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Sunday, July 5, 2015


Sunday, 1:30 pm Sask time, Mosaic Stadium Regina
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RIDERS: Home 0-1, Vs East 0-0
ARGOS: Road 0-0, Vs West 1-0

QB Kevin Glenn starts (120 yds, 0 TDs, 1 INT) ... Glenn is 402 passing yds behind Matt Dunigan for 7th all-time ... REC Ryan Smith leads the team (77 yds, 1 TD) ... RB Anthony Allen is the rushing leader (102 yds, 0 TDs) ... Riders are #2 in points scored and #1 in fewest sacks allowed.

QB Trevor Harris is the CFL's #1 passer (347 yds, 3 TDs, 0 INTs) ... REC Chad Owens leads the team in receiving (99 yds, 0 TDs) ... RB Brandon Whitaker is their rushing leader (117 yds, 0 TDs) and leads the league in combined yards (117) ... Argos are 3rd in points scored and last in sacks allowed (4).

DE John Chick leads the team in sacks (1) ... No Rider has recorded an interception ... LB Telvion Clark leads in tackles (10) ... Riders are 9th in points allowed (30).

Cleion Laing and E. Cummings lead in sacks (1) ... DB Brandon Underwood leads in INT (1) and tackles (4) ... Argos are #1 in fewest points allowed.

RIDER SPEC TEAMS:  K Paul McCallum makes his season debut for the Riders wearing #15.  The 45-year old was a 2014 CFL West Div. All-Star ... Rookie P Ray Early is 5th in punting average (47.0) ... Ryan Smith leads in PR yards and Nic Demksi is the KOR yardage leader ... LB Kevin Regimbald leads the club in ST tackles (2).

ARGO SPEC TEAMS: With K/P Swayze Waters ailing, Wilfred Laurier product Ronnie Pfeffer makes his season debut ... Chad Owens leads in PR yards and Anthony Coombs leads in KOR yardage.

INTANGIBLES:  Saskatchewan's Mosaic Stadium sellout streak:  (0)  ... The referee is Andre Proulx ... Argos are +3 in turnover ratio (2nd-best) while the Riders are -1 (6th-best) ... Saskatchewan is the 4th-least penalized team while Toronto is 7th ... Argo DE and former Roughrider Ricky Foley will sign autographs outside the Mosaic Stadium ticket office after Sunday's game for all who are interested ... Riders are favoured by 3.5-points ... The forecast calls for mostly sunny and 21 degrees Celsius (69 above Fahrenheit) ...



OTTAWA - The Ottawa Redblacks are a different team with a different attitude in 2015.

For the first time in their short franchise history, the Redblacks have won two-straight games after a 27-16 victory against the B.C. Lions on Saturday night.

Last year, it took Ottawa (2-0) 13 games before it won two games and that's all they managed for the season.

"We don't even remember what happened last year,'' said Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris. "We've added some great pieces in the right places. We all believe in each other in this locker room and now we're making the plays that help stack on top of that and the potential and the belief in here is sky high and the confidence is sky high.''

Burris was a big part of the victory - throwing three touchdowns and finishing the game completing 23-of-29 pass attempts for 290 yards and one interception.

A strong second half was the difference for the Redblacks as they outscored the Lions (0-1) 17-9 in the final two quarters in front of 24,376 fans at TD Place.

An 11-yard TD pass to Ernest Jackson and a 30-yard touchdown pass to Greg Ellingson helped sparked the offence. Delbert Alvarado also connected on a 28-yard field goal.

"We talked at half time that belief was a big part of this thing and that you believe that we're going to find a way to get it done and that the guys are going to step up and make the plays,'' said Ottawa coach Rick Campbell. "Our guys have bought into that.''

B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay was playing his first regular season game since injuring his shoulder in Ottawa last September. He was 18-of-32 on his pass attempts for 246 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

"We did a lot of good things, especially early in this game, but we didn't finish those drives,'' said Lulay. "That's where we need to be better.''

The Lions took the lead when Lulay connected with Austin Collie for a 26-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to make it 16-13.

