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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Sports Roundup

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  
Mar 25/20 Bayshore Broadcasting Sports

Olympics Cancelled

The 2020 Summer Olympic & Paralympic Games at Tokyo Japan were postponed officially yesterday.

It was the first time in the 124-year history of the Games that they had been postponed,

After a call with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Summer Olympics, scheduled to commence July 24th would be rescheduled for the summer of 2021 at the latest.

 


NHL Notes

The National Hockey League has instructed players and team staff to extend their period of self-quarantine by another 10 days.

Senior NHL officials informed the league's general managers yesterday.

NHL Clubs had originally been asked to observe self-quarantine through Friday,

To this point, only two NHL players, both with the Ottawa Senators, have tested positive for coronavirus 

 

The National Hockey League will cut the pay of league office employees by 25 per cent starting April 1,

The NHL is hoping the temporary pay cut will prevent layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The NHL announced a pause in play on March 12, with 189 games remaining on the league's schedule in the regular season.

The league said Monday that no decisions have been made regarding whether the remainder of the regular season will be played, or what form the playoffs might take. 

 


Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League are reducing their workforce during the COVID-19 crisis.

Groupe CH, which also owns the American Hockey League's Laval Rocket, says it will proceed with a temporary reduction in personnel, impacting 60 per cent of the organization's employees.

The reduction will start Monday.

Grope CH says it has established a $6-million assistance fund to help employees. 

The organization says the fund will help enhance employment insurance benefits for eight weeks, ensuring that employees will receive 80 per cent of their base salary for that period.

 

 

Gold Cup

After consultation with the Hockey Canada membership, the chief medical officer and public health officials, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has cancelled all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including national championships, until further notice,

Among the events impacted is the 2020 OHL Gold Cup

The Gold Cup was to be staged May 6th-10th at the Activa Sportsplex in Kitchener.

 


HOCKEY CANADA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Without question, this an unprecedented period of difficulty for the sports world. The health and safety of all participants in sport, including players, coaches, staff, officials, fans, family, volunteers and the general public, is of the utmost importance to Hockey Canada.

After much consultation with the Hockey Canada membership, our chief medical officer and public health officials, the Hockey Canada Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities, including our national championships, until further notice, effective Friday, March 13, 2020.

We recognize the tremendous effort that has been put forth all year by individuals across the country as they participate in Canada’s game. Although it is difficult to process the hockey season ending abruptly, we feel this is the best course of action in order to do our part in keeping our country safe.” ”

As such the 2020 OHL Gold Cup, will be cancelled. 

We do not take this decision lightly. It is important to remember that at the heart of this is the health and well-being of all the players, coaches, officials, team staff members, volunteers, and family members involved. The support and dedication that we have had from the community in the promotion and endorsement of this event is very much appreciated and has not gone unnoticed.

Further information will follow as it becomes available.

 


Syndergaard Surgery

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard has a torn elbow ligament and needs Tommy John surgery that will keep him out of action this year.

The operation will be tomorrow

Opening day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Syndergaard was the No. 2 starter in a strong rotation behind two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob DeGrom

 

 

Newton Released

The Carolina Panthers of the National Football League officially released quarterback Cam Newton yesterday.

Newton was the Panthers franchise leader in numerous offensive categories, but was limited to just 2 games in 2019 because of a foot injury.

The year before that he threw for 3,395 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Carolina gave Newton's representatives permission to seek a trade last week after signing free agent Teddy Bridgewater to a multi-year deal 

Newton was selected No. 1 overall by the team out of the University of Auburn in the 2011 NFL Draft.

 

Clippers Coliseum

Steve Ballmer, the owner of the LA Clippers of the NBA, has agreed to purchase the LA Forum from Madison Square Garden Company for $400 million in cash.

The new ownership group has no plans to tear down the Forum and will keep it operating as a concert venue.

For Ballmer and the Clippers, the agreement will also remove an opponent that had long sought to block the construction of Ballmer’s proposed, privately funded arena by resolving all litigation with MSG, whose executive chairman is New York Knicks owner James Dolan.

 


Bayshore Race

The Earlybird deadline for Bayshore Race registration is Tuesday. 

The annual event which serves as a fundraiser for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital is Sunday August 30th.

You can register for the various distances at bayshorerace.com

 

 

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