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French tennis federation official banned for life

Tennis anti-corruption unit bans French official Lamri for life for gambling, other violations
Samuel Petrequin, The Associated Press

PARIS - A French chair umpire on the futures and challenger tours became the first official to be suspended for corruption by the Tennis Integrity Unit when he received a life ban on Tuesday.

The charges against 22-year-old Morgan Lamri breached four articles of the TIU's anti-corruption program in 2012 and 2013. These involve attempts to influence the outcome of an event, to "facilitate any player not to use his or her best efforts," and to "wager or attempt to wager" on the outcome of a match.

Tour de France 2016 to start in Manche

Tour de France 2016 to start near Mont-Saint-Michel
The Associated Press

PARIS - The 2016 Tour de France will return home for its "Grand Depart," starting in the wind-battered Manche region.

Manche, in northwestern France, has welcomed the Tour 23 times from 1911 to 2013, when an individual time trial was held between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel, one of the country's most famous tourist attraction.

Next year's race will begin in the Dutch City of Utrecht.

This year, it got underway in Yorkshire, where millions of spectators lined the windy roads of northern England.

German league chief tells Blatter to resign

German league chief Rauball tells FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign
The Associated Press

FRANKFURT - German league chief Reinhard Rauball says he called FIFA president Sepp Blatter to ask him to resign over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

"In contrast to others who just do it via the media, I personally called Mr. Blatter some time ago and urged him to resign," Rauball told this week's Kicker magazine.

Rauball did not say what Blatter's response was. He has been a vocal critic of Blatter on the issue of Qatar.

Forsett leads Ravens past Saints, 34-27

Justin Forsett runs for 182 yards, 2 TDs as Ravens send Saints to 3rd straight loss, 34-27
Brett Martel, The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - With a stutter step and shoulder fake to his right, Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett seemed to throw New Orleans' defence off balance for a moment.

That was all he needed to burst through a hole to his left and sprint 20 yards untouched for a game-sealing touchdown.

"The offensive line did a great job of making those lanes open for me," Forsett said. "I just tried to seize the moment."

Weiss scores 2 goals, Red Wings beat Senators 4-3

Stephen Weiss scores twice during 3-goal second period to help Red Wings top Senators 4-3
The Associated Press

DETROIT - Welcome back, Stephen Weiss.

Playing his second game this season after missing much of it with injuries, Weiss had a pair of rebound goals late in Detroit's three-goal second period to lift the Red Wings over the Ottawa Senators 4-3 Monday night.

Weiss scored just two goals last season before hernia surgery sidelined him and he matched that total after returning from a rehab stint with Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Monday's Scoreboard

Monday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Monday's Games


N.Y. Jets 38 Buffalo 3 at Detroit

Baltimore 34 New Orleans 27



Pittsburgh 3 Boston 2 (OT)

N.Y. Islanders 1 Philadelphia 0 (SO)

Detroit 4 Ottawa 3

Minnesota 4 Florida 1



Toronto 104 Phoenix 100

Portland 114 Philadelphia 104

L.A. Clippers 113 Charlotte 92

Cleveland 106 Orlando 74

Houston 91 New York 86

Indiana 111 Dallas 100

Chicago 97 Utah 95


Valanciunas has career night to lead Raptors

Jonas Valanciunas has career-high night to lift Raptors to 104-100 win over Suns
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The final nail-biting minute of the Toronto Raptors' win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday saw a couple of huge offensive rebounds and a Kyle Lowry steal that saw the point guard go sprawling to floor like a football player for the umpteenth time of the night.

It wasn't pretty, but it did the job. And it vaulted the Raptors into a tie with the Memphis Grizzlies for the best record in the NBA — 12-2.

"Again, we found a way," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

Bills rout Jets 38-3 in rescheduled game

Buffalo Bills dominate in Detroit, rout New York Jets 38-3 in rescheduled game
Noah Trister, The Associated Press

DETROIT - Scott Chandler capped an emotionally draining week with a celebration for the folks back home in Buffalo.

After catching a touchdown pass shortly before halftime, he began mimicking a shovelling motion, a nod to Bills fans who have spent the last few days digging out of several feet of snow.

Canada downs Sweden 1-0 in soccer friendly

Canadian senior women's team downs Sweden 1-0 in international soccer friendly
The Canadian Press

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Jonelle Filigno scored her 11th career goal for Canada in a 1-0 victory over Sweden on Monday in the first of two women's international soccer friendlies between the two nations.

Filigno scored late in the first half when she ran onto a through pass by Sophie Schmidt and beat Sweden goalkeeper Carola Soberg who tried running off the line, but in vain, to stop the attempt.

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz on Hall of Fame ballot

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot, joining Biggio
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 per cent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

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