. Canada beat Korea 4-1 in the bronze-medal game at the 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alta.
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 4
Friday 4th September 2015

The Weeks Junior ‘A’ Crushers got a pre-season win defeating the Amherst Ramblers 4-2 at the Wellness Centre. Christoper Langlais made 22 saves in the Crushers net. Their final exhibition game is against the Ramblers tonight from the Jungle in Amherst. The Crushers' regular season opener is Sept. 10 at home against the Valley Wildcats.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Team has a series of exhibition games through the weekend. Saturday they will play the Novas in Port Hawkesbury at 5:00. The remaining games are return games at the Wellness Center for both teams. Truro visit Sunday at 2:30 while the Novas visit Monday at the same time.
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The Stellarton Albions will host the Under-11 AA baseball provincials at the Sample fields in Stellarton this weekend. The winning team represents the province at the Atlantic Tournament in Cardigan, P.E.I., Sept. 18-20. The Albions have had a strong season - they are 26-3 and on a 10-game winning streak. Their first match is Friday at 2:30 versus Glace Bay.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool re-opening date has been postponed due to unforeseen installation delays. The projected opening date is Monday, September 21st. The Pictou Pool Staff thank you for your patience and continued support.
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 3
Thursday 3rd September 2015

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Team has a series of four exhibition games through the weekend. Thursday they will travel to Truro to take on the Bearcats at 7 pm at the Rath Center. Saturday they will play the Novas in Port Hawkesbury at 5:00. The remaing games are return games at the Wellness Center for both teams. Truro visit Sunday at 2:30 while the Novas visit Monday at the same time. The team is finalizing its roster. They currently have 22 players and will use these games to get down to their 18 man roster.
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The Stellarton Albions will host the Under-11 AA baseball provincials at the Sample fields in Stellarton this weekend. The winning team represents the province at the Atlantic Tournament in Cardigan, P.E.I., Sept. 18-20. The Albions have had a strong season - they are 26-3 and on a 10-game winning streak. Their first match is Friday at 2:30 versus Glace Bay.
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The Birch Hill MX team will be hosting a motocross race at the Exhibition Grounds in Pictou on September 6th prior to the start of the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition. Please contact Steve Daling, 902-759-2005, for more information or visit http://www.pictouexhibition.com/?p=813.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) is the governing body that represents and administers minor hockey programs across eight divisions throughout Pictou County. Those divisions include, Pictou, New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton, Westville, Thorburn, Pictou County Rep. and Female. Each Division provides representatives to sit on the Executive Council who guide, direct and make decisions with respect to minor hockey in Pictou County. PCMHA is currently seeking to fill a number of volunteer Board positions for the upcoming minor hockey season. All those who are interested in being a part of the growth and development of Minor Hockey in Pictou County are encouraged to send an email to the administrator at admin@pcmha.com for more information.
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The Pictou Soccer Club will host a fall session for recreational soccer starting September 12th. Registration forms can be printed off and dropped off at Pictou Recreation until September 3rd or at the field on September 5th 9 am - 2 pm
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP SEPT 2
Wednesday 2nd September 2015

