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  • 31 Jan
    导出博客文章ISTANBUL -- Turkey declared a national day of mourning and paid tribute to the
    dead Sunday after two bombings in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155
    others near a soccer stadium. The carnage was claimed by a Turkey-based Kurdish
    militant group.The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, or TAK, said two of its members
    had sacrificed their lives in the Saturday night attack that targeted security
    forces outside the Besiktas stadium shortly after the conclusion of a match.Two
    of our comrades were heroically martyred in the attack, according to a statement
    posted on TAKs website.It described the blasts as reprisal for state violence in
    the southeast and the ongoing imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the
    Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK. TAK is considered by authorities as a PKK
    offshoot.The twin car-and-suicide bombings near the stadium enraged top
    officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who vowed to hunt down the
    perpetrators. The attack was the latest large-scale assault to traumatize a
    nation confronting an array of security threats.Turkey is a NATO member and a
    partner in the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State group.The attack targeted
    police officers, killing 30 of them along with seven civilians and an
    unidentified person, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told reporters. He
    said 13 people had been arrested in connection with the terrorist act.In an
    address at a funeral for the slain police officers before TAKs statement was
    released, a furious Soylu condemned Kurdish rebels and their allies in the West,
    referring to the PKK as animals.Have you accomplished anything beyond being the
    servants, pawns and hit men of certain dark forces, of your dark Western
    partners? he asked.Turkish officials didnt make any further comments after the
    TAK claim of responsibility was posted.The battle between the PKK and the
    Turkish state has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of citizens.
    Turkish officials frequently accuse the West of supporting the Kurdish
    insurgency and of interfering in Ankaras fight against the militants.Erdogan
    vowed his country would fight the curse of terrorism till the end after paying a
    visit to some of the wounded at Haseki Hospital in Istanbul.Hundreds of
    flag-carrying demonstrators marched along Istanbuls coastline toward the stadium
    at the heart of the blast area. Flags flew at half-staff across the country and
    at Turkeys foreign missions. Passers-by placed flowers on barriers surrounding
    the soccer stadium.The first and larger explosion took place about 10:30 p.m.
    Saturday after Besiktas beat Bursaspor 2-1 in the Turkish Super League. Erdogan
    said the attacks timing aimed to maximize the loss of life, but most fans had
    left before the detonation.Soylu said the first blast was caused by a passing
    vehicle that detonated in an area where police special forces were located at
    the stadium exit. A riot police bus appears to have been the target. Moments
    later, a person who had been stopped in nearby Macka Park committed suicide by
    triggering explosives, according to the minister.He said 136 people remained
    hospitalized Sunday after the attack, including 14 in intensive care.TAK claimed
    the Turkish people werent their target but warned no one should expect a
    comfortable life as long as the ruling party continues to torture the mothers of
    Kurdistan every day.Armed conflict between the Turkish state and Kurdish
    militants resumed in July 2015 after peace talks unraveled. While much of the
    violence has concentrated in the impoverished and pre-dominantly Kurdish
    southeast, it has also spread to other cities, including the capital, Ankara,
    where TAK has claimed February and March suicide bombings.Experts have
    determined that up to 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of explosives were used in the
    car bomb, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told CNN Turk.To the mournful
    sound of trumpets, funeral services were held at Istanbuls police headquarters
    for some of the slain officers. Their comrades solemnly carried the coffins,
    which were draped in the Turkish flag, as a sea of mourners wept around
    them.Erdogan presided over a security meeting after the funeral ceremony and
    hospital visit.Soccer fans proved their resilience by showing up to watch a game
    pitting Istanbuls Galatasaray and Gaziantepspor at a different stadium.What
    happened last night was extremely saddening but they need to know that Turkish
    people will not yield to such things, Galatasaray supporter Erkan Duman told The
    Associated Press. Its not like we will give up things, especially things we
    love, just because they want us to.Turkey has witnessed a spate of IS and
    Kurdish-linked attacks this year. Saturdays bombings were one of the bloodiest
    to hit Istanbul, a city at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, until recently a
    popular tourist destination.That changed after a series of IS-linked suicide
    bombings targeting tourists, including a sophisticated attack on the citys
    Ataturk Airport in June that killed 44 people and wounded scores of others.
