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Australian batsman Hughes dies from head injury

Phillip Hughes dies 2 days after being hit on the head by a cricket ball during a match
Dennis Passa, The Associated Press

SYDNEY - Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match.

Australia captain Michael Clarke, trying to compose himself several times, read a brief statement on behalf of Hughes' parents, brother and sister at a news conference at St. Vincent's Hospital that was broadcast live around Australia.

Ramo makes 32 saves to lead Flames past Sharks 2-0

Ramo makes 32 saves, Hudler scores twice to lead Flames to 2-0 victory over Sharks
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Calgary Flames' ability to bounce back from tough losses is the biggest reason for their early-season turnaround.

Karri Ramo made 32 saves for his third career shutout and Jiri Hudler scored both goals to lead the Flames over the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Wednesday night.

Wednesday's Scoreboard

Wednesday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Wednesday's Games

NHL

Winnipeg 2 Buffalo 1

N.Y. Islanders 3 Washington 2 (OT)

Detroit 5 Philadelphia 2

Tampa Bay 4 N.Y. Rangers 3

Florida 1 Carolina 0

Pittsburgh 4 Toronto 3 (OT)

Los Angeles 4 Minnesota 0

Chicago 3 Colorado 2

Calgary 2 San Jose 0

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AHL

Hartford 4 Albany 3 (SO)

Adirondack 3 Toronto 2

Hershey 2 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 (SO)

Utica 5 Syracuse 4

Worcester at Portland, postponed

St. John's 4 Binghamton 3 (SO)

Lehigh Valley 3 Springfield 2

Cornish says every move he makes is planned

Student of the Game: Stamps' Cornish says every move he makes is planned
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Every single move Jon Cornish makes on a football field is planned.

A student of the game, the Calgary Stampeders running back almost effortlessly slices through defences, but each juke or spin that leaves a defender grabbing at air has been researched and studied, with a story of its own.

"The strongest memory is no match for the faintest ink," said Cornish. "People can think about things all they want. I have it written down so I can see exactly what I'm going to do.

Comeau's hat trick lifts Penguins over Toronto 4-3

Blake Comeau completes hat trick with OT winner as Penguins top Maple Leafs 4-3
Will Graves, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Blake Comeau spent his first two months in Pittsburgh getting shuffled from line to line as first-year coach Mike Johnston searched for the right fit.

Consider Comeau at home playing alongside Evgeni Malkin.

The well-travelled forward sent a slap shot past Jonathan Bernier 2:07 into overtime to complete his second career hat trick and lift the Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Sinclair leads Canada to draw against Sweden

Canada's Christine Sinclair scores to salvage 1-1 draw against Sweden
The Canadian Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Christine Sinclair had the tying goal as the Canadian women's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against Sweden in an international friendly on Wednesday.

Sinclair, from Burnaby, B.C., scored in the 73rd minute to salvage the tie.

Linda Sembrandt scored in the 57th minute for Sweden, which lost 1-0 to Canada on Tuesday.

"It was an important goal for our team," said Sinclair. "We wanted to get two results in a row against Sweden and we had quite a few chances tonight and it was nice to put one away when we needed it."

DeRozan, Williams lead Raptors to 6th straight win

Raptors beat Hawks, have won 11 of 12 to match best run in team history
George Henry, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - DeMar DeRozan loves when the Toronto Raptors have a balanced scoring attack.

"That's what it's going to take to win," he said. "Honestly, that's what it's all about."

DeRozan scored 27 points, Lou Williams added 22 and the Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-115 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.

Little, Frolik lead Jets to 2-1 win over Sabres

Bryan Little and Michael Frolik score for Jets in 2-1 win over Sabres
Nick Mendola, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec was ready for Buffalo's third-period charge.

After a quiet 40 minutes, Pavelec made nine of his 19 saves in the final period as the Jets held on to beat the Sabres 2-1 on Wednesday night.

"Every time the game is like that, something's coming," Pavelec said. "It's never like that for 60 minutes. The guys helped me in the first two periods, and it was up to me to help them in the third."

Austin, Hufnagel have CFL history together

Grey Cup coaches Kent Austin, John Hufnagel have CFL history together
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - They'll share the sidelines at B.C. Place as opponents Sunday, but Grey Cup head coaches Kent Austin and John Hufnagel have a CFL history together.

Austin began his CFL career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1987, when Hufnagel was a player-coach with the club. Austin went on to play 10 seasons with the Riders, B.C. Lions, Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, winning two Grey Cups ('89 with Riders, '94 with Lions) and passing for over 36,000 yards.

Ferguson protesters march at Hawks game

Peaceful, brief march during Hawks-Raptors game last 10 minutes, moves outside arena
George Henry, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Ten fans staged a peaceful protest of the Ferguson grand jury decision during the first half of Toronto's game at Atlanta.

Seven men and three women marched briskly through upper and lower levels of Phillips Arena on Wednesday night and shouted "Hands up! Don't shoot!" for 10 approximately minutes.

The NBA game was not disrupted during the march.

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