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Press Box: Nike suspends Pistorius; Jets' Redmond hospitalizd after slash

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Nike Inc. suspended on Thursday its contract with double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius, as the Olympian faces murder charges in the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend.

Pistorius, 26, is accused of a premeditated killing of model Reeva Steenkamp, though he claims he mistakenly took her for an intruder.

"Nike has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius," the company said in a statement. "We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely."

Eyewear maker Oakley Inc. suspended its contract with Pistorius on Monday.

Earlier this week, Nike announced that it had no plans to use him in future ad campaigns. An ad featuring Pistorius that said, "I am the bullet in the chamber," was pulled from his personal web site on Feb. 14.

Called the "Blade Runner" for his carbon-fiber running blades, Pistorius is known for his track success against able-bodied athletes. He won gold and bronze medals at the first Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004, and set a world record in the 200 meters. He qualified for the London Olympics in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay last summer.

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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Redmond went to the hospital after being slashed on the back of the leg during morning skate.

"We were trying to get our extra players conditioned, and there was a one-on-one battle at the net where he tripped up and landed on his back," Jets coach Claude Noel told reporters. "(Another) player happened to step on him and cut him just above the back of the knee. It's a fairly wide cut, so we will take him to the hospital and see what the diagnosis is."

Jets' medical and training staff rushed from the dressing room to the ice when the incident occurred. Noel said Redmond stayed conscious and coherent throughout the ordeal.

"He lost a fair amount of blood and I think he's in some pain," Noel said. "We got it tied up and got some pressure on it."

---An unnamed hockey team has approached the Maple Leafs about the availability of former president and general manager Brian Burke, who remains with the team as an advisor, according to Toronto Sun report.

Burke was fired in early January, but remains under contract as a special advisor to the board. Permission was granted and that team met with Burke, a source told the paper. He has also been working with USA Hockey as a scout.

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