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Goldeyes’ Hernandez Named Pitcher of the Year

By David Klassen

Nick Hernandez

Winnipeg Goldeyes pitcher Nick Hernandez (HANDOUT)

Winnipeg Goldeyes pitcher Nick Hernandez has been named the American Association’s 2014 pitcher of the year.

The 26-year-old leftie went 12-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 19 starts with the Goldeyes this season. He posted a pair of complete-game shutouts, which were the first two of his career. He was especially good on the road, going a perfect 7-0 with a 2.44 ERA in 11 starts. He’s the first Goldeyes pitcher to win 12 games in a season since Ace Walker did in 2009.

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Manitoba Bisons Win Pre-Season Soccer Tilt

By Brian Schultz

Vanessa Martinez Lagunas

U of M Bison women’s soccer coach Vanessa Martinez Lagunas (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Manitoba Bison women’s soccer team celebrated a pre-season 2-0 win Friday night over the visiting University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles.

The teams played on the U of M turf fields before the Herd begins their regular season next weekend.

The Bisons pushed the play from the opening kickoff, owning the time of possession early on. Several chances were thwarted by Crookston keeper Lexie Gauger, but the Bisons would open the scoring at the 24-minute mark. Brazilian recruit Bruna
Mavignier
converted a pass from Alyssa Robinson from just inside the top of the penalty area to put the Bisons up 1-0.

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Former University of Manitoba Bisons Player Suspended for Steroid Use

University of Manitoba BisonsA former University of Manitoba football player has been suspended after testing positive for Oxandrolone, a prohibited steroid.

Ranji Atwall was given a four-year sanction from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports after a sample collected in March tested positive.

The university’s Bison Sports called Atwall’s actions disappointing.

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Manitoba Racer Lone Canadian in Northern European Cup

By Tyler Sutherland

David Richert

Manitoba race car driver David Richert (HANDOUT)

A Manitoba race car driver will solely represent Canada this weekend at the Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) race event in Most, Czech Republic.

David Richert will be one of 29 confirmed drivers from 18 different countries when he competes. More than 80,000 spectators took in the action at Autodrom Most last year.

“I’m looking forward to being back in the race car this weekend and the extra day of testing is really going to help as I’ve never been to this race circuit before,” Richert said. “I was very happy with our progress at Spa-Francorchamps during the last race weekend and if we can take another step forward this weekend I will be incredibly happy.”

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Bisons Recruit 13 for Women’s Soccer Squad

By Brian Schultz

University of Manitoba BisonsThirteen local recruits will be suiting up for the Manitoba Bisons women’s soccer squad this coming season.

Head coach Vanessa Martinez Lagunas is beginning her second year at the team’s helm and announced the recruits on Tuesday.

They include midfielders Michelle Herms, Sara Schur, Aziza Kinnarath, Olivia Chomicki, Kim Mulatu, and Tatum O’Meara, forwards Chelsea Dubiel, Camille Plett, Jasmine Plett, and Kayla Jeffries, and defenders Courtney Champagne, Megan Csizmadia, and Kailyn Balfour.

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Manitoba Bisons Football Tickets on Sale

Brian Dobie

U of M Bisons football coach Brian Dobie (CHRISD.CA)

Tickets for the upcoming Manitoba Bisons football season are now on sale for home games at Investors Group Field.

The Herd opens the 2014 season on Friday, September 12 when they host the Regina Rams at 7 p.m.

A Canstar family package includes four tickets for $35 and is valid for games on the 12th or 20th (UBC Thunderbirds).

Individual ticket prices remain the same from the inaugural season at IGF of $15 for adults, $8 for students/seniors and free for children aged six and under.

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Blue Bombers’ VP Jim Bell Leaving Football Club

Jim Bell

Jim Bell (CHRISD.CA FILE)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers say corporate restructuring is behind the dismissal of vice-president and COO Jim Bell.

“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Jim for his dedication, work ethic, professionalism, and most importantly, his passion for this football club over the past decade-plus,” said Bombers president and CEO Wade Miller. “Jim took on many roles and responsibilities throughout his time with the football club, and always did it with extraordinary effort.”

Bell’s last day with the Bombers will be Friday, August 29.

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Blue Bombers Pull Out Win With Strong Second Half

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Bruce Johnson and Teague Sherman - Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Bruce Johnson (25) and Teague Sherman (27) tackle Montreal Alouettes runningback Brandon Whitaker in CFL action at Investors Group Field on Friday, August 22, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

Drew Willy - Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy (5) throws a pass at Investors Group Field Friday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Coming into Friday night on a two-game losing skid, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers needed a couple quarters to shake off the cobwebs from their brand new digital camouflage uniforms before they were able to come from behind to earn a 24-16 win over the reeling Montreal Alouettes.

The Bombers improve to 6-3, now at the midway point of the season, and while Drew Willy is gaining the reputation of Winnipeg’s comeback kid, the quarterback remains level-headed when assessing his team’s offence performance through all four quarters.

“I just try to stay calm, cool, and collected,” said Willy, who finished 14-of-23 for 200 yards and an interception. “I wish we would’ve played better in the first half for sure. We knew what they were doing. We just needed to execute better as an offence.”

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Grey Cup in Winnipeg to Support Local Food Bank

Football fans wanting to get up close with the CFL’s Grey Cup at Friday’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers game are being asked to bring a donation for Winnipeg Harvest.

Through the Purolator Tackle Hunger campaign, all non-perishable food items will be collected for the food bank prior to the Bombers hosting the Montreal Alouettes.

Fans can get their photo taken with the cup starting at 4 p.m. on the plaza at Investors Group Field.

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Bison Football Readies for Training Camp

The feeling that summer is nearly over has become evident with the Manitoba Bisons preparing to open training camp on Friday.

The Herd returns for the 2014 season with a veteran group, as 10 of the 12 starters on offence and eight of the 12 starters on defence played in the 2013 Canada West Final.

“There has been pressure on the defence, because offence did kind of rip it up last year,” said Bisons head coach Brian Dobie. “I expect pretty good things from our defence… I think our front four is going to be really good.”

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