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Erik Guay delays start to downhill season

Guay to miss first two World Cup downhills of the season after knee surgeries
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

Erik Guay will miss at least the first two World Cup downhill races of the season following a pair of off-season knee surgeries.

That means Canada's most decorated downhiller won't race the season-opening downhill or super-G on Nov. 29-30 in Lake Louise, Alta., nor will he compete the following week in Beaver Creek, Colo.

"Lake Louise is definitely a scratch this year," Guay said Tuesday from Toronto.

Oilers end homestand against Western clubs

Surging Edmonton Oilers to end homestand facing Western Conference rivals
John Korobanik, The Canadian Press

LEDUC, Alta. - These are heady times for Taylor Hall and the Edmonton Oilers.

The Oilers (4-4-1) have won four straight games against Eastern Conference teams. But now comes an all too familiar challenge for Edmonton: trying to match up against their Western rivals.

Edmonton began the season 0-4-1 against Western teams before getting back on track against Eastern squads at Rexall Place. But the final two contests of the Oilers' seven-game homestand will be against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night and Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

CBC gets TV rights for 2018 and 2020 Olympics

CBC says it has won broadcast rights for the 2018 and 2020 Olympics
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The CBC has suffered several major blows in recent months — significant job cuts, the loss of hockey broadcast rights and the recent dramatic departure of one of its most prominent personalities.

On Tuesday, the public broadcaster delivered an increasingly rare good-news story. And it turned to a top-flight sports showcase that it knows how to do very well.

Toronto FC teammates want Defoe back

Toronto FC teammates want Jermain back, although Gilberto a little lukewarm
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Star striker Jermain Defoe was an ocean away but his Toronto FC teammates showed him a lot of love Tuesday.

"I love Jermain personally. He's a great guy," said left fullback Justin Morrow. "Really great for the locker-room, funny guy. And obviously his quality on the pitch is unbelievable ... I would love to have him back, he's a great teammate."

Argos agree to terms with Greenwood

Toronto Argonauts agree to contract terms with linebacker Cory Greenwood
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Cory Greenwood has a lot of catching up to do with the Toronto Argonauts.

The Argos came to terms with the Canadian linebacker Tuesday, more than four years after taking him in the CFL draft. Toronto originally selected the Kingston, Ont., native third overall in 2010 but shortly afterwards he signed as a free agent with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.

The six-foot-two, 235-pound Greenwood played three seasons with Kansas City, then joined the Detroit Lions, spending all of last season on injured reserve before being released.

Whitecaps ready for 'battle' versus FC Dallas

Vancouver Whitecaps ready for 'battle' against FC Dallas in MLS playoffs
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Russell Teibert expects a "battle" and "fight."

Goalkeeper David Ousted is prepared for a "brawl."

There are usually fireworks when the Whitecaps meet FC Dallas and Wednesday's one-game, first-round playoff matchup in Texas should be no different.

CSA denies pressuring women about lawsuit

Canadian Soccer Association denies targeting players involved in turf lawsuit
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Canadian Soccer Association has dismissed allegations that it has targeted players involved in a legal challenge to the use of artificial turf at next summer's Women's World Cup.

"The Canadian Soccer Association categorically denies that it engaged in any retaliation against players who filed complaints under the Human Rights Code against the Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA regarding the use of turf at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015," the association said in a statement Tuesday.

No playoffs but attendance mark for Toronto FC

No playoffs but Toronto FC records club attendance record in 2014
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Maybe it wasn't quite a bloody big deal, but Toronto FC did set a club record for attendance this season.

The MLS team drew 375,463 fans to BMO Field, up 30,928 over the previous franchise record of 344,535 set in 2011. This season TFC attracted 15 straight sellouts of 22,591 before attendance at the two final home games dropped to 18,269 and 18,329, respectively.

The club drew 308,233 fans in 2013.

Toronto FC players make plea for stability

Toronto FC players make plea for stability so current foundation can grow
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Asked how many managers he has worked under at Toronto FC, 21-year-old defender Doneil Henry paused and thought for a while.

"I want to say six," he said finally.

Henry, amazingly the longest-serving player currently at the MLS club, has played for Preki, Nick Dasovic, Aron Winter, Paul Mariner, Ryan Nelsen and Greg Vanney since making his debut in 2010.

The young Canadian international, like many of his teammates, sees talent on the current Toronto FC roster. But too many times, he has seen the team chop and change players in a bid for a quick fix.

Gorges' no to Leafs has domino effect

Gorges saying no to Leafs creates domino effect on Franson, Habs and Sabres
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Josh Gorges knows Toronto hockey fans haven't forgotten he turned down a trade to the Maple Leafs, but he tries not to dwell upon the decision.

"You can't look back on things in the past and say, 'Maybe I should've done this different,' or 'Maybe I should've done that different,' " the veteran defenceman said Tuesday before his first game at the Air Canada Centre with the Buffalo Sabres. "It's in the past. You can't change what's happened."

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