Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
September 17, 2019 - Indoor Football League (IFL)
Last week the Marshawn Lynch-owned Oakland Panthers joined the Indoor Football League as an expansion team, BIG3 MVP Joe Johnson signed with the NBA Detroit Pistons and Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire announced it will move its games to Solider Field next season. Highlights this week are from the Canadian Football League, New York-Penn League, Northwest League, Texas League, Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, Women's National Basketball Association and Premier Lacrosse League.
The XFL announced that Mali Friedman has been named the league's Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs. Most recently she was Assistant General Counsel of the NBA's Golden State Warriors and, before that, Senior Counsel at the National Hockey League.
Canadian Football League
Saskatchewan Roughriders running back William Powell wants the end zone, finds it, then takes to the tango.
Tre Roberson with the game-saving block for the Calgary Stampeders as they hold on to a 19-18 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Indoor Football League
The Oakland Panthers, a new Indoor Football League Franchise, will join the Indoor Football League (IFL) and play seven home games at the Oakland Arena in the Spring of 2020. The team is founded by Professional Football legend and Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch, along with Roy Choi, an entertainment and gaming entrepreneur.
The Iowa Barnstormers have accepted the resignation of Head Coach Dixie Wooten, President Jeff Lamberti and Vice President/Chief Operating Officer John Pettit announced. Wooten has had a successful run with the Barnstormers, finding his way into the playoffs all three seasons and winning the team's first Championship title in 2018.
The Duke City Gladiators named Pig Brown their new head coach. Brown's most recent job was the head coach of the Nebraska Danger, also of the IFL.
Pacific Coast League
A total of 41,504,077 fans passed through the gates at Minor League Baseball games in 2019, marking the 15th consecutive season that Minor League Baseball's 176 teams in 15 leagues drew more than 40 million fans. The increase of 1,053,740 fans over the 2018 attendance total was a 2.6% increase and marked Minor League Baseball's largest year-over-year increase since the 2006-2007 seasons and marks the ninth-largest single season total in Minor League Baseball history.
New York-Penn League
The Brooklyn Cyclones defeated the Lowell Spinners by the score of 4-3 at MCU Park to win the 2019 New York-Penn League Championship. For the Cyclones it marked their first solo title in franchise history after splitting a championship with the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2001.
Here is the video of the Cyclones celebrating:
Hillsboro Hops won their third Northwest League championship in seven seasons
The Amarillo Sod Poodles won the Texas League championship in their first season in the league
Major League Soccer
Austin FC CEO Anthony Precourt, MLS President and Deputy Commissioner Mark Abbott, and Austin Mayor Steve Adler came under a literal big tent on the site of the club's planned $242 million stadium, set to open in April 2021, to celebrate its groundbreaking.
Longtime Chicago Fire Soccer Club Chairman and Owner, Andrew Hauptman, announced the sale of his controlling interest in the Club to Joe Mansueto. Effective immediately, Mansueto will take on the role of Chairman as sole owner of the Fire. Under Hauptman's leadership, the Club also concluded an agreement with the Village of Bridgeview that allows the Fire to move back into the city of Chicago, and received approval from the Chicago Park District board to move toward an agreement that will enable the team to play its 2020 season at Soldier Field.
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores a hat trick for the Los Angeles Galaxy
Canadian Premier League
York 9 striker Simon Adjei with the crisp cut goal
Women's National Basketball Association
The Indiana Fever announced that Pokey Chatman will not return as head coach and general manager of the Fever. Chatman was named head coach of the Indiana Fever on Nov. 18, 2016. In three seasons with the Fever, she compiled a 28-74 record.
Chicago Sky head coach James Wade has been named the 2019 WNBA Coach of the Year. Wade becomes the first Chicago coach to earn the honor in the franchise's 14-year history. In Wade's first season as a WNBA head coach, the Sky finished with a 20-14 record to earn the No. 5 seed in the 2019 WNBA Playoffs.
Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard has been named the 2019 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. Howard has earned the honor for the first time and become the second winner for the Storm, joining Lauren Jackson (2007).
Dearica Hamby's steal and 35-footer with 4.6 seconds remaining gave the Las Vegas Aces a 93-92 victory in the Second Round of the WNBA Playoffs.
NBA G League
The Detroit Pistons announced that Donnie Tyndall has been named the head coach for the Grand Rapids Drive, the team's NBA G League affiliate, with Courtney Alexander, Cam Black and Jacob Porter rounding out his staff as assistant coaches.
League MVP Joe Johnson of the Triplets signed a one-year contract with the NBA Detroit Pistons. Johnson dominated most statistical categories leading the league in points (175), assists (31), total field goals (63), and 4-pointers (4).
Southern Professional Hockey League
The Quad City Storm has added Jake Toporowski to its hockey staff as an assistant coach. Toporowski is the first assistant coach in the history of the franchise.
Major League Lacrosse
The playoffs are set. Four teams clinched their places in Denver following Week 14. The Atlanta Blaze, Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, and Denver Outlaws will be the four teams battling for a title in the "Mile High City." The semi-finals will take place on October 4th at Peter Barton Stadium, and the Championship Game will take place at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on October 6th.
National Lacrosse League
The National Lacrosse League announced details for the 2019-20 season, which include divisional realignment, playoff format and schedule type after the addition of two expansion teams and new market Halifax. To accommodate the addition of expansion teams, the New York Riptide, Rochester Knighthawks and new market Halifax Thunderbirds, as well as maintaining an eye towards continued expansion, the NLL will shift to a three-division format in 2019-20.
Premier Lacrosse League
Redwoods midfielder Sergio Perkovic going all out for a goal. They defeated the Chaos 12-7 and advance to the PLL Championship against the Whipsnakes next week.
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