Ice hockey world body still pushing for Olympic deal with NHL

The NHL sought more concessions, but the IOC would not concede a share of marketing rights to a commercial league.Lichtner said the IIHF was focused on a five-year plan for the sport in Asia, leading up to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games in the coveted Chinese market.“We have a strategy and that would of course be easier and much nicer if this is with the NHL than without,” the German official said of a plan that includes the Russia-based KHL.A Chinese delegation is due to attend the annual world championships, staged in May in France and Germany.Though a two-Olympic deal was part of recent NHL talks, Lichtner did not rule out finding a separate solution to the Beijing Olympics.“I don’t think we should predict now what will happen until 2022,” he said. “We will always try to do the best for ice hockey – and this is put the best players on the ice and let them play, because they want it.”That includes Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals star who said Tuesday that “I’m pretty sure everything is going to be fine.”“It’s my country,” Ovechkin said in Toronto. Like Russia’s star Alex Ovechkin, the International Ice Hockey Federation thinks NHL players need not miss the 2018 Winter Olympics – though team owners likely now need a “game-changer” offer on the table.“We are continuing to try to find solutions,” the governing body’s general secretary Horst Lichtner told The Associated Press on Tuesday, after the NHL said it would not take part in the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Lichtner spent much of the day in talks with IOC officials and winter sports leaders about the NHL’s announcement late Monday. Somebody going to tell me I don’t go. I don’t care, I just go.”The IIHF’s Lichtner predicted that others players could follow.“I actually think there will be some more Ovechkins in this world who want to use the Olympic stage to show their skills,” Lichtner said. “It’s the biggest opportunity in your life to play in the Olympic Games. The league ended negotiations aimed at ensuring it would shut down for the Olympic period in February and let its superstars play in South Korea.Ovechkin said Tuesday he would play at the games anyway, suggesting the NHL was bluffing.Lichtner also said the door is not closed, though he acknowledged that the Switzerland-based IIHF must make a better offer.“Then we can re-open the discussion, maybe not for ever but to come back with some so-called game changers to the (NHL team) owners which would then probably help to find a better decision than we have now,” he said.The IIHF had already agreed to meet players’ travel and insurance costs when the IOC ended its long-time commitment to pay.

B.C. ultramarathoner comes up short in 160-km race after straying off course

Any of the 15 successful race alumni who want to run again must contribute a pack of regular, filtered Camel cigarettes.Race director Gary “Lazarus Lake” Cantrell, who co-founded the race, commended Robbins in a social media post but said the Canadian runner’s finish would not have counted because Robbins diverted from the race course.“The Barkley is a footrace. was exceptional and is, in and of itself, a remarkable achievement. But he did not miss the time limit by six seconds. Robbins couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.The Barkley Marathons consist of five, 32-kilometre loops through Frozen Head State Park in central Tennessee and are described as one of the most difficult foot races in the world.Between 35 and 40 runners are allowed to participate each year. as a fitness coach, and a biography on his company’s website says the 39-year-old native of Newfoundland and Labrador began running in 2004.Video posted online shows Robbins running up to a yellow gate that marks the race’s end before collapsing to the ground in the fetal position, mumbling, “I’ve got all my pages but I went around the wrong side of the mountain in the fog.”Runners must take a page from each of the 13 books placed as checkpoints at various points throughout the race.“One mistake,” Cantrell said as he slowly counted Robbins’ wet pages. It is not an orienteering contest, nor a scavenger hunt,” Cantrell wrote in a statement published online by Canadian Running Magazine.“The class with which Gary handled this terrible disappointment at the end of a truly magnificent performance … That one fatal error with just over two miles to go haunts me.”The race ended Monday. “I continued bushwhacking and quickly spotted the road into camp,” Robbins wrote about emerging from the water minutes before the 60-hour cutoff.“I thrashed my way to the road and put my head down and gutted out the hardest three minutes of my life to collapse at the gate, overtime, and from the wrong direction,” he added.“I did not finish the Barkley Marathons, and that is no one’s fault but my own. First-time racers have to supply a licence plate from their home state or country, while failed veterans are asked to provide a pair of gold-toed dress socks. “Still, it’s a story for the ages.”The event takes place yearly in late March or early April and was the subject of a 2014 documentary titled “The Barkley Marathons: The Race that Eats its Young,” as well as a 2010 book describing it as “the world’s toughest trail race.” More than 1,000 have attempted to complete the event since its inception in 1986.The cost to apply is US$1.60, and those who are accepted are required to pay an unconventional entry fee. He failed to complete the Barkley by two miles.”Robbins works in B.C. A last-minute mistake that put Gary Robbins six seconds short of becoming the 16th person to ever finish a torturous 160-kilometre ultramarathon is haunting the North Vancouver man.In a blog post chronicling his second attempt at the infamous Barkley Marathons, Robbins says he took a wrong turn in thick fog about three kilometres before the finish line, which sent him down a mountainside, through some brush and across an “absolutely raging” river.

Canada to face Finland in women’s world hockey semifinal

Nadezhda Alexandrova had 20 saves in the loss.Sara Sakkinen, Linda Valimaki, Jenni Hiirikoski and Susanna Tapani scored for the Finns. They’ll face the Canadians in Thursday’s semifinals. Finland earned another showdown with Canada at the women’s world hockey championship.The Finns blanked Sweden 4-0 in Tuesday’s quarter-final. Goaltender Noora Raty posted a 16-save shutout.Sara Grahn turned away 38 of 42 shots in Sweden’s net.The Czech Republic doubled Switzerland 4-2 in a relegation-round game.The medal games are Friday. Finland beat Canada for the first time ever 4-3 in the preliminary round.Germany, the country promoted from the second-tier world championship, upset Russia 2-1 in the other quarter-final and will face defending champion United States on Thursday. Marie Delarbre and Kerstin Spielberger scored for the Germans with Jennifer Harss making 23 saves for the win.Anna Shokhina replied for Russia.

