HARRISON, N.J. - It remains to be seen if it was an opportunity squandered for the Montreal Impact.
What was plainly evident was the Impact's collective disappointment following a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls 1-1 on Wednesday night in Champions League play.
Montreal finished group play with 10 points, meaning the Impact could finish their home-and-home CONCACAF playoff series on the road, which would be to their disadvantage.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each with big hits in a five-run sixth inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night to even the World Series at one game apiece.
TORONTO - Until Wednesday night, Raptors rookie Lucas Nogueira was known more for his crazy hair than any heroics on the hardcourt in Toronto.
The 22-year-old Brazilian known as "Bebe" finally made his Raptors debut in Toronto's 92-85 win over Israel's Maccabi Haifa, scoring eight points in 11 minutes and showing signs of the athletic forward that first caught the team's eye.
"I was nervous because it was my first game," said Nogueira, who recently took scissors to his long unruly afro — his mom had told him she didn't like how it looked on TV.
OTTAWA - The NHL postponed Wednesday night's game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs following the shootings on Parliament Hill and at the National War Memorial.
The date and time of the rescheduled game will be announced later, the NHL said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Slava Voynov's attorney says the Los Angeles Kings defenceman never hit his girlfriend, and blames Voynov's arrest on a misunderstanding caused partly by the couple's limited ability to speak English.
Craig Renetzky is hopeful the NHL will end Voynov's indefinite suspension after reviewing the events that led to Voynov's arrest on suspicion of domestic violence at a hospital near his home. Voynov hasn't been charged.
PARIS - Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday to take complete control of Group B with a third straight win.
While Tuesday night's 40-goal bonanza never looked like being matched, there was still drama elsewhere as Arsenal scraped a 2-1 win at Anderlecht with late goals from defender Kieran Gibbs and forward Lukas Podolski — a peripheral player this season.
TORONTO - Krista DuChene had just suffered a small setback in her recovery when friend and rival marathoner Lanni Marchant raced to a fourth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games.
Only months earlier, Marchant and DuChene had dipped under the Canadian women's marathon record in Toronto, and a great season beckoned for both women.
But DuChene's derailed in April when she broke her femur while running the Canadian half-marathon championships in Montreal. And watching Marchant race through the streets of Glasgow in July was one of the most difficult days of her comeback.
VANCOUVER - Eric Holden got to stoke two of his passions while crisscrossing the globe.
A meteorologist with Canada's Olympic sailing team, the 34-year-old skipper is back home for the first time in two years after winning the gruelling Clipper Round the World yacht race in July — a 64,000-kilometre trek that took almost 11 months to complete.
CALGARY - John Morris's curling team has a double challenge in this "completely unusual" season.
As the first team to wear the Maple Leaf at the Canadian men's curling championship, Morris, third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen will attempt to peak for the Tim Hortons Brier next March in Calgary while playing fewer events this winter.
So Morris has fewer games in which to develop chemistry with his new teammates. He was recruited to skip the team earlier this year when Kevin Koe departed to call shots for an entirely new team.
TORONTO - Gareth Rees made rugby history on one leg at the 1999 World Cup.
A doubtful starter for Canada's opening game against host France because of a nagging knee injury and thigh strain, Rees nevertheless led the Canadian men out in Beziers. In the process, he became the first man to play in four World Cups.