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club retired his No. 81 jersey Friday night
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VANCOUVER - Geroy Simon was serenaded by B.C. Lions fans as the club retired his No. 81 jersey Friday night. Simon, the CFLs all-time leading receiver who played 12 of his 15 seasons with B.C., was added to the teams Ring of Honour at B.C. Place Stadium during a half-time ceremony as the Lions hosted the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He retired in the spring after helping the Saskatchewan Roughriders win the 2013 Grey Cup in his lone season playing for them. Wearing his former Lions jersey, Simon thanked Lions owner David Braley, club management and all of his B.C. teammates, particularly his quarterbacks, for providing "support and energy" along with championships. Simon also praised the fans, who gave him a loud ovation as he delivered an emotional speech. "You welcomed me with open arms and gave me 12 amazing years," he said. "I love you guys." Simon wiped away a tear after his son Gervon, a quarterback with the U.S. Military Academy team in Westpoint, N.Y., delivered a message in a recorded video shown on the Jumbotron. Simon now works for the Riders as a regional scout and ambassador while maintaining his home in the Vancouver area. He played his first two seasons with the Blue Bombers and broke former Winnipeg great Milt Stegalls all-time receiving yards record in a game against the Bombers on June 29, 2012 at B.C. Place. Simon finished his career with 16,352 yards and 1,029 receptions. He led the CFL in receiving yards in 2004, 2006 and 2007, and had the most receptions in 2004 and 2006. He was a six-time CFL all-star and seven-time divisional all-star. Leading up to the ceremony, Lions players credited Simon with playing a key role in their individual success. "Personally, for me (Simon had) a big impact on my pro career, and hes a big mentor," said Lions running back Andrew Harris. B.C. coach Mike Benevides said many people dont understand the full extent of Simons competitiveness and compassion. "Ive seen him red hot (with anger) when things arent going well," said Benevides. "Ive seen him also find a way to put his arm around somebody." Benevides said the 38-year-old Johnstown, Pa., native stood out for being cordial and "an outstanding sportsman" while winning two of his three Grey Cups with B.C. "He would compete," said Benevides. "But when it was over, it was over." In conjunction with the team honours, the City of Vancouver also proclaimed Friday as Geroy Simon Day. Cheap Red Wings Jerseys Authentic .Y. -- The Buffalo Bills will head into the regular season short on experience at quarterback after trimming the roster on Friday. 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Atlanta has won four straight and closed an impressive three-game road trip that also included wins over Cleveland and Houston. Kyle Korver supplied 18 points, Al Horford had 17 and Paul Millsap deposited 13 points with 12 rebounds in the win. We did a great job, Horford said. It was hard at the end, but Ill take it. Its a win on the road against a good team. Monta Ellis led the Mavs with 18 points on 8-of-22 shooting and Dirk Nowitzki added 16. Dallas had its three-game winning streak snapped. Rajon Rondo, making his second start as a member of the Mavs, contributed the first double-double for his new club with 13 points and 11 assists. An 8-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters brought the Mavs within 82-67. The Mavs held Atlanta scoreless for the first 3:36 of the fourth, but could not really take advantage of the cold spell. Horford snapped the string with a jumper, then DeMarre Carroll buried a wing 3-pointer to make it 90-73 in favor of the visitors with 6:52 left. Ellis then converted two layups during an 11-4 burst that Tyson Chandler capped with a driving dunk from Rondo, helping trim the deficit to 96-88 with just over two minutes on the clock. Rondo picked up a steal at the other end and passed to a cutting Ellis on the break, but the latter was held up due to some stingy defense and forced a pass out of bounds. Schroder followed with four straight points to keep Atllanta in front by double digits.dddddddddddd Dallas had one last gasp, however. Charlie Villanueva hit two 3s in a span of 13 seconds late in the fourth to cut the deficit to 102-97 before Pero Antic committed a turnover at midcourt. Ellis couldnt convert another trey though, and the Hawks made just enough free throws in the closing seconds to hold off the pesky Mavs. We defended better in the second half, we contained penetration much better, our intensity was much better, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. Atlanta dominated play throughout the first half to claim a 14-point lead at halftime. Schroder led the charge in the opening quarter, scoring 10 points to help the visitors grab a 25-18 lead entering the second. Dallas trailed by six following a Nowitzki jumper early in the second, then Korver unleashed a pair of 3-pointers to push the margin to 35-23. Atlanta held the Mavs to 32.7 percent from the floor, including 21.4 percent from beyond the arc in the opening half, and led 52-38 at the break. When you have to dig out of a big hole, especially against a good team like Atlanta, its going to be difficult, Carlisle added. Schroder netted back-to-back baskets as part of a 13-3 run that gave the Hawks a 69-48 lead with five minutes left in the third. The margin was as many as 24 minutes later prior to Dallas fourth-quarter comeback effort. Game Notes Villanueva had 14 points off the bench ... Korver had his string of 50 consecutive free throws snapped with a miss on a technical free throw ... The Hawks scored 18 points off turnovers ... Carroll finished with 15 points in the win ... Dallas had a 47-43 edge on the glass. Chandler grabbed a game- high 19 boards. ' ' '
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