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Alberta fossil a new dino species 1916 discovery by father-son science team was first labelled ‘rubbish’ at the British Museum Scientists believe the dinosaur was a smaller cousin to the Triceratops and lived 76 million years ago

After gathering dust on a shelf for more than 90 years, two previously ignored skulls have been identified as a new dinosaur species which once roamed the plains of southern Alberta. The bones of the newly named Spinops Sternbergorum were orig-

inally discovered southeast of Calgary in 1916. Charles and Levi Sternberg — who are now honoured in the new dinosaur’s name — sent two partial skulls to London’s Natural History Museum and even voiced a hunch that the bones might indicate a pre-

ing through the museum’s collection of bones stumbled upon the skulls, re-examined them closely and found that they belonged to a species unknown until now. The two-ton plant-eater has a distinctive horn projecting from the top of the nose and a boney neck

viously unknown dinosaur. But those examining the skulls at the British museum at the time disagreed, labelled the fossils as “rubbish” and the bones were promptly forgotten for years. Nearly a century later, a team of international scientists rummag-

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frill with two spikes protruding backwards and two hooks curving forwards. Since they examined two different skulls displaying the same structural characteristics, scientists are certain the dinosaur is in fact an entire new species. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Council decides on working capital budget Following days of debate, city council has decided what projects will move forward in the 2012-14 capital budget. Among others, councillors approved $4 million for the Telus World of Science expansion; $1.75 million to help the iHuman Youth Society find a permanent home; $20 million for multi-use trails, sidewalks and bike lanes; $4 million for Whitemud Equine Centre upgrades; $11 million for new street lights; and $5 million for a new electronic budgeting system for the city. Council also voted earlier this week to borrow $315 million to replace the Walterdale Bridge, purchase land for the southeast LRT line and build a northwest police campus. This results in a 0.75 per cent tax increase, on top of the 4.5 per cent (or $77) initially proposed. “Sure I’m worried,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “We haven’t even started the operating budget. We’ll see what happens.” He said he had hoped council would have prioritized capital spending better, but is confident savings can be found in the operating budget, despite $10.5 million in proposed cuts, including alley sweeping, flower planting, streetlight bulb replacement and more. Deliberations on the operating budget begin today. HEATHER MCINTYRE

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Borden Park, at 112 Avenue and 74 Street, is home to many outdoor activities — which will include a natural swimming pond in the near future.

Natural swimming pond taps into Borden Park’s history Pond will be available for swimming in summer and skating in winter Design process to begin next year; pond ready for swimmers by 2015 HEATHER MCINTYRE

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City councillors made a splash yesterday, approving construction of a natural swimming pond in Borden Park. “We have an outdoor pool strategy and I think this moves it along,” Coun. Karen Leibovici said during the capital budget debate. “I think it would be a missed opportunity not to do this in the next three

years.” Replacing the current outdoor swimming pool, the $14.5-million pond will have a natural filtration system and “instead of decks, there’s sand and beach,” explained community services manager Linda Cochrane. Borden Park used to have a wading pond, so the plan brings back its history, said Roger Jevne, director of community facility services. “Rather than putting in

another traditional pool, we thought we could build something between a swimming pool and a lake,” he said. The current pool was built in 1925, and is the only outdoor pool — of five in total — in the city’s north end. “I think we need to take a look at the northeast area of the city ... and deliver some of the things we do to the rest of the city,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel.

Pool progress The design process is set to begin in 2012, while the pool could be open for the 2013 season before the park closes for construction. This is the third outdoor pool to undergo major upgrades — after Fred Broadstock and Queen Elizabeth. The new facility is slated to open in 2015.

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Impaired driving law could boost cab use While lauding the province’s impaired driving legislation passed Tuesday, the head of the city’s cab union worries about how enforcement will be rolled out. “It’s a very good bill that was passed in the Alberta Legislature and drinking and driving is a problem everywhere, not just in Edmonton,” said Balraj Manhas, president of the United Cab Drivers Association of Edmonton. “If enforcement is there, it will work.” He cites the distracted driving law brought in Sept. 1 that he still sees

many drivers ignore. Manhas said he also witnesses motorists lining streets and parking lots near drinking establishments every weekend night near Whyte Avenue. At closing time, not everyone’s flagging a taxi. “We see all the parking lots are full, and they’re also pulling out of there,” he said. Manhas hopes the stiffer law means a heavier police presence yearround, not just over the Christmas season. He anticipates a boost in business and thinks more cabs may be needed as a result. Council will vote on adding 100 additional cabs on Dec. 14. Late-night bus service from Whyte Avenue is also slated to begin in January. SHELLEY WILLIAMSON METRO FILE

Cabs may see more business as city drivers choose to curb car use with the new legislation.

Checkstop season EPS said in a three-day campaign over the first weekend of December, officers picked up 19 impaired drivers and issued 24-hour suspensions to 26 drivers, and a variety of tickets. Police are planning 11

more checkstops on Edmonton streets before the end of the year. Roving checkstops, or “target all drunk drivers” (TADD) forces run in addition to fixed checkstops and focus on drivers leaving licenced establishments, especially at night. METRO

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Drunk driving law may cork bar business Hospitality owners disappointed with fast-tracking of Bill 26 Police will wait for the go-ahead from province to start enforcing new limits METRO FILE

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While he appreciates the spirit of new legislation aimed at impaired drivers in Alberta, one Edmonton bar proprietor said it’s hard to swallow for the hospitality business. “We’ve been opposed to a certain part of the bill from the minute they introduced it in the Legislature,” said Mike Yasinski, president of Hudsons Canadian Hospitality. The law lowers the blood alcohol limit at which drivers can lose their licence to 0.05. “That aspect of the bill is targeting the driver who has a drink with dinner,” said Yasinski, adding he’s all for stiffer penalties for repeat offenders. He said if done as quickly as it was rolled out in B.C., he worries people will be too afraid to imbibe for fear of penalty. “We’re optimistic government will take a slow and steady approach,” said Yasinski. Ray Danyluk, Alberta’s transportation minister, said yesterday the law will take seven months to roll out, and come down hardest on those charged under the Criminal Code. But police say their

Stiffer penalties are on tap with new drunk driving legislation passed this week in Alberta.

treatment of impaired drivers won’t be much different. “How we do our jobs is not going to change, it’s the punishments thereafter,” said Const. David Green of the EPS Impaired Driving Countermeasures unit. Green said he is not sure if new measures will be undertaken based on new limits.

