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5 stories, including Ryder Hesjedal's historic ride

05/28/2012 01:00 EDT | Updated 07/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Canadian cyclist Ryder Hesjedal captured the 95th Giro d'Italia and made history in the process, the host team won the Memorial Cup, the Blue Jays are happy to get out of Texas, and it was Canadian vs. Canadian at the French Open.

Here are your top five stories from Sunday:

1. Ryder Hesjedal is the first Canadian ever to capture one of cycling's three Grand Tour events. The 31-year-old from Victoria, B.C. more than made up the 31 second difference he started behind leader Joaquin Rodriguez during the last stage of the event in Milan on Sunday, much to the delight of fans as well as his father. As for Hesjedal's next feat, he may or may not be at this year's Tour de France.

2. The Shawinigan Cataractes waited more than 40 years for a Memorial Cup, so having the championship game go to overtime only seemed fitting. The hosts beat the London Knights thanks to Anton Zlobin's goal 17:51 into extra time for the team's first national title win.

3. It seems the saying "everything is bigger in Texas," also applies to score differential in the sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays by the Rangers. Sunday's loss to Texas and pitcher Yu Darvish was a 12-6 thumping, adding to an aggregate loss of 34-16 in Toronto's three defeats. The Jays return home to face Baltimore on Monday night at the Rogers Centre.

4. At the 2012 French Open, one big name is out on the men's side while Aleksandra Wozniak lived to play another day, but at the expense of a fellow Canadian. American Andy Roddick was bounced by 88th-ranked Nicolas Mahut, while Blaineville, Que. native Wozniak topped Toronto's Heidi El Tabakh. Roddick is now 0-4 on clay this year and this Day 1 loss marks his first opening round exit at a Grand Slam since 2007.

5. There were also a few big events south of the border on Sunday: the Indianapolis 500 came down to the wire, Zach Johnson captured the Colonial (despite a scoring snafu), and the NBA Western Conference final tipped off in San Antonio as the Spurs tied an NBA record with their 19th consecutive win, taking Game 1 over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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