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Local roundup: Fordham-Miller at CFL combine, Brodie enjoys break

Western Mustangs defensive lineman Austin Fordham-Miller of Morpeth is participating in the CFL regional combine, which is being held virtually this year.

Fordham-Miller in regional combine

Western Mustangs defensive lineman Austin Fordham-Miller of Morpeth is participating in the CFL regional combine, which is being held virtually this year.

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Testing, football drills and interviews will be done remotely through video and will replace the traditional in-person gathering of prospects and personnel from the CFL teams.

Fordham-Miller, a Chatham-Kent Cougars alumnus, has played three seasons at Western. He won the Vanier Cup national championship in 2017 and helped the Mustangs reach the Vanier Cup final again in 2018 and the OUA final in 2019.

Fordham-Miller had 11 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles and four tackles for losses in the 2019 season.

The CFL draft will be held in early May. The date will be announced in early April.

The CFL is also hosting national and global combines.

The 2020 season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic and plans have not been finalized for the 2021 season.

Leafs’ Brodie uses break to recover

After having only three games in 12 days, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ schedule is about to get busy again.

The North Division-leading Maple Leafs will host the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday (7 p.m., CBC, Sportsnet).

“In a condensed schedule, any time you can get a chance to get some rest and let the body recover and heal is important. And then come out and start off where you let off,” Maple Leafs defenceman T.J. Brodie of Dresden said.

The Maple Leafs (21-10-2) owned a two-point lead over the Oilers and Winnipeg Jets going into Friday’s action. But teams are getting better by this point in the season, Brodie said. As an example, the Leafs needed overtime to beat the last-place Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

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“As the season goes on, teams get to know each other and they get that chemistry, get the systems going,” Brodie said.

Brodie, 30, has been impressed by the enthusiasm of veteran forwards Joe Thornton, 41, and Jason Spezza, 37.

“It’s definitely nice to see guys that enjoy coming to the rink,” he said. “They like having fun and being with the guys. They like that camaraderie.”

Brodie has 11 assists and a plus-14 rating in 33 games.

Jamieson golf tour to make C-K stops

The Jamieson Junior Golf Tour is slated to make two stops in Chatham-Kent this summer.

The schedule has eight events and may add two more. The tour will begin July 12 at Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club in Blenheim and also visit Maple City Country Club in Chatham on July 26. The other stops are in Essex County.

The tour qualifier is set for May 29 at Fox Glen.

The tour includes junior and collegiate divisions.

Last year, Wheatley’s Erin Kopinak was first and Chatham’s Brooke MacKinnon was second in the collegiate ladies’ division.

Hawks’ MacKinnon ties for 15th place

Senior Brooke MacKinnon of Chatham was second on the Hartford Hawks and tied for 15th overall with a 79 at the Hartford/Wintonbury Hills Invitational women’s golf tournament Friday in Bloomfield, Conn.

MacKinnon has placed in the top 15 at all three tournaments this spring. She has two top-10s.

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