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'The Bachelor': Colton Makes Bachelor History (Live Updates)

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Whoopi Goldberg Shares Health Update on 'The View'

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'The Olympics will scar all of us': Team Koe looking to avenge Pyeongchang devastation

BRANDON, Man. — Ben Hebert called it rock bottom. Kevin Koe was stunned. Alongside Marc Kennedy and Brent Laing, the team walked off the ice dejected and without a medal. 

It's been a little more than a year since Koe's team went to the Olympics and failed to reach the podium for Canada, losing 7-5 to Switzerland in the bronze medal game.

"This was the biggest bonspiel of our lives. It's definitely going to sting for a while," the skip said that February day in Pyeongchang.

To say there was disappointment is a massive understatement. 

"There's no way to sugar coat it," Hebert said. "We were prepared. We practiced. We said all the right things and when it came down to it our execution was brutal."

That's curling though and that's life, says the team's head coach and sports psychologist. John Dunn has spent more than a decade coaching Koe. 

"The Olympics will scar all of us who went through that forever. You don't pretend it didn't happen or put a band-aid over that," Dunn said. "It was devastating. We didn't think for one second, and this isn't arrogance, that we wouldn't come home without the gold medal."

Dunn says the measure of a true athletic champion is how they respond in the face of adversity — and it's what's driving Koe these days, getting back to the Games and exacting redemption.

But when Dunn signed up to join Koe for a 12th season, he wanted assurances they were in it for another Olympic cycle. 

"I think Kevin Koe is the best rock-thrower in the world and so does he," Dunn said. "That's why I'm back. All I wanted to know was that there was a commitment to the journey over the next four years."

New faces, fresh start

Koe is back at yet another Brier, competing in the 16-team field in his familiar Alberta colours with Hebert at lead.

There are two new faces on the team this year. During the offseason the team restructured, bringing in B.J. Neufeld at third in place of Kennedy and Colton Flasch at second in place of Laing. 

Both Koe and Hebert have done this all before, winning three Brier titles. They've won world championships too. Hebert even has an Olympic gold from his days with Kevin Martin back in 2010. There's not much these two haven't won in the world of curling.

But Neufeld and Flasch, on the other hand, haven't won any major titles.

"Having the new guys who haven't won the Brier, they give us an extra kick and refreshing," said Hebert. "It's easy to get your juices flowing here."

In a lot of ways, having the new teammates has also made getting over the Olympic sting a little bit easier, says Dunn.

"I think the fact that it is a new team makes it easier for everyone to recommit and reset and remind us of what this journey is about," Dunn said. "The scar will always be there but maybe it provides more motivation."

At the end of the end of the day Kevin Koe is about Briers, Worlds and Olympics … There's only one missing right now and that's why we're back.– Coach John Dunn

Best curling with back against the wall

There's something Kevin Koe loves about being under pressure. Excluding the Olympics, he plays his best curling just when people count him out.

Take for instance this year's provincial championship in Alberta. After dropping all the way to the C-side in the event, Koe was faced with having to win five consecutive games to make it to the Brier. 

It's almost as if he can flip an invincibility curling switch. What did Koe do when everyone counted him out? Rattled off five-straight wins to capture the Alberta Tankard, including a semifinal win over Brendan Bottcher. 

"During the week we have been OK and then we shine in the playoffs," Koe said. "I'm getting older. I can't be at the top of my game it seems for every event but this is the one we're aiming for."

Koe, 44, is playing in his seventh Brier this year. He's made it to the championship game five out of the six times — a staggering feat considering the level of talent at the national event. And in a lot of those cases, Koe wasn't the front-runner. He had to win playoff games to get to the final, stepping up when it matters most. 

"Don't worry about Kevin. He's a Brier player," Hebert said. "He's the last guy I'm worried about. He's the reason we've done so well over the years."

Koe could make some history this week with a Brier win. It would make him just the fourth skip to win four Canadian men's championships; Ferbey, Kevin Martin and Ernie Richardson are the others.

But history aside, a win in Brandon would be just a little bit sweeter this year – it would serve as a reminder for themselves and the rest of the curling world that they're back, one year after the biggest losses of their lives. 

"At the end of the end of the day Kevin Koe is about Briers, Worlds and Olympics," Dunn said. "There's only one missing right now and that's why we're back."

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Soccer officials hope new rule helps rebuild 'the wall'

Defending against a free kick will become a little less disruptive.

A change that can be approved Saturday by soccer lawmakers attempts to stop attacking teams jostling and jumping in defensive walls.

They would not be allowed in the barrier alongside defenders, with the change forcing them to keep a minimum 1-yard distance.

The tactical advantage for the defending team would be enhanced, and goalkeepers likely would get clearer sight of free kicks being taken.

Referees would be freed from focusing on shoving in the wall, which often forces them to intervene.

While defenders would still have to be 10 yards from the free kick, attackers would remain able to form a wall on their own in front. That, though, would further inhibit the space for the free-kicker to bend the ball into the net.

The law change just needs to be rubber-stamped by The International Football Association Board and would be introduced from June.

FIFA has four delegates and the British nations have the other four, with six votes required for a change to the laws.

"I think it would be a good improvement to the laws of the game," said CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani, one of FIFA's representatives in Saturday's meeting as a vice-president of the global governing body.

There was a flashpoint of controversy in the World Cup last year when England was preparing to take a free kick as its round-of-16 game against Colombia became more heated. Colombia midfielder Wilmar Barrio was booked for appearing to headbutt England counterpart Jordan Henderson amid the pushing in a defensive wall.