Rory McIlroy says he would ‘think twice’ about golfing with Trump again

“It’s a difficult one,” McIlroy, 27, said at a news conference at Augusta National. 1 said on Tuesday that he was not interested in talking politics with Trump but rather in taking in the scene that accompanies him.“Whenever an invitation or a request comes my way, I don’t want to say I jump at the chance but at the same time, you know, to see the Secret Service, to see the scene, I mean, that’s really what I was going for,” McIlroy said.“I mean, there was not one bit of politics discussed in that round of golf. He was more interested talking about the grass that he just put on the greens.” Rory McIlroy received plenty of criticism for golfing with U.S. It’s not a tough place to be put in but it was a round of golf and nothing more.Cathal Kelly: In Trump’s era, golf’s class divide is widening fast again“Would I do it again? Masters, has said playing with Trump was not to be confused with an endorsement. After the sort of backlash I received, I’d think twice about it.”McIlroy, a four-times major champion, has previously said he was called a “fascist” and “bigot” for accepting the invitation to play 18 holes with the president at Trump International Golf Club in Florida in February.The former world No. 2, McIlroy, who will launch his bid to complete the career grand slam of golf’s four majors at this week’s U.S. “I felt I would have been making more of a statement if I had of turned it down. President Donald Trump this year and on Tuesday the Northern Irishman said he would “think twice” before accepting a second invitation.World No.

Jays anxious to get ball rolling after season-opening loss to Orioles

Whatever we did last year, which was good, we got to start all over and try to repeat that. “Marco started us off great.“The thing is, we’ve got to try to do it again. And especially when you have the starting assignment for Toronto’s next game against the Orioles – on Wednesday. Most players will tell you they relish the off days scattered over the course of a long Major League Baseball season, in which the grind of 162 games can take its toll, both physically and mentally.J.A. Happ, the stoic Blue Jays pitcher, enjoys his days off as much as the next guy in the clubhouse.But not when one falls, as it did for the Blue Jays, on a Tuesday following Monday’s season opener here against the Baltimore Orioles. The delay is more intolerable with his team coming off a disheartening 3-2 loss in 11 innings in that first outing.“I don’t love the fact that we’ve got an off day this early,” Happ said Monday evening, trying to digest both his postgame meal and the tough setback to the Orioles.“At this point, I just want to get in there and get going.”But Happ and his teammates will have to be patient before getting back to business against the Orioles.The Blue Jays and the Orioles are not the only teams with early season downtime.It’s the nature of the schedule, in which more than half of the 30 teams will have experienced a day off from play by Wednesday.Building in a one-day break between the first and second games of the season is the way baseball tries to protect itself from the last vestiges of winter that can still wreak havoc on those teams stationed in the north.If the weather is too poor to play, the game can be postponed to the next day and not upset ticket holders who pay a premium price to attend the first game of the year, always a celebration.Still, that thinking raises questions when applied to teams like the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, both off on Monday after Sunday home openers.The Rays played the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field, a domed facility. So that’s kind of where our head are at, trying to get off on the right foot here.” His had been a career littered with potholes, spending time as both a reliever and a starter after beginning his career in Philadelphia in 2007.He then played in Houston before moving to Toronto for his first stint with the Blue Jays in 2012, when he compiled a middling 18-20 record over 2½ seasons before being shipped to Seattle.Halfway through the 2015 season, Happ was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where his emergence as a top-flight MLB starter was both startling and unexpected.Making a couple of simple adjustments to his throwing mechanics, most designed to keep his momentum moving toward the plate during his delivery, Happ would go 7-2 the rest of the way for Pittsburgh, with a sparkling 1.85 ERA.A free agent at the end of 2015, Happ’s renaissance earned him a three-year, $36-million contract offer from Tony LaCava, Toronto’s acting GM at the time, before the arrival of Ross Atkins.That move is now viewed as a bargain after the left-hander logged a career high 195 innings pitched en route to becoming just the sixth pitcher in franchise history to win 20 games in a season.Happ had not won more than 11 times in a single season before that.He helped anchor a rotation that was baseball’s best, leading the American League in earned run average (3.64), opponent batting average (.236) and quality starts (100).And all the key contributors – Happ along with Aaron Sanchez, Marcus Stroman, Francisco Liriano and Marco Estrada – have returned to the fold this year.Estrada set a pretty good early tone Monday, allowing just two runs off five hits over six innings of work.He was long gone by the time Mark Trumbo crushed an off-speed pitch from reliever Jason Grilli over the wall in left for the walk-off victory.Happ said having all the starters back for a second season can only help Toronto’s cause as the club looks to make a run for a third consecutive playoff appearance.“I think we’ve got a year under our belts and we’re more comfortable with each other and we’re certainly pulling for each other,” Happ said. But I’ll be anxious.”Happ surprised when he went 20-4 last season in his second go-round with the Blue Jays. “You certainly want to start good, but you got to realize it’s a long haul either way. No chance of anything bad happening there, unless the roof caved in.The Diamondbacks played the San Francisco Giants, with the game-time temperature in Phoenix a cozy 24C.Regardless, Happ said he wants to get going, noting the first game of the season is always a bit of a chore, even to an 11-year veteran such as himself.“There’s definitely more anxiety going into that first one,” he said.

