Toronto faces Orlando on 4-game road slide

Toronto Raptors (13-13, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (7-20, 14th in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando, Florida; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Toronto hits the road against Orlando looking to end its four-game road slide.

The Magic are 3-15 against Eastern Conference opponents. Orlando is 2- when it turns the ball over less than its opponents and averages 15.9 turnovers per game.

The Raptors are 9-10 in Eastern Conference play. Toronto scores 111.3 points while outscoring opponents by 1.3 points per game.

The two teams match up for the third time this season. The Magic defeated the Raptors 113-109 in their last meeting on Dec. 10. Franz Wagner led the Magic with 34 points, and Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 36 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Paolo Banchero is averaging 21.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Magic. Wagner is averaging 21.3 points over the last 10 games for Orlando.

Fred VanVleet is averaging 16.9 points, 6.4 assists and 1.6 steals for the Raptors. OG Anunoby is averaging 20.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals over the past 10 games for Toronto.

LAST 10 GAMES: Magic: 2-8, averaging 104.9 points, 38.4 rebounds, 21.2 assists, 7.4 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.4 points per game.

Raptors: 4-6, averaging 110.4 points, 44.5 rebounds, 22.9 assists, 9.4 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 44.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.4 points.

INJURIES:

Raptors: Juancho Hernangomez: day to day (ankle), Otto Porter Jr.: out (toe), Precious Achiuwa: out (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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Advanced life support unit leaving Vernon, B.C. after two years

An advanced life support unit serving the Vernon area will no longer be an option available to help residents. As Jasmine King explains - the unit provided an extra level of care for communities around the area however a recent decision has quietly relocated the unit further north.

An advanced life support unit serving the Vernon area will no longer be an option available to help residents.

The unit provided an extra level of care for communities around the area. The paramedics staffing the units can respond to critically injured and unstable patients that require advanced procedures in the field.

However, a recent decision has quietly relocated the unit further north.

An advanced care paramedic unit was introduced in April 2020 as part of a temporary contract from BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS). The contract included the addition of 55 ground ambulances and five air ambulances across the province.

The contract ended a few months ago and many of these resources were relocated.

“It was well received, well utilized in Vernon. They started a process of working with us and in September they became permanent resources and the BCEHS elected to move,” said Troy Clifford, provincial president of the Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC.

Vernon’s advanced care paramedic unit was moved out of the area after a resource review done by BCEHS.

“Vernon’s ACP resource was moved to Salmon Arm because, as an urban centre, Vernon, upon further review, did not meet the requirements under the RRIF funding for a resource,” said Cindy Leong, BCEHS communications officer.

“However, the corridor attached to Salmon Arm and surrounding area did fit the criteria, especially because in many cases there are some longer transport times to hospital.”

The unit adds high-level care to the community and is needed in Salmon Arm, however, Clifford says that doesn’t mean Vernon should be left out.

“For many years we’ve been saying that Vernon is a community that well warrants advanced life support,” Clifford said.

“It’s really disappointing that the funding was not in place to keep that unit there and they chose to move it to Salmon Arm. Salmon Arm absolutely needed one but not at the cost of Vernon.”

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Clifford says the move not only increases response times to get into the hospital but remote and Indigenous communities will be affected the most.

“I understand there’s funding issues, but right now we’re needing resources in the province. Vernon absolutely needs that higher level of acuity, so our hope is that they will reinstate that,” said Clifford.

BCEHS says the move does not have to do with labour shortages, as Vernon is not currently facing any staffing challenges. And the relocation may not be permanent.

“Vernon will be considered again as further reviews of resources are undertaken as part of BCEHS’ overall strategic plan,” said Leong.

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Kailer Yamamoto nets game-winner in Edmonton Oilers' 5-2 victory over Minnesota Wild

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The Edmonton Oilers finally beat the Minnesota Wild, scoring a 5-2 win Friday night at Rogers Place.

The Wild had won the previous seven meetings between the two teams.

