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Saskatoon Hilltops tame Edmonton Wildcats in PFC semifinal

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - 57 min 9 sec ago
The Edmonton Wildcats couldn’t take care of the ball while the Saskatoon Hilltops took care of business. Read More

WHL Roundup: Sunday, October 20, 2019

Global Regina - 59 min 59 sec ago
Mark Kastelic and Riley Stotts each scored twice as the Calgary Hitmen rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Medicine Hat Tigers 6-3 on Sunday in the Western Hockey League.

Young man pleads guilty to manslaughter, then insists, 'I'm not a killer'

CBC Saskatchewan - 1 hour 33 min ago
"I think you've got some work to do in terms of coming to grips with your reality," Saskatoon Judge Sanjeev Anand tells convicted killer Duran Laplante.
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Backlund propels Flames to 2-1 victory over Ducks

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 33 min ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Mikael Backlund scored with 11:03 left, Cam Talbot made 29 saves and the Calgary Flames rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. Backlund got a pass from Matthew Tkachuk on a 2-on-1 rush after a neutral zone turnover and beat goaltender John Gibson with a snap shot from the right faceoff circle. It was his second goal in two games. Talbot made his second start of the season and got his first win as he stopped a flurry of one-timers in the third period. Michael Stone also scored for the Flames, who snapped a three-game road losing streak. Jakob Silfverberg scored for Anaheim, which lost for the first time in five home games. Gibson made 27 saves. Silfverberg opened the scoring 12 seconds into the second when he beat Talbot top shelf from the left faceoff circle after taking the pass from Hampus Lindholm. Silfverberg - who has five goals this season - has scored in three straight games. Stone tied it at 15:32 of the second with a one-timer from near the blueline for his first point. Gibson didn’t get a clear look as Calgary’s Sean Monahan and Anaheim’s Michael Del Zotto were battling in front of the net when Stone’s slap shot got through. UP NEXT Flames: Return home to face Washington on Tuesday. Ducks: Hit the road for four games starting Tuesday at Nashville. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Joe Reedy, The Associated Press

Scores and Schedule

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 36 min ago
Sunday’s Games NHL Vancouver 3 N.Y. Rangers 2 Minnesota 4 Montreal 3 Chicago 5 Washington 3 Winnipeg 1 Edmonton 0 (SO) Calgary 2 Anaheim 1 — AHL Toronto 6 Cleveland 5 (SO) Chicago 3 Milwaukee 2 (SO) — NFL San Francisco 9 Washington 0 Green Bay 42 Oakland 24 Buffalo 31 Miami 21 Arizona 27 N.Y. Giants 21 L.A. Rams 37 Atlanta 10 Indianapolis 30 Houston 23 Minnesota 42 Detroit 30 Jacksonville 27 Cincinnati 17 Tennessee 23 L.A. Chargers 20 Baltimore 30 Seattle 16 New Orleans 36 Chicago 25 Dallas 37 Philadelphia 10 — Major League Soccer playoffs Eastern Conference Philadelphia 4 New York Red Bulls 3 Western Conference LA Galaxy 2 Minnesota 1 — Monday’s Games (All times Eastern) NHL Columbus at Toronto, 7 p.m. Vegas at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Colorado at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Ottawa at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. — NFL New England at N.Y. Jets, 8:15 p.m. — The Canadian Press

Sunday’s Games

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 37 min ago
Sunday’s Games NHL Vancouver 3 N.Y. Rangers 2 Minnesota 4 Montreal 3 Chicago 5 Washington 3 Winnipeg 1 Edmonton 0 (SO) Calgary 2 Anaheim 1 — AHL Toronto 6 Cleveland 5 (SO) Chicago 3 Milwaukee 2 (SO) — NFL San Francisco 9 Washington 0 Green Bay 42 Oakland 24 Buffalo 31 Miami 21 Arizona 27 N.Y. Giants 21 L.A. Rams 37 Atlanta 10 Indianapolis 30 Houston 23 Minnesota 42 Detroit 30 Jacksonville 27 Cincinnati 17 Tennessee 23 L.A. Chargers 20 Baltimore 30 Seattle 16 New Orleans 36 Chicago 25 Dallas 37 Philadelphia 10 — Major League Soccer playoffs Eastern Conference Philadelphia 4 New York Red Bulls 3 Western Conference LA Galaxy 2 Minnesota 1 — The Canadian Press

