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Photo : Jillian Bilawchuk & Karrin Saliger March 26, 2014

Katie Brickman - Between the Lines

Questions offside - As a female, I am appalled. As a female sports-writer, I am embarrassed. Eugenie Bouchard, the Canadian darling that has taken over tennis and Twitter this past week was asked some very stupid questions in her press conferences. Bouchard made history by becoming the first Canadian female tennis player to reach the women’s singles final of Wimbledon. She has made it to every semifinal in each event she has competed in this season. That is also history she made. However and for whatever reason, Bouchard wasn’t really asked a lot about her experience at the famous Slam event or how her stock has risen in the game. In fact, the 20-year-old from Westmount, Que. was asked about Justin Bieber, marriage proposals via social media and if she’s ever met the Royal Family. Last week in London was not the only time Bouchard has been peppered with questions about Bieber. That line of questioning was asked in Australia after she won a hard-fought match in January. She was asked if she could date anyone, who would she date — she stuttered through the question with some laughter by saying Bieber. That was a direct question a reporter asked her on the court after a win. Inexcusable. The British tabloids just couldn’t let that line of questioning go as they continually asked her about Bieber and if she thought he had noticed her yet. Terrible questions considering Bouchard was playing some of her best tennis during the week.  Bieber shouldn’t have even been brought up again. Bouchard…

Photo : Katie Brickman July 09, 2014

Matthew Gourlie - Warriors Notebook

Moose Jaw-Brandon pre-game & season predictions - Here are Moose Jaw’s line combinations from Thursday’s practice after the Hansen-Rodewald trade (LW-C-RW):Eberle-Point-RodewaldFiddler-Fioretti-ChirvaPotomak-Gore-WhiteUhrich-Hansen-WarkentineIf I had to guess, I think Duperreault and Del Grosso will sit along with Tyler Brown and Rossignol on defence.The trade moves Fioretti back to centre and off the wing. It’s a big opportunity for Rodewald playing with some skilled players. Still, that trio should be pretty effective on the cycle as well. *  *  *  *Brandon is expected to be without three of their top defenceman tonight: Taylor Green (a 6-7 beast who played for Seattle last year), captain Ryan Pulock and Nick Walters. Pulock played for the New York Islanders Thursday night, while Green and Walters are both injured.Eric Roy, Rene Hunter, Colton Waltz and Kord Pankiewicz will be leaned upon heavily on the Wheat Kings defence. That’s pretty good depth considering who they are missing, but the strength of the Wheat Kings’ team is not as strong as it will be.*  *  *  *Here are my fearless predictions for the Eastern Conference this season:East Division1. Swift Current2. Prince Albert3. Moose Jaw4. Brandon5. Regina6. SaskatoonFormer colleague Jeff D’Andrea from PA Now and I have been debating our respective picks for the division winner. PA has better high-end scoring and a better defence, but SC has the better goalie in Eetu Laurikainen and a lot more depth up front. The bottom line for me is that SC is going to be a tough team to play against and I think that and their goaltending (not that Cole Cheveldave isn’t a…

Photo : Matthew Gourlie September 20, 2013