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    GAME RECAP


    MITCHELL LEADS STAMPS PAST ARGOS IN GREY CUP REMATCH



    TORONTO — Bo Levi Mitchell and the Calgary Stampeders put together a solid performance in their Grey Cup rematch against the Toronto Argonauts on Friday night, as the quarterback threw for an impressive 324 yards and three touchdowns to spoil the Argos’ home opener with a 41-7 victory.


    Receiver Eric Rogers led the way for Calgary with five catches for 131 yards and two scores, while running back Don Jackson added balance to the offence with 123 rushing yards on just nine carries.


    Toronto was without Ricky Ray for much of the second half after the quarterback left with an injury in the third quarter, and Calgary’s defence found a way to contain the Argos’ offence all game long.


    The Stampeders got the ball first on offence and came out looking strong right away, going 46 yards in nine plays to open the scoring. Jackson sliced through the Argos’ defence for a nine-yard gain before Mitchell found receiver Juwan Brescacin to set up a 42-yard field goal from Rene Paredes.


    The Stamps’ defence quickly got the ball back, and Mitchell continued right where he left off, engineering an impressive 70-yard drive in just two plays. Receiver Reggie Begelton made one of the most impressive catches of the evening, stretching out to make a diving 31-yard catch, and Mitchell finished off the drive by finding receiver DaVaris Daniels in one-on-one coverage for a 39-yard touchdown. Paredes added the extra point to give Calgary a 10-0 lead.


    Calgary’s defence stifled every attempt the Argos made to get rolling early on, preventing Ray from finding any space or time to make a throw. Toronto’s defence also faced difficulty of their own when defensive back Matt Black left the game in the first quarter with an injury.


    The Stamps’ momentum was briefly stopped near the end of the first quarter when Argos defensive lineman Frank Beltre stripped the ball from Mitchell. The Calgary quarterback attempted to evade pressure and gain yardage on the ground when the ball was knocked loose, and defensive back Ronnie Yell quickly scooped up the ball and took off into open field for a 77-yard return. Receiver Kamar Jorden gave everything he had to catch up to Yell and drag him down before he could score.


    Calgary’s defence stepped up and prevented Toronto from capitalizing on the turnover, and the Argos’ walked away without a point after their field goal attempt was stymied due to a mishandled snap.


    Calgary kept things going on offence upon getting the ball back, and Mitchell continued to connect with his receivers every time he dropped back to pass. The veteran passer once again had no problem picking up big chunks of yardage through the air, finding Rogers for a 38-yard gain and an 18-yard touchdown strike to help Calgary grab a 17-0 lead.


    The Argos appeared to be getting things going on offence when running James Wilder Jr. fought his way for a tough 14-yard gain, but the Stamps’ defensive front stood strong to stall the Toronto drive. After knocking on the doorstep for the second time in the half, the Argos’ offence couldn’t find an answer, and a 28-yard field goal attempt from Ronnie Pfeffer went wide and out of bounds to give the Double Blue a single point.


    Calgary extended their lead again near the end of the half when Mitchell led a 65-yard drive that put Paredes in position for an 18-yard field goal, giving Calgary a 20-1 lead heading into the third quarter.


    The start of the second half saw Calgary’s passing attack continue to roll, and Mitchell quickly put together another long scoring drive by taking the Stamps’ offence 61 yards down the field in just four plays. Rogers came up big once again on the drive, reeling in a 59-yard pass down the left side of the field. The 27-year-old receiver extended up as far as he could to catch the ball at its highest point, and he found the end zone just two plays later with a 10-yard touchdown grab.


    Calgary continued to make things happen after getting the ball back on their next drive, and Jackson broke free for his longest run of the night, a 70-yard gallop into the open field that put Calgary back in scoring position. Quarterback Nick Arbuckle finished off the drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak for the score, helping Calgary take a 34-1 lead.


    Toronto was dealt a major injury blow near the end of the third quarter when Ray was forced from the game with an injury. The veteran passer took a hit took a hit from defensive lineman Cordarro Law while being sacked by defensive lineman Ja’Gared Davis, and he had to be carted off the field on a stretcher. James Franklin took over under centre for the remainder of the game.


    Calgary’s special teams briefly stole the show when Terry Williams took a punt and returned it an incredible 102 yards for the touchdown. Paredes added the extra point to extend the Stamps’ lead to 40 points entering the fourth quarter.


    Franklin led the Argos to their first touchdown drive after that, capping off a 66-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run that injected energy into the home crowd, but it was too little too late as Calgary secured their second win of the season.


    Week 3 will see the Stamps host the REDBLACKS on Thursday night, while the Argos will be off until they host the Eskimos in Week 4.
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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    06/23/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    06/22/2018 4-0-0 100.00% +2000
    06/21/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    06/16/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    06/15/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/14/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50


    Totals.............. 9-7-0........56.25%.....+6.50




    CFL Best Bets:


    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    DATE.........................ATS.................. .....UNITS.....................O/U...................UNITS...........TOTAL


    06/23/2018...............1 - 0.....................+5.00......................1 - 0.................+5.00..............+10.00
    06/22/2018...............2 - 0.....................+10.00....................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+20.00
    06/21/2018...............0 - 1......................-5.50......................0 - 1...................-5.50.............-11.00
    06/16/2018...............1 - 1......................-0.50......................0 - 2..................-11.00.............-11.50
    06/15/2018...............1 - 0 .....................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50
    06/14/2018...............1 - 0......................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50


    Totals.......................6 - 2.....................+19.00.................... 3 - 5..................-12.50............+6.50
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    WEEK 3


    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Time (ET) Away Home
    9:00 PM Ottawa Redblacks Calgary Stampeders


    Friday, June 29, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home
    7:00 PM Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hamilton Tiger Cats
    10:00 PM British Columbia Lions Edmonton Eskimos


    Saturday, June 30, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home
    9:00 PM Montreal Alouettes Saskatchewan Roughriders




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    WEST DIVISION


    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV


    1 Calgary 2 2 0 0 4 69 21 1-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0


    2 BC 1 1 0 0 2 22 10 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0

    3 Edmonton 2 1 1 0 2 54 68 0-1-0 1-0-0 1-0-0


    4 Saskatchewan 2 1 1 0 2 44 59 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0


    5 Winnipeg 2 1 1 0 2 86 43 0-1-0 1-0-0 0-1-0




    EAST DIVISION


    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV


    1 Ottawa 1 1 0 0 2 40 17 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0


    2 Hamilton 2 1 1 0 2 52 49 0-0-0 1-1-0 0-0-0


    3 Toronto 2 0 2 0 0 26 68 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0


    4 Montreal 2 0 2 0 0 20 78 0-1-0 0-1-0 0-0-0
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    CFL Betting Recap - Week 2
    June 25, 2018


    League Betting Notes


    -- Favorites went 3-1 SU in Week 2
    -- Favorites went 3-1 ATS in Week 2
    -- Road teams posted a 3-1 SU record in Week 2
    -- Road teams posted a 3-1 ATS record in Week 2
    -- The 'Over' went 3-1 in Week 2



    Analysis


    It was an impressive opening performance for Ottawa (1-0), as they humbled Saskatchewan (1-1) by a 40-17 score to easily cover a 2 1/2-point spread. The Roughriders were unable to duplicate their performance from Week 1 when they used defense to get by Toronto (0-2). Oddly enough, the 40-point outpouring of offense was just the third-highest mark on the board in Week 2.


    The defending champion Argonauts are digging themselves quite the early hole, as they fell 41-7 to Calgary (2-0). The Stampeders look like they're on a mission early on, going 2-0 ATS while hitting the 'under' in each of their first two thanks to impressive defense. The Stamps are allowing just 10.5 points per game (PPG) through the first two outings. They'll be tested mightily in Week 3 when they host the RedBlacks.


    While the side show of QB Johnny Manziel is the first thing reported on about Hamilton (1-1), QB Jeremiah Masoli and the offense should be the talk. They hung a 38-spot on Edmonton (1-1) in Northern Alberta for an impressive road win and cover. The Esks have stumbled out of the chute with an 0-2 ATS mark, and defense is the reason. They are allowing a dismal 34.0 PPG through two games. As such, the 'over' has hit in each of the outings.


    The 'over' is popular out west, going 2-0 for the Stamps, the Esks and for Winnipeg (1-1). The Blue Bombers routed Montreal (0-2) in Week 2. The Alouettes slipped to 0-2 ATS, too, and they're averaging a dismal 10.0 PPG through the first two outings.


    Team Betting Notes and A Look Ahead


    -- The RedBlacks travel to meet the Stampeders on Thursday in Week 3, looking to improve their 6-0 ATS mark in the month of June. They're also an impressive 20-6 ATS in their past 26 on the road, while going 15-7 ATS in their past 22 overall. Week 3 has been a bugaboo for Ottawa, as they're 0-4 ATS in the past four during the week.


