Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for September 10, 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 - Tough weekend for sports in Fort St. John

This weekend's weather stayed true to the forecast. It poured rain all morning and into the afternoon on Saturday, and continued to rain a little lighter for the rest of the day. It was enough to cancel the final weekend of the Northern Lights Raceway season, and the first round of the 2018 Lakepoint Club Championship. The racetrack will crown the drivers who were leading before this weekend as the season champions.

The Tour of the Peace charity bike ride continued, with riders riding 150km in brutal conditions. "Sam (Webster) doesn't get to take a day off from diabetes because of the weather, so why should we," said organizer Dan Webster. 

The Lakepoint Club Championship did go with just one round on Sunday, September 9, but with a smaller field than expected. Results still to come. Down at Lone Wolf Golf Club, the fun scramble scheduled in honour of General Manager Dave Callum was cancelled, but a dinner and party at the course that evening still went as planned. 

Second Base - Novak Djokovic wins US Open

Just like I predicted, Novak Djokovic won the 2018 US Open, in dominant fashion. Yes, I'm crediting myself here, but the truth is anyone could have saw this coming. Djokovic won Wimbledon, than won the Western and Southern Open right before the US Open, so his comeback was already in full swing. He beat Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. However, the match wasn't a total blowout, and the second set lasted more than an hour and easily could have swung the match the other way. Still, Djokovic is back where he belongs, despite his ranking only moving from sixth in the world to third after the tournament. That means Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are once again the three best players in teh world, with del Potro not far before. Although only these three seem capable of winning Grand Slams, the men's field is still very deep and the next crop of winners isn't far from taking over. 

Third Base - Montreal finally trades Max Pacioretty

After a lot of rumours and discussions, the Montreal Canadiens finally traded away captain Max Pacioretty, who will be a free agent after the upcoming season. He was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights, for Thomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second round draft pick. The Canadiens seemed unwilling to both give Pacioretty a long-term extension or lose him for nothing, so a trade made sense. The deal is contingent on Pacioretty signing a deal with the Knights, and the two sides are already working on a deal according to TSN. Pacioretty is a proven goal scorer, hitting the 30 goal mark five times, and will definitely help the Golden Knights. Montreal didn't get a whole lot for him, but were unlikely to get more in a trade with anyone else. Vegas, however, acquired Tatar for three picks less than a year ago, didn't really use him in the palyoffs, and then traded him along with another pick and a player to Montreal, so it can be said that they gave up quite a bit. 

Home Base - Aaron Rodgers leads miracle comeback against Chicago Bears

The first Sunday of the 2018 NFL regular season was already great, with impressive performances from the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a wild game between Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Yet, Sunday night's game took the cake. Rogers was injured early, leaving the field after suffering some form of knee injury. New Bear's defensive end Khalil Mack was amazing, and had a sack, a forced fumble and recovery, and interception and a touchdown, and Chicago raced out to a 20 point lead. Then, in the second half, Rodgers came back, was still clearly hurt and limping on the field, yet the rest was history. The Packers stormed back, winning 24-23. It was an amazing game, fun to watch, and at times frustrating. It shows how bad the Packers are without Rodgers, and how good Rodgers really is. Just him being on the field causes guys to make incredible plays, like Randal Cobb's 75 yard touchdown, which was little more than a 10 yard pass from Rodgers. It also showed how good Mack really is and justified the trade with the Oakland Raiders, showed that the Bears aren't really that far from taking the next step, but also that Mitchell Trubisky isn't ready to be the leader of his team. The running game fueled the Bears offense all night long, and when Trubisky needed to air the ball out and lead his team down the field for a win, he was unable to do so. Next week, Rodgers and the Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings and I can't wait. 

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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