Canada’s Marielle Thompson and Brady Leman take gold and silver at ski cross World Cup

Both Dave Duncan of London, Ont., and Kris Mahler of Canmore, Alta., who also had a crash today, both failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.Joining Thompson on the women’s podium was Switzerland’s Fanny Smith in second place and France’s Marielle Berger Sabbatel in third place.Switzerland’s Alex Fiva won the men’s race ahead of Leman and Switzerland’s Armin Niederer. Holding his second-place spot through the finish line, Leman now sits in second-place overall on the tour. The hard crash sidelined her for the rest of Sunday’s competition.On the men’s side, Ian Deans of Kelowna, B.C., qualified for the quarter-finals where his competition ended for the day. Drury made a textbook pass in the quarter-finals to advance to the semifinals, ultimately finishing the day in seventh.Georgia Simmerling of West Vancouver, B.C, crashed over the finish line in third place of her semifinal to advance to the small final. Five Canadians finished in the top 10, including veteran Chris Del Bosco of Montreal who won the small final, finishing in fifth. Marielle Thompson of Whistler, B.C., saved her best run for last on Sunday, winning gold in women’s ski cross while Calgary’s Brady Leman took silver in the men’s event at the World Cup.Thompson took an early lead in the final heat and held it all the way down the track to win the title.Leman earned his second silver in as many days, making it his fourth podium finish of the season. Joining Del Bosco in the small final was Toronto’s Kevin Drury, who continues to add solid top-10 finishes after joining the Canada ski cross World Cup team last season. Leman had to work hard to maintain a top-three finish throughout the big final.

Taylor Hall scores winner, Devils beat Canucks 2-1 in overtime

At the other end, an Alex Biega blast ricocheted off the post, behind Schneider in the crease and out.The Canucks’ struggling special teams (1 for 8 in their last game) couldn’t convert two power-play chances, late in the first and early in the second.Vancouver made it 1-0 at 6:31 in the second with Henrik Sedin dishing from his office behind the opposing team’s net. But Vancouver head coach Willie Desjardins successfully challenged the play was offside and the goal was called back to stay 1-1 with just over three minutes left.Eriksson had a glorious chance from the slot in the final minute, while on a 4-on-4, but he shot wide, sending the game to overtime. Taylor Hall scored in overtime and the New Jersey Devils beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Sunday.Kyle Quincey scored in regulation for the Devils (18-18-9), who have won two straight after losing four in a row.Former Canuck Cory Schneider made 21 saves for New Jersey.Loui Eriksson scored for the Canucks (20-19-6), who have dropped four straight games after winning six in a row coming out of the holiday break. Backup Jacob Markstrom got the start for Vancouver and made 20 saves.Hall’s overtime winner came on a 2-on-1 with Damon Severson. The assist inched Sedin two points away from 1,000 in his career.The Devils tied it with three minutes left in the second. Quincey’s blast from the blue line caromed off Markus Granlund’s defending stick and over Markstrom’s left shoulder.After a hooking call on Daniel Sedin in the third put New Jersey on the power play, Vancouver’s Brandon Sutter sprung in on a short-handed breakaway that Schneider made a big save on.The Canucks squandered their own power-play opportunity at 7:51 of the third, with Blake Coleman off for cross-checking.Coleman looked to have scored soon after by banking it in off Markstrom’s pad. Hall chose to hold the puck and beat Markstrom through the legs.Markstrom was pressed into action early when a giveaway near the blue line led to a breakaway for Adam Henrique, whose hard shot Markstrom deflected off his stick. He found Eriksson streaking in and the winger banged it past Schneider for his 10th of the year.

Patrick Chan looks to regain confidence at National Skating Championships

Making Canadian figure skating history at the national championship isn’t as important to Patrick Chan as recovering his morale.The three-time men’s world champion can match the record for Canadian men’s titles this week in Ottawa by equalling the nine won by Montgomery Wilson between 1929 and 1939. “It’s such a great place to regain some confidence.“It gives me another chance to get another program out there and get my legs under me right before Four Continents and the world championships.”The 26-year-old from Toronto took a hiatus from skating in 2014-15 after earning a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.When he returned to competition, Chan had no choice but to up his technical difficulty with big jumpers such as Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, Shoma Uno of Japan and American Nathan Chen in the field.“At this point in figure skating, the jumps really dictate the performance a lot,” Chan said.“The next goal would be, once I’m able to do two quad toes and a quad Salchow in the long program, would be maybe to add a quad toe and a quad Salchow in the short program to replace the triple Lutz.”Chan landed a quad Salchow late in his free program in Marseille, but believes he may have focused on it at a cost to his other elements.“Maybe the anxiety and the anticipation of getting to the quad (Salchow) being the third jump, I maybe overlooked the important elements or tools I needed to tell myself to do a good quad toe, to do a good triple axel,” Chan said.“That was one of the things I, we had to be aware of for the next competition.”He won Skate Canada in October on the strength of his artistic marks in the free skate. Surprising yourself is always quite fun.” Second after the short program, three falls in his long program dropped him to fifth.The Canadian championship starting Monday at TD Place Arena is Chan’s chance to start the second half of his competitive season on a strong note.“A good program at nationals is pretty important,” Chan said Friday during a media conference call. Chan is coming off a disappointing free skate in December’s Grand Prix final in Marseille, France. Despite a fall on his quad Salchow at the Cup of China in November, Chan still moved from third after the short program to first.In dissecting what went wrong in Marseille, Chan is addressing the time between the six-minute warmup for the free skate and his performance, which can be 45 minutes if he’s last in the order.“I’ve been working with sports psychologists trying to deal with controlling the anticipation, the anxiety, obviously the nervousness,” Chan explained.“Trying to control, whether it’s with breathing exercises or using actual tools or machines or whatever to keep myself calm leading up to my turn to skate, I think that will really promote a good state of calm and physical feeling going into the long program if I were going to skate last.”The idea that he can scale new heights with quads he’s never done before, plus his ambition to skate winning short and long programs at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, is what drives Chan now.“My most important long-term goal going into next year’s Olympics is to skate two really great programs at one event, a clean short program and a clean long program, having done everything I planned to do and executing it well,” he said.“If you asked me four years ago if I would be landing a quad Salchow or putting it in a long program, I wouldn’t believe it.

