Canada wins World Juniors opener 

Connor Bedard had a goal and an assist as Team Canada opened the World Junior Hockey Championship with a 5-2 win over Latvia Wednesday in Edmonton. 

Ridly Greig and William Dufour also had a goal and a helper each, while Lukas Cormier and Olen Zellweger scored and captain Mason McTavish picked up two assists. 

Sebastian Cossa made 22 saves for Canada, who take on Slovakia in their next game this afternoon at Rogers Place. 

In other action, Sweden beat Switzerland 3-2 and Germany beat Austria 4-2. Other games today have Czechia taking on Finland and the USA battling Switzerland. 

Amy Brown picks up hat trick at Canada Games 

Swift Current’s Amy Brown had a hat trick and added an assist as Saskatchewan beat PEI 12-1 in a qualification game at the Canada Games women’s box lacrosse tournament. 

Saskatchewan was then eliminated from medal contention in an 11-0 loss to Ontario in the quarterfinal Wednesday night. They’ll play a consolation game against Manitoba tonight. 

Meanwhile, the female wrestling team with Alexandria Metke of Cadillac just missed the podium as Saskatchewan fell to Alberta in the Bronze Medal matches. 

The games continue in Ontario’s Niagara Region through next week. 

Blue Jays Rained Out in Baltimore 

The Toronto Blue Jays had their series finale with the Orioles postponed by rain in Baltimore Wednesday night. The game will be made up in a doubleheader at Camden Yards on Labour Day. 

The Jays are off today before starting a weekend homestand with the Guardians on Friday. 

Tonight’s MLB schedule features the Chicago Cubs and Cincinatti Reds playing in the cornfields of America’s Midwest in the second annual “Field of Dreams” game. The game is being played at Dyersville, Iowa, not far from where the iconic baseball movie Field of Dreams was filmed. 

Bombers looking to stay perfect 

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers put their perfect 9-0 record on the line tonight when they face the Montreal Alouettes to kick off week 10 in the CFL. The last time the Bombers had a 10-0 start to a season was in 1960. 

The Saskatchewan Roughriders visit the Edmonton Elks on Saturday. 

Bianca moves on, Serena bids farewell to Canada 

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is moving on to the round of 16 at the National Bank Open in Toronto after beating Alize Cornet of France 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3. 

Andreescu, who defeated Serena Williams to win the Rogers Cup and US Open in 2019, played her match after the 23-time grand slam winner lost her final match in Canada to Belinda Bencic. Williams announced this week that she plans to retire after this year’s US Open. 

Andreescu will face China’s Zheng Qwinwen in her third-round match on centre court today. 

Meanwhile, Leylah Fernandez was eliminated after falling in straight sets to Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia, while Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka to move on to the third round of the men’s event in Montreal, where he’ll face Britain’s Cameron Norrie today. 

Muirhead announces retirement from curling 

Eve Muirhead has announced her retirement from curling at the age of 32. 

She played with Scotland at nine World Women’s Curling Championships, including both times the event was held in Swift Current in 2010 and 2016, and won gold in 2013 to become the youngest skip to win a world championship. 

Muirhead also skipped Great Britain at four Winter Olympics, winning bronze in Sochi in 2014 and gold at the Beijing games this past February. 

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