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Hamilton Tiger-Cats start the season 0-3 for third-straight year

Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Ajou Ajou (80) scores a touchdown against Hamilton Tiger-Cats during CFL football action in Regina on Sunday. The Riders beat the Ti-Cats, 36-20. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu

For the third year in a row, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have started their season 0-3 following a 36-20 setback against the Saskatchewan Roughriders Sunday night.

Trevor Harris threw two touchdowns in the Riders’ home opener before he was forced to leave in the second quarter with a knee injury while Saskatchewan linebacker Jameer Thurman returned an interception for a 28-yard TD in the third quarter.

Ticats QB Bo Levi Mitchell was intercepted three times and fumbled at the Saskatchewan 11-yard line in the third quarter.

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Mitchell completed 29-of-45 for 295 yards and two touchdowns, a 41-yard bomb to rookie receiver Shemar Bridges and a 28-yard strike to Kiondre Smith.

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The Ticats’ two other marquee players on offence, receiver Tim White and running back James Butler, also had a game they’d like to forget.

White was targeted six times but did not register a catch while Butler was limited to 10 rushing yards on five carries before he left the game in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury.

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Hamilton’s defence struggled again, especially in the first quarter when the Cats were outscored 17-0. It also marked the third straight game in which the Cats allowed 30-plus points to their opponent and they have given up a CFL-leading 101 points.

The Ticats will search for their first win of 2024 when they visit the Ottawa Redblacks on June 30.

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