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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This Week In Cougar Athletics






Home Events – Thursday
Women's Basketball – Canada West semifinal vs. Calgary, Game 1 (7:00 PM)

Home Events – Friday
Women's Basketball – Canada West semifinal vs. Calgary, Game 2 (7:00 PM)

Home Events – Saturday
Women's Basketball – Canada West semifinal vs. Calgary, Game 3 (7:00 PM) *if necessary

Away Events – Thursday
Swimming – at U SPORTS Championships, Day 1 (Toronto, Ont.)

Away Events – Friday
Swimming – at U SPORTS Championships, Day 2 (Toronto, Ont.)
Track & Field – at Canada West Championships, Day 1 (Winnipeg, Man.)
Wrestling – at U SPORTS Championships, Day 1 (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)
Women's Volleyball – Canada West quarterfinal at UBC, Match 1 (6:00 PM PST)

Away Events – Saturday
Swimming – at U SPORTS Championships, Day 3 (Toronto, Ont.)
Track & Field – at Canada West Championships, Day 2 (Winnipeg, Man.)
Wrestling – at U SPORTS Championships, Day 2 (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)
Women's Volleyball – Canada West quarterfinal at UBC, Match 2 (6:00 PM PST)

Away Events – Sunday
Women's Volleyball – Canada West quarterfinal at UBC, Match 3 (4:00 PM PST) *if necessary

Women’s Basketball (U SPORTS Ranking: No. 2) – Kyanna Giles was named the Canada West First Star of the Week after leading the Cougars to a quarterfinal series win over UBC in two straight games. The sweep moves the U of R along to the Canada West semifinals, which will see them match up against No. 4-seeded Calgary at the CKHS in a series that begins Thursday night. Game 2 will go on Friday night, while Game 3 will be played on Saturday if it’s needed. All three games will start at 7:00 PM with the winner to advance to the conference championship game next weekend.

Swimming (Women’s U SPORTS Ranking: No. 7 / Men’s U SPORTS Ranking: No. 9) – The Cougars will head east this weekend for the U SPORTS Championships, which will be hosted from Thursday to Saturday by the University of Toronto. The women’s team will be led by Lexy King and Georgia Kaluznick, who are ranked No. 4 in the nation in the 800-metre freestyle and the 200-metre butterfly, respectively. On the men’s side, look for the 4x200-metre relay team (ranked No. 3 in U SPORTS this season with its time of 7:25.15 at the conference meet in November) and Noah Choboter, a three-time U SPORTS medalist who’s ranked No. 4 in the country in the 200-metre backstroke.

Wrestling (Women’s U SPORTS Ranking: No. 5 / Men’s U SPORTS Ranking: No. 7) – The Cougars close out their 2017-18 season at the U SPORTS Championships, set for Friday and Saturday at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Waylon Decoteau, Lucas Hoffert, and Nathen Schmidt lead the way for the men’s team after all three struck gold at the Canada West meet two weekends ago, while Inga Hammer, Jessica Rabet, Miki Rowbottom, and Amber Wiebe come into the national meet as conference silver medalists for the No. 5-ranked women’s team.

Track & Field – The Cougars will also head east this weekend as the University of Manitoba will host the Canada West Championships on Friday and Saturday. Rookie long jumper Shane Patmore enters the meet as one of the only two Canada West athletes to have gone over seven metres this season, while Reagan Fedak (weight throw) and Molly Yungmann (pentathlon) are also ranked No. 2 in their events on the women’s side.

Women’s Volleyball – The Cougars were idle last weekend after becoming the first team in the conference to finish its regular season schedule two Saturdays ago. They locked up a playoff berth on Friday thanks to a pair of favourable results on the out-of-town scoreboard, and ended up finishing in seventh place in the Canada West standings at 12-12. The Cougars will play No. 4-ranked UBC in the quarterfinals, a matchup that will feature two teams that battled to a weekend split last month in Regina. The best-of-three series starts Friday in Vancouver.

