Study on former NHL players and concussions yields surprising early results

The Rotman Research Institute at Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences is collecting brain images and genetic data and conducting a battery of tests on retired NHL players. The first scientific study to delve into the long-term impacts of concussions specifically among National Hockey League players has yielded some surprising initial results. The published paper is based on 33 professional hockey players, 34 to 71 years old, but the number of participants is now over 50 and continuing to grow. More than 100 former NHL players are currently suing the league, alleging it put profits before safety and failed to protect them from head injuries. “There are sides to the debate and people will probably find support for whatever side they’re on in our study, but our study is one study.

April 23, 2017 11:03 UTC

That image of unicorn frappuccino hair all over the internet? It's from Winnipeg

Kelly O'Leary-Woodford is the mastermind behind the "unicorn frappuccino" hairstyle, named for the colourful limited-edition beverage from Starbucks that recently made a splash on social media feeds everywhere. "It's crazy," said O'Leary-Woodford, who is the co-owner of Sapphire Hair Lounge in Winnipeg. O'Leary-Woodford has long specialized in vivid hair colours, and says the hairstyle came together as a "funny fluke." Wan said the boost in attention is good for O'Leary-Woodford, too — and Winnipeg itself. I think Kelly is a very good endorser, and if anything, representative of the community of Winnipeg with more artistic appeal."

April 23, 2017 09:56 UTC

Power failure — the cost of harassment: Collenette

( Richard Drew / AP )Celebrity power, like political power, is a responsibility, not a right. Stephen Colbert deadpanned that “Bill O’Reilly always had your back, and if you were a woman, he might have a go at your front too.” Ouch. However, the clout of the marketplace will not help any political staffers who allege harassment on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Surely, Fox News did not want an advertising exodus. We don’t need a Bill O’Reilly on Parliament Hill.

April 23, 2017 09:56 UTC

Oilers first-round win sends Edmonton fans into frenzy

If you've ever wondered what 11 years of pent-up excitement looks and sounds like, Rogers Place was the place to be Saturday night. As the game ended, thousands of jubilant Oilers fans spilled out of Rogers Place and into the adjacent Ford Hall for an impromptu dance party. Thirteen-year-old Nicole Hidalgo from Grande Prairie came to Rogers Place to celebrate her birthday with friends. "Eleven years old, back in the day, we barely experienced it and now we're moving on to the second round." While the dance party kicked into high gear inside Ford Hall, a frenzy of fans mobbed the Gretzky statue outside Rogers Place.

April 23, 2017 09:00 UTC

Hisham: High-level Malaysia-China defence committee to be set up - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: A high-level Malaysia-China defence committee will be set up, says Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. "Malaysia and China also have to organise more frequent exchange visits in future to improve communication, understanding, and also to further strengthen the trust," he said. Hishamuddin said in a statement on Sunday that this was the outcome of his meeting with China's defence minister General Chang Wanquan during his three-day official visit to China which began on Friday. On the LMS, Hishamuddin said that this is the first time Malaysia is buying defence assets from China. The expertise and the cost – which is lower in China – will be used by BNSSB to build the remaining two ships in Malaysia," said Hishammuddin.

April 23, 2017 08:48 UTC

Edmonton Oilers finish off San Jose Sharks 3-1, advance to second round of playoffs for first time since 2006

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Two breakaway goals less than a minute apart Saturday night proved to be the difference as the Edmonton Oilers dumped the San Jose Sharks 3-1 and advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Veteran Patrick Marleau scored the lone goal for San Jose, while Oilers star Connor McDavid hit the empty net with less than a second remaining. The sequence began when Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom blocked a shot by Sharks defenceman Justin Braun and the puck was steered to Draisaitl breaking down ice behind the San Jose defence. His 15-foot wrist shot beat Sharks goalie Martin Jones and the Oilers took a 1-0 lead at the 54-second mark. San Jose nearly tied the game on a power play about four minutes later, but a shot by Joe Pavelski hit both the crossbar and a post.

April 23, 2017 05:26 UTC

CBC B.C. wins 19 RTDNA awards

team has scooped up 19 RTDNA regional awards from the Association of Electronic Journalists, including a dozen awards for CBC Radio, four digital awards, two television awards and one multiplatform award. The awards were presented at the RTDNA's annual banquet at the Pan Pacific hotel in Vancouver on Saturday night. Her career at CBC Vancouver began in television, where she was co-anchor of the CBC Evening News with Bill Good from from 1982 to 1988. Almanac on CBC Radio One. Walters won numerous awards over the course of her career, including a Jack Webster Award and an RTDNA award.

