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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Canadian Football League kicker retires

Ottawa Renegades kicker Sandro Sciortino, who had his CFL season cut short last year by testicular cancer, retired Saturday.
The 26-year-old native of Markham, Ont., now cancer-free, said his decision had nothing to do with his health.
''I am physically fine,'' he said. ''I just feel at this time I need some time away from football to figure things out.''
Sciortino played five seasons at Boston College before he was drafted by Calgary 12th overall in the 2003 Canadian College Draft. He was the Renegades' kicker for the first 14 games of 2004 and hit a pair of game-winning field goals.
''I've still been training hard and kicking hard and if my heart is not into it, I am not going to pursue it - it's not fair,'' Sciortino said. ''I need some time to figure out what I want from life.''

Matt Kellett and Pat Fleming will handle Ottawa's kicking and punting duties, respectively.
Also Saturday, the defending CFL champion Toronto Argonauts signed linebacker Jeffrey Bonelli of Windsor, Ont., as well as defensive back Derek Combs and offensive tackle Jerome Davis.
Bonelli, 23, is a graduate of the University of Windsor, where the six-foot-one, 230-pound former Ontario rookie of the year also spent time as team captain.
Combs, 26, a seventh-round pick by Oakland in the 2001 NFL draft, arrives in Toronto from NFL Europe where he played with Amsterdam last season. He's spent time in the NFL with Oakland, Tennessee, Miami, Green Bay and Kansas City.
The 31-year-old Davis appeared in two games with San Francisco in the NFL last season. He's also played for Detroit, Denver and Frankfurt of NFL Europe, and suited up for two games with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders in 2000.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders signed defensive end Fred Perry and kicker Kyle Robinson, while the Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed quarterback Russ Michna, running back Marvin Townes, linebacker Scott Mennie and released quarterback Stanley Jackson.
The Edmonton Eskimos cut offensive lineman Amar Sanghera and defensive lineman Corey Trudeau, placed defensive back Tay Cody on the suspended list and added linebacker Jacoby Shepherd to the disabled list.


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