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first_imgHe was 42-year-old Roque Postolero, a policereport showed. Police ruled out foul play in the incident./PN Postolero was found hanging inside his uncle’shouse around 1:55 p.m. on Sept. 13, the report added. center_img ILOILO City – A man who was believed to havecommitted suicide was found dead in Barangay Lanit, Jaro district.last_img

Bulldogs JV Football Team Wraps Up Season With Victory

first_imgThe JV Bulldogs beat Connersville 28-0.Josh Mobley started the scoring for Batesville with TD runs of 17 and 6 yards.  Evan Williamson then ran 1 yard for a TD right before halftime.  Trenton Kincaide scored the 2 point conversion to make it 20-0 at halftime.  The lone touchdown in the second half came on a 45-yard pass from Bryson Bonelli to Gabe Gunter.  Jacob Meer caught the 2 point conversion from Bonelli to finish the scoring. The offensive line led by Blake Hon, Quinn Steinkamp, Peyton Hornberger, Ryan Thayer, and Henry Dirkhising had an excellent game.Trent Roell had an interception and played an excellent all-around game on defense.  Nate Deputy, Williamson, Alex Siefert also played well for the defense while Kincaide had the tackle of the year.The Bulldogs finished their season with a 5-4 record.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.last_img read more

Chip seal preservation begins next week on S.R. 46, U.S. 421 in Ripley, Dearborn and Decatur Counties

first_imgDearborn, Decatur, and Ripley Counties— Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews will begin chip seal operations as early as Monday, June 8, on S.R. 46 in Ripley and Dearborn Counties. Work will take place between S.R. 101 at Penntown and S.R. 1 near St. Leon. Crews plan to start work on U.S. 421 mid-week in Ripley and Decatur Counties from just north of S.R. 229 in Napoleon to the Sand Creek Bridge in Greensburg.Chip seal operations typically last around three to four days per location depending upon weather. Work is completed under lane closures with flagging to prevent damage to both vehicles and the roadway. During operations, existing pavement is coated with liquid asphalt, which seals cracks and provides waterproof protection. This extends the service life of the roadway and lowers maintenance costs. Once the seal coat is complete, loose aggregate is applied and then swept from the road. After a curing period, crews will return to fog seal the new driving surface.Chip seal is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique that is utilized across the state of Indiana, saving an estimated six to 14 dollars in taxpayer expenditures for every dollar invested in extending the life of a roadway.Motorists should slow down, watch for stopped traffic and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.last_img read more

EPL: Newcastle face Hammer’s test

first_imgNewcastle vs. West Ham Venue: St. James’ Park Kick off 2:15PMWest Ham United will be attempting to build on their much-needed victory over Chelsea when they visit Newcastle United at St James’ Park this afternoon. The Hammers eased their relegation fears with the surprise derby triumph, but they remain in the mix at the bottom of the table whereas Newcastle have now surpassed the 40-point mark.Certain matches and results can often prove to be turning points in a club’s season, and West Ham will certainly be hoping that action-packed 3-2 win against an in-form Chelsea side is one of those.The Hammers went into the game on the back of three successive defeats without even scoring, yet they overcame a widely-criticised VAR decision to come from behind and pick up what could be a priceless three points at an empty London Stadium.Quite how important they are remains to be seen, but at the very least it gives them some breathing space with those three points now separating them from the relegation zone.Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Watford are all in poor form too, whereas David Moyes’s side are entering a run of fixtures that they will consider winnable – Newcastle, Burnley, Norwich City and Watford in succession. That said, they have not won back-to-back league games since August, have not kept a clean sheet in 12 outings since New Year’s Day and their away form is truly abysmal – seven successive away defeats in what is their worst run since 2006.The Hammers have also thrown away a league-high 22 points from winning positions this season, and if you were to add those to their tally then they would be in Champions League contention, level on points with Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, rather than battling against relegation.Many parallels can be drawn between West Ham and Newcastle in terms of the demands from passionate fan bases, often of underperforming teams, but this season Newcastle have been better than most fans expected under Steve Bruce.Even so, the Magpies now seem to be playing with a freedom which was lacking when fans were in the stadium; before lockdown they had averaged just 0.9 goals per game in the Premier League, whereas since the return they have netted eight league goals at an average of 2.7 per match.Half of those goals came in Wednesday’s 4-1 win at relegation-threatened Bournemouth – a result which lifted Newcastle past the 40-point mark with six games to spare this season. Bruce’s side now need only one more win to equal their points tally from last season under Rafael Benitez, and with matches against three of the bottom six to come they will be confident of surpassing that.Newcastle head into Sunday’s match unbeaten in their last five Premier League games – their best run since 2015-16 – while they have not been beaten at home in the top flight since New Year’s Day.Indeed, they have only conceded once in their last five home league outings, and only Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have conceded fewer on their own patch throughout the entire season.Newcastle possible XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Rose, Shelvey, Hayden, Saint-Maximin, Almiron, Ritchie, Gayle. West Ham possible XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Antonio.RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Tags: Newcastle UnitedPremier LeagueSt james’ ParkWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

