Canada captures CONCACAF qualifier

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:25 PM ET

Canada defeated host-nation Mexico 1-0 on Monday night to capture the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifier championship in Cancun.

Christine Sinclair's marker in the 54th minute would prove to be the only goal Canada would need in the finale. It was her sixth goal of the tournament and capped an impressive week in which the Canadians outscored their opponents 17-0.

Monday night's game was mostly for bragging rights as both teams already had qualified for the 2011 Germany World Cup by making the CONCACAF final. In the semi-finals, Canada qualified with a victory over Costa Rica while Mexico secured its position with an impressive win over the United States.

The Americans have one last chance to qualify as they will face Italy in a home and home series with the winner advancing to the German World Cup.

2011 will mark the fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup that the Canadian women have qualified for. The tournament will be held in 22 cities across Germany from June 27-July 17.

Singapore riches attract major winners

The Singapore Open seizes golf's spotlight this week as three of the four major champions of 2010 battle a quality field for a share of $6 million in prize money.

Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open), Martin Kaymer (PGA Championship) and Phil Mickelson (Masters) are among those in the hunt for the $1-million first prize.

The only major winner missing is British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen who has an ankle injury.

The tournament, which begins Thursday, is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

"I've got high expectations for myself and I'm sure the people have the same expectations of me as well," defending champion Ian Poulter said Tuesday.

"I'm not going to think who I'm going to beat ... I'm not going to single anyone out."

Mariner is golden again

Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has won his 10th consecutive Gold Glove.

Suzuki has won the award annually since arriving in the AL from Japan in 2001.

Three New York Yankees won Gold Gloves: First baseman Mark Teixeira, shortstop Derek Jeter and second baseman Robinson Cano.

Other AL award winners announced Tuesday: Outfielders Franklin Gutierrez of Seattle and Carl Crawford of Tampa Bay, Tampa third baseman Evan Longoria, Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer and Chicago pitcher Mark Buehrle.

The NL winners will be announced Wednesday.

Doctor wins safety award

Dr. J. Scott Delaney of Montreal is this year's recipient of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund Award for his contribution to the prevention of catastrophic injuries in sport and recreation.

Delaney will get his award, which includes a $10,000 prize, on Saturday in Montreal. Delaney's name will be engraved on the Tom Pashby Trophy, which will be displayed in the Canada Sports Hall of Fame when the new facility opens in Calgary in 2012.

Delaney, an emergency and sport medicine physician, is a team doctor for the Montreal Alouettes. He receives the award for his invaluable research.

Sledge hockey showdown

The Three Nation Sledge Hockey Series, a series of games involving Canada, Japan and the United States, is being held this week in Rochester, N.Y.

said head coach Mike Mondin. "We know that we are facing two very strong opponents so it will be another great week for sledge hockey," Mike Mondin, coach of the Canadian team, said.

Canada opens the tournament Wednesday against Japan.

-- QMI Agency / wire services


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