There’s just one Canadian remaining on the women’s side at the Rogers Cup. And it’s teenager Bianca Andreescu. Andreescu beat Eugenie Bouchard 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in an all-Canadian first-round matchup at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Andreescu was playing her first match since the French Open in May because of a shoulder injury.

Felix Auger-Aliassime always dreamed of playing centre court at the Rogers Cup in his hometown. But his singles debut at the tournament in Montreal almost turned into a nightmare. The rising Canadian tennis star got all he could handle from countryman Vasek Pospisil in the first round before securing a dramatic 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 victory.

The Blue Jays fell apart in Tampa Bay. Kevin Kiermaier scored the winning run on a wild pitch from Bud Bosher with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Rays came back to beat the Blue Jays 7-6. Toronto was up 6-0 before giving up a six-run fourth inning. Rookie Cavan Biggio went deep for the Jays.

The Blue Jays are making their ballpark safer for the fans. The Jays say they’ll extend protective netting at Rogers Centre next season, joining other teams that have taken measures after foul balls injured fans. The White Sox and Washington Nationals became the first teams in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole earlier this season.

Young soccer players in western Quebec will benefit from the expertise of one of the best soccer teams in the world. Paris Saint-Germain Canada has decided to set up a chapter of its academy in Gatineau. This year, the Paris Saint-Germain football school is for players born between 2006 and 2013. Trials take place on September 7 and 8 at the Complexe Branchaud-Brière located at 499 Boulevard Labrosse.  Tryouts are $55 per player.

The Canadian women’s field hockey team knocked the Americans off their perch as Pan Am Games champions. Karli Johansen and Madeline Secco scored as Canada blanked the United States 2-0 in semifinal play. Canada will play Argentina on Friday in the gold-medal game with the winner earning a berth in the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Veteran Canadian lightweight John (The Bull) Makdessi has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against American Devonte (King Kage) Smith later this month at U-F-C 241 in Anaheim. A U-F-C official said the withdrawal was health-related. Makdessi apologized via social media.

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