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WINNIPEG -- Richard Harris always had a soft spot for the defensive line, but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will remember him as someone with the character to influence the entire locker-room. Friends and family members were joined by members of the Blue Bombers organization and representatives from other CFL teams Sunday at a memorial service for the Winnipeg assistant coach, who died suddenly of a heart attack on July 26. He was 63. "The first thing I noticed in Ottawa and it carried over to Winnipeg, was that Richard had the ability to touch everybody in the locker-room, whether he coached that position or not," said Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Greg Marshall, who worked with Harris for four CFL seasons. "He had the ability as a coach to make the average player good, and a good player great, and a great player (dominant)." Harris joined the Bombers in 2006 as their defensive line coach and added assistant coach duties prior to the start of this season. Winnipegs defence has played a major role in the clubs resurgence this year. The Bombers (5-1) are in first place in the East Division standings after posting a league-worst 4-14 record in 2010. The clubs defence has allowed just 113 total points this year, fewest in the league. And the defensive line has terrorized rival quarterbacks, posting a league-high 21 sacks. "Richards character had touched and made its way across our locker-room in the six years he had been here," said Blue Bombers president Jim Bell. "In his honour I ask that you please continue to grow in that spirit and that character that he would want. He would be honoured to know that it was important to you to carry that on." Harris arrived in Winnipeg after one season with the Ottawa Renegades as their defensive line coach. He had the same role for four years before that with the B.C. Lions. In 2000, Harris was head coach of the Portland Prowlers of the Indoor Professional Football League. And he won three semi-pro championships as head coach in the Northwest Football League, with the Eastside Express in 1989 and the Pudget Sound Jets in 1994 and 1995. Harris, a defensive lineman, spent eight seasons in the NFL after being picked fifth overall in the 1971 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was all-rookie that year. He played three seasons with the Eagles before joining the Chicago Bears for two years. Harris finished his career by playing three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Harris played at Grambling State University under legendary head coach Eddie Robinson. Harris is survived by wife Tami and children Kimberly, Chianti, Jennifer and Michael. "Well all miss his smile ... well all miss his voice, whether it was the loud booming variety or the soft-spoken one," Marshall said. "And I know well all miss his hugs. Nobody hugged like Richard." 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Washington obtained right-hander Doug Fister from Detroit for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and left-handers Robbie Ray and Ian Krol on Monday.WINNIPEG -- Corey Chamblin watched his Roughriders fight for a Grey Cup victory last year, but the Saskatchewan coach said Thursdays 23-17 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was a gutsy performance hell never forget. "It was tougher than any Grey Cup Ive been in and all the other things, in terms of us just battling," Chamblin said. "This team battled. I mean, they had us on the ropes." "Just happy for us to win that game," he added. "Thats huge, thats probably the biggest of my career." Saskatchewan cornerback Terrell Maze intercepted Drew Willy and ran 28 yards for a touchdown with 2:20 left in the game. Saskatchewan (4-2) tried a two-point passing play following Mazes TD, but Darian Durants pass was incomplete and the score stayed 22-17. With his teammates yelling around him in the locker-room -- calling him "amazing" -- Maze said the defence never lost hope. "Everybody stuck together, we never gave up," Maze said. "We were in the zone, I was the lone man. I wouldnt want to say I baited (Willy), but I was hoping he threw it." Willy blamed himself for the costly mistake. "Cant throw in the flat like that late, thats the reason we lost," Willy said. "Bad read." And he says hell take full responsibility and try to improve. "It stings to let the guys down like that," Willy said. The turnover came after the Bombers (5-2) had gained the upperhand when receiver Rory Kohlert got behind a defender and hauled in a 12-yard pass from Willy in the end zone to go ahead 17-16 with 5:25 left. His two-point convert attempt was unsuccessful in front of Winnipegs first sellout crowd of the season of 33,234 loud fans at Investors Group Field. On Winnipegs next series after the Maze TD, Willy was intercepted by defensive back Mark Legree, who also intercepted him in the first quarter. Chamblin praised his defence. "That was a game from the soul," Chamblin said. "They were all out. They left everything on that field. "Theyre going to be tired, coaches are tired. We had a lot against us, but we made it." Riders kicker Chris Milo attempted a 32-yard fielld goal with 30 seconds left in the game, but missed and added a single for the final 23-17 score.dddddddddddd Willy completed 23 of 39 pass attempts for 303 yards, three interceptions and one TD. Durant was 13-of-21 for 115 yards, with no interceptions and no TDS. Bombers head coach Mike OShea said the turnovers were costly, but they did have time to try to pull out another late victory as theyve done twice before this season. "Were down with (some) time on the clock, weve got the ball back and weve still got the chance to possibly win it," OShea said. "So a couple other games we did that and this one we didnt." But he wasnt coming down hard on Willy. "Drew is committed to be being the best quarterback he can possibly be so this doesnt change," OShea said. Winnipeg had led 10-3 at half-time, thanks in part to Saskatchewans eight penalties for 83 yards (they finished with 17 for 173 yards), but then luck turned the Riders way. With Willy at his own 28-yard line, Riders George Tearrius forced him to fumble and teammate David Lee picked up the ball and ran seven yards for the touchdown at 12:51 of the third quarter. Winnipeg defensive back Demond Washington then fumbled the kickoff when he tried to run through some defenders and Saskatchewan receiver Chaz Schilens recovered the ball. The turnover led to Milo booting a 10-yard field goal 15 seconds into the fourth quarter for the 13-10 lead. Winnipeg kicker Lirim Hajrullahu added a punt single and Milo booted a 40-yard field goal to up Saskatchewans lead 16-11 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. Milo was also good on a field goal from 42 yards and missed a 48-yard attempt. Willy scored a touchdown on a seven-yard run in the second quarter and Hajrullahu also made a 41-yard field goal and added a 50-yard punt single for Winnipegs other points. The rookie Hajrullahu has now connected on 16 of 17 field-goal tries this season. Saskatchewan has won 11 of the last 13 games between the clubs heading into the match. The teams play each other two more times this season, next in the Labour Day Classic in Regina and a week later in Winnipeg for the Banjo Bowl. wholesale jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '