Lamar Neagle scores on penalty kick as D.C. United downs Whitecaps

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps had the majority of the scoring chances but it was D.C. United who had the only goal for a 1-0 Major League Soccer victory Saturday.

Forward Lamar Neagle scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute as United snapped a three-game losing streak.

The penalty was awarded after Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston was called for hauling down United’s Jose Oritz in the box. The crowd of 20,905 at B.C. Place Stadium voiced its displeasure when replays showed Waston barely touching Oritz but referee Sorin Stoica wasn’t swayed.

Neagle calmly sent the ball into the top corner for his sixth goal of the season.

The Whitecaps had a chance to tie the match in extra time. Vancouver was awarded a penalty kick following a collision between United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and Vancouver’s Brek Shea.

Forward Cristian Techera took the shot but it hit the post.

The Whitecaps applied pressure after falling behind 1-0 but couldn’t get a ball past Hamid. Shea had a header that went off the crossbar during extra time.

It was the fourth win of the season — and second on the road — for D.C. United (4-6-2), who have 14 points and climbed out of the Eastern Conference basement.

Vancouver (5-6-1) remains hovering around the Western Conference playoff line with 16 points. The Whitecaps have lost two of their last three MLS games but have wins in three of their last five.

The Whitecaps had several great scoring chances during the opening 45 minutes, including a pair in the final minutes of the half.

In the 40th minute, defender Tim Parker headed a shot that Hamid managed to stop. Soon after, forward Fredy Montero drilled a ball just wide.

Techera had two good opportunities in the 19th minute, both set up by Montero. First, Techera took a cross from Montero and headed …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

NHL Combine: A telling test of skills, wills and some interview thrills

The Vancouver Canucks are looking for a few good men. Who isn’t?

The ongoing process of compiling their wish-list for the NHL draft on June 23-24 in Chicago, could hit critical forks in the road this week in Buffalo.

The annual scouting combine will put prospects through the usual gauntlet of aerobic, anaerobic and strength testing. But the 106 invited players will also face a barrage of intriguing questions from teams hoping to gain a better read on the draft-eligible players through responses to tricky and telling queries.

The only certainty in the pro game is uncertainty. How players handle success, failure, injuries, a team dynamic, schedule stress and family issues plays into determining the overall makeup. It either solidifies the belief in a player or scares teams away.

“It’s of the utmost importance,” said Canucks general manager Jim Benning. “We know what the players can do on the ice, but we really value character a lot and we want to make sure we get to players and get to what makes them tick.

“What motivates them and how bad do they want to win? We look at all those things and factor them in with the skill-set.”

Canucks general manager Jim Benning looks for honesty in combine interviews.

With the fifth overall draft selection this year, the Canucks will have a vested interest in highly-rated centres and puck-moving defenceman. That means those who should be available when they select — unless the Dallas Stars trade the third overall pick and the projected pecking order is altered — will receive extra scrutiny in Buffalo.

Centres Gabrial Valardi, Cody Glass, Casey Mittlestadt, Michael Rasmussen and Elias Pettersen will be grilled by the Canucks as hard as defencemen Cale Makar, Timothy Liljegren and Cal Foote.

“When I look at our team, I see that playmaking centre point-producer as a hole to …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Canada’s Indigenous Movement, Alicia Keys, Share Amnesty International Award

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MONTREAL – American recording artist Alicia Keys is sharing a top humanitarian award with Indigenous rights activists in Canada.

Keys and members of the Indigenous rights movement are in Montreal to receive Amnesty International’s “ambassador of conscience award.”

Today we award the Indigenous rights movement in Canada with our highest honour, the #AmbassadorofConscience award:

— AmnestyInternational (@amnesty) May 27, 2017

The award is presented each year to an artist and an activist who have stood up to injustice, inspired others and furthered the cause of human rights.

Keys, a 15-time Grammy winner, is also known for her philantrophic work, including as the co-founder a non-profit to provide treatment and care to families affected by HIV in Africa and India.

Alicia Keys, centre, greets Indigenous rights activists Melanie Morrison, left, and Melissa Mollen Dupuis prior to receiving an Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International on Saturday (Photo: Graham Hughes/CP)

Canada’s Indigenous rights movement is being recognized for fighting to end discrimination and improve living conditions in indigenous communities.

The award is being accepted by Quebec Idle No More founders Melissa Dupuis and Widia Lariviere, Inuk writer Delilah Saunders and activist Melanie Morrison.

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Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada