Hubertus von Hohenlohe: Mexico’s One-Man Winter Olympic Team or Wes Anderson Movie Character?

Pop quiz: how many athletes will Mexico send to the Winter Olympics in Sochi?
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Yep, you guessed it … one.

And that one man is the fantastically named Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg or simply Hubertus von Hohenlohe, if you happen to’re into the entire brevity thing. If the Internet is to be believed, he also data music beneath the name Andy Himalaya.

We’re lower than two weeks from the Opening Ceremonies. Virtually all of the headlines leading up to the Sochi Games have been damaging comparable to Russia’s anti-gay insurance policies, the corruption in constructing the venues and (most regarding) the persistent worries about terrorism. If we’re in search of someone to rally round, why not a 54-yr-outdated renaissance man who founded the Mexican Ski Federation in the early 1980s and can compete in his sixth Olympiad?

Check out this crooning music video he launched in 2013 titled “Higher than Mars.” Even David Hasselhoff may need a hard time getting through it with a straight face.

The fast biography: Prince Hubertus’ dad and mom – Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe and Princess Ira Fürstenberg — are German royalty (no matter that entails) however he was born in Mexico in 1959 while his father was in charge of a Volkswagen plant. He later moved to Spain when he was a toddler and spent most of his life in Austria where he learned to ski. Although he hasn’t spent much of his jet-setting life in Mexico, he can nonetheless symbolize the nation of his beginning on the Olympics, although it opted in opposition to sending him to Turin in 2006.

Over the years, Prince Hubertus has been a musician, photographer and all-around bon vivant. Naturally he spent the 1970s hanging out at Studio fifty four with Andy Warhol … as rich heirs to the Fiat fortune are wont to do. Reading his biography might be how Wes Anderson came up with the plot for the upcoming The Grand Budapest Resort.

In any case, we must always all be so lucky to start a one-man Olympic group on a whim, proper? At Sochi he’ll develop into the second-oldest Olympian in historical past.

Hubertus admittedly doesn’t spend very much time in Mexico — solely a couple weeks right here or there at a family home in Cabo San Lucas — but in an interview with Time in 2010 he mentioned he's proud to symbolize the nation of his beginning.

“In life you've gotten a few alternatives and openings,” the prince argues. “And one in every of them was that I used to be born in Mexico. Positive, I used it to my favor. However not in an abusive manner. You try to discover that little thing that makes a difference, and take advantage of them. I took benefit of it.”

Don’t worry, within the Prince’s thoughts his Olympic accomplishments — he positioned 38th within the downhill in 1984 — are helpful to Mexico, too.

“I’ve also created a variety of publicity in European nations for Mexico,” he says. “When persons are sitting of their houses in Sweden, thinking how chilly it's, they suppose, ‘Wow, this guy is from Mexico. Possibly I ought to go to Cancun or Acapulco to go to it.’ I’ve executed so much for the country too. It’s give and take.”

See, he’s actually a person of the individuals.

Life, it would seem, is all one private joke for Prince Hubertus, although it’s exhausting to tell if we’re alleged to be laughing with him or at him.

Oh right, what concerning the racing outfit he wore on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that featured bandoliers and pistols on it? Here’s what he mentioned about it: “The main factor was looking good. I gained. On artistic impression. Isn’t this the coolest go well with ever made? The design was my concept—I did it with an Italian designer in Turin. I call it Mexican Desperado.”

Shine on you loopy diamond.

Sochi Olympic hockey TV schedule: Feb. 12-23

 

Workforce USA's hopes to take house the Gold Medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. (USATSI)

 

Right here is the Olympic hockey TV schedule for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

*All video games will likely be shown dwell

2014 Olympics Hockey TELEVISION Schedule
Date/Time Group Sport TV
Feb. 12
Midday
C Czech Republic vs. Sweden USA
Feb. 12
Midday
C Latvia vs. Switzerland MSNBC
Feb. 13
3 a.m.
B Finland vs. Austria NBCSN
Feb. thirteen
7:30 a.m.
A Russia vs. Slovenia MSNBC
Feb. thirteen
7:30 a.m.
A USA vs. Slovakia NBCSN
Feb. 13
Midday
B Canada vs. Norway USA
Feb. 14
three a.m.
C Czech Republic vs. Latvia MSNBC
Feb. 14
7:30 a.m.
C Sweden vs. Switzerland NBCSN
Feb. 14
Noon
B Canada vs. Austria USA
Feb. 14
Noon
B Norway vs. Finland MSNBC
Feb. 15
three a.m.
A Slovakia vs. Slovenia MSNBC
Feb. 15
7:30 a.m.
A USA vs. Russia NBCSN
Feb. 15
Midday
C Switzerland vs. Czech Republic NBCSN
Feb. 15
Noon
C Sweden vs. Latvia USA
Feb. 16
3 a.m.
B Austria vs. Norway USA
Feb. sixteen
7:30 a.m.
A Russia vs. Slovakia USA
Feb. 16
7:30 a.m.
A USA vs. Slovenia NBCSN
Feb. 16
Midday
B Finland vs. Canada USA
Feb. 18
3 a.m.
  Qualification Round NBCSN
Feb. 18
7:30 a.m.
  Qualification Spherical USA
Feb. 18
Noon
  Qualification Round NBCSN
Feb. 18
Midday
  Qualification Spherical MSNBC
Feb. 19
three a.m.
  Quarterfinal NBCSN
Feb. 19
7:30 a.m.
  Quarterfinal NBCSN
Feb. 19
Midday
  Quarterfinal USA
Feb. 19
Noon
  Quarterfinal MSNBC
Feb. 21
7 a.m.
  Semifinal NBCSN
Feb. 21
Noon
  Semifinal NBCSN
Feb. 22
10 a.m.
  Bronze Medal Game NBCSN
Feb. 23
7 a.m.
  Gold Medal Sport NBC

