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CALGARY -- The Western Hockey League suspended Portland Winterhawks coach and general manager Mike Johnston for the rest of the season, fined the team $200,000 and took away several draft picks Wednesday because of player-benefit violations over the past four seasons. Limited Tony Gonzalez Jersey . The WHL said the Winterhawks will be excluded from the first five rounds of the 2013 WHL bantam draft and will forfeit their first-round selections in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Should the first-round selection in 2014 not be available due to a conditional trade, Portland will surrender its second- and third-round picks. "All WHL clubs understand they are required to fully comply and respect our league regulations or they will face significant consequences," WHL Commissioner Ron Robison said. "WHL clubs are required to fully disclose all commitments they make to a player in the WHL Standard Player Agreement. Our independent investigation in this case revealed there were multiple violations over an extended period for player benefits that are not permitted under WHL regulations and were not disclosed to the WHL. "It should also be noted through the course of the investigation there was no evidence of any payments or enhanced education benefits provided to players that would be contrary to WHL Regulations as previous media reports indicated." The Winterhawks issued a statement with a summary of the leagues findings, saying the team was found to have committed the following violations: --A player contract signed in 2009, involving flights for the players family and a summer training program. --Over the last five years, seven families were provided flights two-to-four times per season based on financial need and their distance from Portland. --Twice in the last five years the team paid for two players to each have a one-week summer training regimen. --The Winterhawks provided a cellphone for their team captain for a period of three seasons. The WHLs audit found no violations involving monetary payments made to players, their families or agents, or any violations related to the leagues educational packages, the team said. "After fully co-operating with the leagues investigation, we were extremely surprised at the excessive nature of the sanctions, and we dont feel they are in line with the scope of the violations we were found to have committed," Johnston said. "We believe that apart from recruiting trips and parents weekend, there is no prohibition in the rules governing flights for players parents, which were the majority of the infractions. We are currently exploring our options on how we will proceed. "Despite our objections, the league has made its decision and our players will continue to pursue the goal of winning a WHL championship." Assistant general manager and assistant coach Travis Green will assume Johnstons duties on an interim basis. Portland is 20-4-1 this season and leads the U.S. Division with 41 points. The Winterhawks are one point behind the WHL-leading Kamloops Blazers in the overall standings. The disciplinary action came about two months after the Ontario Hockey League sanctioned the Windsor Spitfires for recruitment violations. In that case, the Spitfires were fined $250,000 and lost first-round draft picks in 2013 and 16 as well as second-round selections in 2015 and 17 Pat Brisson, the agent for highly touted Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones, is angered at any implication that his client is involved in the violations. "This has nothing to do with Seth. Absolutely nothing," said Brisson. Womens Tony Gonzalez Jersey . He said that improving the teams starting rotation is a top priority for the 2013 campaign. "Thats definitely going to be an area -- a major area -- of our concentration in the off-season," Anthopoulos said before the Blue Jays closed out their disappointing regular season with a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. Kroy Biermann Jersey . The Toronto Blue Jays acquired pitchers J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter in a 10-player deal with the Houston Astros. http://www.theatlantafalconsgear.com/thomas-decoud-jerseys . Evans scored three of his five goals in the final quarter Saturday as Calgary blew open a tie game with seven unanswered goals to beat Edmonton 16-9 in National Lacrosse League action. Womens Julio Jones Jersey . Carreno gave up four runs and six hits in six innings Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. He allowed a pair of home runs to Carlos Santana. Tyson Clabo Jersey . The world governing body of gymnastics says Cory Marsh failed a drug test at the acrobatic world junior championships in Orlando in April.CALGARY -- Nik Lewis would rather have won the game in a less heart-wrenching fashion. Lewis caught the last of his three touchdowns in overtime as the Calgary Stampeders rallied from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit for a 41-38 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday. "Weve lost some close games," said Lewis, whose team snapped a two-game losing streak with the thrilling victory. "We finally came back and won a close game. Fans