Wranglers coach Mougenel
to guide ECHL All-Star team
Wranglers coach Ryan Mougenel was selected Tuesday to lead the ECHL All-Star team alongside Greenville Road Warriors coach Dean Stork in the league’s Jan. 26 All-Star Classic at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield Calif.
This year’s game will pit the host Bakersfield Condors against a team of ECHL All-Stars.
Mougenel, in his second season in Las Vegas, has guided the Pacific Division-leading Wranglers to a 17-7-3 record heading into today’s game at the Alaska Aces (19-9-1).
Las Vegas goaltender Michael Ouzas (11-3-1, 2.24 goals-against average) is slated to start the All-Star Classic. But he’s on the 21-day injured reserve list with an undisclosed injury sustained in a 6-5 loss at Ontario, Calif., on Dec. 26.
The short-handed Wranglers, with nine players on IR, will play five road games in eight days before returning home Jan. 14 to face the Ontario Reign in the opener of a seven-game homestand at the Orleans Arena.
Forward Vince Bellissimo, Las Vegas’ fourth-leading scorer with 16 points, is also out of the lineup after being suspended indefinitely by the team for undisclosed reasons.
Also: The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby was the top vote-getter for the NHL All-Star Game, receiving 635,509 votes
The NHL also announced other leading vote-getters, including Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Penguins and Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks.
The rest of the 42 All-Stars will be revealed next week. The All-Star Game is Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.
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Sonnen’s guilty plea leads UFC
to temporarily freeze contract
Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight contender Chael Sonnen’s contract has been “temporarily frozen” by the organization, a day after he entered a guilty plea to one count of money laundering in a case stemming from a 2006 home sale in Oregon, according to TMZ.
“Chael Sonnen has gone through a lot in the last few months, and we think it’s important for him to focus on getting his personal life together before focusing on his career in the UFC,” UFC president Dana White told the website.
Sonnen is already serving a suspension, set to expire in March, after a positive drug test following a loss to champion Anderson Silva in August.
Federer, Nadal post victories
to advance in Qatar Open
Second-ranked Roger Federer added to his repertoire of through-the-legs winners on his way to beating Dutch qualifier Thomas Schoorel 7-6 (3), 6-3 at the Qatar Open in his first official match of the season.
No. 1 Rafael Nadal easily advanced, beating Karol Beck 6-3, 6-0 at the Australian Open tuneup event in Doha, Qatar.
After a sluggish first set, Federer hit his stride in the second. Leading 5-2 and faced with a ball that changed direction after clipping the top of the net, Federer flicked it through his legs for a clean winner into the corner.
“It’s one of the best shots again of my career, one I’m going to look back on and smile, of course,” Federer said. “It was quite fantastic.”
Also: American Bethanie Mattek-Sands stunned world No. 7 and reigning French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-4, helping the U.S. beat Italy 2-0 at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.
John Isner clinched the victory for the Americans, fending off Potito Starace, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4.
In other action, third-ranked Novak Djokovic easily beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-4 to help Serbia move to 2-0 with a 2-0 victory over Australia. Ana Ivanovic produced another impressive performance in beating Alicia Molik 6-4, 6-0 to earn the first point for Serbia.
Andy Roddick had 15 aces in a 6-4, 6-1 win over Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov to advance to the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia.
Peng Shuai of China rallied to stun two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. Peng, ranked 71st, dropped the first set in 30 minutes before fighting back tenaciously to win the second set, then recovering from a 0-3 deficit in the third to take the match.
The UNLV women’s tennis team earned a preseason ranking of 29th in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings. The Rebels, who finished last season ranked 30th after going 22-5, were voted higher before a season only in 2003 (17th) and 1998 (27th).
Javier Hernandez and Nani set each other up for goals as host Manchester United beat Stoke 2-1 to take a three-point lead in the English Premier League standings.
United (12-0-8) has 44 points, followed by Manchester City (12-4-5), which plays today at third-place Arsenal (12-5-3).