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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.

READ MORE: Impact win 3-0 over Houston Dynamo

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.

READ MORE: Impact looking to start a winning streak

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.

READ MORE: California woman left porcelain dolls outside homes as ‘kind gesture’

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.

(Orange County Sheriffs Department)

“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.

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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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Sherbrooke woman among 5 Quebec residents killed in Air Algerie crash

WATCH ABOVE: An Algerian flight disappeared from radar over Mali, shortly after taking off from Burkina Faso. There were 116 people on board, including five Canadians. Eric Sorensen reports.

TORONTO – A woman from Sherbrooke, Que., and four Montreal-area family members were aboard the Air Algerie flight that is presumed to have crashed in northern Mali early Thursday.

Isabelle Prevost, a 35-year-old mother of three, died in the crash according to her father Jean-Pierre Prevost who spoke with Global News. Prevost’s son is nine years old and her daughters are five and seven.

Air Algerie Flight AH5017 went down about 50 kilometres from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali. (Global News)

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Prevost said his daughter had travelled to Burkina Faso with family friends to attend a 50th wedding anniversary. He said the friends, a couple and their two children, lived in Longueuil in Montreal’s South Shore.

The victim’s family gathered at the Prevost home in Sherbrooke to mourn their loss and wait for more information as to what happened to their loved ones.

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“We are still waiting for news, all my children are here,” said Prevost. “The family of my son-in-law is here with us and we are still waiting for news.”

Neither Isabelle’s husband nor the three children accompanied her on the trip, said the father.

The five Quebec residents  were on a flight heading from Berkina Faso to Algiers, when the twin engine jet went down about 50 kilometres from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali.

Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday that five Canadians were among the 116 passengers on board the flight.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences to the victims’ families in a statement Thursday afternoon.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the passengers and crew who lost their lives in this tragedy. The Government of Canada is engaged with the relevant authorities and providing support on the ground as required.”

The Air Algerie crash follows a string of aviation disasters that included a Malaysia Airlines flight shot down last week and a plane crash in Taiwan which killed 48 people.

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Ghost Town Mysteries: The “stolen” light bulbs of Anyox, B.C.

Some ghost towns leave few clues to their history. Anyox is not one of them.

60 kilometres southwest of Stewart, on the coast of the Observatory Inlet, Anyox was once one of the most successful resource towns of the north. Mining mostly copper, the town grew to over 3,000 people in its 1920s peak.

Today, the Hydroelectric Dam – the tallest in Canada when it was built – and the Power House stand, remnants of a thriving company town.

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Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

The shores of Observatory Inlet next to Anyox

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The inside of Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

The shores of Observatory Inlet next to Anyox

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The Anyox Dam, built by John Samuel Eastwood

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Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

But perhaps most distinctive were the light bulbs, which had “Stolen” etched on them.

“Where did you get a “stolen” light bulb?” asked Istvan Hernadi, when he saw one for the first time.

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You could call Hernadi the Professor of Ghost Towns. A lifelong explorer, he’s leading a five-day program with the University of Northern British Columbia this summer called “Ghost Towns of Northwest BC.” People will explore lost stories of B.C. in the area, guided by Hernadi’s immense knowledge of places like Anyox.

Even he didn’t know why the light bulb, which was owned by a person who had several Anyox artifacts, had “Stolen” on them.

The answer, though, is fairly simple.

The Granby Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company, which ran the mine, smelter and brickyard in town, continued to have its light bulbs taken by their workers.

“Due to shortages of bulbs at the store, workers used to take bulbs from the offices and factory for use at home,” said Hernadi.

“Their solution was to contract with a supplier who would stamp all the official light bulbs with the word “STOLEN” in large capital letters, as this would discourage use of them in the residences and rooming houses.”

Was shaming the residents effective? Not particularly. According to a Geoscience Canada article, “some households blatantly displayed the bulbs with the incriminating word while others went to some effort to sand the evidence from the glass.”

It was just one unique slice of life in a very electric town. It had a nine-hole golf course. A three-story general store. A 45-room hotel.

Life in the town of Anyox

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Life in the town of Anyox

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The wharf in Anyox

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Life in the town of Anyox

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Life in the town of Anyox

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A town map of Anyox

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The smelter in Anyox

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Granby paid taxes for their employee, meaning virtually everyone in the town lived tax-free. There were multiple Masonic and OddFellow Lodges. Archival pictures from the town show tennis tournaments, parades, and labour disputes.

And then it quickly came to an end. Copper prices quickly fell as the Depression began. Nearly 50 million kilograms of copper sat unsold in early 1935. Months later, Granby shut down mining operations. A fire destroyed most of the town in 1942.

