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GAME DAY: Riders ready for showdown with Lions

Enough talk, it's time for football.

A huge Western Division showdown in the CFL this week as the Riders and Lions are set to battle Sunday afternoon at B.C. Place in Vancouver.

Coming into the week there was certainly plenty of storylines; the Riders defence looking to bounce back against the team that gashed them a number of weeks ago in a game that featured two of the top teams in the division (which is basically all five teams) with plenty of playoff ramifications.

UPDATED: Kory Sheets suffers season ending injury

Kory Sheets won't be playing football in 2014, not in the NFL or the CFL.

Sheets suffered a torn Achilles during the Oakland Raiders pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday night. The Raiders quickly ruled him out with an ankle injury and eventually confirmed the news.

After the game, Sheets took to Twitter to also confirm that his 2014 season was over.

"A dream deferred...out for the year," tweeted Sheets,who went on to thank both Raider and Rider fans for their support as he chased his dream of making an NFL roster.

Riders unfazed by Lions guarantee

Sunday's game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and B.C. Lions promises to be dramatic thanks to a guarantee that resonated across the provinces.

After the Riders were done practicing on Thursday, B.C. Lions President Dennis Skulsky took to the airwaves on Vancouver's sports radio station The Team 1040 and declared Sunday's game a guaranteed win night.

"That's good, I think it makes the game exciting," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "We know what their mindset is and he's supposed to think like that, but like anything else, actions speak louder than words."

Photos: Workers make progress in revamp of Gordie Howe Park

The turf is down, the scoreboard is up and the lights are ready at the Saskatoon Minor Football Field in Gordie Howe Park.

Previously known as the Gordon Howe Bowl, the newly upgraded field is steadily coming together for its grand opening on Sept. 6.

Riders defence promising better effort against B.C.

The Riders defence is looking for a different outcome.

Last time the Green and White faced the B.C. Lions, they were gashed along the ground with over 200 yards rushing. Lions running back Andrew Harris had over 200 yards from scrimmage.

"That's completely unacceptable with this defence, this team and it's not going to happen (against the Lions)," said safety Tyron Brackenridge.

Former Rams turned Riders thankful for time with Frank McCrystal

Roughriders offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte doesn't know where he would be without Frank McCrystal.

The long-time University of Regina Rams head coach announced on Tuesday that he's retiring at the end of the 2014 season.

"He was the only guy that took a chance on me, I only had one opportunity to play university football, and that's because of Frank," said LaBatte.

Riders add kicking depth

The Saskatchewan Roughriders kicking game is now firmly in the spotlight. On Wednesday the team announced the signing of Canadian kicker Justin Palardy.

NHL head coach golfing for a cause in Sask.

Detroit Red Wings and 2014 Canadian Olympic men's hockey coach Mike Babcock is golfing in support of families dealing with prostate cancer.

The Driving Fore Prostate with Mike Babcock and friends golf tournament was held Wednesday at Dakota Dunes Golf Links; proceeds are headed to the Leslie and Irene Dubé Urology Centre of Health at St. Paul's Hospital.

Regina hosts top paddlers this week

Canada's top athletes in canoeing and kayaking are in Regina at the Sprint Canoe and Kayak National Championships.

Wascana Lake is the host spot for the championship from August 19 to 23. Hundreds of participants are in the Queen City, some of them the top paddlers in the world.

"There's also Olympians here," said Jan Hansen with the host committee. "Youth around Regina and our own athletes get to see world championship winners and Olympians on the water.

Local coach and racer Liam McKinnon says the championship gives local racers a boost.

Frank McCrystal retiring as Rams head coach at season's end

Thirty-one years is enough for University of Regina Rams head coach Frank McCrystal.

The man who has led the Rams for over three decades announced on Tuesday night that the 2014 season will be his last as coach of the team he's coached since they were in the CJFL.

The announcement itself was no surprise but many wondered why the coach was calling it a career. Rumours have suggested McCrystal is being pushed out because of a report about the future of the Rams and their relationship with the University.

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