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Coutinho's curler earns Liverpool 2-1 win over Man City

Philippe Coutinho curls in late winner as Liverpool beats Man City 2-1 in Premier League
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

LIVERPOOL, England - Philippe Coutinho scored a late winner against Manchester City at Anfield for the second straight season as Liverpool won 2-1 on Sunday to dent the champions' chances of hauling in Premier League leader Chelsea.

The in-form Brazilian playmaker capped his latest impressive display by curling in a 25-meter shot in the 75th minute, adding another long-distance strike to his repertoire of recent stunning goals.

Blue Jays sign Viciedo to minor-league deal

Blue Jays sign former White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo to minor-league deal
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Taking another flyer, the Blue Jays signed outfielder Dayan Viciedo to a minor-league contract Sunday.

The 25-year-old Cuban, released by the White Sox in early February, will be given a chance to show he belongs somewhere on the depth chart.

Dickey, Buehrle to open Jays intrasquad game

R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle to open Blue Jays intrasquad game in Dunedin
The Canadian Press

DUNEDIN, Fla. - R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle will open on the mound Monday in the Blue Jays' intra-squad game.

The seven-inning game at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium serves as an appetizer for Toronto's start of Grapefruit League play Tuesday.

The Jays host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday and then visit Pittsburgh and Baltimore before hosting the Orioles on Friday.

Garnett buys 1,000 tickets for fans for next T-wolves game

Garnett shows appreciation for Wolves fans by buying 1,000 tickets for next game
The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - Kevin Garnett has purchased 1,000 tickets to Minnesota's next game in appreciation of Timberwolves fans for their welcome of his return to the team.

The Timberwolves made the announcement on Sunday morning. They host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. The freebies courtesy of the 15-time All-Star power forward will be available on the team's website on Monday morning. The first 500 fans to claim them will get a pair of seats.

Flames claim Schlemko, put Giordano on IR

Flames claim defenceman Schlemko off waivers, put captain Giordano on IR
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames have claimed defenceman David Schlemko off waivers from the Dallas Stars and placed captain Mark Giordano on injured reserve with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Giordano, a front-runner to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman, was listed as out indefinitely several days ago.

With 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points, Giordano is tied with P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens for the league lead in points among defencemen.

Maple Leafs claim Erixon off waivers

Maple Leafs claim defenceman Tim Erixon off waivers from Blackhawks
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed well-travelled defenceman Tim Erixon off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Erixon, 24, was once considered a highly touted prospect but will be joining his fourth organization in under six years.

The left-handed-shooting blue-liner has one goal and 12 assists in 78 career NHL games, including a goal and five assists in 27 this season.

Erixon, a 2009 first-round pick of the Calgary Flames, is set to be a restricted free agent this summer.

Blatter concerned by Russian soccer racism before World Cup

Blatter concerned by extent of soccer racism in World Cup host Russia, says it's top of agenda
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland - FIFA President Sepp Blatter is concerned by a study that highlighted the scale of Russian soccer's racism problem ahead of the 2018 World Cup, warning there "must be some sanctions" if the extremism is not eradicated.

A report produced by the Fare network, an organization that combats discrimination in football, and the Moscow-based SOVA Center showed that Russia is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture.

Kingsbury wins 7th straight moguls event

Canadian Mikael Kingsbury wins record 7th straight FIS World Cup moguls event
The Canadian Press

TAZAWAKO, Japan - Canada's Mikael Kingsbury has been dominant all season long on the World Cup freestyle skiing circuit, and now he has the records to prove it.

Kingsbury, from Deux-Montagnes, Que, won a record seventh straight World Cup moguls title Sunday, defeating teammate Philippe Marquis of Quebec City 19-16 in the final.

With the victory, Kingsbury broke the record of six straight World Cup wins he held with American Jeremy Bloom.

Chicago's 1st black major league baseball player Minoso dies

Minnie Minoso, major league baseball's 1st black player in Chicago, dies; no details released
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Minnie Minoso, who hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat when he became major league baseball's first black player in Chicago in 1951, has died, the Cook County medical examiner said Sunday.

The medical examiner's office did not immediately offer further details. There is some question about Minoso's age but the White Sox say he was 92.

Cricket World Cup: England loses again badly; Pakistan wins

England loses badly again in Wellington at World Cup; Pakistan wins 1st match, beats Zimbabwe
Dennis Passa, The Associated Press

England lost another Cricket World Cup match by a big margin Sunday, and its odds of making the quarterfinals are fading. Pakistan did the opposite, winning for the first time in three matches to improve its chances of reaching the final eight.

Nine days after losing to New Zealand by eight wickets, England returned to the same venue at Wellington and lost by nine wickets to Sri Lanka despite posting a challenging total of 309.

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