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Thursday, July 28, 2016

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THOUGHTS FROM MONTREAL

1 - SUNNY MONTREAL:  The Roughriders travel to Montreal on Thursday and will square off Friday night against the Alouettes in a battle of 1-3 football clubs.  The forecast calls for sunshine and 27 degrees Celsius at the 7:30 pm ET kickoff (5:30 pm Sask Time) at Percival Molson Stadium.

2 - ALOUETTES THE FAVOURITES:  Montreal is favoured by 2.5-points by SportsInteraction.  Oddsshark.com has the game as a "pick 'em" (no favourite) while Bodog.net has the Als installed as 1.5-point favourites.  Does this surprise anyone besides me?

3 - ONCE YOU POPP, YOU CAN'T STOP:  Montreal Head Coach & GM Jim Popp could be forgiven if he doesn't like the Saskatchewan Roughriders much.  Popp is 2-6 lifetime against the Green Riders while Saskatchewan Head Coach Chris Jones has a 4-0 career record against the Alouettes.  Incidentally Popp's first CFL job was as Receivers Coach with Saskatchewan in 1992 while Jones' first CFL posting came in 2002 with Montreal as an assistant coach.

Popp's overall career coaching record is 20-30 while Jones is 27-13 lifetime.

4 - MORE NOTES:  Several media outlets have latched onto the phrase Gale Force, and how it refers to the prolific play of Rider quarterback Mitchell Gale.  You will remember the phrase was spawned in this column last week ... Meanwhile the term "chill bumps" has not yet caught on like I thought it would.  Rider defensive tackle Corvey Irvin said on CKRM's postgame show that the Rider Nation gave him "chill bumps" during last week's win over Ottawa.

And of all the Post cereal the CFL office has sent me, the one I like the most is the Honey Bunches of Oats featuring Mike Reilly and Adam Bighill on the cover.

Go figure.

Also the City of Regina held an open house last night to inform citizens of how traffic and parking will be affected in the New Mosaic Stadium.  Elphinstone Street between Dewdney Ave. and Victoria Avenue will be closed during Rider games as a safety issue.

If you can believe, members of the B.C. Lions actually walked from their downtown hotel to Mosaic Stadium for their game here two weeks ago.  Believe it or not, it can be done.

5 - "LOW":  The Quote of the Week came from CTV/TSN's Lee Jones who quipped on Monday, "What did Flo Rida do to the Eskimos at halftime?"  The popular HipHop artist performed at halftime at Commonwealth Stadium Saturday night but in the third quarter, the Eskimos' 31-6 lead collapsed and the Ticats scored 31 unaswered points to escape with a 37-31 victory.  The implosion by the Eskimos goes into the books as the sixth-biggest blown lead in CFL history.  The largest blown lead came in 1975 when the Edmonton Eskimos came back from a 27-point deficit to top the Calgary Stampeders.

6 - ESKS HAVE BEST HALFTIMES: While watching the entertaining halftime show Saturday night, one of the ladies I was watching the game with asked, "Why can't we have Flo Rida perform at halftime?"  Good question, but hats off to the Eskimos for leading-the-league in halftime shows so far in 2016.  It was nothing for Flo Rida to pop in a CD and employ four booty-licious gogo dancers in the endzone at Commonwealth Stadium but it was an impressive feat nonetheless.

7 - CUDDY OR RYDER?: Speaking of entertainment, Sportsnet Blue Jays analyst Gregg Zaun asked me to poll Rider fans on which act they'd most like to see at the Gregg Zaun Grey Cup Bash in Toronto this November: Jim Cuddy or Serena Ryder?  Of the hundreds of votes cast, the two artists finished in a dead-heat at 50/50.  Clearly - for some reason - Zauny is going away from the country acts which have made his event so popular over the past several Grey Cups.  If it wasn't for Rider fans, there wouldn't be many people at these parties at all and Gregg knows it.

8 - AGE OF ADARIUS: Eskimos receiver Adarius Bowman has started the season with four straight 100-yard receiving games.  The only other CFL'er to accomplish that feat is David Williams of the B.C. Lions back in 1989.  Bowman will stage the Drive For 5 Thursday evening when the Esks host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  The Esks are favoured by 9.5.

9 - RIKESTER CHASING KENT AND THE RIFLE: Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly has a streak going of seven consecutive 300+-yard passing games.  The CFL record is nine straight held by Sam Etcheverry and Kent Austin.

