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CANASTOTA, N. cheap jerseys wholesale .Y. -- Al Bernstein stood in front of a thousand fans as he accepted his commemorative ring, and then took the podium at the 23rd International Boxing Hall of Fames induction ceremony on Sunday. Behind him sat a "whos who" of boxing legends. But on this day, the stage belonged to six in particular that made up the 2012 class: Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns, Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, trainer Freddie Roach, ring announcer Michael Buffer, writer Michael Katz, and Bernstein, the noted boxing analyst for Showtime. As he began his speech, Bernstein glanced at the greats behind him and was humbled. "This Hall of Fame is essentially for the great boxers you see on this stage," Bernstein said. "It is built for them. It is their house. This Hall of Fame is very generous in the way it welcomes those of us who filled another function for boxing. I take this as a supreme honour that Im allowed to be a part of this place that is so special." Hearns fought in the magnificent era of the 1980s, taking on Marvin Hagler, Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran in some of boxings most famous fights. He was the first fighter to win five world titles in five different divisions. Johnson was the first African-American to claim the flyweight and super-flyweight titles. Roach, who trains Manny Pacquiao, chartered a private plane so he and Buffer could fly from Las Vegas to Syracuse for the ceremony, just mere hours after Pacquiaos controversial loss to Timothy Bradley. Roach did not acknowledge the split decision that cost Pacquiao his welterweight crown. He merely gave credit to the legendary Eddie Futch, who trained Roach as a fighter, and later gave him his start as a trainer. "My mentor," Roach said, "and my idol." Others, though, did talk Pacquiao-Bradley. With the news so fresh, how could you not? "I want to congratulate all of my fellow classmates," Katz said, "even poor Freddie." 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Cioffi, who has 18 years of NFL experience to the Browns staff, was with Arizona the past two seasons.CALGARY -- John Hufnagel has pulled his staff into a huddle ahead of next weeks CFL Canadian college draft. The Calgary Stampeders head coach will conduct at least one mock draft with members of his coaching and football operations staff on Friday. A full week before the draft on May 3, Hufnagel and his staff have already put together their rankings of the top Canadian football prospects. "We just spent three days of intense meetings," said Hufnagel, who also serves as Calgarys general manager. "We came out today with a full ranking as far as how we would like to select them." Hufnagel and his staff will now spend a couple days "digesting" and thinking about the list to assess if they want to make any changes. "On Friday, well have a mock draft," Hufnagel said during a news conference on Wednesday. "I believe well have several mock drafts. One year we had one and I was very comfortable. Other years I had two. This year, I might need five." The Stamps own nine picks in this years draft, including the fifth overall selection. "Unfortunately, though we have a lot of picks, a lot of our extra picks are in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds," Hufnagel said. "Its nice to have the nine draft picks, which is three more than any other team, but my phones not ringing off the desk because people want my fourth-, fifth-round picks." When asked about the importance of the Canadian college draft, Hufnagel replied, "I think its the backbone of your organization. Out of the 42-man roster, 20 of them are going to be on the field for you." Last year, Hufnagel traded up to select wide receiver Anthony Parker third overall and then took defensive lineman Junior Turner in the second round (ninth overall). Both Parker and Turner suited up for the Stamps last season as did defensive linemen Akwasi Antwi and quarterback Brad Sinopoli, who were both chosen in the fourth round. "Its always a guessing game, but the draft picks that we have made, a lot of them have been very productive," Hufnagel said. "Im very pleased with last years draft with the players that came in. I did not expect a lot of them to be playing as much football as they did, but becausee of injuries and other situations they were on the field a lot more than I had expected and I thought they did a great job for us. wholesale jerseys. " Hufnagel added that hes pleased with the overall talent in this years draft. "Each and every year, one or two positions are a little bit heavier than others," he said. "This years no exception. I think theres a lot of quality defensive linemen involved in this draft. Theres some excellent offensive linemen." With this weeks announcement that NFL rosters can expand from 80 to 90 players for training camp, CFL general managers have to be wary about picking players that might end up heading south of the border instead of playing at home. "Im hoping that the players that we do select wont be part of that migration," Hufnagel said. "When you draft good players, which I expect to be doing, itll be a wait and see." Highly-touted Canadian prospects like defensive end Tyrone Crawford, offensive lineman Ben Heenan and receiver Shamawd Chambers could all start their playing careers south of the border. "Theres other players that are going to get NFL looks," Hufnagel said. "Youre trying to do as much investigation as possible so you know what the risk is when youre picking that player. Do you have the affordability to wait for that player?" Whether or not he pulls off another trade to move up in the draft, Hufnagel has a number of options open to him on draft day. "I do believe that we are a football team with the Canadian depth that we can afford to take a chance, because the risk versus the reward is so great," he said. Last year, the Stamps selected both Parker and running back Matt Walter (fifth round, 34th overall) from the University of Calgary Dinos. Depending on how things go, the Stamps have a chance to land another prospect from the local university in offensive lineman Kirby Fabien, who was ranked 15th in the CFL Scouting Bureaus final ranking of the top-15 eligible prospects. "Kirby is No. 1 a big man, very athletic," said Hufnagel, who noted the Stamps invited him in for a workout a couple weeks ago. "We saw how athletic he is. Im sure on draft day hell be a high pick." ' ' '


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