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Osaka’s 23-match win streak ends against Sakkari in Miami

No. 2 Naomi Osaka’s 23-match winning streak ended Wednesday when she lost to Maria Sakkari of Greece in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open, 6-0, 6-4.

The defeat was Osaka’s first since February 2020, and it ended any chance of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking this week from Ash Barty, who is in the semifinals.

Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last month, but in five Miami appearances she has never advanced beyond the quarterfinals.

Against the No. 23-seeded Sakkari, Osaka lost 15 consecutive points on her serve to fall behind and blew a 4-1 lead in the second set. She faced a break point on seven of her eight service games.

WATCH | Sakkari stuns Osaka in Miami:

No. 23 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece needed just 66 minutes to end No. 2 seed Naomi Osaka’s 23-match winning streak, defeating her 6-0, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Miami Open. 1:53

Sakkari earned her sixth career win over a top-five opponent. She’s still in the tournament only because she saved six match points in the fourth round before beating American Jessica Pegula.

Osaka took a 40-0 lead in the opening game but didn’t win another point on her serve until the second set. When she ended the drought, she received a big ovation from the small crowd, which she followed up with her best stretch of tennis.

But Sakkari rallied. From 40-0 down she won five consecutive points, hitting one last thunderous return to break for a 5-4 lead. She then served out the victory.

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu plays for a spot in the semifinals tonight as she faces Sara Sorribes Tormo of Spain. 

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Toronto FC win streak snapped at 5 games after settling for draw with Red Bulls

Teenager Caden Clark continued the torrid start to his MLS career, scoring his second goal in as many games to lift the New York Red Bulls into a 1-1 tie with Toronto FC on Wednesday night.

Clark, who turned 17 in May, marked his debut on the weekend with a spectacular volley off a corner against Atlanta. He did it again in the 77th minute Wednesday, finding the top corner with his a left-footed rocket from outside the penalty box.

The late goal ended Toronto’s win streak at five games, one short of matching the club record.

Introduced in the 59th minute, Clark added immediate punch to the New York offence. The Minnesota native was riding a high after becoming the fifth-youngest MLS player to score on debut.

Toronto (11-2-5) is still undefeated in eight games (6-0-2), a run that also included victories over Montreal, New York City FC, Columbus Crew SC, the Philadelphia Union, New England Revolution and FC Cincinnati.

The Red Bulls (7-8-3) were coming off a 1-0 win Saturday in Atlanta that snapped a two-game losing streak.

Toronto’s Alejandro Pozuelo opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute after Ayo Akinola’s rising shot off a corner hit Dru Yearwood’s arm. It was the eighth goal of the season for Pozuelo.

Goalkeeper Ryan Meara stood rooted to the spot as Pozuelo, who upped his career MLS penalty success rate to 10-of-11, rolled the ball into the corner of goal.

The Spaniard missed one-of-two spot kicks in a 1-1 tie against NYCFC at Yankee Stadium last September. A failed attempt to pass the ball from the penalty spot to teammate Pablo Piatti in a 1-0 loss to Montreal earlier this season apparently is not considered an attempt.

Yearwood appeared to have redeemed himself in the 32nd minute with a shot through traffic that went in from a corner. But a Red Bull player was ruled to be offside and interfering with goalkeeper Quentin Westberg.

WATCH | Red Bulls’ teen Clark scores late equalizer:

After scoring in his MLS debut on Saturday, Caden Clark records his 2nd career goal with an excellent strike as his New York Red Bulls play to 1-1 draw with Toronto FC who have their win streak snapped but are still unbeaten in 8 games. 1:17

Pozuelo had chances for more goals at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field but his shots hit bodies, went wide or were saved.

TFC has lost just two of 28 regular-season games (16-2-10) since a 2-0 defeat at the Red Bulls on Aug. 3, 2019. A 3-1 loss to NYCFC on July 26 in round-of-16 play at the MLS is Back Tournament doesn’t count because the knockout rounds of the competition did not factor into the standings.

