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Sunday, December 16, 2018

ARGOS SIGN PICTON


TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts have signed National K/P Zach Medeiros through 2020, National QB Noah Picton through 2021, and International WR Cole Watson through 2020.

Medeiros, 28, joined the Argonauts in July of 2018 after spending time with the Montreal Alouettes during the preseason and being released in June. The St. Thomas native played in 11 games for the Double Blue and was successful on 11 of 15 field goals while punting the ball 59 times for an average of 46.1, third best in the CFL. Medeiros was originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 CFL Draft by the Edmonton.

(Argos PR)

COORS LIGHT RECAP: PATS DROP 6-3 DECISION IN MOOSE JAW

Photo: Marc Smith/DiscoverMooseJaw
MOOSE JAW – The Regina Pats concluded the first half of the 2018-19 season with a 6-3 loss in Moose Jaw Saturday night.

The Pats got on the board early when Robbie Holmes snapped in his fifth of the year, 56 seconds into the first. The Warriors tied it up 23 seconds later thanks to Tristin Langan and it was 1-1. Moose Jaw added a powerplay goal late in the frame to take a 2-1 lead to the break.

In the second, Austin Pratt tied it for Regina on the five on three powerplay, his 13th of the year to make it 2-2. Moose Jaw responded with two goals in the span of 1:53 to lead 4-2. The Pats got it back to within a goal with nine seconds left in the period, Robbie Holmes his second of the night, sixth of the year and it was 4-3 Moose Jaw after two.

In the third, the Warriors scored two powerplay goals to make it 6-3 and that was the final score.

The Pats and Warriors were tied on the shot clock at 27. The Regina powerplay was 2/6 while the penalty kill went 4/7. Robbie Holmes led the offence with two goals and an assist, while Dean McNabb and Max Paddock combined to make 21 saves.


Quick Hits
- Robbie Holmes has two goals and two assists in his first three games since returning from injury.
- The Pats snapped an oh for 20 stretch on the powerplay with two goals in the second period on the man advantage.
- The Pats finish the first half of the season with a 9-24-0-1 record.

What’s Next? 
The Pats (9-24-0-1) are off for the Christmas break until Thursday, December 27 when they visit the Brandon Wheat Kings at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Friday December 28 against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.

(Phil Andrew/ReginaPats.com)

SUNDAY SPORTS

Brock Boeser is heating up. The sophomore sniper notched a goal and an assist, leading his Vancouver Canucks to a 5-1 win over the slumping Philadelphia Flyers. The 21-year-old Boeser has seven goals and two assists in his last eight games.

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Mikko Rantanen keeps piling up the points. The NHL's scoring leader had two goals and an assist in extending his point streak to 14 straight games as the Colorado Avalanche recovered after blowing a three-goal lead and beat the Dallas Stars 6-4. Rantanen has a league-leading 56 points this season.

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Mathew Barzal had been doing everything but score lately for the Islanders. He broke through against the Detroit Red Wings to get New York a needed win. Barzal scored a key tying power-play goal in the third period and then got the lone goal of the shootout to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Red Wings.

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Canada West will not be repeating as champions at the world junior-A challenge. Griffin Ness scored at 7:35 of overtime as the United States beat the Canadians 3-2 to advance to the title game in Bonnyville, Alberta. The Americans will face Russia for gold after the Russians beat the Czech Republic 4-1 in the other semifinal.

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Another triple-double for James Harden. Harden had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Rockets weathered a fourth-quarter burst to beat the Grizzlies 105-97 for their third consecutive win. Harden, who had 50 points in a triple-double in the Rockets' victory over the Lakers on Thursday, recorded his 10th assist on a pass to Clint Capela with 21-point-3 seconds left.

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Samuel Vargas is still NABA welterweight champion. The Toronto native won an ill-tempered, lopsided 10-round decision over Argentine Gabriel Adrian Pereiro. The 29-year-old Vargas scored a second-round knockdown and began to land combinations on his tiring 40-year-old opponent as the fight wore on. But he could not finish him. The judges scored it 100-87, 99-88 and 99-88 for Vargas.

(CP)

DUB ROUND-UP: RAIDERS, WHEATIES TRIUMPH

RAIDERS 7 BRONCOS 5

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - Justin Nachbaur and Noah Gregor each had a pair of goals as the league-leading Raiders downed Swift Current.

