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CALGARY — Canada's top players in women's hockey will finally get to play real games later this month in Calgary.The Professional Women's Hockey Players' Association (PWHPA) is holding Canada's first Dream Gap Tour event in over a year May 24-30 at a Calgary venue yet to be announced.Sixty players from the PWHPA's three Canadian hubs in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary will play to determine the Canadian Secret Cup champion.Secret, which announced a $1-million sponsorship of the PWHPA earlier this year, and the NHL's Calgary Flames are the financial partners in the event.All games will be broadcast on Sportsnet and its streaming platform.Similar COVID-19 quarantine and testing protocols established by Hockey Canada for the world junior men's hockey championship and national women's and para hockey camps in Alberta will be incorporated.Alberta tightened restrictions this week in the face of rising COVID cases, but Alberta Health has approved plans for the women's tournament, PWHPA operations consultant Jayna Hefford said. "They believe the protocols, the quote-unquote bubble that's been put in place, will secure the safety of our group and Albertans," the Hockey Hall of Famer told The Canadian Press. "There will be no interaction with the public."While the PWHPA's Calgary plans were in the works before Nova Scotia's premier pulled the plug on this month's women's world championship, the Dream Gap Tour now offers an oasis in what's been a pandemic hockey desert for the majority of players in the national women's team pool.The last real games many of them played came in a PWHPA tournament March 6-8, 2020 in Arizona. The last PWHPA event in Canada was Jan. 11-12, 2020 in Toronto.The PWHPA's American chapter has played a handful of games in the United States in recent weeks, although a two-day tournament in St. Louis was postponed from early April to May 16-17.Canada's mandatory 14-day quarantine upon return from outside the country kept Canadian players from participating in the U.S. games.Stricter health regulations across Canada also made skating together in groups impossible at times and planning actual games in the country a non-starter."It's been so challenging," Hefford said. "We had to try to encourage our players to be patient early on in the season, and even in early 2021 we continued to reiterate we would only host events if we could feel really comfortable about the safety of everyone involved."The PWHPA, which includes Canadian and U.S. national team players, rose from the ashes of the Canadian Women's Hockey League that folded in 2019. The goal of the roughly 150 players is a sustainable league that offers the competitive supports and training environments the male pros get, and wages that allow them to be professional athletes.They've so far refused to join the six-team National Women's Hockey League, which recently announced a doubling of each team's salary cap to US$300,000 for next season. The Toronto Six is the lone Canadian club in that league.The PWHPA held a series of Dream Gap Tour tournaments and events across North America in 2019-20 before the global pandemic brought the sporting world to its knees.The pandemic continued to impede women's hockey internationally and domestically.The women's world championship in Nova Scotia was cancelled a second straight year, although Hockey Canada is committed to hosting the tournament in August in a location yet to be named.January's world under-18 women's championship in Sweden was called off, while a men's under-20 champion was crowned in Edmonton that month.The men's world under-18 championship in Texas concludes Thursday. The men's world championship is scheduled to open in just over two weeks on May 21 in Riga, Latvia.The NHL, men's minor pro leagues and major junior's Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League all operated in some form this winter.The NHL's Flames have been supportive of women's hockey throughout the pandemic, Hefford said."To be able to take the next step and have this showcase, or have a league, is critical," Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said Thursday. "At the grassroots, there's a lot of girls playing hockey. "I think its just a matter of time where you have more girls involved in the NHL part of it too, in terms of coaching and training and all that."Calgary's Scotiabank, Toronto's Sonnet and Montreal's Bauer squaring off for a trophy and prize money can help revive the visibility of women's hockey in Canada, Hefford said."We represent the players and we want to see them out there," she stated."We have partners that have been so loyal and committed, so helpful in this process to move this forward, get the women back on the ice. "It seems like men's hockey has gone on and we continue to hit these hurdles. "I hope this is a great opportunity for the women to play, but also for people to see the best of women's hockey on the ice again."This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