Surgeon Ted Percy ‘performed miracles’ for athletes

His fate rested in the surgeon’s hands three times, beginning when Mr. Percy also played a crucial part in the advancement of sports medicine in Canadian amateur sports. Savard prove the naysayers wrong, he was back playing for the team at an elite level the following year, assuring him a spot on Team Canada during the 1972 Summit Series against the Russians.After the Canadian squad’s victory, the players were given commemorative watches by Team Canada officials, Mr. Brodie laughed when he described how the Mutt and Jeff shtick paid huge dividends during anatomy class where the duo spent their mornings huddled over a cadaver with three or four other students. Percy was recruited to establish a sports medicine program at the University of Arizona’s faculty of medicine. Brodie said.What Dr. Percy stopped by to see the game and say hello. Dr. But I still managed to see action the last five games of the season. Percy I gave him the watch and told him that he deserved it because I would never have recovered in time to play in the series if it wasn’t for him.” Dr. Percy quickly made a name for himself while completing his residency and fellowship in orthopedic surgery, landing appointments to the orthopedics staff of six hospitals. Robert Berke, who was a linebacker with the McGill Redmen in the late 1960 and early 70s, remembered how Dr. It’s a credit to Dr. “I remember that at the same time that I injured my knee, my kid brother experienced a similar injury playing junior football in the Hamilton area.” During a trip to play the Ti-cats in Hamilton, Mr. “Ironically there was an injury on the ice. Percy stapled the tear back together, and Mr. Percy took him under his wing. Percy was a member of the International Association of Medical Officers and served as the co-founder and first President of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine, from 1971 to 1972.In 1978, Dr. Brodie helped to nudge Dr. In 1970 he established the first medical team for international Canadian athletes and was named the chief medical officer with the Canadian Olympic, Commonwealth, and Pan American teams. Percy noticed the spellbound expression on his young colleague’s face, Dr. Percy died of cancer on March 2 in Saanich, B.C. “It was just like old times!”Wishing to be closer to family, Dr. Dalla Riva said Dr. Crutchlow asked if Dr. When Edward was a child, he had a fondness for the outdoors that continued throughout his life, according to his son, Kevin.He attended Westmount High School, before enrolling at McGill. Dr. Percy also served as the Montreal Alouettes team doctor from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s. Dalla Riva hurt his knee during training camp following Montreal’s 1970 Grey Cup victory. Percy enjoyed most about working with athletes was their desire to heal quickly, his son, Kevin Percy recalled. Dalla Riva said, Dr. “He didn’t have to do it, but that was the type of man he was.”Dr. Percy wore that watch constantly, his friend Dr. “He had been getting into so many fights that the knuckles on his hand became damaged. 15, 1924, in Hampstead, Que. Percy because I didn’t think I would ever play again!”Mr. Savard broke the same leg he had fractured the year before. He was 92. Although the pundits were questioning whether Mr. He remained a vital part of the academic team until his retirement in 1991.Serge Savard recalled a preseason exhibition game played in Phoenix in the late eighties when he was the general manager of the Canadiens. Ferguson to stop dropping his gloves and provoking fights, Kevin Percy explained. Percy was long affiliated with McGill University, serving as a professor of orthopedics with the university’s fledgling sports medicine program and caring for many athletes there. “On one occasion I accompanied [Dr. Savard would ever lace up for the Canadiens again, the star defenceman was much more optimistic.“There is a reason why I called him Brother André. Percy] instructed the training staff to tape the gauntlets of Ferguson’s gloves to his sweater, ensuring that the brawler couldn’t toss the gloves aside.”In addition to his work with professional athletes, Dr. “The rehab was long and demanding. But his studies had to be postponed in 1943 when he enlisted with the RCAF. Some of Dr. Percy] to a knee surgery. Percy’s wishes. Berke said he smiled. Berke, who practices family medicine in Mayville, N.Y., said he was flabbergasted, not just because of the speed, but the precision. Percy’s patients was Peter Dalla Riva, an Alouettes tight end from 1968 to 1981, who was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. It was during this period that Dr. He was the youngest of four children born to George Percy and the former Caroline Little. Percy’s patients, including Montreal Canadiens great Serge Savard, believed the doctor could work miracles, too, sometimes resuscitating the careers of athletes who had suffered serious bone breaks and ligament damage. So they called my father in.” Dr. Percy did everything he could to repair the player’s knuckles before instructing Mr. Brodie knew anyone else who might want to come on board, he immediately suggested Dr. Percy.Dr. Percy was gracious and giving and went beyond the call of duty. “When I arrived back in Montreal, the very first time I ran into Dr. “There was a twinkle in his eye, and in a conspiratorial tone, he whispered that nobody needed to know how quickly he wrapped up the operation.”In addition to his work with McGill athletics, Dr. Brodie said, was inevitable.Dr. From the first incision to the final stitch, he was finished in 15 minutes.” Dr. His expertise was also sought out by the Montreal Alouettes, the Expos and the Canadiens.Edward Charters Percy was born on Oct. Brodie was already working with McGill doctor Everett Crutchlow, who was putting together a sports medicine program. We didn’t bring our team doctor.” Mr. Please include I Remember in the subject field. Dr. Dr. Classmates called the life-long friends Mutt and Jeff, referencing the long-running newspaper comic strip about the tall and meek Mutt and his off-beat pal Jeff. Percy examined his brother’s knee and provided him with tips on how to rehabilitate the injury. Ferguson would inevitably forget, resulting in more damage to his hands. Percy toward a career in sports medicine. When Dr. In 1943, he was shipped overseas to England, where he flew Lancasters on supply and training runs across Great Britain for the duration of the war.When he returned to Montreal, he found himself back at McGill and studying medicine alongside his old Westmount High compatriot Hugh Brodie. When Dr. “It can be pretty macabre stuff, but Ted’s light-heartedness and optimism helped to make the absurd and disturbing daily ritual more bearable.”In 1949, Edward married Marion Moffatt (who was known as Myrne), and two years later he graduated from medical school. Edward Percy’s great skill as an orthopedic surgeon earned him the nickname Brother André, a nod to the legendary Montreal faith healer who was canonized in 2010. Savard said his old pal immediately sprung to action and looked after the injured player. “So [Dr. But as The Montreal Gazette’s Pat Hickey reported: When Bob Brodrick, who was the team doctor assigned with the Expos, or Doug Kinnear, who was with the Canadiens, required a surgeon, they rang up Ted.One of Dr. He performed miracles.” Not only did Mr. “He was one of the football team doctors and was enthusiastic when he discovered that I would be attending med school.”As a consequence, Dr. Percy and his wife began to spend more time in Kelowna, on Lake Okanagan, before moving to Victoria in 2011.Dr. Dr. Mr. After his inside ligament was torn off the bone, Dr. Percy leaves his wife, Myrne; their children, Kevin, Lynne, Jill and Jane; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.To submit an I Remember: obit@globeandmail.comSend us a memory of someone we have recently profiled on the Obituaries page. John Ferguson, regarded as one of the great hockey brawlers of all time, needed extra motivation to adhere to Dr. Percy’s most renowned patient may have been Montreal Canadiens blue-liner Serge Savard. Savard said. Dalla Riva, who feared his career was over, was back on the playing field the same year. But in the heat of battle, Mr. Savard was playing junior hockey. “From a doctor’s perspective, they were ideal patients who followed his instructions.”But there were exceptions. Berke said he was privy to procedures typically not part of the med school curriculum. The final operation occurred in 1971 after Mr. As Edward Percy was a soft-spoken man who stood at 6 foot 4 and towered over his 5 foot 10 friend, the comparison, Dr. Dr.

