MONTREAL - There was something more important than being in last place or blowing a two-goal lead for the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night and it was all about showing support for grieving defender Karl Ouimette.
In the end, the Impact's 2-2 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy, which saw a two-goal lead produced by Marco Di Vaio and Ignacio Piatti in the first half erased in the second on goals from Gyasi Zardes and Alan Gordon, was just more wasted points among many this season for the 5-16-6 club.
These are indeed heady times for Jonathan Crompton and the Montreal Alouettes.
Crompton rallied Montreal to a 38-31 home win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last weekend, the first time since last season the Als (3-7) had registered consecutive victories. What's more, they moved into a tie with the Toronto Argonauts atop the East Division standings.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy has been convicted on two counts of domestic violence and is still playing. Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers also remains active while he is being investigated for abuse allegations.
The Panthers and 49ers both say they are following the NFL's lead, waiting for the legal process to run its course. Neither team has provided details of its investigations.
SURREY, B.C. - Kevin Glenn does not buy into the notion that the B.C. Lions are Travis Lulay's team.
A week after being displaced by a then healthy Lulay as the CFL club's starting quarterback, Glenn is back in the rescuer role that he has played most of the season as the Lions prepare to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday. He is ignoring the fact that, in the lead-up to an ugly 7-5 victory in Ottawa, Lions players stressed that B.C. was Lulay's team.
REGINA - Tino Sunseri has a lot more homework to do these days.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders' backup quarterback has been thrust into the starter's role thanks to a season-ending injury to Darian Durant.
Sunseri is expected to get his first CFL start on Sunday in Hamilton when the Riders take on the Tiger-Cats.
TORONTO - Boxing legend Mike Tyson unleashed a foul-mouthed blast at an interviewer on live TV Wednesday after the anchor referred to him as a convicted rapist.
Nathan Downer of Toronto all-news network CP24 was interviewing Tyson a day after the former world boxing champ visited Rob Ford at city hall amid the controversial mayor's bid for re-election next month.
"Some of your critics would say, you know this is a race for mayor. We know you're a convicted rapist, this could hurt his campaign. How do you respond to that?" Downer asked Tyson.
TORONTO - Jeff Gordon likes his chances of finally being able to complete the "Drive For Five."
While Gordon has captured four NASCAR titles during his career, he hasn't hoisted the trophy as the season's champion since 2001. But the 43-year-old star driver believes he has the team to end that drought this season.
"I love our chances," Gordon said Wednesday at an event to promote the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the 10-race championship series on NASCAR's top circuit. "We have an amazing team this year, we've had a great year.
TORONTO - Defensive help is on the way to Toronto FC, in the form of a new assistant coach.
Manager Greg Vanney says he is adding a coach who was one of his mentors when it came to defending.
"Obviously we have a lot of young defenders who are talented but they need to progress," Vanney said after practice Wednesday. "Hopefully he'll be in Sunday or Monday of next week
Canadian teen Brooke Henderson has taken top spot in the world women's amateur golf ranking.
The 17-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., moved up one spot Wednesday after Australian Minjee Lee turned professional earlier this month.
Lee and Aussie teammates Su Oh and Shelly Shin beat Henderson's Canadian team by two shots at the recent world amateur team championship in Japan.
Henderson shot the low individual round at the tournament with 19-under 269.
WINNIPEG - A little good-natured Twitter banter has turned into another excuse to criticize Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler suggested Wednesday as he defended his teammate.
Wheeler said Kane was just making a joke that was misunderstood and misinterpreted by "Winnipeg folks" and the media once again.
"I think once again (it's) just making something out of nothing and it seems to happen a lot in regards to (Kane)," said Wheeler.