Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's Tuesday












It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 2nd, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

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Top 14 centers can lead to Cup championship.

Panthers' top pick Ekblad welcomes father's guidance.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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The U.S. Treasury Department was established on this date in 1789.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Florida Panthers made several key offseason additions hoping to bolster their roster and make the playoffs for the second time in four seasons...

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On this date in 1897, the first issue of "McCall’s" magazine was published. The magazine had been known previously as "Queens Magazine" and "Queen of Fashion."

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Regina, SK. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders have had one-sided wins over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the annual Labour Day Classic at Mosaic Stadium and they have eked out victories. Sunday’s 35-30 victory will fall into the latter as the Riders made it 10 straight Labour Day wins in dramatic fashion.

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Next up for the 7-2 Riders is a week 11 away game at the 6-4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday, September 7th. Kickoff for the Banjo Bowl at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg is set for 4:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN.

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Theodore Roosevelt, then Vice President, said "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair on this date in 1901.

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Happy Homecoming: Ticats hold off Boatmen.

Wild West Outlaws: Stamps beat Esks on Labour Day.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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The "Question Mark" made the first non-stop flight from Europe to the U.S. on this date in 1930. The plane was flown by Captain Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte.

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Tampa, FL. -- Monday Notes: Russell Shepard believes he won his spot on the roster with a specific play in the 11th hour of the preseason...Plus, Patrick Murray's confident approach and the Bucs' new team captains.

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The first railroad car to be equipped with fluorescent lighting was put into operation on the New York Central railroad on this date in 1938.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- When the ball took off from Matt Joyce's bat, Yoenis Cespedes didn't even bother trying to go catch it.


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On this date in 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared the independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

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Denver, CO. -- Monday represented a missed opportunity for the Giants. There's no other way to describe it.

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"The CBS Evening News" was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes on this date in 1963.

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Let's go to class!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as your son getting into his school's gifted pregram, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - 
The Elvis Presley EP "Loving You Vol II" hit #18 in the U.S. 

1957 - The Elvis Presley soundtrack EP "Love Me Tender" hit #22 in the U.S. 

1961 - Joe Dowell's version of Elvis' "Wooden Heart" hit the U.S. charts. 

1966 - Elvis Presley completed his work for the film "Double Trouble." 

1967 - Elvis Presley's album "Double Trouble" hit #34 in the U.K. 

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NBC-TV canceled "Star Trek" on this date in 1969. The show had debuted on September 8, 1966.

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Today in Beatles History:

1965 - 
The Beatles received a gold record for the song "Help!" 

1965 - The Beatles released "Yesterday." 

1978 - George Harrison married Olivia Trinidad Arias. She was a secretary at his Dark Horse record company. 

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It was announced on this date in 1985 that the Titanic had been found on September 1 by a U.S. and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years.

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Today in Sports History:

1917 - 
Grover Cleveland Alexander (Philadelphia Phillies) pitched and won two entire games of a doubleheader versus Brooklyn (5-0 and 9-3). 

1924 - Bill Tilden won his fifth straight U.S. Open men's singles title. 

1957 - Warren Spahn (Milwaukee Braves) set a record for left-handed pitchers when he recorded his 41st shutout. 

1961 - The estate of Ty Cobb was estimated at $11.78 million. Cobb had died two months earlier.

1962 - Ken Hubbs (Chicago Cubs) set a record for a second baseman when he played his 74th game without an error. 

1966 - The Miami Dolphins played their first regular-season game. They lost the game to the Oakland Raiders 23-14. 

1970 - Billy Williams (Chicago Cubs) set a National League record when he played in his 1,117th consecutive game. 

1970 - Jimmy Connors played in his first match at the U.S. Open. He lost to Mark Cox. 

1971 - Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors won their first U.S. Open singles matches. 

1973 - Billy Martin was fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Martin was relieved of his duties three days after ordering his pitchers to throw spitballs against Cleveland Indians batters. 

1981 - The Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners played to a 7-7 tie after 19 innings. It was the longest game in Fenway Park history. The game was resumed the following day and the Mariners won 8-7 in 20 innings. 

1986 - The Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs played 14 innings and used 53 players in the game. Houston won the game 8-7 when the game resumed the next day. 

1990 - Bobby Thigpen (Chicago White Sox) set a major league record with his 47th save. 

