MONTREAL - In his first two and half seasons, Calum Mallace was a bit player for the Montreal Impact.
But things can change quickly in sports.
Suddenly, with injuries and personnel changes, the Scottish-born Mallace has become a regular defensive midfielder with the Major League Soccer club through the final weeks of a rough season for the 6-18-6 Impact.
And he is staking a claim for regular work next year as well.
Canadian skier Jean-Philippe Auclair was remembered Wednesday as a freestyle pioneer who helped revolutionize the sport in its formative years before shifting to filmmaking and a focus on the more extreme side of the slopes, influencing a generation of athletes with his creativity and vision in the process.
"He was a creator," said former Canadian Freestyle Skiing Association CEO Peter Judge. "He saw the world in a different way."
The Calgary Stampeders can become the first CFL team to cement a playoff berth this weekend.
Calgary (11-2) visits the Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-4) on Friday night needing a win or Winnipeg Blue Bombers loss to clinch a spot in the post-season. It's also an important matchup for the defending Grey Cup champions, who are currently tied for second in the West Division with the Edmonton Eskimos.
Winnipeg visits the Ottawa Redblacks while Edmonton is in Toronto to face the Argonauts on Saturday afternoon.
TORONTO - The torch relay for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games will be a national event, with stops in five Canadian cities as well as more than 100 Ontario communities, organizers said Wednesday.
It will be carried by 3,000 people during its 41-day journey to the Games, and astronaut Chris Hadfield has been named as the first honorary torchbearer.
HALIFAX - Chris (The Greek Assassin) Kelades had eight days notice when he fought on a Bellator card in May. This time, the 33-year-old from Cole Harbour, N.S., has just five to get ready for his UFC debut Saturday.
Kelades, a late injury replacement, will become the first Canadian flyweight to fight in the UFC when he takes on Ireland's Patrick (The Hooligan) Holohan on a televised card at the Scotiabank Centre, the UFC's first visit to Atlantic Canada.
Kelades (7-1) got confirmation Monday that he was replacing American Louis Gaudinot, who went down with pneumonia.
TORONTO - Calgary running back Jon Cornish has won a pair of CFL monthly awards after putting up big numbers in September.
Cornish was named the league's top offensive player and top Canadian after he rushed for 439 yards and two touchdowns and added 62 receiving yards and a touchdown over three games.
The Stampeders were 3-0 with Cornish in the lineup in September. He was injured and didn't dress for Calgary's 31-15 Week 15 loss in Montreal.
Elias (The Spartan) Theodorou says he is still living "the grind" of a mixed martial arts fighter since winning the middleweight portion of "The Ultimate Fighter Nations" reality TV show.
But life has changed.
"I'm just fortunate now to get to see more people, better people, getting to train with more coaches," said the 26-year-old from Mississauga, Ont.
"Same job, just better office," he added.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach is losing his scholarship amid his court case.
Defence attorney Mark Collins says officials on Tuesday started removing 21-year-old Anthony Wunder from the Evans Scholars program, which covers tuition and housing for former golf caddies.
ANKARA, Turkey - Canada locked up a quarter-final berth at the FIBA women's world basketball championship Wednesday with a 91-71 victory over the Czech Republic.
Kim Gaucher of Mission, B.C., led Canada with 17 points and Nirra Fields of Montreal added 15 points. Canada will play Australia on Friday.
Canada jumped out to an early lead against the Czechs and kept the pressure on throughout the game. Canada led 22-13 after the first quarter and 44-32 at the half before pulling away in the fourth quarter.
The thing about being granted exceptional player status is people expect immediate exceptional results.
For Sean Day, those results did not materialize last season.
Day, who was born in Belgium, played most of his minor hockey in Michigan and is a Canadian citizen, scored six goals and had 10 points in 60 games with the Mississauga Steelheads. He was a chilly minus-35.