This Week in Sports

By Christina Flood
January 28, 2010

NFL players go to Congress

Pro Football players are seeking the help of lawmakers in order to prevent NFL owners from initiating a lockout after the 2010 season. About 30 former players as well as current players were on Capitol Hill trying to gain the help of Congress. Players fear that free agency and ticket prices could be affected. There would also be negative effects on people who depend on football games to run their businesses or are employees of stadiums.

Elias injured; Olympics questionable

The New Jersey Devils’ winger Patrik Elias has been put on the injured list with a concussion. The injury is not serious and he is supposed to play for the Czech Republic in the winter Olympics in Vancouver next month. Team officials believe that he may recover in time to be able to play. However, no time frame can be made at this point and he will return to the game whenever his doctor sees fit. Vladimir Ruzicka, the Czech Republic coach, says he believes that Elias will be fine to play at the Olympics. He is remaining optimistic because he believes that Elias is an irreplaceable player on their team for the Olympic Games.

Dooley new Tennessee football coach

Derek Dooley was offered a position as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Volunteers on Friday, Jan. 15. Before Dooley took the position, he was coach and athletic director of Louisiana Tech. Although he has limited head coaching experience, many believe that he will do well. Some Tennessee players were thinking about transferring if they did not like their new head coach, said Tennessee defensive end Chris Walker. However, the team appears pleased with their new coach.

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