1996 - Mike Greenwall (Boston Red Sox) set a major league record when he drove in all nine runs in a 9-8 win over the Seattle Mariners. 

1996 - David Cone (New York Yankees) pitched in a game for the first time in four months after an aneurysm was removed from his shoulder. 

1998 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis) hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season. The record at the time was 61 held by Roger Maris. 

1998 - Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) hit his 56th home run of the season. 

1998 - Nomar Garciaparra (Boston Red Sox) hit his 30th home run of the season. He joined Mark McGwire, Rudy York, Ron Kittle and Jose Canseco as a player that hit 30+ home runs in his first two years. 

1998 - Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers) signed a six-year contract for $36 million. The deal made him the highest paid wide receiver in the league. 

1999 - Cal Ripken (Baltimore Orioles) hit his 400th career home run. 

2003 - Eric Gagne (Los Angeles) established a major league record with his 55th consecutive save.

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The U.S. formally recognized the independence of Lithuania, Lativa and Estonia on this date in 1991.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 7:08pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 1:08pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4:00pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers 4:25pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 8:00pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations












It's Monday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is September 1st, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.

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Six-time all-star defenseman Vadnais dies.

Two Russian prospects adjust to North American life.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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The Bank of Manhattan Company opened in New York City, NY on this date in 1799. It was the forerunner of Chase Manhattan.

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Tampa, FL. -- Decades ago, when Tampa's waterfront was warehouses and blue-collar jobs, the jumbled street grid at the southern end of downtown might not have been a problem.

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On this date in 1807, former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason.

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Next up for the 7-2 Riders is a week 11 away game at the 6-4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday, September 7th. Kickoff for the Banjo Bowl at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg is set for 4:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN.

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The first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by John J. Wood on this date in 1810.

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Preview: New venue, historic rivalry pits Argos vs. Ticats.

Preview: Stamps, Esks fight for top spot on Labour Day.

Please visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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The Pullman sleeping car was placed into service on this date in 1859.

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Tampa, FL. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially announced the first six signings to their practice squad.

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Emma M. Nutt became the first female telephone operator in the U.S. on this date in 1878. The company was the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston.

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Corvallis, OR. -- If you're a member of Beaver Nation, there was an awful lot not to like about Oregon State's season-opening 29-14 victory over Portland State Saturday at Reser Stadium.

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The Thomas A. Edison Construction Department and the Edison Company for Isolated Lighting merged on this date in 1884.

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St. Petersburg, FL. -- Once again, the Rays experienced the flip side for pitching a shutout in the previous game: a loss.

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On this date in 1887, Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player. Thomas Edison made the idea work.

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San Francisco, CA. -- The calendar is about to turn to September, but it's beginning to feel a lot like April and May again along the shores of McCovey Cove.

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Saskatchewan and Alberta became the ninth and tenth provinces of Canada on this date in 1905.

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Let's eat!

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You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as everything being closed for Labor Day, isn't it?

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Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
Elvis Presley shared his success with his family by purchasing his mother a pink Cadillac. 

1956 - Elvis Presley recorded the song "Love Me." 

1956 - Elvis Presley's single "Hound Dog" hit #2 in the U.S. 

1957 - Jimi Hendrix went to see Elvis Presley perform at Sicks Stadium. 

1962 - Elvis Presley's single "Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello" hit #55 in the U.S. 

1978 - A 10-day Elvis Presley convention began at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. 

1979 - The album "Our Memories Of Elvis Volume 2" hit #157 in the U.S. 

1990 - The Elvis Presley album "The Great Performances" hit #62 in the U.K. 

2003 - The Elvis Presley album "White Christmas" was released. The album contained 25 Christmas songs. 

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The first daily news program on radio was "The Radio Digest," on WBAY radio in New York City, NY, debuting on this date in 1922.

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Today in Beatles History:


1986 - 
Paul McCartney released his "Press to Play" LP in the U.K. 

2005 - Ringo Starr published "Postcards from the Boys." 


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"Martin Kane, Private Eye" debuted on NBC-TV on this date in 1949.


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Today in Sports History:


1906 - 
Jack Coombs of the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics pitched 24 innings against the Boston Red Sox. 

1971 - Danny Murtaugh of the Pittsburgh Pirates gave his lineup card to the umpire with the names of nine black baseball players on it. This was a first for Major League Baseball. 

