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Frazier snaps tie, Yankees come back to beat Blue Jays 6-5

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Clint Frazier snapped an eighth-inning tie with a pinch-hit double and the New York Yankees hit three solo homers in a much-needed 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

 

Frazier hit a grounder inside the third-base line to score pinch-runner Tyler Wade from second as the Yankees completed a comeback from a 5-2 deficit and won for the third time in 10 games. The game was played before a crowd of 7,145, mostly in support of New York.

 

Chris Gittens homered for his first major league hit, Gary Sanchez had two hits, including a leadoff homer in the second inning, and Brett Gardner added a leadoff shot in the seventh that brought the Yankees to 5-4.

 

Bo Bichette homered and had a two-run single for the Blue Jays. Santiago Espinal added three hits for Toronto, which has lost four of six.

 

Jonathan Loaisiga (6-2) worked one inning to earn the win. Tim Mayza (1-1) allowed a leadoff single to Miguel Andujar in the eighth and took the loss. Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his 13th save.

 

Toronto starter Hyun Jin Ryu limited New York to five hits over six innings, but issued a season-high four walks.

Canada defeats Haiti, advances to final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Helped by an own goal and strikes by Cyle Larin and Junior Hoilett, Canada dispatched Haiti 3-0 on the night and 4-0 on aggregate to advance to the final round of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF.

 

The Canadian men, who last reached the final qualifying round in 1996-97 in the lead-up to France '98, now join the heavyweights in CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean. The eight-country final round includes Mexico (ranked No. 11) the U.S. (No. 20), Jamaica (No. 45), Costa Rica (No. 50) and Honduras (No. 67), who received byes as the top five teams in the region.

 

The 70th-ranked Canadians joined them the hard way, slogging through two rounds and six games in qualifying. They have earned themselves at least 14 more qualifying matches.

 

Canada came into Tuesday night's match at SeatGeek Stadium against No. 83 Haiti needing a win or a draw to advance in the wake of Saturday's 1-0 win in Port-au-Prince on a 14th-minute goal by Larin.

 

Canada came on Tuesday as the first half wore on, with a string of late chances off set pieces. But Haiti, despite missing some players who were unable to make the trip, somehow survived the pressure to go into the changing rooms scoreless at halftime with Montreal-born goalkeeper Josue Duverger standing tall.

 

But a 46th-minute blunder by Duverger extended Canada's aggregate lead when the 'keeper misplayed a routine back pass from Kevin LaFrance. Duverger missed the ball with his attempted first touch and, when he went to control it with his right foot, it bounced in off his left as Jonathan David steamed towards him.

Canada routs Colombia 74-40 at AmeriCup women's basketball tournament

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Kayla Alexander had a game-high 14 points and nine rebounds as Canada remained unbeaten at the FIBA AmeriCup women's basketball tournament with a 74-40 win over Colombia on Tuesday.

 

Fourth-ranked Canada finished the preliminary stage in top spot in Group A at 4-0 and will face the Dominican Republic in Thursday's quarterfinals.

 

The final is Saturday.

 

The Canadians are playing in their first tournament in 16 months as they tune up for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

 

Alexander was efficient on offence, shooting six-of-eight from the floor, and added three steals on defence.

 

Laeticia Amihere and Shaina Pellington added 10 points each for Canada, while Jamie Scott and Miranda Ayim led the team with four assists each.

Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez advances to second round at WTA Tour event

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom - Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez is heading to the second round of the Viking Classic Birmingham.

 

Fernandez, from Laval, Que., beat China's Wang Yafan in the first round of the WTA Tour 250 grass-court event on Tuesday.

 

The 66th-ranked Fernandez won 76.1 per cent of points when she got her first serve in, well above her opponent's rate (57.5 per cent).

 

It was Fernandez's first match of the grass-court season. She lost in the second round of the French Open.

 

Meanwhile, Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Poland's Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Noventi Open in Halle, Germany on Tuesday.

