Rogers reaches 12-year broadcast deal with NHL worth $5.2-billion : Rogers Communications Inc. will be the exclusive national rights holder for the NHL for the next 12 years in a $5.2-billion deal that fundamentally reshapes the sports broadcasting landscape in Canada. Rogers will make annual payments of $300-million to the NHL, which will incrementally increase until they reach $500-million in the final year of the deal. There is also an upfront payment of $150-million. In addition to the Rogers deal, the NHL gets about $300-million (U.S.) a year from U.S. network NBC, which is also shared among the 30 teams. In total, each team will get about $25-million a season in television revenue, not including fees for local broadcast.
Saskatchewan Roughriders complete dream season: It was a celebration unlike any other at Mosaic Stadium. The sold-out, predominantly green and white crowd remained at the facility long after the Saskatchewan Roughriders had beaten the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23 to win the 101st Grey Cup.
Buffal Sabres announce Ted Nolan as head coach, Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations: "Last night I relieved Darcy Regier from his duties as Buffalo Sabres general manager and Ron Rolston as head coach," Sabres owner Terry Pegula said at a press conference at First Niagara Center. Pegula announced the creation of a new title in the Sabres organization, president of hockey operations, which will be filled by LaFontaine. Ted Nolan was named interim head coach effective today.
Atlanta Braves plan to build new stadium in Cobb County: “We didn’t take this decision lightly,” said Schuerholz, the Braves’ president. “We’ve played in our current facility for quite some time (since 1997), and it was with mixed emotions that we made this decision because we have many great Braves baseball memories that occurred for all of us … in that facility. But we are quite enthused about where our new facility will be.”
Fan tackles Marty the Marmot mascot during musical chairs at WHL hockey game: Victoria police have launched an assault investigation after an aggressive fan tackled Marty the Marmot at Saturday’s Victoria Royals hockey game. Marty landed hard on the ice on his back and lay prone for several seconds until a staff member came over to help him to his feet. The aggressive fan was escorted off the ice to a torrent of boos from the crowd and Marty was helped away, clearly in pain.
MLB suspends Ryan Braun for remainder of season: The suspension takes place immediately, so Braun will be suspended for the final 65 games of the season, beginning with the Brewers' game Monday night at Miller Park against San Diego. The sanction came as a result of MLB's investigatiion into the infamous Biogenesis clinic, which was exposed as having sold PEDs to players after documents were released to various news agencies earlier this year. The suspension also exposed Braun as a liar because he has stated many times that he never used PEDs and never wavered from that stance. He recently told reporters, "The truth hasn't changed," referring to ongoing speculation that he would be suspended for PED use.
City Council OKs multimillion-dollar deal to keep Arizona Coyotes in Glendale: The NHL still has to give formal approval to an investment group called IceArizona (RSE) to complete their purchase. RSE promised to reimburse the city millions a year based on revenue drawn from new ticket surcharges, parking fees and a split of naming rights for the arena. The city council voted not only to pay RSE $15 million a year for 15 years (a total of $225 million) to run Jobing.com Arena, but to remove an escape clause under which the city could have terminated the agreement in the event that the city incurred losses of $50 million or more over five seasons. This comes at a time when the city of Glendale is struggling to find the money to fuel its fire engines. There was a hint of irony, then, when council member Sam Chavira, a fireman himself, addressed RSE's Anthony LeBlanc just before the vote and compared the Coyotes' new owners to firemen rushing into a burning building. That remark, just before Chavira eventually cast his deciding "yes" vote (Chavira was seen as the swing vote), also seemed out of place considering the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in Arizona battling a wildfire this week.
Stunning comeback gives Chicago Blackhawks the Cup: Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland goals in a span of 18 seconds late in the 3rd period propelled the Hawks to a stunning 3-2 win and a second Stanley Cup championship in four years. Bickell scored at the 18:44 mark after Toews sent a pass through the wickets of the Bruins' Zdeno Chara in front of the net, with Bickell then one-timing a score through Tuukka Rask's five-hole for the stunning equalizer to make it 2-2.
England's Rose take U.S. Open: Justin Rose shot an even-par 70 Sunday, capping it with one of the loveliest pars he ever has made, to win the U.S. Open by two shots over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. The 32-year-old became the first English player to win the U.S. Open in 43 years.
Boston Bruins announcer Jack Edwards equates Matt Cooke with Sirhan Sirhan: Jack Edwards states that Matt Cooke basically assassinated Marc Savard, also that...nominating Cooke for the Masterton Trophy last season was equal to "nominating Sirhan Sirhan as the prisoner of the year."
Iggy!! Part deux?: After 16 seasons, two Rocket Richard Trophies, one trip to the Stanley Cup final, two Olympic gold medals....Jarome Iginla is a Pittsburgh Penguin. The Calgary Flames announced late Wednesday that Iginla is headed to Pittsburgh for forwards Kenneth Agostino and Ben Hankowski and Pittsburgh’s 2013 first-round pick.
28 Fans Injured at Daytona by Crash Debris: A violent 12-car crash at the end of the Nationwide NASCAR race Saturday sent a tire and other debris flying over the grandstand fence at Daytona International Speedway, injuring at least 28 fans, some critically. Deadspin has video of a fan who was filming a few seats from where the tire landed. More from Reuters.