 

Skater Wagner makes Olympic team despite falls

Ashley Wagner was initially one of about three women referred to as to the particular U. S. amount Skating team.

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Despite your forgettable performance at the oughout. S. Championships inside birkenstock boston on Saturday, 22-year-old figure skater Ashley Wagner was picked for the Sochi Games.
Her fourth-place finish notwithstanding, U. after hour. Figure Skating chose Wagner over third-place finisher Mirai Nagasu – rounding System.Drawing.Bitmap U. S. team. One other two women chosen are 15-year-old Polina Edmunds: 2nd at the Championships – as well as Gracie Gold, that picked up the event upon Saturday.

Wagner fell two times in the course of Saturday’s long routine in addition to missed on luxurious landings on two some other tries. She was hence distraught from her results that will she mouthed “I’m sorry” to her mother.

“I was basically overwhelmed from the large equipment and the large show, ” she said. “I’m articles that my federation was able to see over and above one undesirable skate, ” she additional.

“If you look at Ashley Wagner’s document and performance, she’s have the top credentials of any one of our female athletes, ” U. S. Physique boarding president Patricia Saint. philip said.

Fortunately for Wagner, your federation considered the girl talented performances at the two the overall world championships (fifth) and the grande Tarifs Final (third). It will probably be the woman first Olympics, right after narrowly missing the minimize in 2010.

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Nichushkin Olympic selection opens rift in Russia

Valeri Nichushkin's inclusion on Russia's Olympic roster made waves among the team's staff. (USATSI)
Valeri Nichushkin’s inclusion on Russia’s Olympic roster made waves among the many group’s staff. (USATSI)

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When the roster for Russia’s 2014 Olympic workforce was introduced, it wasn’t a shock to see a reasonably even cut up amongst players from the NHL and KHL. It was, however, fairly stunning to see that 18-12 months-previous Valeri Nichushkin had made the team.

Apparently that shock would not only extend to followers and critics. Head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov did not sound too proud of the selection former NHLer and Group Russia’s basic supervisor Alexei Yashin made relating to the Dallas Stars rookie.

From R Sport:

When Nichushkin was chosen as the youngest participant on the Russian roster Tuesday, coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov said it was “an advance cost” that the participant “should justify,” but normal manager Alexei Yashin dismissed that idea in feedback to R-Sport on Wednesday.

“It’s onerous to talk about an advance cost. It’s the mistaken phrase,” mentioned Yashin, who played 850 profession NHL video games. “Nichushkin has earned the decision to the Olympics with his recreation.”

In line with Yashin, Nichushkin is “a very good participant and an emerging star of the NHL” and his rookie season is reminiscent of Canadian stars Sidney Crosby and John Tavares.

By “advance fee,” it appears that evidently Bilyaletdinov means Nichushkin is getting the spot without having performed sufficient to earn it at such a young age.

The strain on Russia to win in Sochi has to be immense. Hockey is anticipated to be the crown jewel of the Sochi video games as the Russians are very prideful a few sport they really feel is as a lot theirs as anyone else’s. So if the top coach and common supervisor aren’t on the same page, that’s getting off to a pretty rocky start.

Russia is in Group A with USA, Slovakia and Slovenia, in order that they’ll have their work lower out for them right out of the gates.

Nichushkin has been good for the Stars this 12 months with 22 factors in 43 video games including nine goals. That mentioned, it’s onerous to say he belongs on the workforce over a extra established player like Alexander Semin. Nichushkin has also never performed in a men’s national team occasion except for the World Junior Championship and World Beneath-18 Championship final year.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound forward did star in the KHL playoffs last 12 months, serving to get Traktor Chelyabinsk to the Gagarin Cup finals. He had nine factors in 25 postseason contests as a 17-year-previous enjoying a excessive degree of pro hockey.

