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Marlins finally get to go home after beating Blue Jays 14-11

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 21:37
BUFFALO, N.Y. - If Magneuris Sierra and the Miami Marlins were looking for special souvenirs to bring home from their extra long road trip, they found them with a big extra-inning win and a hold on first place. Sierra hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and the Marlins overcame Toronto's seven home runs to outlast the Blue Jays 14-11 Wednesday night in the final game of their season-opening, three-week odyssey. "It seems like the perfect game to end this trip, a game out of the ordinary," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. After this detour to Sahlen Field, Miami finally gets to play its pandemic-delayed opener at Marlins Park. Miami has an off day before facing Atlanta for three games to start a seven-game homestand. The Marlins' grueling road swing began with a trip to Atlanta on July 21 for a pair of exhibition games and moved on to Philadelphia for a season-opening, three-game series. The Marlins, however, had their return home delayed when an outbreak of COVID-19 occurred, forcing seven games to be postponed and a quarantine in Philadeelphia. Despite the travel woes, the Marlins have had at least a share of first place in the NL East every day so far this season. "This trip had a little bit of everything, right? We've hung in there. We've played pretty good ball," Mattingly said. "We had a disaster at the beginning in Philly. I don't know how to describe it." "We had a fire alarm at the hotel last night at midnight. It just goes on and on, right? And then this game. It was a good trip from the standpoint of wins." Up 8-0 early, the Marlins watched Toronto rally to tie it. Marlins outfielder Jon Berti scored on Sierra's two-run single that made it 13-11. "It will be exciting to get home and play in Miami," Berti said. "What we went through is only going to make us stronger." Bo Bichette went 5 for 5 for the Blue Jays, a day after homering during a 10-inning win in their first game at their new Buffalo home. He connected again as Toronto became the fourth team in major league history to lose while slugging at least seven homers. The Marlins. meanwhile, are the first National League team to win a game while allowing seven home runs. Jesus Aguilar drove in four runs with three hits, including an RBI single in the 10th. Travis Shaw hit two homers for the Blue Jays, including the 100th of his career. Teoscar Hernandez, Rowdy Tellez and Danny Jansen each hit two-run homers while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bichette added solo shots. The last time a team lost while hitting at least seven homers came when the Chicago White Sox hit seven and fell to Toronto on June 25, 2016. According to Stats by STATS, the Blue Jays are the first team in MLB history to have at least 18 hits and seven home runs in a game and still lose. In addition, Bichette became the first shortstop in the modern era to reach base safely six times, hit a home run and steal two bases in the same game. "It was great to see us coming back, and knowing what we can do," Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. "We didn't make the plays and those guys have been playing good. They took advantage and we didn't make the plays or the big pitches after the errors. We paid the price." Toronto last hit at least seven homers when they struck for eight in a 17-11 win against Tampa Bay on Aug 7, 2010. Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer in the Miami first. The two games in Buffalo might suggest that there's a jetstream in the ballpark which, along with the win, could be enough to give the Marlins' plane home a good push forward after squandering a big lead. Bichette, who previously played at the field for Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, didn't agree. "We just hit the ball well tonight," Bichette said. "I don't think this park is doing us any favours, When I was here, it wasn't necessarily a hitters' park. I think every ball we hit (tonight) would have been out (of the park) anywhere." Brandon Kintzler (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings to earn the win. Josh Smith, the ninth pitcher utilized by the Marlins, worked the 10th and earned his first save. Bichette drew a walk in the 10th, giving the Blue Jays two on with no outs, but Smith escaped the jam. Bichette is 13 for 29 (.448) during a seven-game hitting streak. Rafael Doliz (0-1) took the loss. TRAINER'S ROOM Marlins: Some of the Marlins players who were placed on the injured list last week following a COVID-19 outbreak have applied for reinstatement. "How long that takes, I'm not sure," Mattingly said before the game. ... Reliever Mike Morin left the game after delivering only two pitches in the sixth inning. He retired Randal Grichuk on his first pitch and got a strike on Tellez, but arched his back with an apparent upper-body concern. UP NEXT Marlins: Friday's return home will feature right-hander Pablo Lopez (1-1, 1.80 ERA) taking on Braves righthander Kyle Wright (0-2, 6.75). Blue Jays: After an off day on Thursday, Toronto will host Tampa Bay for a three-game series, with righthander Tanner Roark (1-1, 5.63) facing starting against fellow righty Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 5.56) for the Rays. _____ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Mike Haim, The Associated Press

