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« Reply #75 on: July 21, 2021, 01:37:28 AM »

Day 11

Quick Hits | TC July 20, 2021

5 Quick Hits on Day 11 of Blue Bombers training camp:

1. VETERAN LEG TO CHALLENGE 'LEGS': The Blue Bombers added an experienced kicker on Tuesday, signing Tyler Crapigna. His arrival means the club now has two kickers in camp, including 2020 draft pick Marc 'Legs' Liegghio.

Crapigna has a CFL career field-goal percentage of 85.2, having connected on 98 of 115 tries in games covering a span from 2015-19.
He was recently released by the Montreal Alouettes, who had acquired him in a February 2020 trade with Toronto for Boris Bede.

2. HOW 'BOUT THAT SMOKE?: The Bombers practice scheduled for Tuesday morning was cancelled due to the poor air quality caused by smoke. But the club opted to take the field for a late-afternoon session that was to run until 6:30 p.m. There was also no media availability today with players.

We do have a feature on Global linebacker Les Maruo from an earlier interview, and that story is here:

https://www.bluebombers.com/2021/07/20/maruo-soaking-every-bit-advice-vets/

3. GET 'EM WHILE THEY?RE HOT:
The Bombers sold 1,000 tickets to the August 5th opener in the first 10 minutes single-game tickets were made available to the general public Monday morning. Bombers President and CEO Wade Miller guested on CJOB's Breakfast with the Bombers Tuesday morning and indicated 'there?s seats left, but they?re going quick.'

"Tickets are going really well so far, there's a buzz, for sure," said Miller. "Our fan-service team has been waiting for this for 15 months, so all their hard work is now paying off. August 5th is going to be special in this province."

The club is also getting a number of calls for fans still interested in buying season tickets and flex-packs, so some seats will be held back to accommodate that demand. It was also announced on Monday that fully-vaccinated out-of-province fans will also be able to attend games providing they have their provincial immunization records that show indicate a two-week clearance from their second dose.
Miller reminded fans to come early to the August 5th opener so that those immunization codes and IDs can be checked and that will mean extra time is needed before entry to IG Field.

4. HEAD COUNT: ICYMI, the Bombers were busy on Monday, trading for veteran DB Alden Darby from the Toronto Argonauts after the news that Mercy Maston would be lost for the season with an Achilles injury and also releasing 10 players.

That leaves 92 players in camp, including Darby, Maston and now Crapigna
By position:
QB: 3
RB/FB: 6
Receivers: 19
Offensive line: 13
Defensive line: 11
Linebackers: 10
Defensive backs: 27
Kickers/specialists: 3

5. FOND FAREWELL/WELCOME ABOARD: Darby, the veteran DB acquired Monday, was a fan favourite in Toronto. He tweeted out a farewell to Argos fans Tuesday while indicating his excitement about joining the Bombers.

HUGE THANK YOU to all the ARGO fans that are more like family to me. I must say the love and support the last 24 hours has been amazing. I love you guys. And huge thank you to the entire ARGO staff. You guys are family to me as well and will always have a special place in my

Alden Darby

But my best ball is still to come. And I?m so thankful for the opportunity to join the defending grey cup champs @Wpg_BlueBombers ready to get to work on the field and most importantly in the community! Let's get it ! #ForTheW
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« Reply #76 on: July 21, 2021, 12:41:07 PM »

I thought we had 98 players left but this report says only 92. Counting the roster I only count 90 with Poole still on the roster and we traded him. That would be 89? Even the unofficial report shows 89??

I'm not sure who is still on the roster that doesn't show or how we ended up at 92.

Oh well at least we're chipping away at the non counters. I thought we had 13 but there must be a few more that I missed.

Once again the daily TC reports aren't telling us anything about anything regarding competitions. It didn't even mention Adams injury concern. That came up in the Injury Report string
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« Reply #77 on: July 21, 2021, 12:53:36 PM »

I also find it disappointsing that the training camp,reports are rather generic.  Isn't anyone assigned to report or comment on what's going on?