Whitecaps hope elements are in their favour against Tigres in Champions League

“(Against the Galaxy) we scored two goals in a minute.“It shows the dynamic of a game can change within 60 seconds.”No MLS team has ever won the CONCACAF Champions League, a competition that features clubs from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.The Galaxy won the tournament in 2000 when it was known as the Champions Cup, but the last 11 combined winners have come from Mexico.Vancouver is the third Canadian team to make the semis after Toronto FC in 2011-12 and the Montreal Impact, who reached the final, in 2014-15.“It’s an unbelievably big game for this football club,” said Robinson. “It’s a chance for us to create a next bit of history.”Tigres’ star-studded roster boasts the likes of Andre-Pierre Gignac, a striker who made six appearances for France at Euro 2016, midfielder Guido Pizarro and Vargas, a forward with the Chilean national team.Despite the high-priced talent on the other side, Robinson said he wants the Whitecaps embrace the moment.“Some of these players will never, ever get opportunity to play against this level of quality of players again,” he said. “We’ll try and make it as cold as we can – that might be pretty helpful – but it comes down to 90 minutes of football.“Snow, wind, hail (the roof will be) open.”While the weather and the artificial playing surface could give the Whitecaps a slight edge, they face a monumental task, needing to score twice without conceding to at least force extra time in the aggregate series.Even one away goal from Tigres would force the Whitecaps to put four past the visitors to advance.“You’re always going to play on the edge of that danger zone,” said striker Fredy Montero, who scored in Vancouver’s first league win of 2017 on Saturday, a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy. You never know what’s going to happen.”Vancouver defended well for the first hour against in Monterrey on March 14 at the intimidating Estadio Universitario – a venue nicknamed “The Volcano” – before a Kendall Waston own goal in the 66th minute and an Eduardo Vargas strike in the 87th.Tigres dominated possession, keeping the ball for more than 80 per cent of the match, but the Whitecaps had a couple of clear-cut chances where they failed to capitalize.“We’re going to have to take some risks – sensible risks – at the right times, but we’ve got to keep the back door shut,” said Robinson. While the retractable roof at B.C. “Leave your stamp on the game.“When you cross that while line, reputations go out through the window.”Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted added he expects his team to press early in search of an opener that might sew a seed of doubt in the Mexican side.“We need to get after them regardless of how good they are and the guys they have up front,” he said. That’s that beauty of the game. “Even if we’re winning 2-0, we know one (Tigres) goal will make it tough to come back.“But this is soccer. “We need to go and make them feel uncomfortable in cold, cold Canada.” The Vancouver Whitecaps often find themselves practising in torrential rain.There was a soggy training camp in Wales to start this season, and the weather hasn’t been much better on the West Coast as winter turned to spring.But set to play the biggest match in club history, the Whitecaps won’t mind if things get a little wet against Mexican champions Tigres UANL on Wednesday as they look to turn around a 2-0 deficit in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal. Place Stadium would normally be closed with showers in the forecast and temperatures expected to be around 10 C at kickoff, it will instead remain open in hopes of giving the home side a chilly advantage.“We know we can make this an uncomfortable environment,” Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson said Tuesday.

