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Thursday, July 23, 2020

MLB Season Opens Today

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

July 23/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

Major League Baseball

Season Openers Tonight

New York Yankees at Washington Nationals
Cole vs. Scherzer
7:08 PM ET

San Francisco Giants @ LA Dodgers
Cueto vs Kershaw
10:08 PM ET

 


Major League Baseball Exhibition

Toronto Blue Jays 2 Boston Red Sox 0

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered for the Blue Jays

Jays starter Trent Thornton pitched 3 shutout innings in a game that was called in the 5th inning due to rain

The regular season for Toronto opens tomorrow at Tampa Bay against the Rays

 


Jays ( Still ) Seek Home

The homeless Toronto Blue Jays continue to search for a Field of Dreams after Pennsylvania health authorities denied a deal between the Blue Jays and the Pittsburgh Pirates to both play out of PNC Park.

The Jays’ home opener is scheduled for July 29th 

The existing options for the Blue Jays appear to be Camden Yards in Baltimore, Sahlen Field in Buffalo, or their spring training complex in Dunedin.

Another option that has been floated was to have the Jays barnstorming and playing as the home team in the opposition's stadium 

 

 

MLS Is Back Tournament

at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida

FC Cincinnati 2 New York Red Bulls 0

The loss by the Red Bulls allows Montreal to advance to the Round of 16


Sporting Kansas City 2 Real Salt Lake 0

The win by Sporting KC gives them 1st place in Group D


The Colorado Rapids & Minnesota United tied 2-2

 

Today

9 am Chicago Fire FC ( 1 & 1 ) vs Vancouver Whitecaps ( 0 & 2 )
8 pm LA Galaxy ( 0 & 2 ) vs Houston Dynamo ( 0-1 & 1 )
10:30 pm LA FC ( 1-0 & 1 ) vs Portland Timbers ( 2 & 0 )

 

 

TFC & Impact Advance

The Montreal Impact have qualified for the Round of 16 at the MLS tournament.

Saturday night, Montreal will meet Orlando City 

Toronto FC heads to the Knockout Stage as the winners of Group C

Toronto will play on Sunday night but the opponent won't be determined until today's play is completed.

 

 

PGA 3M Open

at TPC Twin Cities, Minnesota

The first players will tee off at 6:50 am

4 Canadians are in the field

Roger Sloan is in the opening group and will start on the back 9, while the other 3 Canadians tee off after noon today.

Matthew Wolff is the defending champion

Wolff tees off at 12:30 pm

 

 


CFL Financial Aid

The Canadian Football League continues to have financial conversations with the federal government.

The CFL is seeking aid for a shortened 2020 season, conceivably from the Heritage Ministry.

However, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says that Sport Canada does not provide funding to profit-independent leagues.

 


NLL Expands

The National Lacrosse League has expanded and awarded a franchise to Fort Worth, Texas. 

Bill Cameron will be the majority owner while Greg Bibb will serve as Managing Partner of the yet to be named team.  

Cameron is a partial owner and board member of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and lead owner and chairman of the Dallas Wings of the WNBA

The Fort Worth team will begin play at the new Dickies Arena in Fort Worth in the 2021-22 season.

 

NLL Release

The National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the longest running and most successful professional lacrosse league in the world, today announced that their 14th franchise has been awarded to Fort Worth, Texas. Bill Cameron will be the majority owner while Greg Bibb will serve as Managing Partner of the yet to be named team.  Cameron is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Cameron Enterprises, partial owner and board member of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and lead owner and chairman of the Dallas Wings of the WNBA, while Bibb is Chief Executive Officer and Partner of the WNBA’s Dallas Wings.  The Fort Worth team will begin play at the new Dickies Arena in Fort Worth in the 2021-22 season. It is the first time the NLL has expanded into the State of Texas in its 34-year history.

It is also the first expansion announcement for any men’s professional North American sports league in 2020.  The last official announcement for any men’s professional sports league was Major League Soccer’s expansion into Sacramento, which occurred on October 21, 2019.

“We welcome Fort Worth as our 14th team and are excited to be working with a first-class organization led by Bill Cameron, Greg Bibb and the leadership at Dickies Arena, one of the premier state-of-the art facilities in the United States,” NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said. “Greg’s accomplishments with the WNBA’s Dallas Wings, one of the greatest business success stories in professional sports in North America, and a Fort Worth fan base who craves what we provide — fun-filled nonstop action — will make this franchise a must see and must follow, not only for fans in the area around Fort Worth, but for the global sports business community, and all those with a passion for lacrosse. All the pieces we look for in a new partner are in place and we have already begun assisting with the ramp up to the opener 18 months from now.”

