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Blue Jays reinstate Rule 5 pick Sparkman from 60-day disabled list

TORONTO — Blue Jays Rule 5 draft pick Glenn Sparkman didn't even notice he had broken the thumb on his pitching hand when it first happened at spring training four months ago.

Flames GM Brad Treliving keeps up torrid pace re-signing Michael Stone

CALGARY — General manager Brad Treliving didn't wait until the start of unrestricted free agency to fill the Calgary Flames' needs.
Messi to marry childhood sweetheart in Argentina hometown

Messi to marry childhood sweetheart in Argentina hometown

ROSARIO, Argentina — Lionel Messi and his childhood sweetheart are getting ready for their marriage in his Argentine hometown of Rosario at a ceremony attended by some of the biggest names in world soccer.
Impact in last-place battle with D.C.; wary of letdown after TFC series

Impact in last-place battle with D.C.; wary of letdown after TFC series

MONTREAL — After a nasty and unsuccessful Voyageurs Cup clash with rival Toronto FC, it's back to regular business for the Montreal Impact.
Caps coach Robinson does not cherish memories of battle with German star

Caps coach Robinson does not cherish memories of battle with German star

VANCOUVER — Carl Robinson does not exactly have fond memories of playing against Bastian Schweinsteiger. "He was probably the hardest player I've played against," said Robinson, a Welshman who now coaches the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Saskatchewan-born offensive lineman LaBatte, Neufeld to open new CFL chapter in Regina

Saskatchewan-born offensive lineman LaBatte, Neufeld to open new CFL chapter in Regina

REGINA — Brendon LaBatte and Patrick Neufeld will help launch a new era of CFL football in Regina when their teams face off in the first regular-season game at the city's new Mosiac Stadium on Saturday.

Norma "Dusty" Brandel honoured for NASCAR coverage

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Longtime racing writer Norma "Dusty" Brandel has won the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR media excellence. NASCAR officials made the announcement Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
Top men's players get tough quarterfinal draws at Wimbledon

Top men's players get tough quarterfinal draws at Wimbledon

LONDON — The "Big 4" got a tough draw at Wimbledon.

Victoria teenager Quinn Ngawati impresses Toronto Wolfpack, could make debut

TORONTO — The Toronto Wolfpack liked what they saw in Quinn Ngawati during tryouts last year. And the Victoria teenager has continued to impress after joining the fledgling rugby league club mid-season.
Toronto FC resumes MLS season on a high after emotional win over Impact

Toronto FC resumes MLS season on a high after emotional win over Impact

TORONTO — Moments after Toronto FC's thrilling victory over Montreal on Tuesday night, coach Greg Vanney was ticking off the reasons why winning the Canadian championship was good for his team.