Vancouver Whitecaps’ Kekuta Manneh looks to have breakthrough MLS season

Kekuta Manneh’s days of commuting to work from the United States are over.The electric Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder/forward, a native of The Gambia, had been living in Point Roberts, Wash., in order to build up the residency needed to qualify for American citizenship.Point Roberts is part of the United States, but is not physically connected to it. On Saturday, he was watching and filming Manneh at practice with the U.S. And he always tried to have a Plan B.“I know all the routes,” Manneh said with a chuckle.His perseverance was rewarded last Wednesday when U.S. It’s a talent he first honed on bumpy patches back home in The Gambia, a small country on the west African coast that is surrounded by Senegal.“I had to work on it … I’m still working on it,” Manneh said of his remarkable ball skills. We know that he’s still very young but I’ve been working with him for five years now, so I probably know him better than he knows himself.”Pa-Modou Kah also knows Manneh inside out. Toronto traded away the first overall pick to New England, then took Canadian midfielder Kyle Bekker (now a Montreal backup) with the third selection before trading the fourth pick to Vancouver.Manneh entered the MLS record books as an 18-year-old rookie in just his fourth start, becoming the youngest player to score a hat trick in a 4-1 victory over the Sounders in Seattle. It was also the first league hat trick in Whitecaps history.In four seasons with Vancouver, Manneh has played in 98 league games (60 starts) with 22 goals and 12 assists. This year he should be consistent with what he does – in terms of goal production and in terms of assist production. The 1,200-hectare enclave is located on the southern tip of the Tsawwassen Peninsula, below the Vancouver suburb of Delta. But who wants to cross the border to get to work? Last year, he missed half of the 2016 season due to a foot injury that required surgery.Restored to health, he is looking for a breakthrough season.Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson, who campaigned behind the scenes to get Manneh a U.S. “He’s an exciting talent. We had lawyers and agents helping me and my family. A centre back, he played club football in Sweden, the Netherlands, Qatar and Saudi Arabia before coming to MLS to play for Portland and Vancouver.Kah, who has a Canadian-born daughter with his Dutch wife, speaks Arabic, Dutch, English, German, Norwegian, and Wolof – the main Gambian language he uses to speak to Manneh. But also in terms of overall work ethic. The Gambian-born Kah roomed with Manneh when they played together on the Whitecaps.“I consider him as my little brother,” said Kah, who now serves as player-coach for Vancouver’s USL side FC Whitecaps 2.The 36-year-old Kah still has Manneh’s back. Missing out on the Gambian speedster was just part of the fallout of an ill-conceived day of wheeling, dealing and drafting by then-Toronto general manager and president Kevin Payne. “Leaving my family behind and coming thousands of miles away.”LaRhonda and Eric Niccum were Manneh’s Texas hosts when he arrived. He is lightning fast, with extraordinary dribbling skills – able to twist and turn defenders like a corkscrew. That is not something you teach somebody. call-up, is doing his bit to help his youngster flourish. I think he can improve that bit much more, because he has it in him.“But what he has when he is on the ball, that is God-given talent. Soccer announced that the young Whitecap had received his citizenship. Eventually they became his adoptive family.Manneh went on to play for the PDL’s Austin Aztex and had just turned 18 when he was drafted fourth over all by Vancouver as a Generation Adidas player after a sparkling showing at the pre-draft combine.Toronto FC fans may be forgiven for grinding their teeth when they watch one of Manneh’s many dazzling runs. TFC had several chances to take Manneh at the 2013 draft. Some tips for international commuting: Manneh tried to have a little bit of both country’s cash in his wallet at all times. We knew it was going to be difficult but if we achieved the right steps, we would get it – so we weren’t worried about it.”Having previously played for the Gambian under-20 team, Manneh still needs a waiver from FIFA to play for the United States. But he too has high expectations.“It’s an exciting time for him,” Robinson said. “Every day is a learning day for me.”Manneh, whose mother died when he was 10, came to the United States on a soccer exchange with the Texas Rush team when he was 15. That is coming, although no one seems sure exactly when.Manneh did not look out of place at the U.S. He saw it as a “different challenge, a new opportunity” to get closer to his goal of being a pro soccer player.“So it was very exciting, but it was scary at the same time,” he said. team. The news coincided with the 22-year-old Manneh’s first appearance at a U.S. camp Saturday, his fluorescent yellow boots standing out against the lush practice pitch just outside the StubHub Center. “But in football, there’s more to it than just flashy moments. The two talked at length after the session.“He’s the kind of player that you pay to come to watch,” said Kah. national team camp.“We knew the process going into it,” Manneh said of the citizenship chase. Depending on the traffic, it’s about a 45-minute drive to Vancouver. All the other stuff is teachable and his approach to it is very good so he just has to keep working.”Like Manneh, Kah has travelled the world.He left the Gambia for Norway with his family when he was eight and went on to become a Norwegian international. “We figured out all the solutions.

St. Louis Cardinals eye playoffs with new addition Fowler, returning Lynn

The 22-year-old struck out 52 batters in 46 innings last season while compiling a 1.57 ERA.All in all, Mozeliak is confident St. Louis’ National League-best 2.94 ERA in 2015 ballooned to 4.08.Lynn won 60 games for the Cardinals from 2012-15, and his return coincides with what’s expected to be a full season in the starting rotation from talented righty Alex Reyes. Louis can improve on last season’s 86 wins – regardless of what the Cubs do.“I’ll tell you this, nobody in our clubhouse is conceding anything,” Mozeliak said. Louis Cardinals already have plenty of motivation – they’re focused on returning to the playoffs, rather than trying to overtake the rival Chicago Cubs.In fact, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak really wants to avoid any notion that the Cubs winning the World Series is the driving force behind St. A month before spring training, the St. “I always feel like it’s sort of dangerous to simply chase your neighbours,” Mozeliak said. Louis’s push to improve after missing the postseason for the first time since 2010. The right-hander missed this past season after elbow surgery, a key reason why St. Louis might not say it’s directly chasing the Cubs, it certainly added a key component from its rival in the off-season with the signing of outfielder Dexter Fowler.The 30-year-old, who had a career-best .393 on-base percentage last season and scored 84 runs in 125 games, brings an element of athleticism desperately needed by a Cardinals team that was last in the National League with 35 stolen bases.He’s also brought a renewed sense of optimism in St. “That phrase, ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ can be dangerous … I think the best strategy is try to build a club that you think has a chance to win your division [and] get to the postseason.”While St. “No one is waving a white flag and saying, ‘We’re just playing for second.’ I think that type of thought process would just be crazy and, candidly, that’s why I think all of us are just excited to get this thing started.” Louis, where finishing 17 1/2 games behind anyone – much less the Cubs – is never acceptable.Along with Fowler’s arrival, the Cardinals’ hopes for 2017 have been bolstered by the return of a healthy Lance Lynn.

Crosby’s field goal seals Packers’ 34-31 win over Cowboys

This time it was a catch, and another win for the Green Bay Packers.Call it a “Half Mary” from Aaron Rodgers.Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline, and Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Packers to the NFC championship game with their eighth straight win while thwarting a huge Dallas rally in a 34-31 victory in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday. And Crosby had to make the winner twice after Dallas coach Jason Garrett called timeout before the first attempt.Rodgers, who sparked last week’s wild-card win over the New York Giants with another Hail Mary before halftime, is headed to an MVP showdown with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan next Sunday. The throw on the run from Rodgers to Cook – confirmed on review – wasn’t nearly as debatable as Dez Bryant’s famous catch that wasn’t in the Cowboys’ divisional round loss to Green Bay two years ago.Cook kept both feet inbounds with a knee just above the ground out of bounds.And it came after the Cowboys tied the game twice in the final five minutes behind rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in their playoff debut.It was the third field goal of more than 50 yards in the final 1:38 – two from Crosby and one from Dallas’s Dan Bailey. The first was Dallas in 1972, when “Captain Comeback”, Roger Staubach, rallied the Cowboys for a 30-28 win over San Francisco.Instead, Dallas ended up with its fifth consecutive loss in the divisional round and a 21-year drought in trips to the NFC championship game.Prescott got the Dallas rally going with a 40-yard touchdown toss in the first half to Bryant, the first playoff TD for the star receiver.Then he set the stage for the first tying score on a six-yarder to Jason Witten, also the first post-season touchdown for the 14th-year tight end.Rodgers led the Packers to a go-ahead 56-yard field goal from Crosby with a big boost on a pass interference penalty against rookie Anthony Brown that wiped out an interception from Jeff Heath, whose pick earlier in the game helped Dallas rally.The Cowboys answered with a 52-yarder from Bailey. It will be his third NFC title game – all on the road.Green Bay’s win was the first by a road team after 12 successive home victories in the playoffs dating to last season.The Cowboys (13-4) almost became the third team in the Super Bowl era to win in the playoffs after trailing by 15 points in the fourth quarter.

