The Hamilton Tiger-Cats would be forgiven if they entered this year with the team they finished with last season. Air Force 1 Mens Store . The Henry Burris-led squad finished second in the East Division before advancing to the Grey Cup where they ultimately fell to the home field advantage wielding Saskatchewan Roughriders. For a team that finished 6-12 the previous year, and hadnt made a Grey Cup appearance since winning the trophy in 1999, that qualifies as progress, a significant amount. And more than that, you could argue the team was on the cusp of greatness, a couple tweaks away from finishing the job in 2014. But the Ticats opted against trotting out the same lineup – or a very similar one at least – to take another shot this season. Instead they went for a big shakeup at a key position, one that may lead to some immediate regression, but that could pay off handsomely in the future. Gone is Burris, one of the teams leaders the past two years, and his league-leading stats. After throwing for 10,292 yards and 67 touchdowns the past two years with the Ticats, head coach and general manager Kent Austin allowed Burris to leave in free agency where he signed with the Ottawa Redblacks. The team opted instead for promising youngster Zach Collaros, who proved he more than belonged in the league – and may offer a lot more with extended play – with the Toronto Argonauts last year while Ricky Ray was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Despite Burris taking the Ticats to the peak of the mountain last year, theres a perception hes maybe not the guy to get a team over the mountain, and the Ticats decided to cut bait and build with a quarterback they feel more confident in. For all Collaros heroics filling in and keeping the Argos in contention last season, hes still a young quarterback with just 298 CFL passing attempts to his name. While the Ticats are convinced theyre in for big things with Collaros at QB, and theyre not the only ones as evident by the mini bidding war that went on to secure his services, some growing pains should still be expected with a 26-year-old pivot, especially one learning a new offence. So while Burris may have been the better option for Hamiltons prospects in 2014, considering his age and difficulty winning the big one, going with Collaros upward trending career is the smarter move for ultimate success. Hamilton hopes theyre taking one step back to make two steps forward. This reasonability of this move is buoyed by the general strength of the roster surrounding Collaros. Hell be in the backfield with one of the most exciting running backs in the league in CJ Gable, who finished fourth in the league in rushing with 782 yards but was the clear frontrunner in highlight reel spin-o-ramas frequently seen on Sportcentre Honour Rolls. And the Ticats already robust receiving corps added more talent this off-season. Joining Andy Fantuz, Bakari Grant, and Greg Ellingson will be Cary Koch, an underrated threat who spent the first four years of his CFL career split between Saskatchewan and Edmonton, really breaking out with the Eskimos the past two years. And while the addition isnt likely to help Collaros directly, Craig Butler joins an improving defensive unit. Notes Expansion Draft The Tiger-Cats got off easy in the first two rounds of the expansion draft before a surprise pick in the third. Backup running back Chevon Walker and FB John Delahunt were grabbed in Round 1 and 2 before Marwan Hage, surprisingly still available, was taken by the Ottawa Redblacks in the third round. It was clear the Ticats were moving on from Hage after he was left available in the final round of the draft. Hage Retires Hages time in Ottawa wasnt lasting, and the affable offensive lineman did the right thing in returning to Hamilton to retire. It was as good an ending to a solid 10-year career that Tiger-Cats fans could have hoped for, not having to see him in another teams colours. Free Agency Its hard to argue the Ticats werent the winners of free agency after landing their quarterback of the present and future in Collaros, another weapon in the receiving corps in Cary Koch, a decent offensive line replacement in Steve Myddleton, front seven defensive help in Ted Laurent and Abraham Kromah, and a solid Canadian safety in Craig Butler. CFL Draft The Tiger-Cats took a chance on their second of two first round picks and paid for it when Manitoba defensive lineman Evan Gill, a player they traded up for, decided he would return to school and try his luck at