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from Jim Souhan of the StarTribune,
Former Twin Francisco Liriano will start for the Pirates, and former Twin Justin Morneau will bat cleanup and wear a new number: 66.
I guessed that was a result of the intense hockey fan paying homage to Penguins great Mario Lemeiux. I was wrong.
``Nope,'' Morneau said. ``It's just 33 times two.''
Morneau wore 33 during his prime with the Twins. Is 99 a possibility? ``Nope,'' he said. ``There's only one 99 for us Canadians.''
read on for some baseball talk...
from RIA NOVOSTI,
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that building the sports facilities for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, plus the hosting expenses, will cost around $6.4 billion, but he declined to give a figure for the vast spending on infrastructure.
Russia has been forced to spend big to develop Sochi and the surrounding area, located on the Black Sea about 1,350 kilometers south of Moscow and with no tradition of elite-level winter sports.
“Our country may have invested more in the preparation in general, but we didn’t spend more than any other country on the Olympic facilities,” Putin told Russian Channel One TV. “In total, spending for the preparation of the Olympic Games will reach 214 billion rubles [$6.4 billion].”
Hockey is for everyone. Even the National Hockey League agrees with this. Grassroots movements from Nunavut down to Texas have expanded the reach of this great sport across North America; however, some athletes are still forgotten.
This is why I decided that I would run the Detroit Marathon, well half of it anyway, to raise awareness for the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA).
from QMI AGENCY at the Toronto Sun,
Clayton Stoner, deep in preparation for the start of NHL action next month, has something else on his plate.
British Columbia’s Coastal First Nations (CFN) group is not pleased with the 28-year-old Minnesota Wild defenceman’s actions on its land last spring after Stoner allegedly gunned down a five-year-old grizzly bear named Cheeky.
The B.C. native is pictured with the bear’s severed head and paws on the Vancouver Sun‘s website.
Cheeky was ”skinned and left to rot” and “his head and paws were carried out past a sign declaring trophy hunting closed in the Great Bear Rainforest,” the CFN later claimed.
Press release from Coastal First Nations...
added 4:03pm, Watch a CBC report on this topic below...
from Scott Colby of the Toronto Star,
“You are their idol. They look up to you. They don’t do a good job listening to you, but they do a fantastic job imitating you.” — Karl Subban on being a role model to your children
You may not know who Karl Subban is, but he was one of my heroes when I was a teenager growing up in Thunder Bay.
Today, Subban is a just-retired 55-year-old Toronto school principal and NHL hockey dad. His son P.K., a star with the Montreal Canadiens, was named the NHL’s top defenceman. His sons Malcolm, a goalie, and Jordan, a defenceman, have been drafted by the Bruins and Canucks, respectively.
The father of five has been written about before, not just because his children became hockey stars, but because of his inspirational work as an educator and role model for children in Jane-Finch, one of Toronto’s toughest neighbourhoods.
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Panthers minority owner and advertising mogul Jordan Zimmerman has filed a lawsuit against two fellow Boca Raton businessmen to recoup a $1 million investment into a pornography website that he thought was a legitimate dating service, a source has confirmed.
Zimmerman and co-plaintiff Al Malnik gave Marc Bell and Dan Staton $1 million apiece to invest into FriendFinder Network. They stated in the suit filed in Palm Beach County court that they never heard of the company involved and didn’t know that the site was a successor to Penthouse Magazine’s pornography empire which is linked to thousands of X-rated websites.
Patrick Burke, who helped found the You Can Play Project, which is dedicated to fighting homophobia in sports, announced Tuesday he was resigning as the group's executive director.
Burke, who along with Brian Kitts and Glenn Whitman created YCP in 2012, said he will remain with the group in what he called a "behind the scenes" role.
Replacing Burke will be Wade Davis, a former NFL player who announced his homosexuality in 2012.
"I think, for too long, we've had a straight voice kind of dominating the conversation," Burke said. "I think that there's something to be said for empowering a gay, black, former NFL player who can connect with people in ways that I can't."
So, you have decided that you want to work in sports. Great news! You finally have discovered what it is you want to do with your life. Think that was hard? Just wait until you try to break in to the sports world.
Carolina Hurricanes' Mike Sundheim published a piece on the teams’ site this morning with some helpful tips and advice for those that are trying to break into the sports world; I read through it and have some pointers of my own.
from Rachel S. Karas of the Frederick News-Post,
Mark Little is many things: a husband, a volunteer and a double amputee, an Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan who lost his legs to a roadside bomb in 2007.
But when he laces up his skates, he's No. 11 on the USA Warriors.
“Walking is harder than skating. I put on skates and I can glide. It's liberating," Little said. "You immediately feel equal.”...
Little, 30, called it a fantastic way to rehabilitate.
Hockey requires discipline and teamwork — qualities that veterans value, he said.
"You're back with people you'd trust with your life,” Little said. “You know you can trust them with the puck, you can trust them with the pass.”
On the ice, the men said it's as if injuries don't exist.
"Sergey Lavrov and I are old hockey players, and we both know that diplomacy, like hockey, can sometimes result in the occasional collision."
-Secretary of State John Kerry on the diplomatic relationship between the USA and Russia. More at ABC News.
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