With a Leaf team and organization in transition, Carlyle might have been the wrong man at the wrong time for Toronto. You can bring your own little unique twist to it, but really, the staple is already created. Since it’s too far to commute, he’s rented that home to a family from Kitchener, Ont., and is renting a place of his own in Anaheim. Now, Bieksa and Patrick Eaves are on the sidelines.Through it all, Carlyle has had to rely on younger players. I can guarantee you, when you do your pre-scout for tonight’s game, there isn’t a defensive-zone faceoff play they’ll use that we won’t use, too. “It’s the way a lot of us approach the game. A set piece, off a defensive-zone draw, was Ryan Getzlaf’s 110-foot breakaway pass to Rickard Rakell. However, he has been the perfect fit in Anaheim, a team that has relied on a handful of old-school principles to get to the third round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, where they are down 2-1 in their series against the Nashville Predators.Carlyle, for example, is scrupulous about getting the matchups he wants. They began the playoffs without two injured defensive mainstays, Cam Fowler and Sami Vatanen. But Carlyle kept the team on an even emotional keel and eventually the Ducks prevailed.“He’s a combination of keeping it light, joking around and emphasizing we should be having fun – and also being super competitive and intense,” Ducks defenceman Kevin Bieksa said. Everybody steals the same power play. “I’m a thief. In the dressing room, before a practice, you want it to be a comfortable environment and jovial. Coaching can be a precarious and uncertain profession, although in his two separate stints, Carlyle holds the record as the Ducks coach with the most wins, a record of 319-205-74. So it was kind of like coming home, going back into the building, where all the same people work. So in the second round against the Edmonton Oilers, he had Ryan Kesler skating practically side-by-side with Connor McDavid for the entire series. In the deciding game against Edmonton, Anaheim fell behind early – which might have been a catastrophe in other years, when the Ducks had a well-earned reputation for coming up small on home ice, in series-clinching games. And then, when it’s time to work, it’s time to work.”After leaving Toronto, Carlyle bought a home in Encinitas, Calif., near San Diego, where he eventually plans to retire. Everybody steals the same defensive-zone coverage. Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again, a theory the Anaheim Ducks are trying to disprove with coach Randy Carlyle.Last summer, after yet another failed attempt to win the Stanley Cup with a team in the heart of its window to contend, the Ducks removed a very successful regular-season coach in Bruce Boudreau and replaced him with Carlyle, who was at the helm a decade ago when the Ducks won the only championship in team history. The play came from the bench and effectively turned the series around, after the Ducks had fallen two games behind the Oilers.But more than any other quality, Ducks’ general manager Bob Murray brought Carlyle back because of his calm demeanour. “When I was a player, if you ever got called into the general manager’s office, your hands would get all sweaty. You learn from everyone else. But where many coaches in the modern NHL are content to match defence pairs against other teams’ top lines, Carlyle actually uses shadows. “To stay current, you have to get to their level and understand them. Carlyle is on to Act 3 of his NHL coaching career, after spending parts of four seasons behind the bench of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rookie Ondrej Kase moved up to play on Getzlaf’s line for Game 2 of the Nashville series.Once in a while, Carlyle likes to throw a surprise at his kids, just to keep things interesting.“The younger generation, they laugh at my music because I’m a classic-rock guy,” he said. Second-year pro Nick Ritchie has two game-winning goals in the past 10 days. But the team, it’s been a work in progress all year.”The changes have carried over into the playoffs, where the Ducks have muddled along despite injuries that might have crippled a lesser team. There’s a time and place to have fun. He has 410 career regular-season wins and passed Jacques Demers in the final game of the regular season to move into 33rd place.Over his career, Carlyle has tried to stay true to what he believes in, while adapting to changing times.“More than anything, these players don’t have any fear any more,” Carlyle said in a recent interview. If, all of a sudden, you come up with something from Eminem – and put that in a pump tape – they get it.”How does Carlyle keep up with new trends in coaching?“I steal,” he says, with a laugh. They’re all the same.” For Oilers’ executive Wayne Gretzky, this brought back flashbacks to an earlier era when he had to deal with the likes of Steve Kasper (The Friendly Ghost) following him on the ice.Carlyle also believes in calling faceoff plays. Now, they’ve all got security.“If you don’t adjust to what’s new or what’s working, you’re going to get lost by the wayside.”Carlyle will tell you the perception of the Ducks around the league may not accurately reflect the current incarnation of the team.“We transitioned some youth into our team this year,” Carlyle said, “but when everyone sees the Ducks, they label it Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry. I just watch what other people are doing.
Scotty Bowman, who would go on to coach the Canadiens, recalls that he was quick, competent and calm.“He played as he was in real life,” Mr. Molson said. After all the rain we had, the moon suddenly came out and it was so nice.”Along with his wife, Mr. We used to get calls at 11:30 at night. His father, who served in both world wars and worked in the family’s Molson Brewery business, loved his offspring but expected them to conform to the codes of the day. Molson and his two brothers, William and Peter Molson, soon bought the Canadian Arena Co. “He was reserved but gave it his all.”His elementary and high-school years were spent at Lower Canada College in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood. Under his leadership over the next seven years, the Montreal Forum was rebuilt and the Canadiens won five Stanley Cups, including a nail-biter on May 11, 1968, when the team, coached by the legendary Toe Blake, came from behind in the final minutes of the third period with goals by Henri Richard and Jean-Claude Tremblay to beat the St. After a few minutes of polite chitchat, he abruptly asked: “Want to come see my yacht?” He didn’t say that he’d bought it from his father for $1 or that it needed lots of repairs.She did, and they were married a few months later.“From the get-go, David was so easy to be with,” Mrs. You never have any private time,” she continued. “We just enjoyed each other.”The couple shared a love of water, over the years sailing to places such as the Bahamas and exploring the Mackenzie River, the largest and longest river system in Canada. Louis team and would come back to coach the Canadiens in the summer of 1971. Molson leaves his younger brother, Peter Molson; his children, John Henry, Catherine Elizabeth and David Hugh Molson; and seven grandchildren.To submit an I Remember: firstname.lastname@example.orgSend us a memory of someone we have recently profiled on the Obituaries page. from their older relatives for $5-million. It closed its doors for the final time on October 1, 1990.Mr. Molson, at the suggestion of his wife, honked as he came into the locks, a salute to the people gathered there to watch the boats coming in.“To his horror, the horn wouldn’t stop,” Mrs. And it was at Montreal’s Hillside Tennis Club that he caught sight of a tall, blond woman in 1955 and expressed an interest in meeting her.“That’s Claire Faulkner,” he was told. Please include I Remember in the subject field. 30, 1971, the brothers arranged to sell the company and the hockey club to Placements Rondelle Ltée, whose main shareholders were Peter and Edward Bronfman, for about $15-million. Molson said. Now co-ed, at the time it was a boys-only institution modelled after British public schools such as Eton and Harrow, a place that emphasized academics and sports and counted among its graduates university presidents, politicians, world-renowned scientists and pioneers in medicine, the military, business and the arts.After LCC, at the behest of his father, Mr. “She did, and there was a difference in the room. At university in Brussels, he played for the Belgian national team – a prolific scorer who became known in the country as the player with “blond hair that flows like Canadian wheat.” And in 1955, driving back to Montreal from his honeymoon in Saint-Sauveur, 60 kilometres north of the city, he told his new wife, Claire Faulkner Molson, that he had to make a pit stop along the way in the town of Saint-Jérôme to play in a hockey match.“This was long before the days of helmets, masks and mouth guards and he was struck across the bridge of his nose by a hockey puck and ended up being rushed to Montreal General Hospital,” Mrs. “People had our phone number and address. Molson with promotions. Bowman, who was the coach of that St. Lawrence Seaway, Mr. It was under him that the Canadiens won five Stanley Cups, and he was one of the forces behind the National Hockey League’s first expansion in the 1967-68 season from the original six teams to 12.“It was a tough, exacting job,” said Marc Cloutier, who did public relations for the Canadiens and helped Mr. He got to know the business from the ground up, starting on the trucks that delivered the product and making friends with the other drivers and supply room workers who would go on to join his industrial hockey league team and play against teams from other major companies.Soon, he was promoted upstairs, but chafed at having to work in an office. Molson, who was known as David, died in Montreal on May 8 of congestive heart failure. In wintertime, there was an ice rink in the family’s expansive back yard in tony Westmount, complete with boards, lights and metal posts. They were to be seen and not heard, always be respectful to their elders and attend church on Sundays. Once, while coming back from an outing on the St. Louis Blues, 3-2.“He was a delegator,” said Mr. It was a rigid world where you acted out of duty, no matter if you wanted to or not.There were strict bed times and there was afternoon tea. When his daughter took his hand, she remarked how warm it was.“I told her to open the window so his soul could fly out,” Mrs. after days of torrential rains. “Someone who shall remain nameless said ‘David, you need a gun in your house’ and he gave one to us, along with the shells, instructing us to put it under the bed. “Don’t bother. It was here that young David began to skate at the age of 3, learning to fall, get up and do it all over again.When his parents finally moved from his childhood home, he transported that rink, piece by piece, to his own back garden in Baie d’Urfé, in Montreal’s West Island. Just before the start of the 1963-64 season, they asked the younger man to take over leadership of the company, an opportunity he jumped at, despite his father declaring that he’d never known anyone to make work out of what was supposed to be a hobby.Mr. “Here was a man who hated the limelight and the horn was blaring away. Molson’s older cousins, senator Hartland Molson and Thomas Molson, bought the Canadian Arena Company and its holdings, which included the Club de Hockey Canadien. Molson never really spoke about why he sold the team, but his wife said the political climate in the wake of the October Crisis in 1970 didn’t help. “Having to choose which teams would fit, where to build new audiences or take advantage of an audience that was already there, which teams would get which players – the answers weren’t obvious.”John David Molson was born on June 1, 1928, the third of John Henry Molson and the former Florence Hazel Browne’s four children. Constantly being in the public eye was affecting our health and with a family and a long future together, we just couldn’t manage it any more.”Following the sale of the team, Mr. Bowman said. Can you imagine?“You’re never left alone. He took a hammer to it once and it stopped, then again to be sure – and it started up again.”In 1957, Mr. “He knew the game, understood it intimately and he trusted the people he had around him.”On Dec. “I never did get to be carried across the threshold of our new home.”Mr. As an adult, as a husband and father, as a scion of the brewery family and as owner – with his two brothers – of the Montreal Canadiens, you could often find him at midnight in the Verdun Auditorium, a lone figure illuminated by the lights, skating up and down the length of the rink, fast, faster, his hockey stick arcing behind him as he practised shooting into an empty net. Molson bought Continental Galleries in downtown Montreal; he and his wife, an artist, dealt mostly in Canadian art. She’s already engaged to someone else.”Undeterred, he still managed to wangle an introduction. Molson said. Molson said. The couple went to every home game, leaving their three children in Baie d’Urfé with a nanny – and when the police informed them that there had been a bomb threat, that was it.“It was unnerving to know that anyone watching TV could see that we were at a game and not at home,” Mrs. His mother once told his wife, Claire, about the time David was four years old and burst into tears at a birthday party.“He wanted to be at home for teatime,” the older woman said.There were tennis lessons, football and soccer games, and yachting in an oft-leaky boat called the Heather. The team would win one more Stanley Cup with Mr. While other executives met for long business lunches, he went and played tennis instead. Each year, as soon as the weather got cold, he could be found outside at night in a winter jacket and snow boots, carefully tramping the snow and sprinkling water on it so it would freeze evenly.As a teen, David played with the Montreal Royals, which was part of the Quebec Junior Hockey League, mostly on the left wing but sometimes subbing as a centre. He was 88 years old, a quiet, generous man who hated the limelight and, despite his father’s disapproval, turned a passion into his business. John David Molson was happy on ice. Molson at the helm – another dramatic Game 7 victory, this time against the Chicago Black Hawks.Mr. Molson died at 12:06 a.m. Molson attended the Université libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium, for a year to learn French and groom himself for an entry into the family’s brewery business, which he did in 1949 at the age of 21. Molson recalled.