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Michaelia Frankton, whose husband is part of the NATO training mission in Afghanistan, signs a banner at West Edmonton Mall.

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There’s nothing like getting a care package when you’re away from home. “This banner, online messages, our parcels — it will brighten his Christmas and make the distance seem shorter,” said Michaelia Frankton, whose husband will spend Christmas in Afghanistan as part of a NATO training mission. “Every bit of support is huge. It’s a morale boost and makes their holiday.” The 8-foot by 4-foot banner, which will be at Sears in West Edmonton Mall un-

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While CFB Edmonton welcomed 100 troops home this week, 700 more will remain in Kabul over Christmas. til Dec. 11, is meant to connect Canadian troops with their families and supporters. While penning a few words seems like a small gesture, it means a lot, adds Major Achim von Wiedner, deputy commanding officer at CFB Edmonton. “I’ve been deployed three times over Christmas,

and it’s always important and touching to hear from home. The troops appreciate it.” St. Albert’s Leon McIntosh says he’s signing the banner because he values what the troops are doing. “They’re a long way away, and I think they need to know we’re thinking of them,” he says. This is the sixth year for Sears Operation Wish, which also encourages messages through sears.ca/operation wish. This year’s $10,000 donation will go to the care and comfort of Canadian Forces members wounded in operations and confined to hospital.

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It takes so little time and effort to donate blood and yet only 4 per cent of Canadians do it, according to Canadian Blood services. That’s not the case with Sandy Draper, who gave plasma donation number 802 yesterday, making her Edmonton’s top female blood donor. The event was also special because Draper got to meet blood recipient Liz Furber — putting a face to the countless people Draper’s donations have helped. “We’re like blood sisters,” laughed Furber, who, because of food poisoning, needed 498 units of blood in 2005. “It’s the easiest way to save someone’s life.” The 65-year-old Draper said a car accident in 1968

turned her into a life-long donor. “I needed blood, and then I just got in the habit of giving,” she says. “I’d like to make it to 1,000 donations – I just hope my veins will hold out.”

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Another longtime Tory MLA is calling it quits when the next election is called in the spring. Iris Evans has was first elected to provincial office in 1997, but told a constituency meeting in Sherwood Park on Tuesday night that it was time for her to move on and she will retire.

A Facebook page has been set up in support of an Alberta man charged with killing his baby daughter. Four-month-old Zaria McCall died in hospital last week from severe head injuries. Julian Thomson, 21, of Red Deer, is charged with second-degree murder. The page has 60 members. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Blood recipient Liz Furber, left, meets Edmonton’s top female blood donor Sandy Draper yesterday.

Northern Alberta needs to collect 6,000 units to meet hospital demands. Over 1,600 appointments are open at mobile clinics and the 114 St. centre through December. One donation can save three lives with platelets, plasma and red blood cells. It takes 1-2 hours to donate. First-time donors can be 17-61 years old. Go to blood.ca for more info.

Mark Salamandick, community development coordinator of Canadian Blood Services, says while people get busy at Christmas, demand for blood is constant. “It can take 50 donors to save one car accident victim,” he adds.

A central Alberta town has pleaded guilty — and fined $70,00 — after it was found to be releasing wastewater into a nearby river two years ago. The Town of Ponoka faced one charge under the Fisheries Act after Environment Canada received a complaint about dead fish in the Battle River. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Disgraced hockey coach pleads guilty Graham James appeared via video link in a Winnipeg courtroom Facing nine charges of sexual assault on young players including Theoren Fleury

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Missing girl found at Wal-Mart It was a happy ending for the mother of an eightyear-old girl who wandered off from a friend’s house and went missing for nearly a day. Police searched the area around St. Boniface Elementary yesterday, where the developmentally-delayed girl attends school, while students were kept inside for recess. But Samia Elkadri, a

Union calls for 21 new sheriffs The day after two Court of Queen’s Bench justices slammed security voids to media, the provincial union representing the workers said 21 sheriffs are required to fill the gap. Derrick Karbashewski, chair of Local 003 of the

Wal-Mart greeter, spotted Cheyenne Nicole Myers around noon at the 137 Avenue and 40 Street store, recognizing her from the news. Police believe the child, who was reported missing at 7 p.m. Tuesday after failing to return home, might have become confused. They did not suspect foul play. METRO

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Disgraced junior hockey coach Graham James, among the most reviled figures in Canadian hockey, admitted yesterday that he repeatedly sexually assaulted two of the young players he once mentored — including retired NHL superstar Theoren Fleury. James — his heft diminished and his grey hair cropped close — appeared via video link in a Winnipeg courtroom looking nothing like the rotund, animated man who once stalked the bench behind the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League. Though he had been facing nine charges of sexual assault involving three players dating back to between 1979 and 1994, James only pleaded guilty to charges involving Fleury and another victim, whose name remains under a court-ordered publication ban. James pleaded guilty in 1997 to 350 counts of sexual abuse against two other

players, including former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy, whose decision to go public helped to lay bare the scandal. James was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. Crown attorney Colleen McDuff asked that two charges related to a third complainant, Greg Gilhooly, be stayed. She said no plea deal was struck with James, and the Crown will be asking for penitentiary time when he is sentenced. The decision to stay the charges came after consultation with Gilhooly and “having regard to the pleas that Mr. James was prepared to enter and avoid a protracted number of trials,” she said. James’s lawyer Evan Roitenberg, who participated by video from Montreal alongside his client, told the court James did not make a deal. “No one has promised him anything or threatened him to get him to enter these pleas,” he said.

