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Veteran Burris praises Redblacks' defence

Veteran quarterback Henry Burris praises efforts of Ottawa defence this season
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Redblacks have just one win through their first 10 games, but in quarterback Henry Burris's view the defence has been a bright spot this season for the CFL expansion squad.

"They've been standing on their head and have done a great job for us," the veteran quarterback said Wednesday. "It gives us comfort knowing that all we have to do is handle our side.

NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing

NFL, union agree to changes to performance-enhancing drug policy; 3 players can return
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month.

And of more immediate impact — this weekend — the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players' union agreed to Wednesday will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field.

Toronto RHP Stroman suspended 6 games, will appeal

Blue Jays rookie Stroman suspended 6 games for pitch at Joseph's head, appeals penalty
The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is appealing his six-game suspension that Major League Baseball imposed for throwing at the head of a Baltimore hitter.

MLB penalized Stroman on Wednesday and also fined the 23-year-old rookie an undisclosed amount.

The suspension had been set to start on Wednesday night when the Blue Jays played at Baltimore. Because Stroman is appealing, no penalty will take effect until there is a resolution.

Toronto FC skipper watching Scottish vote

Toronto FC skipper watching Scottish referendum but can't vote Thursday
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Steven Caldwell, Toronto FC's captain and resident Scot, won't be voting on the future of Scotland on Thursday.

Caldwell, whose home is in England thanks to his earlier club career there, is not on the electoral roll in Scotland but is keeping an eye on the referendum on Scottish independence.

"Obviously I'm watching it keenly and I have a lot of people that who be affected by it — family and friends," he said after practice Wednesday.

Bonhomme retires from international competition

Veteran women's hockey defenceman Bonhomme retires from international competition
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Veteran Canadian women's hockey defenceman Tessa Bonhomme is retiring from international competition.

Bonhomme made her international debut at the 2004 Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., and finished her career with 51 points (10 goals, 41 assists) in 107 games. She is the fifth-highest-scoring defenceman in the history of Canada's senior women's team.

Collaros's return has sparked Ticats

Return of starting quarterback Zach Collaros has given Ticats a nice spark
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

What a difference the return of Zach Collaros has made for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Ticats (3-7) have won two of three games since their starter came back after missing five contests with concussion-like symptoms. And in the East Division this season, that's enough to move Hamilton into a first-place tie with the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes (both 3-8 records).

NHL coaches join WHL for 2014-15 season

Western Hockey League's coaching changes for 2014-15 have NHL flavour
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - In order to rise to the top of the coaching ladder, three longtime NHL assistants are dropping a couple of rungs first.

Almost half the teams in the Western Hockey League will start this season with new coaches, with Tim Hunter, Bob Woods and Jamie Kompon coming directly from the NHL.

Hunter, an assistant coach last season with the Washington Capitals, is the new head coach and general manager of the Moose Jaw Warriors. Woods has taken on both roles with the Saskatoon Blades after spending last year as an assistant with Anaheim.

Barry Bonds appeal heads back to court

Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction goes back before a court
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

Nearly 11 years after Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, a group of judges will hear arguments Thursday on whether baseball's career home-run leader should have his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out.

Plenty of questions as NHL camps open

NHL training camps open with several questions waiting to be answered
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

As training camps open around the NHL, the San Jose Sharks have two former captains but neither one wearing the "C" and six teams have new head coaches, while the Toronto Maple Leafs have the same one amid promises of a changing culture.

The Boston Bruins are up against the salary cap even after losing winger Jarome Iginla, and the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings don't know when goaltender Jonathan Quick will be 100 per cent healthy after off-season wrist surgery.

Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

NFL Players Association appeals Ray Rice's indefinite suspension
David Ginsburg, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night.

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

The Baltimore running back had already served the first game of that suspension when, on Sept. 8, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Janay Palmer, now his wife, in that elevator.

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