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2014 North American Indigenous Games launched in Regina

One of the biggest First Nations sporting events in North America is coming to Regina in 2014 but the excitement is already palpable in the city.

All week a series of events were held in Regina to launch the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). On Wednesday the City Squara Plaza hosted some Métis and First Nations entertainment during the lunch hour.

Darian Durant practices, doesn't do much

It's a sliver of progress for Darian Durant, but not much.

The Riders pivot did return to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's work out, but it's still not all fine and dandy. While Durant did have his protective boot off and was in pads he didn't end up doing a whole lot.

"Chance for him to get a little bit more rest," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "He did enough today where he made it through and got the reads that he needed."

Provincial fight commission the only way to go

A municipal athletics commission has to be set up provincially before we see any professional fights in the City of Bridges.

In June, the City of Saskatoon forwarded a request to the provincial government, to set up a provincial fight commission after promoters in Saskatoon encouraged the city to set one up locally.

Craig Butler's confidence growing week-by-week

When it comes to Roughriders linebacker Craig Butler, there's three words that easily describe him.

Professional football player.

It doesn't matter where or what he's doing, Butler is willing and able to do it.

Some eyebrows were raised, and heads turned when Butler was moved to linebacker and Brackenridge to safety. The move certainly had it's critics, but so far through four weeks it's definitely paying off.

Darian Durant back in protective boot

Saskatchewan Roughriders's like the movie Groundhog day, only less entertaining.

As the Green and White returned to practice on Wednesday, their first since beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37-0, Darian Durant was once again in a walking boot and did not practice.

Just like the first day of practice last week.

"Kind of swelled up on me a little bit the last couple of days," said Durant. "Just being smart about it, being cautious."

Waskesiu’s Lobstick tree to be cut down

The legendary Lobstick tree at the Waskesiu Golf Course is coming down.

The tree, which is estimated to be about 100 years old, is at the end of its life.

“It is basically like the rest of our forest up there. It has run its course and run its lifespan,” Peter Anholt, general manager of the Waskesiu Golf Course said on John Gormley Live Tuesday.

The namesake of the annual golf tournament that pits Saskatchewan’s best golfers against each other will be cut down Sept. 1.

Saskatoon kayaker preparing for world competition

A Saskatoon paddler is preparing to compete in the International Canoe Federation Canoe Sprint World Championships.

"I'm a week away from competing at the Under 23 World Championships in Welland, Ontario," said Jarret Kenke.

The 19-year-old construction worker from Saskatoon won the senior men's K1 1,000 metre event at the national team trials in June earning a place on the national team.

"It was an awesome race and an awesome performance that I did at our national team trials to get me here," he said.

"It kind of surprised everyone but it's a good surprise."

Roughriders dominate CFL Player of the Week Awards

Thanks to their 37-0 domination of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Riders have also dominated the CFL Player of the Week awards. 

Quarterback Darian Durant was named the top offensive player, linebacker Rey Williams won his second straight defensive award, and receiver Rob Bagg was named top Canadian.

Durant gets the top offensive nod after completing 20 of 32 passes attempted for 347 yards and four touchdowns. The longest of those touchdowns was a 60-yard bomb to Bagg. This is the fourth time Durant has won the award. 

Touchdown a dream come true for Roughriders Dan Clark

The Roughriders are taking a couple of days to rest and relax before they begin to prepare for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats yet again.

When the Riders do return to practice there's a good chance that offensive coordinator George Cortez could start working on his next trick play. In the first week of the season we saw Darian Durant hand off to Weston Dressler who then threw it back to Durant in the end zone, but it was incomplete. It was a play they did pull off in practice.

Regina Pats add assistant coach

The Regina Pats have hired a new assistant coach.

General Manager and Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations Chad Lang announced Monday the Pats have hired Bill McGuigan as an assistant coach.

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