The play didn’t count because of a penalty, but Ryan showed he still has the touch. @JonRyan9 you beautiful being.The old fake FG attempt!!! pic.twitter.com/55Saq56vIL— Saskatchewan Roughriders (@sskroughriders) July 20, 2019The Regina native last played for the Seahawks in 2017. Prior to this year, his last CFL experience came with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2005. Jon Ryan completed 75 percent of his passes during his 12-year NFL career. OK, he was just 3 for 4, but that isn’t the point here; the point is that he showed Saturday that he can still sling it.The former Packers and Seahawks punter is back in the CFL, 14 years after leaving for the States. Playing for his hometown Saskatchewan Roughriders, he dusted off a fake field goal vs. the British Columbia Lions (Ryan was the ‘Hawks’ holder for years). MORE: Russell Wilson wants to play until he’s 45Oh, and Ryan can still kick it, too. The 37-year-old launched a 77-yarder against the Lions.Hey, it’s football in July. Just getting everyone ready for when the NFL kicks off Aug. 1 in the Hall of Fame Game.
CLEAR LAKE — Governor Kim Reynolds is making two trips to north-central Iowa this week to hand out Give Back Iowa Awards, which is part of a campaign where businesses statewide encourage their employees to volunteer and log their hours as part of an eight-week challenge from April 1st through May 31st. Reynolds on Tuesday presented the medium-sized business award to Clear Lake Bank & Trust, while she’ll be back in Hanlontown on Thursday afternoon to present the small-sized business award to POET Biorefining. Reynolds tells KGLO News that volunteering not only makes a difference in the towns across the state, but the dollar value that it brings to the state is incredible. “The statistics show that employers that encourage their employees to volunteer and give back, their productivity goes up, they’re more engaged, they love their job, and so it’s a win-win on so many levels. They logged an incredible amount of hours and it’s just a couple months that they compete for the award, but it’s very obvious that they don’t just do it over a couple months, that they are committed to their communities and giving back.” Reynolds says she encourages businesses to start some sort of volunteer program. “I would definitely encourage them to do it, and then they are an inspiration to other employers. That’s why we try to come out to the company and say congratulations job well done.’ Reynolds last month announced that she’s creating a new policy to encourage state employees to volunteer. “I’ve seen the impact, I’ve seen the results that it has not only on the company but the employees, and that’s why we’re starting up a volunteer program for state workers. I just met with my team yesterday to walk through what the rules look like and how we can start. We are going to have to start kind of small but it will be just eight hours, but just to kind of get all of it up and running and make sure that agencies that may have a tough time with some of their employees making it happen, we want to make sure that they have the flexibility to do that.”The last two years, First Citizens Bank in Mason City has won the medium-sized business award with Clear Lake Bank & Trust being given “honorable mention”, with the two banks flipping spots this year. Reynolds says along with the award to POET, she’s proud of the volunteer efforts in north-central Iowa. “I’m telling you, they’re rocking up here and I’m proud of them. I said before I left, ‘congratulations, job well done, hopefully I’ll be back next year presenting you with another certificate’. So the challenge is on.” The large-sized business winner was the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside. For more you can head to volunteeriowa.org.
Powerful utility back Tamanivalu had been chased by Colin Cooper about a move back to Hamilton, confirming he had spoken to the incoming Chiefs coach on the phone.However, the three-test All Black has decided to spend a second season with the Crusaders and said it was a relatively straight-forward decision when he thought about how much he has been enjoying this first year with the team. “Seta came here with a winning attitude and a desire to make an impact on this team. There is no doubt that he has done that,” Robertson said.”The boys love having him around because of his fun-loving nature and cheeky humour, but then he takes the field and transforms into this threatening, potent attacking force. We love that about him and we are excited that we will be able to continue working with his natural talents in 2018.”Tamanivalu will face the team that launched his Super Rugby career on Saturday when the Crusaders host the Chiefs in the Super Rugby semifinals.Tamanivalu joined the Chiefs in 2015 but moved south to play his third Super Rugby season with the Christchurch-based Crusaders this year. “I have been loving playing for this team and learning from the coaches and players around me.”This has been such a special season for all of us … with so many highlights and great memories, and the best is yet to come.”There were options to go overseas, but I am not ready to walk away from all of the good stuff here just yet.”Born in Fiji and a former under-18 Fijian rugby league representative, Tamanivalu burst onto the New Zealand rugby scene in 2012 when he was selected in the Taranaki national provincial team.In 2013, he was named Taranaki’s most promising player of the year and in 2014 he was recognised as New Zealand’s player of the year in the national provincial competition.He debuted for the All Blacks in 2016 during the three test series against Wales. Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson praised Tamanivalu for the important contribution he has made to the team, on and off the field, in his first season. Photo: GETTY IMAGES (Three-test All Black Seta Tamanivalu will be at the Crusaders for at least one more year).