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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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 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.
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 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.
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.