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GREAT (SOCCER) BALLS OF FIRE

It was a hot, hazy, humid Canada Day weekend. Forget about sizzling while sitting on the deck or at the beach. Try playing soccer.

'CATS IN PLAYOFF CHASE

When Josh Gauthier sees a little light at the end of the tunnel, there is no stopping the speedy running back.

FRANCIS RE-SIGNS WITH CAROLINA

Less than 48 hours before he was to become an unrestricted free agent, Sault Ste. Marie native Ron Francis has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the NHL Carolina Hurricanes.

'CATS MINUS BIG END

The Sault Sabercats have been a success thus far in their first Ontario Varsity Football League season. With a record of 2-2, the Sabercats have adapted well to the OVFL. And the locals have a chance to move over the .

RONNIE FRANCHISE MOVING ON?

Ron Francis is poised to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, as SooToday.com was first to report on Tuesday of this week. The 39-year old Sault Ste. Marie native is looking for a two-year contract, he told SooToday.com.

BEER AND RACING AT LAIRD

The return of suds and a pair of first ever winners highlighted the fourth week of racing at Laird International Raceway.

HOUNDS TO CZECH OUT DRTINA

The Soo Greyhounds will select 18-year old Czech defenceman Jiri Drtina with the first pick of today's Canadian Hockey League import draft, SooToday.com has confirmed.

FRANCIS A FREE AGENT AS OF JULY 1

Sault Ste. Marie native Ron Francis is poised to become an unrestricted free agent as of July 1.

NASHVILLE AWAITS PATRICK JARRETT

Sault Ste. Marie native Patrick Jarrett was selected in the fifth round of Sunday's National Hockey League draft. The 18-year old centre was picked by the Nashville Predators from the OHL Owen Sound Attack. Jarrett, the no.

TWO HOUNDS TOP PICKS AT NHL DRAFT

Two members of the OHL Soo Greyhounds were among the top 43 players selected through part one of the annual NHL draft which began Saturday.