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Wednesday's Sports Briefs

04.06.2014 09:30
By: Bruce Luebke

- Matt DeGagne and Jesse Goertzen had two hits and two RBI's each as the Brandon Marlins downed the Brandon Cloverleafs 5-2 in Manitoba Senior Baseball League action Tuesday night.  The victory allows the Marlins to remain undefeated at 2-and-0, while the Cloverleafs suffered their first loss and are now 2-and-1.  Also Tuesday, Oak River snapped their season-opening three-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over Neepawa.  Nat Howard had two hits, two RBI's and two runs for the Dodgers.


- Brett Lawrie hit a three-run home run to cap off a five-run ninth inning for the Blue Jays as Toronto beat Detroit 5-3 at Comerica Park Tuesday.  The game was scoreless until the ninth, when Jose Bautista singled in Anthony Gose to put the Jays ahead.  Drew Hutchison held the Tigers to three hits and struck out seven through seven frames.  Toronto won for the 22nd time in their last 29 games and lead the AL East by 4 1/2 games over Baltimore and 5 games over New York.


- CFL labour talk was a hot topic at the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' training camp Tuesday.  The Bombers are set to play the league's first pre-season game next Monday in Winnipeg, before Alberta teams are eligible to strike.  Winnipeg CFL players rep Glenn January says they have a strike vote in hand in Winnipeg and could use it any time but they haven't discussed timing yet.  January also says they won't be forced into a vote on the CFL's latest contract offer because it would strip players of their protection in some provinces.


- The Yellowhead Chiefs are sticking with Chad Facey.  Facey will return for his third season as head coach of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League team.  Facey guided the Chiefs to a 19-21-4 record last season and has a 48-33-7 record in his two seasons behind the bench.


- Kim Davis will be the commissioner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for the next three years.  The league's Board of Governors have rewarded Davis with a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2016-2017 season.  Davis has been the commissioner of the MJHL since 2002.


- The MJHL's Neepawa Natives have completed a 1-for-1 trade involving 20-year olds.  The Natives dealt goaltender Davy Fisher to the SIJHL's English River Miners for the rights to forward Vincent Currao.  Currao had 11 goals and 25 points in 23 games with the Miners last season while Fisher saw limited action with the Natives, going 3-and-5 with a 3.89 goals against average.


- The Stanley Cup final begins Wednesday night as Los Angeles hosts the New York Rangers in Game 1 at Staples Center.  New York last won a Stanley Cup since 1994 while the Kings beat the New Jersey Devils to win the Cup in 2012.  The teams split their two games against each other during the regular season.


- The matchup for the AHL's Calder Cup Final was set Tuesday night.  Former Brandon Wheat King Scott Glennie and the Texas Stars downed the Toronto Marlies 6-2 in Game 7 of the Western Conference final to advance.  Glennie was pointless last night, but has four goals and seven points in 15 playoffs games this spring.  The Winnipeg Jets' farm team, the St. John's IceCaps, defeated Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5-0 Tuesday to take the Eastern Conference final four games to two.


- The schedule for next year's World Junior Hockey Championship in Toronto and Montreal has been released.  Canada will play in a pool with the United States, Finland, the Czech Republic and Germany.  Canada opens against the Czechs on Boxing Day, and have their seemingly annual clash with the Americans on New Year's Eve.  Canada will play their round-robin games in Montreal, with all the playoffs taking place in Toronto.


- There's nowhere to go but up for the two new coaches of the ACC Cougars volleyball teams.  Former BU Bobcat Joel Small and longtime high school and club volleyball coach Bryce Wilson are taking over the men's and women's squads respectively.  Both ACC teams were 0-and-18 during the 2013-2014 MCAC season.


- Glenboro's Josy Wytinck is tied for 23rd-place after the opening round of the Canadian University/College Golf Championship in Winnipeg.  Wytinck fired a two-over par 74 Tuesday, with four of his five bogeys coming after he hits bunkers on his approach shots to the green.  Wytinck's U-of-M Bisons' teammate Charlie Boyechko is tied for second-place after posting a 3-under 69.  Scott Secord of UBC leads after firing a 4-under 68.


- Canadian actor William Shatner will beam into Alberta next month to lead the 2014 Calgary Stampede Parade.  Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, is to serve as Grand Marshall.  It is not clear if Shatner will lead the parade on horseback or ride in a wagon or antique car.