Taylor Allen, Winnipeg Free Press

Taylor Allen

Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

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Homegrown players unhappy with CFL’s new rule regarding Americans

Canadian players across the CFL are not happy.It was announced late Wednesday night that the three-down league and the CFLPA had reached a tentative agreement on a new CBA. → Read More

Adversity nothing new for Schoen

You have to feel for the rookies across the CFL. They travel to a foreign country in hopes of keeping their pro football dreams alive and before they can even learn what the heck a rouge is, the players go on strike and everything comes to a screeching halt. → Read More

Bombers happy to return to work after tentative labour agreement reached

It was a miserable afternoon to be outside for nearly three hours.The sun was hiding, the rain was coming down, and the temperature felt nothing like late May. → Read More

Tentative agreement brings end to CFL strike

It’s time to get back to football.The CFL announced late Wednesday that it has reached a tentative agreement with the CFLPA on a new collective bargaining agreement. → Read More

Diverse background fuels hoops star’s competitive spirit and desire to give back

Riya Donnelly has developed into one of the province’s top young basketball players by doing things her way. The 17-year-old from Charleswood, who recently committed to play U Sports ball for the Algoma University Thunderbirds in Sault Ste. → Read More

Gridiron gals grab grass and growl

After nearly three years away from competition, women’s tackle football is officially back. The COVID-19 pandemic kept the Western Women’s Canadian Football League (WWCFL) from playing a single down since the 2019 season. → Read More

Bombers, CFL players hit the picket line

After everything the CFL has been through in recent years, the last thing it needs is a work stoppage.But that’s exactly what the league has on its hands as the players have officially gone on strike for the first time since 1974.Training camp was supposed to open across the league on Sunday, but instead, seven of the nine clubs — including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers — cancelled practice. → Read More

QB Prukop consults with Bombrers vets before attending camp

With CBA negotiations going down to the wire, the CFLPA asked veteran pivots around the league to skip this week’s rookie camps. So, when Blue Bombers hopefuls took the practice field on Wednesday for the first day of action, it was a surprise to see backup quarterback Dakota Prukop slinging passes. → Read More

At 30, Aussie kicker philosophical about return to football after long layoff

The average person in the press box could barely lace a cleat, never mind boot the ball down the field. But Tom Hackett isn’t your average sports reporter. → Read More

Goldeyes tuning up for regular season

As much as everyone would like to hit the fast-forward button to Friday night’s season opener, that’s not an option.But we’re almost there as the Winnipeg Goldeyes played their second last spring training game on Tuesday before the innings start to matter. → Read More

Valour FC face tough test against Whitecaps in Canadian Championship

Valour FC will have the opportunity to test its mettle against a Major League Soccer club for the first time in franchise history Wednesday night. Winnipeg’s professional soccer team faces the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place (9 p.m. CT) in the preliminary round of the Canadian Championship tournament. → Read More

Sirois stars in Valour home opener

Not that anyone needed it, but Saturday afternoon at IG Field was a reminder that Valour FC’s Jonathan Sirois is the best goalkeeper in the Canadian Premier League.Besides that, Valour’s home opener featuring visiting Halifax Wanderers FC was rather forgettable, ending in a 0-0 draw. → Read More

Fish happy to be back home as training camp opens in River City

The Winnipeg Goldeyes can finally play a full season of baseball without a cloud of uncertainty hanging over their heads.Thursday was a monumental day for the Fish as it marked the first time since 2019 that the club has been able to hold spring training at their downtown Winnipeg home, Shaw Park. → Read More

Dhillon first female boxer from Manitoba to compete at world championship

Priyanka Dhillon will soon be Manitoba’s first female boxer to compete at a world championship. It’s quite the accomplishment for anyone, let alone someone who kept their boxing career a secret at first. → Read More

Demski, Grey Cup make visit to Oak Park

It was the Monday morning after spring break when Oak Park High School principal Troy Scott received a call from one of the school’s most well-known alumnus, Nic Demski.The Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receiver called to say that he wanted to bring the Grey Cup back to where he first made a name for himself in the sport. → Read More

Pine Falls product the lone Manitoban playing in National Lacrosse League

More than 80 per cent of National Lacrosse League players are Canadian, but only one hails from the Keystone Province. That one and only player is Halifax Thunderbirds defenceman Luc Magnan — a product of Pine Falls. → Read More

Valour FC manager was expecting scoring outburst

Apparently the Winnipeg Football Club owns two teams that score touchdowns.Their soccer unit, Valour FC, is coming off of an incredible road performance where they stomped Atlético Ottawa 6-1 last Sunday to earn their first victory of the Canadian Premier League season. → Read More

Winnipeg fighter demands UFC contract

After an impressive victory Friday night in less than 90 seconds over Brazilian fighter Alessandro Gambulino, Winnipeg’s Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz stood in the middle of the Legacy Fighting Alliance octagon with a message for UFC president Dana White. “Where’s my (expletive) contract?” Ksiazkiewicz exclaimed. → Read More

Late, wet spring delays sporting events

Kent Kamenz has been the regional director for Slo-Pitch National in Manitoba for more than 20 years. But owing to the province’s never-ending winter, this season will begin later than in any other year he can recall (the 2020 pandemic year not included, of course). → Read More

Bisons women’s soccer coach a trailblazer and role model

Soccer has taken Vanessa Martinez Lagunas all over the world. She represented her native Mexico on the international stage from 1999-2004, played NCAA Div. → Read More