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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: March 9, 2015

In the March 9 edition, it's our annual Trade Deadline Preview, looking at who goes where and which teams need what at the NHL's annual swap meet



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Posted on 10 February 2015 | 7:15 pm

The Blair Necessities



Levi Adcock Heads To BC

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 BC Lions Football Club GM and head coach Wally Buono announced today that international offensive lineman Levy Adcock has agreed to terms on a contract for the 2016 season.

“Levy is a talented offensive lineman who brings size, experience and physicality to the line,” said Buono. “He’s played at a high level both in college and in the pros and he comes highly recommended by offensive line coach Dan Dorazio.”

BC Lions Football Club GM and head coach Wally Buono announced today that international offensive lineman Levy Adcock has agreed to terms on a contract for the 2016 season.

Adcock spent the past two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders appearing in 15 regular season games and making 13 starts during that time.

The Oklahoma native stayed close to home for his college career, appearing in 29 career games at Oklahoma State. He was an All-Big 12 selection in both 2010 and 2011 as well as a consensus All-American in 2011. Levy was an undrafted free agent signing of the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 before moving onto the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the now-defunct UFL. Levy had another brief NFL stop with the New York Giants in 2012 before signing with the ‘Riders in 2014.

(BC Lions)

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:06 am

Metro



Dion Phaneuf practises with Senators for first time since trade


The star defenceman appeared reserved as he skated with the Sens in Detroit prior to their game tonight against the Red Wings.

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 3:28 am

Canada.com



Jose Mourinho leaves defending champion Chelsea for 2nd time after poor start in Premier League

By Rob Harris LONDON — Jose Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea manager ended Thursday, only seven months after he won his third Premier League title with the club. Although Chelsea is only one point above the relegation zone, the 52-year-old […]

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Posted on 17 December 2015 | 4:05 pm

T.S.N.



Batum, Jefferson lead Hornets past Trail Blazers

Go to TSN.ca for details. #TSN

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Posted on 16 November 2015 | 12:33 am

The Joy of Sox



Truck Day!

Today is Truck Day!


Part of what is being driven to Fort Myers:
— 20,400 baseballs
— 1,100 bats
— 200 batting gloves
— 200 batting helmets
— 320 batting practice tops
— 160 white game jerseys
— 300 pairs of pants
— 400 T-shirts
— 400 pairs of socks
— 20 cases of bubble gum
— 60 cases of sunflower seeds

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 2:01 pm

The Blair Necessities



Levi Adcock Heads To BC

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 BC Lions Football Club GM and head coach Wally Buono announced today that international offensive lineman Levy Adcock has agreed to terms on a contract for the 2016 season.

“Levy is a talented offensive lineman who brings size, experience and physicality to the line,” said Buono. “He’s played at a high level both in college and in the pros and he comes highly recommended by offensive line coach Dan Dorazio.”

BC Lions Football Club GM and head coach Wally Buono announced today that international offensive lineman Levy Adcock has agreed to terms on a contract for the 2016 season.

Adcock spent the past two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders appearing in 15 regular season games and making 13 starts during that time.

The Oklahoma native stayed close to home for his college career, appearing in 29 career games at Oklahoma State. He was an All-Big 12 selection in both 2010 and 2011 as well as a consensus All-American in 2011. Levy was an undrafted free agent signing of the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 before moving onto the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the now-defunct UFL. Levy had another brief NFL stop with the New York Giants in 2012 before signing with the ‘Riders in 2014.

(BC Lions)

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:06 am

Roto Rob



2015 RotoRob Baseball Awards

Oh man, as super talented kids start arriving in the Bigs younger and younger and make a bigger impact each season, picking this award gets harder all the time. So many choices!

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Posted on 8 February 2016 | 10:54 pm

Rider Prophet



CFL Free Agency Summary - Day 1

Once the unofficially "wait to announce deals already agreed to so its not blatant we tampered" period ended, the free agent action was very busy on day 1. Below is a summary of all the day 1 signings (as well as length and salary where I was able find info) just to get you caught up in case you missed everything.

I will have full analysis on Friday as I expect Day 2 of free agency to be extremely busy. Big names like Aaron Grymes, Justin Capicciotti, Emmanuel Davis, JC Sherritt, Otha Foster, Cleyon Laing, Chad Owens, Jeff Fuller, Rennie Curran, Weldon Brown, Keon Raymond, Cord Parks, Bryan Hall and Tristan Okpalaugo still on the market. 

Saskatchewan
OL Christ Best – 2 year extension
DL Dylan Ainsworth – 1 yr
DB Graig Newman – 2 yrs
WR John Chiles
WR Jeremy Kelly
WR Shamawd Chambers – 1 yr
OL Andrew Jones

BC
DB Mike Edem
DB Brandon Smith – 2 yrs
WR Nick Moore – 1 yr

Calgary
n/a

Edmonton
RB John White - 2 yrs

Winnipeg
RB Andrew Harris – 3 yrs
DL Keith Shologan – 2 yrs
OL Jeff Keeping
DL Euclid Cummings – 1 yr
WR Ryan Smith – 2 yrs
K Justin Medlock – 2 yrs @ ~ $175k
RB Pascal Lochard – 2 yrs

Toronto
OL Josh Bourke – 2 yrs $230-240k
OL Corey Watman – 2 yrs
LB Cory Greenwood – 1 yr extension
K Lirim Hajrullahu – 1 yr

Hamilton
DL Ted Laurent – 2 yr extension $225k in year 1, $275k in year 2
WR Andy Fantuz – 1 year extension
LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis
OL Brian Simmons

Montreal
LB Winston Venable
WR Sam Guigere – 2 yrs
WR Kenny Stafford
DB Jovon Johnson
DB Mitchell White
DB Dominique Ellis - 2 yrs

Ottawa
QB Trevor Harris – 2 yrs $400k in 2ndyear of deal
RB Brandon Gillanders – 2 yrs

NFL Watch
Josh Johnson (BC) – Signed with Jacksonville

Tristan Okpalaugo (Tor) – Workout with Oakland

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 12:00 pm

Buzzing the Net Junior Hockey



Marc Stevens tries to make most of a trying OHL season

Marc Stevens was far from a shining star two years ago, but he did get to appear under one of junior hockey’s biggest and brightest spotlights.

A depth forward with the Guelph Storm, Stevens was part of the team that won the OHL title and reached the Memorial Cup final in London, Ont. The only time he suited up in the Memorial Cup tournament came in the championship game, which his Storm ultimately lost to the Edmonton Oil Kings.

It was a season he’ll never forget even though it now feels like a distant memory. Especially when asked about it during a season he’d like to forget..

“With this year it’s been a bit of a different story than we were hoping,” Stevens said. “But we’re still battling and working. Staying positive and realizing there’s always tomorrow and there’s always another game.”

Stevens represents a fairly rare breed in the cyclical nature of major junior hockey – a younger player on a Memorial Cup-bound team who winds up guiding the same organization through a rebuilding period during his veteran years.

Now in his third full season with the Storm, Stevens has experienced the highest of highs to the lowest of lows as far as the OHL standings go.

From league champs in 2013-14, the Storm have been the OHL’s worst team by record (11-33-4-2) all season. They’ve been much better lately, winning five of their last 12 games – including a 3-0 decision over the high-flying London Knights last month. Guelph is closing in on the Oshawa Generals – last year’s Memorial Cup champion - and the Flint Firebirds in an effort to get out of the basement.

For Stevens, who has been limited to 18 games due to injury, he’s been left to look for silver linings.

“You think back to the reason why you started playing the game of hockey. It’s for the fun of the game, the love of the game,” said the 19-year-old centre from Turkey Point, Ont., on the shores of Lake Erie. “At the start of the year, it wasn’t looking good. There was only one way to go and that was up.”

Stevens and defenceman Garrett McFadden – both now alternate captains – are the only two members left from a veteran-laden 2013-14 squad that beat the North Bay Battalion in the OHL final.

Last season, the Storm were able to reach the playoffs and defeated the Owen Sound Attack before bowing out to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

This season, without Canadian world junior winger Robby Fabbri, who made the St. Louis Blues out of training camp Guelph lost 14 of its first 15 games. Bill Stewart resigned as coach in December and was replaced by Jarrod Skalde. Overage goaltender Justin Nichols, who started for the championship squad two years prior, was traded before the deadline to Oshawa.

“We were a really young team and we struggled a lot in the first half of the year. I really would like to say I took it upon myself to be a leader and try to motivate the young guys,” Nichols said. “When you’re on a poor team, especially as an older guy, you have to be consistent on a nightly basis and give the guys a bit of confidence so they know if they’re going to make a mistake you’re going to be solid in there.”

