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Serb police nab drone that triggered Balkan ruckus

Serb police locate drone that flew over soccer match; Albania defends actions of players
Dusan Stojanovic, The Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbian police have found the drone that flew an Albanian nationalist banner over a soccer stadium in Belgrade, igniting a brawl on the field and fueling political tensions between Balkan rivals Serbia and Albania.

The small drone with four rotors — last seen being carried off by a Serb fan during the stadium brawl Tuesday night — will be checked to see where it was manufactured and purchased and who could have flown it, police chief Nebojsa Stefanovic said Thursday.

McEnroe son's NYC drug case on track for dismissal

John McEnroe's son's NYC drug-possession case put on track for dismissal if he gets treatment
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A son of tennis star John McEnroe and actress Tatum O'Neal will get a New York City drug-possession case dismissed if he stays out of trouble and gets treatment.

Court records show Kevin McEnroe's case was put on track Tuesday for dismissal if he avoids re-arrest. The arrangement isn't uncommon for low-level cases.

Giants beat Cardinals 6-4, move 1 win from Series

Posey, Giants take advantage of clunky Cardinals defence again for 6-4 win in Game 4 of NLCS
Janie McCauley, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - Buster Posey and the Giants already know how to win in October — even without all this help from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Strange as it might look sometimes, San Francisco finds a way to score just enough.

Posey drove in three runs and capped another unusual rally as the Giants took advantage of some clunky defence by first baseman Matt Adams in beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Wednesday night to move within one victory of the World Series.

Coyotes knock off winless Oilers 7-4

Boedker gets first career hat trick, adds an assist to help Coyotes outlast winless Oilers 7-4
John Marshall, The Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Mikkel Boedker scored on a power play, a soft backhander that trickled in and into an empty net.

An interesting collection of goals for his first career hat trick — and his team needed nearly all of them.

Boedker scored two of his three goals in the third period and added an assist, helping the Arizona Coyotes outlast the winless Edmonton Oilers 7-4 on Wednesday night.

Wednesday's Scoreboard

Wednesday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Wednesday's Games



Kansas City 2 Baltimore 1

(Kansas City wins series 4-0)



San Francisco 6 St. Louis 4

(San Francisco leads series 3-1)



Boston 3 Detroit 2 (SO)

Calgary 2 Chicago 1 (OT)

Arizona 7 Edmonton 4


NBA Pre-Season

Brooklyn 129 Sacramento 117 (overtime)

Detroit 104 Charlotte 84

Cleveland 98 Indiana 93 at Cincinnati, OH

Toronto 92 Boston 89 at Portland, ME


Hiller helps Flames beat Blackhawks 2-1

Jonas Hiller makes 49 saves as Calgary Flames top Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - For much of the night, it looked as if Jonas Hiller was the only player on the ice for Calgary. The Chicago Blackhawks kept pressuring the veteran goaltender, and he turned them away over and over again.

Playing on weary legs at the very end, Hiller stuck around long enough to get his first win for the Flames.

Hiller made 49 saves and Mikael Backlund scored at 4:35 of overtime, lifting Calgary to a 2-1 victory at Chicago on Wednesday.

Williams lifts Raptors past Celtics, 92-89

Louis Williams makes 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left, Raptors beat Celtics 92-89
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - Louis Williams made a 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to give the Toronto Raptors a 92-89 victory over the Boston Celtics in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

Jordan Hamilton led the Raptors (4-1) with 16 points, Williams added 15, and Terrence Ross and Patrick Patterson each had 12.

Marcus Thornton scored 17 points — 12 in a 3:32 span in the fourth quarter — in 17 minutes for the Celtics (2-3). Avery Bradley and Tyler Zeller each added 13 points.

Canada lands Russian pairs figure skater

Former world junior champion Iliushechkina to switch allegiance from Canada to Russia
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Russia's skating federation says that former world junior champion Lubov Iliushechkina is switching her allegiance to Canada.

Iliushechkina won the world junior pairs gold for Russia in 2009 and the senior Skate Canada World Cup event a year later, triumphing in Kingston, Ontario with her then-partner Nodari Maisuradze.

On that occasion, she finished ahead of Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, who went on to win silver for Canada in the team event at February's Sochi Olympics.

Connor McDavid prepared for draft-year hype

Connor McDavid prepared for draft-year hype as hockey's latest 'Next One'
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

ERIE, Pa. - Erie Insurance Arena shares locker-rooms with a minor-league baseball stadium and makes up the ballpark's left-field facade. Across the street, adjacent to a tire warehouse, is a tiny tan building with red, white and blue trim that houses the Erie Otters offices.

Here, in this working-class town of 100,000 in northwestern Pennsylvania, a star is being born.

Royals hold off Orioles 2-1, finish ALCS sweep

Royal Flush: KC completes ALCS sweep of O's with 2-1 win, reaches 1st World Series since 1985
Dave Skretta, The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile.

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