- 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 two sides have reportedly agreed to a ten-year contract worth $240 million.
- 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. Houston (2-11) played miserably and was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards.
- 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 Ottawa Redblacks named former Calgary Stampeders defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell as their inaugural head coach on Friday. Campbell is a 15-year CFL coaching veteran but the Ottawa appointment is his first as a head coach.
- Kevin Martin and John Morris won't have to wait long to renew acquaintances. The former teammates will meet in tomorrow'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.
- According to a report, the Texas Rangers have reached a deal with free agent catcher JP Arencibia. The Dallas Morning News reports the contract is worth $2 million for one-year. The 27-year-old Arencibia became a free agent on Monday night when the Toronto Blue Jays non-tendered the former Tennessee Volunteer after a disappointing 2013 season and signed Dioner Navarro to a two-year, $8 million deal.
- 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.
- Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan brushed off a fall and merely increased his lead in beating three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada at the Grand Prix Final on Friday. Hanyu, who had a 12-point lead after Thursday's short program, fell on his opening quad salchow but completed all of his other jumps, including seven triple jumps plus a quad toe loop in the free skate to eclipse Chan by 13 points.
- The Toronto Raptors have dropped a season-high four straight games and no loss was more disappointing than the opener of a three-game western trek earlier this week. The Raptors will try to put their recent setback out of memory when they visit the Phoenix Suns tonight at US Airways Center. Watch the game on TSN2 at 9pm et/6pm pt.
- The Maple Leafs have recalled defenceman John-Michael Liles from the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Liles becomes the eighth defenceman on the roster, and his promotion raises the question of the immediate future of 19-year-old Morgan Rielly. Rielly was not named to Team Canada's selection camp roster for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship, but the Leafs did not rule out the possibility of letting him go.
- 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.
- The 2014 FIFA World Cup draw took place in Brazil on Friday, as the 32 qualified teams were drawn into eight groups of four. TSN's Jason deVos offers some quick thoughts on what it means for the tournament next summer.
- If you want to look at the cold hard facts, the Kansas City Royals are now the only team in the Majors with a longer post-season drought than the Blue Jays. But, as Scott Ferguson of TSN Radio 1050 writes, the Royals have to be a favourite for one of the two Wild Card slots, making it even more difficult for the Blue Jays to make it into the post-season.
- 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.