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Last Week around the Leagues

by Fran Stuchbury
January 7, 2020 - National Lacrosse League (NLL)

This past week WNBA founder and former NBA Commissioner David Stern passed away at the age of 77, the Premier Lacrosse League announced newest team will be called the Waterdogs and the National Women's Hockey League Boston Pride established a new record by starting the season 17-0. Highlights from this week are from Women's National Basketball Association, NBA G League, National Basketball League of Canada, American Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, National Lacrosse League, Premier Lacrosse League and the XFL.


NBA G League

Top Plays of the Week:

National Basketball League of Canada

Check out the debut of NBLC Cuts:

Women's National Basketball Association

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert released the following statement:

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern. The WNBA will be forever grateful for his exemplary leadership and vision that led to the founding of our league. His steadfast commitment to women's sports was ahead of its time and has provided countless opportunities for women and young girls who aspire to play basketball. He will be missed."

Top 10 WNBA Plays of the Decade:


American Hockey League

The American Hockey League announced the playing rosters for the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport, to be held January 26-27 in Ontario, Calif. The 2020 rosters feature 33 first-time AHL All-Stars and 12 former first- or second-round draft choices.

Goalie Mikhail Berdin battled for the puck behind the net. and Seth Griffith finished the play in overtime to give the Manitoba Moose a victory.

Western Hockey League

The pass from Dante Giannuzzi, set-up by Cross Hanas, and the finish from James Stefan. Was the recipe for the game-winning goal by the Portland Winterhawks.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds Evgeniy Oksentyuk with flawless execution and a groovy little dance to celebrate the occasion.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Top 10 Plays of the month of December.

National Women's Hockey League

With a decisive 7-2 victory over the Buffalo Beauts on, the Boston Pride established a new NWHL record by starting a season 17-0. The previous mark of 16-0 was set in the 2016-17 season.


National Lacrosse League

Colorado Mammoth goalie Dillion Ward Hail Mary pass to Joey Cupido

NLL Number one draft New York Riptide's Tyson Gibson had a hat trick in his team's 15-12 loss to the Philadelphia Wings

Josh Currier of the Philadelphia Wings scores a ridiculous dunk goal on the power play during the Wings' game against the New York Riptide.

Premier Lacrosse League

The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced the name of its expansion lacrosse club: Waterdogs LC. The club is scheduled to begin play in the 2020 season.

Why We Named the 7th Team the Waterdogs - State of the League

The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced that Andy Copelan will become the coach of Waterdogs LC, the League's expansion club set to debut for the 2020 season. Copelan most recently served as Head Coach of the Fairfield University Men's Lacrosse Team for eleven years (2008-2019).



The XFL timeline

Get to know Seattle Dragons LB Steven Johnson

Canadian Football League

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Tuesday the football club has re-signed American quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Masoli, 31, started just six games in 2019 for the Tiger-Cats after suffering a season-ending injury July 26 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Indoor Football League

The Sioux Falls Storm is excited to announce that wide receiver, Brandon Sheperd has signed a contract deal with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Sioux Falls Storm is excited to announce that wide receiver, Brandon Sheperd has signed a contract deal with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

National Arena League

The Carolina Cobras announce the signing of QB Grant Russell for the 2020 season. Last season he signed with the Columbus Destroyers of the AFL and for the expansion franchise he was a highlight, going 222-369 for 2,614 yards and 36 TDs passing, as well as having six more TDs rushing.


United Soccer League Championship

Saint Louis FC announced the appointment of Steve Trittschuh as the club's new head coach for the 2020 USL Championship season. Trittschuh joins Saint Louis FC after managing Colorado Switchbacks FC during the 2015-2019 seasons.

United Soccer League One

FC Tucson announced that former FC Tucson assistant coach John Galas has been named the Head Coach of FC Tucson effective immediately. Galas becomes the club's fifth-ever Head Coach and the second Head Coach in the team's professional era in USL League One.

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