Thursday, July 19, 2018
What Did You Miss Wednesday?
--The DeMar DeRozan era in Toronto is over. The Raptors have traded their longtime fan favourite to the San Antonio Spurs for 2014 N-B-A Finals M-V-P Kawhi Leonard in a blockbuster deal. The Spurs are also sending Danny Green to the Raptors while Toronto sends Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick to San Antonio.
--Larry Robinson, considered one of the most decorated and versatile players in Calgary Stampeders history, has died. He was 76. The Calgary native played for the Stampeders from 1961-74, never missing a game in 14 seasons. Robinson served as a kicker, receiver and defensive back for the Stamps, and helped the team end a 22-year championship drought with a Grey Cup victory in 1971.
--Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their value one year prior. In fact, 29 of the NFL’s 32 teams made the list with the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions being the only omissions. Behind the Cowboys were soccer clubs Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, while the New York Yankees rounded out the top five. Those five teams were in a class by themselves as the only teams with a price tag of $4 billion or greater.
-- Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway is looking to sell a 49 per cent stake of the team at a valuation of $500 million. Barroway is looking to sell part of the team despite becoming the majority owner of the club in Dec. 2014 and the sole owner in June 2017 after he reportedly bought out the rest of his ownership partners’ 49 per cent share of the team.
--Manny Machado is heading to L-A. The Dodgers acquired the star third baseman in a trade with the Orioles today. Canadian pitcher Zach Pop is among five prospects going to Baltimore.
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Old boys club cabana boy RP Coyotes on the way out the NHL door, good riddance!
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