Month: May 2019

Calgary Stampeders win fourth straight, beat Edmonton Eskimos 26-22

EDMONTON – Rene Paredes nailed four field goals as the Calgary Stampeders became the sole remaining undefeated team in the Canadian Football League with a 26-22 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday.

The Stampeders improved to 4-0 on the season while quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell improved to 7-0 as a CFL starter, tying former Stampeder Jeff Garcia’s league record for best start.

The Eskimos dropped to 4-1 on the year, missing out on a chance to surpass the total number of wins they had in a disappointing 4-14 campaign in 2013.

Edmonton’s defence was forced to come up big early as Eskimos punt returner Jamal Miles coughed up the ball just over a minute into the game on his own 27-yard line. That was as close as Calgary got, however, as the Stampeders were held to a 36-yard Paredes field goal.

The Eskimos came right back on their next possession with a 31-yard Grant Shaw field goal to tie it 3-3.

Calgary came up with another big special teams play with six minutes remaining in the first quarter as Keenan MacDougall blocked a Shaw punt deep in the Edmonton zone and was able to pick it up and ramble the remaining six yards into the end zone to put the Stampeders up 10-3.

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Garcia scores 2 goals, Real Salt Lake beats Montreal 3-1 – Montreal

SANDY, Utah – Optimism was in short supply in the Montreal locker-room after the Montreal Impact found a new way to lose on the road on Thursday night.

This time, it was a second-half red card that did them in.

Real Salt Lake forward Olmes Garcia scored two second-half goals — both coming after Issey Nakajima-Farran was sent off in the 65th minute — to lead Salt Lake to a 3-1 victory over the Impact and hand Montreal it’s fourth straight loss.

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The Impact (3-11-5) still have not won a MLS road match this season.

“I’m worried about the team,” said Impact coach Frank Klopas.

“That’s it because it just seems like whatever can go wrong has gone wrong for us. We just got to find a way to get out, keep working and try to get a result. Maybe we’ll snap out of it.”

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Montreal has not won a game away from home since defeating New England 4-2 on Sept. 8, 2013.

Salt Lake (8-4-8) won for just the second time in its last nine MLS matches.

Nakajima-Farran earned a red card for bringing his studs up on a challenge against Chris Schuler.

The call left Montreal a man down after it had rallied from a 1-0 deficit late in the first half.

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“We had a decent hold on keeping the fort held down for a while and then the red card changed the game,” Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush said.

Montreal dug a hole for itself before the match was even a few minutes old when the Impact failed to clear out a deflected corner kick.

Luke Mullholland made them pay for the mistake. When Schuler headed the ball upward to keep it alive, Mullholland slipped under it before it could touch the ground.

From there, he blasted a shot inside the left post to give Salt Lake a 1-0 lead in the third minute.

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Hassoun Camara tied the game in the 31st minute. Calum Mallace laid the ball off to Camara at the top of the box, and he blasted it home inside the left post.

Montreal kept the game tied 1-1 after a great defensive play from Bush and Krzysztof Krol.

Javier Morales attacked at the right post after receiving a cross from Chris Wingert but Bush denied him on the doorstep.

Garcia, trying to collect the rebound and slip it past the line, was also stopped by Bush.

Krol quickly cleared the ball out to prevent Salt Lake from getting a third shot.

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“We knew that Salt Lake was going to push their outside backs forward and in transition we were going to get opportunities,” Bush said.

“If we could just stay tight defensively, we thought we could get a couple on the break. Unfortunately, the red card killed our numbers going forward.”

Salt Lake wasted no time making the suddenly shorthanded Impact pay.

RSL reclaimed a 2-1 lead in the 70th minute on a header from Garcia.

Morales crossed the ball to Garcia at the top of the six.

He out-jumped multiple Montreal players surrounding him to get his head under the ball and whip it inside the far post.

Garcia picked up his second goal in the 93rd minute when Morales flicked the ball to him at the top of the box and he raced down the right side before firing it inside the far post again.

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Klopas says the red card altered the match just as Montreal was building momentum.

“It changed everything,” Klopas said.

“I don’t know what else could go wrong. It just seems everything goes wrong with us. We have a chance on the breakaway. Both players go down. Both players have studs up and we get the red card.”

The Impact host the Portland Timbers on Sunday.

