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Signed ticket from Gehrig's last game nets $95,600

Signed ticket stub from Lou Gehrig's retirement game sells for $95,600 at Cleveland auction
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on the day he retired from baseball sold for $95,600 at an auction on Thursday, and the boxing gloves Muhammad Ali wore in the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier sold for $388,375.

The July 4, 1939, ticket and the 1971 Fight of the Century gloves were among the highlights from Heritage Auctions' sale at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.

Austin stunned by Ticats 27-26 loss

Head coach Kent Austin stunned by Tiger-Cats 27-26 loss to Blue Bombers
Carol Phillips, The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - Would you rather get blown out in a game or lose a close one on the last play? What if the loss came after your team had already mounted an incredible comeback?

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Tiger-Cats 27-26 at McMaster University's Ron Joyce Stadium in CFL action Thursday night, negating a Hamilton rally in the second half.

Willy rallies Bombers to win over Ticats

Drew Willy rallies Bombers to stirring road win over Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - Drew Willy did it again.

Willy's two-yard TD pass to Nic Grigsby on the final play rallied the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a stirring 27-26 comeback win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday night. Grigsby's catch capped an impressive 11-play, 95-yard drive that began with 1:40 remaining and ended with Lirim Hajrullahu's winning convert.

Pospisil, Raonic, Johnson win at Citi Open

Pospisil, Raonic, Johnson advance to Citi Open quarter-finals in Washington
Benjamin Standig, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil got the best of Tomas Berdych — again.

The Canadian improved to 2-0 against the fifth-ranked Berdych, beating the Czech star 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday night to advance to the Citi Open quarter-finals.

Berdych was the top seed in the hardcourt event.

Earlier, Steve Johnson knocked off another seeded, big-serving, NBA centre-sized opponent, beating ninth-seeded Ivo Karlovic 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7).

Senators sign Lehner to three-year extension

Ottawa Senators sign goaltender Robin Lehner to three-year extension
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a contract extension, worth $6.675 million over three years.

Lehner, 23, played a career-high 36 games last season posting a record of 12-15-6 with a 3.06 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

"I'm very, very happy that it got done," Lehner said Thursday on a conference call. "It's been a long summer, I've been quite anxious to get it done. I feel like part of the team and the community again. So yeah, I'm very happy."

A's get Lester, Gomes from Red Sox for Cespedes

Another Athletics blockbuster: Oakland acquires Jon Lester, Gomes from Red Sox for Cespedes
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. - Billy Beane considers Jon Lester a proven ace who can carry a pitching staff through the playoffs, just like he did last fall. The general manager acquired Lester to make sure Oakland gets there first.

The baseball-leading, small-budget A's won the mighty Lester sweepstakes Thursday, acquiring the left-hander and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Boston Red Sox for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Trump selected to advance in Bills' sale process

Trump's attorney confirms 'The Donald' selected to advance in Bills' sale process
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Donald Trump remains in the running to purchase the Buffalo Bills.

Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that the real estate mogul has been chosen to advance to the next round of bidding to purchase the team. Cohen said he was informed of the decision by Morgan Stanley, the banking firm overseeing the sale of the team for late owner Ralph Wilson's estate.

Price, Lester, Lackey traded in deadline flurry

Big deals! Price, Lester, Lackey and more stars traded to contenders in deadline day flurry
The Associated Press

Baseball fans were still trying to sort out the dizzying deals for post-season aces Jon Lester and John Lackey, Home Run Derby champ Yoenis Cespedes and All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera when they were treated to a most curious sight Thursday.

In the seventh inning of a tight game at Comerica Park — with the bases loaded, no less — Detroit centre fielder Austin Jackson suddenly trotted from his position to the dugout.

Offences hurting as Alouettes host Argos

Alouettes look for answers on offence as they face injury-plagued Argonauts
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Bringing in former NFL quarterback and coach Turk Schonert and CFL coaching legend Don Matthews as consultants won't take any pressure off Montreal Alouettes pivot Troy Smith, at least for now.

The Heisman Trophy winner who was given the starting job as the retired Anthony Calvillo's replacement this season will be under the gun when the Alouettes (1-3) put their league-worst offence up against the injury-plagued Toronto Argonauts (1-4) on Friday night at Percival Molson Stadium.

Comm Games athlete convicted for assault on rival

Australian weightlifter convicted in court of head-butting another athlete at Comm Games
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

GLASGOW, Scotland - An Australian medal-winning weightlifter was convicted Thursday of head-butting another Commonwealth Games competitor in the athletes' village and Australia's athletics coach was sent home for criticizing his top star — just as the country's 20-year domination of the competition appeared to be coming to an end.

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