TORONTO - On a night when DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry struggled from the field, Jonas Valanciunas and the rest of the Toronto Raptors stepped up to ensure a victorious season opener.
Valanciunas had 17 points while Amir Johnson added 16 points as Toronto earned a 109-102 home win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a domestic violence charge and admitted he pushed his girlfriend at a hotel in Michigan.
The news came just hours before the Hornets were set to open the regular season against the Milwaukee Bucks.
SURREY, B.C. - Mike Benevides was in his inaugural training camp as head coach of the B.C. Lions when Ernest Jackson first arrived on the scene.
"I'll never forget when he came off the bus," Benevides recalled Wednesday of their initial encounter back in 2012. "He came walking into the stadium ... and right away you noticed."
It's taken a while, but so has the rest of the CFL.
After biding his time behind a talented group of receivers for most of the last three seasons, Jackson is finally getting his chance with the injury-ravaged Lions — and running with it.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oops, another national anthem stumble at the World Series.
Opera star Joyce DiDonato did just fine singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Game 7 Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
TORONTO - The Canadian Football League announced on Wednesday that it has fined two executives.
Toronto Argonauts general manager Jim Barker has been fined $2,500 for violating the league's sideline policy by positioning himself on the goal-line directly behind an official in an attempt to communicate with that official, during last Saturday's game between the Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
CALGARY - Johnny Gaudreau was still living in a Calgary hotel seven weeks after reporting to Flames training camp.
The hotel room represents both sides of a coin for Gaudreau. The Flames haven't yet committed to keeping the 21-year-old in the lineup, but they've liked Gaudreau's play enough to keep him in the NHL for now.
"I've got a clean bed made every morning so that's nice," the rookie forward said Wednesday. "I'm going to sit there in the hotel and wait until I'm told to get a place.
In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen's brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985.
The flashbacks in San Francisco aren't nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey's game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels.
WINNIPEG - He's closing in on 4,000 yards passing but couldn't get his Winnipeg Blue Bombers into the playoffs, yet quarterback Drew Willy is still coach Mike O'Shea's nominee for the team's most outstanding player this season.
"I think that's an easy choice," O'Shea said Wednesday.
"He missed a game so if he's in for that game he probably throws for over 4,000. He won us a bunch of games early. He's been a good player for us, very good. He's the guy you build everything around."
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL suspended New York Rangers defenceman John Moore on Wednesday for five games without pay for an illegal hit to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula.
The decision was handed out by the league's Department of Player Safety following an in-person hearing with Moore, who is considered a repeat offender.
Moore was assessed a match penalty 7:12 into the second period of Monday night's game when he delivered a shoulder to Haula's head in the New York zone after Haula shot the puck.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Television ratings for the Royals' lopsided World Series victory were by far the lowest ever for a Game 6.
Kansas City's 10-0 win Tuesday earned an 8.1 rating and 13 share on Fox. That's down 28 per cent from the previous low, an 11.3 for last year's Game 6 between Boston and St. Louis when the Red Sox clinched the title.
The rating peaked with a 9.5/15 from 9-9:30 p.m. EDT as the Royals built a big lead then fell from there.
The 8.1 was the highest of the series, with a chance for a much bigger number for Wednesday night's Game 7.