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  • The main event of the Canadian Fighting Championship 7 show, set for Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, will feature (Dangerous) Dave Zuniga of Winnipeg and Cyrus (Black Dynamite) Washington of Detroit meeting in a title fight.

Promoter Giuseppe DeNatale has announced Zuniga and Washington will fight for the IKF North American middleweight title in their full-rules muay thai match.

An amateur card of up to eight fights will start at 4 p.m. while the professional card at 8 p.m. will include 11 fights.

The pro card will also include a semi-main event which will be a mixed martial arts battle between Chris Stranger of Peguis and Lindsey Hawkes, the head striking coach at the Winnipeg Acdemy for Mixed Martial Arts. For the full lineup and tickets, please go to www.canadianfighting.com.

 

  • The University of Manitoba women's soccer team has named fourth-year midfielder Meagan Smith and fourth-year defender Julie Lafreniere as team captains for the 2011 season.

It is the second straight season for the two players to serve as captains for Manitoba. The Bisons open the 2011 season this weekend at the new U of M Turf West Field.

Manitoba will meet the 2010 CIS bronze medalist and defending Canada West champion Fraser Valley Cascades on Saturday at noon and then face the Victoria Vikes on Sunday at noon.

 

  • The U of M football team (0-1) will meet the Alberta Golden Bears (0-1) on Saturday in Edmonton at Foote Field at 8 p.m. The game can be heard live on 101.5 UMFM beginning at 7:45 p.m. with Derek Taylor and Matt Rollason providing the commentary.

The last time the Bisons won in Edmonton was was in 2008. The Bisons will meet up with their former offensive co-ordinator in Edmonton -- the Golden Bears are now being coached by Jeff Stead who was a member of the Bisons staff in 1998-2007.

 

  •  Rugby fans in Manitoba had best be ready to stay up late or set their PVRs as the 2011 Rugby World Cup begins Friday in New Zealand.

Winnipeg's own Brian Erichsen is a member of Canada's national senior men's side which will play its first game on Wednesday against Tonga which can be viewed on TSN at midnight local time. Canada will face France on Sept. 18, Japan on Sept. 27 and New Zealand on Oct. 2. All tournament games are being carried on TSN and TSN2.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 8, 2011 C6

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