an NFL tryout next season. Gill entered the draft a bit of a risk with a quad injury but the Ticats selected him anyway, perhaps opting for the long play. The team also selected Western LB Beau Landry, one pick before Gill in the first round, who later signed with the team. After the first, Hamilton didnt make another pick until the fifth round, taking Toronto LB Christopher Johnson. The Ticats wrapped the draft up with sixth-round defensive linemen Mathieu Girard (Montreal) and Stephen Mawa (UBC), and seventh-round defensive lineman Martin Pesek from Acadia. Tim Hortons Field After a successful campaign at the University of Guelph last season, the Ticats return home to Hamilton for 2014, to the same location Ivor Wynne Stadium once stood. Tim Hortons Field projects to be ready for Hamiltons home opener in Week 5 against the Redblacks. Air Force 1 Low Fake . Terrance Broadway threw for 227 yards and Hunter Stover kicked three field goals as the Ragin Cajuns won an unprecedented fourth straight New Orleans Bowl with a 16-3 triumph over Nevada. Air Force 1 China . -- Billy Andrade hasnt played much competitive golf over the past four years.A pair of Western Canadian NHL teams travel east tonight as the Vancouver Canucks face the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers battle the New York Islanders. The Vancouver Canucks will face former teammate Cody Hodgson and the Buffalo Sabres when the clubs meet in tonights clash at First Niagara Center. The Sabres were 0-6-1 through the first seven games of 2013-14, but finally picked up a victory in Tuesdays road tilt against the New York Islanders. Tyler Ennis scored the deciding goal during the second round of the shootout to lift the Sabres to a come-from-behind win at Nassau Coliseum. The 4-3 shootout decision ended a club record-tying streak for futility at the start of the season. The last time Buffalo went seven games into a campaign without a victory was in 1999-2000, when the Sabres recorded five losses and two ties. The Sabres trailed 3-2 before Marcus Foligno found the back of the net with 2:01 remaining in the third period, and Thomas Vanek and Ennis both converted their shootout opportunities before Ryan Miller officially stopped Buffalos losing streak with a save on John Tavares. Ennis and Vanek also scored in regulation, while Miller racked up 41 saves prior to stoning two of New Yorks three skaters in the shootout. "It was a great job by our guys," said Miller. "Glad to get that (first win)." Buffalo now has a chance to earn its first home win of the season, having posted an 0-3-1 mark in Western New York so far. Thursdays contest marks the start of a three-game homestand for the Sabres, who also will welcome Colorado and Boston during the residency. Sabres forward Hodgson will play his second career game against the Canucks, who drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 2008 draft before eventually trading him to Buffalo for fellow forward Zack Kassian during the 2011-12 season. Hodgson played at Vancouver on March 3, 2012, less than one week after the trade, but did not record a point in that meeting. Kassian had one goal and one assist in that game, which Buffalo won by a 5-3 score. Hodgson has one goal and five assists in eight games this season. Kassian, meanwhile, has failed to record a point for the Canucks in two games since returning from a suspension for a high-sticking incident against Edmonton in the preseason. All told, Hodgson has 19 goals and 48 points in 76 games since the trade, while Kassian has posted eight goals and six assists over 58 contests with the Canucks. Vancouver had lost two straight regulation games by identical 4-1 scores before ending the brief slide with Tuesdays win in Philadelphia. Ryan Kesler scored a pair of goals, including the deciding tally with 2:25 left in regulation, to help the Canucks open a seven-game road trip on a positive note. The Canucks trailed the Flyers by a 2-1 count heading into the third period, but Vancouver scored the only two goals of the final 20 minutes to take a 3-2 decision. Chris Higgins added a goal and one assist and tied the game at 2-2 with 12:29 remaining in the third period, setting up Keslers game-winner. Henrik Sedin posted two helpers for the Canucks, while Roberto Luongo stopped 20 shots for the win. "It was a nice one, especially since the couuple of guys that scored goals had been working hard all year so far, but hadnt gotten rewarded much," Luongo said. Air Force 1 Blue Outlet. "So its nice that they