Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Jays’ manager search progressing

TORONTO—Toronto Blue Jays’ general manager Alex Anthopoulos has had a full plate over the last few weeks.
His off-season is about to get even busier.
Anthopoulos, who’s in Indian Wells, Calif. for this week’s general managers’ meetings, has been working on finding a replacement for manager John Farrell.

Owens, Cornish finalists as top player

TORONTO—Jon Cornish again is chasing CFL history.
The Calgary Stampeders’ running back was named a finalist for the league’s outstanding player award, along with receiver/kick-returner Chad Owens of the Toronto Argonauts.

NHL talks resume

NEW YORK—The NHL and the players’ association resumed negotiations this afternoon—the third-straight day the sides are meeting in an effort to end the lockout.
This is the 54th day of the lockout, and this week is considered critical for the hockey season to be saved.
Owners and players already have bargained for about 13 hours over two days this week at an undisclosed site in New York.

NHL, players’ union avoiding the spotlight

NEW YORK—The NHL’s collective bargaining talks are heading underground once again.
Both the league and NHL Players’ Association have chosen to keep the exact location of their afternoon bargaining session private.
That comes just days after deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr held an informal meeting that spanned several hours in an undisclosed city.

Reeling Eagles fall to Saints

NEW ORLEANS—Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints picked up a much-needed win.
For Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, more misery.
Brees threw two touchdown passes, extending his NFL record streak to 51 games, and Patrick Robinson returned an interception 99 yards for a score to lead the Saints to a 28-13 win over the reeling Eagles last night.

Heat laud defensive effort for win

MIAMI—Offensive numbers to savour were everywhere for the Miami Heat last night.
They thanked an upgraded defensive effort for that.
LeBron James had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, as the Heat dumped the Phoenix Suns 124-99 last night.

Johnson retains slim lead

FORT WORTH, Tex.—Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski were nearing the start-finish line after a late restart at Texas when their cars suddenly slammed together.
Somehow, they managed to maintain control and prolong their battle for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.
“Fortunately, we both stayed 1-2 and didn’t crash, didn’t lose a spot on the racetrack,” Johnson noted.

Peterson’s big day wasted by Vikings

SEATTLE—Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen felt embarrassed.
Not just for letting Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson control most of the second half in leading Seattle to victory, but for wasting one of the best games in Adrian Peterson’s career.
“Adrian is a beast. Adrian was amazing today,” Allen said. “He should get tomorrow [Monday] off and we should all go to work.

Bombers opt to stick with Mack, Burke

WINNIPEG—The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are giving their current general manager and head coach the chance to turn the CFL team’s fortunes around.
The Bombers announced yesterday that they are sticking with general manager Joe Mack and are removing the interim tag from head coach Tim Burke’s title.

Argos pull out wild win over Ticats

TORONTO—Chad Owens and the Toronto Argonauts are heading into the CFL playoffs on the craziest of rolls.

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