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RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil is bringing back Dunga to coach the national football team, four years after he was fired from the same job.

Tuesday's hiring comes two weeks after Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals.

The 50-year-old Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week after Brazil failed to win football's premier event on its home soil.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Testifying that there is a professional etiquette to beaning batters, a former major league pitcher says he did not intentionally hit Jose Offerman during a 2007 independent minor league game, setting off a brawl.

Matt Beech gave a video deposition that was presented to jurors Monday in the civil trial of Offerman, who is being sued by former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans.

GLASGOW, Scotland - When Susan Nattrass walks into a competition venue these days, she pauses to take a good look around, and composes a mental picture.

"And I take a lot of photos. Because I want to have that memory," Nattrass said.

The 63-year-old trap shooter will carry Canada's flag into the opening ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, and she plans to soak up every moment.

GLASGOW, Scotland - A wrong turn changed Tim Mason's life.

Having just moved to West Vancouver, B.C., he was in search of a local community centre and a new gym when he got his directions confused and stumbled upon some lawn bowlers.

"I had played every sport under the sun — had a cup of coffee in the minors for hockey, played tennis, golf ... you name it," Mason recalled this week. "I parked the jeep, walked through the gate and said 'What do I do? I've never seen this before.'

"Now ten years later I'm out here for the Commonwealth Games."

CLEVELAND - Andrew Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavaliers. It's still not clear if he'll play for them.

A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavs will sign the No. 1 overall pick to his deal, an agreement that would prevent any potential trade involving the small forward from being completed for 30 days.

TORONTO - B.C. Lions running back Andrew Harris is the CFL's top Canadian for the second week in a row while teammate Emmanuel Arceneaux is the league's top offensive player of the week.

The pair were consistently dangerous in the Lions' decisive 41-5 win over Montreal on Saturday. Arceneaux caught eight receptions for 145 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, while Winnipeg native Harris had four receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown and 12 carries for 72 yards.

TORONTO - Brendan Shanahan made his first significant front-office move as Toronto Maple Leafs president on Tuesday by hiring Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager.

Dubas, who served as GM of the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, is a major proponent of advanced statistics in hockey, and his addition to the Leafs under Shanahan and general manager Dave Nonis could signal a shift in organizational philosophy.

Douglas Costa says he and his fellow players who are refusing to return to Ukrainian champion Shakhtar Donetsk do so because the conflict in the country puts their lives at risk.

Costa and five other South American players refused to leave France last weekend with the rest of the team to return to Donetsk for Shakhtar's first match of the season on Tuesday.

The players "all run a deadly risk if we are in the region," Costa said on his Instagram page. He said all six absentees wanted to train in Switzerland during the conflict, and were not seeking a transfer.

TORONTO - Dominic Moore has come a long way in a short period of time.

Two years ago he stepped away from hockey to be with his wife, Katie, who was battling a rare form of liver cancer that claimed her life in January 2013 at the age of 32. Moore returned to the ice last fall with the New York Rangers and played a role in their run to the Stanley Cup final.

MADRID - A week after finishing the World Cup as the tournament's top scorer with six goals, Colombia forward James Rodriguez signed a six-year deal with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Rodriguez, who helped Colombia reach the quarterfinals in Brazil, passed a medical examination at the Sanitas Clinic in the northern suburb of La Moraleja and will be presented to fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

"I'm very happy," Rodriguez said as he left the clinic. "Everything went well."

Prince Albert to host Provincial ‘C’ Men's Fastball championships
By Drew Wilson paNOW Staff

The Provincial Men's Fastball ‘C’ championship will be decided Sunday at Prince Albert's Prime Minister's park.

The R&W Pirates and Liteway Electric Blue Jays will be representing Prince Albert.

Curtis Bradbury, who plays for R&W, is also one of the organizers. He said it's been a long time since Prince Albert has hosted a provincial championship at this level.

He said putting on a tournament of this calibre starts with a strong organizing committee.

Monday's Games

MLB

American League

Texas 4 N.Y. Yankees 2

Boston 14 Toronto 1

Minnesota 4 Cleveland 3

Chicago White Sox 3 Kansas City 1

Baltimore 4 L.A. Angels 2

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National League

L.A. Dodgers 5 Pittsburgh 2

San Francisco 7 Philadelphia 4

Miami 3 Atlanta 1 (10 innings)

Milwaukee 5 Cincinnati 2

Washington 7 Colorado 2

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Interleague

Detroit 4 Arizona 3

Seattle 5 N.Y. Mets 2

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FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is due back in court for a status hearing in his Massachusetts murder case.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was found in June 2013 near Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

Lloyd, of Boston, was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Two friends of Hernandez's from Bristol, Connecticut, also have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the case.