Today, private investors own the site. There’s been talk in past years of revitalizing the historic dam, though nothing has come to fruition. At least yet.

“This ghost town may come back to life and take her rightful place once again, as a jewel of the north,” says Hernadi.

The light bulbs, however, will always remain stolen.

Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

The shores of Observatory Inlet next to Anyox

Istvan Hernadi

The inside of Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

The shores of Observatory Inlet next to Anyox

Istvan Hernadi

The Anyox Dam, built by John Samuel Eastwood

Istvan Hernadi

Anyox Powerhouse No. 1, built in 1911

Istvan Hernadi

“Ghost Town Mysteries” is a semi-regular online series exploring some of the strange sights from B.C.’s past.

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Collision with speeding cyclist on seawall sends American tourist to hospital with broken back – BC

An American tourist is speaking out from her hospital bed today as she recovers from serious injuries resulting from a frightening run-in with several cyclists on Saturday.

Charmaine Mitchell, who is from Virginia, says she and her friend from Vancouver were walking on the seawall in Stanley Park when she was literally knocked off the seawall by speeding cyclists.

Mitchell says a group of cyclists were racing along the seawall, around a corner just past Second Beach when the crash occurred.

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The two of the racers made it past Charmaine and her friend, but the last one crossed into the pedestrian path and smashed right into her, sending her plunging 10 feet over the wall onto the rocks below.

Mitchell is in hospital with three fractured vertebrae. She has undergone surgery, and now has two steel rods and eight screws in her back.

In addition, she has a broken knee and a broken toe. A park ranger was able to talk to the man who crashed into her and get his information.

Since the accident, Vancouver Police have been spotted clocking cyclists on the seawall with a radar gun, measuring their speed.

Mitchell’s four children in Virginia are working on getting expedited passports so they can travel to Vancouver to be with their mom.

VPD say they took a report of cyclist-pedestrian collision Saturday night.

They say they have spoken to the cyclist involved and continue to investigate, but say it appears to be an accident.

– with files from John Daly

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Coyotes attack dog in southwest Edmonton; family warning pet owners – Edmonton

Watch above: An Edmonton family is warning others to keep a close eye on their pets after their dog was attacked. Eric Szeto explains.

EDMONTON – The Farthings have a warning for other Edmonton pet owners after a traumatizing incident unfolded before their eyes earlier this week.

Renet Farthing’s husband had just set out to walk their Rhodesian Ridgeback offleash in Riverbend Tuesday evening when a pack of coyotes appeared.

“About five, six coyotes came after the dog. She obviously took off, everything happened so fast,” said Farthing, who was in the front yard at the time.

“They weren’t scared, they were aggressive…they were very aggressive. They had a mission in mind and they knew what they wanted to do.”

The dog eventually managed to escape, but not before the coyotes wounded both of her legs, which are now covered in more than a dozen stitches.

Some of Portia’s stiches on one of her legs. There was a tube put into her leg that drains fluid and blood so she doesn’t get an infection.


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Farthing says she’s just grateful that her dog is still with the family, and that there weren’t any young children around. She adds that the coyotes regularly roam up and down the streets in the neighbourhood.

Earlier this year, there was another coyote attack at a nearby dog park.

READ MORE: Woman’s dog attacked by coyotes while walking in southwest Edmonton

Farthing would like to see the coyote population culled. But experts argue against that.

“Many studies have shown that when you try to cull animals like coyotes, wolves, cougars, bears — they’re so responsive to those openings in territories that, actually, the rate of reproduction increases,” explained biology professor Colleen Cassady St. Clair.

She believes a better solution would be training the animals to be more afraid of humans. City of Edmonton park ranger Ramsey Cox agrees.

“One of the most important things to do when you encounter a coyote is to make yourself big, make a lot of noise, make that experience for the coyote a negative one,” he said.

“So throw pebbles, throw stones, throw sticks and make sure that coyote associates people with a negative experience.”

It’s also recommended that you keep your dog on a leash, especially at night.

By some estimates, there are upwards of 400 coyotes in the city, with most dwelling in the Edmonton River Valley. They tend to come out at night or early morning and can travel up to 20 kilometres a day searching for food.

“You could say coyotes are encroaching on people habitat, as well as people encroaching on coyote habitat. And when those two are happening simultaneously, as they tend to do in new developments…then conflict is even more likely,” Cassady St. Clair explained.

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She says this kind of an attack is rare; and thinks it was likely caused by the coyotes feeling threatened that the dog was in their territory.

For Renet Farthing, that doesn’t bring much comfort.

“It’s hard not be scared.”