©2014The Canadian Press

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Police in California investigate dolls left at homes of girls they resemble – National

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TORONTO – Police in Orange County, Calif., are investigating after a number of porcelain dolls were left outside the homes of girls they appear to resemble.

There are at least eight families in the city of San Clemente who have received the dolls, with all the girls targeted being around 10 years old, according to police.

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Families voiced concerns to police how the dolls resembled their daughters. Lt. Jeff Hallock from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department told ABC News the case of the mysterious dolls caught police by surprise.

Police are investigating after a number of porcelain dolls were left outside the homes of girls they appear to resemble.

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“We’re trying to connect the families and the girls,” said Hallock. “We’re trying to figure out if there is a correlation.”

Police say they have collected the porcelain dolls as evidence and are attempting to identify their origin or discover clues as to who may be responsible for leaving them.

“The dolls were being left at these homes, but everybody thought they were the only one,” said Hallock. “When the families started communicating and put it together, they became concerned.”

Police have said although they consider it very suspicious activity, no crime has so far been committed and are working with the affected families to find answers.

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Detroit man who killed woman says he was unaware shotgun was loaded – National

DETROIT – A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn’t know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.

Theodore Wafer, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, met officers outside his Dearborn Heights home after they responded to his 911 call around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2.

“What happened here?” Sgt. Rory McManmon asked, according to the recording played by prosecutors.

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“A consistent knocking on the door, and I’m trying to look through the windows and the door,” Wafer said. “It’s banging somewhere else so I open up the door, kind of like who is this? And the gun discharged.

“I didn’t know there was a round in there,” Wafer told McManmon. “I don’t get it. Who’s knocking on your door at 4:30 in the morning? Bang, bang, bang – somebody wanting in.”

Wafer, 55, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Renisha McBride, who appeared on his porch 3 1/2 hours after crashing her car a half-mile away in Detroit.

He told police that the victim, later identified as 19-year-old McBride, looked like a “neighbour girl or something.” She didn’t live in the neighbourhood. An autopsy revealed she was extremely drunk.

Wafer’s lawyers say he shot McBride in self-defence. Prosecutors, however, say he should have called police if he feared for his safety.

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On the second day of Wafer’s trial, jurors heard more testimony from witnesses who encountered McBride after her car crash. Officers who took photos and collected evidence also testified. McBride’s mother and other relatives left the courtroom to avoid seeing pictures of her body.

On cross-examination, Cpl. Tim Zawacki acknowledged that a portion of a front-door screen was leaning out of its frame. Wafer’s attorneys have pointed to the condition of the screen as evidence that McBride had damaged the house, but prosecutors blame any damage on the gunshot.

Cpl. Mark Parrinello said it was more than a week before he was told to go to Wafer’s home to dust doors for fingerprints.

“It was an inadequate, incomplete investigation,” defence attorney Cheryl Carpenter said.

On the recording played in court, police asked Wafer about his weapon, which was on the floor in his home when officers responded to the shooting.

“It’s a little Mossberg, you know, shotgun. Self-defence,” he replied.

©2014The Associated Press

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BC Hydro announces $100 million power fund for pulp mills

WATCH: A special Hydro fund for pulp mills is proving contentious with some. Keith Baldrey reports.

The provincial government and BC Hydro announced today a new “Power Smart” program that will give financial incentives to pulp mills who undertake energy conservation projects.

“I’m pleased that we are able to offer a new opportunity for our industrial customers to save electricity and reduce their operating costs,” said BC Hydro President Jessica McDonald today.

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The move came after several pulp mills said they could not afford the 28 per cent rate hike all customers face over the next five years.

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Under the plan, $100 million will be available to pulp mills over three years. The money – up to $25 million per project – is only available to pulp mills if they cover at least 25 per cent of any project that will reduce their power consumption.

Adrian Dix, the NDP Hydro critic, said the move was evidence of the government’s mishandling of BC Hydro over the years.

“What happened today was necessary because of Liberal failures at BC Hydro and the resulting massive rate increases,” said Dix.

“It’s good that they’re doing what they have to do to avoid killing an industry…there are many, many people in BC that can’t afford these massive increases and the Liberals have forgotten about them.”

But according to the provincial government, the projects will lower electricity consumption by over 300 gigawatts a years, which will save Hydro from having to make future investments.

“BC Hydro will not have to spend $265 million on new generation because these four companies are going to save that much electricity,” said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines.

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