Sean Montgomery, Ozzy Wiesblatt and Parker Kelly also scored for Prince Albert (31-2-1). Brett Balas stopped 7-of-8 shots in 33:52 of relief for starter Donovan Buskey to pick up the win.

Dawson Springer, Ethan O'Rourke, Joona Kiviniemi, Matthew Culling and Alec Zawatsky found the back of the net for the Broncos (6-25-2). Joel Hofer turned aside 49-of-56 shots in defeat.

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WHEAT KINGS 6 BLADES 5 (OT)

BRANDON, Man. - Stelio Mattheos completed his hat trick at 2:25 of overtime to lift the Wheat Kings over the Blades.

Connor Gutenberg, Cole Reinhardt and Ben McCartney also scored while Luka Burzan chipped in with four assists. Ethan Kruger made 35 saves for Brandon (15-10-6).

Max Gerlach scored twice as Chase Wouters, Dawson Davidson and Tristen Robins added singles for Saskatoon (21-10-4), which had its four-game win streak halted. Nolan Maier stopped 25 shots in defeat.

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OIL KINGS 3 HITMEN 2 (OT)

EDMONTON - Andrew Fyten capped the comeback with a goal 40 seconds into overtime as the Oil Kings halted Calgary's win streak at five games.

Vince Loschiavo and David Kope scored in regulation to erase a two-goal deficit for the Oil Kings (17-12-6), who got 32 saves from Dylan Myskiw.

Jack McNaughton stopped 41-of-44 shots to help the Hitmen (15-14-4) earn a point. Kaden Elder and Jake Kryski supplied the offence.

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HURRICANES 5 BLAZERS 2

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - Jordy Bellerive had a goal and two helpers and Reece Klassen turned away 37 shots as the Hurricanes dealt Kamloops its sixth loss in a row.

Dylan Cozens, Jake Leschyshyn, Taylor Ross and Nick Henry also scored for Lethbridge (17-9-6).

Kyrell Sopotyk and Connor Zary scored for the Blazers (12-16-3). Dylan Garand kicked out 36-of-40 shots in defeat.

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ROCKETS 2 TIGERS 1

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - Leif Mattson supplied all the offence Kelowna needed to snap the Tigers' four-game win streak.

Roman Basran kicked out 31 shots for the Rockets (16-17-2).

James Hamblin put Medicine Hat (17-15-3) on the scoresheet as Jordan Hollett made 18 saves in defeat.

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SILVERTIPS 6 THUNDERBIRDS 1

EVERETT, Wash. - Riley Sutter scored twice and Dustin Wolf made 21 saves as the Silvertips toppled Seattle to improve to 12-0-2 in their last 14 games.

Bryce Kindopp, Martin Fasko-Rudas, Gianni Fairbrother and Jackson Berezowski also scored for Everett (27-7-2).

The Thunderbirds (11-16-3) offence came from Jaxan Kaluski. Cole Schwebius turned away 33 shots in a losing cause.

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AMERICANS 3 WINTERHAWKS 2 (OT)

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Aaron Hyman scored the winner at 3:26 of the extra period as Tri-City slipped past Portland.

Nolan Yaremko scored twice in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit while Beck Warm made 32 saves for the Americans (16-12-2).

Joachim Blichfeld and Michal Kvasnica supplied the offence for the Winterhawks (19-11-3). Shane Farkas made 31 saves in defeat.

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ROYALS 4 GIANTS 2

VICTORIA - D-Jay Jerome scored twice and Griffen Outhouse turned aside 25 shots as the Royals doubled up Vancouver.

Ty Yoder and Dante Hannoun also scored for Victoria (16-13-1).

Owen Hardy and Tristen Nielsen replied for the Giants (21-8-2). David Tendeck stopped 20-of-23 shots in defeat.

(CP)

Saturday, December 15, 2018

DUNK: MIKE REILLY WORKS OUT FOR JAGUARS

By: Justin Dunk, 3DownNation.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars worked out quarterback Mike Reilly on Friday, per NFL sources.

Scott Milanovich, the former Toronto Argonauts’ Grey Cup-winning head coach and the 2012 CFL coach of the year,  joined the Jags as quarterbacks coach in January 2017 and was elevated to offensive coordinator in November.
Reilly has thrown for over 5,000 yards in three straight CFL seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos. The 33-year-old threw for a career-high 5,830 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2017,  earning the CFL most outstanding player award.
Back in 2015, Reilly led the Eskimos to a Grey Cup championship and earned CFL title game MVP honours. Reilly was originally acquired by the Eskimos in January 2013 when then-general manager Ed Hervey sent two second-round draft picks (2013 and 2014) to B.C. for the QB and the Lions’ second-round selection in 2013.

