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Ilya Sorokin didn't end up starting for Russia in the gold-medal game of the 2015 World Junior Championship, but he did end up playing a majority of the game for his country.

After starter Igor Shesterkin allowed two goals on three shots moments into the first period, the Russians turned to Sorokin to try and turn the game around. Sorokin made 15 saves on 18 shots for Russia and finished the game with a .833 save percentage.

The gold for Canada was the first that the country has won in the tournament in six years. Russia captured their last gold-medal in 2011.

Tags: Ilya Sorokin, Islanders, Linus Soderstrom, new york islanders, News, World Junior Championship
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Now that Stefan Matteau is officially getting paid like an NHLer, the question becomes how long he'll stay with the Devils. Vote in the poll and weigh in below in the comments!

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In case you're wondering how I feel, I laid out my expectations on the blog yesterday.

Tags: AHL, Devils, Devs, From The Stands, Junior, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Poll, Stefan Matteau
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Why would a 43 year-old gridiron legend such as Junior Seau, who was a 12-time Pro Bowler and is headed to the Hall of Fame, take his own life in such a sudden and violent fashion?

Many believe Seau, like several others before him, suffered from a type of post-career depression where they could not overcome life outside of the game.

Former Giant great Tiki Barber, who chose to shorten his own football career, was a guest on CNN's Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien this morning to discuss the challenges NFL players face after leaving the game....

Tags: Junior Seau, NFL, Tiki Barber
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Former NFL defensive great Junior Seau has apparently taken his own life according to sources.

From our colleagues at TMZ....

11:33 AM PDT -- Law enforcement sources tell us ... Seau died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Back in 2011, former NFL star Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest ... and explained in his suicide note that he wanted his brain donated to a research center because he believed the blows he took to the head during his football career caused him to become mentally impaired.

Tags: Junior Seau, NFL
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Toby's Note at 4:39 PM Thursday:

I messed this up in my original post.? The Mets must add Carp to protect him.? Players are now eligible for? their fourth and fifth rule five drafts....

Thursday, November 20th is the deadline for MLB teams to file their reserve lists with the commissioner's office identifying players on the roster for the MLB and all minor league rosters.? These are lists used for the Rule 5 Draft on December 11th in Vegas.? (Lets pause here and acknowledge the genius of placing nearly every baseball executive, all of the agents, the major media, and thousands of job seekers let loose in Vegas for five days.)

Tags: Junior Guerra, Mike Carp, Rule 5 Draft, Shawn Bowman, Toby Hyde
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The North Shore Honu scored twice in the bottom of the 10th inning off Mets reliever Roy Merritt to beat the Honolulu Sharks and their many Mets 11-10.

Junior Guerra: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K

Roy Merritt: L, 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Tags: Greg Veloz, Hawaii Winter Baseball, Junior Guerra, Ruben Tejada, Toby Hyde
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In Saturday?s game, the Honolulu Sharks pounded Yankees 2007 first rounder Andrew Brackman for seven runs in 2.1 IP in the massive righty?s professional debut. C Jordan Abruzzo was 1-4 with an RBI and 2B Greg Veloz was 1-4 with a double. Josh Stinson gave up two unearned runs in three innings, fanning two without walking a batter for the win. Junior Guerra struck out four in two innings (good) but also gave up two runs on three hits (not so good) without giving up a walk (good). LHP sidewinder Roy Merritt fanned four more batters in his two frames.

Tags: Greg Veloz, Hawaii Winter Baseball, Jordan Abruzzo, Josh Stinson, Junior Guerra, Toby Hyde
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The Mets made two changes to their HWB delegation Tuesday. Ages in parentheses, RHP Junior Guerra (23) replaces RHP Stephen Clyne (24) and C Jordan Abruzzo (24) replaces C Francisco Pena (18).

The 5?11? 213 lb Guerra pitched over four levels in the system, spending most of his July with Savannah where he was 1-1 with two saves in 25.2 dominating IP. He gave up just 14 hits and two walks while punching out 34. Guerra didn?t give up a hit in his four innings at St. Lucie to conclude his season. I missed Guerra when I saw Savannah, but an AL scout told me that he liked Guerra a little bit as a relief prospect. After all, Guerra had thrown 93-95 mph the night before to go along with an 83 mph slider. A strong Hawaii showing could set up Guerra for an Opening Day assignment to Binghamton and a rapid rise through the system in 2009.

Abruzzo, who the Mets picked in the 13th round in 2007, played at three levels in 2008 showing some power, and solid receiving abilities to go with an aggressive approach. Like Guerra, his Hawaii assignment should prepare him to start 2009 in Binghamton. Unlike Guerra, Abruzzo is not a candidate for a subsequent rapid ascension.

Tags: Francisco Pena, Hawaii Winter Baseball, Jordan Abruzzo, Junior Guerra, Stephen Clyne, Toby Hyde
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