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Beaudry, Payne on to provincials

They got the band back together and still can play a symphony that’s stone cold sweet.

Fort Frances skip Hailey Beaudry and her familiar cast members of Nicole Hartlin at third, Erin Tomalty at second, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry looked like they hadn’t missed a beat—and rarely missed a shot—in capturing the Region 1 junior women’s crown here over the weekend.

Sparks’ shutout debut a first for Leafs

TORONTO—Shutouts don’t come easy for the Maple Leafs.

Rookie Garret Sparks made it happen last night.

The 22-year-old Sparks stopped 24 shots in his NHL debut to lead Toronto to a 3-0 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

It was the first time since Dec 23, 2014 that the Leafs shut out their opponent, with Jonathan Bernier blanking the Dallas Stars 4-0 that night.

Eskimos win Grey Cup

WINNIPEG—Receiver Kenny Stafford banged two cans of beer together and shook them as he stood by the door to the Edmonton Eskimos’ locker-room.

When Mike Reilly came through to join his teammates to celebrate Edmonton’s 26-20 Grey Cup win over Ottawa last night, Stafford sprayed the beer over the quarterback’s head.