Sure the reports are generically produced and copied here.

What's this with Leggio? The Leg?  How come no reports on the guy?
Bring back Medlock

If we are over the cap,so what? feign ignorance.  Call us the Tampa Bay Bombers!
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« Reply #78 on: July 21, 2021, 04:36:15 PM »

Blue Bombers Transactions - July 21, 2021

WINNIPEG, MB., July 21, 2021 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce the following roster transactions:


Released from roster:


American receiver Quadree Henderson

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« Reply #79 on: July 21, 2021, 05:05:27 PM »

I also find it disappointsing that the training camp,reports are rather generic.  Isn't anyone assigned to report or comment on what's going on?

Sure the reports are generically produced and copied here.

What's this with Leggio? The Leg?  How come no reports on the guy?
Bring back Medlock

If we are over the cap,so what? feign ignorance.  Call us the Tampa Bay Bombers!
I agree the  reports are vague.
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« Reply #80 on: July 21, 2021, 06:10:23 PM »

I agree the  reports are vague.

Yeah the fan ones were so great.  At least we got something.  Perhaps they should select ten super fans from the forum and allow them in to report back to the group! Smiley  I can supply the chips and dip for the group to sneak in LOL.
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« Reply #81 on: July 22, 2021, 04:23:53 AM »

Quick Hits | TC July 21, 2021 - Ed Tait

1. THE NEWS ON DARVIN: The Blue Bombers got a scare during Tuesday's late-afternoon practice when veteran receiver Darvin Adams went down after a reception with an apparent arm/shoulder injury and did not finish practice. Bombers head coach Mike O'Shea provided an update on Adams prior to Wednesday's practice session.

"I expect he'll miss a fairly short period of time and be back," said O'Shea. "I don't expect this to be a long-term thing. He'll be fine, I'm sure he'll be fine."

The Bombers return all of their starting receivers from the 2019 Grey Cup in Adams, Nic Demski, Kenny Lawler, Rasheed Bailey and Drew Wolitarsky. O'Shea was asked about the collection of newcomers in camp, now totalling 11 with the release Wednesday of Quadree Henderson.\
"I do think we've got a real talented group of receivers out there practising" he said. "All the guys returning that we have a lot of information on (after signing them in 2020) are really good and they've gotten better. They understand the playbook for another year and a bunch of Zoom meetings and, for the most part, they're in pretty good shape. It's exciting and I know Buck (Pierce, Offensive Coordinator) is excited with the group we have and then some of the new guys we brought in are certainly showing off their various talents."

The coach also provided a progress report on RB Andrew Harris, who hasn't been practising since early in camp.
"He's certainly is progressing," said O?Shea. "He spends a lot of time with Al (Couture, Head Athletic Therapist) and they are joined at the hip for the mornings as he gets ready. I still think another week (off) is probably good. Andrew really doesn't need any reps. What happens with guys that are so competitive is they forget how much experience they have, which is probably a good thing, and they want all the reps. Then it's our job to manage that, scale it back.
"Part of the deal is we need to take a look at the other guys, too. There's some benefit all round, although I'm sure Andrew doesn't see it like that. He wants to be out there on the field and we?re holding him back."