Kelly: At Augusta National, perfection is par for the course

“This is real life. He doesn’t talk so much any more as he purrs. In that sense, this place is a little like the Great Pyramid: something beautiful built without any consideration of cost or practicality.Canadian Augusta debutant Adam Hadwin played this course for the first time on Sunday. He turned slightly to see if someone who matters had heard him. But not crazy drooling [while] walking down the fairways.”Hughes was now warming to his theme. Fuzzy Zoeller remains the only rookie to win the Masters.Instead, it’s another moment to enjoy the grandeur of Augusta through the eyes of people seeing it for the first time.Hadwin and Hughes drew attention to the same thing everybody who’s ever been here will tell you – that you may think you know it from TV, but you don’t. It seems fake.”As often happens here early in the week, Hadwin’s trio was organized on patriotic grounds. Even the participants fear the Masters rulebook hook.Hadwin said he’d stopped a few times during the day to say to himself, “Wow, I’m really doing this.”Their reverence could be measured against Weir’s more assured approach.Even at his performance heights, Weir rarely seemed to be overtaken by a moment. I love it. In one instance, Hughes referred to the fans on hand as “spectators,” rather than the preferred “patrons,” and caught himself in embarrassment. (“Some of the things are … I don’t want to say ‘obvious,’” Hadwin said, meaning they actually were obvious.)Hughes literally put his finger on it later in noting there is only one important factor at play here. I’m still in awe of it. As you come through the spectators’ entrance of Augusta National, you are funnelled into a laneway bounded alongside and overhead with a thick canopy of pine trees. He put his hands in the air half-heartedly and went politely in search of handshakes.That low-key affect has deepened with age. Every time.” Not even close.The first time Hughes remembers watching this tournament was 2003, the year Weir won. Wouldn’t it be great if … ?At 46 years old, Weir is functionally finished on the PGA Tour. When he won here, he didn’t fall to the ground or weep, as some do. He remembers every year since.When he qualified for Augusta via winning the RSM Classic in November, he expected that visiting this course would prompt in him a “religious feeling.”He played it four times last month, to tamp down the excitement rather than to learn its intricacies.“That … I don’t want to say ‘numbs’ the experience, but you’re not so much in awe of it. On Tuesday, I walked through the arboreal chute with a first-timer. In fact, I want to die right here.”That’s the difference between Augusta National and just about any other pilgrimage site on Earth. Then, suddenly, the treeline ends and the course rises in front of you.They attempt to capture this moment each year on television. It was different.“I had some moments back on 12 and 13 today where you’ve got the gallery, you’re starting to hear some roars and you kind of have to pinch yourself,” Hadwin said wonderingly. It doesn’t feel that way, but it is. He was 12 years old. Just one question on Tuesday unbalanced him.“I guess this never gets old for you, right?”Weir didn’t wait until the question was done: “Oh my God, no. Even the most obsessive francophile architecture dork probably does not want to die there.What was lovely about the moment was how unselfconsciously wonderstruck they both were. He pointed at his own head.But the symbology of the moment was irresistible. In the Disney North version of the story, this is the moment the guttering torch of Canadian (men’s) golf gets passed.Well, one selfishly lives in hope (cross yourself three times and say a prayer to Frances de Sales, patron saint of journalism), but it’s not likely. Everybody loves the Eiffel Tower. You walk along for a hundred metres or so. Though still competing, he has already passed into the Jack Nicklaus phase of his Masters career – a living fossil exhumed each April for a few (usually two) days’ inspection and feting.At 29 and 26, respectively, Hadwin and Hughes have been at this for a while, but it feels like their careers have only just started. Augusta National’s grass is so thick, glossy and uniform that it is indistinguishable from field turf. He was passing from the usual golfers’ pose – ‘Hey, it’s just another day at work’ – into a full-on geek out in the space of 10 seconds.“When I was first here, this was like heaven on Earth,” Hughes said. He stopped, pawed the first few feet of grass with his foot and said, “This isn’t real, right?”You couldn’t blame him. He was alone through most of that round. On Tuesday, he played it again with a crowd. But as lush and elegant as it may seem in your living room, it does not come anywhere close to capturing exactly how perfect, how unlikely, this place is. “This is where heaven is. The spectators on hand were busy watching the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship. This may be the first time the casual Canadian fan is really paying attention to either of Hadwin or Hughes. Everything here – the shrubbery, the flowers, the outbuildings – is so perfectly realized that it creates a disorienting effect in the newcomer.But it’s all real. He played 18 holes with another Canadian rookie, Mackenzie Hughes, and former Masters champion Mike Weir.The cliché in this case runs toward a joke that ends: “You cannot see with your eyes, grasshopper.”And certainly the taciturn Weir was doing an awful lot of talking out there – by his estimation, more than he’d ever spoken during a round of golf.Hadwin and Hughes graciously played up Weir’s tutorial role.The truth is that most nuances of any course are quickly apparent to a professional.

