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WCHA Hoping for Normal Season – Tuesday Sports Wrap

WCHA

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association is anticipating opening its 2020-2021 season on schedule.

Commissioner Bill Robertson told the Bemidji Pioneer newspaper that he’s hopeful that restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will be relaxed enough by early October that teams can play, and fans can attend the games. He also said though, that the league will abide by decisions made by the NCAA.

Robertson noted that the league lost money last year because of the cancellation of its tournament semifinals and championship game, but indicated the losses were less than initially expected.

This coming season could be the last for the WCHA men’s division. All seven of the conference’s Midwest schools have announced that they’ll begin competing in a revitalized Central Collegiate Hockey Association in the fall of 2021. That leaves just Alabama-Huntsville, Alaska, and Alaska-Anchorage in the WCHA. Robertson said the league is actively trying to find new members so it can continue operating.

NFL

Following last week’s NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions have released running back Tra Carson, long snapper James Fisher, guard Casey Tucker and punter Matt Wile.

None were significant contributors last season. Tucker and Fisher did not play at all. Wile played two games for the Falcons, after punting for the Vikings the previous season. Carson totaled 18 carries in two games for the Green Bay Packers, and one for the Lions.

The Green Bay Packers are bringing back receiver Allen Lazard and cornerback Chandon Sullivan. Both have signed exclusive rights tenders. Lazard made 38 catches last season, and Sullivan recorded 30 tackles. Each played in every Packers game.

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