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Oct 25, 2012 8:51pm
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SURREY, B. Carson Palmer Jersey .C. —Matt Normans
standout rookie season with the B.C. Lions is coming to a premature close, but
its ending on his terms. The offensive guard is slated to play the final game of
the season Friday in Montreal against the Alouettes before heading back to the
University of Western Ontario to study for his teaching certificate. “Its just
so that I can be productive in the off-season,” Norman said after practice
Tuesday. Norman, in his first pro season following his university career with
the Western Mustangs, has started seven of B.C.s eight games. He plans to return
to the Lions next season after completing the necessary qualifications to teach
high school history and geography. Westerns teaching program is currently a
one-year program, but it will be extended to two years starting in the 2013-14
academic year. “Without getting too complicated, if I dont do this now, I wont
be able to teaching in the off-season and get some experience for teaching down
the road,” he said. Norman, a 24-year-old Chateauguay, Que., native who was the
Lions third-round choice (22nd overall) in this years CFL draft, wants to be
ready for the time when his playing days are done for good. In addition to
teaching full-time, he hopes to coach. “I dont know how long my career in the
CFL is going to last,” he said. “Next year? The year after that? Five years down
the road? Who knows? But I want to be able to step into a career as soon as Im
done instead of having to go through school again.” Norman was schooled in his
first pro regular-season game against Winnipeg, when he was pulled from his
starting post at half-time, but has excelled since then. With his help, B.C. has
allowed a league-low 10 sacks. The West Division-leading Lions (6-2) have also
racked up four straight wins heading into the game against East Division-leading
Als (5-3.) Lions coach Mike Benevides said Norman has done everything that has
been required of him while growing as a player and developing his skills. “When
you look at what he had to do as a rookie offensive lineman, right off the bat,
he performed at a high level that enabled our offence to run the ball extremely
well and (the team) to be extremely effective—and find a way to win six
games,” Benevides said. “Hes been very impressive. Hes got a real bright future
in our league.” Quarterback Travis Lulay called Normans first season “a pretty
good story.” He praised the rookie for being able to jump in as a starter right
away and bounce back from his difficult first game. “Hes been a special player
for us to this point,” said Lulay. “(His departure) will be disappointing, just
because hes a guy whos been doing a great job in front of me.” Defensive lineman
Khalif Mitchell, who will return Friday after serving a two-game suspension for
twisting Edmonton lineman Simeon Rottiers arm, praised the rookie for his clean
play. “Hes very legitimate,” said Mitchell, who has battled against Norman in
practice. “When I just kept trying to beat the hell out of him and tried to beat
him down, he never came at me or lashed at me. He took it with respect.” Norman
earned the respect of coaches and players by helping to fill a void on the
offensive line after three veterans—Jon Hameister-Ries, Dean Valli and Jesse
Newman—were all sidelined early in training camp with knee injuries.
Hameister-Ries and Valli have since returned, but Newman remains on the
nine-game injured list and has one more to sit out before he can return.
Meanwhile, Hameister-Ries has missed action due to ongoing knee and back
troubles. Although Normans departure, expected for months, will pose challenges,
he will go with the blessing of coach Benevides and general manager Wally Buono.
“What matters really, when you take a look at it, is what the man wants,” said
Benevides. “Its what the individual wants.” Such talk is not what one would
expect from coaches, who usually stress the needs of the team above everything
else. But Benevides said it is important to support Normans decision and let him
go, because he is doing something that he really believes in “for the right
reasons.” “Hes one of us,” said Benevides. “Hes part of our family, and well
bring him back when hes done what he has to do.” Norman said it wont be easy to
leave, because he has had “amazing” experiences, progressed as a player and
built strong relationships with his teammates. He hates the idea of having to
sit and watch his former Western Ontario team, which he plans to help coach, as
well as the Lions, but still believes its time to go. After he plays one more
CFL game. “Honestly, Im not really approaching it in any different way,” he
said. “Mentally, its the same and the same as anything I do in life. I take it
one day at a time. So Ill focus on football this week and then, when footballs
over, I just have to go on to the next thing.” Notes: Fridays game is the first
of back-to-back contests between the Lions and Alouettes. The clubs will meet
again Sept. 8 at B.C. Place. ... Lions centre Angus Reid returned to practice
after sitting out Monday with a foot injury suffered in Saturdays win over
Winnipeg. He is expected to play against the Als. ... Lions defensive lineman
Maurice Evans, who replaced Mitchell against the Blue Bombers, will remain on
the roster rather than being returned to the practice roster, but he could be
scratched, said Benevides. ... Former Lions middle linebacker Solomon Elimimian
returned to Vancouver after being released by the NFLs Minnesota Vikings on the
weekend. He is currently within a 10-day window for other NFL clubs to sign him
before the option year of his Lions contract kicks in. Denarius Moore Jersey . The move, announced
Tuesday, is retroactive to June 15, a day after Hellickson gave up nine hits—
including three homers—and eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the
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scored on the play. Those were the first runs of a four-run seventh for the New
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. LOUIS —The St. Darren McFadden Elite Jersey .D. Martinez has
made some small changes at the plate that have helped him find his swing and get
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announced after Wednesday nights game that that plan to purchase the contract of
Machado, the third overall selection in the 2010 draft. The 20-year-old Machado
has been playing with Double-A Bowie this season.LAS VEGAS – If theres any
silver lining to a season gone wrong, it will take shape for the Toronto Maple
Leafs at the annual NHL Draft in Pittsburgh on Friday. “The reward you have for
a poor year is a high pick,” Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke
said Tuesday evening, following a lengthy Board of Governors meeting. “We expect
to get a guy at five thats going to be an impact player for us some day, maybe
not right away.” Well known for his theatrics on draft day, Burke wouldnt rule
out moving the fifth pick – “not far” in either direction – but made clear his
intent to utilize the pick in some capacity rather than trade it outright.
“Right now Id say yeah,” Burke said of keeping the pick. “We might trade up or
down, but so far that hasnt materialized.” Unpredictability is expected to swirl
around a draft class considered to be lacking in depth. Edmonton holds top spot
with Sarnia winger Nail Yakupoov leading the pack. Carson Palmer Youth Jersey. Rumours of a
trade involving the Oilers continue to bubble, but Burke denied any such
knowledge or pursuit on the Leafs behalf. “I have no sense from Edmonton that
that picks in play,” Burke said. “If someones actively trying to get that pick
its not us.” Yakupov is the premium offensive talent amongst a group stocked
with capable blueliners. Long short an elite prospect down the middle, Burke
hinted at drafting for need – rather than best available – but flashed only a
sly grin when the prospect of selecting a centre was raised. “You can
speculate,” he grinned. “We dont think anyone that we get at five is going to
play right away so drafting positionally probably doesnt make sense. This is the
one time in my life Ive considered it, if there were a certain position
available that we might try to fill it. But we usually go best-available athlete
and thats still the way I intend to go.” ’ ’ ’ 

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