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May 29 2014 at 02:07am

SURREY, B.C. -- A big smile spread across Paris Jacksons face this week as he stopped to speak with some spectators gathered to watch a B.C. Lions practice. A few minutes later that grin faded into a frown when the Lions receiver was asked about a CFL season where he has yet to catch a pass. "Frustrating, long," Jackson said shaking his head. "I just dont know where I fit in. "At the same time its making me mentally stronger. It makes me understand football can be taken away." While concentrating on this season, Jackson does wonder about his future with the Lions. "Its been going through my mind," he said after the Lions (2-6) practised for their game Friday against the Toronto Argonauts (2-6) at Rogers Centre. "Thats the off-season. I cant worry about that now." The 31-year-old Vancouver native has enjoyed a starring role with the Lions for nine seasons. Hes caught 60 or more passes each of the last four years and twice been over 1,000 yards. But this year Jackson has gone from being a main cog in the offence to a spare part. He started the season bothered by a knee injury but claims hes 100 per cent healthy. "Im out here running around," Jackson said. "Whatever they need me to do, Im out here trying to show them I can fly around and make plays." When hes played, the six-foot-three, 220-pound Jackson has mostly been used as a blocker. The only pass sent his way sailed over his head. "Its frustrating, but at the same time I am still confident in my ability," Jackson said. "If it comes my way, Ive just got to make plays." Wally Buono, the Lions coach and general manager, understands Jacksons bewilderment but isnt making any promises. "Paris might not get a pass this week either," said Buono. "Hes practised well the last couple of weeks. "I think the quarterbacks are getting confidence in him. I think hes getting more confidence in himself. Hopefully soon we will get him the ball and hell be a bigger part of what we are doing." Quarterback Travis Lulay swears hes not purposely ignoring Jackson. "Its not a matter of not having faith in Paris," said Lulay. "I threw my first career touchdown to Paris. "I have all the confidence in the world throwing the ball his way. Its just been a matter of the way he game has been played that he hasnt got in the game." The Lions are deep at receiver. Veteran slotback Geroy Simon is second in the CFL with 648 yards and is just 769 yards away from breaking Milt Stegalls all-time record. Arland Bruce, in just his second game since being traded from Hamilton, had nine catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns in B.C.s 36-1 pummelling of the Edmonton Eskimos Aug. 19. Akeem Foster, Shawn Gore and rookie Kierrie Johnson are also dangerous. One edge Jackson has is hes a bruising receiver who uses his size to punish defenders. Thats also part of the problem, said Buono. "He just has to be more aware of what he does as far as beating up his body and beating up his knee," said Buono. "Whether he wants to work 100 snaps, the issue is he cant do that anymore. He has to be very careful. I think if hes careful hes going to be able to be productive." In the past Jackson has been animated and loud. During a game he celebrates his catches while talking at the opponent. During practices, Jackson would taunt the defence and wasnt afraid to get in the face of his own teammates. This year Jackson has been seen but rarely heard. At practices he stands quietly, holding his helmet. "They brought me in and told me to be quiet," he said. "I have done the best I could. "Its hard to keep a beast in his cage. At the same time I understand where they are coming from. Its about making the team better. Its been tough. Its a new role." The Argos will come to Vancouver in a Sept. 10 rematch that will be the Lions final game at Empire Field. They will host Edmonton on Sept. 30 at B.C. Place Stadium, which has undergone $565 million in renovations, including a retractable roof. After slow start, the Lions believe they can turn things around in the second half of the schedule. Jackson believes his team can be on the field when the Grey Cup game is played in Vancouver. "We feel like we should win out," he said. "I believe this team is going to get better and better. We are going to make a big push in the playoffs and hopefully bring the Grey Cup to B.C." Whether Jackson will be a Lion next year is anyones guess. "Im young," he said with a smile. "I am the kind of guy that is really competitive and will keep on pushing. "I believe I have five more years and thats what Im going to keep in mind. Well deal with the business aspect of it at the end of the year." cheap jerseys . Tomorrow - the AFC South. The AFC North had three playoff teams last year and may have three playoff teams again this year. wholesale nfl jerseys ., despite the recent firing of one of their coaches. Igor Shpilband, who had coached Virtue and Moir in Michigan alongside Marina Zoueva for the past eight years, announced earlier this week hed been fired. www.nflcheapchinajerseys.com/ . LOUIS -- The St. cheap nfl jerseys . Mitch Holmberg scored once and setup two more as Spokane defeated host Tri-City 5-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action. wholesale jerseys ." No. 8-ranked Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia says his wife has barred him from getting more -- and he listens to her because his rise through the rankings started when they married in 2010.ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Martin Klizan of Slovakia upset top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-7 (11), 6-4, 7-6 (3) to reach his first ATP final at the St. Petersburg Open on Saturday. The third-seeded Klizan will face fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy, who beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal. Youzhny overcame a 5-3 deficit in the first set and saved three set points in the tiebreaker to win it. Klizan then came back from 4-2 down in the second by winning four consecutive games to force a third set. He broke Youzhny in the sixth game of the decider and led 5-2 but could not score a single point in the next three games and it went to a second tiebreaker. Klizan jumped out to 6-3 and sealed the victory after 3 hours, 49 minutes with a powerful first-return forehand on his first match point. "I was fighting from the beginning to the end, thats why I think I won," Klizan said. &quoot;Because I had a very big motivation and I really wanted to win.dddddddddddd I had some problems with my back but still was fighting for each point." Both players called for the doctor: Youzhny had his right toe plastered while Klizan had his back massaged. Youzhny, the 2004 champion and a two-time runner-up, said he was lucky in the first tiebreaker while Klizan played better in the second one. Fognini will play in his second career final after winning his maiden title in Bucharest, Romania in April. Fognini rallied in the first set by winning four consecutive games, and in the second set made the decisive break in the seventh game. He converted his second match point advancing to the net and making a short, low forehand. "Semifinal is always a tough match," Fognini said. "If you win youre into the final for sure, if you lose you always go home. My good serve was the key today." cheap jerseys ' ' ' 



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