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Last Week around the Leagues

by Fran Stuchbury
March 12, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS)

It was a busy week around the leagues as the Alliance of American Football hit the half-way point of its inaugural season, the Arena Football League's Atlantic City team announced its nickname and WorldTeam Tennis added two new teams. Highlights from this week are from Alliance of American Football, Indoor Football League, NBA G League, Major League Soccer, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.


Alliance of American Football

San Antonio Commanders defensive back Derron Smith intercepted an Arizona Hotshots' pass and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown:


The XFL announced that Marc Trestman, a former head coach in the NFL and CFL, where he was two-time Coach of the Year, has been named the head coach and general manager of the new XFL team in Tampa Bay.

Arena Football League

Atlantic City BlackjacksAtlantic City AFL announced the Atlantic City Blackjacks as the new name for the Arena Football League (AFL) team in New Jersey. The name "Atlantic City Blackjacks" represents the very core of Atlantic City and encapsulates the energy in the air from the boardwalk, to the beach, to the tables.

Indoor Football League

No wall can stop Quad Cities Steamwheelers WR Quinton Pedroza as he caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from E.J. Hilliard. He went up and over the dasher boards to haul in this spectacular catch during the game against the Iowa Barnstormers:


NBA G League

Ashley Moyer-Gleich, Clare Aubry and Tonio Patillo for the first time ever, had our first all-female referee crew on a November 18th game between the Oklahoma City Blue and the Austin Spurs. There are more than 75 referees working in the NBA G-League; 20 of those referees are women being recognized on International Women's Day this past Friday.


Major League Soccer

A special delivery from Columbus Crew SC midfielder Pedro Santos to forward Gyasi Zardes. Columbus defeated the New England Revolution 2-0.


American Association

The Board of Directors of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball has appointed Joshua E. Schaub as the league's Commissioner. Schaub will assume the role immediately and succeed league founder Miles Wolff, who retired at the end of 2018 after 13 seasons as Commissioner.


Western Hockey League

Edmonton Oil Kings forward Trey Fix-Wolansky pulls off the sweet move to score, in their 5-1 victory over the Calgary Hitmen.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

First a blocked shot, then a goal. Jeremie Jacob does it all for the Saint John Sea Dogs:


National Lacrosse League

This is way better than, "The ruling on the field stands." Referee Todd Labranche never disappoints.

Toronto Rock Owner, President and GM Jamie Dawick has announced the team will retire the number 32 worn by former Captain and NLL Hall of Fame member Jim Veltman. The ceremony will take place prior to the game on Fri., Apr. 12 on Fan Appreciation Night at Scotibank Arena.

Major League Lacrosse

Major League Lacrosse logoWe introduce our fast, aggressive, innovative, and player focused logo. The logo reflects the youthful, intense, and bold nature of our game. It features a fresh take on a red, white and blue color scheme by adding a silver gradient around the shield. And, most importantly, the shield centers around our players.


World TeamTennis

World TeamTennis is growing to a league of eight teams for its upcoming 44th season after the league announced expansion franchises in Las Vegas and Orlando will begin play in July. Orlando's team name will be the Orlando Storm and it will play its home matches at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla. Las Vegas' team will be known as the Vegas Rollers, and it has secured the Orleans Arena as its home venue.

World TeamTennis and CBS Sports today announced a multi-year television partnership spanning both broadcast and cable. The deal will start this summer, highlighted by CBS Television Network broadcasting the Philadelphia Freedoms facing the Vegas Rollers on Saturday, July 21. CBS Sports Network will televise 15 WTT matches throughout the season. The network will also air the semifinals and finals from Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3 (7:00 PM, ET, both days).

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