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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 25, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Bl SPORTS GOT A SPORTS TIP JUNE 2002 Call in results tollfree within Manitoba to 18777865786 or local ly to 5717443 before 11 You can fax us at Email [email protected] Prince dumped for Phillips BY BILL BEACON Canadian Press MONTREAL Controversy has replaced unbounded optimism for the Alouettes season opener for the first time since the team returned to Montreal in When the Alouettes open the CFL season tonight against the visiting star running back Mike Pringle will be on the replaced by former NFL bad boy Lawrence Phillips declared himself the best player in the league after playing part of one exhibition game last week against the expansion Ottawa Released by both the Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers for insubordi the former University of Nebraska star has not played an out door game that counts since Im looking forward to said who was last seen playing arena football in after practice on I just want to I feel Im a good player and I want to show The change humiliated the teams star for the last six and showed that new head coach Don Matthews determined to put his imprint on a team that began last season 92 and then lost its last eight But Pringles relegation to a backup role and the gutting of veterans who have been the core of the team in recent has drawn the first truly nasty press the Als have seen since their Journal de Montreal columnist Bertrand Raymond accused the new management of destroying what for mer team president Larry Smith built and warned team owner Robert Wettenhall that plans to expand Molson Stadium may not be necessary if too many familiar players are let He also reminded them that the team already folded in due to fan The Alouettes string of 28 consecu tive home sellouts is in although capacity has been increased by nearly 400 mostly in the end to this Some tickets were still available the day before the while last all games were sold out well in Matthews insisted the Als are a bet ter team with Phillips and the contro versy emerged from the legend of Mike When you take away his legendary status and take what you know about Lawrence its easier to said who replaced the fired Rod Rust and his interim successor Danny Macioca last Its not that hes not the Mike Pringle of its that Lawrence Phillips is an exceptionally gifted foot ball I also believe he has a chance to be the best tailback the league has ever But just to rub salt in the Matthews made Pringle the socalled designated import essentially the 39th of 39 players on the Under die designated import Pringle can only go into the game to replace an and the replaced player cannot return to the Its a status usually given to kickers or kick who dont replace any other the only CFL player ever to rush for yards in a season who is only yards short of George Reeds career rushing was keep ing a low Im not going to be a distraction on this the muscular Los Angeles native I have a lot of respect for the guys in this lockerroom and for me to make a spectacle of this and take the focus away from our goal would be irre Ill be as professional as I can when I do get out on the Ill do what Mike Pringle TODAYS FEATURED EVENTS IN THE CITY SENIOR BASEBALL Brandon Cloverleafs host the Baldur Regals in MSBL action at Westbran 7 MENS FASTBALL A fUll slate of Brandon Commercial league games at Curran beginning at IN WESTUAN SENIOR BASEBALL Oak River Dodgers play the Blue Jays in MSBL play at Birtle 7 ON TELEVISION GOLF Second nine of the Telus Skins Game featuring Mike John Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia live from TENNIS Early round coverage of same day tape BASEBALL Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Devil 6 Sportsnet SOCCER World Cup semifinal pitting Brazil against Turkey live at 6 Do a little dance CPFIlE PHOTO Markus Jamie Robert Gordon and Milt Stegall celebrate a Winnipeg touchdown last The Bombers had plenty to dance leading the league in scoring with 509 Crowley leads Renegades Veteran Oline should be plus BY DAN RALPH Canadian Press