2. THE COMPETITION IS AFOOT: New K Tyler Crapigna practised with "he Bombers on Thursday after being signed following his release by the Montreal Alouettes earlier this week. His arrival means 2020 draft pick Marc Liegghio now has some competition in camp.
"The decision all along was that (Justin) Medlock was going to be here," said O'Shea on the move to bring in Crapigna, a CFL vet with experience in both Saskatchewan and Toronto. "When we drafted Marc the expectation was Meddy was going to be here and Marc was going to have a great tutor and Meddy was going to play probably as long as he wanted to play. That didn't happen. Then as plans change and we go about our business we look around the league and see what teams are doing with their situations.
"We drafted Marc and think very highly of him, but I wouldn't say it was always our plan to always have one, it was just make sure we had the right fit if we were going to bring another one in.
"My expectation for both Marc and Tyler is that they kick well and they compete and we make a decision from there. Marc kicked very well the last couple of days and he punted exceptionally well yesterday. He's certainly rounding into the form that made us think very highly of him coming out of Western." Liegghio had one iffy day in the field-goal department in camp, but has shown signs of progression. He's also showcased a live leg in terms of punting, which Crapigna doesn't handle.
"I didn't think I was going to be the only guy here for the majority of (camp)," said Liegghio. "It's a good test for me. It's always good to have competition in camp and I look forward to battling it out.
"I know I had a little bit of an iffy day the one day, but from that day I've built up. I have some pretty good days ahead of me and I'm just going to keep building and doing better every day because I know what I'm capable of and that one day wasn't a good day for me and I know that and it's not acceptable from me."
Liegghio said he was made aware the club was bringing in Crapigna the day before it was announced and that the coaches told him "just keep doing you. You've been having great days. Just go out there and keep having those amazing days and that's what I'm planning on doing. I haven't really got a chance to meet (Crapigna) yet, but I'm pretty familiar with him. I know he's a veteran and it's going to be nice to learn some of the things he's done in the CFL and some of the techniques he goes through."

3. SMOKE ALARM: The Bombers moved Wednesday's practice time from morning to the afternoon for the second day in a row because of the poor air quality.

"Part of the process is keeping players healthy and monitoring the situation," said O'Shea. "There's people in the organization that are always checking that and one of the benefits of having the CPL bubble here is through FIFA rules is they're always monitoring air quality, so we have access to that information. The air wasn't good enough in the morning when we tested it, it cleared at a certain point. I put our players through a bit of a wringer because I had them in and we changed the daily plan, there was a bit of waiting around that certainly wasn't ideal and then when I said 'Let's go' they were ready to go and we went out there and had a good practice."

4. OF FLOWERS AND GOOGLE MAPS...:
Bomber players had been doing any number of different things over the course of the pandemic and the loss of the 2020 Canadian Football League season to make ends meet. Case in point, Bombers guard Paddy Neufeld served as a delivery man for Callia Flowers and also drove a Google Maps car around Saskatchewan for the last four months.

"The flower-delivery was just driving around dropping things off... nothing crazy," said Neufeld when asked to share his experiences. "The Google Maps was cool being able to drive around to places in the province I've never been to, getting to drive pretty far up north in the province and getting into the Canadian Shield was pretty cool. Seeing bears running off the side of the road and visiting some smaller communities I've never seen before was pretty neat. There's a lot of beauty in this country and it was cool to check it out."
Neufeld said he had a car delivered to him from California when the big decals on the side and the camera mounted on top of the vehicle.
"You would definitely get some unique reactions," he said. "You would either get the thumbs up and the waving or you?d get the middle finger."

5. FYI:
A number of fans are asking about getting access to watch Bombers training-camp practices, as has been the case with other teams opening up for their faithful over the last few days. The Bombers aren't practising at IG Field, but at the field adjacent to the Subway Soccer Complex. Teams in other markets are able to welcome fans to areas of their home stadiums and ensure they are far enough from the players, but that isn't currently possible here and won't be so until the Canadian Premier League's Kickoff event currently underway at IG Field is completed.
That event, FYI, runs through to this Saturday. After that, the football lines would need to be painted on IG Field before the Bombers could begin practising there.
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« Reply #82 on: July 22, 2021, 04:55:27 PM »

Thanks for the report.
Do more about the off season jobs.
Get the IGF stadium open
I want to go see the practices and report on WHA I see.
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« Reply #83 on: July 23, 2021, 02:41:10 AM »

Thanks for the report.
Do more about the off season jobs.
Get the IGF stadium open
I want to go see the practices and report on WHA I see.
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« Reply #84 on: July 23, 2021, 03:35:13 AM »

Day 13

Darrin Bauming's Training Camp Report


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwDdFiQK8U0

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« Reply #85 on: July 24, 2021, 01:47:24 AM »

