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The Montreal Alouettes announced Thursday that they have signed offensive linemen Jeff Perrett to a three-year contract extension and Philip Blake to a three-year deal. Brandon Allen Rams Jersey . Perrett, a 2014 finalist for CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, is now under contract through the 2017 season. He started all 18 games for Montreal last season, helping the Alouettes allow the second-fewest sacks in the CFL with 31, including only eight in the final 10 games. Perrett was the Alouettes’ third round pick in 2008. Jeff is not only an outstanding football player for our team, but he is also one of the most respected players in the locker room for his leadership and his infectious personality, declared Alouettes General Manager, Jim Popp in a team release. He is a very important part for us to retain in order to have continued success on the field and in the community. The Alouettes also announced that the club has signed national offensive lineman Philip Blake to a three-year deal. Blake was drafted by the Alouettes in the third round of the 2011 CFL Draft. After being drafted, he returned to Baylor University for his senior season, where he was named to the first team All-Big 12 after blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Blake started all 38 games in his three seasons at Baylor before being drafted in the fourth round (108th overall) by the Denver Broncos. After two seasons with the Broncos, Blake spent the 2013 season on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. Philip will bring versatility up and down the offensive line all while adding to the depth of our already solid, and only all-National offensive line in the CFL. We welcome Philip to the Alouettes and look forward in seeing him in action at training camp, said Popp. Prior to attending Baylor, Blake played for the Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars in the Cegep AAA league of Quebec. Ramik Wilson Rams Jersey . As for regular Olympic spectators, theyre being warned that most travel insurance policies wont cover acts of terrorism or war. The Games in southern Russia, which run from Feb. 7-23, are being staged amid unprecedented security and under global warnings of danger. Sam Shields Jersey . Dont miss a single shot, live on TSN beginning at 7pm et/4pm pt. Winners of their last eight games, the Heat return to Toronto for the second time in the month of November. After beginning the season 4-3, allowing 100.9 points on 47 per cent shooting, Miamis resurgent defence has vaulted them back to the top of a weak Eastern Conference.Doha, Qatar (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 1 star Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round, while on-the-mend former top-ranked great and defending champion Rafael Nadal was sent packing at the season-opening $1.22 million Qatar Open on Tuesday. Playing his first ATP tennis since October, the second-seeded Nadal succumbed to German qualifier and fellow left-hander Michael Berrer, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, in just under two hours. Berrer dropped his previous two matches against Nadal, with both losses coming at Masters events. The 127th-ranked Berrer broke Nadal to go ahead 3-1 in the second set, and then in the first game of the third. Berrer had never before beaten a top-five player. The 34-year-old father of two has already announced hes retiring at the end of this year. Its really unbelievable, Berrer said. Its my last season so Im just going for it. Why not? The 28-year-old Nadal missed several months of action last season while battling wrist and back injuries, as well as an appendectomy. These things happen after long time without being on the road, being on rhythm, being in competition, Nadal said. I was playing with more nerves because after long time (away) I wanted to win. John Kelly Jersey. When you are back from an injury, that takes time. Nadal beat Frances Gael Monfils in last years Doha finale and was the runner-up here in 2010. Meanwhile, the top-seeded Wimbledon champ Djokovic drilled fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-1 in 59 minutes on the hardcourts at Khalifa International Tennis Complex. His second-round opponent on Wednesday will be Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. In other first-round action involving seeds, No. 3 Tomas Berdych topped Uzbekistans Denis Istomin 6-1, 6-4; No. 4 David Ferrer snuck past Dutch qualifier Thiemo de Bakker 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-3; Jan-Lennard Struff ousted No. 5 fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-1; and Italian Andreas Seppi upended No. 8 Leonardo Mayer 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4). Also on Day 2, Stakhovsky whipped wild card Jabor Mohammed Ali Mutawa of Qatar 6-1, 6-1; Slovenian qualifier Blaz Kavcic beat Argentine Juan Monaco 7-6 (7-3), 6-4; Brazilian Joao Souza overcame Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 3-6, 6-4, 6-3; and Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili surprised Russian Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-2. Doha serves as a tune-up for the Australian Open.