When Joe Paopao became the head coach of the CFL expansion Ottawa Renegades in he had no just a computer and telephone on a fold ing Six months Paopao not only has an office but a football team eager to embark on a new beginning in market that has been without a CFL team since the Rough Riders folded after the 96 The Renegades open their inaugural season Friday night at Frank Clair Stadium against the Saskatchewan Roughriders 6 Weve come a long thats for Paopao When I came here in December it was liter ally bare cupboards to where were at right It has been a journey were here and itch ing to The CFL regular season begins with the Lions in Montreal to face the Alouettes TSN 6 Dan Crowley starts at quarterback for ahead of Sampson and Chuck While a fiveyear has more CFL experience than either Sampson 99 with 2000 with Toronto or Clements much of his time in Canada has been spent as a Crowley will play behind a veteran offensive The Renegades secured centre Carl tackle Seth Dittman and guard George Hudson in the expan sion draft before adding guard Val Germain and tackle Mike AbouMechrek via free Versatile running back Darren acquired last week from is expected to see playing along with rookie Mike Vilimek and veteran Mark Ottawa lacks experience on the defensive line but has a veteran presence behind Kelly Wiltshire expansion draft and Donnavan Carter free agent anchor the line backing corps while CFL veterans Ricky Gerald Don Ruiz and Vernon Mitchell man the But Ottawa will be hard pressed to make the even with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers departure to the West Montreal again fields a veteran squad and the off season head coach Don Matthews should be just what the Alouettes need to finish atop the East Matthews has implemented more of a passing offence this departure from the runoriented approach the club has traditionally taken and named controversial Lawrence Phillips as his starting ahead of perennial allstar Mike The Hamilton TigerCats open the season with nine hew starters but have enough proven veterans such as quarterback Danny slotbacks Darren Flutie and Andrew kicker Paul lineback ers Sean Woodson and Chris Shelling to finish second behind That leaves Ottawa to battle the Toronto Argonauts for the third and final division playoff And it could be an interesting Toronto will be strong defensively with the offsea son additions of rush end Joe Monrford and defensive back Clifford Ivory from Hamilton and linebacker Martavious Houston Torontos problems will be on where the club was ranked 7 in the eightteam CFL last New coach Gary Etcheverry hasnt decided whether Stanley Michael Bishop or Jack Hawley will be his 1 Problem none of those candidates has ever been a CFL starter That wont help Toronto sell The Argos averaged a leagueworst fans per game last sea Winnipeg returns to the West after a fiveyear and should again be the class of the Not only are the Bombers but theyre eager to atone for their 2719 loss to Calgary in the Grey Cup CFL SCHEDULE East Division W yWinnipeg 14 xHamilton II xMontreal 9 Toronto 7 West Division W yEdmonton 9 xCalgary 8 8 Saskatch 6 L TOL F 40 0 509 7 0 0 MO 0 454 1 432 L TOL F 9 0 1 439 10 0 1 478 10 0 0 417 12 0 0 308 A P 383 28 420 22 419 18 455 15 A P 463 19 476 17 445 16 416 12 x Clinched playoff y Clinched division first round Playoffs 11 Division Semifinals Eastern Semifinal Hamilton 24 Montreal 12 Western Semifinal Calgary 28 19 18 Division Finals Eastern Final Winnipeg 27 Hamilton 13 Western Final Calgary 34 Edmonton 16 25 89th Grey Cup At Montreal Calgary 27 Winnipeg 19 CP FILE PHOTO Khari Jones will lead the Blue again East West Note Teams losing in overtime arc awarded one point the CFL includes overtime losses in the loss REGULAR SEASON WEEK I June 25 at June 28 Saskatchewan at 6 TSN Toronto at Edmonton at TSN June 29 at 1 TSN WEEK 2 July 3 Montreal at TSN July 4 Ottawa at 8 TSN July 5 Hamilton at TSN Calgary at WEEK 3 July 9 Toronto at TSN July 11 Saskatchewan at TSN Winnipeg at July 12 Calgary at TSN July 13 Toronto at 8 TSN WEEK 4 July 17 Ottawa at TSN July Montreal at Hamilton at TSN July 19 Edmonton at TSN WEEKS July 23 Winnipeg at TSN July 25 