Lo­cal curlers book pro­vin­cial berths

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Three lo­cal curl­ing teams are one step closer to a shot at the Brier. Scott Gar­nett, of Strath­more,

and Jeremy Hardy and Dale Goehring, of The Glen­coe in Cal­gary punched their tick­ets to the pro­vin­cial men’s curl­ing cham­pi­onship — a.k.a. the Al­berta Bos­ton Pizza Cup — with qual­i­fi­ca­tion vic­to­ries this past week­end in Medicine Hat. An­other rink, Air­drie’s Aaron

Sluchin­ski, qual­i­fied through the week­end event held at the Sher­wood Park Curl­ing Club. Gar­nett de­feated Thomas

Us­sel­man, of Rocky Moun­tain House, 7-1 in the A fi­nal at the Medicine Hat Curl­ing Club.

Hardy topped Goehring 7-5 in the B fi­nal.

Goehring then re­bounded with a steal in the 10th end of the C fi­nal Sun­day night for a

9-8 vic­tory over Den­ton Koch, of Medicine Hat, to grab the last berth for the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship.

Mean­while in Sher­wood Park, Sluchin­ski scored a B-fi­nal tri­umph, 11-4 over War­ren

Cross, of Ed­mon­ton’s Sav­ille Sports Cen­tre. Ryan Par­ent, of Cal­gary’s North Hill Curl­ing Club, dropped the C fi­nal 6-5 to Cross in Sher­wood Park.

The Al­berta Bos­ton Pizza Cup goes Feb. 6-10 at Ed­mon­ton’s Eller­slie Curl­ing Club.

BOTTCHER, HO­MAN TRI­UMPH

NORTH BAT­TLE­FORD,

Sask. — Ed­mon­ton’s Bren­dan

Bottcher has won his first ca­reer Grand Slam of Curl­ing ti­tle. Bottcher com­pleted a per­fect week with a 6-3 vic­tory over Toronto’s John Ep­ping on Sun­day in the men’s fi­nal of the Cana­dian Open.

On the women’s side, Rachel

Ho­man of Ot­tawa picked up a record-break­ing 10th Grand Slam women’s ti­tle and her third in a row this sea­son with a 4-3 win over Switzer­land’s Sil­vana Tir­in­zoni.

The Bottcher and Ho­man teams each col­lected $30,000.

BIG WEEK­END FOR TRO­JANS

John Smith scored a teamhigh 22 points as the SAIT Tro­jans men’s bas­ket­ball team downed the Red Deer Col­lege Kings 87-82 in Al­berta Col­leges Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ac­tion at the Cam­pus Cen­tre on Satur­day night. Ian Te­vis recorded 21 points and eight steals, while Char­lie Con­ner had 20 points and 12 re­bounds as the No. 1-ranked Tro­jans im­proved their per­fect record to 12-0.

In women’s bas­ket­ball ac­tion, the Tro­jans snapped a six-game los­ing streak with a 57-39 vic­tory over the vis­it­ing Red Deer Col­lege Queens on Satur­day.

Rachel Osczevski had 17 points and six re­bounds, while

Ane­gor Wol added 10 points and three re­bounds for the Tro­jans (4-8).

SAIT’S women’s vol­ley­ball team made amends on Satur­day by de­feat­ing the host Am­brose Univer­sity Li­ons 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-15). The win came one day af­ter the Tro­jans (11-5) were handed a 3-1 loss at home.

On the men’s side, the Tro­jans had to fight hard to earn a sweep of the Li­ons with a 3-2 (25-18, 23-25, 19-25, 25-12, 15-12) vic­tory on Satur­day.

In men’s hockey, the

Tro­jans com­pleted a sweep of the vis­it­ing Portage Col­lege Voyageurs with a 4-1 win on Satur­day. Eric Krienke scored twice for SAIT (11-5), while Rock Ruschkowksi and Owen LaClare added sin­gles. Tro­jans net­min­der Jor­dan Cart­ney made 18 saves for the win.

RAP­TORS SUR­VIVE WIZARDS

WASH­ING­TON — Serge

Ibaka hit a three-pointer with 15 sec­onds left in the sec­ond over­time, and the Toronto Rap­tors sur­vived to earn their fifth straight win, 140-138 over the Wizards on Sun­day.

The Rap­tors blew a 23-point lead but out­lasted the stub­born Wizards, who never led un­til early in the sec­ond ex­tra pe­riod. Toronto, which was led by

Kawhi Leonard’s 41 points and 11 re­bounds, led 51-28 with four min­utes to play in the sec­ond quar­ter and 96-79 with 57 sec­onds to play in the third.

AN­NOUNCER APOL­O­GIZES

PHILADEL­PHIA — In-game an­nouncer Shawny Hill and the Philadel­phia Wings apol­o­gized on Sun­day af­ter he made racially in­sen­si­tive re­marks about Geor­gia Swarm for­ward Lyle Thomp­son.

Hill called for Thomp­son’s pony­tail to be cut dur­ing Geor­gia’s 13-11 Na­tional Lacrosse League win in Philadel­phia on Satur­day night.

Thomp­son, from Onondaga Na­tion, N.Y., and his broth­ers

Jerome and Miles all play for the Swarm and wear braided pony­tails in trib­ute to their Indige­nous her­itage.

“I am deeply sorry for my in­sen­si­tive state­ments dur­ing last night’s game,” Hill said in a state­ment. “My words were poorly cho­sen and were not in­tended as racially mo­ti­vated.”

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