The PGA RBC Heritage Tournament at Hilton Head, South Carolina begins today
The first groups teed off at 6:45 this morning
The first Canadian scheduled to play is Roger Sloan who has an 8:45 am tee time
Listowel native Corey Conners will begin his opening round at 1:38 pm
MLB Pitch-MLBPA " No Deal "
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred & Players Union Head Tony Clark met in Arizona yesterday and emerged with what MLB considers a framework to play the delayed season in empty ballparks.
The plan includes full prorated pay, even if games are played in empty ballparks.
Each team would play 60 games over 10 weeks starting July 20th, with the potential of a Sunday July 19th opening game
The concept would result in players receiving about 37% of their salaries
While, MLB is positive about the discussion, the Players Association released a statement last night night that read...... "Reports of an agreement are false."
Rogers Cup(s) Cancelled
The two Rogers Cup Tennis tournaments, played on annual basis in Toronto and Montreal, have now both been cancelled for 2020.
With the Rogers Cup Women's Tournament in Montreal scrapped earlier this month and rescheduled for next year in the same city, the men's event, which was officially cancelled yesterday, will remain in Toronto for 2021.
The new date for the ATP Tour event is August 8th-16th at the Aviva Centre at York University in Toronto.
The finances of the National Hockey League are expected to be altered dramatically, even if the expanded playoff format is conducted this Summer
The NHL was a $5 billion business in 2018-19, with an $81.5 million cap this past season.
The bottom line could be sheared in half in the short term, erasing the financial gains made since owners and players reached a revenue-sharing agreement following the lockout in 2004-05.
The anticipated drop in revenue has already caused at least 10 teams to lay off employees or have executives take pay cuts.
Open Letter To Attack Fans
As much of the province moves into stage 2 of re-opening, we wanted to communicate what we are working on as we await news of our next steps.
We also want to thank our fans and everyone in our surrounding communities for their efforts in flattening the curve. We have come a long way; however, the work is not done yet. We need to continue to follow all public health guidelines to ensure we continue and maintain the progress we have worked so hard to attain.
Although we currently have no firm date for a return to play, we are optimistic that the Attack will hit the ice early this fall for a full schedule of games. We are awaiting guidance from the province, local public health officials and the Ontario Hockey League on when, how, and what our return to play will look like.
While we wait, the Attack front office are not sitting idle. We are paying close attention to how other sectors of the economy have re-opened and what guidelines they have been required to follow. We are examining the similarities and have begun to work with several partners and suppliers to procure the necessary items for a safe return to the Bayshore. These items include personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer and safety partitions for area's where staff and customers interact in a way that challenges social distancing requirements. We are also examining how we interact with our fans in the building and how that can be improved and made safer. Our number one priority in our return is the health and safety of everyone involved.
We want to reassure our fans that even though we may not have all the answers yet and our plans continue to evolve, we are committed to ensuring your investment with the team is protected and will always attempt to provide you with appropriate compensation if we are unable to deliver what we promise.
Many of you may know we have been out of our office at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre since mid-March. This has created some major challenges for members of our fan base to communicate with us. Within the next two weeks, we are hopeful we will have an announcement regarding the re-opening of the McVicar & McComb Sutton Realty Box Office, the Attack Shack, and our business offices.
Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates.
OHL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM INVESTMENT TOPS $3 MILLION IN 2019-20
The Ontario Hockey League announced today that a total of 334 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2019-20 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3 million. Of these, 200 players competed on U SPORTS Men's Hockey rosters.
Centrally administered through the OHL Office, OHL Scholarships are solely funded by OHL member teams. Every player who plays in the OHL is eligible to receive an OHL Scholarship. The OHL graduate can access their scholarship worldwide at any post-secondary institution or in any career-enhancing program of his choice, including trade schools or professional career training programs.
In addition to alumni accessing their OHL Scholarship following graduation from the League, all current OHL players are encouraged to enroll in post-secondary courses with costs fully covered by OHL member teams. This season, 134 players were enrolled in traditional post-secondary courses while playing in the OHL.
"The investment in the OHL Scholarship Program is an important piece of the player experience and one in which the OHL and its member teams are very proud," said Commissioner David Branch. "The OHL continues to be a leading supplier of talent to both the National Hockey League as well as U SPORTS Men's Hockey Programs."
