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Jays sign Martin to 5-yr $82-million deal

Blue Jays sign Canadian catcher Russell Martin to five-year, $82-million deal
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Canadian catcher Russell Martin to a five-year, US$82-million contract .

The Blue Jays confirmed the signing today after it was widely reported in the media Monday.

Martin hit .290 with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season with 11 home runs and 67 runs batted in.

The three-time all-star has a career .259 average with 119 home runs and 540 RBIs in nine seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Pirates.

Brodeur still has 'fire' to play in NHL

Wait is getting long, but Brodeur still has the 'fire' and wants to play again
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Martin Brodeur isn't burning up his phone trying to find a place to play. While he lets his agent do that leg work, the legendary goaltender keeps working out and skating as much as he can in the hopes that his NHL career isn't over.

More than a month into the season, Brodeur is 42 and without a job. But he hasn't given up.

Rafael Nadal to return to playing in January

Rafael Nadal to return to playing at exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in January
The Associated Press

MADRID - Rafael Nadal says he will return to playing at the start of the year.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played since having his appendix removed this month, forcing him to miss the season-ending ATP finals.

Nadal says "I will play in Abu Dhabi in January, and after that I will play my first official tournament in Doha."

The Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament is scheduled for Jan. 1-3. The tournament in Doha, Qatar, will be played the following week.

Steelers rally from 11 down, beat Titans 27-24

Roethlisberger throws TD in 4th quarter as Steelers blow lead, rally to beat Titans 27-24
Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - This time, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat their struggling opponent.

Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell were an impressive duo in Music City on Monday night.

Roethlisberger threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 9:01 left, lifting the Steelers to a 27-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Buono 'shocked, devastated' by Lions' loss

Lions GM Wally Buono 'shocked, devastated' by playoff loss to Alouettes
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

SURREY, B.C. - B.C. Lions general manager Wally Buono never saw it coming.

Head coach Mike Benevides called the performance "very, very disturbing."

A little more than 24 hours after the Montreal Alouettes embarrassed the Lions 50-17 in the CFL's East Division semifinal, Buono and Benevides met the media on Monday to begin the autopsy on a season that started with the promise of another Grey Cup in their backyard and ended with a resounding thud.

Monday's Scoreboard

Monday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Monday's Games

NFL

Pittsburgh 27 Tennessee 24

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NHL

Tampa Bay 5 N.Y. Rangers 1

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NBA

Dallas 107 Charlotte 80

Denver 106 Cleveland 97

Orlando 107 Detroit 93

Phoenix 118 Boston 114

Miami 95 Brooklyn 83

Memphis 119 Houston 93

San Antonio 100 Philadelphia 75

Portland 102 New Orleans at 93

Chicago 105 L.A. Clippers 89

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UFC to visit Canada 3 to 5 times in 2015

UFC to visit Canada 3 to 5 times in 2015, including Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Taking a page from its Canadian division, the UFC has announced its full schedule for 2015 with 45 fight cards including three to five in Canada.

There will be 13 pay-per-view shows and 32 televised Fight Night cards.

Toronto, Montreal and Calgary were identified as target cities for Canada but no dates have been attached to those shows yet. The UFC didn't say which other Canadian cities might be considered although Hamilton, London, Moncton, Ottawa, St. John's, Saskatoon and Windsor have all been touted as venues for possible future televised shows.

Toronto FC set temporary ticket price freeze

Toronto FC institutes temporary price freeze for season ticket-holders
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - After yet another failed run at the MLS playoffs, Toronto FC is freezing prices for existing season ticket-holders, as long as they renew by Dec. 15.

"Last season, Toronto FC embarked on an aggressive plan to put this club on a path to success and make the playoffs in 2014, but despite our best efforts, we fell short," GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in an email to ticket-holders. "With that said, important strides were made towards our long-term goals and we are excited about building on that progress.

Mo'ne Davis memoir coming next March

Now the recap: Mo'ne Davis memoir coming out in March
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A memoir when you're still a teenager may seem premature, but not for Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a Little League World Series game.

"Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name" will be released next March by HarperCollins Children's Books, the publisher told The Associated Press on Monday.

The honour roll student from Philadelphia became a sensation last summer after leading the Taney Dragons to a 4-0 victory over Nashville, when she was just 13.

Pat Burns finally inducted into Hall of Fame

Pat Burns finally gets his due with induction into Hockey Hall of Fame
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A few months ago, Line Burns was driving to see a friend and just happened to stop in Gilmanton, N.H., where she used to live with her husband Pat. She was gassing up her car and getting something to eat when her phone rang. On the other end were Pat Quinn and John Davidson from the Hockey Hall of Fame telling her that Pat Burns would finally be enshrined four years after his death.

"It was meant to be," Line Burns said. "He was probably laughing up there."

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