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WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers may not be getting much respect from oddsmakers, who have them dead last as a Grey Cup bet this season, but coach Tim Burke will take that wager. He says the team is further ahead than it was at the start of 2012, when they finished out of the playoffs with a 6-12 record, tied with Hamilton in the CFL cellar. "Definitely, offensively, were farther ahead than we were at this point last year," he says. "(And) I think as far as desire to win were farther ahead than we were last year." Starter Buck Pierce was sidelined last season by a series of injuries, and the Bombers floundered behind their backup quarterbacks. But Burke says the fire in the belly that got them to Vancouver to compete for the Grey Cup in 2011 also seemed lacking. "I dont think we had the fire that we had coming back from the year before and I think we have a little bit more of that this year. Hopefully enough of it to get us some wins," he said. But can they pull off a repeat of 2011, when they stunned pretty well everyone by rebounding from an even more dismal 4-14 finish the year before to challenge for the Cup? Head coach Paul LaPolice, who led them to that final, paid for last years poor performance with his job and Burke took over mid-season. This year, Burke has put his stamp on the Bombers from the start. The team even has a brand new touchdown song to play in their new $200-million stadium, if and when they score one. They didnt get a chance at their first exhibition game, with total offence consisting of two field goals in a 24-6 loss to the Toronto Argonauts. That was close compared with the 52-0 drubbing by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that closed their pre-season. Burke had left most of his A team at home when the Bombers crumbled before Hamilton and Henry Burris, and probably was glad the debacle wasnt televised. But more so than in past years, this pre-season was about testing rookies and resting starters for the first regular-season game June 27 against Montreal. First and foremost, the Bombers need Pierce healthy. Failing that, they must rely on one of their backups -- Justin Goltz or Max Hall -- to win games Pierce cant play. It was Pierce who got them to the 2011 cup final but, with his injury record, training camp has been spent weighing who should stand directly behind him on the depth chart. Hall is a CFL rookie (with NFL experience) but even Goltz, who won the toss as No. 1 backup, has thrown very few passes in his three seasons. Alex Brink and Joey Elliott, cut in the off-season, were always ahead of him on the chart. That focus on backups means Pierce hasnt had much time to work on his game, but he insists he isnt concerned. "Its OK, theyre going to give me lots of reps this week, and well get ready to go," he said as camp wound down. "Ill be fine. Ive been playing for nine years, Ill be OK." The Bombers have been prepping a new-look offence and new protection schemes. They arent taking the wraps off those though until the June 27 season opener at home against Montreal. Of course, Pierce has to co-operate. Breaking out for an eight-yard run on his first play of the first pre-season game showed that the best-laid plans can fail in the execution. The Bombers let him play only three series before giving him the hook. Quarterbacking remains the big question mark hanging over Winnipegs offence. Otherwise, it seems in good hands with the return of healthy runningbacks Chad Simpson, Chris Garrett and Will Ford. Burke has the enviable problem of looking for ways to hang onto all the talented import tailbacks at his disposal. Simpsons starting job is secure after racking up more than 1,000 yards in his rookie season, good enough to be named an East Division all-star, but its a toss up between the other two, with one destined for the regular roster and another likely the practice roster. For receivers, Winnipeg has rookie of the year Chris Matthews and veteran Terrence Edwards, two 1,000-yard-plus performers, and plenty of depth behind them, including non-import Cory Watson. Offensive co-ordinator Gary Crowton also now has a year of CFL experience under his belt. The offensive line, a weak link as last season opened, has firmed up. And 2012 draft pick Tyson Pencer seems healthy enough and is persuading coaches he could become the ratio-changing tackle they saw in the six-foot-seven, 315-pound rookie, although he starts the season on the nine-game injured list. Burke has clearly had issues with his defence though this season. Last season, injuries forced the Bombers to play musical chairs with their defence. This season, Burke hasnt been happy with the veterans on the secondary and told them to pick up or pack up. Despite a $35,000 signing bonus, two-time all-star Jonathan Hefney got a ticket to ride. It may have been his play, but it also followed the news hed been busted for marijuana possession at home in South Carolina. He was quickly snapped up by the Stampeders and his was the only departure that could be called a surprise. To fill his place at halfback, the Bombers tabbed Demond Washington, who dazzled at times last season as a kick returner, when he held onto the ball. Cauchy Muamba, brother to Winnipeg defensive linebacker Henoc Muamba, moves into safety, replacing Ian Logan. Burkes call for