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Buffalo Sabres to host ’18 World Junior Championship

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The IIHF World Junior Championship is returning to Buffalo in 2018, and it will include an outdoor game for the first time in tournament history.

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USA Hockey announced Friday that the 2018 World Juniors will be hosted by the Buffalo Sabres Jerseys. It’s the sixth time the tournament will be held in the United States, but the first time it will be played in the same location in the U.S. twice in a row.

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“In the opportunities we have had to host it in the United States, our most successful experience was in Buffalo in 2011,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey.

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USA Hockey also announced an outdoor game will be held at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills Jerseys. It will be the first game of its kind for the WJC.

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“I need to thank these gentlemen from USA Hockey to get this event,” Sabres owner Terry Pegula said. “I think the first time, two times in a row in the U.S., is quite an honor for us that we accept very graciously. Since we purchased the Sabres in 2011, Kim and I wanted to grow hockey in all levels that we were involved in. I think we’ve shown over the last four years that we’ve done this at the NHL level, AHL level, NCAA level, and now we have the honor of trying to enhance junior hockey in the world. I want to state that we do not do this out of any type of reach for power. We do this because we love the game and we want to help players around the world get better.”

The exact game that will be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium has not been determined, but Buffalo’s proximity to Canada could mean a United States-Canada matchup in the preliminary round could be in the offing.

“The IIHF allows some flexibility if the results of the 2017 tournament are such that [the U.S. and Canada] are not in the same pool so that a country can be moved,” Ogrean said. “Those early discussions on a ‘what if’ basis have happened so nothing is quite certain yet, and there would be other options of course, but we think the U.S.-Canada rivalry is the best in the game and that’s obviously what we’re designing this for.”

Assistant executive director of USA Hockey Mike Bertsch said the date of the outdoor game would be either Dec. 27 or Dec. 29, 2017.

Buffalo is no stranger to hosting outdoor hockey; the first NHL Winter Classic was held at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Jan. 1, 2008. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Sabres 2-1 in a shootout when Penguins captain Sidney Crosby Jerseys scored the deciding goal against goalie Ryan Miller Jerseys.

“I am very grateful to USA Hockey for giving us the right to host the tournament,” Pegula said. “I know you guys probably took a lot of grief for letting us host it two times in a row and we’re going to make you proud. We’re going to do the best job we can.”

The Sabres beat out the Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning Jerseys, and Chicago Blackhawks in the final bidding to host the 2018 WJC.

“It was a very, very difficult process,” Ogrean said. “That’s a great problem to have. It was not always like this. Fifteen years ago we were soliciting people to please host this event, but we’ve had a radical sea change in the popularity of the World Junior Championships and in the popularity of our sport. And so as we went through the process this time, we had… some sleepless nights because of friends we would be saying ‘no’ to despite the fact they put in very strong and compelling bids and we want to thank those wholesale nhl jerseys cities and we will be doing events in those cities in the future I am sure. The good thing is there are so many places in America that love hockey, support hockey, and want to have events of this kind there. It makes our decisions very difficult.”

When Buffalo hosted the 2011 tournament, Dwyer Arena at Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y., was used as the secondary venue. With HarborCenter, a facility that includes two NHL-size rinks, attached to First Niagara Center, a central location for the majority of the tournament made Buffalo an attractive spot to serve as host.

“Having the HarborCenter as a facility makes a major difference for us,” Bertsch said. “It brings all 10 teams into the same facility, into the same community, and one of our concerns and the attributes to this is all 10 teams will feel like a major part of the event for the entire event.”

The majority of games will be played at First Niagara Center and HarborCenter, but the possibility of seeing a record crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium for a World Junior Championship game helped put Buffalo’s bid to host the tournament over the top.

“We had a lot of unique presentations by three of our organizations and I would say that there’s confirmation for elements like this as well from other parties,” Bertsch said. “There’s a lot on the table and a lot of unique items and a lot of overlap as well. Certainly the outdoor game here in this type of a setting was a factor for the Sabres and for us, but I will tell you there were other options that were on the table.”

In addition to Buffalo, previous World Junior tournaments in the U.S. were held in Minneapolis/St. Paul (1982), Anchorage, Alaska (1989), Boston (1996), and Grand Forks, N.D., and Thief River Falls, Minn. (2005).

The 2016 World Junior Championship will be played Dec. 26 to Jan. 5, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland. The 2017 WJC will be jointly hosted by Toronto and Montreal, with the gold-medal game to be played at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Report: Manziel’s ex-girlfriend feared for her life

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The former girlfriend of Johnny Manziel Jerseys alleges the Cleveland Browns Jerseys quarterback physically and verbally abused her and that she feared for her life in graphic, sworn statements made in a protective order application published by KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth on Monday.

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According to the affidavit, Colleen Crowley alleges Manziel hit her multiple times during an argument that initially started at a Dallas hotel on Jan. 29. Crowley stated she “tried to fight him off” and was “very scared.” She alleges Manziel grabbed her by her hair and hit her on the left side of her head during their argument.

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Crowley went on to state she feared for both her life and Manziel’s based upon the way he was acting. She also said Manziel was acting as if he were on drugs.

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Many of the statements in the protective order are similar to ones Crowley made to Fort Worth police in an incident report released Thursday.

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The report comes three days after the Dallas Police Department announced it is investigating Manziel after receiving a complaint of domestic violence assault against him. WTAA-TV in Dallas reported Crowley filed the complaint. A Tarrant County (Texas) judge signed off on the protective order against Manziel on Friday, according to WTAA-TV.

Last week, Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt, announced he has parted ways with the QB. Manziel’s father, Paul, expressed his concern for his son to the Dallas Morning News.

“I truly believe if they can’t get him help, he won’t live to see his 24th birthday.”

NFL security plans to contact Crowley and her family as part of their investigation into the incident, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Rapoport reported the Browns will release Manziel at the start of the new league year on March 9.

This marks the latest of several incidents involving Manziel as a member of the Browns. The team announced last month that it had fined the second-year quarterback for missing a scheduled medical treatment on the final Sunday of the season.

Manziel was also benched ahead of a Week 12 matchup with the Ravens after a video surfaced of the quarterback partying at a club in Austin, Texas. A week prior to that, Manziel was cleared of wrongdoing in a roadside incident involving his girlfriend. During the 2015 offseason, he spent 10 weeks in a rehab facility specializing in alcohol and substance abuse.

Jeremy Maclin active for Chiefs vs. Patriots

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski Jerseys expects to play in Saturday’s AFC divisional showdown with the Chiefs, but what about Kansas City wideout Jeremy Maclin Jerseys?

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Though NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington was told that it will be an “uphill battle” for Maclin to play, the seventh-year receiver is officially active for the game. Maclin rested his ankle all week.

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Sources told Darlington that it’s purely Maclin’s ankle — not his knee — that continues to give him issues after he suffered a high ankle sprain in last week’s wild-card victory over the Texans. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Maclin had difficulty wholesale nfl jerseys china walking this week, let alone running.

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Losing Maclin would have served as a crushing blow for Kansas City’s air attack. He led the team with 1,088 receiving yards and eight touchdowns off a career-high 87 grabs, giving quarterback Alex Smith Jerseys a reliable downfield option.

Even though he is playing, it’s fair to wonder if Maclin’s role will expand beyond that of a decoy, pulling cover men away from tight end Travis Kelce Jerseys.