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WHL teams add NHL flavour

CALGARY — In order to rise to the top of the coaching ladder, three longtime NHL assistants are dropping a couple of rungs first.

Almost half the teams in the Western Hockey League will start this season with new coaches, with Tim Hunter, Bob Woods and Jamie Kompon coming directly from the NHL. READ

Blue Jays get belted by Orioles again to finish off sweep

The Toronto Blue Jays staggered out of Camden Yards, their playoff chances whittled down to a mere mathematical possibility after a spirit-crushing sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. Steve Pearce hit two homers and had four RBIs as the Orioles beat J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays 6-1 Wednesday night. READ

Peterson goes back to bench

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was declared out, back in, then out again as he faces a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. This time, he could be gone for the season. “We made a mistake,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said, “and we needed to get this right.” READ

NHL training camps open to several questions waiting to be answered

As training camps open around the NHL, the San Jose Sharks have two former captains but neither one wearing the “C” and six teams have new head coaches, while the Toronto Maple Leafs have the same one amid promises of a changing culture. The Boston Bruins are up against the salary cap even after losing winger Jarome Iginla, and the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings don’t know when goaltender Jonathan Quick will be 100 per cent healthy after off-season wrist surgery. READ

Kings coach excited about season

RDC Kings basketball head coach Clayton Pottinger couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming Alberta Colleges Men’s Basketball League season. Despite having only four returnees, as of now, Pottinger feels the Kings could be even better when it counts and that’s saying something considering they finished second at the CCAA championships last season, losing 88-86 to Langara College in the final. READ

New Queens coach focusing on hard work

Ken King was behind the eight ball before he even arrived at RDC to take over the Queens basketball team. King wasn’t hired until late May when most players had already committed for the 2014-15 season. However, thanks to some hard work by former coach Mike Woollard, before he left, and by King himself, over the phone, the Ontario native is pleased with his roster. READ

Lots of events lined up leading up for Hockeyville celebrations

Sylvan Lake is taking being crowned Kraft Hockeyville seriously. The lakeside community has lined up six days of events and celebrations beginning on Friday and winding up with the big National Hockey League exhibition game between the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames on Wednesday evening. READ

Red Deer chosen as host for Esso Cup

Tack on another national-level event officially coming to Red Deer. The city was officially announced as the host for the 2015 Esso Cup, the female midget hockey Canadian championship, from April 19-26. The announcement was of little surprise, with word circulating about the decision as early as last season, but all of the details have now been finalized. READ

Devan Fafard is going from defence to forward for Rebels this season

He’s the ultimate team player, a veteran who’s willing to switch positions and help his club in whichever way possible. He’s Devan Fafard, a 20-year-old who is fighting for a job as a Red Deer Rebels forward after patrolling the club’s blueline the last two and a half seasons. READ

Blue Jays can’t stop Orioles from clinching division title

Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn’t help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create. The Orioles clinched their first AL East title since 1997 by beating Toronto 8-2 Tuesday night, and Duquette was right in the middle of a long overdue celebration in the Baltimore clubhouse. READ

Johnny Hockey turning heads in Calgary

Johnny Gaudreau has a single NHL game under his belt, but he’s already earned a very catchy nickname. Known as “Johnny Hockey” in an homage to Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and the “Johnny Football” brand, the slick Calgary Flames prospect is turning heads because of his moves, and his moniker. READ

Jays can’t ground soaring Orioles

The Toronto Blue Jays might have a chance to play a part in the clinching of the AL East title, although it isn’t exactly the role they had in mind back in April. If the Orioles beat Toronto on Tuesday night, Baltimore will clinch its first division title since 1997. READ

Canadiens going with captain by committee

Debate raged all summer over who would be the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens. And when the decision was announced Monday it was ... nobody. General manager Marc Bergevin said the team will go with four alternate captains rather than have one player wear the C. READ

Foles directs Eagles to another comeback win

Nick Foles threw a tying touchdown pass with 3:25 to go, and then set up Cody Parkey for the winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Philadelphia to a 30-27 win at Indianapolis on Monday night. Darren Sproles had seven receptions for 152 yards to go along with a touchdown run as the Eagles (2-0) won their first game on the road for the sixth consecutive season. READ

Rebels fall in pre-season finale

The Red Deer Rebels looked past the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday and then watched as their smallish opponents skated past them. “I don’t look at it as a step back. I just don’t think we were as sharp as we needed to be. You could sense that the kids were just wanting to get the exhibition season over with,” said Rebels GM/head coach Brent Sutter, who watched his team conclude its Western Hockey League preseason schedule with a 4-0 loss to the Tigers Saturday night at Stettler. READ

Oilers prospects hoping to compete for roster spot

Darnell Nurse and Mitchell Moroz want to give the Edmonton Oilers a headache — in a good way. The pair are thought to be on the outside looking in for spots on the club’s NHL roster heading into training camp, but that isn’t stopping either from dreaming big. READ

Bears battle back in fourth quarter to down 49ers

Down big, Jay Cutler kept his poise on the road while Colin Kaepernick struggled in prime time. Cutler passed for three fourth-quarter touchdowns after much of Chicago’s starting defence went down, and the Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20 Sunday night to spoil their Levi’s Stadium debut. READ

Stamps rally late to down Argos

The Calgary Stampeders beat the Toronto Argonauts 40-33 with a tremendous second half Saturday, but another starting quarterback in the CFL is injured. Trailing by 19 points at halftime, Calgary rallied with four touchdowns and a pair of two-point converts to remain atop both the CFL and West Division standings at 10-1. READ

Riders' win streak snapped in blowout loss to Ticats

Zach Collaros and the Hamilton Tiger-cats created a three-way tie for first place in the CFL’s East Division on Sunday. Collaros threw two touchdown passes and the Tiger-Cats defence shut down the league’s best running game en route to a 28-3 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. READ

RDC teams can’t come away with a win in Lloydminster

The Red Deer College Queens came close to getting their first win of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s soccer season, but had to settle for their first point instead. The RDC Queens tied the Lakeland College Rustlers 1-1 in Lloydminster on Saturday, thanks to an early goal from Jess White. Queens head coach David Colley says they deserved a better fate. READ

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