It is in all probability not a lot of a shock that Bilyaletdinov is nervous about the choice Yashin made. In any case, it is going to be the top coach as probably the most seen Russian official, opening Bilyaletdinov up for the bulk of the scrutiny.

Russia has not medaled on the Olympics since taking bronze in 2002. Their embarrassing loss to Canada in 2010 nonetheless stings and because the host of the video games, they will want to give the nation one thing to cheer about. Yashin is actually taking a threat right here with Nichushkin and he higher easy things over together with his coach soon, too.

Gotta love Olympic hockey drama.

(h/t ProHockeyTalk)

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Czech Olympic team: Nedved in, Vrbata, Hudler out

 

Jagr returns to the Czech national team, not surprisingly. (Getty Images)
Jagr returns to the Czech national team, not surprisingly. (Getty Photographs)

 

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Tuesday marks the deadline for nations to announce their Olympic hockey rosters for the Sochi Games that start Feb. 13 however a couple of nations are releasing their rosters a bit of earlier, just like the Czech Republic.

The Czechs, who have fallen lately from once they had been right there in heavy medal rivalry, might be taking a slew of NHL gamers but like traditional, right now it is the gamers not going which can be getting the eye.

Here is the Czech Republic team through iSport.

Goalies

Ondrej Pavelec (Winnipeg Jets)
Jakub Kovar (Jekaterinburg)
Alexander Salak (Petrohrad)

Defensemen

Marek Zidlicky (New Jersey Devils)
Ladislav Smid (Calgary Flames)
Radko Gudas (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Michael Barinka (HC Vitkovice)
Lukas Krajicek (Dinamo Minsk)
Michal Rozsival (Chicago Blackhawks)
Zbynek Michalek (Phoenix Coyotes)
Tomas Kaberle (Rytiri Kladno)

Forwards

Jaromir Jagr (New Jersey Devils)
Patrik Elias (New Jersey Devils)
Tomas Plekanec (Montreal Canadiens)
Ales Hemsky (Edmonton Oilers)
Jakub Voracek (Philadelhia Flyers)
Michael Frolik (Winnipeg Jets)
Martin Hanzal (Phoenix Coyotes)
Vladimir Sobotka (St. Louis Blues)
Ondrej Palat (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Milan Michalek (Ottawa Senators)
David Krejci (Boston Bruins)
Roman Cervenka (Petrohrad)
Petr Nedved (Bili Tygri Liberec)
Jiri Novotny (HC Lev Praha)

Right away the goaltending situation jumps out. It is wanting like Pavelec, he of the901 save proportion for the Jets, will be the starter. That's a cocnern proper there.

But it surely's not as though the rest of the roster offers a ton of cause for optimism both. There's lots of age on the ice between Jagr, Elias and Nedved (yes, that Petr Nedved) in addition to Kaberle and other vets.

In the meantime a few names which are missing come as quite a surprise. Jiri Hudler leads the Flames in point this season with 33 however he did not make the minimize, nor did Radim Vrbata in Phoenix, Tomas Fleischmann of Florida or Michal Neuvirth from the Capitals. All of them figured to factor in by some means. There are solely so many spots, granted, but it appears strange leaving Hudler and Vrbata specifically off the squad, especially in favor of a man like Nedved. Taking part in at dwelling issues, I assume.

By the way in which, an fascinating tidbit on Nedved from Chris Peters:

Nonetheless, there's some first rate scoring punch up entrance with Jagr, Elias, Voracek, Krejci and the captain Plekanec, however it does not appear like a roster that's really in the identical ballpark because the gold-medal contenders going into this tournament.

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Ryan on Olympic snub: ‘Almost feel degraded’

Ryan won't be back in the red white and blue this Olympics. (Getty Images)
Ryan won’t be again within the red white and blue this Olympics. (Getty Photographs)

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When USA Hockey introduced the Olympic group for the 2014 Video games next month in Sochi simply minutes after the Winter Traditional, lots of people were shocked on the absence of 1 name particularly: Bobby Ryan.

The Senators ahead has been a consistent 30-objective man over the past four years and was part of the 2010 workforce in Vancouver that almost gained gold over the Canadians. He is one of the more pure purpose scorers that the USA has at its disposal and widespread pondering is you may never have sufficient scoring.

But USA Hockey didn’t see it the identical method and once they realized Ryan wasn’t going to make a top-six role , the did not see him fitting a bottom six function very properly. In the in-depth story by Scott Burnside of ESPN.com that adopted the USA selection course of from start to end, the man who drafted Ryan with the Anaheim Geese, Brian Burke, wasn’t very complimentary. All in all, the story wasn’t flattering of Ryan and his overall recreation. They stored coming back to this: every little thing but his purpose scoring leaves one thing to be desired.

The phrases have been fairly harsh and the snub, as folks have termed it, hit Ryan fairly exhausting as effectively, one thing he mentioned after Senators practice on Thursday. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Solar had the quotes.

