In this 2005 file photo, AHL president and CEO David Andrews and Mark Chipman, chairman of True North, show off the jerseys for the 2006 AHL All-Star game in Winnipeg. (QMI Agency)

AHL announces new Cali division

The American Hockey League announced Thursday that it will create a new Pacific Division for the 2015-16 season, comprised of five NHL affiliates that will be based in California.

Martin Brodeur addresses the media to announce his retirement during a press conference Thursday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. (Scott Kane/USA TODAY Sports)

Brodeur hints he wants GM job

Goaltender Martin Brodeur officially announced his retirement as a player during a press conference in St. Louis on Thursday, and will remain with the Blues as a senior advisor to the general manager.

Fans attend the visitation for Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on January 30, 2015 in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP)

Fans pay respect to Banks

Chicagoans young and old and from all walks of life on Friday streamed past the closed casket of baseball great Ernie Banks, the Cubs Hall of Famer, paying their respects to one of the city's biggest heroes.

Detroit Lions cornerback Cassius Vaughn (29) knocks a pass away from Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) during NFL play at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports)

Browns' Gordon fires back at critics

In an open letter posted online, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon fired back at critics, explained the circumstances that led to his latest suspension by the NFL and expressed regret for bad decisions throughout his life.

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer (20) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Cards' Dwyer get probation

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer pleaded guilty on Thursday to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 18 months' probation under a deal with prosecutors following accusations he assaulted his wife on two occasions, a court spokesman said.