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New Blue Jacket Clarkson to miss 4-6 weeks with torn muscle

Welcome to the club: Jackets' David Clarkson fits in, will miss 4-6 weeks with torn muscle
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Blue Jackets right wing David Clarkson will miss four to six weeks with a torn oblique muscle suffered Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.

The injured-ravaged club has totalled 406 man-games lost to injury with 19 games remaining. Last season's total was 292.

The 30-year-old Clarkson was acquired Feb. 26 from Toronto for injured right wing Nathan Horton. He was scoreless in three games.

Impact rookie Porter beaming over goal

Impact rookie Porter wonders what he can do for an encore to game-winning goal
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Cameron Porter was still beaming a day after his winning goal in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The 21-year-old rookie, playing his first home game for the Montreal Impact, scored in the final seconds of added time to put the Impact through to the semifinals for the first time on Tuesday night.

The spectacular goal, off a Hail Mary-style pass from Calum Mallace, sent the 38,104 fans at Olympic Stadium into a frenzy as players piled on Porter while their stunned Mexican opponents Pachuca looked on in disbelief.

A-Rod singles in first at-bat following drug suspension

Alex Rodriguez singles in first at-bat in return from season-long drug suspension
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez returned to the New York Yankees after an absence of more than 17 months, lining a single into short left field in his first at-bat and going 1 for 2 with a walk in a 3-1 spring-training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Canadian short-trackers ready for worlds

Canadian short-track team ready for world championships after trying season
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - It's been a so-so year for Canada's short-track speedskating team by their lofty standards, but they hope to rectify that at next week's world championships in Moscow.

For coach Frederic Blackburn, this season has been about fixing shortcomings spotted when Canada was held to four medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, including only one gold to Charles Hamelin in the men's 1,500 metres.

Stroman full of confidence at spring training

Young Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman able to be himself at spring training
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

BRADENTON, Fla. - With six pitches in his repertoire including a newly minted sinker, Marcus Stroman has plenty of reasons to smile.

And with a year in the major leagues under his belt, the 23-year-old right-hander is finally able to be himself in the Blue Jays clubhouse.

"Last year being a young guy coming into your first spring training, you can't really be yourself," he said. "And I'm pretty flashy, I talk a lot. This year I'm able to do that."

MLS minimum: Playing for $36,000 with millionaire teammates

MLS minimum salary creates massive gap between stars and players making as low as $36,000
Tim Booth, The Associated Press

TUKWILA, Wash. - Before he was in Major League Soccer, Zach Scott worked in accounting, as a coach and as a substitute teacher to pay the bills while he played in pro soccer's lower division.

Scott now plays before crowds of more than 60,000 fans in Seattle with Sounders teammate Clint Dempsey, who made $6.7 million last year. Scott has started 67 games in six MLS seasons, yet he has never made more than $52,500 a year.

Prosecutors can't bring up Florida shooting in ex-NFLer case

Judge: Evidence in Florida shooting still not allowed in murder trial of Aaron Hernandez
Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Prosecutors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will not be allowed to introduce evidence about the shooting of a Hernandez friend in Florida a few months before the killing, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Hernandez is on trial for the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Report: Mets' Murphy says he disagrees with gay 'lifestyle'

Report: Mets' Daniel Murphy says he disagrees with gay 'lifestyle'
The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. - Mets infielder Daniel Murphy says he disagrees with the "lifestyle" of people who are gay.

The Mets hosted Billy Bean, a former major leaguer who came out after retiring and is MLB's first ambassador for inclusion, to talk at spring training. Murphy spoke to NJ Advance Media afterward.

"I disagree with his lifestyle," he told NJ.com (http://bit.ly/18jWTuA). "I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual."

ESPN returns to NHL after awarded 2016 World Cup TV rights

ESPN gets new foothold in NHL after awarded US rights to broadcast 2016 World Cup of Hockey
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

Professional pucks will be back on ESPN.

The cable TV giant regained a foothold with the NHL on Wednesday when it was awarded the U.S. rights to broadcast the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The NHL and NHL Players' Association, who are overseeing the eight-team international tournament, jointly announced the decision. ESPN was selected ahead of NBC Sports Group, which is in the midst of a 10-year contract to broadcast NHL regular-season and playoff games through 2020-21.

COC's Aubut says Rio preparations on target

COC president says Rio preparations on target, despite reports of pollution
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

Amid reports of severe pollution and thousands of dead fish at the sailing venue for the 2016 Rio Olympics, Marcel Aubut says he is "absolutely confident" that preparations for next summer's Games are on schedule.

Aubut and several COC staff members, along with Canada's chef de mission Jean-Luc Brassard, are in Rio this week to visit venues, and the group is encouraged by the Games progress, according to Aubut.

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