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  • January 10, 2018 11:38 PM PST

    It was a spectacular end to a tumultuous season. New Balance 1500 Azules . When the Toronto Argonauts captured the 100th Grey Cup, the offence was led by two key members; Ricky Ray, who threw for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Chad Kackert, who rushed for 133 yards and added 62 more on receptions en route to being named games Most Valuable Player. Both are back this year and both are much more comfortable in their surroundings. Ray was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Eskimos shortly after the 2011 season ended. Edmonton had been his only CFL home for nine seasons and, like anyone in any walk of life, an unexpected major change was something that came with some trepidation. "I think the biggest fear was just coming to a new place and proving myself all over again," Ray told "Here, I really had no experience with anybody other than a few other guys. Youve got to earn their respect and show that you work hard in practice and you go out and play the best you can." Toronto is looked upon by most fans as being the weak link in the league. Fans can be fickle when it comes to buying tickets and theres a perception that the city is CFL unfriendly. Ray had the same thoughts about the market and admits there is a stark difference between the two towns. "As far as football here out East, its a little bit different. In the West, theres not as much stuff to do. Here its a big city, theres other sports teams, were battling for competition with those guys. We didnt play well at home last year which didnt help us out, so this year we have to do a better job of being good at home and getting people excited to come out and watch us." A major complaint over the years in Toronto is that the Argos didnt have any players with star power to compete with the big names of the other sports. Rays name is well known in the market by even non-CFL fans, as are the names of the Chads; Owens and Kackert. The latter is back despite an offer from the NFLs New York Jets. In fact, there were reports that the running back had signed with that club, but that story quickly changed when Kackert confirmed he was coming back to the Argos. Why? "Its best to be where youre wanted," said Kackert. That sentiment may be in stark contrast to 12 months ago when Kackert was known to many for two things; being Cory Boyds backup and some ill-timed fumbles in his rookie season. He silenced any criticism as he excelled after replacing Boyd as the starter in Week 8 and fumbled just once on 123 touches. He knew his teammates had his back all along. "In the CFL, when youve got a team like we have here, its like a family. Were treating these rookies like theyve been here and theyre starting to buy in. The environment we have here isnt just something that happens, its something thats earned and takes time." Kackert earned enough respect from his Argo family to get the opportunity to start. The club chose to release Boyd, who was leading the CFL in rushing at the time. The move was criticized by an overwhelming majority of fans and media alike. The man who pulled the trigger on the move, head coach Scott Milanovich, ultimately saw the decision pay off in late November. Following the season, Kackert was a free agent and the coach thought his star running back was headed to the NFL. "I thought he was going to New York and I actually called and wished him luck at one point and he said I havent signed anything yet, so I think Kack feels good here," said Milanovich. "Hes been embraced by his teammates, hes kind of a loved guy and, not to say he wouldnt have made it in the NFL, but I think he made the right decision. This is home for him now and hes earned that." As Kackert says, "Its best to be where youre wanted" and everyone connected with the Double Blue wants him right where he is. Notes: Once again, the threat of bad weather moved practice to Holy Trinity Secondary School in Oakville... LT Tony Washington was back in uniform today for the first time since Sundays first practice... DT Khalif Mitchell sat out the second session with what appeared to be a leg injury. He was walking around with a noticeable limp as the practice progressed, but he was putting weight on it... Extremely windy conditions made things very difficult for the offence... SB Andre Durie made a couple of outstanding catches on deep balls... Spotted on the sidelines today was the Argos 1976 Rookie of the Year, RB Neil Lumsden. Hes now the running backs coach for the University of Guelph Gryphons... Theres no question the Argos have the most interesting pair of names among newcomers. SirVincent Rogers has been on the field since the first day of rookie camp and Thursday, the club signed linebacker Mister Alexander, who made his mark over the last two years on special teams with the Houston Texans... Also added today were import DB Quinten Lawrence and LB Jake Reinhart from Guelph. Reinhart is also a long snapper... When asked about who the most impressive players have been among newcomers, both Milanovich and Ray mentioned the same name in separate interviews, speedy receiver John Chiles. The QB said of him "Every time we watch film, guys are trying to press him and hes just running by them"... Milanovich said when it comes time to make cuts and if all other things are equal, the determining factor in making the decision is "character and how they fit in the locker room". New Balance 1500 Hombre . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. Nike Blazer Altas . Rob Manfred, baseballs chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players union to overturn Rodriguezs 211-game suspension. A person familiar with the hearing, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Manfred testified the sport wasnt concerned whether Bosch distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors because MLBs interest was his relationship with players under investigation. . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. He bettered that with a long-range blast that went in off the goal frame in the 18th, and converted a penalty in the 72nd after Diego Mainz was sent off for fouling Aduriz with only the goalkeeper to beat. Kell Brook suffered defeat for the first time in his professional career when he was?stopped in the fifth round against Gennady Golovkin -- here is what we learned from their pulsating bout at Londons O2 Arena:Golovkin is good at bashing BritsGolovkin has got the taste for British blood -- and wants more of it. This was the US-based Kazakhs UK debut, but his third win over a Briton. Matthew Macklin was left writhing in agony from a body shot delivered by Golovkin in 2013 and two years later body shots accounted for Martin Murray, who took the world champion the longest he has been in his career before being stopped in the 11th round.Brook lasted five rounds and ended up in hospital. Golovkin liked it so much in London that he says he wants to return to the UK to face Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO champion. Saunders, from Hatfield, holds the only world middleweight title belt not in Golovkins hands and he will want to secure a good pay day for what certainly be a tough night.Im a boxer, so now I want a unification fight, Golovkin said after dealing with Brook. First of all Billy Joe Saunders, and then Canelo. My goal is to hold all the belts in the middleweight division. Im a boxer and Im open for everybody. I would absolutely come back to the UK to fight. I love the UK, Im a big fan of London.Golovkin is his own worst problemWho will want to fight the Kazakh now after his latest devastating performance? Saul Canelo Alvarez did not fancy it and dropped a weight division, relinquishing his WBC middleweight title, to avoid a Sept. 17 showdown with GGG. Canelo says he now wants the fight in a years time, but on this display Golovkin is showing no signs of erosion of age. By fighting a world champion two weights below him, Golovkin showed he is running out of opponents.He wants Saunders next, but Saunders declined an offer to fight him at the start of the year. Who else is there? Perhaps a mandatory against Daniel Jacobs before a fight with Saunders, if he agrees to it. If we cant make the Daniel Jacobs fight then maybe we do a unification fight, Tom Loeffler, Golovkins promoter, told reporters. We tried to make that [Saunders] fight before in the UK and it didnt go very far. Maybe they will see the reaction and there will be more of an incentive to get in the ring. Gennady is open to fight anyone. The WBA is going to order a mandatory with Danny Jacobs, so we will see how that goes. Hopefully we can make it.Britains James DeGale has a good shout of being regarded as the world No.1 at super-middleweight and was also mentioned as possible future opponent. James DeGale would be a big fight over here or Gilberto Ramirez also at the weight above, added Loeffler. But jumping two weight divisions to face the winner of Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward would be a challenge, even foor Golovkin, whose critics will point to the lack of names on his record. New Balance 1500 Mujer. There was nothing wrong with the champRumours pre-fight were that Golovkin was ill after arriving in London last Sunday. Apparently, he had a sore throat and Brooks promoter Eddie Hearn thought he looked drawn at the weigh-in. But Golovkin quickly proved there was nothing in the rumours and hurt Brook with a left hook and a body shot in the opening round. At 34, Golovkin looks at his peak and his punches are as damaging as ever after leaving Brook needing to go to hospital to be treated for what turned out to be a fractured eye socket. Brook tweeted he needs an operation this week and his injuries are testament to the destructive power of Golovkin. Loeffler said the rumours happened because Golovkin did not do any interviews after the Thursday head-to-head press conference and was then grumpy at the weigh-in after being caught in London traffic.Brook retains his credibility, but not his unbeaten recordThe Sheffield boxer suffered his first defeat in 37 fights and brutally discovered that Golovkin was a level above anything he had previously faced. But Brook showed courage in taking the fight against Golovkin when others at middleweight did not. Brook also showed courage in the ring too when he battled on with a badly damaged eye from the second round.It was his corner who saved him from what appeared to be an inevitable KO. By throwing in the towel, trainer Dominic Ingle also preserved Brooks longevity in the game and ensured he was not left permanently damaged by a battering. Im very proud of Kell Brook and he has big future still in boxing, said promoter Eddie Hearn of Brook, who landed some shots flush on the champion in the second and fourth rounds.Brook is no middleweight, and maybe not a welterweight eitherAbel Sanchez, GGGs trainer, delivered the best line of the head-to-head press conference on Thursday when he said: Kell Brook will discover it takes more than a ten week scientific experiment to beat Gennady Golovkin. It was as devastating as one of Golovkins body shots and Sanchez was proved correct. Just as Brooks fellow Briton and bitter rival Amir Khan discovered when he jumped two weight divisions in May to fight Saul Canelo Alvarez, it is hard to make a seamless adjustment to middleweight on your debut in the weight class.Brook -- still the IBF world welterweight champion -- said in the ring he will now consider operating as a light-middleweight and wants the winner of next Saturdays fight between Alvarez and Liverpools WBO champion Liam Smith. I have put a lot of muscle on and I think Id be more suited to light-middleweight, he said. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '