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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - August 24, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE C2 C 2 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2015 SPORTS winnipegfreepress. com Any Child. Any Need. Every Day. Call ( 204) 982- 1050 O R V I S I T varietymanitoba. com DONATE T O D A Y With your donation you give a child... a childhood . Your Satisfaction Guaranteed 204- 793- 4105 don. tomac@ coldwellbanker. ca Don Tomac 204.956. 7709 / SHEPSHAIR. COM REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders aren’t taking any solace in moral victories. The Roughriders came up short against the Calgary Stampeders Saturday, falling 34- 31 and dropping their eighth straight. “ It’s high,” said Saskatchewan quarterback Brett Smith of his team’s frustration level. “ We felt like we had opportunities to win and we didn’t. Everybody is extremely disappointed.” The Roughriders ( 0- 8) have lost six games this season by four points or less. Their two most recent losses have been decided in the late stages. But the players know close doesn’t count. “ There have been so many games where we have been this close. That’s the frustrating thing about it,” said Smith. “( Calgary) is the defending Grey Cup champs and they have an outstanding team and we played the way we played.” Calgary ( 6- 2) snapped a 24- 24 tie when quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and Tory Harrison hooked up on a 32- yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Mitchell used play action in the backfield and found Harrison wide open in the flat. Harrison sprinted to the end zone untouched for his second touchdown of the game. The Stampeders’ next possession ended with Rene Parades’ fourth field goal, a 40- yard boot that put Calgary ahead 34- 24 with 10: 33 remaining. “ No one here can believe they haven’t won a game yet,” said Calgary receiver Eric Rogers. “ That’s a good team over there. They were making plays all over the field. If they keep playing the way they did tonight they’ll get a win.” Saskatchewan made it interesting midway through the fourth quarter when backup fullback Carl Fitzgerald blocked a Rob Maver punt attempt. Junior Mertile scooped up the loose ball and stepped into the end zone for the touchdown. Paul McCallum missed the convert, and the Riders trailed 34- 31 with a little more than six minutes remaining. A solid rushing attack from Matt Walter helped Calgary control the ball in the game’s final minutes. Walter rushed for a game- high 107 yards on 18 carries. Smith, who was making his first start at Mosaic Stadium, threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns, including a 24- yard strike to Devin Wilson and a 15- yard toss to Alex Carroll. His third touchdown of the day, a three- yard pass to Weston Dressler — and a two- point convert from Robb Bagg — knotted the score at 24- 24. Smith also rushed for 54 yards. “ Getting better doesn’t count until you win the game,” said Riders’ defensive lineman Tearrius George. “ But ( Smith) gave us a chance to win. That’s all that we can ask for as a defence. He didn’t play like a rookie. He can play just as good as any other quarterback in this league and if he continues to play this way then we’ll get over this hump.” — The Canadian Press Rider pride taking savage, pitiless beating as squad drops to 0- 8 CALGARY 34 SASKATCHEWAN 31 I T wasn’t the home opener the Winnipeg Rifles wanted. The Saskatoon Hilltops gave the Rifles a whoopin’ and them some in a 50- 9 rout Sunday afternoon at Investors Group Field. The strong winds — gusting to 65 km/ h — didn’t bode well for the Rifles’ run defence, which gave up 277 yards in a Week 1 49- 32 loss to the Regina Thunder last weekend and another 259 Sunday. Hilltops running back Logan Fischer led the charge, slicing and dicing through Winnipeg’s rearguard to the tune of 172 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before resting in the second. Saskatoon had 315 net yards after the first half, finishing with 408, as they exposed a weak front seven decimated by injuries. “ It’s the same story from last week,” Rifles head coach Jason Park said. “ We kept drives alive by ( taking) penalties. Saskatoon is a great team, they capitalized on that.” The Rifles gave up 90 yards on 10 penalties, including one that negated a touchdown to begin the second half. The proceedings started off on the right foot, literally, as kicker Brad Mikoluff punched home for an early 3- 0 