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5 stories, including Tim Thomas taking a break

06/04/2012 12:55 EDT | Updated 08/03/2012 05:12 EDT

A two-time Vezina Trophy winner used Facebook to explain why he's taking some time off hockey, the Blue Jays avoided a sweep a day after their third baseman avoided a dangerous situation in Toronto, Tiger Woods hit another milestone, plus more, in your top five stories from Sunday:

1. The Tim Thomas era in Boston may be over. The 38-year-old goalie took to Facebook again on Sunday to explain why he would be taking a season off. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed that Thomas (who has one year left in his deal with the team, and a $5 million US cap hit) told the team earlier in the season he was contemplating taking some time off. Thomas's decision was also one of the topics on the latest installment of Hockey Night In Canada's Hotstove.

2. Tiger Woods hit another milestone in his golf career. The American golf star made a late charge at the Memorial in Ohio to wrap up his 73rd PGA victory, tying Jack Nicklaus at No. 2 on the all-time win list.

3. The Toronto Blue Jays avoided a sweep at the hands of their division rivals from Boston, thanks to some help from their resident slugger. Jose Bautista launched a three-run homer in the first inning to pace the Jays to a 5-1 win over the Red Sox. The victory came a day after Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie was in the area of shooting at a Toronto shopping mall, a situation he described as "instant panic."

4. The Los Angeles Kings are a mere two wins away from the franchise's first Stanley Cup, and it would be one of the most dominant runs in NHL history should they sweep the New Jersey Devils. Click here to see some impressive stats the Kings have racked up during their 2012 post-season run, as compiled by senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby. Game 3 goes Monday in L.A. on Hockey Night In Canada (8 pm ET, CBC, CBCSports.ca). Sunday also marked the debut ofInside the Cup, a behind-the-scenes look at the playoffs from some of the same people who brought you the 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic series.

5. While the Canadian men's national soccer team failed to notch its first win over the United States since 1985, it did hold the Americans to a scoreless draw. That result in an international friendly match in Toronto may be good news for Canada as the team heads into the third round of World Cup qualifying matches on Friday in Cuba.

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