Sunday, August 4, 2013

More on the Blades . . .

THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Kiel McLeod (Kelowna, 1997-2003) signed a one-year contract with Val Pusteria Brunico (Italy, Serie A). He had eight goals and 13 assists in 31 games with Frisk Asker (Norway, GET-Ligaen) last season. . . .
D Denis Rehak (Prince George, 2003-04) signed a one-year contract with Ertis Pavlodar (Kazakhstan, Kazakh Vysshaya Liga). He had one goal and four assists in 42 games with Vitkovice Ostrava (Czech Republic, Extraliga) last season.
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Veteran WHL coach Dean Clark says he isn’t involved in Mike Priestner’s bid to purchase the Saskatoon Blades. However, Clark tells Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the SaskatoonPhoenix that Priestner is the right man for the ownership job. That piece is right here.
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Just because Mike Priestner is perceived as the favourite to purchase the Saskatoon Blades doesn’t mean there aren’t more interested parties. In fact, a second group that includes a number of former Blades players, continues to do its due diligence. . . . There’s more right here from Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix.
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The CBC without Hockey Night in Canada? Don’t laugh.
“The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. has one month to lock down the broadcast rights to Hockey Night in Canada for another decade,” writes Steve Ladurantaye, The Globe and Mail’s media reporter. “But with the asking price expected to double to $200-million a season, the country’s public broadcaster could be hard pressed to keep its 60-year lock on Saturday night hockey.” . . . That piece is right here.
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If you’re wondering how Major League Baseball got here from there with its latest baseball scandal, Steve Eder of The New York Times explains it all right here. . . . Warning! You may feel like showering after reading this.
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Patrick Hruby at sportsonearth.com wonders if it isn’t time to stop the war on drugs in the world of sports. He makes a case that the only time the anti-drug side has success is when there is police involvement. And, as Charles Yesalis, an epidemiologist at Penn State, told Hruby: “"Look, the best way to deal with [drugs in sports] is for all fans to boycott. It would be cleaned up almost instantaneously. But nobody gives a damn. In fact, these drugs make the product better for viewing and enjoyment. Do you want to watch a beauty contest where everyone is overweight and wearing no makeup?” . . . That piece is right here.
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Is Alex Rodriguez “a convenient whipping boy for a commissioner eager to punish a star player but never owners or executives who operate out of the light?” writes Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post in an intriguing column that is right here.

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