This just in: The NHL, NHLPA, IOC, and IIHF will meet again Friday in New York to discuss whether or not the pro hockey stars will be allowed to play at the Sochi Games next February. Previous meetings have garnered few conclusions, and the group told ESPN that we shouldn’t expect any to be made this weekend, or even this month. Maybe in May – maybe – but they’re not offering any guarantees.
The four sides have met a number of times to discuss media rights, access, accommodations, and the league’s willingness to shut down for two to three weeks, but the new elephant in the room is regarding who will cover the insurance and hospitality costs for the NHL officials, athletes, and their families.
NHL players have competed in the last four Olympics.
In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father, Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion (video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will air coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET, plus daily coverage throughout the Winter Games. A full broadcast schedule is here.
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Tied with three seconds left, Alexander Lynggaard went for a gutsy shot from midcourt to win a French handball league match Thursday.
Watch the above video with no commentary, but check out the French commentary on the Instagram video from Lynggaard’s account below.
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