The Toronto Argonauts could be sold within a matter of weeks, either to Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment or its chairman, Larry Tanenbaum, according to multiple sources. Colorado Avalanche Gear . Talks between David Braley and MLSE have heated up in recent months to the point that the MLSE board, which includes Tanenbaum as well as representatives from Bell and Rogers, was asked to vote during December on acquiring the CFL team. While the board could not agree on the matter, there remains the possibility that MLSE could revisit buying the team or that Tanenbaum himself may purchase it. An Argo purchase by MLSE or Tanenbaum makes potential sense from both ends of the deal. From the Argos perspective, the team is in desperate need of a new practice facility, having been told by the University of Toronto that its Mississauga campus can no longer house the football team. With three months until the opening of CFL training camps, a sale would presumably open the door to the Argos taking up residence at the KIA Training Ground, the practice home of Toronto FC which includes three full-size grass fields, four artificial fields and a 40,000 square foot field house in Downsview. Being sold to Tanenbaum or MLSE would make the Argos part of the plan for a redesigned BMO Field, thus solving their need to build a new home from scratch when they vacate Rogers Centre after the 2017 season. MLSE president and CEO Tim Leiweke has stated several times in recent months that the Argos could factor into future plans at BMO, a position in stark contrast to that of his predecessors, who saw the facility as soccer-only. From the perspective of Tanenbaum or MLSE, owning the Argos could be a chip towards the goal of securing a National Football League team, based on the NFL wanting assurance that moving a team to Toronto would not kill the Argos or the CFL. "(Tanenbaum) has always had an affection for them," said former MLSE president and CEO Richard Peddie. "Everything Im hearing is that that the NFL is telling them that if you want an NFL team, you better make sure the Argos are okay. I dont think its out of the realm that he may do it." As well, having the Argos as a second tenant at BMO Field could help MLSEs drive to secure investment from government to redevelop the stadium, which is a publicly-owned facility operated by MLSE exclusively for soccer at this time. "Ive got to believe that theyre thinking of the Argos in that facility," said Peddie. "Can you design a stadium with moveable sections and not lose the intimacy? Yes, you probably can." The Argonauts are currently owned by Hamilton businessman David Braley, who has been exploring options for a new stadium in the Greater Toronto Area in recent months.Though the Argonauts have consistently lost money at Rogers Centre, it is believed their business model could continue to improve with the right arrangement at BMO, combined with increased revenues from the CFLs new television deal which kicks in this season. This isnt the first time MLSE has looked at a potential Argo purchase. The Argos had been offered up to MLSE when the team was owned by David Cynamon and Howard Sololowski, who sold to David Braley in February of 2010. However, the ownership of MLSE and many of the dynamics within the citys professional sports scene have changed since those days, most notably with Liewekes arrival and the notion of trying to land an NFL team.In November, reports surfaced of Tanenbaum, Lieweke and rock star Jon Bon Jovi teaming up to pursue a future relocation of the Buffalo Bills to Toronto. Colorado Avalanche Pro Shop . - For years William Gay kept quiet. Wholesale Avalanche Jerseys . -- Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew practiced in a limited capacity Friday, a positive sign he might be able to play against the Tennessee Titans.TORONTO -- Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley paid tribute to fellow U.S. star Landon Donovan on the eve of his international farewell match. Bradley, however, will miss Donovans finale Friday in a friendly against Ecuador in East Hartford, Conn. He was not called up, allowing him to play in two key MLS games in Torontos playoff push. Landon has been an incredible player for the national team and such an important guy for so long, Bradley said after practice Tuesday. And so sure, on a personal level, would it have been nice to play with him one last time in the national team and to be therre for what will surely be a special night for him? Yeah. Avalanche Jerseys 2020. But the reality is things here are very very important at the moment. Cant miss (them). Donovan, who is due to retire at the end of the season, will earn his 157th cap for the U.S. on Friday. He is set to exit as the U.S. teams all-time leader in goals (57), assists (58), World Cup caps (12), and World Cup goals (5). Bradley, who has won 90 caps for the U.S., is likely to join the American camp after Torontos game Saturday against the New York Red Bulls for a friendly early next week against Honduras. ' ' '
