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SURREY, B.C. -- B.C. Lions quarterback Thomas DeMarco is looking forward to taking centre stage again Friday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers -- but hes not promising an encore grand performance in his second CFL start. "I have one game under my belt," said DeMarco after B.C.s last full practice Wednesday. "Im not a veteran. Theres certain things I still have to get used to but, having the success of last game and building off of that, Im hoping to keep it going." DeMarco, a second-year pro who is filling in for injured starter Travis Lulay (shoulder), led the Lions to a last-play 24-22 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina last weekend. The 24-year-old was calm under pressure as he led the Lions down field and completed a third-and-long pass to set up Paul McCallums winning field goal. But DeMarco is not getting too excited about his press clippings. "The biggest thing is, in a short week, you just got to take a few things you wanna work on that were going to do in this game -- and make sure that you limit your mistakes quickly and have a very keen sense to focusing on this game," he said. "So right now, that last game I had, its over with, done with, and now Im focused on Winnipeg." If the Lions (8-4) can beat the Bombers (2-10) for a second time this season, they will gain a share of first place in the West Division, at least temporarily, with the Calgary Stampeders. DeMarco is starting to feel more comfortable with B.C.s offence after taking the starters reps in practice this week. "The more accustomed that I get to running the show and making sure that I have those reps, its only going to get better from here," he said. Coach Mike Benevides tried to get DeMarco and the rest of his team accustomed to playing in Winnipegs new stadium by pumping in loud music during practice. The quarterback handled the hostile environs in Regina, save for some first-half troubles, without a glaring amount of difficulty. He is expecting another rowdy crowd in the Manitoba capital. "I thought we did well with that (crowd in Regina)," he said. "Its going to be a passionate crowd, just like it was in Saskatchewan. We love playing in front of them. We like the excitement thats going to happen. Were going to do the same thing (a silent count) we did in Saskatchewan. We had a pretty good sense of how to communicate, and I think we should be fine." But he suggested his unspoken communication with receivers is still a work in progress. He could also have to get used to some receivers in different roles. Paris Jackson is slated to go in at wide receiver as Marco Iannuzzi deals with a leg injury suffered on a key late punt return against the Roughriders. Manny Arceneaux, who missed the game in Saskatchewan, is also questionable after aggravating a groin injury late in practice Wednesday. But Benevides believes DeMarco, who was never drafted in the NFL and needed six pro tryouts, the last with B.C. in adverse weather in the Washington, D.C., area, to get a contract, can shine again. Benevides lauded DeMarco for his efforts in last weekends win over Saskatchewan and a strong relief appearance in place of the injured Lulay in a victory over Montreal a week earlier. "It hasnt surprised me, because Ive seen Thomas always come through when hes been challenged," said Benevides. "Any time any quarterback can do what he did in that environment with 38 seconds left, (its) tremendously impressive. The last two games hes been in, hes been giving us a chance to really protect the football, and Im looking for him to continue to grow, because with more repetitions and success in games, the more confidence comes along." DeMarco, an Old Dominion product, has competed 24-of-44 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns this season. He has yet to thrown an interception in his brief CFL career. Benevides said the young signal-caller has not let the added pressure of being a starter get to him. "Thomas has got an outstanding level of confidence," said Benevides. "He also has a quirky personality. He kind of lets (things) roll off his back, and hes got a tremendous sense of humour." But a flu bug within the team has not been a laughing matter. Backup quarterback Buck Pierce, who is slated to return to Winnipeg after a trade earlier this month, was sick Wednesday and stayed away from practice. "Its the first time Ive taken this many reps since training camp," said backup QB Joey Elliott. "So it was good to actually get back in there." Pierce is still slated to travel with the team Thursday. But Elliott, who was released by the Bombers after last season, is making sure that he is prepared just in case. "If Buck is down, Ill be ready to go," said Elliott. "But with it just a basic cold, Buck should be ready to go, and I know hes really excited to be heading back to Winnipeg." Max Hall is slated to get the call for Winnipeg, which has had many struggles at the quarterback position this season. But the Lions are also preparing for Justin Goltz, who started against them at B.C. Place in August. Benevides said the team has studied Hall mostly, because he has seen most of the action between the two. But nickleback Korey Banks said it does not matter which quarterback they face. "Were past that now," said Banks. "Were into the point now where were going to prepare for ourselves. ... If were on our Ps and Qs, were gonna win." Notes: The Lions will head straight to Winnipegs new stadium to check it out after arriving Thursday. ... Special teams player Tim Cronk will get into the lineup as a result of Stu Foords knee injury suffered in Saskatchewan. ... 