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Canuck paddles to gold

SZEGED, Hungary -- Laurence Vincent-Lapointe of Trois-Rivieres, Que., earned her second gold medal of the world canoe and kayak championships, winning the women's 200-metre canoe singles on Sunday.

The victory gave Canada five gold medals at the competition -- its most number of gold ever at a world championships.

Meanwhile, Mark De Jonge of Halifax earned an Olympic quota spot for Canada in the men's 200-metre kayak singles with a sixth-place finish on Sunday.

Piotr Siemionowski of Poland won the event in 34.770 seconds, while Edward McKeever of Britain second in 34.896 and Ronald Rauhe of Germany third in 35.118.

Canada earned Olympic quota spots this week in the K-1 1,000, C-1 1,000 and K-1 200. The final opportunity to gain more quota spots will be at the Pan Am Games this October in Mexico.

"We gained the number of Olympic spots we expected this week," said Barney Wainwright, CanoeKayak Canada's high performance director. "Certainly we had some athletes who were hoping for better results but we had several boats which were very competitive. We've learned a lot and now we have to turn our focus quickly to the Pan Am Games."

 

Raiders get good news

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland coach Hue Jackson got at least one bit of good news in the wake of the Raiders loss to the cross-bay rival San Francisco 49ers.

Quarterback Jason Campbell is expected to be back at practice on Monday, two days after leaving the preseason game with a possible concussion.

Campbell took a knee to the head on a scramble play late in the second quarter and did not return to the game. He took concussion tests after the 17-3 loss Saturday night and Jackson said he thought his quarterback would return to practice on Monday.

 

Pettersen charges to win

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. -- Suzann Pettersen rallied to win the LPGA Safeway Classic on Sunday, overcoming a nine-stroke deficit with a 7-under 64 and beating Na Yeon Choi with a par on the first hole of a playoff at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

In the playoff, Choi's second shot on the par-4 18th went into the water to the right of the green, and she missed a putt for bogey before Pettersen sank the winner.

Pettersen, coming off a victory Aug. 7 in the European tour's Ladies Irish Open at Killeen Castle, won her second LPGA Tour title of the year and eighth overall. The Norwegian star jumped to No. 2 in the world rankings behind Yani Tseng.

 

Canada loses at LLWS

VENEZUELA has had a habit of beating Canadian teams at the Little League World Series.

On Sunday, the trend continued.

Venezuela improved to 7-0 against Canada in LLWS play with an 8-0 win over the Canadian champs from Langley, B.C.

The loss evened Langley's record at 1-1 and set up a game today against Asia-Pacific champ Taiwan in the double-elimination tournament in Williamsport, Pa.

Venezuela, the Latin American, champion improved to 2-0.

Venezuelan shortstop Yonny Hernandez drove in four runs on a couple of towering two-run homers. First baseman Neil Prieto added a solo shot.

 

Newton starts Thursday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton will start Carolina's preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Newton will play the first three quarters of Thursday night's preseason game. Rivera says he has not decided if Newton will be the starting quarterback beyond this week.

Newton started and played the entire first half of Friday's 20-10 loss to Miami. He finished 7 of 14 for 66 yards.

Jimmy Clausen started the second half against the Dolphins and went 9-for-15 for 69 yards.

Also Sunday, Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy practised for the first time this preseason. He had been out with injuries sustained in a July motorcycle accident.

 

Canadian synchro sweep

MONTREAL -- Canada completed a golden sweep in junior competition on Sunday with a victory in the team event to conclude the 2011 UANA Pan American Synchronized Swimming Championships.

The Canadians, fielding their national junior squad, totalled 77.227 points with the U.S., second at 74.278 and Brazil third at 73.770.

Representing Canada were Claudia Holzner, Kaylene Scheil and Gabriella Brisson of Calgary, Laura Dee of Laval, Que., Tess Kruspe of Oakville, Ont., Carlie Cholette of Ottawa, Lisa Sanders of Gormley, Ont., and Camille Remillard of La Plaine, Que.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2011 C2

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