Usa Today Sports’ Kevin Allen Wins Award

USA Today’s Kevin Allen gets Lester Patrick Trophy for service to hockey in U.S.

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The NHL announced on Tuesday that USA TODAY Sports’ hockey columnist won the award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. He will be presented with the award in Detroit on Dec. 2. Kevin has been our hockey writer since 1986. He has written countless articles. He has gone to the Arctic Circle to accompany Jordin Tootoo on a hunt. He spent time with coach Bob Hartley during his day with the Stanley Cup at a Canadian auto glass factory. He went to Europe during the 2004 lockout to catch up with players. He has covered every Winter Olympics since 1988 and will be going to Sochi in February. He has written books. He’s omnipresent on radio and TV. He has been president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association the past 10 years. And it’s his reputation for fairness that makes people want to talk to him.

Presidents Cup: USA takes big lead into singles play

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Bill Haas 10:36: Branden Grace vs. Zach Johnson 10:47: Marc Leishman vs. Matt Kuchar 10:58: Richard Sterne vs. Tiger Woods 11:09: Charl Schwartzel vs. Keegan Bradley 11:20: Louis Oosthuizen vs. Webb Simpson 11:31: Angel Cabrera vs. Phil Mickelson Contributing: The Associated Press A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Fred Couples poses with the Presidents Cup trophy. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Oct 6, 2013; Dublin, OH, USA; Keegan Bradley carries the president trophy after a press conference following the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-136488 ORIG FILE ID: 201301006_pjc_ah8_313.jpg Allan Henry Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports The USA team pose with the Presidents Cup trophy at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Jack Nicklaus presents the Presidents Cup Trophy to Fred Couples. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Brandt Snedker celebrates with the Presidents Cup trophy after the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Jack Nicklaus talks during the trophy presentation. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Fred Couples celebrates with his girlfriend Nadine Moze after the USA won the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-136488 ORIG FILE ID: 201301006_pjc_ss1_257.jpg Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Fred Couple celebrates after the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Fred Couples and the USA Team pose with the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Team USA celebrates after winning the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods talks to his mom Kultida after winning the Presidents Cup. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Team USA celebrates after winning the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods embraces USA skier Lindsey Vonn after winning his match to win the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods walks up to the 17th green during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods celebrate after winning the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods gives a TV interview after winning the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods on the 18th fairway during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods reacts after his putt on the 18th green during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The win sealed the Presidents Cup for the USA. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods looks at the gallery in the 1st tee grandstands. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports A fan walks through mud during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods tees off on the 1st hole during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Graham Delaet celebrates holing out from the bunker to win his match during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Phil Mickelson walks onto the 9th green. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods walks off the 9th green during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Phil Mickelson lines up his putt on the 9th green during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Adam Scott lines up his putt on the the 9th green. Brian Spurlock Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Branden Grace lines up his putt on the 9th green. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Graham DeLaet tees off on the 11th hole during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Jordan Spieth reacts to his shot on the 10th hole. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Brandt Snedeker and Jason Day shake hands after their match during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Day won the match. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Jordan Spieth tees off on the 12th hole. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Jason Dufner chips to the 14th green during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Jordan Spieth plays from the rough on the 11th fairway during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods plays from the 2nd fairway during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Matt Kuchar reacts to his putt on the 4th green during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports A view of the 1st as Phil Mickelson tees off during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Peter Casey USA TODAY Sports Webb Simpson’s wife Dowd Simpson on the 2nd fariway during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Keegan Bradley’s girlfriend Jillian Stacy watches Bradley play on the 2nd fairway during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Phil Mickelson takes cover under an umbrella during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Marc Leishman tees off on the 1st hole during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports USA fans and International Team fans cheer on the 1st tee during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Adam Scott and Bill Haas watch Haas’s drive on the 1st tee during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Peter Casey USA TODAY Sports A view of the Presidents Cup trophy. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Adam Scott tees off on the 1st hole during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Peter Casey USA TODAY Sports Ben Blincoe of Louisville watches the practice green during the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Peter Casey USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods tees off on the 18th hole during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Matt Kuchar reacts to misses his putt on the 17th green. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports A view of the 18th green as Tiger Woods putts on during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Hunter Mahan on the putting green before the fourth round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Webb Simpson plays from out of a bunker on the 18th green. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods walk across the foot bridge on the 17th hole during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods reacts to his putt on the 14th green. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods watches his putt on the 18th green during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Matt Kuchar and Tiger Woods on the 18th green. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Ernie Els tees off on the 15th hole during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Matt Kuchar tees off on the 15th hole during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods tees off on the 12th hole during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn walks down the 14th fairway. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Tiger Woods reacts to missing his putt on the 14th green. Brian Spurlock USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Phil Mickelson plays his approach shot into the 18th green during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. A superb approach by Mickelson and a clutch putt by partner Keegan Bradley allowed the twosome to halve their match. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Graham DeLaet plays from the 17th fairway during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports Jason Day reacts to his putt on the 17th green during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Keegan Bradley tees off on the 18th hole. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson celebrate after halving their match during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Keegan Bradley celebrates making his birdie putt to halve his match during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Graham DeLaet celebrate after holing out a chip on the 18th hole. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Keegan Bradley celebrates making his birdie putt to halve his match during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Allan Henry USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley hug after their match during the third round of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. A clutch putt by Bradley after a great approach by Mickelson allowed the team to hallve their match on No.

USA Boxing sucker-punches Tyson

[+] Enlarge AP/Richard Shotwell/Invision USA Boxing sent an open letter to Mike Tyson, asking him to wait until after the 2016 Rio Games to sign the country’s top amateur fighters. But if Tyson wants to move past pigeon-racing reality shows on Animal Plant or another academy award-winning guest appearance in “The Hangover IV: A New Hope” and make his move to be the next Don King, who are we — or USA Boxing — to complain? Tyson has done so well with his life since he left the sport (as long as he does not revert to the misbehavior he exhibited after longtime trainer Cus D’Amato died, then all is good). But this isn’t about Tyson or his response to Butler’s letter in the New York Post claiming the organization never reached out to him directly and is “taking advantage of my name and company for publicity.” This is about USA Boxing. When did USA Boxing become so sanctimonious? So righteous and indignant? Boxing promoters have perpetually gone after amateur boxers in an attempt to get them to skip the Olympic route. For years, promoters have used everything from Muhammad Ali throwing his gold medal into the Ohio River to the image of Roy Jones Jr. standing next to a ref as he lifted the arm of Park Si-Hun in the Seoul Olympics (considered by many as one of the most corrupt moments in Olympic history) as examples of the unimportance of the Olympics in the arc of one’s career. More recently, promoters simply need to run off the names of top boxers who didn’t need an Olympic medal to succeed as a pro — Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Adrien Broner, Timothy Bradley — to prove that participating in the Olympics is as useful as an iPhone 3GS. After Athens 2004, USA Boxing had been able to say to every American who has thought about joining them: “Look at Andre Ward’s career, and we’ll show you how Ward benefited from being in the Olympics.” But when a country goes through an entire Olympics as the United States did at London 2012 and returns without a single medal, the sell gets difficult. Tyson is doing nothing different from any other promoter in the game since boxing became a free enterprise for promotion and hype. Boxing promoters from Butch Lewis to Bob Arum have always “poached” boxers they feel can make them money sooner rather than later.