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LAS VEGAS - Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George suffered a gruesome right leg injury late in the U.S. national team's intrasquad scrimmage Friday night.

George leaped to contest a fast-break layup by James Harden with 9:33 left in the fourth quarter and his leg smashed against the bottom of the backboard stanchion and crumpled.

MONTREAL - Coach Scott Milanovich says his Toronto Argonauts are getting better.

They played with discipline, stuffed Montreal's offence and got a big game from running back Steve Slaton in a 31-5 defeat of the punchless Alouettes on Friday night.

The Argonauts (2-4) ended a three-game losing skid and, despite their record, moved into first place in the woeful CFL East Division.

"It was big," said Milanovich. "The big thing was we bought into what it takes to win.

HOUSTON - Gregorio Petit's first career home run put Houston on top in the eighth inning and the Astros held on for a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night, snapping Toronto's six-game winning streak.

The game was tied at 1-1 when Petit launched Aaron Loup's first pitch into the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field to give the Astros the lead. Jose Altuve connected on the next pitch by Loup (3-3) for a ground-rule double before stealing third base.

Houston got an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Robbie Grossman.

Friday's Games

(All Times Eastern)

CFL

Toronto 31 Montreal 5

B.C. at Calgary, 10 p.m.

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MLB

American League

Baltimore 2 Seattle 1

Cleveland 12 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 5 Tampa Bay 3

Boston 4 N.Y. Yankees 3

Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.

Houston 3 Toronto 1

Kansas City at Oakland, 9:35 p.m.

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National League

Philadelphia 2 Washington 1

Cincinnati 5 Miami 2

San Francisco 5 N.Y. Mets 1

Milwaukee at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.

MONTREAL - Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back from injury and looking forward to getting on the court at this year's Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Forced to deal with a hamstring injury that has bothered her for months, Kvitova is on the mend and excited to play in the weeklong Canadian Open, a tournament she won in 2012.

AKRON, Ohio - Sergio Garcia doesn't know anything about being in a zone. He had no trouble identifying the best round of his career.

Garcia one-putted the final 11 holes and made birdies on his last seven holes Friday in the Bridgestone Invitational to tie the course record at Firestone with a 9-under 61 and take a three-shot lead into the weekend.

He had a birdie putt on every hole on the back nine, missing only a 15-footer from the fringe at No. 11. Garcia shot 27 on the back nine, a course record.

TORONTO - Novak Djokovic heard the names of the players he could face in his opening match at the Rogers Cup and buried his head in his arms. The world's top men's tennis player didn't need that big of a test out of the gate.

Djokovic wasn't happy about having to see either 22nd-ranked Gael Monfils or 35th-ranked Radek Stepanek right away, and he could've done without Andy Murray being in his quarter of the draw, picked Friday afternoon at Queen's Park. But beyond his tough road that awaits at the Toronto tournament, Djokovic can't help but smile given his recent fortune.

GLASGOW, Scotland - Canada's Cam Levins powered down the homestretch and onto his first international medal podium — no longer an "also-ran."

The 25-year-old from Black Creek, B.C., won bronze in the men's 10,000 metres at the Commonwealth Games on Friday with a spectacular kick down the stretch that had him leading until five metres to go.

The medal was validation for his move to Oregon last year, to train with a who's-who of distance running that includes British star Mo Farah and American Galen Rupp.

Finally on Friday night, Levins felt he belonged.

WASHINGTON - There was little reason to think Donald Young would make a deep run at the Citi Open.

The left-handed American arrived at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open on a four-match losing streak. He was 10-13 this season. He hadn't reached the semifinals at any tour-level event in three years.

Young insists he believed in himself — more than he used to. After four victories in a row, three against seeded opponents, Young is back in an ATP semifinal, getting there by beating No. 7 Kevin Anderson 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Friday at the Citi Open.

GLASGOW, Scotland - Canada's Ryan Bester is confident a Commonwealth Games gold medal is in his future.

He will just have to wait a little longer.

Bester grabbed an early lead before Scotland's Darren Burnett took over and ran away with the men's singles lawn bowling final 21-9 on Friday.

It was a disappointing end to the tournament for Bester, who was looking for Canada's first-ever gold at the Games in lawn bowling — a sport also commonly referred to as lawn bowls.

OTTAWA - When opportunity knocks, Henry Burris says the Ottawa Redblacks must answer the call.

The veteran quarterback says the CFL expansion team has often been its worst enemy this season with bad penalties and an inability to consistently convert scoring chances into touchdowns. A case in point was Ottawa's 33-23 road loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday when the Redblacks put several solid drives together but either came away with no points or settled for field goals.

GLASGOW, Scotland - Reacting to sensationalistic headlines such as "Ebola Terror at Commonwealth Games" in a British newspaper, officials said on Friday that a Sierra Leone cyclist passed tests for the Ebola virus and competed.

"There is no Ebola in the athletes' village," a games statement said. "We can confirm an athlete was tested for a number of things when he fell ill last week, including Ebola. The tests were negative and the athlete competed in his event on Thursday.

TORONTO - His family isn't too happy about it but former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva says he can't wait to return to the cage after a lengthy layoff from a gruesome leg injury.