Petrov continuing his recovery

first_img The 33-year-old also paid tribute to his family and supporters on a visit to the West Midland club’s Bodymoor Heath Training Ground. The club’s captain was diagnosed with the disease in March last year and has undergone intensive bouts of chemotherapy treatment. A year later and he is now in remission and is positive about “getting back to my life” and said: “It was a very, very long year but now, after all this treatment, I can go back to a normal life.” He added: “I have finished all of the high intensity treatment and from now on I’ll be on the softer treatment, which is two years on tablets. “I can start doing things that I couldn’t do in the last year. I can take the kids to school, I can come here (to the training ground), I can start doing a bit of work and losing a little bit of weight. “It’s been a long year for me and the support from all the fans, from the club, from the players, has been amazing. I’ve been saying that every time I have had the chance to say a few words but I’m glad that this hard year is behind me now and I can concentrate on getting back to my life.” Petrov admitted he did not know much about the treatment for the disease before it started but he now realises he has made an amazing recovery. He said: “I didn’t know how long it would go on for, what would happen and things like that. “While the treatment was going on I was surprised how long things were dragging on, it kept dragging and I kept thinking: ‘When is this going to finish?’ but with a lot of patience and a lot of support from family and friends and everybody I managed to pull through. “I had my hard moments but I had good moments as well. I can say I’m lucky because some people with this disease will die very quickly and I managed to keep battling and still be here, still standing. It’s really good, that’s a great thing.” Aston Villa’s Stilian Petrov feels he is lucky to be alive as he continues his brave battle with leukaemia.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FL man impersonating officer pulls-over undercover cop

