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Louis-Philippe Ladouceur has snapped the football back cleanly on all 1,723 attempts since the Cowboys hired him in Week 4 of the 2005 season. (James D. Smith photo)

The Cowboys' Canadian secret

Malcolm Gladwell can bend over and snap his 10,000-hour theory through his legs and out the window. Louis-Philippe "L.P." Ladouceur became an outlier at his craft practically from the start.

Photographer Johany Jutras surveys the action on the field while she shoots an Ottawa Redblacks game for her book. (Chris Hofley photo)

'Somebody stole a piece of me'

When much of her young career’s work — including thousands of photos from Ottawa Redblacks games during the 2015 season — was stolen, Johany Jutras cried.

Green Bay Packers running back Dorsey Levens (L) breaks through the Dallas Cowboys defensive line for a first down, as Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Chad Hennings (C) misses the tackle, during the first quarter of the Nov. 23, 2016, game at Lambeau Field, in Green Bay, Wis. (VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)

Second-round NFL playoffs predictions

The second round of the NFL playoffs will be everything the wildcard weekend wasn’t: well-matched great offences and defences in games that will be exciting right through the fourth quarter.

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Jan. 1, 2017 in Detroit, Mich. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

NFL postseason predictions

The National Football League’s roller coaster 17-week regular season ended Sunday and the postseason begins this weekend with only one certainty: there will be a new Super Bowl champion crowned.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals' Sio Moore as he releases the ball in the second half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Loss could be costly to Seahawks' title hopes

December has been a huge month for Seattle sports fans, with the Sounders winning the MLS Cup and the Washington Huskies crowned Pac-12 champions on their way to facing Alabama in the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Eve.

Calgary Stampeders' Derek Dennis blocks Gabriel Knapton of the Montreal Alouettes as Jerome Messam runs the ball during CFL football in Calgary on Oct. 15, 2016. (AL CHAREST/POSTMEDIA)

Messam and Dennis share tragic bond

TORONTO — The bond between Jerome Messam and Derek Dennis began as Miami Dolphins way back in 2012, and continued when they were reunited as Calgary Stampeders late last season.

Calgary Stampeders running back Jerome Messam video chats with his girlfriend as he shops for a Stampeders toque for her in the Stamps Store at McMahon Stadium on Monday November 21, 2016. The Stamps are heading to Toronto tomorrow ahead of the Grey Cup next weekend.

Who'll be watching the 104th Grey Cup?

In the wake of a savage beatdown in Calgary and an Ottawa game played in a snow globe, the 104th Grey Cup’s participants are set for Sunday: it will be the Stampeders (16-2-1) versus the Redblacks (9-9-1).

Inset: Stampeders defensive back Mylan Hicks. A polcie investigator at the scene of the fatal shooting early Sunday morning outside of a Calgary nightclub

Charge laid in Mylan Hicks slaying

Calgary police say one man has been charged in relation to the nightclub shooting that left Calgary Stampeders player Mylan Hicks dead.Nelson Tony Lugela, 19, of Calgary is charged with second-degree murder.Two other suspects were taken into custody following the shooting early Sunday but have been released from custody.