Search for small plane missing near North Carolina airport

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 50 min ago
DURHAM, N.C. - Operations were temporarily halted at a busy North Carolina airport Sunday night after it lost radar contact with an approaching small plane, launching a search by fire and rescue units around a densely forested state park nearby. A statement posted on the Raleigh-Durham International Airport website said air traffic controllers notified the airport that a small aircraft was lost on radar about 7:25 p.m. Sunday as it was approaching the airport. The statement added that airport firefighting units were immediately dispatched to the vicinity of William B. Umstead State Park, not far from the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a brief statement that the aircraft lost from radar contact was a Piper PA32. The FAA website said the single-engine plane typically has around six seats. The FAA statement said the aircraft was approaching Runway 32, the smallest of three landing strips and perpendicular to what the airport considers its primary runway. Airport spokeswoman Crystal Feldman said air operations were halted for about 20 minutes as rescue units rushed to the area. “During that time we had our fire units responding to the incident, which allowed no planes to take off or land on our runway,” she said at a news conference. “For about 20 minutes we had everything halted around the airport.” Feldman couldn’t say how many people were aboard the aircraft. With rescuers from multiple agencies searching the area round Umstead State Park, Feldman said people were advised to avoid the approximately 6,000-acre (2,400-hectare) wooded expanse bounded by an interstate, the airport and a state highway. “Our primary goal right now is to find this airplane,” she said. At a second news conference around 11 p.m., Feldman said that a highway patrol helicopter flying over the state park was scanning for heat signatures on the ground. She said the dense forest of the park, combined with the darkness, could slow the search. “It could take a very long time for us to find this plane,” she said, adding: “No one is going home until this plane is found.” The airport’s website showed that a number of arrivals were diverted between 7 and 8 p.m., and departures were delayed. Arrivals appeared to resume around 8 p.m. Sunday. __ Follow Drew at www.twitter.com/JonathanLDrew Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press

Connor, Laine score shootout goals, Jets topple red-hot Oilers 1-0

News Talk 650 CKOM - 1 hour 51 min ago
WINNIPEG - Connor Hellebuyck’s first shutout of the season couldn’t have come at a better time for the Winnipeg Jets. Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine scored in the shootout as the Jets ended a three-game losing skid with a 1-0 victory over the red-hot Edmonton Oilers Sunday. “I wasn’t trying to do too much, sticking with my game and relaxing and reading the game as it came to me,” Hellebuyck said of his 28-save performance. “I thought I was a calming presence for the guys out there, and it helps when they were clearing rebounds like they were. I’ll enjoy this one. You don’t get too many shutouts.” Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid were stopped in the shootout. Overtime featured stripped pucks and tight goaltending. Edmonton goalie Mike Smith robbed Mark Scheifele in close and Hellebuyck followed that up by denying McDavid on a breakaway. “That’s what 3-on-3 hockey does with the best players in the world out there,” said Smith, who made 23 saves. “It’s exciting for you guys, not so much for the goalies.” The Oilers (7-1-1) came into the game winners of two straight. Winnipeg (5-5-0) was playing its fourth game of a five-game homestand in front of 15,321 fans at Bell MTS Place. “It’s good to get a result,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. “Obviously, it’s been tough around here. I think the quality of our play isn’t reflective of the results we’re getting recently. So, it’s good to finally get one.” The Jets are undefeated in regulation in their last seven games against the Oilers. Their last loss was Dec. 1, 2016. The victory also marked Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice’s 700th career win. He’s seventh all-time and third behind active NHL coaches Joel Quenneville of the Florida Panthers (893) and New York Islanders’ Barry Trotz (815). Jets defenceman Carl Dahlstrom appeared to score his first NHL goal at 8:27 of the third period, but the play was reviewed and Scheifele was ruled offside and the goal wiped away. Keeping McDavid and linemate Leon Draisaitl off the scoresheet, especially in overtime, was a bit surprising for Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefborn. “We’re spoiled to have those two guys on the ice when it’s 3-on-3,” Klefborn said. “And usually it only takes one or two attempts and it’s back in the net. “It’s going to be nights like this and it was a tight game tonight. Obviously, one point is one point so we’re just going to look forward to the next game.” Edmonton outshot Winnipeg 7-2 in the first period. The Jets didn’t get their first shot on goal until 8:06 and finished with another 11 attempts in the period, five that missed the net and six that were blocked. The Oilers went on a power play with 1:56 left in the opening period and had one shot Hellebuyck turned aside. Winnipeg went on its first power play seven minutes in the second period and got four shots on Smith. McDavid was then called for slashing Wheeler late in the second. Winnipeg tallied three shots on goal, including a low Mathieu Perreault shot that Smith squeezed into his body. Jets centre Bryan Little, making his season debut after suffering a concussion in a pre-season game, went to the penalty box for slashing at 18:46. Shots on goal after the middle frame were 15-12 in Edmonton’s favour. Winnipeg had its third power play of the game 26 seconds into the third and Smith stopped Laine’s low, one-timer blast and a shot from Dmitry Kulikov. Less than a minute after Dahlstrom’s goal was disallowed, the Jets went on the power play again. Smith denied three shot attempts, including two quick ones from close in. Winnipeg finishes its homestand by hosting the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday. The Oilers are in Minnesota the same night to play the Wild. Notes: Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl had his point streak end at eight games. He had six goals and 10 assists in that span … Edmonton defenceman Kris Russell was playing in his 800th NHL game. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2019. Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens join Country Music Hall of Fame

