Vokoun (blood clot) cleared, to begin comeback


Tomas Vokoun will try to get back in condition to play this season. (Getty Images)
Tomas Vokoun will attempt to get again in condition to play this season. (Getty Pictures)


An excellent chunk of the crew may be in Russia right now taking part in the Olympics but on Wednesday the Pittsburgh Penguins received some nice news back on the home front; Tomas Vokoun has been cleared to play.

The goaltender has been out the entire season after a scary state of affairs unfolded within the preseason. At a group follow, a blood clot was discovered in Vokoun's pelvis that required fast attention. He underwent surgical procedure to disolve the clot that he said saved his life just in time.

After that scary incident, it wasn't clear if Vokoun would play within the NHL once more. At 37 years of age, it might be a tricky street to come again.

While the reply is not clear but if he'll play again this season (or next), he is a minimum of medically cleared to. From right here it is just about all up to him.

Vokoun mentioned his focus now could be on observe and attempting to get himself up to health and condition so that he would possibly have the ability to play for the Penguins.

Vokoun was key for the Penguins final season, taking on the starting job within the playoffs for Marc-Andre Fleury, who was struggling within the postseason once once more. Vokoun played effectively and helped the Penguins attain the convention finals. Even with that he wasn't anticipated to be the beginning goalie for the Penguins this season but he was going to get a good load from Fleury.

Instead, the Penguins had to alter their plans and go with inexperienced Jeff Zatkoff in net behind Fleury. The rookie is 9-2-1 with a909 save percentage and 2.64 targets in opposition to common. That's definitely serviceable but less than Vokoun's919 and a pair of.forty five from last season in Pittsburgh.

Talking of the Olympics, after seeing Ondrej Pavelec towards the USA on Wednesday, surely the Czech Republic would have loved if Vokoun have been already heatlthy and taking part in too.

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Alex Rodriguez’s appeal hearing scheduled to begin on Sept. 30

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According to Newsday’s Steven Marcus

, the a lot anticipated — at least for these concerned — arbitration listening to which is able to mark the start

Alex Rodriguez

‘s appeal of his 211- recreation suspension is slated to start on Monday, Sept. 30, which is someday after the common season is scheduled to end. Marcus provides that the hearing will possible require several lengthy classes before a resolution is met, but that might have gone with out saying.

Of course you’re probably pondering there’s one minor problem that would pop that would throw an enormous wrench in these plans, and you’re correct, the New York Yankees are solely 2 ½ video games again in the wild card race getting into Saturday and will still play their way into the postseason. In keeping with Andrew Marchand ESPN New York, if that situation performs out the listening to would then be postponed to a later date.

Here’s slightly extra data from Marchand’s report:

A supply mentioned the hearings are expected to happen in New York. An announcement on whether or not Rodriguez’s suspension — stemming from the Biogenesis and performing-enhancing drug scandal — is diminished is not anticipated until after the World Sequence.

At least A-Rod wouldn’t have to drive far after cleansing out his locker.

A decision may end up being pushed back into the center of November if the Yankees have been to play their means into the fall basic. It might not appear probably, however it’s a minimum of potential. As Marchand notes, if it gets to that point, that would significantly alter the Yankees offseason plans.

The timing of [arbitrator Fredic] Horowitz’s decision could have an effect on the Yankees’ offseason plans. Group owner Hal Steinbrenner has made it a goal to drop the Yankees’ payroll underneath $189 million to benefit from revenue sharing and luxury tax advantages from the current collective bargaining settlement.

Basically all we realized on Friday is that each one parties would like to get the listening to started at the soonest attainable time, which is where Sept. 30 is available in. However it’s all written in pencil and the situation will stay fluid based mostly on how the rest of the 2013 season performs out. So let’s says the Yankees have been to play in a tiebreaker game on Sept 30. and lose, the listening to might only be pushed again in the future. If they lose within the wild card sport, maybe two or three days. And so forth.

In other words, keep tuned, because the schedule and story is always topic — if not assured — to alter when A-Rod, the Yankees and MLB are involved.


UCLA latest school to begin filming practice with drones

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It’s a bird! It’s a airplane! It’s Super…wait, no, simply another drone hovering above a university soccer practice area. Those attending UCLA’s fall camp have observed a brand new toy in the sky above Jim Mora’s drills: A flying camera recording the proceedings:

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The Bruins are usually not the primary school to bust out the aerial units upfront of the 2013 season. Right here is North Carolina touting their new remote-management digital camera earlier this month:

And Tennessee was up to the mark during spring apply, showcasing this again in April (using Vine for much more extra credit score):

When you take into account the technological arms race happening in school soccer, it’s stunning extra faculties have not adopted drone-mounted cameras to file their practices and give coaches new angles to work with in the movie room. They’re relatively low-cost (for major faculty football programs, that’s), safe and straightforward to fly, although you do need to take into account the urge of many Individuals to shoot them out of the sky. (Critically, some areas may begin providing drone searching licenses.) Adventure filmmakers have been using them for action photographs in opposed situations, so why not bust them out for a special angle of your alma mater’s play-action go during practice?


NFL will begin tracking players via GPS during games and practices

The NFL is watching, Tom. (Getty Photographs)

Note to NFL players: when you’re thinking of sneaking out mid-game to grab a burger or whatever, don’t do it. You are about to be tracked.

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Peter King of Sports Illustrated dropped this headscratcher of a tweet on Wednesday:

No, the system isn’t about babysitting, although you realize that’s going to come back into play at some point. Reasonably, this can be a means for the NFL and teams to trace the coordinates of every single participant while on the field. The concept is to get a greater sense of players’ conditioning, and it isn’t a new program: the Bills, Falcons, Cowboys, Jaguars, Eagles and Rams already use the know-how.

Players can be tracked by the use of a device just like the one by Catapult Sports. In regards to the measurement of a pager (bear in mind those, children?), the GPS machine shall be placed inside the pads on a player’s again. Right here, per the Buffalo Payments, is how the system works:

“The number one purpose of this technique right now could be making an attempt to assist prevent injury as well as help us with the rehab process,” mentioned [Buffalo] energy and conditioning coordinator Eric Ciano. “There are lots of various things that goes into it, however the greatest factor is how can we monitor guys on the field to help us get the information? What do they really do at their place? How far does a receiver really run in observe? How fast does a receiver run in apply? Then create standards for every place group to have the ability to say, ‘Nicely this man has performed four days in a row on this (work price) zone, this man is in danger for injury.’ That’s the main purpose we did it.”

The device uses a metric called “player load,” which tracks a spread of practice variables. If a player hits a participant load score of 400, which might be very excessive, on consecutive days, the tech crew will notify the teaching workers and keep the participant to a less rigorous workout afterward.

“I believe the most I topped off at for whole distance in a apply was close to 2,000 yards,” the Payments’ C.J. Spiller mentioned. “That’s rather a lot. You’re by no means out there pondering I’m protecting this a lot. It’s a good program they’ve obtained. Top velocity I think I hit round 18 or 19 (miles per hour). So it’s a great thing to have.”

How lengthy before the GPS tracks a player right into a nightclub/condominium where he shouldn’t be? We will set the over-beneath at 12 hours. Take the beneath.

Jul 26, 2013; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running again Adrian Peterson (28) smiles during training camp at Minnesota State University. (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA AT PRESENT Sports activities)