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Riders deal 1st round pick; select Ainsworth 11th overall

The Ottawa Redblacks set the tone by trading the first overall selection in the CFL draft to Calgary.

The first two rounds of the CFL Draft were more like trade deadline day more than draft day. Six trades were made in the first round including the Saskatchewan Roughriders dealing their 8th overall pick to Hamilton. In return, the Riders got the 11th and 17th picks.

The Riders weren't done with the deals, later flipping that 17th overall pick to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the 20th and 26th selections.

Roughriders' President and CEO will step down in a year

The Saskatchewan Roughriders continue to check people off the list who need contract extensions, although the team will soon be searching for someone new to fill a vital role.

The quarterback is locked in, the coach, the general manager and now the CEO and President Jim Hopson have all signed new deals.

Hopson's new contract will have him stay on into the 2015 season, which Hopson says will be his last.

Corey Chamblin cool with new rules

The CFL has officially gone where no professional football league has gone before.

On Thursday the league's board of governors approved a slew of new rules including allowing pass interference to now be challenged by head coaches.

The move comes after years of frustration from coaches, players and fans alike over the inconsistency in the call and often it's game changing effect. It's a rule that could be an interesting one for Riders head coach Corey Chamblin as he is a former defensive back as well.

Riders looking to beef up Canadian content in CFL Draft

The days are long right now for General Managers and scouting departments across the Canadian Football League.

The 2014 CFL Draft is just days away with the first pick set to be made just after 5 p.m. Saskatchewan time on Tuesday. In the first round the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be picking 8th overall after they swapped picks with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a trade earlier this off-season.

10-time Paralympic medalist plans retirement in Sask.

After a career spanning 22 years and 10 paralympic games, Colette Bourgonje is looking forward to some relaxing summers on the Waskesiu waterways.

Bourgonje was amongst the Olympic and Paralympic athletes honoured at the Evening of Saskatchewan Sports Excellence Wednesday at Dakota Dunes Casino.

Gordie Howe Bowl makeover receives gigantic boost

A generous donation by a Saskatoon couple comes just as the revitalization of the Bowl at Gordie Howe Park takes shape.
James Yausie and Cora Weenk donated $2 million o the $11 million campaign Wednesday, to upgrade the dated facilities. The donation means the Friends of the Bowl Foundation have raised around $4 million to date.

2013 Grey Cup huge financial success

It turns out the huge win for the Riders in November's Grey Cup was a huge win for Saskatchewan too.

In a news release, the Saskatchewan Roughriders said the economic impact of the Grey Cup and its festival was equivalent to a $93 million shot in the arm for the province; $68 million of which impacted Regina, specifically.

The Riders compared that to 400 full-year jobs, $21 million in wages and salaries, and over $14 million in new tax revenues.

Rutherford Rink caretaker recalls memories of old rink

Glenn Friesen eases the zamboni onto the ice at Rutherford Rink and carefully drives it around. It's a routine he has done many times as the caretaker of the rink.
"I've been helping put the ice in, doing the maintenance and stuff like that since about 1983," he said.

Friesen said after working in this rink for 31 years, it holds a special place in his heart.

"It's just been a part of me."

Riders to discuss contract with Geroy Simon

In less than a month the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be gathering in Saskatoon for training camp as they begin their quest to defend their 2013 Grey Cup championship.

In theory they should be in the bridge city for training camp but that depends on a new CBA being signed off on before then, but that's another story for another day.

PHOTOS: Regina Pats introduce new ownership group

Standing where the puck will drop in a few months, the Regina Pats officially introduced their new ownership group on Monday.

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