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Buehrle has solid outing in Blue Jays' loss

Mark Buehrle has solid outing in Toronto Blue Jays' 3-2 loss to Seattle Mariners
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays' pitching is finally clicking — just as their hitting is misfiring.

Mark Buehrle worked 7 1/3 innings with five hits and four strikeouts as Toronto lost to the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

"Early in the season pitching wasn't doing good and hitting was there," said Buehrle (5-4) in the Blue Jays' clubhouse after the game. "Now pitching's there and hitting's not doing so well.

Giovinco puts on a show in Toronto FC win

Italian star Sebastian Giovinco puts on a show in Toronto FC win over Portland
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Drake and Weezy provided the locker-room soundtrack from a boombox. A few super-sized Budweiser cans lay on their floor, their job done.

Toronto FC was celebrating its first home win of the season, a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers.

The post-game beer Saturday came courtesy of some excited team owners, according to one player. The goal came in the fifth minute from Sebastian Giovinco, who put on an MVP-like show.

Albert Ladouceur dies at the age of 63

Journal de Quebec sports journalist Albert Ladouceur dies at the age of 63
The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - Sports journalist Albert Ladouceur has died in a Quebec hospital at the age of 63.

Ladouceur suffered from pancreas cancer, a disease he found out he had in August 2013.

He published a book in April 2014 called "Dejoue par le cancer", which had a preface written by former Quebec Nordique Peter Stastny. He also published a second book called "Raconte-moi les Nordiques."

Ladouceur worked for the Journal de Quebec and was last featured in their paper in mid-April.

Smith goal leads Generals past Oceanic 4-3

Smith goal leads Oshawa past Rimouski 4-3 in Memorial Cup opener for both teams
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - Hunter Smith could breathe easier after scoring the winning goal for the Oshawa Generals.

The six-foot-six Calgary Flames prospect bulled his way up the middle and scored on his own rebound to break a tie and lift the Ontario Hockey league champion Generals to a 4-3 victory against the Rimouski Oceanic in the opening game for both teams at the Mastercard Memorial Cup on Saturday.

Astros turn 1st triple play since 2004, on Kinsler grounder

Houston Astros turn 1st triple play since 2004, do it on grounder by Detroit's Ian Kinsler
The Associated Press

DETROIT - The Houston Astros turned their first triple play since 2004, pulling the feat on a grounder by Detroit's Ian Kinsler

The Tigers had runners on first and second and had already scored a run in the fifth inning Saturday when Kinsler hit a grounder to third. Jonathan Villar stepped on the bag and threw to second, where Jose Altuve relayed the ball to first.

Hawks' Kyle Korver out for the playoffs with sprained ankle

Kyle Korver done for playoffs with sprained ankle as injuries grow and hopes fade for Hawks
Paul Newberry, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - Already facing a daunting task after losing the first two games at home in the Eastern Conference final, the Atlanta Hawks were dealt another major blow Saturday when 3-point specialist Kyle Korver was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs because of a severely sprained right ankle.

Clock ticks but fortune smiles for Federer at French Open

Does Roger Federer have another Grand Slam in him? French Open holds promise of answer
John Leicester, The Associated Press

PARIS - There are two distinct sounds when Roger Federer graces the courts of Roland Garros. One is the pop of backhands and forehands kicking up puffs of red clay. The other, getting ever louder, is the scratchy tick of life's clock.

At age 33, with 34 bearing down in August, time is increasingly the enemy to Federer's quest to add to his already record haul of Grand Slam titles.

Rockets fined $500 for criticizing officials

Kelowna Rockets fined $500 for criticizing referees at memorial Cup
The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - The Kelowna Rockets were fined $500 on Saturday for criticizing the officials at the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

A Canadian Hockey League statement said a member of the Rockets' organization made "negative comments" about the referees to members of the CHL hockey operations department after a 4-3 loss to the host Quebec Remparts on Friday night.

They did not specify which member of the team's brass made the comments.

Kelowna had 44 penalty minutes on 10 infractions. The Remparts were on the power play five times, but didn't score.

Stroman enjoying balancing rehab and school

Old School: Blue Jays pitcher Stroman enjoying balancing rehab and university
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Marcus Stroman is having a busy summer, even if it's away from his Toronto Blue Jays teammates.

The 24-year-old pitcher was ruled out for the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in spring training, but has occupied his time with physical rehabilitation, training and a full course load at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

"I'm good with distraction," said Stroman on Saturday. "That's how I've always been. The more going on, the more I kind of feel like I lock in. When I don't have enough going on that's when I kind of get spacey.

Canadians score first ever sevens Cup win

Canadian women defeat Australia, score first ever rugby sevens tournament win
The Canadian Press

AMSTERDAM - One day after securing Olympic rugby qualification, Canada made history Saturday by defeating Australia 20-17 at the Amsterdam Sevens to win its first ever Women's World Series tournament.

Ghislaine Landry's try with one minute remaining put Canada ahead for good after a back-and-forth final. Canadian captain Jen Kish retrieved the ensuing kickoff to end Australia's hopes of a comeback.

"They've been playing some great rugby, I'm so proud of them," said Canadian coach John Tait.

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