Tuesday, August 31, 2010

{allcanada} Khabibulin's freedom a matter of legal interpretation USA, LLC

With an appeal filed in his Arizona DUI case, Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) is for now a free man, able to continue his hockey career and return to Canada. Or is he?

Mark DuBiel is Khabibulin's lawyer in Arizona. He handled the matter that resulted in Friday's conviction and Tuesday's sentence on three counts in connection with Khabibulin's drunken driving arrest. DuBiel told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation his client was free to move about the continent.

In fact, DuBiel contends Khabibulin has not been convicted.

"He doesn't have a conviction right now because once you file a notice of appeal, the conviction is stayed," DuBiel told the Edmonton Journal. "The sentence is stayed."

That appears to contradict statements from Canadian immigration lawyer Wendy Danson to another Canadian television outlet, CTV, regarding the conviction.

"Under our immigration law, that makes him criminally inadmissible to Canada. And if he is not a Canadian citizen or not a permanent resident he's going to have some trouble coming back in," Danson told CTV.

Danson is based in Edmonton, where Khabibulin plays and would have to return for Sept. 17's start of training camp.

Once he arrives, Khabibulin will have some explaining to do—to his bosses, teammates, fans and, it appears, the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

"This raises the awareness—(drunken driving) happens every day," said Gillian Phillips, a spokeswoman with MADD Canada.

Plus, Khabibulin will likely hear from NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell or one of his minions. Other NHL players convicted of drunken driving have been suspended for violating the NHL's substance abuse policy.

The most-often mentioned case is that of forward Mark Bell(notes), who in 2007 was banned 15 games. However, Bell was involved in a hit-and-run crash that left the other driver injured.

Khabibulin injured no one but himself.

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[SurroundSound] Re: ISO,NRG n images etc to Audio tracks..

Is there confusion here between "DVD Audio Extractor" (commercial) and
"DVD-Audio Explorer" (free)?

On Sep 1, 3:40 am, "Noreltny" <> wrote:
> You could also try foobar2000 with DVD-A plugin. I know this method works
> for DVD-A ISOs. Here are some detailed instructions:
> our.html
> Here are instructions for ripping audio from a DVD-V disc:
> The last guide is for DVD Audio Extractor and as mentioned in previous
> responses, it now works with DVD-As, which I haven't tried because
> foobar2000 works great for me.
> From: []
> On Behalf Of mircea raibulet
> Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 10:51 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [SurroundSound] Re: ISO,NRG n images etc to Audio tracks..
> No,it's not freeware!
> M
> On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 4:35 PM, Riky <> wrote:
> Thanks,will google for dvd a extractor,is it freeware..?
> On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:31 PM, elshagon <> wrote:
> depends on what kind of tracks as some programs can do mlp which is on
> dvd-a and others will do dts/DD which are on a standard dvd.  Some
> programs will do them all.  Try Dvd Audio Extractor.  It will remove
> the audio into separate tracks (save each file as separate track
> option), does dts/dd/mlp and will even convert to flac if you choose.
> On Aug 31, 5:48 am, Rikki65 <> wrote:
> > Hi guys,
> >              I wanted to split iso (mostly audio) to individual audio
> > files/tracks as they were B4 converting to iso.. Tried daemon n
> > isobuster,they only split the vob.ifo files out of it.If extract audio
> > from vob the whole selection again comes out as 1 file wav or flac,
> > whatever u choose.. But separate individual tracks none.. Is there a
> > way here,any program.,?
> >              The reason behind this is so i can burn my own choice
> > tracks n not the whole iso., Guys this mite b old problem for u,but
> > i'm just new here so help is appreciated.. Thanks..
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 43rd homer during a 10-run sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 13-5 on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay lost for only the fifth time in 17 games but fell a game behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The Rays and Yankees, who beat Oakland 9-3, had been tied atop the division for the previous eight days.

Bautista capped the sixth-inning outburst with a three-run shot off reliever Lance Cormier that put the Blue Jays up 11-3. It was the most runs scored in one inning by Toronto since an 11-run sixth on July 25, 2007, at Minnesota.

Bautista also had a broken-bat, run-scoring single -- giving him 103 RBIs this season -- during a two-run eighth that extended the cushion to 13-3.

Ricky Romero (11-8) gave up five runs, three hits and five walks in 7 1-3 innings for the Blue Jays, who can stop a stretch of 10 straight series defeats at Tampa Bay with a win on Wednesday night.

