Bure, Sakic in Hall of Fame
Russian star Pavel Bure, Swedish icon Mats Sundin and Canadians Joe Sakic and Adam Oates were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame late on Monday. Sakic was one of the few players who spent his entire illustrious NHL career with one franchise. A 13-time All-Star, Sakic was a first-round draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques in 1987, and stuck with them eight years later when they moved to Colorado and were renamed the Avalanche. Sakic played a key role in the Avalanche’s Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001, and after 20 seasons retired as the club’s all-time leader with 625 goals and 1,016 assists. Sundin, who played with Sakic his first four years in the NHL, spent 13 seasons with the Maple Leafs and still holds Toronto club records for most points, goals, power-play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals and overtime goals. Bure, nicknamed the “Russian Rocket,” averaged 36.7 goals per season in 12 NHL campaigns and twice reached the 60-goal plateau. Oates, who just several hours prior to his Hall-of-Fame bid was named the head coach of the Washington Capitals, ranks sixth all-time in NHL history with 1,079 assists and 16th with 1,420 points. He played 1,337 career games with Detroit, St Louis, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Anaheim and Edmonton.
Thomson, Simmons cited
New Zealand flanker Adam Thomson and Australia lock Rob Simmons were cited on Monday following their teams’ weekend rugby internationals against Scotland and France respectively. Thomson was cited for “stamping or trampling” on the head of Scotland’s Alasdair Strokosch, for which he was yellow-carded in the All Blacks’ 51-22 victory at Murrayfield on Sunday. Simmons, on as a replacement at the Stade de France on Saturday, was cited for a dangerous “tip tackle” on flanker Yannick Nyanga in the second half of the match won 33-6 by France. Hearings for both players will be held before independent IRB-appointed Judicial Officers in London today, when both could face bans that end their involvement in their teams’ European tours.
Williams signs with Roosters
World Cup winning All Black Sonny Bill Williams confirmed the worst kept secret in rugby union yesterday when he signed a one-year contract to return to rugby league with Australia’s Sydney Roosters. The 27-year-old Williams had been widely expected to join the Roosters for the next National Rugby League season after a short-term contract in Japan, having declined a new agreement with the New Zealand Rugby Union earlier this year. Williams, who ruptured a pectoral muscle while playing in Japan that could signal the end of his lucrative stint with the Panasonic Wild Knights, said he was fulfilling a long-held promise to play for the Roosters after he sensationally turned his back on rugby league in 2008.
Lindsey Vonn in hospital
Four-time alpine World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn has been admitted to hospital in Vail, Colorado, with an undisclosed illness, her spokesman confirmed on Monday. Lewis Kay declined to disclose any further details about Vonn, who canceled a promotional event in Vail on Friday because she did not feel well. Vonn skipped a World Cup slalom in Finland at the weekend, preferring to prepare for the giant slalom and slalom set for Aspen, Colorado, on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25.