Minnesota Wild fire Bruce Boudreau, who becomes the eighth NHL head coach to lose his job this season

first_img February 14, 2020 Minnesota Wild fire Bruce Boudreau, who becomes the eighth NHL head coach to lose his job this season Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild fire Bruce Boudreau, who becomes the eighth NHL head coach to lose his job this season.last_img

Star forward Stephanie Grossi returns from injury for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Two years ago, Syracuse was in the middle of its conference tournament run when captain Stephanie Grossi was presented with an award at a banquet. But a professor did not allow Grossi to miss class to join her team to receive the award, she said, so she arrived at the team hotel late that night and readied herself for what would be a triple overtime thriller the next day.“She was so excited to be there,” said SU head coach Paul Flanagan. “She played the whole game.”Running on almost no rest and playing the equivalency of two games, Grossi scored the game-winning goal, pushing the Orange to the College Hockey American championship. Two years later, the senior captain has led Syracuse in goals each year, but as the season began she suffered an undisclosed injury that caused her to miss two weeks. Last week, Grossi returned to the ice against Northeastern but Syracuse (1-6-1) won only one game in her absence.“She has a twofold effect,” Flanagan said. “On the ice she does what she does, how she carries herself. She is a fabulous student, extremely organized and is so dedicated.”Entering the year, one of Grossi’s goals was to be a leader on-and-off the ice. It helped push Grossi to battle back to full strength after a two-week absence.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you’re out you really realize how much it means to be on the ice with your teammates,” Grossi said.Victoria Klimek, who is tied for the team-lead in goals (three), will now have another offensive threat with the return of Grossi. She said Grossi gave the team that extra push before game time.Klimek recalled Grossi’s first game of 2017, when Grossi wrote on her hand “Be relentless,” before the game. She urged the rest of her line mates to do the same. Then, she gathered her line mates together and screamed, “What are we going to be?” The team responded by screaming “Relentless.”To her team Grossi is a special player, someone they can look up too and gravitate toward. And Grossi is all about her team, putting Syracuse ahead of herself in all instances.“If anybody wants to look at how I should act as a Division I student athlete, look at her,” Flanagan said. “She is never me, me, me, she is always about us, us, us.” Comments Published on October 29, 2017 at 10:11 pm Contact Anthony: amkhelil@syr.edulast_img read more

UW looks to rebound at LaBahn

first_imgJunior goaltender Alex Rigsby surrendered three goals in the two losses to Minnesota-Duluth.[/media-credit]The Badgers’ offense was nowhere to be found last weekend, as the Wisconsin women’s hockey team not only suffered their first two defeats of the season, but were shutout twice on the road against Minnesota-Duluth at AMSOIL Arena.The 2-0 and 1-0 defeats marked the first time since 2001 that the Badgers (3-2-1, 1-2-1 WCHA) have not managed a single score in back-to-back games. The series also marked the end of a six-game road trip for Wisconsin, one which included games against Minnesota State and Lindenwood.“The toughest thing in our business is to score goals,” head coach Mark Johnson said at his weekly press conference. “We were unfortunate this weekend to come away empty-handed both nights. … Their goalie was good, and we didn’t capitalize on a lot of opportunities, especially on the powerplay.”What the Badgers did get in Duluth were several difficult breaks. In Friday’s game, the Bulldogs’ (2-2, 2-2) first goal came off a botched clear that left an open net for UMD forward Brienna Gillanders. The second goal came after a solid poke check from Wisconsin’s goaltender, Alex Rigsby, which sent the puck behind her into the Badgers’ net. Saturday’s 1-0 defeat was equally disappointing, as UW failed to find a breakthrough despite multiple chances and 25 shots on goal.As Johnson pointed out, the other problem for the Badgers was the lack of scoring on powerplays. While the defense looked impressive, thwarting all eight UMD powerplays, the Wisconsin offense was another story. On Friday, the powerplay unit went 0-for-5, as Bulldogs’ goaltender Kayla Black turned aside all 31 shots. Saturday’s effort was similar as the Badgers yet again failed to capitalize, finishing 0-for-3 on powerplays. Despite their first two losses of the season, UW’s head coach said his team is not panicking.“Everything’s pretty upbeat; everything’s pretty positive,” Johnson said. “The team has played pretty well. Unfortunately, we just came away this past weekend with not scoring the goals we needed to win hockey games.”Instead, they are looking forward to their home opener and the first game ever played at LaBahn Arena. The puck will drop in the brand new 2,400-seat arena Friday at 7 p.m. against Bemidji State, and game two of the series will take place Sunday at 2 p.m.Located directly behind the Kohl Center, LaBahn Arena is a sign of the growth of the Wisconsin women’s hockey program over the last decade. The program has won four national titles since 2006 and also has six Frozen Four appearances over that period.In regard to the new arena and the home opener, Johnson had only high praise.“The future is bright for the young athletes to get a chance to work out of the facility,” he said. “There’s so many wonderful things about it. Now we get to open it up Friday night. It will be a special week. It will be a special night for the hockey program.”Some wonder how long it will take to make LaBahn feel like home for the team, as the Badgers posted a 19-2 record at the Kohl Center last year. Johnson noted that the team is beginning to adjust to its new home.The more we play, obviously, the more comfortable we’ll be,” Johnson said. “But our players, after spending a couple of weeks in the locker room, spending a couple of weeks practicing, those things are starting to come.”The Badgers will look to start turning their new house into a home against a Bemidji State team they beat in all four games last year, and currently sits at the bottom of the conference with a 1-3 overall record. However, there is no guarantee Friday’s game will end with a comfortable victory, as the Badgers only escaped the last meeting with a one-goal victory.But it may take until the first puck drop Friday night for Johnson to fully absorb the changing face of his program. “I had to pinch myself this morning as I drove down to work,” he said. “It’s a reality. It hasn’t really hit me yet.”That’s understandable since the women’s hockey team has called the Kohl Center home since 1998, sharing the venue with the men’s hockey team and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams.Once the game begins, Johnson believes that the “pinch myself” mindset will be gone and “reality will be with us Friday night.”And if they want to open their new arena on a positive note, the Badgers will be needing some goals as well.last_img read more

