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Saturday, September 22, 2018

FAMOSO RECAP: ROUGHRIDERS OUTLAST ARGONAUTS 30-29


TORONTO -  Brett Lauther's 56-yard field goal with 1:14 remaining earned the Saskatchewan Roughriders a wild 30-29 road win over the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday night.

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Lauther's boot came after Saskatchewan (8-5) drove to the Toronto 36-yard line. But quarterback Zach Collaros was penalized for intentional grounding, moving the ball to the Argos' 48-yard line.

Toronto (3-9) took over at its 38-yard line with 1:06 remaining and drove to the Saskatchewan 44, where a pressured McLeod Bethel-Thompson missed a wide-open S.J. Green on a pass that would've likely gone for a touchdown.

Zack Medeiros missed the game-winning, 51-yard field goal and the Riders conceeded the single with two seconds remaining before an energetic BMO Field gathering of 14,479 that was liberally sprinkled with Rider green.

Saskatchewan earned its fifth win in six games and moved into second in the West Division after Edmonton (7-6) lost 28-15 on Saturday to Ottawa.

Collaros finished 14-of-25 passing for 233 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. He's yet to exceed the 300-yard mark this year, but this marked the first time this season Saskatchewan has had multiple TD passes in a game.

Toronto suffered its third straight loss and remains tied with Montreal (3-9) for last in the East Division. More importantly, the Argos are six points behind second-place Hamilton, which visited the B.C. Lions (5-6) later Saturday night.

And Toronto trails the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-7), who entered Saturday's action holding down fourth in the West Division, in the cross-over battle.

Bethel-Thompson was 32-of-44 passing for 321 yards with an interception. Toronto receiver Duron Carter faced his former team for the first time since being released in August but had no catches.

Medeiros also missed a 36-yard field goal that went for a single, putting Toronto ahead 28-27 at 10:53 of the fourth.

Saskatchewan appeared to be in business midway through the fourth when punter Josh Bartel hit defensive lineman Chad Geter on third-and-five for a first down. But Geter was ruled an ineligible receiver, forcing the Riders to punt.

Toronto opened the second half with an 11-play, 61-yard march that Medeiros capped with a 22-yard field goal at 5:38, cutting Saskatchewan's lead to 24-17.

But Saskatchewan countered with a 60-yard, six-play drive that Brett Lauther finished with a 23-yard boot at 8:24 to restore the 10-point advantage. Toronto came right back with Medeiros's 21-yard kick at 12:53 to pull to within 27-20.

Trumaine Washington pulled Toronto even at 27-27 with a 61-yard interception return TD on the final play of the third. It was his second pick of the game.

Jordan Williams-Lambert, with two, and Marcus Thigpen had Saskatchewan's touchdowns. Lauther added the converts and three field goals.

James Franklin scored Toronto's other touchdown. Medeiros booted four field goals, two converts and three singles.

Medeiros's 48-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter cut Saskatchewan's half-time lead to 24-14. It came after Collaros hit Williams-Lambert on a 12-yard TD pass at 10:09.

Medeiros pulled Toronto to within 14-11 with a 67-yard single at 8:16.

The Argos tied the score 10-10 on Franklin's one-yard TD run at 4:12. It came after Bethel-Thompson hit S.J. Green on a 56-yard completion, but was short-lived as Thigpen scampered 82 yards for a touchdown at 5:06 to put Saskatchewan up 17-10.

Toronto needed luck to get on the scoreboard at 13:57 of the first. The Argos botched a fake field-goal try, but kept the ball after being flagged for proceedure, which came before the snap. Lauther then connected from 42 yards, cutting Saskatchewan's lead to 10-3.

It was a miserable start for Toronto as Willie Jefferson sacked Bethel-Thompson for a seven-yard loss on the game's first play. Lauther then missed a 43-yard field goal, but an Argos offside call kept the drive alive. Two plays later, Collaros opened the scoring with a five-yard TD strike to Williams-Lambert at 6:00.

POSTGAME COMMENTS FROM CHRIS JONES:

- It wasn't our prettiest performance but we'll never apologize for a win. We were fortunate to walk out with a win, but it was a win.

- A lot of our depth guys are not very well-known but they're vital to the success of this football team. They show up every day and work hard, and they perform when the game is on the line.

- The wind was blowing and it didn't seem like it was a huge wind in the pregame but we thought it was a 5-7 yard wind. We discovered it was blowing harder than we thought. We decided at halftime to give them the ball and take the wind in the fourth. It affected a couple of their kicks and hopefully affected ours too.

- It was the 2nd or 3rd week of those young receivers working together. It's never going to be beautiful with all those rookies running around, but they performed tonight.

- It was a long game but we're a good team and we kept with it. We kept throwing it down the field. We did just enough to win the football game and I'm proud of the team.

- We came out pretty much healthy. We had a few guys had some bumps and bruises but we'll take two days off over the three days and then get back with Day 1.

(With RodPedersen.com Wire Services)

REDBLACKS TOP ESKIMOS 28-15

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OTTAWA - Lewis Ward set a single-season mark for consecutive field goals Saturday to help the Ottawa Redblacks defeat the Edmonton Eskimos 28-15.

Ward had four field goals in the first half alone to break the previous benchmark of 32 straight set by Rene Parades in the 2016 season with the Calgary Stampeders. Ward finished the game with seven and has now connected on 37 straight.

Parades also holds the overall consecutive record of 39 set between the 2012-13 seasons, also with Calgary.

A late drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Harris to Greg Ellingson at 11:16 of the fourth quarter gave the Redblacks a 25-15 lead after the Ward conversion.

Ward then kicked a 22-yard field goal with less than two minutes to play, giving him 22 points for the game.

Harris completed 23-of-30 passes for 313 yards, while his counterpart Mike Reilly was 27 of 40 for 276 yards. Both had a touchdown pass and an interception.

(The Canadian Press)

BOMBERS DOWN ALOUETTES 31-14

WINNIPEG - Matt Nichols had almost forgotten what it felt like to win. It was good.

The Winnipeg quarterback threw one touchdown pass and no interceptions as the Blue Bombers halted a four-game losing streak with a 31-14 victory over the Montreal Alouettes Friday.

"Any time you go through a stretch like that without getting a win, you almost forget what that feeling feels like, celebrating with your teammates in the locker-room after a good win and a much-needed win,'' said Nichols, who was playing his 100th CFL career game.

"Obviously, it was an incredible feeling. I'm proud of how the whole team responded this week and we came out and it felt like we were flying around in all phases.''

Nichols, who was pulled at halftime in Winnipeg's previous game after throwing three picks, completed 18-of-25 pass attempts for 256 yards and threw a touchdown toss to running back Andrew Harris.

Montreal quarterback Johnny Manziel, making his third CFL start, was sacked five times. The former Heisman Trophy winner went 18 for 25 for 212 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

Bombers defensive lineman Craig Roh pulled Manziel down three times and also had seven defensive tackles.

"Sacking quarterbacks is already fun, but when they have a million Instagram followers it's even more fun,'' Roh said, referring to Manziel's social media popularity.

The victory in front of 24,349 fans at Investors Group Field upped Winnipeg's record to 6-7, while the Alouettes moved into double digits for losses at 3-10.

Manziel was intercepted by defensive back Marcus Sayles with less than three minutes left in the game. Winnipeg used the turnover to score on a one-yard quarterback sneak by backup Chris Streveler with 31 seconds remaining.

After going around the locker-room shaking his teammates' hands, a disappointed Manziel told reporters he thought he knew the coverage the Bombers would present, but it didn't work out and the interception hurt.

"It's hard,'' Manziel said. "It's hard, you know, how hard these guys are working just to come up short like that in the end. Like I said, I'm sick to my stomach.'

"These guys want to win. There's no denying the will and the want to in this locker-room and with this team.

"It's the little things that we're not doing to keep us together as far as penalties, flipping the field when we need to, doing little bitty things that we can execute better on.''

Montreal had nine penalties for 75 yards, while the Bombers were only flagged once for 10 yards.

(Canadian Press)

HUSKIES HOLD OFF RAMS 33-20

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SASKATOON – The University of Regina Rams trailed by 27 points at one point in the third quarter and tried to mount a comeback, but Saskatchewan prevailed with a 33-20 victory in a Canada West game on Friday night at Griffiths Stadium.

After going down 30-3 just past the midway mark of the third, the Rams scored 17 unanswered points on three consecutive possessions to cut the Saskatchewan lead to 30-20 early in the fourth.

But with the Rams threatening to score for a fourth consecutive possession, Saskatchewan’s Bowan Lewis came up with the turning point of the game. He pulled down an interception in the end zone, and the Huskies then came up with a clock-chewing drive that resulted in a field goal with only two minutes left on the clock.

Kyle Borsa had a nice 25-yard return on the ensuing kickoff, but Saskatchewan sealed the win after its defence came up with a stop on a third-and-short situation at Regina’s 49-yard line.

“Playing like that just isn’t going to be good enough to win a lot of football games,” Rams head coach Steve Bryce said. “We’ve got to put the ball in the end zone when we get that deep into their territory, and the three interceptions absolutely killed us tonight – that was a 21-point swing right there. We’ve got a lot of stuff to work on leading up to next game.”

Borsa was a bright spot for the Rams, rushing 16 times for 96 yards including a pair of touchdowns. Noah Picton completed 21 of his 34 passes for 271 yards, with Kyle Moortgat leading all receivers with nine catches for 136 yards. Zach Moore had a big game on defence for the Rams, collecting his second interception of the season and forcing a fumble that was scooped up by Robbie Lowes.

The Rams are now tied for third in the Canada West standings with Manitoba. Both of those 2-2 teams will meet next Saturday afternoon at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.

Braden Konschuh
Sports Information Director
University of Regina

RAIDERS SMOKE PATS 7-2 ON OPENING NIGHT

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PRINCE ALBERT – The Regina Pats opened the 2018-19 season with a 7-2 loss on the road to the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night.

