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Chris Getzlaf ready to make 2014 debut

Darian Durant will have one of his favourite targets back on Sunday when the Riders open their regular season against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Receiver Chris Getzlaf will see the field for the first time this weekend after being out for the bulk of training camp and both pre-season games with a nagging quad injury.

"I'm ready to go," Getzlaf told reporters after practice on Friday. "It's been a long road throughout training camp."

Saskatoon Blades name new assistant coach

Head coach and general manager Bob Woods is building his staff with the Saskatoon Blades.

The team announced Friday that they've picked up Dean Brockman to fill the role of assistant coach.

Brockman had been with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL)'s Humboldt Broncos as head coach and general manager for the last 10 seasons. Before that, he served as the Broncos' assistant coach and general manager  from 1997 to 2003.

Brockman won the SJHL's Coach of the Year award with the Broncos in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013.

Riders leaning on veterans in quest to repeat

The road to the Grey Cup repeat begins on Sunday for the Riders.

It's something that's never been done in the over 100-year history of the franchise and some of the players have been very vocal about the desire to be the first to ever do it. That includes quarterback Darian Durant.

But as the old saying goes, it's harder to repeat than to win.

From the first game of the year to the last, the Riders will have targets on their back as every team in the league will measure themselves against the green and white.

New Rider receivers set to get their chance

Rider fans have a lot of new names to learn as the season opens up Sunday at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

There are new faces on all three sides of the ball for the Riders.

On the offence, there's been a lot of talk about who will be the starting running back this week and beyond. But it's definitely worth keeping an eye on the starting slot backs as well.

Riders add Hugh Charles to practice roster

What's old is new again for Riders running back Hugh Charles.

The veteran tailback is back in green and white after he was released by the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday. Charles comes back to Riderville after spending the last two-plus seasons with the Eskimos. Charles previously played for the Riders from 2008-2011.

"Feels like a homecoming, feels like I'm coming home," said Charles. "I'm in the place where I'm supposed to be."

Tickets still available for Rider games

After a pre-season with a fairly empty stadium, the Saskatchewan Roughriders club is hoping Rider Nation helps fill Mosaic Stadium for the 2014 regular season.

Rider President and CEO Jim Hopson admits that weather plays the biggest role in how many fans are in the stands come game day. However, Hopson admitted the extremely low numbers during this pre-season were surprising.

"It's disappointing. We really count on the crowd to help our team, support our team...but I think this next game will be a better showing for our Rider fans."

Rider Sam Hurl ready for his chance in the middle

It's a story Sam Hurl knows all too well.

During the Riders second and final pre-season game, projected-starting-middle linebacker Chad Kilgore left the game with a broken thumb. The injury placed Kilgore on the injured list and will keep him on the shelf for at least the next six weeks.

That means the starting middle linebacker job is now open; this week it looks like Hurl will get a chance to start the game and work in whatever system Head Coach Corey Chamblin has come up with for him and likely Brian Peters.

Regina Pats fire head coach, two others resign

A series of unfortunate events have the Regina Pats looking yet another head coach.
 
The Pats made a surprise announcement on Tuesday morning that Malcolm Cameron had been fired after just one season as head coach. Cameron was named to the job last off season after Pat Conacher resigned from the post.
 
It was a move that completely shocked the former bench boss.
 
"I guess on a scale of one-to-10, I would say 10," Cameron told the Green Zone on Tuesday.

UPDATED: Roughriders release 26 on CFL cut down day

The Saskatchewan Roughriders gave 26 players the bad news that they didn't make the 46 man roster.

The biggest news may be more so who made the team than who didn't with many tight battles over the last three weeks.

Running backs Keith Toston and Anthony Allen both made the team as the duo tasked to replace Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets.

At the end of the day, Vice-President and General Manager Brendan Taman said Jermaine Thomas just didn't perform to the level they expected.

Riders drop pre-season finale 19-14

The easy part is over, now comes the hard part for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Riders pre-season came to a close on Friday night with a 19-14 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos in a game that featured few memorable moments as pre-season games usually do.

Players on the bubble are hoping what they did on film was memorable enough as it was their last chance to make enough of an impression to earn a job on the team's roster to open the 2014 regular season next week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

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