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VANCOUVER -- Geroy Simon helped the B.C. Lions get their 2012 CFL season off to a dazzling start Friday night. Simon became the CFLs all-time leading receiver as he caught five passes for 105 yards, helping the Lions to a 33-16 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The defending-champion Lions faced little difficulty as they led the 2011 Grey Cup rematch from start to finish. "This is the ultimate goal -- to win," said Simon. "If wed gotten the record and we didnt win, that would have left a sour taste in my mouth." The star slotback set the record on a 56-yard pass from Travis Lulay 4:57 into the fourth quarter. The 36-year-old Simon was all alone as he hauled in the Lulay bomb along the sidelines and brought the ball to the Winnipeg 23-yard line. Simon bettered the record of 15,153 yards held by retired Bomber great Milt Stegall, who was on hand for the game. The Lion now has 15,192 yards in his career. "Im proud of the way I played (and) the legacy Im going to leave," said Simon. "Im proud of being from Johnstown, Pa., a place that nobodys heard of." Although Simon did not get into the end zone himself, his first and final receptions on the night helped set up 10 points. After he made his first catch for just five yards in the first quarter, Travis Lulay opened the scoring on a five-yard touchdown run. Then, after Simon entered the history books, Paul McCallum kicked a field goal to put the Lions ahead 26-10. The record-setting catch came after Simon made three unsuccessful attempts. He could not control two passes and Winnipegs Jonathan Hefney interfered with him on another, drawing a penalty. "Theyre a good defence, but I knew that Id get opportunities to make plays," said Simon. "They gave me a couple and I didnt capitalize on them, but I finally got (the ball) and made it work." Seconds after the historic catch, Simon was hugged by his 18-year-old son Gervon, who travelled from Johnstown to witness history. Stegall, now a TV broadcaster, was on hand for the game and participated in a brief on-field ceremony that included CFL commissioner Mark Cohon and Lions general manager Wally Buono. "Its an amazing feeling," said Simon of the record. "Im excited for the organization to do it at home. Im excited for the fans that they were here to share in this moment with me." Simon stole the show from Lulay, who ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. But Lulay did not seem to mind. He was glad to be part of history. "I thought it might drift out of bounds," said Lulay of the record-setting toss. "He made the play, kept his feet in bounds and got the yards he needed. Its awesome to be on the throwing end of that kind of record." Lulay, chosen the CFLs most outstanding player in 2011, picked up where he left off at the end of last season as he completed 17 of 25 passes for 233 yards and gained another 44 on the ground. Simon and Lulay helped the Lions get off to the hot start they were seeking after going 0-5 out of the gate last year. McCallum accounted for the rest of the Lions scoring as he kicked four field goals and two converts. Winnipeg backup quarterback Alex Brink threw a pair of touchdowns. The first to Terrence Edwards in the third quarter and the second to Chris Matthews in the final minute. "We didnt score enough points," said Winnipeg coach Paul LaPolice. "Its not just Alex (Brink), its everybody offensively. Weve got to play better in all three phases." A Justin Palardy field goal was the only other offence that the injury-riddled Bombers could muster. Shortly before half-time, Winnipeg lost starting QB Buck Pierce as he left the game holding his right knee. Pierce departed one play after being sacked by Keron Williams for the second time. Altogether, the Lions recorded four sacks in the first half. "He hurt his lower leg," said LaPolice. "It swelled up. Were going to keep an eye on him. I think it was that one hit he took in the second quarter." The oft-injured Pierce, who was released by the Lions following the 2010 season because of his health struggles, managed only three completions on nine attempts for 11 yards. Lulay secured the victory early in the fourth quarter, after Tim Brown romped 59 yards on a punt return and the Lions gained 15 more on the play as Dustin Doe was penalized for a horse-collar tackle. Three plays later, Lulay ran into the end zone from seven yards out to stake the Lions to a 23-10 advantage. "It wasnt a perfect night offensively but we put enough points on the board," said Lulay. The Lions helped new coach Mike Benevides post a win in his regular-season debut. Benevides replaced Buono last December after the legendary coach stepped down after 22 seasons with Calgary and B.C. and six Grey Cups. "It felt great," Benevides said of his inaugural triumph. "I was really proud of all the guys fighting through the adversity." Benevides was disappointed that the game stopped after Simons record-setting catch, because he thought the ceremony thwarted his clubs momentum. But the rookie coach, who ran on to the field to congratulate the 14-year veteran, did not mind. "At the end of the night it was Geroy Simon Night," Benevides said. "It was a treat to watch him get the record and Im proud of the team for being in his corner all night." Notes: Before the game, the Lions raised their 2011 Grey Cup champions banner. ... The B.C. Place roof was closed. ... The Lions recorded four sacks while the Bombers had three. Both Lulay and Brink threw an interception. www.billsjerseysale.com/DAN-CARPENTER-JERSEY-CG-60.html.Y. -- Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is