NEW CALGARY ARENA TO COST $600-MILLION

CALGARY - An event centre in Calgary that would also be the new home of the NHL's Flames is estimated to cost between $550 million and $600 million.

A city council event centre committee was presented that number Friday by the president and chief executive officer of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.

"I'm very confident we can deliver a really good building for the citizens of Calgary as well as for Calgary Sports and Entertainment for that number,'' Michael Brown told the committee.

"It's a strong number. It has respectable contingency in it. What's not included is the cost of land associated with it.''

The city and the Flames are not yet talking on who will pay how much for a building to replace the 35-year-old Saddledome.

"We're not negotiating at all at this point,'' said Coun. Jeff Davison, who chairs the committee."We've had very early days, high-level conversations with the Flames.

"Their expectation is that we bring the vision forward for the entertainment and cultural district and that's what we're doing.''

The event centre, with a capacity of roughly 20,000 for sports, would be at the heart of a larger revitalized commercial and residential district east of downtown.

"We believe the city needs a win,'' Davison said. "I firmly believe the city needs a great vision and that's what we're proposing in this district.''

Council voted in October to try to re-engage CSEC, which also owns the WHL's Hitmen, the CFL's Stampeders and the NLL's Roughnecks, in talks.

Negotiations broke off over a year ago when Flames president Ken King called discussions "spectacularly unproductive.''

But the Flames gave CMLC access to work done by an architect, which was in turn reviewed by two large contractors within the city, according to Brown.

"What Calgary Sports and Entertainment did for us is allow us to get access to some of their design information,'' Brown explained.

The vision for the event centre is for it to be multi-purpose with portions that can be sectioned off for art installations and concerts of different types, including Cirque du Soleil, as well as sports.

"You don't necessarily have to book out the entire building to take advantage of it,'' Brown explained.

"If you want to have something in the Saddledome, you're booking the Saddledome. For a true event centre, you can do many different things with it.''

Before talks broke off, CSEC had offered to put $275-million into a new $500-million arena just north of the Saddledome, and said the city should raise the remaining $225-million through a community revitalization levy.

A CRL allows the city to divert property taxes from new development that would theoretically spring up around a new arena into paying for it.

The city had proposed a three-way split on the cost of a $555-million arena, with the city and the Flames each paying $185-million and the remaining third raised from a surcharge on tickets.

The location on the east side of the downtown came after an $890-million CalgaryNext project pitched by the Flames in 2015. That concept included a hockey arena, football stadium and field house west of downtown.

Flames owners offered $200-million of their own money and proposed a $250-million loan be repaid through a ticket surcharge.

CalgaryNext was put on the back burner when council determined the project would cost as much as $1.8-billion, due to remediation of creosote-soaked soil on site.

(CP)

Friday, December 14, 2018

STAMPEDERS NAME MONSON DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR

The Calgary Stampeders announce that Brent Monson has been named the team's defensive coordinator.


Monson has been on the Stamps' coaching staff for nine years including five seasons as linebackers coach. He was on staff for Calgary's Grey Cup victories in 2014 and 2018.

"Brent has been a valuable member of our coaching staff for a long time and I'm very confident that he will do an excellent job in the defensive coordinator's role," said Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson. "Brent is a hard worker who knows our personnel very well. Just as importantly, the players know him and will play hard for him."

"I'm very thankful to Dave Dickenson and to John Hufnagel for the confidence they've shown in me by giving me this opportunity," said Monson. "This organization has become like a family to me and I'm excited for the chance to continue working with this great defence. I'm looking forward to this new challenge and will work extremely hard to make sure our team continues to be successful."

In 2018, Monson helped oversee a defence that allowed a league-low 17.2 points per game to opposition offences. The Calgary defence also allowed the fewest touchdowns (27) and the fewest rushing yards (86.5 per game) while sharing the league lead in turnovers forced (49) and sacks (45). 

In addition to working with a linebacker group that included standout Jameer Thurman on the weak side and CFL all-star Alex Singleton in the middle, Monson was the acting defensive coordinator for an Aug. 25 game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers while DeVone Claybrooks was in hospital due to illness.

