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Rookie Pitcher Jon Jones Signed to Goldeyes

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes have signed rookie left-handed pitcher Jon Jones.

The 25-year-old pitched this season in the American Association with the Joplin Blasters and Laredo Lemurs. In 12 games with those two teams, including four starts, the product of Lakeland, Florida went 0-2 with a 6.41 ERA.

At the same time, the Goldeyes placed rookie infielder Robby Spencer on irrevocable waivers for the purpose of granting his release.

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Morden Hosting 2017 Esso Cup Championship

Esso CupMorden will be the first city in Manitoba to host the Esso Cup in a little under two years from now.

The best female midget players will be competing for the national championship from April 16-22, 2017.

Hockey Canada, in partnership with Hockey Manitoba and the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League (MFMHL), announced that the host Pembina Valley Hawks will be joined by five regional representatives to compete for the ninth annual national championship.

The tournament will be played out at the 1,200-seat Huron Window Corporation Arena.

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Reggie Abercrombie Returns to Goldeyes’ Roster

By Brian Schultz

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes have welcomed back veteran outfielder Reggie Abercrombie to their roster.

Abercrombie comes from the Sussex County Miners in exchange for rookie outfielder Brady Wilson.

It’s the 34-year-old’s second stint with the team after hitting .314 with 19 home runs and 74 RBI in 100 games last season with the Fish. This season, he batted .233 with three home runs and 20 RBI in 45 games with the Miners.

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Inductees Into Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame for 2015 Announced

Manitoba Sports Hall of FameFive athletes, two builders and one team will be inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame this fall.

“This year’s individual recipients includes a three-time Grey Cup champion placekicker, a legendary GPAC basketball scoring machine, a sprinter who dominated back in the 1950’s, a world-champion rower and a Conn Smythe-winning, Stanley Cup champion goalie,” reads a statement from Sport Manitoba. “A legend at the Winnipeg Winter Club in all things racquet sports and a pioneer in sport medicine make up the Builder category and a dominant CIAU (now CIS) champion hockey team rounds out the new slate of inductees.”

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Blue Bombers Struggle, But Scrape By Montreal 25-23

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Demond Washington
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Demond Washington (7) defends as Montreal Alouettes’ Cody Hoffman (3) can’t haul in this pass in the Bombers’ end zone during the first half of CFL action in Winnipeg Friday, July 10, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoWINNIPEG — Though the end zone eluded the offence all night, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers found enough from their defence and special teams to beat the Montreal Alouettes 25-23 on Friday night.

Yes, the unlikely heroes for Winnipeg didn’t have Willy or Cotton on their jerseys. Instead, Johnny Adams, Lin-J Shell and Teague Sherman made the big plays in the second quarter to make up for a struggling Winnipeg offence. First, Adams had a pick-six interception on Montreal rookie quarterback Rakeem Cato. Then, with the clock running out on the half, Shell had a punt block and Sherman jumped on the ball in the end zone.

“I just happened to be in the right place in the right time. I was first,” said Sherman. “I think my speed increased incredibly as soon as I saw the ball out there.”

“Every single game is going to be different, and it’s going to take a different formula, a different recipe to get a win,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea. “This game we had the right recipe.”

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VIDEO: Toews Hoists Stanley Cup for Winnipeg Fans

WINNIPEG — Maybe it was the heat, or perhaps the third time really isn’t a charm.

A scarce crowd assembled Friday to welcome back Chicago Blackhawks captain and Winnipeg boy Jonathan Toews to his old St. Vital stomping crowds. The Stanley Cup winner came with hockey’s coveted trophy for a community celebration for the third time in six years.

Toews spoke to the media briefly inside an air conditioned Jonathan Toews Sportsplex on Dakota Street before bringing the Cup outside to the couple hundred of fans who had gathered.

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Grueling, Muddy and Fun: Spartan Race Has It All

Spartan Race
The Spartan Race is Saturday, July 11 at the Grunthal Motocross Park, about 45 minutes southeast of Winnipeg. (HANDOUT)

Endurance racers — and those who just want to have a fun time — are preparing for this weekend’s Spartan Race.

It’s the first time the event is being held in the province and will take place Saturday in Grunthal, Manitoba.

The 5 km+ sprint obstacle race will see competitors from all skill levels, from beginners and marathon runners to “hardcore warriors.”

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Toews Bringing Stanley Cup to Winnipeg for Hometown Celebration

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Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Thursday, July 9, 2015, after being inducted into the Order of Manitoba. (CHRISD.CA)

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will bring the famed Stanley Cup to the St. Vital community centre bearing his name on Friday.

A public celebration will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Jonathan Toews Sportsplex, 1188 Dakota Street. A Q&A session will give fans the opportunity to ask a question, but unlike previous Stanley Cup celebrations, no autographs or individual photographs will be allowed.

Toews played for the Dakota Lazers as a young hockey player, and Dakota’s main building was renamed in his honour after his first Stanley Cup win in 2010 and gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics with Team Canada.

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Super-Spike Team Registration Deadline Approaching

MTS Super-Spike 2015Five days remain to register a team for this year’s MTS Super-Spike at Maple Grove Rugby Park.

The annual outdoor fundraiser for the Winnipeg-based national women’s volleyball team is July 17-18, featuring headlining band The Trews.

Nearly 400 teams are registered so far, putting registration at a record pace.

Weekend passes for non-tournament participants are also on sale for $35 through SuperSpike.ca.

Other performing acts include Moses Mayes & The Family Funk Orchestra, The New Meanies, The Treble, The Revival, The F-Holes, The Reverend Rambler, Leanne Pearson, Mise en Scene, and Papa Mambo.

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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.

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