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Crouse part of Canada's world junior youth

Crouse is youngest at Canada's world junior camp but could make a big impact
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Lawson Crouse looks around the ice and knows he's in unfamiliar territory. The youngest player in Canada's world junior camp hasn't skated alongside many of these teammates before because he's only 17.

MMA fighters file antitrust lawsuit against UFC

MMA fighters file antitrust lawsuit in California against UFC, claim it's a monopoly
The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Mixed martial arts fighters filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday, alleging the organization is a monopoly that chokes off competition, crushes athletes' earnings and controls the right to market their names even after their deaths.

"UFC has taken over the entire industry and dictated its terms upon the fighters ... they don't have any rights. It's the new religion, as it were ... it's time for things to change," said Nathan Quarry, who is a plaintiff in the suit along with Cung Le and Jon Fitch.

Canucks tweak system after blowout loss

Canucks tweak system after blowout defeat stretched losing streak to four
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks are convinced they need a tweak, not a major overhaul.

After an embarrassing 5-1 home defeat to the New York Rangers on Saturday night that stretched the club's losing streak to four, head coach Willie Desjardins said he's altering an aggressive style that has left Vancouver badly exposed at times on its current slide.

Canadians reach podium at snowboard event

Canadian snowboard veterans Calve and Anderson reach World Cup podium
The Canadian Press

CAREZZA, Italy - Canadian snowboard team veterans Caroline Calve and Jasey-Jay Anderson kicked off the season in style Tuesday by reaching the podium at the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup.

Calve, from Gatineau, Que., won silver in the women's parallel giant slalom while Anderson, from Lac-Superieur, Que., took bronze in the men's event.

Brad Fritsch wins Q-school by 7 shots

Brad Fritsch earns full status on Tour with 7-shot win at Q-school
The Associated Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Canada's Brad Fritsch earned full status on the Tour next year by closing with a 5-under 66 to win the qualifying tournament by seven shots. It was the second-widest margin at Q-school in the last 25 years.

Fritsch, from Ottawa, made three early birdies and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way. He finished the six-round tournament at 27-under 402.

"I didn't come here to shoot 27-under. I'm surprised," said Fritsch. "I couldn't imagine coming here and doing that."

Fritsch earned US$25,000 with the victory.

Hockey dynamics ideal for spread of mumps

Hockey dynamics - cramped benches, young players, shared water - ideal for mumps
Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Officials of the National Hockey League and the general public may find it unexpected to see chipmunk-cheeked hockey stars who have contracted mumps. But to public health experts, an outbreak in this setting is not surprising, given the ages of the athletes and the conditions under which they play.

At least five NHL teams have reported 15 players who have contracted the mumps virus. The most high profile is Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, captured in photographs with one swollen cheek. Late Tuesday, the Penguins confirmed forward Beau Bennett is also infected.

Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH

Brian Cashman views Alex Rodriguez as full-time DH, not 'the same player' he was
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most.

General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that A-Rod's days as an everyday fielder are over in the Bronx and Chase Headley will start at third after agreeing this week to a $52 million, four-year contract.

Jets defenceman Trouba to miss six weeks

Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba to miss at least six weeks with upper-body injury
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba will be out of the lineup for at least six weeks with an upper-body injury.

Trouba has been one of the team's top blue-liners this season with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 31 games.

"He's had a kind of pre-existing condition that most players deal with," head coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday. "And what you're hopeful for is that it heals, it gets better and progresses, and he had the opposite experience.

Adonis Stevenson promises patience in title bout

Adonis Stevenson promises to be patient in title bout on Friday
Martin Ouellet, The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - Adonis Stevenson intends to be patient when he climbs into the ring on Friday to defend his World Boxing Council light heavyweight crown against Russia's Dmitriy Sukhotskiy.

The native of Blainville, Que., will be making his fourth defence since becoming champion when he knocked out Chad Dawson in the first round in 2013.

Stevenson (24-1, 20 KO) will be facing an opponent who lost his previous title bout, a 2009 unanimous decision against Germany's Juergen Braehmer for the World Boxing Organization light heavyweight title.

Latvia loves Sabres' Girgensons in All-Star vote

Latvia still in love with Sabres forward Girgensons, who maintains All-Star vote lead
The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Latvia is in love with Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, who remains the runaway leader in the NHL All-Star game fan vote.

The second-year player had nearly 1.1 million votes Tuesday. That's nearly double the total of each of the next two forwards: Chicago's Patrick Kane (586,310) and Jonathan Toews (573,198).

Girgensons' total is more than half the 2 million population of his native Latvia, where the NHL says he's attracted more than 80 per cent of his votes.

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