“They had been direct quotes and it’s unfortunate they feel that approach,” said Ryan. “That is their opinions and they’ve received to type a staff. I suppose to a certain degree you have to respect it.

“You do not have to agree with it, right? However you could have just lower me. You didn’t have to.. Truly I almost really feel degraded when it comes out like that. It is what it’s. That is their decision. That is how they feel about it. I will remember it and use it as motivation.”

Ryan said he’ll spend the second half trying to show he ought to have been invited.

“It makes you need to prove them improper,” mentioned Ryan. “I spent the first half trying to show them incorrect. I felt I used to be the odd man out, even in the summertime in my conversations.”

Burke was the hardest in any respect, remarking concerning the lack of depth that Ryan has among the many different points. Ryan said Burke referred to as him on Wednesday but Ryan didn’t return the cellphone call. It would take a bit before he’s keen to have that dialog, if he wants to have it at all.

It was a tough decision, one USA Hockey did not make flippantly. And sadly, in conditions like choosing a group, a player’s negatives usually get accentuated as you search for a reason to not decide a participant instead of the opposite manner round. There may be actually some merit to what the choice-makers have been considering with Ryan, he isn’t the quickest nor is he the most defensively responsible. But he certain can rating.

Time will inform if the USA comes to regret leaving Ryan behind but within the meantime he has motivation to score a bit of more than he already has with 18 targets halfway by means of the season to steer Ottawa.

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UFC Fight Night 34 Results: ‘Saffiedine vs. Lim’ Play-by-Play & Updates

 

 


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UFC President Dana White introduced the reserving Saturday nightfollowing Rousey’s UFC 168 victory over Miesha Tateat MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Prior to the announcement,injured No. 1 contender Cat Zinganowas expected to receive the subsequent shot at Rousey’s strap, but thatplan has now been modified given Rousey’s fast turnaround.

UFC a hundred and seventy takes place Feb. 22 at Mandalay Bay Occasions Heart in LasVegas and was initially topped by DanielCormier’s gentle heavyweight debut towards former championRashadEvans. That bout will now slide into the co-essential event slot tomake room for Rousey’s next title defense. Rousey was forced out ofthe first spherical for the first time in her profession on Saturday night,however the champion nonetheless walked away along with her eighthconsecutive submission win after catching Tate in a 3rd-roundarmbar. An Olympic bronze medalist in judo, Rousey has never tasteddefeat in MMA and kicked off 2013 by submitting LizCarmouche within the UFC 157 foremost occasion.

McMann, in the meantime, made her Octagon debut in April, pounding outGerman striker Sheila Gaffto choose up her seventh straight victory. The 33-12 months-old freestylewrestling ace began her career in 2011, preventing twice beneath theshort-lived ProElite banner before joining the Invicta FightingChampionships, the place she outpointed ShaynaBaszler in a unanimous verdict final year.

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Dineen to coach Canada’s women’s Olympic team

 

Kevin Dineen will take over Canada's women's Olympic hockey team. (USATSI)
Kevin Dineen will take over Canada’s girls’s Olympic hockey group. (USATSI)

 

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A month after being fired by the Florida Panthers, Kevin Dineen has a brand new job. No, it isn’t in the NHL. It’s with the Canadian Olympic Girls’s Hockey Workforce, Hockey Canada introduced right this moment.

The ladies’s team misplaced head coach Dan Church last week after he abruptly resigned from his place, citing a lack of religion in him proven by Hockey Canada. Canada’s women have received the last three gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games.

Dineen, who was behind the Panthers’ bench for elements of three seasons was let go after sixteen games this 12 months. He additionally was the pinnacle coach of the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates for six seasons. Dineen played greater than 1,100 NHL video games with 760 points over that span.

From Hockey Canada:

“We’re very excited that Kevin will be a part of the teaching staff of Canada’s National Ladies’s Crew and bring his distinctive perspective to the dressing room,” mentioned Scott Smith, Hockey Canada’s chief operating officer. “Kevin has had success in both the AHL and NHL, and we’re trying ahead to him being a part of the workers for the ultimate push in the direction of Sochi.”

“This is a critical time for Canada’s Nationwide Girls’s Group with the start of the Olympics less than two months away, and we really feel Kevin is a terrific match with our employees as we prepare for Sochi,” said Melody Davidson, common supervisor of feminine nationwide groups with Hockey Canada. “His experience, each on the ice and behind the bench, will be invaluable over the coming weeks.”

This is an fascinating alternative for Dineen, who was one of many hottest coaching prospect before the Panthers hired him three years ago. If nothing else, it is distinctive.

For Canada, this is a unusual course to take having misplaced the pinnacle coach who appeared to be effectively favored by his group this close to the Olympics. Now they will have an unfamiliar boss who may not be as familiar with the women’s recreation as Canada looks to defend gold as soon as again. Nevertheless, Dineen has had success as a coach and should relish an opportunity to be back on a bench and beneath the Olympic microscope.

