Senators urge USA Hockey to end wage dispute with women’s national team

is the defending champion at the International Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, which begins Friday in Plymouth, Michigan.In negotiations over the past 15 months, players have asked for a four-year contract that pays them outside the six-month Olympic period. The senators, all Democrats, urged David Ogrean to resolve the matter and ensure the team receives “equitable resources.” They cited the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. The senators’ letter notes the $6,000 that players earn around the Olympics and USA Hockey’s $3.5 million annual spending on the men’s national team development program and other discrepancies.“These elite athletes indeed deserve fairness and respect, and we hope you will be a leader on this issue as women continue to push for equality in athletics,” the senators wrote.In a statement Sunday night, players said they hoped USA Hockey would approve terms discussed during a meeting last week. captain Meghan Duggan. He tweeted his support and said he hopes the dispute is resolved.The U.S. They said the agreement has the “potential to be a game changer for everyone.”The letter was signed by: Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Patty Murray of Washington, Dianne Feinstein of California, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Thomas Carper of Delaware, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. USA Hockey’s board of directors meets Monday, and players said Sunday night they hope there’s a deal.The senators, all Democrats, joined a chorus of support that includes unions representing players from the NHL, NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball. Those organizations said over the weekend they stood with the women’s team and criticized USA Hockey for attempting to find replacement players.Prominent NHL agent Allan Walsh tweeted Sunday, “Word circulating among NHL players that American players will refuse to play in men’s World Championships in solidarity with the women.”Zach Bogosian, an American-born Buffalo Sabres defenceman, went to high school with U.S. senators wrote a letter to USA Hockey’s executive director Monday over their concerns about the treatment of the women’s national team.Players have threatened to boycott the upcoming world championships over a wage dispute. Fourteen U.S.

Brothers Jamie, Jordie Benn to face each other for first time when Stars play Habs

Montreal’s a top-notch organization and they’ve got a great team over there. “I’ve been watching almost every (Canadiens) game.“It gives me something to do when we’re not playing. I even find myself following the Canadiens on Twitter now. And with my brother being there it’ll be a lot of fun.”“It should be fun for both of us,” said Jamie. “I’m probably not ever going to win one of those things, but he’s a family member and he got to win something so special, to him and our family. 27 for defenceman Greg Pateryn and a fourth round draft pick after nearly seven seasons as Jamie’s teammate in Dallas.“We’re pretty close,” Jamie said Monday. Jordie and Jamie Benn are about to live something neither has experienced before — playing against each other in an organized hockey game.The brothers clashed plenty of times in road hockey games while growing up in Victoria, but they have only ever been teammates in games on skates and in official gear. He’s in a good spot now. Neither will be able to make it to game in person, however.“My dad is taking care of my dogs (in Dallas), so he’ll probably just be hanging out on the couch, but my mum will be a nervous wreck,” said Jordie. He’s an awesome guy and an awesome brother.”And when Jamie emerged as the NHL scoring leader with 87 points in 2014-15, there was no jealousy.“He’s my brother, It was awesome,” said Jordie. “We’re best friends.“It was tough to see him go, but it was fun to experience the NHL life while we had the time together. I’m glad he’s fitting in here and he’s enjoying it.”It may be tougher on their parents, Heather and Randy Benn, having to root for both teams. “I want him to be as successful as he can be.“If I have to live in his shadow I’m perfectly fine with it. Jordie is a dependable, second or third-pair rearguard whose strength is breaking up attacks while Jamie is a star centre who won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring leader in 2015 and who helped Canada win gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics.In hockey, Jordie is mainly known as Jamie’s brother. “He was a big part of our team last year that ended up having such a good record.“I think his play has greatly improved the last four years.”It remains to be seen if, or when, the brothers are on the ice at the same time.“Probably, when he steps on the ice I’ll get yelled at to get off, so I’ll be on the bench watching him play,” Jordie said with a laugh. “It’s obviously going to be a little different but it’s not the first time someone’s been traded and had to play against their old team right away. I’m happy for him. It was nice to be along for the ride.”Jordie Benn has quickly established himself in Montreal’s defence corps, currently playing the right side on a pairing with Nathan Beaulieu. That will change Tuesday night when Jamie Benn’s Dallas Stars face Jordie Benn’s Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.Jordie was traded to Montreal on Feb. But now that he is on a different team in another conference, perhaps the long-bearded older sibling will start making a name for himself.“Obviously, there’s that shadow aspect because he’s such a superstar and the player that he is, but I’m not the type of person that cares too much about that stuff,” said Jordie. Coach Claude Julien said the club is “lucky to have Jordie with us because he really gave us stability on defence.”Dallas coach Lindy Ruff didn’t want to lose Jordie either, but with the Stars’ playoff hopes fading they became sellers at the NHL trade deadline he was among those shipped off to a new team.“Jordie was an important piece of our team,” said Ruff. I’m more excited that he can be his own person now in Montreal and really take off with his career.”As players, 27-year-old Jamie and 29-year-old Jordie could not be more different.

