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Matt Dunstone gets an assist at Brier from small town in Saskatchewan

Matt Dunstone’s curling team continued to parlay the generosity of a Saskatchewan small town into its strong start at the Canadian men’s championship.

Dunstone’s foursome downed Quebec 9-6 on Tuesday for a third straight win. Saskatchewan was 4-1 in Pool B at the Tim Hortons Brier.

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The COVID-19 pandemic decimating the competitive curling season and closing off ice time in certain regions of the country meant none of the 18 participating teams were in peak form upon arrival in Calgary.

Dunstone’s home club in Regina closed due to restrictions, a curling club in Wadena, population 1,300, offered itself up as an exclusive training base to the team.

Dunstone, vice Braeden Moskowy and front end Kirk Muyres and Dustin Kidby had the run of the Wadena Curling Club for two weeks before the Brier.

‘Huge advantage’

“We had two straight weeks of dialing in pretty much exactly how we wanted to throw the stone,” Dunstone said Tuesday.

“Huge advantage to us to be able to spend that amount of time doing exactly that. Not a whole lot of rust coming into this. We felt pretty confident in how we were throwing the rock.”

Ontario’s John Epping also won Tuesday to join Saskatchewan at 4-1 behind Kevin Koe’s Wild Card Two, which enjoyed a day off from the ice atop Pool B at 5-0.

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Four-time Brier champ Koe faces both Epping and Dunstone on Wednesday.

Ontario won its fourth straight downing Greg Smith of Newfoundland and Labrador 9-4.

“That was probably one of our best performance so far,” Epping said.” We just keep building momentum every game, getting sharper and sharper. If you would have said we’re four and one when we came into this after five games, I think we’d take that.”

After back-to-back losses, defending champion Brad Gushue returned to the win column with an 8-6 victory over Nova Scotia to get to 3-2.

The top four teams in each pool advance to the championship round starting Friday and take their pool records with them.

The championship round’s top three make playoffs. The No. 1 seed gets a bye to Sunday’s evening’s final and faces the victor of the afternoon semifinal.

Winner of three of the last four Canadian titles, Gushue’s schedule in Pool B was front-end loaded with contenders.

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Gushue’s Newfoundland rink lost tough battles to both Koe and Dunstone, but defeated Epping in its opener.

“I think the fact that we’ve got two losses this early put us a little further back in the pack,” Gushue said.

“The good thing for us is they came against two very good teams that are probably going to be around at the end of the week.

“As long as we can get through the rest of pool play and come in with a 6-2 record, then we grind it out on Friday and Saturday and see how things shake out.

“I think three losses at this point with the amount of upsets that have happened is still going to be in play. We’ve got a little bit of cushion, but I think we’ve used enough cushion at this point.”

WATCH | Manitoba’s Gunnlaugson claims 5th straight win at Brier:

Manitoba’s Jason Gunnlaugson defeats New Brunswick’s James Grattan 8-4 in Draw 12 of the Brier. 0:45

Nova Scotia, skipped by Scott McDonald, dropped to 3-3 alongside Quebec’s Michael Fournier.

Prince Edward Island’s Eddie McKenzie earned his first win downing Nunavut’s Peter Mackey 7-4.

P.E.I. was 1-4, Newfoundland’s Smith 1-5 and Nunavut was winless.

Manitoba’s Jason Gunnlaugson ranked first in Pool A at 5-0 following an 8-4 win at night against New Brunswick’s James Grattan (4-2).

Glenn Howard’s Wild Card Three was 4-1, Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs sat 4-2, and Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher was at 3-2.

Wild Card One’s Mike McEwen was 2-3 ahead of B.C.’s Steve Laycock (1-4) and Gregory Skauge of Northwest Territories (1-4). Yukon’s Dustin Mikkelson (0-6) remained winless.

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Christina Milian Gives Birth to Baby Boy With Boyfriend Matt Pokora

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Matt Lauer Is Dating PR Executive Shamin Abas: Inside Their Relationship

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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Matt Thomas debut as Cannon Dolls in The Nutcracker


Toronto Raptors guards Kyle Lowry and Matt Thomas made their debut on centre stage as they appeared as Cannon Dolls in the National Ballet of Canada’s performance of The Nutcracker.