In the future, if the law change is approved, Henderson would have to be a yard away from Barrio.

Also on the agenda in the main annual IFAB meeting is a change to reduce uncertainty on handballs by specifying when an incident is not deliberate.

Delegates will also look to allow players being substituted to leave the field anywhere rather than at the halfway line.

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'The Masked Singer' Crowns a Champion! Find Out Who Won and Who Was Under the Masks

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Jordan Binnington: From almost an afterthought to 'the guy' in Blues' net

Eighteen months ago, Jordan Binnington figured his days in the St. Louis Blues organization would end after 160 minor-league games played and a one-off relief appearance for NHL veteran Brian Elliott on Jan. 14, 2016.

"I thought my time in St. Louis might be done, that they had kind of moved on from me," the 25-year-old said over the phone before his 29 saves in Tuesday night's 3-2 overtime victory over Toronto.

That performance extended the longest winning streak in Blues history for a rookie goaltender to nine.

Binnington began the 2016-17 season in a starting role for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League but lost the job to highly-touted prospect Ville Husso by late December after being suspended for one game for his part in a line brawl. Husso reeled off eight straight wins and Binnington didn't appear in a game until Jan. 22.

A month later, goalie Pheonix Copley was traded to the Washington Capitals and Binnington was back in the mix in Chicago. He was playing well, but head coach Craig Berube (now the Blues’ bench boss) gave Husso the bulk of play late in the regular season and in the playoffs.

"I didn't lose in regulation for 14 games or something and still wasn't the guy. I think it was an experience I needed to go through, getting shoved aside, feeling like my back was against the wall," said Binnington, who almost single-handedly has carried the Blues to a franchise record 11 straight wins through Wednesday.

"I think I've been pretty resilient ever since."

Before clearing waivers and refusing a demotion to the ECHL ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, Binnington determined he needed to work harder and change his lifestyle if he wanted to realize his NHL dream.

"In [previous] summers, I could have put more work in. I could have stayed [home] a little more, for sure," recalled the native of Richmond Hill, Ont. "Toronto is a fun city but when you find yourself in a position where you're not where you want to be [in your career] and you're not making your family as proud as you can, it really hits you. [The extra-curricular stuff] isn't worth it.

Wolves goalie coach Stan Dubicki remembers a younger Binnington possessing "so much natural ability" and a quiet confidence in the AHL with Chicago. (Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images/File)

"But it wasn't a snap-of-the-finger fix. I had a good mentor in [goalie development coach and ex-NHLer] Andy Chiodo. He kept me honest, and working with [strength and conditioning coach] Matt Nichol [in Toronto] was good. He showed me a way to believe in myself and use my talent again. I like where my head's at right now."

Binnington, who was loaned to the Boston Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence, Mass., last season and represented the team at the all-star game, entered Blues’ training camp five months ago as their No. 4 goalie behind Jake Allen, Chad Johnson and Husso. He was later sent to St. Louis’ new AHL club in San Antonio, Tex., to start the season.

But Binnington soon wrested away the starting role from Husso and was recalled by the Blues on Dec. 9 after Johnson exited on waivers and Husso got hurt. He replaced Allen in a couple of losses before blanking the hometown Philadelphia Flyers on 25 shots for his first NHL win in his first start on Jan. 7.

"I think it's important to try to make an impact right away and get the belief in the mind of your teammates and coaches that you can handle [the NHL]. It was a nice night and my dad [John] was there," said Binnington, the driving force in getting the Blues from last place in the 31-team NHL on Jan. 3 to the 13th spot and in playoff position through Wednesday.

On Tuesday, his bid for a third consecutive shutout and fifth of the season was spoiled by the Maple Leafs' Zach Hyman in the third period, ending Binnington's shutout streak at 173 minutes and 50 seconds.

I'm happy for him and proud of him because he really stuck with it through times when other guys would have gone the other way.— Wolves goalie coach Stan Dubicki on Blues netminder Jordan Binnington

"Everything's better when you're winning, so it's nice timing for me to come here and have success," said Binnington, who's making a compelling case for Calder Trophy honours as NHL rookie of the year with a 13-1-1 record in 17 games with a 1.60 goals-against average and .937 save percentage. His GAA and save percentage rank first in the NHL among goalies with a minimum 15 appearances.

Other season highlights for the Blues' 2011 third-round draft pick:

  • He's the seventh goalie in NHL history to post four shutouts in his first 14 starts.
  • Binnington is the 35th goalie in league history and second Blues netminder (Rich Parent, 1999) to record a shutout in his first NHL start.
  • He's the 31st NHL goaltender and third in Blues history (Jake Allen, Brent Johnson) to record at least eight wins in his first 10 career starts.
  • Binnington was named the NHL's second star of the week on Jan. 14 and its first star on Feb. 11.

"I'm happy for him and proud of him because he really stuck with it through times when other guys would have gone the other way," Wolves goalie coach Stan Dubicki, who worked with Binnington for three seasons, said in an interview.

He remembered a younger Binnington possessing "so much natural ability" and a quiet confidence in Chicago.

"He reads the game so well," added Dubicki, who has exchanged text messages with Binnington after many of his games with the Blues. "He sees the play developing and it's like he's one step ahead.

"He's aggressive when he needs to be and calm when he needs to be. Staying in control, composed and confident, that's the big thing for him."

So far, so good.

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'The Bachelor': ET Will Be Live Blogging Week 7 of Colton Underwood's Journey!

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