Newfoundland beats Alberta to stay undefeated at Scotties

PENTICTON, B.C. — Stacie Curtis came out on top in a battle of unbeaten teams at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

The Newfoundland and Labrador skip defeated Alberta’s Casey Scheidegger 9-5 in Monday afternoon’s marquee matchup at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Curtis is 4-0 and first in the Pool B, followed by Scheidegger with a 3-1 record.

“It is kind of a little surreal right now,” said Curtis of the St. John’s Curling Club. “We had a really great game just now against Alberta. They are a really tough team.”

On Sunday evening, Curtis took in some extra practice delivering her rocks with coach Eugene Trickett keeping a close eye.

“We had a couple of games yesterday and I wasn’t throwing quite as well as I wanted to,” said Curtis, a border services officer with the Canadian government.

She said the practice was a good tune-up prior to facing Alberta and the extra work paid off by shooting 91 per cent. Newfoundland and Labrador as a team shot 80 per cent.

Scheidegger shot 68 per cent, while her team shot 77.

In other afternoon action, B.C.’s Kesa Van Osch (2-2) defeated Quebec’s Emilia Gagne (1-3) 10-4 in eight ends.

“We had a tough game today,” said Gagne from Alma, Que. “We had difficulties with the ice, with the weight. That is what made the difference today.”

Team Canada’s Michelle Englot (3-1) defeated Nunavut’s Amie Schackleton (0-4) 13-4 in eight ends. Englot’s Winnipeg rink is replacing defending champion Rachel Homan as the Ottawa skip prepares for the Olympic Games. Ontario’s Hollie Duncan (2-2) defeated Prince Edward Island’s Robyn MacPhee (1-3) …read more

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Devils’ Taylor Hall close to returning to lineup after missing all-star game

New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall expects to be in the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday, despite missing the all-star game with an injured thumb.

“If everything goes well, I should be able to play tomorrow, so we’ll take that tomorrow and see how it goes,” Hall said after practice Monday. “It felt good. Definitely felt ready to go today. It might take a couple of periods to get back into things.”

Hall missed the Devils’ last three games before the all-star break, plus the actual all-star game, because of an injury to his right thumb. But when he spoke Monday, he downplayed the severity of the injury, saying he missed the games for precautionary reasons.

“It was something that was bugging me a couple games before (his last game, against the Philadelphia Flyers, on Jan. 20) so I decided to take a few games off to get it right,” Hall said.

The Devils could use Hall in the lineup. After missing the playoffs last year and taking Nico Hischier with the first pick in the draft, New Jersey now finds itself in a playoff race. With a 24-16-8 record and 56 points, the Devils currently occupy the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. But the Flyers, currently in the second wild-card spot, also have 56 points while the New York Rangers and New York Islanders are right behind them with 55 points each.

Hall enters Tuesday’s game on a seven-game point streak and leads the Devils with 17 goals and 48 points. The Devils’ offence revolves around him and in a tight playoff race, he’ll be counted on to score some big goals down the stretch.

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Pacers find enough energy late to pull away from Hornets

INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, Myles Turner added 22 and the Indiana Pacers pulled away late for a 105-96 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night.

The Pacers have won two in a row and four of five.

Kemba Walker finished with 23 points and a trio of 3-pointers to lead the Hornets, who have lost two straight and four of six.

Dwight Howard had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte. Nicolas Batum made five 3s and wound up with 22 points.

Both teams had chances to take control throughout the first 3 1/2 quarters. Neither could until Oladipo’s 19-footer spurred a 13-4 run, which finally gave Indiana a 94-86 lead with six minutes to go.

After that, it was no contest.

Turner’s 3-pointer started a 7-0 run that extended the lead to 103-89 with 2:46 left — the biggest advantage of the game for either team.

Charlotte couldn’t cut the deficit to single digits until the final minute in a game that featured 18 lead changes and 16 ties.

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Hornets: Howard was dominant in the first half, grabbing seven rebounds and making eight of 11 shots. But he finished 9 of 14 from the field. … Howard is the NBA’s active leader with 697 double-doubles in his career. … The Hornets were 9 of 31 on 3s, shot 44.6 per cent from the field and had 16 turnovers. They were outscored 22-14 in fast-break points. … Charlotte has lost three straight and 14 of its last 16 in Indianapolis.

Pacers: Domantas Sabonis made his 10th consecutive start and got his 12th double-double with 11 …read more

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Bucks’ Jabari Parker set to return from knee injury Friday

MILWAUKEE — Bucks forward Jabari Parker is set to return to the court Friday against the New York Knicks, nearly a year after being sidelined with the second major left knee injury of his career.

Milwaukee said Monday night that Parker was medically cleared, making the announcement during the second quarter of its game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Parker tore his left ACL on Feb. 8, 2017, against Miami. At the time, he was averaging a career-high 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds as one of the franchise cornerstones.

Parker tore the same ACL in December 2014, ending his rookie season after 25 games. Milwaukee selected Parker with the second overall pick of the 2014 draft.

The return of Parker comes at an important time, about a week before the NBA trade deadline. The Bucks are also trying to reassert themselves as a contender in the East following the firing of coach Jason Kidd.

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