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Broadcasters propose FIFA election debate to Blatter, rivals

Blatter, 3 FIFA presidential election rivals asked to participate in TV debate by BBC, Sky
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Sepp Blatter and his three FIFA presidential election rivals have been invited to participate in a television debate by the BBC and Sky.

The London-based broadcasters have written to the candidates proposing a one-hour "fans' congress" live on their globally available channels, websites and Facebook ahead of the election in May.

Jets acquire Stempniak from Rangers

Jets acquire Lee Stempniak from Rangers in exchange for Carl Klingberg
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets made another move for their playoff run by acquiring winger Lee Stempniak from the New York Rangers for young forward Carl Klingberg on Sunday.

Stempniak, 32, joins his fourth team in two seasons and seventh of his NHL career.

The Buffalo, N.Y., native has nine goals and nine assists in 53 games this season, largely as a bottom-six player.

Stempniak provides more forward depth for a team in the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Flames trade Glencross to Capitals for picks

Flames trade winger Curtis Glencross to Capitals for draft picks
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Despite being in the playoff picture, the Calgary Flames traded pending-free-agent winger Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals for second- and third-round picks.

The 32-year-old found out he was dealt at the Flames' practice Sunday in Philadelphia.

"As tough as it is to say goodbye to everyone in Calgary and the fans — I've had such great support over the years — I'm excited for a new start," Glencross told reporters in Philadelphia prior to joining his new team in Washington.

Coutinho's curler earns Liverpool 2-1 win over Man City

Philippe Coutinho curls in late winner as Liverpool beats Man City 2-1 in Premier League
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

LIVERPOOL, England - Philippe Coutinho scored a late winner against Manchester City at Anfield for the second straight season as Liverpool won 2-1 on Sunday to dent the champions' chances of hauling in Premier League leader Chelsea.

The in-form Brazilian playmaker capped his latest impressive display by curling in a 25-meter shot in the 75th minute, adding another long-distance strike to his repertoire of recent stunning goals.

Blue Jays sign Viciedo to minor-league deal

Blue Jays sign former White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo to minor-league deal
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Taking another flyer, the Blue Jays signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor-league contract Sunday.

The 25-year-old Cuban, released by the White Sox in early February, will be given a chance to show he belongs somewhere on the depth chart.

Dickey, Buehrle to open Jays intrasquad game

R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle to open Blue Jays intrasquad game in Dunedin
The Canadian Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. - R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle will open on the mound Monday in the Blue Jays' intra-squad game.

The seven-inning game at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium serves as an appetizer for Toronto's start of Grapefruit League play Tuesday.

The Jays host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday and then visit Pittsburgh and Baltimore before hosting the Orioles on Friday.

Garnett buys 1,000 tickets for fans for next T-wolves game

Garnett shows appreciation for Wolves fans by buying 1,000 tickets for next game
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett has purchased 1,000 tickets to Minnesota's next game in appreciation of Timberwolves fans for their welcome of his return to the team.

The Timberwolves made the announcement on Sunday morning. They host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. The freebies courtesy of the 15-time All-Star power forward will be available on the team's website on Monday morning. The first 500 fans to claim them will get a pair of seats.

Flames claim Schlemko, put Giordano on IR

Flames claim defenceman Schlemko off waivers, put captain Giordano on IR
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames have claimed defenceman David Schlemko off waivers from the Dallas Stars and placed captain Mark Giordano on injured reserve with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Giordano, a front-runner to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman, was listed as out indefinitely several days ago.

With 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points, Giordano is tied with P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens for the league lead in points among defencemen.

Maple Leafs claim Erixon off waivers

Maple Leafs claim defenceman Tim Erixon off waivers from Blackhawks
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed well-travelled defenceman Tim Erixon off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Erixon, 24, was once considered a highly touted prospect but will be joining his fourth organization in under six years.

The left-handed-shooting blue-liner has one goal and 12 assists in 78 career NHL games, including a goal and five assists in 27 this season.

Erixon, a 2009 first-round pick of the Calgary Flames, is set to be a restricted free agent this summer.

Blatter concerned by Russian soccer racism before World Cup

Blatter concerned by extent of soccer racism in World Cup host Russia, says it's top of agenda
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland - FIFA President Sepp Blatter is concerned by a study that highlighted the scale of Russian soccer's racism problem ahead of the 2018 World Cup, warning there "must be some sanctions" if the extremism is not eradicated.

A report produced by the Fare network, an organization that combats discrimination in football, and the Moscow-based SOVA Center showed that Russia is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture.

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