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Ambrosie Addresses Commons

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

May 8/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

courtesy Canadian Football League 

Commissioner Addresses Commons

Federal politicians listened as Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie addressed a House of Commons standing committee on finance yesterday.

The CFL has requested up to $150 million in financial assistance from the federal government due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ambrosie testified the league’s future is in jeopardy and admitted for the first time the most likely scenario for the CFL is a cancelled 2020 season.

A number of politicians were hash in their comments and questioning of Ambrosie


Lulay Leaves

Travis Lulay is leaving the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League after a decade as a player and then a year in the team's front office.

Lulay who led the Lions to the Grey Cup Championship in 2011 is departing to join a family financial service's company in Oregon.

Lulay was named the MVP of the 2011 Grey Cup & was also earned the CFL's Most Outstanding Player that season.


NFL Sked Released

The National Football League released the 2020 schedule yesterday.

The season kicks off on Thursday September 10th with the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans

Due to uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, the NFL has developed some contingency plans should the season be impacted. 

Any week could serve as the first week of the season, with early games possibly being tacked onto the schedule after Week 17. 

Furthermore, every team shares the same bye week as its Week 2 opponent, creating some flexibility should games be postponed. 

The Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday February 7th.


Jays Homeless ?

If current restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic aren't eased, the Toronto Blue Jays may need to find an alternate home for their Major League Baseball games

With the Canada-US border closed to only essential travel, the Jays are developing scenarios with home dates both in and outside of Toronto.

Games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto aren't feasible as long as the emergency order instituted March 24 under the Quarantine Act remains in place. 

The most logical option for the Blue Jays is their spring facility in Dunedin, Florida.


Rossi Presented With Powers Trophy

The Ontario Hockey League presented Ottawa 67's forward Marco Rossi with the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the League's Top Scorer this year.

Rossi had 39 goals and 120 points for Ottawa this year

He was 9 points ahead of runner up Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit.

The OHL Awards announcements continue on Monday when the League announces its Matt Leyden Trophy recipient as OHL Coach of the Year.


OHL Release

The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to recognize Ottawa 67's forward Marco Rossi who claims the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the League's Top Scorer presented by Kubota Canada.

The draft eligible centreman finished atop the CHL scoring charts with 120 points including 39 goals, 81 assists and an impressive plus/minus rating of plus-69 over just 53 games. His 2.14 point-per-game pace led the OHL and is the highest such figure by an OHL scoring champion since London's Patrick Kane (2.50) in 2006-07. He becomes the first Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy recipient of European descent since Stan Mikita of the St. Catharines Teepees claimed the honour in 1958-59.

WATCH: Marco Rossi Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy Video
"Kubota Canada is thrilled to be the presenting sponsor for the OHL 2019-20 Top Scorer award. Even though the season was abbreviated, we saw some great performances this season and it gives me great pleasure on behalf of Kubota's employees and the Kubota dealers across Canada to congratulate Marco Rossi as this year's OHL Top Scorer!," said Rob Allison, Director of Brand & Corporate Partnerships for Kubota Canada Ltd. "Well done, Marco!"

The 18-year-old from Feldkirch, Austria helped power the first place 67's with the League's top power play, rounding out the campaign with a total of 34 multi-point performances, 23 of which included three points or more. His top performances included a five assist showing on October 20th against Hamilton, another five point outing on November 17th in Sarnia and a career-high six point output on November 27th in Kingston. The 5-foot-9, 187Ib. centreman finished the schedule with an impressive 58.5% success rate in the faceoff circle and was held off the scoresheet just four times.

"Thank you to the Ontario Hockey League for awarding me the Eddie Powers Trophy," said Rossi. "I am extremely grateful to receive this recognition. This award is truly a team award, and I want to thank the entire first-class 67’s organization for their support over the 2019-20 season.  From the ownership group, to the management staff, to the coaching staff, to the training staff, to my teammates, to my billeting family, to my immediate family, to the fans and to everyone who had a helping hand for me during this last season and the time leading up to it: Thank you! I am honored and forever grateful to receive this prestigious award."

