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Riders Put Pen To Paper: Add Non-Contract Invites To Camp Roster

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international offensive lineman Xavier Fulton has signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Fulton (6’4 – 300) re-joins the Riders after becoming a free agent in February. The 30-year-old Illinois product spent the previous four seasons with the Green and White after originally being acquired from the Edmonton Eskimos in an April, 2012 trade.

Fulton has started all 65 career regular season games played at left tackle after appearing in all 18 games last season. He has also added four career playoff games and won his first Grey Cup with the Riders in 2013.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce the signing of four players from the 2016 CFL Draft class.

Kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk,

Riders Announce Camp Times

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Saskatchewan Roughrider 2016 Training Camp officially opens on Sunday, May 29th at the University of Saskatchewan’s Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon. All times are approximate and subject to change.

SUNDAY, MAY 29th
9:00 am Practice
(Filming available from approximately 9:20 – 9:50 and 11:35-11:45)
12:30 pm Players and coaches available to media

MONDAY, MAY 30th
9:00 am Practice
(Filming available from approximately 9:20 – 9:50 and 11:35-11:45)
12:30 pm Players and coaches available to media

TUESDAY, MAY 31st
9:00 am Practice
(Filming available from approximately 9:20 – 9:50)
11:15 am Players and coaches available to media

Top Ten Tuesday: After A Historical Monday:

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Another busy week in the world of sports in Saskatoon here are my top ten thoughts in no particular order including;  A big tip of the helmet to the Football Saskatchewan grid iron crew. Plus a questionable golden goal.

Here we go!

10 – For the first time since the three game-Senior Bowl format was introduced the North topped the South in all three inter-provincial games at Saskatoon Minor Football Field yesterday. In the Six-Man game the North topped the South 22-8. Meantime in 9 man action it was the North downing the South 47-13 while in the 12-man Ed Henick Bowl game the North topped the South 53-29. The three games were all held at Saskatoon Minor Football Field and featured the top seniors in the province.

9 – Congrats to the Football Saskatchewan for making the weekend a must attend event for all players and fans alike. The backdrop of SMF Field was spectacular and the athletes did not disappoint.

8 – One more on football and Saskatoon Minor Football Field has become the crown jewel of football in ToonTown. The Field’s use is spectacular with all types of programs from Rush Girls Flag Football to the U16 and U18 Academies to the Tikes on Spikes program. Those with the vision to make the facility into what it has become deserve a big pat on the back.

7 – To a different green and the Saskatchewan Rush are doing it right on and off the field. The Rush defended their NLL Western Conference Championship on Saturday night completing the sweep of the Calgary Roughnecks. Off the field the game was once again the biggest attendance for any sporting event at Sasktel Centre with just over 15,100 fans in the building, which certainly says a lot. There were some skeptics openly questioning how the team would draw on the May long weekend (yes, that would be me) BUT I am glad to say that I was wrong.

Season Opener At WGS Doesn’t Disappoint

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It was opening day for the 2016 season at the Wyant Group Raceway, with the Earthworks Equipment Sask Legends, the Golf’s Car Wash Street Stocks, the Law Enforcement Guardian Bandoleros and the Golfs Car Wash Mini Stocks all taking to the track.

Full Results:

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Time Trials (seconds):
1. #21 Dakota Wollf, 20.430
2. #14 Ty Stewart, 20.491
3. #1 Tun Maung, 22.365
4. #93 Ryley Schneider, 22.376
5. #33 Jasmine Speidel, 22.377
6. #18 Ashton Everitt, 22.418
7. #8 Braxton Clewes, 25.908
8. #20 Caiden Willey, 29.197
9. #47 Cale Heilman, 29.581

Heat Race:
1. #93 Ryley Schneider
2. #14 Ty Stewart
3. #21 Dakota Wollf
4. #1 Tun Maung
5. #18 Ashton Everitt
6. #33 Jasmine Speidel
7. #8 Braxton Clewes
8. #47 Cale Heilman
9. #20 Caiden Willey

Racers To Fill-Up Before Green Flag Drops

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The new racing season at Wyant Group Raceway is set to open on Saturday at the oval north of Saskatoon.

Saturday afternoon’s racing will see the Legends, Street stock, Mini Stock and Bandolero divisions all take to track on opening day.

The first green flag of the season will fly at 2pm.

Prior to the engines roaring a number of vehicles will be on display at Maaco on 51st Street in ToonTown on Friday. One of the greatest aspects, and perhaps most overlooked, is the amount of time and money that the racers put back into the community!.

While

Huskies Burko Signs with Als

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The Montreal Alouettes were busy on Thursday signing five draft picks and a pair of Canada West Quarterbacks.

Amongst the signings was University of Saskatchewan Quarterback Drew Burko.

Burko has played four seasons for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies where he completed 572 of his 951 passes good for 7,549 yards while throwing 50 touchdowns passes. He maintained an impressive 251.6 yards per game average and added 215 rushing yards in 30 outings.

The Saskatoon, native led the CIS West conference in touchdown passes in 2014 with 21 and completing over 60% of his throws while being intercepted only eight times. He had the opportunity to play a major role in the 2015 East-Wast Bowl for the East team. He completed 13 of his 16 passes for 180 passing yards and a touchdown en route to a 29-21 win over the West.