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Putnam, Petrovic share early lead at RBC Canadian Open

WATCH ABOVE: Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith was the surprise story of the first round after carding a 5-under 65 to sit one back

MONTREAL – Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic mastered the afternoon winds to shoot six-under-par 64s and take a share of the first-round lead at the US$5.7 million RBC Canadian Open on Thursday.

But the surprise of the day was big-hitting amateur Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., who shot five-under 65 for a share of third place with Kyle Stanley.

Putnam and Petrovic played bogey-free golf at the 7,153-yard par-70 Blue Course at Royal Montreal on a near perfect day for scoring, with sunny weather and soft greens from heavy rains the previous day.

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A gust wind came in for the those with afternoon starts, but it didn’t stop Putnam or Petrovic from shooting the low scores of the day, which set the course record for an opening round.

“It was tough ball-striking, but somehow I was able to keep it in the fairway and take advantage of the soft greens to hit a couple of shots close and make a couple of five-to-ten-foot putts,” said Putnam, who has been playing his best golf of the season of late with top-35 finishes in his last three outings.

The 47-year-old Petrovic didn’t know he would play until he got a call on Tuesday saying he was in as the seventh alternate. The former PGA Tour regular, playing only his eighth Tour event this season, didn’t even have his name on the program.

There was no rust in his game, however.

“I didn’t set my expectations high because I got in late, so this was kind of my practice round,” said Petrovic. “I walked the back nine (Wednesday).

“It wasn’t that I played conservative. I was just trying to hit fairways and greens, trying to see the golf course and see if I could make a few putts. I drove the ball pretty good overall.”

There were 11 players tied at 4-under 66, including Nick Watney and Charl Schwartzel, and another 16 at 3-under 67, including David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., and two-time Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk.

Another dozen were at 2-under 68 and there were 23 at 1-under 69, including top-ranked Canadian Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., and defending champion Brandt Snedeker.

Another sunny day is forecast for the second round on Friday, with a possibility of wet weather on the weekend.

The 23-year-old Pendrith, Canada’s top amateur, had a dream day in his first round of his first Canadian Open. He recently graduated from Kent State University and hopes to play in the world amateur championships this summer before likely turning pro in the fall.

Although it’s early, he’s one stroke off the lead of a tournament no Canadian has won since Pat Fletcher in 1954.

“I never expected that,” said Pendrith. “I was playing good golf coming in here, so I just played golf.

“Five-under is pretty nice. Everybody has some nerves. If you didn’t have nerves on the first tee something would be wrong with you. But after I played the first hole, I felt calm and felt I should be here.”

He played in the last threesome to tee off in the afternoon, when the worst of the wind was up, but used his long drives to cut through the tree-lined fairways and get close to the greens. He had seven birdies, including one on a putt that trickled in on the 18th, and two bogeys.

“The front nine suits my game a lot,” he said. “I can shoot driver nearly every hole.

“I had four birdies on the front nine, all with wedges.”

Pendrith is 18th in world amateur rankings, tops among Canadians. He and fellow national team members Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., who shot even-par 70, and Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., who was at 4-over 74, were given entries into the Open.

Stanley’s 5-under was the best among the early tee times.

“I love this golf course,” the Gig Harbor, Wash., native said. “It’s similar to the one I grew up with in Washington, so I felt pretty comfortable.

“I hit the ball well on my first nine today. I was able to make a few of the long range putts that got the round going for me.”

The soft greens made for ideal scoring conditions, but Stanley said the course is still a challenge.

“That front nine is pretty difficult,” he said. “There’s a couple of mid-irons into the par-3s and a 500-yard par-4 (the fourth), so it’s a kind of sneaky-demanding course.”

Stanley is best known for posting his only PGA Tour win a week after a memorable collapse.

In 2012, he blew a six-shot lead in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open and lost in a playoff to Snedeker, then bounced back with a victory at the Phoenix Open.

This season has been trying for the 26-year-old. He sits 164th in FedEx Cup standings with only one top-25 finish, which was in October.

He said it was premature to think about turning the season around after one good round.

“There’s a ton of golf left,” he said. “It’s nice to get a round like this because it shows I’m working on the right things.”

Hearn had a great round going until he bogeyed the 14th and 15th on his back nine. He recovered with a birdie at the 16th.

“Any day you come off the course and shoot 3-under and feel you left a few out there, you feel it’s a good day,” said Hearn. “I’m not overly disappointed with the way I played.

“I hit the ball great from tee to green. If I can continue to do that for the rest of the week I know I’m going to play well.”

It was a rough opening round for some. Both Stephen Ames of Calgary and one of the tournament favourites, Dustin Johnson, shot 4-over 74. John Daly had 6-over 76, Scott McCarron turned in a 78 and Erik Compton shot 79.

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