CFL FINES RIDERS’ RICHARDS THE MAX

August 26th, 2015

The Canadian Football League announced that it has imposed its maximum fine on Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman, Randy Richards following an illegal and dangerous tackle on Calgary Stampeders returner, Tim Brown on Saturday night. Richards was penalized on the play and ejected from the game.

“It is a priority for us, as a league, to foster a culture of health and safety in all that we do, including the standards we set through player discipline,” said Jeffrey L. Orridge, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

A hearing took place earlier this week that included Richards, representation from Canadian Football League Players Association (CFLPA), and representation from the CFL, including Commissioner Orridge.

Following the hearing and after reviewing the play on video from every available angle, the Commissioner has decided to impose the highest fine allowed under its collective bargaining agreement with the CFLPA.

The CFL also announced today the following discipline coming from Week 9 games:

Ottawa REDBLACK Nolan MacMillan was fined for a unnecessary hit against the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday.

B.C. Lion Richie Leone was fined for an illegal cut block on a kickoff return versus the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday.

As per league policy, the amount of the player fines was not disclosed.

STAMPEDERS 34 ROUGHRIDERS 31

August 22nd, 2015

REGINA – Bo Levi Mitchell threw three touchdown passes and the Calgary Stampeders kept the Saskatchewan Roughriders winless on the season with a 34-31 victory Saturday at Mosaic Stadium.

Calgary snapped a 24-24 tie when Mitchell and Tory Harrison hooked up on a 32-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Mitchell used play-action in the backfield and found Harrison wide open in the flat. Harrison sprinted to the end zone untouched for his second touchdown of the game.

The Stamps’ next possession ended with Rene Parades’ fourth field goal, a 40-yard boot that put Calgary ahead 34-24 with 10:33 remaining.

The Riders made it interesting mid-way through the fourth quarter. Backup fullback Carl Fitzgerald blocked a Rob Maver punt attempt and Junior Mertile scooped up the loose ball and stepped into the end zone for the touchdown. Paul McCallum missed the convert, and the Riders trailed 34-31 with a little more than six minutes remaining.

Calgary controlled the ball in the game’s final minutes and ran out the clock to extinguish any Saskatchewan threat.

Saskatchewan’s rookie quarterback Brett Smith, who was making his first start on home field, threw three touchdown passes, including a 24-yard strike to Devin Wilson and a 15-yard toss to Alex Carroll. His third touchdown of the day, a three-yard pass to Weston Dressler – and a two-point convert from Robb Bagg – knotted the score at 24-24.

(The Canadian Press)

RIDERS CUT TWO VETS

August 15th, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made the following transactions:

RELEASED:
· National defensive back Michael Carter
· International defensive back Geoff Tisdale

ARGOS 30 RIDERS 26

August 14th, 2015

TORONTO – Trevor Harris threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Toronto Argonauts to a penalty-filled 30-26 win over the hard-luck Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday night at Rogers Centre.

Harris hit a streaking Diontae Spencer for a 53-yard touchdown pass at 4:41 to put Toronto (4-2) ahead 30-23. He found Vidal Hazelton on a 27-yard scoring strike 58 seconds into the quarter to tie a contest marred by an abundance of penalties.

Saskatchewan (0-7) pulled to within 30-26 on Paul McCallum’s 27-yard field goal at 12:13. The Riders then took over at their 39 with 1:35 remaining and rookie Brett Smith drove them to the Toronto 15 before his pass into the end zone on the game’s final play was incomplete.

Toronto won its first game of the season at Rogers Centre before 20,642 spectators with the roof open on a gorgeous summer night. The Argos travelled over 29,000 kilometres playing their first five contests, with their season-opening 26-11 win over Edmonton in Fort McMurray, Alta., counting as a home encounter.

It was another heart-breaking loss for Saskatchewan, which had three TDs nullified by penalties. The Riders were last 0-7 in ’79 when they dropped their first 12 contests.

Toronto also swept the season series with Saskatchewan – winning the first meeting 42-40 in overtime at Mosaic Stadium on July 5 – for the first time since ’04.

(The Canadian Press)

GLENN “50/50 AT BEST” FOR EDMONTON GAME

July 27th, 2015

Saskatchewan Roughriders General Manager Brendan Taman updated the status of quarterback Kevin Glenn during his weekly appearance on 620 CKRM’s SportsCage on Monday. Glenn was injured in the second half of Sunday’s 31-21 home loss to Hamilton and did not play the fourth quarter.

We asked Taman if his 36-year old quarterback will be able to start Friday’s game at Edmonton.

“You’ll hate the answer I’m going to give you but I have to give it to you honestly,” Taman said. “At best it’s 50/50.

“He was in this morning. He’s pretty sore. Obviously we’re putting him through some tests and whatnot. We’re waiting to get some results. I know he’s not 100%. I can guarantee that right now.”

Taman declined to disclose the nature of the injury nor on what play he was injured. He did admit Glenn took a pounding in the game.

“To be honest with you it had nothing to do with the refs,” Taman said. “They brought a lot of different looks for us and they got pressure on our quarterback. Every hit was legal – I have no problem with the hits – he just took a lot of them. We just need to turn that around and get that on our side, with the opposing quarterbacks.”

TICATS 31 RIDERS 21

July 26th, 2015

REGINA – Backup quarterback Jeff Mathews’ one-yard touchdown plunge midway through the fourth quarter put Hamilton ahead for good as the Tiger-Cats handed the Saskatchewan Roughriders a 31-21 loss on Sunday at Mosaic Stadium.

The loss kept the Riders (0-5) winless to start the 2015 CFL season. The Tiger-Cats improved to 2-2.

Mathews’ score gave Hamilton a 26-21 lead. Zach Collaros added the two-point convert when he found Bakari Grant in the back corner of the end zone for 28-21 advantage with seven minutes to go.

