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Brown Panther early International favourite

British-bred Brown Panther the early favourite for $1-million International race
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - It hasn't taken Brown Panther long to get settled.

The British-bred six-year-old arrived at Woodbine Racetrack on Tuesday evening ahead of the $1-million Pattison Canadian International this weekend. Assistant trainer Christopher Ely said the early 2-1 favourite has shown no ill effects from the trip, which isn't good news for the remaining nine horses in the field for the 1 1/2-mile turf event.

Poulin leads Canada into Four Nations Cup

Poulin leads Canadian women into Four Nations Cup after Olympic heroics
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Olympic hockey heroine Marie-Philip Poulin headlines the Canadian women's hockey team roster for the upcoming Four Nations Cup.

The annual international tournament featuring Canada, the United States, Sweden and Finland will be held Nov. 4-8 in Kamloops, B.C.

Canada trailed the Americans 2-1 in the Olympic gold-medal game last February in Sochi when Poulin scored with 55 seconds remaining in regulation and again at 8:10 in overtime for the victory.

Gagnon to face former UFC world champion

Canadian Mitch Gagnon to face former UFC world champion Renan Barao
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - First a spot in the UFC rankings. Now a date with former champion Renan Barao. It's been a good month for Canadian bantamweight Mitch Gagnon.

The 30-year-old from Sudbury, Ont., moved into the UFC rankings at No. 15 among 135-pound contenders after his Oct. 4 first-round stoppage of Roman Salazar in Halifax.

It was his fourth straight win in the UFC. It was also his 10th first-round finish and 11th win by submission.

Austin: Ticats can't overlook Redblacks

Ticats coach Austin says his team can't afford to overlook expansion Redblacks
Carol Phillips, The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - The Ottawa Redblacks might be out of playoff contention but Hamilton coach/GM Kent Austin says the Tiger-Cats can't afford to overlook the expansion CFL franchise.

Hamilton (6-8) hosts Ottawa (2-12) on Friday night tied with Toronto and Montreal atop the East Division. The Ticats, Argonauts and Alouettes also must consider that the B.C. Lions (8-7), currently fourth in the West, have a better record than the third-place Eastern squad and would cross over and assume the No. 3 playoff seed if that remained the case at the end of the regular season.

Habs go global to connect with fans

Canadiens Club 1909 programs looks to connect with fans around the world
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens are looking to connect with their fans around the world.

The National Hockey League's oldest and most storied club inaugurated a loyalty program this week that allows fans to become members of Club 1909 and earn points for everything from spending money at the Bell Centre or at team boutiques to watching a game on television or following the team on social media.

Canada's Pospisil falls to Murray in Vienna

Murray beats Canada's Pospisil to join Ferrer in quarter-finals in Vienna
Eric Willemsen, The Associated Press

VIENNA - Andy Murray reached the quarter-finals of the Erste Bank Open after a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 win over Canada's Vasek Pospisil on Thursday.

The second-seeded Murray, who had a bye in the first round, dropped serve while leading 3-2 in the second set but held off five more break chances for Pospisil. The Canadian had 27 aces in his first-round win over Daniel Brands of Germany but just three against Murray.

Jets open homestand against Predators

Jets look for offensive tweaks from Predators under new coach Laviolette
Scott Edmonds, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The Jets are expecting a new kind of offence from the Nashville Predators when the two teams meet Friday in Winnipeg's home opener.

After 15 seasons under Winnipeg-born Barry Trotz, the Predators changed horses when they missed the playoffs for a second straight season, replacing Trotz with Peter Laviolette. They also added forwards James Neal, Mike Ribeiro and Olli Jokinen, who played the last two seasons with the Jets.

Ohio State student who ran on field pleads guilty

Ohio State student who was body-slammed by coach on field pleads guilty, keeps scholarship
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A student who ran onto the field during an Ohio State football game and was body-slammed by a coach has pleaded guilty to misdemeanour criminal trespassing.

Twenty-one-year-old Anthony Wunder was fined $100 plus court costs Thursday in Franklin County Municipal Court. He had originally pleaded not guilty in September.

Wunder, a fourth-year engineering student, ran onto the Ohio Stadium turf Sept. 27 and was slammed to the ground by Ohio State assistant coach Anthony Schlegel. Video of the hit became a sensation on social media.

Top seeds Raonic, Cibulkova lose at Kremlin Cup

Top-seeded Milos Raonic and Dominika Cibulkova lose to qualifiers at Kremlin Cup
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - The top seeds crashed out at the Kremlin Cup as Canada's Milos Raonic and Dominika Cibulkova of the Czech Republic lost to qualifiers on Thursday.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., had a bye into the second round. He was eliminated by Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Not long after, an out-of-sorts Cibulkova was eliminated by tenacious Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Raonic's loss put him in danger of failing to qualify for the ATP Finals in London next month. He blamed the defeat on illness.

Ex-clinic owner pleads guilty in MLB drug case

Ex-clinic owner in Florida pleads guilty to giving MLB players performance-enhancing drugs
Curt Anderson, The Associated Press

MIAMI - The former owner of a South Florida anti-aging clinic pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of illegally providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes including high-profile Major League Baseball players, most notably New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

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