taking a wait-and-see approach regarding his chances to play against New England this weekend.www.billsjerseysale.com/MARCELL-DAREUS-JERSEY-UY-93.html . The Heat played without NBA MVP LeBron James, who was out with "general soreness," according to coach Erik Spoelstra. Josh Harrelsons 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining put the Heat ahead for good at 102-99. http://www.billsjerseysale.com/LEE-SMITH-JERSEY-DD-75.html . Torres, also suspended last season, was deemed a repeat offender. He will lose US$42,682.93 in salary. The incident occurred during the first period of the Coyotes 4-2 win in Minnesota on Saturday. www.billsjerseysale.com/JIM-LEONHARD-JERSEY-AL-78.html . It turned out the same way it did a week earlier in Martinsville. When the Sprint Cup points leader finally climbed out of the cockpit of his No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet more than 30 minutes later Friday, after Brad Keselowski and the rest of the field failed to top his lap of 191. www.billsjerseysale.com/ALAN-BRANCH-JERSEY-TF-30.html . "Thirty-eight and three," Karl said, letting the sweet sound of it all roll off his tongue after Denvers 118-98 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. "I dont know how many teams have won 38 games at home. DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets success runs deep, especially on their home floor. With playmaking guard and scoring leader Ty Lawson sidelined by foot problems, rookie Evan Fournier had a season-high 19 points to lead a strong showing by Denvers reserves, and the Nuggets extended their home winning streak to 18 games by beating the Brooklyn Nets 109-87 Friday night. Denver improved to 33-3 at the Pepsi Center this season, the best home record in the league, and hit the 50-win mark for the fifth time in the last five full seasons. "I think the way we play in this building, and with the altitude, nobody can stop us. And the fans are unbelievable," said Fournier, who provided the bulk of the 60 points scored by the Nuggets bench. "With that mix of things, we are very hard to play here." Wilson Chandler had 16 points, and Corey Brewer and Kosta Koufos added 13 points apiece for the Nuggets, who need one win to match their longest home winning streak, from Jan. 28-April 20, 1989, despite missing Lawson. He was ruled out for the third time in four games after an exam Thursday of his strained heel also revealed a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. "You know that youve got to step up because Ty is probably our biggest player," Fournier said. "I knew I had to bring something, so I just tried to be aggressive." In a statement, the Nuggets said Lawson doesnt need surgery and that his playing status is day to day. Andre Miller started in place of Lawson and finished with 12 points, but the Nuggets also anticipated that Fournier would get additional playing time and produce given the opportunity. "Its tough but I think Evan has all the cards to play that way," said Danilo Gallinari, who had 11 points to go with six assists. "He has the confidence to come out and play that way and were all happy that he came in the way he did. We knew he would be ready to play this game." Deron Williams scored 19 points for the Nets, who missed a chance for their team-record 21st road win of the season. Especially hurt by an off night at thhe free throw line -- Brooklyn converted only 18 of 36 -- the Nets lost to the Nuggets for the sixth straight time in Denver.dddddddddddd "In the second quarter their bench came in and gave them a lift," Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "Fournier had a great game. They took us out of our offence and then they started creating turnovers. We didnt match their physicality on the defensive end. Free throws just killed us. When youre trying to claw back in and you miss half your free throws or more, its very difficult." Andray Blatche had 16 points and Reggie Evans added 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets, who are trying to finish a season with a winning road record for the first time in team history. "We got down 20, against a team like this, the way theyre playing, its hard to come back," Williams said. "They took us out of our stuff." Trailing by as many as 22 points in the third, the Nets went into the final period down 80-66 after C.J. Watson hit a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded ending the quarter. A follow by Blatche narrowed the Nets deficit to 86-74 with 8:21, left but the Nuggets scored the next six points, capped by a driving layup by Fournier. The Nets did not threaten again as Denver closed the game with its reserves on the floor. A jumper by Kris Humphries pulled the Nets within 33-28 in the second quarter. Gallinari made a driving layup and Chandler hit a 3-pointer to spark the Nuggets on a 12-0 run that put them in front 45-28 with 5:23 remaining in the second quarter. The Nets fell behind 55-38 at the half after being outscored 29-15 overall in the second. NOTES: The Nets Joe Johnson missed a third consecutive game with a right quad injury. ... Fourniers previous high was 10 points. ... The Nuggets havent lost at home since Jan. 18, a 112-108 defeat to Washington. ... Denver won 38 games in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. ... The Nuggets reserves scored 60 or more points for the fifth time this season and Denver is 4-1 in those games. ... Evans is averaging 10.3 points and 17.6 rebounds in his last seven games. cheap jerseys ' ' '
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