Lyon Hockey

Spirits owner Steve Baldwin faces pressure from investors to sell his team to Y. Michele Kang

A group of Washington Spirit investors, including the former Senate Majority Leader Tom daschle, threatened legal action against the managing partner Steve baldwin if he does not sell the National Women’s Soccer League team to the highest bidder, the co-owner Y. Michèle Kang. Baldwin entered exclusive negotiations with a billionaire-led group this month Todd boehly, whose offer of $ 25 million is 40% lower than Kang’s offer of $ 35 million. In a letter to Baldwin obtained by the Washington Post, 17 investors said, “Our collective position is that the $ 35 million offer is so much greater that there is only one option worth considering. be continued. Among the signatories of the letter were Daschle and his wife, Linda; former diplomat Bonnie McElveen-Hunter; and Estée Portnoy, Michael Jordan’s long-time entrepreneur. They are among dozens, of which Chelsea clinton, Jenna Bush Hager, and Alex Ovechkin, who invested in the Spirit this year.

Lyon, Paris FC kicked from the Coupe de France

Lyon and French second division club Paris FC were expelled from the Coupe de France following violence from supporters who forced their match to be abandoned on 17 December. Fans swarmed the pitch, threw flares and clashed in the pits. After a meeting of its disciplinary committee, the French Football Federation announced that Lyon would also not be allowed to attend away matches for the remainder of the season and should be fined 52,000 euros ($ 59,000).

OLYMPIC GAMES

United States maintains diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

The United States said its diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics was upheld after China announced US government officials applied for visas. All visa applications were for consular and security personnel, a spokesperson for the United States Embassy in Beijing said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that it was a routine measure to provide athletes, coaches and others access to services that benefit Americans abroad. The United States will not change its decision not to send diplomatic or official representatives to the February Olympics, the statement said. the Biden The administration announced the boycott earlier this month, citing “crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights violations.” Australia, Canada and the UK have followed Washington’s decision, and Japan has said it will not send any government officials, although it has avoided the words “diplomatic boycott”.

COLLEGES

Baylor remains No. 1 in the Men’s Top 25

A combination of cancellations and vacations for a quiet week in college basketball. The latest Associated Press poll reflected Bright Week. Baylor remained No.1 for the third week in a row, receiving all 61 first-place votes from a national media panel. The Bears (11-0) had 60 first-place votes a week ago and were a unanimous selection this week with a resounding victory over Alcorn State and Arizona loss to Tennessee. The top five remained the same as last week, with Duke, Purdue, Gonzaga and UCLA behind Baylor.

South Carolina Stanford Women Remain 1-2

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley and her team are sticking to No.1.Sean Rayford / Associated press

A relatively quiet week due to the holidays left the Associated Press’s women’s college basketball poll virtually unchanged. South Carolina remained the unanimous No.1, receiving all 30 first-place votes from a national media panel. The Gamecocks avoided another challenge to a top opponent, rallying to beat No.2 Stanford 65-61 on Tuesday. Coach Dawn staley’s The team have beaten five top 10 teams this season, including the No.2 team twice. The Cardinal remained at No.2 due to his strong performance against the Gamecocks. Louisville, Arizona and the state of North Carolina retained their places in the top five. In fact, the top 12 teams in the poll remained the same as the week before.

Ohio State wide receiver skipping the Rose Bowl

Garrett Wilson tallied 70 receptions for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.
Garrett Wilson tallied 70 receptions for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.Mike Mulholland / Getty

Ohio State Wide Receiver Garrett wilson skips the Rose Bowl to enter the NFL Draft. Wilson made the announcement in a statement on Twitter just as the Buckeyes were at Disneyland celebrating their New Years game against Pac-12 champion Utah. “Wilson, a 6-foot, 192-pound junior, is seen as a potential first-round selection. He tallied 70 receptions for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns, placing second on the team in each category for the Buckeyes’ powerful passing offense.

HOCKEY

USA Hockey wants IIHF to reschedule U18 women’s tournament

USA Hockey has called on the International Ice Hockey Federation to reconsider the cancellation of the Women’s Under-18 World Championship which was due to take place in Sweden in January. This is the second year in a row that the tournament has been canceled. The 2021 event has also been canceled due to the pandemic. The IIHF said the decision to cancel all January tournaments was based on a recommendation from the organization’s medical committee and that it was not possible to reschedule the Women’s Under-18 Championship due to league commitments in Sweden. USA Hockey Executive Director Pat kelleher called it a “critical event for the future of women’s hockey” and important to the players and staff involved. The IIHF’s announcement last week – two days before the start of the World Junior Boys tournament which was unaffected by the cancellations – sparked outrage in the hockey community.

Kraken’s Brandon Tanev out for the season

Seattle's Brandon Tanev finished for the season.
Seattle’s Brandon Tanev finished for the season.Steph Chambers / Getty

Seattle Kraken will be striker-free Brandon tanev for the remainder of the season after suffering an ACL tear in his knee, the team said. Tanev was injured Dec. 18 against Edmonton and had sought a second opinion on the extent of the injury. The team said more information on his recovery would be available after the operation … A lawsuit against the Chicago Blackhawks by a former Michigan high school student who said he was sexually assaulted by a former assistant coach Brad aldrich was fired, a lawyer said. Susan loggans, who represents the former student, told The Associated Press that an order in the case was made last week in Cook County Circuit Court.