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By Dan Ralph
OTTAWA — Paul McCallum spoiled the Ottawa Renegades’ party last night.
McCallum’s 54-yard field goal gave the Saskatchewan Roughriders a thrilling 30-27 overtime win over the Ottawa Renegades, tarnishing the expansion franchise’s CFL debut.
The league’s return to Ottawa following a six-year absence drew a rabid Frank Clair Stadium gathering of 26,898 — 797 short of a sellout — that spent much of the contest on its feet. But McCallum was able to treat the historic contest as just another big game before a hostile crowd because the Roughriders have been the team that former CFL stars Mike (Pinball) Clemons, Henry (Gizmo) Williams and Lui Passaglia all played their final home games against in
“In situations like that, it’s not like you’re playing against 13 men,” said McCallum, whose 37-yard field goal on the final play of regulation forced overtime. “It’s more like playing against 14 men.”
Ottawa had the ball to start overtime but couldn’t move it, setting up a 49-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Demetris Scouris that sailed wide. Saskatchewan lost 12 yards on its possession, giving McCallum a longer boot for the win. But distance has never been a problem for McCallum, a 10-year CFL veteran who kicked a league-record 62-yard field goal last year.
The game was not only the first in Renegades franchise history — the CFL granted the city an expansion club Oct. 16, 2001 — but also the league’s first in Ottawa since the Rough Riders folded following the ’96 season after an illustri
ous 120-year existence.
The Frank Clair Stadium gathering was the largest crowd at the facility since 28,451 fans watched the Rough Riders beat Montreal 17-6 on Aug. 30 1996. The stadium, which still boasts magnificent sightlines, now holds about 3,000 fewer fans than it did six years ago.
And Ottawa fans certainly got their money’s worth, especially in the fourth quarter when the two teams combined for 27 points and took turns going ahead.
“I think people were certainly entertained,” said Renegades president Brad Watters. “It sure would’ve been nice to win, but it’s a great feeling to finally start the CFL season.
“We were very competitive and I think people will come back.”
The loss put a damper a pretty good party that actually began hours before the game.
At noon, some fans who paid $49 to sit in the Beaver Lodge, a two-tier patio, began arriving. The restaurant-bar, located in the west end zone, featured a live band that belted out various rock tunes.
Numerous tailgate parties were in full swing two hours before the game in the stadium’s south parking lot, with many fans tossing around footballs or playing games of touch football.
Roughly IOO former Rough Rider players — including Russ Jackson, Whit Tucker, Ron Stewart and Tony Gabriel — were introduced about 30 minutes before the game, receiving warm applause.
But the stadium erupted into deafening applause when the Renegades’ starting offence was introduced. The spectators, on their feet throughout the introductions, didn’t seem to notice — or mind — that the public address
announcer got most of the Ottawa players’ names wrong.
The introductions were followed immediately by members of the Southside stands chanting the traditional, “North Side Sucks,” something both sides continued throughout the contest.
“I was in no rush to finish the game,” said Ottawa quarterback Dan Crowley, who passed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another TD. “I’m certainly happy the season is under way and it’s just great that we put a competitive team on the field.”
Ottawa gained a point for the overtime loss, but that was little consolation to general manager Erie Tillman.
“We didn’t come out just to show up,” he said. “From a competitive standpoint this team is going to be accounted for.”Jones leads
Blue attackBombers blow out Argonauts
Blue Bombers running back Charles Roberts is gang-tackled by the Argos last night at Winnipeg Stadium.
WINNIPEG — Khan Jones threw five touchdown passes to lead the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a 39-15 victory over the Toronto Argonauts last night in the opening game of the CFL season for both teams.
Jones tossed a pair of touchdowns each to slotbacks Milt Stegall and Arland Bruce III and added one to wide receiver Antonio Brown as Winnipeg began its quest to avenge last season’s 27-19 loss to the Calgary Stampedes in the Grey Cup final.
Jones completed 19 of 29 passes for 320 yards and two interceptions, but it took a while for the 24,063 fans in the stands at Canad Inns Stadium to see him get it going.
The Bombers struggled early, committing three turnovers in the first half en route to falling behind 14-3 in the second quarter.
Jones had his first pass of the game intercepted by cornerback Adrion Smith. Toronto didn’t score, but the Bombers were pinned at their five-yard line by a 41-yard Noel Prefontaine punt.
The Bombers couldn’t get a first down and Bob Cameron’s punt was returned 43 yards by Marcellous Turner to Winnipeg’s eight-yard line, setting up Toronto’s first touchdown.
Argonauts quarterback Stanley Jackson scrambled seven yards on the first play and then threw a one-yard touchdown pass to slotback Derrell Mitchell for a 7-0 lead at 4:18 of the first quarter.
Winnipeg running back Charles
Roberts fumbled in the first quarter and the ball was recovered by Argos defensive back Alphonso Roundtree.
The Blue Bombers turned the tables in the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns and adding a 42-yard Troy Westwood field goal to take a 17-14 lead at the half.
Jones threw a 20-yard touchdown strike to Bruce III at 11:14 of the second and sailed a 45-yarder into the hands of Brown in the end zone with 28 seconds left in the quarter.
