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With the Ryder Cup set to tee off Friday, the United States once again has the "best" team on paper. But that hasn't stopped Europe in recent years, and the so-called underdogs are gearing up for another fight to prove they belong.
The Rome city council backed Mayor Virginia Raggi's decision to reject the capital's bid for the 2024 Olympics on Thursday.
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In Wednesday's 5-3 pre-season loss to Vancouver, Connor McDavid played on a line with Jordan Eberle and new Oiler Milan Lucic. The trio showed flashes of offensive chemistry, but couldn't impact the scoresheet.
The price tag of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could exceed 3 trillion yen ($30 billion US) unless drastic cost-cutting measures are taken and several key venues are relocated, an expert panel warned Thursday in the latest blow to Japanese organizers.
Anton Rodin scored the winning goal as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 in pre-season action Wednesday night at Roger Arena.
Joseph LaBate, defenceman Troy Stecher, with a goal and an assist, Brendan Gaunce, and Erik Gudbranson also scored for Vancouver (1-0-1) in its first home pre-season game.
Drake Caggiula scored twice and Griffin Reinhart had a goal for Edmonton (2-1-0).
With Oiler Benoit Pouliot off for tripping late in the third, Rodin one timed a beautiful pass from Stecher for the go-ahead goal with just over four minutes left to play.
Hulking defenceman Gudbranson, who came to Vancouver in a trade with the Florida Panthers last May, scored in his debut for the Canucks.
He spent much of his night facing down speedy Oilers phenom Connor McDavid, who made his pre-season debut playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. He played on a line with Jordan Eberle and new Oiler — and Vancouver native — Milan Lucic. The trio almost got one past goalie Ryan Miller on a odd-man rush midway through the first.
Vancouver opening the scoring on the power play at 7:40 when Richmond, B.C., product Stecher fired in a wrist shot from the point that cleared traffic and beat Jonas Gustavsson on the glove side.
Edmonton quickly responded on a gaffe from Miller. The goalie lost the puck behind the net and Patrick Maroon took advantage, passing to Caggiula out front to tie the game 1-1.
The Canucks regained the lead as Gaunce, from the slot, shot the puck over Gustavsson's blocker. However, the Oilers tied it on two-man advantage with Caggiula's second straight just before the period's end.
Stecher and Caggiula are both University of North Dakota hockey alums.
Canucks goalie prospect Thatcher Demko entered the game midway through the second as Miller exited with 15 saves. LaBate gave him a cushion as Alex Edler found the streaking winger with a great cross-ice pass to make it 3-2.
But Edmonton equalized again as Reinhart blasted one from the top of the face-off circle with under a minute left in the period.
Nick Ellis replaced Gustavsson to start the third. Gustavsson finished with 14 saves on 17 shots.
Maroon took a hard check in the corner and limped to the locker-room favouring his left knee midway through the third. He did not return.
Gudbranson added the empty-netter at 18:34.
Midfielder Cristian Techera scored twice and set up two other goals as the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Central FC Sharks 4-1 in a CONCACAF Champions League group play match Wednesday night.
Blas Perez and Masota Kudo also scored for Vancouver, who solidified first place in the Championship League Group C with a 4-0-0 record for 12 points. Central FC, from Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, dropped to 0-2-1 for one point.
Midfielder Sean De Silva scored for Central FC.
Techera, whose nickname is The Bug, has scored five goals in group play.
Techera gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead off a penalty kick in the 22nd minute. The penalty was awarded after Perez was hauled down in the box by defender Keion Goodridge, who was given a yellow card.
The native of Paysandu, Uruguay scored by chipping a shot past goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, bringing a huge cheer from the crowd of 14,327 at BC Place Stadium.
Techera made it 4-1 Vancouver in the 70th minute, knocking a pass from midfielder Marcel de Jong into the Sharks' goal.
Perez opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Techera started the play by moving the ball across the front of the Central FC net, then dropping a pass back to Perez. The Panama City native made no mistake, shooting into a wide-open goal.
De Silva got Central FC on the board in the 44th minute.
The Sharks were awarded a free kick after Vancouver defender Kendall Waston fouled Darren Mitchell. De Silva's shot from about 20 yards out sailed high into the net over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Paola Tornaghi.
Vancouver went ahead 3-1 in the 49th minute. Techera feathered a pass across the front of the net that Kudo punched past Williams.
Perez looked to have scored another goal in the second half but the play was ruled offside.
Coming into the match the Whitecaps had already secured a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals playoffs. What Vancouver wanted was to improve its seeding in the knockout stage, which starts early next year.
Finishing among the top four teams means a club plays the second game of the two-match, second-round series at home. The first determination for seeding is points followed by goal differential.
Vancouver has a plus-eight goal differential after the opening round.
The Boston Red Sox have won the AL East despite a 5-3 loss to the New York Yankees, clinching the division championship when the Toronto Blue Jays lost to Baltimore.
Pinch-hitter Hyun Soo Kim hit a two-run homer off Roberto Osuna in the ninth inning as the Baltimore Orioles came back for a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday at Rogers Centre.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 30 games on Wednesday night, the longest in the majors this season.
Somber Miami Marlins players and personnel escorted a hearse carrying the body of star pitcher Jose Fernandez from the team's ballpark Wednesday, as the farewell for their beloved teammate marched on.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos voiced their support for Colin Kaepernick and other athletes staging national anthem protests, 48 years after they raised their gloved fists on the medals stand in a symbolic protest at the Olympics.
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