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Whitecaps Reo-Coker traded to Chivas U.S.A.

Whitecaps trade Nigel Reo-Coker to Chivas U.S.A. for Mauro Rosales
Monte Stewart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Nigel Reo-Coker is leaving the only Major League Soccer club that he has ever known.

The Whitecaps confirmed in a news release Thursday that they have traded Reo-Coker, a 30-year-old former English Premier League star who was in his second season with the team, to Chivas U.S.A. for fellow midfielder Mauro Rosales.

The announcement came after Robinson said following a practice that the Whitecaps might move Reo-Coker.

Kirby top Canadian early at CP Women's Open

Jennifer Kirby is top Canadian through first round at CP Women's Open
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

LONDON, Ont. - The only all-Canadian group at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open got more than polite golf claps from the many fans who followed them throughout the first round.

"They clapped for everything," Brooke Henderson said. "It was awesome. The support out there was amazing."

Buoyed by that support, Jennifer Kirby had the best day of any Canadian with a 5-under 67, while Henderson and Rebecca Lee-Bentham each shot 2 under.

Ryu sets course record, leads CP Women's Open

Ryu gets a little help from friends before taking lead at CP Women's Open
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

LONDON, Ont. - On the eve of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi and Inbee Park got together for dinner with some fellow South Korean golfers. While Park picked up the tab after winning the LPGA Championship, all three benefited from the fellowship.

Lions guarantee victory over rival Riders

Lions guarantee victory over rival Riders, or BC Place fans get free tickets
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The B.C Lions are guaranteeing a win at home against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday, and they're backing up their boast with free tickets if they don't come through.

If the Lions fail to beat the Roughriders, all fans in attendance can redeem their game ticket for a ticket of equal value to one of the club's four remaining regular season home games.

Bombers won't take Alouettes lightly

Blue Bombers expect tough running attack from struggling Alouettes
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The Montreal Alouettes may be on a five-game losing skid, but quarterback Drew Willy isn't viewing Friday's game as a slam dunk for the Blue Bombers.

Winnipeg (5-3) has had troubles of its own lately, losing two straight heading into the home game against Montreal (1-6). And as much as the Alouettes are struggling, some of their losses have been in close games against good teams.

"We saw even last week, they played Saskatchewan very tough, to the wire there," Willy said Thursday of Montreal's 16-11 loss to the Roughriders.

Armstrong now an Olympic bronze medallist

Armstrong now an Olympic bronze medallist, will receive Beijing medal in future
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

It has been six years since Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong just missed the Olympic podium and over a year since the Belarusian who beat him for the bronze medal was banned from the sport for life.

Armstrong's long wait for Olympic glory is about to end.

Marrone upset by Bills lack of practice discipline

Bills coach Marrone upset by post-whistle fights, shoving matches at practice
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Bills coach Doug Marrone blew up at his players on Thursday, sending a message that he's fed up with too many fights and post-whistle shoving matches during practice.

Marrone cleared the field during the middle of a team drill and ordered players to run sprints after several of them exchanged shoves. That included receiver Marquise Goodwin pushing down rookie cornerback Sam Miller from behind.

Marrone then directed his anger at starting defensive end Jerry Hughes on the sideline.

Serena Williams to face Townsend in Open 1st round

Serena Williams faces Townsend, Bouchard meets Govortsova in US Open 1st round
Rachel Cohen, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Serena Williams will face an up-and-coming American player in the first round of the U.S. Open.

The 32-year-old Williams has won 17 Grand Slam titles. At age 18, Taylor Townsend is in her third major tournament.

Townsend is a former top-ranked junior player who reached the third round at the French Open this year. She got into her first U.S. Open main draw with a wild card.

Mo'ne Davis brings big ratings to Little League

Big ratings at Little League: Pitcher Mo'ne Davis proves a sensation with TV viewers
The Associated Press

BRISTOL, Conn. - Pitching sensation Mo'ne Davis' latest start drew record-setting television ratings for the Little League World Series.

Her game Wednesday night earned the highest preliminary rating for the event on ESPN, the network said Thursday. The 8-1 loss by Davis' Philadelphia team to Las Vegas received a 3.4 overnight rating, up 143 per cent from the corresponding game last year.

Women's hockey a CIS scholarship test case

CIS offering more generous women's hockey scholarships in pilot project
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Canadian Interuniversity Sport has launched a women's hockey pilot project offering more scholarship money to see if it keeps athletic talent in the country.

Almost 4,000 Canadians are on NCAA rosters in the United States, including 400 female hockey players, according to new CIS chief executive officer Pierre Lafontaine.

In addition to tuition and fees, Canadian university women's hockey teams are now allowed to cover room and board. But they will operate under a financial cap limiting how many scholarships can be offered.

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