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Canada gunning for top-3 finish in Glasgow

Four years after India, Canada can focus solely on sport in Glasgow Games
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

GLASGOW, Scotland - Around this time four years ago, Canadian team general manager Scott Stevenson was scrubbing floors at the Commonwealth Games athletes village in India.

Canada's team had delayed its travel to New Delhi — for as long as a week for some athletes — because of serious concerns about hygiene and security in the village.

Canadian officials called the athletes' quarters "unlivable." Canada was among several countries that talked about pulling out.

Nash not worried about Canada's toughness

Nash, Triano say Canadians have plenty of toughness on the basketball court
Dhiren Mahiban, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Steve Nash had a good chuckle at ESPN personality Jason Whitlock's suggestion that Canadians in the NBA are not as motivated to succeed as their American counterparts.

"Andrew Wiggins is from Canada," Whitlock said on Keith Olbermann's ESPN show Monday night. "And Canadian athletes, I think, among NBA players and NBA people, perhaps don't want it as much as even some of the Europeans, and certainly the American players."

Pitcher testifies on etiquette for hitting batter

Pitcher testifies in Offerman trial about etiquette followed when intentionally hitting batter
The Associated Press

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Testifying that there is a professional etiquette to beaning batters, a former major league pitcher says he did not intentionally hit Jose Offerman during a 2007 independent minor league game, setting off a brawl.

Matt Beech gave a video deposition that was presented to jurors Monday in the civil trial of Offerman, who is being sued by former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans.

Nattrass to soak up every moment of ceremony

Canada's flag bearer Nattrass will soak up every moment of opening ceremonies
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

GLASGOW, Scotland - When Susan Nattrass walks into a competition venue these days, she pauses to take a good look around, and composes a mental picture.

"And I take a lot of photos. Because I want to have that memory," Nattrass said.

The 63-year-old trap shooter will carry Canada's flag into the opening ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, and she plans to soak up every moment.

Wrong turn led Canadian to Commonwealth Games

Accidental Lawn Bowler: Wrong turn helped Tim Mason get to Commonwealth Games
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

GLASGOW, Scotland - A wrong turn changed Tim Mason's life.

Having just moved to West Vancouver, B.C., he was in search of a local community centre and a new gym when he got his directions confused and stumbled upon some lawn bowlers.

"I had played every sport under the sun — had a cup of coffee in the minors for hockey, played tennis, golf ... you name it," Mason recalled this week. "I parked the jeep, walked through the gate and said 'What do I do? I've never seen this before.'

Harris, Arceneaux win CFL weekly awards

B.C. stars Harris, Arceneaux win CFL weekly awards after Lions' rout of Montreal
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - B.C. Lions running back Andrew Harris is the CFL's top Canadian for the second week in a row while teammate Emmanuel Arceneaux is the league's top offensive player of the week.

The pair were consistently dangerous in the Lions' decisive 41-5 win over Montreal on Saturday. Arceneaux caught eight receptions for 145 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, while Winnipeg native Harris had four receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown and 12 carries for 72 yards.

Shakhtar midfielder says players' lives at risk

Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa says Shakhtar players' lives at risk in Ukrainian conflict
The Associated Press

Douglas Costa says he and his fellow players who are refusing to return to Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk do so because the conflict in the country puts their lives at risk.

Costa and five other South American players refused to leave France last weekend with the rest of the team to return to Donetsk for Shakhtar's first match of the season on Tuesday.

Moore's Smashfest earning more exposure

Dominic Moore's Smashfest charity event earning more exposure in third year
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Dominic Moore has come a long way in a short period of time.

Two years ago he stepped away from hockey to be with his wife, Katie, who was battling a rare form of liver cancer that claimed her life in January 2013 at the age of 32. Moore returned to the ice last fall with the New York Rangers and played a role in their run to the Stanley Cup final.

Monday's Scoreboard

Monday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Monday's Games


American League

Texas 4 N.Y. Yankees 2

Boston 14 Toronto 1

Minnesota 4 Cleveland 3

Chicago White Sox 3 Kansas City 1

Baltimore 4 L.A. Angels 2


National League

L.A. Dodgers 5 Pittsburgh 2

San Francisco 7 Philadelphia 4

Miami 3 Atlanta 1 (10 innings)

Milwaukee 5 Cincinnati 2

Washington 7 Colorado 2



Detroit 4 Arizona 3

Seattle 5 N.Y. Mets 2


Aaron Hernandez due in court for status hearing

Ex-Patriots player Aaron Hernandez due in court for status hearing in 2013 murder case
Slwpvs, The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is due back in court for a status hearing in his Massachusetts murder case.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was found in June 2013 near Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

Lloyd, of Boston, was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Two friends of Hernandez's from Bristol, Connecticut, also have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the case.

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