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5 stories, including Canada battles for World Cup berth

06/13/2012 01:15 EDT | Updated 08/12/2012 05:12 EDT

The Canadian men's national soccer team tried to help along their World Cup aspirations in Toronto, the Blue Jays had a whirlwind of a day, the Thunder took Game 1 of the NBA Finals, plus more in your top five stories from Tuesday:

1. It was a chippy, nasty game between two teams desperate for a berth in the FIFA World Cup, but Canada and Honduras had to settle for a scoreless draw at BMO Field in Toronto. Canada hasn't been part of a World Cup tournament since 1986, but their latest result still leaves them contending for a berth in the 2014 event in Brazil. The Canadian squad doesn't hit the pitch for more CONCACAF qualifying action until September.

2. It was a very busy day both on and off the field for the Toronto Blue Jays. The Washington Nationals were in town, the team awaited news on starting pitcher Brandon Morrow, they parted ways with Vladimir Guerrero before the veteran slugger made an appearance in a Blue Jays uniform, and Brazilian sensation Yan Gomes was optioned to Las Vegas.

3. It was a tumultuous day at the European soccer championships in Warsaw. Poland and Russia battled to a draw, but it was the battle between supporters of the two teams that drew the most attention. You can click here for a full photogallery detailing the violence that broke out before the game. Meanwhile, the Czech Republic picked up a much needed — and what turned out to be a lightning-fast — win over Greece.

4. The Oklahoma City Thunder kept their playoff home winning streak alive, but the 105-94 win over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals was no cakewalk. Kevin Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth-quarter to help lead the Thunder back from a 13-point halftime deficit. Durant also struggled in defending LeBron James, who notched a Finals career high in points (30). Which superstar would you want on your team? Click here to vote in our poll.

5. Canada continued to fill out its Olympic team, with the nation's triathlon team announcing their competitiors. The five named included Simon Whitfield, a nominee in our quest to determine who you think should be the country's flag bearer during the opening ceremony next month in London. Click here to cast your vote.

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