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Early momentum carries Riders to 37-9 win over Toronto
By Joel Gasson paNOW staff

Saskatchewan is breathing much easier now thanks to the Riders.

The Green and White ended their two game losing streak Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium dumping the Toronto Argonauts 37-9, improving to 2-2 on the season.

Statistically there wasn't much separating the teams coming into the game as they both only had one win each, both had elite quarterbacks that were missing high end receivers.

GAME DAY: Riders begin anew against Argos
By Joel Gasson paNOW staff

It's a brand new season.

At least, that's what the Head Coach Corey Chamblin and the rest of his team have been saying this week after their back-to-back losses and subsequent week off.

That theory will be put to the test tonight as the Riders host the team that started this losing skid, the Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium (8 p.m., TSN).

By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

When it comes to the Riders offence all of the attention right now is on the running backs.

The ball carriers aren't the only ones going through changes and difficulties right now. Like most of the offence, the receivers are having their fair share of struggles and change as well.

Riders sloppy in 26-13 loss to B.C.
By Joel Gasson

paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders might not have many toes left after their 26-13 loss to the B.C. Lions Saturday night at Mosaic Stadium.

The Riders consistently shot themselves in the foot all night taking bad penalties, missing tackles and missing plays overall as the defending Grey Cup champions looked like anything but dropping to 1-2 on the season.

'I thought we would come out and put together a better performance than we did," said quarterback Darian Durant.

GAME DAY: Riders welcome winless Lions
By Joel Gasson paNOW staff

Something has to give tonight as the Riders host the B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium.

Saskatchewan is coming off their worst loss during the Corey Chamblin era and hopes to bounce back to form we saw against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. B.C. meanwhile has lost both of their games so far this season including a 24-9 drubbing at the hands of the Montreal Alouettes last week.

One has to imagine both teams should be fired up heading into this one.

Riders offence remains under construction
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

For the second straight week, the Riders will deploy a receiver set that includes three slotbacks with little experience.

Chris Getzlaf will once again be out of the line-up this week meaning Brett Swain, Ryan Smith and Eron Rilly will be Darian Durant's slotbacks against the B.C. Lions.

Dwight Anderson traded to Argos
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

Dwight Anderson's time in Ridervile is over.

The defensive back was traded to the Toronto Argonauts on Monday for a conditional draft pick in the 2015 draft.

Anderson spent just one season in Saskatchewan after signing as a free agent in 2013. Anderson finished the season with 53 tackles and five interceptions as he helped the team win the 101st Grey Cup. Through two games in 2014 Anderson had three tackles.

Head Coach Corey Chamblin is scheduled to meet with the media at 11 a.m.

More to come...

VIDEO: Argos thump Riders 48-15
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

Compared to last week, this day was essentially the opposite for the Saskatchewan Roughriders as they got trampled 48-15 by the Toronto Argonauts.

Unlike last week, the Riders came out of the gate slow and other than a brief four minute span in the third quarter and they never really recovered as the Argos had their way with the green and white all day.

The problems didn't start when the team hit the field on Saturday either, because, according to the head coach, they didn't have a very good week of practice.

GAME DAY: Riders battle Argos in first road game of 2014
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are hoping to keep the good times rolling in Toronto as they continue their regular season against the Argonauts.

This game will be the first time all year that the team will be tested with a road game as both pre-season affairs and the regular season opener were all at Mosaic Stadium.

GAME DAY: Riders vs Argos depth chart
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The Riders are on the road for the first time this year as they take on the Argos in Toronto.

Only a few changes have been made to the team's depth chart this week with receiver Alex Anthony coming on for injured receiver Chaz Schilens. Brett Swain has also moved over to Chris Getzlaf's spot on the field as he won't play ins this game.

VIDEO: Sack attack aided by secondary
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

All week the Riders defensive line has been praised left, right and centre for the 10 sacks picked up against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It's certainly well-deserved but often it takes a lot more than just four guys up front to create a single sack in the game let alone 10.

The Riders secondary certainly deserves some credit for the coverage sacks they were able to create as well.

Old school football prevails in Riders 31-10 thrashing of Hamilton

By Joel Gasson

paNOW Staff

On a night when the Saskatchewan Roughriders honoured the past, it was ultimately smash mouth old school football that led them to a 31-10 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to open the 2014 regular season.

The Riders proved to be too much for the Ti-Cats, just like they were in November when the home team brought the Grey Cup to Riderville and yet again the green and white picked up the win with smothering defence and a dominant running game.

