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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

What Did You Miss Tuesday?


--Brooke Henderson has her own bobblehead and she knows she will have many fans cheering her on when the CP Canadian Womens Open hits the Wascana starting Thursday. Henderson, who is coming off a nine-under 63 in the final round of a tournament last weekend of Indianapolis, says her game is in a really good place right now.   Henderson is one of 16 Canadians, including 2 Saskatoon golfers--Anna Young and Bobbi Brandon, in the field.

--Jon Ryan wasn't unemployed for long.  One day after being released by the Seattle Seahawks, Ryan signed a deal with the Buffalo Bills. He will compete with Colton Schmidt for the punters job in Buffalo.

--Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly and Saskatchewan defensive back Nick Marshall and receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert are the CFL's top performers for Week 10. Reilly had 424 passing yards while completing 88.5 per cent of his passes in the Eskimos' 40-24 win over visiting Montreal on Saturday. Marshall scored two touchdowns as Saskatchewan beat Calgary 40-27 Sunday to hand the visiting Stampeders their first loss of the season while Williams-Lambert had over 150 yards in receiving in that game.

--The University of Regina Rams have an exhibition game Wednesday night.  They play Manitoba in a 6 o'clock start at Leibel Field.

--The Washington Nationals appear to be giving up on the season by dealing second baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs and sending first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Nats received Class-A infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named or cash from the Cubs, and came away with just $50,000 U-S from the Cards. Murphy is hitting .300 since his return from knee surgery, and Adams has 18 home runs in 94 games.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

What Did You Miss Monday?



--The Riders made a small trade with Toronto. The green-and-white acquired receiver Brian Jones from the Argos for a 7th round selection in the 2019 draft.  Jones was taken with the 4th overall pick in the 2016 draft.

--The Pats made a small trade with Kootenay.  The Pats send a conditional 8th round pick in next year's bantam draft to the Ice for 17 year old goalie Carter Woodside.  The Asquith, Saskatchewan native was with the Prince Albert Mintos of the Saskatchewan Midget Triple A league last season.  Pats rookie camp starts Tuesday at the Brandt Centre with main camp starting on the weekend.  The first pre-season game is August 31 vs Swift Current at the Brandt Centre.

--A tough break for the Moose Jaw Warriors. 20 year old goalie Brody Willms will not play this season due to a hip injury. Willms won 37 games for the Warriors last season with four shutouts.

--Saskatoon's Bobbi Brandon will join another Saskatoon golfer, Anna Young, as locals in the field at the CP Canadian Womens Open.  Brandon was one of four to qualify in an 18 hole event at the Royal Regina Monday.  The CPWO starts Thursday at the Wascana.

--The Edmonton Oilers signed free-agent defenceman and recent Stanley Cup champion Jakub Jerabek to a one-year contract on Monday. Jerabek, 26, appeared in 36 games last season with the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals, recording two goals and six assists. He also played in two playoff games in Capitals' run to the Stanley Cup title. Jerabek appeared in 17 games with the American Hockey League's Laval Rocket, posting 11 points with one goal and 10 assists.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Jon Ryan Released By Seahawks

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Jon Ryan's tenure as a Seattle Seahawk has come to an end after a decade.   The Seahawks, at the request of the 36 year old, released the Regina-born punter today.

The complete story can be found right here 

Something To "Mitch" About

Courtesy CFL,ca

--I just want to make sure I have this right.  Seven days ago, Rider Nation (or at least a majority of them) wanted Chris Jones to hop on a railcar and go back to Tennessee never to be heard from again after telling Duron Carter he was no longer needed and working out Terrell Owens.  Some decried they would never be back until Jones was gone because he is killing the football team.  One week later, the Riders play in front of a sold-out crowd and play their best game of the year by downing the undefeated Stampeders 40-27.  It would seem as if the one most want to hate knew exactly what was going on.

The return of Zach Collaros has meant an end to the offensive struggles that we saw when number 17 was not in the lineup.  You just can't be successful in this league if your starting quarterback is down and with Collaros back, the team has moved the ball. Yes, the team has to start scoring touchdowns instead of relying on Mr. Automatic (Brett Lauther) to kick field goals, but it would seem that hatred towards OC Stephen MacAdoo has been silenced ----at least for this week.