The hearing is scheduled Tuesday morning in Superior Court in Fall River.

TORONTO - Italian soccer fans in Toronto didn't get to experience the "once in a lifetime" opportunity to see one of soccer's greatest talents, Roberto Baggio. They were, however, treated to a 2-0 Italian victory over Portugal in Monday's legends match at BMO Field.

Simone Barone scored late in the first half and Marco Del Vecchio scored early in the second securing the victory for Italy.

The event was focused around the opportunity to see Baggio, who was relegated to participating in a pre-game ceremonial first kick due to a knee injury.

TORONTO - When Drew Hutchison got to the dugout after striking out David Ortiz to end an easy first inning, the Blue Jays starter had nine strikes on 10 pitches and every reason to believe he had his best stuff.

Some of his worst followed.

Hutchison unravelled quickly from there as he and his Toronto teammates got shelled by the Boston Red Sox in a 14-1 loss Monday night at Rogers Centre.

"Just, I guess you could say, one of those nights," Hutchison said. "It wasn't good, it was bad. It was probably more than bad."

DALLAS - The Big 12 Conference has assigned a female official to work one of its games for the first time in league history.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday that Catherine "Cat" Conti will be on the crew for Kansas' season opener at home Sept. 6 against Southeast Missouri State.

While calling this a good opportunity for Conti and the league, Bowlsby says Big 12 officiating supervisor Walt Anderson assigned Conti "because she is just a darned good official."

Bowlsby says Conti, a Southland Conference official, has paid her dues.

Herperger handles Cooke in 1st round of Sask Men's amateur
By Drew Wilson

paNOW Staff

A warm day with great conditions and the course has never been in better shape. That meant low scores on day one of the Saskatchewan men's amateur golf championships at Cooke Municipal golf course in Prince Albert.

Humboldt's Mike Herperger drained six birdies on his way to a 5-under-par-66 and a one shot lead over Unity's Justin Wood.

Clayton Mullis turned in the best round of the day among the Prince Albert contingent with a 3-under-68 to sit alone in third.

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were back on the field Monday for the first time since they fell 26-3 to the Edmonton Eskimos last week, their first loss of the season, and with five quarterbacks throwing balls it looked at times like training camp all over.

In some ways, maybe it is, because the Bombers know they have to find ways to correct flaws in their game that Mike Reilly and the Eskimos did a very handy job of exploiting.

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The National Baseball Hall of Fame says next month's gala concert featuring the Boston Pops and Paul Simon has been cancelled. No reason was given.

The Aug. 2 event was to have been part of the museum's 75th anniversary celebration.

The Hall of Fame said Monday that LGH19 Productions has asked ticket holders to go to www.cooperstownconcert.com for more information. Hall spokesman Brad Horn is referring questions to LGH19 Production.

Attempts to reach the promoter for comment were unsuccessful.

TORONTO - After failing to qualify for this summer's FIBA World Cup, the Canadian men's basketball team is making sure it's prepared to make a run at the 2016 Olympics.

Canada is in the midst of a three-day training camp in Toronto to gear up for 11-game exhibition trip through Europe. The goal is to have Canada play competitive teams in hostile environments to try and duplicate the valuable international experience the World Cup would have provided.

TORONTO - With one-fifth of its MLS schedule crammed into 28 days in July, Toronto FC players could be forgiven for wishing that Wednesday's friendly match with England's Tottenham was another time.

Even former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe, the man of the moment whose transfer to Toronto prompted such strengthening of ties between the two clubs, is keeping the BMO Field friendly in perspective.

TORONTO - Sergio Santos is leaving Toronto, but the Blue Jays hope his absence is temporary.

The Blue Jays designated the right-handed former closer for assignment Monday, which meant putting him on waivers because he was out of minor league options.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos hopes the 31-year-old can get back into major-league form while pitching for triple-A Buffalo, provided he clears waivers Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES - The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling's properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion.

GLASGOW, Scotland - Chantal Petitclerc has watched the Maple Leaf go up to the sounds of O Canada countless times over her illustrious 20-year career as a wheelchair racer.

Monday afternoon, she wore the smile of a proud parent when the Canadian team marched in for the traditional flag-raising ceremony at the Commonwealth Games athletes village.

MOSCOW - Another sports power couple's engagement is off.

Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012.

Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were "a lot of reasons" behind her decision.