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VERO BEACH, Fla. Alvin Kamara Jersey . -- Chad Johnson made a sharp cut to free himself from a defender, and then hauled in a pass at the 53-yard line. Yes, the 53. Football is going to be a little different now for the former NFL star. The receiver who once changed his last name to Ochocinco might be hearing a lot of "O Canada" this summer, and he insists hes humbled for that opportunity. Johnson was on the field with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL on Tuesday for the start of their three-day minicamp, and theres a very realistic chance that he will be with them when their season starts for real in June. "Its just football. Its football," Johnson said. "Its not about Montreal. Its about the opportunity to be able to play football again, something I love." Its something he lost two years ago. Johnson last appeared in an NFL game during the 2011 season with New England. He was in training camp with the Miami Dolphins -- his hometown team -- the following summer, but his contract was terminated one day after he was charged with misdemeanour domestic battery. A plea deal was eventually worked out, but after a probation violation Johnson wound up going to jail for a few days anyway after a judge objected to the way he slapped his attorney on the backside in celebration. He hasnt played since. "A horrible mistake," Johnson said. "A dream of mine since I was 4 years old was taken from me, rightfully so, by my wrongdoings and I just want to get back to doing something that I love to do, regardless of where it is. Montreal, flag football, back in the street the way I grew up . I just want to play football." The Alouettes have a history of not judging players by their checkered pasts, as evidenced by how they once gave former Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips a chance on what became a Grey Cup-winning team in Montreal. "Its all business," Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said. "Its real. Hes in great shape. He wants to play and well see how things are." Popp shrugged off the notion that Johnsons presence is a publicity stunt. "None of you would know it was here unless it got tweeted out," Popp said. And Twitter does play quite a role in this story, since Johnson -- one of the worlds most popular athletes when it comes to social media -- used the power of his 3.6 million followers to help get the Alouettes attention. "Power of Twitter," Johnson said, grinning. The Alouettes were working out at Dodgertown, where some schoolkids were playing baseball on a nearby field. When their game ended, about a dozen of them came over to the football field to chant "Oc-ho-cin-co!" repeatedly. Some fans wearing his old Cincinnati Bengals jerseys watched, as did a couple in Patriots colours. "Like a kid again," Johnson said. He showed Tuesday that he can still run routes, and right there is why Montreal is eager to take a closer look. The CFL game is very much passing-friendly, and that can be at least partially attributed to several rule deviations from the NFL game. Teams in the CFL have only three downs to gain 10 yards instead of four. The field is 10 yards longer from goal line to goal line, is about 10 yards wider, and the end zones are 20 yards deep -- twice as long as those used in high school, college and pro play in the U.S. Montreal quarterback Troy Smith, the former Ohio State standout, said most people dont realize how much talent is in the CFL. And he believes Johnson can make an impact. "I know hes going to bring some fun and excitement to the team," Smith said. In short, even though theres 12 players on the field per team instead of 11, theres plenty of room for offences to manoeuvr. And in Canada, receivers cant be blocked or jammed unless theyre within a yard of the line of scrimmage. Of course, if Johnson heads to the CFL, he wont be exactly getting rich. The salary cap in the CFL is $4.4 million per team -- Johnson has had years where hes made about twice that much by himself. The average salary is around $85,000. "I dont even need a check," Johnson said. "Didnt I give it all away for 12 years straight? Think about it. Did I ever care about money when I played throughout my career? Still dont. I want to have fun. I want to enjoy the game. Thats it." Vonn Bell Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Drew Brees Jersey . Authorities in Medina, Minn., released the details one day after Cunningham was jailed for another alleged incident with the woman he had been living with for the previous eight months. Cunningham had already been charged with felony domestic assault for allegedly choking the woman last week. . After making his All-Star debut in Fridays Rising Stars Challenge, the Raptors sophomore centre wont be sticking around for the duration of the weekends festivities, thinking about the big picture instead.VANCOUVER - DeMar DeRozan dribbled around opponents and drove to the basket with grace and ease Sunday night.If the Toronto Raptors hope to head into this season riding the momentum built during last seasons playoff run, it appears DeRozan already is.The Raptors all-star scored 21 points in 21 minutes to lead the Raptors to a 99-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings in their pre-season opener as the NBA returned to Vancouver for one