Traffic stop leads to search of residence and three arrests

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 21:03
According to a police news release, officers had observed a vehicle from which they witnessed activity "consistant with drug trafficking" in the 1500 block of Avenue F North at around 11:15 a.m. Read More

Ball python that went missing in Victoria found hiding under vehicle

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 21:00
VICTORIA - Police say a large snake that went missing somewhere in a Victoria-area neighbourhood was found hiding under a vehicle. Victoria police issued a statement saying the nearly 1.4-metre-long ball python, which had been reported missing on Aug. 4, was found Wednesday just before 6 p.m. They say a patrol officer who is familiar with snakes took the animal into custody without incident. The snake has been transported to a veterinary hospital for assessment, but appears to be in good health. The reptile was reported missing not far from Victoria West Park and the Galloping Goose regional trail, a popular walking and cycling trail. Ball pythons are not venomous but police say a snake of that size could be a risk to pets or other smaller creatures. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020   The Canadian Press

Carter Hart, Flyers beat Canadiens 2-1 in Game 1

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 20:57
TORONTO - Carter Hart made 27 saves, Joel Farabee scored 16 seconds after Montreal tied the game, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Canadiens 2-1 in the opener of their first-round playoff series Wednesday. Ivan Provorov had the other goal for the Flyers, who will look to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven matchup Friday afternoon. Shea Weber replied for the Canadiens, while Carey Price stopped 29 shots in the loss. Montreal, the final club in the NHL's 24-team restart, stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins - who had the NHL's seventh-best record when the schedule was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic five months ago - 3-1 in the best-of-five qualifying round to book a place in the usual 16-slot playoff bracket. Philadelphia, meanwhile, sat fourth of four teams vying for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but beat the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning by a combined 11-3 scoreline in the round-robin tournament to grab top spot. Down 1-0 after a tentative first, the Canadiens showed more life and got even at 14:38 of the second when their power play, which came in a league-worst 0 for 12 in the post-season, finally connected. Hart stopped Weber's one-time blast, but the puck popped out of a crowd in front to the Montreal captain, who snapped home his third. The teams were even for exactly 16 seconds, however, as Farabee picked up his own rebound deflection on what looked like a nothing play to score his second. Montreal, which sat 18 points behind Philadelphia in the standings back in March, had some chances earlier in the period, with Arrturi Lehkonen coming close with the teams playing 4-on-4 before Flyers captain Claude Giroux hit the post off an offensive zone faceoff. Lehkonen then fell down on a potential 2-on-0 as Montreal didn't even get a shot off. That set the stage for an incredible sequence that could have ended in a Philadelphia goal - or a serious injury - at the other end. Scott Laughton, who entered with a team-leading five points, took a behind-the-back feed from Kevin Hayes with Price completely out of position. Canadiens rookie centre Nick Suzuki found himself in front the vacated net as Laughton wound up for a point-blank slapshot, but Montreal's goalie made a miraculous, desperation stick stop to save a goal, and potentially Suzuki from a trip to the dentist or doctor. Hart, who grew up idolizing Price, then made a good stop on Paul Byron on a 3-on-1 break before Weber and Farabee traded goals. Price made a big stop on Hayes early in the third, and then held the fort on a 4-on-3 power play that saw Sean Couturier come close from the doorstep.  Philadelphia got another power play with under nine minutes to go, but the best chance came after the penalty expired when former Canadiens centre Nate Thompson - dealt at the trade deadline with Montreal out having thrown in the towel on the season - somehow missed a tap-in from the lip of the crease.  Montreal had a chance with Price on the bench for an extra attacker, but Hart denied Phillip Danault in tight before Suzuki hit the crossbar with under 30 seconds to go. Philadelphia killed the game off from to grab a 1-0 lead in the series. Flyers winger Jakub Voracek returned to the lineup after missing his team's final two round-robin games, and made an immediate impact on a Philadelphia power play that entered 0 for 11 since the restart. Provorov's one-timer from the point tipped off Byron's stick up high and snuck its way through Price with Voracek providing a screen at 8:54. Hart didn't have a lot to do as the Flyers held an early 7-1 lead on the shot clock, but Lehkonen stole the puck and moved in alone before just sliding a backhand wide. The Canadiens got a scare later in the period when Derek Grant bowled Price over after getting shoved by Xavier Ouellet off the rush. The Montreal netminder, whose leg folded awkwardly underneath him for a split second, faked like he was going to give Grant a blocker to the face in retaliation - perhaps channelling former Flyers goalie and noted pugilist Ron Hextall - but held back before scrum ensued in the crease. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2020. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

