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Sutter has fond memories of first NHL coach Arbour

Brent Sutter will forever be grateful that Al Arbour was his first NHL coach.

The Red Deer Rebels owner/president/GM and head coach on Friday spoke fondly about his former New York Islanders bench boss, who died earlier in the day at the age of 82. READ

Rebels look to Nikolishin for offence

First and foremost, Ivan Nikolishin is a team player. While he will most certainly play in the Red Deer Rebels group of top six forwards this season and most likely be a point-per-game contributor or more, the 19-year-old Russian doesn’t like to overplay his importance to his new team. READ

Franklin leads Eskimos over Argonauts

The Edmonton Eskimos may have finally found a quarterback who can fill Mike Reilly’s shoes until he returns from injury. Rookie quarterback James Franklin threw a touchdown and ran in another as the Eskimos beat the Toronto Argonauts 38-15 on Friday. READ

Blue Jays use long ball to take down Tigers

Roberto Osuna fell behind 3-0 to the first batter he faced on Friday night. After that, he had no trouble. The Blue Jays’ rookie closer bounced back with three straight strikes, then promptly struck out the next two hitters, en route to his 16th save of the season and a 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. READ

Bombers give Marve start against Stamps

Robert Marve is feeling more pumped now that he’s not on borrowed time. Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea said this week the former third-string quarterback will get his second pro start when Calgary visits on Saturday — and be the guy for the foreseeable future. READ

Sutter content with Rebels roster

Red Deer Rebels boss Brent Sutter isn’t losing any sleep these days regarding roster concerns. The Rebels GM/head coach is content with a contingent of roughly 20 players participating in the opening practices of training camp today at the Centrium. The group includes returning goalies Rylan Toth and Trevor Martin, 14 returning skaters and four to five mostly-proven newcomers. READ

Simonova finds success on the court

Tereza Simonova was destined to star on the tennis court. “I started playing when I was about four and always loved it, even at a young age,” said the 15-year-old. “It was natural to get into the sport with my dad and I just love the competition. It’s fun to compete and to see your hard work pay off.” READ

Alouettes take down Ticats to end home win streak

The Montreal Alouettes defence has sent a message. “I think we’re the best defence in the league,” said cornerback Jonathan Hefney after Montreal beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 26-23 Thursday night — handing them their first-ever loss at Tim Hortons Field. READ

Blue Jays’ streak snapped after Bautista blunder

Jose Bautista charged hard and reached down. Toronto’s right fielder quickly realized that the ball went under his glove and was rolling toward the warning track. Bautista’s error in the seventh inning led to three Texas runs, as Delino DeShields kept running all the way home, and the AL East-leading Blue Jays closed an otherwise-impressive trip with a 4-1 loss Thursday. It ended their five-game winning streak. READ

Walker, Franklin to start for Eskimos against Argos

Derel Walker and James Franklin’s instant chemistry has propelled them into starting roles with the Edmonton Eskimos. Franklin will be the quarterback for Edmonton on Friday against the Toronto Argonauts after impressing Eskimos coaching staff enough in his relief roles through the first eight games. Walker will be one of his favourite targets after being so effective the past few weeks. READ

Toth ready to take the reins

If time truly flies when you’re having fun, then Rylan Toth’s off-season must have been an outright hoot. “It feels like I never left, actually,” the Red Deer Rebels goaltender said Wednesday, after registering for this year’s training camp at the Centrium. READ

Blue Jays roll past Rangers

Edwin Encarnacion turned David Price’s 30th birthday into a party — and a win for Toronto’s new ace. Encarnacion hit a grand slam to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, boosting Price when he was pitching on his birthday for the first time in the majors and helping the Blue Jays to a 12-4 victory against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. READ

Stamps Rogers at ease in the air

Watching Calgary Stampeders receiver Eric Rogers in full turf-chewing stride towards the end zone, you might guess his college track and field specialty was the 400 metres. But Rogers was actually a triple-jumper as well as a football player at California Lutheran. READ

Rebels get back to work

The Red Deer Rebels veteran players register this morning for an extended training camp that will run more than a week. The 2014 camp was five days in length, including a registration day, while this year’s gathering of returning players and prospects will be an eight-day affair, today’s registration and Thursday’s on-ice conditioning stints for the veterans included. READ

Flames lock up captain Giordano for another six years

The Calgary Flames checked the top task off their summer to-do list by signing captain Mark Giordano to a six-year contract extension. The 31-year-old defenceman still has a year remaining on his current contract, but Flames general manager Brad Treliving said in May that re-signing Giordano was his “number one priority” this off-season. READ

Late rally lifts Blue Jays over Rangers

The Toronto Blue Jays have been winning plenty of games since acquiring Troy Tulowitzki, even while the standout shortstop struggled a bit at the plate. Now Tulowitzki is starting to heat up, and the Blue Jays are alone atop the American League East standings. READ

RDC soccer teams give solid showing in tune-up

Dave Colley was pleased to see his RDC Queens players adopt a selfish attitude Monday while posting a 5-2 ACAC women’s preseason soccer victory over the visiting Edmonton King’s University College Eagles. “Five goals was nice. A couple of them I don’t think we’d get again. Their goalie made some errors but the fact that we were shooting is really nice,” said Colley, the Queens head coach. READ

Defying gravity for gold

Growing up on the family farm in New Mexico, pole vaulting was a game to Shawn Barber, like road hockey or hopscotch — a chance to compete against his brother Braden and an excuse to stay out late on hot summer nights. That pure love of the sport has never left the 21-year-old Canadian, and at the world track and field championships Monday, he drew on every bit of it to win gold — Canada’s first at the worlds in more than a decade. READ

Riggers ousted from nationals in quarter-finals

The Red Deer Riggers relied on their pitchers to get them into the quarter-finals of the Baseball Canada senior men’s championships, but ultimately ran out of mound magic. After falling 2-1 to the Kamloops, B.C., Sun Devils Saturday morning, the Riggers blasted the Sydney, N.S., Sooners 10-0 later in the day to qualify for the playoffs with a 2-2 record in Pool A. READ

Late FG lifts Buccaneers into semifinals

A punishing ground attack laid the foundation for a late field goal that vaulted the Central Alberta Buccaneers into the Alberta Football League semifinals. With Saturday’s quarter-final versus the Edmonton Stallions tied at 14 and growing late, Bucs running backs Brett Lapointe and — to a lesser extent — Tanner Green ripped off impressive chunks of real estate that moved the ball down inside the Stallions’ 10-yard line. READ

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