Playing With Fire In the book Playing With Fire, the former Calgary Flame told of how James recruited him at 13 to play in Winnipeg and then in Moose Jaw. He said James

James, 59, has been out on bail for almost a year and is living in Montreal. He will remain free until his sentencing in Winnipeg on Feb. 22, for which he must appear. A statement of facts read out in the Winnipeg courtroom went uncontested by James. It said his abuse of Fleury started in September 1983 and lasted until August 1985. “They commenced with Mr. James fondling the buttocks and genital area of the victim while he slept,” McDuff read from the statement. “As time passed, those incidents accelerated to groping and fondling about the body.”

would visit and abuse him on the road — fondling him or performing oral sex. James obtained Fleury’s silence by threatening the youngster’s dream of one day playing in the NHL.

Eventually, she said, James would masturbate in front of Fleury before performing oral sex. James’s pattern was almost identical with the second victim, she said. Those attacks took place between 1989 and 1994. “There is quite a bit of additional information related to that which will be referred to and argued at the sentencing hearing,” McDuff said. Fleury detailed the abuse he suffered in his 2009 autobiography, prompting the police investigation that led to the most recent charges against Canada’s most reviled coach. THE CANADIAN PRESS


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Mexico says Ontario woman led plan to sneak in late dictator’s son An Ontario woman has been accused of leading an audacious plot to sneak a son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and three relatives into Mexico. The woman, Cynthia Vanier, is being held with three other suspects, said Mexico Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire. The elaborate plan was to bring to Mexico al-Saadi Gadhafi — known for his love of professional soccer and his run-ins with police in Europe. The plot was uncovered by Mexican intelligence agents in early September as al-Saadi was fleeing Libya shortly after his father’s ouster. He never made it to Mexico, but did reach Niger, where he has been living.

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The plotters allegedly jetted into Mexico, opened bank accounts and bought properties meant to be used as safe houses in several parts of the country, including one at a resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast. “The large economic resources which this criminal organization has, or had, allowed them to contract private flights,” Poire told a news conference. A Danish man allegedly served as “the logistic liaison” for the plan, Poire said. Mexico made no mention of Moammar Gadhafi himself being involved in the plan. He was killed in Libya on Oct. 20. The Foreign Affairs department confirmed Vanier’s arrest.

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A former Illinois governor was sentenced to 14 years in prison yesterday. Minutes later, Rod Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, stood up in court and fell into his arms. He brushed tears off her cheek and then rubbed her shoulders. Judge James Zagel said of Blagojevich: “When it is the governor who goes bad, the fabric of Illinois is torn and disfigured and not easily repaired.” Blagojevich was convicted of a wide range of corruption charges — including trying to sell U.S. President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat to raise campaign cash or

Michele Zagaria under police arrest yesterday. “The government won,” he said. “It’s over.” SALVATORE LAPORTA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Sex and sensibility Two Broke Girls has a sweet core surrounded by stereotypes and sex jokes Two Broke Girls co-creator Michael Patrick King says he has no plans to alter his hit sitcom to placate critics who say it perpetuates racial stereotypes. “I’m not going to change. No, absolutely not,” King said in a recent interview from his Hollywood office. “I believe that anybody, when you see them for the first time, you judge them based on the surface.” Two Broke Girls — starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs as down-on-theirluck waitresses trying to make an extra buck — has

become one of the fall TV season’s few breakout hits. The CBS show has an old-school feel and a big heart — at its core is the odd-couple friendship between street-smart Max (Dennings) and high-strung heiress-turned-pauper Caroline (Behrs). “When we started out our joke was that we were going to sell it as Laverne & Shirley on crack,” says King, an executive producer on Sex and the City. “I felt that there was something missing (from TV), which was an old-fashioned sitcom for a young

sensibility. And so I decided that it would be really fun to try to do two really funny girls, because I LOVE funny women.” While the comic chemistry between Dennings and Behrs has received consistent kudos, some critics have taken issue with the show’s supporting players, including Oleg (Jonathan Kite) a lascivious Russian fry cook, bumbling Korean diner owner Han (Matthew Moy), and Earl (Garrett Morris),

Watch it A new episode of 2 Broke Girls is set to air Dec. 12, followed by a repeat episode. Air times are: 8 p.m. ET (OMNI2); 7 p.m. PT on Citytv, 8 p.m. MT on Citytv, 6 p.m. CT on Citytv.

the restaurant’s “jive-talking” African-American host. King seems at a loss to explain why there’s been so much chatter about those characters: “It’s current, it’s something to talk about. It’s maybe a In Two Broke Girls, two down-on-their-luck waitresses are struggling to make an extra buck.

Hot show, cool climate Frozen Planet takes a look at Earth’s polar regions How climate change is impacting these ecosystems Discovery Channel’s documentary series Frozen Planet will premiere March 18, and will encompass seven episodes including a program on climate change hosted by David Attenborough. On that seventh episode, the famed British naturalist will investigate what rising temperatures will mean for the planet and life on it. The network made the announcement Tuesday. Frozen Planet is described as “the ultimate portrait of our Earth’s polar regions.” A co-production of Discovery Channel and BBC, it was four years in the making and comes from the team behind Planet Earth, the acclaimed series that aired on Discovery in 2007. The Frozen Planet team filmed in every nation inside the Arctic and Antarctic Circles during 2,356 days in the field, 1 1/2 years at sea, more than six months on the sea ice and 134 hours beneath that ice,

