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The body of CFL player Joe McKnight lies between the shooter's vehicle, at left, and his Audi SUV at right as the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigates the scene in Terrytown, La., Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (Michael DeMocker /NOLA.com The Times-Picayune via AP)

McKnight shooting suspect released

The shooting death of a CFL player in a New Orleans suburb was a “road rage” incident that started on a nearby bridge, a sheriff said Friday, as he urged against a rush to judgment and defended his handling of the case.

Calgary Stampeders running back Jerome Messam video chats with his girlfriend as he shops for a Stampeders toque for her in the Stamps Store at McMahon Stadium on Monday November 21, 2016. The Stamps are heading to Toronto tomorrow ahead of the Grey Cup next weekend.

Who'll be watching the 104th Grey Cup?

In the wake of a savage beatdown in Calgary and an Ottawa game played in a snow globe, the 104th Grey Cup’s participants are set for Sunday: it will be the Stampeders (16-2-1) versus the Redblacks (9-9-1).

Tivon Cook is shown in action with the St. Francis Xavier X-men, who will play in the Mitchell Bowl on Saturday, looking for a berth in the Vanier Cup. The Barrie native came up through the ranks with the local Huronia Stallions. SUBMITTED

Cook’s improbable path to football greatness

Former Huronia Stallions and Bear Creek Kodiaks quarterback Tivon Cook will be playing in the Mitchell Bowl on Saturday at 4 pm ET, in Calgary, against the University of Calgary, for a chance to go to the Vanier Cup.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia Secondary School’s Karl Winder strains to bring down Innisdale running back Tyler Clute in the dying seconds of the teams’ quarter-final playoff game Tuesday at the West Orillia Sports Complex. OSS held off a late Innisdale charge to win 28-21.

Nighthawks advance to semifinals

As the clock slowly wound down and the Innisdale Invaders marched deep into their territory, the Orillia Secondary School (OSS) Nighthawks, with their season on the line, needed a big stop from their defence.And in the dying seconds of their Simcoe County Athletics Association quarter-final playoff game, the defence stepped up. First, Karl Winder b

Erin Babcock of the Orillia Nighthawks falls victim to the Banting Marauder defense during AAA girls flag football action held Thursday at Georgian Sports Field. The Marauders would take the win 12-6. Mark Wanzel/photo

Nighthawks fail to gain traction in GBSSA action

BARRIE - Mother Nature's first surly blast of winter Thursday couldn't have happened at a worse time, cooling off a red-hot Orillia Secondary School junior girls' flag football team as it went for its second straight high school crown.

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs as Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, left, reaches in for the tackle during the second half of a football game, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Seahawks, Cardinals tie

Stephen Hauschka needed only to make a 27-yard field goal to give the Seattle Seahawks an overtime victory over Arizona.

Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Orillia Secondary School’s Liam Wilson breaks to the outside en route to scoring a 60-yard major in the second half. North dominated the contest, improving to 3-2 with a 52-14 victory.

Nighthawks fall to Vikings

The Barrie North Collegiate Vikings dominated both sides of the ball in their game against arch-rival Orillia Secondary School Wednesday, thumping the host Nighthawks 52-14 at the West Orillia Sports Complex.

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