July 19, 2012 |
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Zach Johnson played nearly perfect golf Thursday in the British Open, shared second place with his five-under-par 65, and is assured of a brief mention in the seventh paragraph of most stories on the first round. Several reasons for that. One is that he's from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, giving him a profile about the same as his birthplace. He is Midwest in a game where East, West and South stir the drink. His sport's imagery tends to have a New England hard edge, a California palm tree or a Southern drawl.
July 16, 2012 |
Zach Johnson lost sight of his ball after his bunker shot from 193 yards out during the second sudden-death playoff hole Sunday at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. But he liked what he heard. “I liked that crescendo from the crowd,” Johnson said. His ball bounced on the green, then ran up to less than a foot from the cup. An easy birdie putt later, Johnson had knocked off Troy Matteson, whose approach landed 43 feet away, for the tournament victory. An earlier roar from the crowd wasn't such a positive sign for Johnson, who held a one-stroke lead over Matteson while playing the 18th hole.
July 4, 2012 |
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the top two free agents available this offseason in the NHL, have answered a call to the Wild. Minnesota landed the former New Jersey Devils captain and center as well as one of the NHL's top defenseman. The Wild, which finished 12th in the Western Conference last season with 81 points, announced on Twitter: “WE GOT 'EM!” “This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” Minnesota Gneral Manager Chuck Fletcher said. Parise, who helped the Devils reach the Stanley Cup Final against the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings, and Suter, an anchor for the Nashville Predators defense, each agreed to 13-year contracts believed to be worth up to $100 million.
July 4, 2012 |
The Minnesota Wild's high point was reaching the Western Conference final in 2003 and after that … almost nothing. Minnesota has not won a single playoff round since being swept by the Ducks in that 2003 series, and has missed making the playoffs the last four seasons. So, what in the name of Sidney Crosby were the likes of forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter thinking when they each signed a reported $13-year, $98-million contract Wednesday with the Wild? Location, location, location.
July 2, 2012 |
There were no bad breakup scenes, no botched qualifying offers, and the Kings smoothly moved through what can be an often rough, post-Stanley Cup period. They wrapped up the biggest piece of business when goalie Jonathan Quick signed his 10-year, $58-million contract extension Sunday, and previously worked out deals with forwards Jarret Stoll, Colin Fraser and Dustin Penner, keeping the championship team intact. "The key here was each one of those players definitely wanted to stay," Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi said Monday.
July 1, 2012 |
The Zach Parise derby may have turned into a two-day decathlon, but the Kings were realistic about their chances with the New Jersey Devils free-agent star forward, calling the odds of signing him "way too long. " An official with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to comment said Sunday that the team had learned from the pursuit of Brad Richards last summer - he landed with the New York Rangers - and was focusing elsewhere. That focus could end up on Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who has two big fans in Kings Coach Darryl Sutter and Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi.
June 30, 2012 |
Whether it was Ilya Kovalchuk or Brad Richards, the Kings have managed to find a way to get in the picture for the flavor of the month, a means to get in the door. Of course, literally getting in the door at the Toronto agency that represents Richards was a struggle last year for the Kings' brain trust, live on national cable TV in Canada. But they did eventually get in after it was unlocked. These forays were always interesting. The Kings were runners-up in the free-agent bidding for Kovalchuk two years ago and among the invited teams to pitch for Richards last July 1. But that all was long before the Kings came armed with a certain shiny new recruiting accessory: The Stanley Cup. The ramifications of their Stanley Cup championship and its impact on the free-agent market will be tested for the first time starting Sunday.
June 26, 2012 |
Zach Galifianakis' wolf pack is increasing by one: "The Hangover" star is reportedly engaged and already planning the wedding. Sorry, but did we already miss the bachelor party? Hopefully it wasn't anything like Stu's Thailand bachelor brunch. Galifianakis, 42, quietly proposed to his longtime girlfriend Mary Quinn Lundberg, 29, and the two have already dropped the invites to their Aug. 11 wedding in the mail, according to Celebuzz. Galifianakis' rep has declined to comment on the report.
June 20, 2012 |
Zach LaVine, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Bothell (Wash.) High School, has committed to play at UCLA, according Marvin Cater, LaVine's godfather. LaVine is ranked 17 th among point guards nationally by Scout.com. He also had offers from Arizona, Louisville, Texas and Washington, among others. His commitment has come after the Bruins' 2012 recruiting class was ranked second nationally by Scout.com. LaVine will sign a letter of intent in November. ALSO: UCLA's season ends in 4-1 loss to Florida State UCLA falls to Arizona, 4-0, at College World Series UCLA rolls past Stony Brook, 9-1, in College World Series opener
June 9, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Coach Peter DeBoer spent part of Saturday morning defending Devils captain Zach Parise. Sure, the Kings had held him scoreless through four games in the Stanley Cup Final. But DeBoer explained that "Zach's game is so much more than the stat line. He's the heartbeat of our team. He's the identity of our team. He forechecks, he back-checks, he kills penalties. " And on Saturday, he scored. Parise backed up DeBoer's verbal defense in effort and action.