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 25 min ago
NASHVILLE - Bestselling country duo of all time Brooks & Dunn, comedian and singer Ray Stevens and record executive Jerry Bradley joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in a star-filled ceremony on Sunday evening that was full of tributes to their hit songs and their lasting legacies in country music. Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt were among the guest performers during the medallion ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Each inductee received a medallion and a plaque that will be placed inside the Hall of Fame rotunda. Brooks & Dunn were an unlikely pairing of two artists who both started out solo. Neither Kix Brooks nor Ronnie Dunn thought the partnership would last, but decades later they are the most awarded and bestselling country duo of all time, with 19 CMA Awards, two Grammys and 25 Academy of Country Music Awards and 20 No. 1 hits. Brooks’ flamboyant nature and guitar playing brought the perfect counterpoint to Dunn’s stellar singing, but more understated personality. With hits such as “Brand New Man,” ”Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” ”My Maria,” ”Neon Moon,” the pair filled arenas and sold more than 28 million albums in the U.S. alone. They took a break in 2010, but nearly a decade later, they reunited in the studio to release new duet versions of their hits with today’s country stars in an album called “Reboot.” Reba McEntire, who has been playing alongside Brooks & Dunn since the ’90s and has an ongoing longstanding Las Vegas residency with the duo for several years, came to put the medallions over their heads and joked that she considered them her “big brothers.” Brooks has often said he never understood why they made such a good pair, but it happened immediately. “Putting the two of us together on a Tuesday, and us writing our first two No. 1 records on a Thursday and Friday is just weird,” Brooks said. Dunn acknowledged that he was often over-analytical of himself and noted that even his therapist was in attendance that night. But he said that he tried hard to keep himself from getting too emotional. “I have never been so proud and humble,” he said. The “Reboot” album and the induction has put them back in the spotlight again and they are nominated for two CMA awards for duo of the year and musical event at the CMA Awards in November. “We had every intention of quitting, and we did for a few minutes,” Brooks said, “But I think we realize now how lucky we are.” Comedian and country singer Ray Stevens, who learned to play piano as a child in Clarkdale, Georgia, is known for his novelty songs like “The Streak” and “Ahab the Arab,” but also the earnest and Grammy-winning “Everything is Beautiful.” He is an all-around entertainer, who worked as a TV personality, producer, a session musician and a songwriter. He currently still performs at his own dinner theatre in Nashville called CabaRay. Ricky Skaggs performed the jazz standard “Misty,” which Stevens rearranged into a country bluegrass version that became his biggest country hit in 1975 and earned him a Grammy for arrangement. The McCrary Sisters performed a gospel version of “Everything is Beautiful,” which brought tears to Stevens, who was seated in the front row. Stevens, 80, said that since his induction was announced earlier this year, he said people had been saying it was about time he was honoured. “Anytime is a good time to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame,” he said. But he joked that if the induction had come sooner, he “could have upped his booking fees.” Jerry Bradley came from a legacy of Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, including his father, producer Owen Bradley, the architect of the Nashville Sound, and his uncle Harold Bradley, a famed guitarist. Jerry Bradley became head of RCA Nashville in 1973, succeeding Chet Akins and bringing in new artists like Alabama and Ronnie Milsap. He helped market the outlaws of country music in a platinum-selling album called “Wanted: The Outlaws.” Under his leadership, the careers of Dolly Parton and Charley Pride flourished. Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt performed “Good Hearted Woman,” a song made famous by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Americana star Yola gave an electrifying performance on “Jolene” and Old Crow Medicine Show made Alabama’s “Dixieland Delight” into a frantic bluegrass breakdown with Molly Tuttle. “This business has given me a wonderful life,” Bradley said. “I am grateful for the people I’ve met, the songs I’ve heard and the part I’ve played.” __ Online: Home __ Follow Kristin M. Hall at http://twitter.com/kmhall Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press

