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LAS VEGAS — Canadian veteran Alexis Davis, fighting for the first time in 19 months, gave Sabina (Colombian Queen) Mazo a reality check en route to a unanimous decision win Saturday night on a UFC Fight Night card.The judges scored it 30-27, 30-27, 30-26 for Davis, who used her grappling skills to blunt Mazo's striking talent.The 36-year-old Davis (20-10-0), who had shoulder surgery in early 2020, came into the bout on a three-fight losing streak. The 23-year-old Mazo (9-2-0) had won her last three fights.Mazo looked to keep the flyweight matchup on the feet against Davis, who fought for the UFC bantamweight title in 2014, And she showed fast hands early in the fight until she went down trying to land a kick. Davis, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, got side control and then took Mazo's back, finishing the round in control.Davis kept lashing Mazo's lead leg with kicks in the second round, looking to blunt Mazo's striking edge. The Canadian took Mazo down late in the round.Davis used her ground skills to control Mazo, a former Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion."I like being on the ground. I'm comfortable there," said Davis, a native of Port Colborne, Ont. who now makes her home in California.Saturday's main event at the UFC's Apex production facility pitted Suriname's Jairzinho (Bigi Boy) Rozenstruik, ranked fourth among UFC heavyweight contenders against No 7 Cyril (Bon Gamin) Gane of France.Davis had her first pro fight in 2007, competing in Strikeforce and Invicta FC before moving to the UFC in 2013.After three straight wins in the promotion, she faced (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey for the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 175. Rousey, then unbeaten and a 10-1 favourite, won in just 16 seconds.Davis won three of her next four fights and took time off to have her son before dropping her last three outings. Davis lost a decision to Viviane Araujo last time out at UFC 240 in Edmonton in July 2019. The defeat prompted her to seek help for her shoulder which had been damaged two fights earlier against Katlyn Chookagian in July 2018.Davis moved back to bantamweight (135 pounds) after four fights as a flyweight (125 pounds). She is currently ranked 11th among flyweights.The five-foot-six Davis, who is 7-5-0 in the UFC, made the move because she had had more success as a 135-pounder and because it makes for less stress.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 27, 2021. The Canadian Press
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LEICESTER, England — Arsenal turned around its recent poor form to beat Leicester 3-1 on Sunday as the home side was left to deal with an injury to on-form midfielder Harvey Barnes. Arsenal started the day in 11th and returned to the top half with the win, while Leicester missed a chance to challenge Manchester United for second. Youri Tielemans gave Leicester the lead in the sixth minute when the Belgian midfielder surged down the right flank as Arsenal failed to close him down, and then shot low past Bernd Leno. David Luiz levelled for Arsenal with his first league goal since October 2019, heading in Willian's free kick when he was left unmarked. Pepe had earlier been denied a penalty when a video review showed he was tripped just outside the area by Wilfred Ndidi, but was key to winning a spot-kick just before half time when he struck a shot that hit Ndidi's arm as the Nigerian midfielder tried to block with his leg. Alexandre Lacazette stepped up to power the penalty in. Pepe made it 3-1 in the 52nd when he started a move down the right flank and then ran through the Leicester defence to apply a simple finish off Willian's low cross. Barnes was carried off early in the second half with an apparent knee injury, and defender Jonny Evans was also hurt later in the game. Leicester was already without attacking midfielder James Maddison, who has a hip injury. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany — Schalke fired coach Christian Gross on Sunday after two months in charge along with three senior club staff in a desperate bid to avoid Bundesliga relegation. The Gelsenkirchen-based club is last in the league and nine points from safety with 11 rounds remaining. Gross was fired a day after a 5-1 loss at Stuttgart, leaving Schalke looking for its fifth coach of a turbulent season. The 66-year-old Swiss coach arrived in December with more than 30 years of coaching experience around the world, including a spell with Tottenham in 1997 and 1998, but hadn’t coached in Europe since 2012. He led the team to its only win of the season to end a 30-game winless run in the Bundesliga, but couldn't build on that, with Schalke earning two points from nine games since then. David Wagner was fired as coach in September before his successor Manuel Baum followed in December. The team played two games under stand-in coach Huub Stevens before appointing Gross. Sporting director Jochen