Bettman: NHL going worldwide with revival of Global Series
LAS VEGAS — (AP) — The NHL is ready to go worldwide again after two years of coronavirus restrictions and a missed Olympics. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Friday that the NHL Global Series will return next season with preseason games in Germany and Switzerland, followed by regular-season games in Finland and the Czech Republic. "We had established momentum in terms of having a greater and more regular presence of games in Europe. “I think this has been very emotional and frustrating and draining for the Blackhawks and Rocky in particular,” Bettman said. “We're not sure there's going to be a material difference between their revenues at ASU than where they are in Glendale," Bettman said.wftv.com
NHL announces players won't be allowed to go to Olympics
NHL players will not take part in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing after all. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) (Julio Cortez)NHL players will not be allowed to participate in the Beijing Olympics after the league pulled the plug amid a rash of postponements caused by positive COVID-19 test results. International officials and national federations must now pivot to Plan B for a second consecutive Olympic men’s hockey tournament without NHL players. When Olympic participation was confirmed in September, teams were sent two versions of the NFL schedule. The league and NHLPA have a deal for Olympic participation as part of their collective bargaining agreement extension through that year.wftv.com
Blackhawks hold settlement talks with former player's lawyer
Blackhawks-Investigation Hockey FILE - The names of the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, left, are displayed on the Stanley Cup in the lobby of the United Center during an NHL hockey news conference on June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The first game of the Stanley Cup final series is Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) (Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks held settlement talks Tuesday with an attorney for a former player who is suing the team after he accused an assistant coach of sexual assault in 2010 and the team largely ignored the allegations. The NHL fined Chicago $2 million for “the organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and untimely response” to Beach’s allegations. After Bettman spoke to the media Monday, the team apologized for saying Beach's allegations lacked merit.wftv.com
NHL defends disciplinary decisions in Blackhawks scandal
Canucks Kraken Hockey NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks before an NHL hockey game between the Seattle Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren)Commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday defended the NHL’s decisions and discipline meted out following an investigation into the Chicago Blackhawks' handling of sexual assault allegations in 2010. Bettman called the organization's $2 million fine "significant" and stood by decisions to let Joel Quenneville coach one more game and not discipline Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff based on his limited role in Chicago's front office at the time. Quenneville resigned as Florida Panthers coach after meeting with Bettman last week. The NHL Players’ Association has an executive board meeting scheduled for later Monday to discuss how Beach’s allegations were handled.wftv.com
NHL Commissioner meets with Kyle Beach, offers league's help
Canucks Kraken Hockey NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks before an NHL hockey game between the Seattle Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in Seattle. Susan Loggans, an attorney representing Beach in a lawsuit against the team, said Bettman expressed his “sincere regret” over what Beach had experienced. He also offered the NHL's help with psychological services and anything else that the league had available. Beach, 31, also is slated to meet with Donald Fehr, the leader of the NHL players’ association, on Saturday in a separate video conference call. According to the Blackhawks' report, Fehr was contacted twice about allegations connected to Aldrich, including by a Beach confidant.wftv.com
NHL Commissioner meets with Kyle Beach, offers league's help
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has talked to Kyle Beach about what the league can do to better protect its players after Beach said he was sexually assaulted by an assistant coach in 2010 and his allegations were largely ignored by the Chicago Blackhawks.
NHL not disciplining ex-Blackhawks GM for role in scandal
Jets Cheveldayoff Hockey FILE - Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff talks to media during the first day of the NHL training camp in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Sept. 13, 2019. The NHL decided Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, not to discipline former Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff for his role in the club’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations made by a player in 2010. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP, File) (JOHN WOODS)NEW YORK — (AP) — Former Chicago Blackhawks assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will not be penalized by the NHL for his role in the club’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations made by a player in 2010. Commissioner Gary Bettman met with Cheveldayoff, now GM of the Winnipeg Jets, on Friday morning. Bettman said Cheveldayoff's status as a low-ranking team official and his limited role in that meeting absolved him of authority to address the allegations.wftv.com
Amid scandal, Quenneville resigns as Florida Panthers coach
Joel Quenneville resigned as coach of the Florida Panthers on Thursday, two days after the second-winningest coach in NHL history was among those implicated for not swiftly responding to allegations by a Chicago Blackhawks player of being sexually assaulted by another coach during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Quenneville's meeting with Bettman may decide Florida fate
The Panthers are rolling this season but coach Joel Quenneville being named in a report detailing how the Chicago Blackhawks mishandled sexual assault allegations that an assistant on his staff sexually assaulted a player during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010 could derail Florida's hopes.