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little in your face, I don’t know,” he says. He notes that archetypes are commonplace in writing and says the show is reflective of his experience in the Big Apple. “Anyone who’s ever lived in New York has walked through an enormous melting pot of people. So for me, to do a show where you’re not exploring race would be absurd in Brooklyn, N.Y.,” he says, adding that the supporting characters will become more fleshed out as 2 Broke Girls progresses. While 2 Broke Girls has an undeniable sweetness at

its core, some critics have also taken umbrage with the crude sex jokes peppered throughout each 30minute episode. King says such vulgarity is simply a reflection of reality. “I think that it's important that two 23-year-old girl characters have a sensibility that actual 23-yearolds girls have in the world today,” he says. “I don't know how old the critics are, but ... the world of 23year-olds is a lot more, let's say ... verbally vital ... than it was when these critics were 23 years old.” THE CANADIAN PRESS

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All of those Alist celebs going through divorces? Things are getting awwwkward! First up in cringe-worthy separation stories: While Demi Moore was having dinner with a friend at a private club in West Hollywood recently, she couldn’t help noticing soon-to-be exhusband Ashton Kutcher dining nearby. “She approached his table,” a sources tells Us Weekly. “He gave her a hug, and they spoke for a few minutes.” The source describes the couple’s chat as “polite” but “very awkward.” At least it wasn’t as bad as what went down recently with Jennifer Lopez and her soon-to-be-exhusband Marc Anthony. Anthony apparently refused to shoot his Latin reality TV show Q’Viva with

Alec Baldwin claims he was kicked off an American Airlines flight for playing the Scrabble-like game Words with Friends on his phone. “Flight attendant on American reamed me out (for) playing (Words with Friends) while we sat at the gate, not moving,” the actor posted to Twitter. Baldwin was eventually removed from the plane and forced to take another flight, though his rep laughs off the situation. “He loves Words with Friends so much that he was willing to

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and Marc made the decision not to work with Jennifer last week as a result.” Call me crazy, but maybe everything can be described as “tense” when you decide to work with someone you are going through a contentious divorce with.

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Host with the most...style The garland is hung, the chestnuts are roasting, the turkey’s in the oven

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One more thing to add to the to-do list for your holiday party: Find an outfit that creates a celebratory mood, is welcoming and warm (but not hot), can hide a little sauce splatter and has pockets to stash remotes, phones and, for the ladies, lip gloss. It’s the delicate balance of being chic and comfortable. “I can’t imagine any more pressure when you’re putting on a party — when you are so focused on wine and food — and you have to look beautiful as well,” says Simon Kneen, creative director of Banana Republic. “Men have it a little easier, but you still have to make it look effortless and easy to manage.” Dressing for the role of host is a little bit different from a guest, with many more practical considerations. Just like every other aspect of the party, seasoned, stylish party-throwers say you’ll likely want to do as much preplanning as you can. Even last month, Kneen knew what he’d be wearing next time he entertained: a poplin shirt, sleeves rolled, with a tie. Meanwhile, Manhattan-based designer Shoshanna Gruss will pull one of her many cocktail dresses out of her closet and pair it with a chunky necklace or sparkly cuff bracelet. “I have some fun statement pieces that I don’t get to wear often,” she says. “You’re setting the rules so

Tyler Thoreson, head of Gilt Groupe’s menswear editorial and creative divisions, likes a deep-red, fine-wale pair of cords for men. “It’s an injection of holiday without going overboard,” he says.

you know you’ll be appropriate.” It would be a letdown, she adds, for guests who have put thought into their outfits to find the hosts in something they’d wear any other night. “It feels funny to put on a dress and high heels at home, when you know you’re not leaving, but it sets the tone,” Gruss says. “Your guests will appreciate it.” Minnie Mortimer says she likes to emerge from her bedroom all dressed up, especially now that she lives in more casual Los Angeles after growing up in New York and Palm Beach, Fla. This year, Mortimer will jazz up her look with a glittery hair pin. “I really like the holidays to be about a little bit of sparkle. It’s hard to do the rest of the time or it looks too much, but during the holidays, it looks appropriate,” she says. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Get a leg up with beautiful boots Baby it’s cold outside! Cover up your gams in some glammed-up galoshes that are both pratical and pretty There’s fall and spring, winter and summer — and there’s boot season. For many fashion fans, that’s the best time of year. Chances are you’ve broken out the cowboy boots and jeans, riding boots and leggings and maybe your best black work trousers and those cute high-heel booties you bought last year. They’re all easy, almost no-fail pairings. Finding the right skirt to go with boots, however, is more likely to trip you up, especially this particular season when it seems anything goes with hemlines. Do long skirts get tall shafts or shorter ones? What’s the rule on miniskirts? And can functional weather-friendly boots meet a fashion-forward midiskirt somewhere on the middle of the calf ? “Boots can do it better than almost anything when it comes to pulling your

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This Crab and Rice casserole is creamy, portable and feeds a crowd of 16 a hearty dinner MATTHEW MEAD/ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Delicious often doesn’t cut it during the holidays. Many of us seem to spend the entire month of December on the move, going from one work or family gathering to another. Which means the food you make for these events needs to feed a crowd and be portable, in addition to tasting great. Enter the holiday casserole! This multilayer dish takes the flavours of a creamy crab dip (that near ubiquitous offering at holiday gatherings) and turns it into a meal. It serves 16 as a hearty dinner, but can feed many more at a potluck, where diners tend to take smaller portions of each dish.

Crab and Rice Casserole

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Preparation:

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Spray a 3 L (13-by-9-inch) baking pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a food processor, pulse together celery, pepper and red onion until finely chopped.

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In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high; add chopped vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper and sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until softened. Stir in corn and rice; then spoon into bottom of prepared baking pan.

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Crab Layer: In a bowl, stir cream cheese, may-

Ingredients:

onnaise, milk and seasoning. Gently stir in crab and chives; spoon over rice mixture.

of crab mixture. Bake in 200 C (400 F) oven 20 minutes or until bubbly. Let rest 5 mins. before serving.