Schneider, who was due to leave at the end of the season, was also fired, as was the team co-ordinator Sascha Riether and lead fitness coach Werner Leuthard. Schneider on Saturday denied reports of mutiny within the squad amid reports that several players had asked for Gross to be replaced. Schalke didn't name a new coach and said Monday's training session would be conducted by fitness coaches. The club said Peter Knäbel, who heads the youth department, would take over Schneider's sporting director role until further notice, with “a view to planning for the new season”, a sign the club is preparing for its first season in the second tier since 1991. Former Germany striker Gerald Asamoah moves up from overseeing the under-23 team into Riether's co-ordinator role. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
(Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press - image credit) Kaleb Dahlgren says he still has no memory of the crash that changed his life. Dahlgren played right wing for the Humboldt Broncos in 2018 and was on the team bus on April 6, 2018, when it collided with a tractor trailer while heading to Nipawin, Sask., for a playoff game. Sixteen people died that day at that highway intersection. Dahlgren was one of 13 who survived. He suffered a fractured skull, a puncture wound in his head, a brain injury and six broken vertebrae in his neck and back. "I think I might actually remember what happened one day. Lots of doctors have said that there is a possibility for sure, and I still have no real recollection of it yet," he said in an interview. "I hope I do eventually. I'm OK with understanding what happened and all that. And if it doesn't ... that's OK, too. I think whatever happens, happens, and there's nothing I can change about it." Dahlgren is 23 now, living with his parents in Saskatoon and studying commerce online at York University in Toronto. Now, in addition to his studies, he has co-written a memoir. Crossroads is the story of Dahlgren's life in hockey. The scene of the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 in Saskatchewan. Skating still a passion "I first got on the ice when I was two and took my first actual team skate when I was four," he said. "I just loved it. I loved going on the ice and hearing the little ripples in the ice, the skates when you stop, the sound it made, and even the wind going through my hair." Dahlgren met with CBC at the SaskTel Centre, a 13,000 seat hockey arena in the city's north end. After the interview, he laced up his CCMs and dumped a bag of pucks on the glossy ice. It quickly became apparent that talking about skating with Dahlgren is not the same as standing at centre ice while he comes from behind the net at speed. It's like getting passed by a sports car — a sports car with a big grin on its grille. The book weaves together Dahlgren's journey through the hockey system — he played for at least 30 teams over the years before joining the Broncos — with the challenges of managing Type 1 diabetes. The memoir also follows his life after the crash, from the months of rehabilitation, grief and uncertainty, to his decision to study at York. He'll graduate this year and plans to continue his studies and become a chiropractor. Different uniform, same smile. Kaleb Dahlgren, who survived the devastating Humboldt Broncos bus crash, on the ice with the York Lions in Toronto. He also had the chance at York to practise with the Lions, the university hockey team. He didn't participate in full contact drills, instead concentrating on his edge work, working with the goalies or even just passing the puck from the corner. "I really try to do my part and still be a great guy off the ice, too." Moving forward while honouring friends The memoir is also a tribute to the people who died that day. It's full of anecdotes about playing for a junior hockey team in a small town and features a chapter where he offers his memories of each of the victims. Dahlgren said one of the reasons for writing the book was to "set down the Bronco side of me." "So if anyone has any questions, they could read the book and then [I could] move forward and continue on living my life to the fullest, but still honour them and remember them every day." The 2018 Humboldt Broncos, less than a month before the deadly crash. He met with co-author Dan Robson four to five hours a week over a six-month span to coax out the details of his story and complete the manuscript. Robson, a writer with Sportsnet, has written autobiographies of hockey names like Pat Quinn and Johnny Bower and co-authored books with players like Doug Gilmore. WATCH: Kaleb Dahlgren talks about leadership on and off the ice A portion of proceeds from the sale of the book will go to STARS Air Ambulance. STARS helicopters ferried some of those injured in the crash that day to hospitals around the province. "They save lives every day, and I think there's nothing more special than having a second chance at life," Dahlgren said. Crossroads is set to be released on March 16.
WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets managed to weather the storm as the Montreal Canadiens unloaded a barrage of shots. And then it took the Jets just 36 seconds in overtime to end the game. Paul Stastny's overtime goal clinched Winnipeg's 2-1 victory over Montreal, extending the Jets' winning streak to four games."I think overtime is a crapshoot, especially three-on-three, right? So, you might as well just go out there and play aggressive," Stastny said. Nikolaj Ehlers also scored for Winnipeg (13-6-1). The Jets were victorious despite being outshot 41-21. Connor Hellebuyck made 40 saves in the winning effort at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. "I was able to get into a good flow. I thought the guys in front of me blocked a lot of key shots tonight and really controlled where the shots were coming from. Not only that, but we were controlling the rebounds. I think the whole team's defence was very solid down our middle tonight," Hellebuyck said after the game. Nick Suzuki scored for Montreal (9-6-5) while goaltender Jake Allen made 19 saves in the loss. Montreal's winless streak is now at five games. The streak includes back-to-back losses to the Jets. Montreal held a 3-1 lead on Winnipeg Thursday night before the Jets scored five unanswered goals en route to a 6-3 win. Despite the loss, Suzuki says head coach Dominique Ducharme told the team they were heading in the right direction and that they deserved better Saturday night."I thought we played a great game. Outshot them a lot, had a lot of chances. Just didn't come out on the right side of the scoreboard," Suzuki said. Ducharme is still looking for his first NHL win as head coach. The Quebecer was named interim head coach Wednesday after the Canadiens fired Claude Julien and associate head coach Kirk Muller. Saturday night's affair saw both teams fail to score in the opening period. Montreal, however, doubled Winnipeg's shot total, leading 14-7. Neither team took a penalty until the second period when each had a pair of minors, with Jeff Petry serving time for both of Montreal's infractions. As Petry sat in the box for his second penalty, Ehlers opened the scoring with a power play goal. Jets forward Andrew Copp won a faceoff in the offensive zone and flicked the puck behind him. Ehlers was first to it, sniping it past Allen for his 11th of the season.Suzuki replied with his fifth of the season almost five minutes later. The goal was assisted by Joel Armia and Ben Chiarot. The forward, while standing to the goalie's left, banked the puck off of Hellebuyck and into the net. Hellebuyck had covered the left post, but the puck still beat him. "It was one of those goals that you could do 99 out of 100 (times) it's not going to go in. I got caught on the one which seems to be a theme this year." Hellebuyck said. The Canadiens and Jets remained deadlocked in the third, but it was Montreal that applied most of the pressure. The Canadiens outshot the Jets in every period, including the third where they led 14-2. As the game headed into overtime it took Stastny only 36 seconds to get the puck past Allen and give the Jets the win. Ehlers fired a shot on net that was trickling towards the goal line after it beat Allen, and Stastny then pushed it in. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 27, 2021. The Canadian Press
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Marco Scandella scored his second goal of the game to break a tie in the third period and St. Louis rallied to beat the San Jose Sharks 7-6 Saturday night after Blues starting goalie Jordan Binnington lost his cool when getting pulled. Binnington went after three Sharks when he was replaced after allowing his fourth goal on 19 shots. Ville Husso stopped 19 of 21 shots he faced in relief and the Blues got the win after tying the game on Zach Sanford’s goal late in the second and then three more in the first 7:14 of a back-and-forth third period. Mackenzie MacEachern scored a short-handed goal, Ryan O’Reilly added another and Scandella took a pass from Oskar Sundqvist to make it 7-6 midway through the third. Evander Kane and Timo Meier each scored twice and Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc added goals in the Sharks' first game back after having one game postponed because of Tomas Hertl’s positive test for the coronavirus. Devan Dubnyk allowed seven goals on 30 shots. Sammy Blais and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Blues, who had lost four of five. Despite the barrage of goals, the most memorable moment of the game might have come when Binnington lost his composure after allowing Kane’s second goal of the game. While skating off the ice, Binnington went after three different Sharks players. He shoved Radim Simek by the bench, put his stick in Erik Karlsson’s face near centre ice and then got into it with Dubnyk before finally leaving the ice. Husso came on and stopped 13 shots the rest of the second period to keep St. Louis in the game. The Blues tied it late in the second when Sanford skated in from behind the net and beat Dubnyk for their 12th goal in five second periods against San Jose this season. LUCKY START The Sharks got on the board just 17 seconds into the game when Meier threw a puck toward the net that hit defenceman Torey Krug and bounced past Binnington for a goal. Each team added another goal in the first with Scandella’s point shot tying the game at 1 before Kane knocked a rebound into an open net on the power play to restore the one-goal lead for San Jose. HEALTH REPORT The Sharks got three key players back in the lineup with defenceman Karlsson returning after missing four games with a groin injury, defenceman Simek returning after missing four games with an upper-body injury and forward Dylan Gambrell back after missing one game in concussion protocol. Australian Nathan Walker was in the lineup for the Blues after a week in COVID-19 quarantine. Forward Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body) is practicing for St. Louis and could return for the first time this season on the this trip. Blues defenceman Jacob de la Rose left the game in the first period with a lower body injury. UP NEXT Blues: Visit Anaheim on Monday night. Sharks: Host Colorado on Monday night. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Josh Dubow, The Associated Press
“Everybody’s talking about Gane being this big contender, but look what Francis Ngannou did to Rozenstruik,” White said. “This was his coming out party and his chance to show the world who he is. He won, but let’s leave it at that. He won.”
