WINNIPEG -- The Hockey News says twice-convicted pedophile Graham James has returned a plaque the magazine gave him in his heyday as a junior coach. . The hockey publication declared James "man of the year" at its annual awards luncheon in June 1989. Columnist Ken Campbell says The Hockey News stripped James of the award when he pleaded guilty last December to the latest sex assault charges against him. Campbell says he wrote at the time that James should give back the plaque he received. Campbell says that happened recently when James approached a longtime NHL scout and asked him to return the plaque to The Hockey News. James was sentenced last week to two years in jail for sex assaults on retired NHL star Theo Fleury and his cousin Todd Holt when they played junior hockey in the 1980s and 90s. Campbell writes in a recent edition that the "man of the year" accolade was given to James for his stance against violence and for leading the Western Hockey Leagues Swift Current Broncos to the Memorial Cup less than 2 1/2 years after a bus crash took the lives of four players. Campbell points out that after the luncheon, James "later that night sexually assaulted Sheldon Kennedy in a hotel room paid for by The Hockey News." Kennedy, another junior who would also go on to play in the NHL, was the person who originally came forward with sex abuse allegations that led to the coachs first conviction. Campbell suggests that returning the plaque may be a small gesture, but it was right of James to do it. "James did some despicable things and he deserves to be punished as severely as the justice system deems reasonable, probably more, but we do take some comfort in the fact that James saw fit to do the right thing." Campbell also concedes that the magazine should have stripped James of the honour after his first conviction in 1997. "Were under no illusions that this in any way makes things right. In fact, it feels a little like a hollow gesture, largely because we should have done it 15 years ago when James pleaded guilty to ... sexual assault against Kennedy and another player. "But we did not and there is nothing we can do about that, except to try to do our part to right a wrong. Even if it is too little, too late, at least its something." . In particular, Craig Anderson was singled out for not playing as well as he did during the 2012-13 campaign, when many suggested he was the best goalie in the league before he suffered an ankle injury partway through the lockout-shortened campaign. . Marie rink in the Ice Cube Curling Center, as they moved Canada up to 3-2 in the round robin by beating Denmark by a score of 7-6. . Although the two players had faced each other a few times in doubles, it was their first encounter in a singles match. Williams will be participating in her fourth semifinal of the year after Oakland, Dubai and the Rogers Cup in Montreal. DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks finally have championship rings for their first NBA title. "Wow! Looks good," NBA finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki said after accepting his ring, kissing it and then holding it high over his head for all to see. Exactly a month after raising the championship banner before the season opener Christmas Day, 11 players from the title-winning team got their rings in a pre-game ceremony Wednesday night before playing the Minnesota Timberwolves. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle, who was the first to receive a ring, presented the diamond-encrusted jewels to Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and seven other current players who were on last years team. Also getting their rings during the ceremony were retired player Peja Stojakovic and J.J. Barea, who now plays for the Timberwolves and part of the reason the ceremony was held when it was. The ceremony began with a video of the Mavericks being presented the NBA championship trophy at the end of the finals and other playoff highlights. It was the same montage shown on Christmas Day, with a couple of additions -- video of the banner raising and the teams trip to the White House earlier this month. The rings werent ready for the season opener because Cuban waited until after the NBA lockout so he could confer with players about the design. Carlisle introduced each player, the last being Nowitzki, who was dressed in a suit during the third of at least four games hes sitting out to improve game conditioning and his sore right knee. The coach introduced the 10-time all-star and former NBA MVP as a player "who one day soon will have a statute in front of the AAC (the teams arena) without question. The greatest player in Mavericks histoory. . " Nowitzki thanked everybody for taking part in a "special, special" night, then pointed out that there was one more ring left. "Without this man, nothing was possible," Nowitzki said. "Hes the greatest owner in sports. Heres Mark Cuban. Thank you very much." Cuban held up his ring and turned in a full circle to acknowledge the cheering crowd. Barea, who missed his fourth consecutive game for Minnesota because of a sprained left ankle, received a huge ovation when he was the first player introduced by Carlisle. The rest of his Timberwolves teammates had retreated to the locker room before the ring ceremony. The four players from last seasons team not present to get rings were Corey Brewer, Caron Butler, Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stephenson. Carlisle said he looked forward to presenting rings to those players later this season. Carlisle is part of an exclusive group of people who have won championship rings as a player and coach. He was a player on the 1985-86 NBA champion Boston Celtics, though he said he is not much of a ring wearer and expects his new Mavericks ring to join that one securely stored away. "Weve got to be able to get the rings and enjoy that moment and then move on to the game and do better than we did opening night," Carlisle said before the game. "I think at this point, we have a good handle on it. This is the third one of this sort of thing that weve had, the banner and the White House and then this." The Mavericks lost the season opener 105-94 to the Miami Heat in a rematch of the NBA finals that wasnt really that close. Dallas was already down by 15 points after the first quarter and 21 at halftime. ' ' '