When the CFL announced the finalists for Most Outstanding Player Awards only one member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders was left standing.
Out of the six nominees from the Riders up for the various awards offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte was the only one to be named a west nominee. LaBatte is up for the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award.
"Something I'm happy and grateful for," said LaBatte. "When somebody appreciates what you do on the field and vote for you those kinds of awards, I'm very grateful."
There remain a lot of tickets available for the Saskatchewan Roughriders' semi-final showdown on Sunday.
It is the first home playoff game for the Riders since 2010 but there are still many seats available in the expanded Mosaic Stadium. As of Thursday morning around 30,000 seats were sold.
The extra seats that were installed this season for the Grey Cup game gives Mosaic a seating capacity of up to 45,000.
More tourism dollars will be fighting their way into our province according to Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada president and CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan.
Tuesday the province announced legislation to create an athletics commission which will sanction professional mixed martial arts and boxing events.
"Anytime you host an event like that, not only does it draw fans from the local community, but we're going to get fans from all over North America," Fiacco said.
There isn't much that separates the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the B.C. Lions.
Both teams come into the West Semi-Final with identical 11-7 records; both have had their ups and downs throughout the regular season. One big difference though is at quarterback, at least when it comes to the stability of who will start for either team.
There are almost more Roughriders on the CFL's annual all-star team than you can count on two hands.
The team has announced that nine Roughriders have been selected for all-star honours:
After lobbying for a local boxing commission, former boxer Brian Hnatiw welcomes news that the provincial government is introducing legislation to create a provincial athletics commission.
“We were prohibiting a lot of activity between Alberta and Manitoba and my position was, we're the missing link in a chain-link fence,” Hnatiw said.
“When you have activity in three markets, there's just a momentum and combustion created and you get a lot more events because putting on a fight card is that much more feasible.”
With the regular season over, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are looking forward to the first playoff the year against the B.C. Lions this Sunday. But it seems Rider fans aren’t quite there.
On Tuesday, Rider’s general manager Brendan Taman told the media that they still had a number of tickets left for the playoff home opener.
“We’re hovering in and around a mark that’s probably a little bit below what we want,” said Taman. “We’re fighting some weather, and there might be some people that are still doubters. So who knows?”
The playoffs are quickly approaching for the Saskatchewan Roughriders as they'll be hosting the B.C. Lions this Sunday in the West Division Semi-Final.
The Riders will take to the practice field on Wednesday for the first time in preparation for that game, but they'll do so in front of an empty stadium. That's because head coach Corey Chamblin as exercised his right to close one practice a week in the playoffs to both fans and the media.
Icon of Saskatchewan sports writing Bob Hughes has died, according to the Regina Leader Post.
The newspaper confirmed Tuesday that its long-time columnist and editor passed away in hospital.
Hughes was a sports reporter for several years in Saskatchewan before working in Calgary for thre years. He returned to Regina in 1972, serving as an editor and executive at the L-P for nearly 40 years and writing a daily column for much of that time.
Monday night's 4A City Championship Game at Gordie Howe Bowl was the last to be played on natural grass.
The contest saw the Holy Cross Crusaders take their third straight 4A city title with a 22-15 win over the Walter Murray Marauders.
They now move on to the 4A Provincial Final this weekend in Regina against the LeBoldus Golden Suns.
The ground was hard and frozen during the game, making the play more difficult. It's for that reason, according to Friends of the Bowl Foundation Chair Grey Yuel, that the upgrades to the stadium need to be done.