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Sep 27, 2013

Big events have NHL seeing gold, silver and cash

TORONTO (Reuters) – With the Sochi Olympics, the biggest Winter Classic and a new Stadium Series, the National Hockey League (NHL) launches its most ambitious season since expansion on Tuesday looking to regain lost momentum and fans.

For NHL players, winning an Olympic gold medal and having their names engraved on the Stanley Cup will be the big prizes this season but for a league in recovery mode there is much more is at stake.

Sep 24, 2013

Disgraced Johnson no longer running from doping past

TORONTO (Reuters) – For 10 awe-inspiring seconds on September 24, 1988, Canadians held their breath then exhaled and exploded in the type of wild chest-thumping celebrations usually reserved for the hockey-mad nation’s greatest victories on the ice.

That evening Canadians from Newfoundland to Victoria had stopped to watch as Ben Johnson rocketed across the finish line, right hand thrust triumphantly into the Seoul sky, to claim the crown of world’s fastest man as he blazed to an Olympic 100 metres gold medal in a stunning 9.79 seconds.

Sep 24, 2013

Athletics-Disgraced Johnson no longer running from doping past

TORONTO, Sept 24 (Reuters) – For 10 awe-inspiring seconds on Sept. 24, 1988, Canadians held their breath then exhaled and exploded in the type of wild chest-thumping celebrations usually reserved for the hockey-mad nation’s greatest victories on the ice.

That evening Canadians from Newfoundland to Victoria had stopped to watch as Ben Johnson rocketed across the finish line, right hand thrust triumphantly into the Seoul sky, to claim the crown of world’s fastest man as he blazed to an Olympic 100 metres gold medal in a stunning 9.79 seconds.

Sep 15, 2013

Manuel trying to turn the page in Buffalo

ORCHARD PARK, New York (Reuters) – With past Buffalo Bills quarterbacking greats looking on, rookie E.J. Manuel showed why he is the key to the future, rallying the downtrodden franchise to a last gasp 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The only quarterback selected in the first round of April’s NFL draft, Manuel in just two games has justified the Bills’ belief in him coolly engineering an 80-yard drive capped by an arching two-yard pass touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson with just two seconds left to play.

Sep 15, 2013

Bills follow Manuel to stunning comeback win over Panthers

ORCHARD PARK, New York (Reuters) – Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel tossed a touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson with two seconds left to play to earn the Buffalo Bills a stunning 24-23 comeback win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

With less than two minutes on the clock, the Panthers up 23-17 and the crowd slowly heading for the exits, Manuel came onto the field and marched the Bills 80 yards in 96 seconds hitting a wide open Johnson with an arching two-yard pass to tie the game.

Sep 15, 2013

Hockeyville offers quaint start to grand season

BELLEVILLE, Ontario, Sept 14 (Reuters) – With the Sochi Olympics, return of the Winter Classic and a new Outdoor Series it is going to be a season of grand events for the NHL as it attempts to make up for last year’s lockout-shortened campaign.

But the NHL’s biggest, and perhaps most important season in decades, began on Saturday with a blast of nostalgia in small town Ontario as the Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets and the Stanley Cup all paid a visit to the rural community for an exhibition game.

Sep 11, 2013

Manning Bowl III set for Super Bowl-like treatment

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – New York will get a taste of Super Bowl-like hype this week as Peyton Manning leads the Denver Broncos into MetLife Stadium to face younger brother Eli and the Giants in a marquee family feud dubbed Manning Bowl III.

It may be five months until MetLife Stadium hosts the first Super Bowl staged outdoors in a winter climate, but for now the hottest ticket in town is Sunday’s sibling showdown between the quarterbacking brothers.

Sep 6, 2013

Confusion surrounds F1′s 2014 calendar

MONZA, Italy/TORONTO (Reuters) – Confusion surrounded Formula One’s 2014 calendar on Friday after commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone denied issuing a draft version to teams while officials in North America said New Jersey’s bid for a race was still alive.

“The calendar hasn’t been produced yet. I don’t know who’s had one. I’m saying there is no draft calendar,” Ecclestone told Reuters in the Monza paddock after practice for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

Sep 6, 2013

Motor racing-Confusion surrounds F1′s 2014 calendar

MONZA, Italy/TORONTO, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Confusion surrounded Formula One’s 2014 calendar on Friday after commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone denied issuing a draft version to teams while officials in North America said New Jersey’s bid for a race was still alive.

“The calendar hasn’t been produced yet. I don’t know who’s had one. I’m saying there is no draft calendar,” Ecclestone told Reuters in the Monza paddock after practice for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

Sep 4, 2013

Opening week offers plenty of intriguing storylines

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos, the hot favorite to lift the title, raise the curtain on the NFL’s 2013 season on Thursday as the opening act to a Week One full on intrigue.

Recycled players, rivalries, revenge and a return to the sidelines highlight the opening chapter of a five-month drama that will reach a chilling climax on February 2 when New York and New Jersey host the first outdoor, cold weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.