As the losses kept piling up, Nichols started to look at the bigger picture. He wanted to be a positive role model to the younger Storm players, whether it was in the dressing room or away from the rink.

“I take a lot of pride in the person that I am with my teammates, the fans and the community,” he said. “I knew what I was walking into this season.”

That is a mindset with which Brett Stovin is quite familiar.

Stovin was a third-liner on the 2012-13 Saskatoon Blades, which hosted the Memorial Cup. The Blades endured a terrible start to that season – only reaching the .500 mark in December – and needed a franchise-record 18-game winning streak to win their division. However, they were swept in the first round of the playoffs and lost the tiebreaker game in the Memorial Cup.

That team featured 16 players 19 or older. Massive roster turnover ensued. Because 13 trades were made from the offseason to the 2013 WHL trade deadline – not to mention the blockbuster deal to acquire Brayden Schenn in 2011 – the cupboard was mostly bereft of prospects and picks.

So unlike the Storm, the Blades started losing right away.

“We knew what we were in for,” said Stovin, now a point-per-game centre with the University of Manitoba Bisons. “We knew the pressure we’d have on us was a different type. We weren’t expected to win every game, but we knew we were expected to take in the young guys and show them the ways of the league.”

The Blades finished third-last in the WHL that season.

By the 2014-15 deadline, Stovin was one of only three players from that Memorial Cup team remaining. The Blades dropped to last in the standings.

“It’s tough to think about,” Stovin said. “The last 30 games of the season when you know you’re out of it is when you take your personal goals and you try and reach those. But you still are vocal in the dressing room. You’re still trying to prepare the younger guys.”

“I turned my attention to guys I knew were going to be leaders,” he added. “I had leadership talks with them even if I was just driving with them to the rink.”

Stevens believes there’s something to that. He said he’s trying to be a leader in an otherwise difficult situation.

Having watched players like Matt Finn and Ryan Horvat two years ago, Stevens wants to mentor others like they did for him.

It’s really all he can do as the season winds down.

“We’re working every day and trying to get better day by day,” Stevens said.

“That’s pretty much all it is right now. ”

 


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Posted on 9 February 2016 | 3:44 pm

Sports on the Web



The Canadian Women are just hosts now as their World Cup is over.

The World Cup is over for the Canadian women in the sports news and sports on the web.  They made a valiant effort on a comeback at B.C. Place but came up just short of their goal on reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time.. Nerves were the main enemy of the Canadian […]

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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 4:46 pm

Vancouver Sun



Lions add two more in CFL free agency

March Madness has arrived a month early for the B.C. Lions.

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:46 am

Rod Pederson



DAY 2 CFL FREE AGENCY RECAP, CHRIS JONES QUOTES

Chris Jones is taking the same approach to rebuilding the Saskatchewan Roughriders that has won Grey Cup titles in his previous CFL stops.

The Riders' head coach/GM was busy bolstering his defence Wednesday, the second day of CFL free agency. He agreed to terms with Canadian defensive end Justin Capiccotti and signed linebacker Greg Jones and defensive backs Ed Gainey and Otha Foster.

Jones also added running backs Kendial Lawrence and Curtis Steele while acquiring American offensive lineman Bruce Campbell from the Toronto Argonauts for a 2016 fourth-round draft pick. Linebacker Jake Doughty and punter Ray Early, both Americans, were released.

"You've got to play defence in order to win championships,'' Jones told reporters Wednesday. "Everywhere we've been, we've been able to play good D and so adding these guys to what we already have is a good plus.''

Jones knows what it takes defensively to succeed. He won a Grey Cup in '02 as Montreal's defensive line coach before capturing titles as a defensive co-ordinator with Calgary ('08) and Toronto ('12). He led Edmonton to last year's league championship as the head coach but was still instrumental in the Eskimos' staunch defence.

Jones shored up his defence after focusing on the offence Tuesday. Saskatchewan extended offensive lineman Chris Best prior to the start of free agency. Then, after re-signing defensive lineman Dylan Ainsworth, he secured deals with receiver Shamawd Chambers of Markham, Ont., the top Canadian in last year's Grey Cup and national offensive lineman Andrew Jones - both former Eskimos - as well as American receivers John Chiles and Jeremy Kelley.

