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FIFA Women’s World Cup Banners Going Up

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015WINNIPEG — Flagpole banners for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 will be put up around the city today.

The first set of banners will be installed along Portage Avenue, starting on Portage and Memorial Boulevard and ending at Main Street near 201 Portage Avenue around noon.

Other locations throughout Winnipeg will see the banners installed by this weekend:

  • Chancellor Matheson Road and University Crescent near Investor’s Group Field
  • Memorial Boulevard
  • Portage Avenue (between Main Street and Memorial Boulevard)
  • Main Street (between Portage Avenue and Assiniboine Avenue)

Fans are asked to share photos of the banners on social media using the hashtags #FWWC2015 or #Canada2015.

Winnipeg will host competition group matches on June 8, 12, 15 and 16.

Sport for Life Centre Receives Qualico Contribution

By Brian Schultz

Sport ManitobaWINNIPEG– Sport Manitoba has received a contribution from Qualico to help build a new training centre.

Known as the Qualico Training Centre, the 120,000-square-foot addition to the Canada Games Sport for Life Centre is a key legacy project for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

“We are tremendously grateful for Qualico’s support of our capital campaign,” said Paul Robson, the campaign’s co-chair. “Qualico’s generosity will create significant lasting impacts as we continue to positively build our communities and neighborhoods through sport. While our private capital campaign has been successful, additional support is still required.”

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Goldeyes Make Roster Moves Ahead of Deadline

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoAhead of the American Association’s opening day roster deadline, the Winnipeg Goldeyes have made some moves.

Infielder C.J. Ziegler has been traded to the Lincoln Saltdogs for cash considerations, while right-handed pitcher Jon Fitzsimmons, left-handed pitcher Taylor Bratton, and infielder Ben Bostick have been released.

The Goldeyes have 23 players on their opening day roster, including 12 pitchers and 11 position players.

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Former Bobcats Player Bonhomme Commits to Bisons Basketball

Ilarion Bonhomme
Ilarion Bonhomme (U OF M BISONS)

The Manitoba Bisons have secured a key recruit in Ilarion Bonhomme for the 2015 basketball season.

The 6’0″ point guard was the Canada West Rookie of the Year in 2011-12 and was named to the CIS All-Rookie team. He was also a standout point guard at Brandon University for three seasons.

“While at Brandon, he was always difficult to game plan against,” said Bisons head coach Kirby Schepp. “He has an outstanding ability to break down defenses and set up his teammates for easy looks. His unmatched speed will allow us to continue to play the pace that we want to play.”

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Goldeyes Reel in First Pre-Season Win

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes’ have their first 2015 pre-season win under their belt, defeating the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 6-0 on Wednesday night at Shaw Park.

The Fish redeemed themselves from a 13-11 loss to the RedHawks the previous night. Goldeyes shortstop Brad Boyer hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first, which stood up for the game-winning run.

Goldeyes third baseman Josh Mazzola hit the second home run of the night, a two-run shot, in the bottom of the third. Ramon Ortega added a run late in the fifth to give the Fish six runs on six hits.

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Goldeyes Acquire Pitcher Anthony Smith

Winnipeg Goldeyes LogoThe Winnipeg Goldeyes have acquired right-handed pitcher Anthony Smith from the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League in exchange for a player to be named later.

The 25-year-old went 6-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 24 appearances, including six starts, with Schaumburg last season. He also had two saves out of the bullpen.

The Goldeyes now have 27 players on their training camp roster, including 14 pitchers and 13 position players.

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Goldeyes Hosting Wesmen for Exhibition Game

University of Winnipeg Wesmen Baseball
The University of Winnipeg Wesmen will play against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Sunday. (HANDOUT)

Before the regular Winnipeg Goldeyes season gets going, the Fish will play an exhibition game with another local team.

The University of Winnipeg Wesmen will play with the pros on Sunday, May 10 at Shaw Park.

“The game has become an annual event, a game that showcases the talent that the Wesmen program is developing. The Goldeyes are proud to be a partner with the Wesmen program,” said Winnipeg Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier.

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Sport Manitoba Creates Athlete Development Position in Brandon

Sport ManitobaSport Manitoba has hired a new coach/athlete development coordinator for rural Manitoba.

Brittany Bruinooge, a kinesiology graduate from the University of Manitoba, will be stationed in Brandon.

Bruinooge is a certified athletic therapist and CSEP personal trainer.

“We undertook a significant review of the services and programs we were delivering in Rural Manitoba and we discovered a real need for the support this new coach/athlete development coordinator position will provide,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, president and CEO Sport Manitoba.

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Manitoba Moose Returning to Winnipeg

Manitoba Moose

Manitoba Moose

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Moose are back!

True North Sports and Entertainment unveiled the familiar team name and logo Monday for its new AHL affiliate team, formerly called the St. John’s IceCaps.

The hockey team was announced in March and will relocate from Newfoundland after spending four years in the Maritimes.

To fill the gap left by the IceCaps, the Montreal Canadiens will move their affiliate team — the Hamilton Bulldogs — to St. John’s.

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Grueling ‘Spartan Race’ to Hit Grunthal This Summer

By Scott Billeck (@scottbilleck)

Spartan Race
Spartan Race is July 11, 2015 in Grunthal, Manitoba. (HANDOUT)

The ‘ultimate human sport’ is heading to southeastern Manitoba this summer and the team organizing it is hell-bent on getting you into the first ever Spartan Race event held in Manitoba.

The Spartan Sprint is slated for July 11 in Grunthal. The Sprint (three-plus miles) is a beginner level event, and is a part of the trifecta along with the Super (eight-plus miles) and the Beast (12-plus-miles).

What grew out of the Vermont backcountry has turned into a worldwide phenomenon, with 130 events in 15 countries and six continents in 2014 alone. And while the word ‘Spartan’ and ‘race’ might elicit visions of madness, Jesse Cox, one of the organizers for the Manitoba event, says there’s something for everyone.

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