Canadian Football League

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Ti-Cats looking to rebuild team for 2006 Canadian Football League season

The CFL's sixth leading rusher has found a new home.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have traded Troy Davis and offensive lineman Dan Comiskey to the Edmonton Eskimos for receiver Brock Ralph, defensive back Tay Cody and a first round pick in 2006.
''The Ticats goal is to become a better football team now and in the future,'' said General Manager Rob Katz. ''We are confident that with this move we accomplished that.''
Jesse Lumsden start at running back for Hamilton on Friday against the Ottawa Renegades.
According to MOJO radio in Vancouver the Ticats talked to the B.C. Lions about quarterback Casey Printers and the Edmonton Eskimos about pivot Jason Maas but were turned down by both teams.

Davis was in his fifth year with the Ticats after originally signing in June of 2001. He holds several Ticats team records, including career rushing yards (5,188), single season rushing yards (1,628) and single game rushing yards (233).
Davis, an import running back, has gained 792 yards and three touchdowns this year to go along with 25 catches for 142 yards.
''Troy was an outstanding player and an outstanding person for this organization,'' said Ticats Senior Director of Football Operations Ron Lancaster. ''I was fortunate enough to coach him and watch him play the last couple of years. He showed up each and every game ready to go and never took a play off.''
Comiskey, a non-import lineman, started all 13 games at left guard for the Ticats this season after being acquired from Edmonton for defensive end Joe Montford during the off-season.
''In just a short period of time Dan accomplished some very good things here,'' said Ticats head coach Greg Marshall. ''Dan had the respect of the coaches and players both on and off the field and although he wasn't here that long had a very positive impact on the team.''
Ralph, 190-pound non-import receiver, has caught four passes for 40 yards in five games with Edmonton this season after returning to the team in August following his release from the NFL's New York Jets training camp.
Cody, an import defensive back, has played two games for the Eskimos this season, recording six defensive tackles and one interception in his first CFL season. Before venturing north, Cody spent two seasons with the San Diego Chargers, playing 15 games with the team prior to being sidelined by a foot injury.
''Brock Ralph and Tay Cody will be great additions to this organization and will help improve our football team,'' said Marshall

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Canadian Football League players of the week

Hamilton wide receiver Craig Yeast highlighted the list of CFL Players of the Week Tuesday for Week 15.
Yeast, the Offensive Player of the Week, had six catches for 166 yards, including a 52-yard grab, during a 40-14 win against Edmonton. He is 70 receiving yards shy of 1,000 for the season.
Saskatchewan linebacker Jackie Mitchell garnered defensive honors with seven tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown. Mitchell returned an INT 25 yards for a score in a 28-19 win over British Columbia.
Mitchell's teammate Fred Perry was Lineman of the Week. Perry recorded four tackles, two sacks and blocked a field goal against the Lions.
The Special Teams Player of the Week was Hamilton wide receiver Kahlil Hill, who handled three punts for 121 yards, including an 80-yard return for a TD.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Bombers looking to new personal for next Canadian football League season

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced today the arrival of linebacker Joseph Tuipala into camp.
Tuipala (6-0, 235, San Diego State '99 DOB: Sept. 13, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii) most recently played for the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe, where he was assigned by the Washington Redskins. He had 44 tackles, including 37 solo tackles, with the Centurions as well as three passes defended and one forced fumble.
"Joe is a hard-nosed, athletic linebacker," Bombers General Manager Brendan Taman said. "He brings a high-intensity, play-making ability to our linebacking corps."
A graduate of San Diego State, he signed as a free agent with the NFL's Detroit Lions in 1999. He was later assigned to the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe for the 2000 season.
After a stint with the Las Vegas Outlaws of the XFL in 2001, Tuipala was signed by the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. He led the Jags in special teams tackles in 2001 and 2002.
Tuipala spent the 2003 season on the Jaguars' injured reserve list. He subsequently signed with the Redskins on Jan. 22, 2005.
The Honolulu native was a collegiate standout at San Diego State. He recorded 271 tackles, five sacks and one touchdown with San Diego and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Lysack returns to first Canadian Football League team

Wes Lysack is returning to Calgary.
The Stampeders acquired the Canadian safety Sunday from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in for defensive back Anthony Malbrough.
The move puts Lysack back in the city where he started his CFL career before being traded last season as part of a six-player deal that sent quarterback Khari Jones to Calgary.
''This is a trade that should help out both organizations, as with all player movements you always have to give up talent to obtain it,'' Stamps general manager Jim Barker said in a release. ''In Lysack we upgrade our Canadian talent and acquire a true professional both on and off the field.''
Lysack is fourth in the league with 71 defensive tackles this season. He has also recorded four knockdowns, one interception, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one tackle for a loss.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Wright says Canadian Football League officials made right call

Canadian Football League commissioner Tom Wright said yesterday that officials for Wednesday night's Ottawa Renegades-Toronto Argonauts game had not been influenced by video replays of John Avery's controversial non-fumble on large screen at Toronto's Rogers Centre.
"The officials made the right call. Now, did they make the call as quickly as I would have liked? Perhaps not," Wright said. "From what I was led to believe, it was not induced by a replay."
That said, Wright emerged from a board of governors meeting in Hamilton yesterday hopeful the league would institute video review in 2006. A decision will be made in January.

Stamps fall to fourth in Canadian Football League west

Quarterback Anthony Calvillo threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the Montreal Alouettes to a 32-11 win over the Stampeders last night. Calvillo tossed touchdown strikes to Kerry Watkins and Terry Vaughn in the first half, while he and Eric Lapointe ran for majors in the fourth quarter. The Alouettes improved to 7-6 while the Stamps fell to 7-7. With fourth-stringer Josh Harris in at quarterback late in the game, Calgary drove into Montreal territory resulting in a 42-yard field goal.