Back injury didn’t dull passion of Whitecaps goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr

1 ‘keeper David Ousted said of Kerr’s philosophy. That attracted me to him.”Kerr’s resume includes tutoring Norwich City’s John Ruddy and West Ham’s Darren Randolph early in their careers, along with helping to develop Stefan Frei and Joe Bendik in MLS.The 42-year-old Scotsman, who replaced Marius Rovde after he joined expansion Minnesota United, also prepared Brazil’s Julio Cesar for the 2014 World Cup while both were with Toronto.“I’ve never believed as a goalkeeping coach you can have one style,” said Kerr, who signed on in January and has a contract through 2018. “It’s about making the easy saves look easy, and making sure you make them.”While the move was a no-brainer for the Whitecaps, it also made sense for Kerr.He had initially gone to Toronto with his wife because of her work in pharmaceuticals before the TFC job coincidentally opened up. “If you can come through it the right way and learn then it will make you better in the long run.” “What works for one guy doesn’t work for another.“You’ve got to help the accelerate their strengths and work on the weaknesses.”At a recent Whitecaps’ practice, Kerr could be found at the lonely end of the training ground blasting shot after shot towards his Whitecaps proteges — with constant feedback and encouragement — in a driving spring rain.“We’ll have that great save, but it’s about being consistent,” Vancouver No. “In the one or two conversations I had with him in the off-season he identified my goalkeepers’ weaknesses within one hour.“I’m not a goalkeeping expert, but it’s taken me maybe three or four years to work out what they are. A goalkeeper with Scottish giant Celtic for a decade, he had just been forced to retire at age 26 because of a crippling back injury that resulted in two discs being surgically removed.“It was very difficult. “If you can do the small details properly and you save the ones you should save, the manager can go to bed knowing his goalkeeper’s not going to make a big mistake.”The Whitecaps have two losses and a tie to start this season, but have had a player sent off in both defeats, including Ousted in one 3-2 setback, while not conceding a goal at full strength.Like the disappointing turn his career took before he got back on track, Kerr sees better days ahead for himself and the Whitecaps.“I’m a great believer in what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” he said. His passion for goalkeeping landed him a couple of jobs in Scotland, and then in Major League Soccer with Toronto FC and Orlando City SC.When the Vancouver Whitecaps needed someone to coach their goalkeepers in 2017, Kerr was an obvious choice.“He does exactly what it says on the tin,” said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson. “When all of a sudden you’re in the real world and you have to look after yourself … “It’s a totally different way of life. While teams defend as a unit — Vancouver’s backline was a mess at times — the club allowed 52 goals for the second-worst total in the West to miss the playoffs.Ousted is the undoubted leader of the Whitecaps’ goalkeeping pack, but backups Spencer Richey and Paolo Tornaghi have already seen action in the young campaign.“The thing that separates the guys who do really well from the guys who are average is small details,” said Kerr. He knew in one hour. When Kerr signed on with Orlando for the 2016 season, she was unable to work in the U.S., but will join him in Vancouver with their teenage daughter once the school year ends.“The club’s been absolutely fantastic on and off the pitch,” he said. “That’s huge.”The Whitecaps were stingy in 2015, allowing just 36 goals in 34 MLS matches on the way to finishing second in the Western Conference.Last year was a different story. I had a year or so that was pretty aimless,” said Kerr. Stewart Kerr had no idea what do with himself. it’s a pretty humbling experience.”He eventually decided he wasn’t done with the sport and enrolled in courses to get his coaching licences.