Search for small plane missing near North Carolina airport

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 46 min ago
DURHAM, N.C. - Operations were temporarily halted at a busy North Carolina airport Sunday night after it lost radar contact with an approaching small plane, launching a search by fire and rescue units around a nearby state park. A statement posted on the Raleigh-Durham International Airport website said air traffic controllers notified the airport that a small aircraft was lost on radar about 7:25 p.m. Sunday as it was approaching the airport. The statement added that airport firefighting units were immediately dispatched to the vicinity of William B. Umstead State Park, not far from the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a brief statement that the aircraft lost from radar contact was a Piper PA32. The FAA website said the propeller plane typically has around six seats. The FAA statement said the aircraft was approaching Runway 32, the smallest of three landing strips and perpendicular to what the airport considers its primary runway. Airport spokeswoman Crystal Feldman said air operations were halted for about 20 minutes as rescue units rushed to the area. “During that time we had our fire units responding to the incident, which allowed no planes to take off or land on our runway,” she said. “For about 20 minutes we had everything halted around the airport.” Feldman said she couldn’t say how many people were aboard the aircraft. With rescuers from multiple agencies searching the area round Umstead State Park, Feldman said people were advised to avoid the approximately 6,000-acre (2,400-hectare) wooded expanse bounded by an interstate, the airport and a state highway. “Our primary goal right now is to find this airplane,” she said. The airport’s website showed that a number of arrivals were diverted between 7 and 8 p.m., and departures were delayed. Arrivals appeared to resume around 8 p.m. Sunday. __ Follow Drew at www.twitter.com/JonathanLDrew Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press

US defence chief in Afghanistan for firsthand look at war

News Talk 650 CKOM - 2 hours 59 min ago
KABUL - Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military’s future role in America’s longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Stalled peace talks with the Taliban and unrelenting attacks by the insurgent group and Islamic State militants have complicated the Trump administration’s pledge to withdraw more than 5,000 American troops. Esper told reporters travelling with him that he believes the U.S. can reduce its force in Afghanistan to 8,600 without hurting the counterterrorism fight against al-Qaida and the Islamic State group. But he said any withdrawal would happen as part of a peace agreement with the Taliban. The U.S. has about 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan as part of the American-led coalition. U.S. forces are training and advising Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorism operations against extremists. President Donald Trump had ordered a troop withdrawal in conjunction with the peace talks that would have left about 8,600 American forces in the country. U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had a preliminary peace deal with the Taliban, but a surge in Taliban violence and the death of an American soldier last month prompted Trump to cancel a secret Camp David meeting where the peace deal would have been finalized. He declared the tentative agreement dead. “The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, that’s the best way forward,” said Esper. He visited Afghanistan in his previous job as U.S. Army secretary. He would not say how long he believes it may be before a new peace accord could be achieved. A month after the peace agreement collapsed, Khalilzad met with Taliban in early October in Islamabad, Pakistan, but it was not clear what progress, if any, was being made. Esper’s arrival in Kabul came as Afghan government leaders delayed the planned announcement of preliminary results of last month’s presidential election. Esper met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other government officials. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was visiting Afghanistan with a congressional delegation at the same time. Her office said in a statement Sunday night the bipartisan delegation met with top Afghan leaders, civil society representatives and U.S. military chiefs and troops serving there. Pelosi says the delegation emphasized the importance of combating corruption and ensuring women are at the table in reconciliation talks. Both Ghani and his current partner in the unity government, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, have said they believe they had enough votes to win. The Sept. 28 vote was marred by widespread misconduct and accusations of fraud. Officials said the announcement of preliminary results has been delayed due to problems with the transparency of the process, delays in transferring ballot papers and delays in transferring data from a biometric system into the main server. Esper planned to meet with his top commanders in Afghanistan as the U.S. works to determine the way ahead in the 18-year war. Trump, since his 2016 presidential campaign, has spoken of a need to withdraw U.S. troops from the “endless war” in Afghanistan. He has complained that the U.S. has been serving as policemen in Afghanistan, and says that’s not the American military’s job. Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press