EDMONTON — The Maple Leafs knew even with Auston Matthews they would need to be at their best against a surging opponent. Subtracting the NHL's leading goal scorer from Toronto's lineup due to injury further increased the degree of difficulty. Sitting in that tricky spot, Jack Campbell and his teammates rose to the occasion Saturday. The netminder stopped 30 shots for his third career shutout, Mitch Marner sparked the offence with a goal and an assist, and the Leafs blanked the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 in the opener of a three-game series. Toronto scored on the power play, three times at even strength, didn't take a penalty, and frustrated the powerhouse offensive duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in one of the club's most complete performances of the season. "Everything really came up Leafs here tonight," head coach Sheldon Keefe said. Toronto was minus Matthews, who has 18 goals in 20 games, after he aggravated a wrist injury he's been dealing with most of the schedule in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime victory against the Calgary Flames. Keefe didn't spell it out to his players what was needed on this night with their best player absent, but the message was clear. "When you lose a guy like that, you're essentially taking a goal away from your lineup," Keefe said as Toronto improved to 22-11-2 all-time with Matthews sidelined. "If you score one less, you've got to make sure you give up one less. "Whether Auston was in or out, to beat an Edmonton team that's rolling the way that they are and playing as confidently as they are, we had to really play a sound team game." William Nylander, Jason Spezza and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto (16-4-2). John Tavares added two assists as the Leafs stretched their lead atop the North Division to six points over the Oilers. Campbell played for the first time since injuring his leg Jan. 24 and picked up his first shutout since March 25, 2019, when he was with the Los Angeles Kings. "It was awesome," Toronto's backup said after getting mobbed in his crease at the final buzzer. "It's what you play for." Mike Smith stopped 25 shots as Edmonton (14-9-0) saw its five-game winning streak come to an end. "We just didn't deserve to win," said Draisaitl, whose Oilers will look to rebound Monday and Wednesday against the same opponent at Rogers Place. "They just outbattled us." Matthews hasn't just been a goal dynamo this season. He also sits tied for fourth in league scoring with 31 points behind McDavid (40), Draisaitl (34), and now Marner (32), and has honed a relentless 200-foot game. "Auston's a big part of our team offensively (and) defensively," Marner said. "Everyone steps up in that moment." Campbell was proud of the effort with the team's top talent looking on in street clothes. "Losing Auston is a huge blow," he said. "But it was a great opportunity for all of us to come together and just try and take two points from a really, really good team. "Auston was fired up in the room after." The Leafs also got winger Joe Thornton (lower body) and top-4 defenceman Jake Muzzin (facial fracture) back after both sat out Toronto's last two games. No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen, meanwhile, remains day-to-day with a lower-body ailment that pressed third-stringer Michael Hutchison into action twice earlier this week with Campbell still working his way back. Keefe elected to put Tavares in Matthews' spot between Marner and Thornton, and that line combined for five points. The Leafs, who opened a road trip that will see them play five games in eight nights, also defeated Edmonton 4-2 in Toronto on Jan. 22 without Matthews. "We did a good job sticking to our game plan," Muzzin said. "Even when we're up a few, we stayed with it." After both teams had a couple of good chances to open the scoring early, the Leafs got on the board at 14:37 of the first period on the game's only power play. Marner showed great patience circling behind Smith's net before finding Nylander, who buried his eighth, and third in two games, as Toronto snapped an 0-for-12 stretch on the man advantage. Marner then turned finisher just 1:13 later when he took a pass from Tavares in transition and fired a shot through Smith for his 10th. Both goalies were busy before the Leafs broke through, with Campbell denying McDavid off the rush and Smith thwarting Alexander Barabanov. Tavares has been blown away by Campbell since he was acquired from the Kings last season. "He's been absolutely tremendous, not just with the results that he brings and the confidence that he gives the group, but the attitude, the energy he brings every day," said Toronto's captain. "The work ethic in practice is second to none. It's just infectious, what he brings to our team. There's a lot of things not seen behind the scenes that he brings to our group. "Thrilled for him, and not surprised." Spezza made it 3-0 at 11:15 of the second on a vintage sequence from a player nicknamed "Vintage" by teammates. The 37-year-old forward took a pass from Jimmy Vesey coming down the right side, faked a slapshot that had Smith swimming in his crease before firing his fifth shortside on the 38-year-old netminder, who entered a perfect 6-0-0 with a .944 save percentage. "What a treat it was to watch," Campbell said of Spezza's effort. "He does it in practice, so it's nice to see it on our end." Edmonton, which was on 11-2-0 run after starting the season 3-6-0, came close to getting that one back moments later, but Draisaitl's pass to Josh Archibald was redirected off Campbell's crossbar by Leafs centre Alexander Kerfoot before the netminder shut the door on the follow. Hyman, who missed two of the Leafs' last four games with a foot injury, then roofed his fifth upstairs on Smith at 13:34 as the visitors picked up their first shutout of the season. "Just proud of this group," Campbell said. "It was a heck of a game, and we needed it. "Let try to keep'er going." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 27, 2021. The Canadian Press
