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Canada's De Grasse wins 200-metre gold

Andre De Grasse wins 200-metre gold, sets Pan Am, Canadian record
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

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.

Capitals sign Holtby to US$30.5M, 5-year deal

Capitals sign goaltender Braden Holtby to US$30.5-million, five-year deal
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

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.

Whitecaps set to host Earthquakes on Sunday

Pedro Morales looks set to return to the lineup as Whitecaps host Earthquakes
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

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."

Pan Am athlete accused of sex assault

Police say Brazilian Pan Am athlete accused of sexual assault on Toronto woman
Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

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.

Fireworks on Tour as Nibali and Froome fight

Fireworks on Stage 19 of Tour de France as Nibali and Froome exchange fiery words
John Leicester, The Associated Press

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.

Impact look for win against Sounders

Montreal Impact trying to take advantage of Dempsey-less Sounders
Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press

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.

As DeLaet withdraws, Hearn grabs spotlight

As DeLaet withdraws, Hearn grabs spotlight with chance at Canadian Open history
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

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.

Coyotes to stay for at least 2 more years under new deal

Glendale City Council ratifies amended arena lease agreement with Arizona Coyotes
John Marshall, The Associated Press

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.

Tickets remain for Pan Am closing ceremony

Ticket sales for Pan Am closing stronger since Kanye added, but some left
Nick Patch, The Canadian Press

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.

Flames sign Josh Jooris to one-year deal

Flames sign forward Josh Jooris to one-year deal after breakout rookie season
The Canadian Press

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.

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