Ban­tams win pro­vin­cial ti­tle

The Barrie Examiner - - SPORTS -

Amid the mis­ery in Florida caused by Hur­ri­cane Irma, the state still has places to play.

The Jack­sonville Jaguars were the lat­est to an­nounce they will play at home this week­end.

Team pres­i­dent Mark Lamp­ing and Jack­sonville Mayor Lenny Curry de­liv­ered the news at a lo­cal fire sta­tion Tues­day, just hours af­ter the team re­turned home fol­low­ing an ex­tended stay in Hous­ton be­cause of Irma.

“It’s so im­por­tant on so many dif­fer­ent lev­els that we show the world that Jack­sonville is open for busi­ness,” Lamp­ing said.

The Jaguars spent three nights in Hous­ton be­cause of the hur­ri­cane.

Lamp­ing said EverBank Field in Jack­sonville passed its fi­nal NFL in­spec­tion Tues­day to gain clear­ance to host a game. Sta­di­ums in Tampa Bay and Mi­ami also were de­clared safe af­ter struc­tural en­gi­neers found no dam­age re­lated to Irma.

The Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers will host the Chicago Bears as sched­uled Sun­day at Ray­mond James Sta­dium. It will serve as the Bucs’ sea­son opener.

“Host­ing the game is im­por­tant to us, as Tampa Bay has been through a lot over the past few days,” Buc­ca­neers CEO Brian Ford said. The Bucs’ game last Sun­day at Mi­ami was post­poned un­til Nov. 19 be­cause of the storm.

In col­lege foot­ball, No. 22 South Florida was to re­sume prac­tice Tues­day and will play host to Illi­nois on Fri­day, also at Ray­mond James. USF ath­letic di­rec­tor Mark Har­lan said the Bulls de­ter­mined their game could be safely played as sched­uled with­out hurt­ing re­cov­ery ef­forts.

No. 23 Ten­nessee and 24thranked Florida will play as sched­uled Satur­day in Gainesville. Florida Field sus­tained only mi­nor storm dam­age to sig­nage.

Florida (0-1) can­celled its home opener last week against North­ern Colorado be­cause of the hur­ri­cane.

Florida At­lantic tar­geted a Wed­nes­day re­turn to its cam­pus in Boca Ra­ton and hopes to play its sched­uled home game Satur­day against Bethune-Cook­man.

Hard Rock Sta­dium in Mi­ami Gar­dens was de­ter­mined to be safe for the Hur­ri­canes, who are sched­uled to play the next game there Sept. 23 against Toledo, and for the Dol­phins.

“Af­ter thor­ough in­spec­tion by en­gi­neers, it has been deemed that Hard Rock Sta­dium ex­pe­ri­enced no struc­tural dam­age from Irma,” Dol­phins pres­i­dent Tom Garfinkel tweeted. “We are good to go with CanesFoot­ball on the 23rd!”

The Dol­phins’ first game at the sta­dium will be Oct. 8. Their sea­son opener sched­uled at home this past Sun­day was post­poned un­til Novem­ber be­cause of the storm.

En­gi­neers in­spected the sta­dium canopy that was part of a re­cent $500 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion and found no is­sues, de­spite fears of a tor­nado in the area spawned by Irma.

The Dol­phins’ prac­tice com­plex has also been de­clared safe and will be avail­able when the team re­turns from this week’s stay in Cal­i­for­nia for Sun­day’s game against the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers, Garfinkel said. The As­so­ci­ated Press ORIL­LIA (STAFF) — The Oril­lia Roy­als mi­nor ban­tams capped their Cin­derella sea­son on the week­end by shock­ing league cham­pi­ons from across the prov­ince to win the On­tario Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (OBA) cham­pi­onship in Brant­ford. It was a stun­ning end to a sea­son for a team that was, at best, an un­der­dog com­ing into its first cam­paign at the ‘AA’ level. In fact, the team’s coach­ing staff would have never pre­dicted a pro­vin­cial ti­tle a few months ago. The Roy­als be­gan their ti­tle quest in Brant­ford with a dra­matic win in their open­ing con­test against Mis­sis­sauga, top­ping the South­west Greater Toronto Area cham­pi­ons 6-1. In Game 2, Oril­lia clashed with ri­val An­caster, which had elim­i­nated the Roy­als in their home tour­na­ment ear­lier in the year. The Roy­als played stel­lar de­fence, sur­pris­ing the Cen­tral On­tario champs, 5-0. The Roy­als then met the host Brant­ford Red Sox at An­der­sen Sta­dium in what was a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment for the lads from Oril­lia. Far from in­tim­i­dated, the Roy­als beat the Sox, 10-3. Rain de­layed the team’s fourth game — a con­test be­tween the only two re­main­ing un­de­feated teams — but could not slow down the Roy­als. Against the South Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons from Ni­a­gara Falls, Oril­lia se­cured a 2-1 win. In Game 5, Oril­lia had a chance to elim­i­nate Mis­sis­sauga, but the pesky Twins stayed alive by down­ing the Roy­als, 8-4. While that was hap­pen­ing, Ni­a­gara Falls elim­i­nated Brant­ford. That meant three teams were tied atop the stand­ings with just one loss apiece, forc­ing a lot­tery to see who would play each other in the sixth round. Oril­lia won the lot­tery, earn­ing a bye to the cham­pi­onship game. Ni­a­gara Falls dom­i­nated Mis­sis­sauga 7-0 to set up a win­ner-take-all show­down with Oril­lia. Gust­ing winds played a role in the ti­tle game as Kaczanowski and Teddy Kuntz col­lided while try­ing to make a play, al­low­ing Ni­a­gara Falls to jump to a 2-0 lead. Oril­lia bat­tled its way to a 5-3 vic­tory.

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