Day 14

Training Camp so far - Ed Tait

There's a certain Groundhog Day feel to every Canadian Football League training camp, where one session blurs into the next and those trying to both thrive and survive the ordeal have the same scenarios seemingly play out over and over and over again. That's a feeling even more pronounced in 2021 without preseason games to break up the monotony. And so for many grinding through the time between the opening of training camp on July 10th and the regular season opener on August 5th it can become akin to a crossing Xs through the completed days on a calendar.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, like their CFL brethren, completed their 14th day of practice on Friday. And with another week to go before teams have to make their final roster cuts - the deadline is 9:00 p.m. on July 30th - there's still some heavy lifting to do before we get a sense of what the Bombers roster will look like before they meet the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

With that in mind, here's a look at some of what happened over the last two weeks and what's ahead for the 2019 Grey Cup champs...

STILL TO BE DETERMINED...

The Bombers entered training camp with two holes in the secondary after the departures of Winston Rose and Marcus Sayles. That was only further compounded by the season-ending Achilles injury suffered by Mercy Maston last Sunday. The club did add a veteran starter in Alden Darby, acquired in a trade with the Toronto Argonauts, but this is still very much a work in progress.

Brandon Alexander will start at safety and returnees Nick Taylor and Mike Jones will secure spots. CFL vet Josh Johnson and Darby figure to be in the mix, but there are still a number of other new faces who are improving with each practice session.

Here's Alexander when asked about the collection of talent in house:

"Every year you have guys coming in and competing so (the decisions) are going to be difficult, especially after you have the first cuts and you have to make another one and it's getting tighter and tighter," he said.

"You have a lot of good guys on this team... I really see each and every one of them being on our team, but we know in reality that doesn't happen. So, I'm glad I'm not in that chair and making those decisions, but I love all these guys and all these guys have different attributes that can really help us on this team."

The other huge question mark as camp opened was whether rookie Marc Liegghio - a 2020 draft pick - could replace Justin Medlock to handle all the kicking chores. Liegghio has flashed his big leg, but a so-so day early in camp also led to the club adding veteran Tyler Crapigna after he was released by the Montreal Alouettes.

A couple of potential scenarios remain in play here: Liegghio holds off Crapigna?s challenge and opens the season handling both the placekicking and punting, or the two share the duties with Lieggio punting and Crapigna, who hasn't punted since college, handling the placekicking.

QB WATCH

The Bombers are down to three quarterbacks after releasing rookie Dalton Sneed earlier in the week. A quick take on each...

Zach Collaros is really benefitting from a full training camp after being parachuted in at the trade deadline in October of 2019. He's comfortable, confident and is regularly delivering strikes in each practice. The veteran pivot also has that ad-lib creativity that makes him dangerous when a play breaks down.

Sean McGuire may have thrown only a few passes in 2019 when he served as the third-string pivot, but his command of the huddle and leadership in this camp has been noticeable.

Dru Brown, the former Oklahoma State/Hawaii product, had a big arm and isn't afraid to take shots downfield. He's also showcased his running ability on occasion and has the speed of a wideout in the open field.

STAND OUTS

With such a large number of veterans returning and no rookie camp to preceed the main training camp, it's no surprise that the experienced players take turns standing out almost daily.

So, the fact that Willie Jefferson, Jackson Jeffcoat or Adam Bighill pop off the page won't surprise anyone. On offence, the best player through two weeks of camp has been receiver Kenny Lawler, with Collaros and Nic Demski right behind him.

NEWCOMERS OPENING EYES AND DROPPING JAWS

We've spoken repeatedly in our daily Quick Hits about how Brady Oliveira has benefitted from Andrew Harris being rested to open camp. Oliveira doesn't technically qualify as a 'newcomer', but he did only play about five quarters in his rookie season before breaking an ankle.

Here are a handful of newcomers who are making their cases through two weeks of camp:

WR Carlton Agudosi: Hard to miss the big target as he stands 6-6, but with Darvin Adams out over the last few days he's moved into his spot with the starting receivers and is making plays. His story is here.