1982 - J.R. Richard returned to major league baseball after a two year absence following a near-fatal stroke. 

1998 - Mark McGwire, of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit his 56th and 57th homeruns to set a new National League record. He would eventually reach a total of 70 for the season on September 27. 

1999 - Twenty-two of major league baseball's 68 permanent umpires were replaced. The problem arose from their union's failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract. 

2004 - In Colorado, the sexual assault charge against Kobe Bryant was dropped after the victim decided not to participate.


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The last episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" aired on NBC-TV on this date in 1970. The show premiered was on September 18, 1965.


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HAMPTON, Ga. -- No wonder they call Kevin Harvick the "Closer."

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The U.S. Pioneer 11 became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn on this date in 1979.

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HAMPTON, Ga. -- It was Tony Stewart's return to racing that dominated the headlines before Sunday night's Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but it was Kasey Kahne who stole the show -- and a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

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The Titanic was found on this date in 1985 by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louis Michel in a joint U.S. and French expedition. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.

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FONTANA, Calif. – Will Power earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship with a ninth-place finish in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.

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The movie "Titanic" went on sale across North America on this date in 1998.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (Completion of game suspended on 5/22) 1:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (Starts 20-30 minutes after completion of suspended game)

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Wednesday --
MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays 7:10pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 7:08pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 7:10pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 1:08pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:10pm EDT

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway 7:30pm EDT

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors 10:30pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles 1:40pm EDT

CFL Football -- Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers 4:00pm EDT

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers 4:25pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers 8:00pm EDT

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That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Allen leads Riders to win in Labour Day Classic












Regina, SK. -- Behind a pair of touchdowns by Anthony Allen, the second with 28 seconds to play, the Saskatchewan Roughriders came from behind to win the Labour Day Classic 30-25 over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, in front of 33,427 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

Winnipeg took the opening possession and ground out a drive that took them into scoring position. On the 8th play of the possession, a ball deflected in the end zone by Woodny Turenne was intercepted by Mark LeGree and the Riders were successful in turning away the Bomber threat. Winnipeg was able to push Saskatchewan back, forcing them to punt out of their own end zone. The Blue Bombers, aided by a major no yards penalty, took over in great position, at the Roughriders' 31. Three plays later, Nic Grigsby scored his league-leading 8th touchdown of the season on a 6 yard run and with the Lirim Hajrullahu convert, Winnipeg was up 7-0, exactly halfway through the opening quarter. Two possessions later, Saskatchewan started moving the football, crossing centre field for the first time, as the quarter came to an end.

The Rider drive reached the 41 yard drive, where a second down pass fell incomplete. Chris Milo came on and bounced a 48 yard field goal attempt off the upright, leaving Saskatchewan scoreless and down by 7 early in the second period. After a couple of penalties and a Rickey Foley sack pushed the Bombers back, a low snap bounced back to Hajrullahu, who was forced to take a knee in the end zone, slicing the Winnipeg lead to 7-2, 3:19 into the second. After going for just one first down on their next turn with the ball, The Roughriders' Josh Bartel got off a beauty of a rugby-style punt, with the Blue Bomber returner being shoved out of bounds at his 3 yard line. Winnipeg went 2-and-out and Hajrullahu took a knee again, making it a 7-4 game with 7:48 remaining 'til two-quarter time. A big return on the ensuing kick by Tristan Jackson set Saskatchewan up in Bomber territory at the 28 yard line. A pass to Jerome Messam took the ball to the 6, then Will Ford went the rest of the way through the left side, for the Riders' first major of the game. Milo converted and Saskatchewan was up 11-7, with 6:19 left in the second. Later on, a shanked punt and good return gave the Riders the ball at the Winnipeg 53. A good mix of pass and run took the ball down inside the 10, where, on third down, Milo would kick a 17 yard field goal with 1:02 to play, putting Saskatchewan up 14-7.

