Canadian Football League

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Canadian Football League teams swap QB'S

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers acquired highly-touted quarterback Kliff Kingsbury today in a trade with the Montreal Alouettes in exchange for veteran quarterback Brad Banks.“With this trade we were able to acquire a skilled quarterback that we have evaluated and liked for some time,” said Bombers G.M. Brendan Taman. “We like the abilities that he can bring to our offence.“It's tough to see a guy like Brad go, but he is now able to go to a team that will continue his development in this league and will have an opportunity to contribute there.”Kingsbury (6-3, 220, Texas Tech ’02, DOB: Aug. 9, 1979 in San Antonio, Texas) was a sixth round selection of the New England Patriots in the 2003 NFL Draft. He spent the entire 2003 season on injured reserve following an arm injury.The New Orleans Saints signed Kingsbury the following season and he spent the entire 2004 season on the Saints’ practice roster. He joined the New York Jets midway through the 2005 NFL season, appearing in one game (Dec. 11 versus the Denver Broncos) and spent the final 13 weeks of the season on the Jets’ reserve list.The Jets assigned Kingsbury to the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe in 2006. He posted the top quarterback rating of any Cologne quarterback (73.7) while completing 58 of 102 passes for 633 yards and two touchdowns. He also led Cologne with a 56.9 completion percentage.Kingsbury was subsequently signed by the Buffalo Bills and attended training camp with the Bills, but did not see any regular season action with the team in 2006.Kingsbury was one of the most decorated players in Texas Tech history. He held 39 school, 13 Big 12 and seven NCAA records at the time of his graduation. He was just the third NCAA player to ever throw for over 10,000 yards, gain over 10,000 yards of offence and complete 1,000 passes and was just the fourth NCAA quarterback to ever throw for over 3,000 yards in a season three times. He finished his collegiate career completing 1,231 of 1,883 passes for 12,429 yards and 95 touchdowns in 43 games.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Murder charges against former Canadian Football League player dropped

It's been nearly 3 months since James Curry was booked into the Madera County jail.
Prosecutors say the former Canadian Football League player severely beat his 16 year old son and then murdered his girlfriend, Jennifer Flores, to keep her from testifying against him. But Curry's family and friends have always believed he is innocent.
Tom Dubose, friend of James Curry, says "James knew he'd be released, we knew he'd be released, but we just had to keep him strong, and we had to keep him sane."
Tom Dubose has known Curry for more than 20 years, and has visited him in jail. He says the 49 year old is a disciplinarian, but not a killer. "He wouldn't hurt a flea. He's a big intimidating athlete, and I think that probably gave him the perception of, but I know his heart" says Dubose.
Monday the murder charges were dropped when a judge ruled that the defense established an alibi for Curry at the time of Flores's death.
His attorney, Dan Harralson says he used surveillance video from the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore to show that Curry was there during the time a witness claimed to have heard gunshots coming from the couple's Chowchilla home.
Harralson says Flores committed suicide, but her family disagrees. Marisa Garcia, victim's sister, says "when they said it was a possible suicide, we knew that she wouldn't have did that because she loved her kids so much that she wouldn't have left them behind, she wouldn't have."
Prosecutors tell Action News they plan to continue their investigation and may re-file the charges. In the meantime, Curry will be heading home and looking to make up for lost time.
"He hasn't had a chance to mourn, he hasn't had a chance to hug his family, hug his kids, and he was incarcerated the next day. So it's a tough deal, but we're excited, James is excited, and it's going to be a party" says Dubose.
The child endangerment charges against Curry were not dropped. He will be back in court next month for an arraignment.