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Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) battles for ball against Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (0) during second half NBA round one playoff basketball action in Toronto on Thursday, April 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

No historic comeback for Raptors, eliminated after 132-97 blowout loss to 76ers

Embiid leads Philadelphia to six-game NBA playoff series win over Toronto

Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) battles for ball against Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (0) during second half NBA round one playoff basketball action in Toronto on Thursday, April 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Girls rugby returns to Lacombe after two-year break

After a two-year break, the École Secondaire Lacombe Composite High School (ESLCHS)…

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Randy Ambrosie at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton on Friday, December 10, 2021. The CFL will move its harshmarks closer to the centre of the field and allow teams to take the ball at the 40-yard line following a successful field goal or single in 2022. “It’s about improving game flow,” the CFL commissioner said Wednesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

CFL to move hashmarks closer to the centre of field in 2022

Rule changes: 2 QBs allowed on field at the same time

Randy Ambrosie at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton on Friday, December 10, 2021. The CFL will move its harshmarks closer to the centre of the field and allow teams to take the ball at the 40-yard line following a successful field goal or single in 2022. “It’s about improving game flow,” the CFL commissioner said Wednesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse watches during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

“Could be us” — Nick Nurse believes Raptors are capable of historic comeback

No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse watches during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
Lacombe Athletic Park Association (LAPA) Left to right, LAPA Treasurer Jason Lunn, LAPA President Jay Adamson, MEGlobal Communications Specialist Scott Maetche, EQUATE CEO Naser Aldousari, MEGlobal Public Relations Manager Trish Thompson, MEGlobal VP of Manufacturing Rocco Schurink, EQUATE VP of Operations Ned Issa, MEGlobal P2 Production Leader, LAPA Liaison to ME Global Darren Berg. (Submitted)

Lacombe Athletic Park Association completes Phase 1 expansion at MEGlobal Athletic Park

The Lacombe Athletic Park Association (LAPA) will celebrate the completion of the…

  • Apr 27, 2022
Lacombe Athletic Park Association (LAPA) Left to right, LAPA Treasurer Jason Lunn, LAPA President Jay Adamson, MEGlobal Communications Specialist Scott Maetche, EQUATE CEO Naser Aldousari, MEGlobal Public Relations Manager Trish Thompson, MEGlobal VP of Manufacturing Rocco Schurink, EQUATE VP of Operations Ned Issa, MEGlobal P2 Production Leader, LAPA Liaison to ME Global Darren Berg. (Submitted)
April 23, 2022 Professional Bullriding was back in Westrose after two years for Lakedell Ag Society’s Bullridin’ and Bootscootin’ event. (Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer)

Lakedell Ag Society’s Bullridin’ and Bootscootin’ makes a triumphant return

After two years of the event being cancelled due to COVID-19, professional…

April 23, 2022 Professional Bullriding was back in Westrose after two years for Lakedell Ag Society’s Bullridin’ and Bootscootin’ event. (Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer)
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) during overtime in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. Edmonton won 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Oilers’ star Connor McDavid’s drive to be NHL’s best player starts off the ice

McDavid is on pace to be the league’s top scorer for the fourth time

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) during overtime in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. Edmonton won 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barnes, left, tries to get past Philadelphia 76ers’ James Harden during the first half of Game 5 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 25, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Raptors fend off elimination with crucial 103-88 win over 76ers in Philadelphia

Toronto, now trailing 3-2, hosts Game 6 in NBA playoff series on Thursday

Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barnes, left, tries to get past Philadelphia 76ers’ James Harden during the first half of Game 5 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 25, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Images of hockey legend Guy Lafleur are projected on the ice during a ceremony at the Bell Centre prior to an NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in Montreal, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Lafleur passed away on April 22 at the age of 70. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Images of hockey legend Guy Lafleur are projected on the ice during a ceremony at the Bell Centre prior to an NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in Montreal, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Lafleur passed away on April 22 at the age of 70. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
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Lacombe minor football teams ready to hit the field

Lacombe Minor Football is hoping to round up a few more players…

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Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes, right, is checked by Calgary Flames centre Blake Coleman during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Saturday, April 23, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes, right, is checked by Calgary Flames centre Blake Coleman during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Saturday, April 23, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A fan pays his respects at a statue honouring Guy Lafleur in front of the Bell Centre in Montreal, on Friday, April 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Quebec government talking to Lafleur family about possible national funeral

