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Sportsnet and The Score denigrate Edmonton Oilers after playoff loss to Avalanche – Edmonton Journal



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I’m not sure who runs the social media accounts of Sportsnet and The Score, but whomever it is evidently has no love and little respect for the Edmonton Oilers. Both sports media companies posted tweets on Twitter denigrating the Oilers after the team’s Western Conference finals loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

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The Oilers went deeper into the playoffs than any other Canadian NHL team this year, making it to the Final Four, where a powerhouse Colorado Avalanche team swept them in four games.

It was a hard knock loss for a team already battered by major injuries to star players like Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse. Nonetheless, Edmonton went down fighting hard, with neither Draisaitl nor Nurse missing a playoff game due to injury and both providing inspiration to their teammates with their grit.

If the two players had been healthy perhaps the playoff outcome would have been different, but not to be, not this year.

The Score’s response to Edmonton’s playoff run, the most success the Alberta team has had since 2006?

In a now deleted tweet, they showed an Oilers logo being spray-painted over with the word “LOSERS.”

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And Sportsnet’s response?

In a now deleted tweet, they showed an Oiler character in a bog trying to grab the Stanley Cup, only to land facedown in the mud, while an Avs character flew overhead with with a broom, indicating the series sweep.

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And the reaction from fans of the Edmonton Oilers?

Oilers fan Burt Schoeppe said he’d been a Sportsnet subscriber for more than a decade and asked,
“Why was this posted then taken down? If you meant to sneer at Oilers fans stand by it. If you think it was a mistake address the issue.”

Said Edmonton fan Keri L. Kettle: “My initial reaction to both Tweets was disbelief. Sportsnet was denigrating its business partner. The Score – a former sports network – was embarrassing itself. As a Marketing Prof, I am stunned they didn’t give their social media staff clear direction on what is acceptable.”

And Oilers fan Goodfella @DhillonSteve: “Just embarrassing. What a bunch of clowns.”

And Daniel Ficca @oilers49er: “The envy that Toronto has that they lost the McDavid draft continues to this day. It’s constant over here in Ontario. I would say well over 80% of the NHL articles on the Score app are about how Matthews is going to win all the hardware and is the best (insert lie) in hockey.”

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And Jason Cobb @alpinejcobb: “Any other team get similar treatment from The Score or Sportsnet?”

Replied JB @JackieBee_16: “Nope. It’s a classless, trashy and quite pathetic tweet

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My take

1. It’s not news to anyone in Edmonton that some (certainly not all) media people in Toronto are anti-Alberta and anti-Oilers. Hockey is a tribal sport so no surprise to see this prejudiced attitude expressed in this context. In some ways, it’s part of the fun of hockey, a place where otherwise taboo angry and jealous tribal emotions can be freely and harmlessly expressed. At the same time, it’s bizarre to see Ontario-based corporations with many paying customers in Edmonton take such a partisan and class-less swipe at the Oilers and at Edmonton.

2. It’s wise that both companies took down the offending tweets. If they also promptly apologize, I’ll consider the matter closed. Not every Oilers fan will feel the same way, but almost everyone on Twitter makes the odd stupid, glib, ill-advised or offensive tweet. I’ve certainly done so in my 12 years on Twitter. I’m no fan of cancel culture and will not support it, save for the gravest of cases. If someone errs, but apologizes in good time, that’s works for me. Of course, we’ve yet to see any apology here.

P.S. At least they are better sports in Calgary:

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At the Cult of Hockey

LEAVINS: Player grades in final loss of the season 

McCURDY: Oilers fall 4-2 to Avalanche in critical Game 3

STAPLES: The Oilers whomped by Avalanche in Game 2

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Juan Brunetta has a goal and an assist to lead Liga MX All-Stars over MLS All-Stars 4-1




COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Juan Brunetta and Maximiliano Meza scored a minute apart in the second half, and Mexico’s Liga MX All-Stars beat the Major League Soccer All-Stars 4-1 in the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night.

Brunetta (Tigres) scored in transition in the 68th minute to make it 3-1 and set up Meza (Monterrey) soon after in front of a record crowd of 20,931 at Field.

It was the first MLS All-Star Game victory for Liga MX in three tries. The MLS All-Stars won in 2022 and won on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw a year earlier.

“It was an incredible game,” Liga MX coach Andre Jardine said. “There were a lot of high-level players. It was a tight game. Both teams definitely came out to play. In the second half they came out with a lot of great names as well. I was a bit surprised. It was a bit difficult, especially in the first 15 minutes, but we had to adjust and ultimately it was a great game.”

There were plenty of big names on the field, but the absence of the brightest and biggest one took some luster out of the event. The league announced Monday that Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi was unable to play because of ligament damage in his right ankle.

The 2022 World Cup champion was injured while playing for Argentina in its victory over Colombia in the Copa America final on July 14.

Fans cheered when Columbus forwards combined to tie the match 1-all in the 17th minute, about a minute after Germán Berterame (Monterrey) scored for Mexico on a header.

