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TORONTO -- Mexico City and London have long been mentioned as foreign landing spots for the NFL, but Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Montana said Canada would offer the league the most seamless transition. Air Jordan 5 Online NZ . "Well, Id think if any place could work quicker or be indoctrinated faster than anywhere else . . . it would be in Canada," the Pro Football Hall of Famer said Thursday. "I mean, lets face it, you have the Canadian league here thats a little bit different, but the gist of the games are pretty much the same. "You already have a fan base, not only for the Canadian league but also for the NFL because theyre so close. I would think it would be a natural direction to go if they went outside the U.S." A Toronto-based group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi is bidding to purchase the Buffalo Bills. Also in the running are Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula as well as New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump. The biggest hurdle facing the Toronto group -- which also includes MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family, which controls Rogers Communications -- is its intentions to possibly relocate the Bills franchise to the Ontario capital. But that couldnt happen until 2020, at the earliest, because of the stadium lease late owner Ralph Wilson negotiated with the state of New York and Erie County. Under terms of the agreement, the Bills must remain at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the 2019 season and could be relocated for a US$28.4-million fee. So could the Bills exist with another NFL team based in Toronto? Montana said thereve been examples of competing franchises being located very closely together. "The 49ers and (Oakland) Raiders have lived within less distance than that," he said. "The Raiders and (Los Angeles) Rams lived together in less distance than that. "But I dont know if the population (of Western New York and southern Ontario) would support between the two." Montana, 58, was in town Thursday to promote the start of the 2014 NFL regular season as well as help the league raise money for Special Olympics. Its a charity that Montana, who guided the San Francisco 49ers to four Super Bowl titles over 14 seasons, said theres much value in. "The nice thing about it is its giving people who enjoy sports that arent as fortunate as others an opportunity to compete," he said. "I think its a wonderful thing because sports, no matter who you are, is a positive, and Im glad the NFL is part of it." Montana spent 16 seasons in the NFL with San Francisco (1979-92) and Kansas City (1993-94). An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Montana led the 49ers to league titles in 1981, 84, 88-89 and three times was named the Super Bowl MVP, throwing 11 TD passes with no interceptions in his four championship-game appearances. His TD pass to a leaping Dwight Clark -- aptly dubbed "The Catch" -- led San Francisco past Dallas in the 81 NFC championship game and defined the 49ers rise to prominence. Twice an NFL MVP and the leagues comeback player of the year in 86, Montana was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000. But Montana said his NFL accomplishments never wouldve happened had he been forced to concentrate solely on football while growing up in Pennsylvania. "If you had made me choose (one sport) in high school, I wouldve chosen basketball," Montana said. "I didnt expect to be playing football, I really thought I was going to school for basketball and had I, I wouldnt be sitting here right now." Its for that reason Montana supports kids playing myriad sports and not concentrating on just one. "I would much rather see them be more rounded," he said. "Why take opportunities away from kids? "I dont think kids are fully (developed) enough to be using one set of muscles all the time. Let them go out and find out what sport they really like and which one theyll be better at and may grow at." As for the 14 NFL season, Montana figures the defending champion Seattle Seahawks -- who faced the Green Bay Packers in Thursday nights opener -- will be in contention again. "I think the 49ers and Seahawks are kind of the two top teams I think be battling it out (in the NFC) if the 49ers can bet it back together because I think they lost a little bit in the pre-season," Montana said. "The next tier not far below them is Green Bay and New Orleans. "In the AFC I think its going to go through Denver or New England, two good organizations with good teams. The other team that scares me a little bit in the AFC -- they had a great preseason but theyve done it before -- is San Diego and their defence is playing better now." Cheap Jordan 5 NZ . Darren Collison and Blake Griffin scored 23 points apiece and the Clippers beat the Suns 112-108 Wednesday night, their fourth win in a row and 17th in the last 19 games. Air Jordan 5 For Sale NZ . Rudy Gay made the tying basket in regulation and a 3-pointer in overtime that gave Sacramento the lead for good, and Fredette scored a career-high 24 points to help the Kings beat the Knicks 106-101 on Wednesday night. . -- Jerome Verrier scored once and set up two more as the Drummondville Voltigeurs downed the visiting Chicoutimi Sagueneens 5-1 on Friday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League play. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Steve Smith era in Carolina is over. The Panthers released their all-time leading receiver on Thursday after 13 seasons. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said it "was not an easy decision" in a press release. "Steve has been one of the NFLs finest receivers for over a decade and has been the face of the franchise for a large part of the teams history," Gettleman said. "As a team, we made a step forward last year; however we are also a team in transition, which is a part of the NFL." Smith said on radio Thursday hes not angry about the decision. "Its devastating to hear that you are getting fired, but its also exciting because that frees me up to be pursued by other teams," Smith told Taylor Zarzour of SiriusXMs Bleacher Report Radio." I have never become a free agent before so I will get a few free dinners out of it at some nice expensive restaurants. I want to enjoy the experience that, frankly, I will never experience again." Smith reiterated he wants to play in the NFL and that being released "awoke a sleeping giant" inside of him. The decision comes one day after Smiths agent, Derrick Fox, told The Associated Press that the 13-year NFL veteran "is not going to play for the Panthers next year, I know that." Fox said the Panthers never asked Smith, who turns 35 in May, to restructure his current contract. The Panthers were unable to trade Smith, who was set to cost $7 million under this years salary cap. The Panthers still owe Smith $3 million this season. The decision has not been a popular one among Carolina fans. Gettleman addressed that in his press release. "When I took this position I knew that difficult decisions would have to be made along the way," Gettleman said. "To move on from a storied veteran player is probably the most difficult of all. A decision not to be taken lightly. However, after much thought I feel very strongly its the right one." "As Ive stated many times, all decisions I make will be in the long-term best interest of the Carolina Panthers. Decisions, either popular or unpopular, have to be made for the greater good and it is imperative to take an unemotional global view. Sometimes it may appear that short term interests will suffer, and I can assure you we have no interest in taking a step back from our 2013 accomplishments." The Panthers also lost wide receivers Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn Jr. to free agency on Thursday. Hixon signed with the Chicago Bears and Ginn with the Arizona Cardinals. Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn told The Associated Press he has signed with the Minnesota Vikings for a deal that could pay him $15 million over three years with incentives. Air Jordan 5 NZ. One possible replacement at wide receiver is free agent Hakeem Nicks, a Charlotte native who played for New York Giants. The Smith move marks the end of an era for the Panthers. Smith joined the team as a third-round draft pick out of Utah in 2001. He made an immediate impact in the NFL, returning the opening kickoff of the season for a touchdown against the Vikings. He became the first Panthers rookie selected to the Pro Bowl, earning that honour as a return specialist. Known for his feisty behaviour on the field, Smith became a dominant receiver over the next 12 seasons. He is Carolinas all-time leader with 75 total touchdowns and has 836 receptions for 12,197 yards. "On the football field Steve had a competitive arrogance that (was) second to none -- second to none," said former Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme in a telephone interview. "That helped him be as good as he was. He made other guys step up their game. But off the field he was totally different. He loves his wife and his family. Hes a genuinely good person with a great heart." Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in the release: "He is a great competitor with Hall of Fame-worthy statistics and has made a great contribution to our community." Fox said Smith would have welcomed a chance to move inside to slot receiver, but the team never offered him that opportunity. As productive as Smith was, his fiery personality often rubbed people the wrong way, and some viewed him as a distraction in the locker room. Smith had run-ins with teammates on at least two occasions. He punched out fellow wide receiver Anthony Bright in a film room fight and later socked cornerback Ken Lucas on the field during a practice at training camp in Spartanburg, S.C. On both occasions, Smith was suspended by the team. Delhomme said that was a "humbling experience" for Smith, who apologized to Lucas and the teams fans after the incident. Despite the two incidents, Smith was immensely popular with the fan base, in large part due to his production on the field. He also worked hard to change his public image over the last several years and has been an active member of the Charlotte community. When asked if he was surprised Smith was released, Delhomme said, "It does surprise, but thats the NFL. I mean, look, Peyton Manning plays for the Denver Broncos -- that the way it goes." NOTES: Panthers backup quarterback Derek Anderson announced Thursday on Twitter he has re-signed with Carolina for a fourth season. Anderson tweeted: "Happy to be coming back to Charlotte next season!" Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Discount Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Baseball Jerseys Free Shipping Cheapest College Jerseys Sale Cheap Football Jerseys China Nike NFL Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys From China MLB Jerseys Outlet Canada Wholesale NBA Jerseys Canada Store Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap Authentic Jerseys Canada ' ' '

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