Rush Are Best In The West

The two-time defending National Lacrosse League champion Saskatchewan Rush will get their chance at a threepeat after winning the West Division Final on Saturday night in Saskatoon. Two goals early in the More »

Rush A Win Away From Advancing To Champions Cup Final

An explosive second-half performance, highlighted by six goals from Adam Jones, paced the Saskatchewan Rush to an 18-9 win over the Colorado Mammoth in Game 1 of the NLL West Division Final. More »

New Voice Coming – Huskies Introduce Recruits

The 17th Annual Dogs breakfast was held yesterday in front of almost 1500 supporters at Prairieland Park. With a classy salute to outgoing Head Coach Brian Towriss, new bench boss Scott Flory More »

Huskies Round Out Coaching Staff Naming D Coaches

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his defensive coaching staff for the 2017 season Wednesday highlighted by coordinator and former teammate Warren Muzika. A graduate of the College of More »

Huskies Introduce New-Old Special Teams Face

University of Saskatchewan football head coach Scott Flory announced his special teams staff for the 2017 season Tuesday morning highlighted by veteran coach Jerry Friesen. A member of the University of Saskatchewan More »

 

Young Racer Ready To Give Back

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One of the most important and valuable things that an athlete can do is give back. And a 10-year-old races in Saskatoon is doing just that.

#93 Bandalero driver  Ryley Schneider is going to be raising funds for Autism prior to his race at Wyant Group Raceway on Wednesday night. He is going to be selling puzzle piece decals (puzzle pieces are the Autism symbol) that he will put on the back of his car for the rest of the season.

Through support from his Dad Ron, Ryley has taken on raising funds on his own and has already appeared at a number of events. Helping support Autism and giving back to his sponsors AGI Insurance and Burco Electric not to mention all of his family and friends who are supporting him.

Top 10 Tuesday: Talking Champions, Expectations AND The Late Ernie Harwell

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Well there is a LOT of things going on in Toon-Town and the national sporting scene at the moment and in that vein it is my look at the top 10 observations from the week that was. In no particular order.

10 – Starting things off of the asphalt where I had a chance to announce my first race at the newly named Wyant Group Raceway. What an intriguing experience to be in the tower and hear the story behind the action. With that being said Richard Woodbine is a true treasure and amazing book of knowledge. The track is better for his efforts not to mention all of the great volunteers.

9 – I have tried to sneak into a couple of Rider work-outs to see who is who and what is what. It is pretty clear from the outside looking in that the Riders have some work to do. Fortunately for them I think that Chris Jones and company will be afforded a season or so to right the ship. The team is a work in progress and it could be a tough start to the campaign as the team gels.

8 – I still will wonder what might have been had Darian Durant, Sea Emery, Kevin Glenn, et all were dealt serious injury at the start of the season. With all of that being said I think the one area that the Green and White are focusing on shoring up is Quarterback. GM/Head Coach Jones knows the importance of a quality back-up in the CFL.

7 – More on the Riders and I applaud their stance on hold-out,

Rider Re-Cap – Roster Moves, Work-Out Recaps

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made the following transactions:

Add to the Roster
International offensive lineman Marcus Hall (#51 – 6.05/315 – Ohio State)
International quarterback Phillip Sims (#19 – 6.04/220 – Winston Salem State)
International receiver Devrin Young (#87 – 5.08/175 – Tennessee)

Delete From Roster
International receiver Marcus Davis
National linebacker Marvin Golding
International quarterback Jacob Huesman
International receiver Alec Lemon

Rush Set To Celebrate

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The Saskatchewan Rush will be hosting a Champions Cup Rally at Bessborough Gardens on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 to celebrate their 2016 Championship and honour the fans in this historic first season.

Mark Matthews, Robert Church and Nik Bilic will be in attendance along with the Champions Cup so fans can have a chance to take keepsake photos. Following the event, the trophy will be at the Rush office for fans to come by get photos with for a few days before it heads out of town for a players tour with members of the Saskatchewan Rush.

