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TORONTO - Jason Bent, the only one of Ryan Nelsen's assistant coaches to survive Toronto FC's weekend culling, was back on the practice field Tuesday with new manager Greg Vanney.

Vanney was also assisted by Toronto FC academy head goalie coach Jon Conway and under-14 coach Nick Theslof.

Nelsen and five of his assistants were fired Sunday in the wake of a lopsided 3-0 loss to the New England Revolution.

Toronto (9-9-6) has won just three of its last 13 games.

The team heads to Philadelphia for a game Wednesday. The two teams meet again Saturday in Toronto.

VIRGINIA WATER, England - It was not an easy phone call for European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley — breaking the news to Luke Donald that he was being left off the team to face the United States at Gleneagles this month.

Donald is a former No. 1 who has lifted the trophy with Europe on each of his four Ryder Cup appearances. But he was the big omission when McGinley picked Stephen Gallacher, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter as his three wild-card selections Tuesday.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay is scheduled to appear in court for a change-of-plea hearing on drug-related charges he faces from a traffic stop in March.

Irsay was due to appear in a Hamilton County court in Noblesville on Tuesday morning.

The 55-year-old Irsay has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and driving with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in his body.

PYONGYANG, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of - It's a hot, sunny morning at the newly refurbished Sosan Football Stadium in Pyongyang. Two women's soccer teams head to the sidelines of the artificial turf, leaving only a row of archers to continue their practice before several senior sports ministry officials. So sure are they of their aim — or, perhaps, so impromptu is the decision to have them shoot here — that there are no barriers behind the targets, posted on simple squares of straw.

The archers have a lot of responsibility on their shoulders.

NEW YORK - Eugenie Bouchard was done in by heat, Milos Raonic lost in an early morning marathon.

Either way, the last Canadians remaining in the main draw at the U.S. Open were both eliminated in dramatic fourth-round matches.

Bouchard, of Westmount, Que., needed a medical time out to treat dizziness and exhaustion in the second set of her 7-6 (2), 6-4 loss to left-hander Ekaterina Makarova, a match played in sweltering heat on Monday afternoon.

NEW YORK - Milos Raonic was eliminated from the U.S. Open by Japan's Kei Nishikori in five sets early Tuesday.

The 10th-seeded Nishikori prevailed 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals after a match that had both players straining to find extra reserves of energy at the end.

PHILADELPHIA - Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone.

Will they line up for pictures with a sculpture of real hometown champion Joe Frazier?

"Properly promoted, I think it would be much, much bigger than Rocky," said Robin Hazel, who was visiting the city recently from Ottawa, Canada. "Rocky is great, it's a movie. But Joe Frazier's real. And he's Philadelphia."

Monday's Games


Hamilton 13 Toronto 12

Calgary 28 Edmonton 13



American League

Minnesota 6 Baltimore 4

Tampa Bay 4 Boston 3 (10 ings)

Detroit 12 Cleveland 1

Oakland 6 Seattle 1

Kansas City 4 Texas 3


National League

Miami 9 N.Y. Mets 6

Philadelphia 7 Atlanta 0

St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 4

Chicago Cubs 4 Milwaukee 2

San Francisco 4 Colorado 2 (comp. of susp. game)

San Diego 3 Arizona 1

Colorado 10 San Francisco 9

Washington 6 L.A. Dodgers 4

WATERLOO, Ont. - Quarterback Jesse Mills threw two touchdowns and rushed for another as Carleton downed the Waterloo Warriors 33-14 on Monday, the Ravens' first victory since re-joining Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Carleton dropped the program in 1998. The Ravens returned to varsity football in 2013, but went 0-8 last season.

Running back Jahvari Bennett rushed for 120 yards on 15 touches for Carleton (1-0).

Starting quarterback Jamie Cook picked up 67 yards on 10 carries for Waterloo (0-1), while running back Ryan Di Risio had 61 yards on his 14 touches.

LONDON - A week after signing Angel Di Maria, Manchester United persuaded striker Radamel Falcao to join the faltering club in European football's most eye-catching switch as the summer transfer window closed.

Falcao's season-long loan from Monaco is set to cost United around $25 million for the salary and fee to the French club, although there is an option to then sign the Colombia forward permanently.

CALGARY - One of the reasons running back Jon Cornish likes life as a Calgary Stampeder is he doesn't have to face his own defence. It's not a place where there is a lot of daylight.

For the second straight game, and for a fourth game this season, Calgary didn't allow an offensive touchdown in their 28-13 win over the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday.

"People don't even know how good our defence is," Cornish said. "It really shifts momentum and it demoralizes the other team. I've said it before. I'll say it again. I do not want to play against our defence."

CALGARY - Chris Jones fully expected the Edmonton Eskimos to come out with a better effort against the Calgary Stampeders on Labour Day at McMahon Stadium.

Jones was at a loss for words as to why his team couldn't muster up a better effort against the Stamps in a showdown for top spot in the CFL standings.

He might not be in the St. Louis Rams' plans but defensive end Michael Sam still has options, including playing in the CFL.

