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    September 12, 2018 6:45 PM PDT

    VANCOUVER - Nik Lewis found himself in unfamiliar territory this season. Danny Shelton Jersey .A key cog in the Calgary Stampeders offence for the last decade, the veteran slotback was mostly relegated to a supporting role in 2014 — one that he wasnt at all used to, but accepted for the good of the team.Its the first time in my life, not just professionally, its the first time in my life that its been like this, the 32-year-old said this week. But growing over the years and growing up and understanding the way things are, Im a leader of men.Im a leader of those receivers in there and I owe it them to show up every day with the best attitude, with the ability to try to make them better men, better football players, better receivers, and thats what I did.As the Stampeders continue their preparations for Sundays Grey Cup game at B.C. Place Stadium against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Lewis said his contributions go far beyond his mediocre 37 catches for 377 yards and no touchdowns in 12 games this season.I think what I do is valuable. Its not just stats and yards, its more about how I communicate with those guys, said the outspoken 11-year veteran out of Southern Arkansas University. Theres been a lot of different things this year that have allowed me to be a better person, but also to understand and relate to these guys. Its just an ultimate experience to be a leader on a team and not just be a player.A 1,000-yard receiver in each of his first nine CFL seasons, Lewis suffered a broken fibula in August 2013 and has totalled just 69 catches for 777 yards and three TDs over the last two years.His future with the Stampeders beyond this weekend is very much up in the air, but the native of Jacksboro, Tex., is clear hes far from finished.I plan on playing next year and the next year after that, he said. I feel good, I feel confident. My body is finally getting back to the place (it needs to be). I talked to the coaches at the beginning of the year and they were just like, We need you to be at your best at the end of the season.Its the end of the season and Im at my best and I can do what I used to do, I promise you that. Now its just the opportunity to go out and do it.Lewis — who had just one catch for five yards in Calgarys West Division victory over the Edmonton Eskimos — wouldnt speculate on his next step in the CFL, but its clear where his heart resides.My focus when I started my career was to play for one team my whole career, he said. I didnt know how long my career would last. Im blessed to be here 11 years later. I dont know whats going to happen next year. Im not really focused on next year.All I can really focus on is right now and this game. Ive always said, if I got out and play the way I can play I dont have to worry about anything else because its going to take care of itself.Lewiss teammates still look to him for guidance, with quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell pointing to Calgarys stunning 40-27 comeback win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in October when the veteran receiver had nine catches for 98 yards.Nik has been in the league for a long time and for a very good reason, because hes done so many great things, said Mitchell, in his first year as Calgarys starter. He is absolutely a leader in our locker-room.Veteran running back Rob Cote added that the Stampeders often follow Lewiss lead on and off the field.Hes the heart and soul of this team and you see a difference when hes up, said Cote, who has played every one of his eight professional seasons alongside Lewis. Hes a great leader, a great guy and a great teammate.For all of Lewiss personal success with the Stampeders — 805 receptions for 11,250 yards and 65 TDs in his career — he conceded the team has often failed to meet expectations. A talented Calgary roster won the Grey Cup in 2008 but lost the big game in 2012, while falling in the West final in 2009, 2010 and again last year.Ive said in the past Ive always felt like we have been underachievers in my career here, said Lewis. Not talking about any one individual, but just as a team Ive felt like weve had the talent and ability to win more Grey Cups or at least play in more Grey Cup games.But he added the veteran core with the Stampeders, who finished the regular season 15-3, has learned valuable lessons heading into the 102nd Grey Cup against the Tiger-Cats (9-9).They say you learn when you lose. Now its time to go win it, said Lewis. We just learned to be patient, go enjoy ourselves and not press in the playoffs. Its still the same game. Weve just got to go out and execute.This year were coming in saying were going to play Hamilton the same way we played everybody else. Were not coming in expecting them to lay down and give it to us. We know its going to be a tough game. Theyre a good team.With all that in mind, a victory on Sunday will make all of Lewiss recent hurt fade away — at least for a little while.Once the games over and you win it, all the wrongs, all the mistakes, everything that happened during the year, during the past years, is all corrected for at least that night, he said. Then you just start working on doing it again. Jeremy Hill Patriots Jersey . -- Top-seed Shahar Peer and Canadian Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the second round of the inaugural WTA Citi Open. Cordarrelle Patterson Patriots Jersey . Salah, who scored against Chelsea in two Champions League group matches this season, is Jose Mourinhos third significant recruit in the January transfer window after Nemanja Matic and Bertrand Traore.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - By the time John Harbaugh figured out what Bill Belichick had up his hoodie sleeves, New England was one play away from cutting a 14-point deficit in half.And by the time the Ravens realized what the Patriots were up to on their next possession, it was too late to stop a double-pass for a 51-yard touchdown that erased Baltimores lead entirely.The Ravens were confused by some of Belichicks new tricks in their second-round playoff game on Saturday, and the Patriots rallied from a pair of two-touchdown deficits to win 35-31 and advance to the AFC championship game.They pulled out every trick play in the book, Ravens defensive end Chris Canty said. They threw a lot of different formations at us — guys eligible, guys ineligible. They did a lot of things to keep us on our heels.Some of New Englands tricks werent even in the book, including a three-play series in which Belichick sent out only four offensive linemen. One of the ball-handlers was announced as an ineligible receiver as the Patriots broke the huddle for the snap, leaving Baltimore no time to substitute.Asked if he had ever seen it before, Harbaugh said, Nobodys ever seen that before.Its not something anybodys ever done before, he said. The league will look at that type of thing and Im sure that theyll make some adjustments.Eventually, Harbaugh ran onto the field — drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty — to argue that the referees should give him a chance to send in subs once the ineligible receiver was announced. Jason McCourty Patriots Jersey. The officials told me after that theyd give us the opportunity to do that, which they probably should have done during that series, he said. Thats why guys were open, because we didnt ID where the eligible receivers were at.After the Ravens were caught with 12 men on the field, the Patriots followed with three completions and the penalty on Harbaugh that put the ball on the 5. One play later, Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a 5-yard score that made it 28-21.Harbaugh declined to comment when asked if the ploy by Belichick, whose reputation is still stained by the revelations that he illegally videotaped opposing coaches signal-calling in 2007, was cheap or dirty.Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was unapologetic.Maybe those guys (have) got to study the rule book and figure it out, he said. We obviously knew what we were doing.But it was another trick play — and one that was indisputably legal — that finished off the Ravens.On a first-and-10 from his own 49, Brady threw a backward pass wide to his left to wide receiver Julian Edelman, a college quarterback who turned and found Danny Amendola behind the coverage for the touchdown.At that time of the game, it was a great play call on their part, said cornerback Rashaan Melvin, who was burned on that play and the go-ahead touchdown to Brandon LaFell. 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