From the left flank, Diego Rossi found Crew teammate Cucho Hernandez racing unmarked down the middle of the box for the equalizer.

“Unbelievable for me to score in front of my home fans,” Hernandez said.

Oussama Idrissi (Pachuca) made it 2-1 in the 41st with a strike from the top of the penalty area.

MLS had two chances to tie it in the 63rd when Riqui Puig (Los Angeles Galaxy) hit the crossbar and on the follow, Luca Orellano (Cincinnati) was denied on a goal-line clearance by Unai Bilbao (Tijuana).

Minutes later, Liga MX put the game out of reach.

MLS recognized the revival of the Columbus market by awarding it the All-Star Game. The Crew, a 1996 charter member, were threatened in the fall of 2017 with relocation to Austin, Texas, by then-owner Anthony Precourt.

A grassroots movement called Save the Crew drew international attention and helped persuade Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam to buy the team and keep it in Columbus.

The Crew won the MLS Cup in 2020 and 2023, reached the final of the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup and opened Field in 2021, where there have been 28 straight sellouts for MLS matches.

“It shows everyone the courage of the owner,” Crew and MLS All-Stars coach Wilfried Nancy said. “Listen, this is a representation of what Columbus is and the passion for the soccer.”

The All-Star squad had five Crew players. Hernandez and Rossi were joined by midfielder Darlington Nagbe and defenders Rudy Camacho and Steven Moreira.


MLS and Liga MX continue the rivalry with the start of the Leagues Cup on Friday All 47 teams will compete in a World Cup-style format, with the championship match on Aug. 25. There will be 77 matches in the United States and Canada. Inter Miami is the defending Leagues Cup champion.


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Chelsea salvages 2-2 tie with Wrexham in friendly at Levi’s Stadium




SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Lesley Ugochukwu scored in the 82nd minute to help Chelsea salvage a 2-2 tie with Wrexham in a friendly match Wednesday night at Levi’s Stadium.

Ugochukwu rolled a shot from the middle of the box through traffic into the right corner.

Wrexham took a 2-1 lead when Jack Marriot scored on a counterattack in the 72nd minute.

Luke Bolton also scored for Wrexham, the Welsh team co-owned by Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds that was promoted this year to the third tier of English soccer.

Christopher Nkunku scored first for Chelsea in the perennial Premier League power’s first pre-season match and its first under manager, Enzo Maresca, the former Leicester City manager.

Nkunku fired a shot from the middle of the box into the left corner of the net past goalie Arthur Okonkwo in the 35th minute off an assist from Marc Guiu after a corner kick.

Wrexham tied it in the 58th minute when Bolton scored from the right wing off an assist from Sebastian Revan, who connected with Bolton on a crossing pass.

Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez blocked a breakaway shot from James McLean in the 29th minute.

Chelsea beat Wrexham 5-0 in a friendly last season.


Wrexham: Visits the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.

Chelsea: Plays the Celtic on Saturday at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.

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Preseason Opener: Enzo Maresca’s Chelsea Takes on Wrexham



Welcome to the first match of the summer, the first preseason game, and the first chance to see Enzo Maresca’s Chelsea in action. While the main focus today is on fitness, this game will undoubtedly spark analysis and excitement among fans.

Football, sort of, is back! Let’s see how the teams line up for this highly anticipated friendly.

Chelsea Starting XI:

  • Sánchez
  • James (c)
  • Tosin
  • Badiashile
  • Colwill
  • Lavia
  • Chukwuemeka
  • Nkunku
  • Madueke
  • Guiu
  • George


  • Beach
  • Bergström
  • W. Fofana
  • Veiga
  • Acheampong
  • Gusto
  • Chilwell
  • Santos
  • Ugochukwu
  • Sterling
  • Ângelo
  • Broja

Wrexham Starting XI:

  • Okonkwo
  • Cleworth
  • Brunt
  • O’Connor
  • Bolton
  • Jones
  • Dobson
  • Lee
  • Revan
  • Palmer
  • McClean (c)


  • Howard
  • Burton
  • Boyle
  • Barnett
  • James
  • Forde
  • Evans
  • Ashfield
  • Cannon
  • Davies
  • Bickerstaff
  • Waters
  • Dalby
  • Marriott

Match Details:

  • Date / Time: Wednesday, July 24, 7pm PDT; 3am BST (next day); 7:30am IST (next day)
  • Venue: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA, USA
  • On TV: ESPN (USA); none (UK); elsewhere
  • Streaming: ESPN+ (USA); Chelsea TV (int’l pay-per-view)

Both teams will be eager to test their tactics and players ahead of the upcoming season. Chelsea fans are particularly excited to see how new manager Enzo Maresca will shape the team, while Wrexham supporters are keen to see their team perform against top-tier opposition.

Let’s see how the starting formation and tactics unfold as we get a first glimpse of what’s to come this season. Stay tuned for an exciting game!ea

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