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Maple Leaf raised at athletes village ahead of Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW — Chantal Petitclerc has watched the Maple Leaf go up to the sounds of O Canada countless times over her illustrious 20-year career as a wheelchair racer.

Monday afternoon, she wore the smile of a proud parent when the Canadian team marched in for the traditional flag-raising ceremony at the Commonwealth Games athletes village. READ

Nibali seems set for Tour de France victory

Barring a disaster for him on French roads from now until Sunday, the man who looks set to win the Tour de France says he understands that cycling is still paying for its longtime doping plague. Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali knows that more than many. Both of cycling’s other “Grand Tours” that he has already won were marred by doping cases. Last year’s Giro d’Italia was tarnished by three positive tests while in the 2010 Vuelta Nibali’s runner-up, Ezequiel Mosquera, later tested positive for a masking agent that can hide blood-booster EPO — long cycling’s designer drug. READ

Blue Jays get blown away by Red Sox in series opener

When Drew Hutchison got to the dugout after striking out David Ortiz to end an easy first inning, the Blue Jays starter had nine strikes on 10 pitches and every reason to believe he had his best stuff. Some of his worst followed. READ

A long time coming for Adamson

Lee Adamson may have been nipped out at the line in the dash for cash, but the blow was softened by wrapping up his second North American Pony Chuckwagon Championship — 20 years after the first — at the Westerner Days on Sunday. The Camrose driver’s overall time of six minutes, 32.43 seconds was 3.06 seconds faster than Neil Salmond of Weekes, Sask. in the Uncle Ben’s RV outfit, who did win the final race and $4,500 cheque with a time of 1:16.91. READ

Buccaneers suffer ‘embarrassing’ loss against Ft. Mac Monarchs

Red Deer Buccaneers head coach Duane Brown needed just one word to describe their 14-9 Alberta Football League loss to the expansion Fort McMurray Monarchs on Saturday at MEGlobal Athletic Park in Lacombe. “Embarrassing,” he said. “The entire first half we could not execute anything, we couldn’t do a hand off, we couldn’t catch the ball, we couldn’t run the ball, we couldn’t throw the ball and the offence clearly let the defence down, they played an amazing game.” READ

McIlroy goes wire-to-wire to win first Open Championship

Walking off the 18th green as the British Open champion, Rory McIlroy kept gazing at all the greats on golf’s oldest trophy. On the claret jug, his name is etched in silver below Phil Mickelson. READ

Riggers victorious in home tournament

The Red Deer Riggers weren’t leaving anything to chance in the final of their own senior men’s baseball tournament Sunday at Great Chief Park. After suffering their first loss of the season within provincial borders — 3-2 to the Calgary Wolfpack — Saturday night and edging the Fort Saskatchewan A’s 9-7 in a semifinal Sunday afternoon, the Riggers buried the Wolfpack 12-0 in a championship game that was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. READ

Rampage one win away from North final

The Red Deer Rampage took advantage of a frustrated and undisciplined opponent Sunday at the Kinex and are now one win away from advancing to the junior B tier 1 North final of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. The hosts struck for four overtime goals — including two on the power play — to pull out a 12-10 victory and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. Game 4 is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Kinex. READ

Renegades stumble in regular season home finale

It’s one step forward, two steps back for the Red Deer Renegades Alberta Major Soccer League women’s team. After finally getting their first points of the season in a tie last weekend with the Lethbridge FC, they came out with a lackluster performance on Saturday in their home finale and were beat 4-0 by the Edmonton Scottish Angels (7-3-0). READ

Blue Jays’ bats salvage series win

It was about as ugly a win as you can get. Toronto starter Mark Buehrle fell trying to throw a pitch, balking in a run. Closer Casey Janssen didn’t finish the ninth. Even Rogers Centre couldn’t make up its mind, opening and then closing the dome. READ

Canada’s gunning for golds

There are still two years to go before the curtain goes up on the 2016 Summer Olympics, but many of Canada’s top athletes are already on the road to Rio and this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key stop. For athletes such as decathlete Damian Warner, rugby sevens captain John Moonlight, and swimmer Ryan Cochrane, the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow mark not only the biggest event on this year’s sports calendar, but another chance to gain valuable multisport experience ahead of Rio. READ

Paying for the honour to represent Canada

Before Andrew D’Souza could represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games, the badminton player had to harness his inner entrepreneur. The 20-year-old from Ottawa is Canada’s No. 2-ranked men’s player, but based on his Commonwealth ranking, is one of 47 “pay to play” athletes on the Canadian team bound for Glasgow who had to pay their own way to the Games. READ

Rebels make Cup bid

t’s a three-team race for the right to host the 2016 Memorial Cup. The Red Deer Rebels recently threw their hat into the ring and the Vancouver Giants and Victoria Royals submitted bids to the Western Hockey League head office this week. READ

Stamps slip past Tiger-Cats

CALGARY - Rene Parades kicked the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter as the Calgary Stampeders hung on to edge the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 10-7 on Friday in Canadian Football League action. READ

McIlroy shoots 66 for lead at British Open

HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open. Once he made a birdie, and then another, nothing could stop McIlroy. Not another collapse in the second round. Not anyone in the field. And certainly not Tiger Woods. READ

Camrose driver pulls away from the pack

Lee Adamson proved Friday night his rig was good in more than just the mud. READ

Riggers beat down Tigers

Talk about rude hosts. READ

Mason headed to Germany

Chris Mason enjoyed his first year in Europe so much that he’s heading back in two weeks time. READ

Soggy conditions don’t bother Adamson

A soggy track made for slower times during the second performance of the North American Pony Chuckwagon Championship Thursday at Westerner Park, but didn’t bother veteran Lee Adamson. READ

Nibali says doping belongs in cycling’s past

SAINT-ETIENNE, France — Because of doping’s ravages on cycling, it’s natural for suspicion to fall on Vincenzo Nibali, who led the Tour de France on Thursday for a 10th time in 12 stages. But Nibali says the sport has changed, doping cases have become rare, and “this theme belongs to the past.” READ

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