WR Blake Jackson: The converted quarterback offers a little bit of everything as a potential slot, wideout and a guy who might get the occasional carry out of the backfield. He's also been taking turns returning kicks. His story is here.

There are four import defensive tackles who are also jumping out in Casey Sayles, the 6-3, 289-pounder who has experience in both the XFL and AAF; Ezekiel Rose, who starred at West Virginia; Cedric Wilcots II, who was spotted by Bombers scouts at the College Gridiron Showcase in 2020 after a superb career at New Mexico State, as well as Ricky Walker, who has been in camp with both Dallas and Cleveland.
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« Reply #86 on: July 24, 2021, 02:13:17 PM »

From Bob I:

Liegghio and Crapigna pretty much a dead heat in a field goal drill at Bomber camp. Liegghio has a slightly stronger leg and punts, Crapigna doesn?t punt. Chances are both make the team.  Maybe.
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« Reply #87 on: July 25, 2021, 05:02:16 AM »

Day 15

Quick Hits | TC July 24, 2021 - Ed Tait


5 Quick Hits on Day 14 of Blue Bombers training camp:

1. AN OFFICIAL VISIT: CFL officials were in attendance Saturday morning and did their thing in various periods, including 12 on 12. They also worked the field-goal segment of practice.

Asked if their presence was something they had asked for or if it was a request of the team, head coach Mike O'Shea quipped: "They were lousy today, so they needed it. That's not going to get me any calls, is it?"

But, seriously, folks...
"We do this every year," O'Shea said. "I love having them out, it's great interaction... you get a lot of coaches asking them questions, although with COVID protocols it's a little different. In previous years we would host little mini-meetings with whatever position group and they would answer questions based on the position group. You want them giving feedback to the players. You want the coaches to be able to have access to them.
"I think it was great to have them out. It certainly sharpens us up and I spend a lot of time bending their ear about plays, calls and whatnot. They're a proud group, too, and they want to make sure they're sharp for the start of the season with no exhibition games. They're out here working hard or taking time off work to make sure they get their plays in, too."

2. PROGRESS REPORT - THE KICKERS: Both Marc Liegghio and Tyler Crapigna had excellent days in the field-goal department, with each ending that portion of practice by nailing 52-yarders. Theirs is a back-or-white, hit-or-miss livelihood, so a hat tip when they have good days.

Asked if they seemed to be settling in and getting more comfortable, O'Shea said: "Absolutely. They're dealing with new operations - new snappers, new holders - and all the stuff they're dealing with; with Tyler it was the travel and sitting in a hotel for a day. On Day 2 Marc was eight of nine and from that point forward he's been just excellent. Both of them have found their groove, so it's nice to see."

3. BIG IN JAPAN: LB Les Maruo, the Bombers first pick in the 2021 CFL Global Draft has been making a solid impression in camp.
"He's a good football player. It's exciting to watch him," said O'Shea. "He flies around, there was a nice play he made today and every practice he's doing something good that catches your eye. I'm sure he's not satisfied, but he should be happy with the way it looks. He's doing well."
We told you a bit about Maruo earlier in camp. That story is here:

On Saturday he spoke about the CFL's Global initiative.

"It's big. It's big for me, but it's really big for a country like Japan because the X League is just getting bigger and bigger every year and not many people know about football in Japan," he said. "I would love to go out there and play and perform my best in the CFL so that football in Japan will get bigger and bigger and all the Japanese fans can look up to me and maybe there will be more and more Global players from Japan."

Maruo, FYI, is one of five Global players in Bombers camp along with DL Thiadric Hansen (Germany), DB Sergio Schiaffino-Perez (Mexico), Ayo Oyelola (United Kingdom) and OL Tomoya Machino (Japan). Maruo was born in Japan but essentially grew up in the U.S. He is currently a roommate of Machino - who he first met at the CFL Global Combine in Osaka - and said the big O-lineman's English is improving every day.