Pacers boost playoff hopes with comeback win over Raptors

Coaches tried to separate players as the action moved down the court and into the Pacers bench. Tucker all received technical fouls.DeRozan led the Raptors with 27 points.Afterward, Tucker called the play “classless” and “tasteless.” Stephenson apologized.“I didn’t mean no harm,” Stephenson said. I’m just happy we won the game.”3-POINT FLURRYIndiana’s stretch offence finally got in sync for the final two quarters Tuesday when the Pacers went 9 of 13 from beyond the arc. 7 slot in the East — a half-game ahead of Miami, which was idle Tuesday. … “But my main focus was to try and win the game. Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 10 rebounds while DeMarre Carroll had 11 points and Cory Joseph scored 10.Pacers: Teague finished with 20 points and six assists. Thaddeus Young scored 15 points, his fifth straight game in double figures. He scored 14 of the Pacers’ last 19 points in the quarter, giving Indiana a 77-75 lead. “Guarding the 3-point line was our biggest problems.”UP NEXTRaptors: Can clinch a fourth straight season with a winning road record at Detroit on Wednesday.Pacers: Will try to win back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. Glenn Robinson III (sore left calf) still has not returned to practice.WELCOME HOMEStephenson started hearing the applause as he went to the scorer’s table late in the first quarter. “As much as he was being aggressive and putting his team on his shoulders, I had to do the same.”It worked.George helped Indiana pull off one of its biggest comebacks all season to temporarily move into a tie with Chicago for the No. The Heat return to action Wednesday when the Pacers are off.Miami and Chicago hold tiebreaker advantages over the Pacers.The next challenge for Indiana is proving they can keep winning, and with Stephenson back in town, they could.Indiana trailed by as much as 45-26 in a listless first half that drew boos from the crowd.But after Indiana took its first lead on Jeff Teague’s 3-pointer with 5:48 left in the third, George cranked it up. Paul George scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter as Indiana snapped a four-game losing streak, though the win was tainted by an ugly shoving match that spilled into the Pacers’ bench.Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan took exception to Stephenson’s basket, which seemed to break one of basketball’s cardinal rules. … “The crowd was chanting me on and I just wanted to do it for the fans.”George heeded his coach’s advice. DeRozan, Stephenson and Toronto guard P.J. And after Indiana started the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run to make it 88-77, Toronto never challenged again.“He’s tough, he is one of the best in the league for a reason,” DeRozan said, referring to George. When he finally entered, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.“I almost teared up,” Stephenson said. 6 when they host Milwaukee on Thursday. Lance Stephenson charged up the Pacers and fired up the Raptors.In his first home game since re-signing with Indiana last week, Stephenson helped energize the Pacers in the second half, and they rallied from a 19-point, first-half deficit to blow out Toronto 108-90 on Tuesday night.He finished with 12 points but also instigated a closing melee by making a layup with 3.3 seconds to go rather than running out the clock. “Once he got going and his shots went in, they all got going.”TIP-INSRaptors: Trail Boston by 3 1/2 games in the Atlantic Division with four games to go. … Rather than bask in glittery stats, the four-time All-Star dug down, rallied his teammates and gritted out a victory that may have saved the Pacers’ playoff hopes.“I haven’t felt that in a long time,” George said after his third-quarter duel with DeRozan. Or the Raptors.“We came out with a 17-point lead and then it melted in the third quarter as far as our defence was concerned,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. Despite Tuesday’s loss, Toronto has won nine of the last 11 regular-season games and three straight season series against Indiana. Surprised?Not the Pacers. Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Al Jefferson (sprained left ankle) was off crutches and out of the boot and is doing light jogging.

Tired Maple Leafs wilt under Capitals’ attack, will have to wait to clinch

They’re playing with structure, a lot of intensity, a lot of focus and a lot of commitment.“They are in a position to be in the playoffs. “They have a lot of structure to their game. While the Leafs did push back in the second period, the Capitals only bent for a while and then sprang back in charge of the game.By the midway mark of the period, the Leafs lost centre Brian Boyle. Ovechkin has long said he will play no matter what the NHL does and he’s been saying it again, although international rules and international sports associations will no doubt prevent any one-man revolts.The Capitals opened the scoring at 14:34 of the first period when Andre Burakovsky fed centre Lars Eller for a one-timer that seemed to bounce off Leafs centre Auston Matthews before getting by McElhinney.By the end of the first period, the Caps outshot the Leafs 13-3 and had a 22-14 advantage in shot attempts. They did not allow the speedy young Leafs much time or space and through the first 14 minutes all the Leafs could manage were three shots on goal.Especially belligerent was Caps superstar Alexander Ovechkin. There’s not a lot of holes in their game. He hit anyone in a blue sweater he encountered. It also cost them a place in the top three spots of the Atlantic Division, as the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators both won, relegating the Leafs to the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot for now. Clinching may have to wait until Thursday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning, five points behind the Leafs in the wild-card race, come calling. Nate Schmidt effectively finished off the Leafs with a goal at 8:11 of the third period and Tom Wilson added another at 16:46.Mitch Marner broke Washington goaltender Philipp Grubauer’s shutout bid at 18:52 of the third with his 19th goal of the season on a power play. “We’ve got some work to do on it. I thought we were dialed-in about 15 games ago. “So it was a one-sided game. The defenceman ripped a quick one-timer past McElhinney on a beautiful feed from centre Nicklas Backstrom for his 12th goal of the season. He said much the same about them that other coaches around the league are saying, that Babock has whipped them into shape.“They’re very motivated,” Trotz said before the game. While the Leafs were beating the Sabres in Buffalo 4-2 on Monday night, the Caps were lounging in their hotel rooms in Toronto, resting up for Tuesday’s game. We’ve had a couple of sloppy, junk wins. The Toronto Maple Leafs had to run out of energy sooner or later.They gave it a decent effort Tuesday night but just didn’t have enough gas left in the tank to do anything with the NHL’s best team. We’re a veteran team. And the Caps were riding their own 8-1-1 streak in their last 10 games, which took them to first place overall in the NHL with 112 points.Not that Capitals head coach Barry Trotz had anything disparaging to say about the rising young Leafs. They tightened up their defensive game, they’re very dangerous [and] they have a generational player in Auston Matthews. But the Leafs have the day off, so no further word on Boyle is likely until Thursday.The Capitals took a 2-0 lead at the halfway mark of the second period on a power-play goal by Kevin Shattenkirk. Their speed and skill are acute right now, they’re 8-1-1 in their last 10. He sustained an undisclosed injury and the Leafs said he would not return to the game. To which the coach replied it’s all in the eye of the beholder.“Yeah, well, we’re not as tight in our game right now,” Trotz said. By the end of the second period, the first-place-overall team in the NHL had a 2-0 lead on the Leafs and were never seriously threatened by their younger and vastly less-experienced opponents.“We knew those guys would come hard,” said Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who gave No. They’ve got it dialed in right now. They were better than us from start to finish.“I mean, we had a [push] at the start of the second [period] but other than that they were bigger, stronger, faster, quicker, more organized, better.”After running amok for a few weeks, the Maple Leafs were given a lesson by the Capitals as to what an elite team plays like. That’s a pretty good record.”Okay, someone said to Trotz, your team is also 8-1-1 in its last 10 games. The 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals prevented the Leafs from clinching a playoff spot. For about eight or 10 games we were pretty good and then we slipped.”True to Trotz’s words, the Capitals came out running smoothly at the Air Canada Centre. They went to a punishing fore-check right away and never let up. Not much was trending the Leafs’ way going into the game at the Air Canada Centre. The Leafs were coming off a three-game road trip in which they played remarkably well, winning all three to run their winning streak to four and their record in their last 10 games to 8-1-1. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen the night off and faced 38 shots from the Caps. Then again, if the New York Islanders win on Wednesday, they are still in the fight, which would complicate matters.“We didn’t find out how good they were because we didn’t push them at all,” Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said. Leafs centre Nazem Kadri took a good hit from Ovechkin, as did rookie Connor Brown, who retreated gingerly to the Leafs bench after being drilled into the boards.Ovechkin was probably still steaming over NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s announcement the league would not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. “They played a pretty solid game all-round. They took advantage of our mistakes.”However, this was not unexpected. We can dial it in. One of the most common losses in the NHL is to a team playing its first game at home after a multi-game road trip.In addition, though, the Leafs were playing the second of road-and-home, back-to-back games. Babcock declined to give any details on Boyle’s injury, saying only that he would be reassessed by the Leafs’ doctors on Wednesday.

