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CHICAGO - The San Francisco Giants on Wednesday became the first team since 1986 to win a protest filed with Major League Baseball, and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won.

MLB executive Joe Torre ruled on Tuesday night's game at Wrigley Field that was called after 4 1-2 innings. The Cubs were declared the winners by a 2-0 score.

MILWAUKEE - The Toronto Blue Jays are heading home with a sense of relief.

Outslugging one of the best teams in the National League can ease the sting of a 2-6 road trip.

Jose Bautista's three-run homer capped a five-run sixth inning and Toronto snapped the Milwaukee Brewers' five-game winning streak with a 9-5 victory Wednesday.

It's time to start chipping away again in the AL East after falling a season-high nine games out of first entering the day.

BEREA, Ohio - Brian Hoyer defied long odds — and stiff-armed Johnny Football — to keep his dream job.

Through sweat and tears, he fought his way back from a serious knee injury only to be faced with the Browns drafting Johnny Manziel, college football's dynamic quarterback with the cult-like following.

One of the CFL's longest-serving commissioners is leaving the post.

Mark Cohon will not return for a third term when his current contract expires in April, 2015. Now in his eighth season as CFL commissioner, only Jake Gaudaur (1968-1984) and Sydney Halter (1958-1966) have held the position as long.

Cohon, 48, says he made the announcement now to give the CFL's board of governors time to recruit his replacement.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Seven people were charged Wednesday with trespassing at former Miami Heat player Ray Allen's home while his wife and four young children were asleep upstairs.

Police say 18- and 19-year-olds were attending a party next door when they entered throughout the front door of the unlocked Coral Gables home last week. Shannon Allen said she woke up and heard male voices with large flashlights loudly discussing their personal property. The terrified mother screamed, the intruders ran and she called police, according to a statement from the couple.

GENEVA - Former European Cup winners Porto and Celtic took big steps toward the Champions League group stage on Wednesday, as home teams struggled in their playoff round, first-leg matches.

Two-time champion Porto won 1-0 in Lille, and Celtic took advantage of a reprieve from UEFA to play in the competition by drawing 1-1 at Maribor.

Russian league leader Zenit St. Petersburg's 1-0 victory at Standard Liege helped ensure all five home teams failed to win.

APOEL is favoured to advance next week in Cyprus after drawing 1-1 against Aalborg in Denmark.

TORONTO - President and chief executive officer Tim Leiweke is focused on his immediate goals at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.

His long-term plans are not as clear.

Leiweke's future with MLSE made headlines this week after a report indicated he would soon be leaving the company, which counts the NHL's Maple Leafs, NBA's Raptors and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer among its properties.

He denied the report again Wednesday and called the rumour mill "a distraction," but did not reveal how long he wants to stay in the position.

TORONTO - The Vancouver Canucks are confirming that a "mutually agreeable" settlement has been reached in Steve Moore's lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi over an infamous on-ice attack that ended Moore's career 10 years ago.

Moore's multimillion-dollar suit against Bertuzzi and the Canucks had been set to go to trial Sept. 8.

Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, said Tuesday the case had been "settled in its totality," but the terms were confidential.

OTTAWA - Armed with a five-year contract extension and a nice raise, Clarke MacArthur is looking forward to helping the Ottawa Senators return to the playoffs and bounce back from last year's disappointing finish.

MacArthur agreed to terms on a the longest deal of his career Tuesday afternoon. The new contract will pay the 29-year-old winger an average of US$4.65 million per season through the 2019-20 campaign, with a $4.5 million salary in each of the first two years of the deal and $4.75 million in the final three years.

LONDON, Ont. - Winter was not kind to the London Hunt and Country Club, and Stacey Lewis heard stories about the poor condition the course was in.

But when the No. 1-ranked golfer on the LPGA Tour arrived for this week's Canadian Pacific Women's Open, she didn't notice the effects of the snow and cold weather.

"The fairways are probably some of the best fairways we've had to hit off all year," Lewis said. "You really can't tell."

BROCKVILLE, Ont. - A body found in a field in eastern Ontario is that of a journalist who went missing earlier this week, police confirmed Wednesday.

Belleville, Ont., police Det. Jeremy Ashley said the body of Steve Pettibone, 39, was discovered not far from his abandoned vehicle.

Police do not suspect foul play in his death.

Pettibone's car was found in a rural area outside Brockville, Ont., on Tuesday night, prompting an extensive search involving ATVs, a canine unit and a police helicopter that led to the discovery of the body.

With a second-place finish at the women's rugby World Cup, Canada showed it deserved a place among the sport's elite teams.

Figuring out how to stay there is the next challenge, and it could be a big one.

The Canadian women's team received unprecedented exposure during its run to the final of the World Cup, which ended in a tough 21-9 loss to England on Sunday. Canada's games were televised live, and winger Magali Harvey's brilliant 100-metre try against France in Canada's semifinal win made highlight reels across the country.

LONDON, Ont. - At the age of 16, Brooke Henderson gets it.

