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Canada looking ahead to 2026 World Cup

Canada already thinking of 2026 men's World Cup, saying it has the goods
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Canada will still be thinking World Cup once the women's showcase tournament ends July 5. The Canadian Soccer Association will then turn its attention to the 2026 men's World Cup.

The CSA has already gone on the record in declaring its interest in hosting the men's event, which last took place in CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, in 1994 in the U.S.

Norris strong for Blue Jays in 5-2 win over Orioles

Daniel Norris pitches 6 impressive innings as Blue Jays beat Orioles 5-2
The Associated Press

SARASOTA, Fla. - Looking to cement a spot in the Toronto rotation, Daniel Norris allowed one run in six impressive innings as the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Wednesday.

Norris gave up three hits and struck out seven without walking a batter. It was Norris' second start against Baltimore. In his first, he allowed one hit in 1 2-3 innings.

The Orioles' run scored in the third when Norris hit Nolan Reimould with a pitch, and Caleb Joseph doubled.

Lanny McDonald named HHOF chairman

Lanny McDonald to succeed late Pat Quinn as chair of Hockey Hall of Fame
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Lanny McDonald has been a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame since 1992. Now he's the man in charge.

McDonald was named chairman of the board of the Hockey Hall of Fame on Wednesday, succeeding the late Pat Quinn. Although he had a storied playing career, culminating in a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989, McDonald is still anxious about his new role.

Clements steps up to face Taleb at UFC 186

Chris (The Menace) Clements steps up to face Nordine Taleb at UFC 186 in Montreal
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Chris (The Menace) Clements is replacing the injured Claudio Silva and will face welterweight Nordine Taleb at UFC186 in Montreal next month.

Silva has been sidelined by a broken foot.

Clements (12-5 with one no contest) is coming off a first-round knockout of Vik Grujic. The 39-year-old from Chatham, Ont., has won two of his four UFC fights with one loss and one no-contest.

Kings confident they can make playoffs

At their best in desperate situations, Kings confident they'll make playoffs
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

NEWARK, N.J. - Justin Williams has his name on the Stanley Cup three times and won the Conn Smythe Trophy last spring in leading the Los Angeles Kings past the New York Rangers.

With that in the past, the impending unrestricted free agent who earned the reluctant moniker of "Mr. Game 7" is more concerned about the playoff games he and the Kings might not get to play next month.

FBI investigating threats against New York Islanders' Leddy

FBI investigating online threats made against New York Islanders defenceman Nick Leddy
The Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - The FBI is investigating social media threats made against New York Islanders defenceman Nick Leddy.

FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald confirmed the investigation in an email Wednesday to The Associated Press.

Islanders' spokesman Kimber Auerbach says Leddy and his family are safe and the National Hockey League has been alerted to the situation.

Tough Jam: Cubs pitcher winds up at wrong park, misses start

Chicago Cubs pitcher can't find his rhythm - heck, he can't even find the ballpark!
Ben Walker, The Associated Press

Some pitchers have trouble finding the plate. Edwin Jackson of the Chicago Cubs had a much bigger problem: He couldn't find the ballpark.

Jackson missed his spring training start Tuesday against the A's when he drove to the wrong stadium. Fitting, too — he once walked eight batters in a no-hitter, and has never been known for great location.

Chelsea fans to contest banning orders for Paris incident

Chelsea fans involved in racist incident on Paris subway will contest football banning orders
The Associated Press

LONDON - Five Chelsea fans will contest the implementation of football banning orders for their suspected involvement in an incident where a black man was blocked from boarding a subway train in Paris.

The fans attended a magistrates' court in London on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing after being served with summons by police, who are applying for banning orders to be imposed.

Canadians take big lead in pairs at figure skating worlds

Canadian favourites Duhamel, Radford take commanding lead in pairs at worlds
Justin Bergman, The Associated Press

SHANGHAI - Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford skated a flawless short program to take a commanding lead in the pairs at the world figure skating championships on the opening day Wednesday.

Ducks see Getzlaf as Hart Trophy candidate

Boudreau, Ducks see captain Ryan Getzlaf as Hart Trophy candidate
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will likely win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP, and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals has earned plenty of deserved chatter, too.

But the Anaheim Ducks don't want anyone to forget about their captain and sleeper Hart candidate, Ryan Getzlaf, who's tied for 12th in the league in scoring and is playing some of the most and toughest minutes of any forward.

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