Toronto Raptors guards Kyle Lowry and Matt Thomas made their debut on centre stage as they appeared as Cannon Dolls in the National Ballet of Canada’s performance of The Nutcracker. 2:25

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Casey Affleck Reacts to Brother Ben and Matt Damon Working Together Again (Exclusive)

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Matt Bomer Hires a Migrant Worker to Be His Friend in ‘Papi Chulo’ Trailer (Exclusive)

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Matt Duchene's Blue Jackets shut out Senators just hours after trade

Matt Duchene was appreciative of how short the walk was to join his new team Friday afternoon.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves as the Blue Jackets blanked the Senators 3-0 in the nation's capital Friday night, just hours after Duchene was dealt to Columbus in a trade with Ottawa.

Duchene was held pointless in his Blue Jackets debut, but found it fitting to be playing his first game with his new club at Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre.

"I enjoyed myself out there. It was kind of a good way to end my time as a Sen and I probably felt more comfortable because I was in this building (rather) than had we gone somewhere else," said Duchene.

"It was a big win for us and (Craig Anderson) played really well over there and kept them in it for a long time."

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Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets (34-23-3), who halted a two-game losing skid to take over third in the Metropolitan Division.

Duchene received an ovation from the crowd when he was introduced in the starting line-up. He was then mildly booed when he touched the puck during his second shift of the game, and again applauded during a short video tribute.

Duchene says he's feeling good about joining a team with a realistic shot at the playoffs after playing for a franchise with its focus on a rebuild rather than winning.

"That's what I'm looking for and that's what gets me up every morning for sure. I've been fortunate to be on a lot of good international teams and win some big tournaments, but I've never had a chance to play in the playoffs consistently," said Duchene.

Matt Duchene takes some time prior to Friday's game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators after being traded earlier in the day. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

Atkinson gave the Jackets some breathing room as he scored on a short-handed breakaway at 6:45 of the third period to take a 2-0 lead. Bjorkstrand put the game out of reach at 17:14

Craig Anderson made 37 saves in the Ottawa (22-34-5) goal. It was the second-straight shutout loss for the Senators and third overall.

The Senators have now gone 125 minutes and 17 seconds without a goal. They scored seven in an 8-7 loss to Chicago last Monday, which, coincidentally, was the last game they had Duchene, Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel in their lineup. The trio has scored 77 of the Senators' 186 goals this season.

Matt Duchene (95) is checked by former Ottawa teammate Dylan DeMelo in Duchene's first game with the Columbus Blue Jackets after being traded earlier Friday. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press)

Senators coach Guy Boucher knows it's not going to get any easier going forward.

"It just shows you how hard it is to produce in the NHL. You've got your high-end core players and they produce but they also make the other guys produce. If you take out those high-end guys now the complimentary players have to become the go-to guys." Boucher said.

"You've got guys who eventually become that, but for now it's hard. There's a lot of work ahead."

Defenceman Cody Ceci, who has been rumoured to be on the move as well before Monday's trade deadline, agrees.

"Without those guys in the lineup it's tough," said Ceci, referring to the Duchene trade and Stone and Dzingel being healthy scratches as they await a possible trade of their own.

"It's a little weird the day of the game and then playing against him tonight and it's a tough time of year."

The Blue Jackets had the only goal through 40 minutes of the game but the main reason for that was the play of Craig Anderson, who kept a tight game from turning into a blowout.

The Blue Jackets had the game's first four power plays and directed seven shots at Craig Anderson, who stopped them all.

Columbus did get on the board at 14:43 of the first period when Josh Anderson put a one-timer from the face-off circle behind Craig Anderson following a pass from the corner by Pierre-Luc Dubois.

The second period was scoreless as Craig Anderson turned aside all 17 Columbus shots, including a short-handed breakaway by Boone Jenner.

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Senators deal Matt Duchene to Blue Jackets for prospects, picks

Matt Duchene believed he was finally part of a team with a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.

