Upset Russian coach after defeat: ‘Eat me alive’

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Russia’s coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov is not sure about his future. (USATSI)

To some, a Russian gold in Olympic hockey would’ve been ample to deem the Video games a hit for the host nation, regardless of the outcome of other sports. If the Olympics had been Vladimir Putin’s baby (they were), then Russia’s hockey workforce, a group he publicly lauded and partially helped finance, was the apple of his eye. He even had a hand in picking the person tasked with explaining the confounding efficiency to the media.

Searing questions were heaped on Russia’s coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov following Wednesday’s beautiful three-1 loss to Finland, and given the aforementioned stress, his answers, while candid, weren’t stunning.

The transcript of one reporter-coach change, per the Wall Avenue Journal:

Q: What future, if any, do you see for your personal work and on your coaching employees? As a result of you recognize, your predecessor was eaten alive after the Olympics.

A: Effectively then, eat me alive proper now –

Q: No, I mean –

A: Eat me, and I won’t be here anymore.

Q: But we have the world championship developing..

A: Properly then, there shall be a unique coach because I will not exist anymore, since you’ll have eaten me.

Q: But you’re staying, aren’t you?

A: Sure, I’ll remain dwelling.

Other questions (How much are you at fault? Was this a disaster?) had been lobbed at the coach, but he was clearly reticent to indulge the feisty media. Gold or bust usually isn’t a stable strategy, however the Russians shall be not noted of the medals ceremony for a third straight Olympics.

“There were nice hopes positioned on us, and we didn’t reside up to them,” Pavel Datsyuk, the Russians’ finest participant throughout the tournament, stated to Canada.com.

Questions relating to the effectiveness of using Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin on the same line together with a curious resolution to start out (and eventually pull) Semyon Varlamov in purpose, were authentic probes, but these solutions would greatest be saved for an additional day.

When Bilyaletdinov was asked whether or not he can be sticking around Sochi, he curtly responded, “No, I might slightly depart.”

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Fresno State keeps BCS hopes alive with 41-40 victory over Boise State

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It’s nonetheless September, however while you’re in a non-qualifying conference, it is never too early to speak about the BCS.

For Fresno State, a workforce that entered the season as a popular choose for a BCS bowl, an undefeated season can be a must. And to do this, it’d need to beat Boise State for the first time in eight seasons. And it did.

The Bulldogs went to three-zero with a forty one-40 victory that turned from an epic choke into an amazing comeback within the span of one fourth quarter drive.

With lower than two minutes to go within the third quarter, Fresno was up 34-19. Halfway through the fourth, it trailed 40-34.

But after Boise QB Joe Southwick’s sneak into the end zone for the lead — and a subsequent finish-round to broad receiver Matt Miller, who threw for the two-point conversion in probably the most Boise State of fashions — Derek Carr led Fresno State down the field in a 15 play drive that took simply 3:30 and Joe Quezada scored the go-forward landing.

Boise, now 2-2 after a loss to Washington, had one last opportunity, however turned the ball over on downs.

Both groups combined for a staggering 184 performs, including 100 by Boise State, who ran 60 in the first half. That accumulated fatigue was evident on the Fresno State defense within the second half, which was chewed up for 21 factors in seven and a half minutes. Though we’ll admit that fumbling a kickoff in the midst of all of that does not set your defense up for success.

It’s now been two shut calls for Fresno State at home of their three wins, but there is a purpose the speak of a BCS berth can intensify: the toughest part of the schedule is over. There’s always the possibility that the Bulldogs will see Boise once more within the first Mountain West title recreation as the two are in numerous divisions, however till then, the street is has quite a bit fewer bumps.

And whereas beating Rutgers and a Boise team that bought throttled at Washington is probably not essentially the most sparkling of resumes, an undefeated season will be, especially if BCS convention craziness takes over in October and November. Fresno’s not BCS materials but. But when they carry on profitable, who knows what is going to occur.

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BIG series: How’s this for wild? The Royals and Indians battle to keep their postseason hopes alive

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As the pennant races warmth up, Big League Stew takes a closer take a look at some of the largest sequence down the stretch.

Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals

SITUATION: It’s mid-September and the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals are both playoff contenders within the American League. That alone is kind of a narrative. They meet for a 3-recreation collection starting Monday in Kansas Metropolis with loads of playoff implications.

The Indians (eighty one-sixty eight) and the Royals (78-seventy one) are each within the working for the AL Wild Card, with Cleveland just a half game out and Kansas Metropolis three half of games out. It might be the first playoff berth for the Royals since 1985 and the primary for the Indians since 2007. Each were I-assume-I-can teams coming into this season, neither looking robust sufficient to high the Tigers in the AL Central, however both with sufficient promise to shock some people.

And right here they’re, still in it with two weeks left. Each groups have confirmed streaky this season, but they’ve been profitable to this point in September. The Royals are 9-5 while the Indians are 10-4. The Indians are a lot nearer to sliding right into a Wild Card spot, but either staff nonetheless has a shot within the very tight AL Wild Card race.

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PREVIOUSLY: Cleveland leads the season collection 9-7, however the Royals took two of three once they met final week in Cleveland.

