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Germany seals World Cup place with 3-1 victory in Belfast

Germany seals World Cup place with 3-1 victory in Belfast

BELFAST, Ireland — Defending champion Germany booked its place at next year's World Cup and stayed perfect in qualifying by beating Northern Ireland 3-1 on Thursday.
Lewandowski hat trick puts Poland close to qualifying

Lewandowski hat trick puts Poland close to qualifying

YEREVAN, Armenia — Robert Lewandowski scored a hat trick to become Poland's all-time highest scorer and put his team on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup after beating Armenia 6-1 on Thursday.
Raptors sign combo guard Norman Powell to a four-year contract extension

Raptors sign combo guard Norman Powell to a four-year contract extension

TORONTO — At the Toronto Raptors' media day to kick off the new season, Norman Powell spoke earnestly about the huge opportunity that awaited him.
Alouettes DB Tevaughn Campbell to join rugby sevens squad after CFL season

Alouettes DB Tevaughn Campbell to join rugby sevens squad after CFL season

Fresh off a history-making World Series season, Canadian rugby sevens coach Damian McGrath has unveiled a 2017-18 roster that sees some crossover from the 15s team and the inclusion of Montreal Alouettes speedster Tevaughn Campbell.

Canada midfielder Scott Arfield wears his heart on his sleeve -- and on his back

ALLISTON, Ont. — Canadian international Scott Arfield wears his heart on his sleeve — and his back. The Scottish-born midfielder wears No.
Having made the Canucks, Boeser and Virtanen know the hard part is yet to come

Having made the Canucks, Boeser and Virtanen know the hard part is yet to come

VANCOUVER — Brock Boeser spent some nervous days in his hotel room, wondering if he had done enough in training camp and pre-season to stick with the Vancouver Canucks.
President of Brazilian Olympic Committee arrested

President of Brazilian Olympic Committee arrested

RIO DE JANEIRO — The president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee was arrested on Thursday amid an investigation into a vote-buying scheme to bring the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

Vernon, B.C., ultra athlete Shanda Hill tests her endurance in latest race

VERNON, B.C. — Ultra marathon veteran Shanda Hill from Vernon, British Columbia, is jumping right into her next test of endurance after completing a 2,260-kilometre race in Switzerland just over a month ago.
Ottawa Senators sign defenceman Mark Borowiecki to two-year extension

Ottawa Senators sign defenceman Mark Borowiecki to two-year extension

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators signed defenceman Mark Borowiecki to a US$2.4-million, two-year contract extension on Thursday. Borowiecki had three points in a career-high 70 games last season and led the NHL in hits (364) and penalty minutes (154).
Heartfelt: watching hockey could affect fans with  cardiovascular disease: study

Heartfelt: watching hockey could affect fans with cardiovascular disease: study

TORONTO — With hockey season now underway, here's something for fans to take to heart: a new study suggests the excitement of watching one's favourite team, either live or on TV, can have a profound effect on the cardiovascular system, in some cases