Senators’ Anderson honoured before he earns shutout over Red Wings

I was very thankful towards the organization to give me the opportunity to play again. Best day I’ve had in a while.”The Senators fell 5-4 in a shootout Monday in Detroit in a game they came out flat and were outshot 16-8 in the first before outshooting the Red Wings 45-33 overall.“We had that feeling that we probably should have won that game and we brought that mindset in tonight and I think we pretty much controlled it,” Karlsson said.Despite being outshot 11-6 in the first period Tuesday Ottawa escaped the opening period with a 1-0 lead thanks to their captain.Karlsson carried the puck in from the blue-line and just before he reached the goal-line at the outer edge of the face-off circle he took a shot that found the tiniest of openings between Howard’s shoulder and the crossbar at 12:59.It was a different story on the shot clock in the second, but the part that matters most was the same.Ottawa outshot the Red Wings 12-3 in the second, but another sharp-angle goal, this one from Pyatt, was the only marker of the period.On a broken play inside the Detroit zone Pyatt picked up a loose puck and shot from the bottom of the face-off circle through the legs of Howard and in at 7:49 giving the Senators a 2-0 lead.Notes: Marc Methot, Cody Ceci, Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Jyrki Jokipakka, Chris Neil, Chris DiDomenico and Colin White were scratches for the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Everyone has seen what’s been going on the past couple of years and it was great to be back playing. That’s what we do,” Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg responded when asked what it’s like with nothing to play for. He then spoke about the last two games of the season — also the final two games ever at the Joe Louis Arena.“We’ve got two games left and it’s going to be an exciting weekend for us first with Montreal on Saturday and then the last game at the Joe.”It was also an important game for Clarke MacArthur who made his season debut for the Senators and played his first game since Oct. I wasn’t sure I was going to get back, and it was great to get back with the guys and obviously a big win. “I felt pretty good. Ten days ago Craig Anderson played his 500th game in the NHL when the Ottawa Senators played in Montreal.Tuesday night before the home game against the Detroit Red Wings, Anderson was recognized for the achievement in a ceremony that lasted about five minutes, and then proceeded to shut out the Red Wings 2-0. “It was a little longer than I expected but it hits home,” said Anderson. Drew Miller, Anthony Mantha and Luke Glendening were the scratches for the Red Wings Detroit won the previous three meetings this season with the Senators, once in regulation, once in OT and Monday in a shootout 14, 2015 because of concussion issues.Earlier this year Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion said MacArthur had been shut down for the season when MacArthur failed the necessary concussion baseline test in January.Last week while the Senators were on the road he passed another baseline test.MacArthur played just under 10 minutes.“I was just trying to manage my emotions during the game,” said MacArthur. “It’s definitely emotional but the guys rallied around it and I rallied around it and we got a great all around effort.”Erik Karlsson and Tom Pyatt scored while Anderson made 24 saves for his fifth shutout of the season.The win coupled with Tampa Bay’s 4-0 loss to Boston means the Senators (42-27-10) need just one point in their final three games to clinch a playoff spot.The win also snapped a five-game losing streak for Ottawa and was just their third victory in their past 12 games.Jimmy Howard made 22 saves in the loss for the Red Wings (32-36-12) who are playing out the string as they will miss the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.“You’ve got a lot to play for. You play for the wing-wheel on your chest.

Christine Girard a step closer to Olympic gold as Russian’s silver medal revoked

Canadian weightlifter Christine Girard appears one step closer to becoming an Olympic gold medallist.The International Olympic Committee has stripped Russia’s Svetlana Tzarukaeva of the silver medal she won at the London Olympics after retesting of her samples showed evidence of the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Girard was the bronze medallist in the 63-kilogram class in 2012 but with silver medallist Maiya Maneza already stripped of her silver for a positive retest last fall, the Canadian should eventually be promoted to the top of the podium.The IOC did not clarify in a release announcing the sanctions Wednesday how the medals would be redistributed.The 32-year-old Girard, who grew up in Rouyn-Noranda, Que., and now coaches weightlifters in the Vancouver area, became the first Canadian woman to win an Olympic weightlifting medal when she finished third in London.Olympic weightlifting medals are determined by the sum of each lifter’s best result in the snatch and the clean and jerk, with three attempts allowed in each.With a total of 236 kilograms, Girard narrowly lost out to Tsarukaeva’s 237 in London.Uzbek wrestler Artur Taymazov, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Ukrainian wrestler Vasyl Fedoryshyn, who won silver, have been ordered by the IOC to return their medals due to doping infractions.The IOC, which stores doping samples for 10 years, reanalyzed more than 1,000 samples from Beijing and London with improved techniques that can detect the use of steroids going back weeks and months, rather than days.

