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SPORTS Wednesday, April 11, 2012

IIHF Hockey

Nugent-Hopkins joins Canada Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is set to extend a memorable season by joining Canada for the IIHF World Hockey Championship. The Edmonton Oilers rookie accepted an invitation Tuesday after receiving medical clearance

from the Oilers. NugentHopkins missed time this season with a shoulder injury, but was eager for the opportunity to represent his country. “It’s always something I wanted to do,” he said. “Getting asked is a big honour for me.” The NHL’s top goal-scorer, Steven Stamkos, has elected to rest his shoulder and will not travel to Europe. THE CANADIAN PRESS



“When you make a mistake like this, you can’t sleep.”

Brees says Saints OK without Payton

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins GETTY IMAGES FILE

Drew Brees is sticking up for the Saints and said they’ll continue to thrive despite coach Sean Payton’s season-long suspension for his role in New Orleans’ bounty system. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen apologized Tuesday after being suspended five games by the team for telling Time magazine that he admired Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Feaster faces the music NHL. Flames GM has busy off-season ahead after failing to make the post-season again

It was a conversation Jay Feaster didn’t think he’d be having and one he doesn’t want to be repeating a year from now. Heading into his first full season as Calgary’s general

manager last fall, Feaster thought the Flames had what it took to earn a playoff berth. But on Tuesday, he found himself apologizing to fans for missing the post-season for a third straight year. “When last season ended, I really thought that we were close,” Feaster said. “The fact that we’re here meeting with you (the media) here today on April 10 is disappointing, and it’s frustrating for us as an organization and it is not ac-


“I will be reviewing every player in the organization and every member of the hockey operation staff.” Jay Feaster, Flames GM

ceptable to this organization. This is not where we expected to be. We expected to be preparing for the playoffs.” “We have a very, very busy

off-season ahead of us,” said Feaster, adding that he didn’t want to talk about individual players or members of the coaching staff at this point. “It’s clear that we need to make changes. We’re going to have to do a number of things in the off-season, because this is not a situation that I want to be in next year.” Head coach Brent Sutter, whose three-year contract is up this year, also met with the media and explained that

both he and the players realize that changes in the offseason are looming. “They understand it as well as I do as far as ... you miss playoffs three years in a row with virtually the same group, you know you’ve got to expect there’s going to be some heavy discussions done and evaluations,” Sutter said. “You’ve got think there’s certainly going to be some changes.” THE CANADIAN PRESS



“Patrick is impulsive and a guy who says what he thinks. When you win, the media are OK, but when you lose, you become a target. And Patrick, as coach, would be more of a media target because of his temperament.” Guy Lafleur on Tuesday. The Montreal Canadiens legend isn’t among those who believe former all-star goaltender Patrick Roy should be the team’s next coach. The Canadiens recently fired GM Pierre Gauthier as the team limped toward the end of a disastrous season. And they will also probably be looking for a new coach this spring to replace Randy Cunneyworth, whose coaching title carries the “interim” tag.

“I’m not saying he couldn’t do it, but I’d see him more as general manager.” Guy Lafleur

Blue Jays even up series with Red Sox

On the web

Blue Jay Brett Lawrie hustles to beat a throw to first base in Toronto on Tuesday. Catcher J.P. Arencibia’s bases-loaded single highlighted a three-run sixth inning as Toronto defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-3. Arencibia’s blast to centre field off reliever Justin Thomas scored two runs and helped Toronto even its three-game series with Boston, delighting the crowd of 26,251. LUCAS OLENIUK/TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

NHL draft lottery. Edmonton Oilers get top pick for a third straight year

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini on the TSN set after his team was selected for the third year in a row as number 1 in the NHL draft lottery Tuesday in Toronto. AARON VINCENT ELKAIM/THE CANADIAN PRESS

The Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL’s draft lottery. Edmonton will get to pick first overall in the league’s annual amateur draft for the third year in a row. Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov is expected to be the top pick. The Columbus Blue Jack-

ets will pick second, followed by the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Oilers had an 18.8 per cent chance of winning the first-overall pick. The draft will be in Pittsburgh on June 22. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Top 10 draft order •

Edmonton, Columbus, Montreal, N.Y. Islanders, Toronto, Anaheim, Minnesota, Carolina, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay.

Canada hammered Russia at the women’s world hockey championship on Tuesday, but Canadian captain Hayley Wickenheiser wasn’t satisfied — particularly with the Russian hockey federation. Scan the code for the story.