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UPDATED: Taj Smith charged with violating conditions of release

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be without receiver Taj Smith when they face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Thursday evening.

Riders ride early wave to 38-14 win over Ottawa

For the first time since week one, the Riders are back over the .500 mark.

As they did against the Argos last week, the Riders came out flying and scored early with a mix of strong play from the offence and suffocating defence riding 24 points in the opening 15 minutes, beating the RedBlacks 38-14.

"We could have finished a little better, but we did start fast," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "I thought we did a good job as a team."

Offence comes to life

GAME DAY: Riders vs RedBlacks depth charts

The Riders will try to climb back above the .500 mark in Ottawa as they take on the RedBlacks.

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

GAME DAY: Riders trying to climb above .500 in Ottawa

The Riders are somewhere they haven't been in a very long time.

No, this has nothing to do with their record or anything like that, they literally have not been in the City of Ottawa for a game since 2005. On Saturday, that streak will come to an end as the Riders take on the RedBlacks at TD Place in front of a sold-out crowd.

Mark LeGree making the most of his last chance

It's been a long journey but Riders defensive back Mark LeGree is living the dream.

He's probably not living it anywhere he ever expected to be, but the South Carolina native is on the roster of a professional football team. Not only is Legree wearing green and white but he's climbing the ranks from a practice roster guy, to special teamer, to a somewhat regular on defence.

And, LeGree couldn't be happier.

Humboldt's Brianne Theisen-Eaton earns Commonwealth gold

GLASGOW, Scotland - There was a moment Wednesday night when Derek Drouin was waiting to make his final attempt in high jump. In the tunnel to the track, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Jessica Zelinka were waiting for their final event of the heptathlon.

All action had paused for a medal ceremony. It was for Canadian Jim Steacy's gold medal in the hammer throw from the previous night.

The "O Canada" moment wasn't lost on any of them.

Getzlaf return could be nearing

Chris Getzlaf watch 2014 has taken a turn for the better.

The Riders top receiver was back at practice for the second day on Wednesday after completing his first full practice in some time behind closed doors on Tuesday.

The Tuesday practice may have been the biggest test for Getzlaf ahead of Saturday's game to make sure everything was okay and ready to go.

While Getzlaf took a number of reps with the first team offence on Wednesday, both he and head coach Corey Chamblin were pretty quiet about his status heading into Saturday's game in Ottawa.

Riders defence picking up the slack

Offence wins games and defence wins championships.

That's one of the oldest sayings when it comes to the game of football. However, for the Riders right now it's coming down to defence wins games and defence wins championships.

The Riders have now played four games and in three of them the defence has been good enough to win, two of them they were flat out dominant. In the one game the defence didn't play well the team was destroyed by the Toronto Argonauts.

John Chick getting after it early in 2014

Whether it's fair or not, the 2014 Saskatchewan Roughriders are consistently being compared to the team that won the Grey Cup in 2013.

Not surprisingly most of those comparisons aren't exactly positive right now as the offence certainly isn't clicking the way the 2013 version did. That's understandable though when you look at the list of players lost on that side of the ball.

The team's record isn't flawless like it was at this point last year and the defence and special teams aren't even as strong overall.

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