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Canada bid director says World Cup pitch for 2026 focuses on real grass

TORONTO — Unlike the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, a North America men's World Cup in 2026 would be played on natural grass.
After Mexico series win, Toronto FC turns attention to familiar rival in Montreal

After Mexico series win, Toronto FC turns attention to familiar rival in Montreal

TORONTO — Fresh from its Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal win over Mexico's Tigres, Toronto FC is pondering some injury question-marks and the prospect of playing on a "garbage" surface Saturday at Montreal's Olympic's Stadium MLS ch

Man gets 30 years for road rage killing of ex-CFL player

GRETNA, La. — The man convicted of manslaughter in the 2016 road rage shooting death of former CFL and NFL running back Joe McKnight was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday. Ronald Gasser, 56, had faced up to 40 years in prison.
Impact have signing in sight, but not in time for home opener vs TFC

Impact have signing in sight, but not in time for home opener vs TFC

MONTREAL — The Montreal Impact are searching for reinforcements after dropping their first two games of the Major League Soccer season, but no help is expected in time for their showdown Saturday with rival Toronto FC.
Senators have opportunity to play spoiler role to the hilt as season closes

Senators have opportunity to play spoiler role to the hilt as season closes

OTTAWA — His coach may dislike the word, but Ottawa forward Zack Smith says the Senators are determined to act as spoiler over the next three weeks.
Sports stars line up behind Putin, though some disagree

Sports stars line up behind Putin, though some disagree

MOSCOW — Most, but not all, of Russia's top sports stars are backing Vladimir Putin in this weekend's presidential election.

Edmonton Eskimos release veteran Canadian linebacker Cory Greenwood

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos released veteran Canadian linebacker Cory Greenwood on Thursday. Greenwood, 32, of Kingston, Ont., signed with Edmonton last season as a free agent but suffered a season-ending injury during training camp.
Supreme Court declines to hear Arland Bruce III's concussion case against CFL

Supreme Court declines to hear Arland Bruce III's concussion case against CFL

Arland Bruce III won't be having his day in court. The Supreme Court of Canada said Thursday it won't hear Bruce's concussion lawsuit against the CFL and former commissioner Mark Cohon. The decision came after two B.C.

Ottawa Redblacks sign defensive back Josh Johnson to one-year deal

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Redblacks shored up their secondary Thursday by signing American defensive back Josh Johnson to a one-year contract. Johnson appeared in eight games with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. He played for the B.C. Lions in 2014-15.
Star Canadian winger DTH van der Merwe returns to Glasgow Warriors

Star Canadian winger DTH van der Merwe returns to Glasgow Warriors

GLASOW, Scotland — Star winger DTH van der Merwe, Canada's all-time leading try-scorer, has re-joined the Glasgow Warriors.