"We've got to finish a game,'' said B.C. coach Jeff Tedford, who was making his CFL head coaching debut. "We've got to give them credit, they deserved to win. They played better than we did. It's everybody's responsibility, the coaches, players, everyone.''

The Redblacks are back in action Thursday as they head to Edmonton, while B.C. hosts Saskatchewan on Friday.

(Canadian Press)

Saturday, July 4, 2015


WMBL:  A late inning Red Sox rally just fell short as the visiting Medicine Hat Mavericks handed the Regina Red Sox their fifth consecutive loss Saturday night at Currie Field.

The Mavericks took advantage of six Regina errors to score seven unearned runs on route to a 7-5 win.

Tommy Lay, the left-handed starter from Arizona Christian University, took the loss. Lay faced 33 batters over his six innings of work before turning the ball over to Jeremy Sylvester in the 7th inning. Regina born Kendal Daniel came on to face the Maverick hitters in the top of the 8th while Louis Cohen pitched a scoreless 9th inning.

Red Sox centerfielder Zach Weatherford continued to impress Regina baseball fans as he scored a run and was 2 for 4 at the plate. The speedy junior from Wright State also added a team best 10th stolen base.

Gabriel Montero had three RBIs and reached base five times on a hit, two walks, an error and a fielder’s choice.

Just over 500 fans were in attendance to watch Regina’s record fall to 8-6 at Currie Field and 12-15 overall.

The Red Sox will be looking for revenge Sunday night as they battle the Mavericks again at Currie Field.  Game time is 7:05 pm.


FIFA WWC:  England scored in the 108th minute to upset Germany 1-nil and claim third place at the Women's World Cup. Fara Williams scored on a penalty kick in the second extra half as the Lionesses beat the number-1 ranked team heading into the tournament. The U-S and Japan play the final tomorrow in Vancouver.


MLB:  It was over before most the fans were even in their seats. R-A Dickey gave up four runs in the first inning as the Toronto Blue Jays went on to lose to the Detroit Tigers 8-3. Dickey finished his outing by allowing five runs on 11 hits in 5-and-two-thirds innings. He drops to 3-9 on the year.


MLS:  Spanish striker David Villa scored twice to give New York City FC a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact in MLS action. New York has now defeated Montreal twice in three weeks after winning 3-1 at Yankee Stadium on June 13th.


PGA:  Jason Bohn shot a 9-under 61 and heads into the final round in a four-way tie for the lead at The Greenbrier Classic.

Bohn, Sean O'Hair, Sung Joon Park and Bryce Molder were at 11-under. O'Hair and Park both shot 66. Molder had a 67.

A crowded leaderboard has 27 players within four shots of the lead. Tiger Woods wasn't among them. Woods struggled on the back nine, shot 71 and was seven strokes back.


NASCAR:  Rain washed out qualifying for Sunday night's race at Daytona International Speedway, where the field was set by practice times. Dale Earnhardt Junior will start from the pole because he was fastest in Friday's first practice session. NASCAR's most popular driver deliberately ran a very fast lap because his crew chief anticipated rain could interrupt qualifying.

(Canadian Press/Outlaw Communications)


REGINA - It's only Week 2 of the CFL season and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are already having to juggle their roster.

Quarterback Darian Durant is out for the season while placekicker Chris Milo is inactive for this week and could be out for longer. Linebacker Shea Emry is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Toronto Argonauts, as is rookie receiver Nick Demski.

Tino Sunseri rejoined the Roughriders after they cut him during training camp, while B.C. Lions castoff Paul McCallum has returned to Saskatchewan. All-star safety Tyron Brackenridge and speedy slotback Weston Dressler also return to the lineup this week.

But what gets lost in the plethora of transactions is the poor performance turned in by Saskatchewan's defence during its season-opening loss at home to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"It looked like a Week 1 effort,'' said defensive end John Chick. "I don't want to sound too negative, but we know we have a lot more that we can improve on.''