    -- The Stamps love Thursdays, going 5-1 ATS in their past six on Thursday, and 5-1 ATS in their past six in Week 3. However, Calgary is 0-5 ATS in the past five against winning teams.


    -- The Blue Bombers and Ti-Cats square off on Friday at Tim Horton's in Hamilton. Winnipeg has posted an 8-0 ATS mark in the past eight following a non-cover, and they're an impressive 21-8 ATS in their past 29 games away from home.


    -- The Ti-Cats have managed a 3-10-2 ATS mark over the past 15 at home, and they're just 3-7 ATS in the past 10 games in the month of June. The under is an impressive 19-6 in the past 25 games in June, while going an amazing 37-14 in the past 51 at home.


    -- In the past five meetings between Winnipeg and Hamilton, the 'under' is a perfect 5-0. The under is also 19-7 in the past 26 battles between the two sides in Hamilton.


    -- BC Lions (1-0) is back in action in Week 3 after a bye. They travel to meet the Eskimos. The Lions have posted a 1-5 ATS mark in the past six on the road, and 2-9-1 ATS in the past 12 games inside the West Division. Edmonton has managed a 5-1 ATS mark in the past six against the West, but they're just 1-5 ATS in the past six in June and 2-5 ATS in their past seven at home. BC is 1-4 ATS in their past five tangles with Edmonton.


    -- The Alouettes are hoping to find some offense on the prairie, but the Roughriders won't make it easy on them. Montreal is a horrendous 0-11 ATS in their past 11 following a straight-up loss, and they're just 3-14 ATS in the past 17 overall. They're also 0-7 ATS in the past seven on the road. The 'under' is an impressive 23-3 in the past 26 for the Alouettes in June, and 11-2 in their past 13 played on a Saturday.


    -- Saskatchewan is 7-1 ATS in their past eight following a straight-up loss, and they're 7-3 ATS in their past 10 against teams with a losing overall mark. In the month of June the Riders are 8-3 ATS in the past 11. The under is 6-1 in Saskatchewan's past seven overall, and 4-1 in their past five at home. In this series, the under is 4-0 in the past four meetings, and 4-1 in the past five in Regina.
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    CFL Betting Notes - Week 3
    June 25, 2018



    Week 2 Betting Recap


    The favorites went 3-1 both straight-up and against the spread in Week 2 starting with Ottawa’s 40-17 romp over Saskatchewan on Thursday night as a slight two-point favorite at home. In the first of two Friday games, Winnipeg ran all over Montreal 56-10 as a three-point road favorite. Later that night, Hamilton pulled off the only upset of the week with a stunning 38-21 victory against Edmonton as a 6 -point road underdog.


    Calgary closed out the second week of the CFL regular season with a 41-7 road victory against Toronto as a four-point favorite to successfully avenge last season’s loss to the Argonauts in the Grey Cup title game.


    Thursday, June 28


    Ottawa RedBlacks (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) at Calgary Stampeders (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS)
    Point-spread: Calgary -7
    Total: 57



    Game Overview


    Ottawa looked pretty sharp in its season opener last Thursday behind Trevor Harris at quarterback. He suffered a lower body injury in the preseason, but that did not appear to be an issue against Saskatchewan. He completed 26 of his 36 passing attempts (72.2 percent) for 345 yards and two touchdowns, while spreading the ball around to seven different players. Greg Ellington led the way with eight receptions for 104 yards. William Powell did a good job running the ball with 94 yards and a score on 19 rushing attempts.


    The Stampeders needed a fourth-quarter rally to get past Hamilton in their season opener, but they played much closer to form for all four quarters in Saturday’s romp over Toronto. Calgary built a 20-1 lead at the half against the Argonauts and never took its foot off the gas. Bo Levi Mitchell put the ball up 22 times in that game and he completed 20 of those passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns. The Stampeders also racked up 205 yards on the ground led by running back Don Jackson’s 123 yards rushing on nine carries.


    Betting Trends


    -- Ottawa has covered ATS in the last three meetings overall and the total has gone OVER in the last four meetings in Calgary.


    Friday, June 29


    Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-1 SU, 2-0 ATS) at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS)
    Point-spread: Hamilton -4
    Total: 54



    Game Overview


    The Blue Bombers posted their first win of the season in impressive fashion by blowing the doors off of Montreal. Matt Nichols will not be back in the lineup at quarterback until later in July due to a knee injury. However, that may not matter given how well Chris Streveler has played in his place. After almost leading his team to an upset against Edmonton in Week 1, he completed 22-of-28 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns in the romp over the Alouettes. Bryan Bennett completed three of the four passes he threw and Darvin Adams went one for one to add another 26 yards to Winnipeg’s 343 total passing yards.


    There is no quarterback controversy in Hamilton given the play of Jeremiah Masoli in his first two starts. After playing well in a season-opening loss to Calgary, he took things up a notch against Edmonton with 332 yards passing and three touchdown throws. He has the second-most passing yards in the CFL with 676 and he is completing 67.7 percent of his throws. Mercer Timmis also had a big night running the ball against the Eskimos with 133 yards and two scores on 17 carries.


    Betting Trends


    -- The road team has gone 7-2 both SU and ATS in the last nine meetings and the total has stayed UNDER the closing line in seven of those nine games.


    British Columbia Lions (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) at Edmonton Eskimos (1-1 SU, 0-2 ATS)
    Point-spread: Edmonton -6
    Total: 54



    Game Overview


    The Lions are coming off a bye after beating Montreal 22-10 in Week 1 as 8 -point home favorites. The total stayed UNDER 49 points in that win. Quarterback Jonathon Jennings got the new season off to a good start with 183 yards passing and two touchdown throws while completing an efficient 20 of 24 passing attempts to seven different players. He also led BC in rushing with 57 yards on nine carries.


    Edmonton squeezed past Winnipeg on a last-second field goal in its season opener on the road before coming up flat in last week’s loss to Hamilton in its season debut at home. Eskimos’ quarterback Mike Reilly led the CFL in passing yards and passing touchdowns last season and he has already thrown for a league-high 694 yards in his first two games this year. Against Hamilton last Friday night, he completed 20 of his 30 passing attempts for 286 yards and two scores against one interception in the losing cause.


    Betting Trends


    -- Edmonton has won six of the last seven meetings SU and it has covered the spread in the last three games. The total has gone OVER in three of the last four meetings in Edmonton.


    Saturday, June 30


    Montreal Alouettes (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS) at Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS)
    Point-spread: Saskatchewan -10
    Total: 45



    Game Overview


    Montreal has been outscored a combined 78-20 in its first two games to continue last season’s dismal play that resulted in just three SU wins. Drew Willy was under center for most of the game against Winnipeg last week and he threw for 111 yards and one score on 16 completions. Tyrell Sutton ran the ball four times for 53 yards to help spark the Alouettes’ running game, but when you cannot get the ball into the end zone, you are not going to win all that many games in this league.


    The big question mark for the Roughriders in this Saturday’s game is the playing status of quarterback Zach Collaros. He was knocked out of the game against Ottawa in the second quarter and he remains listed as questionable on the latest injury report. Brandon Bridge took his place and threw for 145 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Tre Mason led the team in rushing against the RedBlacks with 33 yards on seven carries.


    Betting Trends


    -- Montreal has covered ATS in five of its last seven road games against the Roughriders and the total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five meetings in Saskatchewan.
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    Thursday, June 28


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    OTTAWA (1 - 0) at CALGARY (2 - 0) - 6/28/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CALGARY is 12-3 ATS (+8.7 Units) in a home game where the total is greater than or equal to 52 over the last 3 seasons.
    CALGARY is 130-97 ATS (+23.3 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1996.
    OTTAWA is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) in road games when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 11-1 ATS (+9.9 Units) in June games since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OTTAWA is 3-2 against the spread versus CALGARY over the last 3 seasons
    CALGARY is 2-1 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    5 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Friday, June 29


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    WINNIPEG (1 - 1) at HAMILTON (1 - 1) - 6/29/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WINNIPEG is 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 16-5 ATS (+10.5 Units) as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 7 points over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 9-1 ATS (+7.9 Units) in road lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in a road game where the total is greater than or equal to 52 over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in a road game where the total is between 52.5 and 56 over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games when playing on a Friday over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WINNIPEG is 3-1 against the spread versus HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    WINNIPEG is 3-1 straight up against HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    BRITISH COLUMBIA (1 - 0) at EDMONTON (1 - 1) - 6/29/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 56-31 ATS (+21.9 Units) as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points since 1996.
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 38-19 ATS (+17.1 Units) as a road underdog of 3.5 to 7 points since 1996.
    EDMONTON is 1-8 ATS (-7.8 Units) as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points over the last 2 seasons.
    EDMONTON is 8-18 ATS (-11.8 Units) as a favorite over the last 3 seasons.
    EDMONTON is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in a home game where the total is greater than or equal to 52 over the last 3 seasons.
    EDMONTON is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in a home game where the total is between 52.5 and 56 over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    EDMONTON is 4-1 against the spread versus BRITISH COLUMBIA over the last 3 seasons
    EDMONTON is 4-1 straight up against BRITISH COLUMBIA over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Saturday, June 30