Jeff Niemann (10-5) struggled in his second consecutive start since returning from a strained right shoulder, giving up seven runs and seven hits in five-plus innings. The Tampa Bay right-hander has allowed 17 runs over 8 2-3 innings in his past two outings.

Niemann allowed only two hits though five innings before Toronto started the sixth with five hits and a batter hit by a pitch. DeWayne Wise had an RBI single, Vernon Wells hit a two-run double, and Adam Lind and John Buck had consecutive RBI doubles as the Blue Jays took a 6-3 lead and ended Niemann's night.

Cormier entered and gave up Aaron Hill's two-run homer that made it 8-3.

Romero held the Rays hitless until there were two outs in the fifth, when Ben Zobrist hit an RBI single and Dan Johnson drove in a pair with a double to put Tampa Bay ahead 3-1.

John McDonald put the Blue Jays up 1-0 in the third on his second homer in the last three games.

Romero allowed two baserunners through four innings -- walks to Zobrist and B.J. Upton -- and both were erased on double plays. The left-hander got early defensive help when Wise made a diving catch in right on Upton's drive leading off the first.

Reid Brignac had a two-run single in the eighth for Tampa Bay.

Notes: Toronto has 201 homers this season. ... Rays reliever Grant Balfour (ribs) could pitch in a simulated game Wednesday.

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{allcanada} France drops Canada to 0-3 at worlds

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IZMIR, Turkey -- Three weeks ago in Toronto, Canadian basketball coach Leo Rautins saw it coming.

Canada had just defeated France in two world championship warmups, 69-58 and 85-63, but Rautins warned his players not to get overconfident.

"One of the things I said then was that this team was going to be a lot better team when we played again," Rautins said.

They were Tuesday, in a gritty, defensive affair in which Nicolas Batum and Mickael Gelabale each hit a pair of free throws in the final 17 seconds to help France clinch a 68-63 win over Canada on Tuesday at the world championship.

"If it wasn't for those two losses, we probably wouldn't have won today," said French coach Vincent Collet. "Those two games helped us understand our problems. Today our defence was more efficient and organized."

France (3-0) is on the brink of winning Group D with a victory over Lithuania (3-0) on Wednesday. Canada suffered its third straight loss, crippling its chances to finish in the group's top four to advance to the single-elimination rounds.

"We knew they needed this game," Collet said. "And they gave everything to win it."

Levon Kendall of North Vancouver scored 15 points. He came into the game as the tournament's second-leading rebounder at 11 per game, but gathered only four in this one. Nineteen-year-old Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., was a revelation, scoring 13 points in 19 minutes.

"It shows a lot of character for a guy at his age to come here and play without a fear," Kendall said of Olynyk. "It was great for him and hopefully he can do that on a consistent basis."

The Canadians played without Andy Rautins, the team's starting point guard and Leo Rautins' son, who was on the bench nursing a knee injury.

The game included 11 lead changes and 12 ties and started off with both teams struggling to score.

Three minutes in, centre Joel Anthony of Montreal helped preserve Canada's 5-2 lead. The left-hander first blocked centre Ali Traore's baby hook shot, then spiked guard Nando de Colo's three-point attempt as the shot clock expired.

Still, France scored 18 of its 28 first-half points in the paint and tied Canada at halftime.

"We tried to mix things up, a little man and little zone," Leo Rautins said. "They found some holes here and there, as good teams do."

Batum became the game's first double-digit scorer when he sliced through the lane and extended his six-feet-eight frame to finger roll in a layup with 6:58 left in the third quarter. The Portland Trailblazer gave France a 34-30 lead.

He finished the quarter with 18, and France trailed 46-48 going into the last 10 minutes.

"I have to be good sometimes to take over the game, and that's what I did tonight," said Batum, who scored 24 points.

France took the lead for good when Boris Diaw of the Charlotte Bobcats hit a three-pointer to make it 62-60 with 1:55 left. Diaw finished with eight points, six rebounds and five assists.

Ali Traore helped preserve Frances' 66-63 lead with 18 seconds left when he blocked a sweeping bank shot by Denham Brown.

"You hope to make the right decision and unfortunately that one kind of bit us," Leo Rautins said. "Unfortunately again we fell short but I'm pleased with the effort."

