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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -- It didnt take Pat Watkins long to reclaim his starting job with the Toronto Argonauts. The all-star cornerback missed all of Torontos training camp dealing with a personal matter. But hell be on the field Friday night when Toronto begins its Grey Cup defence at Rogers Centre against the arch-rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Watkins rejoined the Argos just prior to their 24-20 exhibition win over Montreal last Thursday and resumed practising after passing his physical on the weekend. Against Hamilton, Watkins will start at right cornerback alongside Jahlil Carter, who moved to halfback after starting at the corner in Torontos 35-22 Grey Cup win over Calgary. "Im feeling pretty good," Watkins said. "They put me into a lot of special teams this week to try and get that extra energy and I believe it worked. "Its a lot easier to work with someone like Jahlil who knows the system. Its easier to communicate with him as far as the language that we speak as opposed to having someone new there who has to learn the different terms." The six-foot-five, 205-pound Watkins made an immediate impact last season, his first with Toronto. The former San Diego Charger and Dallas Cowboy finished tied with retired safety Jordan Younger for second in the CFL with five interceptions and was named a league all-star. But an ankle ailment forced Watkins to miss Torontos Grey Cup victory. Watkins return couldnt have come at a better time for Toronto as hell be just one of five returnees to a revamped defence, joining Carter and linebackers Marcus Ball, Brandon Isaac and Robert McCune. The Argos will unveil a new defensive line against Hamilton with ends David Lee and Nekos Brown and tackles Khalif Mitchell and Jonathan Williams. The six-foot-five, 315-pound Mitchell is a former CFL all-star and Grey Cup champion, however Brown and Williams are rookies while Lee is entering his second CFL season. Ball, McCune and Isaac anchor the linebacking corps but the secondary features three new starters in safety Matt Black, halfback Antareis Bryan and corner Alexander Robinson. While Toronto might lack playing experience on defence, head coach Scott Milanovich said the units athleticism and speed give defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones plenty of options with his schemes and player rotations. "The thing Chris has always been so good at is taking the talent he has and fitting his defence around the strengths," Milanovich said. "Therell certainly be some new wrinkles but there will be things that look familiar too. "Theres a lot of guys were looking at who have to prove they can do it on game night. Weve seen them cover and rush the passer and do all those things well in practice but until you see it when it matters youre never really sure." Torontos defence will be challenged by a Hamilton offence spearheaded by veteran quarterback Henry Burris. The Ticats led the CFL in scoring last year, averaging 29.9 points per game, while the 38-year-old Burris posted career highs of 5,367 passing yards and 43 TDs. "Henry is so hard to put your finger on because you can do everything right and he can still make a play," Milanovich said. "Thats always the difficulty of playing against Henry because hes mobile, hes strong, hes athletic, he can run." Hamiltons defence underwent changes this off-season as well, and with good reason. Last year, the Ticats allowed 32 points and 306 yards passing per game, both league highs, as the team missed the CFL playoffs with a 6-12 record. Although the Ticats return eight defensive starters, they also have a new defensive co-ordinator in Orlondo Steinauer. The 40-year-old Seattle native not only played eight seasons as a defensive back with Toronto but later served as its defensive backs coach and defensive co-ordinator before joining Hamilton this off-season. "Were going to play with great effort,I can tell you that, and run to the football," Ticats head coach Kent Austin said of his defence. "Were going to hit, were going to tackle and were going to tackle the football. "We want to be an opportunistic defence that gets turnovers. You have to get turnovers in this game . . . so we want a defence that plays the game in such a way that its not reckless but its effort level allows it to create an environment conducive for getting the ball and getting the other team off the field. We want a fast defence and a defence that has interchangeable parts so we can have versatility." Steinauers unit will face a Toronto offence anchored by veteran quarterback Ricky Ray and receiver/kick-returner Chad Owens, the leagues outstanding player last season. "I dont think for us Ricky will be fooled very often," Milanovich said. "He has played against every different coverage that I know of and maybe Orlondo can come up with something new but I think Ricky will find rhythm in his drops and his progressions." Although two veteran quarterbacks will lead offences featuring many familiar faces against defences with plenty of question marks, both coaches wouldnt give the offensive units the advantage Friday night. "I dont feel that way," Milanovich said. "Ive prepared against Chris Jones in the past and its not fun and thats one of the reasons why I wanted him here. "At the same time, were in a situation where we dont know what Orlondo will do and I think you see how many strides theyve made defensively already." Added Austin: "Every game takes on its own story, thats what I love about this game, it takes on its own complexion. I wouldnt say that the inexperience on one side of the ball creates an advantage for the other side of the ball with the opposing team. It can, it all depends on the quality of the individuals, how well theyre being coached and how well theyre prepared." Prior to the game, Toronto will unfurl its Grey Cup banner but the majority of players wont be on the field. And thats fine with Issac. "I really dont care about the banner, I already know we are champions," he said. "The banner is for the fans and community. "I mean, were appreciative of the banner going up so down the road, 10-to-12 years from now, we can come back and say we won a championship but other than that, its nothing." Burris wont be bothered by having to sit through the pre-game celebration. "Its one of those situations you say congratulations to them, they did it last year but this is a new year," he said. "If they want to celebrate a party, well, hopefully we can make this our coming-out party. "When someones going to have a party and youre the guest, yeah, that does get you going. But the thing is were going to be pumped up just as we would for any other game but the main focus for us is focus on our job. It doesnt matter what they do because if we do what we do and do it best, that will take care of itself." LeBron James Jersey . But qualifying for her first Scotties Tournament of Hearts after years of falling short in tough Manitoba provincial championships is as good as consolation prizes get for the 29-year-old from Winnipegs Fort Rouge Curling Club. J.R. Smith Jersey . -- Jerel Worthy and his Michigan State teammates charged across the field, holding four fingers in the air while celebrating another sweet victory over their biggest rival. http://www.authenticcavaliersauthority.com/kevin-love-cavaliers-jersey-c-8/. Jim Leyland, in his eighth playoffs, has never had a starting rotation he trusts as much as the grouping of Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Doug Fister. Brad Daugherty Jersey . -- Joe Thornton scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:39 left in regulation to help the San Jose Sharks overcome a two-goal deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Thursday night. Terrell Brandon Jersey . A day after FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said three stadiums would not be ready in time for the Dec. 31 deadline, Brazilian officials said they actually plan to deliver all six remaining venues after that date. They claim only three are delayed, with the other three being handed over after the expected date only because of problems accommodating the schedule of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who wants to be present for the ceremonies.Gary Cahill has praised interim manager Gareth Southgate for keeping a cool head in trying times for England. Southgate was planning to lead the U21s in a low-key double header against Kazakhstan and Bosnia-Herzegovina when Sam Allardyce was dramatically removed from office after a Daily Telegraph investigation. Hart: Rooneys our leader Joe Hart says Wayne Rooney remains Englands leader even though he was dropped in Slovenia In the whirlwind fortnight that followed, Southgate accepted the job on a temporary basis, overseeing a 2-0 Wembley win over Malta and a goalless draw in Slovenia, on Tuesday, having dropped captain Wayne Rooney. I think he has handled things really well. It was difficult to come into this situation, said the Chelsea defender, who won his 50th cap on a tricky night in Ljubljana. Gareth Southgate was frustrated as England failed to win in Slovenia. Weve played it down but it is tough Im sure for him. For us as players the job kind of stays the same. We have to listen to what hes got to say, we take it on board and try to put it into action, but away from the pitch he has to deal with everything else that comes along with it so hes handled it terrifically well.Southgates current agreement with the Football Association comes to an end after next months matches against Scotland and Spain, although he remains the bookies favourite to land the permanent post. Watch NOW TV Watch Skyy Sports for just £6.dddddddddddd.99. No contract. That might have been a harder sell had Slovenia found a way past the brilliant Joe Hart but, as it stands, the 46-year-old has guided the team to the top of Group F.Asked if he backed Southgate to continue, Cahill said: I dont see why not. Thats something we have no influence on, all I can say is we have enjoyed working with him, the sessions have been good. (L-R) Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson and Kyle Walker applaud fans at the final whistle Time will tell but maybe thats a big point for us against Slovenia. We started out to win the game but its difficult to do that here. I came here a couple of years ago and its a difficult place to come.If we werent going to win the game it was important not to lose it, so well take a point. We are top of the group so it is not all doom and gloom.Eric Dier, the Tottenham midfielder who took Rooneys place in the team on Tuesday, described the match as a battle. It was a very difficult match - a bit of a fight Eric Dier He said: It was a very difficult match, it was a bit of a fight. They were very aggressive and we had to match that, which I think we did. But we tried to play football at the same time. At times it was a little bit difficult but we knew beforehand it would be and we were prepared for that. England goalkeeper Joe Hart makes a flying save to help secure a point We knew that was the way they played, theyre very well organised and press very well and are aggressive.Obviously after the Euros its a rebuilding process. 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