But with the Atlanta star in obvious pain, the Braves challenged and the call was reversed after a video review. Nick Markakis’ single to left brought home two more runs.Suzuki followed with a drive into the left-field seats for his second homer of the season, putting the Braves ahead 6-0 before Biagini finally recorded an out.Mike Foltynewicz (2-4) went six innings for the win, allowing three runs.Things got heated in the late innings. IF Johan Camargo was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his place on the roster, while Peterson took over Garcia’s starting spot. “He may need a couple of more days,” manager John Gibbons said. He’s coming off a strong performance against the Miami Marlins, allowing just three hits over six scoreless innings. Jace Peterson appeared to say something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home.No punches were thrown.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) will not come off the DL on Thursday, as Toronto had hoped. Freeman headed to the clubhouse instead of first base, with no immediate word on the seriousness of the injury.Atlanta has won three consecutive games against the Jays. “I might have jumped the gun saying he’d be back for the weekend,” Gibbons conceded.Braves: 3B Adonis Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left Achilles tendon. Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run first inning, and the Atlanta Braves held on after Freddie Freeman left with an injury in an 8-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.Freeman was struck on the left wrist by a pitch in the fifth inning. After the Braves took two straight in Toronto, the teams shifted to SunTrust Park to complete the four-game, home-and-home series.The result was the same.The Braves, who scored 19 runs in their two wins at Toronto, jumped all over Joe Biagini (1-2) their first time up. He has lasted at least six innings in six of his eight starts, including two complete games.Braves: RH Julio Teheran (3-3, 4.08) makes his ninth start of the season. Also, 3B Josh Donaldson will need a bit longer to recover from a calf injury that’s kept him out more than a month. Camargo wound up in the game, replacing the injured Freeman and remaining in the game at third base, while Peterson shifted over to first.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RH Marcus Stroman (3-2, 3.38 ERA) will go for his third straight win. Ender Inciarte led off with a single, and Brandon Phillips reached on Biagini’s errant throw to second trying to get the lead runner.Biagini created more trouble for himself by walking Freeman and Matt Kemp, the latter forcing in Atlanta’s first run. The umpires initially ruled that Aaron Loup’s pitch did not hit Freeman. Kevin Pillar struck out swinging to end the seventh and apparently thought Atlanta’s Jason Motte quick-pitched him, yelling toward the mound before Suzuki stepped in to calm things.Then, in the eighth, the benches cleared after Toronto’s Jose Bautista homered to left, standing briefly at home plate to admire the drive before flipping the bat away. …
“More a flukey thing than anything.”Barely past the halfway mark of the first, the Senators went ahead 2-0 on a goal by, of all things, stay-at-home defenceman Marc Methot pinching so deep in the Penguins zone that he found himself taking a high shot that hit Fleury, bounced down and Methot was able to backhand his own rebound into the net for his second of the playoffs.“The crowd got into it,” said Hoffman. Call it The Butterfly Effect.The Ottawa Senators were calling Wednesday “a great day” even before the anthems, long before they steamrolled over the defending Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 to take a two-games-to-one lead in the Eastern Conference final.Earlier they had learned that Jonathan Pitre, known as “The Butterfly Boy” and both a great fan and a favourite of the Ottawa players, now has a stem cell transplant that is working. – and so confusing the slow-moving Pittsburgh defenders that Derick Brassard was able to clip the puck past Fleury from close in. “We’re thinking about you.”So, too, was the sellout crowd at Canadian Tire Centre, offering a standing ovation when a photograph of Pitre in the hospital appeared on the scoreboard.The fans may as well have started the game standing and stayed on their feet. The winner of this series will meet either the Ducks or the Nashville Predators (Nashville holding a 2-1 lead after three games.)This unexpected and lopsided victory came largely courtesy of the Pittsburgh defence. The Senators were last in the final in 2007, when they lost to the Anaheim Ducks. Crowd energy helped Sens bombard Penguins: Brassard (The Canadian Press)
Related: Senators need to keep an open mind about switching up their systemThe 16-year-old Grade 11 student from nearby Russel, Ont., suffers from epidermolysis bullosa, a rare disease that causes painful blistering and tearing of the skin. He was, once again, rock solid in the Senators net.The most gregarious moment for the tattered Pittsburgh defenders came late in the second period when, following an excellent impersonation of the Keystone Kops running amok, the stumbling defence allowed Senators centre Kyle Turris to walk in, pull Murray out of the net and slip the puck in behind the goalie.The Penguins finally beat Anderson on a power play late in the third, when Crosby managed to slip the puck into the Ottawa net after Kessel had ripped a shot on a nice set-up from Streit.But by then it was much too late.“You can’t win any games any more if you can’t score any goals,” Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson had said before the match.This night, they found a way. A stem-cell transplant attempted last fall had failed, but a second one, using stem cells donated by his mother Tina Boileau and completed April 13 at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, appears to have taken.“It’s a great day today,” Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher said before the game. At one point the Senators scored three goals in 2:18, a franchise record.“To have an outburst like that,” said Ottawa forward Kyle Turris, “it’s big – especially at home.”Finally deciding to play aggressive hockey – no doubt inspired by the increasingly depleted Pittsburgh defence – the Senators roared to an early lead when, 48 seconds into the game, forward Mike Hoffman slashed at a puck well to the side of the Pittsburgh net and the first shot of the game bounced in off Penguins goaltender Marc-André Fleury. It was Brassard’s fourth goal of the playoffs.They went ahead 4-0 only 24 seconds later, as forward Zack Smith came down with the puck, swept around sluggish Pittsburg defender Brian Dumoulin, carried the puck around the back of the net and scored his first of the spring on Fleury with a wraparound.That was it for Fleury, the 9-5 record and .931 save average he brought to the game instantly forgotten.“We got a few good bounces,” said Smith. Sufferers rarely reach into their 20s. Earlier in the day he had talked about the team’s “high-end skill guys that can score” – Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel – and suggested it was “just a matter of getting them the pucks.”Well, it turned out to be much more than that, particularly given the way that Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson has been playing. The quick, smart Letang was also the quarterback of the Penguins once-vaunted power play. “We worked pretty hard for our goals tonight.”“We’ve done a better job of transitioning,” said Boucher.Matt Murray, the 22-year-old Thunder Bay native who was a sensation in the Penguins 2016 Cup win, skated out to replace Fleury.This game was a middle finger aimed at those – The Globe and Mail high among them – who have been critical of the Senators’ neutral-zone trapping and defence first, second and third.Asked if the players were aware of the growing debate over this dreary style of play, little centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau merely smiled and said, “We’re here.”This game proved they are indeed here and possibly could move on to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in a decade. That role then fell to young Justin Schultz, who has played well but suffered a “lower-body” injury in Pittsburgh and did not dress for Game 3.To run their struggling quarterback, the Penguins turned to Marc Streit, a 39-year-old Swiss who was once a force with the New York Islanders and other NHL teams but played only 19 games for the Penguins this year, counting one goal. The team’s star defender, Kris Letang, is lost for the season. For Hoffman, it was his fifth goal of the postseason.“That doesn’t happen very often,” said Hoffman. “We just took it from there.”Less than two minutes later it was Ottawa again, winning the puck on an aggressive fore-check – where did that come from? In the playoffs he has been a healthy scratch and is largely unfamiliar with the Penguins power play.Streit said he’d be running on adrenalin and came out with energy on the Penguins first chance with the man advantage.
