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In case you missed it, including Canada bidding for 2026 World Cup

07/07/2012 02:31 EDT | Updated 09/05/2012 05:12 EDT
Canada is hoping to land the World Cup of soccer, goalie Roberto Luongo is ready to bid adieu to the Vancouver Canucks, plus Montreal and B.C. earned victories in the CFL on Friday night.

1. As first reported on CBCSports.ca, Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani confirmed to blogger Ben Rycroft that the CSA has had discussions with FIFA about hosting the men's 2026 World Cup. In fact, Montagliani tells Rycroft: "It's not only a possibility; it's something we intend to do."

2. In his first interview since the Canucks' season ended, goalie Roberto Luongo admitted Vancouver radio station CFOX that: "it's time to move on." Asked whether he’d tell Canucks GM Mike Gillis he'd use his no-trade clause to remain in Vancouver, Luongo said it was clear his days in Vancouver are numbered.

3. In CFL action, Montreal receiver Brandon Whitaker scored a career-high three touchdowns, two of them on passes from a rejuvenated Anthony Calvillo, as the Alouettes downed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 41-30. In Vancouver, Lions receiver Shawn Gore scored a pair of touchdown as B.C. edged the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 39-36.

4. The NHL and NHL Players' Association have completed two days of negotiations in New York and agreed to continue talks next week in Toronto. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly termed the meetings as productive and was pleased with "the level of engagement." NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr said the union looks forward to resuming talks.

5. For Roger Federer, it's Wimbledon final No. 8. For Andy Murray, it's No. 1 — and the first for a British man since 1938. Regardless of what transpires in the men’s final on Sunday, history will be made.

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