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Super-Spike Team Registration Deadline Approaching

By Brian Schultz

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The deadline to register a team in MTS Super-Spike is Friday, July 11 at midnight. (HANDOUT)

The deadline to register a team to compete in this year’s MTS Super-Spike is fast approaching.

The annual two-day volleyball tournament and festival is July 18-19 at Maple Grove Rugby Park.

Teams have until midnight this Friday, July 11 to register a team. Over 350 are already registered for what is Western Canada’s biggest annual volleyball tournament.

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‘Five Hole for Food’ Game in Winnipeg July 12

Five Hole for Food

Five Hole for Food at The Forks in 2012. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

An 18-day cross-Canada street hockey game will make its way to Winnipeg on Saturday, July 12.

Five Hole for Food is making its fifth anniversary road trip to tackle hunger. The tour will stop in 13 cities to play hockey for food. and cover more than 11,000 km, aiming to collect the equivalent of half-a-million pounds of food in support of Canadian food banks.

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Special Olympics Sending 124 Manitobans to Summer Games

Special Olympics ManitobaSpecial Olympics Manitoba is sending its provincial team to Vancouver this week to compete at the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

Team Manitoba will have 124 athletes in action July 8-12.

Competitors were selected through their performances at the 2013 Spring and 2013 Summer Provincial Games. The 11 sports that Team Manitoba will be participating in are power lifting, soccer, softball, rhythmic gymnastics, bocce, athletics, swimming, basketball, golf, five pin bowling and 10 pin bowling.

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Big Bombers Comeback Spoils Redblacks Debut

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Aaron Woods - Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Aaron Woods (14) makes a catch in CFL action against the Ottawa Redblacks at Investors Group Field on Thursday, July 3, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

Teague Sherman - Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Teague Sherman (27) partially blocks Ottawa Redblacks kicker Brett Maher (3) on Thursday night at Investors Group Field. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers executed an impressive comeback victory in front of 27,553 at Investors Group Field Thursday night, sending the Ottawa Redblacks home with a 36-28 defeat in their first regular season game since becoming the CFL’s ninth franchise.

The Bombers, now 2-0 through their opening pair of games this season, trailed 21-7 after one quarter of play as the Redblacks scored touchdowns on their first two possessions and a field goal on their third.

But rookie running back Nic Grigsby, who didn’t quite equal the 122 yards on the ground he put up in Week 1, was effective when he needed to be, scoring rushing touchdowns in the first, second, and fourth quarter.

“It was awesome to get that feeling back, being able to be that spark plug for the game and help the team finish with a big win,” said Grigsby, whose three touchdowns came via 62 yards on the ground and another 50 off the arm of quarterback Drew Willy. “We fought and clawed into the fourth quarter. Defence and special teams.”

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Former MJHL Commissioner Named to Order of Canada

By Tyler Sutherland

Frank McKinnon

Frank McKinnon

The former commissioner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League has been named a Member of the Order of Canada.

Frank McKinnon served as commissioner for 10 years (1992-2002) and was known for his charisma and vast knowledge of MJHL history.

“This is a tremendous honour for Frank,” said MJHL commissioner Kim Davis. “We are all very proud of him. After leaving the office of commissioner Frank always followed our league closely. He’s a true gentleman and deserving of this honour.”

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CONTEST: Win VIP Passes to MTS Super-Spike

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MTS Super-SpikeThe largest volleyball tournament in Manitoba is July 17-18 and ChrisD.ca has two pairs of VIP passes up for grabs.

MTS Super-Spike at Maple Grove Rugby Park brings out hundreds of teams each year.

To date, Super-Spike has raised more than $700,000 in support of the Winnipeg-based National Women’s Volleyball Team.

This year’s headlining bands include Arkells and July Talk.

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Trio of City Golf Courses Cleaning Up from Storm

Golf BallWinnipeg’s Crescent Drive, Windsor Park and Kildonan Park golf courses remain closed today due to downed trees and branches.

Recent storm activity forced the city to close the courses so crews can clean up. Safety assessments have to be completed on the courses before they can re-open.

John Blumberg (top 18 holes only, bottom nine are closed for aerating) and Harbour View golf courses remain open and are taking reservations.

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Jets Re-Sign Chris Thorburn to $3.6M Deal

By David Klassen

Chris Thorburn - Winnipeg Jets

Jets’ Chris Thorburn in action in a game against the Detroit Red Wings at MTS Centre last season. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Winnipeg Jets have inked forward Chris Thorburn to a three-year, $3.6 million contract.

Thorburn’s re-signing comes after he played in 55 games for the Jets last season, scoring two goals and earning 11 points and 93 penalty minutes.

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Bisons Recruit Brazilian Forward to Soccer Squad

University of Manitoba BisonsThe Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer team has recruited an international player from Brazil for the upcoming 2014 season.

Bruna Mavignier de Vasconcelos, 21, has played futsal — a variant of association football that is played on a smaller field indoors — at the club and high school level in Brazil.

The 5’5” forward played for Taça Brasil sub 20 (Brazil Cup under 20) and produced six goals in four games in 2012.

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Bombers Blast Out of the Gate with 45-21 Win

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Aaron Kelly - Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback Aaron Kelly (19) makes a catch in CFL action against the Toronto Argonauts at Investors Group Field on Thursday, June 26, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

Michel-Pierre Pontbriand

Winnipeg Blue Bombers fullback Michel-Pierre Pontbriand (39) tackles Toronto Argonauts slotback Chad Owens (2) in CFL action Thursday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are going to wake up pretty happy Friday morning as the Blue and Gold kicked off their 2014 campaign in impressive fashion Thursday night.

Winnipeg took an early lead and never looked back, beating the Toronto Argonauts 45-21 in front of 24,872 fans at Investors Group Field. And despite the somewhat disappointing crowd, the football club opened some eyes and likely impressed onlookers from across the country in the CFL’s season-opening game.

“He ran the offence extremely well,” said Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea of his starting quarterback Drew Willy. “He made good decisions. Got rid of the ball on time. He’s a professional football quarterback. He just ran a good game.”

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