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MONTREAL —Canadian short-track speedskating star Charles Hamelin is confident
his girlfriend and teammate Marianne St-Gelais will be fit to compete this week
despite taking a knock on the head. Mike Williams Elite Jersey . While the rest
of the team practised Tuesday, St-Gelais was having tests to determine the
severity of a concussion suffered at a World Cup meet last weekend in Calgary.
The results will determine whether the double silver medallist from the 2010
Winter Olympics will be able to skate at the seasons second World Cup beginning
Friday at the Maurice Richard Arena, which is the training base for St-Gelais
and most of the Canadian team. “Shes having tests, but from what I see from her,
shell be back on the ice (Wednesday),” said Hamelin. St-Gelais lost an edge on a
turn in Calgary, hit the protective padding that surrounds the track and hit her
head on the ice. Team director Yves Hamelin, Charles father, said she had
headaches after the incident but was symptom-free on Tuesday morning before
going for tests. Concussions are one of the hazards of short-track, where spills
are common as competitors race four at a time at close quarters around a tight
oval. Especially on the super-fast ice in Calgary Even with St-Gelais mishap,
Canada came away with four silver and two bronze medals from the opening stop on
the circuit and hope to do even better in Montreal. The Calgary meet saw Wang
Meng return to competition after a long layoff to win the womens 500-metre race.
It also saw South Koreas rising star, Shim Suk-Hee, set a world record while
taking the womens 1,500 metres. The Americans were also impressive, especially
J.R. Celski who was first in the 500 metres and third in the 1,000. And it saw
Russia take another step in its bid to become a power in the sport in time for
the 2014 Games on home ice in Sochi. Vladimir Grigorev took the first of two
mens 1,000-metre races while the Russian men came second in the relay. Yves
Hamelin said Canada may have done better, but womens stars Valerie Maltais and
Marie-Eve Drolet both fell during events in which they were expected to win
medals. “As I always say, in short-track the stars are never totally aligned,”
he said. “Theres always something happening that we dont want to see. “This week
we have two 500-metre races, which is a distance where our athletes react well,
so it should be good racing.” St-Gelais does not have much history with
concussions and neither does Charles Hamelin, who said he has had two in 20
years of skating. But concussions are part of the sport just like nasty skate
cuts that happen when two or three all crash into the padding together. At the
trials for the current round of World Cup meets, there were four reported
concussions, including one to team veteran Marie-Eve Drolet. National
development team member Vanessa Belanger-Marceau is still out of action after
experiencing concussion symptoms. “Its something that happens pretty frequently
because of the speed of the athletes and the force of impact,” said Yves
Hamelin. “Depending on their position, most of the time there is no issue. “But
sometimes they have no time to reposition themselves and avoid hitting their
head first. We see it too often, Id say.” Drolet was back on the ice 10 days
after her concussion and feels fine. She was second in a 1,000-metre event in
Calgary, on the same ice where she hit her head at the trials. “It was in the
500 semifinal and someone hit a block (lane marker) just in front of me,” she
recalled. “The block came into my space and made me fall. “I fell at the end of
the corner. I was going full speed and I just hit the boards.” Now Drolet is
only concerned about winning, and beating Shim, who won at the 1,000 and
1,500-metre distances in Calgary. “Shes something,” Drolet said. “Shes taller
than all the other Koreans. “She set a world record. I like it. It makes the
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points leader Will Power onto the track with two minutes left in the Pole Day
shootout—a shrewd move that prevented three Andretti drivers from taking one
last shot at the pole and preserving the No.ST. LOUIS —Ryan Dempsters
33-inning scoreless streak was over after four at-bats. The unanticipated early
cushion was plenty for Kyle Lohse. Lohse worked seven strong innings with less
than his best and the St. Louis Cardinals slumbering offence opened with three
quick runs against Dempster in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday
night. “You get behind the 8-ball really quick,” Dempster said. “After that, I
feel like I settled down and made some pitches—other than Matt Holliday
hitting one off the Arch.” Holliday added a home run estimated at 469 feet, the
longest at 7-year-old Busch Stadium, in the third inning. He remembers hitting
one once in batting practice at Dodger Stadium, but not in a game. “Honestly, I
didnt want to watch it because I have a lot of respect for Ryan,” Holliday said.