Wednesday’s game was the fourth in 12 days for Toronto, which faces Atlanta on Sunday.

Greg Vanney made four changes from his weekend lineup in Cincinnati, bringing back Chris Mavinga, Nick DeLeon, Piatti and Akinola.

Newly signed homegrown player Ralph Priso made the bench. The 18-year-old midfielder from Toronto, a Canada under-17 youth international who joined the Toronto academy in January 2017, wore No. 97. He is the 25th player to sign for the first team from the academy.

WATCH | TFC clinch playoff berth with victory over Cincinnati:

Toronto FC earned their 5th straight victory and became the first team to clinch an MLS playoff spot with a 1-0 win over FC Cincinnati. 1:01

Pozuelo had a pair of early chances for Toronto. Meara made the save to deny the Spaniard in the eighth minute off a nice give-and-go with DeLeon. Pozuelo then shot wide off the ensuing corner.

Jonathan Osorio split the defence and found Akinola in the 17th minute but the striker could not get the shot away. Three minutes later, Meara parried Piatti’s swerving shot from just outside the penalty box.

Westberg made a diving one-handed save to deflect a Florian Valot shot in the 29th minute of a first half that saw 63 per cent possession for Toronto despite the Red Bulls’ trademark high press.

Pozuelo had another chance in the 53rd minute but his weak shot was easily saved. Westberg then stopped Tom Barlow from close range after defender Omar Gonzalez’s header didn’t reach his goalkeeper.

Pozuelo found Akinola with a through ball but his shot deflected off a defender. Another Pozuelo chance bounced off a Red Bulls body in front of goal in the 74rd.

Former Whitecap defender Tim Parker captained the Red Bulls with skipper Sean Davis, who returned to action on the weekend from a knee injury, starting on the bench. Austrian attacking midfielder Daniel Royer, who leads the team with four goals, came off the bench in the second half.

The two teams will meet again in the regular-season finale Nov. 8 at Red Bull Arena.

Impact edged by Revs

Kekuta Manneh and Teal Bunbury scored early goals, Adam Buska had a goal and an assist, and the New England Revolution beat the Montreal Impact 3-2 on Wednesday night at Red Bulls Stadium.

Manneh opened the scoring with his first goal of the season in the 13th minute, side-footing a one-touch shot into an empty net. Buska ran onto a loose ball before tapping it to Manneh for the finish from point-blank range.

Alexander Buttner chipped a high entry to the centre of the box where Bunbury scored on a header to make it 2-0 in the 20th.

WATCH | Impact’s comeback falls short in loss to Revs:

New England’s Adam Buksa scored the game-winner and added an assist in a 3-2 victory over Montreal. 1:01

New England (7-4-7) has won consecutive games and has one loss in its last seven matches.

Amar Sejdic tapped in a roller from the top of the six-yard box in the 27th minute for the Impact. Buska beat a pair of defenders before his shot was stopped by goalkeeper James Pantemis. Buska then put the rebound into an empty net in the 52nd minute to make it 3-1.

Ballou Tabla’s goal — the 21-year-old’s first since 2017 — in stoppage capped the scoring.

Montreal (6-10-2) has lost six of its last eight games.

The Impact are playing their remaining home games in the United States due to travel restrictions regarding COVID-19 put in place by the Canadian government.

Whitecaps edge LAFC

Lucas Cavallini scored twice and the Vancouver Whitecaps took a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles FC on Wednesday.

Cristian Dajome and Fredy Montero assisted on both goals for the `Caps (7-11-0).

WATCH | Whitecaps take down LAFC:

Lucas Cavallini of Mississauga, Ont., scored both goals as Vancouver beat Los Angeles 2-1. 1:16

Eduard Atuesta tallied the lone goal for L.A. (7-7-2), converting a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.

Evan Bush did not register a save but collected his second straight win for the Whitecaps. LAFC `keeper Pablo Sisniega stopped two shots.

L.A. was without several of its top players Wednesday, including Diego Rossi, who’s away with the Uruguayan national team, and midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye, who is out with an ankle injury.