 

It was the second win in as many matches for the 21st-ranked Auger-Aliassime against the 17th-ranked Hurkacz.

CFL to kick off 2021 regular-season schedule with Winnipeg-Hamilton Grey Cup rematch

TORONTO - The CFL has scheduled a Grey Cup rematch for its return.

The CFL unveiled its 14-game regular season Tuesday, a day after the board of governors voted to resume play Aug., 5. The league didn't play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The CFL's first game on opening night will feature the Hamilton Tiger-Cats visiting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The last league game played was between the two teams, with the Bombers downing the Ticats 33-12 in the '19 Grey Cup contest.

 

There will be no exhibition games this year.

 

The newly renamed Edmonton Elks will play their first game Aug. 7 hosting the Ottawa Redblacks. All four East Division teams will play the first two weeks of the season in Western Canada as some West Division clubs are expected to be able to host fans sooner and in greater numbers as the season gets underway.

 

The '21 schedule will also feature the traditional Labour Day matchups. The Redblacks will host the Montreal Alouettes on Sept. 3 while Winnipeg will visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sept. 5.

Here's a list of Canadian NHL arena name sponsors

The Winnipeg Jets will play their home games at the Canada Life Centre starting July 1, when the insurance provider begins its 10-year contract at the arena currently known as Bell MTS Place.

 

Here's a look at the corporate partners at Canada's six other NHL arenas, when those names took effect and the previous name:

 

Montreal: Bell Centre, 2002 (Molson Centre)

 

Toronto: Scotiabank Arena, 2018 (Air Canada Centre)

 

Ottawa: Canadian Tire Centre, 2013 (Scotiabank Place)

 

Edmonton: Rogers Place, 2016 (opened under this name)

 

Calgary: Scotiabank Saddledome, 2010 (Pengrowth Saddledome)

 

Vancouver: Rogers Arena, 2010 (General Motors Place)

 

 

CFL votes to start 2021 season in August after meeting

The CFL is going ahead with its 2021 season.

 

The league's board of governors have voted unanimously in favour of an amended collective bargaining agreement and starting the '21 campaign Aug. 5.

 

The CFL did not play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The league unveiled plans in November for a full 18-game season that was to have started in June but later pushed back the start to August and reduced the number of games to 14.

 

The Grey Cup game was also pushed back from Nov. 21 to Dec. 12 in Hamilton.

Keuchel, Grandal lead White Sox past Blue Jays 5-2

CHICAGO (AP) - Dallas Keuchel pitched six effective innings, Yasmani Grandal homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Thursday night.

 

Led by Keuchel, Chicago closed out a 5-2 homestand and improved its AL Central lead to a season-high 4 1/2 games over idle Cleveland. Adam Engel also went deep, and reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu hit two RBI doubles.

 

It was the first game for the White Sox since they placed second baseman Nick Madrigal on the injured list with a torn right hamstring. Madrigal got hurt when he tried to beat out a grounder in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's 6-2 loss to Toronto.

 

Chicago has been hit hard by injuries this year, but it keeps rolling along.

The loss of Madrigal is “a big blow, but the games still count and we have to go forward,” manager Tony La Russa said.

 

Marcus Semien and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. each drove in a run for Toronto, which lost for the fourth time in six games. Hyun Jin Ryu (5-4) pitched six innings of three-run ball in his second straight loss.

Armia, Price lead the way as Canadiens down Jets 5-1 to take 3-0 series stranglehold

MONTREAL - Joel Armia had two goals and an assist, Carey Price made 26 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-1 on Sunday to take a 3-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

 

Corey Perry, Artturi Lehkonen and Nick Suzuki also scored for the Canadiens.

 

Adam Lowry replied for the Jets, who got 28 stops from Connor Hellebuyck.

 

After storming back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the heavily favoured Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening round, Montreal can wrap up this best-of-seven North Division matchup Monday night back at the Bell Centre.

