Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for February 4, 2019

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The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.

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First Base - Raptors beat Clippers handidly

We'll start things off with some positive news, as the Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers at home yesterday, 121-103. It was a nice bounce-back performance for the Raptors after their disappointing effort against the Milwaukee Bucks. Kawhi Leonard had 18 points, with four other Raptors scoring in double digits. Toronto is back in action tomorrow night in Philadelphia. 

Second Base - Montreal beats Edmonton, Flames take down Canes

The NHL had a window before the Super Bowl started yesterday where it was the focus of the sports world, with three intriguing games being played. The Montreal Canadiens scored in overtime to beat the Oilers 4-3, despite the Oilers having a two-man breakaway in the extra period. The Oilers were beaten for the fifth straight game. Meanwhile, the Flames were in Carolina to play coach Bill Peters' old team, and they held on to beat the Hurricanes 4-3. The Flames still have the best record in the West, while the Canadiens remain in a playoff position in the East. 

Third Base - Jim Cotter wins B.C. Men's Curling title

Tyler and Tardi put up a strong effort, but failed to make the playoffs in the 2019 B.C. Men's Curling Championship, as they lost in the bracket to become the C qualifyer. Ultimately, the team was 2-3 in Quesnel, incuding a loss to finalist Jason Montgomery. Montgomery was beaten in the final by Jim Cotter, by a score of 7-5. Cotter will go on to represent B.C. at the 2019 Brier. 

Home Base - Patriots beat Rams in boring, defensive Super Bowl

This was a game I was very excited for, and hyping up as much as I could. It fell far from that. I do like defensive, strategic football, and both defenses played amazingly well, and the coaches deserve credit. But on offense it was very frustrating, as the Patriots set the record for fewest points by a winning team in the Super Bowl with 13, while the Rams had only three points, and failed to adjust. Many will say the NFL is in trouble after this game, or wonder how we could get a 13-3 Super Bowl in the same season that the Rams beat the Chiefs 54-51. I don't know the answers to that, but the NFL is in good shape as this was a great season that ended with one strange game. Either way, the Patriots are deserving champs, and the NFL off-season begins today. 

Around the Bases runs Monday through Friday. If you have a news tip or story to share, email Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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