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Young Canadian women's rugby team faces tough challenge in world No. 2 England

Captain Laura Russell leads a green starting 15, featuring nine players making their test debut or first start, when Canada takes on second-ranked England on Friday in the first of a three-match women's rugby series.
Maple Leafs star centre Auston Matthews to miss fourth game with injury

Maple Leafs star centre Auston Matthews to miss fourth game with injury

TORONTO — Injured Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews will miss a fourth straight game tonight when Toronto hosts the New Jersey Devils.
Montreal-based Beterbiev looking for more after taking IBF title

Montreal-based Beterbiev looking for more after taking IBF title

MONTREAL — Only five days after winning the International Boxing Federation light heavyweight title, Artur Beterbiev was back at work. It seems that the Russian, who has been based in Montreal since 2013, is not big on partying.
Paraguay judge approves extradition of soccer official Leoz

Paraguay judge approves extradition of soccer official Leoz

ASUNCION, Paraguay — A judge in Paraguay approved the extradition of Nicolas Leoz, the former president of South America's soccer confederation, on Thursday. The 89-year-old Leoz is charged in a corruption scandal being investigated by the U.S.
Ex-France minister has to pay damages to Nadal

Ex-France minister has to pay damages to Nadal

PARIS — Former French minister for health and sport Roselyne Bachelot was ordered to pay 10,000 euros ($11,800) in damages to Rafael Nadal on Thursday after accusing him of doping.
Canadian men's rugby team looks for bounce-back performance against Spain

Canadian men's rugby team looks for bounce-back performance against Spain

Canada coach Kingsley Jones remembers making short work of Spain during his days with Gloucester. Then captain of the English club side, Jones enjoyed 42-19 and 47-7 wins over the Spaniards in European Shield play during the 1999-2000 season.
Russian Olympic hopes in peril after drug agency criticism

Russian Olympic hopes in peril after drug agency criticism

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — The World Anti-Doping Agency placed Russia's fate for the upcoming Winter Olympics on perilous ground, refusing to reinstate the country's suspended anti-doping operation while Russia remained insistent the government is n

CAS rules FIFA wrong to fine Mexico for fans' gay slur chant

GENEVA — FIFA was judged wrong to fine Mexico's soccer federation for fans chanting gay slurs at opposition goalkeepers at World Cup qualifying games.
Stampeders shrug off losses ahead of CFL West final versus Eskimos

Stampeders shrug off losses ahead of CFL West final versus Eskimos

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampeders are aware of the doubts. After all, they created them.
FIFA trial defence lawyers grill key government witness

FIFA trial defence lawyers grill key government witness

NEW YORK — Defence attorneys began cross-examining a key government witness at the U.S.