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CIS football: Pair of routs in Montreal

CIS football: Pair of routs in Montreal as Stingers, Carabins win big
The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - There was a pair of routs in Canadian varsity football action on Friday night — and they were both in Montreal.

Quarterback Francois Dessureault passed for 291 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the visiting Concordia Stingers defeated McGill 41-7 in RSEQ conference action.

Dessureault also rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown for the Stingers (2-0).

QB Dallon Kuprowski threw for 122 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Redmen (0-2). Joel Houle also took some snaps at quarterback for McGill, completing 12 of 25 pass attempts for 113 yards.

Karns blanks Jays in debut for Rays

Right-hander Nathan Karns blanks Blue Jays in debut for Tampa Bay Rays
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Right-hander Nathan Karns needed just one swing of the bat for his first major league win.

Tampa Bay catcher Ryan Hanigan provided it with a solo homer to lead off the third inning. Karns did the rest, riding out a rocky opening to hold the Blue Jays to two hits over seven innings as the Rays blanked Toronto 1-0 Friday night.

Leiweke says he does not expect Defoe back

MLSE boss says he does not expect Jermain Defoe to come back to Toronto FC
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Tim Leiweke, the man who brought Jermain Defoe to Toronto FC, appears ready to show the England striker the door.

Defoe's future has been in doubt since Toronto manager Ryan Nelsen was fired Aug. 31 and the MLS team revealed it had turned down a club record bid for the 31-year-old forward.

There has been rampant speculation that Defoe, currently nursing a groin injury back in England, wants to return to his homeland.

Ticats expect run-oriented attack from Riders

Ticats don't expect loss of Durant to dramatically impact Riders' attack
Carol Phillips, The Canadian Press

HAMILTON - Saskatchewan will have a new quarterback but Orlondo Steinauer is expecting the same old Roughriders.

The Riders will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday afternoon without veteran Darian Durant under centre. He suffered a season-ending elbow injury in last weekend's 30-24 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, meaning backup Tino Sunseri will start at Tim Hortons Field.

What's next for the NFL's Ray Rice investigation

So used to wielding the disciplinary hammer, Goodell ordered investigation of himself
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

Roger Goodell's imperious enforcement of the NFL's personal conduct policy made him a feared adversary of 300-pound linemen, established him as the most powerful — and best paid — commissioner in American sports and earned him the nickname "The Ginger Hammer."

Then he went easy on Ray Rice.

Canada opens Davis Cup tie with two wins

Pospisil, Raonic give Canada early 2-0 lead in Davis Cup tie against Colombia
The Canadian Press

HALIFAX - Canada has a 2-0 lead in its Davis Cup tennis playoff against Colombia.

Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil beat Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 7-6 (2) 6-3 in the opening singles match at the Halifax Metro Centre on Friday. Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., then followed with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 decision over Alejandro Gonzalez.

Rookie lineman Hardrick looks to make impact

Beleaguered Lions offensive line features fifth starter at left tackle
Monte Stewart, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - The B.C. Lions offensive line will feature another guest at left offensive tackle when they host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday.

Jermarcus Hardrick, a 24-year-old who played collegiately at Nebraska, becomes the fifth different starter in the quarterback's critical blind-side-protection spot this season — after Travis Lulay was hit numerous times before being sidelined with another shoulder injury on a freak mishap in Ottawa last week.

Hardrick will shift from the left guard spot, where he started last week, to his more natural left tackle spot.

Aussie Gerrans wins Grand Prix Cycliste

Aussie Gerrans wins Quebec City cycling grand prix for second time
The Canadian Press

QUEBEC - Simon Gerrans won in a sprint finish to post his second victory in three years at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec on Friday.

The Australian from the Orica GreenEdge squad edged Dutchman Tom Dumoulin and Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania for the victory in a race that played out in the final kilometres.

Gerrans recovered from a mechanical problem that forced him to change bicycles only 20 kilometres from the finish.

"It's a special victory for me," said Gerrans. "I have good memories of my win here in 2012."

Leiweke: terrible character line not specific

Leiweke: remark about Leafs with 'terrible' character was general response
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Tim Leiweke says a comment he made about players within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization having "terrible" character was not aimed at a specific player.

Speaking to students at Ryerson University, the outgoing president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment said when addressing analytics in hockey that "there are players we have in our organization today whose numbers are off the chart good and whose character is just terrible."

In an email response to The Canadian Press, Leiweke attempted to clarify what he meant.

Argos get Durie back, but not Owens

Argos get Andre Durie back for game against Stampeders, but not Chad Owens
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

CALGARY - Receiver Chad Owens is a week away from returning to the Toronto Argonauts but slotback Andre Durie is back.

Durrie, 33, of Mississauga, Ont., has been out since suffering a broken collarbone the second game of the season. But he'll play Saturday when the Argos (3-7) visit the Calgary Stampeders (9-1), who boast the CFL's stingiest defence.

Owens, the CFL's outstanding player in 2012, has appeared in just four games this season yet remains the team's leading receiver with 431 yards.

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