August 21, 2018

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Playbook: CFL commish drops in, Finn in Jets' future, Say What?!, and more...

Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie talked to Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans Monday as part of his Randy's Roadtrip tour across the country.

Top picks

  • Kristian Vesalainen puts on a Winnipeg Jets jersey at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

    Ambrosie story: CFL commissioner makes stop in city on his cross-country tour.
  • Flashy Finn: Vesalainen could be next Jets next Finnish sensation.
  • Say What?!: Sad news — no bagpipes at curling events in Korea

Last night

  • Leafs shock Lightning: Tamba Bay loses 4-3 in Toronto.
  • Panthers take down Oilers: Trocheck fires hat trick as Florida wins 7-5 in Edmonton.
  • Coyotes gang up on Hawks: Chicago trounced 6-1 in Arizona.

What we're reading

  • Quarterback Johnny Manziel.

    Cathal Kelly: As Canada becomes an Olympic powerhouse, our triumphs feel less special
  • Oh sugar sugar: Cigarette companies don't sponsor the Olympics. Why does Coca-Cola?
  • Johnny Comeback: Manziel reflects on his 'huge downfall,' opens up about alcohol abuse, bipolar diagnosis

In case you missed it

  • Wiecek at the Games: Curling in Lawes' blood
  • Busy free agency awaits Bombers: Team 'looking to upgrade across the board' to help end 27-year Grey Cup drought
  • Shovels at the ready: During commercial breaks, it's the Winnipeg Jets Ice Crew's turn to hit the ice

What to watch

  • Winter Olympics (live): Mixed doubles curling gold medal game (Canada vs. Switzerland) @ 5 a.m. / CBC; Women's luge final @ 8:30 am / CBC; Figure skating (pairs short program) @ 7 pm / TSN; Curling (men's draw #1 - Canada vs Italy) @ 6 pm / Sportsnet
  • NHL: The Winnipeg Jets continue their 10-game homestand when they play the Washington Capitals / 7 pm / TSN3

Let's look ahead

  • Start the bidding: CFL free agency opens today at 11 am CT.
  • Moose call: The local AHL team is home after a nine-game road trip and opens an eight-game homestand on Thursday night vs Grand Rapids.

Video Review

  • Pyeongchang Games: Figure skaters were ‘screaming the national anthem’

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