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Whitecaps visit Sounders to begin busy August

Vancouver Whitecaps visit Seattle Sounders to kick off busy August
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Carl Robinson says there's never a good time to play the Seattle Sounders.

How about twice in five days?

Robinson's Vancouver Whitecaps visit their biggest rivals in Seattle on Saturday in Major League Soccer action before hosting the Sounders on Wednesday in both clubs' CONCACAF Champions League group stage opener.

Canadian set to play in Cup final at Wembley

Canadian midfielder Desiree Scott set to play in Women's Cup final at Wembley
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - After playing in front of packed stadiums at the Women's World Cup this summer, Canadian international Desiree Scott can tick off another item on her bucket list.

On Saturday, the Winnipeg midfielder known as The Destroyer is set to play for her club side, Notts County Ladies, against Chelsea in the Women's FA Cup final at Wembley.

"It's very exciting," said Scott, who turned 28 on the eve of the game. "You can feel it within the team."

Toronto FC looks to tighten up defence

Toronto FC looks to tighten up defence after leaking goals on the road
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - It's goals galore when Toronto FC plays these days. And that's not all good.

Greg Vanney's team leads Major League Soccer in goals scored per game (1.63). But it also ranks 19th out of 20 teams in goals conceded (1.63).

Going into Saturday's game in New England, Toronto has given up 11 goals in its last three road games. And yet it managed to tie New York City FC (4-4) and the Columbus Crew (3-3) during that stretch.

Vanney acknowledges that tightening the defence is Job 1.

Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

Olympic Double: Beijing wins 2022 Olympics, 1st city awarded both summer and winter games
Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years.

The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating Kazakh rival Almaty 44-40 in a surprisingly close vote marred by technical problems, taking the games back to the city that hosted the summer version in 2008.

Impact look to stop NYC star David Villa

Awaiting Drogba's debut, Impact look to rein in NYC scoring star David Villa
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Before Didier Drogba makes his Montreal debut, there's another superstar the Impact need to pay attention to — David Villa of New York City FC.

Villa has been on a rampage in Major League Soccer, scoring 10 goals in nine leagues games since May 30 and adding an impressive goal in the MLS all-star game on Wednesday night. NYC is 5-2-2 in that span.

The Spaniard feeds off Canadian teams, with four of those goals against Toronto FC and three in a pair of victories over the Impact.

Willy solid as Blue Bombers beat Lions

Drew Willy plays through injury to spark and lead Blue Bombers past Lions
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Darvin Adams' teammates tried to give the Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver the game ball, but he instead gave it to quarterback Drew Willy.

Despite hauling in four catches for a career-high 127 yards and one touchdown in a 23-13 win over the B.C. Lions Thursday, Adams said his performance paled in comparison to Willy.

Willy passed for 269 yards and two touchdowns on an injured knee, which also held up during his five carries for a career-high 72 yards.

Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid fails

Muted reaction in Almaty as Kazakh city's Olympic bid loses out to Beijing for 2022 Games
Leila Saralayeva, The Associated Press

ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Within minutes of the announcement that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics had failed, it was almost as if it had never happened.

The crowd of about 1,000 people which had gathered on a square in the Kazakh city to hear Friday's result started to disperse as soon as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach revealed that the games would go to Beijing.

People spent more during Pan Am Games: study

Study suggests people spent more money during Pan Am Games
Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A new study suggests people — particularly tourists — spent more money in downtown Toronto and near Pan Am venues during the Games compared with the same period last year.

The study by the payment processing company Moneris is based on debit and credit card transactions between July 10 and 26.

While the study doesn't include cash purchases, the company says it gives a general sense of spending during the international competition.

Beijing celebrates winning the 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing celebrates win of 2022 Winter Olympics, 1st to host both summer and winter games
Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press

BEIJING, China - Lion dancers swayed and confetti canons erupted Friday as news came that Beijing would become the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics.

Local residents praised their city's winning bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, although celebrations were far more muted than 14 years ago when Beijing exploded in glee after getting the 2008 Summer Games.

Beijing celebrates winning the 2022 Winter Olympics

Beijing celebrates win of 2022 Winter Olympics, 1st to host both summer and winter games
The Associated Press

BEIJING, China - Beijing residents have expressed happiness and pride at their city's winning bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, although celebrations are more muted than 14 years ago when the city exploded in glee after getting the 2008 Summer Games.

News that Beijing would become the first city to host both summer and winter Olympics was greeted with lion dancers and confetti canons Friday evening at a staged government pep rally at the iconic Bird's Nest stadium, attended by about 500 preselected participants.

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