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Sunday, June 14, 2015

SUNDAY SPORTS

The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup on home ice. Antoine Vermette scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period as Chicago slipped past the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final. The win gives the Blackhawks a 3-2 edge in the series with Game 6 scheduled for Monday night in Chicago.

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The Manchester Monarchs won their first Calder Cup championship when they beat Utica Comets 2-1 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven American Hockey League series. Adrian Kempe and Vincent LoVerde scored in the first period for Manchester, the top affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. Patrik Bartosak had 31 stops.

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The Toronto Blue Jays are just one game back of the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East. Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the 11th inning and Toronto beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 at Fenway Park for their 10th straight victory. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees fell 9-4 to Baltimore and Tampa Bay beat the White Sox 5-4.

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Albert Pujols homered in the first inning and C-J Wilson pitched seven frames of two-hit ball as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 1-0. Wilson struck out eight and walked three in his first scoreless outing since April 7th.

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The Yorkton Cardinals scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning and did not look back as they defeated the visiting Regina Red Sox 4-2 Saturday night.

The loss dropped the Red Sox record to 7-5 while Yorkton improved to 6-5.  Regina returns to the diamond Sunday in Melville for an afternoon affair with the Millionaires.

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The Toronto Argonauts added some insurance at the quarterback position on Saturday by signing former Montreal pivot Adrian McPherson.

The 32-year-old native of Bradenton, Fla., spent five seasons with the Alouettes from 2008 through 2012. He won Grey Cup rings in 2009 and '10.

McPherson served mostly as the backup behind Anthony Calvillo, completing 145 of 247 passes for 1,505 yards with 10 TDs and six interceptions during his time with the Alouettes. He also rushed for 1,035 yards on 218 attempts, scoring 20 touchdowns.

The Alouettes released him to pursue other offers and he joined Tampa Bay of the Arena Football League in 2013. He appeared in 13 games for the Storm and completed 238 of 385 passes for 3,151 yards and 59 touchdowns with five interceptions.

McPherson signed with Calgary in January 2014 but suffered an injury before training camp and never played for the Stampeders.

It's unclear whether Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray will be ready for the team's regular-season opener June 27 against Edmonton. He underwent shoulder surgery in the off-season.

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The Montreal Impact were the only Canadian M-L-S team in action tonight and they didn't fare too well. The Impact dropped a 3-1 decision to expansion club New York City F-C on the road. Around the pitch, Los Angeles and Columbus played to a 1-1 draw, New England beat Chicago 2-nil and Seattle blanked Dallas 3-nil.

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Chris Rainey, Brandon Rutley and Jonathan Bryant all scored touchdowns as the Montreal Alouettes got their pre-season going with a 26-9 win over the Ottawa Redblacks. Boris Bede converted on a 28-yard field goal for Montreal, but its offence struggled to find a rhythm. The Al's managed only four first downs after two quarters.

(Canadian Press/Outlaw Communications)

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