The last time the teams met in a major tournament was 2000, when France beat Canada 68-63 on its way to the silver medal in the Sydney Olympics.

Canada plays New Zealand (1-2) on Wednesday.

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{allcanada} Chelios was one of a kind, on and off the ice


DETROIT - Ken Holland was walking through the dressing room one day when a carpenter came past with a load of equipment. Holland, the Detroit Red Wings' general manager, was unaware of any construction project at Joe Louis Arena.

"What's going on?" Holland asked.

Chelios was having a hole cut into the side of the sauna and a window installed. That way, he could put a television outside and stationary bike inside. He could watch hockey while he worked out in the heat.

"He was 40 years old," Holland said. "Most 40-year-olds would have had a heart attack and that would have been the end of them."

But Chelios wasn't like most 40-year-olds - or 42-year-olds, or 44-year-olds, or 46-year-olds - and there was no end to his amazing playing career until Tuesday, when he announced his retirement and accepted a job as the Red Wings' advisor to hockey operations.

The Wings held a news conference at the Olympia Club inside Joe Louis Arena, on the other side of the wall and a few yards from that sauna. At one point, Holland said Chelios was 47. Chelios leaned forward and corrected him into the microphone.

"Forty-eight," Chelios said.

No one older has played in the NHL but Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey, the Wings legend who finished with the Hartford Whalers at age 52. No defenseman has played more regular season games than Chelios' 1,651. No one has played in more playoff games than his 266.

Chelios' longevity will define his career along with his three Stanley Cups, three Norris Trophies and countless ticked-off opponents - a career that established him as one of the greatest American-born players in history and should make him a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

At the urging of John Hahn, the Wings' senior director of communications, Chelios collected his thoughts on Monday night. He spent two-and-a-half hours trying to sum up his hockey life, handwriting page upon page of notes on a yellow legal pad. He spread some of those pages across the black-linen-lined table as he spoke Tuesday, reminiscing about his time with the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Atlanta Thrashers, thanking everyone from owners to coaches to teammates to doctors to staff members. He asked opposing fans to forgive him. He talked for about 37 minutes.

If that seems long, well, as he said, "When you play as long as I have, there are so many people." He said he might write a book.

"I could go on forever here," he said as he concluded. "I don't want to do that."

* * * * *

"Realistically this is probably - maybe - my last year. I don't want it to be."

Chelios said that in October of 2003. He was 41, about to turn 42 on Jan. 25. A lockout was looming. During World Cup training camp in August of 2004, Chelios had pictures taken of the team. He was the United States' captain again, but teammates were calling him the Godfather. The end was supposed to be near.

But it wasn't. Even though the lockout erased the 2004-05 season, Chelios played four more years for the Wings. He represented his country one more time, at the 2006 Torino Olympics. He spent most of last season with the AHL's Chicago Wolves, but got called up for seven games with the Thrashers.

With another player, it might have been sad: a future Hall of Famer hanging on well past his prime, his skills faded, his role reduced, unable or unwilling to give up the life. But with Chelios, it was different. He insisted his goal was not to play until 50 or to catch Howe. He kept playing because he could. He wasn't too proud to accept a lesser role, as long as he was adding value and having fun.

If the Wings had a roster spot for him now, he would continue to play. He could be part of a winner, contributing at least on the penalty kill from time to time. But those days are gone, and he realized during his stint with the Thrashers that it isn't worth it to him to play for the sake of playing.

"That role, I would accept in a heartbeat to stay in Detroit," Chelios said. "I would have done anything - any role. In and out of the lineup, I wouldn't have cared. I would have done that forever. But I wasn't going to do that for any other team, whether it be Atlanta or anyone else. At least I saw that's not what I wanted to do."

Chelios lasted so long in large part because of his resilient body and tremendous physical conditioning. He played for years without an ACL, and after he finally had it repaired, he rehabbed so hard that he returned in little more than three months. Whether he was paddle-surfing with Laird Hamilton, pushing his muscles to the limit with trainer T.R. Goodman or pedaling the stationary bike in that sauna, Chelios was a freak.

"You'd wake up in the morning and come down to the rink, and it didn't matter how early you got there, he was the first one there," said Wings center Kris Draper(notes). "I tried. I tried to get there before him. I think he kind of knew when I left my house. He had a little bit of a head start."