“I thought tonight everybody was going, and we played a pretty solid 60 minutes overall,” Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins said after the game. “Obviously (Stuart Skinner) made some big saves and was solid in (the net) there for us, but I thought overall it was one of our best 60-minute performances.”

“We played a very good hockey game today — a very good first period,” Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said.

“We had good special teams and contributions up and down the lineup. It was great.”

The Oilers took the lead before the game was three minutes old when Derek Ryan jammed the puck under Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for his fourth of the season.

“That was a big one to start the game out, and we kind of rallied off that,” Nugent-Hopkins said.

On the power play, Oilers captain Connor McDavid took a pass from Nugent-Hopkins and zinged home his 25th.

“He does a lot of little, subtle things in the game that he has success with,” Woodcroft said of Nugent-Hopkins. “He’s doing five-on five and five-on-four.

“That line’s been really effective and he’s doing a lot of good stuff.”

Still in the first, Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse turned the puck over to Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek, who walked in front and lifted the puck past Skinner.

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Minnesota forward Mats Zuccarello tied it on the power play six minutes into the second.

“We want to make this a hard place to play,” Oilers winger Zach Hyman said of Rogers Place. “All last year we did, and I think this homestand has been reminiscent of that.”

Oilers beat Wild

Edmonton Oilers' Kailer Yamamoto (56) and Darnell Nurse (25) celebrate a goal against the Minnesota Wild during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Friday, December 9, 2022.

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The Oilers regained the lead when Kailer Yamamoto deflected a point shot by Nurse. It was Yamamoto’s first goal of the season.

“Yamamoto coming back into our team has been a real important addition,” Woodcroft said after the game. “Everybody is getting a firsthand look at just how important he is to our team.

“I was happy to see he was rewarded with a goal tonight, because he’s been all around it.”

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Leon Draisaitl buried a power-play goal early in the third to make it 4-2 Oilers. Nugent-Hopkins added a late empty-netter.

“I think we have another level,” Hyman said.

“Throughout an 82-game season, you want to steady the roller-coaster as much as possible, but there are ups and downs, and by the end of it, you hope to find out what kind of team you (are).”

Skinner earned the win with 42 saves.

Edmonton Oilers players celebrate their win over the Minnesota Wild in NHL action in Edmonton on Friday, December 9, 2022.

Edmonton Oilers players celebrate their win over the Minnesota Wild in NHL action in Edmonton on Friday, December 9, 2022.

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The Oilers (16-12) will visit the Wild in Minnesota on Monday. You can listen to live coverage of the game on 630 CHED, beginning with The Faceoff Show at 4:30 p.m. The actual game starts at 6 p.m.

–With files from Brenden Escott, 630 CHED

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First-place Jets extend win streak to four with 3-1 win in Chicago

The Winnipeg Jets took care of business Friday night in the Windy City, dumping the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 to claim their first four-game win streak of the season.

It was a perfect two-game road trip for the Jets, winning both halves of the back-to-back to take over soul possession of first place in the Central Division.

Winnipeg was clinging to a one-goal lead in the third period when Adam Lowry scored with seven minutes remaining to go back up a pair, securing the victory – their third against the Blackhawks already this season.

“They started pressing a little bit,” said Cole Perfetti who scored for the second straight game. “We needed to have an answer and that was a great shift by them.

“It’s huge for us and a little bit of breathing room.”

The Jets have won seven of their last eight games overall and now have a 3-1 record in the second half of back-to-backs this season.

“You come into a back-to-back, you’re not sure how the legs are going to be,” said Lowry. “I think getting in early last night, travel wasn’t too bad. I felt like we had a pretty good first period, again similar to St. Louis.”

The Jets scored a power play goal for the seventh consecutive game, and their penalty kill was a perfect three-for-three, and they’ve now killed off 17 of their last 18 penalties successfully.

After playing the night before, Connor Hellebuyck got the night off, but backup David Rittich was more than up to the task, making 22 saves for his fourth win in six starts.