 

Having swept Connor McDavid's Edmonton Oilers in the first round, the Jets will simply be looking to force a Game 5 on Wednesday in Winnipeg.

 

The Canadiens, who haven't trailed on the scoreboard since losing Game 4 against Toronto and won their sixth straight post-season contest, lead a series 3-0 for the first time since 2015.

Altuve leadoff HR, Garcia wins 5th in row, Astros top Jays

Jose Altuve led off the game with a home run, rookie Luis Garcia earned his fifth straight win and the Houston Astros beat Toronto 6-3 Sunday, finishing the Blue Jays' first homestand of the season in Buffalo.

 

Chas McCormick also homered, Yuli Gurriel had three hits and Alex Bregman scored twice as Houston won for the sixth time in eight games.

 

The Blue Jays went 3-2 to open their residency at the home of their Triple-A affiliate.

 

Toronto was 10-11 while hosting home games at its spring training site in Dunedin, Florida, to begin the year.

 

Garcia (5-3). battling a cold which limited him to 79 pitches, allowed one run and three hits in six innings.

 

The left-hander struck out eight, raising his season total to 68 to tie for the lead among American League rookies with Detroit's Tarik Skubal.

Jets forward Scheifele suspended four games for hit on Canadiens forward Evans

Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele has been suspended four games for his crushing hit on Jake Evans of the Montreal Canadiens in their playoff series opener on Wednesday night.

 

The NHL's Department of Player Safety made the announcement Thursday after a hearing with the Jets' scoring leader in the aftermath of Montreal's 5-3 win.

 

Scheifele was handed a charging major and a game misconduct on the play, which came with 57 seconds to go in regulation and led to Evans being taken off the ice on a stretcher.

 

The ruling means Scheifele won't be eligible to return until Game 6, if necessary, in the best-of-seven series.

NHL calls Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele in for hearing after hit on Evans

Mark Scheifele faces a hearing today after the Jets forward's crushing hit on Jake Evans of the Canadiens Wednesday night.

 

Because it is not an in-person hearing, the NHL's Department of Player Safety says in its regulations that the maximum suspension is five games.

 

Scheifele was assessed a major for charging and a game misconduct. The Montreal player had just come around the empty net and scored with 57 seconds left in the Canadiens' 5-3 road win in Game 1 of the North Division final.

 

Evans, a 25-year-old from Toronto, flew to the ice banging his head, and was carried off on a stretcher.

 

Montreal interim head coach Dominique Ducharme called the hit “vicious“ and “useless.”

 

In 2018, Evans was hit during a rookie showcase game, taken off the ice on a stretcher to hospital, and put in concussion protocol.

Felix Auger-Aliassime beats Denis Shapovalov in latest chapter of Canadian rivalry

 Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-3 in an all-Canadian third-round match at the Barcelona Open on Thursday.

 

The 10th-seeded Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, saved the only break point he faced on the clay court.

 

The seventh-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., could save only five of nine break points.

 

Shapovalov didn't appear to be at full health as a trainer looked at his shoulder during the match.

 

It was the third win in five career meetings against Shapovalov at the top level for the 20-year-old Auger-Aliassime. The Montrealer is now 2-0 on clay against the 22-year-old Shapovalov.

 

Auger-Aliassime was far more effective on serve. He won 78 per cent of points when he got his first serve in, 15 percentage points better than Shapovalov.

Canadian women get peek at their possible road at Olympic soccer tournament

Eighth-ranked Canada got a peek Friday at its possible road at the Olympic women's soccer tournament this summer.

 

Using the April rankings, FIFA released the makeup of the pots to be used in next Wednesday's draw to determine the three groups of four for the women's field in Tokyo.

 

Pot 1 contains host Japan (ranked No. 11), the U.S. (No. 1), and the Netherlands (No. 3) while Pot 2 is made up of Sweden (No. 5), Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are ranked separately by FIFA) and Brazil (No. 7).

