Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
February 19, 2019 - Canadian Football League (CFL)
The BC Lions Football Club is very pleased to announce that free agent quarterback Mike Reilly has signed a four-year, $2.9 million contract with the team. The Central Washington grad went on to enjoy tremendous success in Edmonton throwing for almost 27,000 yards and 144 touchdowns over six seasons propelling the team to a Grey Cup title in 2015 and a CFL Most Outstanding Player selection in 2017.
The Edmonton Eskimos announce today they have signed international quarterback Trevor Harris through the 2020 season. Harris appeared in 17 games this past season for the Ottawa RedBlacks where he completed 431 of 615 pass attempts for 5,116 yards and 22 touchdowns.
The Calgary Stampeders have signed international quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell to a four-year contract worth 2.8 million that will keep him with the Red and White through the 2022 season. Mitchell is a two-time winner of the CFL's Most Outstanding Player award, a two-time Grey Cup MVP and with a career record of 69-15-2, he is the winningest quarterback in CFL history.
Alliance of American Football
San Antonio Commanders wide receiver De'Marcus Ayers makes an awesome, one-handed reception for 29 yards against the Orlando Apollos.
Memphis Express Christian Hackenberg got destroyed after a TD run against the Arizona Hotshots and then got up (understandably) heated.
San Diego Fleet quarterback Philip Nelson throws a pass behind his back and somehow completes it to tight end Gavin Escobar.
Jim Zorn has been mentioned as a possible head coach and general manager in the XFL. Seattle would be the ideal city since he was quarterback for the NFL Seattle Seahawks from 1976 until 1984.
Arena Football League
The Arena Football League announced its 2019 season schedule, along with rule changes for the upcoming season. AFL teams will play 12 regular-season games beginning on April 26th.
National Arena League
The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks are taking a hiatus for the 2019 season. They hope to be playing again the 2020 season if they can find a local ownership group.
Greensboro Swarm guard Joe Chealey's 3-pointer with four seconds left gave the Swarm an exciting 118-117 win over the Grand Rapids Drive. Chealey led the team in scoring with 31 points.
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer announced that Commissioner Don Garber's contract has been extended through the 2023 MLS season. Since he became Commissioner in 1999, MLS has expanded from 12 to 27 clubs, added 25 new owners, and developed 19 soccer stadiums in the United States and Canada.
Major Arena Soccer League
Landon Donovan assisted on the game-winning goal in his Major Arena Soccer League debut as the San Diego Sockers defeated the Tacoma Stars by a 6-4 count in front of 8.492 fans at Pechanga Arena San Diego Friday night. The Sockers (13-1) set a franchise record for attendance since 2009 while winning their eleventh consecutive match, with six different players for the home side netting goals.
Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League, (OHL), has levied fines totalling $250,000.00 against the Niagara IceDogs Hockey Club and taken away 1st round draft selections in the 2019 and 2021 OHL Priority Selection process. The league calls a "violation of player recruitment policies."
National Lacrosse League
Toronto Rock forward Dan Linter scores a dunk goal against the San Diego Seals.
The expansion Halifax team announced its nickname. They will be called the Halifax Thunderbirds.
The New York National Lacrosse League (NLL) team announced its name will be the New York Riptide. They will begin play next season.
Major League Rugby
Joe Pietersen to Nate Augspurger for the match-winner for the San Diego Legion in their 17-13 victory over the Houston SaberCats
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Canadian Football League Stories from February 19, 2019
- Argos Add Int LB Ian Wild - Toronto Argonauts
- Drew Bledsoe to Headline 2019 Orange Helmet Awards - B.C. Lions
- Lions Re-Sign Receiver Shaq Johnson - B.C. Lions
- RedBlacks Ink Four - Ottawa RedBlacks
- Tiger-Cats Sign Linebacker Tuggle - Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Blue Bombers Add Three to Roster - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Last Week around the Leagues - OSC Original by Fran Stuchbury
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