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Gagnier wins gold in big air event at X Games

Canadian Vincent Gagnier wins gold at Winter X Games in ski big air
The Canadian Press

ASPEN, Colo. - Vincent Gagnier attempted something different than he normally would have and wound up claiming gold on Saturday in the ski big air event at the Winter X Games.

The Victoriaville, Que. native scored 47 points on his best run and 44 on his second best for a combined top score of 91 points.

Bouchard advances to quarter-finals at Australian Open

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard advances to quarter-finals at Australian Open
Bill Scott, The Canadian Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Canadian Eugenie Bouchard had to work hard on Sunday after an easy opening set to become the first woman into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 defeat of Irina-Camelia Begu.

The seventh-seeded Bouchard, who raced through the opening set in 29 minutes, ended up spending just over two hours in what turned into a battle with her Romanian opponent.

Duhamel, Radford claim fourth title

Duhamel and Radford roar to fourth national figure skating pairs title
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

KINGSTON, Ont. - When Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford captured their first national figure skating title, an emotional Radford called his parents in disbelief. They cried.

Three years and another three national titles later, Duhamel and Radford utterly dominate the discipline in Canada. They roared to Canadian championship record scores for both the short and long programs, and the overall score on Saturday, to win national title No. 4.

Flames' Gaudreau added to all-star game

With Lightning's Johnson injured, Flames' Gaudreau added to all-star game
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Johnny Gaudreau sweated it out for a couple days before finally being added to the NHL all-star game as an injury replacement.

Gaudreau, the Calgary Flames forward already at all-star weekend as a rookie to take part in the skills competition, started to hear rumours Friday he might get called up to the game, like Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers and Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators had.

Legendary skater Toller Cranston dead at 65

Legendary Canadian figure skater Toller Cranston dies from apparent heart attack
By Lori Ewing and Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

One of figure skating's brightest stars and most colourful characters is gone.

Toller Cranston, a larger-than-life star on and off the ice who helped revolutionize the sport, died at his home in Mexico from an apparent heart attack, a Skate Canada spokesperson said Saturday.

He was 65.

Belichick on deflated balls: 'We try to do everything right'

Belichick defends team's process for prepping footballs, says team tries to do it right
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Saying his team "followed every rule to the letter," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating.

Weber shows off shot at skills competition

Predators' Shea Weber shows off 108.5 mph shot at all-star skills competition
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Shea Weber shot faster missing the net than any other player did hitting it. When he hit the net, it was even better.

The Nashville Predators' captain won the Hardest Shot competition at Saturday night's all-star skills competition by clocking in at 108.5 mph. Weber was just short of the record of 108.8 mph set by the Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara at the last all-star weekend in 2012 in Ottawa.

Saturday's Scoreboard

Saturday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Saturday's Games

(All times Eastern)

AHL

Worcester 2 Albany 1 (OT)

Hamilton 4 Toronto 3 (OT)

Binghamton at Hershey, 7 p.m.

San Antonio at Lake Erie, 7 p.m.

Iowa at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.

Rochester at Adirondack, 7 p.m.

Providence at Springfield, 7 p.m.

Hartford at Syracuse, 7 p.m.

St. John's at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m.

Portland at Bridgeport, 7:30 p.m.

Utica at Rockford, 8 p.m.

Chicago at Texas, 8 p.m.

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NBA

New York at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

Canadian snowboarder Sharpe wins silver

Snowboarder Tonteri defends big air world title, Canada's Sharpe takes second
The Associated Press

KREISCHBERG, Austria - Finnish snowboarder Roope Tonteri successfully defended his big air world title Saturday while Canada's Darcy Sharpe settled for silver.

Tonteri, who won silver in slopestyle three days ago, scored 79.75 points with his final jump to finish at 173.75. Sharpe, a Calgary native, was second with 169.50, while Kyle Mack of the United States took bronze with 163.50. It was Mack's second bronze after placing third in slopestyle.

Sharpe, fourth in the slopestyle event last week, executed a switchback side 1260 and a frontside double 1280 nosegrab.

World Cup of Hockey returns in 2016

NHL announces that World Cup of Hockey will return next year in Toronto
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The World Cup of Hockey is back with a new format as the NHL seeks to create the best tournament in the world to launch a series of new international events.

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