Thompson Sports News Archives for 2021-02

Jennifer Jones reaches record in career Tournament of Hearts wins

CALGARY - Jennifer Jones reached a Canadian women's curling championship record for career wins Tuesday with her 153rd victory.

 

Manitoba's Jones defeated Sarah Hill of Newfoundland and Labrador 6-5 in the morning draw.

 

Jones, a six-time national champion, was two back of Colleen Jones in career victories heading into the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

 

Manitoba was tied with Wild Card One's Chelsea Carey at 3-2 in Pool B behind Quebec's Laurie St-Georges at 4-1. Prince Edward Island's Suzanne Birt was 3-1.

 

St-Georges downed Nunavut's Lori Eddy 7-5. Carey's Wild Card One lost a second straight game, falling 7-5 to B.C.'s Corryn Brown.

 

B.C., Newfoundland and Saskatchewan were even at 2-2. Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson fell 7-6 to New Brunswick's Melissa Adams, who won her first game. Nunavut was winless in five games.

Defending champ Einarson remains perfect at Scotties with win over Galusha

Defending champion Kerri Einarson remained undefeated at the Canadian women's curling championship after an 8-4 win over Kerry Galusha on the Northwest Territories on Monday.

 

With the win, Einarson's rink from Gimli, improved to 4-0 and moved into the Group A lead ahead of Ontario's Rachel Homan (3-0), who was scheduled to play in Monday's late draw.

 

Galusha fell into a fifth-place tie with Northern Ontario's Krysta Burns and Wild Card 2's Mackenzie Zacharias at 1-2.

 

Leading 4-3 after six ends, Einarson took control of the match by scoring two in the seventh. Galusha got one back in the eighth, but Einarson put the game away with another deuce in the ninth.

 

The only match of Monday's morning session was a makeup of a Draw 3 contest originally scheduled for Saturday that was postponed when a member of the N.W.T. team fell ill with what was believed to be food poisoning.

Canadians Howden, Hoffos reach podium at World Cup ski cross event

SCHLADMING, Austria - Canada's Reece Howden captured a silver medal, while Courtney Hoffos won bronze at a World Cup ski cross event on Friday.

 

Howden, from Cutlus Lake, B.C., crossed the finish line just behind winner Johannes Rohrweck of Austria in the men's race to earn his fifth medal of the season.

 

Howden is the overall leader on the men's World Cup circuit.

 

Hoffos, from Windermere, B.C., finished behind Sandra Naeslund of Sweden and Fanny Smith of Switzerland.     It was Hoffos' first podium since December 2019.

 

The skiers were racing at Reiteralm, a first-time World Cup course.

Canadians advance in Australian Open

Two Canadians have advanced into the fourth round at the Australian Open.

 

Milos Raonic advanced to his eighth career Aussie Open round of 16 with a win over Hungary's Marton Fucsovics.

 

Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced with a win over fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

Canadian speedskater Laurent Dubreuil world champion in men's 500 metres

Canadian speedskater Laurent Dubreuil won a world championship in the men's 500 metres Friday.

 

The 28-year-old from Levis, Quebec, was the Canadian first to take that sprint title since Jeremy Wotherspoon in 2008.  Dubreuil posted a winning time of

34.398

 

Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov was second in 34.540 and Dai Dai N'tab of the Netherlands third in 34.628.

 

Canada also picked up a pair of silver medals in team pursuit.   Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Wiedemann and Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Quebec, were second in women's team pursuit.

 

Raptors to call Tampa home for rest of season

The Toronto Raptors aren't going back to Toronto this season.

 

The team said Thursday it will stay in its adopted home of Tampa, Florida, because of ongoing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic and how that affects the process of crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada.

 

The Raptors are 6-5 in their “home” building this season, Amalie Arena, which they're sharing with the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

Toronto made the move south last fall, knowing Thursday's decision was a real possibility. The land border with Canada remains closed to nonessential travellers who are not Canadian citizens. And Canada requires those entering the country to isolate for 14 days, which wouldn't be feasible for NBA teams. The Canadian government has also strongly discouraged nonessential travel for any reason.

 

Tampa also has the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, and the Tampa Bay Rays played in the World Series last season.

 

Canadian Seger finishes just off podium in super-G at world championships

 Canada's Brodie Seger finished a career-best fourth in the men's super-G at the alpine skiing world championships on Thursday.

 

The top three faced some anxious moments when the unheralded Canadian came down as a late starter.

 

Wearing bib No. 28, the native of North Vancouver, B.C., was only a few tenths off the lead throughout his run and finished 0.42 behind winner Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria.

 

Seger trailed bronze medallist Alexis Pinturault of France by just four-hundredths.

 

Seger's run also bumped defending champion Dominik Paris into fifth place.

Seger returned to the World Cup circuit just last week after being sidelined for a month with a shoulder injury.

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