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Blue Bombers Suffer Kicking Nightmare, Lose 24-23 to Edmonton

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos in action at Investors Group Field on Saturday, October 3, 2015. (JEFF MILLER / CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoWINNIPEG — Five kicks missed on one side, a game-winner on the other. Rarely does a game so clearly come down to the skinny guys behind the tee, but Saturday’s tilt between Edmonton and Winnipeg was just that. In the end, it was Eskimos kicker Sean Whyte with the 53-yard winner, giving his team a 24-23 win in front of 24,179 at Investors Group Field.

You’ve realized then, by process of elimination, it was Winnipeg kicker Lirim Hajrullahu who missed five times. Late in a season that’s gone from below-average to brutal, the sophomore missed field goals from 43, 44, 42, and 40, along with a one-point convert, to total 13 lost points for the Bombers. His record going back isn’t gleaming, either; he’s made just five of his last 13 field goal attempts dating back to September 6 and is just 15-of-21 on one-point converts this season, the lowest make percentage in the CFL.

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Petition Launched to Get Dancing Gabe in EA Sports’ NHL 17

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A petition to get Winnipeg’s Dancing Gabe into the upcoming edition EA Sports’ NHL 17 video game is quickly collecting signatures.

Local radio station QX 104 is behind the media push to get Gabe Langlois some recognition in CGI form. The petition was originally the idea of fans Quinnton Daerden, Steve Rivest and Ethan Patrick.

“While playing the game, we noticed that “The Green Men,” popular Vancouver fans, have a cameo in the stands. Not to discredit the men in green, but they’re no Dancing Gabe,” reads the petition on

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Safeway Pulls Out as Provincial Curling Sponsor After 21 Years

Curl ManitobaAfter 21 years as the title sponsor of the Manitoba Men’s Provincial Curling Championship, Safeway will no longer be presenting the event.

CurlManitoba says the grocery chain did not renew its sponsorship for the upcoming season.

“Safeway has been an incredible supporter of our sport for over half a century, and we’re particularly grateful for their substantial support and leadership over the past two decades,” said CurlManitoba president Sam Antila.

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Blue Bombers QB Robert Marve Retires

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Robert Marve (16) scrambles during 2nd half action at Investors Group Field on Saturday, August 29, 2015. (JEFF MILLER / FOR CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Robert Marve is retiring from professional football.

“After consulting with my doctors, and contemplating my future, and life after football, I have made the decision to retire from this great game,” said Marve. “I would like to thank the great fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and this organization, who have supported me through this process. I’ll deeply miss the on field competitiveness, but this is the right decision for me and my long term health.”

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Winnipeg’s Top Rowers Compete on the Red River

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Rowers compete in the “Head of the Red” regatta on the Red River, Saturday, September 26, 2015. (CHRISD.CA)
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Steven Taylor, head coach of the Winnipeg Rowing Club (CHRISD.CA)

Winnipeg’s top rowers took to the Red River on Saturday to try and earn the top purse in their category.

The Head of the Red rowing competition was held at the Winnipeg Rowing Club, where racers participated in three 2 km loops departing every 30 seconds.

The 6,000-metre course is one on the long end of the racing scale compared to sprint competitions consisting of varying 500 to 2,000 metre lengths.

“Usually in Winnipeg, we do it (the races) from the St. Vital Bridge to the Norwood Bridge. This year we’ve changed the format — it’s a circular format — so that rowers are always in sight of the spectators,” said Steven Taylor, head coach of the Winnipeg Rowing Club.

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Stampeders Hold Off Late Blue Bombers Charge, Win 25-23

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers LogoWINNIPEG — A pillar of health in a league where it’s hard to come by, Bo Levi Mitchell has taken the CFL by storm since his first start in 2013. He’s also handled the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and did so once again Friday night, as the Stamps overcame a late push from the home team, winning 25-23.

Just like the July 18 tilt in Calgary between these two teams, this one came down to the leg of Winnipeg kicker Lirim Hajrullahu with under a minute left. Once again, though, he missed the long kick. Wide from 50 yards, it sealed the seventh straight Calgary win at Investors Group Field, improving their record this year to 9-3. Winnipeg falls to 4-9.

“It’s unfortunate that I let the team down,” said Hajrullahu. “As kickers, we get excited, especially in a situation like that, you like to see where the ball is going. I think, from mechanics, I looked up too quickly and didn’t finish properly and that was the difference.”

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Bisons Recruit OL Aarmin Purewal for 2016

By Brian Schultz

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Bisons have recruited offensive lineman Aarmin Purewal for the football 2016 season.

The 6’5,”, 290 lbs. Victoria, B.C. native is currently playing with the Westshore Rebels of the BCFC.

The 19-year-old was named an all-star, all-Canadian and most outstanding lineman on three variety provincial championship teams.

“Signing with Manitoba at last is truly a dream come true, it’s been a long three year process but I’m glad it’s finally come to an end,” Purewal said.

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Track Upgrades at U of M Planned Ahead of 2017 Games

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The track at University Stadium will get a major overhaul ahead of the 2017 Canada Summer Games. (TWITTER / 2017CANADAGAMES)

WINNIPEG — Before the city hosts the 2017 Canada Summer Games, some much needed repairs are coming to the track surface at the University of Manitoba.

University Stadium will undergo nearly $2 million in upgrades, primarily to the resurfacing of the track and other enhancements to the field of play and warm up areas.

“University Stadium is an important training and competition venue, and has provided the foundation for many thousands of Manitoba athletes to achieve their personal best in their chosen discipline over the past 48 years,” said host society president and CEO Jeff Hnatiuk.

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‘Head of the Red’ Crowning Winnipeg’s Top Rowers

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The Head of the Red regatta is Saturday, September 26 at the Winnipeg Rowing Club. (HANDOUT)

Two Winnipeg-based rowing groups are coming together on Saturday for the annual “Head of the Red” competition.

The Winnipeg Rowing Club and Manitoba Rowing Association are hosting the regatta, consisting of longer, slower distances, ranging from 4,000-6,000 metres.

“On a normal 6,000-metere course that races from end to end, you only see the boats for a short time when they pass you,” said Steven Taylor, head coach of the Winnipeg Rowing Club.

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Gary Lawless Joining TSN Full-Time

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Winnipeg sports journalist Gary Lawless is taking on a much greater role at TSN.

Lawless’s extended duties with the broadcaster will see his weekday drive show, “Hustler and Lawless,” stretched to three hours from 3-6 p.m. CT on TSN Radio 1290.

“The opportunity to join this team and take on new roles is invigorating,” Lawless said in a network release. “Hustler and Lawless has taken a strong position in the Winnipeg sports scene and the chance to continue growing it while being a part of TSN’s TV and digital reach is a great next challenge.”

Lawless will also be a senior correspondent for TSN’s CFL coverage, act as a Jets Insider for TSN’s Winnipeg Jets coverage, and will expand his broadcast presence, making frequent appearances on “That’s Hockey” and “The Reporters.”

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