The Riders allowed 167 combined yards to Winnipeg tailback Paris Cotton and 470 total yards of offence to Drew Willy's club. Willy carved up the secondary for 325 yards passing and three touchdowns, while only being sacked once. The Saskatchewan defence also failed to create any turnovers.

"He's a good runner,'' said Brackenridge of Cotton. "But it starts with us. We have to focus and take it more seriously. We have to get back to fundamentals ? getting our eyes in the proper place and making it happen.''

Saskatchewan's defence is young but the Riders aren't using lack of experience as an excuse.

"No matter who is in there playing, if they're not getting the job done then that's on all of us,'' Chick said. "That's our job and our responsibility. The next guy up is all of a sudden a starter and he's got a job to do.''

"We have a lot of potential with this group,'' he added. "But it's a matter of reaching that potential. You're always trying to improve, and this past game was more of a letdown on fundamentals than scheme or anything like that.''

Durant, who suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Week 11 of the 2014 season, ruptured the Achilles tendon in his left foot against Winnipeg. The injury happened late in the second quarter when he landed awkwardly after a pass attempt.

Emry, meanwhile, has a neck injury while Milo's days in Saskatchewan appear to be numbered. Roughriders coach Corey Chamblin said the 45-year-old McCallum, who was cut by the Lions in training camp, will handle the converts and field goal attempts this week.

Milo converted on one of two field goal attempts in Week 1. He made a 19-yard attempt, but missed from 35 yards out.

"We need more consistency in that area,'' Chamblin said.

The Riders will have their hands full against an explosive Argos offence that looked strong in a 26-11 win over the Edmonton Eskimos last week. Brandon Whitaker rushed for a game-high 117 yards on 14 carries and receiver Chad Owens had seven catches for 99 yards.

Owens added 60 yards on punt returns. Quarterback Trevor Harris torched Edmonton for 347 yards passing and three touchdowns.

"If we want to achieve what we talked about at the start of the year then we're going to have to get that started this weekend against Toronto,'' Chick said. ``We need to get a win at home.''

EXTRAS:  Mosaic Stadium will host a pair of Under-16 football games on Saturday.  Beginning at 5:00 pm North Saskatchewan faces Manitoba Black while at 7:00 pm South Saskatchewan faces the Manitoba Gold.

(Canadian Press/Craig Slater)


The visiting Melville Millionaires dropped the Regina Red Sox 7-3 Friday night at Currie Field.

Melville scored 7 runs on 11 hits while Regina managed 3 runs on 6 hits. Both teams had 1 error.

Tyler Vavra lasted 4.1 innings in his first start of the season for the Red Sox.  He gave up four hits and four runs while striking out five batters before giving way to Brandon Radmacher. Mike Thill and Louis Cohen also pitched in relief for the Red Sox.

At the plate, outfielder Jager Toffan had a hit and scored two runs for the Sox while Gabe Snyder, a freshman from Wright State, had a hit and two RBIs in a losing cause.

The loss was the fourth in a row for Regina and dropped their record to 12-14. Melville is now 9-18.

The home stand continues as Medicine Hat travels to Regina for games on Saturday and Sunday. Okotoks then drops in for games against the Red Sox on Monday and Tuesday.

(Courtesy Outlaw Communications)

Friday, July 3, 2015


The Roughriders held their final workout of the week on Friday as they prepare for Sunday's home game against the Toronto Argonauts (1:30 pm, TSN, CKRM Rider Radio Network).

Displaying the calm, easy stroke which will earn him a place in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame one day, veteran kicker Paul McCallum was back kicking field goals in Green & White at Mosaic Stadium for the first time since 2005.

"It's different, but it's good," the 45-year old McCallum smiled.  "Unexpected, obviously, the way things happened in Vancouver, but I'm happy to be playing and I couldn't come back to a better team."

McCallum asked for his release from the B.C. Lions coming out of training camp when it was clear he wouldn't be part of the team's plans. The 22-year vet stayed in shape and kicked once per week while waiting for his next opportunity.  It came on Wednesday when the Riders de-activated Chris Milo.