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    MONTREAL (0 - 2) at SASKATCHEWAN (1 - 1) - 6/30/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MONTREAL is 4-16 ATS (-13.6 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-16 ATS (-13.6 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 3-13 ATS (-11.3 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 2-9 ATS (-7.9 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up losses over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SASKATCHEWAN is 2-2 against the spread versus MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
    MONTREAL is 3-1 straight up against SASKATCHEWAN over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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    Thursday, June 28


    Ottawa RedBlacks
    Ottawa is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games
    Ottawa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games
    Ottawa is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
    Ottawa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Ottawa is 1-3-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Calgary
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ottawa's last 5 games when playing Calgary
    Ottawa is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Calgary
    Ottawa is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Calgary
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Ottawa's last 5 games when playing on the road against Calgary
    Calgary Stampeders
    Calgary is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
    Calgary is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Calgary's last 7 games
    Calgary is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home
    Calgary is 21-2 SU in its last 23 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Calgary's last 5 games when playing Ottawa
    Calgary is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ottawa
    Calgary is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Ottawa
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Calgary's last 5 games when playing at home against Ottawa






    Friday, June 29


    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    Winnipeg is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games
    Winnipeg is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 6 games
    Winnipeg is 13-1 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 14 of Winnipeg's last 17 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing Hamilton
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 5 games when playing Hamilton
    Winnipeg is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Hamilton
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Winnipeg's last 11 games when playing on the road against Hamilton
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Hamilton is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Hamilton is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Hamilton's last 6 games
    Hamilton is 4-10-1 ATS in its last 15 games at home
    Hamilton is 2-12 SU in its last 14 games at home
    Hamilton is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Winnipeg
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Hamilton's last 5 games when playing Winnipeg
    Hamilton is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Hamilton's last 11 games when playing at home against Winnipeg




    British Columbia Lions
    British Columbia is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
    British Columbia is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of British Columbia's last 6 games
    British Columbia is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    British Columbia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    British Columbia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Edmonton
    British Columbia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Edmonton
    British Columbia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of British Columbia's last 9 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    Edmonton Eskimos
    Edmonton is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    Edmonton is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games
    Edmonton is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Edmonton is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
    Edmonton is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
    Edmonton is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing British Columbia
    Edmonton is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing British Columbia
    Edmonton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against British Columbia
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Edmonton's last 9 games when playing at home against British Columbia






    Saturday, June 30


    Montreal Alouettes
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Montreal is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Saskatchewan
    Montreal is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Saskatchewan
    Montreal is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing Saskatchewan
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing Saskatchewan
    Montreal is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    Montreal is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Montreal's last 15 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    Saskatchewan Roughriders
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Saskatchewan's last 7 games
    Saskatchewan is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
    Saskatchewan is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 5 games at home
    Saskatchewan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
    Saskatchewan is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Montreal
    Saskatchewan is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games when playing Montreal
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 5 games when playing Montreal
    Saskatchewan is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Montreal
    Saskatchewan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Montreal
    The total has gone OVER in 10 of Saskatchewan's last 15 games when playing at home against Montreal
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 5 games when playing at home against Montreal
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    Week 3




    Thursday, June 28


    Ottawa @ Calgary



    Game 371-372
    June 28, 2018 @ 9:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Ottawa
    113.468
    Calgary
    127.892
    Dunkel Team:
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    Calgary
    by 14 1/2
    46
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Calgary
    by 7 1/2
    57
    Dunkel Pick:
    Calgary
    (-7 1/2); Under




    Friday, June 29


    Winnipeg @ Hamilton



    Game 373-374
    June 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Winnipeg
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    Hamilton
    123.990
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    Hamilton
    by 9 1/2
    52
    Vegas Team:
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    Vegas Total:
    Hamilton
    by 4
    56
    Dunkel Pick:
    Hamilton
    (-4); Under


    BC Lions @ Edmonton



    Game 375-376
    June 29, 2018 @ 10:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    BC Lions
    107.021
    Edmonton
    110.793
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    Edmonton
    by 4
    59
    Vegas Team:
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    Vegas Total:
    Edmonton
    by 7
    54
    Dunkel Pick:
    BC Lions
    (+7); Over




    Saturday, June 30


    Montreal @ Saskatchewan



    Game 377-378
    June 30, 2018 @ 9:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Montreal
    96.386
    Saskatchewan
    103.911
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    Saskatchewan
    by 7 1/2
    51
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    Saskatchewan
    by 11 1/2
    45 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Montreal
    (+11 1/2); Over
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    Week 3





    Ottawa (1-0) @ Calgary (2-0) (-7.5, 56.5)—- Home side is 5-1-1 in last seven series games, four of which went to OT; RedBlacks are 0-4 in Calgary, losing by 4-25-45-21 points. Underdogs are 4-1 vs spread in last five series games, over is 6-0-1 in last seven. Ottawa won its opener 40-17 LW after its Week 1 bye; they held Saskatchewan to 3 second half points. Stampeders allowed total of 21 points in winning its first two games, 28-14/41-7.


    Winnipeg (1-1) @ Hamilton (1-1) (-4.5, 55.5)— Road team won seven of last nine series games; Jets won three of last four series road games. Under is 8-2 in last ten series games; underdogs covered five of last seven. Winnipeg scored 86 points in splitting its first two games, losing 36-33 to Edmonton, winning big in Montreal LW. Ti-Cats split their first two games, both on road; they outgained Eskimos 528-348 in 38-21 win there last week.


    BCLions (1-0) @ Edmonton (1-1) (-6.5, 54)— Eskimos won eight of last ten series games; Lions lost their last five visits to Edmonton (2-3 vs spread). Over is 5-3 in last eight series games; dogs covered five of last seven. This is road opener for Lions after they beat Montreal 22-10 in opener, then had last week off; they held Alouettes scoreless after first quarter in opener. Edmonton allowed 68 points in splitting its first two games- they scored last 11 points in 33-30 home win over Winnipeg two weeks ago.


    Montreal (0-2) @ Saskatchewan (1-1) (-10.5, 46)— Home side won eight of last ten series games; Alouettes won three of last four, but they’ve lost four of last five visits to Regina. Underdogs are 7-3 vs spread in last ten series games; last four series games stayed under the total. Montreal got crushed 56-10 at home last week by Winnipeg; they were outscored 78-20 in losing their first two games. Roughriders split their first two games, both vs eastern foes; they beat Toronto 27-19 in their home opener.
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    STAMPS HOST REDBLACKS ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL



    CALGARY — McMahon Stadium is a place of polar opposites for the Ottawa REDBLACKS and Calgary Stampeders.


    For Rick Campbell’s REDBLACKS, it’s a place that has not been kind. An 0-4 record, with minimum 38 points against on every trip, signals a block for Ottawa at Calgary’s home field.


    On the flip side of this week’s Thursday Night Football matchup, the Stampeders are 17-2 at home dating back to 2016 and have looked largely unbeatable since.


    CFL.ca has unprecedented coverage of Thursday Night Football presented by the Brick, including a 30-minute live show CFL Game Time at 8:00 p.m. ET, as the REDBLACKS visit the Stamps in Calgary.


    Campbell and co., however, are not deterred ahead of their trip to Calgary.


    “It can be tricky (the travel),” Campbell told OttawaREDBLACKS.com. “We’re going to treat it like a home game from the standpoint we got all our work done (at home) — flying in in the afternoon, (so) eating and sleeping schedules won’t be disrupted too much.”


    The REDBLACKS looked strong in their season opener, a 40-17 win over Saskatchewan, last week; as per usual, Campbell did not get overly excited following an early-season victory.


    “Every win is big, they’re very hard to get,” said the fifth-year head coach. “But we won a home game in June, and I hope our sights are bigger than that — we respect winning, but it’s a long road ahead (with) 17 more games. You really need to reload.”


    Ottawa faces a monumental challenge entering McMahon Stadium on Thursday night — of that there is little doubt — but Campbell believes his charges are up to the task.


    “They have a lot of good players, (and) they’re well-coached,” said Campbell. “They have a ton of continuity between their players and coaches, so they know what they’re doing around there. We have the ultimate respect for them.”


    To put it lightly, none of Ottawa’s four trips to Cowtown have gone well — think losses of 38-17 (Aug. 9, 2014), 48-3 (Aug. 15, 2015), 48-23 (Sep. 17, 2016) and 43-39 (June 29, 2017).


    REDBLACKS defensive end Avery Ellis believes discipline will be key against a deep, versatile Calgary offence.