Anderson’s quiet perseverance during wife’s cancer battle inspires Senators

Anderson, with the support of management and teammates, took an extended leave from the Senators in early December to be by his wife’s side while she underwent treatment in New York.He returned to the team Jan. When you’re growing up as a kid the game of hockey is supposed to be fun and enjoyable and I think sometimes that gets lost as you get older and becomes more of a job.“But at the same time if you love your job you’re going to enjoy it more and you’re going to have more success at it so it doesn’t change here. “We’ll take it one game at a time and if we play the right way the results will take care of themselves, but if we start worrying about the results and not about how you play that’s when things don’t go the way you want them to go and that’s when frustration sets in.”Anderson will get the start Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.“His perseverance to help our team this year shows us the true colours of Craig’s character,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. Ottawa sits three points back of Montreal for first in the Division and has a five-point lead on the third-place Toronto Maple Leafs, but know they need to maintain a consistent level of play through the final weeks of the season.“We’re going to go and play the way we’re capable of playing,” said Anderson. “The level of play he’s able to achieve this season is able to have us in the position that we’re in right now.” “The fact he’s been able to juggle all that together and keep his cool and keep his performances up to the level is absolutely outstanding and you have to be inspired by that,” coach Guy Boucher said Monday after Anderson was voted Ottawa’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication.Nicholle was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in October. 11, posting a 3-0 shutout over the New York Islanders.Being with the team and playing has been a respite for Anderson from the worry and stress the family has gone through this season.“It’s always on the mind, but I feel the three hours we get at the rink is definitely a time to put things aside and exert your energy and frustration out that you might have and just go out there and give everything you can and then when you take off the equipment then you can address real world problems after that,” he said.And the experience has put the game back in perspective for the 35-year-old.“It makes the game feel like it’s just a game again. Craig Anderson’s quiet perseverance has spoken volumes for the Ottawa Senators.The Senators’ No. 1 goaltender has missed parts of the season to be with his wife Nicholle as she battles a rare form of throat cancer. Yet through 34 games Anderson is 22-10-0-2, and his ability to remain focused has been an inspiration to his teammates and management. Sometimes you lose sight of that, but when you go through difficult times away from the rink it makes you realize that it is a game and you are supposed to have fun while you play it and that’s kind of how I approached it.”The Senators (41-25-8) will spend the next eight days on the road as they embark on a four-game road trip where they will look to clinch a playoff spot. 31 and played his first game in over two months on Feb.

