BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. Danny Green Jersey . -- If the first snowboard slopestyle competition of the season is any indication, Canada may have a lot to cheer for when the event makes its Olympic debut in Sochi in February. Reginas Mark McMorris took gold at the Dew Tour on Sunday, finishing the 17-man field with a 97.80 points, while fellow Canadian Maxence Parrot of Bromont, Que., finished third with 89.00. Montreals Sebastien Toutant placed fourth with 87.60. Sven Thorgren of Sweden prevented Canada from sweeping the podium, taking silver with 91.00 points. "Canada is just destroying it right now," McMorris said. "The slopes team is really strong and I think were going to have a really good showing in Sochi." After a fall in qualifying, McMorris collected 95.00 points in his first run of the final, which featured his signature straight double backflip, and a backside 1080 double cork. He capped his second run with a 1440 triple cork. "I was going at the last jump not sure what I wanted to do exactly, a double (cork) or a triple (cork), but if Im not at the head of the pack going into my second run, Im definitely going to have to go for it," said the 20-year-old McMorris. "I had nothing to lose. I told myself everything was going perfect and I had to do a triple." For Parrot, Sundays performance marked his first career medal in three years on the Dew Tour circuit. "Its great to finally get on the podium," Parrot said. "I think Im feeling more and more comfortable with my manoeuvres and executing them at high speed." Like McMorris, Parrot was happy to see Canada excel at the seasons opening event. "We got three Canadians in the top 4 so I think thats pretty good," the 19-year-old said. "We had the possibility to get a sweep of the podium and I think it would be possible in the next events and that would be amazing." American snowboarding star Shaun White was forced to drop out of Sundays event after injuring his ankle on a fall in the halfpipe finals on Saturday. McMorris said he was disappointed to hear that his stiffest competition had to withdraw. "It was too bad he couldnt compete today," McMorris said. "But his ankle is hurt and nobody likes to be hurt." The Canadian slope team travels to Copper Mountain in Copper, Colo., next weekend for the first of four Grand Prix events ahead of the Winter Games. The following three competitions will be held in Northstar, Calif., and a double stop at Mammoth, Calif. Toutant said Sundays event was a good measuring stick to begin the season. "It was our first competition this season and it was a great opportunity to see where everyone is at," he said. "Im looking forward to now preparing for the World Cups and hopefully the Olympics in the New Year." David Robinson Jersey . It is unclear how long Kallstrom, who was brought in to alleviate the teams midfield problems, will be sidelined. Arsenals communications director, Mark Gonnella, says the club decided to proceed with Kallstroms signing despite the injury. George Gervin Jersey . And it was a former TFC player punishing his old club, as Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario led the way with two goals in D.DENVER -- Nene said he never wanted to leave the Denver Nuggets -- and the team gave him every possible reason for staying. Passing on contract offers from other clubs, the NBAs top free agent re-signed with the Nuggets, putting his signature on a US$67 million, five-year contract Wednesday. "Its a real exciting day for the Denver Nuggets," team president Josh Kroenke said. Added Masai Ujiri, the Nuggets executive vice-president of basketball operations, "It was a long process but we all know Nene is a huge part of our basketball team and were very glad to have him back. "Nene was our No. 1 guy. We knew what our goal was and the player that we wanted and Nene was our player," Ujiri said. Nene, the 6-11 Brazilian forward who led the league in field-goal percentage last season at 61.5, chose to remain in Denver after drawing interest from such teams as the New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. But an emotional Nene said his heart was always in Denver, where he has spent the last nine years. He fought back from a serious knee injury in 2005 and overcame a bout of testicular cancer in 2007-08. He also got married here and his wife and young son were in attendance at the news conference. Nene said his strong relationship with Kroenke and Ujiri, the presence of his family and friends in Denver and the chance to help take the Nuggets to new heights all figured prominently in his decision. "I understood its a business but friends, family, trust, care, youre not going to find in another place," Nene said. "Josh and Masai, they told me youre very important and they showed me. I sat down with my family, with my friends and we made the smart decision. "I feel good here. I love Denver. Ive said in the past I wanted to be here and here I am. I feel like a rookie right now and its exciting to think about reaching another big goal and bringing the Denver Nuggets to the top." Following the teams practice earlier, Nuggets coach George Karl also welcomed Nenes re-signing. Hes expected to start practising with the team Thursday, though hhell be eased into the sessions. Kawhi Leonard Jersey. "I cant deny you get excited," Karl said. "What were trying to do is start where we left off last year and I think we feel now we can get there. Maybe there will be some pieces that will be different and we might not be as good in certain areas, but I think we can get to the point where some of the success we had last season can be repeated." The Nuggets finished 50-32 last season, including an 18-7 run with a reconstituted club following the trade of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Nuggets will open the lockout-delayed season Dec. 26 at Dallas. Still on Karls wish list is the re-signing of restricted free agent guard Arron Afflalo. The Nuggets retain the ability to match any offer for Afflalo, a top defender and 3-point shooter who assumed more of a leadership role after the departure in February of Anthony and Billups. "I feel Arron wants to be here," Karl said. "I know its a business decision. In a lot of ways, Arron is a lot like Nene. Hes kind of the leader of our team and leadership is a part of building a great team. And I think with Andre (Miller) here and Nene back, our veteran leadership is pretty classy, pretty first-class." Ujiri said he had spoken recently with Afflalo, "and he said, Save a roster spot for me." The Nuggets, who have been practising with only 11 players since the resumption of NBA business last Friday, will soon be getting more reinforcements. Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer, who were acquired Tuesday from Dallas in exchange for a second-round pick, also were expected to join the Nuggets on Thursday. Miller, who came to Denver for a second tour as part of a three-team trade in June, played with Fernandez when they were both in Portland. "In Portland, he was a fan favourite and he definitely brings a lot of energy to the game, him and Brewer," Miller said. Hes just a fun guy to be around." ' ' '
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