both contributed in a huge way there." Vancouver is 2-1-0 as the visiting team this season and will continue its swing this Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Sabres have won four of the last five meetings against the Canucks. Buffalo also has claimed three in a row and five of the past six encounters in Western New York. EDMONTON OILERS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS A couple of teams desperate for a victory will meet Thursday on Long Island when the New York Islanders host the Edmonton Oilers at Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders are 2-2-2 on the season and enter Thursday riding an 0-2-1 losing streak. New York dropped the first two games of this slide on the road, but couldnt break the trend in Tuesdays home game against the Buffalo Sabres, who recorded a 4-3 shootout win to earn their first victory of the season. New York led the Sabres 3-2 after Matt Moulsons power-play goal with 11:16 remaining in the third period. However, Marcus Foligno netted the equalizer for Buffalo with 2:01 left in regulation and Tyler Ennis notched the decisive goal for the Sabres in the shootout. Thomas Vanek and Ennis both converted their shootout opportunities for Buffalo before Ryan Miller officially sealed the win for the Sabres with a save on John Tavares. In addition to Moulsons score, the Islanders also received goals from Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin, while Evgeni Nabokov turned aside 31 shots in the loss. "We put a lot of pucks on net today," said Tavares. "We didnt get the result we wanted. When we have a lead, we have to bear down and find a way to get the job done." New York is 1-0-2 on home ice this season and is playing the second test of a four-game stand on Thursday. Edmonton has just one win in seven games (1-5-1) this season and the club will be aiming for its first victory at Nassau Coliseum since 1999 when it takes the ice on Thursday. The Oilers have dropped six in a row on Long Island since last earning a road win against the Isles on Dec. 14, 1999. New York has taken two of three and eight of the last 11 meetings in this series overall. The Oilers last played on Tuesday when they dropped a 3-2 regulation decision in Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin potted the game-winner on the power play 7:20 into the third period to hand Edmontons its fourth straight loss. Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky each scored once for the Oilers, while Jason LaBarbera stopped 25-of-28 shots. "Its about wins and losses and weve got to find ways to win games," LaBarbera said. "Thats the bottom line. Everyone of us can step it up a bit more and just find a way to get a win and get a good feeling in here." Its unclear if LaBarbera or the struggling Devan Dubnyk will get the start tonight for the Oilers. Dubnyk entered this season as the clubs clear No. 1 goaltender, but he is 0-3-1 with an astronomical 5.43 goals against average and .829 save percentage in four games. The Oilers are 0-2-1 so far on a six-game road trip and will play the next portion of the swing Saturday in Ottawa. ' ' '
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The Winnipeg Jets begin a two game California road trip against the Anaheim Ducks tonight. Air Jordan 24 Sale . Following Saturdays 3-2 overtime win against Edmonton, Winnipeg has won three straight games since the arrival of Head Coach Paul Maurice.? A win tonight would tie the Jets season high of four straight wins set in mid-November against Nashville, San Jose, Detroit and Philadelphia. The (22-23-5) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 49 points. They trail Vancouver and Minnesota by 10 points for a Western Conference Wild Card playoff spot. Ondrej Pavelec (14-19-4, 3.02, .899, 1 SO) will start his sixth straight game in goal. Evander Kane returns to action after missing the last four games due to an infection in his hand. Jets Projected Lines: Ladd-Little-Frolik Kane-Scheifele-Wheeler Setoguchi-Jokinen-Byfuglien Thorburn-ODell-Peluso Enstrom-Bogosian Trouba-Stuart Pardy-Ellerby Jacob Trouba has scored three goals in his last two games. Mark Scheifele has scored in back to back games. Bryan Little is on a four game point streak which includes two goals and four assists. Blake Wheeler has? one goal and four assists in his last three games. Anaheim is coming off a 3-2 win in St. Louis Saturday.? They have won nine of their last 10 games. The Ducks are on a 10-game winning streak at the Honda Center