- The United States will play Ghana, Portugal and Germany in a tough first-round group at next year's World Cup that will take them on a lengthy 9,000-mile trip around Brazil. Making their seventh straight appearance at soccer's showcase, the Americans were drawn Friday into Group G and will open on June 16 in Natal against Ghana, which eliminated the Americans at the 2006 and 2010 tournaments
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- The Seattle Mariners appear to have gotten their man. According to ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas, the Mariners have agreed to a ten-year contract worth $240 million with free agent second baseman Robinson Cano. The Mariners would not offer comment on the story on Friday.
- The Ottawa Redblacks introduced former Calgary Stampeders defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell as the first head coach in franchise history on Friday. Campbell is a 15-year CFL coaching veteran but the Ottawa appointment is his first as a head coach.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without the services of Tyler Bozak for a lot longer than anticipated, as the club has placed him on the long-term injured reserve list. As per the National Hockey League's collective bargaining agreement, Bozak must remain there for a minimum of 10 games or 24 days.
- The scuffling Houston Texans fired Gary Kubiak on Friday, parting ways with the only coach to lead the team to the playoffs. The team announced the decision one day after the Texans lost their 11th straight game, 27-20 at Jacksonville, a stunning fall for a team that expected to make a Super Bowl run.
- Kobe Bryant is ready to return to the court nearly nine months after he tore his Achilles. Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers both posted a video clip with the words "The legend continues December 8" appearing in text at the end of the video.
- Ontario's Sherry Middaugh advanced to the women's semifinal at the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, downing Chelsea Carey 6-3 in the tiebreaker Friday. Middaugh faces Rachel Homan in the semifinal contest Friday night.
- Kevin Martin and John Morris won't have to wait long to renew acquaintances. The former teammates will meet in Saturday's men's semifinal as round-robin action wrapped up at the Canadian Olympic curling trials. Martin defeated Morris 7-6 in an extra end to clinch second in the men's standings.
- For once, the New York Yankees lost out on the bidding for one of their high-priced free agents. Numbers Game looks at the Mariners landing Robinson Cano.
- According to a report, the Texas Rangers have reached a deal with free agent catcher JP Arencibia. CBS Sports Ken Rosenthal reports the deal is worth $1.8 million with incentives that could push the deal to $2.1 million.
- A person familiar with the situation says free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made. The agreement was first reported by the New York Post.
- Tiger Woods had a birdie putt on every hole and made 10 of them Friday to tie his own course record at Sherwood and take a three-shot lead in the World Challenge. Woods had a 10-under 62, matching the score he shot in the second round at Sherwood six years ago. That gave him a two-shot lead over Zach Johnson, who birdied the last hole for a 68.
- Now that the World Cup draw is complete, millions of words will be typed in previewing the tournament and thousands of publications will print previews. With that in mind, TSN's Kristian Jack makes his picks from each group to progress.
- Accompanied by a couple of his scouts, Raptors GM Masai Ujiri was returning from a road trip to Syracuse, where he watched the Orange defeat the Hoosiers Tuesday evening. All the while he kept an eye on what was unfolding on the opposite end of the country. With the Raptors on the verge of a historic collapse, all he could do was watch the score. TSN Radio 1050's Josh Lewenberg has more.
- Everyone knows it isn't enough to buy a new smartphone. You need accessories to go with it, too. As a perennial best-seller, Apple's iPhone has become one of the most accessorized mobile devices out there. If you can imagine it, chances are it's available for sale somewhere. But availability and affordability don't always get along. Once you're finished buying the phone and you start paying the monthly bill, you'd be forgiven for not having leftover budget for cases, chargers and other necessities of modern mobile life. That's why the holiday season was invented. And why we've compiled this handy list of cheap - but not fall-apart-cheap - accessories for your iPhone. By Carmi Levy.