Not wanting their daughter’s hopes to get too high, her mom explained that wasn’t possible.The tears soon followed.“I don’t think she was trying to crush my dreams,” said Eccles. “You have to wonder: ‘Is this just for their own publicity?’ “Brad said I’d get fair opportunities and it’s not just for show.”Norris-Jones got the idea of adding a female player in January, first reaching out to some contacts in the Canadian baseball community to see if there were any viable options. – for comparison, major-leaguers regularly throw in the 90s – but the knuckleball is more about minimizing spin than maximizing speed. “But her knuckleball definitely competes at this level.“That’s what we were very excited about.”Eccles’ fastball tops out at around 76 m.p.h. “I played around with it and it eventually turned into something I could use.”Norris-Jones saw four scouting reports on the five-foot-eight Eccles, with her unpredictable pitch that moves in and out of the strike zone the main reason he believes she can succeed.“If we strictly went on her velocity, I don’t think she could compete at this level,” he said. Female pitcher joining B.C. She’s pitched at the last two Women’s Baseball World Cups for Canada, as well as the 2015 Pan Am Games.Norris-Jones said Eccles will be treated like any other player on the HarbourCats, who averaged around 2,300 fans at home last season and play a 54-game schedule that begins May 30.“I send guys out there every game that get hit around,” said Norris-Jones. men’s baseball league (The Canadian Press)
A member of both the UBC Thunderbirds softball team and the Canadian women’s baseball team, that knuckleball is why Eccles will be wearing another hat this summer after the Victoria HarbourCats announced Tuesday that the 19-year-old from Surrey, B.C., has joined the club for the 2017 West Coast League season.Eccles will be the first female to compete in the 11-team circuit that’s home to mostly men’s university players from the United States and Canada, including some who have been drafted by major league clubs.She will also be the first Canadian woman to suit up at this level.“A hundred per cent Claire is good enough to play on our team,” HarbourCats general manager Brad Norris-Jones said in a recent interview prior to the official announcement. Eccles’ name kept popping up.They initially spoke on the phone before meeting for coffee.“She was game on,” said Norris-Jones, who plans to mostly use Eccles out of the bullpen. “It just started from there.”Eccles, who counts Ichiro Suzuki as her sporting idol, played on boys’ teams until Grade 8 when her parents made her switch to softball.But she then learned about the women’s provincial baseball program, which set her on a course to eventually earn a spot with the national squad at 16. “Is it going to be a challenge for Claire? she’s a member of the team.”Eccles’ goal growing up was to play in the major leagues. But the left-hander, who also throws a two-seam fastball and a curve, wanted to make sure she would be getting a real shot.Her mind immediately went to Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to win a Little League World Series game in 2014, as well as “Pitch,” the recently cancelled television drama where a woman makes the big leagues.“I was obviously a little skeptical,” Eccles said in an interview at UBC. “I could tell in her voice she wasn’t intimidated.”Like many knuckleballers, Eccles fell into the pitch almost by accident.“All the kids would try and throw a knuckleball,” she said. Absolutely.“We’re just going to get everyone involved and show that in 2017 this isn’t different, this isn’t weird. Claire Eccles steps in front of the mound for a couple easy tosses before signalling she’s ready to pitch.The catcher prepares for the delivery, neither really knowing where her knuckleball is headed.And that’s the point.“It’s dancing!” the catcher blurts out after snagging the ball that dipped sharply before returning it to Eccles. “She was just trying to be more realistic.”Playing for the HarbourCats wasn’t what she ended up setting her sights on, but now that the opportunity is here she plans on making the most of it on the field and as a role model.“I want to get it out there that girls can play baseball,” said Eccles, who is considering massage therapy as a career. The pitch is tricky for batters to read because of the ball’s erratic movement.Eccles’ journey from the Little League diamonds of Metro Vancouver to the West Coast League, which has clubs in B.C., Oregon and Washington, started when she was five.She first fell in love with the sport not on the field or in the backyard playing catch, but instead after receiving a baseball video game as a gift.“(My parents) put me in T-ball,” recalled Eccles, who patrols the outfield, not the mound, for UBC. “If that happens to Claire or she strikes out the side … “Hopefully this paves the way for other girls in the future.” It’s normal.”Eccles, who has a baseball subtly tattooed behind her right ear, was intrigued when Norris-Jones first reached out. She flashes a quick smile and heads back to the rubber.