P.A. scored twice in the first and twice in the second to lead 4-0 after 40 minutes of play.

In the third, the Pats pushed back starting with a goal from Aaron Hyman, his first, six minutes in.

Five minutes later, Duncan Pierce scored his first career WHL goal and the Pats were within two with half a period to play. The Raiders responded 39 seconds later thanks to Carson Miller to regain the three goal lead at 5-2.

Prince Albert added two late markers in the final two minutes and took the two points in a 7-2 final.

Regina was 0/2 on the powerplay, the penalty kill was 4/6 and Max Paddock made 32 saves in the defeat.

Quick Hits
- Duncan Pierce scored his first career WHL goal on Friday.
- The Pats win streak against Prince Albert came to an end at 15 games.
- Jake Leschyshyn recorded his 100th career point in the defeat.

What’s Next?
The Pats are back in action Saturday in their home opener against the Raiders at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre on Access 7 and 620 CKRM. Tickets are available at reginapats.com and the Brandt Centre Box Office. The 50/50 pot for the home opener will start at $60,000!

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

Friday, September 21, 2018

CARTER: NO BEEF AGAINST RIDERS

TORONTO - Duron Carter doesn't have an axe to grind with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Carter will face his former team Saturday night when the Toronto Argonauts (3-8) host Saskatchewan (7-5). It will be Carter's first contest against the Riders since they released him Aug. 11.

"No, I don't think I'm an axe-grinding guy,'' Carter said following Toronto's walkthrough Friday. "I don't think my axe skills are that (good).

"But you know, axe-throwing is something in Canada that I've seen and I want to get into.''

Riders head coach/GM Chris Jones has no animosity towards Carter.

"Duron is a great player,'' Jones said. "He's going to be a vital part of their offence, I'm sure, and we're going to have our hands full covering him.

"Until you've been around Duron you don't know exactly what he is.''

The six-foot-five, 205-pound Carter was in his second season with Saskatchewan when released. He was the Riders' leading receiver last year with 1,043 yards and eight TDs on 73 catches but spent most of 2018 playing cornerback, recording eight catches for 111 yards and a touchdown on the offensive side before being let go.

"It happens,'' Carter said. "I've had to face a former team in Montreal before and eventually it just turns into a regular game.

"I'm sure there will be fireworks and everything at the beginning but at the end of the day it's just another regular-season CFL game.''

Carter, 27, joined the Argos on Aug. 26 having registered 266 catches for 4,031 yards with 26 TDs in 65 career CFL games with Montreal and Saskatchewan. Twice he was a league all-star (2014, 2017).

Carter made his Toronto debut Sept. 8, returning two punts for 13 yards and one kickoff for 18 yards in a 36-25 home loss to Hamilton. Carter is slated to start against Saskatchewan.

"We're going to continue to try to move forward with inserting him into the game,'' Argos head coach Marc Trestman said. "He won't play the whole game but he'll play more than he did last time and we'll continue to move him along.

"He's getting better, he's assimilating the offence. He's done a great job in the locker room and in meetings.''

And Trestman said the often gregarious Carter has been a good teammate.

"Duron's a very friendly guy but he's not out there in a way that he's distracting anybody from working,'' Trestman said. "As coaches we don't want to distract our players from doing their jobs and we don't want players to distract our team or individual players.

"Duron has done a good job of that.''

Carter has often been portrayed publicly as a loose cannon, especially when he'd mix it up with fans on social media. This season, Carter closed his twitter account but said Friday he's comfortable with his persona.

"I know exactly what I'm saying,'' he said. "Regardless of (whether) people agree or disagree.''

Carter, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter, said he's settled into his new life in Toronto, spending his leisure time riding his bike to check out the sights. And unlike Regina, where Carter was often recognized in public, he enjoys a certain amount of anonymity in southern Ontario.

"I don't think anybody in Toronto is worried about Duron Carter on his bike like they would be in Regina,'' he said. "I love just being a guy on his bike in the city and sight-seeing.''

However, there are intrepid Argos fans who quickly recognize Carter away from the football field.

"Yeah, a few people have had my jersey,'' he said. "I haven't even seen my jersey on sale so I don't even know how they got it.

"That's definitely heart-warming to be able to come to a new city and people still recognize you for what you do.''

Saturday's game is important to both clubs.

Toronto enters weekend action eight points behind first-place Ottawa (7-5) in the East Division standings and trailing second-place Hamilton (6-6). There's also ground to be made up on the B.C. Lions (5-6) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-7), who're tied for fourth in the West Division

The Riders have won four of their last five games and are currently tied with Edmonton for second in the West.

The Argos have long struggled to attract spectators to home games, prompting numerous suggestions of a disinterest between Toronto sports fans and the CFL franchise. But Carter strongly disputed that notion.

"I think it (disinterest in Argos) is very over-rated,'' he said. "Last game they had the top blocked off but the game was pretty much full.

