Ticats take no chances

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

Here we go again.

In the wake of last week's Spygate, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats closed their first 15 minutes of practice yesterday.

Both fans and media were ordered to leave the Ivor Wynne Stadium stands and wait in the concourse.

"We're in a position right now where we're not protected from a league perspective in terms of accessibility and information," Tiger-Cats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille told the Hamilton Spectator. "So we had to take measures to limit the information that gets shared.

"That part of practice is the part where the most information can be gathered and where it was gathered last week, so that's why we took the measures we did."

Ron Trentini, who has scouted for Winnipeg in the past, was caught taking notes and diagramming plays by Hamilton team officials last Tuesday. The Blue Bombers claimed he was acting without their knowledge and apologized to the Ticats.

For some reason, the CFL did not issue a penalty to the Bombers, who lost last Saturday's game to Hamilton. However, the league is determined to keep practices open to the media and is investigating the situation.

HORRIFIC PASSING: Bomber head coach Mike Kelly, who insisted Spygate was "a non-issue" last week, is more concerned about addressing his club's pathetic passing this week.

"The one area where we really want to throw the football down the field, our numbers are horrific and there's a lot of factors that figure into that," he said. "I know if we concentrate on a few things and try to trim the fat, we can get more productive ... We've had dropped balls, we've had poorly-thrown balls."

Meanwhile, quarterback Stean LeFors, who suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday, looked better at yesterday's practice.

"I think he's healing up a little bit," Kelly said. "It's amazing how the body will recover with some rest."

However, LeFors will not wear any extra padding when Winnipeg plays host to the Toronto Argonauts this Friday.

"It's going to be a little sore and we understand that but I don't think he needs anything extra there," Kelly said.

NEW LB: With import LB Joe Lobendahn still injured and import LB Barrin Simpson practising on a sore toe, the Bombers have brought in former Edmonton LB Derrick Doggett as insurance.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Oregon State product recorded seven special teams tackles in four games with the Eskimos last season.

KITWANA HERO: Eskimos DE Kitwana Jones and another man reportedly tackled a 29-year-old purse snatcher in Edmonton yesterday. The purse belonging to a woman in her 50s was recovered and the man charged with robbery.

Jones practised with the Eskies later that day.

FINE TIME: B.C. SB Paris Jackson and Calgary DB Brandon Browner were fined undisclosed amounts for excessive TD celebrations, the CFL announced.

TOP PLAYERS: B.C.'s Jarious Jackson (offensive), Calgary's Dwaine Carpenter (defensive), Hamilton's Nick Setta (special teams) and B.C.'s Paris Jackson (Canadian) were named the CFL Players of the Week.

Bomber LB Siddeeq Shabazz, who had better stats than Carpenter, was not even a runner-up.

HUNGER DRIVE: Bomber QB Stefan LeFors will visit Winnipeg Harvest with Purolator and the Grey Cup tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. to promote the seventh annual Purolator Tackle Hunger food drive at Friday's game against Toronto at Canad Inns Stadium. Fans are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or a cash donation.

Fans can take pictures with LeFors and the Grey Cup at 1085 Winnipeg Ave.

About 24,000 tickets have been sold for Friday's game.


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