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Last Week around the Leagues

by Fran Stuchbury
February 12, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL)

A new professional outdoor football league, the Alliance of American Football, debuted this past weekend, buoyed by a national television broadcast on CBS. Hockey and basketball playoff races are heating up and much more in this look back at last week's top stories.


Alliance of American Football

The Atlanta Legends announced that Michael Vick will no longer be the team's offensive coordinator. It is possible he will remain with the team in a consulting role.

San Antonio Commanders linebacker Shaan Washington delivers a monster hit to San Diego Fleet quarterback Mike Bercovici. No penalty was called.

Orlando Apollos quarterback Garret Gilbert catches a five-yard touchdown pass on a trick play similar to the Philadelphia Eagles' play on which quarterback Nick Foles caught one in last year's Super Bowl. It's Steve Spurrier's team, after all.


The XFL announced that Bob Stoops, the winningest head coach in University of Oklahoma history, has been named head coach and general manager of the XFL team in Dallas.

Several media outlets have reported that Pep Hamilton will be the head coach and general manager of the XFL Washington DC franchise.


The Canadian Football League has reached an agreement with the French American Football Federation to work together to grow the game by providing new opportunities for players

The CFL also secured a partnership with the Austrian American Football Federation. They become the CFL fourth international partner.

If all goes to plan, the CFL's Atlantic Schooners will begin play in 2020 in Moncton, New Brunswick, while a new stadium is being built in Halifax.

Arena Football League

The Arena Football League (AFL) officially announces that it is launching a team in Columbus, Ohio, to begin play in the spring of 2019. The team will play its home games at Nationwide Arena, and will play a total of 12 games during the regular season.

National Arena League

The Maine Mammoths have suspended operations for the 2019 season. They hope to be back playing in the National Arena League in 2020 if they can find local ownership.


G league

Delaware Blue Coats guard Matt Farrell wins it 109-107 over the Long Island Nets:


The WNBA announced that Christin Hedgpeth has been promoted to WNBA Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Hedgpeth had been serving as the league's interim COO since October 2018 and will continue to oversee WNBA strategy, business development and marketing functions.

Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore has decided to skip the upcoming WNBA season, seeking more time to devote to her family and focus on religious pursuits.


Western Hockey League

Video - Regina Pats goalie Max Paddock makes a sensational glove save against Riley McKay of the Saskatoon Blades.

National Women's Hockey League

The 2019 NWHL All-Star Game in Nashville, played before a record 6,120 fans. While Team Szabados defeated Team Stecklein in the overall competition, 4-3, after a tiebreaker, that was secondary to the extraordinary display of skill by all of the NWHL players before the sold-out audience of rabid hockey fans at Ford Ice Center in Nashville.



Vancouver Warriors forward Jordan McBride scores a behind the back goal against the San Diego Seals:


National Pro Fastpitch

The 2019 National Pro Fastpitch Championship Series will return to Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont, Illinois, for a second consecutive season. The 2019 Championship Series is scheduled for Aug. 15-19.

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