Metke wins silver at Canada Games
Team Saskatchewan picked up seven more medals at the Canada Games on Thursday, including one for a southwest wrestler.
Cadillac’s Alexandria Metke won silver in the women’s 44-kilogram class and helped Saskatchewan to a fourth-place finish in the team competition on Wednesday. She competes with the Comp High School Ardens and the Swift Current Titans Wrestling Club.
In women’s lacrosse, Saskatchewan lost their consolation game 5-0 to Manitoba on Thursday. Swift Current’s Amy Brown had three goals and three assists in the tournament and Mya Brown had two goals and an assist.
Swimming wrapped up Thursday and two local Special Olympians had good results in the pool. Rahimay Priebe finished 12th in the 50m freestyle, 11th in the 100m freestyle, 13th in the 50m backstroke and 14th in the 100m backstroke. Tate Zimmerman was 15th in the 50m freestyle, 14th in the 100m freestyle and 50m backstroke, 13th in the 100m backstroke and 11th in the 50m breaststroke.
WCBL Playoffs resume tonight
The WCBL division finals kick off tonight with the Moose Jaw Miller Express hosting the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the best-of-three East Division Final, while the Okotoks Dawgs welcome the Sylvan Lake Gulls out west.
Moose Jaw swept the Swift Current 57’s to punch their ticket to the second round, while Medicine Hat upset the division-leading Regina Red Sox in a sweep of their own. Okotoks eliminated the Brooks Bombers and Sylvan Lake knocked out the Fort McMurray Giants to set up their series.
Game one of each series is tonight with game two on Saturday and any game threes on Sunday. The league final will then take place on August 16-18.
McTavish scores four as Canada rolls past Slovakia
Mason McTavish became the seventh Canadian player to score four goals in a World Junior game as Canada cruised to an 11-1 victory over Slovakia in Edmonton on Thursday.
The captain added two assists for a six-point game while Brennan Othmann and Joshua Roy had three points each. Connor Bedard, who scored four goals against Austria in the interrupted World Junior tournament last winter, had a goal and two helpers.
Canada (2-0-0-0) is off today before taking on Czechia on Saturday. The other games on Thursday had Finland beating Czechia 4-3 in a shootout and the US hammering Switzerland 7-1. Today’s action has Austria facing Sweden and Latvia taking on Slovakia.
Unbeaten no more
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ quest for a 10-0 start was stopped by a goal post.
Marc Liegghio hit a 37-yard field goal attempt off the upright in overtime to give the Montreal Alouettes a 20-17 win over the Bombers on Thursday night at IG Field. Liegghio shanked a potential game-winning 32-yard attempt with no time left, and David Cote nailed a go-ahead 43-yarder on the Als’ first possession of the extra frame.
The lone CFL game tonight has the Hamilton Tiger-Cats hosting the Toronto Argonauts. The Saskatchewan Roughriders return to action on Saturday in Edmonton.
Felix advances, Bianca eliminated at National Bank Open
Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime made quick work of Britain’s Cameron Norrie, needing just two sets and 72 minutes to move on to the quarterfinals at the National Bank Open in his hometown of Montreal.
The sixth-seeded Auger-Aliassime, who is the lone Canadian remaining in the singles draw and the highest seed remaining in the men’s event, will face French Open runner-up Casper Ruud this afternoon at IGA Stadium.
Meanwhile, at the women’s event in Toronto, Mississauga’s Bianca Andreescu was eliminated after a tough three-set loss to China’s Qinwen Zheng. Andreescu won the event the last time it was held in Toronto in 2019.
“If you build it...”
Thursday’s “Field of Dreams” game at Dyersville, Iowa, honoured baseball history and the film that inspired the event, with players emerging from the corn stalks, Ken Griffey Junior and Senior having a catch in the outfield, and even a hologram of the late Harry Caray leading the seventh inning stretch. The Chicago Cubs won the game 4-2 over the Cincinatti Reds.
The Toronto Blue Jays start a three-game series with the Cleveland Guardians tonight at Rogers Centre, looking for their first win in five days. Jose Berrios will start for the Jays against Cleveland’s Cal Quantrill.
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