Men’s Basketball – The Cougars travelled to Lethbridge for a Canada West quarterfinal series against the Pronghorns, but their season came to a halt after the Pronghorns took it in two straight games. Lethbridge dominated in a 115-68 win in Game 1, but Friday’s game was a different story. The two teams went to overtime before Lethbridge closed out the U of R with a 105-98 win despite a 27-point, 13-rebound effort by Regina’s Alex Igual in his final U SPORTS game and a 24-point performance off the bench by Shaquille Harris. Igual, Brandon Tull, and Brian Ofori all played their final games as Cougars.

Women’s Hockey – Alberta put an end to the Cougars’ postseason hopes with two consecutive 2-1 wins in a Canada West quarterfinal series in Edmonton. Both games followed remarkably similar scripts, with Alberta scoring goals in both of the opening two periods before Regina came back with a late goal but not the equalizer. Friday’s late marker was scored with Jaycee Magwood, while Saturday’s third-period goal was notched by Sam Geekie. The loss puts an end to the U SPORTS careers of fifth-year players Bailey Braden, Kylee Kupper, and Nikki Watters-Matthes.

(Braden Konschuh/U of R Athletics)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cougar Womens BB Player Kyanna Giles Named CanWest Female Athlete Of Week

Kyanna Giles 
Photo: Arthur Images 


U of R Cougar ladies basketball player Kyanna Giles was named the Canada West First Star of the Week on Tuesday after the second-year guard led the Cougars to a two-game sweep over UBC in a conference quarterfinal series in Regina.

Giles was all over the stat sheet in Thursday's 85-70 win in Game 1, collecting 20 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds for the Cougars.

But she was even better on Saturday in a hard-fought game that was a one-possession affair as late as midway through the fourth quarter. Giles poured in a career-high 28 points, which included a personal 8-0 run including a pair of triples that turned a slim two-point Cougar advantage into a 69-59 lead with three minutes to go. She finished 11-for-18 from the field overall in Saturday's win, including 4-for-8 from three-point land.

Over the two games, Giles collected 48 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, five steals, and a block. She shot 54.1% from the field in the series.

Giles will go forward as Canada West's nominee for the U SPORTS Athletes of the Week, which will be announced on Wednesday.

Argos Get Better At Linebacker

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The Toronto Argonauts have signed international free agent linebacker Taylor Reed to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

“Taylor is an established veteran who has solidified himself as one of the CFL’s top tacklers,” said Argos GM Jim Popp. “We’re excited to add a player of his calibre to our defence and we look forward to his contributions in 2018.”

Reed, 26, joins the Argos after enjoying a career year with the Ottawa REDBLACKS, recording 94 tackles and four sacks in the nation’s capital before becoming a free agent on Feb. 13.

The news comes on the same day the Argos also brought back free agent middle linebacker Bear Woods, giving the team a solid stable of veteran linebackers that also includes Marcus Ball and Khalil Bass.

Over the span of five CFL seasons, Reed has collected 315 defensive tackles, 17 sacks, two interceptions and five forced fumbles. He’s appeared in two Grey Cups, including Ottawa’s Grey Cup Championship over the Calgary Stampeders in 2016.


CFL Issues Partial Release of Neg List Players

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The Canadian Football League (CFL) and the nine clubs have unveiled ten players from each team’s negotiation list.
Following the CFL winter meetings in Banff, AB the teams approved a measure to publicly share ten players from their negotiation list twice a year (February and December).  
“Scouting potential CFL players, and managing negotiation lists, are just a few of the things our teams do around the clock in a never-ending effort to always get better,” said Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

“The CFL is also constantly striving to improve. We need to do more to ensure our great league is featured in the conversation about sports and entertainment that is also happening around the clock today. Publicly releasing some of the names on our negotiation list is a step towards greater transparency. It gives the fans that support us and the media that cover us more CFL to talk about as we all look forward to our upcoming combines, draft and training camps.”   
CFL by-laws state that teams can claim exclusive CFL rights to up to 45 players by placing them on their negotiation list. Players can be added, removed or traded from the list at any time.
Below are the lists of 10 players from each CFL team:
BC LIONS
Name
Position
College
Greg Ducre
DB
Washington
Ryan Finley
QB
NC State
Deondre Francois
QB
Florida State
Jake Fromm
QB
Georgia
Gage Gubrud
QB
Eastern Washington
Lamar Jackson
QB
Louisville
Najee Murray
DB
Kent State
Shea Patterson
QB
Michigan
Brett Rypien
QB
Boise State
Khalil Tate
QB
Arizona

