Heather McLean posts two personal bests at speedskating sprint worlds

“But I realize that that just means he believes in me. “If you think about track and field and some girl keeping up to Usain Bolt, it’s not conceivable. Heather McLean’s coach demanded more from her after a disappointing result on Saturday.She delivered with personal bests in the 500– and 1,000-metre events at the world sprint speedskating championships at the Olympic Oval on Sunday.McLean finished seventh overall after placing fourth in the 500 in 37.29 seconds, 0.49 off leader Nao Kodaira of Japan, and ninth in the 1,000 in one minute 14.36 seconds, 2.08 seconds behind first-place American Heather Bergsma. We just haven’t translated that completely to racing yet, so that’s frustrating for me. But the good news is underachieving for her is still really respectable. She showed she’s tough. What I expected for her this season was definitely a lot more podiums.“But this is a great way to cap the season and realize that she’s on the right track. “I’m really impressed,” said Kevin Crockett, one of Canada’s team coaches. She just rocketed up the rankings and that was awesome to see.”The Winnipeg native, who placed eighth in Saturday’s 500 and 18th in the 1,000, didn’t downplay Crockett’s influence on her turnaround.“The biggest thing was, my coach is really hard on me,” said McLean, 24. It just took a hell of a long time to get there.”Crockett says McLean often keeps pace with the fastest men on the team.“No other girl in the world can do that, which tells me she has another gear that she’s trying to find in racing,” he said. A great day.“To be honest, I don’t think she was doing it for the crowd or doing it for Canada per se, I think it was, ‘I want to beat the girls I’m supposed to beat.’ And that happened. If he believes in me, I should believe in myself and be a bit more confident. “Coming off I wouldn’t say horrible, but an average day, I wanted to see what she was made of. I want PBs.”McLean, who said she’d been “rattled” after wiping out in practice Friday and “exhausted” on Saturday, responded to her coach’s plea the next day.“It’s never perfect,” she said. “But I’m definitely happier ending the season on a positive note.”After earning four bronze medals in World Cup action last season, McLean didn’t medal once this winter.“It hasn’t been the greatest season,” said Crockett. “She had this whirlwind season last year so I would say for the most part she’s underachieved. That was the difference-maker, knowing that I can skate faster than I did (Saturday) and I think I showed that.”Kodaira captured the women’s title, edging out Bergsma and Jorien Ter Mors of the Netherlands.On the men’s side, the Netherlands nailed down the top two spots – Kai Verbij and Ronald Mulder – while third went to Norway’s Havard Holmefjord Lorentze.Laurent Dubreuil, of Levis, Que., who registered two personal bests on Saturday, placed seventh after an eighth-place finish (34.50) in the 500.Vincent De Haitre, of Cumberland, Ont., who shattered the Canadian record in the 1,000 metres on the opening day, finished 12th overall. He placed second in the men’s 1,000 in 1:07.23 but 20th in the 500.Weekend expectations had been high for McLean after placing fifth at the world single-distance championships earlier this month in South Korea.She was a bit listless on Saturday, finishing eighth in the 500 metres and 18th in the 1,000.Crockett’s message to McLean post-race, was direct – “No excuses. But Heather does that, week-in and week-out. But I’m being patient and my patience paid off.” There’s a lot of pressure here – big crowd, Mom and Dad in the stands. She showed up and it was a big breakthrough. It was a big victory in that sense.

Filip Forsberg scores in fourth-straight game to lead Predators over Oilers

The goal was the tenth of the season for Ellis, matching a career high.McDavid evened the game 28 seconds later. Officials reviewed it for over seven minutes before confirming the goal.Cam Talbot allowed five goals on 28 shots for Edmonton.Ellis scored the first goal at 4:55 of the opening period. Eberle closed out the period’s scoring with an even-strength marker at 19:00. James Neal had three assists.Connor McDavid, Milan Lucic, Mark Letestu and Jordan Eberle scored for Edmonton, which has lost three of four. It was his first goal since being traded to Nashville on Feb. Filip Forsberg scored for the fourth straight game, Viktor Arvidsson got the go-ahead goal and the Nashville Predators beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 on Sunday night.Ryan Ellis, Vernon Fiddler and Colin Wilson also scored for Nashville, winners of three straight. Arvidsson tapped in his 21st of the season 1:19 into the third on a power play.Edmonton challenged the play, thinking Arvidsson was offside. Forsberg has eight goals and three assists in his last five games, including consecutive hat tricks against Colorado and Calgary.Fiddler scored at 7:29 of the second on a wrist shot from the right side. Nashville’s Craig Smith was whistled for a tripping penalty and play was stopped, and at that stoppage, the goal was confirmed on replay.The penalty also stood, as per NHL rules, and Letestu scored on the ensuing power play. Subban sent a pass from the right point to Ellis above the left faceoff circle, where he sent a one-timer by Talbot. Neal had the puck low on the right side by the goal line and sent a spinning backhand pass to Forsberg in the left circle, where he beat Talbot with a one-timer. 4.A wild five-minute stretch late in the second period including four goals, three by Edmonton.Lucic scored on the power play at 14:12 on a redirect of a shot by McDavid.Wilson then scored at 15:21 with a backhand from the low slot. He beat Rinne with a wrist shot to the far side.Forsberg made it 2-1 at 14:34 of the first on a power play. The goal was initially waived off by referee Tim Peel and play was allowed to continue. Pekka Rinne made 28 saves for Nashville, extending his winning streak against the Oilers to nine games.On the winner, Neal had the puck in the low slot and slipped a blind backhand pass to Arvidsson on the left side. After Edmonton was whistled for a too many men on the ice, P.K. Edmonton’s captain picked up the puck in the neutral zone and drove down the right side, flying by defenceman Roman Josi and beating Ellis as he cut to the middle.