Dominant third quarter lifts Raptors to 116-101 win over Knicks

DeRozan finished with 23 points, while Lowry had 16 to go with nine assists, in just 28 minutes of action apiece from the two all-stars. Late in the third quarter Sunday afternoon, Kyle Lowry threw his arms in the air gesturing the Air Canada Centre crowd to stand up cheer.The fans needed little prodding.DeMar DeRozan had just scored on a driving dunk as part of a thoroughly dominant third-quarter performance by the Toronto Raptors, en route to a 116-101 victory over a horrible New York Knicks team. The Raptors broke the game open with a 25-2 run to start the third quarter against a Knicks team that all but disappeared on the defensive end.Toronto would lead by as many as 38 points twice in the third quarter, and took a 96-62 advantage into a fourth quarter that saw coach Dwane Casey sit all of his starters.The Knicks would pull to within 13 points with just a minute to play, but the game was all but over.With their 27th victory coming one game before the midway point of the NBA season, the Raptors are guaranteed of at least tying their best first half in franchise history. Jonas Valanciunas recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Raptors (27-13), who are 8-0 against Atlantic Division opponents.Norman Powell contributed 21 points, while DeMarre Carroll had 20, and Terrence Ross chipped in 12.Carmelo Anthony had 18 points to top the Knicks (18-23), while Derrick Rose – who landed in hot water earlier in the week after missing a game without notice to return to Chicago for a family emergency – added 16.The Raptors were coming off a 132-113 thumping of Brooklyn on Friday that set a franchise-high for points in a non-overtime game, and saw them score 42 points in the fourth quarter.No late-game heroics were needed Sunday. They won a franchise-best 27 games at the midway point of the 2014-15 season, and had 26 wins at the midway point last season en route to their franchise-best 49-win regular season.Toronto’s Patrick Patterson sat out the game with a strained left knee, while the Knicks were without Kristaps Porzingis (sore Achilles).The Knicks put up a decent fight through a first quarter that saw the Raptors hold a brief eight-point lead. A DeRozan finger roll had Toronto up by 16 points with 3:11 left to play, and the Raptors took a 69-54 lead into the halftime break.The Raptors play their next three on the road, opening Tuesday in Brooklyn. They play in Philadelphia on Wednesday, then Charlotte on Friday before returning home to host the Phoenix Suns next Sunday. Toronto took a 27-26 advantage into the second.The Raptors opened the second quarter with a 12-2 run, to open an 11-point lead on their visitors.

The Battle of Alberta: Both Calgary and Edmonton have redemption stories

It took Elliott months to get his season back on track, but it is now, and the improvements were evident during Calgary’s 2-1 shootout loss, in which he made a series of timely, highlight-reel saves to preserve a single point in the standing for the Flames.With Elliott playing well and partner Chad Johnson a model of night-to-night consistency, the Flames have two reliable goaltenders to choose from and have their best hope to make the playoffs after missing them for six of the past seven years.Depth in goal is a luxury a dozen teams, including the Oilers, don’t have, and it could seriously affect a tight playoff race in a year in which virtually every coach in the league is preoccupied with the tightly compressed schedule and all the back-to-back games they must play.The other redemptive narrative involved the Oilers’ emerging star Leon Draisaitl. It had been that long (April of 2006) since the teams played a post-Christmas match, where both teams were actually holding down a playoff spot. In the meantime, they will rely on Cam Talbot as their defined No. Draisaitl spent most of October, 2015, playing for Bakersfield in the AHL and, upon his return, immediately looked like a ready-for-prime-time player.Draisaitl was good last year and has been great this year, the perfect complementary piece to McDavid. Hall was traded, too – replaced by a defensive defenceman, Adam Larsson.Eberle is struggling to score, though he showed genuine signs of coming out of his slump Saturday, foiled mostly by Elliott. Elliott lost twice to the Oilers in the first two nights of the season, by scores of 7-4 and 5-3, and McDavid contributed heavily to his misery, scoring six points in all. Last week, they waived Jonas Gustavsson, who failed to win the confidence of coach Todd McLellan, in favour of Laurent Brossoit. Redemption stories can be constructed many different ways and, from Saturday’s close encounter in the improving Battle of Alberta, two emerged.The first involved the Calgary Flames’ Brian Elliott, who was signed in the summer to provide the team with answers in goal, but started the season badly, thanks mostly to the Oilers and to Connor McDavid. Draisaitl is tough, skilled and able to elevate his play when it needs to be elevated. Skill can do that for you – the ability to win the three-on-three battle when the ice opens up in extra time, or to win the penalty-shot competition if the game remains deadlocked after 65 minutes.In the playoffs, neither is an option.In the playoffs, the need to win close, low-scoring, tight games is paramount. But hope springs eternal and while neither team is quite ready to declare the turnaround complete, the signs are largely positive. The Oilers have made a lot of mistakes at the draft table in the past decade – the primary reason it has been 10 years since they made the NHL playoffs – but Draisaitl isn’t one of them.The Oiler rebuild was originally structured around Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle (and, presumably at one point, they thought they would get a contribution from Nail Yakupov, too).Yakupov is gone, with virtually nothing coming back in return. He showed a glimpse of his promise during September’s World Cup tournament, a young gun who didn’t play for the official kids’ team only because he is from Germany, and the 23-and-under team was chosen entirely from North Americans.But he was excellent on a veteran Team Europe and the decision to take him third overall in 2014, behind Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart and ahead of the Flames’ Sam Bennett, looks prescient and sound now. 1 and hope that he stays healthy and doesn’t burn out.The Oilers have been winning the close ones of late. Calgary last made it to the Stanley Cup final back in 2004, Edmonton in 2006.What followed was mostly a lost decade for both franchises. That’s what Saturday’s game looked like, a tight-checking playoff game, with the goalies taking turns making big saves, with Talbot helpfully bailed out twice in the late going when shots by the Flames’ Deryk Engelland and Johnny Gaudreau rang off the goal post and stayed out.The Oilers’ date with the Flames on Saturday was billed as the first meaningful game in the Battle of Alberta in 11 years. He is easy to overlook because of the sheer fascination with McDavid, the NHL’s leading scorer who celebrated his 20th birthday Friday.At the start of last season, the Oilers sent Draisaitl to the minors, this after he’d played 37 games as an NHL rookie the year before. It makes the rematch – next Saturday in Calgary – all the more compelling. An overtime record of 7-4-1 includes the shootout win over Calgary and back-to-back OT wins over the New Jersey Devils in a five-day span. Eberle needs to find the offensive range again to balance the attack.Nugent-Hopkins is evolving into something else, not a dominant offensive player but a responsible two-way guy and useful in his own way.Unlike Calgary, the one area of concern remains goal, a position the Oilers are still trying to sort out.

