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Reed HOF induction gives Bills cause to celebrate

HOF 2014: WR Reed's long-awaited induction gives Bills reason to celebrate in uncertain times
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - There are two things receiver Andre Reed is most certain of in preparing to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

The eight-year wait to hear his name called really didn't feel that long. More important, the timing of the announcement in February was fitting given the sudden uncertainty hovering over his beloved Buffalo Bills.

Bouchard seeded sixth at Rogers Cup

Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard seeded sixth at next month's Rogers Cup
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard will be the sixth seed at the upcoming Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament while fellow Canadian Milos Raonic will be seeded seventh in the men's event.

Top-ranked Serena Williams of the United States is the top women's seed and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia is the top men's seed. The women will play Aug. 1-10 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal and the men will play Aug. 2-10 at Rexall Centre in Toronto.

Commonwealth Games lifter faces sex assault charge

Commonwealth Games weightlifter faces trial in Glasgow over alleged sexual assault
The Associated Press

GLASGOW, Scotland - A weightlifter from Papua New Guinea who competed at the Commonwealth Games faces trial over an alleged sexual assault at a Glasgow supermarket.

The Glasgow Sheriff Court says Toua Udia pleaded not guilty and will go on trial Friday.

Police say the 22-year-old lifter was arrested after officers received a report of an incident last Monday at a supermarket near the athletes' village.

Tax fraud case against Lionel Messi goes ahead

Spanish judge rejects prosecutor's request to drop tax fraud charges against Lionel Messi
The Associated Press

MADRID - A Spanish judge has rejected a prosecutor's request to drop charges of tax fraud against Lionel Messi and ordered the investigation into three cases of suspected unpaid taxes to proceed.

A court statement says there is "sufficient evidence" to believe the Argentina player "could have known and consented" to the creation of a fictitious corporate structure to avoid paying taxes on income made from Messi's image rights.

Lost Red Sox title ring returned by Yankees fan

Ring around the restaurant: Lost Red Sox 2013 World Series ring returned by Yankees fan
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent New York Yankees fan.

Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello could hardly believe it when he found the shiny 2013 championship ring on a restroom sink at his Luke's Bar and Grill on Thursday night.

Valeri leads Timbers past Impact 3-2

Late goal from Valeri sends Portland Timbers over Montreal Impact 3-2
Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact are feeling their losses both on and off the field.

And it doesn't help that they're in a franchise worst slump.

On Sunday, Montreal matched a team high five-game losing streak, falling 3-2 to the visiting Portland Timbers. As assistant coach Mauro Biello sees it, the struggles have started to take their toll on the players both mentally and physically.

Clark overtakes Furyk to win Canadian Open

Tim Clark overtakes Jim Furyk to win Canadian Open in final round
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - When Jim Furyk's charge to a third RBC Canadian Open title stalled in the final round, Tim Clark decided to go for it.

The 38-year-old South African, whose wife is Canadian, fired five birdies on the back nine to overtake Furyk on the 15th hole and hold on to win the US$5.7 million tournament at Royal Montreal on Sunday.

Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers' new coach

Byron Scott says he is the Los Angeles Lakers' new coach, but team won't confirm
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they're apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.

Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday that no deal has been reached.

Scott, who won three NBA titles as a shooting guard for the Lakers, told KCBS-TV he will take over the club, which hasn't had a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30.

Penalty kick gives Whitecaps a draw with FC Dallas

Morales scores on penalty kick as Whitecaps and FC Dallas battle to 2-2 draw
Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - It was a draw that felt like a loss for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Despite blasting a franchise record 30 shots at goal the Whitecaps were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas in an entertaining Major League Soccer match Sunday afternoon.

"It hurts like a loss," said Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted. "We deserved more out of this one.

"The chances we are creating . . . we need to put the chances away and we need to be sounder (on defence) and not give away goals."

Paralympian seeks return of stolen medals

Canadian Paralympic swimmer Benoit Huot seeks return of stolen medals
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Paralympic swimmer Benoit Huot says several of his medals were stolen from his Montreal-area home Saturday night.

Huot's father discovered Sunday morning that there had been a break-in at his recently purchased home and several items had gone missing overnight, including at least one of his 19 Paralympic medals, three from Commonwealth Games and three from Parapan American Games.

Huot said a TV and home furnishings were also taken.

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