"People recognize us on the street, there's people at practice so I think the media does a terrible job of expressing how Toronto Argonauts fans really are.''

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SASKATCHEWAN (7-5) AT TORONTO (3-8)

Saturday night, Tim Hortons Field

KEY MATCHUP: Saskatchewan defence vs Toronto offence - The Riders lead the CFL in fumble recoveries (14) and are second in the CFL in sacks (29) and tied for second in forced turnovers (31). Toronto's offence is tied with Hamilton and Winnipeg in most turnovers (29). What's more, Saskatchewan has scored 106 points off turnovers, second only to Calgary (109).

THE BIG NUMBER: 8 - That's the number of touchdowns Saskatchewan's defence has scored this year, just three short of the league record. The Riders have registered defensive TDs in seven of their 11 games this season.

WHO'S HOT: Marcus Thigpen has just 39 carries this season, but he's averaging a stellar 7.4 yards per attempt with three touchdowns. He also has an 80-yard TD run earlier this year against Hamilton.

WHO'S NOT: Toronto starter McLeod Bethel-Thompson will make his sixth straight start for Toronto. But he's only throw for over 300 yards just once.

(Canadian Press/Dan Ralph)

ACCESS RETURNS AS WHL TV BROADCAST PARTNER

Regina, Sask. – Access Communications and The Western Hockey League (WHL) are proud to announce the TV broadcast schedule for the 2018-2019 season of WHL on Access7. Access and the WHL are committed to providing local hockey coverage throughout the province of Saskatchewan. Access is entering its 26th season as the official broadcaster of WHL to Western Canadian hockey fans.

“Our coverage of the 2018 WHL season, playoffs and Memorial Cup drew much attention from across the province,” said Jim Deane, CEO, Access Communications Co-operative. “This is a clear indication of the importance of staying connected to our communities and the value our customers place in Access’ local programming."

“The WHL is very pleased to extend our cable broadcast agreement with Access Communications,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “WHL fans in Saskatchewan look forward to following all of our Saskatchewan-based teams, including the Regina Pats, throughout the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season on Access.”

Once again, Access7 is broadcasting and featuring 20 WHL Regina Pats regular season games in the 2018 season across Saskatchewan. The broadcasted games will feature all six of the WHL’s East Division teams including all five Saskatchewan-based clubs. Games will be available to Access subscribers on channel 7 (SD) or channels 77 and 507 (HD), where available. Check local listings for up-to-date broadcast information.


VEYNA NAMED RED SOX MANAGER

Bernie Eiswirth, general manager of the Regina Red Sox officially announced that Jason Veyna will be the ball club’s head coach in 2019.

Last season Veyna served as an assistant coach under Mitch MacDonald, who will remain with the organization as a player personnel assistant.  MacDonald stepped down as head coach to dedicate more time with his family.

“We are excited to have Jason as our head coach,” said Eiswirth. “His playing experience, coaching background and overall knowledge of the organization made him the logical choice to replace Mitch.”

Geoff MacDonald will continue his role as an assistant coach and Rye Pothakos has been retained as director of player personnel. Pothakos will be responsible for recruiting new players with Mitch MacDonald focusing on returning players and local players in college.

“It was important to have both Geoff and Rye return to the team as they were key components of our playoff success last season,” said Eiswirth. “We also want to thank Mitch for his contributions to the team as head coach and look forward to using his expertise to recruit local baseball players to the Red Sox.”

(Outlaw Communications/Tony Playter)

10 THINGS FROM TORONTO

1 - TORONTO: The Big Smoke. Hogtown. Leafs Nation. The Saskatchewan Roughriders arrived in Canada's biggest city Thursday evening and immediately were engulfed in the city's energy. There's a lot going on, but hockey is #1. The Leafs host the Sabres in preseason action Friday night and I'm excited to be going.

If only I cared for the Leafs! I'll carry the flag of proud local Leaf fans George Yannitsos, Todd Ripplinger, Phil Andrews, Al Dumba, Darren Dupont et al. The Leafs are a big deal, and I'm pumped to go.

2 - TO THE MAX: What's happened to hockey? The buzz on the sports networks is the 5-game preseason suspension to Montreal's Max Domi for his "sucker punch" of Florida's Aaron Ekblad the other night. Trouble is, that wasn't a sucker punch. At least, that's not what it used to be. (See: Tiger Williams). 20 years ago, what Max did would've been a 2-minute roughing minor. SMH.

3 - RIDERS AT ARGOS: Hopefully Saturday's CFL game at BMO Field doesn't get caught up in the wash (5:00 pm Sask Time, TSN, 620 CKRM Network). Like I said, there's a lot going on. The Leafs are home and the Jays entertain the Rays this weekend. My biggest question is: Will there be more Rider fans than Argos fans at this clash? It’s a legitimate question. Tons of Rider Priders have come out for a tremendous sports weekend.

4 - HEAD-TO-HEAD: Chris Jones is 3-0 all-time versus Marc Trestman as CFL head coaches. Question #2: Will that trend continue on Saturday? The Riders are 3-point favourites.