first_imgA Florida man was put behind bars after he impersonated a police officer and pulled over a real one, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Tuesday evening, 26-year-old Matthew Joseph Erris was arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.Deputies say Erris activated red and blue lights that he had on the grill of his car and pulled behind an undercover detective.The detective called 911 to report an unusual traffic stop and real deputies pulled Erris over, shortly after.Police found a “realistic looking” airsoft pistol when searching the suspect’s vehicle.Erris also had a law enforcement light bar installed on top of the SUV, deputies said.He was arrested and later released on bond.Deputies say it is at this time unclear whether Erris has committed similar offenses in the past.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgIn a letter to Brown President Christina Paxson, attorney Jeffrey Kessler said the school made a “purposeful choice to conceal critical information” that cost the athletes the chance to enroll at or transfer to a different school.Brown announced last month that as part of a plan to redirect resources to its more successful programs it would eliminate 11 varsity sports and promote coed and women’s sailing to varsity status, bringing the school’s total from 38 teams to 29. After a backlash over the disparate effect the cuts would have on minority students, the school backed down and agreed to keep men’s track and cross-country.MICHIGAN-TRANSFERSMichigan announces Smith, Brown joining basketball programANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officially announced that Mike Smith and Chaundee Brown are joining the basketball program as transfers. — The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 1 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world’s largest marathon Wednesday after coordinating with the mayor’s office and deciding the race posed too many health and safety concerns for runners, volunteers, spectators and others. Last year’s marathon included a world record 53,640 finishers. Entrants for the 2020 race will be offered a full refund of their entry fee or a guaranteed entry to either the 2021, 2022 or 2023 marathon. The 2021 New York City Marathon is scheduled for Nov. 7.— The caddies for Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) have tested positive for the coronavirus, and both major champions have decided to withdraw from the Travelers Championship. Both say they are withdrawing to protect the rest of the field. McDowell says it feels like the snowball is getting bigger. This is the PGA Tour’s third week back after being shut down for three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first week came off without a hitch. Nick Watney last week became the first player to test positive.— A person with knowledge of the situation says All-Star forward Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) of the Denver Nuggets has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantining in his native Serbia. Jokic is expected to be back in Denver long before the team leaves for the Disney complex for the restart of the NBA season next month. — The return of Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has been delayed after he tested positive for the coronavirus. Brogdon issued a statement through the team, saying he was in quarantine, feeling well and expects to rejoin his teammates in Orlando for the resumption of the season next month. Brogdon used the March stoppage of play to recover from a leg and hip muscle injury that kept him out of games and recently told reporters he was ready to play. — Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will open Thursday for wagering on simulcast horse races. Fans will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Pimlico is scheduled to host the Preakness on Oct. 3. Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James and Willie O’Ree. Iginla and Fuhr are the only Black NHL players enshrined for their on-ice accomplishments, while O’Ree was chosen in the builder category in 2018 for breaking the league’s color barrier 60 years earlier.The longtime Calgary Flames captain was the first Black player to lead the NHL in goals and points and was the first Black athlete in any sport to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. A first-generation Canadian whose father is Nigerian and mother is American, Iginla owns arguably the biggest assist in Canada’s history of international hockey. He passed the puck to Sidney Crosby for Crosby’s “golden goal” at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.BROWN-DROPPING SPORTSBrown U. students claim fraud, want cut sports restoredLawyers for a group of Brown University athletes whose sports have been targeted for elimination are accusing the Ivy League school of fraud for working secretly on a plan to cut the programs without telling the players their varsity careers were in jeopardy. The school says both players have been admitted. Smith has immediate eligibility, and Michigan is assessing the potential for an NCAA waiver for Brown. The 5-foot-11 Smith comes to Michigan from Columbia, where he averaged 22.8 points a game last season. The 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 12.1 points for Wake Forest. Brown said in April he was entering his name into the NBA draft as well as the NCAA transfer portal.,Update on the latest sports In a letter to Brown President Christina Paxson, attorney Jeffrey Kessler said the school made a “purposeful choice to conceal critical information” that cost the athletes the chance to enroll at or transfer to a different school.Brown announced last month that as part of a plan to redirect resources to its more successful programs it would eliminate 11 varsity sports and promote coed and women’s sailing to varsity status, bringing the school’s total from 38 teams to 29. After a backlash over the disparate effect the cuts would have on minority students, the school backed down and agreed to keep men’s track and cross-country.MICHIGAN-TRANSFERSMichigan announces Smith, Brown joining basketball programANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officially announced that Mike Smith and Chaundee Brown are joining the basketball program as transfers. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore positive tests in baseballUNDATED (AP) — All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has become the first Major League Baseball player identified as having tested positive for the coronavirus. A person familiar with Blackmon’s situation confirmed the test result to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. June 24, 2020 It’s the latest move to cut ties with the legacy of the team’s racist founder, a segregationist who refused to integrate by signing Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962, more than a decade after much of the rest of the NFL. Marshall owned the franchise from its inception in 1932 and moved the team from Boston to Washington several years later. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and died in 1969.Current owner Dan Snyder has faced renewed calls to change the name of the team.PGA-TRAVELERS-KOEPKASBrooks Koepka felt like he was doing everything by the book. NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said Wednesday that dealing with racial matters will be a shared goal during the resumed season.The league and union announced they will “take collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice” when the season restarts at the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida next month. Specific plans have not been finalized.NFL-REDSKINS-MARSHALLRedskins removing ex-owner Marshall from Ring of FameUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins are removing former owner George Preston Marshall from their Ring of Fame and striking all references to him on their website. It’s the latest move to cut ties with the legacy of the team’s racist founder, a segregationist who refused to integrate by signing Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962, more than a decade after much of the rest of the NFL. Marshall owned the franchise from its inception in 1932 and moved the team from Boston to Washington several years later. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and died in 1969.Current owner Dan Snyder has faced renewed calls to change the name of the team.PGA-TRAVELERS-KOEPKASBrooks Koepka felt like he was doing everything by the book. UNDATED (AP) — He took his COVID-19 test when he arrived in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship and waited until he received the result (negative) before going to watch his brother, Chase, earn a spot in the field through Monday qualifying.Both withdrew before the tournament even began after Koepka’s caddie tested positive for the coronavirus, even though subsequent tests on the players came back negative. Each cited the need to be safe, not only for themselves but the other players and caddies at the TPC River Highland.NHL-HALL OF FAMEIginla headlines 2020 Hall class as 4th Black player electedUNDATED (AP) — Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM’ ih-GIHN’-luh) headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. UNDATED (AP) — He took his COVID-19 test when he arrived in Connecticut for the Travelers Championship and waited until he received the result (negative) before going to watch his brother, Chase, earn a spot in the field through Monday qualifying.Both withdrew before the tournament even began after Koepka’s caddie tested positive for the coronavirus, even though subsequent tests on the players came back negative. Each cited the need to be safe, not only for themselves but the other players and caddies at the TPC River Highland.NHL-HALL OF FAMEIginla headlines 2020 Hall class as 4th Black player electedUNDATED (AP) — Jarome Iginla (juh-ROHM’ ih-GIHN’-luh) headlines the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2020 after being elected Wednesday in his first year of eligibility. Update on the latest sports — The Berlin Marathon has been canceled following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say “after extensive examination and various discussions” they were not able to find a later date. Authorities in Germany have blocked the hosting of major events through October.