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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

PRESS BOX SPORTS BAR RECAP: REGINA 5 KOOTENAY 4 OT

CRANBOOK, BC - Riley Woods scored 2:20 into overtime to give the Regina Pats a third straight win, 5-4 over the Kootenay ICE on Tuesday night.

Jake Leschyshyn gave the Pats a 1-0 first period lead but in the second, the ICE scored three quick ones to lead 3-1.

The Pats responded with three of their own, two from Sam Steel and one from Adam Brooks and led 4-3 early in the third.

However Kootenay tied it up and forced OT.

That’s when Riley Woods jammed in his fourth of the year across the goal line as the Pats improved to 20-2-4-0 with the victory.

Tyler Brown made his 6th consecutive start in goal and stopped 46 of 50 shots for his 13th win.

Sergey Zborovskiy led the Pats offence with three assists.

Quick Hits
- Adam Brooks point streak is now at 20 games (13G, 33A).
- Sergey Zborovskiy has three goals, eight assists and is plus 13 in his last three games.
- Kootenay outshot Regina 50-44.
- Regina was 0/1 on the powerplay and 7/8 killing penalties.
- The Pats improve their road record to 10-2-1-0 with the victory.
- The attendance was 1538.

What’s Next?
The Pats conclude their road trip in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes on Wednesday. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next game at the Brandt Centre is Friday December 9th at 7 p.m. against Swift Current. Tickets are available at reginapats.com or at the Brandt Centre Box Office.

(Courtesy Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

PATS TEDDY BEAR TOSS NIGHT ON FRIDAY

The Regina Pats Annual Teddy Bear Toss Night game is this Friday, when the club hosts the Swift Current Broncos at the Brandt Centre.

Members of the Regiment are asked to bring a new plush toy to the game.  When the Pats score their first goal, fans toss the stuffed creature on the ice.  Bags will be provided at the door for you to put the item in before it’s sent flying.  Won’t have time to get a plush toy before the game?  Game sponsor Global TV will have a limited number on hand for purchase with proceeds going to the Salvation Army.  The Neutral Zone will be selling a limited number of K9 stuffed toys, for $12 on game day that you can toss as well.

Last year, the Pats Regiment set a new standard on Teddy Bear Toss Night, hurling over 2000 stuffed toys onto the ice.  This year the Regina Pats need their fans to step up even more.  The Mayor of Saskatoon has issued a challenge to our Mayor claiming the Saskatoon Blades will collect more stuffed toys than the Pats Regiment on December 17.

THIS CAN’T HAPPEN!

The losing Mayor will have to wear the winning team’s jersey at an upcoming City Council meeting.  Let’s show our neighbours to the north who has the best, most passionate fan base on Teddy Bear Toss Night.

Being a part of the night has never been easier.  The Regina Pats have once again teamed up with Spinzo to offer the lowest ticket price possible.  The way it works is easy.  Fans simply commit to a quantity of tickets through this link www.reginapats.com/teddybear.  The more people who click to commit, the lower the price will be.  No one’s credit card gets charged until the promotion closes and final low price is determined.  Tickets will be available for pick-up at the Brandt Centre Box Office on game day.

Every tossed toy ends up in a good place.  Regina Pat players will make some special deliveries to Regina hospitals before Christmas, with the remaining quantities being donated to the Salvation Army, and Regina Palliative Care Inc. – Caring Hearts Camp.

(Courtesy Mark Rathwell/ReginaPats.com)

THE LATEST: SHERIFF DEFENDS HANDLING OF MCKNIGHT CASE

 
HARVEY, La. - The Louisiana man who fatally shot CFL player Joe McKnight during a road rage dispute was jailed on a manslaughter charge as a sheriff angrily defended the investigation Tuesday, saying authorities "strategically'' waited for days to make the arrest because they needed to find independent witnesses.

Ronald Gasser, 54, was initially questioned after the shooting last Thursday but he was released without being charged, drawing heated criticism from protesters who said race played a role in the investigation. Gasser, who is white, was arrested late Monday. McKnight was black.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand pounded on a podium during a news conference explaining the investigation.

