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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sports June 29 2011

Wasaga Beach | by Bayshore News Staff  

Local, national and international sports

The Blue Jays hit 4 home runs, but it was the Pittsburgh Pirates who won, 7-6.  Toronto's Jose Bautista smoked a two-run shot for his 24th of the season in a losing effort.

The Phillies blanked the Red Sox 5-nothing.

In local baseball, it was a soggy one, but the Barrie Baycats defeated the Kitchener Panthers, 5-2, at home last night during a Military Appreciation Night.  Next stop - Ottawa - for a 3-game series, beginning Canada Day.

The Vancouver Canucks officially re-signed Kevin Bieksa.  The veteran defenceman gets a 5-year contract extension worth 23 million dollars U-S.  But the Canucks parted ways with another blue-liner, shipping Christain Ehrhoff's negotiating rights to the Islanders for a fourth-round pick.  Ehrhoff is set to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday.

Jaromir Jagr could be back in the N-H-L very soon.  Penguins G-M Ray Shero tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the former M-V-P has been offered a one-year deal by the club. Shero says he expects to hear an answer sometime today from Jagr, who has spent the last three seasons playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. He can't sign with an N-H-L team until free agency opens Friday.

Maria Sharapova has a semifinal berth at Wimbledon for the 4th time. She crushed Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1 yesterday. Sabine Lisicki reached her first Grand Slam semifinal with a three-set win over Marion Bartoli. Rafael Nadal takes on Mardy Fish in quarter-final action today.  The other quarters, see Novak Djokovic against 18-year-old Bernard Tomic, Roger Federer against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Also today, at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany, Norway tangles with Equatorial Guinea, then Brazil takes on Australia.  Canada is back in action tomorrow against France.

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