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REGINA -- Jon Cornish can now set his sights on Mike Pringles single-season rushing record. Mike Gesicki Dolphins Jersey . The Calgary Stampeders running back was the big winner at the CFL awards banquet Thursday night, receiving the leagues outstanding player and top Canadian awards. Its the second straight year Cornish was honoured as the leagues top Canuck but hes the first homebrew to capture outstanding player honours in 35 years. And with the two individual honours under his belt, Cornish said he can focus on Pringles single-season rushing mark of 2,065 yards. "I think I can focus a little bit on more numerical goals, which I dont really like focusing on because I think theyre reasonably selfish but I need something to focus on," Cornish said. "People have aspired to get that record as recently as this year but I think its sufficiently far away that in terms of total yardage if I didnt get there and I tried to get there Id still have a pretty good season." The last Canadian to be named outstanding player was Ottawa tight end Tony Gabriel in 78. Cornish joins Gabriel and legendary Rough Riders quarterback Russ Jackson as the only Canadian winners of the CFLs top individual honour. Jackson, 77, of Hamilton, was a three-time winner (1963, 66, 69) and both he and Gabriel, 64, of Burlington, Ont., are Canadian Football Hall of Fame members. Cornish hopes by being named the CFLs outstanding player he can inspire young Canadians to strive to excel in football. "I didnt know this was the situation in the CFL that a Canadian hadnt won in a long time," Cornish said. "Im happy I could do it because I think it will really inspire kids in all different sports to try your best and see what you can do. "You never know what youre capable of." Other Calgary winners included kicker Rene Paredes (special-teams) and centre Brett Jones (rookie). Brendon LaBatte of the Saskatchewan Roughriders was named top lineman while Montreal Alouettes linebacker Chip Cox received the top defensive player award. Voting was conducted by 42 members of Football Reporters of Canada and the eight CFL head coaches. Other winners included Montreal linebackers Shea Emry (Jack Gaudaur Veterans Trophy) and Kyries Herbert (Tom Pate Memorial Award, outstanding community service) and longtime Edmonton Eskimos equipment manager Dwayne Mandrusiak (Commissioners Award for outstanding contribution), who has been diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. The six-foot, 217-pound Cornish received 46 votes for MOP after running for a CFL-high 1,813 yards, the most in a season by a Canadian. The 29-year-old native of New Westminster, B.C., also led the league in yards from scrimmage (2,157) and TDs (14) and helped Calgary (14-4) finish atop the West Division. Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray was the finalist. The 34-year-old had a CFL-record 77.2 per cent completion average this season with just two interceptions in 303 pass attempts to become the first player to have an interception percentage under 1.0 (0.7). However, Ray only appeared in 10 regular-season games, missing seven starts due to injury and being a healthy scratch in Torontos regular-season finale. Cornish received 48 votes as top Canadian, with Winnipeg linebacker Henoc Muamba the finalist. The six-foot, 230-pound Muamba, taken first overall in 2011, was a bright spot for the Blue Bombers (3-15), finishing second overall in tackles (106) and adding 18 special-teams tackles, a sack and interception. Muamba, 24, was born in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) but grew up in Mississauga, Ont. He also was Winnipegs outstanding player and top defensive player nominees. Cox, 30, of Columbus, Ohio, received 42 votes for anchoring a Montreal defence that allowed a CFL-low 314.3 yards per game. The five-foot-nine, 185-pound Cox led the league in tackles (club-record 115), had a team-high 12 sacks and four interceptions in his eighth season with the club. In Coxs mind, the award was a long time coming. "Ive always felt Ive been the best the defensive player since probably 2009, 2010," Cox said. "This year, finally everyone else agrees with me. "But its never about me and thats why I never speak on it or even say anything about it . . . because its about our team. I wish it was 2009 or 2010 (years Montreal won Grey Cups) and I wasnt up for the award because Id still be playing for one of these (Grey Cup rings) and thats the most important thing." The six-foot-one, 244-pound Hughes registered a league-high 18 sacks. The 29-year-old native of Saginaw, Mich., anchored a Calgary defence that led the league in sacks (63) and was second in fewest points allowed (22.9 points per game). Paredes received 47 votes after leading the league in scoring with 213 points and making 54-of-57 field goals (league-record 94.7 per cent). The Venezuela native, who grew up in Pierrefonds, Que., was an undrafted free agent who also hit a league-record 39 straight field goals this year. "Playing at Concordia I knew I wanted to play in this league," Paredes said. "So many teams passed on me and all I could do was use it as motivation. "Im happy the Calgary Stampeders took a chance and Im pretty sure theyre happy now." The six-foot-one, 198-pound Beswick posted a league-leading 24 special-teams tackles and was an East Division all-star this year. The 30-year-old Vancouver native has led Hamilton in special-teams tackles the last four seasons. The six-foot-four, 323-pound LaBatte garnered 37 ballots in top lineman voting. The 27-year-old native of Weyburn, Sask., led an offensive line that paved the way for Kory Sheets, the CFLs second-leading rusher with 1,598 yards, and allowed 57 sacks, third-fewest overall. But LaBattes priority is helping the Riders beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Grey Cup game Sunday at Mosaic Stadium. "The personal recognition is something you look back on when your playing days are done," he said. "But unless youve got the championship, I dont think your career is really solidified the way it