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Anaheim Ducks, 2013-14 (Puck Daddy Gold Medal Preview)

(Ed. Observe: It’s an Olympic year in the NHL. So, naturally, we determined to use the trimmings of the Winter Games to preview all 30 groups for the 2013-14 NHL season. Who takes the gold? Who falls on their triple-axel? Learn on and find out!)

In their first full season – OK, lockout shortened – with Bruce Boudreau as head coach, the Geese sprinted out to steer the Pacific Division, retaining tempo early on with the streaking Chicago Blackhawks in the conference. They completed with a 30-12-6 file and 66 points, earning the No. 2 seed in the West and a first-spherical matchup with the Detroit Red Wings.

Oh, and what a matchup it was: The teams went seven video games, together with four overtime video games, earlier than Detroit eliminated the Ducks in a collection through which Anaheim had two chances to close out the Wings.

So, in the long run, Boudreau didn’t get a extremely-seeded crew out of the first round. Again.

Off the ice, the Geese committed to both Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf with 8-yr blockbuster contracts; however the third member of that trinity of offensive stars, Bobby Ryan, was shipped to Ottawa.

The Geese have strong goaltending, stars to build round and a formidable assortment of young gamers. Does that translate into another playoff berth?

Dave Steckel is magic.

The debates about whether to commerce Bobby Ryan ended when the Ducks finally, truly, truly did trade him to the Ottawa Senators for 22-year-old forward Jakob Silfverberg, 21-12 months-previous forward Stefan Noesen and a first-round decide in 2014.

Replacing Ryan on the left facet? Why, it’s their outdated pal Dustin Penner, signing a $2-million, 1-yr deal after spending a couple of years with the LA Kings. Put area IHOPs on full alert.

Nate Guenin (Colorado) and Troy Bodie (Toronto) left by way of free company. Toni Lydman was unsigned.

Forwards: After his worst season in the NHL, Getzlaf rebounded with a dominant forty nine-level performance in 44 video games, taking part in to a plus-14 and into the Hart Trophy dialog. Perry matched Getzlaf’s aim complete with 15. Kyle Palmieri was with this dynamic duo within the postseason, scoring five factors.

Teemu Selanne showed some rust in a 12-purpose, minus-10 effort final season however stays an asset on particular groups. Plus, it’s his swan music, so anticipate a hell of an effort. Saku Koivu was re-signed for one season and was the Geese’ leading faceoff man. Penner’s a veteran, however he’s coming off two targets in 33 games.

Jakob Silfverberg is a wild card offensively: Huge talent, and he may blossom rapidly if he earns top six minutes.

As is a trademark of Boudreau teams, the grunts contributed to the Geese’ success. Nick Bonino, Matt Beleskey, Andrew Cogliano and Daniel Winnik gave Anaheim high quality performances. Emerson Etem will build off a moderately profitable rookie season, whereas Peter Holland seeks additional improvement.

Defense: Francois Beauchemin had his finest season within the NHL, with 24 factors and a plus-22 and exceptional play till an harm slowed him. Sheldon Souray, second in ice time final season (20:fifty five), will miss not less than the first two months of the season with a wrist damage. Mark Fistric was signed as a veteran placeholder.

Cam Fowler stumbled at the beginning offensively but was a greater all-around defenseman final season. (He’ll even be enjoying for an Olympic berth.)

Luca Sbisa was abjectly horrible final season until the top. Bryan Allen was additionally a disappointment after wanting like a free-agent coup, exhibiting a scarcity of velocity. Ben Lovejoy had his moments, and earned a 3-yr deal in the summer.

Goalies: Here’s a blessing of riches. Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth each gained 15 games last season, splitting the starts. The emergence of Fasth made it seem like Hiller and his $4.5 million cap hit (with one season left) would be a goner, but both are back. Can Fasth be as effective his second time ‘round the conference? And the way lengthy will the Geese allow uber-prospect John Gibson to percolate behind them?

Boudreau remains among the best coaches in the National Hockey League, Non-Playoff Version. He activated the staff’s offensive gamers as he did with the Capitals, but once again, postseason success eluded him despite home-ice advantage.

Bob Murray went all-in to keep Perry and Getzlaf from leaving as UFAs which will affect the price range for the remainder of the roster and, frankly, have them under contract effectively into the downside of their careers. However he acquired a sneaky good return for Ryan and continues to search out diamonds within the rough for the supporting forged.

Pretty easy call when the staff has its own triumphant movie theme, no?

The goaltending. You possibly can see why Murray can be hesitant to explode this profitable tandem, as Hiller can steal games and Fasth was a revelation final season.

