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Last Week around the Leagues

by Fran Stuchbury
August 6, 2019 - BIG3 (BIG3)

Last week the Springfield Lasers won the World TeamTennis Championship for the second year in a row, Bivouac's Will Bynum set a record for most points in a Big3 game with 33 and Amarillo Sod Poodles manager Phillip Wellman won the 1,200th regular season game of his managerial career. Highlights from this week are from the Canadian Football League, Major League Soccer, National Women's Soccer League, Pacific Coast League, Carolina League, Southern League, Women's National Basketball Association, Big3, National Women's Hockey League and Major League Lacrosse.


Canadian Football League

The Toronto Argonauts announced the club has traded a 2020 fourth-round pick to Saskatchewan for American QB Zach Collaros. The fourth-round pick can possibly escalate up to a second-round pick depending on playing time and contract extension clauses. Collaros, 30, returns to the city where he started his CFL career seven years ago.

Ottawa Redblacks Devonte Dedmon with a 111 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes.

Ottawa Redblacks Devonte Dedmon with a 95 yard punt return for a touchdown against the Montreal Alouettes.

Calgary Stampeders Terry Williams with a 103 yard kickoff return against the Edmonton Eskimos.

Indoor Football League

The six-time world champion Arizona Rattlers and Gila River Arena announced their intentions to formalize a mutually agreeable lease that would extend their partnership through their 2020 season, with an option through 2021, during renovations at Talking Stick Resort Arena.


Major League Soccer

FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp has announced the official hiring of long-time Dutch football manager Ron Jans (pronounced YAHNS) as the club's new head coach.

In the MLS All-Star Game in Orlando. Atletico Madrid defeated the MLS All-Stars 3-0. Here are the highlights.

National Women's Soccer League

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and Nike announced a three-year agreement to continue their partnership through the end of 2022. As exclusive worldwide partner of apparel and gear since the league's inception in 2013, this sponsorship extends Nike's commitment to the global leader in women's professional soccer and its elite athletes.

Competitiveness at 100 percent. Players share their thoughts on the level of play around the league.


Pacific Coast League

The owners of the Las Vegas Aviators knew their new ballpark in Summerlin would usher in an improved fan experience, but they couldn't have envisioned the meteoric surge in ticket sales, as the team currently leads all of Minor League Baseball in attendance. And now Las Vegas Ballpark has a major national award to add to its accomplishments. announced that the new facility has won its 20th Annual Ballpark of the Year Award.

Las Vegas Review-Journal does a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes for Las Vegas Aviators Finn the Bat Dog to get gameday ready.

Texas League

Amarillo Sod Poodles manager Phillip Wellman secured the 1,200th regular season win of his managerial career as the Sod Poodles beat the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in their series finale at Arvest Ballpark, 3-2. Wellman is currently in his 20th season as a Minor League Baseball manager and sits 13th among active MiLB managers in career wins.

Carolina League

Winston-Salem Dash with a triple play against the Carolina Mudcats.

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp left fielder Stone Garrett catches a ball over the wall to prevent a homerun against the Biloxi Shuckers.


NBA G League

The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, has named Chase Buford as the team's new head coach. Buford becomes the second head coach in team history. Buford, 30, most recently served as an assistant coach for the Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Washington Wizards announced that the team promoted Ryan Richman to head coach of the Capital City Go-Go. Jarell Christian, who served as head coach of the Go-Go during their inaugural season, has been promoted to the Wizards as an assistant coach.


17 years ago Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie became the first woman to dunk in a WNBA game.


Bivouac Will Bynum set a record for most points in a Big3 game with 33 in his team's 51-42 victory over the Killer 3's.

Triplets Joe Johnson with a game winning four-point shot in their 50-48 victory over the 3 Headed Monsters.


American Hockey League

The New York Rangers announced that the team has named Kris Knoblauch Head Coach of the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Knoblauch is the seventh head coach in Wolf Pack history. Knoblauch, 40, joins the Rangers organization with 13 seasons of coaching experience, including parts of seven seasons as a head coach.

National Women's Hockey League

Coming off its most successful season, the National Women's Hockey League has announced an expanded 24-game schedule for 2019-20. The NWHL's fifth season opens on IIHF Girls' Hockey Weekend with games featuring four of the league's five teams.

Providence College Women's Ice Hockey alum Allie Morse gets bonus points for her creative signing video as she joins the Minnesota Whitecaps.


Major League Lacrosse


World TeamTennis

The King Trophy will remain in Springfield (Mo.) and the Lasers' reign atop World TeamTennis will continue for at least another year. The Lasers completed a final-set rally to edge the New York Empire, 20-19, in the 44th World TeamTennis championship match before an audience which included World TeamTennis co-founder and International Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King at Orleans Arena.

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