O’Driscoll confident of Irish Six Nations success

first_imgJoe Schmidt’s side suffered a demoralising 27-22 defeat to Scotland on Saturday, and need to pick themselves up for Saturday’s trip to Rome. But the former Ireland captain says the Italian test should provide the perfect springboard for a charge at the Championship.last_img

Man City’s Zinchenko admits wife was wrong to criticize Pep for Lyon defeat

first_imgManchester City defender, Oleksandr Zinchenko, has been forced to issue a statement on his own wedding day admitting new wife Vlada Sedan was wrong to slam Pep Guardiola’s tactics.The sports reporter wag joined Guardiola’s growing number of critics following Manchester City’s shock Champions League exit earlier this month.Sedan slated Guardiola for ditching his normal back-four to trial a back-three in such an important game.It also meant hubby Zinchenko was left on the bench for the full 90 minutes.Speaking on her YouTube channel, Sedan had said: “To put it mildly, and in order not to swear, this is completely Guardiola’s fault.“At such a crucial moment, making such an experimental tactic for Man City is a bummer.“I have no right to criticise, but why play three central defenders when the players themselves take their heads.“I simply have no words, because to have such a line-up… look what players play at Man City, what a bench.”Zinchenko broke off from his wedding today to issue a statement on his and his new wife’s behalf apologising for her reaction to the 3-1 defeat to Lyon.It read: “Although my wife is a journalist, she is also a fan.“During the season she was travelling with us for all away and home games because she is a massive City fan.”Zinchenko proposed to Sedan inside the 70,000-capacity Olympic Stadium in Kiev last year in front of a heart-shaped display of red roses.It came after the 23-year-old celebrated Ukraine’s qualification for the now-postponed Euro 2020.Now, just under a year later, the pair are married, with Sedan posting a sweet picture on her Instagram.last_img read more

Paul Bunyan Days makes comeback in Oscoda

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe famous lumberjack made popular by a 1906 Oscoda newspaper article comes full swing in this year’s Paul Bunyan Days festival.The return of Paul Bunyan Days comes to Oscoda Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday Sept. 23.Weekend festivities include chainsaw carving, a beard competition, a kid–friendly carnival, the 2018 burger competition and more.Paul Bunyan admission buttons are $5 dollars. Kids under the age of 16 may walk in at no cost. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Community members break ground for new senior living communityNext Rep. Sue Allor pays it forward to help students in needlast_img

