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Man sues B.C. rodeo company over violent bull

Man sues B.C. rodeo company, says bull called Slow Poke was violent despite name
Tim Petruk, Kamloops This Week, The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A novice rider is suing a rodeo company in Vernon, B.C., over a bull named Slow Poke that he alleges failed to live up to its name and caused him serious injury.

Kyle Warman says he began beginner bull-riding lessons at Coyote Creek Rodeo in July 2013 and was bucked off by Slow Poke during his second class.

Warman alleges that the facility failed to train him before putting him on Slow Poke and claims he was told the bull was compatible with inexperienced riders.

Sepp Blatter set for another win in FIFA election

Blatter set for big presidential win in a rare FIFA election held without corruption claims
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

GENEVA - For once, a major FIFA election is untainted by claims of vote-buying.

There's no need this time.

Sepp Blatter's widely expected re-election on May 29 as president of soccer's world governing body for a fifth term has seldom seemed a real contest. His hold on the top job is so secure that Blatter published no manifesto, declined to debate opponents and rarely engaged with media worldwide.

Wayne Gretzky says Maple Leafs on right track

Wayne Gretzky says Maple Leafs on track with Mike Babcock as head coach
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - NHL legend Wayne Gretzky thinks the Toronto Maple Leafs are headed in the right direction.

Mike Babcock was named the team's new head coach Wednesday afternoon, leaving the Detroit Red Wings for a $50-million, eight-year deal.

Whitecaps advance to Amway Canadian final

Whitecaps advance to Amway Canadian championship with 2-1 win over FC Edmonton
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Matias Laba's goal in injury time lifted the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-1 win over FC Edmonton on Wednesday night and a spot in the Amway Canadian championship final.

Vancouver will play the Montreal Impact for the Canadian national club championship in a two-leg final. The first match will be on Aug. 12 and the second will be Aug. 26.

The Whitecaps won the two-leg semifinal series 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in Vancouver last week.

Wednesday's Scoreboard

Wednesday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Wednesday's Games

NHL Playoffs

Tampa Bay 6 N.Y. Rangers 5 (OT)

(N.Y. Rangers lead series 2-1)

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AHL Playoffs

Utica 1 Oklahoma City 0

(Utica wins series 4-3)

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NBA Playoffs

Cleveland 97 Atlanta 89

(Cleveland leads series 1-0)

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MLB

American League

Houston 6 Oakland 1

Seattle 4 Baltimore 2

L.A. Angels 4 Toronto 3

Texas 2, Boston 1

Cleveland 4 Chicago White Sox 3

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National League

Arizona 6 Miami 1

St. Louis 9 N.Y. Mets 0

Smith, James lead Cavs past Hawks 97-89 in Game 1

James scores 31, Smith adds 28 as Cleveland beats Atlanta 97-89 in Game 1 of East final
Paul Newberry, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol.

Yep, Smith was that hot.

Kucherov scores in OT, Lightning beat Rangers 6-5 in Game 3

Nikita Kucherov scores early in OT, Lightning beat Rangers 6-5 in Game 3 of East finals
Fred Goodall, The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning were relentless, answering every challenge from the New York Rangers before taking control of the Eastern Conference finals on Nikita Kucherov's overtime goal.

Kucherov delivered his second winner of the playoffs 3:33 into the extra period Wednesday night, giving his team a 6-5 victory and 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series that continues Friday night at Amalie Arena.

Angels come back for 4-3 win over Jays

Krauss drives in pair as Angels come back for 4-3 win over Blue Jays
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The numbers keep getting uglier for the Toronto Blue Jays.

A 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night has left the Blue Jays a season-worst six games below the .500 mark. Toronto has dropped seven of its last eight games and is just 2-8 in one-run games this year.

The pitching staff has been a weak point all season and this time it was reliever Steve Delabar who gave up the critical blow, a two-run double to Marc Krauss in the seventh inning that put the Angels up to stay.

Martin Brodeur becomes Blues assistant GM

Martin Brodeur becomes St. Louis Blues assistant general manager
The Canadian Press

ST. LOUIS - Martin Brodeur is moving in to the front office of the St. Louis Blues.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced on Wednesday that Brodeur has signed a three-year deal to be the team's assistant GM.

Brodeur played seven games for St. Louis last season, retiring Jan. 29 to become a senior adviser to Armstrong.

Gretzky says McDavid will thrive in Edmonton

Great One on Next One: Wayne Gretzky says Connor McDavid will thrive in Edmonton
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Wayne Gretzky made his name with the Edmonton Oilers. He expects top prospect Connor McDavid will have a similar impact with the same team.

Gretzky, who led the Oilers to four Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s and went on to become the NHL's all-time leading scorer, spoke on Wednesday night about McDavid's potential. Edmonton holds the first overall pick in this summer's draft and McDavid is expected to be selected at the top of his class.

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