With Liverpool at home to already-relegated Middlesbrough, Arsenal can only beat Everton and hope for the best.If Arsenal misses out, it will be the first time the club has done so in a full season under manager Arsène Wenger. Liverpool is the other team in the hunt. Yaya Touré scored perhaps a farewell goal for the club, and the team virtually guaranteed a place in the Champions League.Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne scored first-half goals, before Touré strolled through West Brom’s defence to add the third and bring the home fans at Etihad Stadium to their feet. Each touch, tackle and foul was applauded and there were tributes, a video montage and a presentation after the game.Arsenal 2, Sunderland 0Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive after scoring twice in the final 18 minutes.Sanchez, who took his tally for the season to 28 in all competitions, was left unmarked to meet Mesut Ozil’s cross and he doubled the lead with a header after Olivier Giroud’s volley rebounded out.Arsenal could still end the season with silverware by beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final, but missing out on the Champions League would be a big blow to Wenger and his chances of both keeping Sanchez and recruiting big-name players.League Championship playoffsReading beat Fulham 1-0 to win 2-1 on aggregate and reach the League Championship playoff.Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday await in the final at Wembley Stadium on May 29. Wenger’s latest contract is up at the end of this season, and failing to reach the Champions League could yet sway his decision about whether to stay on.Here’s a closer look at Tuesday’s games:Man City 3, West Brom 1On an almost perfect night for City, popular defender Pablo Zabaleta got a rousing send-off in his last home match. Arsenal – for the first time in 20 years – is the favourite to miss out.Both teams won home games on Tuesday – City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 and Arsenal defeated Sunderland 2-0 – to leave them separated by three points heading into the final round of games. Touré, who has been at City since 2010, is waiting to discover if he will receive a new contract.It has already been confirmed that Zabaleta – one of City’s most popular players – will be leaving City after nine years, and he came on for the final half hour. AFP/Getty Images
Arsenal makes late-season push for top-four spot in Premier League
City has 75 points, Liverpool has 73 and Arsenal has 72.Crucially, City has a superior goal difference of three and has a benign-looking game, on paper, away to Watford. Victor Wanyama heads in Tottenham’s first goal Sunday on the way to Hotspur’s 2-1 win over Manchester United in the emotional last game played at Spurs’ 118-year-old White Hart Lane pitch. REUTERS
Kelly: As Premier League dynasties fall, so too do their kings
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin vies with Stoke City’s Erik Pieters during the English Premier League football match between Stoke City and Arsenal at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, England, on May 13, 2017. With one weekend left in the English Premier League, the stage is set for a three-way race for the final two Champions League qualification spots.Manchester City should be guaranteed one.
Her attorney Benedict Morelli said the USTA erased the footage even after being told to preserve it and asked a federal court judge in Brooklyn to instruct the jury that the tape would have reflected badly on the USTA.“The USTA intentionally destroyed security camera footage in an effort to deprive plaintiff of evidence relevant to her claims in this case,” Bouchard’s attorneys said in a motion to the court.“This egregious infraction is the culmination of a pattern and practice by defendants throughout the discovery process during which they have consistently played fast and loose with retaining and divulging critical information,” he said.A lawyer for the USTA did not immediately return a call for comment.Bouchard, 23, has been playing outstanding tennis lately, beating rival Maria Sharapova in a thrilling second-round match at the Madrid Open earlier this month.She followed that up by dispatching top-seeded Angelique Kerber two days later before losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals. Attorneys for Eugenie Bouchard on Tuesday accused the United States Tennis Association of erasing security camera footage of her fall in the trainer’s room at the 2015 U.S. Open and subsequent tournaments. Open, which resulted in a concussion and a lawsuit against the USTA.Her lawyers said her fall had been caused by a cleaning substance, with the resulting injury forcing her out of the 2015 U.S.
After Toronto fought back from three runs down to tie the game at 5-5 in the sixth inning, Dansby Swanson responded with the key blow – a solo home run in the seventh that moved the Braves ahead for good.The Braves then tagged on three more in the top of the ninth to make the outcome a no-doubter.And now, after a five-game win streak where the Blue Jays showed serious signs of life for the first time this season, Toronto has hit a snag with two consecutive setbacks to one of baseball’s worst outfits.And the Blue Jays can certainly count themselves among that lower echelon, their record now 17-23.Toronto manager John Gibbons said he did not view the two setbacks to the Braves as a lost opportunity for the Blue Jays to build on their recent string of good fortune.“Its competition, you know, at the highest level,” Gibbons said. 9 hitter, took one over the wall in centre to put Atlanta back out in front 6-5. The Toronto Blue Jays were hoping the Atlanta Braves would provide the soft touch they so desperately needed at this juncture of the Major League Baseball season.Instead, the Braves are so far representing a sore spot for the Blue Jays, who dropped their second in a row to Atlanta, 9-5, at Rogers Centre on Tuesday, putting a fairly significant damper on Toronto’s recent flirtation with respectability. He led the majors in hits heading into Tuesday night’s action.Travis set the table for Toronto’s two-run sixth inning, following a Smoak walk with his second double of the game that left the Blue Jays with runners at second and third.A single by Darwin Barney brought home the first run, a groundout by Ezequiel Carrera another, and the score was tied at five.But not for long.With Danny Barnes now on the mound in relief of Estrada, Swanson, the Braves’ No. Those guys in the middle, we had a tough time with them.”The Blue Jays will not have much time to reflect on their recent misfortune as they now head for Atlanta, where they will continue the interleague battle against the Braves with two more games on Wednesday and Thursday.It was not supposed to play out this way against the struggling Braves in Toronto, with the Blue Jays – despite the continued absence of key personnel due to injury – playing their best baseball of the season.Kevin Pillar swatted his sixth home run for Toronto, while Devon Travis, continuing to emerge from a horrible start with the bat, rapped out two doubles, giving him six in the past three games.But it was his last at-bat in the eighth inning, with Toronto trailing 6-5 and runners at first and second and nobody out, that provided one of the game’s main talking points.Instead of having Travis swing away to try to at least tie the score, Gibbons elected instead to have him attempt a sacrifice bunt to move the runners up.Travis wound up striking out before Darwin Barney hit into a double play to end the potential uprising.“We’re down a run, get a guy at third base, contact and maybe score at least the tying run,” Gibbons explained. And both base runners would come around to score when Travis lashed his first double of the game to right-centre to cut Atlanta’s lead to 3-2.The teams got into a little long ball after that, starting with Freeman, who launched his 14th of the season off Estrada in the top of the fifth, a two-run shot that made the score 5-2.Pillar got one back in the bottom half of the frame with his sixth home run and his 51st hit of the season. “And you get a big hit and you take the lead.”The Braves got the early jump on Toronto and its starting pitcher Marco Estrada scoring twice in the top of the first inning after Estrada was raked for four hits.The Braves extended Estrada to 34 pitches in the frame to set the tone for what was a rugged afternoon for the normally reliable right hander.Estrada was tagged for five of the Atlanta runs off eight hits, including a two-run home run by Freddie Freeman, over six innings.Atlanta brought the score to 3-0 in the fourth inning when Tyler Flowers scored from second base on a single to right by Jace Peterson.Toronto had not collected a hit through the first three innings off Atlanta starter Jaime Garcia, but that changed quickly in the fourth when Pillar led off with a double.Justin Smoak then earned a two-out walk, one of three free passes he had in the game. “I’m proud of these guys.“Really, the last two nights, we haven’t been able to shut down their offence, and they’ve got a good one.
