With support from Hayley Wickenheiser, Sidney Crosbys parents and Cassie Campbell, just to name a few, the Saint Marys womens hockey team will live past their March 31 deadline. That was the day the team was to be eliminated and 14-year head coach Lisa Jordan would have her contract expired. But after a national outpouring of support, there has been a 30 day reprieve given to the program by university president, Colin Dodds. "The hockey program is on pause and pause is a good thing," athletic director Steve Sarty said, who attended a rally for the team on Monday. Around 350 people turned out for the rally held around supper time and featured Sarty and Sue Uteck, wife of the late Larry Uteck who was the former athletic director of Saint Marys and the man who hired Jordan and started womens hockey at the university. "This is unbelievable. This is amazing and Im shocked at the support we have received via phone calls, emails, tweets and person-to-person contact," said Jordan, who doesnt know where she stands at this stage. Her contract was due to terminate at the end of the month but with the reprieve, she is unsure. The support has come from just about everywhere. Wickenheiser, the womens gold medalist, emailed Sarty but he didnt answer her so she picked up the phone and called him. Campbell tweeted and Troy and Trina Crosby, Sids parents who live in the area, sent an email of support. "Ive heard from people all over this country, including male and female hockey coaches," Jordan told TSN.ca. "This is very encouraging." Sue Uteck, who helped in holding the rally, told TSN.ca that "(the university) was blinded by the amount of feedback from local, regional and national sources. Dr. Dodds read that support and wisely gave the team a 30-day extension. I have received emails and calls from people who have money and want to help." Some are upset that Jordan was being let go; the only womens coach at the university. This seems to be picking the wrong sport. Maybe cutting track-and-field or rugby would not have drawn that re-action. 20-years ago, St. FX cut their football program. They could have chopped any sport and there would not have been much of a protest, but football and the ghost of legendary coach Don Loney could not be touched. The protest was amazing and within a week the football program was back. This, with social media and todays communication, is greater. It is Canadas national game and its women. Hell hath no furry like a womens hockey team scorned. Hockey is our national game. The Tims commercials and now young girls along with young boys proliferate the hockey arenas at all hours to make up our nation of hockey lovers. Girls hockey is one of the fastest growing sports in Atlantic Canada, as well as across the nation. You dont cut a hockey program without repercussions. You dont cut the highest level of womens hockey. "These women hockey players are the highest level we have. There are no girl pro leagues, so we aim to go to university and play for them," said high school hockey player, Sherry Marks. Even the mens team coach, Trevor Stienburg, offered some donations with the permission of donors; the figure of $10,000 mentioned. Jordan said that if the board of director does decide to cut the program at the end of the day, she will know that just about every step had been done to save it and thats all she can ask for. As for the impact of negative publicity on the university; its a black eye and an obvious misread by athletic director. Steve Sarty. They picked the wrong sport(s) to cut. For TSN.ca Im Alex J. Walling Alex J. can be reached via email at: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org cheap jerseys china
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Jenkins returns of 36 and 39 yards emphatically ended the Rams streak of five straight games without an opponent turnover. "A big relief," he said of ending the takeaway drought. "I felt the defence came out and we played together." The talented defender had slipped to the second round for the Rams after he was booted from the Florida team following a pair of marijuana-related incidents and finished his career at North Alabama. Then there was his acknowledgment that he fathered four children with three women. Just two weeks ago, he and fellow rookie Chris Givens were inactive for the game against San Francisco for violating team rules. All that was mere history on this big day. "What a great game by Janoris," Rams defensive end Chris Long said. "Im really proud of him. Im happy for him. When you get one turnover for a score, your chances of winning go up exponentially, so if you get two, I dont know what the statistic is, but when you do it two times with the same player, its pretty awesome." Sam Bradford had a pair of 37-yard touchdown passes -- to Lance Kendricks and Givens -- for the Rams (4-6-1), who snapped a five-game winless streak and beat Arizona (4-7) for the second time this season. The Rams Steven Jackson rushed for 139 yards in 24 carries. St. Louis outscored Arizona 17-0 in the second half. Lindley, a sixth-round draft pick out of San Diego State and the third quarterback to start for Arizona this season, completed 31 of 52 for 312 yards and no touchdowns. The interceptions, especially the two returned for scores, outweighed anything else Lindley did. "I think you just have to understand hes a young player and hes got to understand he cant make a couple of those throws, especially the last one that was returned for a touchdown," Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "That was a bad throw because he had Larry (Fitzgerald) down the sidelines. Hes just got to step up and put it up." Beanie Wells, back after missing seven games with a turf toe injury, had TD runs of 1 and 12 yards for the Cardinals. Arizona led 17-14 at the half on Jay Feelys 32--yard field goal as the second quarter ended.dddddddddddd. The third quarter, though, belonged to the Rams. With St. Louis pinned at its 8-yard line, Jackson ran 46 yards, doubling his previous longest gain of the season. Two plays later, Givens beat rookie Justin Bethel down the left sideline for a 37-yard scoring reception to give the Rams their first lead, 21-17, with 9:58 left in the quarter. The Rams threatened to extend the lead when Lindley threw right into the hands of Craig Dahl, who returned it 38 yards to the Arizona 12. But after a holding penalty, Greg Zuerleins 35-yard field goal try was wide left. The Cardinals werent so fortunate on Lindleys next bad pass. The rookie underthrew Fitzgerald by 10 yards. Jenkins caught it and in a play almost identical to his earlier TD, raced down the right sideline for the score that made it 28-17. Dahls interception also came when Lindley missed Fitzgerald. "Those two where I was going to Larry, the two picks, were just real mental mistakes," Lindley said. "It was things that, its unexplainable right now, but I made a bad play. Larry is doing the right thing. Im just off a little bit on something, rushing something, not trusting what Im seeing out there." With Lindley throwing short passes over the middle, the Cardinals went 91 yards in 15 plays on their first possession, using up 8:55 of the first quarter, to go up 7-0. But on the first play of the second quarter, Jenkins stepped in front of intended receiver LaRod Stephens-Howling, intercepted the pass and ran untouched 36 yards to the end zone to tie it at 7-7. Danny Amendola, who played despite a foot injury that prevented him from practicing all week, made a diving grab of Bradfords 38-yard pass to the Arizona 19 on St. Louis next possession and two runs by Jackson put the ball on the Arizona 7. But Patrick Peterson picked off Bradfords pass over the middle in the end zone to end the threat. Lindleys 25-yard pass to Rob Housler and Andre Roberts 13-yard run set up Wells 12-yard scoring run that put Arizona back on top 14-7. The Rams tied it 14-all when Bradford threw over the middle to Kendricks, who rumbled into the end zone on a 37-yard scoring play with 1:53 left in the half. Notes: The last rookie two return two picks for a touchdown was Bobby Franklin of the Cleveland Browns in 1960. ... Daryl Washington got his ninth sack, one shy of the Cardinals record for a linebacker. ... Bradford came out of the game for one play after getting hit by Quentin Groves ... Zuerleins failure on a 35-yard field goal was his shortest miss of the season. ... After getting nine sacks in their first game against the Cardinals, the Rams had just one sack Sunday. ' ' '