CALGARY — Rachel Homan is in familiar territory in a strange curling season. She'll skip Ontario in a third straight Canadian women's curling championship final Sunday. Homan's 7-2 win over Saskatchewan and defending champion Kerri Einarson's 10-9 loss in an extra end to Manitoba on Saturday combined to give Ontario a bye to the final. "We really wanted to get to the final and see what we can do and to put that Maple Leaf on our back would really be another dream come true," Homan said. "We're going to work and fight hard to the last rock and hopefully we can make more than the other team." Homan is a three-time winner of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in 2017, 2014 and 2013. In the third trimester of her pregnancy, she'll try for a fourth. Homan and Einarson owned identical 10-2 records at the conclusion of the championship round Saturday. Homan's 7-4 win over Einarson in a Pool A game Thursday was the tiebreaker giving Ontario the higher playoff seeding. Einarson has a place in Sunday afternoon's semifinal as the second seed. The defending champs await the winner of a morning tiebreaker between Manitoba's Jennifer Jones and Alberta's Laura Walker, who were both 9-3. "Personally, it's pretty huge for me not to play three games tomorrow," Homan said. "I knew we were ready to do whatever it took to be in that final. "Thankfully the way it fell, we were able to get that bye, get some rest, get our feet up and just prepare for the final tomorrow." The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out most of the competitive curling season. Homan's team arrived in Calgary incorporating new second Sarah Wilkes and adjusting to the shift of Joanne Courtney to lead without the benefit of 50 to 60 games behind them this winter. "I think we've faced a lot of adversity like every team here trying to show up and put together the best performance we can under the circumstances," Courtney said. "I'm really proud of how we've supported each other and kind of just stayed tough. Lots of gritty wins, lots of gritty ends. Any time you get a chance to play in a final, it's a huge honour." Walker took three losses into the championship round, but won a fifth straight game Saturday to keep the host province in contention for the national women's curling crown. Alberta came from behind to cap the championship round with a 9-4 win over Chelsea Carey's Wild Card One. "I think our confidence is high," Walker said. "To run the table in the championship round is a pretty special thing I think for us to have just done." Six-time champion Jones avoided elimination by drawing for the extra-end win over Einarson. Her Winnipeg foursome must win three games Sunday for Jones to claim a record seventh title. "Adrenalin usually takes you through those games," Jones said. "We didn't play a lot of games coming in. We're well-rested. "Hopefully we'll be able to play three. At the end of it we'll be tired, but I think when you're playing, you'll be fine." The 2021 Tournament of Hearts is one of four Curling Canada events to be held in a spectator-free, controlled environment at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre. The pandemic thwarting many provincial and territorial playdowns prompted Curling Canada to add two wild-card teams to the Hearts field for a total of 18, which in turn shrunk the playoff window. Instead of the traditional four teams in a Page playoff, only three advance. Einarson is attempting to win the first back-to-back Hearts titles since Homan in 2013-14. Sunday's victor earns $100,000 in prize money and a return trip to the 2022 Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay, Ont., as Team Canada. The runner-up earns $60,000 and $40,000 goes to the third-place team. The winner doesn't have a world championship, however, in which to wear the Maple Leaf. The March 19-28 tournament in Schaffhausen, Switzerland was cancelled by the World Curling Federation because of the pandemic. The 2020 world championship in Prince George, B.C., was called off for the same reason, so Einarson wasn't able to represent Canada there. Beth Peterson's Wild Card Three (7-5) finished with a 10-3 win over Quebec's Laurie St-Georges (6-6) on Saturday. Wild Card One, with Carey filling in at skip for Tracy Fleury, and Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson also finished 6-6. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 27, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
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