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Premier Clark predicts Prentice win, Calgary loss

B.C. Premier Christy Clark predicts Jim Prentice win, Calgary Flames loss
The Canadian Press

VICTORIA - B.C. Premier Christy Clark is predicting two things for Alberta in the near future: a Jim Prentice win and a Calgary Flames loss.

Clark says she's made a friendly bet with Prentice over the winner of the Vancouver Canucks/Calgary Flames first-round playoff match.

She says that next month, she expects to see Prentice sitting in the premier's chair in Alberta for another four years and the Canucks in the next round of playoffs heading towards the Stanley Cup.

Accused ski coach to ask for bail again

Former ski coach accused of sexual assault to ask judge a second time for bail
The Canadian Press

SAINT-JEROME, Que. - The former Alpine Canada ski coach charged with sexually assaulting 11 young female athletes will make a second request for bail.

Bertrand Charest's lawyer, Marc-Antoine Carette, is scheduled to make the case on April 29 to have his client freed pending trial.

Quebec court Judge Michel Bellehumeur already denied Charest's bail request in March, claiming the ex-coach was a possible danger to the public. He also stressed the need to maintain the public's faith in the justice system.

Eugenie Bouchard looking to bounce back

Eugenie Bouchard looking to bounce back after rough start to 2015
Michel Lamarche, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - One year after being the darling of women's tennis, Eugenie Bouchard has had a rough start to 2015.

The native of Westmount, Que., who is No. 7 in the WTA rankings, has lost three matches to relative unknowns, with the highest-ranked of those being No. 66 Lauren Davis.

"I haven't had the start to the year I wanted and obviously I want to do better," Bouchard, 21, told a news conference ahead of Canada's Fed Cup World Group playoff tie against Romania this weekend.

Calgary and Vancouver mayors finalize NHL bet

Expect bad poetry at end of Calgary-Vancouver NHL playoff series
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Purple prose may be the ultimate winner in a bet between Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi (nah-HEHD' NEHN'-shee) and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson as the Flames meet the Canucks in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

Nenshi went to Twitter to ask for ideas on what he should wager, given that he's not a big fan of salmon and Robertson doesn't like beef.

It's been decided that the losing mayor will wear the winning city's jersey and donate just over two kilograms of food to the local food bank for every goal scored.

Injuries prepared Nash for retirement

Former NBA star Nash says rash of injuries allowed him to prepare for retirement
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Suffering through three injury-plagued seasons in Los Angeles is not exactly how Steve Nash wanted to end his professional basketball career, but his tough time with the Lakers actually allowed him to make a seamless transition into life after the NBA.

Bruins fire GM Chiarelli 4 years after Stanley Cup

Bruins fire GM Chiarelli 4 years after Stanley Cup; coach Claude Julien safe 'at this time'
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

The Boston Bruins fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday, days after missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years and just four seasons after the franchise won its first Stanley Cup title since 1972.

The statement from the team said coach Claude Julien and the rest of his staff "will remain in place at this time."

Stevenson-Kovalev showdown in jeopardy

Stevenson-Kovalev light heavyweight showdown caught i promoters spat
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - A proposed light-heavyweight showdown between Montreal's Adonis Stevenson and Sergey (Krusher) Kovalev is in danger as promoters battle over which network should televise the bout.

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, who promotes Kovalev, informed the World Boxing Council this week she will not participate in a purse bid scheduled for Friday in Mexico City.

Kovalev is under contract to the HBO specialty channel, while Stevenson is managed by Al Haymon, who stages fights on rival Showtime or on the Premier Boxing Champions series on CBS, NBC or ESPN.

Canucks confirm Lack as Game 1 starter

Vancouver Canucks confirm Eddie Lack as Game 1 starter against Calgary Flames
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Eddie Lack will get the start in goal for the Vancouver Canucks tonight in Game 1 of their first-round series with the Calgary Flames.

The 27-year-old Swede has carried the load for the Canucks down the stretch, but with Ryan Miller back from injury there was a chance the veteran netminder could get the call.

Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins played his goalie choice close to the vest this week before confirming Wednesday that Lack will get the nod.

Flames sign goaltender Gillies to contract

Calgary Flames sign college standout goalie Jon Gillies to contract
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames have signed goaltender Jon Gillies to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Calgary drafted Gillies 75th overall in the third round of the 2012 NHL entry draft.

Gillies, 21, made 49 saves for Providence in a 4-3 win over Boston University on Saturday to cap his college career with an NCAA championship.

The six-foot-six, 225-pound goalie from South Portland, Maine, was named the most valuable player of the Frozen Four tournament.

Crowder's long fall-away lifts Celtics over Raptors, 95-93

Jae Crowder nails long shot to lift Boston over Toronto 95-93
Ken Powtak, The Associated Press

BOSTON - The Boston Celtics knew they were in the playoffs. Now they can start thinking about a matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jae Crowder hit an off-balance fall-away shot from deep on the right wing with .8 seconds left, lifting Boston to a 95-93 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday that secured the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference for the Celtics.

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