Sports Briefs: Local players chasing CIS title

Merritt's Roger Sloan had a late slip-up in his opening round at the Chile Classic in Santiago on Thursday, and is tied for 78th.

Sloan was rolling along in the first round of the Tour event, but made a double-bogey seven on the par-5 18th hole. As a result, he ended up shooting one-under 71.

He had fired 36 on the front-nine - making two birdies and two bogeys - and had made birdies on the 12th, 14th and 16th holes.

The top 60 and ties after today's second round will play the weekend.

Sloan, a Tour rookie, is looking to make his second straight cut, after finishing tied for 15th in Bogota, Colombia, a week earlier.

Korean Whee Kim leads the Chile Classic after an opening 64.

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Elana Lovell of Kamloops had a goal and an assist as the U of Calgary Dinos opened the CIS women's hockey championship Thursday with a 4-0 victory over the St.FX X-Women of Antigonish, N.S., in Toronto.

The Dinos are the defending CIS champions, but were ranked No. 5 ahead of the tournament. Their victory over the X-Women was a bit of an upset, and sets up Saturday's showdown with the No. 2 Queen's Golden Gaels - the winner likely will move into Sunday's final.

After Hayley Wickenheiser opened the scoring for Calgary, Lovell made it 2-0 with three minutes left in the first period. Lovell later assisted on Iya Gavrilova's third-period goal.

The UBC Thunderbirds, featuring Nikola Brown-John of Kamloops, will open today against the host Varsity Blues.

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The TRU WolfPack baseball team dropped both ends of an exhibition doubleheader with the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver on Wednesday.

TRU lost the opener 5-2 before falling 5-3 in the second game.

Mike Riddle took the loss in Game 1, allowing three earned runs in the sixth inning, his only inning of work. Wataru Asaoka started, allowing two runs on two hits over five innings. Luc Simpson was 2-for-2 with a walk and a run, and Dave Hole had a single and also reached on a walk.

Starter Alex Reid lasted three innings in the second game, but allowed four runs - three of them earned - and took the loss. Ryan Lehman and Frank Fisico also pitched an inning in the loss.

TRU only managed three hits - they came from Colby Erickson, Hole and Tony Tabor, who had an RBI double.

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Jessica Hewitt and the Canadian short track speed skating team will open the world championships today in Debrecen, Hungary.

Hewitt, who is from Kamloops, will be taking part in her third world championships - her best individual finish was 11th, in 2011, and she has won bronze medals in the relay in both 2009 and 2011. She is one of five women on the Canadian team.

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It's being called a "three-ring gymnastics circus," but it will make the Tournament Capital Centre a busy place from March 15-17.

The Kamloops Gymnastics Trampoline Centre will play host to the 2013 B.C. trampoline championships, the Wild West Fest Invitational meet and the Zone 2 trials all on the same weekend.

More than 200 athletes are expected to take part in the provincial trampoline championships, including Kamloops' Genn Bruno, Kristina Dodd, Benjamin Jacoby, Cole Lewis, Sam Kjeldsen-Trotter, Mario Bruno, Jordan Ferguson, Emily Schmidt, Aurora Lewis, Chloe Macus, Jaxson Coull, Jaeden Gorman, Hannah Walker, Meghan Allen, Gavin Dodd, Madeline Hart, Jean-Luc Larouche and Grace Dickinson.

Provincials will open March 15 and end on March 17.

The Wild West Fest will bring in 225 athletes for an artistic event on March 16-17. As part of the Wild West Fest, are Zone 2 trials for the provincial Level 2 category of women's gymnastics. Eligible athletes are looking to qualify for the provincial artistic championships in Prince George from April 5-7.

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