Rossi’s 120 points are the most by a 67’s player in a single season since Corey Locke (151) in 2002-03. His plus-69 rating is the fifth-highest by any player since the League began tracking plus/minus in 1996-97, trailing fellow 67’s Nick Boynton (plus 81, 1996-97) and Sean Blanchard (plus-74, 1996-97) as well as London’s Danny Syvret (plus-70, 2004-05) and Sault Ste. Marie’s Morgan Frost (plus-70, 2017-18).

"Marco plays a team game and the way that he shares the puck with his teammates was a pleasure to watch this season," commented 67's general manager James Boyd. "The fact that Marco was able to lead such a talented group of peers in league scoring, while maintaining the highest standard of defensive play, makes this achievement even more remarkable."

The sixth-ranked North American skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings competed in the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game this past January in Hamilton. Rossi, who was named to the OHL’s second all-rookie team in 2018-19, has accumulated 185 points (68-117–185) over just 109 regular season games since being selected by the 67’s with the 18th overall pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft. He was widely recognized in the 2019-20 OHL Coaches Poll, appearing in six different categories as he earned recognition as the Eastern Conference's smartest player, best playmaker and best shootout shooter.

Rossi becomes the seventh player in 67’s franchise history to earn the award, following Tyler Toffoli (2011), two-time winner Corey Locke (2003, 2004), Andrew Cassels (1988), Jim Fox (1980), Bobby Smith (1978) and Blake Dunlop (1973). He follows other recent OHL standouts who won the award in their draft eligible seasons including Erie’s Dylan Strome (2015), Windsor’s Taylor Hall (2010), Plymouth’s Tyler Seguin (2010), London’s John Tavares (2009) and London’s Patrick Kane (2007).

The Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy was donated by the Toronto Marlboro Athletic Club in memory of Eddie Powers and was first awarded in 1945-46 to Tod Sloan of St. Michael’s who scored 79 points in 25 games.  Jason Robertson of the Niagara IceDogs was last year’s recipient with 117 points in 62 games including 48 goals and 69 assists.  Other recent winners include Barrie’s Aaron Luchuk (2018), Erie’s Alex DeBrincat (2017) and Barrie’s Kevin Labanc (2016).

2020 OHL Awards announcements continue on Monday when the League announces its Matt Leyden Trophy recipient as OHL Coach of the Year.

For full coverage of the 2020 OHL Awards, be sure to visit or follow along on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Golf Match Set

The Champions For Charity Golf Match is set for May 24th in Florida.

Tiger Woods will partner with retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning to against Phil Mickelson and Tampa Bay Buccaneer pivot Tom Brady.

The 4 players will reportedly come together to make a donation of $10 million with other fundraising programs in place to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.

The format will see the first nine holes of better ball and the second nine in a modified alternate shot. There will also be some in-match challenges between the teams.



Antetokounmpo Hacked

The social media accounts of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo were hacked yesterday.

Several bizarre and offensive tweets were posted, according to the Bucks, Antetokounmpo's brother and his agent.

More than a dozen tweets popped up in Antetokounmpo's feed in the span of about 5 minutes, and they appeared to be the work of someone other than the reigning MVP. 

The tweets included racial slurs, profane attacks on other players and a claim that Antetokounmpo had the coronavirus.


No Impact 

Major League Soccer teams have begun the gradual process of reopening their training facilities.

However, the Montreal Impact reportedly have been denied permission to open their centre for individual training 

Public health authorities in Montreal denied the request.

Neither of the other two Canadian teams, Toronto FC & the Vancouver Whitecaps, have opened their facilities.


IndyCar Resumes June 6th

IndyCar will open their 2020 race season on Saturday June 6th with a nighttime race at Texas Motor Speedway.

The race will be conducted without spectators present

The format for the event will be a condensed, with practice, qualifying and the race taking place on the same day. 

There also will be strict access guidelines limiting the number of personnel on site, with health screening system administered to all participants

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