EDMONTON ESKIMOS
Name
Position
College
Shane Buechele
QB
Texas
Case Cookus
QB
Northern Arizona
Will Davis
DB
Utah State
Josh James
OL
Carroll College
Phillip Lindsay
RB
Colorado
Jerry Louie-McGee
WR/RET
Montana
Steven Mitchell Jr.
WR
USC
Zack Wagenmann
DE
Montana
Manny Wilkins
QB
Arizona State
Shane Zylstra
WR
Minnesota State

CALGARY STAMPEDERS
Name
Position
College
Josh Allen
OT
Louisiana-Monroe
Keyarris Garrett 
WR
Tulsa
Bennett Jackson
DB
Notre Dame
Anthony Johnson
DT
LSU
Tommylee Lewis 
WR
Northern Illinois
Givens Price
OT
Nebraska
Tyler Rogers
QB
New Mexico State
Brandon Silvers
QB
Troy
Greg Ward Jr.
QB/WR
Houston
Tourek Williams
DE
Florida International

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS
Name
Position
College
Josh Boyce
WR
TCU
B.J. Daniels
QB/RB
South Florida
Akeem Davis
LB
Memphis
Curt Maggitt
DE
Tennessee
Trace McSorley
QB
Penn State
Luis Perez                          
QB
Texas A&M Commerce
Eric Pinkins                        
DB
San Diego State
Kevin Snead
WR
Carson-Newman
Daxton Swanson
DB
Sam Houston State
Adam Zaruba                    
FB
Simon Fraser

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
Name
Position
College
Jayson DiManche  
LB
 Southern Illinois
Quinton Flowers
QB
South Florida
Alex McGough
QB
Florida International
Felix Menard-Briere
K
Montreal
Shakim Phillips
WR
Boston College
Cody Prewitt   
DB
Ole Miss
Marcus Sayles
DB
West Georgia
Tharold Simon
DB
LSU
Chris Streveler
QB
South Dakota
Corey Washington
REC
Newberry College

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS
Name
Position
College
Randall Evans      
DB
Kansas State
Robert Griffin III
QB
Baylor
DuJuan Harris
RB
Troy
Julian Howsare
DE
Clarion
McKenzie Milton
QB
Central Florida
Kalif Raymond
WR
Holy Cross
Jumal Rolle    
DB
Catawba
Nathan Shepherd       
DL
Fort Hays State
Tua Tagovailoa
QB
Alabama
Andrew Turzilli
WR
Rutgers

TORONTO ARGONAUTS
Name
Position
College
Houston Bates
LB
Louisiana Tech
Charles James
DB
Charleston Southern
Will Likely       
DB
Maryland
Nico Marley    
LB
Tulane
Keshawn Martin
WR
Michigan State
Baker Mayfield
QB
Oklahoma
Jonathan Meeks
DB
Clemson
Aaron Murray
QB
 Georgia
Denard Robinson
RB/QB
Michigan
Rodney Smith
WR
Florida State

OTTAWA REDBLACKS
Name
Position
College
Tyler Ferguson
QB
Western Kentucky
Bug Howard   
WR
North Carolina
Joey Ivie         
DL
Florida
Kaleb Johnson
OL
Rutgers
J.T. Jones      
DL
Miami (Ohio)
Greg Little
WR
North Carolina
JoJo Natson
WR
Akron
Ejuan Price
LB
Pittsburgh
Phillip Walker
QB
Temple
Andrew Wylie
OL
Eastern Michigan

MONTREAL ALOUETTES
Name
Position
College
Woody Baron
DL
Virginia Tech
Brian Hill         
RB
Wyoming
Colin Kaepernick
QB
Nevada
Devante Kincade
QB
Grambling State
Jonathan Krause
WR
Vanderbilt
Riley McCarron 
WR
Iowa
Nick Moody
LB
Florida State
Anthony Philyaw
RB
Howard
Austin Rehkow
K
Idaho
Rico Richardson
WR
Jackson State