— The University of Connecticut has decided to eliminate four athletic teams as it deals with an expected budget deficit driven by issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. UConn’s president told the Board of Trustees today the school will reduce the number of sports it supports from 24 to 20, eliminating its men’s cross country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s rowing teams after the 2020-21 academic year. — The University of Northern Colorado will discontinue the men’s and women’s tennis programs as part of a cost-saving effort due to budget shortfalls created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The school located in Greeley, Colorado, will now sponsor 17 intercollegiate athletic programs, including nine women’s sports. NBA RESTART-SOCIAL ISSUESNBA, NBPA say sparking social change will be goal of restart Associated Press Iginla will be the fourth Black player inducted after Grant Fuhr, women’s hockey pioneer Angela James and Willie O’Ree. Iginla and Fuhr are the only Black NHL players enshrined for their on-ice accomplishments, while O’Ree was chosen in the builder category in 2018 for breaking the league’s color barrier 60 years earlier.The longtime Calgary Flames captain was the first Black player to lead the NHL in goals and points and was the first Black athlete in any sport to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. A first-generation Canadian whose father is Nigerian and mother is American, Iginla owns arguably the biggest assist in Canada’s history of international hockey. He passed the puck to Sidney Crosby for Crosby’s “golden goal” at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.BROWN-DROPPING SPORTSBrown U. students claim fraud, want cut sports restoredLawyers for a group of Brown University athletes whose sports have been targeted for elimination are accusing the Ivy League school of fraud for working secretly on a plan to cut the programs without telling the players their varsity careers were in jeopardy. NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said Wednesday that dealing with racial matters will be a shared goal during the resumed season.The league and union announced they will “take collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice” when the season restarts at the Disney complex near Orlando, Florida next month. Specific plans have not been finalized.NFL-REDSKINS-MARSHALLRedskins removing ex-owner Marshall from Ring of FameUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins are removing former owner George Preston Marshall from their Ring of Fame and striking all references to him on their website. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMore positive tests in baseballUNDATED (AP) — All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has become the first Major League Baseball player identified as having tested positive for the coronavirus. A person familiar with Blackmon’s situation confirmed the test result to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. The Denver Post first reported Blackmon’s condition, saying Tuesday that three Rockies players had tested positive. The Post reported Blackmon tested positive last week after workouts at Coors Field in Denver. The newspaper said the Rockies then closed the ballpark, following MLB protocol.The Philadelphia Phillies have said seven players have tested positive for the virus without identifying any of them. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that several players and staff members of the Toronto Blue Jays have tested positive. Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said a few players have tested positive for COVID-19. Dipoto said they have all been asymptomatic. And Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila says one player and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has imposed a 60-game season that will begin either July 23 or 24. It remains unclear where the Blue Jays plan to hold their training camp and play home games this summer.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:—The return of Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has been delayed after he tested positive for the coronavirus. And Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker announced he has been dealing with the virus as well. Both say they expect to be with their teams when the season resumes in Central Florida next month. All 22 NBA teams that will be part of the resumed season began mandated testing Tuesday. — The New York City Marathon scheduled for Nov. 1 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Road Runners announced the cancellation of the world’s largest marathon Wednesday after coordinating with the mayor’s office and deciding the race posed too many health and safety concerns for runners, volunteers, spectators and others. Last year’s marathon included a world record 53,640 finishers. Entrants for the 2020 race will be offered a full refund of their entry fee or a guaranteed entry to either the 2021, 2022 or 2023 marathon. The 2021 New York City Marathon is scheduled for Nov. 7.— The caddies for Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) have tested positive for the coronavirus, and both major champions have decided to withdraw from the Travelers Championship. Both say they are withdrawing to protect the rest of the field. McDowell says it feels like the snowball is getting bigger. This is the PGA Tour’s third week back after being shut down for three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first week came off without a hitch. Nick Watney last week became the first player to test positive.— A person with knowledge of the situation says All-Star forward Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) of the Denver Nuggets has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantining in his native Serbia. Jokic is expected to be back in Denver long before the team leaves for the Disney complex for the restart of the NBA season next month. — The return of Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has been delayed after he tested positive for the coronavirus. Brogdon issued a statement through the team, saying he was in quarantine, feeling well and expects to rejoin his teammates in Orlando for the resumption of the season next month. Brogdon used the March stoppage of play to recover from a leg and hip muscle injury that kept him out of games and recently told reporters he was ready to play. — Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will open Thursday for wagering on simulcast horse races. Fans will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Pimlico is scheduled to host the Preakness on Oct. 3. June 24, 2020 — The Berlin Marathon has been canceled following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say “after extensive examination and various discussions” they were not able to find a later date. Authorities in Germany have blocked the hosting of major events through October.— The University of Connecticut has decided to eliminate four athletic teams as it deals with an expected budget deficit driven by issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. UConn’s president told the Board of Trustees today the school will reduce the number of sports it supports from 24 to 20, eliminating its men’s cross country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s rowing teams after the 2020-21 academic year. — The University of Northern Colorado will discontinue the men’s and women’s tennis programs as part of a cost-saving effort due to budget shortfalls created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The school located in Greeley, Colorado, will now sponsor 17 intercollegiate athletic programs, including nine women’s sports. NBA RESTART-SOCIAL ISSUESNBA, NBPA say sparking social change will be goal of restart The Denver Post first reported Blackmon’s condition, saying Tuesday that three Rockies players had tested positive. The Post reported Blackmon tested positive last week after workouts at Coors Field in Denver. The newspaper said the Rockies then closed the ballpark, following MLB protocol.The Philadelphia Phillies have said seven players have tested positive for the virus without identifying any of them. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that several players and staff members of the Toronto Blue Jays have tested positive. Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said a few players have tested positive for COVID-19. Dipoto said they have all been asymptomatic. And Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila says one player and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has imposed a 60-game season that will begin either July 23 or 24. It remains unclear where the Blue Jays plan to hold their training camp and play home games this summer.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:—The return of Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon has been delayed after he tested positive for the coronavirus. And Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker announced he has been dealing with the virus as well. Both say they expect to be with their teams when the season resumes in Central Florida next month. All 22 NBA teams that will be part of the resumed season began mandated testing Tuesday. The school says both players have been admitted. Smith has immediate eligibility, and Michigan is assessing the potential for an NCAA waiver for Brown. The 5-foot-11 Smith comes to Michigan from Columbia, where he averaged 22.8 points a game last season. The 6-foot-5 Brown averaged 12.1 points for Wake Forest. Brown said in April he was entering his name into the NBA draft as well as the NCAA transfer portal.last_img read more

