Paul Sullivan: Having the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs — no matter how they got there — is good for hockey
“Miracle on Ice” was coined during the 1980 Winter Olympics in reference to the U.S. men’s hockey team’s stunning upset of the Soviet Union.And if the NHL season returns this summer after shutting down during the coronavirus pandemic, the Chicago Blackhawks will have an opportunity to stage Miracle on Ice 2.0.After talks of having 20 or 22 teams compete in the playoffs under a revised format, the NHLPA on Friday voted in favor of a 24-team format that eliminates only seven clubs.That means the Hawks, who were left for dead by most when the season shut down with 12 games left, have been given n...
Dave Hyde: The story of Dolphins rookie Noah Igbinoghene starts with Olympic genes and harder work
His dad did 2,000 sit-ups and trained three times a day chasing his track dream around the world. His mom ran her lungs out chasing hers and made national history.So when their oldest son was 10, his parents delivered a message.“We’re not paying for college for you,” they told Noah Igbinoghene, the Miami Dolphins’ first-round draft pick.They gave something more valuable, if used properly.“He got our genes,” his father, Festus, said. “And he got our work ethic.”Just for the moment, let’s not talk about who a rookie can be or how he fits this franchise’s future. Let’s talk about how he got here....
Badminton's Lee says tough for Lin to qualify for Olympics
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Retired badminton great Lee Chong Wei has said it will be difficult for arch-rival Lin Dan to qualify for the Olympics due to tough competition from younger Chinese players. China's Lin is hoping compete in a fifth straight Olympics in Tokyo next year, but he will be 37 when the coronavirus-delayed Games come around.The two-time Olympic champion is currently ranked just 19th, behind two of his compatriots. A country can only send two players to compete in Olympic singles, provided they are in the top 16."I think it will be relatively difficult if (Lin) wants to participate...
Kevin Durant gone from the Warriors, far from forgotten
Hey Kevin Durant, the night man from the Hotel California would like a word with you:You can check out of the Golden State any time you like, but you can never leave.It’s going on 11 months since Durant forced his passage from the Warriors to the Brooklyn Nets and it seems he has never left. During that time he has rehabilitated his torn Achilles tendon. He has (presumably) bonded with his new besties. He has mused about representing the United States in the 2020 Olympics in Japan (when that was still a thing). He revealed that before the 2015-16 season he intended to bolt the Oklahoma City Th...
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Watch: Bryce Harper Wants MLB Players To Compete In Olympics, Calling MLB’s Decision ‘Dumb’
Although the Olympics have been pushed back to 2021, there is some news surrounding it. Baseball is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2008, which has some players eager to play in it. Major League Baseball has already said that its players can’t play in it, partially because the Olympics fall in the heart of the season which has some like Bryce Harper not happy, calling the choice “dumb.”Harper said that this is one of those things that athletes dream of, representing their country. “It is such a travesty to me. I’m not saying this as disrespect to minor-leaguers – the  ...
Bob Brookover: Bryce Harper's plea for a shot to play in the Olympics unlikely to be heard by MLB
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper made a passionate and patriotic plea Thursday that has no chance of coming to fruition.During an interview with former major league pitcher Dallas Braden on Barstool Sports’ Starting 9 podcast, the Phillies right fielder called it a “travesty” that big league baseball players are not part of the Olympics.“You’re going to grow the game as much as possible and you’re not going to let us play in the Olympics because you don’t want to (lose) out on money for a two-week period?” Harper said. “OK, that’s dumb.”It’s great that Harper wants to represent the United States in...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Megan Rapinoe Believes That Olympics Are Still Up In The Air For 2021 Because Of Coronavirus
The 2020 Summer Olympics have already been pushed back to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but there is still doubt among some athletes that the games will take place in 2021.In speaking with CNN, US Women’s National Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe said that she is not entirely sure that the Olympics will happen given the current state of the world. “Frankly, I think the Olympics are in doubt next year,” Rapinoe said. “The more I think about it logistically, just bringing everybody together like that with the absence of drug therapies or anything like that just seems difficult.”Rapinoe ...
Unpolished gyms: Olympic plans on hold for Minnesotans, but workouts must go on
Bruce and Kristi Ewen never threw away their daughter’s homemade shot put ring. After Maggie went to college at Arizona State, they tucked it in the back of their barn in St. Francis, where their home gym shares space with a tractor and a boat.Maggie didn’t expect to use that plywood circle again. But she also didn’t expect a pandemic to shut down her training facility in Moorhead. With no other options, the reigning U.S. bronze medalist moved back home in March, dusting off her old throwing ring and doing strength workouts in the barn.“My parents are into fitness, and they have all kinds of s...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bryce Miller: Stunning 2019 Kentucky Derby is my most memorable event
SAN DIEGO — In 2004, Johnny Damon unintentionally destroyed my audio recorder with a clubhouse champagne version of Old Faithful after the Red Sox kicked “The Curse of the Bambino” to the curb by winning the World Series.In 2017 and ’18, I covered back-to-back Rose Bowls where teams scored 49 and 48 points — and lost. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, it was stunning to hear a single human being, Jamaican sprinting blur Usain Bolt, mute a raucous stadium simply by climbing into the starting blocks. Peeling back indelible moments one-on-one with Tom Watson, Lance Armstrong, John Wooden, Meb Kefl...
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India to step up battle for 2032 Olympics after pandemic: sports chief
New Delhi (AFP) - India will step up its battle to win the 2032 Olympic Games and other international events when the global coronavirus pandemic eases, its top sports leader Narinder Batra told AFP.Ten years after hosting the Commonwealth Games, the Indian Olympic Association president said his country had lessons to learn but would not be deterred."We are serious and definitely pitching for the 2026 Youth Olympic Games and the 2032 Olympics," he said Friday.India has already written expressions of interest to the International Olympic Committee but faces reported competition from Thailand, R...