WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are taking that first letter in CFL very seriously, naming Canadian Mike O'Shea as their new head coach on Wednesday.
He was recruited by former University of Guelph teammate and fellow Canadian Kyle Walters, Winnipeg's new general manager.
"Being Canadian is extremely important to me," O'Shea said after he was introduced as the team's 30th head coach.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills centre Eric Wood was not at all surprised hearing team president Russ Brandon raise concerns whether Buffalo loses a competitive edge playing annual home games in Toronto.
Brandon first questioned the benefits of the "Bills In Toronto" series during a meeting with Wood and fellow team captains about a month ago.
TORONTO - Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets is one of five Saskatchewan Roughriders named to the 2013 CFL all-star team.
But the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, runners-up in last month's CFL championship game, failed to place a single player on the team voted on by the Football Reporters of Canada and the league's head coaches.
The 10-8 Ticats had earlier placed seven players on the East Division all-star team.
TORONTO - Injuries continue to pile up for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Phil Kessel left practice early with an unspecified injury, and coach Randy Carlyle said he wasn't sure if the star winger would be able to play Thursday night against the Dallas Stars.
"I don't know. I haven't got an answer for that," Carlyle said. "He just told me he needed to leave the ice surface. When a player tells you he needs to go, he goes."
DANVILLE, Ill. - Former Toronto Raptor Keon Clark, who has said he is trying to turn his life around, was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday in a plea agreement with prosecutors on weapons and driving under the influence charges.
"I, uh, did a lot of stuff in my past," Clark tearfully said at his plea hearing in Vermilion County Circuit Court, The News-Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/1bIB1cv). "I have to own up to it."
LONDON - Warning that Brazil has "no time to lose," new International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will travel soon to Rio de Janeiro to check on the troubled preparations for the 2016 Games.
Bach said Wednesday he will go to Brazil in "the next couple of months" to encourage the organizers and government to work together to make sure the first Olympics in South America are successful.
HALIFAX - Former NBA sharpshooter Craig Hodges has been named the head coach for the Halifax Rainmen of the National Basketball League of Canada.
Hodges was renowned for his ability to drain three-pointers during his 10 seasons in the NBA and won two championships while with the Chicago Bulls in 1991 and 1992.
The former shooting guard won the three-point shooting contest three consecutive times and averaged 40 per cent from beyond the arc in his career.
TORONTO - Dan Boyle cupped his right hand into the shape of a zero. That's how much he's thinking about Sochi.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic knows the Team Canada buzz around him is there, but while in the United States he doesn't hear about it.
Of course, that doesn't stop the talk from building up around the San Jose Sharks defencemen who are strong candidates to be on the Olympic team.
TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs lost their fifth in a row Tuesday night, but coach Randy Carlyle hopes that hanging tight with the San Jose Sharks will provide a blueprint for his team to get out of this tailspin.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Thirty minutes after fueling Golden State's largest fourth-quarter comeback in more than 50 years, Klay Thompson pointed to a halftime speech by teammate Jermaine O'Neal as the difference.
It turns out the Warriors' backup big man knew just what buttons to push.