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SWIMMING

Phelps wins 100m butterfly

US swimming star Michael Phelps posted his second victory in two days, capturing the men’s 100m butterfly at the Canada Cup swimming competition on Sunday. The 14-time Olympic gold medalist, who turns 26 on Thursday, clocked 51.32 seconds to beat his compatriot Chris Brady by more than a second. On Saturday, Phelps cruised to victory in the 200m freestyle in the event which serves as a tune up for the World Championships in two weeks in Shanghai, China. Phelps could swim up to seven events at the world championships, including the 100m and 200m butterfly, the 200m freestyle, the 200m individual medley and three relays.

ICE HOCKEY

Sharks trade for Haylat

The San Jose Sharks continued their busy offseason overhaul by swapping Dany Heatley for fellow forward Martin Havlat in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. After snaring All-Star defenseman Brent Burns in a separate deal that sent forward Devin Setoguchi to the Wild, the Sharks are hoping to utilize Havlat’s breakaway speed to improve on consecutive unsuccessful trips to the Western Conference finals. The 30-year-old Havlat recorded 22 goals and 40 assists last season for the Wild and despite not playing in the post-season since 2009, the Czech winger does have 49 career playoff points in 67 games. Heatley enjoyed a two-year run with the Sharks that saw him notch 39 goals and 43 assists in the 2009-2010 campaign, along with 26 scores and 38 assists last season. However, the nine-year veteran underperformed in the playoffs and was unable to lead San Jose to their ultimate goal of a Stanley Cup finals appearance.

ICE HOCKEY

Leafs acquire Lombardi

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Matthew Lombardi and defenseman Cody Franson from the Nashville Predators on Sunday, in exchange for defenseman Brett Lebda and prospect Robert Slaney. Looking for more offense, the Leafs rolled the dice on the speedy Lombardi, who played just two games last season due to a concussion, but a year earlier scored 19 goals while setting career highs in assists (34) and points (53) with the Phoenix Coyotes. Selected in the third round of the 2002 NHL draft by the Calgary Flames, Lombardi has 89 goals, 147 assists with 275 penalty minutes in 446 career games. The Leafs also added some depth to their blue line with the addition of the hulking 23-year-old Franson, who registered career highs in goals (8), assists (21), points (29) and penalty minutes (30) last season. In Lebda, the Predators get a mobile defenseman who never found a regular job in Toronto, scoring just one goal and three assists in 41 games.

GOLF

Cook edges Lu in Montreal

John Cook won the Montreal Championship for his third Champions Tour title of the year, closing with a six-under 66 on Sunday for a tournament-record 21-under 195 total. Cook, the runner-up last year at Fontainebleau Golf Club, beat Taiwan’s Lu Chien-soon (70) by three strokes. Joey Sindelar (68) was third at 17 under, and Bill Glasson (64), Corey Pavin (67) and Dan Forsman (68) were another stroke back. Canadian Rod Spittle broke the course record with a 62 to finish at 15 under. “To win coming from behind and win from being ahead, it’s two different animals, really,” Cook said. “Mr Lu did a nice job and he kind of got things going on the back side there and made some beautiful birdies coming down the stretch. He just battled all day and he wasn’t giving up.”

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