TORONTO - Canadian sprint sensation Andre De Grasse laid down another stunning performance Friday.
The 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., shattered his own Canadian 200-metre record to win gold at the Pan American Games.
De Grasse crossed in 19.88 seconds, beating his previous mark of 20.03 to become the first Canadian in history to run both a sub-10, in the 100 metres, and sub-20 in the 200.
Running blind out of Lane 8, amid a world-class field, De Grasse battled down the homestretch to outlean Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer and Panama's Alonso Edward at the finish line.
Braden Holtby is developing into one of the NHL's elite goaltenders. Now he has the contract to match.
The Washington Capitals on Friday signed Holtby to a US$30.5-million, five-year contract. His $6.1 million cap hit is the seventh-highest among goalies next season.
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Whitecaps could have a big piece of their puzzle back this weekend.
Captain and talismanic midfielder Pedro Morales looks set to return to the lineup in some capacity against the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday, either starting or coming off the bench, after sitting out the last six weeks with a calf problem.
"I've waited a long time for my injury (to heal)," said Morales. "I have confidence in my body now."
TORONTO - A Brazilian water polo player who competed in the Pan Am Games is wanted in an alleged sex assault in Toronto, but police say they believe he has left the country.
Police say Thye Bezerra, 27, and a friend were visiting a Toronto woman in her home the morning of July 16 when the woman went to sleep.
"Mr. Bezerra then entered the victim's bedroom and sexually assaulted her," Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said.
LA TOUSSUIRE, France - Chris Froome always expected his rivals to throw everything at him and his Tour de France race lead. He just didn't expect that would happen when he was stopped by the side of the road.
Showing bristle beneath his mild manners, the British rider angrily tore into Vincenzo Nibali, calling him "unsportsmanlike," after the defending champion accelerated away while Froome was fixing a stuck wheel on the toughest Alpine climb on Friday.
MONTREAL - The Seattle Sounders may be depleted, but their opponents know they cannot be underestimated.
The Montreal Impact host Seattle on Saturday in both team's last league match before the MLS all-star break.
The Sounders could be without five pivotal players — including U.S. international Clint Dempsey. Forward Marco Pappa, goalkeeper Stefan Frei, midfielder Obafemi Martins and central defender Brad Evans will likely also be absent.
OAKVILLE, Ont. - David Hearn looked back from the 16th hole and knew fellow Canadian Graham DeLaet had withdrawn because his name wasn't on the board anymore.
There's no looking back now. While DeLaet is out with a thumb injury, Hearn celebrated "Red and White Day" at the Canadian Open by shooting an 8-under 64 Friday to move to within three shots of leader Chad Campbell.
By getting to 11-under through two rounds, Hearn is in contention at the midway point and has a chance to be the first Canadian to win this tournament since Pat Fletcher in 1954.
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Glendale City Council voted unanimously in favour of a restructured arena lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, keeping the team in the desert for at least two more years.
TORONTO - Pan Am Games organizers said Friday that ticket sales for the closing ceremony have been stronger since Kanye West was announced as a headliner, but some seats still remain.
The 21-time Grammy-winning Chicago hip-hop legend will perform at Sunday's festivities along with rock howler Serena Ryder and Miami pop-rapper Pitbull. The announcement that the reliably divisive West would headline the celebration generated a robust mix of cheer, outrage and, apparently, money.
Josh Jooris and the Calgary Flames avoided arbitration, agreeing on a US$975,000, one-year deal Friday.
Jooris's arbitration hearing was scheduled for July 28.
The 25-year-old had 12 goals and 12 assists in 60 games this past season as a rookie.
The Burlington, Ont., native appeared in nine playoff games for Calgary.
The Flames also signed Turner Elson to a one-year deal.
The St. Albert, Alta., native spent last year with Calgary's AHL team, the Adirondack Flames. He scored 17 goals and 13 assists in 59 games.