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Tiger-Cats Tie Bombers to Scratching Post in 52-26 Win

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoWINNIPEG — With high hopes coming in, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers suffered every pitfall imaginable on Thursday night. A week after getting their first win in Regina in 11 years, they lost their momentum, their starting quarterback, and their home opener to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 52-26.

Two weeks after a strong preseason outing, Hamilton quarterback Zach Collaros hosted a clinic on Winnipeg’s defence yet again, putting up 354 yards and two touchdowns on 26-for-33 passing. His touchdown passes went to Bakari Grant and Terrence Toliver, as he adeptly picked up Winnipeg’s blitzes and exposed their defence. The Bombers continue to struggle on that end of the ball, recording just two sacks after getting none in Week 1.

“I think the defence will only get better, because you’re talking about making wholesale changes with the coaching staff and guys getting used to a new system,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea. “We’ll do whatever we need to fix it, but push the panic button right now? Come on, it’s Week 2.”

In front of 27,279 fans at Investors Group Field, Winnipeg quarterback Drew Willy didn’t get the same opportunity as Collaros. Willy was knocked out cold in the first quarter on an unpenalized helmet-to-helmet hit by defensive end Adrian Tracy. He did not return to the game with what was cited as an “upper body injury” by O’Shea.

“You hate to see anyone go down like that,” said Bombers wideout Nick Moore. “We’ve got to be resilient, though. Whether it’s Drew or anybody… we have to step up and play our same game.”

At the time of Willy’s departure, the score was 10-7 Hamilton. Almost immediately, the Bombers unraveled. Right after Willy limped off, Tiger-Cats return specialist Brandon Banks ended the first with a punt return touchdown. Hamilton scored again on a Jeff Mathews one-yard scamper, which was quickly followed by Bombers backup quarterback Brian Brohm throwing the first of his two pick-sixes on the night. All that swelled the Tiger-Cats lead to 31-7, which proved an early finish for Winnipeg’s hopes.

“I know there’s a lot of things I can learn from and get better at,” said Brohm. “I just need to play cleaner football. Can’t turn the football over, that’s the number one thing.”

Brohm’s leash was long in this one, as he played out the final three quarters for a line of 146 yards and two interceptions on 16-for-28 passing, with one touchdown on the ground. Other than that, bright spots for Winnipeg were few. Moore led in receiving yards with 79 on six receptions. Running back Paris Cotton had 46 yards on nine attempts, including a highlight leap in the fourth quarter to pad the numbers a bit.

“I have to re-evaluate… my thoughts on preparation week, I really do,” said O’Shea. “We play a good football game in [Saskatchewan], we come back and we have a ton of energy in practice week, and I probably should’ve done more to settle guys down.”

“When we make this many mistakes and take this many penalties, when we can’t get off the field, I think there’s more to it.”

With the Hamilton win and Winnipeg loss, both teams move to 1-1 on the year. Winnipeg stays home next week to play the Montreal Alhouettes on Friday, July 10 at 6 p.m.

Blue Bombers Season Ticket Numbers Surpass 21K

By Brian Schultz

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoThe Winnipeg Blue Bombers are sitting at 21,337 season tickets ahead of their home opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats tonight.

“We continue our hard work in creating an outstanding game day experience for our fans,” said Blue Bombers president and CEO Wade Miller. “On the field, we got off to a great start with a season opening win in Saskatchewan last week and we are looking toward the rest of the year with great optimism.”

The football club says this year’s season ticket numbers are consistent with those in 2014. Nearly 27,000 tickets have been sold to tonight’s home opener.

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The Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games at a Glance

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Canada’s Mark Oldershaw celebrates bronze in the men’s 1000-metre canoe single (C1) final at Eton Dorney during the 2012 Summer Olympics in Dorney, England on Friday, August 8, 2012. Veteran paddler Oldershaw will lead the Canadian team into the opening ceremonies at the Pan American Games in Toronto later this month. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

(NC) — This summer Canada will be the centre of elite international athletic competition when more than 7,000 athletes from across the Americas and Caribbean will put their years of intense training, perseverance and sacrifice to the test. Athletes will compete against world-class competition in 36 Pan Am sports and 15 Parapan Am sports at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Here are some fun facts about the games:

When? The Pan Am Games take place from July 10 to 26 and the Parapan Am Games from August 7 to 15, 2015.

What? The PanAm and Parapan Am Games games are the third most important multi-sport games in the world, surpassed only in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. It’s the largest multi-sport event ever hosted in Canada.

