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Polanco homers as Pirates beat Blue Jays

Polanco homers, McCutchen has 2 hits as Pirates beat Blue Jays split squad 8-3
The Associated Press

BRADENTON, Fla. - Gregory Polanco homered for the second straight day and Neil Walker hit a two-run double Saturday, as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat a Toronto Blue Jays split squad 8-3.

Polanco hit a two-run shot in the first inning off left-hander Randy Wolf. Andrew McCutchen had two hits, including a double, and scored a run.

"I didn't play winter ball or do anything all off-season, so I had to work to get my timing back," Polanco said. "I feel good now."

Saturday's Scoreboard

Saturday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Saturday's Games

(All times Eastern)


Nashville 4 Washington 3

Anaheim 3 N.Y. Islanders 2

Boston 4 N.Y. Rangers 2

San Jose 3 Philadelphia 2 (SO)

Pittsburgh 3 Arizona 2

Detroit 4 Tampa Bay 0

Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Florida at Montreal, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Columbus at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Buffalo at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m.



San Antonio at Iowa, 1:30 p.m.

Hamilton at Toronto, 3 p.m.

Bouchard upset by qualifier at Miami Open

Eugenie Bouchard upset in opening match at Miami Open by qualifier Tatjana Maria
The Associated Press

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Canada's Eugenie Bouchard was upset Saturday in her opening match at the Miami Open by qualifier Tatjana Maria 6-0, 7-6 (4).

Bouchard, who was seeded No. 6, won less than half her service points, had five double-faults and was broken five times.

The Westmount, Que., native, a Wimbledon finalist last year, has a 6-4 record this year. Her career record at Key Biscayne fell to 1-3.

Maria, a German ranked 113th, beat a top 10 player for the first time since 2010.

Archambault impresses at CFL combine

Montreal linebacker Archambault impresses in bench press at CFL combine
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Byron Archambault made quite a first impression Saturday at the CFL's national combine.

The linebacker with the Vanier Cup-champion Montreal Carabins opened the two-day camp with 41 reps in the 225-pound bench press. That not only topped the 50-player field, but was the second-most in combine history, behind only the 47 reps Laurier offensive lineman Mike Knill recorded in 2011.

"I was at 48 in my mind, I'm always trying to be the best," Archambault said. "That's how you push yourself, that's how you break limits.

"You have to believe to be able to succeed."

Nguyen finishes 5th at figure skating worlds

Canadian teen Nam Nguyen fifth at figure skating world championships
The Canadian Press

SHANGHAI - Canadian teenager Nam Nguyen narrowly missed the medal podium Saturday, finishing fifth in men's singles at the world figure skating championships.

The former world junior champion landed his quadruple jump to roar back from a ninth-place finish in the short program.

"In the long program, I needed to be more aggressive," said the 16-year-old from Toronto. "I achieved that today and I'm really happy with myself."

Dana White is unsure about GSP return

Dana White, Rory MacDonald unsure about Georges St-Pierre return to UFC
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - UFC president Dana White says he doesn't know if former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre will fight again.

"The longer Georges is out, the harder it is to come back," White told a Toronto stop on the UFC 189 World Championship Tour on Friday. "Georges definitely doesn't need the money. He's doing movies. He's doing other things right now so who knows?"

Welterweight contender Rory MacDonald, who trains with St-Pierre, was also unsure.

New York could impact Toronto UFC show

UFC says it has show scheduled for Toronto but New York could impact calendar
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - UFC president Dana White says the UFC has a 2015 show pencilled in for Toronto but plans could change.

"We're scheduled to do something in Canada later this year. We've got everything on hold right now to see if New York happens. So we'll see," White told a stop on the UFC 189 World Championship Tour on Friday.

The answer drew boos from the crowd at the Toronto Eaton Center.

"Yeah, I know, I know. Bad answer," said White.

The UFC has been trying for years to get New York state to sanction mixed martial arts so it can stage a show in New York City.

Tuktamysheva takes women's title at figure skating worlds

Russia's Tuktamysheva sweeps to victory at figure skating world championships
The Associated Press

SHANGHAI - Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva wrapped up the most successful season of her young career by easily winning the women's gold medal at the figure skating world championships on Saturday.

Tuktamysheva had a huge lead after landing a triple axel in the short program and extended it further in the free skate to score 210.36 points overall, more than 15 points ahead of silver medallist Satoko Miyahara of Japan.

Police make arrest in threat that delayed Hernandez trial

Police make arrest in bomb threat made to courthouse where Aaron Hernandez trial is being held
The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Police have arrested a man who they say called in a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the Massachusetts courthouse where Aaron Hernandez's murder trial is being held.

Fall River police arrested 55-year-old Paul Haddad of Westwood on Thursday night. Haddad is being held without bail after being arraigned Friday. It's not known if he has a lawyer who could comment on the accusations.

A hearing will be held next week to determine if Haddad is too dangerous to be released on bail pending trial.

Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight for 1st time since 1999

Gonzaga, Louisville, Duke, Michigan State earn spots in the Elite Eight
The Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds and second-seeded Gonzaga used a big run early in the second half to pull away for a 74-62 victory over No. 11 UCLA on Friday night in the South Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

The victory puts Gonzaga (35-2) in the Elite Eight for the second time, its first regional final since 1999. The Bulldogs will play Duke on Sunday.

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