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OAKVILLE, Ont. Wilson Ramos Jersey . -- Khalif Mitchell is a happy camper. Mitchell was all smiles as the Toronto Argonauts opened training camp Sunday. Suspended and fined twice last year, the burly defensive tackle was downright charming after practice, shaking hands with and introducing himself personally to the assembled media before answering all questions. But last month, the six-foot-five, 315-pound Mitchell refused to report to Toronto after the B.C. Lions dealt him to the defending Grey Cup champion. Mitchell, 28, started an herbal drink business in Seattle and wanted to remain in the West Division. But Mitchell, a very spiritual man, said his faith helped him have a change of heart. "I had the power to choose any one and so I prayed on it and all of a sudden this is the choice that was here," Mitchell said. "I talked to Jim (Argos GM Jim Barker) and Jim is a great guy and as everything unfolded it just manifested that I come here and its a great thing. "You have to make a choice based on what you love and so I made a choice for football. To be part of the champs is a beautiful thing and a lot of people would jump on the opportunity." Mitchell certainly fills a definite need for Toronto, which opened camp minus defensive linemen Ron Flemons (released), Armondo Armstead (New England Patriots, NFL), Ricky Foley (free agent, Saskatchewan) and Adriano Belli (retired). But also absent Sunday and placed on the suspended list were safety Jordan Younger and cornerbacks Pat Watkins and Pacino Horne, leaving sophomore Jalil Carter as the lone returnee from last years starting secondary as defensive back Evan McCollough also signed with Hamilton as a free agent. Younger, a nine-year veteran, is considering retirement while Horne has a calf injury and Watkins is dealing with a personal matter in Florida. Barker said Horne should resume playing in a week or two and Watkins is expected back although Barker is insure when. But losing Younger, an Argos team captain, caught Barker off guard. "I was surprised," Barker said. "Hes a guy who was a captain last year and somebody else has to pick up the slack. "The timing of it was difficult but players know (when to retire). Well find out pretty quickly who can play or not . . . its something well deal with and by the time we kick off well be fine." A healthy and motivated Mitchell would certainly provide Torontos defence a huge boost. The 28-year-old is a force inside, often commanding a double-team that leaves his defensive linemates in one-on-one situations. Mitchell had 15 tackles and two sacks in 12 games last season with B.C., and over three years with the Lions registered eight sacks and 54 tackles in 34 career games. He was a CFL all-star in 2011 and helped B.C. win the Grey Cup that year but made headlines for all the wrong reasons last season. He was suspended for two games by the CFL for violently hyper-extending the arm of Edmonton offensive lineman Simeon Rottier during a game July 20. On Sept. 25, the league fined Mitchell an unspecified amount for making multiple "throat slashing" gestures during a win over the Eskimos. The following month, Mitchell was fined and suspended again for violating the CFLs social media policy. However, theres much more to Mitchell than just football. The native of Virginia Beach, Va., is definitely a free spirit and has an ear for music, having taught himself how to play the piano. But not everyone in B.C. was a fan of Mitchell. Shortly after he was dealt to Toronto, Lions running back Andrew Harris tweeted: "Good riddance!!!!" However, Milanovich downplayed Mitchells past, saying the defensive lineman has a clean slate with him. "With any player, I evaluate them on the history I have with them," Milanovich said. "When they get here, we start from scratch and I try to make my own decisions and I try to do that over a period of time. "We have a special group here and hopefully he feels that way." Mitchell said the 2012 season was a clear indication hes human. "I think moreso than anything it just made me look more real," he said. "It made me look more like the average person that goes into a house and when they go in the house they have problems when they go back outside nobody knows those problems. "Its just that Im in a position where everybody gets to see my problems. What Ive done is take the initiation to just open myself up. I dont try to go and hide because if you go and hide then people come looking. But if you show them everything, you are what you are." And Mitchell said hes comfortable allowing people to see what hes all about. "I am not eager to change anyones perception," he said. "Im more accepting of giving you a token to let you have any perception you would like of me, whether its good, bad or indifferent, thats your free token. "After that, you are bullying me so therefore after that youve characterized yourself into a whole other class that I dont want to be in. Im accepting of the faults I have as a man, as a person, as an athlete and Im accepting of the fact those can change with greater actions. But to dismiss or not want those to be shown, thats not who I am." Mitchell understands the feeling of accomplishment many of his new teammates are experiencing as they prepare to defend their Grey Cup title. He went through the exact same thing last year after B.C. won the 2011 CFL title. But while the Argos look to repeat in 2013, Mitchell said hes fuelled by a burning desire to return to the Grey Cup. "We dont have the Grey Cup anymore," he said. "The thing this team doesnt understand yet is the feeling of knowing when you were supposed to win and you didnt because they did. "Ive already been a champion and lost. I know the empty feeling of wanting to be there. Thats the biggest asset I have." Sergio Romo Jersey . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Kevin Kiermaier Jersey . Burke is expected to miss two to three months after breaking a finger in the teams third preseason game. Tinsley, a 10-year veteran, spent the last two seasons in Utah, where the point guard averaged 3. . "I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates," said Hejduk in a statement.Following Englands thrilling fifth day victory in the first Test in Bangladesh, SSNHQs cricket correspondent Tim Abraham travels with the team to Dhaka for the second... Its back to Dhaka, the place where the tour all started, for the climax, the second and final Test of the series between Bangladesh and England, and our last port of call before going onto India.Its a good thing names dont count for too much in this part of the world as far as boarding cards are concerned. For the internal fight, my boarding card read: BRAHAM JAM TIMOTHY. At least they got the first name right, but Im not sure where JAM comes in though. Tim Abrahams boarding pass, kind of Once we got to the hotel, it suddenly dawned on me that I am on the team floor, with guards at the end of the corridor. After a long day, I went up to my room only to see Ben Stokes, and golf-mad Sky commentator Rob Key having a game of corridor golf, with the England all-rounder chipping on the carpet right outside my room. Thankfully, they did not go on too long.At first practice for the Test, we were told that Jonny Bairstow was being put up for interview, and when getting some nice close up shots of his wicketkeeping routines, he turned to me and asked if I could help out. He wanted me to stand by the stumps, to basically get in the way, to create a kind of blind spot for him before taking the ball very late. Ben Stokes (left) and Rob Key (right) joined forces for a spot of corridor golf at the hotel in Dhaka Good thing I havent done anything to upset coach Steve Rhodes, who was pinging the tennis balls down with a racket, but I did get wrapped in the shins a few times.Myself and Getty Images photographer Gareth Copley-Jones are keen runners, and when back home we take part in the Park Runs, that operate all over the country at 9am every Saturday. Its one if the aspects of home life that is badly missed by both of us. Highlights of the morning session of the firsst day of the second Test between Bangladesh and England in Dhaka When in Dhaka before, Gareth organised an impromptu Park Run doing 5ks, around the grounds and through the car park of the hotel, and with more interest expressed afterwards, joggers from the press pack turned up in their numbers for this event. Rob Refsnyder Jersey. It was given a kind of be there or be square kind of build-up, and included Sky Sports commentator Michael Atherton, and Giles Lindsay, the analyst with the England team. Abraham gets ready for a 5k run with fellow members of the Bangladesh touring media It was a good bit of team bonding, in this in-it-together kind of tour. Running conditions were warm, quite heavy, tropical rain - it was like running in the shower. Im afraid though it was not one of my finest moments or a race I care to remember.As a keen runner, who likes to get out and about as much as I can on tour, I finished down the field, beaten by those who dont do much running at all. Worst of all I was even beaten by Chris Stocks, from The Times, who is often seen with a cigarette, and wont mind me saying, is built more for comfort than speed. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. I had done a few warm-up laps before the main event, to check out the wet conditions for the others before they arrived, so thats my excuse and Im sticking to it, but I shall still never live that down, and Ive not been allowed to forget it.Rumours soon swept the England camp of my terrible setback and I even got a bit of stick from Alastair Cook, who also likes his running. Alastair Cook (right) has given Abraham a bit of stick for his poor effort running Also this week, we were whisked off one evening with the team to the British High Commission. Such a lovely villa-like building in the more peaceful diplomatic quarter of this mad city of hustle and bustle. The High commissioners quarters, offices, and residences for the Diplomatic Corps, all on one impressive, tranquil site, with a swimming pool in the garden.We have all been so hotel-bound during this trip, it was good to get out and about. With both teams and dignitaries attending, this was a chance to celebrate the decision for England to come here despite the security fears, and to hammer home that, as far as they were concerned, it was definitely the right decision for the Bangladeshi people, and for world cricket. This was the chance for the locals to say thanks. Also See: Ben Stokes: All-round hero WATCH: Story of day one Bangladesh fixtures/results England fixtures/results Cheap Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Store Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys From China Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Hoodies Wholesale Authentic Jerseys ' ' '


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