Early in the third quarter, Foley sacked Drew Willy, stripping him of the ball in the process, giving the Roughriders the ball at the Bomber 43. Willy rolled an ankle on the play and had to be helped off the field. Saskatchewan quickly moved into the red zone, where on second down from the 6, Tino Sunseri bulldozed his way for a first down just across the 5. Messam ran to the 3, then Anthony Allen slid over right tackle and just across the goal line for his fourth major of the season. Milo converted and with 8:25 remaining in the third, the Riders were up by two touchdowns, at 21-7. Winnipeg returned the ensuing kick across the 50, then quickly moved deep into Saskatchewan territory. On a second down play, Willy would sprint up the middle on a quarterback draw for 11 yards and a touchdown, capping a 6 play, 59 yard drive. Hajrullahu kicked the convert and the Rider lead was down to 7 at 21-14, with 4:19 left in the third. After holding Saskatchewan to a 2-and-out, the Blue Bombers' Troy Stoudermire brought the punt back 64 yards down the right sideline for a major. Hajrullahu converted and with 2:38 remaining in the third, the game was tied, 21-21. After another two-and-out by the Riders, Winnipeg took over at their own 41, reaching just across the 50 as the third quarter came to a close.

The drive continued to start the fourth, as Robert Marve snuck for a first down. Four plays later, pressure stopped the drive at the 26, where, from there, Hajrullahu would kick a 33 yard field goal, putting the Bombers back on top, 24-21, 3:34 into the final period. Winnipeg blocked a Bartel punt at the end of Saskatchewan's next possession, recovering the ball at the Roughrider 43 near the 6 minute mark. They would turn it into three points, as Hajrullahu booted a 46 yard field goal with 7:48 remaining, giving  the Bombers a 27-21 advantage. Saskatchewan would regain the lead on the next possession, as Darian Durant would hit a wide-open Taj Smith for a catch-and-run 59 yard touchdown. Milo kicked the convert with 5:19 remaining in regulation time, putting the Roughriders back on top, 28-27. Winnipeg would start their next turn with the ball at the 27, getting a 23 yard run from Grigsby on first down. A pass interference penalty on the next play moved the ball to the Saskatchewan 43. After a pair of runs by Carl Volny moved the ball to the 36, Hajrullahu came on and kicked a 43 yard field goal, moving the Blue Bombers back into the lead at 30-28, with 2:58 to go in the fourth quarter. Durant jump started the Roughriders' next possession by scampering for 9 yards on second down, then yielding to Sunseri, who snuck for 1 yard and a first down at the 46, with 2:32 left. A pass to Rob Bagg moved the ball to the Winnipeg 51, Durant ran for 9 yards to the 42, then Messam dove to the 39 for the first down with 1:43 remaining in regulation time. On the next play, Messam blew up the middle behind Dan Clark to the 23. Allen then ran to the 15 with 55 seconds left, then on the next play Durant handed off to Allen, who went the distance, spinning his way to the goal line. The play survived review and with the Milo convert at the end of the 9 play, 75 yard drive, Saskatchewan was up 35-30, with 28 seconds left. Stoudermire ran the kick back to the Winnipeg 31, with 20 second left. After a Rider time out, Nick Moore caught a pass to the 51 with 15 seconds left, Rory Kohlert caught a ball to the Roughrider 51, then, on the game's final play, a Willy pass for Clarence Denmark was knocked away just shy of the goal line, giving Saskatchewan their 10th straight Labour Day Classic win, 35-30.

For the Roughriders, Darian Durant was 14-of-26 for 204 yards and 1 touchdown plus 3 runs for 28 yards, Jerome Messam ran 6 times for 64 yards, while catching 2 balls for 35 yards. Anthony Allen ran 7 times for 38 yards and 2 majors, while Will Ford rushed 7 times for 26 yards and a touchdown.Taj Smith caught just 2 balls, but they went for 78 yards and a touchdown, Chris Milo was 1-of-2 on field goals and 4-of-4 on converts, Josh Bartel punted 5 times for a 44.8 yard average and Brian Peters made 5 tackles and 3 special teams tackles, Tyron Brackenridge contributed 7 tackles and an interception. For the Blue Bombers, Drew Willy was 15-of-23 passing for 171 yards and 1 interception, plus 2 carries for 21 yards and a touchdown. Nic Grigsby ran 15 times for 68 yards and a major, Nick Moore caught 6 passes for 90 yards, Lirim Hajrullahu was 3-of-3 on field goals and 3-of-3 on converts, while punting 2 times for a 42.5 yard average. Ian Wild led the defence with 7 tackles.

Up next for the 7-2 Saskatchewan Roughriders is the Banjo Bowl at the 6-4 Winnipeg Blue Bombers next Sunday, September 7th. Kickoff at Investors Group Field is set for 4:00pm EDT. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network and 620ckrm.com. The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN.

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