"I'm kind of in a dream world right now," Duchene said after the Ottawa Senators acquired him from the Colorado Avalanche in a blockbuster trade on Nov. 5, 2017.

"I wanted to play playoff hockey," he continued. "I've got eight playoff games to my name right now and for me that's not where I want to be at this point of my career.

"I only get one shot at this."

But that dream quickly spiralled into a nightmare, and just over 15 months later the star centre is on the move again.

The Senators dealt Duchene to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday for forward prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson, and a first-round pick in 2019.

Ottawa will also receive a first-rounder in 2020 if Duchene, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, re-signs in Columbus. Minor-league defenceman Julius Bergman also goes to the Blue Jackets in the swap.

The trade came hours before the teams were slated to face each other at the Canadian Tire Centre, and suggests Columbus is prepared to risk losing its own pending unrestricted free agents — winger Artemi Panarin and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky — for nothing in order to make a playoff run this spring.

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"We are extremely excited to bring [Duchene] to Columbus," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. "He is a tremendous fit for our team."

The 2019 pick involved in the deal is lottery protected if it falls in the top-3, meaning Ottawa would instead get the Blue Jackets' first-rounder in 2020 under that scenario, and then receive their top selection in 2021 if Duchene re-signs.

Duchene, along with fellow pending UFAs Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel, were held out of the Senators' lineup in Thursday's 4-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils as the team looked to avoid potential injuries ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline.

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion said moving on from Duchene was crucial as the team continues to attempt a rebuild.

"We had hoped [Duchene's] addition would drive us to another deep playoff run," Dorion said in a statement. "That did not materialize. More than a year ago, we shifted our focus to a proper rebuild of the entire organization. Our desire was to have Matt be part of this and as such we approached him with a fair and comprehensive contract offer.

"As soon as it was determined that he did not want to be part of our rebuild, we shifted our focus to see what assets we could acquire in exchange for Matt that would help grow our pipeline of potential."

Worst in NHL since trade

Coming off a post-season run where they fell in double overtime of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final, the Senators acquired Duchene from Colorado in a three-team trade with Nashville that saw Kyle Turris leave Ottawa and join the Predators.

It was thought the Senators would sign Duchene to a long-term deal, but a new contract never materialized as the team tumbled down the standings.

To make matters worse for Ottawa, the trade with Colorado and Nashville included giving up a first-round pick to the Avalanche — at the Senators' choosing — in either 2018 or 2019.

The selection was not, however, lottery protected.

Ottawa decided to keep the No. 4 pick last June, grabbing winger Brady Tkachuk. But with the franchise currently sitting last in the NHL's overall standings, Dorion is now staring down the very real possibility of missing out on either Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko — the presumptive top-2 picks — at the 2019 draft.

Duchene leaves Ottawa with 50 goals and 57 assists in 118 games, but those numbers did little to help the club in the win column. The Senators were just 39-69-10 with the Haliburton, Ont., native in the lineup and an NHL-worst 44-73-11 since the trade.

The third overall selection at the 2009 draft, Duchene has recorded 228 goals and 307 assists for 535 points in 704 career NHL games. The 28-year-old has six assists in those combined eight playoff games with the Avalanche.

Tumultuous Sens

Abramov, 20, was the 65th pick in the 2016 draft, while Davidsson, 21, was selected 170th overall in 2017.

"I want to thank the Senators organization for everything," Duchene said on Twitter after the trade was announced. "It was so amazing to play in our nation's capital in my home province, that's something I'll never forget."

Duchene's time in Ottawa coincided with the Senators' dramatic slide down the standings and a string of off-ice public relations disasters.

Team owner Eugene Melnyk threatened to move the club if ticket sales didn't improve just over a month after Duchene's arrival before eventually backing down — comments that spurred a group of disgruntled fans to erect four billboards sporting the .MelnykOut slogan thanks to a GoFundMe campaign.

After the team finished a disastrous 30th in the 31-team league in 2017-18, assistant GM Randy Lee was charged with harassing a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver at the pre-draft combine. Lee was suspended by the Senators in June, stepped down in August and pleaded guilty in December.