AFCON 2015: Black Stars handed Gyan return boost

first_imgGhana got a timely boost ahead of their crucial game against Algeria with the return to training of captain Asamoah Gyan, Tuesday.The Al Ain ace missed the opening Group C defeat to Senegal on Monday due to a “mild bout of malaria”.Gyan was sorely missed in the game as the Black Stars threw away an early lead to lose 1-2 to Senegal.Avram Grant’s side is  likely to profit from the return of their prolific captain for Friday’s must-win clash against Algeria.Gyan did some light shake up with the team on Tuesday at a session which was closed to the media and the public.The 29-year-old is expected to return to full-scale training with the side in the coming days ahead of the game against Algeria. Ghana is desperate for a win following their opening group defeat to Senegal to resurrect their campaign in Equatorial Guinea.The Black Stars face an early exit if they are unable to secure the desired result against the tournament favourites on Friday.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Ghana vs Canada friendly

first_imgGhana and Canada settled for a 1-1 stalemate in an international friendly match played on Tuesday night.Albert Adomah levelled for the Black Stars after Marcel De Jong long-range effort had given the Canucks the lead at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC, USA.Watch Photos from the game in Washington –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

Why the Jets, Le’Veon Bell are likely stuck in rocky marriage for at least another contract year

first_img (SN/Getty) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e1/3f/leveon-bell-081619-getty-ftr_1kpzck3j4t9hi1gk6gsbw6vj1g.jpg?t=-1699249692&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7b/ba/leveon-bell-103119-getty-ftrjpg_1ta69tji0hxm617jhwhqfprfq1.jpg?t=617217014&w=500&quality=80 I’m on record as calling Bell’s sitting out the 2018 season rather than playing under the $14.5 million franchise tag as the most ridiculous holdout in NFL history. He never was going to recoup that lost money.Yet it was all about the money when Bell signed with the Jets as the highest bidder, and he obviously didn’t care about the system he would play in or the team’s potential to win. Now he could be on a path like his former teammate Antonio Brown, which would take him out of the league in a couple years.Jeff Diamond is a former president of the Titans and former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He makes speaking appearances to corporate/civic groups and college classes on negotiation and sports business/sports management. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL. Things are unlikely to improve the rest of the season for Bell, who says he’ll be ready to play Thursday night in Baltimore against one of the league’s top defenses. Then the season wraps up against two teams who, like the Ravens, have a top-six defense — the grudge match against his former Steelers team and the finale in Buffalo.For Bell to return to stardom, he needs the Jets offensive line to improve while Gase tweaks his system to help the running back. Quarterback Sam Darnold also must make a big leap in his third season after a lackluster start to his career (80.6 passer rating among the league’s worst with 32 TD passes against 26 interceptions over his first two seasons).If Darnold and the Jets passing game improve, Bell’s productivity should rise. But if Gase doesn’t think Bell is a good fit for the system, how long will the coach stick with him? And what is Bell’s level of motivation now that he has been paid and if he believes Gase is not in his corner?MORE: Mike Tomlin’s miracle playoff push with Steelers should force his critics to puntI think Douglas is in a bad spot with a player who is headed toward the label of “free agent bust.” He can’t trade Bell without the acquiring team seeking a contract adjustment that Bell would surely refuse. At 27, Bell is perceived as having a lot of mileage from a heavy work load at Michigan State and in his five seasons in Pittsburgh. He has an injury history and, after skipping last season, the reputation of a bad teammate who is now underproductive and overpaid.Douglas and the Jets are most likely stuck with Bell for another year due to the salary cap ramifications of jettisoning him. After the 2020 season, I see Bell being released by the Jets and looking for his next team with the offers not to his liking. I guarantee Steelers owner Art Rooney and GM Kevin Colbert are not surprised at Bell’s latest turn of events. And along with Mike Tomlin, they’re happy he is now the Jets’ headache. The truth of the matter is he never should have left Pittsburgh, where he played in a perfect system for his dual-threat skill set of rushing and receiving. He had one of the league’s best offensive lines blocking for him and a dynamic quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger to keep teams from loading up in the box to stop him.I don’t believe Bell left because the Steelers wouldn’t pay him. They reportedly had a five-year, $70 million offer on the table with $33 million in guarantees (better than his Jets contract), and Pittsburgh has a lower cost of living. It was more about Bell’s irritation with the Steelers’ use of the franchise tag on him. But he and his agent needed to look at the big picture of what was best for his career, which was to stay in Pittsburgh.MOCK DRAFT 2020: Jets land a game-breaker at wide receiverBell’s stats tell the story of his mistake in leaving one of the most well-run organizations in all sports for the instability of the Jets franchise. In his last two seasons with the Steelers, both Pro Bowl years for Bell, he gained 3,830 combined yards in 27 games for 142 yards per game. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry and scored 20 touchdowns over those two seasons as the Steelers won 24 regular season games and two AFC North titles.Talk about feast to near famine football-wise. In 12 games this season, Bell has 992 yards from scrimmage, which equates to 83 yards per game, a 42 percent drop in productivity from his last years in Steeltown. He has scored four TDs and is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. His Jets have won four of the last five against a bunch of lousy teams after a 1-7 start, but at 5-8, they’re not sniffing the playoffs. Now Bell is dealing with the repercussions of missing last week’s Miami game due to the flu when, rather than resting at home as coach Adam Gase preferred, Bell went bowling Saturday night. Not that he cares what Gase or anyone thinks since he bragged to the media that he “bowled a 251 off the flu…career-high.” He also says the doctors “advised me to get out of the house and move a little bit.” Did they tell him to hit the lanes until 1 a.m.?Gase called it a bad look, and if I’m first-year Jets general manager Joe Douglas, I’m not happy with my $13 million-per-year running back who continues to make bad decisions on and off the field.WEEK 15 NFL PICKS: Against the spread | Straight-up predictionsDouglas reportedly tested the trade waters earlier this season on Bell, who was signed by former GM Mike Maccagnan to the four-year, $52.5 million deal with $27 million in guarantees. Douglas probably did this to appease his coach, as a Bell trade this year was virtually impossible due to the dead money hit on the Jets salary cap.Douglas surely found out that no other team wants to take on Bell’s contract or his diva personality. The Jets also would have $17 million of dead money if they release Bell in 2020. So this shaky marriage appears to have one more season to run before the dead money is manageable at $4 million in 2021.It’s hard to see the situation improving for Bell or the Jets. Bell is engaging in a lot of double talk — complaining about how Gase is under-utilizing him while saying he is being patient with his new team, system and offensive line. Meanwhile, I’m sure he is telling his agent to get him to a new destination ASAP. Think Le’Veon Bell is having second thoughts about sitting out last season, leaving the Steelers and signing with the Jets?The 27-year-old running back is too much of an egomaniac to admit it, but I’ve got to believe Bell has a case of seller’s remorse after his first season in New York/New Jersey, where his numbers have dropped significantly under a coach who reportedly didn’t want him signed.last_img read more

