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The Manitoba Bisons men’s indoor track and field team captured the Canada West conference title last season, but this year, they’re aiming even higher.

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Manitoba women squash competition

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Manitoba women squash competition

Joshua Frey-Sam 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Manitoba has long been an afterthought among the country’s top squash provinces.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

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Team Manitoba (from left) Melina Turk, Anika Alexander and Alix Younger won the Canadian senior women’s team squash championship in Regina.

U of M’s Davis fills net on way to gold at World University Games

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U of M’s Davis fills net on way to gold at World University Games

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Brett Davis and the Canadian men’s hockey team were determined to hear their country’s national anthem at the end of the 2023 World University Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.

They ended up earning that right as they defeated the United States 7-2 on Sunday in front of a packed house inside the Herb Brooks Arena to win gold in the finale of the 11-day event.

It was the first time since 2013 that Canada had finished on top of the podium in men’s hockey.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

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U of M Bisons forward Brett Davis was part of the Team Canada men’s hockey team that ran the table at the 2023 World University Games, beating USA 7-2 in the final in Lake Placid, N.Y., last weekend.

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Joshua Frey-Sam 1 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

One of Manitoba’s brightest amateur golfers has flipped NCAA Division 1 schools.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

One of Manitoba’s brightest amateur golfers has flipped NCAA Division 1 schools.

No obstacle too great for Miswaggon

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No obstacle too great for Miswaggon

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

Kennesha Miswaggon is an Indigenous woman playing hockey.

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Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023

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Kennesha Miswaggon (right) began skating when she was four years old and joined the the all-boys squad on Cross Lake First Nation.

Bisons crush Cougars

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Bisons crush Cougars

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

Kirby Schepp may have assembled the most versatile collection of talent in his 14 seasons at the helm of the University of Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball program.

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Friday, Jan. 20, 2023

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Keivonte Watts of the Mount Royal University Cougars swats away a shot by Mason Kraus of the U of M Bisons Friday at IG Athletic Centre.

Parker healthy and having fun on court

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Parker healthy and having fun on court

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Emma Parker has suffered through some of the lowest valleys with the University of Winnipeg Wesmen women’s volleyball team. So it’s fitting she’s leading the program to its highest peak in more than a decade, in her final year donning the red and white.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

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University of Winnipeg Wesmen volleyball player Emma Parker Parker ranks fifth in the nation with 205 kills and sixth in digs (200) through 16 matches.

Kirk thrives on competition

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Kirk thrives on competition

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Goaltenders are supposed to crave being their team’s undisputed No. 1, right? Well, if you ask Raygan Kirk, a two- or three-goalie rotation can have an upside, too.

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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

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Ohio State goalie Raygan Kirk is among those being considered for NCAA goaltender of the year.

Pickering on top of the world

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Pickering on top of the world

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

Avery Pickering was still on top of the world Wednesday afternoon.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

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Balmoral Hall’s Avery Pickering wears her team Canada jersey and gold medal from the World Under-18 Women’s Hockey Championship while surrounded by her school teammates

Wednesday after practice at Hockey for all Centre.

Bisons grinding their way to the top

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Bisons grinding their way to the top

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

This is a story about a team of grinders who rarely, if ever, find playing the game to be a grind.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

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“I’m like a pest,” says guard Mason Kraus. “I just make it difficult… I feel like all of our guards do that well.”

Highly regarded prospects expected to have immediate impact with Bisons

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Highly regarded prospects expected to have immediate impact with Bisons

Staff 3 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

The University of Manitoba football team announced the addition of two highly regarded prospects Tuesday who head coach Brian Dobie believes can have a immediate impact on the club’s fortunes.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

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Sean Rowe with Bisons head coach Brian Dobie, second from right, and staff.

Bison volleyball squads sweep and get swept on home court

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Bison volleyball squads sweep and get swept on home court

Joshua Frey-Sam 3 minute read Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023

ONE night after the University of Manitoba men’s volleyball team gave the surging University of Alberta a run for their money, they couldn’t muster much magic Saturday evening.

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Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023

ONE night after the University of Manitoba men’s volleyball team gave the surging University of Alberta a run for their money, they couldn’t muster much magic Saturday evening.

Wesmen women dominate Cougars

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Wesmen women dominate Cougars

Mike Sawatzky 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

The No. 1-ranked Regina Cougars rarely lose a basketball game and when they do, it’s not supposed to look like a beatdown the Winnipeg Wesmen administered Friday night.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

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The Winnipeg Wesmen’s Julia Schatkowsky (8) was a force to be reckoned with Friday against the Regina Cougars.

