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Canada’s Einarson, Gushue win mixed doubles worlds opener behind late rally

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030129.1621284117!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/einarson-gushue-240321.jpg Canada's Kerri Einarson and Brad Gushue defeated Spain 8-6 in their opening game at the world mixed doubles curling championship on Monday. Einarson, from Camp Morton, Man., and Gushue, from St. John's, N.L., erased a four-point deficit and stole two points in the eighth end for the victory over Oihane Otaegi and Mikel Unanue."I struggled a little bit early just trying to figure out some of the paths, and once I got a handle on that and started making

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Blues’ Perron out for Game 1 against Avalanche due to COVID protocol

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6030076.1621283348!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/david-perron-220321.jpg The St. Louis Blues will be without leading scorer David Perron for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against top-seeded Colorado on Monday due to the NHL's virus protocols. St. Louis will, however, again have forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who was sidelined the last six games of the regular season with a lower-body injury.Perron appeared on the league's "players unavailable due to COVID protocol" list starting Saturday. St. Louis has two other players on the list in forward Nathan

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Canadian Leylah Fernandez defeats Hercog to advance at Serbia Open

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6029926.1621278332!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/leylah-fernandez-031020.jpg Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez is heading to the second round of the Serbia Open. Fernandez, from Laval, Que., beat Polona Hercog of Slovenia 7-5, 6-1 in the opening round of the WTA Tour clay-court event on Monday.The result snapped a run of two tournaments in a row in which Fernandez dropped her opening match. Fernandez, ranked 69th in the world, saved six of seven break points she faced. The Canadian converted on seven of her 14 break-point opportunities

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Defending champion Dodgers sign Albert Pujols to 1-year deal

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6029902.1621277655!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/albert-pujols-300421.jpg Albert Pujols has signed a major league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, moving 30 miles north to extend his remarkable career after leaving the Los Angeles Angels. The 41-year-old Pujols formalized his one-year deal Monday with the defending World Series champions after agreeing to make the move last weekend. The fifth-leading home run hitter in major league history likely will be in uniform during the Dodgers' home series with Arizona, which begins Monday night.Pujols was unceremoniously cut by

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Broncos’ Kelly Kleine to be highest-ranking female scouting executive in NFL

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6029859.1621276367!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/kelly-kleine-170521.jpg The Denver Broncos have hired former Vikings scouting executive Kelly Kleine as executive director of football operations and special adviser to the general manager. That makes Kleine the highest-ranking woman in football operations at an NFL club. Additionally, she's believed to be the highest-ranking female scouting executive in league history.Kleine, who worked with Broncos first-year general manager George Paton for nine years in Minnesota, will have scouting duties and manage several departments, the team said. The Broncos said

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Canucks forward Jake Virtanen sued over alleged sexual assault

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6029746.1621271315!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/jake-virtanen-290220.jpg A civil lawsuit has been filed alleging that Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen sexually assaulted a young woman. A statement of claim filed in Kelowna, B.C. last week alleges Virtanen took the woman to a hotel in West Vancouver in September 2017 and assaulted her as the woman repeatedly said no and pleaded with him to stop. The allegations have not been tested in court and a statement of defence has not been filed in the case.

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Serena Williams picks up 1st victory in more than 3 months at Emilia-Romagna Open

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6029698.1621269352!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/serena-williams-120521.jpg Serena Williams earned her first victory in more than three months by beating 17-year-old qualifier Lisa Pigato 6-3, 6-2 Monday in the first round of the Emilia-Romagna Open. Williams, who accepted a wild-card invitation for the Parma tournament after losing her opening match at the Italian Open last week, dominated after dropping her serve in the opening game."I'm just starting to feel more comfortable. I've always felt super comfortable on the clay and this year has been a little

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Former women’s hockey star Goyette joins Wickenheiser on Maple Leafs staff

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6029652.1621267646!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/danielle-goyette-121117.jpg Canadian women's hockey veteran Danielle Goyette has been named director of player development for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and their American Hockey League affiliate. The Hockey Hall of Famer, who won two Olympic gold medals and eight world championships with the national women's team, has been head coach of the University of Calgary Dinos women's team for the last 14 seasons.Goyette was also an assistant coach of the Canadian women's team that won Olympic gold in 2014.

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Olympic champion Eric Lamaze withdraws from Canada’s short list for Tokyo

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6029613.1621266633!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/eric-lamaze-050920.jpg Canada's most decorated show jumper won't compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Eric Lamaze, owner of Olympic gold, silver and bronze medals, has withdrawn from Equestrian Canada's short list for the Summer Games.Three years of treatment for a brain tumour, the global COVID-19 situation and the inability of Canada to send a full show jumping team to Tokyo factored into his decision. "My health is something that I take very seriously, and I've decided that Tokyo is not the

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Nick Nurse faces a busy off-season, especially if Canada qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

https://i.cbc.ca/1.6029598.1621265943!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/nicke-nurse.jpg Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse says a COVID-19 outbreak in March spiked his team's chances for a post-season run. The Raptors (27-45) finished 12th in the Eastern Conference to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2013.They were in the thick of the post-season race before a COVID-19 outbreak sidelined numerous key players plus much of the coaching staff in March, and saw them win just one game that month. Nurse faces a busy off-season,

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