Ellen Watters was a rising star in Canadian cycling

1, more than 100 cyclists and walkers made their way along Saint John streets to show their support for the proposed law.Ms. At around 2:30 p.m., as she headed along Riverview Drive East, a rural road near Sussex, N.B., she was struck from behind by a Volkswagen Golf travelling in the same direction. Flynn remembers her job, as Ms. It was a hilly course covering both dirt and paved roads. On her last visit, in November, she enjoyed a hot chocolate topped with colourful marshmallows before getting on her bike again. Trew and applied for a spot on the Cyclery-Opus development team. Trew said.If she had kept going the way she was, she might have. Aside from the mountains, the desert and the warmth, she loved that cyclists were respected in Arizona.“Almost every street has a designated bike lane, there are bike paths as wide as roads and, yes, it is a warmer area. Flynn said.Last winter, she and Ms. Trew said. “She realized that everything she had worked toward had paid off.”Having signed for the 2017 season with the U.S.-based Colavita-Bianchi women’s team, one of the top-five teams in North America, Ms. Watters was competing in triathlons and duathlons, an athletic event consisting of running and cycling, when she realized that what she loved most was racing her bike. She was really present,” Ms. With training taking up so much of her time, keeping a well-paying job was difficult. She worked at a chiropractic clinic in New Brunswick and more recently at The Cyclery shop in Ottawa. Watters was the youngest sister to her three siblings Seamus, Lily Anna, and Ian. She went on to study kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick, where she played soccer. “I go into a race thinking about the best way for my team to win.”Born in 1988, near Sussex, N.B., Ms. She shopped at thrift stores, cut out food coupons and learned to make sourdough and rye breads.“She loved that cycling allowed her to see the world,” Ms. After that, she let her go.“Ellen never liked a boring race,” Ms. She liked her sweets.Ms. She crashed halfway through the race and suffered a minor concussion. Watters, who was widely hailed as a rising star in Canadian competitive cycling, wasn’t killed immediately. She had a ton of speed and she could also go for a long period.”“We thought she had a chance at the 2020 Olympics,” Ms. She was excited to be home for the holidays. She loved the challenge of biking in the mountains and being able to climb for 20 kilometres, something she could never do in New Brunswick.Her longest training ride through the mountains near Tucson was 185 kilometres. Watters had spent the day before the collision visiting friends and relatives on her new bike that she had been riding less than a month. Watters would want her life story to remind people to live doing what you love, as she did, Ms. Caceres said. In high school, she played basketball, along with many other sports. 28, due to injuries she had received in the collision. Consequently, she was invited for the first time to go with the Canadian National Team to Europe last August.On one race through cornfields and a quaint Belgian town, the course “zigged and zagged over speed bumps and cobbles with a 180-degree corner,” Ms. Watters’s teammate, was to hold her back during the first 30 kilometres of the race. She leaves her father, James; mother, Nancy; and siblings, Seamus, Lily Anna and Ian.To submit an I Remember: obit@globeandmail.comSend us a memory of someone we have recently profiled on the Obituaries page. She was taken to Saint John Regional Hospital where she died five days later, on Dec. Flynn went to Tucson, Ariz., to train. Watters’s organs were donated, giving “help and hope to other people,” her family said. “She tried to make other teams race.”Still on a winning streak last spring, she won bronze in the criterium at the Canadian Road Championships. Her plan was to return to Ottawa, where she had recently moved, to start training again after Christmas. Watters won the Tour of Somerville, a prestigious 80-kilometre race in New Jersey, last Memorial Day.“Whenever she won a race, she didn’t just do it for herself, she did it for the team. At a national team camp in February, 2013, she met Ms. Described as an active child, she spent most of her time playing outdoors, getting dirty and trying to avoid wearing dresses. After only three years of racing bikes, she felt on top of the world, attracting the attention of national coaches and achieving one of her most sought-after goals – to get paid to ride.“When she set her sights on something, she would do it,” her close friend and fellow cyclist Emily Flynn said. “She will be remembered as a complete force of joy and love.”Ms. Watters learned to be frugal. 18.One of the successes she was most proud of last year was winning the “Most Aggressive Rider” award at the North Star Grand Prix in Minnesota.“I like to race with a purpose, and at certain races I have had the chance to be an aggressive rider for the team,” she said in an interview with Pedal Magazine last October. Known for her aggressive racing style, Ms. “Ellen was at the happiest I had ever seen her,” she added. Her future looked bright. After only a few days off, she came back to win a kermesse road race in Haasdonk, Belgium, on Aug. Ms. Flynn said.“If you want a smile like mine, you have to get on two wheels,” she loved to say.“She went for things with a big heart,” said her partner, Margaux Carson.RCMP in New Brunswick continue their investigation into the collision. She spent the 2013 season racing bikes and started attracting attention. She also did yoga and running.In Ottawa, she liked to take her bike to Gatineau Park, especially on Saturday mornings when the park was closed to cars, or to the suburban community of Stittsville, which was about a 70-kilometre round trip.In Stittsville, her destination was Quitters Coffee, one of her favourite cafés. During that race, Ms. Flynn also has about eight pages filled with signatures she is sending to the New Brunswick government in support of “Ellen’s Law.”Despite the tragedy of her death, Ms. They want to call it “Ellen’s Law.”On Jan. She was accepted and joined the team in 2014.Strong and determined, with an incredible work ethic, she could be stubborn and impatient, especially when it came to taking time off to rest.“She had to relax – that was her challenge,” Ms. She also taught swimming and loved working with children.“She was always excited about everything,” Mr. The 2016 season had been a breakout year for her and 2017 looked possibly even brighter. But money was a constant concern. Flynn said. On a clear, crisp December afternoon two days before Christmas, Ellen Watters set out on her new light-blue Bianchi racing bike. She was 28 years old.Ms. “She wanted to go all the time.”Depending on the season, she trained between 12 and 20 hours a week on her bike, starting her training rides with techno music blasting from her headphones to get her pumped up. Watters had also been invited to be a part-time member of the Canadian women’s development program.“Physically she was just coming into her prime,” Ms. Trew said. Watters was leaving the Cyclery-Opus women’s development cycling team in Ottawa to join the professional-cycling ranks, said Jenny Trew, her coach and a former Canadian national team member.In 2016, Ms. Please include I Remember in the subject field. They plan to hold a memorial celebration later. Since joining the Cyclery-Opus team in 2014, she had won 24 races, Ms. She didn’t want to let the team down,” said Vince Caceres, owner of The Cyclery shop in Ottawa.Last spring, she also won the Tour of Battenkill in Greenwich, N.Y. Trew said. Watters wrote in her blog. Home in New Brunswick to be with her family over the holidays, she was biking the rural roads near her home on a 90-minute training ride, likely enjoying the freedom that her bike always gave her, when her worst fear – the one she shared with all road cyclists – was tragically realized. No charges have been laid.“She lived every moment to the fullest. “Even when she was tired from working out, she would always have a smile on her face.”In New Brunswick, Ms. She also relied on sports bursaries and grants to make ends meet. “She was still very much on the upswing. Trew said. Cars respect cyclists for the most part, but I had little need to be worried because I usually had at least a metre of road space just for me!” she wrote in a blog post last winter.To honour her memory, her family, friends and the biking community are pushing for a one-metre law in New Brunswick that would force motorists to stay a metre away from cyclists when passing them, like the rule that exists under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act and Quebec’s Highway Safety Code.

