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Dressler trying to get up to speed with Riders

Dressler trying to get up to speed with Roughriders in time for game vs. Bombers
Craig Slater, The Canadian Press

REGINA - Fans of the Saskatchewan Roughriders may want to temper their expectations for slotback Weston Dressler ahead of Sunday's game versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Signed to a one-year deal by Saskatchewan on Thursday, Dressler is no guarantee to suit up against Winnipeg, although a lot of eyebrows would be raised if he doesn't. Before he does return to the field, however, Dressler faces a learning curve before he's completely comfortable in his new surroundings.

Whitecaps look to Rosales for offence

Whitecaps hope veteran Rosales tutors young players on goal scoring
Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - When a Vancouver Whitecaps training session ended this week newcomer Mauro Rosales remained on the field doing some extra work with Kekuta Manneh.

Rosales, the veteran Argentine midfielder acquired last week in a trade with Chivas USA, was the teacher and Manneh, the speedy Gambian left-wing, was an eager pupil.

Sweetland peaking for triathlon's Grand Final

Canada's Sweetland fast, healthy heading into triathlon's Grand Final
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

There was a time when Kirsten Sweetland didn't believe the saying 'You get out of something what you put into it.' When the Victoria triathlete put a lot into training, she was often too injured to race, let alone win.

The former world junior triathlon champion and world under-23 silver medallist has emerged from a spiral of injuries to be a contender in Saturday's TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton.

Mitchell optimistic venue will be ready

Ticats CEO optimistic Labour Day game will go as scheduled at new venue
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats may not know until Sunday if they'll be hosting the rival Toronto Argonauts at Tim Hortons Field on Labour Day.

Work continued at the new stadium Thursday as officials tested fire alarms and sprinkler systems while the Ticats practised there for the second straight day. However the City of Hamilton still hasn't signed off on the $145-million facility with the Ticats and Argos scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon.

Pro wrestlers take antics to streets in Pyongyang

Ex NFL player, foreign pro wrestlers take ring antics to the streets of Pyongyang
Eric Talmadge, The Associated Press

PYONGYANG, North Korea - Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp and a group of brawny pro wrestlers led by a Japanese politician took their oddball attempt at sports diplomacy to the streets of Pyongyang on Friday, staging a tug-of-war and arm wrestling competition with local children before a large and somewhat bewildered crowd of spectators.

Raonic, Bouchard advance at U.S. Open

Canada's Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard advance to third round at U.S. Open
The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard reached the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, earning tough night-time victories in swirling wind against dangerous opponents.

Fifth-seeded Raonic took revenge for a summer loss on grass in Halle, Germany as he defeated German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Wimbledon women's finalist Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., needed a lift in the third set to defeat Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4. Bouchard will face Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the third round.

Williams overcomes 3 early double-faults to win

At end of a disappointing-so-far Grand Slam season, Serena Williams powers through at US Open
Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.

And, yes, even a 17-time major champion such as Williams can lose in the early going at the sport's biggest tournaments, as she has repeatedly in 2014.

ARU announces measures to tackle discrimination

As gay rugby tournament opens, Australian Rugby Union unveils plans to tackle discrimination
The Associated Press

SYDNEY - World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Friday for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament.

ARU chief executive Bill Pulver said the "inclusion policy" ensures "every individual, whether they're players, supporters, coaches or administrators, feel safe, welcome and included, regardless of race, gender or sexuality."

On to Burnley, Van Gaal needs a Man United win

Winless after 3 games, including cup rout, Van Gaal needs upturn in United fortunes at Burnley
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - From the World Cup semifinals to a bruising introduction in Britain, Louis van Gaal's fortunes have changed rapidly inside two months.

The coach who led the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the World Cup enters his fourth match as Manchester United manager still searching for his first win.

Stamps receiver Price returns for Labour Day

Stampeder receiver Maurice Price wants to recapture Labour Day magic
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The last Labour Day game was a banner one for Stampeders receiver Maurice Price with three touchdown catches totalling 165 yards.

A photo of him giving one of his touchdown balls to his girlfriend graced a Calgary newspaper front page the morning after the 37-34 win over the Edmonton Eskimos.

So Price is feeling a sense of occasion for the next edition of the Labour Day Classic, particularly because Monday's game will be his first since breaking his hand in the season-opener June 28.

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