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WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost their leading rusher Wednesday after Nic Grigsby sought and received his release ove

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WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost their leading rusher Wednesday after Nic Grigsby sought and received his release over a decision to make him take a backup role for a second straight week. Dennis Schroder Jersey . Its just one more blow for the slumping Blue Bombers (6-9), who started the season on a winning streak but now find themselves with only a slim chance of making the playoffs. They have three games left, two against the league-leading Calgary Stampeders (12-2), starting this Friday in Winnipeg. Their remaining home game after that is set for Oct. 25 against the B.C. Lions (8-7), now four points ahead of the Bombers in the CFL West race for a crossover playoff spot. The Bombers announced Grigsbys release in a one-sentence statement Wednesday. I brought him into the office to explain what his role was going to be this week and he asked to be released, Bombers coach Mike OShea said later. The team agreed to the release and OShea wouldnt say why a trade wasnt considered. Grigsby leads the CFL with nine touchdowns and is fourth overall with 744 rushing yards, but he sat out last weeks 41-9 loss to Edmonton. Grigsby said his farewells on Twitter: To all my fans I love all the support and they backed me into a corner! That I had know (sic) other choice! Only they can answer that! OShea tried to spark his teams faltering offence last week by giving Paris Cotton the start instead of Grigsby. Cotton had eight carries for 31 yards against the Eskimos, but OShea plans to give him another shot against the Stampeders. Last week in the first half we were so far behind that we werent giving Paris a chance to get a look, OShea said. He just wasnt going to get the touches so I needed to see him again. The Bombers were down 37-0 at the half. Cotton refused to answer any questions about Grigsby after Wednesdays practice, which was held behind closed gates because of police training in the stadium. Cotton challenged for the starters job in camp but was injured in a pre-season game and Grigsby claimed the spot. He took full advantage and led the CFL in rushing yards at one point when the Bombers were still on a roll. Since then, their ground game has weakened and the losses have mounted. Other players wished Grigsby well but slotback Nick Moore said he wouldnt quit over being asked to take a backup role, even though he wouldnt like it. If he (OShea) asked me to back up and I was healthy, I mean I would definitely be frustrated, said Moore, a high-profile free-agent signing for the Bombers. That being said, I wouldnt, you know, ask to be released. Im not saying anything about Nic, because I wouldnt do something like that, but I would just accept the role and do what Ive got to do. The Bombers, who are coming off one of their worst seasons ever, havent won a game since Aug. 22. They finished with a 3-15 mark last year and cleaned house in the front office and coaching ranks. This is OSheas first season as a head coach and general manager Kyle Walters first full season in his position. Winnipeg also has a rookie starting quarterback in Drew Willy, who has proved both durable and competent, although his effectiveness has been hampered by a league-leading 58 sacks allowed. Willy is still second in the CFL in passing yards at 3,526, although it was uncertain Wednesday whether hell be able to start against Calgary because of nagging problems with his throwing hand. Winnipegs offensive line has been blamed for his lack of protection and that certainly isnt new. I think since Ive been here, everybodys kind of dumped on the O-line, said Veteran Steve Morley. It sucks ... but all we can do is do what the coaches tell us. The Bombers have had trouble recruiting Canadian starters like Morley, now in his sixth season with the team and ninth in the CFL. You cant make excuses, you know, he said. We just have to be better. Its no one persons fault, its a group effort and everyone in that room knows that. Veteran defensive back Johnny Sears added the team cant give up with three games left. You go in that locker-room right now and were gonna tell you we expect to win Saturday and thats the mindset we have to have, he said. Alex Len Jersey .I always did my stuff ahead of the deadline. The best deal Ive ever done was the Darryl Sydor deal. We did that at the end of January in 04, and Syd was the missing piece. Hawks Jerseys 2021 .Fucale will not only be one of the local boys, he is also a Montreal Canadiens draft pick and will have a huge cheering section when Canada opens the tournament Dec. https://www.cheaphawks.com/954r-lenny-wilkens-jersey-hawks.html . Speaking with TSN 1050 following Brendan Shanahans introductory press conference, the Leafs GM also addressed the clubs perceived leadership issues and the type of working relationship that can be expected within Torontos front office. LONDON -- Arsenal prepared for the Premier League season by collecting the Community Shield with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Manchester City on Sunday, picking up where the team left off at the FA Cup final by adding another piece of silverware at Wembley. Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, who both scored in the FA Cup triumph that ended Arsenals nine-year trophy drought in May, also netted against City with well-taken first-half strikes. A makeshift City was a shadow of the team that won the Premier League for the second time in three years in May. And Olivier Giroud added to Citys discomfort by scoring with a dipping strike on the hour in the traditional curtain-raiser to the English season between the Premier League and FA Cup champions. "This gives us a positive platform to prepare," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "Last year we were very consistent against the teams outside the top six and not consistent against the top six teams." Arsenal, which finished fourth after leading for much of last season, opens against Crystal Palace on Saturday as it looks to win the Premier League for the first time since 2004. Winning the Shield might set the tone for the opening weeks of the season, but is likely to be forgotten quickly. For David Moyes, it counted for nothing that his brief and unsuccessful Manchester United reign began by lifting the trophy here a year ago. Given how Citys makeshift team performed in the first half, with just four of the players who started the title-clinching Premier League finale in May, it might be an uncomfortable start to the title defence at Newcastle on Sunday. Perhaps most surprisingly, England goalkeeper Joe Hart was on the bench as new signing Willy Caballero was preferred in goal. But Hart, who was dropped during last season and successfully fought to regain his City place, saw the reccruit from Malaga concede three times. Custom Atlanta Hawks Jerseys. At the first match at Wembley since Englands pre-World Cup friendly against Peru in May, the shortage of Englishmen at top clubs was exposed again. With Hart dropped, Citys starting lineup lacked a single Englishman. "I dont see what nationalities the players are," Pellegrini said. "I use the players who I think are the best players to win that game. It doesnt matter if they are England players." Arsenal had a core of three, including new signing Calum Chambers who was assured in central defence. Arsenals trio of German World Cup winners -- Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski -- are still on their post-Brazil break. But the cup winners, with $60 million-forward Alexis Sanchez making a lively full debut, were in control throughout against a City side that provided little threat. Just like in the FA Cup final win against Hull, Cazorla scored Arsenals first goal. Jack Wilshere and Yaya Sanogo combined before the ball broke for Cazorla to strike low into the net in the 21st minute. Sanogo dragged a shot wide and had a header collected by Caballero before helping ensure that Arsenals cushion was doubled before half time. Completing a swift break, the French forward held off Dedryck Boyata before passing for Ramsey to neatly stab the ball in the 42nd. "We passed the ball around very quickly and looked a threat every time," said Mikel Arteta, who has assumed the captaincy from Thomas Vermaelen after the defender joined Barcelona. "Weve got pace up front now and it makes a big difference." Although City appeared more effective at the start of the second half, with Stevan Jovetic denied by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, the deficit was extended on the hour when Giroud was given the space to send a dipping strike past Caballero. ' ' '

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