07/06/2012 12:12 EDT | Updated 09/04/2012 05:12 EDT

In case you missed it, including Raptors on the rebound

The Raptors are wasted no time landing a new point guard, the Blue Jays attempted to rally against the Royals in Toronto, and Alexandre Despatie is going to the London Olympics. All this and more in Thursday's five sports stories:

1. The Toronto Raptors are on the rebound after losing out on the Steve Nash sweepstakes. The club has reportedly acquired point guard Kyle Lowry in a trade with the Houston Rockets, a day after Nash agreed to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

2. Week 1 of the CFL is in the books, and so are Adam Paradowski's first game jitters.'s Malcolm Kelly profiles the rookie CFL referee, who is basking in the Big League spotlight.

3. Two J.P. Arencibia homers weren't enough for a Blue Jays' comeback against the Kansas City Royals. The Jays came up short, losing 9-6 for the series split as Toronto's Henderson Alvarez allowed eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

4. Alexandre Despatie is Olympic-bound. The Canadian diver confirmed in a press conference that he's healthy enough to compete at the London Games this summer after suffering a "small concussion" during a practice session on June 12.

5. In other Olympic news, Eric Lamaze has chosen his mount for the London Games. The Canadian show jumper will ride a nine-year-old Belgian mare named Derly Chin de Muze. Lamaze had to find a new horse for his Olympic title defence after Hickstead died tragically during a competition last November.