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Carrie Underwood, husband NHL player Mike Fisher announce pregnancy on Labor Day; 1st child





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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 7:06 pm

The Blair Necessities



Something To "Mitch" About

(photo courtesy Canadian Press)

I think its so nice to see Winnipeggers make the trek to Regina every year. They stay in our hotels, they visit our restaurants, they check out our bars and then they put on their jerseys, go to Mosaic Stadium and watch their team lose. That was the case for the 10th straight year as the Riders pulled out a hard-fought 35-30 win in front of a sold out crowd. Just some thoughts...

  --While I mock the fan base of our closest team to the East, I do acknowledge that they make this game what it is. Driving to the game Sunday, I got to the post office when I started seeing them in their Bomber jerseys whether it be a Stegall, a Willy, a Pierce, a Roberts, a Wild or a Feoli-Gudino (yes someone had that one), the Winnipeggers make this game fun. You don't see a lot of red when Calgary comes to town or orange when BC is here. The Bombers always bring people here for this game and it makes for a great atmosphere inside and outside the stadium. Well done Winnipeg....one of these years you will go home happy, but not this year.

  --It can be said of Darian Durant by this blogger many, many times, but the guy is just a winner. He didn't have flashy stats on Sunday, but when he was needed, he came through on that final drive with a couple of big runs. The guy doesn't get the job done all the time, but he does more oft than not. Despite that, he still has his detractors. In the end, all the good ones have had their detractors in Riderville so it shouldn't surprise me, but it does.

  --Jerome Messam is a beast! How did he not stick with other CFL teams? Please credit his arrival here to one Mr. Brendan Taman!

  --While it worked once, put me down as someone not in favour of Josh Bartel running before kicking. I don't care who you are or what team you play for...catch the ball and kick it unless doing a fake!

 --Drew Willy is one tough SOB. I didn't think he was coming back after getting hurt. That looked ugly and felt painful.

 --What a novel concept seeing both teams score 30 points in a CFL game. Lets hope that trend continues in the second half of the season!

  --The crowd was amazing. I haven't heard it that loud in there in a couple of years for a non Grey Cup game.

  --Do I even want to start with Andre Proulx and company?

  --The CFL must eradicate the challenging pass interference rule. Either that or penalize teams 10 yards if they challenge a pass interference rule and it isn't overturned. What a waste of time!

  --After the game, head coach Corey Chamblin said he's enjoying this season. How could be not enjoy it when they are 7-2??? He also admitted he didn't think they'd be 7-2 at the halfway point of the season and its been great seeing the guys develop into the players they are.

  --The Macho Harris kid correspondent interview was great. Speaking of great, did you see the TSN feature on John Chick. It was outstanding! If you missed it, you can watch it right here


Other items to weigh in on....

 --It was great to get up Saturday morning, turn on the TV and watch ESPN's College Gameday. Let's just put it this way. FOOTBALL SEASON IS TRULY HERE!!!

  --The SGI family fun day was another roaring success. It looked like rain might throw a monkeywrench into the day's activity, but fans got a chance to meet their favourite Rider and get their autograph. If Darian, Dressler, Brackenridge or Chick come down with carpal tunnel syndrome, you can blame yourselves Rider Nation!! For those who were there, I ask you this.....more people at SGI Day or an Argos home game. It had to be close!

 --While waiting for SGI Fun Day activities to get going, I was speaking with WOLF 104.9 personality Michael Ball and the Riders outstanding VP of Marketing and Business Development Gregg Sauter and last year's Grey Cup came up. Ballsy asked Sauter in the wake of Chris Jones and the Eskimos being fined for pre-game shenanigans if the Riders ever get fined by the CFL for coming out as one at GC 101. No one knows! I know the league and TSN weren't happy with the move, but did they ever get fined? Realistically, they should have but if they did, no one knows and no one knows how much.

 --The story of the woman trying to make headlines at the expense of the Ragged Ass Barber because they won't give her a haircut because its a mens only place is ridiculous. Hey lady, FIND A SALON!!! Someone has an axe to grind for whatever reason. I don't know anyone at the said shop, but I applaud them for sticking to their guns. I also know where I will be getting my next haircut.

