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New Rebel Cote looking forward to being a leader

If Brett Cote is saving his best for last, the Red Deer Rebels could still win the May trade that brought the 20-year-old defenceman to the WHL’s Eastern Conference club.

“Last season our team did really well. We had a really good team in Victoria but I thought I kind of didn’t have my best year,” the former Victoria Royals rearguard said Thursday, following a main camp practice during the opening sessions of the Rebels training camp at the Enmax Centrium. READ

Koreans start strong at CP Women’s Open

On the eve of the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi and Inbee Park got together for dinner with some fellow South Korean golfers. While Park picked up the tab after winning the LPGA Championship, all three benefited from the fellowship. Ryu set a new course record with a 9-under 63, Choi was one shot behind her and Park three off the lead after the first round of the US$2.25-million tournament at the London Hunt and Country Club. Traditional Korean food was on the menu, but Ryu credited the company, rather than the cuisine, for her strong start. READ

Riggers get rocked in opening game at nationals

Red Deer Riggers playing manager Curtis Bailey still harboured a sense of humour following his team’s ugly 14-2 loss to New Brunswick in the Canadian senior men’s baseball championship Thursday at St. John’s, N.L. “I haven’t been beat that bad in . . . I can’t remember,” Bailey chuckled. READ

Rampage lose to three-time defending champions at nationals

The Red Deer TBS Rampage took on the three-time defending Canadian junior B tier 1 lacrosse champion Six Nations Rebels Thursday and the end result wasn’t pretty. “There’s a reason why they’ve lost I believe only one game this year,” Rampage coach Ron Just said of the Rebels, following his club’s 15-5 loss to the Ontario squad in the national championship tournament at Halifax. READ

Musil to see bigger role with Rebels

Adam Musil is hoping that his continued growth will be similar to how he and the Canadian under-18 team improved on a game-to-game basis en route to winning gold in the recent Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. “We tried to get better every day. That’s what we did and I thought our last game was our best game,” the Red Deer Rebels forward said Wednesday, in reference to the Canadian squad’s 6-2 win over the host Czech Republic in the gold-medal contest. READ

Rebels lose another veteran as Aspen Sterzer packs it in

He played an aggressive, hard-hitting style during his first three years in the Western Hockey League, but Aspen Sterzer has apparently lost the passion to play at the major junior level. The 20-year-old forward failed to register for the Red Deer Rebels training camp Wednesday and has told general manager/head coach Brent Sutter that he’s decided to fulfill a promise to his parents and pursue an education. READ

Red Deer fastballer makes history at nationals

Taylor Stymiest has made history at the U18 Women’s Fast Pitch Canadian Championships in Saskatoon earlier this month. The Red Deer product was named the all-star third baseman for the second year in a row at the highest level of nationals while playing for the River City Hornets out of Edmonton. READ

West is best in battle of CFL divisions

The CFL has put forth a proposal to rename the two divisions so they will better reflect the talent gap between the East and West Divisions. The West Division will be known as the Harlem Globetrotter Division while the East will be called the Washington General Division in honour of the famous doormat Globetrotter opponent. READ

Rampage bounce back to stay in contention at Founders Cup

The Red Deer TBS Rampage bounced back on Wednesday at the Founders Cup to stay in contention for the Canadian Lacrosse Association junior B Tier I championship in Halifax, N.S. The Rampage opened the second day of the national championship with a 10-7 win over the Saskatchewan S.W.A.T and followed with an 8-8 tie with the Seneca WarChiefs, one of the pre-tournament favourites. READ

Razorbacks get swept by Acme in Parkland Baseball League final

The Red Deer Razorbacks Cinderella run ended on Tuesday night in Acme, as they lost 10-0 to the Pirates in three innings. This gave Acme a 2-0 series sweep over the Razorbacks and the 2014 Parkland Baseball League championship. READ

Jays’ bats come alive against Brewers

The Toronto Blue Jays are heading home with a sense of relief. Outslugging one of the best teams in the National League can ease the sting of a 2-6 road trip. Jose Bautista’s three-run homer capped a five-run sixth inning and Toronto snapped the Milwaukee Brewers’ five-game winning streak with a 9-5 victory Wednesday. READ

Let the position battles begin at Rebels camp

The Red Deer Rebels open training camp Thursday as a team that doesn’t appear to have many openings up front but could feature a new-look back end for the 2014-15 Western Hockey League season. With the departure of graduating forwards Rhyse Dieno and Lucas Sutter and the off-season retirement of Vukie Mpofu, as few as three forward berths are up for grabs. Mason McCarty and Brayden Burke, both 17, are at the front of the employment line, along with 16-year-old Jeff de Wit. READ

Ten years later a settlement is reached in Bertuzzi-Moore lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the infamous on-ice attack ended Moore’s career. Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the case has been “settled in its totality” but said the terms are confidential. READ

Blue Jays get blasted by Brewers

Fresh off another stellar outing, Mike Fiers first wanted to talk about a rough patch early in the game and offer credit to his defence. “I think early on I was a little erratic around the strike zone and then I pulled it together later on,” said Fiers, who won his third consecutive start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 9 as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Tuesday. READ

Razorbacks drop opening game of league final

Missed opportunities will hurt a team in the best of times, in the league finals with a short series it can be a worst case scenario. The Red Deer Razorbacks missed a golden opportunity in Game 1 of the best-of-three Parkland Baseball League final, blowing a three-run lead with four outs to go to lose 6-4 to the Acme Pirates at Great Chief Park. READ

Cornish is ready to rumble

Stampeder running back Jon Cornish is ready to rumble again. The CFL’s most valuable player and leading rusher last season has been out of Calgary’s lineup with concussion symptoms since the first game of the season. READ

Fraser brings Cup back to Sylvan Lake

Former Red Deer Rebels captain Colin Fraser battled through one of the more frustrating seasons of his career in 2013-14, but the silver lining was he was still able to lift Lord Stanley’s silver chalice at the end of it. He shared this glory with Sylvan Lake on Sunday while raising money for the city’s new multiplex. READ

Riggers return to St. John’s in hopes of another Canadian title

St. John’s, N.Lbrin., brings a lot of pleasant memories for Curtis Bailey. The Red Deer Riggers outfielder and head coach is the lone member of the Riggers team that won the club’s only national championship in 1997. That tournament was also held in St. John’s, and Bailey played the role of hero. READ

Canada loses to England in women’s rugby World Cup final

You could almost hear the sigh of relief from her English teammates as Emily Scarratt broke through one tackle, evaded another and touched down in the corner of Canada’s end zone. After having to fight for every inch against a resilient Canadian team, England needed a stellar solo effort from its star centre to cement a 21-9 win over Canada in the women’s rugby World Cup final. READ

Buccaneers bounced from AFL playoffs

The promise and youth that is the Central Alberta Buccaneers cost them in the end. The Bucs were eliminated in the Alberta Football League playoffs with a 23-8 loss to the Grande Prairie Drillers on Saturday in Grande Prairie. READ

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