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Oct 8, 2015

Focus returns to the ice after turbulent offseason for NHL

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – The National Hockey League kicked off its 2015-16 campaign on Wednesday with a quartet of games that helped bring the focus back to the ice after an offseason littered by sordid headlines.

The reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks arrived for their home opener in gleaming limousines and then walked a red carpet into their arena to a throng of cheering fans.

Oct 5, 2015

McDavid has long-suffering Oilers poised for a revival

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Connor McDavid will be carrying the highest expectations of any player in recent memory when he begins his NHL career this week with hopes of restoring the long-suffering Edmonton Oilers franchise’s glory days.

The 18-year-old Canadian, a so-called ‘can’t-miss’ prospect who was the prize of a weighted lottery to determine which team picked first in June’s NHL Draft, has been viewed as a potential star for years while dominating junior hockey.

Sep 29, 2015

Ryder Cup about reaffirming golf’s reputation, captains say

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Next year’s Ryder Cup will be all about reaffirming golf’s reputation for fairness in the wake of the controversy over a non-conceded putt at the Solheim Cup, the U.S. and European team captains said on Tuesday.

The Solheim Cup, which uses the same format as the Ryder Cup, was marred by a dispute over sportsmanship earlier this month when European stalwart Suzann Pettersen refused to concede a short putt to her American rival.

Sep 18, 2015

List of top-paid athletes more diverse than 1995 – Forbes

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – The world’s highest-paid athletes are a much richer and more international group than those who dominated the same list 20 years ago, Forbes said on Friday.

The top 40 earners in sport over the last year combined to earn $1.9 billion (1.2 billion pounds) in prize money, salary and endorsements, up significantly from the $490 million made by the highest earners in 1995, according to Forbes.

Sep 18, 2015

Sports-List of top-paid athletes more diverse than 1995-Forbes

Sept 18 (Reuters) – The world’s highest-paid athletes are a much richer and more international group than those who dominated the same list 20 years ago, Forbes said on Friday.

The top 40 earners in sport over the last year combined to earn $1.9 billion in prize money, salary and endorsements, up significantly from the $490 million made by the highest earners in 1995, according to Forbes.

Sep 15, 2015

Toronto mayor says not right time for 2024 Games bid

TORONTO (Reuters) – Toronto will not bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the mayor of Canada’s largest city said on Tuesday while promising to create a panel to advise on bidding for future major sporting events.

Stressing a desire to improve more pressing infrastructure and transit needs, Toronto Mayor John Tory said the city would benefit from hosting an Olympic Games but not in 2024.

Sep 15, 2015

Olympics-Toronto mayor says not right time for 2024 Games bid

TORONTO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Toronto will not bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, the mayor of Canada’s largest city said on Tuesday while promising to create a panel to advise on bidding for future major sporting events.

Stressing a desire to improve more pressing infrastructure and transit needs, Toronto Mayor John Tory said the city would benefit from hosting an Olympic Games but not in 2024.

Sep 11, 2015

Brady follows ‘Deflategate’ saga with statement victory

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Tom Brady may not have admitted to using the “Deflategate” scandal as motivation but he sure looked like a man on a mission while leading the New England Patriots to a NFL season-opening victory on Thursday.

Brady, whose entire offseason was spent dealing with fallout from accusations that he knew of a scheme to deflate footballs, looked sharp as he threw four touchdown passes in New England’s 28-21 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sep 11, 2015

Brady dominates in Patriots’ season-opening win

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Tom Brady moved past a stormy offseason throwing four touchdowns as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots scored a season-opening 28-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday in front of a frenzied home crowd.

Brady, whose status for the first four games of the season was in doubt until last week because of an NFL-imposed “Deflategate” ban, led his team onto the field to rousing cheers before putting on his silver helmet and delivering a stellar performance.

Sep 11, 2015

Brady given thunderous ovation as Patriots open NFL season

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Tom Brady, the focus of the offseason “Deflategate” scandal, received a rousing ovation from the frenzied home crowd as he led the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots into the NFL’s season opener on Thursday.

Brady, whose status for the first four games of the season was in doubt until last week because of league imposed suspension, led his team to the field then quickly put on his silver helmet ahead of a clash with the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.