“As we look to expand our sports business portfolio the National Lacrosse League, and the model Nick and his team have created in the past few years, is a perfect fit,” Bibb said. “We wanted a growing sport that is on the rise and that fans can engage with, not just at the arena but at the grassroots level, and one that understands the value of the digital native fans and how brands can engage in these fluid times. The NLL checked all those boxes, and we can’t wait to bring this new franchise to the fans in greater Fort Worth.”

The franchise will play its games at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. The 14,000-seat arena opened its doors in November of 2019, which is managed by Trail Drive Management Corp. (TDMC), a 501C-3 not-for-profit, and is home to the Fort Worth Stock Show rodeo performances.

“Dickies Arena is excited to add the NLL to its event list,” said TDMC’s Matt Homan, President and General Manager of Dickies Arena. “We believe there is a solid ownership team along with the strength of the NLL. We are looking forward to working with Bill and Greg’s team locally to make sure that the Fort Worth community has a long term franchise.”

Dickies Arena is scheduled to host the American Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball championships in 2021 and 2022, and the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament as well as a wide range of concerts, family shows, and is the new home to the Fort Worth Stock Show rodeo performances.

“Fort Worth is a world-class sports destination and we are excited to welcome the National Lacrosse League franchise to our community and our spectacular new Dickies Arena,” added Jason Sands, Director, Fort Worth Sports Commission.

The Fort Worth team name, logo, and colors will be announced later this year.

NLL Fort Worth follows the successful expansion of the league in 2018 into Long Island, New York with the New York Riptide and Halifax, Nova Scotia with the Halifax Thunderbirds, who relocated from Rochester, New York and were replaced in Rochester by a new Knighthawks team owned by Pegula Sports and Entertainment. Those teams began play in the 2019-2020 season that was shortened due to COVID-19.

Dates for the 2020 NLL Draft and other key information regarding the start of the 35th NLL season will be announced later this year.

 


Seattle Arises

The ownership group of the Seattle expansion club in the National Hockey League said they will bring the 32nd NHL franchise "to life" today.

It's believed the Seattle franchise will announce their club name, however, it is unclear if the organization will also unveil the jersey logo and team colours

The Seattle announcement is expected at noon 

 


Coyotes Cease

The Georgian Bay Coyote track program will cease operations.

Insurance issues are a primary factor plus the club schedule includes a variety of competitions in or against athletes from regions of Ontario that have been hard by the pandemic and continue to be impacted.

 

Club Release

After much thought, research, communication with other Coyote coaches and teams around the province, it is with much regret that the Coyote track program will come to an end.....thanks to COVID-19.

Protocols from Athletics Canada, Athletics Ontario and Ontario Minor Track Association have been very strict with "returning to training" as they try to protect everyone involved from falling prey to the pandemic.  The Coyote executive have been in discussion for some time trying to figure out how to best make this work.

A tentative plan was agreed upon last week to return to training in mid-August, but recent news from the Ontario Minor Track Association highlighted that no insurance coverage would be available for the athletes or coaches for infectious diseases or communicable diseases.  This includes COVID-19.  The Minor Track Association encompasses 95% of our athletes which are grade 8 and under.  So if the program was to continue, all the Coyote coaches and executive would be held liable if someone was diagnosed and, heaven forbid, actually died from this bug.  The insurance limitations included both competitions and team training and we have been advised not to continue without insurance coverage.

With ALL our competitions being held around the Toronto, Niagara Falls, London, Kingston, and Windsor areas, the team would be easy prey to contacting this nasty critter and bringing it back to Meaford and Grey-Bruce.  The Team has not met since early March and have been training solo since, but recently completed our virtual Trans-Canada Trek in only 10 weeks.  With the Team not travelling to any competitions this Fall, if any were even being held, the next round of competition would be the indoor season at York University.  The indoor facility at York would have athletes and spectators crammed in like sardines, and would not be a good place to be.  

So assuming a vaccine might be available within the next year, the absolute earliest the team could meet with insurance coverage, would be the Spring of 2021.  This has been an extremely difficult decision and much sleep has been lost over this.  

If anyone is interested in purchasing any in-stock new official Coyote uniform apparel, including toques, jackets, short sleeve and long sleeve tees, racing singlets, shorts, tights, hoodies, neck guards, nylon back-pack bags, and Coyote socks, contact Coach Kevin at kevinhooper@rogers.com.  Items are on sale for 50% off.  We only have a limited supply.

It has been a great run these last 10 years.  We have produced a national junior champion representing Canada at the World Jr. Cross Country Championships, won numerous individual and team provincial championships titles and provincial medals, brought home countless personal best performances, and sent several high school Coyote graduates onto university to compete and excel at the varsity level.  We have built long lasting relationships, great friends, and had the absolute best athletes, parents and coaches to work with over these last 10 years.  Any head coach could not ask for more.

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