The first time Draper saw Chelios riding the stationary bike in the sauna, he was geeked to get after it, too. Chelios was in there for 20 minutes. Draper lasted five and said his lungs were burning.

But it went beyond the body. Long after Chelios' skills deteriorated, his guts and guile remained on the ice, and his leadership and popularity were ever present off the ice. Chelios - a guy who could bring celebrities like Michael Jordan, Dick Butkus, John McEnroe, John Cusack and Jeremy Piven into the dressing room - would draw teammates into the sauna not just to work out.

"One of the greatest things he did for our team was that sauna," Draper said. "There's a TV in there. It's perfect. You sit there after practice or after a game, and guys are in there. We've got hockey games on. We're just kind of hanging out. It's a great place to wind down."

Chelios grew up the son of Greek immigrants, working in various restaurants and bars in Chicago and San Diego, taking stock, cleaning up, even cooking. He never received money for it, not even an allowance. That his parents paid for hockey was his compensation. He knew what real work was. He never equated working out with it, let alone playing hockey.

"When I got into my 40s, everybody kept asking me, 'Are you going to retire soon?' " said Chelios, who owns two restaurants himself - one Cheli's Chili Bar in Detroit, one in the suburb of Dearborn. "I didn't have an answer mostly because I didn't want to quit and I was having so much fun playing with the Red Wings and winning Cups. I never thought it would end."

* * * * *

Chelios never spoke about retirement with his wife, Tracee. They didn't talk about it even on Monday, when Chelios sat down and poured out his heart on that legal pad. She told him simply to let her know when the time came. Little did she know the time would not come until Tuesday.

"I did not think it would take this long," Tracee Chelios said. "I kind of joke about how he waited until all the kids started leaving home before he retired. He's doing it now when it's easy.

"No, I never in a million years thought he would last this long."

Hahn had to prod Chelios gently to use the "R" word, but he used it. Unlike this spring, when he said was 99-percent sure he was done, now there is no doubt.

"I'm not going to leave the door open," Chelios said. "I'm 100-percent sure that this is it. I know that I'll never play in the NHL again. And it's not a hard decision…I couldn't have played any longer than I did.

"I wanted to leave the game when I thought I had nothing left and there was nothing left in the tank. So I think I pretty much accomplished that after 27 years. There's nothing left."

Chelios will follow in the footsteps of Steve Yzerman, who served an apprenticeship under Holland and assistant GM Jim Nill before becoming executive director of Team Canada for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Chelios will work with the Wings' defense prospects in the minor, junior and college leagues, and he will give the coaches and executives his perspective, while staying close to his wife and their four kids. His sons ndash; Dean, 21, and Jake, 19 - both play at Michigan State. He would love to coach them someday.

His future seems to be more in coaching than in the front office. He does not have Yzerman's even keel. He said he failed as a captain because he was too up and down, too emotional. He might make a great assistant coach. Perhaps he could help USA Hockey. The closer to the ice, the more comfortable Chelios always seems to be. When Hahn arrived at Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday morning, he spotted Chelios' car in the parking lot. He knew where Chelios would be. Chelios was in the dressing room at 10:30 a.m., one-and-a-half hours before his retirement press conference, riding the stationary bike in the sauna. LinkShare_336x280

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{allcanada} Chelios: 'Part wolverine, part fox, tough and smart'


Doug Weight(notes) listed Chris Chelios(notes) in his top three. Of all the Americans to ever lace up hockey skates, Weight thinks it doesn't get any better than Chris Chelios, Brian Leetch and Mike Modano(notes).

"Leetchy, Modano and Chelly are probably the amazing three," Weight said. "What can you say about Chelly?"

You also could say he was the best American to ever play the game and Brian Burke wouldn't argue.

"He's as good a player as we've ever manufactured," Burke wrote in an e-mail to Sporting News. "We've had more skilled players, but none with the package of skill and snarl. (He's) part of a special generation for USA Hockey, but a place a bit above for me."

It's quite a legacy. On top of the three Stanley Cups, the three Norris Trophies, the record for most NHL games by a defenseman, Chelios leaves the ice as someone who helped change the landscape of hockey in America.

If the 1980 Olympic hockey team broke down barriers for kids to play hockey in the States, the generation led by Chelios established that the U.S. could not only play, but consistently win at the highest level.

Now, when Team USA is playing for a gold medal in the Olympics, or winning a gold in the world junior championships, it's no surprise. Winning is no longer an upset.

