Grey Cup 101: RCMP officers on quest to carry Grey Cup

Football players have been battling it out for the top honours in the CFL for weeks but there has been more than one contest going on for the Grey Cup.

RCMP officers have quietly been on their own quest for the cup.

“Everybody wants to carry the cup,” said Sgt. Cathy Ford. “We even got emails from B.C. and Alberta, saying they’d like to be part of it too - Saskatchewan boys.”
Ford was on a committee that decided which two officers will present the Grey Cup to the winning team after Sunday’s game.

Grey Cup 101: Rider Nation has no borders

Regina may be hosting the "Celebration in Rider Nation," but the borders of Rider Nation extend far beyond the Queen City.

"As long as you can kind of navigate the internet and I guess try and find a way to watch it, and stay up late, you can still be a Rider fan from abroad," said Cole Hawkins, a student from Regina who is currently studying in Europe.

Grey Cup 101: Grey Cup parade to return to Regina...again

When CFL fans come marching into Regina for the Grey Cup the Queen City will be ready to do what it always has: bring back the Grey Cup parade, bigger and better than ever.

Not every Grey Cup festival includes a parade; it's a pseudo-tradition that comes and goes depending on the host city. The organizing committee for this year's Grey Cup festivities will be rejuvenating the practice when the big game returns to Regina later this month.

Gary Etcheverry resigns from Roughriders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the resignation of defensive assistant Gary Etcheverry just days before the start of training camp.

Vice President of the Riders, Ken Miller, says Etcheverry will be looking for business opportunities instead of coaching football this season. Etcheverry was demoted within the Roughriders coaching staff after losing his defensive coordinator position to Richie Hall.

Saskatchewan to bid for North American Indigenous Games

Creating productive citizens of Saskatchewan - that is one of the aims of the partnership bidding to host the North American Indigenous Games in 2014.

Members of the partnership include The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
(FSIN), Saskatchewan's Metis Nation, our province and the City of Regina.

"From its humble beginnings, with the Saskatchewan First Nation and winter and summer games over twenty-five years ago, we have (seen) tremendous growth and a lot of young people," said Morley Watson, vice-chief of the FSIN, at a media conference on Tuesday.

Arenas in east Regina to go up for sale

The Twin Arenas east of Regina are slated to close at the end of the summer. Joey St. Aubin with Canlan Ice Sports says the opening of the city's six ice surface area, the co-operator's center is to blame. "We, being private, are mandated to be profitable so with six additional ice pads on the marketplace it's going to make it really difficult for us to remain profitable," said St. Aubin. Thirty-five full and part time staff will lose their jobs because of the closure. The last day will be August 31, to accomodate the hockey season. The site will be put up for sale.

Saskatoon wins silver at international 3-on-3 basketball tournament

A three-on-three basketball team from Saskatoon is coming home from Japan with silver medals after losing to Serbia at the FIBA World Tour.

“We are still licking our wounds right now because we wanted to go there and win. We’re a little bit disappointed,” Michael Linklater, one of the four players on the team, said.

Linklater said the team played strong throughout the tournament before their defence fell in the final game Sunday with a crushing 21-11 loss.

Riders take one on the chin in Montreal

What looked to be a promising game at the start ended with the Saskatchewan Roughriders being brutally outscored 40-9 by the Montreal Alouettes on Monday.

The Green and White, led by running-back Anthony Allen, actually took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter of the game. Tino Sunseri started the game but wasn't actually used much out of the gate; Allen ran wild to pick up the bulk of his 126 yards in the first quarter. That included the Riders' only offence of the game, an 11-yard touchdown reception.

High demand for ice time at Regina rinks

Hockey season is now in full swing and arenas around Regina are busy once again.
Available ice times are at a premium as thousands of people scramble to strap on the blades this fall. The City of Regina confirms demand is higher than in previous years.
"We have higher registration numbers across a lot of the minor sports programs and that causes an increase in the demand for ice," said Ted Schaeffer, coordinator of sports facilities and special events.

GAME DAY: Riders hope to re-find winning ways in Montreal

The Riders are back on the road today trying to pick up a rare win in the Eastern time-zone.

Heading east has been a struggle for the Green and White, save for a night game earlier in the year against the Ottawa RedBlacks, the Riders have lost games in both Toronto and Hamilton.

One of the biggest reasons for those struggles could be the time change, especially when the team has to play at 11 a.m. Saskatchewan time.