lead. The Hilltops didn’t waste any time answering however, as Fischer recorded his first touchdown of the game for a 7- 3 lead. Saskatoon would never look back. Hilltops receiver Chad Braun gave his team a 17- 3 lead on his first of two touchdowns. Fischer gashed open a hole for an 80- yard score for his second rushing major to tack on seven more before Braun tallied his second catch for a touchdown just before the half, to give the defending Canadian Junior Football League champs a commanding 31- 6 lead. “ We’re banged up on our front seven right now, we got a lot of injuries on our front line,” Park said. “ They took advantage of that and we have to get better there.” The Rifles managed to claw six back, or so they thought, as pivot Jamie Ybarra was judged to be offside when he threw the ball to a wide open Brendan Naujoks in the north end zone. Instead, the Rifles settled for a field- goal attempt, which Mikoloff missed wide right and was promptly returned 125 yards for another Hilltops major by Liam Murphy. Murphy was at it again on the Rifles next possession, sniping backup QB Jonathan Remple for an 80- yard pick- six and a 45- 6 Hilltops lead. On top of the destruction on the field, paramedics had to be summoned twice, as defensive lineman Isiah Isla had to be strapped to a stretcher board as a precaution with an undetermined injury in the first half. In the third quarter, assistant defensive backs and special teams coach Graeme Jones was hit by a player at the tail end of a play and suffered an apparent leg injury. The Rifles are back in action Sunday against these same Hilltops. Kickoff is slated for 1 p. m. in Saskatoon. “ We’re going to go back to the drawing board and evaluate where it went wrong,” Park said. “ We’re very disappointed in the mistakes we made.” scott. billeck@ freepress. mb. ca MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The Winnipeg Rifles’ Chris Brown- Fillion pulls down Saskatoon Hilltops running back Logan Fischer. Rifles outgunned by visiting Hilltops Overpowered by running game, fall to 0- 2 By Scott Billeck HILLTOPS 50 RIFLES 9 ANAHEIM, Calif. — Edwin Encarnacion went 4- for- 4 with a homer and four RBI, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a thunderous three- game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels Sunday with a 12- 5 victory that vaulted them back into first place in the AL East. The Jays’ 16th victory in 19 games, coupled with the New York Yankees’ 4- 3 loss to Cleveland, put Toronto atop the division for the first time since Aug. 13. The Blue Jays, who lead the majors by far with 670 runs, set a franchise record for a three- game series with 36. They totalled 48 hits against a vanquished Angels pitching staff that has surrendered 44 runs, 60 hits and 15 walks over their last four games following Jered Weaver’s 1- 0 victory over the Chicago White Sox Wednesday. R. A. Dickey ( 8- 10) won his fifth straight decision over seven starts, despite allowing five runs and 11 hits in six innings. The knuckleballing righthander overcame a 39- pitch first inning in which he gave up all five runs. In Friday night’s series opener, Angels lefty Hector Santiago threw 48 pitches in the first inning and gave up three runs en route to a 9- 2 loss. Dickey’s catcher was Josh Thole, who was recalled Sunday from Triple- A Buffalo to catch his knuckleball. They were batterymates numerous times the past two seasons with the Blue Jays, and during the previous three years with the New York Mets. Garrett Richards ( 12- 10) was charged with nine runs and 10 hits in five- plus innings. Toronto closed to 5- 3 in the second inning when a hard grounder to third base by Troy Tulowitzki with one out and the bases loaded got past rookie Kaleb Cowart for an error that allowed two runs to score. Richards minimized the damage by getting major- league RBI leader Josh Donaldson to ground into a double play on the next pitch, but the Blue Jays grabbed a 6- 5 lead in the third. Encarnacion hit an RBI single that extended his career- best hitting streak to 19 games, Ben Revere had a runscoring infield hit, and Kevin Pillar scored the go- ahead run when shortstop Erick Aybar misplayed Ryan Goins’ grounder toward the middle for the Angels’ fifth error of the series. Toronto increased its lead to 8- 5 in the fourth with back- to- back homers by Jose Bautista ( his 29th) and Encarnacion ( his 24th). The Blue Jays have homered in 14 straight road games. NEEDS MORE SEASONING: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said