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By dengdai on Mar 22, 2014 03:23 AM
Ten games are down with eight to go in the CFL season and its a good time to look back on the first half of the 2011 campaign. As all eight teams gear up for the second-half run to the playoffs, lets examine the top performers to date and hand out some Your! Call mid-season awards. Today we look at the top defensive players so far this season. Who is the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at mid-season? Here are the nominees for your consideration: Odell Willis - Winnipeg Blue Bombers: The Mayor of Swaggerville leads the league in sacks with 10 through 10 games, which has helped fans in Winnipeg forget about Phillip Hunt, the teams nominee for top defensive player last year. The third-year import is actually on pace to surpass Hunts league-leading 16 sacks from last year. In a season where the Bombers defence is setting the tone for the whole teams early success, Willis is one of the players at the forefront. Jonathan Hefney - Winnipeg Blue Bombers: While Willis may get more media attention, few would argue that Hefney isnt just as important as the mayor in Swaggerville. Hefney doesnt have the eye-popping stats Willis does, but hes put together a very strong season with 47 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, and a fumble. The third-year import is to the Bombers secondary what Willis is to the defensive line. Solomon Elimimian - B.C. Lions: Elimimian took home the Most Outstanding Rookie award last season, and is looking for even more this year. The two-year import, who was born in Nigeria, leads the league in tackles and also boasts two sacks and interceptions through 10 games. The Lions are just now starting to turn their season around but Elimimian has been a constant, intimidating presence in the middle of the teams defence. Keon Raymond - Calgary Stampeders: Raymond has had a nose for making big plays for the Stampeders through the first half of the season. The veteran defensive back is tied for the league lead in interceptions with four, and has returned two of those to the house for scores. Raymond has also picked up a fumble and is fifth on the team with 25 tackles. Jerrell Freeman - Saskatchewan Roughriders: Hes not the league leader in any one category, but hes near the top in quite a few. Freemans 56 tackles rank third in the league, just six behind Elimimian; his three interceptions are tied for fourth in the league; and his three sacks have him just outside the top 10 in that category. That all adds up to a do-it-all linebacker that has been flying around the field all season for the Roughriders. Justin Hickman, Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Perhaps one of the most underrated defenders the past couple of years, Hickman may now be starting to get some recognition. For the third straight year, the 26-year-old import is at seven sacks on the season, only this year he has eight more games to improve upon that number. When the aggressive defensive end stays out of penalty trouble, hes a big asset on the Ticats line. Ricky Foley, Toronto Argonauts: Foley doesnt lead his team in tackles, but his physical and intimidating presence is always felt by opposing teams. In his second season with the Argos, the non-import defensive end has 46 tackles, two tackles, and an interception. Foley is always flying around the ball, and has three fumble recoveries to prove it. Chip Cox, Montreal Alouettes: For the sixth straight year, the import linebacker is doing it all for the Alouettes defence. Cox is on pace to exceed his career high in sacks, and could come close to setting a new high in tackles. In a year where the Als have lost a number of key players on defence to injury, Cox remains a steady presence and leader in Montreal. Youve heard what we had to say; now its your turn. Who is the Most Outstanding Defensive Player at the mid-way point of the season? As always, its Your! Call. http://www.nikefreerun3portugal.eu/Nike-free-run+-3-kj-94.html . "Fifty-fifty," he said of his odds to return before the Olympic break. http://www.nikefreerun3portugal.eu/ . Charles and Avery were ruled out for the rest of the game, while cornerback Brandon Flowers was considered questionable as he underwent evaluation for a concussion. TORONTO -- Heavyweight Alistair Overeems failed drug test showed a 14-1 testosterone-epitestosterone ratio, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Most people are a ratio of 1-1 although the commission allows for a ratio of 6-1. The World Anti-Doping Agency allows a 4-1 ratio. "An elevated T/E may be an indicator of the use of a prohibited substance," WADA says in its March 2006 document titled "Reporting and Management of Elevated T/ Ratios." The six-foot-five, 263-pound Overeem was slated to take on champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC 146 on May 26 in Las Vegas. The random test that he failed was conducted around a March 27 news conference in Las Vegas. Dos Santos and fellow heavyweights Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy (Big Country) Nelson and Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva all passed their tests. Since Overeem is currently without a license to fight -- his last one expired at the end of 2011 -- he will have to appear before the Nevada commission to get a new one. That means explaining the failed drug test. A spokesman for Overeem said Thursday that the Dutch fighter had no comment. Overeem, a former Strikeforce champion with a 36-11-1 record, made his UFC debut Dec. 30 at UFCC 141 when he knocked out Brock Lesnar in the first round for the right to meet Dos Santos.dddddddddddd. Typically, fighters licenses expire at the end of the calendar year. They then have to apply for a new one, with updated medicals and drug tests. In Montreal, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre said he wanted to see more random drug testing in MMA. "Before you didnt have a lot of money involved in mixed martial arts, but now its become very popular," he told reporters. "And the more money there is involved in a sport, the more things like that will happen because people want the money, they want to be number one, they want to do everything to achieve their goal, but I think they should do more random tests and well see in the future whats going to happen." Comprehensive testing would also help keep the sport fair, he argued. "It should be the most strict tests possible because as an athlete we dont want to fight someone who has an advantage," he added in French. "We dont want someone who is cheating because Im working hard to be what I am and I want it to be a fair fight and I hope my adversary works hard and that the best one wins." ' ' '
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