MONTREAL - When they were 1-7 in August, it was far-fetched even to think about the Montreal Alouettes making the playoffs.But a 17-14 win over the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday afternoon lifted the Alouettes to 9-8 to clinch a home playoff date. They have a chance to finish first in the CFL East Division with a regular season-ending win on Saturday in Hamilton.Its going to be a great Grey Cup documentary, said receiver Duran Carter, who had career highs of 11 catches and 181 yards. Highlights, low lights, all of it.We feel pretty much unstoppable. Weve got one more week in the regular season and were not going to take our foot off the gas.Carter scored the game-winning touchdown on a 23-yard toss from Jonathan Crompton at 5:41 of the fourth quarter. A relentless Alouettes defence did the rest, holding an opponent to 17 or fewer points for a sixth game in a row, all wins.They will be the first CFL team ever to finish at or above .500 after being six games below .500.A win in Hamilton would give Montreal first place and a bye to the East final, while a loss may drop them to second and see them host the East semifinal against a crossover team from the West Division.The loss pushed Toronto (7-10) to the brink of elimination. They must win their finale against Ottawa and hope Montreal beats the Tiger-Cats (8-9) to stay alive.We werent good on second and medium, said Argonauts coach Scott Milanovich. Coming up a yard short, not getting to the sticks. That is why we werent able to score more points.Too many times in the second half we werent able to get enough to keep the drive moving.Tyrell Sutton ran in a TD for Montreal and Sean Whyte had a field goal, although his string of 21 in a row ended with a 45-yard attempt against a stiff wind.Mike Bradwell caught a one-yard TD pass from third string quarterback Mitchell Gale and Swayze Waters had two boots for the Argonauts.Starting quarterback Ricky Ray, who completed 26 of 35 passes for 209 yards and was sacked three times, left with 2:29 to go in the game after he was slammed into the turf by John Bowman to end Torontos comeback hopes. Milanovich had no update on his condition.As the game ended, the crowd of 22,013 at Percival Molson Stadium stood and cheered the Alouettes, as much for what theyve done over the last three months as for winning the game.Coach Tom Higgins said the turnaround came on a road trip to Regina and Winnipeg in August. While they didnt win those games, they felt were playing better and vowed to try for an 8-2 record over the final 10 games to make the playoffs. They are 8-1 since then.I feel good for the organization, said Higgins. Its an organization thats used to winning and wrapping up a playoff spot a lot earlier.It just took us a little while and we got it done. But its a neat story thats being written by this football team. They just dont give up. Thats the sign of a champion.The turnaround coincided with Crompton taking over as the starting quarterback. While he isnt the slickest QB in the league, he has managed to move the ball enough and put up enough points to win, thanks largely to the defence.He completed 13 of 26 passes for 251 yards, nearly all of them to Carter. There was one completion each to Eric Deslauriers and S.J. Green, and third stringer Tanner Marsh completed one to Green.But Crompton overthrew a wide open Carter on what would have been a sure touchdown, and a trick play saw Green fire a 50-yard pass that went off a wide open Carters fingertips.Weve been waiting to run that forever and they finally call it and I just misjudged it, said Carter, who also had a fumble on his record. I thought it was coming right in my hands and it was little bit far.Its terrible. I owe receiver money for that. If you ask me, I had a bad game. Im just fortunate they trust me with the ball.Crompton said he was looking for whoever Toronto left open and that happened to be Carter most of the time.That says a lot about him and about our receiving corps not to staying anything, said Crompton. They knew that if were getting one on one, no matter who it is, were going to take a shot. The guys did a good job running their routes, and especially blocking on the run game.Sutton carried 23 times for 135 yards.Wind was a factor and Toronto got the only points of a flag-free first quarter on Waterss 21-yard kick.The Alouettes used the wind on a six-play 69 yard drive capped by Suttons 17-yard TD run up the middle 4:02 into the second.A punt single off Carters fumble and a 56 yard drive into the wind led to Bradwells one-yard TD catch at the end of the second quarter gave the Argonauts an 11-7 half time lead.Waters added a 25-yard boot 12:09 into the third after the Alouettes lost a gamble on third and 3, when ball carrier J.C. Beaulieu came up a yard short.Montreal got three back to open the fourth, and then Crompton led a four-play drive topped by a toss over the middle to Carter.Toronto got a last chance with the ball when Waters got to his own punt for an extra set of downs, but backup QB Trevor Harris was unable to move the ball.At the beginning of the year, everybody wasnt on the same page, said Alouettes defensive tackle Alan-Michael Cash. We were missing too many tackles, blowing assignments. But as the year went on, we came together. I think we are the best defence in the CFL.Montreal defensive back Geoff Tisdale left late in the first half with a concussion after a kick in the head while defending a pass. Higgins said holding him out was a precaution and Tisdale may be ready to return against Hamilton.The Argos lost defensive tackle Marcus Thomas (foot) and defensive back Vincent Agnew (left leg) to injuries. In the fourth, linebacker Matt Ware was helped off.
