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Olympic powerbroker turns back on Vizer, backs Thomas Bach

Call for Unity: Olympic powerbroker breaks with Vizer and backs IOC and Thomas Bach
Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

LONDON - A senior Olympic powerbroker turned his back on Marius Vizer on Tuesday and threw his full support behind IOC President Thomas Bach in the latest backlash against the leader of umbrella body SportAccord.

A non-Olympic sport, orienteering, meanwhile raised the possibility of breaking with SportAccord and setting up a new organization for the federations.

LeBlanc to retire after Women's World Cup

Veteran goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc says retiring at home just feels right
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The timing was right for Karina LeBlanc. After 17 years in goal for Canada, the chance to call it quits on home soil just seemed to make sense.

The 35-year-old from Maple Ridge, B.C., who has made 110 appearances for her country, is retiring from international soccer after Canada's last match at the Women's World Cup.

Morrison plots comeback after accident

Olympic speedskater Denny Morrison plots his comeback after motorcycle accident
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Denny Morrison came back from a broken left leg to win Olympic speedskating medals. He'll need all that resilience and more on the road to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Prior to breaking his right leg and sustaining numerous other injuries in a motorcycle accident May 7 in Calgary, the three-time Olympian was in New Zealand preparing to climb a mountain in Tongariro National Park.

NBA MVP Curry OK after fall as Warriors lose to Rockets

MVP Curry takes nasty fall, but returns and is OK as Warriors falls to Rockets 128-115
Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press

HOUSTON - When Golden State's Stephen Curry crashed into Trevor Ariza's shoulder, was upended and sent flying toward the court on Monday night against Houston, it felt like forever before he landed.

"That was the worst (fall ever) because you're in the air for a long time," Curry said. "And not knowing how you're going to hit the floor, knowing that it's going to happen, it's inevitable, but you're up there just trying to brace yourself."

Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest in California

Bears release defensive end Ray McDonald after domestic violence arrest in California
Kristin J. Bender And Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby.

McDonald was taken into custody Monday morning on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke said.

Police say the assault happened at his home in Santa Clara. He was found about three hours later at a home in San Jose and arrested.

Beleskey scores in OT, Ducks beat Chicago 5-4 in wild Game 5

Beleskey scores in OT after Toews' late heroics, and Ducks beat Blackhawks 5-4 in wild Game 5
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks stumbled back to their dressing room after regulation in disbelief. Jonathan Toews had just scored two improbable goals in 72 seconds, and Game 5 of the Western Conference finals was headed into an overtime where everything seemed tilted toward Chicago.

These Ducks were stunned, but not staggered. And they needed less than a minute of extra time to get to the brink of the Stanley Cup finals.

Harden helps Rockets stay alive, beat Warriors 128-115

Harden's 45 help Rockets avoid elimination with 128-115 win over Warriors in Game 4
Kristie Rieken, The Associated Press

HOUSTON - James Harden was not happy after a poor performance in Houston's embarrassing loss to Golden State in Game 3.

Coach Kevin McHale told him the best thing to do was take that frustration out on the other team.

Harden did just that, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points as the Rockets led from start to finish to avoid elimination in the Western Conference finals with a 128-115 victory over the Warriors on Monday night.

"James had a phenomenal game," McHale said.

Monday's Scoreboard

Monday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Monday's Games

NHL Playoffs

Anaheim 5 Chicago 4 (OT)

(Ducks lead series 3-2)

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AHL Playoffs

Grand Rapids 4 Utica 2

(Series tied 1-1)

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Memorial Cup

At Quebec City

Kelowna 7 Rimouski 3

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NBA Playoffs

Houston 128 Golden State 115

(Golden State leads series 3-1)

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MLB

American League

N.Y. Yankees 14 Kansas City 1

Baltimore 4 Houston 3

Minnesota 7 Boston 2

Oakland 4 Detroit 0

Texas 10 Cleveland 8

Toronto 6 Chicago White Sox 0

Merkley shines as Rockets top Oceanic 7-3

Merkley, Quinney, Draisaitl score two each as Rockets down Oceanic at Memorial Cup
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - Leon Draisatl was glad to see what he called the "real" Kelowna Rockets show up at the Mastercard Memorial Cup.

Draisaitl, Nick Merkley and Gage Quinney each scored twice as the Western Hockey League champion Rockets downed the Rimouski Oceanic 7-3 on Monday night, erasing the bitter taste of a loss to the host Quebec Remparts in their opening game of the four-team tournament.

"It's nice to show the hockey world what we're capable of," said Draisaitl. "We played, in my opinion, one of the worst games we played all year against Quebec.

Hutchison in form as Jays blank Chisox 6-0

Hutch is Clutch: Toronto starter Hutchison goes distance as Jays dump Chisox 6-0
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison was a little under the weather for his start against the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

You wouldn't know it by looking at his stats line.

Hutchison threw a four-hit shutout as the Blue Jays kicked off a three-game series with a 6-0 victory at Rogers Centre. He had eight strikeouts and went the distance for the first time this season.

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