COVID-19: SJHL delays start of season until Oct. 9

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 20:43
Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League teams — with their skate laces, hockey sticks and fingers all crossed for good measure— hoped to start the new season on Sept. 25. Read More

Raptors rally past Sixers to give Griffin a coaching win

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:43
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Stanley Johnson scored the tiebreaking basket in the lane with 4.9 seconds remaining, giving the Toronto Raptors a 125-121 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday that made a winner of Adrian Griffin. Raptors coach Nick Nurse let his assistant coach run the team and they responded with a late run from the bottom of their bench, long after Philadelphia's Joel Embiid had ended his night, to improve to 6-1 in the restart. "Tomorrow back to reality, but it was an awesome feeling," Griffin said. Kyle Lowry and Chris Boucher each scored 19 points for the Raptors. Norman Powell had 17 and Pascal Siakam finished with 15. Embiid played just the first half after missing a game with a left ankle injury. He also took a hit on the hand in this one and finished with five points in 14 minutes. Tobias Harris scored 22 points and Furkan Korkmaz had 21 for the 76ers, who became locked into the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference earlier Wednesday, securing a first-round matchup against the Boston Celtics. They've already lost All-Star Ben Simmons to knee surgery and hope Embiid will be at his best, but will have to be ready no matter who they have. "We've had different lineups from the start to now and if you were to look at our team, a big word for us would be just being able to adapt," Harris said. "To adapt to who's in, who's out, how we're going to play and what we're going to do moving forward." Griffin said Nurse approached him with the opportunity to coach and the Raptors pulled it out for him by rallying from 10 down midway through the fourth quarter, and six down with under 2 minutes to play. He got a chance to draw up a winning play after calling timeout with 18 seconds left. The 76ers blocked a shot but it came right back to Johnson, who softly put it in. The Sixers then threw away the ensuing inbounds pass. Lowry said the players forgot to give Griffin a game ball, but the Raptors expect he'll get a head coaching opportunity in the NBA soon and will get plenty of other chances. "We were really excited for him," Powell said. "We wanted to go out there and play hard and help him get his win as a head coach. I thought we did that throughout the game." The Raptors' first-round series against No. 7 Brooklyn had already been set. TIP-INS Raptors: Boucher had nine rebounds and four blocks. ... The Raptors went 3-1 against the 76ers, winning the series for the seventh straight season. 76ers: Philadelphia is 3-4 in the restart. ... Alec Burks, who scored a team-high 23 points in a loss to Phoenix in the last game, sat out with left foot soreness. COACH'S CHANCE Griffin praised Nurse for giving him an opportunity to get head coaching experience in a game. "I think Coach is an awesome human being. He understands a coach like me needs some reps," Griffin said. "Being a head coach, he knows my ambitions and he wants to see me grow as an individual on and off the court, so definitely just an awesome gesture by Coach." HISTORY LESSON 76ers coach Brett Brown said the shirt he wore before the game, featuring a white figure with his arm around a Black one, was designed by Spurs guard Patty Mills, an Australian. Brown explained that for those who didn't know Mills' Aboriginal history, his mother came from what was called the "stolen generation," which he said was "a cleansing of their version of Black children being brought into white suburban Adelaide." "And so this American thing that we're going through with George Floyd and the flash points that we've all experienced here in the United States, it's not unique to this nation," added Brown, who worked with Mills on the Spurs and Australia's national team. UP NEXT Raptors: Play Denver on Friday. 76ers: Play Houston on Friday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press

