February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- Goaltender Jonas Hiller is making the most of the meager offensive support he has gotten from his Swiss teammates. Hiller on Saturday recorded his second shutout of the Sochi Olympic tournament, stopping 26 shots in a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Hiller, one of seven Ducks playing for their respective Olympic teams here, had stopped 21 shots in a 1-0 victory over Latvia in Switzerland's first game. He was the backup to Reto Berra in Switzerland's 1-0 loss to Sweden in its second game.
February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- The last two Olympic combined champions, both Americans, couldn't get out of the snowplow's way Friday. After lead-footing his morning downhill, defending gold medalist Bode Miller drove his slalom run like a bumper-car ride and later admitted the course "was too tough for me. " Ted Ligety, the 2006 gold winner and current world champion in the event, let the mountain play him. "I respected the course too much," he said....
February 12, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller made 21 saves Wednesday as Switzerland opened the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament with a 1-0 victory over gritty Latvia, but he wasn't even the best goalie on the ice at Shayba Arena. Latvia's Edgars Masalskis, who plays professionally in Slovakia, was outstanding in making 38 saves and was beaten only because of a defensive breakdown by his teammates and an unfortunate deflection with 7.9 seconds left in the third period. Latvia had the puck but failed to get it in deep, a mistake that proved costly when Switzerland regained possession.
January 6, 2014 |
The Czechs went old, Slovenia chose its only NHL player to lead its Olympic hockey debut, and Switzerland ensured its defense will be more solid than its famous cheese by selecting six NHL players for its Sochi roster. Those federations announced their 25-man rosters Monday, a few days after Team USA unveiled its picks. The remaining teams, including defending champion Canada, will announce their choices Tuesday. Jaromir Jagr , who will turn 42 during his fifth Olympics, 42-year-old former NHLer Petr Nedved and 37-year-old New Jersey forward Patrik Elias will skew the Czechs' average age high in a tournament that puts a premium on youth and speed.
November 25, 2013 |
Swiss voters soundly rejected a plan Sunday that would have limited executive compensation to no more than 12 times the lowest-paid employees' pay. The measure, known as the "1:12 initiative," was defeated 65.3% to 34.7% even amid wide public disapproval of excessive executive pay. But despite that negative sentiment, the proposal seemed to be a step too far for the majority of voters. The plan, an effort by Switzerland's Young Socialists, was rejected by voters and all 26 cantons, or states, in the country. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America The measure would have needed a majority of votes from both voters and the cantons to pass. Switzerland is home to large multinational companies including pharmaceutical firms Novartis and Roche, banking firm UBS and Credit Suisse. The country has fewer regulations than many other European countries, which is partly why large corporations are headquartered there. Critics had warned that imposing the pay law would have hurt economic competitiveness.
November 6, 2013 |
Swiss forensics examiners found sufficient traces of the deadly radioactive isotope polonium-210 in the exhumed remains of Yasser Arafat to conclude with relative certainty that the late Palestinian leader died of poisoning in 2004, Al Jazeera channel reported Wednesday. The Qatar-based broadcaster said it had obtained exclusive access to the 108-page report of the University Center of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, which it posted on its website. Examination of bone fragments, decomposed tissue and body fluids taken from Arafat's remains at his West Bank tomb a year ago found at least 18 times the normal level of polonium, the Swiss scientists reported.