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Thursday, January 17, 2019

CFL NOTEBOOK

Tim Maypray, who was a receiver with the Montreal Alouettes during their 2010 Grey Cup season, has died. He was 30.

Virginia Military Institute, a school where Maypray played and later served as an assistant coach, announced Thursday that Maypray had passed away Tuesday. The cause of death was not available.

VMI said Maypray spent last season as a running backs coach at Davidson College. The native of Madisonville, Ky., held the same position at his alma mater for three years.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of Tim's passing,'' said VMI athletics director Dr. Dave Diles. "Our thoughts, prayers and support go out to Tim's wife, Bianca, and their children.

"I'm certain that the VMI community shares our grief and will join in support of the Maypray family during this most difficult time.''

The five-foot-nine, 185-pound Maypray spent two seasons with the Alouettes (2010-11) before playing with the Ottawa Redblacks (2014).

In his CFL debut, Maypray returned a missed field goal 125 yards - an Alouettes record - for a touchdown against Saskatchewan. In Montreal's next meeting with the Riders, Maypray took another errant field-goal attempt back 118 yards for a TD.

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos re-signed Canadian kicker/punter Hugh O'Neill on Thursday to a contract extension through the 2020 season.

O'Neill appeared in all 18 regular-season games with Edmonton last year. He posted a 45.2 punting average and 61.5-yard kickoff average in 2018.

O'Neill has appeared in 62 career games with Edmonton, Hamilton and B.C. He's made 44-of-60 field goals (73.3 per cent) and 62-of-66 converts (93.4 per cent) while averaging 44.3 yard on punts and 60.1 yards on kickoffs.

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WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers re-signed offensive lineman Stanley Bryant to a one-year contract extension Thursday.

Bryant was named the CFL's top lineman for a second straight season in November.

The nine-year veteran anchored a Winnipeg offensive line that helped the Bombers lead the CFL in rushing (134.9 yards per game) and pave the way for league rushing leader Andrew Harris (1,390 yards).

Bryant is a four-time CFL all-star and has started 83 straight games. Bryant began his CFL career with Calgary and has started 138 regular-season games, eight playoff contests and appeared in two Grey Cup games, winning in 2014.

(Canadian Press)

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