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Michigan's Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III entering NBA draft; Mitch McGary still undecided

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are skipping their last two seasons at Michigan to enter the NBA draft and chase a dream they've had since they were kids.

Experts: Prosecution made gains in Pistorius cross-examination, but defence can turn it around

PRETORIA, South Africa - For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who will testify for the defence could undermine the prosecution's efforts to prove Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on purpose after an argument.

Melnyk says Senators need leadership, no word yet on Spezza's future

OTTAWA - Eugene Melnyk expects to make the playoffs every year, and when his team misses out he plans to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Childhood friends captain opposing teams in OHL West conference final

Childhood friends from their minor hockey days in Toronto and both drafted by the Maple Leafs, Matt Finn and Connor Brown will be on opposite sides of the puck in the Ontario Hockey League's Western Conference final.

Oilers GM gives coach a vote of confidence and says he's optimistic about future

EDMONTON - Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish feels optimistic about his team's future despite a last-place finish in the Western Conference standings.

Va. State player pleads guilty to attack on Winston-Salem St. QB day before title game

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - A Virginia State football player pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a November luncheon, the day before the teams were going to play for the league championship.

Solemn tributes honour victims, mark year since bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon

BOSTON - Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over Boston's resilience in the face of a terror attack.

Crosby ready to seize another opportunity with Penguins in playoffs

Sidney Crosby won his first Stanley Cup and at age 21 and his first of two Olympic gold medals at 22. This season, he led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a division title, won the scoring race and is favoured to be the NHL's most valuable player.

Abbotsford, B.C., cuts financial loses, severs deal with AHL's Heat

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - The Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League is leaving the City of Abbotsford.

Eight nominees for 2014 BLG Awards as CIS male and female athlete of year

CALGARY - Basketball player Justine Colley from St. Mary's University has been nominated for a second time for CIS female athlete of the year.

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