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Manitoba’s Stoughton remains undefeated at Brier – Winnipeg

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Two winless rinks gave favourites all they could handle Sunday night, but Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton and B.C.’s John Morris pulled wins out of the hat with final rocks at the Canadian men’s curling championship.

“Nothing like being one down coming home and having an open hit for a bundle,” said Stoughton, after his 9-5 win over James Grattan and New Brunswick at the Tim Hortons Brier.

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“We had a really thin double in nine to take three and just paper ticked it and didn’t get it out. That’s just the way it goes sometimes, you’re just a quarter inch off here and there and we got it finally in the 10th.”

Stoughton improved to 4-0 at the top of the standings but he was down a point coming home and hit to score five in the 10th end.

Morris, meanwhile, also had trouble with winless Jamie Murphy and Nova Scotia and was down a point coming home in 10.

Third Jim Cotter’s final rock scored three to give them an 8-6 win and improve their record to 3-1 just behind Stoughton in second place. Cotter throws fourth stones.

They started by giving up their second four ender of the day in the second end.

“That’s the first time in a bonspiel we’ve given up one four-ender let alone two in a day,” said Morris.

They surrendered four in the first end against Jean-Michel Menard from Quebec in the afternoon draw and ended up losing 7-4 in nine ends.

“It was a character builder because we hung tough and really had to grind it out,” he said of the evening game. “Jimmy made some great shots in that game that really boosted our confidence.”

Alberta’s Kevin Koe now sits at 2-1 after handing Newfoundland and Labrador’s Brad Gushue his second loss of the day, 9-4 in eight ends. In the morning draw, Koe beat New Brunswick 10-1.

He scored three in the first end to set up the win over Gushue.

“A big shot, any time you can get up three on a good team you should win every time,” said Koe, who was glad to get on a roll.

“You can get on a roll late, there’s no reason why you can’t, but you don’t want to get your back up against the wall.”

Gushue had issues with the ice Saturday but blamed only himself Sunday.

“The ice was good today there was no reason to miss shots,” he said. “It’s not a hard game if you hit the broom and throw the right way. We can’t seem to do either one.”

P.E.I.’s Eddie MacKenzie also improved to 2-1 with a 10-7 win over Northern Ontario’s Jeff Currie, who fell to 1-3.

No one has been shooting the lights out but the curlers said that’s to be expected at this point.

“It’s early,” said Koe. “It usually takes a while to get used to the ice and even for the icemakers. You can tell it’s getting better and there’s a lot more curl in it compared to yesterday.”

But he still said three-time Brier winner and two-time world champion Stoughton remains a favourite.

This Brier is missing a few big names.

Koe nabbed the Alberta slot from veteran skip Kevin Martin and Greg Balsdon beat Glenn Howard to earn his first Brier berth. Brad Jacobs was busy with the Olympics and couldn’t qualify.

Balsdon scored two in the 10th end to win 7-6 in the afternoon draw and was continuing to celebrate just being able to curl for the men’s title, after a 5-4 morning loss to Jamie Koe and the Territories, who sit at 1-2.

“We’re having fun, it’s been a blast, we’re playing pretty well but the experience has been nothing like we’ve ever curled before,” said Balsdon, a 36-year-old golf pro from Toronto, who works and curls out of the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Hamilton.

©2014The Canadian Press

Toronto Morning: What you need to know today – Toronto

WATCH: Rob Ford appears on Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscars special

TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s status as a celebrity in the United States reached new heights as he made a brief appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscar night special Sunday night.

Ford walked on stage in a tuxedo and started waving to the crowd before Kimmel jumped in.

“You’re on the show tommorrow night,” Kimmel joked.

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“Oh, sorry Jimmy,” Ford said before leaving.

Ford’s stint on the late night show only lasted a few second but the mayor is scheduled to make an extended visit tonight as Kimmel’s main guest.

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Mainly sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h becoming light this morning. High minus 11. Wind chill minus 30 this morning. UV index 3 or moderate.

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SPORTS

Raptors:

DeMar DeRozan had one of his best games of the season as he scored 32 points to lead the Raptors past the Warriors 104-98 on Sunday afternoon.

IN THE NEWS…

An industrial fire at a scrap yard near railway tracks kept firefighters busy overnight in Scarborough. The blaze started in the early morning hours at about 1:30 a.m.

Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day last year.

Pro-Russian troops controlled a ferry terminal on the easternmost tip of Ukraine’s Crimea region close to Russia on Monday.

The sci-fi blockbuster Gravity soared at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night with seven awards — but the drama 12 Years a Slave was named Best Picture.

ALSO COMING UP TODAY…

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will participate in a question and answer session at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention. He will be joined by Rodney Thomas, incoming President of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, and Ross Gallinger, Executive Director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. (2 p.m. at Metro Toronto Convention Centre north building)

Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, will make a formal announcement about enhancing care for long-term care residents in Ontario. (2:30 p.m. at Belmont House, 55 Belmont St)

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Alberta MLAs return to work at legislature

EDMONTON – Alberta politicians return to work Monday at a legislature sitting that’s expected to be dominated by debate over the budget.

Higher than expected oil revenues are expected to push the province into a surplus position on day-to-day spending while debt for capital spending will be more than $8 billion.

The government’s accounting methods have come under fire since Premier Alison Redford split the budget into three mini-budgets last year.

Critics say that has left the bottom line number open to interpretation on whether a budget is in surplus or in deficit.