Home crowd sees intense series

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)You could feel the intensity brewing all weekend.The series between No. 1 Denver and No. 3 Wisconsin was more than a typical regular season matchup. The coaches knew it, the players knew it and the fans knew it as they packed the Kohl Center Saturday night for the first official sell-out of the season.There are a number of reasons why the intensity over the weekend reached such a high level: Denver’s dominance over UW in Madison (13-2-2 record at the Kohl Center heading into the series) was talked about all week leading up to Friday night’s contest, and senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion certainly showed some intensity following the series’ opening game that ended in a 3-3 tie.“We are all sick and tired of hearing about how they come in here and do well,” Geoffrion said. “It doesn’t matter; it’s a new game, new year.”Aside from the frustration building because of the media’s assertion that Denver has UW’s number, Geoffrion and his teammates were bothered by the opportunity they let slip away in game one.With the sour taste of a tie in their mouths, the intensity continued to build for a pivotal game two on Saturday.“We have got to be ready to battle,” junior forward Michael Davies said after Friday night’s game. “It’s going to be a war.”Saturday night’s contest lived up to the billing as two of the nation’s top teams endured a hard fought three periods. The game was decided by Davies’ game-winning goal scored with six and a half minutes remaining in the final period.The crowd erupted following the game-winner and they remained standing throughout the game’s final minutes. At the conclusion, the Badgers saluted the effort of their fans as they skated off the ice. Freshman forward Craig Smith knew the atmosphere the fans created added to his team’s level of play.“Coming into a packed building like this and knowing the rivalry between the two teams, it was really fun,” Smith said. “The environment brought the game to a higher level and we matched that.”Junior goaltender Brett Bennett was thrown into the pressure-packed atmosphere Saturday night, playing his first significant game in weeks. But he was proud of the way he, along with his teammates, responded to the challenge.“It’s been a long time since actually playing a meaningful game. And with this type of atmosphere with what was on the line, it was definitely huge,” Bennett said. “But I think it will make me better as a player and games like this make us better as teams.”With Saturday’s win, the Badgers finally claimed a victory over the Pioneers at the Kohl Center, which they had not done since the building opened in 1998.But more importantly, they took three out of a possible four points from the top-ranked team in the country, a team they are also chasing in the WCHA standings. Senior tri-captain Ben Street was well aware of Denver’s high ranking, and he spoke about the role it played in the extra energy witnessed throughout the series.“It just kind of elevated everything, when you know the rankings are so high. There is a little bit more on the line with those rankings and with the PairWise [Rankings],” Street said. “It was definitely a more important weekend with the teams being ranked so high than if they were unranked.”After two thrilling games between two of the nation’s top programs, these teams certainly expect to play deep into the postseason.Will these teams meet again down the road?The answer to that is not clear, but after a competitive series like this, head coach Mike Eaves knows full well his team will be prepared for whatever challenges laylie ahead.“The best thing about this weekend is the fact when you play at that level, that’s championship-level, in terms of college hockey,” he said. “The intensity, the battle of two teams that have skill, that have strong will, have a strong work ethic, good goaltending.“What better way to prepare yourself for the end of the year than by playing in these types of games?”last_img read more

