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I am happy the bye weeks are over. John Brooks Jersey . Two games is 50 per cent less preparation time for me but two games compared to four is just not the same. As a former player, the bye week always came at the right time but as a fan and public conduit, the flow is not the same. The meaning of who wins and how they do it does not relate in the standing as directly. Four games a week for the rest of the season is great. At this point of the season - heading into Week 8 - the best team playing their best game are the Toronto Argonauts. Three dominate wins over Winnipeg, BC, and last week a 38-13 win in Montreal, makes the Argonauts the team to beat in the East. Yes, when you evaluate that Montreal game, the Alouettes did beat themselves as much as Toronto beat them - five fumbles, one interception and a turnover on downs is a disaster - but Toronto took those moments and produced points. The Alouettes are in trouble! A statement of the obvious, I realize, but as I look to the future I see next week in Saskatchewan coming off a loss, than BC - who is going to improve - followed by the Argos again back-to-back. The reason for the Als regression and the reality of 2-4 in the standings do begin with the calculated mistake of the head coaching change to begin the season. But the Argos game showed a lack of emotion and passion that has to be a concern as well. Seven turnovers do depress a collective teams ability to regroup but this is pro football not college and pro football players have to have the ability to concentrate on the present moment and nothing else. I have never seen Montreal lose its "fight" the way that team did and it has to be a concern. The other team, Toronto, showed a killer attitude that all coaches love to be a part of. Avoiding mistakes is so important in football - as important as making great plays. Of equal value is taking advantage of opponents mistakes. Toronto crushed Montreal in the first quarter and the Als never recovered. Switching topics completely, Argos defensive coordinator Chris Jones is the next head coach candidate to be considered. Dave Dickenson and Jacques Chapdelaine in BC are two others, but Jones has the ability to see CFL talent and then see them make it happen on the field. Cornerback Alonzo Lawrence played his first game and looked like he can play many more. Whats amazing to me is that out of the starting 12 on defense for the winning Grey Cup team, only three remain - Patrick Watkins, Robert McCune and Marcus Ball. Yet, you get the feel that this defense is going to be as good as last years defense soon. Argos safety Matt Black is also improving game-by-game. The second game of Week 7 lived up to the hype. Well, if youre a Stampeders fan, that is. The season is a grind, that is a given, but the secret to making the grind productive is to look at the practices professionally and take the games personally. Calgarys win over the Riders happened because it became personal. John Cornish was tired of hearing how great Kory Sheets is. The front five of the Stampeders was tired of hearing about how good the front five of Saskatchewan is. Both had something to prove more than winning the game. Players know about other players - who are playing well and who arent playing so well, and every aspect in between. Players want to be all-stars, gain individual recognition for a job well done and everything that goes with it. It is natural and normal in the "human" world of competition. I thought Fridays win by the Stamps was great because Calgary took it personally while Saskatchewan took it professionally.  Next time these two teams play again is Saturday, October 26th, Saskatchewan at Calgary, and could be for first place in the West. Ok good; the bye weeks are over. Winnipeg will regroup with all the management changes, both Hamilton and Edmonton are improving, Montreal has major challenges, Saskatchewan will bounce back, and Toronto and BC are on a major roll. Now, staying healthy is as important as anything else with 12 straight weeks and four games a week. Let the grind begin at practice but always make the games personal. Matt Hedges USA Jersey .B. - Sebastien Auger made 44 saves as the Saint John Sea Dogs edged the visiting Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2-1 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Zack Steffen USA Jersey .Y. - General manager Billy King says the Brooklyn Nets are looking to add a big man and confirmed the team worked out centre Jason Collins, who would become the first openly gay active NBA player if signed. . All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. 16 Runs scored by Younis Khan in his last six Test innings. This lean patch began with a duck in the second innings against West Indies in Sharjah, followed by 2 and 1 in Christchurch, 2 and 11 in Hamilton, and a duck in the first innings at the Gabba. It is the lowest aggregate for six consecutive Test innings in Younis career, ahead of the 54 runs in 2002 with scores of 2, 0, 23, 4, 2, 23. Younis had made 218, 127, 29* and 51 in four innings prior to this slump.8.28 Asad Shafiqs average in his last seven innings. His scores read: 0, 0, 16, 17, 23, 0 and 2. Shafiqs poor run also began in Sharjah, where he made a pair.24 Runs for which Pakistan lost their seven wickets at the Gabba - 1 for 43 to 8 for 67. It was their worst collapse from the second to the eighth wicket. The previous worst was for 25 runs at the WACA in 1981-82.6 Innings in 2016 in which none of Pakistans top six made a fifty. It happened at Lords and at Old Trafford, against West Indies in Dubai, in both innings in Christchurch, and now at the Gabba. They had only one such innings in 2015 and two in 2014.2 Innings in which two visiting bowlers took four or more wickets in Australia inn the last six seasons. Jordan Morris USA Jersey. Both occurred this season: Kyle Abbott (six wickets) and Kagiso Rabada (four) in the second innings in Hobart, and Mohammad Amir (four) and Wahab Riaz (four) at the Gabba. Before these two instances, James Anderson and Chris Tremlett had taken four each in an innings in the 2010 Boxing Day Test.4-97 Mohammad Amirs figures at the Gabba - his best since his return to Test cricket. He had three three-wicket hauls in the 16 innings before this.2010 The previous time two Australia batsmen scored centuries in the same innings against Pakistan - Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke in Hobart. Since that Test, there was only one century for Australia in eight innings against Pakistan - David Warner in Dubai. Steven Smith and Peter Handscomb scored centuries in the first innings in Brisbane.55.59 Australias average per wicket in the first innings at the Gabba - their highest at a home venue in the last ten years. They have scored over 400 runs in the first innings in eight of the last ten Tests here. ' ' '