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Jets fans create site urging team to fire Idzik

Frustrated Jets fans create website urging team to fire GM John Idzik
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A few frustrated — and creative — New York Jets fans have created a website urging the team to fire general manager John Idzik just 24 games into his tenure.

FireJohnIdzik.com is a creation of a few season ticket holders as the Jets are off to a 1-7 start that includes seven straight losses. It highlights the "Idzik Hall of Shame," criticizing some of the GM's moves, such as signing Mike Goodson and Dimitri Patterson.

Mets strike back at ex-exec's discrimination suit

New York Mets say former team executive was fired justly; she said it was discrimination
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The New York Mets say a former top team executive was fired for legitimate business reasons despite her allegations she lost her job because she had a child without being married.

Team Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Wilpon made his argument on the club's behalf in court papers filed Friday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Cubs hire Maddon as manager, fire Renteria

Chicago Cubs hire Joe Maddon as manager, fire Rick Renteria
Andrew Seligman And Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball's best managers.

Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. But they just couldn't resist the lure of Maddon's sudden availability.

Maple Leafs say Joffrey Lupul has broken hand

Toronto Maple Leafs scratch left wing Joffrey Lupul at Columbus with a broken right hand
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without left wing Joffrey Lupul, who broke a bone in his right hand in a fall at practice on Thursday.

The team announced the injury shortly before the start of Friday night's game at Columbus.

Lupul, who has two goals and an assist in nine games this season, is out indefinitely, according to a post on the team's official Twitter account.

The 31-year-old Lupul has 186 goals and 202 assists in 609 games. He was third on the Maple Leafs last season with 22 goals.

OHL fines Wolves for coach's comments

OHL fines Sudbury Wolves after coach's expletive-filled media availability
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Sudbury Wolves were fined $7,500 by the Ontario Hockey League on Friday as a result of head coach Paul Fixter's comments during an expletive-filled media availability last week.

Fixter previously issued an apology for his actions following the Oct. 22 game between the Wolves and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds at the Essar Centre.

Clearly frustrated with his team's performance in a 7-2 loss that left Sudbury with a 1-10-0 record, Fixter offered curt replies to questions from reporters.

Eskimos could host West semi with win over BC

Eskimos looking to secure home playoff date in West semi with win over Lions
John Korobanik, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - This season's dynamic turnaround by the Edmonton Eskimos has them in the CFL playoffs and in position to secure second place in the West Division with a victory Saturday over the visiting B.C. Lions.

The Eskimos have gone from 4-14 in 2013 to 11-5 this year, but they know that securing that home playoff date for the West semifinal will not be an easy task against the Lions and their defence.

"It's going to be a big challenge," said running back John White, who missed Edmonton's first game against the Lions this season, a 27-20 win for B.C. in Week 1.

Mitchell, Cornish want work against Winnipeg

Stampeders Mitchell, Cornish want a lot of work against Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The leaders of the Calgary Stampeders offence insist they want to go the distance Saturday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Stampeders coach and general manager John Hufnagel would be excused if he shortened the games of quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and running back Jon Cornish.

With first place in the CFL and the West Division locked up two weeks ago and the division final on the horizon, how much sense does it make for the starting quarterback and the league's leading rusher to play deep into Saturday's game at McMahon Stadium?

Kids Line gets a chance to play in Ottawa

Hoffman, Lazar and Stone team up on so-called Kids Line for Senators
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - At various points this season, Ottawa rookies Mike Hoffman, Curtis Lazar and Mark Stone have spent time in the press box watching their teammates play.

All three are back on the ice now and they're making a good impression.

Already dubbed the "The Kids Line" after their debut performance as a trio Thursday, Stone scored the opening goal in a 5-4 shootout loss to Chicago and Lazar added an assist. It was a productive night for the Senators' freshmen, who combined for eight shots on goal and were used on the penalty kill as well.

Former Stampeder John Forzani dies at 67

Former Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman John Forzani dies at 67
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Calgary lost a prominent businessman while the Stampeders lost a former offensive lineman. But John Hufnagel lost a friend.

John Forzani, who spent six seasons with the CFL club and later built a chain of successful sporting goods stores, died Friday. He was 67.

The Stampeders confirmed Forzani's passing in a statement Friday morning. The Calgary native had been on life support in a California hospital after suffering a heart attack.

Giants players smile, mug for crowd during parade

San Francisco Giants players atop double-decker buses smile, mug for crowd during parade
Kristin J. Bender, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Under grey skies and a steady mist, tens of thousands of San Francisco Giants fans watched their favourite players take photos, wave and mug for the crowd from atop double-decker buses, as the team's victory parade wound through downtown on its way to City Hall.

Young girls with cellphones held high shrieked as shortstop Brandon Crawford rolled by.

"He's the best shortstop in the league," said Jessica Earnshaw, 17.

The San Jose high school senior snapped off several photos of Crawford.

"He's my favourite," she said. "By far."

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