“Ritty was great,” said associate coach Scott Arniel. “When he can come in, in a tough situation, the defenceman out, back-to-backs, he did a great job for us. He had to make some big stops there, especially in that second period and when you have that great one-two tandem like that, that certainly takes a little bit of heat off Helly.”

In just his second game back after a more than six week absence with a fracture in his foot, Logan Stanley appeared to injure his ankle in the first period after crashing into the boards. He struggled just to get to the dressing room, returned for just one shift, and then exited the game for good.

“We’ll get home here and see,” said Arniel. “It was a nasty fall in the corner. We’ll get home and get him looked at tomorrow.”

Pierre-Luc Dubois was held without a point to end his seven-game point streak.

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After playing in St. Louis the night before, the Jets showed no signs of heavy legs in the first period as they controlled play leading up to their first goal of the night.

The Blackhawks were unable to clear the puck as it was kept in by Josh Morrissey, who found a streaking Perfetti. He leaked into the slot, faked a shot to get around one defenceman and then ripped a shot past Arvid Soderblom.

Near the end of the period, Mikey Eyssimont drew not one but two penalties against Jack Johnson, giving the Jets four minutes of power play time.

Just 56 seconds into the second period, Winnipeg took advantage. Blake Wheeler deflected a Morrissey point shot past Soderblom to make it 2-0.

Winnipeg stayed in control until Axel Jonsson-Fjallby lost control of a puck near his net and Taylor Raddysh took advantage, firing a shot past Rittich to make it 2-1 with just under nine minutes left in the period.

But Chicago wasn’t able to really build off of the goal as Winnipeg clamped things down.

Each team had an unsuccessful power play during a fairly sleepy third period before the Jets’ third line put the game on ice.

Janson Harkins started the play with a great forecheck and finished the play with a great cross-crease pass to an open Lowry, who fired it top-shelf to make it 3-1.

Chicago had one more chance with the man advantage and pulled the goalie with more than two minutes left but could not find the back of the net.

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Soderblom stopped 29 shots in defeat.

Winnipeg now returns home to face the Washington Capitals Sunday afternoon. Pregame coverage on 680 CJOB begins at 4 p.m. with puck drop just after 6 p.m.

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London Knights edge first-place Ottawa 67s in a shootout

On a day when both quarter-final matches at the World Cup of soccer were decided in shootouts, the London Knights and the Ottawa 67s decided to join the penalty shot party.

London and Ottawa matched and mirrored each other all the way to a shootout in their first meeting since 2020.

Knights forward George Diaco scored the only goal of that shootout while goaltender Brett Brochu tacked on three more saves to his 31 through regulation and overtime. The Knights won 1-0.

The victory gave London nine wins in their past 10 games.

The teams went through the first three periods with some textbook hockey. They combined for 52 shots on goal and both Brochu and 67s goalie Max Donoso stopped every one of them.

The pair played their minor in the Windsor, Ont., area and came together with back pats at centre ice after everything was over.

They had matching .893 save percentages coming into the game and their save percentages still matched coming out.

Brochu recorded his second shutout of the season.

The Knights were 0-for-3 on the power play. Ottawa was 0-for-5.

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Three London Jr. Knights headed to tryout

The Canada Winter Games are taking place in Prince Edward Island from Feb. 18 to Feb. 25 and three members of the London Jr. Knights are a step closer to making Team Ontario in hockey. Parker Snelgrove, Ryan Roobroeck and Ethan Weir are taking part in an evaluation camp this weekend in Kitchener, Ont. Twenty players from across the province will be selected to represent Team Ontario in the hockey tournament at the 2023 Games.

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Mitch Marner’s point streak is now at 21 games. The former Knight scored his 11th goal of the season in a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 8 to add to his Toronto Maple Leafs team record. In doing so, Marner passed former Knight Patrick Kane and now sits tied for 23rd all-time with Bobby Hull, Adam Oates and Dave Taylor. Wayne Gretzky has the all-time NHL record at 51 games set in the 1983-84 season.