    “Our biggest thing is (being) consistent, bringing it from Week 2 through 18,” said Ellis. “Calgary’s really dynamic, they do a lot of different things very well. As long as we stay disciplined, we’ll tame them to the best of our ability.”


    One thing is almost certain for the REDBLACKS: If Diontae Spencer goes off — on offence or in the return game — they’re going to have a good day.


    The New Iberia, La. native has showcased elite speed in both phases, and appears poised to built on last season’s 922-yard performance.


    “I would give us a B-plus,” said Spencer of Ottawa’s Week 2 win. “There were a lot of things we could’ve done better, but we got the win. We’re practicing to correct those things.”


    A winning mentality — something that has perhaps deserted the REDBLACKS late in games in recent seasons — was key to closing out the Riders on home turf.


    “At half-time, the mindset was just ‘let’s put these guys away’,” continued Spencer. “We knew they’d come back swinging, and we didn’t want to let them back into the game. ‘Let’s finish strong and put them away’, and that’s what we did.”


    On roster front, the REDBLACKS made pair of changes: two rookies in Reggie Daniels (cornerback) and George Uko (D-tackle) slot in, while receiver Noel Thomas Jr. and linebacker Anthony Cioffi both hit the one-game injured list.


    Two weeks into the 2018 season, it appears to be business as usual for the Calgary Stampeders.


    Bo Levi Mitchell and the cavalry are fresh off an annihilation of the Argonauts in Toronto, and at 2-0 sit in the first-place position they’ve grown accustomed to over the past few seasons.


    But this week’s test against the REDBLACKS — a team that’s tied the Stamps early in each of the last two seasons — presents a unique challenge.


    “Early in the year, they’re as tough a matchup as anybody,” Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson told Stampeders.com. “They always start out the year super fast because their offence is clicking (and) they’ve been running the same type of stuff for a while. We usually have a tight, tight game and we’re expecting the same tomorrow.”


    Veteran national defensive back Adam Berger will start at safety for the Stamps this week in place of the injured Tunde Adeleke.


    The 27-year-old Berger spent last season with the REDBLACKS and knows the narrow margin between the two teams from both perspectives.


    “It’s unreal — it’s good football to watch, (but) playing it’s a bit stressful,” laughed the Simon Fraser product. “That’s what you want, a high compete level. They’re fun games. It’s what we expect every week (because) this league is filled with good teams.”


    Berger was signed to provide veteran depth in the secondary and on special teams, and former teammate Josh Bell was one of his main proponents.


    “I’m extremely comfortable with Berger being in playing safety,” said Bell, now Calgary’s defensive backs coach. “He’s made Tunde a whole lot better through training camp, he was my backup for many years and my first request as coach. I truly trust him back there.”


    Also drawing out of the lineup is defensive lineman Cordarro Law, while receiver Marken Michel will miss his second straight week of action.


    “They were close, but not close enough,” explained Dickenson. “I’m putting the best (roster) together, and if you’re not sure you can make it through a game…the roster’s too small. If you’re battling something, and we’ve got good guys…”


    After a shutdown performance in Toronto last weekend, the Stamps’ DB unit is excited about the challenge presented by Ottawa.


    “Every time we play those guys they play us tough,” said Ciante Evans. “Defensively, they put a lot of force on us, as far as being a balanced offensive attack. So we really have to be on our P’s and Q’s.


    “We’ve got to make life tough on them, get (our) hands on guys. (They’ve got) really good receivers, between 82 and 85, and I know they’re going to come to work tomorrow.”


    Calgary’s team chemistry should be boosted by the team’s Week 2 roadtrip — both the victory itself and the bonding time away from home.


    “We gained a little camaraderie,” laughed Dickenson. “We stayed in Mississauga. Wasn’t much to do out there, so the guys stuck together.”


    Crunchin’ Numbers:


    0 – Teams to have won a game after losing the turnover battle. Since 2011, teams with fewer turnovers in a game are 379-78 (.829).


    6 – League-high sacks registered by Calgary this season. Even without Law on the line, the quartet of James Vaughters, Derek Wiggan, Micah Johnson and JaGared Davis is downright terrifying.


    7 – Wins for Trevor Harris in his last eight starts. The Ottawa QB threw for 345 yards and a pair of touchdowns in last week’s win.


    203 – Rush yards for Calgary’s Don Jackson through two weeks — the most in the CFL. Keep in mind that RB-2 option Terry Williams has also run for 103 yards.



    Every CFL.ca writer and nearly 90 per cent of the voting public is picking the Stamps, but if recent history is any indication, this week’s edition of Thursday Night Football will be a lot tighter than most anticipate.


    These are two teams who’ve shared the spoils in two games over the past two years, and the memories of that chilly night in Toronto at the 105th Grey Cup still loom large for some.


    For Calgary, it’s a question of who will step up; Dave Dickenson’s team has an embarrassment of riches on offence, but is dealing with injuries on defence. Will Don Jackson or Terry Williams get the majority of touches? How will Lemar Durant factor in his return?


    In Ottawa, expectations are inflated after a promising home win against the Riders. Can Trevor Harris finally establish himself as elite? Will Diontae Spencer become the pre-eminent receiver in the East?


    Questions, questions and more questions.


    Strap on your boots, because this promises to be one heck of a matchup.


    Kickoff is at 9:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS and ESPN+.
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    MITCHELL, STAMPS STAY PERFECT, TAKE DOWN REDBLACKS



    CALGARY – Defensive lineman Ja’Gared Davis led the way with six tackles and a sack while Bo Levi Mitchell threw for two touchdowns, as the Stampeders moved to 3-0 with a convincing 24-14 victory over the REDBLACKS on Thursday night.


    Defence was the name of the game early, with both offences struggling to find a rhythm in the first quarter.


    RB William Powell gave the REDBLACKS offence a boost late in the first quarter, ripping off three consecutive first-down runs to put his team deep into Stampeders territory. K Lewis Ward converted on his first field goal attempt of the night, giving Ottawa an early 3-0 lead.


    Stamps’ QB Bo Levi Mitchell, who so effortlessly picked apart the Toronto Argonauts’ defence in week 2, couldn’t find the same success early on Thursday, as the REDBLACKS defence gave him and the Calgary offence no room to breathe.


    Meanwhile Powell continued to find success against the typically stingy Stampeders defence, juking his way to another big gain on the REDBLACKS’ first possession of the second quarter. Once again however, the Stamps defence stood tall when it mattered, forcing another Ward field goal. Entering Thursday night’s game, the Stamps D had allowed just two touchdowns on 30 possessions to begin the 2018 season.


    After starting the game with five consecutive punts, Calgary’s offence was given a gift by their defence midway through the second quarter, A tipped Trevor Harris pass ended up in the arms of LB Micah Johnson deep in REDBLACKS territory, giving Mitchell and the Stamps prime field position.


    It didn’t take long for Mitchell to find his favourite target, WR Eric Rogers, who scored his league-leading third receiving touchdown of the season on a short underneath route. K Rene Parades’ convert attempt was good and the Stamps took their first lead of the game with time winding down in the first half.


    The interception by Johnson seemed to wake up the Stamps offence, as Mitchell continued to find success on Calgary’s next possession, tearing off chunks of yards with completions to Rogers and Juwan Brescacin. Mitchell was just centimeters away from doubling his money with another touchdown pass to CFL rushing leader Don Jackson, but the ball tumbled through his outstretched hands and a promising drive for Calgary ended without points.


    The Stamps headed to halftime with a narrow 7-6 lead over the visiting REDBLACKS, as both defences were able to shut down the typically potent offences.


    REDBLACKS DB Rico Murray made his mark on the game early in the third quarter, tracking down a late pass from Mitchell and nabbing his second interception of the 2018 season, while ending a dangerous Stampeders drive.


    A punt single from Ottawa P Richie Leone tied the game at 7 midway through the third quarter.


    Once again Mitchell had Jackson streaking down the sideline and Calgary looked to have six points in the books, but Jackson bobbled the pass and the Stampeders settled for a field goal from Parades, taking a 10-7 lead.


    After struggling for much of the second half, the REDBLACKS seemed to flip a switch on their next possession, as Harris found SB Greg Ellingson deep down the middle for a 56-yard completion. With a first down inside the 10, it looked certain that the REDBLACKS would at least tie the game, but after moving to the 1 yard line on second down, the Stamps defensive line stood tall and stuffed the sneak attempt.


    That defensive stop may have been the turning point, as the Stampeders quickly got to work on offense, and Mitchell tossed his second major of the game, finding WR Kamar Jorden deep down the middle for a 32-yard score.


    After the kickoff, the Stamps’ defence made another big play, knocking the ball loose from SB Brad Sinopoli and handing the keys right back to Bo. This time it was Jackson’s turn to score, as he notched his second touchdown of the season.


