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first_imgLoughlin and Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits.DOPING-FISH STORYGone fishing? Thrower’s Olympic dreams capsized by silly fibUNDATED (AP) — Scottish hammer thrower Mark Dry told anti-doping authorities he had gone fishing when really he was at his parents’ house. That little white lie has turned into what could be a career-ending fiasco.The 2016 Olympian is facing a four-year ban for tampering with the anti-doping process as a result of the lie he told shortly after officers showed up at his house to find he wasn’t there. He had failed to tell authorities he was leaving the house. And though he portrays the excuse he made as nothing more than a silly mistake, the UK Anti-Doping Agency took it much more seriously. Lee played basketball at Vanderbilt and was a captain before graduating in 2000. She earned a master’s degree in counseling from Vanderbilt in 2002 and got her doctorate in higher education administration in 2012.COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYLoughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scamBOSTON (AP) — Court papers show actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to charges that will include prison time in the college admissions bribery case.Loughlin has agreed to serve two months behind bars and Giannulli has agreed to serve five months under the deal that must be approved by the judge. They will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges of money laundering and federal programs bribery that were added after the case was filed. An attorney for the couple declined to comment. Dry says it’s an example of massive overreach by the anti-doping agency. The UKAD says lying is a cardinal sin that cannot be tolerated.Up until his missed test, Dry also had a spotless anti-doping record. He had even acted as a whistleblower in an instance years back when he saw doping control officers being paid off in a hallway at a major event.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA may be on the cusp of a comeback planUNDATED (AP) — Something is finally clear in the uncertain NBA: Players believe they’re going to play games again this season. VANDERBILT-ATHLETIC DIRECTORVanderbilt’s Lee becomes 1st black woman AD in SECNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has removed the interim title and made Candice Storey Lee the first black woman to become an athletic director in the Southeastern Conference.Lee now is among only five women in charge of a Power Five program. Daniel Diermeier, who takes over as Vanderbilt’s chancellor on July 1, said Lee is the “living embodiment” of the university’s values and aspirations.Lee was named interim athletic director Feb. 4 when Malcolm Turner resigned after one year on the job for the former NBA G League president. The obvious questions — How? Where? When? — remain unanswered. But several people familiar with the details of the conversations have told The Associated Press this week that players around the league are being urged to start getting mentally and physically ready for training camps that could be just a few weeks away.As the NBA continues to work through multiple return-to-play scenarios, two people with knowledge of the situation say Orlando, Las Vegas and Houston remain under consideration as cities that could host regular-season and playoff games.Testing is expected to be a major component to any return-to-play plan that the NBA comes up with. Under scenarios being discussed, fans won’t be at games, and home-court advantage won’t exist since games will almost certainly all be at neutral sites.Wednesday marked the end of the 10th week since the NBA shut down on March 11. The pandemic halted a season that had 259 games left to play, but none of those games have been officially canceled yet.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:center_img May 21, 2020 Update on the latest sports Associated Press — Horse racing’s National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has canceled its induction ceremony in August because of health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hall of Fame president John Hendrickson says the museum believes it’s “in the best interests of everyone involved and for the integrity of the event to postpone the ceremony for a year.” The Hall of Fame ceremony was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7. This year’s class includes trainer Mark Casse, jockey Darrel McHargue, horses Wise Dan and Tom Bowling, and Pillars of the Turf Alice Headley Chandler, Keene Daingerfield, Jr., and George D. Widener, Jr. They will be inducted with next year’s class. The 44th Annual Museum Ball scheduled for Aug. 14 also was canceled. It’s traditionally one of the highlights of the Saratoga summer social season.