"You know what?  Paul did good," reported Riders head coach Corey Chamblin.  "I think he was 100% there.  I was pretty excited to see him hit all of them but I'm not sure what the actual distance was he got to.  A lotta guys showed confidence with him lining up there and it was one of those things (the signing) I'm real glad went through."

Rider Special Teams Coach Bob Dyce expects a seamless transition for McCallum to work with long-snapper Jorgen Hus and holder Weston Dressler.

"That was one of my first questions for him," admitted Dyce on Friday.  "He asked about our holder and our snapper and I said Weston's about as good as you'll get.  Jorgen is outstanding.  He's a perfectionist.  It was just a matter of them getting a few reps together to get the exact cadence and timing down so it becomes a fluid motion and they all work together as one."

Asked by reporters if a 45-year old kicker can still be effective, McCallum said, "Watch me."

The Riders will field a much different roster from last Saturday's 30-26 home loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.  Some of that is due to injuries while other players will move in and out due to performance.

"We've been rotating some things, even on the offense," Chamblin said after the workout.  "Today we'll sit down and finalize the roster for the most part.  We're just trying to find the right mix of guys."



MONTREAL - The Montreal Alouettes look to have found their starting quarterback -- Rakeem Cato.

The rookie stepped into his first CFL game and threw three touchdown passes to lead the Alouettes to a convincing 29-11 victory over the defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders on Friday night.

He got a lot of help from his defence, who held the Stampeders off the scoreboard until late in the third quarter. Running back Tyrell Sutton was also a big help with 134 yards on 25 carries.

But the star of the game for his teammates and the 19,111 fans at Percival Molson Stadium was the 23-year-old Cato.

"I don't get nervous,'' said Cato. "I lived a rough life.

"I lost my mom. I never seen my father. Those things are hard. Not football. I love the game of football, so every moment I try to have fun with it.''

Cato completed 20 of 25 passes for 241 yards, including TD tosses to Samuel Giguere, Cody Hoffman and former Stampeders star Nik Lewis. Boris Bede added three field goals for Montreal (1-1).

"He's an amazing player but now it's time to build,'' Lewis said of Cato. "He's still learning the offence.''

Jon Cornish had a touchdown, Marquay McDaniel added a two-point convert and Rene Paredes had a field goal for the Stampeders (1-1), who did not get on the board until Paredes' 28-yard field goal 11:41 into the third quarter.

Calgary moved the ball most of the night, but laboured to put up points. They had 309 yards in net offence and McDaniel had 113 receiving yards.

"We're doing a good job of moving the chains, but when it comes to the big plays, we have to make them,'' said quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. "We've all got to look at ourselves in the mirror and look at the film.''

The Alouettes were forced to go with a rookie quarterback when both starter Jonathan Crompton and backup Dan LeFevour were hurt in a season-opening loss to Ottawa last week.  Coach Tom Higgins opted for Cato over Canadian Brandon Bridge, who had seen his first CFL action against the Redblacks. Both took reps in practice all week and Cato said he didn't find out he was the starter until earlier Friday.

"He's a pure passer,'' said Higgins. "We thought Brandon would get more snaps, but we have a quarterback who can get the ball to the receivers.''


Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy is listed as day to day after suffering a suspected head injury in Thursday night's loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Willy was scheduled to be re-evaluated by medical staff Friday with what the CFL team is calling an upper-body injury.

Head coach Mike O'Shea will provide an update on Monday and Willy's status for next Friday's game against Montreal is unknown, the Blue Bombers said in a release.

Willy left the game with 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Ticats defensive end Adrian Tracy. Hamilton went on to win 52-26.

The 28-year-old quarterback appeared to be knocked out as medical staff looked at him. After a couple minutes on the turf, he walked off the field to the locker-room and was replaced by Brian Brohm.

Willy is the fifth quarterback to be injured in the first two weeks of the CFL season, joining Montreal's Jonathan Crompton and Dan LeFevour, Edmonton's Mike Reilly and Saskatchewan veteran Darian Durant on the sidelines.

