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Last Chance For NBA Labor Talks

It is now two years since labor negotiations first began between NBA  union leaders and league officials, and time is running out with this year’s 82-game regular season of basketball on the line.  A meeting today in New York is expected to be one of the last opportunities for a deal to be made between the two parties.  “I’m focused on let’s get the two committees in and see whether they can either have a season or not have a season,” said NBA commissioner David Stern. The NBA lockout has been in position for 92 days, with owners claiming to have lost more than $300 million last season.  Owners are demanding shorter contracts, reduced maximum salaries and raises, and a more restrictive system for dividing revenues.  Players earned 57 percent of … Read entire article »

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Shanahan Imposes NHL Suspensions, Season’s Not Even Started

Ex-NHL player Brendan Shanahan has not only taken the position with the National Hockey League as the VP of Hockey and Business Development, but has already implemented some tough penalties – and the regular season has not even started yet. While Shanahan’s predecessor, who was Colin Campbell, had a career which was marked with inconsistencies, Shanahan is looking to make a bold clear statement upfront, and has better tools with which to implement it. He has been given the okay from the National Hockey League to give stiffer suspensions for illegal hits, and Rule 48, which is illegal hits to the head, has also been given more leeway this season. Shanahan, whose statistics as a player included 600 goals and approximately 2,000 penalty minutes, is able to identify with the majority of … Read entire article »

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Patrick Makau Of Kenya Breaks World Record In German Marathon

A new world record was set by Patrick Makau of Kenya when he ran the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes and 38 seconds in Berlin on Sunday 25 September. This was the second consecutive year that Makau who is 26  has won the race in Berlin. Makau is only the second man to have run this course of 26.2 miles in under 2 hours 4 minutes. Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia is the only other man to achieve this, and he did so in 2008 when he ran this marathon in 2 hours 3 minutes and 59 seconds. However, Gebrselassie has had injury problems this year, and seemed to have given up after a strong start, eventually dropping out after about 27 kilometers. Stephen Kwelio Chemplany completed the course in second … Read entire article »

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NBA Training Camps Postponed And 43 Preseason Games Canceled

The National Basketball Association announced on Friday that training camps have been postponed indefinitely, and 43 preseason games have been canceled. Training camps were expected to begin on 3 October, with preseason games scheduled for 9-15 October, but a statement by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said “We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games. We will make further decisions as warranted.” This was not unexpected, since the last meeting between the owners and the players ended on Thursday without a collective bargaining agreement, cba. However, both sides are hopeful that the regular season can be played in its entirety. The season is scheduled to begin 1 November. The players were locked … Read entire article »

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Mike Modano Retires from NHL Hockey After 21 Years

After 21 years of playing men’s hockey in the National Hockey League, Mike Modano has decided at the age of 41 that it is time to retire. With the record for the leading goal and points scorer all-time for American born players in the NHL, he had 561 goals along with 1,374 points scored in 1,499 games. Modano, a 6 foot three inch center, played for the Dallas Stars for 20 seasons, and then in the summer of 2010 he signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent. However, he lost a good part of that season when a skate sliced the tendon in his right wrist, and the road back from injury was longer and harder than expected. He played 40 games last season, less than half a … Read entire article »

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Djokovic Wins Men’s Tennis Final At U.S. Open

The men’s U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in New York was won by Novak Djokovic, bringing his record for 2011 tennis matches to 64 wins and only two losses. He has been ranked as the world’s number 1 player for the men since he beat Rafael Nadal in July at the Wimbledon tennis championship. Nadal was ranked number two. Novak Djokovic won the match 6-2, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1, with many long rallies, on occasions more than thirty shots, a match which was exhausting to watch never mind play in, taking over four hours to complete. But despite having to take a time out for medical reasons Djokovic, a Serbian was again victorious over Nadal who was the reigning champion. This means that Djokovic has beaten the Spaniard the last 6 times … Read entire article »

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Galimov, 37th Member Of Hockey Team Dies In Hospital After Plane Crash