4 and he said it wasn’t us, I said ‘Um, that’s it, that’s all I care about,“’ said Johnson, the Hall of Famer in his first year as Lakers president. Game tomorrow against a tough Cleveland team. 1 pick in the June draft.“Game last night, Game 7, a tough Washington team. 11, with Detroit, Denver and Miami rounding out the 14 lottery spots.The draft is June 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Boston acquired the Nets’ 2014, 2016 and 2018 first-round picks, as well as the rights to swap in 2017.The timing was perfect for the Celtics, as Brooklyn finished with the worst record in the league.“And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out (No. A late five-game winning streak by his young team had damaged its odds by falling behind Phoenix for the second-worst record in the league.“You see, you don’t know what’s been going on in L.A. Though the Celtics already have a top point guard in Thomas, Grousbeck said he expected they would make the pick.And the Lakers will get a chance to take one of them after beating the odds to move up. The Celtics won by beating out the Lakers, giving the draft lottery an old NBA Finals feel.Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson’s smile, the hated rivals were both celebrating.The Celtics won the lottery Tuesday night to continue another amazing basketball springtime in Boston, capitalizing on a trade they made with the Brooklyn Nets four years ago. “I didn’t know where we were going to land from there, but I was like ‘OK, I can breathe now.“’The Celtics finished dismantling the team that beat the Lakers to win the 2008 championship when they traded Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn on the night of the 2013 draft. They were guaranteed no worse than the No. Charlotte is No. “We jumped up one more spot. “This team is a lot of fun to be around this year.”Their victory made it three straight years the team with the best odds has won the lottery, after going the previous decade without a victory. A night after winning Game 7 against Washington to secure an Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland, the Celtics cashed in their 25 per cent chance to land the No. They would have had to trade it to Philadelphia if it fell outside the top three.“When (Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum) called out No. Minnesota snapped that streak by getting eventual Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015 and Philadelphia emerged with Ben Simmons last season.The draft is considered a strong one, loaded with point guards such as Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and De’Aaron Fox. They’ve been like ‘Oh my god, we blew it,“’ Johnson said. 4 pick to add to a team that had the best record in the East this season behind All-Star Isaiah Thomas.“It’s two completely different situations: One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present,” Celtics president Danny Ainge said. I don’t know what’s happening here. 1 pick, but we trust the process and it’s going to be exciting to see what we’re going for.”The Celtics were going to be in prime position no matter how the Ping-Pong balls bounced in a hotel ballroom Tuesday. So now the fans back home can breathe a little easier.”Sacramento actually moved up into the top three, but the 76ers had the right to swap with them through terms of a past trade. And now we squeeze in the lottery and win the pick. “We won five in a row and everybody thought we were crazy. The Kings will select fifth and 10th.Orlando is sixth, followed by Minnesota, New York and Dallas. They had about a 53 per cent chance of falling out of the top three, which would have triggered a trade of the pick as remaining payment of their acquisition of Steve Nash in 2012.Not only that, but they would have had to trade their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando if that happened, so Johnson was all smiles even after finishing behind the rival Celtics. I wish we would have gotten the No. It’s pretty amazing,” said Wyc Grousbeck, a Celtics owner who represented them on stage.The Lakers moved up one spot to second to hold onto their pick. 1) pick,” Pierce wrote on Twitter.The 76ers will pick third, while Phoenix fell two spots and is fourth.“I’m excited,” 76ers rookie centre Joel Embiid said.
Perhaps they should have gone for a walk before they flew.The Ottawa Senators woke up Tuesday morning – no, that wasn’t a bad dream, it was a 1-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins – and spent part of a sunny morning trying to explain what had gone wrong, what had gone right and what to do about Wednesday evening back in Ottawa, where Game 3 of this now best-of-five Eastern Conference final will be played. Defenceman Trevor Daley is hurt. Such as you’re only inviting ambush if you insist on marching your men in formation straight up a narrow passage.In 1755, the general was assigned to lead an expedition that would deal with the irritating French, who were then moving operations into the rich trading areas of the Ohio River.The French had learned from the Natives as well as from their own experience that you fight differently around here. Key forward Patric Hornqvist, a menace in the crease area, is hurt. Keep it “steady,” he said.“I want to push,” Boucher said, “but the Stanley Cup champion is on the other side there. The team’s top offensive defenceman, Kris Letang, is lost for the year. One fan even showed up Monday at PPG Paints Arena with a sign saying “Golf is more exciting than 1-3-1” – the reference being to Boucher’s preference for having one defenceman well back, three skaters defending the middle zone and one forward at least feigning a forecheck.Boucher positively bristles at the mere use of “1-3-1” or any mention of the “neutral-zone trap,” but the fact is his team is passive on the attack, hoping for the opponent to err so that the Senators, with a quick transition, can then threaten themselves. The shot clock seemed “stuck at 16 shots” forever. You want to score more. What was interesting after that goal was how well the Senators pushed back in the final few minutes. “We spent a little too much time in our zone.”Pyatt had noticed in the time leading up to Kessel’s goal that, in fact, his team was generating no offence whatsoever. Not quite forever, but all of the third and beyond Kessel’s goal.This passive play not only drives many fans batty, it has gotten to the team it is intended to bother, the quick-striking Penguins.“It’s tough,” Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin said Tuesday. It has worked, obviously.Boucher says his team played terrifically for five of the six periods during the first two games in Pittsburgh and only had the one disappointing period, the third on Monday night when Penguins forward Phil Kessel got a second chance after a blocked shot and scored at the 13:05 mark.Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson said Tuesday that “I had it” – only to have the edge of his left skate catch and prevent him from making the save.No matter. “You play two games and you score, like, two goals. At least so far as results are concerned.No one pretends it is firewagon hockey. We’re not going to stomp all over them. He was wounded, dragged from the battle and died.His famous last words were: “Who would have thought?”Well, who indeed would have thought that the Ottawa Senators would reach the third round of the playoffs – up against no less than the defending champions with the series tied at one game apiece?And who could have imagined such success possible with an intense, defence-first system that involves neutral-zone trapping, mild-to-no forechecking and a team mantra that if you have an equal choice to make between attack and be safe, you better go safe.