Topping: Return skillet to medium heat and add butter until melted; remove from heat. Add panko, paprika and salt; stir until well mixed. Sprinkle evenly over top

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• 2 stalks celery, chopped • 1 red bell pepper, chopped • 1 medium red onion, quartered • 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil • 1 clove garlic, minced • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) each salt and black pepper • 125 ml (1/2 cup) frozen corn kernels, thawed • 750 ml (3 cups) cooked long-grain white rice Crab Layer • 500 g (1 lb) Neufchatel cream cheese, softened • 250 ml (1 cup) mayonnaise • 125 ml (1/2 cup) milk • 10 ml (2 tsp) Old Bay Seasoning • 1 kg (2 lb) lump crab meat • 50 ml (1/4 cup) chopped fresh chives or scallions Topping: • 45 ml (3 tbsp) butter • 375 ml (1 1/2 cups) panko breadcrumbs • 2 ml (1/2 tsp) paprika • 1 ml (1/4 tsp) salt

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Artichoke and Gorgonzola Casserole makes this a delicious, elegant yet simple dish – perfect for dinner parties easy way to add a new vegetable idea to your repertoire and a new side dish for the holiday table this year. You can find canned artichokes easily in any gro-

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In large non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat and cook peppers, onion, garlic, THE CANADIAN PRESS H/O

Store it Cover and refrigerate unbaked casserole for up to 1 day. Cover with foil and bake in a 180 C (350 F) oven for about 30 minutes, uncover and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden and bubbly. parsley and Italian seasoning, stirring frequently, for about 8 minutes or until tender crisp and becoming golden. Scrape into a shallow 2.5-l (10-cup) casserole dish. Stir in artichokes; set aside.

2 hokee c i t r A serol Cas This recipe makes six to eight servings.

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In same skillet, whisk together cream and flour. Add cheese and bring to a simmer over mediumhigh heat. Whisk until Gorgonzola cheese is melted and stir in pepper. Pour over vegetable mixture. Topping: In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, parsley and butter. Sprinkle over vegetables and bake in 200 C (400 F) oven for

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Swept up by the Hurricanes Oilers fail to pull out of slide against Carolina

Edmonton squad has lost five-of-six games JOHN ULAN/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Kirk Muller earned his first win as an NHL head coach as the Carolina Hurricanes snapped a seven-game winless skid with a 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night. Jeff Skinner, Jamie McBain, Patrick Dwyer, Chad LaRose and Tuomo Ruutu scored for the Hurricanes (9-17-4), who won their first game in five tries under Muller. Tomas Kaberle added two assists. Eric Belanger, Ben Eager and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins replied for the Oilers (1312-3), who are in a tailspin with two losses in a row and five in their last six games. Carolina appeared to score eight minutes into the first when LaRose stole the puck from Ryan Smyth behind the Edmonton net and made a wrap-around shot, but was determined by video review to have kicked the rebound into the goal. Edmonton got on the board first when Magnus Paajarvi banked a shot off

Carolina’s Chad LaRose puts the puck past Edmonton’s Devan Dubnyk last night. The goal was eventually disallowed as it was ruled LaRose kicked it in.

of Tim Brent onto the Carolina net and goalie Can Ward trapped it under his stick. However in the scrum that ensued Eric Belanger hit Ward’s stick with his skate and the puck skittered across the line to count as his first goal of the season. Carolina finally buried one of its many first-period chances with 40 seconds remaining as a bad bounce off of the glass landed in

front of the Oiler net, and Skinner beat Dubnyk through his pads for a power-play goal. The Hurricanes took a 21 lead five minutes into the second as McBain beat a stickless Dubnyk up high with a shot with another Oiler penalty on the way. Carolina went up by two goals with eight minutes to play in the second as Eric Staal fed it ahead to Dwyer and he undressed Dubnyk

with a deke before sliding it through the five-hole. Three minutes later it was 4-1 Carolina as LaRose took a two-on-one pass and slid yet another goal through Dubnyk's legs on a short-handed opportunity. Edmonton got one of those goals back nine seconds later as Eager showed some hustle to scoop up a loose puck and swing a shot behind Ward for his

first of the year. The Hurricanes kept on coming to start the third with another goal four minutes in. Jussi Jokinen found Ruutu in front, and he sent a shot through traffic for a 5-2 Carolina lead. Rookie Nugent-Hopkins scored his 13th goal and 30th point of the season with just over six minutes to play, but the Oilers would not get any closer. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Albert Pujols will get a huge contract, there’s no doubt. But the team that will sign the three-time NL MVP remains unclear. Will it be St. Louis, the team he’s helped to two World Series titles? The new-look Miami Marlins, whose newfound riches from their new ballpark are dominating the free-agent market? The Los Angeles Angels, until now in the background? Miami was the talk of

The Miami Marlins plucked another free agent prize yesterday, reaching a deal with four-time all-star pitcher Mark Buehrle for $58 million US over four years.

$58M

the winter meetings in Dallas yesterday, with teams wondering how close they were to an agreement with Pujols on a deal that could be worth $200 million US or more over 10 years.

