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Bisons’ Iizuka Attempting to Become First Female to Play U Sports Football

Bisons’ Iizuka Attempting to Become First Female to Play U Sports Football

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

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Reina Iizuka (U OF M BISONS)

Reina Iizuka is Canadian university football’s best-kept secret.

The five-foot-seven, 160-pound defensive back is entering her third year at the University of Manitoba, having been a red-shirted player on the Bisons in 2018.

Red-shirted players, who practise but do not dress for games, usually aren’t in the spotlight. However, it’s a different story for the 19-year-old Iizuka, who is believed to be the first woman to appear on a U Sports football roster.

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Blue Bombers Sign Running Back Larry Rose III

Blue Bombers Sign Running Back Larry Rose III

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed running back Larry Rose III to the club’s roster.

The Texas native, 23, spent his four-year college career with the New Mexico State Aggies, tallying 4,558 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 770 carries. In 2018, Rose signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent. He also spent time with the Los Angeles Rams.

— Staff

Canadian Running Back Kienan LaFrance Rejoins Saskatchewan Roughriders

Canadian Running Back Kienan LaFrance Rejoins Saskatchewan Roughriders

By The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler (17) hands off to Kienan LaFrance (27) during the second half of CFL action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Winnipeg Saturday, October 13, 2018. (John Woods/CP)

REGINA — Kienan LaFrance is back with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Canadian running back signed a one-year deal with Saskatchewan on Thursday. Lafrance spent the 2017 season with the Riders before joining the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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Blue Bombers Re-Sign Winnipeg Receiver Nic Demski

Blue Bombers Re-Sign Winnipeg Receiver Nic Demski

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols (15) and Nic Demski (10) celebrate Demski’s touchdown during the second half of CFL action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in Winnipeg on Friday, August 10, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have re-signed receiver Nic Demski to a two-year contract.

The Winnipeg native and former Manitoba Bison became a free agent on Tuesday.

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Super Bowl 2019 May Be the Last Time Canadian Football Fans See U.S. Game Ads

Super Bowl 2019 May Be the Last Time Canadian Football Fans See U.S. Game Ads

By David Paddon, The Canadian Press

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Workers use a lift to install a Super Bowl 53 wrap on the outside of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, on Jan. 17, 2019. (Curtis Compton / Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

TORONTO — Sunday’s battle between the New England Patriots and the L.A. Rams could possibly be the last Super Bowl game to be available in Canada in its original form — ads and all — through American broadcasts.

Until 2017, Canadian viewers were blocked from the full U.S. Super Bowl feeds, including the commercials that are often produced specifically for the event, as domestic broadcasters were able to substitute their own versions of the broadcasts carried by cable and satellite.

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Blue Bombers Re-Sign Winnipeg Linebacker Thomas Miles

Blue Bombers Re-Sign Winnipeg Linebacker Thomas Miles

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have extended local linebacker Thomas Miles to a one-year contract.

The former Manitoba Bison has spent the past two seasons in Winnipeg after signing as a free agent prior to the 2017 season. He has recorded 26 special teams tackle and nine defensive tackles in 36 games over that span.

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Blue Bombers’ Matthias Goossen Retires from Pro Football

Blue Bombers’ Matthias Goossen Retires from Pro Football

Matthias Goossen
Matthias Goossen (61) of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the pre-season game at TD Place in Ottawa, ON on Monday, June 13, 2016. (JOHANY JUTRAS / CFL)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers centre Matthias Goossen has announced his retirement from professional football.

“After much prayer and consideration, I have decided to end my football career,” Goossen said in a statement released by the football club.

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