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Two medals for Canada at World Cup ski cross

Thompson and Del Bosco win silver medals at World Cup ski cross event
The Associated Press

ALPE D'HUEZ, France - Canadians Marielle Thompson and Christopher Del Bosco won silver medals at a World Cup ski cross event Wednesday.

Sanna Luedi of Switzerland earned her first World Cup victory in the women's final to top the ski cross standings. Thompson, from Whistler, B.C., was second and Andrea Limbacher of Austria finished third.

World champion Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B.C., placed fourth.

Penn State president to face alumni

Penn State president Erickson to face alumni at town hall in Pittsburgh
Kevin Begos,Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Penn State University president Rodney Erickson faces a crowd of alumni Wednesday in Pittsburgh, some of whom aren't happy about the way the school handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, the firing of football coach Joe Paterno and a lack of transparency over the case.

Erickson is attempting to repair the school's image with alumni, faculty, staff, and students, more than two months since Sandusky was arrested, bringing with it controversy, criticism and contemplation.

Dalembert remembers horror of quake

Two years later, Canadian Samuel Dalembert aids in rebuilding effort in Haiti
Chris Duncan, The Associated Press

HOUSTON - Samuel Dalembert stepped off the plane and barely recognized the land where he grew up.

Two frantic days after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake rumbled across his native Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the veteran NBA centre from Montreal returned to the Caribbean nation and could hardly absorb the chaos and horror.

Victims missing limbs lying helplessly in the littered streets. Children covered in blood, screaming for their parents. Buildings pulverized and homes crushed into twisted piles of rubble.

Roddick, Raonic, Tsonga lose at Kooyong

Roddick, Tsonga and Canadian Raonic all lose at Kooyong Classic warmup event
The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Weekend winners Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Canadian Milos Raonic lost their opening matches Wednesday at the invitational Kooyong Classic, a tuneup for next week's Australian Open.

Raonic dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision to Mardy Fish, who had some mixed performances as part of the U.S. team at the Hopman Cup last week.

"It's been a long time since I've really felt 100 per cent healthy, which I do now," said Fish, who finished in the top 10 for the first time last season. "And now I just need the matches and I need to get going again."

Doctors to examine ex-Notre Dame coach

Doctors to evaluate mental status of former Notre Dame assistant Brown
Tom Coyne, The Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A northern Indiana judge has appointed a psychiatrist and a psychologist to evaluate the mental status of a former Notre Dame assistant football coach accused of striking his wife and holding her hostage in their home.

Corwin Brown's family has said they believe his actions leading to a seven-hour standoff with police last August might stem from brain trauma he suffered while playing college and pro football.

AP sources: Protest mars Contador case at CAS

People close to case tell AP that lawyers complain of bias for Contador at CAS hearing
John Leicester, The Associated Press

PARIS - Lawyers working to prove that Alberto Contador doped at the 2010 Tour de France came "very close" to walking out in protest at his hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, The Associated Press has learned.

The attorneys are upset over the silencing of testimony and the conduct of judges, including one with connections to Contador's home country, Spain, according to people directly involved in the case.

NBA Roundup: Bryant leads Lakers over Suns

NBA Roundup: Kobe Bryant scores 48 points, Lakers beat Suns 99-83
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Kobe Bryant scored 48 points — his fifth straight game with 25 or more — and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns 99-83 Tuesday night to win their seventh straight at home and third in a row overall.

Bryant, the NBA's leading scorer, topped the 40-point mark for the first time this season, the first in the league to do so. He was 18 of 31 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws. Pau Gasol added 16 points and 12 rebounds.

NHL Roundup: Red-hot Rangers win again

NHL Roundup: Stepan's SO goal leads Rangers to 10th win in last 11 games
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Derek Stepan's goal in the sixth round of a shootout lifted the New York Rangers past the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Stepan beat Mike Smith high to the glove side before Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped Coyotes captain Shane Doan to secure the win.

The Rangers, who won for the 10th time in 11 games, improved to 27-9-4 for an NHL-high 58 points and their best start since 1993-94, when they won the Stanley Cup. New York won its fifth straight overall and improved to 13-3-2 at home.

Tuesday's Scoreboard

Tuesday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Tuesday's Scores

NHL

Calgary 6 New Jersey 3

Toronto 2 Buffalo 0

Ottawa 5 Pittsburgh 1

Vancouver 5 Tampa Bay 4 (SO)

Boston 5 Winnipeg 3

St. Louis 3 Montreal 0

N.Y. Islanders 5 Detroit 1

N.Y. Rangers 2 Phoenix 1 (SO)

Philadelphia 2 Carolina 1

Minnesota 5 San Jose 4 (SO)

Chicago 5 Columbus 2

Nashville 4 Colorado 1

Anaheim 5 Dallas 2

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AHL

Toronto 4 St. John’s 2

Abbotsford 5 San Antonio 0

Canadian freestyle skier Burke in coma

Top Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke injured on superpipe, in coma
The Canadian Press

SALT LAKE CITY - Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was in a coma after suffering a serious injury while training on a superpipe Tuesday.

Burke, a halfpipe pioneer who lobbied tirelessly to get her sport included in the Winter Olympics, was airlifted from Park City, Utah to a Salt Lake City hospital after crashing at the end of a training run.

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