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Habs best hope to end Canada's Cup drought

NHL PREVIEW:Habs look like Canada's best hope to end long Stanley Cup drought
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

During last season's playoffs, Canadiens players couldn't help but wonder how Montreal might respond if the team won the Stanley Cup.

"The way the city reacts when we win one playoff round, it's almost shocking," Max Pacioretty said. "We joke around like, 'Could you imagine winning a Stanley Cup there and what the reaction would be?'"

P.K. Subban has thought about it.

Great grab helps Zimmermann toss Nats' 1st no-no

'An epic day for an epic season': Jordan Zimmermann throws NL-best Nationals' 1st no-hitter
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - As the ball soared toward deep left-centre, seemingly destined to end Jordan Zimmermann's bid for the first no-hitter by a Washington Nationals pitcher, the righty threw his head back and thought, "Double. No-doubt double."

Zimmermann was one out from history Sunday, and for what must have seemed like forever he watched little-used rookie left fielder Steven Souza Jr. — a defensive replacement in the ninth inning — give chase.

At Asian Games, doping tests catch only small fry

As doping gets more sophisticated, more unwitting violators, not hard-core cheats, get caught
Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press

INCHEON, South Korea - Dope testing at this year's Asian Games has been more stringent than ever — and so far only two of the more than 9,500 athletes taking part in the regional Olympic-style event have tested positive.

No big names, no gold medals taken away, no world records stricken from the books.

But is that a good thing?

Romo, Murray lead Cowboys past Saints 38-17

Romo has 3 TD passes, Murray scores twice in another 100-yard game as Cowboys top Saints 38-17
Schuyler Dixon, The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas - Tony Romo wasn't trying to look like DeMarco Murray.

The 34-year-old Dallas quarterback instead showed everyone that his surgically repaired back is coming along just fine.

Romo threw three touchdown passes and Murray ran for a pair of scores in another 100-yard game — one of them after the longest scramble of Romo's career — in the Cowboys' 38-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.

Sunday's Scoreboard

Sunday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Sunday's Games

NFL

Green Bay 38 Chicago 17

Houston 23 Buffalo 17

Indianapolis 41 Tennessee 17

Baltimore 38 Carolina 10

Detroit 24 N.Y. Jets 17

Tampa Bay 27 Pittsburgh 24

Miami 38 Oakland 14

SanDiego 33 Jacksonville 14

San Francisco 26 Philadelphia 21

Minnesota 41 Atlanta 28

Dallas 38 New Orleans 17

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MLB

American League

Baltimore 1 Toronto 0

Cleveland 7 Tampa Bay 2

Detroit 3 Minnesota 0

N.Y. Yankees 9 Boston 5

Kansas City 6 Chicago White Sox 4

Oakland 4 Texas 0

Leafs beat Sabres 3-2 -- but lose players

Leafs beat Sabres 3-2 in shootout -- but lose Franson and Booth to injury
Dhiren Mahiban, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs have back-to-back pre-season wins over the Buffalo Sabres — but both victories came at a cost.

Defenceman Cody Franson left with what appeared to be a left leg injury and forward David Booth suffered a bone bruise after blocking a shot in Toronto's 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo on Sunday.

Peter Holland scored the winner in the third round of the shootout for the Leafs (4-1-1), while Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk had goals in regulation time.

Ferland scores twice as Flames beat Avs 2-1

Michael Ferland scores twice as Flames keep Avalanche winless in preseason with 2-1 victory
The Associated Press

DENVER - Michael Ferland scored twice, including the go-ahead goal early in the second period, and the Calgary Flames kept Colorado winless in the preseason by beating the Avalanche 2-1 on Sunday night.

Karri Ramo made 22 saves before giving way to Joni Ortio for the third period.

Ryan O'Reilly scored for the Avalanche, who fell to 0-4-1 in the preseason. The teams play each other again Tuesday in Calgary.

Blackhawks skate away with easy 5-0 win

Blackhawks skate away with easy 5-0 win over Oilers in Saskatoon
Darren Steinke, The Canadian Press

SASKATOON - Kale Kessy hopes to one day provide the grit the Edmonton Oilers have been missing from their lineup in recent years.

Kessy tried to show what he can do playing left wing for the Oilers in 5-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in pre-season action.

Price solid in return to Canadiens' net

Price solid in return to Canadiens' net despite Montreal's 2-0 loss to Capitals
Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Carey Price was rock solid in his first full game back since abruptly leaving last year's Stanley Cup playoffs with a knee injury.

Price stopped 29 of 30 shots he faced in Montreal's 2-0 loss to the visiting Washington Capitals in NHL pre-season action on Sunday.

Derek Jeter has RBI single in last at-bat

Derek Jeter has RBI infield single in last at-bat, raises career average to .310
Howard Ulman, The Associated Press

BOSTON - On the last day of his remarkable career, Derek Jeter performed one final amazing feat.

He brought Yankees and Red Sox fans together.

The rich and often antagonistic rivalry showed its softer side Sunday: A pregame ceremony honouring New York's retiring captain produced numerous standing ovations from a crowd filled with shirts from both teams. Jeter tipped his helmet to fans when he left the game for a pinch runner in the third inning of the Yankees' 9-5 win.

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