5 - GETTIN' THIGGY WITH IT: Marcus Thigpen's game-opening 97-yard kickoff return TD in Week 14 was the 10th game-opening score in CFL history. The only other Roughrider to accomplish the feat was Corey Holmes in 2005 against Winnipeg.

6 - HAPPY RETURNS: Rider rookie Kyran "Swerve" Moore has two punt return TDs in three career games. The only two players in CFL history to do it faster are Chris Wright (Baltimore 1995) and Kato Hitson (Toronto 1998). Kyran's nickname in his hometown of Clarkesville, Tennessee is "Tiny", but he earned the nickname "Swerve" in Saskatchewan courtesy Duron Carter.

7 - A TAD DEFENSIVE: The Roughriders have scored a club record 8 defensive TDs this season with six games to go. The CFL record is 11 set by the 1987 BC Lions. Note: The Edmonton Eskimos won the Grey Cup that year.

8 - CROSSOVER: It's looking good for the CFL's West Division as we enter the homestretch. The crossover is currently in play and if the 4th-place Western team has a better record than the 3rd-place team in the East this year, then there will be a crossover for a league record 3rd-straight season. Fingers are crossed in Winnipeg and BC.

9 - THE COMMISH: Here's hoping we see CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie at Saturday's game! Last year the Commissioner-elect did a Presidential-style whirlwind tour, attending 40% of CFL games. However the Riders haven’t seen him much this year. We miss Randy!

10 - TNF: The NFL's Thursday Nighter was a cliffhanger with rookie QB Baker Mayfield leading the Cleveland Browns to a 21-17 win over the NY Jets, the Browns' first win in 635 days! No need to compare the excitement of the NFL vs the CFL. Both leagues are great and that debate is silly! You don't see such comparisons between the NHL and AHL. Enjoy the football!

Y'er welcome,
RP
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SCRUFFY'S THIS N' THAT

Welcome to Friday and the usual thoughts running through my muddled mind. As always, they come in no particular order.

--Is it really time to start a new WHL season?  Weren't we just at the Brandt Centre for the Mastercard Memorial Cup a couple of weeks ago?  Where did the time go?  Yes, it is time for the puck to drop on a new season, and it won't be what Regina hockey fans got used to over the last couple of years.  There are many who believe this team won't even be close to a playoff spot in the post-Memorial Cup run. I don't know if Regina is a playoff team or not, but I think they will be right there.

Brandon and Prince Albert are the class of the division.  For Prince Albert, they might finally get to see a long playoff run and that would be great for that community. They were arguably the best team in the division at the end of last season.  They took a Moose Jaw team right to the limit in the first round and gave us signs of the future.   The Wheat Kings are the Wheat Kings.  They just continue to move on in methodical fashion being a team you can never discount.   The Blades have a good goalie and some solid forwards, but their blueline could be an achilles heel for them.

At the end of the day, I see the Pats being like the Blades last year. They will be battling for 3rd and a wild-card spot when the trade deadline hits.  Players like Nick Henry and Jake Leschyshyn will likely be traded at the deadline as Regina starts to rebuild assets and picks given away in the Memorial Cup run.  It will then be up to Dave Struch's crew to sink or swim.  Last year, the trades the Blades made resulted in them sinking.  That could happen to Regina this year.  One thing I do know is that under Dave Struch this team will work.  The philosophy doesn't change with him behind the bench calling the shots.

It won't be what we got used to at the Brandt Centre for the last couple of years, but I still think there will be some good nights spent under the Orange Top.

--Saskatoon is the place to be this weekend as the province's four football teams battle one another.  It all starts tonight when the Rams and Huskies meet for the first time this year.  Both teams are 2-1 going in. This should be a ring-a-ding-dong dandy. That will be followed up on Saturday with the Thunder meeting a Hilltops team that is crushing their opponents.  Can the Toppers be stopped?  I am sure Scott McAulay and the Thunder coaching staff have a few things up their sleeve hoping they can be.  All in all, it is going to be another weekend where Saskatchewan football is showcased.

--Oh yeah, the Riders! After laying an egg against Ottawa, its time to get back on the field as they are in Toronto to take on an Argos team that might be the biggest disappointment in the CFL this year. I am thinking the Argos aren't in the state they are if Ricky Ray is healthy, but I did not see this coming from them after winning the Grey Cup.  To say the Riders will be a little hot under the collar when they take the field would be an understatement. The defence was not good against Ottawa and the offence took its fair share of the heat.  However, the heat on Zach Collaros is a little confusing.  I won't sit here and say Collaros played great against the Redblacks this week because he didn't.  He knows that and knew it when we spoke to him right after the game.  Collaros didn't help himself with an interception at the one yard line, but his receivers didn't help him and either did the o-line.  It was a bad night all around for that side of the ball.

--What role will Duron Carter play in this game?  You know he will be talkin'.  Will the Riders ignore him? Can they?  If he was such a troublemaker in the room, will someone want to get a shot in on him.  I am guessing DC will either get or be the reason for a 15 yard penalty or two.  I am guessing Chris Jones will be preaching the word discipline, but if Carter does get smoked, I hope the camera is on Jones to get his reaction.

