The Virden Oil Capitals selected defenseman Lincoln Black-Greaves with the 11th overall pick in round one of the 2024 Manitoba Junior Hockey League Draft on Sunday. The Oil Capitals also took forward Shane Elder of Wawanesa and forward Carter Cabral of Winnipeg in round two; defenseman Grady Taylor of Brandon in round three; defenseman Luka Fay of Winnipeg in round four; defenseman Kaden Allan of Hamiota in round five; forward Jack Ross of Winnipeg and forward Lucas Laramee of La Broquerie in round six; goaltender Peyton Shore of Winnipeg in round seven and forward Carter Polanski of Winnipeg in round eight. The Winkler Flyers took defenseman Jack Swaenepoel of Souris in round two. The Neepawa Titans selected forward Kole Beard of Boissevain in round four. 

The Saginaw Spirit are Memorial Cup champions. Josh Bloom scored the go-ahead goal with 21.7 seconds left to lift the host Spirit past the London Knights 4-3 in the championship game on Sunday night. Saginaw is the eighth first-time participant to win the Memorial Cup since 1972. The Spirit are also the third host team in the last six tournaments to win the championship. Moose Jaw Warriors captain and Dominion City native Denton Mateychuk was named to the CHL First All-Star Team. 

The Deloraine Royals, Boissevain Centennials and Reston Rockets were winners in the South West Baseball League on Sunday. The Royals plated 15 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to a 20-11 victory over the Rivers Comets. Cole Olson and Eric Sorenson homered for Deloraine. Drew Hilhorst, Jordan Foote, Dawson Hole and Brett Laing drove in three runs each as defending champion Centennials defeated the Hamiota Red Sox 22-0. Cody Bertholet recorded the win as the Rockets shaded the Wawanesa Brewers 6-5.

Rob Emery, Max Murphy and Andy Armstrong belted three-run homers as the Winnipeg Goldeyes bounced the Lincoln Saltdogs 15-2. Zac Reininger picked up the win in his return to the mound after missing his last start with an injury. He threw six innings allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out two. The Fish open a three-game series against the Kane County Cougars tonight (6:30 p.m.) at Blue Cross Park. 

Marco Trstenjak of Elmhurst, Addison Kartusch of St. Charles and Rob Oliphant of Rossmere won the Manitoba Match Play Championships Sunday at the Breezy Bend Country Club. Trstenjak defeated Thomas Scott of Dauphin 4 & 3 in the men’s final. Kartusch earned a 6 & 5 victory over Jeri Lafleche of Niakwa in the women’s final. Oliphant shaded Jay Doyle of Niakwa 2 & 1 in the senior men’s final.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers made a number of player moves on Sunday. The Bombers released American receivers Sy Barnett,  Josh Vann, Ronnie Blackmon Isaiah Coulter & Aron Cruickshank; National receiver AK Gassama; American defensive backs Russell Dandy, Demetries Ford, Bill Hackett, Isaiah Norman, Travon Fuller, Patrick Rogers & Juan Lua; American quarterback Darren Grainger; American offensive lineman Chris Ivy; National offensive lineman Ethan Kalra & Michael Vlahogiannis; National defensive back Bret MacDougall; National defensive lineman Collin Kornelson; National punter Dante Mastrogriuseppe; National defensive back Nico McCarthy; American linebackers Dylan Moses, Tre Thomas & Johnny Petrishen; American offensive lineman Chidi Okeke; American defensive linemen Chauncey Rivers & Taylor Upshaw; National receiver/running back Jonathan Rosery and American running back Chris Smith. Added to the practice roster were American offensive lineman Larnel Coleman, Kendall Randolph & Micah Vanterpool; American linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel; American defensive backs Michael Griffin & Tyrique McGhee; National defensive lineman Owen Hubert; American receivers Josh Johnson & Keric Wheatfall; National receiver Jeremy Murphy and Global linebackers Lucky Ogbevoen & Fabian Weitz. National long snapper Ian Leroux was transferred to the suspended list. The Blue Bombers play their season opener Thursday at home against the Montreal Alouettes.