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CCHA Commissioner To Be Introduced Today

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The first commissioner of the revitalized Central Collegiate Hockey Association will be introduced this afternoon. The league has scheduled a press conference at 2:00. A live YouTube stream of the announcement can be reached here.

The initial line-up of the new CCHA will include the seven midwestern schools that currently compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, including Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, and Lake Superior State. After one final season this winter in the WCHA, the new league will play its first games in the fall of 2021.

Finlandia

The Finlandia University women’s hockey team has added a new recruit. Lauren Benoit earned three letters at Grosse Pointe South High School in the Detroit area, and was an All-State first team selection as a senior.

Baseball

The prospect of major league baseball this summer is looking dimmer. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting that “eight or more owners” are now against playing a 2020 season. That comes after the players union rejected the owners’ latest proposal, cut off negotiations, and told commissioner Rob Manfred to set up the season however he saw fit. Three-quarters of the 30 team owners would need to approve any summer schedule. Eight “no” votes would kill it.

The Detroit Tigers have signed one of their picks from the recent amateur draft. Rice University shortstop Trei Cruz is the first of their six selections to agree to a contract. He was taken in the third round.

Softball

In Copper Country Men’s Slow Pitch League play this evening…
• At Miller Memorial Field in Laurium, Bucko’s/Labatts will face Koppers at 6:15, and then play Pat’s Foods/Bucko’s at 7:45.
• At the Hancock Driving Park, A and S Industrial will meet Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics at 6:15, and Coca Cola/Monte Carlo at 7:45.

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