PITCHERS:
Monday: Scott Kazmir (eight-8, four.24 ERA) vs. James Shields (11-9, three.38 ERA)
Tuesday: Corey Kluber (9-5, three.55) vs. Yordano Ventura (zero-0, -.– PERIOD)
Wednesday: Danny Salazar (1-2, 2.sixty six ERA) vs. Bruce Chen (7-three, 3.11 PERIOD)

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Will either team acquire some traction in the wild card race? The Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays would the be AL Wild Card teams if the regular season ended as we speak. They’re taking part in a series towards each other right now too, so the entire AL Wild Card race could possibly be turned upside by down by Thursday. The Rangers, losers of six straight coming into Monday, are giving each different contender within the AL an opportunity to catch them. Cleveland, with a powerful displaying here and an assist from Tampa Bay, could transfer right into a playoff spot shortly. Then again, if the Royals can muster a sweep, that might dramatically help their postseason chances.

How will the young pitchers do? They are not going through one another, however each the Royals and Indians are putting their young weapons on the mound. Kansas City is giving prime pitching prospect Yordano Ventura his first profession begin on Tuesday, subbing for the injured Danny Duffy. Ventura is 22 and can hit 100 mph on the radar gun. The Indians, meanwhile, call Danny Salazar to the mound Wednesday. He is 23 and made his MLB debut in July. This will likely be his ninth start. He can hit 99 mph.

How a lot momentum will the Indians have? After these two groups finished a collection in Cleveland final week, the Indians swept the White Sox in 4 games, while the Royals misplaced two of three in Detroit. Each groups traveled into Kansas City, but the Indians finished their Sunday recreation late after a 4-hour rain delay. Momentum vs. a long day on Sunday? We’ll see.

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Don Nguyen Leads $50K Poker Players’ Championship Final Table; Benyamine, Duhamel Alive

Day 4 of the $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship started with 26 players. By the end of play on Wednesday, only eight remained. Don Nguyen leads the way with 5,068,000 in chips, nearly twice as much as his closest competitor. The final eight will return on Thursday to play the final table and determine the next winner of the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.

FINAL TABLE CHIP COUNTS

Place Name Chips
1 Don Nguyen 5,068,000
2 Matthew Ashton 2,996,000
3 George Danzer 2,868,000
4 David Benyamine 2,709,000
5 Minh Ly 2,307,000
6 Jonahan Duhamel 1,627,000
7 John Hennigan 1,412,000
8 Mike Wattel 810,000

On Sunday, a star-studded field of 132 players turned out for this event, arguably the most prestigious in all of poker. It attracts some of the biggest names in the game, and even the list of players who were eliminated prior to Day 4 reads like a list of some of the game’s greatest: Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Bill Chen, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Brian Rast, Jason Mercier, Andy Bloch, Daniel Alaei, Phil Galfond, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, and the legendary Doyle Brunson, just to name a few.

This tournament only pays the top 16 finishers, so 10 players who made Day 4 left empty-handed. Among those who survived Day 3 but failed to make the money were five-time bracelet winner John Juanda, 2005 Main Event winner Joe Hachem, and David Bach, who won the Chip Reese Trophy in 2009.

After two full levels of play, the money bubble burst, and the remaining players were all guaranteed a minimum payout of $111,893. There were actually two bubble boys, as Joe Cassidy and Gary Benson were eliminated at the same time but on separate tables during hand-for-hand play.

Joe Cassidy (left) and Gary Benson (right)Joe Cassidy (left) and Gary Benson (right)

The first player eliminated after the bubble burst was Troy Burkholder. He busted in a limit hold’em hand with two pair on the board. Burkholder had an ace kicker, but David Benyamine connected with the board to make a full house, sending Burkholder to the rail in 15th place. Kevin Song followed him soon after. He got into a raising war on the flop against Michael Glick, who held pocket nines. Song had overcards and an inside-straight draw, but missed all his outs and busted in 14th place.

It took almost an hour and a half before the next elimination. Tommy Hang was crippled in a Razz hand against Don Nguyen, then busted out on the following hand. Bryn Kenney was the next to go. Playing no-limit hold’em, Kenney shoved from under the gun with 10-Spades6-Spades, and John Hennigan looked him up with pocket sevens. It was a promising flop for Kenney, bringing two spades, and he picked up an inside straight draw on the turn. But the river was a brick, and “Johnny World” won the pot with his sevens. Kenney was eliminated in 12th place.

Huck Seed busted out soon after Kenney. Seed had gotten short-stacked, and he pushed all in with while playing no-limit hold’em. Unfortunately for Seed, he ran into Matthew Ashton’s  The board didn’t connect with either player, and Seed’s day was over. A few hands later, Michael Glick made a stand in an Omaha hi-low hand with an eight-six-five low, but Minh Ly had an eight-six-four low and pair of eights for high, both of which help up. Glick was eliminated in 10th place, and the remaining nine players redrew seats for the unofficial final table.

The last elimination of the night was Mike Gorodinsky. He got the last of his chips in the middle with a wrap in a pot-limit Omaha hand. He missed, and Ly’s two pair won the pot.

With Gorodinsky’s elimination, the remaining eight players made the official final table. They’ll return on Thursday at 2 p.m. PDT for the fifth and final day of competition. The PokerNews Live Reporting Team will be bring you all the action on the way to determining a new $50,000 Poker Players’ champion.