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Football Bisons beef up

UNIVERSITY of Manitoba Bisons football coach Brian Dobie has added a few more good men to his program.

Dobie announced Friday the addition of eight more recruits for the 2013 season, six of them from Manitoba.

Joining the Herd are:

-- Centre Anthony Daley: A 19-year-old Winnipegger (6-3, 279) who played two years with the Langley Rams of the British Columbia Football Conference; named the BCFC's Most Outstanding O-lineman and a CJFL All-Canadian.

-- Defensive lineman Evan Foster: The 20-year-old Chilliwack, B.C. native (6-0, 270) also played for the Rams and was named the BCFC Most Outstanding D-lineman and CJFL All-Canadian.

-- O-lineman Matt Hallock: The 22-year-old Winnipeg product and former Rifles and Fort Gary Lions player also spent last year with the Rams.

-- OL Brock Kramble: A Winnipeg product (6-6, 300) who spent the last three years with the Greendell Falcon midget football team and played in the 2013 varsity Blue & Gold Game.

-- DL/linebacker Pacome Matulu: A 24-year-old Montreal native, Matulu (6-4, 215) played basketball for the last three years with the Brandon Bobcats and now switches to football after playing in high school. His cousins are Henoc and Cauchy Muamba of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

-- LB Colton Farago: A Winnipeg product who spent the last two years with the Westshore Rebels of the BCFC and previously was a high school all-star with the Kelvin Clippers.

-- LB Andrew Johnston: Johnston (5-11, 195) spent the last four years with the Rebels and in 2012 was voted the team's top defensive player.

-- Defensive back Brent Berrington: An 18-year-old product of the St. Paul's Crusaders program, Berrington (6-2, 187) also played high school hockey.

Gardiner gangbusters

WINNIPEG'S Andy Gardiner continued his rise in professional boxing by scoring an impressive TKO victory Friday over Amiliani Cayetano of the Dominican Republic in an undercard light-heavyweight bout at Hilton Casino Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Que.

Gardiner, 25, who turned pro a year ago after an impressive career as an amateur fighting out of the Cresentwood Boxing Club in Winnipeg, upped his record to 8-0 with the win, and raised some eyebrows doing it.

Cayetano came into the fight with a solid 21-5-0 record, but was ground down by Gardiner's in-your-face, relentless banging style, starting right from the opening bell. Gardiner was never in trouble and kept the pressure on the 40-year-old Cayetano throughout the bout, punishing him with some heavy body blows and some crisp head shots that had his opponent pinned on the ropes for most of the fight.

Gardiner had Cayetano in trouble in the third, fourth and fifth rounds. Cayetano's corner threw in the towel prior to the start of the sixth round.

Gardiner said he wasn't satisfied with his performance, in part because his opponent didn't come at him.

"I felt a little flat," he said. "I thought a lot of that had to do with him being an awkward fighter. It's not the kind of fight I want. I want a guy to stand up and fight."

V-ball players seek spots

THREE University of Manitoba Bison volleyball players are still in the hunt for roster spots on the 2013 Summer Universiade Canadian men's team.

Dane Pischke, Chris Voth and Derek Nieroda have all been named to an 18-player roster with Volleyball Canada, which will select its final 12-member squad in June. That team will compete in the Universiade -- the 27th edition of the World University Summer Games -- in Kazan, Russia from July 6-17.

Pischke, a 23-year-old right-side hitter, just finished his final season at Manitoba in style -- earning his second-consecutive spot on the CIS First Team All-Canadian squad. He was also selected as 2012-13 CIS Dale Iwanoczko Student-Athlete Award winner for his excellence in volleyball, academics and community service.

Voth, 22, also just ended his fifth and final season at Manitoba. The left-side hitter was a three-time Bison captain and ranks ninth overall in conference kills with (1,032).

Nieroda, 23, also completed his final season with the Bisons. The Headingley product, a libero, now ranks third overall in conference digs with 754 and his 277 digs in one season (2012-13) is second-highest ever in Canada West.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 18, 2013 C5

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