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Rio Olympic mascot is a yellow cat-like figure

Rio chooses mascots for Olympics, Paralympics; represent animal and plant life in Brazil
Stephen Wade, The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO - A bright yellow cat-like figure, which also combines elements of monkeys and birds, is the mascot of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The smiley-faced mascot represents the animal life of Brazil. The mascot for the Paralympics is a mopped-headed doll with leafy hair, meant to represent the vast diversity of the flora in Brazil.

Argos QB Ray undergoes shoulder surgery

Argos QB Ray has shoulder surgery, team expects him to be ready for camp
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray underwent surgery this morning to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder as well as a small tear in his right rotator cuff.

The Argos said in a statement that the surgery was successfully performed by doctors in Cleveland.

Ticats, Stampeders to meet in Grey Cup game

Cornish versus Hamilton's rugged run defence an interesting Grey Cup matchup
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

To capture their first Grey Cup title since 1999, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have to corral Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish.

Calgary and Hamilton will square off in the CFL title game Sunday at B.C. Place. It will be the Ticats' second straight championship appearance after losing last year to Saskatchewan, while the Stampeders return for the first time since dropping the 100th Grey Cup game to Toronto at Rogers Centre in 2012.

Hansen, Tatar and Benn named NHL 3 stars

Vancouver forward Jannik Hansen named NHL's first star of the week
The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen's goal-scoring outburst has earned him NHL first star of the week honours.

Jansen scored five goals in three games last week, including his first career hat trick Sunday night against Chicago.

Detroit left-wing Tomas Tatar and Dallas left-wing Jamie Benn were named the week's second and third stars respectively.

Impact name Braz technical director

Impact name former defender Braz as technical director to replace Jordan
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Adam Braz was named technical director of the Montreal Impact on Monday.

The former Impact and Toronto FC defender served as Montreal's manager from 2011 to 2013.

He replaced Matt Jordan, who left on Nov. 4 to become vice-president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo.

Braz will manage the team's salary cap and act as a liaison between the club and Major League Soccer. He will work with manager Frank Klopas on contract negotiations and strategy and will handle day-to-day operations of the MLS squad.

China delays announcement of Sun Yang's doping ban

Chinese authorities make delayed announcement of Olympic champion Sun Yang's doping ban
Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press

BEIJING, China - Olympic and world champion swimmer Sun Yang served a three-month doping ban earlier this year, China's anti-doping agency disclosed Monday, in a case that raised questions over why the positive test was kept quiet for so long.

Sun tested positive for the banned stimulant trimetazidine on May 17 during China's national swimming championships in Hangzhou.

The suspension began immediately and ended on Aug. 17, prior to Sun's appearance in September at the Asian Games at Incheon, South Korea, where he won three gold medals.

Ferrari names new team principal in latest shakeup

Ferrari replaces Mattiacci with Arrivabene as team principal in latest shakeup to F1 team
The Associated Press

MARANELLO, Italy - Ferrari replaced Marco Mattiacci with Maurizio Arrivabene as team principal Monday in the latest shakeup to the struggling Formula One team.

Mattiacci lasted only seven months on the job after being hired in April to replace Stefano Domenicali, who resigned.

On Sunday, Ferrari finished its first season without a race win since 1993.

Blackhawks still looking for consistency

Blackhawks still looking for consistency as rival Canucks defeat Chicago 4-1
Nick Wells, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The Chicago Blackhawks are still looking for consistency a quarter of the way into their season.

The Blackhawks left Vancouver with a 4-1 loss on Sunday night as players and coaches said the team needs to find its rhythm moving forward. Chicago is 6-4 in its last 10 games and has won four out of its last five, with 11 goals scored and four allowed against the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.

Hansen leads Canucks over Blackhawks

Jannik Hansen's hat trick leads Vancouver Canucks over Chicago Blackhawks 4-1
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A night that started with a tribute to Daniel Sedin ended with the fourth line stealing the show.

Jannik Hansen scored the first hat trick of his career and Bo Horvat and Derek Dorsett combined for five assists Sunday as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackawks 4-1.

Radim Vrbata had the other goal and Ryan Miller made 24 saves as Vancouver (14-6-1) celebrated Sedin's 1,000th NHL game with a hard-fought victory.

Sunday's Scoreboard

Sunday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Sunday's Games


East Final

Hamilton 40 Montreal 24

West Final

Calgary 43 Edmonton 18



St. Louis 4 Winnipeg 2

N.Y. Rangers 5 Montreal 0

Anaheim 2 Arizona 1

Vancouver 4 Chicago 1



Hamilton 5 Toronto 1

Albany 5 Bridgeport 2

Springfield 5 Providence 4

Rockford 3 Chicago 0

St. John's 2 Hershey 0

San Antonio 3 Texas 0

Iowa 2 Milwaukee 1 (SO)



Green Bay 24 Minnesota 21

Cincinnati 22 Houston 13

Cleveland 26 Atlanta 24

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