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Blue Jays without Encarnacion, Travis

Blue Jays without Edwin Encarnacion, Devon Travis against Phillies
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was pulled from the lineup a little over an hour before opening pitch as Toronto hosted the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Chris Colabello was slotted in to replace Encarnacion in the Blue Jays batting order.

Encarnacion jammed his left middle finger in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Philadelphia. X-rays came back negative.

Willy ready to go for Bombers against Lions

Resilient Blue Bombers quarterback Willy ready to go against Lions
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Drew Willy may not consider himself exceptionally tough, but his ability to bounce back from scary injuries has made an impression on his coach and teammates.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback will be starting Thursday in a home game against the B.C. Lions after hobbling off the field with a knee injury in his team's loss to Edmonton last Saturday.

"I've always healed quickly, no matter what injury it was," Willy said after Wednesday's walk-through practice.

Eskimos rolling despite injury to Reilly

Eskimos look for fourth straight win when they host struggling Roughriders
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

Life without starting quarterback Mike Reilly hasn't exactly been all doom and gloom for the Edmonton Eskimos.

The Eskimos (3-1) have won three straight since Reilly suffered a knee injury in their season-opening 26-11 home loss to the Toronto Argonauts on June 27. After sweeping a home-and-home series with Ottawa, Edmonton routed Winnipeg 32-3 on Saturday to move into a tie with Calgary (3-2) atop the West Division standings.

Toronto FC captain out for seven to 10 days

Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley out for seven to 10 days with calf injury
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto FC will be without captain Michael Bradley for seven to 10 days with a calf strain.

The injury prompted the U.S. international midfielder to skip Wednesday's all-star game in suburban Denver. He underwent a scan Tuesday to details the extent of the injury.

Bradley played every minute of the Americans' recent six-game Gold Cup campaign, which ended with a loss to Panama in the third-place contest.

Winter Classic to bring Bruins, Canadiens to home of Pats

Old rivals Bruins and Canadiens will meet in NHL's Winter Classic in home of NFL champs
The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would meet at Gillette Stadium on New Year's Day. The Bruins will be the first team to host the event twice. They also hosted it in 2010, at Fenway Park.

US Olympic hero Jim Craig to auction memorabilia

US Olympic hero Jim Craig to auction items from Miracle on Ice hockey team; price $5.7 million
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The American flag that goalie Jim Craig wrapped around his shoulders after the U.S. Miracle on Ice victory at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics is on the auction block.

Productive July makes Penguins a deeper team

Off-season forward additions make Penguins a deeper and better team
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

Forget about the March of the Penguins. This is the July of the Penguins.

Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford has completely revamped his forward group this month, adding more star power on the wing in Phil Kessel and plenty of depth with centre Nick Bonino and forward Eric Fehr. While the Penguins looked on shaky ground with difficult salary-cap situation after a first-round exit, they could now be primed for another few long playoff runs.

Michel Platini confirms he will run for FIFA president

Platini confirms bid to succeed FIFA president Blatter, draws fire from former ally Prince Ali
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - Michel Platini has launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body "the dignity and the position it deserves."

Platini, the UEFA president and a FIFA vice-president, wrote to member federations in Europe on Wednesday that he will stand in the election and counts on their support.

The Latest: Police in Maine asked to watch over Goodell home

The Latest: Police in Maine asked to watch over Goodell vacation home given Brady discipline
The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Here is the latest surrounding the suspension of star Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for using underinflated footballs (all times local):

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Police have been asked to keep an eye on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's home on the Maine coast following his decision to uphold the four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC over stadium change

Tokyo Olympic chief apologizes to IOC after design scrapped for main 2020 stadium
Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Japanese organizers apologized to the IOC on Wednesday over the scrapping of the original plans for the Olympic stadium and delivered assurances that the new venue will be ready in time for the 2020 Games.

The International Olympic Committee, meanwhile, said it would work with Japan on the new project to make sure "there are no surprises" this time.

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