To jab or not to jab? Vaccinations still hot topic in sports
It allowed the fully vaccinated 69-year-old the opportunity to underscore the message that the virus is still part of the NHL and other professional sports leagues 19 months into the pandemic. Major League Baseball, in the middle of its postseason, reports 87.4% of players and key staff are fully vaccinated. Bettman noted last week the NHL had only four unvaccinated players out of more than 700 — well over 99% fully vaccinated. The NHL's agreement to go to the Olympics requires all participants to be fully vaccinated, which could lead New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to change his mind, as well. Leagues have still endured COVID-19 cases involving fully vaccinated players, coaches and staff.wftv.com
NHL to investigate claim Sharks’ Kane bet on own games
The NHL said it will investigate an allegation made by Evander Kane’s wife that the San Jose Sharks forward bet on his own games and has intentionally tried to lose for gambling profit. The league said Saturday night on Twitter that it was made aware of the social media posts by Anna Kane and plans to conduct a full investigation. The NHL said: “The integrity of our game is paramount and the League takes these allegations very seriously.”news.yahoo.com
NHL schedule will include break but no guarantee of Olympics
Kraken Expansion Draft Hockey NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman takes part in an interview next to a Seattle Kraken NHL hockey goalie helmet Wednesday, July 21, 2021, during the Kraken's expansion draft event in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) (Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE — (AP) — Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday the NHL schedule will include a break for the 2022 Winter Olympics even though there is no commitment the league’s players will go to Beijing in February. “I don’t believe there will be an update on the Olympics by the time we release the schedule,” Bettman said ahead of the Seattle Kraken expansion draft. His tone hasn’t changed much in the weeks since and said the schedule release Thursday will have built-in mechanisms to adjust should players not take part. Bettman declined to explain how the schedule will be adjusted should the Olympic break not be needed.wftv.com
Nashville prospect comes out as gay in NHL milestone
A Nashville Predators prospect has come out as gay, a milestone moment for the sport of hockey as the first player signed to an NHL contract to make that declaration publicly. Luke Prokop said he was proud to say he is gay. The 19-year-old Canadian who was a third-round pick in the 2020 draft last fall, posted his announcement to Twitter on Monday. “From a young age I have dreamed of being an NHL player, and I believe that living my authentic life will allow me to bring my whole self to the rink improve my chances for filling my dreams.”No active NHL player has come out as gay. Prokop said he hopes his example shows that gay people are welcome in the hockey community.wftv.com
'Fast and furious' NHL offseason to unfold over three weeks
“Now it’s fast and furious trying to figure out what they can get done.”And not much time to do it. Lawton, now an NHL Network analyst, said it's going to feel like the shortest offseason in league history. This offseason is a big opportunity for teams to chart a course to attempt to follow the Lightning as Stanley Cup champions. “Everyone understands the reality.”For the Lightning and 31 other NHL teams, the reality is everything will happen fast. ___Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Blue Jackets: Goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, 24, dies in accident
Blue Jackets Kivlenieks Hockey FILE - Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks (80) is shown during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York, in this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, file photo. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation said Monday, July 5, 2021, that 24-year-old goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has died. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) (Kathy Willens)The Columbus Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation said Monday that 24-year-old goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has died. The Blue Jackets called it a “tragic accident.” Commissioner Gary Bettman offered condolences in a statement. The Latvian Hockey Federation called Kivlenieks' death “a great loss not only for Latvian hockey but for the entire Latvian nation."wftv.com
Inside the glass reporter to continue as NBC exits NHL
NBC has added many technical innovations, but its most pronounced is having an analyst positioned inside the glass and between both team benches. “I said to Gary, ‘We need the position inside the glass between the two benches. NBC's coverage of the NHL was supposed to begin in January of 2005, but the season was cancelled due to the lockout. The NHL this season received $350 million in broadcast revenue from NBC ($250 million) and Disney Streaming Services ($100 million for digital rights). The upcoming deals will average $625 million a year ($400 million from Disney and $225 million from Turner).wftv.com
