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Friday, July 29, 2016

{allcanada} July 30: Sidney Crosby goes to Penguins at No. 1

 

THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 30

2005: Sidney Crosby officially becomes a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins when he's taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft in Ottawa.

The Penguins select Crosby, a center from Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league billed as a once-in-a-generation player, eight days after winning a special draft lottery. With the 2004-05 season canceled, the NHL put all 30 teams into a weighted lottery; the Penguins, last in the standings in 2003-04, were one of four teams to have three balls in the lottery and got the No. 1 pick.

Four years later, at 21, Crosby becomes the youngest captain in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup.

MORE MOMENTS

1973: Markus Naslund, a three-time First-Team All-Star, is born in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. The Pittsburgh Penguins take Naslund at No. 16 in the 1991 NHL Draft, but his career doesn't take off until after he's traded to the Vancouver Canucks on March 20, 1996. He scores 40 goals for the first of three consecutive seasons in 2000-01 and is named to the NHL All-Star First Team in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04. Naslund retires in 2009 after one season with the New York Rangers. Of his 395 goals (and 869 points) in 1,117 NHL games, 346 goals come with the Canucks, who retire his No. 19 in December 2010.

1998: Edmonton Oilers defenseman Kevin Lowe, a six-time Stanley Cup winner, retires after 19 seasons as a player and is named an assistant coach. Lowe, the first player drafted by the Oilers after they join the NHL from the World Hockey Association in 1979, played on all five of Edmonton's championship teams from 1984-90. The Rangers acquired him in 1992, and he was a regular on New York's Cup-winning team in 1994. Lowe becomes Edmonton's coach in 1999, is promoted to general manager in 2000 and to president of hockey operations in 2008. In 2015 he is named vice chair and alternate governor of Oilers Entertainment Group.

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{allcanada} Blue Jays use long ball to beat Orioles

 

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays had three solo homers in the first inning and scored three more runs in the third to pick up a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre on Friday night.

Jose Bautista led off the game with his 13th of season and first since coming off the disabled list on Monday. Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki also homered in the first as the Jays knocked three out in one inning for the second time this season.

Marco Estrada (6-4) went six innings and gave up three earned runs in striking out six to register his first win since beating the Philadelphia Phillies on June 15.

Toronto (58-45) is now just a half game back of the Orioles (58-44) for the division lead in the American League East.

Kevin Gausman (2-8) had an adventurous three-inning start. In addition to the three homers surrendered in the first, he also walked three Blue Jays and threw two wild pitches.

Baltimore scored twice in the first inning and then tied the game in the third thanks to some opportunistic base-running from Manny Machado.

Machado had been on first with a one-out base hit and moved to second on Chris Davis' ground out to the right side. But the Blue Jays had shifted third baseman Josh Donaldson to cover the hole on the right side and that left third base open.

Catcher Russell Martin tried to cover third but spilled Justin Smoak's throw and nobody covered home, allowing Machado to score.

In front of 46,112 fans, the Jays broke the tie in the home half of the third with Tulowitzki, Martin and Kevin Pillar all driving in runs.

Machado made it a one-run game on the first pitch of the eighth with his 22nd homer of the season off Jason Grilli. Roberto Osuna came on in the ninth and surrendered a two-out double to J.J. Hardy but got Adam Jones to ground out for his 22nd save.

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{allcanada} Glenn throws three TD's, Alouettes rout Riders

 

MONTREAL — Kevin Glenn threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns as the Montreal Alouettes beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 41-3 on Friday for their first win since their season opener.

Running back Brandon Rutley had two touchdowns for Montreal (2-3) in a penalty-filled affair at Percival Molson Stadium. Duron Carter made eight catches for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Looking for his second career win, rookie QB Mitchell Gale went 23 for 41 for 211 yards and an interception for Saskatchewan (1-4).

On an evening when former receiver Ben Cahoon saw his No. 86 retired by the team in a halftime ceremony, the Alouettes offence surely reminded fans of the days of old.

Coming into the game scoring a league-worst average 15 points per contest, the Alouettes stunned the 20,018 in attendance by going up 22-0 at halftime rather effortlessly.

