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Rangers get Hamels from Phillies for 2015 - and beyond

Ace in the hole: Rangers acquire lefty Hamels from Phillies for pennant chases beyond 2015
Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas - With Cole Hamels, the Texas Rangers have gotten another ace in hopes of getting back to the playoffs — in 2015 and beyond.

Texas obtained the Phillies left-hander in an eight-player deal completed before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline after being agreed on earlier in the week.

Lewis and his mouth return to McMahon

Montreal Alouettes receiver Nik Lewis and his mouth return to McMahon
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Nik Lewis will run out onto McMahon Stadium as a Montreal Alouette for the first time Saturday, but it won't be his first visit to his former home field.

The 33-year-old slotback hobnobbed with fans in the stands July 18 when the Calgary Stampeders were hosting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Lewis visited Calgary's dressing room after that game to show off his baby daughter to his former teammates.

Government contributes to Rugby Canada centre

Federal government helps fund Rugby Canada high-performance training centre
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Thanks to an injection of up to $3 million from the federal government, Rugby Canada hopes to break ground on the next phase of its Centre of Excellence in Langford, B.C., in six months.

That involves a 19,000-square-foot high-performance training centre, with a 7,000-square-foot gym. The two-storey building will also include a medical centre, offices, locker-rooms, video analysis classroom, hydro-therapy facilities, cafeteria and a small residential component. There will also be a space for a Canada Rugby Hall of Fame.

Blue Jays trade for Lowe and Revere

Blue Jays acquire reliever Lowe from Mariners, outfielder Revere from Phillies
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Stocking up at the trade deadline, the Toronto Blue Jays wrapped up their busy week Friday by acquiring reliever Mark Lowe from the Seattle Mariners and Ben Revere from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Blue Jays sent left-handers Nick Wells, Jacob Brentz and Rob Rasmussen to Seattle and right-handers Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado to Philadelphia.

Greenwood adjusting to being CFL starter

Argos' Greenwood feeling good being a full-time football player again
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - After four-plus years immersed in four-down football, Toronto Argonauts linebacker Cory Greenwood continues to adjust to a game he hasn't played since his university days.

So far, he's been a quick study.

The 30-year-old native of Kingston, Ont., has registered 18 tackles in his first full season with Toronto (3-1). The club took Greenwood third overall in the 2010 CFL draft out of Concordia but Greenwood headed to the NFL for stints with Kansas City and Detroit before joining the Argos late last season.

Triathletes shrug off water warnings, swim in Rio

Triathletes swim off Copacabana Beach despite warnings about water quality
Tales Azzoni And Stephen Wade, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO - Triathletes swam in waters off Copacabana Beach Friday ahead of weekend Olympic test events, despite published warnings that water in the area was "unfit" for swimming.

The website of the Rio de Janeiro environmental agency said the water, which has been declared unfit ten previous times this year, was unsafe based on the results of a Monday water test.

Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

Olympic Double: Beijing wins 2022 Olympics, 1st city awarded both summer and winter games
Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years.

The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred by technical problems, taking the games back to the city that hosted the summer version in 2008.

Online viewers won't miss Super Bowl ads shown on TV

For first time, online viewers won't miss Super Bowl TV ads, under new ad-sale policy from CBS
Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Next year, you won't have to worry about missing the buzziest commercials of the Super Bowl if you can't get to a TV.

In the past, not all advertisers bought online time along with a pricy 30-second spot during the most-watched TV event of the year. That meant online viewers had to go to a Super Bowl ad repository, such as Hulu and YouTube, to watch what they missed on TV. Broadcasters sometimes ran substitute ads online instead.

Canada's junior camp is just a first look

Canada's world junior camp is just a first look for Lowry and staff
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

Seven months after Canada's world junior team won a gold medal on home ice, the process of trying to do it again in Helsinki is just getting underway.

When Hockey Canada's national junior team summer development camp starts Saturday in Calgary, coach Dave Lowry and his staff begin the long process of putting together the 2016 group. Only five players at the camp won gold in Toronto, so there's a lot of turnover and plenty of work to be done.

Sophie Schmidt signs with European champion

Canadian international Sophie Schmidt signs with European champion Frankfurt
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - From the Women's World Cup to the Women's Bundesliga, the soccer stage continues to grow for Sophie Schmidt.

The Canadian star midfielder has signed a one-year deal with reigning European champion FFC Frankfurt, a storied German club that has won the UEFA Women's Champions League a record four times: in 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2015.

"Grateful to be able to play for FFC Frankfurt this season!" tweeted Schmidt. "Ich bin super begeistert (I am super excited)!!"

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