Getzlaf. He was maligned for one terrible season, however he’s been properly over a point-per-sport participant each season since 2006. Anyone claiming he’s not a star participant is a bald-confronted liar. (OKAY, poor alternative of phrase, contemplating Getzlaf’s sunroof.)

Selanne and Koivu. Another yr with two of the classiest veterans in the NHL on the ice is an efficient yr certainly.

The PK. The Ducks’ power play is a star-studded high 5 group when wholesome. However for the second straight season, their kill was center of the pack.

Battling for the wild card with groups like Edmonton, Phoenix, Minnesota and potentially the Canucks. The Ducks will have to overcome the lack of Ryan’s aim-scoring and hope that the goaltending overcomes the shortcomings of the defense.

But count a Boudreau crew out within the regular season? Fats chance. (OKAY, as soon as again, poor selection of phrase …)

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Don’t tell Evgeni Nabokov he won’t be Russia’s Olympic starting goalie

Getty Evegni Nabokov of the New York Islanders is a pretty candid man.

Ask him about Ilya Kovalchuk retiring from the NHL in favor of playing within the KHL, and he says: “Those that condemn Kovalchuk’s action are merely stupid people.”

Ask him about heading to the KHL himself, and Nabby says: “Do you suppose, on condition that I went again to the NHL for household causes, after simply two years I’d significantly talk about returning to Russia?”

So, uh, that’s a “no” then?

His candor extends to his place on Russia’s Olympic crew for the Sochi 2014 Video games. One assumes Sergei Bobrovsky will be the starter. One assumes Semyon Varlamov will get one of many different roster spots. One assumes Ilya Bryzgalov is not going to be on the workforce, because he wasn’t invited to Russia’s Olympic camp and because if he didn’t have the psychological toughness to begin the Winter Classic in Philly for the Flyers, how is he going to start for Russia in Sochi?

That leaves one spot open, and one assumes the 38-12 months-outdated veteran Nabokov might land it with an excellent begin for the Islanders this season. Simply don’t assume that he’ll be going as a backup, as a result of Evgeni Nabokov doesn’t admire your assumptions.

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From R-Sport:

R-Sport: Are you ready to go to the Olympics even because the third goaltender?

E.N.: I do not perceive why everybody considers me a reserve player. We have a coaching staff, and none of them has stated anything about who will be the first goaltender and who will be the second or third. I’m comfortable to be on the nationwide workforce, and that is enough.

Nabby thinks the goalie who starts the season greatest within the NHL will find yourself with the plum gig on the Russian Olympic group:

If you play badly for the membership, you’ll not get to the Olympics.

Therefore, each of us thinks about taking part in the first club sport and later we will think about the second game; after which, in February, we are going to think about the Olympics. Now now we have to show to the coaches that we need to play on the nationwide workforce, and I can only do this with the help of fine video games with the Islanders. Believe me: I will not be considering 24/7 in regards to the Olympics.

This is probably a great thing for all involved, since the last time we noticed Nabokov within the Olympics he gave up six goals to Canada in an epic defeat for the Russians in the medal round in Vancouver.

So yeah, there’s a bit of redemption at stake right here for Nabby, too.

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Skydiver famous for London Olympic Opening Ceremony killed in accident

Gary Connery’s wingman Mark Sutton in the course of the last test coaching flights from Monte Brento on Might 2012 in Italy. On Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Gary Connery, skilled Hollywood stuntman will carry out..

Gary Connery’s wingman Mark Sutton during the last take a look at coaching flights from Monte Brento on Could 2012 in Italy. On Wednesday 23rd Might 2012 Gary Connery, skilled Hollywood stuntman will perform a 3,000ft BASE soar without the aid of a parachute, landing on 24,000 cardboard bins in his residence town of Henley upon Thames. Gary will probably be carrying a revolutionary wing swimsuit, which lessens the forces of gravity as Gary descends, though he will need to land on the optimal angle to the packing containers as he’ll strategy at speeds in excess of 90mph.

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One of the central figures in probably the most beloved second of the London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was tragically killed in a skydiving accident this week.

Mark Sutton was a part of the skydiving crew that parachuted into the Olympic Stadium during a hilarious skit that involved Daniel Craig as James Bond and none apart from Queen Elizabeth II of England.

Sutton was dressed as Bond for the dive, whereas one other stunt expert hurtled towards the center part of the observe clad as Her Majesty, following a sequence that confirmed the unlikely duo teaming up and traveling from Buckingham Palace via helicopter.

A spokesman for on-line extreme sports activities channel Epic TELEVISION revealed Sutton had died Wednesday during a project that involved 20 wingsuit pilots being filmed leaping from helicopters in southwestern Switzerland.

Sutton, forty two, is reported to have crashed right into a ridge close to Trient and fell to his loss of life after exiting the helicopter at 10,800 feet. Native police were investigating the incident as of Thursday afternoon.