Bettman casts doubt on NHL players going to Beijing Olympcs
Stanley Cup Bettman Hockey FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to members of the media in Sunrise, Fla. Bettman says time is running out to reach a deal to send players to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The league, players, International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation continue negotiations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) (Wilfredo Lee)TAMPA, Fla. — (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said time is running out to reach a deal to send players to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, casting doubt on the league's return to that event after skipping it in 2018. The league, players' union, International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation continue to negotiate with the Olympics seven months away. “We have real concerns about whether it’s sensible,” Bettman said, noting the league will go if a deal can be reached.wftv.com
Bob Plager, a St. Louis Blues great, dies in a car accident
“Few men in the history of our game were more closely connected to a city and a franchise than Bob Plager was to St. Louis and the Blues,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “In the lineup for the Blues’ inaugural game on Oct. 11, 1967, he assisted on the first goal in franchise history and committed the Blues’ first penalty that night – thus commencing a 54-year association with the organization.”chicagotribune.com
Blues hockey great Bob Plager killed in car accident
FILE - In this Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 file photo, Former St. Louis Blues player Bob Plager waves to fans while speaking during a ceremony to retire his number before an NHL hockey game between the Blues and the Toronto Maple Leafs in St. Louis. Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Bob Plager was killed Wednesday, March 24, 2021 in a car crash in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)ST. LOUIS – Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Bob Plager was killed Wednesday in a car crash in St. Louis. “It is unimaginable to imagine the St. Louis Blues without Bobby Plager,” the team said in a statement. “He was an original 1967 member of the St. Louis Blues, but also an original in every sense of the word.
NHL could net over $600 million for rights package, but it needs NBC
Media pundits believe the rights package of NHL's new seven-year deal with ESPN is worth $400 million per year. But post-breakup, ESPN continued to value NHL content by centering coverage around longtime analyst Barry Melrose. Dan Cohen, senior vice president of Octagon's Global Media Rights Consulting division, said the NHL could solicit more than $600 million annually for its entire package. He added that the NHL "would be best served to renew its other rights package with NBC, who has invested heavily in marketing the NHL and who can offer a tri-cast distribution model." "Something that has as much volume as hockey, they can go with a tri-cast model across ABC, ESPN, and ESPN+/Hulu."cnbc.com
US-Canada border decision looms in playoffs for NHL
AP Photo/Chris Seward)A year after the pandemic temporarily shut down the NHL, a handful of roadblocks remain to handing out the Stanley Cup again this season — including the U.S.-Canada border. The border remains closed to nonessential travel, an issue the NHL addressed before the 2021 season began in January by realigning its divisions. But the league has a decision looming on what to do when a Canadian team faces a U.S. opponent in the third round of the playoffs. Talks are ongoing with Canadian government officials, though nothing needs to be settled yet since cross-border play won't happen until mid-June. “We’ve got a little bit of time to deal with this,” Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said during a video interview Thursday.
ESPN, NHL announce comprehensive 7-year agreement
Players stand on the ice during the playing of the national anthem before an NHL hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Detroit. The NHL and ESPN are together again after announcing a seven-year agreement that also includes extensive streaming rights. “This is a win, win, win. ESPN will produce 75 national games per season that will stream exclusively on both ESPN+ and Hulu. Disney owns two-thirds of Hulu and has been offering packages that include Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+.
AP sources: NHL reaches 7-year agreement with ESPN
FILE - National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to members of the media , Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Sunrise, Fla. The National Hockey League will be returning to ESPN beginning next season. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, file)The National Hockey League will return to ESPN beginning next season. ESPN started airing NHL games when it went on the air in 1979 by making deals with individual teams. It had the national NHL rights from 1985-88 and 1992-2004.
