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Sources: Prince interested in CFL's top post

Sources: Former CFL exec Prince throws hat in ring for commissioner's job
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Skip Prince has thrown his hat into the ring to be the next CFL commissioner.

The Canadian Press has learned the former Montreal Alouettes executive has expressed an interest in the CFL's top job. Two league sources said Thursday that Prince has contacted the search committee mandated with finding commissioner Mark Cohon's successor.

Vathje makes mark early in World Cup skeleton

Elisabeth Vathje gives Canadian skeleton team a needed star slider
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Elisabeth Vathje may have hit a triple in her first at-bat in skeleton's big leagues, but the slider is hardly an overnight success.

Skeleton, and its sporting relative bobsled, commonly draw athletes later in their lives from track and field and other explosive sports.

Vathje (pronounced VAT-chee) is unique in that she began sliding head first on a sled at 14.

Balotelli suspended 1 match for social media post

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli suspended for 1 match for racially offensive social media post
The Associated Press

LONDON - Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli has been suspended for one game and fined 25,000 pounds ($39,000) by the governing body of English soccer for making a racially offensive online post.

The Football Association said Friday that Balotelli also has been ordered to attend an education program for the "aggravated breach" of its rules.

Tiger-Cats re-sign defensive end Norwood

Tiger-Cats sign defensive end Norwood to extension through 2016 season
The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed international defensive end Eric Norwood to a contract extension through the 2016 season.

Norwood finished the 2014 regular season tied for second in the CFL with a career-high 13 sacks.

He added 48 defensive tackles and two forced fumbles en route to being named an East Division all-star.

Stevenson vows not to look past Sukhotsky

Stevenson vows to focus on Sukhotsky, even though bigger bout awaits in 2015
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

The challenge awaiting Canada's Adonis Stevenson at the Pepsi Colisee is not just opponent Dmitry Sukhotsky, but the distraction of a bigger fight waiting down the road.

Stevenson (24-1), the power punching lefthander from Montreal, will make the fourth defence of his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title on Friday night against little-known Sukhotsky (22-2). The fight is to be shown on the Showtime specialty channel in the U.S.

If he keeps his focus, Stevenson should win.

And a win would put him into what should be the top fight in the division in 2015.

FIFA meets amid crisis over Garcia's resignation

A day after ethics prosecutor resigns, FIFA meets amid crisis on squashed probe
John Leicester, The Associated Press

MARRAKECH, Morocco - Amid another crisis at FIFA, President Sepp Blatter and his executive committee opened a two-day meeting Thursday to discuss the sudden resignation of ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia and whether to publish his confidential World Cup report.

A look at 10 memorable Canadian sports stories

A look back at 10 memorable Canadian sports stories from 2014
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

There were some golden moments, a number of surprises and some unforgettable magic across the sports world in 2014. Here's a look back at 10 memorable Canadian stories:

GRAND SEASON

Eugenie Bouchard showed she had arrived on the women's tennis scene by reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open last January. The young Canadian star proved it was no fluke a few months later by making the final four at the French Open.

Arsenal's top-4 consistency a target for Liverpool

Struggling to rejoin elite, Liverpool hosts an Arsenal side used to overcoming blips in season
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - However many blips and bumps Arsenal endures through the season one outcome is a constant: finishing in the Premier League's top four.

Arsenal has spent 17 consecutive seasons among the elite, ensuring itself of a place in the Champions League year after year. Fans might be frustrated by the shortage of silverware, but it's a level of predictable consistency Liverpool would accept now.

Two-speed labour system in Qatar for 2022 World Cup

To assuage critics, Qatar builds two-speed labour system of haves, have-nots for 2022 World Cup
John Leicester And Rob Harris, The Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar - Men crammed together, dozens to a room, on bunk beds so close they can reach over and shake hands.

Qatar, on paper at least, has rules that forbid such uncomfortable conditions for its massive workforce of migrant labourers. Yet this is how the government-owned transport company, which the Gulf nation will use to ferry visitors around the 2022 World Cup, has housed some of its workers.

Cycling chief seeks end of Dr. Ferrari's influence

AP Interview: Italian cycling federation chief asks authorities to end Dr. Ferrari's influence
Andrew Dampf, The Associated Press

ROME - Law enforcement authorities need to prevent banned physician Michele Ferrari from seeing riders and conclude his long-running stain on the sport, according to the president of the Italian Cycling Federation.

"It needs to be law enforcement and judicial officials that put an end to it," Renato Di Rocco told The Associated Press. "Unfortunately, teams don't have these means."

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