--Congrats to the University of Regina Rams for their 12 point win over Alberta Friday night. They will open the season at Mosaic this coming Friday night at Mosaic against UBC. It will be BMIB---BIG MEN IN BOOTH as Gary "Chop" Bresch and myself will call the game live for you on Access Communications. Eat your heart out Buck and Aikman!!!

--For those interested, a new season of Locker Talk on Access begins September 9. I know you've missed seeing the lovable mugs of myself and Pete Paczko this summer. Don't lie! OK, lie just a little so as not to leave a huge bruise on my ego.

--Why do I keep thinking the Oilers are going to make a major trade before training camp starts.

--If you are sitting on the fence humming and hawwing about Regina Pats games this year and whether or not you should plunk some money down, I have just two words for you....SAM STEEL!  This kid is unreal. He will be worth the price of admission.

 --I  hope there is a special spot in hell for those who know full well they have too many items in their grocery cart yet go through the express lane. A very special spot! JACKWAGONS!

  --Speaking of Jackwagons, I had a chance to speak with the man who coined that term after the game as Premier Wall was in attendance. Moments after our conversation started, we were interrupted by Tom Shepherd who let myself and the Premier know he had a dream about Wall winning in the Friends of the Riders Lottery. I have no idea if the MLA for Swift Current walked out of the Harvard green and white lounge 100 dollars poorer with ticket in hand, but I'm thinking he is. Tom never says he has a dream about me winning, but I know I have nightmares about dropping 100 and never seeing anything come back. I haven't even won a Riders prize pack in the last decade. SIGHHHH!!!

  --Class act by the Jays giving Derek Jeter a trip to Banff. Other teams have given Jeter many things during his farewell tour, but Toronto gave him a chance to see a part of the world he has likely never seen. He'll love it!

  --Should I be surprised Michael Sam got cut by the St. Louis Rams after a pre-season that saw him register 11 tackles and 3 sacks. The NFL is a long ways from adopting someone with Sam's lifestyle into their fraternity. This has been proven by what has happened. Its only exasperated when no other team picks him up. His 15 minutes of fame could very well be over.

 --A bunch of kids were playing street hockey in Montreal this past week when the police came along and told them to pack up because its apparently against the law to do that there. ??????? Are you kidding me? Street hockey is seemingly a lost thing these days as kids would rather stay inside and play video games or do something else. If they are out there, they are staying fit and they aren't doing anything they shouldn't be by playing a little hockey. Perhaps they should just perform from vandalism or something. What a ridiculous bylaw. Someone should be ashamed!

  --Enjoy your Labour Day and do something with your kid if you get the chance today. After all, it is the last day of their summer holiday!




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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 9:51 am

Metro



Milos Raonic and Daniel Nestor to play Colombia in Halifax in Davis Cup playoff

TORONTO – It’s a must-win situation for Frank Dancevic, Daniel Nestor, Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic in a Davis Cup World Group play-off tie between Canada and Colombia in Halifax next week. Martin Laurendeau captains the team and announced the … Continue Reading

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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 12:20 pm

Yahoo Sports Blog



World ranking comparison for Ryder Cup teams

(Reuters) - World rankings for members of the Europe and United States Ryder Cup teams, who will compete for the trophy at Gleneagles in Scotland from Sept. ...

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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 8:15 pm

Canada.com



Oakland Raiders hand keys to offence to rookie quarterback Derek Carr

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be […]

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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 10:40 pm

T.S.N.



Brewers' Gomez out at least a week with sprained wrist

Go to TSN.ca for details. #TSN

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Posted on 2 September 2014 | 7:19 pm

The Joy of Sox



G137: Rays 4, Red Sox 3 (10)

Red Sox - 001 100 010 0 - 3  6  0
Rays - 003 000 000 1 - 4 9 0
Example
Rubby De La Rosa / Drew Smyly


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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 8:24 pm

The Blair Necessities



Something To "Mitch" About

(photo courtesy Canadian Press)

I think its so nice to see Winnipeggers make the trek to Regina every year. They stay in our hotels, they visit our restaurants, they check out our bars and then they put on their jerseys, go to Mosaic Stadium and watch their team lose. That was the case for the 10th straight year as the Riders pulled out a hard-fought 35-30 win in front of a sold out crowd. Just some thoughts...

