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{allcanada} Canada's Sinclair scores to salvage draw against Sweden

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Christine Sinclair had the tying goal as the Canadian women's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against Sweden in an international friendly on Wednesday.

Sinclair, from Burnaby, B.C., scored in the 73rd minute to salvage the tie.

Linda Sembrandt scored in the 57th minute for Sweden, which lost 1-0 to Canada on Tuesday.

"It was an important goal for our team," said Sinclair. "We wanted to get two results in a row against Sweden and we had quite a few chances tonight and it was nice to put one away when we needed it."

Head coach John Herdman said he was impressed with his team's resolve, especially in the second half.

"As a group, we know how to stick together when the time's right and watching them in that last 30 minutes when both teams were tired on a sunny day and it's 1-1, both teams might have said 'look, let's play for a draw' but we didn't.

"We pushed our fullbacks on and I'll always play like that. These girls don't want it any other way. We just want to win football matches."

The game was the last match of the year for the national team as they continue to prepare to host next year's FIFA Women's World Cup.

The official draw for the 2015 tournament will take place Dec. 6 in Ottawa.

"We want to know who we're facing in the World Cup and who we need to start preparing for," said Sinclair. "I'm excited to be a part of it and hopefully I can bring some luck to our team."

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{allcanada} DeRozan, Williams lift red-hot Raptors over Hawks for sixth straight win

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ATLANTA - DeMar DeRozan loves when the Toronto Raptors have a balanced scoring attack.

"That's what it's going to take to win," he said. "Honestly, that's what it's all about."

DeRozan scored 27 points, Lou Williams added 22 and the Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-115 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

The Eastern Conference-leading Raptors had their highest point total of the season. They have won 11 of 12 to match the best stretch in the franchise's 20-year history, also accomplished from March 22-April 14, 2002.

Jeff Teague had 24 points and 12 assists for Atlanta, and Al Horford scored 23 points.

The Hawks, who won in Washington on Tuesday night, were trying to beat the East's top two teams on consecutive nights.

Kyle Lowry had 14 points and 13 assists for Toronto, which is 4-1 on the road for the first time in team history.

"I wanted to get my guys involved," Lowry said. "My shot wasn't falling the way I wanted it to, but the guys did a great job of screening and getting some great shots."

Hawks guard Kyle Korver hit a pair of free throws to cut Toronto's lead to 109-105 with 4:45 remaining, but the Raptors pulled away from there. James Johnson's fast-break dunk increased Toronto's advantage to 13 just 1:16 later.

Korver finished with 19 points.

Williams, playing his first game in his hometown since getting traded by the Hawks last summer, hit four 3-pointers and went 6 for 6 on free throws.

"Three nights in a row it's been somebody else stepping up," said Williams, who scored a career-high 36 last Saturday night as Toronto overcame an 18-point deficit to win at Cleveland. "It just shows the depth and the character of this team."

Raptors coach Dwane Casey was pleased to watch his team's defence guard the perimeter better in the second half.

Once Toronto had itself together defensively, the ball movement improved offensively as the Raptors took time to select better shots. It marked the second time in two wins over Atlanta this season that they had seven players score in double figures.

Reserve guard Greivis Vasquez was a major beneficiary, scoring all 21 of his points in the second half.

"It was great to see Greivis get going with his shooting," Casey said. "He has just needed to see the ball go through the hoop."

SPEAKING UP

Ten fans staged a peaceful protest of the Ferguson grand jury decision during the first half.

Seven men and three women marched briskly through upper and lower levels of Phillips Arena on Wednesday night and shouted "Hands up! Don't shoot!" for 10 approximately minutes.

The game was not disrupted during the march.

NICE START

DeRozan hit all five of his field-goal attempts to finish the first quarter with 14 points. Williams added seven.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Reserve big man Tyler Hansbrough missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right shoulder.

Hawks: Reserve swingman Thabo Sefolosha was sent home before the game with flu symptoms.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host Dallas on Friday night.

Hawks: Host New Orleans on Friday night.

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{allcanada} Ramo, Hudler help Flames handle Sharks

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SAN JOSE -- Karri Ramo made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jiri Hudler scored two goals, and the Calgary Flames defeated the San Jose Sharks 2-0 at SAP Center on Wednesday.

