MONTREAL - The Montreal Alouettes' storied past will be feted but a reminder of their mortality awaits on the field when they face the first-place Calgary Stampeders.
The Alouettes (3-8) host Calgary (10-1) in the Hall of Fame game Sunday afternoon at Percival Molson Stadium.
Three former Alouettes — receiver Ben Cahoon, offensive tackle Uzooma Okeke and linebacker/punter Wally Buono, now the B.C. Lions vice-president and GM — are among seven who'll be inducted in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame this weekend.
VANCOUVER - As the Major League Soccer playoffs approach, the Vancouver Whitecaps are hoping the gamble they took on youth starts to pay off soon.
The Whitecaps allowed the MLS trade deadline to pass this week without making a deal for a veteran striker with proven scoring ability. Instead, with six games to go in the regular season, they will depend heavily on their highly talented, but highly inconsistent, young forwards.
HAMILTON - Zach Collaros isn't losing sleep thinking about what happened the last time the Hamilton Tiger-Cats faced the Edmonton Eskimos.
The Ticats' quarterback was knocked out of Edmonton's 28-24 win July 4 after taking a hit from defensive lineman Odell Willis. Willis was fined by the CFL but Collaros was forced to miss five games with concussion-like symptoms.
The two teams meet again Saturday night at Tim Hortons Field and Collaros said there's no hard feelings.
WINNIPEG - His confidence took a beating last season but Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec says it's time to turn the page, get his mojo back and strengthen his game for the upcoming season.
"It's huge," Pavelec said of the importance of confidence to an NHL goalie. "When you have confidence you feel like the game is so slow and the puck is bigger.
"When you don't feel confident, the puck is so small."
ARLINGTON, Va. - As if he knew the question was coming, Alex Ovechkin smiled when asked what his new coach wants him to work on.
"On back-check?" Ovechkin said.
TORONTO - Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik has won MLS save of the week honours for his double stop on a penalty kick against the Chicago Fire last Saturday.
First Bendik stopped Jeff Larentowicz's penalty kick and then blocked Quincy Amarikwa's shot off the rebound.
In fan voting, the Toronto 'keeper (31.63 per cent) edged New York Red Bulls goalie Luis Robles (30.79). San Jose's Jon Busch was third (26.71), ahead of Vancouver's David Ousted (5.80) and Montreal's Evan Bush (5.07).
CALGARY - Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish won't play Sunday in Montreal against the Alouettes as recovers from "nagging injuries."
"I've been playing football at the level I want to play, but to continue playing at that level, I needed this week off," Cornish told reporters Friday in Calgary.
"I've had a few things accumulate playing some tough teams and needed some time. I would say this is more precautionary than anything."
TORONTO - While most see Chivas USA as a team with no future and not much of a present, Toronto FC sees a squad playing for both pride and future MLS employment.
Chivas, which stands last in the West with a 6-16-6 record, is currently in limbo as it prepares for a Sunday date in Toronto. The Los Angeles-based side has been taken over by the league and commissioner Don Garber says the team might not play in 2015 and perhaps longer, with the timing to be decided after a new owner takes over.
And nobody seems to care.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Looks as if Sidney Crosby is a pretty quick healer.
The Pittsburgh Penguins star and reigning NHL MVP practiced Friday, a day after the team announced he would be held out of the early portion of training camp as a precaution for an unspecified minor injury.
FORT WORTH, Texas - Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is doing off-ice workouts but still is unable to skate with the team six months after an irregular heartbeat led to him collapsing on the bench during a game.
General manager Jim Nill says doctors will continue to monitor Peverley, who was with the team Friday for the start of training camp.
Nill said Peverley has improved but still needs clearance from other doctors before he can take the next step and get back on the ice. Nill expects the situation to be week to week, and says the team isn't going to rush the player.