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On-line game to help with genetic code

Montreal -- Computer game players can have fun and contribute to genetic research with an on-line computer game that analyzes genetic sequences, Canadian researchers say.

Scientists at McGill University in Montreal say the game, called Phylo, was launched Monday after testing within the scientific community to ensure its accuracy, a university release said.

"There are some calculations that the human brain does more efficiently than any computer can, such as recognizing a face," Jerome Waldispuhl of the School of Computer Science says.

Said edges Papis for Montreal NASCAR win

Montreal -- Boris Said collected his first career NASCAR victory Sunday, edging Max Papis by inches at the Nationwide Series event in Montreal.

Said took the lead for the first time just after the restart for a green-white checkered finish and held on to just eke past Papis and claim the NAPA Auto Parts 200 race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

It was Said's first victory in his 22nd Nationwide Series starts.

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve came in third in front of the hometown fans.

Brad Keselowski finished fourth and Paul Menard was next in fifth place.

Pole sitter Marcos Ambrose finished 33rd after his engine failed him late in the race.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Rain again postpones Rogers Cup

Montreal -- A second consecutive day of rainy weather forced another postponement of the Rogers Cup in Montreal Sunday.

Both semifinals and the finals of the women's tennis tourney were set for Sunday after rain on Saturday disrupted the proceedings. But more rain changed those plans.

The first semifinal between Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Svetlana Kuznetsova -- in which Wozniacki had posted a 2-0 lead in the first set before it was delayed -- was pushed back to 10 a.m. Monday.

The other semifinal between eighth-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva and 10th-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus will get under way simultaneously at National Bank Court.

The final is now slated for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Longshoremen locked out in Montreal

Montreal -- The Maritime Employers Association shut down the Port of Montreal Monday by locking out longshoremen it accuses of undermining contract negotiations.

The Port of Montreal is Canada's second-largest port after Vancouver, handling 20 million metric tons of cargo per year, the Toronto Sun reported.

The association said the dock workers had interfered with contract negotiations -- which have been ongoing for a year and a half -- by refusing to work overtime.

The lockout affects 850 longshoremen who are members of Local 375 in the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Canada's Labor Minister Lisa Raitt said in a statement she was "disappointed" by the work stoppage.

Anderson's PETA ad banned in Montreal

Montreal -- Pamela Anderson flew to Montreal, Canada, for the unveiling of her new animal rights ad, but Canadian officials banned the "sexist" campaign.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Anderson flew out to Montreal to unveil the ad campaign, which features the 43-year-old sex icon with parts of her body labeled like a butcher's diagram with the caption "All Animals Have the Same Parts," USA Today reported Friday.

However, PETA told the New York Daily News that Montreal officials rejected the ad campaign Thursday.

Pamela Anderson’s PETA ad sexist for Montreal?

Pamela Anderson posed nearly nude for a new PETA ad, but was unable to launch it in Montreal because Canadian officials found it to be ‘sexist.’

NHL: Montreal 3, San Jose 2

Montreal -- Andrei Markov (power play), Josh Gorges, and Saku Koivu scored first-period goals Saturday night and the Montreal Canadiens beat San Jose 3-2.

Koivu's 11th goal this season after an assist by Markov proved to be the game-winner.

Jaroslav Halak was bombarded by 48 shots, but yielded two goals for the Canadiens, who have won four in a row after a three-game losing streak. They had lost four of their previous five meetings with the Sharks.

San Jose's goals, both in the second period, were scored by Joe Pavelski (power play) and Joe Thornton, whose 16th at 1:55 of the second drew San Jose within 3-2.

Brian Boucher was beaten three times on 21 shots for the Sharks, who had won five of six.

They lead the Western Conference with 93 points, but are just three ahead of second-seeded Detroit.