That attitude shift has everything to do with the standard for competing Chelios established.

"More guys received an opportunity because of the success the (1980 Olympic team) had. The next generation is the one that gave us the identity," said USA Hockey assistant executive director Jim Johannson.

Chelios played in four Olympics and was the Team USA captain in three of them, including the 2002 silver medal winning team. He also helped Team USA win the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.

During the NHL season, he relished in riling up opposing fans. During international play, he took on entire countries.

"He'll do anything to win," Weight told Sporting News. "He's a borderline baby when we're losing. He loses his mind. When you see that competitiveness, a guy who played until he was 47—he just rewrote the book about being a hockey player, competing and wearing the American sweater."

The Red Wings were smart to keep Chelios in the organization. G.M. Ken Holland said he's often asked how the Red Wings continue to win despite aging players, salary cap challenges and the yearly challenges that can get in the way of contending for the Stanley Cup. His answer is the same. It's the culture. Because of players like Chelios, Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom(notes), the culture in Detroit is one of winning as a team.

Chelios brought that winning culture to Team USA. And like the Red Wings, USA Hockey has every intention of keeping Chelios around.

"For sure. I think (his role) will evolve in time as to what is the best fit for him and what path he takes," Johannson said. "There's something to be said for when you show up at an event and a guy like Chelios is around. … I want our competitors to see Chris Chelios there in whatever that role is. I think time will identify that."

Whether he can continue to make the same impact remains to be seen. But regardless, his impact as an American player is immeasurable.

"He was born with work boots on," Burke said. "(He's) part wolverine, part fox, tough and smart. He'll be missed." LinkShare_336x280

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TORONTO -- Taylor Hall scored a goal in each of his first two shifts to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a convincing win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, and the 18-year-old phenom was swarmed by reporters within minutes of the final horn.

He played along, even though it was only a video game, played in sandals instead of skates.

"I thought the guys played hard today," Hall said with a smirk. "We really stuck to our game plan. Came out first shift. Got two goals. Can't really hope for anything better than that. We'll take a couple days off here, get some rest and get back to the grindstone."

He was standing next to Tyler Seguin, the rival he had just vanquished in the first round of a tournament held to promote EA Sports "NHL 11," a popular video game brand set to relaunch Sept. 7. Hall also acknowledged his introduction to the real thing will be more difficult after he reports for rookie medicals with the Oilers on Sept. 10.

Edmonton selected the talented winger first overall in the NHL entry draft this summer after watching him lead the Windsor Spitfires to a second straight Memorial Cup title. He became the first player to earn back-to-back MVP honours.

Hall has spent the past few months relaxing and healing his wounds, preparing for a grind set to begin with a five-day rookie tournament in Penticton, B.C.

"With the rookie camp, there's going to be the top-tier CHL players," Hall said Tuesday. "After that, it's going to be an NHL camp where you're playing with men. I've tried to get on the ice this summer as much as I can with pros, with NHL guys, to get me used to that."

In the same breath, he acknowledged that practising with big league competition is not the same as actually competing in the big leagues.

"There's no really preparing for that," he said. "I think, once I get into camp and play a couple of exhibition games, hopefully, I'll get used to it. But I don't really know what to expect yet."

Hall signed a three-year entry level deal with the Oilers in July, and will attempt to jump from a dominant junior team to a rebuilding NHL franchise. Edmonton earned the right to claim Hall's services after finishing last in the league last year, 12 points behind the 29th-place Toronto Maple Leafs.

The transition will not be jarring in that respect, Hall said, because the Spitfires were struggling to keep up with their Ontario Hockey League competition when he joined them three years ago. Windsor did not lose a game at the Memorial Cup this year in Brandon, Man.

"We really built it up," Hall said. "So, hopefully, we can rekindle that sort of stuff in Edmonton. I think we have a really good young nucleus of guys."

The Calgary-born forward made a series of modest escapes during his vacation, heading south to Cancun and out to a series of cottage getaways. He said the back injury that prevented him from participating in the NHL's draft combine is healed, along with a nagging knee injury he had been battling.

"I haven't been on the ice a whole lot, but I feel the summer's been really good for me," he said. "I've got some good work in, but I've also taken some good time off."

Edmonton is set to open training camp loaded with potential, but facing a long climb as prospects such as Hall, winger Jordan Eberle (22nd overall, 2008) and fellow winger Magnus Paajarvi (10th overall, 2009) try to break into the league.