The Riders were forced to pin their hopes of a come-from-behind win on rookie quarterback Brett Smith, who filled in for an injured Kevin Glenn at the start of the final quarter. The Riders had a 21-20 lead when Smith entered the game.

Justin Medlock kicked his fifth field goal of the game, a 40-yard boot, to give Hamilton a 10-point lead with less than two minutes remaining.

Saskatchewan took the lead on its first offensive possession of the game when Paul McCallum kicked a 29-yard field goal.

(The Canadian Press)

RIDER MOVES

July 22nd, 2015

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have made the following transactions:

Agreed to Terms:
· International defensive back Alex Suber

Activated to Roster:
· International receiver Ryan Smith

Transfer to 6-Game Injured List:
· National receiver Seydou Junior Haidara

Release:
· National linebacker Akwasi Antwi
· International defensive back Marrio Norman

Suber (5’7″ – 173) will join the Riders after spending his first four CFL seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before joining the Toronto Argonauts for 2014. Through 73 career regular season games the Middle Tennessee State product has collected 249 defensive tackles, 28 special teams tackles, 13 pass knockdowns and two interceptions – one of which he returned 66 yards for a touchdown.

TAMAN WON’T MAKE EXCUSES

July 21st, 2015

In his weekly appearance on 620 CKRM’s SportsCage on Monday, Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Brendan Taman said the cure to the team’s ails is simple; start playing better.

Taman didn’t blame injuries, the new CFL rules or officiating for the team’s four game losing streak to open the 2015 campaign. Simply put, they need to fix their errors.

“We gotta win a game!” Taman said. “That’s what this all comes down to. We can digest everything we want but until we win a game, it’s not going to matter.”

At times – in all three phases of the game – certain things have gone wrong which have led to the club losing all four games by a combined 12 points. And little things add up to big things.

“It’s not like there’s a lot of major issues we have to address,” Taman explained. “But there’s a lot of little things that can creep up and bite you during a game which have done that. We’ve got to get that fixed.”

One of those things is allowing B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay to rush for over 100 yards in Friday’s 27-24 loss to the visiting Lions.

“We gotta clean that up, there’s no doubt about it,” Taman said. “But we didn’t play well enough to win and that’s the bottom line. When you do that, you’re not going to get any breaks, any favours, any calls or whatever you want to make up. We just have to be better. That’s the bottom line and we all have to be, from me on down.”

Taman also disclosed the team will be adding 5-year veteran CFL defensive back Alex Suber to the practice roster. The former Blue Bomber has been brought in due to an ankle injury to veteran corner/returner Tristan Jackson. The injury is believed to be serious enough that Jackson will miss this Sunday’s home game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5:00 pm, TSN, CKRM Rider Radio Network).

LIONS 27 RIDERS 24

July 18th, 2015

REGINA – Rookie A.C. Leonard caught two touchdown passes from Travis Lulay and the B.C. Lions handed the Saskatchewan Roughriders a 27-24 loss on Friday – their fourth consecutive defeat to start the season.

The Lions have won two straight games, both at the hands of the Riders, and improved to 2-1. The Riders remain the lone winless team in the CFL at 0-4.

A valiant effort by the Riders in the fourth quarter saw the home team outscore the Lions 13-7, but Saskatchewan couldn’t recover an onside kick with 36 seconds remaining. B.C. would run out the clock for the win.

After a low-scoring first half played in a steady rain, the teams combined for 18 points in the third quarter.

Shaq Murray-Lawrence returned the second-half kickoff 66 yards into Saskatchewan territory. On the Lions’ first offensive snap, Andrew Harris rushed up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown to give B.C. a 16-4 lead.

The Riders responded with a drive of their own, capped by a 16-yard touchdown reception from Chris Getzlaf. Jerome Messam set up the score with 48 yards rushing on four carries.

(The Canadian Press)

CHAMBLIN RESPONDS

July 14th, 2015

During a lengthy session with reporters following Tuesday’s closed Roughrider practice, head coach Corey Chamblin was asked how he’s able to keep a thick skin amidst all the criticism around the team and its 0-3 start.

“There’s two podiums waiting at the end of the year: a championship podium or a cross,” Chamblin began. “And I’m prepared for either one of them. If the fans want a new coach, they can get that ‘cuz I’m prepared. What I say by that is I do my best and if they’re short-tempered and they want to move on, that’s up to management and them. At the end of the day I’ll still work and I’ll still be a great coach whether it’s here in Saskatchewan this year or somewhere else next year or the next couple years.

“To be honest I don’t give a damn about that. When they want to come work and put the work in, then they can get the results. Right now we’re doing some good things but at the end of the day, just stay patient. When we get that championship, just make sure the guys that want on our team get on that boat with us.”

Chamblin also said the thought of being fired doesn’t even cross his mind when he lays down at night. All he asks from GM Brendan Taman is that he be honest with him regarding where he stands.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed international defensive back Geoff Tisdale to the roster. As per club policy details of the contracts were not released.

Tisdale (5’11 – 195) is entering his eighth CFL season after originally joining the league with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2008 where he played his first three seasons. The Pittsburgh State product played the 2011 season with the Calgary Stampeders, returned to Hamilton for 2012, then spent the last two seasons with the Montreal Alouettes after signing with them in February, 2013 as a free agent.

Through 114 career games, the 29-year-old has collected 291 defensive tackles and 29 interceptions with four returned for touchdowns. He is a two-time East Division All-Star (2013, 14) and was named a CFL All-Star in 2013 after leading the league with seven interceptions.

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national defensive end Levi Steinhauer has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

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Veteran cornerback Paul Woldu is also practicing with the team, wearing #12. His old #21 is occupied by Geoff Tisdale.