(The Canadian Press)


Was this really just over a year ago?

Darian Durant had the monkey taken off his back. The Riders had won the 2013 Grey Cup and all was great in Riderville.

Fast forward to now.

This season isn't done and I'm not even going to suggest it is, but the chances of being in and winning the 2015 Grey Cup took a huge hit when Durant's season came to an end.

Can Kevin Glenn take this team to a Grey Cup? He absolutely can, but things have to go right and it is safe to say the first turn in the road to that 2015 Grey Cup is as rough as the highway leading into Rowan's Ravine.

The Argos are here Sunday and it certainly isn't a must-win situation as far as the standings go, but I would dare to say it's a must-win when it comes to confidence.

The negatives certainly outweighed the positives against Winnipeg and a much better performance is needed under dire circumstances with the amount of injuries suffered to even their record at 1-1 against a Toronto team that Edmonton will tell you was more than they could handle.  Week 2 is a huge challenge for this football team and while I think they can win, I am not 100 percent positive about that.

An 0-2 start will not sit well with the masses and it will not sit well with Corey Chamblin or Brendan Taman who told the Sportscage this week that injuries will not be used as an excuse. They can't be.  Yes, the Riders aren't the same without Durant, much like the Eskimos are not the same with Mike Reilly and the Lions without Travis Lulay. It is time to dig deep and see what this team has. I hope we find that out on Sunday.

When was the last time Weston Dressler caught a pass from Durant? Did he catch one in the Banjo Bowl before Durant got hurt and if not, was it his catch in the endzone to seal the 2013 Grey Cup? It has been a long time since those two have hooked up and it will be a long time before we see it again.

I wonder if Darian has sought out Kory Sheets to talk to him about what is needed both physically and emotionally to recover from an Achilles injury. Kory has been through it twice!


Would you rather be in the position of the Riders right now or the Eskimos?  Durant is done for the season meaning its Kevin Glenn's team the rest of the way while in Edmonton, Mike Reilly will be back for the stretch run meaning its Matt Nichols' team, I think I would take the green and white in that scenario going into Week 2. There is no doubt the big beneficiary is Winnipeg as it would seem those injuries are what is needed for them to catapult themselves into a Western Conference playoff spot.

Kevin Glenn is the starting quarterback again, Jamel Richardson is one of the starting receivers and Paul McCallum is the kicker again. Have Scott Schultz, Chris Szarka, Jason Clermont and Luc Mullinder been called to suit up for Week 3? Yes I am kidding, but I'm not kidding when I say it is too bad the late, great Bob Hughes isn't still with us, because somewhere the Loyal Disorder of Rider Priders have called an emergency meeting and a column on his thoughts of what has happened early on would be tremendous reading! Somewhere the drums are beating on the shores of the mighty Wascana.


Enough Rider talk for now! Let's move on over to the Regina Pats and I couldn't have been happier to find out Monday that the legendary Graham Tuer is coming back to the team as a scout and a liaison with Hockey Regina. If you know Graham Tuer, you know what type of quality individual he is and I'm sure he is tickled pink having an opportunity to once again work for the team. You don't find many better individuals than Graham. Well done Pats!


Congratulations to Lorne Molleken as he moves on to become the head coach of the Vancouver Giants. He will do well there. I have to admit though I didn't see his name on the radar at all when it came to who would take that job.


How ya feelin Penguin fans? Phil Kessel is yours! Some think he will bounce back and could be a 50 goal guy playing alongside Sidney Crosby. I'm not one of them, but I will say this and that is Toronto didn't even come close to getting what they should have for Kessel. Scott Harrington is a good defenceman, Nick Spaling is a plugger and we have no idea what to expect out of Kasperi Kapanen. I would have thought a David Perron or Brandon Sutter might go the other way.


At what point do you start to talk about Josh Donaldson being the American League MVP?


