Canada's largest telecommunication companies, Rogers Communications and BCE Inc., took control of the Maple Leafs and NBA's Toronto Raptors after the 1.3 billion deal closed in August.
Before joining Toronto in 2008, Burke spent more than three seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, leading them to a Stanley Cup title in 2007. Burke's son, Patrick Burke, is a scout for the Flyers.
Houston prospect Jonathan Singleton was suspended for 50 games for violating minor league baseball's drug policy. Singleton, sent to the Astros by the Phillies in 2011 in the Hunter Pence trade, issued an apology, acknowledging that he used marijuana.
* The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired righthanded pitcher Jeanmar Gomez from the Cleveland Indians for minor league outfielder Quincy Latimore.
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Four former athletes will be inducted into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes. They are Frank Blatcher (basketball), Kevin Coleman (soccer), Melanie Coots Platchek (diving) and Jon Walheim (swimming). They will be recognized at halftime of the La Salle-Fordham game Feb. 9 at Gola Arena.
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Lance Armstrong has agreed to an interview with Oprah Winfrey and will address allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs. The show will be broadcast Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. on OWN and Oprah.com.
* Lindsey Vonn will make her return at World Cup downhill training in Austria on Thursday after an absence of more than 3 weeks because of an intestinal illness.
* Diana Taurasi was chosen USA Basketball's female athlete of the year for 2012 after leading the Americans to a fifth straight Olympic gold medal.