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Journalist says Furlong abused over 40 students

Journalist penned letter alleging Furlong abused over 40 former students: court
Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A freelance journalist suing former Vancouver Olympics CEO John Furlong for defamation penned a handwritten letter claiming he had abused more than 40 First Nations' students at a northern British Columbia school, the trial has heard.

Yzerman voted general manager of the year

Lightning's Steve Yzerman voted as NHL's general manager of the year
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A week after the Tampa Bay Lightning lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup final, Steve Yzerman was named the NHL's general manager of the year on Wednesday.

Yzerman said he'd trade that honour for the Cup and added that while the Lightning have gotten better, the goal is still hockey's ultimate prize.

Finishing ahead of the New York Rangers' Glen Sather and Anaheim Ducks' Bob Murray, Yzerman remade the Lightning from their 2011 trip to the Eastern Conference final.

Chicago's Jonathan Toews wins Messier Leadership Award

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews wins Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award
The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award for his commitment to charities and service.

Toews accepted the award Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.

Toews participates in several off-ice endeavours with the Blackhawks, including Make-A-Wish Foundation activities and other charities back home in Winnipeg. On the ice, Toews led Chicago to its third Stanley Cup title in six seasons earlier this month.

Bruins' Bergeron wins Selke Trophy again

Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron wins Selke Trophy as best defensive forward
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins has won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward for the third time in four years.

Bergeron led the league in faceoffs, winning 60.2 per cent of his draws.

He beat out Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings to win the Selke.

Five-time all-star Pat Lafontaine presented the award to Bergeron.

NHL to open formal expansion process

NHL board of governors approves opening a formal expansion process
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Four months after a private investor began a season-ticket drive that would help gauge the feasibility of the NHL in Las Vegas, the league's board of governors has given the green light to opening a formal expansion process.

Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision at an afternoon news conference in Las Vegas, insisting it's no guarantee that the NHL will add a 31st or 32nd team.

Canadian guard Murray chooses Kentucky

Coveted Canadian guard Jamal Murray will play NCAA basketball at Kentucky
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Jamal Murray will suit up for the University of Kentucky next season.

The highly touted Canadian basketball prospect made his decision at a television event on Wednesday.

The six-foot-five guard from Kitchener, Ont., was reportedly courted by 30 schools and was said to have narrowed his choice down to either Kentucky and Oregon heading into Wednesday's decision.

Canada denies morale is suffering at World Cup

Moscato denies saying that morale in Canadian World Cup camp is bad
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Veteran defender Carmelina Moscato has dismissed comments attributed to her that morale in the Canadian camp is poor at the Women's World Cup.

Former Canadian international Christine Latham, now working as a TV analyst, said prior to the Fox TV broadcast of the Canada-Swiss game that Moscato had told her there were problems in the camp.

Latham said Moscato was also concerned about Canada's choice of the starting 11.

Moscato rebutted the comments after practice Wednesday, saying Latham — while a friend — had misrepresented her words.

CFL, players to meet to strength drug policy

CFL, CFL Players' Association to meet to strength league's drug policy
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The CFL and CFL Players' Association will meet to strengthen the league's drug policy after it came under heavy criticism from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The league and union made the joint announcement Wednesday with neither saying when the meetings would begin.

"As I have said since the day I was appointed commissioner, we have an unwavering commitment to the health and safety of our players, and the integrity of our game," CFL commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said in a statement.

Alouettes ponder kicker change for CFL opener

Veteran Kicker Whyte may sit out as Alouettes open season against Redblacks
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Coach Tom Higgins provided a little mystery Wednesday for the Montreal Alouettes' season opener against the Ottawa Redblacks.

Higgins will wait until the last minute to decide whether to use rookie Boris Bede as his kicker or have him share duties with veteran Sean Whyte when the two teams meet Thursday night at Percival Molson Stadium.

Blackhawks feel like it's 2010 all over again

In salary-cap trouble, Blackhawks feel like it's 2010 all over again
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Five years later, Kevin Cheveldayoff still remembers the sleepless nights.

He was assistant general manager in Chicago and the Blackhawks were coming off a championship that came with consequences. They had to tear down what they had built.

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