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SPORTS WEEKEND, August 23-25, 2013

Price tag keeps Team Canada off ice: Yzerman Insurance costs. Potential Team Canada players will settle for information sessions and bonding activities

Steve Yzerman would prefer to get Canada’s players on the ice at the upcoming orientation camp for the Olympic men’s hockey team. But the price tag to insure players against injury is too high for Hockey Canada, so the four-day camp starting on Sunday in Calgary will consist of informational meetings about the Games in Sochi, Russia, and fostering team chemistry off the ice. “Not going on the ice isn’t the end of the world,” said Yzerman, the executive director of the national men’s team. “There’s lot of other things that need to be done in preparation, logistically going through how

By the numbers

5 — Number of players from the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks invited to camp. No other team has more. 3 — Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock and forwards Patrice Bergeron, Eric Staal and Jonathan Toews are members of the “Triple Gold Club,” each having won Olympic gold, a world title and a Stanley Cup. 27 years, 6 months, 25 days — Average age of players on Canada’s roster.

we’re going to get there, where we’ll stay, where family and friends may stay, a walk-through of the venues, drug-testing policy, a lot of informational things we need to go through and get out of the way. This is a good time to do it.” The Canadian Press

Yankees dominate Blue Jays Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees steals second base ahead of a tag by Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes on Thursday in New York. The Yankees won 5-3 for their 10th-straight victory over the Jays. New York improved to 12-1 against Toronto this season. Kathy Willens/The Associated Press

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Ko takes share of lead in title defence Lydia Ko is back on top of the Canadian Women’s Open leaderboard. The 16-year-old Ko, the winner last year at Vancouver Golf Club at an LPGA Tour-record age of 15 years, 4 months, shot a 5-under 65 on Thursday in perfect conditions at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton for a share of the

first-round lead with Angela Stanford and the Netherland’s Christel Boeljon. Ko, the South Koreanborn New Zealander, had six birdies and a bogey. She birdied the opening hole, though she figured that might be a bad omen. “When I start off with a birdie I haven’t really played that well, so yeah, I was kind of nervous that I did make a birdie on the first,” she said. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Killing of Odin Lloyd

Hernandez indicted on murder charge A Massachusetts grand jury has indicted former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a man whose bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park near his home.


The grand jury returned the indictment on Thursday. It charges Hernandez with the killing of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges in June. He could face life in prison if convicted. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS