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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.
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.
Milos Raonic’s wicked serve is no secret. It “astonished” tennis legend Stefan Edberg a few years ago at the Stockholm Open. Recorded at a top speed of 249 kilometres an hour, Raonic’s serve is the centrepiece of the game that has elevated him to No. 6 in the world.
The Red Deer Braves fell short of qualifying for then Baseball Alberta Midget AAA Tier I Provincial Championships on Sunday at Great Chief Park. They fell 8-3 to the Fort McMurray Oil Giants in the qualifying tournament hosted by the Braves, after splitting their round robin games on Saturday.
Reigning Olympic champion Rosie MacLennan closed out the Canada Cup by winning gold in individual trampoline on Sunday. MacLennan topped the field with a total of 159.505 points, while Olympian Karen Cockburn, who won bronze at the 2000 Games and silver in 2004 and 2008, finished second with 153.225 points. Fellow national team member Samantha Sendel of Aurora, Ont., was third with 152.780.
It was about as ugly a win as you can get. Toronto starter Mark Buehrle fell trying to throw a pitch, balking in a run. Closer Casey Janssen didn’t finish the ninth. Even Rogers Centre couldn’t make up its mind, opening and then closing the dome.
The Blue Bombers have been the CFL’s early surprise, but now quarterback Drew Willy and his high-scoring Winnipeg team will take their show on the road. The Bombers (2-0) face the hard-charging Montreal Alouettes (1-1) defence when the teams meet Friday night at Percival Molson Stadium.
Jordan Spieth’s remarkable rise through the PGA rankings began with a spectacular bunker save at last year’s John Deere Classic. Now Spieth has returned to the Quad Cities to defend the title that helped launch his career.
Sonny Gray’s fastball wasn’t as sharp as it usually is, and the Oakland Athletics’ young pitcher even had a quirky replay go against him. A rediscovered curveball, stellar defence behind him and timely hitting on offence made it all a moot point.
Red Deer Rebels general manager/head coach Brent Sutter went into Wednesday’s Canadian Hockey League import draft with the hopes of improving his blue line. Based on size and potential. . . mission accomplished.
Drew Hutchison has given the Toronto rotation a nice boost this year in his first season back since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He has had troubles at Rogers Centre though and one rough inning proved costly on Wednesday night against New York.
The CFL Players’ Association has voted to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with the league. The union said in a statement Thursday night that its players voted to accept the five-year contract reached Saturday with the CFL.
Benoit Groulx says it will take more than flashy statistics to ensure a spot on Canada’s junior hockey team. The Gatineau Olympiques head coach will lead Canada in its quest to end its gold medal drought at the 2015 world junior hockey championship held in Montreal and Toronto at the end of this year.
Red Deer Rebels teammates Haydn Fleury and Conner Bleackley have the date circled on their calendar. In fact, they had their magic markers out many months ago. Fleury, the smooth-skating defenceman, and Bleackley, the Rebels captain and gifted sniper, will both attend this year’s NHL entry draft set for June 27-28 in Philadelphia. June 27, when the first round will be conducted, is the date they’re focusing on.
The Toronto Blue Jays’ offence was one of the most feared in the major leagues through May and early June. The inevitable cold spell has arrived. The Minnesota Twins blanked Toronto 4-0 on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, handing the Blue Jays their third shutout loss in four games.
Trying to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open is, without a doubt, the toughest task in tennis. Indeed, must be among the greatest challenges in all of sports. The pressure he applies, from set to set, game to game, point to point, shot to shot. That bullwhip of a high-bouncing, topspin lefty forehand. Those quick-reflex returns that help him break an opponent’s serve — and his will.
For the Miami Heat, it’s all about June. July can wait. Four years ago, when LeBron James uttered that now-infamous phrase — “not two, not three, not four, not five ...” — about how many championships he hoped to win with the Heat, it was almost immediately turned into a punch line. It rings prophetic in some ways now, with the Heat back in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season.
About the only thing getting between Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard and a berth in the second round of the French Open was the weather. Bouchard overcame a rain interruption of nearly 90 minutes before finishing off a decisive 6-0, 6-2 win over Israel’s Shahar Peer on Tuesday.
Among the subplots of the Memorial Cup semifinal between Val-d’Or and Edmonton is No. 8 versus No. 8. The Edmonton Oil Kings want defenceman Griffin Reinhart on the ice when Anthony Mantha is Friday. With last line change as the home team, the Foreurs will attempt to spring their 82-goal man for a shift or two without the mammoth shadow of Reinhart.
Red Deer man facing charges after being accused of striking police officer with truck while on day parole
A Red Deer man was on statutory release, having served two-thirds of his sentence, when the truck he was allegedly driving struck a Regina police officer last week. However, the Parole Board of Canada had imposed the same strict conditions on his statutory release as his day parole to manage the risk when he was serving his sentence in the community.