Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
April 27, 2021 - Indoor Football League (IFL)
This past week the Canadian Football League announced its intent to play this season, targeting an August 5th start date; Austin FC won its first Major League Soccer game; and the Indoor Football League kicked off its 13th season. Highlights from this week are from the Canadian Football League, Indoor Football League, Major League Soccer, National Women's Soccer League, American Hockey League, ECHL, North American Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, National Lacrosse League, Double-A Northeast League, American Ultimate Disc League and Major League Rugby.
Canadian Football League
Canadian Football League (CFL) Commissioner Randy Ambrosie issued the following statement today announcing the League's Return-to-Play plans for the 2021 season: "We will play CFL football in 2021. "Our revised target date to start our regular season is August 5. To facilitate a 14-game season, for our players, fans and partners, we are re-scheduling the Grey Cup to December 12 in Hamilton, Ontario.
Jesse Fuchs and Arash Madani discuss the CFL saying they will try to play football in 2021 with a 14 game schedule.
The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced it would delay the start of its 2021 season until Aug. 5, as the country continues to grapple with a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Delaying the '21 season allows for more Canadians to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations and increases chances of fans being allowed in the stands once football resumes. Taylor Shire has more.
Indoor Football League
Glenn Cuiellette threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Raheem Henry with 6.6 seconds remaining as the Bismarck Bucks defeated the Green Bay Blizzard 41-35.
National Arena League
The Carolina Cobras announce the signing of former NFL defensive back Joe Powell for his eighth season of professional football, and sixth season of arena football. Joe Powell (6'2, 205) was most recently signed by the Hamiliton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL) during the 2020 season as a member of the practice squad. Prior to the CFL, Powell played for the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL where he was drafted as a strong safety during the league's 2020 revival season. He scored the first special teams touchdown in team history on a 90-yard kickoff return, he spent the entire season with the Battlehawks until the XFL cancelled the remainder of the season, the Battlehawks were 3-2 and were tied for 1st in the east division with the DC Defenders.
Major League Soccer
On a historic night in Denver, Austin FC recorded the Club's first-ever MLS win, beating the Colorado Rapids 3-1 away in a match that saw ATXFC come back from 1-0 down to score three goals in 12 minutes, including a brace for Designated Player Cecilio Domínguez, the Paraguayan's first goals for Austin FC.
Diego Fagundez scores Austin FC's first ever MLS goal
Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.
National Women's Soccer League
Putting on a performance for the ages and with two penalty saves in a weeks time, Ashlyn Harris earns the Budweiser Player of the Week award for Challenge Cup Week 2.
American Hockey League
Tyler Angle and Liam Foudy get it done in overtime for the Cleveland Monsters.
ECHL Plays of the Week
ECHL Saves of the Week
North American Hockey League
NAHL Plays of the Week
NAHL Stars of the Week
Ontario Hockey League
Earlier this month the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and the Government of Ontario reached an agreement on a Return to Play plan for the League. However, the recently extended stay at home order along with increasing cases of COVID-19 across the province make it impossible for the OHL to have a season.
Junior Hockey insider Sam Cosentino joins Jesse Fuchs to break down the many moving parts and the massive impact felt by the news that the 2020-21 OHL season will be cancelled.
Western Hockey League
The Western Hockey League announced the 2020-21 WHL Season will conclude following the completion of the 24-game Regular Season schedule. Due to current public health conditions and the ongoing challenges with COVID-19, including restrictions on travel across both provincial and international borders, the WHL is not in a position to conduct the 2021 WHL Playoffs, including the WHL Championship Series.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
QMJHL Plays of the Week
QMJHL Saves of the Week
National Women's Hockey League
The Boston Pride announced the appointment of Colleen Coyne, a Gold Medalist on the 1998 U.S. Women's Olympic Hockey Team, to the role of President of the 2021 National Women's Hockey League champions. Coyne, a native of Falmouth, Massachusetts joins the Pride with a distinguished playing career. She was an all-league defender at the University of New Hampshire before earning spots on four U.S. Women's National Teams, competing in three World Championships and anchoring the defense for the U.S. team that won gold in Nagano in 1998.
NBA G League
Forward Michael Foster Jr., a five-star prospect, has signed to play with NBA G League Ignite next season, NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced. Foster, ranked by ESPN as the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2021, is the first player to sign with NBA G League Ignite for its second season. A 2021 McDonald's All-American, Foster spent his last two high school seasons at Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, where he averaged 32.2 points and 18.4 rebounds as a senior and 26.3 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.1 blocks as a junior.
Women's National Basketball Association
Mohegan Sun is excited to announce that Jennifer Rizzotti has been named President of the Connecticut Sun (CT Sun). In this role, Rizzotti will be responsible for the overall business operations and marketing strategies of the Mohegan Tribe owned WNBA franchise that plays its home games in Mohegan Sun Arena. Jennifer Rizzotti had a storied career for the UConn Huskies from 1992 - 1996, where she helped lead a 1995 team to a 35-0 season that ended in a Division 1 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship.
Canadian Elite Basketball League
The Canadian Elite Basketball League announced Wednesday that out of respect for the gravity of the coronavirus situation in many parts of Canada and in order to play a greater role in lifting up the communities in which its teams play, the league will push back the start of its 14-game 2021 regular season from June 5 to June 24. "When we announced our regular season schedule in February, we explained that we would be reducing our season from 20 to 14 games and pushing the start of the season from mid-May to early-June with the hope that might enable as many fans as possible to attend games in person," said Mike Morreale, commissioner and chief executive officer of the CEBL.
National Lacrosse League
Hear from Albany FireWolves President George Manias on the story behind the FireWolves name and logo.
Double-A Northeast League
The Erie SeaWolves are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry Uht at the age of 91. Jerry played an instrumental role in ensuring professional baseball thrived in Erie. His generosity in establishing a fund to perpetually support not only the stadium but baseball in Erie is a testament to his commitment to the community.
The Elizabethton River Riders announced Kevin Riggs as their manager for the 2021 Appalachian League season. Riggs joins the River Riders with more than 10 years of professional coaching and managerial experience, spending time as a coach in the Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.
The Hartford, Conn., native most recently was part of the player development field staff in the Phillies organization, serving as the hitting coach for the Reading Fightin Phils for two seasons in 2018 and 2019.
The "interim" tag can now be removed from Chris Coste's title as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks announced that the former catcher and coach has officially been named as the fourth manager in the club's history. "The RedHawks are proud to announce that Chris Coste is now officially the manager of the team for the 2021 season and for years to come" said RedHawks President and CEO Brad Thom. "I'm thrilled and think it's rather fitting that as we prepare to celebrate 25 years of RedHawks baseball that we can also announce Chris as our manager." Coste,48, was named the interim manager at the beginning of the truncated 2020 season after the team parted ways with former manager Jim Bennett.
American Ultimate Disc League
The AUDL has released the full schedule for the 2021 season. Teams in the United States will play 121 games from June to September. The three Canadian teams will be playing in a separate Canadian Cup that will begin later this summer. Teams based in the United States will compete in the Atlantic, Central, and West Divisions over the course of the 12-week regular season. The Championship game will be aired on Fox Sports One for the first time in league history.
AUDL Advanced Stats - Future Ideas
Major League Rugby
Top 5 Tries from the fifth round of Major League Rugby.
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