Friday, August 26, 2016

{allcanada} Eskimos send Riders to fifth straight loss


EDMONTON — Mike Reilly threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran in another as the Edmonton Eskimos survived a late scare to come away with a 33-25 victory over the struggling Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday.

It was the Eskimos' third win in a row, upping their record to 5-4.

Saskatchewan fell to 1-8 on the season with its fifth consecutive loss.

Edmonton started the game with a 36-yard field goal by Sean Whyte on its opening possession and was even more impressive on its second drive, as a 42-yard run by Shakir Bell set up a terrific 31-yard touchdown pass from Reilly to Derel Walker.

The Eskimos made it 17-0 with three minutes to play in the first quarter as Reilly found Bell for a 15-yard TD pass.

Edmonton looked to extend its lead even further midway through the second, but Reilly was picked off in the Saskatchewan end zone by Ed Gainey.

The Esks added a safety when Deon Lacey sacked Riders QB Darian Durant in the end zone and another Whyte field goal before Saskatchewan finally got on the board with a Tyler Crapigna field goal to make it 22-3 at the half.

The Riders looked better to start the third, getting a one-yard TD run from Durant off of a long drive, their first touchdown in more than two games worth of playing time. They would go on to sack Reilly in the end zone to cut the Edmonton lead to 10 points.

Durant ran in his second one-yard TD of the game on the final play of the third quarter to make it 22-19.

The Eskimos finally woke back up to start the fourth, getting a seven-yard TD run from Reilly on a dive across the goal line.

Whyte kicked his third field goal of the game before the Riders came roaring back with a five-yard TD pass from Durant to Kendial Lawrence. The convert kick hit the uprights to keep Edmonton up by seven.

The Eskimos defence was able to force a turnover on downs and got a late punt single to put the game away.

The Riders return home to face Winnipeg on Sunday, Sept. 4, while the Eskimos travel to Calgary for the annual Labour Day Classic on Monday, Sept. 5.

Notes: Edmonton won the only previous meeting between the two teams, a 39-36 thriller on July 8… Bell played his first game of the season as he replaced John White as the Eskimos starting running back after White suffered a hand injury against Toronto last week… The crowd of 37,168 for the game at Commonwealth Stadium was the tops in the CFL this season.

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{allcanada} Drake releasing short film in hopes of boosting new album


Rapper Drake has unveiled details for an upcoming short film called "Please Forgive Me."

The film's expected to help gin up interest in his latest album, "Views," which dominated the charts at No. 1 all summer but was recently bumped off by the "Suicide Squad" soundtrack.

Drake's "Views" came out in April but has generated just one music video. The film project is rumored to include music from "Views," including the songs "One Dance" and "Child's Play," as well as an original soundtrack by producer and frequent Drake collaborator Noah "40" Shebib.

Drake pulled a similar stunt for his last album by releasing a 14-minute short film called "Jungle," about the price of fame, but as a preview before the album's release.

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{allcanada} Jays crush Twins to take sole lead in AL East


TORONTO — Justin Smoak broke out of a slump with five runs-batted in, Russell Martin also drove in five and Josh Donaldson hit his 30th homer of the season as the Toronto Blue Jays' offence ignited for a 15-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

Smoak snapped an 0-for-29 streak with runners in scoring position with a three-run blast in the second inning, then added a run-scoring base hit in the third as the Blue Jays (72-56) moved a game ahead of Boston for the AL East lead and ended a two-game slide. The first baseman picked up his fifth RBI in the seventh.

Martin homered and added a bases-clearing double, Donaldson had three RBI's in total, and Darwin Barney, who moved up in the lineup in place of an ill Kevin Pillar, had a double, a single and a solo homer.

Kurt Suzuki had three RBIs for the Twins (49-79), Trevor Plouffe and Eddie Rosario each drove in a pair and Max Kepler had a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Francisco Liriano (7-12), facing the team he spent his first seven seasons with, allowed four runs — three earned — over five innings. He also struck out seven and walked four while throwing just 59 of his 102 pitches for strikes.

