Julie Van Ryssel of Springfield was eliminated after losing 5-2 to Tansy Tober of Fort Garry in the C event of the 2023 Provincial Junior Curling Championships Thursday in Portage. Tansy Terrick of the Heather Curling Club defeated Katy Lukowich of the Granite 9-4 in the A event qualifier and advanced to the Page Playoff that begins at 8 p.m. Lukowich will meet Grace Beaudry of St. Vital in the B event qualifier at 11a.m. Aaron Van Ryssel of Springfield has a 2-1 record and will play his final round robin game on the 11 a.m. draw against Jace Freeman of Virden. Van Ryssel lost 8-5 to Zach Norris of Morris and beat Luke Robins of West St. Paul 8-5 on Thursday. 

Kyle Connor had the lone goal for the Winnipeg Jets in their 4-1 loss to Toronto. Auston Matthews had a pair of goals for the Maple Leafs. The Jets are 0-2 on their five-game road trip with continues Saturday against the Ottawa Senators. Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has been selected by the fans to participate in the 2023 NHL All-Star game. Hellebuyck joins Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey at the 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend, which is being hosted by the Florida Panthers at FLA Live Arena on February 3rd & 4th. 

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed Canadian fullback Mike Miller on a one-year contract extension. He was scheduled to become a free agent in February. The Riverview, New Brunswick native returns to the Blue Bombers for a sixth season after joining the team as a free agent in 2017. Miller is one of the greatest special teams players in Canadian Football League history; he is the CFL’s all-time leader in special teams tackles with 226, having taken over top spot in that category during the 2021 season.

The Minnesota Vikings fired defensive coordinator Ed Donatell. The Vikings ranked second worst in yards allowed in the NFL and fourth worst in points allowed during the regular season. The Minnesota defense gave up 431 yards and 31 points to the New York Giants in their wildcard round loss last week.

The Red River Mudbugs face the Landmark Blues tonight in St. Jean. Mudbugs coach Bill Dowswell will join Clayton Dreger on the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League Report which airs Fridays at 5:15 p.m. on AM 1250 Radio.