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PGA TOUR golfer Dustin Johnson eyes return to competition on February 5

Dustin Johnson (2008 photo by Jeffrey Gordons via wikipedia commons)

PGA TOUR golfer Dustin Johnson plans on returning to active participation following his leave of absence at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on February 5.

It will be his first tournament of competition since he announced early last July that he was taking time off from the game to seek professional help for “personal challenges.”

On July 31, 2014, Johnson announced he was taking the rest of the season off to seek professional help for personal challenges. On August 1, conflicting reports surfaced regarding the circumstances of Johnson’s announcement from the previous day. Golf Magazine reported that Johnson had been suspended from the PGA Tour for six months after testing positive for cocaine. The magazine indicated that this was his third positive drug test, after a 2009 positive for marijuana and 2012 positive for cocaine use. However, PGA Tour officials indicated that Johnson was taking a voluntary leave and was not under suspension in any way.

During his leave of absence, he and his fiance’ Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of the former NHL star Wayne Gretzky, have given birth to a son on January 20, 2015.

 

 

 

“Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe suffers stroke

Gordie Howe NHL (1966 photo by Arnie Lee via wikipedia commons)

Hall of Fame Hockey player Gordie Howe is resting after suffering a stroke on Sunday in Lubbock, Texas.

The news was reported by his daughter, Cathy, who he was visiting at the time.

The stroke has left the 86-year-old Howe with some lost function on the right side of his body, involving his arm and leg. His speech is slurred but can recognize and identify people he is familiar with.

Howe, who in a 26-year NHL career, was a 23-time All-Star playing in 1,767 games, scoring 801 goals, dishing out 1,049 assists and netting 1,850 points. He led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cups. Howe also played for the Hartford Whalers before retiring in 1980.

At the time of his retirement, Howe was the NHL leader in career goals and points before Wayne Gretzky broke those records during his career.

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE: News, Notes, Milestones

 

(clipart by Chris courtesy Clker.com)

This is the latest news, notes and milestones from the NHL.

 

***Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter, who took over on November 28, signed on for only the remainder of the season. If Hunter and the Capitals front office feel the fit is right, he can remain for 2012-2013.

If not, Hunter will return to running the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

 

***Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cody Bass, who was called up from minor-league Springfield twice this season, will have shoulder surgery on January 3 thus ending his season. He is a tough player.

 

***Calgary’s Jarome Iginla is a consistent player. With three more goals, he’ll have 250 since the 2004-2005 lockout ended. Before the lockout, he scored 250 goals.

 

***Washington Capitals winger Mike Knuble played in his 1,000th game. Knuble has scored 221 of his 271 career goals in the NHL after his 30th birthday. He has more goals after his 30th birthday than Wayne Gretzky, the Great One did with 217.

 

Info compiled from NHLmedia.com and its member teams

 

clipart courtesy of Clker.com

Reds’ Votto received 2010 Lou Marsh Award during Toronto series

Joey Votto heads to dugout after receiving Lou Marsh Award (megasportsnews.com photo)

In on-the-field ceremonies prior to Saturday night’s game against his boyhood team, the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto received the Lou Marsh Award as the 2010 Canadian Athlete of the Year.

The award is given annually to recognize Canada’s most outstanding athlete across all sports and was named in honor of Lou Marsh, a prominent athlete, referee and former sports editor of the Toronto Star at the turn of the 20th century.

The 2010 National League MVP, Votto hit .324 with 37 home runs, 113 RBI’s and 16 stolen bases in leading the Reds to the Central Division championship. The left-handed hitting all-star ranked among the league’s Top 3 in 11 statistical categories, in the Top 5 in 15 categories and among the Top 8 in 18 categories.

He led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.424) and hitting on the road (.349) and led the NL in slugging percentage (.600), hitting vs. right-handed pitching (.347), RBI ratio (4.8 at bats) and OPS (1.024). Among the NL batters in the prestigious Triple Crown categories he ranked second in hitting and third in both homers and RBI’s.

The National League and Sporting News All-Star received the Hank Aaron Award as the NL’s best hitter, the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds MVP and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award while being named Ontario Sports Legend Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year, QMI Agency Canadian Male Athlete of the Year, George Gross/Toronto Sun Sportsperson of the Year and Postmedia News Canadian Male Athlete of the Year.

Votto was ranked #1 in the Toronto Sun’s 2010 list of influential Canadian’s in baseball.

Only three Canadian-born baseball players have ever won the Lou Marsh Award, Votto, Larry Walker in 1998 and Ferguson Jenkins in 1974.

Other Marsh Award winners include: Sidney Crosby of hockey in 2007, 2009; Chantal Petitclerc of wheelchair racing in 2008; Cindy Klassen, speed skater in 2006; Steve Nash of basketball in 2005; Mario Lemieux of hockey in 1993 and Wayne Gretzky, who has won it a record four times.

 

Crosby points streak hits 25 as Pittsburgh doubles-up Thrashers, 6-3

Sidney Crosby (file photo)

Sidney Crosby scored twice during a four-point night to extend his points streak to 25 games, as Pittsburgh won for the 16th time in 19 games.

Crosby has the longest points streak in the NHL since Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux’s 28-game run to begin the 1995-96 season.

Crosby is the NHL scoring leader with 26 goals and 23 assists during his streak and overall on the season, 32 goals and 33 assists. He has at least one goal in five consecutive games.

Wayne Gretzky (1990-91), Bryan Trottier (1981-82), Brett Hull (1991-92) and Bernie Nicholls (1984-85) also had 25-game streaks. The NHL record is Gretzky’s 51-game run in 1983-84. Lemieux had a team-record 46-game streak in 1989-90.

compiled from staff, NHL & Pittsburgh Penguins

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