    PKK-linked militants have claimed other deadly attacks in Ankara, Istanbul and
    areas in southeast Turkey.A state of emergency is in force following a failed
    July 15 coup attempt and the resulting government crackdown on alleged coup
    sympathizers has landed thousands in jail and forced tens of thousands of people
    from their jobs. Critics call the move a witch hunt.---Cinar Kiper, Ayse Wieting
    and Bulut Emiroglu contributed to this report.
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    no doubt that Team USA will miss the services of rugged Tampa Bay Lightning
    forward Ryan Callahan, who will sit out Septembers World Cup of Hockey after
    undergoing surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip.Callahan is a
    two-time U.S. Olympian who epitomizes the kind of hard-nosed, glue guy the U.S.
    selection committee was looking for when it assembled the 23-man roster that
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    Who will take his place on the roster?The choice will be closely watched by
    hockey observers for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is to see if
    general manager Dean Lombardi and his management team -- which includes former
    Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, Calgary Flames president Brian Burke (who
    was the GM of the U.S. team that won an Olympic silver in Vancouver in 2010) and
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    will take Callahans place? A decision on a replacement may not come until
    August, but heres an early look at the top four candidates.Phil Kessel,
    Pittsburgh PenguinsLets start with the sniper who led the Penguins in both
    playoff points ( 22) and goals (10) during their Stanley Cup championship run.
    Kessel was a surprise snub by the U.S. team, but will his playoff performance --
    which included a somewhat surprising attention to defensive detail under
    Penguins coach Mike Sullivan -- be enough to open the door to a replacement
    roster spot?Its hard to assess this one. Kessel has connections to most of the
    coaching staff, which includes head coach John Tortorella, an assistant in
    Vancouver in 2010; Scott Gordon, who was an assistant coach in Toronto when
    Kessel was a with the Maple Leafs; and, of course, Sullivan. Kessel, like
    Callahan, is a right-handed shot, but if he wasnt part of the plan in March when
    the initial 16 players were named and still wasnt in the mix when the final
    seven players were named less than a month ago, our guess is its not going to
    happen for Kessel.Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay LightningNo, Johnson is not a winger.
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    proved himself to be a big-game performer.dddddddddddd Perhaps it was because of
    the lingering injury issues that dogged Johnson throughout the regular season
    after a stellar turn during the Lightnings run to the 2015 Stanley Cup finals.
    But during the 2016 playoffs, Johnson was once again a gamer, contributing 17
    points in 17 games for Tampa Bay -- including three game-winners -- as the
    Lightning, sans captain Steven Stamkos, advanced to the Eastern Conference
    finals before falling to Pittsburgh in seven games.You can never have enough
    centers, and adding Johnson would allow Tortorella to move Joe Pavelski to the
    wing, where the San Jose Sharks captain played for most of the season. My guess
    is that Lombardi et al already have considered this and are comfortable with
    their depth down the middle, which includes Pavelski, Ryan Kesler, Derek Stepan,
    David Backes and Dubinsky -- and thus there will not be room for Johnson.Kyle
    Okposo, New York IslandersOkposo is about to hit the market as an unrestricted
    free agent and, for my money, is the second-most important free agent available
    after Stamkos (assuming that Stamkos does indeed go to market). Okposo is a big
    right-handed shot who has the skill set to play among the top nine for Team USA
    and enough sand and grit to fit in with the identity that Lombardi wants this
    team to embrace.He also has quiet leadership abilities and has earned high
    praise in that regard from longtime friend and teammate John Tavares, the
    Islanders captain. I spoke with Okposo at midseason about the potential of
    playing on Team USA and it was clear that he yearns for the opportunity. No
    question, he would be a highly motivated player if the U.S. management group
    decides to offer him an invite. I wouldnt be surprised if this is the direction
    management goes.Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey DevilsIf Team USA is looking for
    versatility -- and that seems to be a requirement, given the roster as its
    constituted -- Palmieri would be an excellent fit. Among U.S.-born players
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    America), Palmieris 30 goals were tied for third behind Patrick Kane and
    Pavelski. The 25-year-old can kill penalties. He can play anywhere in the four
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