Man U rebounds to capture League Cup, Tottenham grabs second in Premier League

Although Jesse Lingard extended United’s lead in the 38th minute, Southampton fought back with goals either side of halftime from Manolo Gabbiadini. That’s special.”The free summer transfer window recruit ensured Mourinho became the first manager in United history to win a trophy in his first season, adding to his three League Cup triumphs with Chelsea.“[It] is quite a sense of relief,” Mourinho said.United’s fragile defence, though, nearly contrived to throw away the chance of glory. Gabbiadini swiveled past Smalling to strike low into the net to make it five goals in three games since joining from Napoli.There would be no hat trick as Gabbiadini was substituted and watched from the bench as Ibrahimovic had the final say as extra time was looming.“(Puel) has reason to be really sad and disappointed because he did a fantastic work, his team did fantastic, his team deserved extra time,” Mourinho said. “This is my 32nd trophy. Southampton had other ideas, sensing United’s fragile defence was ripe for exploiting. Zlatan Ibrahimovic powered in a late header to win the League Cup for Manchester United on Sunday, sealing a 3-2 victory over Southampton after a two-goal lead was thrown away by Jose Mourinho’s side.It was Ibrahimovic’s second goal in the final after putting United ahead from a free kick, taking the 35-year-old Swede’s tally to 26 goals in an incredible first season at United where his performances have more than lived up to the swagger. And in first-half stoppage time, Gabbiadini produced the goal he had been denied earlier in the final.Rojo was exposed again at left back as Ward-Prowse whipped in a cross that was met by Gabbiadini, who put the ball through De Gea’s legs.United’s halftime response was to replace Juan Mata and place Michael Carrick as the shield in front of its defence.But the Southampton goal threat persisted after the break, with Nathan Redmond’s volley turned wide by De Gea and Claude Puel’s team levelled from the resulting corner. Wherever I have been, I have won.”It was Southampton which had the ball in the net first, though. Adding to strikes in the FA Cup final and Community Shield in 2016, Lingard now has three goals in three Wembley appearances.Game over? That bravado was flaunted on the Wembley Stadium pitch amid the celebrations.Asked by a television reporter if something special was unfolding at United, Ibrahimovic replied: “I came. He sought another final challenge, even in the twilight of his career, rather than an easy-pay day in an inferior league.“You appreciate winning more the older you get, it’s all about winning and collecting trophies,” he said. “To lose in minute 87 with very little time to try to react, as they did in the first half, is a little bit unfair on them.”But it is United now on course for a treble, still in contention for the FA Cup and Europa League.The bigger target, though, is returning to the Champions League through winning the Europa League or by finishing in the Premier League’s top four. But as Southampton pushed for its first major trophy since beating United in the 1976 FA Cup trophy, Ibrahimovic produced the bullet header in the 87th minute from Ander Herrera’s cross.Now Ibrahimovic has won a major trophy in a fifth country after honours in France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.Although Wayne Rooney went up to collect the trophy as captain, that was his only role at Wembley. United is currently sixth.Tottenham 4, Stoke 0In the day’s only Premier League game, Harry Kane scored a first-half hat trick before setting up Dele Alli’s strike as Tottenham moved to second in the standings, 10 points behind Chelsea.Tottenham’s eighth successive league win at White Hart Lane equals the club record set in 2009. “I have to keep going because the more I win, the more satisfied I get.”The striker didn’t cost United any transfer fee when he joined in the summer transfer window as a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain. De Gea sprang into action to block a low shot from James Ward-Prowse and he used his legs to deny Dusan Tadic.United leading by one goal wasn’t reflecting this contest, but Southampton fell further behind from another lapse.Lingard was given so much time and space that he could take a touch to control Marcos Rojo’s pass before slotting past Forster. Gabbiadini beat goalkeeper David de Gea in the 11th minute only for referee Andre Mariner to overturn the goal, harshly penalizing Ryan Bertrand for being offside when the Southampton defender wasn’t interfering with play.Compounding the frustration was Ibrahimovic putting United in front eight minutes later by curling a free kick around the defensive wall past outstretching goalkeeper Fraser Forster.United was living dangerously at the back though, and allowing far too much space for Southampton to push for the equalizer. The 31-year-old forward was forced to watch from the bench as his older teammate produced an ageless, match-winning contribution.“This is what I came for, I came to win and I am winning,” Ibrahimovic said.

