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Playbook: Bombers can't finish off Esks, Lowry and Armia re-sign with Jets and more....

Edmonton's Odell Willis (41) sacks Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy during the second half of CFL action in Winnipeg Thursday. (John Woods / The Canadian Press)

Top news


    Adam Lowry (left) and Joel Armia signed two-year contract extensions with the Winnipeg Jets Thursday. (John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press files)

    CFL: Strong start, no finish for Blue
  • Paul Wiecek: Bombers' short game falls flat
  • NHL: Jets re-sign Lowry, Armia

What we're reading

  • Monster masher: Edwin Encarnacion ideal successor for David Ortiz in Boston
  • Gearing up for Winter Games: Korean players visit Stars, want to grow game at home
  • Testing twist: Intrigue abounds as Colabello returns amid questions about validity of tests

What to watch

  • Early tee time: Live coverage of the second round of The Open Championship from Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland / 5 a.m.-3 p.m. / The Golf Channel
  • Friday Night Football: The Alouettes host the Tiger-Cats in a battle of East division rivals / 6:30 p.m. / TSN
  • Late night ball: The Toronto Blue Jays are on the west coast to play the Oakland A's / 9 p.m. / Sportsnet

In case you missed it

  • Paul Wiecek: Olympic organizers put athletes like Mislawchuk in tough position
  • Say what?!: A new form of sports talk as sports editor Steve Lyons and columnist Paul Wiecek discuss the Cubs, the Bombers and much more in an email conversation

Let's look ahead

  • Play ball: The Winnipeg Goldeyes continue a nine-game homestand when they open a three-game series vs the Gary Southshore Railcats Friday night at Shaw Park. Game time is 7 p.m.
  • Alberta Invaders II: The Bombers' next game is against the Calgary Stampeders — Thursday at IGF. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
  • Get ready for Rio: The Summer Games get underway Friday, Aug. 5 and run until Aug. 21.

Last night

  • Honouring a legend: another accolade for Hall of Famer Ploen
  • Baseball: Red Sox acquire all-star lefty Pomeranz from Padres

Video review

  • CFL: Bombers- Eskimos highlights
  • Gotta hear it: Encarnacion surprised by endorsement from Ortiz
  • Lip-out for Lefty: Mickelson just misses first 62 in Major history

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