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The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced Thursday that they’ll hold a practice in Humboldt, Sask. on June 3 in memory of the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

“While we continue to mourn for all those affected by the devastating event of April 6, we want to demonstrate our ongoing support for the Broncos organization and the community of Humboldt,” stated Craig Reynolds, Saskatchewan Roughriders president and CEO.

The day will consist of a walkthrough practice at Glenn Hall Park from noon until 1 p.m., with the team providing a barbecue lunch for community members.

“We have been working in partnership with the Broncos’ organization since the tragedy, hoping to play a small role in assisting the team, victims, the community and entire province through this painful time by channeling the healing power of sport, and by lending the strength of Rider Nation,” said Reynolds.

Players and coaches will take time to sign autographs and socialize with fans after the practice hour concludes.

The team will also announce details of a “Humboldt Strong” home game to be played on June 30 that will be dedicated to the victims and affected families.

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Legendary wrestler and most lucrative star in all of Hollywood, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, has this weekend opened up about his past battles with depression, leading to an overwhelming outpouring of support from his fans across the world.

Speaking with The Express, the former WWE champion disclosed that he struggled with mental illness after failing to make the cut in the Canadian Football League and subsequently breaking up with his girlfriend. “That was my absolute worst time,” the global icon revealed.

Johnson spoke candidly about witnessing a suicide attempt by his mother when he was just 15, admitting that he could have fallen into the same crisis had he not found the strength to persist during his darkest days.

“We both healed, but we’ve always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain,” he said.

Since the revelations were made public, swathes of fans have reached out in support of the A-lister. Johnson was quick to show his gratitude on Twitter earlier this Monday: “Got tonnes of responses to this. Thank you.

“Took me a long time to realise it but the key is not to be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone.”

This is the first time The Rock has spoke directly about his troubles with depression, though he has alluded to them in the past. Recently, when a fan confided in Johnson about his own mental health problems, the Samoan responded: “I hear you. I’ve battled that beast more than once.”

Former NFL running back Ricky Williams is staying on brand.

The 40-year-old – who initially retired from the NFL in 2004 after he was rumored to have tested positive for marijuana for a third time in under a year – has started his own brand of cannabis called “Real Wellness” (“Ricky’s Stickies” must have been taken).

The line of marijuana products include salves, vape cartridges, and tonics that will be sold in dispensaries in San Diego, the Orange County area, and Los Angeles with Williams hoping to expand to other states.

Williams has been educating himself as a health care practitioner since retiring from football for the last time in 2012 and is very vocal about the benefits of cannabis use among players. However, athletes haven’t been his target market.

“Surprisingly enough, our research found that the main demographic coming into the (cannabis) market are women ages 35 to 60,” Williams told Johnny Diaz of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Cannabis coming on the scene is a re-emerging of herbalism back into our culture.”

More than a week after his agent’s deadline for contract negotiations with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and more than a month after the CFL club offered him a deal, quarterback Johnny Manziel still isn’t ruling out playing in Canada in 2018.

“It’s definitely still on the table,” Manziel said recently on the “Pardon My Take” podcast. “I feel like, as with anything, it takes a little bit of time. The season just ended for the NFL, the CFL ended a couple months before. We’re just taking some time and not rushing into anything and making sure everything is the right fit.”

The Tiger-Cats still own Manziel’s rights, with January’s contract offer keeping him on the 45-man negotiation list.

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Duron Carter was charged with marijuana possession at the Saskatoon airport Thursday.

Carter was released from custody and is scheduled to make an appearance in provincial court on March 27.

The Roughriders were made aware of the incident and “are working to gather more information and continue to monitor the situation.”

Carter was named to his second CFL All-Star team in 2017.

Former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are far apart in contract negotiations, TSN’s Farhan Lalji reports.

The ex-Cleveland Browns signal-caller is reportedly seeking an offer in the $500,000 range, while the Ticats proposed a $150,000 deal with some minor incentives earlier in January.

Manziel wants to be paid like a starter, but Hamilton never took his $500,000 demand seriously, added Lalji.

Hamilton remains optimistic about bringing Manziel for the 2018 season, though negotiations may continue right up until the start of training camp.

Kevin Glenn is now the most well-travelled player in CFL history.

The free-agent quarterback agreed to a contract with the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday, nearly two weeks after being released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 38-year-old will likely serve as Mike Reilly‘s primary backup.

The deal makes Glenn the first player in league history to have his rights held by all nine teams, according to CFL.ca.

Kevin Glenn career timeline

*Traded prior to appearing

In 17 games for the Roughriders last season, Glenn completed 318 of 468 passes for 4,038 yards and 25 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.