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Goldeyes Hosting Popular Ukrainian Night

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThursday’s Winnipeg Goldeyes will have a Ukrainian feeling to it.

The baseball club is hosting Ukrainian Night when the Fish play the Sioux City Explorers at Shaw Park. Pre-game celebrations will include a polka dance contest on the plaza, with the Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus perform the national anthems. Contests and prizes will be part of the fun including a special “Go Goldeyes!” perogy-eating contest.

“Ukrainian culture is an important part of Winnipeg’s community,” Winnipeg Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier said. “It’s going to be a great night at the ballpark celebrating the colourful Ukrainian culture, while also supporting people in Ukraine through a tangible means.”

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Goldeyes Claim Pitcher Delmonico Off Waivers

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes have claimed infielder Tony Delmonico off waivers from the Laredo Lemurs and right-handed pitcher Rob Nixon has been placed on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of granting his release.

Delmonico, 28, hit .265 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 28 games with Laredo this season. He played the last two seasons in the Frontier and Atlantic League’s, hitting .322 with 17 home runs and 78 RBI in 153 games.

The Goldeyes have 22 players on their active roster, including 11 pitchers and 11 position players.

— Staff

Winnipeg Jets Open 2015-16 Season on East Coast

Winnipeg Jets LogoThe Winnipeg Jets will begin their 82-game 2015-16 NHL season with a four-game road trip beginning October 8 in Boston.

The Jets will play their first game of the season at MTS Centre when they host the Calgary Flames on October 16.

Winnipeg has two six-game home stands this season, beginning October 29 against the Chicago Blackhawks. The other runs from January 18 against Colorado to February 5 against Carolina.

Fans looking to see their favourite Canadian teams will get a chance on seven occasions at MTS Centre this season, with four of those games being played in March.

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MJHL Opens 2015-16 Season on September 25

By Brian Schultz

MJHLThe Manitoba Junior Hockey League will open its regular 2015-16 season on September 25.

The 60-game schedule will see the defending MJHL and RBC Cup champions Portage Terriers open their season in Virden against the Oil Capitals at 7:30 p.m.

Moving into the playoffs, a total of 10 teams will make the post-season. Teams finishing seventh to 10 will participate in separate, best-of-three Survivor Series to determine playoff seeding. The seventh-place team will play No. 10, while No. 8 will face off against No. 9. Winners then move on to the regular playoff format which will be best-of-seven series.

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CONTEST: Win Gate Passes to MTS Super-Spike

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MTS Super-Spike is a proud media partner of this year’s MTS Super-Spike and we want to send you to this summer’s event.

Besides the two-day volleyball tournament, Super-Spike will feature headlining band The Trews, along with Moses Mayes & the Family Funk Orchestra, The Treble, The New Meanies, The Revival, The F-Holes, Mise en Scene and others.

We have 20 event passes and two VIP access passes up for grabs.

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Simply fill out the entry form below. Good luck!

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Tiger-Cats Make Fancy Feast of the Blue Bombers, 26-15 in Preseason Closer

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Thaddeus Gibson (9) makes the sack but gets a major penalty for ripping off Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros (4) helmet during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Friday, June 19, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoWINNIPEG — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats scored on their first four drives and never looked back Friday night, beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 26-15 in the final preseason game for both teams.

In front of 24,344 fans at Investors Group Field, Hamilton’s quick start was driven by quarterback Zach Collaros, who had 183 yards and a touchdown pass to Bakari Grant in the first half. Grant also had eye-popping numbers, dominating the first half with five catches for 87 yards.

“Just looking around the locker room, [the players] aren’t happy,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea. “It’s a good thing that it affects them. It’s a good thing that it makes me feel sick to my stomach and it makes the players feel sick to their stomach. Preseason or not, they don’t want to lose.”

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Bisons Basketball Recruits Key Minnesota Forward

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Raheem Tyner (HANDOUT)

The Manitoba Bisons have recruited forward Raheem Tyner for the 2015-16 basketball season.

The 6’6″, 220 lbs. Minneapolis native averaged 23.5 points per game at Cooper High School in his senior season. After high school, Tyner went on to play one year of prep school basketball and then on to Allen County C.C.

“Raheem is a prototypical combo-forward that we often see do very well in the CIS,” Bisons head coach Kirby Schepp said. “He has a proven ability to play multiple positions at the college level. He is also a character person with a great work ethic and we feel he could be an impact player for our program.”

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