  --While I mock the fan base of our closest team to the East, I do acknowledge that they make this game what it is. Driving to the game Sunday, I got to the post office when I started seeing them in their Bomber jerseys whether it be a Stegall, a Willy, a Pierce, a Roberts, a Wild or a Feoli-Gudino (yes someone had that one), the Winnipeggers make this game fun. You don't see a lot of red when Calgary comes to town or orange when BC is here. The Bombers always bring people here for this game and it makes for a great atmosphere inside and outside the stadium. Well done Winnipeg....one of these years you will go home happy, but not this year.

  --It can be said of Darian Durant by this blogger many, many times, but the guy is just a winner. He didn't have flashy stats on Sunday, but when he was needed, he came through on that final drive with a couple of big runs. The guy doesn't get the job done all the time, but he does more oft than not. Despite that, he still has his detractors. In the end, all the good ones have had their detractors in Riderville so it shouldn't surprise me, but it does.

  --Jerome Messam is a beast! How did he not stick with other CFL teams? Please credit his arrival here to one Mr. Brendan Taman!

  --While it worked once, put me down as someone not in favour of Josh Bartel running before kicking. I don't care who you are or what team you play for...catch the ball and kick it unless doing a fake!

 --Drew Willy is one tough SOB. I didn't think he was coming back after getting hurt. That looked ugly and felt painful.

 --What a novel concept seeing both teams score 30 points in a CFL game. Lets hope that trend continues in the second half of the season!

  --The crowd was amazing. I haven't heard it that loud in there in a couple of years for a non Grey Cup game.

  --Do I even want to start with Andre Proulx and company?

  --The CFL must eradicate the challenging pass interference rule. Either that or penalize teams 10 yards if they challenge a pass interference rule and it isn't overturned. What a waste of time!

  --After the game, head coach Corey Chamblin said he's enjoying this season. How could be not enjoy it when they are 7-2??? He also admitted he didn't think they'd be 7-2 at the halfway point of the season and its been great seeing the guys develop into the players they are.

  --The Macho Harris kid correspondent interview was great. Speaking of great, did you see the TSN feature on John Chick. It was outstanding! If you missed it, you can watch it right here


Other items to weigh in on....

 --It was great to get up Saturday morning, turn on the TV and watch ESPN's College Gameday. Let's just put it this way. FOOTBALL SEASON IS TRULY HERE!!!

  --The SGI family fun day was another roaring success. It looked like rain might throw a monkeywrench into the day's activity, but fans got a chance to meet their favourite Rider and get their autograph. If Darian, Dressler, Brackenridge or Chick come down with carpal tunnel syndrome, you can blame yourselves Rider Nation!! For those who were there, I ask you this.....more people at SGI Day or an Argos home game. It had to be close!

 --While waiting for SGI Fun Day activities to get going, I was speaking with WOLF 104.9 personality Michael Ball and the Riders outstanding VP of Marketing and Business Development Gregg Sauter and last year's Grey Cup came up. Ballsy asked Sauter in the wake of Chris Jones and the Eskimos being fined for pre-game shenanigans if the Riders ever get fined by the CFL for coming out as one at GC 101. No one knows! I know the league and TSN weren't happy with the move, but did they ever get fined? Realistically, they should have but if they did, no one knows and no one knows how much.

 --The story of the woman trying to make headlines at the expense of the Ragged Ass Barber because they won't give her a haircut because its a mens only place is ridiculous. Hey lady, FIND A SALON!!! Someone has an axe to grind for whatever reason. I don't know anyone at the said shop, but I applaud them for sticking to their guns. I also know where I will be getting my next haircut.

--Congrats to the University of Regina Rams for their 12 point win over Alberta Friday night. They will open the season at Mosaic this coming Friday night at Mosaic against UBC. It will be BMIB---BIG MEN IN BOOTH as Gary "Chop" Bresch and myself will call the game live for you on Access Communications. Eat your heart out Buck and Aikman!!!

--For those interested, a new season of Locker Talk on Access begins September 9. I know you've missed seeing the lovable mugs of myself and Pete Paczko this summer. Don't lie! OK, lie just a little so as not to leave a huge bruise on my ego.

