Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for March 8, 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 - Oilers win fourth straight game

The Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 last night for their fourth straight win. This streak has quietly come out of nowhere, and included a win over the playoff-seeking Columbus Blue Jackets. The Oilers are still seven points out of the playoffs with 14 games left, and it's hard to see them making up that ground, but a late-season win streak is still good for the sake of the team entering next season regardless. The Oilers play the Leafs, who are coming off a loss to the Canucks, on Saturday, March 9 in Edmonton. Meanwhile, Connor McDavid is quietly third in the league in points with 94, two behind Patrick Kane in second, and Leon Draisaitl is second in the league in goals scored with 41. Who says the Oilers have nothing to be excited about?

Second Base - Washington Redskins trade for Case Keenum

The NHL offseason is just beginning, but it's already been very interesting, with the rise of Kyler Murray to the draft boards and some surprising players being released before free agency. Yesterday, the Washington Redskins added to the strangeness by trading for quarterback Case Keenum of the Denver Broncos. The Redskins are only giving up a 2020 6th round draft pick and will only have to pay Keenum $3.5 million of his original $18 million salary, as the contract has been reworked, but it's still a surprising move for a team desperate at QB. They could have drafted one, or traded for Josh Rosen who has higher upside, but instead their quarterback competition will be between Case Keenum and Colt McCoy. Good luck, Redskins fans. 

Third Base - Huskies host Navigators tonight in Game 5

The Fort St. John Huskies will host the North Peace Navigators tonight for Game 5 of their NWJHL semi-final at 8 p.m. The series is tied 2-2, after the Navs blew out the Huskies at home by a score of 10-4. It's an uncharacteristic loss for the Huskies, and hard to imagine them playing that poorly again, but anything can happen, and the Navigators should be pretty confident. Still, there shoudl be a large crowd at the North Peace Arena tonight and I expect another close game tonight, like the first three games of the series. Game 6 will be at 8 p.m. in Peace River tomorrow. If necessary, Game 7 will go Sunday, March 10 in Fort St. John at 2 p.m.

Home Base - Bills pull out of Antonio Brown trade talks

All week long, the Pittsburgh Steelers were saying that disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown would be traded by today, March 8. Last night, it was reported the Buffalo Bills were finalizing a trade with the Steelers. However, overnight, the deal fell apart, nd the Bills have said they will instead address the WR position through the draft and free agency. It's not known exactly what happened, but there are rumours that Brown scared the Bills off and said he wouldn't report to the team if they traded for him. All of this is making it unlikely that he'll be traded today, and that the Steelers will get very much for him when they actually do trade him. Teams seem to be weary of trading for Brown, and this is as bizarre a situation the NFL's ever had, given that Brown is one of the league's biggest stars and three best receivers. 

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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