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New quarterbacks ready to show their stuff in game action

The countdown to game day is on with the RedBlacks and Riders set to open their pre-season on Saturday.

We all know the outcome of the game doesn't matter and how a number of the players perform isn't greatly important either, but the game is a big one for those trying to win a job. That is especially true for quarterbacks Adam Weber and Seth Doege who are trying to land themselves a full-time job as the team's third string and perhaps even backup quarterback depending on how things go.

Possible human remains discovered on Muskowekwan First Nation

Punnichy RCMP are trying to determine if a discovery made on the Muskowekwan First Nation is human remains.

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, a person on the First Nation found the remains in a wooded area near his home. RCMP were called and secured the scene northeast of the village. While Mounties say the discovery is believed to be human remains, testing will have to be done to confirm that.

Roughriders achieve record profits in 2013

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced record sales and profits at their annual general meeting Tuesday evening.

The football club's total revenue for the 2013 season was $43.8 million, with another $25 million made on top of that by hosting the Grey Cup giving a grand total of $68.8 million in revenues. That brought in a franchise record profit of $10.4 million. The previous record was set at a $6.6 million profit.

To compare, the total revenue in 2012 was $34 million with a $1.1 million profit.

Injuries present opportunities for new Riders

Injuries are a fact of life when it comes to football and especially training camp.

As of Tuesday morning, the Riders' walking-wounded list sits at 11 players. Though some of them have been working out a little bit, Head Coach Corey Chamblin admits he is a little concerned even if the injuries do pile up this time of year.

"It is normal and I am getting concerned about it just because we have a game coming up," he said.

First year defensive backs making their case to stick around

Complacency definitely isn't settling in at training camp for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

During this off-season, it would have been easy for the team to just rest on their laurels when it comes the defensive backfield. Once Terrel Maze was re-signed it ensured that all of their starting defensive backs from the 2013 Grey Cup would return for the 2014 season - a group of defenders that showed very well down the stretch and into the post-season.

Veterans being pushed at Riders training camp

Football more so than perhaps any other sport can your career come to an end sooner than you know it.

Not only can the nature of the game lend itself to horrible injuries that might end a player's career but at training camps across North America every year veteran players are pushed hard by younger up and coming players. Sometimes those veterans lose their jobs because of those younger players.

Opinions vary in Riders locker room over tentative CBA

The CFL and CFLPA are closer to making sure games are played this season but there's still a long ways to go.

On Saturday the league and it's players tentatively agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement for the next five seasons. It was a somewhat surprising move after basically little to no talk since the previous agreement expired on May 29.

Now, there's plenty of talking as players across the league were quick to take to twitter and local media to share their two cents on the deal they will be voting on over the next while.

Manslaughter charges in historical Saskatchewan case

A Stony Rapids man faces manslaughter charges following a four-year RCMP investigation into a deadly mobile home fire in Uranium city.

Michael La Rocque, 29, faces two counts of manslaughter that stem from the 2010 fire.

The remains of Jack Cochrane and Phillip Nighttraveller were found in a burned out mobile home on Jan. 4, 2010.

RCMP Historical Case Unit North spent four years investigating the case.

LaRocque was taken into custody and will make his first court appearance in Prince Albert Provincial Court on Monday.

 

 

Josh Bartel looking to build off All-Star season

There are many different paths to the Canadian Football League but few have the background that punter Josh Bartel has.

Bartel is coming into his third season in the CFL, first with the Saskatchewan Roughriders after he was picked up in an off-season deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Bartel isn't your typical non-import punter as his previous football experience actually comes from Australian Rules football rather than the CIS, NCAA or the NFL.

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