Connor, Laine score shootout goals, Jets topple red-hot Oilers 1-0

News Talk 650 CKOM - 3 hours 20 min ago
WINNIPEG - Kyle Connor and Patrik Laine scored in the shootout as the Winnipeg Jets ended a three-game losing skid with a 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Sunday. Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid were stopped in the shootout. Overtime featured stripped pucks and tight goaltending. Edmonton goalie Mike Smith robbed Mark Scheifele in close and Hellebuyck followed that up by denying Connor McDavid on a breakaway. Smith made 23 saves for the Oilers (7-1-1), who came into the game winners of two straight. Winnipeg (5-5-0) was playing its fourth game of a five-game homestand. The Jets are undefeated in regulation in their last seven games against the Oilers. Their last loss was Dec. 1, 2016. Jets defenceman Carl Dahlstrom appeared to score his first NHL goal at 8:23 of the third period, but the play was reviewed and Scheifele was ruled offside and the goal wiped away. Edmonton outshot Winnipeg 7-2 in the first period. The Jets didn’t get their first shot on goal until 8:06 and finished with another 11 attempts in the period, five that missed the net and six that were blocked. The Oilers went on a power play with 1:56 left in the opening period and had one shot Hellebuyck turned aside. Winnipeg went on its first power play seven minutes in the second period and got four shots on Smith. McDavid was then called for slashing his Jets counterpart Blake Wheeler late in the second. Winnipeg tallied three shots on goal, including a low Mathieu Perreault shot that Smith squeezed into his body. Jets centre Bryan Little, making his season debut after suffering a concussion in a pre-season game, went to the penalty box for slashing at 18:46. Shots on goal after the middle frame were 15-12 in Edmonton’s favour. Winnipeg had its third power play of the game 26 seconds into the third and Smith stopped Laine’s low, one-timer blast and a shot from Dmitry Kulikov. Less than a minute after Dahlstrom’s goal was disallowed, the Jets went on the power play again. Smith denied three shot attempts, including two quick ones from close in. Winnipeg finishes its five-game homestand by hosting the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday. The Oilers are in Minnesota the same night to play the Wild. Notes: Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl had his point streak end at eight games. He had six goals and 10 assists in that span … Edmonton defenceman Kris Russell was playing in his 800th NHL game. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2019. Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

North Carolina airport: Radar contact lost with small plane

News Talk 650 CKOM - 3 hours 30 min ago
DURHAM, N.C. - Radar contact was lost with a small plane approaching the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina Sunday evening, and airport operations were temporarily interrupted while fire and rescue units rushed to the nearby area, authorities said. A statement posted on the airport website said air traffic controllers notified the airport that a small aircraft was lost on radar about 7:25 p.m. Sunday as it was on approach to one of the runways. The statement added that airport firefighting units were immediately dispatched to the vicinity of William B. Umstead State Park, not far from the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a brief statement that the aircraft lost from radar contact was a Piper PA32. The FAA website said the propeller plane typically has around six seats. It wasn’t clear how many people were believed aboard. The statement from RDU, the airport authority, didn’t say how long airport operations were paused. After search and rescue efforts were launched, the airport resumed operations. The airport’s website showed that a number of arrivals were diverted between 7 and 8 p.m., and departures were delayed. Arrivals appeared to resume around 8 p.m. Sunday. Jonathan Drew, The Associated Press

Police watchdog releases more details about shooting at Calgary military parade

News Talk 650 CKOM - 3 hours 40 min ago
CALGARY - Alberta’s police watchdog has released more information about an incident in which an officer shot a car that police say drove around barriers and towards a military parade in Calgary on Saturday. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team says several downtown roadways were barricaded for the parade, but a 21-year-old man driving a 2008 Toyota Corolla and a 28-year-old female passenger rounded a corner and attempted to drive through. It says an officer on a mountain bike tried to direct them away, but the car went around the officer and then abruptly stopped in the presence of additional officers - and in the path of the oncoming parade. ASIRT says the car backed up, appeared like it was trying to turn around, went through a cycling lane onto the sidewalk and then struck a building. The agency says officers approached the car and issued commands to the driver, but he didn’t comply and an officer fired three shots when the car allegedly drove on the sidewalk towards two officers. The car attempted to flee but crashed into a van, and both occupants of the car were taken into custody. “Immediately following the collision, both the driver and female passenger attempted to flee the scene on foot but were quickly arrested,” an ASIRT news release on Sunday stated. The release said the passenger appeared to have a single gunshot wound to her left thigh, while the driver appeared to have a bullet wound to the left forearm. None of the injuries are considered life threatening. The driver remains in hospital, the release said, while the passenger was treated and later released. Investigators allege the Corolla was stolen, and so was its licence plate. The driver of the van was not injured in the collision. The Canadian Army tweeted Saturday that the parade was the 41 Service Battalion Freedom of the City parade, and that no Canadian Forces personnel were injured. The Calgary Police Service hasn’t said what the motivation for the “near collision” with the parade was, but noted that there’s “no indication of any links to extremist activity.” ASIRT said Calgary police maintain responsibility for the investigation and any charges related to the conduct of the driver and passenger of the stolen vehicle, while it will focus on the lawfulness of the use of force by police. It’s asking witnesses or anyone who may have audio or video of the incident to contact them. This report by the Canadian Press was first published Oct. 20, 2019. The Canadian Press

Laneway housing gaining more popularity across Canada amidst housing crunch

Global Regina - 3 hours 55 min ago
Laneway houses were already a long-time prominent fixture in West Coast cities like Vancouver. Now they are gaining popularity elsewhere, as a creative solution to Canada’s growing housing crunch in cities across the country. Heather Yourex-West explains why a growing number of Canadians are choosing to build second homes in their own back yards.

