Press Association Nottingham Panthers narrowed the gap after a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Belfast Giants. Chris Lawrence scored the shootout winner for the Panthers, for whom Chris Higgins, Greg Jacina and Robert Lachowicz scored in regulation time. Kevin Westgarth, Mark Garside and Ray Sawada were all on target for Belfast, the latter two’s strikes putting the Northern Irish side ahead by one goal, but they were eventually overcome after overtime could not separate the sides. Belfast’s defeat leaves them level on points with fourth-placed Sheffield, who thrashed Dundee Stars 6-0. Tomas Petruska and Colton Fretter both bagged a brace while Darrell Hay and Michael Forney also found the net for the Steelers. Elsewhere, goals from Ned Lukacevic, Chris Wands and Matt Reber lifted Fife Flyers to a 3-2 victory over Cardiff Devils, whose strikes from Jake Morissette and Joey Haddad came in a losing cause. Braehead Clan’s lead at the top of the Elite League was cut to one point after they let slip a two-goal lead in their 3-2 defeat to Hull Stingrays. The Scottish side appeared to be cruising to victory when Matt Keith and Stefan Meyer put them two goals to the good inside the opening 10 minutes of the first period. Jordan Knox halved the deficit four minutes later while third period goals from Jordan Mayer and Zach Hervato turned the game on its head and earned Hull their 13th regulation win of the season.
Blizzard has announced that it will open a brand new live-event destination for esports competitions in Los Angelas. Image: Blizzard EntertainmentThe release states that the Burbank, California venue will be designed and kitted out specifically for esports competitors and the fans that come to watch. There’ll be a dedicated merchandise store which will rotate a selection of gear and goods depending on which game title is being played at a certain event. The initial indication is that Overwatch and Hearthstone events have already been scheduled at the arena, but we wouldn’t write off it playing host to the developer’s other esports titles such as Starcraft and Heroes of the Storm. Potentially World of Warcraft fans may even be treated to some live PvP action from the new Californa facility. Interestingly, multiple broadcasts can be run and facilitated from the Blizzard Arena at any one time. There’s set to be multiple sound stages, control rooms and player lounges throughout the facility. The grand opening event will be the Overwatch Contenders Playoffs which will run the weekend of October 7-8th, so there’s not long left until the new facility opens. The top Overwatch Contenders teams from Europe and North America will battle it out and grace the arena for the first time. Tickets are already available for the event. Additionally, October 13th has been earmarked as the date for the Hearthstone Championship Tour which will take over the arena with $250,000 on the line for the best competitors. The best of the event will qualify for the Hearthstone World Championship in 2018. There’s also indication that the Overwatch League will be played at the Blizzard Arena, although with each franchise requiring an arena per reports, it’s unclear as to how much competition the venue will see. Esports Insider says: Blizzard’s second arena following their earlier arena in Taipei. It opens next month and sounds impressive, so we look forward to seeing it.
“His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans,” the family said.MORE: Notable sports deaths in 2019″More important than being an incredible owner, Pat Bowlen was an incredible human being,” the family added.Bowlen led a group of family members who took over ownership of the franchise from Edgar Kaiser in 1984. The year before, John Elway joined the team after orchestrating a trade from the Baltimore Colts. With Elway at quarterback, the Broncos reached the Super Bowl five times, winning twice.Bowlen hired Elway to be in charge of football operations in 2011. The Broncos made the Super Bowl in the 2013 and 2015 seasons, winning Super Bowl 49 with Peyton Manning at quarterback. “He was a guy that was a great businessman but knew how to blend that with the personal side of it,” Elway told The Athletic. “Everybody that played for him — he had to make a lot of tough decisions. I think that he made those with the organization in mind, but also took care of the people that were on the other end of those decisions. He was always able to keep that relationship. He takes such great care of his employees and his players that that’s what he’s known for.” Pat Bowlen, who led the Broncos to three decades of NFL success as the team’s principal owner, died Thursday from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 75.Bowlen’s family released a statement through the Broncos early Friday. Failing health forced Bowlen to cede day-to-day control of the team in 2013, and the Broncos were placed in a family trust in 2014, per The Denver Post. One of Bowlen’s brothers filed a lawsuit last year in Colorado seeking the removal of the trust’s three trustees, including team president and CEO Joe Ellis. Separately, the NFL will arbitrate a dispute between the trustees and two of Bowlen’s children over Bowlen’s succession plan, per The Athletic.Bowlen was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in February. The Broncos will play the Falcons in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio.Surviving are his wife, Annabel, and ex-wife, Sally Parker; seven children; two brothers; and one sister.