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ReOrientation is a three-part feature on athletics and homosexuality, beginning Wednesday on SportsCentre.
With the Sochi Olympics on the horizon, Russia passed an article of anti-gay legislation that's sparked controversy around the globe. Gay athletes and other opponents of the law are using the Sochi Games as a platform to bring attention to the issue, highlighting the need for cultural change.
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from Scott Soshnick and Christopher Palmeri of Bloomberg,
The Josh Harris-controlled Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils signed a multiyear marketing agreement with partypoker, becoming the first major U.S.-based professional sports teams to align themselves with online gambling.
The agreement with the unit of Gibraltar-based Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment Plc, the teams and Prudential Center, home to the Devils, comes about a year after New Jersey legalized online gambling, which is expected to be a $7.4 billion business in the U.S. by 2017, according to the research firm H2 Gambling Capital. Nevada and Delaware are the only other states to allow online gambling.
“This is our flag in the ground that we do things differently,” Scott O’Neil, chief executive officer of the 76ers, Devils and Prudential Center, said in a telephone interview. “We’re looking for groundbreaking opportunities with companies willing to take chances.”
from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,
“The tumour in my stomach was the size of a grapefruit,” said Henderson, who was at the Toronto Sun’s downtown offices for an appearance on Michael Coren’s Sun News Network show, The Arena.
“My spleen was double the size and the tumours were all over my body including in my armpits and my lymph nodes were swollen.”
Enter an experimental drug, called Ibrutinib, which is now being referred to as “breakthrough” therapy.
“I take two little pills in the morning.”
The tumours began to shrink and now while Henderson can’t say his cancer is in remission, it is as close to that as someone with his form of the disease can ever hope for.
“In my bones, they said they were 87% affected and now it’s down to 5%,” he added. “And the tumour in my stomach that was the size of the grapefruit is all but gone.”
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Friends and business associates of former Vancouver Canuck Gino Odjick say they were worried about his mental health in the days leading up to Pavel Bure’s jersey retirement ceremony on Nov. 2 at Rogers Arena.
Odjick, who has spent the past five days in a psychiatric unit at a Gatineau, Que., hospital, was not in a good state prior to Bure’s ceremony, his business manager Kumi Kimura said Tuesday.
Odjick and close friends blame his health problems on concussions suffered while playing hockey and serving as an enforcer who frequently got involved in on-ice fights.
“He was way gone at Pavel’s thing,” Kimura said. “We were walking on eggshells.”
Odjick was admitted to the psychiatric unit at UBC Hospital in early September, but was released after only a few days.
“We wanted him in the hospital until two or three days before Pavel’s event so he would be calm, be rested and get on the regular meds that control his brain,” Kimura said. “Our goal was to get him to Pavel’s retirement. He got there, but he walked out in sneakers and a hat when he should be wearing a suit. He knows better. That just wasn’t him.”
Pretty interesting video of Panini taking you through the card making process.
A little less than 6 minutes long.
Tom Murray will be writing a feature column on a regular basis for Kukla's Korner this season.
I do hope you enjoy his submissions and to find out more about Tom, click on his name.
By Tom Murray,
It finally hits me late last week, after the final cuts have been made and we’re driving home, talking about possible line combinations and the team’s first scrimmage next weekend.
This is going to be Tommy’s last season.
He’s a senior in high school now, just a few months shy of his 18th birthday, a shade under six feet tall but still growing, shoots right but not nearly enough, invariably preferring to make a pass and then heading for the front of the net to pick up a rebound or a deflection. The classic power forward—selfless, fearless and dependable.
And sometime next spring it’ll all be over.
It’s not like he’s never going to play again. He loves it too much. But he knows as well as I that this phase of the game and his life, our lives, is coming to a close. So for me anyway this fall is a time of sweet reflection and of memories I’ll always hold dear.
from Tina Comeau of The Vanguard,
Tom McCarthy sat on the bus, shackled and handcuffed, being driven to Leavenworth Penitentiary. The man sitting next to him, a convicted murderer, he only knew from having seen him on the news.
He couldn’t help but think to himself, why had he allowed himself to travel on the wrong path? More significantly, how was he going to handle this?
In his early years, McCarthy had driven on a lot of buses. But none like this particular one.
“I went from being in the NHL and riding buses, to now I’m in the federal system riding a different bus,” he says. “And that was the toughest team I ever played on.”...
McCarthy had gotten to do in life what so many young hockey players dream of. He got to play in the NHL. He was just 18 when he was drafted, surrounded by men in the dressing room, some old enough to be his father. Admittedly it made him grow up faster than he might have otherwise.
Still, he had great success in the years after he had played midget hockey for the Oshawa Generals, where he was one of two midget players drafted ahead of Wayne Gretzky in the 1977 OMJHL midget draft. In the 1979 NHL entry draft he was chosen 10th overall in the first round by the Minnesota North Stars. He also played with the Boston Bruins, played in an NHL all-star game and had two cracks at trying to win a Stanley Cup.
from Ron Kantowski of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
I met the real Happy Gilmore on Monday afternoon.
His name is Jamie Sadlowski. He’s a 25-year-old former junior hockey player from Alberta, Canada, who can hit a golf ball 475 yards. On Wednesday night, he’ll be trying to win his third RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway....
Sadlowski thinks he can hit a golf ball from here to Saskatoon mostly because he played the point on the power play for the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
He played the off side, so when the Pontiacs reversed the puck, he would crank up these vicious one-timers. Most of the time, they were nowhere close to the net; the most goals he scored in three seasons with the Pontiacs was four in 2006-07.
But sometimes his shots broke the Plexiglas, or the Zamboni, and once in a while they would clang off the post, like missiles. And then the goalies for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and the Okotoks Oilers wouldn’t be in such a hurry to cut down the angle the next time Bonnyville was on the power play.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
In the short film, which lasts around two minutes, Stamkos portrays fictional hockey player Shawn Warford, who gets traded by his father/coach and goes on to score five goals with his dad on the opposing bench. The film also features Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle — who did his own Moment Zero ad portraying Kevin Walker — and TSN television personality Bob McKenzie.
Being in that situation gave Stamkos a new appreciation for actors and those involved with filming movies and television.
“It’s amazing that it’s that long of a process,’’ he said of the 8½-hour day to shoot two commercials. “There’s a lot of sitting around, a lot of waiting, moving of camera angles and stuff like that and for (90 seconds) of actual video. So I have a lot of respect for actors and what they have to go through to make a movie and that’s a two-hour movie.
“It’s an unbelievably long and sometimes painful process, but in the end the professionals that edit it, they make it look good.’’
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