ARGOS 42 RIDERS 40 (2 OT)

July 5th, 2015

REGINA – Trevor Harris threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tori Gurley and then hooked up with running back Anthony Coombs on a three-yard strike for the two-point conversion as the Toronto Argonauts pulled off a 42-40 double-overtime upset against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in front of a shocked crowd of 31,907 fans at Mosaic Stadium.

Toronto (2-0) fielded the ball first in the double-overtime session.

Saskatchewan (0-2) had a chance to tie the game after QB Kevin Glenn connected with Chris Getzlaf for a 25-yard touchdown on the next drive, but Glenn just missed Getzlaf on the ensuing two-point convert.

Harris went 30 for 38 with 267 yards and four touchdowns and one interception in the game, while Owens led Toronto receivers with eight catches for 88 yards and one touchdown.

Glenn was equally effective for the Riders, going 33 for 40 for 477 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

Ryan Smith for the Riders led all receivers with eight catches for 174 yards and one touchdown.

(The Canadian Press)

RIDERS BRINGING BACK MCCALLUM

July 1st, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have agreed to terms to add national kicker Paul McCallum to the team.

McCallum (5’11 – 190) is a veteran of 22 CFL seasons after originally entering the league in 1993. Through 325 career regular season games the Vancouver native has connected on 689 of 858 field goal attempts (80.3%) and a current running CFL record 792 consecutive convert attempts. He currently sits second in CFL all-time scoring with 3,022 points.

Last season, the 45-year-old made 38 of 42 field goal attempts for a league high 90.5% completion rate in 18 regular season games with the BC Lions. He was named a 2014 West Division All-Star.

This will be McCallum’s second tour of duty with the Green and White after previously spending 12 seasons (1994-2005) with the team where he played 172 regular season games.

He is a five-time West Division All-Star (2003, 07, 10-11, 14), two-time CFL All-star (2010-11) and two time Grey Cup champion (2006, 2011).

RIDERS WELCOME BACK SUNSERI

July 1st, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that international quarterback Tino Sunseri has signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Sunseri spent the last two seasons with the Riders after originally signing with the team in May, 2013. The University of Pittsburgh product played all 18 games in his rookie season, listed as the third string quarterback, totaling 167 passing yards on 14 completions.

Last season, Sunseri dressed for all 18 regular season games – starting four – completing 73 of 123 attempts for 1,140 yards and six touchdowns.

Sunseri won the 2013 Grey Cup as a member of the Riders.

BLUE BOMBERS 30 ROUGHRIDERS 26

June 27th, 2015

REGINA – Nick Moore caught his first touchdown in a Blue Bombers uniform to help Winnipeg to a a 30-26 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday night.

Moore made a nice sliding catch on an 18-yard throw from Drew Willy with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Bombers (1-0) up for good.

Willy completed 22 of 25 pass attempts for 325 yards and three touchdowns.

Saskatchewan (0-1) backup Kevin Glenn replaced Darian Durant at quarterback after Durant suffered an injury with 37 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Durant wasn’t touched on the play – an incomplete pass attempt to Jamel Richardson – but landed awkwardly on his left foot after he released the pass.

Last year, the Riders’ star quarterback tore a tendon in his right throwing elbow in Week 11 – also against Winnipeg – and missed the remainder of the regular season and the West division semifinal.

Durant completed 13-of-18 pass attempts for 165 yards and two touchdowns before the injury. He connected with Taj Smith and Ryan Smith for the scores.

Durant was seen leaving the stadium on crutches midway through the fourth quarter with a protective boot on his left foot.

Jerome Messam took a handoff from Glenn and rumbled 53 yards for a go-ahead touchdown that gave the Riders a 20-15 lead to start the second half. Chris Getzlaf then caught a two-point convert from Glenn.

But the Bombers responded with a six-play, 75-yard drive that was capped with a 14-yard touchdown reception by Cameron Marshall. Marshall also scored on a two-point convert that tied the game at 23-23.

After a Chris Milo field goal, the Bombers again answered. This time, it was Willy to Moore that finished off another six-play, 75-yard scoring drive.

The Bombers’ win was their first in Regina since 2004, carrying an 11-game losing streak into the matchup.

Cameron Marshall and Paris Cotton also scored touchdowns for Winnipeg.

The Roughriders lost middle linebacker Shea Emry late in the first half. Emry bumped his head on an attempted tackle and didn’t return in the second half. Rookie receiver Nick Demski (undisclosed injury) also missed most of the fourth quarter.

Winnipeg slotback Clarence Denmark recorded his 250th career reception – an eight-yard catch – in the first quarter. He was helped off the field midway through the fourth quarter after a 41-yard reception and the Bombers trailing 26-23. Denmark is one of three receivers who reached the 1,000-yard receiving mark in 2014.

(The Canadian Press)

CKRM WEEK 1 CFL PICKS 2015

June 25th, 2015

SCHEDULE
Thurs: Ottawa at Montreal
Fri: Hamilton at Calgary
Saturday: Edmonton at Toronto
Winnipeg at Saskatchewan

ANNCR/RECORD/PICKS
MULLINDER (0-0): MTL – CGY – EDM – SK
ANDREWS (0-0): MTL – CGY – EDM – SK
PEDERSEN (0-0): MTL – CGY – EDM – SK
LYNCH (0-0): OTT – CGY – EDM – SK
CARTERI (0-0): TBD
SCHULTZ (0-0): MTL – CGY – EDM – SK
SHARKY (0-0): MTL – CGY – EDM – SK
SCRUFFY (0-0): MTL – CGY – EDM – SK

* Winner gets a $50 gift card to the Press Box Sports Bar, 909 Albert St. N.

RIDERS BEGIN PREP FOR WINNIPEG

June 23rd, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders held Day 1 of their practice week on Tuesday as they get set to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Week 1 of the 2015 CFL season on Saturday (6:00 pm, TSN, CKRM Rider Radio Network). Here are some notes:

- Veteran stars Weston Dressler and Tyron Brackenridge did not participate in the workout and afterwards head coach Corey Chamblin said both are question marks for the Winnipeg game.

- The good news is sophomore receiver Ryan Smith practiced full-out and appears to have recovered from the injury sustained in Preseason Game 1 in Fort McMurray. It’s been reported that Smith suffered a mild concussion.

- It appears the Riders’ second pick in the 2015 draft, defensive tackle Rory Connop from Western, will be in the starting lineup which will provide some ratio relief for the Green & White. Also with Brackenridge still on the limp, four year veteran national DB Keenan MacDougall continues to lineup at safety.

- Chamblin cautioned that they’re still tinkering with the ratio and a lot could change between now and Saturday. The Riders will hold a closed practice on Wednesday in which more of the game plan, including personnel, will be implemented.

- There are a handful of number changes which include LS Levi Steinhauer (51), WR Seydou Junior Hadaira (84) and LB Telvion Clark (12). There are a few others whose names escape me at the moment.

- Quarterback Darian Durant said he’s excited to see his first game action since last year’s Banjo Bowl which, incidentally, came against these same Blue Bombers. His surgically-repaired right elbow is feeling 100%.

- Durant also said it’s difficult to prepare for a Week 1 game since new Blue Bombers defensive coordinator Richie Hall likely didn’t show anything in the preseason.

- Regarding Richie’s first return to Mosaic Stadium since jumping ship to the Blue Bombers in January, Chamblin says new Rider offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine likely has a better read on what Hall will do than he does. Chapdelaine opposed Hall and the Roughriders many times while running the offense of the B.C. Lions.