Lewis scores three touchdowns, leads Patriots past Texans

“We’ll learn from it and try to be better next week.”But they won.Asked how it feels to have broken the record for consecutive title-game appearances, Brady paused and said, “Ummm, pretty cool; pretty cool. That’s what we gotta do.”The Patriots, looking for their fifth Super Bowl title, turned the ball over three times, put the ball on the ground and were guilty of a costly defensive penalty that led to a field goal, but will make their 13th appearance in the conference title game.Lewis recorded the first kickoff return for a touchdown in New England playoff history with a 98-yarder, caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Brady and ran 1 yard for a score in the fourth quarter. I put my team in jeopardy, so I’ve got to work on that this week.”Brady, who also threw a touchdown pass to James White, finished 18 of 38 for 287 yards with two interceptions against the Texans’ top-ranked defense.Julian Edelman caught eight passes for 137 yards, breaking Wes Welker’s club record for career postseason catches. It wasn’t an artistic success, but it was enough for the New England Patriots to return to the AFC title game for a record sixth straight time.“You gotta give these guys a lot of credit — we didn’t play particularly well but we hung in there and we ended up making enough plays to win,” coach Bill Belichick said after his team moved on with a 34-16 victory over the Houston Texans in the divisional playoff game on Saturday night. Edelman now has 76. He was also guilty of fumbling away a kickoff, leading to a Houston touchdown, and he fumbled on a running play in the fourth quarter.Lewis became the first player in NFL history to score on a run, a pass and a kickoff return in a postseason game. He also joined Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill, who did it earlier this season, as the only players since Gale Sayers in 1965 to pull off the feat.No other player ever had two offensive touchdowns and a return touchdown in a playoff game, according to STATS, LLC.“I did OK,” said Lewis. “Some things I can do a lot better on, like protect the ball a little bit better. 22.They made more mistakes than usual Saturday night but got away with them and snapped the Raiders’ 1970s record of five straight title games.“It doesn’t feel great because we worked pretty hard to play a lot better than we did,” Tom Brady said after he threw two interceptions to go with his two touchdowns. Let’s go win the AFC championship game — that would be VERY cool. Dion Lewis scored touchdowns three different ways and the Patriots, who have won eight straight games, will play the winner of Sunday night’s Kansas City-Pittsburgh game at Gillette Stadium on Jan.

