McEwen clips Gushue for spot in GSOC National semifinals

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. — Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen edged Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., 4-3 during the Boost National quarterfinals Saturday at the Essar Centre. McEwen advanced to the evening semifinals and draws Scotland’s Bruce Mouat, who played the “giant killer” role once again to knock out Calgary’s Kevin Koe 7-1. Team Gushue swept through the Tour Challenge Tier 1 and Masters tournaments and extended its winning streak to start the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season to 17 before falling to John Morris’s team from Vernon, B.C., in the final round-robin match. Gushue, who has won nine Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling titles, opened with the hammer against… Read More

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Chambers: Sam Girard built up to be the next Duncan Keith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Barring injury, expect Sam Girard to be in the Avalanche lineup Sunday and begin to burn the first year of his entry-level contract at the new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. On Saturday at Bridgestone Arena, Girard’s former coach and new coach explained why the 162-pound teenage defenseman belongs in the NHL. The combined praise of Girard, 19, tells me that both men believe the player could become the next Duncan Keith, a three-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks who isn’t much bigger than Girard and plays a similar game. “It’s just a matter of maturity,” said Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, who worked with Girard… Read More

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Oversized sandbox opens in Littleton to inspire future builders

LITTLETON — Dylan Ray still has 17 years remaining until he can legally obtain his commercial driver’s license, but luckily the 4-year-old is content driving trucks his own size. “My favorite toy is a cement truck,” the pre-K student answered before deciding to end the interview early. “I want to go play in the sand now.” Kids Dig is Dylan’s new favorite hotspot. The indoor play area is an 825-square-foot sandbox filled with 40 tons of sand and dozens of toy trucks, located north of Southwest Plaza Mall. It’s a hands-on environment for kids ages 3 to 10 to learn about the construction trade. The play area had its grand… Read More

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Richard leads Laval past Calgary in Mitchell Bowl

CALGARY – Quarterback Hugo Richard threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns as the Laval Rouge et Or defeated the Calgary Dinos 35-23 on Saturday to win the Mitchell Bowl and advance to the U Sports national championship. Richard finished the game 21 of 32 and also ran the ball eight times for 31 yards. The Quebec City school will go for its 10th Vanier Cup next weekend in Hamilton against the Western Mustangs. Western defeated the Acadia Axemen 81-3 earlier Saturday in the Uteck Bowl. Calgary has lost all six of its meetings with the Rouge et Or — three times in the Vanier Cup (2010, 2013, 2016), twice… Read More

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City business closures slow, but still a painful reality for struggling merchants

Dave Fletcher saw the writing on the wall when the regular hordes of Halloween costume hunters last month were a fraction of what they were three years ago. After operating Chuckles Unlimited at 6130 1A Street S.W. for 15 years, Fletcher and his wife Bernadette had weathered the highs and lows of operating a small business, but had always continued to grow since they purchased the legendary Calgary costume and novelty shop, a staple business in Calgary for more than three decades. But after enduring three trying years, Fletcher said they have no choice but to pull the plug on the labour of love, with costs soaring, business waning and… Read More

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Derick Dillard Breaks Silence on TLC Firing

Derick Dillard has something to say about his firing from TLC. Last week, the now-former Counting On star learned that the cable network wanted no part of him, not after Dillard used multiple Tweets to slam Jazz Jennings. Jennings is the 17-year anchor of I Am Jazz, a series that chronicles her life as a transgender teenager. As a supposedly dedicated and devout Christian, Dillard doesn’t support such a lifestyle… and he’s been vocal about this stance on social media. “I pity Jazz,” Dillard recently Tweeted on the topic, adding: “4 those who take advantage of him in order 2 promote their agenda, including the parents who allow these kinds… Read More

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