January 12, 2013 |
Angels center fielder Mike Trout has informed tournament organizers that he will not play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in March, Trout's agent, Craig Landis, said Saturday. Trout, no doubt, would have been a huge coup for the WBC -- the 21-year-old was a unanimous selection for the American League rookie of the year and finished second in the MVP vote after hitting .326 with a .399 on-base percentage, .564 slugging percentage, 30 home runs, 83 runs batted in and 49 stolen bases.
January 5, 2013 |
Team USA won the gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships on Saturday, riding two goals by Southern California native Rocco Grimaldi and another strong goaltending effort by Ducks prospect John Gibson to a 3-1 victory over defending champion Sweden at Ufa, Russia. Gibson, drafted by the Ducks in 2011, was voted the top goalie and the most valuable player of the tournament, which features the world's top under-20-year-old players. The competition, always interesting as a preview of future NHL stars, provided welcome entertainment for hockey fans who have missed the game during the labor dispute that has delayed the NHL season at least through Jan. 14. Grimaldi, an undersized but skilled forward who had trouble earning ice time earlier in the tournament, scored his goals less than three minutes apart in the second period.
December 28, 2012 |
Team USA goaltender John Gibson, who was chosen by the Ducks in the second round of the 2011 entry draft, stopped 28 shots but he and his teammates lost to Russia, 2-1, on Friday in a preliminary-round game at the World Junior Championships. Winnipeg Jets prospect Jacob Trouba scored the only goal for the U.S., which had routed Germany, 8-0, in its tournament opener. The U.S. stands third in its group. The tournament is being played in Ufa, Russia. “Both teams played extremely well,” Team USA Coach Phil Housley said on the usahockey.com website.
December 17, 2012 |
The NHL and NHL Players' Assn. have not had recent contact and nothing new is planned, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said on Monday. The league on Friday filed a class-action suit in U.S. District Court in New York alleging the union's plans to dissolve by filing a disclaimer of interest was "a subversion of the collective bargaining process" and sought confirmation of the legality of the lockout it imposed on Sept. 15. The NHL also filed an unfair labor practices charge against the union with the National Labor Relations Board.
December 3, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - American League rookie of the year Mike Trout is among the players Team USA has requested be made available for the World Baseball Classic in March, but no decision has been made on whether the Angels' star outfielder will play. Many general managers and managers fear the WBC poses an injury risk, and Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto would probably block the participation of players such as Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, who underwent minor surgeries after the season.
November 30, 2012 |
Even Chauncey Billups had to admit that he has "accomplished every single thing" that any NBA player would want during a 15-year career. And yet Billups still pushed himself through the pain of 10 months of rehabilitation on his torn left Achilles' tendon so he could play basketball again. And when he returned to play Wednesday night for the Clippers for the first time since he was injured on Feb. 6 at Orlando, Billups said it was worth it all. "To be honest, this is what I do," Billups said after practice Friday.