February 8th, 2016

National Sports

Jets sign Byfuglien to $38 million, five-year extension

By The Associated Press on February 8th, 2016

ST. LOUIS – Big Buff is off the NHL free-agent market. NHL teams looking to add a rental defenceman before the trade deadline will have to look elsewhere as the Winnipeg Jets signed Dustin Byfuglien to a US$38 million, five-year extension. The 30-year-old Byfuglien will be part of the Jets’ long-range plan at a salary-cap ... Read More »

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Sam Bennett finds his footing in his first full season with Flames

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on February 8th, 2016

CALGARY – Like any rookie, Sam Bennett’s first NHL season has been a series of firsts: first scoring slump, first hat trick, first four-goal game and now the first time facing the team he once idolized. The 19-year-old from Holland Landing, Ont., and the Calgary Flames host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at Scotiabank ... Read More »

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B.C. Lions re-sign veteran quarterback Travis Lulay to new contract

By The Canadian Press on February 8th, 2016

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Lions re-signed veteran quarterback Travis Lulay on Monday, a day before he was eligible for free agency. Lulay, the CFL’s outstanding player in 2011, enters his eighth season with B.C. He’s currently third in team history with 16,960 passing yards and 101 touchdown passes. “I have truly loved every moment of ... Read More »

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National Women’s Soccer League reveals Canadian player allocations

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on February 8th, 2016

TORONTO – After two seasons in England with Notts County Ladies FC, Canadian international Desiree Scott is headed to the U.S. Midwest and FC Kansas City. The Winnipeg midfielder known as The Destroyer is one of six newly allocated Canadians – among the 11 in total – in the National Women’s Soccer League in 2016. ... Read More »

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Impact goalkeeper Crepeau hungry for MLS action after first start for Canada

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press on February 8th, 2016

MONTREAL – Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau says he’s ready to start playing real games for the Montreal Impact. The 21-year-old reported to camp Monday along with defender Wandrille Lefevre and midfielder Kyle Bekker after a spell with the Canadian national team. The highlight for Crepeau was getting his first senior team start in a friendly match ... Read More »

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GMs make wishlists as more than 140 CFL players prepare to become free agents

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on February 8th, 2016

It’s that time again for CFL general managers to create their wish lists and open their chequebooks. CFL free agency begins at noon ET on Tuesday with over 140 players slated to hit the open market. Once again Canadian starters will be front and centre with running backs Andrew Harris and Jerome Messam – two ... Read More »

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MLB player Delmon Young charged with attacking attendant

By The Associated Press on February 8th, 2016

MIAMI – Major League Baseball player Delmon Young was arrested after authorities say he choked and threatened a parking attendant at a Miami hotel. A police report says the former Baltimore Oriole and current free agent grabbed the attendant’s neck and called him a “stupid Cuban” Sunday night. The attendant told police he had refused ... Read More »

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NHL suspends Jets forward Drew Stafford one game for high-sticking

By The Canadian Press on February 8th, 2016

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The NHL has suspended Winnipeg Jets forward Drew Stafford for one game for high-sticking Colorado Avalanche defenceman Nick Holden. The incident occurred at 15:15 of the second period of Winnipeg’s 4-2 win in Denver on Saturday. Stafford was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking. He will forfeit US$23,387.10 in salary and ... Read More »

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Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher; Rambis gets interim job

By Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press on February 8th, 2016

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Derek Fisher had just finished a long playing career when Phil Jackson picked him to coach the New York Knicks. Just 1 1/2 seasons later, Jackson decided he needed someone else. Fisher was fired Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the ... Read More »

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Jets sign defenceman Byfuglien to five-year extension

By The Canadian Press on February 8th, 2016

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenceman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract extension with an average annual value of US$7.6 million. The 30-year-old has recorded 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 52 games this season. He leads the Jets 163 shots, 78 penalty minutes and 24 minutes 14 seconds of ice time ... Read More »

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Agent confirms Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

By Tim Booth, The Associated Press on February 8th, 2016

SEATTLE – When Marshawn Lynch was brought to Seattle early in the 2010 season, he was acquired because the Seahawks desperately needed a running back. What he ended up providing was an attitude and style that became the foundation for bringing the first Super Bowl title to the Pacific Northwest. And for that, Lynch will ... Read More »

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