"We can draw from each other, we can use each other for advice," Hall said. "It's going to be a lot of fun." LinkShare_336x280

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TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed forward Christian Hanson to a one-year, two-way contract on Tuesday that will pay him $650,000 at the NHL level.

The 24-year-old restricted free agent will be entering his sophomore season in the NHL after recording two goals and seven assists in 32 games last season.

In 38 games with the AHL's Marlies, Hanson added 12 goals and 19 assists. LinkShare_336x280

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Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was sentenced to 30 days in prison in a Scottsdale, Arizona courtroom on Tuesday.

The 30-day stay in jail was the minimum sentence Khabibulin could have received under Arizona law. The maximum sentence would have been a six-month jail term.

Khabibulin was found guilty on Friday of three out of four charges against him.

The 37-year-old was pulled over last February while speeding in his black Ferrari in Arizona and was found with a blood alcohol level of at least twice the legal limit in that state. After the blood test, he was cited for an extreme DUI with a blood-alcohol content at .164.

Khabibulin has appealed the decision, which starts a process that could take several months to complete.

The Oilers believe Khabibulin will enter a substance abuse program with the NHL. The goalie is expected to be in camp, and the team believes he may travel.

Khabibulin missed most of last season with a back injury. He is entering the second season of a four-year, $15 million contract with the team. LinkShare_336x280

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{allcanada} Polansky stuns Monaco


NEW YORK -- Canada's Peter Polansky earned his first Grand Slam main draw victory of his career Tuesday, knocking off No. 30 seed Juan Monaco of Argentina at the U.S. Open.

The Thornhill, Ont., native defeated Monaco 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the opening round in front of about 1,000 fans at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

"I started to serve really well near the end," said Polansky after the match. "I knew if I played well and focused that I could do it. This means a lot, especially beating two top-35 guys in the past two weeks. That's huge for me."

The 2006 US Open junior finalist converted on three-of-five break point chances in the set and six-for-nine for the match.

With the first break point opportunity of the third set for Polansky, he returned a Monaco kick serve around the net post, but in for a winner. Polansky then calmly served out at-love to take a 3-1 lead. The Canadian broke Monaco again to close out the match.

After trailing 2-5 in the second set tiebreak, Polansky reeled off five straight points and took the commanding lead.

Polansky is having a strong finish to the summer hard court season, including a win over world No. 15 Jergen Melzer of Austria in the opening round of Rogers Cup in Toronto and earned three victories to qualify for the final Grand Slam of the season in New York.

Canada's top-ranked male singles player will next face either American James Blake or Kristof Vliegen of Belgium in Thursday's second round on Thursday.

Rebecca Marino of Vancouver will play third-seeded American Venus Williams on Wednesday. LinkShare_336x280

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{allcanada} Overbay still out


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Toronto first baseman Lyle Overbay does not have a concussion, but is feeling as if he did.

Overbay was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game Tuesday night because of post-concussion symptoms. He did resume on-field work before Toronto played at Tampa Bay and hopes to play again in the next few days.

Overbay was hurt last week when he collided with Blue Jays pitcher Brian Tallet. After having no problems for a couple days, Overbay was taken out of last Friday's game because he was not feeling well.

A CT scan was normal.

Also, Toronto infielder Yunel Escobar is expected to be out until Friday due to a stiff back. He hasn't played since Saturday. LinkShare_336x280

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While injured Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo played catch at practice on Tuesday, he won't be rushed back into the lineup and will not suit up this Friday against the B.C. Lions.

Calvillo, who suffered a bruised sternum two weeks ago in a game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, has progressing to the point that the doctors felt comfortable with him passing the ball in practice.  The veteran quarterbacked showed full torque in his upper body.

Head coach Marc Trestman said that Calvillo would be re-assessed by doctors on the weekend.

"We're going to be very, very cautious about this," Trestman told the media on Tuesday at practice.  "It's one thing to play catch, it's another thing to put pads on and it's another thing to get poked around a little bit, so we'll just see how it goes. 

"I can't feel what A.C. feels, but he's going to have to feel pretty good for us to put him out there in pads in the real deal."  

Trestman also said that if Calvillo takes part in a full practice next Tuesday, then there's a very good chance that he will play on Sept. 11 in Hamilton. LinkShare_336x280

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