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Posted by On September 22, 2018

US Men Claim 3-1 Win Over Canada At FIVB World Championship In First Meeting Of The Two This Year

By Karen Price | Sept. 21, 2018, 12:39 p.m. (ET)

Members of the U.S. men's volleyball team celebrate their win at the FIVB World Championship on Sept. 21, 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The U.S. men’s volleyball team is on a roll, picking up right where it left off after an undefeated first round of the FIVB Men’s World Championship in beating Canada, 25-17, 25-14, 21-25, 25-17, to open the second round on Friday in Sofia, Bulgaria.

After losing two of three battles against Canada in 2017, this is the first time the U.S. faced its neighbors to the north this year.

Team USA has now won six matches in a row in pursuit of its second world championship title and first since 1986. The U.S. also won the silver medal in 1994.

After winning Pool C and going 5-0 in Bari, Italy, the men moved to Sofia for the second round of the tournament.

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Two-time Olympian and 2016 bronze medalist Matt Anderson had five kills and an ace in the first set against Canada and his Rio teammate Aaron Russell had five kills and a block as the U.S. opened with a victory.

They started the second set on a tear, going up 13-4 aided in part by a six-point serving run from Dan McDonnell, and cruised to a 25-14 victory to take a 2-0 lead.

Finishing a three-game sweep wasn’t going to be an easy task, however, and Canada forced its way back into the match with a 25-21 victory in the third set, but the U.S. didn’t waste another opportunity to put the match away with a 25-17 victory.

Anderson was the leading scorer with 22 points, followed by Russell with 17.

The three-week tournament only gets progressively more difficult. The second round consists of the top four teams from each of the first-round pools playing in four pools. From the second round, six will move on to the third round and play in a round-robin format to determine semifinalists and finalists.

The U.S. will next face Bulgaria (3-2) on Saturday and Iran (4-1) on Sunday as part of second-round play.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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Posted by On September 22, 2018

Gananoque scores Canada 150 rink

People skate on the Canada 150 Skating Rink as the sun begins to set behind West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang File Photo

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Parliament Hill’s Canada 150 rink is coming to Gananoque.

The Ottawa International Hockey Festival informed the town on Friday that it is the winning bidder to receive the outdoor rink package that includes the boards, glass, benches, nets and scoreboard.

Along with the rink itself comes $150,000 toward startup costs.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Mayor Erika Demchuk after the town received conformation of the decision on Friday. “This is just wonderful news.”

Demchuk said she has called a special town council meeting for Monday so council members can review and sign the contact for the rink.

The mayor said that the Ottawa hockey group wanted the rink set up for this winter season, but she said that’s not possible.

The town has logistical problems to work out and it would need to build a concrete pad with pipes underneath to eventually accommodate an artificial ice plant, Demchuk said. The engineering alone would take six weeks or more , she said.

“We want to do this right,” Demchuk said. “It’s not just a case of throwing up the boards and that’s it.”

Complicating things is the fact that the current council is in a “lame duck” position, which restricts the amount of money it can spend until the election of a new council, she said.

Along with the concrete base and pipes, the town will need to build washrooms, change rooms and, eventually, an ice chiller and a roof.

The full-size rink would be built next to the Lou Jeffries Arena, allowing the town to use arena staff and its Zamboni on the outdoor ice surface.

The Ottawa Senators, one of the founding partners of the Canada 150 rink project, have promised to partner with Gananoque and the local minor hockey associations to have Sens Alumni take part in the grand opening festivities. The club also will host a Sens Alumni Skill Development Clinic on the rink. The town orginally expressed an interest in obtaining the rink la st January when the federal government wanted to dispose of the arena before spring thaw to avoid storage costs.

That didn’t happen, so the Canada 150 rink was stored and hockey group formally asked for bids from Eastern Canadian municipalities and First Nations within 200 kilometres of Ottawa, promising a decision by Aug. 10.

In the meantime, the death in May of Gord Brown, the hockey-loving local MP, added momentum to the town’s bid.

A fundraising committee chaired by Gord’s brother Jeff began collecting money to build a rink in tribute to the late MP.

Jeff Brown said Friday that the committee has raised $250,000 toward its goal. The Thousand Islands Accommodation Partners, co-founded by Gord and chaired by Jeff, committed $100,000, the Thousand Islands Community Futures Development Corporation kicked in another $100,000 and a Gofundme campaign and other private donations raised another $50,000.