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UEFA said Wednesday that the champions of England and France only have to include five home-trained players in their 21-man squads next season instead of the expected eight. Only one of the five players needs to be trained by the club itself.Tucson, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The public address announcer at Arizona Stadium never relayed the results of the game in Pasadena. Arizonas focus was sorely on its in-state rival, and the Territorial Cup is now back in its hands. The Wildcats are hoping to add another trophy to their collection next week. Nick Wilson ran for three scores and Samajie Grant hauled in both of Anu Solomons two touchdown passes as the 12th-ranked Wildcats defeated No. 13 Arizona State 42-35 on Friday afternoon. The victory over the Sun Devils, coupled with No. 8 UCLAs loss to Stanford, wrapped up the Pac-12 South and punched Arizonas ticket into the Pac-12 title game in Santa Clara against No. 3 Oregon next Friday. The Wildcats handed the Ducks their lone loss of the season Oct. 2 in Eugene. Stanford put the finishing touches of a 31-10 rout of the Bruins at the Rose Bowl just minutes prior to Mike Bercovicis 4th-and-12 pass with 1:07 remaining into a crowd of Arizona players falling incomplete. The incompletion also sealed the Wildcats (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) first 10-win season wince 1998. Wilson carried the ball 24 times for 178 yards, Solomon was 15-of-21 for 208 yards and Grant posted 91 yards on four catches for Arizona, which has won four straight games. Bercovici filled in for Taylor Kelly late in the third quarter. He finished 14-of-22 for 123 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, while Kelly completed 13-of-22 passes for 144 yards and two scores for Arizona State (9-3, 6-3), which dropped two of three to close the year on the heels of a five-game winning streak. The Sun Devils had won the last two Territorial Cups. Fridays Duel in the Desert marked the first time since 1986 that both teams were ranked in the top-25. The 88th all-time meeting between the schools was tied at 21-21 before Arizona scored touchdowns on each of its first two touches of the third quarter. A busted ASU coverage allowed Austin Hill to pick up 15 yards on a 3rd-and-11 and Soolomon rolled right later in the drive before finding David Richards for a gain of 31 down to the 1.dddddddddddd Wilson ran it in a play later to put the Wildcats in front. Zane Gonzalez missed a 45-yard field goal wide left on the Sun Devils ensuing trek and Wilson burst through the middle for a 72-yard score on the very next snap to make it 35-21. Bercovici flipped a 2-yard score to Kody Kohl early in the fourth to get ASU within a touchdown and it forced an Arizona punt on its next offensive touch. Jourdon Grandon, though, broke on a pass from his safety position and picked it off a play later. Solomon hit Grant for a 20-yard score shortly thereafter for a 42-28 Arizona margin. The Sun Devils responded with Bercovicis 9-yard TD toss to DeMarieya Nelson with 5:02 to play and their defense got Bercovici the ball back following a three-and-out. Bercovicis 4th-and-12 throw intended for Jaelon Strong along the left sideline was nowhere near him. A bizarre first half saw both teams record defensive touchdowns, Arizona stopping ASU on a 4th-and-goal at the 1 and blocking a punt and a 69-yard touchdown play. Anthony Lopez returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game and ASU running back D.J. Foster was stopped for a loss on the 4th- and-goal play midway through the first. Grants 69-yard catch and run for a score gave Arizona a 14-7 cushion three plays after Demetrius Cherry returned a fumble two yards for a touchdown. Strongs diving 50-yard catch led to his one-handed, left-handed 3-yard snag in the back of the end zone, which tied the game early in the second. Cayleb Jones blocked punt resulted in a Wilson 21-yard TD scamper, but Kellys 7-yard TD strike to Demario Richard late in the half knotted the contest again. Game Notes Arizona linebacker Scoobie Wright had two of the Wildcats seven sacks ... The Wildcats lead the all-time series between the schools 48-39-1 ... ASU outgained Arizona 380-333. ' ' '
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