The result comes three weeks after LAFC shellacked Vancouver 6-0 in California, igniting a four-game losing skid.

WATCH | Cavallini connects off of slick passing:

The Vancouver Whitecaps work their way down field with some stellar passing as Lucas Cavallini of Mississauga, Ont., scores their opening goal against Los Angeles FC. 1:39

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Sinclair keeps scoring streak alive as Thorns claim Fall Series Community Shield

Christine Sinclair scored on a pair of penalty kicks and the Portland Thorns downed OL Reign 2-1 Saturday night to claim the National Women’s Soccer League’s Community Shield in the fall series.

With the win, Portland (3-0-1) locked up the top spot in the fall series. The league created the Community Shield for the series’ best team.

Sinclair scored on a penalty kick late in the first half to put the Thorns up 1-0, but the Reign drew even early in the the second half on Amber Brooks’ goal.

WATCH | Sinclair guides Thorns to victory with brace:

After opening the scoring for Portland in the 1st half with a penalty, Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, B.C., records another goal on a penalty in the 2nd half for a 2-1 win over OL Reign. 0:32

Sinclair scored on a second PK in the 73rd minute. The Canadian national team captain leads all players in the fall series with six goals.

The Reign (0-2-1) wrap up the fall series against the Utah Royals next Saturday, following a match between the Orlando Pride and North Carolina Courage.

The league partnered with Verizon on the Community Shield to provide grants to local small businesses for the top three finishers in the fall series. The Thorns will grant $ 25,000 to Portland’s Mimi’s Fresh Tees.

WATCH | Sinclair opens scoring from the spot:

Christine Sinclair of Burnaby, B.C., scores on a penalty for the Portland Thorns during the 1st half in a match against OL Reign. 0:33

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Leafs’ California road trip begins with thud after win streak halted by Sharks

Evander Kane scored two goals to give the San Jose Sharks their first three-game winning streak since November with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

“We obviously haven’t had the type of success we wanted this year for whatever reason,” Kane said. “You look at us on paper, even with some of the guys that are gone, we’re a pretty darned good team on paper. We just have to put it together. … We just want to finish the year off on a strong note and put a little reminder out there that we’re still the San Jose Sharks. We’re going to be tough to beat.”

Stefan Noesen got the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and Kane added an insurance tally 50 seconds later to give the Sharks three straight wins for the first time since Nov. 21-25. Antti Suomela also scored and Radim Simek added an empty-netter.

Martin Jones made 25 saves for the Sharks, who remain in 13th place in the Western Conferene.

Auston Matthews scored his 46th goal of the season and assisted on a dazzling goal by Mitch Marner, but Toronto failed to get its first four-game winning streak since December. Jack Campbell stopped 33 shots.

WATCH Marner scores marvellous goal in defeat:

Mitch Marner showed off an incredible set of hands when he tied the game in the second period. 1:00

The game turned early in the third thanks to a fortunate bounce for San Jose. Suomela’s shot was stopped by Campbell, but the rebound caromed off the back boards to Noesen, who knocked it in to make it 3-2.

“I feel responsible for this one,” Campbell said. “When the second intermission came around I thought we had weathered the storm. But I wasn’t able to shut the door on them. That’s the bottom line.”

Then after Jones made a big save at the other end to preserve the lead, Kane scored his 24th goal of the season on a 2-on-1 rush.

“They just kept coming and coming and a lot of times we just had no push back,” Matthews said. “So it was tough to get stuff going our way. We just got cut out and they just continued to play and push into our zone and forced us to tire ourselves out.”

The Sharks controlled play in the second period but still were unable to head into the third with a lead thanks to a highlight-reel goal by Marner.

The Maple Leafs were outshot 18-6 in the second but scored on two of those attempts, with Matthews beating Mario Ferraro to a rebound of Martin Marincin’s point shot to tie the game at 1.

