Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for May 24, 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 - Blue Jays to call up Biggio

Finally, it appears the Toronto Blue Jays management could be listening to their fans. In the midst of a lost season, the Jays are giving their young, future stars a chance to play. Cavan Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, will be with the team today when they host the San Diego Padres at 4:07 p.m. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is also being called up. Biggio is hitting .307 with six homers and 26 RBI in triple-A this year.

Second Base - Canada squeaks past Switzerland, into semis

Canada needed overtime to beat Switzerland in the quarterfinal of the World Hockey Championships yesterday, but are advancing nonetheless with a 4-3 win. It was close, however, as Canada was losing 3-2 until Damon Severson of Canada scored with 0.4 seconds left in the third period. Mark Stone scored his seventh goal of the tournament five minutes into overtime. Canada will play the Czech Republic tomorrow, while USA will play Finland, with the finals set for Sunday. 

Third Base - Busy sports weekend in Fort St. John

The weekend after the May long weekend is always busy with sports, especially if the weather is nice. This weekend is no different. Starting tonight at 7 p.m., Taylor Speedway holds its season opener with the Bomber Invitational, which goes tomorrow night as well. The Fort St. John Motocross Track hosts the PMA tomorrow, and Northern Lights Speedway has two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday. Surerus Park is host to two tournaments — the mixed slow pitch icebreaker tournament and the Kickin' It With Friends charity soccer tournament, while the Killbillies host Prince George at the North Peace Arena at 7 p.m. on Saturday for some roller derby action. If you want to get outside and watch some sports, there are no shortage of options for you and your family to enjoy. 

Home Base - Raptors win on the road, one win away from the Raptors

The biggest game in Raptors franchise history; the best game of Kawhi Leonard's career; the most fun time to be a Raptors fan — all these things could be said about the Raptors' 105-99 win in Milwaukee in Game 5. The Raptors were down 14 in the first quarter, but were down only 3 at the half and were the better team the rest of the game. Leonard had 35 points, 7 rebounds and nine assists, while also playing exceptional defence and keeping Giannis Antetokounmpo to just 26 points. Fred Van Vleet came alive for 21 points, hitting seven of nine three pointers, a career best for him. All of a sudden, the Toronto Raptors have completely flipped the series — they've won three in a row, and can advance to the team's first ever NBA Finals with a win at home in Game 6. Tip off is tomorrow at 5:30 p.m.

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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