there were no plans to promote C Taylor Ward, their No. 1 pick in the June draft, from Triple- A when the rosters are expanded Sept. 1. Only two players in franchise history made their big league debuts the same summer they were selected in the opening round — 1B Danny Goodwin in 1975 ( first overall pick) and LHP Brian Anderson in 1993 ( third overall). TRAINER’S ROOM: Blue Jays C Russell Martin sat out his second straight game because of a sore left hamstring. UP NEXT: Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle ( 13- 6) gets the assignment Tuesday in the opener of a three- game series at Texas. — The Associated Press Big- boppin’ Blue Jays leapfrog Yankees Sweep Angels to grab top spot in AL East By Joe Resnick “ Super surreal right now,” he practically bellowed. “ It feels like a dream. I actually got the bronze medal, and to end the season I had... aw man.” A tie is a rarity in the sport, and the wait was an emotional roller- coaster for De Grasse and his USC coach Caryl Smith- Gilbert. “ I didn’t know you could actually tie for a bronze medal, so I didn’t know if they were going to give it to Bromell or me,” said De Grasse, who edged Bromell for gold at the NCAA championships. “ I’m really happy for him, and I’m proud of myself.” Smith- Gilbert’s joy at bronze turned to disappointment when she saw his name listed fourth. “ I left because I was so mad. And I came back and someone said ‘ No, they tied,’ ” the coach said. De Grasse ran 9.96 to finish second behind Bolt in his semifinal, and then, like she’s done all season, Smith- Gilbert gave him a few quiet words of encouragement. “ I knew it would be tough, but I knew he could do it if he really wanted to,” the coach said. “ I just told him do what he needed to do, I said ‘ You’re able to go get a medal, you just have to go do it. If you really want it, it’s there for you.’ ” De Grasse will run the 4x100 relay but not the 200, the event in which he broke the Canadian record twice this season. The only time Bolt has failed to win gold in a sprint at a major championship since the 2008 Games was when he was disqualified for a false start at the 2011 worlds. But the Jamaican has had injury trouble this season, and many had their money on Gatlin. “ A lot of people counted me out,” Bolt said. “ So for me to come and win, this is a big deal.” Gatlin, who won the 100 at the 2004 Olympics before serving a four- year suspension for doping, had been unbeaten in 2015 and had the season- leading time of 9.74 heading into the race. “ Got nipped at the line by great Usain,” Gatlin said. Theisen- Eaton, meanwhile, managed to salvage silver despite being blindsided by an injury and all- around lack of confidence. The 26- year- old from Humboldt, Sask., arrived in Beijing ranked No. 1 in the world, but was in fourth after a disappointing Day 1 that saw her struggle in high jump and the 200 metres. She finished with 6,554. Jessica Ennis- Hill of Great Britain won the gold in 6,669. “ At the beginning of the whole thing if someone had told me I’d get the silver medal, I would have been upset,” said Theisen- Eaton, who also won silver two years ago in Moscow. “ I went to bed in tears, trying to figure out what was going on.” She said the sub- par high jump “ totally derailed” her, and she regained her confidence. To compound her problems, a groin injury almost required her to withdraw from the event. She felt a sharp pain in her groin warming up for the javelin — the sixth of seven events — and she only attempted one throw. The pain was still there as she lined up for heptathlon’s final event, the 800, and she looked near tears when shown on the Jumbotron during introductions. “ Maybe this will be more valuable than the gold, maybe I learned something that will help me next year,” she said. “ I’m trying to think positively, maybe that’s the key.” Thorne sparked Canada’s strong day with his racewalk bronze in the morning. The 22- year- old crossed in a Canadian- record one hour 19 minutes 57 seconds, becoming the first Canadian to break the 80- minute barrier. After being left off Canada’s team for the Pan Ams, he arrived in Beijing with lofty goals of a top- eight finish. “ And by top eight, I meant eighth,” Thorne said. A key moment came with several minutes to go when Ecuador’s Andres Chocho was disqualified, leaving Thorne in third with no one near him. — The Canadian Press De Grasse Continued from C 1 C_ 02_ Aug- 24- 15_ FP_ 01. indd C2 8/ 23/ 15 9: 20: 20 PM

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