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Crosby returns to ice, 3 Penguins tested for mumps

Sidney Crosby returns to ice after mumps diagnosis, 3 Penguin teammates tested
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby returned from a bout with mumps, while several teammates were tested for the virus as a precaution.

Crosby worked out Wednesday for the first time after missing three games over the weekend. He could return to the lineup as early as Thursday night when the Penguins face Colorado.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Crosby is "doing well," and he'll let Crosby and coach Mike Johnston decide the timetable for a possible return.

Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia resigns; slams leadership, loses faith in Eckert
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings.

Michael Garcia cited a "lack of leadership" at the top of FIFA in a resignation statement. He also said he has lost confidence in the independence of his ethics committee colleague, German judge Joachim Eckert.

McDavid on Team Orr for CHL prospects game

Connor McDavid will play for agent Bobby Orr at CHL prospects game
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Connor McDavid gets a handful of text messages each month from agent Bobby Orr. The legendary defenceman's advice is pretty straightforward.

"He tells me to sleep more," McDavid said. "That's probably the main thing. He tells me probably two, three times a month to make sure I'm sleeping more."

Winnipeg Blue Bombers fire Etcheverry

Winnipeg Blue Bombers fire defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers fired defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry on Wednesday.

He spent less than one year in the position. The Blue Bombers missed the playoffs after finishing last in the CFL West Division standings with a 7-11 record.

"Obviously a decision like this is a very difficult one to make on many levels," head coach Mike O'Shea said in a release. "The reality of the situation is such that we simply weren't good enough on the defensive side of the football this season, and felt that we needed to go in a different direction in this regard.

AP sources: NFL employees turn over phone, email records

AP sources: Investigators search calls, emails for nearly 500 NFL employees; report this month
Rob Maaddi, The Associated Press

Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation won't be made public until former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III releases his report. The report is expected to be completed this month, one of the sources said.

Indian boxer banned 1 year for refusing medal

Indian female boxer Sarita Devi banned for 1 year for refusing to accept medal at Asian Games
The Associated Press

NEW DELHI - The Indian female boxer who refused to accept her bronze medal at the Asian Games was banned for one year.

World governing body AIBA backdated the ban on Sarita Devi to the day of the incident, Oct. 1, Boxing India said on Wednesday.

It was a lighter-than-expected penalty, given that AIBA president CK Wu told The Associated Press last month the boxer would be "heavily punished."

Boxing India president Sandeep Jajodia said it worked hard for Devi.

Matsui to team up with Jeter for baseball charity in Japan

Hideki Matsui will team up with former Yankees teammate Derek Jeter for charity in Japan
Jim Armstrong, The Associated Press

TOKYO - Hideki Matsui will team up with former New York Yankees teammate Derek Jeter to hold a baseball charity event in support children affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, attended a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday to promote the event on March 21 at Tokyo Dome.

Rick Nash powers Rangers past Flames 5-2

Rick Nash's two-goal night powers New York Rangers past Calgary Flames 5-2
Darren Haynes, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Rick Nash's bounce-back season continued Tuesday night, along with the New York Rangers winning streak.

Nash scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames for their fourth-straight win.

Coyotes pull out 2-1 win over Oilers in OT

Ekman-Larsson scores in overtime, Coyotes beat Oilers 2-1 to end 9-game home losing streak
John Marshall, The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Oliver Ekman-Larsson looked up in overtime and saw 15 seconds on the clock, but lost track after a couple of turnovers.

Knowing he had to hurry, Ekman-Larsson whipped a shot at the net, hoping it was in time.

It was, just barely, ending Arizona's team-record home losing streak in the process.

Bucks F Parker out for season with knee injury

Bucks rookie Jabari Parker out for season after tearing ACL in left knee
Genaro C. Armas, The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - Bucks rookie Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Monday night's 96-94 win at Phoenix.

The team said late Tuesday night that Parker will have surgery after tests revealed the extent of the injury.

The 19-year-old Parker was hurt when he took an awkward step before colliding with the Suns' P.J. Tucker. It's a huge blow for a rebuilding franchise off to a good start under new coach Jason Kidd.

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