Thompson Sports News Archives for 2021-11

Toronto's Guerrero Jr., Semien, Ray all named to all-MLB first team

TORONTO - A trio of Toronto Blue Jays has been named to the all-MLB first team, recognizing their stellar 2021 seasons.

First baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., second baseman Marcus Semien and left-hander Robbie Ray all received the honour Tuesday, while outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was picked for the second team.

Guerrero finished the 2021 campaign with a .311 batting average, 111 runs batted in and tied for first in the American League with 48 home runs.

Semien hit .265 with 102 RBIs and set a single-season record for home runs by a first baseman with 45.

Ray ended the year with a 13-7 with a 2.84 earned-run average and won the Cy Young Award as the American League's best pitcher.

Guerrero and Semien were finalists for AL MVP, though the award ultimately went to Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani.

Stampeders stun Bombers 13-12 with late 4th-quarter comeback in final playoff tune-up

CALGARY - The Calgary Stampeders saved their best for the fourth quarter as they pulled off a 13-12 come-from-behind win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday.

Rene Paredes kicked a 27-yard field goal, his second of the game, as time expired to give the Stampeders (8-6) their third straight win to end the regular season.

Quarterback Jack Maier threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Luther Hakunavanhu at 13:17 of the fourth quarter to set up the heroics by Paredes, who also kicked a 32-yard field goal with 4:53 to play to start the rally.

Bo Levi Mitchell started at quarterback for the Stamps and went 7 for 11 for just 39 years. Maier came into the game for Calgary to start the second half and completed 10-of-20 passes for 177 yards to go with his one TD pass and one interception.

Sergio Castillo kicked four field goals to give the Blue Bombers (11-3) a 12-0 lead at 8:24 of the fourth quarter before the Stamps rallied for the win.

Zach Collaros started the game at quarterback for the Bombers and completed 7-of-10 passes for 73 yards in the first half before rookie Dru Brown came into the game to replace him. Brown went 7 for 14 for 49 yards, while also carrying the ball seven times for 44 yards.

Canucks 'trying to find solutions' after dismal start to season: GM

 

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning says the club is considering all possible options for turning around its dismal season.

 

Benning spoke to media Thursday, saying he's been speaking with the club's coaching staff, with player agents and with other general managers to try and find solutions.

 

The GM met with the team's owners Wednesday ahead of Vancouver's 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, a game where chants of “Fire Benning!” rumbled through the crowd.

 

The Canucks are second-last in the Pacific Division with a 5-10-2 record and have lost five games in a row.

 

Several of Vancouver's top talents have struggled offensively this year and the team's special teams have struggled, with the penalty kill operating at a league-worst 60.3 per cent.

 

Benning says he still believes in the Canucks' group of players and that the club still wants to be a playoff team.

 

Hellebuyck stops 32 shots in Jets' 5-2 victory over Oilers

WINNIPEG - Connor Hellebuyck knew it wasn't going to be an easy night in net, but he got a lot of help and it paid off.

Hellebuyck made 32 saves as the Winnipeg Jets downed the Western Conference-leading Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday.

“Any time a team comes in that's winning a lot of games, it's on,” Hellebuyck said. “It's not going to be a fun night, it's going to be a grinder, and I think we all followed into that tonight.”

Adam Lowry, Nikolaj Ehlers, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Mark Scheifele and Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg (9-3-3). Josh Morrissey added a pair of assists.

“We needed some good defence, some physical play, good sticks, one-on-ones, good offence,” Dubois said. “We needed a lot out there tonight and we did a good job of that.”

NHL-leading scorer Leon Draisaitl had a pair of power-play goals early in the third period for Edmonton (11-4-0), giving him 17 goals and 33 points on the season.

Winnipeg Jets star Mark Scheifele to play in 2022 Manitoba Open after two year layoff

Winnipeg Jets star Mark Scheifele has been given a sponsor's exemption to the Manitoba Open golf tournament next August.

 

It will be the second time Scheifele plays in the Mackenzie Tour event, having played in 2018.

 

His Jets teammate Kyle Connor played in the Manitoba Open in 2019.

 

COVID-19 restrictions led to the cancellation of the tournament in 2020 and 2021.

 

The Manitoba Open will be hosted by Southwood Golf and Country Club starting Aug. 15.

 

Southwood, where Scheifele is a member, has hosted the Manitoba Open 14 times.

 

NHL suspends Sergachev two games for illegal check to the head of Marner

 

The NHL has suspended Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mikhail Sergachev two games for an illegal check to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner.

 

The incident occurred at 17:47 of the first period of Toronto's 2-1 overtime win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

 

Victor Hedman hooked Marner before Sergachev immediately followed with a check to the head on the Leafs forward.

 

Sergachev was assessed a minor penalty on the play.

 

Leafs captain John Tavares was the first Toronto player to go after Sergachev in the ensuing scrum.

 

“Didn't like it at all,” he said of the hit. “Mitchy was pretty exposed, no chance to really protect himself or see it coming.

 

NHL suspends Sergachev two games for illegal check to the head of Marner

 

The NHL has suspended Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mikhail Sergachev two games for an illegal check to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner.

 

The incident occurred at 17:47 of the first period of Toronto's 2-1 overtime win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

 

Victor Hedman hooked Marner before Sergachev immediately followed with a check to the head on the Leafs forward.

 

Sergachev was assessed a minor penalty on the play.

 

Leafs captain John Tavares was the first Toronto player to go after Sergachev in the ensuing scrum.

 

“Didn't like it at all,” he said of the hit. “Mitchy was pretty exposed, no chance to really protect himself or see it coming.

 

UN climate conference urges sports bodies to hit green goals

 

GLASGOW, Scotland - The United Nations climate conference has urged sports organizations and teams worldwide to meet environmental targets they signed up to.

 

FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, the NFL, the NBA and the New York Yankees are among nearly 300 signatories to the Sports for Climate Action Framework since the Paris climate agreement was reached in 2015.

 

The UN says “these organizations are now being challenged to reduce emissions 50% by 2030 at the latest and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.” They should also publish detailed plans for action.

 

Raiders player Ruggs to face DUI charge in Vegas fatal crash

 

Police in Las Vegas say Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III is facing a driving under the influence charge after a fiery vehicle crash early Tuesday that left a woman dead and Ruggs and his female passenger injured.

 

According to police, Ruggs was driving a Chevrolet Corvette that crashed a little before 3:40 a.m. into the rear of a Toyota Rav4 on a busy thoroughfare several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.

 

Police say the Toyota caught fire and the driver died. The 22-year-old Ruggs “showed signs of impairment,” police said in a statement that said he will be charged with felony DUI resulting in death.

 

Ruggs and his female passenger were hospitalized with unspecified injuries.

 

 

Northstars wrap up road trip with a win and two losses

The NorMan Northstars finished up their month and their seven game road trip this weekend.

 

While they started off with a blow-out loss of 9-0 against Pembina Valley on Friday, they came back Saturday out-scoring and out-shooting the Hawks with a 4-2 victory.

 

Halloween was more of a trick than a treat however, as the Interlake Lightning took a 3-1 lead after the first period. The Northstars came back and kept the score within 1 by the 3rd but couldn't find the equalizer in the final minutes, dropping the game 4-3.

 

NorMan will be back home for their next pair of games against the Yellowhead Chiefs.

 

 

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