Greg Jamison asks for extension on Phoenix Coyotes deal:: In the most clear sign yet of the fragility of Jamison’s efforts to buy the Coyotes, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said an attorney representing Jamison called him late Wednesday night to ask for an extension on a lucrative arena-management deal. The city previously offered Jamison a 20-year deal that pays him an average of $15 million a year to manage Jobing.com Arena. However, the deal mandates that Jamison has to purchase the Coyotes from the NHL by 11:59 p.m. Arizona time today. If Jamison misses the deadline, the deal evaporates. Weiers said of extending the deadline: “Obviously, we’re not going to do that.”
Maple Leafs fire G.M. Brian Burke : The Toronto Maple Leafs new ownership conglomerate of Bell, Rogers and Larry Tanenbaum pulled the plug on Burke on Wednesday morning, shocking the hockey world on a day when most of the game’s owners – included Tanenbaum – are set to vote on the collective agreement. Burke’s firing comes just 4 days before training camps are expected to open and a week and a half before an abbreviated 48-game schedule will start for the Leafs in Montreal on Jan. 19. The curious timing of the decision came after months of soul searching by new ownership, according to MLSE president Tom Anselmi.
Game On!: After 6 long months of negotiations, it took one extremely long night to get the NHL out of the boardroom and back on the ice. A tentative deal to end the 113-day NHL lockout was reached Sunday morning at the end of a marathon 16-hour negotiating session. “We have reached an agreement on the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told a news conference. “We’ve got to dot a lot of i’s and cross a lot of t’s. There’s still a lot of work to be done but the basic framework of the deal has been agreed upon.” “Hopefully within a very few days the fans can get back to watching people who are skating, not the two of us,” said Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association.
Detroit 8, New York 1: Made-to-order rout of Yankees sends Tigers to 11th World Series : The Tigers won their 11th AL pennant and returned to the World Series for the first time since 2006 by defusing the powerful Yankees in inconceivable fashion. If you subtract the four runs Jose Valverde gave up in Game 1, the Tigers limited the Yankees to two runs in four games.
One-on-One With Jim Devellano, Detroit Red Wings Senior VP : "It's very complicated and way too much for the average Joe to understand, but having said that, I will tell you this: The owners can basically be viewed as the Ranch, and the players, and me included, are the cattle. The owners own the Ranch and allow the players to eat there. That's the way its always been and that the way it will be forever. And the owners simply aren't going to let a union push them around. It's not going to happen."
The story of the '72 Summit Series, as it's never been told before: An oral history of what really transpired in September of 1972, with material from nearly 100 interviews.
Tulane Safety Devon Walker Breaks Neck: Tulane safety Devon Walker suffered a broken neck and collapsed lung Saturday from a helmet-to-helmet collision with a teammate right before halftime against Tulsa. Walker stopped breathing when emergency medical workers removed his jersey and shoulder pads, Fox reported. He was revived and a tracheotomy was performed before he was taken to a hospital.
Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy hit in head with line drive, has surgery: The A's flew to Seattle on Thursday for their biggest series of the season, but their minds were on something bigger still. Their teammate, pitcher Brandon McCarthy, lay in a hospital bed recovering from surgery for an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture caused by a line drive that struck him in the head while he was pitching a day earlier.
Augusta National adds first 2 female members: For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members. The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.
Perfect! Mariners' Felix Hernandez : Whenever Felix Hernandez takes the mound, the possibility of seeing something special, of witnessing immortality, is always lurking. On Wednesday, on a brilliantly sunny day, that possibility became reality, as Hernandez threw the 23rd perfect game in major-league history, and the first in Mariners history. "I don't have any words to explain this," Hernandez said in a TV interview after the game. "I've got to throw one. I've been working so hard to throw one, and I got it. It was in my mind the whole game."
New Jersey Devils' Cam Janssen telling us how he really feels NSFW: On his Devils losing to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup finals: Host: "The first time I did a fat chick, a buddy picked me up from a party and I was hung over and he goes, 'Do you realize what you just did?' ... I would imagine it's something like that. It's like you had a chance, and then it's like ..."Janssen: "Damn fat broads, man." Host: "So the L.A. Kings are the fat broads?"Janssen: "They are. They're the fat broads that you regret bangin', and I've been there and done that." ... Janssen: "There's some shit-talkin' that goes down that pisses some people off. There's a lot of personal shit, man, like, guys know personal shit. ... You wanna get in people's heads to get them off their fuckin' game and don't get me wrong, you don't wanna go too deep with shit because we all have our issues here. Let's be honest."
Minnesota Wild agrees to terms with Parise and Suter: The Wild scored a major coup, agreeing to terms Wednesday with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, considered the two biggest prizes in this year's free-agent class. Parise, a forward who is a Minnesota native, and Suter, a defenseman, each received 13-year, $98 million deals according to people familiar with the terms. Parise and Suter will form a star-studded tandem that will be expected to alter the fortunes of a franchise that has missed the playoffs four consecutive seasons.
Devils nip Kings to force Game 6: New Jersey danced down a tightrope during a wild final minute Saturday to stay alive in the Stanley Cup final. They held on as Los Angeles stormed their net with an extra skater to get a 2-1 win and cut the Kings’ lead in the NHL championship series to 3-2. Game 6 goes Monday in L. A. Now it is the Kings who finally have to sweat a little, although they brushed aside the question of pressure, 25 times in NHL history a team took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Cup final, 20 of them won in a sweep. No team has won in Game 6 after letting its lead slip to 3-2, one team (the 1945 Toronto Maple Leafs) went on to win in seven games and one, the 1942 Detroit Red Wings, blew a 3-0 lead and lost in Game 7 to the Maple Leafs, meanwhile, in the boardroom, the Devils appear to be on very thin ice.