DeMar DeRozan scores 33 points to lift Raptors over Trail Blazers

Jonas Valanciunas contributed 15 points and seven rebounds. That run included perhaps the most exciting moment yet of Ibaka’s two games as a Raptor – he hauled in a rebound of a Cory Joseph shot and threw down a monster put-back dunk.The Raptors continued to experiment with a rotation, accounting for the new Raptors and coping with Lowry’s absence.Valanciunas, who played only 18 minutes Friday against the Celtics because Casey felt the matchups didn’t suit him, this time played 22, while defending 7-foot, 280-pound centre Jusuf Nurkic, who was held to eight points and four boards on the night.“Jonas did a better job in the second half offensively, establishing post position, getting deep and so did Serge,” Casey said. I thought Jonas did a good job in the second half of getting deep post position on Nurkic, compared to the first half.”Late in a tight fourth quarter, the Raptors once again turned to the lineup of DeRozan, Ibaka, Joseph, DeMarre Carroll and newly acquired veteran P.J Tucker as they tried to hold the late lead by slowing hot-shooting Lillard.Ibaka erupted for a nine-point fourth quarter, plus two boards, while DeRozan dumped in seven points. Tests on the all-star point guard’s wrist over the weekend showed no significant damage, but the team won’t publicly diagnose it as anything other than a “sore wrist”.“It’s gonna be day-to-day, treated symptomatically,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. (24-33)Next up for the Raptors is a Monday night road game against the New York Knicks. So we’ll see. The Trail Blazers fell to 24-34, 10th in the West. Without Kyle Lowry for a second successive game, the new-look Toronto Raptors adapted and earned another close victory.Behind 33 points from DeMar DeRozan and big performances from both Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka, the Raptors overcame another bad start to seize their third consecutive win, 112-106 over the Portland Trail Blazers. “But Cory did a heck of a job of attacking the rim, getting to the basket, running the offence and chasing around Lillard, a good job of filling in for Kyle.”The Raptors improved to 35-24, and edged closer to the third-place 34-23 Wizards, who lost to the Utah Jazz on Sunday. Lillard finished with 28 points (11 of them in the fourth quarter), six rebounds and eight assists in another strong game in Toronto for the Portland star.“We didn’t have our queen bee in there, our top guy to get the hammer ball offensively, defensively, three-point shooting is a definite – we miss that,” said Casey of Lowry. “When teams go small like that, he has the ability to guard their perimeter guy out on the floor, plus he has an advantage in the low post, and that’s the difference. It wasn’t broken, so that helps.”Cory Joseph started in Lowry’s place again, taking on the thorny task of defending two-time all-star point man Damian Lillard.Much as they had Friday night against the Boston Celtics, the Raptors came out sluggish early in the game.DeRozan tallied 12 points in the first quarter, yet still the Trail Blazers dominated the boards and led 28-25 at by the end of the quarter.In the second quarter, the Raps allowed the Trail Blazers to build a 12-point lead before surging back right before the half to take a slim 53-52 lead into the locker room.Inside the third quarter, the Raptors stretched the rally they began before the half into a 21-2 run. “Swelling’s gone down, so that’s a good sign. He’ll be a day-to-day thing. The versatile new Raptor Ibaka grabbed 10 boards and 18 points – including a potpourri of hook shots, fade-away jumpers, a monster put-back dunk and a pair of three-pointers.Lowry was sidelined with a sore right wrist again Sunday, wearing a suit and sitting on the bench, animatedly coaching his teammates and squeezing his way into the coaches’ huddles. Then come two critical games against the Wizards – Wednesday in Toronto, and Friday in Washington.

Kurt Busch claims first Daytona 500 win in crash-filled race

There’s not a straight panel on it. NASCAR also this year passed a rule that gave teams just five minutes to repair any damage on their cars or they were forced to retire.But the race was slowed by wreck after wreck after wreck, including a 17-car accident at the start of the final stage that ended the race for seven-time and reigning series champion Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick. AJ Allmendinger was third in a Chevrolet, and Aric Almirola was fourth for Richard Petty Motorsports.The win was a huge boost for Ford, which lured Stewart-Haas Racing away from Chevrolet this season and celebrated the coup with its second Daytona 500 victory in three years. As they all slipped off the pace, Busch sailed through for his first career Daytona 500 victory.It also was the first Daytona 500 win for Stewart-Haas Racing, which is co-owned by Tony Stewart. The strategy today, who knew what to pit when, what segments were what. That’s what we did.”It appeared to be pole-sitter Chase Elliott’s race to lose, then he ran out of gas. Joey Logano won in a Ford in 2015.The first points race of the Monster era was run under a new format that split the 500 miles into three stages. Kurt Busch had a monster start to the season with a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500.Busch is sponsored by Monster Energy, which kicked off its first season as the title sponsor for NASCAR’s top series Sunday with the season-opener. The three-time champion retired at the end of last season and watched his four cars race from the pits.“I ran this damn race [17] years and couldn’t win it, so finally won it as an owner,” Stewart said.Ryan Blaney finished second in a Ford. Also eliminated in the wreck was new SHR teammate Clint Bowyer. It was a particularly rough incident for Patrick and her Stewart-Haas Racing team, which had all four of its cars collected in the accident.“Just seems like that could have been avoided and was uncalled for,” Johnson said of the aggressive racing behind him that triggered the accident.Patrick wasn’t sure how bad her car was damaged, but knew it couldn’t be fixed in the five minutes NASCAR now allots under a new rule this season. and Paul Menard. Kyle Busch won the first stage, Kevin Harvick won the second stage and neither was a contender for the win. So did Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr. “This car’s completely thrashed. “The more that becomes unpredictable about Daytona, the more it becomes predictable to predict unpredictability,” Busch said. It wasn’t NASCAR finest moment, though, as multiple accidents pared down the field and had a mismatched group of drivers racing for the win at the end. Everybody’s wrecking as soon as we’re done with the second segment.“The more that I’ve run this race, the more that I just throw caution to the wind, let it rip and just elbows out.

