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TORONTO -- Ricky Ray will have plenty of time to savour the first 500-yard passing performance of his CFL career. Ray completed 39-of-45 passes -- including a club-record 21 straight -- for 505 yards and three TDs as the Toronto Argonauts clinched first in the East Division with a 36-21 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday night. Toronto (11-6) will finish the regular season hosting the Montreal Alouettes next Friday night and head coach Scott Milanovich said Ray wont dress for that contest. That means Rays next game for the defending Grey Cup champions will be Nov. 17 in the East final at Rogers Centre. "I can tell you right now Ricky Ray will not be playing next week," Milanovich said emphatically. "Hell be standing beside me on the sidelines without gear on, we can end the speculation right now." Milanovichs decision also means Ray will finish the season with a 77.7 per cent completion average, breaking the CFL single-season mark of 73.98 per cent held by Calgary offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson. Predictably, the humble Ray downplayed the career performance. "It was just one of those nights we had a lot of opportunities to make plays and were able to finish most of them," Ray said. "But we left a lot out there, we had a couple of turnovers and I missed Chad Owens on an easy touchdown. "We still have a lot of things to clean up." Discipline is certainly one of them as Toronto was flagged 14 times for 139 yards. Winnipeg wasnt much better with 12 penalties for 95 yards in a very chippy affair that saw both teams penalized often for vicious hits on a night when players, coaches and officials all had pink-coloured apparel as part of the CFLs initiative to bring awareness to womens cancers. "Weve got to be more disciplined," Milanovich said. "To win a game with that many penalties just isnt going to happen very often. "If we keep having the penalties we had tonight we wont go far in November." Winnipeg coach Tim Burke wasnt pleased with all the penalties either, saying hell be addressing it with his team. "There is going to be some light pocketbooks this week," he said. "I chalk it up to being unable to control your emotions. "Football is an emotional game but you have to be able to control your emotions." Ray broke the Argos record of 19 straight completions in the third and finished one short of the CFL mark when he threw an incompletion to running back Chad Kackert, back after missing two games with a shoulder injury. But Argos receivers Jason Barnes and Andre Durie both lost fumbles deep in Winnipegs zone following big completions by Ray that helped the Bombers (3-14) hang around. But Ray cemented the win with a 69-yard TD pass to Dontrelle Inman at 12:16 of the fourth. On July 19, Ray set the CFL single-game passing accuracy record by completing 19-of-20 passes in a 35-19 win over Winnipeg before suffering a knee injury. Toronto finished atop the East Division for the first time since 07 and just the third time since 97. More importantly, the Argos cemented home-field advantage for the conference final by sweeping the home-and-home series with Winnipeg after dropping two straight games to Hamilton. "This was our goal at the start of the year to get that one playoff game at home and we were able to do it," Ray said. "There were stumbling blocks along the way but to rebound after the two losses to Hamilton and come back and get two big wins was big for this team." Rays brilliance before a Rogers Centre gathering of 18,478 overshadowed the nastiness of the contest. But there were some anxious moments in the first half when play was halted as Toronto defensive back Neiko Thorpe was treated for a head injury. Thorpe was hurt while tackling Winnipeg running back Will Ford. His head was immobilized and he was placed on a backboard, then a stretcher before being carted off the field. He was taken to hospital for examination and released after test results were negative. Winnipeg, 2-7 on the road this season, was eliminated from playoff contention with last weekends 26-20 home loss to Toronto. But Milanovich said his team fed off the criticism it received for not securing a more emphatic victory in Manitoba. "I dont think you can measure a teams will to win and the heart of a champion," Milanovich said. "Weve got a bunch of guys that are new but make no mistake theres a lot of champions still on that roster and these guys found a way to win. "You dont win 11 games by accident. Were young on defence, weve got eight new starters but I have faith were going to get this thing done. Ill stand shoulder to shoulder with this team anytime." Toronto boasted two 100-yard receivers in Inman (four catches, 152 yards) and Chad Owens (11 receptions, 105 yards). Kackert also had a solid return with 79 yards rushing on 11 carries and seven catches for 55 yards. "I thought Kack ran great, it was exactly what I was looking for," Milanovich said. "He was decisive, he was north and south, he picked a hole and he hit it, he sliced through the defence and brought that burst that we needed." Winnipeg quarterback Max Hall finished 17-of-32 passing for 257 yards and two TDs. Wallace Miles was the Bombers top receiver with six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. "I thought our offence did a pretty good job," Burke said. "Defensively we didnt rush the passer very well and we didnt cover very well . . . thats why you give