    The REDBLACKS swapped Harris for Dominique Davis late in the fourth and he quickly made his mark on the game, finding Ellingson in the end zone to cut into the Stamps lead. But it was too little too late, and the Stampeders marched away with the victory.


    Next week the REDBLACKS will travel to Montreal to take on the Alouettes while the Stampeders head into the bye week before
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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    06/28/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/23/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    06/22/2018 4-0-0 100.00% +2000
    06/21/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    06/16/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    06/15/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/14/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50


    Totals.............. 10-8-0........55.55%.....+6.00




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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    DATE.........................ATS.................. .....UNITS.....................O/U...................UNITS...........TOTAL


    06/28/2018...............0 - 1......................-5.50......................1 - 0..................+5.00..............-0.50
    06/23/2018...............1 - 0.....................+5.00......................1 - 0.................+5.00..............+10.00
    06/22/2018...............2 - 0.....................+10.00....................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+20.00
    06/21/2018...............0 - 1......................-5.50......................0 - 1...................-5.50.............-11.00
    06/16/2018...............1 - 1......................-0.50......................0 - 2..................-11.00.............-11.50
    06/15/2018...............1 - 0 .....................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50
    06/14/2018...............1 - 0......................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50


    Totals.......................6 - 3.....................+13.50.................... 4 - 5..................-7.50............+6.00
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    LIONS VISIT EDMONTON FOR DATE WITH ESKIMOS



    EDMONTON — This week’s late-night edition of Friday Night Football pits the Edmonton Eskimos against the BC Lions at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.


    The Eskimos are looking for a bounce-back performance following a disappointing 38-21 defeat at the hands of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week, while the Lions have had nearly two weeks off since their season-opening 22-10 win over Montreal on home turf.


    Both teams are led by veteran players and coaching staffs, and understand the importance of an early-season divisional contest.


    “When you play against people you have familiarity with, teammates and guys you coached, it’s good to see them,” Edmonton head coach Jason Maas told Esks.com. “We know what they’re about, have a ton of respect for them. It’s going to be a great rivalry game and a great Western opponent.”


    The BC Lions have been raring to get back onto the field after an early bye left them at home in front of their televisions in Week 2.


    “Bye weeks are tough, things get repetitive,” Lions receiver Bryan Burnham told BCLions.com. “There’s things here and there that we’ve seen on the film that we might be able to work. But, we know after (Edmonton’s last) game, they’ll be hungry and ready to win. We can’t make any mistakes.”


    The 28-year-old pass catcher had a quiet debut against Montreal, catching six passes for a total of 38 yards, but has cleared the 1,000 mark in each of the last two seasons.


    “Right now the West is up for grabs,” continued Burnham. “A lot of good teams, (so) to start off the season on a high note with a win on the road will be big for our confidence and putting the league on notice that we’re here — it’s about time we go into Commonwealth and get a win.”


    BC head coach Wally Buono, meanwhile, was having none of the farewell tour narrative that journalists tried to force on him during walkthrough on Thursday.


    “No, my last time here is going to be in November,” said Buono directly when asked about his ‘final’ game at Commonwealth. “I’m not talking about ‘last time’ — I’ve had some good memories here and a lot of bad memories here. It’s early in the season, there’s a lot of work to be done, and it’s not the time to get sentimental.”


    The grizzled BC coach was on board, however, with questions pertaining to the return of Lions D-end Odell Willis to Edmonton.


    “Well there should be a lot of buzz about Odell returning — he’s a great player and great personality,” lauded Buono of Willis, who spent five seasons (2013-17) in green and gold. “He’s been a tremendous warrior (and) he’s a guy that livens up everything, whether it’s a meeting or practice. He’s a pro, a guy who competes.”


    Veteran quarterback Travis Lulay is slated to dress this week for the Lions, though he will remain behind QB-1 Jonathon Jennings and QB-2 Cody Fajardo on Jarious Jackson’s offence.


    All eyes will be on Jennings early in the 2018 season as the Columbus, Oh. native attempts to return to his 2016 form.


    “We scored pretty early (last week,) it’s something we’re going to have to maintain throughout the season with consistency,” said Jennings. “Trying to stay on the field against Edmonton, especially with Mike Reilly over there, will be important.


    Explosive plays win football games. They’re going to have a couple plays with Mike and guys like Derel Walker, but we’ll have to match those.”


    Roster-wise, David Mackie and offensive lineman David Knevel enter the BC lineup this week; while linebacker Keelan Johnson and defensive back Dominique Termansen both hit the one-game injured list.


    On the Eskimos side of the football, Friday night’s contest is a chance to rinse the sour taste of Week 2 from the team’s collective mouth.


    “You’ve got to bounce back and learn from it,” Edmonton linebacker J.C. Sherritt, who gave a heated post-game interview following his team’s loss, told Esks.com. “I was upset, because I knew we had a good gameplan, and we just got outplayed. Myself included. It was frustrating, we couldn’t get a stop no matter what we did.”


    Despite a number of younger faces on coordinator Mike Benevides’s unit — and the growing pains that come with that — Sherritt believes the Esks have the potential to be a shutdown unit.


    “We have the tools to be the best defence, but that comes with hard work and time working together,” said Sherritt. “There’s no doubt that (playing)’s the best thing for them. I remember like it was yesterday, when I was thrown into the fire and vets helped. That’s our job as vets to help them get there.


    “It’s not who’s best right now, it’s who’s best at the end of the year.”


    The topic of Odell Willis came up in interviews with multiple Eskimos players, and ever-poised quarterback Mike Reilly stated flatly that he won’t play whatever mind games the now-BC D-end will try come Friday.


    “Every play (I’ll hear him). There are certain guys in the league that talk a lot during the game, (and) Odell’s one that does,” said Reilly. “I’ve got so much other stuff going on that I don’t hear it, but Odell’s a great guy. He’s one of those guys who makes the game great, gets the fans into it, gets them entertained. (But) once the ball’s kicked off, it’s football.”


    With just one lineup change from last week — new signing Samuel Giguere slides in as a backup receiver, with fullback Pascal Lochard sliding out — the biggest roster news in Edmonton will be 2017 first-round draft pick Nate Behar making his first professional start at slotback.


    “Getting the texts over the weekend, ‘this is what you’re playing’, it’s exciting,” said Behar, a Carleton product who took just one offensive rep in his 2017 rookie season. “I texted my mom and big brother and said ‘let’s do it’.”


    Crunchin’ Numbers:


    8 — Eskimos wins in the last 10 meetings between the two teams; Edmonton swept last year’s season series 3-0, but all three contests were decided in the final three minutes of play.


    11 — Losses in BC’s last 14 road games against western opponents.


    83.3 — Completion percentage for BC quarterback Jonathon Jennings, the best mark in the CFL. Granted, the Lions gunslinger has appeared in one less game than most quarterbacks.


    102 — Total yards of second-half offence for Edmonton in last week’s 17-point home loss against Hamilton, an eye-popping number of an offence with so many weapons at its disposal.



    Both the Lions and Eskimos could use some momentum right now.


    In BC’s case, their 22-10 win on home turf in Week seems; a) very long ago; b) as though it was taken by many with a grain of salt, given their opponents (Montreal).


    Edmonton, meanwhile, has only lost the way it did last week — by more than two scores on home turf — one other time since August 2015. Thus, much of the conversation this week around Jason Maas’s team focused on responding.


    Two West Division opponents with plenty on the line; early-season jockeying in the standings, the return of Odell Willis, Jonathon Jennings’s quest to become elite.


    The storylines are plentiful and the stakes will be high at Commonwealth this Friday, so hang on to your hats, folks.


    Kickoff is at 10:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN and ESPN2.
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    TICATS, BOMBERS LOOK TO STAY HOT ON FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL



    HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers are two teams that have made early statements through the opening weeks of the 2018 CFL season.


    Both teams head to Tim Hortons Field in search of back-to-back wins after a pair of impressive performances in Week 2.


    After starting their season with two games out in Alberta, Hamilton can expect a warm welcome from Tiger Town in their 2018 home opener.


    The Ticats road swing out west was considered a success, finishing with a 1-1 record against two of the top teams in the league. In their most recent matchup, the Black and Gold picked up an impressive 38-21 win over the Edmonton Eskimos.


    After needing nine games to get heir first win last season, Hamilton accomplished the same feat in less than a quarter of the time in 2018.


    It’s clear after just two games that the Tabbies are a new and improved version of their 2017 selves.


    “You have to be able to win some games on the road if you want to be a championship team,” Head Coach June Jones told Ticats.ca after the game. “Winning there had always been difficult. But we pulled it off.”


    Jeremiah Masoli was named a CFL Top Performer of the Week after completing 19 of 29 attempts for 332 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. The 29-year-old currently sits second in passing yards in the league after a pair of impressive performances to open the season.


    Masoli credited his entire cast on offence for his early success.


