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Regina Pats learn tough lesson against Raiders

The Regina Pats had an interesting weekend as they returned home for a brief two game home stand.

On paper they did pick up three-of-four possible points on Friday and Saturday night, but when you dig a little deeper they should have picked up all four points.

On Friday night the Queen City Kids held a 6-2 lead against the Prince Albert Raiders heading into the third period, generally a pretty safe situation, that was not the case that evening.

Two Sask. natives invited to Canadian World Junior selection camp

There's a little bit of Saskatchewan flavour to the Team Canada World Junior Hockey Championship selection camp - but not much.

Hockey Canada has announced the 25 players who have been invited to the camp starting Dec. 12 in Toronto. Of those 25 players on two of them hail from Saskatchewan, and neither of them are on a team in the province or even Canada.

Defending WHL Champs outlast Blades, 6-5

The Saskatoon Blades couldn’t muster any significant chances in the final moments of Sunday’s game in Portland after Oliver Bjorkstrand put the home team up 6-5 with 28 seconds to go in the third.

Six Blades’ players combined for all 14 points for the visitors, who were playing in its third game in as many nights touring the United States. Matt Revel and Nathan Burn each had two goals and an assist. Nikita Scherbak had four assists, keeping the team’s points lead with 42.

Major female hockey tournament draws hundreds of players to Regina

One of the largest female hockey tournaments in Western Canada has begun in Regina.

The games started Friday with 52 teams over all age categories competing in rinks around the city.

While tournaments like this happen often in boys leagues, the chance for female teams to get together and compete can be very rare.

“It’s very important for us because, in Prince Albert, we don’t get to play against teams that are in the same calibre as us,” said Michael Alford, who manages the Prince Albert Foxes, and atom-level team.

MMA fighter awaits provincial athletics commission

The Saskatchewan government's creation of an proivincial athletics commission has local mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes in high spirits.

A provincial athletics commission means home-field advantage, a growing professional fight scene and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

For 24-year-old mixed martial artist Jose Rodriguez, professionally-sanctioned fights in Saskatchewan mean less time and money spent traveling.

Chapter in Rider history could be coming to a close

They joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders a year apart but they haven't been apart since.

Neal Hughes and Mike McCullough have been mainstays on the Riders roster since the 2004 season. They've seen their fair share of ups and downs along the way. Despite those peaks and valleys the team has been relatively successful since then, winning two Grey Cups along the way.

Rey Williams would do it all again despite knee injury

2013 was a roller coaster season for Riders linebacker Rey Williams.

Williams started the season as one of the best linebackers in the league and he was the early run away favourite for the team's nominee for defensive player of the year. Through those 10 games Williams had amassed 42 tackles, four special teams tackles, a team leading seven quarterback sacks and one interception.

CFL releases list of potential free agents

The CFL released their list of potential 2014 free agents on Thursday.

19 Saskatchewan Roughriders were on that list, but one of those is defensive end Brent Hawkins who retired before the season began.

The rest of the team's free agents are as follows:

Visually impaired Saskatoon kids learn to skate

Tori LaPlante moves her feet slowly across the ice with a big smile on her face and dreams of being an ice dancer in her head.

"I like all the twirly stuff," she smiles.

LaPlante, who has optic nerve hypoplasia, said she's working on staying focused to stay on her feet.

"Getting all my thoughts out of my mind, so I can get that concentration I need," she said.

LaPlante is one of about 15 kids in Saskatoon who got the chance to try out skating through Courage Canada's program.

Free agency questions loom for Riders

Whether you like it or not the 2013 CFL season is now over and the focus is already shifting towards 2014. For the Saskatchewan Roughriders that means changes will be coming to the roster that won the fourth Grey Cup in the team's history.

Some of change the team can control. The Riders have a number of pending free agents, including three key players the team definitely won't want to lose: running back Kory Sheets, receiver Weston Dressler and linebacker Craig Butler. All three could be free to sign with whichever team they want in February.

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