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J.J. Watt Injury Puts Texans in Unenviable Position

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One man does not a team make. Unless… The Houston Texans, who on Wednesday announced J.J. Watt, their one-man defensive wrecking crew, has been placed on injured reserve, will be severely testing the sports cliche. Watt will miss at least eight games, possibly the remainder of the season, after incurring an undisclosed back injury last week. Either scenario is a ...

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Once Feared and Dominant, Zdeno Chara’s Decline Apparent at the World Cup of Hockey

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TORONTO — Zdeno Chara’s tower of terror routine is antiquated. It’s old, dated. Once a fearsome figure on the blue line, the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder from Slovakia is in the cooldown stage of a Hall of Fame-worthy career. There’s no counterargument to be made. Despite the dip in on-ice performance, Chara, an alternate captain for Team Europe here at the World ...

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Blue Jays Bullpen Throws Win Against Orioles

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, June 11, 2016. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Another brilliant effort by a Blue Jays starter wasn’t enough to off-set another bullpen collapse and more pop-gun offence. Francisco Liriano made the latest star turn, shutting out the Orioles over 6.1 innings on Wednesday, striking out 10, but Jason Grilli and then Roberto Osuna let him down, both surrendering big home runs as Baltimore pulled out a 3-2 win. ...

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Impact at Red Bulls: Five to Watch

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The Impact, with only one win in its last seven Major League Soccer games (1-4-2), will be in for a tough test Saturday night in New York against the Red Bulls, who are unbeaten in their last 12 (5-0-7). Here are four players and one coach to watch: Ignacio Piatti: The 31-year-old midfielder from Argentina is the Impact’s leading goal-scorer ...

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Stu Cowan: Some Fatherly Advice Helped Canadiens’ Daniel Carr Make it to NHL

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Here’s something most teenagers hate hearing: Father knows best. It’s probably not what Daniel Carr wanted to hear after every team took a pass on him when he was eligible for the NHL Draft. But guess what, kids? Often those words are true. “I think I had a little different outlook on it,” Carr said Friday after the Canadiens hit the ice for ...

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Puck Set to Drop on Maple Leafs Training Camp

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TORONTO — – The Toronto franchise’s 100th anniversary regular season is sure to be a huge production, with 24/7 media coverage, multiple story lines and plenty of self-aggrandizing bells and whistles along the way. Training camp? Not so much. The Maple Leafs begin their centennial on Thursday, with camp medicals eclipsed by the World Cup, which has taken away their building, their ...

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Crunch Time is Here for Blue Jays

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SEATTLE – People call it crunch time for a good reason. When you get to this point in a baseball season, there isn’t time left to be patient or philosophical or make excuses. It all has to happen now or it won’t happen at all. “You definitely feel the pressure more at the end of the season than you do during the ...

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Blue Jays Left Sitting in No. 2 Wild Card Spot After Another Loss to Angel

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. – As crisp and as fluid as the Blue Jays were in winning the first two games of this four-game trip to Angel Stadium, the last two dissolved into something that can only be described as bad baseball. That includes Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at the hands of the woeful Los Angeles Angels in the finale, sending Toronto on to Seattle ...

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Carroll and Seahawks Fined for Excessive Contact in OTA

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NEW YORK — Seattle coach Pete Carroll has been fined $200,000, the Seahawks have been fined $400,000 and will lose a fifth-round draft choice for violating the NFL’s work rules on contact in the off-season. The Seahawks will forfeit the draft pick in 2017 and also lose a week of organized team activities for allowing excessive contact in an OTA ...

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Team Europe’s Draisaitl Pots OT Against Czechs

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Ralph Krueger’s team has made lot of fans in Europe happy the past 72 hours — and maybe a few people in Las Vegas nervous. His team from eight non-traditional hockey nations is driving toward the World Cup semifinals after beating the Czech Republic 3-2, in what started as a Monday afternoon siesta and ended as an overtime thriller. Monday’s ...

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