PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - A Saskatchewan junior hockey team has pulled its new Arabian-themed mascot that critics were calling offensive to Middle Eastern people.
The Prince Albert Raiders have announced that there will not be a team mascot at their Western Hockey League home games until further notice.
The mascot depicts an Arabian raider character holding a sword and a hockey stick.
The announcement came just one game into the mascot's career with the Raiders.
RIO DE JANEIRO - A bright yellow cat-like figure, which also combines elements of monkeys and birds, is the mascot of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The smiley-faced mascot represents the animal life of Brazil. The mascot for the Paralympics is a mopped-headed doll with leafy hair, meant to represent the vast diversity of the flora in Brazil.
TORONTO - Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray underwent surgery this morning to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder as well as a small tear in his right rotator cuff.
The Argos said in a statement that the surgery was successfully performed by doctors in Cleveland.
To capture their first Grey Cup title since 1999, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have to corral Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish.
Calgary and Hamilton will square off in the CFL title game Sunday at B.C. Place. It will be the Ticats' second straight championship appearance after losing last year to Saskatchewan, while the Stampeders return for the first time since dropping the 100th Grey Cup game to Toronto at Rogers Centre in 2012.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen's goal-scoring outburst has earned him NHL first star of the week honours.
Jansen scored five goals in three games last week, including his first career hat trick Sunday night against Chicago.
Detroit left-wing Tomas Tatar and Dallas left-wing Jamie Benn were named the week's second and third stars respectively.
MONTREAL - Adam Braz was named technical director of the Montreal Impact on Monday.
The former Impact and Toronto FC defender served as Montreal's manager from 2011 to 2013.
He replaced Matt Jordan, who left on Nov. 4 to become vice-president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo.
Braz will manage the team's salary cap and act as a liaison between the club and Major League Soccer. He will work with manager Frank Klopas on contract negotiations and strategy and will handle day-to-day operations of the MLS squad.
BEIJING, China - Olympic and world champion swimmer Sun Yang served a three-month doping ban earlier this year, China's anti-doping agency disclosed Monday, in a case that raised questions over why the positive test was kept quiet for so long.
Sun tested positive for the banned stimulant trimetazidine on May 17 during China's national swimming championships in Hangzhou.
The suspension began immediately and ended on Aug. 17, prior to Sun's appearance in September at the Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea, where he won three gold medals.
MARANELLO, Italy - Ferrari replaced Marco Mattiacci with Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal Monday in the latest shakeup to the struggling Formula One team.
Mattiacci lasted only seven months on the job after being hired in April to replace Stefano Domenicali, who resigned.
On Sunday, Ferrari finished its first season without a race win since 1993.
VANCOUVER - The Chicago Blackhawks are still looking for consistency a quarter of the way into their season.
The Blackhawks left Vancouver with a 4-1 loss on Sunday night as players and coaches said the team needs to find its rhythm moving forward. Chicago is 6-4 in its last 10 games and has won four out of its last five, with 11 goals scored and four allowed against the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.
VANCOUVER - A night that started with a tribute to Daniel Sedin ended with the fourth line stealing the show.
Jannik Hansen scored the first hat trick of his career and Bo Horvat and Derek Dorsett combined for five assists Sunday as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackawks 4-1.
Radim Vrbata had the other goal and Ryan Miller made 24 saves as Vancouver (14-6-1) celebrated Sedin's 1,000th NHL game with a hard-fought victory.