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Regina hosts top paddlers this week

Canada's top athletes in canoeing and kayaking are in Regina at the Sprint Canoe and Kayak National Championships.

Wascana Lake is the host spot for the championship from August 19 to 23. Hundreds of participants are in the Queen City, some of them the top paddlers in the world.

"There's also Olympians here," said Jan Hansen with the host committee. "Youth around Regina and our own athletes get to see world championship winners and Olympians on the water.

Local coach and racer Liam McKinnon says the championship gives local racers a boost.

Frank McCrystal retiring as Rams head coach at season's end

Thirty-one years is enough for University of Regina Rams head coach Frank McCrystal.

The man who has led the Rams for over three decades announced on Tuesday night that the 2014 season will be his last as coach of the team he's coached since they were in the CJFL.

The announcement itself was no surprise but many wondered why the coach was calling it a career. Rumours have suggested McCrystal is being pushed out because of a report about the future of the Rams and their relationship with the University.

Regina Pats new coaching staff keen on development

The goals for the new Regina Pats coaching staff are pretty clear: development.

The new staff made up of head coach John Paddock and assistant coaches Dave Struch and Darrin McKechnie was officially introduced at a news conference at the Brandt Centre on Tuesday.

Saskatoon basketball team headed to world finals

Saskatchewan is known for it's hockey players and Saskatoon is known for it's bridges but Team Saskatoon has shown that prairie athletes are also a force to reckoned with in basketball.

Last weekend, Team Saskatoon took the top spot in three-on-three (3x3) basketball in the Americas tournament in Chicago. The placement qualified the four-man team to compete for the world title in Tokyo in October.

Ho-hum! John Chick named CFL's defensive player of the week, again

It's likely no surprise: Riders defensive end John Chick has been named the CFL's defensive player of the week.

Chick takes the honour for the second week in a row. His latest three-sack performance against the Montreal Alouettes also saw one forced fumble and five tackles.

Overall this season Chick has 12 sacks, 22 tackles, six tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles. Chick has four multi-sack games this season. This is the third time Chick has been named the league's defensive player of the week.

Patient Riders down Alouettes 16-11

The Roughriders showed a lot of patience on Saturday winning their fourth game in a row, 16-11 over the Montreal Alouettes.

It wasn't until the start of the fourth quarter that the Riders were able to break the stalemate and score a major in the hands of Rob Bagg. That major gave the Riders a 12-4 lead with just over 14 minutes to go in the game. Before that, all the scoring came from the kickers with a mixture of field goals and rouges.

Canadian women rugby players have roots with Dog River Howlers

Their name is derived from the comedy TV show Corner Gas, but the Dog River Howlers rugby team is serious business.

Karl Fix is the team's founder and president. He established the Howlers with the aim of helping players to go on to the highest levels of the sport.

"Some of them played with us for the first time when they're as young as 16. They move along and now their dreams have come true, they play for the national team in the world championship," said Fix. 

Sask. rugby player gets crack at world title

A Saskatoon face is among the scrum as the Canadian Women's rugby team competes for the world championship this Sunday in France.

Kayla Mack plays second row for the team.

"My job is just to move around the field and ruck as much as I can and just do as much work as I can for as long as I can," Mack said.

She said playing for big crowds in rugby-mad France has been electrifying throughout the tournament.

GAME DAY: Riders hope to keep rolling against Montreal

The Riders are finally back home after a long road trip that saw them win two games in less than a week.

This afternoon the Riders will host the Montreal Alouettes at Mosaic Stadium (5 p.m., TSN). The biggest challenge for the Riders this week may in fact turn out to be themselves. The Als come into this game with just one win on the season and to say they're dealing with some issues would be an understatement.

GAME DAY: Riders vs Alouettes depth charts

The Riders are back home this afternoon taking on the Alouettes at Mosaic Stadium looking for their fourth straight win.

Attached are the depth charts for both teams, printable versions can be found at the bottom of this page.

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