Suomela answered 66 seconds later when he banked a shot from behind the goal line off Campbell and into the net. But San Jose couldn’t add onto that lead despite peppering Campbell with shots.

Toronto nearly tied it while short-handed, but Jones robbed Zach Hyman on a rebound attempt. Jones had little chance against Marner late in the period.

Matthews slid a pass to Marner, who deftly played the puck between his legs to elude Brent Burns and then beat Jones with a backhand to the delight of the large contingent of Toronto fans.

The Sharks got the only goal in the first period when Kane deflected a shot by Burns on the power play for his 23rd of the season.

Jones stopped all 14 shots he faced early to keep San Jose in the game.

“He looks like a confident goaltender in there,” interim coach Bob Boughner said. “There were a few chances — the game could have been very, very different. The momentum could have shifted to Toronto’s favour if it wasn’t for Jonesy making a couple big saves.”

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Raptors fail bid for 16th straight win as Nets snap historic streak in Brooklyn

The Toronto Raptors were hoping to keep rolling right into the all-star break.

Instead, they had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Still, the reigning NBA champions are 40-15 despite losing Kawhi Leonard last summer and battling injuries all season, so they could easily shrug off a poor performance Wednesday.

“In the big scheme of things, you look at the overall of where you’re sitting and have to be pleased with that,” coach Nick Nurse said.

The Raptors couldn’t find the form that helped them average 121.2 points and shoot 50 per cent over the previous 15 games. This time, they hit only 37.8 per cent, with Kyle Lowry’s triple-double coming on a night when the all-star point guard was just 4 for 13.

“We didn’t play well. Simple as that,” Lowry said.

“They played well and give them credit, they played their butts off. They beat us. It’s only one game.”

WATCH | Nets end Raptors’ win streak:

Toronto falls to Brooklyn 101-91, franchise-record winning streak comes to an end. 1:24

Caris LeVert scored 20 points for the Nets, who ended a six-game losing streak against the Raptors. That included Saturday in Toronto, where LeVert scored a career-best 37 points but the Nets fell 119-118.

“I think we felt like we were right there in Toronto. We were really a last second tip-in from winning the game and we were confident going into it,” forward Joe Harris said. “Obviously any time you play home in front of your own fans, you definitely get a distinct advantage that way”.

Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 17 points and nine assists for the Nets, who head into the break 25-28 after having Kyrie Irving for just 20 games. He sat out again with a sprained right knee.

Serge Ibaka had 28 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors after returning from a one-game absence with flu-like symptoms. Fred VanVleet scored 22 points and Lowry had 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse gestures toward an official during Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. Nurse says he’s pleased about the trajectory of his team despite the win streak coming to an end. (Kathy Willens/The Associated Press)

Quashed comeback efforts

The Nets extended a 10-point lead after three quarters to 80-65 in the opening 90 seconds of the fourth and spent the rest of the game turning back every Toronto attempt to get back in it. The Raptors’ best shot came when Ibaka made a 3-pointer and VanVleet converted a three-point play to cut it to 91-82 with 4:13 remaining, but LeVert made consecutive baskets to quickly push the lead back into double figures.

“I thought our physicality, the things we were missing in the last two games against them, I thought we just raised that. We wanted it bad,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “The execution wasn’t perfect, but our will to win was at a super-high level. That’s why we came out with the W.”

The Nets scored the first seven points of the second quarter to open a 30-19 lead. The Raptors had the deficit down to six in the final minute of the period, but Harris made three free throws and then a 3 to make it 52-40 at halftime.

“I thought we were a little flat early and just couldn’t really get it going after that,” VanVleet said. “It is what it is. We weren’t going to win them all.”

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Rangers snap Maple Leafs’ 6-game win streak in OT

The Toronto Maple Leafs found out what life is going to be like without defenceman Jake Muzzin, the lone Stanley Cup winner on their roster.

The Maple Leafs learned before their 5-4 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday, in which visitor Artemi Panarin set up three goals including Tony DeAngelo’s winner, that Muzzin will be out week-to-week with a broken foot.