Pat Dean (1-4) lasted just three innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk.

The Blue Jays scored five runs in the second, four in the sixth and five more in the seventh.

Plouffe gave the Twins an early 1-0 lead in the first inning with a two-out solo shot.

Smoak put the Blue Jays on the board with his three-run homer off Dean — his first hit with runners in scoring position since June 18 — in the bottom of the second, and Donaldson added to the barrage with a two-run homer three batters later.

Plouffe hit a sacrifice fly in the third to cut into Toronto's lead, but Smoak responded with his run-scoring single in the bottom of the frame.

Liriano ran into trouble in the fourth, walking two of the first three batters of the inning. Both came in to score on a Suzuki double to cut the Twins' deficit to 6-4.

Rosario hit a sac fly in the sixth, but Barney restored the two-run lead with a solo homer off Canadian Andrew Albers in the bottom of the inning. Martin made it a 10-5 game with his double off Pat Light later in the sixth.

Smoak and Donaldson hit RBI singles in the five-run seventh, Jose Bautista scored on a force out from Edwin Encarnacion, and Martin hit a two-run blast for a 15-5 lead.

Minnesota added two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

NOTES: Pillar was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms.

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{allcanada} Red-hot Bombers beat Als for fourth straight win!/fileimage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/maurice-leggett.jpg

MONTREAL — A 60-yard interception return touchdown by Maurice Leggett lifted the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a 32-18 victory over the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night.

The Bombers (5-4) won their fourth game in a row with Matt Nichols as the starting quarterback as Justin Medlock kicked six field goals and Andrew Harris ran in a late TD.

Stefan Logan and backup quarterback Vernon Adams scored touchdowns and Anthony Fara had a field goal for Montreal (3-6), which fell short in its bid to win two games in a row for the first time this season after a big win last week in Ottawa. Montreal is 1-4 at home this season, while Winnipeg improved to 4-1 on the road. The Bombers have won four straight away games.

A crowd of 19,026 saw the Bombers take a 19-18 lead into the intermission thanks to a pair of interceptions and four field goals.

A 51-yard Quincey McDuffie kickoff return set up Medlock's first boot from 39 yards, and a Justin Cole pick on Montreal's first possession set up a 47-yard field goal at 5:38. Then Derek Jones blocked a Fara punt and Medlock was good from 13.

Kevin Glenn finally got it going on his next possession and led an eight-play drive capped by Logan's nine-yard score on a shovel pass at 12:44.

Gabriel Knapton recovered a Harris fumble and, six plays later, Adams scored from the one to put Montreal ahead 15-9 3:18 into the second quarter.

The Bombers answered with Medlock's 20-yard boot.

Then Leggett picked off a Glenn pass and returned it 60 yards for the TD at 9:55 of the second quarter. It was a third interception return TD this year for Leggett, who had two picks against Toronto two weeks ago. Montreal answered with a 26-yard Fara kick to end the half.

After a scoreless third quarter, Medlock kicked his fifth field goal of the game from 40 yards 5:48 into the fourth.

Harris ran in from 19 yards with 2:06 left in the game. A Taylor Loffler interception clinched the win and set up Medlock's sixth boot of the game. It was his 20th successful field goal in a row, a career high. Khalil Bass had a pick on the last play, the Bombers fourth of the game.

With back Tyrell Sutton's return from injury, Montreal's Brandon Rutley was a healthy scratch.

It was the first game that a new CFL rule on challenges was in place and Winnipeg's Mike O'Shea used it first when he successfully got a pass interference call against Montreal, but he tried it again unsuccessfully in the second quarter and lost a time out. The new rule charges a time out for a first challenge that fails.

Montreal also lost a challenge.

The rule did not speed up the game as intended due mainly to frequent flags.

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