February 23, 2014 |
SOCHI - Let's face it, Americans don't usually give much thought to Canadian borders. You flash a smile, and you're through. We're neighbors, eh? Not enemies. But Friday night, in an Olympic hockey semifinal, Canada threw up an impenetrable wall around its net and its national game, defeating the United States, 1-0, in a contest that, depending on your national allegiance, was either wildly entertaining or maddeningly frustrating. "They kept us out of their zone," said New Jersey native James van Riemsdyk, his succinct assessment of the intense 60 minutes as good as any. The only goal came on a Jamie Benn deflection of a point shot early in the second period.
February 13, 2014 |
THE BEAR has been poked. From the time North American journalists began arriving in Sochi last week, Russia's preparations to host 2,800 athletes and millions of visitors for 98 sporting events have been mocked around the globe. But almost universally, most participants at the Games have lauded the facilities and ease of access. Yet Russians are focused on just one way to measure the true success of the 2014 Winter Olympics: whether its men's hockey team can win gold on home soil in the sport it once dominated.
December 4, 2013 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - When Canada announced its roster for the upcoming World Junior Championships yesterday, there was little doubt Flyers first-round pick Scott Laughton would be among the group. Laughton, 19, was sent back to the OHL after breaking training camp with the Flyers. He has posted an impressive 21 goals and 21 assists in only 25 games with the Oshawa Generals. The real coup for the Flyers, though, was the addition of fourth-round pick Taylor Leier. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren called it a "pleasant surprise.
November 21, 2013 |
BOBBY RYAN'S journey to NHL stardom had its share of well-documented potholes. But when times were toughest, he often recalled that special night in South Philadelphia in 1996. Ryan, an Ottawa Senator who is on his way to another 30-goal season, was 9 years old and among the raucous crowd for Team USA's opening game against Team Canada in the best-of-three inaugural World Cup championship series at what is now the Wells Fargo Center. NHL players were not yet participating in the Olympics, so there was a wonderful novelty to the competition.
September 20, 2013 |
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Perhaps hoping some of the mojo rubs off, the Flyers on Thursday will move their training camp here, site of the "Miracle on Ice" by the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. The Flyers, who haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1975, will be in Lake Placid through Sunday, training at the arena named after the 1980 U.S. Olympic coach, Herb Brooks. The Flyers will be on the ice Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Saturday will be used for team-bonding activities. "We've got some new guys in the dressing room," winger Wayne Simmonds said.
September 14, 2013 |
Brandt Snedeker sank seven consecutive birdies Thursday en route to an 8-under-par 63 and a 1-stroke lead over Zach Johnson in the first round of the PGA Tour's BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill. Tigers Woods was in a tie at 66 in the third FedEx Cup playoff event. The first day of play in the LPGA Tour's Evian Championship in Evian-les-Bains, France, was washed out by heavy morning rain. COLLEGES Former Temple all-American gymnast Joe Berenato , 85, died Sunday.
August 29, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Va. - Peter Laviolette said it finally hit him one day while he was coaching the Carolina Hurricanes. Laviolette was driving through his suburban North Carolina neighborhood, not long after the 'Canes won the Stanley Cup in 2006, when he began to notice hockey nets in driveways. And dings from puck marks covering garage doors. Laviolette, Team USA's assistant coach for February's Winter Games, is from Massachusetts. Head coach Dan Bylsma is from Michigan. USA's chief scout, Brian Burke, hails from Minnesota.
August 28, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Va. - Peter Laviolette has his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. He is the second winningest American-born coach in NHL history. He was the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team in Turin, Italy. He is a two-time Olympian as a player. Laviolette served as the captain of Team USA in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway, and skated alongside Brian Leetch in Calgary in 1988. Yet, if you ask Laviolette about one of his fondest hockey memories - through his 11-year player career and 389 wins as an NHL coach - he will tell you about leading a group of misfit Americans to a bronze medal at the 2004 World Championships.
August 20, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Brilliant baton-passing was the key to Team USA's world-record 40.82-second women's 4x100-meter relay triumph at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Hoping for a reprise on the concluding day of the 14th World Championships of Track and Field, a completely new American quartet got no such thing Sunday at Luzhniki Stadium. With a mistimed second exchange between second runner Alexandria Anderson of Austin, Texas, and English Gardner of Voorhees running third, the Americans lost critical ground and momentum to front-running Jamaica and appeared to have wound up third in 42.75, behind Jamaica's winning 41.29, a World Championships record, and France's silver-medal 42.73.
July 30, 2013 |
THE IRONY of Jürgen Klinsmann having his fingerprints all over the United States men's national team collecting its first championship hardware since 2007 is that he was not the coach of record in the United States' 1-0 victory over Panama yesterday in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Klinsmann was suspended after being ejected in the semifinals and had to watch from a club suite at Soldier Field in Chicago. History will record that USA assistant Andreas Herzog was the coach.