Muzzin and forward Ilya Mikheyev were lost long term with injuries suffered in Toronto’s 5-4 overtime win in New Jersey on Friday. Mikheyev expects to be gone a minimum of three months after a scary incident that required surgery to repair his lacerated right wrist.

“We miss Muzz,” said Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe, now 12-4-1 since he took over. “It’s more than what he does on the ice for us. There are a lot of intangibles he brings from in the locker room to the bench, talking between whistles, and all those things.”

Maple Leafs sniper Auston Matthews agreed.

“Everything,” he said when asked about Muzzin’s absence. “A lot of leadership, a lot of physicality. He held guys accountable in the dressing room. Obviously, we’re going to miss him quite a bit, but it’s an opportunity for others to step up.”

WATCH | Maple Leafs 6-game win streak halted with OT loss to Rangers:

Tony DeAngelo scored in overtime to give the New York Rangers a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs 1:36

Matthews also remarked Mikheyev’s absence will leave a hole. Matthews admires the way the 25-year-old Russian has come to Toronto, learned a new language and fit in with his solid two-way play.

The Maple Leafs could have used some of Mikheyev’s checking ability as well as Muzzin’s stinginess in the defensive end as the Rangers turned Saturday’s game into a run-and-gun affair.

The Rangers held leads of 3-1 early in the second period and 4-2 after 40 minutes.

“Playing from behind is tough,” Keefe said. “We haven’t done that very much as a team here of late. But now it’s been three games in a row, and that’s not a good recipe for us. It’s not a good recipe for anybody.”

New York’s Brett Howden and Ryan Strome sandwiched goals around one from Maple Leafs forward William Nylander in the second.

Strome, with his second, and Mika Zibanejad did the same in the second period around Matthews’ first of two.

“There was a buy-in tonight. For us to come in here on the road against a very good team, in a very hard building to play in, and come out with two points is big for us,” said Rangers forward Chris Kreider.

Matthews missed a glorious chance in the late going when he shot high with Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev down. But Matthews redeemed himself with a slapper that evened the game with 53 seconds remaining in regulation time.

“We’re proud of the way we battled back,” he said. “Coming into the third, we weren’t discouraged. The way these teams play — high-powered offences — we knew we were going to get our chances.”

The Maple Leafs outshot the Rangers 48-38. Toronto is 2-5-2 in the second game of back-to-back outings and hit the 40-game mark at 21-14-5, compared to 26-12-2 at this point a year ago.

In Mikheyev’s absence, 23-year-old Adam Brooks made his NHL debut. The Winnipeg native played in 171 regular season and playoff games for the AHL Toronto Marlies before playing in his first NHL game.

He found out late Friday night that he was going to play. His parents were able to make it in from Manitoba to watch his debut.

“It was a day I will always remember,” he said. “It was an awesome experience.”

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Bianca Andreescu’s streak is over, and so is Andre De Grasse’s

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Bianca Andreescu’s winning streak is over

The Canadian tennis star’s 17-match run ended with a hard-fought loss to Naomi Osaka in the China Open quarter-finals. The showdown between the world’s No. 4 and No. 6 players (and the last two U.S. Open champions) lived up to its billing. The fourth-ranked Osaka rallied from a set down to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Osaka’s big serve was the difference. She hit 10 aces, compared to only one for Andreescu.

Osaka is the first player to truly defeat Andreescu in more than seven months. The Canadian’s last official loss came in late March when a shoulder injury forced her to quit during a match at the Miami Open. But she hadn’t lost a completed match since Sofia Kenin beat her in the semifinals of the Mexican Open on March 1. Andreescu won her last two tournaments: the Rogers Cup in Toronto and the U.S. Open, where she became the first Canadian to win a singles Grand Slam. Her 17-match win streak was the longest on the women’s tour this year. She wasn’t just beating up on lesser opponents, either. Before today, Andreescu was 8-0 this year against players ranked in the top 10.

