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CFL teams under the microscope after free agency begins

The start of CFL free agency Tuesday gave general managers their first real chance to begin re-tooling their teams for the 2020 season.While some big names remain, here's a look at how teams helped — or hurt — themselves and what lies ahead leading up to next month's CFL combine in Toronto.It should be noted that things could change if, or when, the top available players like receiver Derel Walker (65 catches, 1,040 yards, six TDs last season with Toronto), offensive lineman Derek Denn...
Tags: News, NFL, Toronto, Cameron, Gm, Argos, Johnson, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Ottawa, Lions, Saskatchewan, Cfl, Winnipeg, The Canadian Press

CFL's Edmonton Eskimos keep name despite Inuit concerns

The Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League are keeping their nickname despite some Inuit concerns. The team also hired a research firm to do a telephone survey among Inuit, reaching as far east Labrador. Janice Agrios, chairwoman of the team's board, said Friday that respondents in the western Arctic were almost as supportive of the name as the team's season ticket-holders.
Tags: News, Football League, Cfl, Edmonton Eskimos, Janice Agrios

How to properly and safely dispose of these 10 items in your home

Toxic chemicals, e-waste, light bulbs and batteries are just a few common household items that exit our homes and can end up in the landfill, where they may or may not break down or leach into the soil and water. Equally concerning is the potential for broken glass and chemicals to cause problems to sanitation workers, the water system and wildlife. Even when you make the best purchasing decisions upfront, you will eventually find yourself with toxic household waste. Before tossing items in the ...
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Former CFL head coaches Trestman, Jones both part of XFL's resurrection

Marc Trestman heads into the start of the XFL season looking for answers.The eight-team XFL begins its reincarnation Saturday with two games (D.C. Defenders vs. Seattle Dragons, LA Wildcats vs. Houston Roughnecks). On Sunday, Trestman — a three-time Grey Cup champion — leads the Tampa Bay Vipers into their regular-season opener versus the New York Guardians while the St. Louis Battlehawks face the Dallas Renegades."We don't know yet," Trestman said of his team's 2020 identity. "We&apos...
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CFL quarterback to sign with Cardinals over Dolphins

Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler was one of a handful of players to work out for the Miami Dolphins late in January. Kicking the tires on under the radar prospects is nothing new for the Dolphins, as they've made a h
Tags: News, Dolphins, Miami Dolphins, Cfl, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Cardinals, Chris Streveler

Ex-Gopher QB Chris Streveler leaving CFL as a 'legend' to pursue NFL dream

Chris Streveler came to the Gophers football program in 2013 as a dual-threat quarterback, spending three years here and rising as high as No. 2 on the depth chart. But in 2016, after earning a degree in three years, he transferred to South Dakota with two years of eligibility left. If you lost track of his career at that point, you are forgiven. But it's been quite a ride for him since then. Streveler threw for more than 6,000 yards over two seasons with South Dakota, earning a shot in the CFL ...
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Report: Bears land top CFL free agent Tre Roberson

The Bears have made an intriguing signing, landing the services of the much sought after CFL cornerback Tre Roberson. Roberson has an interesting background. After transferring to Illinois State and playing the 2014 and 2015 college football seasons with the Red Birds, Roberson turned pro and ultimately went undrafted as an extremely under-the-radar prospect.
Tags: News, Chicago Bears, Cfl, Roberson, Illinois State, Tre Roberson, Tre Roberson Roberson

Dolphins work out free agent Alex Collins, CFL star Chris Streveler

Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images The Dolphins are keeping busy this January working out potential talent. The Miami Dolphins are leaving no stone unturned as general manager Chris Grier looks to to inject more talent into h
Tags: News, Dolphins, Miami Dolphins, Cfl, Chris Grier, Alex Collins, Chris Streveler, Scott Taetsch Getty

Report: CFL pass rusher "optimistic" he'll sign with Dolphins

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson has reported that the Dolphins may soon have their next CFL sack master on the roster. The Dolphins hosted CFL star Willie Jefferson for a workout approximately one month ago, but the trail went cold on that
Tags: News, Dolphins, Cfl, Miami Herald, Barry Jackson, Willie Jefferson

Vikings sign former CFL cornerback Marcus Sayles to futures contract

With the 2019 season for the Minnesota Vikings is not yet complete, the team is already planning for their 2020 campaign with a signing at a position of need. Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings signed former CFL cornerback Marcus Sayles to a futures contract on Friday. Sayles tried to crack into the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Division II West Georgia in 2017 with the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams.
Tags: News, NFL, Minnesota Vikings, Vikings, Cfl, St Paul Pioneer Press, West Georgia, Sayles, Marcus Sayles, Chris Tomasson

NHL Owners: Who Are They?