On Monday Alexander Galimov, the lone survivor of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Men’s Hockey Team died on Monday of the injuries he received five days ago in the air plane crash which killed the rest of his team members and coaches, along with seven crew members. He suffered from severe burns over 90 per cent of his body. An eighth member of the crew, Alexander Sizov, survived the flight but remains in hospital in stable condition after being in a medically induced coma for a while. He will be questioned by investigators when the doctors allow this, based on his health. The plane which the team had chartered to take them to the first game of the season for the Kontinental Hockey League club against Minsk in Belarus on 7 September, … Read entire article »

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After Crash Kills Lokomotiv Hockey Team, Kontinental Hockey League Will Still Field 24 Teams

On 8th September, the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation, BIHF, announced that it will hold a championship in memory of Team Belarus Captain Ruslan Salei, (Saley) and fellow members of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv hockey team who were among 43 people killed when the chartered plane they were in crashed shortly after take off on Wednesday. Only two people survived the crash and they are both in critical condition, and are reported to be in induced comas. The team was heading to play the opening game of the season in Minsk, and the Dinamo Minsk will play in the games which are expected to be played in the Fall, with at least three other clubs taking part, according to the Federation Chairman Yawhen Vorsin. Thirty six Lokomotiv members were killed when the Yak-42 airplane … Read entire article »

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U.S. Open Has More Problems At Louis Armstrong Stadium

Two days of rain caused the postponement of many tennis matches for the United States Open on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, but the problems continued on Thursday at the Louis Armstrong Stadium, despite improved weather. Andy Roddick of the United States and David Ferrer from Spain had started playing on Thursday, but after only 2 games, Roddick pointed out to officials that water was seeping onto the playing surface. The tennis players left the court while workers tried to fix the problem, but when this hadn’t been done after an hour, the game was moved to a different court, a much smaller court. Instead of playing in front of 10,000 spectators, the match was to be completed in front of nearly 600 fans. The United States Tennis Association spokesman Chris … Read entire article »

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Russian Ice Hockey Team Including Demitra And Salei Killed As Jet Crashes In Russia

This summer has been bad for deaths in the NHL, with Derek Boogaard dying from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol, and then Rick Rypien and Wade Belak both committed suicide in separate incidents, but now a Russian ice hockey team has been wiped out when a plane they had chartered crashed shortly after take off, killing 43 people. The plane apparently had trouble gaining altitude after take off in sunny weather, and it slammed into the banks of the Volga River, 150 miles north east of Moscow at Yaroslavl. Remarkably two people have survived the crash, the Russian player Alexander Galimov and a flight engineer, but both have serious injuries. Pavol Demitra, 36 years old from Slovakia played for the Vancouver Canucks in the 2009-2010 season before moving to Russia … Read entire article »

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U.S. Open Tournament Updates

The U.S. Open being played in Flushing New York, is producing some great tennis as was seen on Monday in the men’s tournament when the top seed Novak Djokovic from Serbia, played Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. Although Djokovic won the match in 3 straight sets 7-6, 6-4 and 6-2, there was some great tennis played by both men. In fact the first set went to a tie breaker seeing 30 points and lasting half an hour. In the end the number one seed Djokovic beat the 22 seed Dolgopolov in that tie breaker 16-14, but there were many great rallies. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 11th seed beat Mardy Fish seed number 8 by 6-4, 6-7, 3-6, 6-4 and 6-2 to advance to the next round, while Roger Federer defeated Juan Monaco easily 6-1, 6-2, … Read entire article »

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Lee Roy Selmon, NFL Hall Of Famer, In Critical Condition

It was reported on Saturday morning that Lee Roy Selmon, a former NFL defensive linesman, and a Hall of Famer was hospitalized on Friday after suffering a stroke. He is 56 and remains in “critical condition” according to hospital sources, although he has shown some signs of improvement. Selmon was picked in 1976 by the expansion team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he joined his older brother Dewey. He won the team’s Rookie of the year award in his first season with them, and he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1979. He was forced to retire in 1984 because of a back injury, and the Buccaneers later retired his number 63 jersey. Even when Selmon retired from professional football, he remained in Tampa, Florida, and from 1993 … Read entire article »