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London will face the Peterborough Petes on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022, at Budweiser Gardens.

The Petes started off hot in 2022-23, going 8-4 in their first 12 games.

Their 4-3 loss to the Kitchener Rangers on Dec. 9 left Peterborough with just one win in their past seven games.

Coverage will start at 6:30 p.m. on 980 CFPL, at http://www.980cfpl.ca and on the Radioplayer Canada app.

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Tom Brady Gushes Over Working With ‘The GOATS’ In ’80 For Brady'

Tom Brady gushed over his “80 For Brady” co-stars Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Rita Moreno.

“To work with them, it’s really a once in a lifetime opportunity,” the NFL star says in a new behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming comedy. “They are really the GOATS in what they do. I know people are gonna love it.”

Brady serves as a producer on the Paramount Pictures project and also appears in the film with the veteran actresses, who star as New England Patriots fans that head to Houston after winning tickets to 2017’s Super Bowl LI.

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“To be able to produce it with amazing actresses was very exciting for me,” the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback says in the footage.

Teasing the dynamic of the film’s four best friends, Field, who happens to be a sports fan in real life, says, “I think people underestimate the huge audience that older women are.”

Fonda then calls Brady “a miracle,” adding that, “He’s just an absolute unicorn” as the video shows scenes of the pro athlete during New England’s historic 34-28 overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons, plus a clip of Brady and Tomlin goofing around on set.

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Meanwhile, Billy Porter, who also appears in the movie, describes it as “‘Bridesmaids’ meets ‘Golden Girls.'”
In a previous interview with People, Fonda spoke about how impressed she was by Brady’s character.

“He was so sweet and generous and, could it be possible — humble?” she told the outlet.

As for Tomlin, she said the athlete somehow felt “like he was my son.”

“He looks like a big, beautiful 20-year-old whom I’m going to see play homecoming in his sophomore year. He’s actually 40ish, which is a bit mind-boggling; he’s the quarterback, and he is my son,” she joked.

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The “Grace and Frankie” star added that Brady “has an incredibly sweet nature,” is “sensitive and tries to make people comfortable.”
“80 For Brady” hits theatres on Feb. 3, 2023.

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James Cameron Says ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ Uses The Best’ Visual Effects

James Cameron went after Marvel once again.

This time, the “Avatar” filmmaker outlined the difference between the visual effects (VFX) used in Marvel films to those used in his upcoming film “Avatar: The Way of Water”. Although Cameron pointed out that the studio’s superhero-driven programming has a positive impact in driving the art form forward, its Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)- produced VFX simply cannot be compared to those used by Weta for his “Avatar” sequel.

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“Obviously, the big comic book superhero films have been driving the sheer volume of the industry, and the rising tide of technique raises everybody together,” Cameron told Comicbook.com in a recent interview. He explained that “It gives you higher quality artists…more tools and plug-ins and code. You’ve got more talented people writing code, and simulations, and all that sort of thing out there.”

“Then, as we’re putting our team together, and as Weta Digital is constantly having new hires, it’s coming out of that pool,” he continued, “so it improves everything together.”

“Weta Effects, as it’s now known, is the best. Right? I mean, ILM does great work, but when it comes to the kind of emotive facial stuff that we’re doing…I mean, Thanos? Come on. Give me a break,” he said, evaluating the motion-capture work for the “Avengers” villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) in comparison to that of his new film. “You saw this movie. It’s not even close.”

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Cameron’s remarks come after he stated in the beginning of the interview that he was “not going to diss” Marvel or DC films.

“I love those movies,” he told the outlet. “Let’s just get that off the table.”

The “Titanic” director previously threw shade at Marvel in October when he told the New York Times that both of the studios’ superheroes “act like they’re in college.”

Cameron has been a highly acclaimed VFX pioneer for a long time. His credentials include five VFX Oscars, including one for the first “Avatar” while Marvel’s Kevin Feige-led studio has yet to win any awards from 12 nominations.