Hamilton at TSN Saskatchewan at July 26 at 8 TSN July 27 Winnipeg at TSN inipeg EK6 WEEK 6 1 Ottawa at TSN Saskatchewan at Calgary at TSN 2 Edmonton at 6 TSN WEEK 7 7 Hamilton at 8 TSN 8 Montreal at TSN Toronto at 9 at TSN 11 Hamilton at WEEKS 15 Calgary at 6 Winnipeg at TSN Ottawa at 16 Saskatchewan at 7 TSN WEEK 9 21 Montreal at TSN 22 Ottawa at TSN 23 Edmonton at 6 Calgary at TSN 25 Montreal at TSN WEEK 10 30 at TSN 1 Winnipeg at 4 TSN Sept 2 Toronto at 12 CBC Edmonton at 3 CBC WEEK 11 6 Calgary at 8 TSN 7 Toronto at 2 CBC 8 Hamilton at 12 TSN at 4 WEEK 12 13 Edmonton at TSN 14 Ottawa at 2 CBC 15 Montreal at 12 Toronto at 3 TSN WEEK 13 20 Montreal at TSN 21 Sask at 2 CBC 22 Calgary at 12 TSN Hamilton at 1 WEEK 14 27 Winnipeg at TSN 28 Ottawa at 2 CBC 29 Toronto at 12 Edmonton at 12 WEEK 15 4 I lamilton at TSN 5 at 2 CBC 6 Edmonton at 12 TSN Winnipeg at Saska 3 TSN WEEK 16 11 Calgary at TSN 12 Sask at 2 CBC 14 Toronto at 12 CBC Montreal at 3 CBC WEEK 17 18 Winnipeg at TSN 19 at 2 CBC 20 Hamilton at 12 TSN Ottawa at 1 WEEK 18 25 Sask at TSN OcL 26 Montreal at 2 CBC 27 Winnipeg at 12 TSN at 3 WEEK 19 1 Saskatchewan at TSN 2 Edmonton at 2 CBC 3 Ottawa at 12 TSN Calgary at 1 PLAYOFFS All Games On CBC 10 Eastern 12 Western 3 17 Eastern Western 3 24 Grey Cup At Edmonton East Champ West 3 JOE PAOPAO after posting a leaguebest 14400 the Bombers are led by quarterback Khari the CFLs outstanding player last Jones threw 30 touchdown passes and guided Winnipeg to 50 touchdowns overall both league Receiver Milt Stegall 81 14 TDs is Jones favourite At running expect dangerous Charles Roberts to see more playing time in his sophomore Winnipegs defence is no The unit was ranked 1 in the CFL last and added vet eran linebacker Daved The departure of cor nerback Juran Bolden NFL is but his replacement will be Mustafah a former Indianapolis Colts player who had 10 interceptions with in 98 and was the CFLs top rookie when his name was Steve The Edmonton Eskimos seem the most likely to pose a serious threat to Quarterback Jason Maas has emerged as a bona fide CFL starter last passing for yards and 21 touchdowns last Maas made former starter Nealon Greene traded to Saskatchewan Terry Vaughn 98 yards and Ed Hervey 77 yards are bigplay receivers while incumbent Ron Williams and former NFL star John Avery provide a solid rushing Edmonton is solid with veteran line backers Terry Ray and Singor Mobley and tackle Doug The addition of rush end Elfrid Payton should drastically improve the Eskimos pass Calgary is the defending Grey Cup and begins its first full season under new owner Michael who purchased the club late last year from Sig One of Feteriks first duties this offseason was to resign Wally the clubs head coachgen eral manager who begins his 13th season with the fran the longest tenure of any pro football head Quarterback Marcus the 2001 Grey Cup but wont have two of his most depend able Receiver Marc Boerigter signed with the NFLs Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason while vet eran slotback Vince Danielsen Crandell isnt without any offensive Travis Moore 76 yards is among the CFLs best receivers and running back Kelvin Anderson is coming off a careerbest yards rush ing last In the Lions will be hard pressed to make the playoffs with an aging Quarterback Damon begins his 18th CFL But the leagues career passing leader showed signs of wear last completing per cent of his passes with just 18 That has prompting reports the Lions want to acquire Kemp from Toronto as Veteran running back Robert who led to the 2000 Grey was released this off Fullback Sean is back for a 12th Receiver Alfred Jackson 38 661 nine TDs can still but hes And while offensive Jamie Taras is still regarded among the leagues hes 36 years Saskatchewan finally has a proven quarterback in but unfortunately not much Greene will show flashes of but he cant be expected to carry the offensive load Gone are running back Davis and veteran receivers Curtis Marsh and Dan Farthing both Saskatchewans defence was ranked 2 last year despite being woefully But missing from this years unit are defensive tackle Demetrious Maxie and linebacker George who both went to the ;