October 15, 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.

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.

    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.

    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

  • Winnipeg Blue Bombers play the Edmonton Eskimos Thursday. (CP)

    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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