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Winnipeg Blue Bombers fire Etcheverry

Winnipeg Blue Bombers fire defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers fired defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry on Wednesday.

He spent less than one year in the position. The Blue Bombers missed the playoffs after finishing last in the CFL West Division standings with a 7-11 record.

"Obviously a decision like this is a very difficult one to make on many levels," head coach Mike O'Shea said in a release. "The reality of the situation is such that we simply weren't good enough on the defensive side of the football this season, and felt that we needed to go in a different direction in this regard.

AP sources: NFL employees turn over phone, email records

AP sources: Investigators search calls, emails for nearly 500 NFL employees; report this month
Rob Maaddi, The Associated Press

Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation won't be made public until former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III releases his report. The report is expected to be completed this month, one of the sources said.

Indian boxer banned 1 year for refusing medal

Indian female boxer Sarita Devi banned for 1 year for refusing to accept medal at Asian Games
The Associated Press

NEW DELHI - The Indian female boxer who refused to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games was banned for one year.

World governing body AIBA backdated the ban on Sarita Devi to the day of the incident, Oct. 1, Boxing India said on Wednesday.

It was a lighter-than-expected penalty, given that AIBA president CK Wu told The Associated Press last month the boxer would be "heavily punished."

Boxing India president Sandeep Jajodia said it worked hard for Devi.

Matsui to team up with Jeter for baseball charity in Japan

Hideki Matsui will team up with former Yankees teammate Derek Jeter for charity in Japan
Jim Armstrong, The Associated Press

TOKYO - Hideki Matsui will team up with former New York Yankees teammate Derek Jeter to hold a baseball charity event in support children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, attended a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday to promote the event on March 21 at Tokyo Dome.

Rick Nash powers Rangers past Flames 5-2

Rick Nash's two-goal night powers New York Rangers past Calgary Flames 5-2
Darren Haynes, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Rick Nash's bounce-back season continued Tuesday night, along with the New York Rangers winning streak.

Nash scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames for their fourth-straight win.

Coyotes pull out 2-1 win over Oilers in OT

Ekman-Larsson scores in overtime, Coyotes beat Oilers 2-1 to end 9-game home losing streak
John Marshall, The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Oliver Ekman-Larsson looked up in overtime and saw 15 seconds on the clock, but lost track after a couple of turnovers.

Knowing he had to hurry, Ekman-Larsson whipped a shot at the net, hoping it was in time.

It was, just barely, ending Arizona's team-record home losing streak in the process.

Bucks F Parker out for season with knee injury

Bucks rookie Jabari Parker out for season after tearing ACL in left knee
Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - Bucks rookie Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Monday night's 96-94 win at Phoenix.

The team said late Tuesday night that Parker will have surgery after tests revealed the extent of the injury.

The 19-year-old Parker was hurt when he took an awkward step before colliding with the Suns' P.J. Tucker. It's a huge blow for a rebuilding franchise off to a good start under new coach Jason Kidd.

Panthers outlast Capitals in longest NHL shootout

Panthers outlast Capitals in longest NHL shootout when Nick Bjugstad scores in 20th round
Paul Gereffi, The Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. - Nick Bjugstad took a deep breath before his second attempt in the longest shootout in NHL history.

And when he finally exhaled and scored, the Florida Panthers had outlasted the Washington Capitals in a whopping 20 rounds.

"I've never seen anything like that," Florida goalie Roberto Luongo said.

Scheifele's three-point night gives Jets a win

Mark Scheifele's three-point night gives Jets a 5-1 win over Sabres
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Mark Scheifele laughed as he described how his Winnipeg Jets teammates tried to help him score a hat trick on Tuesday night.

Instead, the second-year centre scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Jets halted the Buffalo Sabres' four-game winning streak with a 5-1 victory.

Bernier solid in Leafs' 6-2 win over Ducks

Bernier solid in goal as Leafs down Ducks 6-2 for sixth straight victory
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Jonathan Bernier extended one streak Tuesday night while halting another.

Bernier stopped 40 shots in leading Toronto to a 6-2 decision over Anaheim before an energetic Air Canada Centre gathering of 18,932. Bernier anchored the Maple Leafs' sixth straight victory and was instrumental in halting the Ducks' eight-game win streak.

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