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Canadian men look to end rugby sevens season on high note in London
Canada wraps up the World Sevens season this weekend in London, hoping to end on a high note after a disappointing showing in Paris.
Still there have been more pluses than minuses for coach Damian McGrath's men recently, including a first-ever tournament win in Singapore last month. However, after ending their 140-event drought, the Canadian men slumped to an 11th-place finish last weekend in Paris.

Referee Steinhaus promoted as 1st women in Bundesliga
FRANKFURT - Referee Bibiana Steinhaus has been promoted to the Bundesliga for next season and will be first women working games in Germany's top division.
In an interview published on the German soccer federation's website, Steinhaus says she feels "disbelief, delight, joy, relief, curiosity."

Co-president of Paris 2024 bid Tony Estanguet, front right, takes a selfie of the back row from left, International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission Chair Patrick Baumann and new French President Emmanuel Macron, member of the IOC Guy Drut and co-pr
IOC to discuss LA-Paris double Olympic host picks on June 9
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The IOC's decision on whether to award Olympic hosting rights to both Los Angeles and Paris could be announced on June 9.
The IOC said Friday that its executive board will meet in Lausanne to discuss the 2024 and 2028 bid processes, and reforming rules for 2026 Winter Games candidates.

Maria Sharapova of Russia relaxes during a pause of her match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Maria Sharapova to enter Wimbledon qualifying tournament
LONDON - Maria Sharapova will play in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament.
The 2004 champion at the All England Club, who returned last month from a 15-month doping ban, said Friday in a post on her website that she will not request a wild card into the main draw at Wimbledon.

Co-president of Paris 2024 bid Tony Estanguet, front center, takes a selfie of the back row from left, International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission Chair Patrick Baumann, new French President Emmanuel Macron and member of the IOC Guy Drut as they
IOC evaluation commission praises Paris' vision
PARIS - IOC evaluation commission chairman Patrick Baumann praised Paris' vision for the Olympics as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the French capital on Tuesday.
Baumann, however, stopped short of giving hints on whether the City of Lights will host the games in 2024, or four years later.

Holly Rowe stands on the court at Madison Square Garden in New York before a WNBA basketball game between the New York Liberty and the Minnesota Lynx, Thursday, May 18, 2017. Rowe was back on the sidelines for her first WNBA game of the season Thursday nig
Amid cancer recurrence, Holly Rowe gets extension at ESPN
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Between dashing for interviews with coaches and chatting with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Holly Rowe was back in her element Thursday night. It was a welcome respite for ESPN's veteran sideline reporter nearly two years after her initial cancer diagnosis.
ESPN has ensured Rowe a spot on those sidelines for years to come with a contract extension — fortunate timing for Rowe, whose cancer has recently recurred and spread.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, battles in front of the net against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson, center, and center Ryan Getzlaf, left, during overtime of Game 4 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanle
Ducks even Western finals at 2, beating Predators 3-2 in OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Corey Perry just keeps finding the net in overtime this post-season, and his third goal in extra time helped the Ducks tie the Western Conference finals at 2-2.
Perry's shot deflected in off Nashville defenceman P.K. Subban's stick 10:25 into overtime, and the Ducks snapped the Predators' 10-game home playoff winning streak with a 3-2 victory Thursday night.

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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran sits on the bench as the Braves bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Stroman hits first HR; Blue Jays top Teheran, Braves 9-0
ATLANTA - John Gibbons thought Marcus Stroman might be the perfect choice to stop the Toronto Blue Jays' skid after three straight losses to Atlanta.
The manager didn't expect Stroman to provide such a lift with his bat, though.

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson posts mocking tweet of Braves
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson added to the budding rivalry between Toronto and the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night — but online.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had his wrist broken by a pitch from Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup in Atlanta's 8-4 win on Wednesday night, a game that also featured two benches-clearing incidents though no punches were thrown.