--Why do I keep thinking the Oilers are going to make a major trade before training camp starts.

--If you are sitting on the fence humming and hawwing about Regina Pats games this year and whether or not you should plunk some money down, I have just two words for you....SAM STEEL!  This kid is unreal. He will be worth the price of admission.

 --I  hope there is a special spot in hell for those who know full well they have too many items in their grocery cart yet go through the express lane. A very special spot! JACKWAGONS!

  --Speaking of Jackwagons, I had a chance to speak with the man who coined that term after the game as Premier Wall was in attendance. Moments after our conversation started, we were interrupted by Tom Shepherd who let myself and the Premier know he had a dream about Wall winning in the Friends of the Riders Lottery. I have no idea if the MLA for Swift Current walked out of the Harvard green and white lounge 100 dollars poorer with ticket in hand, but I'm thinking he is. Tom never says he has a dream about me winning, but I know I have nightmares about dropping 100 and never seeing anything come back. I haven't even won a Riders prize pack in the last decade. SIGHHHH!!!

  --Class act by the Jays giving Derek Jeter a trip to Banff. Other teams have given Jeter many things during his farewell tour, but Toronto gave him a chance to see a part of the world he has likely never seen. He'll love it!

  --Should I be surprised Michael Sam got cut by the St. Louis Rams after a pre-season that saw him register 11 tackles and 3 sacks. The NFL is a long ways from adopting someone with Sam's lifestyle into their fraternity. This has been proven by what has happened. Its only exasperated when no other team picks him up. His 15 minutes of fame could very well be over.

 --A bunch of kids were playing street hockey in Montreal this past week when the police came along and told them to pack up because its apparently against the law to do that there. ??????? Are you kidding me? Street hockey is seemingly a lost thing these days as kids would rather stay inside and play video games or do something else. If they are out there, they are staying fit and they aren't doing anything they shouldn't be by playing a little hockey. Perhaps they should just perform from vandalism or something. What a ridiculous bylaw. Someone should be ashamed!

  --Enjoy your Labour Day and do something with your kid if you get the chance today. After all, it is the last day of their summer holiday!




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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 9:51 am

Roto Rob



Kids Learn Fundamentals at All-Star Basketball Camp

This was a great experience for us, as we got to witness firsthand how much kids love the game of basketball. In addition to supplying special T-shirts for all participants, Warren Henry Auto sponsored 10 underprivileged children from We Have a Dream Foundation and the Curley's House Food Bank so they could attend the camp.

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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 7:36 pm

Rider Prophet



Riders vs. Bombers: Labour Day 2014

What a week for Rider Nation! We are riding a 5 game win streak, its time for the annual Labour Day Classic and we get Weston freakin' Dressler back! Life is pretty good.Well at least its good for everyone who didn't invest in a #7 Doege jersey... which is everyone except Doege's mom. Sorry Mrs. Doege.

The Riders have won the last 9 Labour Day games. It was a winning streak that began the year we opted to bench Nealon Green in favour of Marcus Crandell. It still ranks up there as one of the happiest Rider moments of my life (this is how much I hated Nealon). One thing that is nice about this year's match-up is that for the first time since 2007, there is actually some legitimate build up to this one. Ever since '07 (one of the most epic Labour Day games ever), the Bombers have usually been an embarrassment coming into the game (generally finding new ways to define embarrassing. Remember 52-0?). The only exception was in '11 when we were embarrassing and they were good... but we ended up embarrassing them anyway. The good news is that the fact that the Bombers are actually winning games should coax a few more Bomber fans to come to the game (well technically due to their poor hygiene its actually a bad thing for public health but it does make the atmosphere that the game more exciting... just bring some isogel).

Last time we played, we beat them without scoring an offensive TD... can you imagine the score if we can get our offense going again?

I said it last time and I'll say it again, the Winnipeg OL is brutal. They allow the most sacks and Winnipeg has a League worst 4.2 yd avg gain per rush. It is the most glaring hole on that team and one that the league's most sack happy D-line is ready to exploit again. I imagine this time around they will at least make an attempt to slow down John Chick (key word being attempt). That should make life easy on the rest of our D-lineman. Another weakness of the Bomber O is the turnovers... they are aplenty. Poor run game (Grigsby has talent but is not consistently productive) + Poor pass protection (did I mention the OL sucks) + young QB = Turnovers. Its not rocket science. Nick Moore may play this time around which certainly helps the pass game but overall I have full faith in our D to smother them. Bombers average over 25 points per game but only 14 points per game against West opponents.

