Khan makes it two in a row for award

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

Winnipeg centre Obby Khan has won the Cal Murphy Heart of a Legend Award for the second straight year.

The award is bestowed upon the Bomber who best demonstrates sportsmanship and dedication to the CFL and the community.

Khan, who will be up for the league-wide Tom Pate Memorial Award, is heavily involved in the community. He is a spokesperson for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and volunteers with the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

He also started Khan's Kids to help underprivileged children in Winnipeg and Winnipeg Project to help disadvantaged kids in Africa.

LABOUR STRIFE? Toronto Argonauts running back Bryan Crawford can't see a lockout hitting the CFL next year when the collective bargaining agreement expires.

"I'm going to be playing football next year," said Crawford, the Argos' player rep. "I don't think a work stoppage is beneficial to either party."

The Canadian Press reported Thursday that a lockout isn't out of the question. The owners are reportedly seeking longer work days and fewer Canadians on rosters in the new deal.

"I can't predict how the negotiations are going to go," Crawford said. "I can only say that during any type of labour negotiations there are challenges, but I think both sides have the best interests at heart and we are going to go forward in a manner that is appropriate."

HELPING OUT: Middle linebacker Barrin Simpson left practice early yesterday, but it was for a good reason.

He was off to a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser, and he took a cheque from Kelly with him, too.

A few fans sent money to Maroons Road this week to pay for Kelly's $2,000 fine that he received from the CFL for his post-game comments on Sunday. Kelly forwarded those funds, about $200, to the JDRF.

"It is near and dear to my heart because of my daughter Lindsey," Kelly said. "I actually turned down some cash as I was walking off the field today. It's been awfully nice of people.

"And if they do want to contribute, give the money to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. That would go a whole lot farther than bailing me out of my big mouth."

LATE HITS: Defensive backs Jovon Johnson and Jonathan Hefney (ankles) both practised yesterday, as did special teams captain Shawn Gallant (knee). Johnson and Hefney are good to go, but Gallant will be a game-time decision ... The Bombers are tentatively scheduled to make four roster changes. Coming on are receiver Adarius Bowman, linebacker Joe Lobendahn, defensive tackle Dorian Smith and special teamer Nick Kordic ... Hamilton clinched a playoff spot last night if the B.C.-Edmonton game, which was ongoing at press time, did not end in a tie ... The Bombers had sold 27,007 tickets as of 5 p.m. yesterday. Anyone with a ticket to tomorrow's tilt will get 20% off purchases at either Bomber Store location today and tomorrow.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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