Games ceremony organizer Danny Boyle led the tributes to Sutton and spoke how the previous British Army officer had “made the stadium gasp.”

Mark Sutton, left, preparing for a dive in May, was 42. (Getty)Mark Sutton, left, making ready for a dive in May, was forty two. (Getty)

“The show was built from so many contributions from so many people, none finer and braver than Mark Sutton,” Boyle said. “On behalf of everybody within the show we had been all honored to have labored with him and to have known him as a friend and a professional.”

It was Boyle who put collectively the thought for using Bond and the Queen within the ceremony, with the monarch believed to have been swayed into taking part by the fact that Boyle’s film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is certainly one of her favorites.

Prince William, his wife Kate and Prince Harry have been all noticed on digital camera in matches of laughter at the surprising scene, which was kept as a tightly guarded secret even as particulars of other ceremony segments leaked out ahead of time.

Wingsuits, just like the one utilized by Sutton in his fatal closing soar, are a sophisticated improvement in skydiving expertise that allow users to soar long distances earlier than lastly opening their parachutes to land.

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Michael Phelps given opportunity to rule out Olympic comeback, and doesn’t

(Getty Photos) Michael Phelps has been given every opportunity to rule out a comeback. But he has but to do it.

Despite Phelps’ declaration that the 2012 Olympics can be his last, speculation has run rampant that essentially the most decorated Olympian of all time will return for yet another go in 2016, when he shall be 31. A minimum of Ryan Lochte has gone on file about Phelps’ future, saying recently, “I think everyone knows by now that Michael is coming again. I do not suppose it’s actually a surprise. It is only a matter of time when he will get again into the total swing of coaching.”

When requested point blank this weekend by NBC’s Dan Hicks if he is “completely closed the door,” Phelps had this to say: “Properly, golf is unquestionably on hold.”

Watch as Hicks presses Phelps for an answer here at the 2:forty two mark:

That’s Phelps deflecting, making gentle of the strolling solid he is carrying on his right foot after breaking a bone playing golf. Sure, he broke his foot playing golf.

Monday, the Related Press gave Phelps one other opportunity to silence the hypothesis, and again he chose not to. ”I do not know what’s going to occur sooner or later,” Phelps stated. ”I do not know what is going on to happen tomorrow.”

Injured foot apart, it’s fairly clear Phelps still has a competitive itch. He said he feels he might have competed at this weekend’s world swimming championships in Barcelona, and undoubtedly did not like watching the U.S. go down in defeat in the four hundred-meter freestyle relay. “I positively might have hopped up,” he mentioned.

When requested what he misses about being on the national group, he responded, “All the things, simply being able to be a part of the group.”

So there you go. Michael Phelps, see you in Rio in 2016.

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U.S. Olympic Camp roster announced; who was snubbed for Sochi 2014?

Getty Images Now that the Canadians and Russians have released camp rosters for their inevitable Olympic runners-up in Sochi, USA Hockey has released its own 48-player pool from which the 2014 gold medal-winning team shall be plucked.

(Ed. Note: The author is from New Jersey. Deal with it.)

The roster represents 24 NHL teams, including three players – Seth Jones, John Gibson and Jacob Trouba – who have yet to appear in the League as professional players. U.S. Men’s National Team Orientation Camp is from Aug. 26-27, at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va.

Of the 48 players invited to the camp, 16 have previous Olympic experience. That includes Zach Parise and Ryan Suter of the Minnesota Wild; Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks; Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings; and Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Let’s take a look at the camp roster, shall we?

Goalies

Miller was, of course, the starter for the U.S. team in 2010 in a star-making performance. Quick was his under-understudy, as Tim Thomas was not invited back.

Miller’s inclusion here makes for a rather interesting debate for U.S. starting goalie, as this is the position at which the Americans have a blessing of riches. Quick is the prohibitive favorite for the job; said Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi, who is part of the U.S. Olympic brain trust, last month: “Judging from our meeting, it’s certainly trending that way.”

But Ryan Miller was, uh, pretty incredible in Vancouver.

Anderson, Howard and Schneider will all push for roster spots. We’ll just go ahead and assume this is Gibson’s reward for his World Junior mastery.

Defense

Zach Bogosian Massena, N.Y. Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Dustin Byfuglien Roseau, Minn. Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
John Carlson Colonia, N.J. Washington Capitals (NHL)
Dan DeKeyser Clay Township, Mich. Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
Justin Faulk South St. Paul, Minn. Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Cam Fowler Farmington Hills, Mich. Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Jake Gardiner Minnetonka, Minn. Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Erik Johnson Bloomington, Minn. Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Jack Johnson Ann Arbor, Mich. Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)
Seth Jones Plano, Texas Nashville Predators (NHL)
Nick Leddy Eden Prairie, Minn. Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Paul Martin Minneapolis, Minn. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Ryan McDonagh St. Paul, Minn. New York Rangers (NHL)
Brooks Orpik San Francisco, Calif. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Kevin Shattenkirk Greenwich, Conn. St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Ryan Suter Madison, Wis. Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Jacob Trouba Rochester, Mich. Winnipeg Jets (NHL)
Keith Yandle Boston, Mass. Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)

Remember: The Sochi Games will be held on an international ice surface. Does that mean someone like Brooks Orpik, a much better player on a smaller surface, might not make the cut? Potentially. But he’s also a player with plenty of experience on a team that needs it.

