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with a shy smile. The 17-year-old captured her second gold medal of the Commonwealth Games, winning the individual all-around title a day after she led Canada to a victory in the team event. Later Friday, swimmer Katerine Savard made it a double-gold day for Canada by winning the womens 100-metre butterfly in a Commonwealth Games record time of 57.40 seconds. Canada is fifth in the overall medal standings after two days of competition with nine (four gold, one silver, four bronze). England and Australia have 32 medals apiece, followed by host Scotland (15) and India (10). More gold could be coming for Canada as Bezzoubenko is poised to climb the podium several more times when she competes in the four individual events -- hoop, ball, clubs, ribbon -- on Saturday. She could potentially win all four. "I will try," she said. Bezzoubenko scored 59.175 points to claim gold, while Francesca Jones of Wales was second with 57.350 and teammate Laura Halford won the bronze with 56.225. Maria Kitkarska of Montreal was eighth. Canada has four gold medals at the Games. Swimmer Ryan Cochrane won the mens 400-metre freestyle race on Thursday. Bezzoubenko was born in Vancouver but her parents returned with her to Moscow when she was just four. When Bezzoubenko was 13, Russias national team coach placed a call to Canadian coach Svetlana Joukova -- who is Russian-born -- suggesting she take a look at the young gymnast with dual citizenship. Now Bezzoubenko, who lists her hometown as Thornhill, Ont., trains with Russias top gymnasts in Moscow, a privilege that was facilitated by Joukova, and that costs her parents about $2,000 a month. The family lives in a tiny rented apartment there. Its a partnership thats paying off for the sport in Canada. "Yes, the Russians are the best in the world , so shes being exposed to the best in the world, you cant really ask for more than that," said Jean-Paul Caron, a consultant with Gymnastics Canada and its former president and CEO. "And she can come back and share that with the others." The gymnasts have been training together for the past three or so weeks, and Kitkarska said shes been watching Bezzoubenko train and perform with a keen eye. "Shes very young, but shes training very hard and she has goals and Im sure shell achieve them because shes an amazing gymnast and an amazing performer and I really love her routines. All of them," said the 18-year-old. "I love her." Bezzoubenkos programs come with much higher degrees of difficulty, so even if she drops an apparatus -- which she did with the hoop on Friday -- she still has the potential to win. "Shes taking risks," Caron said. "A lot more difficulty, a lot more movement of the apparatus, a lot more difficulty spinning with the apparatus in the air, also the flexibility that she obviously has." Glasgow represents Bezzoubenkos first major Games experience, so its a crucial stepping stone to the 2016 Rio Olympics. "This is very important, its like first step, she feels like its a mini Olympic Games," Joukova said. "Shes really going to fight for Rio so for her this is amazing experience. Its very important for her to feel that everybody cares about her, everybody loves her, and everybody is behind her, to support her and give her more power. This will stay strong in her mind." Canada has had a long tradition of success in the sport at the Commonwealth Games, but theres been a gap since Alexandra Orlando swept all six gold medals eight years ago in Melbourne, Australia. Joukova, who also coached Orlando, said shed love to see Bezzoubenko repeat that sweep. Shell have to clean up her hoop routine however. Bezzoubenko, who won the Canadian junior title three times and the national senior title the past two years, was fifth after the hoop, but was first in the ball, clubs and ribbon to win the gold. "I didnt do good with the hoop. I think I just was not good concentration, but Ill try to make the other ones good," she said. Overall, it was a strong day for the young athlete coming on the heels of a late night after Thursdays gold in the team event. "Im very happy that Patricia did these results, shes been working very, very hard," Joukova said. "We finished very late (Thursday), arrived at the village around midnight, maybe not enough recovery. But she has to survive, she has to go, she has to feel the pressure and she has to fight. "Im very happy for her first Commonwealth Games." Kitkarska and Annabelle Kovacs of Vancouver were the other two members of the victorious team. Kitkarska was thrilled with the response from back home. "Social networks went crazy, Facebook and Instagram, people were so happy for us, everybody was just Im so proud of you guys. It was amazing support," she said. Her only minor disappointment was that few people were still awake Thursday night to welcome the gold medallists home to the village. "It was empty, but some people saw our medal, they were cheering for us," Kitkarska said. Savard, from Pont-Rouge, Que., added Canadas second gold in the pool when she outraced Englands Siobhan OConnor and Australias Emma McKeon. Elsewhere, Dorothy Ludwig of Langley,B.C, won bronze in the womens 10-metre air pistol event. Ludwig finished with a score of 177.2 points, behind Singapores Shun Xie Teo and Indias Malaika Goel. Alix Renaud-Roy of St-Roch-des-Aulnaies, Que., won a bronze medal in the womens 70-kilogram judo event. Renaud-Roy defeated Australias Catherine Arscott by ippon in her bronze-medal match. "Im happy. I didnt know what to expect," Renaud-Roy said. "I fought against some tough girls. This is the first time judo has