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Posted by gengm125 on June 19, 2014, 7:19 pm
WINNIPEG -- Jennifer Jones was surprised twice at Wednesdays Canadian Olympic curling trials. First, the veteran Winnipeg skip watched as defending Canadian champion Rachel Homans last rock draw attempt was heavy, giving Jones a steal in the 10th end and 7-6 victory. The win put the four-time Canadian champion in sole possession of first place with a 5-1 record. What Jones didnt know was the win also gave her a bye into Saturday nights final, where the winner will represent Canada at next years Olympics in Sochi, Russia. "Are we? Are we in the final?" Jones asked after a reporter told her she was a game away from the Olympics. When the answer was yes, the usually cool skip was thrilled. "Oh, I had no idea. Yah. Thats awesome," Jones said, clapping her hands. Jones, whos making her third attempt at playing in an Olympics, is supported by third Kaitlyn Lawes, second Jill Officer, lead Dawn McEwen and alternate Kirsten Wall. Fellow Winnipegger Chelsea Carey also had the 7,343 fans at MTS Centre cheering as she grabbed second place (4-2) after defeating Val Sweeting of Edmonton 6-4. Ottawas Homan, Sweeting, Ontarios Sherry Middaugh and Heather Nodohin from Edmonton share third with 3-3 records. Middaugh beat Renee Sonneberg 7-6, dropping the Grande Prairie, Alta., skip to 1-5. The second- and third-place finishers will play the semifinal Friday night for the chance to face Jones. Homan and Jones met in this years Scotties Tournament of Hearts final and it looked like Homan was going to take the Trials re-match. Jones was leading 3-1 after the fourth end, but Homan scored three to go ahead 4-3 at the break and then stole a point in the sixth after Jones missed a double takeout. But Jones, the 2008 world champion, bounced back in the seventh end, drawing right onto the button for two and a 5-5 tie. With Homan leading 6-5 in the ninth and Jones with the hammer, the veteran was forced to draw for one and give Homan the hammer. However, Homan was heavy with her shot and Jones counted the one for the victory. "We did everything we could. We anticipated the fudge (slow ice) and it just wasnt there," Homan said. "Im really proud of my team. We had a heck of a game and we deserved that win, but thats all right, they got away with one and well get them back." <a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseysplay.com/">cheap jerseys from china</a>., faces ring veteran Jose-Luis Castillo on Oct. 20. Promoter Yvon Michel said Tuesday the title was added because both fighters want the top-10 ranking in the World Boxing Association that goes with winning the NABF belt. <a href="http://www.cheapnfljerseysplay.com/">wholesale jerseys</a>. The win gives Canada its fifth title at the World Sledge Hockey Challenge. "Weve got to keep pushing," said Westlake, who led Canada with five goals in the tournament. 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Just 15 minutes earlier, after a season-ending 3-2 win over Boston on Sunday, the soon-to be 42-year goalie stood at centre ice and gave a stick salute to the crowd as his teammates stood in front of the bench and tapped their sticks to honour him. As he was interviewed the sellout crowd chanted: "Thank You Marty! Thank You Marty!" "It was a little emotional," said Brodeur, the NHLs career leader in wins (688) and shutouts (124). "I have spent my life here. All the fans out there know me. They think they know me by my name, and I feel they know me. "They have been calling my name for 20 years. Every time they stop me and talk to me, they are great. Its a relationship that an athlete has with people. It was definitely fun, but it was emotional." Brodeur is in the final year of his contract and is likely to test the free-agent market now that he has become the backup to Cory Schneider. He clearly indicated he wants more playing time after going 19-14-6 in 39 games. It is clear that the 28-year-old Schneider is the Devils goalie of the future. "Its not out of the question that the Devils will be in the running for me to come back," Brodeur said. "I havent talked to Lou (Lamoriello) about what he wants to do with backing up "Schneids," Brodeur said. "Again, if I am mentally ready to do that job, I am going to look for the Devils a little bit. "Right now Im keeping everything open. Well see what he feels is the best for the organization. Its not about me anymore. Im free. Hes not stuck with me anymore." Brodeur made 16 saves against the Bruins, who rested many of their stars in preparation for the playoffs. Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored for Boston. Travis Zajac, who put the Devils ahead 2-1 early in the third period, said the Devils goal was to send Brodeur out a winner. "It just seemed like the right ending for everything he has done for this organization," Zajac said after the Devils missed the playoffs for the second straight season after making the finals in 2012. "Whatever happens, it just seemed right to get him that win." Defenceman Marek Zidlicky scored twice for New Jersey and Jaromir Jagr earned two assists, giving him 1,050 and moving him past Gordie Howe for eeighth on the NHL career list.dddddddddddd "He did something that no one is ever going to do again," Jagr said of Brodeur. "I would say its comparable to Wayne Gretzkys numbers." Boston rested eight starters, including Zdeno Chara and No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask. "We had a real tough opponent, and for the most part I thought we handled it OK," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "For us it was just about playing a solid game." While Brodeur didnt have a lot of work against the Boston lineup that included four players called up from the clubs Providence AHL affiliate, this was a love fest for the player who led the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and five appearances in the championship round. He was cheered from the opening introductions, and every save brought chants of "Marty! Marty!" Toward the end, the crowd just chanted his name. Zajac broke a 1-all tie at 3:52 of the final period. He got inside position on Matt Bartkowski in front of goalie Chad Johnson and redirected a pass from Jagr into the net. Zidlicky stretched the lead to two with a power-play goal that Jagr also helped set up. Boston managed to take some of the enjoyment out of the closing seconds when Marchand scored a power-play goal to make it a one-goal game. "If this is his last game, it is (cool) to have scored," Marchand said. "I should have (grabbed) the puck." The Devils outshot the undermanned Bruins 24-9 in the first two periods, but the score was tied 1-1. Zidlicky gave New Jersey the lead 7:12 into the game. The defenceman joined a rush late and took a pass from Zajac entering the Bruins zone. He skated down the right side, went around the net and beat Johnson with a wraparound inside the post for his 11th goal. Boston only had five shots in the period but the last one tied it on a power play. Marchand sent a pass from the right circle to Carl Soderberg in the opposite circle. He quickly found Eriksson with a pass at the right corner of the net for a slam dunk. The Devils announced during the game that coach Pete DeBoer will return next season. NOTES: Marchand played in his 300th game with the Bruins. ... The Bruins, the Presidents Trophy winner for the best regular-season record also rested Jarome Iginla, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly. They recalled forwards Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek, Alexander Khokhlachev, and Matt Lindblad from Providence. ' ' '

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