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Ottawa attack still weighing on Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs try to get back to work after being caught up in Ottawa shooting
Dhiren Mahiban, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Twenty-four hours after being caught up in Wednesday's shooting at Parliament Hill, the Toronto Maple Leafs were back on the ice at their practice facility trying to get back to the business of playing hockey.

However, following an hour-plus on-ice workout on Thursday, it was clear the attack that saw 24-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo lose his life was still weighing heavy on the players' minds.

Jermain Defoe shares his frustration

Jermain Defoe shares frustration over injuries and questions about his commitment
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Unable to do his talking on the pitch, a frustrated Jermain Defoe did some venting Thursday.

The Toronto FC star said he may have to undergo an operation because of the persistent groin injury that has kept him out of 10 of the last 14 games. And the 32-year-old England striker says he is upset that some have questioned both his commitment to the club and whether he is really injured.

Bombers erect statue to coach Bud Grant

Blue Bombers erect statue to legendary CFL and NFL coach Bud Grant
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Bud Grant, a coaching legend in both the CFL and NFL, was honoured Thursday with a bronze statue outside the main entrance to Investors Group Field, the home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Grant coached the Bombers for 10 seasons starting in 1957, took them to six Grey Cups and won four.

He then coached the NFL's Minnesota Vikings for 18 seasons, including four Super Bowl appearances.

He had a combined regular-season coaching record of 260-152-7 and is one of the most successful professional football coaches of all time.

2K returns to hockey with new mobile title

2K returns to hockey with new mobile title, Ryan Kesler back on the cover
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

After a four-year absence, NHL 2K is back and looking to fill a void in the hockey game mobile market.

The title has been in hiatus since "NHL 2K11," which was available for the Wii and iOS.

"It's just a good time to be out there because I think the market is starved," Chris Snyder, 2K's vice-president of marketing, said in an interview. "It needs a hockey sim in a bad way."

Foley closing in on personal sacks record

Riders defensive end Ricky Foley closing in on personal sacks record
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

Ricky Foley is back among the CFL's elite pass rushers.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders' veteran defensive end is fifth overall in sacks with 11, just one off his career-best. Foley, 32, of Courtice, Ont., was named the league's top Canadian in 2009 when he recorded a CFL-high 12 sacks while with the B.C. Lions.

Roy hoping to break out of early slump

Chicoutimi Saguenees forward Nicolas Roy looks to break out of early slump
Jamie Ross, The Canadian Press

Nicolas Roy grew up in the quiet, rural town of Amos, Que., population 12,800. A small community along the banks of the Harricana River, just north of Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d'Or, it's a place where a kid can experience a normal and relatively anonymous Canadian upbringing, far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

The town's characteristics very much embody the personality of the 17-year-old Chicoutimi Sagueneens forward: reserved, quiet and modest.

Pistorius, agent to have prison talks over career

Pistorius agent seeks prison meeting over career, Olympic body says ineligible for 5 years
Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

Oscar Pistorius' agent is seeking a prison meeting with the double-amputee athlete in the next few days to discuss his career, with South Africa's Olympic committee saying Thursday the runner can't compete for the full five years of his jail sentence.

Freestyle up, skeleton way down in OTP money

Freestyle up, skeleton way down in Own the Podium money this winter
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The Canadian freestyle skiing program is getting a significant bump in Own The Podium funding this winter, while money for skeleton has been slashed almost to the bone.

Own The Podium doles out federal government money based on a sport federation's ability to produce Olympic medallists.

Freestyle skiers led Canada's medal haul at this year's Winter Olympics with seven, including three gold.

Leafs vs Senators game rescheduled

NHL game postponed due to Parliament Hill attack rescheduled for November
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs that was postponed because of Wednesday's shooting on Parliament Hill has been rescheduled for Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. at Canadian Tire Centre.

The game originally scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed by the NHL after the attack in Ottawa.

A Canadian Forces soldier at the National War Memorial was killed by a masked gunman, who then moved up the street to launch an attack on nearby Parliament Hill.

Bouchard out of WTA Finals after third loss

Bouchard's season comes to an end after third straight loss at WTA Finals
The Canadian Press

SINGAPORE - Eugenie Bouchard's brilliant season on the WTA Tour came to an anticlimactic end.

Bouchard was defeated 6-1, 6-1 by Serena Williams on Thursday, eliminating her from semifinal contention at the season-ending WTA Finals.

The native of Westmount, Que., struggled at the prestigious tournament, failing to win a set in three straight losses against Simona Halep, Ana Ivanovic and Williams.

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