Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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IF IT'S A BIATHLON, OLE EINAR'S THE WINNER

Five-time Olympic biathlon champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen got his fifth win of the World Cup season Sunday in Anterselva, Italy, according to the Associated Press.

(Just an aside, but isn't his name perfect for a biathlete? I mean, Gus Smith, eh.... but Ole Einar, now, there's a winner. The only thing better was if a Gunnar won. Just saying.)

But the story gets better.

Anna Carin Olofsson of Sweden finished in second in the women's division with no misses. Olofsson announced she was pregnant, but will still compete at the world championships in Ostersund, Sweden, in February.

(Yep, only in biathlon would a pregnant woman just keep on shooting.)

DRAFT PROPOSAL

From the Los Angeles Times: For a few hours, the St. Louis Blues thought they had a great promotion: Free beer.

The NHL team sent an e-mail to fans trumpeting "Tuesdays on Tap," which offered unlimited free beverages, including beer, with certain tickets to five home games, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You get the tickets, and we'll get the drinks," the offer stated.

But hours later the offer was history. "This one is not happening," Blues executive Peter McLoughlin told the newspaper. Asked why, he said it was a "business decision."

"We were discussing a lot of creative ideas," he said. "It's unfortunate the e-mail went out."

MEET THE RABBITOHS ON JACKSONVILLE.COM

Throughout the next week, South Sydney Rabbitohs players and coaches will document their experiences on the First Coast in a blog named "Souths' Side" on Jacksonville.com. Today, 19-year-old halfback Eddie Paea talks about Sunday's long practice and his first meeting with the opposition.

Here's an excerpt of what he had to say:

"Our training has been tough, but it's what we need to do to get ready for a big season ahead of us. We trained for about five hours today, which is a big session, but we're getting ready for the game next Saturday and then our first game in March when our season begins.

"Today, we had a combined team dinner with the guys from the Leeds Rhinos, and we had a talk from Ben Saunders, who crossed the North Pole on skis. …

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