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Riders sign Canadian defensive lineman

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added some depth along the defensive line.

Non-import defensive lineman David Lee signed with the Green and White on Wednesday. Terms of the deal, as usual, were not released.

2014 will be Lee's third season in the CFL. He signed with the Argos before the 2012 season where he played in 16 games picking up six tackles and five special teams tackles.

Last season Lee played in 15 games with 14 tackles and two sacks.

Roughriders 2014 schedule released

Fans counting the days until the Riders are playing again now know just how long they'll have to wait: the team's schedule for the 2014 season is out.

The Riders open up the season at home against Hamilton on Sunday, June 29.

In an unusual twist the new Ottawa RedBlacks will be the home team for a pre-season game at Mosaic on June 14. The flip was made because the stadium in Ottawa won't be ready in time.

The Labour Day classic against Winnipeg is set for Sunday, Aug. 31.

The season closes for Saskatchewan with a home game against Edmonton Nov. 8.

Sask.-born cameraman has best seats at Sochi

People around the world are seeing a good chunk of the Winter Olympics through Canadian eyes.

The camera crews supplying the feeds used by every country except the U.S. for hockey, curling and figure skating all hail from the Great White North.

"So there are literally hundreds of T.V. professionals from across the country -- literally from Victoria to Halifax and everywhere in between," said Mark Utley, a Saskatoon-born camera operator who is working the figure skating events in Sochi.

Paralympic skiers from Prince Albert picked for Team Canada

Two Paralympic skiers from Saskatchewan will join Team Canada in Sochi, Russia in March.

Ozzie Sawicki is the chef-de-mission for Team Canada. On Tuesday, they unveiled the athletes who qualified for the para-Nordic and biathlon teams.
Sawicki said the two local athletes are senior competitor and sit-skier Colette Bourgonje and first-time Olympic competitor, stand-skier Brittany Hudak.

Saskatchewan in Sochi: Patrick Marleau looks for hockey repeat

From the kilometres of wide-open, flat prairie landscape to the hustle and bustle of California, NHL star Patrick Marleau is now in Sochi, Russia to once again represent Canada at the Olympics.

The San Jose Sharks forward and Saskatchewan native will try and replicate what he did four years ago in Vancouver by winning a gold medal. Playing hockey at the highest level was a dream for Marleau, a dream that started seemingly in the middle of nowhere: Aneroid.

Saskatchewan in Sochi: Kali Christ goes from Mount Pleasant to the Olympics

A career that started at the Mount Pleasant Oval as a member of the Regina Speed Skating Club has taken a young Regina woman all the way to Sochi, Russia.

Regina native Kali Christ, 22, has made her trek across the Pacific for the chance of realizing a dream: to represent Canada and win an Olympic gold medal in Sochi. She'll have a chance to do that as part of Canada's Long-track speed skating team.

Saskatchewan skaters and family cheer for Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers

A big cheer went up at the IMAX theatre in Regina as Saskatchewan figure skating pair Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers stepped onto the ice in Sochi.

Among the crowd of young figure skaters and Saskatchewan coaches from Skate Canada was Lawrence’s grandmother, Margary Toppings who came from her home in Kipling to watch Paige on the big screen.

“It’s unbelievable, I never expected that but it’s just great to see her there and performing – her and Rudi,” she said.

Toppings still remembers the first time she saw her granddaughter on skates.

UPDATED: Riders re-sign Chris Milo, lose Craig Butler as CFL free agency opens

It's always one of the craziest days in the CFL off-season as free agency officially opened on Tuesday.

The Riders were quick to get in on the act as they re-signed kicker Chris Milo. Milo is entering his fourth season in in the CFL after being drafted by the Riders in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.

Saskatchewan in Sochi: Mike Babcock chases repeat gold

Sitting in Steve Yzerman’s office, being told he was going to be the head coach for the Canadian men’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver was both exciting and frightening for Mike Babcock.

“Last time when I got the job … I walked out to my truck and thought ‘oh my god, what did I get myself into,’” Babcock said on the phone from Detroit.  “And the same thing happened when I said yes this time, but then it doesn’t hit me until I get to the Olympics.”

Saskatchewan in Sochi: former coach recalls Regina's Chris Kunitz

When John Bolen watches a Pittsburgh Penguins game, he doesn't see assistant captain Chris Kunitz as a star hockey player; the 29-year teacher sees the young boy who was on his lacrosse team years ago.

In Bolen's decades of teaching at Regina's Riffel High School, he has had a lot of athletes come through his department. His office in the school's gym has a wall dedicated to pictures of teams he's coached throughout the years and now features three Olympians among them: speed skater Mark Knoll, curler Ben Hebert and hockey player Chris Kunitz.

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