NHL players are extremely well known to fans. Even many coaches and general managers are recognized by those who watch the game. But what about the owners? The people who finance your favourite team aren’t as easily recognizable despite having huge impacts on the team and the league as a whole. To better understand the owners of the 32 NHL organizations, this piece will look at their business ventures outside of the hockey clubs, how they came to acquire the teams and how the teams have perf...
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Though his stint with the Bombers ended on a bitter note, Tom Canada has nothing but love for Winnipeg

Most professional football players don't have storybook endings to their careers. But for a guy like former Winnipeg Blue Bomber defensive lineman Tom Canada, you can't help but feel as though he deserved a better end to his football life. He also probably wouldn't have minded a better beginning, too. After making a name for himself with the University of California Golden Bears, Canada had several NFL tryouts, but was released on three separate occasions. Canada took off the pads...
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Tiger-Cats give contract extensions to offensive, defensive co-ordinators

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are extending the contracts of offensive co-ordinator Tommy Condell and defensive co-ordinator/defensive backs coach Mark Washington.Hamilton will have all three co-ordinators back in 2020 after the CFL's East Division champs gave special teams co-ordinator Jeff Reinebold an extension earlier this month.Condell, 47, guided an offence that scored the most points in the league despite losing starting quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to a season-ending injury in W...
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Redblacks add former CFL defensive back Alex Suber as receivers coach

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Redblacks have hired as Alex Suber as receivers coach.The CFL club announced the hiring Friday.Suber most recently coached receivers at Murray State University.The Florida native played five seasons as a defensive back in the CFL with Winnipeg, Toronto and Saskatchewan from 2010 to 2015.He played under Redblacks head coach Paul LaPolice in his first two seasons in Winnipeg.Suber ended his playing career with 254 defensive tackles in 65 games."We're excited to bring on Al...
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Jim Marshall's Hall of Fame bid falls short in bid for Centennial Class

Jim Marshall, the ironman who set the Vikings' gold standard for toughness and leadership while never missing a game in the franchise's first 20 seasons, did not make the list of finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 20-member Centennial Class. The Hall on Wednesday released the list of 20 senior candidates, 10 contributors and eight coaches who will be considered by the special Blue Ribbon committee. That committee will then select 10 seniors, three contributors and two coaches. The oth...
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Jim Marshall's Hall of Fame bid for expanded Centennial Class falls short

Jim Marshall, the ironman who set the Vikings' gold standard for toughness and leadership while never missing a game in the franchise's first 20 seasons, has not make the list of finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 20-member Centennial Class. The Hall just released the list of 20 seniors, 10 contributors and eight coaches who will be considered by the special Blue Ribbon committee. That committee will then select 10 seniors, three contributors and two coaches. The other five members of...
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Patriots bring in two CFL players for workouts

The New England Patriots reportedly worked out two players from the Canadian Football League on Wednesday. Montreal Alouettes running back William Stanback and Winnipeg Blue Bombers cornerback Marcus Sayles were in Foxboro for free-agent workouts, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. As Reiss notes, the Patriots have two openings on their practice squad.
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Saskatchewan Roughriders 2020 schedule released

The Saskatchewan Roughriders' potential path to a home game in the 108th Grey Cup has been revealed.The CFL released its 2020 schedule Monday morning. The season will end with the 108th Grey Cup at Mosaic Stadium on November 22, 2020."The 2020 season is set to be a very memorable one for us here in Riderville," Craig Reynolds, the Sask. Roughriders President and CEO said in a statement. "Not only will we be celebrating our Club's 110th anniversary, but we'll end the season by host...
Tags: News, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Cfl, Edmonton Eskimos, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders, Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Redblacks, Craig Reynolds, Hamilton Ticats, Riderville

Grey Cup rematch highlights opening week of 2020 CFL schedule

TORONTO — The 2020 CFL season will feature a Grey Cup rematch in its opening week.The league released its 2020 schedule Monday, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers start their Grey Cup title defence with a June 13 date at Hamilton. Winnipeg defeated the Tiger-Cats 33-12 in the 2019 CFL championship game.The 2020 campaign will start June 11 — a couple of days earlier than other recent seasons — when the Edmonton Eskimos host the B.C. Lions. Edmonton's Scott Milanovich and B.C.'s Greg Campbell...
Tags: News, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Cfl, Edmonton Eskimos, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg, The Canadian Press, Moncton, Alouettes, Edmonton Toronto, Greg Campbell

Winnipeg Blue Bombers end 29-year Grey Cup drought

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers dominated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 to win the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary. Bombers running back Andrew Harris was named the game’s most valuable player and outstanding Canadian to bring the CFL’s championship trophy back to his hometown. Harris says the win is a dream come true.
Tags: News, Calgary, Cfl, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, HARRIS, Andrew Harris, Hamilton Tiger Cats

'Is this even the same team?' Ticats season ends in Grey Cup heartbreak for fans

Hamilton Tiger-Cats fans are wondering where their team was Sunday night.Sure, there were players in those familiar black and gold jerseys playing for the Grey Cup against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. But the team that took the field at Calgary's McMahon Stadium didn't look anything like the one they'd cheered to a 15-3 season.The problems started early and the Ticats never seemed to recover. They lost the CFL's championship game 33-12."I'm kind of angry right now. Offensi...
Tags: News, Calgary, Hamilton, Cfl, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg, McMahon Stadium, Hamilton Tiger Cats, Jason McKenzie, Tim Hortons Field, Ticats, Dan Bonotti, Bonotti, Sandy Jury

