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Swimming to success at national championships

Mitchell Benkic has spent the better part of his life in the water.

The 21-year-old Saskatoon native was around seven years old when his parents threw him in the water, or, to be more precise, enrolled him in swimming lessons.

Something instantly clicked and, like any good fish, Benkic was hooked. Two years later, he began to swim competitively for the Saskatoon Goldfins, breastroking and backstroking his way to a national level.

PHOTOS: NASCAR event draws thousands to Auto Clearing Motor Speedway

The scene was loud at Saskatoon's Auto Clearing Motor Speedway Wednesday evening.

A few thousand people took in the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250, the latest race in NASCAR's Canadian Tire series. Among the contenders was Canadian IndyCar racer Alex Tagliani, not to mention all three previous Velocity Prairie Thunder winners.

This is the only stop the Canadian Tire series will make in Saskatchewan all season.

If you missed the race, it will be broadcast on TSN Saturday, July 26th at 3 p.m.

Riders release Hugh Charles

The deck continues to be shuffled when it comes to the Riders' running back position.

The team announced on Wednesday that tailback Hugh Charles has been released. Charles joined the Riders just a few weeks ago after being released by the Edmonton Eskimos at the end of training camp.

AUDIO: CFL's head referee surprised by number of penalties so far

The flags are flying more often early in this CFL season.

Through three weeks of play there have been nearly 300 calls made so far, including 110 last week alone. It showed during the Winnipeg Blue Bombers match with the Montreal Alouettes when it took nearly two hours just to play the first half.

Fans and media alike are frustrated by the number of calls and the league office is taking notice.

REPORT: Riders to sign running back Will Ford

It appears it didn't take Will Ford long to get a new job in the Canadian Football League.

Ford was released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Monday and he could be heading west on the Trans-Canada highway to Regina.

Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun is reporting that Ford is poised to sign with the Riders, getting a signing bonus and a shot at being the number one running back.

Baseball team gets the chance of a lifetime

It's a chance of a lifetime for 12 Saskatoon pre-teens. They were chosen out of thousands to be the only Canadian team at this year's Jr. RBI Classic in Minnesota.

Major League Baseball has hosted the tournament for the last six years, as part of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program.

For 11-year-old Jayden Lacerte it was his first big tournament, his first plane ride and his first big trip away from home.

Germans celebrate in Regina

It was a celebration over two decades in the making.
Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time to claim their fourth World Cup, and fans around the globe were celebrating.
In Regina, over 100 fans packed into the basement of the German Club. Most were on their edge of their seats, eyes glued to the big screen until Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time.
"Unreal! Unreal! We've been waiting for this eight years! Eight years! Here we are!" yelled Patrick, his voice hoarse from two hours of cheering.

PHOTOS: Fans celebrate World Cup win at German Cultural Centre

Cheers and songs nearly lifted the roof at the German Cultural Centre as more than 150 die-hard football fans packed into the building on Sunday to watch the World Cup final.

Fans said they were delighted to be among friends and fellow Germany-fans to watch the game and celebrate when Germany beat Argentina by the one and only goal of the 120 minute game.

Riders sloppy in 26-13 loss to B.C.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders might not have many toes left after their 26-13 loss to the B.C. Lions Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium.

The Riders consistently shot themselves in the foot all night taking bad penalties, missing tackles and missing plays overall as the defending Grey Cup champions looked like anything but dropping to 1-2 on the season.

'I thought we would come out and put together a better performance than we did," said quarterback Darian Durant.

GAME DAY: Riders welcome winless Lions

Something has to give tonight as the Riders host the B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium.

Saskatchewan is coming off their worst loss during the Corey Chamblin era and hopes to bounce back to form we saw against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. B.C. meanwhile has lost both of their games so far this season including a 24-9 drubbing at the hands of the Montreal Alouettes last week.

One has to imagine both teams should be fired up heading into this one.

"I expect a lot more fire, there should be a lot more fire for those guys," said head coach Corey Chamblin.

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