Germany wins 4 of 6 medals in World Cup skeleton races

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Germany wins 4 of 6 medals in World Cup skeleton races

The Associated Press 1 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) — Host Germany won four of six available medals on Friday in a pair of World Cup skeleton races, led by Tina Hermann's second win of the season and 15th victory of her career.

Hermann was dominant, finishing two runs in 1 minute, 56.23 seconds and winning by more than a full second over German teammate Susanne Kreher. She finished in 1:57.27 for the second World Cup runner-up finish of her career.

Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands was third in 1:57.45. Kelly Curtis was the top U.S. finisher, placing ninth in 1:58.20.

In the men’s race later Friday, Britain’s Matt Weston won in 1:52.44. Germany got second and third, with Christopher Grotheer finishing in 1:52.58 and Axel Jungk crossing the line in 1:52.94.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) — Host Germany won four of six available medals on Friday in a pair of World Cup skeleton races, led by Tina Hermann's second win of the season and 15th victory of her career.

Hermann was dominant, finishing two runs in 1 minute, 56.23 seconds and winning by more than a full second over German teammate Susanne Kreher. She finished in 1:57.27 for the second World Cup runner-up finish of her career.

Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands was third in 1:57.45. Kelly Curtis was the top U.S. finisher, placing ninth in 1:58.20.

In the men’s race later Friday, Britain’s Matt Weston won in 1:52.44. Germany got second and third, with Christopher Grotheer finishing in 1:52.58 and Axel Jungk crossing the line in 1:52.94.

Fiona Bombardier, whose famous mom is Josee Chouinard, carving her own career

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Fiona Bombardier, whose famous mom is Josee Chouinard, carving her own career

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press 5 minute read Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

OSHAWA, Ont. - Fiona Bombardier's grace and wide smile are reminiscent of her famous mom — even as Bombardier has worked to develop her own figure skating identity.

And Bombardier only discovered by accident, well into her skating career, that her mom Josée Chouinard was once Canada's best and a two-time Olympian.

"She didn't even tell me until I was maybe like over 10 years old, I had no idea," Bombardier said at the Canadian figure skating championships on Friday. "I was already skating, competing. I didn't even hear it from her. I heard it from other skaters. And then I came home and it was, like, 'What?! Why didn't you ever tell me?'"

The 17-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., was third in the women's short program on Friday, despite still being a junior competitor.

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Madeline Schizas from Ontario performs during the senior women’s short program at the National Skating Championships in Oshawa, Ont., on Friday January 13, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Winnipeg receiver turning heads

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Winnipeg receiver turning heads

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

The label ‘generational player’ is thrown around much too casually these days.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

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High school football star Mekhi Tyrell has garnered attention from high-profile U.S. college programs and CFL teams.

Warm weather postpones Quebec’s snowboard cross World Cup

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Warm weather postpones Quebec’s snowboard cross World Cup

The Canadian Press 1 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

MONT-SAINTE-ANNE, Que. - A World Cup snowboard cross event in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que., has been postponed because of warm temperatures and lack of snow.

The "Bataille Royale," scheduled for Feb. 4-5, was delayed to to March 24-26 at the resort 50 kilometres northwest of Quebec City, Snowboard Canada said Thursday in a release.

"The decision to reschedule the event was made with the goal of providing the best possible snow conditions and course for the world's top snowboard cross athletes," Canada's snowboarding federation said.

"The extra time will provide time for seasonal temperatures and snowfall to return as well as utilize snowmaking if needed, to build a unique new snowboard cross course that will showcase the talents of the competitors and provide an exciting race for the fans."

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

World Cup snowboard cross in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Que., has been postponed because of warm temperatures and lack of snow. Canada's Eliot Grondin celebrates his silver medal in men's snowboard cross at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in Zhangjiakou, China on Thursday, February 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadian women’s rugby coach summons reinforcements for New Zealand Sevens

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Canadian women’s rugby coach summons reinforcements for New Zealand Sevens

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press 4 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Injuries have prompted Canada women's coach Jack Hanratty to call in reinforcements for the New Zealand Sevens, the third stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The injury-ravaged Canadian women were reduced to eight players on the final day of play last month at the South Africa Sevens. Canada finished eighth in Cape Town and stands ninth overall in the standings.

Julia Greenshields, Breanne Nicholas, Florence Symonds and Keyara Wardley, all injured in South Africa, miss out on the trip to New Zealand.

Maddy Grant and Alysha Corrigan make the transition from the 15s national team. Pamphinette Buisa, part of the Canadian Olympic sevens squad in Tokyo, and Chloe Daniels return to the sevens roster.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

Captain Phil Berna is interviewed ahead of a Canada Sevens rugby tournament in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Berna leads Canada at the New Zealand Sevens, which also features the Canadian women's rugby sevens team. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Olympic champion Eric Lamaze to step away from role with Equestrian Canada

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Olympic champion Eric Lamaze to step away from role with Equestrian Canada

The Canadian Press 2 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

OTTAWA - Olympic show-jumping champion Eric Lamaze won't remain as the technical advisor with Equestrian Canada when his contract expires at the end of the month.

