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.
First Base - Shapolov eliminated from Rogers Cup
Denis Shapovalov lost to Robin Haase yesterday, 7-5, 6-2, resulting in no Canadian players making it to the quarterfinal of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament. Shapovalov and Haase both made the semi-finals at the tournament last year. Other noteable exits from the tournament include Novac Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka. Rafael Nadal and defending champion Alexander Zverev are still alive in the tournament. The Rogers Cup is usually fun because some Canadian, whether it's Milos Raonic, Shapovalov, or Vasek Pospisil, makes a deep run and we get to see them play top guys like Roger Federer or Nadal. That's not the case this year, and I am just biding my time to the U.S. Open at the end of the month, my favourite tennis tournament of the year.
Second Base - Motor sports to dominate Fort St. John this weekend
This weekend sees two of the region's motor sports tracks holding events. The Fort St. John Motocross Track hosts the Fort St. John race on the Peace Motocross Association circuit. It's the seventh round of the 10-round season, and is a makeup date after the original race, scheduled for July 21, was rained out. Racign starts at 9 a.m. The Northern Lights Raceway is hosting the Canadian Motocross Drag Racing Association for the Northern Nationals this weekend, with races on Saturday and Sunday. It's a great event to visit the awesome track and see some different kind of vehicles do some drag racing. I'm looking forward to checking out both.
Third Base - Charity Pro-AM at Lakepoint starts today
The Mighty Peace Brewing Co. Charity Pro-AM starts today at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club and ends with a second round tomorrow, August 12. The annual tournament is part of the Vancouver Golf Tour and the last major of the year. It always brings out the best players in B.C. and the best of the Lakepoint golf course. Stay tuned this weekend for results and pictures.
Home Base - Gary Woodland leads PGA Championship
The second round of the 2018 PGA Championship is currently underway at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Gary Woodland had the lead after the first round at -6, and is currently tied with Kevin Kisner at -9 halfway through his round. The PGA Championship is my favourite golf tournament of the year, which is a weird thing to say and probably nobody else's favourite golf tournament. I like the name, I like tha tit's the last major of the year, and the coursse is usually strange and fun. This year's course isn't that strange, and we just had all-time crazy courses at the U.S. Open and Open Championship, but the PGA is the last chance for all these players to put their mark on the season, and for guys who already won a major this year to double up. Brooks Koepka is currently third, and already won a major this year. Dustin Johnson, Ricky Fowler, Francesco Molinari and Justin Rose are all in the mix, to go along with unfamiliar names like Woodland and Brandon Stone. I'm hoping either Fowler or DJ will finally get the job done at the PGA.
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