Canada 1-2 in 800 on NACAC track

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Pow­er­ing down the fi­nal straight­away of the men’s 800 me­tres, Bran­don Mcbride glanced up at the huge video screen at toronto’s Var­sity Sta­dium to gauge the length of his lead.

He spot­ted fel­low Cana­dian teen Marco Arop hot on his heels. It’s a sight he’s go­ing to have to get used to.

Mcbride and arop fin­ished 1-2 at the nacac Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day, de­light­ing the loud crowd at the univer­sity’s of toronto’s sta­dium.

three weeks af­ter he broke the decade-old Cana­dian record in the men’s 800, Mcbride won in one minute 46.14 sec­onds. arop, a 19-year-old from Ed­mon­ton, who raced to a sur­prise sil­ver medal at the ncaa cham­pi­onships as a fresh­man in June, fin­ished in 1:46.82.

the men’s 800 was the day’s high­light of the track and field show­down for ath­letes from north amer­i­can, Cen­tral amer­ica and the Caribbean, dubbed ‘track and Field in the 6ix.’

Lindsey But­ter­worth of north Van­cou­ver, B.C., was fifth in the women’s 800 me­tres in a per­sonal best 2:00.81, inch­ing closer to the sub-two-minute mark. amer­i­can Ajee Wil­son won the gold in 1:57.52.

Ja­maica’s Tyquendo Tracey ran 10.03 to win a men’s 100 race that was miss­ing in­jured Cana­dian star An­dre De Grasse. Bis­mark Boateng of toronto was top Cana­dian in fourth.

Michael Ma­son of nanaimo, B.C., cleared 2.28 me­tres to fin­ish sec­ond in a high jump field miss­ing Canada’s Olympic and world cham­pion Derek Drouin.

Justyn Knight of Markham, Ont., was third in the men’s 5,000 me­tres in 14:01.77.

Cana­dian sprinter Crys­tal Em­manuel en­ter­tained the crowd with her bronze-medal run in the women’s 100 me­tres at the nacac Cham­pi­onships.

Em­manuel, a 26-year-old from toronto, ran a per­sonal best 11.11 sec­onds. amer­i­can Jenna Pran­dini won in 10.96, while Ja­maica’s Jonielle Smith was third (11.07).

Chelsea, Tot­ten­ham win

Chelsea and tot­ten­ham dis­pelled doubts about their readi­ness to make win­ning starts to the English Pre­mier League on Satur­day.

a week af­ter be­ing swat­ted aside by Manch­ester City in the Com­mu­nity Shield, Chelsea beat Huddersfield 3-0 in Maurizio Sarri’s first league match in charge.

France World Cup win­ner N’golo Kante volleyed in the opener in the 34th minute, Jorginho net­ted a penalty on his Pre­mier League de­but be­fore half­time and Pe­dro Ro­driguez drove home the third with an an­gled drive af­ter the break.

tot­ten­ham opened with a 2-1 vic­tory at new­cas­tle.

all the goals came in­side the open­ing 18 min­utes as Joselu can­celled out Jan Ver­tonghen’s opener for tot­ten­ham be­fore Dele Alli headed in the win­ner.

af­ter spend­ing more than us$285 mil­lion on new play­ers since gain­ing pro­mo­tion, the new­com­ers only col­lected one point be­tween them. Cardiff lost 2-0 at Bournemouth and Fulham fell to the same score at home to Crys­tal Palace.

But Wolverhampton col­lected a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Ever­ton.

Brighton lost 2-0 to Manch­ester City af­ter a dou­ble from Roberto Pereyra.

wpca Chucks fi­nal SET

the fi­nal four who will com­pete in Sun­day’s sud­den death cham­pi­onship fi­nal heat where the win­ner will take home the 2018 Bat­tle of the north Cham­pi­onship of the World Pro­fes­sional Chuck­wagon as­so­ci­a­tion has now been set.

Kurt Bens­miller, Vern Nolin, Ross Knight and Codey Mc­cur­rach will bat­tle it out for the 2017 cham­pi­onship of daw­son Creek, B.C,

Bens­miller drove the trans Peace Con­struc­tion out­fit to a first place over­all ag­gre­gate fin­ish af­ter post­ing the best four-day ag­gre­gate time of 5:13.28.

nolin qual­i­fied in sec­ond place over­all 4.73 sec­onds be­hind the leader Bens­miller, with Knight qual­i­fy­ing in third place over­all and Mc­cur­rach hold­ing onto fourth place over­all to grab the fi­nal spot in Sun­day’s fi­nal.

doug Irvine placed fifth over­all and missed a spot in Sun­day’s fi­nal by 20 one­hun­dreds of a sec­ond.

as far as the day re­sults go, Doug Irvine, driv­ing the B & R Eckel’s trans­port Ltd. Out­fit, posted the top time of the night with a run of 1:1:16.86 from bar­rel num­ber 1 in the 6th heat.

Bens­miller had his fourth con­sec­u­tive sec­ond place run and was 57 one-hun­dredths of a sec­ond be­hind the day win­ner Irvine.

Mc­cur­rach, Cody Rids­dale and Dustin Gorst rounded out the top five runs on Satur­day evening.

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