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Blues Sale Fails....Back On the Market

From: Cape Cod Cat   Cape Cod Cat is a registered live IceCat
Date: 14-Nov-05

11/14/2005 5:42:48 PM

ST. LOUIS (CP) - A group led by David Checketts  withdrew from negotiations to buy the St. Louis Blues and the Savvis Center operating lease Monday, putting the NHL club back on the open market.

Blues owners Bill and Nancy Laurie had signed a letter of intent with Sports Capital Partners, LLC, granting them exclusive rights to negotiate for 30 days.

That window is now closed and talks with other interested parties can begin, the club said in a release.

The letter of intent was signed Sept. 29 with the group headed by Checketts, the former chief executive officer of Madison Square Garden. Checketts also is a former president of the NBA's Utah Jazz and New York Knicks.

Sports Capital Partners is a sports, media and live entertainment company with interests in Major League Soccer, College Sports Television Network (CSTV), Running Subway Productions, and other properties.

The Lauries bought the team in 1999 and put it up for sale in June.

From: Speed   Speed is a registered live IceCat
Date: 14-Nov-05
I got some silver Big Y coins :-D

From: KingIceCat   KingIceCat is a registered live IceCat
Date: 14-Nov-05
Email me, when it goes on EBAY...I'll bid 2 Bits!

From: SataiStyx   SataiStyx is a registered live IceCat
Date: 15-Nov-05
hee hee hee!  What goes around, come around....

From: Cape Cod Cat   Cape Cod Cat is a registered live IceCat
Date: 17-Nov-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The St. Louis Blues' lost month is finally over.

Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist in the third period, and Curtis Sanford posted his second career shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night that ended the Blues' franchise-record, 11-game losing skid.

''It's a big relief to have the streak over,'' Blues coach Mike Kitchen said. ''That's been hanging over our heads for a long time now. Even though it wasn't one of our better games, we got rewarded for it.''

The game was also Sergei Fedorov's debut in a Blue Jackets uniform. Fedorov was acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Tuesday.

Scott Young added a goal for the Blues, who hadn't won since a 3-2 victory over Anaheim on Oct. 19 - a 28-day drought.

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''To get out of a streak like that, where everything is snowballing - every time you make a mistake it's in the net, everybody's squeezing their sticks - you need an ugly win and a big effort from a goaltender,'' Blues centre Doug Weight said. ''Sandy came in and made some great saves and put us in position to win.

''Now we can breathe and start playing 20 minutes at a time.''

Sanford, in for starter Patrick Lalime, stopped 36 shots in only his 10th NHL game.

Stempniak, who scored the Blues' only goal a week earlier in a 3-1 loss at Columbus, broke up the scoreless game with 7:47 remaining.

Blue Jackets defenceman Bryan Berard's blind pass from the blue line went to Stempniak, who was all alone coming in from the left wing on goaltender Marc Denis with Jan Hrdina trying to cut him off. Stempniak coasted in front across the crease, faked and then flipped the puck past Denis.

The unassisted goal was Stempniak's third of the year.

''It's great for us to get out of it,'' Stempniak said of the losing skid. ''We knew this was the type of game it was going to take - a low-scoring game and sort of just staying with it.''

Young added an insurance goal with just 3:17 left, stretching out his arm with his stick to redirect Stempniak's centring pass.

Columbus, which has lost seven of eight, outshot the Blues 36-16 and had numerous prime scoring opportunities. The Blue Jackets were 0-for-5 on the power play, running their man-advantage drought to 21 straight.

Their best scoring chance came early in the third period. Jason Chimera skated out after serving time for a hooking penalty and found the puck on his stick at the blue line with no one between him and Sanford. He moved in and faked, but his shot was kicked away by Sanford.

''It was outstanding,'' Kitchen said. ''That was the save of the game right there. He was terrific. He's going back, it looked like he was beat but he got his leg up and made the save. I've got to give him all the credit for this win.''

All in a day's work, Sanford said.

''The goaltender's job is to stop the ones you're supposed to stop and make a couple of key ones at key times. I was able to do that,'' Sanford said. ''I put forth a good 60 minutes for the guys and I'm just glad we were able to score a couple of goals at the end and snap this thing.''

Fedorov looked fluid while shaking off jet lag - he arrived in Columbus on Wednesday afternoon after a 15-hour trip - to get off three shots in the opening period.

''He didn't have much sleep and he still looked pretty good,'' Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said.

Fedorov had 15:34 of ice time, the second-highest total for any Blue Jackets forward.

''I was not as sharp as I'd like to be,'' Fedorov said.

Notes: St. Louis D Eric Brewer sustained a separated right shoulder in the first period. He is day to day. ... The Blues had also lost their last seven on the road. ... The game matched the teams with the two worst records in the NHL.

From: karlkat   karlkat is a registered live IceCat
Date: 17-Nov-05
As far as the Blues sale, who cares!? But I am so happy for Curtis Sanford getting the shutout!!!!!

From: 210   210 is a registered live IceCat
Date: 18-Nov-05
St. Louis (AP) - A seven-year-old boy was at the center of a St. Louis , Mo. courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulations requiring that family unity be maintained to the degree possible.

The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried out that they also beat him.

After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

After two recesses to check legal references and confer with child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the St. Louis Blues, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.

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