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Leafs' Babcock wins challenge, loses game

The Maple Leafs' Mike Babcock made the first coach's challenge in NHL history and was successful in overturning a goal by the Canadiens Wednesday night, but the Maple Leafs lost their home opener, 3-1.

Babcock challenged Jeff Petry's apparent goal in the second period, arguing that Tomas Plekanec had interfered with goalie Jonathan Bernier. Referees Frederik L'Ecuyer and Dan O'Rourke looked at the replay by the penalty box at Air Canada Centre and determined Plekanec made incidental contact with Bernier. Max Pacioretty had two goals, including an empty-netter at the end, and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for the Canadiens. James van Riemsdyk scored a power-play goal for Toronto in Babcock's debut as Leafs coach.

Blues sign former Devil Gomez

The Blues signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract. The 35-year-old Gomez, a 15-year NHL veteran, attended training camp on a professional tryout. He had seven goals and 27 assists in 58 games last season for New Jersey, where he played much of his career . . . Sharks forward Raffi Torres will not appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg in a preseason game. This marks the fifth and most significant suspension for Torres in his career. His previous longest ban was a 21-game suspension -- initially 25 games -- for a high hit on Chicago's Marian Hossa.


Blatter said to be facing 90-day FIFA suspension

Sepp Blatter could be facing a 90-day suspension. The FIFA president's future was being determined by the governing body's ethics committee at meetings in Zurich, with Blatter at risk of being suspended after a criminal case was opened against him.

Blatter associate Klaus Stoehlker, who has no role at FIFA, told The Associated Press and other media outlets that the ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber recommended a 90-day suspension for the sport's most powerful official.

"Blatter has heard that from several sources," Stoehlker said. "He has not got any message from the committee . . . and he is perfectly under control. He is going to the office tomorrow."

Longtime Blatter aide Walter Gagg told the AP that Blatter has not received any information or a decision from the ethics committee.

Red Bulls beat Montreal

Sacha Kljestan and Lloyd Sam scored first-half goals for the visiting Red Bulls in their 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact. Montreal's Didier Drogba scored on a penalty kick in the second half.

Visiting Cosmos defeat Atlanta

Sebastian Verela, Gastion Cellerino and Leonardo Fernandes scored to give the visiting Cosmos a 3-0 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks. The Cosmos are 7-6-4 in the fall season.


Flooding forces South Carolina to move game

South Carolina is moving Saturday's home game against LSU to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, because of massive flooding around the university in Columbia. South Carolina officials wanted to keep the game in Columbia, but said Wednesday that law enforcement personnel who would direct traffic and keep Williams-Brice Stadium safe were needed elsewhere in the area to help the clean-up effort. -- AP

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