Bob Lemieux, a tough customer during his hockey career, has made the decision to donate his brain to research. He thinks he suffered at least seven severe concussions during his career. Jane Taber of The Globe and Mail has his story right here.
Pitcher Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees has said he will retire at the conclusion of this season. That means that he is on his farewell tour. But this isn’t your average such tour. Check out this story right here from the Kansas City Star.
In the OHL on Saturday night, F Ryan Rupert’s second goal, 90 seconds into overtime, gave the visiting London Knights a 5-4 victory over the Barrie Colts. . . . The championship final is tied 3-3 with Game 7 scheduled for London on Monday night. . . . Rupert’s first goal of the game, at 16:50 of the second period, gave London a 4-0 lead. . . . Barrie stormed back with four third-period goals, F Mitchell Theoret forcing OT with a goal at 19:18. . . . Attendance was 4,241. . . . This is the 10th time since 1987 that the OHL final has gone to seven games. . . . Barrie was without F Anthony Camara, who was suspended prior to Game 6 for the remainder of the OHL playoffs. He was ejected from Game 5 with a charging major. Camara would be eligible for the Memorial Cup, should the Colts win the OHL title. . . . As well, the Colts lost D Michael Webster in Game 5 when he slid into the boards and suffered a broken collarbone.
In the Central league, F Todd Robinson’s goal at 2:47 of OT gave the host Allen Americans a 3-2 victory over the Wichita Thunder in Game 7 of the league’s championship series. . . . The Americans trailed 2-0 with 13 minutes left in the third period. . . . F Jarret Lukin (Kamloops, Medicine Hat, 2000-05) scored at 7:13 and F Trevor Hendrikx tied it at 17:41. . . . Robinson, a 34-year-old from Trail, B.C., played five seasons (1994-99) with the Portland Winterhawks. A prolific pointman throughout his career, he led the league in playoff scoring, with 22 points.
The WHL’s playoff situation:
Portland vs. Edmonton
(Portland leads, 3-2)
(All times local)
Game 1: Friday, May 3 — Edmonton 4 at Portland 1 (10,097)
Game 2: Saturday, May 4 — Edmonton 0 at Portland 3 (10,947)
Game 3: Tuesday — Portland 3 at Edmonton 1 (8,513)
Game 4: Wednesday — Portland 2 at Edmonton 1 (8,400)
Game 5: Friday, Edmonton 3 at Portland 2 (OT) (10,947)
Game 6: Today, Portland at Edmonton, 4 p.m.
x-Game 7: Monday, May 13, at Portland (Rose Garden), 7 p.m.
x – if necessary.
All games are being televised by Shaw in Canada. They also will be televised in Portland, with Game 6 on Comcast SportsNet, and Game 7 on Root Sports.
Comcast and Roots will pick up the Shaw telecast that feature play-by-play man Dan Russell, along with Bill Wilms, Peter Loubardias and Andy Neal.
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