The Toronto game starts the final 3rd of the season. Games on the road against Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary and home games against the Lions and Eskimos.  What will their record be in that final 6? 3-3, 4-2, 5-1?  I still say the game against Edmonton will determine whether or not a home playoff game is happening.  Despite "stubbing their toe" last week, this team is still one that can make some noise in the playoffs.  Yes, some more touchdowns are needed, but unlike many, I've got confidence in Collaros.

--Week 3 NFL Lock of the Week ---  Eagles over Colts
   Week 3 NFL Upset of the Week -- Saints over Falcons

--Where were you when the Baker Mayfield era started? One can only imagine how Cleveland football fans are feeling this morning! Imagine Rider Nation if it had been 600 plus days between wins!

--If in a hockey draft, Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby are definitely the first two players picked. Who are 3, 4 and 5?

--The season hasn't even started yet and the John Tavares love-in is in full bloom with the Auston Matthews one going at full speed too.  If the Leafs soil the sheets this year, it could be a long year for that team.  It won't happen, but one might suggest if the team wants to have some peace that the networks need to back off a few steps.

--Sportsnet's Arash Madani suggested on Thursday that John Gibbons will some day go up on the Blue Jays ring of excellence.  How can a manager who will likely have a career record of under 500 get that distinction?  Yes, he was on the bench for the best two years the club has had since the World Series days, but he never got to the World Series.  I can't buy what Arash is trying to sell.

--"WKRP in Cincinnati" made its debut on TV 40 years ago this week.  There hasn't been a better show in my mind.  The  "I thought Turkeys could fly" episode is the funniest half hour of TV I have ever seen.  They just don't make TV shows like that anymore!

--That's all I got. Have a great weekend!!

ROOSEVELT LOOKING TO BUST OUT

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REGINA - Naaman Roosevelt expected to be a vital cog in the Saskatchewan Roughriders' offence again in 2018.

The receiver was named the Riders' Most Outstanding Player in 2016 after gaining 1,095 yard on 76 catches in just 11 games. The 30-year-old followed up with 1,035 yards on 75 catches in 14 games in 2017 and was named to the West Division all-star team.

But 2018 has been a different story as Roosevelt, like the rest of the Riders offence, has struggled. Heading into Saturday's game in Toronto against the Argonauts, Roosevelt is averaging 3.6 catches and 39 yards receiving per game this season, compared to averages of 5.4 catches and 74 yards in 2017.

Roosevelt says there isn't a simple explanation for his struggles this season.

"Truthfully, I don't even know,'' Roosevelt said after Tuesday's practice. "I just go out there, try to work hard and whatever play is called, I'm working as hard as I possibly can. Sometimes you see the safety is over the top when the quarterback is looking my way so then Zach (Collaros) has to go some other ways sometimes.

"For me, if the ball is coming my way I'm going to try and make sure I'm going to go get it no matter what. Whether it's one guy or two guys next to me, I'm going to try and make the big play for this team.''

Offensive co-ordinator Stephen McAdoo has come under some fire from Roughrider fans for not featuring the all-star receiver enough in his system, but Roosevelt said he doesn't feel that he's been forgotten in the offensive scheme.

"I don't think so. I think it's just that we've got a lot of young guys that are doing good things. We've got guys that can make plays. The coaches are calling the plays and we're out there running them and whatever happens just happens. For me, it's important to be a professional and play hard every play.''

Roosevelt said that he hears the outside noise about his lack of production from the Riders' rabid fanbase.

"You definitely do. We feel it ourselves as an offence,'' he said. "We definitely know we've got a talented offence and the ability to make plays and score touchdowns but for some reason it's just not happening. For us, it's important for us to go out there and keep playing and keep working, staying after practice, talking to each other, communicating and trying to get stuff down. Eventually, we'll break through.''

Saskatchewan's 30-25 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks on Sept. 15 was indicative of how Roosevelt's season is going. He caught three passes for 47 yards and one touchdown, but was only targeted four times out of 27 pass attempts.

Roosevelt continues to focus on the aspects of the game that he can control.

"I have to understand what I have to do as a player,'' said Roosevelt. "If it's a run play, then I'm going to go block and if it's a pass play, I'm running routes to the best of my ability ... The main goal is winning the Grey Cup and I'm going to work as hard as I can to get this team to a Grey Cup.''

(Canadian Press/Jeff Dedekker)

THIS WEEK IN COUGAR ATHLETICS

Friday (all times MDT)
Women’s Volleyball – vs. Winnipeg, 2:00 PM (CKHS)
Women’s Volleyball – vs. Alberta, 6:00 PM (CKHS)
Women’s Hockey – vs. Team Manitoba, 6:00 PM (Winnipeg, Man.)
Men’s Basketball – at Lakehead, 6:00 PM (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
Rams Football – at Saskatchewan, 7:00 PM (Saskatoon, Sask.)