The 39-year-old Brazilian is due to make his comeback Jan. 31 against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in Las Vegas.

Silva (33-6) has not fought since breaking his leg last December in a fight against middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 168. The Brazilian star collapsed in the cage after his leg essentially shattered when Weidman checked his kick.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks will retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8 jersey in a ceremony on Jan. 11.

The Ducks announced plans for the franchise's first number retirement Friday.

Anaheim will raise Selanne's jersey to the Honda Center rafters on "Teemu Tribute Night" when they host the Winnipeg Jets, Selanne's first NHL team.

"Teemu is our franchise icon and deserves to be the first player in club history to have his jersey retired," Ducks owner Henry Samueli said in a statement. "His dedication to this franchise and our community is unmatched."

GLASGOW, Scotland - Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., successfully defended her Commonwealth Games title on one-metre springboard in diving action Friday at the Commonwealth Games.

Abel took the title with 287.25 points with Maddison Keeney second at 281.95 and fellow Australian Estehr Qin third at 278.65.

Pamela Ware of Beloeil, Que., was sixth and Emma Friesen of Victoria 11th.

It was a second medal for Abel, runner-up on three-metre synchro with Ware on Wednesday. Canada now has five diving medals (three gold, a silver and bronze) after three days of competition.

Canadian Native Fastball Championships underway
paNOW Staff

The 2014 Canadian Native Fastball Championships are underway this weekend in Prince Albert.

James Smith First Nation, one of the tournament’s two hosts, had two teams play in the opening day Friday at Lion’s Park.

The James Smith Indians lost 10-0 to Brown Towne in the Senior Men’s Division, while the James Smith Master’s team dropped an 8-3 scoreline to Canoe Lake.

GLASGOW, Scotland - The Commonwealth Games didn't begin as planned for Ellie Black and the rest of Canada's gymnastics team.

For her, Friday's gold-medal performance in the beam event was validation.

"Yes, I wanted to come out and stay on the beam and try to do it the best I could. So to stay on the beam, and then with that support at the end, it was just great," Black said.

TORONTO - P.K. Subban will soon have a contract to play next season for the Montreal Canadiens, though not the way either side wanted it to happen.

Unable to hammer out a deal, Subban and the Habs went to arbitration Friday morning. As participants left, it was all too clear the hearing didn't go particularly well.

Subban emerged from a meeting room at a downtown Toronto hotel and was measured in his comments but shied way from discussing what was said behind closed doors. He called it "an educational process."

CLEVELAND - An Ohio lawmaker wants to give the state's motorists the chance to score a license plate honouring LeBron James.

State Rep. Bill Patmon is planning to introduce legislation to permit the sale of a commemorative "LeBron James Witness 2.0" plate honouring the Akron native's decision return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"When LeBron came home, it was a big deal for us," said the Democrat from Cleveland. "It might not be for the rest of the world, but it's a big deal for Cleveland."

MARCOUSSIS, France - A superb performance from Magali Harvey led Canada to a 31-7 rout of Spain on Friday at the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup.

Harvey led Canada's offence with 26 points on three tries, four conversions and a penalty.

Mandy Marchak had the other try for Canada.

Canada dominated the game and came close to a shutout before Spain scored a try with a few minutes left on the clock.

Canada next plays Samoa on Tuesday.

GLASGOW, Scotland - A 16-year-old Nigerian weightlifter was stripped of her Commonwealth Games gold medal on Friday because of a positive doping test, a case that raised concerns about how such a young athlete had access to banned substances.

Chika Amalaha tested positive for diuretics and masking agents after winning the 53-kilogram (117-pound) division last week, becoming the youngest female to win a weightlifting title at a Commonwealth Games.

The gold now goes to Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea.

MONTREAL - It's time to see how the Montreal Impact respond to this week's front office shakeup.

The last-place Impact (3-12-5) face rival Toronto FC at Saputo Stadium on Saturday evening in its first game since owner and president Joey Saputo removed his friend Nick De Santis as sporting director and gave head coach Frank Klopas full control of the squad.

GLASGOW, Scotland - It was at the Commonwealth Games 20 years ago in Victoria that Daniel Igali decided to leave the Nigerian wrestling team and seek political asylum in Canada.

Thursday night he sat ringside, watching the wrestling at the Commonwealth Games. With him he had the flag of Nigeria and the Maple Leaf — appropriate for the former wrestler who is a hero in both countries.

"Of course, any time Canada is wrestling, I'm there cheering," Igali said. "I was telling somebody, I won five gold medals (Wednesday), because Canada won three and Nigeria won two."

PA Astros sending two teams for national tournaments out east
By Jeff D’Andrea paNOW Staff

Most communities would be lucky to send one minor fastball team to national tournaments. The Prince Albert Astros are sending two, their midget club to Gander, NL Aug. 5-10 and their bantams to Fredericton, NB, Aug. 6-10.

“It’s been a great year for PA minor fastball for sure,” said midget Astros coach Sean LaHaye. “It just shows how strong Prince Albert ball is in the province.”

WASHINGTON - Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration honouring the Special Olympics.