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Letkeman in a league of his own

Reign Letkeman is living a dream.

The Red Deer minor baseball product was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the Major League Baseball draft in June and is now delivering pitches for the Gulf Coast Rays based in Port Charlotte, Fla. READ

Canucks trade for Brandon Sutter

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired forward Brandon Sutter and a third-round draft pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins. READ

Local bodybuilder rising through the ranks

Red Deer bodybuilder Kelly Teubert is all about quality over quantity. Competing in just her third-ever major event July 18 at Halifax, the 22-year-old captured the women’s overall fitness title in the International Federation of Bodybuilding Canadian championships, in the process earning her pro card and opening the door to even larger and more prestigious competitions. READ

Boston cancels Olympic bid as Toronto considers making its pitch

As Toronto considers whether to bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, the only other North American city to openly express interest has withdrawn from the race. READ

Jason Day wins Canadian Open

OAKVILLE, Ont. — David Hearn couldn’t beat 61 years of pressure, and he couldn’t beat Jason Day at the RBC Canadian Open. READ

Canada reaches Pan Am objectives

TORONTO — From Day 1 of the Pan American Games, Curt Harnett says he knew Canadian athletes “were in it to win it.” By the final day, Canada’s chef de mission and his team of 717-strong were basking in the most successful Pan Am performance in Canadian history. READ

Monarchs too much for Buccaneers

LACOMBE — The battle for second place in the Alberta Football League took a wrong turn for the Central Alberta Buccaneers shortly after the opening kickoff Saturday evening at MEGlobal Athletic Park. The Fort McMurray Monarchs were on the receiving end of the kickoff and promptly put the ball in the end zone on a four-yard run by Kwami Osei. READ

Bantam AAA Braves finish weekend on a high note

The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves plated four runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to a five-inning, 10-0 win over the visiting Fort McMurray Oil Giants in bantam AAA baseball action Sunday. READ

Redblacks beat Stamps

OTTAWA — Delbert Alvarado couldn’t help but breathe a sigh of relief. In a matter of minutes the Redblacks kicker experienced an amazing shift of emotions. The 26 year old proved to be the hero Friday night, kicking a 34-yard field goal to lead Ottawa to a 29-26 overtime victory over the Calgary Stampeders in front of 23,018 fans. READ

Low scores dominate at Canadian Open

Vaughn Taylor felt fortunate to survive a boating accident last year. Emiliano Grillo felt fortunate to get into Canada in time to play the Canadian Open. On Thursday, they made the most of morning tee times to claim spots at the top of the leaderboard. Grillo shot an 8-under 64 to take the RBC Canadian Open lead, while Taylor shot a 7-under 65 to tie Brian Harman for second after the first round. READ

Redblacks hope to go into bye on winning note with win over Stamps

The Ottawa Redblacks say their focus is entirely on the Calgary Stampeders and not the upcoming bye week. They would love nothing more than to head into the break on a winning note with a winning record. READ

Riggers use offence to take down White Sox

Compared to their previous contest, the Red Deer Riggers were offensive juggernauts Tuesday evening at Great Chief Park. Two days after suffering a 4-0 semifinal loss in their own tournament, the Riggers rocked a trio of Parkland White Sox pitchers for 16 hits in a 9-2 Sunburst Baseball League win. READ

Hubl wins first chuckwagon championships

You might say that Marvin Hubl was past due. A regular competitor in the annual North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships since 1989, the Alhambra driver finally claimed the cherished trophy Sunday at the Westerner track while aboard the Meyers Norris Penny rig. READ

Plenty of reasons to be proud

Curt Harnett’s voice was raspy, so he was trying to take it easy over the weekend. He hiked up and down the stairs at Varsity Stadium, tossing pins into the crowd at the Pan American Games archery competition, in between waving a huge Canadian flag. But Canada’s chef de mission — and the team’s head cheerleader — was otherwise keeping quiet. READ

Stamps edge Bombers with late FG

Juwan Simpson preserved a big win for the Stampeders on Saturday with a key interception late in the game. The veteran linebacker picked off an errant pass by quarterback Drew Willy with 23 seconds remaining as Calgary edged the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 26-25 in front of 29,255 fans at McMahon Stadium. READ

Riggers open host tournament with win over St. Albert

There was no flash and dash in the Red Deer Riggers’ game Friday night at Great Chief Park, just good old-fashioned consistency. “We found a way to win. We were consistent with getting hits throughout the game instead of grouping them in one inning,” said playing manager Curtis Bailey, following a 5-4 win over the St. Albert Tigers in the opening game of the Riggers baseball tournament. READ

Eskimos slip past Redblacks

That’s two for two for the Edmonton Eskimos Grant Shaw’s five field goals and Matt Nichols’ fourth-quarter touchdown pass was enough to lead the Eskimos past the Redblacks 23-12 Friday night, giving Edmonton two victories in its home-and-home set with Ottawa. READ

Cato comes up big for Als

It took a spectacular touchdown catch by S.J. Green and five turnovers for the Montreal Alouettes to get some payback on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Green’s third-quarter reception and big games from the defence and kick coverage teams lifted the Alouettes to a 17-13 victory over the Tiger-Cats in a defensive CFL struggle Thursday night at Percival Molson Stadium. READ

Redblacks look to even score against Eskimos

The Ottawa Redblacks would love nothing more than a little retribution. After suffering an embarrassing 46-17 loss to Edmonton last week the Redblacks couldn’t be happier to be host the Eskimos on Friday night at TD Place. READ

Doughty and Riders aiming for first win of season when they host Lions

Aerospace design and biotechnical development were just two of the career fields awaiting Jake Doughty upon his graduation from Utah State University. A six-figure salary at one of the world’s top businesses and a whole lot of job security could have been his thanks to his mechanical engineering degree. READ

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