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Canadian rower Zeeman earns Olympic spot at worlds


Canadian rower Carling Zeeman continued her stellar season after securing a spot for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Zeeman advanced to the medal round of the world rowing championships with a third-place finish in the semifinals of the women’s single sculls Friday in Aiguebelette, France.

Beveridge adds to medal haul at track cycling Pan Am event


Allison Beveridge's stretch of medal performances continued Thursday with a silver in the women’s team pursuit at the track cycling Pan Am championships in Santiago, Chile. Three other Canadians medalled to give the team eight in two days of competition.

Nationals' Bryce Harper walks into history vs. Braves


Young Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper set a modern day record with four walks, four runs scored and a run batted in without a hit or an at-bat during Thursday night's 15-1 victory over Atlanta.

Schilling off ESPN baseball broadcasts for rest of 2015


ESPN says commentator Curt Schilling won't appear on the air for the next month in the wake of his anti-Muslim tweet. He won't be on telecasts for the rest of the regular season or the American League wild-card game on Oct. 6.

Travis Lulay, Lions quarterback, lost to injury in win over Alouettes

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John Beck came off the bench in relief of injured Travis Lulay to throw touchdown passes to Lavelle Hawkins and Austin Collie as the visiting B.C. Lions downed the Montreal Alouettes 25-16 on Thursday night.

Sidney Crosby of jiu jitsu

He is a multi-time world Brazilian jiu jitsu champion, and he just won his second straight ADCC Submission Fighting World Championship. His next stop is in Vernon.

Andre Galvao, hailed by many in the sport as one of the best jiu jitsu black belts in the world, will be teaching adult and children's seminars at North Okanagan Shuswap (NOS) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA in Vernon on Saturday.

NOS founder and head instructor Mario Deveault said having Galvao come to Vernon to train with local athletes is like having Sidney Crosby lace up with the Vernon Vipers.

“It's a big thing to have him come here and to have the chance to train with him,” said Deveault, who also has a NOS club in Salmon Arm.

“He's a very big name.”

Space is limited. For more information, call Deveault at 250-804-9262.

Canada's Nik Stauskas steps up in FIBA Americas win


Nik Stauskas scored 16 points and went 4-for-5 from 3-point range to lead Canada to a 82-62 win over Venezuela at the FIBA Americas men's basketball tourney on Thursday. He has his confidence back after struggling at the Olympic qualifier tune-up event.

U.S. Open: Andy Murray rallies from 2-set deficit to win


The third-seeded Murray beat 35th-ranked Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 on Thursday, dominating the last three sets.

Drouin withdraws from high jump at Diamond League meet


Fresh off his gold-medal performance at the world track and field championships, Canada's Derek Drouin was forced to pull out of Thursday’s Diamond League meet in Zurich, Switzerland, with what he described as a "flare up" of a potential injury.

Whoops! Eugenie Bouchard's doubles flub at U.S. Open

US Open Tennis

We'll have to blame this mental lapse on the scorching New York heat. Canada's Eugenie Bouchard saw a shot going long…but not if you consider that she was playing with doubles boundary lines.

Canada envy of the figure skating world


Canada is in the enviable position in the skating world with strength across the board in all disciplines. Nowhere is this more evident than in the pairs and ice dance disciplines, writes CBC analyst Pj Kwong.

Deflategate: 6 things you need to know

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Seven months. At least $3 million US spent on lawyers. Reports and responses and arbitration and appeals and even a college class in New England called "Deflategate." And it's not over yet.


Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to race in Breeders' Cup Classic


A few days of indecision over, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is back on schedule for the $5 million US Breeders' Cup Classic and a chance for a magical career-ending race.

Canadian women's water polo coach Begin resigns


Johanne Begin resigned as coach of Canada's women's water polo team Thursday, citing personal reasons for her decision. Begin took over role in November 2014, helping the team reach a fourth-place finish in the FINA World League and a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Blue Jays' Donaldson making run at AL MVP award


A front-runner to be the American League's Most Valuable Player as he leads the Toronto Blue Jays on a furious late-season run, Josh Donaldson leads the league with a .589 slugging percentage, 111 runs batted in, 304 total bases and 104 runs scored.

Ricky Ray returns to Argonauts practice


Ricky Ray is back practising with the Toronto Argonauts. The veteran quarterback was in his helmet and shoulder pads and throwing passes Thursday for the first time this season as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery.

Patrick Chan committed to being the best again


After a year of show skating and some well-deserved free time, Patrick Chan is ready to reclaim his spot atop the figuring skating world, writes CBC Sports analyst Pj Kwong.

Brady beats 'Deflategate'

A federal judge let the air out of "Deflategate" Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice."

Berman said Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game.

The suspension was "premised upon several significant legal deficiencies" including the failure to notify Brady of potential penalties, Berman wrote in his opinion, noting that an arbitrator's factual findings are generally not open to judicial challenge.

"Because there was no notice of a four-game suspension in the circumstances presented here, Commissioner Goodell may be said to have 'dispensed his own brand of industrial justice,'" Berman wrote, partially citing wording from a previous case.

Berman's ruling does not necessarily end the dispute. The league can appeal. Neither side's top lawyer immediately responded to an email seeking comment.

The judge said Brady had no notice of his possible suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others or participation in any scheme to deflate football and for not co-operating with an investigation.

"Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used performance enhancing drugs," Berman said.

Brady was also denied equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes, and didn't have a chance to examine one of two lead investigators, the judge said.

The written decision frees Brady to prepare for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The ruling was a surprise to some legal experts who believed Berman was merely pressuring the league to settle when he criticized its handling of the investigation and discipline over the last eight months.

The league brought the scandal to Berman's Manhattan courtroom immediately once Goodell upheld Brady's four-game suspension, blasting the quarterback for arranging the destruction of his cellphone and its nearly 10,000 messages just before he was interviewed for the NFL probe. The union countersued, said Brady did nothing wrong and asked the judge to nullify the suspension.

While the league investigation found it was "more probable than not" that two Patriots ball handling employees deliberately released air from Patriots game balls at January's 45-7 New England victory over the Indianapolis Colts, it cited no direct evidence that Brady knew about or authorized it.

Goodell, though, went beyond the initial investigation report, finding in late July as a result of testimony from Brady and others that the quarterback conspired with the ball handlers and tried to obstruct the league's probe, including by destroying his cellphone.

The commissioner said he concluded Brady "knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards" to ensure balls were deflated.

Berman attacked the league while questioning one of its lawyers at two hearings, citing a lack of proof against Brady and asking how Goodell settled on a four-game suspension instead of other discipline.

He warned the league that he had the authority to overturn its punishment of Brady if he found the NFL acted unfairly by refusing to deliver NFL Executive Vice-President Jeff Pash as a witness even though he worked on the NFL investigation.

Berman had repeatedly urged both sides to settle and tone down their rhetoric. At a hearing Monday attended by Brady and Goodell, the judge announced that both sides had "tried quite hard" to reach a deal in morning talks. But the case was left for him to decide.

As they negotiated, the sides attacked each other in court papers.

In one August court filing, the union said the four-game suspension displayed "a clearly biased agenda — not an effort at fairness and consistency," and it criticized Goodell's ruling upholding the suspension as a "smear campaign," a "propaganda piece written for public consumption."

In its papers, the NFL said there was "ample support" in evidence for the commissioner to conclude Brady was involved in efforts by the Patriots equipment personnel to deflate footballs.

The Canadian Press

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