Because “nobody remembers losers,” and because winning a gold on his home ice in Sochi next February is something that might help that problem, two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin is going to join his national team in Finland and Sweden for the IIHF World Championships.
Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals were ousted from the NHL playoffs in a game seven against the New York Rangers Monday night, and Ovechkin has blamed the Caps’s loss on everyone up the chain, including hinting at a league conspiracy.
But the defeat gave him plenty of time to book a trip to Helsinki for Russia’s quarterfinal match-up against an American team fielding 21 NHL pros Thursday. And since he’s scored 26 goals in 55 appearances for his national squad, the U.S. team should probably get ready.
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall underwent procedures on both of his knees, the team announced Thursday, clouding his chance of making the U.S. Olympic team.
Wall is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 NBA season in late October, but the team made no mention of if Wall could progress fast enough to be ready for a potential Olympic debut in Rio in early August.
The U.S. is already without its 2012 Olympic starting point guard, Chris Paul, who withdrew from team consideration in March.
The 12-man Olympic team is expected to be announced in late June.
If Wall is also out, that leaves USA Basketball to choose from this list of point guards among the roster pool finalists:
Russell Westbrook — 2012 Olympian
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Lindsey Vonn partied with fellow Under Armour sports stars Tom Brady and Jordan Spieth as well as rapper Vanilla Ice on Wednesday.
The company held its 20th anniversary party in Baltimore, where it’s based.
Vonn is living it up in her offseason following another knee injury but is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season this fall.
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