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Jose Canseco resting at home after shooting hand

Former major league slugger Jose Canseco resting at home after accidentally shooting finger
The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A representative for Jose Canseco says the former major league slugger is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Agent Jose Melendez says Canseco was resting at home Wednesday, and friends and family were hoping his finger would respond well to a surgery.

Officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

EPL referee faces music over Ed Sheeran concert

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg dropped for breaking rule to attend Ed Sheeran concert
The Associated Press

LONDON - A Premier League referee has been dropped this weekend for breaking protocol so that he could watch an Ed Sheeran pop concert.

Mark Clattenburg drove straight from West Bromwich Albion's ground to Newcastle after Saturday's game against Crystal Palace so that he could watch Sheeran perform.

Referees are supposed to make a return journey with their assistants from the stadium to their hotel after every match — to protect their integrity and security.

NFL-backed study: $255M boost to UK from franchise

NFL-commissioned study says London franchise could generate $255 million annually for Britain
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - An NFL franchise in London could generate more than $250 million a year for Britain, according to a study released Wednesday.

The study by accountancy firm Deloitte, commissioned by the NFL and a London marketing agency, also casts doubt on the feasibility of a Super Bowl in the British capital and warns of a negative reaction from the United States.

Matheson out indefinitely with knee injury

Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson out indefinitely with torn knee ligament
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson has been ruled out indefinitely after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in a 3-0 loss to Japan in a women's soccer friendly over the weekend.

The Canadian Soccer Association confirmed the injury news Wednesday. Matheson, who has made 161 appearances for the national team over her career, was scheduled to see an orthopedic surgeon later this week.

Missing Broncos fan says he had 'fill of football'

Man found safe after vanishing from Denver Broncos game told police he had 'fill of football'
Sadie Gurman, The Associated Press

DENVER - A man whose disappearance during last week's Denver Broncos game touched off an extensive search by family and friends told police he had "his fill of football" and walked and hitchhiked about 130 miles to a city in southern Colorado.

Five things to watch in the Raptors' season

Five things to watch in the Toronto Raptors' new season
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors are about to tip-off their 20th NBA season. Here are five things to watch:

New Zealand qualifies for Women's World Cup

New Zealand qualifies for Women's World Cup, just two berths left
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - New Zealand crushed the Cook Islands 11-0 in Oceania qualifying Wednesday to become the 22nd country to book its ticket to the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015.

The 19th-ranked Kiwis went unbeaten through the OFC Women's Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea, outscoring its three opponents 30-0.

It's the fifth time New Zealand has qualified for the Women's World Cup. Now only two spots remain in the tournament field.

Hockey great Gordie Howe resting after stroke

Hockey great Gordie Howe resting at daughter's home in Texas after stroke
Noah Trister, The Associated Press

DETROIT - Hockey legend Gordie Howe has lost some function on the right side of his body after having a stroke Sunday in Texas.

Howe's daughter Cathy said Tuesday night the 86-year-old Detroit Red Wings legend had lost much use of his right arm and right leg. Howe suffered the stroke in Lubbock, where his daughter lives.

"We'll just see what each day brings," she said. "He's tough. He's not giving up."

Ex New Zealand IOC member Tay Wilson dies at 89

Former International Olympic Committee member Tay Wilson of New Zealand dies at 89
The Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Former International Olympic Committee member of New Zealand Tay Wilson has died. He was 89.

The IOC announced the death Wednesday. The cause was not disclosed.

Wilson joined the IOC in 1988 and served on the new sources of financing commission from 1989-1993 and the finance commission from 1994-2006. He retired and became an honorary member in 2006.

IOC President Thomas Bach called Wilson "a man full of passion for sport" who "believed strongly in the integrity of sport, and spent most of his life working to protect it."

Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force Game 7 in Series

Bring on Game 7: Ventura, Cain lead Royals over Giants 10-0, forcing World Series to limit
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A couple hundred fans stood behind the Royals dugout for more than a half-hour after the final out, screaming and waving white rally towels.

Bring on Game 7!

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