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Fire at Brazilian soccer team complex leaves 10 dead, 3 hurt

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  • RIO DE JANEIRO — A fire tore through the sprawling training complex of one of Brazil’s biggest soccer clubs Friday, killing 10 people and leaving three teenagers injured, firefighters said.

    Firefighters were called in just after 5 a.m. to battle a blaze at the Ninho de Urubu training ground of the Flamengo soccer club in Rio de Janeiro’s western region, a fire official told The Associated Press.

    There was no word yet on the cause of the fire.

    “Flamengo is in mourning” the team posted on its Twitter account.

    The ages and identities of those killed were not released but the three injured were 14, 15 and 16 years old, the fire official said. The injured were taken to local hospitals and their conditions were not immediately known, said the official, who asked his name not be used due to his agency’s rules.

    Local media reported that the fire started in a dorm where youth soccer players sleep. The fire official said that could not be confirmed.

    Messages to Flamengo officials were not immediately answered.

    Aerial images from Globo TV showed firefighters walking through a charred area with smoke emerging.

    Outside the complex, an Associated Press reporter saw two ambulances and a fire truck enter. The facility was closed, and no officials had come out to address media.

    Family members, friends and neighbours were gathering outside in hopes of getting information.

    Jefferson Rodrigues, who runs a small inn near the club, said he had reached a 15-year-old player he had befriended.

    “I am very happy. I just spoke to Caix Suarez and he is alive,” said Rodrigues, adding that the youth told him he ran when he saw the flames in the morning. “He lost his phone, and all of his things, but the important thing is he is alive.”

    Joao Pedro da Cruz, a 16-year-old player in the Flamengo youth league, told G1 news portal that he decided not to stay the night at the facility Thursday because the team wasn’t going to train on Friday. Instead, he went to a friend’s house.

    “The majority of them (the team) stayed, my friends stayed (at the facility),” he said. “Today I woke up and heard this terrible news.”

    Like many professional clubs in soccer-crazed Brazil, Flamengo has a youth development program for promising young players in their early teens. Many players, particularly those who live outside of Rio de Janeiro, stay at the facilities while training.

    The dream of many youths in Latin America’s largest nation, winner of five World Cup titles, is to make it into the ranks of professional soccer. The development leagues identify promising players at a young age, working with them as they grow through their teenage years.

    The best of those eventually play for Flamengo and several other teams across Brazil.

    As news of the fire broke, several teams and players expressed their condolences on Twitter.

    “We are extremely sad and shaken by the news of the fire,” tweeted Chapeco, a team in southern Brazil that lost 22 players in a plane crash in 2016.

    Peter Prengaman And Marcelo Sousa Da Silva, The Associated Press


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    It’s Gord Bamford vs Brad Gushue! Kubota Canada presents an on-ice match up like you’ve never seen before.

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  • You’ve got to hand it to Kubota.  This is one unique video.   The best in curling and the best in country music take to the ice (Bashaw Curling Club) in a battle of … well it’s real entertaining.   If you’re a curling fan, a music fan… a Canadian… you’re going to love this video featuring Bamford’s “Country Junkie”.  This is a beauty piece of Canadiana..

    Here’s the release from Kubota Canada:

    Kubota Canada brings two powerhouse Canadian icons together for one game on the curling sheet. Two-time Brier champion, and Olympic gold medalist, Brad Gushue, battles two-time CMA winner, twenty-six-time CCMA winner and country star, Gord Bamford, in a contest unlike any other. Both men are slated to lead mixed teams fielded from local communities supported by Kubota Canada. This matchup will take on added meaning, as the winner will secure bragging rights for the foreseeable future and a point to their win column.


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    Up and coming curler with great bloodlines is ASDC Athlete of the Month

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  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for March 2019 is Claire Booth.

    Claire Booth is a 15 year old Grade 10 student at Lindsay Thurber High School in Red Deer and a competitive curler.

    Claire has been curling for 7 years and this past season Claire competed in Alberta U18 Curling Tour, qualifying for Alberta U15 Bantam Championships and was a Red Deer Junior Curling Academy Silver Medallist. Last season Claire and her teammates captured the Gold Medal at Alberta U15 Bantam Championships, won the Red Deer Junior League, and competed in the 2019 Jeux Canada Winter Games Pre-Trials.

    Claire’s short terms goal for next season to win U18 Curling Provincials and represent Alberta at the Canadian Curling Championships, with a long term goal of competing the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

    Claire also excels in the classroom as an Honours Student since Grade 6 and last year was named an Honours Student with Distinction. Claire’s goals in the classroom are to remain an Honours student and attend university in the medical field.  Academic Achievements: Grade 9 Honours With Distinction , Grade 8 Math Award , Grades 6-8 Honours Award

    Claire keeps herself busy with other sports (has played softball for the past 11 years) and enjoys travelling and hanging out with her friends.

    With Claire’’s strong work ethic, his undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central, he will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in her curling career!

    ASDC-Central thanks Tom Bast Sports for celebrating the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month recipients by the provision of commemorative apparel for each recipient.


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