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CALGARY - Keon Raymond scored the first touchdown of his life off an interception at the age of nine. [url= http://www.cheapclippersjer...com/]Cheap Clippers Jerseys[/url] . That set the tone for his football career. The Calgary linebacker is one away from becoming the franchise leader in defensive touchdowns as the Stampeders (4-1) face the expansion Ottawa Redblacks (1-4) for the first time Saturday at McMahon Stadium. Watch the game on TSN starting at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. Raymond tied Frank Andruskis club record last weekend when he intercepted former teammate Kevin Glenn and went 63 yards for the TD in Calgarys 25-24 loss to the B.C. Lions. "It would be a blessing if I was able to get another one," Raymond said Friday. "I dont worry about it. "If the opportunity presents itself, I want to take full advantage of it." The 31-year-old is in his seventh season wearing Calgarys galloping horse logo. Raymond signed a contract extension with the club in January. "It was one of the things I said when I signed back here is I want to be able to have my name on the side of this stadium one day, " Raymond said. "Thats one of the things that continues to fuel me." Raymonds pick-six against B.C. was his fourth. The other two TDs have come on fumble recoveries. He dabbled on offence as a receiver and running back in high school but said nothing beats the feeling of scoring off the opposing offences mistakes. "It sucks the life out of them and I dont mind being a vampire," he said. A staunch Calgary defence allowing a league-low 15.1 points per game has been a huge difference for Calgary this season. The clubs offence is the least productive in the West Division, averaging 24.6 points per game. However, B.C. became the first CFL team this season to surpass the 100-yard rushing plateau against Calgary. "Our biggest thing is to make sure were in position to win the game at all times," Raymond said. "We did that. "We just didnt close out defensively, so we want to make sure were able to bounce back and continue to play defence the way weve been playing." A former Stampeder quarterback returns to McMahon a second consecutive week although Ottawas Henry Burris spent two seasons as Hamiltons starter following his seven-year stint in Calgary. However, Raymonds familiarity with Burris will certainly help him anticipate his one-time teammates moves. And in 2012, Raymond returned a Burris interception 100 yards for a touchdown but he says he wont shirk his defensive responsibilities for a shot returning a second Burris pick for the team record. "I played with Hank for about five years and understand how he throws, what his looks are and what his main targets are," Raymond said. "It gives me a little bit of a bead on him, but I still have to make sure Im doing my part, covering guys and in the right position." Ottawa is coming off a 38-14 home loss to Saskatchewan and is averaging just 18.8 points a game, ahead of only the Montreal Alouettes (15 points per game). However, Ottawa remains in contention in the East Division. The Toronto Argonauts are the only Eastern club with more than one win and are on their bye week. "Thats the silver lining behind all this," Burris said. "You never expected the East would get off to this slow of a start. We need to take full advantage of it. Thats what weve been preparing ourselves for all week. "Toronto has the bye this week, so we have the chance to tie them up. Hamilton is thinking the same thing as well as Montreal, so who is going to take that next step? Its sitting right there for us. We need to make that step happen and its going to start with our offence." The Stampeders supplied the Redblacks with significant manpower, both on their roster and coaching ranks. Ottawa selected Glenn, offensive lineman JMichael Deane and safety Eric Fraser in the expansion draft. But Glenn asked for and was granted a trade to the Lions after the Redblacks signed Burris as a free agent. The Stampeders also sent veteran offensive lineman Jon Gott to Ottawa for the first overall pick in the CFL Draft in May, using it to take Laval offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu. Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell spent the last two seasons as Calgarys defensive co-ordinator while offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson is a former Stampeders offensive line coach. Ottawas first trade in February was acquiring defensive lineman Justin Phillips from Calgary, but Phillips is currently on the six-game injured list with a broken leg. There wasnt much for Ottawa to celebrate against Saskatchewan but the clubs first TD at home was certainly memorable. When backup quarterback Thomas Demarco punted the ball into the end zone, an on-side Dobson Collins raced downfield and jumped on it for the score. John Hufnagel, Calgarys head coach and GM, pointed out Campbells coaching roots are on special teams. "Hes always been known to have some tricks up his sleeve," Hufnagel said. With Canadian running backs Jon Cornish and Matt Walter still out with concussion symptoms, ratio issues will keep veteran slotback Nik Lewis a healthy scratch for a second week. Cornish, the CFLs most valuable player and leading rusher last season, hasnt played since the season opener. Cornish and Walter were both able to get into the weight room this week. Cornish also attended team meetings "so theyre both going in the right direction," Hufnagel said. NOTES: Burris needs 373 passing yards to become the fourth player in CFL history reach the 53,000-yard mark. Danny McManus is currently third at 53,255 . . . 