day. Efficient, said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. Hes smart, under control, he really did a good job just being efficient with his play. DeRozan, who spent a good chunk of his summer helping the United States to gold at the FIBA World Cup, wasnt quite as kind in his self-assessment.I felt rusty, man, said DeRozan a€” although there was no discernable rust.Ive been playing different type of international rules for a month and a half. . . A lot of my moves that I usually do, especially now that I added so many counters to a lot of the moves that I did, I was second-guessing, he explained. It probably didnt look like it, but I was out there second-guessing a lot of things, I could have made it a little bit easier.Its something Ill get more comfortable with as I continue playing.Jonas Valanciunas and newcomer Lou Williams, a nine-year veteran acquired by Toronto in June, added 12 points apiece. Terrence Ross and Tyler Hansbrough finished with 11 points each in front of a sellout Rogers Arena crowd of 18,630 that included former Canucks star Trevor Linden and B.C. premier Christy Clark.Ramon Sessions led the Kings with 14 points, while DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Collison had 13 points each, and Canadian Nik Stauskas had 12 in his NBA debut. The Raptors trailed the Kings 75-68 heading into the fourth quarter, but an unlikely three-pointer by Tyler Hansbrough a€” that brought the Toronto players off the bench in celebration a€”a€” tied the game 75-75.He been working on it, DeRozan said of Hansbroughs three. I called him (former Raptors three-point specialist) Steve Novak the other day.We really value the corner three, Hansbrough explained of his decision to add the long-range shot to his game. To be honest with you, it was a long process, especially for a guy who didnt shoot threes. Im definitely not a three-point shooter. I worked with a shooting coach (Mike Hollis in North Carolina) all summer. It was almost like we kind of changed a lot of what I was doing. A lot of it is just having the confidence to be able to do it.Hansbrough connected on a pair of free throws with 1:40 to play to put Toronto up by one, then Williams converted a three-point play and Toronto led by four with just over a minute to go, as the Raptors romped to victory.The Raptors went a franchise-best 48-34 and made their firrst post-season appearance in six seasons. Thomas Morstead Jersey. Their thrilling series against the Brooklyn Nets ended in a heartbreak a€” a one-point loss in Game 7.The Raptors hope to go into this season riding the wave of momentum established last season, and coach Casey said the goal Sunday was to establish a habit of playing hard, especially on the defensive end.Whether we win lose or draw is not important in these types of games, Casey said. What is important is our defensive approach and I thought we didnt come out in the third quarter with our starters with that defensive intensity, that zeal that you have to have.The Kings outrebounded the Raptors 45-30, with former Raptor Reggie Evans leading the way with 13.The Raptors are trying to firmly entrench the squad as Canadas team, and there was a real sense the team was in town this week with Raptors billboards overlooking downtown Vancouver streets and ads playing on TV screens.We The North T-shirts and flags dotted Rogers Arena a€” normally home to the Vancouver Canucks a€” along with numerous teal Vancouver Grizzlies jerseys from the citys old team that moved to Memphis in 2001.It was amazing, DeRozan said. I was on the bench with Amir (Johnson) and Amir said This is crazy, it sounds like a playoff game, and it really did. The energy in here tonight for a pre-season game was definitely amazing, and we are very appreciative of it because we are Canadas team. To come to the other side of Canada and get this kind of reception is amazing.One row of fans held a big Vancouver Wants NBA banner.The game marked a decent debut for Stauskas. The 20-year-old shooting guard from Mississauga, Ont., picked No. 8 by the Kings in last summers NBA draft, played 26 minutes, connecting on his first shot attempt, a three-pointer.Sim Bhullar, a seven-foot-five centre from Toronto, is in camp with the Kings, becoming the first player of Indian descent to sign an NBA contract. Bhullar subbed in for the final 19 seconds of the game.The game capped the Raptors west coast training camp. The team had spent the better part of the week training at Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby, B.C.Casey went with last years starters a€” Lowry, Ross, DeRozan, Amir Johnson and Valanciunas a€” and the Raptors led 20-17 to end the first quarter.Ross came off the bench to score eight points in the second a€” treating the crowd to a thunderous dunk a€” and the Raptors took a 47-42 into the halftime break.Raptors rookies Bruno Caboclo, picked 20th overall in the draft last June, and Lucas Nogueira, didnt play. Theyll head to Sacramento to face the Kings again on Tuesday. They host the Boston Celtics at the Air Canada Centre on Friday. Theyll host Atlanta in their regular-season opener on Oct. 29. China Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL Cheap China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys 2019 Discount NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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