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Last Week around the Leagues

by Fran Stuchbury
July 2, 2019 - American Arena League (AAL)

Last week the West Virginia Roughriders defeated the Carolina Energy 55- 29 to win the 2019 American Arena League Championship, it was reported the American Hockey League will place a team in Palm Springs for the 2021 season for the NHL expansion Seattle franchise and Cavalry FC won the Spring Season of the Canadian Premier League. Highlights from this week are from the Canadian Football League, American Arena League, Major League Soccer, National Women's Soccer League, South Atlantic League, Texas League, Big3 and the Premier Lacrosse League


Canadian Football League

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have selected offensive lineman Jake Bennett in the 2019 Supplemental Draft. In doing so, the Roughriders forfeit their third round selection in the 2020 CFL Draft. The six-foot-three, 290-pounder was most recently a member of the Salt Lake Stallions in the AAF, suiting up at center for the team.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nochols hooks up with Lucky Whitehead for a 75 yard touchdown reception:

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli hooks up with running back Sean Thomas Erlington on a 75-yard touchdown reception.


The XFL announced that St. Louis native Kurt Hunzeker, most recently the Vice President of Marketing Strategy and Research for Minor League Baseball (MiLB), has been named President of the XFL football team in St. Louis.

The XFL announced that Grady Raskin, most recently Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the NHL Dallas Stars, has been named President of the XFL team in his native Dallas.

American Arena League

The West Virginia Roughriders defeated the Carolina Energy 55- 29 to win the 2019 American Arena League Championship.

Here are the Top Three West Virginia Roughriders plays from the game.


South Atlantic League

West Virginia Power Jake Anchia delivered a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth inning to stun the Kannapolis Intimidators 4-3.

Texas League

Tulsa Drillers shortstop Gavin Lux receiving a call-up to Triple-A Oklahoma City DURING the Texas League All-Star Game.


American Hockey League

NHL Seattle has filed an application for an American Hockey League (AHL) expansion franchise that would begin play by 2021 in a new $250 million, 10,000-seat arena in Palm Springs, California.


The ECHL announced that the League's Board of Governors has approved the Transfer of Controlling Interest in the Norfolk Admirals' Membership from a group led by Ardon Wiener to a group led by Patrick Cavanagh.

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits are proud to announce an agreement to enter an affiliation with the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Swamp Rabbits will serve as the development destination for the Hurricanes' prospects as they look to rise through the ranks to the NHL level by being part of North America's premier double-A hockey league, the ECHL.


Major League Soccer

DC United forward Wayne Rooney scores from beyond midfield!

Tsubasa Endoh scores the fastest goal in Toronto FC history.

National Women's Soccer League

Returning from the Australian national team Chicago Red Stars forward Sam Kerr scores three goals against the Orlando Pride!

United Soccer League Championship

John Kane and Steve Malik announced plans for a development that will transform the landscape of downtown Raleigh and become a hub for sports and entertainment in the community. The project, which is being proposed by the North Carolina Football Club and Kane Realty Corporation, would address the demand for a large downtown sports and entertainment venue.

Canadian Premier League

In a 2-0 victory over York9, Cavalry FC has won the Spring Season of the Canadian Premier League (CPL). This victory secures a place for Cavalry FC in the inaugural CPL Championship later this year. The Championship will be a two-legged, home-and-away aggregate score format with away goals rule in effect. The winner of the Spring Season will play the winner of the Fall Season* over two weekends: October 26 - 27, 2019 and November 2 - 3, 2019.


NBA G League

The Wisconsin Herd has hired Arte Culver as Director of Basketball Operations and promoted Peter Herman to Coordinator of Basketball Operations.

Women's National Basketball Association

A group called WNBA Toronto says they want to bring a women's professional basketball franchise to Toronto by 2020.

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced the most expansive WNBA coverage ever in Canada, including 53 live games this season across three national Canadian networks: Sportsnet, TSN and NBA TV Canada.

Big 3

Triplets Joe Johnson with a four point shot then a game winning basket against the Trilogy

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari on the Big 3. He feels the NBA Players Association should get involved.


Premier Lacrosse League

Goalie Brett Queener is a brick wall at the net for the Chrome.

National Lacrosse League

The New York Riptide announced the hiring of Joe Smith as an Assistant Coach for the National Lacrosse League (NLL) team. Smith, who will serve as Defensive Coordinator, is a former professional lacrosse player with the NLL and Major League Lacrosse (MLL), with nearly 10 years experience as a defensive coaching specialist at the high school and collegiate levels.

Rochester Knighthawks General Manager and Vice President of Lacrosse Operations Dan Carey announced that Mike Hasen has been named head coach. Hasen becomes the first head coach in team history of the expansion-era Knighthawks and will be joined by assistant coaches Pat O'Toole and Mat Giles for Rochester's inaugural National Lacrosse League season.


Major League Rugby

Major League Rugby (MLR) officially announced its award winners and All-MLR team selections for the 2019 season. Fresh off his team's successful title defense, Brad Tucker of the Seattle Seawolves has been named the 2019 Player of the Year. Tucker was a force at lock for the Seawolves all season long, making his presence felt on both sides of the ball. His consistent performance throughout the regular season carried into the playoffs and was instrumental to the Seawolves during their post-season run to defending the MLR Championship Shield.

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