It was "nice" to see so many people have so much disrespect for Wascana Park. Many of all shapes, sizes and colour showed up in the park to take part in Canada Day festivities and good for them, but many of these people also felt they could just leave their garbage lie for someone else to pick it up. I would like to think we are better than this, but it is obvious we are not. There are just wayyyyyy too many people walking our streets who think they are a lot bigger than what they actually are. To see the park left that way was absolutely disgusting.


Moose Jaw's Mosaic Place showed once again why it is perhaps the best venue outside of Regina or Saskatoon in Saskatchewan on Tuesday night.  Toby Keith brought his act to M-P and he didn't disappoint this blogger, but I thought the crowd was dead. Others felt the same way and some didn't like the performance at all which surprised me.

As we were leaving, I couldn't help but overhear a couple that I presume was from Regina saying Mosaic Place is taking all the good acts away from Evraz Place. I don't know if that is the case, but if its for country music it might be an accurate statement seeing Mosaic Place has had Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson in recent memory


I thought baseball salaries were out of control, but it is obvious NBA salaries are in another dimension. Some of the numbers being thrown about in that league border on ridiculous.


Farewell Martin St. Louis. You showed us the little guy in the NHL can play the game. It only makes me wonder as I have said before what Dale Derkatch could have done if he had a chance. He was a few years too early. Is St. Louis a Hall of Famer? I would say yes. Is he a first ballot Hall of Famer? That is debatable.


Glen Sather is 71? That one floored me! I knew Slats was up there, but I didn't think he was 71. It is now time to put his name on a banner that will hang above Rexall Place this year and Rogers Place in the future as he was the architect of those great teams. The Oilers need to make that happen.


It was pointed out to me last weekend that a Saskatoon kid went in the first round of the NBA draft (Trey Lyles), but a Saskatoon kid did not go in the first round of the NHL draft. That doesn't sound right!


If I am a CFL quarterback, I am making sure my health insurance is covered. Drew Willy took a hellacious head shot against the Ti-Cats and it will surprise me if he is back for Week 3.


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


WINNIPEG (CP) - Zach Collaros passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats scored six majors in a 52-26 rout of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday.

Drew Willy, Winnipeg's starting quarterback, left the field with a suspected head injury.

Willy was injured with 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter when he took a helmet-to-helmet hit from Ticats defensive end Adrian Tracy.

Willy appeared to be knocked out as medical staff looked at him. After a couple minutes on the turf, he walked off the field to the locker-room and was replaced by Brian Brohm.

He's the fifth quarterback to be injured in the first two weeks of the CFL season, joining Montreal's Jonathan Crompton and Dan LeFevour, Edmonton's Mike Reilly and Saskatchewan veteran Darian Durant on the sidelines.

Hamilton (1-1) had a 17-7 lead after the first quarter and 38-7 at halftime. The team announced on Twitter that the 38 points was the most first-half points for a road team in 23 years.

Collaros completed 26-of-33 pass attempts, including a 35-yard toss to Bakari Grant and a three-yard pass to Terrence Toliver.

Hamilton kicker Justin Medlock was good on field goals from 19, 32 and 38 yards and made all his converts.

Willy was 3-of-6 for 48 yards. Brohm finished 16-of-28 for 146 yards and two interceptions. He scored a touchdown on a 16-yard run in front of 27,279 fans at the Bombers home opener at Investors Group Field.

Winnipeg (1-1) scored points off a 13-yard run by Paris Cotton and a four-yarder by Cameron Marshall.


Regina ended their three game road trip with a 6-4 loss in Swift Current at Mitchell Field. It was the Red Sox third consecutive road loss.

Andrew MacMahon made his 4th start of the season for the Red Sox. The Adams State University product was tagged with the loss after pitching 3.2 innings. Brandon Radmacher, Mike Thill, Kendal Daniels and Jeremy Sylvester added pitching relief from the bullpen.

Catcher Henry Rowland was the club’s offensive star going 2 for 3 with an RBI.

The second place Red Sox are now 12-13 while Swift Current’s record  improved to 7-17.

Regina returns to Currie Field for a six game home stand starting Friday night against the Melville Millionaires.