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Bombers ask to put off city loan payments

THE Winnipeg Football Club has asked the City of Winnipeg for permission to put off paying back what's left of an old bailout loan until 2017.

In 2005, the city allowed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to use entertainment-tax revenue to pay off $4.5 million left over from a bailout originally offered by Winnipeg Enterprises Corporation, the arm's-length city agency that used to run Canad Inns Stadium.

According to a report heading to city council on Wednesday, $972,000 remained on the loan as of the end of 2011. The football club has asked to put off repayments until 2017 in order to focus on repaying the province's $85-million loan toward the construction of Investors Group Field at the University of Manitoba.

Sinclair earns top honour

TORONTO -- Women's soccer sensation Christine Sinclair is the winner of the 2012 Lou Marsh Award.

The 29-year-old Sinclair led Canada to bronze at the London Olympics in spectacular fashion, scoring an Olympic-record six goals to win the Golden Boot. She recorded a hat trick in a 4-3 extra-time semifinal loss to the U.S.

The Burnaby, B.C., native had 23 goals on the year for Canada.

The honour -- decided by a panel of national sports editors, reporters and broadcasters -- is given annually to Canada's outstanding athlete by the Toronto Star.

Other finalists were speedskater Christine Nesbitt, trampolinist and Olympic gold medallist Rosie MacLennan, figure skater Patrick Chan, cyclist Ryder Hesjedal and Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish.

Chan won the honour last year.

Another trophy for McIlroy

LONDON -- Rory McIlroy has won the Golf Writers Trophy for winning five times around the world and finishing the 2012 season as the undisputed No. 1 player in golf.

The award from the British-based Association of Golf Writers was closer than some of his other honours. McIlroy received just under half of all first-place votes on a ballot that included Europe's winning Ryder Cup team, the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team and Roger Chapman, who won two senior majors this year.

The award, which dates back to 1951, recognizes the best performance by a golfer or team residing in Europe.

-- staff / from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 11, 2012 C15

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