Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
February 25, 2020 - National Lacrosse League (NLL)
This past week the XFL saw its first kickoff return for a touchdown of the season, the Philadelphia Barrage returned as a Major League Lacrosse franchise and Major League Soccer FC Cincinnati head coach Ron Jans resigned from his position. Highlights from this week are from the XFL, NBA G League, NBL Canada, Big3, National Lacrosse League, American Hockey League, Western Hockey League Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, National Women's Hockey League, Eastern League and Major League Rugby.
The Houston Roughnecks duo of quarterback P.J. Walker and wide receiver Cam Phillips, Los Angeles Wildcats cornerback Mike Stevens and Houston Roughnecks linebacker DeMarquis Gates were named the OurSports Central XFL Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Unsung Hero of the Week, respectively, for week three of the XFL season.
Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker hits Cam Phillips for the 84-yard TD.
Dean Blandino breaks down Dallas Renegades Landry Jones' insane double-forward pass:
First XFL kickoff return for a touchdown
St. Louis BattleHawks Joe Powell took a lateral from Keith Mumphery and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown
XFL football for girl scout cookies? It's a deal - St. Louis BattleHawks defensive tackle Casey Sayles gives a XFL football to a girl for girl scout cookies.
Los Angeles Wildcats running back Martez Carter said if he had "one more in the box" he'd bust out his signature backflip. He then front flipped INTO the box. Mr. Excitement aka Martez Carter:
Indoor Football League
For the first time in league history, the IFL has introduced "the Deuce" into play for the 2020 season. The new scoring rule is the only major rule change for the league heading into the 2020 campaign. The Deuce is an opportunity for a team to add more points following a score. On the ensuing kickoff after a touchdown or made field goal, if the kicking team kicks the ball through the uprights, a two-point Deuce is awarded. However, the Deuce is only in effect during the final 60 seconds of each half.
NBA G League
Top Plays of the Week
National Basketball League of Canada
NBL Canada cuts volume eight
Joe Johnson's performance during the 2019 regular season was INSANE. Here are the Top 10 Plays that helped solidify him as league MVP and he is returning to the Big3 this season.
National Lacrosse League
Top Five Plays of the Week.
Major League Lacrosse
Major League Lacrosse Commissioner, Alexander Brown, announced that the Philadelphia Barrage are back. The team will operate under Mark Burdett, and Spencer Ford will make his head coaching debut for the Barrage. The Barrage moved from Bridgeport to Philadelphia for the 2004 MLL season. The Philadelphia Barrage dominated MLL during these years, making the playoffs four of their five years and winning the MLL Championship three times.
Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced the 2020 regular season schedule. This season each team will have five home games and five away games, facing each of their opponents twice. The season is twelve weeks long, affording each team two bye weeks.
American Hockey League
Casey Mittelstadt with the initial shot and Jacob Bryson with the finish in overtime for Rochester Americans defeating the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2.
Western Hockey League
As part of the Kamloops Blazers Memorial Cup anniversary weekend, the team welcomed back a number of WHL Alumni, including the legendary Shane Doan & Jarome Iginla.
North American Hockey League
NAHL Top Prospects: Commissioner-Mark Frankenfeld
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Alex-Olivier Voyer nets his 40th goal, in overtime, to give the PhÅnix Sherbrooke its 45th win this season.
National Women's Hockey League
Kristin Lewicki Buffalo Beauts UNLEASHES THE TEDDY BEARS... What a pass from Taylor Accursi to set up Lewicki
Major League Soccer
FC Cincinnati head coach Ron Jans resigned his position. He left the club after joining FCC on Aug. 4, 2019. Yoann Damet will serve as the club's interim head coach while General Manager Gerard Nijkamp begins the international search for a new head coach.
National Women's Soccer League
Women's National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named a 26-player training camp roster ahead of the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. All 26 athletes play in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) including the 20 players who most recently helped the USA book their ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and win the 2020 Concacaf Women's Olympics Qualifying Tournament.
Canadian Premier League
The Canadian Premier League is excited to release the full 2020 regular season schedule presented by WestJet. Matches begin with the League opener on April 11, 2020 and continues through to the end of the regular season on October 4, 2020. Each CPL club will play 28 regular season games 14 home/14 away and will move to a single table format.
The San Francisco Giants put on a show with their top 3 minor league baseball plays.
Major League Rugby
Week 2 - Top 5 Tries 1. Michael Baska from the Utah Warriors 2. JP du Plessis from San Diego Legion 3. Gabriel Farley from the Austin Gilgronis 4. Dan Moor from the Toronto Arrows 5. Fetu'u Vainikolo from the Utah Warriors.
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National Lacrosse League Stories from February 25, 2020
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- Join the Knighthawks for the Official Postgame Party Following Saturday's Home Game against the Riptide - Rochester Knighthawks
- Last Week around the Leagues - OSC Original by Fran Stuchbury
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