Late eagle carries Marc Leishman to victory at Arnold Palmer Invitational

62 in the world and had only two weeks left to secure a spot in Augusta National. The putt went 8 feet by and three-putt for a 69 to finish two shots back.“These things happen,” McIlroy said. He made birdie on the 18th that gave him a tie for second.“Proud of fighting back and making a birdie on the last to finish second, but obviously not what I wanted,” Hoffman said.The timing was ideal for Leishman, beyond what he described as an honour to win at Bay Hill in the first tournament without Palmer. His approach to the par-5 16th from a fairway bunker turned away to the right and rolled out behind a bunker, leaving him no reasonable shot at getting up-and-down. That brought Hoffman, Leishman and McIlroy back into the tournament, and Kisner lost the lead when he took three putts from short of the 14th green.Kisner birdie chip from the 15th green hit the flag. Palmer was an awesome guy who I was lucky enough to meet a few times,” Leishman said. “But I’m pleased with how I went. It’s all come together.”Leishman finished at 11-under 277 and earned a three-year exemption on the PGA Tour.For everyone else, it was a matter of falling apart.Kisner was at 12 under and it good position to add to his lead on the par-5 12th when he pulled his wedge, then sent it across the green and had to scramble. The victory takes care of that.“Mr. “To honour him was huge. He calmly made the par putt for a 3-under 69 and one-shot victory over Kevin Kisner and Charley Hoffman.Canadian Adam Hadwin, fresh off his first PGA victory at the Valspar Championship last weekend, finished in sixth place, three shots back of Leishman.The only thing missing was a handshake from the King. His lead began slipping away when Kisner missed the green on the par-5 12th with a sand wedge, pitched over the other side of the green and took bogey. Instead of a blue blazer, the winner this year received a red cardigan sweater that Palmer favoured.And instead of seeing Palmer, Leishman at least was able to share it with his family.His two sons, ages 5 and 3, ran out to the 18th green when he finished, and his wife was off to the side. He closed with a 73.“I had it right there in the palm of my hand to win, and I didn’t get it done,” Kisner said.Hoffman rallied from a 39 on the front nine to catch Kisner for the lead, only to three-putt for par on the 16th and then drop another shot from the bunker on the 17th. Ten under for the weekend around here is good scoring, and I can take a lot of positives from it going into next week.”Kisner and Hoffman also squandered away their chances.Kisner had a three-shot lead at the turn, but failed to made another birdie the rest of the way. This was the first Arnold Palmer Invitational since the September death of the beloved tournament host.“You see guys win and he’s waiting there on the back of the green,” Leishman said. His final act was a pitch-and-run from 45 yards away on the closing hole at Bay Hill that ran out to 3 feet. And it was the first time I won a tournament with my family here. “And to not have that is obviously very sad, but to win here is just a dream come true.”Rory McIlroy had as good a chance as anyone, storming into a share of the lead by hooking a wedge around a tree, over the water and over the green on the 16th, then nearly holing the eagle chip.He had a 30-foot birdie putt to tie for the lead on the 18th, and after seeing that Leishman had made eagle on the 16th, gave it a good run. Marc Leishman holed a 50-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole to take the lead Sunday, and he stayed there with two tough pars at the end to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational and earn a trip to the Masters.In a final hour that featured four players having at least a share of the lead, Leishman is the only one who didn’t blink. His flop shot came up short and into the bunker, and he had to scramble for par.Needing birdie to force a playoff on the 18th, he missed the fairway and the green to the left.Tyrrell Hatton of England shot 71 to tie for fourth with McIlroy, while Valspar Championship winner Adam Hadwin closed with a 71 to finish three shots behind. Audrey Leishman nearly died two years ago when she suffered from toxic shock syndrome, causing Leishman to hastily leave the Masters.Now he’s going back.He was No.

Bruins game will put Leafs’ learning skill to the ultimate test

“We did a pretty good job the game before [against Tampa] and we’ve had some meltdowns.“I was showing the guys [Sunday] in all our five-game segments, scoring chances at the start [of the season] were easy to come by and now they’re hard to come by. However, what followed was a 5-0 beating of the Tampa Bay Lightning and then a 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, both better teams than the Panthers. They fired head coach Claude Julien on Feb. Third place yields a more advantageous playoff matchup, in this case either the Montreal Canadiens or Ottawa Senators, rather than serving as wild-card cannon fodder for the likes of the Washington Capitals.“No question, you’re always competing for that extra. That gave the impression the young Leafs may just have been paying attention after all.That may be determined Monday, as the Bruins represent a modest Holy Grail for the Leafs, who say they want more than just to qualify for the NHL playoffs for the second time in 13 years. Losing 7-2 to the Florida Panthers in the middle of a three-game southern trip is the prime example. It’s almost a four-point swing and we’d get ourselves right back in it.” We’ve got to do that [Monday night].”The Leafs, who only have 12 games left in the regular season to determine their fate, have a little extra motivation against the Bruins. “Monday is a great way to do that. “It’s very easy for you to watch a team like Chicago and you think about all their skill. That is normal as the playoffs approach.“There were no chances hardly in the game at all, so I thought we did a real nice job,” Babcock said. And there is a chance for the Leafs, who won the first three games this season against the Bruins, to sweep the season series against them for the first time since the 1924-25 season.But this is not quite the same Bruins team the Leafs beat three times already. As the latest Most Important Game Of The Season approaches for the Toronto Maple Leafs, their success will be determined by their learning skill.There were times, in the days leading up to Monday’s game against the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre, when it looked as though the apple-cheeked Leafs were forgetting their lessons as soon as they were taught. There is the lingering memory of the collapse in Game 7 of the first-round playoff series against the Bruins in May, 2013, mainly for the five players left on the present roster from that game. The best teams know how to strangle the life out of the opposition’s attack.Losing 7-2 to Florida may turn out to be the wake-up call the Leafs needed, although it must be remembered they are still in the midst of their rebuild rather than a finished product.“We’re getting a better understanding,” Babcock said after Sunday’s practice. Once you get the playoff spot, now you want a better matchup; you get a better matchup, now you want home ice. I don’t know what’s after that but you always want more,” said Leafs defenceman Connor Carrick, who may play Monday for the first time since suffering the dreaded upper-body injury on Feb. For me, it’s important to learn to do that and I think that’s a big part of what’s going on right now.”By the count of the Leafs coaches, there were just 11 scoring chances in Saturday’s game, five for the Leafs and six for the Blackhawks. 21.Carrick’s knowledge of playoff strategy may have run short but his heart is in the right place. It’s the same for the other team. 7, replaced him with assistant coach Bruce Cassidy and now come into the Air Canada Centre on a 7-3-0 roll in their past 10 games.“We’re looking to catch them for sure,” Leafs centre Nazem Kadri said. I thought we did a good job clogging up the neutral zone so [the Blackhawks] didn’t get a ton. Based on the Leafs’ past couple of games, Toronto head coach Mike Babcock thinks the rest of his team’s hearts and minds are on the right track, too.The main lesson here, any coach will tell you, is learning how to play without the puck. The Bruins hold down third place in the Atlantic Division, three points ahead of the Leafs, who occupy the second and last wild-card playoff spot. When you saw them play [Saturday] night, they’re above the puck all the time, tight in the [defensive] zone, make good plays.“To me, that’s important for our guys to understand: You’re not getting your name on anything without playing well without the puck.

New Brunswick tops Saskatchewan to take men’s university hockey title

“Every one of the championships was important. It was tough to turn around after yesterday’s loss, but we had to pick up and battle on, and we did.” I had never won anything big, so it was a good one. The second was important for the program and for us as players. And to have that fifth goal, scored by a fifth-year guy, well, that was perfect.”Earlier Sunday, the Acadia Axemen downed the StFX X-Men 7-3 for bronze.Daniel Pettersson led Acadia with two goals and two assists and Michael Clarke also scored twice.The game was the ninth meeting of the season between the two teams, with StFX winning both the season series 4-1 and the best-of-five AUS semifinal 3-0.Acadia head coach Darren Burns said the bronze medal was a nice way to finish the season after coming into the tournament seeded eighth.“This shows the passion of our players,” he said. “We had the lead, gave up a goal, then got the lead back, and it was about then I thought the game was ours. The energy in the building really helped us,” he said. I’m leaving with three titles in five years, and two university degrees,” he said. The first one was special. Jordan Fransoo and Kohl Bauml had the other goals.Etienne Marcoux stopped 18 shots for the win. Connor Gay scored one goal and set up the other two for Saskatchewan. “Guys played with integrity and character. We had a dominant second period. And this time, we are the first UNB team to win championships back-to-back.”UNB head coach Gardiner MacDougall said he had a feeling things might go Braes’s way in the championship game.“We are a confident group. Jordan Cooke made 31 saves in the losing effort.It was the veteran Braes’s last game in a UNB uniform.“I wanted to leave my legacy on UNB’s program. Cam Braes scored four goals to lead the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds to a 5-3 victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies on Sunday for the Canadian men’s university hockey championship.It was the second straight national title for the Varsity Reds, and seventh in the school’s history.Mark Simpson also scored for New Brunswick and Philippe Maillet had four assists.

Josh Morrissey scores late, Jets hold on to beat Wild after blowing lead

Holy crap. They only have two wins in their last 10 games.Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was brief and to the point in his post-game analysis.“Hey, listen, we stunk in the first,” he said. “Not too many times when you talk about those things and it actually ends up working right away.”Andrew Copp and Adam Lowry scored on Winnipeg’s first and third shots, respectively. He’s being asked to play a little bit ahead of his age right now.”Morrissey’s fifth goal of the season through a screen by teammate Patrik Laine hit the post and went past Devan Dubnyk for his third game-winning marker.The last time the Wild lost five in a row was the final five regular-season games last spring. It’s not resiliency. A 2003 draft pick of Carolina, Staal has only missed 22 games in his career.Winnipeg hosts Philadelphia on Tuesday. Josh Morrissey is doing a lot of things right for a young defenceman this season.The 21-year-old rookie chalked up another good outing when his one-timer with 7:17 left in the third period lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.It was Minnesota’s fifth straight loss and came after the club had roared back from a four-goal deficit. Defencemen Ben Chiarot and Dustin Byfuglien also found the back of the net. “That goal aside, just the type of hockey player he is, how smart he is as a player. I’m done.”Winnipeg had mounted a 4-0 lead at 4:38 of the second period after scoring on four of its first eight shots in the game, but the Wild fired in four straight goals to tie it up heading into the third period.Morrissey said he and fellow blue liner Brian Strait, called up from the AHL Manitoba Moose Saturday, talked about him moving over a bit more to the middle to get a closer pass and easier one-timer.“It was nice, our very next shift was the goal,” Morrissey said. Minnesota has a three-game homestand, starting Tuesday against San Jose. “You just can’t say enough about Josh Morrissey,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler praised. You make it sound like we’re good. Lowry collected one assist and Mathieu Perreault and Blake Wheeler each had a pair of helpers. “We better come back in the second. That’s all. Michael Hutchinson made 13 saves in relief.The 48 shots was the most given up this season by the Jets, who picked up only their second victory in their last six games (2-3-1).Dubnyk stopped 16 shots for the Wild (43-22-6).“I didn’t see the puck,” Dubnyk said of Morrissey’s winner. Wheeler’s assists took him to 500 career points.Chris Stewart scored twice and Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund also had goals for the Wild.Connor Hellebuyck was pulled for the eighth time this season at the end of the second period after stopping 31-of-35 shots for the Jets (32-33-7). “Bodies in front and try to pick a side and, obviously, I try to find the puck as best you can. Just heard the post.”The Wild outshot the Jets 21-5 in the middle frame.Third-period action included Chiarot blocking a shot that could have given Stewart a hat trick and Byfuglien taking a penalty with just over two minutes left that the Jets managed to kill off.Wild centre Eric Staal, playing in his 1,000th NHL career game, was kept off the score sheet.“Tough under the circumstances the way we’re playing here the last little bit, but in the overall grand scheme it’s a special moment for sure,” Staal said of the milestone.Staal is the 311th player in league history to reach 1,000 games, and the fifth for the Wild franchise.

Roger Federer beats Stan Wawrinka for record-tying fifth Indian Wells title

12 Venus Williams on her way to the biggest final of her career at age 30.Kuznetsova is 0-3 in finals here, also finishing runner-up in 2007 and 2008.At age 31, Kuznetsova was the fifth-oldest women to reach the final. Forget the comeback talk. “I was too passive. “I was, like, ‘Oh, my god, I was fighting so much. 13 in the world rankings on Monday.The only other all-Russian women’s final was in 2006, when Maria Sharapova beat Elena Dementieva. 9 seed Federer advanced to the semifinals via walkover when Nick Kyrgios withdrew.In an all-Russian women’s final, Elena Vesnina defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4.Federer will move up four spots to No. 8 seed in front of hundreds of empty seats.“I didn’t feel good today because she was very aggressive and I was a little bit out of my game,” Kuznetsova said. She successfully gambled at the net, winning 24 of 32 points during the three-hour match.“I tried my best and she won because she was more aggressive,” Kuznetsova said. 3 seed Wawrinka. She gave the traditional wave acknowledging her good fortune to Vesnina, who had blown leads of 2-0 and 4-2.“Oh, it was such a heartbreaking moment for me,” Vesnina said. Federer tied the tourney record of Novak Djokovic, who lost in the fourth round, while winning his 90th career title, keeping him third behind Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl on the all-time list in the Open era.At 35 years and seven months, Federer became the oldest champion in the desert tournament’s history, surpassing Connors, who was 31 years and five months when he won in 1981.His twin daughters cheered and jumped up and down in a box above the court when Federer put away a high forehand volley while keeping Wawrinka pinned deep behind the baseline on match point.Federer dropped serve just once in five matches, losing the first game of the second set against No. Too much behind and didn’t serve well.”Vesnina earned $1,175,505 for her third career singles title and will move up two spots to a career-high No. He saved one break point against Rafael Nadal in the fourth round, and never lost set in the tournament. But Vesnina broke back and served out the set 7-5.“She had so many break points on my serve,” Vesnina said. “I couldn’t figure out a lot the wind and stuff like that. 6 in the ATP world rankings on Monday.He hit 23 winners, including 16 off his backhand in the 80-minute match. 2 seed Angelique Kerber and No. But still, I give a lot of credit to her because she was aggressive.”Kuznetsova led 4-2 in the third before 14th-seeded Vesnina broke her twice in sweeping the final four games of the match.Kuznetsova served one of her nine aces to lead 4-1 in the second, prompting Vesnina to bring out her coach-father Sergey Vesnin for a chat.It worked.Vesnina reeled off four straight games to lead 5-4. We played set for more than an hour, this is how it’s going to end?’ I kind of lost that momentum, fighting momentum.”Vesnina had 46 winners and 49 unforced errors. She beat No. But the two-time major champion struggled playing with the lead as the No. Her forehand error led to Kuznetsova’s break in the 10th game that tied it 5-all. “She was 30-love up couple of times on her serves, and I always keep coming back.”Kuznetsova had luck on her side early, winning the first set on a net cord in the tiebreaker. That’s it. Wawrinka had 17 winners and 21 unforced errors in front of the announced crowd of 17,382 that didn’t fill the stadium.Vesnina had never advanced beyond the third round in singles and just last year she lost in the first round of qualifying, although she has won three doubles titles at the tournament. No. Roger Federer is back.He defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win a record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open title in an all-Swiss final Sunday to go with his record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January after missing most of last year with various injuries.Federer kept reminding everyone during the ATP Masters 1000 event that he was “on the comeback” and, wanting to see how he felt, hadn’t planned beyond the first three months of year He might want to think bigger now.

