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PHOTOS: Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships in Winnipeg

Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships
Competitors ride in the 2014 Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships at The Forks on Friday, October 24, 2014. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

Competitive cyclists from across the globe are in Winnipeg this weekend for the Shimano Canadian Cyclocross Championships.

The three-day event, which began Friday, is happening at The Forks.

Racing continues on Sunday with the Manitoba Grand Prix of Cyclocross, an international UCI C2 race open to professional and amateur athletes. The Kick Cancer Cyclocross Derby also launched this weekend, with a series of fun races and educational opportunities for riders of all abilities to benefit the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation.

Winnipeg welcomes the festival again in 2015.

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Lightning Strike When Needed, Zap Jets 4-2

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Toby Enstrom - Winnipeg Jets
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin (27) avoids Winnipeg Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom (39) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Friday, October 24, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his goal in NHL action against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre Friday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets came out firing Friday night looking to string together consecutive victories for the first time this season, but the Tampa Bay Lightning took advantage of the few chances they were given, scoring three times on just six shots in the second frame to beat the struggling Jets 4-2 at MTS Centre.

Winnipeg peppered Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop with 30 shots through the first two periods — and Bryan Little was able to record his team-leading fourth goal of the season while snapping Winnipeg’s 22-attempt power-play drought — but Tampa’s Ondrej Palat notched a goal and an assist in the period to take a 4-1 stranglehold and chase goaltender Ondrej Pavelec from the game. The Jets’ fifth-year starter allowed all four Lightning goals on 18 shots.

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Bisons Shoot for the Cure in Weekend Basketball Fundraiser

Michele Hynes - Robyn Eyer
U of M Bison women’s basketball head coach Michele Hynes and captain/guard Robyn Eyer. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons women’s basketball team is warming up for the season with a set of charity games this weekend.

The team will host the eighth annual Shoot for the Cure invitational at Investors Group Athletic Centre tonight through Sunday to raise money and awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).

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Hockey Winnipeg Offers Players, Coaches Online Resources

By Brian Schultz

Hockey WinnipegHockey Winnipeg has partnered with an Alberta organization to bring new resources to players and coaches.

A free coaching and playing development platform offered through TheDrillBook.com will deliver cutting edge on-ice programming, coaching assistance, and practice planning tools.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for our volunteer coaches throughout Winnipeg. We want to provide our coaches high quality resources and information to assist them in the growth and development of our great game,” said Monte Miller, executive director of Hockey Winnipeg.

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Statue Honours Bombers Coaching Legend Bud Grant

Bud Grant
A statue honouring former Blue Bombers coach Bud Grant is located outside the Bomber Store. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — A statue honouring Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ legend Bud Grant has been unveiled at Investors Group Field.

The football club on Thursday pulled back the curtain on the 7’6″ bronze statue representing Grant, the team’s most winningest head coach of all time. Grant was at the helm of the Bombers from 1957 to 1966.

“This is not me,” a humble Grant said of the statue, crafted by MST Bronze Limited. “It may be a likeness of me, but it doesn’t represent me. It represents everybody that played for the Bombers, not only in my time, but all time. It’s a great tribute.”

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Hockey Canada Marking 100 Years with ‘Century Tour’

Hockey CanadaTo mark Hockey Canada’s 100th anniversary, the organization is bringing a giant interactive hockey experience to Winnipeg this weekend.

Royal Sports will host the 200,000-square-foot timeline with milestone artifacts, programs and activities for kids, families and newcomers to the game.

The Century Tour will be setup at 750 Pembina Highway from noon to 8 p.m. on October 26-28.

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Jets Cruise Through the Hurricanes 3-1

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Dustin Byfuglien - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien (33) and Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin (28) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Mark Stuart - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets defenceman Mark Stuart (5) collides with Carolina Hurricanes forward Brad Malone (24) on Tuesday night at MTS Centre. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It may have taken a visit to MTS Centre by the NHL’s only winless club, but it was just what the doctor ordered for the goal-starved Winnipeg Jets, clipping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 to end their four-game losing streak in front of a sellout 15,016 in attendance Tuesday night.

The Jets scored two quick ones in the game’s opening three minutes — just 40 seconds apart — to put the ‘Canes on their heels and capture their first home-ice victory of the season. A quick start and multiple goals — just what was prescribed for a team that had scored only twice in their previous four games and whom widely spoke this week of dampened bench energy when facing adversity or immediately following opposing goals.

“It was a good bench tonight. It was as good a bench as I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. “And it was under pressure. There’s pressure here, and certainly we all felt it going into the game.”

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Teams Come Together for World Partner-Carry Games

By Sarah Taylor (@sarahrtaylor)

World Partner-Carry Games
Ace Burpee, Tim Hague Sr. and race directors Rick Shone and John Ford pose with the World Partner-Carry Games (WPG) top two teams before the final race on Saturday, October 18, 2014 (KELLY MORTON / SWAMPDONKEYAR.COM)
World Partner-Carry Games
Ace Burpee of 103.1 Virgin Radio and Tim Hague Sr. from “The Amazing Race Canada” teamed up to race in the 1st World Partner-Carry Games held at The Forks on Saturday. (KELLY MORTON / SWAMPDONKEYAR.COM)

WINNIPEG — The Forks saw a vigorous and entertaining competition on Saturday with the first of the World Partner-Carry Games.

“I think it was better and more hilarious than we thought,” said Virgin Radio host and event organizer Ace Burpee.

The idea came from the World Wife Carrying Championships in Europe and had a little tweaking to the name before starting up in Winnipeg.

“I always thought the World Wife Carrying championships sounded a bit old. Partner is where it’s at, anyone can carry anyone,” said Burpee.

The event brought out 13 teams of two who came to participate in an obstacle course while carrying their partner to win their weight in beer.

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Bisons’ Pischke Breaks North American Coaching Record

WINNIPEG — You can call Garth Pischke the most “winningest” coach of all-time after two wins against the Regina Cougars over the weekend.

Pischke — in his 33rd year of coaching the Manitoba Bison men’s volleyball team — set a historic record by accomplishing his 1,240th victory.

“There’s an emotional component to it. Winning at home in front of your family, it’s great,” said Pischke. “There’s a lot of great memories, a lot of great players have played for me.”

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Flames Burn Jets in Second Period Burst

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

 Ondrej Pavelec - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) stops Calgary Flames forward Brandon Bollig (25) in NHL action at MTS Centre on Sunday, October 19, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
Mason Raymond - Winnipeg Jets
Calgary Flames forward Mason Raymond (21) celebrates his goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — It only took seven minutes for the Calgary Flames to do the damage they needed to hand the struggling Winnipeg Jets a 4-1 loss — their fourth-consecutive — in front of a sold-out 15,016 at MTS Centre Sunday night.

In a span of just 6:42 in the second period, the Flames found the back of the net via Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau, and Mason Raymond to go up 3-1 and conclude their six-game, 11-day road drip on a high note. Raymond added two assists to complete his impressive outing.

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