Obscure Sports Report (1/31/18)

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Yu Yangyi Leads The PRO Chess League

XFL TO RETURN IN 2020

The reports are true.   The XFL is planning to make a return in 2020 with eight teams to play a 10-game schedule in the spring.  The original XFL appeared in 1999 only to last one season before folding.  The original league also had eight teams:  New York-New Jersey Hitmen, Orlando Rage, Chicago Enforcers, Memphis Maniax, Birmingham Thunderbolts, Los Angeles Xtreme, San Francisco Demons and Las Vegas Outlaws.   There is no word if the same teams will return in the XFL reboot.  XFL boss Vince McMahon is hoping to give fans a better quality of football.

AFL UNVEILS NAME OF NEW ALBANY TEAM

The Empire strikes back in Albany, New York to join the Philadelphia Soul, Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor in the dwindling Arena Football League.  Albany originally played as the Firebirds in the AFL from 1990-2000.  The Firebirds were very successful during their first time in the AFL winning six division titles and won the 1999 ArenaBowl title.   The Empire will begin play this season.

TAYOU LEADS MASL IN GOALS

Sonora Forward Franck Tayou leads the Major Arena Soccer League with 47 goals.   Sonora is currently 10-6 and in second place behind Monterrey in the Southwest Division.  Monterrey remains the league’s only undefeated team at 15-0 and the first team to clinch a playoff spot.

GEORGIA SWARM STING VANCOUVER

The defending National Lacrosse League champs broke up a close game against the Vancouver Stealth to notch a 16-12 win last week.  The Swarm scored five goals in a span of 6:11 in the fourth quarter.  Georgia now improves to 3-3 and dropped the Stealth to 1-6.  Toronto and Saskatchewan continue to lead their divisions.

TWO GOALIES ARE NWHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Amanda Leveille  (Buffalo Beauts) and Brittany Ott (Boston Pride) were named the National Women’s Hockey League’s players of the week because of their performances in goal when Buffalo played Boston.  The Beauts beat the Pride 1-0 after ten rounds of the shootout. Leveille got the win stopping all 25 shots she faced.  She is 7-4-0 with a 2.77 GAA and .911 save percentage.   Here are the current NWHL standings:

  1. Metropolitan Riveters (11-0-0)
  2. Buffalo Beauts (7-4-0)
  3. Boston Pride (2-6-3)
  4. Connecticut Whale (2-7-2)

PRO CHESS LEAGUE EARLY DIVISION LEADERS

The Estonia Horses (East), Stockhold Snowballs (Central), Minnesota Blizzard (Atlantic) and Chengdu Pandas (Pacific) are off to an early lead in their divisions.   Round 3 of the season is this week.   Yu Yangyi (Chengdu) is the leading player with 7.5 points and a rating of 2750.

NBA’S CHRIS PAUL TO HEADLINE NINTH STATE FARM BOWLING TOURNAMENT

Houston Rockets All-Star guard and tournament host Chris Paul will try to defend his doubles title with a new partner in the ninth State Farm® CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Go Bowling! Super Bowl Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN from Bowlero The Woodlands in the Houston suburb of Conroe, Texas.

Paul will be joined by several celebrities and PBA Tour stars who will compete in the multi-format event which benefits the Chris Paul Family Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth, education, health, sports and social responsibility.

In addition to Paul, who is the defending champion of the doubles event (with PBA partner Chris Barnes), other participating celebrities include former NFL All Pro and former Celebrity Invitational winner Terrell Owens, Boston Red Sox All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts, and Paul’s All-Star Rockets teammate James Harden.

NEW MIXED-GENDER ULTIMATE DISC LEAGUE PLANNED

The new semi-pro mixed-gender United Ultimate Disc League (UUL) plans to start play in April 2019 with eight teams and will be competition for the more-established American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL). The UUL will feature six-on-six competition (three men and three women per team) on a smaller field rather than the traditional seven-on-seven style and larger field used by the AUDL. The mixed-gender aspect of the league is a new and timely concept, as the AUDL recently faced a boycott by players due to its lack of female representation. The first-year teams are listed in a North Division with the Boston Whalers, New York Kraken, Philadelphia Pride and Washington Generals, and a South Division with the Carolina Cutlass (Raleigh, NC), Nashville Tristars, Atlanta Hounds and Florida Gulls (Jacksonville). The UUL season is short (three games per team) with each team playing the other teams in its division only once. The UUL will operate all teams and it plans to add four additional regional divisions of teams over the next few years.

 

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Portland Thorns defeat North Carolina Courage for NWSL Title

 

Portland Thorns Win National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

The Thorns won their second NWSL Championship title Saturday night, beating the North Carolina Courage 1-0 in the NWSL Championship in front of 8,124 fans. It was Portland’s first championship since beating the Western New York Flash to win the league’s inaugural title in 2013.  Lindsey Horan broke the tie for the Thorns in the 50th minute when she finished a free kick from Emily Sonnett.  The free kick deflected off Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper’s head. Horan put the ball in the net to give Portland the critical 1-0 lead.

Miami FC Clinches Top Seed In Postseason After Week 12 Results

Miami FC and the San Francisco Deltas already clinched berths for the 2017 North American Soccer League (NASL) postseason, but now seeding is starting to take shape. Miami, after a big win on the road over Indy Eleven on Saturday afternoon, will have the top seed in The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason tournament, and will have home-field advantage throughout November.

United Soccer League Season Ends

The regular season is over, which make this the final edition of the USLSoccer.com Power Rankings of the season. Now, it’s all about who advances over the next four weeks to claim the USL Cup on November 13 on ESPNU.

Here are the top 10 teams in the USL Power Rankings:

  1. Real Monarchs SLC (50 points)
  2. Louisville City FC (40 points)
  3. San Antonio FC (38 points)
  4. Phoenix Rising FC (37 points)
  5. Tampa Bay Rowdies (25 points)
  6. Reno 1868 FC (24 points)
  7. Charleston Battery (16 points)
  8. Swope Park Rangers (16 points)
  9. OKC Energy FC (14 points)
  10. Rochester Rhinos (10 points)

Matt O’Grady and Dick Allen Earn Return Trips to Professional Bowler’s Association (PBA) Regional Challenge In Reno

Matt O’Grady of Matawan, N.J., representing the PBA East Region, and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., representing the South Region, have earned return trips to the PBA Regional Challenge in Reno where O’Grady is the defending champion and Allen was runner-up in 2016.

The PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour Challenge events will kick off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, at the National Bowling Stadium, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. WSOB IX kicks off the Go Bowling! PBA Tour series for 2017-18.

Victorian Roller Derby Is The Top-Ranked Team in Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby

Here are the current top ten teams in Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA):

  1. Victorian Roller Derby League
  2. Rose City Rollers
  3. Gotham Girls Roller Derby
  4. Angel City Derby
  5. Denver Roller Derby
  6. Texas Rollergirls
  7. Arch Rival Roller Derby
  8. London Rollergirls
  9. Montreal Roller Derby
  10. Jacksonville Rollergirls

Obscure Sports Report

Here is this week’s sports news about sports you won’t see reported on your local news:

Playoffs are set in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) with the two-game divisional championships to kick off today.  Here are the matchups:

  • Baltimore Blast vs. Harrisburg Heat
  • Kansas City Comets vs. Milwaukee Wave
  • Atletico Baja vs. Soles de Sonora
  • San Diego Sockers vs. Ontario Fury

Games can be seen on MASL.TV

tackettEJ Tackett is the top bowler on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour with winning so far in 2017 at $93,070.  His most recent win was a 208-203 score over Tommy Jones in the finals of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  The next stop on the PBA tour is the Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic in Tamarac, Florida on March 18-19.

In the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), four teams have clinched playoff spots.  Macon, Huntsville, Peoria and Fayetteville have qualified.   The top eight teams will participate in the postseason.   The regular season will end on April 1st.  Owners of the Columbus Cottonmouths, have announced they are selling the team.  If they are unable to find new owners, the team will fold at the end of the season.  The Cottonmouths have been in existence since 1996 winning three titles.

The Raptors 905 lead the NBA Developmental League with a 31-9 record.  Other division leaders are the Main Red Claws (Atlantic), Los Angeles D-fenders (Pacific) and Oklahoma City Blue (Southwest).  Manny Harris of the Texas Legends leads the league in scoring with 26.4 points per game.   Harris is in his fourth season and played college basketball at Michigan.

Here at the current standings in the National Lacrosse League (NLL):

  • East Division:  Georgia (7-2), Toronto (5-4), New England (4-6), Buffalo (4-6), Rochester (4-7)
  • West Division: Saskatchewan (6-3), Colorado (6-4), Vancouver (4-6), Calgary (4-6)

Saskatchewan leads the league in attendance with an average of 14,897 per game.  Buffalo is a close second with 14,111 per game.  Georgia and Vancouver are at the bottom of the attendance rankings averaging less than 4,000 per game.