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National Anthem Protest Makes Its Way to Hockey

Lightning forward J.T. Brown becomes the first NHL player to protest during the "Star-Spangled Banner"

(Newser) - The sports world's racial justice protests that started a year ago when former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernik started kneeling during the "Star-Spangled Banner" have come at last to professional hockey. On Saturday night, J.T. Brown, a forward with the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, kept his right... More »

Steve Jobs' Widow Makes Big Move in Pro Sports World

Looks like Laurene Powell Jobs is buying major stake in Capitals, Wizards empire

(Newser) - There aren't many women who hold top ownership positions in the sports world's "Big Four" pro leagues, but the wife of the late Steve Jobs is about to up those numbers. Citing sources familiar with the deal, the Washington Post reports that billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs... More »

Canadian Hockey Fans Sing 'Star-Spangled Banner,' Go Viral

After singer's mic fails, the crowd takes over

(Newser) - Even amidst the fiercest sports rivalries, Canadians don’t betray the stereotype of being incredibly nice. According to Fox News , country singer Brett Kissel asked our neighbors to the north at Rogers Place, the Edmonton Oilers' home base, to help him out when his mic failed during the American national... More »

Hockey Linesman Knocked to Ice Sues Player for Millions

He says he hasn't been able to work for over a year

(Newser) - An NHL linesman who hasn't been able to work since he was knocked to the ice from behind by Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman last year is suing the player and the team for $7.5 million. Wideman cross-checked Don Henderson as he was returning to the bench during... More »

Use of Actual Penguins at NHL Game Rankles PETA

They were 'terrorized,' says group, but zoo calls that nonsense

(Newser) - The zoo calls it an "enrichment experience" for penguins, but PETA thinks it amounts to "shy animals terrorized." Such is the controversy over the NHL's decision to put live penguins on the ice before a rare outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. In... More »

NHL Rookie's Record Debut Brings Mom to Tears

Matthews enters record books 40 minutes into career

(Newser) - Auston Matthews made a stunning debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night, scoring four goals—a record for a rookie in his first NHL game. The Score reports that the 19-year-old American's parents were in the stands for the game against the Ottawa Senators. His proud mom was... More »

Young Red Wings Fan Gets Photobombed From Penalty Box

Steve Ott and Dylan Larkin were all smiles for little Lylah Almas

(Newser) - One man's penalty box is another man's photo shoot. The AP reports Steve Ott and Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings used their ref-mandated timeouts during Sunday's preseason game against the Chicago Blackhawks to surreptitiously pose for a photo with a 4-year-old fan. The Red Wings... More »

Hockey Great Gordie Howe Dead at 88

'Mr. Hockey' died Friday morning

(Newser) - Hockey legend Gordie Howe is dead at age 88, the Detroit Red Wings confirmed to CBS Detroit Friday. His son, Marty Howe, tells CNN he died Friday morning. Howe, a Hockey Hall of Famer and six-time NHL MVP, had an incredible career that led to his nickname, "Mr. Hockey"... More »

Pentagon Paid Sports Teams to Stage Patriotic Events

Report blasts spending as 'inappropriate and frivolous'

(Newser) - Does your heart swell with pride when an American flag is unfurled at a major sporting event? If so, know that you paid for the sensation. The Pentagon has shelled out about $10 million to sports franchises over the past five years for advertising and promotion, including $6.8 million... More »

NHL Star's Rape Case Dismissed

DA cites lack of evidence, uncooperative complainant

(Newser) - Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane can breathe easy knowing that a rape case against him will proceed no further. "The totality of the credible evidence … does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant's allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called 'case' is rife with... More »

Man Jumps in River to Save Hat, Must Be Saved Himself

He and his Blackhawks hat are fine

(Newser) - OK, Chicago, we get that you're excited about your Stanley Cup win . But emergency crews don't want to have to dive into the Chicago River to pull out any more fans who decide to go for a swim. That's what local officials say happened last night when... More »

NHL Star Bankrupt, Thanks to Parents

Columbus Dispatch reveals plight of Jack Johnson

(Newser) - That a professional athlete who rakes in millions of dollars a year has to declare bankruptcy isn't all that unusual. That his parents are mostly to blame is a little more so. Such is the plight of the Columbus Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson, reports the Columbus Dispatch . The 27-year-old... More »

Players Sue: NHL Promoted 'Extreme Violence' for Profit

It's the second suit against the NHL since November

(Newser) - The National Hockey League is being sued by nine of its own, who claim the league "intentionally created, fostered, and promoted a culture of extreme violence" with an eye on profit, the suit reads. Ex-players brought a similar suit against the NHL in November , but the New York Times... More »

Goalie Loses Game Due to Bizarre Puck-in-Pants Goal

Mike Smith skates to score on himself

(Newser) - Here's one of the weirdest hockey plays you'll ever see—one that ended a game, no less. Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith couldn't find the puck after it flew into the air in overtime. It landed in the back of his pants, and while he was searching... More »

Bruins Protect Team Logo From ... Justin Bieber

Rope off logo so singer can't step on it

(Newser) - NHL teams have an unwritten rule that no one may stand on the logos in their locker rooms. Not even Justin Bieber. But the Biebs— no stranger to disrespectful acts —was caught doing just that in the Chicago Blackhawks locker room before a concert earlier this month. The Boston... More »

Dead Hockey Enforcer's Family Sues NHL

Lawsuit blames league for Derek Boogaard's death

(Newser) - The NHL has been hit with a wrongful-death lawsuit from the family of New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died two years ago this week from an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers and alcohol. After his death, the 28-year-old was found to have suffered brain damage from a disease... More »

NHL Takes Step to Welcome Gay Players

Hockey league teams up with 'You Can Play' advocacy group

(Newser) - The NHL has taken the biggest step yet of any major sport to welcome gay players, reports the New York Times and Reuters . The league has teamed up with the You Can Play Project , a year-old advocacy group, to educate teams and players and generally raise awareness about homophobia. A... More »

For 13th Time Ever, Goalie Scores Goal

Martin Brodeur gets credit as last person to touch the puck

(Newser) - Martin Brodeur achieved a rare NHL feat last night, even if it was by accident. He got credited with a goal because he was the last New Jersey Devil to touch the puck when Carolina scored on itself, reports USA Today . It's only the 13th time in NHL history... More »

NHL, Union Make Last Push to Save Season

But commissioner says time is running out

(Newser) - 2012 vanished without any deal to finally get the 2012-13 NHL season under way, but fans now have reason to be hopeful, AP reports. The league and the players' association are back on speaking terms and held their first face-to-face meeting since Dec. 13 yesterday. The lockout has caused games... More »

CTE Rampant Among Those With Frequent Head Trauma

Research points to long-term brain damage

(Newser) - Concern is growing over a link between repeated hits to the head and brain disease—and a new study adds fuel to the fire. Researchers studied donated brain samples from 85 deceased people who'd experienced frequent, mild episodes of traumatic brain injury, and found signs of a certain brain... More »

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