SBD/January 25, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies

League Notes

Crosby will miss NHL All-Star Game as he continues to recover from concussion
Penguins C Sidney Crosby will not attend the NHL All-Star Game functions this weekend in Raleigh as he continues to recover from suffering a concussion earlier this month. Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said, "He's still the face of the NHL. They need him there. The game itself is not great but the whole weekend, the festivities, all of the stuff surrounding it, you need Sidney Crosby there. It's a shame he won't be there" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 1/24). Meanwhile, in Toronto, Damien Cox wondered if the NHL put Crosby "in jeopardy ... by staging the Winter Classic the way that it did." Crosby sustained a hit during the game that may have lead to the concussion, and Cox wrote, "Putting a hockey rink in the middle of a football field, with no stands close to the boards, totally changes the feel of the ice surface and the depth perception of the players. Adding to the problem was the rain, clearly an unusual situation for any NHL player. It affected visibility as well as the ice for both skating and puck handling" (TORONTO STAR, 1/24).

TORRE CLOSE TO A DECISION: The AP's Beth Harris reported former Dodgers manager Joe Torre is "leaning toward accepting a job with commissioner Bud Selig that would allow him to stay in Los Angeles." Torre: "He's got a position that he thinks that I can handle. I know we're on the same page, and I think it's just a matter of just sort of crossing the Ts and dotting Is at this point in time" (AP, 1/24).

SHUFFLE UP & DEAL: In Las Vegas, Howard Stutz reports the 42nd World Series of Poker "will begin on May 31 with the first of a record 58 bracelet events, culminating with the tournament's world championship match in July." The $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold'em World Championship Main Event "begins at noon on July 7, the first of four starting days running through July 10." Players "will compete until July 19, when the final table of nine is determined." Those nine players will return on Nov. 5-7 to play for the championship (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/25).

MISSING THE CUT: In Oakland, Carl Steward reports the "popular stop" at Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, Calif., "did not make the 2011 LPGA Tour schedule because of a lack of sponsorship." But organizers said that the former CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge is "merely in limbo and that hopes remain high for a return engagement." Tournament Dir Brian Flajole said that "if a sponsor stepped forward quickly, there still might be [a] chance that the event could be staged in 2011 in one of the vacant spots on the LPGA schedule" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 1/25).
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