10 - The Montreal Alouettes are 9-7 against Saskatchewan dating back to 2008 but the Riders have won the past two in a row including a sweep in 2015.

11 - JOHN FRENZY:  Rider fan Joe Loomis is circulating a petition which has over 300 signatures on it encouraging the Plaza of Honor selection committee to induct John Lynch into the Rider Hall of Fame.  The list includes Premier Brad Wall, Carm Carteri, several Rider alumni and yours truly.  Here's hoping the committee does the right thing.

12 - ARRRRRRGOOSSSS:  Is there a more-tired debate in the CFL than the one about poor attendance at Toronto Argonauts games?  They're blaming hot weather and the Wednesday and Monday home dates however that doesn't stop 40,000+ from showing up at Blue Jays games!  It'll come around if they stick to their current plan.  And the 16,048 at Monday's 30-17 win over Montreal is a respectable number.

13 - NEW REGINA STADIUM?: Speaking of attendance at baseball games, the Regina Red Sox crammed 1,688 fans into Currie Field for Tuesday's home game against Yorkton.  The WMBL club's blossoming attendance has team brass pining for a new stadium.  Is this possible?  Where would it go?  And most importantly, who would pay for it?

14 - REINSON'S RICH:  Former Regina Ram Roger Reinson - a former linebacker with B.C., Edmonton and Calgary - won $100,000 in a putting contest at the Calgary Stampeders Alumni Golf Tournament this week.

15 - CRIM TO SIN CITY?: The hooting and hollering coming from the Brandt Centre on Wednesday was from members of the Regina Pats doing the Happy Dance over the news Brandon Wheat Kings boss Kelly McCrimmon is poised to join the Las Vegas NHL team as Assistant General Manager.  The story was circulated by Guy Flaming of TSN 1260 Radio in Edmonton Wednesday afternoon and it got all WHL East Division teams feeling a tingle all over.  If McCrimmon leaves the Dub, every other team will immediately get that much better.  They just can't find a way to beat him, and Crim would be a splendid addition to the Las Vegas front office.

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WEEK 6 RODPEDERSEN.COM DRAFTKINGS LINEUP:

QB: Mike Reilly EDM
RB: Chris Rainey BC
WR: Adarius Bowman EDM
WR: Kendial Lawrence SK
FLEX: Patrick Lavoie OTT
FLEX: Derel Walker EDM
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THAT'S ALL FOR THIS WEEK! ENJOY FRIDAY'S GAME ...
RP
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RIDERS BATTLING INJURIES HEADING INTO MONTREAL

Aaron Picton on Wednesday
The Saskatchewan Roughriders visit the Montreal Alouettes Friday night in a battle of 1-3 CFL teams (5:30 pm Sask Time, TSN, 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network).

While the Alouettes are playing on only three days rest following Monday's 30-17 loss at Toronto, the Roughriders have some issues of their own.

Veteran offensive linemen Xavier Fulton, Brendon Labatte and Dan Clark all missed the last couple of days of practice and their status for Friday's game is up in the air.  Coupled with the season-long ails of veteran guard Chris Best, the Riders could have as many as five hoggies out of their regular alignment come Friday night.

Rookie centre Aaron Picton took first team reps on Wednesday and it's between he and veteran Andrew Jones for the start on Friday.  Jones started last week's 30-29 win over Ottawa but was victimized by a handful of bad snaps which could force Head Coach Chris Jones to make a change.

"You guys know as much as I do at this point," Picton admitted on Wednesday regarding getting the start.  "I'm just preparing like I have for football my entire life.  These aren't the circumstances you want to come in on.  We've lost three leaders on this team in Labatte, Dan Clark and X and those are the guys you don't want to see go down.  The circumstances aren't great but I'm preparing the way I have for my entire life."

Meanwhile Chris Jones announced Mitchell Gale will get his second consecutive start at quarterback Friday night due to the lower body injury currently affecting Darian Durant.  The four year veteran from Abilene Christian said he's not concerned with the personnel the Riders will field along the offensive line against the Alouettes.

"I've just gotta focus on my job," Gale offered, "And trust that the guys that are put in positions here are put in positions for a reason.  You never want people to be injured and miss games but if that happens, then the next guy that's up needs to come in and be able to contribute."

Regarding the Alouettes playing on a short week, Chris Jones said it's not the end of the world for Montreal.

"Well it is tough but again, you've probably done preparation before and you've got things you've rep'd that you can go to that you don't necessarily need to take 100 reps at," Jones explained.  "That's the just the way we've done it and I'm sure that's what they're doing now."

The Roughriders will depart for Montreal on Thursday.

RP
@rodpedersen

RED SOX, MILLIONAIRES SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER IN MELVILLE

GAME 1
Melville 4 Regina 3

Melville outfielder Jacob Chiaravalle hit his fifth home run the season, which proved to be the winning run for the Millionaires.  The 4-3 victory was just the 10th of the season for the Millionaires. The loss dropped the third place Red Sox to 25-19.

Regina scored three runs on just four hits. Infielder Derek Slate had a patient night at the plate collecting three walks.

Millionaire reliever Shane Fodness improved his record to 1-1, allowing one run over two innings.

Starter Ben Schweinfurth went the distance for the Red Sox giving up four runs on nine hits. He also walked two, struck out four in his third loss of the season.

GAME 2
Regina 9 Melville 0

The Regina Red Sox scored five runs in the first inning on the way to a 9-0 win over Melville in the second game of the double header.

Jake Howard led the Regina offence with his eighth homer of the season. Howard finished the night with two RBIs on three hits.

Red Sox starter Seth Sorensen held the Melville Millionaires at bay for four plus innings giving up only two hits while fanning four Moneymen batters. Sorensen shared the shutout with relievers Chase Nistor and Caleb Dunn.

Tyce O’Neill took the loss for the Millionaires.

Next action for the 26-19 Regina Red Sox is Thursday night when they travel to Yorkton to battle the Cardinals. This key game could ultimately determine second place in the Eastern Division and home field advantage in the first round of the WMBL Playoffs.

The Red Sox end the regular season at home on Friday night against the first place Swift Current Indians. Game time at Currie Field is 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CKRM'S WEEK 6 CFL PICKS 2016

SCHEDULE
Thursday: Winnipeg at Edmonton
Friday: Saskatchewan at Montreal
Saturday: BC at Calgary
Sunday: Toronto at Ottawa

ANNCR/RECORD/PICKS
LYNCH (11-9): EDM - SK - CGY - OTT
BALL (11-9): EDM - SK - BC - OTT
REMPLE (11-9): EDM - MTL - CGY - OTT
SHARKY (11-9): EDM - SK - CGY - OTT
SCRUFFY (10-10): EDM - SK - CGY - OTT
CARTERI (10-10): EDM - SK - CGY - OTT
ANDREWS (9-11): EDM - SK - BC - OTT
LUC (9-11): EDM - MTL - BC - OTT
SCHULTZ (9-11): EDM - SK - CGY - OTT
ABOU (8-12): EDM - SK - CGY - OTT
PEDERSEN (8-12): EDM - SK - CGY - OTT

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THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER ... WITH PHIL ANDREWS

Voice of the Pats Phil Andrews
Happy Wednesday everybody!

Hope summer is treating you well! After not much in the way of Pats news last week we've got some big ones to get to today.

PATS ADD LEEDAHL - The Regina Pats completed their compliment of overage players last week acquiring forward Dawson Leedahl from the Everett Silvertips. Leedahl served as captain in Everett last year and says he is looking forward to his 20-year-old season. "I'm pretty excited for the new opportunity to play with a new team and a little nervous too. Just going into a new environment and trying to succeed."

Leedahl was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 Bantam Draft by the Silvertips and played the last four seasons in Everett. However he says he knew a change was coming. "Me and Gary (Davidson, Silvertips GM) talked this summer about maybe making a change so I wasn't too surprised when I found out."

Last season in 48 games, Leedahl had 12 goals and 15 assists and is looking forward to playingi n a more offence centered system. "Yeah for sure, any time you can score goals obviously it's a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to playing more offensive, getting more chances and hopefully that leads to more goals and more success. I've heard tons of people around the league talk about how good Regina is going to be this year so it's pretty cool if I could be a part of that team and do something with it."