Avs beat Golden Knights 3-2 in delayed Lake Tahoe game
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89) races for the puck against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of of Outdoor Lake Tahoe NHL hockey game at Stateline, Nev., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli))STATELINE, Nev. – Nathan MacKinnon scored a dazzling goal more than nine hours after assisting on another to highlight a most unusual and lengthy outdoor game at Lake Tahoe that the Colorado Avalanche won 3-2 over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. Although it’s fair to say that none of those had the picturesque setting of this rink located on the 18th fairway of a golf course on the shores of Lake Tahoe and surrounded by trees with snow-covered mountains towering in the background. Fleury made 36 saves for Vegas and fell to 0-3 in three career outdoor game starts. AdPART 1The Avs controlled the play under the sun, getting an early goal from Girard and outshooting Vegas 17-8 in the first 20 minutes.
Bright sun, poor ice delay outdoor NHL game at Lake Tahoe
Members of the Colorado Avalanche, in white, and the Vegas Golden Knights, red play during the first period of the Outdoor Lake Tahoe NHL hockey game in Stateline, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The NHL decided to halt the game Saturday afternoon because bright sun and temperatures hovering around freezing led to poor ice conditions that had players and officials repeatedly falling because of holes on the ice. We obviously didn’t want anyone getting hurt. The ice was great.”But the delay didn't alter Bettman's commitment to outdoor games, even in unconventional settings outside of a stadium venue like Lake Tahoe. Both teams were unable to practice on the specially built outdoor rink before Saturday's Vegas-Colorado game because of the ice conditions.
'Insatiable' Crosby hungry as ever as 1,000th game arrives
On the eve of his franchise-record 1000th regular season game, the superstar looks just as dangerous as ever, with no end in sight. Crosby will cross another milestone Saturday night when he becomes the first Penguin to play in 1,000 regular-season games. Ad“He’s not ready to relinquish the best player in the game attribute or that he’s carried here for a decade-plus,” Sullivan said. The idea of Crosby playing with regularity again — let alone getting to 1,000 games — seemed improbable at best. AdStill, despite the constant setbacks, Crosby remained committed to both the short game and the long one.
NHL takes big stride on data and analytics with AWS deal
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)The NHL is taking another step forward in data, analytics, and puck and player tracking. The league has reached an agreement with Amazon Web Services to put all its video and data on the cloud. AdNHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy unveiled the deal on NBC Sports Network late Wednesday. Later this season, fans looking up stats on the NHL's website will get corresponding video clips and vice versa. “It kind of melts your mind with the number of opportunities that are sitting in front of us.”___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
NHL revises virus protocols; Colorado is 5th team shut down
New York Rangers coach David Quinn of the New York Rangers stands behind the bench during the team's NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in New York. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)The NHL revised its virus protocols in a bid to keep the shortened season on track, but not before a fifth team was idled by COVID-19 problems. Hours after the league announced changes visible in arenas and important behind the scenes, Colorado joined the growing list of U.S.-based teams shut down for virus concerns. Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog joined teammate Tyson Jost on the league's COVID-19 unavailable list Thursday. Bettman said fewer than half the players in protocol have been because of a confirmed positive test and many of those were asymptomatic.
The Latest: NHL postpones Avalanche games due to COVID-19
The Avalanche currently have two players on the league’s COVID-19 list: captain Gabriel Landeskog and forward Tyson Jost. AdThe Wolverines’ 13th-ranked women’s basketball team and highly competitive hockey squad also were cleared to enter their facilities. Michigan’s men’s basketball team is scheduled to play Feb. 11 at home against No. ___Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog, Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe and Minnesota forward Nico Sturm were added to NHL COVID-19 protocol list. ___West Virginia is boosting home attendance to 2,800, or 20% of capacity, for the men’s basketball game Feb. 13 between the 17th-ranked Mountaineers and No.
NHL awards regular-season trophies for season cut short
Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Boston's David Pastrnak share the Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy the league announced Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)Since the NHL is planning to go straight to the playoffs, it's handing out a handful of trophies for the regular season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. Not long after unveiling a 24-team right to the playoffs format, the league on Thursday announced the winners of its regular-season awards. Although Ovechkin was stopped short of a ninth 50-goal season, his ninth goal-scoring title extends his NHL record. The benefit and the curse of a bye, I suppose.___For more AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
NHL monitoring situation before choosing where to play games
Staple Center is one of the possible locations the NHL has zeroed in on to host playoff games if it can return amid the coronavirus pandemic. Seven of the 10 locations the NHL has zeroed in on to hold playoff games if it resumes are American cities not restricted by Canadas 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival. Before the NHL commits to where games could be held, officials are planning for multiple scenarios. But that isnt stopping NHL executives from pitching the ability to host playoff games. None of us would agree to a situation where we are taking away testing from people that need it, Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said.