Loss to Habs reminds Maple Leafs they’re still a work in progress

And all concerned need to keep that in mind now that the stretch drive of the regular season is upon us.The Leafs came close but ultimately were not able to take advantage of the Canadiens’ trouble scoring goals. A recent spate of injuries exposed the same problem with Toronto because of a lack of depth, especially at centre.Thanks to a cut on Tyler Bozak’s hand that became infected, the Leafs had to play against the best goaltender in the world when two of their centres were Ben Smith and Frederik Gauthier.Smith lost his spot as the fourth-line centre last week to Gauthier because not even his biggest champion on the team, head coach Mike Babcock, could overlook how poorly he was playing. But since Price was having an all-world game Matthews’s shot hit the shaft of Price’s stick and bounced away from the net.Then Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen, who played almost as well as Price, misjudged a loose puck and Andrew Shaw scored the overtime winner for the Canadiens. As the Toronto Maple Leafs set off on a California road trip this week, still smarting from an overtime loss to their biggest rival in their biggest game in a long time, they must remember they are still a developing team.In other words, remember how far they were out of the NHL playoff race over the past three years and how far they came this season, not how frustrating it was to lose 3-2 in overtime on Saturday night to the Montreal Canadiens. Or even that it marked the 13th overtime loss for the Leafs this season.No, the Leafs gave it a good try in a highly entertaining game, but they wound up losing because they are still a work in progress. In fact, there are still some bright spots for the Leafs even if this is as close as they get to the division lead this season.First, Auston Matthews almost single-handedly made up for their lack of depth at centre. Both Mitch [Marner] and I were [lobbying for him to play Saturday] but they held strong. But the fact is Andersen engaged in consecutive goal-tending duels with Price and someone else of some renown, Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers, and acquitted himself admirably. Babcock implied Bozak should be ready for Tuesday’s game in San Jose and Marner could come back as well.“[Bozak’s cut] should be cleaned up,” Babcock said. 18, 2014. The rookie centre scored both goals to hit 30 for the season and almost won the game in overtime on a breakaway. Don’t even think about four losses in four games this season to the Canadiens, who were ripe for the picking given their struggles going into the game, or that the Leafs have not won a game against the Habs since Jan. There may be a cheap deal for a depth centre but that’s about it. 3 spot between wingers James van Riemsdyk and Connor Brown.On top of that, Brown was playing out of his regular slot thanks to Mitch Marner’s shoulder injury and the line was still trying to jell. But then Bozak was a late scratch and now Smith was back in the lineup but bumped all the way up to the No. Having Andersen back on the beam for the stretch drive provides hope for the Leafs’ postseason aspirations.But the fourth loss to the Canadiens and the three-year hex they hold over the Leafs still hurts.“Yeah, obviously for us and the fans it’s a team we want to beat pretty badly,” Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner said. I think they’re going to let him out of jail pretty soon.”By the way, don’t look for the Leafs to try for a permanent solution to their woes at centre by Wednesday’s trade deadline. At this stage, giving up assets to try for this season’s playoffs makes no sense. Then, despite his recent up-and-down play, Price put on one of his best-in-the-world performances.Placed in that context, missing a chance to get one point behind the Canadiens for the Atlantic Division lead with one game in hand is not a disaster. We were even hoping on [Saturday] so that shouldn’t be an issue. “That just happened. But they should get some relief on the depth front as long as they can go back to the charmed life they had with injuries until mid-January. “It’s not something to be proud of, that’s for sure.”The Leafs face three difficult road games this week against the San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks. Van Riemsdyk was in a 10-game scoring drought that grew to 11 after Saturday’s game.“I think we have good depth in lots of spots, not as much at centre ice as we’d like to have,” Babcock said after the game.So the Leafs had to try to beat Canadiens goaltender Carey Price with one hand tied behind their backs. You’ve got to give our trainers credit. The point from the overtime loss gave the Leafs 69 points, which equalled their total for all of last season when they finished last over all.

Ontario’s Rachel Homan wins Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Homan raised her own counter to clear it for the win.“Obviously the nerves, the adrenaline was pumping like crazy,” Homan said. They’ve all stepped back from their careers and curtailed their social lives in pursuit of winning trials.Prize money and two years of Sport Canada funding adds up to $205,900 for Homan. Ontario’s Rachel Homan refused to lose a third time to one team at the Canadian women’s curling championship.Homan reclaimed the Canadian title with an 8-6 win in an extra end over Manitoba’s Michelle Englot on Sunday.“That’s an unbelievable win by my team,” Homan said. “That’s the hardest win we’ve ever fought for I think.”

