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Red Deer repeats at Telus Cup

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. -- The Red Deer Chiefs are champions once again at the Telus Cup.

Matt Zentner made 27 saves as the Chiefs won for a second consecutive year at Canada's national midget hockey championship, 5-0 over the Ottawa Jr. 67's on Sunday.

Red Deer opened the scoring with Chase Thudium scoring late in the first before. The Chiefs took a commanding 4-0 lead in the second period on goals from Trey Degraaf, Ryker Leer and Chris Garrie.

Ian McLellan added a goal in the third as the Chiefs became the third team to win back-to-back titles since 2000.

Red Deer overwhelmed Ottawa goaltender Simon Hofley, who had his second 50-save performance of the tournament.

Red Deer advanced to the final after beating the Saskatoon Contacts 5-1 in the semifinal, while the 67's booked their ticket with a 4-1 win over the Rousseau Royal de Laval-Montreal.

Laval-Montreal won the bronze medal earlier in the day with a 3-2 win over Saskatoon.

The tournament set an attendance record with 32,470 taking in the week-long tournament. The 2014 tournament will be held in Moose Jaw, Sask.

 

Nadal reigns in Spain for 8th time

BARCELONA, Spain -- Rafael Nadal won the Barcelona Open for the eighth time Sunday after seeing off Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

Almagro played aggressively early on and built a 3-0 lead, but Nadal found his form and broke his fellow Spaniard in three of his next four service games to take the initiative for good.

It was Nadal's 54th career title and fourth this year, having made six straight finals after returning from a knee injury that had kept him off the courts since last summer.

The title came one week after Nadal's eight-year reign at Monte Carlo ended in a loss to top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

"I am very happy," Nadal said. "It has been an important week for me to win here again and a great source of joy after everything I have been through."

 

Michael Jordan ties the knot

MICHAEL Jordan got married over the weekend in front of a few hundred of his family and closest friends.

The Charlotte Bobcats owner exchanged vows with 35-year-old former model Yvette Prieto on Saturday in Palm Beach, Fla., Jordan's manager Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press Sunday.

The wedding took place at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea with nearly 300 guests in attendance, including Tiger Woods, Patrick Ewing, Spike Lee and Ahmad Rashad.

The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla., a luxurious private golf club designed by Jack Nicklaus. Jordan, 50, owns a home near the course.

There were fireworks later that night.

In lieu of gifts, donations were made to the James R. Jordan Foundation. The wedding flowers were donated to the Jupiter Medical Center.

The six-time NBA champion and Prieto met five years ago and were engaged last December.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 29, 2013 C6

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