should be." The six-foot-five, 291-pound Keeping, 31, of Uxbridge, Ont., centred a Toronto line that not only protected Ray but helped Toronto lead the CFL in passing (300.3 yards per game). The rookie vote was a close one with Jones, a 13 second-round pick, receiving 26 votes to become the first centre to win it. The six-foot-two, 319-pound Weyburn native cracked Calgarys starting lineup and was its only offensive lineman to dress for every game. Jones, 22, started on a Stampeders offence that led the CFL in net offensive yards (383.4 per game), TDs (51), scoring (30.5 points per game) and rushing (141.5 yards per game). But he had a special request when pulling out his acceptance speech, asking, "Hang on, my pants are kind of tight." Jones credited his family and Regina Rams coaches for his success but said when he arrived in Calgary he wanted to justify the teams faith in him. "I didnt want to let my teammates down or myself," he said. "Calgary took a chance on me, Im so happy to be there. "I had a high expectation if I had the opportunity to play." Gable led the East Division in rushing (782 yards) and averaged a solid six yards per carry while running for seven TDs. The former USC star added 55 catches for 600 yards and five touchdowns and was fourth in yards from scrimmage (1,382) and eighth in all-purpose yards (1,630). The CFL awards are sponsored by Gibsons Finest. Durham Smythe Jersey . All of 46 seconds into the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 victory over Alex Ovechkins struggling Washington Capitals, Crosby assisted on Chris Kunitzs goal. Mike Gesicki Jersey .? It was his second straight start for the Jets; he suffered a 1-0 loss against Minnesota Monday. So this season Hutchinson has now won games in the ECHL, AHL and NHL. He was perfect three- for-three in the shootout to nail down the win. . -- Howie Kendrick had a two-run single in his first game batting leadoff this season, Chris Iannetta hit a pair of RBI singles and the Los Angeles Angels beat Cleveland 6-4 Tuesday night, sending the Indians to their fifth straight defeat.MIAMI -- The Atlanta Braves made themselves at home all weekend at Marlins Park, including when Evan Gattis put a dent in the home run sculpture Sunday. Gattis broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run homer, newcomer Shae Simmons made another key contribution and Atlanta completed a three-game sweep by beating Miami 4-2. "We played about as good a series as weve played in a while," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. The Braves pulled off the sweep after losing four consecutive games to Boston, and after being swept by the Marlins during a three-game visit to Miami a month ago. "Theyre a good ballclub, and its good to get three wins," Gattis said. Making the sweep even more impressive is the Marlins 20-11 record at Marlins Park. They lead the majors in home victories and made a bid for a ninth-inning comeback Sunday. Simmons, pitching in his second big league game, earned his first career save when he retired Christian Yelich with two on for the final out. Closer Craig Kimbrel was given the day off because of a heavy recent workload. "I got through it," Simmons said. "Im not going to say it wasnt a little intimidating." Simmons also got a key out in his major league debut Saturday. He left town with two game balls and two souvenir lineup cards. "Its kind of surreal," he said. "I dont really feel like its happened. I feel like I wasnt even out there." The series began with the Marlins and Braves tied atop the NL East. Now Miamis three games back. "This was a good test," manager Mike Redmond said. "Believe me, theres a sour taste in all of our mouths." With the score 2-all, Freddie Freeman started the ninth with a single, only his second hit in 36 at-bats this year against Miami. Gattis then hit a 2-0 fastball into the sculpture in distant left-centre field for his 11th homer, and the first this year allowed by Marlins closer Steve Cishek (4-2). "Thats a big home run there, in this ballpark off that reliever," Goonzalez said. Jerome Baker Dolphins Jersey. "That doesnt happen very often. The matchup there didnt favour us." But Marlins Park seems to bring out the best in the Braves, their visit a month ago notwithstanding. Atlanta is 18-7 in the ballpark since it opened in 2012. Gattis is batting .333 with six homers and 20 RBIs in 18 games at Marlins Park. Hes a fan of the stadium and even the colorful sculpture, which has its share of detractors. "The sculpture? I like it," Gattis said. "I like this park. It has been good to me." Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer, his 10th. Those were the only runs allowed by Aaron Harang in 6 2-3 innings, but he remained winless in his past four starts for Atlanta. Alex Wood (5-5) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings. Miamis Nathan Eovaldi gave up two runs while pitching a season-high eight innings. He has an ERA of 0.75 in five starts against Atlanta since the beginning of 2013. Shaky defence cost Eovaldi an early lead. Jason Heyward hit an RBI single in the third, and then the tying run scored when second baseman Derek Dietrich failed to turn a double play that would have ended the inning. "It was a tough series," Redmond said. "We didnt play our best, we didnt play great defence, we didnt run the bases well. We need to play better, but we know we can play with these guys. Every guy in that clubhouse believes that, but we have some work to do." NOTES: After the game, the Marlins optioned RHP Arquimedes Caminero to Triple-A New Orleans. ... Ozuna made a sliding catch in centre field to rob Chris Johnson of a hit in the seventh. ... Freeman fell to 3 for 24 lifetime against Eovaldi. ... The Marlins open a two-game series at home Monday against Tampa Bay, with Randy Wolf (0-1, 4.50) scheduled to pitch against Alex Cobb (1-2, 2.93). ... The Braves are off Monday and begin a two-game series Tuesday at home against Seattle, with Mike Minor (2-3, 3.41) scheduled to start against Hisashi Iwakuma (3-1, 2.39). 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