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FIVE BLUES KICK OFF 2018 CFL SEASON THIS WEEKEND

first_imgWilliams signed with the Ti-Cats as a free agent in April, 2015. He played four seasons as a Varsity Blue, registering 64.5 tackles as a defensive lineman. At 6-foot-5, 297 pounds, Williams has since switched to the other side, and will be featured on Hamilton’s offensive line.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Awachie signed with the Riders as an undrafted free agent in May, 2017. He appeared in seven regular season games for Saskatchewan last season. As a Varsity Blue, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound fullback ranked third on the Blues with 13 receptions for 134 yards in 2016. In currently sits on Saskatchewan’s practice roster heading into the 2018 season. Llevi Noel – Toronto ArgonautsVarsity Blues Football (2013 & 2014) Paul Kozachuk – Montreal AlouettesVarsity Blues Football (2013-17) Former University of Toronto Varsity Blues football players Albert Awachie, Paul Kozachuk, Llevi Noel, DJ Sackey and Everton Williams appear on final team rosters heading into Week 1 of the 2018 Canadian Football League this weekend.   A 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, Sackey was selected 13th overall by the Argos in the 2016 CFL Draft. He played six games with the Argos as a rookie in 2016 and spent the 2017 season on the team’s practice roster. Albert Awachie – Saskatchewan RoughridersVarsity Blues Football (2013-16) At the CFL Combine, he tied for the top vertical jump at 39 inches, while also leading all linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.81 seconds), the broad jump (10′ 1.25″) and the shuttle run (4.33 seconds).  Noel, who was drafted by the Argos 31st overall in 2016, has made a name for himself on special teams. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound wide receiver led the Argos and ranked second in the CFL with 27 special teams tackles last season and was a contributing member of Toronto’s Grey Cup championship team. He set a Grey Cup record with five special teams tackles in the Argos 27-24 victory over the Calgary Stampeders.center_img Kozachuk is the most recent Blue to join the CFL ranks. The 5-foot-11, 214-pound linebacker was selected 46th overall by the Alouettes in the 2018 CFL draft last month. The London, Ont., native ranked second on the Blues with 48 tackles and led the squad with two forced fumbles in 2017. Story Links As a Varsity Blue, Noel led all OUA and U SPORTS players with 8.2 receptions and 126.3 yards per game. He also caught 49 passes for 758 yards – in both of these categories, he ranked second in the province having played in only 6-of-8 games in the 2014 season. DJ Sackey – Toronto ArgonautsVarsity Blues Football (2012, 2014-15) Three of those alumni will square off as the Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders do battle on Friday night in Regina. Everton Williams – Hamilton Ti-CatsVarsity Blues Football (2010-14) While at U of T, Sackey dressed and started all eight games for the Blues in 2015 and 2016.last_img read more

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Boy dies, brother ‘brain dead’ after suspected water poisoning

first_imgThe death of a nine-year-old boy from the village of Kako, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and the hopeless condition of his 11-year-old brother who was said to be brain dead has caused alarm in the small community and has left health officials baffled, said Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton.Public Health Minister, Dr George NortonNorton, at an emergency press briefing, stated that health officials were concerned by the situation and also baffled by the circumstances surrounding the death of the child. He stated that while the situation was not linked to meningitis as reported in some sections of the media, it has been determined that it was linked to encephalopathy (brain damage).Tests were conducted by local medical officials, while other samples were sent to Trinidad and Tobago for further evaluation. According to Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Karen Boyle, those results will be back by the end of this week.She indicated that the origin of the illness suffered by the boys was unknown, but the symptoms pointed to a toxin. However, he was quick to state that it was not linked to any mining activity in the area.Notably, mining takes place about half a mile from the village. “Kako is in the Kako River about half a mile from the Kako River mouth…mining is in the Mazaruni River not in Kako. The fact that you have mining in and around the area, there is no reason to associate death to mining activity,” Dr Boyle said.She stated that when the child died and his brother fell ill, the community became alarmed and 39 children were taken to the village of Karamarang for treatment after they started experiencing a running nose and cough.“The community health worker thought it best to get children from Kako to Kamarang where two doctors are stationed…even though they were not advised by the Doctor to do so, but Doctors evaluated and found that of 39 children, five had elevated temperatures, and most others had a common cold and cough.”“None of them had symptoms similar to the two brothers. They were all treated and sent back to their village,” Dr Norton added.Investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

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5K challenges kids to stay fit, be healthy

first_imgAn estimated 38 percent of California children ages9 to11 are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, which puts them at risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. “You’ll get diabetes,” said Thomas Pe a, 13, of Northridge. “You’ll have to take shots every day.” Participating schools may be eligible for a physical education grant from the foundation. To ensure a healthy lifestyle, people have to start young, said Dan Witt, one of several physical education teachers from Northridge who chaperoned more than 120 middle-school students to the event. “The habits they develop now will carry through their lifetime,” he said. “A healthy lifestyle now will carry over when they’re older. PASADENA – For Myrka Martinez, regular exercise is the path to staying fit and the means to a long life – even if it means rising early on a chilly Saturday morning to participate in the annual Kids Fitness Challenge. PHOTO GALLERY: Kids Fitness Challenge “You can see history,” said Myrka, 12, a student from Northridge Middle School who joined the 5K run around the Rose Bowl. “When you’re older, you can tell your grandchildren what was there before.” The 3.1-mile event, organized by the Kids Fitness Challenge Foundation, drew more than 10,000 children, parents and teachers to rally today’s youth to live healthy lives. “Events like this are very helpful to show the kids exercise can be fun and beneficial.” But more importantly, nobody wants to be the slow kid. “You look at someone, and they don’t exercise enough, they look pale,” said Ali Jimenez, 11, of Northridge. Bronte Burnette, 11, said she enjoys reading but is not above going to the gym for the treadmill or to scale the climbing wall. “I can read books while I’m working out,” said Bronte, a student at Hale Middle School in Woodland Hills. After a mass stretch-out, the kids were off and running. Ali and Thomas were back at the starting point within 30 minutes. “It was OK,” Thomas said. “I did it last year. The last time I did it, it was tiring. I didn’t have the experience.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Liverpool defender makes U-turn and looks set to sign new contract

first_imgLiverpool defender Kolo Toure looks set to stay at Anfield.The former Ivory Coast international, whose contract expires next month, is likely to agree a new 12-month deal having initially appeared likely to leave for a lucrative move overseas.However, the 34-year-old is keen to finish his career in England and wants to stay at Liverpool.“I think the situation will be resolved soon. We are talking. There are few things more but we will see,” he told Press Association Sport.“Liverpool is a great club for me to stay at. Liverpool is going to be massive.“I love Premier League football and I played all my years here and if I can finish here (Liverpool) it would be great.“My kids go to school here and they are half-English and that is important as well.“I play for Liverpool right now and I am very happy and if it was to carry on, I’d be more than happy.” 1 Kolo Toure last_img read more

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West Ham set for shock £8m deal for Liverpool forward

first_img Fabio Borini 1 Fabio Borini is expected to join West Ham in an £8million deal.The Italian striker became Brendan Rodgers’ first signing at Anfield when he moved to Merseyside from Roma in 2012 for a fee of around £10.5m.But he has been a huge disappointment, scoring just three goals in 38 appearances, and has been deemed surplus to requirements by Rodgers.Now West Ham are reportedly close to clinching a deal for the 24-year-old, who has been capped once by Italy.The Hammers board have given new boss Slaven Bilic a heatlthy transfer fund and he wants Borini as part of a new-look attack after landing Marseille winger Dimitri Payet in a £10.5m deal.last_img read more