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 - Bo Hedges' Wheelchair Basketball Challenge goes tonight
Canadian wheelchair basketball great Bo Hedges is in town this weekend, and is hosting the Annual Bo Hedges Wheelchair Basketball Challenge tonight at Ma Murray School, from 4 to 9 p.m. Come on down to the school tonight to give wheelchair basketball a try, and gain a different perspective.
Second Base - U.S. Open round two
The second round of the U.S. Open is beginning today, although many of the top names don't tee off until 1 p.m. However, the leader after the first round, Justin Rose, tees off at 8:24 a.m. this morning. Rose finished at six under, and had an excellent round. Rickie Fowler is one stroke behind, tied with two other golfers for second. The lack of wind yesterday resulted in surprisingly low scores for a U.S. Open round, though that is expected to change as the weather cools off this weekend and the win picks up.
Third Base - Masai Ujiri accused of assaulting deputy on way to court celebration
A report came out today from the sheriff's office in Oakland accusing Raptors President Masai Ujiri of assaulting the sheriff's deputy as he was trying to get on the court at Oracle Arena. The report says Ujiri didn't have his credentials and he shoved the deputy, trying to get on the court. There has been no comment from the Raptors or Ujiri, but the sheriff's office plan to file a complaint.
Home Base - Raptors beat Warriors to win first ever championship
Finally, the Toronto Raptors are NBA champions. In true Raptors fashion, it wasn't easy either. The Raptors won 114-110, though even with nine seconds, after Danny Green turned the ball over, it looked like they would come up short once again. Instead, Steph Curry missed a game-winner, and the Raptors held on for the first major sport championship won by a Canadian team since 1993. Kawhi Leonard won the Finals MVP award, as he should have, and it's his second Finals MVP of his career. Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Vleet were also crucial in the victory, scoring 26 and 22 points respectively.
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