"This isn't about race. Not a single witness has said ... one racial slur was uttered,'' the sheriff said.
The case comes at a time of intense scrutiny in the African-American community about the shootings of black men, in particular by police. While this case doesn't involve a police shooting, it has flared temperatures and drawn protests at the sheriff's department.

It's not clear whether Gasser has an attorney. Attempts to reach Gasser's family were unsuccessful Tuesday. McKnight's grandmother, Barbara Lundy Franklin, did not want to talk about the arrest, except to say: "God is going to bring us justice and god is going bring us peace.''

The sheriff said the dispute between the men started on a bridge and proceeded into a New Orleans suburb, with both men driving erratically and yelling at each other. Eventually, the cars came to a stop and McKnight confronted Gasser, who was still seated in his car, the sheriff said. Gasser pulled out a gun and shot McKnight three times, killing him. When deputies arrived, the sheriff said Gasser handed them his gun and said he shot McKnight, 28.

The sheriff said McKnight had a gun in his vehicle but no evidence suggested he insinuated anything about it. It was his stepfather's gun, and his stepfather's vehicle, the sheriff said.

During the news conference, the sheriff read aloud some of the derogatory remarks about the investigation, including racially charged comments.

"We have sometimes unrealistic expectations of how these things work ... you don't just run out and start slapping cuffs on people,'' Normand said.

He noted that on Thursday, Gasser gave authorities a statement that included him being fearful and defending himself, saying that McKnight had made threatening comments. On Thursday evening, authorities had only been able to interview six witnesses, none of whom had seen the shooting. One person they talked to lied to authorities about what happened, the sheriff said.

Normand said had an arrest been made Thursday, he was certain people would be afraid to come forward. Instead, authorities found more than 250 people they wanted to talk to by identifying license plates in the area at the time, and conducted more than 160 interviews. The sheriff said several witnesses made comments contradicting Gasser's statements and were the key to making the arrest.
He also pointed out that Gasser didn't ask for an attorney but instead sat with authorities for over ten hours of interviews in the days after the shooting and gave permission for them to search his home.

Normand also pushed back against questions about whether he understood the fear that a shooting like this had brought about among some in the black community.

"Let's not try to make this out to be something that it is not. What we had were two adult males engaged in unacceptable behaviour that did not understand how to deal with conflict resolution,'' he said.

The sheriff did not want to go into details about why he felt Gasser should be arrested even though the state has a version of the "Stand Your Ground'' law.

Louisiana's law holds that people don't have a duty to retreat and can ``meet force with force'' if they reasonably believe that using deadly force is necessary. Law experts say it's not a blanket excuse.

"When you use lethal force, it's got to be proportional,'' said Ken Levy, an associate professor who teaches criminal law at LSU Law Center. ``And the only way it's proportional is if McKnight was threatening serious bodily injury or death.''

McKnight is the second CFL player to be shot to death this year. Stampeders defensive back Mylan Hicks was killed outside a Calgary nightclub in September.

McKnight was signed to Saskatchewan's practice roster on Sept. 26, and he ran for 150 yards in his first CFL start on Oct. 15 as the Roughriders beat Toronto 29-11. He finished the 2016 season with 228 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards over five games with Edmonton and Saskatchewan.

McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs before moving to the CFL.

The Jets held a moment of silence Monday night before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honour the former running back.

McKnight's death was eerily similar to that of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, who was killed last April in a shooting sparked by a traffic altercation. Cardell Hayes is on trial and charged with second-degree murder.

(Associated Press)

MCKNIGHT'S SHOOTER CHARGED

HARVEY, La. - The man who says he fatally shot CFL player Joe McKnight has been arrested and jailed on a charge of manslaughter.

Ronald Gasser, 54, was arrested late Monday, after initially being released last week without charges pending further investigation, jail records show.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand announced a news conference for 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss the case. Normand has said Thursday's shooting was the result of an apparent road-rage incident.

When deputies arrived, the sheriff said Gasser handed them his gun and confessed to killing McKnight, who played running back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders last season.