St. Louis said it made a new offer Tuesday to keep Pujols. Agents said they had heard the Angels were bidding, too. Big spenders such as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were reduced to spectators. “They have a new stadium. They’re excited about it, and it’s good for baseball,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of the Marlins. “Our roster is pretty set.” Shortstop Jose Reyes’ $106-million, six-year contract was finalized yester-

day, a deal that pays him $10 million in each of the next two seasons, $16 million in 2014 and $22 million in each of the final three years. Miami has $22 million option for 2018 with a $4 million buyout. “It’s a perfect situation in Miami,” Reyes said. “We have a lot of talent there and the new stadium ... close to Dominican, a lot of Spanish people there, so I think I’m going to like it and enjoy it as much as I can.” THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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of the additional tax revenue generated by all the new development gets pumped back into the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is in essence an investment attraction and protection plan. Everything that we do is intended to reinforce both public and private invest-

ment.â&#x20AC;? The redevelopment of old railyards at The Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet, has been a success story but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far from Portage Avenue, once the major artery that kept Winnipegâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown living and breathing. Another block on Portage Avenue, right across from the arena, is being almost cleared for new construction, the first concrete sign of the new direction CentreVenture has mapped for the downtown. Some of the new redevelopment is also staying in the True North family. Mark Chipman is chairman of True North and, with Toronto billionaire David Thomson, owner of the Jets. Longboat Development, involved in the work directly across from the arena, is also owned by the Chipman family. The centrepiece is a 20storey, 154-room Alt Hotel, to be built by Quebec-based Groupe Germain Hospitality. Demolition is starting this winter, with a partial opening date of 2013. CentreVenture snapped up the site when it heard a major discount chain wanted to lease it, even though the agency had no plans for it at the time. Another Manitoba company, Canad Inns, has plans for the old Metropolitan Theatre next door to the arena. It wants to turn it into a dinner theatre and venue for special events. Originally built as the Allen Theatre in 1920, it has been boarded up for 24 years but saved from some of the depradations of time by its own fan club, Friends of the Met. McGowan says part of the problem is simply the huge size of Winnipegâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown, about 365 hectares. To work, it has to become smaller. So the plan focuses on the area from Main Street to the University of Winnipeg, about a 12-block stretch. Much of the downtown is connected through the skywalk system and McGowan wants to build a link to those 14,000 university students. THE CANADIAN PRESS


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EASTERN CONFERENCE d-Pittsburgh d-Boston d-Florida Philadelphia NY Rangers Toronto Buffalo Washington Ottawa Winnipeg Montreal New Jersey Tampa Bay NY Islanders Carolina

GP 28 26 27 26 24 28 27 27 28 27 28 26 27 25 30

W 16 17 15 16 15 15 14 14 13 12 11 13 11 9 9

L OTL SL 8 2 2 8 0 1 8 1 3 7 2 1 6 1 2 10 2 1 11 1 1 12 0 1 12 2 1 11 3 1 11 2 4 12 0 1 14 0 2 11 3 2 17 2 2

CAPITALS 5, SENATORS 3 GF GA Pts 86 69 36 89 54 35 78 69 34 93 77 35 71 55 33 89 90 33 76 74 30 84 87 29 86 96 29 77 83 28 69 72 28 65 74 27 70 89 24 57 79 23 77 104 22

Home 8-2-2-0 10-5-0-1 6-2-1-3 6-4-1-1 7-2-0-1 6-4-2-1 6-8-1-1 9-4-0-1 7-5-0-1 8-4-0-0 4-5-2-3 5-4-0-1 7-4-0-0 6-6-2-0 5-9-0-2

Away 8-6-0-2 7-3-0-0 9-6-0-0 10-3-1-0 8-4-1-1 9-6-0-0 8-3-0-0 5-8-0-0 6-7-2-0 4-7-3-1 7-6-0-1 8-8-0-0 4-10-0-2 3-5-1-2 4-8-2-0

Last 10 5-4-1-0 8-1-0-1 6-3-1-0 7-3-0-0 7-3-0-0 5-4-1-0 3-5-1-1 4-6-0-0 5-3-2-0 7-2-1-0 2-4-2-2 5-5-0-0 3-7-0-0 5-3-1-1 3-7-0-0

Strk L1 L1 W2 W3 L1 L1 L1 W1 L1 W3 L1 W1 L5 W2 W1

WESTERN CONFERENCE d-Minnesota d-Chicago d-Phoenix Detroit Vancouver St. Louis Dallas Los Angeles San Jose Edmonton Nashville Colorado Calgary Anaheim Columbus

GP 28 28 27 26 27 27 26 27 24 28 27 28 27 27 27

W 18 16 15 16 16 15 15 13 14 13 12 13 12 8 8

L OTL SL 7 2 1 8 1 3 9 1 2 9 1 0 10 0 1 9 0 3 10 0 1 10 2 2 9 1 0 12 0 3 11 3 1 14 1 0 13 1 1 14 2 3 16 0 3

GF 71 93 74 77 89 66 69 62 68 79 70 75 67 63 65

GA 61 88 67 59 67 60 72 61 58 76 74 84 78 88 90

Pts 39 36 33 33 33 33 31 30 29 29 28 27 26 21 19

Home 10-4-1-0 8-2-0-3 6-5-1-1 10-2-1-0 8-4-0-1 9-3-0-1 9-4-0-1 8-7-0-1 7-6-1-0 8-5-0-2 4-5-2-1 7-9-0-0 6-5-1-1 6-9-1-0 5-7-0-1

Away 8-3-1-1 8-6-1-0 9-4-0-1 6-7-0-0 8-6-0-0 6-6-0-2 6-6-0-0 5-3-2-1 7-3-0-0 5-7-0-1 8-6-1-0 6-5-1-0 6-8-0-0 2-5-1-3 3-9-0-2

Last 10 9-1-0-0 5-4-0-1 6-4-0-0 7-3-0-0 8-2-0-0 6-2-0-2 4-5-0-1 5-4-1-0 5-5-0-0 4-5-0-1 3-6-1-0 5-5-0-0 5-4-0-1 2-6-1-1 5-5-0-0

Strk W5 L1 W2 L2 W2 W1 L1 L2 L2 L2 L2 L1 W1 W1 W1

d — division leaders ranked 1-2-3 regardless of points; a team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory in the W column; the team losing in overtime or shootout receives one point which is registered in the OTL (overtime loss) or SL (shootout loss) column.

