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Wednesday, March 2, 2016


VANCOUVER - The B.C. Lions signed head coach/GM Wally Buono to a contract extension to 2018 on Wednesday.

Buono, who gave up coaching duties following B.C.'s Grey Cup win in 2011, will return to the club's sidelines this season.

"My sincere thanks go out to David (owner David Braley) and Dennis (CEO Dennis Skulsky) for the confidence they have shown with this extension,'' said Buono. "We have a big job ahead of us, but with the coaches, football operations staff and players we are assembling I believe we will put a product on the field that our fans will want to support.''

Buono is the CFL's all-time leader in coaching wins with 254 (101 with B.C.) and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2014. He joined the Lions in 2003 and has led the franchise to nine playoff appearances, six Western final berths, an Eastern final berth, three Grey Cup appearances and two victories (2006, 2011).


TORONTO - The Toronto Argonauts signed veteran American defensive lineman Justin Hickman on Wednesday.

The six-foot-two, 265-pound Hickman spent five seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2009-'11, 2014-'15) and also played two years with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts (2012-'13).

"Justin is a great addition to our defensive line and locker room,'' Argos GM Jim Barker said in a statement. ``He's a proven player in our League and continues to perform at a high level year after year.

"He is defensively sound with a knack for getting to the quarterback.''

Hickman registered 181 tackles, 36 sacks, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 79 games with Hamilton. He was a CFL all-star in 2011.

Toronto also signed American linebacker Jean Fanor.

(The Canadian Press)