Tallon named for award
Dale Tallon’s overhaul of the Florida Panthers’ roster, which led to the team’s first division title, earned him a nomination for the General Manager of the Year Award, the National Hockey League (NHL) said on Tuesday. Doug Armstrong of the St Louis Blues and David Poile of the Nashville Predators were the other two finalists for the award, which will be presented on June 20 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Tallon added six forwards, two defensemen and a new starting goalie ahead of the 2011-2012 season and Florida enjoyed results sooner than most pundits had expected by earning 22 points more than the prior season, winning the Southeast Division title and snapping a 12-year playoff drought. Montreal Canadiens left winger Max Pacioretty, who missed his club’s final 15 games last year after a devastating hit, was named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy awarded to the player who exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
LeRoy Walker dies at 93
LeRoy Walker, the first black US Olympic team coach and president of the US Olympic Committee (USOC), has died at the age of 93, the USOC said on Monday. Walker was a member of both the US National Track and Field Hall of Fame and the US Olympic Hall of Fame. “We join the entire Olympic family in remembering and appreciating the vast contributions he made to the worldwide Olympic Movement throughout his 93 years of life,” Walker coached the US men’s athletics team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and also worked with Olympic teams from Ethiopia, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya and Trinidad and Tobago. A coach and chancellor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, he served as USOC president from 1992 to 1996.
Boat race protester barred
The protester who halted Britain’s annual boat race this month by swimming into the crews’ path has been banned by a court from going near the route of the Olympic torch for fear he could try to make a political point. Australian Trenton Oldfield, 35, appeared in a London court on Monday on charges of causing a public nuisance when he dived into the River Thames and swam into the path of the boats from Oxford and Cambridge, forcing the race to be temporarily stopped. Oldfield wrote in Twitter messages following his stunt that his aim was to protest about the inequality in the UK that in his view is perpetuated by elite institutions like Oxford and Cambridge. Prosecutor Edmund Hall asked for specific bail conditions, arguing that Oldfield represented a threat to several high-profile London events, including the 2012 Olympics torch relay set to begin in the middle of next month. “[Oldfield] seeks to entice other persons to commit similar acts to the one he is now charged with,” Hall said.
US to face North Korea
The US will face old political foes North Korea on the soccer field once again at the London Olympics after the draw for the women’s tournament threw the two sides together on Tuesday. The US women, who will be chasing their fourth Olympic title in five tournaments since the first at the Atlanta Games in 1996, have played North Korea in the last four World Cups, but never before in an Olympic tournament. North Korea lost 2-0 to the top-ranked US, twice world champions, in a group-stage match at the women’s World Cup in Germany in June last year.