Willie Jefferson happy to switch sides in Bombers-Riders rivalry

Willie Jefferson thought there would be some backlash when he left the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the rival Winnipeg Blue Bombers.Turns out he was right.Some Saskatchewan fans had “outlandish” reactions on social media for the all-star defensive end, but one creative insult left the prized free-agent acquisition laughing.“The funniest thing that I remember was a picture of me, my wife and our daughter in our Saskatchewan jerseys,” Jefferson said Friday after Day 6 of training camp.Story continues below“The guy reposted the picture but he put the poop emoji on our faces. Yeah, man, that was funny.”All of…

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RAW: Blue Bombers Mike O’Shea Media Briefing – May 24

May 24 2019 4:51pm Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea takes questions after day six of training camp. ‘ }); } 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 !!! ‘); // exit if…

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Winnipeg ICE announce development camp dates

The Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg ICE will be holding a development camp May 31-June 2 at the RINK Training Centre, just off McGillivray Boulevard.The camp will actually begin on the Friday night with medicals,  and on-and-off ice testing. That will be followed by two days of on-ice sessions on the Saturday and Sunday,READ MORE: Winnipeg Ice kick off 2019 WHL Bantam Draft with a bangStory continues belowA number of ICE top prospects will be part of that camp, including Manitobans Carson Lambos and Conor Geekie, second overall picks in the…

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Esports take centre stage at University of Manitoba expo

When you think about the Olympics, do video games come to mind?Competitive gaming, known as ‘esports’, has been growing in worldwide popularity to the point where it’s being legitimately considered for a future Olympiad, and a group of students in Winnipeg are hoping to gauge local interest in the activity with the upcoming Manitoba Esports Expo at the University of Manitoba.“It’s actually really popular among millennials,” U of M Esports Club president Melanie Penner told 680 CJOB. “It’s really popular in some countries and some cities in the States, for…

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Winnipeg Jets sign draft pick Leon Gawanke

The Winnipeg Jets and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff started off what will be a busy summer by signing one of their prospects.The Jets inked defenceman Leon Gawanke to a three-year entry level contract. It will pay him an average of $810,000 US per season.READ MORE: St. James Civic Centre rink may be renamed for local hockey legendStory continues belowGawanke, 19, played the last three seasons with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The German-born product was third in league scoring among defenceman last season. He registered 57 points in 62…

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CFL and the Players Association ratify new CBA, Bombers play first exhibition game May 31

The Canadian Football League and the CFL Players Association have ratified the new Three Year Collective Bargaining Agreement that was negotiated by the two sides late last week, just ahead of the start of main training camps in the nine cities.#CFLPA & #CFL ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement.READ MORE | https://t.co/rMPfwxD6o5#TeamCFLPA— CFLPA (@CFLPA) May 22, 2019The current agreement will continue through the end of the 2021 season.READ MORE: CFL, CFL Players’ Association reach agreement on new contractCFL pre-season schedule begins on Sunday when the Edmonton Eskimos host the BC Lions…

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Blue Bombers complete the signings of their 2019 CFL draft class

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers now have all nine of their selections from the May 2 CFL Draft under contract following the signing of defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo, who was the team’s second pick in the first round, and fifth overall.READ MORE: Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Kyle Walters feels fortunate to have landed Kongbo in CFL draftThe 6-5, 255 pound native of Surrey, BC was considered a legitimate prospect for this year’s NFL draft until he suffered a torn MCL and ACL during a game with the University of Tennessee against…

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Rick Zamperin: Stampeders and Alouettes at opposite ends of CFL power rankings

Canadian Football League training camps kick off this weekend, officially starting the countdown to the 107th Grey Cup on November 24 in Calgary.Over the next four weeks, players will be competing for jobs and starting positions, coaches and player personnel staff will determine what their teams will look like, and fans, well, they’re just jacked that football is back.Any prognostications as to how each of the league’s nine teams will fare this season are, as of right now, based on what we see on paper.But that won’t stop me from…

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers kick off rookie camp without 2 top quarterbacks

Usually all of the team’s quarterbacks take part, but Matt Nichols and Chris Streveler both weren’t on the field for the start of Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ rookie camp on Wednesday.With the CFL and the CFLPA awaiting ratification of their tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, the pair weren’t among the four quarterbacks practicing on day one.Story continues below“They check in with me, right,” head coach Mike O’Shea said. “They call, and let me know what’s going on. I respect their decisions as leaders.”The playing conditions were far from…

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