San Jose forward Patrick Marleau tied Gordie Howe’s NHL record for career games played, appearing in his 1,767th on Saturday as the Sharks faced the Minnesota Wild.
Marleau hopped over the boards for his first shift 40 seconds into the game. He could break Howe’s record Monday night in Las Vegas.
Marleau is in his 23rd NHL season; he made his debut on Oct. 1, 1997, at 18 years and 16 days old. The 41-year-old Marleau has 566 goals, 1,196 points, three All-Star appearances and two Olympic gold medals for Canada in 2010 and 2014.
Howe also played in 419 games in the World Hockey Association that are not included in his career total.
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And a Queensland University of Technology professor in child development and education agrees that using educationally targeted board games and other tabletop games could improve learning outcomes for children who are neuro-diverse.
While teachers often use games as part of the education process, especially in the lower years of primary school, Brisbane-basedboardgame designer Jack Ford Morgan says the use of specifically targeted tabletop games in classrooms could be of wider benefit to the learning process.
When Australia’s video game industry downsized 12 years ago in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, Mr Ford Morgan took up a role in education.
While working as a teacher’s aide at a primary school in West End, in Brisbane’s inner city, he realised his game design skills could help some of the students who were having trouble learning.
“While I was there I worked predominantly with students with [different] learning needs,” Mr Ford Morgan said.
“So those on the autism spectrum and with ADHD.
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“Prince Harry is very passionate about veterans, so I think it’s great,” she said.
The Invictus Games describes the event as using the “power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women”.
On the Invictus Games website, Prince Harry describes the games as spotlighting the “‘unconquerable” character of servicemen and women, their families and the ‘Invictus’ spirit.
The Invictus Games was postponed in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic but is scheduled to go ahead in The Hague next year.
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“I was always pretty serious from age 12, but at my first bouldering world cup [in 2019] I made semi-finals and I realised then I could be pretty good at it.”
In 2016 when the IOC announced climbing would feature at Tokyo, Mackenzie didn’t automatically think she’d be a chance of making it.
“People were like, ‘Oh you know, keep training and see how we go’ so it was always in the back of my mind but wasn’t super serious about it up until maybe 2019,” she says.
At Tokyo there’ll be two gold medals up for grabs (one each for the men and women’s divisions) and the winner will have to be judged the best climber across three disciplines: speed climbing, bouldering and lead climbing.
Mackenzie has put her year 12 studies on hold to focus on the Olympics this year and she spends her time between the gym, climbing indoor walls around Melbourne and getting expert high performance training at the Victorian Institute of Sport.
While the sport is an enormous physical challenge, the mental side of it is not to be underestimated.
Mackenzie says bouldering and lead climbing is like solving a puzzle. The paths laid out on the wall change constantly, with officials moving different combinations of pieces around to keep competitors guessing.
They only get five or six minutes to look at a new path or wall pattern before climbing.
“I am first looking at where we start, because there is a set start position,” Mackenzie says. “The more practice you have the more you can look at the wall and know how the course goes. Sometimes there are climbs when you have no idea how you will do that so it’s jump on and see how I go. Usually you can at least see some sort of path up.
“I love the problem solving. I am a pretty big introvert and competitive so I love the challenge of figuring it out and then doing the climb.
“I quite like dynamic and coordination moves, so jumping around the wall. But I try to be all round. I enjoy working weaknesses too.
“Usually in a competition we have four or five climbs and there’ll be one that’s jumpy, one is more balance and then one or two ones that might be more strength.”
Anthony is a sports reporter at The Age.
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He’s the trump card Dave Rennie wants on deck for the 2023 World Cup, but Tim Walsh is hoping to have Wallaby wrecking ball Sean McMahon on-hand for Australia’s Tokyo tilt.
With the Wallabies trying to win back the hearts and minds of Australians, Walsh believes the sevens team can win the public over like it did when his women’s side won gold at Rio and an explosion of women’s sports sprung as a result.
“You look at what it did for women in Australia by winning the gold medal. That didn’t just change rugby in Australia, it changed women’s sport,” Walsh said.
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“Those defining moments and perceptions of contact sport, and then on the back of that you’re seeing women’s AFL, NRL, and other professional leagues and a lot of it, the catalyst, was the women winning.
“To see them set the world on fire it just changed everything. The impact that an Olympic gold medal has on any sport is phenomenal.
“You look at the NBA, the Last Dance stuff, NBA was big, but then the Dream Team went to the Olympics at Barcelona and won the gold medal and it just transcended cultures. Millions of fans became billions and it was because of the Olympics. So what is the impact that a gold medal can have on sevens and rugby in Australia, huge.”
Ever since McMahon left for Japan in 2017, Rugby Australia have been trying to lure the Wallabies backrower home.
While he’s unlikely to return permanently anytime soon, if at all, McMahon is one of a number of players from the 15-person game included in Walsh’s Olympic plans.
Anyone remotely in the picture for the Games had to have their expressions of interest registered by the end of last month and it can be revealed McMahon has been included.
Fellow Wallabies outside back Jack Maddocks, who spent time with the team ahead of joining the Waratahs in 2020, is another.
Importantly, however, the Wallabies duo will have to commit to the sevens program for at least six to eight weeks on the road to July’s Games.
“He’s (McMahon) an option,” Walsh said.
“I do talk to him and when he came to Cape Town and played he fitted in like a pro and he performed exceptionally well. I’m in contact, hopefully the stars align and competitions don’t change. The door is open.”
While Walsh won’t “close the door on anyone”, he said it was impossible to simply draft players in at the last moment.
Western Force backrow recruit Tim Anstee and Rebels trio Lewis Holland, Jeral Skelton and Lachie Anderson will however be considered despite making their way in Super Rugby.
