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ST. LOUIS) – Czech Republic Hockey announced today their 25-man roster that will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Making his first Olympic appearance will be Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka.
      Sobotka, 26, will be representing the Czech Republic for the 3rd time in his career.  Previously, the Trebic, Czech Republic native appeared in the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships, and was named the Czech Republic’s Second Star at the end of the 2007 tournament. This season, the 5’10”, 197-pound forward is eighth on the Blues among forwards with 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 35 games.
     The Czech team was eliminated by Finland in the quarter-finals at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, finishing seventh in the tournament. They will play in Group C alongside Latvia, Sweden and Switzerland.
Monday, 06 January 2014 23:36
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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Jameis Winston threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 13 seconds left and No. 1 Florida State beat No. 2 Auburn 34-31 to win the last BCS national championship game on Monday night.
 
Winston struggled much of the night but was near perfect when the Seminoles (14-0) needed it most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards on the game-winning 80-yard drive. A pass interference penalty on Auburn's Chris Davis gave Florida State a first-and-goal at the 2 and on the next play Winston hit his big receiver for the touchdown.
 
"I said this from Day 1 in spring ball. These kids are special," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "This group never faltered. They wanted to be elite. They wanted to go to the top and there's so much character in this group."
 
Tre Mason had given Auburn (12-2) a 31-27 lead with a 37-yard touchdown run with 1:19 left after Kermit Whitfield had put Florida State in the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a 100-yard kickoff return to make it 27-24 with 4:31 left.
 
Mason ran for 195 yards.
 
Winston was 20 for 35 for 237 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdown passes.
 
Nick Marshall ran for a touchdown and threw scoring passes to Mason and Melvin Ray in the first half, and Auburn led 21-13 after three quarters.
 
All-America kicker Roberto Aguayo's second field goal of the night accounted for the only third-quarter points for either team as both defenses took charge after a frenetic first half.
 
The powerful Seminoles trailed by 18 points in the second quarter and 21-10 at halftime, but picked up momentum in the third quarter with solid defensive play and improvements by Winston, who was fighting a case of big-game jitters.
 
The Heisman Trophy-winning freshman went 6 for 15 for 62 yards in the first half on his 20th birthday, with a key fumble setting up Marshall's 4-yard TD run 5:01 before halftime. Winston also led a 66-yard scoring drive late in the first half and consistently moved Florida State in the third quarter - but with only three points to show for it.
 
After trailing for the first time in any game since Sept. 28, Florida State needed a big finish to become the first team to rally from a halftime deficit to win the BCS title game.
 
Marshall, Winston's relatively unheralded counterpart, looked sharp in the Auburn backfield. Auburn was the nation's top rushing team, but coach Gus Malzahn showed the SEC champs can fling it as well while racking up 232 yards of offense in the first half.
 
Mason caught a 12-yard TD screen pass in the first quarter, and Ray ran alone down the middle with a 50-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
 
Devonta Freeman had a 3-yard scoring run with 1:28 left in the half for Florida State, which faced its largest deficit and first halftime deficit of the season.
 
Auburn's 85-yard drive early in the second quarter ended with a TD catch for Ray, the former minor league baseball player from Tallahassee who had just four receptions in the regular season. Florida State's Jalen Ramsey failed to pick up Ray all alone down the middle. Ray juked a defender near the goal line and scored as the Tigers' fans rocked the Rose Bowl stands with cheers.
 
Auburn's Angelo Blackson then swatted the ball out of Winston's hand on a run moments after the Tigers missed a field goal, and Marshall finished the drive by turning the corner on Florida State's defense for a score.
 
A successful fake punt finally sparked the Seminoles moments later. Winston made a 21-yard run complete with a vicious stiff-arm to Auburn's Kris Frost, and Freeman scored on the next play, trimming Auburn's halftime lead to 21-10.
 
Auburn was making its second BCS championship game appearance after beating Oregon for the title four years ago behind Heisman winner Cam Newton. The Tigers went 3-9 last season, but Malzahn quickly returned them to the national spotlight.
 
The Seminoles had run over every opponent in their path to a third national title, but Fisher's team was tested in Pasadena.
 
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The snow-covered roads have turned deadly in Missouri.

One person was killed in an accident that involved a semi truck. The accident was near the Jefferson exit. All lanes of eastbound I-44 were closed as crews cleaned up the scene. It is not known what caused the accident.

MoDOT officials are still urging residents to stay off the roads--crews continue their work to remove snow from all major routes in the metro area.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A review by The Associated Press has found that in at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling.
 
Pollution was confirmed in a number of them, casting doubts on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.
 
The AP requested recent data on drilling-related complaints from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas and found major differences in how the states report such problems. Texas provided the most detail, while the other states provided general outlines.
 
Pennsylvania received almost 900 complaints in 2012 and 2013 alleging that oil or natural gas drilling polluted or affected private water wells. In recent years Texas recorded 62 complaints, Ohio at least 99 and West Virginia 122.
 
Some of the complaints are still being investigated.
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