Russian Federation wants players back in KHL to prepare for Olympics

Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin reiterated Tuesday he plans to represent Russia in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea despite the NHL announcing it would not participate.Rotenberg said the federation will help players with legal issues so they can play. He says that decision is worthy of respect. The Russian Hockey Federation wants as many players as possible back in the Kontinental Hockey League next season in preparation for the Olympics without the NHL.Board chairman Arkady Rotenberg said in a statement Wednesday that the federation will try to keep KHL players from leaving for North America and bring NHL free agents back this summer. He said some Russian players want to go to the Olympics even with an NHL contract.

How and why the Leafs shield their historic rookies from the spotlight

Shanahan, however, has long insisted that the organization won’t sacrifice the ultimate goal of Stanley Cup contention for immediate payoffs.“No matter what the successes would be or would not be (this season), this is the right thing,” Lamoriello said. The Leafs have strict measures in place to shield rookies like Matthews from the spotlight. “If there is some success coming quicker than maybe people might expect that can’t get in the way of doing what’s right.”Lamoriello was asked if it was possible to keep the practice of protection up in today’s age of media exposure.His reply? The club also wants to prop up forgotten veterans and ensure that no one – not even the highest scoring first-year player the team has ever seen – is bigger than the logo.“I think people have to earn what they get, not because it’s a good media exposure or we’re always trying to look for something there,” Leafs general manager Lamoriello told The Canadian Press in a recent interview. 35.Rookies aren’t permitted to do in-game interviews.Even Connor Carrick and Josh Leivo, young players who aren’t actually rookies, are deemed off-limits for broadcast crews. During breaks in the action at Leaf home games, the club might air pre-taped bits of players reading mean tweets or guessing which artist sang which song, but those bits won’t include a single rookie either.When Matthews broke Wendel Clark’s 31-year-old record for goals last week against Florida, TSN couldn’t interview him in the first intermission nor could they get William Nylander or Zach Hyman, the linemates who assisted on historic goal No. Auston Matthews is finishing up the most impressive rookie season in the 100-year history of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but you won’t find his picture around the Air Canada Centre – not on the scoreboard, on billboards or even in the promotion of team merchandise.You won’t even catch Matthews giving a 30-second in-game interview. Talk to Lamoriello about the team at any point this season and he’s bound to have worked in some reference to the play of the vets as well as the Mike Babcock-led coaching staff.“People are always looking for a story or looking for a highlight and you overshadow the core and you overshadow the foundation,” Lamoriello said.Leafs brass are also well aware of Toronto’s legacy of over-hyping young players and then have the weight of those expectations come crashing down. “All you have to do is win.” That means a handful of veterans shouldering extra media duties (sometimes wearily) with Toronto dressing at least seven rookies most nights this season.The Leafs will make the odd exception for history – such as when Matthews became the first player in NHL history to score four goals in a debut – but only after the game is already done.The club just doesn’t want Matthews, Nylander, Mitch Marner or any other inexperienced player distracted by what they should or shouldn’t say in an interview.“Just be a hockey player,” said Lamoriello, who declined to say whether the practice would extend to next season with the current crop.The Leafs, it’s worth noting, are co-owned by Bell and Rogers, major media companies that broadcast their games.Beyond just protecting the young guys, the Leafs are also wary of their more established players getting overlooked. “Somebody asked a while ago, what is the face of the franchise? Even Lamoriello can’t really say, but it probably hasn’t hurt.Rielly, for one, joined the club before the policy came into being – it started when Lamoriello came aboard in 2015 – and thought it was beneficial.There’s a case to be made that the Leafs are short-shrifting fans in their protection of the finest rookie class in team history while also failing to fully cash in on their play. Luke Schenn, for instance, made the Leafs at 18, was quickly labelled by management as a future captain and then traded a short while later when his play dropped off.Lamoriello instituted a similar policy for rookies while he ran the New Jersey Devils, but said the plan for Toronto was agreed upon collectively by himself, Babcock and team president Brendan Shanahan.It’s a somewhat archaic policy in this increasingly open age, but has it worked? 1 Centennial Classic they chose to feature Tyler Bozak, Matt Hunwick, Leo Komarov and fourth-year defenceman Morgan Rielly.Matthews stole the show that day under the lights at BMO Field anyway, scoring twice, including the overtime winner.Walk around the ACC, and you won’t see faces from a historic rookie class that’s shattered franchise records for goals, points and assists, but you might see Bozak, Nazem Kadri or James van Riemsdyk. The logo is the face of the franchise.”Matthews was selling more jerseys league-wide than anyone but Sidney Crosby in the first three months of his NHL career, but when the club had new sweaters to promote for the Jan.

Pegasus World Cup horse race to be worth $16-million in 2018

27, will be open to 12 owners who put up $1 million each for a spot in the starting gate. Arrogate defeated a field that included California Chrome in the nationally televised race. The Stronach Group announced the purse increase on Wednesday, saying it would contribute the additional $4 million.The 2018 edition, to be run on Jan. The Pegasus World Cup horse race will carry a $16 million purse for its second running in 2018.That’s an increase of $4 million from this year, when it was run for the first time at Florida’s Gulfstream Park.