Gainey and Foster are also former Eskimos following Jones to Regina as he attempts to rebuild a team that posted a league-worst 3-15 record last season. Jones hasn't shied away from making touch decisions, releasing such veterans as safety Tyron Brackenridge, kicker Paul McCallum and running back Anthony Allen shortly after being hired.

Jones really drew the ire of Riders Nation last month when he released defensive end John Chick and receiver Weston Dressler - both fan favourites - for financial reasons. Dressler resurfaced with Winnipeg while Chick signed with Hamilton. But Jones was pleased Wednesday with the defensive talent the Riders amassed.

"You've got to be able to get after the quarterback and not have to blitz every down. We've tried, with the addition of (veteran defensive lineman Shawn) Lemon early and Capiccotti if he does indeed sign, those are two very good players.

"And, of course on the second level with Jones he's not only one of the better (middle) linebackers he's also a very good blitzer and tremendous special-teams guy. And in the secondary with the guys we've added it gives us versatility and guys that have played in the league and man cover.''

Capiccotti, a Toronto native, spent the last two years in Ottawa and was a CFL all-star last season. The six-foot-three, 235-pound end registered 23 sacks while with the Redblacks and was a highly sought commodity in free agency.

The six-foot, 242-pound Jones spent the last two seasons with Toronto. Last year, the 27-year-old started all 18 regular-season games and registered a team-high 98 tackles.

Jones was also a member of the New York Giants 2011 Super Bowl-winning squad.

The five-foot-11, 195-pound Gainey spent the last two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after beginning his CFL career in Montreal. The 25-year-old has played in 43 career games with 69 tackles, 25 special-teams tackles, two interceptions and three fumble returns, including one for a touchdown.

The six-foot-four, 212-pound Foster spent the last two seasons with Edmonton, starting all 33 regular-season games he appeared in. He recorded 103 tackles, seven special-teams tackles and two interceptions.

Other moves Wednesday, included:

- Toronto re-signed veteran running back Brandon Whitaker, the East Division's second-leading rusher last season.

- Hamilton added Demond Washington, the former Winnipeg defensive back/kick-returner while announcing the re-signing of veteran Canadian defensive tackle Ted Laurent and return of American offensive lineman Brian Simmons.

- Ottawa signed Canadian defensive lineman Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, a former Ticat and Montreal native.

- Edmonton re-signed linebacker JC Sherrit, the CFL's top defensive player in 2012.

- Calgary added receiver Bakari Grant and linebacker Taylor Reed, both former Ticats.

- B.C. agreed to terms with running back Jeremiah Johnson while signing offensive lineman Levy Adcock, both Americans.

Saskatchewan announced the signing of Chambers on Wednesday. Chambers spent four seasons with Edmonton, playing in 50 career regular-season games with 112 receptions for 1,234 yards and seven TDs.

"He's one of the top guys out there and he's a young guy who has all the physical tools in the world,'' Jones said. "Certainly he's able to play in a lot of different places for us.''

The five-foot-nine, 195-pound Lawrence spent the last two seasons in Edmonton after beginning his CFL career in Hamilton. In Lawrence, the Riders have versatile performer who can play running back and receiver while also returning kicks.

"He can play across the board for us offensively,'' Jones said. "He needs to work on his blocking, that's the thing he knows going in.''

(Canadian Press)

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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 1:46 am

Yahoo Sports



Anthony Collins can't save Texas A&M from fourth straight SEC loss (Yahoo Sports)

Texas A&M guard Anthony Collins (11) walks up the court during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Alabama, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Alabama won 63-62. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