Two weeks after Lee was charged, news broke that the wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson had levied cyberbullying accusations against the fiancee of winger Mike Hoffman, who was quickly dealt for pennies on the dollar to the San Jose Sharks and then flipped to the Florida Panthers, Ottawa's Atlantic Division rival.

The best player in team history with a year left on his contract before reaching UFA status, Karlsson was then traded to San Jose at the start of training camp as the tear down began in earnest.

Ottawa actually had a decent start to this season on the ice, but a video from an Uber vehicle surfaced in November featuring seven Senators players, including Duchene, discussing ineffective tactics and mocking assistant coach Martin Raymond.

And the future of the team's proposed move from suburban Kanata to a proposed downtown arena is very much in doubt with Melnyk and his potential business partners suing and counter-suing each other (the parties are currently in mediation) over the plan to redevelop Lebreton Flats — prime real estate just west of Parliament Hill.

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Become Matt Damon's Neighbor After $11 Million Apartment Purchase

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have certainly found A Quiet Placeto call home!

The celebrity couple have purchased two luxury apartment units on the tenth floor of a Brooklyn, New York, condo building, according to the Wall Street Journal

The Standish, formerly known as the Standish Arms Hotel, overlooks New York City’s East River and is newly refurbished with swanky amenities. It’s unclear what the exact square footage of the couple’s spot is, but the entire tenth floor is five thousand square feet, according to the site StreetEasy.

And as far as catching Red Sox games, Krasinski won’t have to look far to find a friend, as fellow New Englander Matt Damon just recently purchased a $ 16 million dollar, six thousand square foot penthouse apartment in the same building, in the same complex, according to Variety.

Sounds like the couple is due for a heck of a housewarming party!

Of course, an important factor in finding a home for the two of them is obviously their daughters, 4-year-old Hazel and 2-year-old Violet. Last week, Blunt opened up to ET about whether she thinks her daughters might follow in her and Krasinski’s acting footsteps.

“I don’t know if I’m all about encouraging my children to be actors… people have a hard time in the industry. So I think I feel unfathomably lucky that it has been kind to me, but I would worry for them,” she shared at Variety‘s annual brunch at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. “But if they want to do it, god, they would probably be so much better than me! Honestly, I look at them sometimes and say, ‘She is going to be great!'”

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Packers hire offensive whiz Matt LaFleur as new head coach: report

The Green Bay Packers are turning to fast-rising offensive whiz Matt LaFleur to aid Aaron Rodgers and end a two-year absence from the post-season.

LaFleur accepted Green Bay's offer Monday to become the next head coach of the Packers, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the Packers nor the Titans had announced the decision.

LaFleur takes over after Mike McCarthy was fired during the season following a stunning home loss to Arizona. Offensive co-ordinator Joe Philbin went 2-2 to close out the season as the Packers failed to reach the playoffs for the second straight year. The 6-9-1 record was the second straight under .500 for the storied franchise.

The 39-year-old LaFleur spent this past regular season as offensive co-ordinator for the Titans, his first season calling plays in the NFL. He was offensive co-ordinator with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017, leading a group that paced the NFL in scoring and was 10th in total offence. Rams coach Sean McVay called the plays on offence.

LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach in Atlanta for two seasons, including when Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was the NFL MVP in 2016. LaFleur also has coached with Washington and Houston, and was the quarterbacks coach for Notre Dame in 2014.

He will be charged with returning the Packers to the playoffs on a regular basis. McCarthy's tenure of 12-plus seasons was by and large successful, highlighted by the 2010 Super Bowl season and nine playoff appearances.

A once potent offence that could make up for other deficiencies slowed in 2018, a tumultuous year that began with Rodgers leading a stirring comeback victory in the opener over the Bears.

The two-time NFL MVP returned after halftime from a left knee injury that nagged him the rest of the season. Rodgers' 62.3 per cent completion rate was his lowest since 2015 (60.7) and his 25 touchdown passes were a low for a season in which he played at least 15 games, though so were his two interceptions.

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