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MONTREAL -- Anthony Calvillo is clearly feeling just fine. jerseys from china . The veteran quarterback showed no effects from off-season thyroid surgery as he delivered three first-half touchdown passes and the Alouettes began their defence of the Grey Cup with a 30-26 victory over the B.C. Lions in the opening game of the CFL season on Thursday night. Calvillo, who had his thyroid removed after a cancerous lesion was discovered on the gland, completed 22 of 30 passes for 312 yards and said he felt no ill effects. "I felt great coming into this game," said the 38-year-old whose is chasing a few all-time CFL records in his 18th season. "I was ready to focus and felt comfortable out there. "We were rolling pretty good, but in the second half we didnt do a god job. We had a couple of mental breakdowns and we were second and long a lot. But the defence held. It was a team victory." Jamel Richardson caught nine passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns, while S.J. Green had a TD catch among his 88 yards through the air. Former Lion Sean Whyte added three field goals for the two-time defending champion Montreal. Akeem Foster had a touchdown, Tim Brown returned a punt for a TD and Paul McCallum had four field goals for the Lions, who trailed 27-10 at half time but stormed back in the second half. The victory was costly for Montreal as veteran defensive back Jerald Brown was carted off the field and taken to hospital with a fractured right ankle. "He probably has a season-ending injury," said coach Marc Trestman. "He will have surgery (Friday). "Hes been so special to our team and well have to do without him. Well lose a leader, one of the highest quality players in the league, an all-star, a team leader." Despite two top teams and cool but comfortable summer night, the crowd was announced at 22,317 for the 25,012-seat Percival Molson Stadium -- the first time Montreal has not sold out since June 25, 2002, which was also against B.C. It ended a string of 105 straight sellouts. The Lions defence held Montreal to three second-half points, but couldnt climb all the way back. "The first half put us way behind the 8-ball," said Lions coach Wally Buono. "The Alouettes are way too good to give them that kind of lead. "I dont know that we changed what we did (in the second half). Maybe we just did a little better job. A.C. (Calvillo) is good at what he does and if he gets into a rhythm hell eat you up. In the first half we let him do that and he was outplaying us, outguessing us." Calvillo went for the long ball, hitting Green for a 51-yard score 3:21 into the game and adding TD tosses of 40 and 46 yards to Richardson in the second quarter. He is now only five short of tying Damon Allens career record of 394 career TD passes. The 18-year veteran began the game only 4,200 yards short of Allens career passing yards mark and should pass him late in this season if he stays healthy. Travis Lulay was effective moving the ball upfield for B.C., but many drives stalled in Montreal territory, mainly from overthrown passes. He finished 26 for 45 for 366 yards. The Lions got the ball to the Montreal two-yard line on their opening drive of the second half, but Jarious Jackson came in at QB and was sacked. Lulay then just missed Nick Moore in the end zone. They settled for a field goal. Seven minutes later, Brown zig-zagged untouched up the middle to return a punt 97 yards for a TD to cut the Montreal lead to seven points. The teams traded field goals and the Lions had chances, but managed only one last McCallum placement with just over two minutes to play. Montreal then ran out the clock. Tailback Brandon Whitaker, replacing Avon Cobourne who signed with Hamilton, rushed for 119 yards on 17 carries in what may have been a statement game aimed at those who doubted his ability to fill the job. "If they compare me to (Cobourne) I must be doing something good," said Whitaker. "Avons a great back and I learned a lot from him the last few years. "Im glad we got a win. The O-line did some great blocking. I just had to do my job." It was a big game for B.C. veteran Geroy Simon as well, as he caught five passes for 115 yards. Simon moved past Terry Vaughn into fourth place all-time in receiving yards with 13,852. He has a shot at catching Milt Stegalls career mark of 15,153 this season. When Brown was injured, Jeff Hecht, signed as an undrafted free agent in May from St. Marys, took over that spot. The Edmonton native took an off-side penalty at one point, but he also delivered an early candidate for hit of the year when he levelled Jon Hameister-Ries during a missed field goal return in the second quarter. "I just lined it up perfectly and gave it everything I could," said Hecht. "It was a rush (to play) thats for sure. "My legs were numb the first series and then I settled in. Weve got a lot of veteran guys and they helped me a lot. I got in there a lot sooner than I thought." NOTES: Both teams stayed in their locker room while the Alouettes 2010 Grey Cup banner was raised in a brief pre-game ceremony. The banner got stuck and never quite made it all the way up its frame. . . With Canadian Sean Whyte now kicking for Montreal, a non-import had to sit out and that turned out to be special teams veteran Paul Waldu. . . The Als (128-71) and Lions (116-82-1) have the leagues best records since 2000. cheap jerseys . -- Ervin Santana plans to give the ball from his 100th career win to his mother. cheap jerseys . "Theres no reason to think that I wont play on Sunday," Vick said. "Ive had two good days of practice. Im optimistic Ill be able to go out there and very excited to play." Eagles coach Andy Reid said that barring a setback, Vick will start against the team that has lost to Philadelphia six straight