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Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein was second and Anna Fenninger of Austria finished third for the second straight day. Hoefl-Riesch was 19th in super-G and trails Gut in the overall standings by 41 points. Marie-Michele Gagnon of Lac-Etchemin, Que., was the top Canadian in 10th. Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., missed a gate and did not finish. The World Cup Lake Louise was the scene of Vonns first races since crashing and severely injuring her right knee in super-G at the world championships in February. The reigning Olympic downhill champion tore two ligaments in her knee and broke a bone in her leg. Vonns comeback was on track until she partially tore a reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament while training in Colorado last month. The 29-year-old owns a record 14 World Cup victories at Lake Louise, but Vonn was 40th in the first downhill before jumping to 11th on Saturday and then fifth Sunday. "I think it was a huge step in the right direction," Vonn said. "I know I can win again." Vonn needs more surgery and intends to postpone it until after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Chasing a fifth career overall World Cup title this season is out of the question with her knee in a tenuous state. Vonn is concentrating on defending her title in Sochi now. She must decide how many races she can do between now and February to accomplish that. "I do need a couple more starts," Vonn said. "I want to make sure I get on the podium at least once if not win before going into Sochi. I really want to have that in my back pocket. "Im ready for Sochi. I may race one or two races. I really have to look at the program with my coaches and come up with a game plan. Maybe a couple more starts, but I really want to focus on Sochi and take the risk away from any long-term damage on my knee. "Not very much ACL left is pretty hard-core. I give myself a little bit of credit. Im not going to give up and Im going to be in Sochi and fighting for my medal." Gagnon, a slalom specialist, diddnt race the Lake Louise downhills.dddddddddddd She competed in super-G to get work in speed events. Gagnon will represent Canada in the super combined event -- the combined times of a slalom and a downhill -- in Sochi. Gagnon was nevertheless pleased with a third top-10 result this season in as many disciplines. She placed fifth in the season-opening slalom in Levi, Finland, and 10th in a giant slalom in Soelden, Austria. The 24-year-old helicoptered her pole around her head in celebration when she crossed the finish line Sunday. "Im definitely a slalom ninja," Gagnon said. "I was really surprised. I charged and I didnt know what it would get me, but at the same time I know my technique is improving and giant slalom and slalom is pretty strong now and its looking good now. "Its carrying onto speed events and thats really exciting. It shows I can use the speed side to my advantage a little bit better." The womens World Cup races followed a mens downhill and super-G at Lake Louise. Canadas skiers left their home races this year with three top-10 results, but no medals. Canadians stood on the podium nine times between 2006 and 2009 with the last medal a downhill bronze by Emily Brydon. Yurkiw was seventh in the first womens downhill, Erik Guay of Mont-Tremblant finished eighth in the mens downhill and Calgarys Jan Hudec was 10th in the mens super-G. Hudec, Guay and Vancouvers Manuel Osborne-Paradis qualified for nomination to the Olympic team with top-12 results at Lake Louise. Yurkiw needs another top 12 to reach the criteria set by Alpine Canada. She was dropped from the Canadian ski team after last season. Yurkiw says she raised about $150,000 on her own to pay for her summer ski camps in Europe and for her coaching and training expenses. "Shes on a roll right now and I hope she can carry it on through the next races in Europe," said Paul Kristofic, Alpine Canadas vice-president of sport. "Well lend a hand and cheer her on towards her goals absolutely. "Today with Mich, thats a testament to the momentum she has in all events right now. Shes been skiing really well with tremendous speed. Shes definitely a contender in the combined event. Doing some speed is critical for that." Yurkiw was to board a flight Sunday for St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she and Gagnon will race a super-G on Saturday. Gagnon will also compete in a giant slalom there. Own The Podium doles out taxpayer money to sport federations based on the ability of their athletes to win medals. OTP is spending $2,788,000 on Canadas ski team in 2013-14, which ranks third behind the money going to speedska