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WINNIPEG - John Hufnagel is about to take a well-deserved vacation. Devin Mesoraco Jersey .The Calgary Stampeders head coach/GM followed up his teams 2014 Grey Cup championship by being named the CFLs coach of the year Wednesday.I have to go to work (Thursday) but the day after Im heading on a plane to go across the ocean for a week so Ill be sipping a mai tai, he said of his Hawaiian holiday.Hufnagel, 63, earned his second Annis Stukus Trophy after leading Calgary to a CFL-best 15-3 regular-season record. The franchise then claimed its seventh championship with a 20-16 Grey Cup victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at B.C. Place Stadium.Tom Higgins of the Montreal Alouettes and Chris Jones of the Edmonton Eskimos were the finalists. Hufnagel received 43 first-place votes on the 65 ballots cast by members of the Football Reporters of Canada.Hufnagels first coach-of-the-year award came in 08 when he led Calgary to a Grey Cup title in his first season back with the club. The Stampeders lost the 100th Grey Cup game to the Toronto Argonauts in 2012.Hufnagel has one more season to try and claim a third Annis Stukus Trophy. Hell return to the sidelines in 2015 then hand the coaching reins over to offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson and focus on his GM duties. On Wednesday, Hufnagel said there was no temptation for him to go out on top after winning the championship.This whole thing was an agreement put in place last year to keep Dave in the building, Hufnagel said. In fact, Dave told me right after the Grey Cup game, he said, Now dont do anything stupid.We have a plan and we will follow through with that plan. I enjoy coaching and so I have one more year to enjoy it.Calgary defensive back/linebacker Keon Raymond was proud to see his head coach honoured. Raymond, a CFL Players Association rep, on hand as part of the leagues annual meetings.Im extremely happy for coach Huf, Raymond said. For him over the last couple of years to be coming so close and for him to win, and not just to win, but to have the season that weve had…Words cant express how important he is to our team, our organization. A lot of people on the outside see him as the Grinch, per se, but honestly hes a coach that I wouldnt mind watching my kids. I mean, he probably wont hear them a lot of times breaking stuff (Hufnagel has a hearing impairment), but hes such a players coach because he played, he understands the situations we go through as players.For example, Raymond said Hufnagel supported a company that approached the Stampeders to try to help players prepare for careers after football. Hufnagel wants similar programs across the league.He sees you as a human first, then a player, Raymond said. He understands the man, then the player.So when you can get a coach who understands the aspects of what you bring to the table and who you are, you want to lay it out on the line for him.Hufnagel said he tries to be up front with his players.I always say to the players, I try to be completely honest because Im not smart enough to remember the lie I told them yesterday, he said.Hufnagel joins Wally Buono (1992-93) as the only Calgary coaches to receive the award on multiple occasions. Besides Buono and Hufnagel, the other Stampeders coaches to capture the honour include Jerry Williams (1967), Jack Gotta (1978) and Higgins (05).Higgins, the former CFL director of officiating and a two-time coach of the year winner, led Montreal to a 9-9 record and second spot in the East Division in his first season with the club. Thats an impressive feat considering the Alouettes opened the season 1-7.Now its become a joke, Higgins said of Montreals early struggles. When we were 1-7, its difficult to lose that many games because it seems like its over a three-month period of time you havent had any success.(My wife) Sharon and I, I continued to tell her, We didnt sign up for this. This isnt what I went to Montreal for. But lifes a journey, so is each and every season. Youre going to have ups, youre going to have downs.We just happened to have a whole bunch of downs and all of sudden it turned because all of a sudden there were some athletes that were injured that came back and we were able to make a change in some certain positions, so it was such a rewarding year.Edmonton posted a 12-6 record — second-best in the CFL — under Jones, its first-year head coach, after registering a 4-14 mark in 2013. But the Eskimos couldnt solve the Stampeders, losing all three regular-season games and the West Division final to their provincial rivals.Jones credited his coaches and players for turning the team around.Unfortunately, winning and losing are both contagious, Jones said. Sometimes you get on a string where youre not playing well or youre losing a game or two and people lose confidence. I think thats just human nature.So to have them come back and this year play as hard as they played, its a tribute to them. Michael Lorenzen Jersey .com) - Ames, IA (SportsNetwork. Brandon Finnegan Jersey . Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Fiorentina levelled on aggregate in the 14th minute when Joaquin Sanchez Rodriguez headed back a long ball from David Pizarro and Pasqual smashed home an angled volley.PRAGUE - The Czech Republic claimed its third Fed Cup title in four years after Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fought hard to overcome Angelique Kerber of Germany in the opening reverse singles match on Sunday.In a matchup of two top-10 players, Kvitova prevailed 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 in nearly three hours to give the Czechs an unassailable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five series on the indoor hard court at Pragues O2 Arena.It was an amazing match from both of us, Kvitova said. It was a very big fight. Im just glad that I did it. It was really up and down from the beginning of the match. It was always a big fight about every single point.Kvitova fought back from 4-1 down in the decisive set and went 5-4 up after earning a break point with a stunning forehand crosscourt winner before serving out the match.She converted her fourth match point when Kerbers backhand hit the net, prompting a wild celebration of team members on the court and 13,000 fans in the stands of the sold out arena.Czechs win #fedcup!!!! Congrats:), tweeted Martina Navratilova, a prominent Czech supporter who was in the stands. Navratilova won the Fed Cup with Czechoslovakia and later with the United States.This is something you cant have every day and we have it here for the second time, Kvitova said.With Kvitova on the team, the Czechs won their first title as an independent nation following the 1993 split of Czechoslovakia in 2011 in Moscow and retained the trophy in Pragues O2 Arena the following year. Czechoslovakia won five times, including three straight from 1983-85. It beat Germany in the 1983 final.In a thrilling first set that took 76 minutes, Kerber wasted six set points before Kvitova converted her second one in a tie breakker with a forehand winner. Homer Bailey Jersey. Kerber wasted a 5-2 lead in the first set, allowing Kvitova to fight back to level the set at 5-5 and the two were not able to hold serve in the last two games before the tiebreaker.Unlike her victory on Saturday, Kvitova struggled with consistency, producing 30 unforced errors in the opening set compared to Kerbers 16.But at the key moments, Kvitova could still rely on her fierce groundstrokes and serve, hitting 70 winners and 12 aces.Kvitova marched on in the second. She broke Kerber in the opening game at love and again in the third game to jump to a 3-0 lead with a big forehand winner.Kerber was not ready to surrender. She capitalized on two Kvitova double faults in the sixth game for a break to claw her way back.Im playing for Germany, Im playing for my team, Kerber said. I gave everything I had today but at the end Petra was better. I think it was just two, three points which decided the match. She deserved to win but we both played on a high level today. It was for sure one of the best matches this season for me.The Germans have not won the trophy since 1992.The Czechs took control of the series with a 2-0 lead after the opening singles matches on Saturday.Kvitova cruised past Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-4 and Lucie Safarova doubled the lead by defeating Kerber 6-4, 6-4.Germanys pair of Julia Goerges and Sabine Lisicki defeated Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles to make the final scoreline 3-1.Despite the final loss, Germany enjoyed a successful year, winning away at Slovakia and Australia to reach its first Fed Cup final since 1992. 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