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Testimony: Several Hernandez texts missing

Testimony: Several texts between Hernandez, co-defendant missing from cellphone
Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press

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.

Blatter wants 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18

FIFA president Sepp Blatter wants 2022 World Cup final no later than Dec. 18 in Qatar
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

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.

Clarkson never found comfort zone with Leafs

Unsatisfied with role, Clarkson never found comfort zone with Maple Leafs
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

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.

Scale of racism in Cup host Russia a threat, report says

Scale of discrimination in Russian soccer is a threat to World Cup visitors, report says
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

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.

Another match featuring crisis-hit Parma postponed

For 2nd consecutive week, crisis-hit Parma has Serie A game postponed
Andrew Dampf, The Associated Press

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.

Djokovic to face defending champ Federer in Dubai final

Top-seeded Djokovic to face defending champ Federer in Dubai final
Sandra Harwitt, The Associated Press

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.

Jays say signing Santana is 'no-risk deal'

Blue Jays says signing former Cy Young-winner Johan Santana is 'no-risk deal'
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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 sports stars among those with unclaimed property

Massachusetts holding unclaimed property for thousands, including Belichick and Brady
The Associated Press

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.

B.C. hockey dad may get charged for threats to ref

RCMP say B.C. hockey dad might get charged for threatening son's referee
The Canadian Press

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.

Bellerive didn't have to go far to hone skills

Team B.C. hockey captain Jordan Bellerive didn't have to go far to hone skills
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

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."

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