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Reports: John Forzani on life support

Reports: Stampeders great and businessman John Forzani on life support
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Stampeders great and prominent Calgary businessman John Forzani was put on life support in a California hospital on Thursday according to several media reports.

Family members have told a number of Calgary-based media outlets that the 67 year old had a heart attack in his sleep and was taken to Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs.

Tom Forzani says doctors have told them his brother is unlikely to recover.

Astros, Rockets games to have wider TV audience

Judge OKs bankruptcy plan for CSN Houston; giving Rockets, Astros wider TV audience
The Associated Press

HOUSTON - A Houston judge has approved a bankruptcy reorganization plan allowing AT&T and DirecTV to buy Comcast SportsNet Houston and convert it to Root Sports Houston, allowing Houston Astros and Rockets games to be seen by a much wider television audience.

Comcast and several cable providers including AT&T and DirecTV never agreed to carriage rights for the network, leaving the majority of Houston homes unable to watch Astros and Rockets games on television since 2012.

New dynasty: Giants capture 3rd title in 5 years

With 3rd World Series championship in 5 years, Giants certainly will earn dynasty distinction
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Bruce Bochy is crazy superstitious. It's a little-known fact about the unflappable San Francisco Giants manager.

Mere mention of anything about a dynasty during the World Series made him uncomfortable. He felt equally uneasy when his name got linked to the best skippers of all-time — those Hall of Famers he well could join someday.

LeBron welcomed back on special night in Cleveland

Main Event: Cleveland welcomes back LeBron James as he begins quest for NBA title with Cavs
Tom Withers, The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Carried onto the floor by an emotional ovation building for years, LeBron James is back where he began.

He's home.

Introduced to a deafening roar from Cleveland fans, James was welcomed back Thursday night by a city desperate to end a championship drought that's about to turn 50 years old. James came back to try and end it, and his journey is underway.

At 8:08 p.m. all was right in Cleveland again.

Nielsen: 23.5 million saw Game 7 of World Series

Nielsen: 23.5 million viewers watched Game 7 of World Series between Giants-Royals
David Bauder, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - An estimated 23.5 million people watched the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7, enabling the matchup to escape the distinction of least-watched World Series.

The Nielsen company said Thursday that more people watched the previous night's contest than any other World Series game since the 2011 Game 7 between St. Louis and Texas (25.4 million).

Salt Lake City optimistic about future Olympic bid

Salt Lake City optimistic about future Olympic bid as it maintains, upgrades 2002 venues
Brady McCombs, The Associated Press

KEARNS, Utah - Salt Lake City officials don't know exactly when they will get to bid for another Winter Olympics, but the host city of the 2002 games wants the world to know it is ready and willing whenever given a chance.

Several prominent figures gathered Thursday at the Olympic Oval speed skating facility in the Salt Lake City suburb of Kearns to unveil a $1.4 million solar project that they say illustrates a broader effort to upgrade venues from the 2002 games.

Former Saskatchewan footballer gets three years

Former Saskatchewan junior football player gets 3 years for drug, weapon charges
The Canadian Press

SASKATOON - A former Saskatchewan junior football play has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of weapons and drug offences.

Adrian Charles, who used to play for the Saskatoon Hilltops, was convicted in April of possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing a controlled substance.

He was also found guilty of being in a vehicle where he knew a firearm was present.

The charges stem from 2008 when Saskatoon police arrested Charles on outstanding attempted murder charges based in Pickering, Ont.

Redblacks hope to cap tough season with win

Ottawa Redblacks hope to cap tough season with victory in front of home crowd
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - There has been little to celebrate at TD Place this season with the Ottawa Redblacks' 2-14 record, but that hasn't stopped fans from throwing their unwavering support behind the new football club.

The Redblacks host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-9) Friday night in their last home game of the year and as of Thursday afternoon, the team was anticipating a ninth consecutive sellout.

Head coach Rick Campbell says he would love nothing more than to send fans home with a victory as their final memory of their inaugural season.

Hubert Buydens to lead Canada on rugby tour

Saskatoon prop Hubert Buydens to lead Canada on European rugby tour
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

It's been quite a run of late for Canadian rugby international Hubert Buydens.

Last Friday in New Zealand, the 32-year-old prop from Saskatoon helped the Manawatu Tubos earn promotion with a 32-24 win over Hawke's Bay in the NPC Championship final.

On Sunday, Buydens will captain a Canada XV against an RFU Championship XV in Worcester, England.

The game against an all-star squad from England's second-tier league is the first of four for Canada on its November tour of Europe.

Weaver, Poje enjoying being top team

Perennial runners-up to Virtue and Moir, Weaver and Poje enjoy being top team
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

KELOWNA, B.C. - Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje have been chasing Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir for the better part of a decade.

But with Virtue and Moir out of the picture — they're taking the season off and are considering retirement — the perennial Canadian runners-up suddenly find themselves as not only the top team in the country, but one of the best in the world. The spotlight has swung their way, and they're definitely not ducking it.

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