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WINNIPEG -- Two is better than one for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season when it comes to kickers, at least when theyre both Canadians. [url=http://www.shoppelicansonline.com/Authentic-Anthony-Davis-Pelicans-Jersey/]Anthony Davis Jersey[/url] . Coach


WINNIPEG -- Two is better than one for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season when it comes to kickers, at least when theyre both Canadians. Anthony Davis Jersey . Coach Mike OShea says they opted to stick with veteran Mike Renaud for punting and go with Canadian newcomer Lirim Hajrullahu for field goals and kickoffs. He says American Brett Maher was pretty much in a tie with the Canadians, and as an import he needed to win all three battles. "I said all along in that battle he had to win the job outright in all three phases and I think he drew even in all three phases," he said Monday after Maher was released. "I think it was a pretty even draw. . . And the way our roster shapes up, that wasnt necessarily good enough." But he says Maher is a quality kicker who should find a home if anyone watched what he did with the Bombers. Renaud is entering his sixth season with Winnipeg. Rookie Hajrullahu is a native of St. Catharines, Ont., whose 402 points and 72 field goals are records at Western, where he played for the Mustangs through 2013. Winnipegs roster issues when it comes to the import-Canadian balance werent helped any Monday with the news linebacker Graig Newman could miss the entire regular season, after suffering a serious ankle injury in their final pre-season game in Calgary. OShea held out some hope he might return earlier. "Graigs a guy we went after hard in the off-season and Im not saying hes done for the season," he said. "I know thats whats been said in the report but Im optimistic and sos he and well see him soon. Hes already in his mind figuring out his rehab and how hard hes going to work. . . Ask me again in a couple of months, three months possibly." Newman was scheduled for surgery Monday after dislocating and fracturing his ankle in their 23-20 loss to the Calgary Stampeders Saturday night, the Bombers second pre-season loss after bowing 24-22 to the Toronto Argonauts last Monday. "Graig is not only a great football player, but a great person, and our entire organization supports him throughout this process," general manager Kyle Walters said in a release. "We look forward to him beginning rehab and returning to the field as soon as possible." The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Langley, B.C., had 18 tackles and one sack last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He also had one punt return for seven yards. "This is obviously very disappointing as I was really looking forward to being a part of all the new things going on in the Blue Bomber organization," Newman said in a statement issued by the team. "This is a great province to play football in, and I look forward to getting back out there as soon as possible." The Bombers also cut veteran Canadian offensive lineman Chris Kowalchuk on Monday. He was entering his sixth season, although he had only played a total of six games over the last two. They released three rookies as well, Canadian running back Errol Brooks and pair of imports, receiver C.J. Tarver and linebacker Kenny Tate. OShea says playing both pre-season games in less than a week was tough and he decided to give the players Monday off. "It makes it harder to practice right now," said OShea. "The guys had two games in six days, theyre tired and they need a little bit of a rest." He says its still training camp mode in terms of their practice shcedules, but theyre also getting ready for the CFL season opener, which will be played in Winnipeg against the Toronto Argonauts June 26. The break is timely, OShea said. "Our focus is cleaning ourselves up with the focus shifted to our opponent." He also said he has no worries about how the offensive line is shaping up, despite some criticism of the way they allowed Calgary to get to their quarterbacks on the weekend. "Theyre taking the techniques . . Theyre applying them in the game. . . By the time we roll into week one theyre all going to be better and theyre going to be better as a unit." He also said he wasnt worry about a defence that lost the battle in both pre-season games. "Im not concerned at all. I know what weve put in and I know that well keep working. The efforts there, the buy-in is there." New Orleans Pelicans Jerseys . And though his comeback night didnt quite go to script, Bryant couldnt help reflecting on the work necessary to get back on that court -- and all the months of steady labour ahead to reclaim his game. Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his season debut, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors 106-94 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night. Jrue Holiday Jersey . New York (16-9-8) took over first place in the Eastern Conference and has the best record in the league with one game remaining. Houstons five-game unbeaten streak was snapped, and the Dynamo (13-11-9) are sixth in the East with one game remaining. http://www.shoppelicansonline.com/Authentic-DeMarcus-Cousins-Pelicans-Jersey/ .Y. - The NFL has fined Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $20,000 for making an obscene gesture during last Sundays NFC championship game, a person with knowledge of the fine told The Associated Press on Thursday.BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Goalie Ryan Miller and forward Thomas Vanek are both taking a business-as-usual approach to their uncertain futures with the Sabres. Miller, a former Vezina Trophy winner as the leagues top goaltender, and Vanek, Buffalos top offensive threat, reported for physicals Wednesday after an off-season filled with trade speculation. Both players are in the final year of their contracts and are not currently negotiating extensions with the Sabres. "If you play long enough, youre going to have this type of discussion surround you at some point," Miller said. "I have to be professional enough just to do the job. Im able to do a job in a city Im familiar with, a city Im very much at home. I like to be in Buffalo. I like the people. "So this isnt a bad situation." General manager Darcy Regier said the window for making training camp deals has closed, but that talks will heat up again as the in-season trade deadline approaches. Regier did shore up his roster on another front later in the day, re-signing restricted free agent Cody Hodgson to a multi-year contract. Hodgson is Buffalos top-line centre, who finished last season second on the team with 15 goals and 34 points in 48 games. The Sabres are in transition. They opened last season with Stanley Cup aspirations, but have since elected to rebuild an under-performing roster with prospects and draft picks after missing the playoffs for a second straight year. Miller acknowledged at the end of last season that he may no longer fit into the Sabres long-term plans. Following last seasons home finale, Miller skated a lap around the ice, waving to fans. He also sold his home over the summer and is now renting. "It does look like, OK, Im out of here," Miller said. "People are going to believe it or theyre not going to believe it. I thought it was a smart business decision to have it on the market in the last year of my deal so I didnt at least get low-balled. "I had to laugh at myself and say, this is not going to be looking good to the people of Buffalo. Im not racing out of town. It was just honestly a business decision." Vanek has previously said he is not interested in enduring a lengthy rebuilding process and will take this season to assess. On Wednesday, he was more political. "Im not ready to re-sign, and to be honest, Im not sure if they aare ready to re-sign," Vanek said. Omer Asik Jersey. "If I would have got traded, I wouldnt have been shocked." Regier said the NHLs new collective bargaining agreement has made players with expiring contracts reluctant to sign extensions. "Thats the nature of the new NHL," Regier said. "The expectation from the players side is that the cap is going to go up. To the extent that the cap goes up, it may be beneficial for them to wait for the unrestricted market." Miller, who has played 500 games with the Sabres, left the door open to re-signing long-term. "You start to see a situation here where you can build something good, something thats going to last," Miller said. "Thats what I want to be a part of, whether this is the last season I can make a difference or its going to continue forward. I just want to make sure that Im a positive influence on this team moving forward and that Buffalo has a lot of success or a foundation to build success on in the future, because I do care about this area and the people. I do believe they deserve to be cheering for a team deep into June. "My hope is that we can do that this year." Hodgson is part of that foundation. Hes a fourth-year player, whom the Sabres acquired in a trade with Vancouver in February 2012. We feel he is going to be an important piece of our organizations success," Regier said in a statement released by the team. Regier said hes also had preliminary discussions with the agent for forward Steve Ott about a contract extension. The veteran centre, acquired in a trade from Dallas last off-season, is in the final year of his deal. "I want to be here," Ott said. "I love the organization, the sense of where its going, the young guys, the stable full of prospects. As you add pieces and continue to build the team, I see the uphill climb beginning very shortly." ---- NOTES: Coach Ron Rolston completed his staff by hiring former Harvard assistant Jerry Forton, a Buffalo native who has also worked at UMass-Lowell and Niagara. . Rolston said he will choose his captains at the end of training camp after rotating the captaincy for preseason games. . The Sabres will hold their first on-ice session Thursday and play their first preseason game Sunday in Montreal. ... Buffalo opens the regular season at Detroit on Oct. 2. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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