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Gilbert Plains defenceman Colby Robak of the Brandon Wheat Kings is the Western Hockey League's Boston Pizza player of the week for his seven-point performance in two games versus Medicine Hat last week. Brandon faces the Calgary Hitmen in the Eastern Conference final this weekend.

Brayden Duff has committed to join the University of Winnipeg Wesmen men's basketball team next season. The 6-foot-4 forward was a member of two consecutive provincial championship teams at Garden City Collegiate.

Golf Manitoba has secured Nott Autocorp as its official vehicle provider and title sponsor for the Manitoba Men's Amateur Championship. The event, open to a field of 144 players, will be held July 20-23 at the Pinawa Golf Club and the Elmhurst Golf Club.

Melissa Thoms of the Carman Cougars girls' badminton team is the Tri-Star rural high school athlete of the week while another badminton player, Brendan Corrigan of the Garden City Fighting Gophers, is the Home Run Sports Winnipeg high school athlete of the week.

 

On tap

They're getting down to the nitty-gritty at the Allan Cup Senior AAA National Hockey Championship in Steinbach. Today, the third-place teams in each division cross over to play the second-place squads in the other division, with games going at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The semifinals are Friday.

The World Deaf Ice Hockey and Curling Championships continue with the two runaway leaders in hockey ---- host Canada and Finland -- playing today at 3 p.m. at the St. James Civic Centre to wrap up the round robin. At the Heather Curling Club, they're into tiebreakers, if necessary, at 10 a.m.

The 2009 Manitoba Badminton Championships begin today at the Winnipeg Winter Club and run right through the weekend.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 16, 2009 C4

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