The WCHA suspended referee Peter Friesema today after his arrest over the weekend in Anchorage. The league's statement:
MADISON, Wis. – The Western Collegiate Hockey Association today (Oct. 15) announced that men’s referee Peter Friesema has been suspended indefinitely from his officiating duties with the league pending a review of an off-ice incident that occurred at the Anchorage International Airport on Sunday, Oct. 14. The WCHA will have no comment on this matter until all the facts have been gathered and the investigation completed.
Friesema was arrested Saturday night in Anchorage after a comment about a friend's suitcase containing a bomb was taken seriously by airport officials. He was working the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage.
The Alaska Daily News story about the incident is here.
Update: The Vikings will get some action in England before their new stadium is complete in 2016.
A Vikings source confirmed the team will play a game in London during the 2013 season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported today first that a London game for the Vikings will be announced at the owners meetings Tuesday in Chicago.
The game would be played next September against a to-be-determined opponent.
Schefter also said the Vikings might be in line for more games. The game would count as a Vikings home game next season, meaning it would only play seven regular-season games the Metrodome.
The website "Ultimate Rockets," reports that DeLaSalle-turned-Hopkins-turned-Gopher-turned-Iowa State basketball player Royce White has been a no-show with Houston, which drafted White with the 16th overall pick in this year's draft.
Wednesday night, in an interview with ESPN's Myron Medcalf, White confirmed that his anxiety disorder has kept him from reporting to training camp. The Rockets are working out in the border town of McAllen, Texas.
Medcalf, the former Star Tribune college basketball writer, repoted that White wants to travel to games by bus because of his fear of flying. Medcalf reports that White said he's willing to purchase the bus.
White told Medcalf: "What it's going to look like is every game that's drivable, I'm going to get a bus for myself. And I'm going to make that bus feel like home so that there's a level of consistency in a job where inconsistency is very apparent because of the schedule. I'm going to try and level that out and make sure that my stress levels stay low and that my rest is regular and that my meals are regular and that as much as I can, draw consistency from a very inconsistent schedule."
You can read the rest of Medcalf's story and see a video of his interview with White here.
University of South Dakota President James Abbott told the Sioux City Journal that enrollment applications from prospective Minnesota high school students increased immediatelyl after USD's upset of the Gophers.
South Dakota became a full-fledged Division I member this year after a serving a transition period that began in 2006. Here's the complete story.
The bad-luck run of former Twins continued Wednesday night, when the Mets shut down former All-Everything pitcher Johan Santana, with inflammation in his lower back. Considering the extent of Santana's comeback, it's surprising enough he got this far, something Santana acknowledged himself.
"The doctor said it's been a long, long season for me, and I can feel it," Santana said. "It gets to a point where something is not right."
The consensus Wednesday night was that Santana's no-hitter was dividing line in his season. So, asks Matthew Pouliot of Hardball Talk, was it worth it? Pouliot votes yes, especially since the Mets escaped their notoriety of not having a no-hitter. And, to get anything from Santana, let alone a no-hitter, was more than anyone ever expected.
Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal says don't blame the no-hitter, even as Terry Collins almost made himself cry as he asked Santana to throw 134 pitches. The bigger question: Can Santana bounce back and make it through an entire season, as a 34-year-old making $25.3 million? He didn't pitch in 2011, and his 2009 and 2010 seasons ended early, too.
Jeff Roberts of the Record looks at that, with the help of Dr. Vincent McInerney, an orthopedic surgeon. McInerney cites the no-hitter as a possible cause and wonders if Santana hasn't started "an injury pattern."
Still, Santana is happy where things ended up, Roberts said. “There were a lot of question marks in the beginning of the season, and we didn’t know how the shoulder would react,” he said. “… Overall I feel good, because when we were in December, I didn’t know if I was going to pitch in the beginning of the season.”
Two former Twins pitchers have escaped the black cat that has cursed so many of their former teammates. Kyle Lohse got his ... 13th win Wednesday. OK, his (lucky) seventh consecutive victory, against the anonymous Houston Astros. Along with some assistance from center fielder Jon Jay, Lohse helped himself by not walking anyone.
And Santana's teammate, R.A. Dickey has succeeded with his knuckleball that failed to flutter in the Metrodome. He got a no-decision in the Mets' 3-1 loss Tuesday. Dickey has 15 wins and likely seven more starts in the season. The New York Post notes his quest to be the first Met to win 20 games since former Twin Frank Viola might ride on the hopes of the Mets' shaky bullpen.
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