Today’s loss all but kills Andreescu’s (already slim) chances of reaching No. 1 by the end of the year. There’s only one big tournament left in the women’s tennis season: the WTA Finals at the end of the month. A lot of rankings points are up for grabs there, but world No. 1 Ash Barty already had a big lead over Andreescu coming into the China Open, and she’s still alive after reaching the semifinals today. So she can continue adding points here, and she’s not “defending” any. The rankings take into account a player’s results over the last 12 months, and Barty missed both the China Open and the WTA Finals last year. So it’s all gravy for her from here on out.

We’ll likely see Andreescu one more time this year, at the WTA Finals. There’s only one other event worth playing: the Kremlin Cup in Moscow starting Oct. 14. But it’s a lower-tier event. It’s worth less than half the rankings points of the China Open, and the purse is much smaller too. Several of the top players have committed to it, but Andreescu isn’t one of them at the moment. So it’s more likely she plays next at the season-ending WTA Finals. That’s a huge event, reserved for the top eight players in the world. Only the Grand Slams are worth more rankings points, and the purse is massive. It’s a round-robin format, and if a player manages to go undefeated en route to winning the tournament she’ll pocket $ 4.725 million US. That would be the biggest prize in the history of tennis.

Osaka ended Andreescu’s 17 match win streak with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory in the quarter-finals of the China Open in Beijing. 1:19

Andre De Grasse’s streak is over too

The sprinter’s bid for a third medal at the world championships ended when Canada failed to qualify for the 4×100-metre final — by a tiny margin. The top three finishers in both heats advance, plus the next two fastest overall times. Canada finished fifth in its heat and appeared to tie the Netherlands for the last wild-card spot. But the Dutch took the photo finish by five thousandths of a second, eliminating the Canadian team of De Grasse, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Gavin Smellie.

This is the first time De Grasse has come away without a medal in a major race. He’d reached the podium in each of his first seven starts at the world championships or Olympics. That included a silver in the 200 metres and a bronze in the 100 at the current worlds in Qatar. He ran a strong anchor leg today, but it wasn’t enough to make up the deficit he faced when he took the baton.

Canada looked like a medal contender in the 4×100. It was one of only two countries (along with the U.S.) to put two men in the individual 100 final (Brown finished eighth). Canada won bronze in this evenet at the last Olympics and finished sixth at the last world championships, which De Grasse missed with an injury.

Jamaica is out too. They surprisingly finished 11th overall in the heats. The country might be in a rare down period for its men’s sprinters after the retirement of Usain Bolt. Yohan Blake was the only Jamaican to reach the 100 final, and he finished fifth.

The U.S. is favoured to win the relay, despite a sluggish heat. The Americans actually ran a slower time than Canada, but they advanced automatically by finishing third in their heat. No one has better top-end talent and depth than the U.S., which has both the gold and silver medallist from the individual 100 metres — Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin. The Americans might get a boost for the final by adding Noah Lyles to the lineup. He didn’t run today, but he’s said he’s available for this event. Though he’s better at the 200 (he won the world title earlier this week), Lyles ran a 9.86 100 back in July. Only Coleman has posted a faster time this year.

You can watch the 4×100 final on Saturday afternoon. It starts at 3:15 and it’ll be live on the CBC TV network. You can also stream it live here.

Despite setting a season’s best time of 37.91 seconds, Canada’s men’s relay team featuring Gavin Smellie, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Andre De Grasse failed to qualify for the final at the world track and field championships. 4:22

Also at the track and field worlds…

Three Canadians competed in finals today, but none won medals. Mike Mason finished seventh in the men’s high jump, Sage Watson was eighth in the women’s 400-metre hurdles and Matt Hughes was 14th in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase.

It was a great day for the host country. Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim successfully defended his title in the men’s high jump — much to the delight of the home crowd in Doha. After a week’s worth of sparse attendance, the stadium finally looked full today. Free tickets were reportedly handed out, and the fans went nuts every time Barshim cleared the bar.