Manitoba RCMP laughing after suspect mistakes unmarked police car for taxi

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:28
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. - Manitoba RCMP are laughing after an intoxicated man jumped into the back seat of an unmarked police cruiser he mistook for a taxi. "Take me to 17th Street, bro," the would-be passenger told the Mountie behind the wheel early Sunday morning in Portage la Prairie. RCMP say it turned out the 19-year-old was a suspect in a report about a drunken man causing a disturbance. "I think at that time he knew he had made quite the mistake," Cpl. Julie Courchaine said Wednesday. "(Officers) just took him back to the detachment where he could have time to sober up." RCMP were posting messages about the case of mistaken police car identity on social media. "It is just kind of a funny situation that we wanted to share with the public," said Courchaine. "It's not always doom and gloom - there are some funny aspects of our job and sometimes it's nice to let the public know about those things." RCMP say the man was released without charges. (CTV Winnipeg)  This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 12, 2020 The Canadian Press

NDP calls for direction on class sizes, masks as Saskatchewan prepares for back to school

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:15
With only a few weeks before kids had back to school, the NDP is renewing calls for more direction on how to keep teachers and students safe amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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Drive-in rock ‘n’ roll shows coming to Saskatoon

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:07
Customers will have the opportunity to listen to two veteran Canadian rock bands in the parking lot of SaskTel Centre later this month.
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Bruins beat Hurricanes 4-3 in 2 OT in game delayed 15 hours

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:05
TORONTO - Patrice Bergeron scored early in the second ovetime and the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Wednesday in Game 1 of their first-round series that was postponed 15 hours to a rare late-morning start. The game scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday night started the next morning at 11 after the Columbus Blue Jackets-Tampa Bay Lightning series opener went five overtimes. Hurricanes-Bruins Game 1 wasn't quite the same marathon with Bergeron scoring 1:13 into the second extra period. But it had plenty of theatre from Carolina's surprise scratches to a controversial goal and video review. Joel Edmundson, who wasn't with the Hurricanes last year and joined them in a trade from the St. Louis Blues after winning the Stanley Cup, opened the scoring 13:02 into the first period. The way Boston tied it was plenty familiar, with its fearsome first line of Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak connecting. Bergeron won a faceoff to Marchand, who fed it to Pastrnak for the league-leading goal-scorer to finish it off at the 17:45 mark of the first. The Bruins took the lead when Charlie Coyle scored 4:38 into the second. But goaltender Petr Mrazek was livid, and coach Rod Brind'Amour challenged for what the Hurricanes thought was a missed hand pass by Boston's Brett Ritchie. Officials and the NHL's situation room ruled that Mrazek trying to cover the puck negated the hand pass. Brind'Amour was fined for his postgame comments. ISLANDERS 4, CAPITALS 2 Josh Bailey scored a shorthanded goal 6:52 into the third period and New York overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Washington in a hard-hitting opener to the first-round playoff series. Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee scored 1:54 apart spanning the second intermission. Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots and Anthony Beauvillier sealed it by scoring with 8:05 remaining in a game the Islanders overcame their own lack of discipline in allowing the Capitals seven power-play opportunities. T.J. Oshie scored on consecutive power-play opportunities five minutes apart in the second period for Washington. The Capitals finished the game without top-line forward Nicklas Backstrom. Lee set the physical tone of the game by knocking over Backstrom with a late hit in the opening minutes, which led to the Islanders captain fighting Washington defenceman John Carlson. The Capitals did not provide any details in announcing Backstrom would not return after playing seven shifts. AVALANCHE 3, COYOTES 0 EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and Colorado opened the playoffs with a victory over Arizona. Colorado dominated the Coyotes through the first two periods, outshooting them 29-7, yet couldn't get anything past goalie Darcy Kuemper. Grubauer made the saves when he had to for his second career playoff shutout and Kadri broke a scoreless tie by punching in a rebound on a power play with 7 minutes left. The Avalanche broke it open from there. Compher scored on a backhanded rebound and Mikko Rantanen made it three goals in 1:23 to give Colorado the lead in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 2 on Friday. The Associated Press

