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A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that a doctor compared to an airstrike and left the vehicles obliterated in the snow. The crash sent shockwaves through the team’s small hometown and a country united by the national sport.

Canadians were moved to tears on Saturday as they learned of the identities of the deceased on the bus that was driving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team to a crucial playoff game Friday against the Nipawin Hawks.

“An entire country is in shock and mourning,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. “This is every parent’s worst nightmare. No one should ever have to see their child leave to play the sport they love and never come back.”

The bus had 29 passengers, including the driver, when it crashed at about 5 p.m. on Highway 35, police said. Among the dead are Broncos head coach Darcy Haugan, team captain Logan Schatz and radio announcer Tyler Bieber. Authorities earlier said three were in critical condition but later provided an update to say that 15 have now died.

Canadian police said the truck driver was initially detained but has since been released and provided with mental health assistance. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said it’s too early to state a cause for the crash.

In a tweet, U.S. President Donald Trump said he called Trudeau to offer his condolences to the families of victims.

Darren Opp, president of the Nipawin Hawks, said a semi T-boned the players’ bus — an account police confirmed.

“It’s a horrible accident, my God,” Opp said.

Hassan Masri, an emergency room doctor at Saskatoon’s Royal University Hospital who has done work in war-torn Syria, said the crash reminded him of an airstrike.

Photographs of the wreckage showed the twisted trailer with most of its wheels in the air and the bus on its side and its back portion destroyed. The force of the crash sent both vehicles into the ditch at the northwest corner of the intersection.

Aerial footage showed the bus on its side, its roof peeled back and its front end destroyed. The trailer of the truck lay nearby in a shattered mess, with bags of its peat moss cargo scattered all around. The tractor part of the truck was intact, lying on its passenger side.

The tractor-trailer would have had to yield to a stop sign before crossing over the highway that the hockey bus was travelling on. There is a stand of trees on the southeast corner of the intersection, limiting visibility of the approach on both roads.

Police said a lot of issues have to be investigated, including weather conditions at the time and any mechanical issues with the vehicles.

The tragedy brought to mind an accident in 1986, when the Swift Current Broncos team bus slid off an icy highway and crashed in late December, killing four players.

The Humboldt Broncos are a close-knit team from the small city of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, which has a population of about 6,000. Many gathered at the community center at the hockey arena there after word of the horrific crash began to circulate.

Humboldt Mayor Rob Muench, wearing a green and yellow Broncos team jersey, hugged people Saturday morning as they came to the Elger Petersen Arena in the Saskatchewan town to comfort each other and learn more.

“It’s overwhelming. It’s been tough on everybody,” Muench said in a phone interview. “We’re a small community; some of those kids have been on the team for a number of years. A lot grew up in the community and everybody knows each other.”

The team was on its way to play in Game 5 of a semi-final against the Nipawin Hawks.

“Hockey was what brought us all together and we had two communities that were rivals in the rink. To find out that it was their first responders that aided our boys just warms your heart,” the mayor said as his voice cracked.

Multiple crisis workers were assisting relatives and friends.

“Everybody is just so devastated. These poor young boys,” said Penny Lee, the communications manager for the town of Humboldt.

The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is a junior ‘A’ hockey league under Hockey Canada, which is part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. It’s open to North American-born players between the ages of 16 and 20.

Team President Kevin Garinger said parents from across western Canada were struggling to cope with the tragedy and were rushing to the scene.

“Our whole community is in shock, we are grieving and we will continue to grieve throughout this ordeal as we try to work toward supporting each other,” he said.

Michelle Straschnitzki, who lives in Airdrie, Alberta, said her 18-year old son Ryan was transported to a hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

“We talked to him, but he said he couldn’t feel his lower extremities so I don’t know what’s going on,” she said. “I am freaking out. I am so sad for all of the teammates and I am losing my mind.”

Kevin Henry, a coach who runs a hockey school in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, said he knows players on the team.

“This is I would think one of the darkest days in the history of Saskatchewan, especially because hockey is so ingrained in how we grow up here,” he said.

The hockey world issued messages of condolences, including Saskatchewan native Mike Babcock, who is the Toronto Maple Leafs coach.

Babcock, fighting back tears, said that “it’s got to rip the heart out of your chest.”

The Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets announced that both teams will wear the name “BRONCOS” instead of their nameplates on Saturday night when they play in Winnipeg.

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Rob Gillies contributed to this report from Toronto and Ivan Moreno contributed from Milwaukee.

