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Thursday, January 29, 2015
      
THURSDAY'S SCHEDULE 
   
HOCKEY:
NHL  
     Minnesota at Calgary
     Buffalo at Edmonton
     Montreal at N.Y. Rangers
     Winnipeg at Philadelphia
     Arizona at Toronto
     Dallas at Ottawa
     Detroit at Tampa Bay
     Columbus at Florida
     Nashville at St. Louis
     Anaheim at San Jose

BCHL
     Prince George at Langley

NBA
     Milwaukee at Orlando
     New York at Indiana
     Denver at Memphis
     Chicago at L.A. Lakers

WEDNESDAY'S SCOREBOARD
         
HOCKEY:
NHL 
     New Jersey 2 Toronto 1 (SO)
     Washington 4 Pittsburgh 0
     Los Angeles 4 Chicago 3
            
WHL:
     Kamloops 4 Seattle 3
     Portland 4 Victoria 3
     Edmonton 2 Kelowna 1 (SO)
     Lethbridge 6 Kootenay 3
     Prince Albert 6 Saskatoon 1
             
BCHL
     Vernon 4 Merritt 3
     Penticton 1 Salmon Arm 0
     Powell River 3 Nanaimo 2 (OT)
     Victoria 8 Alberni Valley 3

KIJHL
     Chase 4  Sicamous 3
       
NBA 
     Toronto 119 Sacramento 102
     Cleveland 99 Portland 94
     Minnesota 110 Boston 98
     Atlanta 113 Brooklyn 102
     New York 100 Oklahoma City 92
     San Antonio 95 Charlotte 86
     L.A. Clippers 94 Utah 89
     Phoenix 106 Washington 98
     Philadelphia 89 Detroit 69
     Denver 93 New Orleans 85
     Houston 99 Dallas 94          
         
THE HEADLINES:

-- Two defencemen came to the rescue as the Kamloops  Blazers beat Seattle 4-3, to  take over the lead in their bid for the last playoff spot in the WHL's  B-C Division at the I-S-C.   Dawson Davidson scored four minutes into the third period, and, Brady Gaudet added the winner with just over five minutes to play. 

-- Kelowna Rockets had a 3 game winning streak snapped in a 2-1 loss in Edmonton.  Victoria lost 4-3 in Portland where Chase De Leo won it for the Winterhawks with  6 1/2 minutes to play.    Tim Bozon  scored his 20th of the season, in Kootenay's 6-3 loss to Lethbridge.

-- Merritt  began its three game week in the BCHL with a 4-3 loss to Vernon.  The Cents are tied for third place West Kelowna, as the teams hook up  twice this weekend.  The first meeting is in Merritt  tomorrow night at 7:30.

-- Chase Heat took over second place in their division of the KIJHL by downing Sicamous 4-3. The Heat moved two points ahead of the Eagles , and, four points behind the Kamloops Storm,  who host both teams this weekend.

-- Toronto Maple Leafs lost their 7th straight game, 2-1 in a shootout to New Jersey. It was their 15th loss in their last 18 games.   Braden Holtby had the shutout, as Washington beat Pittsburgh 4-0, and, the L.A. Kings got by Chicagto 4-3.

-- The American Hockey League is changing its divisional lineup for next season, with the formation of a Pacific Division.  California based franchise  in  Bakersfield, Ontario, Stockton, San Diego, San Jose will make it up.

-- B-C champion, Corryn Brown of Kamloops takes a 7 & 1 record into todays  last two draws of round robin action at the Canadian Jr. Women's Curling Championship in Nfld, after splitting two games yesterday.  BC beat Quebec 5-4 in the morning,  but  suffered  its first loss, 7-3 to Manitoba in the afternoon.   Brown and, the girls face 5 & 2 Ontario  and 7 & 0 Alberta in back to back draws this morning.  The rink needs one win to crack the top three for the playoffs this weekend.

--  The women's final at the Australian Open will feature the top two seeds.  Number-one Serena Williams will face Maria Sharapova in Saturday's final.  Williams beat Madison Keys and Sharapova took out Ekaterina Makarova in the semis...in a pair of  straight set victories.

--  Andy Murray advanced to his fourth Australian Open final and a chance to win his third Grand Slam title with a four set win against Tomas Berdych.  Murray will play either Novak Djokovic or defending champion Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's final.

-- Kyrie Irving hit a three pointer with 6.4 seconds to play, leaving Cleveland past Portland in the NBA. It capped off a career night for the 4th year pro, as he connected for 55 points.  Irving had 11 three pointers.   Toronto improved to 31 & 15,  draining 17 treys  inj a 119--102 win against  Sacramento.  Ande, Atlanta won its franchise record winning streak to 17 games, by downing Brooklyn  113--102.

-- Kobe Bryant is on the long road to recovery, after  having season ending  rotator cuff surgery.  The L-A Lakers say he faces 9 months of rehab.

-- Good news for fans of U.S. originated Super Bowl ads.  The Canadian Radio Television Commission (CRTC) has bannedthe substitution of Canadian ads during the NFL championship.  However, the earliest the ruling would take effect would be in 2016 providing the rights holder, Bell Media  goes along with the decision without appealing it. Otherwise, 2017 is the target year.

-- New England and, Seattle will practice today  in Phoenix to get ready for Super Bowl 49.  Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is in a delicate situation.  He's on the road to being ready after suffering an elbow injury in the NFC title game,  but his thoughts may be elsewhere, as his partner is expecting a baby, before, during, or after Sunday's  championship.

-- Three players share the clubhouse lead in the first round of the LPGA's season-opening tournament in Florida.  Jessica Korda, Stacy Lewis and Azahara Munoz fired 6-under-par 66s for a one shot lead.

-- The PGA's Phoenix Open starts today  with six Canadians in the field.  Graham DeLaet, Nick Taylor, David Hearn, Adam Hadwin, Cory Renfrew and, Mike Weir are entered.

-- NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson is recovering from a mild stroke  suffered inj December.  Pearson's 105  wins are second-most all-time behind Richard Petty's 200.
 
 

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