Zubair Sheikh running to be next mayor of Saskatoon on platform that includes no tax increases

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 19:01
The Saskatoon business owner and engineer says he will run in the next Saskatoon civic election and promises no tax increases.
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Coronavirus: Saskatchewan museums reopening with some changes

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:55
Museums are reopening across Saskatchewan following provincial health safety measures.
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'That fan is just irreplaceable': Family keepsake stolen from Battleford family

CTV Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:53
Lyle Bear and his family are in the middle of getting their basement window replaced after someone recently broke into their new home in Battleford.
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Campaign set up to help family of man found dead in Saskatoon fire

CTV Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:41
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support the family of Alexander Jacobs, who was found dead in a fire last Friday in the Nutana neighbourhood.
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Global News at 6 Saskatoon — Aug. 12, 2020

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:38
The Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, edition of Global News at 6 with Ryan Kessler on Global Saskatoon.
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School districts navigate back-to-school guidelines

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:29
The provincial government is leaving the bulk of back-to-school planning to the 27 individual school divisions. As of Tuesday, there are two levels of guidelines for divisions to work within. The Chinook School Division released its reopen plan on Aug. 4, following the provincial governments first level of regulations. It includes increased cleaning, a strict stay at home policy for staff and students feeling ill, voluntary mask use and avoiding shared equipment. Approximately 6,000 students attend the division’s 62 schools in the southwest. Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools in Melville, Theodore and Yorkton have released a 27-page document details its plans for back-to-school procedures. It outlines developing strategies for hygiene, physical contact, managing guests, and extra-curricular activities. The plan also includes what will happen if a student, parent or staff member becomes ill. The division is not making face masks mandatory, but says they should be used “when all other controls have been fully explored.” The Creighton School Division begins its reopen plan by highlighting that it will evolve as the COVID-19 pandemic does. In a document released on Aug. 1, the district is following similar conditions as aforementioned divisions regarding hygiene, what to do when a child or employee is ill and cohorting classes. It will also observe staggered start times and lunch breaks to avoid crowds. Masks are only required for staff in close contact with a sick student. In a tweet, the Good Spirit School Division, which oversees 26 schools in East-Central Saskatchewan, is revising its plan following the provincial government’s level two guidelines announced on Tuesday. Holy Family Roman Catholic Separate School Division (RCSSD) will follow strict hygiene, cleaning and distancing guidelines in the fall semester. As is common among the divisions at this point masks are not required in most circumstances. Holy Trinity Catholic Schools says it will begin the year observing the province’s level two guidelines. Individual schools in the division will manage start times to minimize physical contact, according to the plan released Tuesday. As the board operates on level two masks will be mandatory for students in grade four to 12 in common areas. The Horizon School Division, based in Humboldt with 43 schools in east-central Saskatchewan, will minimize physical contact when available, encourage frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Masks for students are recommended but not required. In the Ile-a-la-Crosse School Division, field trips are cancelled for now. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms and will be assigned to a cohort. Masks and face shields will be available at the schools but not required. The Light of Christ RCSSD, based in the North Battleford area, will require schools to have more hand sanitizer and cleaning products. Students will only be allowed to bring backpacks, lunch kits, water bottles and outwear between home and school. Masks will only be required when staff members interact with a student showing symptoms. The Living Sky School Division plans to follow heightened cleaning and physical distancing rules when classes start in the fall. In an update posted on the division’s website on Aug. 7, it said it would review level two of the province’s guidelines and update its plan. The Lloydminster Catholic School Division has not released a plan for resuming classes in the fall but the public division has an outline. Public schools will have staggered start, recess and lunchtimes. Visitors to the school and students on buses will be required to wear masks. Staff and students will receive two reusable cloth masks when they arrive on Sept. 1. Classrooms for the around 5,000 students in the Northeast School Division will change from pre-pandemic setups to include more hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, distance markers on floors and seating plans. The Northern Lights School Division calls its return to school plan a living document. At this point, personal protective equipment (PPE) is not required unless caring for an ill student. Board members plan to collaborate with local health experts to keep the plan as up to date and safe as possible. The Northwest School Division will follow standard hygiene, cleaning and distancing rules. The only time masks will be required is when staff are in close contact with a sick student. The Prairie South School Division plans to stagger recess and snack breaks and reduce physical contact. Currently, people will only be able to access schools for essential purposes. Before and after school programs won’t start until Sept. 14 or later. The Prairie Spirit School Division is conducting a parent survey following the province’s level two guidelines. It closes at noon on Aug. 17. Before level two was announced the board, which educates more than 11,000 students, released a return to school format. The Prairie Valley School Division plans to begin the year at level two. Staff and students from grades four to 12 will be required to wear masks in high traffic areas and anywhere two-metre physical distancing can not be maintained. The division will provide one reusable mask to students when they return to class. Class resumes on Sept. 1 for students in Prince Albert Catholic Schools. Increased cleaning and handwashing measures will be in place along with changes to ensure safe distancing. The Regina Catholic School Division will require students from grades four to 12 and all staff to wear masks. In a statement, the division says it’s board of trustees made the decision last week and are pleased the province included the provision in Tuesday’s update. Regina Public Schools will be doing the same and requiring mask use. Children in kindergarten to grade three don’t need to wear masks but are encouraged to have non-medical masks at school. The board is currently finalizing its full formal return to school guidelines. Parents in the Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division will have to wait for a revised plan as well. The original plan included physical distancing guidelines, cleaning plans and other safety strategies. SRPSD School Re-Entry Plan Revised Students on buses to Saskatoon School Division schools will have to wear a face mask. Student between grades four and 12 must wear it for the remainder of the school day when they can’t keep their distance. Staff and visitors to public schools, including parents and caregivers, will be required to wear a mask. Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools will resume in-class lessons on Sept. 1 for more than 19,000 students in the Bridge City and surrounding area. Assigned seating, signage and plexiglass barriers will be implemented in shared spaces. Children returning to class in the South East Cornerstone School Division will notice increased hygiene and physical distancing measures. Staff and students are welcome to wear masks but it is not mandatory at this time. Finally, the Sun West School Division’s re-entry plan was published on Aug. 1. It focuses on similar safety and hygiene requirements as students go back to class. Masks are only required when around a sick student or when distancing can’t be maintained. Masks and hand sanitizer will be delivered to schools prior for the first day of class.  

