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Last Week around the Leagues

by Fran Stuchbury
January 29, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL)


Alliance of American Football

Former Pro Bowl kicker Nick Folk signed with the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football on Saturday.

Topps is back making football cards. 2019 Topps Alliance of American Football cards kick off a new league and a new license.

Birmingham Iron running backs coach Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams was named running backs coach at Auburn.


The XFL announced that sports industry veteran Jeffrey Pollack has been named President & Chief Operating Officer and will oversee the league's strategic planning and business operations, as well as the management of its eight teams.

Arena Football League

The Arena Football League (AFL) officially announces its expansion to Atlantic City, N.J., with its first new team to begin play this Spring at the historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. The Team, which will be operated by Trifecta Sports and Entertainment (TSE), has not yet been named, and fans will have the opportunity to submit and vote on team names.

Canadian Football League

Saskatchewan Roughriders vice president of football operations and general manager Jeremy O'Day announced the Club has named Craig Dickenson head coach. Craig Dickenson officially becomes the 47th head coach in club history. He will also remain as the teams' special-teams coordinator.


American Hockey League

Watch the Milwaukee Admirals' Mathieu Olivier take on the Chicago Wolves' Alex Gallant:

Colorado Eagles goaltender Spencer Martin stopped all 68 shots he faced to set a new Eagles regular season record for saves in a game, as Colorado defeated the Ontario Reign, 4-0 on Friday.

Southern Professional Hockey League

Check out the Peoria Rivermen clash with the Quad City Storm, including a six-ejection, 104 penalty-minute event at 15:43 of the second period, during an SPHL game at Carver Arena:


Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas announced that Newfoundland native and Growlers head coach Ryane Clowe will be stepping down from his position due to medical reasons, effective immediately. Assistant coach John Snowden has been named the Growlers new head coach while the club will search for a new assistant coach.


Coastal Plain League

The Holly Springs Salamanders have announced Kevin Soine as the head coach for the 2019 season. Soine joins the Salamanders after spending two seasons with the Martinsville Mustangs of the Coastal Plain League.

New York Penn League

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, in conjunction with the Cleveland Indians Player Development Staff, are pleased to announce that Dennis Malave has been named manager of the Scrappers for the 2019 season. Malave is making his managerial debut in Niles and is entering his 15th season with the Cleveland Indians organization.

The Houston Astros announced their 2019 minor league coaching staffs and have assigned Ozney Guillen to serve as the next ValleyCats manager. Ozney Guillen, the youngest son of former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, becomes the 10th manager in ValleyCats history.


Major League Soccer

Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard has announced that he will retire from professional soccer at the end of the 2019 MLS season.

Major Arena Soccer League

Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) announced that US soccer icon Landon Donovan, 36, will sign with Southern California based club the San Diego Sockers on a one-year contract to finish the season, effective immediately.


National Lacrosse League

The Rochester Knighthawks announced that the organization will retire former forward John Grant Jr.'s No. 24 jersey on Saturday, Feb. 2. Grant spent 11 of his 18 years (2000-10) in Rochester after the Knighthawks made him the first overall pick in the 1999 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft.


G League

Memphis Hustle forward Kyle Casey with a great dunk against the Delaware Blue Coats:

Women's National Basketball Association

The WNBA and NBA Board of Governors have unanimously approved the purchase of the New York Liberty by an entity owned by Joe Tsai and his family, WNBA Interim President Mark Tatum announced. Mr. Tsai is 49% minority owner and alternate Governor of the Brooklyn Nets.

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