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In case you missed it, including Steve Nash's trade to Lakers

07/05/2012 02:03 EDT | Updated 09/03/2012 05:12 EDT
Canada’s best-ever basketball player is heading to the Los Angeles Lakers, plus a pair of high-priced NHL free agents signed in the land of 10,000 lakes on Wednesday.

1. Steve Nash won’t be heading to Toronto. After his name was linked to the Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, Nash confirmed that he agreed to join Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns. CBCSports.ca's John Chick writes that Canada’s inferiority complex is still very much intact.

2. It took a little more time than expected but the Minnesota Wild landed the two most sought-after free agents on the market, signing forward Zach Parise and defenceman Ryan Suter to multi-year contracts, reportedly worth identical 13-year, $98 million US deals. CBCSports.ca’s Tim Wharnsby says the signings have been heralded as a victory for a small market team. Hours later, defenceman Matt Carle inked a six-year deal with the Lightning.

3. For the past two weeks, CBCSports.ca has asked the question: Who should be Canada’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on July 27? We got a surprising answer as Canadians voted and selected mountain biker Catharine Pendrel, who upset triathlete Simon Whitfield in final of the 16-athlete, bracket-style tournament. Speaking of the London Olympics, CBC Sports reporter Teddy Katz asks: Is Athletics Canada's Olympic selection process fair?

4. The Toronto Blue Jays got a leg up on their four-game series with the Kansas City Royals after a 4-1 win at the Rogers Center. The Jays lead the series 2-1.

5. All three MLS Canadian teams competed with different results. The Vancouver Whitecaps used a Darren Mattocks goal to beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0. Danny Koevermans remained hot as Toronto FC tied FC Dallas 1-1, while the Montreal Impact dropped a 3-1 decision to Sporting Kansas City.

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