Sports Shorts by Hartley Miller as of 12:05 a.m. Sunday, July 25

NHL:

Prince George Cougars defenseman Ethan Samson was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Draft.

Samson, who turns 18 next month, went in round six, 174th overall.

He was the only Cougar picked and one of 33 from the WHL.

No player from Prince George was selected in the Draft.

Three of the top five picks in the NHL Draft came from the Michigan Wolverines. The Buffalo Sabres selected Wolverines defenseman Owen Power with the top pick, and were followed by the expansion Seattle Kraken choosing Michigan centre Matthew Beniers at No. 2. It marked the first time in 52 years that teammates went one-two overall.  The Wolverines became college hockey’s first program to have three teammates go in the first round after the Columbus Blue Jackets selected Michigan winger Kent Johnson fifth.

–The Vancouver Canucks made a blockbuster trade with the Arizona Coyotes just prior to the NHL draft. The Canucks acquired defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson and right-winger Conor Garland from the Coyotes in return for the No. 9 selection in this year’s draft, the Canucks’ second-round pick in 2022 and its seventh-round pick in 2023 plus forwards Jay Beagle, Loui Eriksson and Antoine Roussel.

–The Buffalo Sabres traded their leading scorer from last season, Sam Reinhart to the Florida Panthers for their 2022 first-round pick and goalie prospect Devon Levi. If the Panthers pick in the top 10 in 2022, the pick moves to 2023.

–In a one-for-one swap of forwards,  the Philadelphia Flyers acquired Cam Atkinson from the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for Jakub Voracek. This will be Voracek’s second stint with Columbus.

 

Olympics:

Canada’s first medal at the Tokyo Olympics came in swimming, taking a silver in the women’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay. Penny Oleksiak, who anchored the Canadian team, captured her fifth career trip to the podium, tying an all-time record for a summer Olympian from Canada.

Canada also won silver in diving. Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu of Quebec placed second in the women’s three-metre synchronized springboard. For Abel it was her second Olympic medal as she took bronze in the same event with Emilie Heymans at the 2012 London Games.

The Canadian women’s softball team will play for bronze after a 1-0 loss to Japan.

The Canadian women’s soccer team has a win and a tie at the Tokyo Games after a 2-1 victory over Chile.  Janine Beckie scored both goals for Canada, who play Britain on Tuesday before likely going on to the quarterfinals.

Canada sent a team of 371 athletes (225 women and 146 men) to Tokyo.

Among the female athletes: track star Regan Yee of Hazelton who will compete in the 3000 Metre Steeplechase and Kayla Moleschi of Williams Lake who is part of the women’s rugby team.

The Olympics run through to August 8th.

 

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MLB:

Toronto Blue Jays  10  New York Mets  3  
(The (49-45) Blue Jays visit the Mets again today (Sunday) in game three of a 7-game road trip)

The Blue Jays schedule is right here.

The MLB standings are right here.