While Yeferson Soteldo has just one training session with Toronto FC under his belt, the expectations for the 23-year-old Venezuelan international winger are already sky-high. "We think he's the guy that's going to help us win a championship," team president Bill Manning told reporters Thursday from Orlando. "And that's, at the end of the day, what matters for us." "He's going to be an incredible player for this club," added GM Ali Curtis. "This is another statement by our club — the commitment to winning," said coach Chris Armas, whose team is 0-1-1 in the young MLS season. High expectations come hand-in-hand in Major League Soccer with designated-player status and a US$6 million transfer fee — $4 million now and $2 million next year, according to a source granted anonymity because the amount has not been made public. But the five-foot-two, 121-pound Soteldo seems unfazed by such weight on his shoulders. "For me it's an honour to be a designated player but I don't see it as pressure for me," he said through an interpreter. "I've just come to Toronto (FC) to play, enjoy … I just wanted to come to MLS to make history, to be able to win with the team." Soteldo's ease with pressure was demonstrated by the fact that he wore Pele's No. 10 at Brazil's Santos, although he admitted he initially asked the team president for the number as a joke. But he also said that wearing No. 10 had been a dream as a kid. "I think my personality helped just to enjoy having that number," he said. Soteldo, who joined Santos in January 2019, repaid the favour with 20 goals and 17 assists in 104 games for the club. With Spanish playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo wearing No. 10 in Toronto, Soteldo will revert to No. 30 — the number he wore with his hometown club Zamora FC for whom he debuted at age 16. Armas said Soteldo could see action Saturday in Toronto's road game against the New York Red Bulls. The Venezuelan last played April 20 for Santos against Ecuador's Barcelona in the 2021 Copa Libertadores group stage. Soteldo is shifty and elusive, able to torment defenders with his close control. While he normally plays on the left, he can also cause damage with his right foot. "A player … that is going to put you on the edge of your seat," said Armas. "Every time he gets the ball, something's going to happen." Curtis says he will add to the attack while fitting into Armas' aggressive pressing style when the other team has the ball. "He's a dynamic attacking player … We were looking to really add a whole lot more dimension to what we're doing in the attacking third," said Curtis. "And also we wanted players that when they don't have the ball, they're attacking their opponent in the same way when they have the ball." "It should be exciting. He's powerful, he's explosive. You'll be able to see that from Day 1," he added. "And (he'll) help us create more attacking chances that gives us an opportunity to win games and to win trophies." Soteldo will add to TFC's creativity while making it more difficult for opponents to focus solely on Pozuelo, the reigning MLS MVP. "He and Pozuelo have very high soccer IQ's," said Manning. Soteldo, who is signed through 2025, arrived in Florida on April 28. Because he flew from Brazil, he had to serve a seven-day quarantine mandated by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Soteldo comes with top credentials. He was named to the 2020 Conmebol Copa Libertadores Best XI and, according to numbers provided by TFC, has scored 57 goals and added 64 assists in 269 club games to date. After winning three Venezuelan League titles (2014, 2015 and 2016) with Zamora, Soteldo signed with Chile's Club Deportivo Huachipato. He was loaned to Universidad de Chile in 2018. Soteldo has earned 19 caps for Venezuela and was a member of the youth team that finished second at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017. He shares an agent with Atlanta United star striker Josef Martinez and Toronto's Erickson Gallardo, both fellow Venezuelans. Manning and Curtis said they are still learning about Soteldo the person, although they say the young father of three ticked all the boxes when it came to references on and off the field. Curtis called him a "young man with a lot of belief in himself" who "wants to prove himself in this league." "He has got a good heart. He's a good young man. And that's important, whether you're bringing in a player or whether you're bringing in a staff member. We've made that very clear that that's our North Star at this club." Curtis said Soteldo has been on TFC's radar for some time. The club was also looking at other talent, including Colombian forward Rafael Santos Borre. Under MLS rules, only $612,500 of a senior designated player's salary counts against the team's $4.9-million salary cap budget. In 2019, the last figures released by the MLS Players Association, Toronto's three designated players ranked No. 2 (Michael Bradley, $6.5 million), No. 3 (Jozy Altidore, $6.33 million) and No. 7 (Pozuelo, $3.8 million) among MLS players in pay. Bradley has since signed a new non-DP contract, opening up a space that was used last season by Argentine Pablo Piatti — who is now in Spain with Elche CF — and Soteldo. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021 Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