“I got it good.” Lohse (10-2) won his fourth straight decision over five starts
to complement a lineup that topped three runs for the first time in 12 games.
The defending World Series champions found an unlikely victim in Dempster (5-4)
after totalling 15 runs and going 8 for 51 (.157) with runners scoring position
on a 1-5 trip that left them five games back in the NL Central to start the day.
“We were fortunate to have him make some mistakes early, get us a lead like
that,” Lohse said. “I wasnt counting on him giving up any more after that. “Its
always tough when you know someone like that is on the other side.” Dempster
hadnt allowed a run since May 30 while winning five straight starts and entered
with a major league-best 1.86 ERA before running into immediate trouble, giving
up four straight singles in a span of six pitches with one out. Carlos Beltran
and Yadier Molina each had an RBI single and Lance Berkman drove in a run with a
groundout. “I know hes been pitching great and all that, but our plan was to try
to get on base and score early,” Beltran said. “Offensively, we have wasted a
lot of opportunities, but right now were focusing on trying to do better.”
Dempster allowed four runs in six innings while under heavy scrutiny from
several teams looking to make a deal before the trade deadline. The streak was
the majors longest since the Phillies Cliff Lee had a 34-inning run last year,
and it was the Cubs longest since Ken Holtzman also had a 33-inning streak in
1969. “It was a lot of fun to go up there and do that,” Dempster said. “Its a
humbling thing to try and take something that you dream about doing. But
actually doing it is another thing. Im very proud of that.” Dempster said trade
rumours have nothing to do with what happened in the first inning. “Not at all,”
he said. “Really, iit was just about a span of six pitches, and next thing you
know it was 3-0. Connor Barth Womens Jersey. “Sometimes they
could have popped those pitches up, grounded them out or flown out. But they
didnt. They hit them really hard and got some base hits.” Seven straight
Cardinals were retired before Hollidays one-out clout in the third that soared
past Big Mac Land in left field and travelled 4 feet longer than Albert Pujols
drive over the bleachers behind the visitors bullpen in left against the Rockies
Esmil Rogers last Aug. 14. According to ESPN Home Run Tracker, Hollidays homer
is tied for the fifth-longest in the majors this year. It was his 15th of the
year and first since he connected in consecutive games July 2-3 against the
Rockies. The Cardinals worked Dempster for 32 pitches in the third, including a
nine-pitch walk by David Freese to load the bases, but came up empty when
Rafael Furcal broke his bat on a liner to second. The Cubs lost for the 11th
time in their last 15 games in St. Louis. Manager Mike Matheny juggled the
lineup with Skip Schumaker, who entered a .431 career hitter against Dempster,
at the top and Furcal dropped to eighth for the first time this season.
Schumaker took a called third strike to open the first and was 1 for 4 while
Furcal had two hits. Lohse has won 13 of his last 15 starts dating to last
season, according to STATS LLC. He worked seven or more innings for the seventh
time in eight starts, allowing a run on six hits with four strikeouts, all but
one looking. “It was one of those days that was kind of just a low-energy day,”
Lohse said. “I knew warming up I was going to have to grind through it and make
some pitches, and thats pretty much what I did.” The Cubs opened the second with
a walk by Bryan LaHair, a single by Steve Clevenger and a sacrifice fly by
Darwin Barney. They had only two runners in scoring position against Lohse, and
were a collective 2 for 15 with men on. Tyler Greene is 0 for 13 as a pinch
hitter after taking a called third strike from Scott Maine with runners on
second and third to end the Cardinals eighth. Jason Motte worked a perfect ninth
for his 21st save in 25 chances, and first in three chances against the Cubs. He
needed just six pitches. “I got em,” Motte said. “Thats all that matters.”
NOTES: Molina has 11 RBIs against the Cubs this year and 21 the last two
seasons, both of them best by an opponent in the majors. ... Berkman doubled in
the third for his first hit in 11 at-bats since being activated from the 15-day
disabled list from a knee injury to start the second half. ... Dempster entered
with an 0.95 ERA in seven road starts, surrendering five runs in 47 1-3 innings.
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