Saturday (all times MDT)
Women’s Soccer – vs. Mount Royal, 12:00 PM (U of R Field)
Men’s Hockey – at Manitoba, 1:00 PM (Winnipeg, Man.)
Women’s Volleyball – vs. Manitoba, 4:00 PM (CKHS)
Women’s Hockey – at Manitoba, 6:00 PM (Winnipeg, Man.)
Women’s Volleyball – vs. Brandon, 8:00 PM (CKHS)

Sunday (all times MDT)
Women’s Hockey – vs. Team Saskatchewan, 10:00 AM (Winnipeg, Man.)
Women’s Soccer – vs. Alberta, 12:00 PM (U of R Field)
Women’s Volleyball – vs. Trinity Western, 12:00 PM (CKHS)

Women’s Soccer – The Cougars (1-3-0) lost twice on their Pacific Division road swing last weekend, losing 3-1 to UNBC on Friday in Prince George, B.C. before falling 3-0 to MacEwan on Sunday in Edmonton. They’re back at home this weekend with matches against Mount Royal and Alberta on Saturday and Sunday at the U of R Field. Both of those Canada West tilts will kick off at noon.

Rams Football (U SPORTS Ranking: No. 8) – The Rams (2-1) got a 10-yard field goal on the last play of the game to earn a 19-17 victory over UBC on Friday night at Mosaic Stadium. Next up is a battle of 2-1 teams on Friday night, as the Rams will make the quick trip up to Saskatoon to take on Saskatchewan at Griffiths Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:00 (SaskTel maxTV 49/349).

Men’s Hockey – The Cougars opened their non-conference schedule last weekend with the Fall Showcase at The Co-operators Centre, losing 4-0 to Saskatchewan in the first game but recovering for a 7-3 win over SAIT the following day. The Cougars have two more non-conference games, including on Thursday against York in Lumsden as part of the Lions’ Mark Cross #HumboldtStrong Remembrance Tour. They’ll also play at Manitoba on Saturday afternoon.

Women’s Volleyball – The Cougars start the 2018-19 season with the non-conference University of Regina Invitational this weekend at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. They’ll have matches against Winnipeg (2:00 PM) and Alberta (6:00 PM) on Friday, Manitoba (4:00 PM) and Brandon (8:00 PM) on Saturday, and will finish off against Trinity Western on Sunday (12:00 PM).

Men’s Basketball – Featuring six players new to the program this year and three more coming off of redshirt seasons, the Cougars will have an early measuring stick this weekend as they open the non-conference schedule on Thursday and Friday against Lakehead in Thunder Bay. Both games will tip off at 6:00 PM Regina time (www.oua.tv).

Women’s Hockey – The Cougars hit the ice for the first time this season at the Bisons Preseason Invitational in Winnipeg. They’ll play Team Manitoba’s U18 team on Friday, the University of Manitoba on Saturday, and Team Saskatchewan’s U18 squad on Sunday.

Cross Country (Men’s U SPORTS Ranking: No. 10) – Greg Hetterley won the Cougar Trot with a 25-second cushion on Saturday, scoring an 8K time of 26:02 in the first race of the season. Kaila Neigum was the top runner on the women’s side, placing second at the meet with a 6K time of 23:10. The teams will be back in action next Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Sled Dog Open in Saskatoon.

Braden Konschuh
Sports Information Director
University of Regina

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

WEEK 15 CFL PICKS 2018


MONTREAL AT WINNIPEG, Friday

Johnny Football is back as a CFL starter.

Johnny Manziel will be under centre - again - Friday night when the Montreal Alouettes visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Manziel hasn't played since suffering a concussion in his second start for the Als, a 24-17 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks on Aug. 11.

The 25-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner returned to practice last week after battling the flu and made headlines when he wondered publicly if Montreal (3-9) had lost faith in him. Manziel continued by saying he was healthy enough to play the previous two weeks.

But Antonio Pipkin drew his fourth straight start in Montreal's 32-14 home loss to B.C. After leading the Alouettes to consecutive victories, Pipkin struggled mightily against the Lions, completing 11 of 22 passes for 95 yards and four interceptions - with two being returned for fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Manziel completed 27 of 46 passes in his previous two starts with Montreal for 272 yards and four interceptions. The picks all came in his debut, a 50-11 loss to Hamilton, the team that dealt Manziel to the Alouettes in July.

Winnipeg (5-7) has dropped four straight but head coach Mike O'Shea is sticking with starting quarterback Matt Nichols. The veteran sports a 61.4 per cent completion average but has thrown more interceptions (12) than touchdowns (11).

The Bombers still boast the CFL's top rushing attack (135 yards per game). Winnipeg native Andrew Harris has dropped to No. 2 in league rushing with 984 yards, 10 behind Ottawa's William Powell.

But Harris is still averaging a solid six yards per carry and has run for six TDs.

Manziel resumes control of a Montreal offence that's last overall in offensive scoring (15.5 points per game), net yards (263.8), passing TDs (six) and sacks allowed (43). And he'll face a Winnipeg defence that, despite the club's recent struggles, remains tied for second with Saskatchewan in most turnovers forced (31).

