Toronto FC steamroll Union to remain unbeaten at home

• Philadelphia Union 0, Toronto FC 3 (Giovinco 10′, Hasler 30′, Altidore 57′) • Giovinco scored team-leading 13th goal of the season • TFC unbeaten at home, with 11 wins and three draws TORONTO – “We haven’t won anything yet.” Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko wasn’t being a party pooper when speaking to Sportsnet earlier this week in the buildup to Wednesday’s home game against the Philadelphia Union. He simply wanted to remind his players that the MLS Cup is handed out in December, not August, and that they should stay focused as the regular season enters the final stretch. They took Bezbatchenko’s warning to heart. Sebastian Giovinco netted his… Read More

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Oleksiak, Canada win relay gold at world junior swimming championships

INDIANAPOLIS – Canada won gold in the women’s 4×200-metre freestyle relay on Wednesday during the opening day of the FINA world junior championships. Olympic star Penny Oleksiak along with Kayla Sanchez, Rebecca Smith and Taylor Ruck finished in a world junior record seven minutes 51.47 seconds — nearly six second faster than second place Russia. “Going into the race we were all pretty confident with what times we could go and to come out with the gold medal and a world junior record is pretty awesome,” said Oleksiak, who helped the senior team win two relay bronze medals at the FINA world championships in Budapest, Hungary, last month. Sanchez and… Read More

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Gary Sanchez show continues, Yankees rout Tigers again | Rapid reaction

Sanchez homers in firs inning, drives in three runs in Yankees’ 10-2 win in Detroit. DETROIT — Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier took notice the other day when he spotted catcher Gary Sanchez huddled with a coach in the clubhouse kitchen. An hour later, the discussion finally broke up. 6 Yankees things to know | Innings limit for Severino? The topic was Sanchez’ behind-the-plate skills, which were called out by manager Joe Girardi earlier this month but have greatly improved ever since. “Everybody talks about his defense, but he’s been working,” Frazier said. “One of the coaches was showing him what he’s doing right, what he’s doing right. And he… Read More

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Rich Hill loses no-hit bid on HR in 10th, Pirates top Dodgers

PITTSBURGH — Dodgers lefty Rich Hill lost his perfect game on an error in the ninth inning, then lost his no-hitter on a leadoff home run in the 10th by Josh Harrison that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates over Los Angeles 1-0 Wednesday night. Hill became the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1995 to take a no-hit try into extra innings. The Pirates didn’t have a runner until Jordy Mercer led off the ninth with a sharp grounder that third baseman Logan Forsythe misplayed for an error. Hill retired the next three batters. Hill (9-5) came back out for the 10th and Harrison sent his 99th pitch of the night… Read More

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T.J. Oshie tries to temper expectations for Capitals’ season

Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie is trying to calm expectations for his team ahead of the upcoming season. “I don’t expect us to run away with it like we did the past couple years in the regular season,” Oshie said in an interview with NHL.com. The Capitals won the Presidents Trophy for the second consecutive year this past season but were bounced from the playoffs by the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins. This off-season, the Capitals have seen many veteran players depart, including Justin Williams (Carolina), Marcus Johansson (New Jersey), Karl Alzner (Montreal), Kevin Shattenkirk (New York Rangers) and Nate Schmidt (Vegas). Oshie, who signed an eight-year, $46-million contract in… Read More

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Cibulkova rallies to reach Connecticut Open quarters

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia rallied to beat Alize Cornet of France 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Wednesday night to reach the Connecticut Open quarterfinals. Cibulkova will face sixth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia on Thursday in the U.S. Open tuneup event at The Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. Pavlyuchenkova beat Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (3), 6-0. Belguim’s Kirsten Flipkens set up a quarterfinal against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova, beating Romania’s Ana Bogdan 6-1, 7-6 (1). Gavrilova advanced Tuesday. China’s Zhang Shuai beat Poland’s Magda Linette 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3. Zhang will face Belgium’s Elise Mertens, a winner Tuesday. In the other quarterfinal, top-seeded defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska… Read More

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