Giordano all-star snub may be a blessing in disguise for Flames

Considerable grumbling emanated from Flames Nation when defenceman Mark Giordano was passed over for the NHL all-star game.The snub could turn out to be an advantage for the Flames.Calgary's captain is compiling a season worthy of a Norris Trophy while his team (30-13-4) stakes a claim in the Western Conference penthouse.WATCH | Giordano, Flames torch…

Larry Murphy, once the whipping boy of Leafs fans, can sympathize with Jake Gardiner, the latest target

Larry Murphy knows what it's like to hear the boos raining down from Maple Leafs fans.The Hall of Fame defenceman was mercilessly jeered by Toronto crowds during the lost 1996-97 season — a scapegoat as the team stumbled its way through the schedule before he was eventually traded."When you're losing, that's just the way it…

Zia remains in third

Grand Master Ziaur Rahman maintained third position in the 17th Delhi International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament at the close of the ninth round in New Delhi yesterday. Zia drew his ninth board against Georgian GM Paichadze Luka to share third place with 18 others on 6.5 points each. Indian GM Narayanan Sunilduth Lyna and Georgian…

Sawhney named new ICC CEO

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday named Manu Sawhney its new chief executive officer to replace David Richardson, who will step down after the World Cup in July. The 52-year-old Indian will join ICC from next month before formally taking over the reins later this year from Richardson, a former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman. Sawhney,…