Reporting to camp
It’s back to business for the Montreal Canadiens on Sept. 17, as they’re set to begin training camp at their practice facility in Brossard. The team is in the midst of their second rookie camp this summer, which ends on Wednesday. Twenty-six players have participated in the camp, which included a rookie tournament in London, Ontario against rookies from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. Many of the rookies attending camp are accepted to join the team’s veterans at the main camp. The Habs will play their first preseason game on Sept. 22 against the Leafs, and will play their first regular season game against the same club on Oct. 6. The team also announced at their annual golf tournament last week that they will be naming a captain before opening night.
Jays continue playoff push
Coming off a 5-0 loss to their division rival, the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays will be in Atlanta on Tuesday night, hoping to gain some ground in the American League East playoff race. With under a month left of the regular season, the Jays are currently three and a half games up on the Yankees for the AL lead. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who arrived in Toronto in July via trade from Colorado, could miss up to three weeks with a cracked shoulder blade he suffered in this weekend’s series against New York. It would be the first time since their 1993 World Series win that the Blue Jays see MLB playoff action.
Canada claims bronze
Canada took home the bronze medal at the 2015 International Basketball Federation Americas championship on Saturday, beating Mexico 87-86. Despite the third place finish, the top-seeded Canadians failed to qualify for the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They needed at least a second place finish to qualify, but lost in the semi-finals to the eventual Venezuelan champs, blowing a seven-point lead with under four minutes left. Canada will have one last chance to qualify for the Olympics, something they haven’t done since 2000, next summer when the play in a qualifier tournament, according to The Canadian Press.