RIDERS ANNOUNCE FINAL CUTS

June 20th, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made the following roster moves:

RELEASED:
· National wide receiver Melvin Abankwah
· National defensive back Kwame Adjei
· National wide receiver Alex Carroll
· National defensive back Michael Carter
· International linebacker Jake Doughty
· International defensive back Jeremy Gray
· International wide receiver Greg Hardin
· International offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick
· National offensive lineman Gord Hinse
· International defensive back Tyree Hollins
· National fullback Ronlee King-Fileen
· National defensive lineman Tyler Langlais
· International defensive back Junior Mertile
· National offensive lineman Brad Nehring
· International defensive back Marrio Norman
· National kicker Hugh O’Neill
· International running back Sam Ojuri
· National offensive lineman Kyle Paterson
· National wide receiver Alex Pierzchalski
· International offensive lineman Randy Richards
· International wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt
· International defensive lineman Robert Singletary
· International linebacker Phillip Steward
· National offensive lineman Matt Vonk
· International wide receiver Devin Wilson
· National defensive back Paul Woldu

6 GAME INJURED LIST:
· International defensive back Antareis Bryan
· International defensive back Mark LeGree
· National wide receiver Scott McHenry
· International defensive lineman Cameron Sheffield

PRESEASON: STAMPS 37 RIDERS 29

June 20th, 2015

REGINA – Drew Tate threw a fourth quarter touchdown as the Calgary Stampeders beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 37-29 Friday night in pre-season action.

Tate relieved starter Bo Levi Mitchell to start the second half and found Kamar Jordan with 5:39 remaining in the fourth to give the defending Grey Cup champions a one-point lead.

Tate then marched the Stampeders down the field with backup quarterback Bryant Moniz plunging in from one-yard out with 36 seconds remaining for a touchdown.

Darian Durant proved his health in front of a home crowd for the first time since season-ending elbow injury in last September.

Durant shone in an extended final tune-up and looked every bit like the franchise player he’s expected to be this season. The Riders’ quarterback completed 14-of-21 pass attempts for 146 yards and one touchdown while also throwing an interception. He found Chris Getzlaf for an 11-yard touchdown on Saskatchewan’s second offensive possession.

Third-string quarterback Brett Smith added a one-yard touchdown run and Chris Milo booted a pair of field goals to give the Riders a 19-13 lead at halftime.

(The Canadian Press)

RIDERS ANNOUNCE FIRST CUTS

June 15th, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced the following roster moves:

RELEASE:
· International running back Terrance Cobb
· International defensive back Darwin Cook
· International linebacker Eltoro Freeman
· National linebacker Joash Gesse
· National offensive lineman Terry Hart
· National kicker Denton Kolodzinski
· International offensive lineman Michael Philipp
· International quarterback Tino Sunseri
· International wide receiver Eric Thomas
· International kicker Cody Thornton
· National defensive lineman Ryan Wellman

RETURN TO SCHOOL:
· National quarterback Noah Picton

RETURN TO JUNIOR:
· National offensive lineman Matthew Halbgewachs
· National defensive lineman Matt Kozun
· National wide receiver Evan Turkington

DAY 12 RIDER CAMP REPORT

June 11th, 2015

The following is the Day 12 report from the 2015 Roughrider Training Camp.

ROSTER MOVES

INJURED/DID NOT PARTICIPATE:
International WR Korey Williams (day-to-day)
National WR Scott McHenry (day-to-day)
International DB Antareis Bryan (week-to-week)
International DB Mark LeGree (day-to-day)
International RB Terrance Cobb (day-to-day)
International S Tyron Brackenridge (day-to-day)
National DL Levi Steinhauer (week-to-week)
International DL Cameron Sheffield (day-today)

OVERVIEW
After morning meetings and a weight workout the team assembled for an hour and fifteen minute walk through on the turf at Griffiths Stadium.

The one hour and forty-five minute afternoon session was the final full practice before the first preseason game on Saturday. The skies were partly cloudy, 26 degrees, with a 21km southwest wind.

PLAY OF THE DAY
Rookie receiver Greg Hardin went all out on a touchdown pass from third year quarterback Tino Sunseri. The North Dakota product made a spectacular diving catch, getting a toe in bounds before tumbling out of the side of the end zone.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“This is my ninth training camp. Last year receiving some pretty significant injuries and having my off season surgeries and now it’s nice to be healthy and not grind through the day just to get to the week just to get to game day.” Rider veteran defensive back, Paul Woldu.

TOMORROW
Players and coaches will hit the field for Day 13 of training camp with a single walk through at 2:10pm in preparation for Saturday’s preseason game against the Edmonton Eskimos.