Another year, another non-Canadian winner of the Rogers Cup. The country’s last hope was Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ontario, who was ousted after losing to Robin Haase of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-2 in third-round action. Shapovalov was also highest-ranked Canadian in the men’s singles draw at number 26. The last Canadian man to win the singles title was Robert Bedard in 1959.

American Sloane Stephens is a step closer to her first Rogers Cup title. The U-S Open champion advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2, 7-5 at the hard-court event in Montreal. After Suarez overcame a 5-1 deficit to tie the second set at 5, Stephens broke serve for a 6-5 lead and scored four straight points to put away the match, ending it with a sharp cross-court forehand.

Randal Grichuk stayed hot, driving in three runs, including a two-run homer, as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Boston Red Sox 8-5 to avoid a series sweep. Teoscar Hernandez also had a homer for the Blue Jays and Justin Smoak drove in a pair of runs. Mookie Betts hit for the cycle for the Red Sox, who lost for the first time in August.

The Athletics have bolstered their already stellar bullpen. Oakland acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league right-hander Dakota Chalmers. The 41-year-old Rodney is 3-and-2 with 25 saves and a 3.09 E-R-A in 46 relief appearances for Minnesota this season. The right-handed Rodney has 325 career saves, 17th most in baseball history.

Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early N-F-L preseason games. A number of prominent players took part, including Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins who raised his fists during the anthem, defensive end Chris Long, who placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder, defensive end Michael Bennett and Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn.

Stephen Curry, the two-sport star? The two-time N-B-A M-V-P rallied with three birdies to shoot a 1-over 71 in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic (Thursday). Making his second appearance in the $600,000 U-S event at T-P-C Stonebrae, Curry was tied for 106th among the 154 finishers _ eight shots behind leaders Adam Long, Seth Reeves and Samuel Del Val. Last year, Curry missed the cut by 11 shots.

Filed under: sports