HARTLEY’S SPORTS SHORTS: MONDAY, JULY 2ND
(As of 12:01AM)
On the first day of NHL free agent frenzy, defenceman Brandon Manning of Prince George (as speculated in the Saturday morning Sports Shorts) signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The 28-year-old Manning spent the last seven years in the Philadelphia Flyers organization.
The former Spruce King and Cariboo Cougars notched 19 points (7G, 12A) in 65 games this past season with the Flyers.
John Tavares signed a seven-year, $77 million contract with his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.
The deal includes a no-trade clause for the 27-year-old Tavares, who recorded 84 points in all 82 games last season with the New York Islanders, but was a -12.
The Vancouver Canucks signed free agent forwards Jay Beagle (from the Washington Capitals) and Antoine Roussel (from the Dallas Stars) to four-year deals worth $12 million each.
Vancouver also came to terms with forward Tim Schaller (Boston), for two years and $3.8 million.
The Canucks also re-signed 25-year-old Swiss forward Sven Baertschi to a three-year deal worth almost $10 million.
The St. Louis Blues acquired centre Ryan O’Reilly from the Buffalo Sabres for three centres and two draft picks, including a first-rounder next year.
Among the NHL free agents still available: former PG Cougars defenceman Dan Hamhuis of Smithers.
The 35-year-old Hamhuis played the last two seasons with the Dallas Stars.
LeBron James will play in the NBA Western Conference for the first time.
James agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
WORLD CUP SOCCER: (in Russia)
Round of 16
Brazil vs. Mexico (7AM)
Belgium vs. Japan (11AM)
Sweden vs. Switzerland (7AM)
Colombia vs. England (11AM)
Russia 1 Spain 1 (Russia wins 4-3 on penalty kicks)
Croatia 1 Denmark 1 (Croatia wins 3-2 on penalty kicks)
(Host Russia will play Croatia in the quarter-finals)
France 4 Argentina 3
Uruguay 2 Portugal 1
(France will play Uruguay in the quarter-finals)
After three weeks of the CFL season, the 3-0 Calgary Stampeders are the only unbeaten team while the 0-2 Toronto Argonauts are the only winless team.
The 1-1 BC Lions visit Winnipeg Saturday (5:30PM).
Week four begins Thursday with Hamilton at Saskatchewan (6PM PT).
In other action: Ottawa at Montreal Friday (4:30) and Edmonton at Toronto Saturday (2:30).
Calgary 3-0, Edmonton 2-1, BC 1-1, Winnipeg and Saskatchewan 1-2
Hamilton 2-1, Ottawa 1-1, Montreal 1-2 and Toronto 0-2
Detroit Tigers 9 Toronto Blue Jays 1
The 39-44 Jays are 2-1 on a nine-game homestand.
Nine Prince George athletes (seven from the Hart Judo Academy and two from the PG Judo Club) competed at the Canada Cup intenational judo meet in Montreal.
In the U-18 division, Kimi Kamstra (Hart) captured gold, Tami Goto (PG) earned silver and Brooke Corbett (Hart) took a bronze.
PRINCE GEORGE SENIOR LACROSSE:
The best-of-three semi-finals will start this week in PG Senior Lacrosse with all games at 8PM.
The (10-6) Westwood Pub Devils will play the (8-8) Quesnel Crossfire Wednesday at Kin 1.
Game Two will be held in Quesnel on Monday, July 9th with a third game, if needed, July 11trh at Kin 1.
The other series will start on Thursday at Kin 1 as the (14-2) RPR Mechanical/J.R. Construction Bandits battle the (5-11) Mackenzie Omenica Fabricating Lumberjacks.
Mackenzie will be the site for game two on Tuesday, July 10th with a third game, if necessary, on July 12th at Kin 1.