The amateur from Smiths Falls, Ont., is well aware of the high expectations that come from finishing in the top 10 at a major tournament and emerging as the best young Canadian women's golfer.

"I see the pressure and I hear it," Henderson said. "I hear that I'm the face of Canadian golf, but I'm just trying to improve and trying to get better."

NEW YORK - The NHL draft lottery will have a slightly different look next year and a drastically different one in 2016.

In an effort to "more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance," the NHL announced changes to the draft lottery that will more evenly balance out the odds of teams drawing the No. 1 pick.

Beginning in 2015, the team that finishes with the fewest points will have a 20 per cent chance, down from 25, the second-lowest 13.5 down from 18.8, the third-lowest 11.5 down from 14.2 and the fourth-lowest 9.5 down from 10.7.

Life is back to normal for Drew Willy and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Bombers had to play two games within a five-day span last week, with predictable results. Winnipeg dropped a 23-17 home decision to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Aug. 7, then suffered a 38-21 setback in Toronto on Aug. 12.

The two losses dropped Winnipeg (5-3) into a tie for third with Saskatchewan (5-2) and B.C. (5-3) in the West Division. Edmonton and Calgary are first with identical 6-1 records.

TORONTO - Canadian shot putter Dylan Armstrong has patiently waited for all the hurdles to be cleared so that he can finally call himself an Olympic medallist.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Olympic Committee confirmed the long wait is coming to an end and that he has officially been awarded a third-place result from the 2008 Beijing Games.

ZURICH - Barcelona will be barred from signing any players in 2015 after FIFA rejected the club's appeal against a one-year ban for breaching transfer regulations.

FIFA said Wednesday that its appeal committee confirmed that the signing of 10 players to Barcelona's renowned La Masia program violated rules designed to prevent child trafficking.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - A youth baseball coach from Rhode Island who has become an Internet sensation for the inspiring speech he made after his team was eliminated from the Little League World Series says the talk was spontaneous and from the heart.

Players on David Belisle's team from Cumberland were crying after Monday night's 8-7 loss to Chicago in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, when he kneeled down and told them they should be proud.

Tuesday's Games


American League

Houston 7 N.Y. Yankees 4

L.A. Angels 4 Boston 3

Detroit 8 Tampa Bay 6 (11 innings)

Baltimore 5 Chicago White Sox 1

Cleveland 7 Minnesota 5


National League

Washington 8 Arizona 1

Atlanta 11 Pittsburgh 3

St. Louis 5 Cincinnati 4

L.A. Dodgers 8 San Diego 6

Chicago Cubs 2 San Francisco 0 (5 innings-rain)



Milwaukee 6 Toronto 1

Seattle 5 Philadelphia 2

Miami 4 Texas 3 (10 innings)

Kansas City 7 Colorado 4

MILWAUKEE - Fresh off another stellar outing, Mike Fiers first wanted to talk about a rough patch early in the game and offer credit to his defence.

"I think early on I was a little erratic around the strike zone and then I pulled it together later on," said Fiers, who won his third consecutive start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 9 as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Tuesday. "My defence came through. There were a lot of great plays."

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Three lawsuits filed by retired NHL players over concussion-related injuries have been consolidated and will be heard by a federal judge in Minnesota.

A special panel assigned the cases Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson of St. Paul.

NEW YORK - NBA referee Dick Bavetta is retiring after a 39-year career in which he never missed an assignment.

Bavetta officiated a record 2,635 consecutive regular-season games after starting his NBA career on Dec. 2, 1975. He also worked 270 playoff games, including 27 in the NBA Finals.

NBA president Rod Thorn says Tuesday in a statement that the league is "grateful for his contributions to our league, and we wish him the best as he enjoys his well-earned retirement."

NEW YORK - Turns out, the hit that tied Derek Jeter with Honus Wagner came a day later than everyone thought.

Major League Baseball made an official scoring change Tuesday that took away an infield single from Jeter on Aug. 8 and instead charged Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana with an error on the play.

TORONTO - The Brampton Thunder made defenceman Laura Fortino the first overall pick in the Canadian Women's Hockey League draft on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old from Hamilton played for the Canadian Olympic women's hockey team this past season.

Fortino assisted on Marie-Philip Poulin's overtime goal against the United States, in Sochi, Russia, as Canada won its fourth straight women's hockey gold.

Fortino played four years for Cornell and ranks sixth all-time in Big Red assists with 98. She was an assistant captain in her senior year.

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - A horse race down a steep mountain slope in the B.C. Interior has claimed the life of a 44-year-old man.

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Redstone Rodeo near the community of Alexis Creek, about 660 kilometres north of Vancouver.

Coroner Barb McLintock says some of the horses in the "high-risk sport" got too close to each other and three riders tumbled off their horses at a high rate of speed.

Jason Coutlee, of Merritt, B.C., was rushed to a medical clinic in Alexis Creek but died en route to Kelowna General Hospital.