PARK CITY, Utah - Calgary's Sarah Reid captured a bronze medal Friday in a World Cup skeleton event.
The 26-year-old posted a two-run time of one minute 40.60 seconds to capture her sixth career medal.
"I had good training leading into the race and things went good so I'm happy with it," said Reid.
American Noelle Pikus-Pace claimed the gold medal in 1:39.54. Elizabeth Yarnold of Great Britain finished second in 1:40.22.
HOUSTON - Gary Kubiak pulled the Texans out of the NFL basement and remains the only coach to take them to the playoffs.
That wasn't enough to save his job, not with the Texans mired in an 11-game skid that has dropped them back to the bottom of the league.
COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - One of the worst finals in World Cup history — Spain vs. the Netherlands — will be reprised in one of the first games at the 2014 edition.
But Friday's draw proved kind, of sorts, for Brazil. The host nation should make short work of its Group A.
OTTAWA - Defenceman Marc Methot and the Ottawa Senators are hoping a visit from the Toronto Maple Leafs will be the cure to what ails them.
Ottawa has lost four straight at home and is desperate to find some much-needed consistency. The hope is an emotional, physical game with Toronto will help kick-start that.
"It's another divisional opponent and it's a big game for us," said Methot. "We always know what the atmosphere is against these guys so it's going to be interesting.
WINNIPEG - Jim Armstrong is comfortable heading into the 2014 Sochi Paralympics skipping the team to beat in curling.
Armstrong will lead a veteran wheelchair curling team to Russia. And just as Canada is a favourite in curling at the Olympics, so to will the squad representing this country in the sport at the Paralympics.
"I think as far as going in as a favourite, I would much prefer that as going in as a non-favourite," Armstrong said Friday at the Olympic Curling Trials in Winnipeg, where his team was introduced.
OTTAWA - Rick Campbell always aspired to be a CFL head coach but only in the right situation.
The ability to help build an expansion team from the ground up proved to be the right opportunity for the 42-year-old, who was hired Friday as the first head coach of the expansion Ottawa Redblacks.
The Redblacks are scheduled to begin play next season.
Campbell has spent 15 years coaching in the CFL but this will be his first as a head coach.
FUKUOKA, Japan - Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan brushed off a fall and merely increased his lead in beating three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada at the Grand Prix Final on Friday.
Hanyu, who had a 12-point lead after Thursday's short program, fell on his opening quad salchow but completed all of his other jumps, including seven triple jumps plus a quad toe loop in the free skate to eclipse Chan by 13 points.
TORONTO - Middleweight Elvis (The King) Mutapcic has waited for his shot at Jesse (JT Money) Taylor.
The two were slated to meet in September at a World Series of Fighting event (WSOF 5) in Atlantic City, only to have the New Jersey Athletic Control Board call off the bout at the last moment, citing pills seen in Mutapcic's locker-room.
The fighter explained it was a heart pill prescribed for his manager but the explanation did not suffice.
VANCOUVER - Daniel Sedin did not hesitate when asked whether he would like to see the B.C. Place Stadium roof open or closed for the NHL's Heritage Classic next March.
"Open, for sure," said Sedin after a news conference in which he and a couple of other Vancouver Canucks helped launch the marketing drive for the March 2 regular-season game against the Ottawa Senators.
The news conference coincided with the launch of ticket sales for the game, which were brisk. The regular-season game will give NHLers a rare chance to play a game in a stadium with a retractable roof.
Canadian freestyle aerials competitor Olivier Rochon's season is over.
The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association announced Friday that Rochon, 24, suffered a season-ending torn left anterior cruciate ligament that will prevent him from competing in the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February.
The resident of Gatineau, Que., suffered the injury Monday on a free run in Apex, B.C. According to the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association, Rochon lost his balance, hit a bump and then heard a pop in his knee.
"It was pure bad luck," Rochon said. "I will get through this.