August 16, 2018

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Playbook: Bombers kick off CFL season, local soccer fans rejoice, CFL to cut back in 2019, and more...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Andrew Harris take on the Edmonton Eskimos Thursday.

Top picks

  • Decio de Maria, President of the Football Association of Mexico, left, and Canadian soccer player Alphonso Davies, right, present a joint United bid to host the 2026 World Cup at the FIFA congress.

    Bombers 5 Storylines: 2018 CFL season kicks off tonight with the Edmonton Eskimos in Winnipeg to take on the Blue Bombers.
  • Overjoyed: local reaction to World Cup coming to Canada in 2026.
  • Paul Wiecek: thankfully this will be the last season CFL teams with the means can stack their non-player roster.

Last night

  • Goldeyes fall to RailCats: Gary SouthShore hangs on to win 12-11 in 10 innings at Shaw Park to deny Winnipeg a three-game sweep.
  • Saleing along: Red Sox pitcher Sale dominant as Boston beats Baltimore Orioles 5-1.

What we're reading

  • LeBron James is a free agent this summer.

    Everything's not OK: Retired NHLer Nick Boynton writes about his struggles with depression, anxiety and substance abuse
  • Player rankings: Reilly reclaims top spot in CFL on TSN Top 50
  • Courting the King: How every team in NBA can pitch LeBron

In case you missed it

  • Paul Wiecek: Is trading Trouba Jets' best option?
  • Her Cup runneth over: Tatania Rafter enjoying life after championship win
  • Fit to a tee: Larry Robinson and Robin Henderson learned to play golf together as kids; the two lifelong buddies and club pros are together again at Bridges

What to watch

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers play the Edmonton Eskimos Thursday.

    CFL: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers kick off their season with a game vs the Edmonton Eskimos at IGF / 7:30 pm / TSN
  • World Cup: First-round action gets underway with host Russia playing Saudi Arabia (9:45 am / CTV, Fox and TSN)
  • Golf: First-round action of the U.S. Open from Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. / 8:30 am-3:30 pm / TSN

Let's look ahead

  • Hitting the road: The Winnipeg Goldeyes are off today before opening a three-game weekend series in Sioux Falls vs the Canaries Friday night. The team returns home to host Kansas City for three games starting Monday.
  • Pick 'em: The NHL Draft is just around the corner — June 22 and 23 in Dallas.

Video review

  • Bombers Report: Battle of the quarterbacks — vet vs. rook

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