PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon congressman is throwing his support behind players who are protesting the plan to use artificial turf at the Women's World Cup next summer in Canada.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer has written his colleagues to join the effort. He will gather their signatures for a letter he plans to send early next week to Jeffrey Webb, president of the North, Central America and Caribbean soccer federation and vice-president of FIFA, soccer's international governing body.
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Texas 7 Oakland 2
N.Y. Yankees 3 Toronto 2
Cleveland 2 Houston 1 (13 innings)
Seattle 3 L.A. Angels 1
Washington 6 Miami 2
L.A. Dodgers 8 Chicago Cubs 4
St. Louis 3 Milwaukee 2 (13 innings)
Colorado 7 Arizona 6
San Diego 7 Philadelphia 3
Pittsburgh 3 Boston 2
Atlanta 56 Tampa Bay 14
ATLANTA - Devin Hester high-stepped into the NFL record book. Matt Ryan had as many touchdown passes as incompletions. Julio Jones made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch tumbling into the end zone.
The result: One of the biggest wins in Atlanta Falcons history.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Derek Jeter turned on R.A. Dickey's fastball, sent it deep into the left-field seats and circled the bases at Yankee Stadium for the first time in 14 months.
With his usual flair, Jeter began his final homestand in dramatic fashion.
CALGARY - Goaltending and goalscoring are the burning issues at the Calgary Flames training camp.
Jonas Hiller signed a two-year, US$9-million deal with Calgary in the summer after the 32-year-old Swiss netminder dropped down the Anaheim Ducks goaltending depth chart at the end of his seventh season there.
Hiller brings a winning NHL record, plus playoff and Olympic Games experience to Calgary's net.
ATLANTA - Devin Hester has set an NFL record with his 20th return for a touchdown, breaking the mark he shared with Deion Sanders.
Hester returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown midway through the second quarter to give the Atlanta Falcons a stunning 35-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.
BROSSARD, Que. - Alex Galchenyuk feels it is time to step up and become a dominant player, whether it is at centre or on left wing.
The 20-year-old will be tried out at centre during the Montreal Canadiens pre-season after spending most of his first two NHL seasons on the wing.
VANCOUVER - They are two of the oldest quarterbacks in the CFL — and the healthiest.
Unlike most of their CFL peers this season, Kevin Glenn, 35, of the B.C. Lions and Ricky Ray, 34, of the Toronto Argonauts have escaped serious injury. They will continue their survival missions Friday when the Lions host the Argonauts at B.C. Place Stadium.
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks are in an unfamiliar position.
Perennially a pre-season pick to go deep in the playoffs, this incarnation enters training camp with significantly lower-than-usual expectations from fans and media — and with good reason.
The Canucks fell flat last season, squandering a decent start with a swoon that saw them fail to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Kesler and his family are slowly getting used to the ocean view at their new home, and the Anaheim Ducks' new centre still has to remind himself he can go to the rink in flip-flops.
Oh, the sacrifices necessary to contend for a Stanley Cup.
Kesler formally got to work Thursday with the Ducks, who acquired the vaunted centre from Vancouver on draft day. After spending his entire 11-year NHL career with the Canucks, he's meeting new teammates and familiarizing himself with Anaheim's coaching staff while his kids start at a new school.