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Kenny Miller hopes to start against Galaxy

Vancouver Whitecaps looking to avenge MLS loss to Los Angeles Galaxy
Monte Stewart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Striker Kenny Miller wants to make the most of his seemingly limited time left with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Miller, a former Scottish international slated to become a free agent under a quirky contract that expires at mid-season, hopes to start Saturday in the second of back-to-back games with the Los Angeles Galaxy at B.C. Place Stadium. He was deployed as a second-half substitute in the opening encounter last weekend in Carson, Calif.

Habs OT hero Weise no stranger to attention

Thanks to season in Netherlands, Habs OT hero Weise is no stranger to attention
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TAMPA, Fla. - When the Tampa Bay Lightning defence left Dale Weise alone in front of the net for his Game 1 overtime winner, it was clear they didn't know he was once considered an offensive superstar.

In the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens forward is a fourth-line grinder, but in a previous job he was no stranger to scoring goals. During last year's lockout, Weise had 22 goals and 26 assists in 19 games for the Tilburg Trappers in the Netherlands.

Matches for Canada-Slovakia Fed Cup tie set

Wozniak, Bouchard to play Canada's singles matches in Fed Cup tie with Slovakia.
The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - Aleksandra Wozniak and Eugenie Bouchard will play Canada's first two singles matches in its Fed Cup World Group 1 playoff tie with Slovakia.

Wozniak, of Blainville, Que., will open the best-of-five tie Saturday facing Jana Cepelova in the first singles match. Then Bouchard, of Westmount, Que., will play Kristina Kucova.

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing 12 Sherpa, leaving 4 missing ahead of peak climb season
Binaj Gurubacharya, The Associated Press

KATMANDU, Nepal - An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.

Lightning's Cooper stays calm by chewing gum

Lightning coach Jon Cooper stays calm behind the bench by chewing gum
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TAMPA, Fla. - What's the secret to Jon Cooper's calm demeanour behind the Tampa Bay Lightning bench? Apparently chewing gum.

Cooper started the tradition of chewing gum when he got into coaching and it has become a habit or superstition ever since.

"One piece goes in at the beginning and it stays in the rest of the game," he said. "It doesn't come out."

Experience early theme of Raptors-Nets series

Playoff experience is the early theme of Toronto Raptors-Brooklyn Nets series
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Kyle Lowry addressed his teammates after the Toronto Raptors concluded the regular-season Wednesday night.

While Toronto's point guard wouldn't repeat his speech for reporters — "That's for me and my guys to know" — any words of wisdom are much appreciated by this young Raptors playoff team.

"I think they're going to lean on us (veterans) a lot," Lowry said of his less experienced teammates. "But we're all going to help. We're all going to be in this together.

MacDonald ready to make welterweight mark

In absence of GSP, Rory MacDonald ready to make welterweight mark
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Georges St-Pierre's departure from the welterweight scene, temporary or otherwise, changed the playing field for everyone in the UFC's 170-pound weight class.

None more so than Rory (Ares) MacDonald. The 24-year-old can finally chase the title unencumbered.

MacDonald, ranked No. 2 among welterweight contenders, trains at the same Montreal gym as the former UFC champion. St-Pierre has been one of his mentors. They share coaches and training partners.

Cardiff backs player over lineup leak allegations

Cardiff backs midfielder Aron Gunnarsson, denying he's linked to lineup leak allegations
The Associated Press

CARDIFF, Wales - Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has been backed by the south Wales club after being linked to an alleged leak of team information to a rival.

Cardiff has lodged a complaint with the English Premier League, claiming Crystal Palace obtained its lineup before their match this month. Relegation-threatened Cardiff wants the 3-0 loss overturned.

Weegar working hard during early career

Sticking with it has paid off for Halifax Mooseheads defenceman Mac Weegar
Darren Desaulniers, The Canadian Press

Mac Weegar is a poster child for resiliency.

Now on the cusp of playing in the NHL, Weegar has gone from the forgotten one to a star in a span of a few seasons.

The 20-year defenceman in his second season with the defending Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads had a rough start to his career.

Weegar was cut from AAA teams as a 13- and 14-year-old, got passed over in two Ontario Hockey League drafts and found himself playing junior-B hockey with the Winchester Hawks of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild

Stastny scores OT winner after tying game late in regulation as Avs beat Wild 5-4 in opener
Pat Graham, The Associated Press

DENVER - Patrick Roy showed as much boldness behind the bench as he once did as a Hall of Fame goaltender.

The first-year Colorado coach made some daring moves late in the game — like pulling his goaltender with 3:01 remaining — and yet the ploy worked out.

It's been that kind of season for Roy and his youthful squad.

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