Syracuse heads into NCAA tournament looking to keep turnaround season going with win against Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Ted Cribley knew there was a chance Syracuse would qualify for the NCAA tournament, but he said he really didn’t think it was likely.The Syracuse players anxiously waited as 27 teams were selected.“We were looking at each other like, ‘What the hell is going on?’” SU forward Louis Clark said. “We feared the worst.”Then, Syracuse finally popped up on the screen for a matchup against Cornell. The Orange’s berth in the NCAA tournament marks the second appearance in program history and the first since 1984. Syracuse (12-6) will square off against the Ivy League champion Big Red (15-1) in the first round on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Berman Field in Ithaca, N.Y. A win would propel SU to a second-round matchup against No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, Nov. 18 in Richmond, Va.Cribley said the room blew up after the team came up on the screen. The players screamed and celebrated. But Clark just sat there in complete shock, glued to his seat and shaking his head.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I wasn’t even looking,” Clark said. “I was just so stunned. Oh my God, I was so happy. It was one of the best moments ever.”Head coach Ian McIntyre is thrilled that his team will have an opportunity to keep playing after all the hard work the players have put in to this point. After what he called a long week, McIntyre said his team was both ecstatic and relieved that it was on the right side of the bubble on Monday night.“I think over the whole season they’ve been magnificent,” McIntyre said. “To give them an opportunity to keep playing is just fantastic. There was that jubilation from the guys. The room exploded and then there was a big sigh of relief.”Despite the immediate buzz and the long-term implications of the season-validating news, Clark knows Syracuse has a tough task ahead against Ivy League powerhouse Cornell.“I think they’re the favorite going into the game,” Clark said. “We’re fine with that. We’re more than happy for them to think that.”Syracuse is accustomed to being the underdog at this point. The Orange was picked 14th in the Big East preseason coaches’ poll. Wins against Rutgers, South Florida and Villanova helped establish SU as a team to be reckoned with in the Big East.After bursting out to a 2-0 lead over Notre Dame, the top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament, Cribley said the Orange feels prepared to face Cornell.“They’ll pose different challenges than Notre Dame did,” Cribley said. “But we’ll be able to adapt to that. We’ve played teams like that this year and have come out on top.”Cornell leads the overall series 34-25-7, yet Syracuse has won seven of its last nine meetings against the Big Red. Those stats are out the window come Thursday night, though, as this year’s teams are the strongest both schools have had in decades.Cribley remembers two years ago when McIntyre was recruiting him. The optimistic coach said Cribley could be part of the team that turned around SU soccer for years to come. He told the up-and-coming star he could help lead the team to the NCAA tournament.The midfielder was excited by the possibility, but he believed obtaining a tournament bid during his two years at SU was a long shot.“I figured it might happen years down the line after some rebuilding, but I didn’t expect it in the second year,” Cribley said. “I don’t think any of the boys did.“Even so, we’ve played this year as if we could make it, and I think it’s reflective of our ability and the hard work we’ve put in. It’s been a great year for us.” Comments Published on November 15, 2012 at 2:54 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: TE Jay Rose lists Orange in top 4

first_imgClass of 2016 tight end Jay Rose included Syracuse among his top four college choices on Monday, according to the New Haven Register.Rose also included Wisconsin, Wake Forest and UConn in his top four and plans to make a decision in the next two to three weeks, per the report.The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Southington (Connecticut) High School product is ranked as the 57th-best tight end in the 2016 class by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Rose also has offers from North Carolina State, Boston College and West Virginia according to Scout.com.The Orange’s 2016 class currently has 15 members, including 2015 holdover Brandon Ginnetti, but none are tight ends. SU’s current roster has seven tight ends: senior Jacob Green, juniors Cameron MacPherson, Josh Parris and Kendall Moore and sophomores Tyler Provo, PJ Batten and Trey Dunkelberger.Rose played quarterback during his junior season and threw for 3,190 yards and 47 touchdowns, according to his highlight tape, which is below.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on August 17, 2015 at 3:39 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Brazil’s Vasco Da Gama, Others Soon to Join Cape Verde 2019…

first_img“Very soon, in fact in the days ahead, we shall be confirming more teams. But don’t forget Benfica and Kegue FC of Togo from outside Cape Verde have earlier been confirmed.“Two Cape Verdean teams have on the home front sealed their place in the event. So, things are looking up for the tournament which would be Africa’s own Dana Cup, Gothia Cup, Ibercup, Norway Cup, Paris World Games, name it,” he noted.Mr Godson stressed that participation would be on first come, first served basis since only 16 teams would be featuring in the maiden edition.“We are sticking to our rules of first come, first served. We won’t reserve a place for any team. So, teams wishing to be part of the event have to do so early or wait for the 2020 edition.”Mr Godson was full of praise for the Cape Verdean authorities for their support and cooperation, especially from the Mayor of Praia, Hon. Oscar Evora Santos.“The people we are working with in Cape Verde are wonderful people. They are determined to see that our vision of making the tournament Africa’s number one youth soccer showpiece is realized.“Kudos must go to the Mayor of Praia Hon Oscar Evora Santos, the President of the Olympic Committee, Madam Filomena Fortes, the football federation president, Mr Semedo, the director of the Estadio Nacional, Mr Orlando Mascarenhas, and the Honourable Minister of Sports Cape Verde,” Godson concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram More teams from different parts of the globe have continued to line up for the maiden edition of the Cape Verde 2019 Africa Youth Cup billed for early next year in Praia.Mr Godson Abba Ekadi of Africa Youth Cup disclosed Monday that the youth team of Brazil’s top club, Vasco Da Gama has shown strong interest in the competition and are close to sealing their participation, while Mali’s Académie Football Club de Bamako and Napoli FC from Cote D’Ivoire have finished the registration formalities.He said yesterday that teams from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Zambia, and Equatorial Guinea are also very much in the picture.last_img read more

2017 AITEO Cup: National Preliminary Matches Get August 2nd Date

first_imgThe national preliminary matches for this year’s edition of the AITEO Cup (formerly known as Federation Cup) will take place on August 2 at various designated centres (10)This was contained in the following letter sent to all state football federations by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) big spenders FC IfeanyiUbah are the defending champions after they defeated Nasarawa United 5-4 on penalties to win the 2016 edition following a goalless affair in regulation time.RelatedEverton Reiterates Continental Target For Akwa United (AUDIO)April 16, 2019In “NPFl”AUDIO: Only Top Referees Would Handle AITEO Cup Games — NFF 1st Vice PresidentAugust 15, 2017In “Nigeria”Aiteo Cup: NPFL, NNL Weekend Fixtures Experience StandstillApril 24, 2019In “Federation Cup”last_img read more

Bashir Hayford eyes Africa glory

first_imgAshantigold coach Bashir ‘Bash’ Hayford is relishing the opportunity to lead his side into next year’s African Champions League campaign.An experienced coach in the local top flight, who led the Miners to break their 19 year wait for a league title, is now setting his sights on Africa.Speaking to Joy Sports, Bash expressed confidence in the team’s aim – to reciprocate the same style that has caught the eye of many locally.“Well, we are definitely going to Africa and we want to go and exhibit the type of football we play in Ghana, to Africa. So everybody will see the quality made of Ghana.”Bash forecast that a key ingredient to their success will be having good and quality preparations. “What is next is that we are going to prepare because that is the stepping stone to lift ourselves up.”Ashantigold will be the country’s sole representative in the Champions League while Tarkwa based Medeama S.C will represent the country in the Confederations Cup by virtue of winning the FA Cup. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

LA Clippers trying to close gap with Golden State Warriors

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “But right now, Golden State’s the best team in the NBA. I don’t think it’s even close and so we have to try to catch them.”The Spurs (45-9) are No. 2 in the West, Oklahoma City (40-14) is No. 3, the Clippers No. 4. The same question was put to center DeAndre Jordan.“Nah,” he said. “Jeff’s a great player, we are really lucky to have him. But we’ve still got a long way to go. They (the Warriors) are proven, we’ve still got things to improve on and we’ve just gotta continue to get better.”Assistant coach Mike Woodson chimed in.“We’d like to think so, but only time will tell,” he said Friday at practice. “We’ll see them tomorrow night. And I think we’ve played those guys pretty well. We just haven’t closed the games out.”The Clippers lost to Golden State twice in November — by four and seven points — and led both times entering the fourth quarter.Rivers coached Green for parts of two seasons in Boston. To Rivers, the 6-foot-9 Green meets the Clippers’ needs.“I really wanted more length,” Rivers said. “When you look at the teams we have to beat, we need to get longer, more athletic and we need to increase our shooting, and I think with Jeff we did all three of those things.”Green can be that instant-offense guy. He scored a season-high 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting against Orlando on Jan. 25. Five nights later, he had 29 points, shooting 11 of 16 against Sacramento.But Green this season is shooting just 30.9 percent (42 of 136) from beyond the arc; his career percentage is 34.0. Moreover, the scouting report on Green is he can be a defensive liability at times. If he doesn’t grasp that on a team whose defense has improved, that could be an issue.Green is looking forward to the challenge.“I’m a versatile guy who can play multiple positions and do multiple things on the floor,” he said before practicing for the first time with the Clippers. “So I’m pretty sure Doc is going to put me in positions where I can succeed and where I can helps this team out.”Being familiar with Rivers and his system is a plus, Green said.“Having played the two years with Doc and knowing what he wants, what he expects out of his players, is big,” said Green, who missed the 2011-12 season to have heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm.Sixth-man Jamal Crawford echoed that sentiment.“He’ll probably hit the ground running faster than most guys would traded in mid-season,” he said.There is no word yet on if and when Green will get into the starting lineup. But he has started more than not during his career — he started 31 of 53 games with Memphis — so it won’t be surprising to see that happen.The Clippers have gone 19-5 since Blake Griffin went out with a partially torn quad tendon. Griffin’s fractured right hand — busted on the face of team equipment staffer Matias Testi — will keep him out until sometime in March.Once Griffin returns, that might be the real test, especially if the Clippers continue to win like they have without him.Can Rivers make it all mesh together?As Woodson said, time will tell. Clippers coach Doc Rivers is realistic.He knows what’s been happening with the Golden State Warriors, who have been torrid this season while posting a record of 48-4 ahead of their games Friday night at Portland and Saturday night against the Clippers at 5:30 at Staples Center (on ABC).The Warriors won the NBA title a season ago. Now they’re on pace to get the most victories in a single season. That stands at 72, done by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96.This is not good news for the Clippers, who could play the Warriors in the second round of the playoffs. If the Clippers finish fourth in the Western Conference and Golden State takes first, that would be the scenario assuming both teams win in the first round.center_img Since the Clippers have never gotten past the second round in franchise history, the odds of them getting over that hump this season shrink dramatically in that case.The Clippers made a trade at Thursday’s deadline that could aid them. They shipped guard/forward Lance Stephenson and a future draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward Jeff Green, who played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers at Boston.Green was averaging 12.2 points and 4.5 rebounds for Memphis, and the 29-year-old has averaged 14.1 points and 5.0 rebounds over his eight-year career.Does this close the gap between the Clippers (36-18) and Warriors?“Well, I don’t think anyone has closed the gap on Golden State, or San Antonio, even though we just won,” Rivers said late Thursday after his team defeated the San Antonio Spurs 105-86 at Staples Center. “We have a lot of work to do. But we want to just stay in the argument. And when we get to one of those teams, we’ll find that out.last_img read more