Terrence Ross makes his return to Toronto with the Orlando Magic

But like I told him, it’s a business. “He was always a guy that tortured us when I was in Indiana, hitting big threes and bringing solid defence.” Tucker in a separate deal – it is no coincidence that Toronto ranks first in the league in fewest points allowed and opponent field-goal percentage.And all without the presence of all-star point guard Kyle Lowry, who continues to convalesce from a broken right wrist.The Magic arrived in Toronto for a game against the playoff-bound Raptors at the Air Canada Centre Monday night, the first contest between the two sides since the trade. 14, about a week before the NBA trade deadline, the Raptors had seemingly had enough of Ross’s inconsistencies and, in dire need of a front-line power forward, sent the 26-year-old to the Orlando Magic along with a 2017 first-round draft pick.In return, the Raptors received Serge Ibaka, a seasoned veteran who can bring it at both ends of the court. Ross said he opened his hotel door, to leave for that morning’s shootaround, when he encountered Casey, who was about to knock and deliver the news of the deal in person.“It’s very difficult because he’s almost like a son,” Casey said. When the trade was finally made, the Raptors were in Chicago. In 54 games with Toronto this season, before the trade, Ross was averaging 10.4 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooing at a 44.1-per-cent clip.Playing more minutes on an Orlando team that is more concerned with lottery balls for the upcoming draft than anything else, Ross is averaging 12.3 points and 3.3 rebounds through his first 15 games with the Magic – all starts.“I really like him – like him even more than I thought I was going to like him,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said when asked how Ross is fitting in. Ross actually scored 10 two days later in a Toronto victory over the Brooklyn Nets. But I like where I am now.”Ross was the eighth pick over all of the Raptors in the 2012 NBA draft out of the University of Washington, and his status was by no means compromised when he went on to win the slam-dunk title during his rookie campaign over the NBA all-star weekend.In and out of the starting lineup over the years, he always displayed hints of greatness – none better than the 51-point outburst against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014, in which he canned 10 three-point shots. On Feb. The total tied him with Vince Carter for the single-game franchise high.Toronto coach Dwane Casey nurtured Ross’s talents since his rookie season and insists he was sad to see him go in the Ibaka trade. As much as I’d love for him to stay here forever, it’s not going to happen.”But the coach gave a curious reply Monday when asked what he recollects most about Ross’s 51-point night.“I remember the next game he had two [points],” Casey said.Well, not quite. It’s difficult. But Casey’s allusion to Ross’s topsy-turvy play from game to game was hard to miss. Ross, an engaging sort who was always a bit of a fan favourite in Toronto, received a rousing welcome from the capacity crowd when his name was announced as part of Orlando’s starting lineup. Terrence Ross was always an enigma.Supremely skilled, with a 6-foot-7 frame that could leap in and out of a rain barrel with ease, Ross was built to play basketball. He could also launch three-pointers with the best of them.Trouble was, during his first four-plus years in the league, Ross’s electrifying moments were too few and far between while he was playing for the Toronto Raptors. It has been a great trade for Toronto.Since Ibaka’s arrival – and that of P.J. About three minutes into the game, during a stoppage in play, the Raptors played a commemorative video of Ross and his tenure in town, and the crowd responded with a standing ovation.“It’s different seeing all the old spots I used to roam around in,” Ross said earlier in the day after the pregame shootaround. “It’s fun. “And you watch a young man come into the NBA, and he’s wet behind the ears and learning the league and growing up right in front of you.

Aaron Sanchez allows five runs in spring training loss to Phillies

Tommy Joseph was 4 for 5 for the Phillies (12-15) and hit a two-run homer off Osuna. Roberto Osuna was charged with the other two runs on two hits in the fifth inning. Aaron Sanchez allowed five runs, four of them earned, in 3 1/3 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays fell 7-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night in Grapefruit League action.Sanchez gave up five hits, walked three and struck out two in his short start. Vince Velasquez earned the win after five strong innings with seven strikeouts.Russell Martin had a solo home run for the Blue Jays (10-17).Toronto made two errors and had eight hits to Philadelphia’s 12.

