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The field is complete for the final four at the WBC, and in a development both fitting and shocking, the U.S. and Roger Clemens is out after losing 2-1 to a Mexico team that was playing for pride, and a considerable amount of it, their defence and pitching the difference on the night.
|Like Pat Quinn, an Irish dressing-down.|
Semifinal matchups to come: Cuba vs. the Dominican Republic and Japan vs. Korea on Saturday, the two winners meeting Monday night.
When Pat Quinn played for the Maple Leafs, he used to dress for St. Patrick's Day in a big, green suit. But this St. Paddy's Day, so far away from those times, the Irishman's dressing down, as in kicking ass and taking names after his side lost 3-1 in Buffalo last night:
"We were in good shape, but both Allison and Tucker quit skating coming back. Sure, our defenceman got beat, but they could easily have backed him up on the play. It's why we're not a playoff team right now. That's the kind of play we're getting ... guys thinking, 'Well, someone else is going to do it.'"
So here's your updated eastern bottom-of-the-playoff race standing, including this overall good but not good enough effort against the hottest team in the NHL:
8 Montreal 71
9 Atlanta 70
10 Islanders 66
11 We'renotconcedinganything 66
Chris Zelkovich has a nice one this morning on the underappreciated CIS tournament in Halifax, which got underway last night with York and Laurier crashing at the first hurdle, and the three-time defending champion Carleton Ravens start today.
The Jays lock up Doc.
Ottawa Renegades minority owner sounds ready to throw in the towel, and perhaps the franchise is next.
Charging fringe players for tickets, driving up sponsorship deals via the media, and probably a ticket-price hike: it's the Malcolm Glazer approach at Manchester United.
LotN, NHL: Justin Williams of Carolina, two goals and two assists in the NHL-leading 'Canes' 5-1 win over Montreal. NBA: Shaquille O'Neal (remember him?) has 26 and 11 (including 2-9 from FT line) as the Heat rally from 25 down to beat Boston.