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Riggers get unbeaten streak back

The Red Deer Riggers are perfect again.

The Fort Saskatchewan Athletics were forced to forfeit their win over the Riggers last week, due to an ineligible player, and Red Deer beat the St. Albert Tigers 7-4 on Tuesday at Great Chief Park to move to 19-0 in the Sunburst Baseball League. READ

Canada continues medal haul

Ryan Cochrane was supposed to have a down year. The decorated Canadian swimmer was focused on graduating from university before ramping things up again for next summer’s Pan American Games ahead of what will be his final Olympics in 2016. READ

Stroman leads Blue Jays to fourth straight win

Marcus Stroman was so good against the Boston Red Sox last week that he went with the same plan Tuesday night. And the result was his second solid start in five days, leading the Toronto Blue Bays over the Red Sox 4-2. READ

Unbeaten Stamps filling holes at running back ahead of clash with Lions

The Calgary Stampeders take pride in their culture of “plug-in-and-play”. When injury forces a player from the lineup, the replacement is expected to excel and help the team win. The Stampeders look to go 5-0 to start a season for the first time since 1995 when the B.C. Lions (2-3) come to town Friday. READ

Bats or blades?

Levi Moon once faced a tough decision: should he play hockey or baseball? He dropped hockey following his second year of bantam to concentrate full time on baseball after receiving an offer to attend the Badlands Baseball Academy in Oyen. READ

Genie Army to invade Montreal for Bouchard’s homecoming at Rogers Cup

They’re armed with T-shirts, face paint and posters — and they’re headed to Montreal. Founding members of the Genie Army, a group of Eugenie Bouchard supporters who cheered for the rising tennis star during the Australian Open in January, will be in the city for the Rogers Cup, beginning this weekend. READ

Raonic using Wimbledon loss as motivation

Milos Raonic has had nearly a month to digest his Wimbledon semifinal loss to Roger Federer. But even after all that time, the sting still lingers. “I’m still pretty angry about it,” Raonic said of the straight-sets loss to the Swiss star. READ

Lack of support has Renegades reeling

It has been a tough season for the Red Deer Renegades Alberta Major Soccer League women’s team, that much was expected. What wasn’t expected is the seeming lack of support from the older age groups within the Red Deer City Soccer Association when it came to supplying players. READ

Putting the hammer down

Sultana Frizell spent her pre-Games training camp in Portugal working out in her bathing suit, throwing someone else’s hammers. Her bag had been lost in transit. It wasn’t the perfect preparation Frizell had planned, but she shrugged it off Monday night by capturing hammer throw gold at the Commonwealth Games — breaking the Games record three times in the process. READ

Massive Calgary camp kicks off Hockey Canada’s U17 renovations

Hockey Canada begins an overhaul of its under-17 men’s program this week by bringing together more than 100 of the country’s best 16-year-olds for a new camp. Along with 54 coaches, equipment managers and medical staff, the nine-day camp in Calgary will be “massive,” according to Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations at Hockey Canada. READ

Blue Jays put a beating on Red Sox in series opener

Melky Cabrera’s second homer sailed over the left field wall and smashed a car window across the street. Just a little extra damage in a game when the Toronto Blue Jays hammered the Boston Red Sox. READ

Silverbacks win third provincial title

The Blackfalds Silverbacks are provincial champions again. The senior C lacrosse team has been around for four 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

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