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Featherweight Champion Shakur Stevenson defeated Felix Caraballo with a body-punch knockdown in the 6th round last night.
With the win, Stevenson moves to 14 & 0 with 8 knockouts.
The bout was the first major boxing event held in North America since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will meet for a third time on August 15th
UFC President Dana White announced the matchup
However, no venue has been confirmed for the card.
The UFC also confirmed that " Fight Island " is Abu Dhabi's Yas Island.
The island is 25 square kilometres & is located 15 minutes from the International Airport.
MLB Players Propose 89 Game Season
The Major League Baseball Players Association’s latest proposal to the league is for an 89-game season.
The proposal would include the players getting paid their full prorated salaries plus expanded playoffs,
The concept also includes a playoff pool determined by gate revenues. However, if there is no gate or the fans are limited, the players get $ 50 million.
The last concept from the owners was a 76-game regular season, expanding the playoffs to as many as 16 teams and allowing players to earn about 75 per cent of their prorated salaries, if the postseason was completed.
The Major League Baseball Draft is set for tonight.
The Detroit Tigers who had the worst record in baseball last year at 47 & 114 will have the first selection.
The Toronto Blue Jays have the 5th-overall pick
Giordano & Ryan Nominated
Two former members of the Owen Sound Attack have been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has nominated Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators and Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames for the award.
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to ice hockey.
Hoefenmayer Named CHL Top Defender
Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s is the Canadian Hockey League Defenceman of the Year
Hoefenmayer had an excellent season at both ends of the ice, putting up 82 points and finishing with a mark of plus 52.
Drafted by Arizona but unsigned, Hoefenmayer was signed in April by the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
The David Branch Player of the Year Award will be announced today.
Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s is the Ontario Hockey League nominee
Alexis Lafreniere from Rimouski will likely win the award.
The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce that Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s is the 2019-20 recipient of the CHL Defenceman of the Year Award presented by Real Canadian Superstore.
Hoefenmayer led all CHL defencemen with 26 goals and 82 points over 58 games while his 56 assists and plus-52 rating each ranked second at the position.
“I want to thank the CHL for honouring me with the CHL Defenceman of the Year Award,” Hoefenmayer said. “I want to thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches for supporting me and allowing me to be the player I am today. I also want to thank the Ottawa 67’s organization for being a first class organization as well as having the best fans in the league. Stay safe everyone!”
The 21-year-old from North York, Ontario, appeared on the scoresheet in 46 of his 58 games this season, produced 24 multi-point performances, and helped his 67’s earn a second straight OHL regular season crown tying a franchise record with 50 wins. His 82 points are the highest by a 67’s defenceman since Brian Campbell had 87 back in 1998-99, and his 26 goals are the most by a Barber Poles blueliner since Bruce Cassidy had 27 back in 1983-84. This award brings an end to an accomplished five-year career for Hoefenmayer who joined the 67’s as a second round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. Over 298 career games he amassed 65 goals which trails greats like Denis Potvin and Doug Wilson, while his 222 points rank sixth on the club’s all-time list. A former fourth round pick of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft, Hoefenmayer signed an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies upon season’s end.
Hoefenmayer is the third member of the 67’s to win the national award since it was first presented in 1987-88. The club’s past winners include Sean Blanchard (1996-97) and Brendan Bell (2002-03), while both Chris Snell (1990-91) and Brian Campbell (1998-99) each received final consideration. He’s also just the third player in history to win the award during his overage season following Steve Gosselin of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (1993-94) and Marc-Andre Bergeron of the Shawinigan Cataractes (2000-01).
Finalists for the award were Los Angeles Kings prospect Jordan Spence of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Moncton Wildcats, and last year’s award recipient in New Jersey Devils prospect Ty Smith of the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs.
The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks formal Awards Banquet was cancelled.
As a result, the WOAA Senior Hockey team released the 2019/20 team award winners.
Blake Underwood was the Leading Scorer Award for the Winterhawks and was also named as the Regular Season MVP.
Goaltender Jeff Flagler was named the team's most valuable player of the playoffs, recording two wins and a shutout in the playoff series with Tillsonburg.
The Saugeen Shores Winterhawks have cancelled this summer's annual awards banquet.
The decision was made as a result of the restrictions on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It became increasingly apparent we could not safely host the banquet this summer, whether the restrictions were in place or not," said Winterhawks President Gord Lamont. "We could not live with risking the health of our players or fans."
As a result, the team is releasing its 2019/20 team award winners.
Blake Underwood takes home the Leading Scorer Award for the third time in his career after recording 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 20 games.
Underwood also captured his fourth career Regular Season MVP award in the process.
Goaltender Jeff Flagler was named the team's most valuable player of the playoffs, recording two wins and a shutout in the playoff series with Tillsonburg, despite battling through a leg injury for the entire series.
Captain Trevor Smith was named the team's top defenceman for the second-consecutive season, as well as the winner of the Corry Solomway Memorial Award, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game.
Regular Season MVP [sponsored by Lord Elgin Fish & Chips]: Blake Underwood
Playoff MVP [sponsored by Lakeshore Recreation]: Jeff Flagler
Leading Scorer Award [sponsored by Rosner's Oldtimers Hockey Club]: Blake Underwood
Top Defenceman Award [sponsored by Grant Lamont & Family]: Trevor Smith
Top Defensive Player [sponsored by Society of United Professionals - Bruce Power Local]: Andy Mitchell
Most Dedicated Winterhawk [sponsored by Saugeen Shores Winterhawks]: Austin McLaren
Corry Solomway Memorial Award [sponsored by Russ & Trish Solomway]: Trevor Smith
Community Service Award [sponsored by Winterhawks Executive]: James McHaig
Jim Little Memorial Award - Rookie of the Year [sponsored by Derek & Andrea Little]: Adam Kading
The Winterhawks thank all of the fans and sponsors for their support during the 2019/20 season, as well as the players and coaching staff for their dedication to their craft.
Planning for the 2020/21 W.O.A.A. Sr. Hockey League season is underway, however, Lamont noted there's little clarity on the season just yet.
"We're keeping an eye on public health directives from the provincial government, as well as the W.O.A.A., but we're planning on going ahead as usual with the regular season this fall," said Lamont. "We will adapt as necessary once we have a better idea of how things might look in October."
NASCAR Welcomes Fans
NASCAR is ready to allow fans to return to the grandstand as more states relax their business shutdowns.
NASCAR decided a limited number of fans can attend races this month at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
All fans will be screened before entering, required to wear face coverings, mandated to social distance at six feet, and will not have access to the infield, among other revised operational protocols.
NASCAR will allow up to 1,000 Florida service members, representing the Homestead Air Reserve Base and U.S. Southern Command in Doral, to attend the Cup Series race Sunday as honorary guests and view the race from the grandstands.
Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama will allow up to 5,000 guests in the frontstretch grandstands/towers for the June 21 Cup race.