An offensive line that was much maligned at the start of the season has picked up their socks  They kept Collaros clean on Sunday which is a feat in itself.

The defence was the defence with the usual culprits coming through and special teams came up huge.   This is the team you wanted coming out of camp and now that they are relatively healthy, this is a team that like last year around this time seems ready to turn the corner and make a run.

--During the 3rd quarter, I received a text from a friend saying Jordan Williams-Lambert is why Bakari Grant isn't here anymore. I can't disagree. The coaching staff saw what they had in JWL and he had a breakout game catching 9 for 150 plus yards.  While that was good news, it was tough to see Caleb Holley go down with what is unofficially said to be a season-ending knee injury.

After it was over, Chris Jones said don't go anointing them as Grey Cup champions because a week ago some thought they were the worst club in the league.  One win over the CFL's elite franchise is a nice two points, but there is still a lot of work to do.  The good news is the second half of the season should be a lot better than the first half if things continue on this path.

Elsewhere.....


--Holy boohoo Matt Nichols.  As the parody Twitter account @dustinjunk said Saturday, the Bombers have placed him on the six-game injured list due to hurt feelings.  What was that?  Nichols didn't like the fact he was booed after going back into the game after suffering an arm injury in a game they were going to lose. I'm not even sure those boos were directed at you as it seemed like they were aimed at Mike O'Shea.  Good on Matt for expressing his feelings, but one has to think he wouldn't survive two months wearing the green-and-white.  As we know around here, booing and criticizing the quarterback is one of the top jobs for the fanbase.

--Consistency is the number one problem with officiating. It doesn't matter what the sport is.  What one person sees is not what another person sees and it frustrates the fans terribly.  However, when a rule is a rule and it is ignored, questions have to be asked.   Edmonton's Duke Williams received a penalty earlier this year for using a towel as a prop.  Fast forward to the Bombers-Ottawa game and Darvin Adams uses a camera as a prop and gets away with it.  ?????   How is that missed?  The same goes for the Derel Walker throat slash after scoring a TD against the Riders? While maddening, I can understand this call not being made or that call not being made because an official sees it differently, but this is as black and white as can be and it is ignored.  Why? If the league is going to have a Twitter account to explain decisions on the field, then they need to start explaining why calls aren't made as well.  The Williams/towel incident is apparently going to be discussed in a video this week.  Why are we waiting for so long? How about providing the explanation right away?

--It was soooooo good to get out to the Rams practice field this weekend and see the team getting ready for a Wednesday night exhibition game at Leibel Field against Manitoba followed by the season-opener August 31 against Calgary.  I am expecting big things from the "Horns" this season in what will be the last year for Noah Picton.   Canada West will be an extremely competitive conference again with everything having to go right for whatever team hoists the Hardy Cup,  Like all other teams in the conference, the Rams do have some question marks going in, but it should be an exciting season. Steve Bryce and staff are ready.

--I am guessing it was not a good night's sleep for Scott McAulay and the Thunder.  The Saskatoon Hilltops came in and blew the doors off their provincial rival winning 41-7. One week does not make a season.  The Hilltops are good as they traditionally are, but I don't think the next game between the two will be a 34 point blowout win either.

--The Pats start training camp Tuesday.  Let me repeat that, the Pats start training camp Tuesday.  That was a short summer!  Why do I get the feeling this could be a year to remember for the Prince Albert Raiders?  I have to think they are the class of the Eastern Division as it stands right now.  I think it is pretty safe to say that the excitement generated in the second half of the season in Moose Jaw, Swift Current and Regina won't be repeated this year.  A lot of good hockey players have left the division.  Players that called southern Saskatchewan home.

--The last six weeks of the baseball season are going to be great. Solid races in many divisions and both wild-cards.  Sign me up!

--After months of planning, its time for the Wascana to start showing itself off to a world-wide audience.  The LPGA Canadian Womens Open begins today with events leading up to the start of Thursday's tournament. This should be a great week in Regina.  I hope you get out there and enjoy part of it.


