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CFL could be an option for Michael Sam

Playing in CFL with Montreal Alouettes could be an option for Michael Sam
The Canadian Press

He might not be in the St. Louis Rams' plans but defensive end Michael Sam still has options, including playing in the CFL.

Sam is trying to become the NFL's first openly gay player. He was among the Rams' final cuts Saturday, prompting suggestions he'd remain on St. Louis's practice roster.

But Sam, a 2014 seventh-round pick by St. Louis, wasn't included among the 10 players the squad named to its practice roster Monday.

So the six-foot-two, 262-pound Sam could choose to wait for another NFL offer or turn his sights north to the CFL.

Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy

Carrie Underwood, husband NHL player Mike Fisher announce pregnancy on Labor Day; 1st child
Kristin M. Hall, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.

Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood's publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring.

Ticats enjoy playing at Tim Hortons Field

Ticats enjoy playing at Tim Hortons Field - finally - in 13-12 win over Argos
Carol Phillips, The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - Was it the brand new turf at Tim Hortons Field that put a bounce in the step of veteran Hamilton Tiger-Cat defensive back Marc Beswick?

Or was it simply that he was playing the Toronto Argonauts in the Labour Day Classic?

Defoe still a TFC man but does he want to be?

Toronto FC turns down transfer bids for Defoe but questions remain about his future
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Jermain Defoe is staying put with Toronto FC after the MLS team turned down several transfer offers, including a club-record bid, for the England striker.

But questions remain whether Defoe wants to continue in a Toronto uniform.

General manager Tim Bezbatchenko, who spoke to Defoe earlier in the day, told reporters in a conference call Monday that his star forward wanted to remain in Toronto.

"He's committed," he said.

Ticats down Argos 13-12 at new venue

Ticats nip Argos 13-12 to win first-ever contest at Tim Hortons Field
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - Zach Collaros and the Hamilton defence made the Tiger-Cats' debut at Tim Hortons Field a victorious one.

Collaros threw for 317 yards and a TD in his first game against his former team while a stingy Hamilton defence held Toronto to just 146 net yards as the Ticats edged the Argonauts 13-12 before an energetic Labour Day Monday gathering of 18,135.

"I can't say enough about the fans," Collaros said. "They really carried us through that whole game and I think it helped us.

Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

Astros, with 2nd worst record in AL, fire manager Bo Porter and cite need for 'united message'
Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press

HOUSTON - The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization."

Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor league system. Lawless' first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the first-place Los Angeles Angels.

Braves' offence goes quietly in no-hit loss

Atlanta punchless as Hamels, 3 Philadelphia relievers throw a combined no-hitter
George Henry, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - With their playoff hopes uncertain, Atlanta's struggling batters picked a bad time to get no-hit by Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia relievers.

"You feel like you've hit a good stride," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "And all of a sudden you go through a stretch where you score one run in 27 innings, and lucky enough to win one of those games."

Hamels and the Phillies bullpen combined on the season's fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday.

Nelsen loses power struggle at Toronto FC

Ryan Nelsen loses power struggle at Toronto FC, fails to complete turnaround
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - It was the worst and lowest-paying job offer on the table.

But Ryan Nelsen said yes to Toronto FC in January 2013, reckoning he could learn more from trying to resuscitate a perennial MLS loser than sit on a bench as an assistant coach at an English Premier League club.

Twenty months later, Nelsen's education in Toronto is over. General manager Tim Bezbatchenko, who inherited Nelsen as coach when he was hired last September, fired the former New Zealand international Sunday.

NewsAlert: Bouchard is out of the U.S. Open

NewsAlert: Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard has been eliminated from U.S. Open
The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Canada's Eugenie Bouchard has been eliminated from the U.S. Open. The 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., dropped a 7-6, 6-4 decision to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the fourth round.

More coming.

Tour of Alberta cycling stage race returns

Tour of Alberta cycling race returns with fan-friendly tweaks, but no mountains
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - More urban routes for spectators and "Canadian cobblestone" have been incorporated into the second Tour of Alberta cycling stage race. What's missing is a mountain stage and the defending champion.

The 2014 Tour of Alberta opens with Tuesday's prologue in Calgary. The six-day race features 120 racers from 13 countries, including 24 Canadians.

The penultimate leg near Edmonton includes sections of dirt road, which presents a very Canadian surface for Europeans accustomed to racing on cobblestones.

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