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Wheeler repeated that he believes Kane is a player who has the ability to help the Jets get to the next level as they try once again to reach the playoffs in 2014. He made the comments initially in an interview, when asked how the Jets could compete in the Central Division with teams that have made some high-profile off-season signings. LAS VEGAS -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew he probably didnt have enough fuel to finish. Being in Vegas, he decided to gamble anyway. And when Earnhardts tank went bust on the final lap, Brad Keselowski was right there to clean up. Keselowski surged ahead when Earnhardt ran out of fuel, claiming a dramatic victory Sunday in the NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Earnhardts Chevy sputtered and slowed out of the second turn, and Keselowski roared past him on the backstretch in his Penske Ford for the first weekend sweep in his career. Keselowski followed up Saturdays Nationwide Series victory with his first Las Vegas Cup win, doing it in exhilarating fashion against the friend and mentor who gave him his first big break in racing. "Thats what you live for as a driver, at least I do," Keselowski said. "Those moments where youre side by side, and you lay it all out on the racetrack and bring back the car with the tires smoking, engine smoking, and youre worn out inside because you gave it all you had. It was one of those races there at the end." Keselowski knew all about the fuel shortage faced by Earnhardt and Carl Edwards, who both made their final pit stops about 10 laps before him. So Keselowski decided to force the issue, getting around Edwards and pushing for the lead so Earnhardt would be forced to abandon his conservative, fuel-saving lines. "I felt like we could run him down," Keselowski said about the driver who put him in his first Nationwide ride. "He was going to have to burn fuel to keep me behind him. At that point, it was just a matter of whether a yellow (flag) came out or not, because it was just a ticking time bomb. It worked in our favour today." Earnhardt finished second and didnt regret it, secure in his overall position thanks to the new rules in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which puts increased emphasis on wins. Still, Earnhardt and his Hendrick Motorsports ride were just a few ounces of fuel shy of earning their second victory in three races to start the season. When Earnhardt sat down for his post-race news conference in front of two cans of his sponsors energy drink, he picked up one can wistfully: "Thats all we needed, just 16 ounces." The Daytona 500 champion was disappointed, but not discouraged after his spectacular start to the NASCAR season. He also finished second last week at Phoenix. "We werent supposed to make it," Earnhardt said. "We were trying to save *** much as we can and make it work, but we knew we were short. [url= http://www.cheapclippersjer...com/]Cheap Los Angeles Clippers Jerseys[/url]. We wouldnt have finished second if we didnt have that strategy." Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, virtually assured himself of a spot in the Chase after missing it entirely last season. "Its just such a reliever for everyone on the team to get that win in early, and be able to enjoy the races and opportunities that we have instead of being stressed out about them," Keselowski said. "You know, I think if anything it actually lends itself to better racing." Earnhardt also praised NASCARs new Chase setup, which allowed him to take a fuel gamble in Vegas after winning already this season. Additional wins are worth bonus points in the Chase, while a second-place finish doesnt help his position much -- hence the motivation to go for broke on an empty tank. "I think the new format is definitely is showing it has tons of positives," Earnhardt said. "Its better as far as entertainment for our sport. It gives us freedom, and its nice to have that freedom to do the things that we did today, even though we knew our odds werent good. We really shouldnt have made it, and we didnt, but we got to try because of the new system." With his wife due to give birth at any minute, Paul Menard finished third in his Richard Childress Racing Chevy in front of Keselowskis teammate, pole-sitter Joey Logano. Edwards was fifth in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford, and Earnhardt teammate Jimmie Johnson came in sixth. The Las Vegas race is the first of 11 on 1.5-mile tracks, and NASCAR spent much of the off-season working on ways to improve the racing on these tracks with a new aerodynamics package and other improvements. The changes resulted in 23 drivers breaking the track speed record during qualifying, but the racing wasnt particularly thrilling until that final lap. Keselowski and Earnhardt are the only two drivers to finish in the top five in each of the seasons first three races, and they dueled down the stretch after Earnhardt passed him for the lead on a restart with 42 laps to go. Earnhardt had gone to the pits on the 211th lap and attempted to stick it out. Keselowski was in fine form after his third-place finish in Phoenix last week without crew chief Paul Wolfe, who had returned home for his childs birth. Keselowski also finished third at Daytona. Keselowski is the second driver to win both Vegas races in the same weekend, joining Jeff Burton in 2000. ' ' '

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