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Silverbacks win third straight provincial title

The Blackfalds Silverbacks are provincial champions again.

The senior C lacrosse team has been around for three years and have now won their third Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League title by beating the Okotoks Erratic in two games in the best-of-three championship — 9-7 on Friday and 11-5 on Saturday in Blackfalds. READ

Clark overtakes Furyk in final round to win Canadian Open

When Jim Furyk’s charge to a third RBC Canadian Open title stalled in the final round, Tim Clark decided to go for it. The 38-year-old South African, whose wife is Canadian, fired five birdies on the back nine to overtake Furyk on the 15th hole and hold on to win the US$5.7 million tournament at Royal Montreal on Sunday. READ

Rampage advance to provincial finals for first time since 2007

The Red Deer TBS Rampage will be looking to make history next weekend with their first ever provincial championship. The Rampage advanced to the provincial tournament with a 3-1 semifinal series win over the Edmonton Warriors on Saturday at the Kinex Arena in Red Deer, winning Game 4 10-6. READ

Catalina swimmer snags nine golds at Canadian Championships

Red Deer Catalina swimmer Joshua Young made some major waves in the Canadian Age Group Championships at the Pan Am pool. Young, 13, snared nine gold medals and admitted later that he was inspired by U.S. swim legend Michael Phelps. READ

Defending Olympic champ MacLennan takes gold medal at Canada Cup; Red Deer’s Sohn wins a silver

Reigning Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan closed out the Canada Cup by winning gold in individual trampoline on Sunday. MacLennan topped the field with a total of 159.505 points, while Olympian Karen Cockburn, who won bronze at the 2000 Games and silver in 2004 and 2008, finished second with 153.225 points. Fellow national team member Samantha Sendel of Aurora, Ont., was third with 152.780. READ

Midget AAA Braves fall short of bid for Tier I provincials

The Red Deer Braves fell short of qualifying for then Baseball Alberta Midget AAA Tier I Provincial Championships on Sunday at Great Chief Park. They fell 8-3 to the Fort McMurray Oil Giants in the qualifying tournament hosted by the Braves, after splitting their round robin games on Saturday. READ

Bautista’s steal sets up Blue Jays win over Yanks

Jose Bautista decided it was time to take charge, not with his bat but with his feet. The Toronto slugger stole second base without a throw with two outs in the ninth inning and scored when Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead single, lifting the Blue Jays over the New York Yankees 5-4 Sunday for their first series win in the Bronx in nearly two years. READ

Crowning of an ‘emperor’ at Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner’s podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees. Chants of “Vin-cen-zo!” rang across the famed avenue for the Sicilian, who dominated the race nearly from the start three weeks ago and on Sunday became the first Italian to win cycling’s greatest race since Marco Pantani in 1998. READ

Baseball immortality for some of the best

Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy. Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects, even on the greats. READ

Caldwell wins bronze in the pool at Commonwealth Games

Hilary Caldwell was a fraction of a second from climbing one step higher on the podium at the Commonwealth Games. The Victoria swimmer had the lead halfway through Sunday’s final of the 200-metre backstroke, only to be passed by two Australian competitors — including one right at the wall — in having to settle for bronze. READ

Furyk, DeLaet tie record

MONTREAL — It was almost as if Jim Furyk, Graham DeLaet and Matt Kuchar were a team when they went on a birdie spree in the second round of the US$5.7 million RBC Canadian Open on Friday. READ

Nibali’s rivals vie for second

BERGERAC, France — Ramunas Navardauskas gave Lithuania and his American team a stage victory Friday at the Tour de France. Now cycling’s great showcase is reduced to this — the race for second place behind Vincenzo Nibali. READ

Rietze wins junior golf event in playoff

Jeremy Rietze of Lacombe rolled in a 15-foot downhill putt for birdie to force a playoff, then dropped a 10-footer for birdie on the first extra hole to win a McLennan Ross Sun Junior Golf Tour event Wednesday at Olds. READ

Kuehn runner-up at senior women’s golf championship

MEDICINE HAT — Lacombe’s Lynn Kuehn carded a final-round 80 Friday and had to settle for runner-up status in the Alberta senior women’s golf championship. READ

Goaltender Reimer agrees to two-year deal with Leafs, avoids arbitration

TORONTO — Goaltender James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs have avoided arbitration with a new two-year contract worth US$4.6 million. READ

Yankees overcome early deficit for win

NEW YORK — Derek Jeter stood on the dugout steps, stone-faced as a statue, when Ichiro Suzuki approached after rounding with the bases with his first home run since last August. READ

Bezzoubenko captures second rhythmic gymnastics gold

GLASGOW — Patricia Bezzoubenko watched the Maple Leaf go up and wiped a tear from her eye. It was a remarkable moment for the rhythmic gymnast who has lived most of her life in Russia but was overjoyed to win gold for Canada on Friday. READ

Stamps take down Eskimos

EDMONTON — Rene Paredes nailed four field goals as the Calgary Stampeders became the sole remaining undefeated team in the Canadian Football League with a 26-22 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday. READ

Charity golf tournament a chance to give back

The Innisfail Eagles took a big step towards the Allan Cup last year on the ice, this week they are hoping they have taken a big step towards it off the ice. READ

Blue Jays rout Red Sox

TORONTO — Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons couldn’t help but worry just a little. READ

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