up 505 yards." For Miles, scoring his first-ever pro TD was a moral victory as it came with his mother, who made the trip from Georgia, in the stands. "Its very bittersweet," he said. "A milestone in my life but it came in a loss." Romby Bryant had the other two TDs for Toronto, which improved to 4-4 at home. Swayze Waters booted the converts, four field goals and a single. The other points came on a safety. Rory Kohlert had the other TD for Winnipeg. Sandro DeAngelis added the converts and two field goals while Mike Renaud kicked a single. Follow Dan Ralph on Twitter at @danralphcp NOTES: Aaron Maybin, a former All-American linebacker at Penn State and 2009 first-round draft pick of the NFLs Buffalo Bills, attended the game as the Argos guest. A source told The Canadian Press that Maybin is close to signing with Toronto . . . Receiver Mike Sims-Walker, who had eight catches for 137 yards in his CFL debut last week versus Toronto, was among Winnipegs pre-game scratches . . . Slotback Cory Watson played for the Blue Bombers despite missing the teams flight to Toronto after forgetting to bring his wallet to the airport in Winnipeg. Subsequently, he wasnt allowed to board the plane . . . Ray celebrated his 34th birthday Wednesday . . . Durie came in as the CFL leader in yards after catch with 685, the most since the league began compiling the stat in 2010 . . . Toronto safety Matt Black was back in the lineup Thursday night. Seattle Mariners Shirts . Josh Mazzola drove in five runs to lead the Goldeyes (20-12) past the Capitales 11-5 Friday night at Le Stade Municipal in Quebec City. Stitched Mariners Jerseys .com) - Lloyd Sam struck in stoppage time on Wednesday as Red Bull New York hung on for a crucial 1-0 win over Atlantic Cup rivals D. https://www.cheapmariners.com/ . UCI President Brian Cookson said Wednesday the commission will investigate allegations "that the UCI has been involved in wrongdoing in the past -- allegations which have done so much to hurt the credibility of the UCI and our sport. Mariners Jerseys 2020 . Snedekers best result so far this year is a tie for eighth place at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. He sits 113th in FedEx Cup standings and has dropped to 31st in world rankings — not the results expected from a player ranked fourth in the world only two years ago. Seattle Mariners Gear . According to the CFL Scouting Bureaus January rankings, four of the top five Canadian prospects line-up on the offensive side of the trenches, which is good news for Bombers general manager Kyle Walters. With only one selection in the first two rounds — Walters sent his second-round pick to Saskatchewan in the days ahead of the 2013 trade deadline — the No. SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco 49ers are keeping another key member of their ball-hawking defence for the long haul. The reigning NFC champions have signed cornerback Tramaine Brock to a $16 million, four-year contract extension that takes him through the 2017 season. The deal includes $7 million in guaranteed money. The Niners (6-4) announced the deal late Friday, and Brock is expected to move into the starting lineup for Monday nights game at Washington in place of the injured Tarell Brown. It would be the second career start for Brock after he also started against Houston on Oct. 6. Brock has shined in an increased role this season, making a team-leading four interceptions to go with 18 tackles. "Tramaine is a great example of what hard work and dedication can lead to," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "He has taken advantage of his opportunities since signing with our team as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and has certainly earned this extension. Extending the contracts of our young and talented players has always been, and will continue to be, one of our primary goals." He had 16 tackles and a forced fumble last season and shared the team lead with 15 tackles on special teams. His primary role was a special-teams standout until he has recently received more responsiibility in the secondary.dddddddddddd. The 25-year-old Brock made two interceptions in 11 games in 2011. He signed a one-year tender in April for this season. Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh have worked to retain their talented young players for the long haul, something they feel is essential to sustaining the franchises recent success. The 49ers talented linebacking corps of NaVorro Bowman, Patrick Willis, Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith are signed long-term. Last November, Bowman received a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season, Willis is signed through 2016, Brooks through 2017 and Smith through 2015. Cornerback Carlos Rogers received a $31.3 million, four-year contract in March 2012. With Brock now signed for the immediate future, the 49ers can allow Chris Culliver -- the teams No. 3 cornerback last season -- plenty of time to recover from a season-ending knee injury suffered in August during training camp. Brown sustained a rib injury during last Sundays 23-20 loss at New Orleans. "Hes just got to be ready to play every play not knowing hes got built in breaks when were in base like he had for the first however many games he was playing," defensive co-ordinator Vic Fangio said Friday of Brock. "There is a change, but its just got to be a mental adjustment for him." ' ' '

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