Growing pains: Another huge blow to women’s professional hockey was dealt on Wednesday when the Pegula family — the family who owns the Buffalo Sabres and Bills — decided to pull the plug on their ownership of the Buffalo Beauts NWHL team.
The Beauts were the only independently owned team in the five-franchise league and were considered the gold standard for the way players should be treated. Now their operations will be taken over by the NWHL (who already operates the other teams).
It all comes in the wake of over 200 women’s hockey players saying they won’t play unless a fair, economically viable women’s hockey league is formed. So if the Hockey Gods are listening, we could seriously use some good news soon. Please?
So long, Ricky Ray: Following a season-ending neck injury last year, Toronto Argonauts quarterback (QB), Ricky Ray, is retiring after 16 years in the CFL.
He was one of the best QBs the league has ever had, winning four Grey Cups (two with the Argos and two with the Edmonton Eskimos), the most ever for a starting QB. Thanks for the good times, Ricky! We’ll miss you.
Stop horsing around: Despite a lot of foot and hoof stomping, there will be no appeal of Maximum Security’s disqualification (DQ) from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (the first winner to be DQ’d for an on-track violation in the Derby’s 145-year history) because, it turns out, it literally can’t be appealed. According to the rules, judges’ decisions aren’t subject to review.
Even so, like a toddler who won’t take “no” for an answer, owner Gary West plans to file a lawsuit somewhere.
The Night Queen: Last week, Spain’s Nuria Iturrios won the world’s first professional golf tournament held at night. The Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic is like if Friday Night Lights was set on a golf course instead of a football field. Too cool.