Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for June 17, 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 - Steve Sadownik run raises $1,800

More than 100 runners and walkers came out to the 2019 Steve Sadownik Memorial Run on Saturday, June 15. The run raised an estimated $1,800, and represented the character of the late swim coach and runner perfectly. 

Second Base - Gary Woodland wins U.S. Open

The 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach wasn't quite as hard as predicted — the winner, Gary Woodland, finished at 13 under — but it was an entertaining tournament none-the-less. Woodland has won on the tour before, but never a major, and was a surprise winner at age 35. Still, he deserved it, and played fantastic golf, especially down the stretch, to hold off a charging and resilient Brooks Koepka who was going for his third straight U.S. Open title. 

Third Base - Erik Kalsson signs extension with San Jose Sharks

In a somewhat surprising announcement, Erik Karlsson has resigned with the San Jose Sharks for eight years, with an expected salary of about $11.5 million per season. The deal makes him the third-highest paid player in the league behind Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews. The deal gives the Sharks a chance at another strong playoff run next year, but Karlsson had just 45 points this year in 53 games, and you have to wonder how long he'll be able to put up top-player numbers. 

Home Base - Raptors championship parade underway

The Toronto Raptors championship parade is finally underaway, giving Toronto fans what they have waited 26 years for. It's been estimated that 2 million people are out for the festivities today, though a head count is impossible. The parade began at the Toronto Exhibition Grounds, and is making its way to Nathan Phillips Square, which is packed full of fans waiting to see the team make speeches. It's being aired on TV now, and even Drake himself is expected to form to end the show. 

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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