Ontario’s win over Manitoba at Scotties a ‘battle’: Homan (The Canadian Press)

At 27, Homan is the youngest skip, male or female, to win three Canadian championships.Homan, third Emma Miskew and lead Lisa Weagle out of the Ottawa Curling Club won the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2013 and 2014. Manitoba stole single points in the fifth and seventh ends to go up 4-3.Ontario had fallen behind early and chased in their earlier losses to Manitoba, but a show-stopping double takeout by Homan in the second end put her in the driver’s seat early in the final.Instead of safely drawing in for one point, Homan opted for the riskier double takeout hitting one thin and rolling to tap out the other.She executed it perfectly to score three and lead 3-1 as the Meridian Centre roared its approval.“It was an incredible game,” Englot said. The attendance record is 154,000 set in 1998 in Regina.The 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts will be held in Penticton, B.C. Homan has yet to win a world title after bronze and silver in two previous appearances.“I can’t wait to put the Maple Leaf on,” Homan said.Ontario had lost to Manitoba in both Friday’s Page playoff game between the top two seeds and also to conclude their preliminary rounds Thursday.Homan gained a rematch via a semifinal win Saturday over Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville.Up 6-4 coming home without hammer, a mistake by Miskew peeling a guard in the 10th had Manitoba setting up for three points and the win.Homan played defence with a double takeout on her last shot, so Englot drew for two to send it into an 11th end.Ontario laying two at the top of the eight-foot rings, Englot drew to the back of the four-foot rings with a centre guard for partial protection. Englot’s team earned $26,900 as runner-up.Calgary’s Chelsea Carey, the 2016 winner, beat Northern Ontario’s Krista McCarville 7-4 for the bronze medal.Total attendance at the 5,300-seat Meridian Centre was 56,804 for an average of 2,582 per game. Englot’s draw attempt wrecked on a guard, leaving Homan an opportunity to draw for three.But Homan also ticked on a guard to settle for two and a 5-4 lead. Englot twice failed to peel Ontario’s shot stone welded on the button after a series of freezes.Homan came around a guard in the eighth end tapping Manitoba’s shot stone to lie two on the four-foot rings. It was the first Hearts win for second Joanne Courtney.They’ll represent Canada at the women’s world championship March 18-26 in Beijing. “I gave up the three early and had to battle back from there and unfortunately didn’t quite make it.“We took her to last rock and made her make her last shot.”Homan’s team was the first to claim a berth in December’s Olympic trials in their hometown when they won the 2015 Canada Cup.Reigning Olympic champion Jennifer Jones also has one with the remaining seven women’s teams to be determined.The trials winner wears the Maple Leaf at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Homan’s team has structured their curling and, recently, their lives around being that team. “It was almost worse for the 10th-end shot.”Homan stole one in the ninth for a two-point lead.

For L.A. Kings, Ben Bishop is more than just insurance

1 available goaltender on the NHL trade market Sunday, landing Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning.The primary question surrounded the timing of the deal: Why did the Kings wait until now and not make the move weeks ago? “Preferably, I would have done this deal two weeks ago,” answered Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi, “but this is just the way trade-deadline deals seem to work.”Less than a day before completing the trade for Bishop, the Kings finally got their starting goaltender and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Jonathan Quick, back in the lineup after a 59-game injury absence.In effect, the Kings now possess two of the top goaltenders in the game, after muddling through most of the NHL season with none.Moreover, by landing Bishop, it also prevented its main rival in the playoff race, the Calgary Flames, from making a play for him.The Flames and the Kings meet four times in the final quarter of the season, including Tuesday night in Calgary; and those games will, in large part, determine which of the two teams makes the playoffs and which doesn’t.Lombardi was clear: He considers Bishop more than just an insurance policy in case Quick’s groin injury flares up again.“Every game down the stretch here is critical,” Lombardi said. Last year, he won 35 games for Tampa and posted a sparkling 2.06 goals-against average, top in the league among goalies who played 25 or more games. But when you’ve been out this long, to think you’re going be able to play him on the same ratio as in the past, of playing Jon 70 games, that’s totally impractical.“It’s not the best way to break in a guy that’s been out this long, especially with the condensed schedule, and it isn’t quite frankly the best thing for his long-term future.”Calgary, meanwhile, has been on its best run of the season, and is getting improved goaltending from the tandem of Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson. In a curious but intriguing move that may turn the Western Conference playoff race upside-down, the Los Angeles Kings acquired the No. But neither the Flyers nor the Stars are a serious playoff threat, which means they can circle back to Bishop in the summer, when he hits the open market and the bidding for his services could bring him a dizzyingly high contract.Bishop was a Vézina Trophy finalist last year, and made it to the 2015 Stanley Cup final. picked up netminding insurance without paying a significant premium, which was probably the most interesting part of the story.Sometimes, you may think the price of additional goaltending help is too high. We wanted to make sure we have a No. The Kings’ own salary-cap concerns will likely mean Bishop is just a short-term solution.“This type of injury [to Quick] was very serious and the history of comebacks can go either way,” Lombardi said. In fact, the Flames are now just two points behind their arch-rivals, the Edmonton Oilers, in the Pacific Division standing. With a cheap, young high-end talent such as Andrei Vasilevsky in the pipeline, Bishop had little future in Tampa, mostly for salary-cap reasons.Long term, there are at least two other teams beyond Calgary – the Philadelphia Flyers and the Dallas Stars – who also have a need for what Bishop can provide. Their recent surge may have caused them to back off on Bishop. Calgary’s 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon was its fourth in a row, and opened up a six-point lead on the Kings, who hold two games in hand. In exchange for Bishop and a 2017 fifth-round pick, Tampa received goaltender Peter Budaj, defensive prospect Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick, plus a conditional pick from the Kings.Budaj had been a fabulous fill-in for Quick for most of the season, keeping them in the playoff hunt, but the Kings become a far different and more confident team when Quick is between the pipes.Bishop is unlikely to stay in Los Angeles beyond this season, and he could still eventually become an option for the Flames, depending upon how the final six weeks of the season and playoffs play out.Last summer, the Flames had permission from Tampa to speak to Bishop about a contract extension if the two teams could agree to a trade. It didn’t happen, largely because Bishop’s contract demands at the time were a reported seven years at $7-million (U.S.) a season. “Jon is a tremendous athlete and one of the game’s top competitors. In all, he has 36 playoff appearances on his résumé over the past two years. Elliott and Johnson, who are both on expiring contracts, represent a vast improvement over last year’s quintet of Calgary goaltenders, who finished last in the league in goals allowed.The Flames haven’t had a stabilizing presence between the pipes since Miikka Kiprusoff retired. He had struggled early in the season, partly because of the uncertainty of his status in Tampa, but after returning from a lower-body injury in January, he’d won five games in a row and gave up just six goals in that span.As a pending unrestricted free agent, Bishop was one of the biggest names being shopped in advance of Wednesday’s NHL trading deadline – and it looks as though the Kings got him for a relatively reasonable price. And while Minnesota is sending a signal they’re going all in this year, for the Kings, they are simply trying to qualify for the playoffs.Bishop, a teammate of Quick’s on Team USA’s World Cup team, has an impeccable pedigree. Two other numbers of significance: He stands 6-foot-7, and is 30 years of age – not old historically by goaltending standards. It wasn’t a coincidence that the only deep playoff run Calgary’s gone on came in 2004, when Kiprusoff was at the height of his powers – an elite goalie that took a pretty good team within a victory of a championship. L.A. So you certainly don’t worry about the mental part with Jon. 1 goalie in there, every night.”In another deadline deal with playoff implications, the Minnesota Wild acquired centre Martin Hanzal and winger Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes for a first, a second and a conditional draft choice, pending the completion of Sunday night’s trade call. Then you ponder the cost of muddling along without it and you realize, it’s worth it in the end. “Let’s face it, there’s not a lot of room for error.

