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VANCOUVER - Andrew Harris and the rest of the B.C. Lions saved their best for the second half Saturday night. Harris ran for three touchdowns, including two in the final 30 minutes, and Emmanuel Arceneaux scored on a 77-yard passing play early in the third quarter as the Lions beat the Edmonton Eskimos 31-21. Harris scored three rushing touchdowns for the first time in his CFL career. "Its huge for me," said Harris. "But at the same time, its all about the team and getting the win." The Lions (3-1) swept the home-and-home series with the Eskimos (1-3) after downing them a week earlier in Edmonton. "Im just happy to get the win especially against a Western opponent (in) back-to-back games," said Harris. "I thought we played well. We were consistent, we sustained drives and when we needed to run the clock down at the end there, the (offensive) line played amazing." Arceneauxs spectacular touchdown broke a 10-10 tie and sent the Lions on to victory. The Lions bettered the Eskimos in the final 30 minutes for the second straight game after trailing at half-time a week earlier. "Just coming out in the third quarter, it was the same situation as last week," said Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly, who completed 12 of 20 passes for a modest 152 yards. "It turned over into half-time. Generally, when that happens, whoever comes out (strong) in the third quarter, and sets the tempo and sets the tone for the game, is gonna be on the inside track for the win — and B.C. did that again tonight. "We didnt seem prepared after half-time." Paul McCallum booted a 37-yard field goal to account for the rest of the B.C. scoring. Edmonton backup quarterback Kerry Joseph and Fred Stamps, with just over a minute left in the game, scored touchdowns for Edmonton. Kicker Grant Shaw provided the other Eskimo points on two field goals and a 51-yard single off a missed three-pointer. Reilly, the former B.C. backup who was traded to Edmonton in the off-season, got the Eskimos offence going early after Chris Thompson intercepted a Travis Lulay pass intended for Arceneaux. The Eskimos opened the scoring with just over five minutes gone in the game as Shaw kicked a 47-yard field goal, giving them a 3-0 lead after the first quarter. But the Lions were able to build a 10-3 lead in the second quarter as McCallum, playing his first game of the season after missing the opening three with a groin injury, succeeded on his lone field-goal attempt and Harris bowled his way 13 yards. After coming in for an apparent plunge on second down, Edmonton backup QB Joseph ran for a three-yard touchdown late in the second quarter to create suspense heading into the second half. But it was almost all Lions in the final 30 minutes. "For whatever reason, we just got into more of a groove," said Lulay, who completed 18 of 24 passes for 284 yards. Arceneaux shook off Thompsons tackle attempt and also stayed in bounds, as the Eskimos defensive back got his arms on him but could not bring him down along the sideline. Lulay said he and Arceneaux, who accumulated 106 yards off just five receptions, had prepared for just such a play. "We had a (defensive) look, and we had talked about talked about that earlier, if we had that certain coverage, how Manny could release to get some width," said Lulay. "I was ready for him to make the release that he did. "So I threw a little bit into space, and Manny got the release that he needed. The biggest thing about that play was his ability to break the tackle and make the big play. For him to break the tackle and stay in bounds takes a little bit of strength." Lulay maintained his hot passing arm later in the third quarter as he was good on all four attempts during a scoring drive that culminated with a Harris one-yard run. Harris set up his own touchdown as he caught a short Lulay pass and gained 24 yards a play earlier, leaping over a defender in a bid to get into the end zone. Harris thought he had scored, and fireworks went off prematurely, but a replay showed that his knee was out of bounds before he crossed the goal-line. He felt forced to jump after his attempt to spin inside did not go as planned. "I wish I could have scored on that, because, I think, that would have been a highlight for sure." He still thrilled fans as he ran a reverse untouched into the end zone, staking B.C. to a 24-10 lead. The Eskimos showed signs of a comeback attempt, but could only pull within a point off Shaws wide 43-yard field goal attempt. Then after the Lions ran about three minutes off the clock and a McCallum punt that pinned Edmonton deep in its own territory, Jabar Westerman recorded a rare interception for a defensive lineman. B.C. Westerman enabled B.C. to use up more time before Harris juked and jived four yards for his third touchdown of the night. Notes — Edmonton third-string quarterback Jonathan Crompton threw 12 yards to Stamps for his touchdown. ... McCallum handled all of the B.C. punting duties after coach Mike Benevides said Hugh ONeill could punt in certain situations. ... The Lions inducted legendary former coach Don Matthews and quarterback Damon Allen onto their wall of fame at half-time. Matthews guided the Lions to their 1985 Grey Cup title, while Allen called the signals for their 2000 championship squad. The two CFL hall of famers entered the field riding in vintage convertibles. Matthews, 74, who is recuperating from cancer, and Allen received Lions jackets and plaques. The former coach drew the loudest cheers. ... Lions nickleback Korey Banks played in his 150th CFL career game. ... B.C. defensive back Ryan Phillips needs to play two more games for 150 consecutive contests. Zalando Puma Scarpe . Soukalova missed only one target and completed the 15-kilometre course in 40 minutes, 32.6 seconds for both victories in this seasons individual discipline. Darya Domracheva of Belarus was second, 34. Puma Scontate Italia . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain. http://www.pumascontate.it/ . White came in fourth place in the event. He was the two-time defending gold medallist. The gold medal went to Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov. Scarpe Puma Scontate . LOUIS -- Valtteri Filppula assisted on three of Tampa Bays four goals, and the Lightning beat the St. Puma Scarpe In Offerta . At a Manhattan federal court hearing, attorney Jordan Siev said his law office has gotten more evidence nearly every day to support its lawsuit accusing MLB and Selig of going on a "witch hunt" to ruin Rodriguezs reputation and career. He said the defendants went "way over the line. RIO DE JANEIRO -- Carlos Balderas qualified for the Olympics nearly nine months ago, and he has been waiting anxiously for his next fight ever since.The American lightweight only has to wait a few more hours after the opening ceremonies in Rio. Balderas fights in the opening session of the grueling, 16-day Olympic boxing tournament on Saturday morning.Its everything Ive been thinking about since November, Balderas said. The only thing thats been in my mind is bringing back a medal.His friend and roommate, light flyweight Nico Hernandez, also fights on a big first day for the eight-person U.S. team. After the American men failed to win any Olympic medals for the first time in London, the new U.S. fighters believe their teamwork can help them exceed relatively low outside expectations in Brazil.Were definitely close, because were all young, Hernandez said. Im the oldest one on the team, and Im 20. Weve all been on the same team since juniors, so weve been traveling together for a couple of years now. Were really close, like family. I think that helps us a lot. We all support each other.Balderas and Hernandez are key parts of the tight-knit core on a U.S. team that has bonded through years of shared competition. All six American men were born less than two years apart.The vibe is really, really cool, Balderas said. Because me, Nico, Tony (Vargas), Shakur (Stevenson), weve pretty much been together since the youth team. We were always around each other. Its not like somebody came out of nowhere and just took a spot. Everybody was always very cool with each other.The U.S. men could use all the good vibes they can get.They havent won a gold medal since Andre Ward triumphed in Athens in 2004. They claimed just one bronze medal in Beijing -- and none at all in London, an embarrassment for the most successful boxing nation in Olympic history.USA Boxing hired veteran Irish coach Billy Walsh last year, but his plans are necessarily focused on Tokyo in 2020. He hopes the current teams talent will be enough to counteract their opponents years of centralized training.Its a massive challenge, Walsh said. There definitely is a skill level that we need to change. Its a Tokyo project.ddddddddddddalderas and Hernandez could have turned pro before Rio, but instead participated in the professional ventures of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to improve their chances of landing a spot in Brazil. Balderas qualified early for the Olympics through his victories in AIBAs World Series of Boxing.They both realize the importance of starting a pro career with an Olympic pedigree. They also wanted extra experience with the particularities of Olympic-style boxing, which can be difficult for American-trained prospects.Neither fighter hails from a particular boxing hotbed, either: Hernandez is from Wichita, Kansas, while Balderas came up from Santa Maria, California.Its definitely not a big sport in Wichita, Hernandez said. It means a lot to me to get here, because not a lot of people that came from there have really made anything of themselves. I want to be the one to inspire other people. I like to say that Im one of the ones that made it from there, because theres not a lot of recognition like there is in California or something.Balderas is a first-generation Mexican-American whose grandfather moved his family north to work the fertile fields of central California.I know regardless of what happens at the Olympics, my family is always going to be behind me, Balderas said. I do feel some pressure, because I feel like I cant let them down, you know? I know that everybody has made sacrifices for me, so I feel like its only right for me to do the same for them.Balderas and Hernandez both train with their fathers and other relatives. Hernandezs parents are leaving the U.S. for the first time to watch their son, while Balderas traveling party is slightly larger -- including uncles, aunts and cousins who were able to book the trip several months in advance because of his early qualification.It kind of makes me feel nervous in a way, but also it makes me just feel happy, Balderas said. I want to prove to them that I can do something big, because we went from the strawberry fields to the Olympic Games. ' ' '



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