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ATP Finals relocating to Turin, Italy from 2021 to 2025

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A major change is coming to the ATP Finals in a couple of years.

ATP executive chairman Chris Kermode confirmed Wednesday that the annual event will move from the 02 Arena in London, England to Pala Alpitour stadium in Turin, Italy from 2021 to 2025.

“Our congratulations to Turin on putting together such a comprehensive and impressive bid. Italy provides us with one of the strongest and most established tennis markets in Europe and has a proven track record for hosting world class tennis events with the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, as well as the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan.” said Kermode.

“We’re delighted to expand on our successful partnership with the FIT and Sport e Salute SpA and we look forward to bringing the ATP’s flagship season-ending event to tennis’s growing fanbase in Italy for the first time.”

Turin reportedly beat out other major cities on the shortlist including Manchester, England, Singapore and Tokyo, Japan.

London had been the host of the season-ending tournament since 2009.

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Corey Seager wins 2020 NLCS MVP

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In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Dodgers came back from a 3-1 series deficit to win Game 7 on Sunday night and advance to the World Series for the third time in four years.

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager played an integral role in the series, and was awarded the NLCS MVP following the game.

Throughout the seven game series, the 26-year old posted a .310 batting average, 1.230 OPS, five homers and 11 RBI.

He chose the humble route, and gave credit to the entire team when asked about winning the award.

“Obviously it wasn’t just me. That was a complete team effort right there,” said Seager.

“Absolutely grinded throughout that series. That was a test every single night. We’re up for the next one too.”

The Dodgers will face the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series. They will look to win it all for the first time since 1988.

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Legendary hockey announcer Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick retires from broadcasting after 50 years

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Another legendary voice is riding off into the sunset.

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who is known as the voice of hockey in the United States, officially announced that he is retiring for good from announcing NHL games after a historic 50-year career.

“It was 50 years ago this fall, with pen and pad in hand at old Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, I got my first chance to cover the National Hockey League…Gordie Howe was a Red Wing, Bobby Hull was a Blackhawk, Bobby Orr was a Bruin. A time like this makes me recall that we have seen a lot together. The biggest crowd ever, 105,000 at Michigan Stadium. A gold medal game that required overtime between the two North American powers in Vancouver.” said Emrick in a statement.

“Things change over 50 years, but much of what I love is unchanged from then to now and into the years ahead. I still get chills seeing the Stanley Cup. I especially love when the horn sounds, and one team has won and another team hasn’t, all hostility can dissolve into the timeless great display of sportsmanship — the handshake line. I leave you with sincere thanks.”

Along with being a Hockey Hall of Famer, the 74-year old has been the recipient of many awards throughout his career. He has won
eight Emmy awards in the Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play category, and the Foster Hewitt Award in 2008.

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Golden Knights win the Alex Pietrangelo sweepstakes

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It may have took a few days longer than expected, but the Vegas Golden Knights have finally gotten the big-name defenseman they’ve coveted.

The team has officially signed All-Star blueliner Alex Pietrangelo to a seven-year contract worth an average annual value of $8.8 million. The deal also includes a full no-movement clause.

The 30-year old, who was selected fourth overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, had spent his entire career with the Blues organization leading up to this point. During that span, he accumulated 109 goals and 341 assists over 758 combined games and 10 seasons.

He was also selected to two NHL All-Star Games, three NHL Second All-Star Teams, and won a Stanley Cup back in 2019.

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