GAME DAY: New look Riders open regular season against Hamilton
By Joel Gasson

paNOW Staff

It's time to get going for real.

The 2014 Saskatchewan Roughriders regular season opens against the team they beat to win the 101st Grey Cup on home turf: the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

This game will resemble nothing like that game played back in November of last year, it will be much much warmer, there will be fewer fans thanks to removal of the temporary seating and the big shiny trophy won't be handed out at the end of this game.

Riders leaning on veterans in quest to repeat
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The road to the Grey Cup repeat begins on Sunday for the Riders.

It's something that's never been done in the over 100-year history of the franchise and some of the players have been very vocal about the desire to be the first to ever do it. That includes quarterback Darian Durant.

But as the old saying goes, it's harder to repeat than to win.

Roughriders release 26 on CFL cut down day
By Jamie Nye

paNOW Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders gave 26 players the bad news that they didn't make the 46 man roster.

The biggest news may be more so who made the team than who didn't with many tight battles over the last three weeks.

Running backs Keith Toston and Anthony Allen both made the team as the duo tasked to replace Grey Cup MVP Kory Sheets.

Riders drop pre-season finale 19-14
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The easy part is over, now comes the hard part for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Riders pre-season came to a close on Friday night with a 19-14 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos in a game that features few memorable moments as pre-season games usually do.

Players on the bubble are hoping what they did on film was memorable enough as it was their last chance to make enough of an impression to earn a job on the team's roster to open the 2014 regular season next week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

GAME DAY: Bubble players get one more chance to show their stuff
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

It could be the most important evening in the careers of some young football players.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Edmonton Eskimos Friday night at Mosaic Stadium as the pre-season comes to a close. It's a game that might not excite all fans, but for some players fighting for jobs, it's a game that could literally change the path of their entire career.

Head coach Corey Chamblin had a message for players who may currently be in the bubble heading into the game.

Riders face test from Mother Nature
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

Mother Nature threw a wrench into the Riders plans Wednesday morning.

Rather than their usual 11:30 a.m. start time for practice, the team had to push practice back about an hour due to lightning - their last practice of the week before walk through on Thursday ahead of Friday's pre-season final against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Practice is always a no-go when lightning is in the area so when practice time came around, Mosaic Stadium sat empty.

Ground-breaking ceremony for new Regina Stadium
By Kevin Martel paNOW Staff

It was first announced in July 2012 at a Saskatchewan Roughriders game and now almost two years later the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Mosaic Stadium will take place on Monday.

“The site is completely prepared and ready to go and this is the official launch of the dig that will start and end with a brand new stadium,” explained Mayor Michael Fougere.

He said this sod-turning is just another step closer to the $278-million stadium becoming a reality, calling it exciting for the entire city.

Injuries present opportunities for new Riders
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

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.

VIDEO: Veterans being pushed at Riders training camp
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

In football more so than perhaps any other sport, your career can 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.

Simon calls it a career
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Superman is turning in his cape.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Geroy Simon officially announced his retirement on Wednesday after 15 seasons in the CFL.

Reports first surfaced last weekend that Simon was planning on hanging up his cleats. Riders vice-president and general manager Brendan Taman confirmed the news on Sunday, at the first day of training camp.

Riders confirm Geroy Simon will retire
By Joel Gasson paNOW Staff

The career of one of the best ever to play Canadian football is coming to an end.

Riders vice-president and general manager Brendan Taman confirmed on Sunday during the team's first day of training camp that Geroy Simon is in fact retiring.

Geroy Simon expected to retire as a Rider
By Andrew Shepherd paNOW Staff

There's word this weekend of another Rider retirement.

It comes just after after players received their 2013 Grey Cup Champions rings and the retirement of linebacker Mike McCullough.

TSN's Farhan Lalji tweeted Saturday afternoon that he expects receiver Geroy Simon to retire very shortly.

Simon's official announcement is expected later this week after 15 seasons in the CFL with 16,352 yards and 103 touchdowns.


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City confirms one bidder pulled out of stadium project
By Kevin Martel paNOW Staff

There have been rumblings over the last few months that one of the three bidders to design and build Regina’s new stadium had pulled out and now the city is confirming that is true.

Deputy City Manager and COO Brent Sjoberg explained that the Clark-Turner team had dropped out earlier in the bidding process, leaving just Bouygues Construction Graham Community Partners and the company that eventually won the bid, PCL Construction.

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