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Brazil holds off France in basketball opener

Brazil holds off France, Croatia edges the Philippines at Basketball World Cup
The Associated Press

Marcelinho Huertas had 16 points and five assists, and Brazil held on to edge France 65-63 on Saturday in its opening game at the Basketball World Cup.

Boris Diaw of the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for the European champions, but the Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao blocked his three-point attempt as time expired in the Group A game.

Serbia beat Egypt 85-64 in the opening game in Granada, while host Spain played Iran at night.

Bautista, Hutchison lift Jays over Yankees

Jose Bautista, Drew Hutchison lift Toronto Blue Jays over New York Yankees 2-0
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Drew Hutchison focuses on one thing when pitching: command.

Hutchison struck out nine over seven innings and gave up a double to hold New York scoreless as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 2-0 on Saturday.

"Everything comes off fastball command," said the 24-year-old right-hander. "You can have the best stuff there is and not command the ball. I think that's what it's about."

Stadium expected to be finished for Classic

Tim Hortons Field expected to be finished for Labour Day Classic
The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - It looks like Tim Hortons Field will be finished for Monday's Labour Day Classic after all.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats got virtually the green light from the City of Hamilton on Saturday for Monday afternoon's CFL game against the visiting Toronto Argonauts.

Wild Chelsea win capitalizes on City slip-up

Chelsea thrashes Everton 6-3 to capitalize on rare home defeat for champion Man City
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

LIVERPOOL, England - Chelsea showed off its new-found attacking sparkle in a 6-3 win over Everton on a day Manchester City lost its cutting edge to slip to a surprise first defeat in its Premier League title defence.

City's 1-0 home loss to Stoke on Saturday was exacerbated by its title rival's wild victory at Goodison Park, in which Spain striker Diego Costa scored in the first and last minutes to continue the superb start to his Chelsea career.

Jennerich, Obee win world rowing silver

Canada's Lindsay Jennerich, Patricia Obee race to world rowing silver
The Canadian Press

AMSTERDAM - Canada's Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee raced to a silver medal in the women's lightweight double at the world rowing championships Saturday.

The Victoria duo battled strong winds that blew down the Bosbaan rowing venue to finish behind New Zealand in the season finale. China claimed the bronze.

"This is validation," said Jennerich. "I am already excited to start training again. The ultimate goal is Rio (2016 Olympics)."

It was the second world silver medal for the Canadians, who finished second three years ago in Bled, Slovenia.

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

NASCAR'S Stewart says he'll never get over Ward's death but hopes racing will help the healing
Paul Newberry, The Associated Press

HAMPTON, Ga. - Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with."

This was a far cry from the brash driver known around the track as "Smoke."

Errani's 'cottage cheese' serve tops Venus at Open

Venus Williams loses at US Open to Sara Errani and her 'terrible' serve; No 2 Halep out, too
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A day before facing Venus Williams — and a partisan crowd — at the U.S. Open, Italy's Sara Errani came across a video posted on Twitter that gave her a little extra motivation.

It showed a pair of former players and coaches, Brad Gilbert and Darren Cahill, forecasting Friday at Flushing Meadows. Both picked Williams to win.

The 13th-seeded Errani's ears perked up particularly when Gilbert referred to her "cottage cheese" serve and predicted she'd win only four games.

Yankees use five-run seventh to beat Jays 6-3

Sloppy seventh inning costs Buehrle and Jays in 6-3 loss to Yankees
Kyle Cicerella, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The New York Yankees have owned pitcher Mark Buehrle his entire career, but it didn't look that way Friday night.

Not at first, anyway.

One bad inning and some sloppy play by his teammates left the 35-year-old on the hook for a 6-3 loss against New York.

"Buehrle was damn good tonight," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.

Green, Rodgers score as Als top Ottawa 20-10

Green, Rodgers score as Alouettes beat Redblacks 20-10, end 6-game losing run
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The losing run is over for the Montreal Alouettes, who look like they've found their starting quarterback halfway through the CFL season.

Jonathan Crompton made his first CFL start as the Alouettes used touchdowns by S.J. Green and newcomer James Rodgers to defeat the Ottawa Redblacks 20-10 on Friday night.

The former Edmonton Eskimo completed 15 passes for 245 yards as the Alouettes (2-7) ended a six-game losing streak and took over second place in the feeble East Division.

Friday's Scoreboard

Friday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Friday's Games

(All Times Eastern)


Montreal 20 Ottawa 10



American League

Baltimore 9 Minnesota 1

N.Y. Yankees 6 Toronto 3

Boston 8 Tampa Bay 4

Cleveland at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m.

Detroit at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Texas at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.


National League

Pittsburgh 2 Cincinnati 1

N.Y. Mets 4 Philadelphia 1

Atlanta 5 Miami 2

Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

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