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Men’s Frozen Four 2021: TV channel, time, how to watch NCAA men’s ice hockey championship

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Men's Frozen Four 2021: TV channel, time, how to watch NCAA men's ice hockey championship

Men’s college hockey has reached its final four teams. 

Four teams will descend on Pennsylvania with the chance at the ultimate men’s college hockey prize. One school — Minnesota Duluth — will be looking for its third straight championship while the other three are aiming for title No. 1.

Minnesota Duluth’s past two championships came in 2018 and 2019; there was no champ in 2020 because of COVID-19. If it wins, it’ll be only the second team to do it and the first team since Michigan (1951-53). 

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Men’s Frozen Four.

When is the 2021 Men’s Frozen Four?

Semifinal: St. Cloud State vs. Minnesota State

  • Date: Thursday, April 8
  • Time: 5 p.m. ET

Semifinal: Minnesota Duluth vs. Massachusetts

  • Date: Thursday, April 8
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET

Championship: TBD

  • Date: Saturday, April 10
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET

What channel is the 2021 Men’s Frozen Four on?

All three games will be broadcast on ESPN2. John Buccigross will have the call alongside Barry Melrose and Colby Cohen. In Canada, fans can watch all the games on TSN.ca and the TSN app. The national championship game will be on TSN2.

Where is the 2021 Men’s Frozen Four taking place?

This year’s men’s national ice hockey championship will be held at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. It marks the first time since 2013 when Yale won.

Will there be fans in attendance?

PPG Paints Arena will not be filled to the rafters with crazed hockey fans. Instead, approximately 4,500 fans will be in attendance. Fans must follow social-distancing guidelines. Each school was allotted 300 tickets.

How has COVID-19 impacted the 2021 Men’s Frozen Four?

UMass will be without four players because of COVID protocols: goaltenders Henry Graham and Filip Lindberg, and forward Jerry Harding and Carson Gicewicz. Lindberg is the team’s top goalie and Gicewicz is the team’s leading goal scorer. 

The team’s student equipment manager Zac Steigmeyer will serve as the backup to Matt Murray.

Which players have been drafted by NHL teams?

Massachusetts

NAME POS. TEAM YEAR (RD./PICK)
Marc Del Gaizo  D NSH 2019 (4th/109)
Zac Jones D NYR 2019 (3rd/68)
Matt Kessel D STL 2020 (5th/150)
Filip Lindberg* G MIN 2019 (7th/197)

*As noted, Lindberg will not be suiting up because of COVID protocols.

Minnesota Duluth

NAME POS. TEAM YEAR (RD./PICK)
Blake Biondi F MTL 2020 (4th/109)
Matt Cairns D EDM 2016 (3rd/84)
Noah Cates F PHI 2017 (5th/137)
Wyatt Kaiser D CHI 2020 (3rd/81)
Cole Koepke F TBL 2018 (6th/183)
Luke Loheit F OTT 2018 (7th/194)
Quinn Olson F BOS 2019 (3rd/92)
Nick Burgess F MIN 2017 (7th/209)

Minnesota State

NAME POS. TEAM YEAR (RD.)
Todd Burgess F OTT 2016 (4th/103)
Nathan Smith F WPG 2018 (3rd/91)

St. Cloud State

NAME POS. TEAM YEAR (RD.)
Sam Hentges F MIN 2018 (7th/210)
David Hrenak G LAK 2018 (5th/144)
Veeti Miettinen F TOR 2020 (6th/168)
Nick Perbix D TBL 2017 (6th/169)

Who won the past 10 NCAA men’s ice hockey national championships?

2011: Minnesota Duluth
2012: Boston College
2013: Yale
2014: Union
2015: Providence
2016: North Dakota
2017: Denver
2018: Minnesota Duluth
2019: Minnesota Duluth
2020: None

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Why are Jake Paul and Ben Askren fighting? A callout lured ex-MMA champion out of retirement

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Why are Jake Paul and Ben Askren fighting? A callout lured ex-MMA champion out of retirement

Jake Paul will look to improve his boxing record to 3-0 on April 17 when he steps into the ring with former MMA champion Ben Askren on Triller’s Fight Club.

Paul started his pro boxing career in January 2020 with a first-round knockout against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib. He followed that with a knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson in November on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones. This will be the first time that Paul steps into the ring with a former fighter.

Askren is a two-time Division I wrestling national champion who became a champion at Bellator and ONE Championship before finishing his mixed martial arts career in the UFC. He amassed a record of 19-2 before retiring from the sport in November 2018.

