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Pats head coach John Paddock is WHL Coach of the Year

The Regina Pats' John Paddock is the WHL Coach of the Year.

With a young team, Paddock helped the team to an impressive second place finish in the Eastern Division and a sweep of the Swift Current Broncos in round one of the playoffs.

Pundits had the Pats missing the playoffs this season after losing a couple of key members before the season and changing coaches.

The Pats impressed in the first half of the season and then traded top forwards Morgan Klimchuk, Dryden Hunt, Connor Gay along with captain Kyle Burroughs before the trade deadline.

Pats former owner awarded WHL Governors Award

The Regina Pats former owner Russ Parker took home the highest league honour.

Parker was given the 2015 WHL Governors Award for all his work and dedication to the league over the time he spent as owner of the Regina Pats.

Parker owned the Pats for 20 years until he sold the team before last season to the Queen City Sports and Entertainment Group.

Under Parker, the team increased their presence in the community both in hockey and charitable work.

U of R Rams receiver gets call from NFL for rookie camp

Addison Richards was thrown a curveball.

The University of Regina Rams receiver was focussed on getting ready to be picked in next week’s CFL Draft after it appeared no NFL teams were going to come calling.

Then he received a text from his agent this morning.

“He said the (New York) Giants had called and offered an invite to their rookie camp this weekend so I jumped on it right away.”

Richards is one of 15 prospects for the CFL Draft that will be at an NFL rookie camp this weekend.

Saskatchewan Roughriders ready for season after overhaul

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are set for the 2015 season.

In their annual season preview teleconference, head coach Corey Chamblin says change was necessary over the off-season after releasing, trading players and doing a complete overhaul on the coaching staff.

“The biggest thing we had to change was the mindset. Sometimes you can change within the individual, but sometimes you have to change the individual.”

Chamblin felt last season, the team fell apart after Darian Durant suffered his season-ending elbow injury.

Saskatoon's Brett Boyko signs with Philadelphia Eagles

Despite not having his name called during the NFL Draft this weekend, Saskatoon's Brett Boyko is still headed to an NFL training camp this summer.

The 22-year-old undrafted offensive lineman was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday.

"Pumped about life!!!," Boyko tweeted.

The Saskatoon product played four seasons with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV). He was named to the All-Mountain West second team after leading the Rebels in blocks during his senior year.

Glen Johnson continuing quest to simplify CFL rule book

The Canadian Football League's vice-president, officiating, Glen Johnson, was in Regina meeting with the Riders coaching staff on Thursday.

The stop is part of Johnson's second annual tour of the league going over the new rules.

Since Johnson took the job a little over a year ago, his goal has been to simplify the rule book.

"We're making some positive strides there," said Johnson.

"It's a long, complicated process. The book has been put together over many, many years."

Super Bowl champ Ronnie Lott speaks at Huskies Dogs’ Breakfast

There was a lot of excitement in Saskatoon’s football community on Thursday morning at the 15th annual Huskies Football Foundation Dogs’ Breakfast.

Four-time Super Bowl champion Ronnie Lott was the guest speaker to over 1,700 people gathered at Prairieland Park. The event serves as the kickoff to spring camp, which starts Thursday night at 6:10 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium.

At empty Camden Yards, Orioles beat White Sox 8-2

BALTIMORE - In what was believed to be the first major league game played without fans in attendance, Chris Davis hit a three-run homer in a six-run first inning Wednesday and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2.

The gates at Camden Yards were locked because of concern for fan safety following recent rioting in Baltimore after a 25-year-old black man died in police custody.

The unusual decision to play the game was made because it was the best time to fill out the schedule for both teams.

Marty Klyne named Regina Pats COO

The Regina Pats have added to their front office hiring Marty Klyne as their new Chief Operating Officer.

“I am very excited to be working with the Regina Pats and the ownership, Queen City Sports and Entertainment Group (QCSEG),” said Klyne in a news release.

“With such a strong brand, a passionate head coach in John Paddock and a great front office staff, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work with my team to grow the business side of the operation.”

Rams' QB Noah Picton added to Riders training-camp roster

Another quarterback will be joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders at their training camp.

The team announced on Wednesday that University of Regina Rams quarterback Noah Picton has been added to their training camp roster. Picton has been added under the Canadian quarterback internship program.

"I'm not viewing this as a try-out by any means," said Picton.

"I'm viewing this as a get better as a football player, mentally, physically and bringing that back to the Rams organization."

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