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Wagner, Banchero lead Magic over Raptors 113-109

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Franz Wagner scored 34 points and the Orlando Magic turned to rookie Pablo Banchero in the final minutes Friday night to hold off Toronto 113-109 after the Raptors had wiped out a 20-point deficit in the second half.

Banchero finished with 23 points and six rebounds for the Magic, who have won two straight for only the second time this season.

Pascal Siakam had 36 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Toronto. Gary Trent Jr. added 20 points and Fred VanVleet had 19.

The Raptors won 11 of their previous 12 games against the Magic, including a 121-108 victory in Toronto last Saturday.

“We came in and everyone was like, ‘Oh, we’re supposed to win.’ But it’s the NBA — there’s no games you’re supposed to win,” Siakam said. “We’re all professionals and these teams come in and they play hard and they want to win, and we’ve got to have the same mentality.

“Those guys had a great rhythm early, and that’s what happens when we don’t come out with the energy we had when we beat them at home.”

Wagner scored 14 points in a span of 3:33, helping Orlando build a 14-point lead in the first half.

Behind the shooting of Trent (5 for 5, including three 3s), the Raptors erased that deficit quickly, but Banchero scored Orlando’s final seven points of the half and the Magic led 67-63 at the break.

Another scoring burst by Wagner stretched it to 88-68 midway through the third quarter. Siakam scored 18 of the Raptors’ 40 points as they charged back to tie it at 108 on OG Anunoby’s two free throws with 1:58 remaining.

Wagner had the only field goal after that on a putback, and Banchero’s two free throws with 4.8 seconds left clinched the win for the Magic.

Banchero, who shot 8 of 11, credited the play of point guard Markelle Fultz, who had 15 points and five assists in his sixth game back from a toe injury.

“Markelle’s unselfish. All of us are unselfish, so we know there’s a chance he can get it back to you and someone can make a play,” Banchero said. “When you know that, you don’t mind passing the ball to Markelle or Franz or whoever. Markelle’s a great point guard and you can always trust him with the ball.”

Orlando shot 67% in the first half and 59% for the game. Mo Bamba grabbed 13 rebounds to help the Magic to a 43-33 advantage on the boards.

“We actually fought pretty hard, I thought, for the last 16 or 17 minutes — about as hard as we could. But not very good at the start of either half,” said Toronto coach Nick Nurse. “We dug ourselves huge, huge holes in the first five minutes of each half.”

TIP-INS

Raptors: F Otto Porter Jr. missed his 11th game with a dislocated toe on his left foot. Nurse said he expected some encouraging news from a specialist within a few days. … F Precious Achiuwa (sprained right ankle) will probably play by the end of the month, Nurse said.

Magic: C Wendell Carter Jr. (right plantar fascia) missed his 11th straight game. … G Jaylen Suggs did not play for the 13th time this season due to a sore ankle.

THANKS, BIG BRO

Asked to comment on Magic coach Jamahl Mosley’s observation that he’s one of the most competitive players he’s seen, the 6-foot-10 Wagner gave the credit to his big brother, 6-11 Mo Wagner.

“It’s probably from being a little brother and losing a lot of 1-on-1 games and all types of games on the playground,” Franz said. “I always hated losing so I guess it comes from that.”

Mo Wagner had 11 points and four rebounds Friday night in his fifth start.

UP NEXT

The teams play for the third time in nine days Sunday in Orlando.

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Okanagan dog missing for five months returns home

WATCH: An Okanagan family is overjoyed to have their dog back. The pet went missing more than five months ago and its owners had feared it didn't make it. However, the animal had been living in the Shuswap, and residents there went above and beyond to connect the dog with its family.

Henry, the Australian Shephard-Sheltie cross, is back home in Okanagan Falls, B.C., but it was a long journey to get back to his family.

Owner Duffy Baker said he did not expect to see the dog again, who had been missing for five months.

