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After slipping from the summit during the week

SURREY, B. Charley Taylor Redskins Jersey .C. -- New B.C. head coach Mike Benevides will not have to worry about filling two important positions on both sides of the ball as the Lions seeks another Grey Cup. Centre Angus Reid and defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell made Benevides transition to field boss from defensive co-ordinator easier as they re-signed with the Lions this week. Benevides said they "absolutely" will help him in his new role after making difficult personal decisions to stay. "Having those guys with us and behind me is outstanding," Benevides said Thursday during a media availability at the Lions practice facility. "I value veterans. Theyve gone to war with us, they know how to win and it helps because they know how to be pros. They know how to control a locker room." Both Reid and Mitchell played key roles last season as the Lions became the first team in CFL history to overcome a 0-5 start and win a Grey Cup. Reid helped the B.C. offence reverse its fortunes as he assisted in the maturation of quarterback Travis Lulay en route to the pivot earning the CFL Most Outstanding Player award. Mitchell, a dominant pass rusher, improved a defensive line after Eric Taylor went down with an injury. "When you look at why we were 2011 Grey Cup champions, I think (Mitchell) and (Reid) were a big part of that," said general manager Wally Buono. "They were anchors on the line of scrimmage. And when you look at the reason why we won a lot of games, it was the line of scrimmage." Reid, a 35-year-old Richmond, B.C., native who has battled elbow, foot, neck and knee injuries in recent seasons, put off retirement in a bid for a third Grey Cup title. He decided to return shortly after the Lions won the Cup with a win over Winnipeg at B.C. Place Stadium, but waited until after Christmas to see how his body felt after Christmas. "Its worn down. Its not worn out yet," said Reid, who was chosen as an all-star for the first time in his career in 2011. Reid said he knows he still wants to play because he has not lost his excitement for off-field workouts. Although he did not discuss the issue Thursday, Reid said previously he would only return if he could be a starter. Buono, who relinquished his coaching duties to concentrate on his GM duties after the Lions won the title, tried to turn him into a backup a few seasons ago, but he does not seem to have any qualms about Reid starting. "In age, hes gotten better," said Buono. "I guess he is like a fine wine." Mitchell, a 26-year-old Virginia Beach, Va., native rejected a lucrative offer from the NFLs Miami Dolphins to return to the Lions, whom he joined in late 2010. His decision to return caught both Benevide and Buono off guard. The two football veterans said they had never seen a player reject an NFL offer to stay in the CFL. The Dolphins actually announced that Mitchell had signed a futures contract after a former agent agreed to the terms on his behalf. But Mitchell,whose six-foot-five and 315-pound frame has the size coveted by NFL clubs, said he could not get on a scheduled flight to Miami and put pen to paper. "If I put my signature on it, then Ive gotta accept everything that comes along with signing that name and signing my life to that -- and I didnt want to do that," said Mitchell. He and two agents parted ways as a result of his preference for the CFL. Mitchell actually worked out his deal with the Lions with assistance from teammate Korey Banks. "Khalif, honestly, was a big surprise to me," said Buono. "I just assumed that he was going to go south and give the NFL an opportunity." Mitchell, a self-trained classic pianist who is known for his quirky ways, said he feels more comfortable in the Lions "family." He plans to live near the Lions practice facility in Surrey during most of the off-season, do community service and travel to Whistler and other parts of the province. He is not worried that others might question his mental fortitude because he has turned down the big NFL money. "They thought I was crazy before," said Mitchell. Note: Benevides said he hopes all of the teams pending free agents, including defensive lineman Aaron Hunt and defensive backs Dante Marsh and Ryan Phillips, will return. ... Veteran defensive end Brent Johnson has not yet decided whether to retire or return. The Lions want him back and are giving him time to contemplate his future. Earnest Byner Redskins Jersey . After slipping from the summit during the week, the Gunners overcame struggling Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains second-half brace. Perry Riley Redskins Jersey .C. -- Theyll remember the OT from the first Syracuse-Duke game -- and the Ts that decided Round 2.YANGMEI, Taiwan -- Suzann Pettersen had a hole-in-one and increased her lead to five strokes Friday after the second round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship. The defending champion aced the 133-yard second hole with a pitching wedge and finished with a 3-under 69 in swirling wind conditions to reach 7 under at Sunrise Golf and Country Club. "I called the shot. I hit it exactly how I wanted and was fortunate enough that I had a good break," the Norwegian star said. "It was a very good shot. Its nice to get a hole in one when you actually call the shot in advance and then pull the trigger." The second-ranked Pettersen was the only player in the 78-player field to break par in each round. "Today was a really tough day," Pettersen said. "The wind got stronger and stronger and its definitely not easy out there. The wind and the conditions test every aspect of the game. I mean, even an 80-yard shot, its challenging enough to control the spin and know what the ball is going to do. Standing over putts, you feel the wind on the body. Its a mental test out there but its a fun challenge. Ive been playing really solid golf, and Im excited too be where Im at after two days. Tracy Porter Redskins Jersey. " She has three LPGA Tour victories this year, winning in Portland, Ore., and France in consecutive starts last month, and also won a Ladies European Tour event this year in China. "I think Im just getting to the point in my career that Id better just enjoy what I do," Pettersen said. "Im tough enough on myself that, I mean, I can grind it out on the course and kind of be focused. But Im trying to enjoy this ride, because I guess Im maturing and you actually realize that you are fortunate to do what you do." South Koreas Sun Young Yoo of South Korea and Spains Carlota Ciganda were tied for second. Yoo had a 69, and Ciganda shot 70. "I knew it was going to be windy today, so I just focused on where I want to start the ball, instead of focusing to getting close to the pin," Yoo said. Taiwanese star Yani Tseng, the 2011 winner, followed her opening 76 with a 78 to drop 17 strokes back. Winless in 41 LPGA Tour since the 2012 Kia Classic, she has tumbled from first to 25th in the world ranking in seven months. Torontos Rebecca Lee-Bentham is tied for 45th at 7-over 151. ' ' '

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