Montrealers pay tribute to Habs great as the reflect on his impact

A fan pays his respects at a statue honouring Guy Lafleur in front of the Bell Centre in Montreal, on Friday, April 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander, cheered on competitors of the Wheelchair Basketball final between The Netherlands and the U.S. at the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, April 22, 2022. The week-long games for active servicemen and veterans who are ill, injured or wounded opened last Saturday in this Dutch city that calls itself the global center of peace and justice. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Winter sports to be featured when Vancouver, Whistler host 2025 Invictus Games

Prince Harry announced the 2 municipalities have won the bid to host the international competition

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander, cheered on competitors of the Wheelchair Basketball final between The Netherlands and the U.S. at the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, April 22, 2022. The week-long games for active servicemen and veterans who are ill, injured or wounded opened last Saturday in this Dutch city that calls itself the global center of peace and justice. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur (left) and Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers are seen here during a break in their light skate at the first day of training camp for Team Canada in Montreal, Aug. 10, 1981. (CP PHOTO/Ian MacAlpine)

Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, a dominant force in his generation, dead at 70

Hall-of-famer led the Montreal Canadiens 1970s Stanley Cup dynasty, inspired legions of fans

Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur (left) and Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers are seen here during a break in their light skate at the first day of training camp for Team Canada in Montreal, Aug. 10, 1981. (CP PHOTO/Ian MacAlpine)
Miss Ponoka Stampede 2019 Naomi Akkermans, right, and Mackenzie Skeels, Miss Ponoka Stampede 2022. (Facebook/Ponoka Stampede)
Miss Ponoka Stampede 2019 Naomi Akkermans, right, and Mackenzie Skeels, Miss Ponoka Stampede 2022. (Facebook/Ponoka Stampede)
Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) reacts as Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid (21) celebrates the 76ers win with forward Tobias Harris (12) in overtime NBA first round playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday April 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Embiid hits dagger in OT and Sixers take 3-0 NBA series lead over Raptors

Toronto must dig out of massive hole in best-of-7 playoff matchup

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) reacts as Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid (21) celebrates the 76ers win with forward Tobias Harris (12) in overtime NBA first round playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday April 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A western class competitor riding an Arabian. (Photos submitted/Amanda Ubell Photography)

Ponoka hosts 150 horses for Spring Fling show

Horse show has grown since new volunteers took over in 2016

A western class competitor riding an Arabian. (Photos submitted/Amanda Ubell Photography)
The Lacombe Curling Club 65+ mixed curling team won gold medals with a 5-0 record at the 55+ winter games recently held in Edmonton. The team will represent Alberta at the 2022 55+ summer games in Kamloops Aug. 23-26.

Another gold medal for Lacombe

The Lacombe Curling Club 65+ mixed curling team won gold medals with…

  • Apr 20, 2022
The Lacombe Curling Club 65+ mixed curling team won gold medals with a 5-0 record at the 55+ winter games recently held in Edmonton. The team will represent Alberta at the 2022 55+ summer games in Kamloops Aug. 23-26.
Canadian sisters Justine Dufour-Lapointe, left, and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, right, show off their gold and silver medals from women’s freestyle moguls after the medal ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Sunday, February 9, 2014.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Money, medals putting pressure on Canadian high-performance sport culture

Athletes, observers raising questions about how some Canadians are treated in the pursuit of medals

Canadian sisters Justine Dufour-Lapointe, left, and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, right, show off their gold and silver medals from women’s freestyle moguls after the medal ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Sunday, February 9, 2014.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Ireland’s Jack Kelly, centre, fights off Canada’s Anton Ngongo, left, and Elias Ergas, right, to score a try during HSBC Canada Sevens rugby action, in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, April 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian men’s rugby team sees progress with 10th-place finish in Vancouver

Canada moved past both Scotland and Wales in the overall Rugby Sevens points standings

Ireland’s Jack Kelly, centre, fights off Canada’s Anton Ngongo, left, and Elias Ergas, right, to score a try during HSBC Canada Sevens rugby action, in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, April 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck