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As expected, Pittsburgh Penguins fire Dan Bylsma

Dan Bylsma Penguins coach 2011 (photo by Michael Miller via wikipedia commons)

Dan Bylsma is a good NHL coach. He’s a Stanley Cup winning coach with 252 career wins.

But in the end, those facts did not allow him to keep his job with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It was rumored by several members of the Pittsburgh media during the recent playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets that Bylsma could or would lose his job. Management did not like the fact that the Blue Jackets caused all kind of havoc to make the Penguins scuffle to win the series in six games. The the loss to the Rangers in the next series after having a commanding lead left a bad taste in the mouth.

The 252 games won with the Penguins is a franchise record.

But the fact that he could not win another Stanley Cup with players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, James Neal and Brooks Orpik was unacceptable to management.

Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, Pittsburgh lost series to lower-seeded teams and ended up with 4-5 playoff series record.

The past few months have been difficult for the 43-year-old Bylsma. He coached Team USA in the Sochi Olympics back in February would could not win a medal.

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Freshman Bennett fitting in fine with OSU defense


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Michael Bennett (courtesy of OSU photo by Jay LaPrete)

True freshman defensive lineman Michael Bennett from Centerville, Ohio near Dayton, has played prominently on defense for Ohio State this season.

The 6’3, 280-pounder has been in a nice rotation of the interior line on defense with Johnathan Hankins, John Simon and Adam Bellamy.

The talented lineman excelled on the offensive and defensive line in high school. He was first-team Division I all-Ohio, all-southwest Ohio, a two-time GWOC conference player of the year.

A team captain, who helped head coach Ron Ullery’s Elks to a 9-3 record and reached the regional finals in the playoffs.

He broke the school record for knockdowns by 150 in his career.

He played in the All-American Bowl. Was a 2011 Team USA vs. The World Game, USA Today all-USA.

Bennett also lettered in track and field, making the state quaterfinals in shot put and discuss.

Info compiled from staff & Ohio State athletics

Blue Jackets get their man; Wisniewski signs for 6 years

James Wisniewski (file photo)

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman James Wisniewski to a six-year contract.

The Blue Jackets acquired Wisniewski’s rights from the Montreal Canadiens for a seventh round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft on Wednesday. With his signing, that pick will now be elevated to a fifth round selection in 2012.

The 27-year-old Wisniewski has registered 27 goals and 121 assists for 148 points with 302 penalty minutes and a +5 plus/minus rating in 329 career NHL games with Montreal, the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks.

Last year, he combined for 10-41-51 and 38 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Islanders and Canadiens, including 7-23-30 and 20 penalty minutes in 43 games with Montreal. He tied for fifth among NHL defenseman in points and was seventh in assists in setting career highs in goals, assists and points.

The Canton, Michigan native has also represented Team USA at a pair of World Junior Championship tournaments and at the 2008 World Championships. In 2003, he tallied 0-4-4 and six penalty minutes in seven games to help Team USA win the gold medal. At the 2008 World Championships, he had 1-2-3 and six penalty minutes in six games.


Info courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets


Arkansas RHP Baxendale named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

DJ Baxendale (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

Arkansas sophomore pitcher DJ Baxendale has been selected to the 22-man roster for the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

Baxendale was thrilled with the honor. “It’s a real honor to be selected for the team and to be able to represent the University of Arkansas on Team USA,” he said. “I’m looking forward to playing some tough competition this summer and representing my country on the baseball field.”

Baxendale is the eighth Arkansas player to be selected for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and the first since Andy Wilkins was picked for the team in 2009. Baxendale joins Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn on this year’s team as an assistant coach.

A Jacksonville, Florida native, Baxendale is one of the most versatile pitchers in college baseball, seeing time in both the Razorbacks’ starting rotation and in the bullpen. Baxendale currently ranks third in the SEC with a 1.58 ERA and has a 7-1 record with two saves in 14 appearances, including eight starts. In 57 innings pitched this season, Baxendale has given up 14 runs, only 10 earned, and struck out 53 batters, while issuing 11 walks. Opponents are batting just .226 against the sophomore right hander.

The 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will get together on June 22. The team will play 11 games during the summer, culminating with a five-game series against Japan July 3-8. The series opens on July 3 at 3:05 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. Additional players will be selected to the team in the absence of players on the 22-roster who are competing in Omaha at the NCAA College World Series.


Info courtesy of Arkansas athletics



Rivers leads Team USA to win over World Select, 92-80


The Hoop Summit game was played this past weekend. The event matches the top United States high school seniors against the 19-under international players.

Austin Rivers of Winter Park, Florida, a future Duke University guard, scored 20 points to lead Team USA to a 92-80 victory against a World Select team over the weekend in the Nike Hoop Summit basketball game held in Portland, Oregon.

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Michael Gilchrist of St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey and Anthony Davis of Perspectives Charter High School in Chicago, both Kentucky Wildcat signees, each scored 16 points and five rebounds for the USA.


compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Nike news

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