The Stamps have allowed the fewest offensive points in the CFL in all four years of Monson's second stint as Calgary's linebackers coach. He was previously linebackers coach in 2010 and defensive line coach in 2011 before acting as running backs coach from 2012-14. He also served as the team's strength and conditioning coach from 2010-14.

The 33-year-old Hamilton, Ont., native is an alumnus of McMaster University. He joined the Stampeders in 2009 as a member of the team's video department before being added to the coaching staff in 2010.

(Stampeders PR)

BOOK REVIEW: HEART & SOUL OF THE SJHL

By: Martin Martinson
BattlefordsNow.com

Rod Pedersen may perhaps be best known by the people of Saskatchewan as the voice of the province’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, a position the Milestone, Sask., native has held for two decades, but Rod also spent 17 years on the chillier side of life, as a play-by-play man in the Western Hockey League.

“Hockey is what we are in Saskatchewan,” Pedersen said. And it’s that mindset and passion for the game, along with a conversation with an old friend, that lead to the sports broadcaster’s most recent book, Heart & Soul of the SJHL – A 50 year Anniversary, released earlier this week.

Pedersen said the idea for the book came directly from SJHL league President Bill Chow about two years ago. With a relationship between the pair going back 25 years, and Pedersen’s prior experience as an author with a best-seller about the Riders already on his resume, Chow pitched the idea to the sports enthusiast. Pedersen's already busy schedule resulted in one of the truly unique aspects of the book.

“It quickly dawned on me I really didn’t have the time to write the entire book,” Pedersen said. “So I found writers from all across the province, a literal team of writers that wrote the chapters on each club. It turned out even better than I thought; it’s like a quilt with different patches from all over the province woven together. We’re so thrilled with the way it’s come together and turned out.”

With the local authors’ perspectives evident throughout the book’s pages, the personal details brought forth by each contributing writer about their community is something Pedersen believes the fans will thoroughly enjoy as well. 

“I think the fans in each city are very happy with the fact it was a guy in their local market that wrote the chapter,” he said. “I knew bits and pieces of every club, but I didn’t know everything there was to know about every club, so going this route with the local writers was the best way to go. They dug in the corners to get the best stories.”

In addition to the 12 current franchises in the league, Heart and Soul also includes segments dedicated to former SJHL teams of years passed as well.

“One of the proudest parts of this book for me was the stories of the defunct and relocated franchises, like Lebret, Minot, Moose Jaw, and so-forth. I mean that’s what really gave the book some flavour; some depth and texture. I really don’t think we left anything out, and I’m proud of that.”

While no doubt providing a source of great pride and joy for both the author and readers alike, the SJHL’s 50th Anniversary account is also not without its share of emotion. 

About a year into its construction, the project’s fate was suddenly thrown into question April 6, 2018, when news broke of the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash on their way to Nipawin for a playoff game.

“I didn’t know that there’d be a book project after that,” Pedersen said, before then giving credit to Bill Chow for the idea to include a commemorative section on the Broncos, with the blessing of the families, including colour photos and bios of the 29 people on the bus.

The Broncos tribute is no doubt an emotional read, but one which all involved knew was imperative to include within the league's account, and one that Pedersen knew was done right when he received a note from former Broncos President Kevin Garinger.

“He said it was well done and thank you. That was the best approval, and the only approval that I wanted," Pedersen said. “It will stir emotion in you when you read it, but it’s the way that we wanted to honour the Broncos and I know that it will strike people. One way or another, you’re going to feel something.”

Despite all that he has learned about hockey in the province, in addition to that which he already knew, Pedersen still couldn’t help but shake his head with a bit of a smirk when asked why hockey holds such a special place in Saskatchewan; that is until, after a moment of thought, he found the right words.

“Hockey is what we are in Saskatchewan,” he said, “The SJHL is what we are.” Tying it all together, the author then continued, ‘If you love Saskatchewan and you love hockey, than you’ll love this book, because it tells the whole story.”

https://battlefordsnow.com/article/632956/sjhl-celebrates-50-years-new-book

COORS LIGHT RECAP: PATS TOP WARRIORS 2-1

Keith Hershmiller Photography
REGINA – The Regina Pats snapped a nine-game losing streak on Friday night with a 2-1 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Brandt Centre.