Gasser shot McKnight three times from inside his car while McKnight stood outside and then gave his handgun to deputies when they arrived at the scene soon afterward, Normand said. Authorities said no weapon was found on or near McKnight's body.

McKnight is the second CFL player to be shot to death this year. Stampeders defensive back Mylan Hicks was killed outside a Calgary nightclub in September.

McKnight was signed to Saskatchewan's practice roster on Sept. 26, and he ran for 150 yards in his first CFL start on Oct. 15 as the Roughriders beat Toronto 29-11. He finished the 2016 season with 228 rushing yards and 80 receiving yards over five games with Edmonton and Saskatchewan.

McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs before moving to the CFL.

The Jets held a moment of silence Monday night before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honour the former running back.

McKnight was rated the No. 1 running back recruit in the U.S. when he came out of Louisiana in 2006 and signed with the University of Southern California. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Jets in 2010 and played three seasons for New York. He spent one season with Kansas City.

McKnight had a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2011, and it remains the longest play in Jets history.

(Canadian Press)

Monday, December 5, 2016

3DOWNNATION.COM: RIDERS' ERIC NORWOOD TO RETIRE

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end Eric Norwood has decided to retire from the CFL.

The news was initially reported by Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman Bryan Hall in a Tweet Saturday night and subsequently confirmed by Norwood via text. Hall and Norwood were teammates in Hamilton during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Norwood played in just two games this season registering one defensive tackle. He suffered a torn ACL in the East Semi-Final game in November of 2014 while still a member of the Tiger-Cats. He was released on May 3, 2016 and signed with the Riders later that same month.

In his three seasons with Hamilton, Norwood amassed 114 tackles and 24 sacks in 42 games. His best year came in 2014 when he appeared in 15 games and had 13 sacks on his way to being named an East Division all-star.

Norwood is just 28-years-old so his retirement comes as something of a surprise. He was under contract with the Riders for next season.

“Just time for me to get out the game,” Norwood said. “I had a good run with it but it’s not worth the damage to my body in the long run.”

http://3downnation.com/2016/12/04/riders-defensive-end-eric-norwood-retire-28/

GUNS N' ROSES TO PLAY NEW MOSAIC STADIUM


Guns N’ Roses is bringing their "Not in This Lifetime" tour to Regina in 2017. They'll be playing the new Mosaic Stadium on August 27th. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 9th.

The band has announced more than 50 show dates for the “Not in This Lifetime” tour, starting January in Japan.

This is the first major concert that has been announced for the new facility, which will be home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders next season.

In October, the new Mosaic Stadium played host to a CIS game featuring the Regina Rams and Saskatoon Huskies. The event was dubbed a test run with seats filled to fifty per cent capacity.

Stadium officials say another test run with seventy-five per cent capacity is being planned. No details have been released.

(CTV Regina)

LIONS RE-SIGN RAINEY

VANCOUVER - The B.C. Lions have re-signed star kick returner and running back Chris Rainey to a contract extension through the 2018 season, the club announced Monday.

The 28-year-old from Lakeland, Fla., led the CFL with 2,945 combined yards in 2016, including the third-highest totals in both punt return yards (942) and kickoff return yards (1,359).

As a running back, Rainey added 309 yards on the ground with two touchdowns, and 252 yards through the air to go along with three TDs.

``Chris is an exciting and dynamic player who not only gives us instant field position on special teams, but also has the ability to score from just about anywhere on the field,'' Lions head coach and general manager Wally Buono said in a statement. ``I know our fans will have a lot to cheer about in the future with Chris in the lineup.''

The University of Florida product returned two punts for touchdowns this season, both against the Calgary Stampeders.

A fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2012 draft, Rainey had some legal troubles in both college and the NFL before joining the Montreal Alouettes in 2014.

He signed with B.C. partway thought the 2015 campaign, finishing the year with a kickoff and a punt return TD, as well as one rushing score, in nine games of action.

(Canadian Press)

THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE


We're down here in Phoenix, AZ on the SportsCage/Marlin Travel Ultimate Sports Trip VI!  60-some SportsCage listeners hit the Valley of the Sun for a week of sun, sports and fun.

