Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sports

Milos, ‘Genie’ reach third round

NEW YORK—Canadians Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard reached the third round of the U.S. Open yesterday—earning tough night-time victories in swirling winds against dangerous opponents.
Fifth-seeded Raonic took revenge for a summer loss on grass in Halle, Germany as he defeated German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Centenarian takes silver

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta.—Florence Storch held the javelin high with her right hand and balanced herself with the other by gripping her walker.
After two throws, the 101-year-old athlete called it quits for the day but still took home a silver medal.
“I didn’t put that much energy into it,” the centenarian admitted yesteray at the Canada 55-Plus Games in Strathcona County, east of Edmonton.

Jays win to avoid sweep

TORONTO—After suffering through three-straight extra-innings defeats, the Toronto Blue Jays won stylishly in regulation last night thanks to a strong outing by rookie pitcher Marcus Stroman and a three-run homer by pinch-hitter Danny Valencia.
Jose Bautista also homered for the second day in a row as Toronto beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 to avoid a sweep.

NHL remains status quo on expansion

TORONTO—NHL expansion likely is coming in the near future, although the league hasn’t committed to any official plan just yet.
For more than a year, commissioner Gary Bettman has said the NHL is listening when approached by cities interested in acquiring a team even though there’s no formal expansion process underway.

Vikings big on rookie QB

NASHVILLE—Jake Locker and Matt Cassel might never leave the sidelines tonight with a pair of rookie quarterbacks possibly getting the chance to start.
“If our starters play, it won’t be for long,” said Tennessee Titans’ coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Raonic lone Canadian to survive Day 1

NEW YORK—Milos Raonic emerged as the only Canadian survivor from five starters on opening day at the U.S. Open yesterday.
The fifth seed reached the second round with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (1) victory over Japan’s Taro Daniel.
Raonic had a smooth ride in the first two sets, but hit speed bumps as he tried to serve it out.

Jays’ rally goes for nought

TORONTO—In a month that continues to go from bad to worse, the Toronto Blue Jays came agonizingly close to a stirring comeback win last night before literally falling short.
Another foot or so and Edwin Encarnacion’s ninth-inning blast to left-centre would have been a game-winning home run instead of a double off the wall to tie the game at 3-3.

Phillies cool off Nats

PHILADELPHIA—A mechanical adjustment in between starts helped A.J. Burnett out of a funk.
Burnett struck out 12 in seven innings, and Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz homered, to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals last night.
“I just noticed something with my delivery, or the leg kick,” Burnett noted. “I just noticed something wasn’t right.

Lions fail to nab win

VANCOUVER—Two unheralded Saskatchewan players spoiled the B.C. Lions’ guaranteed win night yesterday.
Back-up quarterback Tino Sunseri’s first career CFL touchdown pass to reserve offensive lineman-turned-tight-end Dan Clark sparked the Saskatchewan Roughriders to a comeback 20-16 victory over the Lions.
“For me to get the first one, it was really special,” said Sunseri.

Mahan captures first leg

PARAMUS, N.J.—About the only thing that went wrong for Hunter Mahan at The Barclays was when the trophy broke.
All he had to show for perhaps the biggest win of his career was a large wreath of roses.
“Am I supposed to put this on Kentucky Derby style?” he asked.
That would have been fitting. The closing stretch was exactly what he needed yesterday.

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