Raptors surge early, never let up in dominant win over Pacers

Jonas Valanciunas propelled his bulky seven-foot frame up toward the basket, emerging from a cluster of players to tap a loose ball and keep it alive during a mad scramble in the first quarter.The ball quickly fell back down, but the Toronto Raptors centre was there again, working diligently to ensure the ball would not end up in the possession of the Indiana Pacers, rising once again to knock it free. Tucker, fell into early foul trouble and was held to a team-high 18 points.The game was the Raptors’ 70th of the season but the first against the Pacers. Indiana provided the opposition in last year’s opening-round playoff series before bowing to Toronto in seven tough games.“Very unusual for scheduling,” Casey said before the game. The Bulls have defeated Toronto in their past 11 meetings.After that, Toronto embarks on a two-game to Miami to face the Heat on Thursday and then into Dallas to play the Mavericks on Saturday.Toronto was much more engaged on Sunday than when it played at the ACC last Thursday, a shockingly inept performance during a 123-102 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.That apathetic performance sparked a players-only meeting afterward in the locker room and prompted Casey to issue a public apology for the team’s putrid play.Toronto made amends in Detroit on Friday night, exhibiting a sound defensive effort in an 87-75 victory before returning home to face the Pacers.The Raptors’ energetic start in the first quarter, led by eight points and nine rebounds by Valanciunas, set the right tone as Toronto secured a 32-24 lead after connecting on 54.2 per cent (13 of 24) of its field-goal attempts.Toronto clobbered Indiana off the glass, holding a 20-5 margin in rebounds.The Raptors’ solid play continued in the second quarter, in which DeRozan sank a corner three after a push-pass from Valanciunas, who was stationed in the paint.Ibaka then hit an open jumper to give him 14 points in the first half, in which Toronto enjoyed a 62-45 lead – the team’s largest halftime advantage since Jan. “That’s the way the computer spit it out, I guess.”The teams will get reacquainted quickly, squaring off against each other twice more over the remaining 3 1/2 weeks of the regular season.The Raptors take on the Chicago Bulls at the ACC on Tuesday. 15 when it was up 69-54 against the New York Knicks.Toronto’s dominance flowed into the third, during which Indiana’s cause was not helped when a outwardly frustrated George absorbed his fourth personal foul and had to head to the bench with just more than five minutes remaining, not to return until the start of the fourth.By then it was too late. “We set the tone defensively from start to finish from the jump ball and that’s the way we have to play.”The Raptors held a commanding 91-73 lead heading into the fourth quarter, where the conclusion was never in doubt.They had solid contributions throughout the lineup, led as usual by DeMar DeRozan, who finished with 22 points.Valanciunas was also effective, contributing 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Serge Ibaka made his presence felt with 16 points.And don’t overlook the work of rookie centre Jakob Poeltl, who soared to a career-high 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting while hauling in seven rebounds along with two of Toronto’s seven blocks in just more than 23 industrious minutes off the bench.A frustrated Paul George, the Pacers talented forward who was hounded all night by the likes of Ibaka and P.J. Toronto has 12 games left before the start of the playoffs.“From start to finish I thought it was solid contributions, offensively, defensively,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. The third time Valanciunas rose to make contact with the ball he made it count, redirecting it through the hoop for a Toronto basket as the capacity gathering at the Air Canada Centre roared its appreciation for the display of tenacity Sunday night.Valanciunas’s energy was soaked up by the rest of the starting lineup as the Raptors (41-29) surged in front early and rarely let up on the throttle, cruising to a 116-91 victory over the Pacers (35-34).With the dominant win – seven players scoring in double figures – Toronto has ensured it will finish the regular season with a .500 record for the fourth consecutive season, a franchise first.