George Kittle doesn’t want a tight end contract from the 49ers; he wants ‘a George Kittle deal’

first_imgGeorge Kittle’s contract situation is worth watching because of the combination of two factors. The 26-year-old All-Pro is right to aim for a salary well north of what the NFL’s top tight ends earn. And the 49ers, if they so choose, could get away with not paying Kittle what he wants.And what he wants, his agent Jack Bechta recently told NFL Network, appears to be something more like what the NFL’s top wide receivers are making. “I don’t care about the tight end market,” Bechta said, via ESPN. “I’m being paid to do a George Kittle deal.”MORE: The NFL’s 25 highest-paid playersKittle is scheduled to earn $2.13 million (including a performance bonus) in 2020, the fourth and final year of a rookie contract that has averaged $674,572 per year since the 49ers drafted him in the fifth round in 2017. Which is a joke compared to the money Kittle’s top-of-the-line tight end peers are making.Below are the NFL’s highest-paid tight ends in terms of average annual salary, via Spotrac:Hunter Henry, Chargers — $10.607 millionAustin Hooper, Browns — $10.5 millionTravis Kelce, Chiefs — $9.4 millionRob Gronkowski, Buccaneers — $9 millionKyle Rudolph, Vikings — $9 millionZach Ertz, Eagles — $8.5 millionJimmy Graham, Bears — $8 millionJared Cook, Saints — $7.5 millionDarren Waller, Raiders — $7.45 millionTyler Higbee, Rams — $7.25 millionYes, Kittle making roughly a quarter of Jimmy Graham’s salary in 2020 would be ridiculous given the former’s undeniable impact, but the 49ers have leverage. San Francisco in theory could let Kittle play out the upcoming season on his current salary and then franchise tag him in 2021.Hunter Henry’s tag amount this year makes him the NFL’s highest-paid tight end at $10.6 million, which presumably is much less than the salary Kittle is seeking. In that sense, if Kittle is looking for wide receiver-like money in the $15 million-or-more range, even a second consecutive tag in 2022 would save the 49ers money. But don’t expect too much hardball from a team that appears to value a player who was such a crucial part of its Super Bowl run last season.”George isn’t going anywhere,” 49ers general manager John Lynch recently told KGMZ-FM 95.7 The Game. “We’re going to work hard to try to get it done. I think they’ve got motivation just to reset the tight end market, as do we for him. It’s just finding that sweet spot, where that is.”When that happens, I don’t know. But we’re working hard, as are they, to try to make that happen. George is going to be a part of the 49ers for a long, long time.”last_img read more