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Alberta diving coach arrested on sex-related charges

EDMONTON -- A national diving organization says a prominent coach arrested this week on sex-related charges has been suspended from all diving-related activities since March.

Trevor Palmatier, 43, is accused of two counts of sexual exploitation and of procuring, charges that Diving Canada called "very unsettling."

"The charges, which have yet to be proven in court, remind us of the paramount importance of ensuring the well-being of our athletes," the organization said in a statement released Thursday. "Nothing is more important and we take very seriously the responsibility of their safety and protection while in our care."

Edmonton police said Palmatier was arrested Wednesday on warrants issued by the Saanich Police Department in British Columbia.

Palmatier coached on Vancouver Island and in Vancouver before moving to Edmonton. The Edmonton Diving Academy's website says Palmatier coached Blythe Hartley, former world champion and Commonwealth Games gold-medal winner, in the mid-2000s and more recently coached 2012 Olympic diver Eric Sehn.

Saanich police allege Palmatier had sexual contact with a teenage male diving athlete in Victoria between 2004 and 2006.

Edmonton police Det. Nicole Champlaine said Saanich police approached Edmonton police in March after a teenage male came forward with allegations.


Sabres fire Patrick, Adams

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Sabres fired assistant coaches James Patrick and Kevyn Adams on Thursday in the first moves made by newly promoted head coach Ron Rolston.

A person familiar with the decisions confirmed the moves and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have not announced the moves. The Buffalo News first reported the firings on its website earlier in the day.

The changes come two days after Rolston took over the job on a permanent basis. He closed the season going 15-11-5 as the team's interim coach in replacing Lindy Ruff, who was fired in February.

The shuffle does not come as a surprise. Rolston indicated he was going to spend the next few weeks putting together his staff.

Both Patrick and Adams were holdovers from Ruff's tenure and were both responsible for working behind the bench.

Patrick had completed his seventh season in Buffalo, where he had become Ruff's top assistant. He's a former defenceman who enjoyed a 21-season NHL career split between four teams, including the Sabres.


Vikes pay dearly for new digs

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings will pay a hefty price while they wait for their shiny new home to be built.

The Vikings and the University of Minnesota announced an agreement on Thursday that will allow the NFL team to play all of its home games at the Golden Gophers' stadium in 2014 and 2015. The contract calls for the Vikings to pay the university $250,000 for every game and an additional $50,000 in concession and advertising revenue. That could add up to as much as $3 million per season above all expenses.

"I think we've reached a very fair agreement for both sides," Minnesota president Eric Kaler said. "It's the classic example of a win-win."

The Vikings are planning 2013 to be their last in the Metrodome. They won a decade-long fight for a new stadium last year when state lawmakers approved public funding to help build a brand-new building in downtown Minneapolis where the Dome currently sits.

The Vikings will be limited to one weekday night game each season, which can only take place late in the year when school is not in session and when the weather is likely to be the coldest.


Hip surgery to sideline Rinne

NASHVILLE -- Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip and will need approximately four months to recover.

General manager David Poile said Thursday that Rinne had surgery Wednesday to correct a situation team officials were aware of last year resulting from the wear and tear from playing goaltender.

Poile said they hope Rinne is ready by training camp. The general manager said Tim Thomas had the operation and won the Vezina Trophy, with the Bruins taking the Stanley Cup the following year.


Kobe sues mom over auction

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Kobe Bryant is playing some of his toughest defence yet, demanding his mother keep her hands off his merchandise.

Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers guard, said in a court filing he never gave his mother permission to sell mementos from his high school days and early professional basketball career. Bryant is in a court battle over whether hundreds of items -- from high school jerseys to trophies and championship rings -- can be auctioned off.

Pamela Bryant said the NBA star told her the memorabilia were hers. She arranged earlier this year to auction it off through Berlin, N.J.-based Goldin Auctions and received a $450,000 advance.

Last week, lawyers for the son wrote to the auction house demanding it cease the June sale. Goldin is suing to assert its right to sell.


-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 10, 2013 C5

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