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US uses big third quarter to pull away from Canada

US women use big third quarter to pull away from Canada 76-51 in exhibition game
Doug Feinberg, The Associated Press

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Both the Canadian and American women's national basketball teams have work to do before the world championships.

Only leading by four at halftime, the United States scored the first 13 points of the third quarter to grab control in a 76-51 victory over Canada on Monday night in an exhibition game.

Foles leads Eagles to 30-27 win against Colts

Nick Foles directs Philadelphia Eagles to another comeback win, 30-27 over Indianapolis Colts
Michael Marot, The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Nick Foles threw a tying touchdown pass with 3:25 to go, and then set up Cody Parkey for the winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Philadelphia to a 30-27 win at Indianapolis on Monday night.

Darren Sproles had seven receptions for 152 yards to go along with a touchdown run as the Eagles (2-0) won their first game on the road for the sixth consecutive season.

Orioles beat Blue Jays 5-2, near AL East title

Orioles poised to clinch AL East crown after Chen secures 16th win in 5-2 win over Blue Jays
David Ginsburg, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - It's time for the Baltimore Orioles to put the champagne on ice.

The Orioles moved to the brink of claiming their first AL East title in 17 years, using a resilient pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Monday night.

Baltimore can clinch the division crown with a win over Toronto on Tuesday. That would assure the Orioles their second playoff berth in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Papelbon suspended 7 games by MLB

Phillies closer Jonathon Papelbon suspended 7 games by MLB after making contact with umpire
The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO - Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games and fined Monday night by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire.

Papelbon said in a statement distributed by his agent that he would immediately begin serving the suspension, and that he regrets making contact with umpire Joe West on Sunday.

Habs to go with four alternate captains

Canadiens will have four alternate captains rather than giving anyone the C
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

LAVAL, Que. - Debate raged all summer over who would be the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

And when the decision was announced Monday it was ... nobody.

General manager Marc Bergevin said the team will go with four alternate captains rather than have one player wear the C.

"It's not the end of the world," he said. "The way we're going will be good for our team."

Canada's Katelyn Osmond out for season

Canadian Olympian Katelyn Osmond out for fall skating season
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Canadian Olympian Kaetlyn Osmond will miss the fall figure skating season with a broken right leg.

The 18-year-old from Marystown, N.L., underwent surgery on Friday at Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton. She was hurt during a practice session when she swerved around another skater and fell, fracturing the fibula in her leg.

Transgender hockey teen nets rights goal

Hockey teen nets rights goal: Transgender players can choose dressing room
Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Minor hockey players in Ontario are now able to choose a dressing room based on whether they see themselves as male or female following settlement of a human rights complaint against Hockey Canada.

The agreement, which also includes an educational component, is aimed at protecting young transgender players from discrimination and harassment.

Jesse Thompson, 17, of Oshawa, Ont., who filed the complaint in August last year, said he was pleased with the result.

Athletes urge fans to buy Pan Am tickets

Olympians and star athletes urging fans to reserve Pan Am tickets early
Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Watching dramatic sporting competitions in person provides a rush far better than any gained from seeing the events on the small screen, Canada's star athletes said Monday as they urged fans to start reserving tickets to next year's Pan Am Games.

"These are sports that TV sometimes kind of numbs us as to how fast, how high, how quick, how agile these sports really are," said Olympic medal-winning cyclist Curt Harnett, leader of Team Canada in the Games.

Bombers QB week-to-week with injured shoulder

Drew Willy could miss Sept. 27 game against Ticats with injured shoulder
Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Winnipeg quarterback Drew Willy's injured shoulder could make him miss the Blue Bombers' next game almost two weeks from now, and his future after that is unclear based on what the team said Monday.

The Bombers say Willy's status is week-to-week but that he's questionable for Winnipeg's next game at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Ronaldinho called 'monkey' by former city official

Ronaldinho called 'monkey' by former city official where Brazilian set to play for new club
The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - A former public official in the Mexican city where Ronaldinho has signed to play has called the Brazilian star "a monkey."

The comment by Carlos Manuel Trevino Nunez, who was the Secretary of Social Development in Queretaro, was published in Facebook.

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