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Quidditch team brings magical sport to Saskatoon

A magical sport is making its way to fields across Saskatoon.

Inspired by the Harry Potter series, Quidditch has come to the bridge city.

Saskatoon organizer Andrea Hill first fell in love with the sport in university four years ago. An avid Harry Potter fan, she travelled to Vermont to take in her first Quidditch tournament.

“I thought it was going to be a bunch of super Harry Potter fans dressed up as Harry Potter just celebrating the fact that they loved Harry Potter,” she said.

Regina bids to host LPGA tournament

World class women golfers could be hitting the links in Regina in 2016.
The Wascana Country Club, the City of Regina, the Regina Hotel Association and others have placed a bid to host the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.
Country club general manager Greg Dukart says the week long event is one of the top LPGA tournaments, with a $2 million prize on the line.

Riders sweep away Bombers, lose Durant

Celebrations are muted despite the Saskatchewan Roughriders earning seven wins in a row, beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 30-24 Sunday in the Banjo Bowl.

The Riders seemed to be in control going into the second half of the game with a 27-8 lead. Winnipeg cut into the lead opening the half with a touchdown. Then, on the next offensive possession, Rider Nation stood still as Darian Durant went down after a hit from Bryant Turner Jr; the pivot rolled on the ground appearing to be in tremendous pain.

Durant's day would be done with an elbow injury.

GAME DAY: Riders aiming for series sweep of Bombers in Banjo Bowl

The final chapter of the Riders and Bombers regular season series is about to be written.

The first two chapters have been fairly closely contended and hard fought games where the Riders ultimately found a way to win. A script the Riders have followed to a tee for the most part in all seven of their wins to date.

This game could prove to be the hardest yet.

GAME DAY: Banjo Bowl depth charts

The Riders and Bombers close out their season series at Investors Group Field in the annual Banjo Bowl on Sunday.

The guys in green are trying to complete a rare 3-0 season series sweep. Attached are the depth charts for both teams with printable versions found at the bottom of the page.

U of S wins football opener

The U of S Huskies posted a 44-24 win over the Manitoba Bisons in the Canada West season opener at Griffiths Stadium on Friday night.

The Bisons opened up a 24-21 lead at the half as Kienan Lafrance scored two of Manitoba's three first half touchdowns, Alex Vitt had the other. The Huskies had first half majors from running back Andre Lalonde and receivers Kit Hillis and John Trumpy.

Injuries open the door for Canadian Rider rookies

The Riders 2014 draft class is likely going to be put to the test on Sunday in the annual Banjo Bowl.

Outside of defensive lineman Dylan Ainsworth, it's been a pretty quiet start for most of the team's draftees. Receiver Alex Pierzchalski has been forced into special teams duties in recent weeks due to mounting injuries.

Now, a surprise injury to Chris Getzlaf could give Pierzchalski a chance to play on the offensive side of the ball.

Rider running backs leaving their egos at the door

The Riders running-back situation is a little unconventional but it's hard to argue with the results.

Like they did heading into last week's game against Winnipeg, the Riders lead the league in overall rushing yards and rushing yards per game. Much of the credit for this success has been given to the offensive line. However, the running backs deserve some credit too.

Riders' special teams trying to get back on track

It's been a trying time for Riders special teams coordinator Bob Dyce.

The veteran CFL coach is dealing with his first major problem since taking over the job last year after three touchdowns were given up over the last three games.

First, it was a missed field goal return by the Alouettes Duron Carter, then when Tim Brown returned a punt for a touchdown and, on Sunday, Bombers' Troy Stoudermire did the same. There was also a blocked punt against the Bombers that led to a field goal.

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