“This is awesome,” Jeff Brown said about the n ews. “We’re very pleased. An awful lot of people worked very hard to make this happen.”

Brown said his committee will have to ramp up fundraising efforts in light of the announcement. The committee’s goal is to have the rink built at no cost to Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, which shares operating costs of the Lou Jeffries.

With the Heritage Canada money, organizers now have about $400,000 for the rink, but Brown estimates the committee will need hundreds of thousands more, even with the Canada 150 equipment factored in.

To that end, the committee is planning a Gord Brown memorial hockey game to raise money for the rink.

MP Brown used to organize Hockey Night in Leeds-Grenville, which raised hundreds of thousands for the United Way. Jeff Brown’s committee is resurrecting the hockey fundraiser and it is partnering with the United Way to hold the game Nov. 28 at the Lou Jeffries in Gananoque. Proceeds will be split betwe en the rink and the United Way. Demchuk said that the rink would be an all-year recreation spot in Gananoque. When the ice is out, the concrete pad would allow pickleball, basketball and other summer sports, she said.

Brown sees it also providing a boost for tourism. Visitors will come to town simply to see and skate on the Canada 150 rink, he predicted. As well, the additional ice surface would allow the town to host more and larger hockey tournaments, Brown said.

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Posted by On September 22, 2018

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Posted by On September 22, 2018

US approves Canada's purchase of used Australia fighter jets - deal to be completed by end of year

The U.S. government has approved Canada’s purchase of used F-18 fighter jets from Australia, paving the way for the deal to be completed by the end of the year.

The sign-off from the Americans was needed because the aircraft were built in the U.S. with U.S. technology.

Dan Le Bouthillier of the Department of National Defence said Friday negotiations with Australia over the sale of the 25 used fighter jets is on-going.

“Should all negotiations and approvals move forward as planned, aircraft would start arriving in Canada in 2019, and the project remains on track to achieve this milestone,” he said. “The delivery plan, including mode of delivery, will be finalized once negotiations are complete and the aircraft being purchased are selected.”

In June, Postmedia reported that Canada had boosted the number of used Australian figh ter jets it is purchasing to 25 from 18 but that the deal still hinged on approval from the U.S. government.

Although U.S.-Canada relations have hit a slump, with President Donald Trump vowing to punish Canadians because of ongoing trade disputes, DND officials hope the situation won’t affect approvals for the fighter jet sale to proceed.

The Liberal government originally announced it would buy 18 used Australian F-18 jets to augment the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CF-18s until new aircraft can be purchased in the coming years. But it has added seven more used Australian F-18 aircraft to the deal.

Those extra aircraft will be stripped down for parts or used for testing.

The exact cost of purchasing the 25 aircraft, along with weapons and other equipment, is not yet known, Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough pointed out earlier this year. The Liberal government has set aside up to $500 million for the project.

Earlier this year, Pat Finn, the Depar tment of National Defence’s assistant deputy minister of materiel, said the government has received what’s called a letter of cost proposal on the impending sale. “The Australians have now gone to the U.S. State Department for the transfer under ITAR,” Finn explained to MPs on the Commons defence committee at the time.

Finn indicated the DND wants to have the deal in place by the end of this year. “The idea of firming this up in the fall of 2018 was for the start of delivery of the two first aircraft to be next summer, and then quickly beyond it,” he added.

The federal government has confirmed the Australian aircraft will be operating alongside the RACF’s other CF-18s at Bagotville, Que., and Cold Lake, Alta. “The aircraft will be employed at 3 Wing Bagotville and 4 Wing Cold Lake,” a government official noted. “DND is currently reviewing infrastructure requirements to accommodate the additional aircraft. Any modifications are expected to be minimal as the supplemental jets are of similar age and design to the CF-18.”

The Liberal government had planned to buy 18 new Super Hornet fighter jets from U.S. aerospace giant Boeing.

But last year Boeing complained to the U.S. Commerce Department that Canadian subsidies for Quebec-based Bombardier allowed it to sell its C-series civilian passenger aircraft in the U.S. at cut-rate prices. As a result, the Trump administration brought in a tariff of almost 300 per cent against the Bombardier aircraft sold in the U.S.

In retaliation, Canada cancelled the deal to buy the Super Hornets. That project would have cost more than US$5 billion.

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