Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
February 11, 2020 - National Lacrosse League (NLL)
This past week the XFL kicked off the first week of its season, the NHL Las Vegas Golden Knights announced that it would relocate San Antonio Rampage American Hockey League team to Southern Nevada, and Major League Soccer and the Major League Soccer Players Association reached an agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement through the 2024 season. Highlights from this week are from the XFL, Canadian Football League, NBA G League, NBL Canada, National Lacrosse League, American Hockey League, Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Major Arena Soccer League and International League.
Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker, New York Guardians defensive end Bunmi Rotimi and St. Louis BattleHawks wide receiver Alonzo Russell were named the OurSports Central XFL Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Unsung Hero of the Week, respectively, for week one of the XFL season.
The DC Defenders get tricky and find Khari Lee for the 39-yard touchdown:
The first ever touchdown in Houston Roughnecks history is a 50-yard pass from P.J. Walker to Cam Phillips"
New York Guardians cornerback Jamar Summers recovers a fumble and returns it 27 yards for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Vipers:
Dallas football legend and FOX broadcaster Troy Aikman caught up with Pat McAfee on the sidelines of the Dallas Renegades Home Opener to talk about what he thinks of the XFL so far.
Every Single touchdown scored from Week One:
Canadian Football League
The Toronto Argonauts Football Club announced they signed American QB Matt Nichols through the 2022 season. Nichols, 32, played nine games for the 2019 Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers before a shoulder injury sidelined the pivot for the remainder of the season.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler signed with the NFL Arizona Cardinals. Here are his highlights during the 2019 CFL season:
NBA G League
Top Plays of the Week:
National Basketball League of Canada
Chuck Miller's Cool Stat of the Week. This week's cool stat compares the recent scoring totals of Antoine Mason of the Halifax Hurricanes and his legendary NBA father, Anthony Mason.
Power guard Jeremy Pargo on signed a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors.
National Lacrosse League
Save of the Year by Colorado Mammoth goalie Dillion Ward:
Calgary Roughnecks Shane Simpson goes airborne of sweet goal against the New York Riptide:
Buffalo Bandits forward Garrett Billings gets knocked down, but it doesn't matter as he scores a goal from his knees against the Vancouver Warriors:
Premier Lacrosse League
The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) announced that the league will play in Frisco, TX for three games during the upcoming 2020 season. The spectacular Ford Center at The Star, a Dallas Cowboys facility, will host the PLL on July 4 and 5. This will be the PLL's first visit to the state of Texas.
American Hockey League
"A one-handed wonder." Francis Perron brought the Utica Comets crowd to its feet with a dazzling shootout goal:
Western Hockey League
Respect for the captain, Ridly Greig gets 'tossed' so that Brandon Wheat Kings captain Connor Gutenberg can take the opening draw in his 300th WHL game
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
The Samuel Hlavaj show was back on again, what a save by the Sherbrooke Phoenix goalie:
National Women's Hockey League
The 2020 NWHL All-Star Game was played in front of over 10,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch and a sold-out, standing-room-only crowd at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, MA. After two thrilling 25-minute periods of four-on-four hockey between Team Dempsey and Team Packer, Team Dempsey prevailed 5-2 thanks to an empty-net goal scored by Lexie Laing.
WATCH: The Boston Pride All-Star Kaleigh Fratkin fired a 76 MPH slapper to win the Slalom Hardest Shot event last night.
Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Association (MLSPA) announced that they have reached an agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. The agreement, covering five seasons, commencing with the 2020 season and continuing through the 2024 season, is subject to the approval of the MLS Board of Governors and the membership of the MLSPA.
National Women's Soccer League
Utah Royals FC of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) has named Craig Harrington as head coach. Harrington becomes the second head coach in Utah history following Laura Harvey, who stepped down in January to lead the U-20 United States Women's National Team. Harrington spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the NWSL's Chicago Red Stars helping lead the team to the playoffs in both campaigns and to the club's first-ever NWSL Championship appearance in 2019.
Major Arena Soccer League
WHAT A GAME. This battle of heavyweights goes to the Monterrey Flash with Eduardo Garay scoring the game-winner in overtime. The Monterrey Flash defeated the San Diego Sockers 8-7.
HOLY COW. You know there was no other way to end this game than a **LITERAL** last second overtime goal. The Kansas City Comets finish with the 6-5 victory over the Harrisburg Heat. Listen to Nick Vasos on the call, then hear Lucas Rodriguez talk about the goal, his team and one final message for Kansas City Comets fans.
The Syracuse Mets have announced that Chad Kreuter will be the team's manager during the 2020 season. Kreuter spent the last three seasons as manager for the St. Lucie Mets, the Advanced-A affiliate of the New York Mets.
The Minnesota Twins put on a show with their top 3 minor league baseball plays.
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