FALL RIVER, Mass. - Texts and phone records shown to jurors Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez showed that several messages he exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing were deleted from his phone.
HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland - FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar to take place no later than Dec. 18, a date that would avoid a conflict with the powerful Premier League over the Christmas schedule in England.
David Clarkson now gets to hit the reset button. Again.
When his childhood dream of playing for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs devolved into a professional nightmare, Clarkson agreed to waive his no-movement clause to get a fresh start with a trade to the Columbus Blue Jackets. His tenure in Toronto went off the rails not long after signing a US$36.75-million, seven-year contract and he was never able to get back on track.
LONDON - Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, according to a report provided to The Associated Press.
Researchers from the Moscow-based SOVA Center and the Fare network, which helps to prosecute racism cases for European football's governing body UEFA, highlighted more than 200 cases of discriminatory behaviour linked to Russian football over two seasons.
ROME - A second consecutive match featuring crisis-hit Parma was postponed Friday, with the club still unable to provide basic services and on the brink of financial failure.
Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio announced the decision for Sunday's match at Genoa following a federation board meeting, shortly after Parma's players had asked for the postponement — threatening a boycott otherwise.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face defending champion Roger Federer in the final of the Dubai Championships after a three-set win over Tomas Berdych on Friday.
Djokovic, who had a set and a service break lead in the match, eventually beat the fourth-seeded Berdych 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.
DUNEDIN, Fla. - In rolling the dice on former Cy Young Award-winner Johan Santana, the Toronto Blue Jays say they have little to lose and possibly plenty to gain.
The 35-year-old left-hander has not appeared in a major-league game since 2012 due to a shoulder injury. But the Jays scouted him over the winter and liked what they saw.
BOSTON - Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and one-time World Series MVP David Ortiz are among tens of thousands of Massachusetts taxpayers on the state treasurer's unclaimed property list.
Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, and Ortiz, designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox, as well as Patriots coach Bill Belichick, are all owed $300 or less.
PENTICTON, B.C. - Police are recommending charges against a B.C. father who allegedly yelled threats at a referee after his son's junior hockey game.
Sgt. Rick Dellebuur says the 52-year-old Kamloops man confronted a referee walking to his vehicle after a game in Penticton on Feb. 20.
He says the man's son held him back as he screamed at and threatened the referee, before punching his vehicle as he drove away.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Growing up in a hockey-mad family with two older siblings, Jordan Bellerive didn't have to go far to work on his shot.
All he needed was right downstairs.
"We had just moved into our new house and I was maybe five or six years old," Bellerive said this week. "We had an indoor pool and it wasn't much use to us, so we covered it up and made it into our shooting rink and spent numerous hours down there every night.
"It was pretty cool to have that inside your house."