TFC & Raptors Begin Workouts
Toronto FC will begin voluntary individual player workouts outdoors today.
TFC has a training facility in north Toronto and their workouts follow in step with the NBA Raptors, who are opening up the OVO Athletic Centre for similar workouts today.
The provincial government has eased restrictions on pro sports teams.
Players are allowed limited access to training facilities providing they follow their league's established health and safety protocols.
TFC will be outdoors in North Toronto where their fields can be divided into a maximum of 4 quadrants.
Only one player per quadrant is allowed, with no equipment sharing nor any passing or shooting among players.
The Raptors will only have one player at a time in their venue & players will have to wear masks at all times except when on court.
Major League Baseball will reportedly present owners and the players association with a return-to-play proposal next week.
Under the plan, if baseball can return this year, the regular season would start in July with the potential of conducting up to 82 games.
Major League owners are expected to discuss the plan on a conference call today
Hovering over the proposal from a Blue Jays perspective is that travel between the U.S. and Canada has been restricted until at least May 21st and those who cross the border are currently subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Canada.
Les than 1 percent of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19
The small number of positive tests announced Sunday, offered some hope for MLB's plans to start the delayed season.
More than 5,000 samples were obtained in mid April.
The results of the tests indicate the prevalence of the antibodies among MLB employees was lower than for the general population during testing in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.
Spring Training in MLB was halted March 12th and opening day was pushed back from March 26th
Major League Baseball is expected to consider implementing designated hitters for both the American League and National League.
With the potential of a geographical realignment for this unique season, the designated hitter is being discussed for this year if games are played,
The American League instituted the DH in 1973. The National League has never utilized the Designated Hitter.
The Ontario Hockey League will announce the Matt Leyden Trophy Winner today.
The Leyden Trophy is presented annually to the OHL Coach of the Year.
There's a handful of contenders this year including Eric Wellwood in Flint and Rob Wilson in Peterborough whose teams had significant upswings this year, plus Kitchener's Mike McKenzie who took over after 21 games and led the revitalized Rangers to a strong finish.
André Tourigny of the Ottawa 67's won the award in 2019 and followed up with a 101 point season this year at Ottawa.
Winterhawks Ownership Bankrupt
The Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League reportedly filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy last week and the team has been handed over to a court-appointed receiver.
Reports indicate the Winterhawks owner William Gallacher allegedly failed to meet payment deadlines to a money lender, which then took control of several Gallacher’s companies, including the Winterhawks.
The court-appointed receiver in charge of the team reportedly has no intentions of shutting down the Winterhawks who have been in the WHL since 1976.
French Open Delayed Further ?
The French Open tennis tournament now scheduled to commence in late September, could be held without fans.
The clay-court tournament was initially slated to begin May 24th, but was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled
Organizers are considering the prospect of conducting the event without fans plus the rescheduled date may be bumped back an additional week to September 27th.
Fort Worth Ready
The Mayor of Fort Worth Texas, Betsy Price, is confident the PGA Colonial will proceed with the proper safety measures in place.
The Charles Schwab Challenge June 11th-14th is the scheduled return event for the PGA
The Tour is expected to announce details this week about the restart to its season, which was shut down on March 12th after one round of the Players Championship.
Nine tournament weeks have been lost.
UFC 249 was staged Saturday night in Jacksonville and the event could serve as a blueprint for sports leagues around the world as they consider a resumption of activities during a global pandemic.
The UFC provided a 25-page document to address health and safety protocols, which included disinfecting the octagon between bouts and mandating tests and masks for nearly everyone in attendance.
Of note, one fighter, Jacaré Souza, and 2 of his cornermen tested positive for COVID-19 a day before the card &
Souza was pulled from his scheduled fight and removed from the hotel where hundreds of UFC employees were staying.
The UFC has two more fight nights scheduled this week in Jacksonville, beginning Wednesday
Cross Canada Coyotes
With the COVID-19 lock-down hampering group gatherings, the Georgian Bay Coyotes have been doing online workouts and logging their own mileage. To help team motivation, they began their virtual Trans-Canada Trek across this vast and beautiful nation of ours 3 weeks ago in St. John's Newfoundland with a goal of reaching Victoria, BC by mid-August. The Team's first goal was Saint John, N.B. that would cover 1705km, as they even ran across the Bay of Fundy instead of taking the ferry.
As a team, the Coyotes have been averaging between 600km and 900km each week so far and have easily landed in Saint John, NB ahead of schedule, which was 1705km. They have logged over 2000km to date.
Next stop is Montreal, Quebec as they head up to Riviere-du-Loup and through Quebec City. This 2nd leg is 919km in total.
The Coyotes should reach Meaford by the end of May. We will continue to keep you posted.
Minor Hockey Notes
The Owen Sound Minor Hockey Group Executive has released the list of Rep Team coach for the 2020/21 Season
Owen Sound will operate a dozen teams ranging from Under 9 to the Under 18 Additional Entry team
AGE GROUP HEAD COACH
U9 Andrew Fry
U10 Geoff Blastorah
U11 James McGregor
U12 Chris Minard
U13 Ken Williams
U13 AE TBA
U14 Ted Schnieder
U15 Terry Penner
U15 AE Steve Bluhm
U16 Brian Warrilow
U18 Rod Currie
U18 AE Jeff Brown
The Saugeen Shores Storm will be hosting a " virtual banquet " today
All members of the Storm Minor Hockey programs are encouraged to wear their Storm gear.
The Storm Minor Hockey organization will release the award recipients on Facebook at 6 pm and the delivery of trophies and awards will be made as soon as it is safe to do so.