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Canada's Dancevic eliminated from U.S. Open

Frank Dancevic ousted from U.S. Open by Joao Sousa in five sets
Bill Scott, The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Canada's Frank Dancevic fought for more than three and a half hours before losing a marathon to Joao Sousa 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2) to exit in his opening match at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

It was the first five-set match for the Niagara Falls, Ont. native since 2011 Wimbledon.

"It was a heartbreaker, it's tough losing matches like that," said Dancevic, who played with a new racquet model for the first time during the match, "It could have gone either way. It was one of those that came down to a few points."

Redblacks made offer to Weston Dressler

Expansion Redblacks make contract offer to free agent receiver Dressler
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

The Ottawa Redblacks are making a play for coveted slotback Weston Dressler.

Redblacks general manager Marcel Desjardins said Wednesday he has made a contract offer to the former Saskatchewan Roughriders star, who cleared NFL waivers Tuesday after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs. Desjardins added he hasn't immediately heard back from Dressler's camp and wasn't sure when he would.

"We've made an offer and that's pretty much where it's at," Desjardins said.

USC's Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

USC's Josh Shaw admits to lying about heroic rescue of drowning nephew, is suspended from team
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was "a complete fabrication."

Champions League draw wide open

From Madrid and Barcelona to Monaco and Roma, Champions League draw promises tough groups
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

MONACO, Monaco - Real Madrid's Champions League title defence takes shape Thursday at one of the most open draws in years.

Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Chelsea — the past four winners — are among the eight top-seeded clubs in the 32-team draw.

However, lower-ranked seeding pots loaded with big spenders returning to the Champions League after years away promise to deliver trickier than usual groups.

Bulgarians win CL shootout with defender in goal

Ludogorets beats Bucharest in shootout with defender in goal to reach Champions League
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Bulgarian club Ludogorets reached the Champions League group stage for the first time Wednesday when a defender saved two penalties in a shootout after the team's goalkeeper was sent off late in extra time.

On a night when Arsenal, Athletic Bilbao and Bayer Leverkusen all qualified for Europe's top competition, Ludogorets centre back Cosmin Moti upstaged everyone with his heroics in Sofia.

Ticats take Collaros off injured list

Hamilton Tiger-Cats take quarterback Zach Collaros off the six-game injured list
The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - Zach Collaros was back practising Wednesday with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The third-year quarterback joined his teammates for their first workout at Tim Hortons Field after the club pulled Collaros off the six-game injured list. Collaros suffered a concussion in Hamilton's 28-24 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos on July 4 and had been out since.

Steve Tolleson an unlikely pitching hero

Steve Tolleson an unlikely pitching hero for the Toronto Blue Jays
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - For a moment, Steve Tolleson was Everyman. Who hasn't wondered what it's like to pitch a major league baseball game?

Tolleson, an infielder with the Toronto Blue Jays, got a second shot at taking the mound Tuesday night in an 11-7 blowout at the hands of the Boston Red Sox.

The 30-year-old from Spartanburg, S.C., whose throwing background is more beer league than big leagues, had a hit, scored a run and registered a strikeout — an unlikely triple threat.

Crompton read for firs start with Alouettes

Alouettes hunt for Calvillo's successor may end at shaggy-haired Crompton
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The Montreal Alouettes hope they have finally found their starting quarterback in shaggy-haired Jonathan Crompton.

But as promising as the 26-year-old looked in his first game last week in a 24-16 loss in Winnipeg, it is too early to think of Crompton as the one who might save what has been a disastrous 2014 CFL season for Montreal after a 1-7 start.

"Not even close," Crompton said Wednesday. "I've only played three quarters of football.

Villa, QPR humbled by lowly sides in League Cup

Premier League sides Aston Villa, QPR eliminated by lowly opponents in League Cup
The Associated Press

LONDON - Premier League sides Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers followed Manchester United in being beaten by lower-tier clubs in the League Cup on Wednesday.

A day after United's surprising 4-0 loss at MK Dons, another third-tier club, Leyton Orient, won 1-0 at Aston Villa, and fourth-tier side Burton edged past QPR by the same score.

Leiweke explains why he's leaving MLSE

Leiweke says decision to leave MLSE has to do with entrepreneurial dream
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Tim Leiweke says his desire to be an entrepreneur led to his decision to leave Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

In radio interviews on Sportstnet 590 The Fan and TSN 1050, the outgoing MLSE president and CEO said he and the executive board knew his stay would be a short one because he wanted to run his own business.

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