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Friday, March 27, 2015      
                                
FRIDAY'S SCHEDULE

HOCKEY:
NHL
     Calgary at Minnesota
     Dallas at Edmonton
     Columbus at Chicago

WHL PLAYOFFS   (First Round, Best of 7's)
WESTERN CONFERENCE
     Prince George at  Victoria
     Tri-Cities at Kelowna
     Spokane at Everett

EASTERN CONFERENCE
     Edmonton at Brandon   (Edmonton leads 1-0)
     Swift Current at Regina
     Kootenay at Calgary 
         
BCHL PLAYOFFS:  (3 Team, Double Round Robin)
    Chilliwack at Nanaimo 

KIJHL FINAL:
    Kamloops at Kimberley    (Best of 7 tied 2-2)   

NBA        
     L.A. Lakers at Toronto
     Boston at New York
     Portland at Phoenix
     L.A. Clippers at Philadelphia
     Charlotte at Washington
     Detroit at Orlando
     Miami at Atlanta
     Cleveland at Brooklyn
     Sacramento at New Orleans
     Minnesota at Houston
     Golden State at Memphis
     Dallas at San Antonio
     Utah at Denver

U-S COLLEGE  SWEET 16
     UCLA vs. Gonzaga
     N.C. State vs. Louisville
     Utah vs. Duke
     Michigan State vs. Oklahoma
                 
THURSDAY'S SCOREBOARD: 
HOCKEY
NHL     
     Colorado 4 Vancouver 1
     Winnipeg 5 Montreal 2
     N.Y. Rangers 5 Ottawa 1
     Florida 4 Toronto 1
     San Jose 6 Detroit 4
     Nashville 3 Tampa Bay 2
     Anaheim 3 Boston 2 (OT)
     Arizona 4 Buffalo 3 (OT)
     Los Angeles 3 N.Y. Islanders 2
     Washington 3 New Jersey 2 (OT)
     Carolina 5 Pittsburgh 2
    
WHL PLAYOFFS     (First Round, Best of 7's)
     Edmonton 4  Brandon  1   (Series opener)
                             
NBA
     Milwaukee 111 Indiana 107

NCAA SWEET 16's
     Kentucky 78 West Virginia 39
     Arizona 68 Xavier 60
     Notre Dame 81 Wichita State 70
     Wisconsin 79 North Carolina 72   
               
THE HEADLINES:

-- Jarome Iginla scored his 26th goal of the season, as Colorado went into Vancouver and, beat the Canucks 4-1.  Yannick Weber had the only goal for the home team, and, it was  his third in three games.  Vancouver remains second in the Pacific Division but its lead is down to 2 points over Los Angeles as the Kings won their third in a row, 3-2 against the Islanders.

-- Ottawa goalie, Andrew Hammond suffered his first regulation time loss in 16 games since starting his NHL career in February, as the Senators lost at home, 5-1 to the NY Rangers.  Ottawa fell into a tie with Boston for the last wild card spot in the east, as the Bruins picked up a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to Anaheim.  

-- Florida beat Toronto 4-1. Recent call-up, Casey Carrick scored his first NHL goal for the Leafs.  Dustin Byfuglien returned to Winnipeg's lineup from an injury, and, scored his 16th in the opening period, as the Jets beat Montreal 5-2, despite being outshot 41--22. Ondrei Pavelec was sensational at times in the Winnipeg net.

-- Brent Pollock scored twice, leading the Edmonton Oil Kings past Brandon 4-1 to open the WHL playoffs. The teams meet again tonite in the Manitoba centre.    There are five other games, including Prince George at Victoria, Tri-Cities at Kelowna, and, Spokane at Everett in the western conference.

-- Nanaimo has a clutch game in the BC Hockey League playoffs tonite, as the Clippers host Chilliwack on the heels of a 4-1 loss in Penticton on Wednesday.  The teams are playing a double round robin format to decide who will advance to the league final.

-- The KIJHL championship series resumes tonite in Kimberley with the Dynamiters and the Kamloops Storm tied at two games apeice.  The home team has won the first four games.  

-- The regular season champion, Kamloops Vibe open the Provincial Women's Hockey Championship tonite in Richmond with a game against the Fraser Valley Jets.  The Vibe will also play the host team, the Richmond Devils tomorrow night in their second qualifying game leading to medal round action.  Richmond beat Fraser Valley 2-1 last night,  while,  the South Fraser TNT defeated Maple Ridge 4-1 in the other game.  The Victoria Phantoms are also in the six team tournament.

-- Canadian ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje failed in their bid for a perfect season this morning,  settling for bronze at the world figure skating championships in Shanghai.  The Canadians had won all five international events they  competed in this season.  Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the Ice Dance competition  with  Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates finishing second.

-- Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, with a 5-under 67. Hoffman has eight top-10 finishes in nine appearances in San Antonio. Aaron Baddeley is the runnerup at 68.    Canadians won't make the cut.  David Hearn opened with a 9 over 81 in windy conditions. Graham DeLaet fired an 82, and,  Adam Hadwin, an 83.

-- Mirim Lee birdied all four par-5's for a bogey-free 7-under 65  in the firsty round of the Kia Classic in California. Yani Tseng  had a 66. World #1 Lydia Ko, Karrie Webb and China's Xiyu Lin shot 5-under 67's.

-- Kentucky Wildcats showed why they're the team to beat in the U-S College men's basketball championship, rolling to a 78-39 victory over West Virginia.  Kentucky is chasing a ninth national title and, will play Notre Dame tomorrow. The Gonzaga Bulldogs face the UCLA Bruins later today (4:30pm Pacific) in the round of 16.

--  Toronto Raptors will try to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the L-A Lakers tonight. Toronto is fourth in the Eastern Conference and is already guaranteed a playoff spot. L-A is 14th  in the West with only 19 wins in 70 games.

-- Toronto Blue Jays beat Philadelphia 4-1, while, Seattle lost 3-0 to Kansas City in exhibition baseball.  The Jays are 14 & 9 in the pre-season.  The Mariners are 10 & 11.  Seattle plays K-C again today,  and, Toronto  faces  Detroit



 

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