Smith in trouble again

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Trouble continues to follow Trevis Smith.

The former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker, who was charged last year with two counts of aggravated sexual assault, spent the weekend in jail after allegedly breaching a bail condition.

Smith is alleged to have knowingly infected two women with HIV. He had a trial scheduled for early this year which was postponed when two of his lawyers unexpectedly withdrew moments before the hearing was set to begin.

He was released from custody on those charges under several conditions, including that he not be alone with females over the age of 14 unless his wife and children are present.

According to court documents, Smith is alleged to have breached that condition between Nov. 2 and Dec. 1 in Regina. Smith appeared in provincial court yesterday morning and his bail hearing was expected to continue today.

GREY CUP ODDS

Bowmans International issued its early odds and the Edmonton Eskimos are tabbed as 3-1 favourites to repeat as Grey Cup champs.

The Argos and Calgary are second choices at 7-2. Montreal, which lost to Edmonton in last year's Cup, is fourth choice at 4-1, followed by B.C. at 5-1, Hamilton at 13-2, Saskatchewan at 8-1 and Winnipeg at 15-1.

ARGOS OPEN EARLY

The Argos will commence their rookie camp on Thursday for the first of two days designed to give the first-year players a chance to learn terminology and get a leg up on the the team's offence and defence. The veterans report on Saturday and the team begins its first full practices on Sunday.

All four quarterbacks -- Damon Allen, Spergon Wynn, Eric Crouch and Charlie Peterson -- will be participating with the rookies. Crouch, the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner making his Canadian Football League debut, and Wynn, acquired from Winnipeg in an off-season trade, will clearly draw a lot of attention.

Argos assistant general manager Greg Mohns tabbed several players to watch on both sides of the ball: including offensive lineman Damian Lavergne, who joined the team late last year; receiver Shockman Davis, who attended the team's training camp two years ago and was making a solid impression until he broke a leg; and on defence, ends Erik Flowers and Ron Flemons; and linebacker Lee Woodall.

Mohns also said the team is close to signing linebacker Ray Fontaine, selected in the second round last year in the Canadian draft out of the University of Kentucky.

THE RICKY WATCH CONTINUES

There is no progress in the Argos' pursuit of Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams, who is suspended for the 2006 National Football League season for violating the substance abuse policy a fourth time. Miami is worried about the risk of injury.

"Ricky Williams is a special character in an odd situation," Argos co-owner David Cynamon said. "Everything we're getting back is he's such a good guy and he's got some social issues that (the Dolphins) understand; that it's not a typical bad guy or drug situation and they're treating it differently. That's why they want him back. We're learning he's like the franchise for them. They hope he carries them to the promised land."

-- with files from CP


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