MVP contender Ryan delivers as Falcons down Seahawks

22 to decide which team advances to the Super Bowl. Quarterback Matt Ryan again proved himself the leading contender to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award as he guided the Atlanta Falcons to a 36-20 victory over the visiting Seattle Seahawks in their NFC divisional playoff clash on Saturday.Taking advantage of multiple throwing options in the league’s premier offense, Ryan completed 26 of 37 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in front of jubilant fans as the Falcons advanced to the NFC Championship game for just the fourth time. they put everything into it to give ourselves an opportunity this time of the year.“I’m just happy with the way we played today.”Former Super Bowl champions Seattle made an impressive start with an opening drive that culminated in a touchdown to Jimmy Graham after 14 plays and 79 yards, but the Falcons took control from there as their much vaunted offense was backed up by a stellar defense.“We executed really well across the board,” said Ryan, who spread the ball wide as eight Falcons players came away with at least a catch, while Julio Jones, Taylor Gabriel and Devonta Freeman finished with at least 50 receiving yards.“We weren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, we made some mistakes, but consistency for the entire day was really, really good. We are so pumped to do it.“We knew that this was going to be a hard battle and it for sure was. I was proud of the way that we played.”Atlanta coach Dan Quinn, who was defensive coordinator for Seattle from 2013-2014, was delighted that his team delivered their fans a first playoff win since 2012, when they edged the Seahawks 30-28 in the divisional round.“This city and our fans, their connection, you certainly feel it so it’s awesome for them,” said Quinn. Those guys are as tough as they come.”The Falcons will meet either the Dallas Cowboys or Green Bay Packers on Jan. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in St. “We are going to have a playoff game at home and it’s because of them. “We have a lot of people who worked really, really hard … coaching staff, front office, players … “It feels good,” Ryan told Fox Sports. Augustine, Florida; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Draisaitl, Letestu score in shootout as Oilers beat Flames 2-1

“And, at the end, because of the way we are in the standings, it’s frustrating to give them the extra point “I liked our intensity. “We have to keep climbing the standings,” Maroon said. The Flames return home to face the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. The Edmonton Oilers feel they are starting to get a taste of what it will be like if they should maintain their spot in the standings.Leon Draisaitl and Mark Letestu scored in the shootout as the Oilers won their second tight game in a row, defeating the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Saturday.Patrick Maroon scored in regulation time for the Oilers (23-15-7), who have won four of their last six games and sit second in the Pacific Division. That’s how games are going to be for the next two months and we have to find ways to play through it and battle.”Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who made 24 saves and was perfect in the shootout session, said this game was a far cry from the first two meetings the two teams had to start the season – won 7-4 and 5-3 by the Oilers.“That was more pond hockey and this was more of a playoff atmosphere,” he said. “That was a playoff game tonight. I think if we play at that intensity and that mindset, we’ll be fine going forward.”Calgary had a 7-5 edge on the shot clock during the scoreless first period, and had the best chance as well with Talbot having to make a huge glove save to stone Monahan on an odd-man rush eight minutes into the game.The Oilers finally broke the deadlock with a power-play goal with 3:36 left to play in the second period. “You can tell this group is growing as a team and these tough games, we believe we are going to come out on top, whereas maybe last year where we may have found a way to lose.”Sean Monahan replied for the Flames (23-20-3), who have lost two straight.“I thought they had their chances, we had our chances,” said Flames captain Mark Giordano. It was playoff atmosphere. Maroon was able to fish the puck out of a scrum and chip it over Calgary goalie Brian Elliott for his team-leading 18th goal of the season and seventh in his last six games.Elliott stopped 26-of-27 shots in defeat.The Flames got that goal right back just 26 seconds later, however, as Monahan picked up his own rebound and batted it past Talbot to make it 1-1.The third period was also scoreless, with the best opportunity belonging to Calgary’s Deryk Engelland, who rang a shot off the post with 12 minutes remaining.Oiler Jordan Eberle and Flame Johnny Gaudreau both had glorious opportunities in overtime, but the game remained tied to head to the shootout.The Oilers play the fourth game of a six-game homestand on Monday against Arizona.

Carter gets OT winner as LA Kings surge past Jets, 3-2

The Kings hit iron with an extraordinary number of shots Saturday night, culminating in a late backhand by Kyle Clifford that somehow struck both sides of Winnipeg’s goal without going in.“He can’t hit the net, but he can hit both posts,” Los Angeles defenceman Jake Muzzin said jokingly of his low-scoring buddy. … Captain Anze Kopitar had three assists for Los Angeles, which improved to 9-1 in overtime this season with another clutch finish to another grinding offensive night.“We stay with our program and keep the same mindset,” Muzzin said. “We didn’t like the result, but we liked our game. “LA is a tough team to play in their home rink, a lot of big bodies out there, and our team, we battled hard. We just capitalized on one and that got us to a tie and put us into overtime.”Marian Gaborik also scored and Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots for the Kings, who unearthed just enough offence to earn their third win in five games on their seven-game homestand.Dustin Byfuglien scored Winnipeg’s second power-play goal with 12:22 to play, but the Jets lost for the fourth time in five games despite bouncing back solidly from an embarrassing loss.The Jets held a closed-doors player meeting Friday after losing to the last-place Coyotes. I’m sure we can draw confidence from this.”Drew Stafford also scored a power-play goal and Mathieu Perreault had two assists for Winnipeg.The Kings paid for several careless penalties when Byfuglien’s go-ahead wrist shot deflected off Kopitar’s skate for the tireless defenceman’s third goal in seven games.But Brown then stood in front of Winnipeg’s net with Gaborik and capitalized by controlling a rebound of Kopitar’s shot for the tying goal.“Our effort level was there, and we battled hard,” Hutchinson said. … Tonight was all about effort. They responded with a good effort in front of Michael Hutchinson, who made 35 saves in his first start since Dec. We hit a lot of posts, and we had a lot of opportunities and scrambles. “Just keep shooting. The forwards were frequent linemates in 2014 when the Kings rolled to a Stanley Cup title, but they’ve been in and out of partnerships since then. Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter made sure all those near-misses didn’t matter for the surging Kings.Carter scored his 23rd goal of the season at 1:36 of overtime and Los Angeles rallied for its fifth victory in seven games, 3-2 over the Jets on Saturday night.After Brown tied it on a rebound goal with 5:08 left in regulation, Carter converted Muzzin’s 100th career NHL assist for the All-Star’s eighth game-winning goal of the season. You’re going to get it. 29 on the Jets’ second stop on a three-game West Coast road trip.“You have to like the way we played,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. We gave up an early goal, but we didn’t let that get to us and we kept battling.”Gaborik put the Kings ahead less than four minutes in, getting just his third goal in 21 games off a slick cross-ice feed from Kopitar.

