Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for July 25, 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 - Jarome Iginla to announce retirement

It was reported this morning that Jarome Iginla will hold a press conference on Monday, July 30 to officially announce his retirement from the NHL. If you thought he was already tired, that's fair as he didn't play last season. Either way, it's truly the end of an era for one of the best players on a Canadian team in his generation. Iginla had 625 goals in his career, and will no doubt go into the Hall of Fame. I was never a Calgary fan, but I never disliked Iginla, and I still remember how thrilling that 2004 Stanley Cup run was.

Second Base - Local athletes win medals at summer games

Fort St. John athletes were in both the B.C. and Alberta Summer Games last weekend, taking home a large haul of medals. Josh Telizyn and Nick Gulliov competed in cross country mountain biking in Grande Prairie, and Telizyn won two gold medals. Laci Jackson won gold in girls volleyball at the B.C. games, while Tytan Carson won gold in swimming. Owen Lang won a silver in swimming, and received the Coast Capital Savings Leadership Bursary at the games.  

Third Base - Doig River, Fort St. John hockey players to play in European tour

Doig River hockey players Landen Taylor, Kyler Davis and Mell Makadahay are headed to Europe with the Canada Bears to play in a European tour and compete in the long-running Czech Hockey Challenge Cup in Prague this August. Brodie Gibb of Fort St. John is also playing. The tour is put on by Azorcan.

“The benefit to each athlete is a World Class program with on and off ice training, habit building routines for healthy lifestyle and living, and structure to provide leadership and mental skills development that extends beyond hockey and preparation for independent living," said an Azorcan representative.

Home Base - Los Angeles Rams extend Todd Gurley

The Los Angeles Rams continued their extremely active offseason on Tuesday by signing star running back Todd Gurley to a four-year, $60 million contract with $45 million in guarantees. It's the largest contract ever given to a running back on a per year basis, and should reset the market for running backs. Gurley is deserving, and has earned it. Just last week, the Rams gave a big extension to wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who has yet to play for the team. In the midst of all these expensive deals is the fact that the Rams have yet to give the regining Defensive Player of the Year, Aaron Donald, the record-breaking contract he wants and deserves. As a Rams fan, I've been panicking for some time as I didn't believe Rams General Manager Les Snead was interested in signing Donald for more than $20 million a year. However, I'm starting to come around, and believe in Snead to get it done. I just hope that Donald doesn't get too ornery in the process.

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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