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« on: June 29, 2014, 05:32:21 PM »
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard was back at the TD Garden to watch his teammates play the New York Rangers on Saturday. Unfortunately, that is as close to returning to the lineup as Savard is likely to get in the near future. He is expected to miss the entire season because of the lingering effects of a concussion sustained a year ago Sunday. It was his second diagnosed concussion in two seasons and although a year has passed, Savard is still not ready to join his teammates. But just getting to the arena felt like a positive step. "Im excited to be back. I miss being out there, thats for sure, but just being around the crowd and being in the atmosphere is going to feel nice," Savard said. "But I do really feel good just being in the building today." Savard has donated a luxury suite for every home game for the rest of the season to be used by patients at Childrens Hospital Boston, with the focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma. "I know what Ive gone through and what Ive been through lately. At this present time, Id like to do something for Boston because, you know, theyve been so great to me," he said before the Bruins 3-2 overtime loss to the Rangers on Saturday afternoon. "I just saw that this was something minor that I could do to put a smile on their face and their parents and stop in a couple times a year to say hi." Savard sustained his first concussion in a game against Pittsburgh on March 7, 2010, a hit by Matt Cooke that put him out for the rest of the regular season. The check led the NHL to outlaw blindside hits to the head, but that didnt help Savard in his recovery. Savard missed the last 18 games of the regular season and didnt return until the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs against Philadelphia. He scored the winner in overtime of Game 1, but wasnt a factor for the rest of the series, which the Bruins ended up blowing after winning he first three games. During off-season workouts, Savards post-concussion syndrome returned, including a bout with depression that caused a setback and delayed his season debut indefinitely. He wasnt ready for the start of last season and missed the first 23 games. Savard finally played on Dec. 2, 2010, against Tampa Bay, but his return was short-lived. Savard was playing against Colorado on Jan. 22, 2011, when he was checked into the end boards glass by former teammate Matt Hunwick. He was done for the season, missing the Bruins run to winning their first Stanley Cup title since 1972. "Obviously, it was tough last year not to be a true part of being there, because, you know, I thought I could have helped at times, too," he said. "But I was excited, and when I sit back and look at it right now, if I dont ever play again, I am happy. I guess I went out a winner, too. "Im on the Stanley Cup. I got a ring, and a lot of credit to (Bruins general manager) Peter Chiarelli and the organization for doing that for me." Savard says he still has memory lapses and is uncertain about playing hockey again. "Its tough to see a bright future right now, to be honest with you. Its tough," he said. "I still have my tough days that I want to get back and play, but at the end of the day, I know if I possibly got hit again, what could happen." Savard had two goals and eight assists in 25 games last season, and 207 goals and 499 assists in a 13-year career that also includes stops with the Rangers, Calgary Flames and Atlanta Thrashers. He signed with Boston as a free agent in 2006 and was re-signed in 2009 to a seven-year extension that takes him through the 2016-17 season. For now, Savard isnt looking nearly that far ahead. "I just want to kind of take this whole year to see how everything goes throughout the year and really gauge myself," he said. "I tried to work out a couple times this week, just little bike rides here, and it didnt feel that bad. Well see how that goes and just keep building off it." cheap jerseys from china . Jared Dudley scored 19 points to lead six Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns came back from 11 points down in the first half to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 98-91 on Saturday night. wholesale jerseys . Not just on the mound. At the plate, too. The left-hander struck out nine in six innings and got his first three big league hits as the Los Angeles Dodgers held off the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 Saturday. The Colombian struggled at first in windy conditions and fell behind 4-0 in the opening set before settling into his game, while Young tired and succumbed to 65 unforced errors. Young had dominated the opening games with a strong serve and heavy forehand, allowing Falla only three points on serve in the first four games. cheap jerseys . Doug Deeds added a two-run single in the fourth inning while Matt Harrison threw four solid innings, allowing two hits and fanning four, in the win. Adam Dunn scored on Alex Rios ground out in the seventh to account for Chicagos only run, and Edwin Jackson was tagged for all four Texas runs on eight hits in four innings. cheap nfl jerseys . - San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley will be out at least two weeks because of a calf strain, giving manager Bud Black an opportunity to look at a handful of other options.President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is -- and isnt -- sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics. Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation for the opening and closing ceremonies, Obama announced Tuesday. For the first time since 2000, however, the U.S. will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice-president to the Games. Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning "gay propaganda." Though the White House did not specifically address the Russian laws in making its announcement, spokesman Shin Inouye said the delegation "represents the diversity that is the United States" and that Obama "knows they will showcase to the world the best of America -- diversity, determination and teamwork." The White House said Obamas schedule will not permit him to attend the Games. "Its a positive sign to see openly gay representatives in the delegation," said Michael Cole-Schwartz, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, which recently sent a letter urging Obama to include gays and lesbians in the delegation. "Hopefully it sends a message to the Russian people and the rest of the world that the United States values the civil and human rights of LGBT people." King said she was "deeply honoured" to be named to the delegation. "I am equally proud to stand with the members of the LGBT community in support of all athletes who will be competing in Sochi and I hope these Olympic Games will indeed be a watershed moment for the universal acceptance of all people," said King, who will attend the opening ceremony. Hockey player Caitlin Cahow is the other openly gay representative to the delegation. Shell attend the closing ceremony. The U.S. Olympic Committee made no comment about the sexual orientation of the delegation. In a nod to its disapproval of the law, however, the USOC recently revised its non-discrimination policy to includee sexual orientation.dddddddddddd. France and Germany are among the other countries who will not send their presidents to Sochi for the Games. Earlier this year, Obama rejected the idea of a U.S. boycott of the Olympics despite a number of differences with Russia, including the anti-gay law. This move, however, sends a strong signal: In 2010, Vice-President Joe Biden led the delegation, and in 2012, first lady Michelle Obama held the honour. This years group is led by former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Others in the delegation include U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, figure skater Brian Boitano and presidential adviser Rob Nabors. King, the iconic tennis player, might be the most recognizable face in the group. Shes a 39-time Grand Slam title winner (singles, doubles and mixed), a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and one of the most prominent advocates of equality for women in sports and society over the past several decades. Shell attend the Olympics in a country that is creating tension for several key players because of the laws, including the International Olympic Committee, which awarded the Games to Russia. Earlier this month, IOC President Thomas Bach said Russia would set up public protest zones in Sochi for "people who want to express their opinion or want to demonstrate for or against something." Meanwhile, the IOC approved a letter going out to athletes reminding them to refrain from protests or political gestures during the Sochi Games -- reiterating Rule 50 of the Olympic charter, which forbids demonstrations on Olympic grounds. Bach had previously said hed received assurances from Russian President Vladimir Putin that gays will not be discriminated against in Sochi. But the Russian law has raised questions about what could happen to athletes who wear pins or badges or carry flags supporting gay rights. Earlier this fall, skier Bode Miller was one of the few American athletes to speak out against the Russian law, calling it "absolutely embarrassing." ' ' '


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