Police investigating death of man who fell at Wrigley Field
CHICAGO - Chicago police are investigating the death of a 42-year-old man who fell over a railing at Wrigley Field.
Richard E. Garrity of Wheaton was pronounced dead Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. An autopsy Thursday by the Cook County medical examiner determined he died of head injuries from an accidental fall.

Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, answers a question during a roundtable event with journalists at the South Korean embassy in London, Thursday, May 18, 2017. South Korea's Pye
2018 Games head says NHL not being greedy, will co-operate
LONDON - The head of the Pyeongchang Olympics organizing committee said Thursday that the NHL isn't being "greedy" preventing hockey stars going to the 2018 Games and he was willing to be flexible to meet its demands.
Organizing committee president Lee Hee-beom told The Associated Press on Thursday that "we are ready to co-operate." Lee says he's doesn't know what the NHL's conditions are "but whatever they ask — if it is acceptable for us — we will do our best."

WADA optimistic Russia is taking steps to fix its broken anti-doping system
MONTREAL - Beckie Scott is hoping that an athletes anti-doping charter of rights will help prevent the kind of infractions that nearly cost her a cross country skiing gold medal at the 2002 Olympics.
The Vegreville, Alta., native and chair of the World Anti-Doping agency athletes committee outlined plans for a charter at the group's Foundation Board meeting on Thursday.

Canada will play Russia in world championship semifinal with win over Germany
COLOGNE, Germany - Canada had to overcome a vocal partisan crowd and a fired-up Germany squad to keep its chances of a third straight world hockey championship title alive.
Mark Scheifele and Jeff Skinner scored as Canada survived a scare with a tight 2-1 win over the co-host Germans in quarter-final action Thursday. The game was played in front of a deafening sold-out crowd at Cologne's Lanxess Arena.

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) looks down after being scored on by the Ottawa Senators during the first period of game three of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Ottawa on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The
Pens won't say who starts Game 4; Fleury pulled in Game 3 loss
OTTAWA - Marc-Andre Fleury or Matt Murray?
The Pittsburgh Penguins aren't saying which of their two goaltenders will start Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final. Head coach Mike Sullivan said a decision would be announced ahead of game-time on Friday morning.

Raonic advances to Italian Open quarter-finals with convincing win over Berdych
ROME - Canada's Milos Raonic advanced to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open on Thursday with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Czech veteran Tomas Berdych.
The fifth seed from Thornhill, Ont., used his dominant serve to his advantage, firing six aces and winning 96 per cent of his first serve points.

"No excuses:" Penguins say they need to do better against Senators in Game 4
OTTAWA - Matt Cullen could hardly find the words to describe the Pittsburgh Penguins' performance Wednesday night in a 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
With the win the Senators took a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final. Game 4 is Friday in Ottawa.

Canadian welterweight Rory MacDonald (left) squares off against Britain's Paul (Semtex) Daley (right wearing Fightlab T-shirt) at a Thursday, May 19, 2017 weigh-in in London, Eng. ahead of Bellator 179 on Friday. Bellator CEO Scott Coker watches from the m
Canadian Rory MacDonald ready to rumble in Bellator debut in London
Canadian Rory MacDonald, a former UFC welterweight contender, isn't thinking about titles as he makes his Bellator debut.
"Honestly I'm not too worried about being champ. I'm just there to take out whoever's in front of me," said MacDonald, a native of Kelowna, B.C., who fights out of Montreal. "Obviously it would be nice to fight for the title but I'm not really putting a lot of pressure on that.

FILE - In this May 1, 2017, file photo, Gisele Bundchen, left, and Tom Brady attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garvßons: Art of the In-Between exhibition in New York
Gisele Bundchen: Tom Brady had a concussion last year
BOSTON - Tom Brady played through a concussion last year on his way to a fifth Super Bowl title, according to his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen. The injury, which was not reported by the team, left her worried about how long he should continue to play football.
Asked if she wanted the New England Patriots quarterback to retire, Bundchen expressed concern "as a wife" in an interview on "CBS This Morning" that aired Wednesday.