After a scoreless first period, the Warriors powerplay struck early in the second to open the scoring. Kaeden Taphorn picked up his third and Moose Jaw led 1-0. The Pats tied it up at 13:48, when Riley Krane potted his sixth off a turnover and it was 1-1. Regina took the lead late in the period when Steven Zonneveld stepped out of the penalty box and took a stretch feed from Jadon Joseph. Zonneveld skated into the left circle and snapped home his first career WHL goal to make it 2-1 and that was the score after two periods.

In the third, the Warriors outshot Regina 8-4, but Dean McNabb stopped them all and the Pats held on for the 2-1 victory.

The Pats were outshot 27-18. The powerplay was 0/4 while the penalty kill went 3/4. Dean McNabb made 26 saves to collect the win for Regina.


Quick Hits
- Steven Zonneveld scored his first career WHL goal in the game.
- Riley Krane has goals in back to back games.
- Dean McNabb gave up a season low one goal and picked up his third victory.

What’s Next? 
The Pats (9-23-0-1) will wrap up the first half of the season on Saturday in Moose Jaw at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Friday December 28 against the Brandon Wheat Kings. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

SCRUFFY'S THIS 'N THAT: DICKENSON TO THE NFL?

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

--Could Dave Dickenson be heading south of the border?  Sports Illustrated thinks he would make an excellent candidate. In the weekly Monday Morning Quarterback column, a list of "out-of-the-box" coaching candidates is made with Dickenson being #2 on the list. The column by Conor Orr says

"The 2018 Grey Cup champion, hailing from Great Falls, Montana, has reached the CFL  championship game every year of his head coaching tenure (2016–18), winning his first in November. The Stampeders are 41-11-2 in three seasons with Dickenson. The former Chargers, Seahawks and Dolphins quarterback is in the sweet spot, having played recently enough to have a grasp of today’s game, but far enough removed that he could bring some unique ideas to the table. Eye candy, or window dressing in CFL offenses is deadly when properly utilized. We’re seeing the beginning of that window-dressing revolution in the NFL. With all offensive coaches in the league studying the same film and, eventually, reaching the same conclusions, why not listen to someone who has been seeing football develop from a totally different perspective?"

I can't argue this. If we are bringing coaches like Marc Trestman, Mike Sherman and June Jones to the CFL, can the NFL not look at CFL coaches like Dickenson?  Would any team notice what Chris Jones has done as a head coach and bring him on as a defensive co-ordinator.  You just never know.  I would love to see Dickenson get a shot south of the border.

--Now that they have a team, how long will Seattle wait before hiring a coach and general manager.  Plenty of names will be out there. Could Todd McLellan be one of them? The former Sharks and Oilers coach should be in the mix. Just remember Gerard Gallant's career never really took off until he got to Vegas.  This could be what McLellan needs. When it comes to who the GM might be, the choices are many but would the Seattles reach into the Vegas pot and take Kelly McCrimmon? The former Wheat Kings head honcho helped put his stamp on what we are seeing now in Vegas. If he could build a similar blueprint, why not?

--The dispersal draft for Seattle will be the same as it was for Vegas, but the Knights are supposedly excluded from having to protect players. ????? They will have been in the league long enough. You can't exempt them.  I don't find that to be fair at all.

--Considering what he did in junior, it would help the Seattle team tremendously if they could get Matt Barzal from the Islanders. The team would have to give up a lot to get the former Seattle Thunderbird. They might have a better chance at landing Ethan Bear.

--Peter Chiarelli is getting a lot of heat from Oilers fans (including me) for what has happened in Edmonton this year. Chiarelli-haters must give him credit though for inking Mikko Koskinen to a contract.  God knows where they would be if it weren't for him.

--Co-worker Ryan McNally is trying to tell me Topanga from "Boy Meets Girl" is wayyyyyy hotter than Kelly Kapowski from "Saved By the Bell".  I must remember when dealing with Mr. McNally that I am dealing with someone who has been concussed so much that his brain is like a jar of jam. Cmon McNally!  #teamkelly

--Week 15 NFL Lock Of The Week --  Seahawks over 49ers
   Week 15 NFL Upset Of The Week --- Colts over Cowboys

--As I said on Twitter this week, if the city of Regina wants to solve two problems at once, fill the Capital Pointe hole with water and call it Maple Leaf Pool 2.0.

(Follow Mitch on Twitter at @scruffyregina)