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Oct 15, 2012 12:53am
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PHILADELPHIA —Trent Edwards beat out Mike Kafka for the third-string
quarterback job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Andre Johnson Elite Jersey . Kafka was
released Friday afternoon, leaving Edwards and rookie Nick Foles behind
Michael Vick on the depth chart. “There was great competition at the quarterback
position,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “Thats what football and training camp
is all about. In the end, we had to make the difficult decision to let
Mike Kafka go. Mike is a class act, a student of the game and a great person and
I think hell have no problem finding a job in the National Football League very
soon.” Kafka, a fourth-round pick out of Northwestern in 2010, appeared in four
games last year. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 107 yards with two
interceptions. Kafka played in one preseason game this summer before breaking
his non-throwing hand. Edwards, a 28-year-old veteran, had an impressive month
after sitting out 2011. He completed 54 of 80 passes (68 per cent) for 489
yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Edwards started 32 games for
Buffalo and one for Jacksonville in four seasons, going 14-19. He completed 60.5
per cent of his passes for 6,019 yards and 26 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
He was released last preseason by Oakland and didnt find a job until the Eagles
signed him in February. “Im proud of the way Trent Edwards conducted himself
since the early days of the off-season workouts,” Reid said. “He had to fight
for everything he earned this summer. He improved each and every day and made
the most of every opportunity.” Foles, a third-round pick from Arizona, was
outstanding in the preseason. He finished 40 for 63 for 553 yards with six
touchdowns and two interceptions for a 110.1 passer rating. Veteran defensive
backs Joselio Hanson and O.J. Atogwe of Windsor, Ont., were among 19 other
players released. Hanson spent the last six seasons in Philadelphia and was the
teams nickel cornerback. Atogwe signed as a free agent in the off-season, but
couldnt crack the starting lineup at safety. Wide receivers Chad Hall,
Mardy Gilyard and Marvin McNutt and linebacker Keenan Clayton are other notables
on the cut list. The Eagles still must make two more moves to reach the
53-player limit. Tight ends Brett Brackett and Chase Ford, defensive tackles
Ollie Ogbu, Frank Trotter and Landon Cohen, fullback Emil Igwenagu, tackle
D.J. Jones, linebackers Adrian Moten and Ryan Rau, defensive end Monte Taylor,
safety Phillip Thomas and offensive linemen Steve Vallos and Brandon Washington
also were released. Arian Foster Womens Jersey . Mathieu, a
Heisman Trophy finalist, and Claiborne were joined on the All-America team by
Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor and finalists Montee Ball of
Wisconsin and Trent Richardson of Alabama. Johnathan Joseph Jersey . —Rafael Nadal,
playing singles for the first time in six weeks, advanced to the third round of
the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Argentinas Leonardo Mayer on
Sunday. http://www.texansteamstore.com/ . After
advancing to the second round of the playoffs three straight years, the Hawks
were eliminated in the first round with Thursday nights Game 6 loss at Boston.
