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Former defenceman Carol Vadnais dies at 68

Former NHL all-star defenceman Carol Vadnais dies at age 68
The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former NHL defenceman and six-time all-star Carol Vadnais died Sunday at 68 years old.

Vadnais made his NHL debut in 1966-67 with his hometown Montreal Canadiens and went on to play 17 seasons with the California Golden Seals, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

He won the Stanley Cup twice, once with Montreal in 1968 and again with Boston in 1972.

Canada gunning for top-six volleyball finish

Canada's men's volleyball team gunning for top-six finish at world championships
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

Dan Lewis figures Canada's volleyball team has logged well over 100,000 kilometres this summer.

It's a journey that has the Canadians in Poland for the world championships — and one they hope will continue all the way to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Canada opens against No. 2-ranked Russia on Monday in Gdansk, in a world championship that's not only important in itself, but a huge step on the road to Rio.

West to play in Labour Day game for Calgary

Calgary receiver continues to play through grief following brother's murder
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The loss of a loved one can make football seem not very important. But Stampeders receiver Joe West says football is getting him through a tough week before he heads home for his brother's funeral.

West will play in Monday's Labour Day game against the Edmonton Eskimos before he departs for Garland, Texas.

Just hours after learning his half-brother Brandon Hobdy was murdered in Arkansas, West had four catches totalling 129 yards in last week's win over Ottawa.

Football has been a welcome, albeit temporary, distraction from his grief.

Eskimos quarterback a question mark

Edmonton's starting QB a question heading into Labour Day game against Calgary
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The mystery of Edmonton's starting quarterback for the Labour Day game in Calgary will extend into game day.

Mike Reilly's thumb on his throwing hand has not completely healed since he injured it last week against Toronto. Matt Nichols came off the bench and threw for 178 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted twice, in a 41-27 win.

Twenty-four hours before Monday's kickoff at McMahon Stadium, neither Reilly nor Eskimos coach Chris Jones were forthcoming on who would take first snaps.

Bautista homers in fifth straight game

Bautista homers in fifth straight game as Blue Jays beat Yankees
Larry Millson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays used the big hitters to tie it with homers — but all it took to win it was a single by one of their little guys.

Jose Bautista homered for the fifth straight game in the sixth inning, following a two-out solo homer by Melky Cabrera.

Jeter gets ovation in last at bat in Toronto

Jeter gets ovation in last at bat in Toronto -- even with Jays win on the line
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - As Derek Jeter came up to bat with two outs in the ninth, Toronto Blue Jays fans rose to their feet and started to cheer.

Although the game-tying runner was on third base, Toronto fans still gave the retiring New York Yankees captain a standing ovation on Sunday as he faced off with Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen with the 4-3 game in the balance.

Britain's Brownlee races to triathlon gold

Britain's Brownlee races to triathlon gold, Canada's Jones finishes 18th
Shane Jones, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Alistair Brownlee has further cemented his status as a big event athlete.

The British triathlete, a gold medal winner at both the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, broke away from the field at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final on Sunday to win by a 20-second margin.

Brownlee, who missed three of the six preceding World Series races to take him out of world champion contention this year, also won the European Triathlon Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria, earlier this year.

Liverpool wins at Spurs; Arsenal held by Leicester

Liverpool responds to setback with 3-0 win at Tottenham; Arsenal held by newcomer Leicester
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Liverpool had the look of Premier League title challengers again during an electrifying win at Tottenham on Sunday, while Arsenal's scoring struggles were once more exposed in a draw at Leicester.

Having opened the campaign with a slender win over Crystal Palace and then scrambled a draw at Everton, Arsenal was held 1-1 by a Leicester side playing in the top flight after a decade away.

NewsAlert: Toronto FC fires Nelsen and staff

NewsAlert: Toronto FC fires head coach Ryan Nelsen and his staff
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto FC has fired Ryan Nelsen and his coaching staff.

The move comes a day after Nelsen criticized the team's general manager Tim Bezbatchenko after a lopsided 3-0 loss to the New England Revolution.

More coming.

Bouchard keeping mind off U.S. Open draw

Canada's Bouchard not looking past fourth-round opponent Makarova at U.S. Open
Bill Scott, The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Eugenie Bouchard will be keeping her mind off the draw and concentrating on Monday opponent Ekaterina Makarova as the Canadian aims to extend her run into the second week of the U.S. Open.

The 20-year-old Wimbledon finalist, from Westmount, Que., was forced into a fight back, which she handled with precision and calm, to beat Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4 in the third round on Saturday night.

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