This year, 279 of the 334 OHL Scholarship recipients are furthering their education at Canadian Universities. A total of 219 graduates are attending Ontario-based Universities with Western University leading all post-secondary institutions with 29 OHL graduates enrolled in full-time studies, while 24 former OHL players enrolled at Ryerson University and 23 are studying at Queen's University. A total of 58 graduates are attending Universities in Eastern Canada with the University of Prince Edward Island leading the way with 12 former players enrolled. Two graduates have accessed their OHL Scholarship at Universities in Western Canada.
A total of 28 OHL Scholarship recipients are attending Ontario-based Colleges with Conestoga College and Georgian College leading the way with four graduates respectively and 12 alumni are attending various trade schools pursuing knowledge in the fields of Real Estate, Fire Services and other apprenticeships.
A total of 16 OHL graduates are accessing their OHL Scholarship while studying at American-based post-secondary institutions.
OHL member teams have invested in excess of $25 million into the OHL Scholarship Program over the past 10 seasons.
Gerretsen Returns To Knights
The Knights of Meaford of the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League announced the re-signing of defensemen Bob Gerretsen.
Gerretsen who is from the from Netherlands played 9 games for Meaford last year scoring 3 goals and finishing with 7 points
The Greater Metro Hockey League has stated previously that there will be no games before October 1st this year.
In previous years, the GMHL season started after Labour Day Weekend.
NBA Coaches Fret
The National Basketball Coaches Association fears new league standards will jeopardize future employment opportunities.
The guidelines could bar team staffers in high-risk categories for the coronavirus from attending the NBA season's restart in Orlando, Florida,
Three head coaches; Houston's Mike D'Antoni (69 years old), New Orleans' Alvin Gentry (65) and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich (71), could be restricted from leading their teams under the provisions of the Return-To-Play plan
Kobe Bryant Update
The pilot of the helicopter that crashed in thick fog, killing basketball star Kobe Bryant and 7 other passengers, reported he was climbing...... when he actually was descending.
Documents from federal investigators said Ara Zobayan radioed to air traffic controllers that he was climbing to 4,000 feet to get above clouds on January 26th when, in fact, the helicopter was plunging toward a hillside where it crashed northwest of Los Angeles.
The report by the National Transportation Safety Board said Zobayan may have "misperceived" the pitch of the aircraft, which can happen when a pilot becomes disoriented in low visibility.
Harbour Run Update
There have been further alterations for the annual Meaford Harbour Run.
The event remains scheduled for Saturday September 19th.
However, the organizers have added the option for participants to take part in a " virtual run " if they feel uncomfortable about being involved with a large group event on Race Day.
Also of note, the Kids 1K race has been cancelled.
Meaford Harbour Run Release
The run officials are now offering a Virtual 5K “option” to those who wish to continue their support for the hospital but don’t feel comfortable attending on race day. The new option will encourage participants to complete 5K their way between September 1 and race day with options to kayak, canoe, run, walk, stroll or whichever way they wish to complete 5K. There are even some cool prizes for those that push their way to blow past 5K and give themselves a larger challenge.
Saturday September 19th is still scheduled as race day for those still wishing to come out to the run/walk the annual event. They might find there are a few changes due to Covid restrictions but race officials are planning the day as best as they can. There have been so many businesses already experiencing changes and we are all aware of social distancing protocols that participants should come expecting restrictions to be in place. Participants will be kept up to date as the event day draws closer and as restrictions lift in the province. The biggest change will be that the event will move to a user friendly Asics Runkeeper App that participants can load on their phone instead of having a bib or ankle chip timed unit attached which allows the race to better control touch points. The health of each participant and the community is the first priority and the race officials are actively monitoring the Public Health Agency of Canada’s recommendations regarding the pandemic, including those on physical distancing.
The kids 1K race has unfortunately been cancelled however we are offering a summer challenge which includes Bingo Scavenger cards that have kids locating items and answering questions about the community. All kids who complete the card will receive a reward for their efforts. We hope this will give them a fun, social distancing, interactive challenge this summer. Bingo cards can be picked up at the Meaford Chamber of Commerce office or downloaded on the race site.
What we do know is that raising funds for mental health initiatives is important and we are continuing to proceed with the planning phases of our event. We urge you to register, start training if you have not already done so, and start your fundraising to help us to raise funds in support of our area hospitals.
How can you get involved? Register or donate today to support YOUR local hospital at www.mhfoundation.ca or offer to volunteer your time on September 19.
Thanks so much,
Meaford Hospital Foundation
229 Nelson St. West,
Meaford ON N4L 1A3
519-538-1311 Ext. 4208