With two days of competition left, Canada has won five medals — a silver and four bronze. The non-De Grasse bronze medals have come from race walker Evan Dunfee, 5,000m runner Moh Ahmed and decathlete Damian Warner. Five podiums is a solid showing, but the team will fall short of the national record of eight medals from 2015, which included two gold.

Canada has some outside podium chances on the final weekend: Saturday’s finalists are Tim Nedow in the men’s shot put, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford in the women’s 1,500 metres and Andrea Seccafien in the women’s 5,000. It would be a surprise if any of them won a medal, though. Their season bests rank either at or near the bottom among the athletes they’ll face in their finals. The best hope for one last medal on Sunday is Ahmed in the men’s 10,000 metres. He finished eighth at the last world championships. You can live stream both days of competition in their entirety here. Saturday’s coverage starts at 9:30 a.m. ET, and Sunday’s at 11:15 a.m. ET. You can also watch on the CBC TV network Saturday from 3-6 p.m. ET (including the men’s 4×100 final live at 3:15 p.m. ET) and Sunday from 3-5 p.m. ET in your local time.

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Bianca Andreescu runs unbeaten streak to 16 matches, advances to round of 16

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu has not tasted defeat in a long time.

The world No. 6 beat Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 7-6 (5) today in a second-round match at the China Open in Beijing, running her unbeaten streak to 16 matches.

“Today was more of a battle mentally with myself than anything,” said the 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont. “I felt like I was getting very down on myself. I expect a lot from myself in general, but I have to realize not everything is going to go the way I want it to.”

Andreescu fought back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set and then fended off a set point to beat Mertens in a rematch of a U.S. Open quarter-final. The Canadian also won in New York last month en route to her first career Grand Slam title.

“I can improve on a lot of things, but I think the main thing right now is definitely keeping a more positive approach to things,” Andreescu said. “Even if there are 100 positives in something, if there is one negative thing that happens, that triggers something in me and I then I totally forget about all the positives.

“I just want to think of the positive as much as I can and just work with what I have.”

There was some confusion about how many matches Andreescu had won in a row prior to Wednesday.

The WTA Tour clarified afterward her win streak stands at 16 matches because a walkover win for Sofia Kenin in the second round at the French Open does not count as a defeat for Andreescu.

Therefore, her last official defeat was in late March when she retired in the round of 16 at the Miami Open while trailing 6-1, 2-0 against Anett Kontaveit.

Jennifer Brady next for Andreescu

Andreescu will face world No. 66 Jennifer Brady of the U.S. on Thursday in the round of 16 at the $ 8.285 million US WTA Tour Premier-Mandatory event.

Andreescu has won three of four matches against Brady, all played at smaller tournaments.

“I’m not expecting anything easy because every time I did play her, it was a tough battle,” Andreescu said.

Andreescu said she also needs to improve on her serve. She had seven double faults against Mertens and put just 53 per cent of her first serves in.

The Canadian saved eight of 12 break-point chances for Mertens to limit the problems caused by her serve. Andreescu also converted on five of her six break-point opportunities.

In women’s doubles on Wednesday, the fourth-seeded team of Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and Yifan Xu of China lost 7-5, 6-3 to Czech twin sisters Karolina and Kristyna Pliskova.

On the men’s side, Andy Murray won consecutive singles matches for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in January.

The 32-year-old Murray beat British countryman Cameron Norrie 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 6-1 to make the singles quarterfinals at a tournament for the first time in 12 months.

Murray will face either top-seeded Dominic Thiem or Chinese wild-card entry Zhang Zhizhen on Friday.

Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime will face No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev of Germany in a third-round match on Thursday.

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Whitecaps rally past Cincinnati to snap 9-game winless streak

Felipe scored in the 84th minute to help the Vancouver Whitecaps end their nine-game winless streak and hand expansion FC Cincinnati its fourth straight loss, 2-1 on Saturday night.

Russell Teibert chased down Ali Adnan’s pass and crossed it through the goalkeeper’s legs to Felipe, who smashed it home from close range.

