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Rooney scores, sent off as Man United wins

Rooney scores, sent off as Man United holds on to beat West Ham; Chelsea, Man City also win
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - The two sides of Wayne Rooney were on display Saturday as the Manchester United captain scored before being sent off for a reckless challenge.

The goal, though, set United on its way to a 2-1 victory over West Ham, giving Louis van Gaal just his second league win as United manager.

Cavaliers coach Blatt gets right to business

Cavaliers coach David Blatt gets right to business in first NBA practice
The Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Cavaliers coach David Blatt got right to business Saturday in his first NBA practice after two decades working overseas.

"I'm a basketball coach, and I do it with passion and with pleasure," Blatt said. "This isn't intimidating to me at all. It's an honour to coach such a great group of players."

It helped, of course, that four-time MVP LeBron James, all-star power forward Kevin Love and all-star point guard Kyrie Irving were on the court as Cleveland opened training camp.

Europe leads 10-6, closes in on Ryder Cup

With momentum it didn't need, Europe builds 10-6 going in Ryder Cup finale
Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

GLENEAGLES, Scotland - Justin Rose swept that magical putter into the air before his ball even reached the hole, and he punched his right fist when it dropped for a birdie. Just like at Medinah, the final match in the Ryder Cup on Saturday gave Europe another big boost of momentum going into the last round.

Only this time, Europe didn't really need it.

Argos place RB Kackert on practice roster

Toronto Argonauts place running back Chad Kackert on practice roster
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - So much for Chad Kackert's retirement.

The Toronto Argonauts placed the veteran running back on the practice roster Saturday. Kackert retired on the opening day of training camp to become the CFL club's strength-and-conditioning coach after suffering a broken left ankle prior to the 2013 East Division final that required surgery.

"We are anxious to see how far he's come these past several months and we're hopeful he can return to playing at a high level," Argos GM Jim Barker said in a statement.

Banner begs Ronaldo to return to United

Airplane banner begs Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Madrid and return to Man United
The Associated Press

VILLARREAL, Spain - An airplane flew a banner during Real Madrid's away match in the Spanish league on Saturday asking Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Manchester United.

A plane paid for by a United fan group circled above Villarreal's EL Madrigal Stadium trailing a banner that read "COME HOME RONALDO - UNITED REEL."

Ronaldo left United for Madrid in 2009 on a then-record transfer of 93 million euros.

He has since helped Madrid win its 10th European Cup and one Spanish league title.

The Portugal star won the Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player last year.

Kvitova tops Bouchard to win Wuhan Open

Kvitova wins Wimbledon final rematch against injured Bouchard to take Wuhan Open title
Justin Bergman, The Associated Press

WUHAN, China - Petra Kvitova backed up her lopsided win over Eugenie Bouchard at Wimbledon with another emphatic victory over the Canadian to capture the inaugural Wuhan Open title on Saturday.

The third-seeded Czech player saved seven of eight break points she faced in the second set to close out a 6-3, 6-4 win over the sixth-seeded Bouchard in scorching conditions that lived up to Wuhan's reputation as one of China's "oven cities."

Wonderboy a winner, almost always

Stephen (Wonderboy) Thompson almost always a winner: 67 fights, just one loss
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Losing is almost completely foreign to Stephen (Wonderboy) Thompson.

The 31-year-old South Carolina native went 57-0 as a kickboxer, winning numerous titles. As a mixed martial artist, he has won nine of 10 fights.

Thompson looks for MMA win No. 10 as he takes on Montreal welterweight Patrick (The Predator) Cote at UFC 178 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

"You'll see some fireworks," Thompson predicted.

Canucks top line starting to click in pre-season

Canucks top line starting to click in 3-0 pre-season win over Flames
Monte Stewart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks' revamped top line lived up to its billing Friday night.

Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Radim Vrbata combined for six points as the Canucks blanked the Calgary Flames 3-0 in NHL pre-season action.

In the process, they gave hope to a beleaguered power play that struggled most of last season as the Canucks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. All of Vancouver's goals came in man-advantage situations.

Nats clinch NL home-field edge, split with Marlins

Nationals clinch NL home-field edge with 4-0 win over Marlins, who take 2nd game 15-7 to split
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - For the second time in three seasons, the Washington Nationals will head to the post-season with the top seeding in the National League.

They hope they can take advantage of that status this year.

The NL East champion Nationals locked up home-field advantage until the World Series by beating the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Doug Fister's three-hitter in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Friday.

White leads Eskimos to 24-0 shutout of Riders

Running back John White leads Eskimos to 24-0 shutout of Roughriders
Shane Jones, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos were more than pleased to have John White back in the mix.

The running back returned to the lineup and scored both of the game's touchdowns as the Eskimos moved into second place in the CFL's West Division with a rare 24-0 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday.

It was just the second win in the last five outings for the Eskimos (9-4), who moved into a tie for second with the Riders. Both teams are two points back of the first-place Calgary Stampeders.

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