Brandon's Israel Idonije has signed a two-year contract extension with the Chicago Bears of the NFL.
The deal keeps him with the Bears through the 2011 season.
Idonije has appeared in 71 games over the past five seasons, registering 99 defensive tackles and 51/2 sacks. Last season he started three games and appeared in all 16, recording 28 tackles and 31/2 sacks. The former Manitoba Bisons star has also been a force on special teams in recent seasons.
Four players with Manitoba connections have been invited to the national junior hockey team development camp this summer in Saskatoon.
Winnipeg's Scott Glennie and his Brandon Wheat Kings teammates Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon) and Colby Robak (Gilbert Plains) have all been invited to the camp Aug. 5-10. Many players from the camp will make up Canada's entry in the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship in Saskatoon and Regina.
The only other Manitoban invited to the camp is defenceman Travis Hamonic of St. Malo, who plays for the WHL's Moose Jaw Warriors.
Bombers rookies ready
Good news Bombers fans, the long wait is almost over.
Blue Bombers quarterbacks and rookies are to report to the CFL team's training camp Tuesday at Canad Inns Stadium, with rookie camp workouts slated for Wednesday through Friday.
Bombers veterans are slated to report on Saturday, June 6 and main camp opens Sunday, June 7.
Tuesday will also be the first opportunity for local fans to see new coach Mike Kelly and his assistants in action.
Senior bowl on tap
The best young football players in Manitoba will be on display tomorrow at Canad Inns Stadium in the 10th Annual RONA Senior Bowl.
Manitoba's top graduating seniors, selected by their coaches representing teams from the Winnipeg High School Football League and the Midget Football League of Manitoba, will split into Team Thunder and Team Lightning to compete for the Gerry James Trophy.
The game's head coaches are former Bombers offensive lineman Dave Vankoughnett (Thunder) and former Bombers running back Mike Richardson (Lightning).