On Labor Day the 39th Annual Jimmy Hawboldt/Fred Lays Memorial Road Race will take place, and organizers are trying something new to build community spirit. Members of the public can decorate a water station along the race route in any style they choose. Each family or individual that would like to decorate a water station can contact Westville Recreation, Andrea MacEachern (andreamaceachern@live.ca) or Sally O’Neill (sally.oneill@westville.ca) to register. Organizers will provide water and cups. The station judged the best will receive a prize.
Registration for the Race begins at 9am Monday at Westville Town Hall.
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Team has a series of four exhibition games starting tomorrow and continuing through the weekend. Thursday they will travel to Truro to take on the Bearcats at 7 pm at the Rath Center. Saturday they will play the Novas in Port Hawkesbury at 5:00. The remaing games are return games at the Wellness Center for both teams. Truro visit Sunday at 2:30 while the Novas visit Monday at the same time. The team is finalizing its roster. They currently have 22 players and will use these games to get down to their 18 man roster. The Birch Hill MX team will be hosting a motocross race at the Exhibition Grounds in Pictou on September 6th prior to the start of the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition. Please contact Steve Daling, 902-759-2005, for more information or visit http://www.pictouexhibition.com/?p=813.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) is the governing body that represents and administers minor hockey programs across eight divisions throughout Pictou County. Those divisions include, Pictou, New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton, Westville, Thorburn, Pictou County Rep. and Female. Each Division provides representatives to sit on the Executive Council who guide, direct and make decisions with respect to minor hockey in Pictou County. PCMHA is currently seeking to fill a number of volunteer Board positions for the upcoming minor hockey season. All those who are interested in being a part of the growth and development of Minor Hockey in Pictou County are encouraged to send an email to the administrator at admin@pcmha.com for more information.
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The Pictou Soccer Club will host a fall session for recreational soccer starting September 12th. Registration forms can be printed off and dropped off at Pictou Recreation until September 3rd or at the field on September 5th 9 am - 2 pm
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Westville Minor Hockey is looking for coaches for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Coaching applications can be found under PCMHA, Westville at PCMHA.westville.goalline.ca , with a closing date of September 19th. Email to westvilleminorhockey@gmail.com Or mail to PO Box 330. Westville NS B0K 2A0
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - SEPT 1
Tuesday 1st September 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have shored up their goaltending, adding Chris Langlais in a deal with the South Shore Lumberjacks. Langlais and Ritcey will now make a very strong tandem in goal. Going the other way, the rights to Nick Ormon, who this year is playing Prep School hockey in New York.
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Last night at the Albion Field, co-captains Patsy MacKinnon and Amy Cameron accepted the Charlie Hafey Memorial Trophy on behalf of the Giants by virtue of their highest percentage of player participation during the season in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twight Softball League. The Leo Fahey Excellence in Sport Award went to Debbie D’Entremont for her high level of play and leadership over the past eight seasons.
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On Labor Day the 39th Annual Jimmy Hawboldt/Fred Lays Memorial Road Race will take place, and organizers are trying something new to build community spirit. Members of the public can decorate a water station along the race route in any style they choose. Each family or individual that would like to decorate a water station can contact Westville Recreation, Andrea MacEachern (andreamaceachern@live.ca) or Sally O’Neill (sally.oneill@westville.ca) to register. Organizers will provide water and cups. The station judged the best will receive a prize.
Registration for the Race begins at 9am Monday at Westville Town Hall.
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The Birch Hill MX team will be hosting a motocross race at the Exhibition Grounds in Pictou on September 6th prior to the start of the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition. Please contact Steve Daling, 902-759-2005, for more information or visit http://www.pictouexhibition.com/?p=813.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey – Rep Division will be hold tryout registration on tonight and tomorrow from 6:30-8PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) is the governing body that represents and administers minor hockey programs across eight divisions throughout Pictou County. Those divisions include, Pictou, New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton, Westville, Thorburn, Pictou County Rep. and Female. Each Division provides representatives to sit on the Executive Council who guide, direct and make decisions with respect to minor hockey in Pictou County. PCMHA is currently seeking to fill a number of volunteer Board positions for the upcoming minor hockey season. All those who are interested in being a part of the growth and development of Minor Hockey in Pictou County are encouraged to send an email to the administrator at admin@pcmha.com for more information.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association has coaching positions open in Midget AA, Midget A and PeeWee A. The Midget AA team will play in an eight team provincial league while the Midget A and PeeWee A division will play in the northern conference. Anyone interested in these positions is asked to contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca by September 3.
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The Pictou Soccer Club will host a fall session for recreational soccer starting September 12th. Registration forms can be printed off and dropped off at Pictou Recreation until September 3rd or at the field on September 5th 9 am - 2 pm
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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 31 *UPDATED 10:35 AM*
Monday 31st August 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers opened their exhibition season with a pair of losses in a home-and-home series with the Truro Bearcats. The Bearcats won in Truro 3 – 1 Saturday night, then defeated the Crushers at the Wellness Centre 4 – 3 on Sunday. The first cuts to finalize the team roster are expected ahead of the Crushers hosting Amherst on Thursday in the first of a home-and-home with the Ramblers.
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The Weeks Major Midgets were also in exhibition action Saturday as they took on Dartmouth at the Wellness Centre. The Weeks fell by a score of 3-2.
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Congratulations to the North Nova Falcon Senior Women's team, who took Gold at their provincial championship over the weekend, defeating Dunbrack 1-0 in the final.
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Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League on Saturday evening at the North-End Field.
Game 1: Giants 8 vs Blue Jays 4
Game 2: Yankees 9 vs Cardinals 9

