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Sports organizations eager to unite country after pandemic

Tom Renney remembers exactly where he was during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

It was the first time the New York Rangers had ever held their training camp in Manhattan. Renney, who was entering his second season as the team's director of player personnel, was at Madison Square Garden as players checked in for their physicals when the first plane struck the World Trade Centre.

Drury hits first career grand slam

TORONTO—As soon as Brandon Drury's bat connected with the ball he knew he'd hit the first grand slam of his career.

Drury's moon shot to deep left field scored half of the runs in an eight-run fourth inning that helped the Blue Jays cruise past the visiting Texas Rangers 19-4 last night.

It was Drury's second at-bat of the inning as Toronto worked through its entire lineup.

Canada's Andreescu wins Rogers Cup after Williams retires

TORONTO—As soon as Bianca Andreescu heard that Serena Williams was retiring from their Rogers Cup final, she went to her opponent's bench, took a knee, and started consoling the veteran tennis player.

Lost in that moment of empathy was the fact that Andreescu had just become the first Canadian to win the tournament in 50 years.

Mercado lifts Cleveland over Blue Jays, spoils Borucki's return

TORONTO—Ryan Borucki isn't in mid-season form just yet. Unfortunately for him, the Cleveland Indians are.

The left-hander made his season debut last night after missing the first four months of the season with inflammation in his throwing elbow.

He allowed four runs—two earned—over 4 2/3 innings in a 7-3 loss to Cleveland.