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Raonic falls in Swiss Indoors quarters

Canada's Milos Raonic falls to David Goffin in Swiss Indoors quarter-finals
The Canadian Press

BASEL, Switzerland - David Goffin kept up his remarkable form as he beat fourth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 Friday to reach the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors.

It was Goffin's 42nd victory in 44 matches since his straight-sets loss to Andy Murray at Wimbledon, and the first time the 23-year-old Belgian has beaten a top-10 player.

Impact end season with Di Vaio tribute

Impact to bid farewell to Di Vaio in season finale against D.C. United
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact will end a disappointing campaign with a farewell to star striker Marco Di Vaio and a match against a team that may serve as a example for next season.

The Impact (6-18-9), who are last among Major League Soccer's 19 teams, take on D.C. United (17-9-7) at Saputo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Argos in crucial showdown with Ticats

Argos host rival Ticats in crucial East Division showdown for both teams
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - For Scott Milanovich and the Toronto Argonauts, it's the most important game of the 2014 season.

The Argos (6-9) host their archrivals, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in a crucial contest Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. The Ticats (7-8) would clinch the season series with a win and further enhance their chances of finishing first or second in the East and securing a home playoff game.

Bombers play must-win game against Lions

Winnipeg Blue Bombers must beat B.C. Lions to keep playoff hopes alive
Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers had a gangbusters start to the year but the season has been a plain bust since August.

Now they must beat the B.C. Lions on Saturday to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

One more Winnipeg loss and the Lions (8-7) are guaranteed to finish no worse than fourth in the CFL West, which could be enough for a crossover playoff spot depending on what happens in the East over the last three weeks of the season.

Players, coaches say Nash changed the game

Whether or not Nash is done for good, players, coaches say he changed the game
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - In their early days with Canada's national team, there were some nights when Steve Nash and Rowan Barrett didn't play much. On those nights, Nash would insist they run stairs at the team's hotel after the game.

"That's always kind of who he's been," Barrett said. "That will never change, he will always be that way."

A day after the Los Angeles Lakers announced Nash was done for the season — and very likely his career — coaches and players spoke fondly of the Canadian basketball superstar who will leave the game so much better for having him.

FIFA consultant defends use of turf

FIFA consultant defends use of artificial turf ahead of Women's World Cup
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - FIFA has launched the latest salvo in defence of artificial turf at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

In an article on FIFA.com, FIFA consultant Eric Harrison says artificial turf is a "credible alternative" to natural turf.

And Harrison says artificial turf makes sense for Canada's climate.

Andre (Touchy) Fili no ordinary fighter

Once a brawler, Andre (Touchy) Fili now makes fighting his lifestyle
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Andre (Touchy) Fili's first outing with Team Alpha Male was a fight followed by a brawl.

It was October 2011 and Fili was fighting in Sacramento on a Capitol Fighting Championships card that was held in Urijah Faber's Ultimate Fitness gym, the home of the renowned Team Alpha Male MMA camp.

Fili won a unanimous decision in the ring over Tony Rios, only to see a group of his friends brawling with a contingent of Rios supporters in the crowd.

"I jumped out of the ring and got involved," Fili recalled. "I almost got suspended by the (athletic) commission."

Whitecaps on the brink of MLS playoff spot

Whitecaps control their playoff destiny heading into final regular-season game
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - After fighting for their playoff lives the last month, the Vancouver Whitecaps have one more mountain to climb.

Back-to-back road losses against FC Dallas and the Portland Timbers in mid-September nearly derailed their post-season chances, but the Whitecaps have ripped off three wins and a draw in their last four to climb back up the standings.

With one game to go on the schedule, a win, draw, or even a loss this weekend could be enough to get Vancouver into the playoffs for the second time in three years.

Royals shift Cain to tricky right field for Game 3

Royals manager Yost moves Cain from centre field to right for Game 3 defence in tricky spot
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was moved from centre field to right for Game 3 of the World Series to boost defence in one of AT&T Park's trickiest positions.

Kansas City manager Ned Yost made the move Friday night with the best-of-seven matchup 1-all. Usual right fielder Nori Aoki was not in the starting lineup, while Jarrod Dyson was starting in centre field and batting eighth.

Manager Joe Maddon won't return to Rays

Joe Maddon uses opt-out clause, won't return to manage Tampa Bay Rays in 2015
Fred Goodall, The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Joe Maddon won't be returning to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays announced Friday that Maddon has exercised an opt-out in his contract, which was due to expire after next season.

Owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement: "We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision. As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout major league baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015."

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