Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for April 11, 2019

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The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.

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First Base - Lone Wolf opens tomorrow

Yes, you read that correctly. Golf season is finally here, and the Lone Wolf Golf Course will be the first golf course in the area to open, when their first group tees off at 10 a.m. tomorrow, April 12. The course is in good shape, and the weather should co-operate this weekend. However, you might want to bring a jacket, as the weather is forecasted to top out at 10 degrees.

Second Base - The Masters teed off this morning

The first major tournament of the PGA season, the Masters, began today too. First-round action will go all day until about 4 p.m., as the final trio of Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka, and Paul Casey doesn't tee off until 11 a.m. this morning. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson have the two best odds to win, but I don't see either of them taking it. I'm looking for someone to breakout and win their first major here, and think Tommy Fleetwood or Bryson DeChambeau have a chance to take it all. 

Third Base - Columbus comeback highlights exciting first day of playoffs

The NHL playoffs kicked off last night with five series playing their first game, and while none of them stood out as the must-watch series of the first round, it was a pretty great night of hockey and surprising results. Three road teams won, including the Columbus scoring three goals in the third period to stun the Tampa Bay Lightning, and fans everywhere, and win the game 4-3 after falling behind 3-0 in the first. The Dallas Stars were the other wildcard on the night to beat a one-seed, taking down Nashville 3-2, while the Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in overtime. Though the Islanders, like the Sharks, are the higher seeds, both teams are viewed as underdogs and they both opened the series with impressive wins. The Sharks dominated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-2.

Home Base - Leafs and Flames begin series tonight

Three series kick off tonight. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins play at 4 in what is sure to be a high-scoring, physical battle of a series. It will be hard for the Leafs to win, but it's possible, and it's going to be a lot of fun to watch. The defending-champion Washington Capitals take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 4:30 p.m. and I'll be looking for the Caps to make a statement in Game 1. The Caglary Flames, one of the more exciting teams in the league, open their series against the Colorado Avalanche at 7 p.m. and they'll have the spotlight to themselves to show the world how good they can be. 

Around the Bases runs Monday through Friday. If you have a news tip or story to share, email Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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