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Humphries makes her four-man bobsled debut

Humphries, Meyers Taylor make World Cup debuts in four-man bobsled
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor entered the male world of four-man bobsled Saturday so they can have a race of their own in the future.

Canada's Humphries and Meyers Taylor of the U.S. made their World Cup debuts as four-man pilots Saturday in Calgary.

Humphries and Meyers Taylor drove all-male crews to 15th and 16th respectively in a field of 17 at Canada Olympic Park. A Latvian sled crashed in the first run and did not race the second heat.

Gardiner healthy scratch against Philadelphia

Jake Gardiner scratched from Toronto's lineup against Philadelphia
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner is a healthy scratch tonight as Toronto plays host to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The move comes a day after head coach Randy Carlyle described the 24-year-old's recent play as "very erratic".

It's the third time this season Gardiner has been left out of the lineup as he was a healthy scratch Oct. 12th and Oct. 14 in games against the New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche.

In 30 games this season Gardiner has two goals and eight points to go along with a team-worst minus-11 rating.

Sources: Doneil Henry headed to West Ham

Sources: Canadian defender Doneil Henry headed to West Ham pending work permit
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - It appears Canadian international defender Doneil Henry is getting his wish to play in Europe, only not in Cyprus as originally thought.

Two sources confirmed Saturday the 21-year-old from Brampton, Ont., is headed to West Ham United in the English Premier League, pending a work permit hearing Monday.

The move would cap a strange year for Henry, whose sale to a Cypriot club was shrouded in secrecy for months.

McDavid, Lazar expected to face Swedes

McDavid, Lazar expected to see action when Canadian juniors face Sweden
Dhiren Mahiban, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - It's only an exhibition game but the Canadian junior hockey team's contest versus Sweden on Sunday night could be a significant one for Connor McDavid and Curtis Lazar.

The two forwards are expected to make their Canadian team debuts at the Canadian Tire Centre.

McDavid, 17, hasn't played since suffering a broken right hand during an Ontario Hockey League game Nov. 11. McDavid admits he'll be trying to shake the rust.

Senators sign Paul to entry-level deal

Ottawa Senators sign forward Paul to three-year, entry-level contract
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators signed forward Nick Paul to a three-year entry-level contract Saturday.

Paul, 19, of Mississauga, Ont., is in his third season with the OHL's North Bay Battalion. He heads the team in goals (19) and points (34) with 28 penalty minutes in 27 games.

Paul went to Ottawa in the deal that sent Jason Spezza to the Dallas Stars on July 1.

The six-foot-three, 221-pound Paul will play for Canada in this year's world junior hockey championship, which will be held in Toronto and Montreal.

City wins to climb into tie with Chelsea

City moves into tie with Chelsea after sixth straight Premier League win
Tim Collings, The Associated Press

LONDON, England - David Silva scored twice as defending champion Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday to move into a tie with Chelsea atop the Premier League standings.

Playing without a recognized striker, City reeled off its sixth straight league win and eighth in all competitions, one short of the club record.

Ruble crisis threatens Kontinental Hockey League

Russian ruble crisis threatens Kontinental Hockey League clubs
James Ellingworth, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League saw itself as the oil-rich rival to the NHL, offering a tempting, if less prestigious, alternative to playing in North America.

As the league planned to expand as far as Britain, the money on offer even attracted Russian stars like Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov, who walked out on lucrative NHL deals to return home.

Then came the crash of the ruble this week.

Interim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls

Interim coaches, some with heavy hearts, challenged to keep their teams on track in bowl games
Eric Olson, The Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. - Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska's interim head coach.

He wants to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of maintaining a business-as-usual atmosphere in the wake of Bo Pelini's firing. He vows to make sure the players have the best experience possible at the Holiday Bowl.

Stevenson defends WBC belt with KO win

Canada's Stevenson KOs Sukhotsky in fifth to defend WBC light heavyweight belt
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - Canada's Adonis Stevenson says he is ready to take on anyone in the light heavyweight division.

The Montreal fighter, who some have accused of ducking big fights, took care of business Friday night with a fifth-round knockout of quirky Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky to retain his World Boxing Council title and set up what could be much bigger bouts in 2015.

Former Blue Bomber, Argo Dick Thornton dies

Former Blue Bomber, Argo Dick Thornton dies at age 75
The Canadian Press

Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Toronto Argonaut (Tricky) Dick Thornton, who won two Grey Cups with Winnipeg in the 1960s, has died at age 75.

The Argonauts confirmed the news on Friday night.

Thornton, who played as a defensive back, wide receiver, quarterback and running back, was part of the Blue Bombers' Grey Cup winning teams in 1961 and 1962 and made it to the CFL championship game with Winnipeg in 1965 and again with Toronto in 1971.

He was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.

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