— Tokyo Olympic organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto spoke Thursday about the need to take “countermeasures” to combat the coronavirus at next year’s postponed games. Muto acknowledged in an online news conference that “there are some in Japan” talking about holding the games without fans. Muto did not say this was going to happen. He was responding to comments in a BBC interview in which International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said an Olympics without fans “is not what we want.” But Bach did not rule it out, and said any such a decision would take more time.— The governing body of swimming has postponed the short course world championships for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. FINA (FEE’-nuh) says the championships scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi will now be staged Dec. 13-18, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates because of the “the uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.” FINA’s president says swimming organizers have worked closely with the United Arab Emirates’ authorities and “we believe this is the most suitable solution for all those taking part in this competition.”— German soccer club Dynamo Dresden has reported another case of coronavirus. The already quarantined second-division club has now had four players test positive. Dresden says on its website that the latest positive result was found in a fifth wave of tests conducted on Wednesday. It adds that another “category one” close contact of its coaching staff has also tested positive for COVID-19. The player, staff member and staff member’s contact person must now go into quarantine at home for 14 days. Dresden’s entire team was ordered by local health authorities into 14 days of quarantine on May 9 after two players tested positive. The club says that all players who tested positive before were cleared in the fourth and fifth wave of tests and that they and the rest of the team will be able to resume training on Saturday.— English soccer club Manchester United says it believes it will miss out on $24 million because the Premier League will have to make refunds to broadcasters even if the pandemic-disrupted season is completed. The league is in talks with its rights holders about rebates because of delays and changes to the broadcasting schedule. The season was suspended in March. Empty stadiums will also change the TV product. The rebates will vary based on the final position in the standings and the number of games aired live. United is in fifth place with nine games remaining. The Premier League hasn’t provided details of the broadcasting rebate.last_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: SN Q&A with New Jersey Devils 2003 Game 7 hero Mike Rupp

first_imgYou have an opportunity to do something really special and, but what happens when the other team goes up in the game? And what are you going to do now to wrestle that back into your favor? So that’s going to be the biggest thing, but I think whoever can get that mentality of this is this scenario that you’ve wanted since you’re a little kid, look at it that way as opposed to, what if? You can’t have that kind of mindset.SN: Is all the pressure all on Boston?MR: Yeah it is. This team had the third best record in the National Hockey League this year, so they should be here. St. Louis wasn’t supposed to be here. They weren’t supposed to be in the playoffs… they obviously have something to lose [too], but the pressure is definitely on Boston. Sporting News sat down with the 10-year NHL veteran, who is in Boston as part of NHL Network’s Game 7 coverage, to reminisce about his own Stanley Cup Final glory and what the Bruins and Blues are facing Wednesday night.(Editor’s note: The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.)STANLEY CUP FINAL 2019: Boston on cusp of city’s third championship title in eight monthsSporting News: You walk into the arena for Game 7. What’s going through your head, everyone’s heads, leading into that game?Mike Rupp: It’s kind of funny, I always say that it’s probably one of the more relaxed games I ever had prior but I give that credit to the veteran guys that were joking around. The fact that I think sometimes you’re in those situations, and I was a rookie, you don’t know how to react; but we had guys that throughout the season, maybe if it was game 21 or game 82 or Stanley Cup Final Game 7, they joke. If they were joking around and keeping it light-hearted in November, they’re doing it in June.So that was big for me because I’m just sitting back waiting to see how people are going to respond and I think that that was big, just take it as another game.SN: Calm leading up to the game, but what was it getting onto the ice for warm-ups, the game itself with the home crowd? Were there any nerves?MR: I felt abnormally calm before the game but I was very nervous until I got my first shift because it was probably three shifts into the game until I got my first shift so you just want to get that first shift over with and get out there. Once you get through that, it seems to just kind of flow a little bit more but I just remember that over the course of the game I know we’re up 3-0 in the third [and] maybe there’s seven minutes left in the game and the way that the Devils played back then, a 3-0 lead with Marty Brodeur in net, that’s pretty secure and you don’t feel like it is. You’re doing the math there you just trying to figure out okay, man, can’t let him get one there’s still time, there’s still time. . . . That’s probably the most nervous was looking at the scoreboard and those last six, seven minutes just going by so slow seemed like an eternity.  (Getty Images) BOSTON — Wednesday night a new Stanley Cup Champion will be crowned; whether it is the Boston Bruins or the St. Louis Blues is still to be determined, but the contest marks the 17th time a Game 7 will be needed to decide who will lift Lord Stanley’s Cup.Current NHL Network analyst Mike Rupp knows all about playing — and scoring — in a deciding Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final. The 2003 Stanley Cup champion netted the game-winning goal in the New Jersey Devils 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks. (Getty Images) SN: You had three points in the game (goal, two assists). Hate to use the word pinnacle, but was that the greatest moment of your career?MR: Certainly, it really set the bar high. Then you sitting there thinking . . . well, these guys now have one in ’95, 2000 they won, 2001 they lost in the finals and then 2003. So in eight years time won three Cups, went to the finals four times. So I’m thinking if I just stay here, I mean, I’m going to play in probably three, four or five finals. Yeah. doesn’t work that way.I think it really just made you hungry the rest of your career and it the thing for me is once you taste it early on, you don’t want anything else like you don’t. You don’t care about anything else but getting back there.SN: What was it like lifting the Stanley Cup?MR: I didn’t know the proper protocol because I was a rookie and I only played the last four games. I’m not going to be the guy that’s gonna jump in front of the picture and lay in front of the Cup or go get the Cup right from Marty; I was just waiting for someone eventually, hopefully, just thinking I just hope they remember me.I ended up getting it. It was awesome. I mean, I don’t know you have certain images in your head of guys lifting the Cup that you saw when you’re a kid and now I get to do it.GAME 7: Cassidy says Bruins have ‘lots’ in the tank for final showdownSN: What is your take for Wednesday night?MR: The biggest thing I think… is the first goal? How are you going to respond if the other team scores?… I think that we had a really good mindset and I was always told it not to look at what’s at stake, but what’s the opportunity that it is, and that’s a really different mindset when you’re going into it because I wasn’t scared to try things. SN: Take us through the goal, your first-ever playoff goal that was the game-winning and Stanley Cup-clinching goal.MR: I didn’t play until the finals in the playoffs. So when I came in Joe Nieuwendyk was out with an injury. So I got put in his place. So I was put into a really good situation. Jamie Langenbrunner, Jeff Friesen, that line was making up one of the best lines in the playoffs.So I remember in that game, we were buzzing, and it was just trying to get down in the corner with the puck and winning the battle and get it out to the defenseman. It was Colin White I ended up passing the puck out to and he took the first shot and it got blocked and went to Scott Niedermeyer — and he’s one of the best in the league with getting shots through. So I just remember my job and get the puck from the corner to the D and then bust my way in front of the net. The puck just came and got a deflection on it and just barely thread the needle going through the [Ducks goaltender Jean-Sébastien] Giguere’s legs and that was it was pretty awesome.SN: What was going through your head after?MR: I think it was like, well that just happened.MORE: Blues ready to fix postseason power-play woesSN: Was it everything you thought of as a little kid, scoring that game-winning goal in a Game 7?MR: I’d be playing with Wayne [Gretzky] with the Oilers and doing those things. It is really weird because it kind of just brings you back, you’re a little kid in that situation. You play through it all your head 100 million times and now it’s just oh, my gosh, I actually am going to have the puck on my stick in this game now that I’ve dreamt about my whole life. So I think just being excited about it is the biggest thing and yeah, it’s more than what I thought it would have been. SN: And you weren’t even sure you were going to play in the game.MR: The rumor was that Nieuwendyk might try to play in Game 7, which in turn, I thought that I’d be back out because he’d go back into his spot. So I didn’t know. I never really got confirmation to the day of that I was going to play and it was pretty much because Nieuwendyk came in and he spoke to the team and had tears in his eyes was upset because he wasn’t going to have this opportunity with us; but he gave us a great you know a speech help us and we started kind of looking at doing it for Nieuwie and that’s when I knew I was in so and I’m like all right here we go.last_img read more