Owen Daniels Jersey . The loss officially
eliminates the Canadian pair from doubles competition, who lost their opening
match to the No. 1-ranked Chinese team on Saturday. Only the top two teams from
each group advance to the next round. Ben
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. The mens soccer team went to Panama looking to extend
its lead atop the CONCACAF qualifying group, but a lacklustre effort on hostile
ground resulted in a 2-0 loss to a far more energetic opponent.Is it really a
possibility? Could Canada host the FIFA World Cup? It seems a very long shot,
but as a soccer fan theres no harm in dreaming. So when FIFA President Sepp
Blatter told me in Ottawa on Friday that he believes the the country is ready
for such a big event, some of the obstacles that seem to prevent that happening
appeared to get slightly smaller. Blatter was in Ottawa to announce the host
cities for the 2015 Womens World Cup which is being played in Canada. He said he
sees no reason why the country couldnt be successful with a bid for the FIFA
World Cup in 2026, and believes hosting the Womens tournament could be a
stepping stone towards that. Despite the criticism he receives from all corners
of the globe, Blatter is a wise man. He knows exactly what to say when visiting
a country and with his politician-like responses he fit right in on Parliament
Hill. So we shouldnt get too excited just yet. “Canada was very close as a
candidate in the last stage for the 1986 World Cup along with the United States
and Mexico,” said Blatter when we chatted in the House of Commons following the
announcement. “Canada was close then, but that would have been premature. “Now
with the Womens World Cup in 2015, with the new stadia they have in Canada, I am
sure they are ready to organize the big competition and it would be fine. The
next one open would be in 2026 so they would have to wait 10 years but then they
could be a candidate.” If Canada chose to bid to host the World Cup in 2026 they
would likely have to battle against the United States who lost to Qatar in the
race to host the 2022 tournament. There is a lot that would need to happen
before Canada could be considered as a host. Right now it seems highly unlikely
but with FIFA its impossible to rule anything out. Blatter has lofty goals for
the outcome of the 2015 womens tournament. He went as far as to say that it
should be a stepping stone towards the country launching a professional womens
league. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Canada,” he said. “It is a chance
for the whole country to present to the World a rendezvous of the best of the
best in womens football. It is not only good for football but for the whole
population. “This competition must leave a legacy behind, and that legacy should
be that the whole population will know about womens football and Canada will
have a professional womens league.” During his press conference on Friday,
Blatter stated that the impact of hosting the Womens World Cup could leave a
bigger legacy than the Olympics. He pointed to the fact that the tournament
doesnt just centre around one area of the country, instead spreading from coast
to coast with venues stretching from Moncton and Vancouver, thereby touching
more people on an individual basis. However, when 2015 rolls around and the eyes
of the soccer world are on Canada, Toronto will be completely bypassed. There
are a few reasons behind the citys decision not to bid to host matches including
the fact the Pan Am Games will be taking place that summer in the Greater
Toronto Area, but all parties that are invested in BMO Field should have done
everything they could to ensure the countrys national soccer stadium was
available to play a part in the event. That said; Im sure the six host cities
will do Canada proud, and will put on a great show for the worlds soccer fans to
enjoy. Major League Let Down Soccer fans in Toronto havent oonly missed an
opportunity with the Womens World Cup, but they are also being badly let down by
the citys Major League Soccer team. Whitney Mercilus Jersey. . Toronto now owns
the MLS record for the worst ever start to a season after falling to an eighth
straight defeat on Saturday against DC United. The fact that five of those
matches have been at home makes the run even more galling. Throughout the
terrible run of results, head coach Aron Winter has remained upbeat, talking of
progress being made and a long-term vision but there was very little good to
note from Saturdays performance. The most alarming part of the day was the way
in which Winters tactics were criticised by players post game. Ryan Johnson
spoke in very strong terms about his disappointment that the team played in such
a defensive manner in the first 45 minutes following on from a similar
performance in Montreal on Wednesday in the Canadian Championship. Of course,
its a results business – but it is also about entertaining. People spend their
hard earned dollars to support their team, but also to enjoy their time at the
stadium. On Saturday, the home side provided zero entertainment. In four of
their five home matches at BMO Field this year, they havent even scored a goal.
While Toronto continues to struggle in its sixth season, Canadas two newest MLS
clubs are leaving the Reds in the rear-view mirror. In just their second MLS
season, Vancouver Whitecaps continue their turnaround and currently sit in a
playoff position in the Western Conference. Saturdays match against San Jose
Earthquakes proved the Whitecaps have the ability to match anyone in the league
on their day. Most importantly, after a few weeks where they have been grinding
out results based on strong defensive displays, the win over the Quakes
showcased Vancouvers ability to attack and entertain. The relief was evident on
the face of Eric Hassli when he broke his MLS goal drought by burying the last
minute winner, but the scenes of jubilation around BC Place were infectious.
While the Whitecaps were entertaining their home fans, Montreal Impact were busy
causing one of the upsets of the season. Coach Jesse Marsch made a number of
changes to his line-up as he looks to keep players fresh for the Canadian
Championship match i

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