times. http://www.jerseysnflcheapchina.com/ . According to the Vancouver Province, members of the CFLs competition committee have had discussions on allowing teams to sign players to option years and opening a window for them to test the waters in the NFL, if they so desired. wholesale nfl jerseys . Cook (2-5) scattered six hits, struck out two and walked two in his longest outing of an injury-delayed season. The 32-year-old right-hander, who missed the first three months with a broken finger on his pitching hand, has won consecutive starts after going 0-5 with a 5. cheap jerseys . Lynch was charged by the Alameda County district attorney with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and driving while having a blood-alcohol level of .PARIS -- Roger Federers tough season is ending on a high, the Swiss star beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 7-6 (3) on Sunday to win his first Paris Masters and 69th title of a glittering career. The 16-time Grand Slam champion had never previously reached the Paris final, but restricted the sixth-seeded Frenchman to limited opportunities after saving two break points in his opening service game. "Im just ecstatic to have played so well this week," Federer said. "I have had many attempts to win Paris and for some reason I wasnt able to. Its a special victory." The former No. 1 will end the season without a Grand Slam title for the first time since 2002, and his ranking has dropped to No. 4. But Federer has bounced back with a venom, winning the Swiss Indoors last week and Paris. "I have had some really tough losses this year, but I kept believing the year wasnt over," said Federer, who squandered a match point against top-ranked Novak Djokovic in their U.S. Open semifinal. "Im not playing to prove anything to anybody. I play for myself, I play for Switzerland (and) just to enjoy myself." Federer took six weeks off after the Davis Cup playoff against Australia in mid-September and feels it paid off. "I always plan in the long term," Federer said. "I know how grueling it is out there. Even I need my time away." His 18th Masters title puts him one ahead of Andre Agassi and one behind all-time leader Rafael Nadal. The 30-year-old Federer heads into the eight-man ATP World Tour Finals in London next week on a 12-match winning streak. "I can still finish this year on a high," he said. "Now I have a massive highlight coming up in a weeks time." It was his third title of the season and his only Masters. Djokovic has won five Masters this year, third-ranked Andy Murray has won two and Nadal has one. But with Djokovic troubled by a nagging shoulder injury, Federer will be confident of defending his title in London. Tsonga improved his serve in the second set, but Federer was simply too strong in the tiebreaker, taking victory on his third match point when Tsongas return landed out. "I felt good today but Roger was just better than me today," Tsonga said. "I knew I needed to play a great match if wanted to win today and I was not able to." Tsonga won the tournament in 2008 but was let down by too many unforced errors on his forehand as he tried to find a way to pressure Federer in their sixth meeting this year. "I just wish I could have competed more," said Tsonga, who this year beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, but lost at the same stage to the Swiss star at the U. Cheap Jerseys. S. Open. Overall, Federer now leads Tsonga 6-3. "Every time we play each other its similar. If I am able to fight back at the start, then I play well," Tsonga said. "But if I lose the first set like I did today, then it becomes more difficult." Federer took only 80 minutes to beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets in Saturdays semifinals, while Tsonga laboured for three hours and saved three match points before getting the better of unseeded American John Isner. Federers sharpness showed as he mercilessly attacked Tsongas weak second serve in the first set. He opened up a 4-0 lead after Tsonga, remonstrating with himself over too many loose forehands, double-faulted. "That was a huge four games for me," Federer said. "I realized how much energy he had and how big he was serving. This is the Jo-Wilfried Tsonga I hoped not to face, but I came through that (first) game." The opening set lasted only 30 minutes, with Federer clinching it with a whipped forehand winner into the open court. Tsonga had to raise his game in the second set, and he dug out a crosscourt winner with a booming forehand in the fourth game to set up break point. With Federer on second serve, Tsonga missed his chance with a hurried forehand. The Frenchman missed another opportunity at 30-40 in the eighth game when he sent a forehand long. "Couple of hiccups midway through the second (set)," Federer said. "I didnt serve so well anymore." Coming into the match, Federer was bothered by a cold and felt sleepy after being woken up halfway through the night by his daughter. "I was hoping that the night would go well but suddenly I was running in the room with (his wife) Mirka to see if everything was OK," Federer said. "(Mirka) said, lets take her in our bed. I didnt even question this ... I cant have an argument at 4:00 in the morning." But Tsonga never made him dig deep, and Federer thrilled the crowd at the Bercy arena with one moment of brilliance in the next game. A closely-contested rally saw Tsonga send Federer scampering to the back of the court to retrieve a lob. Federer waited for the ball to sit up nicely, span around and hit a devastating backhand pass without even needing to look where Tsonga was. Tsonga saved two match points, but it was a brief reprieve from an inevitable ending as Federer notched his 802nd career win. cheap jerseys ' ' ' 

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