HURRICANES 5, OILERS 3

Last night’s results Washington 5 Ottawa 3 Carolina 5 Edmonton 3 Philadelphia 5 Buffalo 4 (OT) Tuesday’s results New Jersey 3 Toronto 2 (OT) Vancouver 6 Colorado 0 Winnipeg 2 Boston 1 Calgary 7 Carolina 6 Columbus 3 Montreal 2 (SO) St. Louis 3 Detroit 2 Anaheim 3 Los Angeles 2 Minnesota 2 San Jose 1 N.Y. Islanders 5 Tampa Bay 1 Phoenix 3 Nashville 2 Tonight’s games All times Eastern Florida at Boston, 7 p.m. Ottawa at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Chicago at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Colorado at Calgary, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Dallas at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Tomorrow’s games Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m. Florida at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. Colorado at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m.

First Period 1. Edmonton, Belanger 1 (Paajarvi, Sutton) 10:33 2. Carolina, Skinner 12, 19:23 (pp) Penalty — Hemsky Edm (hooking) 18:36. Second Period 3. Carolina, McBain 3 (Kaberle, Faulk) 4:36 (pp) 4. Carolina, Dwyer 4 (Staal, Kaberle) 11:47 5. Carolina, LaRose 8 (Allen) 15:41 (sh) 6. Edmonton, Eager 1 (Petrell, Lander) 15:50 Penalties — Petrell Edm (hooking) 2:59, Sutton Edm (boarding) 4:36, Staal Car (unsportsmanlike conduct) 8:41, Peckham Edm (misconduct) 11:47, Ponikarovsky Car (tripping) 13:49. Third Period 7. Carolina, Ruutu 9 (Jokinen, Gleason) 3:43 8. Edmonton, Nugent-Hopkins 13 (Gagner, Eberle) 13:21 Missed penalty shot — Skinner Car, 7:19 third. Penalties — Stewart Car, Smid Edm (roughing) 4:55, Allen Car (roughing) 7:30, Sutton Edm (boarding), Eager Edm (charging) 10:27, Gilbert Edm (slashing) 13:48, Gleason Car (instigating, fighting, game misconduct), Sutton Edm (fighting) 17:51. Shots on goal Carolina Edmonton

10 9 7 10

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Goal — Carolina: Ward (W,9-12-3); Edmonton: Dubnyk (L,4-6-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Carolina: 2-6; Edmonton: 0-4. Referees — Chris Lee, Brian Pochmara. Linesmen — Michel Cormier, Brian Mach. Attendance — 16,839 (16,839) at Edmonton.

First Period — No Scoring. Penalties — Brouwer Wash, Winchester Ott (fighting) 5:39, Backstrom Wash (hooking) 9:23, Anderson Ott (tripping; served by Greening) 11:10, Gonchar Ott (interference) 11:10. Second Period 1. Washington, Halpern 2 (Wideman, Brouwer) 2:12 2. Ottawa, Condra, 4 (Karlsson, Smith) 12:43 3. Ottawa, Foligno 9 (Gonchar) 17:54 Penalties — Neil Ott (unsportsmanlike conduct) 8:12, Washington bench (too many men; served by Perreault) 14:42, Chimera Wash (hooking) 15:51. Third Period 4. Washington, Backstrom 10 (Laich, Carlson) 9:45 (pp) 5.Washington,Ovechkin9(Backstrom,Orlov)13:50 6. Washington, Brouwer 8 (Johansson, Carlson) 14:05 7. Ottawa, Michalek 17 (Greening) 16:08 (pp) 8. Washington, Carlson 5 (unassisted) 19:14 (en) Penalties — Ward Wash (slashing) 0:34, Karlsson Ott (tripping) 8:46, Laich Wash, Foligno Ott (roughing) 13:12, Semin Wash (hooking) 16:03, Ward Wash (slashing) 17:02. Shots on goal Washington Ottawa

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Goal — Washington: Vokoun (W,11-7-0); Ottawa: Anderson (L,12-9-2). Power plays (goals-chances) — Wash: 1-4; Ott: 1-6. Attendance — 17,771 (19,153) at Ottawa.

LATE TUESDAY First Period 1. Vancouver, D.Sedin 10 (Burrows, H.Sedin) 3:19 Penalties — Porter Col (kneeing major, game misconduct) 10:55, Kesler Vcr (goaltender interference) 17:23. Second Period 2. Vancouver, Hansen 8 (Bieksa, Hodgson) 6:53 Penalties — Edler Vcr (holding) 11:49, Hamhuis Vcr (boarding) 13:05, Galiardi Col (tripping) 17:05. Third Period 3. Vancouver, D.Sedin 11 (H.Sedin, Hamhuis) 5:15 4. Vancouver, Hansen 9 (Edler, Ballard) 5:49 5. Vancouver, D.Sedin 12 (Burrows, H.Sedin) 7:08 6. Vancouver, Edler 4 (Hodgson, Schneider) 9:40 (pp) Penalties — McClement Col (holding the stick) 2:46, Quincey Col, Burrows Vcr (roughing) 4:51, Quincey Col (double roughing), Lapierre Vcr (roughing), Weise Vcr (misconduct) 8:27, Bieksa Vcr (roughing) 11:12, Landeskog Col (highsticking) 11:59, O’Brien Col (fighting), Kobasew Col (misconduct), Oreskovich Vcr (fighting, holding), Lapierre Vcr (misconduct) 14:46. Shots on goal 12 11 6 6

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Goal (shots-saves) — Colorado: Varlamov (L,911-1)(21-15), Giguere (9:40 third; 2-2); Vancouver: Luongo (W,9-6-1) (13-13), Schneider (3:48 second; 20-20). Power plays (goalschances) — Colorado: 0-5; Vancouver: 1-5. Attendance — 18,860 (18,860) at Vancouver.