Bombers ride to Grey Cup on rock-solid defence

CALGARY — Turns out, defence really does win championships. How else to explain what co-ordinator Richie Hall's group was able to do not only on Sunday night in the Grey Cup, but in the two playoff games prior to it. The Bombers surrendered 14, 13 and 12 points in their victories over Calgary, Saskatchewan and Hamilton. Holding three quality CFL opponents to 39 points is remarkable. And the taming of the Tiger-Cats was one for the ages. Winnipeg forced a whopping seven turnovers, including ...
Tags: News, Calgary, Cfl, Winnipeg, Richie Hall, Dane Evans, Calgary Saskatchewan and Hamilton Holding

'It hurts': Hamilton Ticats despondent after dream season ends with a thud

CALGARY — There were no platitudes or silver linings in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats dressing room Sunday after the team fell flat in the Grey Cup final against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.Andrew Harris ran roughshod over the Ticats defence, quarterback Dane Evans was running for his life and sacked six times, and Hamilton's vaunted offence sputtered in a 33-12 loss."It hurts real bad. I'm not going to lie," said Evans."It just sucks man. Honestly it is just terrible. Not the way we would hav...
Tags: News, Davis, Evans, Calgary, Hamilton, Cfl, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg, Lawrence, The Canadian Press, Andrew Harris, Hamilton Tiger Cats, Dane Evans, Bill Graveland, Orlondo Steinauer, Steinauer

City wants OSEG, Winnipeg ball club owners to take on stadium lease

The City of Ottawa has revealed who they'd like to take over the lease for the Ottawa Champions' stadium — and it's not the group with a tentative agreement to buy the struggling baseball club.In a report released Friday, city staff endorsed a 10-year lease proposal for RCGT Park put forward by a potential partnership between the owners of the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).OSEG is the owner of the CFL's Ottawa Redblacks and t...
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Grey Cup at a glance: Breaking down the Ticats-Blue Bombers showdown

CALGARY — A look at the 107th Grey Cup game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday at McMahon Stadium:THE TEAMS: The Ticats (15-3 in the regular season) set a franchise record for victories and won all 10 games at home, including last week's East final against the Edmonton Eskimos. The Blue Bombers (11-7) took one of the hardest possible paths to the final, finishing third in the West before recording road playoff wins over the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewa...
Tags: News, Toronto, West, Evans, Montreal, Keith Urban, Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, Saskatchewan, Cfl, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders, Montreal Alouettes, Mike, Winnipeg

CFL commissioner wants league to show some 'good old-fashioned swagger'

This time it wasn't going to be about the concussion question.For the last several years, the CFL commissioner's address prior to the Grey Cup game has been anything but an update on the state of the league. Since 2016 it's turned into a lengthy conversation about how the CFL is or isn't tackling the concussion issue.But on Friday morning in Calgary, Randy Ambrosie didn't get a single direct question about concussions. Instead, he trumpeted the CFL's success over th...
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Watch the CFL commissioner's state of the league address

Watch live coverage of CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie's annual state of the league address on Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. MT from Calgary, site of the 2019 Grey Cup.This year's edition pits the Hamilton Tiger-Cats against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday night at McMahon Stadium.Ambrosie will address the media two days prior to the big game, where he's expected to answer questions on a number of issues facing the league.Early this week, Ambrosie said the CFL still has a ...
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Vanier Cup dominance shows how big football is in la belle province: Russell

A native of Montreal, Danny Macioca is more than geared up for this weekend's Vanier Cup."Everybody wants to talk football," the head coach of the Universite de Montreal Carabins said from his office just before a mid-week practice as his team prepared to meet the University of Calgary Dinos in the national championship on Saturday in Quebec City. "There's such a strong interest for the game. Both Laval and our school have caused a stir over football in recent years. People know you in...
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Sources: Jim Lawson to step down as chairman of the CFL's board of governors

CALGARY — Jim Lawson's time as CFL board chairman will end this weekend.Two CFL sources say Lawson will step down from his post following the Grey Cup game Sunday. The sources added Lawson formally informed the CFL board of governors of his intention last week.The sources were granted anonymity because the decision has not been announced.To recognize Lawson's service, two sources said he'll receive the Commissioner's Award from Randy Ambrosie on Thursday night during the leag...
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'I knew I wasn't done': Ticats QB Dane Evans considered coaching before CFL opportunity

CALGARY — Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Dane Evans says he was thinking about hanging up his cleats before agreeing to give the CFL a shot. Now, he's one win away from winning a Grey Cup championship.Evans, 26, was afraid his career was over after being cut before the end of training camp with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 2017.He returned to Tulsa, Okla., where he had played under head coach Phil Montgomery at the University of Tulsa, leading the team to 10 wins in his senior yea...
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