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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.

World Cup brings business boost for sports store

Regardless of who comes away with the trophy after Sunday's FIFA World Cup final, a Saskatoon business is winning big.

Shaun Eaton, co-owner of Xtra Time Sports Soccer Locker said they've seen a surge of interest during the tournament.

"Probably in the ballpark of plus 30 per cent in sales," he said.

And while new Canadians who've brought their love of soccer with them to Saskatoon are helping to keep the tills ringing,  Eaton said there's also a big uptick in home-grown fans of the beautiful game.

GAME DAY: Riders vs Lions depth charts

The Riders are taking on the Lions at Mosaic Stadium this evening looking to bounce back from their loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

Below are the depth charts for both teams. Printable versions can be found at the bottom of the page.

Chris Milo confident despite slower start

Being a kicker in football can be one of the most-difficult jobs, but Chris Milo continues to work at it.

The Rider has had difficulty being consistent year to year. Last season, Milo didn't miss a single field goal attempt until September 14 against the Toronto Argonauts. So far in 2014, he's already missed two kicks on just four attempts.

Milo is keeping everything in perspective.

"The fact that I know I can do it, and I know I've done it in the past gives me the confidence that I can do it again," said Milo.

Swimming back on at North American Indigenous Games

About 100 swimmers will now be able to compete at the North American Indigenous Games in Regina.

The swimming competition was cancelled when there were not enough certified officials for the event. Swimmers can jump back into the pool as the event is back on at the Kinsmen Sportsplex in Moose Jaw.

British Columbia's Aboriginal Sport Recreation and Physical Activity Partners Council are now hosting the event. Director Rick Brant says they are not alone in bringing back the swimming competition.

Riders offence remains under construction

For the second straight week, the Riders will deploy a receiver set that includes three slotbacks with little experience.

Chris Getzlaf will once again be out of the line-up this week meaning Brett Swain, Ryan Smith and Eron Rilly will be Darian Durant's slotbacks against the B.C. Lions.

The same group lined up against the Toronto Argonauts last week with little success. Two are in their first year in the CFL with Riley only coming into his sophmore year. Despite their lack of experience, Durant knows chemestry with any receiver just takes time.

Sask. PGA pro raises cash for hospitals

Weyburn-born pro golfer Graham DeLaet made a swing through his home province ahead of the PGA's British Open for the first event of the foundation he started with his wife Ruby.

The Graham Slam was a two-day event held Jul. 8 and 9 at Saskatoon's Riverside Country Club that featured demonstrations, a reception and a tournament.

In total, the event brought in $375,960, with all proceeds raised going to the Children's Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan.

DeLaet is taking part in the British Open starting July 17.

Regina cafe full of soccer fans watching semi-final penalty shootout

It was a triumph for Argentina and a crushing defeat for the Netherlands.

The South American nation advanced to the World Cup final on Wednesday afternoon, winning on penalty kicks.
 
Abstractions Cafe in Regina was packed for the game with fans cheering for both sides, although some went home happier than others.
 
"I'm totally gutted," said Christel, sitting at her table at the very front, shaking her head afterwards. "I'm really, really sad, I'm devastated - I don't even know what to say!"
 

Riders wish list includes new leaders

With movement on the Riders' roster, the head coach is hoping to see some new leadership emerge in the locker room.

"I believe with a group of men, they're all men first, they can all lead each other by doing things right and keeping each other accountable," Corey Chamblin told reporters on Wednesday.

Leadership comes in many forms; there's the obvious vocal leader, but there's also leading by example. In order for a team to be successful, you need to have a good mix of both.

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