Former NHL player and longtime broadcaster Nick Kypreos doesn't believe stiffer discipline against Washington's Tom Wilson would've prevented what ensued in the Capitals-New York Rangers game Wednesday night. There were six fights in the first five minutes of the contest, which Washington won 4-2. That included three separate incidents right off the opening faceoff. Prior to the game, the NHL issued Wilson, a repeat offender, a US$5,000 fine — the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement — rather than suspending him for on-ice incidents in Monday night's 6-3 win. During a skirmish, Wilson punched Pavel Buchnevich in the neck/head region while he was down on the ice and threw a helmetless Artemi Panarin to the ice multiple times, resulting in a season-ending lower-body injury to the Rangers' scoring leader (17 goals, 41 assists). Kypreos, a Toronto native who played for both the Rangers and Capitals, said a harsher penalty against Wilson might've only delayed Wednesday night's incident from occurring. "We would be talking about it," Kypreos said during a telephone interview. "There's a chance that if the league came down on (Wilson) harder, this just would've carried over all summer and gone into the first game that they played in next season. "The one thing that's consistent from generation to generation is hockey players have long memories, they don't forget. If this didn't get cleaned up (Wednesday) night, it would've next season. It was still going to play out the way it was going to, it just might've been delayed." Later in the first Wednesday, New York defenceman Brendan Smith squared off with Wilson, with Smith receiving an extra two-minute instigating penalty. Things got ugly in the second when Buchnevich was handed a game misconduct and five-minute major for cross-checking Capitals forward Anthony Mantha. On Thursday, the NHL fined New York US$250,000 for public comments criticizing head of player safety George Parros. Two days earlier, the Rangers released a statement that criticized the league for not suspending Wilson. New York fired president John Davidson and GM Jeff Gorton on Wednesday, reportedly the result of dissent regarding Tuesday's statement. The league also handed Bucknevich a one-game suspension Thursday for his hit on Mantha. Retired NHL player Sean Avery, who was one of the league's top agitators during his 12-year career, feels Wilson "took a run at Artemi Panarin." "Tom Wilson basically took Artemi Panarin's head and he tried to smash it on the ice," the former Ranger said Wednesday on the No Gruffs Given With Sean Avery podcast. "Panarin didn't have a helmet on. "Yeah, it was a dirty play, he tried to bury him. Do I think Tom Wilson realized what he was doing? Yeah, I think he knew that Panarin's helmet was off and I think he tried to (expletive) pile-drive him through the ice." Avery admits his words could seem contradictory given the way he played the game. But the outspoken Toronto native said he never crossed the line on the ice. "Yeah, I was dirty, I was mean but I never once was suspended for an on-ice infraction," he said. "I never tried to hurt somebody so bad that it would hurt them to the point that they couldn't come back and play. "Like, I never tried to plow a guy's head through the ice with no helmet on. If he had a helmet on, absolutely. Did I try and break guys' legs with slashes or break their wrist? Yeah. We were in a war, OK? And the only way you get out of a war is by being one of the last men standing. Whatever it takes to win, that was the old-school mentality." And if Avery could've turned back the hands of time and rejoined the Rangers on Wednesday — he was with the club 2006-08 and 2008-12 — he would've had definite plan in mind on his first shift. "I wouldn't sit back and wait for the NHL to do the work for me," Avery said. "I'd go out on my first shift and the first moment I got the puck, I'd try to basically dump the puck in. "As soon as that goaltender comes out to play the puck, I'm just going right through him. You want to go after our star player . . . well this is going to give you reason to second-guess that decision in the future." Although New York lost the game Wednesday, Kypreos said there's no doubt in his mind the Rangers came together as a result of the contest. "There are different ways for teams to grow together," Kypreos said. "Whether or not you think it's a despicable act and diminishes the sport, you cannot deny the fact that those guys feel closer together as a team because of (Wednesday night) than at any other time in the season. "It's not about the fighting, it's not about throwing the punches, it's not whether you end up on the bottom of the pile or the top of the pile. It's all about the fact that 20 guys stuck together. It's hard for me to tell that story to people who've never experienced sticking together on a team." Many, particularly those on social media, expressed condemnation for Wednesday's incident and called it another black eye for the NHL. "I've been around it for a little bit here, I've lost count of black eyes," Kypreos said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Willie Calhoun's RBI single in the 10th inning gave the Texas Rangers the lead in a 4-3 victory Thursday over the reeling Minnesota Twins, who fell to 0-7 in extra innings this year. Joey Gallo and Jonah Heim homered for the Rangers, who rode their bullpen to a third straight win to match the team's season-long streak. They raised their record to 3-0 in four-game series and 4-0 in extra innings. Rangers relievers logged 12 2/3 scoreless innings over the last three games and have been credited with each of the team's last five victories. Brett de Geus and Taylor Hearn (1-1) each pitched two scoreless innings in this one, and Josh Sborz earned his first save with a dominant 10th against a Twins team that has hit its fourth losing streak of three games or more this year. Heim was the automatic runner at second in the 10th against Tyler Duffey (0-1), who let him advance with a wild pitch. Calhoun smacked a single to right field to score him. Sborz struck out Willians Astudillo, who had an earlier two-run single among his three hits. Pinch-hitter Josh Donaldson fanned on three pitches. Then Gallo made a diving, snow-cone catch of a shallow fly to save the tying run and end the game. Michael Pineda, pitching with an extra day of rest after stiffness and swelling arose in his wrist from being hit by a batted ball in his last start, finished six sharp innings for the Twins with five strikeouts and a 3-2 lead. Heim, the backup catcher who came to the plate batting .105, took Hansel Robles deep with two outs in the seventh to tie the game in the type of late-inning bullpen lapse that has become far too familiar for the Twins this year. Byron Buxton just missed catching the ball with his jump at the centre field wall. Rangers starter Jordan Lyles, who was torched for 16 hits and 12 runs in 6 2/3 innings over his previous two turns, had his streak reach 12 straight starts with a homer allowed when Max Kepler greeted him with his 10th career leadoff shot. That was the first home run of the season for the slump-ridden Kepler, who had 36 homers in 2019. FAST START Twins 2B Nick Gordon had a walk and a single and became the first player in team history with two stolen bases in his major league debut. FILLING UP With the news from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz that capacity limits on outdoor gatherings will end on Friday, the Twins were excited about the prospect of more fans at Target Field. They've played in front of crowds of slightly under 10,000 people so far. “If we find a way to do it comfortably and safely, I think the atmosphere will improve in a big, big way, and I think that it’s going to help us too on the field,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. TRAINER'S ROOM Rangers: RHP Kohei Arihara was scheduled for a bullpen session to test the sore middle finger on his pitching hand and on track to rejoin the rotation on Saturday barring any discomfort. Twins: Buxton put on the brakes with a grimace while running out a grounder in the ninth, walking away gingerly with apparent discomfort in one of his leg muscles. UP NEXT Rangers: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-3, 4.32 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series at Seattle on Friday night. RHP Chris Flexen (2-1, 3.33 ERA) takes the mound for the Mariners. Twins: RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-3, 7.83 ERA) pitches on Friday night at Detroit, beginning a three-game series. LHP Tarik Skubal (0-4, 6.14 ERA) starts for the Tigers. ___ More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com Dave Campbell, The Associated Press
The New York Rangers in less than 72 hours lost their best player to injury, fired their president and general manager, and will likely see another player suspended. They are also out a quarter-million dollars in the latest chaotic chapter for the storied franchise. The NHL fined the Rangers an extraordinary $250,000 on Thursday for what Commissioner Gary Bettman called demeaning personal comments made publicly about head of player safety George Parros. It’s believed to be the largest publicly announced fine of its kind in NHL history. “While we don’t expect our clubs to agree with every decision rendered by the department of player safety, the extent to which the Rangers expressed their disagreement was unacceptable,” Bettman said. “It is terribly unfair to question George Parros’ professionalism and dedication to his role and the department of player safety.” The uproar dates to Monday, when Washington’s Tom Wilson was involved in a scrum against the Rangers that left New York star Artemi Panarin injured and unable to finish the final three games of the season. Wilson was fined $5,000 for roughing against Pavel Buchnevich but not suspended, prompting the Rangers to issue a statement calling the decision a dereliction of duty and saying Parros was unfit to remain in his job. Playing two nights after Wilson threw Panarin to the ice, the Rangers and Capitals racked up a combined 141 penalty minutes in a fight-filled game Wednesday night. The six fights in the first five minutes were the most of any game in league history. Buchnevich was thrown out of the game for cross-checking Capitals forward Anthony Mantha in the second period and had his own hearing with the department of player safety Thursday. He could be suspended for the final two games of the season. The Rangers have even bigger issues to address: Owner James Dolan abruptly fired team president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton on Wednesday and turned those jobs over to former assistant Chris Drury. It was not clear how much the Wilson-Panarin incident and statement had to do with Dolan's decision. He said simply that "in order for the team to succeed in the manner our fans deserve, there needs to be a change in leadership.” Drury will get a hand from longtime hockey executive Glen Sather in his transition. With a new regime in place and growing expectations for the Rangers in their rebuild, a coaching change could be next with more moves coming this summer. “We’re going to look everything and try to figure out how best to take the next step forward,” Drury said. “It’s been well-documented everything the team has gone through on and off the ice, and we’re going to take a look at every aspect of the organization when things end and we’ll start that process next week.” ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press
With a turbulent 2020 season in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn the page toward the 2021 college football season.