DeRozan leads Raptors past Magic for sixth straight win

The tribute included some of his biggest slam dunks, including his performance that won the NBA’s Slam Dunk Competition in 2012.“I’m going to tell them to email it to me,” said Ross. Point guard Elfrid Payton led the Magic with 22 points and nine assists. Ross was drafted by the Raptors eighth overall in 2012. Offence is not the problem. “Whatever it is, the defensive mentality has to become the first thing we do coming into games.”Notes: Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll missed his second consecutive game with a sore back. “It was nice. Norman Powell’s shooting was lethal for the Raptors, getting 16 points including four three-pointers.It was a rude homecoming for guard Terrence Ross, who had 17 points for Orlando (27-47). “We have bigger goals in mind and if we intend on achieving them, then we’ve got to have a better mindset then we had tonight.“We scored what, 60 per cent? 14 with a 2017 first-round pick in exchange for veteran forward Serge Ibaka.When asked about Joseph’s career-high assists, Casey flipped the conversation back to defence.“Offensively, not a problem. He suffered the injury after a bad fall in Thursday’s 101-84 win in Miami. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey didn’t want to talk about Toronto’s explosive offence. Every time it was brought up, he’d change the subject. Even though DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 36 points in a 131-112 rout of the Orlando Magic on Monday night for the Raptors’ sixth win in a row, Casey was still not impressed.“We’ll take the win, but we can’t be happy with our defensive performance,” said Casey. We did OK offensively,” said Casey. We gave up too many points. At one point, exasperated by a reporter’s question about one of his player’s scoring, Casey slapped his hand on the podium.“Fine, offensively, he was fine,” said Casey, again turning the conversation to the Raptors’ defensive failings. He was traded to the Magic on Feb. 59 per cent from the field? I didn’t think people would respond the way they did so it made me feel like I was back at home.”The Raptors had a slim 35-34 lead at the end of the first, but Powell’s sharp shooting helped Toronto pull away by as much as 18 points in the second quarter with a 73-57 lead by halftime. He scored 13 points in that quarter alone.The Raptors shot 59 per cent on the night, including 10-of-15 three-point attempts.Despite the impressive shooting, Powell agreed with his coach’s assessment that the Raptors would struggle in the post-season without better defence.“We know that (a playoff run) is going to start on the defensive end, so we have to lock in on that end first whether we are hitting shots or missing shots,” said Powell. We still have to stay focused on the defensive end and let that win us games and not have to rely on scoring 130 points.”Cory Joseph had a double-double with 15 points and 13 assists for Toronto (45-29). “All I saw was Elfrid Payton sashaying to the rim, getting to the basket, that was my major concern.”Ross received a standing ovation from the sell-out crowd of 19,800 at Air Canada Centre after a video package of his time in Toronto was played during the first TV timeout. “Our attention to detail was not what it should be.”

It was a theme throughout Casey’s post-game news conference. … Powell was 4 for 6 on field goals, including 3 for 3 from beyond the arc, in the second. It’s the defensive side that we did not have a focus on tonight.”DeRozan, who was instrumental in the Raptors’ 73-point first half, their best of the season, knew that Casey was right.“We can’t get comfortable because we won a few games,” said DeRozan. Casey said Monday morning that all-star point guard Kyle Lowry continues to progress from wrist surgery four weeks ago but had no timeline for his return. “Even tonight we could have played a lot better.

Snowboarders Mark McMorris and Maxence Parrot poised for 2018 Olympics

His score was 88.75, behind the 93.50 of gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg of the United States and the 91.75 of Norway’s Stale Sandbech. “It’s good to know it now.”Men’s snowboard slopestyle will take place on the first weekend of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and the men’s big air final will be held on the last weekend. Parrot, from Bromont, Que., is first in big air and fifth in slopestyle. Parrot finished fifth with 87.25.Parrot said qualifying early for the Games is a plus.“When I was going to Sochi, I only got my spot two weeks before the Olympics,” the 22-year-old said. Snowboarders Mark McMorris and Maxence Parrot have met the qualifications to be named to Canada’s team for the 2018 Winter Olympics, Canada Snowboard will announce Tuesday.The two snowboarders would be gold-medal favourites in both snowboard slopestyle and the new event of snowboard big air next February in Pyeongchang, South Korea. On the World Snowboard Tour, McMorris, from Regina, is ranked first in slopestyle and second in big air. The Olympic team will officially be named in early 2018.The Canada Snowboard announcement comes as McMorris has suffered serious injuries – including a broken jaw, a broken left arm and a fractured pelvis – after a crash Saturday in the backcountry of Whistler, B.C., where he hit a tree after a jump.Even though McMorris has met the qualifications, he will have to show that he is ready. “Mark will have to demonstrate his competition readiness,” said Patrick Jarvis, executive director of Canada Snowboard.The length of McMorris’s recovery is unclear, though people close to him are confident he will be ready. The 23-year-old has shown in the past that he can rally from injury.He won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, where slopestyle made its debut at the Games.