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    TORONTO – Phil Kessel believes the Toronto Maple Leafs are well-positioned to avoid the late-season tailspin that cost them a playoff spot last spring. Jahlani Tavai Youth Jersey .After losing 12 of their final 14 games, the Leafs have had an off-season of change, from the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as team president to changes on Randy Carlyles coaching staff.On the ice, the team will look different with the additions of defencemen Stephane Robidas and Roman Polak and forwards David Booth, Petri Kontiola, Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli and the returns of Leo Komarov and Matt Frattin. Its the front offices hope that reshaping the roster will help the Leafs return to the playoffs, but Kessel said they werent far off.I think we had a good team, Kessel said after a ball-hockey game on centre court at Rexall Centre, site of the Rogers Cup. We were there last year. We had a bad stretch.We dont have that stretch, were right in it. This year we made some good additions and I think we improved as a team, and were going to be ready to go.Kessel, who tweeted a photo of himself playing ball hockey with tennis legend Roger Federer, said the difference to preventing a major losing skid is just finding a way to win close games.Weve got to be prepared for the long season, and we wont go through one of those again, Kessel said.With a deeper set of bottom-six forwards, the Leafs may not have to rely so much on Kessel and first-line left-winger James van Riemsdyk, who played big minutes last season. Kessel, who was often double-shifted, finished with seven points in the final 14 games. Barry Sanders Womens Jersey . Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel also accused Pistorius of tailoring his testimony to fit the evidence at the scene. Pistorius denied the accusations. Nel alleged that the Olympic runner changed his aim with his 9 mm pistol to ensure that he hit Steenkamp as she fell back against a magazine rack in a toilet cubicle. Marvin Jones Jr Womens Jersey . Jacobs scored two in the first end, but Jahr briefly took charge with two in the second end and two more in the third. Jacobs, from Sault. Marie, Ont., gave Canada some breathing room, following his big fourth end by adding two more points in the fifth to go up 7-4.All of the trash talk and fan-fuelled rivalry will come to a head on Sunday afternoon when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders meet for the third time this season in the 11th-annual Banjo Bowl. The Blue Bombers (6-4) look to avoid the season sweep, while the Roughriders (7-2) eye an a seventh-straight victory. Here are the main Blue Bombers story lines surrounding Sundays West Division tilt, where Winnipeg will look for just their second win in their last five games: – “No, I will not lose any sleep over this… Because I understand the facts surrounding it.” Thats head coach Mike OShea when asked if there was any concern over his clubs 346 total rushing yards allowed to the Riders in their two previous meetings. “The simple things are this,” said OShea. “Youve got to be in the right place, and when the ball-carrier comes through your place that youre defending, youve got to make the tackle. So when we have a breakdown of that — if youre not in the right place or you fail to make the tackle… When plays have made yards against us its been a combination of not being in the right place or not making a tackle. So when you see it on film its not something you worry about as a coach. It really isnt. If there was something wrong with your system, you would have to reconfigure that. But its not that. So thats why Im not worried. I have a lot faith in our guys. Im sure Ive been criticized for that, but its OK.” – Injuries are riddling the Blue & Gold, as big-ticket offseason acquisition Nick Moore will be an absent target of quarterback Drew Willy for the next few weeks and, “maybe more, well see,” according to OShea of Moores left high-ankle sprain suffered in last weeks Labour Day Classic in Regina. Romby Bryant will be expected to step up in place of Moore, while the teams leading receiver, Clarence Denmark, hopes to rebound from his one-catch-for-six-yards-performance and return to the reliable weapon he has become in 2014. – Tackle-machine Ian Wild, who tied the franchise-record with 14 takedowns in Week 9, will be out this week with a shoulder burner. Abe Kromah dresses for the second time since joining the team in mid-July. “One thing it really comes down to is effort,” said Kromah. “Effort can really get a lot of things done, even when things go wrong… I believe that philosophy. I feel like we can overcome a lot of mistakes, a lot of run fits and mishaps. Calvin Johnson Youth Jersey. ” – Kashawn Fraser, who made his third start of the season in place of the healthy Jason Vega last week, also heads to the one-game injured list with a knee injury and will be out a few weeks. “I think its happened before, so Im not overly concerned about it,” said Vega when asked about his healthy-scratch. “Unfortunately, thats above my pay-grade, so thats not a question that I can answer personally. Youd have to ask coach or whoever else and whoever made the decision. All I know is I didnt play, and this week I am.” – Fifth-year Bombers halfback Alex Suber was traded to the Toronto Argonauts this week for International defensive end Thaddeus Gibson, who will help supplant the defensive front with the injury to Kashawn Fraser. Gibson will join the team next week. The team also added a pair of International defensive ends to their practice roster in Willie Moseley and Marvin Booker. – Drew Willy went down in a heap in the third quarter last Sunday and put a serious scare into all of Bomberland as he clutched his left ankle and writhed in pain. And while he did return to the game to immediately orchestrate a six-play, 59-yard drive capped by his own keep-and-run up the gut for an 11-yard touchdown, there was some concern this week if the quarterback would be good to go in the rematch. “I think Ill only get better,” said Willy after saying he felt OK after practice on Thursday. “I think itll just keep progressing, and every single day Im getting a lot of treatment and stuff like that, so I felt pretty good out here today… I think I just try to pride myself on mental and physical toughness. I think if you have those two things you give yourself a shot every single week (for) your teammates to believe in you. I want to do everything I can to be out there for them because they work so hard… As an offence and as a team you want to pride yourself on being accountable and being reliable to your teammates. Its just one of those things. You just mentally have to toughen through it, and if youre mentally right a lot of times itll take care of the physical part.” Blue Bomber Game Day pre-game coverage begins at 1 p.m. on TSN 1290 Radio, with halftime and post-game analysis with Chris Walby, Troy Westwood, and Darrin Bauming. ‘ ‘ ‘

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