The sports world saw a mix of disappointment and optimism Thursday, with I'll Have Another losing its shot at the Triple Crown and the Canadian men's soccer team pulling off a victory en route to a World Cup berth, plus more in your top five stories:
1. Canadian-owned thoroughbred I'll Have Another won't get a shot at the Triple Crown. It was announced Friday that the horse was scratched from Saturday's Belmont Stakes with a career-ending leg injury. The chestnut horse had a chance to become the first to win all three jewels of horse racing's Triple Crown since 1978.
2. The Kings had their chance to clinch their first ever Stanley Cup on Wednesday, but the New Jersey Devils made the city of Los Angeles put away their brooms in Game 4. CBCSports.ca's Tim Wharnsby writes the Devils appear confident they can take Game 5 on Saturday (8 p.m. ET on CBC, CBCSports.ca) and send the Cup final back to L.A. for a Game 6.
3. It wasn't the first no-hitter of the season, or even the first in franchise history, but it was the least conventional. Six Seattle Mariners pitchers combined for a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The feat was led by Kevin Millwood — who left the game in the sixth inning with a groin strain — and capped by Tom Whilhelmsen.
4. Euro Cup 2012 kicked off with Poland and Greece battling to a 1-1 draw and Russia cruising to a 4-1 win over the Czech Republic. CBCSports.ca's Tony Care broke down the storyline and significance of Russia's overpowering victory.
5. Canada's men's soccer team is off to a good start in its latest chase of a World Cup berth. Olivier Occean scored in the second half to give Canada a 1-0 victory over Cuba in the opening match of North America's qualifying semifinals for the 2014 World Cup.
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