'A step toward normalcy' - NHL shapes a return to play plan
FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, NHL Player's Association executive director Donald Fehr, left, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman are shown during a news conference at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. You have to prepare for what we hope is going to be a consensus that we can and should play, NHL Players Association executive director Don Fehr told The Associated Press. The NHL projects players might be allowed to begin returning for voluntary workouts next week. Bettman announced the NHL has narrowed the list to 10: Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis/St. The committee not only proposed the 24-team format, but also devised a list of protocols for teams to follow once players return to their facilities.
NHL says it will hold a 24-team playoff tournament if season resumes
The National Hockey League moved one step closer to resuming its season that was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday the league officially ended its regular season and will skip to a playoff tournament to determine its 2019-20 Stanley Cup champion. The National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) executive board approved the 24-team postseason format proposal on Friday. The league will rank teams in each conference by percentage points used from March 11 standings, one day before the league suspended games due to Covid-19. The NHL is the latest league to gingerly resume operations after suspended its games due to the Covid-19 pandemic.cnbc.com
NHL commissioner outlines plan to resume play, hopes to start playoffs over the summer
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday announced the league's plan and tentative timetable to resume play. Bettman said the 2019-2020 NHL regular season is effectively over, and play will resume with the Stanley Cup playoffs. Once play is allowed to resume, the top 12 teams from each conference will enter the playoffs. The remaining eight teams in each conference will play best-of-five elimination series to determine which teams move on to the first round. Bettman said the league hopes to move to phase two of return to play in early June.cbsnews.com
The Latest: Ravens' Boykin set to join teammates in Florida
I was planning on going down there before all this stuff happened, Boykin said on a video-conference call Tuesday. But next week Ill be down there training with those guys.To this point, Boykin has been playing catch with backup quarterback Trace McSorley around Baltimore. The fact that I have Trace here to be able to work with me is huge, Boykin said. Boykin will join Jackson, second-year receiver Marquise Brown and several others in Florida. There is still no timetable for the resumption of game action or when players can return to team facilities for voluntary workouts.
NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes
FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, in Boston. Bettman unveiled a 24-team straight to playoffs format the league will use if it can clear the other hurdles to resume its season. The NHL and the NHL Players' Association must still figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play. Bettman has said the goal has always been to play again and award the Stanley Cup, but details remain uncertain. For us to even finish the season and award (the Stanley Cup), I know a lot of work went into it.
NHL's plan to return face possible border restriction hurdle
The person spoke after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21. In a separate development, the NHLPAs executive board voted to defer the final payment of players regular season salaries through the end of May. Daly declined to comment on the latest deferment, saying its a decision left entirely to players. The decision on when and how to resume the season is being left with a committee made up of representatives of the NHL and NHL Players Association. There is no set deadline as to when play must resume before the NHL considers canceling the season.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: No COVID-19 in NHL reported yet
Commissioner Gary Bettman says while no cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been reported in the National Hockey League, he wanted to get ahead of a worst-case scenario by pausing the season. "When the NBA had a positive test and they had to cancel a game at that moment, I decided to get ahead of it and not wait for one of our players to test positive," Bettman told CNBC's Scott Wapner. Bettman says while he's not aware of any NHL player testing positive for COVID-19, teams in the NHL have shared locker rooms that were also used by the National Basketball Association's Utah Jazz. Two Jazz players have tested positive for COVID-19. That's not just my hope for the NHL and sports it's my hope for the country."cnbc.com
NHL relies on 'good judgment' of players on social media as it expands in China, embraces sports betting
Bettman said he hopes the service will allow NHL fans to feel "comfortable if they are placing bets." NHL China Games, sponsored by the Chinese company O.R.G. The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks became the first to NHL teams to play in China in 2017. The feud between the NBA and China hasn't had any blow back on the NHL so far. He said the NHL hasn't has adopted a social media policy for its executives and players in light of the NBA's plight in China, saying the NHL hasn't issued a "memoranda" on the matter.cnbc.com