Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
December 17, 2019 - National Lacrosse League (NLL)
This past week the NBA G League awarded an expansion team to Mexico City called the Capitanes for next season, the Indoor Football announced it will place a team in Columbus, Ohio, for the 2021 season and the National Lacrosse League unveiled a "Game of the Week," streaming for free across Bleacher Report Live and social media networks the rest of the season.
Highlights from this week are from NBA G League, American Hockey League, Southern Professional Hockey League, Western Hockey League, North American Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, National Lacrosse League and South Atlantic League.
NBA G League
The NBA G League, the NBA's official minor league, and Capitanes, a professional basketball team based in Mexico City, today announced that Capitanes will join the NBA G League as its first team from outside the U.S. and Canada. Capitanes becomes the NBA G League's 29th team and will make its debut for the 2020-21 season. The team will play its NBA G League home games at the Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City.
Top Plays of the Week
American Hockey League
In the second-longest shootout in AHL history, Nate Schnarr ended the stalemate in the 15th round to give Tucson Roadrunners a 2-1 victory over the San Antonio Rampage.
Southern Professional Hockey League
Here is the goal scored by Macon Mayhem Shawn Lynch which launched their fourth annual Teddy Bear Toss. 2,236 stuffed animals will be donated to local children's hospitals thanks to your contributions.
Western Hockey League
Krystof Hrabik of the Tri-City Americans sent the stuffed animals onto the ice in Kennewick
North American Hockey League
Here is the 2019 Aberdeen Wings Christmas Video:
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Thomas Sigouin makes not one, but two incredible saves for the Sherbrooke Phoenix.
Canadian Football League
The Edmonton Eskimos have named Scott Milanovich as head coach - the 22nd in team history. Milanovich returns to the CFL from Jacksonville where served as quarterbacks coach for the Jaguars since 2017. He spent the final five weeks of the 2018 season as the team's play caller.
The Toronto Argonauts announced the club has made a coaching change and appointed Ryan Dinwiddie the 45th head coach in team history. The team also announced Corey Chamblin has been relieved of his duties. Dinwiddie, 39, has been the quarterbacks coach for the Calgary Stampeders the past four seasons (2016-2019) and has been instrumental in developing Bo-Levi Mitchell into a two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player under his tutelage.
Indoor Football League
Frisco's newest professional sports team will be known as the Frisco Fighters, the Indoor Football League member announced Thursday. The team name prominently features the name of the booming city the team calls home, while also paying homage to the North Texas region's innovative leadership in the country's aviation and military defense industries.
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the addition and partnership of the league's newest member to be based in Columbus, OH starting in 2021. The team will begin play in Nationwide Arena starting in March 2021 and will be owned by Columbus businessman Steve Germain, along with his wife Kim and children Jessica, Austin, and Zach.
National Arena League
After much anticipation, the National Arena League is excited to announce its 2020 schedule. The league will feature seven teams from across the eastern United States including the defending Champion Jacksonville Sharks, the Columbus Lions, Massachusetts Pirates, Carolina Cobras, Orlando Predators, Jersey Flight, and West Virginia Roughriders.
The National Lacrosse League, the largest and longest-standing professional lacrosse league in the world, and its global media partner B/R Live today announced a wider expansion of NLL live game coverage across multiple platforms, with the launch of the NLL "Game of the Week" streaming for free across B/R Live domestically and Twitter and Facebook worldwide.
Top Five Plays of the Week
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer announced details for the 2020 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 12 p.m. ET. The 2020 MLS expansion clubs will have the top selections in the draft, with Inter Miami CF owning two of the top three picks, the first and third picks overall, and Nashville SC selecting second overall.
United Soccer League Championship
Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group announced that they have exercised their right to relocate and have sold their franchise rights to The Miami FC. The club will compete as The Miami FC and play all home matches at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami, Florida.
Ray Carolin has been named General Manager of the Lafayette Aviators, the team announced. Carolin has an extensive history in sports marketing and management. Carolin replaces Zach Chartrand who decided in early November to return to his home state of Wisconsin after leading the Aviators to their most successful season in team history.
South Atlantic League
Welcome to the new bat dog for the Bowling Green Hot Rods - Turbo
Major League Rugby
Major League Rugby (MLR) announced the appointment of George Killebrew, the former Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, as Major League Rugby's new League Commissioner.
The Orange County Breakers have announced that former American No. 1 Steve Johnson has signed a full season contract extension with the team for the 2020 World TeamTennis season. The 2020 WTT season will begin July 12 and will mark Johnson's fifth season with the Breakers.
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