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Published June 15, 2011
STREET PARTY? IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said that he would "like to add a street race in Houston" to next year's Izod IndyCar Series schedule. Bernard said that he "eventually would like to expand the 17-race slate to 22-24 races with an emphasis on larger markets that maximize exposure." He wants to "keep a 50-50 balance between ovals and road/street courses but said dropping races remained a possibility" (USA TODAY, 6/15).
HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING: In Phoenix, Mark Faller wrote the violence in the Canucks-Bruins Stanley Cup Final and in the playoffs overall is an "uncomfortable coda to an NHL season that wrestled with serious injury all year." Canucks LW Mason Raymond and Bruins RW Nathan Horton both "have been hurt badly enough to be knocked out of the series, or worse." There has been a "lot of hand-wringing over changing the NHL rules to address hits to the head, and protecting players from blindside shots." Faller noted people's "hearts are in the right place, but I'm not sure any rules change would have protected" Raymond or Horton (AZCENTRAL.com, 6/14).
GOING IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS: In Rochester, Jeff DiVeronica noted nearly five years after MLS Commissioner Don Garber indicated the league would like to add a franchise in the city, MLS "has added a half-dozen cities not named 'Rochester' and is thriving." Asked about Rochester's prospect of landing a team, MLS Exec VP/Communications Dan Courtemanche said, "(MLS) respects the rich soccer tradition in Rochester and western New York, but Rochester is not currently under consideration for a future MLS expansion team. It has been a few years since any active discussions took place" (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 6/12).