Broncos open WHL regular season tonight

The puck drops on the new WHL regular season tonight and the Swift Current Broncos will open things up at home against the Calgary Hitmen. 

The Broncos finished 10th in the Eastern Conference standings last season with a 27-36-3-2 record, just two points out of the eighth and final playoff spot and went 2-3 in the pre-season. 

The Broncos will have 17 regulars returning from last season, and all five of their NHL draft picks this year are on the opening day roster. Owen Pickering, Josh Filmon, Josh Davies and Connor Hvidston are still at their respective NHL camps, but Boston Bruins draft pick Reid Dyck will be in the lineup tonight. 

You can catch tonight’s game on the Eagle 94.1 FM with Living Sky Casino Broncos Hockey starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 and the face-off at 7:00. The two teams play again Saturday night at the Saddledome.

Meanwhile, the Home Hardware U18 AAA Legionnaires will open the regular season in Prince Albert with games against the Mintos on Saturday and Sunday.

Busy weekend for high school football

It’s another big weekend for high school football with another game under the lights tonight. 

The Shaunavon Shadows will host Maple Creek in a Friday night lights game at Smith Field, while the Gull Lake Lions welcome Notre Dame this afternoon. 

The Swift Current Colts will travel to Yorkton for 12-man football action on Saturday afternoon.

Blue Jays routed by Rays, Judge still at 60

Jose Berrios allowed six runs and seven hits over just two innings as the Toronto Blue Jays fell 10-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of a big four-game set against two wild card contenders. Whit Merrifield homered twice for the Jays and Teoscar Hernandez also went deep.

Tampa Bay pulled within a game of Toronto for the top AL wild card spot as the two teams play again tonight with Mitch White starting for the Jays.

Meanwhile, the New York Yankees clinched a spot in the post-season with a 5-4 extra innings win over Boston. Aaron Judge was very close to getting his record-tying 61st home run of the season, but his fly ball to centre in the ninth was caught on the warning track by Kike Hernandez. According to Statcast, Judge’s 404-foot flyout at Yankee Stadium would have been a home run in 13 other ballparks.

Barker off to next round at PointsBet Invitational

Saskatchewan’s Penny Barker moved onto to the “Elite Eight” at Curling Canada’s single-elimination PointsBet Invitational with a 10-9 win over Ontario’s Hollie Duncan. Other first round winners yesterday were Rachel Homan, Kaitlyn Lawes, Brad Gushue and Kevin Koe. 

Barker will face Lawes in her second-round match this morning and the other team from Saskatchewan skipped by Colton Flasch will take on Brendan Bottcher this afternoon in Fredericton. 

Als host Tabbies to kick off CFL Week 16

The Montreal Alouettes host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in tonight's lone CFL game. Hamilton is coming off an upset 48-31 win over Winnipeg last week to hand the Blue Bombers just their second loss of the season.

Ottawa hosts Toronto and BC welcomes Calgary in the other games this weekend. The Saskatchewan Roughriders are on the bye week and play their next game against the Bombers next Friday in Winnipeg.

In the NFL on Thursday night, Jacoby Brissett threw for two touchdowns and the Cleveland Browns ran for 172 yards in a 29-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Canada picks up statement win over France at FIBA Women's World Cup

Canada’s women’s basketball team picked up a dominant 59-45 win over France early this morning at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in Australia. 

The unbeaten Canadians play their next game against Japan on Sunday morning. 

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