4. REMEMBER WHEN?: O'Shea was asked about how camps have changed over the years, with less padded practices and two-a-day sessions.
"My first two training camps were double (twice a day), padded on turf in Hamilton right beside Stelco," he said. "So, we were going and it was smokey every day and you were banging. The science behind it shows that rest period between practices is as valuable as the rest period in between the end of your day and the start of the next day.
"There's way more research that shows the benefit of working a little longer in a condensed time frame than giving them more time to recuperate."

5. OUCH REPORT: The list of walking wounded is still long, but CB Mike Jones did return to work a bit in the early part of the session. WR Cam Meredith was spotted doing laps during the practice and O'Shea said he could be back at work soon.
Meanwhile, RB Andrew Harris had his day end early and he showed a bit of frustration with his recovery. Asked about that afterward, O'Shea offered this: "That's the process he?s going through. He's going to go through a bit of frustration. I know he wants to be out there and we're not letting him go full go yet. When he finally gets to play he'll be less frustrated, I'm sure."
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« Reply #88 on: July 25, 2021, 05:14:44 AM »

"I'm just happy being back playing football again" | Miller on verge of CFL record - Ed Tait

Sometime later this season, Mike Miller will see his name move to the very top of the Canadian Football League's all-time special teams tackle list. It will be a significant achievement for the 32-year-old Riverview, NB product, a man who has carved out a solid nine seasons in the game, first with Edmonton and the last three years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

And it somehow seems only fitting that the CFL's career special teams tackle record would be owned by an undrafted player like Miller, who is the very definition of a hard hat and lunch pail worker and who has forever put his team first.

"I came into the CFL as a defensive back," said Miller in a Zoom call with media on Saturday. "I knew from other people and talking to other guys who played in the CFL how important special teams were. It was drilled into me at university, too, from my university coach Jeff Cummins (at Acadia University) who played in the CFL as well. It's something I did well at university and so when I was sending out my highlight tapes to teams I made sure I had a lot of special-teams tape on there.

"I went in with the mentality that I was going to do whatever the team needed me to do. Throughout my career I've changed positions. I've played linebacker and safety and I've always done just what the team has needed me to be. When I made the switch to fullback, that's where the team needed me to be at the time.

"That's how I took the mentality on special teams, too," he added. "For me to be able to contribute to my team it was working as hard as I could on special teams. That's what they needed me to do and I was willing to do that. I'm still willing to do that. I just had an adaptable mentality."

Miller has 185 special teams tackles in his career, trailing just Jason Arakgi, who had 190 with the B.C. Lions from 2008-16. Just last year he moved past Bombers President and CEO Wade Miller, who had retired as the CFL's all-time leader with 184.

Not surprisingly to know how humble the man is, Miller had no idea how many tackles he needed to move past Arakgi.

"I haven't thought about it too much, I guess," said Miller. "I've been more focused on getting back in the swing of things and playing football again. I'm just happy we?re able to do this again. It's been a long offseason. I haven't thought about it too much... I'm not even sure what I'm actually away from it. I'm just happy being back playing football again.

"I do take a lot of pride in the role that I play and that I've played all my career. To see that it?s paying off, all the time and effort that I put into it, that is definitely a cool thing to see come to fruition."

With Miller as the Bombers big boss and the team led by two former special teams gurus in GM Kyle Walters and head coach Mike O'Shea, the club was thrilled when Miller landed in their laps after his release from Edmonton. Miller hasn't missed a game in three seasons with Winnipeg, has averaged 23 special teams tackles over that span and in 2019 was named the team's Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.

"I still think about getting him here and shocked that we were able to get him," said O'Shea on Saturday. "He's a great teammate, he understands the game of football, he's a great mentor in the running back room and for special teams he's always helping somebody out and taking control of situations. There's nothing not to like about him."

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« Reply #89 on: July 25, 2021, 03:42:49 PM »

Day 16

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 WR Blake Jackson just left practice on a cart after suffering an injury. He was having an excellent camp.
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