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Canada beaten at Junior World Rugby Trophy

Canada beaten at Junior World Rugby Trophy, will play Hong Kong for seventh place
The Canadian Press

HONG KONG - Canada will play for seventh place at the eight-team IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy after dropping a 37-12 decision to Japan on Tuesday.

Canada trailed 13-5 at the half before the Japanese pulled away. Matt Mullins of Belleville, Ont., and Djustice Sears-Duru of Oakville, Ont., scored tries in a losing cause.

The Canadian under-20 men opened with a 37-25 loss to Namibia before bouncing back to tie Uruguay 18-18.

Canada will play host winless Hong Kong in its final game Saturday. Tonga will take on Japan for the championship in a clash of 2-1-0 teams.

Aston Villa suspends assistant manager, official

Aston Villa suspends assistant manager, head of football operations amid fight to stay in EPL
The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, England - Aston Villa has suspended the assistant manager and a key off-field official as the club fights to stay in the English Premier League.

The sudden announcement on Tuesday comes with Villa just four points above the relegation zone with five games remaining.

The central England club says Ian Culverhouse, assistant to manager Paul Lambert, and Gary Karsa, the head of football operations, have been suspended pending an internal investigation. Further details were not provided.

Canadian Kaufman on third opponent for UFC card

Canadian bantamweight Sarah Kaufman on third opponent for UFC card
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Leslie (The Peacemaker) Smith was in a car returning from training when the phone rang.

"I was still sweaty," she recalled. "(Manager/trainer) Cesar Gracie called and said 'Can you be ready in 10 days?' And I knew, after doing the math, that it was the Kaufman fight and I said 'Hell yeah.'"

Welcome to the UFC, Leslie.

One phone call and the 31-year-old from Pittsburg, Calif., had become the third opponent lined up for Victoria's Sarah Kaufman for Wednesday's Ultimate Fighter Nations televised card.

Court rejects Red Bull appeal for Ricciardo

Motorsport's court rejects Red Bull appeal for Ricciardo
The Associated Press

PARIS - Red Bull has lost its appeal against the disqualification of its driver Daniel Ricciardo at the Australian Grand Prix.

The International Court of Appeal, which is the dispute-resolution tribunal for motorsport, says on Tuesday in a brief statement that it upheld the race stewards' original decision in Melbourne.

Monday's Scoreboard

Monday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

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Monday's Games

MLB

American League

Baltimore 7 Tampa Bay 1

Seattle 7 Texas 1

Oakland 3 L.A. Angels 2

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National League

Washington 9 Miami 2

Atlanta 9 Philadelphia 6

St. Louis 4 Milwaukee 0

N.Y. Mets 7 Arizona 3

San Diego 5 Colorado 4

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, ppd-rain

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NBA

Washington 114 Miami 93

Philadelphia 113 Boston 108

Toronto 110 Milwaukee 100

Charlotte 95 Atlanta 93

Chicago 108 Orlando 95

Houston 104 San Antonio 98

Doping ban reversed for Olympic champion Lee

South Korean badminton gold medallist Lee Yon-dae has 1-year doping ban reversed
The Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Badminton World Federation has reversed a one-year ban handed to Olympic gold medallist Lee Yon-dae for failing to comply with doping requirements.

Lee and fellow South Korean player Kim Ki-jung are eligible to resume competition immediately after the Malaysia-based BWF found that the "whereabouts failures" were due to the management of the program by the national badminton federation.

Neither player failed a doping test, but had been required to provide whereabouts information for the BWF to conduct out-of-competition testing.

Raptors beat Bucks to set record for wins

Toronto Raptors beat Bucks 110-100 to set franchise record for victories
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A night that began with the unfurling of their Atlantic Division banner ended with the Toronto Raptors setting a franchise record for victories.

But they barely paused to soak up the good feelings Wednesday after beating the lowly Milwaukee Bucks 110-100 to notch win No. 48.

"We've got a bigger goal," said Kyle Lowry.

Achonwa drafted 9th overall by Fever

Canadian Natalie Achonwa drafted 9th overall by WNBA's Indiana Fever
Doug Feinberg, The Associated Press

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Canadian Natalie Achonwa was selected as the No. 9 pick by the Indiana Fever in the WNBA draft Monday.

Achonwa, of Guelph, Ont., tore her left ACL during Notre Dame's win over Baylor to put the Fighting Irish into the Final Four at March Madness.

Edmonton's Michelle Plouffe of the University of Utah went 19th to the Seattle Storm.

Chiney Ogwumike was the No. 1 pick by the Connecticut Sun.

GM says coach change 'wake-up call' for Predators

Barry Trotz, NHL's longest tenured coach, out after 15 seasons as Predators make 1st change
Teresa M. Walker, The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - General manager David Poile hopes he sent the strongest message possible by making the first coaching change in Nashville's history: missing the playoffs is not acceptable for the Predators.

Stout, Noons move up in weight for night

Stout, Noons ask to move up to welterweight for Quebec City UFC show
The Canadian Press

QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Wednesday's lightweight bout between Canadian Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout and K.J. Noons, on the undercard of the UFC's Ultimate Fighter Nations card, has been switched to welterweight.

The UFC said Monday that it had been approached by the fighters to request the change in weight class, which was subsequently approved by the Quebec athletic commission, the Regie des alcools, des courses et des jeux.

Lightweights can fight at up to 156 pounds in non-title bouts. It is 171 pounds for welterweights.

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