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Edney inspired by his bear-claw luge helmet

Helmet inspires Edney for his first World Cup luge race of the season
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Sam Edney will wear a helmet that makes him feel "unstoppable" in his first international luge race since the Winter Olympics.

The three-time Olympian will don a helmet designed especially for him by Richard Flamenco when he races at a World Cup event Saturday at his home track in Calgary.

Flamenco has spent much of his 19 years in the Alberta Children's Hospital with an incurable skin disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa. It's a condition that causes painful blistering of fragile skin.

Sharper, others indicted in New Orleans rape cases

Former Saints safety Darren Sharper, 2 others indicted in New Orleans rape cases
Bill Fuller, The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A federal grand jury has added drug charges to the state rape charges facing former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans announced Friday that Sharper now faces charges that he and a co-defendant — Brandon Licciardi — distributed three illegal drugs "with intent to commit rape."

The federal charges were announced hours after a New Orleans grand jury indicted Sharper, Licciardi and a third man on rape charges.

Roughriders re-sign all-star DT George

Roughriders sign all-star DT Tearrius George to contract extension
The Canadian Press

REGINA - Tearrius George said there was a lot more than money behind his decision to stay with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The CFL club announced Friday that it had signed George to a contract extension. The all-star defensive tackle said the unique community in Regina made the decision to stay an easy one.

"I don't think you can go anywhere else in the CFL and find a community like this and a team like this, so that factored in a whole lot," George, who was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 10, said at a news conference Friday.

Obama: NFL 'behind the curve' on Rice case

Obama: NFL 'behind the curve' on rice case, applauds new policies
Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama says the Ray Rice domestic violence case showed that the National Football League was "behind the curve" in setting policies about athlete behaviour. He says new policies now in effect will send a message that there is no place for such behaviour.

He says in an interview Friday with Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio that "an old boys' network" at the NFL that had created "blind spots."

He says: "You don't want to be winging it when something like this happens; you want to have clear policies in place."

Tina Maze wins women's World Cup giant slalom

Olympic champion Tina Maze wins women's World Cup giant slalom ahead of Sara Hector
Jerome Pugmire, The Associated Press

ARE, Sweden - Struggling to overcome jet lag after making the trip from Canada to Europe, Tina Maze surprised herself on Friday.

The overall World Cup leader from Slovenia sped down the Olympia course in the second run of a giant slalom to win in a combined time of 2 minutes, 23.84 seconds. It was her third win of the season and 26th of her career.

Riggs returns to action after gun accident

Veteran fighter Joe Riggs returns to the UFC after almost dying in gun accident
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

The lines on Joe (Diesel) Riggs' face hint of more than a few stories. Not all good.

The veteran fighter has battled drug addiction, demons and himself in the past. In 2006, Riggs and Nick Diaz infamously continued their UFC 57 fight at the hospital afterwards with Riggs firing punches undeterred by the IV in his arm.

Eight years to the day since his last UFC bout, the 32-year-old Riggs returns to the Octagon to face welterweight Ben (Killa B) Saunders on a televised UFC Fight Night card Saturday in Phoenix.

Pyeongchang leaders rule out sharing Olympics

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic organizers again rule out sharing event beyond borders
The Associated Press

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Organizers of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have ruled out sharing the games with other countries as a cost-cutting move.

The high cost of building the facility for bobsled, luge and skeleton prompted the IOC to ask South Korea to use alternative sliding venues already in use in Asia, North America or Europe.

The IOC said it was only an option, and Pyeongchang had the final call.

Thursday's Scoreboard

Thursday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Thursday's Games

NFL

Arizona 12 St. Louis 6

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NHL

Chicago 3 Boston 2

Buffalo 4 Calgary 3

Philadelphia 4 New Jersey 1

Columbus 3 Washington 2 (OT)

Los Angeles 5 Ottawa 3

Tampa Bay 2 Carolina 1

St. Louis 6 N.Y. Islanders 3

Colorado 4 Winnipeg 3 (SO)

Nashville 5 Arizona 1

San Jose 2 Minnesota 1

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AHL

Hartford 3 Albany 2

Iowa 4 San Antonio 1

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NBA

Oklahoma City 103 Cleveland 94

Houston 113 Sacramento 109 (OT)

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Avalanche beat Jets 4-3 in shootout

Duchene nets shootout winner and Pickard makes 30 saves; Avalanche tops Jets 4-3
The Associated Press

DENVER - Late comebacks and wins in extra time made the Colorado Avalanche the NHL's surprise team last year.

Cardinals end Rams' shutout streak, win 12-6

Arizona QB Drew Stanton hurt, Cardinals beat Rams 12-6 to move closer to playoff spot
R.B. Fallstrom, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - Bruce Arians was sick and tired of talk about the St. Louis Rams' consecutive shutouts.

The Arizona Cardinals, their coach boasted, were much better on that side of the ball.

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