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Nguyen leads at Canadian championships

Nguyen leads after short program at Canadian figure skating championships
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

KINGSTON, Ont. - The infectious smile was missing from Nam Nguyen last week. A favourite to win the Canadian men's title for the first time, the 16-year-old from Toronto was feeling the pressure.

So his coach Brian Orser told him: "Skate like you own the place."

And Nguyen did.

Nguyen, who won fans and melted hearts when he participated in the skating gala of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, as a precocious, bespectacled 10-year-old, scored 81.78 points to top a field that was missing three-time world champion Patrick Chan.

Lowry leads Raptors past 76ers 91-86

Lowry's big 4th quarter leads Raptors past 76ers 91-86
Aaron Bracy, The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Kyle Lowry lifted the Toronto Raptors from what appeared would be a loss — and coach Dwane Casey still wasn't happy.

Lowry scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto to a 91-86 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

Kessel at centre of all-star draft laughs

Kessel-Seguin trade, Ovechkin at centre of laugh fest at all-star draft
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Hockey players became stand-up comedians for a night as the NHL all-star draft turned into an entertainment program that could be better television than the skills competition or the game.

Captain Jonathan Toews cracked that he picked Phil Kessel because he's "one of the most coachable players out there," then traded him for Tyler Seguin because, well, why not. Superstar Alex Ovechkin of the $10 million salary stole the show by spending the night lobbying for a $20,000 car.

Kobe to be re-examined before deciding injury fate

Kobe Bryant's torn rotator cuff to be re-examined Monday before deciding his plan with Lakers
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kobe Bryant's torn right rotator cuff will be re-examined Monday before the Los Angeles Lakers decide whether the superstar guard needs potentially season-ending surgery.

Bryant was examined Friday in Los Angeles after the third-leading scorer in NBA history tore his rotator cuff Wednesday in New Orleans.

NHL all-star weekend missing big stars

NHL all-star weekend missing some stars as Crosby, Malkin are out with injuries
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One thing Tyler Seguin was looking forward to at the NHL's all-star weekend was meeting Sidney Crosby. In five seasons in the league, the Dallas Stars centre has never had a conversation with the Pittsburgh Penguins captain.

That won't happen after Crosby withdrew from the event with a lower-body injury.

Duhamel and Radford silencing critics

Canadian pairs skaters Duhamel and Radford silencing their critics
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

KINGSTON, Ont. - The hurtful words used to slice deep, but Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford are learning to laugh them off and let their skating answer for them.

And the fact they're winning says plenty.

Sanchez willing to help Jays any way he can

Starter or closer, Sanchez willing to do what it takes to help Blue Jays in 2015
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Aaron Sanchez is preparing for the 2015 season as if he's going to be in the Toronto Blue Jays' starting rotation on opening day.

But if the hard-throwing 22-year-old is needed in the bullpen, he's willing to take on that task as well.

"I'm getting in shape to make 35 starts this year," Sanchez said Friday. "If that changes they'll let me know, but my mentality right now is going into spring training as a starter."

Grand Slam of Curling to get bigger, richer

Sportsnet expands Grand Slam of Curling to more events and more money
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - More events and more money are in store for the Grand Slam of Curling.

The property owned, operated and televised by Sportsnet will expand to seven bonspiels and prize money of $1.5 million next season. That will be followed by eight events for $2.5 million in 2016-'17.

This year's Grand Slam of Curling consists of five events worth $1 million and offered an additional $1-million bonus to the men's team that swept all five.

Vonn stress-free and happy ahead of World Cup downhill

Record-setter Lindsey Vonn stress-free ahead of World Cup downhill on 2017 gold-medal course
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland - Skiing with less pressure after setting the all-time record for World Cup wins, Lindsey Vonn placed fifth in a downhill training run on Friday.

That was just fine for the American who will start as favourite on Saturday after winning three of five races in the glamor Alpine event this season.

Photographer sues Nike over Michael Jordan photo copyright

Photographer sues Nike over copyright on iconic Michael Jordan photograph
Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - A photographer is accusing Nike of violating the copyright of his 1984 image of Michael Jordan soaring toward a basketball hoop by continuing to use the image to market shoes and clothes.

Jacobus Rentmeester of New York City filed the lawsuit against Oregon-based Nike Inc. on Thursday in federal court in Portland, Oregon. He's seeking unspecified monetary damages, profits generated from the image, and an injunction preventing further copyright infringement.

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