Cleared by Team USA to play in Sochi, Amanda Kessel will miss the upcoming college season due to lingering symptoms from a concussion sustained during the run-up to the Winter Games.
The Canadian Women's Hockey League is planning to add a second franchise in the United States, and many U.S. officials think that could go a long way toward ending the Americans' gold medal drought.
Hugh McCutcheon went from coaching Team USA to a silver medal in London to Minnesota in a blink of an eye. He is now getting to know his newest students, the 12th-ranked Golden Gophers.
The longer softball is out of the Olympics, the tougher it will be for national programs to stay funded.