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NY Islanders make history by selecting first Chinese-born player in NHL Draft, Andong Song

Andong Song (photo courtesy NHL Public Relations, NHLmedia.com)

 

Most fans of hockey probably don’t know if there is hockey being played in China.

There must be some potential hockey players coming out of that country because the New York Islanders just selected an up-and-coming star in the recent draft.

Andong Song, a 6’0” forward who was born in Beijing, became the first Chinese-born player selected in the NHL Draft when the Islanders picked him in the sixth round (172nd overall).

“I am the first,” he said. “Hopefully what I want to do is rally people behind me. Not focus on myself but do something good for Chinese hockey.”

The 18-year-old Song, who is Beijing, China, says he patterns his game after Nicklas Lidstrom, former star defenseman of the Detroit Red Wings.

The Islanders noticed Song playing at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. In 26 games this past season, he scored 7 goals with 26 assists and 33 points.

Song says he wants to play for an NCAA hockey team. He is expected to enroll in a prep school during the 2015-16 season.

 

Olympic prime-time ratings were up for NBC

 

London Olympics banner at the Monument (photo by Michael Pead of London via wikipedia commons)

NBC’s coverage of the London Olympics saw prime-time viewing finish up by 8% over the Games in Beijing. That increase allowed the London Summer Games the highest-rated staged outside the United States since 1976.

NBC’s overall London coverage drew a total of 219.4 million unique viewers. A unique viewer is if they watch at least six minutes. That broke the record from Beijing and became the USA television event with the most viewers of all-time.

 

Info compiled from NBC, Radio & TV news

 

Michael Pead Photos at michaelpead.co.uk

Jeremy Lin getting ready to host basketball camp in China this month

 

New Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin says he hopes to get young players’ more enthusiastic about the game of basketball when he hosts a four-day camp.

The popular NBA star has the camp planned for later this month in southern China.

Jeremy Lin (photo by Gary King via wikipedia commons)

In a press conference a couple of days ago in Beijing, Lin says he is expecting at least 80 kids to attend the camp.

Lin is a very huge draw because of his Asian heritage in the homeland of former NBA star Yao Ming, a former Houston Rockets center.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

U.S. women qualify for Olympics in London with win over Costa Rica, 3-0

 

(file photo)

The United States women’s soccer team have earned their way into the 2012 Olympic Games in London with a win over Costa Rica, 3-0 in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

The Americans had to win the match to advance to London.

The goals were scored by Tobin Heath in the 16th minute, Carli Lloyd in the 72nd and Alex Morgan in the 89th.

The U.S. will be the two-time defending champion in London, having taken the gold in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & U.S. Soccer news

U.S. soccer star Hope Solo to drive pace car for Brickyard 400 race

 

INDIANAPOLIS — United States national soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo will be driving the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Pace Car at the 2011 Brickyard 400 presented by BigMachineRecords.com, leading the starting field to the green flag Sunday afternoon July 31.

Solo became a world famous sensation earlier this month as one of the leaders of the U.S. national team that advanced to the Women’s World Cup final in Germany, losing to Japan on penalty kicks. She was named the top goalkeeper and also was selected to the 2011 World Cup all-tournament team.

Hope Solo in October 2009 (photo by John Mena/Johnmaxamena via wikipedia commons)

Solo led the United States to the gold medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with a stunning performance in a 1-0 win over Brazil in the gold-medal game. She has made 101 appearnaces for the U.S. in international play.

The 30-year-old Solo, who is from Richland, Washington, was taught to play soccer by her father, Jeffrey, a Vietnam War vet.

 

compiled from staff, IMS & NASCAR news

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