Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for August 8, 2018

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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 - Los Angeles Rams and Aaron Donald close to a deal 

Rams General Manager Les Snead said the team and Aaron Donald are, "in the same zip code," in terms of agreeing to a deal. This is good news for both Rams fans like myself and fans of watching dominating players. Donald, the defending Defensive Player of the Year, has been holding out of training camp this year, just like he did in 2017. After the Rams gave long-time extensions to Brandin Cooks and Todd Gurley before Donald, many, like myself, wondered what their priorities were and how Donald would take the news. Still, if he does get an extension making him the highest paid defensive player in NFL history, all that will be forgotten. Now we just need Khalil Mack to end his holdout with the Oakland Raiders. 

Second Base - Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita passes away at age 78

The Blackhawks career leading scorer Stan Mikita died yesterday at 78. No cause of death was given, but Mikita did suffer from dementia. Mikita played with Chicago for his entire 22-season career, winning a Stanley Cup with the team in 1961. Mikita always came across as a nice, happy man and was well respected around the league. His 1,467 points, 926 assists and 1,394 games played are all Blackhawks records. His 541 goals are second in team history to Bobby Hull. Patrick Kane has a long way to go to appear alongside these players. 

Third Base - Doig River Rodeo results, Dawson Creek Stampede going now

The 2018 Dawson Creek Stampede began today, and will run until Sunday, August 12. The event features the Canadian Pro Tour, Western Chuckwagon Racing. ranch rodeo events, midway, and World Professional Chuckwagon Racing. Stephen Culling of Fort St. John is leading the tour in steer wrestling with three events left. 

The Doig River Rodeo came and went last weekend, another fantastic local rodeo that showed off the First Nation community and honoured the Roig River Rodeo legacy. 

“Rodeo has brought people together from other First Nations communities and from other countries. Hopefully the future generations will continue the rodeo legacy for many more years,” said Rodeo President Robert Dominic. 

Go here for results. 

Home Base - Sheryl Jakubowski and Mykaela Stewart clean up at Special Olympics Summer Games

Sheryl Jakubowski returned from Antigonish, Nova Scotia to Fort St. John Sunday night after winning two golds and a bronze at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. Her two golds came in the 5,000m and 400m races, a spectacular feat considering how different the two disciplines are. Mykaela Stewart, who represented Fort St. John but has since moved to Mission, B.C., won two bronze medals in rhythmic gymnastics. 

“It was so awesome and I’m very happy. It feels good to be a Canadian champ,” Jakubowski said.

Jakubowski is now awaiting word on if she made the Canadian team for the 2019 Special Olympics World Championships in Abu Dhabi. The worlds would be her final competitive competition. 

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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