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Darian Durant practices, will play Friday in Calgary

The Saskatchewan Roughriders returned to practice late Monday morning and they did so with their quarterback on the field.

Even though it took Darian Durant a few minutes to do so, he was out there in full pads without a protective boot he's been wearing lately, taking part in the bulk of practice like he normally does.

Knowing the question was coming, head coach Corey Chamblin let it be known Durant will start before any of the reporters asked.

Riders share their best and worst nicknames

The bye week is nearly over for the Saskatchewan Roughriders as they get back to work on Monday.

At that time all the players will be back in the locker room and it will be back to the routine.

Some Roughriders busy hitting the books in the off season

Life as a professional athlete can be short, especially in football.

With that in mind some of the Saskatchewan Roughriders have been busy in the last few off seasons working towards their degrees.

One of the more impressive Riders when it comes to education is defensive back Graig Newman. The former Saskatoon Hilltop spent the last five years working towards a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.

"Finished it last year," said Newman. "Wasn't easy, but I got through it."

Kory Sheets named CFL offensive player of the month

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, Roughriders running back Kory Sheets has been named the CFL's offensive player of the month.

Sheets has been dominant through the first five weeks of the CFL regular season rushing for 712 yards on 118 carries, good enough for Sheets to average 6 yards per carry. Those yards have also netted him four touchdowns.  

Edmonton car dealer possibly purchasing Saskatoon Blades

For the first time since 1976, the Blades may be owned by someone other than a Brodsky and an Edmonton car dealer may be the top contender to buy the team.

After the Memorial Cup in May, the Blades sent out a release saying that the team's owners, the Brodsky family, were considering their options.

Blades co-owner, Jack Brodsky, confirmed the team is looking at offers and Mike Priestner, owner and CEO of Go Auto Edmonton is one of them.

Brendan Taman talks perfect start, free agents and expansion draft

The Roughriders may have the week off, but those behind the scenes are still working away this week.

That includes General Manager Brendan Taman who took some time out of his day to appear on the Green Zone on Wednesday.

Needless to say the Riders have a great start to the season so far, with a perfect 5-0 record, but with all of the moves the team made in the off season , and the overall plan this it surprise to the boss?

"I can lie and say yes," joked Taman. "But the way we've played has been a nice thing to watch."

Regina Red Sox open playoffs in Melville

The Regina Red Sox begin their quest for a third straight WMBL title Wednesday night in Melville.

It's been an up and down year for the Sox who finished the year 22-24 record. It's also been a year of transition for the team with a new head coach, and a number of new players.

That new man behind the bench has been Jay Livingston, and he took some time on Tuesday to talk with Warren Woods on the Green Zone.

Saskatoon couple donates horse to South Dakota rodeo team

A rodeo team in South Dakota has a new four-legged team member. 

Jim Johnston and Katie Kehrig from Saskatoon donated a horse to the Black Hills State University (BHSU) rodeo team.

The horse was initially bought for Johnston's niece, who is in high school rodeo in Saskatoon, as a gift. They took her to see it but she decided she wanted to keep the horse she already had.

They were interested in the BHSU rodeo program and decided to donate the horse to the team. 

Roughriders special teams have it covered

As the Riders enjoy their bye week, the special teams unit has definitely earned their time off.

The Riders 5-0 start to the season is thanks to them dominating in all three aspects of the game so far. You could say though, overall, no unit has been more consistent for the Riders than their special teams unit.

Earlier in the year their punt return unit was getting some attention for the room they were creating for return man Jock Sanders, now it's the cover team that gaining attention by shutting down some of the league's best returners so far this season.

Short plays make the biggest difference in Riders win over Hamilton

Many of the Saskatchewan Roughriders are off this week and enjoying their perfect 5-0 to start the season.

One of the biggest reasons the Green and White are still undefeated is thanks to a series of events that no one outside of Alumni Stadium in Guelph saw live.

While the TSN feed was down, the Tiger-Cats got pretty good field position after the Riders were pinned deep, and punter Ricky Schmitt didn't have his best punt. Hamilton would drive the ball down the field all the way to the goal line, when safety Tyron Brackenridge made the stop.

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