(As of 12:01 a.m.)

PG COUGARS:

The Prince George Cougars have found a right-hand man for head coach and GM Mark Lamb.

The Cougars have hired Jason Smith as an Associate Coach.

The 45-year-old Smith was the Kelowna Rockets head coach for two-plus seasons guiding them to back to back 40 plus win seasons beginning in 2016-17.

He was let go last season after the Rockets 4-10 start.

Smith played more than 1,000 games in the NHL over 15 seasons.

After his playing days, he joined the Ottawa Senators coaching staff.

Smith played under Lamb 18 years ago when Lamb was an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers.

PG SPRUCE KINGS:

The Prince George Spruce Kings have traded their back-up goalie Keenan Rancier to the Estevan Bruins of the SJHL for forward Preston Brodziak.

The 20-year-old Brodziak has played two seasons in the BCHL, notching 50 points in 109 regular-season games.

NHL:

There are reports that former Carolina Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis will be named the GM for Seattle’s NHL expansion team.

Francis, a Hall of Famer who played 22 years in the league, is expected to have full control on Seattle’s front office assistants and coaches.

The team is likely to start play in the 2021-22 season.

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The Ottawa Senators have dealt forward Zack Smith to the Chicago Blackhawks for centre Artem Anisimov.

The 31-year-old Smith had been the current longest-serving member of the Senators with over 600 games played.

Check out NHL free agent signings right here.

 

PG LACROSSE:

Westwood Pub Devils  21  Northland Nissan Assault  6

The Devils lead the best-of-five final 1-0 with game two Thursday and game three Monday at 8:00 at Kin 1.

If needed, games four and five are scheduled for July 24th and 25th.

The league has handed out its individual awards.

Top goalie Jon Wittmeier of Mackenzie captured the Helen McIntosh Trophy as MVP.

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The Prince George Posse compete at the Provincial A2 bantam lacrosse championship in Victoria/North Saanich.

They start play Thursday in the four-day tournament.

(The home page for schedule/results for BC minor lacrosse championships is right here)

MLB:

Toronto Blue Jays  10  Boston Red Sox  4

The 36-60 Jays are 2-3 on a 10-game road trip that continues tonight in Boston against the
51-44 Red Sox.

The Blue Jays schedule/results right here.

The MLB standings are right here.

CFL:

Former BC Lion Jonathon Jennings will start at quarterback for the Ottawa Redblacks in their next game Friday in Winnipeg.

Jennings has taken first-team reps this week in practice.

He replaces Dominque Davis who has not thrown a touchdown pass in the RedBlacks last two games, both losses.

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Week six of the CFL season begins Thursday night (6:00 PT) with (0-4) Toronto at (2-2) Calgary.

In other action: (2-2) Ottawa visits (4-0) Winnipeg Friday (5:30) and (3-1) Edmonton plays at (2-2) Montreal Saturday (1:00).

The (1-4) B.C. Lions play Saturday (4:00) in Saskatchewan against the (1-3) Roughriders.

The Lions are giving up an average of 30 points a game while scoring just 20.

The 2019 schedule is right here.

The CFL standings are right here.

GOLF:

The (British) Open will be held in Northern Ireland for just the second time.

The 148th Open tees off Thursday.

Brooks Koepka has won four of the last eight Majors.

Koepka and Dustin Johnson are both listed by oddsmakers at 10/1 behind Rory McIlroy who is 8-1.

Tiger Woods checks in at 20/1.

Francesco Molinari (25/1) is the defending champion.

The odds to win list is right here.

NBA:

The NBA signings are right here.