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Olympic Channel reaches landmark agreements with International Sports Federations

Olympic Channel reaches landmark agreements with International Sports Federations

ISLAMABAD(Championspk )Olympic Channel Services (OCS) today announced that it has to date reached cooperation agreements with 27 International Sports Federations (IFs) to collaborate on content for the Olympic Channel, marking another significant step on progress toward launch. Click here to Read More …

Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan Test squad but waits for UK visa ruling

Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan Test squad but waits for UK visa ruling

ISLAMABAD(By Raja ibrar )Mohammad Amir was banned for five years but has returned to international cricket and was granted a visa to play in New Zealand earlier this year. Click here to Read More …

Boxer Muhammad Ali died

Boxer Muhammad Ali died

(Championspk)Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74, Click here to Read More …

NHL rookies have to navigate the financial waters as part of big-league adjustment

NHL rookies have to navigate the financial waters as part of big-league adjustment

(Championspk )What started as a $5 foot-long on Jeff Skinner’s dinner plate is now a filet mignon. Every juicy bite perfectly symbolizes the transition from junior hockey to life as a professional in the NHL, and it literally happened to Skinner. He remembers scrounging his cash during his OHL days with the Kitchener Rangers to hit up Subway for whatever sandwich was on special. The next thing he knew, Carolina drafted him seventh overall in 2010 and he was an 18-year-old wunderkind, sniping 31 goals en route to the Calder Trophy. He signed an entry-level contract in September of that season paying him a $900,000 salary and a $500,000 performance bonus. His bank account ballooned. Submarine sandwiches were no longer a necessity. One look at Skinner’s baby face betrays his age, sure. But this puts into perspective just how young he was as a suddenly wealthy NHL rookie: he says a car wasn’t the first thing he ran out to buy, because he had only just learned to drive before he moved to Raleigh.

“You’re being careful, watching what you eat and how much you’re spending, and then you turn pro, you’re living on your own,” he said. “I can remember going to the mall, and I didn’t really shop that much, and guys were going into nice stores and buying nice clothes, and I didn’t really understand why they were doing that (laughs). But it’s part of growing up, learning responsibilities and having a full-time job.” Possessing the rare caliber of talent that whisks you directly to the NHL is a double-edged sword. On the bright side, hockey is more of a young man’s game than ever, and junior-level players have far more access to training and nutritional advice growing up, allowing them to ready their bodies for the world’s top league. It’s a night-and-day difference from what San Jose Sharks left winger Patrick Marleau experienced in 1997 as an 18-year-old. “When me and ‘Jumbo’ (Joe Thornton) came in, you had to be big, you had to be strong, you had to fight through a lot of clutching and grabbing, hooking and holding,” Marleau said. “And then they opened up the game, and it allows skill to come out and allows the younger players that are coming in that much more free room.” Fast-tracking as a teen carries the perk of immediate, life-altering financial security if a player sticks with a team and signs an entry-level deal. But there’s a downside. It means no AHL or college to ease the transition into adulthood. Players who may have never lived a day away from home or billet families are suddenly on their own. “It’s so disorienting for an 18-year-old player,” said Octagon player agent Allan Walsh. “ ‘I have no bank account. I have no debit card. I have no credit card.’ And then, when you get everything, ‘When do I use my credit card? When do I use my debit card? Why?’ ” Skinner, however, wasn’t without a paddle. He’d played his junior hockey close to home and his “billet” was actually his brother, Ben. “My mom and dad have been really good at keeping me grounded and making sure I’m smart with the stuff I have and, for lack of a better word, not being stupid,” he said. Not every player has the same early support. Take Los Angeles Kings right winger Marian Gaborik, who broke into the NHL with the Minnesota Wild at 18 in 2000. He and Skinner both said the one thing they splurged on with their first contract was a fancy new laptop, but whereas Skinner picked up his MacBook without a problem, Gaborik, a fresh arrival from Slovakia, had a hard time securing his coveted Sony Vaio. He handed a Best Buy employee all he could: a cheque for $2,500. Gaborik had no social security number and no proof he was who he said he was, and he was sent home without the laptop. He had to gather more documents and return the next day.

