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Before a record crowd in Germany, USA loses hockey game

compiled from staff, wire reports

Before a record hockey crowd in Gelsenkirchen, Germany of 77,803, the United States was beaten by Germany 2-1 in the opening game of the world championships.

Felix Schutz scored the winning goal 21 seconds into overtime at Veltins Arena, which is the home of the Schalke soccer team. The attendance broke the record of 74,544 set in 2001 when Michigan State hosted Michigan at Spartan Stadium.

(file photo)

Schutz tapped home a pass from Constantin Braun just inside the blue line. A video review was needed to determine if Schutz was in the goal crease or not.

Michael Wolf scored Germany’s opening goal five minutes into the second period. The United States’ Ryan Carter tied it with 11:32 left in the Group D game.

ENTERTAINMENT:Ohio Wesleyan Commencement Speech Given By McCain

contributing to this story is Carole Taylor and Penny Lewis

Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain gave the commencement speech on Sunday at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

400+ graduates were in attendance while the United States Senator gave the advice and congratulations before they venture out into the world on their own to find employment and start families.

He talked to them about not being afraid to fail because they will at times and he told them to keep the urge and drive to achieve their goals no matter the circumstances.

Senator John McCain (official photo)

Graduates said they were honored that Senator McCain chose their college, Ohio Wesleyan to speak at. Several Parents were pleased as well that McCain set aside time from a busy schedule to speak. “I’ve always liked John McCain because he seems so genuine when he speaks,”  said Carole Taylor, who had a nephew graduating on Sunday from OWU.

Penny Lewis came to the ceremony to see her neighbor’s daughter graduate said of McCain, “A very nice man John McCain seems to be. He was the kind of speaker these students needed to tell them that the real world is not always rosy.”

There were a few controversial moments during the day.

There were many protestors marching around outside the ceremony, voicing their anger and displeasure with Senator McCain’s support of the recent immigration law passed a few weeks ago in Arizona, which is his home state of Arizona.

McCain is a strong supporter of immigration reform over the years and is in full support of his state’s immigration law.

Ohio State gets their man; Osiecki hired as new men’s hockey coach

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

Mark Osiecki Ohio State Hockey (UW)

Mark Osiecki has been selected as the head coach for the Ohio State men’s hockey program.

Osiecki was the top assistant at Wisconsin the last six years  and prior to joining the Badgers was the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Gamblers in the United States Hockey League for seven years. Nate Guenin, a former Ohio State captain (2006) and current member of the St. Louis Blues’ organization, played for Osiecki with the Green Bay Gamblers. A winner at every level, Osiecki has been a part of NCAA (both as a player and coach), junior hockey, international and professional championship teams.

Osiecki brings success and experience at a variety of levels to the Ohio State program.

At Wisconsin, Osiecki was the recruiting coordinator and defensive coach under Mike Eaves. The Badgers advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game this past season and won the national title in 2006. The squad made four NCAA tournament appearances and five appearances in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Five during his tenure. In 2007 four incoming Badgers were first-round picks in the NHL Entry Draft, and five were selected among the Top 50 in the 2008 league draft to set an NCAA record.

Osiecki started his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at North Dakota under Dean Blais. During the 1996-97 season with North Dakota, he helped direct the Fighting Sioux to the NCAA  title and WCHA regular-season playoff titles.

A three-year letterwinner on defense for Wisconsin from 1987-90, Osiecki served as an assistant captain for the 1990 NCAA Championship team. During the national championship season, he collected career highs with 38 assists and 43 points and earned a spot on the Frozen Four all-tournament team. The squad won conference regular-season and  tournament titles during his career and he was the recipient of the Seventh Man Award.

Osiecki was selected in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He enjoyed a six-year career, including stints with the Flames, Ottawa Senators, Winnepeg Jets and Minnesota North Stars, before a wrist injury cut his career short. He also was a champion on the professional level winning the IHL title with both the Salt Lake City Golden Eagles in his first year as a pro in 1991 and the Kalamazoo Wings in 1994. Osiecki  represented his country as a player, competing for the United States at  the 1992 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

A 1994 graduate of Wisconsin with a bachelor of arts degree in history, Osiecki and his wife, Robin, also a Wisconsin graduate, have a daughter, Emily, and a son, Jake.

After a 4 year run, International Bowl closes up shop

compiled from staff, wire and internet reports

The International Bowl (creative commons/wfe photo)

The International Bowl is folding after failing to renew its contract with the Big East Conference. Bowl president Don Loding says that the bowl could be brought back in the near future.

The only bowl game played outside the United States, matched a Big East school against a Mid-American Conference opponent for the past four years. The Big East now has an agreement to send a team to the new Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

The Big East Conference won all four games over the Mid-American Conference teams. South Florida’s 27-3 win over Northern Illinois on January 2 drew the bowl’s lowest attendance 22,000-plus fans at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. In 2009, Connecticut beat Buffalo in front of 40,184 fans.

LeBron files papers to switch from 23 to number 6 next season

Cleveland star LeBron James (WFE)

from staff and wire reports

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James told reporters at the Knicks game on Monday night that he has filed the paperwork with the NBA Office to switch his jersey from number 23 to 6 next season. The deadline to do so is March 3.

James first became public back in November of 2009, saying he wanted to give up number 23 out of respect for his hero, Michael Jordan. Number 6 is what he wears when the United States plays in the Olympics and the day of the month his first son was born.

The NBA doesn’t have to have honor players requests. Players who don’t change teams have to apply for any changes of their number in March before the next season begins; in this case for 2010-2011.

Players don’t directly benefit from merchandise sales. It goes into a  league-wide pool that is distributed to the teams and players based on seniority.

LeBron said the only other time he has not worn number 23 was during his freshman year in high school when he wore number 32 because a senior wore his coveted number 23.

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