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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Blaney Wins GEICO 500

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

June 23/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

courtesy NASCAR 


Ryan Blaney held onto the lead after a restart with 2 laps to go, earning his 2nd straight win at Talladega Superspeedway

Blaney nipped Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at the finish line by .007 seconds for his 4th win and first since Talladega in October.

Bubba Wallace finished 14th in the race.

The result came one day after a noose was discovered in Wallace's garage stall.

The entire NASCAR group rallied around Wallace, who is the Cup Series' only Black driver.

One by one, after the anthem yesterday, NASCAR drivers hugged Wallace. He then had a long embrace with team owner Richard Petty.



60 Game Sked For MLB

Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players' association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length.

Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark met last week and outlined plans with a variety of format alterations. 

However, the latest version of the deal proposed by MLB was rejected by the Players Association’s executive board in a 33-5 vote.

However the players need to sign off on a health-and-safety protocol and to pledge to arrive at home stadiums by July 1st to prepare for the season.

League's owners voted to implement a 60-game season, hours after the Players Association rejected a 60-game proposal that would have included an expanded postseason and other alterations.


Hub City Hubbub

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been eliminated as a possible host as an National Hockey League Hub City.

The NHL cut its list down to 6 potential hub cities from 10.

Edmonton, Toronto & Vancouver are still candidates to host NHL games if the current season resumes'


The province of Alberta has further supported the Edmonton Oilers bid to co-host the NHL's summer Stanley Cup tournament, adding Rocky Mountain excursions for players' families.

Edmonton is competing with Toronto and Vancouver along with American sites to be one of two hub cities to host NHL games in isolation to complete the current season.

The league plans to reopen training camps July 10 but has yet to release a schedule for the 24 teams still in the running for the Cup.



Altidore Back With TFC

The complete roster for Toronto FC are now in place at the team's training centre with the return of star striker Jozy Altidore.

Altidore had been at his Florida home until last Wednesday when he came north via private jet to rejoin the team. 

A TFC spokesman said Altidore is training on his own while fulfilling a two-week quarantine

Toronto is preparing for the "MLS is Back Tournament," which begins next month at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in the Orlando area.

Toronto, Montreal, New England and D.C. United are in Group C for the World Cup-style tournament.



KDSL Cancels Season

The Kitchener and District Soccer League has formally cancelled the 2020 season.

A return to traditional games involving travelling teams would only be allowed once all health restrictions are lifted.  

Current social distance restrictions plus the gradual implementation from one phase commencing to another simply didn't create enough space, time or hope for a 2020 season.

Owen Sound Grey Motors United is among the teams that compete in the Kitchener and District Soccer League.

Earlier, Grey Motors United announced the cancellation of its recreational adult soccer league.



Grey Motors Release

On Monday afternoon, Owen Sound Grey Motors United was informed that the Kitchener and District Soccer League had formally cancelled the 2020 season.

Ontario Soccer released a comprehensive "Return to Play" document 10 days ago.

Currently, only socially distanced, non contact soccer practices are allowed with 10 participants or less.  As restrictions are lifted, the next phase allows for small sided, 7 vs 7 games within your own community.   A return to traditional games involving travelling teams would only be allowed once all health restrictions are lifted.  Given all of this information and the fact that it is now late June, the league had no choice but to cancel their season. 

Owen Sound Grey Motors is a member of the Owen Sound Football Club (OSFC).   

That club also announced the cancellation of its recreational adult soccer league for the summer of 2020.



Peninsula Shores District School Athletic Award Winners

Sr. Female Athlete of the Year - Reese Wilkins
Sr. Male Athlete of the Year - Daniel Pickett

Jr. Female Athlete of the Year - Maggie Klunder
Jr. Male Athlete of the Year - Jack Myles

Female Sportsmanship - Taylor Chegahno
Male Sportsmanship - Sam Myles

The Colin Hood award is given out annually by OFSAA to one graduating male, one graduating female, and one coach from every school in the province who, throughout their high school career, have been committed to the success of school sport at their school and within their association.  

The 2020 PSDS Colin Hood Award winners are;

Male - Sam Myles
Female - Reese Wilkins
Coach - Brian Furgal



Milestone For Snelling

Keira Snelling of the Georgian Bay Coyotes has achieved a "Distance Award" in the club's Trans-Canada Trek.  

Snelling, a Grade 6 student at Peninsula Shores, has bypassed 300 kilometres over 9 weeks of training.

The Coyotes compilation of training miles should allow them to virually travel from St John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, BC by Sunday

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