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After delivering a mixed bag in free agency, Holland’s hardest work is yet to be done

Kuklas Korner (George Malik) — The Red Wings' major moves today--the signing of Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott, re-signings of Alexey Marchenko and Darren Helm--get a "C" grade from me, in no small part because of the comments Ken Holland and Nielsen made (a.k.a. the essay portion of the exam) after the moves were made. I get that Nielsen was the Wings' "#1 choice" after Stamkos, which is a little suspect as the...
  • New: 7 hr 40 min ago

Wales heads to Euro 2016 semifinal after knocking out Belgium

TheStar.com (Graham Dunbar - Associated Press) — LILLE, FRANCE—Wales stormed back from a goal down to beat Belgium 3-1 in a pulsating quarter-final on Friday at the European Championship . This time Wales did not need to rely on its star player Gareth Bale, as it fought back from trailing in the 13th minute to secure its first ever berth in a semifinal of a major tournament. Unheralded forwards Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes...
  • New: 9 hr 42 min ago

Thomas Vanek Signs With Detroit

Winging it in Motown (Graham Hathway) — The Red Wings continued to make moves today. After re-signing Darren Helm and Alexey Marchenko , the Red Wings went out and obtained Frans Nielsen as an unrestricted free agent. #RedWings sign Thomas Vanek for one year at $2.6 million. — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 1, 2016 However, after talks appeared to go south with a few remaining forwards, the Wings turned their...
  • New: 11 hr 32 min ago

NHL Free Agency: Sabres sign defenseman Justin Falk

Die By The Blade (Calvin) — Depth LHD signing on a two-way contract The Buffalo Sabres have signed left-handed defenseman Justin Falk (not to be confused for Justin Faulk ) on a 1-year old deal for $650,000. Falk spent the last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets . This is the second move of the day for Tim Murray after  picking up winger Kyle Okposo when Free Agency started at noon earlier today. ...
  • New: 11 hr 44 min ago

How Tim Kaine went from 'wild card' vice presidential pick to shortlist favorite for Hillary Clinton

Los Angeles Times (Michael A. Memoli) — Reviewing the finalists to be his running mate in 2008, Barack Obama offered this assessment of then-Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine: “He’s the wild card.” Now, as Hillary Clinton whittles down her potential vice presidential picks, Kaine has moved from what he once called the "long shot on a short list"...
  • 12 hr 21 min ago

How Tim Kaine went from 'wild card' vice presidential pick to shortlist favorite for Hillary Clinton

Los Angeles Times (Michael A. Memoli) — Reviewing the finalists to be his running mate in 2008, Barack Obama offered this assessment of then-Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine: “He’s the wild card.” Now, as Hillary Clinton whittles down her potential vice presidential picks, Kaine has moved from what he once called the "long shot on a short list"...
  • 12 hr 21 min ago

The Latest: Wild agree to 3-year deal with Eric Staal (The Associated Press)

The View From Section 317 (Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News) — The deal was done Friday, soon after free agency began. Staal spent 12 seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes before being traded to the New York Rangers before the deadline. The second overall pick in the 2003 draft has 325 goals and 456 assists in 92...
  • 13 hr 29 min ago

Around the Clubs: Plenty to celebrate during Fourth of July weekend

Los Angeles Times (August Brown) — What’s more American than heading deep into the California wilderness for some mind-bending music on July Fourth weekend? Zoetics in Xanadu , a new festival from Los Angeles party people Restless Nites, is as cheekily mystical as the name implies, bringing in a wide swatch of L.A. techno talent...
  • 13 hr 46 min ago

Around the Clubs: Plenty to celebrate during Fourth of July weekend

Los Angeles Times (August Brown) — What’s more American than heading deep into the California wilderness for some mind-bending music on July Fourth weekend? Zoetics in Xanadu , a new festival from Los Angeles party people Restless Nites, is as cheekily mystical as the name implies, bringing in a wide swatch of L.A. techno talent...
  • 13 hr 46 min ago

Friday's Dump & Chase: Time to Go Shopping!

On the Forecheck (Jason Zito) — Yeah, we just got a brand new 70-inch TV, but will we get two? Probably not, but as long as GMDP can resist the urge to pick up that busted open-box VCR (ex. Matt Hendricks) I'll feel pretty good about things. Nashville Predators News Can Shea Weber's 'John Wayne type' style succeed in Montreal? - Yahoo Sports I'd love to just drop an "obviously" here, but it's going to be interesting...
  • 19 hr 23 min ago

Looking at the free agent class of 2016

Habs Eye on the Prize (Andrew Zadarnowski) — Canadiens will look to the market to try and solve ongoing scoring issues The annual free agent frenzy begins tomorrow as the market for players opens on Friday at noon. The Montreal Canadiens will try to solve their scoring woes and also stock up on depth players to bolster their ranks. Given Marc Bergevin's recent seismic activities and a cap space of around $9.8 M (minus new contracts...
  • 19 hr 23 min ago

'It's certainly unusual': Mystery cop car chases go-kart on busy Oakland freeway

Los Angeles Times (Veronica Rocha) — California is no stranger to wild police pursuits, but a recent freeway chase involving a go-kart may well be a first. In a now viral video, the driver of a go-kart was filmed zooming down Interstate 880 in Oakland on Sunday while a black SUV with lights and sirens chased it down the highway. Crowds standing...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

'It's certainly unusual': Mystery cop car chases go-kart on busy Oakland freeway

Los Angeles Times (Veronica Rocha) — California is no stranger to wild police pursuits, but a recent freeway chase involving a go-kart may well be a first. In a now viral video, the driver of a go-kart was filmed zooming down Interstate 880 in Oakland on Sunday while a black SUV with lights and sirens chased it down the highway. Crowds standing...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

Minus the honey, comedy 'Buddymoon' is a slog

Los Angeles Times (Michael Rechtshaffen) — Set in the majestic Oregon wilderness, “Buddymoon” may be one of the best-looking buddy comedies to hit the screen, but it’s a far sight from being among the funniest. Even though it clocks in at a scant 78 minutes, this first feature by TV documentary director Alex Simmons, about a weeklong, male-bonding...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago

Minus the honey, comedy 'Buddymoon' is a slog

Los Angeles Times (Michael Rechtshaffen) — Set in the majestic Oregon wilderness, “Buddymoon” may be one of the best-looking buddy comedies to hit the screen, but it’s a far sight from being among the funniest. Even though it clocks in at a scant 78 minutes, this first feature by TV documentary director Alex Simmons, about a weeklong, male-bonding...
  • 1 day 9 hr ago