If given the chance to pick which one of his players he'd like to have at the free throw line late in a game with the pressure on, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy would undoubtedly choose senior Anthony Collins. Any coach would after looking at the numbers. Prior to Wednesday's game at Alabama, Collins had made 28 of his 30 free throw attempts this season, including eight of nine in the final two minutes of games. He is one of the best foul shooters in the country and wouldn't you know it, he found himself toeing the line with two shots and two seconds remaining with his team down by one. [ Bubble breakdown: Creighton restores hope with marquee win ] Kennedy and the 15th-ranked Aggies couldn't have possibly felt better about the situation. This was easy money and then Collins uncharacteristically missed the first attempt. No problem, a tie was still there for the taking. The Aggies could win in overtime. But Collins' second attempt also bounced off the iron, allowing Alabama to escape with a 63-62 victory, it's fourth win this season over a ranked opponent. Texas A&M's Anthony Collins misses late free throws, Alabama hangs on for the W #BuckleUp Recap #LiveOn3340 at 10 pic.twitter.com/04vqgg59rS — ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) February 11, 2016 As Collins saw his second free throw bounce off the rim, he stepped back and bent at the waste not wanting to confront the reality that he somehow allowed a win to escape his grasp by failing to do one of the things he does best on the basketball court. Talk about a rough way to lose. There aren't many tougher ways to drop a game. [ College basketball's All-time Starting Five: Arizona Wildcats ] Now throw in the fact that it was the fourth consecutive SEC loss for the Aggies and the magnitude of those missed free throws is compounded. It's suddenly easier to understand the pressure Collins must have felt standing on that line in a hostile arena with his teammates and coaches depending on his dependability. Less than a minute earlier, Collins came through with a 3-pointer that kept his team in position to win by cutting the Alabame lead to one point. Collins scored 11 points and dished five assists in the game. Jalen Jones led the Aggies with 21 points. Just two weeks ago Texas A&M was 17-2 and ranked in the top-five looking like a contender for No. 2 seed next month in the NCAA Tournament. Now the Aggies have to get over a crushing defeat and a losing streak with LSU and Kentucky coming in two of the next three games. - - - - - - - [ Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo



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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 2:59 am

Toronto Sports Media



Greg Brady & Jeff Sammut Part Of Rogers Media Layoffs

I’m jumping on a plane but I can tell you that I’ve confirmed that as part of today’s Rogers Media layoffs Greg Brady and Jeff Sammut are no longer part of the Fan 590 lineup. Rumours about both have been swirling for weeks however as […]

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Posted on 10 February 2016 | 11:09 pm

Star Sports



Apple smartphones affected by ‘Error 53’ spark controversy


Whose iPhone is it anyway?

That’s one of the questions surrounding Apple’s smartphones after a growing number of people have reported their devices being made unusable — accompanied by an “Error 53” message — after having them fixed by a third-party repair shop.

Thousands of consumers have reportedly been affected by this error message, according to the Guardian, which has sparked talk of lawsuits against the computer giant.

Apple said in a statement that this error stems from a security feature of iOS9, related to its Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the Home button of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S models. “This security measure is necessary to protect your device and prevent a fraudulent Touch ID sensor from being used. If a customer encounters Error 53, we encourage them to contact Apple Support,” the company said in a statement.

However, consumer advocates and legal experts have a different view.

“It’s outrageous . . . they’re really extending their rights and reach, and it’s not clear to me the justification for doing so,” said David Fewer, director of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the University of Ottawa.

“Because it certainly looks like they are interfering with my property.”

Critics compare it to car repairs. Most people use a third-party mechanic to fix to their vehicles. What if the automaker could kill any car that got parts from a local mechanic?

Fewer said that Apple is employing a remarkably aggressive tactic for such an expensive device — and one that consumers are not aware of when buying the smartphone. “It seems to me the entire third-party device servicing industry is the likeliest target,” said Fewer.

Phil Kundu is the owner and operator of Irepair.ca, a phone repair store with eight locations. Until last week, the company was repairing home buttons on the iPhone 6 and 6S models, but now has stopped.

Kundu says that although the vast majority of iPhone repairs are cracked screens, in the case of extreme damage then the Home button might also need to be fixed.

“By doing this, they’re ensuring that customers have to go back to the Apple store for any repairs or service-related issues for their phones,” said Kundu.

He says customers use third-party fix-it stores because they are often faster and cheaper than the Apple Store, which requires that you to make an appointment.

Responding to the mounting criticism, Apple issued the following statement:

“We take customer security very seriously and Error 53 is the result of security checks designed to protect our customers. iOS checks that the Touch ID sensor in your iPhone or iPad correctly matches your device’s other components. If iOS finds a mismatch, the check fails and Touch ID, including for Apple Pay use, is disabled.”

In the U.K. and U.S., legal experts and law firms are seeking potential complainants for class-action lawsuits.

In Canada, Fewer said there may be two options.

“For the third-party repair companies, one is a complaint to the Competition Bureau. If it is a competitive issue, it strikes me that the (bureau) is a place for that,” he said.

“But if you’re looking at remedies for consumers then class action is the way to go.”


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Posted on 11 February 2016 | 3:33 am

Ottawa Citizen Sports



Fury FC scores four in first away win in its history

Ottawa Fury FC collected the first away win in its history Saturday night

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Posted on 20 May 2014 | 6:10 am