Winnipeg is 4-2 this season versus the East while the Als counter with a 1-6 mark against Western clubs.

Prediction: Winnipeg
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EDMONTON AT OTTAWA, Saturday 

At Ottawa, this has the potential to be a passing shootout. Trevor Harris led the Redblacks (7-5) to a 30-25 win over Saskatchewan last week with 334 yards through the air with two TDs while Powell also ran for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Reilly of Edmonton (7-5) is the CFL's passing leader with 3,943 yards and second overall in touchdown passes (26).

Prediction: Edmonton.
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SASKATCHEWAN AT TORONTO, Saturday

At Toronto, the Riders (7-5) chase a fifth victory in six games after having their four-game win streak snapped last week by Ottawa. Quarterback Zach Collaros (10-of-27 passing, 162 yards, one TD, two interceptions) must be better. Duron Carter faces his former team for the first time since joining the Argos (3-8), who've dropped two straight and are 2-5 against the West.

Prediction: Saskatchewan.
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HAMILTON AT B.C., Saturday

At Vancouver, Jonathon Jennings starts for the Lions (5-6) after veteran Travis Lulay suffered a shoulder injury last week versus Montreal. B.C. has won two straight and its defence has been stellar. That's not good for Hamilton (6-6). Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was 23-of-37 passing in last week's 43-28 loss to Calgary but only for 210 yards with two interceptions.

Prediction: B.C.

Last week: 2-1

Overall: 33-20.

(Canadian Press)

PATS NAME LEADERSHIP GROUP

Regina – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce their leadership group for the 2018-19 season.

Vegas Golden Knights signed prospect Jake Leschyshyn has been named the club’s captain. The 19-year-old is entering his fourth season in Regina. In 189 games, the Saskatoon product has scored 45 goals and has 99 points. Leschyshyn has represented Canada at the 2015-16 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and was a member of Team WHL in the 2018 Canada Russia Series.

“Jake is a consummate professional,” said Pats Head Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch. “His leadership on and off the ice is invaluable to our organization and he is the guy perfect for to wear the C this year.”

Nick Henry and Liam Schioler will serve as alternate captains for 2018-19.

Henry is a fourth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2017. The 19-year-old will begin his third season with the Pats on Friday night. In the previous two years, he has scored 49 goals and 110 points in 125 games. He is coming off a very successful Memorial Cup where he led the tournament with five goals and was tied for third in overall scoring with seven points.

Schioler is a career Pat who is entering his 20-year-old season in the WHL. The product of Winnipeg, Manitoba was drafted in the second round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. He has appeared in 172 games with the Pats, recording 25 points, 141 penalty minutes and is a plus-18. Schioler attended rookie camp with the Edmonton Oilers in 2017.

“We are very proud to have Nick and Liam wear letters for our team this year,” said Struch. “Both are great people and are a credit to our organization.”

The Pats will kick off the 2018-19 regular season on Friday in Prince Albert at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM2 via www.620ckrm.com. The club will host their home opener on Saturday at the Brandt Centre against the Raiders at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at reginapats.com and the 50/50 pot at the game will start at over $60,000.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

RIDERS NOT CONCERNED ABOUT CARTER


REGINA - Saturday's game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field is the long-awaited meeting of the Riders and exiled receiver Duron Carter.

The Roughriders released their reigning team MVP on August 11, and he signed with Toronto two weeks later. Almost immediately, CFL fans circled this week's game on the calendar.

After Wednesday's closed practice, Rider coach Chris Jones was asked how he thinks Carter will approach this game.

"I don't know. Duron's a good player," Jones shrugged. "Again, he's a pro. You'll have to ask Duron how he's going to feel."

Fans are clamouring to find out which cornerback Jones will match up on Carter Saturday night.

"We'll see," Jones winked. "We'll probably have to put more than one on him in order to defend him. He's a great player. We've got our hands full regardless, with their receiving corps, there's a lot of good players other than Duron."

Jones was asked if Carter holds an advantage regarding the Riders' calls, given the fact he spent significant time on both offense and defense during his time in Saskatchewan.

"Maybe we have an advantage because we've seen him, ya know?" Jones answered.


Meanwhile coinciding with the release of Carter was the signing of veteran non-import wide receiver Rob Bagg. The switch immediately sparked a 4-game winning streak, even if Bagg didn't get onto the active roster until two games later.

"He's got a significant role in the fact he's being a mentor and a leader in the locker room and in our meeting rooms with our young receivers," Jones said of Bagg. "We've got a really good young group of receivers and it's good having Rob Bagg letting them know exactly how things should be done with work habits, etcetera."

Jones was asked if Bagg would like to see the ball more in this offense.

"Rob knows what his role is and he's going to be a pro regardless of what we ask him to do," Jones advised.

The Riders visit the Argonauts Saturday at 5:30 pm on TSN and the 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network.

RP
@rodpedersen

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