It all starts with point guard Jordin Canada, who leads UCLA women against UConn

Jordin Canada drove through the lane and dished a no-look pass to her left, where forward Monique Billings stepped into the post and converted another basket.

UCLA fans marveled at how smooth it all looked, and Billings and teammates hollered in celebration.

Canada’s reaction? Hardly noticeable. She’d already picked up her assignment on defense.

“She’s really shy, she’s incredibly humble, she’s sort of timid at first, but then she has this lioness roar that comes out of her in competitive situations,” Coach Cori Close said about her 5-foot-6 point guard.

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Despite abandoning debt vow, Canada's Trudeau safe over budget

By David Ljunggren
| OTTAWA, March 22

Although Canadian Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau abandoned a debt-cutting pledge in a
budget on Wednesday, the cautious nature of the document and an
unsteady opposition means he is unlikely to suffer much damage,
say analysts and insiders.

The stay-the-course budget targeted export growth and some
measure of tax reform and unveiled little extra spending, but
did promise more money for social housing.

Although Trudeau’s Liberal government last year promised to
keep cutting the debt-to-GDP ratio, the budget shows the ratio
will increase slightly. That said, deficits for the next three
years will be a shade smaller than forecast.

“I don’t think there’s much for the opposition to grab on to
… if the Liberals had created either a bigger deficit hole, or
spent money, they would have been targets,” said Nik Nanos, head
of polling firm Nanos Research.

“A no-news budget is just much more difficult because the
opposition parties are basically shadow-boxing,” he said in a
phone interview.

Trudeau is in no immediate political peril, since the next
election is not due until October 2019 and he is still popular.

A Nanos poll on Tuesday put the Liberals on 41.9 per cent
support, the official opposition Conservatives at 28.5 per cent
with the left-leaning New Democrats at 17.1 per cent. If an
election were held now, the results show Trudeau would win a
comfortable majority.

A government source, who declined to be named because he was
not authorized to speak to the media, said the budget’s promises
of long-term fiscal responsibility should appeal to the
political right while the plans for social housing would placate
the left.

The Conservatives said the lack of tax relief would hurt
Canadian businesses once U.S. President Donald Trump followed
through on promises to cut taxes.

Liberals though said it was impossible to judge what exactly
would be in Trump’s budget, which could yet be many months away
from final adoption.

The challenge for the opposition parties is that both of
them lack permanent leaders and will be holding contests later
this year to fill the position.

“It allows the Liberals to get away with a budget that is
really not going to address a lot of crucial questions,” said
Kathy Brock, a political science professor at Queen’s University
in Kingston.

“If there were strong opposition parties with permanent
leaders I think they’d be hitting this budget pretty hard.”

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Bernard Orr)

Scotland 1-1 Canada

Steven Naismith rescued Scotland with a left-foot finish after poor play from Canada

Steven Naismith scored the equaliser as Scotland laboured to a friendly draw with Canada at Easter Road.

Falkirk’s Fraser Aird produced a fine finish to send Canada ahead following poor defending from the hosts.

Untidy play at the other end allowed Naismith to level, the forward diverting Tom Cairney’s shot home.

Neither team created much after half-time but Canada, ranked 117 in the world, looked as likely to find a winner as the home side.

Scotland are currently second-bottom of Group F going into Sunday’s World Cup qualifying match against Slovenia at Hampden.

Fraser Aird scores

Stewart Regan, the Scottish FA chief executive, and national boss Gordon Strachan have said Sunday’s fixture is a “must-win” for the nation’s qualifying hopes.

Scotland continue to struggle

With a crucial qualifier just a few days away the Scotland fans who turned out on a miserable night in the capital would have been expecting a performance against Canada that would give them hope heading into the Slovenia match on Sunday.

But on this performance there was little for the hardy few to cheer about.

The centre-back pairing of Christophe Berra and Charlie Mulgrew were opened up ever so simply time after time in the first half. Up front Chris Martin struggled to hold on to the ball with a first touch as heavy as the Easter Road surface.

Steven Naismith scores

In former Scotland youth players Aird and Scott Arfield the visitors had the two best players on the pitch, with Toronto-born Falkirk winger Aird, whose parents are Scottish, scoring his first international goal.

He capitalised on some calamitous defending by Lee Wallace and had several chances to add to his tally.

Burnley’s Scottish-born midfielder Arfield, who has a Canadian father, went off injured late on to be replaced by Charlie Trafford.

A glimmer of hope

The Canada goal after 11 minutes stunned the crowd of 9,158 into silence. Not that they had much to cheer about, but there were a couple of encouraging displays for Strachan’s side.

With no natural right-backs in the squad, Derby County’s Ikechi Anya was again given the role after playing the position in November’s defeat by England. And the 29-year-old proved once again his versatility, going forward at every opportunity and attempting to link up with both Robert Snodgrass and debutant Tom Cairney.

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And in Cairney, there was a player who at times showed a willingness to get forward and support his strikers. It was his shot that was turned in by Naismith for Scotland’s equaliser.

Scotland and Canada players

Apart from a cross from Snodgrass that hit the post, there was little else for the fans to cheer about.

Anya will likely continue at right-back on Sunday and although there were appearances in the second half for John McGinn, Leigh Griffiths and Jordan Rhodes, none looked to have done enough to force their way into the starting line-up, with Rhodes passing up a late chance.

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  • 1McGregor
  • 2Anya
  • 4Berra
  • 5Mulgrew
  • 3Wallace