Kyle Turris and Craig Anderson lead Senators to win over Panthers

Reimer blocked a shot from Erik Karlsson, but Smith grabbed the rebound and poked in the puck at 6:28 of the first. The Panthers have lost three straight after sweeping a five-game road trip, and dropped their last four home games overall. Turris put Ottawa ahead when his wrist shot went over Reimer’s glove at 9:58 of the second for his 21st goal of the season.The Senators took a 1-0 lead on a short-handed goal by Smith. Kyle Turris scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and Craig Anderson stopped 37 shots to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Sunday night.Zack Smith had an early short-handed goal for the Senators, who have won four of six.Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida, and James Reimer made 31 saves. He took a feed from Jonathan Huberdeau in the left circle and put the puck high into the net. Smith has 12 career short-handed goals.Marchessault tied it on his power-play goal with 2:47 left in the first.

Toronto Argonauts agree to terms with Jim Popp, Marc Trestman

14.While the timing of the moves is hardly ideal, the addition of Popp and Trestman certainly gives the Argos a proven commodity on and off the field.Popp has established himself as one of the CFL’s top GMs, also earning a Grey Cup ring in 1995 as the Baltimore Stallions general manager. Jim Popp and Marc Trestman are together again.Two sources said Monday the Toronto Argonauts have agreements in principle for Popp and Trestman to become the CFL club’s GM and head coach, respectively. 21 at the Air Canada Centre. In 2011, he was named executive of the year by Sports Media Canada.But the 52-year-old native of Elkin, N.C., proved ineffective as a head coach, posting a 22-36 regular-season record and 1-4 playoff mark in four separate stints on Montreal’s sidelines.He was fired as coach last September, with Montreal at 3-9. Argos spokesman Jamie Dykstra declined comment Monday. 24 to fire GM Jim Barker, who still has two years remaining on his CFL contract.Toronto’s off-season plight worsened three days later when head coach Scott Milanovich — who served as Trestman’s offensive co-ordinator in Montreal — resigned to become the quarterbacks coach with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.The moves left assistant GM Spencer Zimmerman to lead Toronto into the start of CFL free agency Feb. Two of those titles came with Trestman as the club’s head coach (2009-10).Popp hired Trestman as Montreal’s head coach in 2008. Interim coach Jacques Chapdelaine finished the season 4-2 and was named full-time coach in December by Kavis Reed, Popp’s successor as GM. But the source added no formal offer was made to Chamblin — who has also served as a defensive backs coach and defensive co-ordinator in the CFL — to be part of the Argos’ coaching stafff.Toronto finished last in the East Division last season — their first under new ownership and playing at a revamped BMO Field — with a dismal 5-13 record. The move paid off immediately as Trestman led the Alouettes to a Grey Cup appearance in his first season, losing 22-14 to Calgary at Olympic Stadium.During Trestman’s tenure, Montreal finished atop the East Division four times, posting a 59-31 regular-season record and a 5-3 playoff mark. Tanenbaum is chairman of Maple Leafs Sports And Entertainment, which owns the Leafs, but he is also the Argos co-owner. Popp did not immediately respond to a message from The Canadian Press.Popp spent 21 seasons as the Montreal Alouettes general manager (1996-2016), leading the franchise to eight Grey Cup appearances, winning three. However, the club waited until Jan. Trestman was hired as the Chicago Bears head coach in 2013, a post he held for two seasons before being fired after compiling a 13-19 overall record.The Baltimore Ravens hired Trestman to be their offensive co-ordinator but fired him in December after just 21 regular-season games on the job.It’s unclear who’ll be on Trestman’s staff in Toronto but a source confirmed Monday Trestman has spoken to Corey Chamblin, the former Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach who was fired during the 2015 season. But only Popp is expected to meet with reporters Tuesday morning at BMO Field.Popp was photographed sitting with Larry Tanenbaum during the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 5-4 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Feb.