TYSON JOST - The other part of the trade saw the Pats get the playing rights to forward Tyson Jost. He was selected 10th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL draft this summer. In total the Pats sent forward Sean Richards, a 4th round pick in 2017 and conditional draft picks to Everett in the trade. Jost likely will not be in Regina this year. he is committed to UND this fall. In my estimation, the only way we see him in the Queen City is if next year he is signed and doesn't make the Av's for his 19-year-old season. A lot can happen in a year but it certainly is a long shot and it is a low risk move for Regina. They give up a 4th round pick for his rights, if he comes then you pay and if he doesn't you don't lose much.

Initially the conditional picks were not released by the Pats but Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Harold reported there are two different ways the conditional draft picks in the trade would role out: 'They are based on if and when Jost reports to Regina. If he plays this season as 18-year-old the Tips would receive Regina’s first-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft. Everett would then receive Regina’s 2019 first-round pick if Jost returned as a 19-year-old, and the Pats’ second-round pick in 2020 if Jost plays as a 20-year-old. The second scenario varies somewhat. If Jost plays at the University of North Dakota this season and reports to Regina as a 19-year-old, the Tips would receive Regina’s first-round and fourth-round picks in 2019. Everett would also get the Pats’ second-round pick in 2020 if Jost played as a 20-year-old.'

Not surprising the price tag if he should come.

ZBOROVSKIY SIGNS! - Pats defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy has reportedly signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers. The signing was reported by  TVA’s Renaud Lavoie on Monday. The reportedly two-way contract has a $633,000 AAV with a $278,000 signing bonus. According to generalfanager.com, the two-way contract calls for NHL salaries of US$667,500, $742,500 and $792,500, with a $70,000 AHL salary. There are performance bonuses of $257,500, $182,500 and $132,500. He also has an annual signing bonus of $92,500. The blue shirts took Sergey in the 3rd round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Moscow, Russia product had 8 goals and 25 points last season.

THREE PATS ON CSS FUTURES LIST - The NHL's Central Scouting Service releases their 2016-17 futures list on Saturday morning. Three Regina Pats made the list, goaltender Jordan Hollett and forwards Jake Leschyshyn and Lane Zablocki. Hollett as a 16-year-old last season went 10-6-1 with a 3.67 GAA and a .887 save percentage in 23 games. Leschyshyn had 16 points in his 16-year-old season and added 4 more in the playoffs. Zablocki, who is a late birthday, put up 18 goals and 19 assists in 72 regular season games and then scored 7 goals and had 9 points in 12 playoff games.
The 2017 NHL Entry Draft will be held at United Center in Chicago.

COCHRAN WITH TEAM CANADA - Regina Pats Equipment Manager Gord Cochran will join Assistant Coach Dave Struch in representing the Pats at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Cochran will serve as an equipment manager for Team Canada Red throughout the tournament.  The U17 Hockey Challenge is the first international tournament for the Williams Lake, BC product.  For the second year in a row, he will work the Hockey Canada National Teams’ Summer Showcase which started on Tuesday in Calgary.

VIVEIROS HIRED IN SWIFT - The Broncos have their new head coach. Emmanuel Viveiros. He won a WHL championship and a Memorial Cup with the Prince Albert Raiders as a player in 1985. Amongst Viveiros’ coaching experience, he recently served as Head Coach of Ingolstadt, DEL in Germany during the 2015-16 season  and was also the Head Coach of the Austrian Men’s National Team from 2011-14, guiding the team to qualify for the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Furthermore, Viveiros served as Head Coach and General Manager of EC Klagenfurt in Austria and won two championships with the Club in 2009 and 2013.

BLADES ADD TWO ASSISTANTS - The Blades officially named Bryce Thoma and Ryan Keller as their two new assistant coaches last Wednesday. Thoma, who was born in Saskatoon, spent the last three seasons as the general manager and head coach of the Weyburn Red Wings in the SJHL.  Keller, who played for the Blades from 2001 to 2005, went on to eleven seasons in the pros, wrapping up his playing career in Switzerland last season alongside NHL number one draft choice Auston Mathews. Keller, highlighted his pro career with a Swiss championship with Zurich and a Calder Cup with Binghamton.

STANLEY CUP VISITS REGINA - Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Regina product spent his day with the Stanley Cup in the Queen City yesterday. I was honoured with hosting the event in the City Square Plaza. Chris was great and the fans in attendance had a great time. Pretty incredible he has won 3 cups and Olympic Gold!

That's all I have for today, have a great week!

Phil
@PhilAndrewsCKRM

JONES ADDRESSES HARDY STORY


Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach and General Manager Chris Jones addressed a Sportsnet report on Tuesday that the CFL has blocked the Riders from adding NFL bad boy Greg Hardy.

The free agent defensive end spent the 2015 NFL season with the Dallas Cowboys however is currently out of football due to his history of domestic violence.  He worked out with the Jacksonville Jaguars last week but wasn't signed.  Jones said the timing of the story is suspicious and that talks between the two sides were only preliminary.

"First of all the timing of it seems a little 'interesting' to me," Jones stated.  "Again, Greg Hardy inquired to us back during camp and it was about a six hour discussion.  The league made their ruling on it and we moved on.

"You can ask the league.  I'll just comment on what I just said.  Again, it was a six hour discussion, he was interested in coming up.  I inquired with the league, the league made their ruling, and you can talk to Jeffrey Orridge and those guys if you need more info on it."

Jones was asked how seriously the club takes situations of domestic violence with players.

"Very seriously," Jones said.  "Very seriously."

Meanwhile Jones said he's still at least a day away from making a decision on a starting quarterback for this week's game at Montreal.  Darian Durant and Mitchell Gale both took turns with the first team offense on Tuesday.

The 1-3 Roughriders visit the 1-3 Montreal Alouettes Friday at 5:30 pm on TSN and the 620 CKRM Roughrider Radio Network.

RP
@rodpedersen

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

RED SOX 7 CARDINALS 3

A record crowd of 1,688 was on hand Tuesday night at Currie Field as the Red Sox defeated the Yorkton Cardinals 7-3.

The Red Sox cashed in three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to grab the lead on the way to their 25th win of the season.
 
Michael Garcia started for the Red Sox and provided the club with six solid innings. Garcia gave up three runs on nine hits while striking out four Yorkton batters.
 
Middle inning pitching specialist Skyler Henson followed Garicia and threw a scoreless seventh inning for the win.  Sam Brunner came on for the final six outs and earned his league record 14th save.
 
Korbin Polston contributed two hits and two RBI on the night. Gabriel Montero, Aden Campbell and Derek Slate also added a pair of hits each in the Red Sox victory.
 
The Red Sox win leaves them just one game behind the second place Yorkton Cardinals in the battle for second place in the Eastern Division.
 
Regina now hits the road for games in Melville on Wednesday and Yorkton on Thursday. They will end the regular season at home Friday night at Currie Field against Swift Current.  The season finale will begin at 8 pm to accommodate the Saskatchewan Roughrider game in Montreal.
 
As an added bonus, home plate umpire, Bob Sonder pulled Bill Betker’s winning ticket for the annual Big Apple Draw.

(Courtesy Tony Playter/Outlaw Communications)

RAY OUT 3-6 WEEKS

TORONTO -- Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray will miss the next three to six weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament.

Ray injured his left knee during the fourth quarter of Monday night's 30-17 win over the Montreal Alouettes at BMO Field.

Ray left at 10:16 of the fourth quarter and didn't return after Montreal defensive lineman Vaughn Martin rolled into his knee.

Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich said Monday night that Logan Kilgore would start under centre if Ray had to miss time with the injury.

The Argos are 3-2, tied for second in the East Division with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. They next play on Sunday against the Redblacks in Ottawa.

(The Canadian Press)

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RIDERS WON'T NAME STARTING QB VS MONTREAL


The Saskatchewan Roughriders held a walk-through on Day 1 of their practice week Monday at Mosaic Stadium.

Quarterbacks Darian Durant and Mitchell Gale each saw time with the first team offense, throwing lightly.

Durant missed last week's 30-29 win over Ottawa with a lower body injury and in his absence, back-up Mitchell Gale earned the win in his first pro start.

Durant spoke to reporters in the Rider locker room after Monday's workout.

"Feeling a lot better," Durant reported. "Still taking it day-by-day, making sure we're cautious with it and not trying to push it too much.  It's definitely getting better, that's for sure.  I haven't really tested it out that much yet."

Durant was asked if he'll be feeling well enough to start this Friday's game at Montreal.

"We'll see," Durant forecasted.  "I don't want to sit here and put an estimation on that right now.  We'll see as the week progresses."

Riders Head Coach and GM Chris Jones wasn't willing to tab Gale as the club's starter for this Friday's game at Montreal despite his solid showing against the RedBlacks.

