Last Week around the Leagues
by Fran Stuchbury
July 13, 2021 - BIG3 (BIG3)
This past week the Canadian Football League and the XFL decided not to pursue any formal arrangements at this time; the NBA G League's Grand Rapids Drive rebranded as the Grand Rapids Gold; the Big3 tipped off its fourth season and Major League Soccer expansion team Charlotte FC named Miguel Angel Ramirez its first head coach. Highlights from this week are from the Canadian Football League, XFL, Indoor Football League, NBA G League, Women's National Basketball Association, Big3, ECHL, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Major League Soccer, National Women's Soccer League, United Soccer League Championship, United Soccer League One, Premier Lacrosse League, Major League Rugby and American Ultimate Disc League.
Canadian Football League and XFL
The Canadian Football League (CFL) released the following statement: Our talks with the XFL, exploring the potential for collaboration and innovation, have been positive and constructive.While we remain open to finding new ways to work together in the future, we and our XFL counterparts have jointly decided to not pursue any formal arrangements at this time.
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Indoor Football League
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NBA G League
The Grand Rapids Drive announced the team will be known as the Grand Rapids Gold beginning with the 2021-22 season. The new name and logo honor the Gold's new affiliation with the Denver Nuggets, which was announced earlier this year. "This new affiliation and corresponding name change is one of the biggest moves we've made as a franchise," shared Steve Jbara, president of the Grand Rapids Gold. "Aligning ourselves further with the Denver Nuggets, a team that recently advanced past the first round of the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive season, further elevates the professional basketball experience here in Grand Rapids, and we couldn't be more excited to get back on the court this fall."
The Grand Rapids Drive announced its new name: Grand Rapids Gold.
The Long Island Nets, the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, have named Adam Caporn as the fifth head coach in franchise history. Caporn joins the Nets after spending the last seven seasons (2014-21) as head coach of Basketball Australia's Centre of Excellence, the country's leading player development program. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Australian National Team, a position he has held since 2017, and will help lead the Boomers in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.
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American Hockey League
The Cleveland Monsters are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Matiss Kivlenieks and send our heartfelt condolences to the Kivlenieks family and to all of his teammates and friends at this time. "We are devastated by the loss of Matiss Kivlenieks, and send our condolences to his family, teammates, and friends at this time," said Monsters General Manager Chris Clark. "Matiss approached the game and every day with joy and positivity and his presence will be missed by all. The impact Matiss made on the Cleveland Monsters organization and each of us individually will not be forgotten." He posted a 33-35-9 mark, 3.31 GAA, .896 SV% and three shutouts in 85 career games with the Cleveland Monsters, the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate from 2017-21.
The Rapid City Rush, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, are excited to announce that Scott Burt has been named the team's Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations. Burt becomes the fourth person to assume the mantle as the team enters its 14th season of hockey this October. Burt takes over as bench boss for the Rush following a season as the Assistant Coach of the division rival Idaho Steelheads alongside Everett Sheen. In his lone coaching season in Boise in 2019-20, he helped guide the Steelheads to a 36-18-3-4 record in 61 games prior to the season's conclusion due to Covid-19. That year, Idaho was one of only seven teams in the entire ECHL to amass 20 or more wins on home ice.
Rush Nation, give a warm welcome to Scott Burt!!!
United States Hockey League
The Lincoln Stars have announced that Chris Michael, after serving one season as General Manager and Head Coach, has made the decision to pursue other opportunities outside of the Stars. The organization thanks him for his time behind the Stars bench and sincerely wishes him the best of luck.
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Major League Soccer
Charlotte FC has its head man. The Club announced that Spanish coach Miguel Angel Ramirez will become the first head coach of Charlotte FC. His official hire is pending receipt of his work visa and he will officially begin his tenure in August. Ramirez, 36, joins Charlotte FC after coaching Brazilian club Porto Alegre International in 2021, part of Brazil's top-flight Serie A league.
Charlotte FC has reached an agreement with Spanish coach Miguel Angel Ramirez to become the club's inaugural head coach.
National Women's Soccer League
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United Soccer League Championship
The USL Championship announced the Team of the Week Presented by Cleer Audio for Week 11 of the 2021 regular season with El Paso Locomotive FC's Dylan Mares being voted Player of the Week after recording two goals and one assist across a pair of contests during the week's action.
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Major Arena Soccer League
The Dallas Sidekicks have finalized a deal to make two-time Major Arena Soccer League champion and current U.S. Men's Futsal National team assistant coach Pablo Da Silva the franchise's new head coach. Da Silva has an extensive background in the professional world of soccer with his playing career spanning over 22 years of professional futsal, indoor and outdoor experiences. In addition to his 13-year MASL career, he also represented the Brazilian National Indoor Soccer Team for 10 years with several World Cup appearances as well as representing the USA in the Concacaf Futsal Club Championship and the Intercontinental Championship.
Premier Lacrosse League
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National Lacrosse League
The National Lacrosse League, the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, announced a historic partnership with TSN, Canada's Sports Leader, to bring games to Canadians across broadcast and live streaming platforms for the first time since 2016. The new agreement is the league's most comprehensive Canadian broadcast partnership in its 35-year history, and marks the next in a series of major steps the league has taken in recent months as it moves towards returning to play. Exciting details surrounding a US based broadcast partner will be announced at a later date.
Double-A Central League
Amarillo Sod Poodles right-hander Matt Tabor tossed the team's first no-hitter of any kind on at Nelson Wolff Stadium, spinning seven hitless frames in a scheduled seven-inning game. Amarillo's 6-1 win was the nightcap of a doubleheader between the Sod Poodles and San Antonio Missions. Tabor allowed just two walks in the outing and struck out three. The 22-year-old retired 13 straight batters to end the performance and did not allow a runner to reach second base. Amarillo's defense also turned a pair of double plays.
The Kansas City Royals purchased Southern Maryland starting pitcher Brandon Barker's contract. The right-handed Georgia native will report to the Royal's Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Stormer Chasers. Barker exits the Atlantic League with the best earned run average (2.89) among active, qualifying pitchers. In his most recent start, the former Braves prospect tossed six scoreless innings against the Long Island Ducks while allowing just two hits.
Florence Y'alls starting pitcher Christian Tripp has signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. After reporting to Arizona, he is expected to join the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (High-A). Tripp is the third Y'all to sign an affiliated contract this season, joining relief pitcher Evy Ruibal (New York Mets) and E.P. Reese (White Sox). Tripp's signing continues an impressive run of players out of Florence catching the eye of MLB teams as five players signed contracts during the 2019 season and four players signed affiliated baseball contracts in both 2017 and 2018.
Major League Rugby
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American Ultimate Disc League
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