    “We do have a lot of talented guys over here,” said Masoli. “We’re still trying to get better. Still trying to find our stride. Hit on all levels, which we haven’t yet. We’re still looking to take the next step forward.”


    Receiver Brandon Banks was superb in the victory, picking up a game-high 117 receiving yards on six catches, including a touchdown in the third quarter that put more distance between the Ticats and Esks. Luke Tasker was equally as impressive with a pair of touchdown grabs to go along with 103 receiving yards.


    The most pleasant surprise of the evening was third-year running back Mercer Timmis, who broke out for 133 rushing yards in the victory. The Burlington, Ont. native also found the end zone twice for the first two majors of his young career, displaying that the Ticats’ run game is still a threat despite the absence of Alex Green.


    “It definitely gives you a little bit of confidence,” Timmis said of his breakout performance. “But at the same time, you have to kind of reload. Different week. Different opponent. You can’t look into it too much. We have to focus on Winnipeg. That’s the task at hand.”


    While Timmis and Masoli’s performances were a highlight of Week 2, Winnipeg Blue Bombers Chris Streveler has also been turning heads early into the CFL season.


    The rookie pivot was dominant in a 56-10 slaying of the Montreal Alouettes last week. The 23-year-old completed 22 of 28 passes for 246 yards with three touchdown passes to go along with one rushing major and 98 yards on the ground.


    But rather than rest on his laurels, Streveler is focused at the task at hand this week against the Ticats.


    “I’ve done a lot of preparation this week preparing for these guys [Hamilton],” Streveler told BlueBombers.com. “You definitely see the speed and the intensity they play with on defence. It’s going to be a big challenge for us. They’ve got some really good players. It’s a test we’re looking forward to.”


    While the Bombers offence racked up a boatload of points on the Als, the defence did not go unnoticed. Winnipeg held Montreal to just 129 passing yards through 60 minutes of play, while defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo picked up two quarterback sacks on the night.


    Okpalaugo says that key to beating the Ticats will be slowing down Misoli.


    “He’s a special quarterback,” said Okpalaugo. “He’s athletic. A dual threat…..We have to contain him. Get in his face. Make sure he doesn’t scramble as much as he would like to.”


    Winnipeg ranks second in fewest points among teams who have played two games with 43, behind only Calgary.


    However, the Bombers’ defence will take a hit this week with the absence of Anthony Gaitor, who has been placed on the six-game injured list. The halfback was tied for the fourth most tackles league wide with 12 after two games.


    Returning to the defence as a starter is Maurice Leggett, who saw some action in the return game last week after a grueling but determined recovery from a season-ending Achilles injury suffered late last fall.


    The Bombers encountered a bit of a scare last week when star running back Andrew Harris left that game near the end of the third quarter after taking a low hit from Alouettes linebacker Jermaine Robinson. Harris also missed the Bombers first two practices of the week. But the four-time CFL all-star made it clear that he is good to go against the Ticats.


    “I was ready to go back into the game in Montreal,” said Harris. “We were up by 30 at that point in time. We had a pretty healthy lead….If the score was tighter and in different circumstances, I would have been playing.”


    It’s the Blue and Gold against the Black and Gold. Game on.


    Crunchin’ Numbers:


    6 – Passing touchdowns by Bombers rookie quarterback Chris Streveler this season, tied for the most in the CFL.


    7 – Consecutive 300-yard passing games for Jeremiah Masoli. He can tie Mike Reilly (2015-16) and Anthony Calvillo (2012) for the second most 300-plus yard performances in a row in CFL history.


    18 – The number of times the Ticats and Bombers have met since 2011. They have split the games evenly at nine wins apiece.


    32 – Number of first downs by the Ticats last week, their best total since July 6, 2010.



    Masoli and Streveler have been two of the most exciting pivots to watch in the league this season.


    However, both quarterbacks realize that two talented players are on their heels; motivating them to play even harder.


    Johnny Manziel news has diminished over the past couple of weeks thanks to a pair of impressive games by Masoli. That being said, if the Ticats quarterback for the foreseeable future begins to underperform, there will be no hesitation by Hamilton to give Manziel a go.


    Unlike Masoli, Streveler was not the predicted starter for the Bombers. The rookie quarterback was thrust into the job after Matt Nichols was injured in practice earlier this month. With Nichols expected to return in the coming weeks, Streveler is determined to make a statement that the veteran QB is not their only option at quarterback.


    As if this matchup wasn’t intriguing enough, this will be the first live mic game of the 2018 season. Coaches and quarterbacks will be wearing mics for the entire game so fans can feel like they are in the huddle.
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    TICATS OFFENCE CONTROLS BOMBERS IN HOME OPENER WIN AT THF



    HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats dominated both sides of the ball for long stretches on Friday night en route to a 31-17 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Tim Hortons Field.


    Ticats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli broke the 300-yard passing mark for the eighth-straight game, Hamilton’s defence largely shut down the Chris Streveler-led Bombers offence — at one point forcing six consecutive two-and-outs — and the Tabbies built an important cushion in the second half.


    Masoli finished the night with 31 completions for 369 yards, while three of his receivers eclipsed the 80-yard receiving mark; defensively, the Ticats limited Winnipeg for the better part of three quarters before a late Bomber comeback attempt.


    The Bombers defence got off to a hot start, as rookie defensive back Marcus Sayles stepped up and intercepted a Jeremiah Masoli pass intended for Terrence Toliver; Sayles then took off and scampered nearly 40 yards down inside the Hamilton 30-yard line.


    Four plays later, Winnipeg found the end zone on a plunging one-yard Andrew Harris touchdown dive. Justin Medlock’s convert then opened up a 7-0 lead for the visitors.


    Masoli and co. found their offensive rhythm later in the first quarter; the Ticat pivot found Brandon Banks for 37 yards, then running back Sean Thomas-Erlington battered the ball down to the 1-yard line, setting up a short Mercer Timmis touchdown run. Lirim Hajrullahu’s convert tied the ballgame at seven.


    Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea then went into his bag of tricks with a fake-punt run by Jesse Briggs to extend a drive; three plays later, Medlock drilled a 38-yard field goal to retake the lead for Winnipeg.


    That lead did not last long, as Hajrullahu nailed a 50-yard boot on the ensuing drive to draw the Ticats level.


    A run by Thomas-Erlington — featuring a ridiculous hurdle over a Winnipeg defender — then set up a 17-yard chip shot of a field goal by Hajrullahu.


    Another kick from Hajrullahu, this time from 42 yards out as the second-quarter clock expired, sent the Ticats to the locker room with a 16-10 lead at the half.


    Masoli came out firing in the third quarter, completing six straight passes to set up Timmis’s second touchdown plunge of the evening from four yards out; the two-point convert fluttered incomplete, and Hamilton led 22-10.


    The Ticats continued to stifle Streveler and the Winnipeg offence, and Masoli was more than happy to seize the opportunity to widen the gap: After a Bomber two-and-out, Hamilton’s offence needed just four plays to find the end zone on a pretty 25-yard Masoli-to-Toliver connection.


    Coordinator Jerry Glanville’s Hamilton defence forced six straight Winnipeg two-and-outs.


    But, there was more than a bit of life left in the Bombers’ rookie quarterback, as he sprinted his way into the end zone with 10 minutes left to cut the deficit — following Medlock’s convert — to 14 points.


    Despite running a strong three-minute drill, Streveler and co. were unable to find the end zone late, sealing their fate.


    While Mercer Timmis was the story in the Ticat back field in Week 2, it was Sean Thomas-Erlington who stole the show in black and gold with a dazzling 92-yard performance.


    Bombers linebacker Adam Bighill registered a game-high 10 tackles in the defeat; veteran Ticat Simoni Lawrence paced his team with six tackles and also recorded a sack.


    Streveler finished the night with a 17-for-28, 146-yard line; the 23-year-old did not throw a touchdown or interception in the defeat.


    With the win, the Tiger-Cats improved to 2-1 on the young season; June Jones’s team will now travel to Saskatchewan for a date with the Roughriders (1-1) in Week 4’s Thursday Night Football matchup (9 p.m. ET).


    The loss dropped the Bombers to 1-2; Mike O’Shea’s group will return home in Week 4 for a date with the BC Lions next Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET).
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    ESKIMOS OVERCOME EARLY DEFICIT, RUNAWAY WITH WIN OVER LIONS



    EDMONTON – Like an aeroplane, it was a gradual take-off for Mike Reilly and the Edmonton Eskimos offence. But once they got some wind under their wings, there was nothing the BC Lions could do to slow them down.


    Edmonton defeated the BC Lions and improve to 2-1 on the season after a 41-22 decision. The Lions get handed their first loss of the 2018 season.


    Coming off of their Week 2 Bye, the Lions travelled to Alberta’s capital to take on an Edmonton squad in search of a bounce-back after losing to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week.


