For 10 years, Canadian Louis-Philippe Ladouceur has avoided the NFL spotlight while playing in one of footballs most high-profile markets.But the Dallas Cowboys long-snapper is enjoying some attention these days after recently being added to the Pro Bowl roster for the first time. The Montreal native was selected as a need player by Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh and will suit up for the Ravens-coached squad Sunday at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.There are certain things in football you want to do, the 33-year-old said this week in a phone interview. Obviously, the Super Bowl is the ultimate in football and making it as far as possible in the playoffs, thats always No. 1.But the second thing is to get recognized and the best way to get recognized in this league is either with a Pro Bowl invitation or contract. Ive played 10 years so Ive had many contracts and felt like the next thing was to be invited to the Pro Bowl. Its a big deal for me, a big accomplishment in my career. It had a lot of meaning before and has an even bigger meaning now.Ladouceur will be one of seven Cowboys appearing in the Pro Bowl. The New England Patriots and defending champion Seattle Seahawks will square off in Arizona on Feb. 1 in the Super Bowl.The Pro Bowl invitation is a heady accomplishment for a former defensive lineman who joined the Cowboys three games into the 05 season. Ladouceur originally signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent out of the University of California before being released.Ladouceur signed with Dallas after then-head coach Bill Parcells opted to make a change at long snapper. The Cowboys were staying in California between road games against San Francisco and Oakland and gave the former Cal star a look.The six-foot-five, 255-pound Ladouceur hasnt looked back. Hes been with Dallas ever since, having never missed a punt (493 snaps and counting), field goal (214) or convert (302) attempt.In 2013, Dallas rewarded Ladouceur with a five-year contract.L.P., he does a third of my job, it all starts with him and hes been doing it for a long time, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey said of Ladouceur on the teams website. Im real lucky to have him.I put him up there with some of the best in the league and I have a lot of respect for what he does. He makes my job easier.Ladouceur has also stayed healthy. The Cowboys third-longest tenured player hasnt missed an NFL game during his career while registering 14 special-teams tackles.Dallas finished atop the NFC East with a 12-4 record to secure its first playoff appearance since 09. But it was an eventful return as both of the Cowboys post-season contests (a 24-20 wild-card win over Detroit on Jan. 4 and 26-21 divisional loss to Green Bay on Jan. 11) included controversial officiating calls.In the wild-card game, Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens was flagged for pass interference with 8:25 remaining and Detroit facing third-and-one while leading 20-17. But the officials picked up the flag without explanation.The following weekend at Lambeau Field, Dallas trailed 26-21 with 4:42 remaining when quarterback Tony Romo completed a fourth-down pass to Dez Bryant at Green Bays one-yard line. But the play was overruled as Bryant was deemed to not have made a legal catch. Dallas turned the ball over on downs, allowing Green Bay to advance to the NFC championship game against Seattle. On Sunday, the Seahawks rallied from a 19-7 fourth-quarter deficit for a wild 28-22 overtime victory.But Ladouceur wasnt blaming the officials for Dallass loss to Green Bay.Theres so many more other plays we couldve made in that game to change the outcome, he said. Theres still 60-some plays on offence, 60-some plays on defence and 20 some-odd plays on special teams that couldve made a difference. That call, yeah, couldve made a difference but at the end of the day if we wanted to win that game we shouldve won it at a different spot and time in the game.Ladouceur said his Pro Bowl selection has taken some of the sting away from the Green Bay loss.I wish I wouldve played in that game Sunday, Im not going to lie to you, Ladouceur said. We had a really good season . . . I just thought we had a heck of a chance in Green Bay.To have the Pro Bowl at the end of the season kind of makes it a little bit bittersweet but its still a hell of a deal. David Alaba Bayern Munich Jersey . 1-9 on TSN. 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He made the comment at a media availability Saturday prior to Game 2 of the Boston-Montreal playoff series when a Quebec reporter said there is sentiment in Quebec that the NHL looks more favourably on Seattle than Quebec City when it comes to future expansion.SAN DIEGO -- For one day at least, the moderate-payroll San Diego Padres are in first place in the NL West, ahead of the big-spending Los Angeles Dodgers. Seth Smith hit a towering drive for a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home two runs to give the Padres a 3-1 victory against the rival Dodgers in baseballs North American opener Sunday night. Smiths first hit with the Padres came on a 2-0 pitch from Brian Wilson, who started the eighth after Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven scoreless innings. It sailed an estimated 360 feet into the right-field seats. It was his seventh career pinch-hit homer. He was acquired in an off-season trade with Oakland for reliever Luke Gregerson. Wilson (0-1) walked pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal, who advanced when the veteran reliever couldnt handle Everth Cabreras bunt for an error. Grandal stole third and Cabrera took second on indifference before Denorfia hit a bouncer up the middle to bring them both in. "Theyre all just one game, but when youre facing a team like the Dodgers, full of great players, Brian Wilson, a guy who knows how to get it done in those situations, its not easy to do what our hitters did," said Huston Street, who pitched a perfect ninth for the save. "To come back and get three right there in that situation, especially after leaving guys on base early, thats what this team is going to have to do to win. Were going to have to battle all year long." The Dodgers set a record with an opening-day payroll of $234 million. The Padres are 23rd at just under $90 million. Street said he has no problem with the discrepancy. "Theyve got a lot of talent and their talent has earned those salaries," Street said. "Theyre not just given. At the same time, a lot of guys in this locker room are young guys. They havent hit that free agency mark. They havent hit those big salary years. We could be sitting on a higher payroll team. You dont worry about it too much just because baseball is such a game of execution." Dale Thayer (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Smith was acquired to provide a left-handed bat off the bench. He went deep on a cutter. "You get in the box and its an at-bat," he said. "As a professional ballplayer you hope that you can kind of flush the fact that its yoour first at-bat with your team or its in a big spot or whatever, and just do what youve been practicing for the last six weeks.dddddddddddd" Wilson said it was tough to deal with because Ryu "pitched such a marvelous game. Its a hard one to swallow." He said he threw a pitch "that was a little bit uncharacteristic of me. Right then and there, the tire deflated." The defending NL West champion Dodgers had started the regular season with a two-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney. Ryu got the start after reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw was scratched due to a swollen back muscle and then placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career. In a scheduling quirk, the left-hander started consecutive regular-season games. He made his season debut a week earlier, when the Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks in their second game in Australia. Ryu retired 16 in a row from the second inning until one out in the seventh. He then walked rookie Tommy Medica, who was then erased in a 3-6-3 double play. Ryu allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked three. The Dodgers grabbed the lead on a nice piece of hitting by Carl Crawford with two out in the fifth. Crawford went the other way with an 0-2 pitch from Andrew Cashner, hitting it over third baseman Chase Headley to bring in Dee Gordon from second. Gordon had reached on a walk and advanced when Cashner fielded Ryus bunt and forced A.J. Ellis at third. Cashner allowed four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two. NOTES: The Padres renamed the broadcast portion of the press box the Jerry Coleman Broadcast Center in memory of the Hall of Fame broadcaster who died on Jan. 5 at 89. His widow, Maggie, and daughter, Chelsea, threw out the ceremonial first pitches. ... Sunday nights attendance of 45,567 set the Petco Park single-game record. ... Padres manager Bud Black said LF Carlos Quentins time on the disabled list will go beyond April 10, when hed be eligible to be activated. He was placed on the DL on Saturday, retroactive to March 25, with a bone bruise in his left knee. Quentin was hurt diving for a ball in a spring training game. ... Monday is an off day. Tuesdays scheduled starters are Zack Greinke for Los Angeles and Ian Kennedy for San Diego. 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