Hartley's Sports ShortsSports HARTLEY’S SPORTS SHORTS: THURSDAY, JUNE 14 SHARE ON: Hartley Miller, staff Thursday, Jun. 14th, 2018 (As of 12:01AM) SOCCER: It’s the opening day of the 2018 World Cup of Soccer. The month-long tournament starts with host Russia against Saudi Arabia (8AM PT). There will be three games on Friday: Egypt vs. Uruguay (5AM), Morocco against Iran (8AM), and Portugal vs. Spain (11AM). ### Canada will host a World Cup game for the first time in 2026. The combined bid from the United States, Mexico, and Canada won the hosting rights beating out Morocco by a vote of 134-65. Current plans call for Canada and Mexico to host 10 games each with the other 60 in the U.S. Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal are Canadian cities where games will be played. The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar. PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS: The Prince George Cougars will play a five-game pre-season schedule, all against BC Division teams. They have four on the road and one at the CN Centre. The Cougars start with an exhibition game against the Blazers in Kamloops on August 31st and conclude with a home game vs. the Blazers on Saturday, September 15th. The WHL regular season schedule will be announced the last week of this month. PRINCE GEORGE SENIOR LACROSSE: RPR Mechanical/J.R. Construction Bandits 14 Westwood Pub Devils 8 The 12-2 Bandits have clinched first place in the regular season. Tonight at 8 in Quesnel Westwood Pub Devils vs. Quesnel Crossfire STANDINGS: (on Thursday morning, June 14) RPR Mechanical/J.R. Construction Bandits = 12-2 Westwood Pub Devils = 8-5 Quesnel M. Daniels Crossfire = 7-6 Mackenzie Omenica Fabricating Lumberjacks = 3-10 Co-op Petroleum Stylers = 3-10 CFL: The CFL regular season kicks off this evening with Edmonton at Winnipeg (5:30PM). The BC Lions open at home on Saturday against Montreal (7PM). Other games in Week One have Toronto at Saskatchewan Friday (6PM) and Hamilton at Calgary Saturday (4PM). U.S. OPEN GOLF: It’s round one today at the 118th U.S. Open golf championship in Southampton, New York. Different players have won the last 15 U.S. Opens, the longest current stretch of any of the four majors. Tiger Woods (in his first U.S. Open in three years) is in a group with Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas that tees off at 10:47 a.m. (PT) MLB: Tampa Bay Rays 1 Toronto Blue Jays 0 The Rays swept the three-game series. The 30-38 Jays host the Washington Nationals Friday.