Toronto Raptors fever continues to bounce into Manitoba following NBA Finals win

As the Toronto Raptors come off a historic series win in the NBA Finals Thursday night, the fever continues to dribble its way into Manitoba.“It was an amazing night. Historic for our sport and historic for our country,” said Basketball Manitoba’s Adam WedlakeStory continues below“We’re totally on a buzz right now,” he added.Wedlake is hoping the run put on by Toronto is inspiring more people to play the sport.“How far it will go into inspiring the younger generations to pick-up a ball and get active is what we’re really excited…

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Winnipeggers gather to witness the Toronto Raptors win the NBA Finals

June 14 2019 12:01pm Toronto Raptors fans gathered in ‘Jurassic Park 204’ at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg to witness the Toronto Raptors win the 2019 NBA Finals. ‘ }); } else { var rel_id = svp.releaseInfo.contentId+””; if( typeof gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] != “object” ) { var resp = jQuery.parseJSON( jQuery.ajax({ url: “/gnca-ajax/videoshare-links/{\”id\”:\”” + svp.releaseInfo.contentId + “\”}/”, async: false }).responseText); gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] = resp; } jQuery(‘#videoContainer’).gnca_socialVideoShare(‘init’, gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] ); } }; // don’t do on IE, doesn’t work yet if ( !gNews.Common.isIE && !gNews.Common.isTrident && gNews.Common.isFlash ) { var gnca_videoShareCallbackInterval = window.setInterval( function() {…

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Raptors success sparks basketball interest in Manitoba

June 14 2019 9:22am The Toronto Raptors success, having just won the 2019 NBA Finals, is having a positive impact on the local community. ‘ }); } else { var rel_id = svp.releaseInfo.contentId+””; if( typeof gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] != “object” ) { var resp = jQuery.parseJSON( jQuery.ajax({ url: “/gnca-ajax/videoshare-links/{\”id\”:\”” + svp.releaseInfo.contentId + “\”}/”, async: false }).responseText); gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] = resp; } jQuery(‘#videoContainer’).gnca_socialVideoShare(‘init’, gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] ); } }; // don’t do on IE, doesn’t work yet if ( !gNews.Common.isIE && !gNews.Common.isTrident && gNews.Common.isFlash ) { var gnca_videoShareCallbackInterval = window.setInterval( function() { //console.log(‘ !!! gnca_shareVideoCallback REGISTRATION…

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Bell MTS Place to become ‘Jurassic Park 204’ for Raptors viewing party

Are you ready for Jurassic Park 204?Unfortunately, it’s not a Winnipeg-set entry in the popular dinosaur film series, but it is a chance for local hoop fans to watch the Toronto Raptors’ championship bid at Bell MTS Place.The downtown arena will open its doors for a viewing party for game six of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and the Golden State Warriors.READ MORE: NBA, NFL adding extra cash into Winnipeg businesses’ pocketsIf the Raptors don’t win Thursday night, a game seven viewing party will also be held Sunday night.The doors…

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Manitoba hoop fans ‘feeling the buzz’ of Raptormania

For the first time since the league expanded to Canada in 1995, the Toronto Raptors will be playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) finals.It’s a big deal, of course, for Toronto fans, but a local basketball executive told 680 CJOB the impact is being felt across the country.“This is new territory for us. I would relate a lot of this to what baseball experienced back in the early ’90s with the Blue Jays and their success they had at the world stage,” said Adam Wedlake, Basketball Manitoba’s executive director.“We’re…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Friday, May 10

Gooooooood Morning!Story continues belowA third period scoring binge by the Boston Bruins allowed them to win Game One of the NHL East Final, by downing Carolina 5-2. A pair of early powerplay goals in the final frame by Marcus Johannson and Patrice Bergeron just 28 seconds apart, erased a 2-1 Hurricanes lead, and put a halt to Carolina’s six game post-season winning streak. None of that might have happened though, had Brad Marchand not stepped in and prevented team mate Connor Clifton from taking a reaction penalty that would have…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Wednesday, May 8

Gooooooooddddd Morning!There is absolutely no way that any one with an objective opinion would disagree that the better team was finally rewarded in double overtime of Game Seven last night in St. Louis.  The Blues edged the Dallas Stars 2-1 to move on to the Western Final against San Jose or Colorado. And to make for even more of a storybook type finish, it was native St. Louisan Patrick Maroon who was the hero, poking in a rebound at 5:50 of the second extra period for the game-winning, series-clinching goal.Story…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Tuesday, May 7

A 14th overtime game of these 2019 NHL playoffs will result in a fifth Game Seven. Gabriel Landeskog beat Martin Jones from in tight, just 2.5 minutes into sudden death to give Colorado a 4-3 win, sending the series back to San Jose for a winner-takes-all showdown tomorrow night.https://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/gabe-landeskog.mp3JT Compher scored twice for his first two goals of the series for the Avs while Marc-Edouard Vlasic had a pair for the Sharks who will go the distance for the second straight series.Story continues belowColumbus wanted the chance for a Game…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Monday, May 6

Gooooooooddddd Morning!We already had a sweep. And now we’re going to have at least one Game 7 in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as well. The St. Louis Blues guaranteed that with an impressive 4-1 win in Dallas on Sunday afternoon. Goals by Jaden Schwartz and Sammy Blais just 33 seconds apart approaching the midway point of the third period blew open a 2-1 game and sent the Blues and Stars back to St. Louis for tomorrow night.Story continues belowAlex Pietrangelo, who opened scoring just 63 seconds…

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Moore’s Morning Sports Briefing for Friday, May 3

Gooooooooddddd Morning!Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Kyle Walters used the 2019 CFL draft to bolster the team’s Canadian depth on both the offensive and defensive lines by using five of his nine picks at those two positions.It began with the selection of University of Windsor guard Drew Desjarlais with the fourth overall pick. Desjarlais joined Christian Aumell on the 680 CJOB Sports Show following his selection, to talk about how a strong performance at the National Combine in March helped put him on “the radar.”Story continues belowhttps://shawglobalnews.files.wordpress.com/2019/05/drew-desjarlais-625am.mp3Desjarlais is 6’2″ and 307…

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