Toronto’s second touchdown of the half came off another Jones’ interception as Argos linebacker Mike O’Shea picked off a pass and ran 14 yards before tossing a lateral to defensive back Michael Fletcher, who raced 65 yards into the end zone to put Toronto up 14-3 at 7:51 of the second.
Toronto had one turnover in the first half when Jackson was intercepted by Marvin Coleman. The Argonauts split quarterbacking duties between Jackson and Michael Bishop.
The second half started on a low note for Toronto when Prefontaine scored a single after missing wide on a 31-yard field goal attempt with the wind at his back.
Winnipeg cranked it up again as Stegall hauled in a Jones’ pass and sprinted 83 yards as time expired on the third quarter.
Westwood also recorded an 85-yard single on a kickoff to open the fourth quarter.
— Canadian Press
Manitoban leads PGA event
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Glen Hnatiuk of Selkirk shot a second consecutive 6-under 65 yesterday and held a one-stroke lead after the second round of the St. Jude Classic.
Hnatiuk shared a one-stroke lead after the suspended first round, and he went to No. 18 tied with Notah Begay, Pat Bates and Jay Haas at 11-under. He concluded his bogey-free round with his sixth birdie as he holed a 28-foot putt for the lead by himself at 12-under.
Begay turned in a 65 that was his best score in 73 rounds. That tied him with Bates (63) and
Haas (64) at 11-under 131 total.
Hnatiuk’s best finish on tour was a tie for third at the 2000 B.C. Open, has never led a tournament after 36 holes.
“Today it was Friday. It was the second round, and that’s how I’m going to try to approach Saturday and Sunday in the same way,” he said. “I’ve had trouble in the past where I get in my own way and get ahead of myself thinking of consequences and what might happen. That’s been a little bit of a problem for me.”
“Saturday’s just going to be Saturday.”
On a day that looked destined for a crowded leaderboard, Hnatiuk played mistake-free golf. He turned in a bogey-free round in which he hit his short irons very well, leaving himself birdie putts ranging from four feet to IO feet with the exception of No. 18.
Hnatiuk said he was only trying to lag the ball near the hole and settle for par.
“The speed kept up, and it went in,” said Hnatiuk, who had missed six cuts in 15 previous tournaments this year. ^
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In The Cu r —
girls FASTBALL — A mega-tournament featuring 15 Westman teams in squirt, peewee and midget divisions is being held all day at Simplot Millennium Park
BOYS BASEBALL — An eight-team peewee tournament goes all day at Simplot Millennium Park. And the Brandon bantams take on Interlake in an exhibition doubleheader at the BC I diamond. Games are at I and 3 p.m.
SENIOR BASEBALL — The annual Marlins Canada Day tournament begins with games all day at Westbran Stadium.
On Tel*: vision —
PRO TENNIS — Third-round coverage from Wimbledon, ll a.m. (TSN)
WORLD CUP SOCCER — A tape-delay of the third-place game between South Korea and Turkey airs at 12:30 p.m. (ABC) and live coverage of the final will be shown Sunday mornmg at 6 a.m. (CBC, ABC)
PRO GOLF — Third round of the U.S. Senior Open, 2 p.m. (NBC); third round of the PGA Tour's St. Jude Classic, 3 p.m. (ABC)
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL — Montreal Expos at the Toronto Blue Jays. 3 p.m. (TSN)
CFL FOOTBALL — The B.C. Lions and the Tiger-Cats play in Hamilton. 6:30 p.m. (TSN)
Kane back in contention
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ. — Kate Golden parlayed a midweek swing change into a 7-under-par 64 and had a one-stroke lead over Charlottetown’s Lori Kane Friday after the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Hall of Famer Juli Inkster and Kane were tied for second at 65 in the final tuneup for next weekend’s U.S. Women’s Open. They were a shot ahead of non-winner Tracy Hanson and two in front of a group that includes two-time winner Michele Redman.
Kane, who has struggled finding her swing after a fitness program that included weight work, had six birdies; four from 15 feet and two kick-ins.
“My legs have been moving faster than my arms and it messed up my timing,” Kane said. “That is what my game is built on, timing.”
Annika Sorenstam, seeking her fourth win in six events and sixth in 12 this year, is well within striking distance after 68 on the par-71 Bay Course of the Marriott Seaview Resort.
Defending champion and three-time winner Betsy King also was at 68 in this 54-hole event not far from Atlantic City’s casinos.
Golden’s best finish has been a tie for 24th place two weeks ago in the McDonald’s LPGA Championship.
— Associated Press
Halldorson misses cut by one shot
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Walter Hall barely feels like he belongs at the U.S. Senior Open.
“You’ve got some of the greatest ball strikers that have ever played in this tournament,” he said. “I’m fortunate to be playing with them.”
Hall shot a 6-under-par 65
yesterday for a 7-under 135 total and a one-shot lead over Tom Kite and Jose Maria Canizares at the midway point of the $2.5 million tournament. It was his first sub-70 score in 14 rounds at the U.S. Senior Open.
“I probably won’t ever do it again, but I sure had my day in
the sun today,” Hall said.
Arnold Palmer had three triple bogeys and a double bogey, shooting an 85 for a 25-over total.
Former Brandonite Dan Halldorson fired his second 75 and missed the cut by one stroke.
— Associated Press
Glen Hnatiuk rolls in a birdie putt at the 18th green.