Here are some photos of what we've been up to:


The home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, 75,000-seat University of Phoenix Stadium ..


It's funny who you run into down here!  We had the pleasure of tailgating with Rouleau, SK farmer Bill Aulie, the father of Calgary Flames prospect Keith Aulie ..


The tailgating goes on for miles, and miles ...


Posing with Mrs. SportsCage prior to the game ...


Our host hotel for the week.  It's a perfect set-up, just steps away from the Coyotes' Gila River Arena and the football stadium ...


A lot of time has been spent by the pool, enjoying the sunshine and 20-something degree temperatures ...


We've been able to take in a pair of Coyotes games, a 4-3 loss to the L.A. Kings on Thursday and a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus on Saturday ...


Jody Jackson of Fox Sports Arizona prepares for the Coyotes telecast ...


The traditional group photo before Saturday's hockey game!  There are listeners on the trip from Regina, Saskatoon, P.A., Hodgeville, Assiniboia, Fort Qu'Appelle, Odessa, Montmarte, Plenty, Landis, Carnduff, Indian Head, Swift Current and several other locales ...


John Frenzy and Terry from Carnduff enjoy the Coyotes cheerleaders ...

A shot of the Coyotes' owners box ...


Rider fans Luke Schenn and Shane Doan spent some time with the Chain Gang ...


Coyotes coach Dave Tippett of Moosomin, SK and yours truly ...


Doan spent a good 30 minutes chatting with our group ...



We've put on plenty of miles, including this trip to Fashion Square in Scottsdale ...


A wonderful dinner Sunday evening after the football game at Mike Ditka's restaurant ...


Of course a big part of the trip is broadcasting the SportsCage live on 620 CKRM with John Lynch from the Whiskey Rose at the Westgate Plaza.  We were live on Friday, and will be again Monday at 4:00 pm ...

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MONDAY RANDOM THOUGHTS

1 - It's been five days since the horrible Joe McKnight shooting and things appear to be getting worse instead of better.  The Roughriders running back was gunned down Thursday in a suburb of New Orleans and as of Monday morning, the shooter is still roaming free after being released by the Sheriff's Office without being charged.

It's one thing for ESPN to be broadcasting live from Terrytown, LA during this ordeal but it's quite another for ABC's Good Morning America to have a crew there as well.  The former speaks to Joe's celebrity status in pro football while the latter speaks to the racial overtones of the story.

2 - The Roughriders locker room is completely torn up by this story. McKnight was only with the club for a few months but when he was here, he was side-by-side with his teammates every day.  Now you're starting to see what the Calgary Stampeders went through with the death of Mylan Hicks. I've asked some Rider personnel to come on the SportsCage to describe their feelings but they're still too distraught.

The outpouring of emotion from the Rider Nation has been startling as well.  I'm with 60 hardcore Rider Priders here in Arizona and they're emotional about the murder of McKnight.  I suppose once you're a part of the Rider family, the fans don't play favourites.  But I can't imagine how affected everyone would be if it was a multi-year veteran like Kory Sheets or Terrell Maze.

3 - Thank your lucky stars that we don't deal with a gun and racial culture like they do in the southern U.S.  Many black Rider players have taken to Twitter to voice their disgust at how McKnight's killer has gone free, and how it's not surprising that he's white.

We can't criticize them for what they say, because we've never been through it.

But America as a whole is getting gashed, particularly by the Canadian media for its violence.  What people don't see are the many random acts of kindness which go on on a daily basis around here, but garner no publicity or media coverage.

I feel extremely comfortable down here, and safe.

4 - One of the benefits for the people on this SportsCage trip is the fact they get to talk Riders with John Lynch and me on a one-on-one basis.  We've fielded many questions over the past five days and we'll relate them on the radio this afternoon.

However one common theme throughout the line of questioning is the hardline, brash approach being taken by Chris Jones as it relates to running this football team.

"It's just not the Saskatchewan way," wailed one fan, who hails from Swift Current.  That's something I get ALL the time.

What do you want us to say about that?  Not surprisingly, John Lynch exploded saying the "Saskatchewan Way" is four Grey Cups in 106 years!

