Friday, October 20, 2017

Depth Charts For Friday's Riders-Stampeders Game

620 CKRM's game-day coverage starts at 4 with kickoff at 7 

This Week In Cougar Athletics

Home Schedule – Friday
Women’s Volleyball – vs. Calgary, 6:00 PM (CKHS)
Women’s Hockey – vs. UBC, 7:00 PM (The Co-operators Centre)
Men’s Volleyball – vs. Calgary, 8:00 PM (CKHS)

Home Schedule – Saturday
Women’s Soccer – vs. Winnipeg, 12:00 PM (U of R Field)
Rams Football – vs. Calgary, 2:00 PM (Mosaic Stadium)
Men’s Volleyball – vs. Calgary, 5:00 PM (CKHS)
Women’s Volleyball – vs. Calgary, 7:00 PM (CKHS)
Women’s Hockey – vs. UBC, 7:00 PM (The Co-operators Centre)

Home Schedule – Sunday
Women’s Soccer – vs. Manitoba, 12:00 PM (U of R Field)

Away Schedule – Friday
Men’s Basketball – at Thompson Rivers, 3:00 PM PDT (Kamloops, B.C.)
Women’s Basketball – vs. Thompson Rivers, 5:00 PM (Calgary, Alta.)
Men’s Hockey – at UBC, 7:00 PM PDT (Vancouver, B.C.)

Away Schedule – Saturday
Cross Country – at Sask Athletics Age Group Championships (Yorkton, Sask.)
Men’s Basketball – vs. UBC Okanagan, 11:00 AM PDT (Kamloops, B.C.)
Men’s Hockey – at UBC, 2:00 PM PDT (Vancouver, B.C.)
Women’s Basketball – vs. Victoria, 7:00 PM (Calgary, Alta.)

Rams Football (U SPORTS Ranking: No. 8) – The Rams (4-2) clinched a playoff spot after emerging victorious in what was the highest-scoring game in team history, outlasting Alberta for a 58-55 double-overtime road win on Saturday afternoon. Atlee Simon became the school’s all-time touchdown king and was named the Canada West Offensive Player of the Week, Mitchell Picton took over as the U of R’s career leader in touchdown catches, and Daniel Scraper earned Canada West Special Teams Player of the Week honours after drilling a 26-yard game-winning field goal in the second extra session. The Rams will take a crack at unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Calgary (6-0) this Saturday afternoon at Mosaic Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00.

Women’s Hockey – The Cougars (3-1-0-0) vaulted into a tie for first place in the Canada West standings with a big six-point weekend against Mount Royal, taking a 4-2 win on Friday and a 3-2 win on Saturday. Jaycee Magwood and Jensen Smigelsky both had three-point weekends to lead the way offensively for the Cougars, who are right back at home this weekend with games against the team they’re tied with for tops in the conference standings. They’ll play UBC on Friday night and Saturday night at The Co-operators Centre, with both games set to start at 7:00.

Women’s Volleyball – Now finished with the non-conference schedule after a pair of tune-up matches against Saskatchewan at Ochapowace First Nation, the Cougars will move into Canada West play beginning this weekend at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. The Cougars will host Calgary on Friday night (6:00) and Saturday night (7:00) to start off the conference schedule.

Men’s Volleyball – Now in their 40th season of intervarsity competition and 17th season as full members of Canada West, the Cougars lift the lid on the conference schedule this weekend with two matches against the University of Calgary. The Cougars, who played a non-conference schedule consisting of tournaments hosted by Brandon and the U of R, will meet the Dinos on Friday night (8:00) and Saturday night (5:00) at the CKHS.

Women’s Soccer – The Cougars (0-6-6) suffered a 5-0 loss to Canada West-leading Trinity Western last Friday, but battled Fraser Valley to a hard-fought 1-1 draw on Saturday thanks in large part to a goal in the 63rd minute by Daniela Castro. The Cougars still have a chance to qualify for the playoffs but will need wins over both Winnipeg and Manitoba this weekend combined with a Saskatchewan win over Manitoba. The Cougars will battle the Wesmen on Saturday and the Bisons on Sunday. Both games are scheduled for a noon start at the U of R Field.

Men’s Hockey – The Cougars (1-2-1) had a three-point road weekend at Mount Royal, taking a 7-6 shootout win on Friday before losing 5-4 on Saturday in another shootout. Brody Luhning and Ian McNulty both had four-point weekends for the Cougars, with Luhning racking up four assists and McNulty scoring a goal and adding three helpers. Regina heads to the West Coast this weekend for a pair of games against a 1-3-0 UBC squad.