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Bayern Munich Vs Real Madrid: Live Stream, Tv Channel, Team News And Kick-off Time For Massive Champions League Semi-final Fixture

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BAYERN MUNICH host Real Madrid as the two sides battle it out for a place in the 2018 Champions League final.

The hosts, who have already secured the Bundesliga trophy, are looking to win the treble for the first time since Jupp Heynckes’ last spell in charge in 2013.

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They beat Bayer Leverkusen 6-2 in the semi-final of the domestic cup to qualify for that final and are looking to beat Real on Wednesday.

Real Madrid, who are only third in La Liga, survived a scare in the quarter finals beating Juventus 4-3 on aggregate.

What time is kick-off?

THIS game takes place on Wednesday, April 25. 

The match will be held at the Allianz Arena.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

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Watch Bayern Munich Vs Real Madrid Live Free: Stream Online, Tv Channel And Kick-off Time For Champions League Semi-final

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REAL MADRID head to Bayern Munich as they look to win a third successive Champions League.

Between them the two sides have won four of the last five tournaments and the Germans pose a renewed threat under boss Jupp Heynckes, who led them to the trophy in 2013.

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In that campaign, Bayern beat Los Blancos on penalties in the semi-final, but Real got revenge in the 2014 and 2017 semi-finals.

Their most recent clash proved controversial, with Zinedine Zidane’s side reaching last season’s final 6-3 on aggregate after extra time, following two offside Cristiano Ronaldo goals.

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YOU can watch this game live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 7pm. 

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Matt Kenseth To Drive Select Races In No 6 Car For Roush Fenway Racing

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Matt Kenseth will return to NASCAR Cup Series competition, running select races for Roush Fenway Racing this year in the No. 6 car normally driven by Trevor Bayne.

The number of races Kenseth will drive was not announced. Bayne has sponsorship from AdvoCare for 10 of the remaining 28 events.

The 2003 NASCAR Cup Series champion, Kenseth did not land a ride for the 2018 season after his release from Joe Gibbs Racing and will have sponsorship from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

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Kenseth’s first race will be May 12 at Kansas Speedway, and he will compete the following week in the NASCAR All-Star Race (he is eligible from his win at Phoenix last year). The move gives up any playoff hopes for Bayne, who sits 26th without a top-10 finish after nine races in 2008.

“It’s not like I didn’t have any opportunities to go drive race cars — I certainly could have done that at some different places, different things [but] none of it tempted me or interested me like this did,” said Kenseth, 46.

“This was the right deal at the right time. If this came up a couple of months ago, I probably wouldn’t have done it. I certainly had a really good time the last six months having time off. I’ve been very happy and very content. You worry about leaving that.”

Bayne, who has multiple sclerosis, is healthy. When asked if this decision was made because Bayne is virtually out of playoff contention, Roush Fenway president Steve Newmark said the organization feels a two-car operation is best rather than starting a third part-time car for Kenseth, who also could have a managerial role at Roush Fenway in the future.

“Jack has told me many, many times that Matt is the best at figuring out how to assess and diagnose cars,” Newmark said. “It just seemed like the right time — we had made improvements and for us to take the next step and it would be beneficial to bring Matt back into the fold.”

Kenseth said he didn’t know if this would evolve into a full-time ride for him in 2019 as the Wyndham deal with Roush Fenway is a multiyear deal. Newmark said the organization is focused on 2018 and setting his schedule.

Roush Fenway has not won a non-restrictor-plate race since 2014.

“I’m anxious to have that [feedback from him], but we’re also anxious building back on the races that Matt has won, … and add to that,” team owner Jack Roush said.

“Whether there is another championship in there for Matt and Roush Fenway, that remains to be seen in years two or three – if there is a year two and three for Matt in the car. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”

Kenseth has 39 career victories in 650 career starts and spent his first 13 seasons at Roush before moving to Joe Gibbs Racing after the 2012 season. JGR released Kenseth after the 2017 season and replaced him with Erik Jones.

Bayne, who won the 2011 Daytona 500 in just his second career start, has 16 top-10 finishes in 175 career Cup starts. He finished 22nd in both the final 2016 and 2017 standings. His deal with Roush Fenway and Advocare (whose sponsorship is 15 races this year) runs through 2019.

“It’s an overall company performance issue,” Newmark said. “When looking at opportunities to get ourselves better, this seemed like the right opportunity.

“We do hope it jump-starts Trevor and he benefits from this, because our hope is he would have a long career ahead of him.”

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