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Patriots' Gronkowski fit for season opener

Rob Gronkowski

Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday.

Nelsen loses Toronto FC power struggle with Bezbatchenko


After a rocky 20 months at the helm of Toronto FC, Ryan Nelsen was fired by general manager Tim Bezbatchenko, who had been at odds with the coach.

Astros fire manager Bo Porter


The Houston Astros announced Monday they have fired manager Bo Porter and replaced him with Tom Lawless on an interim basis.

Dodgers' infield shift goes extreme


Needing to retire a pull hitter to escape a jam in extra innings, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly stacked the right side of his infield in an extreme example of baseball's trendy defensive shifts.

Argonauts-Ticats game underway at new Tim Hortons Field

Tim Hortons Field

It's not Ivor Wynne anymore: Here's what ticket-holders are experiencing as they come in to the new Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton today.

Unhappy TFC striker Defoe draws interest from Arsenal, QPR


English clubs are reportedly lining up to sign Jermain Defoe, with Arsenal joining Queens Park Rangers in the mix for the unsettled Toronto FC striker.


Rockets drop Giant exhibition

The Kelowna Rockets WHL pre-season record is all square at 1-1 after falling 6-1 to the Vancouver Giants in Delta Sunday night.

With the score tied 1-1 after two periods of play, the Giants scored five third period goals to pull away for the win.

European import Tomas Soustal was the lone Rocket to hit the scoresheet on Sunday. A native of the Czech Republic,

Soustal was playing his first game as a Rocket after being drafted by Kelowna in the CHL import draft earlier this summer.

Goalies Jake Morrissey and Christopher Tai split duties for the Rockets in net.

Morrissey played the first half of the game before giving way to Tai.

It was the second WHL preseason game of the weekend for Kelowna, which shutout Kamloops 5-0 at home on Saturday night.

The Rockets will continue the preseason next weekend as they travel back to the coast to take part in  a mini tournament with games against the Giants on Sept. 6 and against Victoria on Sept. 7.

Kelowna has one remaining home exhibition as it will host the Royals on Sept. 13 before opening the WHL regular season at home on Sept. 20 against Kamloops.

Tony Stewart's return to race track marred by collision


In his first event since his sprint car struck and killed a fellow driver, Tony Stewart slammed the wall twice and settled for a dismal 41st-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Canadian women's eight win silver at rowing worlds


Canada's women's eight captured a silver medal on the final day of the World Rowing Championships.

Jermain Defoe: Should Toronto FC let him go?


With the firing of Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen and five of his assistants on Sunday official, the attention now turns to striker Jermain Defoe, who reportedly wants out. So what should the Reds do with their star forward?

Jays get OF Mayberry Jr. from Phillies


The Toronto Blue Jays acquired outfielder John Mayberry Jr. from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league infielder Gustavo Pierre.

Serena Williams likes Milos Raonic's arm sleeve


Serena Williams inquired about the protective right-arm sleeve worn by Milos Raonic, asking the Canadian on Twitter if it would improve her serve.


Hamilton stadium, QB Collaros ready for Labour Day


Cleard to play after a concussion, Hamilton passer Zach Collaros will start against the Toronto Argonauts as the Ticats host the first-ever game at Tim Hortons Field on Labour Day (1 p.m. ET).

Chiefs' Alex Smith agrees to $68M extension: report


Quarterback Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed Sunday on a $68-million US extension that should keep him in Kansas City through the 2018 season, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press.

Eskimos QB Reilly a question for Labour Day game in Calgary


The mystery of Edmonton's starting quarterback for the Labour Day game in Calgary on Monday (4:30 p.m. ET) will extend into game day. Mike Reilly's thumb on his throwing hand has not completely healed since he injured it last week against Toronto.

Riders win Labour Day thriller against Bombers


Anthony Allen's 15-yard touchdown run with 28 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter was the difference as the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 35-30 on Sunday.

Former NHL all-star defenceman Vadnais dies at age 68


Former NHL defenceman and six-time all-star Carol Vadnais died Sunday at 68 years old.

U.S. rallies to beat Turkey at Basketball World Cup


Kenneth Faried scored 22 points, Anthony Davis all of his 19 in the second half, and the U.S. rebounded from a rare deficit at halftime to beat Turkey 98-77 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.

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