and have yet to lose in regulation time on home ice this season.? Their record is 20-0-2. The (37-9-5) Ducks are first in the Pacific Division with 79 points. They lead second place San Jose by nine points. Jonas Hiller (23-5-4, 2.37, .914, 3 SO) will start in goal.? His 14 game personal winning streak ended Saturday in St. Louis. Ducks Projected Lines: Beleskey-Getzlaf-Perry Palmieri-Bonino-Silfverberg Winnik-Koivu-Cogliano Maroon-Perrault-Selanne Beauchemin-Lindholm Fowler-Lovejoy Fistric-Allen Ryan Getzlaf has scored in back-to-back games and also has three assists in his last three games. Corey Perry has two goals and four assists in his last three games. This is the second of three games between these teams this season.? Andrew Ladd had both Jet goals October 6th at MTS Centre as Winnipeg lost 3-2 to Anaheim. Following tonights game, the Jets fly to San Jose and play the Sharks Thursday night (9:30ct on TSN 1290 and TSN Jets). Air Jordan 14 Sale . "We cannot stay the same way the whole season long," said Reyes. "This is not acceptable. Something needs to change because were a better team than what were showing right now. Its a long season and we just need to continue to push." Its been a frustrating week for the ballclub. Nike Juvenate Sale . He made that dream a reality Wednesday night. Olt, who grew up in Branford, Connecticut, attended UConn and made a nearly 2 1-2 hour trek to Boston a handful of times to watch the Red Sox, belted a two-run homer, one of four hit by Cubs in a 16-9 rout that completed a three-game interleague series sweep.LONDON - James Rodriguez held off Cristiano Ronaldo to take the top spot in the Associated Press global football 10 poll on Tuesday.Rodriguez scored twice in Real Madrids 4-0 win over Granada, a result that kept Madrid at the top of the team vote.For the second straight week, Ronaldo is the runner-up to one of his Madrid teammates, despite scoring his 22nd goal of the season. Last weeks winner, Karim Benzema, also scored in Madrids victory but dropped to fifth.Aurelio Capaldi of RAI Sport in Italy praised Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti for getting the best out of Rodriguez so quickly.Ancelotti is probably living the best time of his coaching career: 11 wins in a row is an amazing result and the way hes making things work after Real Madrid sold Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso is impressive, Capaldi said. This also explains why Rodriguez, who is scoring fabulous goals, already fits well in the team.Bayern Munichs 2-1 comeback win over Borussia Dortmund, which extended its unbeaten start to the season in all competitions and pushed Dortmund into the relegation zone, put it second in the team vote.Arjen Robben scored the winner for Munich from the penalty spot in the 85th minute and is 10th in the player rankings.Manchester City is third in the team vote after a 1-0 win over Manchester United, where Argentina striker Sergio Aguero scored a second-half winner.Aguero was third in the player vote, and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal was a place behind after scoring twice in Arsenals 3-0 win over Burnley. Air Jordan 7 Sale . It was the second straight league game in which Sanchez scored twice for Arsenal.Sanchez to Arsenal will be one of the best signings of the European season, Leonardo Bertozzi of ESPN Brazil said. No other player has scored seven goals in the first nine games of the Premier League under the command of Arsene Wenger.One of the surprise results of the weekend was in the Spanish league, where Celta Vigo beat Barcelona 1-0 at the Camp Nou.Celta Vigo is the story, Tito Puccetti of ESPN Argentina said. It won again against Barcelona, something it has not managed to do since the 1941-42 season.Chelsea beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to maintain its four-point lead at the top of the Premier League and is fifth this week. Spanish champion Atletico Madrid is one behind after beating Cordoba 4-2.Antoine Griezmann scored Atleticos first two goals and is sixth in the player vote.___AP Global Football 10:Players1. James Rodriguez, 105.2. Cristiano Ronaldo, 94.3. Sergio Aguero, 70.4. Alexis Sanchez, 62.5. Karim Benzema, 60.6. Antoine Griezmann, 46.7. Gonzalo Higuain, 33.(tie) Victor Wanyama, 33.9. Oscar, 31.10. Arjen Robben, 28.___Teams1. Real Madrid, 111 points.2. Bayern Munich, 102.3. Manchester City, 79.4. Celta Vigo, 65.5. Chelsea, 62.6. Atletico Madrid, 51.7. Napoli, 44.8. Juventus, 37.9. Southampton, 36.10. Arsenal, 35. ' ' '