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Nov 7, 2012 9:46pm
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EDMONTON - Ricky Ray isnt counting on any love from Edmonton Eskimo fans when he
leads his new team, the Toronto Argonauts, against his old teammates Saturday.
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action on TSN and TSN Mobile TV at 7pm et/4pm pt.  “Im expecting boos,” Ray said
after arriving at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday prior to his teams CFL
season-opening matchup. “Ive just travelled enough around the CFL, going to
Regina, Hamilton and some of those places, (like) Winnipeg, and you get haggled
pretty good, so Im just expecting it to be the same.” Ray played for nine years
in the Green and Gold, winning two Grey Cups and racking up more than 40,000
yards in passing before getting traded to Toronto last December. The 32-year-old
said if hears boos, hes OK with it. “The fans here dont owe me anything,” he
said. “I owe so much to (the fans) for the support theyve given me throughout my
career here. “Im a visitor coming into their stadium and I expect the worst.”
Ray admitted it will be strange to walk into the visitor locker-room and not the
Eskimo room on game day, but said its good to get it over with. “Its nice to
play this game early and kind of put it to bed,” he said. “It feels different
from a regular regular-season game. Theres extra media and different emotions
that youre going through.” Ray was traded by Eskimo general manager Eric Tillman
to the Argonauts for quarterback Steven Jyles, kicker Grant Shaw, and a draft
pick. Eskimo fans writing, blogging and phoning sports call-in shows have been
generally critical, saying Edmonton gave away too much for Jyles, a quarterback
with fast legs and a strong arm but one who has been a backup for much of his
six-year CFL career. Ray said he was shocked at the trade, but said hes made his
peace with it. “You feel like (the Eskimos) didnt believe in you anymore,” he
said. “You just wish you could have been the guy they thought could get them to
the Grey Cup again. Definitely it hurts you a little bit, but its part of the
business.” Meanwhile, when Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Steven Jyles sits by
himself in his dressing room cubicle, the memory of Ricky Ray is over his head —
literally. Above the bench and hooks is a plate with Jyles name and number.
Above that is a tiny plaque that reads “Ricky Ray 2002-2011.” It reminds players
that this is where the teams career passing leader sat before being dealt to the
Toronto Argonauts for Jyles in a package deal last December. Saturdays game will
be the culmination of six years of hard work and broken dreams for Jyles, the
29-year-old from Baton Rouge, La.. For six years he has stood on the sidelines
with a clipboard and hit the field only when someone else got hurt or played
poorly. When the Eskimos traded for him, it was a signal that Edmonton general
manager Eric Tillman believed Jyles was ready for prime time. It was Stevens
turn, his moment in the sun. But as Jyles stood this week in front of Rays old
locker, almost every media question that came at him was about someone else.
Yes, he said, hes replacing a legend. “Ricky Rays a great guy. A future Hall of
Famer in my eyes,” said Jyles. No, he wont by overwhelmed by the grandeur of
Rickys Return. “Its just another ball game for us.” His voice was emotionless,
his mood that of a dental patient — polite but determined to get it over with.
Jyles is no stranger to skepticism but it reached new heights following the
trade that brought him back to the Alberta capital. He played with Edmonton for
two seasons when he began his CFL career in 2006, and couldnt get off the
sidelines. Jyles was dismissed as all arm, no football sense. Since then, he has
shone in spot duty with Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Toronto, known for his fast
feet, a cannon arm and game-breaking potential. Eskimos receiver Greg Carr, who
also played with Jyles in Winnipeg, said they see Jyles taking those hits and
get inspired. Carr said Jyles speed gives the Eskimos the extra offensive
dimension they need. Its one that wasnt there with Ray. Jyles can change the
game with his feet or improvise a new play out of a broken one, said Carr. “With
him no play is dead.” Eskimos linebacker T.J. Hill said that against Jyles,
defensive linemen must diligently honour the gaps or risk him breaking free for
big yardage. Linebackers walk a fine line, he said. Over-commit and Jyles runs
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(Sports Network) – Albert Pujols knocked in Colby Rasmus with a single in the
bottom of the sixth inning, as the St. J.J. Watt Womens Jersey . Armstrong, from
Kamloops, B.C., won with a season-best throw of 21.44 metres. Tomasz Majewski of
Poland was second and Rutger Smith of the Netherlands finished third. Armstrong
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. —The rain wouldnt go away, and neither would a couple of Tom Lehmans
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few more hits. Pence belted his first grand slam in more than four years,
Matt Cain dodged trouble for five-plus innings and the Giants beat the Arizona
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first in more than two years. Meusburger has reached the quarterfinals here
every year since the tournament was first held in 2007, but has failed to do so
at any other WTA event.HELSINKI, Finland—Rene Fasel is more than happy to
wait for the NHL to make a decision on whether it will send its players to the
2014 Olympics. The president of the International Ice Hockey Federation was much
quieter on the issue of the Sochi Games than he has been in the past during his
annual state of the union session to conclude the world championship. “Ive
always said our door is wide open,” Fasel said Sunday. “Thats in their hands.
Our door is wide, wide open. Thats their decision to make, if they want to come
or not.” Fasel has angered NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in the past with his
comments about the need for the top players to participate in a fifth straight
Olympics. With the league soon expected to open collective bargaining talks with
the NHL Players Association, Fasel clearly wanted to avoid making any headlines.
The pervasive feeling around the world championship was that the strong desire
of NHL players to participate would ultimately ensure that it happens, with one
well-placed source saying “theres no chance” the league would pull out. Its also
thought that the NHLs relationship with NBC, which broadcasts the Games in the
U.S., is another motivating factor behind going to Russia. However, concessions
will have to be made—as Bettman made abundantly clear in a memorable press
conference with Fasel at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The league wants more
control over the organization of the event and will seek better access for its
media platforms, among other things. Fasel is also a member of the International
Olympic Committee, but woulddnt speculate Sunday on whether that organization
was prepared to satisfy the NHLs demands. Arian Foster Red Jersey. “We will wait and
once they make the decision to come, we will sit at the table and make the
important decisions,” said Fasel. On Sunday, the IIHF released the groupings for
next years world championship. Canada will play its round robin games in
Stockholm in a pool with the Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland,
Denmark, Belarus and Slovenia. The other group will play in Helsinki. When asked
about Canada losing three straight quarter-final games at the tournament by a
Russian reporter, Fasel indicated it was disappointing. “Canada has a real big
fanbase in Europe,” said Fasel. “This is the sport—what can you do? Sometimes
you win, sometimes you lose. The Canadians came here with a very strong team and
they had not a really good day at that special day. “This is sport.” Among the
other items he touched on:—As soon as next year, teams may be able to carry
27 players at the world championship. The current roster max is 25. —He hailed
the setup in Sochi, where the hockey arenas and athlete accommodations are all
located together in one area. “For the athletes, this will be very convenient,”
said Fasel. —He indicated that the IIHF considered recognizing those killed in
the Yaroslavl plane tragedy during this world championship before deciding
against it. “We will never forget about that—for sure,” said Fasel. “It will
be said for many, many years what happened in Yaroslavl. We still remember.” ’ ’

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