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Senior linebacker DeAndre Ward
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LANGLEY, B.C. -- Denise Watkins is banking on Canadas rich lacrosse history making a difference as the National Lacrosse League ventures into Vancouver for a second time. Watkins is the co-owner, along with her husband Bill, of the new Vancouver Stealth, which has relocated to suburban Langley, B.C., after it could not find its niche in Everett, Wash. "I dont think anything per se went wrong," Watkins said Tuesday following an introductory news conference. "The difficulty in the United States, still, is that the sport is not well known." Lacrosse in Canada dates to the 1850s and is the countrys official summer sport, although the NLL season covers winter months. Watkins, a California native who lives in San Jose, got involved in the sport because of her son T.J., who is now a player with a Burnaby, B.C.-based junior team. Bill Watkins is a retired Silicon Valley tech company CEO who is now involved with an LED lighting company. The couple bought the Stealth in 2007 while the team was still located in San Jose, Calif. They moved the Stealth to Everett in 2010. Things did not go right for the former Vancouver Ravens franchise, either. The club, which operated from 2002-2004, was forced to fold after its ownership ran out of money. Efforts to revive the team in subsequent years were unsuccessful. The Ravens operated out of what is now known as Rogers Arena, the home of the NHLs Vancouver Canucks. But Watkins believes a shift to the Langley Events Centre, which seats 5,276 and is smaller than the homes of other NLL teams, will make a difference. Operators of the LEC, which is owned by a local municipality, have agreed to share some of the teams costs, said Watkins. LEC offered plenty of incentives to move after the former Washington Stealth played before sellout crowds at LEC in an exhibition game against the Toronto Rock and last winters NLL championship game against Rochester, because the clubs arena in Everett was not available. "The challenge of a big arena is, you have to fill it," said Watkins. "And, the bigger arenas are more expensive. So, I think, the advantage of the smaller arena is that its a bit more cost-effective." Watkins also expects to save money because most of the clubs players are from B.C., and the club will be able to reduce travel expenses. "Its been a long wait for me to be back here, and I couldnt be more thrilled," said Stealth coach Chris Hall, a Victoria native. He suggested the clubs on-floor success will also pay off at the box office. Despite its financial troubles, the Stealth reached the NLL championship game in three of the past four years and won the title in 2010. "The great thing for the Vancouver Stealth is that were not an expansion team," said Hall. "Weve got a championship pedigree." NLL commissioner George Daniel said the Stealth will increase rivalries within Canada as it competes against the Calgary Roughnecks, Edmonton Rush and Toronto. The league, he added, also has a chance to increase its TV revenues now that it has a coast-to-coast presence in Canada. Daniel said Calgary and Edmonton had a regional deal with Rogers Sportsnet while Toronto had an agreement with TSN, but the yearly contracts have expired and the league as a whole plans to negotiate a new arrangement. Noting the Watkins are "terrific owners," he contended the club is in Vancouver to stay this time. The NLL also wants to expand elsewhere in Canada. "Were not done," said Daniel. "Wed like to have more Canadian cities." Dre Greenlaw Super Bowl Jersey . 31, the CFL club announced Monday. The team also has yet to decide on the future of Doug Berry, who began the season as a consultant to the head coach but took over the offensive co-ordinators duties in July. Roger Craig Super Bowl Jersey . Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more goals in the 47th and 72nd after Valdes saved his second penalty in four days following his stop in Wednesdays 4-0 over Ajax in the Champions League. http://www.authenticsf49erspro.com/Marqu...rs-jersey/ . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. Adrian Colbert Super Bowl Jersey . LOUIS -- Roman Polak was celebrating even before Alexander Steen scored the winning goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Dante Pettis Super Bowl Jersey . The formidable trio of Canadian receivers -- individually known as Chris Getzlaf, Rob Bagg and Andy Fantuz -- will share the field at Mosaic Stadium one more time on Sunday. STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Nick Fitzgerald tied a Mississippi State record with seven total touchdowns and led the Bulldogs to a 56-41 win over Samford on Saturday.The win snapped Mississippi States three-game losing streak and the Bulldogs (3-5) had 669 yards of total offense.Fitzgerald was 20 of 35 for 417 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 117 yards and two more touchdowns. Fitzgerald became just the third quarterback in SEC history to pass for at least 400 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in a game. He joined the company of former Ole Miss standout Archie Manning and former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.It is great to get a win and I know our guys were fired up downstairs to get a win, said Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. I dont know another team in the country more appreciative of getting a win, especially with the way we have lost three games. So I am really happy for our guys. We got a lot of things to improve on but a lot of guys made great plays out there today.Donald Gray caught three of Fitzgeralds touchdown passes and totaled a career-high 207 yards receiving. Fred Ross had nine catches for 107 yards and one touchdown for Mississippi State.Devlin Hodges set career highs with 42 completions, 69 attempts and 468 yards passing for Samford (6-2). He had four TD passes and three interceptions.I am disappointed with certain things on defense, added Mullen. We had way too many missed tackles on the back end. We knew they had a high-tempo offense but I am really happy to see some younger guys starting to make big plaays on defense.ddddddddddddThat really picks up the spirit of the team.Mississippi State led 28-20 at halftime and managed to put the game away late in the third quarter. Senior linebacker DeAndre Ward returned his first career interception 35 yards for a touchdown, giving Mississippi State a 49-26 advantage with 2:48 left in the third quarter.Samford ran 104 total plays and also rushed for 159 yards. Krondis Larry led the ground game with nine carries for 101 yards while Hodges added 45 yards rushing.We ran out of gas a couple of times, said Samford head coach Chris Hatcher. We overcame a big third-quarter deficit and gave ourselves a chance to win in the end. So if there are moral victories we had one today.Karel Hamilton had 14 catches for 213 yards and two touchdowns. Kelvin McKnight added 13 catches for 115 yards and one touchdown for Samford.THE TAKEAWAYSamford: The visiting Bulldogs got another huge game from Hodges. The sophomore went over 400 yards for the third time in four games and increased his season passing totals to 2913 yards and 28 TDs.Mississippi State: The defense was down four starters and continued its downward spiral this season, surrendering a season-high 627 yards against Division 1-AA Samford.UP NEXTSamford: The Bulldogs return to Southern Conference play next Saturday and travel to conference leader The Citadel.Mississippi State: The Bulldogs wrap up a brief two-game home stand and host Texas A&M next Saturday. ' ' '
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