 

Canada is in Pot 3 along with Australia (No. 9) and China (No. 14). Pot 4 consists of New Zealand (No. 22), Chile (No. 37) and Zambia (No. 104).

 

Britain qualified via England's performance at the 2019 Women's World Cup - the three best-placed European teams earned Olympic berths - so was allocated to a pot based on England's position (No. 6) in the rankings.

 

FIFA says the “general principle” for the tournament draw is to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation, so Canada should avoid the Americans to start.

Leylah Annie Fernandez wins opener for Canada against Serbia at Billie Jean King Cup

 

 

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez beat Serbia's Olga Danilovic 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the opener of their Billie Jean King Cup playoff tie on Friday.

 

Fernandez, the top-ranked singles player in the indoor hard-court-tie at No. 72, needed two hours 34 minutes to finish off the 162nd-ranked Danilovic.

The Canadian broke Danilovic in the final game of the match to win.

 

The 18-year-old Fernandez, from Laval, Que., won six of seven break-point chances. Danilovic was good on just five of 14.

 

The 230th-ranked Rebecca Marino, from Vancouver, will meet world No. 87 Nina Stojanovic in the second match on Friday.

 

Reverse singles matches go on Saturday before Canada's Carol Zhao and Sharon Fichman face Danilovic and Aleksandra Krunic in a doubles match.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime drops first-round match in Rotterdam

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime lost 7-6 (4), 6-1 to Japan's Kei Nishikori in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Monday.

 

The seventh-seeded Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, got just 54 per cent of his first serves in, well below Nishikori's 74 per-cent clip.

 

Nishikori, ranked 45th in the world, hasn't dropped a set in two career matches against Auger-Aliassime.

 

The 20-year-old Canadian was playing for the first time since blowing a two-set lead in a fourth-round loss to Aslan Karatsev at the Australian Open.

 

Nishikori will play the winner of a match between Australians John Millman and Alex de Minaur in the second round of the ATP Tour 500 event.

 

Kerri Einarson wins second straight Canadian women's curling championship.

Kerri Einarson won a second straight Canadian women's curling championship with a 9-7 win over Ontario's Rachel Homan on Sunday.

 

Einarson, third Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Briane Meilleur from Manitoba's Gimli Curling Club defeated Homan in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts final for the second time in as many years.

 

Einarson's team was the first to repeat since Homan in 2013 and 2014.

Einarson had to make a draw with her final shot in an extra end to claim her first championship in Moose Jaw.

 

The skip didn't have to throw her final stone Sunday in Calgary.

 

Einarson lay two counters in the rings when Homan was too deep on an attempted freeze.

Jennifer Jones reaches record in career Tournament of Hearts wins

CALGARY - Jennifer Jones reached a Canadian women's curling championship record for career wins Tuesday with her 153rd victory.

 

Manitoba's Jones defeated Sarah Hill of Newfoundland and Labrador 6-5 in the morning draw.

 

Jones, a six-time national champion, was two back of Colleen Jones in career victories heading into the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

 

Manitoba was tied with Wild Card One's Chelsea Carey at 3-2 in Pool B behind Quebec's Laurie St-Georges at 4-1. Prince Edward Island's Suzanne Birt was 3-1.

 

St-Georges downed Nunavut's Lori Eddy 7-5. Carey's Wild Card One lost a second straight game, falling 7-5 to B.C.'s Corryn Brown.

 

B.C., Newfoundland and Saskatchewan were even at 2-2. Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson fell 7-6 to New Brunswick's Melissa Adams, who won her first game. Nunavut was winless in five games.

Defending champ Einarson remains perfect at Scotties with win over Galusha

Defending champion Kerri Einarson remained undefeated at the Canadian women's curling championship after an 8-4 win over Kerry Galusha on the Northwest Territories on Monday.