Hwang In-Beom made it 1-all for the Whitecaps (5-11-9) in the 41st minute, following Kendall Waston’s attempted clearance with a low hard shot from outside the area.

Allan Cruz gave FC Cincinnati (5-17-2) the lead in the sixth minute. Mathieu Deplagne’s cross came off of Darren Mattocks and fell to Cruz who finished from the top of the 6-yard box.

WATCH | Whitecaps snap 9-match winless streak:

Filipe’s goal in the 84th minute pushed the Vancouver over FC Cincinnati 2-1, and snapped the Whitecaps 9-match winless streak. 1:03

Rapids double up on Impact

Kei Kamara scored the second hat trick of his career and the Colorado Rapids used a flurry of first-half goals to beat the Montreal Impact 6-3.

Kamara gave Colorado (6-12-5) a 2-1 lead in the 36th minute with a penalty kick and made it 3-1 in the first minute of first-half stoppage time. Three minutes later, Diego Rubio scored to make it 4-1 before halftime.

Kamara netted his hat trick with a header to cap the scoring in the 90th minute.

WATCH | Rapids down Impact:

Kei Kamara recorded his 2nd career MLS hat trick to help the Colorado Rapids beat the Montreal Impact 6-3. 1:08

Montreal (11-11-3) cut it to 4-3 with a pair of goals in the second half. Maximiliano Urruti scored in the 55th minute and Saphir Taider converted a penalty in the 76th.

But Andre Shinyashiki scored two minutes later to help the Rapids open a two-goal lead.

Kamara opened the scoring with an own goal in the 18th minute that gave Montreal the lead. Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush answered with an own goal in the 21st to tie it at 1.

The Impact have lost five of their last six.

TFC rue missed chances

Kemar Lawrence scored his first goal of the season and Luis Robles had three saves to help the New York Red Bulls beat Toronto FC 2-0.

Alejandro Romero Gamarra, on the right side, split a pair of defenders and, near the corner of the 6-yard box, played a low cross that deflected off defender Chris Mavinga into the net to give the Red Bulls (10-9-4) the lead in the 55th minute.

WATCH | Chris Mavinga’s own goal spells end for TFC:

A Chris Mavinga own goal spelled the end for TFC in a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls 1:37

Justin Morrow was shown a straight red card in the 89th minute for denying New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips of an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Lawrence made it 2-0 in the In the first minute of stoppage time. Daniel Royer’s header was parried by goalkeeper Quentin Westburg, but Lawrence volleyed the rebound into an empty net.

The Red Bulls, who lost 3-1 in the first matchup between the teams this season July 17, improved to 12-2-2 against Toronto (9-10-5). New York has won four of its last five games overall.

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York9 snaps FC Edmonton’s win streak to record 1st victory of fall campaign

York9 FC ended FC Edmonton’s winning run at three matches, defeating the visiting Eddies 2-1 at York Lions Stadium on Sunday to record their first victory of the Fall campaign.

Goals from Kyle Porter and Ryan Telfer on either end of a scintillating free kick by Ramon Soria told the story. Edmonton nearly reversed the result after a wild thirty seconds of action that concluded with Telfer’s game winner.

The Eddies started the first half in less-than-satisfactory form, turning over possession needlessly in midfield and opening the door for Simon Adjei to run at goal, before finding an unmarked Porter in the box. Porter made the most of his effort in the 13th minute, beating Connor James with a shot to the bottom corner to give York9 an early 1-0 lead.

The advantage wouldn’t hold as the Eddies grew into the match, with Soria scoring an unaided free kick past Nathan Ingham from well outside the box to tie the game 1-1 in the 67th minute.

WATCH | York9 vs. FC Edmonton Match in a Minute:

Ryan Telfer bagged the game-winning goal in the 80th minute as York9 FC edged FC Edmonton 2-1, snapping the Eddies win streak at four games. 1:07

Edmonton nearly managed a second after Ingham ratled the post. However, Manny Aparicio picked up the rebound, initiating a counter that ended with Telfer’s cool finish for the Nine Stripes.

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