“No one thought we would be here,” Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher said on Tuesday morning.True enough, but they are here and there is much to commend about the way in which the players have bought into Boucher’s system. “We’ll have to look at the tapes and video and make some adjustments,” he said.Adjustments – the very thing General Braddock would not consider.The Pittsburgh Penguins are badly banged up. No open fields, but dense bush and rolling hills.Braddock, who would not hear of changing tactics, let his troops get caught in a crossfire. And Monday night, hard checks sent forward Bryan Rust and defenceman Justin Schultz to the dressing room, though both are coming to Ottawa.Asked if perhaps it might be wise to unleash the dogs and mount a push more in line with the final few minutes of Monday’s game rather than continue to play safe at all times, Boucher looked surprised at the thought. They might better have taken a short stroll down the street to Point State Park, where once Fort Pitt stood at the convergence of the Alleghany, Monongahela and Ohio rivers.There they could have had an abject lesson in what happens to those who fail to adjust, who are too stubborn to accept that there might be other tactics more suitable to the situation.They would have learned the story of General Edward Braddock, a British soldier trained in European warfare who, at the outbreak of the hostilities that would lead to the Seven Years’ War, proved too stubborn to listen to good advice. He could equally well be wrong.But it would be nice to see a little more risk taking – especially after “safe” didn’t quite work out.As someone once said, “Who would have thought?” And if we make it an offensive contest, well, we might as well give it to them right there.”He could well be right. … We’re a little bit like, lose mind.”Malkin’s English may need work, but “lose mind” seems exactly right in this circumstance.Mike Hoffman, one of Ottawa’s main scoring threats, stated the obvious: “The more you can play in the offensive zone, the better.”Even more obvious was a comment by Anderson, who has been brilliant in goal: “You certainly need to score to win the game.”Anderson, however, remains optimistic. Sidney Crosby has not seemed quite the force on the ice since he missed an earlier game with a concussion. They came up short, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.When the players spoke on Tuesday, it seemed almost as if they were a bit wistful about lost opportunities and a system that may, in fact, have failed them this time.“We didn’t generate a lot of offence,” forward Tom Pyatt said.
If it’s to be done – and it is an incredibly difficult task despite however much searching one does in the chicken bones of seasons past – that’s when the bulk of the work will happen.“It’ll be good to get out on the road again,” Gibbons said Tuesday, which is an odd thing for any manager to say, especially since the bleeding was staunched in Toronto. Francisco Liriano is soft tossing and should be on a mound “soon.” Russell Martin is taking swings, but apparently does not feel the need to rush back when his time on the disabled list ends Thursday.“I hope I can get back in there soon, but at the same time I want to be back and stay back,” Martin said Tuesday.Player-ese translation – “Don’t hold your breath.”Martin’s catching stand-in, Luke Maile, has one hit in 11 games (a fluke job that bounced out of a glove). He struck out and it was essentially over then.Almost without exception, everyone in white was mediocre to terrible. When they started this mini-streak, they were nine games out of first place in the AL East. That got them back on the right side of .500.The Jays have a string of weaklings coming up in the next little while – Rangers, Reds, A’s, Mariners, the bad part of Chicago, Rangers again, Royals.There are a few quality clubs wedged in there, but Toronto has a remarkably easy ride (on paper) until the end of June. Travis was in a spot to push two men into scoring position with an eighth-inning sacrifice bunt (cue New Baseball Testament outrage), but couldn’t manage it. But the results are the same.However, if Toronto hopes to make the other shore – with or without its first-choice team – it’s now time to start swimming. Keep pitching.Estrada’s tough Tuesday was bookended by a ninth-inning meltdown by closer Roberto Osuna. It’s still more of a panicked flailing. So we’re back to that.Nobody hit much, aside from Devon Travis. And the Jays could still easily have won it. The Jays began treading water during this homestand. They still are.(That’s the problem with win streaks after you’ve put yourself in a terrible hole – someone ahead of you is almost always matching your pace. Perhaps he thinks his team has to keep running ahead of its bad luck.If so, they’ll have to do more than that now. That team didn’t explode until after the trade deadline, but it made its first move in June (18-10). Maile’s doing so poorly that the guy he replaced – veteran Jarrod Saltalamacchia, jettisoned two weeks ago – was just re-signed by Toronto on a minor-league deal.The Jays are so thin that they’re eating their own garbage.It’s curious then that their $20-million (U.S.) de facto captain doesn’t feel a greater sense of urgency to re-enter the fray. Because that’s not going to work.When this homestand started nine days ago, you figured this team was in real trouble. Happ remains amongst baseball’s disappeared since team president Mark Shapiro said he expected a “positive outcome” with the starter’s sore arm … a month ago. As they end it, they’d only pulled back a game and a half.)But if the Jays remain behind the pace, they have at least lost the clubhouse-wide look of stunned incomprehension that typified April.It’s been pointed out that the 2015 Blue Jays – the playoff Jays – were also 17-21 in mid-May. It’s not that effortless synchro-swimming-type water treading. … The only decent pitch I was throwing was a curveball. He’ll join Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson in rehab there.Tulowitzki should be headed to Atlanta to join the Jays in a couple of days. Maybe Martin is afraid of jinxing things.The Jays should not be competing, but somehow they are. “I know some guys are beat up, a little bit tired.”Wait – the replacements for the beat-up players are also beat up? Because Estrada is the only current member of the rotation who is both deeply experienced and doesn’t Velcro his throwing arm on in the morning.He still managed six innings, which has become a prerequisite, regardless of form.When 29-year-old rookie Mike Bolsinger winced in pain in the second inning of Monday’s game, the assistant trainer was sent out to see him without the accompaniment of a coach.At other times on other teams, Bolsinger would have been removed. Right now, the Toronto Blue Jays aren’t running a baseball team so much as a cross-border shuttle service for the disabled.On Tuesday, the most recent amongst the infirm, outfielder Steve Pearce, headed to Florida. It’s mid-May. Donaldson may return by the next homestand, though the team has been saying that sort of thing for what is starting to feel like the entire season. The best player on the team right now is Kevin Pillar – a series of words whose first association would not be “competing team.” But nonetheless …Take Tuesday, which was often fun to watch and only occasionally awful.Starter Marco Estrada summed up his outing this way: “It was obviously bad. At this time on this team, Bolsinger was given what might charitably called a pep talk by inference: We don’t care if it hurts or if you’re terrible. Atlanta pulled away at the end, 9-5.The loss left manager John Gibbons in one of his wistful frames of mind.“They’re all doing a great job and they’ll keep grinding,” Gibbons said of his scrub army and its 6-3 homestand. J.A. “Should be” being the operative words when it comes to anything to do with the intersection of this team and good health. Are the Blue Jays backups in some sort of after-hours Fight Club or something? The wretchedness of the first month has given way to a sort of heedless, stumbling aggression. But I didn’t throw too many of those.”Which was unfortunate.
