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Mistakes cost Renegades at home

The Red Deer Renegades are generally a friendly bunch, but head coach Paul Morigeau felt they were their own worst enemies Sunday at Edgar Park.

The host Renegades coughed up a pair of ugly goals and failed to convert on a few of their own grade-A chances while dropping a 4-1 Alberta Major Women’s Soccer League decision to Edmonton Northwest United. READ

Rampage hammer Silvertips, close in on clinching first place

The Red Deer TBS Rampage will have to win their final two games of the season to cinch the top seed for playoffs. The Rampage (13-4-1) are currently in first place in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League Junior B Tier I North Division following a weekend split, losing 14-12 to the Edmonton Warriors on Friday and beating the Rockyview Silvertips 13-5 at the Kinex on Sunday. READ

Canada can’t hold off Americans

Apparently the Americans didn’t get the memo, Canada’s supposed to win on Canada Day. For the first 20 minutes a perfect Canada Day script was being written in the second leg of the Women’s Rugby Super Series at Titans Park, but then the American roared back from two scores down to win 36-28 in front of 1,425 maple leaf waving fans. READ

Lait gets late surprise at Ponoka rodeo showdown

Expect the unexpected in the world of rodeo. Ponoka Stampede fans had their hopes pinned on local favorite Jake Vold to take top honors in the bareback riding at the showdown round of the 79th annual event. READ

Milan fights off injury to make Ponoka Rodeo finals

Nobody ever said rodeo was easy. While every pro cowboy looks forward to the hectic summer run when they have a shot at a lot of cash in a short amount of time, getting around to all the events and staying healthy are two major challenges. The Ponoka Stampede is a must do on every list, as one of the top ten paying rodeos in the world. So Canadian champion steer wrestler Tanner Milan knew it was an important opportunity for his plans of making it back to the Canadian Finals, and qualifying for his first National Finals Rodeo. READ

Local roper finds way to top of leaderboard at Ponoka

There’s now a Ponoka cowboy with his name on the top of his hometown Stampede’s leaderboard. That’s not an easy task, at a rodeo with close to 500 of the best pro contestants in the world vying for their share of the $360,000 payoff. Brett Buss and his partner Klay Whyte sped their way to the front of the team roping standings by catching two steers Monday in a total of 12.7 seconds. READ

Rampage cook up home win

There’s no place like home for the Red Deer TBS Rampage. The Rampage returned to Alberta from their disastrous Winnipeg road trip to beat the Sherwood Park Titans 11-9 Friday in Sherwood Park and then edged the arch rival Edmonton Warriors 12-10 at the Kinex Arena on Sunday. READ

Canadians look to build on recent rugby success in Super Series

After reaching new heights with a silver medal at the Women’s’ Rugby World Cup, the Canadian national team is out to validate their success. On Canada Day they will host Team U.S.A. at Titans Park at 6:30 p.m. for the second leg of the three game Women’s Rugby Super Series. Also playing will be the New Zealand Black Ferns against England at 4 p.m. READ

McIntyre making most of first time at Ponoka

People come from all over the world to experience the Ponoka Stampede. But it’s not only fans attracted to the ‘small town – big rodeo’ experience. It’s contestants too. Dean McIntyre is making the most of his Ponoka Stampede adventure. He’s an Aussie by birth, but has called the cowboy town of Wickenburg, AZ home for nearly a decade. READ

Buccaneers look to get better as season progresses

Three games in and the Central Alberta Buccaneers are about where most people had them pegged. The Bucs bounced back on Saturday from their previous week’s whooping at the hands of the Calgary Gators to beat the Grande Prairie Drillers 37-16 in Grande Prairie. READ

Riggers struggle against Athletics

The Red Deer Riggers found themselves on the rare wrong end of a sound beating on Tuesday night. The club lost 10-4 to the Sherwood Park Athletics in Sunburst Baseball League action at Great Chief Park, their worst defeat in almost two full years, going back to an 8-0 loss to the A’s on July 10, 2013. READ

Bringing major men’s soccer back to Red Deer

A new push has risen up to return Red Deer to the men’s division of the Alberta Major Soccer League. Eight years after the Renegades were relegated following an 0-17-1 campaign and subsequently folded, they are back in action. However, they have a long road ahead of them to get back into the province’s top soccer league. READ

Renegades get good results from weekend

The Red Deer Renegades are hoping this weekend will serve as a turning point for the organization, at least for this season. The Alberta Women’s Major Soccer League team has almost always been among the bottom of the standings. This year they were on pace to do the same with just one draw in five games heading into Saturday against the Edmonton Angels. READ

Respect at top of list for local fighters

Respect between two fighters in a mixed martial arts cage match is an ill-suited characteristic. They’re in the octagon to dominate the other, after all. Punch or be punched. But for those in the ring, that respect factor is an absolute must. For two Red Deer fighters, it was at an absolute high on Friday night at Havoc Fighting Championship 9 at the Westerner Prairie Pavilion. READ

Youth the focus for this year’s triathlon

Adam Guthrie may be a six-year veteran of the Woody’s RV World Triathlon, but as a first year junior he out ran the field. The 16-year-old Red Deer native finished more than eight minutes ahead of Ben Isaac the second place finisher to win the 15th annual race. READ

Red Deer Tennis Club cleans up at host provincials

The Red Deer Tennis Club is proving you don’t have to be big to produce top players. The club came away with its fair share of medals as it hosted the Junior Champs and Challenger Provincials on the weekend. It all speaks to the growth of tennis in the city. READ

Woody’s triathlon surpasses 500 registrant mark

All sports want to see growth amongst the youth, but triathlon in the area appears to be doing a remarkably effective job at this. The Woody’s RV World Triathlon goes for the 15th time on Sunday at the Michener curling rink and they have broke through the 500 registrant mark for kids for the first time. READ

Havoc 9 all about opportunity

Havoc Fighting Championship 9 is all about opportunity. For some Friday’s card at the Westerner Prairie Pavilion is an opportunity to earn a title shot, for others it’s an opportunity at redemption. The main event is a top contender fight for a vacant HFC 135-pound belt between Calgary’s Noah “The Chosen Defender” Ali (5-2-0) and David “Bo” Harris (7-7-1) out of Mount Clemons, Mich. READ

Stiles comes out on top at skins game

Scott Stiles driver’s licence may say Calgary, but he looked at home at Red Deer Golf and Country Club, winning the 16th annual skins game. Stiles won two skins worth a combined $7,250 over the nine-hole event, edging out RDGCC assistant pro Jordan Krulicki, who earned $6,500, for the title. READ

O’Connell let fists do talking in emotional fight

Cam O’Connell’s come back fight was not supposed to be personal. It was supposed to be all business. But that changed at the weigh-in on Thursday as his opponent Mario Perez (17-7-4) started running his mouth about the Red Deer boxer and his corner. READ

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