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Chiefs to make Kinex new home

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs Midget AAA hockey team won’t be homeless for long. They just needed the city to approve some renovations to the Kinex Arena to make room for the temporary home.

With the Red Deer Arena, 4725 43rd St., set to be demolished this week, the midget team was in need of a new home. Staff’s commute won’t change much as the improvements to the Kinex, located just behind the Red Deer Arena at 4309 48th Ave., were approved by Red Deer City Council on July 18. READ

Adamson wins third straight pony chuckwagon title

Lee Adamson needs just one more victory in the chuckwagon races at Westerner Days. The 48-year-old won his third straight Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships Sunday afternoon at the Westener, capping off five days of racing. READ

Buccaneers blow away visiting Irish

Recently named the best football team in the Canadian Major Football League, the Central Alberta Buccaneers steamrolled the Airdrie Irish 77-10, improving to 7-0. With a grin, head coach Devon Hand said the team hasn’t played a complete game yet this season but has managed to manhandle their opponents. READ

Riggers hold off Athletics for home tournament win

One run up and one out from victory, Sherwood Park Athletics centrefielder Mark Kuzyk hit a deep fly ball to centrefield. It had been a back-and-forth tilt between the Athletics and the Red Deer Riggers, as those games usually are. And the championship game of the Riggers 36th annual tournament on Sunday was just the time to showcase it. READ

Adamson holds lead after day two at North American Pony Chuckwagon Championship

After two days of chuckwagons at the Westerner, Lee Adamson has developed a one second lead on two competitors. Adamson improved on his opening night 1:19.10 with a 1:16 Thursday night. Kevin Desjarlais and Brian Miller had similar times in a night that was noticeably faster for the field than the opening night on Wednesday. Desjarlais came in second and Miller came in third. READ

Riggers keep rolling with shutout of Cubs

The Red Deer Riggers didn’t need more than catcher Kerry Boon’s three run double in the first inning, but they drove in six more runs on their way to a 9-0 shutout win over the Confederation Park Cubs. In the middle of the busiest baseball week shortstop/manager Jason Chatwood can recall, the Riggers improved their season record to 14-1 with the win. The game on Tuesday at Great Chief Park was the second of three games in three nights for the team. READ

Innisfail set to host Alberta Men’s Amateur

Among a field of 120 of Alberta’s best golfers is a 16-year-old Hunting Hills student who is aiming for a top 10 finish in the Sun Life Financial Alberta Men’s Amateur Championship. Over the next four days, Chandler McDowell will square off against a large, skilled and competitive field including the 2015 winner Brett Hogan. READ

Thurston rides to Stampede repeat

For someone who just turned 22, Zeke Thurston has loads of confidence. Thurston, of Big Valley, defended his title in the saddle-bronc finals at the Calgary Stampede rodeo on Sunday. “I expect to win every time I get on,” said Thurston, who celebrated his birthday on Friday. “That’s kind of the mentality I have. Whether it goes that way or not is just kind of depending. I try hard and put it all on the table.” READ

Reilly throws for 465 yards and two TDs, Eskimos come back to beat Bombers 20-16

WINNIPEG -- The Edmonton Eskimos came from behind Thursday to beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 20-16 and extend their winning streak against their CFL prairie rival. It was a night filled with penalties and coaches' challenges. The first half saw two touchdowns called back, one for each team. Edmonton took eight penalties for 70 yards and Winnipeg six for 60 in the first half alone. READ

Midget AAA Braves have reason for optimism

Going into the Norwest Midget AAA Baseball League season first-year head coach Dwayne Lalor was optimistic. And while things haven’t gone exactly as planned he has seen improvement and there’s still optimism. READ

Bombers need rare win over Eskimos

WINNIPEG — Cornerback Maurice Leggett has done a lot in two-plus seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but beating the Edmonton Eskimos isn’t on the list. READ

Redblacks slip past Argos

TORONTO — Tristan Jackson’s 75-yard punt-return touchdown earned the unbeaten Ottawa Redblacks a 30-20 road win over the Toronto Argonauts on Wednesday night. READ

Riggers dominate Tigers

Riggers 19 Tigers 2 (7 innings) Rebounding from their first loss of the season, the Red Deer Riggers struck early and often on their way to a 19-2 win over the St. Albert Tigers. READ

Former Kings off to Olympics

Eight straight national titles is bound to produce solid players, and three former Red Deer College Kings volleyball team members are off to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janerio. From 1999 to 2007, the Kings won eight straight national volleyball titles. An unprecedented run that earned the teams a spot in the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame this summer. READ

Thurston puts in strong showing Tuesday

It’s been a year since Zeke Thurston won the $100,000 cheque at the Calgary Stampede, but he kept right in step with his winning ways on his first horse of 2016. READ

Stacked Central bantam football team ready for battle at Alberta Summer Games

Confident in his squad, head coach Duane Brown called the all-star team of Central Alberta’s bantam football players heading to Leduc in the Alberta Summer Games scary good. READ

Raonic falls in final

LONDON — Milos Raonic blasted a first serve at 147 mph, the fastest delivery of the entire tournament, only for the ball to come rifling back across the net. Not only did Andy Murray make the return, he went on to win the point with a cross-court backhand passing shot. It was that kind of day for Raonic, who could never get the upper hand against Murray in the Wimbledon final, losing in straight sets in the 25-year-old Canadian’s first Grand Slam title match. READ

Portugal stuns France

SAINT-DENIS, France — Portugal’s players crowded around Cristiano Ronaldo as he sat on the turf, but their tearful captain couldn’t withstand the pain of his injury any longer. READ

Hill’s game has matured under tutelage of new coach

Logan Hill’s time with RDC proved to be well spent. Not only did the 19-year-old Hunting Hills grad get an opportunity to play at the provincial and national level, but possibly more important he found a coach. READ

McKinlay goes low for home win

Brady McKinlay put together one of his best rounds of the season at the perfect time. The 15-year-old Lacombe native fired a one-under par 70 to win the Jordan Brand Memorial tournament Wednesday at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club, the latest stop on the McLennan Ross Junior Tour. READ

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