Offensively all the talk will be about Dressler and while I expect him to be involved he is not going to be the miracle cure to our pass game all by himself. Sounds like Durant will play which is good, as good as Tino did in relief, Durant is still our best chance to win. Look for us to run early... run late... generally just run lots. Winnipeg allows over 110 yards per game and we will surpass that (maybe even in one half). For how important the run is I like having 2 RBs (or maybe even 3 in the off chance both Allen and Messam dress) to rotate in. Bomber safety Leggett is quickly developing into a playmaker so when we do decide to pass we need to be wary of him. I see Getzlaf in for a busy day and Taj too. Dressler and Getz will pull attention inside leaving room for big plays to Taj. I don't expect anything as dramatic as the Joseph sneak in '07 but look for Durant to use his legs 2-3 times when we really need the yards. Don't expect an offensive onslaught but we will score a few offensive TDs.

Honestly my biggest worry heading into the game is giving up a big play on special teams. Happened in BC, happened against Montreal. Between our D and our run game we can grind out victories if we limit these big plays. Stoudemire has established himself as a great retrurner (wonder if we are having second thoughts about keeping Marshay Green and cutting Stoudemire). My issue is not that we suck on coverage. My issue is how our depth is being testsd. We get Hurl back which is huge but we have already lost Hughes, Moore, Regimbald and McHenry (honestly never thought I'd see the day where losing Regimbald was noteworthy). We need a solid outing from whoever we cobble together on teams. Will also need another big game from Milo.

Simply put, we don't lose Labour Day. We win when we are favoured, we win when we have no business winning, we win with Michael Bishop (or at least in spite of him). There's just something about Labour Day. Add in the boost that Weston gives us and you have a recipe for a happy ending. I don't think their offense is better than our defense. Provided we get even a mediocre performance from our O we will win.

Riders by 14

Headline: Happy Ending Ensues When Riders Beat Their Own Willy

(You didn't think I'd do a whole Labour Day post without as least one Willy joke did you?)

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Posted on 29 August 2014 | 8:00 am

Buzzing the Net Junior Hockey



NHL draft finally here: the coast-to-coast

WHL

Leon Draisaitl to the Edmonton Oilers at No. 3 overall seems a lock, eh? (Edmonton Journal)

You wanted a comprehensive draft preview that would help kill two hours at work today? You got one! Thank you. (The Pipeline Show)

Guy Flaming has a mock draft that will knock your socks off. (Coming Down The Pipe!)

Philadelphia Flyers beat writer Frank Seravilli also has an extremely cromulent mock that projects Sam Reinhart to join the Calgary Flames. (Philly.com)

Ken Warren has a rundown on the top 10 available prospects. (Postmedia)

Moose Jaw Warriors beat reporter Katie Brickman explains why teams will look past centre Brayden Point's lack of size. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

Edmonton Oil Kings defender Dysin Mayo figures the long playoff run goosed his draft stock. Did it do the same for his teammate, left wing Brett Pollock? (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Tim Hunter is interviewing again about the Vancouver Giants coaching job, writes Steve Ewen. (Vancouver Province)

Comeback story for this season ahead: Kootenay's Tanner Faith coming back from shoulder surgery. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)

OHL

The Florida Panthers still have the No. 1 pick on the table, apparently. (USA Today)

Today's should-read: how Michael Dal Colle has come out stronger due to his family's challenges. (CBC Sports)

Josh Ho-Sang to the Habs? Why not? (A Winning Habit)

Bob Duff takes the long view, comparing Aaron Ekblad to another Windsor-area defenceman who went No. 1 overall 20 years ago, Ed Jovanoski. (Windsor Star)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a checkered draft history? That explains so, so much. (National Post)

Sam Bennett says people "don't know why" the draft class lacks a potential superstar. Far be it to suggest it has to do with who does the analysis. (Columbus Dispatch)

This is more like it: a mock draft with Peterborough's Nick Ritchie in the top five. (SBN College Hockey)

