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from Reuters via Yahoo, "I don't know," said Chiara. "It looks funny." "Is it a Fiat?" asked Giancarlo. It is a Zamboni, a plodding machine used to resurface the ice at Olympic venues that has inspired a cult-like following in Canada but remains an odd curiosity for Italians watching these Winter Games despite the fact it is an invention that has its roots deep in the Piedmont region. In fact, the Turin Winter Games represent a homecoming of sorts for the Zamboni; Don Zamboni, grandson of Frank Zamboni who invented the machine, returned to Turin to watch his machines in Olympic action. more

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Matter Of Weeks For Pens

from KDKA,

The National Hockey League is putting pressure on the Penguins and local officials regarding the future of the franchise. The league says that the team has to decide whether it's going to stay in Pittsburgh or move within a matter of weeks. Tempers have flared in recent weeks over the arena battle and now the NHL is getting involved. The league says the situation needs to be resolved soon or the team will need to find a new city.
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Some Games Matter Tomorrow

from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

It was a given that the Canadians and the Czechs would be playing for something big at this Olympic hockey tournament. Few, however, believed the high-level stakes up for grabs would be for the fourth seed in Group A of the preliminary round. For that is exactly what the loser of Tuesday's game between these two countries will receive — the most undesirable game, against the Group B winner — in Wednesday's quarterfinal crossover games. The winner, meanwhile, will likely finish third, unless Switzerland loses its game Tuesday against winless Italy.
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Tuseday Preliminary Games

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Where Are These Players Coming From

from the AP via the Mercury News,

Some of Canada's tiniest hamlets produce more NHL players than all of Switzerland, yet the small Alpine country beat its larger counterpart for the first time since Olympic hockey began in 1920. The world champion Czechs lost to the Swiss, too. The United States can't beat Latvia despite having nearly 150 times the population and many more times that the amount of hockey players. What's next, a loss to Liechtenstein?
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Delivering The Message

from the Miami Herald,

Bill Butters is convinced that God is having a good laugh right now. "The Lord does have a sense of humor," he said. It must be a laugh riot in heaven. Butters, 55, was one of hockey's all-time wild men. Here in Turin he is serving as a chaplain to Olympic athletes. And 20 years ago, if you had asked me to pick a hockey player who wouldn't be serving as a chaplain in Turin, or anywhere, Butters would have been at the top of my list. "For sure," Butters agreed. "I'd have been the top one that I wouldn't have picked."
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Difference Between Olympics & WC

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Edmonton Journal,

Team Canada is learning the hard way that winning the World Cup of Hockey doesn't exactly translate into winning at the Olympic Games. That's because it's a different game. The World Cup uses NHL rules on smaller rinks, which has nothing to do with what it takes to win at the Olympics. "I think the players are beginning to get a clear understanding that there's a difference playing in the World Cup and playing in the Olympics," assistant coach Ken Hitchcock said Monday after practice. "We're not just playing against a bunch of NHL players, we're playing against a lot of flags. There's a whole other level of intensity.
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Marathon Almost Over

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

There are only a couple more days remaining in preliminary-round play here in Torino, and that means the marathon days at the rink will come to a close. That's both good and bad news. The good news is there will be much more time to concentrate on the games at hand on a given day. The bad news is there will be fewer games. Since the hockey tournament began, we have been setting up shop at one of the two hockey venues, usually getting there around 11 a.m. for a 1 p.m. start and leaving around 1:30 a.m. after the last game is completed. I'm beginning to think this should be an Olympic event in itself because there is a distinctive skill set to covering three games in a day.
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Hall Of Famer Curt Gowdy Dies

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Curt Gowdy, one of the signature voices of sports for a generation and the longtime broadcaster for the Boston Red Sox, died Monday at 86. He died in Palm Beach after a long battle with leukemia, Red Sox spokeswoman Pam Ganley said
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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