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Winnipeg Blue Bombers win Grey Cup after almost 30 years

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ended a 29-year drought by winning the 107th Grey Cup final Sunday night, beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.

Hamilton was the CFL’s top team during the regular season with a 15-3 record. Winnipeg was third in the West at 11-7.

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The last time the Winnipeg Bombers made it to a victorious Grey Cup final was November 1990, when the team beat Edmonton 50-11 in Vancouver, B.C.

Before the game, Winnipeg running back Andrew Harris said this was the biggest game he’s ever played in.

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The last time the Ticats made it all the way to a Grey Cup final was 1999.

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A historic first by Harris ended the Bombers’ dubious championship drought. The 32-year-old Winnipeg native scored rushing and receiving TDs as the Bombers stunned Hamilton Sunday night.

Harris put an exclamation mark on his stellar performance by becoming the first player ever to be named the game’s top player and Canadian.

Harris (134 yards rushing, six catches for 35 yards) becomes the first Canadian to be named Grey Cup MVP since the legendary Russ Jackson of the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1969.

Harris and Co. earned $16,000 apiece while Hamilton players — who wore their home black uniforms and were 10-0 this season at Tim Hortons Field — received $8,000.

Country superstar Keith Urban played the Cup’s halftime show.

— With files by The Canadian Press and CP’s Dan Ralph 

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