Sault Ste. Marie's intuitive defender, Kyle Jenkins, is an intriguing possibility as a Day 2 pick. (Sault Star)

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads GM Cam Russell predicts speedy striker Nikolaj Ehlers will go "very high" on Friday. Like No. 6 overall to Vancouver high? Who knows? How about No. 7 overall to Carolina? (Metro Halifax)

Damn right Charlottetown goalie Mason McDonald is stoked for the draft. (Charlottetown Guardian)

Cape Breton's Julien Pelletier should become the first player from Thurso, Que., to be drafted in 21 years. (Le Droit)

Quebec Remparts overage goalie François Brassard is working toward getting a free-agent shot after being put back in the draft pool by his hometown Ottawa Senators. (Le Soleil)

Feel-good story: Rimouski grad Jimmy Oligny, a rugged rearguard, has signed an AHL deal with the Milwaukee Admirals. (hockeyfights.com)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.


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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 11:06 am

Sports on the Web



Sports and Gambling, a Timeless Activity

  Betting on sports events has always been a pastime in the human condition and I am sure that back as far as the Romans the odd denarius  was wagered on which gladiator would decapitate the other. Over the year’s sports betting has been refined where there are more choices in sports to bet on […]

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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 6:40 pm

Vancouver Sun



Eugenie Bouchard falls to Makarova after needing medical treatment at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard is out of the U.S. Open. The Westmount, Que., native lost her fourth-round match 7-6 (2), 6-4 to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia on a sweltering Monday afternoon after needing treatment from medical staff midway […]

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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 11:55 pm

Rod Pederson



PATCHAT

THE WEEK THAT WAS
Last week the Pats opened the WHL Pre-Season with the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament.  It was the first time the Pats hosted a pre-season tournament with the Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders, Calgary Hitmen and Lethbridge Hurricanes all attending. 

The Blue and White finished the tournament with an undefeated record through three games.  Opening the tournament Thursday against the Warriors, the Pats rolled to a 9-1 victory on the strength of four point efforts from Connor Gay and Sam Steel. 

Friday's contest against Calgary was much tighter.  The Pats jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Hitmen scored five times in the middle frame to take a 5-3 advantage to the third.  A pair of quick goals from the hosts got the teams even before the Pats eventually prevailed 6-5. 

The tournament finale had the Pats and Hurricanes trading goals until the Pats finally picked up some insurance late in the third en route to a 5-2 win.  Sam Steel led the tournament in scoring with 7 points (4G, 3A) in his two games of action.

THE WEEK AHEAD
Friday, September 5th – Pats at Brandon (6:30 p.m. CST)
The Blue and White play their fourth game of the pre-season and first on the road Friday night against the Brandon Wheat Kings.  It's the first game of the exhibition campaign for the Wheat Kings who opened camp this previous week in Brandon.

Saturday, September 6th – Pats vs. Brandon (Cooperators Centre – 7:00 p.m.)
The Pats and Wheat Kings head to Regina to play the back half of their home and home Saturday night at the Cooperators Centre.  Tickets for Saturday's game are included for Season Ticket Holders.  General admission to the game is $10 for adult tickets and $5 for youth tickets at the door.  The game will be broadcast on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m.

ROSTER MOVES
Pats reassign goaltender Jordan Hollett ('99)
Pats reassign forward Erik Gardiner ('99)
Pats reassign forward Adam Berg ('97)
Pats reassign defenceman Brady Pouteau ('98)

SEASON TICKET PICK-UP
Season Ticket Booklets will be arriving and available for Season Ticket Holders to pick up later this week.  Keep an eye on ReginaPats.com and Pats social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter) for updates on when you can get your booklets.  The packs include tickets to Saturday's pre-season game against the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Cooperators Centre.  If you haven't yet purchased Season Tickets and are looking for more information, visit ReginaPats.com.

PATS IN THE PROS
As both the NHL and WHL seasons approach it's time for players to head to their professional training camps.  Chandler Stephenson, Morgan Klimchuk, Kyle Burroughs and Dryden Hunt will all depart from the Pats to attend prospect tournaments, rookie camps and full training camps.  Stephenson has his eyes set on playing in the NHL or AHL this season while Klimchuk looks to crack the Calgary Flames roster.  Burroughs (New York Islanders) and Hunt (Carolina Hurricanes) are hoping to earn themselves entry level contracts with good showings.

