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Hernandez wins 12th as Mariners knock off Blue Jays 5-2

Felix Hernandez gets run support in picking up 12th victory as Mariners beat Blue Jays 5-2
Tim Booth, The Associated Press

SEATTLE - Felix Hernandez pitching at his best, backed by key hits from Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Mark Trumbo.

It's a scenario the Seattle Mariners got a glimpse of on Friday night and one they expected to see far more than they have this season.

"We're a better club from an offensive standpoint than we showed in the first half and I think it's starting to come to fruition and guys are starting to swing the way they're capable of swinging," Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Friday's Scoreboard

Friday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Friday's Games


Ottawa 29 Calgary 26

Toronto 30 B.C. 27




Tampa Bay 3 Baltimore 1

Chicago White Sox 6 Cleveland 0

Boston 2 Detroit 1 (11 innings)

Houston 4 Kansas City 0

Minnesota 10 N.Y. Yankees 1

Texas 4 L.A. Angels 2

Seattle 5 Toronto 2



Philadelphia 5 Chicago Cubs 3 (10 innings)

Pittsburgh 7 Washington 5

L.A. Dodgers 7 N.Y. Mets 2

St. Louis 4 Atlanta 2

Colorado 6 Cincinnati 5

Milwaukee 2 Arizona 1

San Diego 3 Miami 1

Canada drops 28-18 decision to Tonga

Canada drops 28-18 decision to Tonga at Pacific Nations Cup
Jason Keller, The Canadian Press

BURNABY, B.C. - Canada started impressively and finished strong at its Pacific Nations Cup rugby match against Tonga. It was the in between that captain Tyler Ardron wants to see improve.

Sonatang Takalua scored two tries as Tonga rallied to earn a 28-18 second-round victory over Canada on Friday at the tournament.

Aaron Carpenter had two tries as the Canadians jumped out to a 15-3 lead just over 20 minutes into the game. But Tonga took over soon after and Canada was on its heels up until the final minutes when the home side made a push at the goal-line.

Hall of Fame limits Seau's daughter's comments to video

Citing policy on posthumous inductions, Hall limits Seau's daughter's comments to video
The Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio - Junior Seau's daughter will be commenting only on a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8.

Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is limiting Sydney Seau's comments to a video presentation about the former linebacker who killed himself in 2012. Seau is one of seven men being inducted this year.

In a statement from Hall executive vice-president Joe Horrigan, a 2010 policy was referenced Friday.

Stamps lose Cornish indefinitely with broken thumb

Stampeders' Jon Cornish suffers broken thumb against Redblacks, out indefinitely
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - The Calgary Stampeders will be without star running back Jon Cornish for the foreseeable future.

Cornish suffered a broken thumb in Friday's 29-26 overtime loss to the Ottawa Redblacks and is expected to be out indefinitely.

Redblacks down Stampeders 29-26 in overtime

Alvarado field goal lifts Redblacks over Stampeders 29-26 in overtime
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Delbert Alvarado couldn't help but breathe a sigh of relief.

In a matter of minutes the Redblacks kicker experienced an amazing shift of emotions.

The 26 year old proved to be the hero Friday night, kicking a 34-yard field goal to lead Ottawa to a 29-26 overtime victory over the Calgary Stampeders in front of 23,018 fans.

Alvarado could have just as easily walked away with his head between his knees after missing a 32-yard field goal late in regulation with the game tied 26-26, but the young kicker was given a second opportunity and he made the most of it.

Pan Ams: Andre De Grasse shatters record

Pan Am Games: Andre De Grasse shatters Canadian record in 200-metre dash
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Canadian sprint sensation Andre De Grasse laid down another stunning performance Friday.

The 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., shattered his own Canadian 200-metre record to win gold at the Pan American Games.

De Grasse crossed in 19.88 seconds, beating his previous mark of 20.03 to become the first Canadian in history to run both a sub-10, in the 100 metres, and sub-20 in the 200.

"It's amazing. It feels so unreal right now," said De Grasse. "I can't believe I did it. Somehow I just managed to pull it off. I'm really happy about this."

Canada loses bronze-medal match to Mexico

Canada loses bronze-medal match to Mexico in women's soccer at Pan Am Games
Carol Phillips, The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - Mexico scored twice in the first half and held on to defeat Canada 2-1 on Friday night, winning the women's Pan American bronze medal .

Midfielder Jessie Fleming scored on a penalty kick awarded for a hand ball in the 88th minute to score Canada's first goal since opening the tournament last week against Ecuador.

Brazil takes on Colombia Saturday night in the final.

Down 2-0 after the first half, Canada came out pressing. But they couldn't convert possession into quality shots.

Canada loses Pan Am volleyball semifinal

Canada loses Pan Am Games men's volleyball semifinal to Argentina
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Canadian men's volleyball team fell three sets to one to Argentina in a Pan American Games semifinal Friday.

Argentina will play for gold Sunday against the winner of a later semifinal between Brazil and Puerto Rico. Canada will play the loser for bronze.

Canada led deep into the first and fourth sets, but couldn't close them out. Argentina was the better blocking team with 10 for points to Canada's four.

Saskatoon's Gavin Schmitt led the host team with 25 points.

WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs

WWE severs ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs on sex tape
The Associated Press

STAMFORD, Conn. - World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape.

The company deleted most references to Hogan on its website and issued a statement Friday saying it had terminated its contract with him.

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