Wellington-Rose Hill Live tweet; week #6 scores; more updates on state tennis

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Canucks Deal Standout Hodgson to Change Team’s Mix

first_imgMost memorably, he scored a huge goal against Boston in early January, a goal that every Canuck fan will remember as he blasted a slap shot past Tim Thomas off the crossbar and in.  There have been a number of other times, in his 16 goals this year, that his contribution has come at a key time or at an important moment when the team really needed a goal. I have no idea where this added offense is going to come from now that he’s gone.  Another facet to the lost offense is that Hodgson was effective on the second power play unit, his departure leaving it without a proper centre.What makes this deal even worse from the Canucks perspective is what Hodgson looks like he’ll provide in the future.  Based on his current trajectory, it doesn’t appear like there’s much that would stop Hodgson from becoming a top-flight NHL scoring centre. Those players are rare and difficult to come by.  Here, the Canucks drafted one, developed him, nursed him through serious back injury, stuck with him, and finally when in his first year he scores 20 goals, many of them big, they trade him away for an unproven commodity.I understand the fact that the team’s braintrust felt they needed a different mix in the bottom-six, although, I’m puzzled by their consistent quotes to the contrary.  The time to win for the Canucks is now.  I really question whether or not these moves make the team better now – in fact, I believe that today the Vancouver Canucks are worse than they were this time yesterday.The Sedin twins are not getting any younger and the way Kesler plays, nobody knows how long his body will hold up.  The team will need another scoring centre at some point, and unfortunately, that time may be sooner rather than later.  And they just traded that scoring centre away. DID HODGSON’S CAMP ASK FOR A TRADE?This move is so puzzling, it has led many to ask whether or not there was something else going on.At one stage, it was apparent that Hodgson’s camp (i.e. his family and agent) were unhappy with the Canucks.  These issues go back to his back injury, which was misdiagnosed multiple times, first by team doctors and then by other doctors that the player had sought out himself.  Finally the issue was diagnosed properly and resolved. In addition, there have been rumblings about his camp being unhappy with his ice time this year.  Vigneault, not comfortable using him in defensive situations, really sheltered Hodgson from the other team’s best players, to his benefit.Certainly, Hodgson’s family appears to be too involved in his career, as evidenced by the fact he’s changed agents three times in four years.  When asked if Hodgson asked for a trade, Gillis gave a cryptic statement that effectively amounted to “no comment”.  Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.Assuming Hodgson’s camp wanted out (I say his camp because I don’t believe the player would have asked himself), the trade deadline was not the time to make this deal.  Vancouver may not have been the place for Hodgson long-term, just as a result of the fact a Hart and Selke winner are ahead of him in the depth chart. Gillis would have been better served by waiting until the summer when he could field offers from all 29 teams in order to get the best return on this asset.  I don’t believe he got the best return on this deal. CONCLUSIONI believe these trades will be ones that Canuck fans will regret for many years to come.Current team:  I don’t believe Pahlsson can contribute much to the team at this point – he’s an aging, one dimensional centre most suited to a fourth line role as opposed to third.  They have traded away Hodgson’s offense and not replaced it. They have gained a physical winger, but by all accounts, he’s only ready to contribute on the fourth line at this stage – he just hasn’t done much at the NHL level.  The Canucks are a worse team right now than they were before the deadline.One intangible benefit of these moves is the fact that Kesler won’t have to be used so much in defensive situations, which may increase his offensive output.  Unfortunately, unless he’s able to reproduce Hodgson’s 16 goals, this benefit won’t be realized. The pressure is now squarely on Kesler to produce, and produce at a rate he’s never produced at before.  This is a likely a key part of the strategy employed by the team – but is also extremely high-risk.There is also now an immense amount of pressure on Kassian to provide this physical edge that the team was apparently looking for, all while being responsible defensively and chipping in with some offense.  I highly doubt that he’s ready for the pressure he’s about to feel in a hockey-mad market like Vancouver.Many analysts and callers to local radio believe that the Canucks are “more complete” now than they were before the trade, as they now have a proper checking line and a more physical forward.  However, this thinking is flawed, because it assumes that Pahlsson and Kassian can contribute right now. I haven’t seen them play very much at all, but I seriously doubt that either player will provide what they were brought in for, at this time.Future team:  It’s always difficult to assess trades of young players.  That said – it looks like Hodgson will blossom into a bona fide NHL scoring centre, a commodity that this team is going to need in the next 3-4 years. On the other hand, Kassian is a big kid who’s an unproven commodity.  Scouts have reportedly told reporters that “he ‘may’ become a top-six NHL forward”.  That doesn’t sound too positive to me, and I certainly don’t believe he’ll ever provide the type of offense that Hodgson will.  While watching Hodgson put up 70-80 points or more in the future, I’ll always look at him as “the one that got away”. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily. Coming into Monday’s trade deadline, it was apparent the Vancouver Canucks were going to make a move or two to help round out the team as it heads into the playoffs. The Canucks did just that and shocked most observers when they dealt impressive rookie and potential Calder trophy candidate Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres as the centerpiece of a deal that saw them acquire fellow rookie Zach Kassian.  Also heading to Buffalo was throw-in defenseman Alex Sulzer, with Marc-Andre Gragnani coming back to Vancouver.In a related move earlier in the day, Canucks GM Mike Gillis acquired centre Sami Pahlsson for ECHL prospect Taylor Ellington and a pair of fourth-round draft picks from the Columbus Blue Jackets.The move left most of Canucks nation shocked and dumbfounded.  Almost nobody saw the Canucks dealing Hodgson after the team had stuck with him through injury problems in his first couple of pro seasons, and had seen him break out this year into the player they drafted tenth overall.  Hodgson was fifth in rookie scoring at the time of the trade, and was tied for second in goals, all earned with average per game ice time of 12:43. WHY WERE THESE TRADES MADE?As I noted in my trade deadline preview, the Canucks appeared unhappy with their mix in their bottom-six forwards, most especially, the third line.  Hodgson had centered the third line most of the season, but his poor defensive abilities restricted how coach Alain Vigneault could deploy the line. AV was forced to use the line in offensive situations, as it was ill-equipped to face the opposing team’s skilled players.  Vigeault noted this in an interview a couple of weeks ago, when he explained that last year, he had a line like that (at the time featuring Manny Malhotra, Jannik Hansen, and Raffi Torres).  This impacted the team most primarily by increasing Ryan Kesler’s icetime significantly, which has negatively impacted his offensive production this year as he’s been forced into a defensive role more often than the team would like.The Canucks reportedly went after bruising Dallas forward Steve Ott, but were unable to consummate a deal with the Stars.  At that point, they apparently turned their attention to rookie winger Kassian, who has only played 27 NHL games. Not having seen Kassian play, other than his turns on Canada’s World Junior team, it’s difficult for me to comment on what exactly the Canucks have acquired.  That said, his NHL resume is very thin indeed.  He reportedly has great skating ability, has decent hands, and by all accounts “could” be a top-six NHL forward.Clearly when it was apparent the Canucks were going to deal Hodgson, they needed a responsible two-way centre for the third line and were able to target Pahlsson, who is an unrestricted free agent after the season’s end.  Pahlsson has a reputation as a good defensive centre and has wasted away the last couple of years in Columbus.  Pahlsson’s most famous for providing incredible third line minutes in Anaheim’s Stanley Cup run in 2007.As noted, the Canucks acquired defenseman Gragnani, an offensive-minded defenseman.  He’s 24 years old and will challenge for minutes in the team’s defensive group.  He’s played 44 games for the Sabres so far this season, recording 12 points.  His future contribution is a relative unknown. ANALYSISThese moves are definitely out of character for Gillis.  These moves appear very reactionary, and that hasn’t been Gillis’ style thus far in his tenure in Vancouver.Gillis has stated consistently that he didn’t believe the team needed to be “tougher”.  When the Stanley Cup final series against Boston concluded, he is on record as saying that it didn’t have to do with a lack of toughness, it had to do with a lack of scoring (it had more to do with horrible goaltending and even worse officiating, but I digress).  Gillis’ stance was that when penalties were called, the team didn’t capitalize on its power play opportunities. This season, when teams have tried to take the Bruins’ approach with the Canucks, the Canucks have won by doing just that.  That fact, combined with increased team toughness and an increased willingness to drop the gloves from the likes of Max Lapierre, Dale Weise, and Keith Ballard, led most people to believe the Canucks were happy with the makeup of their team from that perspective.With the third line operating more as an offensive line with Hodgson in the middle, many people believed the increased scoring depth that it provided meant the team was better, overall.  Malhotra hasn’t been the same player this year and was plying his trade on the fourth line, where he’s been effective at winning faceoffs and clearing the puck.With all these facts, it’s somewhat dumfounding that the Canucks have done a complete 180 here and radically altered the look of their bottom six forwards.  These moves represent a complete departure from their previous stance.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, the cost of these moves is too high.Pahlsson’s best days are behind him.  In fact, the only time in his career that he’s been a difference-maker was in that run to the Cup in 2007, which was a full five years ago.  When I did my trade deadline preview, I didn’t even mention him because he lacks the physical edge the Canucks were reportedly looking for, and he’s been ineffective in Columbus – they are a last-place team.  There’s a reason none of the prognosticators were mentioning him as a possibility to move – because nobody was interested in his services.  In perusing his career statistics, he’s been a full-time NHL’er since 2000-2001, and only once has finished a plus player, way back in 2002-2003.  It’s been five years since his magical run to the Cup – an eternity in the current-day NHL. In fact, Chicago traded for him in 2008-2009 at the trade deadline, where he finished minus-1 in 13 regular season games and minus-4 in 17 playoff games.  Chicago let him go at the conclusion of the season.He provides absolutely zero offense, as well.  As a result, I suspect that Canucks fans will be disappointed in what they have acquired as their third line is now a completely one-dimensional defensive unit, with questionable ability. Trading Hodgson for Kassian is where these moves get even more puzzling.  If you were putting a team together to round it out in the future, this move might make sense. The Canucks have an excess of NHL centremen, and a lack of large physical wingers.  In Kassian they have acquired a young player with potential, but without a complete body of work in the NHL, it’s very difficult to assess whether or not he can be a regular physical, offensive winger in a top-six role over the long term.  He’s played only 27 games, and has scored only seven points, hardly an impressive resume.  Clearly, Kassian may well round into a great NHL power forward.In giving up Hodgson, you’re letting go a proven NHL talent.  While still classified a rookie, he’s blossomed in this first full season in the NHL and has continually provided the Canucks offense at very key moments.  Mike Gillis has not made very many bad moves in his tenure here in Vancouver.  I really hope I’m wrong here, but I’m going to have to rely on blind faith in the wake of these moves – “In Gillis We Trust”.  If the Canucks win the Cup, and Pahlsson and Kassian contribute effectively, all will be forgotten by Canucks Nation. Unfortunately, anything short of that ultimate goal will be viewed as a failure. If it wasn’t before, the pressure is on.  It will be interesting to see if the rest of the team can provide enough to overcome what they have lost in order to reach the ultimate goal, because the pieces that have been brought in will struggle to fill that void themselves.last_img read more