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NHL Mourns Death Of Wade Belak, 3rd NHL Player To Die Since May

On Wednesday the body of Wade Belak who was a popular National Hockey League forward and defenceman, was found dead in a hotel room in Toronto, Canada. Belak was 35 years old, and was a 6 foot 5 inch player weighing 230 pounds and had played with five different NHL teams in his hockey career, namely the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and, most recently, the Nashville Predators.  before he retiring in April. His latest venture was to have been as a reporter for Nashville television broadcasts starting this season, and he was said to be happy at the prospects. Police have said that foul play is not suspected. This untimely death follows 2 others since May when the former New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogard, 28, was found … Read entire article »

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Huntington Beach Wins 2011 LLWS In Williamsport

The 2011 Little League World Series of Baseball ended in Williamsport, in the United States with Huntington Beach, California beating Hamamatsu City, Japan, 2-1 on Sunday in the final game of the series. This makes it that a team from the u\United States has now won six of the last seven World Series, with Japan winning last year’s title to spoil the run. The start of the game was delayed for over three hours after the outer limits of Hurricane Irene brought more rain than had been expected to the area. Part way through the game, the clouds did clear, and it ended in a great win for the U.S. team. Japan was the first team to score a run, unearned in the third innings, but it wasn’t long until Hagen Danner … Read entire article »

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Bolt Out Of 100 Meter Final At Worlds

It was a shock to all, and left the fans gasping at the World Athletic Championships in Daegu, South Korea, as the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false start. With technology able to tell when an athlete jumps the starter’s gun by the merest fraction of a second, the present false start regulation makes no allowances for mistakes. You make a false start and you are disqualified. In 2003 the rules allowing each runner to have one false start were changed, to try to reduce the number of times the racers were having to be restarted. This played havoc for television stations filming events, and caused some athletes great stress, and so a change was implemented. Then in January 2010, the International Association of Athletics Federations, the IAAF, … Read entire article »

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Langley 2-1 In Little League World Series In Williamsport

The Canadian team from Langley, British Columbia achieved a 5-3 win over Chinese-Paipei at the 65th 2011 Little League World series for baseball in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on Monday, something no other Canadian team has been able to do in 16 previous attempts. This win improves the Langley team to 2-1 in this double knock out tournament, which has now lost Chinese Taipei from the tournament since they lost their opening game to Mexico. Representing the Asia Pacific region they have won the tournament 17-0 previously, and the win over the powerhouse was both unexpected but rewarding. This moves Langley into another must win game which will be played Tuesday against Japan who beat Saudi Arabia 13-4 after being 4-3 down following the first two innings. Yi-An Pan is the starting pitcher for Langley, … Read entire article »

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No United States Bid For 2020 Summer Olympics

On Monday the United States Olympic Committee announced that it has notified all the cities which were interested that it will not be submitting a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.  New HYork, Chicago and Dallas had been interested in the hosting, but before this could be made, the USOC needed to settle  a revenue-sharing deal with the International Olympic Committee. For the 2016 Summer Olympics, Chicago beat Los Angeles and San Francisco to become the bid city for the U.S. but Rio de Janeiro won the right to be the  host country. The 2012 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in England in 2012. For the U.S., the last Summer Games were held in 1996 in Atlanta, with Salt Lake City hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics. Although the due date … Read entire article »

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Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Luke Walton Of LA Lakers Help Fired Staff

Basketball stars do not always make the news for the best of reasons, but it is reported that Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers who play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), have made sure that other members of their staff have not been forgotten, even though contracts have not been renewed. Chris Bodaken and Patrick O’Keefe both worked in the video department for the Lakers this past season, but their contracts were not renewed, but Bryant and Fisher, as well as Luke Walton, another player, made sure that the men did not leave empty-handed. The team gave the pair $65,000 to split between them from the playoff bonus pool. Bodaken said, “At the end of the day, he told us he was going to take care of … Read entire article »

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