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Canada names roster for Jamaica soccer friendly

Veterans lead Canadian roster for Jamaica soccer friendly in September
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Veterans Atiba Hutchinson, Dwayne De Rosario and Julian de Guzman lead the 23-man Canadian squad for the Sept. 9 soccer friendly against Jamaica in Toronto.

Coach Benito Floro has chosen nine MLS players: De Rosario and four others from Toronto FC and four from the Montreal Impact.

The BMO Field game marks the first at home for Floro since he was hired in July 2013.

Jamaica is ranked No. 85 in the world compared to No. 122 for Canada, which has never been lower down the FIFA ladder.

Michel Platini won't run against Sepp Blatter

Michel Platini opts out of election fight against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

MONACO, Monaco - Michel Platini won't fight Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, though he still hopes somebody will.

The UEFA president decided Thursday not to challenge Blatter in an election next May, insisting he was not dodging a battle with his former mentor.

Platini denied FIFA critics a potentially bitter contest, but then urged more conflict within the Blatter-led executive committee.

Real Madrid gets Liverpool in Champions League

Real Madrid gets Liverpool in Champions League; Bayern Munich to face Manchester City again
Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press

MONACO, Monaco - European greats Real Madrid and Liverpool will meet again in the group stage of the Champions League after a draw on Thursday that promised many reunions.

Aiming to be the first club to retain world football's most coveted club trophy for 25 years, the road for ten-time winner Madrid leads to five-time champion Liverpool on Oct. 22.

Whalers leave lasting legacy on NHL

As Giguere retires, the Hartford Whalers have a lasting legacy in the NHL
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

They played in a rink at a shopping mall, celebrated goals with music that sounded like a 1970s television theme song and have been gone from pro hockey for 17 years. Yet the iconic blue and green of the Hartford Whalers is as popular and visible as ever.

"I think the people that grew up with the Whalers will never, ever forget them, and they'll always have an attachment to them," former general manager Jim Rutherford said.

Brown among Ali Humanitarian Award winners

NFL great Jim Brown headlines winners of Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards
Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Muhammad Ali is honouring another iconic athlete who became a forceful voice for civil rights — Jim Brown.

The NFL Hall of Fame running back will receive a lifetime humanitarian achievement award bearing the boxing great's name, the Muhammad Ali Center announced Thursday. Brown headlines this year's lineup of Ali Humanitarian Award winners that include actress Susan Sarandon.

The awards, which debuted last year, promote achievements for social justice.

Jays look to welcome Jeter on farewell tour

Blue Jays Jays look to welcome Jeter on farewell tour as Yankees come to town
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Jays closer Casey Janssen has had the better of Derek Jeter 16 times out of their 17 head-to-head encounters.

But ask Janssen about the New York Yankees captain and, after a string of compliments, he goes straight to the one time Jeter got the best of him.

"He hit a home run off me and I blew a save because of it," Janssen recalled with a grimace.

Even when someone has his number, Jeter — who has hit .059 against Janssen — leaves an impression.

Stampeders bring back Butler after suspension

Calgary Stampeders bring back defensive back Quincy Butler after suspension
The Canadian Press

CALGARY - The Calgary Stampeders have brought back veteran defensive back Quincy Butler following the conclusion of his legal problems.

The Stampeders suspended Butler in May when he was charged with two counts of assault stemming from an incident near a Calgary casino earlier that month.

Butler pleaded guilty to one charge of assault causing bodily harm in Calgary court last week and was sentenced to 18 months probation.

Calgary added the 32-year-old from San Antonio, Texas, to the their practice roster.

Stamps put Gordon on negotiation list:source

Source: Calgary Stampeders place NFL receiver Gordon on their negotiation list
The Canadian Press

The Calgary Stampeders are taking a flyer on NFL receiver Josh Gordon.

A league source says the Stampeders put Gordon on their negotiation list Thursday, giving the CFL team exclusive negotiating rights to the Cleveland Browns receiver.

Gordon has been suspended for the entire 2014 NFL season after testing positive for marijuana. On Wednesday, the suspension was upheld by an arbitrator.

On Thursday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported via Twitter that Gordon was considering playing the remainder of the CFL season.

Willy gets all-business attitude from mother

Bombers quarterback Willy says he gets his competitive nature from his mother
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The bar was set pretty high for Drew Willy when it came to excelling at sports, but the competitive fire that burns inside the Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback didn't come from his male role models.

"My mom is definitely where I get my competitiveness from," Willy said this week during an interview with The Canadian Press.

Don't expect miracles from Di Maria, Van Gaal says

Man United manager Louis van Gaal warns not to expect instant miracles from Angel Di Maria
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, England - Angel Di Maria will provide an ailing Manchester United with plenty of missing qualities following his big-money move from Real Madrid — pace, energy, incisiveness and goals.

Just don't expect instant miracles from the Argentina midfielder.

"I hope he shall give us good results," Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said at Di Maria's official presentation on Thursday, "but we cannot expect after two days' training that he is the miracle what I already read.

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