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Verlander makes history, Kings looking good

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When Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, he joined some select company.
It was the third no-hitter of Verlander’s career, joining the list of only five other Major League pitchers to have ever thrown three or more no-nos.
Nolan Ryan leads the way with seven, while Dodgers great Sandy Koufax had four. Bob Feller, Larry Corcoran and Cy Young each tossed three and now Verlander joins the list.
But Verlander did something none of those great hurlers ever did. He became the first pitcher in Major League history to pitch two no-hitters in the same ball park as a visiting pitcher. And he is just the third pitcher to no-hit the same team twice.
A remarkable achievement for a sure Hall of Famer.
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Dauphin Kings training camp is in the books and the team’s coaching staff has some hard decisions ahead of them.
This year’s edition of the Kings will have a lot of speed, something head coach and general manager Doug Hedley has been preaching since his return behind the team’s bench.
Sixteen players from last year’s squad are back and there are a handful of other players with junior experience.
What Hedley was impressed with the most was the team’s depth, especially on the blueline, with several 18-year-old defencemen shining.
If players such as Nakodan Greyeyes, Mitchell Joss, Carter Sawchuk and Leeam Tivers continue to develop and with the leadership of vets such as Grady Hobbs and Brendan Arnold, the Kings should be one of the top teams in the league.
The addition of talented Koby Morrisseau of Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation will add to the offensive production, which was lacking at times, last season.
Fans got their first look at some of the talent that could be gracing Credit Union Place this season at last night’s preseason opener against the Swan Valley Stampeders. And they will get another chance to check out the players vying for a spot on the team twice more before the season begins.
There is no reason the Kings cannot be a top-four team this season. The talent is there and Hedley has long been considered a great teacher of the game.
Of course, with Portage hosting the National Junior A Championship this season, the Terriers enter the season as the favourite to win it all, yet again.
And bad news for the rest of the MJHL, the Terriers signed head coach and general manager Blake Spiller to a three-year extension.
Spiller is without question the best coach in league history and his track record proves it. In 12 years, he has led the Terriers to eight league championships, two Anavet Cup titles and the RBC Cup in 2015.
Portage will be tough to beat, they always are. But there is a reason they play the games, so you just never know.
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The Dauphin Rangers FC men’s soccer team saw their season come to a disappointing end, recently.
The Rangers hosted the Latinos of Brandon in the Westman Senior Soccer League semifinal, losing 3-2 in extra time.
The final was an all-Brandon affair between the Latinos and Old Castle United. No word on who won.
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Are you looking for an activity to keep your child active this fall and winter?
If you are, you should drop by the Recreation, Health and Leisure Mart on Thursday at the Parkland Recreation Complex curling rink from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
There will be lots to choose from to keep your child busy and entertained this winter, with more than 25 groups and organizations on hand to answer any questons you may have.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER