Receiver wins Cup wager

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

Richard Alston hasn't touched the field in a regular-season game this year, but he has bragging rights in the dressing room for another reason.

The Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver - who has an off-season home in Raleigh, North Carolina - was collecting cash yesterday after making a couple of wagers on the Stanley Cup final between his hometown Hurricanes and the Edmonton Oilers.

But Alston isn't revealing how much money he took off his teammates.

"You might put it in the paper and they might want to tax that," said Alston, whose winter home is just five minutes from the RBC Center in Raleigh.

The former NFLer is also keeping his betting partners confidential.

"I am not one to blab because I might want to get another bet on down the road (with those guys)," he said with a smile.

SOMMERSELL TESTS ANKLE: Expect the Eskimos to make a few roster changes for Saturday's regular-season home opener against the Calgary Stampeders. The Green and Gold are looking hard at activating Andre Sommersell at defensive end if his injured right ankle is strong enough.

After a solid training camp and preseason, Sommersell was likely rated above Sherrod Coates on the defensive end depth chart, but had to be scratched at the last minute last Saturday to start the season in Calgary.

But the former Oakland Raiders draft choice was all over the field in practice yesterday, taking reps with the first-string front seven.

GASS SHORTAGE: It doesn't appear A.J. Gass is physically ready to return to the starting roster. The heart and soul of the defence didn't take first-team reps at middle linebacker yesterday.

"We are quite happy with Quincy Stewart and the way he played (last Saturday)," added head coach Danny Maciocia.

KICKED OUT?: Veteran Sean Fleming handled almost all of the punting drills yesterday, adding fuel to the speculation import Rodney Williams will sit this week after a less than stellar regular-season debut last weekend.

If Williams is taken off the 42-man roster, the Esks could activate Sommersell without taking another body away from their defence.

FINISH LINES: Jermaine Lee - the club's supplemental draft pick last week - has reported, but the non-import DE is weeks away from playing ... The Esks are hoping Jason Johnson doesn't hit the field this season to replace Ricky Ray, but Johnson will hit the airwaves this summer with his own sports show on 630 CHED. The one-hour program debuts tomorrow night before moving to its regular Tuesday (8-9 p.m.) timeslot next week.


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