Bill Guerin to lead US Olympic men’s hockey team two months away from Winter Games

General Manager of the Minnesota Wild Bill Guerin was promoted to head of the United States Olympic hockey team on Tuesday, two months after that of Stan Bowman resignation following the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault scandal. “Unfortunately, things turned out the way they were and we are here today,” Guerin said on a conference call with USA Hockey. “But you know, we have a job to do and we have to stay focused and determined on it. It’s been a bumpy road to get here, but here we are and we need to focus on the job at hand. Born in Worcester and raised in Wilbraham, Guerin, 51, attended Boston College and, as part of his 18-year NHL playing career, spent two seasons with the Bruins. He also won two Stanley Cups. He is also a three-time Olympian. Gurein, who was initially appointed assistant general manager of the United States team, replaces Bowman, who resigned in October after an investigation determined that Blackhawks officials mishandled a player’s allegations against an assistant coach during the the team’s Stanley Cup race in 2010. Bowman was the general manager of the Blackhawks. Guerin’s promotion comes less than two months before the Beijing Winter Games open in February. Him and the New York Rangers general manager Chris Drury, the team’s assistant general manager, has only about a month to select a team and possibly a backup team, given the uncertainty over whether the NHL players will withdraw from participation. due to COVID-19 protocols. USA Hockey Director Jean Vanbiesbrouck said Plan B – minus NHL participation – would involve calling on a pool of players currently competing in minor leagues, colleges and Europe. It’s similar to what USA Hockey did in 2018, when the NHL opted out of the South Korea Games. Guerin’s promotion has been delayed due to his potential links to a lawsuit involving his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins recently settled a lawsuit alleging that a former minor league coach assaulted the wife of an assistant in 2018.

FOOTBALL

The group aims to buy out the struggling NWSL team

Billionaire Todd boehly and executive Jennifer tepper mackesy, William & Mary graduates with ties to professional and academic sports circles, said they were leading a group in exclusive negotiations to buy a controlling stake in the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League. Managing associate spirit Steve baldwin has sought a buyer since the end of last season, after allegations of emotional abuse and inappropriate behavior were brought against the then coach Richie burke and front office executives. . . Pablo Mastroeni got the job of permanent head coach of Real Salt Lake, 3 and a half months after taking over the Major League Soccer squad as interim coach and leading the team to the FIFA Conference final. Where is. The 45-year-old former United States national team midfielder served as Colorado’s head coach from 2014 until his dismissal in August 2017. Mastroeni was appointed interim coach on August 27 when Freddy juarez was fired with the team in sixth place in the Western Conference. Salt Lake finished 8-8-1 for last place in the Western Conference playoffs, then beat Seattle and Kansas City on the road before losing 2-0 to Portland in the conference final. . . Nike Inc. has signed Reilyn turner, a sophomore on the UCLA women’s football team, to her first sponsorship deal with a college player after a recent NCAA rule change allowed brands to work with student-athletes .

BASEBALL

Lockout can’t stop Justin Verlander from $ 25million deal

that of Justin Verlander A one-year, $ 25 million contract with the Houston Astros was finalized, nearly a month after his deal was signed. The 38-year-old right-hander and two-time Cy Young Award winner struck a deal with the Astros on Nov. 17 subject to a successful physical exam. While the deal was reported before the collective agreement expired on December 1 and a sign freeze began, Major League Baseball and the players’ association only approved it this week. Verlander’s deal includes a $ 25 million salary for 2022 and a $ 25 million player option for 2023 provided he throws 130 or more innings in 2022. Verlander became a free agent after signing a contract $ 94 million over three years with the Astros. He has only played one game in the past two seasons.

COLLECTION

Operation successful for UConn’s Paige Bueckers

UConn said the star female basketball player Paige buecker underwent successful surgery on Monday to repair the fracture in her left leg she suffered a week ago, as well as a meniscus tear in her knee. The reigning national player of the year broke her left tibia in her knee on December 5 in a victory against Notre-Dame. . . that of Pete Maravich The college literate jacket sold for nearly $ 117,000 at an auction this weekend, more than 50 years after his record-breaking career at Louisiana State. The auction of various Maravich memorabilia brought in more than $ 160,000, including revenue from the jacket, according to published reports. The articles were all obtained directly from the Maravich family. Maravich, who died in 1988 of heart failure at the age of 40, remains the all-time leading scorer in Division 1 men’s college basketball history with 3,667 points in three seasons at LSU (1967-70 ). His last professional season was with the Boston Celtics from 1979 to 1980, playing with his future colleagues in the Naismith Hall of Famers. Little Archibald, Dave cowens, and recruit Larry Bird . . . James hinchcliffe, one of IndyCar’s most popular drivers, has said he is moving away from full-time racing in the series. The 34-year-old Canadian has said he will not be retiring and will explore other types of racing; Andretti Autosport did not renew his contract for next year. . . Goalie Ben Bishop confirmed what the CEO of the Stars Jim nill said three days earlier: The game days of the 35-year-old Maine product are over with a degenerative right knee problem. It’s not officially a retirement as the three-time Vézina Trophy finalist is under contract until next season and will still be in the squad. . . Six Moroccan male tennis players, including four who played in the Davis Cup, have been banned in a match-fixing investigation, the International Tennis Integrity Unit said. A hearing found that the six players “were guilty of multiple offenses and various match-fixing charges, including match-fixing, receiving money for the fixing and failing to report corrupt approaches.” , the ITIA said in a statement. “The ITIA investigation revealed that the player offenses were related and therefore were the subject of a joint hearing.” The players have been identified as Amine Ahuda, Anas Chakrouni, Ayoub Chakrouni, Mohamed Zakaria Khalil, Soufiane El Mesbahi, and Yasser Kilani. Their bans ranged from nine years to a lifetime ban for Ayoub Chakrouni.

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