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Defence admits Tsarnaev carried out Boston Marathon bombing

'It WAS him': Defence attorney admits Tsarnaev carried out Boston Marathon bombing
Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press

BOSTON - In a startling opening statement at the biggest U.S. terrorism trial in decades, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's own lawyer told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the Boston Marathon bombing.

"It WAS him," said defence attorney Judy Clarke, one of America's foremost death-penalty specialists.

Jays used baseball Down Under to hone skills

Blue Jays prospects head Down Under to hone their skills in winter ball
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. - A former collegiate football player, Anthony Alford is new to pro baseball. But the Blue Jays prospect has already taken his bat and glove Down Under.

Toronto minor leaguer Jack Murphy, meanwhile, is somewhat of a baseball celebrity in Australia.

While both are currently in spring training with the Jays, Alford and Murphy have used the Australian Baseball League to hone their skills playing winter ball for the Canberra Cavalry.

Gibson's Ducks shut down Montreal 3-1, take overall NHL lead

John Gibson makes 37 saves, and Anaheim Ducks take down Montreal 3-1 to claim overall NHL lead
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - John Gibson knew his Anaheim Ducks had every right to be exhausted late in their third game in three cities over four nights. The 21-year-old goalie also recognized the high stakes for Anaheim against the Montreal Canadiens.

So Gibson put the weary Ducks on his shoulders for yet another victory — and he even outplayed Carey Price to do it.

Wednesday's Scoreboard

Wednesday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Wednesday's Games


Anaheim 3 Montreal 1

Ottawa 3 Winnipeg 1

Detroit 2 N.Y. Rangers 1 (OT)

Colorado 3 Pittsburgh 1



Adirondack 5 Hamilton 4 (OT)

Charlotte 3 San Antonio 2 (SO)

Utica 3 Rochester 2 (SO)

Grand Rapids 7 Oklahoma City 1

Milwaukee 3 Lake Erie 0

Binghamton 4 Norfolk 1



Cleveland 120 Toronto 112

Phoenix 105 Orlando 100

Indiana 105 New York 82

Boston 85 Utah 84

Hammond, Senators beat Jets 3-1

Andrew Hammond stops 35 shots as Senators topple Jets 3-1
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Andrew Hammond added the Winnipeg Jets to his list of fallen foes.

The rookie Ottawa goaltender made 35 saves and Kyle Turris had a goal and assist as the Senators upset the Jets 3-1 on Wednesday.

The victory ended a five-game road trip for the Senators (28-23-11), who went 4-0-1 away from home and are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games.

"Unbelievable road trip," Turris said. "Hammy's standing on his head for us. I can't even explain how well he's playing. It's unbelievable."

Lowry-less Raptors lost 120-112 to Cavaliers

Valanciunas has 26 points, 11 boards in Raptors' 120-112 loss to Cavaliers
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Late in the third quarter Wednesday night, Jonas Valanciunas wrapped his arms around a basket-bound LeBron James, hauling the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar down to the floor.

The Air Canada Centre crowd loved it, and coach Dwane Casey, almost as much.

The Toronto Raptors would go on to lose 120-112 to the Cavs after erasing a 19-point deficit, but Casey said the fight his team showed Wednesday night was something to build on.

Chelsea maintains 5-point lead as top 5 all win in EPL

Chelsea beats West Ham 1-0 to maintain 5-point lead in Premier League as top 5 all win
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

Chelsea eked out a 1-0 victory at West Ham to stay five points clear in the Premier League on Wednesday, with the top five winning on a night English football held its breath after another player collapsed at White Hart Lane.

Eden Hazard headed in a first-half goal for Chelsea at Upton Park before the leaders rode their luck to stay on course for a second trophy this season to go alongside the League Cup they captured on Sunday.

Wiggins named NBA Western Conference rookie of the month

Canadian Andrew Wiggins named NBA Western Conference rookie of the month
The Canadian Press

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - Canadian Andrew Wiggins did it again.

The Minnesota Timberwolves forward was named NBA Western Conference rookie of the month for February— the fourth straight month the Vaughan, Ont. native has received the accolade.

The six-foot-eight, 199-pound Wiggins led all rookies in scoring at 16.8 points per game. He shot 45.7 per cent from the field and averaged 4.8 rebounds.

Sportsnet, TVA, ESPN to broadcast World Cup

Sportsnet and TVA to broadcast World Cup of Hockey in Canada, ESPN in U.S.
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

Sportsnet and TVA are staying with the NHL to broadcast the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Canada, and ESPN is getting back together with the league to show the event in the United States.

Injury taught Argo Durie painful lesson

Clavicle injuries taught veteran Argos slotback Durie painful lesson
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Andre Durie is an athlete again.

The Toronto Argonauts veteran slotback is back training after enduring an injury-plagued 2014 campaign. The 33-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native twice broke his right clavicle, limiting him to just 19 catches for 214 yards and a TD after recording career highs in receptions (92) and yards (986) the year before.

The five-foot-10, 199-pound Durie received medical clearance in January and has experienced no setbacks.

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