been included in 12 years and I feel lucky to be a part of it." Englands Megan Fletcher, who beat Renaud-Roy in the quarter-finals, went on to win gold. Moira de Villiers of New Zealand won silver and Scotlands Sally Conway won the second bronze. Jonah Burt of Whitby, Ont., won bronze in the mens 81-kg judo event, beating Robert Nicola of Cyprus in his bronze-medal match. Englands Owen Livesey, who beat Burt in the semifinals, won gold. Tom Reed of England took silver and Boas Munyonga of Zambia claimed the other bronze. Derwin James Jersey . In a series of tweets, it is explained by the Department of Player Safety that Niederreiter makes full body contact with Burrows and although there is head contact, he does not "pick" the head in the course of making the hit. Kellen Winslow Jersey . Reimer is winless (0-2-1) since returning from a six-week absence due to concussion-like symptoms. The Maple Leafs dropped a 4-2 decision to the hosting Washington Capitals on Friday.SAN ANTONIO -- Even though it was an ugly victory, the banged-up San Antonio Spurs were just happy to end a three-game losing streak given their troubling rash of recent injuries. Tim Duncan had 23 points and 17 rebounds, Tony Parker added 18 points and 10 assists, and San Antonio rallied past the skidding Sacramento Kings 95-93 on Saturday night. The win came in San Antonios final home game before departing for its annual "Rodeo Road Trip" that lasts nearly a month. "Its huge to start the road trip like that," Parker said. "We needed a win. Obviously we were in a little slump with those three losses. We wanted to get back on the right track." Patty Mills scored 15 points and Boris Diaw added 14 for San Antonio, which wont play at home again until Feb. 26 against Detroit. Despite playing Friday night against the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento almost spoiled the going-away party for the Spurs. Isaiah Thomas had 26 points, Rudy Gay scored 23 and Derrick Williams added 14 for the Kings, who have lost seven straight. "Were playing the San Antonio Spurs; theyre going to make their runs," Gay said. "Theyre going to make tough plays. They do that time and time again. Its not were surprised that they did that. But we still had a chance to win and I still wish I had the shot back." After scoring 22 points primarily against Marco Belinelli, Gay was limited to one in the fourth with the 6-foot-8 Diaw guarding him. Gay missed a potential game-winning, 15-foot jumper over Diaw with 0.5 seconds remaining. "The rim. The rim," Gay said when asked what he saw on the final shot. "I mean, honestly, I wish I had that one back; I dont think I miss that too many other times." After being outplayed by Gay and Thomas for much of the game, the veteran Spurs took over down the stretch to end their longest losing streak of the season. Parker and Duncan scored San Antonios final eight points, but they also gave Sacramento hope by going 1 for 3 on free throws in the final 12 seconds. Duncan missed both his attempts with the Spurs clinging to a 94-93 lead. "Very, very, very (frustrating)," Duncan said. "Not many times I get that situation. Just disappointed I couldnt step up and knock them out." The Spurs were sluggish on offence with newly signed Shannon Broown starting and Tiago Splitter returning from injury, giving them their third different starting lineup in three games. Hayes Pullard Jersey. Brown, signed to a 10-day contract, had two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes. "We need minutes," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We have to use those minutes so that guys that know the system can be out there at the end of the game. Otherwise, theyre going to be too tired at the end. He gave us good minutes so that we could get everybody else in." San Antonio shot 6 for 20 in the third quarter while falling behind by as many as 10 points. Gay and Thomas matched that production themselves, going a combined 6 for 13 in the third. Williams first 3-pointer gave Sacramento a 76-66 lead with 2 minutes left in the third. Matt Bonner hit a 3 for the Spurs and a jumper that tied the game at 85 with 6 minutes remaining. Then he drove the lane for a runner off the glass after Thomas went flying past him at the 3-point line. That gave San Antonio an 87-85 lead, its first since early in the third quarter. "(Bonner) was great," Duncan said. "He stepped up and scored a bunch of points in a row for us. Made some plays for us. Its going to be big for guys to step up as we have people out." The Spurs are still without Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, but Splitters return lifted their spirits. Splitter scored only two points but grabbed four rebounds and helped solidify the teams interior defence. "It was great to be back on the court with the guys," Splitter said. "I wasnt that aggressive on offence, but I just tried to help the guys on defence with the coverage and helps. Most importantly, we won, so Im happy." The Kings were missing leading scorer DeMarcus Cousins, who sat out his sixth straight game due to a sprained left ankle. Gay and Thomas made up for his loss offensively, accounting for half of the teams 53 first-half points. NOTES: Splitter got his loudest ovation of the season when he was announced in the starting lineup after missing 12 games with a sprained right shoulder. He came off the bench in the second half. ... Cousins suited up but did not play. He is day to day. ... Ginobili (strained left hamstring), Leonard (broken hand) and Green (broken left index finger) all sat behind the Spurs bench.


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