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Bouchard out of WTA Finals after third loss

Bouchard's season comes to an end after third straight loss at WTA Finals
The Canadian Press

SINGAPORE - Eugenie Bouchard's brilliant season on the WTA Tour came to an anticlimactic end.

Bouchard was defeated 6-1, 6-1 by Serena Williams on Thursday, eliminating her from semifinal contention at the season-ending WTA Finals.

The native of Westmount, Que., struggled at the prestigious tournament, failing to win a set in three straight losses against Simona Halep, Ana Ivanovic and Williams.

Sabres fans already coveting McDavid

Sabres fans rooting for losing are already coveting Connor McDavid
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Connor McDavid tries not read what's written about him, following the advice of agent Bobby Orr and so many people around him. But it's hard after Buffalo Sabres games.

"Whenever the Sabres lose, my Twitter just kind of blows up with fans kind of talking about me and stuff like that," McDavid said.

It goes beyond social media. Some fans have already had "McDavid 97" Sabres jerseys made up and wear them to games that he's not even eligible to play in.

Toronto's De Rosario suspended for one game

Toronto's De Rosario suspended for one game for kicking out at Impact player
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto FC veteran Dwayne De Rosario has been suspended for one game and fined for kicking out at a Montreal Impact player on the weekend.

The 36-year-old Canadian attacking midfielder was yellow-carded in stoppage time Saturday for flicking out a leg at defender Hassoun Camara, who was ejected after receiving a second yellow for the initial challenge on the play.

Mendes finally get second crack at Aldo

Chad (Money) Mendes gets second crack at UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Chad (Money) Mendes has waited 33 months for another crack at UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

And five men have paid the price since Mendes was stopped by Aldo with one second remaining in the first round at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 14, 2012.

"It's been a fight I've prepared myself for since that first night in Brazil," the 29-year-old Mendes said in an interview. "Every camp I've trained for, every person that I fought — all that training was for Jose.

Williams beats Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at WTA Finals

Williams rebounds from shock loss and beats Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at WTA Finals
Chris Lines, The Associated Press

SINGAPORE - Serena Williams rebounded from the worst beating of her professional career to rout Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Thursday, yet her title defence remain in the balance.

Williams was humbled by Simona Halep the previous day, when the 18-time Grand Slam champion won only two games.

Penguins honour Canada with national anthem

Penguins play Canadian national anthem to honour those affected by Ottawa attack
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins played "O Canada" before their game Wednesday night against Philadelphia to pay tribute to a Canadian soldier killed during an attack in Ottawa.

A sell-out crowd belted out the Canadian national anthem as the Canadian flag was flashed on the scoreboard and projected onto the ice.

Schumacher's doctor sees progress after injury

Schumacher's doctor predicts progress after injury, says F1 champion benefits from being home
The Associated Press

PARIS - A French physician who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after the Formula One champion struck his head in a ski accident says he is no longer in a coma and predicted a possible recovery within three years.

Jean-Francois Payen, a doctor at the Grenoble hospital that treated Schumacher after his injury in December 2013, said he has visited the Schumacher family at home in Switzerland to track his patient's progress.

Tuesday's Scoreboard

Tuesday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Wednesday's Games

(All Times Eastern)


World Series

Kansas City 7 San Francisco 2

(Series tied 1-1)



Toronto at Ottawa, postponed.

Philadelphia 5 Pittsburgh 3

Edmonton 3 Washington 2

Anaheim 4 Buffalo 1



Binghamton 3 St. John's 2 (OT)

Rochester 3 Rockford 2

Utica 3 Adirondack 0




Houston 90 Orlando 89

Boston 100 Brooklyn 86

New York 103 Washington 100

Toronto 92 Maccabi 85

Memphis 96 Cleveland 92

Oilers make progress in 3-2 win over Capitals

Oilers make progress in 3-2 win over Capitals, Scrivens given credit for victory
Shane Jones, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers are improving — but they're still struggling with defensive lapses.

Ben Scrivens made 32 stops as the Oilers won their second game in a row, handing the Capitals their first loss in regulation this season with a 3-2 victory over Washington on Wednesday.

Scrivens faced 13 shots in the third alone, safeguarding Edmonton's narrow one-goal lead in the scoreless period.

AP source: Goodell told to testify in Rice appeal

AP source: Arbiter rules NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should testify in Ray Rice's appeal
Rob Maaddi, The Associated Press

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, the neutral arbiter selected to hear the appeal, informed the parties of her decision Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the appeal have not been made public.

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