Habs beat Senators in grudge match after weekend of back-to-back games

Both Julien and Ottawa’s Guy Boucher are known for their special teams, and while the penalty killing will have satisfied both coaches, more work will need to be done on the power play.It might be a particular need for Ottawa, who absent one power-play goal in four opportunities on Saturday, didn’t present much of a threat.Ottawa’s inability to overtake Montreal in the standings this past weekend doesn’t much affect their playoff chances (each has a better than 98-per-cent chance of making it, according to sportsclubstats.com’s simulations).Both these teams will be in the postseason, and every right-thinking Canadian hockey fan should hope they renew acquaintances there in the second round. Montreal’s Nathan Beaulieu, a healthy scratch two games ago, made it 4-1 on a late power-play goal.The teams will play a third time next Saturday, but barring a collapse Montreal will be champions of hockey’s weakest division.From that standpoint, the weekend series was an opportunity to assess their relative strengths and weaknesses.Both came in as top-10 defensive teams, Montreal having the edge in overall possession metrics and defensive depth, the Senators a little more adept at putting goals on the board.Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson, who was a doubt to play because of lingering injuries, is typically fantastic against Montreal. Former Hab Tom Pyatt’s shot caromed into the top corner off Montreal defender Jordie Benn’s stick.It was an eventful evening for Benn, who took a penalty for wrestling Ottawa’s Chris Kelly to the ice after he dared get too close to goaltender Carey Price, and later scored the go-ahead goal (it took a healthy deflection off the Sens’ Viktor Stalberg’s stick).Paul Byron added an insurance goal in the third. There were heavy collisions and outbreaks of low-level mayhem after whistles; the goalies were knocked over and sat upon.Each also provided ample evidence of why the opposition feels the need to resort to such skulduggery.Two postseason encounters in the past four years mean these teams have built up a reasonable level of mutual disdain, which might have as much to do with the tone of a weekend home-and-home set as the prospect of home-ice advantage for the first round.The Senators had some rather deep dents knocked into their designs on top spot by losing the first game 4-3 in a shootout – three-point games are of no particular help with only three weeks remaining in the regular season – and 4-1 in the second.Montreal opened the scoring just 28 seconds into the game, thanks to some nice interplay between Paul Byron and Andrei Markov and a screen by Brendan Gallagher that allowed Tomas Plekanec to poke home a rebound.Ottawa wasted little time in responding. It was the 20th goal of the season for the Ottawa native, who was acquired through waivers last year. In these games, he was again.Counterpart Price has also been rejuvenated since Claude Julien took over behind the bench, and in starting games on back-to-back nights for just the second time since the 2015 playoffs, was in imperious form.Beyond the performances of the goaltenders and stars such as the Senators’ Erik Karlsson, the NHL’s finest defenceman, what should perhaps be most reassuring to fans on both sides is the play of the lesser lights who will be depended upon to deliver in the playoffs.Top lines tend to cancel each other out in April and beyond, the balance of power is usually held by third-liners and character players such as Montreal’s Gallagher, Andrew Shaw and Byron, Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mike Hoffman and Pyatt, second and third pair defencemen such as Benn and Ottawa’s Cody Ceci.Though each team has conspicuous flaws on the blueline, there is enough solidity. Considered rationally, it’s not clear why anyone would compete so hard for the alleged prize that is first place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division.The winner’s reward is a first-round playoff matchup against a team it will have to look upward in the standings to see, and yet here they were, the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens, grappling for the upper hand in back-to-back contests this weekend.

Alberta beats McGill in double OT to win U Sports women’s hockey gold

Concordia played a physical game, played really hard. I give them credit, it was a really great hockey game.”Katherine Purchase made 19 saves in the loss. 4 Martlets. Our leadership group has led the team all year, all credit to them. 7 Concordia Stingers for the bronze medal.Cassandra Vilgrain and Logan Boyd scored for UBC with both goals coming on the power play.Vilgrain gave the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead 17:42 into the first and Boyd padded the advantage with less then three minutes remaining in the third period.“I can’t say enough about our group,” said UBC head coach Graham Thomas. 6 Alberta while fifth-year goalie Lindsey Post made 40 saves in her final career game, earning her first national championship.Melodie Daoust found the back of the net for the No. Amy Boucher also scored for No. Rookie defenceman Taylor Kezama scored 8:13 into double overtime as the University of Alberta Pandas defeated the McGill Martlets 2-1 on Sunday to win the U Sports women’s hockey championship.It’s the eighth national title in the program’s history, which is the most all-time in U Sports, and first since 2010. “The character in the room, starting with our leaders, we had eight seniors (this year). Tricia Deguire stopped 24-of-25 shots before being beaten on the 26th for the game winner.Earlier in the day, Amelia Boughn stopped all 21 shots she faced to help lift the top-ranked UBC Thunderbirds to a 2-0 win over the No.

Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey recovered in Mexico

He described the theft as the only blemish on an otherwise successful Super Bowl.“You don’t come to Texas and embarrass us here on our home turf,” Acevedo said.Brady’s agent did not immediately respond to emails. The NFL said the jersey was in “possession of a credentialed member of the international media.”

