Women's World Cup
Semifinal at Edmonton
Japan 2 England 1
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
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
Cincinnati 2 Minnesota 1
Oakland 4 Colorado 1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.