    The Edmonton Eskimos were certainly hoping for a much different start than the one they put forth in the opening quarter of their game Friday night.


    On Edmonton’s first offensive drive, TJ Lee found a Mike Reilly pass attempt falling into his mitts after Eskimos’ Nate Behar was unable to handle a jump ball.


    Jennings immediately took advantage of the positive field position following the interception by taking a deep shot of his own and drawing a pass interference call in the end zone, setting up a first and short for the Lions offence. Jeremiah Johnson plunged forward for the first touchdown of the game.


    The nightmarish start for the Eskimos would continue on the following kick off as BC’s Mitch Barnett forced a fumble on the return. DyShawn Davis recovered the fumble, which resulted in a 14-yard Ty Long field goal to put the Lions ahead 11-0 early in the first quarter.


    At the end of the first quarter, Edmonton had only tallied 51 yards of offence. Needless to say, it was a very uncharacteristic quarter of play from the Eskimos that only saw Mike Reilly complete two passes as the Lions held possession for nearly ten minutes.


    The offensive struggles would carry over to the second quarter. On a well set up play by the Eskimos, Reilly failed to connect with a wide-open Kenny Stafford who had the potential of taking it the distance.


    Ty Long connected on his second field goal of the night on a 39-yard attempt to put the Lions up by 12 halfway through the second quarter.


    A challenged-aided drive gave the Eskimos some life nearing the three-minute warning of the second quarter. Reilly connected with Stafford on a crossing route to push Edmonton deep in the Lions end of the field. The drive would conclude with a 14-yard touchdown from Reilly to Natey Adjei.


    That was just the start, however.


    Reilly and his offence got possession back with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter, piecing together a scoring drive that was capped off by a touchdown pass to Kenny Stafford and a two-point conversion to D’haquille Williams.


    Edmonton headed into halftime overcoming a 12-point deficit and leading the Lions 17-14.


    In the third quarter, the Eskimos continued to have their offence rolling on the ground as CJ Gable eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the night, as well as scoring a touchdown with 4:42 remaining in the quarter.


    Three minutes later, the Eskimos added to their score after Reilly completed a homerun pass to Duke Williams for 64-yards, only to re-connect for the two-point convert immediately following.


    The third quarter came to a close following a pass attempt that initially fell incomplete. Following a challenge by BC’s head coach Wally Buono, it was determined that there was pass interference, giving the Lions a first and goal situation to open the final quarter.


    Cody Fajardo, BC’s short-yardage quarterback, plunged the ball in from 1-yard out to bring the Leos within ten following the point-after.


    Tallying his fourth of the season, and tied for the league lead at that, Reilly capped the following Eskimo drive with a 1-yard sneak of his own, further extending Edmonton’s lead to 38-22.


    Shawn Whyte capped off the Eskimo scoring for the night, kicking a 24-yard field goal and sealing the victory for Edmonton.


    Edmonton will hit the road to Toronto, taking on their second team in a row who will be coming off of a Bye Week. That game is scheduled for a 5:30 kick off on Saturday, July 7. As for the Lions, they’ll continue their western road trip against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers following the conclusion of the Edmonton at Toronto game.
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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    06/29/2018 2-2-0 50.00% -1.00
    06/28/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/23/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    06/22/2018 4-0-0 100.00% +2000
    06/21/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    06/16/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    06/15/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/14/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50


    Totals.......... 12-10-0........54.54%.....+5.00




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    06/29/2018...............1 - 1......................-0.50......................1- 1...................-0.50...............-1.00
    06/28/2018...............0 - 1......................-5.50......................1 - 0..................+5.00..............-0.50
    06/23/2018...............1 - 0.....................+5.00......................1 - 0.................+5.00..............+10.00
    06/22/2018...............2 - 0.....................+10.00....................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+20.00
    06/21/2018...............0 - 1......................-5.50......................0 - 1...................-5.50.............-11.00
    06/16/2018...............1 - 1......................-0.50......................0 - 2..................-11.00.............-11.50
    06/15/2018...............1 - 0 .....................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50
    06/14/2018...............1 - 0......................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50


    Totals.......................7 - 4.....................+13.00.................... 5 - 6..................-7.00............+5.00
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    RIDERS, ALS LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK IN WEEK 3 FINALE



    REGINA — The Montreal Alouettes and Saskatchewan Roughriders are looking to get back on track after a pair of disappointing performances in Week 2.


    The Als would like to forget last week’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Montreal was dominated in all three phases, falling 56-10 in their home opener at Percival Molson Stadium last week.


    First-year head coach Mike Sherman made it clear that his team needs to be better going forward.


    “There’s accountability, which starts with me,” Sherman told the Montreal Gazette after the game. “If we’re all looking for excuses, we probably won’t get it fixed. If we’re searching for answers and solutions, we can get it fixed.


    “It starts with how the head coach handles it. He passes that on to players and coaches. It starts with me.”


    The Bombers racked up 24 points in the second quarter alone, running away with the game before halftime.


    The Als’ offence struggled to find any momentum as quarterback Drew Willy completed 16 of 25 attempts, throwing for only 111 yards and a touchdown. Willy was pressured by the Bombers defence all night, and was sacked three times in the first half.


    It was the same story on the other side of the ball. Montreal’s defence couldn’t solve Bombers rookie quarterback Chris Streveler, who racked up three touchdown passes and a rushing major in just his second CFL game.


    “He just made plays on second down,” cornerback Tommie Campbell told the Montreal Gazette. “If you look at it, he just ran around with the ball. We prevent that from happening, that whole game and outcome’s a lot different. We had them in second-and-medium, second-and-long and he was able to extend drives with checkdowns and quarterback scrambles.


    “We have to do a better job of tackling.”


    Montreal’s defence is expected to get a boost on Saturday with veteran defensive end John Bowman making his 2018 debut. The seemingly ageless two-time CFL all-star is back after recovering from an ankle injury.


    After opening their season against the reigning Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts, the Riders took a step back last week after falling 40-17 at the hands of the Ottawa REDBLACKS.


    Turnovers proved costly for the Riders, who gave up the ball four times.


    But perhaps even more devastating than the lopsided loss was the injury to starting quarterback Zach Collaros. The 29-year-old left last week’s game in the second quarter and has been placed on the six-game injured list with a head injury.


    Collaros was one of Saskatchewan’s prized acquisitions during the off-season. The Riders quarterback was looking to reignite his career after a disappointing 2017 season with the Ticats that saw him drop eight straight games before being replaced by Hamilton’s current starter Jeremiah Masoli.


    Head coach Chris Jones says he is unsure if Collaros will be back on the field before six games.


    “We’ll see,” Jones told Ridervill.com. “You can be optimistic all you want but I’ve seen some guys that didn’t respond well. We will just go with whatever cards we are dealt with.”


    Canadian pivot Brandon Bridge has been handed the reigns to the offence for the foreseeable future in Collaros’ absence.


    The 26-year-old will make his second start for the Riders on Saturday night, which will be against his former team. Bridge played with the Als in 2015.


    Bridge says he uses every game to try and show his potential.


    “You just have to make the best of your opportunities so you can start the next game,” said Bridge. “Every game day is like building a resume. The more starts you have, hopefully the more comfortable I will become.”


    Dual threat receiver and defensive back Duron Carter will start in the secondary once again this week. Jones says that he plans to keep Carter at defensive back until Nick Marshall returns from injury. This will be the second straight game that Carter has started at corner back.


    The Riders say that they do not plan to take the Als lightly despite their 0-2 start.


    “We just want to line up and play good football,” said Jones. “It’s pro football. They’ve got good players over there just like we’ve got good players over here. We’ve got to worry about what we do.”


    Crunchin’ Numbers:


    0 – Number of interceptions thrown by Brandon Bridge as a starter. His last start was on Sept. 5, 2017. He threw three touchdown passes to lead the Riders to a 27-19 win over Hamilton. He is 1-1 in his career as a starter and 1-0 as a starter for Saskatchewan.


    2 – Number of touchdown scoring drives produced by the Riders this season during 28 possessions.


    13 – Consecutive losses for the Als heading into Week 3; a club record. A loss against the Riders would tie for the third longest losing streak in CFL history.


    15 – League high tackles by Henoc Muamba after two weeks of play.



    History shows that the Riders have an edge while playing against the Als at home.


    Saskatchewan is 4-1-0 in its past five home games versus Montreal. However, the two teams have been evenly matched while going head-to-head in recent years.


    The Als and Riders have split their last 10 matchups evenly with five wins apiece.


    Saturday’s game will be player with heavy hearts as the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League will be honoured before the contest.


    Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured back on April 6 when the teams’ bus crashed en route to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask. Each fan will receive a Humboldt Strong ribbon as they enter the stadium.