Governor General to honour P.K. Subban’s $10-million hospital gift

Defenceman P.K. Their acts are often innovative, set an example or model for others to follow, or respond to a particular challenge faced by a community. The hospital named its atrium for the Toronto native to mark what it called “the biggest philanthropic commitment by a sports figure in Canadian history.”Subban vowed to honour the pledge after he was traded on June 29.The award is intended to “recognize the extraordinary people who make Canada proud. Gen. David Johnson to acknowledge his charitable work.The former Montreal Canadiens star will be given a Meritorious Service Decoration (civil division) while 12 others will receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in a ceremony on Wednesday in the P.K. 15, 2015, Subban pledged to raise $10 million over seven years through a program called P.K.’s Helping Hand to aid families struggling financially due to a child’s illness. Subban was traded to Nashville last year and on Thursday will play his first game in Montreal since the deal.On Sept. Recipients inspire others through their motivation to find solutions to specific and pressing needs or provide an important service to their community or country.” Subban will receive an honour from Gov. Subban Atrium at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Whitecaps hope Fredy Montero will help right last season’s wrongs

Teammates, coaches and management were convinced next time would be different. “He looks very sharp out there. “I think too often (last season) we rested on our laurels sometimes and dropped those standards.”Vancouver never really filled the hole at right back after Steven Beitashour was dealt to Toronto FC, but hope to have steadied things with the acquisition of veteran defender Sheanon Williams from the Houston Dynamo.“I’m somebody that’s been around the league and I know it really well,” said Williams. I want our backline to be one of the best in the league.”One positive for the Whitecaps in 2016 was qualification for the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Champions League. “It’s going to take 100 per cent. Place Stadium.The Whitecaps spent 11 days in Wales to ramp up training quicker than normal, but have been hit by injury woes to a large chunk of their forward-thinking players with the first game of the MLS regular season also set for Sunday at home against the Philadelphia Union.Yordy Reyna, Christian Bolanos and Nicolas Mezquida are among the walking wounded for Vancouver, which cut ties with captain and playmaking midfielder Pedro Morales in December after three up-and-down seasons.Apart from Montero, the Whitecaps have Kekuta Manneh, Erik Hurtado, 16-year-old phenom Alphonso Davies, Kyle Greig and Brek Shea — acquired in a trade for Giles Barnes from Orlando City SC over the weekend — as attacking options.Kendall Waston and Tim Parker look set to anchor the centre of defence along with Harvey’s calming presence on the left side, while the reliable Matias Laba and Andrew Jacobson will be there to patrol the midfield.“Hopefully we come in smarter with the knowledge of what we did wrong last year,” said Ousted. I’ve said all along this is a team that needs to show how strong we can actually be.“If we’ve got 11 guys out there giving maximum effort, I believe the quality’s there.” 15 for Fredy Montero, a 29-year-old Colombian striker in his prime and without a doubt the purest goal-scorer the Whitecaps have had since Camilo Sanvezzo forced his way out of town following the 2013 campaign.“It brings the hope,” veteran goalkeeper David Ousted said of what Montero’s arrival has done for morale. “I know what it takes to win games. It seemed like they were trying to convince themselves as much as anyone else, but there’s reason to believe the Whitecaps’ sputtering offence is set to finally turn a corner in 2017.Vancouver finalized a season-long loan on Feb. The Vancouver Whitecaps have stood in front of reporters over the last three seasons insisting the goals would eventually come.It didn’t matter how often a striker looked skyward after blasting a golden opportunity into the 20th row, or buried face in hands following another scuffed effort. I’m going to work as hard as I can to make this team successful. Good guy, comes in the locker-room and brings a lot of charisma.“Everybody’s looking forward to seeing him out there and playing with him.”A three-time Major League Soccer all-star, Montero scored 47 goals and added 34 assists in 119 regular-season appearances with the rival Seattle Sounders from 2009 to 2012.“Quality,” Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson said of his prized acquisition. “It brings an excitement into the attacking end of the pitch for us.”After finishing second in the Western Conference and hosting their first-ever playoff game in 2015, the Whitecaps took a step back in 2016.They were eliminated from post-season contention with a month left on the schedule, and if not for a four-goal performance in the finale, would have failed to match their total of 45 from the previous year.Montero — who played in Colombia, Portugal and finally China after leaving Seattle — said he’s ready to shoulder the offensive burden where Octavio Rivero, Masato Kudo, Darren Mattocks and Blas Perez, among others, have failed.“As long as I have opportunities to score, I will,” said Montero. “That’s what I’ve been doing my whole career.”But while putting the ball in the opposition net has been the focus of fans, keeping it out at the other end was also problematic last season.Vancouver gave up 52 goals in 2016 — second most in the West after allowing just 36 in 2015 — and won just six of 17 home games while finishing 10-15-9 overall.Discipline also hamstrung the Whitecaps, who had eight players either sent off or retroactively red carded. No other MLS team had more than five.“For us, this season is about having expectations and meeting those day in, day out,” said defender Jordan Harvey. Vancouver played the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the two-game aggregate series last Wednesday, with the rematch set for Thursday at B.C.