For example, this year, the government says the final consolidated deficit number will be $335 million, while opponents peg it at $3.5 billion.

Redford’s team is also bringing in legislation this sitting to reform public service pensions, and has promised new rules so the public can get more information on children who die in government care.

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Seoul: North Korea fires 2 more missiles amid U.S. drills – National

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea Monday in the second such launch in less than a week, amid ongoing annual military exercises between Seoul and Washington, South Korean officials said.

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The launches appear to be a continuation of North Korea’s protest of the drills it calls a preparation for an attack, and to test the country’s weapons systems. They followed South Korea’s announcement that North Korea last Thursday fired four short-range Scud missiles with a range of more than 200 kilometres (about 125 miles) into the North’s eastern waters.

North Korea routinely test-fires short-range missiles and outside analysts say the recent launches weren’t expected to raise tensions, as was the case last spring when North Korea repeatedly threatened to launch nuclear wars following its third nuclear test in February last year. Recently, North Korea has pushed for improved ties with South Korea and taken conciliatory gestures, including rare reunions of Korean War-divided families last month.

On Monday, two projectiles blasted from the North’s east coast flew about 500 kilometres (310 miles) before landing in the high seas, South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters.

South Korea is trying to confirm what exactly North Korea fired on Monday based on the speed and trajectory of the projectiles, but an initial investigation showed they were missiles, suspected to be Scud-series, a Defence Ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with department rules.

He said the North Korean missiles flew past a South Korean air defence identification zone and landed in the waters below the Japanese defence zone.

Kim said the launches were made without a prior notice. He described them as a provocation posing a serious threat to international aviation and maritime navigations and civilian safety. “North Korea is doing an act of double standard by taking a peace offensive ostensibly, but later launching reckless provocative acts,” he said.

Chang Yong Seok of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at the Seoul National University said that the launches appeared to be part of North Korean military training aimed at coping with the South Korea-U.S. drills. He said that tensions could be heightened if North Korea tested a longer-range missile capable of hitting Japan or the U.S. territory of Guam.

Analysts say the North’s recent charm offensive toward South Korea is largely aimed at helping lure foreign investment and aid to help revive the country’s troubled economy.

The two Koreas are divided along the world’s most heavily fortified border since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 American troops are deployed in South Korea to deter potential aggression from North Korea. South Korea and the U.S. have said they have no intentions of invading North Korea and that their ongoing springtime drills are defensive in nature.

©2014The Canadian Press

Mayor Rob Ford makes appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscar special

ABOVE: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show Sunday night.

TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s status as a celebrity in the United States reached new heights as he made a brief appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscar night special Sunday night.

Ford walked on stage in a tuxedo and started waving to the crowd before Kimmel jumped in.

“You’re on the show tommorrow night,” Kimmel joked.

“Oh, sorry Jimmy,” Ford said before leaving.

Ford’s stint on the late night show only lasted a few second but the mayor is scheduled to make an extended visit tonight as Kimmel’s main guest.

“It’s ok. It’s cool. I’ll see you tomorrow right?” Kimmel said. “And let that be a lesson kids. God does answer your prayers if you pray hard enough.”

“Tomorrow night, Mayor Ford and Gonzo from The Muppets will be here together.”

READ MORE: Does Rob Ford’s California trip flout conduct rules?

WATCH: Actor Kevin Spacey jokes about Rob Ford throwing up all over their shared dressing room at Jimmy Kimmel’s show

Mayor Ford made headlines this weekend when he arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday with Kimmel greeting him in a limo driver attire.

The mayor’s press secretary, Amin Massoudi, told Global News in a phone interview from California that Kimmel wanted him on as a guest on his show.

“Jimmy was one of the first to reach out to Ford personally, and it’s one of the reasons (the mayor) is here,” said Massoudi.

Several of Toronto’s mayoral candidates have questioned Ford’s trip down south and his intentions to boost the city’s movie industry.

WATCH: Several Toronto City Councillors are skeptical of Ford’s reasons for traveling to Tinseltown

“I don’t think he’s addressing the issues of the city. When I’ve been knocking on doors and speaking to people, they weren’t talking about Oscars, they were talking about transit,” said mayoral candidate David Soknacki in an interview with Global News on Sunday.

READ MORE: Rob Ford scheduled to make Jimmy Kimmel appearance Monday

Candidate John Tory had a similar response to Ford’s Hollywood appearance.

“If you’re going to get transit built here, if you’re going to get jobs created here, and keep taxes low here, then that’s done here,” he said.

But reached by telephone from Los Angeles on Sunday, Rob Ford remained focused on his plan.

“I’m just a little confused why they’re upset with me going down to L.A. and promote our movie industry and the great city that we live in and the great leadership that we have,” Ford told Global’s Cindy Pom.

VIDEO: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says his L.A. trip is an opportunity to promote his city on the world stage

Last week, Ford appeared on his weekly YouTube show to deny he was an international celebrity.

The Toronto mayor made international headlines last year when he admitted to smocking crack cocaine and city council voted to strip him of most of his powers soon after the admission.

“I am not an international celebrity,” said Ford, in a video posted Wednesday. “I’m an average, hard-working guy that goes to work every day, comes home to their family, takes my kids out, supports my wife and family and does whatever I can.”

What do you think: Will you watch Rob Ford’s appearance tonight? Let us know on our Facebook page.

-with a file from Andrew Russell, Cindy Pom

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