April 23, 2017 05:03 UTC

Vancouver Sun Run hits the road for 33rd time with 40,000 runners

For the 33rd time, thousands of runners are slated to course through downtown Vancouver to participate in annual Vancouver Sun Run. It will loop through Stanley Park, run along Beach Avenue, cross the Burrard Street Bridge and come back along 6th Avenue. Runners will wrap up by crossing the Cambie Street bridge and heading for the finish line outside BC Place. – closed to all traffic (7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.)EXPO BLVD​. Quebec Street to Terry Fox Way – closed to all traffic (7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.)NELSON STREETExpo Blvd.

April 23, 2017 03:56 UTC

Tabloids: The return of the prince

USCover: Stalkers’ delight! Prince Harry is expected to make several visits to Toronto this year while his girlfriend Meghan Markle films her series Suits. So if you see an attractive, familiar-looking couple sharing a romantic evening at the Imperial Pub, accompanied by six guys who look like Jason Statham with earpieces . LIFE & STYLECover: Hold a wake for Gwake: Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are a couple no more. Blake has been ignoring her — like every other music fan has been doing — and she apparently laments the lack of diversity on her visits to Oklahoma.

April 23, 2017 03:56 UTC

Tina Fey teams up with SCTV star Andrea Martin for new NBC series

Andrea Martin (centre) stars as the overbearing mother of news producer Katie (Briga Heelan, right) in the NBC sitcom Great News. ( EDDY CHEN / NBC )It was probably inevitable that Tina Fey and Andrea Martin would work together on a TV series. Fey, the former Saturday Night Live star and 30 Rock creator, has long been a fan of the SCTV legend. The premise: what happens when your meddlesome mother becomes an intern at the TV station where you work? When she’s not performing on one of her two TV shows, she’s travelling with her musical director, putting on one-woman shows.

April 23, 2017 03:56 UTC

Jays give Angels late scare but can't erase 3rd-inning stumble

Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking grand slam, Tyler Skaggs pitched into the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Angels held off the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 Saturday night. Simmons cleared the bases in the third inning off Casey Lawrence (0-2) for his second career grand slam, helping the Angels snap a three-game losing streak and win for the second time in 11 games. Skaggs (1-1) gave up a run in the first but settled down to hold the Blue Jays to five hits over the next six innings, getting the Blue Jays to hit into three double plays along the way. Toronto is a majors' worst 4-13 and placed star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on the 10-day disabled list prior to the game. Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his first save.

April 23, 2017 03:56 UTC

Two UMS students killed after car smashes into tree - Nation

KOTA KINABALU: Two Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) students were killed in an accident after the car they were in crashed into tree along the city’s Likas coastal road during the wee hours of Sunday. The two students are 23-year-old Mohd Haidil Amran from Sabah’s Kunak district, and 22-year-old Nur Azlina Tan Lian Chew from Tawau. “We believe he lost control of the vehicle which hit into a road divider and smashed into a tree,” he said. Supt George said firemen helped extricate the two victims from the mangled vehicle and a doctor at the scene confirmed that both were dead. Our investigations are still in progress,” Supt George added.

April 23, 2017 03:33 UTC

Actress Erin Moran of Happy Days fame dead at 56

Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi, died Saturday at age 56. Upon arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Moran Fleischmann was deceased. She had nearly a decade's worth of experience when she was cast in 1974 in Happy Days as Joanie Cunningham, the kid sister to high school student Richie Cunningham, played by Ron Howard. In 1982, she was paired off with fellow Happy Days performer Scott Baio in the short-lived Joanie Loves Chachi. Moran returned to Happy Days in 1984 for its final season.

April 23, 2017 03:11 UTC

Montreal Canadiens bounced from Stanley Cup playoffs as New York Rangers close out series with 2-1 win

NEW YORK — Mats Zuccarello scored two goals in an 11:05 span in the second period to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals Saturday. The Senators lead that series 3-2 with Game 6 set for Sunday at TD Garden. Perhaps the most galling aspect of the series for Montreal was that it led 2-1 after the first three games and had a lead in Game 6. Montreal led 1-0 at the first intermission on the strength of Emelin’s first career goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He entered the elimination game leading the NHL in shots on goal in the playoffs with 24, but he finished the series without a goal and one assist.

April 23, 2017 03:00 UTC

Canadiens' season ends with 3rd-straight loss to Rangers

"We weren't good enough," Julien said after his Montreal Canadiens lost 3-1 to the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals Saturday. The Senators lead that series 3-2 with Game 6 set for Sunday at TD Garden. "We needed more," said Julien, who added the Canadiens "had offence. "It's not every day you beat Carey Price," Zuccarello said. The Canadiens entered 2016-17 with a healthy Price, and added Shea Weber and Radulov in the off-season.

April 23, 2017 02:52 UTC

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