Mayor Don Atchison will be on hand to bring greetings from the City of Saskatoon. Lee Genier will bring greetings from the Saskatchewan Rush. John Fraser will host the rally as the MC and DJ Anchor will be playing music and keeping the crowd pumped up.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 7

WHAT: Saskatchewan Rush Champions Cup Rally

TIME: 11:30am-1:00pm

WGR Week 2 Recap

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The sun may have been shining down, but so too the wind was blowing throughout the day at Wyant Group Raceway as race teams tuned their cars and trucks in preparation for the first Saturday night racing of the
2016 season.

The Super Trucks were in town, sponsored by Irv’sWestside Auto and C&S Consulting, both out of Edmonton, were in town for their second trip around an oval this year. They raced at Edmonton International Raceway last weekend, before making their first of two stops in Saskatoon.

There may have only been six trucks, but they showed fans they still know how to put on one heck of a tight race where any of them could come out the winner. In the end it was the #76 of Kyle O’Connell from Lloydminster taking home the WGR checkered flag. Kyle bested the field in time trials by more that 2/10th of a second, but crashed out in the first heat. Problems continued to plague the #76 team through the second heat with the truck finishing last.

Things were looking good for the #76 team in the feature as O’Connell took the lead around lap 15 of the 40 lap feature. It came down to a green, white checker finish though and the #43 truck of Dan Saunders knocking on his door for O’Connell to get his truck to the line first and pick up the Saskatoon win.

Rider Recap Day Five + Green And White Day Details

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The following is the Day 5 report from the 2016 Roughrider Training Camp presented by Coors Light.

ROSTER MOVES

Add:
International defensive back Victor Dean Jr. (6’4 – 210 – Portland State)

Did not participate:
Dylan Ainsworth (day-to-day)
Justin Capicciotti (day-to-day)
Marcus Davis (day-to-day)
Johnny Dixon (day-to-day)
Jeff Knox Jr. (day-to-day)
Eric Norwood (injured)
Jordan Reaves (day-to-day)
Matt Vonk (6 game injured list)
Xavier Walker (day-to-day)

OVERVIEW
The players hit the Griffiths Stadium turf for Day 5 of training camp for one two-hour session.

The practice was fast paced with a definite focus on game like situations. Time was spent red zone situations, last minute drives, and some intricacies within the CFL game.

PLAY OF THE DAY
Rookie returner Qudarius Ford brought the morning crowd alive with a long punt return touchdown that included impressive breakaway speed.

Rider Camp Recap Day 4

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The following is the Day 4 report from the 2016 Roughrider Training Camp presented by Coors Light.

ROSTER MOVES

Activate:
National long snapper Jorgen Hus

Did not participate:
Justin Capicciotti (day-to-day)
John Chiles (day-to-day)
Jeff Knox Jr. (day-to-day)
Eric Norwood (injured)
Xavier Walker (day-to-day)

OVERVIEW
The Riders returned to the field for Day 4 of training camp and the intensity from the players continued.

The competition was fierce as players spent a large chunk of the first practice engaged in one-on-one blocking and tackling drills.

PLAY OF THE DAY
Second year receiver Nic Demski hauled in a deep pass from rookie quarterback Jacob Huesman before sprinting over 75 yards for a huge gain during the team period.

TOMORROW

Get Your Ticket Here: Riders Unveil Farewell Season Plans-Single Tickets On-Sale

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Rider fans will have one last chance to experience historic Mosaic Stadium when single game tickets go on sale tomorrow, June 1st. With anticipation for the Farwell Season, a new coaching staff and an influx of talented new players, the Roughriders have announced an initial list of celebrations and game day themes.

The Farewell Season will pay tribute to countless memories and the rich history of Mosaic Stadium. Each home game fans will celebrate the great teams, players, special moments, traditions and everything else that made Mosaic Stadium magnificent! The season will be broken down into historic themes with each game and the preceding week focusing on a specific decade, such as the 60s, 70s, or 80s. The GoodLife pre-game Fan Fest will also come alive with music from those decades and alumni autographs.