A Mexican newspaper company, the Organizacion Editorial Mexicana, said on Twitter a short time later that a former executive from the tabloid La Prensa was involved. Brady lamented the theft after the game.“If it shows up on eBay or something, somebody let me know,” he said.Houston police investigators relied on a tip from an informant to trace the jersey, estimated to be worth about $500,000, to Mexico.It wasn’t the only piece of memorabilia recovered. A Super Bowl helmet belonging to a Denver Broncos player was also found, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.Houston police chief Art Acevedo proudly congratulated his team on finding the jersey, but was equally quick to say it wasn’t a “top priority” in a city with violent crime. The mystery of Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jersey led police all the way to Mexico, and authorities were investigating a former tabloid newspaper executive’s possible role in the case.Police and the NFL announced Monday that Brady’s jersey, which went missing from the locker room after the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons last month, had been found in Mexico. But it did not identify the executive, and said a statement was expected later in the day.The missing jersey — and the subsequent investigation — captivated Patriots fans and social media for several days after the Super Bowl. Police also located a Brady jersey that had gone missing after the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks. A Patriots spokeswoman said the team had no comment.The jerseys are in the possession of the NFL and FBI in Boston, and law enforcement was working to authenticate them, the chief said.“We are highly confident that these are the jerseys,” Acevedo said.

Team Canada improves to 5-0 at women’s world curling championship

“We just tried to stay patient and pick up on it as best we could. “I think the Swiss are very strong at the worlds, and you can see that in their previous championships. I’ve been struggling a little bit with my weight so it felt good to make a couple nice draws in that game.”The Canadian squad started the tournament with victories over China, Germany and Russia.The 27-year-old Homan and Courtenay are joined by third Emma Miskew 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.She and her crew won the Canadian title in February with an extra-end win over Manitoba’s Michelle Englot, earning Homan a third appearance at the world championship.Last year Canada was represented by Calgary skip Chelsea Carey. We’re happy with how we played, and we’re getting more comfortable with the ice.”It was a tight game in the early going, but it was broken open in the fourth end on a well-executed raise takeout from Homan to score three and make it 4-1.An end later, Canada stole two more when Paetz’s raise double-takeout attempt was unsuccessful. Rachel Homan and her Canada rink gave themselves a major confidence boost Monday in their quest for gold at the women’s world curling championship, handing Switzerland its first loss to and taking sole possession of first place in the round-robin standings.Canada improved to 5-0 and with an 8-6 win over the Swiss rink skipped by Alina Paetz, a two-time world champion. She’s quite the weapon.”Earlier, the U.S. Homan is looking to lead Canada to its first world title since 2008 while Swiss teams have won the last three gold medals.It was more than just a routine round-robin win for Canada, said second Joanne Courtney.“Absolutely,” she said. The Canadians were able to put it in cruise control the rest of the way.Homan is in top form, her second said.“You can tell in her eyes when she knows what a spot in the ice is going to do, and exactly how she has to throw it to make the shot,” she said. led 3-1 through four ends, but a single in the fifth and a deuce in the sixth gave the Canadians their first lead of the day.“That was the first time we had the lead in that game, so to be able to steal the two points in an even end and take the lead was big,” said second Lisa Weagle.American (1-3) skip Nina Roth responded with two of her own in the eighth to make it 5-4, but Homan came right back with three in the ninth to take the victory.“That was a challenging sheet of ice,” said Weagle. “You just try to make sure you sweep it right and make sure you’re supporting her. She was dialed in all through the Scotties and it’s continued here. “So that’s a big win for us, to come out, start off strong and be able to keep that lead. You stay out of skipper’s way when she’s throwing like that. Her foursome had to settle for fourth place after dropping the bronze-medal draw against Russia. We always have a good game with them.”The loss dropped the Swiss into a second-place tie with Sweden at 4-1. So we take them very seriously. The Czechs and Scotland are tied for fourth at 3-2.Courtney called the Swiss an “agressive team.”“They’re all great shooters,” she said. The Canadians opened the day with a 7-5 win over the United States.