Lamaze's deal concludes Jan. 31.

Equestrian Canada said in a statement its staff as well as the High Performance Advisory Group (HPAG) Jumping will assume the technical advisor responsibilities "to ensure team athletes are well supported in this important Pan American Games year."

Lamaze earned an individual equestrian Olympic gold medal and team silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics aboard Hickstead.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

OTTAWA - Olympic show-jumping champion Eric Lamaze won't remain as the technical advisor with Equestrian Canada when his contract expires at the end of the month.

Lamaze's deal concludes Jan. 31.

Equestrian Canada said in a statement its staff as well as the High Performance Advisory Group (HPAG) Jumping will assume the technical advisor responsibilities "to ensure team athletes are well supported in this important Pan American Games year."

Lamaze earned an individual equestrian Olympic gold medal and team silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics aboard Hickstead.

Pair skaters Kemp and Elizarov have world championships in sights

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Pair skaters Kemp and Elizarov have world championships in sights

Staff 3 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

The worlds await Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov, or so it would seem.

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

Ava Kemp and Yohnatan Elizarov finished second out of five pairs after Tuesday’s short program and Wednesday’s free skate at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships this week in Oshawa, Ont. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)

Rose returns to action

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Rose returns to action

Mike Sawatzky 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

It was a gruesome sight.

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

University of Winnipeg Wesmen’s Jaxon Rose returned to the practice court a week before Christmas and is now poised to make his Canada West season debut Friday and Saturday in Calgary.

Playoff atmosphere as Wesmen face Cougars

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Playoff atmosphere as Wesmen face Cougars

Mike Sawatzky 6 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

Every so often, there is a regular-season game that feels like a playoff game.

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

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Raizel Guinto leads Canada West with 3.2 steals per game.

Moir, Weaver back gender-expansive ice dance, pairs teams

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Moir, Weaver back gender-expansive ice dance, pairs teams

The Associated Press 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian ice dancer Kaitlyn Weaver says, as an LGBTQ person, her sport has never fully reflected her lived experience.

Skate Canada last month dropped the requirement that an ice dance or pairs team competing domestically must include a man and a woman. As of next season, pairs and ice dance skaters — up to the Canadian championships, but not beyond — need only be two skaters.

Canada, which is the first country to make such a move, plans to push for an international rule change at the next International Skating Union congress in 2024. The change has Weaver and two-time Olympic ice dance champion Scott Moir among its biggest advocates.

“There’s so many different ways that it can impact young people,” Weaver told The Canadian Press. “But as an ice dancer, and especially as a queer person growing up that didn’t know she was queer, seeing different stories represented and different partnering, different types of identities on the ice, would have been very liberating for me.”

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

FILE -Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform during the ice dance short dance team event in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Skate Canada has dropped the requirement that an ice dance or figure skating pairs team competing domestically must include a man and a woman.(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)

Ice all-in on Ostapchuk

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Ice all-in on Ostapchuk

Joshua Frey-Sam 5 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

The Winnipeg Ice clearly believe the time is now.

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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

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Zack Ostapchuk, the newest member of the Winnipeg Ice, is coming off his second consecutive World Junior Hockey Championship with team Canada.

England rugby great David Duckham dies at age 76

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England rugby great David Duckham dies at age 76

The Associated Press 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

LONDON (AP) — David Duckham, the England rugby great who also starred for the British and Irish Lions, especially in the triumphant 1971 series in New Zealand, has died. He was 76.

Duckham's death was announced by his former club Coventry as well as the Lions on Tuesday.

“David Duckham was not only one of the greatest and most talented of English players," said Nigel Gillingham, president of England's Rugby Football Union, “but also a player so greatly admired around the world.”

Duckham won 36 caps for England from 1969-76, initially as a center before going on to make his mark as a dynamic winger who brought flair to an otherwise conservative team.

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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

LONDON (AP) — David Duckham, the England rugby great who also starred for the British and Irish Lions, especially in the triumphant 1971 series in New Zealand, has died. He was 76.

Duckham's death was announced by his former club Coventry as well as the Lions on Tuesday.

“David Duckham was not only one of the greatest and most talented of English players," said Nigel Gillingham, president of England's Rugby Football Union, “but also a player so greatly admired around the world.”

Duckham won 36 caps for England from 1969-76, initially as a center before going on to make his mark as a dynamic winger who brought flair to an otherwise conservative team.

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