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Bautista Back: Jays slugger returns to lineup

Bautista Back: Jays slugger returns to lineup after missing last two games
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista returned to the lineup as the designated hitter for Tuesday night's game against the visiting Chicago White Sox.

Bautista, who has been limited to DH duty since injuring his throwing shoulder in a game April 21, missed the last two games after getting a cortisone shot.

Burke: Sam signing historic in pro sport

Burke: Michael Sam signing with Alouettes a historic moment in pro sport
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Brian Burke believes the Montreal Alouettes signing football's first openly gay player is a tipping point in pro sport.

The Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, who co-founded You Can Play in memory of his late son and who will also be grand marshal of this year's Pride Parade in Calgary, says the arrival of Michael Sam in the Canadian Football League will be a watershed moment in sport history.

Smith looking to cement her place at Pan Ams

Canadian Olympian Jessica Smith looking to cement place on team for Pan Am Games
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Whenever she needs motivation, Jessica Smith turns on highlights of the 2012 Harry Jerome International Track Classic.

The 800-metre runner needed a time below Canada's Olympic standard of one minute 59.90 seconds at the event three years ago to qualify for the London Games later that summer.

The official broadcast of the race is nice, but it's another version that really gets her competitive juices flowing.

Sam knows he has responsibility as gay player

Michael Sam says he has responsibility to help others struggling with sexuality
Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - While Michael Sam would prefer to be just another football player, he knows there is a unique responsibility that comes with being the first openly gay athlete in the CFL and one of only a tiny minority in North America's major professional leagues.

Signed to a two-year deal by the Montreal Alouettes last week, Sam tried to downplay the significance of the move during a news conference Tuesday, repeatedly saying he just wants to play football.

The Latest: 3 seeded players lose on Day 3 at French Open

The Latest: French Open loses 3 more seeded players, including Bouchard and Dimitrov
The Associated Press

PARIS - The Latest from the French Open:


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Three more seeded players failed to advance to the second round on Tuesday, including 10th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov who faltered at the first hurdle for the second straight year in Paris.

Two of the seeded women exited: No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard, the highest-seeded player to lose so far, and No. 25 Jelena Jankovic.

That's it for today. Bonsoir.


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American Sock ousts Dimitrov on 'favourite surface' in Paris

Sock it to 'em: Americans Jack Sock, John Isner win 1st-round matches on French Open red clay
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

PARIS - Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can't the country's players, particularly the men, find success on red clay?

Now comes along Jack Sock, a 22-year-old born in Nebraska and currently residing in Florida, who unabashedly calls the slow stuff "my favourite surface."

Bouchard eliminated from French Open

Bouchard's slump continues with first-round elimination at French Open
The Canadian Press

PARIS - Eugenie Bouchard says she hasn't been feeling like herself lately. That's an understatement, judging by her recent results on the court.

The Canadian tennis star continued her disappointing season Tuesday at the French Open, as the sixth-seed was stunned 6-4, 6-4, by France's Kristina Mladenovic in the first round.

Rodgers informs Lions he won't be at camp

Rodgers won't attend B.C. Lions' camp, doesn't plan to play football in 2015
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Jordan Rodgers' career with the B.C. Lions is over before it started.

The team announced Tuesday the quarterback won't attend training camp and that he doesn't plan on playing football in 2015.

The younger brother of two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, the 26-year-old was signed to the Lions' practice roster in October and took part in B.C.'s minicamp last month.

Jordan Rodgers starred at Vanderbilt University for two seasons, but failed to stick with three separate NFL teams after college before trying his hand in the CFL.

Generals McCarron a two-way force at Mem Cup

Hulking centre McCarron emerges as two-way force for Generals at Memorial Cup
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - For Michael McCarron, one of the best things about beating the Quebec Remparts at the Memorial Cup was scoring a goal on fellow Montreal Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale.

"Yeah, he's a good buddy of mine," McCarron said Tuesday. "You always want the upper hand against your friends. It was good to get that."

Olympic powerbroker turns back on Vizer, backs Thomas Bach

Call for Unity: Olympic powerbroker breaks with Vizer and backs IOC and Thomas Bach
Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

LONDON - A senior Olympic powerbroker turned his back on Marius Vizer on Tuesday and threw his full support behind IOC President Thomas Bach in the latest backlash against the leader of umbrella body SportAccord.

A non-Olympic sport, orienteering, meanwhile raised the possibility of breaking with SportAccord and setting up a new organization for the federations.

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