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BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Named DeMarlo Hale third base coach and Bill Castro bullpen coach. MINNESOTA TWINS—Agreed to terms with RHP Matt Capps on a one-year contract. TAMPA BAY RAYS—Announced the retirement of special assistant Andres Reiner.

FIRST ROUND GROUP A

x-Bayern Munich x-Napoli Manchester City Villarreal

GP W D 6 4 1 6 3 2 6 3 1 6 0 0

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

COLORADO ROCKIES—Traded RHP Huston Street and cash to the San Diego for a player to be named and cash. MIAMI MARLINS—Agreed to terms with SS Jose Reyes on 6-yr contract & LHP Mark Buehrle. PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Agreed to terms with LHP Erik Bedard & OF Nate McLouth on 1-yr contracts. Agreed to terms with C Jose Morales on minor league contract. Designated C Jason Jaramillo & INF Pedro Ciriaco for assignment. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Acquired OF Angel Pagan and a player to be named or cash from the New York Mets RHP Ramon Ramirez and OF Andres Torres.

Yesterday’s results Manchester City (Eng.) 2 Bayern Munich (Ger.) 0 Villarreal (Spain) 0 Napoli (Italy) 2

0 0 0 0

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GP W D 6 3 1 6 2 2 6 1 4 6 1 3

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Yesterday’s results Lille (France) 0 Trabzonspor (Turkey) 0 Inter Milan (Italy) 1 CSKA Moscow (Russia) 2

GROUP C x-Benfica x-FC Basel Manchester United Otelul Galati

GP W D 6 3 3 6 3 2 6 2 3 6 0 0

L GF GA Pts 0 8 4 12 1 11 10 11 1 11 8 9 6 3 11 0

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x-advances Yesterday’s results FC Basel (Switz.) 2 Manchester United (Eng.) 1 Benfica (Port.) 1 Otelul Galati (Romania) 0

EDMONTON ESKIMOS—Signed DB Delroy Clarke and RB/KR Hugh Charles.

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GP W D 6 6 0 6 2 2 6 2 2 6 0 0

CINCINNATI BENGALS—Placed DT Pat Sims on injured reserve. Signed DT Nick Hayden. Released DT Cornell Banks from the practice squad. Signed DT Swanson Miller to the practice squad. GREEN BAY PACKERS—Signed QB Graham Harrell from the practice squad. Placed TE Andrew Quarless on injured reserve. Signed G Jake Vermiglio to the practice squad. HOUSTON TEXANS—Signed QB Jeff Garcia and P Matt Turk. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—Signed WR Dorin Dickerson to the practice squad. NEW YORK GIANTS—Placed OT Stacy Andrews on injured reserve. Signed OL Tony Ugoh. Terminated the practice squad contract of QB Ryan Perrilloux. Re-signed OL Selvish Capers to the practice squad. OAKLAND RAIDERS—Signed RB Lonyae Miller & LB Carl Ihenacho to practice squad. ST. LOUIS RAMS—Signed CB Chris Smith from the practice squad. Released CB Nate Ness. Signed RB Chase Reynolds and QB Matt Gutierrez to the practice squad. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS—Placed DE Luis Castillo on injured reserve. Signed LB Nate Triplett to a two-year contract. Signed DE Damik Scafe to the practice squad.

L GF GA Pts 0 19 2 18 2 7 7 8 2 6 6 8 6 3 22 0

Yesterday’s results Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) 1 Lyon (France) 7 Ajax (Netherlands) 0 Real Madrid (Spain) 3

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WEEK 14 Tonight’s game All times Eastern Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. Sunday’s games New Orleans at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Kansas City at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. Houston at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Carolina, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Miami, 1 p.m. New England at Washington, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. Chicago at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Buffalo at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. Oakland at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. Monday’s game St. Louis at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.

GP W D x-Chelsea 6 3 2 x-Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 1 Valencia 6 2 2 Genk 6 0 3

L GF GA Pts 1 13 4 11 2 8 8 10 2 12 7 8 3 2 16 3

Tuesday’s results Chelsea (England) 3 Valencia (Spain) 0 Genk (Belg.) 1 Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 1

GROUP F x-Arsenal x-Marseille Olympiakos Borussia Dortmund

GP W D 6 3 2 6 3 1 6 3 0 6 1 1

L GF GA Pts 1 7 6 11 2 7 4 10 3 8 6 9 4 6 12 4

Tuesday’s results Olympiakos (Greece) 3 Arsenal (England) 1 Borussia Dortmund (Ger.) 2 Marseille (Fra.) 3

GROUP G GP W D x-APOEL 6 2 3 Zenit St. Petersburg 6 2 3 FC Porto 6 2 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 1 2

L GF GA Pts 1 6 6 9 1 7 5 9 2 7 7 8 3 6 8 5

HOCKEY NHL

Tuesday’s results FC Porto (Port.) 0 Zenit St. Petersburg (Ukr.) 0 APOEL (Cyprus) 0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Rus.) 2

LEAGUE OFFICE—Suspended Dallas D Mark Fistric, without pay, for 3 games for charging N.Y. Islanders F Nino Niederreiter during Dec. game. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS—Named Craig Patrick senior advisor of hockey operations. FLORIDA PANTHERS—Acquired F Krys Barch & 2012 6th-round draft pick from Dallas for F Jake Hauswirth & 2012 5th-round draft pick. Assigned F Bracken Kearns to San Antonio (AHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES—Assigned F Evgeny Grachev to Peoria (AHL).

GROUP H x-Barcelona x-AC Milan Viktoria Plzen BATE Borisov

GP W D 6 5 1 6 2 3 6 1 2 6 0 2

L GF GA Pts 0 20 4 16 1 11 8 9 3 4 11 5 4 2 14 2

Tuesday’s results Barcelona (Spain) 4 BATE Borisov (Belarus) 0 Viktoria Plzen (Czech) 2 AC Milan (Italy) 2

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