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OLA Extends Suspension of Activity

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

Mar 31/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports


TPC Toronto Donation

TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley announced on Monday a donation of $100,000 to Caledon Community Services as part of a response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation will go towards supporting The Exchange, one of Caledon Community Services’ support initiatives focusing on providing nutritious food and community programing for those in need throughout Caledon.

“One of the most important components of our partnership with the PGA TOUR, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and TPC Network is our shared commitment to make a positive impact in our communities. The Exchange offers incredibly important services to our community, and we are pleased to be able to offer our help during this difficult time,” said TPC Toronto President Chris Humeniuk. “Both in and out of times of crisis, we can find a sense of purpose by thinking of and supporting those in need, and we will continue to explore additional ways we can assist those in our community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The donation comes as part of TPC Toronto’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, which also includes an ongoing closure and review of all operations and upcoming events. The TPC Toronto property is currently closed to all staff, Annual Members and customers until further notice.

“Safety is our number one priority, and we will continue to take direction from the Ontario Ministry of Health and support the guidance from our partners Golf Canada, the NGCOA, TPC Network and PGA TOUR as we review best practices and do our best to plan our next steps,” said Humeniuk.



OLA Extends Suspension of Activities

The Ontario Lacrosse Association has issued an update in which all in-person sanctioned lacrosse activities are now suspended until at least May 15th, pending further review of the conditions at that time.

Initially, the OLA forbid tryouts, training camps, practices, exhibition games and other activities up to April 5th.

That target date has now been readjusted to May 15th 

The Owen Sound Junior NorthStars were scheduled to open their season April 18th in Welland.

The Owen Sound Bug Juice Senior NorthStars were scheduled to begin their season at home on May 2nd against Six Nations.

Also the OLA has informed the Ontario Minor Field Lacrosse Commissioner that all Spring Minor competitions will be postponed until the Fall.


NHL Alberta

The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League announced temporary staffing plans Monday which include cutbacks and salary rollbacks. 

Oilers Entertainment Group implemented a temporary reduction of 139 employees effective April 13th, while Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation made the decision to proceed with a 60-day temporary layoff for about 150 employees.



Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Set for Saturday

In the midst of what's been an unprecedented season in the hockey world, the Ontario Hockey League is busily preparing for one of the biggest days on its calendar - the 2020 OHL Priority Selection Presented by Real Canadian Superstore, which is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday April 4th beginning at 9:00am.

The annual Priority Selection is one of the highlights of the season as 300 players join OHL member team organizations, striving to grow their game while pursuing their academic endeavours in the world's premier development League. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Priority Selection will be held entirely online, adhering to all government and public health physical distancing guidelines at both the League and member team levels. This year's unique approach to a very special day will be conducted in the interest of ensuring the health and safety of prospects, their families as well as OHL member team and League personnel.

The League has reached out to prospects and their families to both explain the process and the program, and to remind them of the March 28, 2020 emergency order in Ontario prohibiting organized public gatherings and social gatherings of more than five people. Teams in Pennsylvania and Michigan are also following public health recommendations of local, state and federal governments.

All member teams have been advised of the guidelines and rules of the process including:

League and member team staff cannot work from the premise of their hockey offices or arenas. All gatherings must adhere to the emergency order issued by the Ontario Government on March 28 prohibiting public or social gatherings of more than five people.

All self-isolating or quarantined participants must respect those guidelines

Proper protocols must be in place including: access to hand sanitizers, hand-washing facilities, etc.
League staff, including Commissioner David Branch, will be working remotely and respecting the established health guidelines.

The 2020 OHL Priority Selection will be conducted entirely online. In addition, the first three rounds of the event will be streamed on the OHL's YouTube channel with player highlight footage and live updates. The League will also be gathering content throughout the event, engaging draftees, general managers and OHL Central Scouting personnel on virtual platforms.

Players, families and fans are invited to follow the first three rounds of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection streaming live on the OHL's YouTube channel.

Follow the Ontario Hockey League on Twitter (@OHLHockey), Instagram (@ohlofficial), Facebook (@OHLHockey) and YouTube (@ontariohockeyleagueofficial) for complete up to the minute coverage of the 2020 OHL Online Priority Selection Presented by Real Canadian Superstore.

For more information, visit


Sale Surgery

Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on Monday, 11 days after doctors said he needed the operation.

The surgery was delayed due to difficulty in scheduling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sale’s ulnar collateral ligament was replaced and Red Sox said the surgery was a success. 

Sale is expected to miss close to a year & a half.

On another matter, the Red Sox will wait until next week to consider whether to reopen its facility in Fort Myers, Florida, where a minor leaguer tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24th.



The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, owners of the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, informed its employees that they would be taking pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic,

The pay cuts apply to the entirety of the organization, including all football operations and coaching personnel, and range from 10 per cent to 25 per cent. 

The arrangement will be re-evaluated in three months.


NBA Gaming

The NBA is planning a " players-only " NBA 2K tournament that could start Friday.

It’s unclear which players would participate in the tournament but each team is expected to have a representative. 



Red Bull Proposal

Helmut Markom, an official with the Red Bull Formula One race team proposed holding a training camp that would expose drivers to the coronavirus so they could build immunity to the disease.

The idea was rejected by the team.

Markom said it would be good for the team's drivers to be infected now so they could recover in time for scheduled races later in the year.

The idea of holding a training camp was not accepted within the Red Bull team and was abandoned.


Wimbledon Decision Looming

It's not official, but most signs point to the 2020 Wimbledon Championships being cancelled. 

The All England Club will hold an emergency meeting tomorrow.

German Tennis Federation vice-president Dirk Hordorff reportedly said that the decision to cancel has already been made, 



NCAA Extends Athletes Eligibility

The NCAA Division I council has decided to grant spring sport athletes an extra year of eligibility.

Under Division I rules, student-athletes are limited to 4 seasons of competition in a five-year period. 

The council decision allows schools to restore one of those seasons of competition for student-athletes who had competed while eligible in the COVID-19-shortened 2020 spring season, including for students who reached the end of their five-year eligibility.

Winter sports were not included in the decision.



Bayshore Race Early Bird Deadline

The Earlybird deadline for Bayshore Race registration is today.

The annual event which serves as a fundraiser for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation is Sunday August 30th.

You can register for the various distances at


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