There lots of 2 on 1s, 3 on 2s. Oilers didn skate in Newark Thursday morning, deciding on a team meeting and video session at their team hotel in New York, except for winger Anton Slepyshev. He went out to the Prudential Center to test out his lower body (foot, groin?) after he had an abortive effort against the Islanders.

As a trainer, there are both highs and lows. “My favourite part is watching them succeed and make it. It gives me a feeling that I can’t describe. Watkins said the Twisters need 100 volunteer “ambassadors” to help out with hospitality for the Russian visitors. Information is available at 677 0521. The MLFS has signed an agreement with Financial News Network (24 million homes) for cable casting of games. The Twisters Fresno game July 14 will be shown on FNN.

DEFENSE WINS!: This sounds about right: Mike Brown is a hot name for potential NBA openings, and here’s betting he’ll do just fine. I think we all saw this year how important defense is in the NBA; I, for one, got tired of watching opponents score on uncontested layups probably four games into the season. (And in the Cavs’ defense, Ryan Hollins put a stop to that late in the season.).

St. Paul Mayor and Police Chief Todd Axtell are condemning the violence. Axtell calls the pelting of officers with rocks, bottles and other objects disgrace. “It was awesome. I told a few people it felt like a dream,” Tufte said. “It just means so much this year (to be on Team USA) playing outdoors.

Elsewhere in the Pac 12, the rankings are always something to check on Sunday. Washington returns to the field this weekend and hosts UCLA and Jim Mora. Oregon needs a win to regain momentum. So when the Steelers had to start 32 year old DeAngelo Williams, who always had the skills of a starter but split time with someone else his entire career, they didn get an “old” player they got someone at the top of his game.Fantasy Watch of the WeekBryce Brown, Seahawks RB Stop reading right now and go pick him up. I’ll wait. Seattle put Thomas Rawls on injured reserve, and Marshawn Lynch’s return isn’t happening any time soon.

The S 500 index climbed 47.60 points, or 1.7 percent, to 2,786.57. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 440.53 points, or 1.8 percent, to 25,335.74. The Nasdaq composite jumped 132.86 points, or 1.8 percent, to 7,560.81. We got to be delivering the punch. Coach Dana Altman said his team 17 turnovers and 11 for 20 performance from the foul line were to overcome. Totals 21 61 17 22 65..