"Darian Durant's our starter," Jones advised.  "Mitchell did a good job and when Darian's back healthy, he'll go back on.  It's that simple.  Mitchell Gale did exactly what we expected Mitchell Gale to do."

Gale was satisfied with his performance in the win over Ottawa, but feels there's plenty of work left in his game to improve.

"Definitely," Gale offered.  I'm definitely my own worst critic at times.  There's definitely things I need to improve on for sure from what I did, and as an offense.  There are things that tend to go unseen that we need to fix up."

Gale was asked how he'll approach this week of practice given the fact he doesn't know if he'll get the start against the Alouettes or not,

"Same as I have every other week," Gale shrugged.  "I've got to do my job to make sure if I'm called upon that I can go in there and run the offense efficiently.  My approach doesn't change based on external factors."

Meanwhile the Riders released defensive back Brandon McDonald on Monday, replacing him with rookie Major Culbert who was given McDonald's #22.

Centre Dan Clark was back with the first team offensive line after missing the past two games with injury.  Nicked receivers Shamawd Chambers and John Chiles were back on the field as well.  However star guard Brendon Labatte was absent as he continues to recover from a concussion.  Running back Curtis Steele was absent as well.

RP
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ARGONAUTS 30 ALOUETTES 17, RICKY RAY INJURED

Canadian Press
TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts' first regular-season win at BMO Field might've have come at a terrible price.

Quarterback Ricky Ray threw three TD passes to lead Toronto past the Montreal Alouettes 30-17 on Monday night. But dampening the Argos' enthusiasm about the historic win was Ray leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a suspected sprained left medial collateral ligament.

Toronto will know for sure Tuesday and if that's indeed the case, Logan Kilgore will start Sunday when the Argos visit the Ottawa Redblacks. Ray, 36, missed most of last season recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.

Ray left at 10:16 of the fourth quarter after Montreal defensive lineman Vaughn Martin rolled into his left knee. He finished the game 29-of-34 passing for 235 yards and the three TD strikes gave him 80 over his Toronto tenure, leaving him alone in second all-time to Condredge Holloway (97).

Ray felt Martin's hit was a late one.

"It felt late,'' Ray said. "It felt like I was standing there for about two seconds watching the play and I got rolled into.

"Hopefully, it's not as bad as it felt out there.''

Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich is hoping for the best but said if Ray can't play then Kilgore will be the next man up.

"That's why Logan is here,'' Milanovich said. "It's time for him to stand up and shine.''

Kilgore was 1-of-3 passing for 15 yards with an interception versus Montreal. But after watching the likes of Zach Collaros (now in Hamilton), Trevor Harris (Ottawa) and Mitchell Gale (Saskatchewan) all patiently wait for their chance to play in Toronto, Kilgore is anxious for his opportunity.

"All of those guys continually prepared themselves and that's what I picked up from those guys,'' he said. "You never know when, or if, it's going to happen.

"That's what pro football players prepare for.''

Ray's 13-yard touchdown strike to Phil Bates and two-point conversion to Kenny Shaw put Toronto ahead 30-16 just 15 seconds into the fourth. That allowed the BMO Field gathering of 16,048 to exhale after Montreal's Kevin Glenn hit Duron Carter on a 61-yard touchdown pass at 3:33 of the third cut the Argos' lead to 21-16.

Then after Montreal recovered Anthony Coombs' fumble, Glenn drove the offence to the Toronto six-yard line before being intercepted by T.J. Heath, who returned it to the Alouettes' 54-yard line at 7:15. But Lirim Hajrullahu missed from 49 yards out for the single at 10:18, giving the Argos a precarious 22-16 advantage.

"I'm not the first and won't be the last to do something like that,'' said Glenn, who left the game briefly in the second half before returning. "You've just got to make sure you get it out of your system, get it out of your head.

"We can't carry any of this mentally over into the next game (Friday night hosting Saskatchewan). We've got to get rid of it.''

Toronto (3-2) earned the victory after dropping its first two games at its new stadium. The Argos became the first East Division team to win at home this season and moved into a second-place tie with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-2).

Monday's attendance was a dramatic improvement from the 12,373 fans who attended Toronto's 30-20 home loss to Ottawa on July 13. Over 24,000 spectators watched the Argos drop a season-opening 42-20 loss to Hamilton in the first regular-season game at BMO Field.