new players challenging for spots on the secondary to push the veterans was heard, says Washington, who started as a linebacker, cornerback or halfback in seven games last season. "I know theyre hungry," he said of the rookies. "But the veteran guys are hungry too. We cant just sit there and let them get all the meat. Weve got to get in and get us some food too." Cornerback Jovon Johnson, the CFLs outstanding defensive player in 2011, says the secondary is ready and the veterans know the score. "I mean, weve got talent, all the way across the board," he said. "In this business, nobodys ever safe. Youve got to come out and go out and perform and if you dont do that, theyll find guys to replace you." Yeezy Boost 350 v2 True Form Pas Cher . Kozun faked to the forehand and beat Monsters starter, Calvin Pickard, pad side in the second round for the winner. Spencer Abbott also scored in the shootout for the Marlies (25-13-4). Yeezy Boost 350 a Vendre . Andrew Luck lost his favourite target and the Indianapolis locker room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season. http://www.pascheryeezy350v2.fr/fausse- ... space.html . Aside from the trilogy main event title fight, there are a number of intriguing matchups in the heavyweight, welterweight and lightweight divisions. Yeezy 350 V2 Clay Pas Cher . It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games. Jeff Teague led the Hawks (1-5) with 17 points and eight assists and Al Horford had 12 points and seven rebounds. Mike Scott scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. Yeezy 350 v2 Pas Cher . Any real chance at payback wont come until the playoff. Still, Pittsburgh knows its taut 3-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night is a pretty good place to start laying the groundwork. "They are a very good defensive team," Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said.Real Madrid are “thinking twice” about selling star man Cristiano Ronaldo this summer and may offer the forward a new deal, according to Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. Madrid have been trying to find a buyer for the Portugal international, whose contract at the Bernabeu runs until the end of June 2018.Ronaldo, 31, has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and his agent, Jorge Mendes, has an agreement in place for his client to join the Ligue 1 champions next season, according to Balague. However, Real are believed to be having second thoughts about offloading a player who has just finished the season with 50 goals in all competitions for the sixth campaign in a row. Cristiano Ronaldos current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu runs until the end of June 2018 And Los Blancos could opt to hand Ronaldo a contract extension.There is a situation in the transfer market, Balague told Revista Bitesizes 2015/16 season review.Man City have to renew their squad, Man Utd have to renew their squad, Chelsea have to renew their squad, Barcelona have to make changes, Real Madrid have to bring in new blood.And theres not enough players. Theres money, but not enough players. All of a sudden, they may probably think twice about getting rid of Cristiano.There is [Robert] Lewandowski, who they could replace him with, but who else is there out there?Nobody out there has risen to that level that you think they will be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo soon. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is one of the few players who could replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid next season Real have gone from putting a price for Ronaldo to now thinking that there is no clear replacement in the market.Cristiano has been thinking all season this is his last at Madrid and even his house was put up for rent. As a consequence of the lack of alternatives in the market, Real might offer Ronaldo a new contract.Sky Sports Spanish football expert Terry Gibson, meanwhile, believes it is vital Madrid keep Ronaldo at the Bernabeu next season after his impressive campaign in front of goal. Watch the best goals from Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo this season Gibson, though, also recognises it is a tricky choice for Real to make given the Portugueses age and desire now to play solely as a frontman.ddddddddddddNo player should be allowed to leave a club if he is scoring over 50 goals a season, said Gibson.The issue for [Real head coach Zinedine] Zidane is where you play him, if you build a team around him.I hate to say it, but he is now just a goalscorer. He is now almost a full centre forward. I think its important they keep him, but I do understand the business perspective of it. Hes in his 30s now, there is probably one last chance to get another club on his CV for a massive transfer fee. Thats the huge decision for Real Madrid. Terry Gibson Hes in his 30s now, there is probably one last chance to get another club on his CV for a massive transfer fee. Thats the huge decision for Real Madrid.They are running out of time if they want to achieve a big transfer fee for him, but at the same time they will be looking around thinking hes got 50 goals again.Its a big decision for Real. There arent many about where Real can just get the money for Ronaldo and replace him. Also See: Balague: Could Real sell Ronaldo? Ronaldo to PSG? Ronaldo hits 50 goals Revista Bitesize ' ' '