VOUCHER PACKS
Not ready to be a Season Ticket Holder?  Pick up a Regina Pats Voucher Pack at the Pats Office or Neutral Zone Store.  Vouchers start at $140 for 8-game packs and can be redeemed at the Box Office ahead of any Pats game.  For more information on Voucher Packs, visit ReginaPats.com.

Home Opener Group Tickets
Want to bring your social club, organization or a large group of friends to the Pats Home Opener September 20th?  Find out more information on discounts for groups of 20 or more by calling 306-337-1535 to organize your event today!

IMPORTANT DATES
This Week TBD – Season Ticket Pick Up – Pats Office
Saturday, September 6th – Next Home Pre-Season Game – vs. Brandon (7:00 p.m.) – Cooperators Centre
Saturday, September 20th – Pats Home Opener – vs. Brandon (7:00 p.m.) – Brandt Centre

(Courtesy Daniel Fink/Pats PR)

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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 11:26 pm

Yahoo Sports



Chris Kirk makes case for Ryder Cup team with Deutsche Bank victory (Yahoo Sports)

Chris Kirk tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Tom Watson should include Chris Kirk among his three captain's picks for the U.S. team.



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Posted on 1 September 2014 | 11:16 pm

Toronto Sports Media



Seen & Heard – Weekend Edition

 photo: The Sun/bad strategy   by mike in boston – @mikeinboston – hatemailaccount gmail com   Way too much to cover since my last post so please feel free to add any interesting links or items for discussion in the comments.    JaysTalk – Anthopoulos […]

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Posted on 22 August 2014 | 9:26 pm

Star Sports



U.S. carries out counterterrorism strike in Somalia


WASHINGTON—The U.S. military carried out a counterterrorism strike Monday against leaders of the militant group Al Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said, although it was unclear whether the operation was successful.

Journalists in Somalia reported that suspected U.S. drones fired missiles near the port city of Barawe, a stronghold for Al Shabab. In a rare acknowledgment of its clandestine military activities in Somalia, the Pentagon said it had conducted a counterterrorism operation there, but gave no details.

“We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a statement late Monday.

Related:

Star exclusive: Somalia’s new war order

Somali troops retake presidential palace after ‘shameful attack’ by militants

U.S. missile kills key Al Shabab commander

The Pentagon statement did not say whether the operation was limited to drone strikes or whether U.S. commandos had been present on the ground.

Nearly one year ago, on Oct. 5, Navy SEALs raided a seaside house in Barawe in an attempt to capture Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir, a Kenyan native and senior Al Shabab commander. That raid sparked a gunfight but was unsuccessful; U.S. officials said the SEALs withdrew because the risk of harming bystanders had become too great.

The Obama administration has since posted a $3-million reward for information leading to Abdulkadir’s arrest or capture. A State Department bounty notice describes him as being about 35 years old, with a thick moustache and three missing fingers on his left hand.

The U.S. government’s Voice of America news service, which broadcasts programs to Somalia, reported that a target of the attack may have been the alleged mastermind of Al Shabab’s attack on an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2013. That individual, Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, also known as Godane, has emerged in recent years as the primary leader of Al Shabab, which means “the youth” in Arabic and has ties to Al Qaeda.

Voice of America, citing militants and African Union security sources in Somalia, reported that Godane was in the vicinity of the attack, but his fate was unknown. The broadcaster’s report could not be independently verified.

The U.S. military frequently conducts drone surveillance flights over Somalia, but airstrikes and ground raids are relatively uncommon. The Pentagon has a large drone base at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, which borders Somalia on the Horn of Africa. The U.S. military also flies surveillance drones over Somalia from a base in Ethiopia.

The Pentagon quietly deployed a small team of advisers to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in October 2013 to co-ordinate operations with African troops fighting to wrest control of the country from Al Shabab.

The deployment marked the first time regular U.S. troops have been stationed in the war-ravaged country since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans were killed in the “Black Hawk Down” disaster. U.S. commandos have intermittently conducted raids and operations in the country as well, but the military has kept their activities cloaked in secrecy.


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