CFL road teams are still a dominant 14-5-1 this year.

Montreal (1-3) suffered its third straight loss and first in two road games. But head coach/GM Jim Popp said the Alouettes were their own worst enemy with 13 penalties for 130 yards, three turnovers and four sacks allowed.

Glenn finished 24-of-28 passing for 285 yards with a TD and interception. Carter had six catches for 124 yards.

"We shot ourselves in the foot,'' he said. "You can't squander opportunities when you have a chance, you can't do that.

"It was the missed opportunities tonight. We thought we should've won that football game ... but too many mistakes.''

Kicker Boris Bede didn't help Montreal's plight, missing all three field goals he tried (from 40, 36 and 43 yards out). Popp said the Als will have new kickers in camp this week.

"We're going to bring some other people in,'' Popp said. "Whether Boris continues kicking or not there'll be some competition.''

(The Canadian Press)

TICKETS FOR RAMS, NEW MOSAIC ON SALE TUESDAY

REGINA, Sask. – Single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday morning for the SaskTel Fall Classic, a Canada West clash between the University of Regina Rams and the Saskatchewan Huskies on Oct. 1 that will be the first football game played at the new Mosaic Stadium.

Tickets will be available beginning on Tuesday at 10 a.m. through www.reginarams.com, the Rams administration office (306-585-5480), www.riderville.com, www.ticketmaster.ca, and in person or via phone through the Saskatchewan Roughriders box office (1-888-4-RIDERS).

“There’s been a lot of interest in both flex packages and single-game tickets for this game,” said Chris Briltz, director for the Rams. “With attendance limited to 16,500 for this game, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be a part of history at the first game in the new stadium.”

The Rams are extremely pleased to have SaskTel recently come aboard as the major sponsor for the game.

“SaskTel is a long-time supporter of both the University of Regina Rams and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, so we are especially pleased to be able to be the title sponsor for the SaskTel Fall Classic,” said Darcee MacFarlane, SaskTel’s vice president of corporate relations.

Flex packages remain on sale at $80 each and include five adult tickets (one exclusively for the SaskTel Fall Classic and four which can be used interchangeably for any of the other three home games), eight child tickets (can be used for any of the Sept. 8, Sept. 23, or Oct. 21 home games), entry into the Football Dream Trip draw, and the immediate ability to purchase up to three additional tickets for the SaskTel Fall Classic.

Single-game ticket prices for the SaskTel Fall Classic will be $22.50 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for children aged three through 12. U of R students get in for free at the Sept. 8, Sept. 23, and Oct. 21 games.

The game is part of the overall Regina Revitalization Initiative Stadium Project, and is designed to test the construction of the building including washrooms, public address systems, and elevators. Operational plans that will support the stadium will also be tested, including access and egress, transportation, parking, and security.

NOTES: The anticipated sellout would set a new Canada West attendance record, breaking the previous mark of 10,199 set at a University of Manitoba game during the 2013 season ... the Rams’ other three home games – Sept. 8, Sept. 23, and Oct. 21 – will all be played at the old stadium.

BEAVERS 3 RED SOX 2

The Weyburn Beavers got an extra inning walk-off sacrifice fly from Jordan Anderson to defeat the Regina Red Sox 3-2 on Monday.

Close to 300 fans at Tom Laing Park watched the Beavers pick up their 22nd win of the season. With Monday night’s loss the Red Sox dropped to 24-18.

Scott Beever started for Weyburn and earned a no decision. In six inning of work he fanned seven Red Sox batters while allowing one earned run on five hits. Eric Evans came on in relief and picked up his second win of the season for the Beavers.

Red Sox catcher Will Frei went two for four at the dish with a home run. His two RBIs raised his season total to 24.

Andrew Mirasty made his six start going seven innings before turning the ball over to the Red Sox bullpen.

Reliver Skyler Henson was tagged with the Red Sox loss.  Henson walked two, struck out one and allowed the game winning run.

Next action for the Red Sox is Tuesday, July 26 when the Yorkton Cardinals visit Currie Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Just a Reminder: The Toronto Blue Jays travelling community tour will be at Currie Field on Tuesday at 6 pm.   This unforgettable free experience showcases the Toronto Blue Jays and innovative technology from Samsung and Rogers.  It is a must see for baseball fans of all ages.

(Courtesy Tony Playter/Outlaw Communications)