Team USA faces toughest opponent in Canada

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Winning four consecutive games in the Winter Olympic hockey tournament will mean nothing if the Team USA hockey team loses Friday. A semifinal matchup against defending gold medal winning Canada awaits the red, white, and blue with a chance to play for gold on the line.

Team USA has skated four balanced lines to this point. The mix of size, speed, and physicality has helped the Americans win close games, as well as blow out inferior opponents. Canada will be the deepest team they face, even with the loss of John Tavares for the rest of the Olympics. Both teams have size and scoring depth for days, with Team USA outscoring Hockey Canada 20-13. [Read more…]

London 2012: Olympic soccer quarterfinals observations

After nine goals in four women’s Olympic quarterfinal matches, two of the world’s top five teams have fallen, along with host nation Great Britain.  As the remaining four teams shift focus towards Monday’s semifinals, let’s take a look back at how a marathon day of soccer shook down.

France continues to surprise

The most consistent part of France’s squad this tournament has been its inconsistency, and that didn’t change Friday morning.  After getting bombarded and conceding early [Read more…]

London 2012 Olympics: Women’s soccer quarterfinals preview

With the group stages behind us, the quarterfinals of women’s Olympic soccer kick off tomorrow featuring several intriguing matchups.  Among the eight remaining teams are six of the world’s top seven squads, as well as host-nation Great Britain, composed primarily of players from the world’s No. 9 England.  The Olympic knockout stage will also feature six of the eight 2011 World Cup quarterfinalists (counting Great Britain as England), and all four semifinalists, making the field as stacked as any in recent memory.  Here’s what to watch for as kickoff approaches. [Read more…]

Green Bay Packers now offering team ownership stock to Canadians

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Great news for our friends and readers in the Great White North. Canadian Packer backers just across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Lake Superior who want to buy Green Bay Packers team ownership stock will now get their chance.

On Monday the team cleared Canadian regulatory requirements and is now selling shares. Each share costs $250. In the U.S., there’s also a $25 handling fee. In Canada, the charge is $35.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Most Valuable NHL Franchise; Team Rankings Released

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Hockey’s popularity and its profitability are at an all-time high in North America. Both TV ratings and internet hits are up for the Canadian sport.

Canada, our neighbors to the immediate north produce a lot of valuable products and commodities: oil, pharmacies, hot women (here’s a top ten list of hottest Canadian female celebrities), maple syrup. But hockey is obviously the #1 export. Canadian NHL teams are almost as popular as Canada drugs, and the Toronto Maple Leafs lead the way.

Forbes magazine released their annual list of the most profitable hockey franchises, and Toronto is once again #1 with an estimated total value of $521 million dollars (U.S.).

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