Women’s Basketball – The Cougars marched through their second straight three-win weekend with home victories over Windsor (79-46), Saskatchewan (74-73), and Brandon (107-55) to take the Cougar Classic title. The team now has a 7-1 non-conference record and will take a seven-game winning streak into Calgary this weekend, where they’ll play Thompson Rivers and Victoria in two of their final three tune-up contests before Canada West play starts.

Men’s Basketball – The Cougars travelled east for the second consecutive weekend, this time playing in the Naismith Classic at the University of Waterloo. After losses to Ottawa and Wilfrid Laurier to start out the tournament, the Cougars finished off with a nice 93-75 win over host Waterloo to improve their non-conference record to 2-4 on the season. The Cougars will play Thompson Rivers and UBC Okanagan this Friday and Saturday at the WolfPack Invitational in Kamloops, B.C.

Cross Country – Adam Strueby was second overall and the first U SPORTS runner across the line on Saturday at the Vikes Invitational in Victoria with a 10K time of 31:17. Alex Eiswerth and Marc Turmel finished in 10th place and 11th place with times of 32:20 and 32:21, respectively, to help the Cougars place fourth in the tightly packed team standings. The Cougars will send a small crew to the Sask Athletics Age Group Championships this Saturday in Yorkton.

Swimming – The Cougars had their first meet of the 2017-18 season over the weekend at the Lawson Aquatic Centre. Brian Palaschuk won both the 100-metre freestyle and the 100-metre backstroke at the Fall Break Out, while newcomer Etienne Paquin-Foisy took first in the 100-metre butterfly and Noah Wasyliw won the 100-metre breaststroke. Eva Madar led the women’s team with first-place efforts in both the 100-metre freestyle and the 100-metre butterfly. The Cougars will now prepare for the Colleges Cup Pacific, which will be hosted by UBC on Nov. 3 and Nov. 4.

Braden Konschuh
Sports Information Director
University of Regina

This And That

Welcome to Friday!  Here are the usual weekly thoughts running through my muddled mind, and as always they come in no particular order.

--As the Riders go into Calgary tonight to play the Stampeders, I think it is safe to say this has been the most interesting and perhaps the most chaotic week the team has had under Chris Jones' watch.  It all started with the fight Monday involving Duron Carter.  One that had the enigmatic receiver sending Rider Nation into a frenzy with one cryptic seven-word tweet and one that will end with Carter playing receiver and defensive back against the Stamps.  What happened Monday? We will never know.  We know Carter and Sam Williams were involved, but that is it.  The team isn't talking about it, the coaches aren't talking it and everyone just wants to forget it.  If it wasn't Carter that was involved, it probably would be by now. 

As Chris Jones mentioned on Tuesday, boys will be boys and fights will happen. It is part of football. This team is fired up coming down the homestretch. Did Carter's attitude have anything to do what happened? Whether it did or it didn't, it doesn't matter because it shows an intensity around here that wasn't around last year when the team's fate was basically sealed by this time.  Yes, I have questions as to why Carter is playing on the corner against a good Calgary offence in what is a big game, but there is a method to Chris Jones' madness.

  Like he has numerous times in his short tenure here, he is rolling the dice. On some it has worked, on others it hasn't.  The one thing that can't be denied is he has all eyes on his football team again this weekend. The CFL won't admit it, but they love it.  The Riders move the needle much the way the Yankees do in MLB, the Patriots do in the NFL and the Leafs do in the NHL.  When people are talking about the Riders, they are talking about the CFL. It makes me wonder if the CFL would get more attention if Carter's antics were happening with him being a member of the Argos. You can't tell me it wouldn't help! No one at the league office is complaining when TSN leads its afternoon Sportscenter with the latest in Riderville because everyone who is a CFL fan is watching and those who aren't have to have a passing interest. 

What if Carter makes some impact plays on "D"? If he were to grab a pick six, Bo Levi Mitchell's Twitter account would be rudely assaulted by Rider fans. BLM threw the first salvo which Carter graciously accepted and threw back. Any chance Rider Nation has to chirp BLM is one they will take and like it or not, the Calgary quarterback is ready for it.  Like him or not, what he does on Twitter to get the fires rising is what the CFL needs.  It is harmless fun!  It is why we need more of this. 