Lynch is right, and we covered this extensively way back in August during the Roster-Gate saga.

Jones will have this team winning consistently and if it means bending the rules, or breaking them occasionally, then that's something you'll have to deal with at the time.  Perhaps you'll have to hold your nose while cheering for this team.  I don't know.

But I don't have a problem with Jones's methods.

5 - The Darian Durant situation continues to be tough however.  While TSN's Farhan Lalji reported last Wednesday that we should expect something "within the next 7-10 days", that was news to the Durant camp.

The season's been over for exactly one month today, and there have been zero talks between the two sides from what I've been told.

Is this standard fare?  I don't ever recall a contract situation going like this.

However Jones has completely taken emotion (on his part) out of the equation here and it seems as though Durant has been tabled with a Take It Or Leave It offer.

And Darian appears headed to free agency.  That means we've got another two months of chasing our tails before a resolution is found.

6 - One interesting comment which came from one of the patrons on this trip was that, "The Grey Cup champs only had three more wins that us!"  He's referring to the 8-9-1 Ottawa RedBlacks who beat the 15-2-1 Calgary Stampeders in the 2016 CFL championship game.  The RedBlacks were swept twice by Saskatchewan in the regular season, who went 5-13.

He's right.  With some minor tinkering, the Roughriders should be right in contention in 2017.

But who will the quarterback be?

Here we go again.

7 - Had occasion to talk to an NHL referee in the airport on the way down here last week.  We were discussing the new CFL rules and his comment was, "They've completely F'd it up to the point I can't even watch it anymore."

Right now, I have no comment on that.  The whole situation needs time to breathe before we dive back into it for analysis.  I watch CFL games not only because I want to, but because I have to.  So I can't speak for fans who've been turned off by the game and its delays and reviews.

Sunday's Arizona-Washington NFL game here in Glendale featured only ONE review and it was from NFL Head Office on a touchdown rather than from a coach's challenge.  The call on the field was correct.

The game flowed freely and was a treat to experience (save for the incessant TV timeouts which fans were distracted from by in-stadium promotions).

The CFL's Board of Governors has a mighty task ahead of them this winter.  They need to decide if declining TV ratings are part of the overall trend of TV or if fans are getting turned off of the CFL brand of football.

I'm sure these men have the smarts to reach the correct conclusion.

8 - It's annoying to me that trying to get people to get engaged in the Regina Pats is like beating your head against the wall.  On Friday's SportsCage before a live audience in Phoenix, I read the news release about the new lease deal between the Pats and Evraz Place.  Then we discussed the Pats being #1 in the country and bidding to host the 2018 Memorial Cup.

People sat there stonefaced in the Whiskey Rose.  "Uh, we haven't had a Darian update in at least five minutes," seemed to be their reaction.

The people on this trip can be forgiven because they're from all across the province and have their own hockey team to cheer for in their communities.  But they only have one football team and the Pats also need to understand that.

However come February, March and April, all of southern Saskatchewan is going to be gripped in Regina Pats Fever and they'll be the hottest ticket in town.

That's when people will be asking for freebie tickets and we'll have to say, "Go to the box office.  Where were you in December?".

For some reason, junior hockey is only a priority in Saskatchewan when it becomes "The thing to do".

Why isn't it right now?

9 - These SportsCage listeners will be heading home on Tuesday and back to their regular lives however I'll be staying down here until mid-December.  That is, except for this Friday when I return home to call the Pats-Broncos game on Access/Shaw with Darren Dupont throughout Western Canada.  That's going to be a real treat, as always.

Then it's back on the plane and right back here for more vacation days.

Today's SportsCage is my last on 620 CKRM for quite some time so tune in as we discuss any and all things pertaining to the Riders before I go dark for awhile.

10 - It's hard not to be a fan of the Arizona Coyotes because of all the gracious things they do for us.  Details on the 3rd Annual Riderville Arizona Tour are coming up - likely this week - and this year's even has been scheduled for February.

With an owner from Regina, a coach from Moosomin and a player from Saskatoon, there's some strong ties between the Coyotes and the 306.