North Carolina airport: Radar contact lost with small plane

News Talk 650 CKOM - 4 hours 8 min ago
RALEIGH, N.C. - Radar contact with a small plane approaching the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina was lost Sunday evening and the airport was briefly closed while fire and rescue units were dispatched to an area nearby, authorities said. A brief airport statement posted on its website said air traffic controllers notified the airport that a small general aviation aircraft was lost on radar about 7:25 p.m. Sunday near a park in the vicinity of the airport. The statement added that airport firefighting units were immediately dispatched to the area. The statement didn’t say how long airport operations were paused but that after search and rescue efforts were launched, the airport resumed operations. It didn’t elaborate on the type of plane involved or how many were believed aboard. The statement said controllers with the Federal Aviation Administration had advised the airport of the loss of contact. There was no immediate response to an emailed statement to an FAA spokesperson requesting more details. The Associated Press

Parise scores winner, Wild beat Canadiens 4-3 for 2nd win

News Talk 650 CKOM - 4 hours 22 min ago
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild called a players-only meeting as they struggled to start the season. In their first game since that meeting, the Wild earned a win and gained a sense of relief. Zach Parise scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Wild won their second game of the season, beating the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Sunday. “It’s been a tough start for everybody,” Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I love seeing the emotion on the faces, especially when it’s good emotion.” Jason Zucker, Marcus Foligno and Brad Hunt also scored for Minnesota, which matched its highest goal total through eight games this season. The Wild also scored four goals in a 7-4 home loss to Pittsburgh. Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves and earned his first win of the season. Phillip Danault scored twice and Tomas Tatar added a goal for the Canadiens. Keith Kinkaid stopped 29 shots in his second game of the season. Parise took a perfect pass from Zucker through traffic and sent a shot that beat Kinkaid and gave the Wild a 4-3 lead. The score came just over four minutes after Hunt tied the game on the power play. “It was a really good play,” Parise said. “A lot of times it’s gotta start from your own end with a couple of good plays out of your zone and that’s how that one started.” The teams squared off for the second time in a four-day span. The host Canadiens won the previous meeting 4-0. Montreal couldn’t hold on to two one-goal leads in Sunday’s game. “It kind of just came down to them finding a way to put one more in the net than we did in the third period, and they get two points,” Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher said. “We’ve got to go home and obviously correct that.” Foligno scored with just 12.9 seconds left in the second period to tie the game. Danault’s second goal of the game in the third gave Montreal a short-lived lead before goals by Hunt and Parise put Minnesota ahead for good. Zucker opened the game with a first-period goal in the team’s first game since the player included head coach Bruce Boudreau in a controversial quote, saying everyone on the team needed to be better. Zucker redirected a shot from the point on the power play at 8:57. All three of Zucker’s goals this season have come on the power play. “We have a lot of work left but I think this stuff can help,” Foligno said. “A win like tonight and the way we did it can really kind of boost your spirits a bit.” The finest of Kinkaid’s saves on Sunday came when he stopped Zucker midway through the second period. As he fell to the ice, Kinkaid gloved a shot by Zucker that would have tied the game. “He was, by far, our best player tonight,” Montreal coach Claude Julien said of Kinkaid. Montreal scored twice in a 16-second span in the second period. Tatar evened the game with a power-play goal at the 2:50 mark. Dubnyk gave up a big rebound to Tatar, who buried it for his third goal of the year. Then Danault put Montreal up 2-1 after a turnover by Minnesota in its own zone. Danault banked the puck off Dubnyk’s skate seconds after Tatar’s equalizer. NOTES: The Wild’s regular-season sellout streak ended at 230 consecutive games. Sunday’s announced attendance of 17,344 fell short of the Xcel Energy Center’s capacity of 17,954. … Sunday was Minnesota’s second home game of the season through eight games. UP NEXT Canadiens: Host San Jose on Thursday night. Wild: Host Edmonton on Tuesday night. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tyler Mason, The Associated Press

North Carolina airport: Radar contact lost with small plane

News Talk 650 CKOM - 4 hours 25 min ago
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Raleigh-Durham International Airport says a small plane approaching that airport was lost on radar and the airport was briefly closed while fire and rescue units responded. The airport says in a brief statement on its website that FAA air traffic control notified the airport that the plane was lost on radar about 7:25 p.m. Sunday near a park in the vicinity of the airport. The statement says airport firefighting units immediately were immediately dispatched to the general area, closing the airport for a brief time. The airport statement says only that the plane was a small general aviation aircraft, and didn’t say who was aboard. It says search and rescue efforts are underway and the airport has reopened. It didn’t give any further details immediately. The Associated Press