Lambert projected the starting six as Suter, Kevin Shattenkirk, Keith Yandle, Ryan McDonagh, Paul Martin and Dustin Byfuglien, with Jack Johnson and Justin Faulk in reserve. Personally, it’s hard to imagine Erik Johnson not making this roster, but we shall see.

SNUBS: Alex Goligoski would seem to be a glaring one, at least for a camp invite. Matt Carle had a terrible 2013 season, but many thought he’d get an invite here. Tim Gleason, Tom Gilbert and Ron Hainsey might have been deemed from another generation of American Olympian – all three are 30 or older. As for Rob Scuderi, what part of “international ice surface” didn’t you understand?

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader Muskegon, Mich. Detroit Red Wings (NHL)
David Backes Minneapolis, Minn. St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Beau Bennett Gardena, Calif. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
Nick Bjugstad Minneapolis, Minn. Florida Panthers (NHL)
Dustin Brown Ithaca, N.Y. Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Ryan Callahan Rochester, N.Y. New York Rangers (NHL)
Alex Galchenyuk Milwaukee, Wis. Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Patrick Kane Buffalo, N.Y. Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Ryan Kesler Livonia, Mich. Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Phil Kessel Madison, Wis. Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Trevor Lewis Salt Lake City, Utah Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Kyle Okposo St. Paul, Minn. New York Islanders (NHL)
T.J. Oshie Warroad, Minn. St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Max Pacioretty New Canaan, Conn. Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Kyle Palmieri Smithtown, N.Y. Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
Zach Parise Minneapolis, Minn. Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Joe Pavelski Plover, Wis. San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Bobby Ryan Cherry Hills, N.J. Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Brandon Saad Gibsonia, Pa. Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Craig Smith Madison, Wis. Nashville Predators (NHL)
Paul Stastny St. Louis, Mo. Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Derek Stepan Hastings, Minn. New York Rangers (NHL)
James van Riemsdyk Middletown, N.J. Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Blake Wheeler Robbinsdale, Minn. Winnipeg Jets (NHL)

Again, it’s going to be interesting to see how the ice surface influences the roster. There’s a lot of speed here, and some significant offense in the younger players like Galchenyuk. How many role players do the Americans take vs. how many skill players to they bring to Sochi?

Lambert’s projections seem fairly bang-on, although one wonders if either T.J. Ohsie or Kyle Okposo can finally break through. Remember, sometimes it just takes one wake-up call to get a player’s stock on the rise; how great was Okposo for the New York Islanders in the playoffs last season?

SNUBS: Jason Pominville has dual citizenship; there has to be something more to him not getting an invite. Brandon Dubinsky is also among the most prominent, but one assumes the addition of Stepan made him expendable. Hey, just like with the Rangers! Invitees from 2009’s camp that didn’t come back this year included Ryan Malone of the Tampa Bay Lightning and David Booth of the Vancouver Canucks, whose stock has tumbled at an Enron-like level. All of these players can get together at a venue of their choosing and lament the fact they’re not at camp and Trevor Lewis, inexplicably, is.

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Boxing-London Olympic Park to stage British title fight

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LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) – London ‘s Olympic Park will host top-level professional boxing bouts from September, boosting efforts to ensure that Games venues remain a lasting part of the British sporting scene.

Boxing promoter Frank Warren has signed an agreement to stage six fights in the 7,000-seater Copper Box Arena which was used for handball and modern pentathlon fencing during last year’s Games.

British middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders will meet challenger John Ryder on Sept. 21 in the first of the fights planned for the venue.

Britain spent around nine billion pounds ($14 billion) of public money to put on the Games. Politicians and sports administrators are keen to show that the money was a sound investment that will prove of lasting benefit.

“The Copper Box is what all the investment in the Olympics was about – legacy and giving London a fantastic arena,” Warren said on Monday.

Proceeds from putting on the fights will be used to subsidise other sports such as swimming in the Olympic pool, officials from the London Legacy Development Corporation said.

The Park, currently closed for conversion work, will host a series of rock concerts this year. Sprint champion Usain Bolt is scheduled to appear in a Diamond League athletics meeting in a sold-out Olympic Stadium at the end of July, one year on from the Games.

Longer-term, the Olympic Stadium will stage World Cup rugby matches in 2015 before becoming the home of Premier League soccer club West Ham United the following year.

($1 = 0.6436 British pounds) (Writing by Keith Weir, editing by Ed Osmond)