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Colts sign CFL linebacker in hopes of finding pass rusher
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts have signed Canadian Football League star Alex Bazzie to a reserve-future contract.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound outside linebacker had 29 sacks and 83 tackles in 50 games with the BC Lions. Last season, Bazzie had 11 sacks in 18 games and was a West Division All-Star.
Aaron Hernandez trial witness sentenced for bar shooting
HARTFORD, Conn. - A witness expected to testify at the upcoming double murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has been sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in a 2014 Connecticut bar shooting.
The Hartford Courant reports (http://cour.at/2iWBC3C ) Alexander Bradley was sentenced Monday for illegally possessing a firearm and reckless endangerment.
|Willie Desjardins explains Canucks' short defence, Rodin benching|
VANCOUVER - One of Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins' longest chats with the media this season was mostly spent talking about what didn't happen over the weekend.
Like, why did Vancouver not recall a defenceman from the minors for insurance heading into Saturday's second game of a back-to-back against the Flames in Calgary, forcing the team to ultimately go with a skeleton crew of five blue liners?
|Prop Chad Bain becomes first Ontario player to sign with the Toronto Wolfpack|
TORONTO - The Toronto Wolfpack have added some local flavour to their squad by signing Canadian international prop Chad Bain.
The 24-year-old from Belleville, Ont., has worked hard for his chance in rugby, moving to England to play amateur rugby league (Bradford Dudley Hill RLFC) and union (Bradford Salem RFC).
|Casey Scheidegger a skip to watch after shining in Grand Slam debut|
Casey Scheidegger entered her first Grand Slam curling event as a skip with plenty of potential. She showed the stacked field at the Canadian Open that she belongs at the top level.
Scheidegger beat top names like Jennifer Jones, Rachel Homan, Val Sweeting and others this past week before topping Swiss skip Silvana Tirinzoni in the final. Not bad for a foursome that has never made it out of provincial playdowns before.
|Capitals' Barry Trotz set to pass two legends in career games coached|
MONTREAL - It is a week of milestones for Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz.
The Dauphin, Man., native will coach his 1,400th NHL game on Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens, tying Pat Quinn for eighth place all-time.
|Senators know ending four-game skid is huge as East standings tighten|
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators didn't want to call it a must-win, but they know they can't afford long losing streaks as the race for the NHL playoffs starts to tighten.
The Senators put an end to a four-game skid Sunday night with a 5-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers heading into a week that will see them host the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
|Impact sign goalie Eric Kronberg, name Jack Stern goalkeeping coach|
MONTREAL - Eric Kronberg is not quite done as a goalkeeper, but the 33-year-old will begin the transition into coaching this season with the Montreal Impact.
Kronberg, who has backed up starting goalkeeper Evan Bush the last two seasons, signed a one-year contract Monday that will see him drop down to third on the club's depth chart behind Bush and Maxime Crepeau, while also helping out Mauro Biello's coaching staff.
|Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for 4th time|
ZURICH - Cristiano Ronaldo received FIFA's best player award for the fourth time on Monday, after Portugal and Real Madrid won both major European titles in 2016.
He beat runner-up and great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual awards.
|Rangers' Grabner, Oilers' Maroon, Capitals' Holtby named NHL stars of the week|
NEW YORK, N.Y. - New York Rangers right-wing Michael Grabner, Edmonton Oilers left-wing Patrick Maroon and Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby are the NHL's three stars of the week.
Grabner led the league with seven points (five goals, two assists) in three games. He had the winning goals in both of the Rangers' victories last week.
|Canadian Julia (The Jewel) Budd to fight for Bellator world featherweight title|
TORONTO - Canadian Julia (The Jewel) Budd will meet Dutch veteran Marloes (Rumina) Coenen on March 3 to decide Bellator's first women's featherweight champion.
The two will face off for the 145-pound title in "Bellator 174: Coenen vs. Budd" at the WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla.
|Toronto Argonauts release veteran offensive tackle Josh Bourke after one season|
TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts released Canadian offensive tackle Josh Bourke on Monday.
The move comes almost a year after Toronto signed Bourke, 34, as a free agent.
Former CFL coach John Gregory in charge of fledgling National Arena League
Even in retirement, it seems some men can't live on golf alone.
Former CFL head coach John Gregory, an avid golfer, finds himself back in football partly because even he can't spend all of his time on the links. The 78-year-old native of Webster City, Iowa, came out of retirement last June to become commissioner of the National Arena League and will lead the fledgling eight-team circuit into its inaugural season starting in March.
|Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter arrested after game|
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Former Pro Bowl linebacker and current Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was charged early Monday with assaulting a doorman at a bar and a police officer who intervened hours after the team's wild card win over the Miami Dolphins.
The altercation happened at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, following the Steelers' 30-12 home victory over the Dolphins in the opening round of the NFL playoffs.
|Can Ovechkin reach elusive 700 goals? Foligno's big rebound; Canucks surge |
Only seven players in the 100-year history of the NHL have ever scored 700 goals, and Alex Ovechkin may join them one day.
Ovechkin recently climbed past Stan Mikita on the all-time goals list and will soon pass the great Maurice "Rocket" Richard for 29th place. The 30-year-old captain of the Washington Capitals, with 543 career goals, could reach 24th in NHL history by season's end — passing Mike Modano's 561 goals — if he maintains his current scoring pace.
|Barcelona pulls Messi from attending FIFA awards ceremony|
ZURICH - Lionel Messi will not attend the FIFA awards ceremony later Monday, when Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be named the world's best player for 2016.
Barcelona says it decided Messi would skip the event in Zurich and be "prioritizing preparations" for a match on Wednesday.
McIlroy says he resents Olympics for making him choose sides
DUBLIN - Rory McIlroy says he resented how the Olympics forced him to decide whether he would represent Ireland or Britain and that it reached a point that it "wasn't worth the hassle" to compete in Rio de Janeiro.
In an interview with the Sunday Independent in Ireland, McIlroy explained why he was so critical of golf's return to the Olympics during a press conference at last summer's British Open.
Group seeks sculpture honouring snowboard company founder
LONDONDERRY, Vt. - A historical group in Vermont is trying to raise more than $1 million to install a 30-foot-long cast-bronze sculpture honouring the founder of a snowboard company.
Sculptor Jason Dreweck tells Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2iUJH8H ) Jake Burton Carpenter and others built the first 300 or so snowboards produced by Burton Snowboards in Londonderry.
|Condon makes 35 saves, Senators beat Oilers to snap winless streak|
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators had their biggest offensive output in their last seven games, and needed nearly every bit of it to snap their four-game losing streak.
Mark Stone had a goal and two assists and Mike Condon turned away 35 shots as the Senators hung on to beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 Sunday.