--As we approach the final 3 weeks of the CFL season, here is a look at the standings if you seeded teams 1-9 

1. Calgary    27 pts
2. Winnipeg  22 pts
3. Edmonton 18 pts
4. Saskatchewan 16 pts
5. Ottawa 15 pts
6. Toronto 14 pts 
7. BC 12 pts
8. Hamilton 8 pts
9. Montreal 6 pts

We know that there will be a crossover team and that Calgary and either Ottawa or Toronto will get a first round bye as winners of the East.  IF you went 1-9, you would see the Stamps and Bombers would have a first round bye with Edmonton playing Toronto and Ottawa in Saskatchewan for Round 1.  However, going into the final 3 weeks BC would still have a shot and so would Ottawa and Toronto in a quest to get a first-round playoff game.  A Riders home playoff game would be there now, but would it be there after the weekend? There is a lot more drama in the 1-9 scenario than what we are currently getting.  While I know many want the current format to stay, there are many others who want change including me. 

--The Gordon Hayward injury from Tuesday night is absolutely horrific.  It might be one of the worst ones I've seen. The only one worse may be from the 2007 Vanier Cup when a running back from Manitoba suffered a gruesome broken leg.  When it was shown on the big screen at Skydome, a collective "OHHHHHHHH" came out from what was a good-sized crowd.  Many outlets decided not to show the sight of Hayward sitting on the court with his ankle and leg not looking the way it should.  It's out there if you haven't seen it. If you are squeamish, don't look for it.  If not, have at er, but be warned!

--Can we just fast forward the NHL season and have the Leafs play Vegas for the Stanley Cup? Meanwhile, Oilers fans like me are wondering what exactly is happening as the start has not been what we were expecting.  Connor McDavid has only scored in one game, the defence has been horrible and the goaltending has been sub-standard.  From what I have seen, the decision to trade Jordan Eberle instead of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a mistake as RNH continues to play soft as he did in the Carolina game. Perhaps its the fact the Oilers are wearing those ugly orange uniforms at home instead of the traditional blue . Change it back! Maybe an OT win in Chicago will start turning the fortunes around. 

--While the Riders are in Calgary, the University of Calgary will be in Regina this weekend.  Much like the CFL, the road to the title will go through Calgary. The Dinos are 6-0 on the season so the 4-2 Rams have a huge challenge in front of them.  It will be a tough test for a Regina defence that has given up a lot of points in its last two games, but if Noah Picton and company can find a way to get 35-40 points, I like their chances. It is going to be a lot of fun Saturday at Mosaic. Game time is 2. Get out there and watch the likes of Noah Picton, Mitch Picton, Atlee Simon, Danny Nesbitt and Nick Dheilly. 

--On Sunday in Saskatoon, the Thunder and Hilltops will meet again for all the PFC marbles. It will be meeting #3 on the year between the two with each team having won on the road. This will be an outstanding football game with the winner likely going on in a couple of weeks to take the Canadian Bowl.  I am sure a lot of Regina fans will make the trip north and I am sure they will be met by many Hilltops fan to make it another October afternoon to remember with a lot on the line.

--Week 7 NFL Lock Of The Week --- Cowboys over 49ers
   Week 7 NFL Upset Of The Week --- Packers over Saints

The Sunday night game has the Falcons in New England in a rematch of last year's Super Bowl. It doesn't matter what the score is after three quarters, KEEP WATCHING! 

--It's been very quiet in Calgary since the re-election of Naheed Nenshi as mayor.  Yes, some members of the Flames weren't happy about it and voiced that displeasure on Twitter, but it would appear the Flames camp is either re-grouping or pouting. Whatever it is, the team should look to get a new person in front of the camera.  Ken King isn't going to help the cause any.  In my opinion, he should be replaced as the face of this fight.  I'm not the only one that feels that way as some in Calgary believe the same thing. If not, this situation won't improve anytime soon.

--RIP Gord Downie. The impact you had on many in this country is immense. Your music will keep your memory alive for years.

--That's all I got. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Week 7 NFL Capsules

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Week 7 of the NFL season starts off with a game between AFC West rivals Kansas City and Oakland. For a look at that game and all the others in the NFL this weekend, click here 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Riders Discuss Monday's "Fight"

Duron Carter was talking, but wasn't really talking one day after an alleged fight with teammate Sam Williams during Monday's practice.  Jovon Johnson and Chris Jones also spoke out today. Here is a recap of what they said.




Make of it what you will!

Monday, October 16, 2017

MLB Expansion and ReAlignment???

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Ever since the Expos moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005, there has been an ongoing movement in the Canadian city to regain a major league franchise. There has even been talk of support for building a ballpark downtown, which was one of the missing ingredients that led to the Expos' departure.