Sam is trying to become the NFL's first openly gay player. He was among the Rams' final cuts Saturday, prompting suggestions he'd remain on St. Louis's practice roster.

But Sam, a 2014 seventh-round pick by St. Louis, wasn't included among the 10 players the squad named to its practice roster Monday.

So the six-foot-two, 262-pound Sam could choose to wait for another NFL offer or turn his sights north to the CFL.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child.

Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood's publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring.

The 31-year-old Underwood shot to fame after winning "American Idol." She has won six Grammys and sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She was the first woman to twice win the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year award.

HAMILTON - Was it the brand new turf at Tim Hortons Field that put a bounce in the step of veteran Hamilton Tiger-Cat defensive back Marc Beswick?

Or was it simply that he was playing the Toronto Argonauts in the Labour Day Classic?

"This field is actually a little bit faster (than at the old Ivor Wynne Stadium)," said the 31-year-old who has played six of his seven seasons in Hamilton. "Maybe because it's brand new. But I think part of it's because it was Toronto. That could be part of it. I always have a little extra juice for them."

TORONTO - Jermain Defoe is staying put with Toronto FC after the MLS team turned down several transfer offers, including a club-record bid, for the England striker.

But questions remain whether Defoe wants to continue in a Toronto uniform.

General manager Tim Bezbatchenko, who spoke to Defoe earlier in the day, told reporters in a conference call Monday that his star forward wanted to remain in Toronto.

"He's committed," he said.

But Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp told a different story.

HAMILTON - Zach Collaros and the Hamilton defence made the Tiger-Cats' debut at Tim Hortons Field a victorious one.

Collaros threw for 317 yards and a TD in his first game against his former team while a stingy Hamilton defence held Toronto to just 146 net yards as the Ticats edged the Argonauts 13-12 before an energetic Labour Day Monday gathering of 18,135.

"I can't say enough about the fans," Collaros said. "They really carried us through that whole game and I think it helped us.

HOUSTON - The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization."

Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor league system. Lawless' first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the first-place Los Angeles Angels.

Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go.

ATLANTA - With their playoff hopes uncertain, Atlanta's struggling batters picked a bad time to get no-hit by Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia relievers.

"You feel like you've hit a good stride," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "And all of a sudden you go through a stretch where you score one run in 27 innings, and lucky enough to win one of those games."

Hamels and the Phillies bullpen combined on the season's fourth no-hitter, blanking the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Monday.

TORONTO - It was the worst and lowest-paying job offer on the table.

But Ryan Nelsen said yes to Toronto FC in January 2013, reckoning he could learn more from trying to resuscitate a perennial MLS loser than sit on a bench as an assistant coach at an English Premier League club.

Twenty months later, Nelsen's education in Toronto is over. General manager Tim Bezbatchenko, who inherited Nelsen as coach when he was hired last September, fired the former New Zealand international Sunday.

NEW YORK - Canada's Eugenie Bouchard has been eliminated from the U.S. Open. The 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., dropped a 7-6, 6-4 decision to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in the fourth round.

More coming.

CALGARY - More urban routes for spectators and "Canadian cobblestone" have been incorporated into the second Tour of Alberta cycling stage race. What's missing is a mountain stage and the defending champion.

The 2014 Tour of Alberta opens with Tuesday's prologue in Calgary. The six-day race features 120 racers from 13 countries, including 24 Canadians.

The penultimate leg near Edmonton includes sections of dirt road, which presents a very Canadian surface for Europeans accustomed to racing on cobblestones.

GDANSK, Poland - Canada's men's volleyball team opened the world championships with a loss to Olympic champion Russia on Monday.

Gavin Schmitt of Saskatoon had 11 points to lead the Canadians in their three-set loss (25-21, 25-19, 25-21) in Pool C at Ergo Arena.

Canada, ranked 15th in the world, struck first and looked solid early on, but couldn't hold off the world No. 2-ranked Russians.

TORONTO - Defender Doneil Henry has left Canada's training camp to rejoin Toronto FC.

The MLS side, which fired manager Ryan Nelsen and five of his assistant coaches on Sunday, is facing a hole in its backline with injuries to Steven Caldwell and Justin Morrow.

Canadian coach Benito Floro called up D.C. United defender Nana Attakora to replace Henry. Attakora has six caps (including two starts) for Canada.

The Canadian men are preparing for a Sept. 9 friendly against Jamaica at Toronto's BMO Field.

Sunday's Games


Saskatchewan 35 Winnipeg 30



American League

Toronto 4 N.Y. Yankees 3

Baltimore 12 Minnesota 8

Boston 3 Tampa Bay 0

Chicago White Sox 6 Detroit 2

Houston 3 Texas 2

L.A. Angels 8 Oakland 1

Cleveland 4 Kansas City 2 (susp. 10 innings)


National League

N.Y. Mets 6 Philadelphia 5

Cincinnati 3 Pittsburgh 2

St. Louis 9 Chicago Cubs 6

San Francisco 15 Milwaukee 5

Arizona 6 Colorado 2

L.A. Dodgers 7 San Diego 1

Atlanta 1 Miami 0