    Kickoff is at 9:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, ESPN+ and RDS.
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    DEFENCE SETS THE TONE AS ALS GRIND OUT WIN OVER RIDERS



    REGINA – The Montreal Alouettes defence recorded four interceptions to hold off the Saskatchewan Roughriders and secure a 23-17 win.


    Najee Murray’s pick off Riders quarterback David Watford in the final moments of the game locked down the first victory of the year for the Als.


    Both teams used two quarterbacks in the game for two different reasons. Watford replaced starter Brandon Bridge at halftime for the Riders while Drew Willy left the game for the Als in the third quarter and Jeff Mathews took over duties under centre.


    The game started as a defensive battle with neither team managing much on offence in the first half.


    On the Als second drive of the game, Willy stepped out of the pocket and found BJ Cunningham deep downfield for a 47 yard gain. In the red zone, the Als had to settle for a field goal to grab the opening 3-0 lead.


    The two teams continued to trade possessions with the defences not allowing much progress. A sack by Willie Jefferson on Willy held the Als on offence and they were forced to punt the ball away. Back to back grabs by Naaman Roosevelt and Shaq Evans pushed the Riders past midfield and into scoring territory. Just when it appeared the Riders would find the end zone at the end of the first quarter, Branden Dozier picked off Bridge and returned it 63 yards to put the Als right back in solid starting position.


    It didn’t take long for the Riders to get the football back as Jefferson was back at it again, forcing a Willy fumble and it was recovered by Saskatchewan. They could not take advantage however and failed to move the chains.


    The defensive battle continued but the Riders offence started clicking with a 16-yard gain by Tre Mason. Brett Lauther knocked a 39-yard field goal to tie the game.


    Willy and the Als responded on the next drive with a 79-yard touchdown grab by Chris Williams who used his speed to break away from the defence and found the end zone with 3:25 left in the first half. The pass tied Willy’s mark for the longest pass in his career.


    Montreal continued holding the momentum with a Jermaine Robinson interception on Bridge to instantly get the ball back at midfield. A Boris Bede punt pinned the Riders at the one-yard line and the Als got the ball back with less than a minute remaining in the half. Bede added another field goal to take a 13-3 lead into the halftime break.


    Watford slotted in under centre for the Riders to start the second half to make his CFL debut and ended his first drive on a two-and-out. On his next possession, Watford connected with Evans on a 35-yard gain before taking off on a 14-yard rush to get another first down. Saskatchewan kicked another field goal to cut the deficit to 13-6.


    The Als defence recorded their third interception of the evening as Joe Burnett picked off Watford. Mathews came in for Willy at quarterback, who did not return to the game. Bede booted another field goal to add another three points to the Als lead, 16-6.


    Another big gain by Williams, this one for 47 yards, kept the pressure on the Riders defence. The Als added another point on a rouge.


    Christion Jones’ 56-yard kick return put the Riders in great position to make a comeback. It didn’t take long for Watford to find Roosevelt in the end zone for the touchdown but the Riders failed to convert on the two-point conversion.


    A costly fumble from Tyrell Sutton gave the football back to the Riders who were still searching for their first lead of the game. Lauther added another field goal to cut the Als lead to 17-15.


    Back-to-back first downs by Ernest Jackson and Cunningham moved the chains for the Als and Bede notched his fourth field goal of the night to increase the lead to 20-15 with 4:43 remaining.


    Another strong return from Stefan Logan kept the foot on the gas pedal for the Als and led to another Als field goal. Murray picked off Watford in the final minute of the game to secure the win for Montreal. The Riders added a safety with one second left but it was not enough.


    Before the game, members of the Humboldt Broncos were honoured in front of the Mosaic Stadium crowd.


    Next week, the Riders host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats while the Ottawa REDBLACKS visit the Als.
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    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV


    1 Calgary 3 3 0 0 6 93 35 2-0-0 1-0-0 0-0-0


    2 Edmonton 3 2 1 0 4 95 90 1-1-0 1-0-0 2-0-0

    3 BC 2 1 1 0 2 44 51 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0


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    Thursday, July 5, 2018

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    Friday, July 6, 2018
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    Saturday, July 7, 2018
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    8:30 PM British Columbia Lions Winnipeg Blue Bombers
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    Nevada casinos’ net profit in May:


    Sports betting $20.4M


    Craps $31.4M


    Roulette $31.6M


    Blackjack $102.6M


    Baccarat $120.8M


    Penny slots $287.8M

    Tweet of the Day

    “I pulled it slightly on 15th and might have dropped the F-Bomb.. Sorry if anyone was offended. Can’t say oh dear that was frightfully unfortunate.. I tried but it doesn’t sound the same or get rid of any frustration. Sorry anyway. I will oppolgise next time as well.”
    Pro golfer Ian Poulter


    Sunday’s quiz
    On the old TV show Magnum PI, what were the names of Higgins’ two Doberman pinscher dogs?


    Saturday’s quiz
    Bruce Bochy, Clint Hurdle are the two current major league managers who have managed 1,000+ games for two different teams.


    Friday’s quiz
    Charlie Manuel managed the Phillies when they won the 2008 World Series.


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    Sunday’s List of 13; Happy Canada Day, everyone!!!


    13) Modern baseball; Friday night in Oakland, the Indians brought in lefty Oliver Perez to face a lefty hitter with a man on second. Predictably, the A’s sent up a righty hitter instead and Terry Francona ordered the righty hitter intentionally walked.


    With another righty up next, Francona took Perez out and brought a righty in, creating the unique situation where a pitcher is removed from the game without throwing a pitch or even a pickoff throw— technically, the intentional walk counts as a batter faced.


    12) As the owner of a fantasy baseball team, I try and find players wherever/whenever; Marlins brought up a pitcher named Pablo Lopez to make his MLB debut Saturday.


    Lopez starts the game by striking out Brandon Nimmo on three pitches; I scramble to get to MILB.com to look up his minor league history. Before I find his page, Jose Bautista homers to left field, then Michael Conforto gets a hit. My enthusiasm wanes.


    11) Lopez is 22 years old. looks like he was rushed to the majors; this was his first season in AA, and he was really good, going 1-2, 0.62 in eight starts in the AA Southern League.


    So the Marlins promoted him to AAA and he was 1-1, 3.38 in four starts there. 62.1 IP above A ball is a little bit fast to get to the big leagues.


    Lopez wound up throwing six innings, allowing only two solo homers; a solid debut for the kid.


    10) Hunter Wendelstedt umpired the plate at Wrigley Field Saturday; not to say it was hot in Chicago, but he umpired with a wet towel draped around his neck. Never saw that before, but it seems like it was the smart thing to do.


    9) Astros are 10-15 in one-run games, 45-15 in their other games.
    Mariners are 25-11 in one-run games, 28-20 in their other games.


    8) Kansas City Royals are 13-15 vs lefty starting pitchers, 12-42 vs righty starters.
    Toronto Blue Jays are 11-21 vs lefty starters, 28-22 vs righthanders.


    7) Enes Kanter has played seven years in the NBA, scoring 11.7 ppg; last three years, he scored 12.7, 14.3, 14.1 ppg, all while playing 21.0, 21.3, 25.8 mpg.


    Kanter has earned $72,889,846 in his NBA career, will tack on an additional $18,622,514 this coming season. In his last two seasons with the Thunder (2015-16, 20-16-17), he started one freaking game!!!


    Kanter shot at least 54.5% from the floor the last four years. He must be a good teammate.


    6) Colorado Rockies called up OF Raimel Tapia, optioned their Opening Day starting pitcher Jon Gray, to AAA Albuquerque. Tapia is a leadoff-type hitter; will they give him a chance to play every day? Hope so, I’ve had him stashed on my fantasy team for three years now.


    5) Star pitchers Jacob deGrom and Corey Kluber both played college baseball at Stetson.


    deGrom played shortstop his first two years for the Hatters; he hit .243 and .258, then added pitching to his resume, going 4-5, 4.48 in 17 games (82.1 IP), while hitting .263. He pitched one inning in those first two seasons.


    4) Mets’ TV guy Gary Cohen is very good at calling games and he wants the Mets to win but he is fair and questions why certain things happen.


    Mets have a 22-year old 1B named Dominic Smith who hasn’t started the last three games against righty starters, even though Smith bats lefty. Cohen openly asked on the air why Smith wasn’t starting— “If he isn’t starting, then why is he here?”


    You don’t get stuff like that on most local baseball broadcasts.


    Smith is hitting .203 in his first 230 major league PA; he went to Juniper Serra HS in California, same high school that Tom Brady and Barry Bonds went to.


    3) Lakers’ G Lonzo Ball has a torn meniscus in his left knee, is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.


    2) Reds’ pitcher Michael Lorenzen homered again Saturday, now has three pinch-hit HRs in his career. The only other pitcher to do that in the last 60 years: Gary Peters, who hit four from 1964-71, playing in the pre-DH era for the White Sox, Red Sox.


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