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Lingerie football no gimmick, says player

­­­Don’t be fooled by the pretty smiles and sultry glamour shots, says Torkwase Fraser. The women of the Lingerie Football League are bona fide competitors.

­­­Don’t be fooled by the pretty smiles and sultry glamour shots, says Torkwase Fraser. The women of the Lingerie Football League are bona fide competitors.

“When you go and watch the sport you see serious athletes playing football,” says Fraser, a Toronto native and former pro sprinter who last season played for the now-defunct San Diego Seduction.

The controversial sport spectacle, in which scantily clad women play a 7-on-7 version of full-contact football, announced Tuesday that Toronto will join its league this fall as its first Canadian franchise.

The as-yet unnamed team is expected to play its two home games at Ricoh Coliseum — the Exhibition Place arena operated for the city by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. — though a formal announcement will be made later this week.

League commissioner Mitchell Mortaza said he is currently negotiating with two potential franchise owners: A “prominent sports group,” which Mortaza said already owns a professional sports team in Canada, and a “prominent real-estate group” based in Toronto.

 
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