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Foster joining forces with Ontario's Flaxey

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After winning bronze for Manitoba at this year's Scotties, former Team Chelsea Carey second Kristen Foster is heading to Ontario to curl.

Foster will throw second rocks for reigning Ontario champion Allison Flaxey, who is also a former Manitoba junior and mixed champion. She will replace Lynn Kreviazuk, who has left the Flaxey rink. The change isn't just a good fit on the sheet. Foster and Flaxey are close friends, who were thrilled to learn they won their respective provincial tournaments on the same night earlier this year.

"With a bronze at the 2014 Scotties and a big run at the Olympic trials, Kristen will bring some great experience and skill to the team," Team Flaxey said in announcing the move in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Foster's move comes after Carey dissolved her Manitoba team and moved to Edmonton to take over skipping duties for Laura Crocker's rink. Former Carey third Kristy McDonald has started her own foursome, which includes third Kate Cameron, second Leslie Wilson and Raunora Westcott at lead.

 

Shaq makes amends

 

DETROIT -- Ex-NBA star Shaquille O'Neal says he has apologized to a Detroit man with a rare disorder for making fun of his appearance in an online post.

Best known as Shaq, the former NBA player said in a Twitter message he "made a new friend today" when he "called and apologized to Jahmel Binion."

Binion has ectodermal dysplasia, which affects his face, teeth and hair. He tells MLive.com he was "confused" when O'Neal posted a picture on Instagram showing him making a face imitating Binion.

The post was later taken down.

The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias wrote an open letter Monday to O'Neal saying "bullying is never acceptable."

 

Banana thrower arrested

 

VILLARREAL, Spain -- Spanish police arrested the man who racially insulted Barcelona defender Dani Alves by throwing a banana at him, with reports on Wednesday claiming the perpetrator worked for Villarreal.

Police confirmed 26-year-old David Campayo Lleo was arrested, with Spanish media reporting he was fired from his role on the coaching staff of one of the club's youth teams.

Villarreal would not confirm nor deny the reports about Campayo Lleo's role with the club when questioned about their authenticity by The Associated Press.

Campayo Lleo faces from one to three years in prison if found guilty of charges related to racist provocation.


State wants Bills to stay

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has retained a key sports business legal expert to assist in the state's bid to prevent the Buffalo Bills from relocating.

The Empire State Development board approved extending a contract with Foley & Lardner, and specifically the law firm's partner Irwin Raij. The extension was authorized April 16, three weeks after Bills owner Ralph Wilson died.

Raij specializes in stadium development projects and lease agreements. In 2012, he played a role in helping the state and Erie County negotiate a 10-year lease agreement with the Bills to continue playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The lease included a strict non-relocation clause that makes it difficult for the franchise to move before 2020.

 

-- from the news services / staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 1, 2014 0

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