with heart problems are probably dying right now, so we need to get out of these close games and just play complete games." Calgary coach and general manager John Hufnagel praised his veteran receiver for coming through in the clutch once again for the Stamps (2-2). "Niks had an outstanding year so far," Hufnagel said. "Hes been solid. Hes worked awfully hard and hes healthy and we need him to continue to play at that high level." Larry Taylor also had a touchdown reception, Rene Paredes kicked four field goals, while Calgary also recorded a safety. Calgary quarterback Kevin Glenn completed 27 of 42 passes for 385 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions one week after throwing a costly late interception during a 33-32 road loss to the Montreal Alouettes. "I wasnt surprised at all," said Hufnagel in regards to Glenns bounce-back performance. "Kevin is a veteran quarterback that can win football games and is an active passer." Glenn said the comeback victory as very satisfying. "It shows a lot of character from the guys in this locker room of sticking together and still fighting and beating a very good team out there," Glenn said. "The one thing that we want to do is always stay in the game and stay positive and I think thats what we did on the sidelines." Kory Sheets ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Roughriders (3-1), who had the first possession in overtime, but had to settle for a 50-yard field goal by Chris Milo. Saskatchewans Chris Getzlaf and Weston Dressler caught touchdown passes from starting quarterback Darian Durant, while backup QB Drew Willy threw a TD pass to Neal Hughes. Durant went 20 for 38 for 238 yards with two touchdowns, but also threw a costly interception to Calgary linebacker Malik Jackson late in the fourth quarter that resulted in Glenn tossing a 20-yard touchdown to Tucker on the next play. "You cant turn the ball over right there in that part of the field," Durant said. "They scored the very next play to cut it to three. Then it was like a snowball effect from there. I put it on my shoulders." Calgary trailed 35-18 after Sheets plunged into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown five minutes into the fourth quarter. But Lewis then caught a 21-yard TD pass from Glenn with 5:17 left in the game before Calgary linebacker Jackson interrcepted Durants errant pass and ran it back 23 yards into Saskatchewan territory. Red Tony Gonzalez Jersey. . "If the play comes to you, youve got to make that play," Jackson said. "Its not always a guarantee, but I made the play and I was able to put us in the position to come back." After the Riders went two-and-out on their next possession, Taylor fumbled the ball on the ensuing kick return to give Saskatchewan the ball back on the Calgary 39-yard line. Two plays later, Calgary defensive lineman Charleston Hughes sacked Durant for a 13-yard loss to force another punt. The Stamps drove the ball 83 yards down the field, but had to settle for a 17-yard field goal by Paredes to tie the game at 35-35 with 29 seconds left and force overtime. The Stamps had opened the scoring Thursday with a 46-yard field goal by Paredes, but the Riders responded with a two-yard touchdown run by Sheets to cap off a six-play, 54-yard drive. Early in the second quarter, Glenn engineered a six-play, 62-yard drive that he finished off by tossing a five-yard touchdown pass to Lewis. The Riders answered right back with a quick four-play, 73-yard scoring drive that culminated with a two-yard TD pass by Willy to Hughes. Calgary then took a 15-14 lead from a 37-yard field goal by Paredes followed by a safety when Saskatchewan punter Chris Milo was tackled in the end zone after Cory Huclack snapped the ball over his head. The Stamps appeared to stall Saskatchewans next drive after just four plays, but a costly 15-yard penalty to Calgary defensive lineman Torrey Davis gave Durant and his offence another opportunity. Durant made the Stamps pay by driving the Riders downfield and ultimately tossing a 30-yard touchdown strike to Getzlaf to give Saskatchewan a 21-15 lead heading into halftime. Tristan Jackson gave the Riders great field position in the third quarter by running the opening kickoff 63 yards back into Calgary territory. Six plays later, Durant completed a 20-yard TD pass to Dressler to extend Saskatchewans lead. Calgarys undisciplined play continued in the second half as Dmitri Tsoumpas was ejected from the game for rough play before fellow offensive lineman Jon Gott took an objectionable conduct penalty. Defensive lineman Chris McCoy was then penalized for piling on after a late hit on Durant. Paredes also kicked a 44-yard field goal for Calgary with 13 seconds left in the third quarter. Notes: Heading into the contest, home teams had won 12 of 13 games so far this CFL season and 12 in a row, a streak that ended with Calgarys loss. ... The Riders had gone three straight games without a turnover before Jackson picked off Durant in the fourth quarter. ... With UFC 149 slated to take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday night, Calgary fighter Nick Ring helped conduct the pre-game coin toss. ' ' '






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