Canada names roster for women’s world hockey championship

Wickenheiser helped Canada win 13 world championship medals, including silver in 2016.Marie-Philip Poulin, who served as Canada’s captain in December’s exhibition series and scored the overtime winner in the second game, headlines a forward corps that includes 2014 gold medallists Meghan Agosta, Haley Irwin, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, Natalie Spooner and Jennifer Wakefield.Defenceman Laura Fortino, Jocelyne Larocque, Meaghan Mikkelson and Lauriane Rougeau and goaltenders Shannon Szabados and Genevieve Lacasse are the other returning 2014 Olympians.The roster includes four players participating in the world championship for the first time: defencemen Erin Ambrose and Renata Fast and forwards Sarah Potomak and Laura Stacey.The world championship starts March 31 in Plymouth, Mich.“This is a determined group of players that have been chosen to wear the red-and-white on the international stage,” said Canada head coach Laura Schuler in a statement. Canada will field a veteran roster when it tries for an eighth gold medal at the upcoming women’s world hockey championship.The 23-player roster features 17 players who helped Canada sweep a two-game exhibition series against the archrival United States in December, 16 who were on Canada’s runner-up team at last year’s world championships and 13 who helped defeat the U.S. Albert, Alta.; Lauriane Rougeau, Beaconsfield, Que.Goal — Genevieve Lacasse, Kingston, Ont.; Emerance Maschmeyer, Bruderheim, Alta.; Shannon Szabados, Edmonton. Anne; Meaghan Mikkelson, St. “As our evaluation process continues leading into the selection of our Olympic centralization roster later this year, we’re confident this group will make Canada proud in Plymouth and we’re looking forward to building on our successes from the 2016-17 season.”Joining Schuler on Canada’s coaching staff is Caroline Ouellette, a four-time Olympic gold-medallist with Canada who has been named an assistant coach alongside Dwayne Gylywoychuk and Troy Ryan.Full Canadian roster:Forwards — Meghan Agosta, Ruthven, Ont.; Bailey Bram, St. One player missing from the roster is star forward Hayley Wickenheiser, who announced her retirement in January. in the gold-medal game at the Sochi Olympics. Anne, Man.; Emily Clark, Saskatoon; Sarah Davis, Paradise, N.L.; Haley Irwin, Thunder Bay, Ont.; Brianne Jenner, Oakville, Ont.; Marie-Philip Poulin, Beauceville, Que.; Rebecca Johnston, Sudbury, Ont.; Natalie Spooner, Toronto; Blayre Turnbull, Stellarton, N.S.; Jennifer Wakefield, Pickering, Ont.Defence — Erin Ambrose, Keswick, Ont.; Renata Fast, Burlington, Ont.; Laura Fortino, Hamilton; Halli Krzyzaniak, Neepawa, Man.; Jocelyne Larocque, St.

Raptors’ Kyle Lowry to undergo wrist surgery

Lowry also was a participant in the three-point shooting contest that was held the day before.After that, Lowry has been unable to play in both of Toronto’s games since the all-star weekend, both victories over the Boston Celtics and, on Sunday, the Portland Trail Blazers.Canadian Cory Joseph has been starting in place of Lowry during his absence. Lowry had said that he hurt the wrist sometime during Toronto’s game against the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 15, when he scored 21 points to lead Toronto to a 90-85 win.It was Toronto’s final game before heading into the NBA all-star break.But the injury did not prevent Lowry from representing Toronto in the all-star game in New Orleans on Feb. 19, playing 18 minutes for the Eastern Conference. Toronto Raptors’ star point guard Kyle Lowry will have surgery on his right wrist, the team announced Monday.The procedure is to be performed on Tuesday and the club is hopeful he’ll have enough time to recover and be available to play in the playoffs, which begin on April 15.The surgery is to remove loose bodies from Lowry’s wrist.

Maple Leafs agree to acquire Brian Boyle from Lightning

The trade signals more selling for Tampa Bay, which sent goaltender Ben Bishop to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.TSN first reported the possible deal. A person familiar with the trade says the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to acquire forward Brian Boyle from the Tampa Bay Lightning.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been finalized. In 603 NHL games, Boyle has 93 goals and 73 assists. He has 13 goals and nine assists in 54 games this season. Further terms were not immediately known.Boyle, 32, is a pending unrestricted free agent. The native of Hingham, Massachusetts, is a defensive-minded forward who can win faceoffs and give Toronto depth.