 

With the win, Einarson's rink from Gimli, improved to 4-0 and moved into the Group A lead ahead of Ontario's Rachel Homan (3-0), who was scheduled to play in Monday's late draw.

 

Galusha fell into a fifth-place tie with Northern Ontario's Krysta Burns and Wild Card 2's Mackenzie Zacharias at 1-2.

 

Leading 4-3 after six ends, Einarson took control of the match by scoring two in the seventh. Galusha got one back in the eighth, but Einarson put the game away with another deuce in the ninth.

 

The only match of Monday's morning session was a makeup of a Draw 3 contest originally scheduled for Saturday that was postponed when a member of the N.W.T. team fell ill with what was believed to be food poisoning.

Canadians Howden, Hoffos reach podium at World Cup ski cross event

SCHLADMING, Austria - Canada's Reece Howden captured a silver medal, while Courtney Hoffos won bronze at a World Cup ski cross event on Friday.

 

Howden, from Cutlus Lake, B.C., crossed the finish line just behind winner Johannes Rohrweck of Austria in the men's race to earn his fifth medal of the season.

 

Howden is the overall leader on the men's World Cup circuit.

 

Hoffos, from Windermere, B.C., finished behind Sandra Naeslund of Sweden and Fanny Smith of Switzerland.     It was Hoffos' first podium since December 2019.

 

The skiers were racing at Reiteralm, a first-time World Cup course.

Canadians advance in Australian Open

Two Canadians have advanced into the fourth round at the Australian Open.

 

Milos Raonic advanced to his eighth career Aussie Open round of 16 with a win over Hungary's Marton Fucsovics.

 

Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced with a win over fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

Canadian speedskater Laurent Dubreuil world champion in men's 500 metres

Canadian speedskater Laurent Dubreuil won a world championship in the men's 500 metres Friday.

 

The 28-year-old from Levis, Quebec, was the Canadian first to take that sprint title since Jeremy Wotherspoon in 2008.  Dubreuil posted a winning time of

34.398

 

Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov was second in 34.540 and Dai Dai N'tab of the Netherlands third in 34.628.

 

Canada also picked up a pair of silver medals in team pursuit.   Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Wiedemann and Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Quebec, were second in women's team pursuit.

 

Raptors to call Tampa home for rest of season

The Toronto Raptors aren't going back to Toronto this season.

 

The team said Thursday it will stay in its adopted home of Tampa, Florida, because of ongoing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic and how that affects the process of crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada.

 

The Raptors are 6-5 in their “home” building this season, Amalie Arena, which they're sharing with the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

Toronto made the move south last fall, knowing Thursday's decision was a real possibility. The land border with Canada remains closed to nonessential travellers who are not Canadian citizens. And Canada requires those entering the country to isolate for 14 days, which wouldn't be feasible for NBA teams. The Canadian government has also strongly discouraged nonessential travel for any reason.

 

Tampa also has the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, and the Tampa Bay Rays played in the World Series last season.

 

Canadian Seger finishes just off podium in super-G at world championships

 Canada's Brodie Seger finished a career-best fourth in the men's super-G at the alpine skiing world championships on Thursday.

 

The top three faced some anxious moments when the unheralded Canadian came down as a late starter.

 

Wearing bib No. 28, the native of North Vancouver, B.C., was only a few tenths off the lead throughout his run and finished 0.42 behind winner Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria.

 

Seger trailed bronze medallist Alexis Pinturault of France by just four-hundredths.

 

Seger's run also bumped defending champion Dominik Paris into fifth place.

Seger returned to the World Cup circuit just last week after being sidelined for a month with a shoulder injury.

Jets beat Flames 4-3 to start the season

Patrik Laine scored his second goal of the game in overtime, and the Winnipeg Jets started their season with a 4-3 win at home over the Calgary Flames.

 

The Finnish winger put away the winner 1:18 into extra time, using his speed to create space before beating Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom in tight.

 

Markstrom made 30 saves in his Flames debut.

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