Maple Leafs beat Senators 4-2

Josh Leivo and Garret Sparks were scratches for the Maple Leafs. Senators forward Mark Stone remains one assist shy of 100 for his career. Nazem Kadri scored twice and Curtis McElhinney made 35 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs went into Ottawa and downed the Senators 4-2 on Saturday.McElhinney was making his first start with the Leafs after being picked up off waivers earlier in the week from the Columbus Blue Jackets.Tyler Bozak and Connor Brown also scored for the Leafs (20-13-8), who moved into a tie with the Senators for third in the Atlantic Division, right at the halfway point of the season. Chris Wideman became the 100th player to play in 100 games for the Senators when he suited up against the Leafs Saturday. Leafs rookie Connor Brown turned 23 Saturday. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Dion Phaneuf and Kyle Turris replied for Ottawa (22-15-4) while Mike Condon made 23 saves.Kadri’s second goal of the game gave the Leafs a 3-2 lead just 2:31 into the third period.Shortly after the Senators got their first power play of the game when Frederik Gauthier went off for tripping at 4:01. Ottawa looked to have the equalizer, but McElhinney made a sprawling save to deny Mike Hoffman on his one-timer.Minutes later Erik Karlsson hit the post behind McElhinney and, within seconds of that, Brown gave the Leafs a 4-2 lead with a quick shot after Auston Matthews won a faceoff in the Ottawa zone..The teams were tied 2-2 through 40 minutes after the Leafs had jumped out to a 2-0 lead with early goals both in the first and second periods, just as they did in the third.Kadri opened the scoring on the power play when he tucked a rebound underneath Condon at 6:26 of the opening period.Bozak gave the Leafs a 2-0 just 1:07 into the second when he intercepted a clearing attempt from Bobby Ryan, moved in on the Ottawa goal and waited for Condon to make a move before beating the netminder.The Leafs were carrying the momentum through the period but that changed when Phaneuf got the Senators on the board at 9:15 of the second.His point shot hit the posterior of Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner before eluding McElhinney.The Senators tied the game at 18:50 when Turris beat McElhinney with a shot far side to the top corner.Notes: Fredrik Claesson was scratched for Ottawa. It was also the 100th game of his NHL career. The Leafs host the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday. The Senators play their next three games on the road starting with the St.

Emelin, Pacioretty, Byron score in third as Canadiens top Rangers 5-4

It marked the seventh time in eight games that Price has allowed three or more goals.The Canadiens answered when Emelin’s wrist shot from the left point went in off defenceman Adam Clendening’s back 10:53 into the third frame.Pacioretty got his 20th of the season on a breakaway only 36 seconds later and, only 26 seconds after that, Byron backhanded the puck in front and saw it go in off Clendening’s stick.New York got one back at 14:53 when Mats Zuccarello tipped the puck out and Stepan batted it in out of the air at the side of the net.Montreal’s Michel Therrien coached his 800th NHL game. Nash shot into the empty net. It also ended their four-game winning run in road games. 4, and Brian Flynn also scored for Montreal (27-11-6).Brandon Pirri, Rick Nash, J.T. After video review, it was ruled a good goal and the sellout Bell Centre crowd booed long and loud.Montreal got it back at 7:58 when Flynn scored from a scramble in front of Lundqvist but Miller put New York back ahead when he finished a short-handed two-on-one with Hayes after Galchenyuk lost the puck on the right point. Fast was shaken up but stayed in the game.Antti Raanta, who stopped all 10 shots he faced, left after the first period with a lower-body injury and was replaced by Henrik Lundqvist, who has a history of struggling in Montreal and let in five goals on 22 shots.Final shots were 33-32 in New York’s favour.The Rangers needed only four seconds into a power play to get the opening goal when Pirri wired a shot in off a goalpost on his off-wing at 12:24 of the first period.Galchenyuk scored 3:08 into the second with a deflection of Mark Barberio’s point shot, but Nash got it back on a controversial goal at 6:20.Carey Price made a brilliant save on a Kevin Hayes breakaway but then pulled the goalie out of his crease when his skate got caught in Price’s pads. Montreal had Galchenyuk and Andrew Shaw back from injuries but Shaw’s game lasted only 16:56 before he was tossed. Miler and Derek Stepan scored for the Rangers (28-15-1), who were coming off a 4-2 loss at home to Toronto on Friday night. Shaw, whose interference penalty nullified a Montreal goal at 4:00, knocked Jesper Fast over with an open ice-hit and then fought Miller, drawing an interference major, a fighting major and a game misconduct. Alexei Emelin, Max Pacioretty and Paul Byron scored in a 62-second span of the third period to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.Alex Galchenyuk, back from a knee injury suffered Dec. It was the first time in eight occasions the Rangers failed to win the second of back-to-back games this season.