The Farewell Season will launch with a special pre-game Kickoff Party in Regina City Plaza and Victoria Park on June 30th from noon to 4pm. Some season highlights will include a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Grey Cup Champions on July 16th, where the Riders will welcome back and honour members of that championship team. On August 13th, we’ll look back at the 80s, including the ’89 Grey Cup Champs, and on Sept 24th fans we’ll celebrate the 2000s including the ‘07 Grey Cup Champions.

Rider Fan Day on Sept 3rd will include the traditional team introduction and autograph session as well as a Legends Flag football game where some of your heroes will be taking the field at Mosaic one last time. The next day the heroes of today will take the field for the final Labour Day Classic at Mosaic Stadium.

A must see game will come on October 22nd as the Riders celebrate the 2013 Grey Cup Championship Game, which many would argue is Mosaic Stadium’s greatest moment.

“We have called this facility home for many decades. More than a generation of fans have grown up here, cheered Rider legends and witnessed some incredible moments. It’s been a gathering place for our province, where we have met new friends and played host to our nation.” Saskatchewan Roughriders President and CEO Craig Reynolds continues, “Over the course of this season, we will re-live some special moments and create new ones. We’ll bring back some of your favourite players and we’ll all enjoy the incredible energy of this historic facility one last time.”

Each week Rider Media will be counting down the great moments in Mosaic Stadium history, publishing stories, sharing historic images and broadcasting interviews with Rider greats. In-stadium, fans will be treated to video tributes and visits from some of your all-time favourite Rider Legends.

Rider Camp Day Three

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The following is the Day 3 report from the 2016 Roughrider Training Camp presented by Coors Light.

ROSTER MOVES

Activate:
National fullback Spencer Moore

Number change:
Dillon Grondin is now wearing #76 and has moved to linebacker

Did not participate:
Justin Capicciotti (day-to-day)
John Chiles (day-to-day)
Jorgen Hus (suspended – personal)
Jeff Knox Jr. (day-to-day)
Jonathan Newsome (day-to-day)
Eric Norwood (injured)
Xavier Walker (day-to-day)

Released:
National linebacker Nehemie Kankolongo

Top Ten Tuesday Tipping The Cap to Scratch the Head?

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Hooray, Hooray, football season began on Sunday! Rider camp opened here in ToonTown on the weekend and this year’s team will be very interesting to watch. From some intriguing battles to new systems they are all on display right now in the Bridge City. At the end of the day the organizations and fans wanted change in the football department and they are going to get it.

On that vein some things remain the same in junior hockey thanks to some forward thinking and a possible second for a Saskatoon landmark on the weekend; that and other news that was in the world of sports from the last seven days. Here’s this week’s Top Ten list, as always, in no particular order:

10 – Battles to watch at training camp: Back-up quarterback. Brett Smith now has had a season and a half to lay claim to the number two job. The question is can he?

9 – Battles to watch part two. I’ll be very interested to see what happens along the defensive line. There definitely is a lot of a talent assembled the question is how do you get them all on the field, and within the ratio, especially with the sudden retirement of Rory Konnop?

8 – More CFL and you have to give the Toronto Argonauts p-r staff a lot of credit. They are doing absolutely everything in their power to make the Boatmen relevant in Canada’s largest city! From going over the top to promote their new jerseys to do anything possible to build momentum for their move to BMO Stadium. Unfortunately, as of this morning for the Argos there is only one section in the entire stadium that is sold out for season tickets which doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

7 – A shot across the bow. Well this most certainly won’t help the Argos either. Bell, who also owns TSN in addition to the Boatmen, must be fuming after anchor Jennifer Hedger and the graphics department pointed out that Toronto has been without a professional sports team championship since 1993. The comment sparked a firestorm on social media from Argo player Matt Blanck who tweeted:

Matt Black: Interesting, could of sworn