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Canada ready to name World Cup roster

Canada ready to name World Cup roster, looks to build on Olympic soccer success
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The Canadian women's soccer team, which went from last at the 2011 World Cup to the medal podium at the 2012 London Olympics, unveils its roster Monday for this summer's World Cup campaign.

Rays, Archer complete sweep of Blue Jays

Archer extends steak of zeroes in Rays' win over Blue Jays
Dick Scanlon, The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - There was some doubt over whether Chris Archer would even be able to pitch Sunday. When he did make the start, the Rays right-hander exceeded all expectations, even his own.

Five reasons the Calgary Flames advanced

Five reasons the Calgary Flames reached the second round of NHL playoffs
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames advanced to the second round of NHL playoffs for the first time since 2004 and will face the Anaheim Ducks. Not considered a playoff contender this season, here are five reasons the Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks four games to two in the first round.

1. A light team plays a heavy game

Flames to face their road demon in Anaheim

Calgary Flames must find a way to win in Anaheim to advance another round
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - For the Calgary Flames to extend their Cinderella run in the NHL playoffs, they'll need to conquer the hostile Honda Centre.

The Flames open their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series on the road this week against the Anaheim Ducks. The NHL has yet to announce the schedule as other first-round series are still in progress.

Calgary hasn't won a regular-season game in Anaheim since Jan. 19, 2004, for a 20-game losing streak.

Sid the Kid to suit up for Canada in Prague

Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby to join Canada for upcoming world championship
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has been added to Canada's roster for the upcoming world hockey championship, giving the Canadian team a huge boost as it seeks to win its first gold medal since 2007.

Crosby became available after the New York Rangers beat Pittsburgh in five games in their first-round NHL playoff series.

Vancouver Whitecaps lose Laba and the game

Vancouver Whitecaps lose Laba and the game as D.C. United takes advantage
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Whitecaps ended the day as they started — with the most points in Major League Soccer.

But there were also regrets as the Whitecaps, reduced to 10 men after 42 minutes, failed to convert several late chances to secure a probably deserved point and lost 2-1 to D.C. United on Saturday night.

"Sometimes you don't get things you deserve. And I think that's what we got today," said Vancouver coach Carl Robinson.

Canucks reflect after Game 6 loss to Flames

Canucks wondering what happened after season ending Game 6 loss to Flames
Darren Haynes, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The Vancouver Canucks are returning home but not for a Game 7 as it looked would be the case when they took an early 3-0 lead on Saturday.

Instead, Vancouver limps home wondering what happened after a 7-4 loss to the Calgary Flames, who won the Western Conference first-round series 4-2.

Flames advance to second round of playoffs

Flames advance to second round of playoffs with 7-4 comeback win over Canucks
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - A season of many improbable comebacks gave the Calgary Flames the confidence to pull off their biggest one yet.

The Flames came from behind twice in a 7-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Calgary advanced to the second round of NHL playoffs for the first time in over a decade.

Calgary meets the Anaheim Ducks in a best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal after eliminating the Canucks four games to two in the opening round.

Johnson beats Horiguchi, retains title at UFC 186

UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson retains title at UFC 186
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson retained his title in dominant fashion, controlling opponent Kyoji Horiguchi for nearly the entirety of their five-round affair before scoring the latest submission win in UFC history — tapping out his opponent with just a single second left in the fight.

The bout served as the featured contest of Saturday's "UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi" event, which took place at Montreal's Bell Centre.

Keith scores, Blackhawks eliminate Predators with 4-3 win

Duncan Keith scores in 3rd period as Blackhawks eliminate Predators with 4-3 win in Game 6
Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Duncan Keith waited and waited for just the right moment, and then unloaded.

Another big goal for Chicago's top defenceman moved the Blackhawks into the second round of the playoffs.

Keith scored at 16:12 of the third, and Chicago overcame a brutal start on its way to a clinching 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of their tight post-season series.

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