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Titans play tough at home

Red Deer Titans head coach Mike Berry believes the effort his side put forward on Saturday is the true version of his team.

The Titans crushed the Calgary Hornets 50-15 in men’s second division Calgary Rugby Union action at Titans Park to improve to 2-1-0 on the season. READ

Braves get some confidence with weekend sweep of Cardinals

Thanks to a three-game sweep of the Edmonton Cardinals, the Red Deer Bantam AAA Servus Credit Union Braves are back over .500 for the first time since winning their first game of the season. The Braves rallied to beat the Cardinals 8-7 in eight innings in their first game on Saturday at Great Chief Park, then crushed them 12-2 in the second game of the double-header. In Sunday’s lone contest, first year Braves pitcher Branden Woods pitched a five-inning, three-hitter to shut out the Cards 10-0. READ

Rampage run winning streak to five games

The Red Deer TBS Rampage don’t just want to dominate the North this year, they want to take down the South as well. On Sunday they ran their Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League Junior B Tier I winning streak to five games, beating the Okotoks Marauders 11-7 at the Kinex Arena. READ

Bolts push Rangers to brink

Scoring goals made the Tampa Bay Lightning one of the NHL’s most entertaining teams this season. Playing defence for the first time in three games has them within a victory of the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in franchise history. Steven Stamkos set up Valtteri Filppula’s go-ahead goal and scored another and the Lightning pushed the New York Rangers to the brink of playoff elimination with 2-0 victory Sunday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. READ

Ducks shake off another OT loss

After 17 grueling periods crammed into just four games, the Anaheim Ducks have no doubt they can play at hockey’s highest level with the Chicago Blackhawks. Heading into a pivotal Game 5 on Monday in the Western Conference finals, the Ducks also realize their two gut-wrenching overtime losses were missed opportunities to take out their veteran, playoff-tested opponents — and they can’t afford two more. READ

Rangers even series with 5-1 victory

Henrik Lundqvist and a couple of other old standbys picked a nice time to reassert themselves for the New York Rangers. READ

Remparts down Rockets to open Memorial Cup

If there was lingering pain from losing the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League final in Game 7 overtime, the Quebec Remparts overcame it on Friday night. READ

Canadian women qualify for Olympic rugby sevens

It was a day to remember for John Tait’s women’s rugby sevens side as it battered the opposition Friday en route to becoming the first Canadian team to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. READ

Ex-Alpine Canada ski coach Bertrand Charest now facing 57 sex-related charges

A new charge has been laid against a former national ski coach who is already facing a host of sex-related accusations. READ

Ducks take down Blackhawks

Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim Ducks left that grueling Game 2 loss back in Anaheim. They brought their special teams to Chicago. Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals. READ

Babcock’s big-money deal good news for fellow NHL coaches

Mike Babcock’s coaching contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs has suddenly and dramatically altered the financial outlook for his NHL counterparts. Babcock’s eight-year deal worth US$50 million not only makes him the highest-paid coach in the NHL, but sets an unprecedented ceiling for coaches’ salaries in the league. READ

Everybody going for another Memorial Cup

There are no strangers in this year’s Memorial Cup tournament. The four teams that will begin the battle at the Pepsi Colisee on Friday night have been in major junior hockey’s championship tournament repeatedly, although its been 25 years since the Oshawa Generals’ last appearance. Each team has won it at least once, and all are capable of winning again. READ

Athletes take first step to provincials

Drew McKinlay is a prime example of what a successful student athlete is. On Wednesday she earned the top senior girls ranking for Hunting Hills High School at the Area Track and Field Championships and on Friday evening she will be standing in front of her peers, family and friends to deliver her valedictorian address. READ

Lightning down Rangers in OT to take series lead

The Tampa Bay Lightning were relentless, answering every challenge from the New York Rangers before taking control of the Eastern Conference finals on Nikita Kucherov’s overtime goal. Kucherov delivered his second winner of the playoffs 3:33 into the extra period Wednesday night, giving his team a 6-5 victory and 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series that continues Friday night at Amalie Arena. READ

Maple Leafs win Babcock sweepstakes

Brendan Shanahan and the Toronto Maple Leafs swung for the fences and landed the biggest free agent of the NHL off-season. It’s not a franchise cornerstone defenceman or a No. 1 centre but highly sought after coach Mike Babcock, who had his pick of jobs and chose the Leafs on an eight year contract worth $50 million. READ

Maple Leafs hire Mike Babcock as new head coach

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach. READ

O’Connell to get back into the ring

Cam O’Connell’s comeback is officially on. The Red Deer boxer has signed on to fight Mario Perez as the main event for KO Boxing Promotion’s Adrenaline Rush at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton on June 12. O’Connell (6-0-1, 5 KOs) will be fighting Mexico’s Mario Perez (16-6-4, 9 KOs), who now trains out of Edmonton. READ

Riggers roll to big win over A’s

It was far from pretty but the Red Deer Riggers are off to a 2-0 start to the Sunburst Baseball League season. The Riggers looked the part of the veteran powerhouse as they thumped the rebuilding Sherwood Park Athletics 12-0 in seven innings at Great Chief Park on Tuesday. READ

Cheney Karate Studio wins 47 medals at Western Canadian Championships

Cheney Karate Studio cleaned up at the 37th annual Western Canadian Karate Championships at Hunting Hills High School on Saturday, collecting 47 medals. Leading the way for the studio was Mexican import Hector Jordan, 19, who moved to Red Deer four years ago and has been training with Lyle Cheney ever since. He earned first in black belt sparring and was named black belt sparring grand champion. READ

Oilers find their man in McLellan

Todd McLellan, named Tuesday as the new coach of hockey’s woebegone Edmonton Oilers, said he’s not even thinking about making the post-season right now. “We’re not going to talk about playoffs here,” said McLellan, sitting beside Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli for the announcement at a downtown hotel. READ

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