It all started with an impressive seven-play, 75-yard opening drive that got the home side on the board early.

Starting at their own 30, the Als marched down the field with ease. Glenn completed his first six throws of the game, including a 39-yarder to Carter.

His sixth consecutive completion was a six-yard toss to B.J. Cunningham in the end zone — Montreal's first opening-drive touchdown of the season.

It looked like the Roughriders caught a break near the end of the first quarter when Carter fumbled the ball and it was recovered and returned for a touchdown by Shane Herbert. But the league review showed Carter was down on contact, and the call was overturned.

Montreal made the most of that possession four plays later as Samuel Giguere punched the ball into the end zone from the one-yard line to make it 15-0 after a defensive interference penalty on Saskatchewan.

It was more of the same in the second quarter for Montreal.

Brandon Bridge capped off a 94-yard drive with a QB sneak from the one-yard line to make it 22-0 after yet another costly Roughriders interference penalty in the end zone.

After the half-time ceremony honouring Cahoon, Glenn found Rutley for a 38-year score at 13:49 of the third quarter.

The Riders got on the board at 6:19 of the third with a 38-yard field goal by kicker Tyler Crapigna.

The Als added two more touchdowns in the game's dying minutes. Glenn found Carter for a 16-yard catch, two plays after Billy Parker had a 65-yard interception return.

Montreal and Saskatchewan combined for 21 penalties totalling 228 yards.

Notes: Kicker Boris Bede went 1-for-2 in field goal attempts. He's now 6-for-14 on the season. … Former teammates Brian Bratton, Bruno Heppell and Scott Flory, as well as Als president Mark Weightman, spoke at Cahoon's ceremony.

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{allcanada} Raonic upset by Monfils in Rogers Cup quarters

 

TORONTO — Canada's Milos Raonic was upset by France's Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup on Friday.

No. 10 Monfils will play top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the tournament at York University's Aviva Centre on Saturday.

Monfils and Raonic had solid back-and-forths through both sets, with both using big serves to pin each other to the baseline.

Fourth-seeded Raonic tried to be aggressive, charging to the net but Monfils's slicing volleys painted the line behind Raonic.

Djokovic fended off Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (6), 6-4 earlier Friday for his spot in the semifinals.

Berdych showed impressive grit against the world No. 1 in the first set, coming back from a 5-2 deficit to tie it 5-5.

Mental errors dogged Berdych throughout the match, giving up several points on forehands into the net.

Djokovic had dominated their professional series before Friday's match, winning 24 matches to Berdych's two.

In the second set, Djokovic seemed to be favouring his right shoulder and his serve lost some of its speed and accuracy.

Despite those struggles, Djokovic fended off Berdych -- in part thanks to the ongoing errors of his opponent, including on the match point.

Berdych was scheduled to partner with fellow Czech player Radek Stepanek against Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil immediately after his singles match with Djokovic.

Also Friday, Japan's Kei Nishikori beat Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals.

Nishikori has now reached four ATP Masters 1000 semifinals this year, having made the final four in Miami, Madrid and Barcelona. The third-seeded Nishikori will face No. 2 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on Saturday.

"Stan, you know, has a great serve, great backhand," said Nishikori, who has lost three of his four previous matches against Wawrinka on the ATP Tour. "Yeah, he's tough player, but I have beaten him before.

"Try to play good tennis like I did in the third set against Dimitrov. I know I have to be a little bit more aggressive to beat him."

Nishikori said he struggled in the second set against Dimitrov because he eased up a little and stopped dictating the pace of play.

"I didn't do it in the second set, and beginning of the third set I didn't do it," said Nishikori. "So I tried to take a little bit more risk and tried to be more aggressive and hit and come in sometimes.

"I knew I was struggling with his slice a little bit, so I tried to move my feet and everything worked well after that game."

Earlier Friday, Wawrinka topped South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-3 in their quarter-final matchup.

"It was a really good match, I think. I start really well the first game," said Wawrinka. "Showed me that I was ready, aggressive, moving really well. It's one of the best match of the year I played.

"I was calm. Serving really good. Mixing a lot. Especially in moving well, in general. I think I was reading the game well, good in defence, find a way how to come back and attack."

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