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Roughriders lock up GM Brendan Taman with two-year deal
By Patrick Book paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have rewarded general manager Brendan Taman's first Grey Cup win with a two-year contract extension.

During a news conference Wednesday morning, the team announced that Taman has signed with the team through 2017. He's also being named vice-president of Football Operations.

By Jamie Nye paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be without their leader for this weekend's mini-camp in Bradenton, Florida.

The team says quarterback Darian Durant is sick so will not be participating in the camp.

Durant wasn't expected to do too much work for the camp that will see the Riders evaluate their new faces, negotiation list players and some potential free agents.

The on-field portion of the camp begins at 9am EST on Saturday morning and will wrap up on Sunday morning.

Roughriders to pay full property tax bill starting this year
By Patrick Book paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders' tax holiday has ended.

At City Council's meeting Monday night, Council voted to rescind the property tax exemptions the Regina-based football team has been enjoying for more than 15 years. That will mean the team will have to pay more than $55,000 in property taxes, starting this year.

Riders add secondary depth
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Riders defensive backfield is getting some insurance.

On Tuesday the team announced the signings of import defensive backs Greg McCoy and Mark LeGee along with non-import defensive back Hugo Lopez. As usual, terms of the deal were not released.

Lopez is entering his fourth year in the CFL. Lopez was drafted by the Eskimos in the second round of the 2011 CFL Draft. After two seasons in green and gold Lopez joined the Argos last year. Lopez has played 11 career games picking up eight special teams tackles.

Sheets spends off-season swamping for Sask. trucking business
By Aaron Stuckel paNOW Staff

When Kory Sheets signed an NFL contract in February, many people in Saskatchewan thought they were saying goodbye to him forever.

But it seems the simple act of signing a big-time contract with the Oakland Raiders doesn’t automatically make him rich. That means Sheets has remained in the province.

“I need to pay bills,” he said with a laugh. “I didn’t get a signing bonus so I had to come up here and work.”

Report: Riders Head Coach Corey Chamblin to sign multi-year deal
By Patrick Book paNOW Staff

A news report issued Thursday morning claims the Saskatchewan Roughriders are set to re-sign Head Coach Corey Chamblin.

According to the story filed by The Canadian Press, the news conference called by the team for 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon will be used to announce that the team has reached a deal with Chamblin. The coach, who has been at the helm for the Riders for two years, is said to be signing a multi-year extension.

Roughriders' CEO defends property tax exeption
By Lisa Schick paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders' CEO understands some of the anger that has come out in Regina over the team's proposed tax exemption.

The football club is on the list of standing property tax exemptions being considered for 2014. The exemption would total approximately $55,000, should City Council pass the list as it currently stands.

Roughriders head north with the Grey Cup
By James Bowler paNOW Staff

Students in northern part of the province will have an opportunity to meet with the Saskatchewan Roughriders this week.

Roughriders Brendon LaBatte and Neal Hughes started the journey on Monday morning with the Grey Cup, visiting Cumberland House and La Ronge.

And then on Tuesday, they went to Stony Rapids, Pinehouse and Buffalo Narrows.

Rosalena Smith, principal of Minahik Waskahigan School in Pinehouse said it was a very exciting experience for the students. 

By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have added some depth to their defensive line.

The team announced on Tuesday they've re-signed import defensive lineman Richard Sumlin and have added import defensive lineman Trevor Guyton.

Sumlin signed with the Riders before the 2013 season where he spent the entire year on the team's practice roster. The 24-year-old played four seasons at the University of Findlay where he registered 167 tackles and 12 sacks in 31 games. In 2012 he was named a second team conference all-star.

Roughriders announce 2014 coaching staff
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders 2014 coaching staff is a lot like their 2013 coaching staff.

The Riders roster may have taken a big hit with some 12 players leaving for other teams both north and south of the border, but only a few coaches are out the door.

Oakland Raiders sign Kory Sheets
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost another key part of their offence as running back Kory Sheets has signed with the NFL's Oakland Raiders.

 Reports surfaced late Wednesday afternoon from various NFL reporters that Sheets had signed with the Raiders. Not too long after the Riders confirmed the news on their twitter account.

Check back for more as this story develops...

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Roughriders 2014 schedule released

By Andrew Dawson

paNOW Staff

Fans counting the days until the Saskatchewan Roughriders 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 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 Aug. 31.

QB Drew Willy sent to Winnipeg for receiver Jade Etienne
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be looking for a new backup quarterback for the 2014 season.

Drew Willy was dealt to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday for non-import receiver Jade Etienne. Both were set to become free agents on Feb. 11. Willy has already signed an extension with the Bombers while the Riders are working on a deal with Etienne.

