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Canada drops 63-59 decision to France

Canadian women drop 63-59 decision to France at basketball world championships
The Canadian Press

ANKARA, Turkey - Canada dropped a 63-59 decision to Olympic silver medallist France on Tuesday at the women's world basketball championships to close out the group phase round with a 1-2 record.

A basket by Edmonton's Michelle Plouffe tied the game 53-53 with just under five minutes to play but France (2-1) pulled away down the stretch for the victory. Tamara Tatham of Brampton, Ont., had 11 points and Kim Gaucher of Mission, B.C., scored 10 points for Canada (1-2), which will play the Czech Republic in the qualifying round on Wednesday.

Willy takes day off but will play this week

Bombers QB Drew Willy takes a break but will play in Ottawa on Friday
Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Their quarterback leads the league in passing yards but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers keep sliding down the CFL West Division standings.

It might look like a paradox but the last-place Blue Bombers aren't quite out of contention just yet, with only two points separating them from fourth-place B.C. and the crossover spot that could get them into the playoffs.

And Willy and Winnipeg's position isn't unique. A close No. 2 on that passing-yards list is Toronto's Ricky Ray and the Argos sit at 4-8 in the East, making the Bombers' 6-7 record look rather rosy.

DeRozan wrote ABCs to improve left hand

DeRozan's off-season improvement project involved writing ABCs with daughter
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Part of DeMar DeRozan's summer improvement project involved writing out the ABCs for his daughter Diar — with his left hand.

It was a chance to both spend some quality time with his 16-month-old, and to strengthen his weaker hand. All summer long, the Toronto Raptors all-star used his left hand to do things like eat, tie his shoes and carry his bags, all in an effort to become a more versatile player.

Tennis Canada already preparing next wave

Tennis Canada hopes it has more Raonic's and Bouchard's in the pipeline
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Joshua Peck is taking the first step on the road that Canada's Milos Raonic followed to reach the top 10 of the ATP World Tour.

The 15-year-old from Calgary is one of three rookies to move into the elite program at the National Tennis Centre for 2015, along with Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and Nicaise Muamba of Gatineau, Que.

The program, started in 2007 by Frenchman Louis Borfiga, has helped take Canadian tennis to new heights.

Judge hearing Hernandez bid to suppress evidence

Ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez's lawyers seek to have phone evidence tossed in murder case
Erika Niedowski, The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - A Massachusetts prosecutor in the murder case against former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez testified Tuesday against his lawyers' efforts to suppress cellphone evidence, saying they had agreed to turn the phone over to investigators.

2015 Westminster pack to include 2 new breeds

Hungarian hunter and Madagascar's 'royal dog' will join competition at 2015 Westminster show
Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - One is a rugged, versatile hunter conditioned to withstand frosty Hungarian winters. The other is a happy-go-lucky companion from the island of Madagascar. Both will join the pack at the Westminster Kennel Club show next year.

Prosecutor: No need for new trial in Simpson case

Prosecutor: OJ Simpson got fair trial, evidence supported conviction in Vegas heist
Ken Ritter, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Prosecutors in Las Vegas say O.J. Simpson got a fair trial and evidence supporting his 2008 conviction and imprisonment on kidnapping and armed robbery charges is overwhelming.

A deputy to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told the Nevada Supreme Court in a filing that Simpson isn't entitled to a new trial in the 2007 hotel room confrontation over sports memorabilia.

FCC spikes sports blackout rule

FCC sacks sports blackout rule as unnecessary and outdated; no more cover for NFL
Jennifer C. Kerr, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts.

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to spike a decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked out on local TV.

The commission says the rule was outdated and unnecessary. It was originally adopted to help boost ticket sales in the 1970s.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says NFL teams have hidden behind the rule for 40 years, but no more.

Baldwin hopes for Whalers nostalgia from book

Baldwin hopes to spark Whalers nostalgia by writing 'Slim and None' book
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

When producer Howard Baldwin's film "Ray" was up for an Academy Award, the former Hartford Whalers owner spent his night at the Oscars sitting next to Adam Sandler. When the actor asked about his WHA championship ring, Baldwin said it would take a book to tell his whole story.

The result, some nine years later, is "Slim And None: My Wild Ride From the WHA to the NHL and All the Way to Hollywood." The book gives readers a glimpse of how the Whalers came together, joined the NHL and more.

Dalhousie suspends rugby club over hazing

Men's rugby club at Dalhousie University suspended over hazing complaint
Alison Auld, The Canadian Press

HALIFAX - A Nova Scotia university that saw its women's hockey team sidelined last year over complaints of heavy drinking and humiliating behaviour has suspended its men's rugby club while it investigates fresh allegations of hazing.

A spokesman with Dalhousie University in Halifax said Tuesday that the school began looking into the matter after receiving a formal complaint from a university employee sometime within the last two weeks.

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