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Pine Tar: Wikipedia
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Yankee Pitcher Caught With “Pine Tar”

Every professional baseball pitcher wants to throw the ball so the batter can’t hit it.

There are lots of ways to do that.

One way is for the pitcher to throw the ball so that, after it leaves his hand, it “dips down.” That’s known as a curve ball.

Curve balls are tricky to throw. One reason is that it’s hard to grip the smooth, slippery ball.

Last week, a pitcher from the Yankees baseball team was caught using sticky pine tar so he could grip the ball better.

DeMar-DeRozan. Image: US Mission Canada
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Raptors Headed To Playoffs

Canada’s only basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Toronto Raptors, are generating some excitement.

For the first time in six long years they have made the playoffs.

Of the 30 teams in the NBA, only 16 make it to the playoffs. There will be eight teams from the Eastern Conference and eight teams from the Western Conference. The Raptors play in the East.

In the playoffs, each team competes in a best-of-seven series. The first team to win four games moves on to the next round. A team has to win three rounds to make it to the finals. Then, the lone surviving team from the East plays the lone surviving team from the West.

Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse. Image: Canadian Olympic Committee - Mike Ridewood
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Highlights From The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics came to a close on Sunday.

During the closing ceremonies, all of the athletes walked into the arena together.

At the end of the closing ceremonies, a display is always put on by the country that will host the next winter Olympics. Pyeongchang, South Korea, will host the 2018 games.

Here are just a few of the interesting events that defined this year’s Winter Olympics for Canada and internationally…

The Canadian women's hockey team with their Olympic gold medals.
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Canada’s Women Win Gold

Yesterday was golden for Canada’s female Olympians.

In one of the most exciting hockey games ever played, the Canadian women’s team took the top prize. It was a clash between long-time rivals US and Canada, the best versus the best.

The American women had a solid 2-0 lead going into the third period. But with less than four minutes to go, Canada’s Brianne Jenner put the puck past American goalie Jessie Vetter. The score was 2-1.

The LGBT flag map of Russia. Image: derivative work: Fry1989
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Winter Olympics Spark Discussion Of Gay Rights

The Olympics are about athletics and competition.

However, with representatives from so many different countries coming together in one city, it is often about “politics” and “political issues” as well.

In other words, different countries have different rules, laws and beliefs.

Sometimes, countries’ beliefs clash.

That has been the case in Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Some Inspirational Stories From The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
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Some Inspirational Stories From The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Watching the best-of-the-best compete for gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is inspirational.

But beyond the performance of the athletes, there have already been many other inspirational moments at these Olympics.

Russian cross-country skier Anton Gafarov fell and broke his ski during the Men’s Sprint Free Semifinals.

In true Olympic spirit he tried to keep going, knowing that although he no longer had any chance of winning, he needed to finish the race he had started.

However, his ski was broken in half.

He would end up limping across the finish line in front of the world, not to mention his fellow Russians who were cheering from the sidelines.

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Determination, Team Spirit Helps Canada Win Its First Medals In Sochi

On Saturday, Mark McMorris won Canada’s first medal at the 2014 Olympics–a bronze in snowboarding.

That was quickly followed up by two more medals for Canada: Justine Dufour-Lapointe won Canada’s first gold and her sister, Chloe, earned Canada’s first silver medal.

McMorris is a native from Regina, Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan is known for having very flat terrain, yet McMorris was determined to be a world-class snowboarder.