Pakistan should never Accept the offer to play cricket series in India

Pakistan should never Accept the offer to play cricket series in India

ISLAMABAD (Championspk) Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has on Monday said that Pakistan should never accept the offer to play cricket series in India. He said that it is impossible for Pakistan to keep singing the ballads of friendship despite continuous hate-mongering from the Indian side,

Talking informally to media at Punjab House in Islamabad, Chaudhry Nisar said that India’s treatment was unfair with former Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shehryar Khan, PCB Chief Executive Najam Sethi and revered singer Ghulam Ali. “Why was there no action against anyone for such behaviour with Pakistanis in India?” questioned Nisar.

Pakistani Interior Minister said that Indian government was behind everything that happened to the Pakistani citizens in India. He said that Pakistan should never accept the offer to play the cricket series in India. “It is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s prerogative whether he wants to send the team to India or not but I will keep opposing such an act”, he added.

“It is impossible for us to keep singing the ballads of friendship while Indians continue war-mongering”, he said. Nisar added that Pakistan will raise the issue of declaring Shiv Sena as a terrorist organization on international level

OHL Flint players revolt against owner for allegedly firing coach over son’s playing time

OHL Flint players revolt against owner for allegedly firing coach over son’s playing time

Canda(by Ryan Kennedy )Players from the OHL’s Flint Firebirds have reportedly quit the team en masse after coach John Gruden and his staff were fired Sunday night. In what is still a developing story, the cause of the firing revolved around the ice time given to 17-year-old Hakon Nilsen, who is the son of owner Rolf Nilsen.

As first reported by OHLInsiders, the upheaval came after the Firebirds beat the Oshawa Generals when players got word of the firing. Hakon Nilsen also reportedly quit the team along with his fellow players. According the ESPN’s John Buccigross, the players went up to the front office upon learning the news and literally threw their jerseys on the ground before walking out.

Gruden was in his first year of coaching the franchise, which had just moved from Plymouth. Though the Firebirds are at the bottom of the standings with a record of 7-9-1, they weren’t expected to be contenders this season. The franchise does have several NHL prospects on the roster, including goalie Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), defenseman Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit) and power forward Connor Chatham (New Jersey). Center Will Bitten is also a top-50 prospect for this summer’s draft.

A full-scale revolution is no good for any junior franchise, but the Firebirds are in an even more tenuous position. There was skepticism from the outset about moving the Plymouth franchise to a city so closely linked with crime and poverty, even if the players actually billet in a nearby suburb. Not only that, but neither Gruden nor GM Terry Christensen had ever worked in major junior before, though it seems that Gruden wasn’t having any problems motivating his team

The Blue Jackets top five trade candidates as the spiral continues

The Blue Jackets top five trade candidates as the spiral continues

Canada( ByJared Clinton)Thursday night the Columbus Blue Jackets dropped their eighth straight game in what was John Tortorella’s first game back behind an NHL bench. The hope was that Tortorella, who took over from the fired Todd Richards, would be the spark the Blue Jackets needed to immediately be jumpstarted to their first victory — or point, at the very least — of the season. Instead, a late redirect by Minnesota Wild winger Tomas Vanek ripped a potential overtime point from Columbus’ hands, and now the questions begin about what changes could be coming next.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has made no secret of the fact that he has been exploring the trade market in search of a top-pairing defenseman and finding a deal isn’t going to be easy this early in the season. It’s clear, too, that Kekalainen doesn’t want to make any deals that mortgage his club’s future. That said, here are five players Kekalainen could part with who could fetch his Blue Jackets a good return: KERBY RYCHEL The most obvious choice to be moved out of Columbus is the 21-year-old Rychel. Drafted by the Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2013 draft, Rychel has spent much of the past two seasons in the AHL. In 51 games with the Springfield Falcons in 2014-15, he scored 12 goals and 33 points, and got a five-game audition with the Blue Jackets last season. Throughout the off-season and into the beginning of this season, Rychel’s name has been the center of trade speculation out of Columbus. At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, he has the perfect frame to be a young power forward, a position that the Blue Jackets filled when they acquired Brandon Saad from the Chicago Blackhawks this off-season. With Rychel’s upside, he could fetch a significant return should Columbus be willing to pull the trigger on dealing him away. BOONE JENNER Jenner is entering his third full season with the Blue Jackets and coming off of a season in which he missed more than 50 games due to injury. In 31 games, though, Jenner managed nine goals and 17 points. He has the ability to be a very effective depth winger and his game is only looking like it will get better. Like Rychel, Jenner’s size is maybe his best asset. He stands 6-foot-2, 208 pounds and he’s got decent wheels for his frame. He was an extremely prolific scorer in the OHL, notching 45 goals and 82 points in 58 games in his final campaign with the Oshawa Generals. Jenner wouldn’t likely get Kekalainen a massive return — it’d be shocking to see Jenner be dealt one-for-one for an impact player — but if he is packaged with the right mix of picks and low-level prospects, he could be an interesting depth piece for whichever team lands him. Jenner is in the final year of his entry-level deal, so if a team were to deal for him, they wouldn’t have to worry about him going anywhere anytime soon. BRANDON DUBINSKY From a pure points-per-game perspective, Dubinsky is coming off of the best season of his career. He missed nearly half the 2014-15 campaign due to injury but Dubinsky scored 13 goals and 36 points in 47 outings for Columbus. In eight games, he’s also the third-highest scorer on the Blue Jackets with two goals and four points. Dubinsky is a consistent threat for 40 points per season and he’s scored 20 goals twice in his career. That said, he hasn’t reached that mark since the 2010-11 season with the New York Rangers. The Blue Jackets are getting younger and they need help on defense. Dubinsky, 29, is one of the more elder statesmen in Columbus and teams looking for a veteran pivot to play in a second-line role could do much worse than Dubinsky. The biggest difficulty in moving Dubinsky is his contract, which kicked in this season, has a no-movement clause and modified no-trade clause and sees him earn $5.85 million for each of the next six seasons. That’s going to make it tough for Kekalainen to trade Dubinsky, but he could get a solid second-pairing blueliner in a one-for-one deal. If it’s a package deal, maybe the Blue Jackets can get even more. MATT CALVERT Calvert’s name doesn’t jump off the page, but the 26-year-old signed a three-year, $2.2-million deal this off-season which is good value for the winger. He’s not going to wow with his offensive ability, but Calvert is a solid two-way forward. He can play on both a second power play unit and is more than capable of manning a top penalty kill. It’s the versatility of Calvert that makes him intriguing. If he could stay healthy, he could be a 20-goal scorer. In his WHL days, Calvert showed the type of offensive punch that would interest some GMs around the league, as he notched 47 goals and 99 points in his final season with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He’s entering his prime now, too, so the prospect of a couple career years might help Kekalainen move Calvert. Trading Calvert would almost certainly mean packaging him with something, though, because the winger isn’t the kind of difference-maker that would garner a top-two or three defenseman coming back in any one-for-one trade. More than likely, Calvert could be an addition to sweeten the pot for the team Kekalainen is dealing with. RYAN JOHANSEN This is a stretch and would be the boldest move of all for Kekalainen, but this team is in desperate need of a top-pairing blueliner and Johansen would absolutely be able to fetch that. Johansen’s coming off of a career year with 26 goals and 71 points, can be an all-situations player if need be and is the top-line center on the Blue Jackets. That said, with Columbus needing a goal to tie Thursday’s game against the Wild, Johansen was stapled to the bench. He didn’t budge from his spot for the final six minutes of the contest and skated a season low 13:57 even though he wasn’t on for a single goal against. From a financial perspective, it also might be worth it to move Johansen. He’s making $4 million per season for the next two years and will be up for a new deal in July 2017. Contract talks with the Blue Jackets have already been contentious once and there’s no reason to believe they wouldn’t be again, because with the way Johansen performed in the first year of his new deal, he’s going to be needing a significant raise. It’s doubtful — extremely doubtful, really — that Kekalainen has grown desperate enough for a solution in Columbus that he would entertain offers for Johansen quite yet. But if the Blue Jackets lose a ninth, tenth or even eleventh in a row, anything could happen.

Chief of Army Staff awarded prizes amongst winners

Chief of Army Staff  awarded prizes amongst winners

Isalamabad(Championspk ) The 3 day long Prime Minister Open Golf Championship ended here today at Rawalpindi Golf Club. General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Army Staff was chief guest in the concluding session of the tournament. Eminent golfers from all over the country participated in the tournament .COAS awarded prizes amongst winners.

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