Avalanche score 3 third-period goals to beat Coyotes 3-0

News Talk 650 CKOM - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:21
EDMONTON - Colorado dominated well into the third period with nothing to show for it. All that firepower and the Avalanche could not solve Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper. Once they broke through, an avalanche of goals followed, giving Colorado a hard-earned win to open the Stanley Cup playoffs. Nazem Kadri and J.T. Compher scored 10 seconds apart in the third period, Philipp Grubauer stopped 14 shots and Colorado opened the best-of-seven playoffs with a 3-0 victory over the Coyotes on Wednesday. "It was an easy game for us to get frustrated in," Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson said. "We played well the majority of the game and they locked it down. We just stuck with it, knew it was going to come." Colorado dominated the Coyotes through the first two periods, outshooting them 29-7, yet couldn't get anything past Kuemper. Grubauer made the saves when he had to for his second career playoff shutout and Kadri broke a scoreless tie by punching in a rebound on a power play with 7 minutes left. The Avalanche broke it open from there. Compher scored on a backhanded rebound and Mikko Rantanen made it three goals in 1:23 to give Colorado the lead heading into Game 2 on Friday. "We weren't a real dangerous team, but we did capitalize on the chances we did get," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. Kuemper stopped 152 shots in four games against Nashville in the Stanley Cup qualifiers and was superb again, making several spectacular saves to keep the Coyotes in it. He finished with 37 saves. Arizona's offence didn't give him much help. The Coyotes are used to counterattacking, but 14 shots against a high-scoring team like Colorado isn't going to cut it. "Our group is comfortable playing in a game like that," Coyotes forward Derek Stepan said. "Although their shots were getting higher, we're fine with that. We just got to start generating more on the offensive side of things." Arizona benefited when when the NHL expanded the post-season bubbles to 12 teams per conference and took advantage, knocking off Nashville 3-1 in the Stanley Cup qualifiers. Kuemper was superb, stopping 152 shots, and the Coyotes had production throughout the lineup, with 16 players notching at least a point, 11 scoring a goal. The Avalanche presented a much bigger problem. The No. 2 seed in the West, Colorado is one of the NHL's most dynamic scoring teams, led by Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon, and has scoring depth across its lines. The Avalanche had the Coyotes on their heels in the first period, peppering Kuemper with 13 shots while Arizona managed just three. The Coyotes thrive in the rope-a-dope, though, and escaped the first period with a scoreless tie. Arizona had some better stretches in the second period, yet had to be bailed out by numerous difficult saves by Kuemper to keep it scoreless while being outshot 16-4. "It's Darcy, Darcy, Darcy and that's it," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. Colorado didn't get frustrated and finally wore down the Coyotes in the third period, turning a tight game into a runaway in a span of 83 seconds. Kadri got it started after Stepan was hit with an interference penalty on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on a call the Coyotes didn't agree with. "It's a tough job, but I really disagree with that call in the Stanley Cup playoffs," Stepan said. Compher scored on a rebound right after Kadri's goal and Rantanen put it out of reach, one-timing a cross-crease pass from MacKinnon. "We were talking in the intermission about patience," Rantanen said. "We were creating a lot of chances, but couldn't find of the net. We knew it was coming." Notes: Coyotes C Nick Schmaltz missed his fifth straight game with a head injury, but could return soon. ... Colorado went 1 for 2 on the power play, Arizona 0 for 2. ... Arizona G Antti Raanta missed his third straight game since suffering a pregame injury before Game 2 against Nashville. UP NEXT Game 2 is Friday in Edmonton. ___ More AP NHL: www.apnews.com/NHL and www.twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press

Zubair Sheikh running for Saskatoon mayor

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:16
A Saskatoon business owner and engineer says he will run in the next Saskatoon civic election and promises no tax increases.
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Environment Canada issues tornado warning for parts of southern Saskatchewan

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 18:01
The potential tornado is located roughly 10 kilometres north of Tyvan and is tracking to the northeast at 30 kilometres an hour, says Environment Canada.
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Saskatchewan school divisions mandate masks, but parents say more needs to be done

Global Saskatoon - Wed, 08/12/2020 - 17:58
Some school divisions are revising back-to-school safety plans to include mask mandates. For some, the increased measures offer a sigh of relief.
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