Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
October 6, 2020 - Appalachian League (ApL)
This past week the XFL announced it will return to the field for the 2022 season, the Seattle Storm set a record for most assists in a WNBA Finals Game with 33, and the Appalachian League converted to a college summer circuit for rising freshmen and sophomores with Major League Baseball ending its affiliation with the loop. Highlights from this week are from XFL, Canadian Football League, Appalachian League, Women's National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, National Women's Soccer League, United Soccer League One, National Lacrosse League, Premier Lacrosse League, Major League Lacrosse and Major League Rugby.
The XFL announced that the league will return to the field for the 2022 season. The new ownership group and league executives are in the process of finalizing next steps for the relaunch with more details to be shared in the coming weeks and months. In August 2020, Dany Garcia, Dwayne Johnson and RedBird Capital Partners acquired substantially all of the assets of Alpha Entertainment LLC, the parent company of the XFL.
The announcement was made by Dany Garcia and Dwayne Johnson through this video:
Former Dallas Renegades tight end Donald Parham becomes the first XFL 2020 player to score a touchdown in the NFL with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Canadian Football League
Former CFL Most Outstanding player in 2017 with the Calgary Stampeders linebacker Alex Singleton returns an interception 30-yards for a touchdown for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Who's the best playmaker in the Canadian Football League? Some of the best players from across the CFL discuss who was making plays at an elite level in 2019.
Indoor Football League
The Tucson Sugar Skulls have signed veteran defensive lineman Chris Martin for the 2021 Indoor Football League season. DL Chris Martin (6'6", 260, University of Florida) joins the Sugar Skulls for his first season with the team, but his fourth in the IFL. As a member of the Nebraska Danger in 2019, Martin led the league with 8.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss en route to being named first-team All-IFL.
Major League Baseball started the process of eliminating minor league affiliates, with the Appalachian League converted to a college summer circuit for rising freshmen and sophomores. The Appalachian League had been an affiliated minor league with professional players since 1911. Hosting the top rising college freshman and sophomores, the new Appalachian League will also be an integral part of the identification and development process for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, as well as other future national teams. Participants will be selected by a steering committee composed of leaders within collegiate and professional baseball.
The new Appy League
Appalachian League to become a wood bat college baseball league in 2021. All 10 teams will have a different nickname and look next summer
The Milwaukee Milkmen have announced that the contract of right-handed pitcher Peyton Gray has been purchased by the Kansas City Royals. The deal should come as no surprise to those who followed the American Association in 2020, as Gray quickly established himself as one of the most dominant arms on the circuit during his lone summer with the Milkmen. He did not allow a single run -- earned or unearned -- during the regular season with the Milkmen for a perfect 0.00 ERA. Gray locked down 14 saves among 20 games finished as the Milkmen posted a league-best 34-26 record.
Women's National Basketball Association
WNBA Most Valuable Player A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks have been unanimously selected to the 2020 All-WNBA First Team, the WNBA announced. Joining Wilson and Parker (235 points each) on the 2020 All-WNBA First Team are Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (233), Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (224) and Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale (190).
Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike has been named the recipient of the 2020 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced. This is the second straight Sportsmanship Award for Ogwumike, who joins Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (2017, 2018) as the only players to earn the honor in consecutive years.
Breanna Stewart goes off and drops 37 PTS, 15 REB in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals against the Las Vegas Aces to lead the Seattle Storm. The second most points scored in a WNBA Playoff game ever.
The Seattle Storm set a new WNBA Finals record with 33 assists in Game 2 of the Finals vs. the Las Vegas Aces.
NBA G League
The Atlanta Hawks announced the hiring of Landry Fields as Assistant General Manager. In his role, Fields will work in all areas of basketball operations with a specific focus on bolstering player relations, scouting and strategic planning. Fields, 32, joins the Hawks after four seasons as part of the San Antonio Spurs franchise. Last season, he was promoted to General Manager of the Spurs G League affiliate, the Austin Spurs, after working three seasons as a college scout.
Major League Soccer
Inter Miami again pulled level in the 38th minute. Lewis Morgan grabbed his second of the night, this one even more spectacular than his first as he struck an unstoppable right-footed shot after a layoff from Gonzalo Higuain.
National Women's Soccer League
Sophie Schmidt scored and assisted a goal as well as playing a role in a third tally for Houston Dash in a win against the Orlando Pride and is the Budweiser Woman of the Week
Orlando Pride Ashlyn Harris put in an outstanding shift in goal and also earned the Verizon Save of the Week for Week 4.
United Soccer League One
USL League One Goal of the Week Winner - Week 11 - Josh Coan FC Tucson
USL League One Save of the Week - Week 11
United States Hockey League
The United States Hockey League (USHL) and its participating Member Clubs announced the 2020-21 regular season schedule. This season will consist of 54 games for each team in a regionally-based schedule. Preseason matchups for the upcoming season will be released at a later date. The 24-week regular season is scheduled to begin Thursday, Nov. 5 when the Sioux Falls Stampede visit the Des Moines Buccaneers and concludes on Saturday, Apr. 24.
National Lacrosse League
Bill Tierney, University of Denver Men's Lacrosse Head Coach talks the 2020 NLL Draft 2020 Draft picks, Ethan Walker, Danny Logan, and Jackson Morrill all played at the University of Denver.
Premier Lacrosse League
Best of Whipsnakes Faceoff Joe Nardella 2020 Highlights.
Major League Lacrosse
This season the 2020 rookies showed up, and showed out. Finding ways to fill critical roles on offense as well as defense, they were a very dominate draft class. Enjoy some of the best rookie highlights from 2020 MLL season.
Major League Rugby
The Utah Warriors announced its intentions to build a new 10,000-seat multi-sport stadium, which will serve as the permanent home for the Warriors rugby team by 2023. In addition to Warriors home games during the MLR season, the stadium will serve as a venue for other professional sports teams that the Warriors ownership group intends to bring to the state of Utah. The planned state-of-the-art facility will also play host to community, high school, concerts and other entertainment-industry events and serve as the vital anchor tenant for a live-work-play entertainment-style district in one of Utah's Wasatch Front communities.
Getting to know Utah Warriors Calvin Whiting. Calvin's story is that of a natural-born rugger. As a former USA U20 captain and BYU All-American, it was only a matter of time until he entered the professional league. Here's his Saga to becoming a Warrior.
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