Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for January 28, 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 - NHL returns from break

The NHL All-Star Weekend was sort of fun, sort of ridiculous, but either way, it's behind us. The second half of the season begins today with two games, including Winnipeg at Philadelphia. The Jets are tied with Nashville for the Central Division lead, and are one of two Canadian teams leading their division. The other is the Calgary Flames, with the second best record in the NHL and a six-point lead over the San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division. It would be amazing if both these teams won their divisions, as this year is primed to have a lot of Canadian teams in the playoffs with a real chance at contending. Toronto and Montreal currently hold the second and third spots in the Atlantic Division. The other race to watch will be the West Wildcard race, where Vancouver is tied for the final spot, and the Oilers are just three points back. Neither of those teams deserve to make the playoffs, in my opinion, but the more the merrier I say. 

Second Base - Raptors squeak by Mavericks

The Luka Doncic hype is real, folks. The Toronto Raptors were in Dallas last night to take on the Mavericks, and held a 12 point lead in the half. However, Dallas outscored Toronto 30-15 in the third quarter. Doncic, the 19-year-old rookie sensation, played perhaps his best game of the season, as he had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and became the first teenager in NBA history to have multiple triple-doubles. I still think the triple-double is an overrated stat, but to be the first in the NBA at anything is a big deal. Still the Raptors came through late, with Kawhi Leonard leading his team to the win with 33 points and 10 boards. 

Third Base - Tardi, Middleton win third Canadian title

Team Manitoba had the chance to win the Canadian Junior Curling Title from Team B.C. with the last rock, but missed on his draw and B.C. won its third straight title. Skip Tyler Tardi and Fort St. John's Sterling Middleton are the first ever curlers to win the event three years in a row, a huge accomplishment. 

"It's hard to pinpoint one that's most special," said Tardi. "The first is unreal just because it's the first time. Second, we got to tie the record with some of the great junior curlers like John Morris, and now to pass them is just an unbelievable feeling."

Home Base - Anthony Davis requests trade from New Orleans

The speculation of what the New Orleans Pelicans would do with NBA superstar Anthony Davis had been ramping up for weeks, with some thinking that Davis might request a trade to ensure he doesn't get stuck with the struggling team. A report came out this morning that Davis and agent Rich Paul have told the Pelicans he'd like to be traded to a contender, and won't sign an extension with the Pelicans. Though Davis still has one more year on his contract, the Pelicans would be better off trading him this season because a team would pay more for him, hoping to get two playoff runs instead of one. One team rumoured to be interested is the Boston Celtics, but they can't trade for Davis until after July 1, so all eyes are on the Los Angeles Lakers, where Paul's other client, LeBron Jame, plays, and has said he'd like to play with Davis. Davis is an awesome and exciting player and it would be great to watch him on a winning team, but it's also sad when a player has to force his way out of a team. It's even worse if he forces his way to the Lakers. I'd literally be OK if he went anywhere else, except the Celtics, and the Warriors. On second thought, hey Anthony, New Orleans is a pretty nice place this time of year.

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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