Topic: USA Hockey
Coach fired after 16 years: Lindy Ruff was dismissed by the Buffalo Sabres after a poor start to their season. The NHL coach fired after 16 years will be replaced on an interim basis by Ron Rolston.
Youth football coaches can still be old school and gladiatorial about practice sessions. New Pop Warner rules, however, suggest that concussion research has changed the game.
The men's hockey competition kicks into high gear on Super Sunday – a day that will see replays of the past three Winter Olympic gold medal finals, including a US vs. Canada game.
Suspensions and expulsions for abuse of referees or other players have resulted in a quicker, cleaner game, experts say.