REDBLACKS lock down Elks to win opener – CFL.ca
EDMONTON — The quarterback battle between Trevor Harris and Matt Nichols that many fans had anticipated gave way to a defensive showdown instead on Saturday night, with Ottawa scoring a 16-12 season-opening win.
Abdul Kanneh‘s 102-yard pick-six took what would have been an Edmonton touchdown literally out of team’s hands and back the other way, helping Ottawa shock a heavily favoured Edmonton team. Kanneh had two interceptions and had the game-saving tackle at Ottawa’s one-yard line, giving head coach Paul LaPolice his first win at the helm of the REDBLACKS.
Edmonton’s highly-anticipated offence worked its way down the field for its first drive of the night and had receiver Mike Jones been able to stay inbounds in the end zone, the team would have had a major to open the night. Instead, they got a 12-yard chip shot of a field goal from Sean Whyte to open the scoring at 3-0, 5:19 into play.
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Not to be outdone by the veteran Whyte, Ottawa kicker Lewis Ward evened the game up from deep, with a 52-yard field goal at 12:22.
The REDBLACKS had a spectacular play called back in the early stages of the second quarter. Devonte Dedmon took a Hugh O’Neill punt and tossed it across the field to Ryan Davis, who bolted to Edmonton’s end zone. The play didn’t hold up under review, though and was ruled an offside pass.
While both offences tried to find their rhythms, the kickers stayed in control of the game. Whyte lined up a 52-yard field goal and put just enough on it to get it through the uprights, putting the Elks up 6-3 at 11:32 of the second quarter.
Ward sent a 21-yard field goal home with 36 seconds on the clock to tie the game, but the Elks were able to get Whyte out on the field for another long range shot with two seconds on the clock. He made a 48-yarder look easy and gave his team a 9-6 lead at the half.
Whyte continued to provide the Elks’ offence in the third quarter, with a 43-yarder at the 4:40 mark. While the defences continued to keep their opponents in check, Ward helped Ottawa narrow the lead. His 51-yard field goal made it a three-point game, at 12-9, 1:14 into the game’s final frame.
Just when Edmonton’s offence seemed to on the verge of a breakthrough, the theme of the night struck back in a resounding way. Harris was intercepted by Kanneh at Ottawa’s eight-yard line and he ran it back 102 yards for the game’s first touchdown and a huge momentum swing for the REDBLACKS. Ward’s convert made it a 16-12 Ottawa lead at 5:03.
Ottawa’s defence struck again with 3:15 left to play. Harris got the Elks back to Ottawa’s 20-yard line when Randall Evans intercepted him, keeping the REDBLACKS in control late in the game.
Harris engineered one final drive and got Edmonton to Ottawa’s 17-yard line with seven seconds left. He found fullback James Tuck but he was brought down, fittingly by Kanneh at the one-yard line, sealing the win for the visiting REDBLACKS.
Next up for the Elks are the Montreal Alouettes, who travel to Edmonton on Aug. 14. After their hard-fought defensive win, the REDBLACKS get to enjoy a bye week.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Treliving Hiring Shows Shanahan's Incompetence – Editor in Leaf
The problem isn’t that Brad Treliving is the newest GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but instead, it’s Brendan Shanahan’s explanation of it.
As previously mentioned, Brad Treliving is a good executive with a long hockey career, but he never should have been hired as the Toronto Maple Leafs GM.
Reports already indicate that the core-four will remain the same next year, which is fine, but why hire someone new if they’re going to do the same thing and not at least scare the roster that they could be moved?
A new GM is supposed to ignite change and bring a new approach to the game. It’s not someone who’s just going to re-do the job that Kyle Dubas just did.
When Shanahan fired Dubas, he wanted someone who had experience, which is what Treliving brings, but it’s not like he has a ton of winning experience. He’s never been to a Stanley Cup Finals before and only advanced to the second round twice in nine years in Calgary, so what’s really the difference between him and Dubas?