Sister of former ski coach Bertrand Charest testifies on his behalf

“He broke me. Bertrand Charest was a passionate and visionary ski coach, his sister told his sex assault trial Monday.His ski students were happy, relaxed and the atmosphere was “super fun,” said Isabelle Charest, the defence’s first witness.“To be a good coach, it’s not just about knowing technique,” she said. No friction.”One of the accused’s alleged victims told a different story of her time at the ski school in 1996.She said Charest was domineering and pulled her out of the school on multiple occasions and bring her over to his home for sex.Isabelle Charest said none of the alleged victims ever confided in her about her brother abusing them.She told the court she and her sibling had a respectful relationship and that he never insulted her physical appearance or was overtly mean to her.“Did he ever make comments to you that were sexual in nature?” asked defence attorney Antonio Cabral.“No,” she replied. But it took that to get me where I needed to go.”Isabelle Charest also told the court how it was common in the late 1980s and early ‘90s for coaches to rub the legs and buttocks of ski students to keep them warm.“I’m not sure if that’s still done,” she testified.Some of the alleged witnesses have testified the accused fondled various parts of their bodies.Isabelle Charest stopped skiing competitively around 1990 and studied in the United States between ‘91 and ‘95.When she returned to Canada, she spent time with her brother’s ski team at the national championships.She said Charest and his ski students “seemed like they were friends. The atmosphere was light.”In 1996, she was hired by her brother to manage a ski school he had opened in Mont-Tremblant.She said she worked there until January 1997.Several elite skiers lived at the home. (Bertrand Charest) was very passionate. “You have to know how to teach it. “Not at all. They skied in the morning and had classes in the afternoon, she added.She lived in the house and managed the day-to-day affairs and said the ambience was “super fun.”“Everyone laughed a lot,” she said. “There were no fights. Other coaches didn’t have his vision.”

The accused is on trial on 57 charges, including sexual assault and breach of trust, in connection with 12 alleged victims between the ages of 12 and 19 during the 1990s.Many of them have testified Charest was an abusive and manipulating coach, who was at times gentle and kind and at others vicious and insulting.Several said Charest would use degrading and sexually laced insults to break their character.Charest’s sister, herself a competitive skier, told the court how coaches could be difficult, but only because they wanted to develop young athletes.“I hated and adored my coach,” she said of her early competitive skiing experience.She testified how her coach once made her walk up a hill several times in one day, without using the ski lift, as punishment for not working hard enough.“I felt humiliated,” she said. Never.”The Crown’s cross-examination lasted only a few minutes.Attorney Marie-Nathalie Tremblay asked about Isabelle Charest’s testimony when she said earlier in the day that the construction on her brother’s home was completed around Christmas 1995.Tremblay showed the witness documents from a home inspector stating the house was completed in early October of that year.“That could be,” Isabelle Charest said.Bertrand Charest’s legal team said their client is not expected to testify.They plan on calling up to three more witnesses by Wednesday and said they will begin final arguments Friday.

Leafs get Connor Carrick back for Bruins showdown

“We’re trying to catch teams above us and we’re aware of teams that are right on our heels so we’ve got to separate ourselves and try to catch teams above us.”The Leafs enter Monday’s action only one point up on the New York Islanders (78) and two ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning (77).Injured on Feb. Toronto, with a game in hand on Boston, is currently holding down the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Nazem Kadri said the club had their eyes all over the standings.“Look up, look down, sideways — it don’t matter, we’re looking all over the place,” Kadri said of the playoff chase. The Maple Leafs’ increasingly wobbly defence will get some help in a big showdown against the Bruins on Monday night.Connor Carrick returns from an 11-game absence due to an upper-body injury, set to join Morgan Rielly as Toronto tries to track down Boston in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Kane went scoreless in 23 minutes as Babcock slightly eased duties for Rielly in the 2-1 overtime loss.Alexey Marchenko will exit the lineup with Carrick returning, Roman Polak sliding back to play from frequent duties alongside Rielly to play with fellow veteran Matt Hunwick.Toronto’s defence is expected to look as follows as the Bruins: Gardiner-Zaitsev; Rielly-Carrick; Hunwick-Polak.Carrick has played most of the season with Gardiner (54 per cent possession as a pair), showing well in brief duty with Rielly (54 per cent).“It’s probably at a 110 per cent pace of what the game was played at when I was injured,” Carrick said. I think the battle is to get that flow of the game, keep the rhythm, stay out of your own head — just play hockey.” “Teams are going to be playing fast, trying to execute quickly. 21 against Winnipeg, Carrick should offer some stability to a Leafs defence that head coach Mike Babcock has been shuffling around warily in recent weeks.He employed a number of different combinations against the Chicago Blackhawks over the weekend, including Jake Gardiner and rookie Nikita Zaitsev against a Patrick Kane-led line. The Leafs (79 points) can pull to within one point of the Bruins (82) with a regulation victory at Air Canada Centre. They’ve beaten their original-six foe in all three meetings so far this season, including a 6-5 win in Boston in early February.

