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Craig Biggio 'kind of speechless' after Hall of Fame visit

Craig Biggio 'kind of speechless' after pre-induction tour of Baseball Hall of Fame
John Kekis, The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Craig Biggio was "kind of speechless" after completing his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"This is crazy!" Biggio said Friday, sitting in the Plaque Gallery of the hall. "I'm kind of speechless. It's an overwhelming feeling, incredible feeling. I don't know what to say right now."

That's understandable, given it's been less than a month since he was elected to the Hall of Fame. Perhaps it all hasn't quite sunk in yet.

Atomic Ant expected to soon join Toronto FC

Toronto FC heads to Florida stage of training camp wearing a broad smile
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto FC heads down to Florida this weekend wearing a broad smile.

Leaving snow and bitter cold for the Orlando sunshine is one reason for the happy face. But off the field, pieces have been falling into place for an MLS franchise still looking for a winning formula in its ninth season.

Polish international defender Damien Perquis and veteran French midfielder Benoit Cheyrou both joined the club this week, adding skill and big-league experience from Europe in key positions.

Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita has brain disorder

Family says Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita diagnosed with Lewy body dementia
Caryn Rousseau, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - The family of Stan Mikita said Friday that the Chicago Blackhawks Hall of Famer has been diagnosed with a suspected brain disorder and is "facing some serious health issues."

He "is currently under the care of compassionate and understanding care givers," his family said in a statement. They offered no other information on Mikita's condition other than noting that he may suffer from Lewy body dementia.

3-time Boston Marathon champ Jeptoo gets 2-year doping ban

Rita Jeptoo, winner of 3 Boston Marathons and 2 Chicago Marathons, gets 2-year doping ban
Mutwiri Mutuota, The Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya - Rita Jeptoo, a three-time winner of the Boston Marathon and two-time Chicago Marathon champion, was handed a two-year doping ban Friday in a case that has cast a shadow over Kenya's famed distance runners.

Jeptoo tested positive for the blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test last September, a few weeks before winning her second straight Chicago Marathon title. Both the "A'' and "B'' samples were positive.

Luis Figo names 5 European nominees for FIFA election bid

Luis Figo names 5 European nominees backing his FIFA presidential election bid against Blatter
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - Two would-be FIFA presidents stepped up campaigning on Friday after nominations closed to challenge Sepp Blatter for the most powerful job in world football.

Luis Figo identified the five national federations that formally nominated him, and FIFA Vice-President Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan pledged not to "dodge my responsibility" if elected to lead the scandal-hit governing body.

Olympic champ Zaripova faces losing gold in doping ban

Olympic steeplechase champ Zaripova banned for doping, faces losing 2012 Olympic gold
James Ellingworth, The Associated Press

MOSCOW - In the latest of a slew of Russian doping cases, Yulia Zaripova faces being stripped of her gold medal in the 3,000 steeplechase from the 2012 London Olympics after being banned for a drug violation.

The Russian anti-doping agency banned Zaripova on Friday for two years and six months. The suspension was backdated from July 2013, which leaves her eligible to compete in next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Canada's Humphries wins World Cup bronze

Canada's Humphries wins World Cup women's bobsled bronze in La Plagne
The Associated Press

LA PLAGNE, France - Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz won bronze Friday at the women's bobsled World Cup.

Humphries, who won Olympic gold last year in Sochi, and Lotholz, both from Calgary, finished 0.51 seconds behind Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Cherrelle Garrett.

Americans Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauryn Williams were 0.24 seconds back in second place. With the event also counting as the European championship, Anja Schneiderheinze and Franziska Bertels claimed the continental title after finishing fifth.

Pro wrestler cheats at Wing Bowl, hides food in fanny pack

Pro wrestler Mick Foley booted for cheating at Wing Bowl by hiding uneaten wings in fanny pack
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Professional wrestling star Mick Foley was ejected from the Wing Bowl eating contest Friday after stuffing uneaten chicken wings into a fanny pack.

People following the event on social media dubbed Foley's attempt at boosting his wing total "inflate gate," a play on the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots' deflated football controversy.

Massachusetts, Washington museums make Super Bowl bet

Massachusetts, Washington art museums wager valuable masterpieces on Super Bowl outcome
The Associated Press

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Seattle Art Museum and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, are wagering valuable pieces of artwork on Sunday's Super Bowl.

No, the loser won't give away a masterpiece — just a three-month loan. All shipping and expenses will also be paid by the losing museum.

If the New England Patriots win, the Seattle museum will loan Albert Bierstadt's 1870 landscape, "Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast" to the Clark.

Lack of goals is bewildering to reeling Leafs

Lack of goals during losing streak continues to bewilder reeling Leafs
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Under interim coach Peter Horachek, the Toronto Maple Leafs are a conundrum. The defensive inconsistency that cost Randy Carlyle his job is mostly gone, but at the same time the goals have disappeared.

"When you think about it, if you're playing better defensively and you're giving up less chances, you're thinking you're going to be in a better position," Horachek said.

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