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It all started in early July when Henry was at a trial placement on an Enderby area farm where Baker’s family thought he would get more exercise.

However, when neighbours lit off some fireworks, it spooked Henry and he ran off.

Baker said the farm searched for Henry for six days before contacting Henry’s original family.

“By the time they called us, who knows where he could have been,” said Baker.

Baker spent a day searching and thought he might never see the dog again.

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“ pretty devastating to spend the entire day there not knowing which road to take because there are so many trails and trying to take them all anyways,” said Baker.

“Me and the farm owner were driving around in my truck pretty much for around eight to 10 hours could not find him.”

At some point, Henry made his way to Sicamous, which is around 40 km from Enderby,  and people on the west side of the channel started spotting him on their webcams.

Residents weren’t sure if he was a stray, feral, or perhaps had an owner who was letting him out at night.

“As it was getting colder, people were getting more and more concerned about this dog,” recalled Debbie Fortin operator of K911 Animal Rescue in Sicamous.

Fortin was contacted and eventually able to find Baker through social media.

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Then last week, Baker’s family was told that there had been a possible sighting of their dog, five months after he went missing.

Once they saw a surveillance camera picture of the pup, Baker and his wife had no doubt it was their dog.

“It was surreal to think five months later he is here,” said Baker.

Fortin said once they had established that Henry had an owner, they needed to find a way to catch the dog, which had become feral, so they looked for a live trap.

They were able to borrow one from another animal group but efforts to use a live trap were unsuccessful, and Baker’s initial attempts to approach the dog seemed to spook him.

Baker, who had traveled to Sicamous to try to bring Henry home, ended up slowly driving away from the dog while tossing his hat and jacket out the window as “scent bread crumbs.”

It seemed to be working, so Baker started throwing anything he could find out of the car.

“He finally sniffed the shorts and then sniffed my hand and that’s when he put the paw on the step and kind of hesitated a bit and then finally jumped right on my lap. We just embraced and I started crying and he was howling and whimpering and licking my face,” recalled Baker.

“It was pretty surreal to get ahold of him.”

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With the help of residents who initially raised the alarm about Henry, set up a feeding station to help with the trapping and tracking Henry’s whereabouts through the process, Baker says he now feels like his family is complete again.

“It was like a dream. It was pretty surreal to have him on my lap,” said Baker.

Baker was able to bring the dog home for his daughter’s birthday.

Fortin said dogs can survive on their own much longer than people think, so those who lose their pets shouldn’t give up.

“Once they are gone on their own for about three days, they kick into that survival mode and they know instinctually what they have to do: they den down, they eat berries, wildlife, whatever they have to do. They become avid hunters,” said Fortin.

“You would never think a couch potato dog would do that, but if they are left on their own to fend for themselves they just do, they adapt.”

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Grant Wahl, well-known sports writer, dies while covering World Cup in Qatar

Grant Wahl, one of the most well-known soccer writers in the United States, died early Saturday while covering the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands.

U.S. media seated near him said Wahl was stricken while in the media tribute at Lusail Iconic Stadium during extra time and could not be revived.

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Wahl was covering his eighth World Cup. He wrote Monday that he had visited a hospital while in Qatar.

“My body finally broke down on me. Three weeks of little sleep, high stress and lots of work can do that to you,” Wahl wrote. “What had been a cold over the last 10 days turned into something more severe on the night of the USA-Netherlands game, and I could feel my upper chest take on a new level of pressure and discomfort. I didn’t have Covid (I test regularly here), but I went into the medical clinic at the main media center today, and they said I probably have bronchitis. They gave me a course of antibiotics and some heavy-duty cough syrup, and I’m already feeling a bit better just a few hours later. But still: No bueno.”

Wahl wrote that he had been among 82 journalists honored by FIFA and the international sports press association AIPS for attending eight or more World Cups.

A 1996 graduate of Princeton, Wahl worked for Sports Illustrated from 1996 to 2021, known primarily for his coverage of soccer and college basketball.

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