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.
In July, Lexie Lou earned trainer Mark Casse his first Queen's Plate victory. On Saturday, another filly will be his best chance to capture an elusive Breeders' Cup title.
Conquest Eclipse, the early 4-1 second pick, will break from the No. 4 post in the Grade 1 US$2-million Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Multiple Breeders' Cup champion Corey Nakatani returns aboard after leading the two-year-old to second- and third-place finishes in her last two races, both Grade 1 events.
FRISCO, Texas - As he was being booked on a shoplifting charge, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle offered $100 for a massage and wondered aloud if his arrest would make the news.
KTVT-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1tkhSWi) on Wednesday night aired the video of Randle at the Frisco City Jail following his Oct. 13 arrest. Randle was charged with misdemeanour theft after being accused of stealing cologne and underwear from a Dallas-area department store.
PARIS - Canadian Milos Raonic defeated Spain's Roberto Bautista-Agut 7-5, 7-6 (7) to advance to the quarter-finals at the Paris Masters and remain alive in his bid to qualify for the season-ending ATP Finals.
After some uneven play in recent weeks, Raonic's confidence appears to be growing with each match. The 23-year-old can lock up a spot in the eight-man field next month by winning the Paris title.
PARIS - Andy Murray clinched a spot in the ATP Finals on Thursday after beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets at the Paris Masters and then sent a message to his critics by scribbling "bad year" on a courtside television camera.
Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., also kept his hopes of qualifying for the season-ending tournament alive with a 7-5, 7-6 (7) win over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - A Massachusetts judge on Thursday denied a request from former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move his trial in the fatal shooting of a semi-professional football player to a different county.
Hernandez, a former tight end for the Patriots, is charged in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiance. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial park about a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleborough.
SAN FRANCISCO - The celebration in San Francisco's streets following the Giants' World Series victory turned raucous and violent, with two people shot, two stabbed and 40 arrested, as revelers vandalized police cars and businesses and pelted officers trying to disperse crowds with bottles.
At first, the partying unfolded peacefully Wednesday night with fans gathering in the streets and uncorking champagne, dancing and hugging strangers after their team won its third championship in five years with a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in the winner-take-all seventh game.
TORONTO - David Clarkson has had so many injuries in just over a year with the Toronto Maple Leafs that three-year-old daughter McKinnley is taking a keen interest in her father's health on the ice.
"Before the game now instead of saying, 'Good luck,' she'll say, 'Don't get hurt,'" Clarkson said.
SAN FRANCISCO - The National Football League on Thursday asked a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by former players who allege team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.
The NFL's lawyer argued that the NFL is not responsible for the medical decisions of its 32 teams. The lawyer also said that the issue should be addressed by the players union, which negotiated a collective bargaining agreement that covers player health.
DETROIT - Shortly before 9 a.m. on the day after the worst night of his life, Rikk Wilde got the phone call from his big boss at General Motors.
Yes, he committed a nationally televised, major-league blooper while presenting pickup truck keys to the World Series MVP. No, he wouldn't be fired. Now get out there and sell some trucks.