Hey folks — we're serving up a varity of stories today. Hockey; soccer; football; more hockey; and some baseball.. Oh, and more hockey.
— Jason Bell attended a press conference to announce details for a Hockey for the Homeless tournament initiated by ex-Jet Dave Babych;
— Taylor Allen was out at Valour FC practice as the team gears up for its next game; at home vs Forge FC on Thursday;
— Mike McIntyre had a chat with Jets forward Andrew Copp and has a column on how the young forward sees his decision to return to his college studies this spring;
— Mike Sawatzky has the scoop on Bombers top draft pick Drew Desjarlais;
— Jason reports on the Portage Terriers at the national junior A hockey championships;
— And Taylor has the goods on the Winnipeg Goldeys setting their roster in advance of their season-opener in Texas vs the Airhogs on Thursday.
Finally, we've got the Bruins and the Canes clashing in Game 3 of the NHL's Eastern Conference Final and the Raptors prepping for their Game 1 tilt vs the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Eastern Final.
Now, that's some bang for your buck.
— Sports editor Steve Lyons
- Babych bros. back worthy cause: Former NHLers step up to help the homeless
- Hitting the books: He'd rather be competing for the Cup, but Copp OK with summer school
- Pitch perfect: Young CPL talent has impressed
- In a holding pattern: Bombers' top draft pick Desjarlais working out with NFL's Jets
- Doggone it: Terriers ousted from tourney
What we're reading
- Blood, sweat and tears: Kyle Lowry proving once again he’s the most important Raptor of all time, writes Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet
- Need a theme: Why 'Gloria' by Laura Branigan has become the Blues' goal song and so much more for its fans this postseason
- They wanted this: A new era gets a shot at 'that' Tiger Woods (ESPN)
- Drilling down: How do you measure success? A Stanley Cup would be nice, but there are other factors, too. A look at how every NHL franchise is faring at this point in the season at varying levels and futures (The Hockey News)
In case you missed it
- Golden age: Winnipeg short a few championship vessels, but our collective sports cup runneth over
- Rookies reporting for duty: Bombers to put new recruits through their paces at three-day camp
- Pitch prep: Bigger challenge ahead for Valour
- Ice for the pain: Former Winnipegger finds salvation on skates with a stick in her hand years after a rapist shattered her life
- Youth movement: The Bombers open their rookie camp today with a workout planned for 3 pm on the field next to the soccer facility at the U of M. Thursday and Friday sessions are at 10:20 am and all the action is open to the general public.
- Opening pitch: The Winnipeg Goldeyes play their first regular season game on Thursday when they start a four-game series on the road vs the Texas Airhogs. The team's home opener is Friday, May 24 vs Kansas City.
- Opening pitch: The Winnipeg Goldeyes play their first regular season game on Thursday when they start a four-game series on the road vs the Texas Airhogs. The team's home opener is Friday, May 24 vs Kansas City. Back on the pitch: Valour FC returns to action on Thursday when they play host to Forge FC (Hamilton) at IF Field. That's the place formerly known as Investors Group Field in case you missed the name change last week. Game time is 7 pm