Hong Kong descends into chaos again as protesters defy ban

News Talk 650 CKOM - 4 hours 37 min ago
Hong Kong streets descended into chaotic scenes following an unauthorized pro-democracy rally Sunday, as protesters set up roadblocks and torched businesses, and police responded with tear gas and a water cannon. Protesters tossed firebombs and took their anger out on shops with mainland Chinese ties as they skirmished late into the evening with riot police, who unleashed numerous tear gas rounds on short notice, angering residents and passers-by. Police had beefed up security measures ahead of the rally, for which they refused to give permission, the latest chapter in the unrest that has disrupted life in the financial hub since early June. Some 24 people were hurt and treated at hospitals, including six with serious injuries, the Hospital Authority said. Police did not give an arrest figure. One person was seen being handcuffed and taken away to a police van. As the rally march set off, protest leaders carried a black banner that read, “Five main demands, not one less,” as they pressed their calls for police accountability and political rights in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Supporters sang the protest movement’s anthem, waved colonial and U.S. flags, and held up placards depicting the Chinese flag as a Nazi swastika. Many protesters wore masks in defiance of a recently introduced ban on face coverings at public gatherings, and volunteers handed more out to the crowd. Matthew Lee, a university student, said he was determined to keep protesting even after more than four months. “I can see some people want to give up, but I don’t want to do this because Hong Kong is my home, we want to protect this place, protect Hong Kong,” he said. “You can’t give up because Hong Kong is your home.” Some front-line protesters barricaded streets at multiple locations in Kowloon, where the city’s subway operator restricted passenger access. They tore up stones from the sidewalk and scattered them on the road, commandeered plastic safety barriers and unscrewed metal railings to form makeshift roadblocks. A water cannon truck and armoured car led a column of dozens of police vans up and down Nathan Road, a major artery lined with shops, to spray a stinging blue-dyed liquid as police moved to clear the road of protesters and barricades. At one point, the water cannon sprayed a handful of people standing outside a mosque. Local broadcaster RTHK reported that the people hit were guarding the mosque and few protesters were nearby. The Hong Kong police force said it was an “unintended impact” of its operation to disperse protesters andlatersent a representativeto meet the mosque’s imam. As night fell, protesters returned to the streets, setting trash on fire at intersections. Residents jeered riot police, cursing at them and telling them to leave. The officers, in turn, warned people that they were part of an illegal assembly and told them to leave, and unleashed tear gas to disperse the crowds. Along the way, protesters trashed discount grocery shops and a restaurant chain because of what they say is the pro-Beijing ownership of the companies. They also set fire to ATMs and branches of mainland Chinese banks, setting off sprinklers in at least two, as well as a shop selling products from Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. The police used a bomb disposal robot to blow up a cardboard box with protruding wires that they suspected was a bomb. Organizers said ahead of the march that they wanted to use their right to protest as guaranteed by Hong Kong’s constitution despite the risk of arrest. “We’re using peaceful, rational, nonviolent ways to voice our demands,” Figo Chan, vice convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, told reporters. “We’re not afraid of being arrested. What I’m most scared of is everyone giving up on our principles.” The group has organized some of the movement’s biggest protest marches. One of its leaders, Jimmy Sham, was attacked on Wednesday by assailants wielding hammers. On Saturday, Hong Kong police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of stabbing a teenage activist who was distributing leaflets near a wall plastered with pro-democracy messages. A witness told RTHK that the assailant shouted afterward that Hong Kong is “a part of China” and other pro-Beijing messages. The protest movement sprang out of opposition to a government proposal for an extradition bill that would have sent suspects to mainland China to stand trial, and then ballooned into broader demands for full democracy and an inquiry into alleged police brutality. ___ Follow Kelvin Chan at twitter.com/chanman Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press

Thunder comback falls short, season ends with 20-17 loss to Huskies

News Talk 650 CKOM - 5 hours 2 min ago
For the second straight year, the Edmonton Huskies have ended the Regina Thunder’s season. The Thunder couldn’t overcome a slow start, ultimately falling short in a comeback bid and falling 20-17 to the Edmonton Huskies. "We weren’t very crisp, that’s sort of what happens when you have a week off," Thunder head coach Scott MacAulay said following the defeat. His team won by forfeit over the Winnipeg Rifles on Oct. 13 after the Rifles were unable to travel due to weather. "I thought that we would come out a little bit stronger than we did … But our guys never quit, they played all the way down to the end and we had a chance to make something happen but fell short." It was a rematch from the 2018 Prairie Football Conference playoff semi-finals, where the Huskies eliminated the Thunder with a 24-21 score in Edmonton. The Thunder scored 15 points in the fourth quarter to earn a 24-21 win in Regina on Sept. 22. The Huskies struck first in the game with kicker Luca Cupelli’s opening kickoff rolling into the end zone for a single point. The Thunder tried to pull ahead in the first quarter on a 35-yard attempt but kicker Eric Maximuik’s kick just leaked right and would only score a single point. The game was being played at Leible Field because preparations for the NHL Heritage Classic are ongoing at Mosaic Stadium. Huskies quarterback Declan O’Flaherty got Edmonton the first major score of the game with a pass to Sam Clayton for a touchdown. The point-after by Cupelli made it a 8-1 game. Thunder quarterback Blake Scherle, who came into the game as the PFC passing leader with 2, 196 yards, tried to answer but was intercepted by defensive back Justin Hodinsky. On the very next play, O’Flaherty connected with wide receiver Ronnie Oling for the touchdown. With the extra-point, the Huskies got up 15-1. Maximuik scored the only other points for the Thunder in the first half, connecting on a 41-yard attempt to make it 15-4. The Thunder, who honoured the top 28 players in their 20-year history at halftime, came out and tried to regain momentum in the third. While defences dominated the first half of the third quarter, Scherle threw the football and caution to the wind into double-coverage but would connect with wide receiver Ethan Douglas for the big gain. The catch would extend a drive that ended with running back Maxwell Foerster punching it into the end zone for the Thunder’s first touchdown. The Thunder elected to go for two-points but came up short so the score would be 15-10. Cupelli hit a field goal from 20-yards out in the third quarter to extend the Huskies lead. In the fourth quarter, Cupelli tried to extend the lead to 11 but was wide on a 33-yarder which scored a single point to make it 19-10. But Scherle and the Thunder offence answered back quickly, with Scherle leading a 75-yard drive that ended with him running in a touchdown from 18-yards away to make it 19-17. Cupelli’s struggles with field goals continued late in the fourth quarter, missing a 13-yarder but scoring a single to make it 20-17. Scherle would get the ball back but was intercepted by Hodinsky for the second time in the game. The Thunder defence forced a two-and-out to give their graduating quarterback another crack at leading a game-winning drive with 2:01 remaining. The comeback effort nearly came to an end with Scherle’s pass hitting Douglas’ hands on a diving effort but it would ultimately fall incomplete. The Thunder got the ball back but wouldn’t be able to get close enough for a game-tying field goal, so the scoreboard read 20-17 with zeroes on the clock. Despite the game ending in a loss, MacAulay says he’s proud of how his team played all year. "The culture of the team was very strong and to rate the season it was one of our better ones but it’s still tough to be ending it this way when you put all this time and effort into it," MacAulay said. The game marked the end of the Thunder careers for Scherle, running back Greg Lamb, wide receiver Tanner Zaharia, offensive lineman Logan Ferland, defensive back Tyrel Latoski, defensive back Jon Martin, defensive lineman Carson Bell, wide receiver Sean Renouf and defensive lineman Ryland Gibb. MacAulay said it’s a tough moment for the players. "Football you can only play for X-amount of years and some of these guys might not ever play again," MacAulay said. "It’s kind of that crushing moment when that realization comes." The Huskies will now meet the Hilltops in Saskatoon on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The Hilltops won their semi-final game 31-7 over the Edmonton Wildcats. All-time Thunder players
  • Dan Clark, OL
  • Logan Ferland, OL
  • Matt Halbgewachs, OL
  • Max Ivanov, OL
  • Jeff Yorga, OL
  • Ryan Anderson, Receiver (also honoured on special-teams)
  • Chris Getzlaf, Receiver
  • Wil Heward, Receiver
  • Jay Smith, Receiver
  • Kolten Solomon, Receiver
  • Stu Foord, RB
  • Victor St. Pierre Laviolette, RB
  • Asher Hastings, QB
  • Reid Quest, QB
  • Ivan Brown, DL
  • Zack Evans, DL
  • Jason Skolney, DL
  • Ryan Warner, DL
  • Scott Magee, LB
  • Brett Selinger, LB
  • Steve Wilson, LB
  • Dustin Erbach, DB
  • Mark Ingram, DB
  • Jon Krahenbil, DB
  • Jimmy Stewart, DB
  • Paul Woldu, DB
  • Jeff Bolen, K

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