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Rooney leads Man United past Sunderland

Wayne Rooney scores twice as Manchester United defeats Sunderland
The Associated Press

LONDON - Manchester United rode its luck Saturday as England captain Wayne Rooney scored twice in a 2-0 win against struggling 10-man Sunderland, but his success was overshadowed by another refereeing controversy in the Premier League.

One week on from the fury at Chelsea's home clash with Burnley, referee Roger East was at the centre of an alleged case of mistaken identity at Old Trafford.

Lucarelli fears for Parma's soccer future

Parma captain Lucarelli fears Serie A club could go out of business next week
The Associated Press

PARMA, Italy - Parma captain Alessandro Lucarelli fears the struggling Serie A club could go out of business as early as next week.

The club, which has been sold twice this season, is on the verge of bankruptcy and has called off its last two Serie A games.

"A meeting has been fixed for March 6, we don't even know if we'll get to March 6," he said Saturday. "And that's the confirmation that, for those in charge, the Parma problem is not that big a deal."

Parma could have played against Genoa on Sunday, but the players decided to take a stand.

Kingsbury wins sixth straight World Cup event

Kingsbury wins sixth straight World Cup moguls event to clinch overall title
The Canadian Press

TAZAWAKO, Japan - Another year, another overall World Cup freestyle ski title for Canadian Mikael Kingsbury.

The 22-year-old native of Deux-Montagnes, Que., won his sixth straight World Cup moguls event Saturday to clinch his fourth overall title. The victory left Kingsbury just one short of the all-time record of 27 held by France's Edgar Grospiron.

"I have Grospiron's record in the back of my head and I feel like it motivates me," said Kingsbury. "I really just want to go out and enjoy myself because that's when I feel like I ski at my best.

Schmirler's daughter carrying on curling tradition

Daughter of curling great Sandra Schmirler continuing family tradition
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Shannon England crisscrossed the globe during his wife's sporting career, and it would suit him just fine to do the same with another family member.

The husband of late curling legend Sandra Schmirler, England is at the Canada Winter Games watching his 17-year-old daughter Sara compete for Saskatchewan.

"I guess I'm destined to watch the women in my life curl," England said this week. "It is a lot of fun."

Friday's Scoreboard

Friday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Friday's Games

NHL

Boston 3 New Jersey 2 (OT)

N.Y. Islanders 2 Calgary 1

Carolina 3 Washington 0

Tampa Bay 4 Chicago 0

Colorado 5 Dallas 4 (SO)

Anaheim 4 Los Angeles 2

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AHL

Manchester 4 Hartford 2

Springfield 5 Bridgeport 3

Albany 7 Syracuse 6

Adirondack 4 Utica 0

Hershey 5 Binghamton 1

Toronto 4 Rochester 3 (OT)

Hamilton 4 Charlotte 0

Iowa 2 Lake Erie 1 (OT)

Providence 2 Norfolk 1

Worcester 6 St. John's 3

Grand Rapids 4 Milwaukee 0

Cavaliers lose to Pacers without James, Irving

With injured Irving staying home, Cavaliers also James extra night off in loss to Pacers
The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - LeBron James couldn't carry the Cavaliers on his sore back Friday night.

So Cavaliers coach David Blatt put him on the bench.

Blatt held the four-time MVP out of a 93-86 loss at Indiana for precautionary reasons. James had hurt his back while scoring a season-high 42 points in Thursday night's 110-99 win over Golden State.

"It was my decision," Blatt said. "That was on me."

James did not talk to reporters following the game.

Flames captain Giordano sidelined with injury

Calgary Flames captain Giordano out indefinitely with mystery injury
The Canadian Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano has been sidelined indefinitely with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

The NHL's top-scoring defenceman left Wednesday's 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils in the third period after he was hauled down by Devils forward Steve Bernier.

Giordano skated in pre-game warmups Friday as Calgary got set to play the New York Islanders, but he did not play.

Raptors drop ugly 113-89 decision to Warriors

Raptors open with franchise-worst quarter en route to blowout by Warriors
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - On a night that Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey called a "good old-fashioned wood shed butt-kicking," the highlight may well have been a third-quarter fist fight.

The Raptors left little else to cheer for.

The Raptors couldn't overcome a franchise-worst first quarter on the way to a 113-89 rout by the Golden State Warriors on Friday, in what will go down as perhaps one of their worst performances in team history.

Halak tops Flames to set Islanders' single-season win record

Halak earns Islanders' record 33rd win of season, New York tops Calgary 2-1
Ira Podell, The Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Jaroslav Halak had a chance at a shutout and an empty-net goal in the final minute against the Calgary Flames. He had to settle for a prominent place in the New York Islanders' record book.

Halak set the team mark with his 33rd win of the season, and Ryan Strome and Cal Clutterbuck provided just enough offence to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Flames on Friday night.

Quebec wins two golds in slopestyle snowboard

Quebec wins two gold medals in slopestyle snowboard at Canada Winter Games
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Quebec snowboarder Oceane Fillion wasn't sure what to expect at the Canada Winter Games after suffering a shoulder injury at the end of January.

It turns out there was no need to worry.

The 16-year-old from Saguenay led after qualifying and continued her dominance into the final to win gold in women's slopestyle on Friday.

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