- Regina d-back Matt Yausie will be meeting some old friends since he's a transfer from the U of S Huskies. (Regina Leader-Post)
- The skinny on No. 4 Saint Mary's: It's a new offensive line and the D-line is a bit undersized. However, SMU is set at linebacker and scatback-type Craig Leger is still in the mix to split carries with brothers Devon and Tristan Jones on offence. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)
- Western coach Greg Marshall is putting the onus on his defence ahead of tomorrow's University Rush season premiere game vs. Laurier (1 p.m., The Score). Laurier's offensive line vs. Western's front seven is a big matchup, so it is the rejigged 'Stangs secondary vs. Laurier receivers such as Josh Bishop, Dillon Heap and Shamawd Chambers.
On the other side of the ball, can Laurier avoid being reeled in by all the Mustangs misdirection and its multi-headed backfield of Da'Shawn Thomas, Nathan Riva and Ryan Tremblay (who sat out the Ottawa game)? (Sun Media)
- Receiver Jérémie Chrétien has been impressive for Laval, but no "strangehold" jokes, please!
(A few years back, a good friend played on a beer league hockey team organized by a person from Shawinigan, Que., hometown of the former prime minister. Naturally, they were known as the Shawinigan Stranglers. (Le Soleil)
- London radio host Norman James will have Laurier coach Gary Jeffries and Western LB John Surla on his show on Friday night (AM 980)
- Former Laurier defensive end Justin Shakell, who will go into the Golden Hawks' Hall of Fame in a few weeks, is teaching and coaching football at the high school he attended in Belleville (Moira District; Mike Schad's old school). Of course, he had to go and open up an old wound for Queen's fans.
"I guess a highlight was beating Queen's in the (2003) Yates Cup semi-finals when Ryan Pyear threw a touchdown in overtime to get us to the finals."Pyear, as you know, is also from Bellevegas, so that city really did stick the dagger to Kingston types in '03. Of course, current Golden Gaels star Jimmy Allin is also from the Quinte region, so it evened out. (Sun Media)
- Carleton's non-conference slate includes a road trip to play another Big East team, Seton Hall, on Oct. 30. (press release)
- Mark Wacyk's pre-season previews continue with a look at coach Matthew Davies' UPEI Panthers. They could be that classic AUS team with two good small guards (6-foot Nick Toews and 6-1 newcomer Terrence Brown), plus their frontcourt boasts OCAA transfer Matt Fennell (from Fanshawe in London) and forward Manock Lual of Ottawa. (cishoops.ca)
- Former Bishop's star Carly Clarke, only three years removed from a stellar playing career, is taking over the UPEI Panthers women's team. (Canada Basketball)
- There is a CIS connection with Canada's women's basketball team, which will play in the FIBA Americas tournament which begins Sept. 23. The roster includes guard Kaela Chapdelaine (daughter of former Laval football coach Jacques Chapdelaine and older sister of Queen's QB Justin Chapdelaine) and forward Janelle Bekkering, sister of current and former Calgary Dinos hoops stars Ross and Henry.
Point guard Kadie Riverin, of Ottawa, also made the team. Believe it or not, she's one of two Rice Owls whom I've profiled for Sun Media in the past two years. What are the odds? (Canada Basketball)
- Best wishes to former Manitoba Bisons coach Don MacGillivray, who is starting a new chapter in his coaching life with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Winnipeg South Blues. MacGillivray is one of the MJHL's winningest coaches.