Bet against these competitive Edmonton Oilers at your own peril

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Rebuilds, those poor folks in Edmonton learned before anyone else, don’t always move along at the speed you hope they will. Happily for them, however, once it takes you also never know how fast a good team can rise from those ashes. One year after finishing in 29th place in the National Hockey League, the Edmonton Oilers closed out their first playoff series in 11 years Saturday, dusting off the defending conference champion San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win their series in six games. A team hopeful of simply making the playoffs when the season began back in October is now in a conference semi-final against… Read More

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FRENCH ELECTIONS: This is the worst case scenario for the markets

Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s European economics team assessed the market impact of all six potential first-round outcomes. Marine Le Pen versus Jean-Luc Melenchon in the second round is the most market negative scenario. Emmanuel Macron facing Francois Fillon is the only guaranteed market positive run off. LONDON — As France prepares to go the polls in the first round of one of the most hotly contested presidential elections in the country’s recent history on Sunday, the outcome is less clear than ever before. As it stands, four different candidates are polling at around 20%, and could realistically end up in a second round run-off. Centre-left Emmanuel Macron leads the… Read More

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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Sunday 23 Apr 2017

Jeremy Corbyn pledges four new bank holidays Jeremy Corbyn says a Labour government would create four new bank holidays. In a move that the Labour leader believes would “celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations”, the holidays would be on each nation’s patron saint day – St David’s Day on 1 March, St Patrick’s Day on 17 March, St George’s Day on 23 April and St Andrew’s Day on 30 November. Tight security for ‘wide open’ French election Voting is under way in what is being described as a ‘wide open’ French presidential election. The Observer says the outcome of the polling will be profoundly important not just for… Read More

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Steve Kerr, not Kevin Durant, is Warriors’ biggest health concern

PORTLAND — After scoring the Warriors’ last nine points, including a dagger 3-pointer, Stephen Curry walked off the court with the ball tucked under his arm. He had a game-high 34 points as the Warriors won 119-113, taking a 3-0 lead in the first-round, best-of-seven series against Portland. But the ball wasn’t for him. It was for Steve Kerr. “We’ve got his back,” Curry said. The Warriors biggest worry is not the injury to Kevin Durant. He is all but ready to take the court again, even though the Warriors held him out of Game 3. It’s Kerr’s health that is now the biggest concern. His sudden and mysterious absence… Read More

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Couture lobbies for Thornton, Marleau’s return to Sharks next year: ‘I love those guys’

SAN JOSE — The biggest question facing the Sharks this offseason is a no brainer to Logan Couture. The Sharks alternate captain expressed his opinion regarding Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau’s upcoming free agencies after the Sharks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, lobbying for their returns to the club. When asked whether he wants the team to bring back the top two scorers in franchise history, Couture said, “you’re asking a guy who’s played with those guys for eight years.” “I love those guys,” Couture went on to said. “They play hard. If you guys only knew what they play through. The respect level that I have… Read More

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Rockets overtime winner ties series with Thunderbirds

KENT – For the first time this post season, the Seattle Thunderbirds are faced with having to bounce back from a loss. After scoring twice in the third period to erase a two-goal Kelowna Rocket lead, Seattle would fall in overtime 4-3 as Kelowna evens the series and steal home-ice advantage from the Thunderbirds. Kelowna’s Reid Gardiner would pot the game winner 4:56 into the overtime period for his second of the night. The Rockets had a big game from Calvin Thurkauf as well, who added four assists, including picking up a Seattle turnover and setting up Gardiner’s winner. “The overtime games are definitely hard to lose,” Seattle head coach… Read More

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The Brexit campaign got 61% of its funding from just 5 of Britain’s richest businessmen

The political campaign that led to Britain voting to leave the European Union on June 23 last year, was mainly funded by just five of Britain’s richest businessmen. That is according to the team who put together the annual The Sunday Times Rich List, which lists in order the wealthiest people, those with a net worth of £110 million ($140.9 million) and over, in the UK as well Europe and the rest of the world. The list also has a number of sub indexes, including the most generous political donors. Organisations that backed ‘Leave’ during the EU referendum campaign received a total of £24.1 million in donations and loans between… Read More

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France has begun voting for its next president — here’s what you need to know about the election

The French people will on Sunday begin electing their new president, a process that will end François Hollande’s five-year tenure as the country’s leader. The final stages of campaigning were overshadowed by the attack on the Champs Elysees on Thursday, but the nation is determined not to let terror get in the way of democracy. It is likely to be the closest and most fascinating French election for some time, with eyes on far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who could ride the wave of populism that swept Donald Trump to victory in America last year. Sunday is the first round of the election, when a field of 11 candidates will… Read More

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WHL Playoffs: Brooks scores in OT; Pats even series with Hurricanes

REGINA — Adam Brooks scored in overtime as the Regina Pats edged the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League playoff action. Regina evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 1-1. Lethbridge hosts Game 3 on Tuesday. Jeff de Wit and Austin Wagner staked the Pats to a 2-0 lead before the Hurricanes found their offence in the third period. Zane Franklin and Jordy Bellerive scored 33 seconds apart to force the extra period. Tyler Brown made 29 saves for the win as Stuart Skinner kicked out 48-of-51 shots in defeat. Both clubs went 0 for 4 on the power play. — ROCKETS 4 THUNDERBIRDS 3 (OT) KENT, Wash.… Read More

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UVU softball: Wolverines drop series finale to Grand Canyon

The Utah Valley University softball team found itself on the wrong end of a 10-0 decision to Grand Canyon University in the series finale at GCU Softball Stadium in Phoenix on Saturday night. GCU’s (34-12, 9-3 WAC) Taylor Nowlin pitched a complete game two-hit shutout en route to leading the Antelopes to the 10-0 victory. Nowlin (19-7), who took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, struck out eight and walked three on the way to helping GCU record the series sweep over the Wolverines (12-20, 4-8 WAC). With Grand Canyon holding to a 10-0 lead entering the fifth inning, the Wolverine offense managed to break up Nowlin’s no-hit bid with… Read More

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