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Crew manages 1-1 tie against always-tough Seattle Sounders FC

 

Emilio Renteria (courtesy of MLS)

Emilio Renteria scored on a second-half penalty kick allowing the Columbus Crew to tie the Seattle Sounders FC at 1-1 Saturday night at soggy Crew Stadium. The tie also allowed the Crew to move into a second place tie in the Eastern Conference.

Fredy Montero scored in the 7th minute for Seattle.

Montero put the Sounders ahead with a header, an assist from Erik Friberg for his cross from 35 yards to the center of the box. The goal was the fifth off a header this year for Seattle, which leads Major League Soccer in that category.

The Crew (3-1-4) has not lost since the first game, running its unbeaten streak to seven games and it stays undefeated at home (3-0-2). Renteria has scored all four Crew goals in its last three games, and his decisive kick came after Patrick Ianni was whistled for pulling down Chad Marshall on a corner kick by teammate Eddie Gaven.

Half of the Crew’s eight goals this season have come from the penalty shot.

GAME NOTES:

* Attendance was 7,148.

* Conditions 55 degrees and rainy.

* Seattle is 3-0-2 when scoring first.

* The Sounders are fifth in the Western Conference at 3-3-4 for 13 points.

* Seattle has been consistent, scoring 6 goals on the road and 6 at home.

* The Crew are 3-1-4, good for 4th in the Eastern Conference with 13 points.

* It was pointed out that Andres Mendoza of the Crew is making $595,000 and is not a starter, but that the Crew did not want to pay a similar or higher salary to keep proven star Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

*  Columbus is 3-0-2 at home.

* The Crew all-time vs. Seattle is 2-0-3.

* Crew Soccer Academy standouts Wil Trapp and Ben Swanson have been called into their respective age group U.S. National Team camps. Trapp, from Gahanna, will leave for Portugal on May 19 and will participate in a series of matches against the Portugal, Finland and Holland U18 teams.

Swanson has already joined the U.S. U14 camp at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and will play in a series of exhibitions against Chivas, Arsenal, LA Galaxy, Cosmos West, Pateadores and the Irvine Strikers.

 

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Norwegian marathon runner Waitz dead at 57

 

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Norwegian runner Grete Waitz, who won nine New York City Marathons and the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, has died after a six-year battle with cancer. She was 57.

Born Grete Anderson in Oslo, Norway, she won those nine New York City Marathons from 1978-1988, more than any other runner.

Waitz also won the gold medal at the 1983 World Championships in Finland.

 

compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Johansen named to Canada’s national junior team

Ryan Johansen (photo by Canada Hockey via Wikipedia Commons)

The Columbus Blue Jackets top pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, center Ryan Johansen, was among 22 players selected to comprise Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York from December 26, 2010 through January 5, 2011. The team was announced by Hockey Canada.

The 18-year-old Johansen was the fourth overall pick at last June’s Entry Draft in Los Angeles.

He has tallied 17-19-36 with 26 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of +17 in 31 games with the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks this season.

The Port Moody, British Columbia native has registered 42-63-1-5 with 79 penalty minutes and is a +34 in 102 career WHL games.

Canada’s National Junior Team will play in three pre-competition games prior to the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship, including games against Switzerland on December 20, Sweden on December 21 and Finland on December 23 before playing its first game of the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship on December 26 vs. Russia at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena.

Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets

Longtime Dallas Stars right winger Lehtinen retires

Jere Lehtinen (photo by Resolute/Images via Wikipedia Commons)

Jere Lehtinen, who played in five Olympics for Finland playing on the famed Dewey, Huey, Louie line with Saku Koivu and Ville Peltonen, has retired from the National Hockey League.

That famed line led the Finland to the 1995 world championships.

The three-time Selke Trophy winner played his entire 14-year NHL career with the Dallas Stars, finishing eighth on the franchise scoring list with 514 points.

The 37-year-old Lehtinen won the top defensive forward award in 1998, 1999 and 2003, one of only four players to win it that many times.

He led Dallas three times in goal scoring. His highest seasons have been of 33 and 31.

He helped lead the Stars to their only Stanley Cup championship in 1999 by scoring 10 goals.

compiled from staff, NHL & Dallas Stars news

Blue Jackets beat Wild on Umberger’s short-handed goal, 3-2

Usually when the Blue Jackets have a goal that is under review whether it’s their own or the opponents, the worst is expected. That the goal will go against the team.

Saturday night, they got one to go their way.

R.J. Umberger’s short-handed goal with a little more than nine minutes remaining in the game, gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minnesota.

R.J. Umberger (megasportsnews.com)

Brett Burns had a power-play goal, Cal Clutterbuck also scored for Minnesota, and Martin Havlat aided with two assists. Niklas Backstrom (1-2-1) made 22 saves.

Columbus took a 1-0 lead 13:34 into the game when Derek Dorsett scored his first goal of the season. Dorsett pushed in a rebound of a shot from the left circle by Kris Russell.

The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead at 9:33 of the second period. forward Derick Brassard found Derek MacKenzie wide open just to the right of Backstrom. MacKenzie fired the puck into the net.

Minnesota, who entered the contest as the NHL’s most efficient team on the power play this season, tied the game at 2 on an even-strength goal. Clutterbuck knocked in the rebound of Havlat’s shot with 3:17 left in the second period.

The goal was the Wild’s second 5-on-5 goal of the season and its first in 218 minutes of game action. Minnesota’s only other 5-on-5 goal came in the first period of their opener against Carolina in Finland.

GAME NOTES:

* The crowd of 17,336 fans was the first non-capacity crowd for a regular-season game in franchise history. The team had announced during the preseason that its sellout streak had ended.

* The Minnesota Wild has announced its all-First Decade team:

Forwards Andrew Brunette, Marian Gaborik and Mikko Koivu.

Defensemen were Nick Schulz and Brent Burns with the goalie being Niklas Backstrom.

compiled from staff, Columbus Blue Jackets & Minnesota Wild news

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