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Manitoba Bisons Solidify Homecoming Win Over UBC Thunderbirds

By Shawn Coates (@shawncoates)

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Manitoba Bisons’ DJ Lalama (25) and Kienan LaFrance (27) celebrate a 1st Quarter TD against the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday, September 20, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)
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Manitoba Bison receiver Nic Demski (9) cranks off a big run in CIS action at Investors Group Field on Saturday. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — Solid defensive play and 224 combined yards from Nic Demski helped lead the Manitoba Bisons to a 20-10 victory over the UBC Thunderbirds Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field.

The Bisons, ranked No. 9 in Canada entering play this week, took advantage of four sacks, six tackles for a loss and an interception to secure the win before a crowd of 1,826 fans.

“This game goes to the defence. They did an amazing job,” said Bison runningback Kienan LaFrance, who scored his fifth touchdown of the season with a 22-yard run in the 1st Quarter. “They’ve been getting stronger every half this season. Our coach upstairs (defensive coordinator) Stan Pierre, is the mastermind behind this. The defence is doing great.”

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King of the Cage Thrills More Than 1,200 Fans

By Shawn Coates (@shawncoates)

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Ivan James (right) kicks Damian Johnston in the face at the King of the Cage event at the RBC Convention Centre on Friday, September 19, 2014. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — King of the Cage, an international mixed martial arts company that has produced more than 600 shows in North America, made its Winnipeg debut Friday night at the RBC Convention Centre.

The event featured seven bouts of mostly Manitoba fighters before a crowd of more than 1,200 people.

Winnipeg’s Joe Doerksen (51-16) defeated Tony Lopez (34-15) by unanimous decision in the main event. Both fighters landed several solid strikes in an entertaining contest.

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Manitoba Bisons Set the Stage for Homecoming Weekend

WINNIPEG — It’s the biggest game of the season for the Manitoba Bisons on Saturday, but not in a must-win type of way.

The Bisons football team (1-1) hosts their annual homecoming game at Investors Group Field when they welcome the UBC Thunderbirds.

It’s still a young season for the Herd, coming off a win at home last week and recovering from their loss to the Saskatchewan Huskies in Week 1.

“Homecoming weekend is — I think for any university — the single biggest most important weekend of the year,” head coach Brian Dobie said. “It’s about everything the university stands for and represents.”

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Wheel-a-Thon to Raise Funds for Wheelchair Sports

Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association (MWSA)A fundraiser Saturday afternoon at Grant Park High School will support those participating in sport while restricted to a wheelchair.

The Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association (MWSA) is holding the 2014 MWSA Wheel-a-thon in support of wheelchair sports in Manitoba.

From 9 a.m. to noon, teams of four will race in heats (4 x 400 m relay) on the outdoor track. The event is open to people of all abilities and the MWSA will provide participants with sport wheelchairs.

MWSA’s programs include wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, and junior wheelchair sports. Funds raised from the Wheel-a-thon will directly support athletes in Manitoba as they pursue their dreams of sport excellence or their aspirations to be physically active.

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City Renames Street in Honour of Team Jennifer Jones

Two more honours were bestowed upon the gold medal-winning Jennifer Jones curling rink on Thursday.

The ladies from the St. Vital Curling Club gathered for the official unveiling of their mural on the south wall of the club facing Fermor Avenue. With the support of Take Pride Winnipeg and other organizations, the mural was painted this summer by local muralists Mandy van Leeuwen and Michel Saint Hilaire.

“You’re a little scared when your face is going to be about a storey high,” Jones said of the mural.

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‘King of the Cage’ Marks Return of MMA to Winnipeg

By Shawn Coates (@shawncoates)

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Vyron Phillips (right) will compete in the King of the Cage event on Friday at the RBC Convention Centre. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)
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Vyron Phillips will compete in the King of the Cage event. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Mixed martial arts makes its return to Winnipeg with the King of the Cage event this Friday at the RBC Convention Centre.

The nine-bout card marks the Manitoba debut of King of the Cage, a company that has produced more than 600 shows across North America. The event has a distinctly local flavour to it, as 12 of the 18 competitors come from Manitoba.

“It’s big. It’s going to be an exciting night,” said Marc-Andre Drolet, King of the Cage promoter. “This is a solid card. It is a strong mix of up-and-coming guys and established fighters. Anybody who is a fan of MMA will be impressed with the quality of the show.”

The show, which will be shown to more than eight-million viewers in the United States via MAV-TV, features local fan favourite Joe Doerksen. Boasting a career mark of 50 wins and 16 losses, the experienced Doerksen faces Tony Lopez (34-14) in the 205-pound weight category.

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CONTEST: Win Access to Every U of M Bisons Game

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University of Manitoba has once again partnered with the University of Manitoba Bisons and want to send YOU to every single Bisons game of the 2014-15 season.

Beginning with football, we have four pairs of tickets to give away to this Saturday’s homecoming game against the UBC Thunderbirds at 2 p.m. Following that, we’ll also have tickets to the Saskatchewan Huskies on October 17 and Calgary Dinos on November 1.

We’re also giving away 20 adult season passes for hockey, volleyball, and soccer.

How do I win?

It’s simple. Fill out the entry form below and we’ll draw a group of random winners every week until October 17. A handful of those winners will also receive two tickets to an upcoming Bisons football game at Investors Group Field. Good luck!

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No purchase necessary. Skill testing question required. One entry per person, please. Multiple entries will not be counted. Winner must confirm receipt of their name being drawn within 24 hours, otherwise another entry will be chosen. All personal information is handled in accordance to our Privacy Policy, and then discarded after the contest. Contest closes Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. CT. Manitoba residents only.

Jets Back in the City to Begin Training Camp

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Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane (9) and Minnesota Wild defenceman Ryan Suter (20) battle for the puck at MTS Centre last April. (SHAWN COATES / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg Jets LogoThe Winnipeg Jets are back in town and ready to hit the ice.

After a relaxing and fun-filled summer vacation for the team (if social media is any indication), the Jets will get back to the grind when training camp opens on Thursday.

The Jets will begin with medicals and physicals at MTS Centre before splitting their time between the arena and MTS Iceplex for on-ice sessions. Training sessions at the Iceplex are the only time when the public is allowed to observe from the stands.

Winnipeg will kick off the pre-season against the Minnesota Wild on Monday September 22 at MTS Centre at 7 p.m. CT.

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Jets to Hold Inaugural ‘Fan Fest’ at MTS Iceplex

Winnipeg Jets LogoWith the countdown to the 2014-15 NHL season ticking away, the Winnipeg Jets want to get fans ready with an inaugural Fan Fest.

The hockey club will host the outdoor event on Saturday, September 20 at MTS Iceplex.

The event includes access to Jets training camp sessions, live player and management interviews as well as a range of interactive games and activities. The first 5,000 fans on site will receive a free complimentary lunch.

In addition, the first 3,000 fans will have the opportunity to watch one of four Winnipeg Jets training camp sessions beginning at 9 a.m. with additional ice times commencing at 9:50 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 12:50 p.m. Admission to these sessions is limited to available seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans that do not get into one session will be able to line up for the ensuing one.

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Ticket Sales for FIFA Women’s World Cup Off to Steady Start

FIFAFans planning to take in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 have been making a strong statement by snapping up passport ticket packages in record amounts.

Winnipeg is one of the host cities in the tournament next June, where several matches will be played at Investors Group Field.

“There has been terrific momentum leading up to our on-sale date, so it is great to see how Canadians have really embraced the competition through the purchase of stadium passports, stadium half passes and tickets to the final match,” said Peter Montopoli, CEO for the National Organizing Committee.

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