Sunday, August 19, 2018

What Did You Miss Sunday?

Courtesy: Arthur Ward/CFL


--The Riders are 4-4. They handed the Stampeders their first loss of the season with a 40-27 win in front of a sold-out crowd at Mosaic Stadium.  Brett Lauther kicked six field goals while Nick Marshall returned an interception for a TD while running one in as well. 

-- The Edmonton Oilers signed free agent forward Scottie Upshall to a professional tryout on Sunday.
Upshall, 34, appeared in 63 games for St. Louis last season, registering 19 points with seven goals.
The native of Fort McMurray, Alta., has played 759 career NHL games over 15 seasons with Nashville, Philadelphia, Arizona, Columbus, Florida and St. Louis.

--The best women's golfers in the world are heading to Regina.  While the LPGA Canadian Womens Open doesn't start until Thursday, events leading up to the tournament start Monday at the Wascana and Royal Regina. 

--Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has been admitted to hospital with ``orthopedic injuries'' sustained in a violent wreck early in the A-B-C Supply 500. The 29-year-old was awake and alert as he was airlifted from the track and he was still being evaluated. The native of Guelph, Ontario was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay when the two cars slightly touched, sending the former's car spinning through the air into the fence.

--The Washington Redskins will host free-agent running back Adrian Peterson on Monday. The Redskins are looking for some running back help after draft pick Derrius Guice was lost for the season due to injury. Peterson, 33, made seven Pro Bowls in 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, but the team made him a free agent when it declined to exercise an option in his contract last year. Peterson signed a two-year deal with New Orleans, but he was traded to Arizona on Oct. 10. The Cardinals released him after the season.

What Did You Miss Saturday?


--A late one yard touchdown run from James Franklin lifted the Argonauts to a 24-23 win over BC in Saturday CFL play,  The win leaves both teams at 3-5 on the season. 

--Another big offensive night for Mike Reilly.  The Edmonton quarterback threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-24 victory over Montreal.  The Eskimos are 6-3 while the Alouettes are 1-8.

--The Regina Thunder did not have a good opening night experience.  They were beaten at home 41-7 by the Saskatoon Hilltops. Running back Ben Abrook had three touchdowns for the winners. 

--On June 18, the Houston Astros lead the Oakland Athletics by 12 games in the AL West. They are now tied. The Athletics pulled into a tie with the defending World Series champs with a 7-1 win on Saturday. 

--A spectator was injured and required stitches after player Kevin Stadler's club head came loose and flew into the gallery Friday at a Web.com Tour event near Portland, Oregon. Stadler, the son of former Masters champion Craig Stadler, was playing in the WinCo Foods Portland Open when he slammed his club to the turf in anger and up against his foot on the 15th hole of the second round. The club broke somewhere near the bottom of the shaft and hit a spectator in the head, causing injuries that required six stitches according to Tour officials. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Pats Training Camp Starts Tuesday



Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the 2018 Training Camp presented by Sleek Signs will begin on Tuesday at the Brandt Centre.

Rookies will be on the ice from Tuesday to Friday, and then the veterans will report and begin on-ice sessions on Saturday. Camp will culminate with the annual Blue and White intrasquad game on Monday, August 27. Rookie camp will be split into two separate teams, named for Pats alumni Chandler  Stephenson and Jordan Weal. Main Camp will be split between Team Garth Murray and Team Boyd Kane.

Here is the full camp schedule:

Tuesday August 21, 2018
- 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Team Weal Practice
- 7:15pm – 8:15pm – Team Stephenson Practice

Wednesday August 22, 2018
- 10:00am – 11:00am – Team Weal Practice
- 11:15am – 12:15pm – Team Stephenson Practice
- 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Goalie Session
- 7:00pm – 9:00pm –Team Weal vs Team Stephenson Scrimmage

Thursday August 23, 2018
- 8:45am – 9:45am – Open Skate for Veterans
- 10:00am – 11:00am – Team Stephenson Practice
- 11:15am – 12:15pm – Team Weal Practice
- 12:30pm – 1:30pm – Goalie Session
- 7:00pm – 9:00pm –Team Weal vs Team Stephenson Scrimmage

