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Milanovich not banking on Owens' return

Milanovich not banking on Owens' return in time for game versus Ticats
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Chad Owens' on-again, off-again season is off again.

Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich doesn't expect the speedy receiver/kick-returner to dress Monday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Owens played in the Argonauts' 41-27 road loss to Edmonton on Sunday after missing four games with a foot ailment but left in the fourth quarter with a leg injury following a hard hit from Eskimos defensive back Aaron Grymes.

Bouchard routs Govortsova at US Open

Bouchard steamrolls into second round of US Open with rout of Govortsova
The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Eugenie Bouchard needs put her hardcourt struggles behind her if she wants to make another deep Grand Slam.

A 59-minute dismantling of Olga Govortsova in the first round of the U.S. Open will certainly go a long way.

Bouchard, the women's seventh seed from Westmount, Que., steamrolled her way into the second round at Flushing Meadows with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Govortsova on Tuesday.

She produced 19 winners and broke on four of six chances against her 117th-ranked Belarusian opponent, whom she also beat two years ago on hardcourt in Washington.

Blue Bombers dump vice-president Jim Bell

Blue Bombers dump vice-president Jim Bell as part of 'restructuring'
The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers team president Jim Bell has been fired as chief operating officer after an organizational restructuring.

Bell had been vice-president and chief operating officer since 2011, after spending two years as president.

He has been with Winnipeg since 2002.

The Bombers announced Bell's departure Tuesday saying Bell's position has been eliminated as part of the restructuring process.

His last day is Friday.

Oklahoma City trades C Thabeet to 76ers

Oklahoma City Thunder trades C Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia 76ers
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded centre Hasheem Thabeet and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers for a protected second-round draft pick in 2015 and a trade exception.

The deal was announced on Tuesday. The Thunder have a year to use the trade exception.

Thabeet, a 7-foot-3 defensive specialist from Tanzania, played in 66 games in 2012 and averaged nearly a block per contest. His playing time was reduced last season when first-round pick Steven Adams emerged as the backup centre.

Pillar happy to be back with Blue Jays

Kevin Pillar happy to be back with Blue Jays after leaving on ill-tempered note
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Two months after being sent to the minors following a tantrum at being pinch-hit, outfielder Kevin Pillar is back with the Blue Jays.

Pillar was demoted after video showed him tossing his bat in disgust after being pulled in a game against the Yankees. At the time, Toronto manager John Gibbons explained the move by saying "there was no room for selfish play."

Pillar, 25, said he had talked to Gibbons about the incident and was relieved that it was considered "water under the bridge."

American Bellis, 15, upsets Cibulkova at US Open

US teen Bellis upsets Australian Open runner-up Cibulkova; youngest US Open winner since 1996
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - American teen CiCi Bellis became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996 — almost three years before she was born — when she stunned Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova.

The 15-year-old Bellis rallied from down a break in the third set for a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 first-round victory Tuesday over the 12th-seeded Cibulkova. With an overflow crowd at a cozy side court roaring, she broke Cibulkova's serve to clinch the match.

Man United humbled in League Cup by 3rd tier Dons

Further misery for Van Gaal at Man United with 4-0 loss to 3rd tier MK Dons in League Cup
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - In just his third match in charge of Manchester United, Louis van Gaal oversaw one of the most humiliating losses in the club's illustrious history on Tuesday.

The record 20-time English champions timidly capitulated to MK Dons, losing 4-0 to the third-tier club in the second round of the League Cup.

NASCAR's Kenseth behind anti-bullying kids' book

NASCAR's Matt Kenseth and wife release anti-bullying children's book, plan more in series
Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - Matt Kenseth, championship-winning race car driver, can now add a children's book to his resume.

MLB denies Rays' weekend protest in Toronto

MLB denies weekend protest by Maddon, Rays in Toronto, Blue Jays win
The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Major League Baseball on Tuesday denied a protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays last weekend in Toronto.

Executive Vice-President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre made the ruling, which stemmed from a play disputed by Rays manager Joe Maddon in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 10 innings.

Wil Myers was called safe at first base on a pickoff throw by Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle. After Buehrle returned to the rubber, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out to challenge the call.

Zenit cruises into Champions League group stage

10-man Zenit eases into Champions League group stage by beating Standard Liege 3-0 in playoffs
Rob Harris, The Associated Press

LONDON - Hulk scored twice as 10-man Zenit St. Petersburg cruised into the Champions League group stage after beating Standard Liege 3-0 on Tuesday, while former European champion Celtic was knocked out in the playoff round.

Already holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, Zenit's aggregate lead was extended through Jose Rondon's deflected header in the 30th minute and the Russian hosts could afford to have Viktor Fayzulin sent off before half time.

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