Since the COVID pandemic started, Australia’s men’s team haven’t been able to play an international match.
It meant they’ve had to become creative on and off the field, with the men’s team even working on ways to raise sponsorship revenue after Walsh decided they needed to focus their attention on something else other than training after the Games was delayed by a year.
But Tuesday’s announcement by New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern to open the borders means Walsh and his counterpart across the ditch and Fiji are hoping to play before June’s Oceania Sevens tournament.
“We’re in a unique situation where three of the top four countries are basically neighbours, so as a group let’s prepare for the Olympics to come home with three medals and we can fight it out who gets gold, silver and bronze,” Walsh said.
Australia’s men’s team is ranked number four on the World Rugby standings, while the women sit second behind New Zealand.
New Zealand batsman Will Young will join Durham for the early part of the 2021 Championship season.
Young, the 28-year-old right-hander, will arrive in the UK ahead of Durham’s second game of the season, at Essex starting on April 15, and will be available for three games before Australian Cameron Bancroft returns to the county he represented for the 2019 season in May, after his Sheffield Shield commitments with Western Australia end.
Young, who made his Test debut at home against West Indies in December and scored 43 in his second Test, has scored 5,138 career first-class runs at an average of 42.81, including 10 centuries and 29 fifties with a highest score of 162. A former New Zealand Under-19s captain, having led the side at the 2012 World Cup, Young also played his first two ODIs during the on-going series with Bangladesh.
“I’m happy to say I’ve signed with them and I’ll be heading over at the conclusion of this season to join Durham up in the cold and play three first-class games for them, which will be an awesome opportunity to get over to England and be exposed to those conditions and face the new Dukes ball, ” Young said.
“It will be a fun opportunity to meet a new bunch of guys and experience county cricket, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Marcus North, Durham’s director of cricket, said: “We’re delighted to have secured the signing of Will Young for the early part of the season. In the absence of Cameron Bancroft, Will will add further strength to our batting line up, along with a wealth of experience.
“He is in a great place with his cricket having just broken into the Test and One Day sides with New Zealand. We look forward to welcoming Will to Durham in a few weeks’ time.”
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Daniel Ricciardo’s team had such a positive pre-season testing event they played shadow games to hide their success, a report claims.
The Aussie star’s first season with McLaren is off to a red-hot start following an impressive opening two days at this month’s official testing weekend in Bahrain.
However, the 31-year-old slipped down the time sheets on the final day of testing when rival teams pulled out their softest tyres and went on lightning runs.
A report from Sky Sports’ pit-lane expert Ted Kravitz this week claims there are rumours McLaren deliberately put the queue in the rack to hide their success.
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McLaren has emerged as a wildcard in this year’s Formula 1 world championship with Kravitz telling the In The Fast Lane Podcast some of his contacts believe McLaren could even be the second-fastest team on the grid behind Red Bull heading into the season-opener at the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 29 (AEDT).
The rebounding team is coming off the chaos of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic derailed season where they stunned the world to finish third in the constructor’s championship and are set to unleash a Mercedes power unit for the first time since 2015 this year.
Kravitz says there are some signs that things are going very well for the UK-based team.
“It was weird at the test actually, McLaren, they had a very good day one in the dusty conditions and then they had a good day two,” he told the Podcast.
“And then they went all sort of coy and they thought, ‘Oh my goodness, we better not show everything’.
“It’s like they were scared. They spooked themselves and they didn’t want to give anything away so they stopped setting quick times to put everybody off the scent. But they were very happy.
“That was them saying globally, everything is looking optimal in the new McLaren. There are going to be some doubts about whether they will be even faster than the factory Mercedes team as well. Some people have got McLaren in second behind Red Bull.”
Former F1 driver Romain Grosjean and tyre manufacturer Pirelli were among those to laud McLaren’s early showing, while seven-time world champion Hamilton said “it’s great to see McLaren looking strong”.
The team also raised eyebrows when they unveiled their new MCL35M car before testing, showing a clever diffuser loop-hole that is rumoured to give the car an advantage on the rest of the grid.
McLaren’s novel solution to combat aero regulations implemented this season to trim the downforce off cars also received a tick of approval.
F1 has enforced a reduction in the height of diffuser strakes (little stalactites attached to the part) by 50mm, but McLaren exploited a loophole in the rules to increase the size of their strakes at the rear of the car by extending the floor transition in an area not impacted by the regulation changes.
However, the biggest change remains the move from Renault power to a Mercedes power unit.
McLaren have had one of the most demanding and busiest off-seasons as a result of their engine supplier change in a year when regulations were put in place to limit the amount of changes teams are able to make as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic through Formula 1’s complex token system.
Kravitz says it is a “game-changer” for Ricciardo’s outfit.
For a team that has moved from finishing ninth in the constructor’s championship in 2017 to finishing third last year, the added might of the best power unit on the grid is another very promising sign.
McLaren in 2019 signed a deal to run with Mercedes power from 2021-24. Suddenly they are a team that is capable of potentially challenging the all-conquering world champions supplying them their engine.
McLaren technical director James Key was happy earlier this month with the amount of information garnered from analysing the team’s output in Bahrain, but was playing down expectations, keen to point out how much work still needs to be done.
“It was a little bit baby steps to get us to this week and hope that we could be reliable, but fingers crossed, so far it’s been quite reasonable,” Key said.
“It is very difficult to tell (where everyone stands in the pecking order). For us it’s really been a case of looking at ourselves, making sure that we were comfortable with the steps that we were making during the test, ticking those boxes … making sure the reliability of the engine installation was critical for us and Mercedes and so on.
“It hasn’t been a bad test, but exactly where everyone is, is of course very difficult to say.”
We will only truly find out in the first day of qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
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