How did a fight between a YouTuber and a former MMA champion happen?

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Why are Jake Paul and Jake Paul fighting?

Before and after his second-round knockout over former NBA player Nate Robinson last November, Jake Paul called out several MMA fighters to step into a boxing ring with him. Among them were Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Dillon Danis, Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren. Although some suggested they’d take the fight on social media, only the recently retired Askren made it clear that he’d be more than willing to meet the YouTube celebrity for a fight. 

“Boxing, that seems kind of easy,” Askren told Submission Radio about the possibility of stepping into the ring following hip surgery. “Like, I’m sure I could do that. Like, there’s no shots, there’s no slams, there’s not leg locks. I dunno, that seems relatively safe to me.”

Askren wasn’t impressed with Paul’s knockout of Robinson and stated that he’s sure he’d fare much better than Robinson and AnEsonGib, a YouTuber that Paul stopped in the first round last January.

“It’s hard to say when you’re going against someone who’s that bad,” Askren said. “I watched the highlights, Nate Robinson, good god. I mean, honestly, it looked like he’d never been boxing before. For someone who’s such an elite athlete – I mean, this guy’s a very elite athlete, he was a great basketball player – he couldn’t box worth a damn.

“Obviously I’m someone who is a high-level fighter, who has a large following, who was maybe not known for his stand-up. I think that’s probably what he’s thinking.”

After a bit of back and forth on social media, it was announced that Paul would return to the ring in April for a fight on Triller against Askren in an eight-round cruiserweight bout. 

Since the fight was announced, the two have ramped up their rivalry on social media with Paul dragging Askren’s wife into the feud. The feud heated up at a March press conference where words were exchanged and it nearly became physical during the staredown. 

Both have made promises to knock out the other but only one will come out victorious on April 17. 

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ESPN’s Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts

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ESPN reporter Holly Rowe received many a “tres bien” from her confrères in media for conducting a bilingual interview with WNBA Draft pick Iliana Rupert, a France international, on Thursday night.

Rupert was chosen 12th overall by the Las Vegas Aces. With the draft being a virtual event for the second year in a row because of COVID-19, Rowe conducted the post-selection interview in an ESPN studio while Rupert was on camera remotely.

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Rowe began the interview with “Bonsoir,” or “Good evening,” and asked Rupert in French whether she spoke English. Rupert responded in the affirmative and the interview proceeded in English.

“It’s always been one of my dreams and it’s amazing being recognized,” Rupert said. “I’m really happy to [represent] my country and I’m just excited to finally start this journey.”

After two more questions and responses in English, Rowe switched back to French for the interview’s conclusion, telling Rupert “Bienvenue,” or “Welcome,” to the WNBA. She also gave her regards to Rupert’s family.

Rowe’s media colleagues were quick with the compliments.

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‘It shows how exciting we can be!’ – Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

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'It shows how exciting we can be!' - Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

Bukayo Saka says Arsenal have a real chance of winning the Europa League after their rout of Slavia Prague, and claims their latest performance “shows everyone how exciting we can be”.

Arsenal bounced back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Emirates Stadium by picking up a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the Czech Republic on Thursday night.

Saka was among the scorers as the Gunners booked a last-four clash with Villarreal, and he is confident they can now go all the way in the competition after flexing their attacking muscles at the Sinobo Stadium.

What’s been said?

“It was fantastic from start to finish. We did it for all the fans, they all deserve it for all the support they give us. We are really happy to progress,” the Arsenal winger told BT Sport.

“We showed real character. The first one was disallowed, Emile deserved a goal, we kept going and got the first one again. We pretty much killed the game in the first half.

“In the first leg we played well but weren’t clinical, credit to the manager and coaching staff, the way we set up, pressed, they couldn’t get out.

“It shows everyone how exciting we can be, when we play like this it is so amazing to be involved in. We have a chance of going to the final and winning this competition, it is up to us. We look forward to the next opponent.”

Arsenal put Slavia to the sword

The Gunners went at their Czech opponents right from the first whistle in the second leg clash, and found themselves in front after just 18 minutes when Nicolas Pepe dinked the ball into the net after being teed up by Emile Smith Rowe.

Alexandre Lacazette then doubled the visitors’ account from the penalty spot after Saka was fouled in the box, and the teenager got his goal moments later when he cut in from the right-wing before firing the ball low past the goalkeeper at his near post.

Lacazette added extra gloss to the final scoreline with a trademark finish 13 minutes from time as Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate.

What’s next?

Arsenal will now turn their attention back to the Premier League, with a home fixture against Fulham scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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