Croatia’s hopes at Euro 2016 ride on the star-making emergence of Ivan Perisic off the Wing

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PARIS — Few people cared when Ivan Perisic scored two years ago at Arena Amazonia. The World Cup match wasn’t in question. Croatia was in full control. Cameroon was a joke. We were in Manaus, a Brazilian outpost in the Amazon, batting away palm-sized moths while wondering if the match had been fixed. Cameroon’s Alex Song was sent off after ...

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Ronaldo Scores 2 in Portugal’s 3-3 Draw with Hungary

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The Portugal winger erupted from his scoring slump on Wednesday, netting his first two goals at the European Championship and putting his team into the round of 16. Ronaldo’s strikes, the first with a spectacular back heel and the second with a header, helped Portugal earn a 3-3 draw with Hungary, sending both teams through. “Our priority was to win ...

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Ireland Beats Italy 1-0 to Advance to Round of 16

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LILLE, France — A late goal from Robby Brady proved enough for Ireland to beat Italy 1-0 on Wednesday and secure a place for his team in the knockout stages of the European Championship. Brady’s 85th minute header ended Ireland’s 22-year wait for a competitive win over Italy and guaranteed that the team ended up as one of the best ...

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‘This Kid Loves to Play:’ Raptors’ Masai Ujiri Tickled to Land Big Man Jakob Poeltl in Draft

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TORONTO — Born to parents of national team volleyball players in Austria, where basketball remains a fringe sport, Jakob Poeltl didn’t exactly take the most straightforward route to the NBA. But he’s here now and he couldn’t be happier. That happiness is shared equally by the men who spent two years keeping tabs on him as a rising NCAA star at ...

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Lloyd Barker: Impact Needs to Pack More Punch at Home

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Lost in the hype of the European Championship and the Copa America tournament was the return of Major League Soccer. The Montreal Impact visited the Columbus Crew last Saturday and played to a 0-0 stalemate that would have done very little to convince skeptics who persistently question the quality of MLS play. It was an uneventful affair, to put it mildly. Here are my pros ...

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Draft 2016: Canadiens Pick Sergachev, Trade Eller, Acquire Hawks’ Shaw

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BUFFALO. N.Y. — The Canadiens added some high-end defensive help for the future when they selected defenceman Mikhail Sergachev with the ninth overall pick in the NHL entry draft Friday night at the First Niagara Center. Sergachev is a two-way defenceman with the ability to put up offensive numbers. The Russian native had 17 goals and 40 assists in 67 ...

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Alouettes Start Season With a Win in Winnipeg

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WINNIPEG — Championships are not won in the opening week of the regular season, but a team’s character often can start to be defined. And there’s no better way to start a year than a victory on the road. The Alouettes, who missed the playoffs in 2015 with a 6-12 record, started a new season Friday night with a 22-14 ...

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Pick-by-pick Breakdown of the NBA Draft

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Postmedia’s Ryan Wolstat serves up his take on each player selected in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft … 1. Philadelphia: Ben Simmons — Immensely talented Aussie, highly skilled, but must get a jumper. 2. L.A. Lakers: Brandon Ingram — Might end up best player in class. Projects as big-time scorer. 3. Boston: Jaylen Brown — First shocker. ...

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Pitching Concerns Could Force Jays’ Hand

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As the Blue Jays approach the midpoint of the 2016 season, it’s safe to say they are within the performance range they hoped they’d be at its start. They sit six games over .500 and have stayed right with the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at the top of the American League East, close enough that one hot ...

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Lawyer Seeks Plea Deal, Doubts Johnny Manziel Can Stay Clean

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DALLAS – An attorney handling Johnny Manziel’s domestic violence case expressed doubts about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback’s ability to stay clean and said he was given a receipt that shows Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store just 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash, according to a lengthy text message accidentally sent to ...

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