September 2nd, 2014

National Sports

Take my sweat, please: Passing of the sweaty towel becomes tennis’ hottest, grossest ritual

By James Martinez, The Associated Press on September 2nd, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a sport known for its genteel traditions, tennis has one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness – the passing of the sweat-soaked towel. It happens dozens of times in a long match and is in full glory on the courts at Flushing Meadows: Players call for a ... Read More »

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Blue Jays shut down infielder Lawrie for the season, reinstate RHP Morrow

By The Canadian Press on September 2nd, 2014

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays have resinstated right-hander Brandon Morrow from the disabled list and shut down injured infielder Brett Lawrie for the rest of the season. Morrow has been sidelined since May with an injured right finger and just finished a rehab stint in the minors. In his brief time with the Jays ... Read More »

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Philadelphia’s Rocky gets competition as 9-foot statue of Frazier takes shape

By Kathy Matheson, The Associated Press on September 2nd, 2014

PHILADELPHIA – Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone. Will they line up for pictures with a sculpture of real hometown champion Joe Frazier? “Properly promoted, I think it would be much, much bigger than ... Read More »

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Canadian women beat Taiwan at baseball World Cup, to book spot in second round

By The Canadian Press on September 2nd, 2014

MIYAZAKI, Japan – Canada’s women’s baseball team clinched a spot in the second round of the World Cup with a 9-8 extra-inning comeback victory over Taiwan on Tuesday. The Canadians were down by five runs going into the sixth inning, before battling back to win. “It’s something that everyone needs to know about Canada,” manager ... Read More »

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Canada’s top tennis players in a must-win Davis Cup match next week

By The Canadian Press on September 2nd, 2014

TORONTO – It’s a must-win situation for Frank Dancevic, Daniel Nestor, Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic in a Davis Cup World Group play-off tie between Canada and Colombia in Halifax next week. Martin Laurendeau captains the team and announced the makeup today and Canada enters as the favourite, ranked eighth in the world to Columbia’s ... Read More »

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New-look Toronto FC coaching team takes field after Nelsen firing

By The Canadian Press on September 2nd, 2014

TORONTO – Jason Bent, the only one of Ryan Nelsen’s assistant coaches to survive Toronto FC’s weekend culling, was back on the practice field Tuesday with new manager Greg Vanney. Vanney was also assisted by Toronto FC academy head goalie coach Jon Conway and under-14 coach Nick Theslof. Nelsen and five of his assistants were ... Read More »

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Luke Donald left out as Poulter, Westwood and Gallacher get final 3 European Ryder Cup spots

By Rob Harris, The Associated Press on September 2nd, 2014

VIRGINIA WATER, England – It was not an easy phone call for European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley – breaking the news to Luke Donald that he was being left off the team to face the United States at Gleneagles this month. Donald is a former No. 1 who has lifted the trophy with Europe ... Read More »

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Change of plea hearing set Tuesday for Colts owner Irsay following March traffic stop arrest

By The Associated Press on September 2nd, 2014

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is scheduled to appear in court for a change-of-plea hearing on drug-related charges he faces from a traffic stop in March. Irsay was due to appear in a Hamilton County court in Noblesville on Tuesday morning. The 55-year-old Irsay has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving ... Read More »

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Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher selected by McGinley for Europe Ryder Cup team

By Rob Harris, The Associated Press on September 2nd, 2014

VIRGINIA WATER, England – European captain Paul McGinley chose Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher as his wild-card selections Tuesday for the Ryder Cup, with Luke Donald the high-profile name to miss out. Donald, a former No. 1, has been on the winning side on each of his four appearances for Europe but has ... Read More »

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Nishikori ousts Raonic in early morning battle at U.S. Open

By The Canadian Press on September 2nd, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Milos Raonic was eliminated from the U.S. Open by Japan’s Kei Nishikori in five sets early Tuesday. The 10th-seeded Nishikori prevailed 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals after a match that had both players straining to find extra reserves of energy at the end. The ... Read More »

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