Unfortunately they're in last-place in the 30-team NHL and it seems like they're in a perennial rebuild.  They're playing incredibly exciting hockey, yes, but they're still losing and that's not enough to keep the sun-soaked fans here coming back and shelling out their money.

But the team's not going anywhere, other than a move across town to Tempe, AZ where a new arena for the Coyotes is planned within the next few years.

It also doesn't help the cause that the NFL's Cardinals are making a MAJOR name for themselves in the Valley.  They're 38-20-1 since Head Coach Bruce Arians showed up in town and many of the transplants have shed their allegiances to their old teams and taken up with the Red & White.

Funny what winning will do.

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THAT'S IT! THANKS FOR READING. SEE YOU ON THE RADIO
RP
@rodpedersen

Sunday, December 4, 2016

PRESS BOX SPORTS BAR RECAP: PATS 6 BRONCOS 3

Photo courtesy SCBroncos.com
The Regina Pats scored five goals in the third period and doubled up the Swift Current Broncos 6-3 Sunday at the Credit Union Iplex. 

The game was scoreless after one and then tied 1-1 after 2. 

In the third the Pats jumped out to a 3-1 lead on goals 21 seconds apart but the Broncos responded with a pair in 23 seconds to tie the game 3-3. Dawson Leedahl scored 10 seconds later and the Pats added two more to win the game 6-3. 

Adam Brooks led the way with a goal and two assists, Leedahl scored twice and Connor Hobbs, Sergey Zborovskiy and Austin Wagner each had two point outings. 

Sam Steel made his return to the lineup and had an assist and was a plus two. Tyler Brown stopped 24 of 27 shots for his 12th victory of the year and the team improved to 19-2-4-0 overall. 

The Pats are back in action Tuesday in Cranbrook B.C. against the Kootenay ICE at 8 pm Regina time on 620 CKRM.

Quick Hits
- The Pats improved to 9-2-1-0 on the road with the victory.
- Adam Brooks has three points and leads the WHL in scoring with 45 points in 19 games.
- Sam Steel had an assist and was plus 2 in his return to the lineup.

What’s Next?
The Pats continue their road trip on Tuesday in Cranbrook B.C. against the Kootenay ICE. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next game at the Brandt Centre is Friday December 9th at 7 p.m. against Swift Current. Tickets are available at reginapats.com or at the Brandt Centre Box Office.

(Courtesy Phil Andrews)

SUNDAY'S LATEST: THE JOE MCKNIGHT SHOOTING

 

Family and friends held a vigil Saturday evening (Dec. 3) for Joe McKnight at a gym in Kenner, where the slain football standout made a name for himself before playing for John Curtis Christian School, the University of Southern California and in the National Football League.

Ronald Gasser has admitted to killing McKnight on Thursday following what the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office has described as a "road rage" incident in Terrytown. He has yet to be charged in the fatal shooting.

Here are the latest developments as the JPSO investigation continues:

Lawmakers call for closer look at 'stand your ground' law 

Hundreds of mourners. including McKnight's family, friends and teammates gathered inside the Lincoln Manner Gym in Kenner for a candlelight vigil . The gathering was attended also by a handful of elected officials, some of whom called on a renewed look at Louisiana's "stand your ground" law , which Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said "looms on the horizon" as a factor in the investigation into the shooting.

Amid calls of support for the McKnight family, state Rep. Rodney Lyons, D-Harvey, and state Sen. Troy Carter, D-New Orleans, pledged "to find a way to look at these laws."

Reggie Bush will wear cleats honoring McKnight

Former New Orleans Saints and current Buffalo Bills running back Reggie Bush posted a photo of cleats he plans to wear Sunday that show McKnight's image and name emblazoned on each heel. McKnight, dubbed "the next Reggie Bush," arrived at Southern Cal one year after Bush left for the NFL as the No. 2 overall pick by the Saints in the 2006 NFL Draft.

A host of sports figures, including Saints players , have expressed dismay over McKnight's shooting and support his family. Athletes have taken to Twitter to express their outrage over the killing and police investigation, prompting observers to wonder how football players may react Sunday amid recent protests in which players have knelt during the national anthem .

