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Benn leads Dallas Stars over Flames

Jamie Benn leads Dallas Stars in 2-1 win over Calgary Flames
Darren Haynes, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Jamie Benn provided the Dallas Stars with all the offence they would need on Friday night.

Benn scored his ninth goal of the season and set up the other as the Dallas Stars edged Calgary 2-1 to hand the Flames their seventh-straight loss.

"We wanted to play good team defence and take advantage of their mistakes. I don't think we wanted to go run-and-gun with them," said Benn. "They're kind of a desperate team right now and that's a dangerous team. I thought we did a pretty good job."

Hutchinson leads Jets to win over Bruins

Backup goaltender Hutchinson makes 30 saves to helps Jets past Bruins
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Michael Hutchinson enjoyed the view from his crease, rather than the bench, as the Winnipeg Jets battled the Boston Bruins on Friday.

Winnipeg's backup goalie got the start against the team that drafted him and only faced four shots in the first period, but later made some key saves on the way to the Jets' 2-1 victory.

Mathieu Perreault scored the winning goal with 23 seconds left in the second period, a tipped shot that was originally credited to Dustin Byfuglien.

AP sources: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year agreement

Several people familiar with deal to AP: Umpires, MLB reach agreement on 5-year labour contract
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labour contract.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because both sides still need to ratify the deal next month.

The previous five-year agreement was set to expire on Dec. 31.

Representatives of the World Umpires Association and owners met this week in New York to discuss the new contract.

Top line excels for Canada against Russia

Top line of Domi, Reinhart and Duclair excels for Canada against Russia
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The top line of Max Domi, Sam Reinhart and Anthony Duclair showed off some flashes of brilliance as Canada's world junior team dominated the play against Russia in its first exhibition game Friday night.

A 2-1 overtime loss was the end result, but outshooting Russia 53-20 left Canada's players and coaches feeling good about this first impression. Nothing was better than the play of the first line.

Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss

Valanciunas scores 17 as Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss, 110-100
The Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Toronto Raptors felt right at home at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday night.

The Raptors overcame a slow start to pull away in the second half and beat Detroit 110-100 on a night the Pistons' home arena was dominated by Canadian flags and chants of "We The North" and "Let's Go Raptors."

Hoffman leads Senators in win over Ducks

Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa Senators in 6-2 win over Anaheim Ducks
Darren Desaulniers, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris seem to have found their touch again — and that's good news for the Ottawa Senators.

Hoffman, who had one goal in his last 15 games before Friday, scored twice to lead the Senators in a 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Turris, who had just two goals in his previous 10 outings — both of them on Wednesday — added a goal and an assist on Friday as Ottawa recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since early November.

Latvians win World Cup bobsled in Calgary

Melbardis pilots Latvia to two-man World Cup bobsled win in Calgary
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Latvian pilot Oskars Melbardis made the race for the two-man bobsled World Cup crown a tight one early this season.

Melbardis and brakeman Daumants Dreiskens won Friday at Canada Olympic Park in a two-run time of one minute 49.60 seconds.

The Latvians moved into a tie atop the overall standings with Francesco Friedrich and Martin Grothkopp of Germany, who were second and just three-hundredths of a second behind the winners.

B.C. Lions name Jeff Tedford head coach

B.C. Lions come to terms with Jeff Tedford to take over as club's coach
Monte Stewart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Jeff Tedford has returned to the CFL.

Tedford, who played six seasons as a quarterback from 1983-'88 with Hamilton, Calgary, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg, was named head coach of the B.C. Lions Friday.

He replaces Mike Benevides in the position. Benevides was fired following B.C.'s 50-17 loss to the Montreal Alouettes in the East Division semifinal.

Tedford, 53, previously worked as an assistant under Lions general manager Wally Buono in Calgary from 1989-'91.

Canada's Vathje wins skeleton World Cup gold

Canada's Elisabeth Vathje wins World Cup skeleton gold on home track
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Elisabeth Vathje's strong start in World Cup skeleton turned torrid as she won her first gold medal in just her second race.

The 20-year-old Calgarian was the fastest woman down her home track Friday at Canada Olympic Park. She earned a silver medal last week in her World Cup debut in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Vathje stood up in the track's outrun, danced a little jig and hugged her boyfriend Donovan Klassen after completing her second run Friday.

2 Armstrong associates settle lawsuit with Landis

2 Lance Armstrong associates settle whistleblower lawsuit by Floyd Landis for $500,000
The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas - Two of Lance Armstrong's longtime business partners have agreed to pay the federal government $500,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis.

Notice of the agreement with Bill Stapleton, Armstrong's longtime agent, and Bart Knaggs, one of Armstrong's business partners, was filed this week in federal court documents. They also have agreed to pay Landis' attorney, Paul Scott, $100,000.

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