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Last Week around the Leagues

by Fran Stuchbury
February 6, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL)

FOOTBALL

Alliance of American Football

The Alliance of American Football and NFL Network announced a multi-year programming deal that will include live event coverage of The Alliance inaugural season. The NFL Network will televise 19 games that will be on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 8 pm est.

Turner Sports and the Alliance of American Football announced a multi-year partnership that will implement live game coverage across TNT and B/R Live. TNT will televise one AAF regular season game and one playoff game each year of the deal, while B/R Live will stream one game per week for free.

AAF plans to replace onside kicks by giving teams a chance to convert a fourth-and-12 from their own 28-yard line.

XFL

The XFL announced that it has formed a partnership with The Spring League, an elite professional football development organization, to test changes to rules and gameplay as it works to re-imagine the game when it kicks off in 2020.

Canadian Football League

The Canadian Football League (CFL) and German Football League (GFL) have reached an agreement to form a long-term strategic partnership designed to grow the game of football in both countries.

The Montreal Alouettes unveiled their new identity, culminating with the presentation of the team's new logo and uniform during an event.

National Arena League

The Orlando Predators named Doug Miller their head coach. The former Arena Football League team has been revived and will be playing in the National Arena League this season.

Arena Football League

The Arena Football League's newest franchise in Atlantic City, Atlantic City AFL (AC AFL), announce that they have named two-time AFL Coach of the Year, Ron James as Head Coach.

Former Arena Football quarterback Matt Nagy was named NFL Head Coach of the Year for the Chicago Bears.

LACROSSE

Blaze Riorden scored 31 seconds into overtime to lift the Philadelphia Wings to a 15-14 win over the Rochester Knighthawks, giving the Wings their first win of their first season back in the NLL. The goal made ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays. The Wings last played in the NLL during the 2014 season.

HOCKEY

American Hockey League

Belleville Senators forward Drake Batherson scored five times on the night to earn Most Valuable Player honors, helping the North Division to a 1-0 shootout win over the Atlantic Division to win the 2019 AHL All-Star Challenge on Monday night.

Toronto Marlies forward Trevor Moore gets the shootout winner to give the North their second AHL All-Star win in a row:

San Jose Barracuda Head Coach and Bay Area native Roy Sommer collected the 750th American Hockey League win of his career on Friday in Stockton, 6-4. Sommer is the first coach in the 83-year history of the AHL to reach 750 wins.

Western Hockey League

The Western Hockey League announced that the WHL Board of Governors have approved the relocation of the Kootenay ICE franchise to Winnipeg, effective for the 2019-20 WHL Regular Season.

Max Martin of the Prince Albert Raiders goes coast-to-coast for a sweet goal against the Victoria Royals:

SOCCER

Major League Soccer

Nashville's Major League Soccer team will open play in the 2020 season and play in Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans until its own facility is ready.

Atlanta United today announced it has transferred Miguel Almiron to Newcastle United of the English Premier League for an undisclosed fee that breaks the league's all-time record. The fee reported was for 26 million.

United Soccer league Championship

Loudoun United FC have announced that former D.C. United midfielder and three-time MLS Cup winner, Richie Williams, will be the first head coach in club history in their inaugural season in the United Soccer League (USL) Championship.

Canadian Premier League

The Canadian Premier League (CPL) is pleased to announce that Forge FC will host York9 FC at Tim Hortons Field in the CPL's inaugural match Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. est. The full CPL schedule will be released at a later date.

National Women's Soccer League

In a press conference that detailed a compelling vision for the future of soccer in the South Sound, Seattle Reign FC announced that it would move its operations to Tacoma and play its home matches in Cheney Stadium beginning with the 2019 NWSL season.

BASEBALL

Florida State League

Jeff Smith has been named the sixth manager in Charlotte Stone Crabs history and will lead the 2019 coaching staff, the Tampa Bay Rays announced. Smith, 44, comes to Port Charlotte directly from the Major Leagues after wrapping up a two-year stint as the first base coach for Minnesota.

New York Penn League

Check out the Brooklyn Cyclones snowy polar vortex:

BASKETBALL

G League

Texas Legends guard Gary Trent Jr. wins it with a three pointer. He scored 39 points in their 136-133 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Khris Middleton became the first former G League player to be selected as an NBA All-Star. The Milwaukee Bucks forward suited up for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as a rookie in 2012.

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