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Feb 5, 2014

New ice hockey format but expect same old results

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – A format change to the Sochi Winter Games women’s ice hockey tournament may prevent coaches and players from having to apologize for the embarrassing routs that have blighted past Olympics.

But hockey officials could yet be left squirming as they try to justify how a winless team managed to reach the Sochi medal round.

Feb 5, 2014

Olympics-New ice hockey format but expect same old results

SOCHI, Russia Feb 5 (Reuters) – A format change to the Sochi Winter Games women’s ice hockey tournament may prevent coaches and players from having to apologise for the embarrassing routs that have blighted past Olympics.

But hockey officials could yet be left squirming as they try to justify how a winless team managed to reach the Sochi medal round.

Feb 4, 2014

American Parise living the Canadian dream

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Zach Parise is an American hockey star living the Canadian dream.

A hockey loving kid, who grew up learning the game on outdoor rinks and ponds, Parise was driving a Zamboni, cleaning the slick and shiny ice at the local arena before he was old enough to drive a car.

Feb 4, 2014

Clock ticking down on Miller time

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – There have been Winter Olympics in which Bode Miller seemed more focused on claiming a gold medal in partying than reaching the top of the podium.

But the American skier, who can infuriate and inspire in equal measure, heads to the Sochi Games looking to “kick ass” and put the finishing touches to a complicated legacy.

Feb 3, 2014

Life goes on for Denver’s Fox after Super Bowl loss

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – John Fox would have loved nothing more than to have walked out of MetLife Stadium as a Super Bowl champion on Sunday but the Denver Broncos coach knows life goes on even after a crushing 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

In a sport defined by the quote, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” made famous by the legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, whose name is attached to the Super Bowl trophy awarded to the winner, Fox’s road to the championship game this season offered new perspective.

Feb 3, 2014

Super Bowl blowout leaves Manning legacy in question

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) – Peyton Manning confirmed his Hall of Fame credentials with another record-breaking season but his standing among the truly great quarterbacks remains uncertain after his Denver Broncos suffered a humiliating 43-8 Super Bowl loss on Sunday.

After collecting his fifth National Football League most valuable player award on Saturday, Manning’s place in the Canton, Ohio shrine is assured but the heavy loss against the Seattle Seahawks has left a cloud over his legacy.

Feb 2, 2014

Manning wins fifth MVP award, Super Bowl beckons

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Peyton Manning claimed a fifth National Football League most valuable player award on Saturday but the Denver Broncos quarterback will need another Super Bowl ring to cement his place among the all-time greats.

Manning, who will lead the Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday, was the clear favorite in the MVP race after he set single season marks for touchdown passes (55) and yards (5,477).

Feb 1, 2014

Super Bowl has it covered when it comes to weather

NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) – You might not be able to beat Mother Nature but you can try to protect yourself from her and the NFL made sure all bets were covered when it came to Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

The forecast for the league’s showcase game has improved dramatically to the point where weather is not expected to be an issue when the teams take the field at MetLife Stadium with temperatures hovering just above freezing and only a slight chance of precipitation.

Feb 1, 2014

Goodell talking big ahead of Super Bowl

NEW YORK, Jan 31 (Reuters) – With gridiron’s biggest game being staged on America’s biggest stage, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell used the spotlight on Friday to ponder some big plans.

From the possibility of more games around the world to expanding the number of playoff teams and adding franchises, to courting more women and Hispanic fans, a relaxed Goodell laid out his blueprint for NFL’s expansion during his annual pre-Super Bowl state of the league address.

Jan 31, 2014

Goodell confident concussion settlement will be approved

NEW YORK (Reuters) – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Friday he is confident the proposed concussion settlement between the league and players will be approved despite a U.S. judge’s hesitation to sign off on the deal.

The $760 million settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players, who contend the league downplayed the risk of concussions, was rejected earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody who was worried it might not be enough to pay all of the affected players.