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Wednesday's Scoreboard

Wednesday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Wednesday's Games

Women's World Cup

Semifinal at Edmonton

Japan 2 England 1

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MLB

American League

Toronto 11 Boston 2

N.Y. Yankees 3 L.A. Angels 1

Baltimore 4 Texas 2

Cleveland 8 Tampa Bay 1

Houston 6 Kansas City 5

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National League

Milwaukee 9 Philadelphia 5

Chicago Cubs 2 N.Y. Mets 0 (11 innings)

Miami 6 San Francisco 5

Atlanta 4 Washington 1

L.A. Dodgers 4 Arizona 3

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Interleague

Cincinnati 2 Minnesota 1

Oakland 4 Colorado 1

WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits

WWE goes to federal court seeking to block former wrestlers from suing over head injuries
Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. - World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring.

The Stamford-based company, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Monday, argues the wrestlers' claims are fraudulent and should be barred because of a three-year statute of limitations on such claims in Connecticut.

Japan beats England 2-1 on own goal

Defending champion Japan advances to Women's World Cup final, will face U.S.
Shane Jones, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - It took some help, but Japan is returning to the Women's World Cup final.

Laura Bassett's own goal in the 92nd minute proved to be the heartbreaker as Japan punched its ticket through to the World Cup championship game with a dramatic 2-1 victory over England on Wednesday.

Fourth-ranked Japan, the defending champion from the 2011 World Cup in Germany and silver medallists at the 2012 London Olympics, will meet the United States in the gold-medal match on Sunday in Vancouver.

Canucks trade for Prust, re-sign Weber

Canucks trade Kassian for Prust, re-sign Weber amid off-season of transition
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks are in transition and kept the changes coming on the first day of free agency.

Vancouver traded right-winger Zack Kassian and a fifth-round pick in 2016 to the Montreal Canadiens for left-winger Brandon Prust.

The Canucks also brought back defenceman Yannick Weber on a US$1.5-million, one-year deal, signed goaltender Richard Bachman for two years and defencemen Taylor Fedun and Matt Bartkowski for one year apiece.

Canadian teams busy on free-agency day

Canadian teams busy on free-agency day as Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Free-agency day felt like trade-deadline day, with all seven Canadian teams getting in on the action.

The Toronto Maple Leafs made by far the biggest splash Wednesday, dealing Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a six-player, three-pick blockbuster. That came on the heels of the Penguins missing out on Pittsburgh native Brandon Saad, whom the Chicago Blackhawks traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Sabres draftee Eichel signs entry level deal, leaving school

Sabres draftee Jack Eichel signs entry level pro contract, leaving Boston University
Jonah Bronsten And Nick Mendola, The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Jack Eichel is eager to begin his NHL career.

Eichel, the 18-year-old centre selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in last week's draft, signed his first professional contract Wednesday, opting to skip his final three years of college hockey.

"I couldn't be more excited about it," Eichel said during his introductory press conference at First Niagara Center.

Leggett returns to Bombers defence

Leggett returns to Bombers defence in time for home-opener against Hamilton
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Maurice Leggett is known for being a good communicator.

The big smile he sported after Wednesday's Winnipeg Blue Bombers practice clearly showed he's happy to be back in the lineup for Thursday's home-opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The team's defensive player of the year last season missed last week's season-opening 30-26 win over Saskatchewan and Winnipeg's exhibition loss against Hamilton because of an undisclosed injury.

Connor McDavid gets down to work with Oilers

Phenom on ice:Connor McDavid begins work at Edmonton Oilers orientation camp
Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - Connor McDavid, the teen phenom forecast to be hockey's next great superstar, officially hit the ice Wednesday with the Edmonton Oilers.

And the 18-year-old made it clear he's all in on the Oil Drop.

McDavid underwent medical and fitness tests before hitting the ice along with other prospects for power skating drills on the first day of the Oilers orientation camp.

Leafs trade Kessel, begin dismantling core

Maple Leafs begin dismantling ineffective core by trading Kessel to Penguins
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Phil Kessel is joining Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with the Pittsburgh Penguins as the Toronto Maple Leafs begin the process of dismantling an ineffective core that made just one playoff appearance.

Management took the first wrecking ball swing to this Leafs roster Wednesday, sending Kessel to the Penguins in a blockbuster trade that netted prospects Kasperi Kapanen and Scott Harrington, winger Nick Spaling and two draft picks.

Sather stepping down as Rangers' GM, will stay as president

Shakeup in Rangers' front office, Glen Sather steps down as GM, Jeff Gorton replaces him
Tom Canavan, The Associated Press

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - Glen Sather didn't get a chance to raise the Stanley Cup as general manager of the New York Rangers, so he'll just have to settle for making them a lot better in his 15 seasons in charge.

Sather on Wednesday announced that he was stepping down as the Rangers general manager and being replaced by longtime assistant Jeff Gorton.

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