But the net came off its moorings at the same time with Nashville defenceman Mattias Ekholm crashing into it. That earned McLeod an instigator penalty along with a game misconduct. Nashville had been 0 of 11 on the power play in this series. Perry then squeezed a wrister past Rinne from a severe angle to the right of the net. Roman Josi scored a power-play goal with 2:43 left, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 Tuesday night in their first-ever home game in the Western Conference finals.The Predators grabbed a 2-1 lead in the series with their 10th straight home win in the post-season going back to last season. Referee Brad Meier immediately waved off the goal, which was upheld on review.Anaheim got the man advantage after Predators forward Cody McLeod fought Jared Boll of the Ducks, upset at a hard hit on teammate Harry Zolnierczyk. Filip Forsberg tied it up at 3:54 of the third as the Predators rallied for the win against an Anaheim team that has notched four comeback victories already when trailing by multiple goals this post-season.The Predators thought they had taken the lead earlier in the period only to have two goals within the span of eight seconds waved off for goalie interference.Josi scored Nashville’s first power-play goal of the series for the win.Ducks goalie John Gibson made 38 saves, and Corey Perry scored a power-play goal in the second period for Anaheim.Game 4 is Thursday night in Nashville.Forsberg tied it up shortly after being poked by Gibson after the whistle, upset after a shot went off him. Josi ended that drought with his wrister from the right circle off an assist from Viktor Arvidsson.The Predators didn’t hold back on star power for the biggest game in franchise history.Keith Urban performed the national anthem, the latest country star to take a turn, and his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, joined him in the stands decked out in her own Predators’ sweater.Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota waved the rally towel along with his offensive linemen from the band stage.The Ducks finally got the faster start they missed in the first two games in Anaheim, outshooting Nashville 8-4 to open the game.But the Predators took the next 11 shots and outshot Anaheim 40-20 for the game.The Predators held the Ducks without a shot throughout the second period until 8:12 left when Brandon Montour put a backhand on Rinne, a puck that went across the goal line. That revved up the home crowd, and they tossed towels onto the ice after officials waved off first a would-be goal by Colton Sissons at 6:25 and then Ryan Johansen’s goal at 6:33.Chris Wagner went to the box for high-sticking Nashville defenceman Ryan Ellis with 3:55 left.
The NFL has agreed to pay $1 billion to retired players who accused the league of concealing the link between football and brain damage.An NFL spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “I mean, we don’t talk about it. Tom Brady played through a concussion last year on his way to a fifth Super Bowl title, according to his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The Patriots declined to respond to Bundchen’s comments on Wednesday morning. But he was not listed on the league-required injury reports for a concussion or head injury at any point during either the 2016 calendar year or the 2016 season.The NFL requires “significant or noteworthy” injuries to be reported, regardless of whether a player is expected to miss playing time, and says honest reporting of injuries “affects the integrity of the game.”The league is especially — though belatedly — sensitive to concussions, which have been linked to a brain disease that leaves former players forgetful, violent or suicidal. Brady’s agent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.By winning his fifth NFL title at the age of 39 — leading the biggest Super Bowl comeback in history — Brady has already defied age and cemented himself among the league’s all-time greats. “I’m planning on him being healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope.” But he does have concussions. I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for anybody to go through.”Brady sat out the first four games of the season as punishment for his role in the “Deflategate” scandal and missed practice late in the season for leg, thigh and ankle injuries. “He had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much every …” she said, before cutting herself off. He has long said he wanted to keep playing until his mid-40s, but he told ESPN in an interview published this week that he would continue beyond that if he was able to stay healthy and productive.But Bundchen balked at those plans when asked by CBS host Charlie Rose about her husband’s plans.“That kind of aggression all the time, that cannot be healthy for you,” she said. The injury, which was not reported by the team, left her worried about how long he should continue to play football.Asked if she wanted the New England Patriots quarterback to retire, Bundchen expressed concern “as a wife” in an interview on “CBS This Morning” that aired Wednesday.
Canada’s Milos Raonic advanced to the third round of the Italian Open with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Germany’s Tommy Haas on Wednesday.Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., used his dominant serve to dispatch Haas in a little over an hour. Raonic, seeded fifth in Rome, will face 12th-seed Tomas Berdych in third-round action Thursday.The 26-year-old Raonic has won four of his last six games against the Czech veteran, but Berdych took their last clay-court match in Monte Carlo in 2015.Raonic is 5-2 this season on clay, and advanced to his first final on this surface two weeks ago in Istanbul. Raonic lost only 13 service points while firing 10 aces past the 39-year-old veteran and saving both break points he faced.
Dustin Cook of Lac-Sainte-Marie, Que., a super-G silver medallist at the 2015 world championship, is on the World Cup team as are Calgary brothers Erik and Jeffrey Read, the sons of former national team skier Ken Read.Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., who was sixth at this year’s world championship in the alpine combined event, leads a young women’s alpine team into next season.The ski cross team features reigning Olympic women’s ski cross champion Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., and Calgary’s Brad Leman, who finished second overall in men’s World Cup racing last season.Olympic silver medallist Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C. and West Vancouver’s Georgia Simmerling, who helped Canada win team pursuit track cycling bronze in Rio last summer, give Canada depth in women’s ski cross.Athletes either met Alpine Canada’s selection criteria or were named to the team via coaches’ discretion.Canada’s Olympic ski team will be named in January after the final qualifying races. World champion Erik Guay and bronze medallist Manny Osborne-Paradis are the headliners of Canada’s alpine ski team for next season.Alpine Canada announced its World Cup alpine and ski cross teams for 2017-18 as well as its developmental squads Wednesday.Guay of Mont-Tramblant, Que., won super-G gold and downhill silver at the world alpine championships in February while Vancouver’s Osborne-Paradis took bronze in super-G.