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On Labor Day the 39th Annual Jimmy Hawboldt/Fred Lays Memorial Road Race will take place, and organizers are trying something new to build community spirit. Members of the public can decorate a water station along the race route in any style they choose. Each family or individual that would like to decorate a water station can contact Westville Recreation, Andrea MacEachern (andreamaceachern@live.ca) or Sally O’Neill (sally.oneill@westville.ca) to register. Organizers will provide water and cups. The station judged the best will receive a prize. Registration for the Race begins at 9am Monday at Westville Town Hall.
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The Birch Hill MX team will be hosting a motocross race at the Exhibition Grounds in Pictou on September 6th prior to the start of the Pictou North Colchester Exhibition. Please contact Steve Daling, 902-759-2005, for more information or visit http://www.pictouexhibition.com/?p=813.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey – Rep Division will be hold tryout registration on Tuesday Sept 1 and Wednesday Sept 2 from 6:30-8PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) is the governing body that represents and administers minor hockey programs across eight divisions throughout Pictou County. Those divisions include, Pictou, New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton, Westville, Thorburn, Pictou County Rep. and Female. Each Division provides representatives to sit on the Executive Council who guide, direct and make decisions with respect to minor hockey in Pictou County. PCMHA is currently seeking to fill a number of volunteer Board positions for the upcoming minor hockey season. All those who are interested in being a part of the growth and development of Minor Hockey in Pictou County are encouraged to send an email to the administrator at admin@pcmha.com for more information.
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NNEC will hold their annual boys and girls soccer team tryouts on September 1st & 2nd at 5pm. Tryouts are open to all students in grades 9-12 interested in playing on the varsity or junior varsity teams. All athletes are asked to please meet at the NNEC field. For more information, please contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association has coaching positions open in Midget AA, Midget A and PeeWee A. The Midget AA team will play in an eight team provincial league while the Midget A and PeeWee A division will play in the northern conference. Anyone interested in these positions is asked to contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca by September 3.
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NNEC Baseball will hold tryouts on September 2nd & 4th at 4:30pm at the Kinsmen Field in New Glasgow. All interested students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to tryout. For more information, please contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817.
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LOW GAS PRICES CAUSING STATIONS TO RUN OUT
Friday 28th August 2015

The low fuel prices are having a negative side effect - some stations in the city are running out of fuel. Halifax area gas stations are running low, while some have gone dry. The low price is driving up demand, but that is only one factor in the equation. Supply is also down, because of a shutdown of a refinery in Delaware that supplies about one-sixth of the gasoline that goes through the New York Harbour area. Most of the stations we have talked to in the Hector Broadcasting newsroom are not facing shortages, although Kevin's Shell on Westville Road tells us they have run out of premium gasoline and are starting to run low on regular grade.

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 27
Thursday 27th August 2015

Only one Pictou County golfer remains on the course after two rounds of the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur at Abercrombie Country Club. Kevin Scott of New Glasgow sh