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KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

THIS AND THAT ...

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are probably glad they failed to sign Alouettes safety Richard Karikari last off-season. Karikari, who re-signed with the Als for more than $150,000, was benched on Saturday against the Eskimos. He has only three interceptions ...

Whom would you choose as B.C.'s defensive player of the year? Barron Miles or Brent Johnson have to be the front-runners, but Tyrone Williams, Otis Floyd and Javy Glatt are deserving as well ...

Terry Vaughn's impressive receiving streak went down with the ship in Hamilton this year. The CFL's all-time leading receiver finished the campaign with only 695 yards, which snapped his 12-year streak of at least 1,000 yards ...

The Lions' offensive line is hurting at the wrong time. Starters Rob Murphy (knee), Kelly Bates (thigh) and Bobby Singh (shoulder) are all dealing with injuries ...

Roughriders rookie WR Andy Fantuz, who hails from southern Ontario, had to buy 67 tickets for family and friends who wanted to attend last Friday's game at Rogers Centre.

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18-35-1

Hamilton's record under owner Bob Young

55

Franchise-record number of field goals kicked by Calgary PK Sandro DeAngelis this season. He broke Mark McLoughlin's mark of 54, which was set in 1996.

1,001

Career tackles for Argos LB Mike O'Shea, who is only the third CFLer to reach the 1,000-tackle plateau. Willie Pless and Alondra Johnson are the others.

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QUOTES ...

"The league is trying to give me a nasty name, for some reason. I don't know why, but I won't find out until I retire. It's sad. Maybe the refs are trying to fill a certain quota."

-- ALOUETTES LB DUANE BUTLER, WHO FEELS REFEREES TARGET HIM UNFAIRLY (MONTREAL GAZETTE)

"Certainly, 99% of the guys are not cheaters, and it's disappointing to hear that being said about us."

-- STAMPEDERS OL JAY MCNEIL, IN RESPONSE TO DICK POUND'S CLAIMS THAT THE CFL IS FULL OF DOPERS (CALGARY SUN)

"I am almost in tears, because you know how hard I work at practice."

-- ESKIMOS BACKUP RB RON MCCLENDON AFTER RACKING UP 198 RUSHING YARDS ON SATURDAY AGAINST THE ALOUETTES -- HIS FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR. (EDMONTON SUN)

"I'm not going to entertain questions about my own future. I understand TSN ran a poll about whether I should be staying, so they have already decided that."

-- ROUGHRIDERS HEAD COACH DANNY BARRETT, PRIOR TO LAST FRIDAY'S GAME IN TORONTO (THE LEADER-POST)


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