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FIFA rejects Barcelona appeal against transfer ban

FIFA rejects Barcelona's appeal against transfer ban, which will apply for whole of 2015
The Associated Press

ZURICH - Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a one-year ban for breaching transfer regulations.

FIFA said Wednesday that its appeal committee confirmed that the signing of 10 players to Barcelona's renowned La Masia program violated rules designed to prevent child trafficking.

Youth coach: Inspiring speech was spontaneous

Rhode Island Little League coach says inspiring speech to team after loss was spontaneous
The Associated Press

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - A youth baseball coach from Rhode Island who has become an Internet sensation for the inspiring speech he made after his team was eliminated from the Little League World Series says the talk was spontaneous and from the heart.

Players on David Belisle's team from Cumberland were crying after Monday night's 8-7 loss to Chicago in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, when he kneeled down and told them they should be proud.

Tuesday's Scoreboard

Tuesday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Tuesday's Games

MLB

American League

Houston 7 N.Y. Yankees 4

L.A. Angels 4 Boston 3

Detroit 8 Tampa Bay 6 (11 innings)

Baltimore 5 Chicago White Sox 1

Cleveland 7 Minnesota 5

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National League

Washington 8 Arizona 1

Atlanta 11 Pittsburgh 3

St. Louis 5 Cincinnati 4

L.A. Dodgers 8 San Diego 6

Chicago Cubs 2 San Francisco 0 (5 innings-rain)

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Interleague

Milwaukee 6 Toronto 1

Seattle 5 Philadelphia 2

Miami 4 Texas 3 (10 innings)

Kansas City 7 Colorado 4

Fiers and Brewers dominate Blue Jays in 6-1 win

Fiers and Brewers dominate Blue Jays in 6-1 win
Rich Rovito, The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - Fresh off another stellar outing, Mike Fiers first wanted to talk about a rough patch early in the game and offer credit to his defence.

"I think early on I was a little erratic around the strike zone and then I pulled it together later on," said Fiers, who won his third consecutive start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 9 as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Tuesday. "My defence came through. There were a lot of great plays."

NHL concussion lawsuits consolidated in Minn.

Three concussion lawsuits filed by ex-NHL players consolidated under 1 judge
The Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Three lawsuits filed by retired NHL players over concussion-related injuries have been consolidated and will be heard by a federal judge in Minnesota.

A special panel assigned the cases Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson of St. Paul.

Veteran NBA ref Bavetta retires after 39 years

Veteran NBA ref Bavetta retires after 39-year career in which he never missed an assignment
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - NBA referee Dick Bavetta is retiring after a 39-year career in which he never missed an assignment.

Bavetta officiated a record 2,635 consecutive regular-season games after starting his NBA career on Dec. 2, 1975. He also worked 270 playoff games, including 27 in the NBA Finals.

NBA president Rod Thorn says Tuesday in a statement that the league is "grateful for his contributions to our league, and we wish him the best as he enjoys his well-earned retirement."

Scoring change alters history for Jeter, Wagner

MLB official scoring change alters history for Derek Jeter and Honus Wagner
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Turns out, the hit that tied Derek Jeter with Honus Wagner came a day later than everyone thought.

Major League Baseball made an official scoring change Tuesday that took away an infield single from Jeter on Aug. 8 and instead charged Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana with an error on the play.

Fortino goes first in CWHL draft to Brampton

Brampton Thunder pick Olympic defenceman Fortino first overall in CWHL draft
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Brampton Thunder made defenceman Laura Fortino the first overall pick in the Canadian Women's Hockey League draft on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old from Hamilton played for the Canadian Olympic women's hockey team this past season.

Fortino assisted on Marie-Philip Poulin's overtime goal against the United States, in Sochi, Russia, as Canada won its fourth straight women's hockey gold.

Fortino played four years for Cornell and ranks sixth all-time in Big Red assists with 98. She was an assistant captain in her senior year.

B.C. man dies in mountain horse racing accident

Accident during rodeo mountain horse race kills 44-year-old B.C. man
The Canadian Press

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - A horse race down a steep mountain slope in the B.C. Interior has claimed the life of a 44-year-old man.

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Redstone Rodeo near the community of Alexis Creek, about 660 kilometres north of Vancouver.

Coroner Barb McLintock says some of the horses in the "high-risk sport" got too close to each other and three riders tumbled off their horses at a high rate of speed.

Jason Coutlee, of Merritt, B.C., was rushed to a medical clinic in Alexis Creek but died en route to Kelowna General Hospital.

Fighter War Machine won't contest extradition

Fighter War Machine tells California judge he won't contest transfer to Vegas in beating case
Ken Ritter, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - War Machine, a mixed martial arts fighter accused of brutally beating his porn star ex-girlfriend in Las Vegas and fleeing to the Los Angeles area, told a California judge he won't contest his transfer in custody back to Nevada.

Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar said the fighter, whose birth name is Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, waived extradition on Tuesday following his arrest Friday at a hotel in Simi Valley.

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