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Website gives Canadian athletes a chance to get noticed

It wasn't long ago that Roughriders linebacker Shomari Williams was in his final year of high school trying his hardest to find a college to play for.

Back then, he had to literally burn every DVD himself, and mail them out to the different coaches every single morning, hoping someone would like what they saw and gave him a chance to continue his football career.

Now, he wants to help out todays players.

"I started a website called top-prospects-dot-ca," said Williams. "It helps kids get a scholarships here, in Canada, or schools in the United States."

New look Roughriders linebackers pass their first test

It was just over a week ago that the Roughriders completely re-vamped their linebackers, bringing in veterans Joe Lobendahn and Diamond Ferri.

The move brought some experience to a position, that outside of Mike McCullough, didn't have a whole lot of it.

"He brings us some experience, I think Shomari was doing a solid job," said defensive coordinator Richie Hall. "Move Shomari over to will, and Joe in there (mac) and I think they balance themselves out, because before we really had two young guys in there."

Graham DeLaet atop the leaderboard at BMW Championship

It's a great start for Weyburn's Graham DeLaet as he looks to continue his playoff push on the PGA Tour.

DeLaet eagled his final hole of the day, put up seven birdies to one bogey for a first round 64 at the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana.

That has him in the lead with Rory Mcllroy, Webb Simpson and Bo Van Pelt at eight under.

Feds slice FSIN funding

Ottawa is cutting funding to the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) by more than 60 per cent.

Interim FSIN chief Morley Watson says that right now, they get $1.6 million from the feds annually. That will fall to $500,000 in the 2014-15 fiscal year.

It's a move Watson believes will hurt the province.

“There should be greater investment in the First Nation people. We believe that slashing budgets isn’t the way to provide that opportunity to build a better Saskatchewan," Watson said, during a news conference in Saskatoon on Thursday.

RCMP crash near Craik shows lengthy wait for help in rural Sask.

Those needing help in rural Saskatchewan can be in for a lengthy wait, even when the person needing help is an officer of the RCMP involved in a rollover.

The 35-year-old was driving his cruiser when it rolled Sunday night along grid road 732 between Craik Regional Park and the village of Holdfast.  He is now in a Regina hospital with very serious injuries.

Here is what the RCMP say happened that night:

Prescription for Addiction Part 3: Understanding Addiction

Understanding the people as well as the pills is one way Saskatchewan is trying to address what RCMP call the “rampant” problem of prescription drug abuse in our province.

In part two of the series “Prescription for Addiction”, we looked at where the RCMP is seeing prescription drug abuse in Saskatchewan.

In part three, we talk to a health care expert about why he says prescription drug abuse should be seen as more of a disease state than a criminal activity.

Environment minister unveils coal-fired electricity emission standards

Environment Minister Peter Kent unveiled a weaker version of Canada’s regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the coal-fired electricity sector, saying the lower performance standards reflect the fact that Canada is still operating in a “fragile” economy.

“We’re still in a very fragile recovery [phase] now. The Canadian economy is strong but it doesn’t exist in isolation,” Kent said in a news conference in Saskatoon. “We have to be very careful in setting regulations that will apply for the mid-future.”

Darian Durant is fine; team dealing with a few other minor injuries and illness'

The Roughriders returned to practice Wednesday after their 52-0 destruction of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Labour Day Classic.

Heading into the work out there was one question on the minds of Rider Nation, how is quarterback Darian Durant feeling?

"If you just ask me, it's just a strained neck, I'm good to go," said Durant.

Fan confidence in Roughriders jumps following Labour Day Classic

One win and Roughrider fans have changed their confidence in the team and there’s even polling data to back it up.

After last Sunday’s 52 - 0 flattening of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, game-by-game confidence from the fans showed a sudden jump.

Since the pre-season of 2011, pollsters Insightrix have been keeping tabs. They survey 150 fans after each game, asking their opinions in overall team performance, performance of specific components of the team, as well as predictions for the next game and the team’s chance of appearing in the Grey Cup.

Cam Broten looks to lead Sask. NDP

In a west side strip mall packed with people, Saskatoon-Massey Place MLA Cam Broten announced his candidacy for leader of the Saskatchewan NDP Wednesday.
With his wife Ruth and two daughters by his side, Broten told supporters it's time to gain back public appeal for the NDP.
"It's important that we show that we are modern, that we're open, that we're democratic, that we're listening to people."

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