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Former EWU star Vernon Adams finds a home as starting quarterback in Montreal

Quick screen passes regularly spun off the fingertips of quarterback Vernon Adams at Eastern Washington and Oregon, but this one needed some extra zip. Adams, who starred his first three years in Cheney before a solid graduate-transfer season with the Ducks in 2015, recalled the first time he threw a lateral pass in the Canadian Football League.

2-city solution seen as way to preserve MLB in Tampa

Giving the Rays permission to explore playing part of their home schedule in Montreal is seen by baseball owners as “a way to preserve baseball in Tampa,” according to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. Major League Baseball’s executive council last month told Rays owner Stuart Sternberg he could explore the two-city possibility but did not specify a timeframe. Manfred said MLB will not expand beyond 30 teams until the Rays and Oakland Athletics resolve their ballpark situations.

Hurricanes to match Montreal’s offer sheet for Sebastian Aho

The Carolina Hurricanes are keeping star forward Sebastian Aho and say they will match the $42 million offer sheet the Montreal Canadiens tendered him. General manager Don Waddell announced the move less than 24 hours after the Canadiens extended their offer to the 21-year-old restricted free agent. He says it was an “easy decision.” Aho will receive a five-year, front-loaded, bonus-heavy contract worth $42.27 million.

Baseball union: Player approval needed to play in Montreal

The players’ union says the Tampa Bay Rays would need its permission to play games in Montreal. Commissioner Rob Manfred has said the low-drawing Rays may explore playing a split season in Montreal. Union head Tony Clark says much work remains “before that consideration becomes closer to a reality.” He adds that the union looks forward to “being a part of that conversation.” He was speaking from London, where the Yankees and Red Sox are playing two games.

Montreal group supports idea of sharing Rays with Tampa Bay

The son of former Montreal Expos owner Charles Bronfman believes the predominantly French-speaking city is ready and willing to support – and share – the Tampa Bay Rays. Private equity investor Stephen Bronfman leads a group working on bringing baseball back to Montreal. He calls the idea of one team in two cities groundbreaking. Rays owner Stu Sternberg says a shared season with Montreal is the best option for his team, which has struggled to attract fans.

Rays owner says shared season with Montreal is best option

The principal owner of the Rays says it’s unrealistic for his team to play full time in the Tampa Bay area and a shared season with Montreal is the best option. Stu Sternberg says he would be “hard-pressed” for the team to stay exclusively in Tampa or St. Petersburg and he is “asking for open minds.” Tampa Bay is averaging less than 15,000 fans a game. Commissioner Rob Manfred has said the Rays have “broad permission to explore what’s available.”

St. Pete mayor on Rays deal: ‘This is getting a bit silly’

The mayor of St. Petersburg says he will not introduce a proposed deal that would see the Tampa Bay Rays split time in Montreal. In fact, Mayor Rick Kriseman thinks this is all a bit “silly.” The Rays have received the go-ahead from Major League Baseball to explore the possibility of hosting home games in St. Petersburg and Montreal. The idea would be for the Rays to play the more temperate spring months in Tampa and finish the rest of the season in Montreal, the former home of the Expos.