The Flames trailed 2-0 in each of their previous four games, but they took a 1-0 lead at 17:16 of the second period when Hudler scored a 4-on-4 goal on a slick give-and-go with TJ Brodie.

Hudler dropped a pass to Brodie in the right circle and darted to the slot, ahead of Sharks center Logan Couture. Brodie hit Hudler with a pass, and his wrist shot snuck inside the left post, extending his goal streak to three games.

The Sharks, known in past seasons for their fast starts, especially at home, allowed the first goal for the fourth straight game.

San Jose (10-10-4) has lost four in a row and five of six.

The Sharks turned up the heat on Ramo with less than eight minutes left. Brent Burns' long shot went off the boards to Joe Thornton in the left circle, but Ramo made the save on Thornton's wrist shot. Ramo stopped Tomas Hertl's shot from the right circle with less than three minutes left.

With 1:44 left, Sharks defenseman Justin Braun went to the penalty box for hooking center Markus Granlund, sending Calgary on a power play. Hudler scored an empty-net goal with 49.2 seconds remaining.

The Sharks outshot the Flames 11-9 in a scoreless first period, but Calgary (14-8-2) had the best scoring chances during a flurry in the opening minute. Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau had a great chance from close range, but Niemi rejected his shot.

Antti Niemi, who made 17 saves, started his 17th game for the Sharks. His two backups, Alex Stalock and Troy Grosenick, are injured, and the Sharks made an emergency move, signing Ryan Lowe to a goaltender professional tryout agreement. Lowe was in the lineup as Niemi's backup. Lowe, 31, last played professionally for the Sydney Bears of the Australian Ice Hockey League. He played for San Jose State and lives here.

Stalock is on injured reserve, recovering from surgery to his left knee, and Grosenick is sidelined by an upper-body injury he sustained Tuesday at practice.

The Flames assigned forward Corban Knight to Adirondack of the American Hockey League to make room on the roster for David Jones, who was activated from injured reserve after missing four games with an upper-body injury.

The Flames announced that injured forward Mikael Backlund had an abdominal procedure Wednesday and is week-to-week. According to general manager Brad Treliving, Backlund has a weakening of the abdominal wall that was strengthened with a mesh plate. Treliving said Backlund might resume skating in two weeks.

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{allcanada} Natalie Dormer Laments "Horrific" Violation of Jennifer Lawrence's Privacy: "People Need to Get a Grip"

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Rest assured, Jennifer Lawrence has an ally in Natalie Dormer, both onscreen and off.

The Game of Thrones badass, who's currently logging big-screen face time as District rebellion documentarian Cressida inThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, recently offered up her take on the nude photo leak that ensnared J.Law and other celebs this fall.

"What Jen went through recently was just horrific," Dormer says in Nylon's December 2014/Jan 2015 double issue.  "And I don't think there's any level of fame that can justify that kind of invasion into privacy, not to mention laws being broken. I mean, people just need to get a grip if they think that's even halfway acceptable."

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And we have a feeling that, no matter what you ask Dormer—who's quietly engaged to director Anthony Byrne and does not have her own social media accounts—she wouldn't pussyfoot around the subject.

"I wish I had Margaery's knack for opportunistically manipulating a situation on the spot, but I don't," the 32-year-old English actress, who also modeled a number of cozy yet fierce winter styles for Nylon, said, referring to her GoT character. (Meanwhile, she said, she took a "Which Game of Thrones character are you?" quiz and got Arya Stark.) "I suppose that I'm a bit of a tomboy, and I probably say things out loud that I shouldn't. I'm quite a straightforward person, not underhanded like my character."

Dormer did recently tell the Daily Beast that the HBO series could "ramp it up" in the gender equality department, so we'll agree with "straightforward." And yet she plays the master manipulator so well...

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"I must have a variation on resting bitch face, like, maybe I have resting manipulative face, through no fault of my own," she told Nylon.

Plus, Dormer added, "don't overestimate the occasional laziness and lack of imagination that can be found in this industry that continuously recasts you in roles you've already played."

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Something different that she diddo this time around was shave half of her head for the role of Cressida. She enjoyed being out of her comfort zone, but "there were one too many polar vortexes in New York for this kind of haircut."

"I don't know if I'm a daredevil exactly," Dormer said, "but I do enjoy a good challenge. It's the only way you grow." Asked if there's anything she won't do for a role, she said, "I don't know. I will let you know when someone walks me up to the line."

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