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Canucks fall flat in loss to Avalanche

Landeskog, Tanguay lead the way as Canucks fall flat in loss to Avalanche
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay each had a goal and an assist, and Reto Berra made 33 saves as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday night.

Jarome Iginla also scored and Ryan O'Reilly added two assists as Colorado (34-28-12) snapped a three-game losing streak. John Mitchell added a late empty-net goal.

Hammond suffers first regulation-time loss

Andrew Hammond's streak ends, Senators fall to Rangers 5-1 in regulation
Darren Desaulniers, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The streak is over— and Patrick Lalime's record is still safe.

Ottawa's Andrew Hammond suffered his first regulation-time loss on Thursday as the Senators fell to the New York Rangers 5-1.

"We didn't help him and that was ultimately the difference," Senators defenceman Marc Methot said.

Recording: Woman, ex-Clippers owner discussed hiding gifts

Woman whose recording led to sale of LA Clippers testifies of love for ex-owner, hate for wife
Brian Melley, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her.

Several of the 500 recordings V. Stiviano made during a nearly four-year relationship with Sterling were played in Los Angeles Superior Court in his wife's lawsuit to reclaim millions of dollars he lavished on the younger woman.

Leafs look for positives in another loss

Maple Leafs look for positives in another loss in a season gone horribly wrong
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - It's baby steps for the Maple Leafs these days when it comes to good news. A debut here, a first NHL goal there.

But the losses continue to mount in a season gone horribly wrong.

The latest defeat — Toronto's seventh straight — came Thursday in a 4-1 setback at the hands of the Florida Panthers.

Brandon Pirri scored twice and Robert Luongo made 24 saves as the Panthers (34-26-14) kept their slim playoff hopes alive while adding to the Leafs' seemingly endless misery.

Hamels 5 scoreless innings as Phils lose to Blue Jays 4-1

Cole Hamels pitches 5 scoreless innings as Phillies lose to Blue Jays 4-1
Jeff Odom, The Associated Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Cole Hamels allowed two hits in five scoreless innings during the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

A focus of trade speculation, Hamels didn't allow a hit until Kevin Pillar reached on an infield single leading off the fifth. Hamels picked off Pillar, Dalton Pompey tripled to left-centre field and Hamels struck out Jose Reyes on three pitches.

Hamels, a four-time All-Star, struck out four and walked three.

CFL's Rules Committee proposes changes

Canadian Football League's Rule Committee proposes changes for 2015
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Canadian Football League's Rules Committee is proposing a handful of rule changes for 2015.

The convert would be less automatic, receivers would have more space, and the game would speed up, if the changes are approved by the Board of Governors this spring.

"We have sought to be innovative while protecting the integrity of the game with a focus on player safety," said Glen Johnson, the CFL's vice-president of officiating and its representative on the Rules Committee.

Dominica one step closer to facing Canada

Dominica beats BVI in first leg, step closer to facing Canada in World Cup qualifying
The Canadian Press

ROSEAU, Dominica - Dominica is one step closer to facing Canada in World Cup qualifying.

Randolph Peltier scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute as host Dominica downed the British Virgin Islands 3-2 on Thursday in its first match of a two-game series.

Glenworth Elizee also scored for Dominica in the 45th minute while Mitchell Joseph struck for the 181st-ranked country in the 65th.

Edward Moss opened the scoring for British Virgin Islands 42 minutes into the game before Jordan Johnson gave his country a 2-1 lead in the 53rd.

Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

Fiancee of ex-Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify in murder trial Friday
Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be called to testify in his murder trial Friday, two people with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press.

NC State's Barber says all is OK with Obama after profanity

NC State's Cat Barber says all is OK with Obama after email exchange on postgame profanity
The Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - N.C. State's Cat Barber says things are square again with President Barack Obama.

Last Saturday night, Barber was caught by TV cameras saying "What ... (is) wrong with Barack Obama" to his teammates in the locker room after North Carolina State upset top-seeded Villanova to reach the Sweet 16.

Obama had picked Villanova to reach the NCAA Tournament final. But the Wolfpack busted the president's bracket with the 71-68 win.

Del Potro loses 1st-round match at Miami Open

Del Potro's latest injury comeback begins with 1st-round loss at Miami Open
The Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil defeated Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 7-6(7) on Thursday afternoon at the Miami Open.

It took Pospisil nearly two hours to earn his first win at the Miami event.

Pospisil claimed a key break with del Potro serving for the second set at 5-4. He again escaped trouble by saving two set points in the tie-break before closing out the match.

The 24-year-old Pospisil will meet No. 9 seed Grigor Dimitrov in the second round.

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