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The Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic tournament began Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 in Colchester.
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COLCHESTER – Hockey players from all over the Northeast skated out onto Malletts Bay on Friday to kick off the Pond Hockey Classic, a three-day outdoor tournament that mixes fun, competition and plenty of beer.

The event drew about 900 adult participants on 125 teams wearing custom jerseys with names like “Swamp Donkeys” and “Grim Creepers.”

Winning teams will have their names engraved on a trophy made to look like a keg, which was?inspired by the tournament’s own folklore from Prohibition days when hockey players would supposedly smuggle?alcohol across the Canadian border?and drink together on a frozen lake.

Playing outside is a special treat for many of the participants, despite frigid winds that whipped across the bay.

“We like it cold, being hockey players,” said Scott Crowder, the Pond Hockey Classic commissioner, who first brought the tournament to Lake Champlain in 2012. “This is a little colder than we need, but it is what it is and you can’t control it.”

Nate Roy came from the Boston area with a team for the fourth consecutive year.

“This one has a certain appeal to it,” Roy said of the tournament. “Burlington’s a great city.”

Games continue through the weekend and are free and open to the public.

If you go:?

What: Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic

Where: Malletts Bay, Colchester

When: Tournament games continue 8 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. Saturday, and championship games are scheduled 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

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NFL stresses ?inclusiveness? regarding Texas bathroom bill – NBCSports.com


HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: A sign outside the stadium promotes Super Bowl LI before the game between the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals at NRG Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Getty Images

Now that the entire NFL is safely out of Texas, the league?has flexed a bit of muscle in hopes of influencing a proposed ?bathroom bill? like North Carolina?s HB2 ? which cost Charlotte the NBA?s 2017 All-Star Game.

According to?Ileana Najarro?of the Houston Chronicle, the NFL put out a statement which makes a thinly veiled threat to prevent future events like the Super Bowl that just left their state.

?The NFL embraces inclusiveness,? league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. ?We want all fans to feel welcomed at our events, and NFL policies prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard.?

North Carolina didn?t really have any league events to threaten, other than an owner?s meeting at a suburban Charlotte resort last spring. That gave a few owners a chance to make appropriately concerned remarks, with?49ers owner Jed York calling for the state to overturn the law (it has not).

And with the next three Super Bowls promised out to Minneapolis, Atlanta and Miami, it would be years before a bid would be impacted. But with the NFL Draft becoming a traveling circus, that?s suddenly in play, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has mentioned bringing it to Dallas.

The NCAA also pulled seven championships out of North Carolina after their bill which limited the rights of?gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. But so far, only the NFL has weighed in on the Texas proposal.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (not that one)?has forwarded a similar proposal called Senate Bill 6, with 15 Republican state senators supporting a law?which would ban cities from requiring private businesses to allow transgender Texans to use the bathroom of their choice. It would also prohibit transgender individuals from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity in public schools and government facilities.



Eagle Tennis Center: BSU Tennis 2017 – KTVB.com


The Boise Men’s and Women’s tennis teams will help with the official opening the Eagle Tennis Center this weekend with conference play. ?The men’s team has matches at 10 am against Idaho State and 6 pm with Brigham Young. ?On Sunday both the men and women will play at the same time for a first in tennis history at Boise State. ?The men take on Utah and the women face Idaho State. ?Both matches are at 1:30 pm. ?There is no charge to come and watch and you get a chance to see the new tennis center in Eagle.

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Tata out as Kahuku football head coach – Honolulu Star-Advertiser


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                                Kahuku head coach Vavae Tata smiled from the sideline during the first half of an HHSAA Open Division semifinal football game against the Kapolei Hurricanes on Nov. 11 at Aloha Stadium. Tata is out as Kahuku?s football head coach, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser confirmed from two trusted sources late Thursday night.

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    Kahuku head coach Vavae Tata smiled from the sideline during the first half of an HHSAA Open Division semifinal football game against the Kapolei Hurricanes on Nov. 11 at Aloha Stadium. Tata is out as Kahuku?s football head coach, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser confirmed from two trusted sources late Thursday night.


Vavae Tata is out as Kahuku?s football head coach, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser confirmed from two sources late Thursday night.

Calls to Tata, Kahuku principal Donna Lindsey and athletic director Gillian Yamagata were not returned this morning.

One of the sources confirmed that the coach of another Red Raiders sport told his players Thursday that Tata would not return as the school?s football coach.

The two sources, who wanted to remain anonymous because no official announcement has been made, said that Makoa Freitas, an offensive line coach under Tata, has been named the interim head coach and is expected to coach the full 2017 season. Freitas is a former lineman for Kamehameha, the University of Arizona and the Indianapolis Colts. He is the son of Rockne Freitas, a former NFL player who retired as the University of Hawaii-West Oahu chancellor in 2015.

Tata, who took over for Lee Leslie prior to the 2015 season, went 24-2 in his two years as head coach with two appearances in the state final. He led Kahuku to a 13-0 season in 2015 that ended with a 39-14 win over Saint Louis in the Division I state final.

This past season, Kahuku went 11-2 overall and was undefeated against Hawaii teams before losing in the Open Division state final to Saint Louis, 30-14. Tata?s other loss was 42-7 against eventual national champion Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas on Sept. 17.

Tata?s .923 winning percentage is the best of any head coach in Hawaii high school history with at least 25 games coached.

Tata, who played for Saint Louis in high school, moved on to play for UCLA in college and has experience as a college assistant coach at Stanford, UCLA and Vanderbilt.