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UPDATED: Roughriders re-sign Taj Smith

Roughriders' receiver Taj Smith has likely made his biggest catch of the last year.

The Riders leader in receptions last season officially re-signed with the defending Grey Cup champions on Thursday. Last season Smith did lead the team with 78 receptions in 18 regular season games; Smith was also one of three receivers to gather over 1,000 yards through the air and added nine touchdowns.

"One guy off the list and important one, that's a good thing," said General Manager Brendan Taman.

Saskatoon boy throws Buffalo Sabres captain out of ceremonial faceoff

A near sellout crowd of 18,500 laughed and cheered as Braden Nienaber waved his arm and threw NHL captain Steve Ott out of a ceremonial face-off with Alex Ovechkin.

"Braden's little buddy Hunter texted him the night before and he said 'Braden, wouldn't it be funny if you threw the Sabres captain out of the circle. And so he did," Braden's mother Tammy Nienaber said with a laugh.

DeLaet inks sponsorship deal with Shaw

Graham DeLaet will be sporting a little more of Canada for the rest of the PGA Tour season.

He was in Saskatoon Wednesday to talk about his new multi-year partnership with Shaw Communications.  As part of the agreement, DeLaet will be sporting the Shaw logo on the front of his hat and golf bag.

DeLaet said he is thrilled about the new partnership.

Change in style paying off for Pats

The Regina Pats are possessed this year, puck possessed that is.

Head Coach Malcolm Cameron has quickly put his stamp on the Blue and White by changing the basic fundamentals of the way they play the game.

Previously under Head Coach Pat Conacher, the Pats were more of a chip and chase or dump and chase kind of team who tried to grind out wins. Two years ago they did enough to make the playoffs, but last season was basically a disaster; though an inability to remain healthy certainly played a role in that as well.

Riders sign two Canadians

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added some Canadian content to their roster.

The team announced on Wednesday that they've signed non-import kicker Brett Cameron and non-import fullback Matthew Burke.

Cameron is actually the son of Hall of Fame kicker Bob Cameron. Cameron spent the last four years kicking for the University of North Dakota. In 41 games Cameron punted for 7,559 yards with a career 41.5 yards per pick average. Cameron also had 15 kicks over 50 yards during his college career.

Regina Pats surprise young hockey players

Not many people get to play with their favourite hockey players but for one lucky team of kids, their dream has come true.

The six-year-old players with the Initiation Thunderbirds thought holding a practice at the Brandt Centre was awesome enough. That's when the arena lights dimmed and the spotlights turned on. The Pats introduction played through the speakers and the players skated onto the ice as the kids stood in awe.

"I was thinking they were going to come out but then I knew they were going to come out," said Nicholas right after the game.

Weekend a wild ride for newest Pats goalie

Regina Pats goalie Daniel Wapple has bounced around the WHL a little bit in his short time in the league, but nothing could prepare him for what he's been through the last few days.

The Saskatoon native was traded by the Medicine Hat Tigers to the Regina Pats on Friday before the league's trade deadline along with centre Logan McVeigh for 16-year-old goalie Nick Schneider and a third round draft pick.

Dressler gets workout with Kansas City Chiefs

Saskatchewan Roughriders star Weston Dressler is continuing to draw interest from the National Football League.

His agent confirms to The Green Zone that Dressler will workout in front of Kansas City Chiefs brass on Tuesday.

Right now, there are no other workouts scheduled for Dressler but he is getting interest from about a half-dozen teams, so other workouts could be coming his way soon.

Dressler is due to become a free agent on February 15th and until then any NFL team with interest in working out the CFL All-Star has to get approval from the Riders.

Stefanie Lawton returns to the top of Sask. curling

Stefanie Lawton is returning to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts after a five year absence.

Lawton's team from the Nutana Curling Club defeated Michelle Englot from the Regina Callie 5-2 in the final of the Viterra Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Tisdale on Sunday evening. Lawton put a deuce on the board in the first end, then in the seventh took a 4-1 lead after a steal of one following a measurement.

LeBoldus takes BRIT Tournament

Regina LeBoldus defeated Winnipeg St. Paul's 76-53 in the championship final of the 46th edition of BRIT on Saturday night at the Bedford Road gym.

It's the first time a Regina school has won the tournament since Balfour won back in 1999.
The third place game went to last year's champions, Sir Winston Churchill of Calgary as they defeated Saskatoon Evan Hardy 77-59.

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