The Kinesiology student made training camp stints with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2013 as well as with the Edmonton Eskimos last year. His father Darrell played for the Toronto Argonauts in 1980.

In addition to Burko the Als also inked Canada West pivot Jimmy Underdahl. The four year Dino played 28 games primarily as the back-up to Hec Crighton winner Andrew Buckley. In his limited playing time he recorded 872 passings yards and six touchdown passes.

The Kelowna, native averaged a stunning 70.7 completion percentage over his collegiate career with the Dinos. The young quarterback is the true definition of a double-threat weapon as he registered 413 rushing yards on 76 carries while scoring 16 rushing touchdowns.

Additionally, the Als inked five draft picks:

Build Your Team: 4th Annual Challenge Cup Approaching

SMF Challenge Cup

Games will be played Monday thru Thursday from 12:00 PM – 1:15PM with all games  at SMF Field at Gordie Howe Park; lunch will be provided each day. Each team will be guaranteed 4 games. Bracket tournament play will take place on Friday starting at 6:00 PM at the new turf at SMF Field. There will be supper provided during the bracket play for teams and family members.

Teams must have 2 members of the opposite sex on the field for a game of 5 on 5 football. There are competitive and recreational divisions. This is a great opportunity for corporate team building within your office.

Cost is $2500.00 per team and includes lunch each day that you play and jerseys for your team as well as a Proceeds from this year go to the youth at risk programming run by Saskatoon Minor Football.

Dominguez And His Gutfriend Named To The Plaza

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The Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee has announced two new members will be inducted into the Plaza of Honor as the class of 2016. This year Matt Dominguez and Ivan Gutfriend will have their names forever etched into Saskatchewan Roughrider history.

The Plaza of Honor Dinner presented by SaskTel has inducted 120 individuals who have made major contributions to the proud tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club. The club has also inducted the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup championship teams.

The cairn recognizing the Plaza of Honor inductees is situated outside the main gates on the west side of Mosaic Stadium. The Plaza of Honor cairn is sponsored by SaskTel, SASK SPORT INC. and the City of Regina.

The SaskTel Plaza of Honor Dinner is known as Saskatchewan’s most prestigious sports dinner and as a result has contributed over $6 million to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

This year’s dinner is set for Friday, September 16th in the Credit Union Eventplex at Evraz Place. Five seasons ago the Dinner was moved to the Eventplex in order to meet the demand for tickets and accommodate a larger audience. The space allows patrons the opportunity comfortably mingle and meet friends and associates throughout the evening.

Top 10 Tuesday: What I learned From Don Cherry: WOW I just typed that!

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Well another seven days have come and gone in the world of sports. North American headlines have been dominated by the Texas Rangers-Toronto Blue Jays dust up in Arlington on Sunday. That’s where we will start with lots of other observations to come in no particular order that we call the Top 10 Tuesday.

10 – Well let’s start with the brawl that all began when Jose Bautista emphatically tossed his bat after a dramatic home run in the fifth and deciding game of the ALDS last October. All was quiet until the Rangers got their retribution in the finale of a three game set in Texas on Sunday when reliever Matt Bush plunked him with a 90+ mph fastball in the eighth inning. Bautista was incensed and had to be restrained, somewhat, by the first base umpire. Getting no satisfaction he slid hard into second base on a double-play opportunity for the Rangers that drew the irk of Rougned Odor who landed a right-cross for the ages that cued the benches to clear. So the act is being called cowardly by the Jays. I prefer ingenious. Firstly, the Rangers won the game. Secondly, they exacted revenge in front of their fans, something the faithful have been calling for since October. AND finally, they were able to get their pound of flesh which should have settled the situation not withstanding Bautista’s slide.

9 – Now speaking of the slide I say it was dirty as there was intent from Jose Bautista to injure the Texas second baseman. MLB’s view of the slide will be interesting to hear. However, I didn’t notice Odor’s throw until I saw Don Cherry’s take on Coach’s Corner and it is hard to dispute that Odor was throwing at Bautista coming at him. The low throw almost caught Bautista in the bucket which also may have caused the tentions to ratchet up a notch.

Riders Add More Vets

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international defensive lineman Eric Norwood and international wide receivers Clarence Denmark and Alec Lemon have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Norwood (6’3 – 255) joins the Riders after spending the previous three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 42 regular season games the 27-year-old has collected 123 defensive tackles, 24 quarterback sacks, and nine tackles for loss. He was named an East Division All-Star in 2014.

In ten regular season games last year, Norwood registered 30 defensive tackles, seven quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries both of which he returned for touchdowns.

Denmark (5’11 – 190) will enter his sixth CFL season after originally signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in March, 2011. Through five seasons with the Bombers, the 30-year-old Florida native collected 306 receptions for 4,165 yards and 16 touchdowns in 88 career regular season games. He was named a West Division All-Star in 2014 after registering 1,080 receiving yards.

Last season, Denmark had 57 catches for 718 yards and three touchdowns while starting all 18 regular season games.

Lemon (6’2 – 207) joins the Riders after spending two seasons in the NFL. The 24-year-old originally signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in April 2013, then later joined the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in December, 2014.

Before going pro, Lemon had a standout four year career at Syracuse University where he became the school’s all-time leader in receptions. In 47 career collegiate games Lemon totaled 2,596 yards and 18 touchdowns on 201 receptions.

The Riders also announced they released the following players: