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Milanovich, Argos leave Ottawa disappointed

Milanovich, Argos leave Ottawa disappointed after 18-17 loss to Redblacks
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Toronto Argonauts head coach Scott Milanovich could not hide his disdain following his club's 18-17 loss at the hands of the Ottawa Redblacks Friday night at TD Place.

Ottawa (1-2) won the game on a 23-yard field goal by Brett Maher with 28 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Argonauts (1-3) appeared poised to win the game as Swayze Waters scored a 47-yard field goal to take a 17-15 lead, but with 1:33 remaining Milanovich admitted they left too much time on the clock.

Darvish delightful in Rangers' win over Jays

Darvish delivers and Arencibia punishes former team as Rangers blank Blue Jays
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Yu Darvish was excellent. R.A Dickey wasn't bad either. And J.P. Arencibia returned with a bang.

Darvish (9-5) scattered five hits and struck out 12 over 6 2/3 innings and former Blue Jay Arencibia hit a three-run homer to help the Texas Rangers end their eight-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over Toronto on Friday night.

Dickey (7-10) started strongly for the Jays but paid for a seventh-inning knuckleball that got away and was slammed into the left-field seats by Arencibia.

Lions rookie faces major test in first CFL start

Lions seek revenge against Alouettes for earlier loss
Monte Stewart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - His first name is Hunter, but he protects the hunted.

The B.C. Lions are hoping rookie offensive lineman Hunter Steward, slated to make his first CFL start, will be up to the task Saturday as they seek revenge for a loss earlier this season against the Montreal Alouettes. Steward, a 22-year-old Victoria, B.C., native, has taken the field for only three snaps this season, but the Lions are counting on him to help shore up their rotating left tackle spot and provide key pass protection and run-blocking.

J.P. Arencibia says he has to be himself

Former Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia says he used to be his own worst enemy
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A reflective J.P. Arencibia says he has been his own worst enemy in the past.

"A lot of my struggles were from doubts and trying to do too many things," the former Blue Jay told reporters Friday upon his return to Rogers Centre with the Texas Rangers.

The 28-year-old Arencibia also admitted he had heaped pressure on himself by worrying about all the permutations of what might happen when he stepped into the batting box.

Now he has come to the realization that simple is best, it seems.

Lawyer: 34 texts between Belichick and Hernandez

Patriots lawyer: 34 texts between Belichick, Hernandez given to investigators in murder case
The Associated Press

BOSTON - The New England Patriots' attorney says 34 text messages between coach Bill Belichick and former tight end Aaron Hernandez were provided to Massachusetts prosecutors investigating a 2013 killing in which Hernandez is charged.

Andrew Phelan said Friday it's important to clarify the material listed in court documents this week as 33 pages of texts. Phelan says he doesn't know how the texts between December 2012 and April 2013 were displayed.

Rory McIlroy builds a 4-shot lead at British Open

No Freaky Friday for McIlroy: Boy wonder shoots 66 for commanding lead at British Open
Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.

Once he made a birdie, and then another, nothing could stop McIlroy.

Not another collapse in the second round. Not anyone in the field. And certainly not Tiger Woods.

Completion of six Pan Am venues delayed

Construction of six Pan Am venues delayed, mostly due to bad weather, say TO2015
Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Construction of six venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Games is running behind schedule, including a new Hamilton stadium, a key venue that's now expected to be finished in September.

The $145.7-million Tim Hortons Field was slated to open this month, a year before it was to host all 32 men's and women's soccer competitions. The delay has forced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football team to use a smaller facility for the first two home games of the season.

CFL commissioner praises Redblacks ownership

CFL commissioner Mark Cohon praises Redblacks ownership prior to home opener
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Marc Cohon never tires of singing the praises of the Ottawa Redblacks ownership group.

The CFL commissioner spoke to media prior to the start of the Redblacks home opener at the newly refurbished Lansdowne Park, now known as TD Place.

Friday's game signifies the return of CFL football in the nation's capital for the first time in nine years, but this time Cohon is convinced football is back for good.

Blue Jays option RHP Jenkins to Triple-A

Blue Jays option right-hander Chad Jenkins to Triple-A to make room for Brad Mills
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Blue Jays have optioned right-hander Chad Jenkins to triple-A Buffalo to clear a roster spot for lefty Brad Mills.

The Blue Jays claimed Mills off waivers from Oakland on Thursday, bringing him back to the team that drafted him in 2007.

Manager John Gibbons says Mills will serve as the long man out of the bullpen, allowing right-hander Todd Redmond to pitch later in games.

"He's been pitching pretty damn good," Gibbons said of Redmond. "We'll give him some tougher situations, see how he does."

Former NFLers: Painkillers easy to get up to 2012

Joining lawsuit, former players say lax controls on drugs still the norm as late as 2012
Jim Litke, The Associated Press

Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the NFL say teams kept handing out powerful painkillers and other drugs with few — if any— safeguards as recently as 2012. That extends by four years the time frame for similar claims made in the original complaint and could open the door to a criminal investigation.

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