Montreal Alouettes wide receiver Arland Bruce issued a statement of apology on Tuesday regarding a post he made on social media about openly gay football player Michael Sam. Air Force 1 Alte Supreme . "First, I would like to offer my deepest and sincerest apologies for any harm I have inflicted on University of Missouri defensive lineman, Michael Sam," the statement read. "Michael Sam is someones son, someones brother and it is neither my business nor my right to comment on his sexual orientation. My comment on Instagram was inappropriate and disrespectful, and I apologize for the lack of discretion." Bruce was fined on Tuesday by the CFL for a crude posting on social media urging Sam to "submit to God." "The comments made by these players are extremely disappointing and do not represent the CFLs views or the views of the vast majority of our players," CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said in a statement. "The CFL is supportive of openly gay athletes in professional sports and we commend the courage shown by Michael Sam. During the off-season, we have been working with an organization that specializes in this subject and look forward to announcing a formal partnership with them in the near future." The 36-year-old Bruce, a three-time CFL all-star and two-time Grey Cup champion, has played 11 seasons with Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, B.C. and Montreal. The Olashe, Kan., native is going into his second season with the Alouettes. The Alouettes released a statement saying they "unequivocally denounce the regrettable comments made by Arland Bruce III. The statements and feelings expressed by Bruce III are disappointing and do not reflect the opinions and values of the Montreal Alouettes Football Club." In the same statement, Alouettes general manager and head coach Jim Popp said: "Our organization supports all types of diversity. Every individual is unique and free to make his or her own choices. We evaluate players, coaches and support staff based on their skill set and not by gender, colour, religion or sexual orientation. The Montreal Alouettes have a simple criteria to determine who can be a member of our organization. We seek individuals who will make a positive contribution to our team goals and to the Montreal community." Popp later said that no decision has yet been made on whether Bruce will remain with the team. He did not rule out releasing the veteran. "As an organization, well discuss the matter thoroughly and decide what to do next," said Popp. The following is the full statement released on Tuesday night: "First, I would like to offer my deepest and sincerest apologies for any harm I have inflicted on University of Missouri defensive lineman, Michael Sam. Michael Sam is someones son, someones brother and it is neither my business nor my right to comment on his sexual orientation. My comment on Instagram was inappropriate and disrespectful, and I apologize for the lack of discretion. I apologize to fans, teammates, and everyone else who has worked with me, supported me and believed in me throughout my career. I not only respect the game of football, I respect everyone who plays it, and it was not my intent to negatively affect anyone, especially this young, up-and-coming football phenom. I would welcome Michael Sam on my team any day, as I have no ill will towards anyone simply because they are gay. I have a brother and a half-brother who are gay, both of whom I love and respect greatly. To the Montreal Alouettes, the CFL/ CFLPA and the NFL/NFLPA – you are outstanding organizations that give many great men the opportunity to play this beautiful game. I have been very blessed to play on your team and in your league, and I am sincerely sorry for any adverse effects you have had to endure due to my actions. Finally, I want to make it very clear that my thoughts and opinions are my own and do not reflect those of either organization or anyone who is associated with me." Air Force 1 Alte Comfort Prm Year Of Snake .Y. -- The Montreal Canadiens have had few reasons to celebrate this season as they have been mired near the basement of the Eastern Conference. Lunar Force 1 Italia .Lets go back to the Avs, who have become one of the funnest teams to watch in this years playoffs.Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Fourth-seeded Li Na and 30th seed Eugenie Bouchard were Tuesdays quarterfinal winners at the 2014 Australian Open. The two-time runner-up Li whipped 28th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2 in a match that lasted just 67 minutes at Melbourne Park. The 31-year-old Pennetta was a surprise U.S. Open semifinalist in September. "After saving the match point, I think I got a lot of confidence," the 31- year-old Li said of her close call against Czech Lucie Safarova in the third round here. "Even more belief in myself." The former French Open champion lost to two-time reigning Aussie Open champ Victoria Azarenka in last years Down Under final and Kim Clijsters in the 2011 finaale. Air Force 1 Basse Italia . Li will appear now in her sixth career major semifinal (3-2). The Chinese stars semifinal opponent on Thursday will be the rising 19-year- old Canadian Bouchard, who upset 14th-seeded former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in 2 hours, 24 minutes to secure a berth in her first-ever Grand Slam semi. The quarterfinals will wrap up on Wednesday, when the reigning Oz champion Azarenka will take on fifth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska and 11th-seeded Romanian Simona Halep will face 20th-seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, who stunned third seed Maria Sharapova on Monday. Azarenka is a dominant 12-3 lifetime against Radwanska, including a come-from-behind Aussie Open quarterfinal victory two years ago. ' ' '