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Saturday, May 27, 2017

{allcanada} Neagle's PK gives D.C. win over Whitecaps

 

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps had the majority of the scoring chances but it was D.C. United who had the only goal for a 1-0 Major League Soccer victory Saturday.

Forward Lamar Neagle scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute as United snapped a three-game losing streak.

The penalty was awarded after Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston was called for hauling down United's Jose Oritz in the box. The crowd of 20,905 at B.C. Place Stadium voiced its displeasure when replays showed Waston barely touching Oritz but referee Sorin Stoica wasn't swayed.

Neagle calmly sent the ball into the top corner for his sixth goal of the season.

The Whitecaps had a chance to tie the match in extra time. Vancouver was awarded a penalty kick following a collision between United goalkeeper Bill Hamid and Vancouver's Brek Shea.

Forward Cristian Techera took the shot but it hit the post.

The Whitecaps applied pressure after falling behind 1-0 but couldn't get a ball past Hamid. Shea had a header that went off the crossbar during extra time.

It was the fourth win of the season — and second on the road — for D.C. United (4-6-2), who have 14 points and climbed out of the Eastern Conference basement.

Vancouver (5-6-1) remains hovering around the Western Conference playoff line with 16 points. The Whitecaps have lost two of their last three MLS games but have wins in three of their last five.

The Whitecaps had several great scoring chances during the opening 45 minutes, including a pair in the final minutes of the half.

In the 40th minute, defender Tim Parker headed a shot that Hamid managed to stop. Soon after, forward Fredy Montero drilled a ball just wide.

Techera had two good opportunities in the 19th minute, both set up by Montero. First, Techera took a cross from Montero and headed a ball that hit the cross bar. A few seconds later he sent another Montero pass just past the open corner of the net.

D.C. United tested the Whitecaps early. Forward Luciano Acosta boomed a left-footed shot from the top of the box that forced Whitecaps' goalkeeper David Ousted to make a diving, one-handed save in the seventh minute.

Vancouver defender Jordan Harvey made a big play in the 31st minute. D.C. United's Ortiz gained the ball at the corner of the net and looked to have a clear shot until Harvey made a sliding block, knocking the ball out of bounds.

NOTES: Whitecaps midfielder Matias Laba missed the game due to yellow card accumulation. … Shea substituted into the match in the 63rd minute to appear in his 150th MLS game. … The Whitecaps were playing their third home game in eight days. … Vancouver takes a 2-1 lead into Montreal Tuesday night in the second leg of their Canadian championship semifinal series.

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{allcanada} Riders acquire OL Dyakowski from Argos

 

The Saskatchewan Roughriders acquired Canadian offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski from the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday in exchange for international wide receiver Armanti Edwards.

Dyakowski, who signed as a free agent with Toronto in February, is entering his 11th season in the CFL. He was selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the second round (11th overall) of the 2006 draft.

The 33-year-old Vancouver native has played in 148 regular-season games for Hamilton with 131 starts. He also played in 10 post-season games and had two Grey Cup appearances.

Dyakowski was named a 2012 East Division All-Star and received nomination as the Tiger-Cats' Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2011.

Edwards had 19 receptions for 231 yards and a touchdown through four games with Saskatchewan last season. He signed with the Roughriders in February 2016.

Edwards was selected by the NFL's Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2010 draft.

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{allcanada} Report: Caps to host Leafs in outdoor game at Navy

 

The NHL will play an outdoor game at a U.S. service academy for the first time when the Washington Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, next season.

Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday that the Capitals and Maple Leafs will meet March 3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the league had not announced the event.

The 34,000-seat stadium hosts Navy football games and the Military Bowl.

It's the first game at a service academy though quite possibly not the last. The league has explored doing games at the Army's home at West Point and at the Air Force Academy.

The New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers played a preseason indoor game at West Point on Oct. 8, 2016. Panthers owner Vinnie Viola and expansion Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley have Army ties.

This is the third outdoor game for the Capitals and Maple Leafs and the first in the Washington area since the 2015 Winter Classic downtown at Nationals Park.

Capitals-Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy will be one of at least three outdoor games next season. The Ottawa Senators will host the Montreal Canadiens in the Heritage Classic on Dec. 19, and the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres will play in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Citi Field in New York.

NHL Network revealed on air that the league would announce a game at Navy on Monday. In addition to being Memorial Day, it's the day commissioner Gary Bettman gives his state of the league address prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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{allcanada} Bautista powers Blue Jays to win over Rangers

 

TORONTO — There are four games left to play in May and the Toronto Blue Jays are almost out of the hole they dug in April.

Jose Bautista's three-run homer was all the offence the Blue Jays needed on Saturday as they extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Toronto (23-26) is now three games under .500 and will be going for a season-high winning streak on Sunday afternoon.

"We're playing good baseball," said Jays manager John Gibbons. "We've picked it up and we always felt confident with the guys who have been filling in basically for the last six weeks in some key spots and they've just stepped up."

Bautista's ninth homer of the season — and eighth this month — came on the first pitch of his at-bat against Texas starter Yu Darvish (5-3) in the fifth inning.

"Jose's been really hot and he got the hanger and he did what you do," said Gibbons. "We battled all day. It was one of those games that could have gone either way because they have a really tough offence. One of the best ones in baseball."

The Toronto right-fielder's return to form in May has paralleled the team's. Bautista hit just one homer in April as his team slid down the standings and sent players to the disabled list with regularity.

Now the Jays are getting healthy, Bautista's hitting and most importantly, they're winning games.

Luke Maile reached on a walk and Devon Travis singled two batters later to set the stage for Bautista. Travis extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada (4-2) largely kept Texas batters off-balance all game with eight strikeouts over six innings of work. The only blemish came on his first pitch of the game when Shin-Soo Choo crushed his fifth homer of the season to dead centre before most of the 46,825 in attendance at Rogers Centre were even in their seats.

"I woke up in a really good mood and mentally was prepared for this game," said Estrada. "Usually day games are kind of tough. I'm not used to getting up so early. But I woke up feeling really good, came out to the ballpark and the bullpen went really well."

Roberto Osuna retired the Rangers in order in the ninth for his ninth save and second in as many nights. He finished the game by striking out Ryan Rua.

Darvish had the Blue Jays' number early. He didn't give up a hit until Kendrys Morales' one-out double in the fourth.

"On the previous at bat to Bautista, I was getting a reaction like I didn't think he was seeing the curveball or slider because he was moving back a little bit when I threw," Darvish said through a translator of Bautista's homer. "I was trying to get ahead in the count with my slider and just didn't execute the pitch."

The simmering feud between the two clubs is never far from mind and there was a reminder when Darvish hit Russell Martin with a pitch in the second inning. Martin, who started at third base, stared down the Texas pitcher on his way to first and then shared a few words with the Rangers dugout.

The game took three hours 16 minutes to play.

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