Staying in Premier League is key to Jermain Defoe’s World Cup hopes

For me, I think if I do get an opportunity to go to another major tournament, it will be a dream.” When I went to Toronto, I missed out on a World Cup,” Defoe told reporters.“The boys I’m competing against are playing in the Premier League and playing in Europe and probably that’s why I missed out on the last World Cup. You probably need to be playing in the Premier League.”Sunderland are bottom of the table, seven points from safety, and even Defoe’s enduring goal-scoring magic looks unlikely to save them this time.The striker’s 14 league goals make him the second highest English scorer in the top flight this season after Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.He was not included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after joining Major League Soccer side Toronto in February of that year.Despite joining Sunderland in January 2015 and scoring 15 goals to keep them up, he was also overlooked by Hodgson for Euro 2016.Defoe, who has 55 caps and played for England in the 2010 World Cup finals, said he had never entirely given up hope of a recall despite occasional doubts.“It didn’t really stop me from getting my head down and working hard and just hoping one day I’ll get an opportunity to represent my country again,” he added.“I was getting a lot of stick from the lads at the training ground because I’ve still got the England flag on my boots. It’s as simple as that. “To get into any squad, it’s based on merit and you’ve got to be playing at the top level. LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) – Jermain Defoe has indicated he will leave struggling Sunderland if they are relegated because he needs to stay in the Premier League to keep alive his hopes of going to next year’s World Cup finals with England.The 34-year-old striker, back in the England squad for the first time since November 2013, said ahead of Wednesday’s friendly against Germany in Dortmund that he had to be realistic. They’d say things like ‘JD, why have you got the England flag on your boots still?’”.With more than a year to go before the World Cup in Russia, Defoe believes he still has a chance.“You just want it more and more.

Crosby and McDavid have company as NHL’s MVP race heats up

The Oilers captain has had a hand in almost 40 per cent of his club’s offence this year, leads the league in assists and remains a favourite to win the scoring title.Kane: He’s not producing at last year’s pace — 46 goals and 106 points — but has been pretty close to it in the past couple months, collecting 20 goals and 30 points since Feb. The 29-year-old is headed for his best year since 2009-10 when he garnered 101 points for the Capitals.Brent Burns: Burns has cooled off this month, but he’s still tracking toward one of the more electric seasons from a defenceman that we’ve ever seen. 1 in points-per-game and just clinched his first 40-goal season since the 2009-10 season. A number of others could join them in the club for the first time, including Scheifele, Burns, T.J. Oshie, Nazem Kadri, Chris Kreider, Anders Lee, Viktor Arvidsson and perhaps McDavid. 1. He gets a little bit faster, quicker, he gets the puck, he commands the puck and once he has it he does so many good things with it.”JACKHe’s been lost with his team tumbling out of the playoff mix, but Sabres centre Jack Eichel has been tearing the league apart this season. He’s right there in the thick of the race for the Rocket Richard and Art Ross trophies despite missing nearly two weeks to start the season.McDavid: It’s already easy to take McDavid for granted, but remember: he’s only 20, in his second NHL season and already an MVP candidate. Karlsson is pretty close to a point-per-game once more — despite a drop in ice-time — while leading the league in blocked shots.Honourable mentions: Mark Scheifele; Nikita Kucherov; Victor Hedman; Sergei BobrovskyMORE KANEBlackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had this to say recently on Kane’s performance:“I see Kaner every single year getting a little bit better. The 23-year-old has already set a career-high with 47 points and 36 assists this season, soon to post new personal bests in goals and power-play points.30The NHL had 13 30-goal scorers heading into Monday’s play, including five first-timers: Jackets winger Cam Atkinson, Bruins winger David Pastrnak, Ducks centre Rickard Rakell and the rookie duo of Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. The NHL hasn’t had a repeat MVP winner since Alex Ovechkin (2008 and 2009).Evgeni Malkin: Second to only Crosby in points-per-game, Malkin is headed for his biggest season offensively since 2011-12 when he won the Art Ross and Hart trophies by posting 50 goals and 109 points.Brad Marchand: No one had more goals or points since the beginning of December heading into Monday’s action, making the 28-year-old a viable threat to win both the Art Ross and Rocket Richard.Nicklas Backstrom: Backstrom trails only McDavid in assists, hovers near the league lead in power-play points and is a dark horse to win the Art Ross. Co-favourites in the fall, Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid looked to be 1-2 at mid-season, but since then, a flood of worthy contenders has emerged.Here is a look at the crowded field:Crosby: He’s No. Nobody could touch Patrick Kane in last season’s race for the Hart Trophy.The Chicago Blackhawks winger and Art Ross Trophy winner (by 17 points!) earned 121-of-150 first-place votes for NHL MVP and 93 per cent of the vote overall.A runaway winner for the league’s top award seems unlikely this season. He has an outside shot at joining Paul Coffey, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Denis Potvin and Doug Wilson (his general manager with the Sharks) as the only defencemen to crack 30 goals and 80 points in one season.Erik Karlsson: The Senators captain is tiptoeing back into not only the Norris race as the league’s top defenceman, but the Hart with maybe the most well-rounded season of his career. Still just 20, Eichel entered Monday’s play with more points than anybody but Marchand and Kane since the start of February and has an outside shot at surpassing the 24 goals and 56 points he managed as a rookie — in far fewer games after missing nearly two months with injury to start the season.FLAMES’ TOP PAIROne of the sneaky smart decisions early this season by first-year Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan was connecting Dougie Hamilton with captain Mark Giordano on the team’s top pair.A look at the puck possession numbers reveals that success:Hamilton and Giordano together: 56 per centHamilton apart: 52 per centGiordano apart: 47 per centTrade speculation involving Hamilton has rightly fizzled.