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Jan 2, 2014

Winter Classic first salvo in NHL ‘shock-and-awe’ campaign

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Reuters) – The National Hockey kicked of 2014 with the biggest hockey bash ever on Wednesday, firing the opening salvo in a ‘shock-and-awe’ campaign designed to turn casual fans into avid ones.

An announced record hockey crowd of 105,491 braved brutal conditions to fill massive Michigan Stadium for the NHL’s outdoor Winter Classic as the Toronto Maple Leafs clinched a 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Jan 1, 2014

Maple Leafs and Red Wings open 2014 with Classic thriller

ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Reuters) – The National Hockey League rang in the New Year in record breaking style and a shootout thriller as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in the outdoor Winter Classic on Wednesday.

An announced record hockey crowd of 105,491 braved brutal Arctic conditions to fill the massive Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor and were left on the edge on the edge of their frozen seats until the Leafs’ Tyler Bozak scored the decisive shootout goal in the fading light and blowing snow.

Dec 22, 2013

Red Wings and Maple Leafs bring dormant rivalry back to life

TORONTO (Reuters) – After not meeting for nearly two years, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will face off twice in 12 days breathing new life into a dormant rivalry that was once one of the NHL’s most fierce.

Two of the NHL’s ‘Original Six’ franchises, the Maple Leafs and Red Wings clashed for the 645th time on Saturday with Detroit skating away with a 5-4 shootout win to level the all-time record for the series at 276-276-93.

Dec 19, 2013

Driving days over, Franchitti shifts gears

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti tried to convince himself there was a way back from a career-ending head injury but all roads led to a dead end and his racing days are over, said the IndyCar champion on Thursday.

Speaking publicly for the first time since a horrific last lap crash at the Houston Grand Prix on October 6 left him with two spinal fractures, a concussion and a broken ankle, Franchitti said he tried to negotiate a deal with himself but discovered there was no deal to be made that would see him return to the cockpit of a race car.

Dec 19, 2013

Motor racing-Driving days over, Franchitti shifts gears

Dec 19 (Reuters) – Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti tried to convince himself there was a way back from a career-ending head injury but all roads led to a dead end and his racing days are over, said the IndyCar champion on Thursday.

Speaking publicly for the first time since a horrific last lap crash at the Houston Grand Prix on Oct. 6 left him with two spinal fractures, a concussion and a broken ankle, Franchitti said he tried to negotiate a deal with himself but discovered there was no deal to be made that would see him return to the cockpit of a race car.

Dec 18, 2013

NFL: Wild finish ahead as teams fight for playoff spots

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – The National Football League’s playoff picture will come into sharper focus following the penultimate weekend of the regular season where 19 teams remain in the hunt for a postseason berth.

The playoff-bound Indianapolis Colts (9-5) have secured a division title while the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs have also secured postseason spots, leaving eight berths available.

Dec 18, 2013

Dark start to year gives way to bright future

TORONTO (Reuters) – An NHL season that nearly never was will be remembered as one that set the course for a bright new future in a seminal year bookended by a deal that secured a decade of labor peace and a multi-billion TV agreement.

It was a rough start to 2013 with players locked out by owners, the New Year’s Day outdoor Winter Classic canceled and the season on the brink of being scrapped before a last-gasp deal in early January salvaged a 48-game schedule.

Dec 2, 2013

Bills no hit as losses pile up at home away from home

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Buffalo Bills made their annual trip to Toronto on Sunday but despite appearances by the Beach Boys and Toronto’s infamous crack-smoking mayor, the NFL again failed to generate any buzz north of the border.

A 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons added another line to a dismal record for the Bills at their home away from home.

Nov 18, 2013

Formula One still chasing American dream

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – A year after making a splashy return to the United States, Formula One’s American dream has yet to come true with the glamour sport unable to captivate a market it has long coveted.

While motor racing fans across the globe planned their Sunday around the U.S. Grand Prix, for Americans it was just another event on an action-packed day of National Football League (NFL) games and NASCAR.

Nov 18, 2013

Motor racing-Formula One still chasing American dream

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov 18 (Reuters) – A year after making a splashy return to the United States, Formula One’s American dream has yet to come true with the glamour sport unable to captivate a market it has long coveted.

While motor racing fans across the globe planned their Sunday around the U.S. Grand Prix, for Americans it was just another event on an action-packed day of National Football League (NFL) games and NASCAR.