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NHL releases TV schedule for qualifying round, round robins – Stanley Cup of Chowder

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The NHL released the North American TV broadcast schedule for the round robin games and playoff qualifying round earlier this evening.

The league’s main broadcast partners for these games will be NBC, NBCSN, and NHL Network in the United States, along with SportsNet, CBC, and TVA Sports in Canada.

It’s important to note that the league’s schedule doesn’t include local broadcast affiliates. In fact, in the press release, the league notes “many games will be available in the local market on the team partner regional sports network.”

Put simply, this schedule doesn’t feature NESN, but I’d be shocked if the exhibition game, the three round robin games, and the entire first round of the playoffs weren’t all on NESN — unless the games are on main NBC (those usually get sole billing).

The Bruins’ exhibition game will definitely be on NESN, as it’s listed on their broadcast schedule. That schedule only runs through July 31, so beyond that, we’d be guessing.

Of course, if you don’t live locally, this national broadcast schedule will be your best bet.

July 30, 2020 – Bruins vs. Blue Jackets Exhibition

  • 7 PM Eastern
  • NESN, NHL Network, TVAS

August 2, 2020 – Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers Round Robin

  • 3 PM Eastern
  • NBC, Sportsnet, TVAS

August 5, 2020 – Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Round Robin

  • 4 PM Eastern
  • NBCSN, Sportsnet, TVAS

August 9, 2020 – Bruins vs. Washington Capitals Round Robin

  • TBD
  • TBD across the board. The league will wait to see which qualifying round series are still going on before determining where this game will live.

If you’re just a fan of hockey in general, you’re in luck: the league’s August 1st kick-off day will feature 5 games from noon to 10:30 PM Eastern, all of which will be available on basic cable.

August 1 NHL Playoff Schedule

That’s shaping up to be quite a day!

The full schedule for the entire thing (keep in mind there are still a whole bunch of TBD’s) can be viewed here as a Google Sheet.

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Mixed Martial Arts-Door is open for YouTube’s Paul brothers in MMA

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Logan and Jake Paul would make great Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, Bellator president Scott Coker has said as he targets exhibition matches featuring the YouTube personalities such as the former’s boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather.

Logan Paul went the distance, surviving eight rounds against unbeaten (50-0) five-division world boxing champion Mayweather in an exhibition on Sunday at Miami’s Hard Rock stadium.

USA Today reported the fight brought in one million pay per view buys with $50 million generated from sales in the United States.

It was only the second fight of Paul’s career, while his brother Jake has fought in three professional boxing matches, beating former MMA fighter Ben Askren in April.

Critics have labelled the bouts a sideshow due to the lack of sporting credibility of the duo, who made their names as social media personalities and have millions of subscribers on YouTube.

However, Coker told Reuters the brothers have impressive physiques and the door is open for them to move into MMA.

“I met with Logan Paul about two years ago and I’ve spoken to Jake Paul’s manager and Jake on a zoom call recently… The one thing I said was hey, if you want to do MMA we would love to promote you guys,” the 58-year-old said in a Zoom interview.

“These guys are young, athletic, strong and you saw the fight on Sunday night these guys they came and did their work.

“Mayweather couldn’t finish him and I know he tried, I heard he wanted to knock this kid out so bad,” he added.

“When I heard both had high school wrestling backgrounds in Ohio, which is a prominent wrestling state in the U.S., it really made me interested in pursuing them in some super fights in Mixed Martial Arts – and that door is continually open.”

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Bellator, owned by Viacom, is gearing up for a busy month of events, starting with Bellator 260 on Friday with the headline fight between reigning welterweight world champion Douglas Lima and the undefeated Yaroslav Amosov.

However, super fights and exhibitions are where Coker is targeting a younger audience.

“My 14-year-old niece, I told her I was going to the Logan Paul fight and she thought that was the greatest thing,” he said.

“She asked me who he was fighting and I said Floyd Mayweather and she said ‘who’s that?’ – I thought wow, she doesn’t know boxing, she doesn’t know MMA, she’s just a 14-year-old girl on the internet doing what they do.”

As the sporting world gears up for the delayed Tokyo Olympics starting in July, Coker believes MMA will feature in future Games.

“When you think about mixed martial arts, what you’re talking about is boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo, karate – those are all Olympic sports,” he said.

“Why wouldn’t mixed martial arts eventually get into the Olympics because six out of the seven disciplines MMA is known to use really is already there.

“There’d be a lot of details to work out but to me I think it will happen, it’s just a matter of time.”

 

(Reporting by Christian Radnedge,; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Montreal will host the 2024 world figure skating championships

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Montreal will host the 2024 world figure skating championships, the International Skating Union (ISU) said on Wednesday, after the 2020 event Canada was to host was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The championships will return to Montreal from March 18-24, marking the 11th time Canada has staged the event.

“Skate Canada has a proven track record of holding successful ISU events and we are looking forward to bringing the world’s best skaters to the fantastic Canadian city of Montreal,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO of Skate Canada, in a statement.

 

(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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Andreescu splits with coach Bruneau after French Open exit

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World number seven Bianca Andreescu on Tuesday announced she has split with longtime coach Sylvain Bruneau, a week after falling in the first round of the French Open.

The pair had worked together for four years as Andreescu made her breakthrough with three titles in 2019, including the U.S. Open.

“It is with a heavy heart that I would like to inform my fans that my long time coach, mentor and friend, Sylvain and I, have mutually decided to end our incredible coaching relationship,” Canadian Andreescu wrote on Twitter

“Our friendship will live forever … I am very grateful for everything we accomplished together and all of our great memories.

“Sylvain was more than a coach… he is family.”

Andreescu, 20, returned to action at this year’s Australian Open, having missed 15 months due to a knee injury.

A positive COVID-19 test subsequently ruled Andreescu out of both Madrid and Rome before an abdominal injury forced her to pull out of Strasbourg at the quarter-final stage.

Her most recent appearance at Roland Garros ended with a 6-7(1) 7-6(2) 9-7 defeat by Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek.

 

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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