Around The Bases – Your trip around the world in sports for June 14, 2018

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The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don’t have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.

First Base – U.S. Open began today

The PGA Tour took to Shinnecock Hills for the first round of the U.S. Open today, the first time the major has been held there since 2004. It’s always been criticized for being too hard, and the first round bears that out, as many of the top golfers in the world had awful opening rounds. Jordan Spieth was +6 through 15, Bubba Watson +7 through 17, and Rory McIlroy +8 after 15 holes. I might have to start watching so I’ll feel good about my own golf game. The pros, they’re just like us!

Second Base – Taylor Speedway Hit to Pass starts on Saturday

The second Hit to Pass goes at Taylor Speedway June 16 and 17with gates opening at 2 p.m. on Saturday. It’s the track’s most popular event, and the most fun to watch. Basically, drivers have to crash into the car in front of them to pass them, ensuring a lot of high speed carnage, and smashed up pieces of resemble loosley resembling cars.

Third Base – Fort St. John Rodeo to return July 20 to 22

Organizers of the Fort St. John Rodeo announced Wednesday morning that the event, which was brought back last year, will go again, July 20 to 22. It’s a welcome announcement for a rodeo crazed city, especially after the success of 2017’s return. More details to come.

Home Base – World Cup begins today

The 2018 World Cup begane this morning. First, a strange but really pleasant opening ceremonies got Moscow rocking at 7 a.m. MST. Robbie Wiliams performed, of all people. Then, after Vladimir Putin spoke to the crowd, Russia took on Saudi Arabia for the opening match. The first half was exciting, but Russia was up 2-0 after 45 minutes. In the second, it was all Russia, as they scored at will, winning 5-0. Team’s rarely win so dominantly at the World Cup, much less in their opening match in front of their home fans. Perhaps the biggest game of the group stage goes tomorrow at 11 a.m. when Spain plays Portugal. I wrote this week about the struggle of who to cheer for when your country doesn’t make itbut you just need to do is sit down and watch one or two games before you’re fully invested and cheering for the most random teams. 

Around the Bases runs Monday through Friday. If you have a news tip or story to share, email Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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