Nothing, at least not in terms of experience or success.
The only difference is that Shanahan is a bitter old-man who was scared that the young buck in Dubas was getting too much attention and that he might take his job one day.
Toronto Maple Leafs: New GM Brings Nothing Different From Dubas
If you look across the league, it’s crazy how much esteem Dubas has. By the way Shanahan described Dubas during his firing, it’s like he was only in the league for 10 minutes and didn’t have the respect of his peers.
Shanahan’s statement was actually hilarious when you compare his words to what other people have said about Dubas. Here’s what Shanahan said during his press conference:
“Treliving earned tremendous respect during his time in the NHL and built excellent relationships … We are confident that Brad’s leadership and strategic vision will elevate the Maple Leafs in our continued pursuit of a championship.”
As for Dubas, if you read Pierre LeBruns’ article in The Athletic last week, the same words were essentially said about him, here are some quotes from that article:
- Jarmo Kekalainen (Columbus Blue Jackets): “I have the utmost respect for Kyle, both as a professional and as a person. He’s always a straight shooter to deal with. No bulls—. Just an all-around really good person and a professional. All our discussions were straightforward and analytical. I think he has a very thorough approach to everything; you have to be prepared when you talk to him because he’s going to look at things from every angle. I have a lot of respect for him.”
- Bill Zito (Florida Panthers) : “Obviously, a very bright man. And a guy that I have a lot of faith in his character. He’s a guy you could do a deal with. And if it wasn’t papered, you could tell the (player) go ahead get on the plane. As an agent, we used to say if you did a deal with a GM and you didn’t have a contract back yet, would you send your player on the plane? That’s a level of respect I have for Kyle’s integrity. Obviously, I’m very fond of him. I think he did a hell of a job there.”
- The GMs of Nashville, Tampa and Edmonton were all quoted as saying really nice things about him as well.
All of these old-school and experienced GM’s said nothing but great things about Dubas, yet the Leafs didn’t want him. They explained all of the attributes that Shanahan wanted in a GM, yet they decided to move on and hire Treliving instead.
Shanahan took a bitter approach and gassed one of the most thoughtful and intelligent hockey minds of this generation and instead hired a guy who hasn’t doesn’t seem to be an improvement in any way.
No disrespect to Treliving because I think he’s going to do a fine job, but the explanation of Dubas’ firing gets dumber with every second and continues to show the incompetence of Shanahan as the President of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
How much are Stanley Cup Final tickets? – ESPN – ESPN
The Stanley Cup Final will return to Las Vegas and South Florida for the Florida Panthers vs. the Vegas Golden Knights. For fans of the Knights, who reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2018, tickets to the first two games at T-Mobile Arena are a bit cheaper this time around.
The average price for a ticket to Game 1 is $763, according to Vivid Seats data. In 2018, during the franchise’s first trip to the Final, the average was $1,062. That was the highest in recent years for a team making its Final debut or returning after a long drought. Last year’s Game 1 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche had an average price of $1,052. The Avalanche, who hosted Game 1, were playing their first Final game since 2001. When the St. Louis Blues hosted their first Final game in decades in 2019, the average was $869.
For Saturday’s opening game, the lowest-priced available ticket is going for $405 on the Knights’ website, while TickPick lists a no-view, standing room only ticket for $311. The most expensive ticket is $9,750. These prices don’t reflect taxes or fees.
For Game 3, the Panthers’ first Stanley Cup Final home game since 1996, the average price for a ticket at FLA Live Arena is $628, according to Vivid Seats. At Ticketmaster, the Panthers’ ticket-seller, the lowest-priced ticket is $538. The most expensive ticket is reselling for $9,000 before taxes and fees. The average price for Game 4 is a bit higher at $689.
If the series goes to seven games, fans might need some extra casino winnings to get into the arena. Prices via the Knights’ website range from about $900 to $25,000.
NBA Finals Takeaways: Nuggets’ stars show they’re ready for biggest stage – Sportsnet.ca
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