Family and friends mourn, plead for answers

Prior to Saturday night's vigil, friends and supporters gathered Friday night at the intersection of Behrman Highway and Holmes Boulevard in Terrytown, where the fatal shooting took place. Amid prayers and words of respect for McKnight and his family, attendees demanded a more thorough explanation from the sheriff's office as to why Gasser had not been arrested.

"We are not protesting," said Gaylor Spiller, president of the West Jefferson Parish branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, during the vigil. "We are coming together to let our voice be heard in respect to answers. We need honest answers. It has happened too much for too long."

Admitted shooter remains free

As of Saturday night, no charges have been brought against Gasser, who was released Thursday night by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office after questioning. The decision to release Gasser without pressing charges has prompted outrage on social media and questions of Louisiana's stand-your-ground by experts .

At a Friday press conference , Sheriff Normand countered a statement from a witness at the shooting scene Thursday who said Gasser stood over McKnight and shot him three times, execution-style. Normand said an autopsy conducted by the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office shows bullets did not enter McKnight's body from a elevated position.

Officers at the scene discovered spent shell casings inside Gasser's car. It's evidence indicating that Gasser could not have been standing outside his car and over McKnight when he opened fire, the sheriff said.

Normand also called false a witness statement noting that McKnight had been in the act of apologizing when he was shot.

"I've been already accused of dropping the ball, of doing this and doing that, because we released Mr. Gasser last evening after we took his statement," Normand said Friday. "As I said before, external influences will not motivate this office one way or another as to how we are going to conduct this investigation strategically.

"People can Monday morning quarterback what we've done," he said. "Mr. Gasser is not going anywhere. He has been completely cooperative with us in every request that we've made. The issue at the end of the day is that we will do a very thorough and deliberate investigation."

(NOLA.com)

ANOTHER PATS BEATING: REGINA 12 P.A. 2

Keith Hershmiller Photography

PRESS BOX SPORTS BAR PATS RECAP

Regina, SK – The Regina Pats returned from their west coast road trip to rout the Prince Albert Raiders 12-2 in the Brandt Centre Saturday night.

Regina scored twice within the first 4:08 of the game as Adam Brooks and Dawson Leedahl got the Pats on the board. Rykr Cole added another at the 12:38 mark of the frame. Simon Stransky cut into the Pats’ lead with his 11th goal of the season, snapping a shot off of an offensive zone faceoff past Tyler Brown. With 1.3 seconds left in the opening period, Sergey Zborovskiy scored to make it a 4-1 game after 20 minutes.

The Pats added four more goals in the second period. Riley Woods, Nick Henry, Connor Hobbs and Zborovskiy all found the back of the net to put the Pats up 8-1 heading into the third.

In the final frame, Brooks and Austin Wagner each scored in the first 1:23 of the period. Austin Glover took advantage of a Pats’ turnover at the 2:50 mark, beating Brown on the power play. Less than 30 seconds later, Wagner responded with his second of the game. Rykr Cole rounded out the scoring with 18 seconds left to give Regina the 12-2 win.

Nicholas Sanders got the start in the game, but was pulled after allowing three goals in the first period. Ian Scott took over, making 20 stops before being relieved on the first goal of the third period. Sanders retook the net to finish the game with 15 saves. Brown stopped 14 shots in the Pats win.

Quick Hits
- Sergey Zborovskiy had a career night in points with seven and leads the WHL in plus/minus at +37.
- Adam Brooks five point night extended his point streak to 18 games (11G, 32A).
- The Pats improved to 10-0-3-0 on home ice on the season.
- Regina outshot P.A. 47-16.
- The attendance was 5749.

What’s Next?
The Pats hit the road Sunday for the first meeting of the season with the Swift Current Broncos. Puck drop is at 4 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next game at the Brandt Centre is Friday December 9th at 7 p.m. against Swift Current. Tickets are available at reginapats.com or at the Brandt Centre Box Office.

(With files from RaiderHockey.com, ReginaPats.com)