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Last Week around the Leagues

by Fran Stuchbury
June 8, 2021 - National Lacrosse League (NLL)

This past week the Canadian Football League Edmonton team changed its name to the Edmonton Elks, FOX announced the United States Football League will return in the spring of 2022, the BIG3 announced its playoffs and Championship Game will be held at Atlantis Paradise Island in The Bahamas, and the National Lacrosse League unveiled its Hall of Fame class. Highlights from this week are from the Canadian Football League, United States Football League, Major League Soccer, National Women's Soccer League, United Soccer League Championship, Women's National Basketball Association, ECHL, North American Hockey League, Premier Lacrosse League, National Lacrosse League and Major League Rugby.


Canadian Football League

The EE Football Team proudly announced their new name, the Edmonton Elks, after the previous name was changed on July 21, 2020. In November 2020, the team asked the public to join in EE NameTime, a call out to help us find the best name for the club. The process resulted in 14,833 submissions with 2,047 unique name entries from all over the world. The information gathered was processed to choose the final candidates that best fit the criteria of the organization. After lengthy debate, consultation with linguistics experts from the Oxford Dictionary and the U of A's linguistics department, the name "Elks" was finally chosen, adding the "s" to the original choice "Elk". The new name reflects the speed, strength, and resilience of the Green and Gold and Northern Alberta.

Edmonton's football team has a new name. The Edmonton Elks will charge into the 2021 CFL season after the team announced its new moniker.

CFL new team name is AWESOME! Edmonton Elks!

The Toronto Argonauts announced that the club has signed American QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Bethel-Thompson, 32, most recently played for the Aviators of The Spring League in 2020, throwing for nearly 700 yards and five touchdowns in three games. The California native is back in Double Blue after a 2019 season that saw the signal-caller lead the CFL in touchdown passes with 26 in just 13 starts, while completing 335 passes for 4,024 yards, both good for third best in the league. The 6'4, 220lb QB amassed nine games in 2019 with at least 300 yards passing and two with over 400 yards. MBT joined Toronto in 2017 and helped the organization win its 17th Grey Cup that season.

United States Football League

The United States Football League (USFL) announced that the league will officially return in the spring of 2022.

Initially launched in 1983, the USFL originally was an upstart spring football league consisting of 12 teams which featured some of the most exciting and recognizable young football stars in the country. When relaunched next year, the new USFL retains rights to key original team names. The league will target a minimum of eight teams and deliver high-quality, innovative professional football to fans throughout the spring season.

Former NFL and USFL QB Doug Flutie joins Colin Cowherd on the show to discuss the USFL's return on FOX.


Major League Soccer

Cheeky nutmegs, flicks, and Cruyff turns - Skills of the Month.

National Women's Soccer League

NJ/NY Gotham FC Kailen Sheridan takes home Verizon Save of the Week honors with this diving stop against the Portland Thorns.

United Soccer League Championship

USL Championship Goal of the Month Nominees


Women's National Basketball Association

Best Clutch Plays of May

Best Blocks of May


The BIG3 announced that the playoffs, consolation game, and BIG3 Championship Game will be held at Atlantis Paradise Island in The Bahamas with games on August 28 and September 4. All playoff games will air live on CBS and stream on Paramount+. The two-week Bahamas takeover will be reminiscent of the widely successful "BIG3 Ballout" during the league's third season in Dallas. With top-level musical performances on-court and other fan engaging events, BIG3 will close out the 2021 season with a bang.


American Hockey League

The American Hockey League announced today that forward T.J. Tynan of the Colorado Eagles has been voted the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL's most valuable player for the 2020-21 season. Tynan is the fifth Eagles player to earn league MVP honors and the first since the team joined the American Hockey League in 2018. He joins Greg Pankewicz (CHL, 2005), Kevin Ulanski (CHL, 2010), Riley Nelson (CHL 2011), and Chad Costello (ECHL, 2012) as recipients of such honors.


ECHL Saves of the Week

North American Hockey League

NAHL Plays of the Week

Head Coach Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning announces the creation of the Kim Cannon Internship.


Triple-A West League

Readers of Ballpark Digest, the Internet's leading guide to ballparks and the business of baseball, voted Las Vegas Ballpark the top Triple-A facility in the annual Best of the Ballparks vote. For the second time in three years, readers of selected Las Vegas Ballpark, home of the Las Vegas Aviators, as their favorite Triple-A ballpark in the annual Best of the Ballparks fan vote. The bracketed 30-ballpark competition, held through May, saw Las Vegas Ballpark receive over 62 percent of the vote over Huntington Park, home of the Columbus Clippers, in the finals. Overall, over 300,000 fans have voted so far in the annual fan competition, which runs through July.

American Association

The Miami Marlins have purchased infielder Galli Cribbs Jr. from the Kane County Cougars, announced today. Johnson will be sent to the Marlins Triple-A affiliate, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. "Galli was excellent for us," said Cougars Manager George Tsamis. "He is an exciting player to watch and was very good defensively. He swung the bat very well for us and he earned this opportunity with the Marlins. We wish him the best."


Premier Lacrosse League

The Debut - Cannons Lyle Thompson first PLL game

National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, today announced that 10 new members have been elected into the NLL Hall of Fame. Among the honorees are eight former players and two referees, under the Builders category.

The NLL Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will represent the first additions to the Hall since 2016. This fall's induction will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Hall's establishment with the inaugural members having been inducted in 2006.


Major League Rugby

Top 5 Tries - Round 11

Biggest Hits Week 11

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