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 The Carillon Sultans face the St.James A's Friday in Winnipeg. The Sultans are in second place in the Manitoba Junior Baseball League at 10 and 6. The A's, who are in the cellar with a record of 2 and 17, beat the Pembina Valley Orioles 13-8 this past Wednesday.

Rick Rekrut homered twice as the defending Southeastern Fastball League champion Grunthal Generals improved to 4 and 1 with a 10-2 win over Mitchell. The Mavericks are 1 and 4. The Ravens are 3 and 2 after downing the Eagles 8-2. Farrel Reimer hit a bases clearing double as part of the Ravens five run 7th inning. The Eagles record is 2 and 3.

Keith Maxwell hit a pair of three-run homers as the Winnipeg Goldeyes bounced the Calgary Vipers 14-2. Sean Walsh also homered for the Goldeyes who improved their record to 18 and 14. Winnipeg will open a weekend series in Fargo tonight. The Goldeyes trail the Northern Baseball League's West Division leading RedHawks by 41/2 games.

Codey Burki and Dustin Kohn of the Brandon Wheat Kings were among 44 players invited to attend Canada's National Junior Hockey Team development camp next month in Calgary. Winnipeg's Jonathon Toews of the University of North Dakota and Darren Helm of the Medicine Hat Tigers were also invited to the camp.

San Jose's Joe Thornton is the National Hockey League's Most Valuable Player. Thornton was awarded the Hart Trophy after leading the league with 125 points this past season. Mikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames won the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender. Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom took home the Norris Trophy as top defenceman for the fourth time. Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals won the Calder Trophy as top rookie. Rod Brind'Amour of the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes was named the top defensive forward and was awarded the Selke Trophy. The Lady Byng went to Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk. Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks captured the Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey. The Adams Trophy for top coach went to Buffalo's Lindy Ruff.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers play their home-opener Friday when they face the Toronto Argonauts. The Bombers lost their season opener 27-17 last Friday to the Montreal Alouettes.

The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association's Annual General Meeting was held in Portage. "A" and "AA" high schools will be using a shot clock starting in the 2008 basketball season. The "AA" Hockey championships have moved to a Thursday, Friday and Saturday, to avoid playing on Sunday. The Rural Soccer championships dates will move back one week in October.