In September, the folks in Portland, Ore., were given hope that they, too, could be home to an expansion team when commissioner Rob Manfred, speaking in Seattle, for the second year in a row mentioned Portland as a potential site for a franchise, and was quoted as saying "a team in the West" would be a part of any expansion.

And there is a legitimate ownership group in Portland that has the necessary financing along with support for a stadium, which would be partially funded by a $150 million grant. Approved by the state of Oregon to help finance a stadium when efforts were underway in 2003 to be the site for the relocation of the Expos (who instead moved to Washington, D.C.), the grant is still available.

There seems to be a building consensus that baseball will soon be headed to a 32-team configuration. It will lead to major realignment and adjustments in schedule, which will allow MLB to address the growing concerns of the union about travel demands and off days.

One proposal would be to geographically restructure into four divisions, which would create a major reduction in travel, particularly for teams on the East Coast and West Coast, and add to the natural rivalries by not just having them as interleague attractions, but rather a part of the regular divisional battles.

Consider four eight-team divisions with the addition of teams in Portland and Montreal:

East: Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Miami, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington.

North: Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal, both New York franchises and Toronto.

Midwest: Both Chicago franchises, Colorado, Houston, Kansas City, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Texas.

West: Anaheim, Arizona, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

Key elements of this alignment:

A 156-game schedule would include 24 total games against the eight teams in each of the three other divisions—three games against each opponent.
The schedule would include 12 games—six home and six road—against each of the seven divisional opponents.
 The format would provide for an off day every week (such as every Monday or Thursday) and would fit into the same foot print for beginning and ending as the 2018 schedule. The season could start on a weekend, which would offset only one three-game series played the week of the All-Star Game.
The 156-game schedule would reduce each team's slate by six games, but revenue could be made up by a major reduction in travel costs.
Fan interest could be maintained by allowing for the four first-place teams in each division to advance to the postseason, and having play-in games against the eight remaining teams with the best records.
The winners of the four wild card games would advance to the Division Series, which would feature a wild card team against each division champion.
Those four winners would advance to the Championship Series, and the winners of that round would meet in the World Series.
That would add postseason product to the broadcast packages and provide postseason hope for 12 of the 32 franchises, which could boost attendance in September, again offsetting any impact from the season being six games shorter.
With a day off every week, there would be a regular rest routine, much like prior to expansion when teams would often play Sunday doubleheaders and Monday would be off. It could be used for travel so teams did not have to make long flights, arriving in cities at 3 a.m. or later.
And the schedule would drastically reduce travel, while keeping teams in their time zones, except for the Rockies and Twins. They, however, would be playing teams in a time zone an hour earlier, which is less demanding than an hour later, and also provides increased TV ratings because of prime time viewing. The other intra-division teams would have to travel to Colorado or Minnesota just six games per year.
All teams would open the season with an inter-division series, and all out-of-division road trips would be two-city trips.

(Baseball America)

Canada West Recognizes Two Rams After Double OT Win in Alberta

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University of Regina Rams running back Atlee Simon and kicker Daniel Scraper were both honoured as Canada West Players of the Week on Monday for their roles in the team's thrilling 58-55 double-overtime road win over Alberta.
Simon was named the Canada West Offensive Player of the Week after not only collecting a career-high 265 all-purpose yards, but also scoring three majors to pass Jason Clermont as the school's all-time touchdown king. He collected 206 of those yards on the ground as he finished just two yards short of also setting a career high in rushing yards, while also catching five passes for 59 receiving yards including a pair of touchdowns. Simon, who had a 53-yard touchdown run in the second quarter which goes down as the longest run of his career, is now second in the conference in rushing yards.
"After struggling with a high-ankle sprain for most of last year, Atlee has become the player that I knew he could be for this team," Rams head coach Steve Bryce said. "He's a formidable player in this league, and I think Atlee would be the first to tell you that much of his success over the past few weeks is due to the tremendous play of the offensive line."
Scraper earned Canada West Special Teams Player of the Week honours after going a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals during the win, including a 26-yard effort in the second overtime session which finally put an end to the longest game in U of R history. He also connected on 19-yard and 34-yard field goals, both of which came in the fourth quarter.
"Daniel's been improving week in and week out and has become much more consistent in recent weeks," Bryce said. "He's an outstanding competitor and is extremely hard on himself after a miss, so I'm very happy to see him have a game like that for us."
The Rams clinched a playoff berth with the win over Alberta and will take a two-game winning streak into their next game, set for this Saturday afternoon (2:00) at home against a Calgary team that's a perfect 6-0 through the first six weeks of the Canada West schedule.