By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

It appears Weston Dressler has found his new home in Kansas City.

The Riders released their All-Star receiver last week allowing him to sign in the NFL but Dressler couldn't say at that time what team he was close to joining. Reports surfaced over the next day or so that it was likely the Kansas City Chiefs. It now appears that deal is done according to multiple reports.

UPDATE: Star receiver Weston Dressler released by Roughriders
By Patrick Book paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders released some potentially earth-shattering news for fans: popular receiver Weston Dressler has been let go by the team.

In a pair of tweets issued just after 3 p.m. Thursday the team revealed that the star import had been let go by the Riders. They added that the purpose behind the move is to give him "the opportunity to sign with a National Football League team."

Roughriders re-sign Taj Smith
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

With the future of Weston Dressler still up in the air, the Riders have re-signed an important member of their receiving core.

Taj Smith officially signed on the dotted line Thursday keeping him in Green and White for at least the next two years; however details of the deal were not released.

Smith had a breakout year in 2013 as he played in all 18 regular season games picking up his first career 1,000 yard receiving season in just his second try in the CFL. Smith also led the team with 78 catches last season.

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Roughriders take Grey Cup on tour, inspire students in Prince Albert
By Kayla Bruch paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders spread their message of hard work and determination all across Prince Albert as they toured the city with the Grey Cup.

After winning the 101st Grey Cup, the Riders’ community manager, Dan Plaster, said the team wanted to share their victory with fans in the community.

Nine players visited six locations. These locations included:

Championship-winning Riders to bring Grey Cup to PA
By Kayla Bruch paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be sharing a bit of their Grey Cup win with the community – the team is taking the Cup on tour, and making a stop in Prince Albert.

The Roughriders beat the Hamilton Tiger Cats to become the 101st Grey Cup champions.

Those who have always wanted to see the Cup will now have their chance. The tour begins in the first week of January, and runs until the first week of February. The Riders will make their way through several Saskatchewan communities in the northwest part of the province.

Roughriders add Saskatchewan talent to roster
By Patrick Book paNOW Staff

After losing a Regina-born player in the Ottawa expansion draft the Saskatchewan Roughriders are adding three more local players to their roster.

On Thursday, the CFL team announced the signing of three Canadian players, two of whom are from Saskatchewan.

UPDATED: Keith Shologan now an Ottawa RedBlack
By Jamie Nye paNOW Staff

The Ottawa RedBlacks started their expansion draft by taking two quarterbacks in the first round.

The RedBlacks selected Stampeders quarterback Kevin Glenn and B.C. Lions quarterback Thomas DeMarco.

"Obviously, Kevin is very familiar with what we are going to want to do offensively," explained Ottawa general manager Marcel Desjardins after the first round.

VIDEO: Little time for Brendan Taman to enjoy Grey Cup win
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

There's been no time for Riders General Manager Brendan Taman to rest since winning the Grey Cup.

The demands placed on a football executive have never been more apparent for Taman than they have this year. Just a couple of weeks ago he won his first Grey Cup, but there's been little to no time off for the man who built the Riders' championship roster.

Free agency questions loom for Riders
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

Whether you like it or not the 2013 CFL season is now over and the focus is already shifting towards 2014. For the Saskatchewan Roughriders that means changes will be coming to the roster that won the fourth Grey Cup in the team's history.

Rider fans pack bars for Grey Cup
paNOW Staff

It was relatively quiet on the streets of Prince Albert after the Grey Cup on Sunday with only a few cars honking, however inside fans were screaming for joy.  At Boston Pizza the bar was packed with Roughrider fans dressed head-to-toe in green and white.  After every touchdown free jello shots were given out to pumped up viewers. 

Prince Albert Police Service reported no problems last night.

101st Grey Cup: RIDERS WIN
By Patrick Book

paNOW Staff

The battle for the 2013 Grey Cup is over and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will keep the championship trophy right here in Regina.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are hoping to win a championship game at home, the last chance they'll have the opportunity before the city builds a new stadium. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are standing in their way, boasting a number of notable former Roughriders like Andy Fantuz, Henry Burris and head coach Kent Austin.

All football for Premier Brad Wall on Sunday
By Aaron Stuckel paNOW Staff

The worries of the Legislature will not be in the mind of Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on Sunday. All he’ll be thinking about is football.

Wall watched the last two Rider games at home with his wife Tammy. But on Sunday, he said he would be in the stands.

“I basically pace the whole time… and she endures it,” said Wall. “Now we’ll be up in the stands. I don’t think we’ll be allowed to pace.”

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