August 17, 2017

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Playbook: Making waves in pool, Nichols the Iceman, gutsy paddlers, and more

Top picks

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols

    Swimming success: Manitoba earns more Canada Summer Games medals in the pool.
  • Cool as a cucumber: Bombers quarterback comfortable in come-from-behind situations.
  • It takes guts: Manitoba paddlers Maddy Mitchell and Nicole Boyle dig deep for bronze-medal performance.

Last night

  • Esks edge Redblacks: Mike Reilly leads team to seventh straight win to start the CFL season.
  • Jays blank Yanks: Estrada pitches seven scoreless inning as Toronto shuts down New York 4-0.
  • Spieth starts slow: Young Texan five shots off lead after first round at PGA Championship in bid to become youngest golfer to complete Grand Slam.

What we're reading

  • Veteran Jaromir Jagr is looking for a team after finishing up his 24th pro season with the Florida Panthers.

    Surprised by snub: Jagr 'didn't expect it would be so hard to get job in NHL'
  • Faint recollection: Brandon Morrow and the greatest pitching performance you likely forgot about
  • Why I Went to Auschwitz: NBA star Ray Allen chronicles trip to concentration camp for The Players' Tribune

What to watch

  • Golf: Second-round action of the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. / noon / TSN
  • CFL: The Toronto Argonauts (3-4) are in Montreal to play the Alouettes (2-4) / 6:30 p.m. / TSN
  • MLB: The Toronto Blue Jays play the first of three at home vs the Pittsburgh Pirates / 6 p.m. / Sportsnet

In case you missed it

  • Paul Wiecek: We're getting great value for our 18 cents; imagine what folding money could buy
  • Pay it forward: Hometown hero Tanya Dubnicoff returns to mentor next-generation cyclists

Let's look ahead

  • Reggie Abercrombie and the Winnipeg Goldeyes are back home tonight.

    Heading home: The Winnipeg Goldeyes will be back in action at Shaw Park tonight when they open a six-game homestand with the first of three vs the Wichita Wingnuts. Game time is 7 p.m.
  • One more for the road: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers play their second straight game away from home on Saturday when they are in Hamilton to take on the winless Tiger-Cats. Game time is 6:30 p.m. CT

Video review

  • Clubbing it: The best driving average on the PGA Tour is 314 yards. Jamie Sadlowski’s personal best is 445. This is how he does it.
  • Helicopter shot: Harlem Globetrotter Bull Bullard hits long range jumper — from 210 feet.
  • Bombers Report: Sports editor Steve Lyons and columnist Paul Wiecek discuss team's two-game winning streak and its game at Hamilton this Saturday.

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