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Dan confident he can take IBF title from Brook

Canada's Jo Jo Dan says IBF champion Brook is looking past him to bigger fights
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - It has taken 12 years, but Canada's Jo Jo Dan is about to get a shot at a world boxing title.

The native of Giurgiu, Romania who emigrated in 2003 and was sworn in as a Canadian citizen last week will be the underdog when he faces International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kell Brook in Sheffield, England on Saturday.

But Dan (34-2) is used to being underestimated.

"I'm motivated and hungry," the 33-year-old from Montreal said. "I want it a lot.

Women's world hockey championship primer

Five things to know about the 2015 women's world hockey championship
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

MALMO, Sweden - Five things to know about the 2015 women's world hockey championship March 28 to April 4 in Malmo, Sweden.

— The United States and Canada have met in the final of all 15 world championships to date. Canada has won 10. The Americans took five of the last seven and are the defending champions.

— A two-referee system will be implemented at the women's world championship for the first time in Malmo.

Canadian university star leads Russian women

Canadian university hockey star Gavrilova leads Russia into women's worlds
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Fresh off accepting the award as the top player in Canadian women's university hockey, Iya Gavrilova now wants to continue the post-Sochi love in her homeland for the Russian women's team.

Russia and Canada meet Sunday at the women's world hockey championships in Malmo, Sweden, in what will be the second game in as many days for both countries.

Canada opens against defending champion United States and the Russians meet Finland on Saturday.

Chelsea captain John Terry signs for another season

Veteran Chelsea captain John Terry signs season-long contract extension
The Associated Press

LONDON - Captain John Terry will be at Chelsea for at least one more season after earning a contract extension in recognition of his enduring value to the team.

The 34-year-old Terry remains one of Chelsea's most consistent and influential players, helping Jose Mourinho's team establish a six-point lead at the top of the English Premier League.

"This new contract is not to say, 'Thank you very much,'" Mourinho said on Thursday. "It is because John continues to perform. He is a top defender."

Oilers recall Davidson from AHL's Barons

Oilers recall defenceman Brandon Davidson from AHL's Barons on emergency basis
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Defenceman Brandon Davidson was recalled on an emergency basis on Thursday by the Edmonton Oilers.

Davidson has four goals, six assists, 41 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating in 52 games with the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons this season.

The six-foot-two, 214-pound defenceman has appeared in four games with the Oilers this season.

He has 11 goals, 17 assists and 113 penalty minutes in 147 career AHL games.

NHL broadcaster arrested after incident at Buffalo casino

Arizona Coyotes broadcaster Nick Boynton arrested after incident at Buffalo casino
The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Arizona Coyotes radio analyst Nick Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence by the team after being involved in a disturbance at the casino in Buffalo while in town for Thursday night's game against the Sabres.

Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael DeGeorge says the 36-year-old former NHL player "is in police custody" at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

Flames sign WHL's Austin Carroll to contract

Calgary Flames sign Victoria Royals' Austin Carroll to entry-level contract
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Austin Carroll of the Western Hockey League's Victoria Royals was signed by the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Carroll played four seasons with the Royals in the WHL and was drafted by the Flames in the seventh round (184th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The six-foot-four, 224-pound winger led Victoria with 38 goals, 77 points, 124 penalty minutes and a plus-23 rating over 69 games.

In 268 career WHL games he earned 95 goals and 101 assists with 470 penalty minutes.

Blackhawks have problems to iron out

Puck possession among problems Blackhawks have to iron out before playoffs
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

PHILADELPHIA - Winners of seven of their past 10 games with an overtime loss thrown in, the Chicago Blackhawks aren't in crisis mode.

IAAF wants Russian walkers to lose Olympic medals

Russian anti-doping agency: IAAF demands Russian walkers lose Olympic medals
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - The IAAF wants two Russian race walkers to be stripped of medals from the 2012 London Olympics because of doping, the Russian anti-doping agency said Thursday.

The IAAF said Wednesday it has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the "selective" doping bans handed to six Russian athletes earlier this year, arguing that the Russian agency decision wrongly let some results stand.

Delabar sent to Jays minor league camp

Reliever Steve Delabar sent to Toronto Blue Jays minor league camp
The Canadian Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Blue Jays have demoted reliever Steve Delabar to their minor league camp.

The six-foot-five right-hander had been hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 when he was sent to the minors midway through the season.

The 31-year-old Delabar was an all-star in 2013.

In seven innings this pre-season, he gave up three runs on seven hits with a 3.86 earned-run average. Two of those hits, including a home run, came in one inning Wednesday in a 5-2 win over Baltimore.

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