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New-look Homan rink still a team to beat

Reigning Scotties champion Rachel Homan ready to build on success
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Canadian skip Rachel Homan capped an eventful quadrennial with a season marked by highs, lows and the departure of a longtime teammate and veteran coach.

The core of the national champion rink has returned with new addition Joanne Courtney in the lineup, providing some fresh energy for a team with a new long-term goal of qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Jets' Clitsome says shooting close to home

Jets' forward Grant Clitsome says Ottawa shooting came close to home
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Jets defenceman and Ottawa native Grant Clitsome says Wednesday's shootings in Ottawa hit close to home.

"My friends and family working downtown and being in the lockdown, scary stuff," he said Thursday.

He had trouble getting through to anyone in the area during the lockdown, but kept trying.

"I did get hold of my dad and they were in complete lockdown, elevators, stairwells were all locked down. They were just told to stay in their office."

World Series TV ratings increase from Game 1 to 2

Game 2 of World Series stays close deeper into night, boosting television ratings
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Game 2 of the World Series stayed close deeper into the night, boosting television ratings.

The 12.9 million viewers Wednesday on Fox for the Kansas City Royals' 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants were an increase of 6 per cent from Game 1. The 7.9 rating with a 14 share was still the second-lowest ever for a Game 2. The Giants' 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers in 2012 drew a 7.8/12.

Kane could return to Jets lineup soon

Jets coach says Evander Kane recovering and could be skating again soon
Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - As they prepare to fight for their second home win of the season, the Winnipeg Jets and their struggling offence can look forward to Evander Kane returning to the lineup sometime soon.

The Jets (2-4-0) host the Tampa Bay Lightning (4-2-1) Friday night. While they won't have Kane back that soon, head coach Paul Maurice said Thusday his sniper should be back in practice soon.

Whitlock hopes to rebound from injuries

Masters running star Ed Whitlock believes he'll rebound from injury woes
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Ed Whitlock has been such a fixture at Evergreen Cemetery in Milton, Ont., its caretakers must wonder where the distance runner has disappeared to.

The 83-year-old multi world record-holder is battling injuries, and hasn't been out to the old cemetery — his favourite running spot — in months. But Whitlock is hopeful the bad hip and shoulder that have stalled his career won't slow him down for good.

Redblacks hope to play spoiler against Als

Long out of the playoff picture, Redblacks hope to play spoiler against Als
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Redblacks' playoff hopes were dashed a long time ago, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't like to make someone else's life a little more difficult.

The Redblacks (2-13) host Montreal (7-8) Friday night at TD Place and would love to make the Alouettes road to an East Division title a lot tougher.

Montreal is currently tied with Hamilton (7-8) for the lead in the East.

Ottawa attack still weighing on Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs try to get back to work after being caught up in Ottawa shooting
Dhiren Mahiban, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Twenty-four hours after being caught up in Wednesday's shooting at Parliament Hill, the Toronto Maple Leafs were back on the ice at their practice facility trying to get back to the business of playing hockey.

However, following an hour-plus on-ice workout on Thursday, it was clear the attack that saw 24-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo lose his life was still weighing heavy on the players' minds.

Jermain Defoe shares his frustration

Jermain Defoe shares frustration over injuries and questions about his commitment
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Unable to do his talking on the pitch, a frustrated Jermain Defoe did some venting Thursday.

The Toronto FC star said he may have to undergo an operation because of the persistent groin injury that has kept him out of 10 of the last 14 games. And the 32-year-old England striker says he is upset that some have questioned both his commitment to the club and whether he is really injured.

Bombers erect statue to coach Bud Grant

Blue Bombers erect statue to legendary CFL and NFL coach Bud Grant
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Bud Grant, a coaching legend in both the CFL and NFL, was honoured Thursday with a bronze statue outside the main entrance to Investors Group Field, the home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Grant coached the Bombers for 10 seasons starting in 1957, took them to six Grey Cups and won four.

He then coached the NFL's Minnesota Vikings for 18 seasons, including four Super Bowl appearances.

He had a combined regular-season coaching record of 260-152-7 and is one of the most successful professional football coaches of all time.

2K returns to hockey with new mobile title

2K returns to hockey with new mobile title, Ryan Kesler back on the cover
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

After a four-year absence, NHL 2K is back and looking to fill a void in the hockey game mobile market.

The title has been in hiatus since "NHL 2K11," which was available for the Wii and iOS.

"It's just a good time to be out there because I think the market is starved," Chris Snyder, 2K's vice-president of marketing, said in an interview. "It needs a hockey sim in a bad way."

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