Friday August 24, 2018
-11:00am – 1:00pm – Team Weal vs Team Stephenson Scrimmage

Saturday August 25, 2018
-10:00am – 11:00am – Rookie Camp Holdovers’ Practice
-7:00pm – 9:00pm –Team Kane vs Team Murray Scrimmage

Sunday August 26, 2018
-10:00am – 10:45am – Team Kane Practice
-11:00am – 11:45am – Team Murray Practice
-7:00pm – 9:00pm –Team Kane vs Team Murray Scrimmage

Monday August 27, 2018
-10:00am – 10:45am – Team White Practice
-11:00am – 11:45am – Team Blue Practice
-7:00pm – 9:00pm – Blue vs White Game

Players will be available to the media at the conclusion of each of the on-ice sessions.

There will be 42 players at the Pats rookie camp and an additional 34 at main camp. Here is a look at the rookie camp roster.

Name
Position
Birth Year
Name
Position
Birth Year
Cole Dubinsky
C
2002
Jared Miller
LW
2002
Jake Snashall
RW
2003
Easton Armstrong
LW
2003
Aidan Bangs
C
2002
Colby Bear
RW
2003
Trenton Penner
LW
2003
Colby Wotton
C
2003
Cale Sanders
RW
2002
Bryce Howard
LW
2003
Adam Grenier
C
2003
Jack McKeown
RW
2003
Josh Romanyk
LW
2002
Kayden Tocher
C
2003
Shaw Cathcart
RW
2003
Rhett Gibson
LW
2002
Austin Reschny
C
2003
Cole Gordon
LW
2002
Dawson Good
LW
2002
Cooper Chisholm
C
2003
Kylen Taphorn
RW
2003
Coleton Panowyk
D
2002
Samuel McGinley
D
2002
Parker Berge
D
2003
Brayden Koch
D
2002
Jake Johnson
D
2003
Makai Mitchell
D
2002
Marcus Taylor
D
2003
Daylan Weigel
D
2003
Jace Ticknor
D
2003
Tegan Skehar
D
2003
Hunter Harwood
D
2003
Trevor Hunt
D
2003
Alex Liskowich
D
2002
Ryan Redekopp
D
2003
Ben Bygrove
D
2002
Jackson Dylla
G
2002
Jared Thompson
G
2002
Andy Vlaha
G
2003
Tristan Martin
G
2002
Levi Hall
G
2003
Carson Ironside
G
2003

The Regina Pats 2018 Main Camp Roster:

Name
Position
Birth Year
Name
Position
Birth Year
Bryce Platt
LW
1998
Jake Leschyshyn
C
1999
Nick Henry
RW
1999
Koby Morrisseau
C
2000
Robbie Holmes
LW
1999
Austin Pratt
RW
1999
Scott Mahovlich
RW
1999
Logan Nijhoff
C
2001
Garrett Wright
C
2001
Justyn Gurney
LW
2000
Riley Krane
LW
2000
Carter Massier
RW
2001
Sergei Alkhimov
RW
2000
Duncan Pierce
C
2000
Kishaun Gervais
LW
2001
Reid Robertson
LW
2000
Max Gudnason
C
2001
Callum Fortin
RW
2001
Cale Fleury
D
1998
Brady Pouteau
D
1998
Aaron Hyman
D
1998
Liam Schioler
D
1998
Parker Gavlas
D
1999
Marco Creta
D
2000
Jonas Harkins
D
2000
Nikita Sedov
D
2000
Kevin Bachul
D
2001
Ryker Evans
D`
2001
Kyle Boudreau
D
2001
Steven Zonneveld
D
2001
Max Paddock
G
2000
Sebastian Eger
D
2001
Kyle Dumba
G
1998
Matthew Pesenti
G
2001

The Pats will kick off the 2018 pre-season on August 31 against the Swift Current Broncos at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Season tickets and 17-game packages for the 2018-19 season are available now by visiting reginapats.com.

(Jake Leschyshyn Photo: Courtesy Keith Hershmiller

(Phil Andrews/Regina Pats)